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Monday, August 30, 2010

Thank You!


It's the end of August and it's time to say farwell or rather see you around blog land to some of my DT members. This year has been so much fun and I've enjoyed getting to know these fabulous gals and can't thank them enough for all their amazing YNS creations and dedication to YNS! Big hugs to Cabio, Maylee, Angela and Amy...thank you for everything! You all will be missed although I know we will still be in touch through this wonderful world of stamping and blogging!

Here are some of my favorite projects from Cabio, Maylee, Angela and was hard picking just a few as I loved them all!!!

Cabio - Happy Days Mermaid (this was her first DT card)

Maylee - Baking Ellie (Maylee loves this stamp)

Angela - Shopper Fhiona (love the colours on this card) 

Amy - Vampiee (fun layout and this stamp just makes me laugh)

Be sure to check out my blinkie contest for your chance to win the entire September release!!! WOW!!! Then mark your calendars for September 1st and hop on over to meet the new DT members along the new release blog hop! I've seen some of the hop projects and OMG!!! All I can say is WOWZERS!!!

Happy Stamping!!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

EtsyInspired Challenge Sponsor


I'm excited to say that YNS is sponsoring the EtsyInspired challenge this week! YAY! I love this challenge blog! I find it so much fun going through the selected Etsy shops to find inspiration!

The shop this week is The Caged Fairy and I found my inspiration from this super cool butterfly ring!

I love lots of color and I just found the colored stones on the black background very inspiring so I got out my sparkly crystals and Rock Star Fhiona and this is what happened...

I'd like to give a shout out to Chris Olsen who inspired me to make my card a round scallop shape. I just loved her Flower Bouquet Fhiona shaped card she posted on her blog this week! Thank you!

Ok so hop on over the the EtsyInspired Blog and play along for your chance to some YNS stamps!!!

Wait...before you go be sure to enter yourself into our super CUTE blinkie contest! New release hop starts Sept 1st so grab the blinkie and mark your calendars because you will not want to miss this super fun Fall/Halloween hop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Blog Hop Blinkie Contest


Created by SemSee

Hello!!! It's time for another special new release!!! YIPPEE!!!

The fun all begins on September 1st and not only are we bringing you some super fun Fall and Halloween stamps but this will be the first hop showcasing all the fabulous NEW YNS Design Team Members!!!

I really hope you choose to grab this adorable blinkie that Simonne designed for us and post it on your blog to help spread the word!

What's in it for you...

Well you get to look a cute blinkie everytime you log onto your blog *grin* plus you have a chance at winning the entire September release! WOW! That is a ton of rubbuh!!!

All you need to do is...

  1. Grab the blinkie code and post it on your blog

  2. Add your blog link below and post a comment letting me know that you've posted the blinkie on your blog
You are still more than welcome to enter if you don't have a blog, just leave me a comment letting me know that you would like to be entered in the contest but you don't have a blog.  

Thank you so much!!!

Happy Stamping!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Back To School Gift

I really wanted to give my wonderful little niece Catherine a back to school gift so I decided to make a fun little card with a pocket!

I used some of the accessories from the Teacher Fhiona set along with some paper from the super cool Basic Grey Basic White paper pad, the Basic Grey Sugar Rush paper pad and the Grade School paper pad. I got out my handy little sewing machine to adhere the pocket...the first thing I thought of after sewing the pocket on was...Oh, Maylee and Kerri will be so proud of me! Look at my almost straight lines! LOL I then stuffed the pocket with the Girlfriends stamp set so Catherine can make cards for all her new little friends! FUN I just know she is going to love this!

I also added some fun buttons so that when you remove the stamp set the card still looks cool!

Shhh...don't tell her that it's in the mail as I want it to be a surprise!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

YNS Challenge #23 - Bright Summer Colors

Happy Wednesday!

It's time for YNS Challenge #23! YIPPEE! The lovely and very talented Kerri is our hostess and she has asked us to use bright summer colors on our cards and/or creations!

Before you even look at my card you need to know that I had a dream that I stamped the Big Tall Grass with multi colors so I thought why not have some fun with this challenge and just go for it! LOL and yes, I eat, live, and sleep YNS and I love every moment of it! :o)

I got out all my bright inks, the Big Tall Grass stamp set and the Mixed Greetings set and this is what happened...

I had a moment after making this card...I said to myself...hmmm can I really post this? The little purple buggy didn't even make it onto the stem of grass, he seems to be jumping for joy??? and these are some crazy colors for the end the more I thought about and the more I looked at it I thought this is actually kind of fun and who cares if it's not perfect! That is the great thing about stamping, the bug doesn't have to be in the perfect place so I put my 'perfection hat' aside and decided that YES I can post this bright and fun summery card :o))) I hope you like it!

Be sure to hop on over to the YNS Challenge blog to see all the other fabulous DT creations! We hope you join in all the fun for your chance to win some YNS bucks!!!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Vacation Organizer

I just had to pop by today to share this beautiful organizer designed by the very talented Christine Dol!

I just love the creative ways people have been using the Fhiona Tent stamp and Christine has definitely stayed with the creative theme with this amazing vacation organizer! WOW this is really fabulous Christine thanks for sharing it with me!

Be sure to stop by her blog and check out all her fabulous projects!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, August 13, 2010

Please give a warm welcome to...

Our new Design Team Members!!! YIPPEE!!!

Ok so before I reveal the names of our fabulous new DT members I'd like to thank everyone for applying. I know I've said this before but I really do appreciate all of your support and your love for YNS stamps! I find picking new DT members one of the toughest part of running a stamp company because you are all so very talented and I wish I could just scoop you all up but reality sets in and I know I can only have a handful join me. If you did not make the team this round please know that I would love for you to apply again for my next term so look for that announcement sometime in January. Plus I will be asking people to join us as guest designers over at the YNS challenge blog and one sure way to be noticed is to play along with our challenges using YNS images!

Now I'm sure you're interested in meeting our new DT members so without further ado I am super excited to introduce you to...

Welcome to the YNS family!!! I look forward to working with all of you and seeing all your fabulous YNS creations!

Look for their very first project on September 1st which just happens to be the day I'm releasing some new Halloween and Fall stamps!

I am also very pleased to let you know that Maureen is staying with us and Kerri is now taking on a new and exciting position as our PCP Fan Club Coordinator so look for lots of exciting and fun news from Kerri starting in September. Be sure to join our PCP Group today as I'm sure you won't want to miss out on any of the FUN and GIVEAWAYS!

Plus Simonne my dear friend and amazing DT Coordinator is stuck with me for life (lol) so she ain't going anywhere so look for lots more super cool blinkies and well organized hops in the near future!

Also we sadly have some team members leaving us so be sure to check out my blog the last week of August when I'll be showcasing some of their DT projects and sending them off with style :o) Love you all!!!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Birthday Hop Winners

Thank you so much for participating in our 1st Birthday Hop! I had so much fun thanks to all of you!

After reading all your wonderful comments and mailing out your orders I can see that you are loving the new releases just as much as I am!!! Thank you so much for all your amazing emails with such wonderful comments, birthday wishes and of course your hop phrase guesses! The design team and special guests did an amazing job and I was happy to see that everyone enjoyed the hop and all the inspiring creations! Special thanks to Simonne for assisting me with totally rock girlfriend and I'm so lucky to have you as my DT coordinator and super amazing friend!

Secret Hop Phrase is HAPPY BIRTHDAY YNS and our random winners are…

Lillian Child
Belinda Baker

CONGRATS!!!! Please email me to claim your $25 YNS bucks to spend on stamps at the YNS Store!

Also remember that the YNS Birthday Sale (aka I ate too much cake sale - lol) is on until Thursday (that's tonight) at midnight EST so be sure to grab a bargain as I won't be having another sale quite like this until possibly next year! Hop on over to the YNS Store and receive 20% of your entire order including sale items and pretty much everything is on sale! Just enter the online code HBYNS during the checkout.

I'll be back tomorrow to announce the new YNS DT members!!!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

YNS Birthday Bash Blog Hop!!!

Happy 1st Birthday Your Next Stamp!

I am soooo excited about our Birthday Hop today!!! Yep, that's right were hopping so if you started at my blog then you are in the right place! This is where all the fun begins!

This year has been full of fun and excitement and so is our hop! We've got some great prizes, fabulous guests and of course some super CUTE new releases!!! Fhiona you have totally outdone yourself once again! Thank you for these fabulous new additions! You'll see all these fab releases on the hop plus you can also check them out in the August release section at the YNS Store. You will instantly fall in love with the adorable Star Cuties (look for more of these little cuties in the future) plus we've got lots of adorable boy stamps, Berry Patch Ellie, Girlfirends, sleepover party, and Fhiona and Fhinn Safari stamps! WOW!

I've used Skateboard Dude for my hop card and he looks like he's having so much FUN!

I'd also like to thank everyone for supporting myself and YNS this past year! I am so grateful for all the wonderful people I have met and I look forward to many more exciting and fun years with all of you and YNS!!!

Alrighty then lets get hopping! Here are all the yummy details...

Let's start with the prize...

We're giving away 2 gift certificates worth $25 each to spend on stamps of choice at the YNS store! YIPPEE!!! How awesome is that! We've got 2 grand prize giveaways!

Details on what you need to do to be entered in the prize draw...

We got something different planned for this hop. Each hop member has a secret letter so as you hop be sure to make a note of all the secret letters. They will be very clearly presented on each blog so you should haven't any problems located all 16 letters and you must comment on all the hop member blogs to qualify for the prize.

Once you have completed the hop and collected all the letters you will need to unscramble them to unlock the secret phrase! FUN

Once you have your answer please email me HERE and I will enter your name into the draw!

My secret letter is P

Just in case you get lost along the way here is a list of all the hop participants...

Karen Dedman - you're here now :o)

Jen Del Muro

Simonne Clay

Andrea Murdock

Angela Dawes

Cabio Tse

Beth Ranney-Thomas

Cindy Haffner

Kerri Michaud


Maureen Wong

Heather Rolin
Maylee Pham

Kim Wilson
Amy Leggate

I've also got a sale going on over at the YNS Store!

20% off your entire order - this includes regular and sale priced items so be sure to stop by the YNS store and grab a great birthday deal!

Online Code - HBYNS

The blog hop will run until Wednesday August 11th at midnight (EST) so get hopping and I look forward to receiving your emails with all your secret message guesses!

Remember to comment and then hop off to Jen's Blog and have FUN!

Happy Stamping!

Blog Hop Blinkie Contest Winner

Thank you so much for participating in my blinkie contest! Your support means so much to me and I am so grateful for all your help in spreading the word about our super fun birthday blog hop!!!

I used but couldn't get the screen to print the box...the random number is...

27 - Jayne

Congrats Jayne! Please email me to claim your new release prize package!

I'll see you all back here at 8 am EST for the hop! YIPPEE!

Happy Stamping

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

YNS Challenge #22 - Birthday Creations

It's time for another YNS Challenge! YIPPEE! I'm your hostess for challenge #22 and since tomorrow is our 1st birthday hop celebration I decided that our theme should be BIRTHDAYS!

I decided to ink up Hula Hoop Fhiona for this special occasion! I love her...she just makes me smile! I used some of her fun accessory stamps to create the dp and had so much fun colouring the images in using one of my new fav finds...twinkling H2O's! I've been trying to get my hands on some these shimmery paints for the longest time and let me tell was worth the wait! I love them!!! No, I'm not affiliated with them nor did anyone send me some so I could brag about them...I just saw them in an Australian craft magazine and knew I had to get my hands on some!

The sentiment is actually from the Dale Design stamp set Make a Wish and I thought it was quite fitting for this card. Plus, I have to give a shout out to Simonne because she gave me the idea to bling up Fhiona's hula hoop, clink this link to check out her awesome sparkly hoop creation in the YNS gallery! Thanks hun!

I wanted to show you all the shimmer...feel free to click on the photo to see it better :o)

I hope you join is all the fun for your chance to win some YNS bucks! Be sure to hop on over to our YNS Challenge Blog for all the details!

You still have time to join our Blog Hop Blinkie Contest! I'll see you tomorrow for our YNS birthday hop celebration! We've got a fun blog hop planned and some fabulous new release stamps!

Until tomorrow...Happy Stamping!

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Karen Dedman
Designer & YNS Owner

Karen Dedman <br>Designer & YNS Owner
Hello! I’m the lucky owner of Your Next Stamp and I’d like to thank you for visiting us! I live in Ontario, Canada and I am so grateful that I’m able to get inky, be creative everyday and still be at home with my son who brings a smile to my face and makes me laugh on a daily basis. Three years ago Your Next Stamp was just a dream, I feel so blessed everyday that I’ve been able to turn my dreams into reality. I love that we have this wonderful world of stamping and blogging and I’ve enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people and love seeing all your amazing YNS creations! Thank you for all your kind emails and support! I hope that YNS stamps bring a smile to your face and inspire you to stamp and create everyday! Happy Stamping!

Kerri Michaud
Designer & Assistant DT Coordinator

Kerri Michaud <br>Designer & Assistant DT Coordinator
Hello! My name is Kerri Michaud and I’m a stay at home mom to 3 kiddos ages 7, 5, and 2! We currently live in Apopka, Florida which is just outside of Orlando. I got into stamping about 2 years ago after I had my first Stampin’ Up party. I was instantly hooked LOL! Before then I had dabbled in scrapbooking, crocheting, sewing, quilting, jewelry making, and whatever other crafty whims that came my way. I think I have found my true passion in stamping and card making though! I also LOVE to make altered items and little gift boxes, etc. I am soooo excited and honored to be part of the Senior DT for Your Next Stamp! I ADORE these darling images and just love working with Karen and the rest of the DT!

Peggy Toole
Designer and Assistant DT Co-ordinator

Peggy Toole <br>Designer and Assistant DT Co-ordinator
Hi my name is Peggy Toole and I am a stay at home mom to 3 great boys who are 11, 12 and 15 and have a wonderful husband who is very understanding about my stamping obsession! We live in the Shuswap, part of the Northern Okanagan in beautiful British Columbia. I have been stamping seriously now for about 3 years and love this hobby and all the wonderful people I've been lucky enough to meet so far! I am thrilled to be part of the Your Next Stamp design team and to be working with such talented women.

Maureen Wong
Designer and YNS Video Goddess

Maureen Wong <br>Designer and YNS Video Goddess
Hi everybody! My name is Maureen and I live in sunny Hawaii with my husband, 2 boys and 3 dogs. When I'm not paper crafting, you can find me reading, watching TV, or playing on the computer. I'm so excited to be designing for Your Next Stamp and I hope I can inspire you at least a little with what I create!

Angel Rivera

Angel Rivera <br>Designer
My name is Angel and I’ve been stamping for over 8 years! I also scrapbook from time to time, but prefer making cards or other little projects. I try to escape to my craft room as often as my 3 boys (ages 16, 12 and 10) and all of their extra activities allow! My husband of 19 years, Derek, is supportive of my crafty time because he knows it makes me happy. I also work full time with a wealth management company and am a licensed life and health insurance agent. I’m so excited to be working with Karen and ALL of the YNS crew!

Bonnie Kohane

Bonnie Kohane <br>Designer
I am a second generation SAHM, which i call SAHGM. ("G" for grandma). I have been watching my grandkids for 7 yrs. I am also going through a second generation of crafting, i have a scrapbook that is almost 60yrs old filled with all of my favorite memories. I've been featured in Stamper's Sampler..more of an artsy card magazine...but my style tends to be "cute". Card crafting isn't the only thing i like to do, if i am not working on cards, you'd see me working at my sewing machine, crocheting or trying any new craft technique out there.. i love a challenge..which brings me to say..i can't wait to see what you all create for the YNS challenges!

Brianna Loeffelbein

Brianna Loeffelbein <br>Designer
Hello my name is Brianna also know as Happy Scrapper in the crafting world. I am 26 years old, I am married to a wonderful supportive husband of four years and we have an amazing two year old son Jayden. We live in a small northen town called Brainerd which is located in the state of Minnesota. For the past 7 years, I have been working for our Local UPS Store as store manager and I just love it. When I am not working I am spending time with my family and friends and of course crafting! I have been passionate about crafting my entire life. My main love of course, is Paper Crafting, specifically card making. I also like to sew, bead and crochet and teach others how to show thier creative sides. I am so honored and privileged to be joining such and awesome group of ladies here at YNS, I can’t wait to get started and share all my creations with you!!

Deborah Anton

Deborah Anton <br>Designer
My name is Deborah Anton and I am a stay at home mom to 11 year old twin boys and a wife of 12 years to a patient, loving, and awesome Army Officer. I am originally from California but currently live in Tennessee. I keep pretty busy just on the home-front with my active boys playing different sports, moving every few years, and volunteering with the Army. But in the little "me" time I do get, I love to do anything crafty and hide in my craft room!! I started out 11 years ago designing and creating jewelry for 2 large retailers, which led me to having my own business; until 8 years ago when I met designer paper and glue. A new love relation began! I am so excited to be part of the YNS team and work alongside so many talented ladies!

Jen Roach

Jen Roach <br>Designer
My name is Jennifer and I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband and 3 year old daughter. I'm a scientist by day and a paper crafter by night ---or really just about any free time I have including my lunch breaks at work!!

I started out in paper crafting back in about 2002 when my Mom and I took a scrapbooking class together. A few years later I decided to give card making a try and it's been my passion ever since. I'm the world's slowest scrapbooker so the instant gratification of card making really won me over. Over the years I have used more and more stamping in my designs and I love learning and trying new techniques and styles.

I would probably define myself as a "scrappy stamper". I *LOVE* patterned paper and most of my cards have lots of it with added layered on embellishments and textures. My cards may not be easy to mail but boy are they pretty!!

Other than crafting, I love to play tennis as you can probably tell from my blog address:

Julie Elak

Julie Elak <br>Designer
Hi, I am Julie Elak, aka "The Last Minute Crafter". My days are kept busy working full time and running after my children. I use almost every free minute to craft, my purse is typically full of copics and a pari of scissors. I began stamping well over 10 years ago, but my love for paper crafting found renewed energy once I discovered the online community in 2009. I started a blog on a whim and am so happy I did. I have made many friendships and found so much support and encouragement on-line.

Laura Nehring

Laura Nehring <br>Designer
My name is Laura, and I am SO excited and honored to be joining the Your Next Stamp Team! I am a former preschool/kindergarten teacher, now stay at home mom to 3 energetic kiddos - 5 year old twin girls, and a 4 year old boy. I met my husband the year I graduated from highschool, and we've been together ever since. We are enjoying life in sunny southern California, where we were both born and raised.

I started scrapbooking in 2006 when I was pregnant with my girls, which led me to stamping and cardmaking a few years later. The point of no return was when I purchased my first Copic marker at a local scrapbook expo 2 years ago... now I'm hooked! I LOVE to color, and it's how I unwind at the end of a busy day! My card making style is fairly clean and simple... I like for the images to be the focus of my creations, so I don't do a lot of embellishing. In addition to Copics, I am also completely obsessed with Kraft Cardstock, and polka dots! I am really looking forward to being a part the YNS team!

Nicole Nastali

Nicole Nastali <br>Designer
Hi! I’m a former kindergarten teacher who is now a stay at home mom to my 2 little girls. My hubby is supportive of all my crafty pursuits and that says a lot about him because I love all kinds of crafts from making headbands, bows, & designing dresses to making party favors and now cards!! I am a newcomer on the stamping scene and have met so many wonderful crafting friends already thanks to the common joy of card making and coloring with Copic markers. I would color all day long if my family would let me…!! Lol! My favorite colors are the blue greens (affectionately called the BG’s) and I try to sneak them into every card I make!! I love to get crafty with my girls (ages 8 & 6) and let them color images right along side me. It’s a fun hobby for us all to share!! A sleepover stamp from YNS was one of my very first stamp purchases & I’ve been in love with Fhiona & friends ever since!! I’m thrilled to be joining the YNS Team with this group of fabulously talented ladies & I can’t wait to share my cards with you!!

Ruza Rebel

Ruza Rebel <br>Designer
I'm a former Administrative Assistant turned stay-at-home mom to a very special young lady. I've been crafting since I was a young child, and when I became a SAHM I turned to crafting to stay busy. Staying busy making cards, altering items, and just having fun with paper is an amazing hobby that I truly fell in love with. I'm very grateful that I have a husband that supports me, that my son loves seeing my creations as well, and my special young lady enjoys getting into my crafts. I truly love the challenge of making something beautiful with the various products available to the crafting industry. That is why I am super excited to share my projects featuring the amazing YNS Digital Stamps, and I look forward to seeing your creations as well!

Sheila Veitch

Sheila Veitch <br>Designer
I was borne and grew up in a small town Canada. I started paper crafting in the fall of 2007, when I saw a stamping catalogue one of my friends had laying around her home. I took one look through the catalogue and was so excited because I knew I had found my favorite hobby at last! Making Cards. I’m a natural born artist, I completed a graphic arts program in college and worked as an artist for several years a life time ago. I currently work as an office administrator in Toronto where I live with my dog Georgie. Though I absolutely love my job, this hobby is my creative outlet. I believe, the cards I make are like little works of art, expressed from the heart. I find that when I’m making a card for a specific person, I am thinking about that person through the whole process. And that in itself can be the gift.

Thanh Vo

Thanh Vo <br>Designer
Hello there! I’m Thanh (pronounced “tan”). I live in the Metro Vancouver area of Canada in a suburban apartment. I'm so excited to be joining the YNS Design Team! I was the July 2012 Guest Designer and have fallen hard for the the images since. I work full-time during the day and can be found in my little craftin' haven at night either sipping a cup of tea or a yummy martini! I'm a Design member for other fabulous companies as well, if you would like to learn more about me, please visit my blog. Take care and I look forward to creating with you!

Wendy McGaffey

Wendy McGaffey <br>Designer
Hey Wendy McGaffey here with a lil about me.....I have been happily married for 27 years... I have 3 grown children and 3 furbabies and I love crafting...☺...I usually have several projects on the go from crocheting a stuffed teddy bear to sewing a memory quilt, but honestly I have to say that paper crafting and making cards is number one on my list...I started out scrapbooking but fell in LOVE with stamps and then became slightly addicted to coloring with Copics .....I am having a ton of fun on the YNS team and absolutely love creating with their products.
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