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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

YNS Challenge #26

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Happy Wednesday! It's time for YNS Challenge #26! YIPPEE! Our hostess with the mostess is the super talented Wendy and she has challenged us to make our own flowers for our card/creation! How super FUN!

I've never attempted to make my own flower so this was a challenge for me but I'm always up for trying new things so I got to work and well...all I can say is 'go BIG or go home!' LOL My flower turned out a little bit, ok I mean, a lot bigger than planned...hmmm so I'll add to Wendy's challenge and if you can make a bigger flower than mine I'll give you $5 in YNS bucks...how's that for a fun challenge? Just be sure to comment below with a link to your blog so I can go and check out your HUGE flower. If you don't have a blog just email me a photo of your creation. Also be sure to link your creation to the YNS Challenge #26.

Ok so here is my HUGE homemade flower creation...

(click photo to enlarge)

I stamped the lady from the You're Fabulous set onto Copic X-press It paper and then paper pieced her skirt to match my flower and colored the rest in with Copics.

I hope you join the fun over at the challenge blog for your chance to win! Plus you can instantly win $5 in YNS bucks if you make a bigger flower than me! Have FUN!

Also I'd like to remind everyone that the Limited Edition sets will no longer be available after September 30th so grab the sets you want at this amazing price while you still can!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Get Well Soon

It seems that people every where start coughing and sneezing as soon as the change of season comes so this post is for all the people out there feeling under the weather...if you are not feeling well today, I hope you Get Well Soon!


I stamped Get Well Soon Fhiona and the kleenex box from the Get Well Accessories on Copic X-press It paper with Brilliance Ink and colored her in with Copics. The sentiment is from the awesome Elegant Greetings set and the dp and buttons are from the Basic Grey Kioshi line.

Remember to check out the Limited Edition stamp sets which will no longer be available after September 30th.

Plus there is a secret discount code hidden in the YNS store!!! Have fun searching for it! This code is valid until my next release which is a super amazing HUGE Christmas/Winter release coming in October!!!

Enjoy your day!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fall Issue is here

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That's right! The Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine Fall issue is here!!! It's free with any purchase so if you would like a copy just add it to your cart before checking out!

Also the Limited Edition stamp sets are going fast so grab the sets you want before they are gone! After September 30th these sets will no longer be available.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Karen

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Final Markdown - 60% off

You may have noticed the retired stamp section over at the YNS Store. If not, be sure to click this link to check it out!

When I first launched YNS I had an overwhelming request for single images along with mix and match accessories so I listened to you, my fabulous and wonderful customers, and in response to your request I only produced a limited number of this super adorable sets so if you would like to get your hands on some of them you have until September 30th at midnight. I've even marked them down a whooping 60% off so be sure to grab the sets you want before they are gone!

Hop on over to the YNS Store and check out the remaining sets...quite a few of the limited edition sets have only a few remaining.

Happy Stamping and Shopping!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fall Fun and Wee Memories Challenge Sponsor

I hope you are having a fabulous weekend! Yesterday we went to Chudliegh's Apple Farm we had so much fun! I'll share some photos with you at the end of this post but first I'd like to let you know about DT member Jenny's awesome Wee Memories challenge blog which I just happen to be sponsoring this week! YAY!

The challenge this week is SOS - String, Orange, Scallop. You must use at least 2 of these on your project. My card was inspired by all the fun we had yesterday with the pumpkins at the apple farm...


I've used Dale's Whimsy Pumpkins and Moved Sign for this card but decided to not ink up the word 'moved' and put the 'fall fun' sentiment from Fhiona's Fall Fun Sunflower instead. I also was so excited to finally use my Divine Twine that I picked up at Bonnie's Reasonable Ribbon web shop! I now why it's called Divine Twine and I'll be going back to her shop for all the colors!!!

Be sure to hop on over to the Wee Memories Challenge blog and play along for your chance to win some YNS stamps! Plus Jenny has a discount code posted on her blog for you to use at the YNS store!

Ok so before I go here are some pics from our super FUN day yesterday!

YUMMY! Me pick, Me eat as Brandon would say!
Fun feeding the animals
Brandon really wanted to pick up this huge pumpkin
The pumpkin won the battle!
So mommy helped...
This is what happens when they have candy at the checkout and your kid is tired after a fun day at the farm...
he tried to eat it all but we didn't let him! LOL

Have a great day!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Trick or Treat

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I received a package of super fun Halloween shape cards in the mail the other day from DT member Crystal! Thank you so much hun!!! I had admired her super fun BOO shape card so much that she sent me some cool witch hats and some BOO cards of my own to dress up!  and I was so excited to create something so last night I finally had some time to ink up a few stamps and this is the result...

I used quite a few different stamps so I'll list them for you...

Cute Ghost

Spider Web - Paint Kitty

Spider - Happy Halloween Fhiona

Trick or Treat - Alicia Designs Trick or Treat set

Bats - Trick or Treat Fhiona

Candy - You're so sweet! Thank you Heather for the idea to put the candy in the ghosties hand!

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? We've got our annual family apple picking day tomorrow!!! We always have so much fun at the apple farm so I hope to get some cute pictures to share with you :o)))

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

YNS Challenge #25

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Happy Wednesday!!! Today is YNS Challenge #25 - YIPPEE!!! Our super talented hostess is Sylvia and she has asked us to Give Thanks!!! You can make a Thanks Giving card or any style of Thank You card.



I had lots of fun playing with the new Fall image Autumn Greetings. I just love this leaf frame and it was so much fun to color! I guess you could say my card is more an Autumn card but my designer paper has Give Thanks on it so I hope that counts :o))) and yes I got out my new most favorite paper pad for this card - Apple Cider...these papers are fabulous and I love that it comes in a 6x6 paper pad! The additional acorns stamped with the sentiment are from the Fhiona Friend Squirrel set which is sooooo adorable!

I hope you join us for our Give Thanks challenge for your chance to win some YNS bucks! Hop on over to the YNS Challenge Blog to check out all the details!

Thanks Silvia for this wonderful challenge! I'm off to play with the new Copic X-press it paper which is the most amazing paper ever...I'd say it's a cross between Simply Smooth and Neenah and I love both of those! Plus I've been having lots of fun playing with the new Embellie Gellie! Never again will I dump out a whole container of gems or baubles to find the one I'm looking for...this little handy tool fits right into the jar and allows me to pick the one I want....it's awesome!!! Yes, simple things make me very happy :o)))

Have a wonderful day and Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 13, 2010

New Stuff!

Well I've got a card for you but I can't show it to you until Wednesday since it's for YNS Challenge #25!

So instead I thought I would let everyone know that the Copic X-press It paper is finally here and it totally ROCKS!!! Since I don't have a card to show you here is one by my friend Lora for you to see...she has used the new Copic paper for this card along with the adorable stamp Ethan out on the pond :o) I think this card is fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing it with me Lora!



Also you ladies asked for it so I got it!!! Embellie Gellie is here and I love it!!! This little tool is perfect for adding those embellishments to your projects! Check out all the details over at the YNS store.



Happy Stamping!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Copic Marker Storage

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

I've been busy getting ready for ScrapFest Oshawa which to me is 2 days of absolute total crazy FUN and it all starts on October 15th! If you live in the area I hope you come and join in all the fun and shopping! I'd love to meet you! You can get tickets and all the details on the ScrapFest website.

I'm hoping to get all inky and make a card to share with you soon but in the meantime I thought I would share this fabulous product from Studio 3 Solutions...


Aren't these Color Cubbies just amazing!!! My cubbies arrived this past Thursday and OMG I just love these cubbies! They display all my Copics perfectly so I can easily grab them as I'm working away and they look fabulous in my craft room! My mom saw them today and said..."well I hope you got me and your sister one too" I guess I'm placing another order! lol

I have give a 2 thumbs up to the shipping as well because these little cubbies where packaged up so nicely and they arrived in absolute perfect condition! The price is right too! Each cubbie is only $16.95 so if you are looking for a marker/pencil/pen storage solution be sure to check them out! Also I'd like to thank the owner Tami for her amazing customer service!!!

Have a great day and happy stamping!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hop Winners!

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Just a quick post today to let you know who randomgenerator.com chose for our Fall into Halloween hop winners! Thank you for participating in our hop!!! The DT did a wonderful job and I'm happy to see that everyone enjoyed hopping along!

Here are our 2 winners...each of you get a surprise stamp package :o))) YIPPEE!

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1
Max: 20
Result: 2

Congrats Cindy!!! Email me karen@yournextstamp.com to claim your prize!

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1
Max: 20
Result: 13

Congrats CraftyKitten! Email me karen@yournextstamp.com to claim your prize!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

YNS Fall into Halloween Blog Hop!!!

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Welcome to our Fall into Halloween Blog Hop!!! Today I am super excited to introduce you to some adorable and fun fall and Halloween stamps! Thank you for these super cute designs Fhiona!!! Today is also the official start day for all the new YNS DT members! Welcome ladies!!! I've seen some of the hop projects and WOW they are stunning so be ready for some jaw dropping eye candy!!! Also be sure to stop by the YNS Store and check out the fab new stamps and goodies!

Before I get to all the hop details I'd like to let you know that today is also YNS Challenge #24! YIPPEE! We've combined this challenge with the hop and our theme is Anything Goes!!! So feel free to make a Fall or Halloween card or anything that heart desires! 

If you would like to participate in the hop and you didn't arrive here from Wendy's fabulous blog then please CLICK HERE and hop on over to the Your Next Stamp Challenge Blog which is where all the fun begins, as I'm sure you will not want to miss seeing all the new release creations!

The hop starts today (Wednesday September 1st) and ends on Monday September 6th at midnight EST.


As always, here at Your Next Stamp, we have some wonderful prizes for you to win! Two lucky winners will be drawn at random to each receive a new release stamp package, but please make sure you comment at every stop along the hop to be eligible to be entered into the draw. We'd love you to join us over at our new Paper Craft Planet (PCP) Group, and so as an added incentive, anyone that becomes a member of our YNS PCP Group will automatically receive a second entry into the blog hop grand prize draw! How great is that? (It's free and easy to join PCP by the way!)

Not only an I offering two amazing prizes, I'm also going to include a free surprise gift with every order placed at the YNS Store during the hop! And that's not all ... if you join our YNS Group over at PCP, you'll also be personally emailed an exclusive PCP-YNS-Group-only YNS store discount code! WOW!!!


Here is my hop/challenge card using the new super adorable stamp Fhiona's Friend Squirrel along with the Autumn Greetings sentiment which is from the new Leaf Frame stamp. I've also used one of  my new most favorite paper pads called Apple Cider from Imaginisce along with some Autumn Flower Soft for a little dimension. 


Well you made it to the end of our awesome new release hop! I hope you had fun and enjoyed checking out all the fab new stamps and stunning creations!

Just in case you get lost here is the hop order...

YNS Challenge Blog

Crystal Irwin

Sylvia Blum

Simonne Clay

Beth Ranney-Thomas

Chris Olsen

Maureen Wong

Jenny Cierley

Heather Rolin

Kerri Michaud

Linda Cummings

Wendy Ramlakhan

Karen Dedman - I hope you know that you're already here :o)

Remember to leave me a comment before you go and then hop on over to the YNS store to check out all the new stamps and goodies!

**edit** Please enter your name into the link below to be entered into the grand prize draw...be sure that you have commented on all the blogs along the hop - thank you!

Thank you so much for joining us!

Happy Stamping!

Blog Hop Blinkie Contest Winner

Thank you for helping spread the word about our September New Release Blog Hop!!!

I just love these adorable blinkies Simonne creates for us so I like having blinkie contests to not only help spread the word but also to share these fun blinkies - thanks Simonne!!!

I did a random draw and our winner is...

True Random Number Generator

Min: 1

Max: 31

Result: 3

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Congrats #3 JLJ Designs!!! Please email me to claim your prize!

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
Designer

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
Designer

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
Designer

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
Designer

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
Designer

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: http://tennisgirl27.blogspot.com/

Julie Elak
Designer

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
Designer

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
Designer

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
Designer

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
Designer

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
Designer

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
Designer

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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