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Get the latest about Your Next Stamp NEW RELEASES and click around some great BLOG HOPS! We have a great group of ladies with lots of talent on our DESIGN TEAM to help inspire you!

Monday, February 28, 2011

March Guest Designer ... Peggy Toole

Before I introduce Peggy I'd like you to know that you have arrived in the correct place...this is the YNS blog and thanks to Simone my fabulous friend and DT co-ordinator we have a completely new look - YAY! You'll find this new design to be very user friendly and I guarantee that you will find loads of inspiration from myself and the DT with the new posting rotation we have set up. Be sure to check in often or sign up to receive updates via email so you don't miss out on all the fun hops and contests too!

Ok so let me introduce our amazing guest designer...

I am so pleased to welcome the wonderful and super-talented Peggy Toole as our YNS Guest Designer for the month of March! Welcome aboard Peggy!

Hi everyone! My name is Peggy Toole and I live near Salmon Arm in British Columbia with my very supportive and wonderful husband and 3 boys. I am a SAHM and love to stamp, sometimes I think it has taken over! lol I have been stamping now for almost 6 years and just love this hobby and all the great people I have met because of it. I was just thrilled when Karen asked me to be a guest at YNS and the opportunity to work with such a great bunch of women, I can't wait to get started!

Peggy is a regular participant of our YNS Challenges, and has made many gorgeous YNS creations which you can see HERE at her blog. For today's stunning card, Peggy has used the adorable Bubbly Fun Fhiona stamp. Don't you just love those pearl bubbles, that fab sentiment, and check out the bathroom scene she has created complete with furry bath mat!

Thank you for joining us Peggy! We are so looking forward to seeing more of your amazing YNS creations!

Happy stamping!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Design Team...

Yesterday we bid a fond farewell to our wonderful DT members, Linda and Sylvia, and also announced that the rest of the current DT are staying for another term! YAY!

Today I have the pleasure of introducing 2 wonderful ladies who are going to join our YNS Design Team for the new DT term beginning March 1st!  Please join me in giving a warm YNS welcome to Diana and Dana...

Diana Genario

My name is Diana and I currently live in Missouri. I'm originally from New York so I'm a true City Girl turned Country Girl. I live with my true love Kelly and our 3 babies (kitty babies that is). I have been scrapbooking for over 8 years, and just about 2 years ago, I discovered my love for card making and stamping. I love coloring and creating. I do work a full time job, but evenings and weekends my crafty side emerges, and the rest is history. I'm so very excited about being on the YNS DT and honored to work with all of the talented ladies here.

Dana Joy

Hi, I'm Dana and I have been stamping for over 12 years and enjoy every minute of it. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 18 years and I'm the proud mom of two wonderful children (ages 20 and 15). I started stamping after attending a home party for Stampin Up and I haven't stopped since. I love all kinds of challenges and love searching the internet for exciting new techniques. Right now I'm ga-ga over Copic Markers but I still enjoy using chalks, glitter, watercolors and other mediums. I can't wait to get started on the DT.

Welcome ladies - we are super excited to have you join us!

So our full Design Team line up from March 1st will be:

Karen Dedman - Owner
Simonne Clay - DT Coordinator
Maureen Wong - Special Projects Coordinator
Kerri Michaud - Special Projects Assistant Coordinator

Crystal Irwin - Assistant DT Coordinator
Beth Ranney-Thomas
Dana Joy
Diana Genario
Chris Olsen
Jenny Suchin
Wendy Ramlakhan

We have lots of fun things happening here at YNS over the next 6 months! Look for my new YNS blog design very soon and then let the fun begin with a super cute March stamp release! Keep popping by to check out all the amazing DT creations, contests, new releases and much more...if you want to receive updates via email, please subscribe to the YNS blog.

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Farewell and Thank You

WOW! Can you believe that we are just days away from the end of this current DT term? The past 6 months have passed so quickly!

Our new DT term starts on March 1st, and I am so pleased to say that almost all of our current DT have accepted their invitations to continue for another term - YAY!  However, we are sadly losing 2 of our much-loved members, and so it is with great thanks and good wishes that we bid a very fond farewell to the wonderful Linda and Sylvia.

To send them off in style, here are just a few of their amazing YNS DT creations:

Hedgie Family by Linda

Mother Hen by Linda

Thank you Linda and Sylvia for all your hard work, dedication, friendship, laughter and talent. You have been fabulous Design Team members, and we are all going to miss you greatly!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Be Happy - Etsy Inspired

Hi everybody! It's Maureen here and I wanted to share a card I made for the Etsy Inspired Challenge, sponsored by YNS! I had so much fun looking through all the Claylicious creations and knew right away that I had to take inspiration from one of the fun plates. I picked this cute Be Happy plate:

You can see that I did a pretty literal take on it using Asha from India:

You still have some time to play along with this week's Etsy Inspired Challenge - the deadline to link up your creation is tomorrow, February 25th, 2011 at noon Pacific time.

~Maureen =)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Using minis for tags/Etsy Inspired challenge

Hi all, Chris here! If you stopped by this blog over the weekend you may have noticed that Karen has asked the team to contribute to her blog and/or saw Beth's awesome creation for the challenge YNS is sponsoring this week!!! If not, you may want to click here so you don't miss it!

YNS is sponsoring the the fabulous Etsy Inspired challenge. The Etsy inspiration shop for this challenge is Claylicious for functional and decorative pottery.

I just love the minis available at Your Next Stamp!  They are just perfect for tags!! I used this image here on the Claylicious site for my inspiration on my first tag. I used the mini Shopping Fhiona stamp and colored it orange and blue to follow the color scheme. The dp, which is from my scraps, mimics the swirls on the pottery.

Set of two nesting oval dishes in turquoise and pink

To play along in the Etsy Inspired Challenge:

**Go to, look around, and find an item or two that inspires you.
**Make any *NEW* creation that you would like and post a link on the Etsy Inspired challenge blog by Friday, February 25th, 2011 at noon Pacific time.
**Give credit to the shop/item you found your inspiration from and link back the Etsy Inspired.

After creating one tag, I could not stop at one are a few more I created. What is the most fun of all is using some of those scraps you keep saving!!

Tag created with Mini Windy Day Fhiona

Tag created with Mini Ellie Loves to Skate

 Tag created with Mini Ellie with Pressies

 Tag created with Mini Hanging Monkey

Tag created with Mini Ellie Loves to Bake

Tag Created with Mini Happy Days Mermaid

Tag created with Mini Rainy Day Fhiona

I hope you have enjoyed my creations.  Have a great day!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Happy St. Patty's Day and Etsy Inspired Challenge!

Good Morning Everyone, Happy Tuesday!!!

Crystal here and I'm taking over the YNS blog today to share a couple of cards I made using these AWESOME and Adorable Your Next Stamp images. The first creation I would like to share is using Erin from Ireland. I decided to stamp and color her up twice, color them up with copics and create a Happy St. Patty's Day Creation. Hope you Enjoy!!

For my next creation I would like to share with you a card I made with Sleepover Party. I just love this darling image and it is so perfect for those sleepover party invites or just to say I am so happy we are friends. For this creation I played along with the Etsy Inspired challenge that we are sponsoring. My inspiration came from this pretty purple plate HERE. Hope you Enjoy!!

If you would like to join in the fun for a chance to win an AWESOME YNS prize stop by the Etsy Challenge HERE!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, Have a wonderful Tuesday Everyone!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Etsy Inspired Challenge...

Happy Saturday!

Karen here and I just wanted to send you this message from our fabulous DT member Beth! Since I've been so busy with orders and the March new releases I've asked my fabulous DT to take over my blog and post their creations for all of you to enjoy!

Check out this message from Beth and her fabulous YNS creation!!!

YNS is sponsoring the the fabulous Etsy Inspired challenge. The Etsy inspiration shop for this challenge is Claylicious, for functional and decorative pottery. I had so much fun perusing the wares and then I stopped dead in my tracks when I came this ceramic collage called 

I just wanted to reach through the screen and touch this with all it's amazing textures! 
I say Bravo!!!!
I pretty much just cased this to the best of my abilities using Yippee Fhiona.

To play along in the Etsy Inspired Challenge:
**Go to, look around, and find an item or two that inspires you.
**Make any *NEW* creation that you would like and post a link on the Etsy Inspired challenge blog by Friday, February 25th, 2011 at noon Pacific time.
**Give credit to the shop/item you found your inspiration from and link back the Etsy Inspired.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

YNS Challenge #36 - Paper Piecing

Hello Friends!!

It's time for YNS Challenge #36 - YAY!!! I always love our challenges and I hope you do as well! It's a great way to challenge yourself to new techniques like paper piecing! Thanks for the great challenge Simonne!

Well I have to admit that I've been so busy filling CHA orders that I didn't get a chance to create a card for this challenge but I hope to find some time this weekend because I need some stampin therapy to keep me sane in this crazy world!!! LOL

Anyway, I thought I would share Linda's beautiful card with you today! She has used the adorable new Dutch girl Anika for her card and paper pieced her darling little shoes - CUTE!!!

Be sure to hop on over to the YNS Challenge blog to check out all the fabulous DT creations plus enter your card for a chance to win some YNS bucks! YIPPEE!!!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Hope your day is delicious!

Well just a few days ago I couldn't see out my office window because of a major snow storm and today it's raining! This winter has been crazy! I want to go back to LA where it was warm and sunny!!! For those of you who live in a warm climate please take a moment and stand out in the sun for took me 5 minutes to get a slight sunburn on my face in LA so don't stand there too long *grin*

The cold weather and Valentines Day inspired this card I made a few weeks ago. I used the fun new stamp set called Hope Your Day is Delicious YUMMY!!! All the new Chocolate and Love stamps designed by Heather R. are great for cards and scrapbooking all year round, I just love how versatile these images are.

Here is my card for today...

I hope your day is full of happiness and love!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Star Cuties

Hello Friends!

It's just crazy busy here at YNS since arriving home from CHA. We are excited to be bringing YNS stamps to so many new stores and our goal is to continue to expand so please keep the emails coming with new store suggestions - thank you for all your support and encouragement! I'm all about rewarding people for helping out so if you suggest a store to me and they decide to carry YNS I'll give you 2 stamps of choice from the YNS store! YAY!

I have an adorable card to share with you today designed by DT member Jenny. She's used the stamp Star Cuties for her card and the first time she shared this card with me I couldn't help but say "awwww, this is so cute!" There is also a Mini Star Cuties stamp! FUN!

Well, I'm sitting here looking out my office window and we are currently having a major snow storm!! Looks like we're snowed in for the day!

Stay warm everyone!

Happy Stamping

Saturday, February 5, 2011

CHA Winter 2011 FUN!!!


Well as you know from my last post we made it home from CHA - YAY! We were lucky enough to be on a flight that was not cancelled and I felt so bad for all those people who were stuck in LA away from their families. I hope everyone is now home safe and sound.

All I can say is WOW! Having YNS at CHA was an amazing experience and I had so much fun meeting people from all over the globe. Vendors and retailers come from everywhere to exhibit and shop!

Many of you have been looking for stores in Australia and the UK so look no further - YAY!

I'm proud to say that YNS stamps will be arriving soon to these amazing stores (listed in no particular order)
Heaven Scent Crafts - Austrailia
Sir Stampsalot - UK
Stampy Stampertons Crafts - Yukon
The Memory Keeper - Hamilton, ON Canada
Scribblers n' Such - Alberta Canada
J's Knicknacks - Hawaii
The Paperie - St. Johns NL Canada
Junior De Artist Pte Ltd - Singapore
Ben Franklin Crafts - 9 stores in Hawaii
Memories and More - Kelowna, BC Canada
Classic on Alexander - Chilliwack, BC Canada
Stamps and Memories - Hawaii
Memories of Time - Oregon
The Stamp Addict - California
Artco Crafts - Washington
Scrapbooker Paradise - Alberta Canada
Treasured Memories - Vancouver Island Canada

Plus I'd like to give special thanks to these amazing stores who continue to bring YNS to their stores for all of you to enjoy!

LSL Diversifed - Bolton ON, Canada
Photo Craft - Hawaii
iCopic - California
Addicted to Rubber Stamps - Washington
Papercraft Cafe - Kingsville, ON Canada
Stampalicious - Mississauga, ON Canada
Cute Stuff - Hawaii
Scrapy Land - Miami
Stampin' EJ - California

If you don't see your local store listed here please let me know as I would be happy to contact them and send them a YNS catalogue.

Here are a few photos we took at CHA. I always have good intentions on taking more but then time flies by and before I know it the event is over!

YNS Booth

YNS Table Top Display for the Canadian Mega Sampler Workshop we sponsored along with 9 other Canadian companies

Here is a photo of Jenny and I with a few of the Splitcoast gals!
(left to right - Lori Craig, Jami, Me and DT member Jenny)

Here is a photo of the amazing class kit designed by our very talent DT member Maureen.
 It's a Double Surprise Match Box!!!
Want to learn how to make this? This kit is only available to retailers so ask your local store to contact me for the stamp set and class instructions.

Well, I'd better be going now so until next time...Happy Stamping!

Friday, February 4, 2011

CHA Hop Winner


We are back from CHA and I promise to update everyone really soon!!!

Today I'd like to announce our CHA Blog Hop Winner and then check back this weekend for all the YNS CHA news - YAY!

Congrats AndreaJB -

Email me to claim your prize

Thank you to everyone who hopped along...the DT and guest creations were all amazing!!! I just can't get enough of those adorable World Kids and all the mini's are just too much FUN!!!

Quick order update - all orders that were placed while I was away have been shipped - thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding.

This weekend I'll announce all the fabulous new stores that are now carrying YNS!!!

Until then...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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