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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!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Make a Wish

Hi everybody! It's Maureen here and I wanted to share a card I made:

I used the Make A Wish set and a sketch from Clean & Simple Stamping. This also qualifies for our YNS Challenge #39 - use stitching on your creation.

I hope you like it and TFL!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hoppy Easter!

Hi all, Jenny here!

Wanted to share with you one of Your Next Stamp's new release stamps, Cute Bunny with Flowers! I couldn't wait to ink this stamp up! I just love bunnies, they are so cute and cuddly!

Isn't she so cute? With her little bunch of flowers!
I love doing CAS cards with YNS images, makes it so fun to color and the image pops!
I colored her with Copic Markers.

Hope you have enjoyed my card today and that I can inspire you to try or make some CAS cards!!
Thank you for peekin' in!
Have a great day!
:) :) :) Jenny

Monday, March 28, 2011

Lovin' From the Oven!

Hello!  I've been dying to make a card using these ADORABLE Your Next Stamp images Lovin' From the Oven and Ellie Loves to Bake.  Don't they work perfectly together!?!  Sooooo super CUTE!  I played along with the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #100 and used some dp by October Afternoon Modern Homemaker.

I didn't really have time to make a box or a bag for my cookies, so I pulled out one of these fabulous Blue Lunch Bags from the Etsy Shop It's In the Bag!  The sentiment comes from the Your Next Stamp set Elegant Greetings.

I hope you like my gift set!  Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful Monday!

Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Ellie Loves to Bake, Lovin' From the Oven, Elegant Greetings
Paper:  PTI Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy, October Afternoon Modern Homemaker dp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, PTI Pure Poppy
Accessories:  Blue Lunch Bag, MFT Die-namics Open Scallop Die, Heart, Square, and Rectangle Nestabilities, CB Swiss Dots EF, Sewing Machine, PTI Buttoned Up #1 Die, PTI Coasters, SU Clip, Ribbon and Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon

Sunday, March 27, 2011

New YNS Design Team Member...

We have some exciting news to share here at Your Next Stamp ... I am delighted to announce that Peggy Toole, our March Guest Designer, has accepted our invitation to be a permanent Design Team member for the rest of this term! WOO-HOO!  So please join me in welcoming Peggy to the YNS DT!

Peggy produces amazing YNS creations, and here are a few of our favourites so far:

Please join me in welcoming Peggy to the YNS DT.  Thank you for agreeing to join us, Peg - we are SO happy that you are part of our little team!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 25, 2011

What cha doing Digger?

Good morning everyone, it's Dana here with you today.  Whew we made it through another week. I can't wait to get my weekend started. I  plan to get out in my garden this weekend and plant some hot peppers, tomatoes and herbs.  I just love this time of year where you see all natures beauty come alive. 

To get me in the mood I choose to color up Digger to get started.  Isn't he just the cutest little mole?  He just makes me happy with his little hat and shovel.  Too cute!  Why don't you stop by the YSN store pick up Digger to get you in the digging mood? Also don't forget you still have time to participate in the Make It Sparkle challenge over at the YNS Challenge Blog.  Challenge ends MIDNIGHT (EST) March 29.

Thanks for stopping by and see ya soon!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Winner and a Sparkle Card

**this is our second post today so be sure to check out Chris's adorable Gardening Ellie card HERE!**

WOW! That about sums up how I feel about all your wonderful comments on my Surprise Giveaway!

Thank you so much for joining in the fun and for spreading the word to all your friends! I will definitely do more surprise giveaways so be sure to check back often for daily inspiration and loads of YNS FUN!

Before I announce the winner I'd like to share a card I made using Shirley Temple Ellie which by the way just happens to be on sale right now! I just adore this sweet stamp and really wanted to make a card for the YNS Make it Sparkle challenge! Many of you know that my little addiction, besides stamping, is bling so I've added some yummy glittered skittles to my card as well as some purple shimmer cardstock and some ribbon with glittered edges.

Alrighty, now on with the announcement of the winner of my YNS Surprise Giveaway!!!

Congratulations Brenda!!!! Blog

You've won these YNS goodies...Rainy Day Fhiona and some yummy YNS Glittered Skittles!!!

Email me ( to claim your prize! YAY!

Happy Stamping!

Is it Spring Yet? Ellie is ready to garden....

 Hi All!! It is Chris here, sharing a little spring using the Ellie Loves to Garden from Your Next Stamp.  I colored the image with copics and sponged the clouds with a scalloped circle and my SU Baja Breeze ink. 

I just love the bright and fun colors of the My Mind's Eye Tickled Pink pad.

The layout uses the Sweet Stop sketch.  Isn't this image just so darling and Springy?  I just love her.  She reminds me of my dear daughter.

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget we have a great challenge going on at  the
 Your Next Stamp Challenge Blog This week's challenge is  Make It Sparkle.
We want to see you use a lot of sparkle on your challenge entries! 
You could use rhinestones, Shimmerz, Stickles, Glitter, glittered paper, etc. anything as long as it sparkles.
There are two chances to win so why not give the challenge a try!!! You don't have to use a YNS image to join us but if you do, we would love to see you use them

I hope you enjoyed my creation and that your day is fun with sunshine!!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Happy Spring!

Hi all ... Jenny here!
Sharing with you my CAS (Clean and Simple) project.
I love CAS - which to me means uncluttered.
I like to showcase the image.
I want it to be the star of my card.
With CAS cards I can achieve that!
And heres how you can too:

First I stamp my image onto white cardstock, I use Gina K pure luxury white when I am making a one layer CAS card because the markers don't bleed through the back. Makes for a perfectly clean card.

Next, I stamped my sentiment in the bottom corner then used a ruler to make a border around the card.

Then I stamped my image and colored in.

And here is my finished card! So clean and really makes the star of the show "TULIP GARDEN" stand out and be the focal point of the card. And I made this card in less than 10 minutes, so they are really perfect when you need a quick card!

Your Next Stamp rubber stamps are perfect for doing CAS. They are nice, crisp and you can get them in a variety of sizes to make small notecard size cards or large standard size cards. 

PS: Dont forget to enter for the SURPRISE GIVEAWAY! You dont wanna miss it!!

Thanks for peeking in and letting me share my project with you today!
Have a great week!! 
:) :) :) Jenny

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Music Soothes the Soul!

Good Morning Everyone, Happy Tuesday!!! Crystal here and today I would like to share with you a creation I made with this ADORABLE Your Next Stamp image Ipod Teen Girl. My DD's birthday is Next Week and I thought this image would work perfect for her. She is turning 12 and wants an itunes card as one of her gifts. So I decided to add one to my card, I made a layout where I could slide in the gift card for her..Hope you enjoy!!

I just love this image, it is sooo fun for the kids!!! YNS also has an ipod teen boy so if you have boys stop by and check out that image :)!!! I used this fun paper from American Crafts Teen girl, You can't see it all because my image is covering it a bit but it has radios and ipods all over it!!! In the inside I have matching music note paper from this pack of paper!!!

I also wanted to remind you that Your Next Stamp is having a SURPRISE GIVEAWAY it ends the 23rd so you still have some time, come check out the post HERE for a chance to win this FUN CANDY!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope everyone has a GREAT Tuesday!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

It's Getting Warmer

Oh yes I can say it's definitely getting warmer I actually have flowers abloom in my yard 
they are dwarf dutch Iris!!! 
Today I want to share a cardshowcasing one of the new releases 

It seems life couldn't get much better for Ellie and I can say I can't blame her!
Thank you for stopping by and don't forget we have a great challenge going on at  the
 .Your Next Stamp Challenge Blog, Make It Sparkle.
We want to see you use a lot of sparkle on your challenge entries! 
You could use rhinestones, Shimmerz, Stickles, Glitter, anything as long as it sparkles.
There are two chances to win YNS bucks so come on over and give it a go!
I hope you have a bright sunshiny day!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Surprise Giveaway!

Hello Friends!!!

Today I just feel like saying THANKS for all your support with a surprise giveaway!!! YIPPEE!!! Things have been really busy here and I know I personally haven't posted as much as I used to but I just want everyone to know that I am here and I appreciate all of you - thank you for loving YNS stamps and for keeping my dream alive!!!

Recently we introduced some new embellies here at YNS - Glittered Skittles!!! These sparkly embellies are awesome and add the perfect little bit of sparkle to your cards and scrapbook pages! Well with that said let's give some of those away!

We all LOVE YNS stamps so lets add some to the surprise giveaway as well!!!

How about the super cute Rainy Day Fhiona to celebrate all the snow melting here in Ontario! Bring on the rain!!!

I'll keep this surprise giveaway for Rainy Day Fhiona and YNS Glittered Skittles open for 4 days so be sure to enter your name by leaving a comment on this post for your chance to win and be sure to tell all your blogger friends!

Contest closes Wednesday March 23rd at midnight EST - good luck!

Happy Stamping Hugs!

Friday, March 18, 2011

A little bit of Music

Happy TGIF everyone.  It's Diana here and I wanted to share a card I created this week with Mini Ellie Loves Music. She is part of our most recent releases. You can grab this lil beauty over at the YNS store while she is on SALE now along with all the mini stamps and YNS embellishments - 10% off until March 31st. Swing by the YNS Store and check out all the sale items we have in addition as well. Also be sure to check out the full size version of this adorable stamp!

I used Mojo Monday 181 for this.  I added some cork paper, several dies, buttons, and topped it off with some Sparkle. Speaking of Sparkle, this weeks challenge is all about the Sparkle.  We would love it if you could come join us at the YNS Challenge Blog for this weeks challenge and get your Sparkle on.

Thank you for visiting us today, and I hope you all have a happy and safe weekend!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Flower Bouquet 4u

Hi everybody! It's Maureen here and I wanted to share a card I made:

I used Flower Bouquet Fhiona and some REALLY old papers from Heidi Grace. Fhi's headband and dress were paper pieced and the rest was colored with Copics (yes, even those really thin and tiny bits in the bouquet - just go really slowly and carefully!) and cut out with a Nesties die. The "4u" was cut with Quickutz dies and I did the lattice scoring on the background with my Martha score board.

Just a quick reminder that our new challenge just started - "Make It Sparkle". We hope you'll play along with us!

~Maureen =)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

YNS Challenge #38 - Make it Sparkle!

Happy Wednesday!!!

It's time for a new challenge over at the YNS Challenge Blog and your hostess is the super talented DT member Wendy! She has challenged us to Make It Sparkle! YAY! My favorite kind of challenge!!!

Here is Wendy's fabulous Sparkle card featurung the new March Release stamp Easter Egg Tree...I LOVE this stamp!!!

Be sure to check out all the details over at the YNS Challenge Blog and enter your Sparkly card for your chance to win some YNS bucks!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Hope Your Day is Purr-fect!

Hello and happy Monday!  Hopefully you've all seen the adorable new images that Karen has in the store! This is one of them called Ellie's Kitty Willow~love her!  I paired her with some fab Echo Park Paper Co. Be Mine dp and the February Jen's Sketch For You To Try.  I also decorated the inside, and I computer generated a sentiment that I thought would be fun with this cute little kitty:

I hope you like it and I hope you all have a purr-fect day!  Thank you so much for stopping by:)

Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Ellie's Kitty Willow
Paper:  PTI Raspberry Fizz, True Black, Echo Park Paper Co. Be Mine
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, PTI Raspberry Fizz
Accessories:  Circle, Lacey Circle, and Labels Four Nestabilities, Sewing Machine, Dimensionals, SU Scalloped Border Punch, Really Reasonable Ribbon 1.5 inch Black Gingham, Black with White Stitches, and Black Licorice Baker's Twine, Button

Saturday, March 12, 2011

March Hop Winners!!!

Happy Saturday to all my wonderful stamping friends!

Thank you so much for joining in our fun March blog hop! The DT did an amazing job showcasing all the fabulous new stamps!

We had 2 winners for this hop...our random draw winner and the winner from Simonne's blog - thank you for sending her such warm birthday wishes!!!

Our random winner from the hop is...

#16 - Tracey G. - Congrats!!! Please email me to claim your stamp prize!!!

Our winner from Simonne's blog is...

Patti J. - Congrats!!! Please email me to claim your stamp prize!!!

You still have time to take advantage of the 10% off coupon so why not hop on over the YNS Store for a little Spring shopping!!!

Online Code is YNSMARCH

Sale ends March 14 at midnight EST

Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 11, 2011

It's Easter Time!!!

I want an Easter egg, I want an Easter egg!!
Oh the sweet sound of little ones running around collecting their Easter eggs.
It's Dana here showcasing the new released Fhiona's Easter Basket.  I just thought this was the cutest basket ever.  My kids are too old for Easter baskets so I will have to live through this holiday making Easter baskets and cards for other little ones.

I paper pieced the ribbon on my Easter basket to show you how awesome and easy paper piecing is.  If you haven't tried it, give it a spin today. 
Don't forget you still have time to participate in the blog hop that going on here at YNS. 
Click here for more details and your chance to win some stamps. 
Be sure to swing by the store and pickup all the goodies that Karen has in stock.  You will have plenty to pick from. 
Happy stamping and see ya soon!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spring is coming!!!! Newly released Easter Images

 Happy Thursday Everyone!!  I am Chris, and I am here to share some spring, Easter creations using one of the new YNS images.  If you have not joined our March New Release Blog hop, there is still time, just click here for a chance to see some beautiful creations with the new stamps and for your chance to win some fun images!!

 I have used the Mini Bunny Fhiona stamp to create a set. 

 The easter basket uses a spring basket template from Perfect Presentations designed by the talented Leigh Ann Baird.  The designer paper is from K and Co Sweet Nectar.  The buttons are from Recollections.  The handle is punched with a Martha Stewart Flower Border Punch. The image is colored with copics.
Here is a side view.

Here is the matching card.  The sentiment is typed on my PC and cut out with oval Nestabilies which I later embossed with Provocraft Spots.  The dp is also from K and Co. Sweet Nectar.

Don't forget to come join in our hop, you have until March 11th at Midnight Eastern Time for a chance to a FABULOUS prize!!! To start the hop stop by and visit Simonne's Blog as she is the beginning of the hop!!!
I hope you enjoyed my creations today!! Have a great day!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Two creations using NEW YNS images!

Good Morning Everyone this is Crystal and today I have two creations I would like to share with you using these BRAND new images available now at Your Next Stamp. The first card I made is using this ADORABLE new image fluffy chick with egg. This set is just SOO sweet and just perfect for those Easter creations. I decided to make an egg shaped card with this cutie, hope you enjoy!!!

For my next creation, I would like to show you this super sweet image Ellie Loves the Beach. She is just too cute for words. I decided to make a shaker card, I haven't made one of these in a long time. I wanted to created a beach themed card for this cutie!!!! Hope you enjoy!!!

Don't forget to come join in our hop, you have until March 11th at Midnight Eastern Time for a chance to a FABULOUS prize!!! To start the hop stop by and visit Simonne's Blog as she is the beginning of the hop!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March New Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the Your Next Stamp March New Release BLOG HOP!

We have some amazing new YNS stamps to show you today! These new stamps are available to buy right now from the Your Next Stamp store along with all your YNS favourites.

I am so pleased to bring you some more Dale Designs! It's been awhile since I released some of her amazing images, I couldn't get enough of her adorable Easter/Spring images and I hope you love them just as much as I do!

Also, I am pleased to be bringing you some more super cute and fun Fhiona Designs and a few new humorous Franfou to add to your collection.

Thank you to my fabulous illustrators for these wonderful designs!!!

Also a HUGE thank you to my wonderful friend and DT co-ordinator Simonne for organizing this new release hop and to all my wonderful DT members for all the amazing and inspirational YNS creations!

Also is Simonnes' birthday today - YAY! 
Happy Birthday Simonne!!!
Be sure to leave her a special birthday message on her hop blog post!
I'll pick one lucky commenter to receive a surprise stamp!!! FUN!!!

If you would like to participate in the hop and you didn't arrive here from Chris's blog, please CLICK HERE to return to the start of the hop at Simonne’s blog, as you don't want to miss these fab new releases!

The hop starts today (8 March 2011 at 08:00 am EST) and ends on 11 March 2011 at midnight EST.

As always here at Your Next Stamp, we have a wonderful prize for you to win! One lucky winner will be drawn at random from the links in the linky list to receive a surprise package of new release stamps!

You will see that every stop along the hop has a linky list - this is the SAME linky list posted on every blog, so that you can enter the prize draw from any stop along the hop (although we hope you will visit every blog!). The linky will update itself on everyone's blog when a link is entered - how cool is that? Please remember to only enter your name ONCE into the linky list during the hop - you do NOT need to enter your name at every stop and multiple entries will be removed. It's not a requirement for you to comment at every stop along the hop to be eligible to be entered into the prize draw, but the DT would sure love to hear what you think of our new release creations!

I'm running a special 10% off promotion from today until 14 March 2011. Just enter the code YNSMARCH when checking out to apply your 10% discount. Lots of new CHA goodies are arriving so be sure to check out the New Products section on regular basis. To make room for new stamps and stuff I've also got some FANTASTIC special offers and promotions running over at the YNS store at the moment, so once you've finished the hop be sure to hop on over and check out the clearance sections: 35% off selected stamps - 50% off selected stamps - 60% off selected bare rubber stamps - 35% off selected embellishments - 35% off selected DP sampler packs. WOW! What a great time to grab a bargain!

For my blog hop creation I have used Just Hatched and Cute Sheep with flowers.

After I finished creating this card I realized that maybe I'm more ready for Spring than I thought...I just couldn't get enough of flowers, butterflies and bright colors!

I had so much fun with the sew easy tool and thread to create the hand stitched look around the outside...

I hope my cards brighten your day!

Here is a complete blog hop list in hopping order:

So now it's time for you to hop on over to YNS Store for some shopping fun! I'd love it if you left me a comment before you go!

Thanks so much for hopping with us today! I hope you enjoy our new release!


Monday, March 7, 2011

Happy Dance!

We all do it...
that dance of elation when something goes our way. 
 Hello, this is Beth and I want to share a card I created using  Happy Dance Butterfly.

Do you like the juxtaposition of the two panels?  I like the busy and simple ideas. 
Well I'd like to take this time to remind you of our fantastic release blog hop tomorrow...
prepare to do the Happy Dance!

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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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