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Saturday, April 30, 2011

May Guest Designer

It's a beautiful sunny day here! YAY! It rained all week so I can't wait to get outside and enjoy the day!

Today I would like to welcome back Cindy Haffner to YNS as our May guest designer - welcome Cindy!!!

 She made this beautiful card...

Ainsley from Scotland is so ADORABLE and I love the colors Cindy used and the fun layout!

I notied that Cindy used a charm on her card too! 'So Charming' just happens to be our current YNS Challenge theme - be sure to check out all the details and join in the fun over at the YNS Challenge Blog.

I hope you have a bright and sunny day! I'll be back tomorrow with a special sponsor announcement!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Best Fishes!

Happy Friday all,

It's Diana here with a special fishy something lol. I wanted to share a card I created using Fhiona's Pet Fish

There are several other Fhiona Pet Stamps as well:  Fhiona's Pet Bunny, Fhiona's Pet Bird, Fhiona's Pet Turtle, and Fhiona's Pet Dog. They can all be found at the YNS Store. I think this line is so brilliant.

I used the older MOJO173 Sketch for this. I colored the image with my Copics and added the perfect coordinating buttons, as well as some dimension. 

I topped it all off with my new Nestabilities - Netted Fish. They worked out perfectly with this stamp.  I enjoyed breaking out my airbrush for the fishes.

Also, just a friendly reminder that we have a new Challenge up over at the YNS Challenge Blog.  We are working with Charms for this weeks challenge - So Charming. Hope you can come play along with us.

Thank you so much for visiting with us today, and I hope everyone has a fun and relaxing weekend!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

YNS Challenge #41 - Charms

Hello friends!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter! We had so much fun visiting family and Brandon always has a blast playing with all his little cousins. Before I get to my challenge card I just had to share this adorable photo of Brandon and I hunting Easter eggs...check out the cute bunny ears :o)

It's time for another YNS Challenge - YAY! Crystal is our wonderful hostess for YNS Challenge #41 and she has challenged us to use a charm on our card or project. I love charms and seem to stash them more than use them - oops!

If you don't have any charms here are a few ideas the DT came up could make your own from sparkly cardstock or emboss a cut out with silver or gold embossing powder, you could dangle a pretty button or bead off your card or even make one from play clay - FUN!

 I was excited to look through my charm stash and decided to use a flower charm for my card today. I paired it up with one of my favorite stamp sets by Heather Rolin - Happiness. I LOVE this set - the flowers make really fun DP and the sentiments are perfect for so many different cards and scrapbook pages - the possibilities are endless!

Be sure to check out all the FABULOUS DT creations over at the YNS challenge blog and join in the fun for your chance to win some YNS Stamps!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


HI everyone! Hope you all had a Happy Easter!!
Just wanted to share a card I did using the super sweet "Song Bird"
Isn't she sweet, singing a spring melody!

As you see from all my creations, I love CAS cards. And this stamp makes for a great CAS card. You can also cut off the musical notes and use them for other projects like I have. For the background on this card, I just flicked my marker on the cap over the paper. I use Copic markers to color my images.

PS: You only have one day left to join us for the Texture It Challenge HERE!  We'll have a new challenge for you on Wednesday.  

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Home Tweet Home

Hello and happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful Easter!  I have a card to share with you today using one of the newly released images called Home Tweet Home.  Love it!  I've always been drawn to birdhouses, and I really love the modern feel that this one has.  The dp is some fab Echo Park Paper Co. For the Record and I used last week's Mojo Monday #187 sketch for the layout. 

You still have a couple days to join us for the Texture It Challenge HERE!  We'll have a new challenge for you on Wednesday.  Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Home Tweet Home
Paper:  PTI Pure Poppy, Ocean Tides, EPP For the Record
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories:  Sewing Machine, Circle and Lacey Circle Nestabilities, MFT Die-namics medium scalloped die, Dimensionals, PTI Pure Poppy Ribbon

Saturday, April 23, 2011

April New Release Winner and Easter Wishes

Thank you for stopping by and commenting on the fabulous and fun April new release blog post! The DT did a fantastic job showcasing the new stamps! Thanks ladies!

The winner of the new release prize package is...

#16 - Lynne in NI

Congrats! Please contact me to claim your prize.

I'd also like to say Happy Easter! We are off to my parents house today for a fun filled day and then off to my in laws tomorrow for another great day - YAY! I hope your weekend is filled with family and friends too!

Here is one of many Easter cards I made using Dale's Butterfly Easter Basket...

This stamp was so much fun to color and I just had to pair it up with one of my new favorite paper collections - Echo Park Springtime.

Until next time!

Happy Stamping

Friday, April 22, 2011

Flutterbug Wishes

Hey everyone, Dana here and I'm soooo glad it's Friday.  It has been a super long week.  I'm showing off the adorable newly released stamp set called Flutterbug Wishes.  I know that you have seen some amazing creations this week by the DT members with this set and all the other ones.  I super love this one because it just reminds of me of spring.  So cute!!  I hope you had a chance to pick up the new images out for April if not fly on over to the YNS Store and pick your stamp sets up today. 

Have a fabulous Friday everyone.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

New Release Song Bird and YMSC40 Texture It challenge Reminder...

Happy Thursday everyone. It is Chris here... Today I want to share a card I created with the darling new release from Your Next Stamp called  Song Bird.  One of my favorite things to do is watch the birds, especially blue birds.  Here is my creation:

I used paper from my Prima Madeline dp.  The image is colored with copics.  I also added spanish moss to the nest for texture.  The bird on the front is cut out with the Petite Ovals Spellbinders and my Spellbinders Grand Caliber.  The sentiment is computer generated.  The inside sentiment is cut out with the Spellbinders Labels 21.  In addition to my stitching, I added some hand drawn doodled faux stitching.

This card also fits this week's challenge: Texture it with the added Spanish Moss and the dry embossing.  You too can join us for the YNSC40 challenge.  There is still 5 days to go until the challenge ends, just link your creation here. 

Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great day!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

April New Release Stamps!

It's time to release some new stamps! YAY! You can check out all the adorable and fun new stamps over at the YNS store...we've got 2 new Franfou Designs, a wonderful new collection by Heather Rolin, some gorgeous new Dale Designs plus a few new super cute Fhiona Designs - Picnic Ellie and Yummy Jam! I love them all!!!

Today we're doing things a little different, we don't have a blog hop for you so I've grabbed all the fabby DT creations and I'm posting them right here on the YNS blog.

I've also got some new stamps up for grabs so be sure to leave a comment and enter your name in the linky below for your chance to win a new release surprise stamp package! I'll announce the winner Saturday April 24.

Here are all the fabulous and inspirational DT creations, in no particular order, all I can say is WOW!!!

Also be sure to check out our NEW Weekly Special and all the awesome new sampler packs! We've got buttons, brads, gems and paper all in smaller sample packs so you can have more variety!

New Release Special - 10% off your order
Online Code - YNSApril10
Sale ends April 22 at midnight

Happy Stamping and Shopping!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Happy Monday!

Good Morning, are you ready for a fantastic week?
Well let me tell you YNS has some fun things to share this week 
so keep your eyes peeled! This is Beth and today I'd
like to share a card I created using  "Star Cuties".

I just think these two girls are so cute and I love their friendship.
The fun sentiment and star stamps are from "Space Boy", I enjoy mixing 
up various stamp sets, it opens a world of endless possibilities. 
Well thanks for stopping bye and 
have a fabulous day!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hoppy Easter!

Hi everybody! It's Maureen and from now on I'll be posting here on the YNS Blog on the Sundays after the new challenge is posted. Here's my card for today:

Since it's almost Easter, I decided to use Easter Bunny Fhiona, this time actually leaving her as a bunny. But I did have to have some fun, so I made her dressed as a chocolate bunny!

I stamped Fhiona on a white cardstock circle and colored her face and basket with Copics and colored pencils/odorless mineral spirits. Then I paper pieced the bunny outfit on some (fittingly) Bo Bunny patterned paper and cut the pieces out, gluing them over the stamped image. BTW, the outfit was shaded with colored pencils and OMS also.

Finally I added a sentiment that comes with Fhiona and a couple little heart eggs from the Hoppy Easter Accessories set.

Just a quick reminder of a couple challenges going on: I hope you like my card and will play along with either or both challenges! ~Maureen

Saturday, April 16, 2011

YNS Sponsoring Wee Memories

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Wendy here with you today.

 I'm thrilled to be guest designing on behalf of Your Next Stamp who is sponsoring Wee Memories for their current Scrappy Saturday Challenge ...

~ All Things Adorable ~  

I've used a fun YNS favorite of mine, You're So Cool butterfly as my "adorable" image.  He or she (who can tell, LOL) is so much fun to color.  This time I decided to try something new by coloring the wings using a feathering technique.  Feathering is when you use  two contracting colors and working from opposite ends of the object and blend them together with soft "feather" blending.  I used V12, V000, YG23, & YG01.  After adding the sparkle to the wings, it's a little hard to see what a beautiful technique this really is.  But I promise you that there are no "lines" and it's a seamless transition between the colors.

I've used today's The Sweet Stop Sketch (SSS104) for my layout design which gave me fits...I don't "do" tilted panels very well.  LOL!!   Glossy Accents were applied to the sunglasses and glass of pink lemonade (that's what I decided he was drinking  :)  And the sparkle treatment on the wings is a combination of Shimmerz Pixie Dust and Stickles Star Dust...mixed together and painted on.  I find that it gives a very light and sheer sparkle.  You have to "catch the light" to see the sparkle otherwise it just appears as normal.  Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that I have finally tried the White Cryogen paper (the paper has a iridescence sheen) with this image and I LOVE it!!  :) 

Be sure to check out Wee Memories Challenge this week and link up your own "Adorable" project.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Easter Blessings

Hey everyone!  You're getting a two for one special today:)  Diana already posted a super cute Easter card, so make sure you scroll down to see her fabulous project! 

 I was able to play along with this week's Sketch Challenge #328 on Splitcoast Stampers, and this is what I came up with.  I used this DARLING chick from the set Fluffy Chick and some dp from Echo Park Paper Co. Springtime.  It's a pretty simple card, but it took me a couple cuts to get those panels right LOL! 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Make sure you check back tomorrow because Wendy has a super adorable card to share, plus YNS is sponsoring a fun challenge this week!  Thanks for stopping by:)

Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Fluffy Chick, PTI Tag Its #1
Paper:  PTI Plum Pudding, Echo Park Paper Co. Springtime dp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories:  PTI Plum Pudding Ribbon, Baker's Twine, Button, Spellbinders Tags Trio, Sewing Machine, Dimensionals, Stardust Stickles

Bunny Love

Hello all!

It's Diana here taking over for today -- Happy TGIF!!!. I really look forward to my my TGIF posts here at YNS.  I have a card I created this past week that I wanted to share with you all. My card was created using Easter Bunny Fhiona.

I used SC327 for my Sketch.   This Bunny Fhiona is adorbale and I have to say she is one of my favorites of all.

The sentiment is from Fhiona's Easter Basket.  My most favorite thing about YNS sets is they are so versatile and you can interchange them, as I did above.

Also, we currently have a Challenge going on for this week over at the YNS Challenge blog. We would love it if you would come and join in on the fun with us. We have an awesome prize for the winner as well!

Thanks for coming to visit us today and please have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

We will miss you Simonne

I would like to dedicate this post to my wonderful friend Simonne. She has been with YNS from the beginning and not only has she produced some stunning YNS creations, blinkies and beautiful blogger backgrounds but she has also been a dear friend and a wonderful support these past few years. She is currently going through some personal issues and her family needs her right now so unfortunately she needs to take a break from some of her DT commitments. She has kept me organized all these years and brought us so many fun blog hops - thank you for everything Sem!

Here are just a few of her amazing YNS creations...

Simonne we will all miss you here at YNS and we wish you all the best!

Lots of love and hugs

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

YNS Challenge #40 - Texture

Good Morning!

It's time for another YNS Challenge! YAY! Chris is our fabulous hostess for YNS Challenge #40 and she has challenged us to use texture on our cards/projects.

I decided to make a thank you card using the stamp set Flower Garden and the sentiment from the Tall Grass and Greetings set. My cardstock is textured and I used the no mess glitter paper for the flower center which has a bumpy texture as well. I also had to sneak in a few of my favorite sparkly embellies...YNS Glittered Skittles and some Swarovski Crystals.

Join in all the fun over at the YNS Challenge Blog for your chance to win a YNS stamp! Hop on over and check out all the details.

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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