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Friday, September 30, 2011

YNS Challenge #51 - Winner

It's Friday!!! YAY!
I've got an exciting weekend planned so hopefully the weather stays nice so we can enjoy our annual family apple picking day! Brandon is super excited and I'm sure I'll get suckered into buying another HUGE lollipop this year!!! If you're not sure what I'm talking about click HERE to check out the post from last year.

So do you have any fun weekend plans?

Be sure to stop by here (YNS blog) on Saturday and Sunday for our October DT intros - YAY!

Thank you for joining in all the fun for our paper piecing challenge. We loved all the fabulous YNS projects!

Now let's find out who our random YNSC#51 winner is...

#2 - Julie E. with this adorable card...

Congrats Julie!!! Email me to claim your prize.

Be sure to check out YNS Challenge #52 - it's an awesome sketch designed by our very own super talented Kerri Michaud! We would love to have you particpate and share your wonderful YNS creations plus there's an awesome prize up for grabs!!! Check out all the details and fabulous DT projects HERE!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

YNS Challenge #52 ~ A Sketch

Thank you to everyone who played along with Challenge #51 ~ Paper Piecing, we loved all of your creations, come back Friday to see who the lucky winner is!

Peggy here and I am your hostess this week with a super fun sketch by the very talented Kerri!

Before we get started I just thought I would go over the new rules, they're really easy to follow...

1. You must use a YNS Rubber or Digi Stamp to play along
2. You may enter as many times as you like
3. You are welcome to combine your entry with other challenges
4. Have FUN! We want to see your awesome YNS creations!!!

Karen has decided to bring back the YNS Special Edition Digi Stamps to make playing along easy!!! You can check them all out HERE!

Okay, I love card sketches and this week's one is wonderful!  Thank you Kerri!

We have a fabulous YNS Prize up for grabs...

One lucky winner will be chosen by to win the awesome *NEW* Light up the Holidays Die and stamp set and the Winner Blinkie to proudly display on their blog!

Ashley (YNS Guest) - Tulip

Remember you MUST use a YNS stamp (digi or rubber) on your challenge card/creation and you can enter as many times as you like, just be sure to enter a new YNS card/creation for every entry.  You have until Tuesday, October 11th at midnight EST to enter!

Thanks for joining us! We look forward to seeing your fabulous YNS creations!!!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Check out all the great specials at YNS!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!!

Just a quick post today to let you know about all the amazing deals at YNS!!!

This weeks deals are awesome!!! Check them out HERE! You'll notice that I decided to roll with my 'Your Next" theme and the weekly special, formerly known as 'Steal of the Week', is now called 'Your Next Deal' of the week YAY!

I've got a fabulous Holiday Bundle pack, Ellie Loves to Bake, Space Boy and Cute Witch Ellie all on special this week! WOW!!!

Here are some fabulous samples featuring some of the Your Next Deal stamps...

Ellie Loves to Bake

Space Boy

Spread the Cheer and Snowflake Border (part of the holiday bundle)

Cute Witch Ellie and Happy Haunting (haunted house)

Be sure to check out all the fabulous September release stamps and bundles too! The bundles are only available until September 30th PLUS you get a free stamp of my choice for every $30 you spend at the YNS Store until the end of the month - YAY!

Wishing you a wonderful day!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Congrats to our winners!

Happy Saturday!!!

I've got 2 prize winners to post today! CCC #2 as well as the Your Next Die hop winner!

Thank you to everyone for their wonderful comments on Carole's CCC #2 post! I can't wait to see what she has in store for us on October 18th! YAY!

CCC #2 Prize

The winner of this fabulous prize is...

texasjodylynn who said...

Super cute card, Carole. Your coloring is awesome. And happy birthday from one of your friends who does much better at MAKING the cards than mailing them. ;) XOXO


I had so much fun reading all your wonderful comments about the new Light Up the Holidays die and stamp set! I'm so happy to know that everyone loves this new die just as much as I do!!! I've got some more fun dies up my sleeve so stay tuned for more YNS FUN!!!

Your Next Die Prize

The winner of this fabulous prize is...

Regina who said...I love this and your card!

Congrats ladies!!! Email me to claim your prize!

Have a super fun and creative day!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Light Up the Holidays with Your Next Die!

YIPPEE!!! The day is finally here!!! I'm so excited to finally introduce you to Your Next Die - YNS Die Cuts!!! Woot! Woot! I've wanted to bring dies to YNS for over a year now and I finally took the plunge and decided to GO FOR IT!!! Are you as excited as I am? I hope so!!!

YNS Dies are made of quality steel in the USA and are designed to work in all leading die cutting machines like the big shot, cuttlebug etc... These dies can cut through all sorts of different materials like paper (of course), cork, acetate, felt and so much more! YNS dies are a must have addition to all your crafting FUN!!!

Today myself and some of the YNS DT gals are showing off the very first YNS Die...

this die co-ordinates with the Light Up the Holiday Stamp Set designed by Heather Rolin!!!

Wanna WIN this AWESOME stamp set and die??? Of course you do!!! All you need to do is comment on all of the DT Blogs (listed below) and your name will go into a random draw for this Light Up the Holidays stamp and die set. You've got until Friday September 23rd at midnight to comment so hop to it!
I'll announce the winner on Saturday September 24th.

Here is my card featuring the Light Up the Holidays die...

And here is the list of DT blogs you need to visit!!! Trust me you will want to see ALL of these fabulous projects! WOW!!! So much creativity - you will LOVE them all!!!

Karen (you are here)


Remember to leave a comment on ALL the blogs listed above for your chance to win! Plus I'd love for you to leave me a comment letting me know what you think of Your Next Die!!! YAY!!!

Also for the month of September you get a free stamp of my choice for every $30 you spend at the YNS Store so why not hop on over and shop, shop, shop! FUN!

Have a fun and creative day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A little Something...

If you haven't read Carole's CCC #2 post yet you MUST check it out!!! It's a witty and fun post to read plus she's got a little giveaway contest for those of you who choose to share an answer to her question!!! FUN FUN FUN!!!

CCC #2 made me realize that I've never made a card just for me. I always make my cards/projects with someone in mind but it's never myself so I decided to create a little something with 'me' in mind in honor of Carole's birthday and this is what I made...

It's a cute little gift box featuring the very 1st Fhiona stamp that started it all - Shopper Fhiona!!! I LOVE her so much!!! She was the very first design that drew me to Fhiona Galloway Designs and since that day we've have added lots of fabulous new Fhiona stamps just like the one Carole used on her CCC # 2 card.

I love the colors Raspberry Pink and Bright Blue so I decided to pair it up with favorite Chocolate Brown card stock! YUMMY!!! I just love that adorable little gift box/bag template too!  Thanks to Kerri I discovered a really fun site called Perfect Presentation - be sure to check it out!

My little gift box/bag wouldn't be complete without some bling so I added a few YNS Glittered Skittles and some YNS Sparkly Flat Backs along with a little bit of glittered ribbon - FUN! The only thing that's missing is some buttons...hmmm...maybe next time OR maybe I'll fill the little box/bag with some yummy buttons!!! LOL

Remember to leave a comment for Carole by Sept 25th for your chance to WIN!!!

Plus don't forget about our YNS Challenge #51 - Paper Piecing!!! We would love for you to join in all the FUN for your chance to win some yummy YNS stamps!!!

I'll see you all back here on Thursday with my super fun YNS secret!!! Woot! Woot!


Congrats to...

Our September New Release Hop Winner...

#26 - Lisa G

YAY! Congratulations Lisa!!! Please email me to claim your prize!

Thank you so much for joining in all the September Hop FUN!

Oh wait, the fun isn't over yet!!! Stay tuned for our extra special SURPRISE RELEASE this Thursday!!! EEK! I can't wait to finally tell you my super awesome YNS secret! You're going to LOVE it!!!!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, September 18, 2011

CCC # 2

Welcome to the second edition of Carole’s Creative Commotion! A couple of months ago, when Karen & I were putting our heads together, trying to come up with what has become CCC, she asked me to pick a number between 1 and 31. Since my favorite number[1] wasn’t available, I went with another number I like quite a lot: 18. Karen then informed me that the 18th of each month would become “my” day on the YNS blog. She never asked why I picked 18, and I’ve never told her. Until now.

It’s not a terribly complex: my birthday is on September 18th. In other words: Happy Birthday to ME!!!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t receive a ton of birthday cards. I get a few each year from my stampy friends, but a lot of ‘em are like me – they make cards, but getting them actually sent off in time for a birthday… well, that requires an entirely different skill set. Because of my own time management/organizational issues, I more than understand why my mailbox doesn’t overflow[2].

Most of the time, my birthday gifts or acknowledgments come with a variation on this theme: “There’s no way I can possibly give you a card that compares to the ones you make. So why bother?!” Seriously, I’ve received two gifts (a fabulous red purse from my sister-in-law and a gift certificate for a massage from a dear friend) already[3] with those very words scrawled on note cards! I totally get that. I wouldn’t give a wood-worker a figure I whittled or a potter my attempt at a vase or ashtray. Even though cards are much more ubiquitous than your average craft item, I imagine it must feel just as strange to give a card to a stamper if papercrafts aren’t in your wheelhouse.

Instead of bemoaning my fate, I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own birthday card, just for me. Wanna see it? Okay, twist my arm…

I can tell you unequivocally that this card is 100% me, and at the risk of sounding egotistical[4], I’ve gotta tell you: I love it! Let me count the ways:

1. I used the adorable Bubbly Fun Fhiona image. There are few things in life I like better than a nice warm-to-hot bubble bath. Showers are utilitarian; baths are comforting. There’s something almost primal about a bath, like being a child once more, enveloped in the warmth of being taken care of (instead of being the caretaker, as most of us are in adulthood). I think that’s subconsciously a reason there are so many images of girls in bathtubs in the stamping industry. And, not surprisingly, I think I own most of those images! One can never have too many bathing stamps, in my humble opinion, and this one of sweet Fhiona? Quite possibly the cutest of ‘em all.

2. The pink and green color scheme. As articulated in The Official Preppy Handbook[5], pink and green is the preppiest of color combos, and therefore near and dear to my preppy little heart.

3. See the pink bathtub and pink gingham “wallpaper” in “my” bathroom?

(Because this card is for me, I’m working off the assumption that’s me in the tub, not Fhiona…) I lived in several different homes when I was growing up, but the house my family was in for the longest and that I remember best had a bathroom with a pink tub and sink, a pink tiled floor, and wallpaper with a repeating pink metallic cherubs. I LOVED THAT BATHROOM! And I am determined to have another pink bathroom before I die[6].

4. The patterned paper: gingham & paisley. Gingham + paisley = me to a T. As I type that, I’m thinking to myself “Oooh… ‘Gingham & Paisley’… that would be a good name for a blog.” THAT’S how much I love gingham and paisley, in anything. Particularly patterned paper and shirts. Gingham and paisley are my go-to prints; never out of style and never too trendy – always just right.

5. I love ribbon, and this particular ribbon is by one of my very favorite companies, Doodlebug Designs. Everything Doodlebug puts their name on – from paper to embellishments to ribbon – delights me. Karen and I share this love for Doodlebug, and fortunately you can find lots of Doodlebug products in the YNS store.

6. Though there are several layers on this card, it’s doesn’t have a whole lot of ‘extras’. Sure, there’s a little bling (a girl’s gotta have a little bling, don’t you know, and if she can have pearls bubbling out of her tub, I say “Why not?”), but it isn’t embellished within an inch of its life. I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself a ‘clean and simple’ stamper, but I’m also not terribly complicated. I like a little depth and dimension, some texture, and a doodad or two, but then I’m done. Not exactly sure what one might call my style, but I think this card is representative of it.

7. Finally, if I were to show you the inside of my card, you would see it’s blank. I know it’s popular among many stampers these days to decorate the inside of their cards. While that’s pretty to look at on blogs, I find it highly impractical. A decorated card interior leaves me with little room to actually write a message to the recipient. As you might have noticed by the length of this blog post, I’m a bit too chatty for merely “Love, Carole.”

So tell me: if you were to make a card just for you, what would it look like? What kind of image would you use? What would your color scheme be? How would it be embellished? What would it need to feature to scream “This Is ME!” Leave a comment on this post and tell me all about it. If you do so by September 25th (when Karen will draw a random winner), you’ll be eligible to win this month’s CCC Prize Package, a Bubbly Fun Fhiona stamp and a package of Doodlebug Birthday Celebration Boutique Brads. Good stuff, no? :)

Before I leave you, I’ll let you in on a little secret: you don’t need to wait for your birthday to make a card just for you. If you feel like you need an excuse to indulge yourself in this way, I’ve got one for you: you can use MY birthday as your reason. Nothing would make me happier on my special day than to envision you creating something you love, just for you.

See you next month on the 18th!

xo, Carole


[1] My favorite number is 96. Why? Well, Truman (my oldest son) was born in 1996, and Carter (my youngest son) was born on September 6th. Looking at it from that perspective, how could 96 NOT be my favorite number? :)

[2] Though I don’t expect a card in the mail, I DO expect all of my friends – whether I’ve met them or not – to send vibrational messages to the Universe, giving thanks and glad tidings that I was born and that they’ve been fortunate enough to cross my path. At a minimum, this message should be delivered on my birthday, but you’re welcome to send it as often as you like. I’ve heard that good things happen to those who send it daily…

[3] The reason I say ‘already’ is that I’m actually writing this while flying the friendly skies on Thursday afternoon. I’m on my way for a girls’ weekend in Minneapolis with three of my BSFs (Best Stamping Friends), one of whom is new YNS Design Team member, Amy Rohl! :) ScrapFest is taking place at the Mall of America this weekend, and we figured that between that and my birthday, we had two great excuses for getting together for a little shopping, dining, and bonding. There may also be a few beverages sprinkled in the mix…

[4] As if the second footnote hasn’t already put the idea of egotism to rest… ;)

[5] I first read the Official Preppy Handbook in 5th grade, and didn’t realize at the time that it was a satire. As far as influential texts in my life, it ranks right up there with The Bible and The Synonym Finder.

[6] Not that I plan on dying soon. I’m a VERY young 42.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Seeing Stars

Happy Saturday Everyone!!

Wendy here with you today. My son Nathan just recently started playing soccer and I am surprised at what an absolute natural he is.  Last week during his very 1st game he scored 4 of the 5 goals made by his team!! He was running up and down that field non-stop like a pro; I had to beg him to come over to the sidelines and take a drink of water.  Oh, and since none of the boys could agree on a team name the coach decided to call them "The ANIMALS" LOL  :)  So this adorable image Corey the Soccer Lion makes the perfect Thank You card to give to the coach at the end of the season. 

Copic's Used:
Mane: E50, E31, E25, E35, YR24, E29
Body:  E35, Y26, Y31, Y21, E50
Shirt: V17, V15, V12, V01
Grass: YG95, YG93, YG25, YG21

Oh and see...I even finished the inside!  Yay Me!!  :)
I'll have Nathan write his name on the star.  

That's it from me, but don't forget that you still have a few more hours to participate in the YNS Too Cute To Spook September Release Blog Hop...CLICK HERE for all the details.  

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

YNS Blog Hop! 'Too Cute To Spook' September Release

Welcome to our super FUN 'Too Cute To Spook' YNS Blog Hop featuring our brand spankin' NEW September release stamps!!!

The hop starts today (September 14th) and will run until September 17th at midnight EST

Before I tell you where to hop starts I just want to say THANK YOU to my fabulous illustrators Fhiona, Franfou and Heather for these amazing Fall Designs!!! They are all super CUTE and the YNS DT and YNS Guests did a FABULOUS job showcasing all the new stamps - thanks ladies!!!

I'm the last stop on the hop so if you have arrived on my blog and you didn't complete the hop as of yet you'll want to head on over to the uber talented Kerri's Blog where all the fun begins! I'll see you back here really soon!!!

If you've been hopping along and arrived on my blog from the super sweet and talented Amy's Blog then you are on the right track and you've made it to the final stop on the hop! I hope you're jaw doesn't hurt too much after hitting the table so many times!!! The DT creations are fantastic - YES? CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!

Now before you head off to the YNS Store to shop you're little heart out I've got my hop project to share with you. I decided to make a card featuring the new Spooktacular stamp (which I totally LOVE) and I was supposed to combine it with our current YNS Challenge #51 BUT I got crafting away and when I was done I looked at my card and did the old 'forehead slap' and went "DUH" because I didn't paper piece anything!!! Although I did cover the cardstock shape I cut out in the middle of the card with DP - does that count? Oh, well I'll make something new for you all and share it later this week!

Side View

Front View

Thank you so much for joining us today! I hope you took the time to comment on all the blogs as everyone works really hard to bring you all these amazing creations! Remember to enter your name into the link below for your chance to win this fabulous YNS New Release Prize Pack...

Now hop on over to the YNS Store and check out all the fabulous deals! I've got some yummy bundles all put together to help save you $$ plus I'll include a free stamp of my choice in your order for every $30 you spend! WOW! So if your order is $30 you'll get 1 free stamp, $60 you'll get 2 free stamps, $90 you'll get 3 free stamps and so on...

Have a fun and creative day!

Just in case you need the hop line up...

Kerri -


Jenny P. -

Jen D.  { YNS Guest}

Wendy -


Ashley –  {YNS Guest}

Diana -

Jen R. -  {YNS Guest}

Maureen -

Carole -

Amy -

Karen -

YNS Challenge #51 - Paper Piecing!!!

Hi everyone!

Karen here and I'm your hostess again this week! YAY! Welcome to our NEW Challenge location!!! Yep, if you haven't noticed already all of our YNS Challenges will be hosted right here on the YNS blog from now on!!! Why? Well, I've decided to change things up a bit and it just made more sense to have everything here at the YNS blog rather than in 2 separate locations.

What's New? The rules and they're really easy to follow...
  1. You must use a YNS Rubber or Digi Stamp to play along
  2. You may enter as many times as you like
  3. You are welcome to combine your entry with other challenges
  4. Have FUN! We want to see your awesome YNS creations!!!
To make this transition really easy for everyone I've decided to bring back the YNS Special Edition Digi Stamps!!! You can check them all out HERE! I don't have plans of becoming a 'digi stamp store' anytime soon, I just thought it would be fun to bring these back for the remainder of 2011. Enjoy!

You will always be able to find the link to the current challenge on the side bar OR along the top menu bar on this blog. Just click the current challenge link and it will take you to the post so you can enter your fabulous YNS challenge creations.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about the challenge changes. I'm excited about these changes and I hope you are too!!!

Now on with the show...

YNS Challenge # 51 - PAPER PIECING!!!

Thank you so much for all your amazing entries into YNSC50 - Song Inspiration! WOW! They were really super awesome! I'll be back this Friday to post our challenge #50 winners.

Now let's talk about YNS Challenge #51 - PAPER PIECING! We want you to use paper piecing somewhere on your YNS card or project - FUN! If you've never tried it now is the time to give it a shot! I think paper piecing really adds a little somethin' somethin' to your cards and projects!

We have a fabulous YNS Prize up for grabs...

One lucky winner will be chosen by to win the adorable *NEW* September release cling stamp and the Winner Blinkie to proudly display on their blog!

Ellie Loves Hot Cocoa

Check out all the amazing Paper Piecing projects the YNS DT have made just for you!!!---

Ashley (YNS Guest) - Ellie Loves Hot Cocoa

Karen - Spooktacular

Remember you MUST use a YNS stamp (digi or rubber) on your challenge card/creation and you can enter as many times as you like, just be sure to enter a new YNS card/creation for every entry.
You have until Tuesday, September 27th at midnight EST to enter!

Thanks for joining us! We look forward to seeing your fabulous YNS creations!!!
Have a fun and creative day!

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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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