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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Football Fun


Just sharing a super fun football card Jodi, our November guest, created using the YNS stamp Football Dude. I love this stamp because not only is it super cool and on sale for a crazy good deal but it can be colored any team color to match the recipients favorite team!!!

When Jodi shared this card with me I emailed her and said it's PERFECT! How did you know my husbands favorite team is Miami (green, orange and white)? She emailed me back and said "those are actual football team colors?! I just colored it to match the designer paper" LOL she had no idea she had designed the perfect Miami Dolphins football card! She totally cracks me up!

I'd like to send a special thank you to Jodi for joining us for the month of November! We hope to have you join us again sometime soon!

Also just a reminder about out current YNS challenge...Die Cuts! We would love  to have more YNS fans joining in all the challenge fun! You can check out all the details HERE.

I'll be back to tomorrow with our wonderful and talented December guest.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

YNS Deal of the Week Plus a SALE!

New stamps have been put into the YNS Next Deal of the Week bin plus tons of fabulous YNS stamps are in the YNS Bargain Bin which means they are currently 65-75% off - that's what I call a CRAZY SALE!!!

Here are a few card samples from the DT displaying some of the stamps that are on sale...

Birthday Surprise Fhiona

Big Tall Grass

Best Buds

Dixie Daisy



Plus I've extended the YNS Special SALE!!!

20% of your entire order!!!! Including sale items!!!

Online Code - THANKYOU2011

Sale now ends Monday November 28th at midnight EST

Visit www.yournextstamp.com today!!!

Enjoy your day!!!

Karen

Thursday, November 24, 2011

CCC Winner and a SALE!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you celebrating today! Have some yummy turkey and sweet potatoes for me please :o)

Carole's CCC #4 post - Thankful touched my heart and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to comment on her post. If you haven't read it you can find it HERE and her next post is on December 18th so mark your calenders and join us for CCC #5.

Our winner of the Life is Great Stamp is...

Cathy P. who said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mom, Carole! We all have interesting relationships with our moms and as moms, sometimes with our daughters too! I am thankful my children and grandson are happy, healthy and we have a good relationship. Our family Thanksgiving tradition - a huge family gathering and potluck at my sister's house and a crazy white elephant gift exchange with the whole family. It's so much fun and truly kicks off the countdown to Christmas! :)

Congrats Cathy! Email me to claim your prize.

I would like to thank all of you for loving and supporting YNS by offering you...

20% off your entire order!!!

Online Code is THANKYOU2011

Sale ends Sunday November 27th at midnight EST

Have a wonderful day!

Karen

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

YNSC #56

Before we get started we just want to announce the winner of YNS challenge #55 - Friends!  And the lucky winner choosen by random is ....
#6 - Nicole with her sweet pair of cards using Cupcake Cutie Fhiona!

Congrats Nicole! Please email Karen to claim your prize and get your winners blinkie!

Hi there! Jenny here, hostessing this weeks YNS Challenge #56- Use die cuts on your project!

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!!!

One lucky winner will be chosen by random.org to win the adorable Ellie Loves to Ski cling stamp and the Winner Blinkie to proudly display on their blog!


Here is my card, using Ellie Loves Art.....


Jen D, using Light Up The Holidays die set and Light Me Up stamp set....

Kerri, using Snowman Delight stamp, Happy Holidays die set and Light Up The Holidays stamp and die set.....

Maureen, using Happy Holidays die set.....

Amy, using Happy Holidays die set.....

Jen R, using Happy Holidays die set......

And our YNS Guest this month, Jodi Collins, using Fairy Fhiona....



We'd love to see your creations! Link up here for your chance to win some new rubbah!

Friday, November 18, 2011

CCC # 4 - Thankful

Hi, YNS Friends -

Happy November! This is one of my favorite times of the year: the calm before the hustle & bustle of the holiday season; the anticipation of good things to come, without the pressure of needing to get things done yet. Next week, we in the U.S. will be celebrating Thanksgiving.

To be perfectly honest with you, I don't have a plethora of Thanksgiving traditions. I've tried a few times to start some; inviting extended family and friends, setting the table with the good china, serving the traditional dinner of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc., going around the table and having each person tell one thing they're grateful for, and so on. All that Norman Rockwell stuff.

None of those traditions I tried on for size ever fit. On those occasions when I attempted to implement the formula for an all-American Thanksgiving, I always felt a bit like a phony; like I was playing 'dress up.' That could be because I didn't have a whole lot of experience in the holiday rituals department.

After all, Thanksgiving in the home where I grew up? Not a terribly big deal. My parents divorced by the time I was three, so on the holidays it was always just my mom, sister, and me. My sister is ten years older than I am, and by the time I was 10, she was married and lived across the country. From that point forward, Mom and I were on our own.

God bless her, Mom was not much of a cook. She taught at a community college, and often had evening classes. Thus, I ate a lot of my meals with Chef Boyardee and Mama Celeste.

Our Thanksgivings looked something like this: we would watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade together on the TV in the den. I sat there in my p.j.s and Mom worked on whatever project she was sewing at her machine. Then, once the parade was over, Mom would settle in for a full day of watching football. It didn't matter who was playing; she'd watch all the teams, though the Dallas Cowboys and the University of Oklahoma Sooners were the only teams she truly rooted for. Not much for football, I'd go back to her bedroom and lounge on her big bed while taking in the annual Twilight Zone marathon on one of the cable channels.

Eventually, Mom would holler back to me and ask me what I wanted to eat for Thanksgiving, as if it had just occurred to her that some sort of meal was in order. At least one year, and possibly more, we went through the drive-thru of Del Taco. More often than not, though, I'd yell back, "Chicken and dumplings," and within a few hours I'd be rolling and slicing biscuit dough, then dropping the strips into a simmering pot of chicken broth.

Last month, my mother died unexpectedly. For the past seven years, she lived within a mile of me and we spoke or saw each other daily. We had a complicated relationship, and when I complained about her, friends whose mothers had passed away would often say something like, "You're lucky -- I wish my mom was here for me to argue with." My response would often be "You might not say that if you'd had my mom..."

Now, I get it. There's very little I wouldn't give to have my mom here for Thanksgiving. I wish I had the opportunity for one last conversation. What would I say? Of course, I would tell her that I love her, but more importantly, I would say, from the bottom of my heart, "Thank you." I know she knew that I loved her, but I wonder if she knew or could feel how profoundly grateful I am to her for all that she did for me, and later, for my boys.

So, Mom, if you're watching, this one is for you:
This little Thanksgiving number was created using the adorable Life Is Great image. Here's a close up of this cute little gal in her paper-pieced teal turtleneck:
As I've gone through some of the things at Mom's house, I was surprised to find she'd kept every card I've ever made for her. Even though she never acted like they were anything out of the ordinary, I think she must have liked them, and I think she'd like this one, too.

This Thanksgiving, we'll be heading out for lunch at one of my husband's aunts. His grandmother is 101 years old, so we can't not have Thanksgiving with Granny. But when we get home, I think I've figured out what I'll make for dinner for Sean and the boys: chicken and dumplings, in honor of Mom. Maybe it will even become a tradition.

For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving next week, what is one of your favorite traditions? If you aren't celebrating Thanksgiving or don't have any traditions, tell me something or someone for whom you're grateful. You have until midnight next Thursday (aka Thanksgiving) to be eligible for Karen's random selection of one lucky commenter to win the Life Is Great set.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with one of my favorite blessings. If you like it, feel free to adopt it as your own.

Lord, for food in a world where many walk hungry,
For faith in a world where many walk in fear,
And for family and friends in a world where many walk alone,
We give you our thanks.

Amen

XO - Carole

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Winner from Jen d's Blog Post

I hope you are enjoying your week!

Last week we officially welcomed Jen del Muro to the YNS Design Team! Woot! Woot! She had a giveaway on her blog post and for a chance to win theYNS stamp Ellie Loves to Knit you had to answer her secret question...

What {kinda specifically} do I have in common with YNS? And, no, I was not made in Canada!

The answer is Ellie!

Here is our random winner...

Comment by Ivette E — November 9, 2011 @ 12:01 pm
That your daughter’s name is Ellie, same as their stamps’ name?!

Congrats Ivette! Please email me to claim your prize!!!

Be sure to check our Friendship challenge! We would LOVE to have more YNS fans join in all the challenge FUN!

Hugs

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Your Next Deal of the Week

I've put some AWESOME YNS Stamps in the Your Next Deal of the Week bin!!!

Monkey Gone Bananas - Wendy Ramlakhan


Jumbo Ginger Giraffe - Peggy Toole


Soccer Cutie - Kerri Michaud


Penguin Greetings - Wendy Ramlakhan


I even added a few more stamps to the YNS Stamp Bargin Bin...

Shirley Temple Ellie - Maureen Wong

Celebrate Set - Linda Cummings

Be sure to stop the YNS Store and check out all the fantastic deals!!!

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Special BONUS!!!

Use the code YNSBONUS and get an additional 10% of your entire order!!!!
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Offer valid until November 20th 2011 at midnight EST

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Kards for Kids


Recently I met a wonderful lady Bela and her daughter Rebecca at ScrapFest in Oshawa. They introduced me to this wonderful program called Kards for Kids. This program is dedicated to helping make children smile...really can't get much better than that! Cards donated to this program are sent to kids staying at the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and I don't think I could explain this program better then the founder herself so here are a few words from Bela...

I started KKHSC about 4 years ago.  Every month I would deliver cards to the hospital for the kids.  The nurses and doctors would then deliver them to the kids on their birthday.  Also, if a child wished to have a blank or thank you card, they would be welcome to have some.  

Last year's Holiday card drive was successful and so was this past month's Halloween card drive.  It resulted in over 230 cards being delivered to the kids for Halloween.  Lots of smiles happened for sure.

I have a group of ladies that mail cards to me and I deliver them quarterly or whenever I go to Toronto.  I take a photograph for the blog and then the Women's Auxiliary will hold the cards until my rep comes.  At times I get a chance to photograph with the rep too.  The Rep will then e-mail me and let me know that the cards have been delivered to the nurse's station.  Presently our cards are being sent to the Oncology/Hematology wing at Sick Kids.  Our little neighbour Connor Fox passed away just before Christmas last year and in his memory we send the cards to the wing in which he spent most of his third and fourth year of life in.  His mom was honoured and the nurses were so happy to host the cards for the kids.

Our Christmas/Holiday card drive is on now.  I am personally giving away 3 stamping related gift certificates and I am hoping that these incentives with get people to see the blog and have them join in on the fun.  Last year there many winners and I am hoping that the drive is more successful this year.  

This is such a wonderful cause and very dear to my heart.  I dedicate a lot of time and money to this cause and to have more people join me in creating cards would be a goal that I would love to reach.  I have walked through the halls of Sick Kids so many times and I have always seen children smile.  These are children with life-threatening illnesses and they smile when they receive these cute little cards.  We make cards that gear to new born and up to 19 years of age.  All year long we send blank, birthday,thinking of you and thank you cards to the card box.  We also make notebooks for the parents.  Parents get the notebooks so that they can record medical information about their child.  The hospital rep asked me to put out word to create these notebooks for the kids.
  

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I know that Bela's story has touched my heart and I hope it has done the same for you. I would love for you to visit her Kards for Kids blog and be sure to contact Bela (her email link is in her side bar) to donate handmade cards to this wonderful cause.

Thank you in advance for supporting such a wonderful program! I know I'll be sending some handmade YNS cards to the Kards for Kids!!!

Hugs

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

YNSC #55 ~ Friends

Peggy here and I am helping fill in for this week's Hostess Diana!

Thank you to all who played along with YNS Challenge #54 ~Anything but a card.  We loved checking out all your lovely projects.

We are changing things up a little bit and will be announcing the last challenge winner before we get started with the current challenge, we just don't want to forget anyone!  So without further ado, the winner of our ABC challenge is ....

#3 - Cindy Haffner with this adorable ornament/tag! 

We are also VERY excited to announce that Jen del Muro has joined the YNS family as a full time member of our design team!  YAY!  Please hop on over to her blog to give her a warm YNS welcome and to find the question in her post to win a special prize!!!

Here is a little about Jen...

Hi! It's me...Jen del Muro. I am a fan of all things paper crafting and stamping. I started stamping several years ago just as a little hobby. I'm pretty sure you already know how that story turns out, as we have all become masters of procurement in this industry!

I live in North Texas with my husband, daughter and son. We share our home with a couple of loony dogs and a fat black cat. When I am not running around like crazy with any or all of them, I like to find a little peace and quiet in my stamp room. I have been {seriously} stamping and paper crafting for more than 5 years. I design/have designed for several companies and I enjoy getting my work published when I have the time. I love to share my work on my blog,
www.iheart2stamp.com. I also teach Copic and card for my local scrapbook store, Scrapper's Boutique.

Karen knows that I absolutely **ADORE** all things YNS and I am thrilled to be a guest designer this month!  Thank you!

Okay, now onto this week's challenge which is all about FRIENDS! 

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!!!

One lucky winner will be chosen by random.org to win the adorable Fhiona and Her Best Buddy Fhinn  cling stamp and the Winner Blinkie to proudly display on their blog!

 

And now a little inspiration from the DT!







Jodi - October Guest - Rock Star Fhinn





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, November 22nd at midnight EST to enter!




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


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 14 Holiday Winner and Challenge Sponsor

Hello friends!

Well I must say I kind of miss the 14 Days of YNS Holiday Fun! I quite enjoyed posting all those fabulous DT projects and new stamps on a daily basis! If you miss it too don't worry because I LOVE holiday stamps so I have a little something up my sleeve jsut for you! Now you need to keep this hush hush cause the YNS DT doesn't even know what it is! Their secret surprise is on the way so they can create some yummy samples just for you!!! YIPPEE!!!

Here is a little peek...



I don't want to spoil it so I won't show too much...you'll have to wait a few weeks to see the reveal - EEK!!! I'm so excited!!!

Alright, I need to get on with the show...our Day 14 Winner!!! I used random.org and it spit out the #3!!!

That's you Trish!!! You are the winner of the $25 YNS Bucks to spend on YNS Stamps!!! YAY!!!

Congrats! Email me to claim your prize!!

Now before you go be sure to...

  1. Make something for YNS Challenge #54 - Anything But a Card - you have until midnight EST tonight to enter
  2. Visit The Ribbon Carousel Challenge Blog - YNS is sponsoring their challenge this week! YAY!
  3. Pop by the YNS Store (www.yournextstamp.com) and check out all the fabulous deals and shop your little heart out!

Thanks for stopping by today! Peggy will be by tomorrow with all the awesome YNS DT Challenge #55 projects PLUS another chance to win some YNS stamps!!! Be sure to stop by for a visit!!

Hugs

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Holiday Frame



Happy Sunday Everyone!

I've been working on a little holiday project this past week and I finally got a chance to finish it up yesterday. My fabulous friend Jenny Suchin has been making these fun little frames recently and I loved them so much that it inspired me to make my own! Thanks Jenny! 

I really wanted to use the new Happy Holidays Stamp and Die Set so I started off painting my frame holiday green and then applied a layer of green sparkle paint on top to give it a pretty shimmer - I LOVE IT!!!

Then I cut out some green felt using the tree die and gave it some snow tops using the no mess glitter paper and then added the brown velvet tree stems along with some YNS sparkly flat backs to bling it up a bit! The felt holly in the corner is something I picked up from my LSS - The Scrapping Turtle.



The best part is...the middle is a magnet board!!! I got the sheet of magnet from SU and then I made little holiday magnets to dress it up. The photo is showing Mini Santa Fhinn and one of the mugs from the Happy Holidays Stamp and Die set. I see me making lots and lots of little magnets for this board!!! FUN!




I couldn't help myself...to finish it off I just had to add YNS Glittered Skittles around the entire frame...like the green shimmer and sparkly flat backs weren't  enough! LOL

I hope you enjoyed my little project and that it inspired you to do something
creative today!

Be sure to check out our YNS ABC Challenge and share your fabulous projects with us for your chance to win some YNS Stamps!!! YAY!

Hugs





Friday, November 4, 2011

November Guest Designer


Please help me give a warm YNS welcome to our November Guest Designer...


Hip Hip Horray! Welcome Jodi!!! We are all excited to have you join us this month!!! Welcome to the YNS family!!!

Here is some info about Jodi in her own words...

"Hi everyone!  I am SO very excited to be a Guest Stamper for Your Next Stamp this month!  I live on Long Island, New York with my very supportive husband and two beautiful girls,  ages 5 and 1!  Aside from being a wife and mom, I work full time as a paralegal.  I love all things stampy and paper craft related, and I am an unashamed Twilighter!  I am so excited to be here this month sharing the fabulousness of YNS stamps!"

Check out this adorable card she made featuring the YNS stamp Happy Snow Day!


Have a wonderful 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
Designer

Angel Rivera <br>Designer
My name is Angel and I’ve been stamping for over 8 years! I also scrapbook from time to time, but prefer making cards or other little projects. I try to escape to my craft room as often as my 3 boys (ages 16, 12 and 10) and all of their extra activities allow! My husband of 19 years, Derek, is supportive of my crafty time because he knows it makes me happy. I also work full time with a wealth management company and am a licensed life and health insurance agent. I’m so excited to be working with Karen and ALL of the YNS crew!

Bonnie Kohane
Designer

Bonnie Kohane <br>Designer
I am a second generation SAHM, which i call SAHGM. ("G" for grandma). I have been watching my grandkids for 7 yrs. I am also going through a second generation of crafting, i have a scrapbook that is almost 60yrs old filled with all of my favorite memories. I've been featured in Stamper's Sampler..more of an artsy card magazine...but my style tends to be "cute". Card crafting isn't the only thing i like to do, if i am not working on cards, you'd see me working at my sewing machine, crocheting or trying any new craft technique out there.. i love a challenge..which brings me to say..i can't wait to see what you all create for the YNS challenges!

Brianna Loeffelbein
Designer

Brianna Loeffelbein <br>Designer
Hello my name is Brianna also know as Happy Scrapper in the crafting world. I am 26 years old, I am married to a wonderful supportive husband of four years and we have an amazing two year old son Jayden. We live in a small northen town called Brainerd which is located in the state of Minnesota. For the past 7 years, I have been working for our Local UPS Store as store manager and I just love it. When I am not working I am spending time with my family and friends and of course crafting! I have been passionate about crafting my entire life. My main love of course, is Paper Crafting, specifically card making. I also like to sew, bead and crochet and teach others how to show thier creative sides. I am so honored and privileged to be joining such and awesome group of ladies here at YNS, I can’t wait to get started and share all my creations with you!!

Deborah Anton
Designer

Deborah Anton <br>Designer
My name is Deborah Anton and I am a stay at home mom to 11 year old twin boys and a wife of 12 years to a patient, loving, and awesome Army Officer. I am originally from California but currently live in Tennessee. I keep pretty busy just on the home-front with my active boys playing different sports, moving every few years, and volunteering with the Army. But in the little "me" time I do get, I love to do anything crafty and hide in my craft room!! I started out 11 years ago designing and creating jewelry for 2 large retailers, which led me to having my own business; until 8 years ago when I met designer paper and glue. A new love relation began! I am so excited to be part of the YNS team and work alongside so many talented ladies!

Jen Roach
Designer

Jen Roach <br>Designer
My name is Jennifer and I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband and 3 year old daughter. I'm a scientist by day and a paper crafter by night ---or really just about any free time I have including my lunch breaks at work!!

I started out in paper crafting back in about 2002 when my Mom and I took a scrapbooking class together. A few years later I decided to give card making a try and it's been my passion ever since. I'm the world's slowest scrapbooker so the instant gratification of card making really won me over. Over the years I have used more and more stamping in my designs and I love learning and trying new techniques and styles.

I would probably define myself as a "scrappy stamper". I *LOVE* patterned paper and most of my cards have lots of it with added layered on embellishments and textures. My cards may not be easy to mail but boy are they pretty!!

Other than crafting, I love to play tennis as you can probably tell from my blog address: http://tennisgirl27.blogspot.com/

Julie Elak
Designer

Julie Elak <br>Designer
Hi, I am Julie Elak, aka "The Last Minute Crafter". My days are kept busy working full time and running after my children. I use almost every free minute to craft, my purse is typically full of copics and a pari of scissors. I began stamping well over 10 years ago, but my love for paper crafting found renewed energy once I discovered the online community in 2009. I started a blog on a whim and am so happy I did. I have made many friendships and found so much support and encouragement on-line.

Laura Nehring
Designer

Laura Nehring <br>Designer
My name is Laura, and I am SO excited and honored to be joining the Your Next Stamp Team! I am a former preschool/kindergarten teacher, now stay at home mom to 3 energetic kiddos - 5 year old twin girls, and a 4 year old boy. I met my husband the year I graduated from highschool, and we've been together ever since. We are enjoying life in sunny southern California, where we were both born and raised.

I started scrapbooking in 2006 when I was pregnant with my girls, which led me to stamping and cardmaking a few years later. The point of no return was when I purchased my first Copic marker at a local scrapbook expo 2 years ago... now I'm hooked! I LOVE to color, and it's how I unwind at the end of a busy day! My card making style is fairly clean and simple... I like for the images to be the focus of my creations, so I don't do a lot of embellishing. In addition to Copics, I am also completely obsessed with Kraft Cardstock, and polka dots! I am really looking forward to being a part the YNS team!

Nicole Nastali
Designer

Nicole Nastali <br>Designer
Hi! I’m a former kindergarten teacher who is now a stay at home mom to my 2 little girls. My hubby is supportive of all my crafty pursuits and that says a lot about him because I love all kinds of crafts from making headbands, bows, & designing dresses to making party favors and now cards!! I am a newcomer on the stamping scene and have met so many wonderful crafting friends already thanks to the common joy of card making and coloring with Copic markers. I would color all day long if my family would let me…!! Lol! My favorite colors are the blue greens (affectionately called the BG’s) and I try to sneak them into every card I make!! I love to get crafty with my girls (ages 8 & 6) and let them color images right along side me. It’s a fun hobby for us all to share!! A sleepover stamp from YNS was one of my very first stamp purchases & I’ve been in love with Fhiona & friends ever since!! I’m thrilled to be joining the YNS Team with this group of fabulously talented ladies & I can’t wait to share my cards with you!!

Ruza Rebel
Designer

Ruza Rebel <br>Designer
I'm a former Administrative Assistant turned stay-at-home mom to a very special young lady. I've been crafting since I was a young child, and when I became a SAHM I turned to crafting to stay busy. Staying busy making cards, altering items, and just having fun with paper is an amazing hobby that I truly fell in love with. I'm very grateful that I have a husband that supports me, that my son loves seeing my creations as well, and my special young lady enjoys getting into my crafts. I truly love the challenge of making something beautiful with the various products available to the crafting industry. That is why I am super excited to share my projects featuring the amazing YNS Digital Stamps, and I look forward to seeing your creations as well!

Sheila Veitch
Designer

Sheila Veitch <br>Designer
I was borne and grew up in a small town Canada. I started paper crafting in the fall of 2007, when I saw a stamping catalogue one of my friends had laying around her home. I took one look through the catalogue and was so excited because I knew I had found my favorite hobby at last! Making Cards. I’m a natural born artist, I completed a graphic arts program in college and worked as an artist for several years a life time ago. I currently work as an office administrator in Toronto where I live with my dog Georgie. Though I absolutely love my job, this hobby is my creative outlet. I believe, the cards I make are like little works of art, expressed from the heart. I find that when I’m making a card for a specific person, I am thinking about that person through the whole process. And that in itself can be the gift.

Thanh Vo
Designer

Thanh Vo <br>Designer
Hello there! I’m Thanh (pronounced “tan”). I live in the Metro Vancouver area of Canada in a suburban apartment. I'm so excited to be joining the YNS Design Team! I was the July 2012 Guest Designer and have fallen hard for the the images since. I work full-time during the day and can be found in my little craftin' haven at night either sipping a cup of tea or a yummy martini! I'm a Design member for other fabulous companies as well, if you would like to learn more about me, please visit my blog. Take care and I look forward to creating with you!

Wendy McGaffey
Designer

Wendy McGaffey <br>Designer
Hey Wendy McGaffey here with a lil about me.....I have been happily married for 27 years... I have 3 grown children and 3 furbabies and I love crafting...☺...I usually have several projects on the go from crocheting a stuffed teddy bear to sewing a memory quilt, but honestly I have to say that paper crafting and making cards is number one on my list...I started out scrapbooking but fell in LOVE with stamps and then became slightly addicted to coloring with Copics .....I am having a ton of fun on the YNS team and absolutely love creating with their products.
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