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Friday, January 27, 2012

It's Time for our YNS FUN Friday!!!

Welcome to an AWESOME YNS FUN Friday post!!! We have a whole bunch of amazing projects paired up with some fabulous tips so be sure to grab a snack and a beverage and then sit yourself down to some yummy Fun Friday eye candy!!!

Jen del Muro created this super CUTE card featuring Anika from Holland
Be sure to visit her blog for more info on adding texture to your cards and projects!

Kerri created an adorable Valentine project using the super CUTE Apple Cutie!
Be sure to visit her blog for info on thinking outside the box when stamping!

Amy went over the top with 2 super cool CAS cards!!!

Here is the first card featuring the Mixed Bag of Sentiments! FUN!!!

Here is Amy's next CAS card featuring the adorable Special Delivery elephant stamp set!!!

Amy's Tip is...look for ways extend your stamps to other occasions. I made ellie/elliot into a Valentine's Day elephant by adding a heart shooting from his trunk.

Peggy created an super SWEET card featuring Hope Your Day is Delicious! YUMMY!!!

Jen Roach made this amazing card featuring Yippee Fhiona - CUTE!!!
Be sure to visit her blog to learn more about using different colours of ink. FUN!

Diana's card features the adorable Curly Cutie Fhiona and she has an awesome picture tutorial on her blog on how to make hat pins! FUN!!! Be sure to visit her blog for all the details.

Veronica created a super sweet card featuring Sugar Cone! Yummy!!! 
Her tip is...“Don’t be afraid to try mixing different colors.” Be sure to visit her blog for more details!!! 

Maureen made this adorable dry erase board featuring Little Helper Fhinn

Be sure to check out her blog for more info about how to make a dry erase board!

I hope you LOVED all the fabulous FUN Friday projects and tips! Thanks for joining us!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CCC #6 Winner

Thank you for reading and commenting on Carole's CCC post this month! I love her CCC posts and always look forward to a good laugh on the 18th of every month!

As you know every month we pick one CCC comment at random to win a YNS stamp prize! YAY! 

Congrats goes to....

Kelly S. who said...
awesome story, Carol, and such adorable cards to boot. Love your personalized donkey dp, hee! I gots to go with the poster above...there will be no stamped clown car pulling up at my house letting 15 little stamped clown images out into my papercrafting space! No. clowns.

Please email me to claim your CCC prize pack!!!

Remember to mark your calendars and join us on the 18th of February for another fabulous CCC post!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, January 20, 2012

It's time for a jam packed FUN Friday Post!!!!

YIPPEE!!! I'm really enjoying these Fun Friday posts! So much inspiration and fun tid bits of info! Every week I ask the YNS DT to share some fun tips that either are random fun facts or tips that go along with there project. If you haven't noticed already my wonderful team of ladies are not only talented but quite a humorous bunch sooooo with that said...

It's freezing here in Ontario and snow is everywhere so I thought it would be appropriate to start off this Fun Friday post with Jenny Peterson's lovely snowy day tip...she emails me and says..."don't eat yellow snow" LOL I know we've all heard that one before but you can't tell me you didn't just laugh or smirk at the comment...FUN! that's what today is all about!

My tip for you sure to visit all of the DT blogs for additional information regarding their fabulous projects and amazing stamping tips!!!

Alrightly, let's get started!!!! 

I'd like to make a very special announcement!!!! 

We have a new DT member!!!! Woot! Woot! 

Please help me welcome Veronica Zalis to the YNS family!!! So glad to have you joining us Veronica! She made this super sweet valentine card featuring the stamp You Make My Heart Soar! Be sure to visit her blog to give her a warm welcome to the YNS DT!!!

Jen del Muro has used the adorable stamp Apple Cutie and her tip is  about working with sketches - be sure to click HERE to visit her blog to read about her sketch tip! 

Jenny Peterson created this sweet card featuring Flower Fhiona and her hot tip is about paper piecing! She is the paper piecing QUEEN and she even gave me some info to share with you...

'Paper-piecing is a great way to add personality to your stamped image. You can use this technique to tie in your designer paper used on the card, to assist with staying in the same colour palette if your collection of markers, pencils, etc is limited, or if you aren't confident in your colouring skills but like to use the kinds of stamps that require colouring! You can even take stamps that aren't specific to certain occasions and just through paper-piecing you can turn a regular stamp into a seasonal image (ie. use Christmas DP for the clothes of a non-seasonal YNS Ellie or Fhiona, and viola- a Christmas girl!). And paper-piecing isn't just limited to clothes or accessories- Push the norms and try using it on different elements of the image! For my card, not only did I piece her dress (typical),  I paper-pieced Fhiona's hair with a wood grain DP! And check out the leaves- they are pieced too! Give paper-piecing a try...the possibilities are endless!!'

Be sure to stop by her blog for more tips on paper piecing!!!

Dana Joy's project features the oh so sweet Cookie Fhiona! Be sure to stop by her blog to learn more about colouring ribbon using Copic markers!!! COOL!

Kerri Michaud has whipped up some adorable Valentine tags featuring the new stamp set Basket Animals - CUTE!!! Her tip is...

"Adding a handmade tag makes your gift packaging unique and special.  Tags definitely create a WOW factor!"

Be sure to visit her blog to learn more about creating handmade tags!!!

Woweeee! I hope you enjoyed this weeks FUN Friday post! Thanks for joining us!!!

FYI - if you live in the area and are looking for some FUN this weekend be sure to stop by the Scrapping Turtle in St. Jacobs Sunday afternoon! I'll be there doing make and takes plus they have lots of fun events going on so come on by and join in all the crafting excitement!

Have a fabulous and creative weekend!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

CCC # 6: The Politics of Stamping

Last month, I received a package of YNS stamps from Karen. I had no idea what was in the package. I vaguely remembered a message in the design team forum about signing up for stamps for an upcoming release, but I was a$$ deep in alligators at that moment with finals, the holidays, etc., so I blew it off. After all, I figured, I'm not full-time on the design team. With YNS, I am the stamping equivalent of permanent guest star on a television show; I write my monthly CCC posts, and do a little designing here and there, as time permits. It's an awfully sweet gig, I've gotta say.

So, anyway, I get this package of stamps, and of course, it's full of wonderful purple rubber and dies. Manna from heaven! Upon closer inspection, though, I spy an image for which I have gone on record MULTIPLE times regarding my ambivalence. Yes, my friends, I see an... elephant. Karen had sent me the Special Delivery set from Jenny Suchin's new line of stamps.

Now, ordinarily, I'm thrilled with any new YNS stamps I receive because - let's face it - they're all adorable. And it's not that Special Delivery isn't cute. It's just that in the U.S., elephants are a symbol of the Republican party, and I am a Democrat with a capital "D." Seriously. My children are named Truman and Carter (after the 33rd and 39th Presidents, both Democrats), and my husband is the minority leader (and thus a Democrat) of the Oklahoma State Senate. In other words, we are more political than your average bears, and thus, I generally eschew anything with an elephant motif.

That doesn't mean I avoid having anything to do with Republicans, mind you. After all, I live in the reddest of red states. Oklahoma is the only state in the union in which the majority of people in every single county voted for John McCain, the Republican candidate, in the the 2008 Presidential election. If I refused to be friends with people based on their political views, I'd be a pretty lonely gal. Really and truly, some of my best friends are Republicans. Bless their hearts... ;)

I realize most stampers are able to overlook the whole elephant/donkey thing. (Donkeys are the symbol of the Democratic party, by the way. I could tell you the whole story behind the animal symbolism of the U.S. political party system, but frankly, it's not that interesting; here's a link that explains it, if you really want to know.) Then again, most stampers haven't had to knock on strangers' doors in 100+ degree heat and beg them to vote for their husbands. To get into my head on this issue, look at it this way: think of where you went to high school or college. Now, think about your alma mater's main rival. Would you ever wear a tee-shirt emblazoned with your rival's mascot? Of course not. The only way an Oklahoma Sooner would be caught dead wearing the orange and black logo of Oklahoma State University is if he or she lost a bet.

Being a Canadian, I'm sure Karen didn't have a clue about my elephant idiosyncrasy until the moment she read this post. I actually considered mailing the stamp set back to her and explaining why it wasn't for me, but that seemed a bit silly, and I didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to support the launch of Jenny's line. So last week, when I sat down to stamp something for the YNS/Jenny Suchin blog hop, I had a dilemma on my hands. Should I just make a baby card and ignore the political implications I imbued the stamp with, or should I stamp it like I saw it? Well, you know me: if there's an elephant in the room, I have to acknowledge it...

I figure I will send this card to one of my favorite Republicans, our longtime babysitter, Larami, who just went back to college after taking a semester off to recover from back surgery. She is absolutely dear to my family, and we think of her as one of our own. Even though she's a political science major and a proud member of the University of Arkansas College Republicans. Larami will love this card, precisely because she will know how conflicted I must have felt making it. I will definitely recommend she frame it. I know all handmade cards are one-of-a-kind, but this one really is. I can guarantee the likes of it will never be seen again.

You Republicans in the audience don't have it as bad as us Democrats. For whatever reason, elephant images are everywhere, and have some how become associated with babies. Elephant stamps are inexplicably ubiquitous. Donkey stamps, on the other hand, are as rare as hen's teeth. Fortunately, though, Karen and YNS happen to have a donkey in their catalog, so I was able to give equal time to the Ds:
I used the So Sorry Donkey image to create this Yankee Doodle Dandy, and colored him in with Copic markers. I created the donkey logo background paper by copy-and-pasting the logo into a Word document, reducing it, and then copy and pasting the reduced size over and over again. I printed the document out with a color printer onto white card stock - easy peasy!

Here's a close-up of Mr. Donkey, so you can see the coloring a little better:
You can see where I added some strokes with a gray colored pencil to give his fur a bristle-y look, and to give him a spiky forelock. Isn't he a cutie?

What about you? Are there any images you stay away from? What's your reason? We all have our biases, and I'd like to feel like I'm not the only weirdo around here. Leave me a comment and let me know, and you just might be able to do a little bi-partisan stamping of your own for FREE! Everyone (regardless of political affiliation ;) ) who comments on this post by 12:00 a.m. EST of January 25th will be entered into a random drawing to win the Special Delivery and So Sorry Donkey sets!

You know one of the things I love about stamping? It transcends politics. Get two stampers in a room together, and the last thing they're going to talk about is an election. THANK GOODNESS!

See you next month on the 18th!

xo - Carole

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January Hop Winner

Thank you for joining us for our January New Release Blog Hop and for giving Jenny Suchin Designs a warm welcome to YNS!!!

I used the online random number generator to pick one random winner from the hop and our winner is...

LIZ who said...

Wow! That was a WONDERFUL hop! I really enjoyed checking out everyones different take on this wonderful sets. Thanks for the giveaway and the discount code! Can't wait for payday so I can get my YNS!!! 

Congrats Liz! Please email me to claim your JSD stamp set of choice!!!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow (Jan 18th) for Carole's awesome and hilarious CCC post!!! YIPPEE!

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 13, 2012

YNS Fun Friday - Inspiration and Cool Tips!

Welcome to our YNS Fun Friday Post!!!

Today Amy, Dana and Jen R. have some uber CUTE creations to share with you plus some fun tips! 

**WARNING** before you continue to read this post please put down all hot drinks as you might just drop everything once you get a glimpse of these amazing DT projects!!!

First up is Amy's jaw dropping adorable Winter Fun Bingo Card featuring Ellie Loves to Skate, Ellie Loves to Ski and Tobogganing Ellie...are you ready?


Amy has some great tips for you that apply to the process she follows when making multi layered bingo card projects...
  1. When making my bingo card collages I usually try and recreate parts/pieces of other bingo cards I've made before, or I've seen others do. Stamp out images and visualize or place them in general areas to get feel for what you want for the background, then work out your background. Also I force myself to NOT adhere anything in place until everything is colored, cut and sewn because I find that I usually end up pulling something apart! LOL In general, don't start from scratch-recreate what you've seen before and love. :) 
  2. Use foam boosters to give your project dimension
  3.  I used the sled image furthest back since its a bit smaller and the ski and skate images more front bc they're a bit larger for a more realistic perspective 

Up next is Dana's adorable card featuring the new release stamp set called Love is in the Air - super sweet!!!

Check out that adorable little heart on her bum! CUTE!

Up next is Jen R.s super adorable Valentine Card featuring the new stamp set Basket Animals...

Awwww! This card makes me smile!

Here is a fun tip from Jen R. that applies to her adorable card...

Always check your die cuts that come with the designer paper packages to see how you can creatively add them to your stamped images.  The heart bullseye in the balloon is a die cut that fits PERFECTLY inside the stamp image. It's a great way to use up all those tiny die cuts that come in packages.

Thanks ladies for all the inspiration and fun tips!!! 

That wraps up our Fun Friday for this week! Thanks for joining us and be sure to stop by on Jan 18th for Carole's CCC post!!! FUN! 

Before you go I'd like to remind you about our new release celebration SALE!!! 

You get 15% off your entire order!!!
Online Code is  YNSJAN2012
Sale ends January 17th

 Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

YNS January New Release Blog Hop!

Welcome to our January New Release Blog Hop!!! 

Blog Hop Starts: Wednesday, January 11th 

Blog Hop Ends:  Monday, January 16th at midnight 

Today is the official release day of our brand spankin' new Jenny Suchin Designs stamp sets!!! YIPPEE!!! 

Jenny has designed these 4 adorable sets for YNS!  

The YNS Design Team and YNS guests have put together an amazing hop for you filled with inspiration and adorable designs!!!

I'm your last stop on the hop so unless you arrived here from Veronica's Blog then you to need head on over to your first stop on the hop which is Jenny's Blog - be sure to let her know how much you LOVE her new designs!!! 

Here is the entire hop list just in case you get lost along the way...

Veronica - {YNS Guest}

Interested in winning one of the new stamp sets???

Of course you are! Be sure to leave a comment on all the hop blogs for your best chance to win! I'll pick a random winner from one of the DT blogs and I'll announce the winner on January 17th. 

All the new stamps are now available over at the YNS Store and the best news is...

You get 15% off your entire order!!!
Online Code is  YNSJAN2012
Sale ends January 17th

Thanks for joining us!!!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Sneak Peek Day #5 - Jenny Suchin Designs

Welcome to our final day of Jenny Suchin Design Sneak Peeks!!! I can't wait for our new release blog hop tomorrow!!! I have one word for you - FUN!!!

Click here to see what Maureen has in store for you today...

See you tomorrow!!!!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Sneak Peek Day #4 - Jenny Suchin Designs

Today is another awesome day of sneak peeks at the ADORABLE new stamps designed by my super sweet friend Jenny Suchin!!! 

I've been loving all the FABULOUS sneak peek DT projects we've been sharing with you these past few days and we've got lots more for you today!!!

Click on the images below to visit the DT Blogs who have some super sweet projects to share with you today!!!

I'll see you again tomorrow for our final day of sneak peeks!!!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sneak Peek Day #3 - Jenny Suchin Designs

Welcome to Day #3 of our Jenny Suchin Designs sneak peeks!!! 

We've got 3 awesome peeks for you today! Just click on the images below to visit the DT blogs for loads of cuteness and inspiration!

Be sure to mark your calendars and join us for the new release blog hop on January 11th!!! YIPPEE!!!

Today is also Sunday which means...a new YNS Deal of the Week has been posted!!! This weeks awesome deal is...

I'll be back tomorrow with more DT sneak peeks!!!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sneak Peek day #2 - Jenny Suchin Designs

Welcome to Day #2 of our super CUTE new stamps designed by Jenny Suchin Designs!!! 

Today Peggy has an adorable card over on her blog to share with you so be sure to hop on over to check it out!!!

See you tomorrow with some more peeks!


Friday, January 6, 2012

YNS Fun Friday - Sneak Peek, Cool Cards and a Fun Susie Q-Tip!

Welcome to our very first YNS Fun Friday! 

Every Friday I'll be sharing awesome DT projects with you plus I just may throw in some fun facts, tips, techniques, prizes (yes, I said prizes) etc... so sit back, grab a yummy beverage and mark a reminder on your calendar to stop by here every Friday! 

First up is Peggy's adorable card featuring the stamp Just Sitting Here. I love this funny little lady bug and that grass leaf is so fun to colour!!!

Next up is a Sneak Peek of the adorable stamp set called Basket Animals designed by Jenny Suchin Designs!!! 

Official Release day is January 11th so be sure to stop by for the DT Blog Hop filled with inspiration, fun and prizes!!!

Last but certainly not least I have a little something fun to share with you...

I absolutely love Susan Liles fun little Susie Q-Tips she adds to her blog posts so I asked her if I could share this tip featuring Hula Hoop Fhiona with you for our Fun Friday! Enjoy!

SUSIE Q-TIP: To make hand-drawn grassy footing for some of my stamped images, I just take a few colors of my green Copics (3 here), and starting at the bottom where the "ground" would be, just make a few light swooshes upward with the brush-tip, picking up the pen as you go up. I do this lightly a few times with a lighter color first, then add a litle depth with a couple of darker shades. I like mine to look kind of uneven, and make the blades of grass a little shorter and sticking out on each side where the grass ends. Fhiona may need a lawnmower.

I hope you enjoyed YNS Fun Friday! I'll be back tomorrow with some more sneak peeks!!! YAY!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

YNS Challenge #57 Winner and FUN Changes for 2012

It's freezing cold here!!! I walked out of the the house this morning and instantly felt my ears and nose freeze! I hope it's warmer where you are and if not let's try and stay inside where it's warm and stamp our little hearts out! YAY!

Today I get to announce the final YNS Challenge Winner! I'm not sad that our challenges are ending because we've got lots of FUN and INSPIRATION planned for 2012 and I just know you are going to love it all!!!

Here is just a peek at some of the new things to look forward to...get your calendars ready as you will want to mark these dates or subscribe to this blog so you don't miss a thing!

  1. Sneak Peeks for new releases - first peek starts this Friday January 6th 
  2. Up and Coming release dates - Jan 11, Feb 8 and March 7 just to name a few :o)
  3. YNS Fun Fridays!!! Every Friday look for a fun post filled with DT inspiration, surprise giveaways and Fun Facts!!! YAY!!!
  4. Guest DT contest - look for more info on that soon! Hint - if you want to be a monthly guest designer for YNS be sure to have some YNS stamps handy and create some fabulous projects to share with me :o)) 
  5. Be sure to check out Carole's AWESOME CCC posts on the 18th of every month!!!

Alrighty, let's see who our challenge winner is...

Congrats to Lisa J. with this adorable card featuring Penguin Cheers! Be sure to email me to claim your prize!

I'll see you all on Friday for our first YNS Fun Friday and our first sneak peek for 2012!


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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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