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Friday, April 27, 2012

YNS FUN Friday!

It's Friday and that means we have another bunch of awesome DT projects along with some super fun tips and tricks to share with you! 




Before I start I just want to ask everyone to pull out their calendars and write in CHECK YNS BLOG on MAY 1st for some SUPER DUPER exciting NEWS!!!!! That's all I can say for now *grin* just be sure to stop by on May 1st for a very special announcement and super inspirational blog hop!

Now let's see all the fabulous YNS FUN Friday projects!!! 

Be sure to stop by the DT member blogs for more info on their projects! FUN!!!






Thanks for joining us today! 

Have a fun and creative weekend!



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Scrapbook Page #2 by Ann Jobes

I was thrilled and excited when Karen of Your Next Stamp asked if I could show how her stamps can be used on scrapbook pages. I was familiar with her stamps and knew I could work with them with ease!

Here is the second layout I created:

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This time, I worked with Fhiona and Her Pony to accent my double layout. The stamped image is coloured with watercolour pencils and layered on patterned paper and a diecut cardstock.

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I love the coordinating dies and stamps available at YNS, and this CrissCross Border die and stamp were a perfect way to trim my page and create continuity across both pages. Stitching the pieces together I think adds to the western feel I was trying to achieve on this page.

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I did not want to add a journaling block because I like the placement of the elements already, so I lightly brushed gesso over the patterned paper to fade it out enough to journal right on top. A few western charms further accent the page.

Do you see those 3-D star embellishments? Here's how to make them:



Thank you, Karen, for allowing me to work (who's kidding who, it's play!) with your fabulously fun and whimsical stamps. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and hope you feel inspired to use Your Next Stamps on your next layout!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

CCC Winner

Thank you for stopping by and commenting on Carole's awesome CCC Post! I know she loves reading all your wonderful comments and really appreciated everyone sending happy vibes and prayers her way for her son Carters surgery. I'm sure she has gone through many pots of coffee this past week!

I chose a random winner from the comments to win this adorable stamp Ellie Loves Lattes


Our winner is...

irishgalkelly who said...
 
Hi Carole! First of all, many prayers for Carter and your family during his surgery and recovery time. Bless his heart! I am very new to this stamp company. Saw the stamps used on a blog I follow and decided to follow this blog to see what it was all about. I love this Ellie and her coffee/tea cup she is holding. She looks adorable with her boots. The set you used with it looks like a must have too. Love all the mugs and cute little sentiments. You made a beautiful happy card! I've never heard of coffee/tea associated with hope and renewal but I have to agree with you. Coffee starts my day and has taken me through some very ruff times (sometimes a boost of hot tea in the afternoon as well). It comforts me and makes me happy. I associate it with warmth and happiness totally. Wishing you strength in your days ahead, warmth from you cup of joe, and sending you a big hug. You will be in my thoughts.


Congrats! Please email me to claim your prize!


Before I go I just wanted to let you know that we finally finished inventory and we are almost ready for our big move in May! On that note...We've added a few more things to the YNS Bargain Bin plus we now have a Retired Stamp Bin so be sure to stop by the YNS Store to grab some awesome deals!




Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Scrapbook Page by Ann Jobes

I was thrilled and excited when Karen of Your Next Stamp asked if I could show how her stamps can be used on scrapbook pages. I was familiar with her stamps and knew I could work with them with ease!
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The Cupcake Cutie Fhiona stamp was perfect for these photos from my daughter's 10th birthday.
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To highlight and frame the stamped image, I painted a chipboard circle orange and once it was dry, stamped the star cluster from Cupcake Cutie Accessories all around the circle, using VersaMark ink. Glittery embossing powder was sprinkled on top and heat set, to add a touch of sparkle to the festive page.
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The greeting from the Cupcake Cutie Accessories was a fun way to add just a little journaling sentiment to the page.

One of my favourite things about this page is the vertical row of pennants layered up the right side of the page. I struggle with achieving uniformity, so here, in my first video tutorial, I explain how I made this nice, neat row of pennants:



I have another page to show you and another tutorial, so come on back soon!

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Initial inspiration for this layout comes from a sketch by Lucy Chesna.

Friday, April 20, 2012

YNS FUN Friday is HERE!!!

Good Morning!


I LOVE YNS FUN Friday! So many amazing projects and awesome tips - what a fabulous way to end the week!

Did you see Carole's CCC Post? Click HERE to check it out and leave her a comment for your chance to WIN Ellie Loves Lattes!!! 


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I recently discovered Pinterest and I've set up a YNS Pinterest site so feel free to click the above link to follow YNS on Pinterest!


I just started to add cards, projects and tutorials to the boards so I hope you join us and be sure to let me know if you post a YNS project on your blog so I can PIN you to the YNS Awesome Customer Project board!

The DT has put together some fabulous projects for you! Remember to visit their blogs for all the little details and tips and tricks that they add to their posts!



 


 
Thank you so much for joining us! 


Have a FUN and CREATIVE Day!!!



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

CCC #8/9: Running On Empty

Hey there, YNS pals-o-mine! Long time, no see. I missed last month's CCC due to spring break travels and my poor time management skills. I really don't want to miss my FAVORITE post of the month of any website in the whole worldwide web (do you know how vast that is, and thus how much I love being able to have this oh-s0-fabulous forum? Of course you do, because - as evidenced by the fact that you're reading this - you are a person of good breeding, intelligence, and impeccable taste). But sometimes life does intervene. Thus, I've named this CCC # 8/9 because it's actually my 8th CCC post, but the 9th month we've been doing this. Next month will be the 10th, as scheduled, and we'll pretend this little hiccup was but a bad dream.

You dig? I know you do. :)

Anywho! Where was I? The title of my post is "Running On Empty." Makes you think of that Jackson Browne song, does it not? (By the way - that rumor that he beat Daryl Hannah in the early '90s? It's apparently just that: a nasty rumor. I've done the internet research. Just sayin'.) My actual reference, however, is of one most of us are all too familiar with: a complete and total lack of energy.

I gotta tell you, folks, I'm pooped. As you read this, I'm packing up for a trip to St. Paul, Minnesota. My youngest son has a major surgery scheduled for Thursday, April 19th. I don't know if I've mentioned it here or not, but Carter - my 7 year old - has cerebral palsy. This week, he is undergoing what's known as a SEMLS: a single event, multi-level surgery. He is having five operations at once, with a team of surgeons devoted to each leg. Basically, his bones are twisted and he's being taken apart from the waist down and put back together again, with a few rods and metal pieces inserted, for good measure. A year from now, those pieces will be removed, assuming that all goes as expected and his young skeleton starts growing as corrected. After the surgery, he will be in casts from the knees down for 5-6 weeks. We will be involved in intensive physical therapy to recuperate and improve for the next year or so. The hope is that Carter will walk straighter, be able to gain more strength, and use less energy as he does so, thereby increasing his stamina.

In the meantime, though, Mama is fried. I have to admit it. Both emotionally and physically, I'm at the end of my tether. The only thing keeping me going is habit and caffeine. Which brings me to the topic of my card for this post...


I used the brand new Ellie Loves Latte set, with a sentiment from the new Hot Stuff Mug set. Is it just me, or do we stampers LOVE a good coffee and/or tea set? Seriously. EVERY single stamp company in the bidness seems to have multiple stamps dedicated to the humble cup o' joe. Of course, none of them are as cute as sweet little Ellie sipping from her domed cup, or as versatile as the all-occasion Hot Stuff Mug set, but still. They're ubiquitous. As DeAndre Cole on Saturday Night Live might sing, "What Up With That?"

I think I might know the answer. Coffee (or tea, depending on your preference) offers not only the promise of a little pick me up, but warmth. And if you happen to be like me and in the habit of having a cup or two first thing in the morning, it also becomes a symbol of the promise of a new day. A fresh chance to get all of the things on your to-do list accomplished and to right the wrongs or half-assedness of days gone by. One more chance to be productive and be the you you've always intended to be. In some weird way, coffee = hope.

So, really, it's no wonder I'm always up for another cute coffee and/or tea set. I suppose as long as I'm stamping, I always will be. Because I'm an optimist, and where there's coffee? There's another opportunity to get things right. Even in the most busted-up of situations - like having your 7 year old endure a series of operations that should never be necessary in the first place - there's always a cup of coffee nearby, to soothe and stimulate your worn-out soul. I take comfort in that.

How about you? Are you a coffee or tea lover? Which and why? Leave me a comment between now and midnight EST on Tuesday the 24th, and you could be the lucky winner of a random drawing for Ellie Loves Latte, free o' charge. Beats a poke in the eye with a sharp stick (or a SEMLS), don't it?

And in the meantime, if you're the praying or positive-vibe-sending type, say/send an extra one for my little guy, Carter, would you? I'd be ever so grateful.

See you next month on the 18th.

xo - Carole

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Winners!

Happy Monday!


Thank you for joining in all of our blog hop FUN this past week! I'll post all the winners really soon but first I want to share a picture from ScrapFest this weekend...this was the YNS booth and I finally got a moment at the end of the day to grab a snap shot...my wonderful mother was working the make and take table and my awesome hubby was working the cash while I got to wander the booth and talk to everyone *grin* it was fabulous!





I'm just starting to recover from all the ScrapFest excitement and I want to say thank you to everyone who came to YNS booth! We had a blast and I appreciate everyone like Shari, Heather and so many more wonderful ladies for introducing themselves!!! It's always great to see everyone and I can't wait for Oshawa ScrapFest in October!!!

Alrighty, let's find out who won some wonderful hop goodies!!!

We had 2 secret hoppers giving away the adorable and fun ScrapFest Cropper Fhiona, ScrapFest Shopper Fhiona and 1 Grand Prize winner of $20 in YNS Bucks!!!

Plus I had a special giveaway before the hop for $10 in YNS Bucks for guessing the new YNS Dies!!!


Our winners are...


Cropper Fhiona (Peggy's Blog) - Angela R. who said...These are adorable! so FUN!!!

Shopper Fhiona (Susan's blog) - Casandra who said...Adorable card. Such a sweet and sassy stamp!

$20 YNS Bucks - Sharon who said...great card! blue is my favorite color,this blue reminds me of tropical waters. which where I wish I was right now on a warm beach. Thanks for sharing.

$10 YNS Bucks - Betsy who said... love the Christmas Lights die! That would make a really cute Christmas card!!


Congrats Ladies!!!! Email to claim your prize!


Have a Fun and Creative Day!










Wednesday, April 11, 2012

YNS April New Release Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to our YNS April New Release Blog Hop!

Hop Start Date - Wednesday April 11th at 6am EST
Hop End Date -  Sunday April 15th at midnight EST

I'm so excited to finally share these amazing new stamps and dies with you!!! All I can say is CUTE! CUTE! CUTE!

Fhiona designed the sweetest Ellie stamps - Ellie Loves Lattes and Dress Up Ellie which were inspired by Jen del Muro!  

Carole Burrage posted a comment a while back saying we needed more mugs to go with the mug die and we now have an amazing new mug set to match the mug dies in the Happy Holidays die set! 

Franfrou designed some adorable new animal stamps and Dale's fabulous Cheers and Stylish stamps now have matching dies!!! 


It feels like it took forever to find the right style of grass, cloud and balloon dies for YNS but thanks to Heather and Fhiona we now have the BEST grass, cloud and balloon dies EVER! I LOVE them all!!! 

Be sure to check out the awesome new Tags Galore Two die too!!!

Here's everything at a glance...






The YNS DT have prepared some AMAZING projects for you so let's get hopping!!!!


If you have been hopping along you should have arrived here from the wonderul Diana Genario's blog and that means you've reached your final stop on the hop! 

If stumbled upon my blog and you haven't hopped yet then you'll want to start off by visiting the talented Jen del Muro's blog and I'll see you back here again really soon!

I've prepared a YNS color themed card for you today featuring the new die set Cheers! I LOVE this stamp set every time I inked up one of these cute drinks up I found myself hand cutting out the images which inspired the creation of the matching die set! 

I also used the recently released Small Postcard stamp and die designed by Heather Rolin along with the Hand Written Sentiments set - love it!


 We've got prizes up for grabs so be sure to leave a comment on ALL the DT blogs including mine for your chance to win!!!


Look at what's up for grabs!!!


PLUS this weekend is ScrapFest!!! YIPPEE!!! I LOVE having a booth at this event and always have so much FUN meeting all of our fabulous customers!

YNS designed 2 very special stamps for this awesome event and every year these cuties are available for a limited time at a very special price. These stamps are only available until Sunday April 15 so grab them for your collection while you can!

Here is a project Crystal made last year showcasing these cuties...ScrapFest Shopper and ScrapFest Cropper Fhiona!





We've hidden 2 ScrapFest stamp prizes along the hop so be sure to comment on all the blogs for your chance to WIN!

I'll announce all the winners from the hop and from yesterdays post on Monday April 16th. 


Here is a complete hop list just in case you get lost along the way!



Thank you so much for joining us! I hope you are filled with inspiration and a long list of must have stamps and dies!

Visit the YNS Store today to scoop up some new goodies and be sure to check out the special April bundles and awesome bargains!


Have a FUN and CREATIVE day!






Tuesday, April 10, 2012

YNS and Ribbon Carousel Blog Hop!!!

We have an awesome hop for you today filled with tons of inspiration and even some fabulous YNS April sneak peeks!!!
YNS is sponsoring The Ribbon Carousel Challenge this week so we thought it would be fun to do a combined hop to showcase our fabulous DT members and amazing products! 

Be sure to hop along by clicking on all the participants blogs listed in the linky at the bottom of this post. You need to leave a comment on all the blogs and participate in the challenge for your chance to win these fabulous prizes!


YNS has the soon to be released Ellie Loves Lattes up for grabs along with a $10 Gift Certificate and The Ribbon Carousel is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate! Woot! Woot!


It's super fun and easy to play along with the The Ribbon Carousel Challenge!  

Your creation can be anything from cards, quilts, sewn items, paper crafts, paintings! *** Be sure to have ribbon, bakers twine, jute twine, lace, thread (basically anything that comes on a spool). ***

Check out the Ribbon Carousel store for lots a fun goodies!

Then be sure to visit The Ribbon Carousel Challenge blog for all the details on how to play along!

I've even got a special YNS Store discount code for all the fabulous Ribbon Carousel participants!!!



For this fabulous hop the DT members have followed this fabulous sketch created by Debbie!  I love this and hope to get a chance to play around and create something soon!





Before you go I have a little something for you!!! Since I've been busy getting ready for ScrapFest this weekend I didn't get a chance to make a card for the hop so I'll give a little something away!!! 

$10 YNS Gift Certificate is up for grabs!

Here is what you need to do...

1. Take a look at this YNS Die Cut display board I made for ScrapFest this weekend 
2. Let me know at least one of the new April release dies that are being displayed on the board 


Need to see what YNS dies are already released? 


Have FUN guessing and remember to leave your comment below!


I'll draw the random winner and post it here next Monday!


Thanks for joining us!!! 




Monday, April 9, 2012

April Sneaky Peek Day One!!!

Good Morning!

I hope everyone had an awesome Easter! Brandon had tons of fun playing with his little cousins and the Easter bunny hid lots of yummy goodies for everyone! 

We have an super FUN new release coming up this Wednesday so today Jen del Muro and Kerri Michaud are showing off a few of the new stamps!

Jen's got a peek at this adorable new Ellie stamp...



Kerri has a peek at this super cute Franfou stamp...

   
Tomorrow we have something special planned so be sure to stop by to see what we have in store for you!!! 

Now head on over to Jen's Blog and Kerri's Blog to see their YNS sneak peeks!!!!


See you tomorrow!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy YNS FUN Friday!!!!

It's time to share some awesome YNS FUN Friday DT projects! Woot! Woot!

 I've heard that Veronica has some big news that she is sharing later today so you may want to stop by her blog sometime this afternoon to hear what it is...I don't even know what it is so I'll be checking out what she has to say and sharing in the excitement! YAY!

Adorable! Visit Kerri's blog for more details!


So sweet! Visit Kelli's blog for more details on her fun tip!

We have lots of family events planned for this weekend so hopefully I'll have some cute egg hunting pictures to share with you next week!


Have an awesome weekend!

Monday, April 2, 2012

YNS April Guest Designer

Slow down 2012! I can't believe it's already April!!!

Anyone excited for ScrapFest???? 


I can't believe it's almost here!!! If you're in town be sure to join in all the fun and stop by the YNS booth to say HI! Stay tuned for more information on some new April release stamps and dies plus the special ScrapFest stamps will return once again but only for a few days!!! More info coming soon!

Now let's see who our awesome April guest is...

Please help me welcome Kelli Hull to YNS!!! If I was more organized I would have a picture and profile from Kelli but I totally forgot to ask her to share this with me - sorry Kelli! Please be sure to stop by Kelli's blog and give her a warm welcome to YNS and to learn more about her as she is not only talented but also very funny and she is always making me laugh with her witty comments!


One thing I didn't forget is to ask her to share a project so she created this adorable card featuring Digger! CUTE!




Thanks for joining us Kelli!


Have an awesome day!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Fun Day with Another SUSIE Q-TIP!

 
Well, it's me, Susan!  It's the first of the month (April already?!?) and today I'm back with a fun and simple SUSIE Q-TIP for Your Next Stamp!


Do ya'll remember the days when dies were few and far between?  We didn't have them available in all shapes and sizes like we do now.  (But aren't they one of the BEST parts of our craft?)  How in the world did we survive?  Kind of like before microwaves.  Well I remember those days before I had fun "grass" border dies, so I'm going to show ya'll how you can still make grass without one.  I enjoy this look from time to time even though I have two grass dies, actually!



My main panel shape happens to be a circle, so first, I just cut a partial circle from a piece of scrap that I wanted to use as my grass, making sure it was the same size as my panel piece, so that I could just glue it right on top after I made the grass.



Next, I just took my detail scissors (again, my favorites are Cutter Bees--about $10 at Michael's) and just hacked into it across the top, straight down about a half inch (ya'll could make it however tall you want your grass to be).



Lastly, I simply "furled" them with my fingers to bend them down a bit.  If you want to, you can trim some of the grass "blades" at different angles along the tops of a few of them, so it's not so uniform looking, like I did here.  Then just glue the grass piece over the main image panel and you have an instant "setting" for your special Fhiona.  Thanks to Bunny Ellie, this card came together so sweetly!


Now, go kick some grass, ya'll!  Just leave a comment here if ya'll have any questions or if there's something you'd like for me to "attempt" to cover in a future SUSIE Q-TIP FUN 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
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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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