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Get the latest about Your Next Stamp NEW RELEASES and click around some great BLOG HOPS! We have a great group of ladies with lots of talent on our DESIGN TEAM to help inspire you!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

June Guest Designer

Hello!  We want to give a warm welcome to our very talented and special Guest Designer for June~Angela Thomas!  



My name is Angela Thomas and I am a self-proclaimed stamp addict. Yes....I admit it!! It is the first step after all isn’t it? LOL. I am currently a Teacher on Call (when there’s actually work available) and in my spare time enjoy card-making. My style is somewhat eclectic as I love a CAS card but also love to pile it on as well. I’ve been stamping for approximately 5 years and can’t imagine my life without it (and a martini every now and then...). When I make a card, I’m always wanting to create something fun!!  I'm inspired by fun stamps and YNS has exactly that, it screams fun!!! I'm so excited to be joining YNS as a guest designer this month.  

We are so excited to have Angela with us this month!  You'll see why when you check out this adorable card she made using  the Franfou image Vacation Don!  This stamp is currently in the YNS Bargain Bin, so you can snatch him up for a great deal!

I can't wait to see more of Angela's amazing creations!  Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful rest of your day:)

Kerri

Monday, May 28, 2012

CCC Winner and May SALE!

Congrats to our CCC #10 Winner!!!

Punkydoodle Papers who said... 
 
Wow QDM, you've totally sparked my interest! While I know I could just send you an e-mail, I thought others might be interested in your answer to the following question:

How does TM interact with yoga? Or does it?

I have recently started yoga and have fallen in L-O-V-E. I know nothing, and when I say nothing, I mean nothing, about TM. But I am interested in hearing how these two might be related.

Of course it goes without saying that I love your sign! It's precious! Maybe someday when I grow up, I'll be as creative as you!

Hugs!
Thanks to everyone who took the time to read and comment on Carole's awesome CCC post!!!  Tune in on June 18th for her next CCC adventure!

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Everyone LOVES a great SALE! YNS moved in May and we've showered you with amazing deals all month long and time is running out!

You've got 4 days left to grab some CRAZY GOOD YNS MAY MOVING DEALS!!!!

Here are some samples of the fabulous YNS May deals!

BBQ Box Scene

 


Large Postcard Stamp and Die

 


Ellie Loves to Ski
 
Visit wwwYourNextStamp.com today!!!


Have a FUN and CREATIVE Day!





Friday, May 25, 2012

YNS FUN Friday!

Happy Friday!

You've got one more day to comment on Carole's fabulous and interesting CCC post so if you haven't checked it out be sure to do so today and leave a comment for your chance to WIN the Flower Fhiona stamp set!


We've got lots of super FUN projects for you today! Be sure to visit the DT blogs for more details and some fun tips about their YNS projects!


LOVE this awesome golf card! FUN paper piecing idea for the golf green!


Kerri Michaud -Balloon Ride
This is so FUN and CUTE! Love the blue balloon!

How cute is this!? Love how the new YNS dies coordinate so well with the different stamps! FUN!

So sweet! Thanks for joining us this month Cabio!!!

Diana has a video tutorial for you!!! Be sure to check it out! FUN

Thanks for joining us! 

FYI - We are still settling into the new YNS headquarters so that means DEALS for YOU so be sure to grab some awesome May deals over at the YNS Store!

Have an awesome weekend!




Friday, May 18, 2012

CCC # 10 - Just Say "Ohm"

Hi there, YNS friends!  It's still the 18th as I write this, so I AM NOT LATE!!!  Woo-hoo!  I have to admit, a preponderance1 of the time, I can't say that.  I'm one of those highly annoying people who are chronologically challenged.  I always think I can get more done in a given amount of time than I actually can.  I tend to think of this as evidence of my optimistic nature.  More likely, it's due to the facts that I over-commit myself and I'm highly disorganized.  However, just last weekend, I actually found myself ARRIVING EARLY - as in 15 minutes ahead of time! - for an appointment.  That NEVER happens.  I think I must have been excited, as it was training for something I have been researching and wanting to learn for over almost two dozen years.  It was also my Mother's Day present.

Are you dying to know what it is?
  Smiley from millan.net

Okay, I'll spill the beans... After many years of dabbling and reading and thinking and even going so far as to base a semester long research proposal on it, I finally committed myself to learning and practicing Transcendental Meditation (aka TM).  This, my friends, is no small thing.  Not only does one have to pony up a rather substantial amount of tuition and time to learn the process, but if you're going to do it, that means carving out 20 minutes, twice a day (morning and late afternoon/evening), to devote to the practice.  As I mentioned earlier, I'm one of those people who always finds herself with way too many irons in the fire, so again: me - ME! - committing forty minutes a day to sitting quietly in a chair with my eyes closed and mentally repeating a mantra2? It sounds like lunacy, does it not?

And to some of you, it may sound all sorts of woo-woo and New-Agey and Oprah-esque3.  I hear you. Those are some of the very reasons I was reluctant to learn TM, even though I've been intrigued by the concept for decades.  I'd read books, magazine articles, and watched TV shows and documentaries about meditating.  I've tried doing it on my own, and even got trained in a different method several years ago.  Still, it didn't take, and I found that I dreaded the process.  I dismissed it as a failed experiment and blamed myself for lacking the willpower to stick with it.

In January, I had to come up with a research topic to base a proposal on for one of my Master's courses.  Earlier that day, I was listening to the Howard Stern Show on the radio, and he discussed how he had practiced TM for well over 30 years; via TM, he kicked his 3.5 pack a day smoking habit, his insomnia disappeared, etc.  He also talked about his mother's experience with TM, and the profound transformation it had made in her from his perspective.  I know some of you may not like Howard, but I love him4.  No lie - I've listened to him since I was 11 years old and he was the local D.J. at DC101 in Washington, D.C.  He's funny and honest, and yes, he can be crude, but after so many years, I trust that he says what he truly thinks - he's not a phony.

Anyway, I had to come up with a topic for my proposal that day, so I decided I would make it one I've always been a bit interested in, combined with something that affects me deeply:  the effect of Transcendental Meditation on the stress levels of parents of children with cerebral palsy.  If that sounds ultra-specific, it's supposed to, according to my Psych Research professor.  After doing a sh!t ton of research, I learned that TM is a self-development practice that has no basis in religion, and has an incredible amount of empirical research behind it that proves it lowers stress and improves brain functioning.

So, I've done the training.  And though I've only been practicing for a few days, I truly believe I get it.  TM is the sanctuary I've been searching for to quiet the incessant chatter in my head.  Case in point: when I got home from my first training, you know what I did?  I CLEANED MY CRAFT ROOM! That is H-U-G-E!  I haven't done that in a couple of years.  I think perhaps cleaning the clutter in my mind inspires me to clean the clutter in my environment.  Since then, I've also cleaned cabinets and drawers around the house that contain items that expired in 2002.  For real!

Lest you think this is some kind of commercial for TM, let me assure you, it's not.  I always come to this post with whatever is on my mind at the moment, no matter how random it is.  And somehow, someway, it always intersects with crafting.  So how do TM and stamping fit together, you ask?  Well, I've got the answer for you...

See, I've designated my meditation spot as my guest bedroom.  Here's what the guest bedroom looks like when you enter it...

It's the only girly room in my house, done up in shades of my favorite color combo, perfectly preppy pink & green.  Catty-corner from the bed, at the other side of the room from which you enter, there's a chair.  I spoke of buying this particular chair in CCC # 5, believe it or not.  Here is said chair:

This is where I meditate.  It's perfect!  The back is rounded, it's comfortable, and I've got plenty of room to sit in the chair criss-cross-applesauce and still in decent posture.  The guest room is generally quiet, but it is next door to my 15 year old's room.  For that reason, I decided I probably need to make a little sign to indicate to Truman and/or anyone else who comes up there when I am meditating and don't want to be disturbed.

For whatever reason, I got into my head this sign need to be round.  Circle of life?  I don't know.  I just looked in my alterables/junk closet to see if I had anything I could make do with.  Here's what I found:

I think it's supposed to be something you could hang dog leashes or a robe from.  I have absolutely no memory of buying it, but it would do once I removed the peg, like so:
Next, I gave it a cursory coat of white craft paint.  Doesn't have to be covered perfectly, since it's going to be covered with paper, you know.

Then, I searched through my YNS stamps to find the one that had the look and feel I was going for.  Flower Fhiona looked appropriately meditative/blissful, so she was the winner.  Before I show you the finished product, I thought I'd share with you something I do when I'm going to be cutting out an image on directly on the stamp line:
The image on the right (let's call that the 'foreground image') will be popped up on foam tape on top of the image to the left (the 'background image').  I took a fine-line Sharpie pen (LOVE those!) to draw an extra bit of black margin to the foreground image so I didn't cut off too much of the outline.  You can see that I only colored the margins of the background image in the darkest color used on the image where the foreground image will be, just in case some one is looking to the side of my project.  Don't want 'em to see a bunch of white behind there.  Yes, that's anal, but so is paper crafting in general, no?  Separates the wheat from the chaff and all that...

And here's my finished sign...
I created a computer generated sentiment with a free font called "Clipper Script."  Here's a close-up of sweet Fhiona, with her little gingham paper-pieced dress, maxin' and relaxin' on that flower...

And here's what it looks like, hanging on the door.  I love it! :)

What about you?  What do you regularly do to relieve stress or become 'more you'?  Do you have a routine practice?  Are there any relaxation/mindfulness techniques you're interested in?  Tell me more!  You have between now and next Friday to leave your comment.  I'll be checking back and answering, too, if you have any specific questions for me.  One lucky commenter will win FLOWER FHIONA for her very own.

Namaste, peeps!

Smiley from millan.net
Footnotes
  1. "Preponderance" - that's one of the words I love, as a former professor who taught law related courses.  It means "more often than not," or in other words, at least 51% of the time. 
  2. A mantra is a sound-vibration-thought.  You don't meditate on the meaning of it - in fact, I don't even know how to spell mine.  It's specific and somewhat individual and when you're given your mantra, you keep it to yourself.  In other words, I could tell you my mantra, but then {say it with me, now} I'd have to kill you. 
  3. Thanks to Oprah, there has been a resurgence of interest in TM.  Within the past few months, she's gone on Dr. Oz's show to talk about TM, written about TM in her magazine, and based one of her "Oprah's Next Chapter" shows about TM and the town - Fairfield, Iowa - where the U.S.'s national TM center is located.  Oprah is but one well-known person who practices TM, though.  Other TM devotees you may have heard of include: Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Simmons, Clint Eastwood, movie director David Lynch, Sheryl Crow, the late Andy Kaufman, Jerry Seinfeld, Russell Brand, all of the Beatles (particularly my fave Beatle, the late George Harrison), Hugh Jackman, Eddie Vedder, Goldie Hawn, Mick Jagger, and my beloved Howard Stern.
  4. Have you been watching him on America's Got Talent?  He's the newest judge, and I think he's doing a great job.  Yes, I'm a fan, but he's gotten some good reviews, too.  Check it out and decide for yourself.  I'd loved to hear what you think. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

YNS FUN Friday (1 day early)

Happy Friday...I mean Thursday! Do you know why we are hosting our YNS FUN Friday a day early? If you are new to YNS or this blog you may not know about...



Every month on the 18th Carole Burrage takes over the YNS Blog and let me tell you it's proven to bring all sorts of emotions...I've laughed, I've cried, I've oohed and awed over her beautiful and adorable YNS projects and I've even fallen off my chair (a few times) and I love it! Be sure to tune in tomorrow to see what she has in store for us!


Since tomorrow is CCC Day I'm sharing our YNS FUN Friday projects 1 day early! YAY! I love YNS FUN Fridays too! 

Remember to visit the DT blogs for more details about their fabulous projects!

 Love the bright colors!!! Visit Amy's blog for more info on this fun window/suspension technique!

Cabio Tse (May Guest) - YNS Mermaids
Love this beautiful scrapbook page!!!

This is so CUTE! Love the colors!


We are looking for your FUN Friday ideas so please share them in our YNS SCS Forum or leave a comment on this post letting us know what you want to see from the YNS DT! Is it tutorials, special projects, storage ideas...anything...FUN!


Happy Stamping!









Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New YNS Fan Blinkie for you!!!

Thanks to Sara we now have a FUN and CUTE new YNS fan blinkie! YAY!



Please share your love for YNS on your blog by grabbing our YNS Fan Blinkie - see the side bar for code and if you need help visit the 'need help' link and Sara has created a wonderful document to help you get this blinkie onto your blog. 


Thank you for all your YNS love and support!


Big Hugs


Karen

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fun Friday!

Yay! It is finally Friday and that means it is time for some fun here at YNS!  Peggy here today filling in for Karen who is moving this weekend!  I'm sure we are all wishing her a good move and hope the new house is wonderful!


Cabio - YNS May Guest - Small Postcard Stamp Set




Don't forget we our design team call for our new YNS Challenge team is still open and you can check out all the details right here!


There are also LOTS of great deals to be found right now, there is the MAY MOVING SALE along with the retired stamp bin and bargain bin!  And that is not all, there is this week's YNS Deal of the Week, the Large Postcard Stamp and matching Die on for 50% off!!!


I hope you all have a wonderful crafty weekend!
Hugs,
Peg

Monday, May 7, 2012

Challenge Team DT call!!!

We are looking for 4 challenge team designers to do fun weekly YNS challenges in our Splitcoast forum

What you need to do:
1. Send us 3 of your best projects, to ynsdtcall@gmail.com, preferably using YNS stamps, but it if you don't have any that is okay too.
2. Your blog address and Splitcoast gallery links.
3. Tell us a little bit about your self, your style, anything you want to tell us! 

What's in it for you? 
We'll send you a YNS stamp package to get your started! COOL! You're get a special store discount! AWESOME! You'll get to be apart of all the YNS FUN!!! 

The call will be open until Sunday May 13th and the new team will be announced May 16th in the YNS forum! Good luck to everyone!


Hugs,
Peggy

Susie Q and Hop Winners

I have a few winners to post today! YAY! We've got the winners for our SCS Celebration Hop and the winner from Susan Liles awesome Susie Q YNS Fun Tip post! So exciting! 


First up our SCS Hop Winners...

Thank you for joining in all our FUN and celebrating with us! We are so excited to be a Member Company at Splitcoaststampers and it's all of you that make this journey so exciting and FUN!

We hope you visit our forum and participate in our up and coming YNS Challenges!!! Look for our Challenge DT call soon! YAY!

We had 3 hidden prizes of $10 YNS Bucks to spend on stamps at the YNS Store.

Our winners are picked at random using the online random number generator tool...

From the YNS Blog Comments...
Congrats Jennyfer L!!!!
Karen, congrats on being an SCS member company! Your stamp and dies rock! Going to check the store now!
From Kerri's Blog Comments...
 Congrats Heather!!!!
 Adorable projects. What a great treat bag ~ any paper crafter would enjoy receiving that for sure. The snowglobe is darling.

 From Wendy's Blog Comments...
Congrats Miriam!!!!
 He is just adorable! And how perfect is that paper?! 

Thank you for all your wonderful comments on Susan's tutorial! As soon as we get this move over with and I'm settled into our new YNS headquarters I'm definitely going to try a step out card! So FUN!

Let's see who our winner of Summer Fun Fhiona is...the random number generator chose #1!!! I took a screen shot just so you could see it for yourself!
 
 Congrats Janet Zeppa!!!!
 
Susan posts on the YNS Blog on the 1st of every month so be sure to check out what she has in store for us on June 1st! YIPPEE!!!

If you haven't noticed all the awesome DEALS at the YNS Store be sure to check them out! Quantities are limited and I don't want to move anymore boxes so head on over to the YNS Store and shop, shop, shop! 

Have a FUN and CREATIVE Day!

Friday, May 4, 2012

SUSIE Q-TIP Fun Friday!

 
Well, hello YNS fans!  It's me, Susan (susiestampalot) here with another SUSIE Q-TIP Fun Friday!  First of all, ya'll DID hear the news, right?  Your Next Stamp is now a Member Company over on Splitcoaststampers.com!  And to celebrate, we are in the midst of a FABULOUS BLOG HOP that started on May 1st.  There are lots of prizes, great projects we are sharing and some awesome sales.  Be sure and get more info on that at the end of my post today, along with a BIG SURPRISE!! 



For now, let's get started on my super fun SUSIE Q-TIP Fun Friday!  I've got an "out-of-the-box" card shape/design to show ya'll today called a "Step Out Card", just in case ya'll are getting tired of the everyday 4.25 x 5.5 card like I am.  I am wanting to do something different!  So...I've got a simple little tutorial that I must credit Splitcoast for (I figured it was ok to use it since we are now "married"), but I've added a few more tips/measurements for the decoration of the card.  Off we go:


To start with the above instructions, ya'll will need your paper trimmer and some sort of scoring tool.  I have the Scor-Pal, but you can use your Martha Stewart one if you prefer to be like her.
You will also need a piece of cardstock 5 1/2" X 11" as your card base.
I'll go over the other pieces as we go.


Be sure and flip the card base over and cut the slit on the other side, just like the prior instruction, so that it will look like the above picture!
 

How're ya'll doin' so far?  Don't forget to cut the other side!



 Still with me?



 

 Here's what you'll need to make it pretty!

Then just glue it all together and add your own embellishments!  I didn't add a sentiment to mine, but you certainly could just about anywhere.  Here's a closer look at Summer Fun Fhiona.  Give her a round of applause for helping out today!


Ok, are ya'll ready for the BIG SURPRISE???  We are giving away a Summer Fun Fhiona Stamp Set today as a thank you for checking out my SUSIE Q-TIP Fun Friday Post!  We will be doing that with all my once a month posts, so ya'll will have to swing by on the first of every month!!  Just leave a comment on this post telling me what you like about this card, that you're going to try it for yourself, any questions ya'll have or that I need a manicure.  Karen will draw a winner and announce it here in a few days.  Ready, set, go!!!

But wait, if ya'll haven't checked out the May 1st Blog Hop, be sure and do that. Get all the details and how you could win MORE goodies from Your Next Stamp on the YNS blog HERE.
Ok, see ya'll soon!

 


Stamps:  Summer Fun Fhiona (Your Next Stamp)
Paper:  Hawaiian Shores, Kraft, White, Orange Zest (PTI), Navy (SU!), The Bright Side (My Mind's Eye)
Ink:  Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories:  Oval and Scallop Oval Nestabilities, Sun, Water and Cloud Dies, Paper Piercer/Mat Pack, Seeing Spots Embossing Folder, Scor-Pal, Copic Markers, Buttons/Twine, Hot Glue, Foam Boosters

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

YNS Splitcoaststampers HOP HOP HOP


Hop Starts - May 1st at 8am EST
Hop Ends - May 6th at 12 midnight EST

It's time for the BIG reveal! We've been keeping a secret and today we can finally let you know what it is! EEK! Are you ready????

 

Your Next Stamp is the newest Splitcoaststampers Member Company! 

WOOT! WOOT!

We are so excited about this amazing opportunity that we decided to host a SUPER FUN YNS HOP featuring lots of amazing and inspirational YNS projects!!! YIPPEE!!!

If you just happened to stop by the YNS blog for a visit we would love for you join us! The hop starts at the blog that belong to the very wonderful and talented Dana Joy! Hop on over and see what she has for you and then continue along until you reach the YNS blog once again - I'm the last stop on the hop! 

We've got 3 hidden prizes so be sure to comment on all the blogs while you are hopping along!!! I'll announce the winners on May 7th here on the YNS Blog and in the SCS YNS Forum

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


I'll see you back here really soon!!!
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If you arrived here via the blog that belongs to the talented and awesome Jenny Peterson that you are on the right track and you've reached your final stop on the hop! I hope you are packed full of FUN ideas and can't wait to get your hands on some of our YNS Stamps and Dies and be sure to throw some YNS Sparkly Glittered Skittles into your cart too!!

I'm sharing some projects I made this past year featuring some of my favorite stamps and dies but when it comes down to the truth I really LOVE them all and this post would go on and on for ever if I was to share them all with you today!

First up is Window Play Outside - Super FUN set and rumor has it some dies might be arriving soon to match the indoor and outdoor window sets! FUN!


Next is Light Up the Holidays Stamp and Die set! OMG! I LOVE these adorable little lights! 


I couldn't leave out our adorable Mini Collection so here is one of favs Mini Happy Days Mermaid.


Last but certainly not least I'm sharing an adorable little box featuring Shopper Fhiona! This little gal is what started this entire journey. I instantly fell in love with Fhiona and knew she had to make a home here at YNS! Isn't she the sweetest little girl?! Love her!!!


Thank you so much for joining us today! If you are just discovering YNS for the first time please join us and all our YNS FUN in our new SCS Forum, on Facebook, Pinterest and visit our YNS Store to shop, for gallery inspiration and be sure to sign up for our newsletter too! 

Before I go I just wanted to let you know what YNS is moving in May so we've been busy doing inventory and reorganizing which means SUPER AWESOME DEALS for YOU!!! 

Bargain, Sale and Retired items are limited in quantities so stop by the YNS Store today to check out all the amazing deals and scoop up your 'must have' stamps and dies while you can. 

Have a FUN and CREATIVE Day!!!

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Karen Dedman
Designer & YNS Owner

Karen Dedman <br>Designer & YNS Owner
Hello! I’m the lucky owner of Your Next Stamp and I’d like to thank you for visiting us! I live in Ontario, Canada and I am so grateful that I’m able to get inky, be creative everyday and still be at home with my son who brings a smile to my face and makes me laugh on a daily basis. Three years ago Your Next Stamp was just a dream, I feel so blessed everyday that I’ve been able to turn my dreams into reality. I love that we have this wonderful world of stamping and blogging and I’ve enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people and love seeing all your amazing YNS creations! Thank you for all your kind emails and support! I hope that YNS stamps bring a smile to your face and inspire you to stamp and create everyday! Happy Stamping!

Kerri Michaud
Designer & Assistant DT Coordinator

Kerri Michaud <br>Designer & Assistant DT Coordinator
Hello! My name is Kerri Michaud and I’m a stay at home mom to 3 kiddos ages 7, 5, and 2! We currently live in Apopka, Florida which is just outside of Orlando. I got into stamping about 2 years ago after I had my first Stampin’ Up party. I was instantly hooked LOL! Before then I had dabbled in scrapbooking, crocheting, sewing, quilting, jewelry making, and whatever other crafty whims that came my way. I think I have found my true passion in stamping and card making though! I also LOVE to make altered items and little gift boxes, etc. I am soooo excited and honored to be part of the Senior DT for Your Next Stamp! I ADORE these darling images and just love working with Karen and the rest of the DT!

Peggy Toole
Designer and Assistant DT Co-ordinator

Peggy Toole <br>Designer and Assistant DT Co-ordinator
Hi my name is Peggy Toole and I am a stay at home mom to 3 great boys who are 11, 12 and 15 and have a wonderful husband who is very understanding about my stamping obsession! We live in the Shuswap, part of the Northern Okanagan in beautiful British Columbia. I have been stamping seriously now for about 3 years and love this hobby and all the wonderful people I've been lucky enough to meet so far! I am thrilled to be part of the Your Next Stamp design team and to be working with such talented women.

Maureen Wong
Designer and YNS Video Goddess

Maureen Wong <br>Designer and YNS Video Goddess
Hi everybody! My name is Maureen and I live in sunny Hawaii with my husband, 2 boys and 3 dogs. When I'm not paper crafting, you can find me reading, watching TV, or playing on the computer. I'm so excited to be designing for Your Next Stamp and I hope I can inspire you at least a little with what I create!

Angel Rivera
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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