Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Hello friends and Happy Easter! I'm keeping this one short and sweet so I can detox from all the chocolate I consumed today.....

Here's a card I created using the sketch for this month's Your Next Stamp Challenge.  Pop on over for more details on how you can play along for you chance to win some great prizes and see lots of inspiration from the design team!

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies:
Stamps: My Somebunny (clear set) from Your Next Stamp
Papers: GCD Studios, Neenah cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Twine, lace, YNS Gumdrops embellishment, Copic Markers, Stickles, Cuttlebug embossing folder


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hippity Hoppity Easter's on it's way!

Hi friends!  I recently sat down and made a bunch of Spring/Easter cards and figured I better share them before the end of the week!!

First up is a card I created using this cute Easter egg image.  I coloured with spring tones and then added some white gel pen accents.  The kraft background was embossed and then I lightly went over it with white pigment ink to get the embossed surface to stand out.


Supplies: 
Stamps: Stephanie Ackerman Cracked Egg Bouquet stamp from Purple Onion Designs, Cracked Egg Bunny set (sentiment) from Purple Onion Designs
Papers: WRMK, Neenah white cardstock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, white pigment ink
Accessories: Offray ribbon, Copic Markers, white gel pen, doily, Darice embossing folder


Up next is a simple card I created using the Easter Noteblock stamp.  I heat embossed the image in white opaque powder and then embellished with a die cut bunny and egg that my Mom cut out for me on her Cricut machine:


Supplies:
Stamps:  Easter Noteblock from Purple Onion Designs
Papers:  WRMK, Bazzill cardstock
Ink:  Versamark (for embossing)
Accessories:  WOW! White embossing powder, Cricut Die cut bunny and egg, doily, The Twinery Twine, Spellbinder's Die

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Thinking of you, a Foxy Birthday and a challenge with prizes!!

Hello and Happy Sunday!  First things first....Purple Onion Designs is having a little challenge over on the blog.  All you have to do is create a birthday card using some POD stamps, share it and link it up on the blog post.  You can find all the details here and there are even some great samples from the design team.

I have a ton of projects to share with you that I created a while ago but just haven't found the time to blog. So here we go......

Here are a few projects I did using my Purple Onion Designs stamps.  By the way, if you haven't stopped by the store lately, Michele did a web site makeover and it looks fabulous!  I am now able to link you directly to the POD sets!

First up is a heat embossed card I made on some kraft paper.  I heat embossed my flower image in white embossing ink and then coloured with my Copics.  When you are colouring on kraft paper with Copic market you get all kinds of neat variations in colours.  I find the darker tones work best but the lighter colours give a water coloured look.  The design of the card is quite simple with the image taking center stage and I added some distress ink around the panel to give it some dimension.


Supplies:
Stamps: Stephanie Ackerman Bouquet and Containers set from Purple Onion Designs, SA Doodle Frame Flower set from Purple Onion Designs 
Ink: Versamark (for heat embossing), brown distress ink
Papers: Gina K kraft cardstock, My Mind's Eye papers
Accessories: WOW! white embossing powder, Copic Markers, Mama Elephant die cuts


Next up is a masculine card I did using one of my favourite Stacey Yacula stamps, Cedar the Fox.  Even though our friend Cedar is a winter themed stamp, I find he can work for any occasion depending on how you colour him.  I did a birthday card for my Godson using some older Basic Grey papers.  The background was embossed in a chevron themed to add some dimension.  Sorry but this photo is a tad blurry.  I was in a hurry to get a photo before stuffing it in an envelope for the party LOL!


Supplies:
Stamps: Cedar the Fox from Purple Onion Designs, SA Doodleframe Cupcake set (sentiment) from Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Brown Distress Ink, Memento Tuxedo black
Papers: Basic Grey, Neenah white cardstock

Accessories: Spellbinder's die, white gel pen, Copic Markers, Darice embossing folder

Saturday, March 22, 2014

It's a magically delicious day at Your Next Stamp!

Hello friends!  It's a magical day over in the YNS store.  We have a great new release for you today with lots of fun new stamps.  Pop on over to the YNS blog to see lots of projects from the design team and comment for your chance to win a great prize!

For my project today I used the new Magically Delicious (clear) set to create this lucky looking card.  I embossed my background with a shamrock themed embossing folder and then used lots of different green papers and markers to keep with the theme.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Supplies:
Stamps: Magically Delicious clear set from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black
Papers: DCWV, Copic cardstock
Accessories:  Copic markers, Wilton Doily, Offray ribbon, Darice embossing folder, white gel pen, YNS Gumdrops embellishment

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Two for one on YNS's February Special event day

Hello strangers!  My blog has been a bit quiet for a few weeks --- I was off on vacation and totally ran out of time to schedule posts while I was away. I'm back and all refreshed after an amazing Disney Cruise (stayed tuned for layouts!!) and have a bunch of stuff to share with you.

Today is February special events day over on the YNS blog.  The design team is showing off "anything goes" creations so be sure to pop on over to see all their creations and leave a comment for your chance to win a stamp set of your choice!!

Since I was away for the February release blog hop this month I decided to use the new February Stamps for both of my creations.

First up is a kraft and pink creation I did with the new Dance Fhiona clear set and the Stripes and Stitching clear set.  I created my own chevron background by stamping on the kraft paper in sand toned ink.  Because the stamp is clear it is SUPER easy to line up the images.  I added a hint of pink gingham paper to pull the image and kraft together.  I accented my coloured image with my Viva Decor pearl paint pen.  It's hard to tell from the photo but it adds some nice dimension and pearl shine to the image.


Supplies:
Stamps: Dance Fhiona (clear) set from Your Next Stamp, Stripes and Stitching clear set from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Memento Desert Sand, Palette Noir, Memento Tuxedo Black, brown distress ink
Paper: Neenah cardstock, Bazzill cardstock, MME patterned paper, Making Memories kraft patterned paper
Accessories: The Twinery baker's twine, Copic Markers, lace, MFT scalloped edge die, Prima pearl, Viva Decor pearl pen

Next up is a card I created for this month's YNS Challenge on the blog.  Pop on over to see this month's sketch and inspiration photo and play along for your chance to win a fabulous prize.  For this card I used the new Tea-rific clear set and again went with a kraft background.


Supplies:
Stamps: Tea-rific clear set from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, brown distress ink
Paper: Bazzill cardstock, Neenah white cardstock, MME patterned paper
Accessories: Copic Markers, Devine twine, YNS Gum drops embellishment

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Have the Merriest Christmas ever!

Well it's a bit late or could be a bit early to share a Christmas card I made last month.  I used some of the new release stamps from Purple Onion Designs.  I just LOVE the sentiment on this card!

I'm keeping my typing short and sweet today so I hope you like this card!




Supplies:
Stamps:  Swiss Dot backgrounder from Purple Onion Designs, Reindeer (Carolyn Draws) from Purple Onion Designs, Have the Merriest sentiment (Carolyn Draws) from Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Memento Sand, Memento Tuxedo black, Palette Noir
Papers:  kraft cardstock, Bazzill cardstock, American Crafts, Authenique
Accessories:  Mama Elephant die set, burlap twine, YNS Gum Drops embellishment, Copic Markers

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Holiday Joy layout

Hello friends!  I've been totally slacking in the blogging department lately but I do have a ton of projects to share with you that I finished before the holiday.  So be prepared for some cards and other Christmas projects in the next few posts.

This is a Christmas layout I did using the new This is December stamp set from Purple Onion Designs.  Although it looks like I did a ton of layers and paper tearing on this layout it`s actually all pre-printed on the paper (Basic Grey).  I did cut behind one of the layers on the paper and added a doily underneath.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Supplies:
Stamps:  This is December set from Purple Onion Designs, Date Me set from Purple Onion Designs, Deluxe labels set from Purple Onion Designs, Instant Film Frame from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, Adirondack green, Adirondack Red Pepper
Papers:  Basic Grey
Accessories: Doily, American Crafts glitter chipboard letters, Maya Road snowflake, Prima pear, K and Company accordion embellishment

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

You`re an All-Star

Hello friends! I`ve been busy attempting to clean and organize my scrap space and  I came across this cutie (Ellie Loves Sports) lying on my desk.

I paper pieced and coloured the image with my Copic markers and kept my design simple with a large panel for the stamped image and sentiment.

The rest of the YNS design team has been digging through their pile of stamps and are all sharing their creations on the Your Next Stamp blog today.  Pop on over for some inspiration and dig out some of your older stamps!



Supplies:
Stamps:  Ellie love Sports (clear) set from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Cosmo Cricket, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Copic Markers, large scalloped die, button, Devine Twine

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Love is in the Air! Your Next Stamp January Release Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Your Next Stamp January New Release Blog Hop!  Love is in the air this month with some fabulous new Valentine stamps and dies!  The hop begins on Kerri's Blog, and if you've been hopping along you should have arrived from Peggy's blog. There is a linky list at the bottom of my post if you get lost along the way.



You have until Tuesday, January 7th at midnight (EST) to hop and leave comments for your chance to win some awesome prizes!  As an added bonus, every stop along the hop has a secret prize!   It could be gumdrops, a YNS stamp of choice, a YNS die of choice or a YNS gift certificate!!!! WOW!!!

For my project today I created a card using the new Sealed with a Kiss clear set.  What I like about this stamp is that it's really great for any occasion that you want to blow a kiss :).  I coloured the image with my Copics, matted it onto some Basic Grey Valentine's papers and then used my signature doily and embossed background (I promise I will TRY not to use doilies again so much in 2014 LOL!).


Supplies:
Stamps: Sealed with a Kiss set (clear) from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, brown distress ink
Papers: Basic Grey, American Crafts, Neenah cardstock
Accessories: Copic Markers, wood button, doily, The Twinery Twine, Sizzix embossing folder, Prima pearl accent

As always, Karen is offering an amazing hop special!  You will receive 15% off your entire order including sale items through January 10th!



Now it's time to hop on over to Jenee's blog, but don't forget to leave a comment before you go!  

Happy hopping and shopping!




Friday, December 13, 2013

YNS December challenge

Hello friends!  It's time for another Fun Friday challenge post.  This month we have another wonderful inspiration photo and sketch to keep you busy. Play along for your chance to win some great YNS prizes!

For today's project I was inspired by the snowflake inspiration photo.  I used one of my favourite sets (Holiday Snow Globe) and coloured the image with my Copics.  I added a strip of embossed paper for some texture and some twine.

Thanks for stopping by!   Be sure to hop on over to the YNS Challenge blog to see more great projects from the design team.



Supplies:
Stamps:  Holiday Snow Globe set from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Broken China Distress ink
Papers:  KI Memories, Georgia Pacific, American Crafts, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  The Twinery Twine, Spellbinder's die, Making Memories sentiment tag, Basic Grey embossing folder (Sizzix), button, Copics

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Joy and last chance for the POD sale!

Hello Friends!

I'm back with another card I created using this season's Stacey Yacula holiday collection from Purple Onion Designs. This little cutie is named "Icicle". I kept a nice simple red and green colour scheme on my card and used up a bunch of scraps from my Studio Calico Christmas pad.

Just a reminder that today is the last day of the Purple Onion Design's Holiday sale. All stamps are 25% off until the end of the day. Enter code HOL2013 at checkout.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!



Supplies:
Stamps:  Icicle the Polar Bear from Purple Onion Designs, Holiday Ticket set from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black
Papers:  Studio Calico, Neenah white cardstock
Accessories:  Pom pom trim, Devine Twine, Spellbinder's dies, Copic Markers, button

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Merry Christmas and a Holiday sale!

Well, it's December and my Holiday preparations are in full swing.  I have a few more holiday cards to share with you in the upcoming days as well as a few other Christmas items.

But, I should let you know that the annual Holiday sale is going on at Purple Onion Designs.  All stamps are 25% off until Tuesday December 10th......hurry up and treat yourself for the holidays!



I have a vintage inspired card to share with you today using the ever-so-cute Snowy the Owl stamp from this season's Stacey Yacula holiday stamp release from Purple Onion Designs.  I created my own background by stamping some snowflakes in kraft coloured ink behind the image and added lots of distressing around the image and the papers.  I used one of my favourite Christmas tag sentiments (I hoarded a billion of these years ago!!) from Making Memories and some twine and a wood button to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back soon!


Supplies:
Stamps:  Winter Bough (branch) from Purple Onion Designs, Snowy the owl from Purple Onion Designs, Snowflakes from Purple Onion Designs
Papers:  Authenique, Neenah cardstock
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, brown distress ink, Memento Sand
Accessories:  Copic markers, white gel pen, burlap twine, Making Memories sentiment tag, wood button

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Beep beep....Happy Holidays!

Hello!  Do you realize that one month today is Christmas Eve?  I still haven't even gotten into Christmas mode yet other than making a few cards here and there LOL!

Speaking of cards, I'd like to share with you today a holiday card using the new Load Up stamp set from the Your Next Stamp November release.

The rest of the YNS Design Team is sharing some more projects today with the November stamps on their blogs.  There is a linky list at the bottom of my post.

AND, if you haven't checked out this month's blog hop, you have until tomorrow at midnight to hop along and leave comments for your chance to win some of the new release stamps!


Supplies:
Stamps: Load up clear set from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Misc. Christmas scraps (Authenique, Studio Calico, Doodlebug), Coredinations cardstock, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Copic Markers, white gel pen, Sizzix embossing folder, Darice snowflake, Your Next Stamp Gum Drops red, Devine Twine, card base cut on Cricut

Friday, November 22, 2013

It's time for the November Your Next Stamp release blog hop!!

Hello and welcome to the Your Next Stamp November New Release Blog Hop! We have several adorable new stamp sets, and an amazing new die set being released today! You can find them all NOW at the Your Next Stamp Store!
 
The hop begins on Julie's Blog, and if you've been hopping along then you should have arrived from Wendy's blog. If you happen to get lost along the way, there is a linky list at the bottom of my post. If you leave comments on all of the DT blogs you could win a stamp set of your choice as well as a pack of YNS Gumdrops!
 
And now onto my project......today I have a quick and easy card set to share with you using the new Noteworthy clear stamp set.  It's just perfect for lunchbox notes or a set of note cards like I made here.
 
I stamped the images onto some kraft cardstock and coloured them with a white Kohinoor pencil crayon and my Copics.  I trimmed them and matted them onto the Journal card scalloped insert die.  I embossed all the backgrounds with different embossing folders, added a strip of patterned paper and then embellished with twine and or lace.  I think I knocked off this set of cards in less than 15 minutes!!





Supplies:
Stamps: Noteworthy clear stamp set from Your Next Stamp
YNS Dies: Journal card scallop insert die set from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, brown distress ink
Papers: Gina K kraft cardstock (Copic friendly!), Georgia Pacific cardstock, Making Memories paper
Accessories:  white lace, button, The Twinery baker's twine, Cuttlebug embossing folders, Darice Embossing folders, white Kohinoor pencil crayon, Copic markers

As always, Karen is offering a fabulous hop discount! You will receive 15% off your entire order through November 27th! 
 
 
 
You can also find YNS on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/yournextstamp) and Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/yournextstamp/).
  
Now it's time to hop on over to Karen's blog, but don't forget to leave a comment before you go! Happy hopping and shopping!
 
 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A belated Halloween card

Hello! Here's a Halloween card I created last month for the YNS blog that I forgot to share with you. I also shared these two tips:

1. Don't be afraid to "go outside the lines" of your card base. It adds lots of interest when you allow your elements to spill over the edges. I always make sure to make my card base smaller than the envelope though so it is still easy to mail. For this card the base is about 5" around so when I ship it I can easily fit in into a 5 1/2" or 6" square envelope

2. Don't be afraid to cut up your sentiment stamps. As you can see for this card I wanted the "Happy" portion on a different line. So you can either selectively ink the stamp OR do what I did and cut the sentiment in half (using my Tonic stamp scissors). It is super easy to stick back onto the backing sheet with the other part and then you can mix and match your sentiments! Go for it....don't be afraid!


Supplies:
Stamps: Happy Halloween Fhiona clear set from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Black Distress Ink
Papers: Coredinations cardstock, Neenah white cardstock
Accessories: Offray ribbon, Martha Stewart Halloween twine, Quickutz Spiderweb, button, Fishtail Banner die from Your Next Stamp, shaped card base (cut on Cricut)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Berry and Winterberry say "Hello Winter"

Hello friends!!  Today I have a clean and simple card to share with you that I created using some Stacey Yacula stamps from Purple Onion Designs.  I created a scene with the new release little snowman (Winterberry) and the large snowman from last year's release (Berry). 

I stamped my images onto some kraft cardstock and then coloured them with some Copics and titanium white Kohinoor pencil crayon.  This is my new favourite brand of white pencil crayon....it goes on really smooth and requires NO blending!  To accent the image I added some white gel pen dots and then stamped some snowflakes in the background with some white pigment ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Oh, by the way, Michele has released some MORE new holiday stamps.  The new releases are perfect for Project Life or the December Daily project.  You can check them out here and stayed tuned for some samples from me when they arrive.


Supplies:
Stamps: Berry (large snowman) from Purple Onion Designs, Winterberry (small snowman) from Purple Onion Designs, Snowman framed doodle set (sentiment) from Purple Onion Designs, Snowflakes set from Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, white pigment ink
Papers: Gina K kraft cardstock, Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Accessories: Mama Elephant die cuts, Darice foam snowflake, Kohinoor white pencil crayon, Devine Twine, red button, Copic Markers, white gel pen

Friday, November 8, 2013

Time for the November Fun Friday Challenge!

Hello Friends and Happy Friday!  Today I have a card to share with you that I created based on this month's sketch over at the Your Next Stamp Challenge blog.  Each and every month we have a sketch and or inspiration photo to inspire you and if you play along you could win some great prizes (see rules at bottom of my post).

For my card today I used one of the new Holiday Kid's stamps and a whole bunch of papers from the scrap pile on my desk.  I embossed my background with a holly themed embossing folder and then added lots of red and green papers to match the sketch.  I used a foam snowflake to embellish my card and I added one of the great YNS Gumdrop embellishments in the center as an accent.  I LOVE these things....the look of pearls but no bulk for you cards --- and they come in tons of awesome colours!!

So pop on over the YNS Challenge blog to check out this month's photo and sketch and I hope you'll play along with us!!  There are also lots of great designer samples each and every Friday to inspire you.  Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies:
Stamp:  Holiday Kids set from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black
Papers: Authenique, Studio Calico, Neenah white cardstock, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Accessories:  Darice snowflake, YNS Gumdrops embellishment, SRM Sticker sentiment, Copic markers, Glossy accents, Fiskars edge punch, white gel pen, Basic Grey embossing folder (Sizzix)

Here's a few quick points about the Fun Friday Challenge...
 
1.  There will be one challenge per month (Inspiration/Sketch--do one or the other, or both!)
2. Everyone is welcome and you may submit a maximum of 3 projects per month
3.  Each monthly challenge will start on the First Friday of every month right here on the Your Next Stamp Challenge Blog.
4.  PRIZES:  You may use any brand of stamps for the challenge to be eligible to win a YNS  $20 gift certificate (we've doubled our challenge prize!).  However, in order to win a special "YNS Top Pick" badge for your blog, YNS stamps/dies must be the focal point of your card or project. 
5.  GUEST DESIGNER SPOT:  A monthly YNS Guest Designer will be chosen from the challenge participants, and get to play along with us in NEW RELEASES and also receive a fabulous package of previously released stamps!  FUN!!!
6.  All projects must be linked up on the YNS Challenge blog to be eligible to win.
7. All entries using YNS products will automatically get 2 entries into the monthly $20 prize
8.  Be sure to check out the YNS Challenge blog every Friday for more inspiration from the design team using the monthly Inspiration/Sketch.  You will WANT to play along! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Foxy Christmas card!

Hello Friends! Allow me to introduce you to Cedar the Fox.  He's another one of the fabulous new Stacey Yacula stamps from the Holiday release at Purple Onion Designs.

I kept my design very simple on this card.  I stamped a Christmas themed background stamp onto some kraft cardstock in brown ink and then added a strip of patterned paper and my image across the bottom.  I coloured the image with my Copics and added a small snowflake button to his hat to winter-fy him a bit more.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

And just a reminder......For one week only you can purchase the entire Stacey Yacula Holiday collection and save 25%.  This special offer ends on Thursday, November 7, 2013. 




Supplies:
Stamps:  Cedar the Fox from Purple Onion Designs, Merry background from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Brown distress ink
Papers: Studio Calico, Gina K kraft cardstock
Accessories:  Spellbinder's die, snowflake button, Copic markers, Stickles, Fiskars edge punch

Friday, November 1, 2013

Winter Wishes coming your way!

Happy Friday and Happy November friends!!

So now that Halloween is over, I can officially start thinking about winter and Christmas hee hee. 

And, what better way to start the Holiday season than some new release stamps?  The Winter Wishes collection stamps, designed by Stacey Yacula, are now available for purchase on the Purple Onion Designs web site.  They are so stinking adorable and coordinate nicely with last year's collection.

Here's the first of many cards I have to share with you.  I just could not put down these stamps when the arrived in the mail!!!  Meet "Winterberry" the snowman.  He fits just perfectly inside the Instafilm frame and also is the perfect little buddy to last year's Berry stamp. As usual, I used a doily and embossing folder on my background LOL!

If you "need" to get this entire collection, Michele is offering 25% off when you purchase the entire collection (until November 7th).  Why not treat yourself to a little early Christmas gift?  Be sure to stop on by the POD Blog as well for more samples from the Design Team.



Supplies:
Stamps:  Winterberry the snowman from Purple Onion Designs, Insta-film frame from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, white pigment ink
Papers:  Studio Calico, Neenah white cardstock, Gina K Designs kraft cardstock
Accessories:  Devine Twine, button, Copic Markers, Ranger white gel pen, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Wilton doily

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Oh Happy Day.....Winter Wishes collection is on the way!

Hello friends!! Good news, Purple Onion Designs is releasing some more Holiday stamps designed by Stacey Yacula this Friday, November 1st!  I have some of these cuties in my possession and can't wait to share some of my projects with you. 

How would you like a chance to win them before you can buy them?  Well, hop on over to the Purple Onion Designs blog for all the details. You have until midnight (est) this Thursday October 31 to enter. Oh, AND the talented Stacey Yacula is also giving away some stamps on her blog as well!


In the mean time, here is a card I created using the owl from Stacey's Sweet Summer release stamps:


Supplies:
Stamps:  Home Sweet Home set (tree image) from Purple Onion Designs, Cupcake Framed Doodle set (sentiment) from Purple Onion Designs, Stacey Yacula "Shadow" the owl from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, brown distress ink
Papers:  Neenah cardstock, My Mind's Eye, Pink Paislee
Accessories: Wood button, Copic Markers, garden twine

Friday, October 25, 2013

Happy Fun Friday!

It's time for another Fun Friday at the Your Next Stamp Challenge  blog.  You have a few more days to play along with this month's sketch  or inspiration challenge.  Be sure to pop on over to the YNS challenge  blog to see lots of fun creations from the design team as well as the  inspiration photo and sketch.  If you play along you also have the chance to win some PRIZES!!

I have two projects to share with you today.

The first one is a Halloween treat holder, inspired by the challenge  photo, that I made using the new "Kup Holder" die.  If you haven't  seen it in action yet, it was designed to hold two K-Cup type
containers (or you can use plastic shot glasses or Dixie Cups).  I  decided to take some tulle, add some candy to the middle and tie with  some twine.




Supplies:
Stamps:  Happy Halloween Fhiona set (sentiment)
YNS Die:  Kup Holder die from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Palette Noir
Papers:  Misc. scraps (unknown supplier)
Accessories: Martha Stewart accordion flower embellishment, Quickutz  bat die, The Twinery Baker's twine, tulle netting


Secondly I have a fall themed card to share that is based on this month's sketch.


Supplies:
Stamps: Autumn Greetings clear set from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers:  Pink Paislee
Accessories: Copic markers, wood button, ruffle trim, twine, Wilton Doily


Here's a few quick points about the Fun Friday Challenge...

1.  There will be one challenge per month to play along with as many times you like.  (Inspiration/Sketch--do one or the other, or both!)
2.  Each monthly challenge will start on the First Friday of every month right here on the Your Next Stamp Challenge Blog.
3.  PRIZES:  You may use any brand of stamps for the challenge to be eligible to win a YNS  $10 gift certificate.  However, in order to win a special "YNS Top Pick" badge for your blog, YNS stamps/dies must be the focal point of your card or project. 
4.  GUEST DESIGNER SPOT:  A monthly YNS Guest Designer will be chosen from the challenge participants, and get to play along with us in NEW RELEASES and also receive a fabulous package of previously released stamps!  FUN!!!
5.  All projects must be linked up on the YNS Challenge blog to be eligible to win.
6.  Be sure to check out the YNS Challenge blog every Friday for more inspiration from the design team using the monthly Inspiration/Sketch.  You will WANT to play along! 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

It’s a Your Next Stamp post-release celebration!

Hello friends!  I’m back (along with the rest of the design team) to share a few more projects using the October new releases from Your  Next Stamp.  You also have until midnight October 25th to hop along and comment for your chance to win some great prizes.  You can find  the start of the hop on my previous post here.

If you’ve been to my blog before you probably noticed that I love to  experiment with some traditional stampy techniques.  For my projects  today I used the new Nativity stamp and used the embossed resist  technique for the images.  First I stamped the image in Versamark ink  and heat embossed with clear powder onto glossy cardstock.  I applied  some Kaleidacolor inks using my brayer which creates a ombre effect  over the image.  I mounted my images onto some tags and used up a  bunch of paper and ribbon/trim scraps.  I also added some of the  wonderful new YNS Gymdrop embellishments.  You MUST give these a try  as they look like pearls but without all the bulk!

Thanks for stopping by.  There is a linky list at the end of my post  for all of the other designer's participating in today's post release  celebration.

 


Supplies:
Stamps:  Nativity Scene from Your Next Stamp
Inks: Kaleidacolor - Cappuccino Delight (brown) and Blue Breeze (blue)
Papers:  Basic Grey, Pink Paislee, other misc. scraps, Ranger glossy cardstock
Accessories:  Your Next Stamp Gum Drop embellishments, trims, ribbon,  twine, WOW! Clear embossing powder, Darice foam snowflakes, Making Memories sentiment tags


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Your Next Stamp October New Release Blog Hop


Hello! Welcome to the Your Next Stamp October New Release Blog Hop!  The holidays are right around the corner, and we have some fabulous new products to help you create something special for everybody on your list!
The hop begins right here!  Our sweet boss lady’s birthday Karen is coming up on October 25th(Happy Birthday, Karen!!!) so she is celebrating by giving away a prize at every blog!  Make sure you leave comments on all of the DT blogs for your chance to win!
  
I have two projects to share with you today using the super cute new "Holiday Kids Collection" stamps. 

First up I have an angelic monochrome-ish card for you.  I added lots of texture with one of my new snowflake embossing folders, adding some some lace trim and a doily under my image.  I opted to use a clear sticker sentiment on the card as I thought it went well with the image even though it totally bugs me how you can see the edges of it (hee hee).
 
 
Supplies:
Stamps: Holiday Kids Collection (Angel image) from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Basic Grey, Neenah cardstock
Accessories: Wilton doily, lace trim, The Twinery twine, wood button, Darice embossing folder, SRM Sticker sentiment, Copic Markers, Stickles
 
For my second card I went with some more traditional Christmas colours.  I embossed the kraft cardstock with another new snowflake folder (by Darice) and I dragged my white pigment ink over top to make it look snowy.  I jazzed up my image by adding some white dots with a gel pen, some glitter on the hat and I also added crystal lacquer to the light bulbs.    And yes, another doily.....I wish I had hoarded more of the older design that Wilton had out in the past but these will have to do LOL!
 
 
Supplies:
Stamps: Holiday Kids Collection (Angel image) from Your Next Stamp, Nativity scene (sentiment) from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, white pigment ink
Papers: Jillibean Soup, Neenah cardstock, The Paper Company kraft cardstock, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories: Wilton doily, red button, Devine Twine, Darice embossing folder, WOW! white embossing powder, Copic Markers, Stickles, Crystal accents

Karen is also offering some awesome Choose Your Discount Specials in the YNS Store so make sure you take advantage of these amazing deals!
 
 
 
Now it’s time to hop on over to Joni’s fabulous blog, but don’t forget to leave a comment before you go!  Happy hopping and shopping!

 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Time for a sneak peek!

Here's a little teaser for tomorrow's Your Next Stamp's October release.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for the blog hop for your chance to win some fabby new stamps!


Thursday, October 10, 2013

In the Designer Spotlight.....


Hello!  This week I'm the featured designer over at the Paper Crafter's Library blog.  Pop on over and check out the three exclusive cards that I created.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by!