Thursday, January 24, 2013

Photobooth Fun with Your Next Stamp's Jan/Feb release

Hello! Welcome to the Your Next Stamp January New Release Blog Hop! We are so excited about the hop today because this release is HUGE! We have had a blast playing with all of the cuteness, and we know you will too! You should have arrived from Wendy's blog, but if not, scroll on down for a list of all of today's posters.

We have 3 prizes hidden along the hop! Just make sure you leave a comment on all of the DT blogs for your chance to win an amazing new release prize pack!!! Winners will be announced on the Your Next Stamp Blog on January 28th.  We are also trying to reach 1000 followers on Facebook, so head on over to the Your Next Stamp Page and ‘Like’ us! Once we reach 1000 followers, Karen will give away an awesome prize package!

And now onto my project project.....  YNS welcomes Angie Blom to the illustrator family this month and you're going to LOVE her designs.  I have a layout to share with your today that I created using the new Insta Love stamp and matching die set as well as the new Fish Tail die set.  How awesome is that photo frame die? 

As you can see from this close up, I coloured the camera image with my Copic Markers.  I paper pieced part of it and popped out the lens using some dimensional tape.  I also added a pearl accent to the center of the lens.

For my photos, I used Photoshop to crop to the size I needed and then I stamped the sentiments onto the die cut frames in grey ink to blend with my papers. 

Your Next Stamp Stamps: Instalove stamp set (sentiments and camera) from Your Next Stamp
Your Next Stamp Dies: Fish Tail Banner die set, Instalove die set (Polaroid type frames) from Your Next Stamp
Papers:  American Crafts (Dear Lizzy), Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Ink:  Memento London Fog, Memento Tuxedo black
Accessories:  Basic Grey chipboard letters, Copic Markers, Prima Pearls, The Twinery baker's twine, Kaisercraft mini letters

As always, we have a Blog Hop Special in the Your Next Stamp Store! All online orders will receive 20% OFF! Just use codeYNSJAN2013.

Now it’s time to hop on over to Susan's fabulous blog, but don’t forget to leave a comment before you leave! Happy hopping and shopping!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

You're so sweet.....a Your Next Stamp peek......

Guess what time it is?  Time for another Your Next Stamp release and it’s a BIG one.  Lots of fun new dies, some super cute stamps and even a new artist…the talented Ms. Angie Blom!

So today I have a little sneaky peek for you. I created a set of 3” x 4”  Valentine’s cards for my daughter’s preschool using the new Cute Foodies set as well as the new Fish Tail banner dies.

Because I need 20 cards for her class, I wanted to keep my design as simple as possible.  Even though there looks to be lots of layers on these cards, they were pretty quick to make since I’m able to cut two layers of cardstock with my dies (using the Cuttlebug).  I basically just create a pile of each of the elements and then assemble them all at the end.  The beauty about these new stamps is the size….with the exception of the ice cream cone, all of the images can be punched with a 2” circle punch.  I them matted onto the Your Next Stamp Fun Flower scalloped die to make it stand out from the background paper.

Be sure to stop on over to the YNS blog today to see more great peeks from the design team and come on back tomorrow for our new release blog hop where you can WIN some of these great new products.  Later!

Stamps:  Cute Foodies set from Your Next Stamp (available tomorrow!)
Your Next Stamp Dies:  Fishtail Banner dies and Fun Flower Scallop Die from Your Next Stamp
Paper:  Recollections cardstock Valentine's package, Neenah cardstock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  2" circle punch, Devine Twine, Copic Markers, Stickles

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's time for Your Next Stamp's Tasty Tuesday!

A new year, brings a new challenge at Your Next Stamp.....Tasty Tuesday.  For all the details on how you can play along and win a gift certificate to the YNS Store see this post.

Here's the card I made based on this month's inspiration photo (scroll down to see photo).  I was inspired by the pastel colour palette and design of the cookies.  I added lots of embossing and polka dots to my design to mimic the sprinkles in the photo.

For more inspiration from the design team, hop on over to the YNS blog.

Here's the inspiration photo:

Stamps: Ellie Loves to Dance from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Basic Grey, Neenah white cardstock
Accessories:  SRM Sticker Sentiment, Darice baker's twine, Darice embossing folder, button, Copic Markers, Stickles, Prima Pearl

Monday, January 21, 2013

Warm wishes, a card drive and some prizes!!

Hello!  Today I have a winter themed card to show that that I made with the latest Stacey Yacula release from Purple Onion Designs. 

But first I have a little something to tell you about......How about sending some of your homemade cards in for this great cause:  Cards from the Heart Valentine's card drive.   Last year, over 3,000 cards were received and sent to 13 different hospitals. Please help make this years card drive another success!

Michele at Purple Onion Designs is offering up a $25.00 stamp prize package for all cards created and sent in to the card drive. Please link up your card(s) on the POD Blog here. You can enter as many cards as you send. You have until the end of the month to link up your card(s).The winner will randomly be chosen the first week of February and if your card uses stamps from Purple Onion Designs then the prize package will be increased to $50.00!

And now a little about my card.  I stamped my image onto some kraft cardstock and coloured with my Copics and white pencil crayon (Kohinoor).  I stamped a few snowflakes in white ink onto the top and my sentiment onto the bottom.  Some lace and twine and voila a nice one layered card!

Stamps:  Stacey Yacula Studio "Berry", Snowflakes and Sweet Season Sentiments from Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, Joann's Essentials white pigment ink
Papers: Gina K Designs kraft cardstock
Accessories: lace, The Twinery kraft twine, Prima Pearl, Copic Markers, white Kohinoor pencil, Viva Decor pearl paint pen

Friday, January 18, 2013

All you need is love

Hello and Happy Friday!  It's time for another Your Next Stamp Fun Friday post.  This month's theme is "Hugs and Kisses" so I have a Valentine's card to share with you using one of the latest "World Kids" stamps.  Brooke from the U.S.A. has her bow and arrows of love all ready to shoot you with ---- isn't she cute?  Don't forget to hop on over to the YNS blog to see all the other design team creations.

Be sure to come back and check my blog next week because it's release time at Your Next Stamp and you're not going to want to miss all the great new stamps and dies AND another new stamp artist joining the YNS family (and of course your chance to win some goodies)!

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps: Brooke from the U.S.A. from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, brown distress ink
Papers:  My Mind's Eye, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  SRM Sticker sentiment, Stickles, Copic Markers, Prima pearl, red twill ribbon

Monday, January 14, 2013

Hello, a little chalkboard fun....

Hello!  It's nice to be back crafting again and what better way to start the new year than trying a fun new stamping technique?  Chalkboard stamping is all the rage right now so of course I had to give it a try.  I knew that some of my Noteblock stamps from Purple Onion Designs would be perfect for the technique and super easy since all the words are all laid out for you on one stamp!

I used some of the new DCWV All Chalked Up cardstock for my background.  There is also the perfect shade of chalkboard green in the stack that I can't wait to try too.  I stamped the Hello Noteblock and heat embossed with some white WOW! Embossing Powder.  Then I added some white pigment ink and white pencil crayon accents to the stamped panel.  I kept my card design simple and just did some layering with an older line of My Mind's Eye paper and a doily in the background. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and be prepared to see some more chalkboard designs from me in the future!

Ink:  Versamark (for embossing), Joann Essentials white pigment ink
Papers:  DCWV Chalkboard cardstock (black), My Mind's Eye papers
Accessories:  Wilton doily, white twill ribbon (recycled from Christmas gift), Prima Pearl, WOW! Opaque White embossing powder, white Kohinoor pencil crayon

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Starting the New Year off with some WOW!

Hello and Happy Belated New Year!  As you can tell from my lack of posts since December, things were a bit crazy over the holidays.  I was able to take a nice creative break from crafting and recharge my mojo meter hee hee!  I also took the opportunity to clean up my craft room a bit to get ready for a productive year.  I'm aiming to get a lot more scrapbooking layouts done this year in addition to my cards so it was important to get a fresh start in my disaster of a craft room.

Today I have a few of my last WOW! Embossing Powder projects to share with you that I created before the holidays (my term ended at the end of December).  Although I won't be creating any projects specifically for WOW!, I will continue to use their awesome powders on my future projects. 

First up is a snowflake themed holiday card.  I created the stamped background using the WOW! Funky Borders stamp set set and some pastel blue embossing powder.  Then I embossed some die cut snowflakes with some clear and white powders.  I was going for a rustic look so I only added one layer of powder to let the background kraft paper show through a bit.

Supplies (Snowflake):
WOW! Stamps: Funky Border Strips (polka dot background) from WOW!
WOW! Embossing Powders: WM03 Pastel Blue, WL01 Opaque Bright White, WA01 Clear Gloss
Papers: Bazzill kraft cardstock, Recollections patterned paper
Ink: Versamark (for embossing)
Accessories:  SRM Sticker sentiment, lace, ribbon, The Twinery Twine, Prima pearls, Cuttlebug snowflake die cut

Next up is a cute little holiday package I created.  The paper bag was designed to hold a small gift and or a gift card.  For this package I stamped all over a white wedding treat bag with the Funky Borders stamps set and then created a little collage with some scraps of paper, ribbon and a gingerbread man.  To make my gingerbread man appear like a "real" cookie, I heat embossed it with some of the WOW! Earthtone Nutmeg embossing powder.  It really adds a lot of texture and gives him the appearance of being a real cookie.

Supplies (Gingerbread card):
WOW! Embossing Powder:  Earthtone Nutmeg
WOW! Embossing Stamps:  Funky Border Strips stamps
Ink:  Distress Ink, Versamark for embossing, Adirondack Red Pepper
Accessories:  Devine Twine, red rhinestone, SRM Stickers, read twill ribbon, Making Memories die cut, Sizzix gingerbread man die (retired), white paper treat bag
Papers:  Echo Park, Authenique, other misc. scraps

Thanks so much for stopping by and see you soon with some new projects!