Sunday, August 25, 2013

Hello Friend!

Hello again friends!  Just a quick post today to share a little bunny tag that I created with the summer release from Stacey Yacula at Purple Onion Designs. 

Just a reminder that today is the last day of the annual sale at POD --- it's your last chance to save 25% off ALL stamps on the web site (just enter HAPPY10 at checkout).  So what are you waiting for.....get shopping!

And here's a look at how I used my stamped tag on a gift bag:

Stamps:  Buttercup the bunny from Purple Onion Designs, Log from Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, brown distress ink
Papers:  Just some scraps (unknown supplier)
Accessories:  Felt, YNS cloud die, wood button, Sizzix tag die, Offray ribbon, The Twinery baker's twine, Copic Markers

Saturday, August 24, 2013

It's time for the YNS After-release party!

It's time for the Your Next Stamp after-release PARTY!!  The design team will be sharing more projects they created with this month's stamps so be sure to check out the YNS blog for more details.  PLUS you still have until midnight tonight (August 24th) to visit the release blog hop (see my post below this one) and leave comments for  your chance to win one of 4 gift certificates to the YNS store.  Don't forget to also check out all the amazing sales going on for the birthday celebration.

Today I have two projects to share with you that I created with this month's fabulous releases.  First up is a card I made with the Magical Birthday (clear) set.  If you haven't tried YNS's clear stamps, you really must.  I will admit I'm a rubber kind of girl myself but the quality of the images of the YNS clear stamps is TOP NOTCH and they are such a great value!!  Plus of course it's nice to be able to see where you are stamping.

Stamps: Magical Birthday (clear) set from Your Next Stamp
YNS dies:  Fishtail banner set from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Blue Distress Ink
Papers: Recollections, Neenah cardstock
Accessories: Blue ruffle trim, Offray ribbon, The Twinery baker's twine, button, Spellbinder's die, Wilton doily, Copic Markers, white gel pen
Next up we have a card I made using the new Overdue Library clear stamp set and the new Pocket Die set.  I went for a more masculine look with this one and used some book themed paper from my stash.  This pocket die would be super cute to stick a gift card in too!
Stamps: Overdue Library card set (clear) from Your Next Stamp
YNS Dies: Pocket Die Set from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Adirondack Denim, Adirondack Red Pepper, brown distress ink
Papers: Basic Grey, kraft cardstock, Neenah white cardstock
Accessories: Wood button, The Twinery baker's twine, Cuttlebug embossing folder

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Your Next Stamp August Release Blog Hop (prizes!!)

Hello and welcome to the Your Next Stamp August New Release Blog Hop!!!  August is our birthday month and we are having a month long celebration with store specials and a second release-Woohoo!  For a full list of design team blogs see the linky at the bottom of the post.
If you’d like to hop along with us, the hop starts on Maureen’s blog.  If you’ve been hopping then you should have arrived from Thanh’s blogFOUR random winners will receive a $10 YNS gift certificate, but you must comment on all of the DT blogs for your chance to win!
And now onto my project.  I used the fabulous new Moving Ellie set.   This set is a clear set so it's super easy to line up some of the sentiments inside the box just like I did.

Stamps:  Moving Ellie set from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, brown Distress Ink
Papers:  Neenah white cardstock, Simple Stories patterned paper
Accessories:  The Twinery baker's twine, Spellbinder's Die, wood button, Copic markers, Fiskars edge punch

Karen is also offering some fabulous Hop Specials at the YNS Store!  Any orders over $25.00 will receive a FREE YNS Birthday Stamp!!!  Plus, YNS is having a month long sale so make sure you take advantage of these special offers! (Insert birthday sale graphic)
Now it’s time to hop on over to the YNS blog, but don’t forget to leave a comment before you go!  Thank you so much for stopping by and as always, happy hopping and shopping!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Time for the August Your Next Stamp challenge

Hello friends!  It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another YNS Fun Friday.  If you haven’t been keeping track, Fun Friday is now a monthly sketch/inspiration challenge and we’d love if you played along.  And of course Karen is offering up a fabulous prize.  For more details, scroll to the bottom of the post.
I used this month's sketch for my inspiration to create this wild card.  I paired this cute “Zina from Africa stamp” with some zebra paper and bright colours to match her dress.  In order to tone down the zebra print for the background under my stamp, I covered it with a circle of vellum.  It's a great way to take some of the crazy out of your designer paper.

Today's Tip:  Use your white gel pen to add accents to your image.  As you can see I used lots of white dots which I think really adds to the character of her dress. I often also use my white gel pen to brighten up the eyes or break up large areas of the same colours.
Be sure to pop on over to the YNS Challenge blog for more great samples from the design team.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  Zina from Africa from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Recollections, Jillibean Soup, white vellum
Accessories:  SRM Stickers, black lace ribbon, Spellbinder's die, white gel pen

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, August 15, 2013

Embossed resist YNS Tutorial

Hello!  For those of you who have visited my blog before you know that heat embossed resist is one of my favourite stamping techniques.  I have a small tutorial up on the YNS blog if you'd like to check out how I made this card.  It's so fun to get inky!

Stamps: Fun Borders set from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink (Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, Shaded Lilac), Versamark (for embossing)
Papers:  Glossy Cardstock, kraft cardstock
Accessories:  MLYB burlap flower embellishment, The Twinery twine, Pebbles Inc. rubon on sentiment, white ruffle ribbon, WOW! clear embossing powder

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

You Gotta Eat Here (Project Life layout)

Hello friends!  First things first.  Purple Onion Designs is celebrating their TENTH anniversary!  To celebrate, Michele is offering 25% off all stamps.  In addition, there are a bunch of great clearance items in the store.  Scroll down to the bottom for all the details or look at the banner on the home page.

You may recall I mentioned a few weeks ago that Purple Onion Designs has released a ton of new stamps.  I finally got to get a Project Life type layout done with the new Foodie set.  Most of the stamps in the set work perfectly for the PL page protectors.    I created this layout using only three sheets of double sided paper (from Crate paper).  I used the scraps to create my stamped images for the photos and the journaling cards.  I printed the menu from the restaurant and used it as an insert in the middle of the layout (scroll down for photo).

This is just ONE of the amazing new journaling sets that Michele has up in the new release section.  They are all perfectly scaled for Project Life so pop on over and check them out!  And thanks for checking my blog out today.

Here's a closer look at the left side of the layout:

And the right side:
And part of the menu insert:

And here's the full double page spread with the menu insert as it will look in my album.  Sorry for the lousy photo but the glare off the page protectors makes it hard to get a good photo.

And here's the sale info in case you "need" to get some new stamps:

Supply list:
Stamps: Foodie set from Purple Onion Designs, Love Ticket from Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers: Crate paper
Accessories: Spellbinder's dies, Fancy Pants letter stickers, Kaisercraft mini letter stickers, Marvy corner rounder