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:

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.

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.

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.


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).
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!
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!