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!

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 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!!

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 ( and Pinterest (
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!

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 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.

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!

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. 

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.

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