Posts By: Julie Elak

Ashley Abelson with Easter Treats

This week Ashley Abelson is sharing how to make mini spring pillow treat boxes.

Are you ready to add a personal touch to your Easter baskets?

Click here to check out the video on the YNS You Tube channel or click on the video below.

YNS Supplies: Coffee Chick Stamp, Coffee Chick Die, Mini Pillow Box Die Set, Enchanted Garden Sparkly Gumdrops, Magical Pastel Gumdrops, Black Olive Ink Pad.


Will you be crafting away in preparation for Easter morning?

Happy Stamping!



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Welcome April Guests Kate and Chan

This month we have Kate Dykstra and Chan Vuong as guests.   They started of the month by participating in the new release festivities over the weekend.  If you have not already hopped for a chance to win a YNS Store gift certificate then take a look at this post and join in the fun.   You will find wonderful projects from both our guests.

Scroll on down to learn more about each guest, plus they both have new projects to share with you today.

Welcome ladies, we are excited to have you both joining us for the month!

Kate Dykstra
Instagram – smallbitsofpaper
Facebook – SmallBitsofPaper
Pinterest – katesmallbits
Hello crafters! I’m Kate Dykstra from Small Bits of Paper and I’m delighted to be this month’s guest designer at Your Next Stamp. I live in Ontario, Canada with my wonderful husband and we have three children – two in post-secondary and one who just started high school this year. I’m an Accessibility Advisor at our local university by day and a paper crafter by night!
I began paper crafting in 2005 and initially thought I’d like to scrapbook. However, once I made my first set of cards, I was hooked! I began with electronic die cuts and have started using more image stamps in the past year and am loving the calming effect of colouring. I discovered Your Next Stamp in 2016 and quickly became hooked on the fabulous stamps and dies.

Chan Vuong

Blog:  Humble Chan

Hi!  I’m Chan Vuong, and I’m so excited to be a guest crafter for Your Next Stamp this month!  I’m a big animal lover and get to live with a very special cat named Humble, who is my best friend.  I started card making in May 2009.  Though I haven’t been as active with my card making lately, I still love to do something crafty every day, and that usually involves journaling in my Hobonichi.  This month, I’m looking forward to making cards and other paper crafted projects again, and I’ll also be sharing some journal and planner decorating using cute things from YNS!

Your Next Stamp also has guests Tricia Traxler, Mindy Baxter and Lorraine Bailey joining in the new release fun!

-Julie and the YNS Team

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Sketch and Color Challenge #61

Are you ready for  a new challenge?

We hope you answered YES, because Challenge #61 starts today!   There is a new sketch and color combo to choose from, plus the design team and guests are sharing inspiration.  The best part is you have the chance to win a YNS Store gift certificate if you play along!!   Remember, you can choose either the sketch or color combo, unless you really want to challenge yourself and combine the two!

Challenge #61 is open through Thursday, April 13, 2017 at midnight EST.  

One random participant will win a $15.00 gift certificate to the YNS Store, plus if the winner uses YNS products on their creation they will receive an additional $5.00 on their gift certificate.  We also select our favorite creation featuring YNS products from all participants and announce a “Top Pick”.   The random winner and “Top Pick” will be announced on the YNS blog the Sunday following the challenge close.   Link up a picture of your creation from your blog, gallery, etc. at the bottom of this post and you will be entered to win.

PLUS…if you are using YNS products on your creation why don’t you take the YNS Social Media challenge too?! You don’t need to create a different project, simply add your Challenge #61 entries to IG, SCS or FB.  Check out all the details in the rules at the bottom.

The sketch

If you use the sketch feel free to swap out shapes or rotate; so long as we can see the basic sketch was your inspiration.

The colors 

If you choose the color combo, be sure to use at least 3 colors and feel free to add in neutrals.

Which one inspired the team?



***Be sure to join in the fun and share your own creation inspired by either the sketch or the colors OR both!  Link up your project through Inlinkz below.  Note only 3 entries per person.

  • YNS’ challenge #61 ends on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at midnight EST
  • If you use the sketch feel free to swap out shapes or rotate; so long as we can see the basic sketch was your inspiration.
  • If you choose the color combo, be sure to use at least 3 colors and feel free to add in neutrals.
  • Only new creations please.
  • Limit of 3 entries per challenge, per person, each entry must be different.
  • Be sure to link back to our challenge in your blog post or gallery entry.
  • Entries not meeting the challenge guidelines will be removed.
  • All stamps are welcome, although we love to see YNS stamps and dies on your projects.
  • One random participant will win a $15 gift certificate to the Your Next Stamp store.  If YNS stamps or dies are the focal point then the winner receives an additional $5 gift certificate for a total of $20.  The winner will be announced on the YNS Blog the Sunday after the challenge closes.
  • The YNS Top Pick will receive the “YNS Top Pick” badge and their project will be featured on the YNS Blog the Sunday after the challenge closes.  To be considered for the Top Pick, YNS stamps/dies must be the focal point of your project.
  • Social Media mini challenge – Does your challenge creation feature YNS products?  Then take our social media mini challenge to be entered in an extra prize drawing!   In addition to the inlinkz link up below to your blog or gallery, add your challenge creation to Instagram with “#yournextstamp” and “#ynschallenge61”, the YNS Facebook page referencing “challenge61” in your comment, and/or the SplitcoastStampers gallery with keyword “yournextstamp” and“ynschallenge61” and be sure to mention the YNS Challenge.   There will be a separate drawing for all challenge projects added to those 3 social media sites during the challenge time period.  If you add to one site then you receive 1 entry in the drawing.  If you add to two you receive 2 entries and 3 entries if you add to all three.   Remember, this is only for challenge creations featuring YNS products.  The random winner will receive a YNS Store gift certificate for $20.
  • Have fun!!!

-Julie and the YNS Team



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Farewell to Our March Guests Amy and Trina

Thank you Amy Lim and Trina Pham for joining in the fun all month long.

Here is a look back at a couple of our favorite creations from the past month – Amy and Trina’s cards were wonderful and seeing them a second time is a treat!

Amy Lim

Blog: Amy’s Crafty Palette

Instagram: a.lim.a.m


Trina Pham
We will be welcoming new guests in a couple days and welcoming new products in to the YNS Store too!  The April release arrives on April 1st – no joke!
-Julie and the YNS Team
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Welcome Lisa Lara to the YNS Design Team

Breaking news…Lisa Lara officially joins the Your Next Stamp Design Team April 1st!

Blog:  Lisa’s Life Lines

We are thrilled that Lisa said “yes” when we asked her to join the team.   She was a guest last year and has been sharing her creations with everyone the past few months as a new release guest.   We can’t wait to see more of her work on a regular basis – clean, cute, and creative are the first 3 words that come to mind to describe Lisa’s style.

Take a look yourself as we review a few of her YNS guest projects…



Lisa is joining us just in time for the April release!   Stay tuned to see more of her work this Saturday, with the April Preview!

-Julie and the YNS Team


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Crafting Inspiration with Eloise Blue

Eloise Blue has a treat for you today…

The coloring diva is sharing a video featuring stamps from Your Next Stamp and hosting a giveaway!   One lucky person will win their own copy of the stamp set she featured.  Find out all the details on the YNS post on Eloise’s blog “Ella’s Cards“.

Here is a snippit of her creation…are you able to figure out which set she is giving away?

We are excited to have Eloise featuring a YNS stamp set in her video and we know you will be excited for the chance to win!  Head on over to Eloise’s blog right now to find out all the details.

-The YNS Team

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Stamp Create Repeat – Rosette Wands with Ashley

Ashley Abelson is back with a magical installment of Stamp Create Repeat!

In this week’s video Ashley shows you how to customize a birthday party with rosette wands.

Click here to check out the video on the YNS You Tube channel or click on the video below.


YNS Supplies:  Stacked With Fun Stamp, Stacked With Fun Die, All Aboard – Spring Carts Stamp, All Aboard – Spring Carts Die, Open Circle Scallop Die Set, YNS Enchanted Garden Sparkly Gumdrops, YNS Crystal Clear and Sparkle Gumdrops, YNS Black Olive Ink Pad.

Is there a bit of magic in your future?   Have fun making wands!

Happy Stamping!



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March Release Recap with Dian

The April release countdown may have begun, but we can’t forget about the March release filled with cuteness.

Design team member Dian Ratna Sari created a mini recap of the March release and is sharing 4 colorful creations today!  Scroll on down for a bit of sun and some smiles…

YNS Supplies:  All Aboard Bunch of Happiness | All Aboard Train Carts  | Whatnot Sentiments Set Four | Funky Line Panel Die

YNS Supplies:  All Aboard Bunch of Happiness | Butterfly Ink Splatter | All Aboard Train Carts | Stitched Grass Die | Scallop Edge Die | Hugs and Kisses Paper Pad

YNS Supplies:  Stacked with Fun | Hugs and Kisses Paper Pad


YNS Supplies:  Just For Fun Paper Pad | All Aboard Bunch of Happiness

Happy Stamping!

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March Laughter Feature Day Winner

Thanks for all the sweet comments left on the March Feature day post.   Our goal was to make you giggle and give away a stamp set to one lucky YNS fan!

The March Feature Day winner is Katie Korsak who wrote:

Congratulations Katie, you win a stamp set of your choice!  Please contact Karen via the link at the bottom of the site to claim your prize.

The April release will be in the YNS store next weekend and along with it will be another chance to win a YNS prize.   Mark your calendar and join us for the new release fun starting on April 1st.

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I Spy YNS Saturday – Fruit Trio

This week we spied a trio of bookmarks featuring fruit by Glorious Tsui-Mark on Instagram.

Glorious’ coloring of Fruity Fun is what captured our attention.   Wonderfully simply and colored up realistically.  Are you now craving a piece of fruit like we are?!

To see more of Glorious’ work check out her Instagram gallery:  Glorious.tsui.

We are always on the lookout for Your Next Stamp creations.  Be sure to tag your photos with #yournextstamp.

-Julie and the YNS Team

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