Posts By: Julie Elak

I Spy YNS on a Sunday

Today we have an Easter project created by YNS design team member Anita Madden to share with you!

With Easter just a week a way you may be looking for a last minute gift idea.  If so, then how sweet is this???!!!  Sprinkles looks happy to dress up a bag full of treats!

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YNS Supplies:  Sprinkles Egg-stra Awesome! stamp setSprinkles Egg-stra Awesome! die set, Winter Fun Tag Die Set,  Rainbow Fun Die Set (sun)

Head on over to Anita’s blog – Just a Pigment of my Imagination,  for all the details and to say “hi”!

-Julie and the YNS Team

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Sketch and Color Challenge #34 – Winners

Winner, winner, we have winners!   Thanks to everyone who played along with challenge #34.

 

The random winner of Challenge #34 is participant #20…

Mom and wife from the blog of the same name.   Her creation featured YNS products so she wins at $20.00 YNS Store gift certificate!!!

 

The social media challenge winner is…

Louise aka boysmom_nj on SplitcoastStampers!  Louise added her YNS creation to the SCS gallery for the media challenge and she wins a $20.00 YNS Store gift certificate!!!

 

Winners, please contact Karen via the link at the bottom of the blog to claim your prize.

 

 

Finally, our Top Pick for Challenge #34 is this card from Tricia Traxler.YNSELLIE

Tricia’s card caught our eye with Ellie from Ellie Loves Latte slightly offset on the center panel.   There is so much to like with the soft colors and beautiful coloring of Ellie.   The addition of the doily works so well to balance the strip of patterned paper at the top.

Be sure to check out Tricia’s blog Simply Stamping to see more of her creations!

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Challenge #35 is going on right now!  Play along for a chance to win a YNS Store gift certificate.   We would love to put your name up as a winner!!!

-Julie and the YNS Team

 

 

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Sketch and Color Challenge #35

Happy Friday!!!  

We are starting a new challenge today! Our bi-weekly challenge gives you a sketch and color combo to choose from.  Pick the one that inspires you, unless you really want to challenge yourself and combine the two!  Plus, the best part is you might win a gift certificate to the YNS store by playing along.

Challenge #35 is open through Thursday, March 31st 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?! Check out all the details in the rules at the bottom.

The sketch

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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

YNScolor-35If you choose the color combo, be sure to use at least 3 colors and feel free to add in neutrals.

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So 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 #35 ends on Thursday, March 31, 2016, 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 “#ynschallenge35”, the YNS Facebook page referencing “challenge35” in your comment, and/or the SplitcoastStampers gallery with keyword “yournextstamp” and“ynschallenge35” 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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Throwback Thursday – Laura Nehring

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today we are looking back at Laura’s creations over the years.   Yes, years!   Laura Nehring joined the Your Next Stamp design team in December 2012!

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Blog:   The Crafty Sister

When asked to pick her favorite card, Laura wrote:  “Hard to pick just one favorite after 3 years on the team!!  I narrowed it down to this one because I love how the dress turned out. I have a hard time coloring folds in clothing, and I think this is the best I’ve ever done. :)”   Ummm, I don’t think Laura has trouble coloring anything!

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YNS Supplies:  Catherine Stamp set

Karen picked this creation as her fave because she loves “how Laura combined the silly monsters with the sugar and spice die set! [It] makes [her] smile :o)”   recLaura060214

YNS Supplies:  Silly Monsters stamp set, Sugar and Spice die set

 

The final card we are sharing today was the card Laura made when she was first introduced as a team member.  This one is a true throwback!

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YNS Supplies:  Yippee Fhiona stamp set

Thanks for stopping by today!   Join us next week for another throwback.

-Julie and the YNS Team

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I Spy YNS Saturday – A Bug

This week we spied a bug filled creation on Instagram made by Kate Dykstra.   Not the creepy crawly bugs but the germ kind!

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Kate’s card is colorful and creative!  What a great idea to create cell bars by pairing up the bug from the newly released set Call the Doctor with the Cool Tag One Die Set.   Such a fun card with the patterned paper she created with the bugs stamped multiple times.

Check out Kate on Instagram where she is known as smallbitsofpaper.

We are always on the lookout for creations featuring Your Next Stamp!

Have a great weekend!

Julie and the YNS Team

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Sketch and Color Challenge #34 – More Inspiration

Happy Friday!!!  

Challenge #34 is going on right now!   Have you played along yet?   Why not?   There is still time and one lucky participant will win a gift certificate to the YNS store.

Challenge #34 is open through Thursday, March 17th 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 ?! Check out the details at the bottom of this post in the rules section.

Our bi-weekly challenge gives you a sketch and color combo to choose from.  Pick the one that inspires you, unless you really want to challenge yourself and combine the two!

The sketchYNSSketch34

 

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 colorsYNScolor-34

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

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We look forward to stopping by to see which one you decide to go with.

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Let’s check out the design teams inspiring creations!

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 #34 ends on Thursday, March 17, 2016, 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 “#ynschallenge34”, the YNS Facebook page referencing “challenge34” in your comment, and/or the SplitcoastStampers gallery with keyword “yournextstamp” and“ynschallenge34” 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 your receive 2 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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Throwback Thursday – Holly Endress

*** Click HERE to see the YNS DT Dare post with a chance to win a stamp set of your choice!***

 

Hi Everyone!   Today we are continuing our look back on our favorite creations from the YNS Design Team.   Holly Endress is in the spotlight today!

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Blog:  Hollybeary Creations

Holly joined the team in July 2015 and here is one of her first creations as a team member.

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YNS Supplies:  Celebrate in Color stamp set

 

Karen said that she loves the pink glasses on this card Holly made and picked it as her fave for that reason!

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YNS Supplies:   Java Geek stamp set

 

Finally, here is Holly’s favorite YNS creation.  She actually made this one before she was a design team member and picked it because it was made with the first YNS set she purchased.   Holly wrote “it was a must have and to this day it’s still my favorite set!!!”

Holly made this card for YNS challenge #7 and it was chosen as the Top Pick!!!   Hmmm, perhaps playing along with the challenge got her fabulous style noticed by YNS…

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YNS Supplies:  Funny Farm Crew stamp set | Funny Farm Sentiments stamp set

Thanks for taking a walk down memory lane with us!   Another team member will be in the spotlight next week so be sure to stop back.

-Julie and the YNS Team

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March 2016 – Blog Hop Winner

Happy Wednesday!

One lucky person who left a comment on the YNS March Blog Hop is going to be really happy!   The person who won at $25.00 gift certificate to the YNS Store is Brandi R.

Brandi left this comment for Karen on the YNS blog

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Congratulations Brandi!   Please contact Karen via the link at the bottom of the blog to claim your prize.

If you are looking for another chance to win a YNS prize, check out the DT Dare post HERE or join in our latest challenge HERE.

-Julie and the YNS Team

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Sketch and Color Challenge #33 – Winners!

Winner time!    Thanks to everyone who played along with YNS’ challenge #33!  2 lucky participants have won a YNS Store gift certificate and I have the fun job of announcing their names!!!

The random winner of a gift certificate to the YNS Store is participant #7 Ashlyn D!    Congrats Ashlyn, you win a $15.00 gift certificate to the YNS Store, plus you receive an extra $5.00 for featuring YNS products on your submission, for a total of $20.00!

The media mini challenge winner is Cheri_ink who shared her challenge pic on Instagram!  Congrats Cheri_ink (aka Cherie Lawson) you win a $20.00 gift certificate to the YNS Store!

Congratulations to both winners.  Please contact Karen via the link at the bottom of the blog to claim your prize.

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Now on to the Top Pick from the challenge.   As always, it is HARD to choose only one Top Pick!

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This card from Tricia Traxlercaught our eye, with it’s warm colors and pretty patterns.   There is so much interest on her card with the scrappy background.  Sweetness all around from the paper pieced cup to the simple twine bow.

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Thanks for stopping by today.   Be sure to join in Challenge #34 going on right now for another chance to win!

-Julie and the YNS Team

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