Posts By: Julie Elak

A Goodbye and a HUGE Hello to Martha Tucker

Normally at this time of the month we would be saying goodbye to our May guest designer Martha Tucker.   We did not want to say goodbye to Martha though, so we asked her to join the Design Team and she said YES!

Please join us in saying “Hello” to Martha and welcoming her to the YNS Design Team!

 

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Blog:  Trinity Rose Designs

Here are some of the colorful creations Martha has shared with us over the past month.   We are looking forward to sharing more of her work with you in the months to come.

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You will have a chance to see more from Martha and the rest of the design team this weekend with our June release! We will be previewing the new stamps and dies on Saturday.  Join us Saturday night at 10 pm EST for a blog hop with a chance to win a gift certificate to the YNS store!   Fun, fun, fun!!!

-Julie and the YNS Team

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Sketch and Color Challenge #39 – Winner!

Thank you to everyone who played along with Challenge #39!   My favorite part is announcing the winners!    2 lucky participants have each won a gift certificate to the Your Next Stamp store.

The winner of the main challenge is participant #6…random um

Congratulations Bonnie Sharp, you win a $20.00 gift certificate since your creation featured YNS products.

The winner of the social media part of the challenge is Rox, aka PaperPassionGirl on SCS.   Congratulations, you too win a $20.00 gift certificate.

Congrats to both winners, please contact Karen via the link at the bottom of the page to claim your prize.   Have fun shopping!

The Top Pick from Challenge #39 is this Trina Pham with this sparkly take on the color challenge.

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The starburst creates a striking background for the unicorn from the Magical Unicorn stamp set.   Such lovely shading on the burst of blue.

We have a new challenge going on right now, join in #40 for another chance to win.

-Julie and the YNS Team

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I Spy YNS Saturday – A Deer

This week we spied a layered card topped by a deer from Handmade by Julie.

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There are so many layers on Julie’s card, from the mats to the banners.   The use of white throughout her card allows it to remain bright, with the deer from the stamp set Oh Deer as the focus.    More of Julie’s creations can be found on her blog here or Instagram.

We are always on the lookout for creations featuring YNS products.   Keep on sharing and be sure to use the tag #yournextstamp.

-Julie and the YNS Team

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Sketch and Color Challenge #40

Happy Friday!

Challenge #40 starts today and is open through Thursday, June 9th at midnight EST.  We have 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.

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 #40 entries to IG, SCS or FB.  Check out all the details in the rules at the bottom.

The sketchYNSSketch40

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-40

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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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 #40 ends on Thursday, June 9, 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 “#ynschallenge40”, the YNS Facebook page referencing “challenge40” in your comment, and/or the SplitcoastStampers gallery with keyword “yournextstamp” and“ynschallenge39” 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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May Feature Day Winner!

 

We have a winner!

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Congratulations goes to #137, Mary-Anne V. who wrote the following comment on our May Feature Day post:

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Mary-Anne, you have won a stamp set of your choice from the Your Next Stamp store.   Congrats and have fun picking out a set!   Please contact Karen via the link at the bottom of the site to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who left such sweet comments on our flower filled Feature day post!

If you are looking for other ways to win from Your Next Stamp join in our bi-weekly challenge found here.

-Julie and the YNS Team

 

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I Spy YNS Saturday – A Grad

This week we spied a graduation card made by dhasuka on Instagram.

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Dhasuka got creative and added a graduation cap to one of the penguins from Waddles Rainbow Fun stamp set.  What a great way to stretch the use of your stamp sets.

Be sure to check out Dhasuka’s gallery on Instagram for more inspiration!

 

We are always on the lookout for creations from YNS customers.   Be sure to tag your posts #yournextstamp.

-Julie and the YNS Team

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Sketch and Color Challenge #39 – More Inspiration

How would you like to win a YNS store gift certificate?   This is your chance.   Join in the challenge we have going on right now!

Challenge #39 is open through Thursday, May 26th at midnight EST.  There is 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.

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 sketchYNSSketch39

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-39

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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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 #39 ends on Thursday, May 26, 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 “#ynschallenge39”, the YNS Facebook page referencing “challenge39” in your comment, and/or the SplitcoastStampers gallery with keyword “yournextstamp” and“ynschallenge39” 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 – Karen Dedman

Today is our final day of the Design Team Throwback Series.   Who better to end it with than Karen Dedman, the owner of Your Next Stamp???!!!

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In Karen’s words:

The idea to start a stamp company began when my sister Robin and I were on maternity leave and began talking almost daily on the phone about our beautiful babies, my son and her two daughters. The conversations started to get fairly lengthy as, not only did we discuss baby stuff, but we had to talk about our ‘healthy addiction’ to stamping and paper crafting!

When my son was born I decided that I needed a change so I left my fitness career to follow my passion for business and stamping. These two passions just seemed to be the perfect match for my new adventure…Your Next Stamp, aka YNS.

The YNS name was born over a dinner party at my parents place. I was really excited about starting up my own stamping business so as we discussed ideas and shared a few laughs my father pipes up and says you should call it ‘Your Next Stamp’. The next day, I did just that.

I truly believe we have found the best illustrators and suppliers out there for our ideas. Everyone we work with has this amazing ability to take these ideas and bring them to life just as we had imagined them. Thank you to our illustrators and also to our manufacturers who take these incredible illustrations and transforms them into ‘Your Next Stamp’ and ‘Your Next Die’!

Your Next Stamp officially launched in August 2009, I am grateful everyday for this wonderful opportunity. Thank you for joining me on this incredible journey, I appreciate your business and hope you make YNS your new home for inspiration and stampy supplies!

 

When asked which card is her favorite, Karen selected this one because she loves the colors, layout, and how the frog looks like he is stuck to the inside of the circle :o)

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YNS Supplies:  Sticky Note stamp set

Here is one of my favorites from Karen.   I chose this one because it is clean and simple and CUTE!   With the wonderful coloring, the toast definitely looks like it just popped out of the toaster.

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YNS Supplies:  Oh, Jam It! stamp set

Normally I would be ending this Throwback post with one of the designer’s first creations, but I am changing it up for Karen.   I wouldn’t say definitively that she threatened me if I posted something she created over 6 years ago, but I am playing it safe!   I definitely want to receive my next stamp package in the mail, so instead of a project, let’s take a look at one of the first stamp sets offered from Your Next Stamp.  HappyDaysMermaids2016-375x382

Happy Days Mermaid stamp set

We hope that you have enjoyed this Throwback series focusing on the design team.   Be sure to let us know if there are other series you would like to see from the team.   We love hearing from you!

-Julie and the YNS Team

 

 

 

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Sketch and Color Challenge #38 – Winner!

Thank you to everyone who played along with Challenge #38!   My favorite part is announcing the winners!    2 lucky participants have each won a gift certificate to the Your Next Stamp store.

The winner of challenge #38 is BGPayne Crafts.   Congrats, you win a $15.00 gift certificate.

The winner of the social media part of the challenge is m_spark5 on Instagram.   Congrats, you win a $20.00 gift certificate.

Please contact Karen via the link at the bottom of the page to claim your prize.   Have fun shopping!

 

The Top Pick from Challenge #38 is this FUN card from jenniferk777 which uses the colors from the challenge.dino

Jennifer’s card recreates a prehistoric scene featuring googly eyed dinos from the set Dino-mite!   Be sure to check out Jennifer on Instagram here –  jenniferk777.

We have a new challenge going on right now, join in #39 for your chance to win.

-Julie and the YNS Team

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