Posts By: Julie Elak

Sketch and Color Challenge #45

Happy Friday!  Today we have a new challenge up and we would love to have you play along for a chance to win a YNS store gift certificate.

Challenge #45 starts today and is open through Thursday, August 18th at midnight EST.  This is a biweekly challenge with 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 #45 entries to IG, SCS or FB.  Check out all the details in the rules at the bottom.

The sketchYNSSketch45

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-45

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?

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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 #45 ends on Thursday, August 18, 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 “#ynschallenge45”, the YNS Facebook page referencing “challenge45” in your comment, and/or the SplitcoastStampers gallery with keyword “yournextstamp” and“ynschallenge45” 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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Welcome our August Guest Designers – Lisa, Kelli and Bonnie

August is a big celebration month for Your Next Stamp so we have THREE monthly guest designers joining us!   Please join me in welcoming Lisa,  Kelli and Bonnie!  Each of these designers has a different style and each is sure to make you smile.

Let’s get right to our first guest, Lisa Lara.   Lisa’s clean and simple style is fresh and innovative.   She really makes use of stamps in creative ways (including on her card today!).

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Blog:  Lisa’s Life Lines

Hi, I’m Lisa Lara. I am so happy to be guesting with YNS to play with their cutie patootie stamps and unique dies WHOO HOO.  I am a clean and simple stamper.  I like to have a main focal point and think outside the box to use stamps in a unique way to get the most out of them.  I live in Washington state with the yummiest apples in the world.  My husband and I are approaching three decades of marriage and have 2 adult children and a parrot.  I have to create. It is in my DNA. Stamping is therapy for me. The stamping community is made up of just the nicest people. I am so lucky!

Here is her card that I mentioned earlier.   Take a close at the lines acting as a border on her card.   Lisa took the Stripe-tastic Edge stamp, stamped it in black and then colored in between the lines.


Our next guest is someone who you have seen at YNS before.   Join me in welcoming back former design team member, Kelli Jo Hull! Kelli’s cards are layered and colorful, although she is known to go CAS every once in awhile.   Either way, her cards will make you smile!

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Kelli Jo Hull

Blog:  Stamping with a Dream

Hey There Friends!!!  It’s me Kelli Jo!! For those that don’t know me, I have been stamping since 1992, however, am just now getting comfortable in my stamping skin!  LOL  OY to look back at early cards…. BUT…. GROW GROW GROW and CELEBRATE your growth!!!  That is EXACTLY what we are doing this month at Your Next Stamp!!!  CELEBRATING the GROWTH of YNS and all of it’s AWESOMENESS!!!!!

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YNS Supplies:  Dill-ightful stamp set


Finally, we have Bonnie Sharp joining us for the month.  Bonnie frequently plays along with the YNS bi-weekly challenges and her cards continually pop up among our top picks.   It is the scenes she creates with YNS products that caught our eye!

BonnieBonnie Sharp

Blog:  The Lucky Clucker

Hey there stampers!  My name is Bonnie Sharp and I live on a farm in Ontario, Canada with my husband. When we are not farming we golf at least 3 times a week at our local golf course. We have three grown children and 4 grandchildren and they all live within a stone’s throw so we are the lucky ones for sure.  Oh – and one more thing – I LOVE to stamp!!

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YNS Supplies:  Fred and Ginger stamp set | Phoebe with her Wagon stamp set (sentiment)


This month is sure to be fun with three great designers joining us!  Plus, we will have several guests joining us for the August release.   Stay tuned for all the excitement.   The new release previews start Saturday, August 6th and then we will be hopping (or jumping in excitement) from blog to blog on the 7th.

  • Julie and the YNS Team
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I Spy YNS Saturday – Waddles Floating By

This week Tina’s card caught our eye with Waddles floating through the sky surrounded by clouds and a rainbow!

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Tina’s water coloring creates softly colored clouds and a subtle background.   She pulls in so many of the stamps from the set Waddles – Rainbow Fun, to create an adorable scene.

Head on over to Tina’s Instagram account, where she goes by tinneke_th, to check out more of her cute creations!

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

-Julie and the YNS Team

 

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Sketch and Color Challenge #44 – More Inspiration

Happy Friday!  We have a new challenge up and we would love to have you play along for a chance to win a YNS store gift certificate.

Challenge #44 starts today and is open through Thursday, August 4th at midnight EST.  This is a biweekly challenge with 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 #44 entries to IG, SCS or FB.  Check out all the details in the rules at the bottom.

The sketchYNSSketch44

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-44

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?

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Dian, August Guest DesignerIMG_3289_edit

YNS Supplies:  Just Swimming By Mermaid stamp set

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YNS Supplies:  Word Critters Cats and Dogs stamp set | Stripe-Tactic Rectangle Window Frame die | YNS Gumdrops (Love Me Some Latte, Love Earth, Candy Corn)
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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 #44 ends on Thursday, August 4, 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 “#ynschallenge44”, the YNS Facebook page referencing “challenge44” in your comment, and/or the SplitcoastStampers gallery with keyword “yournextstamp” and“ynschallenge44” 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 July’s Guests Dian and Kate

July is coming to an end and it is time to say goodbye to our July guest designers, Dian Ratna Sari and Kate Dykstra. All month long these two ladies have showcased creativity with all the Your Next Stamp products!

Let’s take a look back at some of their creations:

 

Dian Ratna

Dian Ratan Sari

Instagram : @dian_ratna_sari
Facebook : Elisabet Dian Ratna
Blogger : dianratna88.blogspot.com
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Kate - SBoP
Kate Dykstra
Life is Better in Flip Flops (1)
Life is a Picnic - SBoP (1)
Dian will be taking part in this Friday’s challenge post and Kate will be stopping back in August and September to join in showcasing the new releases.  You didn’t think we would let these two great designers go that fast, did you?

-Julie and the YNS Team

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July 2016 Feature Day Winner

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and left a sweet comment for the team on the July Feature Day post.  We hope you are feeling a little cooler and were inspired by the water themed creations.

The winner of a stamp set of their choice is the person who left comment #99, Cynthia Johnson!

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Congratulations Cynthia, please contact Karen via the link at the bottom of the website to claim your prize.

Are you looking for more ways to win YNS prizes?  We always have a bi-weekly challenge going on.  Join in challenge #44 right now for the chance to win a gift certificate to the YNS store.

Plus, we have started the countdown to the August release.   August is a special month, because Your Next Stamp is celebrating 7 years.   Wooo Hooo!  The Birthday Celebration will be a big one, so stay tuned for a preview on August 6th and then get ready to hop, hop, hop!

-Julie and the YNS Team

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Sketch and Color Challenge #43 – Winners!

Time to announce the winners from Challenge #43.   There were so many great entries with colorful and creative takes on the sketch and color combo.   Thank you to everyone who played along!

Lois Ichimura is the winner of the challenge and since her entry contained YNS products she wins a $20 gift certificate to the YNS store.

Pam, aka Wearestampers on SCS  is the winner of the social media portion of the challenge and she wins a $20 YNS gift certificate too.

Congratulations to both our winners.  Please contact Karen via the link at the bottom of the website to claim your prize.   Have fun shopping!


Our top pick for the challenge is this card created by Elle aka Creative Cardsea.YNS-Buns

Elle’s card is clean and cute!   The blue frame is a pop of color with the bunny in the center.   Her card made us smile and say awwwwww.

Visit Elle’s blog, Creative Cardsea to see more of her creations.

Our new challenge is up right now.   Join in Challenge #44 for a chance to win!

-Julie and the YNS Team

 

P.S.  There is a sale going on right now in the YNS store!July2016SS

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I Spy YNS Saturday – Cuties

This week we spied two critters from the stamp set Woodland Cuties on a card by Natquebec.

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What a scene, with the hills and blue splatter filled sky.   The limited color scheme lets the cuties take center stage. There is even a bit of whimsy with the addition of sequins.

Visit Natquebec’s gallery on Instagram to see more of her creations.

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

-Julie and the YNS Team

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Sketch and Color Challenge #44

Happy Friday!  We have a new challenge up and we would love to have you play along for a chance to win a YNS store gift certificate.

Challenge #44 starts today and is open through Thursday, August 4th at midnight EST.  This is a biweekly challenge with 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 #44 entries to IG, SCS or FB.  Check out all the details in the rules at the bottom.

The sketchYNSSketch44

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-44

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 #44 ends on Thursday, August 4, 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 “#ynschallenge44”, the YNS Facebook page referencing “challenge44” in your comment, and/or the SplitcoastStampers gallery with keyword “yournextstamp” and“ynschallenge44” 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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