Miami was a blast!

Well Chris, myself and 8 of our friends survived the Miami heat and had a fabulous time! We are now back in the cool Ontario weather and I’m ok with that because even though I had a ton of fun I missed my son and all my craft stuff! It’s good to be home πŸ™‚

We had a really fun evening out in South Beach, shopped at the Aventura Mall – it’s HUGE, enjoyed lots of beach time along with a Miami Dolphins football game!
As promised I have a few pictures to share with you and hope to have some more once our friends share theirs with us.
view from our hotel room
Chris and I at the Dolphins Game – FUN!!
Dolphins Stadium – Player Intros
I’ll be back on Halloween with a fun card to share with you!

Sunday Sketch and Stamp Sponsor!!!

Today Your Next Stamp is the proud sponsor of Sunday Sketch & Stamp Challenge #14 – YAY! You can check out all the details about their challenges and join in on the fun HERE!

The sketch was a ton of fun to work with and after playing with different options I decided to make mine into a birthday bag since today is my 33rd birthday!!!

I’ve used the adorable little giraffe from the Wild About You stamp set and the background star image is from the Birthday Boy stamp set. I stamped it in a very pale pink so it’s hard to see in the picture but you should be able to click on the picture to make it bigger so you can see it better. I couldn’t wait to put on some of that pink jungle satin ribbon that I bought awhile back and just knew I would have the perfect use for it one day! All the edges are distressed as well and then I added some pink pearls to finish it off. I was in a total pink mood and I love the way it turned out!

Remember we are also sponsoring the EtsyInspired Challenge this week and YNS Challenge #2 is going on right now as well!

I hope you choose to join in all the fun challenges! I really find they inspire me to step out of my creative comfort zone and I’m always amazed with the different creations I come up with from all the great inspiration!

I’m enjoying some birthday vacation time right now in Miami Beach so check back for some fun pictures soon!

Have a Fabulous Day!



EtsyInspired Challenge Sponsor!!!

Today Your Next Stamp is the proud sponsor of the EtsyInspired Challenge #59. The EtsyInspired DT chooses an Etsy store each week for card making inspiration! I think this is such a great idea! You can check out all the details about their challenges and join in the fun HERE.
Challenge #59 store is The Little Red Door
They have such cute little ceramic houses! I looked through the shop and I was totally inspired by this little blue and brown house which they call a choco-berry house to brighten your day – too cute!!!
Here is my card I made with all my choco-berry inspiration…

I used Home Sweet Home and the Happy Birthday sentiment from the HB mermaid set along with some yummy chocolate satin ribbon and pearls along the bottom. I was so pleased with how my little blue home turned out!


I hope it brightens your day.


See you tomorrow with another super cool challenge!




YNS Challenge #2!!!

First off I’d like to thank everyone who participated in YNS Challenge #1 – we had so much fun looking at your entries and we hope you join us again for YNS Challenge #2 – YAY!!

This weeks challenge is a Shape Card Challenge that Lana has for us! The Starlets cards are AMAZING so be sure to hop over to our challenge blog for some inspiration!

My card is a cute little fishy!!! I had no idea what shape I wanted to make until my sweet hubby came home one evening with those cheesy fish shaped crackers and I took one look at the bag, went running to my craft room and didn’t come out until I created my fish card πŸ™‚ FUN! Thank you Chris!!! I’ve used different little sayings and the starfish image from the mermaid sets along with some pearl/gem combos.
If you are looking for the winners of YNS Challenge #1 be sure to check the challenge blog for the list of winners on Thursday πŸ™‚
Remember that YNS limited edition digital Halloween stamps are only available until Oct 31st so hop on over the the YNS Store and pick yours up today!
I’ll be back on Saturday and Sunday with some Challenge Sponsor announcements along with some really fun creations so I hope you check back and join in all the challenge FUN!
Until then – have a fabulous week!

Surprise Winner

Thank you so much for all your super fun Halloween stories! I enjoyed reading them all and shared lots of laughs with my hubby – you gals are the best!!!

So we put all the names in a hat and of course your name went in twice if you shared a fun Halloween story and the winner of the secret prize is…

Jacilynn –

Congratulations and Happy Birthday!!!! I was so excited my hubby picked your name since your birthday is right before Halloween – FUN!

Email me so I can send you your secret spooky surprise!

You still have time to participate in YNS challenge #1 – pink and yellow. This challenge ends tonight at midnight.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my YNS Challenge #2 creation – YAY!!!



Happy ‘Secret Surprise’ Friday!

October 31st is sneaking up on us and I have to admit that I love Halloween!!! I especially enjoy Halloween now that we have a child to enjoy all the excitement with which brings me back to when I was a kid. I remember this one house in my neighbourhood growing up that would set up a really spooky yet fun Halloween scene every year. We would all run away screaming once we heard their creepy music playing but we always came running back for more! My favorite part was having to walk to plank for my candy! That was so COOL! I hope there are fun things like that around here for Brandon – he would just love that!

While in the fun Halloween spirit I’ve been playing with our new limited edition digital stamps which you can check out HERE. They are only available until October 31st so hop on over and get yours today!

I used the Cute Kitty for my card and I must say I love how it turned out! I crimped the ribbon for a fun look and put a MME Boo To You! brad in the center and colored the kitty in with Copics. The designer paper is MME Boo To You! as well and of course I’ve added my favorite baubles!

I’d like to thank you for visiting my blog and as a fun Friday surprise I will enter your name into a draw for a secret surprise package if you leave a comment on this post and it gets even better because I’ll enter your name twice if you tell me a fun Halloween story!

I’ll draw the winner’s name and post it on my blog Tuesday so you have until Monday at midnight to comment.

Have a great weekend and I’ll be back Tuesday!



Thanks Jen!

I hope everyone had a terrific long weekend! It was Thanksgiving here in Ontario so it was busy but a lot of fun as well πŸ™‚ We got together with lots of family, ate a ton of food and then Brandon was so tired after running around with his cousins that he slept in every morning until around 9 am – WHOOO HOOOO!!! that was a real treat!
Ok so let me tell you about the adorable card I posted today πŸ™‚
I just love Jen del Muro’s ‘Sketch for You to Try’ so I was just thrilled to find out she adores Your Next Stamp images! She was kind enough to share this card with me she made for all of you to see. Thanks Jen!
She has used the Just Swimming By Mermaid and rumor has it she might just use this layout for a future SFYTT πŸ™‚ FUN!
Be sure to check out Jen’s sketch this week and join in the fun for your chance to win her goodie bag of treats!!!
What else is going on at YNS???
YNS is the proud sponsor of The Stamptacular Sunday Challenge – be sure to check out my Sunday post for the fun card I made for their Character Counts theme this week.
Also you still have time to join in YNS challenge #1 so hop on over to the YNS challenge blog and check out all the deets. Thank you to everyone who has already submitted their entry – all your cards look fantastic!!!
Have fun with the sketch and challenges! Lot’s of opportunity to win fun stuff – COOL!!!

More Challenge FUN!!!

I thought why not add some more challenge fun into the mix this week so Your Next Stamp is the proud sponsor of the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge! YAY!

The theme for the challenge is ‘Character Counts’ – you need to use a well known cartoon character somewhere on your card or creation πŸ™‚
Well of course I wanted to use a YNS image for this challenge so after trying to make Fairy Fhiona Tinker Bell and the Let It Snow Snowman Frosty I decided to convert Happy as a Reindeer into Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!!! FUN!

Also YNS challenge #1 – pink and yellow is going on right now so hop on over to the YNS challenge blog and join in on the fun!!!

With both these challenges you have a chance to win some fabulous Your Next Stamp stamps!!! So go on and start creating and join in!!!

Also remember that YNS limited edition digital stamps are only available until October 31st!!!

Have a wonderful few days! I’ll be back later in the week with a super fab card from Jen del Muro!!! Be sure to check out her Sketch for you to Try!!! I see she has a fun goodie bag prize up for grabs this week!!!



Wacky Wednesday!!!

WOW!!! It really is a wacky Wednesday here at YNS!!! I’ve got winners to announce, guest DT announcement, new limited edition digi stamps to tell you about plus today is the launch of YNS challenges! YAY!

First of I would like to give a very warm welcome to Cathy who is joining the Starlet design team for October and November – YAY! Be sure to hop on over to her blog and show her lots of love!

To celebrate the start of YNS challenges I’ve decided to release some limited edition digi stamps!!! {don’t worry YNS will always be a rubber stamp store} YNS is a fairly new company so I understand that you all love our stamps but maybe you just don’t own any quite yet {I hope you decide to own some YNS fun and whimsical stamps really soon}. Since I really want everyone to have the chance to participate over at the YNS challenge blog I’ve released some limited edition digi stamps to give you access to a YNS stamp so you can join in on the FUN!!! These stamps will be available until Oct 31 2009 so hop on over to the YNS store and check them out! Big thanks to Fhiona for designing these super COOL digi stamps for us!!!

You may have noticed my card posted has lots of pink and yellow on it plus I’ve used the new digi stamps πŸ™‚ To get all the details on YNS challenge #1 you’ll need to hop on over to the YNS Challenge blog. You will absolutely love all the pink and yellow Starlet inspiration over there – WOW!

Now on to the digi winners announcement!!!

Here are the winners of our WCMD digi stamp giveaway…

My blog winner – ScrapinShana

Amy – Nicole {scrapinsweetheart}

Kerri – Jodi Collins {kharmagirl}

Cabio – Michelle {michelleperkett}

Ryann – Ashley Nguyen {hearthugsdesigns}

Simonne – Ali {craftydragon}

Stephanie – Julye B {julyebs}

Lana – Kelly {kreativekornerbykelly}

Maylee – Jenny {crazyforpaper}

Maureen – Angela {sparklycards}

Congrats to all our winners!!! Please take a look at our new digi stamps and email me the 2 you want me to send you πŸ™‚ YAY!!!

You’ve made it to the end of my post {YAY} so please go now and join in on all the FUN!!!



It’s time for another stamp giveaway!

Happy Monday!!!

Well I had a great weekend and I hope you all did as well πŸ™‚ We went apple picking yesterday and even though it rained we still had a really fun time! Brandon loved all the fun things they had at the apple farm like the tractors, slides and he especially loved picking up large amounts of hay and throwing them up in the air followed by a happy dance and the I’m so proud of myself giggle – too cute!!! I’ve shared a few pictures for everyone to see πŸ™‚

Today is the 2nd monthly random draw for my amazing follower stamp giveaway – YAY!!!

The winner is…


Congrats! Please email me your address along with your stamp choice and I’ll get that off to you right away!

Don’t forget to check out Saturdays blog post as well to enter yourself into our super cool digi giveaway contest πŸ™‚ Look for more information on Wednesday when we launch our Limited Edition Digital Stamps!! Plus Wednesday is our first challenge over at the YNS Challenge blog so I really hope you come and join in on the fun!!!

I’ll be back Wednesday with our digi contest winners along with my YNS challenge #1 card for all of you to see! Also be sure to check out the challenge blog on Tuesday for the winners of the contests going on over there right now πŸ™‚

Have a great day!



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