Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells

Jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to…ok I won’t sing anymore cause trust me if you could here me you would be begging me to stop! LOL Now Brandon on the other hand…he can carry an adorable little tune and Jingle Bells just happens to be his favorite holiday song. Lately our home and car has been blasting holiday tunes which inspired me to ink up this fabulous stamp Rockin’ Christmas Tree.
I just love how this card turned out…
I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and are busy making lots of cards for your friends and family.
Have a fabulous weekend!

YNS Challenge #31 – CAS Christmas

It’s time for YNS Challenge #31 – YIPPEE!

Jenny is our fabulous hostess and she has challenged us to create Clean And Simple Christmas cards! I loved this challenge because when you have to make a lot of cards and you are short on time CAS is definitely the way to go plus I just love the elegance and beauty of CAS cards. Jenny is our queen of CAS! Be sure to check out her blog for lots of CAS inspiration.

I decided to use the sentiment from the Light up the Holidays stamp set for my CAS card…

I added just a touch of colour with Copic markers along with some yummy twine. The sparkle around the edges of the tag is diamond glitter.

I hope you play along with our fun CAS Christmas challenge! Check out all the details over at the YNS Challenge blog.

Happy Stamping!


Fun with gems

Just a quick post today to share a CAS card I made using the Bazzill Gem Templates…these are so fun to work with and you can use them for paper piercing as well if you don’t want to make shapes with gems. I finished the card off with the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Christmas Tree Baubles cling set which just happens to be on sale too!

Also I know I’ve completely MIA lately…sorry about that! December is such a busy month plus I’ve been working hard at planning for CHA! Yep, that’s right! YNS is exhibiting at CHA this January plus I’m one of the sponsors for the Canadian Mega Sampler workshop!!! I’m soooo excited!!! If you are going to CHA this year please stop by my booth for a visit – booth #4536.

Tomorrow I’ll be back with my YNS Challenge #31 card hosted by the lovely Jenny!

Happy Stamping!


December Guest Designer

WOW! It’s December already and the snow is blowing outside my office window…brrrrr it’s a cold day today! I think I’ll go make a nice hot cup of tea but before I do that I’d like to give a warm welcome to Angela Wood!!! YAY! Angela is joining the YNS family for the month of December, her wonderful designs are sure to warm your heart.

Here’s are some fabulous YNS creations and a little info about Angela in her own words…

Hi, I’m Angela Wood and I’m thrilled to be the guest designer at YNS this month. I’ve been stamping and making cards for almost 2 years now and am really enjoying myself. I’ve made so many wonderful friends through blogging and being on design teams. It’s been wonderful! I am married to my very supportive hubby, Brian and we have 2 daughters Elena age 12 and Christina age 8 and we live in the Connecticut suburbs. I am primarily a SAHM but work part time at my children’s school. I cherish every moment I spend with my family and I really love the creative outlet I get from making cards and paper projects! Thank you to Karen for asking me to join the YNS family this month.

We all look forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations this month! Welcome to the family Angela!

Happy Stamping Hugs!


A JIFFY Surprise

Good Morning!

I rec’d an email this morning from the talented and oh so humorous Carole Burrage and this is what it said…

Karen —

Just a few more minutes … visit my blog around 9 EST this a.m. for a fun surprise!

So of course Brandon I were watching the clock and at 9 am we visited her blog and was super surprised and excited this to see that the very talented JIFFY gals chose the adorable YNS Monkey Gone Bananas as their stamp choice this month for their FUN Jiffy challenge! Brandon said…oh mommy a monkey! CUTE!

If you’re not familiar with the Jiffy gals they are a group of friends who challenge each other each month to make a card just for fun! One person picks the stamp and another pick the designer paper, thank you Kim for picking Monkey Gone Bananas this month.

Since Carole gave me the heads up I’ll share her card with you…

Isn’t her snow monkey sooooo CUTE! Be sure to visit her blog Mother’s Little Helper and leave her a lovely comment and read her super fun post!

Also here is the list of all the Jiffy gals so you can hop along and check out their fun creations. I hope you leave them all some lovely comments!

Alli Miles

Kim Hughes

Carole Burrage

Lori Craig

Michele Boyer

Julie Campbell

Glenda Wyatt (talented guest)

Thanks ladies, you totally made my day!

Happy Stamping!


YNS Challenge #30 – Case a YNS DT Member

Happy Wednesday!

It’s time for YNS Challenge #30 – Yippee!!! Today’s challenge idea comes from the talented Heather Rolin and I must say that I had so much fun casing the DT cards!

What does CASE mean?

For any of you who are unsure as to what CASE is ….CASE is an acronym for Copy And Share Everything. The idea is that you choose a specific piece of work and take inspiration from it. You can be very literal when CASEing and create an exact copy of the work you have chosen as inspiration. Alternatively, you can use the work you have chosen to copy as a starting point, lifting just one or two elements – e.g. the general style of the piece, or perhaps a colour.
I posted a card yesterday where I cased Kerri and today I’ve got 2 more for you…told you I had fun with this challenge! I actually just might case each and every one of the YNS DT members over the next few weeks!
I cased Wendy for my first card, it’s a fun ‘save the date’ card using one of the new Franfou images Penguin Cheers.  I instantly loved this layout…thanks for the inspiration Wendy!
Here is Wendy’s card she made using the limited edition ScrapFest Fhiona stamp…
For my next card I cased Sylvia and made this super cute Merry Mouse Wreath shape card. I couldn’t resist adding all the bling…thanks for the inspiration Sylvia!
Here is Sylvia’s card…
We are asking you to CASE one of the DT members cards so be sure to hop on over to the YNS Challenge blog for all the details and join in the fun for your chance to win some YNS bucks. YAY!
Happy Stamping!

Reindeer Fun

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve been on a Holiday card making blitz lately and I thought I would share this card I made using the stamp Happy as a Reindeer

I got the inspiration for this card from this fabulous Puff the Parrot card designed by our lovely DT member Kerri…

Hint – this just might be a little peek at what our challenge # 30 is all about :o) Be sure to check out all the details tomorrow!
Plus you still have time to join in Crystals awesome YNS it! challenge, you can check out all the details over at the YNS Challenge Blog.
Happy Stamping!

November Hop Winner

Thank you soooo much for hopping along and joining in all the fun here at Your Next Stamp! The YNS DT and guests always make me proud! All the hop projects were amazing and so inspirational! Special thanks to Simonne our amazing DT coordinator who organizes these amazing hops for us – thank you hun!

Alrighty, I’m sure you would like to know who the random draw winner is so without further ado…the November hop winner is…

Amanda R.

Congrats!!! Please email me your mailing address so I can mail out your prize!

Also my YNS sale continues until Nov 25th at midnight so be sure to stop by the YNS Store. Many items and stamps are on sale too so when you enter the code YNSNOV you get to take an additional 20% off your entire order! WOW

Happy Stamping and Shopping!


YNS November New Release Hop!

Welcome to the Your Next Stamp November New Release BLOG HOP! We’ve got some fabulous new YNS stamps to showcase today…a new Ellie, a few new Fhiona’s, a super cool footballer and a sweet little donkey too! Plus, I’ve had so many requests for more of the adorable Mini Fhiona stamps that I decided to add 8 new Mini stamps to the collection! These new stamps are available to buy right now from the Your Next Stamp store along with all your YNS favourites. We also have 2 wonderful guests joining us for our hop – the amazing Jen del Muro, and our November YNS Guest Designer Kerry Urbatch. Welcome girls!

If you would like to participate in the hop and you didn’t arrive here from Linda’s blog, please CLICK HERE to return to the start of the hop at the Maureen’s blog, as you don’t want to miss these fab new releases!

The hop starts today (Thursday November 18 at 03:00 EST) and ends on Saturday November 20 at midnight EST.

As always, here at Your Next Stamp, we have a wonderful prize for you to win! One lucky winner will be drawn at random from the comments here on my blog to receive a new release stamp package. It’s not a requirement for you to comment at every stop along the hop to be eligible, but the DT would sure love to hear what you think of their new release creations!

Not only am I offering an amazing hop prize, I’m also holding a special 20% OFF YOUR ORDER sale which is running for an entire week (from today until November 25 at midnight EST)! Be sure to enter the code YNSNOV when checking out at http://www.yournextstamp.com/ to receive your 20% discount!

Now onto my blog hop creation! I decided to use the awesome new Football Dude to create an extra special Christmas card for my hubby. He and all his buddies are crazy Miami Dolphin fans so I’m sure once he sees this he’ll want me to start an assembly line and create one for each of his friends! LOL In case you are wondering…the Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Lots of pressies under the tree stamp set, the snowflakes are the Snowflake Border stamp and the gems are the beautiful Swarovski crystals…I love the way they sparkle!!!

I’m your last stop on our hop so before you head off  to the YNS Store for some shopping be sure to leave me a comment for your chance to win the new release surprise package!!!

Before I go I’d just like to remind you all about our current YNS Challenge chosen by the wonderful Crystal! It ends on Tuesday November 23, so you still have plenty of time to join in! The challenge is extra special as we are being co-sponsored by Really Reasonable Ribbon, so why not hop on over to the YNS Challenge blog and join in!

Here is the hop order just in case you get lost along the way…

Maureen Wong http://mycasestudies.blogspot.com/

Jen del Muro http://iheart2stamp.com/

Jenny Cierley http://suchins.blogspot.com/

Crystal Irwin http://crystalkbk.blogspot.com/

Simonne Clay http://semsee.blogspot.com/

Kerri Michaud http://cardsbykerri.blogspot.com/

Beth Ranney-Thomas http://inkyfingersrule.blogspot.com/

Wendy Ramlakhan http://sugarpea-designs.blogspot.com/

Kerry Urbatch http://thestampingbug.blogspot.com/ 

Chris Olsen http://twinklesglow-glowbug.blogspot.com/

Linda Cummings http://lccorner.blogspot.com/

Karen Dedman http://www.yournextstamp.com/blog/  – GRAND PRIZE DRAW

Thanks so much for hopping with us today! I hope you love all the new releases too!

Happy Stamping!


Let it snow!

Well it’s cold enough here to snow…brrrr! We did have a few really large snowflakes recently and Brandon’s excitement inspired me to ink up the super adorable Happy Snow Day stamp! Brandon looked out the window and said “mommy, it’s winter!!! YAY”

I paired this cutie with my new favorite winter paper by Bo Bunny called Midnight Frost, the colors are amazing and I just love everything about this paper collection. The silver brad I used for the middle of the snowflakes is also from this collection.

Are you ready for some new stamps??? I hope you just yelled at your computer and said “YES”!!! The YNS DT has been working hard creating and we’ve got a new release blog hop planned for this Thursday Nov 18th so be sure to stop by and check out the new stamps!

Until Thursday…Happy Stamping!


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