Sunday, July 6, 2014

YNS July New Release Blog Hop!

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Hello and welcome to our July Your Next Stamp New Release MEGA Blog Hop. The rubber stamp and digital teams have worked hard to complete some awesome projects for this combined hop!  We have five new stamp sets in the store and the digi team is showcasing all the digi images we currently have. If you “shore” do love sea creatures, you are going to LOVE this new release! You can find all of the new goodies HERE at the Your Next Stamp Store.

The hop begins on Julie's blog and if you've been hopping along, you should have come from Jackie's blog. Make sure you hop around to all of the blogs featured in the link list located at the bottom of this post for lots of inspiration using the new products! If you leave a comment on all of the blogs, you will be entered to win a $20.00 YNS gift certificate. The lucky winner will be announced on the Your Next Stamp Blog July 10th.

I have 2 cards for you today using the new releases.  First up is one using Sea Creatures Two and Sea Creatures Sentiments:

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For the background, I took a piece of watercolor paper and streaked on 3 different colors of Distress Inks with my blending sponges.  Then I sprinkled some water over it and it left those little spots everywhere.  I used a Spellbinders die to make the frame for the seahorse, which was colored with Copics.  Finally I added the sentiment and mounted the panel on a card base.

For my second card, I used the Toad-Ally Awesome set and made a shaker card:

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The toad and fly were stamped and colored with Copics.  I punched out the fly with a 1/2” circle punch and fussy cut the toad out.  I made a little shaker element using dies from the Insta Love Polaroid die set and a piece of fun foam, acetate, and a couple patterned papers.  I added some sequins to the shaker and glued the whole thing together with Glossy Accents.  The toad was mounted with foam tape and I added a sentiment from the set on the bottom.

This is also for Simon Says Stamp – Shake It.

We're currently doing some spring cleaning around here and everything in the YNS store is ON SALE – even the new items are 20% off so now is the time to shop!

We are currently trying to reach 3,000 fans on our Facebook Page. Please LIKE us for your chance to win!

3000 FB Fan Giveaway

Thank you so much for stopping by today and hopping along with us!

Now it's time to head on over to Ruza's blog but before you go, don't forget to leave a comment!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

YNS Sneak Peek

Hi all!  We’re gearing up for another fun release from Your Next Stamp so I have a sneak peek for you today!  I used the new set Cactus and Flower Fun and the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch:

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I paper pieced the short cactus from the set with 3 different patterned papers, shaded with Copics, and added a little face from Fun Faces (this new set was made to go with Fun Faces!).  I cut the circle from the front of the card base and added the cactus with a bit of foam tape and then finished it off with a banner I made using the Fishtail/Banner Die Set.  The sentiment is also from Cactus and Flower Fun.

Please check out the YNS Blog to see all the designers that have a peek for you today and I hope you’ll join us back here tomorrow for the July New Release Blog Hop! 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

YNS Special Event Day!

Hi all!  Today is this month’s Special Event Day over at the Your Next Stamp Blog.  We’ve decided to highlight the Little Darlings series of stamps from Macy Wong!!  I decided to make a Fun Journal layout using Brittney:

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I gessoed over the pages then stamped Brittney with black Staz On ink and colored with Inktense Pencils and water.  I cut 3 banners using the Fishtail/Banner Die Set and adhered them to the pages.  I did the sentiment and then covered both pages with butterflies cut using a Martha punch.

Here’s just the left page:

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And just the right page:

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I stamped a sentiment from Whatnot Sentiments Set Two and cut out all the words separately.  Then instead of using the AMAZING from the sentiment, I spelled it out with alpha stickers so it would be a little bigger for emphasis. 

Just to remind you – the storewide sale will be ending soon.  Don’t miss out!

Also, we’re still trying to get to 3,000 fans on our Facebook Page.  Please check it out and like and share if you haven’t already!

3000 FB Fan Giveaway

Finally, to bring this Special Event Day post to an end, please go over to the YNS Blog and comment for a chance to win a stamp of your choice! 

This is also for Stampin' for the Weekend - Anything Goes. Thanks very much for joining me today!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

PB & J

Hi all!  I have another Fun Friday post for you.  Here’s a reminder of the inspiration pic and sketch:

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Once again I went with the colors of the inspiration pic – aqua, kraft and white and some pink baker’s twine.  I made a little giftie using the Gift Card Pillow Box die set:

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I used the Oh, Jam It! and Fun Faces sets.  I stamped the sentiment and toast with Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder.  Next I stamped the peanut butter and jelly smears with colored inks and stamped the fun little faces over those with black Versafine ink.  I used Tacky Glue to adhere the kraft panel to the pillow box (to make extra sure it doesn’t come apart) and tied a bit of pink twine around it.

This is also for Simon Says Stamp – Anything Goes.

We hope you’ll play along with us!  All the details can be found at the YNS Challenge Blog.  TFL!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

YNS May New Release Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to our May Your Next Stamp New Release Blog Hop! We have several new stamps sets as well as several new dies! If you love fun and whimsical, you are going to LOVE this new release! You can find all of the new goodies HERE at the Your Next Stamp Store.

The hop begins on Laura's blog and if you've been hopping along, you should have come from there. Make sure you hop around to all of the blogs featured in the link list located at the bottom of this post for lots of inspiration using the new products! If you leave a comment on all of the blogs, you will be entered to win a $20.00 YNS gift certificate. The lucky winner will be announced on the Your Next Stamp Blog May 31st.

And now for my projects – I have 3 for you today, one that has a video!

First up, is a pop-up box card.  I’ve seen these all over the internet and my fellow YNS DT member, Wendy, has made some awesome ones and inspired me to give it a try!  Here’s my first go at one:

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I got some help from this post and used the ideas to make my own cut file in Make-The-Cut.  It was easier than I thought it would be!  For the animals, I used the Quirky Animals Set Two - stamping, coloring, and fussy cutting out each one.  I then used sentiments from Smiley Happy Critter Crew Set Four (from all of us), Birthday Animals (Let’s Celebrate and SURPRISE!) and Silly Monsters (Happy Birthday!).

Next up is a vellum box made with the new Gift Card Pillow Box dies and Flourishes stamp set.  I cut the box from vellum and stamped and embossed one image from Flourishes all over the box.  Then I cut a tag from Stitched Fishtail Tags One, stamped an embossed with another image from Flourishes and a sentiment from Silly Thank You Message (cut in half so they would stack).

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Finally, I have another pillow box project.  This one has a puzzle inside for your recipient to piece together – fun! 

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I used the Gift Card Pillow Box Die Set, the Puzzle Die and Smiley Happy Critter Crew Set Four.   Here’s the video where I show the project start to finish:

We're currently doing some spring cleaning around here and everything in the store is ON SALE – even the new items are 20% off so now is the time to shop!

We are currently trying to reach 3,000 fans on our Facebook Page. Please go there and LIKE us for your chance to win!

3000 FB Fan Giveaway

Thank you so much for stopping by today and hopping along with us!

Now it's time to head on over to Wendy's Blog, but before you go, don't forget to leave a comment! TFL and happy hopping!

Monday, May 26, 2014

YNS Sneaky Peek!

Hi all!  The Your Next Stamp New Release Blog Hop is tomorrow, so we’ve got some sneak peeks for you today.  Hopefully they’ll get you to come back for the hop!  Here’s mine:

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I used the new sets Oh, Jam It!, Fun Faces, and Flourishes.  I die cut a circle then used a strip of Post-It Note to mask off a portion for the sentiment.  I stamped the toast in Memento ink and colored with Copics.  Then I stamped 3 different flourishes in 3 different colors all around the toast.  I took off the strip and stamped my sentiment and finally finished it off with a twine bow.

The sketch is from Retro Sketches and this is also for Divas By Design - Anything Goes.

You can check the YNS Blog for links to all the designers who have peeks for you today.  TFL and I hope to see you back for the Hop!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Hi all!  It’s inspiration day over at the YNS Blog, which means that the DT has cooked up all sorts of eye candy using whatever YNS products they like!  It’s also Karen’s son Brandon’s birthday so we decided to keep all our inspiration pieces in a birthday theme.  He’s 6 so I decided to go with a set that I think is perfect for little boy cards - Silly Monsters.  Here’s what I came up with:

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I stamped the monster on white cardstock and aqua patterned paper and colored both with Copic markers.  There’s a matching die set, but I fussy cut out my monsters with scissors – the whole monster from the white cardstock and just the body from the PP.  I glued the PP body over the white cardstock monster and then stuck on some googly eyes with Glossy Accents.

The reason why the monster is off-center from the circle is because he’s actually floating above the card on an acetate spring!  Here’s a side shot so you can see it:

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Basically it’s a .5” x 1.5” strip of acetate, scored and folded at every 1/2 inch.  A small slit was cut in the white circle and one end of the strip inserted and taped down, and the other end of the strip is taped to the back of the monster.  He jiggles with the slightest flick and his eyes go nuts – so fun!  BTW, you don’t have to cut the slit – you could just tape the strip to the white circle, but then you’d be able to see the tape from the side and it’s kind of ugly.  So that’s why I cut the slit instead.

This is also for Marker POP – anything goes (using markers) and Shopping Our Stash – birthday or anniversary card (and I used all old stuff from my stash on this card: an older stamp set and very old papers). 

I hope you like it and please check out the YNS Blog for lots more birthday inspiration using YNS products! Also, 1 lucky winner from the comments on the YNS Blog will win a stamp set of their choice!

We also have a Facebook contest going on right now! Go on over and LIKE us if you haven't already and then check out this photo for all the details.

Finally, Karen has the biggest sale going on over at the YNS Store! Be sure to check it out!