Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Your Next Stamp Blog Hop


Hello everybody! Thanks for joining us for another fun and fabulous Your Next Stamp Blog Hop! YNS just released a new Fhiona set (Fitness Fhiona) and a bunch of Cute Little Buggies and Animals so the Starlets (and 2 awesome guest designers!) have whipped up some eye candy using many of the new images.

If you came here by way of Lana's blog, then you're on the right track! If not, please go back and start at Karen's blog because you won't want to miss a stop - one grand prize winner will be randomly drawn to win 6 of the new releases of their choice!! To qualify, you need to comment at all the blogs on the hop with the answer to this question: Which new release stamp/set is your favorite?

Here's the hop order again in case you missed it:

Karen
Lana
Maureen (you're here!)
Maylee
Jen del Muro (joining us for FUN - yay!)
Simonne
Amy
Angela - Guest DT for December
Kerri
Cabio

One last thing before I get to my projects for today - Karen is offering a super special while the Hop is on (Dec. 10 - 14 at midnight EST) - a FREE stamp or stamp set of your choice from the YNS store with a purchase of $55 or more!!

*****And now on to the show!*****

For my first project, I have a clean and simple card using one of the new animals, the adorable Sammy Squirrl:

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I colored Sammy with Copics, then cut him and the mat out with Nestabilities. The tree paper is from Upsy Daisy Designs and I made the sentiment myself using 2 different alphabet sets (the smaller one is from Papertrey Ink and the larger is Close To My Heart). I finished it off with some sponging, light distressing, and a couple buttons tied with twine.

For my second project, Karen challenged us to make some form of gift wrap, box or bag. I was inspired by projects from Cindy Lyles and Val Stangle to make a gift box of notecards:

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I used the new super cute Bee Stings and some really old Imaginisce paper. On the box, I popped up an extra head for the bee for dimension, but I left all the notecard images flat for easy mailing.

Here's a shot of all the notecards and a matching envelope:

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I computer generated a sheet with the sayings placed so that they would end up where I wanted them (it took me many tries to get it right, but now I have a template I can use whenever I want!). After printing, I just had to do a little trimming to get them down to the correct size. If you're interested, the sayings are Don't worry, bee happy!, Buzzing by to say hi!, What's the buzz?, and Just bee-cause!

The bees were all colored with Copics and I added Stardust glitter pen on the wings. I embossed the yellow strips with the Birds and Swirls Cuttlebug folder and stitched buttons to the box. Thanks so much to Cindy and Val for the inspiration and especially to Val for the great project and tutorial!

Just a quick reminder - there's still time to enter the YNS Challenge #5 - make a birthday project with hearts. The deadline is December 15 and all the details can be found on the YNS Challenge Blog.

I hope you liked my projects and thanks for hopping along with us! Your next stop is the incredibly talented Maylee.

39 comments:

  1. Your projects are just sooo adorable! Fitness Fhiona is my fav new release stamp. She's such a cutie :)! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Love these Maureen, the DP you paired up with the images are perfect! Great gift idea!

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  3. I'm lovin' the little buggies! Such a cute set of notecards!

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  4. Oh my favourites are just going to keep changing the bumble bee is now up in the running close to the giraffe can't wait to see more thanks Julye

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  5. Love the note cards. The colors are bright and cheerful. Cute set to inspire others :o)
    hugs,
    Cabio

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  6. Hi Maureen,
    Gorgeous card - stunning DP. I am loving that notelet set - such a clever idea for a little gift.
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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  7. wonderful combination of DP and images!.....too cute!
    xxx Margreet

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  8. Oh Maureen, these are fabulous! I LOVE that squirrel and your beautiful CAS card, and your bee notes are just gorgeous! What fab sentiments too! Hugs, Simonne x

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  9. These are great! Love the colours on the squirrel card, and the gift set is so bright and cheery!

    Melanie

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  10. Love that note set Maureen! I'm so glad you took the time to get the words just the way you wanted them! That DP you used for Sammy is perfect and I just love buttons with twine - such a fun look!
    Hugs
    Karen
    xx

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  11. I LOVE your notecards, Maureen!!! Those are so cute and the sayings are so fun!!! Your little squirrel card is just adorable and the dp and embellishments are just perfect!

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  12. The notecards are amazing!! I Love the cute image and the colours are lovely !!

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  13. fabby little projects, Maureen! i love the way you designed the bee cards, and your PP for the squirrel card is so perfect!

    you rocked with that nuts sentiment - it looks like a stamp!

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  14. I love your projects. Great notecards!

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  15. Love that bee!. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  16. I'm "NUTS" about your stamps and it sure would "BEE" nice to win.

    Thanks for sharing

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  17. Too cute! The note card set is fantastic ~ love the bright cheerful colors and the squirrel card would be a great Valentines Day card too!

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  18. Love the sentiments you paired up with both the bee & squirrel- SO cute!

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  19. Oh these are lovely ,fab notelets and that Bee is soooo cute.
    Trish (-:

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  20. ooo cant wait to see all the rest of the images - only been to a couple and am blown away already
    thanks for the inspiration!

    Rx

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  21. Hi there,

    Lovely creations Maureen, these images are so cute.

    Hugs Ali x

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  22. Great projects, Sammy is so cute!!
    I love the note card sets you have made, perfect for last minute Christmas gifts, so useful!!
    hugs Angela x

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  23. What great critters I love the bee! Beth aka BR-T

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  24. oh my! i gotta have sammy!!!!
    great creations-you did an amazing job :)

    xoxo
    sarabeth

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  25. SO SO SO CUTE!!! Love that squirrel!!

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  26. awesome. love what you created, so sweet.

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  27. Darling projects! Lovvin' the bees and the cute sayings! xxD

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  28. Love the Sammy Squirrel! Your projects are really adorable! I love using paper I forgot I had until it hits me it would do well on something I want to do.

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  29. This projects are just great. I love the note cards. They would make a great gift

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  30. So very pretty! I love all your creations! Thanks for the fun hop!

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  31. These little bugs are so dern cute and your projects are awesome. TFS

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  32. Cute. Love the little images. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Hi Maureen! What a cute bumble bee set.

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  34. So cute, loving that little bee!

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