Thursday, August 5, 2010

YNS 1st Birthday Bash & Blog Hop!



Today is a very special day as Your Next Stamp is celebrating its very 1st birthday with a Birthday Blog Hop!

The YNS Starlets are being joined by some fabulous friends for this hop, and together we are showcasing some fantastic new release stamps as well as some old favorites! These new stamps are available to buy from today from Your Next Stamp, along with all your YNS favorites.

If you'd like to participate in the hop and you didn't arrive here from Nicole's blog, please start at Karen's blog, as I'm sure you don't want to miss out on all the fun we have for you!

The hop starts today (Thursday, August 5th at 08:00 EST) and ends on Wednesday August 11th at midnight (EST).

We have not one, but two grand prizes for you to win - two lucky winners will be drawn at random to each receive a $25 gift certificate to spend on YNS stamps! WOW! As the prize is so fantastic, we are going to make you work a little to enter, LOL! Each Starlet and Guest Starlet have a letter hiding in their blog post. All you need to do is gather these letters, Rearrange them to form a 3-word phrase, and then email this phrase to Karen. All correct entries will be entered into the grand prize draw so make sure you hop around to every blog and we'd love it if you left a comment at every stop too!

Before I get to my projects I have to tell you that all that cake must have affected Karen as she has gone a little crazy and is holding a 20% off sale for the duration of the hop. The crazy part is that everything will be reduced by 20%, including items already on sale! I'm not sure when (or even if!) this will happen again, so make sure you hop on over to the YNS store once you've completed the hop and fill your basket!

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

I just adore this super cute new Ellie's Berry Basket set! First up I have a card:

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I recently was lucky enough to win a Crafting Kit of my choice from the Cosmo Cricket blog (thanks so much Cosmo peeps!!) and I picked Garden Variety. As soon as I got it I knew it would go perfectly with this set!

I stamped the basket, colored it with Copics, cut it out and popped it up with a foam booster, then finished it off with a little bow of yellow Timeless Twine. I pleated up a strip of the polka dot paper then sewed down the middle, added it to the yellow paper that was also sewn and stamped the sentiment. Most pieces were also roughed up with the edge of my scissors and sponged with Distress Ink.

Then I made a strawberry basket with papeR strawberries inside:

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And a side view with one of the strawberries out:

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For the tag I used a Cuttlebug die, stamped and colored with Copics. For the basket of berries I used a Hot of the Press template called Berry Box and a strawberry box pattern. For the strawberry, I actually used my new Make the Cut software (with a little bit of help from Photoshop) to convert the pdf into a cutting file for the Cricut. I was able to cut all my strawberries at once in less than a minute! For the tops, I just used a 5 petal flower punch. I embossed the bottoms with Swiss Dots and the tops with D'Vine Swirls and tied them up with cream crochet thread. I used the same Timeless Twine to tie the basket sides together and tie the red ribbon onto the tag.

Both of these projects are also for The Pink Elephant - Something Yummy.

So now it's time for you to hop on over to Heather's blog, but don't foRget to grab my hidden letter first and also leave me a comment!

Thanks so much for hopping with us today! I hope you enjoy our birthday celebrations and new stamps!

50 comments:

  1. The card is too darn cute, but the PROJECT! Oh my WORDIES is that ever GENIUS!

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  2. How fun.....your baskets of strawberry's is fabulous..... awesome job....tfs

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  3. OMG! Maureen this is a fantastic card and basket! That Cricut sounds like a handy little machine! You are soooo creative!
    Hugs
    Karen

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  4. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [05 Aug 11:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  5. Love all your projects, FABULOUS job.

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  6. What a great idea.. I love the strawberries...and the basket..great...TFS

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  7. WOW-WEE! Love your elegant card, Maureen...and then I scrolled down to see your amazing basket! Gorgeous, gorgeous projects! Hugs, Simonne x

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  8. This project is just way too cute! Definitely going to try this one! Fabulous job, Maureen! hugs, Angela

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  9. Your card is adorable! Thank you for being on the route for us to hop on! HUgz, Colleen

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  10. Lovely card and basket, sweeeet.

    Fiona xx

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  11. What a sweet card, and your basket is adorable! tfs

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  12. Oh how fun, Maureen! This is so creative! I never knew you could convert pdf files to svg files. I'm going to have to look into that:)

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  13. So berry delicious! I just love it.

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  14. This is totally adorable. I love those Strawberry boxes. I just think it's awesome how you utilized the stamp set.

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  15. your strawberry basket is so adorable! and cute card too! ;)

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  16. Cute card...great basket with aweseome berries!

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  17. OMG what a super fun and AWESOME project...LOVE THIS!

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  18. So super sweet, Maureen! Love the strawberries, the basket...everything!

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  19. Super sweet creations Maureen. Totally gorgeous :o)
    Hugs,
    Cabio

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  20. Love all your projects, esp. the strawberry basket. Love strawberry too Yummy!

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  21. I love your blog background and this project matches it perfectly!

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  22. I love both of them. The apple reminds me of fall and the basket is so adorable.

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  23. Lovely card Maureen and the strawberry basket is super cute. love the background paper and stamps :)
    Hugs, Neeti

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  24. I just love your color choices for this card and those strawberries are awesome...

    The Scrapbooking Queen

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  25. The paper strawberries are such fun! Cute, cute, cute!!!

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  26. Those strawberries are so stinking cute!

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  27. Fantastic job on your projects Maureen! Love those strawberries! :D

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  28. A card and a project! WOW Both are lovely.

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  29. Cute card AWESOME project :) Loving those strawberries :)

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  30. Oh wow this is brilliant, those strawberries are darling! Beth

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  31. This card and the basket is so cute :-)
    Have a great day :-)

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  32. AWESOMENESS! You did a great job! Now I want some strawberries (with chocolate and whipped cream)! Aloha, Linda

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  33. What a cute project! Love the strawberries.

    Jennifer

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  34. OMGosh I love the basket with those strawberries in it!!! Beautiful job and love your card tooo!! :)

    Thank you for sharing :)
    Hugs!!

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  35. Your card and berry basket are so cute. Love the little berries you created for your basket too.

    Kerry

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  36. Maureen your creations are fabulous!!! I love the strawberry's and the DP is beautiful too,
    Angela x

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  37. You are so creative. Cards, boxes, fruit. Great ideas.

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  38. Supah cute project! Love it all!

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  39. *woops*.. I was sure I already commented on this but seems I'm wrong..

    GORGEOUS project!!! The card is simple yet totally adorable and all the strawberries in the basket.. gorgeous!
    Sylvia

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  40. I love strawberries and your basket!

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  41. Oh I just love all the strawberries and your awesome basket and card!! Gorgeous Maureen!!

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  42. wow, this looks great! love the strawberries

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  43. Fab card! Love your pleated strip, what a great idea!

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  44. Berry cute project! ;) They look really authentic and I like the yellow-red color combination on your card. the berry basket is a cute image too.

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  45. Love that card. The background paper is so cute.

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