Wednesday, November 28, 2012

27 Days Until Christmas!

Hi all!  I’m here with a reminder post that you still have 1 week to play along with the current All That Scraps Challenge.  The theme is an old favorite – Anything Goes!  I made a little Christmas countdown write and wipe board:


I used the adorable Sweet November Chrissy stamp, colored with Copics and cut out.  I adhered a piece of patterned paper to a 4” coaster and sanded the corners with an emery board.  Next I printed the words “days until Christmas!” on a piece of dotted PP, covered it with clear contact paper and cut it out with a Nesties die.  Chrissy was mounted over that with some foam tape.

I punched 3 holes in the coaster – 2 for the hanging string and 1 for the string to attach the dry erase pen.  The hanging string and string for the pen are Timeless Twine.

We hope you’ll play along with us!  Don’t forget to use a stamp that’s sold in the ATS Store!  TFL!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Fun Friday Treats!

Hi all!  I have another Fun Friday post for you today!  Our theme is “Gifts and Giving” and I’ve come up with a super easy little treat to give out:


Little decorated cookies!  I stamped the Holly Jolly image from the Christmas Carol Circle Stamps set and cut it out with a scalloped circle Nestie.  Then I just punched out a little flower for the center and stuck it on with a brad.  Wrap the cookie package with a strip of patterned paper and stick on the stamped piece for an easy & cute little giftie!

Be sure to stop by the YNS Blog to see all of the other Fun Friday projects!  TFL!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy New Year!

Yes, I know it’s way too early for this, but I wanted to use the Meoples Celebrate digi set for the new All That Scraps Challenge (Anything Goes!):


I printed the Meoples and sentiment and die cut them out with a Nesties die then colored with Copics.  I glittered up all the black parts of their outfits and all around them.

We hope you’ll play along with us!  Just remember to use a stamp that’s sold in the ATS Store!  TFL!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Rainbow Thanks

Hi all!  I have a CAS card to share today:


I used some Timeless Twine, C.C. Designs Mini Banner Die, and the Alphadot set from Paper Smooches.

This is for CASology – Thanks and Do You Stack Up – Rainbows.  I hope you like it and TFL!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Bird-day

Hi all!  I have a card made for a couple of challenges today:


I used several sets to make this card, all from Paper Smooches: Birthday Buddies (sentiment), Warm Hearts (first bir), Spring Groves (second bird), Chilly Chums (third bird).  All the birds were colored with Copics and the branches were die cut using the YNS Tree Trio die set.

This is for Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge – sketch and MarkerPOP – color on non-white paper (I used Kraft).  I hope you like it and TFL!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dress Up Snowman Magnets

Hi everybody!  Today I have a reminder post that there’s still a week left to play in the current All That Scraps Challenge.  The theme is ABC – Anything But a Card.  This week I made a fun little play set with the Meoples Dress Up Snowman digi set:


The snowman was printed on white cardstock and colored with Copics.  Then I covered him with clear laminating paper and backed him with sheet magnet.  It was a little tough cutting through all those layers, but still doable!

The hats were all paper pieced with patterned paper and colored with Copics.  The I covered them with laminating paper and backed them with magnet just like the snowman.  My tip is not to use the thinnest, weakest magnet you can find (like I did) just because you think it’ll be easier to cut – the hats have a hard time sticking on top of the snowman’s head because of all the layers.  I ended up having to put a little bit of adhesive on each of the hats to hold them more securely.

Here you can see him with one of the hats on:


We hope you’ll play along with us at ATS!  Don’t forget to use a stamp that’s sold in the ATS Store and you can find the rest of the details at the ATS challenge blog.  TFL!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Happy Candy Cane Season!

Hi all! Sorry this is late!!  I have my Fun Friday project for you today!  This month our theme is Gifts and Giving.   Here’s a little envelope I designed to hold a gift card and little message to the recipient:


This is Merry Mouse Candy Cane – isn’t he just the cutest?!  The whole thing was colored with copics except for the bow which I paper pieced.

Here’s a shot of the back closure – none of the flaps are glued so the whole thing can open:


I designed the whole thing in Make-The-Cut – it even cuts the little circles with holes for the string closure.  I used some Trendy Twine to hold it together.  The envelope and circles are cut from 1 piece of double-sided 6x6 paper.  I even had some left over for the paper piecing on the front!

And here’s how it looks open:


You can write a little message in there and a gift card fits in perfectly!  I hope you like it!  And be sure to check out the YNS Blog for more Fun!  TFL!

P.S. This is also for Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Enjoy Latte Monkey

Hi all!  Today I have a post for the All That Scraps Challenge.  The theme for these next 2 weeks is ABC – Anything But a Card – so much fun!  I created a little envelope to hold a gift card:


I used Latte Monkey and a sentiment from the AmyR Stamps Big Words & Handy Additions Sentiments.  The cup was paper pieced and the heart and monkey colored with Copics.  Then I fussy cut them out leaving a thin white border and adhered just the bottom of the monkey to the envelope.  The top of his head is free to hold the flap down.  Here’s the open view:


We hope you’ll play along with our Anything But a Card challenge!  Everything you need to know is on the Challenge blog and remember to use a stamp that’s sold in the ATS Store!  TFL!

Monday, November 5, 2012

YNS November New Release Hop!

Hello!  Welcome to the Your Next Stamp November New Release Blog Hop!  We are so excited this month because we are introducing ANOTHER new illustrator to the YNS family ~ Macy Wong!  Her images are so super sweet and we know you are just going to love them!  We also have some adorable new Franfou images, and Mabel Designs!  If you came here from Jen R.'s blog, then you’re on the right track.  If not, please start the hop at Kerri’s Blog

Did someone say prizes???  We have 3 new release prizes hidden along the hop!  You must leave comments on all of the DT blogs to qualify for the prize drawing.  You have until Friday, November 9th at 12 midnight (EST) and the winners will be posted on the YNS Blog on Saturday, November 10th. 

Now on to my projects:

First up, I have a fun card using the new Little Drummer Penguin:


The sentiment is from the previously released Christmas Carol Circle Stamps set.  I think any of the carol stamps would go great with this cute little guy!

Next up is a card using the new Holiday Joy Robin set in a very special way:


Here’s how the set looks unaltered:


You can see that I used the upper portion of the branch to hold my nest, which was made using the new Mini Branch die!  I cut out the branch multiple times from white and dark brown cardstock.  I colored the white versions with Copics to have different colored branches and I snipped them and smushed them to form a little bird nest.  If you look at the close shot below, you can see I even snuck a little bit of Timeless Twine in there for fun:


For the bird, I paper pieced her and added an extra wing behind her because I thought she looked better that way.  I hope this gives you some inspiration to look at your stamps differently!

BTW, Karen is also offering a fabulous Hop Special ~ 15% off your entire purchase including sale items!  The code is YNSNOV2012.  She also has some great bundle deals and some awesome steals in the YNS Bargain Bin!

Now it’s time to hop on over to the most awesome & talented & sweet Karen’s blog, but don’t forget to leave me a comment before you go!  Happy Hopping!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Happy Birthday Bird

Hi all!  Are you ready for a sneak peek of one of the upcoming November releases from Your Next Stamp?  I have a peek today using Sing Song Robin which will be released on the day of our New Release Hop – November 6th.


I paper pieced the present and parts of the bird and added the notes and sentiment from the same set.  I added a touch of shading with Copics and drew the ground line by hand. 

Be sure to check out the YNS Blog for more peeks!  TFL!