Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Your Next Stamp - DT Dare (Love & Coffee)

It's again time for the January Your Next Stamp Design Team Dare Challenge. Each month the design team is given a special challenge to help show off the new release stamps and dies.

This month our YNS DT Dare challenge is to use only 3 Colours (we were allowed to add neutral, in case you decided to count my colours).

Did you know YNS has paper. The newest paper pad Hugs and Kiss was absolutely perfect for this challenge. The main colours in the pad include pink, yellow and teal. I added white and kraft as my neutral to finish this simple card. The Love and Coffee stamp set is so versatile and great for paper piecing.

Head over to the Your Next Stamp blog and look for the January DT Dare post. Leave a comment on that post for the chance to WIN a stamp set of your choice!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Your Next Stamp January New Release Hop

Welcome to the Your Next Stamp January release hop. This release is filled with fun and fabulous stamps, dies and a beautiful new pad of paper. For anyone that knows me, you will know that my favourite things are Coffee and books. This month's release has both! I am a happy girl!!!!!

We have an amazing blog hop to showcase so many wonderful stamps, and dies! This month we have a number of talented guest joining us for our January release hop, so sit back, grab a beverage (Cinnamon Apple tea perhaps) and maybe a pen and paper to joint down an item or two or three for your wish list. 

Our Silly Monsters are back for this release and you are going to love this darling bookish set. My first project features the SILLY BOOK MONSTERS stamp and die. What is a crafty booking lovin' girl going to make when she has a book monster stamp? A new bookmark of course. This little monster is enjoying a new release for sure! 

It's still early, but this book monster may well become my favourite stamp of 2017.

I have a bookish theme for my projects today. My second project is a card featuring the darling GET YOUR FICTION ON. I just love this bookworm. This could be favourite stamp number two!!

In celebration of this new release, Karen is offering a wonderful deal!

Thank you for joining us for our new release hop! I hope you found a little inspiration and maybe a few stamps or dies that you'd like to add to your YNS collection. As you are hoping along, we would love for you to leave a comment. There will be a $25 YNS gift certificates available to win, so the more blogs you visit, the greater your chances to win the prize!

Remember to also come back to the YNS blog on January 11th to check out the next Design Team Dare challenge.

Have a great day and happy hopping!

Your Next Stamp January Previews (Love & Coffee)

Happy New Year Crafty Friends!

Do you know what time it is?

It's nearly time for the January release at Your Next Stamp!

With the new release just around the corner, I have the pleasure of sharing a little preview of some stamps and dies that you will see in this amazing and special release. I love preview day. All of the stamps and dies will be available really soon, so you may want to check out the previews today and start making your wish list!

If you head over to the Your Next Stamp blog you will see all of the previews available today!

Moving into 2017 I have a busy schedule. My goal is organization and clean and simple projects (as often as possible). Don't get me wrong, I love my layers, but as a very indecisive person, layers means so many choices that I tend to think way too long about.

For my preview card, I used the darling Love and Coffee stamp and die set, along with the amazing new YNS Hugs and Kisses paper pad. I can tell you, I LOVE this paper pad. It has everything I look for in paper, dots, stripes, small repeating images and beautiful colours!

I hope you enjoy the previews for the Your Next Stamp January release. Remember to check out all of the previews from the design team. The complete list of previews is available on the YNS blog.

Stop back later tonight (10:00 pm EST) for the start of the January release blog hop. There will be a lot of amazing projects to see and a great prize to be one. You don't want to miss this amazing release. On January 11th there will be another chance for inspiration and a prize with the next DT dare challenge. You don't want to miss all of these chance to see the January release in action.

Happy Peeking everyone!

Friday, 23 December 2016

Your Next Stamp Sketch/Colour Challenge #54 - Hot Cocoa Phoebe

Hello and welcome to another week of the Your Next Stamp sketch/colour challenge #54. This is our extended December edition which is running into the new year!

Every two weeks, there is a new challenge that features a sketch and colour inspiration. Pick the one that inspires you most, or try both for an added challenge. The best part of these challenges is you could win a gift certificate to the YNS store!

This week I used Hot Cocoa Phoebe and play around with the sketch. When I see a sketch, I often look for a different way to interpret and give it my own flare. For this sketch, changing out shapes is an easy way to make a change. Instead of a circle, I used a cluster of rectangle pattern papers.

For the sketch/colour challenge # 54, you will have until Thursday January 5th (midnight EST) to play along. Head over to the Your Next Stamp blog for more inspiration and to link up your creation.

One random participant will win a $15 gift card to the YNS store. If you feature YNS products (it must be the main focus of your project), you will receive an additional $5. When you use a YNS stamp/die, there is a chance of being selected as the YNS top pick. The winner and top pick are announced on the YNS blog, the Sunday after the close of the challenge.

If you use YNS products on your project, you can also take part in the YNS Social Media challenge. Simply showcase your YNS sketch/colour challenge #54 project on Instagram, Splitcoast Stampers or Facebook. Check out the currently challenge post at the YNS blog for more details on the social media challenge.

Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Your Next Stamp Featured Fav of 2016 (Magical Unicorn)

Welcome to the year ending Your Next Stamp feature post. Most months the design team will use specific stamps, dies or themes to create projects to inspire. 

For the final feature post of the year, we are doing something a little different. This month the design team is featuring our favourite YNS creation from 2016.

This was not an easy task. There was so many fun creations to  select from. I enlisted the help of my children to narrow down choices. Our final winner, was the first card I made using the Magical Unicorn stamp and die. On this card, I think it was a combination of this amazing stamp and the fun distress ink background which I truly love so much.

You can find the original post for this card here!

Here are a few other projects using this stamp:

Head over to the Your Next Stamp blog to see our Design Team Best of feature. Leave a comment on the feature post and you may win a prize. One lucky commenter will WIN a stamp set of their choice!

Thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Your Next Stamp - Winter Wonderland Showcase (Waddles Winter Happiness) + Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to today's Winter Wonderland Showcase project.

If you are an avid coffee drinker like me, you may look forward to the delicious holiday drinks and the seasonal red coffee cups making an appearance this time of year. For my project today, I have created a festive coffee 'to go' cup card. These cute cards would be great for gift cards!

To make the coffee card you will cut your card base to make a top fold card. My cardstock was cut at 4 x 11 inches, scoring on the long side at 5 1/2 inches.

If you want to create a tapered looked to your coffee cup, along the bottom (open end) measure a little bit in on both sides of the card. For my card I marked a point 1/4 inches from each side on the bottom. From you mark on the bottom of the card, you are going to cut up up to the top corner on an angle.

Once you cut your angles on both side, the bottom of the card will measure smaller than the top. You can ink the edges of the card and round the bottom corners if you wish! Set your base aside

To make you coffee cup lids, you will make the following cuts to your cardstock:

Two at 3 3/4 inches by 1 3/4 inches
Two at 4 1/4 inches by 1 1/4 inches

With the cardstock measuring 3 3/4 by 1 3/4 inches similar to the cup you want to trim the short side on an angle. I measured 1/4 inches one of the long sides and cut on an angle. The picture below shows what it will look like. Repeat with the second piece.

To create a finished look to the card from front and back, I like to take the two angled lid pieces and tape them together. Again you can ink the edges.

For the two pieces measuring 4 1/4 by 1 1/4 inches, round the corners (I used a 1/4 inch corner rounder on mine).

Take one of your narrow pieces and tape it on top of the other lid piece. You can see the shape of the cup and lid coming together.

Tape the front half of your lid to the front of you card at the top (fold end). You will still have one of the 4 1/4 x 1 1/4 cardstock left. This will be taped to the back of your card. Line it up with the portion on the front. You can leave off the back part of the cup if you are not picky about a pretty backside!

Grab some pretty holiday paper, or craft cardstock and create a sleeve for you cup. Mine is about 2 inches high. I inked the paper, taped it down to the front portion of my card and trimmed off the excess. I also added another to the back of the card. The front and back are both pretty to look at!

Once you have all that, decorate your card as desired.

Here is another example of the coffee to go cup, this one using Hot Cocoa Phoebe. The original post for this card is here. There are so many fun ways to decorate your coffee cup!

Thank you for stopping by today.  Head over to the Your Next Stamp blog and check out all of the Winter Wonderland Showcase posts for more inspiration. Leave a comment on each of the feature posts, there will be one winner selected from the comments on each of the features to win a $10 gift certificate to the store. That would make a lovely present for you!
 I would also like to submit my card for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog hop!

Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Design Team Dare - Cased card (Fairy Dust)

It's once again time for the Your Next Stamp Design Team Dare. Each month the design team is given a special challenge to help show off the new release stamps and dies.

For December's DT Dare theme, we are creating projects by CASING a creation made this year by one of our teammates.

I pulled inspiration for my card from one created by our newest designers Dian Ratna Sari (see her card below). Seeing her distress background really got me excited about creating my own winter scene. My card feature the Winter fairy from the Fairy Dust set and the Penguin from Winter Wonderland PhoebeI also used the Double Stitched Hills, Stitched Rectangle dies and White Sugar and Sparkle Gumdrops.

Here is a look at Dian's card which inspired me. You can find Dian's lovely creation on the YNS blog here.

Head over to the Your Next Stamp blog and look for the December DT Dare post. Leave a comment on the blog post for the change to WIN a stamp set of your choice!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Supplies Used
Stamps: Fairy Dust, Winter Wonderland Phoebe, Waddles Winter Happiness (Sentiment)
Dies: Double Stitched Hills Dies Stitched Rectangles
Ink: YNS (Black Olive, Blueberry Breeze), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans, Black Soot)
Paper: Bo Bunny Altitude
Other: White Sugar and Sparkle Gumdrops