Hello everyone and welcome to a very special Your Next Stamp blog hop?
Why is this hop so special? Not only do we have an amazing collection of stamps and dies to show off for the October release, we are also celebrating the launch of the new Your Next Stamp website.
The holidays are not too far off and today the design team and special guests are here to help spread a little Christmas inspiration. If you haven't yet thought about Christmas, this amazing release will help put you in the mood. There are so many fabulous stamps, dies and yummy Gumdrops to help you create cards, layouts, decorations and fabulous gifts for those on your nice list this year.
Take a a moment to look around, then hop, hop, hop to all of the blogs featured below. As you are hopping remember to leave a comment. There will be 5 random winners who will received $20 to spend in the YNS store! It's worth it to leave a little love! You will want to comment on all of the blogs because the prizes are randomly placed among all of the blogs. Hop, comment and you may WIN!
For my first card, I am showing off my favourite set from this release called WINTER HOME. I created a full winter scene complete with night sky and Santa and his reindeer which is from last year's holiday set CHRISTMAS MAGIC.
Although you can't really see from the pictures, the house is actually paper pieced to create slight dimension to the scene. I used the distress ink (salty ocean, broken china and faded jeans) to create my night sky on the background and added my first layer in which I just coloured the trees. I then added the paper pieced house, and finally the roof and front door/step.
To add the snow to my winter scene I used DecoArt Snow Writer. I find the product thick and gritty, so I added a bit of water and applied it to my scene with a fine tipped paint brush.
Here is a look at the inside of the card. I used one of the sets sentiments, re-stamped my house and added a couple of reindeer from the Santa image.
Stamp Sets Used:
For my second card, I used the darling sweet penguin Waddles from the set WADDLES SNOW FUN. I also added the sentiment and stitched die cut element from the WINTER FUN TAG DIE set. The paper is Doodle Bug (Santa Express) and you may notice the delicious GLITTERED GUMDROPS, which I want to get in every colour!
To finish in the inside of my card I added elements from a 2013 die set called SLED WITH PRESENTS.
Stamps and Dies used:
To celebrate the new release and launch of the new Your Next Stamp website there are some amazing deals: