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

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Your Next Stamp - Year in Review Blog Hop (Birthday Phoebe)


Hello everyone and welcome to the Your Next Stamp December Year in Review hop.

We don't have new stamps releasing this month, however the Design Team is sharing their favourite stamp and/or die set from this year!

At first, I thought this was going to be a tough decision. There have been so many amazing sets this year which I absolutely love. However, when I started to go over all of my YNS creations for 2016, one stamp set jump out as my most used. My most used is usually my most loved (for that year).

Now you may be surprised that it's not a coffee related stamp, however it does involve BOOKS!

My favourite stamp set for this year is BIRTHDAY PHOEBE! This set really should be called Bookworm Phoebe, because I have only used little Miss Phoebe sitting on that stack of books. As an avid reader and living in a house of bookworms, this stamp is hardly tucked away before I drag it back out.



Here are a few of my other Birthday Phoebe projects from this year:

Phoebe Bookmark, original post here

 Phoebe Notepad holder, original post here

 Phoebe and Monster book themed gift set, original post here

Thanks for joining us for our walk down memory lane with our favourite sets from 2016. I hope you found some of your own favourites and maybe a few new ones to add to your Christmas crafty wish list!

Leave a comment on each of the blogs as you are hoping along. There is a giveaway of a $25 YNS Gift Certificate for one lucky crafter. The more blogs you comment on, the greater your chance to WIN!

Have a super crafty day!



Friday, 2 December 2016

YNS Sketch/Colour Challenge # 53 (Holiday Reindeers)

Hello and welcome to another week of the Your Next Stamp sketch/colour challenge #53.

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!

 When using the colour inspiration, you must use at least 3 colours. You may also add neutrals

I am still trying to finishing up a few handmade cards for Christmas. Unfortunately it's been very busy time and I think I may have to pop out a few simple ones this year.

For this card I used the sketch and the darling Holiday Reindeers and the Scrapwork Strips die set.



For the sketch/colour challenge # 53, you will have until Thursday December 8th (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 #53 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!


Supplies Used
Stamps: Holiday Reindeers
Dies: Scrapwork Strips
Paper: Fancy Pants Oh Deer
Ink: YNS Black Olive

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Your Next Stamp November Feature - Tags (Holiday Martini)

Welcome to the November Your Next Stamp feature post. Each month the design team uses specific stamps, dies or themes to create projects that will hopefully inspire you.

You will want to check out the feature post each month at the YNS blog because in addition to inspiration, there is also a chance to WIN a stamp set of your choice.

This month our theme is to create a set of TAGS!

In my case, it's just a tag. I don't tend to make a lot of take. I think it's the small space to work with that truly challenge me. For my lonely tag, I used the Cool tag Three, Holiday Martini stamp and die and the Scripty Holiday Word die for my tag.

Excuse the fact there is wine items in my martini tag picture. I didn't have any martini items to include in this picture. Not even a candy cane!


Head over to the YNS blog to see all of the Design Team members sharing projects for this month's feature. Leave a comment on the blog post for the November Feature and you will have a chance to win a prize. One lucky crafter will WIN a YNS stamp set of their choice.


Friday, 18 November 2016

Your Next Stamp Sketch/Colour Challenge # 52 - Tea-riffic

Hello and welcome to another week of the Your Next Stamp sketch/colour challenge #52.

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!

When using the colour inspiration, you must use at least 3 colours. You may also add neutrals

Taking a little break from Christmas cards to colour up two of my favourite things.....COFFEE and BOOKS! I used the sketch and colours using the Tea-rific! stamp set. I used the masking technique in order to place the cup on top of the stack of books. The image was then fussy cut.



For the sketch/colour challenge # 52, you will have until Thursday November 24th (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 #52 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!


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Your Next Stamp Design Team Dare - Silly Monsters Chill Out



It's again time for the November 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 as we see winter and snow on it's way, our YNS DT Dare theme is......WINTER FUN!

I love the Silly Monsters, and SILLY MONSTERS CHILL OUT, was of course the perfect set for the  winter fun DT dare challenge. I showcased this snowball throwing monster in this simple card framed using the CIRCLE and STITCHING MARK CIRCLE die.


I love colouring fur on these monsters. It's so fun and you really can get creative with your colours. This one I used a number of pink and purples. For my colouring preference I start with my darkest colours and work out on the image getting lighter as I go!


Head over to the Your Next Stamp blog and look for the November 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!



Supplies Used
YNS Stamp: Silly Monsters Chill Out
YNS Dies: Silly Monsters Chill Out, Circle die, Stitching Marks Circle Die, Double Stitched Hill Die
Paper: Pebbles Holly Jolly
Ink: YNS Black Olive
YNS Other: Cupid Gumdrops

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Your Next Stamp November New Release Hop



Welcome to the Your Next Stamp November release hop. This release is filled with fun and fabulous stamps and dies that will have you in the mood for snow, winter and Christmas.

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 November release hop, so sit back, grab a beverage (peppermint latte 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 winter set. My first card features the SILLY MONSTERS CHILL OUT stamp and die. This little monster is enjoying a giant cup of cocoa!


YNS Supplies: Silly Monsters Chill Out stamp and die, Circle Die, Scallop Circle, Cosmic Crush Gumdrops, Black Olive Ink Other Supplies: Echo Park Hello Winter

I have a theme going with my release cards today. Hot Cocoa anyone? These cute little mice enjoying the giant cup of cocoa are just the sweetest. This card features the HOT COCOA HUGS stamp. The background was created using the SCRAPWORK DIAMONDS/TRIANGLES die.


YNS Supplies: Hot Cocoa Hugs, Scrapwork Diamonds/Triangles die, Mocha and Black Olive ink Other Supplies: Echo Park The Story of Christmas paper, American Crafts Straw Hemp twine, Vintage Photo Distress ink

In celebration of this new release, Karen is offer some wonderful deals!


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 November 8th to check out the next Design Team Dare challenge.

Have a great day and happy hopping!