Christmas is just a mere 4 1/2 months away. Gulp... really? 4 1/2? Eep!! For this weeks challenge using the YNS Sketch, I decided to trigger my inner Christmas and use one of my favorite images - Holiday Martini. The YNS Store has both the regular size ...


Your Next Stamp Friday Sketch Challenge and more...

Your Next Stamp Friday Sketch Challenge

Christmas is just a mere 4 1/2  months away. Gulp... really? 4 1/2? Eep!!

For this weeks challenge using the YNS Sketch, I decided to trigger my inner Christmas and use one of my favorite images - Holiday Martini.  The YNS Store has both the regular size stamp set or this fun mini version (which also has a coordinating die!) I used on the card. 

That middle panel is really a true red color but the picture kept showing up as a raspberry color, so for argument sake, let's pretend we all see a true red! :)  Using the YNS Holiday Joy paper collection, I used the candy cane pattern for the background and colored in my image with Copics.  I used the Insta-love die set for the frame around the image, stamped the sentiment directly onto the cardstock, and finished the card with a few different fun Gumdrops. 

We hope you will be able to play along this week and if you do, be sure to link up your project on the YNS Challenge blog for your chance to win!! Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.  Have a great weekend!

Your Next Stamp DT Dare - Celebrations

Ceeeelllebrate good times... Come on! (You just re-read that and sang it, didn't you? hahaha) Well, this month's YNS DT Dare is about Celebrations and there are so many things you can celebrate these days.  It could be National Chocolate Chip Cookie day, National Wine Day, or even yesterday's Lefthanders Day! Shout out to my son... :)  With all the choices you have to celebrate different days, the YNS Store has so many fun stamp sets and dies to help you get your creation just right! I have, however, stuck with the most common celebration to make my card and that would be birthdays. 

Using the new set of Happy Bird-day, I created this birthday card for the cute bird to sing at the top of his lungs.

Using my Memento inks, I stamped the balloons in 4 colors masking in a few spots on the top panel cut out from the YNS Stitched Rectangle die set. This is layered over some patterned paper from the YNS Birthday Girl paper collection.  I left some room at the top to add the bird and music notes.  The card was completed with a popped up banner sentiment and some of the new Rainbow gumdrops.

Be sure to stop by the YNS blog to see all the fun creations by the DT! Don't forget to leave a little love while you are there so you will have a chance to win a stamp set of your choice.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great Wednesday!

August Release and Blog Hop - Your Next Stamp

 The release has finally arrived! Didn't the DT have some awesome sneaks? There are many to say would be a favorite, but I am definitely excited for the new Gift Card holder die being released.  Without further ado, let's keep this hop hopping!

My first project is one using that favorite new die. I always have gift cards to give at different times of the year and I am always finding unique ways to present them.  But for those cards you just need a quick holder that you can decorate quickly, this die is perfect!

This die has 6 pieces in it and two of them are panels that can be used for the in or outside of the holder.  I decided to emboss the cutout first and just decorate it with the new Flower Bouquet set and dies. The sentiment was stamped and given a random wave look to it to be popped up over the bouquet.  When the card is opened, this is what you will see:

I used another cut out of the holder to line the inside and added the included sentiment to be popped up on the inside flap using some fun foam.  I added a fun Rainbow gumdrop to the slit.

For my second project, I made a card using the new Happy Bird-day set.  Aren't these birds the cutest?!

I created an abstract background with some patterned paper from the YNS Birthday Girl collection.  I then cut out the top panel from the YNS Stitched Scallop Rectangle dies and cut out a center to that with some white cardstock.  The bird was stamped and masked before the balloon was stamped to be in the background.  Music notes were added along with a popped up sentiment.  Some of the fun newly release Rainbow Gumdrops finished the card.

As always, Karen is offering a generous new release sale in celebration of YNS turning 9 years old!! You don't want to miss this awesome sale, so now you don't have to choose and can get everything on your list!

Thank you for hopping in and don't forget to leave a little love as you hop through for your chance to win!! Have a great weekend!


Sneak Peek August Release - Your Next Stamp

It's sneaky peek time for Your Next Stamp!  As it is with every month's release, you will just want one of everything!

For my sneaky peek, I am using the new set of 'tini Sips.  I just love this set!

I stamped the lemons throughout the top panel and popped up the martini glass over the Scallop Circle die cut out.  Using the Talk Bubble dies, I stamped the sentiment with some YNS Gray Stone ink and popped that up near the glass.  Because don't all drinks talk? :)  I finished the card with some ribbon and added some gray dots throughout.  Although, once I started, I sort of wished I didn't.  Oh well, it makes for some character.

Be sure to check out all the YNS DT Sneaks on the blog and come back tonight for the release and blog hop! Thanks for stopping by!

Your Next Stamp Friday Challenge - Clear Shaker Gift Card Holder

Happy Friday!

It's time for a new challenge over on the YNS blog.  For my project I am about to share is a little bit of my own interpretation of the sketch.  Ok, not really. It's my own mistake. :)  My son had a little birthday present he wanted to be done in one of my shaker cards for one of his female friends.  I was happy to do it and got right to work thinking I would have it as my project this week as well. I got right to work so quickly I did so without looking at the sketch. Doh! You can just close your eyes and picture this just as the sketch. :)

I made this holder as a 5.5"x5.5" size and cut the clear envelope to fit.  I ran the large tear away die through both the cardstock and the clear plastic.  Using my fuse tool, I fused all but one side so I could add in the gift card and sequins.  Then I fused closed that end and ran my Dot-tastic die to make the front design, finishing it with the Stitching Marks die.  The image is from the Stacked with Fun set was stamped and colored in with Copics before cutting it out with the coordinating dies and popping it up on the front.  The sentiments were stamped directly onto the cardstock and completed with some fun Peacock gumdrops.  I lined up the cardstock and plastic together and adhered it together.  Then that piece was adhered to another piece of matching cardstock giving an area to write your own message.  Now the recipient can tear open their card to get the gift!

Be sure to stop over at the YNS Blog to see the other fab creations the DT put together.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! Have a great weekend!
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