YNS Challenge

Good morning, all! Welcome back for another Your Next Stamp Challenge. This week I’m joining in for the color challenge that was posted on the YNS blog. It was an autumn looking color combo, and it made me really excited for fall, so I picked out some Halloween stamps, and went to town!

And here’s the card I came up with!


I took the three pumpkins from the Fab-Boo-lous Halloween set and stamped them in the center of the largest Scalloped Rectangle die cut out. Today’s card layout is very similar to the card I had on Wednesday for the Dare! It’s an easy go to especially with cute scalloped rectangle dies.


I colored the pumpkins in with my colored pencils and stamped the little spider from the set, using my ruler and a black pen to give it a string to come down on. I added the sentiment from the Fab-boo-lous set and put my card panel on a redish card base. And that finished my card for today!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card! There are a lot more examples for the sketch and color challenge over on the YNS blog. If you’re feeling up to it, play along with us! Thanks for stopping by today, and I’ll see you again soon!


Your Next Stamp Dare


Hi, everybody! Welcome back to another Your Next Stamp post! I’m here today to share a card that I made for the Dare for the month. The theme this month was “Color Me Happy” which could be interpreted any way we wanted. I decided to go with a card that required a lot of coloring, since that made me happy!


I started by stamping a ton of the images from the Let’s Paw-ty stamp set on some Neenah Solar White card stock. I colored them in with my Copics, using mostly pastel and lighter colors. It was so fun to color all these images! The animals in this set are just adorable, and the other images lend themselves perfectly to building a little party scene. Once everything was colored, I die cut them all out with the coordinating dies. I love that the duo balloon image’s die even cut out the middle.


The next thing I did was cut out the largest rectangle from the Stitched Scalloped Rectangle die set and started to set up the scene. I arranged the images until I was happy, then took a picture with my phone so I wouldn’t forget where I put them and started gluing them down. Some were glued directly to the rectangle and some were popped up with some foam tape. Of course, I didn’t think of a sentiment before I had done all of this, so once they were all glued down I used my Mini Misti to add the sentiment from the All Aboard Zoo Train stamp set. It fit just perfectly below all the little critters!


I cut down another piece of card stock to 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 and added Fossilized Amber with an ink blender to the edges. I attached the rectangle with foam tape to that piece and the whole panel was added to a card base! To finish it off I added some white and black gel pen accents and some shimmer to all the little images. And that finishes my card!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Be sure to head over to the YNS blog and leave a comment. One comment will win a stamp set of your choice! I hope you’re all having a great day and I’ll see you again soon with another card!


YNS Blog Hop & Birthday Bash


Welcome back, all! It’s Your Next Stamp’s 8th birthday and we’re celebrating in the only way we know how-with an awesome blog hop! There are so many fun projects and the prizes to win for the hop are bigger and better than ever. Seriously, you’re going to love it!

Keep an eye out for those adorable gumdrops, too! 🙂

There are so many amazing sets in this release-as always-but here are a couple of my favorites:

Birdie Banner…These little birds are so adorable. I just love that there are so many sentiments and they all fit so well into the banner!


Scalloped Rectangle Dies…These can be used for so many projects! They are such a fun piece to add to a card, as you’ll see in a second.


Alright! let’s get to my projects!


The first project I made I couldn’t help but use those favorite products I just talked about. The Scalloped Rectangles dies and Birdie Banner set were just calling my name I guess! I masked around the stitched line so that the scalloped part of the die remained white as a border to the heat embossing and Distress Ink center. I stamped and die cut out a few of the flower clusters and colored them in pastel Copic colors. Finally, I stamped and die cut the birdies with the banner and stamped my sentiment in it. I colored those in with my Copics as well and popped them up in the center of the card with foam tape. This card would be so fun to recreate in tons of different color combos for different occasions.


For my next card I used the Let’s Paw-ty set. This is such a sweet set with tons of cute little animals all ready to party! I used a cloud die to create a sky background and Distress Inks to add some color. Then came the fun part, stamping these cute little puppies! The stamp set doesn’t have the puppies and balloons attached, but I wanted them to look like they were floating, so I stamped them to look that way. This means I had to fussy cut them, but I really didn’t mind! I colored them all in with Copics, sticking to only a few colors to keep it consistent. Once they were cut out I popped them up with foam tape and heat embossed my sentiment on some black cardstock. Of course, I had to use some of the new Gumdrops from the new release! I grabbed some of the teal-ish colored ones from both sets and stuck them down 🙂

Well, that’s it for my projects today! I hope you liked them! Be sure to keep hopping along by clicking the blue box below. Leave comments on the posts in the hop to enter yourself for a chance to win a $80 YNS gift card! That could get you a whole lotta craftiness!!! Also, if you remembered to count up the gumdrops be sure to enter your number in the inlinkz for a chance to win 10 packages of gumdrops!

There is also a great deal going on for the new release! 20% off your entire purchase! It ends August 10th, so get your orders in now!


Thank you SO much for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop and the rest of your day!


Preview Day!

Hello, everyone! I’m back today with a preview for the Your Next Stamp August release. It’s especially exciting this month because it’s YNS’s birthday month! There are so many awesome prizes and new products, you definitely need to check it all out. If you’re like me, you’re going to want the entire release!

Let’s get to my project.

I’m actually giving you a sneaky peak of two new products today! I used the Fancy Amazing Die and the Magical and Magnificent stamps and dies. They are seriously fun, and there is so much you can do with them!


There are so many more fun projects from the other Design Team members! Be sure to check out the Your Next Stamp blog and catch them all. And later we’ll have a very fun birthday/release blog hop with more chances to win prizes!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon with another card!


Happy Friday, all! I’ve got a really short post to share with you today. My computer is being repaired, so I’m writing this post on my phone. Needless to say, I’m keeping it short & sweet today!

Over at Your Next Stamp there’s another challenge going on. I’m using the sketch as inspiration today for my card.


Be sure to head over to the YNS blog for a supplies list as well as the other great projects being shared!


Thanks so much for stopping by today. I’ll see you again soon with another card!



Feature Day

Good morning, all! I’m back with another card for Your Next Stamp. Today the team made cards with their own handmade background paper. I love creating patterns for backgrounds with my stamps, but today it made it even easier to use one of the edge stamps.


I started by taking the Checkered Edge stamp and stamping it on some white card stock in the new Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink. It was the perfect bright red for this picnic blanket pattern I was going for! I used this picnic blanket idea to go with the Picnic Phoebe stamp set.


The stamp was really easy to line up. I only had one spot that I messed up a little, but thankfully for my card design it didn’t even show! I cut down a piece of Kraft card stock and stamped the three adorable ants from the set in a line. I colored them in with my Prisma Colored Pencils. I’m not the best at using my colored pencils, but with these little images it was the perfect opportunity to practice! I added some little dots to show the ants were walking, and stamped the sentiment from the set. I attached it with some glue to my background, and that was it for this card!

Thanks for stopping by today! There are a ton of great projects on the Your Next Stamp blog showing more ways to create your own backgrounds. Be sure to head over to see them! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! I’ll see you again soon with another card 🙂


YNS Challenge Time!

Hello, all! And happy Friday! Or should I say Fri-yay!? I’m back with another card for Your Next Stamp. Today we’re doing another sketch and color challenge. Over on the blog the Design Team has a ton of great projects to share, but here’s mine!


I went with the sketch this month, and this Little Darling Mermaid set was perfect for it! I grabbed some of my Distress Oxides and blended a watery background for the mermaid. Then I got out my favorite Copic combos and colored in this cutie!


I’ve gotten a little obsessed with Your Next Stamp’s gumdrops so I couldn’t resist adding some to this card. 🙂 I grabbed blues and white from the Fairy Magic, Enchanted Forest, Enchanted Garden, and the Firecracker gumdrops. I think they look like bubbles in the water.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! It’s been so cold in Duluth the last couple days, so I’m hoping this mermaid brings better weather 😀 I hope your Friday is off to a great start whether it’s cloudy or sunny! Have a great day!