Tuesday, January 29, 2013

YNS Tasty Tuesday: You're Spectacular!

This year we are doing something a little different with the Your Next Stamp challenges. We are starting something called the "Tasty Tuesday" challenge. Each month, Karen picks out a food related picture and we are then challenging all of you to be inspired by that photo to create a card or project! If you then decide to take part in the challenge, you will be entered into a monthly drawing for a $10 YNS gift certificate! To see more examples of what we've been inspired to create, stop by either the YNS blog, our Pinterest page, or our Facebook page! There's tons of great inspiration on those sights!

Now, onto this month's inspirational photo: Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies

Don't those look AMAZING? The colors alone are what inspire me the most but I also love the little touch of sprinkles!

For my card I wanted to use the new set called "Spectacular"! This is the girl version of "Spiffy Cool" and I just adore her! She completely reminds me of myself back when I was in elementary school and...dare I say...my nerdy days! I knew what colors I wanted to work with and found that the Cosmo Cricket "UPcycle" paper pack was perfect! Besides being inspired by the colors, I wanted to represent the sprinkles by both the little girl's dress, and the circles in the background so I found that this past week's Deconstructed Sketch challenge fit perfectly! I also added a little swirl to the circle behind the girl. 

Well that pretty much sums up today's post! I hope you have time to participate in this month's challenge if you haven't already! Thanks again for stopping by!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Your Next Stamp Release Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to the Your Next Stamp January New Release Blog Hop! We are so excited about the hop today because this release is HUGE! We have had a blast playing with all of the cuteness, and we know you will too! We are also introducing another new illustrator to the YNS family~Angie Blom! I think we all fell in love with her new Insta Love Set which totally rocks! We have 3 prizes hidden along the hop! Just make sure you leave a comment on all of the DT blogs for your chance to win an amazing new release prize pack!!! Winners will be announced On the Your Next Stamp Blog on January 28th. Also, if you don't already like YNS on Facebook, you should definitely head over there and check it out because there are more chances to win over there as well!

Now, onto my projects for today!
First up, I created this gorgeous card using the fabulous stamp set called "Butterfly Love". The little butterfly is so sweet and whimsical and I think the sentiment that comes in the set is perfect! To create my card, I used the Mojo Monday sketch challenge and pulled some old Cosmo Cricket papers out. I paper pieced the butterfly's wings and embellished the card with some ribbon and brads! I love the end result!

For my second card, I used the ADORABLE new stamp set called "Spiffy Cool". When I saw this little dude, I couldn't get over how seriously cute he was! And let me tell you, he was tons of fun to color too! To add a little extra detail on him, I used some glossy accents to fill in his fun spectacles! It just adds so much to the card!

Here's a closer look at the image itself.

As always, we have a Blog Hop Special in the Your Next Stamp Store! All online orders will receive 20% OFF! Just use codeYNSJAN2013. Now it’s time to hop on over to LISETTE'S fabulous blog, but don’t forget to leave a comment before you leave! Happy hopping and shopping!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

YNS Sneaky Peek Time!

It's sneak peek time at Your Next Stamp so you know what that means! New stamps and dies are being released this week! And let me tell you, this release is AWESOME! So, without further ado, here's a peek at one of the new stamp sets and dies that are coming!

The pennant stamp and the fishtail banner dies are part of this month's release and I just love them! I used the largest fishtail banner to go behind my image panel and one of the smallest to use for my sentiment!

To create my card I followed this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch. I took a little bit of liberty with the circle on the sketch but I really like the end result. I added a some bakers twine to the top of my pennant for a little extra touch and then colored in the flags with my Copic markers. After they were colored, I then added some stickles for a little shine. To embellish the card, I decided to add some pretty purple rhinestones.

Well thanks for stopping by! Make sure you stop by tomorrow because it's RELEASE DAY! There will be a fun hop with a couple of chances to win some prizes along the way! You won't want to miss it! Also, be sure to stop by the YNS blog today and tomorrow so that you can see what the rest of the design team is up to!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Little Love Bug

Good morning! It's Friday which means some of the Your Next Stamp team is taking part in this month's Fun Friday challenge! This month the theme is Love. Make sure to stop by the YNS blog and join in on the fun!

For my card, I really struggled because we are still in Iowa and since we weren't planning on being her this long, I didn't bring hardly anything but Christmas supplies! Luckily, I had this adorable little bug from the "Smiley Happy Critter Crew" set and a heart stamp from the "Get Well Accessories" set to work with! I then found some fun paper and punch-outs in my mom's small collection of goodies and went to work from there! :) 

The paper and punch-outs I used were from a Best Occasions paper pack. I wanted to keep the card fairly simple so I used just a small piece of patterned paper for the background. I then colored the cute little ladybug with my copic markers, cut him out, and popped him up on the little circle punch-out. I then stamped the hearts on the punch-out and colored them in. I wrote "little" and used a punch-out for the word "love" and the letters for "bug" to create my sweet sentiment. I added some black brads to embellish the card and I was done! :)

So what do you think? Not to bad for having limited crafting supplies, huh? I hope you all enjoyed today's card and be sure to see what the other design team whipped up by heading over to the Your Next Stamp blog! Thanks for stopping by!