Saturday, January 13, 2018

January New Release - Your Next Stamp


It has arrived! The January new release for Your Next Stamp! I hope you all got a chance to peek at some of the new sets being released and you are ready to hop and shop!


For my first card, I am using the super darling set of Silly Love Monsters and the coordinating die set.



How cute are these guys? These make for perfect Valentines and a simple love card as well.  I used the Hugs and Kisses paper collection from YNS for the patterned paper and the Stitched Rectangles die set for the layers. I stamped and colored in the image with Copics before cutting them out and popping them up on the card.  I then finished it with some fun gumdrops for added sparkle.

My second card is using another adorable set called Penguin Love.  It just makes you go "awww..." :)



Again, using paper from the Hugs and Kisses collection, I added that as the background layer before adding in the InstaLove frame to place the image in.  The image was stamped and colored in with Copics before cutting it out with the coordinating die and popped up on the inside of the frame.  I used my decorative scissors to cut along the bottom for a wavy look and finished the card with some ribbon and gumdrops.


As always, Karen has a fabulous sale for you all to enjoy and grab all your favorites! You cannot pass up 20% off your entire order! Be sure to keep hopping along and leave a little love along the way so that you may have a chance at winning a $25 gift certificate to the YNS Store!
Thanks for hopping in!

Sneaky Peek - January Release Your Next Stamp

The holidays are over and now we continue with our regularly scheduled program of new releases!! :) It's time for the sneaky peeks of Your Next Stamp's January release.  This release is full of love and many ideas to be used in creating some super fun Valentines.

For my two cards, I am using the new Whatnot Sentiments Eleven set.  This is such a fun set! I love sentiment sets and this was no exception to add to my collection.

I just love this line! LOL... I know a few people who this applies to and luckily, one of them is not me! I just don't nap.  But if I did, I would certainly fall into this category. The sentiment is combined with the Irish Fun Die set and placed over a piece from the Ripped Rectangles die.  I then heat embossed the sentiment in white and popped up the beer glasses.

For my second card, I also used the new String Hearts die to coordinate with this sentiment.


I embossed the top panel in two sections leaving the center smooth.  I stamped the sentiment and added the string hearts above it.  The heart cutouts from that die were used to place throughout the card and I added a small strip of grey cardstock below it and a piece of red off to the side.

Be sure to stop by the YNS Blog to see all the fabulous creations the DT have put together for this peek.  And don't forget to come by again tonight for our Blog Hop and new release.  Not to mention your time to shop and get your favorites before they sell out!  Thanks for popping in and hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Time Wasted - The Cat's Pajamas TCPTUES342

Happy Tuesday everyone!

It is time for another super fun TCP Challenge! You have one more week to create something to link up for your chance to win a TCP Gift Certificate.  This challenge is about making a scene. I LOVE making scene cards, albeit not always perfect or what is in my head, but I love it nonetheless.  :)  



For my card, I am using the new release of Time Out to create this slider card.

Here is it in action:


First, I will address the elephant here... That sentiment. Ugh... This was one of those creations you put together and then realized you didn't put your sentiment on.  So you try to stamp it over the foam tape you have going on underneath and still manage to do ok but not ok enough. hahaha! If you look past that, you will see a fun slider card using the fun TCP Slider Cut Up.  For the bottom border, I used the Cloud and Balloon Cut-Ups and for cloud accents, the Stitched Clouds. I created this card for bunny to come out from the clouds to prove that you should waste time wisely. :) This is a CAS slider card that is actually quite easy and fast to make.  I finished the card with some rhinestones for added bling.

Be sure to stop by the TCP Blog to see the other fab creations some of the Cat Pack put together.  And don't forget to link up your awesome creation to have a chance to win! Thanks for stopping by!





Friday, January 5, 2018

Pure Joy - YNS Friday Challenge

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a safe and fun New Year.  If you are on the East Coast like me, well, we had and are still having a very cold start to 2018.  For those of you on the West Coast where I am originally from, please send some warmth! :)

The YNS DT is back with our Friday challenges and this first sketch challenge of the year is really fun and the colors are fantastic! For my card, I am using Waddles Rainbow Fun which is such a happy set.  But then again, anything Waddles is a happy set!


I used some YNS Birthday Girl patterned paper for the background and cut out some white cardstock with the Circles with stitching and piercings die to stamp the rainbow on.  Waddles was colored in with Copics and fussy cut out to be popped up as if he was sliding down the rainbow.  The clouds were cut out using the Rainbow Fun die set and were popped up as well. The sentiment was stamped directly onto the cardstock and the card was finished with some Hearts and Dots gumdrops and yellow twine. 

Don't forget to stop by the YNS Blog to see the other wonderful DT creations.  We hope you play along and upload your creation on the challenge blog for your chance to win! Thanks for stopping by and hope you all stay warm!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

My Favorite of 2017 - Your Next Stamp

Happy Holidays crafty friends!

I hope you all had a great holiday and ready to ring in the New Year soon.  The DT is compiling their favorite card of 2017 to share and today is my day to show and tell. :) I will tell you that choosing just one card for an entire year is rather difficult. I love so many but did settle for this one because it covers a few of my favorite things - love and coffee.


Using some patterned paper from the Hugs and Kisses collection and the puffy cloud border die, I created the backdrop for the floating coffee mug.  The set of Love and Coffee was used for the main image and sentiment before completing the look with a few hearts stamped around. A super clean and simple card to express what you really only need!  You can find the original blog post HERE to see more about this card.

It is always fun to go back and see some of your older projects and pick out a few you really enjoyed.  I know I tend to forget about some of the cards or projects I have done until I peruse through my albums and say, "Oh yeah!! I forgot about that one!" hahaha! It's a great way to refresh your mojo a bit and do some new creations possibly from the old. 

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all a safe and joyous New Year! See you in 2018!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Tag Some Holiday Joy - Your Next Stamp Friday Challenge

Happy Holidays!

It's hard to believe Christmas is a short 18 days away and I still don't feel complete with things getting done.  It will get there though! With all the hubbub of the holidays and wrapping of presents, I am needing tags all the time.  This week's sketch challenge on the YNS Challenge Blog was perfect to make another one using the sketch as well as one of the super cute mini stamp sets YNS has in the store.  I am using Reindeer Smiles.



For the tag, I used the Stitched Scallop Rectangle set and added some patterned paper. The image was stamped and colored in with Copics before being cut out using the coordinating die. I added the sentiment and eyelet in the corner to hold the twine.  It was finished with some gold cording for the bow.

I love making tags and these mini sets in the store are perfect for using on tags.  Don't forget to stop by the YNS Blog to see the other fun creations the team has put together.  Thanks for stopping by and hope you all have a fabulous, stress-free weekend!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Holiday Buddies - Your Next Stamp 12 Days of Christmas Series

Happy Monday and Cyber Monday!

I am Day 6 of the YNS 12 Days of Christmas Series and today I am sharing with you a project that you can create for the holidays using some cute stamps from Your Next Stamp. I am using Holiday Buddies to create a "family photo" of sorts.  These cuties were easy to make into a photo op and you can even take a step further by decorating the outside of the frame.  That was what I was going to do, but realized I did not have any fun holiday dies small enough to decorate without covering the images.  So, I left it as it and decorated the inside with a few gumdrops and star sequins.


I used my MISTI to stamp the images at once on each of the Stitched Rectangles before coloring them in with Copics.  I measured out the patterned paper, which is an 8.5"x11" piece, to create 9 separate windows.  I used strips of black cardstock to glue over the paper before placing my images where I wanted them. I sponged a little distress ink around the edges to take out some of the brightness from the white cardstock before adhering the images down. 

If making a frame is too much to create, you can always create small canvas art using your images like you can find HERE from a previous post I did on how to use your stamps on canvas.  This makes for a cute little pictures around the house.

I hope you enjoyed this photo op project and don't forget to continue checking back on the YNS Blog everyday to see what each DT member created for this series.  Thanks for popping in and hope you have a great week!!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Fa la la la la - Your Next Stamp Friday Challenge

Happy Black Friday/After Thanksgiving!

I hope you and your family had a nice holiday if you are in the US, and now ready to gear up for Christmas.  Christmas... I just can't believe that it's here.  This year has certainly flown by and shortly after unwrapping presents, you will be ringing in the New Year.  But enough about what is surprising me and let's talk about this week's YNS challenge.  There is a new sketch and color challenge up! For my creation, you will notice that it is not a sketch followed or even the color patterned followed.  That is because I had this technique I wanted to try that I completely forgot to follow the guidelines.  I really hate when I do that.  Not to mention that I then left out of town for the holiday, so I couldn't even fix it.  So, I hope you enjoy it anyway and you can think that perhaps I was just making my own rendition of the sketch. : )


This technique is one that Jennifer McGuire recently posted about using your dies to create a makeshift letterpress.  You can find Jennifer's video here.  Using the Scribble Tree die and the Drink Tag die, I made this "letterpressed" wine bib which I feel came out pretty great.  This technique works like a charm.  I heat embossed the sentiment at the top from the Merry Everything set before adding a few sequins to it for added sparkle. A simple tag but one you can make multiple times for easy gift giving.  I really enjoyed this technique and I am sure I will be doing this often. I love the look of letterpress so it's great to have a technique to mimic the look. 



While you are over at the YNS Blog, check out the store because Karen has a fabulous sale going on. 30% OFF everything on the site!! YNS was recently featured on Jennifer McGuire's 2017 favorite crafty things so this is a great time to pick up what she loved at a great price!

Thanks for popping in and hope you have a great weekend and find some great deals!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November Release of The Cat's Pajamas and Blog Hop


It's the new release of The Cat's Pajamas and our blog hop will not disappoint in showing you all the awesome new sets and creations the kitty cat pack have done.

For my peek of what I have used is the new Corner Pop Up Cut Up along with the new set of Time Out.


This is the outside of the card decorated with the other new Cut Up of the Clock to intrigue the recipient to open the card to see what this "time" is all about.



Once opened, the inside comes to life with clouds and the image from Time Out.   The sentiment is stamped directly onto the card base.  I decorated the edges using an accent stamp from Simply Stacked for an added design.  Here is a closer look at the pop up.





I did used the pop up twice to make for a double cloud scenery, but the beauty of this Cut Up is that you can design it any which way you want or what works for your project.  To see more, you can check out Alma's video on YouTube here.  The clouds used for the background is the TCP Cut Ups of the Cloud Border and Stitched Clouds.  This makes for such a fun card to give using different ideas!




Are you IN IT TO WIN IT? Be sure to hop along and leave a little love for your chance to win a TCP Store gift certificate.  Who wouldn't want that?!  AND to top off this holiday weekend, Alma is offering up to 40% off in the store!!


Thanks for hopping in and head on over to Jessie's Blog for more inspiration!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Cat's Pajamas Stamps - November Release Sneaky Peek



It's sneaky peek time with The Cat's Pajamas Stamps for November! So much fun in this release you will not be able to refrain from buying it all. :)  The new corner pop up die is amazing with so many possibilities.  But you will want to check in on Tuesday when we have the blog hop to see what I and other cats have done with it.



For my first sneak, I am using the new stamp set called Sent with Love.  Perfect for all occasions.   I love all the whimsy bits in this set!


For this card, I cut the back panel with one of my diagonal cut edges dies before cutting the patterned paper with the TCP Ornate Frame cut up.  The image was heat embossed with the sentiment on top stamped with some black ink and pink ink for the hearts.  I used my white gel pen to highlight the birdcage before stamping the letter and fussy cutting it out to be popped up.  The patterned paper panel was also popped up and the card was finished with some gold star sequins.

My other card is using the new Blessed and Wings Cut-Ups to create this CAS embossed card.  These two just seem to be perfect to be shown hand in hand.


The top panel is dry embossed using one of my embossing folders while the wings were cut out with some silver glitter cardstock.  The word was cut out using some black cardstock and I connected the wings to both sides of the word before popping it up over the embossed panel.  The card was finished using some rhinestones for some sparkle.


Are you IN IT TO WIN IT?  Be sure to leave a little love as you take a peek this week at the Cat Pack's creations so that you may have a chance to win a gift certificate to the TCP Store!  Thanks for stopping by and hope you join us tomorrow for the blog hop to see the final creations and get shopping on your list! :)


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