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Monday, January 31, 2011
If you are here for the Your Next Stamp Blog hop click here. This hop is open until February 2!   There is a prize available to anyone linking there name to the linky on this post.

Happy Monday Everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend!! I know I did!!  The girls had the opportunity to go on the toboggan with their father while I stayed in and did some crafting and laying low (due to a migraine).  It looks like we are suppose to get another Nor-Easter storm on Tuesday into Wednesday but then again so are 28 other states!!! Yikes!  Is it spring yet?!!!!!!

Today is the beginning of a new week Product Spotlight at Stamp and Create.  This week's product Spotlight is Love/Valentine's DayThis means all  stamps that are Valentine's Day or Love related in the store are up to 25% beginning tonight!!

For my product spotlight creation, I used the adorable newly released Whiff of Joy- Henry with Love Balloon. The ticket sentiments are Whimsy Friendship Ticket Sentiments  cut out with the Whimsy Shapeology Ticket die She also used Prima French White Fairy tale roses , the bow easy, and May Arts Ivory Silk Ribbon available at Stamp and Create.

I wanted to make more of a vintage creation since I don't make this style too often...When I think vintage, Victorian comes to mind...lots of detail and distressing.

For more inspiration using the Valentine or Love stamps available at Stamp and Create, please visit my dt sisters:

challenges I am entering my creation in:
Penny's Paper-Crafty – anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Valentine
Aud's Sentimental - Love Theme
Meljens Designs - (SIO) - create something with hearts
Pals Paper Arts - bows
Paper Pretties - sewing
Pixie Cottage - SKETCH and/or flowers
Little Red Wagon - lace
Top Tip Tuesday - fabulous flowers
Gem Of A Challenge (1st week) -Ribbon and Lace
Fussy and Fancy - (2W) - Valetine with no red or pink

Mami Doodles - (2W, SIO) – magic of love
Simply Create - (2W) - give your heart away
Charisma Cardz - (3E) – Valentine/love
Crafty Purple Frog - (2W, SIO) - distressing
Delightful Challenges - (SIO) - include a heart on your project
Crazy 4 Challenges (JFF) - Vintage or Shabby Chic
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle (2W) - get punchy 
Sugar Creek Hollow (3E, SIO) - Vintage Valentine
Marks Finest Papers - Valentine's 
Creative Cowgirls (2W, 2E) - Love is in the air 
Creative Inspirations Paint (1E) - Love
Paper Sundaes (3E) - Valentines
Stamptacular Sunday (must stamp) - Whateva'!

Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments!! I truly appreciate you all!!

blessings,


Sunday, January 30, 2011
If you are here for the Your Next Stamp Blog hop click here. This hop is open until February 2!   There is a prize available to anyone linking there name to the linky on this post.

Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you are all having a great weekend!!

Today I am poppin in to share a new challenge for Stampin Sisters in Christ.  This week's host is the sweet and talented, Lisa!!


Lisa chose the scripture:
Psalm 23, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

Lisa is challenging us to use the colors blue (still waters) and green (green pastures) in our creation.

Here is my creation for this week's challenge:


My box is created using the Be Mine Template created by Leigh Ann Baird available at Perfect Presentations.  The image is Wags N Whiskers- He Loves Me which is available as both a digi or rubber stamp. The designer paper is from Die Cuts With a View- Linen closet.  The layout uses the Papertake Weekly sketch.  The flowers are from ZVA creative.  The charm I bought at Michaels.  The fern springs are a Martha Stewart Punch.  The image is framed with a Spellbinders Lacey circles and classic circles dies.

Challenges I am entering my creation in:

Penny's Paper-Crafty – anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Valentine

Karber Weekly-Dots & Stripes + Digi
Stamp Fairy-Circles
Crazy Challenge-Dots & stripes
Meljens Designs - (SIO) - create something with hearts
Pals Paper Arts - bows
Fab 'n' Funky - use a digi
Paper Pretties - sewing
Pixie Cottage - SKETCH and/or flowers
Little Red Wagon - lace
Top Tip Tuesday - fabulous flowers
Gem Of A Challenge (1st week) -Ribbon and Lace
Really Reasonable Ribbon - (2nd week) ribbon and hearts 
Crafty Catz - (1E) - flowers
Fussy and Fancy - (2W) - Valetine with no red or pink

Mami Doodles - (2W, SIO) – magic of love
Simply Create - (2W) - give your heart away
Charisma Cardz - (3E) – Valentine/love
Crafty Purple Frog - (2W, SIO) - distressing
Delightful Challenges - (SIO) - include a heart on your project
Crazy 4 Challenges (JFF) - Vintage or Shabby Chic
Our Creative Corner - 3D Valentines project
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle (2W) - get punchy 
Sugar Creek Hollow (3E, SIO) - Vintage Valentine
Marks Finest Papers - Valentine's
Ooh La La Creations - 3 of a kind (flowers)

For more inspiration for the Stampin in Christ Challenge, please visit my dt sisters:
Grace, Linda, Lisa, Peggysue, Randi, Meisje, Rebecca, and Patti  

For the full devotional and challenge details please visit the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments.

blessings,

Saturday, January 29, 2011
If you are here for the Your Next Stamp Blog hop click here.  If you are here for the ODBD Shining the Light challenge post, click here.

Welcome to the Circle of Friends Blog Hop If you have arrived from  Erin Bailey you are in the right place, if not you may want to start at Crystal's Blog so you don't miss anything along the way.



Our Circle of Friends hop is to show our dear friend Annika Ryan that her Whimsy Family is here for her during this difficult time. Everyone needs a circle of friends, and sometimes, during those hard moments, you need to be placed in the center of that circle and be given a big group hug.  Though we may be miles away, our hearts are with her along with our support.
Today we all have made her a creation to show her how much we care, Please hop along with us to Support our Wonderful Teammate and Friend Annika.
Here is the creation I made for my dear friend and dt sister.......
 For my creation, I used the adorable Loved little Bear illustrated by Melissa Jenkins (available in the Whimsy stamps store- Meljen's digitals).  The dp is from K& Co and DCWV Girl Nursery pack.  The hearts are punched with a SU Heart punch.  The dies used include Spellbinders Lacey Circles and classic circles cut out with my new GRAND CALIBER.
Challenges I am entering my creation in:
Karber Weekly-Dots & Stripes + Digi
Rainbow Lady's-Beary Good
Stamp Fairy-Circles
Crazy Challenge-Dots & stripes
Creative Craft World-Cute & Cuddly
Fuzzy Wuzzy -  - animal, anything goes
The Outlawz Copic Challenge - (must use Copic/Promarkers) - anything goes
Meljens Designs - (SIO) - create something with hearts
Pals Paper Arts - bows
Fab 'n' Funky - use a digi
Paper Pretties - sewing
Penny's Paper-Crafty (2nd week) – anything goes
Pixie Cottage - SKETCH and/or flowers
Simon Says Stamp - animal antics
Little Red Wagon - lace
Top Tip Tuesday - fabulous flowers
Gem Of A Challenge (1st week) -Ribbon and Lace
Really Reasonable Ribbon - (2nd week) ribbon and hearts
 



If you know Annika and would like to make a creation for her please go to the end of the hop (Denise's Blog)  and link a card, then email Crystal at crystalkbk30@gmail.com to privately give you her address.
This hop will end on February 5, noon Eastern time so you have enough time to create a card for friend!!
Thanks so much for hopping along with us today!!!  Your next stop on the hop is Ann Vento!

Have a great weekend!

hugs,

 
If you are here for the Your Next Stamp Blog hop click here. This hop is open until February 2!   There is a prize available to anyone linking there name to the linky on this post.

 Happy Saturday Everyone!!!  Looks like I am laying low this weekend since I have a migraine headache I can't shake.  I am hoping it gets better soon so I can visit all your amazing blogs.

Anywho...it is time for another Shining the Light Challenge at ODBD!!!

This week's Challenge: 
ODBDSLC46 “The blues” Now that the holidays are over and winter is beginning to drag on…we want to see blue on your creation (not just a little…a lot…as a main color) 

To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, a $ 15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, February 3. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. If you are not using ODBD stamps, please do not enter more than once. Additional entries without using ODBD stamps will not be commented on or will they qualify for prizes.

While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them.As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing 1 to 2 creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. In order to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by February 3 at 8 p.m. EST.If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC46. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.

For my creation, I used a sneak peak from Our Daily Bread Designs, The Anchor and He Shall be Called background stamp.  The dp is from SEI Moravia.


The light blue panels were stamped with the He Shall Be Called background stamp on Bo Bunny Surfboard paper.  The image and sentiment is from The Anchor (sneak peak to be release on Feb 1).

card recipe:
Stamps: Sneak peaks from Our Daily Bread Designs to be released on Feb1: He shall be Called background, The Anchor
paper: SEI Moravia, Bo Bunny Surfboard, black, white
accessories: Spellbinders Grand Caliber machine, Octagon nestabilities scalloped and classic, cross charm, silver baubles
For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:


To join the challenge, please link your creation here.
Challenges I am entering my creation in:


Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - add hardware
Penny's Paper-Crafty – anything goes
Sisterhood of Crafters - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - distressing (ink distressing)
Stamp with Fun - Blue & Brown
Woodware USA - Anything Goes
Aly's Sunday Challenge - For the guys
CD Sunday -Something from a CD and Where Waters Meet (My anchor holds)
Let's Ink It Up - NO DIGI and Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes - Distressing (ink distressing)
Allsorts - recycled ( some dp from scrap bin)
Copic Creations - use something new plus Copics (new stamps)
Delicious Doodles - Spots or stripes
Crafty Purple Frog - distressing (ink distressing)
Alphabet Challenge - (1E) - "M" is for men
Tellen's Place - (1E, SIO) - make it for the guys
Do You Stack Up? - (3E, SIO) - patterned paper
Paper Play - (2E) – layer it up
Thanks for stopping by!! We hope you will join us for this week's challenge.  We can't wait to see your creation!!


blessings,


Friday, January 28, 2011

Welcome to the Your Next Stamp CHA Release BLOG HOP!

We are so excited here at YNS because Karen has taken YNS to CHA for the very first time! That's right, as you're reading this Karen will be at Winter 2011 CHA at booth #4518! WOO-HOO!!

So to celebrate this event, YNS is releasing some fab new YNS stamps just in time for CHA. You may have already caught a sneak peek of some of them last week over at the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog, but today you get to see all 9 World Kids stamps plus a fabulous new Celebrate Collection from HR Designs and 7 new mini stamps.

These new stamps are available to buy right now from the Your Next Stamp store along with all your YNS favorites.

Of course we couldn't let this release pass by without having a fun blog hop! We also have 4 fabulous guests joining us for our hop - the amazing Tori Wild, Cindy Haffner, Carole Burrage and Maylee Pham!

If you would like to participate in the hop and you didn't arrive here from Beth's blog, please CLICK HERE to return to the start of the hop at Kerri's blog, as you don't want to miss these fab new releases!

The hop starts today (28 January 2011 at 08:00 EST) and ends on 2 February 2011 at midnight EST.

As always here at Your Next Stamp, we have a wonderful prize for you to win! One lucky winner will be drawn at random from the links in the linky list to receive their choice of 3 of the new World Kids stamps!

You will see that every stop along the hop has a linky list - this is the SAME linky list posted on every blog, so that you can enter the prize draw from any stop (although we hope you will visit all the blogs on today's hop!). The linky will update itself on everyone's blog when a link is entered - how cool is that? Please remember to only enter your name ONCE into the linky list during the hop - you do NOT need to enter your name at every stop and multiple entries will be removed. It's not a requirement for you to comment at every stop along the hop to be eligible to be entered into the prize draw, but the DT would sure love to hear what you think of their new release creations!

Karen is also running some special bundle promotions, so be sure to hop on over to the YNS store once you've finished the hop. If you order all 9 World Kids stamps in one bundle, you will save 15% over the cost of buying them individually!

So onto my blog hop creation! I have used India, Scottish, Dutch, Alaska, Irish and Japan  stamps to make a banner. Each oval is cut out with the Beaded oval Nestability for the frame and the oval for the inside.  Each is embossed with a different embossing folder from Provocraft.  The sentiment is typed on my PC.  Please bear with me on all my photos .....







challenges I am entering my creation in:
Hodge Podge Shop – white on white, color allowed in image and as accent
Stampin' B's - song as your inspiration- We Are the World...We are the Children
Penny's Paper-Crafty (2nd week) – anything goes
Sisterhood of Crafters (2 weeks) - anything goes
Challenge Up Your Life (2nd week) - clean & simple
Sugar Creek Hollow (3 entries) - Black and white with a splash of colour

Here is a complete blog hop list in hopping order:

Cindy Haffner {Guest DT}
Maylee Pham {Guest DT}
Tori Wild {Guest DT}
Carole Burrage {Guest DT}

So now it's time for you to hop on over to the talented Cindy Haffner's blog as she is the next stop on our hop, but I'd love it if you left me a comment before you go!

Thanks so much for hopping with us today! I hope you enjoy our new release!

Hugs,


Happy Thursday everyone!!  Sorry I am off to a late start this morning.  I don't seem to be feeling to well so I am moving a little slower it seems. It does not help but my youngest was up with nightmares for more than half of the night and I am exhausted.

Anywho...today I have a card I created using the Wags n Whiskers Bubble Fun image (this is available as a
  rubber stamp here and digital stamps here. I just love these adorable images drawn by Crissy Armstrong.  I colored her with copics.  All white cards with just color from my image is a challenge for me...but this was very fun to create.

The sentiment is typed on my PC and it says..."Love is...Time spent with a friend. '  The heart is filled in with a piece of white glittered vellum.  The background is embossed with a floral embossing folder from Stampin Up.  The punch on the bottom is a MS Shell border punch.  The butterflies are punched out with my MS Butterfly porder punch (used the negative cuts).  The dies used include the Spellbinders hearts nestabilities.

Challenges:
A Spoonful Of Sugar - Valentine's
My Time To Craft - embossing
Everybody-Art-Challenge - "my favourite thing"
Bunny Zoe's Crafts (2nd monday) - Love is in the air
Kaboodle Doodles (1 entry) - Bling it up
Lexi's Creations (1st week) - Valentines 
Stamps R Us (1st week, 2 entries) - Animals
Crafty Pad - Girly 
Gingerloft (1st week) - Things that fly (bubbles and butterflies) 
I Did It Creations - Card for a child
Pile It On - Love is in the air
Catch The Bug (3 entries) - winter white (use mostly white)
Gem Of A Challenge (1st week) -Ribbon and Lace 
Really Reasonable Ribbon - (2nd week) ribbon and hearts
Crafty Catz (1 entry) - use a forgotten stamp I have not used this image for at least a year
Fuzzy Wuzzy (monthly) - animal, anything goes
Phindy’s Place - lace & pearls
Raise The Bar - N.E.W. (Nestie/Embellishments/White)
Simply Create (2nd week) - use your punches
Totally Papercrafts - add a heart
Stamp Something - cute somethings
CCEE Stampers - White on White card (image can have color but nothing else)
Craft your days away- Love
Charisma CardzValentine's / Love
Crafty Sentiments- Favorite things (copics, nestabilities, embossing folder and sewing machine)
Hodge Podge: White on White
Flutterby Wednesday--White and wings
 Cutie Sunday - Anything Goes
Double Dutch Challenge- All white except the image
 Sundays with Chrissy - Ribbons

Thanks for stopping by!!  I so appreciate all your comments!! Have a great day!
blessings,




Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Happy Hump Day everyone!! I hope you are all well!!  I am very busy but very relieved!!  My dear friend Crystal encouraged to take my sewing machine apart and look if something was jammed.  Well I did not see anything jammed but I did find out what the problem is....Now I have my sewing machine back!!!!  I feel like I just made $150-$400 just by not having to fix or buy a new sewing machine.  Woo hoo!!

Anywho...Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I thought I would just share a little something that I made to give to a friend for Valentine's Day.



For my creation,   I used the adorable Tea time Fhiona from Your Next Stamp, the sentiment  from Whimsy's Friendship Ticket sentiments, and the Tea Tabbed box template from Lauren Meader available at My Time Made Easy.  I had a fun time creating this!!  The sentiments cut out with the Spellbinders hearts dies are typed on my Computer.  The dp is scraps from my scrap bin...felt good to use up or recycle!! The black scallop is made using my uber handy Grand Caliber machine and the Big Scallops Petite Borderabilities die from Spellbinders.


I hope you enjoyed this creation....


Challenges I am entering my creation in:
Do You Stack Up? - pink
Paper Play (2 entries) – use a black base
Fuzzy Wuzzy (monthly) - animal, anything goes
Phindy’s Place - lace & pearls
Raise The Bar - N.E.W. (Nestie/Embellishments/White)
Totally Papercrafts - add a heart
Tellen's Place - polka dots
Stamp Something - cute somethings
Really Reasonable Ribbon - (2nd week) ribbon and hearts
Just Us Girls - create a 3D valentine container
Secret Crafter - it's a couple thing
Gem Of A Challenge (1st week) -Ribbon and Lace
One Stop Craft - more than one fold
Craft Your Days Away (2 weeks) - love
Blackleaf Studios - anything but a card, Valentine's day
Let's Ink It Up (monthly) - NO DIGI and Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenges  (2 entries) - Reuse, reduce, recycle (all dp is from scraps)
Crafty Pad - Girly
A Spoonful Of Sugar - Valentine's
Top Tip Tuesday - fabulous flowers
Kaboodle Doodles (1 entry) - Bling it up
Lexi's Creations (1st week) - Valentines
Stamps R Us (1st week, 2 entries) - Animals

Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great day!! Your comments are always appreciated!!
blessings,

Monday, January 24, 2011
Happy Monday Everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend!!  Mine went o.k. but I am saddened to say that my sewing machine broke!!!  That is right, no sewing until I get it fixed or get a new one.  It is hard for me to think that I will be unable to include stitching on my creations...guess cards will take me less time to create without stitching and more time if I decide to hand stitch them!!!
I did manage to get my home school reports done!  Woo hoo!!!! Big accomplishment for me...not much crafting this weekend.  I took a break and really needed it to spend some quality time with the girls and Scott.

Anywho....enough about me....This week it is time for another Product Spotlight at Stamp and Create!!  In addition to a product spotlight, that means that the spotlighted item is also up to 25% off!!!!!

This week's spotlight is:
On Sale through Sunday for 25% off
(Limit 3 per customer)

The Bow Easy is the best tool around for creating the perfect bow.If you are unfamiliar with how to use the bow easy, my talented dt sister, Jeanette, created a Video Tutorial awhile ago using the Bow Easy.
 former Guest Designer Sharon created a Pictorial Tutorial as well (Sharon shows a "double bow" in her tutorial).

Each of the designers made a creation to showcase the Bow Easy. This is what I created:
I used the Wags n Whiskers, Say a Prayer image, which is available as a digi or a rubber stamp. I also used the bow easy, May Arts Mauve silk ribbon, and Kaiser Craft Blush Pearls 
available at Stamp and Create.

The layout for my card uses the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge.


The lush paper is Kaiser Craft English Rose!! Isn't it gorgeous.  I received this from Susana Custom Arts and Designs this week.  I love this paper so much that I will be back for more!! LOL!  Lacey, carries a ton of beautiful Kaiser Craft paper at her store, Stamp and Create, as well but not this particular pad.  The flowers are from Wild Orchids.

For more inspiration using the bow easy, please visit my dt sisters:
 Joy, Lacey, Heidi, Vicky and  Jeanette.
 
Challenges I am entering my creation in:
Crafty Pad - Girly
Gingerloft (1st week) - Things that fly
Paper Sundaes (3 entries) - Distressing
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Vintage  I was not able to join this challenge with my dt sisters and I really this this has a vintage flair with the dp, distressing and heart button.
Quirky Crafts (2nd week) - In the Spring Garden (must have pink and green in it and an image)
Crafty Emma - angels & fairies
Gem Of A Challenge (1st week) -Ribbon and Lace
Marks Finest Paper - sympathy card
Really Reasonable Ribbon - (2nd week) ribbon and hearts
Fairy Tale (2nd week, 2 entries) - flowers
Phindy’s Place - lace & pearls
Simply Create (2nd week) - use your punches
Stamp Man (2nd week) – distressing
Stamp Something - cute somethings
Totally Papercrafts - add a heart
Wags 'n Whiskers - use a fairy or an angel
Crafty Purple Frog (2 weeks) - distressing
Cute Card Thursday - recipe 1-2-3 (1 heart button, 2 small roses, 3 designer papers)
Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - anything goes
Do You Stack Up? - pink
Pixie Dust Studio - buttons
Stampin' Royalty - anything with wings
Paper Take Weekly - Ribbons and Pearls
Top Tip Tuesday - All Sentimental
Crafty Cardmakers- floral
Flutterby Wednesday- angel, fairy or butterfly- open challenge

Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments!! I truly appreciate you all!!

blessings,

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Happy Saturday Everyone!! I hope you all are having a great start to the weekend!! I know I was looking forward to it....time to catch up and write the school reports for the second quarter and, Lord willing, do some grocery shopping.  After the bad weather all week I have been unable to get any groceries and are cupboards are getting bear. LOL!  I also hope to catch up on some much needed blog hopping and creating....Yes a full weekend is planned.

Anywho today I would like to share the new challenge Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light challenge.


This week's Challenge: Is a Sketch!!!



This sketch was based on a BEAUTIFUL card I saw in blogland created by one of our very own Our Daily Bread Designers, Angie Crockett!!!  You can see her creation here.  I just fell in love this card and thought it would be fun to honor her creation with a sketch cased after hers.

To make the challenge even more fun, we will be giving out a prize, a $ 15 gift certificate to be used toward stamps at the Our Daily Bread Designs store!! Entries for the prize must be submitted by Thursday, January 27. One random winner will be chosen and announced next Saturday. If you are not using ODBD stamps, please do not enter more than once. Additional entries without using ODBD stamps will not be commented on or will they qualify for prizes.
While it is not required to use Our Daily Bread Designs images and sentiments on your creations, we would love to see them if you have them. As a way of recognizing those who do use Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, we will again be choosing 1 to 2 creations to spotlight for our Shining the Light Award. In order to qualify for this award, however, you must use Our Daily Bread stamps and have your submission added to Mr. Linky by January 27 at 8 p.m. EST.  When linking your creation, please leave your name and not a title for your creation...it is easier when identifying winners.  Thanks!!
If you upload your creations to Splitcoast Stampers or any other online gallery, please use the keyword is ODBDSLC45. When creating your posts on blogs please include a link to the challenge.
Here is my creation using the sketch:
For my creation I used the Faith stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs and some new paper I just received!! It is Kaiserkraft English Rose Paper.  The background is embossed with a Sizzix folder. Some of the dies used include Spellbinders Big Scallops border die, Lacey Squares, Classic Squares and Classic ovals.  The butterfly is created with a MS punch.


For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:



To join the challenge, please link your creation here.

Challenges I am entering my creation in:
Phindy’s Place - lace & pearls
Fairy Tale (2 entries) - flowers
Simply Create - use your punches
Stamp Man  – distressing
Tellen's Place - polka dots
Charisma Cardz (3 entries) – numbers (reference from Bible)
Crafty Purple Frog (2 weeks) - distressing
Crafty Sentiments (1 entry) - vintage
Simon Says Stamp - choose 3 items in a straight line from the BINGO(lace flowers embossing)
My Time To Craft - Spots and Dots
Top Tip Tuesday - All Sentimental
Ooh La La Creations  - Bling it on (On butterfly)
Pollycraft - Pastel Colours
Aly's Sunday Challenge  - Things with wings
 Corrosive Challenges  - Lace and Pearls (pearl flourish by butterfly)
Wild orchids challenge- going sentimental
Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!  Have a great weekend!!
hugs,
Friday, January 21, 2011

YNS has some exciting news to share!!  For what's coming up at Your Next Stamp, scroll down to the next post or click here


Happy Friday Everyone!!  The weekend is here!! Today we are getting another storm but this time it is not ice, it is snow.....Is it Spring yet?  I am ready!!!
Anywho today it is time for another challenge at Wags n Whiskers.
The Wags 'n Whiskers Fairies will be released as digis today at 7amEST/12noon GMT.
In honor of the Fairy digi release today,
our challenge this week is:
A Fairy Special Challenge!!
Use a fairy or an angel.

You may use any stamp company's stamps for our challenges for a chance to win a free Wags 'n Whiskers Rubber stamp of your choice.

But remember, if you use a Wags 'n Whiskers image on your card, you will be entered into an additional for a free Wags 'n Whiskers digital stamp (meaning you will be entered into both drawings).

With Valentine's Day around the corner, Wags 'n Whiskers has a ton of images that be fantastic for all of your Valentine needs!! You can view all of our rubber stamps here and digital stamps here.
Now on to my creation for the challenge:
With Valentine's Day Right around the corner, I decided to use the Bear Hugs image illustrated by the talented Crissy Armstrong.  What started off as a card turned into something entirely different.  I just was not happy with the layout of my card...having a mojo-less moment...and quickly switched to create a heart gift box.  This is not a template but rather my own design by experimentation.  I am not sure if I would be able to duplicate it again...although I now have to since my youngest daughter has claimed this creation for herself...so what you do for one, you must do for the other...so I am sure soon I will be sharing another heart shaped creation for my dear Nicki for Valentines Day.

Enough rambling....Sorry.  Here it is...
I colored the image with copics and paper pieced the dress with a piece of paper from K&Co Valentine Paper.  All this paper is from K&Co Valentine.  There are three different size hearts used on the front which were cut using the Spellbinders Heart dies. All the flowers and bling (except the pearls which are ZVA Creative Pearl flourishes) are Wild Orchid.  The ribbon is May Arts pink silk.
Here is a front view of the box so you can see the image better.


 For more inspiration for the Fairies and angel challenge at Wags n Whiskers, please visit my dt sisters:

Mariska,  , Angelique, Carolina

challenges I am entering my creation in:
 Sundays with Chrissy - Ribbons Really Reasonable Ribbon - (2 weeks) ribbon and hearts, Marks Finest Paper - use heartsSecret Crafter - with loveTotally Gorjuss - cuddly Copic Creations - (2 weeks) anything new plus Copics (new flowers and embossing folder)2 Sisters (2 weeks) - flowersTuesday Throwdown - ValentineFresh Brewed - Love/ValentinesAud's Sentiments - Love ThemeFor Fun - GlitterFab N Funky - Animal MagicSimon Says Stamp - Bingo (I chose Punch, Embossing and Ribbon)AI Factory - Anything GoesDigi Doodles Shop - Anything GoesSimply Create - Use Your PunchesRandom Amusing Challenge - Use RedStamptacular Sunday (must stamp) - Anything but a squarePaper Sundaes (3 entries) - Favourite challenge from the past year ( (I used #48 Anything But A Square Card)Crafty Pad - Something New (flowers and embossing folder)Aly's Sunday Challenge (2nd week) - Things with wingsStamps R Us (2nd week, 2 entries) - Shaped CardsOoh La La Creations (2nd week) - Bling it onIncy Wincy Designs - Bears, bears, bearsBunny Zoe's Crafts (2nd monday) - Love is in the airPaper Take Weekly - Ribbons and PearlsMy Time To Craft - Spots and DotsStampin' Royalty - anything with wingsPaper Pretties - paper piecingPenny's Paper-Crafty (2 weeks) – anything goesPixie Cottage - SKETCH (see below) & who do you love?Creative Cottage (2 weeks) - shaped cards (no squares/rectangles)Meljens Designs - pink & red (each heart is framed with red glitter paper)  (Do You Stack Up? - pinkFlutter by Wednesdays- butterflies, angels or fairiesWild orchids challenge- going sentimental


Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!! Have a great weekend!

hugs,


YNS NEWS

The end of January is shaping up to be a busy and exciting time for YNS ...


The first piece of extremely exciting news is that Your Next Stamp is going to be at Winter 2011 CHA in LA! WOO-HOO! The event runs from January 29th to February 1st and Karen will be promoting YNS at Booth #4518.


So with CHA in mind, Your Next Stamp will soon be welcoming some new friends to its little family with a fabulous YNS CHA New Release BLOG HOP on January 28th, so be sure to mark your calendars as you really won't want to miss this! But if you'd like a small sneaky peek of who is joining us, hop on over to the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog right now... and while you're there, why not enter the super fun contest to WIN a $25 gift certificate to spend on stamps at the YNS store!



And that's not all... Your Next Stamp now has a Facebook page!

We would love to invite you all to LIKE our YNS FB page so you can be the first to know about promotions, new releases, sales, competitions ... and there may even be the odd quick giveaway! We'd also love to see all your YNS creations, old and new, so why not upload them to our YNS FB wall.

To celebrate our YNS Facebook launch we have 2 special promotions:

1. We have a special 20% off discount code - hop on over to our FB page to grab it (discount ends Jan 31st).

2. We are holding a prize draw just for those of you who LIKE our page. Come on over and sign up by February 1st to be entered into the draw to WIN a $25 gift certificate to spend on stamps at the YNS store.

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