Thursday, February 23, 2017

Michael Trent is Loving on Your Next Stamp

Hello everyone.  My name is Michael.  Twenty plus years ago, I walked into my first rubber stamp shop, and was completely hooked.  This was the beginning of my creative journey with rubber stamps, inks, stencils, markers, and papers.  My first love is card making, but I also try to find time for 3-D projects, mini albums, mixed media projects, and using stencils with my StenDoodle technique, which is doodling with stencils and adding lots of color.  

I fell upon Your Next Stamp a few years ago.  I found their images to be fun, unique, and, because I love to color, their images are perfect for me.  My first purchases were Christmas images and just kept going since then. 

Although I am a 100% New Yorker, having grown up on Long Island and Queens, I currently live in the countryside of Sao Paulo, Brasil, with my partner, Ruy, our 7 dogs, 3 cats, vegetable garden, and our very own rubber stamp store - Cosmo Carimbo e Scrap.  If you want to see more of my creative work or photos, feel free to visit my blog at - on Instagram or on Facebook.  

Don't forget to comment here on Katie's blog and on my blog this week for a chance to win a stamp set from Your Next Stamp.

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Moderncrafty is Loving On Your Next Stamp

My name is Kelsey Arneson from Moderncrafty and I have been a cardmaker for over ten years.  I was introduced to paper crafting through Stampin Up.  In the last few months, I have started my blog and Instagram to share all my paper creations. I am delighted to have been asked to show my love for Your Next Stamp.

I was introduced to Your Next Stamp when I was searching for Canadian rubber stamp companies to support.  I love that I can purchase from a more local source for my hobby.  Their images are very fun and lend a lot of inspiration to create whimsical cards.

I have decided to share a card using one of my favourite Your Next Stamp stamp sets, Holiday Buddies. The recent snowfall where I live has given me a ton of ideas for using this snow themed set.

You can find me on Instagram as Moderncrafty and at my blog

Leave a comment on my blog and Kelsey's for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice from Your Next Stamp.

Happy Crafting,

Monday, February 20, 2017

Loving On - Your Next Stamp. A different kind of blog hop.

This week I should be swamped with life. Monday is scout night for my son. Tuesday I have my final improv class before our student show on Saturday*. A friend is having surgery to fix a broken arm Tuesday and will need help this week. Plus the magazine I design goes to press and print week is always a bit of a bear.

I want to Love on Your Next Stamp but I don't think I will have the time to do it right. So I thought I would open it up and ask for help. This week I will have several guest bloggers here showing their beautiful creations using stamps from YNS. Please show them some love.

My love of Your Next Stamp started a few years ago when I was looking for a die to run through my Cuttlebug that would cut photos down to 3x4 with rounded edges for my Project Life book about our new dog. I used the heck out of that die making journalling cards out of all kinds of things: dealership repair tickets, menus, Christmas cards, and paper scraps.

When I started poking around the website I began adding stamp sets to my wish list and it just keeps growing. It grows much faster than my income. The whimsy level on these stamps is off the charts. I love Dante the dragon, the three wise men, and the dancing gecko (he's next on my list), plus YNS has a nice ass.

I dig this cute little digger. This is colored with
Prismacolor pencils on kraft cardstock.

See they have a cute ass! This card was made with a Go Vote message.
Each donkey represents one of the four candidates that were running in 2016. 

The couch and window are from Your Next Stamp
and the little girl is from Mama Elephant.

This blog hop has an added bonus.  Karen, the owner at Your Next Stamp, has offered a stamp set to one lucky winner this week. So leave a comment to enter and get yourself some of the YNS love.

Happy Crafting,

*Laugh Out Loud student show is Saturday, February 25 at 1 pm. Cost is $5.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Wplus9 - day 5

It's Friday. Woo Hoo!
Time to take my friend to another hospital. Say a prayer she gets the treatment she needs, this has been a long week for all of us.

I'm kind of a sucker for cute critters I can color. (say that 10 times fast) I love making scenes. I initially colored these guys with white masks and couldn't quite figure out why they looked so weird. Google images to the rescue. I really like the tree but I wish it didn't end with a line across the top. The hole in the tree can be filled with a variety of things. The sleeping raccoon in a smaller hole is only one option. The set comes with acorns, a la Chip and Dale. You can also add a bear's head poking out of the tree. I'm sure these sets will get a lot of use.

When I started this week of Loving on Wplus9 I looked through their website at all their sets and saw they had a Papel Picado stamp. Recently I did a project where I made my own Papel Picado but the Wplus9 version was so much cuter and easier to use. I am planning on making a lot of cards with Papel Picado on them. The samples for this stamp set were so beautiful that I ordered the stamp. It arrived yesterday and I had to play with it. Some of that playing isn't worth showing you but I really like the card I finished.

with a sentiment from Bubble Talk

Happy Crafting,

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Loving on Wplus9 - Yes, and…

You know those days when you have a great plan? You have things to do and schedule everything, including a little time for playing with pets and dealing with teenagers, and life says, "NOPE!" That has been my week.

A friend of mine was supposed to be in a week long training session about an hour away from my house. She asked if I would watch her dog and I said, "yes," because my son and I absolutely love her dog. 

On Tuesday my son was running late for the bus and forgot his winter coat (a hoodie would be ok for a run to the bus stop). After school, he got home and couldn't get in the house because his house key lives in his coat. Instead of going to someone's house he protected himself against the wind by sitting in a small garden shed that's the size of 2 garden chairs and is only 4 feet tall. Kids! With time on his hands and nothing else to do he got his homework done. When I got home I told him he had me worried because he wasn't answering the phone. His apology, "I'm sorry for making you worry," was so sincere it warmed my heart.

Tuesday night I go to an improv class, during the conversation after class one of the other students told me I was really funny but I said, "no, but…" instead of, "yes, and…" I felt so bad. It's the first rule of improv this, "yes, and…" thing. I have kept that in mind all week.

Tuesday night when I got home from class my friend who is in training called and said, "I've broken my arm. Can you come get me and take me home?" I said, "yes" and…  I was on my way.  I headed out at 10:30 pm. I drove for an hour praying Google maps would get me where she was before the battery ran out on my phone. I got to the ER and sat with my friend while they poked and prodded and finally put her in a temporary cast. I took her back to her hotel because she was determined to go to the next day's training. Badass right? I headed home and walked in at 3 am.

Three hours later I woke up with dogs walking on me wanting to go out… NOW! I walked the little fuzz balls, made sure my son got up and off to school and went back to bed after texting work that I would be about an hour late. When I woke there was a reply saying, "nothing to do, take the day off." Whew! I went out to run a few errands that I had scheduled for after work and while on the road the phone rang. My friend's pain was too intense, she had not received pain meds in the ER the night before, "Can you take me to the local ER?"  I said, "yes" and…  I was on my way.  Seven hours later, after more X-rays, a new and improved cast, and a prescription for pain meds, I took her home. 

Why am I telling you all of this? 1) bloggers should share a bit about their personal life, be real. 2) I wanted to explain why you hadn't seen other Wplus9 creations this week. 3) I just needed to vent a bit. 

Because of all the aforementioned activities, you will be getting 3 cards instead of one today. Enjoy.

This card was made with scraps of paper from my stash. The banner of party hats and "happy birthday" sentiments were stamped with images from the Wplus9 set Unforgettable. The elephant was stamped on grey cardstock and colored with Copic markers. The party hats were stamped with Stampin' Up! inks and then filled in with an aquabrush. The splatters of ink were made by opening Mister Huey inks and tapping the spray pump instead of spraying it.

Party Animal

When I saw the giraffe from this set on Sandy Allnock's blog I knew I had to add him to my collection. The balloon felt like it wanted to lift this little guy so I let it. Everything here is colored with Copic markers except the blue sky. I created that with Distress ink.

Bubble Talk  and Party Animals

Combining Wplus9 stamp sets works so well because the images have the same feel and are well proportioned. Everything here is colored with Copic markers except the blue sky. I created that with Distress ink and a mask I made with a My Favorite Things Die. 

Happy Crafting,