April 30, 2012

Upcoming Blog Hop Info!!!

& a BIG surprise announcement ......Check back tomorrow!!!

April 28, 2012

Fun Friday YNS - Glossy Accents

My tip for today is to not forget about your Glossy Accents! Glossy Accents is the perfect add on to any card that has liquids, drinks, water etc...
I used Rainy Day Fhiona for my card.  

The puddle at her feet I drew in (it's not part of the original stamp). I then  added the Glossy Accents to really make it stand out.  Adding a water puddle to your stamping is so fun!

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to use that Glossy Accents if you have it.

April 20, 2012

Fun Friday YNS - Think Outside the Box

Today is another Fun Friday with Your Next Stamp!

Today my tip is to think outside of the box (or maybe on the box ? lol) and use laminating for your projects. I purchased my laminating machine at Walmart for 25$ and I love it. I can now expand my horizons and create things that can be for outdoor use. Laminating protects your images and projects, and allows them to stand up to the weather. 

I purchased this awesome birdhouse at Lowes last week for $9. It's made of 100% cedar and very well built.  I'm an avid backyard bird watcher and I have many birdhouses. My 8 acre yard is a certified Wildlife Habitat registered with the National Wildlife Federation, so I encourage the birds to stay permanently once they visit. Each year I add new items to my yard, and this is a new addition for this spring. Of course I had to spruce it up a bit lol.

I left the front plain. I felt adding to the front may discourage the birds from setting up house there if they smelt something with a plastic covering, so I decorated the back instead. This will be hanging in a tree so the back will be very visible as well. 

Here is the now newly decorated back. I figured if I 'welcomed' the birds, maybe I would get lucky and someone will set up house in it this spring. I'm hoping the birds can read :)

   I used the Fhiona's Pet Bird for this. This was so fun to make!  We also have several other BIRD STAMPS that could be used as well or for similar projects. My new birdhouse looks awesome hanging in a tree.

Don't forget, think outside the box and utilize laminating to weather proof your projects! My birdhouse sustained a serious rain storm the other night, and looked fine when I inspected it the next day.

A very cute female Downy Woodpecker visiting one of my Suet Feeders.

Thanks for visiting.

April 11, 2012

Your Next Stamp Blog Hop!!

Today we have some awesome new stamps launching at Your Next Stamp and a very exciting and fun April Blog Hop!

 Blog Hop Starts: Wednesday, April 11 at 6 am (EST)
Blog Hop Ends: Sunday, April 15th at midnight (EST)

If you came here from Kelli's Blog you are right on track.  If not, you can start at the beginning of the Hop at Jen D's Blog.

Hop Prizes – $20 YNS Gift Certificate PLUS 2 secret bloggers will be giving away YNS ScrapFest stamps - Shopper Fhiona and Cropper Fhiona! In order to qualify for the grand prize you need to leave a comment on every blog along the Hop, and that will also give you the chance to win the ScarpFest Stamps with our secret bloggers.

Karen is also offering some awesome bundle deals plus the fabulous YNS Bargain Bin, so make sure you check those both out when you hit the YNS Shop. You can also pick up the fabulous limited addition ScrapFest stamps for 5$ each!!

Today I used the new stamp and die set Cheers and Stylish shoes. 

The drinks included in this set are so yummy looking and took me right to Hawaii and the Tropics. 

I added a little bit of sparkle with my Spica pen and some Glossy Accents to make the glass really pop.  


Your next and final stop is Karen at the YNS Blog. Hope you guys enjoyed the Blog Hop and Thanks for visiting! 

Here is a project I created a while back using the Shopper Fhiona ScrapFest Set. This set will be available for 5$ today as well. It's a fabulous stamp to have for your collections - Who doesn't love to go shopping?!

Thanks again, and I'm really looking forward to everyone's comments!

April 10, 2012

Your Next Stamp Sneak Peek!!

Did everyone have a wonderful Easter? I really hope so. My Mom visited last week from New York (her first visit here to Missouri) and it was really fun and exciting, so Easter was low key for Kelly and I. We spent the day cleaning and planting up our pond lol. We set up the waterfall and fountain. Did lots of plantings and really spruced it all up. I'm told physical labor is good for you - my muscles tend to disagree - hehehe.  

Today I'm showing a sneak peek of a new set that is being released with Your Next Stamp for April. The official Blog Starts: Wednesday, April 11th at 6 am (EST) and Ends: Sunday, April 15th at midnight (EST). Make sure you come back on the 11th to join in on all the fun. 

 Here is Sneak Peek at Latte Ellie!

She is so super adorable! The perfect image for so many cards. Thanks a Latte, Love you a Latte, Latte Love - the options are endless on the Latte sentiments.  


Thanks so much for visiting and make sure come back and see me on the 11th for the official hop and some fun and prizes!