YNS Fun Friday – Let’s Celebrate!

This month has been so FUN! The DT and guests have created so many amazing CELEBRATION cards and projects and this week is jam packed full of lots more! YAY!

Just in case you missed out on some of the FUN, here are the links to our other August Fun Friday posts…

We’ve got a ton of fabulous projects for you so let’s all grab a coffee or beverage of choice and enjoy!

Remember to visit the individual blogs for more project details.

Amy RohlSippy
Love the neutrals! Awesome idea!
Field Hockey Fhiona, YNS Puffy Cloud Die, YNS Grass Die
This reminds me of the days when I played field hockey! Such a pretty scene Peggy created! 
 Tracy ValureBaseball Boy
So CUTE! Love this little baseball boy!
 Kim O’ConnellSo Sorry Donkey
Super fun plaid background! Love it!

Diana Genario
Tags Galore One Die and Stamp, Fancy Frame Sentiment
This is a fabulous birthday card! Love the colors and layout!

Jen RoachEllie with Pressies
So sweet! Check out all those awesome dots Jen made using stickles and glossy accents!

Maureen Wong
Mini Yippee Fhiona, YNS Balloon Trio Die
This totally makes me smile! So FUN!

So Sorry Donkey, YNS Puffy Cloud Die, YNS Grass Die
Adorable scene! Love the bright sky!
 Wendy McGaffeyEllie Loves the Beach
So creative and super CUTE!

Thank you so much for joining us today! 

Have a FUN and CREATIVE Day!!!

Let’s Celebrate! It’s YNS Fun Friday!

Happy Friday!!!

This month is all about CELEBRATIONS!

We’re celebrating our 3rd birthday this month,  I love how the YNS DT have embraced this theme and made some awesome birthday projects!

Be sure to visit the DT blogs for more project details!

This is such a fun layout!
Love the bright colors!

This is adorable, amazing coloring too!

Fall Fun Bear and the cake from Runaway Cake
This is so FUN and CREATIVE!

Looking to get inky and WIN some YNS???

Be sure to check out all our fabulous YNS August Challenges!!!

YNSC9 – Color Challenge
YNSC10 – Books
YNSC11 – Anything Goes 

Thank you so much for joining us!

Have a FUN and CREATIVE day!


More August Sneak Peeks!

I’m baaaaaack and I’ve got some more fun and fabulous August Sneak Peeks for you!!!

Click HERE if you missed yesterdays peeks! They’re super CUTE!!! 

Oh wait, before I show you all the fun new peeks have you noticed anything different over at the YNS Store??? Be sure to stop by and check out all our recent updates!!! We now have larger images, more images per page and we made it a wee bit cuter! You asked for some changes…we delivered! I hope you LOVE it!!!
FYI – if you have YNS bookmarked and visit the store often, which I hope you do, *grin* you may need to clear your web cache to see the updates…just thought I should mention this just in case you are having troubles seeing all the fab new features.

Ok now on with the sneak peeks! Remember to visit the individual DT blogs for more info on their peek projects.

First up is Amy Rohl with this stinkin’ CUTE card featuring Feather Duster Ellie designed by Fhiona Galloway! LOL Love the name and the image is adorable!!!

Check Maureen Wong’s fabulous peek featuring one of the new Franfou Designs called Fab-u-licious! There is more to this stamp but you’ll have to wait until release day to see it all!!!

Jen Roach has some adorable baby cards to share with you as her peek at the new Welcome Baby set designed by Heather Rolin!!! 

Tracy Valure our special YNS guest has a peek at the oh so cute Ellie Loves to Fish designed by Fhiona Galloway!

OMG! So much cuteness!!! I can’t to share the entire release with you on August 6th!!!

One more day of peeks and then you can hop and shop til you drop!!! Woot! Woot!

Have a FUN and CREATIVE day!!!


Christmas/Winter in July Week 3

Hi all!

Are you loving all the fabulous Christmas/Winter projects this month?! I know I am! WOW! So many fabulous projects to help cool us down during this hot summer weather!

Did you miss Week 1 and Week 2 – be sure to follow the links to see all the DT eye candy!

Check out all the awesome projects the DT prepared for you this week! Be sure to visit their individual blogs for more info on their fun and fabulous projects!

Love this sweet card! The glittery lights are so pretty!

Fabulous idea for this stamp and die set! 
This set happens to be on SALE – 40% off!!!

This is adorable! Great little gift bag!

Love these mugs and awesome card!

This adorable digi is $2 and only available until August 1st!!!
Super sweet card layout!
 Peggy Toole 
Tall Dome Globe, Seasonal Fairies and Holiday Snow Globe set
How cute is this?! Love the winter fairy in the globe! Cute!

This is our last Fun Friday post for July so stay tuned for our August theme! 

Thanks for joining us!


YNS Fun Friday – Christmas in July – Week #2

Happy Friday to all! 

We are celebrating Christmas/Winter in July so the DT have created some fabulous projects to help cool you down during these hot summer days! 

If you missed last weeks post click HERE to check out all the fabulous winter and Christmas projects!

Let’s see what the DT has for us today! Be sure to visit their individual blogs for more information on their Fun Friday projects! 

Jenny Peterson – Holiday Snow Globe Set
How CUTE is this! Love how versatile this set it!!!
Peggy Toole – Freezy the Snowman
Love this sweet tag! 
Another creative way to use this adorable set!

Our YNS Challenge this week is “Anything Goes” so no excuses, hop on over to our challenge post HERE and join in the fun for your chance to WIN some YNS bucks plus you could be chosen to be our special Rockin’ Guest Designer!!!

I’ll be back later this weekend to share my very first mixed media canvas I made using the new Ann Ellis stamp sets!

Enjoy your weekend!!!


YNS April Guest Designer

Slow down 2012! I can’t believe it’s already April!!!

Anyone excited for ScrapFest???? 

I can’t believe it’s almost here!!! If you’re in town be sure to join in all the fun and stop by the YNS booth to say HI! Stay tuned for more information on some new April release stamps and dies plus the special ScrapFest stamps will return once again but only for a few days!!! More info coming soon!

Now let’s see who our awesome April guest is…

Please help me welcome Kelli Hull to YNS!!! If I was more organized I would have a picture and profile from Kelli but I totally forgot to ask her to share this with me – sorry Kelli! Please be sure to stop by Kelli’s blog and give her a warm welcome to YNS and to learn more about her as she is not only talented but also very funny and she is always making me laugh with her witty comments!

One thing I didn’t forget is to ask her to share a project so she created this adorable card featuring Digger! CUTE!

Thanks for joining us Kelli!

Have an awesome day!


CCC Spring Break Giveaway!!!

Carole’s CCC post is on Spring Break so I thought this would be the perfect time to do a FUN little give away!!!! 
Wanna win one of these awesome YNS stamps???
Never seen before YNS sentiment…
this must be My Lucky Day!
Card design by Wendy Ramlakhan
Never seen before YNS sentiment…
 don’t be fowl, it’s just a # you old fart!

Card design by Wendy Ramlakhan
Since Carole entertains us every month with her wit and charm I thought it would be fun to give a little back to her!!!
All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and/or on our YNS Facebook page telling Carole something funny for your chance to win these hilarious Franfou stamps featuring never seen before YNS sentiments!!!!
I’ll draw a random winner from this post and another from our YNS Facebook page and I’ll post the winners here on March 23rd.
You have until March 22 at midnight to share something funny so let’s get started!!!!

Have a FUN and CREATIVE day!

YNS February New Release Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to our Feb New Release Blog Hop!!!

Hop Starts – Wednesday Feb 8th at 3am EST
Hop Ends – Monday Feb 13th at midnight EST

I’m so excited to share all these fabulous new stamps with you! Thank you to Fhiona Galloway, Heather Rolin and Franfou for these amazing designs and thank you to the YNS DT for all the wonderful projects featured during this blog hop!

January 2011 I released the very first World Kid collection and since then I’ve had so many requests for different kids from around the world which has been so inspirational! Thank you for all your suggestions and support!  

Today as you hop along you will be introduced to…Libby and Tyler from Jamaica, Miyuki from Japan and many more super adorable stamps and dies!!! All of which are available to purchase in the YNS Store starting today! YAY! 

Here is a look at just a few of the new stamps…

If you are just joining in and didn’t arrive here from the talented Wendy’s blog then I’d like to direct you to the first stop on the hop which is the talented Jenny Peterson’s blog and then I’ll see you back here soon! 

Be sure to comment on all the stops as there are prizes up for grabs along the way! I’ll announce the winners on Feb 14th so the more you comment the better your chance at winning some of these adorable new stamps!!! 

If you have completed the hop I’d like to take a moment to welcome you back and say “thank you” for joining us today! The YNS DT work very hard to bring you amazing and inspirational projects so I hope you enjoyed our hop and gathered some fun ideas along the way!

Here is the entire line up just in case you get lost along the way…

Jenny P. – http://mylittlestampinspot.blogspot.com
Kerri – http://cardsbykerri.blogspot.com
Jen R. – http://www.tennisgirl27.blogspot.com
Peggy- http://cardcrazy.wordpress.com
Susan – http://www.susiestampalot.com
Amy – http://inkaboutme.blogspot.com
Jen D. – http://iheart2stamp.com
Diana – http://doodledeedesigns.blogspot.com
Maureen – http://mycasestudies.blogspot.com
Veronica – http://lk2thestarz.blogspot.com
Wendy – http://sugarpea-designs.blogspot.com
Karen – http://yournextstamp.blogspot.com

Before you go… 

I think we should celebrate this hop with a SALE!!! YAY!!!

15% off your entire order!!!
Online Code is YNSFEB2012

Be sure to stop by the YNS Store to check out all the fabulous new stamps and amazing deals!!!

Thanks again for joining us! Have a fun and creative day!


Feb Release Sneaky Peeky Day Two!!!!

Welcome to Day 2 of our February Release Sneak Peeks!!!! 

Today I’m showing you a little snip it from one of the fun new Franfou designs! YAY!

Here is a little peek at the new Franfou image called Aroma

Be sure to stop by here tomorrow to see Amy and Peggy’s awesome sneaky peeks!!!

Have a fun and creative day!


CCC # 6: The Politics of Stamping

Last month, I received a package of YNS stamps from Karen. I had no idea what was in the package. I vaguely remembered a message in the design team forum about signing up for stamps for an upcoming release, but I was a$$ deep in alligators at that moment with finals, the holidays, etc., so I blew it off. After all, I figured, I’m not full-time on the design team. With YNS, I am the stamping equivalent of permanent guest star on a television show; I write my monthly CCC posts, and do a little designing here and there, as time permits. It’s an awfully sweet gig, I’ve gotta say.

So, anyway, I get this package of stamps, and of course, it’s full of wonderful purple rubber and dies. Manna from heaven! Upon closer inspection, though, I spy an image for which I have gone on record MULTIPLE times regarding my ambivalence. Yes, my friends, I see an… elephant. Karen had sent me the Special Delivery set from Jenny Suchin’s new line of stamps.

Now, ordinarily, I’m thrilled with any new YNS stamps I receive because – let’s face it – they’re all adorable. And it’s not that Special Delivery isn’t cute. It’s just that in the U.S., elephants are a symbol of the Republican party, and I am a Democrat with a capital “D.” Seriously. My children are named Truman and Carter (after the 33rd and 39th Presidents, both Democrats), and my husband is the minority leader (and thus a Democrat) of the Oklahoma State Senate. In other words, we are more political than your average bears, and thus, I generally eschew anything with an elephant motif.

That doesn’t mean I avoid having anything to do with Republicans, mind you. After all, I live in the reddest of red states. Oklahoma is the only state in the union in which the majority of people in every single county voted for John McCain, the Republican candidate, in the the 2008 Presidential election. If I refused to be friends with people based on their political views, I’d be a pretty lonely gal. Really and truly, some of my best friends are Republicans. Bless their hearts… 😉

I realize most stampers are able to overlook the whole elephant/donkey thing. (Donkeys are the symbol of the Democratic party, by the way. I could tell you the whole story behind the animal symbolism of the U.S. political party system, but frankly, it’s not that interesting; here’s a link that explains it, if you really want to know.) Then again, most stampers haven’t had to knock on strangers’ doors in 100+ degree heat and beg them to vote for their husbands. To get into my head on this issue, look at it this way: think of where you went to high school or college. Now, think about your alma mater‘s main rival. Would you ever wear a tee-shirt emblazoned with your rival’s mascot? Of course not. The only way an Oklahoma Sooner would be caught dead wearing the orange and black logo of Oklahoma State University is if he or she lost a bet.

Being a Canadian, I’m sure Karen didn’t have a clue about my elephant idiosyncrasy until the moment she read this post. I actually considered mailing the stamp set back to her and explaining why it wasn’t for me, but that seemed a bit silly, and I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to support the launch of Jenny’s line. So last week, when I sat down to stamp something for the YNS/Jenny Suchin blog hop, I had a dilemma on my hands. Should I just make a baby card and ignore the political implications I imbued the stamp with, or should I stamp it like I saw it? Well, you know me: if there’s an elephant in the room, I have to acknowledge it…

I figure I will send this card to one of my favorite Republicans, our longtime babysitter, Larami, who just went back to college after taking a semester off to recover from back surgery. She is absolutely dear to my family, and we think of her as one of our own. Even though she’s a political science major and a proud member of the University of Arkansas College Republicans. Larami will love this card, precisely because she will know how conflicted I must have felt making it. I will definitely recommend she frame it. I know all handmade cards are one-of-a-kind, but this one really is. I can guarantee the likes of it will never be seen again.

You Republicans in the audience don’t have it as bad as us Democrats. For whatever reason, elephant images are everywhere, and have some how become associated with babies. Elephant stamps are inexplicably ubiquitous. Donkey stamps, on the other hand, are as rare as hen’s teeth. Fortunately, though, Karen and YNS happen to have a donkey in their catalog, so I was able to give equal time to the Ds:
I used the So Sorry Donkey image to create this Yankee Doodle Dandy, and colored him in with Copic markers. I created the donkey logo background paper by copy-and-pasting the logo into a Word document, reducing it, and then copy and pasting the reduced size over and over again. I printed the document out with a color printer onto white card stock – easy peasy!

Here’s a close-up of Mr. Donkey, so you can see the coloring a little better:
You can see where I added some strokes with a gray colored pencil to give his fur a bristle-y look, and to give him a spiky forelock. Isn’t he a cutie?

What about you? Are there any images you stay away from? What’s your reason? We all have our biases, and I’d like to feel like I’m not the only weirdo around here. Leave me a comment and let me know, and you just might be able to do a little bi-partisan stamping of your own for FREE! Everyone (regardless of political affiliation 😉 ) who comments on this post by 12:00 a.m. EST of January 25th will be entered into a random drawing to win the Special Delivery and So Sorry Donkey sets!

You know one of the things I love about stamping? It transcends politics. Get two stampers in a room together, and the last thing they’re going to talk about is an election. THANK GOODNESS!

See you next month on the 18th!

xo – Carole


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