Design Team Q & A with Carole

Hi, YNS Friends!  It’s Carole Burrage, and here’s more than you ever wanted to know about lil ol’ me.


Q:  Tell us about your family and where you live.

I’ve been married for almost 22 years to my college/law school sweetheart, Sean.  We have two boys, Truman (age 18 and a soon-to-be graduating high school senior) and Carter (age 10 and in the fourth grade).  We also have two dogs – Sweet Pea and Daisy – both of whom are rescue girlies we adopted.  We just moved this past year from Claremore, Oklahoma, where we’d lived for 18 years.  We now reside in Durant, Oklahoma, where my husband is the President of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  We’ve been living in a historic (read: ancient; it was built in 1918) house on campus, but just closed on a house that I am ever so anxious to move into.  We have pretty extensive renovations to complete first, so please: pray for me!

Q: When did you join YNS?

That’s actually a pretty hard question for me to answer.  (Those of you who know me at all realize that nothing is ever simple or straightforward when it comes to yours truly.  I like to think of myself as a riddle wrapped in an enigma, but I’m probably just a garden variety PITA.) I’ve been stamping with YNS products since 2010, and shortly thereafter Karen and I struck up an online friendship (I can’t believe we STILL haven’t met in person!  That must be remedied soon.) I guest designed for YNS, and guested for a few YNS blog hops, and for a year or so, I even had a monthly column, of sorts, called “Carole’s Creative Commotion” on the YNS Blog.  In 2013-2014, I took a stamping hiatus for a while.  By late 2014, I was ready to return to my beloved images and inks, so my buddy Karen created a spot for me on the YNS design team and I’ve been happily playing with the talented gals on the team ever since.

Q: What are your favorite YNS images?

I am a huge fan of all things Fhiona, especially the awesome World Kids collection.  I can’t resist Cory’s Critters and Friends (his big-eyed characters remind me of the Muppets, whom I love dearly).  I adore kawaii (especially food with faces!) so that means Macy Wong’s illustrations are among my faves, as well.

Q: What are your favorite color combos?

I lurve me some bright colors, and given the opportunity to use all ROY G. BIV of the rainbow, I will elect to do just that.  As for a single color combo that always makes me a little giddy to see?  I’d have to go with my longtime go-to, the perfectly preppy pink & green.  In my Lilly Pulitizer-ized version of the world, this combo would reign supreme.  Even my remote control would be pink & green, just like the one in this card I created using the new For the Boys stamp set and the Circles Die Set.

CB YNS Take Control

Here’s a close-up of this cute channel changer:

CB YNS Take Control close up

For more inspiration using the For the Boys set, head on over to our Pinterest page.

Thanks so much for letting me share a little of my cluttered mind with you.  Next week you’ll have the oh-so-awesome privilege of getting a peek into what makes Boss Lady Karen tick – good times!



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    Kim B says:

    Super cute card!!!! Good luck with yiur renovations!!!

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    YourNextStamp says:

    Carole, it’s always a joy to see what you have to say! We really do need to bring back your CCC post :o) Love your fav color combo, it’s not a combo I tend to go for but you make it look so delish! Thanks for being apart of my awesome and fun YNS journey! Get those renos done and then invite me over for drinks! xo

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    What a delight you are Carole!! Loved learning new things about you and I do wish you lots of luck during your renovations!! You will be in my thoughts!!! As for your wonderfully fun and cool card – I love the colors and that remote control is ADORABLY COOL!!! Si fun and just a great card!!!

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    Millie says:

    Absolutely adorable!!!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting With Creative M

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    D~DesignsByDragonfly says:

    It was fun getting to know a little about you. Your card is sooo cute. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,

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