YNS Challenge #51 – Winner

It’s Friday!!! YAY!
I’ve got an exciting weekend planned so hopefully the weather stays nice so we can enjoy our annual family apple picking day! Brandon is super excited and I’m sure I’ll get suckered into buying another HUGE lollipop this year!!! If you’re not sure what I’m talking about click HERE to check out the post from last year.

So do you have any fun weekend plans?

Be sure to stop by here (YNS blog) on Saturday and Sunday for our October DT intros – YAY!

Thank you for joining in all the fun for our paper piecing challenge. We loved all the fabulous YNS projects!

Now let’s find out who our random YNSC#51 winner is…

#2 – Julie E. with this adorable card…
Congrats Julie!!! Email me to claim your prize.

Be sure to check out YNS Challenge #52 – it’s an awesome sketch designed by our very own super talented Kerri Michaud! We would love to have you particpate and share your wonderful YNS creations plus there’s an awesome prize up for grabs!!! Check out all the details and fabulous DT projects HERE!

Enjoy your day!


YNS Challenge #52 ~ A Sketch

Thank you to everyone who played along with Challenge #51 ~ Paper Piecing, we loved all of your creations, come back Friday to see who the lucky winner is!

Peggy here and I am your hostess this week with a super fun sketch by the very talented Kerri!

Before we get started I just thought I would go over the new rules, they’re really easy to follow…

1. You must use a YNS Rubber or Digi Stamp to play along
2. You may enter as many times as you like
3. You are welcome to combine your entry with other challenges
4. Have FUN! We want to see your awesome YNS creations!!!

Karen has decided to bring back the YNS Special Edition Digi Stamps to make playing along easy!!! You can check them all out HERE!

Okay, I love card sketches and this week’s one is wonderful!  Thank you Kerri!

We have a fabulous YNS Prize up for grabs…

One lucky winner will be chosen by random.org to win the awesome *NEW* Light up the Holidays Die and stamp set and the Winner Blinkie to proudly display on their blog!

Ashley (YNS Guest) – Tulip
Remember you MUST use a YNS stamp (digi or rubber) on your challenge card/creation and you can enter as many times as you like, just be sure to enter a new YNS card/creation for every entry.  You have until Tuesday, October 11th at midnight EST to enter!
Thanks for joining us! We look forward to seeing your fabulous YNS creations!!!
Happy Stamping!


Check out all the great specials at YNS!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!!

Just a quick post today to let you know about all the amazing deals at YNS!!!

This weeks deals are awesome!!! Check them out HERE! You’ll notice that I decided to roll with my ‘Your Next” theme and the weekly special, formerly known as ‘Steal of the Week’, is now called ‘Your Next Deal’ of the week YAY!

I’ve got a fabulous Holiday Bundle pack, Ellie Loves to Bake, Space Boy and Cute Witch Ellie all on special this week! WOW!!!

Here are some fabulous samples featuring some of the Your Next Deal stamps…

Ellie Loves to Bake
Space Boy
Spread the Cheer and Snowflake Border (part of the holiday bundle)
Cute Witch Ellie and Happy Haunting (haunted house)

Be sure to check out all the fabulous September release stamps and bundles too! The bundles are only available until September 30th PLUS you get a free stamp of my choice for every $30 you spend at the YNS Store until the end of the month – YAY!

Wishing you a wonderful day!!!


Congrats to our winners!

Happy Saturday!!!

I’ve got 2 prize winners to post today! CCC #2 as well as the Your Next Die hop winner!

Thank you to everyone for their wonderful comments on Carole’s CCC #2 post! I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us on October 18th! YAY!

CCC #2 Prize

The winner of this fabulous prize is…

texasjodylynn who said…
Super cute card, Carole. Your coloring is awesome. And happy birthday from one of your friends who does much better at MAKING the cards than mailing them. 😉 XOXO

I had so much fun reading all your wonderful comments about the new Light Up the Holidays die and stamp set! I’m so happy to know that everyone loves this new die just as much as I do!!! I’ve got some more fun dies up my sleeve so stay tuned for more YNS FUN!!!
Your Next Die Prize
The winner of this fabulous prize is…
Regina who said…I love this and your card!

Congrats ladies!!! Email me to claim your prize!

Have a super fun and creative day!


Light Up the Holidays with Your Next Die!

YIPPEE!!! The day is finally here!!! I’m so excited to finally introduce you to Your Next Die – YNS Die Cuts!!! Woot! Woot! I’ve wanted to bring dies to YNS for over a year now and I finally took the plunge and decided to GO FOR IT!!! Are you as excited as I am? I hope so!!!

YNS Dies are made of quality steel in the USA and are designed to work in all leading die cutting machines like the big shot, cuttlebug etc… These dies can cut through all sorts of different materials like paper (of course), cork, acetate, felt and so much more! YNS dies are a must have addition to all your crafting FUN!!!

Today myself and some of the YNS DT gals are showing off the very first YNS Die…

this die co-ordinates with the Light Up the Holiday Stamp Set designed by Heather Rolin!!!
Wanna WIN this AWESOME stamp set and die??? Of course you do!!! All you need to do is comment on all of the DT Blogs (listed below) and your name will go into a random draw for this Light Up the Holidays stamp and die set. You’ve got until Friday September 23rd at midnight to comment so hop to it!
I’ll announce the winner on Saturday September 24th.
Here is my card featuring the Light Up the Holidays die…
And here is the list of DT blogs you need to visit!!! Trust me you will want to see ALL of these fabulous projects! WOW!!! So much creativity – you will LOVE them all!!!
Karen (you are here)


Remember to leave a comment on ALL the blogs listed above for your chance to win! Plus I’d love for you to leave me a comment letting me know what you think of Your Next Die!!! YAY!!!

Also for the month of September you get a free stamp of my choice for every $30 you spend at the YNS Store so why not hop on over and shop, shop, shop! FUN!

Have a fun and creative day!


A little Something…

If you haven’t read Carole’s CCC #2 post yet you MUST check it out!!! It’s a witty and fun post to read plus she’s got a little giveaway contest for those of you who choose to share an answer to her question!!! FUN FUN FUN!!!

CCC #2 made me realize that I’ve never made a card just for me. I always make my cards/projects with someone in mind but it’s never myself so I decided to create a little something with ‘me’ in mind in honor of Carole’s birthday and this is what I made…

It’s a cute little gift box featuring the very 1st Fhiona stamp that started it all – Shopper Fhiona!!! I LOVE her so much!!! She was the very first design that drew me to Fhiona Galloway Designs and since that day we’ve have added lots of fabulous new Fhiona stamps just like the one Carole used on her CCC # 2 card.
I love the colors Raspberry Pink and Bright Blue so I decided to pair it up with favorite Chocolate Brown card stock! YUMMY!!! I just love that adorable little gift box/bag template too!  Thanks to Kerri I discovered a really fun site called Perfect Presentation – be sure to check it out!
My little gift box/bag wouldn’t be complete without some bling so I added a few YNS Glittered Skittles and some YNS Sparkly Flat Backs along with a little bit of glittered ribbon – FUN! The only thing that’s missing is some buttons…hmmm…maybe next time OR maybe I’ll fill the little box/bag with some yummy buttons!!! LOL
Remember to leave a comment for Carole by Sept 25th for your chance to WIN!!!
Plus don’t forget about our YNS Challenge #51 – Paper Piecing!!! We would love for you to join in all the FUN for your chance to win some yummy YNS stamps!!!
I’ll see you all back here on Thursday with my super fun YNS secret!!! Woot! Woot!

Congrats to…

Our September New Release Hop Winner…

#26 – Lisa G

YAY! Congratulations Lisa!!! Please email me to claim your prize!

Thank you so much for joining in all the September Hop FUN!

Oh wait, the fun isn’t over yet!!! Stay tuned for our extra special SURPRISE RELEASE this Thursday!!! EEK! I can’t wait to finally tell you my super awesome YNS secret! You’re going to LOVE it!!!!

Happy Stamping!



CCC # 2

Welcome to the second edition of Carole’s Creative Commotion! A couple of months ago, when Karen & I were putting our heads together, trying to come up with what has become CCC, she asked me to pick a number between 1 and 31. Since my favorite number[1] wasn’t available, I went with another number I like quite a lot: 18. Karen then informed me that the 18th of each month would become “my” day on the YNS blog. She never asked why I picked 18, and I’ve never told her. Until now.

It’s not a terribly complex: my birthday is on September 18th. In other words: Happy Birthday to ME!!!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t receive a ton of birthday cards. I get a few each year from my stampy friends, but a lot of ‘em are like me – they make cards, but getting them actually sent off in time for a birthday… well, that requires an entirely different skill set. Because of my own time management/organizational issues, I more than understand why my mailbox doesn’t overflow[2].

Most of the time, my birthday gifts or acknowledgments come with a variation on this theme: “There’s no way I can possibly give you a card that compares to the ones you make. So why bother?!” Seriously, I’ve received two gifts (a fabulous red purse from my sister-in-law and a gift certificate for a massage from a dear friend) already[3] with those very words scrawled on note cards! I totally get that. I wouldn’t give a wood-worker a figure I whittled or a potter my attempt at a vase or ashtray. Even though cards are much more ubiquitous than your average craft item, I imagine it must feel just as strange to give a card to a stamper if papercrafts aren’t in your wheelhouse.

Instead of bemoaning my fate, I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own birthday card, just for me. Wanna see it? Okay, twist my arm…

I can tell you unequivocally that this card is 100% me, and at the risk of sounding egotistical[4], I’ve gotta tell you: I love it! Let me count the ways:

1. I used the adorable Bubbly Fun Fhiona image. There are few things in life I like better than a nice warm-to-hot bubble bath. Showers are utilitarian; baths are comforting. There’s something almost primal about a bath, like being a child once more, enveloped in the warmth of being taken care of (instead of being the caretaker, as most of us are in adulthood). I think that’s subconsciously a reason there are so many images of girls in bathtubs in the stamping industry. And, not surprisingly, I think I own most of those images! One can never have too many bathing stamps, in my humble opinion, and this one of sweet Fhiona? Quite possibly the cutest of ‘em all.

2. The pink and green color scheme. As articulated in The Official Preppy Handbook[5], pink and green is the preppiest of color combos, and therefore near and dear to my preppy little heart.

3. See the pink bathtub and pink gingham “wallpaper” in “my” bathroom?

(Because this card is for me, I’m working off the assumption that’s me in the tub, not Fhiona…) I lived in several different homes when I was growing up, but the house my family was in for the longest and that I remember best had a bathroom with a pink tub and sink, a pink tiled floor, and wallpaper with a repeating pink metallic cherubs. I LOVED THAT BATHROOM! And I am determined to have another pink bathroom before I die[6].

4. The patterned paper: gingham & paisley. Gingham + paisley = me to a T. As I type that, I’m thinking to myself “Oooh… ‘Gingham & Paisley’… that would be a good name for a blog.” THAT’S how much I love gingham and paisley, in anything. Particularly patterned paper and shirts. Gingham and paisley are my go-to prints; never out of style and never too trendy – always just right.

5. I love ribbon, and this particular ribbon is by one of my very favorite companies, Doodlebug Designs. Everything Doodlebug puts their name on – from paper to embellishments to ribbon – delights me. Karen and I share this love for Doodlebug, and fortunately you can find lots of Doodlebug products in the YNS store.

6. Though there are several layers on this card, it’s doesn’t have a whole lot of ‘extras’. Sure, there’s a little bling (a girl’s gotta have a little bling, don’t you know, and if she can have pearls bubbling out of her tub, I say “Why not?”), but it isn’t embellished within an inch of its life. I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself a ‘clean and simple’ stamper, but I’m also not terribly complicated. I like a little depth and dimension, some texture, and a doodad or two, but then I’m done. Not exactly sure what one might call my style, but I think this card is representative of it.

7. Finally, if I were to show you the inside of my card, you would see it’s blank. I know it’s popular among many stampers these days to decorate the inside of their cards. While that’s pretty to look at on blogs, I find it highly impractical. A decorated card interior leaves me with little room to actually write a message to the recipient. As you might have noticed by the length of this blog post, I’m a bit too chatty for merely “Love, Carole.”

So tell me: if you were to make a card just for you, what would it look like? What kind of image would you use? What would your color scheme be? How would it be embellished? What would it need to feature to scream “This Is ME!” Leave a comment on this post and tell me all about it. If you do so by September 25th (when Karen will draw a random winner), you’ll be eligible to win this month’s CCC Prize Package, a Bubbly Fun Fhiona stamp and a package of Doodlebug Birthday Celebration Boutique Brads. Good stuff, no? 🙂

Before I leave you, I’ll let you in on a little secret: you don’t need to wait for your birthday to make a card just for you. If you feel like you need an excuse to indulge yourself in this way, I’ve got one for you: you can use MY birthday as your reason. Nothing would make me happier on my special day than to envision you creating something you love, just for you.

See you next month on the 18th!

xo, Carole


[1] My favorite number is 96. Why? Well, Truman (my oldest son) was born in 1996, and Carter (my youngest son) was born on September 6th. Looking at it from that perspective, how could 96 NOT be my favorite number? 🙂

[2] Though I don’t expect a card in the mail, I DO expect all of my friends – whether I’ve met them or not – to send vibrational messages to the Universe, giving thanks and glad tidings that I was born and that they’ve been fortunate enough to cross my path. At a minimum, this message should be delivered on my birthday, but you’re welcome to send it as often as you like. I’ve heard that good things happen to those who send it daily…

[3] The reason I say ‘already’ is that I’m actually writing this while flying the friendly skies on Thursday afternoon. I’m on my way for a girls’ weekend in Minneapolis with three of my BSFs (Best Stamping Friends), one of whom is new YNS Design Team member, Amy Rohl! 🙂 ScrapFest is taking place at the Mall of America this weekend, and we figured that between that and my birthday, we had two great excuses for getting together for a little shopping, dining, and bonding. There may also be a few beverages sprinkled in the mix…

[4] As if the second footnote hasn’t already put the idea of egotism to rest… 😉

[5] I first read the Official Preppy Handbook in 5th grade, and didn’t realize at the time that it was a satire. As far as influential texts in my life, it ranks right up there with The Bible and The Synonym Finder.

[6] Not that I plan on dying soon. I’m a VERY young 42.


Seeing Stars

Happy Saturday Everyone!!
Wendy here with you today. My son Nathan just recently started playing soccer and I am surprised at what an absolute natural he is.  Last week during his very 1st game he scored 4 of the 5 goals made by his team!! He was running up and down that field non-stop like a pro; I had to beg him to come over to the sidelines and take a drink of water.  Oh, and since none of the boys could agree on a team name the coach decided to call them “The ANIMALS” LOL  🙂  So this adorable image Corey the Soccer Lion makes the perfect Thank You card to give to the coach at the end of the season. 
Copic’s Used:
Mane: E50, E31, E25, E35, YR24, E29
Body:  E35, Y26, Y31, Y21, E50
Shirt: V17, V15, V12, V01
Grass: YG95, YG93, YG25, YG21
Oh and see…I even finished the inside!  Yay Me!!  🙂
I’ll have Nathan write his name on the star.  
That’s it from me, but don’t forget that you still have a few more hours to participate in the YNS Too Cute To Spook September Release Blog Hop…CLICK HERE for all the details.  
Thanks for stopping by!!

YNS Blog Hop! ‘Too Cute To Spook’ September Release

Welcome to our super FUN ‘Too Cute To Spook’ YNS Blog Hop featuring our brand spankin’ NEW September release stamps!!!

The hop starts today (September 14th) and will run until September 17th at midnight EST

Before I tell you where to hop starts I just want to say THANK YOU to my fabulous illustrators Fhiona, Franfou and Heather for these amazing Fall Designs!!! They are all super CUTE and the YNS DT and YNS Guests did a FABULOUS job showcasing all the new stamps – thanks ladies!!!

I’m the last stop on the hop so if you have arrived on my blog and you didn’t complete the hop as of yet you’ll want to head on over to the uber talented Kerri’s Blog where all the fun begins! I’ll see you back here really soon!!!

If you’ve been hopping along and arrived on my blog from the super sweet and talented Amy’s Blog then you are on the right track and you’ve made it to the final stop on the hop! I hope you’re jaw doesn’t hurt too much after hitting the table so many times!!! The DT creations are fantastic – YES? CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!

Now before you head off to the YNS Store to shop you’re little heart out I’ve got my hop project to share with you. I decided to make a card featuring the new Spooktacular stamp (which I totally LOVE) and I was supposed to combine it with our current YNS Challenge #51 BUT I got crafting away and when I was done I looked at my card and did the old ‘forehead slap’ and went “DUH” because I didn’t paper piece anything!!! Although I did cover the cardstock shape I cut out in the middle of the card with DP – does that count? Oh, well I’ll make something new for you all and share it later this week!

Side View
Front View

Thank you so much for joining us today! I hope you took the time to comment on all the blogs as everyone works really hard to bring you all these amazing creations! Remember to enter your name into the link below for your chance to win this fabulous YNS New Release Prize Pack…

Now hop on over to the YNS Store and check out all the fabulous deals! I’ve got some yummy bundles all put together to help save you $$ plus I’ll include a free stamp of my choice in your order for every $30 you spend! WOW! So if your order is $30 you’ll get 1 free stamp, $60 you’ll get 2 free stamps, $90 you’ll get 3 free stamps and so on…

Have a fun and creative day!

Just in case you need the hop line up…

Kerri – http://cardsbykerri.blogspot.com/

Dana http://gotjoycreations.blogspot.com/

Jenny P. – http://mylittlestampinspot.blogspot.com/

Jen D. http://iheart2stamp.com/  { YNS Guest}

Wendy – http://sugarpea-designs.blogspot.com/

Peggy- http://cardcrazy.wordpress.com/

Ashley – http://www.hearthugsdesigns.blogspot.com/  {YNS Guest}

Diana – http://doodledeedesigns.blogspot.com/

Jen R. – http://www.tennisgirl27.blogspot.com/  {YNS Guest}

Maureen – http://mycasestudies.blogspot.com/

Carole – http://motherslittlehelper.typepad.com/

Amy – http://inkaboutme.blogspot.com/

Karen – http://www.yournextstamp.com/blog/


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