YNS Summer FUN!


As mentioned last week we’ve been hosting inspirational YNS Fun Fridays for over a year now so we’ve decided to MIX things up a bit! Look for something NEW and exciting coming in JUNE!!! More details coming soon!!!

Now before we dive into all the awesome DT projects let’s talk NEW RELEASES! WOOT! WOOT! 
 Mark your calenders as we’ve got new stamps and dies coming your way on Wednesday May 22nd!

Our May Fun Friday theme is…

Summer FUN!!!

You’ll find lots of inspirational Summer FUN projects right here at YNS all month long!

Let’s see what the YNS DT have for us this week! Be sure to visit the DT blogs for more project details!
Laura Nehring made a 6×6 Album – CUTE!
Have you checked out our May Tasty Tuesday Challenge yet?!

Click this link to check out our current Tasty Tuesday Challenge!

 Happy Stamping!

Summer FUN Friday!


We’ve been hosting inspirational YNS Fun Fridays for over a year now so we’ve decided to MIX things up a bit! Look for something NEW and exciting coming in JUNE!!!

Our May Fun Friday theme is…

Summer FUN!!!

You’ll find lots of inspirational Summer FUN projects right here at YNS all month long!

Let’s see what the YNS DT have for us this week! Be sure to visit the DT blogs for more project details!
Have you checked out our May Tasty Tuesday Challenge yet?!

Click this link to check out our current Tasty Tuesday Challenge!

 Happy Stamping!

YNS May Tasty Tuesday Challenge

Welcome to our Monthly YNS Tasty Tuesday Challenge!

It’s a new month so that means it’s time for a NEW YNS Tasty Tuesday Challenge and lots more yummy inspiration from the YNS Design Team! 

It also means we announce our April WINNER!!! Thank you so much for joining us!!!

Congrats Heather!!! Random Number Generator chose you!!! 

Email me to claim your prize!!! 

If you’re new to YNS you can find all the YNS Tasty Tuesday Challenge details by clicking HERE. We would love for you to join us!

Our May Tasty Tuesday photo is…

Yummy Cupcakes
Super FUN colors and ADORABLE designs!!!


Each week different YNS Design Team members are sharing their inspirational projects to get your Tasty Tuesday creative juices flowing!!! Please visit their individual blogs for all their project details.

Let’s see all the yummy projects they have for us this week…

Now it’s your turn! We would LOVE for you to join us!!!

Happy Stamping!


Fun Friday – Let’s Celebrate!

TGIF! I hope everyone had a wonderful week and is now ready for a fabulous and fun weekend!  

I’ll be busy this weekend prepping for the new release this coming week! Yep, that’s right…NEW stamps and dies are on the way! YIPPEE! 

Our March Fun Friday theme is…

Let’s Celebrate!!!
Kerri’s card is perfect for our celebration theme!

You’ll find lots of inspirational celebration projects right here at YNS all month long!  

Special holidays, anniversaries, birthdays, special moments and new stamps, new dies too!!

 The DT will be sharing lots of fabulous celebration themed projects every Friday for the month of March!

Let’s see what they have for us this week! Be sure to visit the DT blogs for more project details!

Have you checked out our brand spankin’ new YNS Inspirational Challenge for 2013 called Tasty Tuesday?!

Before you go Let’s Celebrate Spring Cleaning at YNS!!! 

We’ve got lots of fabulous stamps to the YNS  Bargain Bin so hop on over to the YNS Store and grab some awesome deals!!!

 Happy Stamping!

It’s Friday! Let’s Celebrate!

HAPPY Friday!!!
 Our YNS Fun Friday theme this month is CELEBRATIONS!!!

We kicked off August with a fabulous new release blog hop! Thank you for celebrating with us! Scroll down to the next post to find all the hop winners. 

Today is the last day to take advantage of this 
super awesome store discount!!!
 (25% off Aug 6-10, your online code is HAPPY)

The DT has some fabulous projects for you! Remember to visit each individual blog for more details. 

How cute is this little fishy globe!
 So SWEET! Gotta love the mini stamps and dies!
So cheerful and adorable!
Hoot! Hoot! So CUTE!
Love the neutral colors and fab layout!

Before you go I’d like to invite you to join in out super fun YNS Challenges!!! We’ve got 2 going on right now! Check out YNSC9 and YNSC10 for your chance to WIN!!!

Thank you so much for joining us!

Have a fun and creative day!


YNS Fun Friday brings August Sneak Peeks!

Happy Friday!

I LOVE that our Fun Fridays now have a theme! Christmas in July was spectacular so I’m sure you’re wondering what August is all about!!!

Our August YNS Fun Friday theme is…

Today we are celebrating our 3rd Anniversary with some fabulous and fun August Sneak Peeks!!!!
August is our anniversary month and I’m so excited to have all of you celebrating with us! 3 years ago YNS went from a dream to reality when we launched the YNS Web Store on Aug 7 2009. 
We have grown so much over the years…we went from launching 8 stamp sets to now over 250 plus we have our very own line of dies too!  Your love for YNS has allowed for this growth and your feedback has helped us improve and grow on so many different levels.
I’d like to take a moment to share my heartfelt thanks to all of you for making these past 3 years amazing! Your kindness and support mean the world to me! The relationships that have been created, with YNS as the hub, warms my heart – this is what makes this industry amazing! I’ve been lucky enough to meet some of you at ScrapFest, CHA and local store events which are always so much FUN! Some of us may never met due to the distance between us which is why I love that we all have a common meeting ground through the internet to create, share and build friendships – it truly is incredible!
I look forward to many more years filled with fun, friendships, creativity and cute stamps!
~ Karen

Now let’s drool over some new stamps – YAY!
Be sure to stop by the individual DT blogs for more details on their sneak peek projects!
Jenny Peterson has a peek at the adorable new Baby Set designed by Heather Rolin – CUTE!!!!
Dana Joy and our special guest Kim O’Connell are sharing peeks at the hilarious Birthday Owl designed by Dale Simpson. This owl cracks me up!!! The look on his face is priceless! He totally looks like he is protecting his big stack of pressies! LOL
I see that Dana used the Crisscross Border die an Balloon Trio die on her card – so FUN!

Peggy Toole is sharing a sneak peek at one of the adorable new Ellie stamps designed by Fhiona Galloway called Ellie Loves to Fish. This image is so sweet and so is that sentiment!

I see Peggy also used the awesome YNS Puffy Cloud die set on her card! FUN

Don’t you just LOVE the new stamps?! 
Well we aren’t done yet! We have 2 more days of sneak peeks and then our fun and inspiration birthday blog hop is on Aug 6th! We would love for you to join us!!!

Happy Stamping!


I tried something a little different…again!


I’m stopping by to share another fun art project I made this past weekend!

I needed a gift for my dad, the man that has everything! Usually I end up making my Dad a card and buying him a golf shift but this year I thought I would try something different…

Instead of buying my dad a golf shirt I made him a golf inspired canvas art piece and he loved it! 

I was immediately hooked on painting and designing on canvas after I made my Ann Ellis inspired piece and couldn’t wait to bring this golf scene to life!

Warning…there is no stamping on this canvas (sorry!) but this scene is inspired by the YNS Stamp Golf Scene designed by Dale Simpson.

Even though I didn’t actually use any stamps on this canvas I did use lots of crafty materials including the YNS Flower Fun Scallop die, it’s the light green portion of the tree. 

You’ll notice that my canvas is a little on the ‘cutesy’ side. I wasn’t even sure I should give it to my dad after I made it but he knows that my creative style is ‘cute’ and I find it hard to steer away from cute and fun designs so he got a fun and cute canvas for his birthday! Brandon (my 4 year old) thought I should have made the flag with glitter paper…I opted to go with red dot paper instead ;o)

I started off by painting the background and then starting to piece everything together. I used the YNS Flower Fun Scallop for the main part of the tree and then a round punch for the layer under the button. I had cut the tree trunk, the flag and pole as well as the green and used a small scallop and quick cuts tree top for the bushes.

Here’s close up of the texture on the green

Creating the green was my favorite part of this project! 

Here’s how to create the green and get all that awesome texture…

  • hand cut the green using a thick sheet of kraft colored paper
  • coat it with a clear sealer/glue like Mod Podge 
  • stick tiny glass beads to the base of the green
  • once it’s dry you can paint it – I used different shades of green and some brown too
  • after you’ve coated it with paint be sure to dab it with paper towel to soak up some of the excess paint so you can get the nice texture from the beads
  • once the paint is dry coat it again with a glossy sealer

All I can say is FUN!!! I loved making this project and I think my next canvas will be one for my master bathroom! We recently moved and I desperately need to get some colorful and fun art pieces onto our plain walls. My mother suggested using Bubbly Fun Fhiona…love her idea!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Have a fun and creative day!


July Hop WINNER and Window Project!

Thank you for hopping along our July New Release Blog Hop!!! I hope you enjoyed all the fabulous DT projects along with all the fun new stamps and dies available in the YNS Store!

Before I announce the hop winners I wanted to share a little project with you…

I couldn’t wait to pair up the new window dies which coordinate with the existing YNS Window Play stamps designed by Heather Rolin with the YNS box scenes designed by Dale Simpson. 
I really wanted to capture a little window scene that made you feel like you were sitting in a cottage on the lake, I really like how it turned out!

I started by picking out some wallpaper and coordinating designer paper that I thought would make a nice couch material, I went with Jillibean Dutch Mustard Soup, and some textured brown cardstock for the floor. I stamped the couch onto the patterned paper and decided to hand cut it out as close to the stamped line as possible and then die cut out the couch shape so I could glue the hand cut out couch onto the die cut to give me the brown edge around the couch. I felt my light yellow paper needed a little boost and the brown edge gave me the look I was hoping for. I also ‘dirtied’ the couch up a bit using Copics E41, E42 and E43. As you can see I also paper pieced some of the pillows to match the wallpaper.

Then I started coloring the Cottage Box Scene with Copic markers and then trimmed it so that the window from the Inside Window Play Die set would lay on to of the scene. I used 2 window die cuts (without the matching stamp) and glued them directly on top of the cottage scene.  

After I placing all the layers down I felt it needed a little stitching around the wallpaper area so I sewed around the edges prior to pasting everything down. Then to finish it off  I popped up the window with 1 pop dot in each corner and then double popped the couch in each corner of the die cut couch (2 foam dots stacked on top of each other) so that it would sit in front of the window.

I had so much fun making this card that I can’t wait to pair the windows up with the other box scenes – Golf Scene, BBQ Scene, Winter Scene – so many wonderful possibilities!

Alright, let’s see who our lucky hop winners are…

All names are drawn at random from 4 different DT blogs…

Winner from Susan’s Blog 
Winner from Jenny P.’s Blog
 Winner from Dana’s Blog
Winner from YNS Blog

Congrats Ladies!!!

Please email me to claim your Ann Ellis stamp set!

Have a great day!


It’s time for a jam packed FUN Friday Post!!!!

YIPPEE!!! I’m really enjoying these Fun Friday posts! So much inspiration and fun tid bits of info! Every week I ask the YNS DT to share some fun tips that either are random fun facts or tips that go along with there project. If you haven’t noticed already my wonderful team of ladies are not only talented but quite a humorous bunch sooooo with that said…

It’s freezing here in Ontario and snow is everywhere so I thought it would be appropriate to start off this Fun Friday post with Jenny Peterson’s lovely snowy day tip…she emails me and says…”don’t eat yellow snow” LOL I know we’ve all heard that one before but you can’t tell me you didn’t just laugh or smirk at the comment…FUN! that’s what today is all about!

My tip for you today…be sure to visit all of the DT blogs for additional information regarding their fabulous projects and amazing stamping tips!!!

Alrightly, let’s get started!!!! 

I’d like to make a very special announcement!!!! 

We have a new DT member!!!! Woot! Woot! 

Please help me welcome Veronica Zalis to the YNS family!!! So glad to have you joining us Veronica! She made this super sweet valentine card featuring the stamp You Make My Heart Soar! Be sure to visit her blog to give her a warm welcome to the YNS DT!!!

Jen del Muro has used the adorable stamp Apple Cutie and her tip is  about working with sketches – be sure to click HERE to visit her blog to read about her sketch tip! 

Jenny Peterson created this sweet card featuring Flower Fhiona and her hot tip is about paper piecing! She is the paper piecing QUEEN and she even gave me some info to share with you…

‘Paper-piecing is a great way to add personality to your stamped image. You can use this technique to tie in your designer paper used on the card, to assist with staying in the same colour palette if your collection of markers, pencils, etc is limited, or if you aren’t confident in your colouring skills but like to use the kinds of stamps that require colouring! You can even take stamps that aren’t specific to certain occasions and just through paper-piecing you can turn a regular stamp into a seasonal image (ie. use Christmas DP for the clothes of a non-seasonal YNS Ellie or Fhiona, and viola- a Christmas girl!). And paper-piecing isn’t just limited to clothes or accessories- Push the norms and try using it on different elements of the image! For my card, not only did I piece her dress (typical),  I paper-pieced Fhiona’s hair with a wood grain DP! And check out the leaves- they are pieced too! Give paper-piecing a try…the possibilities are endless!!’

Be sure to stop by her blog for more tips on paper piecing!!!

Dana Joy’s project features the oh so sweet Cookie Fhiona! Be sure to stop by her blog to learn more about colouring ribbon using Copic markers!!! COOL!

Kerri Michaud has whipped up some adorable Valentine tags featuring the new stamp set Basket Animals – CUTE!!! Her tip is…

“Adding a handmade tag makes your gift packaging unique and special.  Tags definitely create a WOW factor!”

Be sure to visit her blog to learn more about creating handmade tags!!!

Woweeee! I hope you enjoyed this weeks FUN Friday post! Thanks for joining us!!!

FYI – if you live in the area and are looking for some FUN this weekend be sure to stop by the Scrapping Turtle in St. Jacobs Sunday afternoon! I’ll be there doing make and takes plus they have lots of fun events going on so come on by and join in all the crafting excitement!

Have a fabulous and creative weekend!!!


Day 11 – 14 Days of YNS Holiday FUN!!!

Welcome to DAY 11 of our 14 Days of YNS Holiday FUN!


Day 11
An oh so CUTE Dale Design and ‘Snoozer’ by Franfou Designs!!!

Dale’s holiday owl sure got a lot of attention here at YNS – we LOVE him!!! Check out these amazing DT projects!!!

Kerri Michaud – Holiday Owl
Love these fun bright colors Kerri used on this card! CUTE!!!
Amy Rohl – Holiday Owl
I LOVE this adorable frame Amy made! Check out all the felt shapes she made using the new Happy Holidays Die set and looks like I see some yummy YNS Snowflake Glittered Skittles too!!!
Jenny Suchin – Holiday Owl
CUTE! Love how Jenny put a twine border around the outside!!!
And here is Jenny’s super cute Chalkboard message frame featuring the Holiday Owl 🙂
Isn’t this adorable? You can find the instructions on her blog! 🙂
Really, what’s better than cupcakes and naps! LOL Check out this adorable little bear Snoozer and his super funny, and oh so true, sentiment!!!
Jenny Peterson – Snoozer

Love the blue, black and grey on the card! Beautiful!!!


All of the stamps that have been released during the 14 days of holiday fun are available now to purchase at the YNS Store!!!
Click this link to check out Your Next Deal of the Week!
Here are the current specials…
FREE gift with EVERY purchase
FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $30 to Canada and the US
(enter code YNSHolidays)
(the above specials are valid from Oct 21st – Nov 2nd)
Snowflake Border Stamp is only $2 – while quantities last!!!
Also don’t forget about YNS Challenge #54 – Anything But a Card!
We would love for you to join in all the YNS FUN!
Click HERE for all the details!!!

Today is a PRIZE DAY!!! Here is your prize hint…
It’s a secret ‘OWL’ blogger!!!
All you have to do is leave comments on ALL the blogs and YNS Facebook Page that are featuring the Holiday Owl!!! I wonder who the secret blogger is???

Not on Facebook but want to participate? No worries, just comment on all the blogs and let me know that you don’t have a FB account.

You’ll find out tomorrow who the secret blogger is along with the winner of the secret YNS prize!!!

I’ll see you tomorrow for Day 12!
Have a fabulous day!

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