YNS Challenge 12

Hello!!! It feels like forever since I posted on my blog! It has been a crazy few weeks for me. First I was busy getting ready for the new release hop – winners to be announced tomorrow – I hope you all love the new yummy stamps!!! and then my computer decided to have a little melt down and went for a visit to my lovely repair guy for 7 days!!! Plus I’ve been working on more new releases which you are going to just LOVE!!! OMG I’m just so excited and I can’t wait for you to meet our newest addition to YNS! That’s all I’ll say for now…you’ll just have to wait for the announcement :o) Anywho it feels awesome to be back blogging, creating and sharing so let’s get to it!

Today is YNS Challenge #12! YIPPEE!!! It’s also St. Patrick’s Day so HAPPY ST. PATTYS DAY!!! I’m part Irish and can’t believe I don’t have St. Patty Day stamps (note to self – create some for next year). I debated making a creative card using lots of green and shamrocks but I ended up with a brown and blue card instead which just happens to be one of my most favourite color combos!

Cabio is our wonderful hostess for Challenge #12 and she has challenged us to distress our cards and creations so I decided to ‘frey’ or should I say distress the edges around the blue cardstock and around the hugs sentiment. I used the gerber daisy from Rosemary’s Garden which just happens to be named after my Mom (look for a special new release just for her coming soon) and the hugs sentiment is from the Greeting set. I just love cute things so I just knew I had to add the adorable little dragonfly brad from Doodle Bug :o)

I hope you join us over at the YNS Challenge blog for your chance to win some YNS bucks!!!

Have a wonderful day!



Easter and Mother’s Day New Release Hop!!!

New Release Day is finally here! YIPPEE! Today you will be introduced to our 6 new Easter and Mother’s Day stamp sets! Our illustrators Fhiona and Dale have created some adorable and fabulous stamps that I’m sure you will love! Thank you ladies!
To check out the new sets at the YNS Store just click on the links below…

The Starlets have some serious eye candy for you and this time we decided to make one of the Starlets a secret blogger – FUN! We will reveal one lucky winner of the secret prize after the hop on March 18 so be sure to leave them all comments as you hop along for your chance to win! Plus be sure to stop by the last stop on the hop which is the YNS Challenge Blog and follow the directions to enter the Grand Prize of 2 new release sets!
The hop starts here at my blog and I’ve made a card using the Fhiona’s Easter Basket stamp set and of course I just had to sneak in some of my new favorite embellishment Ultra Fine Flower Soft!!! I used the Raspberry Fizz for the easter grass in the basket.  And yes I finally got a sewing machine although by the look of my ‘not so straight’ lines I don’t think I’ll be making clothes for Brandon anytime soon! lol If you would like a closer look at my creation just click the photo to blow it up to the extra large blogger size :o)
Your next stop on the hop is Starlet Maylee!
Here is the hop order just in case…
Karen – you are here :o) 









Beth (Guest Starlet)

YNS Challenges – YNS Challenge #11 all about using a BIG bow on your card or creation – enter our challenge and you’ll get 2 entries into the hop grand prize! Check out all the details on the YNS challenge blog

Thanks for joining us and also thanks for helping spread the word by participating in our Grab Our Cute Blog Hop Badge Contest – random draw winner will be announced with hop winners on March 18 so there is still time if you would like to participate! I really appreciate all you do to help spread the word about YNS!
If you missed our contest and don’t want to miss our next fab contest and would like to stay up to date on all the YNS announcements please subscribe to my blog to receive email updates, the subscription box is located in the left side bar. You don’t need a blog to subscribe – just an email address – YAY!
I {heart} all your comments and I just might be the secret blogger so before you go remember to leave a comment and enjoy the hop!!!

Grab Our Cute Badge Contest!

Yep you guessed it! It’s time for another amazing YNS Starlet Blog Hop! YIPPEE!!!

To join in the fun and be entered in our Grab Our Cute Badge Contest all you need to do is…

1. grab our cute badge from the side bar

2. put the cute badge on your blog

3. come back here and let me know you’ve done steps 1 and 2

Then your name will be entered in a random draw for some YNS stamps!!! YAY!!! I’ll announce the winner of this contest at the end of the hop on March 18 along with the hop winners.

Ok now off you go, we need your help to spread the word about our super fun blog hop coming up on March 3rd!

Thanks everyone!



I found a new love!


I fell head over heels in love with Ultra Fine Flower Soft tonight!!!!! The shipment arrived at Your Next Stamp today just in time for the release date and I just had to start playing right away! It is sooooo easy to use…a dab of Flower Soft glue…a sprinkle of ultra fine flower soft…and voila beautiful dimension added to your creation! I LOVE IT!!! Yes, I am yelling right now and jumping around the room – lol actually I’m really only yelling quietly because my son is sleeping in the next room. Can you tell I’m excited?!?! Also can you tell I’m a Flower Soft first timer? lol That’s right I had never used it until tonight and it’s awesome!!!

Here is my creation…

I used Fhiona’s Pet Bird stamp along with a the sentiment Happy Spring which is a little sneak peek at one of the sentiments that will be released this Wednesday – YAY! I stamped them both on Prism Simply Smooth White cardstock, the purple cardstock is from the Crisscross Light cardstock pack, the cream cardstock is from the Prismatics Nautical Blue Accent Pack and the DP is Spring Garden by Doodle Bug. I cut the bird out with circle nesties and then before putting the card together I colored the cute bird in with Copics and used the Ultra Fine Sage Flower Soft on the branch leaves – don’t you just think it looks so COOL?! Then I topped it all off with a little flower brad from the Doodle Bug Easter Brads Set and some ribbon.

Have a fabulous weekend!!!



Bright and Fun!

WOW! We went from feeling like Spring here in Kitchener to a major snow day! I ventured out to get the mail yesterday afternoon and the snow was already half way up to my knees – that’s crazy! I guess the duck ducks won’t be back anytime soon – lol
So with all this snow I felt like creating a bright and fun card with the Zebra from the Wild Birthday stamp set. I’ve been wanting to make this zebra anything but black and white for awhile and this card seemed just right for a teal and purple zebra! I even made my own background paper with some reinkers and a sponge.

I hope you have a bright and fun day!



In the mood for Spring!

It’s a beautiful day here in Ontario and we just got back from a nice walk to the pond which is still frozen but my son who is 21 months old is convinced that the duck ducks {that’s his wording} should be back from vacation and swimming in the pond by now! lol Well they weren’t there yet and I’m sure we’ll have to go back tomorrow to check again. I don’t mind though, I really enjoy the nice weather and being able to go outside without feeling like you’ve got icicles hanging from your nose! Although the forecast does call for a ton of snow tomorrow! With that in mind I decided to continue dreaming about Spring weather and play around with some more Spring themed cards which just happens to be the theme for YNS Challenge #10 – YAY!

I’ve used the Franfou Design stamp Bee Stings along with the Hi! sentiment from the Mixed Bag of Greetings set. The pretty dp is Brellas and Wellies Stripes.

I hope you are having a bright and happy spring like day!



New Release Winner

Thank you for stopping by and checking out the new releases and letting me know which ones you like best! Sounds like everyone enjoyed them all!!! YAY!

The winner of the random draw is…

Lysa who said…”They are all too cute to pick just one! Love Fhiona’s pet bird & dog!”

Congrats Lysa! Email me for your $20 YNS bucks online code!

Keep your eyes open for the March new release blog hop announcement! Fhiona is hopping around YNS in her new bunny costume so this is a hop you won’t want to miss!



YNS Challenge #10

It time for YNS Challenge #10! YIPPEE! I just love challenges and truly enjoy seeing everyones creations each week!
Starlet Anglea is our wonderful hostess for challenge #10 and she has asked us to make a card or creation using spring colors! I just love spring time and with all the snow and cold days here in Ontario I was quite content crafting while dreaming of Spring!
I’ve used Fhiona’s Yummy Cake stamp along with Prism cardstock and this lovely Cupid Pink Paislee DP that I love!!! I loved it so much I used both sides of the paper on my card and decided to finish my card off with some ribbon, beads, a yummy brown felt flower and a matching brad.
If you missed the new release on Monday you still have time to enter my new release contest for your chance to win some YNS bucks and check out all the adorable new images!!!
I look forward to seeing all your fabulous Spring creations!!! Be sure to hop on over the YNS Challenge blog to join in the fun!

February New Releases!!!

It’s new release day – YIPPEE!!!
I’ve got some fabulous eye candy for you today!! I just love bringing you new releases! Thank you Starlets for all your amazing creations and a big thanks to our Illustrators Fhiona and Franfou for creating these adorable images!!! YAY! 
Today I’m introducing you to Fhiona’s Pets and Treats as well as 4 new Franfou designs! All the Franfou Designs come with a little personality bio so be sure to check that out on the YNS website by clicking on the more info cloud.
Scroll down and enjoy all the wonderful creations and then post which new release is your favorite for your chance to win $20 in YNS bucks to put towards stamps over and the YNS Store! I’ll announce the random draw winner this Thursday.
If you would like more information on the Starlets creations please click their name link above the card to visit their blog and if you would like to see the stamp set in the YNS Store just click the stamp name link. ENJOY!!!
Want some YNS Stamps????
Until Wednesday February 17th at midnight EST I’m giving away a FREE Stamp or Stamp Set of your choice with orders over $60!!!!
Just enter your stamp choice in the comments section during the checkout process!!! YIPPEE!!!
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed all the fabulous new releases and creations! Remember to post your fav new release below for your chance to win $20 in YNS bucks!!!

New Release Monday – Sneaky Peeky!!!

Monday is Family Day in Canada and President’s Day in the US so what better way than to celebrate with some super cute new releases!!!

I’ll be displaying all the Starlets awesome creations here on my blog on Monday so I thought I would share a little sneaky peeky of my card with you today!

This is a peek at Fhiona’s Pet Fish – CUTE!!!

Be sure to stop by Monday to check out the all the new releases and for a chance to win some YNS bucks!!! YAY!!!

Have a great weekend and a loving Valentine’s Day too!!!



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