Pride Month Giveaway

Today we are celebrating Pride Month. I truly believe what the banner above says…LOVE IS LOVE and when you find love your life changes forever and sometimes it’s in a different package than expected. Are you ready for my love story?

Over 2 years ago my husband and I separated; I was happy on my own taking care of our 2 beautiful children, the business and home until I met someone really special who changed my life and taught me what love really is…her name is Judi. I met Judi 19 months ago and I’ve been hiding this relationship for too long. Judi has shown me what it’s like to live again and we’ve survived a pandemic together which brought us even closer. She helped me rediscover the outdoors which I somehow forgot about. I know that may sound strange but I love hiking, biking and kayaking…I haven’t done these things in over 10 years.

It’s important to me to also mention that my kids love her. She has a 7 year old daughter who is best friends with my daughter Jessica, which has been a blessing through this pandemic.

It’s been a crazy year with so many emotions and with us living in what feels like constant lock down in Ontario. I’m so grateful to have someone so strong and loving by my side. I have to admit that I’m such a private closed off person when it comes to social media so sharing my story is a big step for me. Thank you for being here, thank you for reading this and thank you for allowing me to be me. 

Now who’s ready for some awesome RAINBOW inspired projects by the DT and a GIVEAWAY!!!!

YNS Products – Slim Stitched Panel die set | Rainbow Heart die set | Spread Your Wings stamp and die set | Crystal Clear Sparkle Gumdrops

YNS Products – Happy Gnomies stamp and die set | Stitched Rectangles Frame die set | Black Olive Ink Pad
Kerri made this amazing Pottery Gnome! It’s so adorable!!!
YNS Products – Tweet Spring Birds stamp set | Mini Slim Stitched Panel die
YNS Products – Unicorns Rock stamp and die set
YNS Products – Rainbow Heart die set | HUGS die | Stitched Wavy Circle die set | Positive Affirmations stamp set | Magical Pastel Gumdrops
YNS Products – Tweet News stamp and die sets, Mini Slim Stitched Panel Die, Puffy Cloud Border Die Set
YNS Products – Positive Affirmations stamp set | Rainbow Sparkle Gumdrops


We will pick a winner from comments left on YNS blog, YNS IG and YNS Facebook page. Comment by June 26th, the winner will be announced on June 27th.

Thank you so much for joining us today!

Lots of Love and Hugs,




  1. 1
    Anushree Vaish says:

    Such an inspiring journey !! It definitely takes lot of courage to share personal life on social media, Loads of blessings and love to you and everyone supporting you and this novel cause!!

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    Isabel Z says:

    Dear Karen and Judi,
    Thank you for having the courage to share your story; your post touched my heart. I wish you and Judi a life filled with love, laughter, and much joy. You deserve every bit of happiness.

  3. 3
    Raquel Mason says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. Love is love.

  4. 4
    AMY TSURUTA says:

    THIS post is awesome. Karen, thanks for sharing your story. Much love + happiness to you and Judi! #loveislove

    The inspiration is amazing with all the DT projects.

  5. 5
    Alma Dirpaul says:

    Hugs to you for sharing your personal story. Love comes in unexpected ways sometimes. So happy you found love. You love so happy.

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    Jeanne Beam says:

    Thanks for sharing your love story.Wishing you lots
    of happiness ❤️

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    Beautiful Love story Karen… I totally believe that Love comes in unexpected ways… #loveislove …Wishing you and Judi a lot of happiness.. Beautiful rainbow cards from the design team.. Sending hugsxx

  8. 8
    jean marmo says:

    Such a wonderful story!!

  9. 9
    Mary-Anne V says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I am glad you found Judi and that your blended family is happier and stronger! Wishing you a happy future together.

  10. 10
    Maureen Reiss says:

    Thanks for sharing your story, Love IS Love!!!
    Fabulous cards!!!!

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    Karen, your beautiful and touching story gave me goosebumps. I was thrown to the curb two years ago by my husband of 29 years, so I know the heartache involved. I am so happy that you found love again. I wish you, Judi and the children a lifetime of happiness. xx

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    Dee Earnshaw says:

    your love story is so inspirational – so glad you found your ‘true Love’ 🙂
    Hugs to you both

  13. 13
    Kate Dykstra says:

    Love certainly is love – and definitely comes in unexpected packages sometimes. Love should make you the best version of yourself, and it sounds as though the love you share with Judi is doing just that. Thanks for having the courage to share your story. May you all be blessed with continued love and joy!

    And awesome projects by the DT!!

  14. 14
    Nana Griffin says:

    Lovely cards from all the designers.

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    Sharon Gullikson says:

    I especially love the floating gnome, and the unicorns. I LOVE your stamps, and seeing what your ladies do with them.

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    Thanks or sharing your story, Karen. Best wishes for a happy, loving life always.
    The inspiration today is wonderful. Love Kerri’s card as well as her pottery gnome – he is really awesome and fun. And being a bird nerd, I am drawn to Meghan’s tweet card, too.

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    Louise says:

    Fabulous giveaway! Thanks for sharing your story

    • 17.1
      Madeline Littman says:

      Congrats to you for finding love and happiness! Thanks for sharing your story. Love is love!

  18. 18
    terri Scott says:

    Congrats on finding someone new and special for you.

  19. 19
    Cari Scharping says:

    Wonderful cards from the entire DT!

  20. 20
    Mary Nelson says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story of love. I celebrate Pride Month in honor of my sister and a cousin. We ALL deserve live and to be happy. Thanks for your kindness and generosity!

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    Poonam Gaurav Totla says:

    Beautiful gorgeous concept shown in card. Love all the projects of dt members as well as the stamps n dies sets are too die for. Wanna win one of the dies n stamp set hope this time I won, fingers crossed.
    Fab giveaway thanks for giving us chance to win..
    Have a nice day.

  22. 22
    Sarah says:

    Thank you for sharing your personal story. I love the Pride cards I am seeing this month. Everyone deserves to give and receive love, in whatever form it may come.

  23. 23
    Margery C says:

    Love is love. It’s not easy to find that perfect someone in this great big world so celebrate all love. Fun card samples. Adore the pottery gnome!

  24. 24

    What an inspiring story; thank you for sharing it! Love is love 🙂 These cards are wonderful and the pottery gnome is so cute.

  25. 25

    So happy for you Karen. Much love and happiness to you both.
    It’s never enough to have Unicorn stamp sets, as my little one loves them so much. Hugs Bhavya

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    Mary Holshouser says:

    thank you for sharing your story. Glad
    that you have found someone to love
    and support you. The little gnomes
    are darling. The colors behind the
    clouds make a great rainbow.
    thanks again for sharing.

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    karenladd says:

    Wow, the DT always amazes me with their creative and colorful projects, and these just make me smile. Thank you for sharing your story with us. It sounds like Judi and her daughter are just what you needed , and how wonderful that you found love again. Wishing you two the best as you share what comes ahead.

  28. 28
    Fikreta says:

    Thank you for sharing your story.
    I’m happy you have someone special.❤
    Amazing cardsy! Love them so much!

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    ionabunny says:

    Glad you have so much love. Hugz

  30. 30
    Maria Shehan says:

    I love the rainbow colors on all the cards. My favorite is the dark rainbow card with little birds.

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    Kimberly says:

    Love is love! Thanks for sharing and opening up. Keep strong and fight for what you have! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Seriously in love with the designs and that heart die!

  32. 32
    SHartl says:

    These DT cards just make me squeal with delight, and your love story makes my heart full. Congrats to you and Judi on jumping in and grabbing life and love with both hands!

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    Noga Shefer says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story, Karen! You are amazing! I’m so happy for you 🙂

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    Andrea Megan Hastilow says:

    Congratulations on finding love for love itself x You two look & sound very happy together x I’ve decided if you’re strong enough to be honest then I will follow your lead. 19 years ago I met the most wonderful, caring, charming, understanding woman. I wasn’t looking for any relationship, the previous one had burnt me enough. But when tell for her totally & the children loved her, so we set up home together, had a civil partnership when UK law changed & got married when it changed again. My family & close friends know of her, lots of others know I have a partner I adore. But many don’t know she’s a she. I just say partner to avoid trouble but if you can be brave so can I . So from here in Kay is my wife to all that I meet, no more My partner. Thank you , hope you stay as in love as you are now xx

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    KT Fit Kitty says:

    Congratulations, Karen! This is such a heartwarming story and I wish you and Judi many years of happiness together! What an awesome reason to celebrate! Your team’s cards are totally adorable and I love the rainbow colours! Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Carol Wortman says:

    You can hear the pride, love and peace in your words.
    You are strong and are always there for others, putting them first…
    Now it’s your time to be you.. and you is pretty great!
    ….so happy that Judi is in your life.
    (((Hugs))) big breath and Enjoy!

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    Denise Bryant says:

    Thanks for sharing your story! You are so fortunate to have love in your life!

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    JoDi says:

    I love your rainbow cards!!!!

  39. 39
    Judi Samuels says:

    I thought I’d drop in and say “hi” to this pretty cool community. Thanks to all of you for the lovely messages, and for sharing your stories as well (Andrea – I’m looking at you!)…

    Good luck to each of you for the contest – I’m pretty sure I’m disqualified! lol

    Looking forward to contributing more in the near future.

    Have an awesome week!

  40. 40
    Kim Simpson says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your story! Your courage is an inspiration!

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    Danielle Vincent says:

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. There is strength in truth. LOVE is LOVE.
    Thanks also for sponsoring a great prize opportunity. Peace and blessings to you.

  42. 42
    Claire A says:

    Such a brave story to tell Karen – how wonderful you’ve found your true love and have a second chance at happiness! x

  43. 43
    Suz Rose says:

    So glad you found happiness with Judi! What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it with us and for always being such a kind and compassionate person.

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    Fonda Rush says:

    I came out years ago, and I’m so glad I did. Hiding and being afraid are not fun. So glad you came out to your stamping community. Love is love. I hope you have a wonderful life with Judi.

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    tina z says:

    this is such a wonderful post, I love your courage and passion. thank you.

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    Priya says:

    It’s a wonderful post Karen. Glad to know you found someone who loves you for who you are. You are truly blessed to have someone who cares about you and daughter. Wish you all the happiness in the world and zero worries. Along with the story the DT has made some great cards to celebrate and support you. Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway.

  47. 47
    Valerija says:

    Wow, what an awesome post. Thank you for sharing your story.
    Wonderful cards too.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Valerija xx

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    Adrienne Grossbard says:

    Congratulations on finding your true love and for announcing it to the world. I have good friends who have basically hid their relationship from certain family members for close to 20 years and from their employers in fear of repercussions. It saddens me to end that in this day and age that they feel that they cannot just celebrate their lives together openly. Now, onto the cards that I’ve viewed for Pride on your blog, they’re all amazing!! So many different styles —love them! I was not familiar with YNS but happened upon your website/blog through someone else that I follow on YouTube and Instagram!! You’ve gained a new supporter and follower!!

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