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Powder Pink Spotlight…

Seriously love this new shade of pink…an alternate name for it might have been Fairy Dust Pink…but that’s just me.

Today’s new InColor spotlight falls on Powder Pink and the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.  These floral patterns in the new InColors give you endless opportunities to create gorgeous cards…

The challenge for me is to use a piece of each pattern…

a glamour close up…

a side view for dimension…

and a peek inside (got that last DSP design in!)

If you love Blushing Bride pink (which I definitely do!) this new pink is lighter and softer in shade.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Powder Pink Cardstock, plus Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Sahara Sand and Powder Pink
  • Stamps:  Colorful Seasons
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The first layer of Powder Pink CS is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to the card front with SNAIL
  • The second layer of Fresh Florals DSP is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The diagonal DSP layer was cut 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Place one top corner on paper cutting line and the opposite bottom corner and cut diagonally.  Add one layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Cut a piece of Pink Powder CS 2-5/8″ x 3-5/8″ and a piece of Thick Whisper White the same size.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black on white layer and chair stamps using Sahara Sand and Pink Powder.  Attach these to layers together askew then add to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside the Powder Pink layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ as is the Thick Whisper White layer.  Attach these two layers together askew with SNAIL.  Fussy cut floral design and add with SNAIL. Add DSP strip at bottom of Whisper White layer 1/2″ x 3-1/4″ with SNAIL.
  • I didn’t take a pic of the coordinating envelope, but the envelope flap was lined with the Fresh Floral DSP

We are still decompressing for our whirlwind weekend trip to NYC and processing everything we were able to fit in such a short trip…amazing!  Because this trip was 100% kid oriented, we didn’t get to the 911 Memorial which I really wanted to see.  Guess Sweetums and I will have to go back!

Hope you are having a terrific day…today was Stampin’ Up!’s Demo Pre-order day!  This demo was up early to get my picks processed and on their way.  So many beautiful things to share with you.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

all day every day…

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


Life Looks Beautiful…

Today is the last of this series of cards using the Beautiful You stamp set, but certainly not the last time this set will be used.

In addition to the images in this set being somewhat retro (which I love!) the sentiments are so expressive for today times.

Here’s the card…

and a close up of the masking…

You can catch a peek here of the envelope flap with coordinating Designer Series Paper.

So just like the two cards recently posted, this one too uses the masking technique.  Would you like to give this a try?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Falling In Love Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Sky Blue and Smoky Slate
  • Stamps:  Beautiful You, Gorgeous Grunge (splat) Wherever You Go
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Post It Note, sponge, Blender Pen


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The DSP layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Whisper White layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Cut a piece of copy paper this same size, make a slit in center with snips and tear away the shape you want to sponge on your card front layer.  Add SNAIL to all corners and around torn edge.  Take away most of the sticky with your fingers then add this layer on top.  Stamp girl image in Archival Basic Black.  Then stamp again on Post It and “fussy cut”.  Add SNAIL to back, take away the stickiness and add this over the girl image.
  • Now sponge over the area exposed with Soft Sky.  Stamp bridge in Smoky Slate and sun rays in Daffodil Delight and Gorgeous Grunge in Soft Sky.  If you stamp and drag the rain effect is achieved.
  • Remove mask from girl and color with ink that has been transferred from ink pad to the lid of the pad and a Blender Pen.  Here dress is Blushing Bride as is a lighter color for her skin.  Hat is Daffodil Delight.
  • Remove bigger mask and stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Do you love it?  Masking (I say this all the time) is my favorite stamping technique!
  • Add this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • Inside there is a 1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of DSP attached with SNAIL along bottom edge.
  • The flap of the envelope has been covered with coordinating DSP.

I bet you are wondering if that lil’ baby arrived yet…nope!  He has his own idea of when he wants to celebrate his birthday…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Or you could stamp…and be HaPpY!



Hello Succulents…

How many ways can you love a bundle?  The Oh So Succulent Bundle on page 21 of the Occasions Catalog has to be one of the top sellers in this catalog.  This bundle confirms my original thought when seeing it…there’s nothing you can’t make from paper…

Today’s post uses an old technique with a new product to perfection…

In the background is yet another project with this bundle…

Stamped or three dimensional this set is right on trend.

A close up of the coloring technique that keeps the colors vibrant on the Crumb Cake cardstock.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits on this card and the coloring technique…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake and Whisper White Cardstock
  • Ink:  Craft White
  • Stamps:  Oh So Succulent and Water Color Wishes Kit Stamp Set (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Succulent Framelit Dies, White Embossing Powder, Water Color Pencils and Black Micron Pen (size .005) or substitute Project Life Journaling Pen


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Whisper White layer is 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Crumb Cake layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Before attaching to card front over Whisper White with SNAIL, rub surface with “stamping Buddy” and stamp plants in bottom right corner with solid stamps (not outline) in Craft White Ink along with sentiment of your choice in Craft White Ink.  Cover with White Embossing Powder and heat.
  • Using SU! water color pencils, color plants.  I used Daffodil Delight with Old Olive for shading and Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry plus Bermuda Bay and Pacific Point.  I did not use water on this project, but there will be one in a day or two.
  • Lastly, the border is drawn by hand with a Black Micron pen and a window sheet cut 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Draw around any images that fall within that space.  Add dots to border
  • Inside the card there is a layer of Whisper White 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.

Without the layers of Craft White Ink and Embossing, you would not be able to maintain these vibrant colors.  It’s just a little bit of magic.

I want to say to all my blog readers…You are AWESOME!  I love all the comments and getting to know you and the types of projects you are interested in seeing and learning.  It’s such a help to me when searching for new ideas and it helps me learn new things too.

And know that there is always an open invitation for you to join my team.  In fact we have a virtual card making class and meeting (well…we will be chatting while we play) coming in the next couple of weeks.  Why not come along with us?  Signing up isn’t a life decision…it’s a no brainer!  Especially during the Sale-A-Bration months of January, February and March with free products and no obligations.  I’d love to talk to you if you are the least bit interested…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

and grow!

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


You & Me…

On a regular basis cards are made and sent to my sister who suffers with Alzheimer’s Disease.  She has been in a care facility for over five years now.  She is such a beautiful person inside and out.  She will enjoy this one…


How sweet is she?  Because this is so visual and something she will recognize, I know she will love it.

This card showcases the Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper…lots of fun to work with.  And you can see the coordinating Washi Tape holder…holds the tape perfectly!  Got this idea from Sam Hammond earlier this week.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder and Whisper White Cardstock, plus Affectionately Yours DSP
  • Ink:  Soft Suede, Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Playful Palette and Thoughtful Banners
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Duet Banner Punch


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Watermelon Wonder layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to card front with adhesive.
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ attached to Watermelon Wonder layer with adhesive
  • The first vertical layer is Crumb Cake measuring 2 1/4″ x 5 3/8″ attached with adhesive to card front just right of the left edge of card.
  • The next vertical DSP layer is 2 1/8″ x 5 1/4″ attached to the vertical Crumb Cake layer with adhesive.
  • The second smaller vertical Crumb Cake layer is 1 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ attached to card front overlapping first vertical layer centered top to bottom and set over 1/2″ to right.
  • Stamp the artist easel on Crumb Cake cardstock with Soft Suede ink and “fussy cut”.  The photo was cut 2″ square with a 2″ square of fun foam glued to back and then to easel frame.  Add easel to card front tilted to left.
  • Stamp Banner with Soft Suede on Very Vanilla cardstock and add sentiment. Then punch with Duet Banner Punch.  Also punch a Crumb Cake and Watermelon Wonder banner.  Glue together and then attach to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ layer of Watermelon Wonder with a Very Vanilla layer 3 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ attached with adhesive.  I used the sentiment “Our friendship is a work of art!”

So maybe this will add a little ray of sunshine for her this week…she deserves all she can get.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


all.  the.  time…

I’ll be HaPpY today ’cause I’m inky!


Come Sit With Me…

This set featured today is in my top five favorites in the new catalog.  Want to see a peek?

Here you go…


and the inside…


Can you stand it?  This is the cutest set and the sentiments are so sweet.  I can see myself using not only the images but the sentiments over and over again.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White and the new in-color Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
  • Ink:  Craft White and Basic Black for stamping and Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Emerald Envy markers
  • Stamps:  Sitting Here and Timeless Love (garland)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Embossing Powder, White Chalk marker


  • The Crumb Cake base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Flirty Flamingo layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ attached to card front with adhesive
  • The Crumb Cake top layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Stamp swing and flower garland in Craft White Ink, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Color in flowers and leaves with Chalk Marker then with colored markers.
  • Stamp pillows on Whisper White and color with new In-Color markers.  Fussy cut and emboss on the back with the end of the chalk marker and anything with a round end to give them dimension.  Add dimensionals to back and arrange pillows on your swing.
  • Stamp sentiment in Basic Black
  • Stamp kitty on Whisper White, color with markers and fussy cut.  Emboss from the back the same as pillows.  Stamp cat where you want him to be on your card front then place fussy cut kitty over it.  Add a shadow under the kitty with Crumb Cake marker or any other color that works for you.
  • Inside there is a 3″ x 4″ Flirty Flamingo layer with a 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ Whisper White layer.  Repeat the pillow technique from cover and place in bottom right corner.

Seriously this is one of my favorite cards…hope you like it and will be inspired to give it a try.  The new sets will all be available on June 1 when the new catalog goes live.  If you need a catalog and aren’t currently working with a demonstrator, let me know and I’ll send you one.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Here’s your “B-ism”…


It can get you in trouble too…

Are you inky?  then Be HaPpY!


Vintage Leaves Watercolor…

Making a fall themed card was the furthest thing in my mind today…but this beautifully colored piece of watercolor paper was sitting on my desk…

Then this happened…


That just makes me feel cooler looking at those fall colors.  Well, shoot, when you consider we will be getting the Holiday Catalog next week,  an autumn card in the middle of summer doesn’t seem that odd.

These leaves were cut from a piece of watercolor paper that had been sprinkled with Ken Oliver’s Color Burst dry pigment and spritzed with water.  However, if you wanted to use reinker instead, you could spritz the watercolor paper first and then drop reinker on the paper and let it do it own thing.  Either way you’ll get beautiful fall leaves for your card.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this one…


  • Paper:  Delightful Dijon, Bermuda Bay, Very Vanilla and Tip Top Taupe cardstock, plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Tip Top Taupe, Memento Black and Soft Suede
  • Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Amazingly Artistic and Netting background
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Vintage Leaves Framelits


  • The Delightful Dijon base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Bermuda Bay layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″, attached to card front with adhesive
  • The Tip Top Taupe layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″, stamped with the Netting background stamp in Tip Top Taupe (2nd generation) then any of the other stamps in the Amazingly Artistic set you like.  Use Soft Suede for the fern leaves.  Attach this layer with adhesive.
  • Stamp the dragon fly using the “rock ‘n roll” method in Delightful Dijon and Bermuda Bay on a scrap of cardstock and “fussy cut”.  Cut some dimensionals for the wings and set aside.
  • Stamp with Memento Black and the Vintage Leaves stamp set on your watercolored paper and cut out with framelits.  Attach the two larger leaves with tombow glue.  Add dimensionals to the smaller leaves, tie with Linen Thread and add to card front.
  • Add dragon fly to card front.
  • Inside there is a 3 1/2″ x 4″ Very Vanilla layer stamped with one of the leaves using the “rock ‘n roll” method.
  • You can see the envelope has also been stamped to coordinate with the card.

Sometimes it’s the little things…

So Zoe did “kill” her Minion yesterday.  It finally quit yelling MONDAY! and now she couldn’t care less about it.  She wants a new one…nope.

Things here are crazy in the studio.  Finished all my classes on Monday so I can make a big mess and not have to worry about it.  My goal is to leave it clean…ummmm, not sure that will happen by the looks of it right now though.

I will be sharing snapshots from Salt Lake City each day on my facebook page at Rambling Rose Studio.  If you’d like to search and “like” it, I’ll try to keep you up to date while I’m there.  It will be so exciting to reunite with friends made over the years…that’s the BEST part of convention…but so much of it is just fun.  I’m sure Shelli (the CEO) will be greatly missed this year.  That part will be very different.

Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for taking time to stop by my studio.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


It’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!

Have an inky day…Be HaPpY!





Mojo Monday Entry…

Had every intention to post this card yesterday.

Then I lost the no line circle…looked forever and never found it.

Went to Plan “B” and repainted that circle for today’s post.

Honestly, how can you lose something like that you just had a minute ago?

So here is the card I had planned to show you yesterday…today.


This is my third try at no line water coloring.  Loving it!  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this one…


  • Paper:  Blackberry Bliss and Whisper White cardstock, plus watercolor paper and Painted Petals Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  Memento Black (sentiment)
  • Stamps:  Peaceful Petals and Happy Watercolor
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Circle Framelits, watercolors and brushes.


  • The Blackberry Bliss base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The DSP layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and attached to card front with adhesive
  • The vertical DSP layer is 1 1/2″ x 5 3/8″, the Blackberry Bliss vertical layer is 1 5/8″ x 5 3/8″.  Attach to DSP with Tombow Glue
  • The two smaller circles are 1″ cut in half.  Attach with Tombow.
  • The Horizontal DSP layer is 1″ x 4 1/8″.  The Blackberry Bliss horizontal layer is 1 1/8″ x 4 1/8″.  Attach to DSP with Adhesive and to card front with Tombow Glue.
  • The largest Circle of watercolor paper is 2 1/2″.  Use the circle framelit that will give you the best look.  Stamp your image on watercolor paper with Daffodil Delight and paint with watercolors then detail with black pen.  Attach to card front with fun foam cut the same size as background piece.
  • The sentiment is 1 3/4″ stamped on watercolor paper with Memento Black and attached to Blackberry Bliss background.  Attach to card front with three stacked dimensionals.
  • Inside I have a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ Whisper White layer with a DSP strip at the bottom to coordinate with the card front.

This sketch layout was this week’s Mojo Monday where I plan to post this.  I though it was an interesting layout and love the way this DSP worked so well.  It’s only available til the end of the month in case you need it.

So….the big brown truck came again today with my new product order….squeal!!!  Tomorrow’s post should be a good one.  Be sure to stop by.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Get inky…Be HaPpY!



Butterfly Wishes…

Here’s a technique you might enjoy trying.  It’s made with the Basic Butterfly stamp set and framelits.

I love the effect of the butterfly flying right out of the front of the card.  Here’s how you do it if you haven’t tried it yet…


Isn’t that pretty?  I purposely left the sentiment off until this card is ready to be sent.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Basic Black and your choice of DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Basic Butterfly
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Basic Butterfly Framelits


  • The Very Vanilla base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Basic Black layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The top Very Vanilla layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Cut a Basic Black butterfly and set aside.
  • Position your top Very Vanilla layer on a cutting pad on top of the magnetic board.  Now lay down the butterfly framelit and position the top cutting pad from the midpoint of the framelit out.  Run through the Big Shot.  Turn the magnetic board around and reposition the top cutting pad so that you are cutting the other side of the butterfly leaving the center uncut.
  • Adhere the Basic Black layer to the card front.
  • Adhere your DSP of choice to the center of the Basic Black layer.
  • From the back of your Very Vanilla layer, place the cut out Basic Black butterfly.  Add Tomboy glue to the back of the butterfly and Very Vanilla cardstock and attach to the card front
  • Stamp the smaller butterfly on a scrap of Very Vanilla and cut with framelit.  Attach to top of Very Vanilla butterfly.
  • The antennae are hand drawn.  The center of the butterfly is a long skinny triangle of Basic Black rolled from the fat end first and glue with Tomboy.  Glue to center of butterfly.
  • You can see I have stamped some of the smaller butterflies to the envelope to coordinate.

This is really an impressive card in person.  I hope you will give it a try.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Oh words!  I love the Minions…

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!


You Are Amazing…

It’s spring and the pollen in the air is thick as pea soup.

Seriously, you can look in the distance and the air is Daffodil Delight!

Celebrating spring with another Painted Petals card in blues…


Painted Petals is a stamp set I loved at first sight and was my favorite in the Occasions Catalog until I saw Butterfly Basics with its matching framelit (which are back in stock in case you were waiting for yours).  This week I’ve kept this Painted Petals set out on my table and picked it up over and over.  Hope you enjoy…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…


  • Paper:  Whisper White and Bermuda Bay cardstock
  • Ink:  Pool Party and Coastal Cabana, Pear Pizazz and Memento Black
  • Stamps:  Painted Petals
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Soft Sky Seam Binding, Linen Thread and Basic Pearls


  • The Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • The Bermuda Bay layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Stamp the sentiment in Memento Black just up and to the right of the midline
  • Use Post It  notes to mask off a 1 1/2″ area across the card
  • Stamp leaves and flowers over the mask then remove.
  • Attach the seam binding around this layer, make bow and tie with Linen Thread.  Attach with glue dots.  If you need the video, it’s here.
  • Add pearls to bottom right corner.
  • Attach this layer to the Bermuda Bay layer and then to card front.
  • Inside I have a layer of Bermuda Bay with Whisper White over it and some matching flowers stamped to the left.  Also stamped the envelope to coordinate.
  • Don’t forget your personalized stamp on the card back.

This makes another excellent “all occasion” card for your stache.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope you have picked up some inspiration for your own creations.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


And…I do love to sing.

Get yourself inky…you will be HaPpY!


A Happy Thing…

People often ask what my favorite technique in stamping is…there are so many, but I always answer “masking”.  Amazing things can be accomplished with a simple masking technique.

Now I’m not saying today’s card is amazing, but I really do like the way it turned out.  I found the sketch online and then with a single, simple stamp created this grouping.  Of course, the Blendabilities help so much with the coloring.  Here is the card…


This card could be used for many different occasions, but typically I leave off the sentiment until I’m ready to use the card.  Inside I did use the sentiment in this set that reads “love life”.  This card sketch came from MOJO372 or you can check out if you want to see some terrific stamping.  Are you interested in the Stuff ‘N Digits?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  Whisper White, Crushed Curry cardstock plus Birthday Bash Specialty DSP
  • Ink:  Memento Black and Blendabilities Pens Daffodil Delight and Old Olive
  • Stamps:  A Happy Thing (FREE with a $50 purchase)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Dot EF (retired) you could substitute Decorative Dots (I just wanted to repeat dots from DSP)


  • The base Whisper White card is 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″
  • The first Crushed Curry layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • The center layer is 3 5/8″ x 4″ Crushed Curry and 3 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ DSP
  • The stamped layer is 2 7/8″ x 3 1/8″ Crushed Curry and 2 3/4″ x 3″ Whisper White
  • Adhere the large Whisper White layer to the large Crushed Curry layer.
  • Emboss the next Crushed Curry layer and attach to top left corner of previous layer.
  • Add crisscross linen thread to this layer piece and attach to card front
  • Layer DSP on center Crushed Curry layer and attach to card front just under linen thread on dimensionals.
  • Now stamp your single image on a piece of copy paper and “fussy cut”.  Add the smallest amount of adhesive to back (tap with finger to make less sticky)
  • Stamp your image you want to be in the forefront first.  Cover with “fussy cut” piece and stamp the second image to the side and slightly down.
  • Leave your original stamp covered and stamp another image to the left of the original stamp.
  • Lift your mask and see you masterpiece appear!
  • Now use your Blendabilities Pens and color your little heart out.
  • Inside this card (why do I always forget to take a photo) I have a layered Crushed Curry with Whisper White.  A little linen thread crisscross at the bottom and stamped “Love Life” in Memento Black.
  • Don’t forget your personalized stamp on the back and maybe line the inside of your envelope or the flap with the DSP to coordinate with the card front.

Wasn’t that fun?  Keep your little mask you “fussy cut” stuck to the inside of your stamp case and it will always be handy when you are ready to stamp.

Today was the coldest day yet here in the South…1 degree when I got up this morning!  My fur babies thought I was nuts when I opened the door and said “Go Potty!”  They just stood there looking at me and said “Nah! I’m not doing that.”  Seriously doubt I’ll get my walk in today.  I don’t mind the cold so much, but the wind is howling too.

Hope you enjoyed this card today and give masking a try if you haven’t done it ever or in a while.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


That’s good ’cause I laugh at myself all the time…

Get those fingers inky…you’ll be HaPpY!