Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Joy to the World

Heather is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week, and she's chosen the theme Penguins or Polar Bears - or both! Last Christmas, I received an add-on stamp from my son's sweet girlfriend so I decided to use the stamp to create her Christmas card for this year.

The stamp-edge die used to cut the frame was another gift and I'm not sure where it's from. The "joy" die is from My Favorite Things and the "Joy to the World" is from My Craft Spot. The snowflakes are dies from My Craft Spot with a bit of Wink of Stella added for some glittery fun.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to enjoy the rest of the penguins and polar bears on display! Then link up your own creation to join the fun!

YNS Design Team Dare - Christmas Colour Combo

It's time for the monthly Your Next Stamp Design Team Dare!! As I'm guest designing this month, I was dared to create a project with a favourite Christmas colour combination. I love a variety of Christmas colours, but this year, I've really been taken with blue/turquoise with red and white - so that's what I went with!

I used the NEW Tweet Love Birds stamp set and die as the focal point of my card. I coloured the birds using a few shades of blue and layered them over an embossed snowflake panel. The frame and ornaments, as well as the mistletoe, have some Wink of Stella added for some sparkly cheer. I also added some of the NEW Merry and Bright Glittered Gumdrops for even more sparkle!

Please head over to the Your Next Stamp blog to see the rest of the Christmas Colour Combo creations. Leave a comment while you're there for a chance to win the stamp set of your choice!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

So Joyful - Your Next Stamp New Release Blog Hop

Yay!! It's time for the Your Next Stamp New Release Blog Hop! I'm so thrilled to have been invited to join the fun - and excited that YOU can join in too! Follow the links below to visit other YNS crafters and leave comments along the way for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Your Next Stamp store. The more comments you leave, the more chances you'll have to win!

Last month, I fell in love with the Tweet Holiday stamp set and its darling little birds. Imagine my delight when I opened my November New Release package to find another two stamp sets (with dies!) in the "Tweet" collection!! I used them both right away, with one set to show now and the other to share later in the week. They're perfect for Christmas and winter-themed projects of all kinds!

As I'm behind on my Christmas card creations this year, I decided to create a card with the NEW Tweet Kindness stamp set and dies. I first created a subtle snowy background by stamping some snowflakes with Versamark and using a glitter embossing powder before blending some Tumbled Glass distress ink. After framing my bird in the die-cut panel, I added some of the NEW Merry and Bright Glittered Gumdrops inside some of the snowflakes for some wintery sparkle. I finished everything off with a sentiment (also from the NEW Tweet Kindness stamp set) stamped on a tab from Your Next Stamp's Cute Little Shopping Bag die set.

As always, Karen has a fabulous sale to celebrate the new release! Use the coupon code below to save on your 
Your Next Stamp purchase!

Don't forget to leave a comment before you head off - and then check out the rest of the designers' projects for more inspiration! You have until November 14 at midnight to leave comments for a chance to win the $25 gift certificate to the YNS store.

Your Next Stamp New Release Preview

I'm thrilled to be a guest designer at Your Next Stamp again this month! This means that I've had a chance to play with some of the fabulous new products. I was so, so excited to see there are more "Tweet Birds" (and will show off one of the sets during this evening's blog hop).

I decided to use the FUN new Merry Mouse Joyful Greetings stamp set and dies to create a gift card holder. I can never have too many of those!! Each image in this stamp set has a sweet little mouse spreading Christmas joy in some way. I added some of the NEW Merry and Bright Glittered Gumdrops to add a bit more festive fun to my gift card holder.

And here's the inside! There's a little slit in which to tuck a gift card behind the little mouse adding a star to his tree.

Be sure to come back this evening for the Your Next Stamp blog hop! It starts at 10pm EST - which is when all the new products will be available for purchase too!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sending You Love and Blessings

It's Wednesday! For the past few weeks, I've been getting the days mixed up and end up doing Thursday twice each week (given that I keep thinking that Wednesdays are Thursdays). Hopefully, I get it right this week!

Sandy is our hostess at Little Red Wagon and she's got a fun challenge for us: Harvest Time. We've had a warmer-than-typical fall so harvest has been a bit late for us and I'm still seeing lots of fall decor about. This challenge gave me the opportunity to use a new Gerda Steiner stamp set that I recently won. The mice on the set are adorable!!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created, and then link up your own Harvest Time projects!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

I'll love you OWL-ways

It's my turn to host at Little Red Wagon and I've chosen the theme "Owl about me" - use an owl or a bird on your project.

I've had an owl die in my craft room for quite some time now. It came free with a cardmaking magazine, but I had yet to use it - until now! I used the owl die - as well as a Stampin' Up die for the branch - for my card.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own owl/bird project!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Furry and Bright

Jan is hosting at Little Red Wagon this week and she wants to know "What's red all over?". In other words, she's looking for red all over our projects! Now, I have a confession to make... I was preparing my post during my break at work yesterday when I realized that my card was actually for a challenge in about a month's time! I didn't think I'd be able to post anything today but when I got home from work last night, I got my son settled with some leftovers for supper and then raced to my craft room before leaving for an evening workshop. When I got home, my son was fast asleep but I was delighted to find that he had emptied the dishwasher. I think I did something right raising that boy!!

I just received the Happy Pawlidays stamp set and I'm in love with the little pups! I used one of the stamps for my card - with one of the fun little sentiments to go with it.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon so you can see red too - and then get out your red cardstock, pens and markers to create your own project with red!

I'm linking up my card with Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Christmas Tags

Brenda is hosting at Little Red Wagon and she has told us all to shape up!! No need for concern as we're not being reprimanded. She just doesn't want to see the usual rectangles and squares for our projects.

With Christmas approaching rather quickly, I decided to create a set of tags. I've been so busy lately that it was quite a treat to sit and colour my little images from Your Next Stamp. And I hope I've made Brenda happy by avoiding rectangles and squares!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own "Shape Up" projects.

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Twine is from My Craft Spot (no longer in business) and patterned paper is retired from MAMBI.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Everything Will Be Okay

Jan is hosting at Little Red Wagon again this week, and she'd like to see our leftovers! We've been invited to either post a project that was made for a previous event but not posted, or a project created with scraps. I decided to post a project that I made earlier this year but did not post.

As many of you know, I lost my husband earlier this year. While dealing with his illness, I was reassured that I would be okay - and that everything would be okay. This does not mean that everything would be good. In fact, everything was awful, horrible and terrifying. But I held on to the promise that God was with us and that everything, in the end, would be okay. And even though we continue to grieve, and even though everything has changed and is nothing at all like it should be, everything is okay. We are blessed with the support of so many that I can face each new day - even when I don't know how I'll find the strength to manage. If you look closely, you'll see that I added my name to the top line, although chose to keep it in black ink so it wouldn't stand out too much.

I found the idea for my project on Pinterest and followed the link to a post created by another Kate (found HERE).  I created my art digitally and purchased a frame from HomeSense - my favourite store!! My art is sitting on the table by my front entrance so each day, as I'm heading out and as I'm coming back in, I am reminded that everything will be okay. The card beside the frame is the memorial card that we handed out at my husband's Celebration of Life.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what leftovers the rest of the Girlfriends have posted - and then link up your own projects for the challenge!

I'm also going to link up my project in this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Not a Card.

'Tis the Season to Be Jolly

As guest designer at Your Next Stamp this month, I had a fun time playing along with the DT Dare: Be Merry! The dancing reindeer in the NEW Be Jolly stamp set is probably as merry as they come!

I used my Copics to colour the reindeer - and gave him a red nose like Rudolph! There is a die set that comes with the
Be Jolly set, but I don't have it so I finally pulled out my ScanNCut to give it a go. Once I figured out that it's best to use the colour settings (even when just cutting black outline images), it worked like a charm.

I popped my reindeer on top of a die cut from the largest of the Stick Frame Die set. I actually cut it twice - once from white cardstock and the second from Mambi patterned paper (no longer available) and then puzzle-pieced the bits together.

The sentiment is from the
NEW Be Jolly stamp set too.

Please head over to the Your Next Stamp blog to comment on all the jolly creations posted there. One comment left of the YNS blog will be chosen and the winner can choose the stamp set of their choice from the YNS store. Comments must be left by October 13 at midnight EST and the winner will be announced on October 15. Good luck!

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