Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Little "Me" Time

Brenda is our lovely hostess at Little Red Wagon this week, and she'd like to see projects inspired by New Year's resolutions.

I used to read a LOT. When I returned to graduate school in 2010, I still read a lot, but most of it was for school and because I had to. I enjoyed my research, but I got to the point that reading wasn't as fun and I slowed down on reading for pleasure. This year, I plan to take time to read books for fun, entertainment, and escape into other worlds! I have bought a number of books so am all set - although I'd be happy to hear of any recommendations from you too!

I used Your Next Stamp's "Me Time" to create my little scene, which includes a comfy chair for reading and a bookshelf with lots of selection!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see how the rest of the Girlfriends have been inspired by their resolutions and then link up a project of your own! We always love to see what you create!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sending Hedgehugs

Happy 2017! I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday. I'm back to work today. Unfortunately, my husband had a stroke on Christmas Eve so we ended up postponing Christmas for a bit. He's doing much better now and we're hoping that he'll be discharged from the hospital soon.

Jan is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she wants us to celebrate the NEW! She's pretty easygoing about your interpretation of the word NEW. It could be a project to celebrate something NEW (i.e., new home, new pet), you could try something NEW (i.e., a technique) or you could use something NEW (i.e., Christmas crafting supplies that you're trying for the first time). I received a few new goodies (included in the photo) so put them to use for this project, combining them with some items that I already had.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon and link up your own NEW project. We'd love to see what you create!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

It's the Moose Wonderful Time

A new challenge starts today over at Little Red Wagon. Our hostess is Sandy and she is seeing stars! At least, she wants to see stars. Please use a star on your Little Red Wagon project this week.

I have spent the past couple of weeks proctoring final exams at our university's Centre for Academic Testing. I'm exhausted!! I was fortunate enough to have a few minutes here and there to do a bit of colouring while waiting for students to finish writing and made these fun cards. On the top of each tree, I added a shiny star created with a little star die (retired from My Craft Spot) and gold foil cardstock.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created. We'd also love for you to link up your own creations with stars too!

I'll also be linking up my cards in this week's Simon Says Stamp "Make it Sparkle" challenge.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Joy to the World!

I'm delighted to be hosting this week's challenge at Little Red Wagon!

I admit to singing Christmas carols since November this year. I love the old, traditional ones that my Gran used to sing and I love the contemporary ones that I'm just learning. I thought it would be fun to incorporate Christmas carols and songs into this week's challenge and am asking that you use a line from one of your favourite Christmas carols in your sentiment (or somehow incorporate a line into your project).

For my card, I let some graphic paper do most of the work but added a little angel (although I think she might be a fairy-turned-angel with her wand!) to announce the joyful news of the first Christmas. My Christmas carol is "Joy to the World". How perfect that I had a sentiment with just those words!!

Please check out what the rest of the Little Red Wagon Girlfriends have created for this challenge and then link up your own Christmas carol/song project! We can't wait to see what you create (and know that I'll be singing your songs up here in Canada)!!

I'm also delighted that Paper Garden sent me a box full of envelopes to use for my cards! Paper Garden has an amazing variety of colours and shapes available. The envelope I used for this card is a standard A-2 Natural Kraft with a pointed flap.

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The sentiment is retired from My Craft Spot.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Santa Snow Globe

Santa Claus is coming to town! That's what Brenda has us singing this week at Little Red Wagon. She's challenging us to create projects with Santa (and/or Santa's elves).

I enjoyed colouring my little Santa for this challenge. It's hard to believe that Christmas is less than three weeks away! I have a few more stocking stuffers to get and some baking to do and then we're set. It snowed on Monday so it's even beginning to look a bit more like Christmas too!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to check out all the Santas! While you're there, link up your own project in this week's Santa Claus is Coming to Town challenge!

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The sentiment and banner are retired from My Craft Spot and the candy cane paper is from my stash. The candy striped side bar was supposed to be red and white but I smudged some ink so blended everything... I don't like it quite as much but the recipient will never know!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Yeti for Christmas

It's Donna's turn to host at Little Red Wagon this week, and she has chosen the theme Chilly Friends for us. Chilly friends are friends who typically live in cold climates, such as penguins and polar bears. I'm hoping that yeti are considered friends too, as that's what I've used on my card.

Given how cute this yeti is, I'd say he's a friend!

Please head to Little Red Wagon to see what Donna and the rest of the Girlfriends have created. Then, link up your own Chilly Friends creation. We'd love to see what you make!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Joy to the World

Brenda is this week's hostess over at Little Red Wagon and she wants us to Sparkle and Shine! You can interpret that in lots of different ways - from stars and candles, to glitter, to metallic papers and more!

I decided to use some different metallic papers to put together a couple of Christmas cards. I heat embossed my sentiments in gold and silver for some added shine too!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created. Don't forget to link up your own projects. We want to see you Sparkle and Shine! 

I'm linking this up for this week's Simon Says Stamp challenge too!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Lean on Me

Thanks for your kind comments on the diagnosis of my husband last week. It was a difficult week with the start of chemo but this week is a bit better. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

It's time for another challenge at Little Red Wagon and Sandy has picked this week's challenge: It's Emboss-able! You can use wet or dry embossing - or both, like I did.

I used some sweet little hedgehogs from My Favorite Things to create my card. I stamped the back window panel with a woodgrain stamp and then dry embossed the two windows behind the hedgehogs. On the top right window panel, I heat embossed the sentiment. Unfortunately, some of the embossing powder stuck to the ink used for the woodgrain, so I salvaged things by splattering white and black paint!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created. Don't forget to link up your own embossed project too!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Your Thoughtfulness

It's Wednesday already! This week, Heather is our hostess at Little Red Wagon and she is challenging us to use her fabulous sketch.

I used some pretty papers from a pack I've had for ages to create my card. The oval is from a My Favourite Things die and the sentiment and flowers were created with retired products from My Craft Spot. I still love all my My Craft Spot goodies!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to check out the rest of the Girlfriends' takes on this week's sketch. Then, be sure to join in the fun by linking up your own project!

We recently learned that my husband has Stage 4 adenocarcinoma of the gastro-esophageal junction. This has come as such a shock as he is otherwise incredibly healthy and fit. We are devastated. For those of you who say prayers, please pray for our family as we adjust to our situation. My husband is my very best friend and my heart is broken to know our time together is limited.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Thanks So Much! Die Cuttin' Divas Guest

I'm delighted to be this week's guest designer at Die Cuttin' Divas! This week's theme is Fall Harvest, and anything fall-related goes. I have been needing lots of thank you cards lately and used some of my favourite dies from My Craft Spot (no longer in business) with some distress inks to create my card.

The sentiments are also from My Craft Spot.

Please head over to Die Cuttin' Divas to link your own fall-themed project! As long as you use a die-cut of some sort, you're good to join the fun! Check out the other projects created by the fabulously talented team too!