Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bicycle Birthday Card

Happy Wednesday! This week at Little Red Wagon, Donna is our hostess and she wants us to celebrate the boys in our lives by creating masculine birthday cards. This is the perfect opportunity to create something for one of the men in your life - whether young or old!

I created my card using the Beautiful Ride stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp. The banner, HAPPY stamp and birthday word die are all products retired from My Craft Spot.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have made and link up your own masculine birthday card too!

I'm also linking up my card to this week's Simon Says Stamp challenge: Anything Goes.

Thanks to those of you who have been thinking of and saying prayers for my husband. He remains in hospital. This weekend was an especially difficult one and he ended up being sedated due to severe pain. However, he's starting to do a bit better and was even able to have a bit to eat yesterday.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Your Next Stamp - April Feature Day

I'm sad that my month of guest designing for Your Next Stamp is coming to an end. I've had so much fun creating with new release products as well as items I've already purchased in the past. This is my last "official" post but you can bet I'll have more Your Next Stamp projects posted in the future! I'm a huge fan of the stamps and dies and have a wish list for more!

Today is April Feature Day on the Your Next Stamp blog and this month's theme is "Little Ones". The design team has created projects related to anything little - babies, little stamps, little cards, etc. I decided to make a little thank you card set (3.5 x 4.75) using some of my favourite little stamps and dies from Your Next Stamp.

Be sure to head over to Your Next Stamp to see the rest of the "Little Ones" creations. While you're there, leave a comment for your chance to win a stamp set of your choice!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Shoeper Awesome

Have you played along in the latest Your Next Stamp Sketch and Colour Challenge? There's still time to join the fun!

I usually prefer to follow sketches over colour themes for challenges, but when I saw the colour combo, I had an idea that just wouldn't go away! I used the fabulously fun "Shoeper Awesome" stamps and dies from Your Next Stamp to create a set of little thank you notelets. During my husband's stay in hospital, people have been so incredibly kind so I've got lots of thank you notes to send!

I coloured up the shoes and cut them with a coordinating die. The background was made with Mustard Seed Distress Ink and a paintbrush. Once dry, I stamped the stars (also from the Shoeper Awesome stamp set) in the same colour.

Please head over to the Your Next Stamp blog for more details on the current challenge. We'd love to have you play along. You might even win a gift certificate to the YNS store!!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Paws and Enjoy the Moment

It's Brenda's turn to host at Little Red Wagon and she's encouraging us to celebrate April Showers. Anything with rainbows, rain boots, rain clouds or even umbrellas is welcome as part of the challenge.

I have had a very busy week as my husband was rushed to hospital on the 10th and will be there for at least another week. I wondered if I would even have a project for today but am doing my best to take time for myself in the midst of all the running around. I'm glad I did! It was peaceful to play with some new goodies which recently arrived from Simon Says Stamp. I've also got some projects lined up for Your Next Stamp and will be working on a couple for CropStop too. It's good to have creative distractions!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created, and then link up your own April Showers creation!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter Lamb

This week, Jan is wishing us all a Happy Easter over at Little Red Wagon. She wants to see your Easter projects! If you've got a card, a treat box, home decor, a scrapbook page or anything else you've made for Easter, we'd love for you to link it up in this week's challenge.

I used my new All About Ewe stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti to make my card. I've already made a few projects wit bunnies so decided to create with a sweet little lamb this time.

I designed my card around this month's Confetti Sketch for You to Try and will be linking up there too.

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*The banner was created with a My Craft Spot die (retired).

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Thinking of You-Calyptus

Happy Tuesday! I've been excited to post this card which I made for a wonderful friend of mine who's currently going through a bit of a rough time. She messaged me today to say that it arrived safely, so I'm good to post!

I used the You're Koala-fied stamps and dies from Gerda Steiner Designs to create my card. I just love the fun sentiments on this set!

I'm entering my card in this month's Share Your Designs Challenge at Gerda Steiner Designs.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Happy Birthday to My Beastie

This weekend has flown by! My husband has been quite ill but was able to get up for a bit today so we're thankful for that. He's to begin another round of chemo soon and we're hoping that will make a huge difference for him.

I did have some time to play this afternoon and created this card for the latest MFT Sketch Challenge #327. I'm also going to enter it in this week's Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge: Happy Birthday. My BFF is having a birthday later this month and we always joke about yeti so I'm sure she'll be happy with her "beastie" card!

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Friday, April 7, 2017


Have you had a chance to play along in the latest sketch and/or colour challenge at Your Next Stamp? There's still a week to play for your chance to win a gift certificate to the YNS store.

I recently attended a baby shower for my son's girlfriend's sister and made this sweet card to pop in the gift bag. I had so much fun putting this together! I started by smooshing some ink on the Cool Tag Four tag and then splattered some more drops of ink. I used the Lots of Dots Edge stamp - twice - on my mat, once with VersaMark and again with Tumbled Glass distress ink.

The sweet little monkey and sentiment are from Stacked with Fun. I popped the tag on my card after adding some crinkle ribbon and jute string to finish it off.


I've linked up my card at this month's CropStop challenge too!

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The crinkle ribbon and jute string are retired products from My Craft Spot.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Texture Paste Easter Egg

Please click HERE if you are looking for my Your Next Stamp post.

It's time for a new challenge at Little Red Wagon. Heather is our hostess this week and she's got an Egg-cellent challenge for us - use eggs on your project. I used an Oval of Flowers stencil to create a pretty "egg" for my Easter card.

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

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The little pearls are from my stash.

You Are My Happy Place

It's time for this month's Design Team Dare at the Your Next Stamp blog. Each member of the design team (including this month's guest designers, like me!) are taking inspiration from a book while featuring new release products.

When my daughter was younger, she LOVED the book Lucky Ladybug by Muff Singer. Lucky Ladybug went around the garden and pointed out how lucky she was to have all her friends. At the end of the book, Lucky's friends told her that THEY were the lucky ones to have a friend as wonderful as Lucky. There was a little squeaky Ladybug that was part of the book too. Anyway, the little troll with the ladybird on his head (from the NEW Insanely Happy stamp set) reminded me of Lucky Ladybug! I also used the Funky Line Panel Die for my background and added a little something extra using the Mini Heart Ink Splatter stamp.

Please head over to the Your Next Stamp Blog to check out the rest of the awesome design team creations - and the inspiration behind them. When at YNS, leave a comment for your chance to win a stamp set of your choice! You have until April 7 to comment. Winner will be announced on the Your Next Stamp blog on April 9.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Claw-ful Without You

I'm up on the Your Next Stamp blog today with an introduction as one of this month's guest designers. I'm so excited to have been invited to spend the month with such a talented group. Plus, I get to play with lots of Your Next Stamp goodies!! Yay!

I put together this clean and simple card using the NEW Scratch Pad stamps and dies. This set is such a fun one! I chose the adorable image of the peeking cats, coloured and cut it and added it to the window in my panel. I stamped a sentiment and have a quick but sharp-looking card!

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Your Next Stamp April Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the Your Next Stamp April Release Blog Hop!! I'm so excited to be taking part with the YNS team this month. There are so many fabulous new products - something (and then some) for everyone!! I am in LOVE with the NEW Aquarium Antics stamps and dies, as well as the fabulous NEW Fish Bowl Shaker die set. I don't typically make many shaker cards, but this die set made it all so easy for me!

The fish, fishfood and sentiment are all from the NEW Aquarium Antics set and I used the Fish Bowl Shaker die set for the Fish Bowl, gravel bottom and seaweed.

I added some of the NEW Enchanted Forest Gumdrops to the top of my fish bowl for a bit of extra fun.

I made some tags with the NEW Cool Tag Four die set. There are four different sizes of the tag and I used the largest and second smallest for my tags. I also used the NEW Aquarium Antics stamps and dies again. This time, the little fish bowl was created with a stamp and die. And the turtle on the smaller tag... I just LOVE him!! The "Hug Time" sentiment is from the NEW Insanely Happy stamp set.

For those of you who can't wait to get shopping, don't forget to enter this month's code for 20% off your entire purchase! You can use the code up until April 6.

Please look below for the blog hop line up. There's a $25 Your Next Stamp gift certificate up for grabs. The more comments you leave before April 4 at midnight, the greater your odds of winning. Please leave a comment for me below and then hop away! Winner will be announced on the Your Next Stamp blog on April 6.

Your Next Stamp April Release Preview

I'm SO excited to be joining the talented Your Next Stamp team this month as a guest designer! New products are coming out tonight (April 1) and we've got some fabulous sneak peeks for you! Be sure to come back at 10pm EST tonight to take part in the blog hop!

I made two cards for the release preview. For the first card, I used the NEW Insanely Happy stamp set and NEW Flower Blossom Trio die set. There are four different trolls in this set. I'll be sharing another one in a few days. And, if you look closely, you might be able to tell that I used the Checkered Edge stamp from last month's release on the grass.

For my second card, I used the NEW Crazy Shapes panel die for my background. I stamped the cut-outs with the Stripe-tastic Edge stamp and fit them all back in their spots. I then used the Fancy Thanks word die for my sentiment and used the Crazy Shapes panel die for the extra dot at the end of my sentiment.

Please be sure to check out the other sneak peeks by starting at Your Next Stamp. There are lots of AMAZING new stamps, dies, papers and Gumdrops! Then, head back tonight (or even tomorrow) to work your way through the blog hop for your chance to win a Your Next Stamp stamp set!!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Just Be-Paws

I can't believe it's Thursday evening! This week is flying by. In fact, the entire month has flown by.

I made this card for my middle guy - just be-paws!

I just learned that this is National Crafting Month in the US. Simon Says Stamp would like to see what we've been working on. I also created this card for the final day of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

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The heart embossing folder is from HMK Cards and the little fishtail banner from a My Craft Spot die.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Happy Easter

Welcome to Wednesday! March has flown and it's hard to believe that April is just around the corner. Sandy is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she's chosen the theme Hippity Hoppity - use a bunny (or something that hops) on your project.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see how the rest of the Girlfriends have met the challenge - and then link up your own hippity hoppity creation!

I'll be linking up my card in this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.

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The die used to create the grass and the pink sequins are from My Craft Spot (no longer in business).

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

You are "Plane" Amazing

Happy Wednesday! We're back safely from our holiday in the Dominican where we had an AMAZING time! It's time for another challenge at Little Red Wagon and I'm thrilled to be this week's hostess. I've chosen the theme "It's clear to me" and I'm asking that you pull out your transparency or acetate - or include a window - for your creation.

For my card, I went with some transparency for the front. I have to admit that Mandy (Happy Scrappin') taught this technique in a card class years ago - so the idea is all hers! The plane image is adhered to the front of the clouds whereas the sentiment is inside. However, because of the transparency, the sentiment can still be seen. I gave this card to our pilot once we landed safely. (Actually, I gave it to a flight attendant to pass along.) Whenever I fly, I like to give the pilot a thank you card as I can't imagine the task of being responsible for so many souls.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own "clear" project! We can't wait to see what you create!

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The transparency is left-over from my teaching days when overhead machines were still used!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bag with a Tag

Mandy is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she wants us to "Tag It". You can either use a tag on your creation or simply create a tag or two for future use. I used a Tiny Tag die (retired from My Craft Spot) in order to meet the challenge requirements.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the tags that the rest of the Girlfriends have created. We'd love for you to then link up your own "Tag It" project!

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The tag dies and twine are retired from My Craft Spot.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Pot of Gold

We'll be leaving for Toronto as soon as I get off work this afternoon. Our family of five has been very generously gifted a 10-day holiday to the Dominican Republic - flights and accommodation! We feel so incredibly blessed for this opportunity to spend time together and my husband has been cleared by his medical team to fly. Our flight leaves tomorrow morning so we decided to stay near the airport tonight. I'm looking forward to sun, sand and ocean waves!

Donna is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she's got quite a challenge for us - use plaid AND polka-dots on our projects. I recently ordered some paper packs from Worldwide Scrapbooking Supplies and the Pot O' Gold paper came in very handy. In fact, I let the paper do the majority of the work for this card!!

The sweet image is actually part of the paper pack. The dies and stamp that I used are all retired products from My Craft Spot.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see how the rest of the Girlfriends have met the challenge - and then link up your own plaid and polka-dot creation.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Hello, Friend

I'm up too late, but that's because I took time in my craftroom after evening chores. I created this sweet little card to send to somebody I know who could use a pick-me-up.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

HB2U Monkey

It's Day 4 and I'm still playing along in The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge. So far, so good! I had a lot going on today but sneaked down to my craftroom for a quick bit after supper to create a little card. I'm trying to use stamps and supplies that I've been storing but have never used!

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Friday, March 3, 2017

I Dig You

Happy weekend! I can't believe it's Friday already. This week flew by! I absolutely LOVE my job but it was quite a busy week so I do look forward to some rest for a couple of days.

There's a new challenge at Your Next Stamp (Sketch Challenge #59). Given that I entered the last challenge in the final hours, I decided to be ahead of the game and enter the new challenge right away! The stamps I used are all from Your Next Stamp although I can't seem to find the "I Dig You" set that I used for the mole and sentiment. I'm thinking that it must be retired now.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

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Thursday, March 2, 2017


This week has been far busier than I had anticipated but I am trying to carve a bit of time (when I can!) to participate in the 30-Day Color Challenge.

Today's colouring turned into an entire card which I am entering in Your Next Stamp's Sketch Challenge #58.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Thanks for Your Kindness

It's time for a new challenge at Little Red Wagon and Brenda is our hostess this week. She's inviting us to celebrate all those March birthdays out there by using aquamarine as the primary colour on our projects.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then pull out your aquamarine to create and link your own project in this week's challenge!

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"for your kindness" is from My Craft Spot (no longer in business).

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Thank You (Raccoon)

My daughter was writing an online exam this evening so we were all banned from using the internet as she didn't want any issues with connectivity. That meant a bit of extra time in my craft room and I made a card for the two latest challenges at My Favorite Things. - Sketch 321 and Color Challenge 64

We continue to be incredibly blessed by the kindness of others as we deal with my husband's cancer. I'm constantly in need of thank you cards. I really wanted to use a raccoon on my card and added part of the "Thank you dairy much" sentiment from Farm Friends. I love to mix and match to get just what I need!

I hope you have a wonderful week! I'm behind in my blog visits but hope to carve out some time later this week to do some visiting.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Hi There

Woo hoo! It's Friday! Other than my son's hockey practice and a few errands tomorrow morning, I'll be home most of the weekend. I've got a big clean planned as the dog keeps tracking in mud and dirt, despite our best attempts to wipe him off! I feel as though there is dust and dirt everywhere (even though there really isn't). Anyway, between sweeping and mopping, I also plan on some crafting. I hope you have a craft time planned somewhere in your weekend too!

 I recently started following Gerda Steiner on Instagram and ended up visiting the blog to find out the details on a card that had been posted. While there, I noticed that there are a couple of challenges going on so decided to play along using a sweet digital file (that's free!). I also placed an order for some cute koalas and dies so look forward to receiving those with my snail mail.

I'm linking my card up to the Gerda Steiner 30th Share Your Design Challenge.

Enjoy your weekend!

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The sentiment is from My Craft Spot (no longer in business).

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Howdy from the Herd

It's time for a new challenge at Little Red Wagon, and this one is "Down on the Farm". Jan is our hostess this week and she wants to see our farm-themed projects - from farm animals to farm equipment.

I recently ordered MFT's Farm Friends and was hoping it would arrive in time to create for this week's challenge. Fortunately, it did and I was able to put this card together on Monday. Yay!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to check out the rest of the Girlfriends' projects - and then link up your own farm creation! We'd love to see what you make!

I'm also linking up my card at CropStop, where this month's challenge is "Anything Goes" - as long as you use a product or company affiliated with CropStop.

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In addition to the products listed below, I also used a grass die from My Craft Spot (no longer in business).

Monday, February 20, 2017

Everything Okay?

Happy Family Day to all my Canadian friends who are celebrating this special day today. We've had a lovely day at home and I'm currently cooking our favourite family meal, chicken enchilada bake. We've also got a half-birthday cake for dessert. All my children have August birthdays so we always enjoy a half-birthday celebration in February. The older two have invited their "significant others" as well so we're in for a fun evening!

I did have some time this afternoon to play with my new MFT Farm Friends set. I created this card for the latest MFT Sketch Challenge (Sketch Challenge 320).

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

You Rock!

We're all in love this week at Little Red Wagon - in love with our crafting supplies! Heather calls this challenge a "Season of Love" and she wants to see us using products from a company that we love to use. I love almost all my crafting supplies, so this was an easy challenge for me! I did have some trouble narrowing things down, but limited myself to three. I hope that's not too much!

The first company that I love to use is Your Next Stamp. They're a Canadian company and aren't too far from me! I love the cute images and sentiments on their stamp sets - and I also love that they have a Canadian/US price selector at the top of their online shop. That makes a HUGE difference to all of us in Canada! The border around my fun image is from My Favorite Things (appropriately named for this challenge!). The stitched square border and white rectangular mat are from My Favorite Things. I've got a lot of MFT frames and love to use them! Finally, the star border under my image and the little orange stars are cut with a border die from My Craft Spot - my all-time favourite company, even though Kimberly is no longer in business. I usually stamp a My Craft Spot sentiment inside my cards. I have each and every stamp and die that My Craft Spot ever produced. I LOVE them!!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and to see what their favourite companies are. Then link up your own project. You get to use your favourite supplies to make it!

I created this card with Your Next Stamp's latest challenge (Sketch Challenge #57) in mind so will enter my card there.

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