Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Smile and Have a Fun Day

Heather is this week's Little Red Wagon hostess and she's chosen the theme "School Rules" - create a project with something to do with back to school.


For my card, I used a variety of stamps from Your Next Stamp's School Notes set to create a card with lots of back-to-school items! My youngest started high school this year and my oldest two are in post-secondary, and back-to-school shopping includes more pillows, bedding, kitchen items and groceries than it usually does! However, I didn't feel that a pot or spatula fit the theme so stuck with traditional school items.


Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created. We'd love for you to link up your own "School Rules" project too!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hockey Card

Happy Wednesday! We're halfway through the week and almost halfway through the month. Time flies!! Wednesday means a new challenge at Little Red Wagon where Sandy is this week's hostess. Her theme is "Be a good sport" and we're challenging you to have a sport theme on your project.


My youngest son plays on our special needs hockey team and the league starts up again next weekend. It's still been like summer here so it's hard to believe we'll soon be bundling up to go to the cold ice rink! I volunteer on the Board of Directors so can't wait to see all our planning come to fruition for the players. I used a Your Next Stamp set for my adorable little Canadian hockey player and sentiment and added them to some fun wintery patterned paper. I decided to include part of the deer as he was too cute to cut out entirely!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the rest of the design team creations - and to link up your own sports-themed project!

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

I Like How You Roll

When My Favorite Things had their new release earlier this week, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Happy Hedgehogs set - and they're here already!! Despite being exhausted from my new job (which I LOVE), I also knew that some crafting time was deserved and so took time this evening to make this card.


I stamped the hedgehog a few times to make it look like he's rolling across the card. I used the newly released Chevron Grid stencil too, but rotated it in the direction of the roll. I followed the latest MFT sketch challenge so am linking up there as well.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Purr-fect Friend

Click HERE for my Your Next Stamp Design Team Dare post.

It's time for a new Little Red Wagon challenge and I'm delighted to be the hostess this week. We have two cats and a dog, all of which are rescues (one of the cats we got as a kitten from a friend who rescued a pregnant cat and the others were older rescues). It's amazing how much love is given and received from our furry friends and I thought it would be wonderful to celebrate pets of all kinds by having a Fur-ever Friend challenge - create a project with a house pet on it.


For my project, I created a card with a cat, fish and mouse! I had fun colouring the sweet little animals.



Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the rest of the Girlfriends' creations. I'd love for you to link up a Fur-ever Friend project too!

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Boo!

It's time for a Design Team Dare over at Your Next Stamp. This month, the design team (and guests - which includes me!) were dared to use new release products with fall colours. This was a challenge as my new-release products are all Halloween related, but I certainly couldn't pass on a good dare so I put on my creative cap and came up with the card below!!



My zombie is from the NEW SpookTacular Halloween set, as is the fun "Boo!" speech bubble. I love that there are matching dies to cut out the images. I created a fall scene using trees from the Cute Home set. My zombie needed a home, so I did some masking and extra stamping to turn the house from the Cute Home set into something more appropriate for a zombie - a haunted, spider-infested house!



I used a few different distress inks for my background, and added some black spatter to create a gravel road at the bottom.

Head over to
Your Next Stamp to check out the rest of the design team projects. Be sure to leave a comment while you're there as one lucky commenter will win a stamp set of their choice!

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Your Next Stamp September Release and Blog Hop

It's time for the Your Next Stamp September Release and Blog Hop!! All of the AMAZING new products are available for purchase at the YNS Store now too! Yay!


I'm so lucky to have received some of the new release products and am in LOVE with the Spook-tacular Halloween stamp set (and matching dies!). There are a few fun images, and I especially like the mummy - so of course I inked him up right away to create a card. The stamp set includes a variety of great sentiments too!


I started my card by using some wonky stitiched dies, with a wonky circle added to the rectangular mat. I then used my distress inks and brushes to paint the background. Once that was dry, I used the fun crooked fence from the NEW Halloween Witch die set, cutting it out twice and adhering the pieces side-by-side. I stamped, coloured and cut the fabulous new mummy image (from the Spook-tacular Halloween stamp and die set) and popped him on my card.


I heat embossed the sentiment on a speech bubble and popped that on the card too.


For my second card, I put my masking paper to work! I used a variety of distress inks to create a full moon background. I then used the wonderful NEW Batty Background Splatter stamp to heat emboss a cloud of bats. The sentiment is from the
NEW Spook-tacular Halloween set and it is heat embossed too.  

Here are photos of the NEW release items that I used for my cards above:



 
Now it's time for you to hop! The more blogs you visit, the greater your chances are at winning a $25 gift certificate to the YNS store! (You don't have to comment on all to qualify, but it will increase your odds of winning if you do.) I'd love for you to leave a comment here too!

ALL new release items are available for sale now! Use the code below for a fantastic discount toward your purchase.



Your Next Stamp September Release Preview Day

I'm delighted to be a new release guest designer at Your Next Stamp again this month! I'm participating in today's sneak peek/preview as well as tomorrow's blog hop too. I've had a great time playing with the fabulous new goodies - all of which will be available for purchase tomorrow!


For today's card, I used the NEW Spook-tacular Halloween stamps and co-ordinating dies. This set is so much fun! I stamped and coloured the witch (with her sweet little cat), cut out the image using a co-ordinating die and then put it aside in order to create my background. I used a few different distress inks and blended them on watercolour paper. I then used a circle die to cut a hole out. I cut another circle and used yellow inks to colour it. I then "puzzle pieced" the two pieces together.



The sentiment is heat embossed with a few sequins added for interest. When that was done, I popped the witch image on the moon. It's hard to tell in my photos, but the witch's hat and the moon have some Wink of Stella added for a bit of sparkly fun!

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Don't forget to head over to Your Next Stamp to see more of the sneak peeks - and come back tomorrow to take part in the blog hop! One lucky participant will win a $25 gift certificate to the YNS store!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

First Birthday Fairy

Happy Wednesday - and the last day of August! Today also marks the last day of summer holidays for me as I'm back to work tomorrow. In fact, I start my new job and I'm incredibly excited to be joining the team at Trent University.


Wednesday means it's time for a new challenge at Little Red Wagon. Mandy is our hostess this week and she's challenged us to "Get Inky"! Mandy wants us to make good use of our ink pads - but sentiments don't count! I figure that, if your fingertips are a variety of colours by the time you've created your project, you should be good to link up with us over at
Little Red Wagon

I created my card for my goddaughter who turned one earlier this month. I used a few colours of distress ink to blend my background. I cut the number 1 using my Silhouette and then embossed it after adding some pink distress ink to it. I added some water and ink splatters, as well as Sophia's name before adding a sweet little fairy from Your Next Stamp. I finished things off with some sequins (retired from My Craft Spot).


Please head over to Little Red Wagon to check out the rest of the inky creations - and then link up your own to be part of this week's fun!
 
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Friday, August 26, 2016

You are a Wonderful Person

I was home this afternoon and able to spend some time in my craft room. I'd seen the current sketch challenge (Challenge #46) at Your Next Stamp and had an idea in mind so got to work!


I used a number of
Your Next Stamp products for my card, including the Stripe-tastic Frame Die for my lattice fence. I simply cut the frame twice and affixed the two cuts back to back in order to create the lattice. I did trim it a bit in order to follow the sketch more closely. The banner was cut using a retired die from My Craft Spot. I used a lot of dimensionals too. The little scene is popped onto the card mat and the little banner is also popped on top of that.

Have a fabulous weekend! It's the last one in August! Where does the time go?!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Have a Smooth Birthday

It's time for another challenge at Little Red Wagon and Donna is our hostess this week. She's chosen the theme "Happy Birthday" which is perfect for me as all my children have August birthdays (including my goddaughter)! In fact, my youngest turned 14 yesterday and my daughter will be 22 tomorrow. We're enjoying all the cake!


When I saw Lawn Fawn's So Smooth stamp set, I knew I had to get it. My middle guy turned 19 a couple of weeks ago and he LOVES smoothies. He'll often make them for the family - or happily accept one when somebody offers a smoothie to him. I did my best to keep it masculine-looking with the colour scheme. Jack was happy with his card - as well as the smoothie he had for his birthday breakfast!

Everybody has a birthday so we hope to see lots of you joining in the fun at Little Red Wagon this week to share your birthday card (or other birthday-themed project) creations! Please head over to check out the creations by the rest of the Girlfriends too!

I'm also going to link up my card at Lawnscaping Challenges, where the current theme is "Punny Time". 



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