Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Just Bee-Cause

Happy Wednesday and welcome to a new challenge at Little Red Wagon. I'm hosting again this week with a challenge called "To Bee or Not to Bee" - use bees on your creation!

For my project, I used the stamp set "Meant to Bee" from My Favorite Things. I did some ink smooshing with distress oxide ink and then dry embossed some vellum to lay over top. I had such fun colouring the sweet bees and their little hive!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the rest of the Girlfriends' projects - and then pull out your own bee supplies to create and link a project! I can't wait to see what you make!

You Make Me Smile

Hi friends! I'm excited to be back with another project as a Your Next Stamp guest designer for the month of June. Today, we have a "Summer Fun Kickoff" Design Team Dare. The Design Team was challenged to create a project that celebrates the start of summer using older Your Next Stamp products.

I love summer! I love the water and swimming. I love to camp and to hike. And I also love to sit out in the sun and simply take in the creation around me. That's just what Gardening Phoebe is doing on my card! I used Gardening Phoebe stamps and dies for Phoebe and the sentiment and Gardening Birds stamps and dies for the sweet little robins and their birdbath.

As with all YNS Design Team Dares, there is a prize up for grabs! Simply head on over to the Your Next Stamp Blog to check things out - and leave a comment there for your chance to win!!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

YNS Blog Hop - Flippin' Fabulous

Welcome to the June 2018 Your Next Stamp blog hop!! I've over-the-moon excited to be joining the talented Your Next Stamp crafters as a guest designer this month. You'll be seeing some more YNS creations from me over the next few weeks!

Instead of the usual monthly release, Karen has decided that the YNS designers will showcase some of their favourite products this month. I had a very difficult time deciding which products to use for my creation as I'm smitten with so many of them! I finally opted to use the Flippin' Fabulous stamp set (for my happy crab with flip-flops and the sentiment) along with a Mini Heart Ink Splatter stamp to create a unique and interesting take on the sun. I also added some YNS Gumdrops to the flip-flops for additional fun!

As this is a blog hop, there's a prize up for grabs! One of you is going to win a $25 gift certificate to the YNS store! You don't have to leave comments at every stop along the way, but each comment will earn you another chance to win. Don't forget to leave a comment here too!

Also, in order to celebrate this special month of revisiting favourite stamps and supplies, Karen is offering an amazing sale!!

  • You must enter the code – No refunds for orders placed without the discount code 
  • FREE Shipping does not apply during this sale. If your order is over $75 (in the US or Canada) you will see a flat rate shipping charge for $10. The more you order the more you will save! 
  • Discounted shipping rates will be applied during the checkout to international orders 
  • Discount applied to YNS in stock items only

Wednesday, June 6, 2018


It's my turn to host at Little Red Wagon. I've chosen "A Rose by Any Other Name" as the theme - meaning I want the focus to be on flowers!

For my card, I started with some daffodil stamps and took my time with masking and watercolouring. Despite my best efforts, the card is now in the recycling bin!! On to Plan B. I decided I needed to completely switch gears and do something bright and cheerful. I stamped and coloured with my brightest markers. Although this card is far from a favourite of mine, it worked to cheer my spirits as I created it!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created. I'd love for you to join in the challenge too! I'll be checking out all the projects and leaving comments as I visit.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Wishing You Happiness

I was so excited when my talented friend, Georgiana, asked me to guest design at Die Cuttin' Divas. This week, there's a sketch to try. I always love using sketches (and don't use them anywhere as often as I should) as they give a fabulous starting point on which to base my creation.

For my card, I pulled out a wagon die from My Craft Spot (no longer in business). I cut the pieces, plus a few extras in order to create the swing to hang in my tree. I created the background by smooshing distress ink onto an old stamp package wrapper, spritzing it with water and then smooshing the wrapper onto my watercolour cardstock, doing one colour at a time in small areas and ensuring that the ink was dry before moving on to the next colour. For the "lilacs", I used the same process but used Zig marker and simply coloured a bit on the wrapper. I had so much fun creating the background! 

I used a die from Mama Elephant to cut the frame for my card. I then assembled everything and added a small sentiment in the corner.

Please be sure to head to Die Cuttin' Divas to check out the other interpretations of this week's sketch. You can then try the sketch yourself to enter the challenge!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Thankful for You

Our Little Red Wagon challenge isn't too shabby this week. Jan is hosting and wants to see some shabby chic creations. I've been enjoying CAS creations lately that I'd forgotten how much fun it is to tear and scrunch paper, get all inky, and pull out the ribbons and pearls! I used a number of products from My Craft Spot for my card and had a lovely time reminiscing about my time designing for Kimberly.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own shabby chic creation!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hello (Toucan)

It's good to be back home! My son and I had a fabulous time exploring some of Scotland's Castles and lochs - and also enjoyed our time with family in England. Our days were full of activities, laughter and love!

I have to admit that it was difficult to get this week's card together - not because of crafting itself but that I was enjoying the amazing summer-like weather that we had over the long weekend! I got lots of gardening done but also had time for a family breakfast out and an amazing walk on one of our local trails.

Heather is this week's hostess at Little Red Wagon and she's picked a fitting theme: Under the Sun (use a sun on your project). I pulled out a few supplies from Reverse Confetti (sun die, hello die and toucan stamp and die) to create my card. Please be sure to head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created!

Here are a just a few photos from my holiday with Jack.

Inverary Castle

Rest and Be Thankful

Afternoon Tea at National Museum of Scotland

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

You Rock!

Greetings from Edinburgh, Scotland! Before I left, I was able to create this project for our latest Little Red Wagon challenge. Brenda wants to see all forms of play - such as sports, instruments, games, etc. I decided to go with instruments to create my little rock scene.

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

First Birthday Bear

Our latest Little Red Wagon challenge is hosted by Heather who has chosen the theme "Riding Along". She wants to see projects showcasing transportation. A few months ago, I purchased some cute bear stamps (Town Bear from MFT stamps) that fit this challenge perfectly!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then join in the "Riding Along" challenge!

This is my final week at work before holidays and then I'm off to the UK on Sunday. My middle and I are taking a trip to Scotland and England for a few weeks. Once I'm back, I'm looking forward to doing more blog visits as I'll have far more free time! It's been a blessing this year to have been busy with work but I'm ready for a bit of a break.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Happy Fishy Wishes

This week's Little Red Challenge is all about COUS - cards of unusual size. We're huge Princess Bride fans here so I especially like the name of this challenge (as Princess Bride has creatures called ROUS - rodents of unusual size). Basically, Jan, this week's hostess, is looking for any size or shape out of the ordinary.

I didn't stray too far from the norm, but I switched up my usual A2 rectangle by using chevron dies, inlaying the small one to create an acetate window. When I first started crafting, I embossed everything and it was so fun to pull out one of my original folders as I created my card! I also used the Aquarium Antics stamp and die sets from Your Next Stamp for all the little critters.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the team has created - and to link up your own COUS!