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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Saturday, October 7, 2017

From All of Us - YNS Blog Hop!!

It's time for the October Your Next Stamp New Release Blog Hop!! I'm so thrilled to be taking part and have had such a wonderful time in my craft room using the NEW Your Next Stamp products. There are so many fabulous goodies coming out!! I think my favourite product is the stamp set I used below - but I'm also in love with the Pine Tree Branch die (that I used this morning) and a super fun stamp set called Be Jolly with the most hilarious reindeer that is guaranteed to bring smiles. This release is perfect for all your Christmas card creations!

There are lots of incredible projects in this blog hop - all of which showcase the fantastic
NEW Your Next Stamp October Release products. Be sure to check things out and leave comments along the way! One lucky hopper will win a $25 gift certificate to the Your Next Stamp store! The more comments you leave, the greater your chances are at winning! (You don't need to leave a comment at every blog to qualify.)

Today, I created a card using the
NEW Tweet Holiday stamp set. As soon as I saw the set, I was totally smitten with the sweet trio of birds. I used my Copics to colour them up and love how they look with their fun little hats!!

I finished things off by adding a few NEW Vintage Holiday Gumdrops. They are a lovely complement to the berries on the branch. There are six different colours of Gumdrops in the set - and two of those colours are different shades of red which is fabulous for matching with your papers!

Please head over to the Your Next Stamp store!! ALL new products are available for purchase now! Use the code OCT2017 to receive 20% off your purchase!

Jingle All the Way! - YNS October Preview

I'm delighted to be part of the Your Next Stamp October Release! Karen sent me a fabulous envelope of goodies and I'm excited to showcase some of the new products - all of which will be available in the store tonight!

For this card, I used the NEW Jingle All the Way stamp set! This set includes a large sentiment, a set of bells and a bow. I heat-embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder.

I also used the NEW Pine Tree Branch die. I just LOVE this die! It's cuts so wonderfully well and the branch is designed so that you can cut off parts to tuck in to parts of your project if you need smaller branches. In fact, I did that on my project for a bit of added dimension. I finished things off with some NEW Vintage Holiday Gumdrops - used as berries and on the sentiment itself!

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, October 4, 2017


Although the world is full of beautiful autumn colours here, our attention this week at Little Red Wagon is on the traditional and elegant black and white! Jan is our hostess and she's eager to see what we can do with black and white - and ONLY black and white!

I put my new Flora and Fauna tree dies to work to create my card. Given that I simply used cardstock and dies, this card came together very quickly!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the rest of the black and white projects created by the Girlfriends - and then link up a project of your own!

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Thanks so much!

It has been unseasonably warm here in Central Ontario and I've even had the air conditioner back on!! I've been waiting until later evening to walk the dog and it's still be incredibly hot and humid. I love the heat and prefer this over snow any day!

Sandy is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she's challenging us to include both a house and a heart on our projects. I used my Zig markers to colour the homes and I then masked things to create the stenciled background. 

Please join us at Little Red Wagon with your own house and heart projects!!

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Autumn Leaves

It's my turn to host at Little Red Wagon this week and I've chosen the theme "Leaf It to Me" - include leaves on your projects.

With the leaves beginning to change colour here, my thoughts went to fall leaves. I used some distress ink, vellum and heat embossing to create my card with a sentiment from My Craft Spot (no longer in business). The little mouse is one of the first clear stamp images that I ever purchased. He's so sweet!!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then make your own leafy project to link up! I can't wait to see your creations!

Products used:
Sentiment and sequins from My Craft Spot (no longer in business).

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

On the Loss of Your Furry Friend

Another week has flown by. I'm so happy to be back at work as I love my job - but I am exhausted! This is such a busy time of year with all the new first year students doing intakes.

Jan is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week, and she wants us to "Distress It" - use distress inks or other distress products on your projects. Unfortunately, last month, our department's support dog passed away. Whisper was a wonderful part of our accessibility team and she was such a calming influence on so many. I made this card for Whisper's companion (who is also our Office Administrator).

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the rest of the Girlfriends' projects - and then link up your own distressed creation!

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Anybody else think it's Tuesday today? Here in Canada, we celebrated Labour Day on Monday so had an extra day off this past weekend. It's thrown me off - although I am certainly not complaining!

Brenda is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she's curious about our backgrounds - our project backgrounds, that is. Brenda has challenged us to create our own backgrounds.

For my card, I started by stamping and heat embossing a large web stamp that I've had (sitting unused) in my supply cupboard for years. I figured that it was time to pull it out. Once stamped, I then used a variety of distress inks to finish the background. The little mummy is from Your Next Stamp. He's so cute!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the fabulous backgrounds created by the rest of the Girlfriends - and then get out your crafting supplies to create your own background!

I'm also entering my card in the latest Your Next Stamp sketch challenge (Challenge #72). I flipped the sketch upside down to work with my scene.

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The Hero Arts spider web cling stamp that I used for my background seems to be out of production. The little bats are dies from My Craft Spot (no longer in business).