Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Joy, Love, Peace

It's Imke's turn to host at Little Red Wagon and she's saying, "After Christmas is Before Christmas" - which is so true! I'm a firm believer in starting early. In fact, on Monday I placed an order for some family stocking stuffers. I typically start my Christmas shopping in January. Sometimes, I forget what I've purchased though. Last year, I ended up keeping some of the stocking stuffers aside and I'll give them next Christmas! Anyway, I'm typically not as good about getting a head start when it comes to Christmas cards so I'm thankful to Imke for this challenge as I have now created my first Christmas card of 2020!


I used a Joy, Love, Peace die that I had purchased prior to Christmas but never used. I wanted to add a bit more to the card and found some nativity buttons that I've had for years. I trimmed the backs so they'd lie a bit more flat and think the Holy Family goes quite well on my card.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then start your own Christmas 2020 preparations and sharing what you've made!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Cake Box

I'm hosting this week's challenge at Little Red Wagon and am using a project of mine from eight years ago - January 2012! Basically, I messed up my own chosen themes and created a card that does not fit the "Have Your Cake and Eat It Too" theme in which I'd like to see any and all sorts of baked goods! I must have looked back at the last challenge I hosted which was "Snow Much Fun" as I thought that was this week's challenge. Anyway, my apologies and I hope you enjoy my blast from the past!


And here's the project I did create!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own baked goods themed projects! I can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Hippo 100th Birdie

Happy New Year and greetings from the Grand Cayman Islands! My daughter and I are taking a New Year's cruise to Grand Cayman and Jamaica. Although the temperatures were mild for Christmas, it's still a treat to get away to sun and sand!

Brenda is hosting our first Little Red Wagon challenge of 2020 and she's saying "In with the old" - which seems opposite to what we usually say as we welcome in a new year. However, what Brenda is actually saying is that she'd like us to create a project using something that we've never used before. Perhaps it's something you've had for ages or perhaps it's something that you've recently acquired. Whatever it is, this challenge is the perfect time to put it to use.


I used a My Favorite Things stripes die that I've had for a couple of months but haven't yet put to work. I used it to create a background on some "smooshed" inked watercolour paper. I did the smooshing ages ago and kept the paper although never used it. I then used s stamp set from Lawn Fawn (which I have used in the past) and added the age.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created with their Never Before Used Stuff (NBUS) and then take advantage of the challenge to work with your NBUS!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Joy to the World!

It's our final Little Red Wagon challenge of 2019 and Jan is hosting. She's chosen the theme "Happy Winter Holidays!" which is incredibly fitting given that faiths and cultures of many kinds are preparing to celebrate. We celebrate Christmas at our house. This year, we plan to be home for Christmas Day but then my daughter and I are heading on a New Year's cruise to Grand Cayman and Jamaica. We can’t wait for sun, sand and heat!!


I used my new MFT Little Town of Bethlehem die to create my card, topped on a starry inked background. The sentiment is heat embossed and I used a stamp from My Craft Spot.

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

I wish you all a joyous holiday season and, in the tradition and spirit of my family, Merry Christmas to each and every one of you!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Joy Hope Love Gift Bag

Doni is hosting at Little Red Wagon this week and she wants to see "Bells Gone Wild". Doni is looking for bells of any sort - whether images, stencilled, embellishments, etc. And those bells can be Christmas bells, wedding bells, bells ringing in the new year, cow bells, bells on cat collars - just bells!


I used a Your Next Stamp die to create my little gift bag (Cute Little Shopping Bag) and then a few of the stamps from Clearly Besotted's Nativity Play set. This is the first time I've used a product from Clearly Besotted. I bought the stamp set as my sister gave me a little mouse nativity set years ago (in the photo background, although blurred) and I thought it would be perfect to make her a little mouse nativity bag to wrap a little necklace I bought her. I finished everything off with an emBELLishment!! My little bell actually rings too!

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

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

To My Beastie

Our latest Little Red Wagon challenge is "Wrap It!". Imke is our Hostess and she'd like to see anything to do with gifts - from gift bags to gift card holders to homemade gift wrap to gift images. If there is any sort of present involved, we want to be inspired by it!


I made a fun card for my beastie (aka best friend or bestie). We have an ongoing joke between us in which we call each other yeti and I got this MFT Beast Friends stamp set a few years ago with her in mind. I coloured up a few of the gift images that come with the set.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the rest of the "Wrap It" projects designed by the Girlfriends - and then link up your own gift-inspired creation!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

You Brrring Me Joy

The weather has been quite pleasant here - although we did have a nasty taste of winter a couple of weeks ago. The temperatures were low and we had a couple of dumpings of snow. My littlest (who's actually the youngest but biggest, standing 6'6"!) insists on wearing shorts and a t-shirt each day - and did so through the snow and cold. Meanwhile, I was wearing a down coat with boots, a hat, mitts and scarf when it was really cold. Anyway, all this is to introduce you to our latest challenge at Little Red Wagon - Snow Much Fun! All we ask this week is that there is something to do with snow somewhere on your project.


I used my Festive Friends stamp set from MFT to create my little snowy scene. A couple of years ago, I invested in the Brother Scan 'N Cut which has more than paid for itself and is so quick and easy to use. I rarely buy dies for my images anymore. Usually, there are no issues. However, I would have liked the space cut out between the antlers/lights and the reindeer's head and just couldn't get it to happen. It could be a big wad of snow though - so all's good!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to check out the rest of the snowy creations - and then link up your own project! We can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Happy Birthday to Roo

Brenda is hosting our newest Little Red Wagon and she's singing, "You say it's your birthday". As you have likely guessed, birthday projects are the theme of the week! Given that everybody has a birthday at least once a year (I say that as we celebrate half birthdays at our house - any excuse for another ice cream cake!), we hope to see lots of you joining in the fun!


My sister celebrates her special day next month. We have a private joke between us that we always end our correspondence with words beginning with the letter "R". For example, instead of "See you soon!", we would write, "Ree rou roon!". "Love you" becomes "Rove rou!". Anyway, when I saw the MFT Aussie Animals sentiment "Happy birthday to roo", it was too good to pass up!

Please visit Little Red Wagon to check out the birthday projects created by the Girlfriends - and then make and link up your own birthday creation!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

I Come Bearing Gifts

Jan is hosting our newest challenge at Little Red Wagon and she's saying, "Don't be shy!" In other words, speak out with more than two words on your creation.


My new Ho Ho Ho background stamp from MFT came in very handy for this challenge. I didn't count the number of times "HO" is repeated, but I'm sure it's more than two! I also made sure that there were more than two words in my sentiment, just to be on the safe side!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see all the wordy sentiments used by the Girlfriends for this week's challenge - and then don't be shy! Join us by linking up your own project using more than two words on your creation.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

G'Day Mate

It's Doni's turn to host at Little Red Wagon and she's chosen the theme "Let's Talk Turkey" for this week's challenge. Doni would like to see speech bubbles on our creations!


I used a stamps from My Favorite Things' Aussie Animals set. I realized after looking at my photo that the tree seems to be dangling in space so I'm pretending that the koala is actually on a pogo stick with leaves. The speech bubble frame is a die from My Craft Spot.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to check out all the speech bubbles and what the Girlfriends have to say! And then link up your own speech bubble project!