Wednesday, September 18, 2019

I Pick You

I'm so happy to be hosting this week's Little Red Wagon challenge. I've chosen the theme "Apples and Bananas" which basically means that I'm looking for fruit of any kind on your projects.


I pulled out my Harvest Mouse stamp set (which is one of the first stamp sets I ever purchased) to create my little scene. The little mouse is one of my all-time favourite images. He's just so sweet! I didn't realize until I looked at my photo that I seem to have used two different shades of red for the oval frame and mat. Oh well!

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

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Prayers and Love

Brenda is hosting this week's challenge at Little Red Wagon and she has chosen the theme "In Memorium". Brenda is looking for creations of all types that remember lost loved ones in some way - from sympathy cards to memorial journals to scrapbook memory pages.


I decided to create sympathy cards - two! Unfortunately, a friend's father is quite ill and not expected to live much longer. The family has been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. I created these cards for my friend and his mother using stamps from Hero Arts and from Studio Katia. The stamped flowers are all covered with Wink of Stella too - although it's difficult to see that in the photos.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the creations made by the rest of the design team. We'd love to have you link up your own "In Memorium" projects too!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Feel Better

Jan is hosting this week's challenge at Little Red Wagon and she's looking for "Nice and Clean" projects.


Jan doesn't necessarily mean that our cards/projects need to be simple, although I decided to go ultra simple on my card. In fact, I think that this is the fastest card I've ever made! This gave me more time for all the back to school prep that went on over the weekend - and that included simply having fun with my family!!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the rest of the "Nice and Clean" projects - and then create and link up one of your own!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

We're a Perfect Pair

Happy Wednesday! The days are starting to get a bit cooler here. It's been quite nice for being outside and getting things done without working up a total sweat!


Wednesday means a new challenge at Little Red Wagon. Before her injury, Doni chose the challenge "Foodie!" She'd like to see creations with food highlighted in some way, shape or form. I used an image that I've had for quite some time as the focal point of my card.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the team has make - and then create your own food-themed project!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Cat Tags

Imke is our hostess at Little Red Wagon and she's saying "Tag it!" - which is her way of asking us to create tags.


My baby is turning 17 on Friday - and is 6'6" so not really a baby anymore! He loves his cat, Skimble, and I created a few tags to attach to some of his gifts. The cats are coloured to look like Skimble.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to check out the Girlfriends' incredible tags - and then create and link up your own. We can't wait to see what you make!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Time You Enjoy Wasting

I'm so excited to be this week's hostess at Little Red Wagon. I've chosen the theme "I'd like to teach the world to sing" - which basically means I'd like you to be inspired by music/songs as you create. 

I almost always have music playing, and especially love 80s music. I used Whitesnake's Here I Go Again as inspiration for my card. The first verse sings:


I don't know where I'm going
But I sure know where I've been
Hanging on the promises in songs of yesterday
And I've made up my mind
I ain't wasting no more time

This song was a favourite that my husband and I always cranked up and sang to when it came on the radio (or when we just played it ourselves). My former vehicle had a decal with the song's first two lines that I designed and cut with my Silhouette.


It's difficult to read the gold-embossed sentiment. It says, "The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."

Here's the song for you! Gotta love that hair!!


Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created. And then turn on the radio or YouTube or get out your old vinyls and let a song inspire you to create!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Look Who's Having a Birthday

We're having a new challenge at Little Red Wagon and Brenda is leading the way this week. Apparently, it's National Book Lovers' Day (who knew?!) so Brenda is looking for a focus on words.


I just purchased a Kobo in order to purchase and read the story of E.B. White and how he was inspired to write Charlotte's Web, which was one of (and still is one of) my favourite childhood stories. I read the book so many times when I was young - and then read it to my own children! I thought the take on the book would be a fitting take on words, given that Charlotte was able to spin words into her webs. For my card though, Wilbur and Charlotte are focusing on the newspaper - a source of a great many words!

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

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

You're Fantastic!

Jan is hosting this week's challenge at Little Red Wagon and she's looking for us to use digital stamps. While I have used digital stamps in the past, they've been few and far between so I was initially at a bit of a loss as to where to begin my search. My dear friend, Google, helped me out immensely and I ended up at Bugaboo stamps purchasing Doodle Dogs Collage.


Our student staff member will be leaving us at the end of the summer so I made this card for her. I coloured each of the six dogs in the collage to correspond with the hair and eye colours of the rest of the team. Our student staff member loves pink, so she's the super dog dressed in a sparkly pink cape! The super dog is from a MFT's stamp set, appropriately named Super Dog. (I used another one of the Super Dog stamps for last week's project.) The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps Amazing stamp set.

Please hunt the internet for your own digistamps to create a project for this week's Little Red Wagon challenge. Although I ended up purchasing mine (for a great price!), I noticed lots of freebies out there too! 


PS In case any of you are wondering, I'm the dog in the top middle frame, hanging upside down with a green collar! 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Super Dog

It's Doni's turn to host our latest Little Red Wagon challenge and she's all about these "Dog Days of Summer". Doni is looking for dogs of any kind on our projects. This was a great opportunity for me to use my Super Dog stamp set. I have to admit that I totally and completely stole the design idea for my card from the MFT store website. I loved the look of the card inspiration when I purchased the Super Dog stamp set and City Block die so decided to mimic things for myself!!


Please head over to Little Red Wagon to check out the rest of the Girlfriends' dog projects - and then create one of your own to link up!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Life is Better in Flip Flops

Imke is hosting our newest challenge at Little Red Wagon and she's asking us to "Stitch it"! This means that she'd like to see any sort of stitching on your projects - from needle and thread to stitched dies to faux stitching with pens.


I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to use a cross-stitch die that I purchased two Christmases ago and never quite got around to using. It's an MFT die and the site has a number of patterns available for download. I mixed the stitched palm tree with some die cuts and a sentiment from Your Next Stamp.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then join in the "Stitch it!" fun!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Merry Christmas!

We arrived home safely from our Baltic Sea cruise and I am so, so tired!! We had an absolutely amazing time. I was able to purchase a few new nativity sets - which seems strange in July, but I collect nativity sets and am thrilled that I was able to get some unique ones from different countries, including a Russian nesting doll nativity which I love!


I'm the hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and have chosen the theme "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas". I made my card using a never-before-used-but-purchased-a-few-years-ago stamp set. I heat embossed the tree and added some red gemstones to it as well.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to like up your own Christmas creation. I can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Graduation Card

Greetings from the Baltic Sea! We’re cruising today as we journey from Stockholm to Copenhagen. This is another pre-scheduled post.


It’s time for another Little Red Wagon challenge! This time, Brenda is our hostess and she’s wishing us all a Happy Repeat Day. Brenda would like us to use repeated elements on our creations. I repeated the circle elements - adding round sequins to complement the circles on my paper.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own projects with repeated elements. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

I Ruff You

Greetings from Skagen, Denmark! I had a busy time crafting and pre-scheduling my posts prior to departure so hope that all is working as it should!


Jan is our hostess this week at Little Red Wagon and she’s looking for “Much ado about nothing”. We all have fun preparing our cards and projects for special occasions. Jan is looking for projects meant for no special occasion. I created my “Ruff you” card for any day!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own for-no-special-occasion creation!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Wishing You all the Best

Argh! I'm so sorry that my post is late. I was a bit late taking the photo of my card and then not happy so waited until this morning - but my day was too full of other fun festivities (as it's my birthday!) so it wasn't until my guests left that I've been able to finish things up.


Doni is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she's looking for summer fun projects! We love to go camping. Although we used to have a trailer, we tent it now. Still, I loved the look of the little camper trailer and opted to put it to use for my summer fun card! The stamps used for my card are all part of a free stamp set that came with a papercrafting magazine.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the rest of the Girlfriends' creations - and then link up your own "Summer Fun" project!


I'm also linking up my card for this week's Simon Says Stamp's Travel/Vacation challenge.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

I Would Cross an Ocean for You

It's time for our latest Little Red Wagon challenge. Imke is hosting and she's asking us to "Sea It!" - meaning that she'd like us to create anything to do with the sea or ocean!


I created my card using stamps from My Favorite Things. I especially like this fun sentiment as I'll be crossing the ocean in a couple of weeks. My children and I will be heading out on a Baltic Sea cruise. We're quite excited!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then "sea" what you can come up with for this week's challenge!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Welcome Little One

I'm happy to be hosting this week's challenge at Little Red Wagon and I've chosen the theme "Welcome to the World!" I'm looking for projects that celebrate a birth of any kind.


I decided to make a card to celebrate the birth of a baby girl - even though I have nobody specific in mind! By the time we got to the challenge, I had no recollection of why I chose the theme. Oh well! It's always nice to have extra cards in my stash to give when there's no time to create!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own "Welcome to the World" project.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wired 4 U

Happy Learn About Composting Day and Red T-Shirt Day!!

First of all, beginning in 2017, National AccessAbility Week was established to promote diversity, inclusion and accessibility in Canada. Red T-Shirt Day is part of the week. As many of you know, my youngest son has autism. His favourite colour is red and he typically wears a red t-shirt every day anyway! On the other hand, I have a limited supply of red t-shirts but am sporting one today. I also work in Student Accessibility Services at Trent University and our team is all wearing red t-shirts today as well.


As for Learn About Composting, that's the inspiration for our Little Red Wagon challenge of the week. I didn't even know that such a day existed! Brenda is our hostess, and she is challenging us to recycle or upcycle on our projects. I recently had a new ceiling fan installed in our family room and used some of the extra wire for my project.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the rest of the Girlfriends' creations - and then recycle or upcycle something around your own house as you make something new!


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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

How Kind of You

I recently purchased Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine which came with some Altenew daffodil dies. They're perfect for this week's Little Red Wagon challenge. Jan's our hostess and she's organizing a "Flower Frenzy". This means that she'd like to see flowers of any kind on our creations - from one flower to a huge bouquet!


A colleague knows how much I love daffodils and she recently picked a bunch from her garden for me to have in my office. I made this card to thank her for thinking of me and for sharing her daffs with me.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the rest of the Girlfriends' "Flower Frenzy" creations - and then link up your own flower-themed project!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Birthday Tweetings

Doni is this week's hostess at Little Red Wagon and she's saying "Happy Bird-day". This is Doni's way of asking us to create birthday projects with birds!


I pulled out a stamp set from Reverse Confetti to create my bright card. And, after success with last week's sketch, I went online to find a sketch to use which sped things up during the creation process.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the rest of the bird-day projects - and then create and link up one of your own!


I'm entering my card in Simon Says Stamp's Stitches challenge. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Happy Mother's Day

It's Wednesday and we're finally seeing a bit of sun here! In fact, when I got home from yesterday, I noticed that my first daffodil of the season had bloomed. As daffs are my favourite flower, I was so excited to see it!!


Imke is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she's got a sketch for us! I used the sketch to make a Mother's Day card for my mum. Here in Canada, we celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May each year - which is this coming Sunday! Mum loves daffs almost as much as I do so I used a daffodil stamp as the focal point on my creation.




Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see how the rest of the Girlfriends have been inspired by Imke's sketch. And then pull out your own crafting supplies to use the sketch to inspire your creation!


I'm also entering my card in Simon Says Stamp's For a Special Lady challenge. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

What Makes You Different

Happy May! It's still be rather chilly here in Central Ontario. In fact, there were snow flurries when I went out to get some groceries on Monday evening! I'm ready for spring and hope it's just around the corner.

I'm thrilled to be hosting at Little Red Wagon this week and I've chosen the theme "Black and White Buddies". I'm looking for animals that are black and white - whether it be the traditional pandas, penguins and zebras - or any other animal that's coloured black and white, such as cats, dogs, mice, etc.


I recently took advantage of the retirement sale at My Favorite Things and purchased some old and new products. I used a few of them on my card!

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

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Hello Gorgeous

It's Brenda's turn to host at Little Red Wagon and she's saying "Everything Coming Up..." (use use some kind of flora: cacti, plants, flowers, trees, fruit, etc.).


I used Simon Says Stamp's Wild Beauty stamp set to create my card. I got the idea of using sequins to ground my flowers from Pinterest. I actually made this card twice as the first time, there was a little smudge that I tried to hide and ended up making a huge mess! Anyway, I switched up the position of the little sentiment and like the updated version much better - so it all worked out in the end.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then make and link your own "Everything Coming Up" project.


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

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Airplane Thanks

It's already Wednesday AND it's a short week! I'm away at a training in Toronto this week so time is flying by.

Jan is our Little Red Hostess and she wants us to "Look Up, Way Up". Jan is looking for projects featuring things in the air - from birds and butterflies to balloons and planes. If you look up and see it, you can use it on your project for this week's challenge!


I'm taking the children on a Baltic Sea cruise in June and we'll be flying KLM to get to Amsterdam. I made these cards to give the flight crew to thank them for getting us to and from The Netherlands safely! I chose the colours based on KLM's colours.

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

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Make Mudpies

It's time for the latest Little Red Wagon challenge and I'm delighted to let you all know that our new Girlfriend, Doni, is hosting this week! She's chosen the theme April Showers and would like to see anything to do with water or rain. This could be the theme of your creation or it could involve water as part of the technique you've used.


I chose to use a Hero Arts rain/spring stamp that I won in a Simon Says Stamp grab bag ages ago and never used. The rain cloud paper was from my stash from years ago and I also added some raindrop gems that I've never used before! The stamps are from a Reverse Confetti set. I'd actually ordered some little duckling stamps for the challenge but they seem to be having fun with border customs so I don't yet have them!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to "meet" Doni - and then link up your own April Showers creation!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Our Friendship is Magical

Imke is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she is challenging us to "Shake It!". Imke would like to see us create shaker cards (or another project with shakers).


I used some magical stamps from My Favorite Things to create a card for a dear friend of mine who celebrates a birthday later this month.

Please create your own shaker and join the fun at Little Red Wagon!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Happy Easter Treat Bags

I'm thrilled to be hosting at Little Red Wagon this week. I've chosen the theme "Hop to it!" and am looking for anything that hops.


For my project, I created a couple of Easter treat bags with bunny toppers. I'll have to make another though as I have three kids.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to check out what the rest of the Girlfriends have created and then link up your own "Hop to it!" project.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

It's Your Birthday - Have a Blast!

Happy Extraterrestrial Abductions Day! I didn't even know that there was such a thing but Brenda, this week's hostess at Little Red Wagon told us it is and I have no reason to doubt her. To celebrate the day, Brenda is looking for space projects. You can include an alien or extraterrestrial - or create anything with a space theme!


I used some products from Your Next Stamp for my rocket-through-space birthday card. It's for a little guy who's turning 10 so I used some mini number stamps to add his age to the spaceship.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link your own ET/space creation!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Thanks So Much

This week's Little Red Wagon challenge is being hosted by Jan again - and she's got another fun one for us: Boyz II Men! Jan wants to see anything masculine.


I pulled out a stamp set from Mama Elephant that I've not used in ages to create my thank you card. In fact, I decided to make two - one to say thanks and one for a birthday!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then add your own masculine project!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

This Stinks.

Jan is hosting at Little Red Wagon this week and she's looking for lions and lambs - and any other creature that one might find outdoors. Although we love our pets, we don't want to see them this week.


Looking through my stamps, I thought that nothing says "outdoor animal" like a skunk! Although I've heard that some people get them de-stinkified and bring them indoors to love, I've never seen one anywhere other than outdoors so decided to go with the black and white critter for my project.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then join the fun with a project using an outdoor animal!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Sending You a Smile on Your Birthday

Imke is hosting this week's challenge at Little Red Wagon and she's saying "Love It!" She wants us to create projects with anything to do with love - whether it's the word "love" in the sentiment, a technique we love, a creation for somebody we love, etc., etc.!! We're hoping that lots of you will join in the fun!


I love cats - so I decided to create a card with a cat theme. The cats on the card are coloured in the liking of my own three cats (although the centre one should really be black). I also love my aunty who will soon be celebrating her birthday and made this card for her. I used my Scan 'N Cut to cut the images - and I do love my Scan 'N Cut! It's paid for itself with the money I've saved not buying dies for all my images.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own "Love It" projects!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

You are Pawsome

Happy Wednesday! I'm thrilled to be hosting at Little Red Wagon this week and I've chosen the theme, "Baby, it's cold outside!" Although I am not a fan of winter and the cold, I'm looking for projects that celebrate winter and all it has to offer.


I decided to create a little skating scene for my card. I don't think I stirred my Gesso quite well enough as it was a bit too liquidy when I created my stenciled snowy background - but I rather like the look of the larger flakes. I learned this year that snowflakes are larger when the temperatures are closer to 0 degrees - and I'm all about rising temperatures!!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then join the fun by linking your own winter-themed project. I can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

You are Space-cial

Brenda is hosing at Little Red Wagon this week and she wants us to "Move on". No, this does not mean that she wants us to go to different blogs or switch from crafting hobbies to something else. She simply wants to see movement of some sort on our creations - from spinners, wobbles, googly eyes, pull tabs, pop-ups, and so on!


I did double-duty with my card and used an Action Wobble for my little spaceship and googly eyes to dress up my alien. The fun little stamp and sentiment are from Your Next Stamp.

Please move on to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the girlfriends have created - and then create your own movement project!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

I've Never Met a Cupcake I Didn't Like

Jan's hosting at Little Red Wagon this week and she's calling out "Hello, Sweetie"! She's challenging us to anything sweet on our projects - from a sweet treat to something that makes us think "Oh! That's so sweet!" to the word sweet itself.


I must have been a bit hungry when I decided on my take for the challenge and went with a sweet treat.

Please check out the rest of the projects at Little Red Wagon and then link up your own sweet creation!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Welcome Little One

Heather is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she's chosen the theme "Winter Blues" - which seems quite fitting given the cold and snowy weather that we've been having in Central Ontario. I was made for sun, sand and palm trees so am not overly impressed!! However, the nasty weather is a wonderful excuse to hibernate in my craft room to create a card with shades of blue.


I decided to think happy thoughts and created a welcome card for a baby boy! I used my Zig watercolour markers, water and a paintbrush to create my striped background before adding some stenciled hearts. I also painted the frame using the blue used for my middle stripe. A sweet little hedgehog, sentiment and little heart embellishments finished things off.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then chase the winter blues away by creating something blue!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Merci

Imke is telling us to "Stick it!" this week at Little Red Wagon. She wants to see washi tape on our projects.



A couple of years ago, I got some lovely Paris-themed washi tape which has been sitting in its tin since! Imke's challenge theme was the perfect opportunity to bring it out and put it to use. My card was an easy one to put together as the flower is pre-made and came as part of a grab bag that I won at Simon Says Stamp.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the girlfriends have created - and then pull out your washi tape to join the fun with us!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

I Fancy You

It's time for a new challenge at Little Red Wagon and I'm thrilled to be hosting this week! I've chosen the theme "Time Will Tell" and am looking for anything to do with time - clocks, watches, calendars, etc.


I used MFT's Happy Hello to create my card with a little version of Big Ben in the background. With Valentine's Day around the corner, I opted to use the opportunity to create a card for the occasion. As my kids are all born in August, we always celebrate half-birthdays on Valentine's Day so I've got extra incentive to create for that!!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own "Time Will Tell" projects. I can't wait to see what you make!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Thanks

Mahalo Nui Loa! I had no idea what that meant (although I have heard "Mahalo" before) and fortunately, Brenda translated it for the Girlfriends at Little Red Wagon. "Mahalo Nui Loa!" means "Thank you very much!" in Hawaiian - which is appropriate given that Brenda lives in Hawaii. She's our hostess this week and wants to see thank you cards.


I pulled out a "Thanks" border die that I've only used once before and have had for a few years. I'm going to make an effort this year to use more of my older products instead of buying new. That said, I do have my eye on a few new things too...

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the other Girlfriends' projects - and then link up your own Mahalo Nui Loa! creation!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

You're Snow Cool

Happy New Year!!! Last Wednesday was the start of this year's challenges at Little Red Wagon. Unfortunately, my brain was (and is!) still on holiday and I thought we were starting up again next week. Oops! Anyway, here is my project just a few days late. Sorry everybody!!


Janice is our Hostess and she's calling out, "Hey, Newbie!". Janice would like to see anything new on your projects - new products, new techniques, celebration of something new, etc. I recently saw a card in which torn paper was used with some inking to create snow hills. I decided to try out that technique to make the ski slopes on my card.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to add your "new" creation!