Furry and Bright

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Jan is hosting at Little Red Wagon this week and she wants to know "What's red all over?". In other words, she's looking for red all over our projects! Now, I have a confession to make... I was preparing my post during my break at work yesterday when I realized that my card was actually for a challenge in about a month's time! I didn't think I'd be able to post anything today but when I got home from work last night, I got my son settled with some leftovers for supper and then raced to my craft room before leaving for an evening workshop. When I got home, my son was fast asleep but I was delighted to find that he had emptied the dishwasher. I think I did something right raising that boy!!

I just received the Happy Pawlidays stamp set and I'm in love with the little pups! I used one of the stamps for my card - with one of the fun little sentiments to go with it.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon so you can see red too - and then get out your red cardstock, pens and markers to create your own project with red!

I'm linking up my card with Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.

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Christmas Tags

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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.


Everything Will Be Okay

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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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From All of Us - YNS Blog Hop!!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

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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Former Design Team Member at My Craft Spot (2011-2015)
My Craft Spot

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