Life is a Beautiful Ride

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
It's Heather's turn to host at Little Red Wagon and she wants to see projects celebrating "Summer Fundays" - projects that represent summer fun.

Although I am not a cyclist, my husband was and there was nothing he enjoyed more in the summer than riding his bicycle. My middle son and his girlfriend have been very busy planning a cycle fundraiser in support of esophageal cancer (Ralph's Race Against Cancer - July 14) and they have been blessed with some fabulous donations from a variety of sponsors. I have been busy making thank you cards for sponsors and volunteers.

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

Of All the Gifts

Saturday, June 23, 2018
It's Feature Day at Your Next Stamp and the Design Team (which includes me as Guest Designer this month!) has been challenged with the theme "Animal Antics". Today, we're showcasing some YNS products that feature animals.

I decided to go with a couple of cute critters from Phoebe and Pets. This set has a sweet little Phoebe, some animals and a few accessories too. One of my dear friends is involved with turtle rescue and I thought she'd appreciate not only the turtle image but the wonderful little sentiment that is also included in
Phoebe and Pets.

In addition to
Phoebe and Pets stamps and dies, I also used the YNS Mini Heart Ink Splatter stamp and the Stick Frame Die Set.

This will be my last post as Guest Designer for Your Next Stamp this month - but it certainly won't be my last post using Your Next Stamp products! Thanks so much for having me join you for the month of June, YNS! I always enjoy my time with you!

You LIft My Spirits

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Imke is our Little Red Wagon hostess this week and, with summer holidays just around the corner, she's thinking about travel. She'd like to see projects of any kind (cards, home decor, bags and boxes, scrapbook pages, etc.) dealing with anything to do with travel! You can focus on a particular place or something that you enjoy doing while traveling.

I love to travel! London is my favourite city to visit, with Paris coming in a close second. When I visit Paris, I typically stay in a short-term rental so that I can be fully immersed in the culture, visiting local grocers and bakeries for daily necessities. Well, I suppose that sweet treats aren't really necessary, but I'm very drawn to them all the same!!

I used MFT's In Paris stamp set to create my card, doing just a little bit of masking to create my scene.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the rest of the Girlfriends' takes on this challenge - and then think about travel as you create a project to link up this week!


Just Bee-Cause

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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!!

YNS Blog Hop - Flippin' Fabulous

Saturday, June 9, 2018
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


Wishing You Happiness

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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!
Former Design Team Member at My Craft Spot (2011-2015)
My Craft Spot

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