For You - Gift Card Holder

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Yippee! It's Wednesday! I'm having an increasingly difficult time keeping my days apart as there is not much to distinguish one from the next. We are still self-isolating here and, although a few things are starting to open up, I'm not going out except for picking up my "click and collect" online grocery orders. Even with that, I just sit in the car while somebody else loads the trunk!


This week, Imke is our hostess at Little Red Wagon. She's challenging us to use our patterned paper (or to create our own background paper). I have a ridiculously huge stash of patterned paper that I rarely use so was excited to look through it and create. I decided on paper with little paw prints and used a dog and kitten image to go with it. When I was done, I looked at it and frowned which was interesting as the sentiment read simply, "Smile". Anyway, I'm now posting a card that I made a few years back while visiting a friend and using her supplies. I'd never posted this card - which is a card/gift card holder - and thought this week's challenge would be a great time to do so. Plus, it spared me from having to post my non-blogworthy card.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to check out the projects made by the rest of the Girlfriends - and then get out your patterned paper (or create your own background paper) to join in the fun!
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Here's a Huge Hug

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
I'm hosting this week's challenge at Little Red Wagon. I've chosen the theme "Line It Up" which means that I'd like to see lines on projects.


I used a lined stamp border on my card and also chose a focal sentiment which includes lines for emphasis. I just realized that the smiley face exclamation points are a pair of lines as well. Go me! The lined border is a stamp from Your Next Stamp and the sentiment and little lamb are both from My Favorite Things.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created. I'd love to have you join in too!
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Find Joy in the Ordinary

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
This week at Little Red Wagon, we're reusing and recycling! Brenda is our hostess and she wants to see us using previously-used items on our projects. This is a fabulous time to be creative and take items that might be heading out the door and turning them into something wonderful!


The grey mats used on my card were salvaged from my uni's print shop. I was able to get a number of pieces of cardstock and paper that were otherwise going to be thrown in the recycle bin. I also used an old dictionary to cut some of my flowers. I used dies that I had also used for last week's creation - reusing in another sense!!

Please look through things that might be headed for the rubbish or recycling bins and use them on your creations. And please check out the rest of the Girlfriends' creations at Little Red Wagon!


I'm linking up my card in Simon Says Stamp's latest challenge - Recycle!
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Jar - Shape Card

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Jan is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she's telling us to "Shape Up". This doesn't mean that she's been disappointed with our projects as of late. Rather, Jan is looking for shape cards. Even though squares and rectangles are shapes, they don't count - but any other shape does!


I created my entire little card using only stamps, dies and twine from My Craft Spot! Although My Craft Spot is no longer in business, I have such fond, fond memories of creating with Kimberly's products and it was such a delight taking a trip down memory lane as I put my card together.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then put together your own shape card to join this week's challenge!
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Hello Card

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
It's time for our latest Little Red Wagon challenge! Doni is our hostess this week and she's chosen the theme "Flowers". Create a project with a flower or two - or even a whole bunch!


I used a set of peonies that came free inside an issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft Magazine. The set includes layered stamps and it was fun to create these flowers for my card.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to check out the flowers on the Girlfriends' projects - and then add flowers to your own creations and link up in this week's challenge!
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Thumbs Up!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Imke is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she's chosen the theme White (or any other colour) Space. Imke is looking for creations with minimal detail and lots of blank space.


I used some fun products from Your Next Stamp to create my fun card. As soon as I saw this set, I had to get it. I love giving the thumbs up sign as a form of encouragement and motivation for others. I remember when my daughter was young, she responded to friends with a double thumbs up and they all laughed, telling her that she was just like her mum!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created and then make and link up your own white space projects!
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Rain or Shine

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
It's Wednesday again already! Despite not having gone anywhere for over a month now (with the exception of dog walks around the neighbourhood), I'm still working full-time from home and staying so busy that the days fly by!


I'm thrilled to be this week's hostess at Little Red Wagon and have chosen the theme "April showers" for our theme. I'm looking for anything to do with April or spring. I used some stamps from My Favorite Things and Clearly Besotted to create my rainy day scene. A huge shout-out goes to my friend Faith at Daffodil Cards who sent me a link to find some crafting magazines. The Clearly Besotted stamps were a freebie with one of those magazines!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to admire the rest of the Girlfriends' creations - and then link up your own April Showers project while you're there!

Be well, stay home and stay safe!
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Happy Mother's Day

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
It's Brenda's turn to host our latest Little Red Wagon challenge and she's been inspired by Freddie Mercury singing, "Mamaaaaa!". This is Brenda's fun way to announce that we're creating Mother's Day projects this week!


I recently learned that alcohol markers work well on cardstock. I'd no idea! Anyway, I decided to give it a go and was pleased with the results! I used some new stamps from Studio Katia for the pretty peonies and an older set for the Happy Mother's Day. There's lots of silver heating embossing that happened too! I'm really pleased with the way my card turned out and can't wait to give it to my incredible Mum next month. It sounds as though I still won't be able to see her (due to physical distancing still in place in Canada) but still want her to know how very much loved she is.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to check out the rest of the Girlfriends' Mother's Day projects and then turn up Bohemian Rhapsody and sign along as you create your own project for this week's challenge!
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Hello

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
We're mixing things up this week at Little Red Wagon. Jan is our hostess and she's chosen the theme "Mix 'Em Up!". Simply use products from more than one company on your projects and you're mixing 'em up!


I started with a Mini Toucan from Flora & Fauna. The background was stamped with flowers and leaves from the same set. I used frames from Your Next Stamp. The twine is from My Craft Spot (no longer in business). I used my Zig markers for some watercolouring.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then use a variety of products to Mix 'Em Up and join our challenge!
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Prayers and Love

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
It's time for our newest Little Red Wagon challenge. Doni is the hostess this week and she's calling for "Blue"! Anything goes, as long as there's blue on your creation.


I used some more dies from my new Flora & Fauna "Woodland Flowers" dies (which I used for last week's card too) to create the flowers and leafy branches behind them. They're all layered on a stencilled background which I sponged after cutting out a doily from a My Craft Spot die and using that as my stencil. The "prayers" cut and sentiment are a set from Hero Arts. Prayers and love are needed around the world.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the rest of the Girlfriends' creations - and then pull out your blues to create a project of your own!

I do hope that you are all keeping well and safe. Please remember to stay home. Other than the dog's walks, I haven't left the house in over two weeks. It can be done!
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Just Because

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Happy Wednesday! It's time for our new challenge at Little Red Wagon where the wonderful Imke is hosting this week. Imke has called this challenge "Leftovers" and she wants us to use up paper (or supplies) that we have leftover from something else.


I used some tissue paper that came with my latest Causebox shipment to make my die cut flowers. The dies are a new set from Flora & Fauna. I also used some leftover white cardstock for my frames which just arrived with my latest Your Next Stamp order.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then use your leftovers to make a project for our challenge!

I do hope that all of you are well. We're staying home and making the best of things. It's actually been a wonderful time of reconnection with family meals together each night and games in the evening. I'm still working each day - but from home. It's busy as we work to support our students at the uni with their transition to online learning. I'm so impressed with my team and my incredible students!
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Thanks a Latte

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
I'm excited to be this week's hostess at Little Red Wagon this week. I have to admit that I procrastinated a bit and only created my card last night. As I'm sure many of us are, I've been glued to the news. It was good to have some time tucked away in my craft room while being oblivious to the outside world for a bit.


I'm fortunate to be able to work from home for the next little bit. I typically go into the office each day so it's quite a switch. I've got regular Zoom video conference meetings with my students and lots of emails so I'm keeping busy! Still, it means that work is home and home is work right now. Taking the time to craft this evening reminded me just how important it is to take breaks and to take time for ourselves.

I used a sweet little image from Your Next Stamp's Ellie Loves Lattes to create my card. The Stripe-Tastic Rectangle die used behind the image is also from Your Next Stamp. I love the look!

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

I wish you all health and safety at this time. Please, stay inside whenever possible.
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Amazing, Marvelous You

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Brenda is this week's hostess at Little Red Wagon and she's calling out, "Etc., etc., etc."! Basically, she's looking for three of anything on our projects - from three sentiments to three images to three embellishments to three patterned papers. If it's a triplet of some sort, we want to see it!


I was especially excited about this challenge as three is my favourite number. I used my never-before used love script die and cut it three times for my card. (The cuts stand out a bit better in real life.) I have three words in my sentiment and finished things off with three droplet gems. Three sets of three!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the rest of the Girlfriends' projects and then join this week's fun by creating something with a "three" theme!
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If You Were a Cactus

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
I ordered some new release MFT stamps today and decided that I should use some of the products I bought last month! The cactus set caught my eye as soon as I saw it and I got the brick wall stencil on sale. As I hadn't used either, I decided to use both on my card!


I've been trying to do a bit more crafting and blogging. Life is so busy that it's hard to find time - although it's good to take time to do the things we love!
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All About You Card Set

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Jan is this week's hostess at Little Red Wagon and she's encouraging us to "Tie One On!" This means it's the perfect time to pull out your balls of yarn, twine, jute, string, etc. and add them to your creations!


I made a set of simple little cards. I used twine on two and jute string on the other.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the other Girlfriends have created and then Tie One On to join in the fun!
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Go Flourish

Sunday, March 1, 2020
There's currently a 30-Day colouring challenge going on for crafters (or anybody!). I'm not sure that I'll be able to colour every day but thought I'd try to make use of some of the time that I've got. Plus, I'm still having a very difficult time with sleep and colouring is so relaxing!


I used stamps from Flora and Fauna's Butterfly Jar Set (which might actually be retired as I don't see it in the shop). I added some Wink of Stella to the butterfly for some added sparkle.

It's a simple card - but I like it and it was a great way to spend time while waiting for the sheets to dry!
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Let's Cuddle

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Yesterday, I received an email from My Favorite Things which shared this week's sketch. As soon as I saw the sketch, I "saw" a card in my mind and knew exactly how I would interpret things. I decided that I would take advantage of a snowy night to have fun in my craft room!


For my card, I used a number of MFT products: A2 Stitched Rectangles dies (Set 1 and Set 2), Birch Trees dies, You Make My Heart Melt stamps, Let's Cuddle stamp, Mini Raindrops stencil and Extreme Black ink.

I'm entering this card in this week's MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Challenge #478 and Simon's Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes.
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Happy Birthday to Youuuu!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
It's balloon time at Little Red Wagon! This week's hostess is Doni and she'd like to see us use/add at least one balloon to our projects.


I recently purchased Birthday Buds especially for this challenge (as well as the fact that I'm completely smitten with the little mouse image in the set, although I didn't use it for this project). I did some masking which I haven't done for a while and really enjoyed the time I spent colouring. I need to colour more often - or even just sit and relax! I typically don't colour images until I need them and know there are some crafters that stamp lots of images, sit and colour and then have things ready to go when needed. Perhaps I should give that a go!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to check out the rest of the Girlfriends' projects - and then create something with a balloon so you can join this week's challenge too!
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You Make My Heart Saur

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Imke is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she's challenging us to "Have a Heart". Imke would like to see a heart of any kind on our projects - from images and embellishments to hearts within a sentiment.


About a year ago, I purchased MFT's Cutieasaurus stamp set and don't think I'd used it yet. I've been trying to use more of my NBUS items - or items that have been hardly used. The little dinosaur image was perfect for this week's challenge with her little heart spots. I also added a few frosted heart embellishments to the card as well.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then "Have a Heart" as you join in our challenge too!
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I'm Wild About You

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Welcome to Wednesday and our latest challenge at Little Red Wagon - Wild One! It's my turn to host. Yay! This week, we're looking for any sort of wild animal - from lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) to racoons, skunks, mice and more. We'll even accept feral cats! If it's an animal and you can imagine it out in the wild, then link up your project here!


I decided to make a little set of Valentine's Day cards using lions. I thought the sentiment went nicely with the challenge theme too! Inside, the cards read "Valentine hugs".

Please be sure to check out the DT projects over at Little Red Wagon and then create your own "Wild One" papercrafts to link up. I can't wait to see what you create!
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You're Awesome

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Brenda is hosting this week's challenge at Little Red Wagon and she's chosen the theme "Aquarius" - anything to do with water in its liquid form. I don't really follow signs of the Zodiak so was oblivious to the fact that Aquarius is this month's sign. When my daughter asked about the theme and I told her, she filled me in! Either way, I had an idea in mind for my card and decided to use it.


I used a few different products from Your Next Stamp for my water-themed card. The stamp and corresponding dies are from the Sea Friends set and the fun panel is a die called Wave Panel. I included part of the negative cut from the panel in order to have the sentiment stand out - and to break up the blue sea and the blue sky. I finished things off with some clear droplet gems.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then create your own Aquarius project to join in the fun!
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There's Nothing Foxier

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
"Ah man!" is this week's theme for our latest Little Red Wagon challenge. Jan is our hostess and it's not so much that she's upset that something unfortunate happened as she's asking to see our masculine projects.


For me, masculine projects mean clean and simple - so that's what I did. I decided to use the sentiment that I did as I remember always trying to get my husband to wear a nice sweater. He preferred shirts for work and t-shirts for home - but I told him he looked quite handsome when he would wear a sweater. He would have laughed at this card.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what masculine projects the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then make and link your own project for the challenge!
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You Deserve a Break

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
It's Doni's turn to host our Little Red Wagon this week, and she's saying "Books!" Doni would like us to share projects that have anything to do with books or reading - so newspapers, magazines, comfy reading chairs, reading glasses, bookmarks, etc!


I made a little gift card holder card to hold a gift card for our local bookstore. I used images from Your Nest Stamp's "Me Time" for the little bookshelf and plant and a sentiment from My Favorite Things.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then create and link your own "Books!" project!
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Joy, Love, Peace

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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!
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Cake Box

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
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!
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Hippo 100th Birdie

Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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!
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