Together is a Beautiful Place to Be

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Happy Wednesday! It's finally starting to feel like spring around here. We had some beautiful weather last week and our spring flowers are popping up. Some of my daffodils have already bloomed. Daffs are my favourite so I'm always thrilled to see their yellow heads dancing in my gardens! 

I'm happy to be hosting this week's Little Red Wagon Challenge. Moving along with my Classic 80s challenge themes this year, I've chosen "In the Air Tonight". I'm looking for anything airborne - from kites to birds to planes to balloons - and more!


I opted to use a couple of hot air balloons from MFTs In Paris stamp set. I did some masking to layer the balloons and to ink a stencilled cloud background (although it's difficult to see the clouds). I used my Zig watercoloured markers too. I haven't used those in a bit. 

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own "In the Air Tonight" projects. I'm looking forward to seeing what you make! 
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You Rock

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Brenda is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she's calling out "Monsters!". She'd like us to either use monsters on our project or monstrous images, etc. (e.g., large flowers, huge sentiment, big die cuts, etc.).


I went with an actual monster. I'm not overly impressed with this card - but I think it's the monster I don't really like. Perhaps that's actually a good thing!!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created and then link up your own monster creation!
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I Remembered Your Birthday

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Jan is hosting this week's Little Red Wagon challenge and she's calling out "Happy Birthday!". 


I decided to use My Favorite Things' Old Friends stamp set to create a birthday card for one of my closest friends. We met in high school and we still get together regularly! The sentiment on this card is especially funny as Michelle and I share the same birthday so I'd have to be really forgetful to miss her special day! We have been using the same card for each other, passing it back and forth, for about 20 years now. This year, Michelle has the card so it's my turn to give a fresh one! I'll keep the one we pass back and forth and give it back next year. It's fun to read through all the messages we have left for each other over the years. They're getting smaller and smaller as we run out of space using front, inside and back of the card!!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then make a birthday card for somebody you know! We'd love to have you link up and join us! 
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Dogs Leave Paw Prints on Your Heart

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Happy Wednesday - I think!! For some reason (likely being home again and again from one day to the next!), I've been completely muddled on the days this week. I'm also mixed up with the weeks. I attend a virtual book club the last Tuesday of each month and planned my evening yesterday around book club, only to learn that next Tuesday is the last Tuesday of the month. Oh dear!

Chrissy is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she's looking for "A heart or two... or three". Include at least one heart on your project and you're good to join us!


My colleague recently had to say goodbye to his dog so I made this card for him and his family. Our team also made a donation to our local animal shelter in honour of Eudora. 

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then add a heart or two (or three or more!) to your next project in order to join our challenge too!
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I am Really Missing You

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
It's time for a new challenge at Little Red Wagon and Imke is our talented hostess this week. Imke is challenging us to create one layered cards. This was a challenge for me as I usually have at least two layers so was wondering what I could do beyond simply stamping a sentiment on a piece of cardstock. However, I decided to use a stencil, some ink splatters and a heat embossed sentiment for the illusion of depth while keeping things to one layer. This card was fairly quick and easy to put together and I might have to create more one-layered cards in the future!


The stencil I used is from Reverse Confetti and the sentiment from My Favorite Things. The wonky die is Lil Inker Designs. After cutting my front panel, I kept the die on the cardstock in order to create a frame when stencilling. I made this card to send to a dearly loved friend who is going through a tough time right now. 

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then try your hand at a one-layered card to join the fun!
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Congratulations

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Happy Wednesday! I'm thrilled to be hosting this week's Little Red Wagon challenge. In keeping with my 80s rock-themed challenges this year, the challenge for this week is "You Spin Me Round". Basically, I'm looking for circles of any kind - from circle-shaped cards, circled patterned paper, circle embellishments, circular frames, etc. 


One of my colleagues recently gave birth to a baby girl so I made this card to offer my congratulations. I used a layered stencil set to ink all the circles. I also used a NBUS round "Congratulations" die that I received free with a MFT purchase a couple of years ago. And the sweet little donkey is from a Your Next Stamp set.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own "You Spin Me Round" project! 
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With Sympathy and Love

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
It's Brenda's turn to host this week's Little Red Wagon challenge and she wants to see "Fun Feathered Friend". I have to admit that, when I wrote down this week's challenge, I simply wrote "birds". As a result, my card is not a particularly fun one. However, the birds are sent to bring comfort and love to a dear friend.


The birds I used are from Flora & Fauna's Woodgrain Bird stamp set. "With sympathy" was cut with an Avery Elle die set and "and love" is from a Hero Arts stamp set. The birds don't look quite as bright in real life but do have some Wink of Stella on them for a bit of shine.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own "Fun Feathered Friends" projects. We're always happy to see your cards, layouts, home decor projects, tags, etc.!
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Birthday Blessings

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Jan is this week's Little Red Wagon and she's looking for anything and everything "Totally Teddies"! She's let us know that bears of any sort will do so that's the direction I went.


I used some stamps from Flora and Fauna's Mushroom Forest set and water-coloured the background and images. The little sentiment tag was created using dies, a stamp and jute from My Craft Spot (no longer in business). I added a few vellum die-cut flowers to finish things off. 


On a completely different note, I have a new man in my life!! He's the sweetest little guy and I am completely smitten with him. He's quite cuddly and such a happy soul. We've named him Bishop after Bishop Myriel from Les Mis as he has a bit of a white collar. He is rather a rascal though and part of me thinks that he would have been more appropriately named Mungojerrie!! It's a good thing he's so cute!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created for this week's "Totally Teddies" challenge. We'd love for you to join the fun as well!
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Hello Tag

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
It's time for our newest challenge at Little Red Wagon and this week, our newest Girlfriend is calling out, "Tag! You're It!" Chrissy has just joined Little Red Wagon and we're so excited that she is sharing her talent and friendship with us! Chrissy is challenging us to make tags of all kinds! Your tags can be part of a gift box or card or they can stand on their own. 


I created two little springtime tags using a variety of dies from different companies. My brain is heading to summer mode even though we are still in the middle of winter here. I recently ordered a small travel trailer/RV and am just itching for it to get here (in a few months!) and then enjoy some weekends out of the house. It's been so long since we've been able to travel at all and it looks like things will still be local this year. I'm really excited to have a little home on wheels for camping resorts and boondocking during my summer holidays. 

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created for our tag challenge - and then make a tag or two of your own to join in the fun!
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Everything Stops for Tea

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Imke is hosting this week's Little Red Wagon challenge and she's chosen the theme "Hot Drinks". I've been enjoying lots of teas lately and have even had a few mugs of hot chocolate. It's been quite cold here in Central Ontario (Canada)! I much prefer warm weather so do enjoy hot drinks when I'm feeling chilled.


I feel as though I cheated a bit with this project. This past two weeks been especially busy ones with little time for anything extra. Although I did end up doing some crafting on the weekend, those creations were needed for unexpected reasons and will be used in future challenges. For this gift card holder, I simply cut some patterned paper (from a set of papers that came free with a magazine) using a gift card holder die which I've had since my early crafting days. I then cut a couple of pieces from the coordinating paper and affixed them to the holder. In order to seem as though I was putting a bit more effort into things, I added a gumdrop to the holder flap! It was fun to be in my craftroom even though it wasn't for very long. I'm looking forward to things settling a bit next week as Monday is a holiday here and I've decided to take Tuesday off as well. Four day weekend!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created for the "Hot Drinks" challenge. We'd love to have you link up your own projects as well!
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Valentine's Card

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Happy Wednesday from chilly central Ontario! We haven't had much more snow the past few days but we have had some very cold temperatures. I've been spending my days looking at little travel trailers and dreaming of summer. Given that we won't be able to go on holidays again this summer, I decided to invest in a little trailer in order to at least get away to some local campgrounds. In fact, I've already booked our first camping trip!

I'm delighted to be hosting this week's Little Red Wagon challenge. The theme this week is "Total Eclipse of the Heart". For each of my challenges this year, I've chosen a theme based on an eighties hit! I'm actually looking for projects with hearts which seems quite fitting given that Valentine's Day is just around the corner. 

I recently purchased some slimline dies through Amazon and used a couple of them on my card. The hearts flourish border was cut four times from a die from My Craft Spot (no longer in business) and then layered together for a bit of thickness. The top layer has a few black paint splashes on it. I used a few different shades of reds to smoosh my background and then splattered some red and black. The black panel is also embossed with some tiny hearts. I was going to leave things like that and add a Happy Valentine's Day sentiment but the card just seemed too bland. I added a little boa and some red heart gems. The sentiment can go inside. 

I do hope you'll head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created and then link up your own heart-themed project!
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You Are Made of Wonderful

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Happy snowy Wednesday! We got quite a lot of snow here yesterday. One of the advantages of being on lock-down is that I don't have to worry about winter driving! I would have had a nasty drive home yesterday - but instead, I was indoors enjoying hot chocolate!!


Brenda is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she wants us to "Build a snowperson". That's exactly what I did for my card! In fact, I used the snowperson to build my sentiment too! I made this card for a dear friend who loves snow and the colour yellow so I did my best to incorporate both. We were chatting over FaceTime this weekend and I was joking with her about yellow snow but decided not to go that direction! (For those of you who do not live in a snowy climate, yellow snow typically means that a dog has peed in that spot. We have a saying, "Never eat yellow snow" for that reason.) Despite the fact that I am counting down the days until summer and my friend is hoping that winter lasts forever, we get along wonderfully well and have remained fast friends since our teenage years.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then "Build a Snowperson" and link up your project!

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Long Distance Hug

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
It's time for a new challenge at Little Red Wagon. Jan is our hostess and she is "Die-ing to Craft"! We'd like you to use die cuts on your projects.

I've been using a Cuttlebug for about 15 years now in order to cut all my wafer dies. For the past year or so, I've been using a shim and still not getting very good results. In fact, last week's project took multiple attempts to cut my die. Although my Cuttlebug has been a close and dear craftroom friend over the years, it was time to retire it. I did some research and asked some questions, eventually narrowing things down to a Vagabond 2 and Gemini Junior. When I found an awesome sale price for the Vagabond 2 last week, my decision was made. The timing was perfect with this week's challenge! And what a difference the new machine makes!


My card is a fairly simply one. I used the Happy Rainbows die set from My Favorite Things, cutting the largest set twice in each of five colours. I have a number of cards I'd like to send to friends who I'm currently not able to see, so thought that I could use an "assembly line" process to create a mass set of cards. The sentiment is from the I Miss Your Hugs stamp set, also MFT, and the little heart that I popped on each card to finish things off is from the inside cut of one of the MFT Love Speech Bubbles dies. The frame is a Silly Stitched die from Lil' Inker Designs (no longer in business). 

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own project created with a die cut. 

I'm also linking up my card(s) in CASology's UNITE challenge



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You Make The World Beautiful

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Our latest Little Red Wagon challenge is all about friendship! As long as your creation does something to celebrate friendship in some way, you are welcome to join us!


I made this card for a dear friend. She is such an incredible support to me and I love her dearly. Given Covid, I have not been able to spend time with her so made this card to send her, just so she remembers how special she is to me and how she makes this world a beautiful one.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see how the rest of the Girlfriends are celebrating friendship - and then use this opportunity to create something to celebrate a friend in your life! 
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3x3 Daffodil Cards

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Happy New Year! I do hope that you all had a safe and happy holiday. My first day back to work is today and I was spoiled with two weeks off. That said, I think I was busier with my time off than I was when I work! Originally, we had planned to take a cruise but that was nixed given the current health situation. However, we had a fabulous family time with lots of games and puzzles. Each year, we get the Christmas Wasgij (a reverse perspective puzzle - hence the name is jigsaw spelled backwards). We had great fun putting that together and then did a couple of Magic Puzzles. If you're a puzzler, I highly recommend these puzzles! We had a blast and are looking forward to putting the third one together too. 


It was nice to return to my craft room for Little Red Wagon's first challenge of 2021. Imke is hosting and she has chosen the theme 3x3 cards. I used a Simon Says Stamp daffodil die for my little set of cards. They would have been quick and easy to put together although I had a challenging time trying to remove the die cut daffodils from the die itself. I think there is some sort of crafting tool for this sort of thing so I think I will have to investigate!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have made - and then create your own 3x3 card(s) to join our challenge this week!
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Former Design Team Member at My Craft Spot (2011-2015)
My Craft Spot


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