Wednesday, January 10, 2018


I'm thrilled that the weather is less harsh this week. In fact, temperatures might even rise above the freezing mark tomorrow!

Jan is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week, and she's chosen the theme "Boy, oh boy!" She'd like to see masculine projects. I'm not sure that my card screams "masculine" but there is nothing particularly feminine about it so I hope it works! I created it with inlaid die cuts and tried to keep the look quite simple.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then create something for one of the males in your life so you can join our challenge too!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

You're Snow Easy to Love

Happy 2018!! I do hope that you all had a lovely holiday. We enjoyed our cruise to the Bahamas - but returned home to a deep freeze with advisories due to the frigid temperatures. I think I'm made for sun and palm trees - not Canadian winters!!

We took time off for the holidays at Little Red Wagon but are back today with the first challenge of the year - Winter Wonderland! Heather is our hostess and she'd like to see snow on our projects. Although I'm not a fan of the real stuff, I do like snowy card creations and enjoyed putting my card together.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and to give a warm welcome to Imke, our newest Girlfriend!! We'd love for you to join in the challenge too!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Joyful Reindeer Gift Bag

Five days!! I can't believe that it's December 20 already! The days have been flying by.

As most of you know, this year has been an incredibly difficult one with the passing of my beloved husband. I am one who celebrates and thrives on tradition so was dreading the holidays and couldn't imagine how I'd get through Christmas. As a result, we've decided to do something totally different this year and we're heading off today for a cruise to the Bahamas! It will be a Christmas like no other but I think that's a good thing right now. I've still been baking (although scaled down this year) and have stockings and gifts that we'll exchange when we get back. I'm also looking forward to sun and heat!

This week's Little Red Wagon challenge is hosted by Sandy and it's called "It's a Wrap!" Sandy wants us to either create something with wrapping paper or a gift. I've created a little gift bag. After I took the photo, I realized that my paper is upside-down - and I'm pretty sure it was upside-down the last time I used it! Perhaps I was standing on my head the first time I ever saw a candy cane...

This will be my last post before Christmas and I wish you all a very happy holiday filled with love, peace and blessings.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Deck the Halls

Only 12 days until Christmas!! I can't believe that we're pretty much halfway through December already. With the exception of some baking, I feel all set at this point.

I'm excited to be hosting at Little Red Wagon this week - although I messed up on my schedule and didn't realize until Monday night when I went to create this week's post. It was then that I realized I missed my own challenge so spent last night in my craft room!!! Unfortunately, it was dark by the time I took the photo. In fact, it was dark by the time I even started creating my card!! It was fun to have an extra night colouring though!!

My challenge is "Christmas Critters" and I'm challenging everybody to create a project with some Christmas critters. I used Gerda Steiner's Reindeer and a Tree stamp set to create my little Christmas scene with Santa and a few of his favourite critters.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created this week. And please link up your own Christmas Critters creations. I can't wait to see what you make!

I'm linking up my card at Gerda Steiner's monthly Share Your Designs challenge. In fact, I purchased the Deck the Halls stamp set from my winning the challenge at Gerda Steiner a few months ago!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Season for Treats

Happy December! I can't believe it's the 6th already. The house is decorated and I've started my baking - but gifts are stacked in the closet and I need to get wrapping!

Sandy is our hostess at Little Red Wagon and she is looking for gift card holders. I do purchase gift cards for some of my nieces so this challenge was a good one for me. I used an old die from my stash for the holder itself and then decorated it with stamps from My Favorite Things (including a several heat-embossed snowflakes) and a Holly Jolly sentiment from My Craft Spot (no longer in business).

I'm looking forward to getting ideas for more gift card holder creations so can't wait to check out what the rest of the Girlfriends have been making. Please head to Little Red Wagon to check things out too - and then link up your own gift card holder!

I'm also linking this up at Simon Says Stamp for their "Gift It" challenge.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Happiness Is...

We're having a "Foodie!" challenge at Little Red Wagon this week. Brenda is our hostess and she wants to see us using food or drink on our projects. I decided to use both!

The sweet little coffee cups and donuts are a stamp from Lil' Inkers which I combined with a sentiment from My Favorite Things' Coffee Break sentiment stamp set. The Silly Stitched dies are also from
Lil' Inkers.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created and then feed your appetite with your own Foodie projects!

I'm also entering my card in this week's Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ski-sons Greetings

Jan is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she's got a fun little sketch for us. I'm thinking that I should have used ribbon instead of twine for the band around the middle - but otherwise, I stuck to the sketch fairly well. Every time I use a sketch, I tell myself that I should use them more often. They really help reduce the smoke that spews from my ears from overthinking a card design!!

I was so, so excited to learn that I'd won a $75US voucher to My Favorite Things in their most recent release and picked up a few fun new products - including the Ski-sons Greetings polar bear set. I inked up one of the stamps for my card.

Please head over to
Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then use the sketch for your own creation!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Joy to the World

Heather is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week, and she's chosen the theme Penguins or Polar Bears - or both! Last Christmas, I received an add-on stamp from my son's sweet girlfriend so I decided to use the stamp to create her Christmas card for this year.

The stamp-edge die used to cut the frame was another gift and I'm not sure where it's from. The "joy" die is from My Favorite Things and the "Joy to the World" is from My Craft Spot. The snowflakes are dies from My Craft Spot with a bit of Wink of Stella added for some glittery fun.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to enjoy the rest of the penguins and polar bears on display! Then link up your own creation to join the fun!

YNS Design Team Dare - Christmas Colour Combo

It's time for the monthly Your Next Stamp Design Team Dare!! As I'm guest designing this month, I was dared to create a project with a favourite Christmas colour combination. I love a variety of Christmas colours, but this year, I've really been taken with blue/turquoise with red and white - so that's what I went with!

I used the NEW Tweet Love Birds stamp set and die as the focal point of my card. I coloured the birds using a few shades of blue and layered them over an embossed snowflake panel. The frame and ornaments, as well as the mistletoe, have some Wink of Stella added for some sparkly cheer. I also added some of the NEW Merry and Bright Glittered Gumdrops for even more sparkle!

Please head over to the Your Next Stamp blog to see the rest of the Christmas Colour Combo creations. Leave a comment while you're there for a chance to win the stamp set of your choice!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

So Joyful - Your Next Stamp New Release Blog Hop

Yay!! It's time for the Your Next Stamp New Release Blog Hop! I'm so thrilled to have been invited to join the fun - and excited that YOU can join in too! Follow the links below to visit other YNS crafters and leave comments along the way for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Your Next Stamp store. The more comments you leave, the more chances you'll have to win!

Last month, I fell in love with the Tweet Holiday stamp set and its darling little birds. Imagine my delight when I opened my November New Release package to find another two stamp sets (with dies!) in the "Tweet" collection!! I used them both right away, with one set to show now and the other to share later in the week. They're perfect for Christmas and winter-themed projects of all kinds!

As I'm behind on my Christmas card creations this year, I decided to create a card with the NEW Tweet Kindness stamp set and dies. I first created a subtle snowy background by stamping some snowflakes with Versamark and using a glitter embossing powder before blending some Tumbled Glass distress ink. After framing my bird in the die-cut panel, I added some of the NEW Merry and Bright Glittered Gumdrops inside some of the snowflakes for some wintery sparkle. I finished everything off with a sentiment (also from the NEW Tweet Kindness stamp set) stamped on a tab from Your Next Stamp's Cute Little Shopping Bag die set.

As always, Karen has a fabulous sale to celebrate the new release! Use the coupon code below to save on your 
Your Next Stamp purchase!

Don't forget to leave a comment before you head off - and then check out the rest of the designers' projects for more inspiration! You have until November 14 at midnight to leave comments for a chance to win the $25 gift certificate to the YNS store.