Wednesday, September 13, 2017

On the Loss of Your Furry Friend

Another week has flown by. I'm so happy to be back at work as I love my job - but I am exhausted! This is such a busy time of year with all the new first year students doing intakes.


Jan is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week, and she wants us to "Distress It" - use distress inks or other distress products on your projects. Unfortunately, last month, our department's support dog passed away. Whisper was a wonderful part of our accessibility team and she was such a calming influence on so many. I made this card for Whisper's companion (who is also our Office Administrator).

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the rest of the Girlfriends' projects - and then link up your own distressed creation!

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Eek!

Anybody else think it's Tuesday today? Here in Canada, we celebrated Labour Day on Monday so had an extra day off this past weekend. It's thrown me off - although I am certainly not complaining!

Brenda is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she's curious about our backgrounds - our project backgrounds, that is. Brenda has challenged us to create our own backgrounds.


For my card, I started by stamping and heat embossing a large web stamp that I've had (sitting unused) in my supply cupboard for years. I figured that it was time to pull it out. Once stamped, I then used a variety of distress inks to finish the background. The little mummy is from Your Next Stamp. He's so cute!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the fabulous backgrounds created by the rest of the Girlfriends - and then get out your crafting supplies to create your own background!

I'm also entering my card in the latest Your Next Stamp sketch challenge (Challenge #72). I flipped the sketch upside down to work with my scene.


http://yournextstamp.com/blog/sketch-and-color-challenge-72/

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The Hero Arts spider web cling stamp that I used for my background seems to be out of production. The little bats are dies from My Craft Spot (no longer in business).




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Happy Birthday 2 Ewe

Jan is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she'd like to see hybrid cards. This means that we are to use both digital elements as well as clear stamps. I've done some digital work in the past but generally stick to "in my hand" products so this was a great opportunity for me to stretch myself. Although my card is quite a simple one, it took ages to create. I must admit that much of the time was spent chatting with my daughter and getting sidetracked online as we sat with our laptops at the kitchen island while I tried to figure out the digital aspect of my project!!


My sweet little goddaughter recently celebrated her second birthday and I created this card just for her. I used a digital background from Kate Hadfield Designs and created my own digital stamp sentiment. After printing things off, I stamped, coloured and die cut some little sheep to adhere over the background. I used some of the left over digital background to stamp the hat and balloon and fussy cut those to add to the sheep.

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

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Koalafied for a Coffee

Welcome to Wednesday and our latest challenge at Little Red Wagon. Heather is our hostess this week and she's challenging us to "Sip It!" - include a beverage on your project. With it being summer, I first considered something with a cold drink but ended up with coffee. Although I'm not really a coffee drinker (just Starbucks' lattes!), most of my friends are and I'll be giving this card to one of them.


I received some Claritystamp stencil brushes a couple of months ago and finally gave them a go. I understand the hype as they work so smoothly with stencils!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own "Sip It!" project.

I'm also entering my card in the latest Share Your Design Challenge at Gerda Steiner.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

You Are My World

Sandy is our hostess at Little Red Wagon this week and she's chosen the theme "Bow and Arrow" for us. You can use either a bow or an arrow - or both - on your projects!


I looked through my crafting supplies and decided to go with an arrow. I used a Hero Arts stamp set that I won in a Simon Says Stamp grab bag to create my card. The images and sentiment are heat embossed and stand out quite nicely in real life. My daughter's boyfriend is a geography major so I think I'll give the card to Erin to give to him.


Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what Sandy and the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own Bow and Arrow project!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Go Flourish

It's time for a new Little Red Wagon challenge and I'm the hostess this week. My son and I have been enjoying time outdoors (when it hasn't been raining) and trying to identify the various bugs that we find - so I decided that "Bugs and Slugs" would be this week's Little Red Wagon challenge!


I used the pretty "Butterfly Jar" stamp set from Flora and Fauna for my card, heat embossing the butterflies with sparkly embossing powder on both the card base and the distressed panel. The card is 5"x5" instead of my usual A2 size.


My card is quite a bit different from my original idea - cute little ladybirds and bees! I'm happy with the way things turned out though, and have a special person in mind for this card.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own "Bugs and Slugs" creations. I can't wait to see what you make!

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The little banner for the sentiment is cut from a die from My Craft Spot (no longer in business). The card base is made with Stampin' Up's Naturals White cardstock.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ap'parrot'ly, It's Your Birthday

Thank you all so incredibly much for your cards and messages following the passing of my husband in June. The past weeks have been incredibly difficult. Although I am surrounded with amazing support, my broken heart grieves. I told myself that I would do my best to resume crafting in August - so here I am with the latest Little Red Wagon challenge! I'd like to offer a special thanks to my LRW Girlfriends who have been so kind, patient and understanding during my time off. 


Mandy is our hostess this week and she's asked us to use products from our favourite companies! My Craft Spot is still a favourite of mine, so I used some jute from Kimberly. I am also quite partial to Your Next Stamp - a Canadian company! I used their fun Parrot-ise stamp set as a focal point for my card. And I recently discovered Studio Katia, another Canadian company, so used one of their dies to cut the coloured vellum for my embossed background.



My middle guy celebrates a birthday next week. He loves birds and has a few of his own - including a green-cheeked conure parrot, so I decided that this image would be perfect for his card!


Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and to link up your own project using your favourite supplies!

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I also used orange jute string from My Craft Spot (retired), a basket weave embossing folder, and a postage die from unknown origins!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Meow Meow Meow

It's time for a new challenge at Little Red Wagon and our Hostess, Jan, is asking "Dogs or cats?" This gives you the perfect opportunity to break out your dog and cat stamps, dies, stickers, etc., to create a project with either dogs or cats - or both!


I used my free May 2017 Crafts Beautiful stamp set to create my card. Time was limited, so I kept things pretty simple. The stamp set has a selection of both dogs and cats, and although we have both kinds living in our home (as well as birds!), I decided to go with cats for my card.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created - and then link up your own dog or cat creation!

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hello Mandala

This is an active week at Little Red Wagon. Brenda is our hostess, and she'd like to see us Move It. (Are you now singing the song from Madagascar? I've never seen the movie, but I know the song!) For this week's challenge, we're asking you to include something that moves on your creation - from sliders to shakers, wobblers and pop-ups. Include an interactive element to your project and you're good to go!


I recently discovered a new Canadian stamp company, Studio Katia. I used their Mandala stamp for my card, stamping off the card in each of the four corners using Versamark. I then heat embossed with sparkle embossing powder before adding distress inks. For a softer look to my shaker, I used vellum instead of transparency.


Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the rest of the "moving" creations by the design team. We'd love for you to link up your own project too!

I'm also entering this card in Simon Says Stamp's Work It Wednesday monthly challenge.

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The sequins are from my stash.






Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Lesia Zgharda Stamps Design Team Call

Today I have a bit of a different post than usual. It's an application for a Design Team position with Lesia Zgharda Stamps. I recently discovered LZ Stamps on Instagram and enjoyed looking through the account to see the variety of stamps available. When I saw their Daffodils (my favourite flower) Constructor set, I rushed to the shop to check things out and ended up ordering a few stamp sets. I was especially delighted to see the low cost of international shipping - just $3US! That was a huge selling point for me. The costs of the stamps themselves are more than reasonable too.


As part of the DT application, we are asked to share why we'd like to design for Lesia Zgharda Stamps. My first reason is a bit selfish... I miss being on a stamping design team and miss the friendships, inspiration from others and the joy and excitement that comes from being part of releases and promoting new (and established) products. I also like the "push" that I get to take time for myself, especially in this busy and stressful world. I'm a very responsible person who takes deadlines very seriously, so knowing that others are counting on me is a huge motivator to get inky! This makes "me" time a scheduled and prioritized time in my life. Also, with the short time I've been connected with LZ Stamps, communication has been positive and friendly. The store is well organized and the products are images and sentiments that I would use and promote. I'm active on my blog and on social media and love to share my creations online. I'm an optimistic and creative person who loves to travel and experience new cultures too - so being part of an international team is particularly appealing for me.

Here are five projects that I've created within the past five months that showcase some of my stamping techniques and styles.

Project #1: Hang in There
This project showcases the stamping and alcohol ink colouring of an image. I also stamped the sentiment on the clouds and created the shrubbery background using distress ink and distress oxide ink with "smooshing" and going over the background with leaf stamps to add to the effect.


Project #2: Never Stop Believing You are Awesome
This project showcases a background created with stamped stars which were heat-embossed with glitter embossing powder before inking my panel with distress inks. I stamped and coloured the unicorn with alcohol inks and also heat-embossed the stamped sentiment.



Project#3: Love You Mum
For this project, I heat-embossed the stamped image before colouring it in with watercolours and a brush. The sentiment is also stamped.


Project #4: Happy Fishy Wishes
With shakers and action cards being all the rage, I thought I should include one with my application! This card contains a few stamped images, coloured with alcohol markers, arranged to make a little shaker scene. I'm also including this card as the original post shows an example of my enthusiasm for taking part of a new release while guest designing for Your Next Stamp.



Project #5: Sending Love
This project demonstrates my ability to mask as I had to do a LOT of masking to create my stamped envelope background. The images were also stamped and coloured with alcohol markers and I heat embossed my stamped sentiment.



Thanks for reading through my application. Whether or not I'm selected for the Lesia Zgharda Stamps design team, you'll be seeing my daffodil card created with LZ Stamps in the near future!

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