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


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.

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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!

Please see my right-hand menu bar for links to my social media accounts. I am especially active with Instagram and Pinterest.

Party Like a Rockstar

It's Jan's turn to host at Little Red Wagon this week and she'd like us to all do the Monster Mash! She's looking to see some sort of monster or creature on your projects.

The moment I read about this challenge, I knew I'd be pulling out my Your Next Stamp Silly Monster Rockstars stamps and dies for this one! I actually coloured this little monster a couple of months ago and am happy with the way the card turned out.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created. Then join us by doing the Monster Mash too!

I'm also entering my card in the latest Your Next Stamp Sketch Challenge (Challenge #65).

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Life is a Beautiful Ride

About a month ago, I was introduced to Flora and Fauna clear stamps. When I saw the little VW van die, I had one of those, "Ohhhhh! I must get this!" moments. My package was shipped quickly but seemed to take the scenic route to get to me. It's here now and I had a chance to play with it!

When I saw the latest Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Furry Friends, I decided to combine my new van die with a furry friend in order to play along! The little pup is from a stamp set that came free with the May 2017 issue of Craft Beautiful. I've had the paw print paper since I first began paper crafting about 10 years ago.

For those of you saying prayers for my family, thank you. The past month has been especially rough and we've been told that my husband is likely in his final month or two with us. My heart is still in disbelief that this is happening. We are blessed with tremendous support from my family and friends. Still, it's all a nightmare. We appreciate your continued prayers and positive thoughts. xox

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Pup stamp from Crafts Beautiful (free stamp set included with May 2017 issue)
Paw print paper from Daisy Hill

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hang in There

I'm delighted to be back today with another CropStop guest designer post. For today's project, I created a card using Lawn Fawn's Hang in There stamp set.

I started by stamping, colouring and cutting the sloth from the stamp set before putting it aside as I worked on the background. I put a bit of Mowed Lawn distress ink and Peeled Paint distress oxide on my craft mat, spritzing a bit of water on each. I then used a paint brush to add colour to my watercolour cardstock. Once dry, I stamped leaved using Peeled Paint distress oxide, using both the solid and outline leaves from the Hang in There stamp set. I layered the mat (cut using MFT's Blueprints 29) on a piece of green cardstock and then adhered that to my card base.

I used MFT's single stitch oval dies to cut vellum and more watercolour cardstock to frame my little sloth. The clouds were cut with Lawn Fawn's Puffy Cloud Border dies as well as MFT's Blueprints 29, using both watercolour cardstock and vellum. I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment. I finished everything off with some Toadally Green sequins from My Craft Spot (no longer in business).

Please head over to CropStop to check out the array of crafting supplies available.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Never Stop Believing You are Awesome

Since Monday was a holiday in Canada, today feels as though it should only be Tuesday - but it IS Wednesday. That means that it's time for a new challenge on the Little Red Wagon blog. This week, Heather is hosting and she'd like to see unicorns or rainbows (or both!) on your projects.

I was originally going to do something with a rainbow but recently picked up the Magical Unicorn stamp set from Your Next Stamp and figured that this was the perfect time to use it! I also just received some glittery embossing powder and the Wink of Stella brush pen so put those to use on my card too!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created. Then, we'd love for you to add to this week's magic by linking up your own unicorn and rainbow projects!

I'm also linking up my card in the latest Your Next Stamp Colour Challenge (YNS Challenge #64). The colours were the perfect choice for my glittery unicorn!

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Sequins from My Craft Spot (no longer in business).

Friday, May 19, 2017

Hope Your Birthday is a Smash

Welcome friends! I am delighted to be guest designing at CropStop today! CropStop has a fabulous selection of crafting supplies.

I've seen a few cards created with the new Lawn Fawn Year Seven stamp set and thought the pinata looked so fun! After stamping, colouring (including some Nuvo drops for a little bit of added detail) and cutting my pinata, I created a background using Martha Stewart fringe scissors and three colours of cardstock. I then used an MFT die to cut the fringed background as well as a white mat.

For the card base, I stamped the fun treats from the Year Seven stamp set in VersaMark and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I then layered the white and fringed mats on top with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive before affixing the pinata with foam dots. I tied some orange jute string for a bit of fun detail.

The banners were cut with dies from My Craft Spot (no longer in business) and stamped and heat embossed with the sentiment from the Year Seven Set. I finished things off with some bright yellow enamel dots.

Please head over to CropStop to check out the array of crafting supplies available. I'll be back next Friday with another CropStop guest design post!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Have a Wild Day

It's Wednesday again, which means a new challenge on the Little Red Wagon blog. This week, Sandy is our hostess and she is challenging us to use a sun on our projects. Here in Central Ontario, the sun is finally beginning to shine after last week's rain.

I fell in love with the Safari Friends stamp set (April's free gift with Papercraft Essentials). The little characters seemed perfect for a sunny day creation!

I recently purchased the MFT cloud stencil and used it for the first time on my card. I love it!! I don't know why it's taken so long for somebody to think of this idea. If you've been considering the stencil, it's got two inky thumbs up from me!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see how the rest of the Girlfriends have used suns on their projects. You can link up your own creation too! It's always a joy to see what you make!

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Love You Mum

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there! I'm happy to have all my children home this weekend. We'll have a quiet day at home tomorrow and my youngest told me that I'll be spoiled so I'm looking forward to that!!

I thoroughly enjoyed making this card for my mum and can't wait to give it to her. I used the free stamp from April's Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine as the focal point of my card, first stamping the image with Versamark and then using white embossing powder before colouring with my Zigs. I used my water brush for the first time (even though it's been in my craft desk for over a year) and am SO happy with how it worked with my Zigs! I'll be using it again for sure.

I'm entering my card in this week's It's a Frame Up challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ruff Day

It's my turn to host at Little Red Wagon and I've chosen the theme "Punny Projects" - use a pun on your creation. I love puns so can't wait to see what you create!

For my card, I used a variety of products from My Favorite Things. When I first saw the Four-Legged Friends stamp set, it was a must have for me! The little pups are adorable! I've got a few friends who could use some cheering up and made this card especially for one of them. I hope it helps a little bit.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see the punny projects created by the rest of the Girlfriends and then link up your own. I'll be popping by to see them all!

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Masculine Thank You Cards

We have been blessed with the kindness and goodness of others during my husband's illness so I've been making lots of thank you cards lately. These ones were fairly quick to put together. I wanted something that was somewhat masculine to thank some of the men who have helped us out.

I started by stamping the sentiment and line of "paint" with Versamark and then used copper embossing powder. After smooshing my watercolour cardstock into distress oxide ink a few times (and drying with my heat tool between each inking), I cut the mat with a wonky frame, added a few sequins and droplets and decided I was done! I'm happy with how these turned out and how fast they were to put together. In fact, I made a set in pink and pistachio with white embossing too!

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Sequins are from my stash but I can't remember where I purchased them.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Hello - Thank Ewe

My husband came home from the hospital yesterday! He was there a month so it's a huge relief to finally have him home. I'm off work for the summer and to take care of him. While he slept, I had a chance to play and made this card for the current My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge (Sketch #331) and Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge (A Hint of Pink).

I had fun putting this card, although messed up when putting the white/pink mat on my card base the first time around so it ended up in the recycling bin! Fortunately, I hadn't adhered anything else at that point so it didn't take too long to redo things. Phew! I was originally going to use the sentiment "Wool always be friends" but it was a bit too long for the card. I wasn't sure whether or not to keep the little mouse there (as I had originally planned) but he's just so sweet that I decided I couldn't bear to recycle him!

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Sequins are from My Craft Spot (no longer in business).

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Welcome Little One

It's time to celebrate at Little Red Wagon this week. Mandy is our hostess, and she's looking for celebration-themed projects of any kind. My son's girlfriend became an aunt for the first time last week as her older sister gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Definitely something to celebrate!!

I just love the sweet critters from Your Next Stamp's Stacked with Fun set. I'd used the monkey a few weeks ago on the baby shower card I made for Kaitlyn's sister and used the elephant from the same set for this card.

I used some texture paste and Peacock Feather ink with a Simon Says Stamp stencil for the hearts along the left side of my card. I added them to follow the current Your Next Stamp Sketch Challenge (Challenge #63) and I love the way they look!

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

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The sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Bundle of Love stamp set and is no longer available.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bicycle Birthday Card

Happy Wednesday! This week at Little Red Wagon, Donna is our hostess and she wants us to celebrate the boys in our lives by creating masculine birthday cards. This is the perfect opportunity to create something for one of the men in your life - whether young or old!

I created my card using the Beautiful Ride stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp. The banner, HAPPY stamp and birthday word die are all products retired from My Craft Spot.

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have made and link up your own masculine birthday card too!

I'm also linking up my card to this week's Simon Says Stamp challenge: Anything Goes.

Thanks to those of you who have been thinking of and saying prayers for my husband. He remains in hospital. This weekend was an especially difficult one and he ended up being sedated due to severe pain. However, he's starting to do a bit better and was even able to have a bit to eat yesterday.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Your Next Stamp - April Feature Day

I'm sad that my month of guest designing for Your Next Stamp is coming to an end. I've had so much fun creating with new release products as well as items I've already purchased in the past. This is my last "official" post but you can bet I'll have more Your Next Stamp projects posted in the future! I'm a huge fan of the stamps and dies and have a wish list for more!

Today is April Feature Day on the Your Next Stamp blog and this month's theme is "Little Ones". The design team has created projects related to anything little - babies, little stamps, little cards, etc. I decided to make a little thank you card set (3.5 x 4.75) using some of my favourite little stamps and dies from Your Next Stamp.

Be sure to head over to Your Next Stamp to see the rest of the "Little Ones" creations. While you're there, leave a comment for your chance to win a stamp set of your choice!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Shoeper Awesome

Have you played along in the latest Your Next Stamp Sketch and Colour Challenge? There's still time to join the fun!

I usually prefer to follow sketches over colour themes for challenges, but when I saw the colour combo, I had an idea that just wouldn't go away! I used the fabulously fun "Shoeper Awesome" stamps and dies from Your Next Stamp to create a set of little thank you notelets. During my husband's stay in hospital, people have been so incredibly kind so I've got lots of thank you notes to send!

I coloured up the shoes and cut them with a coordinating die. The background was made with Mustard Seed Distress Ink and a paintbrush. Once dry, I stamped the stars (also from the Shoeper Awesome stamp set) in the same colour.

Please head over to the Your Next Stamp blog for more details on the current challenge. We'd love to have you play along. You might even win a gift certificate to the YNS store!!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Paws and Enjoy the Moment

It's Brenda's turn to host at Little Red Wagon and she's encouraging us to celebrate April Showers. Anything with rainbows, rain boots, rain clouds or even umbrellas is welcome as part of the challenge.

I have had a very busy week as my husband was rushed to hospital on the 10th and will be there for at least another week. I wondered if I would even have a project for today but am doing my best to take time for myself in the midst of all the running around. I'm glad I did! It was peaceful to play with some new goodies which recently arrived from Simon Says Stamp. I've also got some projects lined up for Your Next Stamp and will be working on a couple for CropStop too. It's good to have creative distractions!

Please head over to Little Red Wagon to see what the rest of the Girlfriends have created, and then link up your own April Showers creation!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter Lamb

This week, Jan is wishing us all a Happy Easter over at Little Red Wagon. She wants to see your Easter projects! If you've got a card, a treat box, home decor, a scrapbook page or anything else you've made for Easter, we'd love for you to link it up in this week's challenge.

I used my new All About Ewe stamps and dies from Reverse Confetti to make my card. I've already made a few projects wit bunnies so decided to create with a sweet little lamb this time.

I designed my card around this month's Confetti Sketch for You to Try and will be linking up there too.

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*The banner was created with a My Craft Spot die (retired).

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Thinking of You-Calyptus

Happy Tuesday! I've been excited to post this card which I made for a wonderful friend of mine who's currently going through a bit of a rough time. She messaged me today to say that it arrived safely, so I'm good to post!

I used the You're Koala-fied stamps and dies from Gerda Steiner Designs to create my card. I just love the fun sentiments on this set!

I'm entering my card in this month's Share Your Designs Challenge at Gerda Steiner Designs.

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