Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tag You're It! ~ Little Red Wagon Challenge #464

Good morning!!!  It's a lovely Fall day today and I am off work and starting to pack up our trailer for the season.  Fall is my favourite of the seasons but it is a bittersweet time as well when we have to pack up the seasonal home and leave it for 7 months.  Anyhow, enough about my life.

I am sure you dropped in for the new challenge at Little Red Wagon this week.  Brenda is our hostess and her challenge is TAG YOU'RE IT!  She wants to see you make tags ~ tags for any occasion or use.  I hope to make up some goodies to give away for Thanksgiving (Canadian Thanksgiving is in three weeks) and decided these tags would be great to put on them.  I used a premade tag from Recollections in kraft. Stamp set is Grateful Pumpkins by Kraftin' Kimmie and stamped with Kraftin' Kimmie Pumpkin Patch, Mossy Meadow and Marvelous Mocha Hybrid Inks.  A few leaves were coloured with my Wink of Stella to add a subtle bit of sparkle. Edges were inked with Marvelous Mocha.  Ribbon, twin and leaf buttons were in my stash.


As always, it's your turn.  Head on over to Little Red Wagon, check out all of the inspirations and link up a tag of your own.  It's going to be great to see all of your projects  as I love tags.

Thanks for coming by.  Enjoy the rest of your day!



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Bling It On ~ Little Red Wagon Challenge #463

Hey there.  Jan is our hostess this week at Little Red Wagon and the challenge is BLING IT ON.  From BACK TO BASICS (last week) to BLING IT ON (this week) ~ one extreme to the other.  She wants to see bling, glitter, sequins, etc. on your project.

Here's my take.  Stamp is a retired High Hopes called Laura's Pumpkin Patch coloured with Copic markers.  Paper is Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice.  Spooky Cute Sparkly Gumdrops from Your Next Stamp add some sparkle and bling.  Pumpkin button is from my stash.  I outlined the words Pumpkin Patch with my Wink of Stella for more sparkle.  So, in real life, this card is much more sparkly than the picture shows.



Your turn,  Check out Little Red Wagon and the projects from the other girlfriends.  Link up a sparkly project of your own.  :)

Have a great day!!!



Saturday, September 8, 2018

Especially for You! ~ Gaining Confidence in Your Ability

Good day!  I have a card to share today that was made for my first card swap ever with a group of stampers on Facebook.  The group is Stamp Anniething Stampers and we were given an exclusive digital stamp to use for the swap if we wanted or we could also use any Stamp Anniething stamp. 

For some unknown reason I could not get the digi to print at all so I used a clear stamp called Holly ~ Especially for You.  I coloured her with Autumn colours and used paper and enamel dots from Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice collection.  I added a few goodies and off she went to the recipient.


 And here is the picture of the card and goodies posted by the recipient and what she had to say:


Thank you so much for the beautiful card and goodies I received today! The card is so pretty and I will treasure it always!

I think it was a hit.  So, one of the points of this post is that we are our own worst critics.  You will never know the agonizing that was behind this card.  Was it good enough?  Will she like it?  Is the colouring okay? Etc.  And, truthfully, this was my second attempt because I, not anyone else, didn't think the first one was good enough to send.  Next time someone compliments one of your projects just say a big THANK YOU and believe them.  And please never be afraid to share whether on a blog, a Facebook page or any social media sharing platform.  It will help you gain confidence I am sure.  I know it did for me.

Thanks for dropping by.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.



Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Back to Basics ~ Little Red Wagon Challenge #462

Hey there.  Today starts a new challenge at Little Red Wagon and I am the hostess this week.  My challenge is BACK TO BASICS ~ I want to see clean and simple or one layer projects.  And remember, it doesn't have to be a card, any paper crafting project will qualify.

You would never know it by the hot and humid weather we are still having but Autumn/Fall is coming and it is my favourite time of year.  My project reflects that.  It uses a stamp set that I love (sorry, it is a retired rubber set) from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps called Hey There, Pumpkin! coloured with Copic markers.  I backed it on an orange card stock and scored the edges for a little dimension.  And I couldn't resist a small enamel dot added to the sentiment.  It's still a CAS card, right?


Now it's your turn.  Head on over to the Little Red Wagon  blog and check out the inspiration from the other girlfriends.  Then link up a BACK TO BASICS project of your own.  I am looking forward to seeing all that you will create and visiting and commenting on your blogs.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.  



Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Old or New Trends ~ Little Red Wagon Challenge #461

Hello there.  It's been a while since I last posted.  Life has really got in the way, some good and some bad.  But, today begins a new challenge at Little Red Wagon  and I have a project to share.  Imke is our hostess and her theme is Old and New Trends.

I try not to jump on the bandwagon for the newest trends when they first come out for budget reasons.  So I went back to using something that I did on a fairly consistent basis on my cards but no longer do as much. I inked all of the edges and I really like the way they make the image and paper pop.  You may see more of this "older" trend from me in the future.  Stamp and sentiment are Kraftin' Kimmie Party Animals coloured with Copics.  Patterned paper and enamel dots are Simple Stories Let's Party. 


And, not really a trend, but something I again used to do on a consistent basis and have not been doing, I finished the inside of this card as well.


This card is on its way across the country for my grandson's 6th birthday later this month.

So head on over to Little Red Wagon, check out the inspiration from the other girlfriends and link up a project containing a trend, new or old, of your own.  Looking forward to seeing what you create.

Have a great day!!



Thursday, August 2, 2018

August Plan With Me

Hi there.  Today I want to show you my August set up of my bullet journal.  I have been using a bullet journal for about two years now on and off after being introduced to the system by my daughter-in-law.  Planning helps me organize my life and get things done.  And I have also found it is such a great creative outlet as well.

My bullet journal is an emerald Leuchtturm 1917 in the 8" x 5.5" size.  Markers are Faber-Castell PITT artist pens (black) in the sizes XS, S and B.  Gold and yellow are Crayola Supertips.  The theme for August is fairy lights.

First off is my cover page.



Next, is my monthly calendar.  I add all of the events I want to remember in the squares.


Then we have my daily review.  In this spread I colour code how my day was and write a couple of lines or a quote that I want to remember for that day.


The next page is my daily gratitude log.  I write down one thing that I am grateful for a day whether big or small.  The second half of this page is my creative commitments for the month.  I filled it in already so there are some hints here of my design team month to come...oops!


Following that is my habit tracker.  These are habits that I want to do on a daily basis.  It is interesting to see how my day affects the habits that are actually done.  I can see how my energy affects my productivity by tracking habits as well.


Lastly, we have the first weekly entry.  I used a technique called a dutch door where I cut a page in my journal in half and use each daily space to write down my tasks.  One side is for weekly events and the other is for a tiny month with the week highlighted.  And, of course, a Bible quote. 



And there you have it.  It's how I set up my bullet journal for the month of August.  Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more of my bullet journal or if you have any questions.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Have a great weekend.



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Sketchy Times ~ Little Red Wagon Challenge #457

Hey there.  Welcome to a new challenge at Little Red Wagon.  I am your hostess this week and the theme I have chosen is SKETCHY TIMES ~ I want to see you use your favourite sketch for your project whether it be a card or a scrap book layout.  Sketches are a great start to your creativity and are my "go to" when I need that jump start.

I used the Kraftin' Kimmie July monthly sketch pictured here:


And here's my take on it. Stamp and sentiment are from Kraftin Kimmie Magical Friends set coloured with Copics.  Patterned paper is Echo Park Imagine That. 


Now it's your turn.  Head on over to Little Red Wagon, check out the inspiration from my amazing talented design team girlfriends and then link up a sketchy project of your own.  Don't forget to state the source of your sketch.  I'm looking forward to seeing all your makes this week.  

Have a GREAT day!!



Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Ice, Ice, Baby! ~ Little Red Wagon Challenge #456

Good morning!!  Welcome back to my blog.  Things have been a little "hit or miss" around here but I am hoping to be back to my regularly scheduled posts for the rest of the Summer.  There may even be a few surprise posts thrown in.

Today is Wednesday and we start a new challenge at Little Red Wagon.  Imke is our hostess this week and her challenge theme is ICE, ICE, BABY! She wants to see anything with the word ice in it on your projects.  Examples are ice skating, ice cubes, ice fishing and the ever popular for Summer ~ ice cream.

I googled free ice cream images and was rewarded with this cute ice cream cone image ~ perfect for an embellishment on a tag for an ice cream treat.  (Side Note ~ I ate the last treat so nothing to put the tag on ~ LOL!) Image was coloured with Copics.  Patterned paper is from Lawn Fawn Rainbow Plaid.  Embellishments from my stash.


And once again, it's your turn.  Check out the inspiration from the other girlfriends at Little Red Wagon and link up an ice project of your own.  Maybe, just maybe, it will help us to feel cooler in this extremely HOT Summer we are having.

Thanks for dropping by.  Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!