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Okanagan, BC, Canada
Welcome to my crafting blog. After retirement, my husband and I moved to a beautiful location in the Okanagan area of British Columbia. I love all paper crafts including mixed media, journaling and cards. I also dabble in papermaking, photography, fibre art, and altered books. I am an active member of several card and mixed media groups and on the design team of several challenge blog. I love the world of blogging, it has opened many doors for me. My favourite quote is by Maya Angelou. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” I hope you join me in my search for my creative side. Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Coffee Pot Lady


It is time for another Fantastic anything goes challenge at Bleeding Arts this month. 

I decided to alter an old fashion peculator coffee pot for my project that was in our camping box. 

This is what I started with.


I had my husband help me remove the handle from the pot and I saved the inside parts for another project.

For my colour I was inspired by this variegated brightly colour wool that I have in my stash. 

I found this child's hat at a thrift store, painted it with Gesso, then added different colours of waxes and added a metal flower, and metal trim that I also coloured with waxes.



For my coffee pot I added coke bottle eyes, buttons for the eye balls which I painted,  and part of a spoon for each of the ears. 



I added some old funky glasses which I added some small flowers to. 




This was a fun project for me and a little bit crazy. 

Hope you will join us this month at Bleeding Arts. Create your anything goes/mixed media project and enter it here

Have a creative week. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Girls - Just Want to have fun!!

Time for another great anything goes challenge at Through the Craft Room Door. 

 Our fabulous sponsor this week is ….. 


The prize is 2 digital images from the store.


This is my card for this challenge, the image is called Party Girls and can be found in the Hetty Clare's Esty shop. 



Another look at the image. 


I coloured my image with Copics, pencil crayon, and gell pens. I added a little bit of glitter and Nuvo drops to give the card some sparkle. 

Have a creative week .  Thank you for stopping by, 



Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Fantasy World

It is time for another great challenge over at Crafty Gals Corner and the theme for this challenge is:

Fantasy World

Our sponsors for this challenge are:
(in alphabetical order)


   
Colour of Love
Prize ~ 3 Digital Images





Prize ~ 3 Digital Images used by the DT

For this challenge I have used a digital stamp from Morgan's Art World called Fairy Children Dig Stamp 4



I coloured my card with Copics, pencil crayons and Wink of Stella.  I layered the card with some pretty Graphic 45 Paper from the Fairy Dust collection.  The sentiment and tag punch we an old stamp and punch by Stampin Up.

Other views




Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to pop over to Crafty Gal's Corner to see the inspiring cards of our talented design team. 

Friday, July 3, 2020

Welcome to my Fairy Garden


Time for another great challenge over at Creative Artiste this month.  As always the theme is Anything Mixed Media Goes. 

Please make sure you use multiple mediums on your  projects.
Please respect that we do not accept Instagram entries. Only blog entries please.

My project this month is a fairy garden book. The chip board book I used was from my stash and probably there for 10 years or so.  I tried to find the company that made the book but it appears it is no longer in business.  The book had lots of Real Estate to create the project on. 

This is the first page of the book.

Lavinia 

I used many products to create my fairy garden including Lavinia rubber stamps, Lavina digital images (fairy houses), lots of different companies flower stamps,


More pages

Open view 

Most of the background were done with Distress Oxide Sprays, Posca Pens, Tombow markers, Gel pens, Pentart Glitter Pens, and Nuvo Crystal Drops. 


Last page

 

 Closer views













Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to pop over to our Creative Artiste Challenge Blog to see the inspire projects of our Design Team. 

I would like to enter tis mixed media fairy book in the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
We Love to Create - Anything Goes Mixed Media 
Crafters Castle- Anything Goes
The Fairy and the Unicorn - Anything goes Fantasy
Lavinia World Challenge - Anything goes with Lavinia

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Gone Fishing


Time for another great  Anything Goes challenge at Through the Craft Room Door.  

I have chosen to do a fishing scene for this challenge.  I have someone special I would like to give this card to for their birthday. I used a digital image by Power Poppy for the card, the image is called Fly Guy.

I coloured the image with copics, added a fly rubber stamp and a die cut net to complete the card.  I hope my friend will enjoy the card. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to visit our challenge blog to see the inspiring cards of our design team. 


Monday, June 29, 2020

Make Your Own Background Challenge




Time for another challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and the theme this week is make your own background.

To create my background I blended several shades of Distress Oxides on watercolour paper and then sprayed water on the paper.   

The flowers were stamped with VersaMark and embossed with gold embossing power.  The flowers were coloured Mungyo Water Colors.  To complete the card I added a happy birthday die cut. 

Thank you for stopping by and remember to pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by the creative design team members.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Steampunk Blog Hop

  I am excited we are having a Steampunk Blog Hop and this is my altered steampunk mannequin I made for this event.  Hope you love steampunk art as much as I do. 



 A friend gave me this mannequin bodice that I added lace to, then painted with gesso and purple and blue fabric spray paints to give the dress colour.



Along with the paints, crackle mix, acrylic paints etc I used metal pieces from my stash.  The belt is a metal belt from a Thrift Store, the buckle is part of a drawer pulley system, the chain around her neck was off of the belt, the necklace piece was part of a drawer system also. 

The top of the straps on the dress were kitchen cupboard door hinges and the straps and buttons were made form some  gears that I added a rust affect on them.  

Some closer looks








The necklace is made from  door lock mechanism and part of a metal belt from a thrift store.



The metal belt and key are from a local thrift store that I used a rust techniquic on them. The center of a belt is part of a mechanics for a drawer.

The straps of the dress are made with gears and a couple of door hinges.


We have 16 prize sponsors for our Steampunk Hop - we're proud to say these are small businesses run by artists. Let's show them some love!
1) A Vintage Girl (https://www.avintagegirlshop.com/) - $20 prize package
2) Angel Dream Crafts (https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/AngeldreamCraftsKim) - $20 gift certificate (shipping not included)
3) Linda Israel Art (https://lindaisrael.com/art/) - $50 gift certificate (shipping not included)
4) A Matter of Crafts (www.justamatterofcrafts.com) - $20 gift certificate (shipping not included)
5) Expressions Craft (https://www.expressionscraft.com/) - $25 gift certificate (shipping not included)
6) Nellys Artistic Creations (https://www.instagram.com/nellys_artistic_creations/?hl=en) - original artwork (see link for examples of her work)
7) Gecko Galz (https://www.etsy.com/shop/geckogalz) - $25 in digital products
8) Creative Embellishments (https://creativeembellishments.com/) - $50 (shipping not included)
9) Emerald Creek (https://emeraldcreek.co/) - $25 gift certificate
10) Electric Pandemonium (Etsy.com/shop/electricpandemonium) - choose a $45 original artwork piece (shipping not included)
11) Thompson's Craft Supplies (https://thompsonscraftsupplies.com/) £20 (approx $25) (shipping not included)
12) It's Oddly Appealing (https://www.pinterest.com/itsoddlyappealing/its-oddly-appealing/) - original artwork (see link for examples of her work)
13) The Funkie Junkie Boutique (https://www.thefunkiejunkie.com/) - $25 gift certificate
14) Hobbilicious (https://www.hobbilicious.com/) - £15 (approx $19) (UK shipping free)
15) ITD (https://itdcollection.com/) - prize package worth £25
16) Stamperia (https://stamperia.com/) - a pizza box prize pack

To have a chance of winning one of the 16 coveted prizes, leave a comment on this post, along with your email address or social media contact (IG, FB, etc) and what country you're from, from now through Monday, 22 June. Sixteen winners will be picked randomly from all comments left from all of the artist's participating! The winners will be contacted via email/social media so it's important you leave your address/social media contact! Good luck and enjoy the hop!

There are over 30 very talented participants this Steampunk themed Blog Hop from all over the world.

Start Here
It's Oddly Appealing - https://www.itsoddlyappealing.com/2020/06/steampunk-man.html
Ink Stained Roni -
Nellys Artistic Creations - https://youtu.be/-O-0TGJi9U8
Cassandra - Scrap Savvy Creations - https://scrapsavvycreations.blogspot.com/2020/06/steampunk-blog-hop.html (if posting on IG can tag me at @scrapsavvy )
Sonika Agarwal - https://youtu.be/5iUVNmnF6Q8
You are here
Remember the winners will be picked randomly from all comments left from all of the artist's participating! The winners will be contacted via email/social media so it's important you leave your address/social media contact! Good luck and enjoy the hop!