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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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Monday, April 22, 2019

Dragons and other Whimsical Creatures




The theme this week at Crafty Cardmakers this week is dragons and other Whimsical Creatures. I decided to make a child's birthday card. I used an old rubber stamp from my collection by Whipper Snapper Designs, Inc (2005) called Birthday Dinosaur. 

 My colouring was done with Copic Markers and pencil crayons.The presents are part of a Christmas stamp that I cut out a portion and the sentiment is a die cut. 

This was a fun card to make and is ready for the next little ones birthday in my family. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by our creative design team. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Alcohol Ink Tile Weights - Orange Challenge at Splashy Mixed Challenges

This is my project for April's Orange theme over at Splashy Mixed Media.

Here is our mood board


Create anything as long as the predominant colour is orange.

-Your work must be new, not previously published anywhere
You can create any mixed media project corresponding to the mood board and the colors presented in the mood board are also accepted.
- You can enter up to 3 entries.
The post should contain a banner, a link to our challenge and the name of the blog.
- Last date to submit your works 28th April until 23:55 !

I decided to play with my alcohol inks and create some colourful weights for my craft room table.  I also took this opportunity to try out a few new techniques and ideas. 

I started my projects by cleaning my white tiles that I purchased at my local hardware store then I added my inks.

Tiles with my inks applied:





 Here are a few pictures of my finished weights. I used a combination of embossing, stamping and copper leafing.





 For my project I used some of the following supplies on the different  tile weights:

Copic Ink refills 

Y38 - Honey
YR04- Chrome Orange
YG63 - Pea Green
YG97 - Spanish Olive

Ranger Alcohol Inks 

Butterscotch 
Orenago 

Pentart Alcohol Inks

Orange 
Trumpet

Rubber Stamps 

Tree Branch - Stampin Up
Reeds - Great Impressions
Dream - K studios
Text - Hero Arts
Circles - Stampin Up

Copper leaf

Gold Leaf Pen

Embossing Powder - Tim Holtz
Cork paper - bottom of the tiles



Prizes

INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE WINNER
(as voted by our DT)

$30 USD value prize from CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS


NATIONAL CHALLENGE WINNER
(as voted by our DT)

Rs. 500 Value prize from Die Cuts and More




3 DT Favourites
(as voted by our DT, in no particular order)

One DT favourite will receive Goodie bag from Letzcraft Store and will be our Guest Designer the following month 




1 Random Winner
(chosen by Random.org)

One Random winner from Indian Participants will get a goodie bag worth Rs.500 from Creative Minds


We are grateful to all our generous sponsors for Supporting our brand new challenge

Click on the SPONSORS tab above to know them in detail

We are looking forward to seeing your beautiful entries for our April Challenge.


Monday, April 8, 2019

Easter Challenge at Craft Cardmakers

Easter is coming and Crafty Cardmakers is having a Easter challenge.  Hope you will join us. 

I used a digital image by Leigh S B Designs for my card.  I love this steampunk Easter rabbit, it is just perfect for a teenager's card.

  I coloured my rabbit with  copics, and pencil crayon, then used a coating of a Wink of  Stella on the eggs and tie.  Diamond glaze was used on clock and eyes to give the card some texture. To complete my card I added gears, and copper paper for the sentiment. 

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

Friday, April 5, 2019

It is About Time



Time for another mixed media challenge over at Creative Artiste. The theme is always "Anything Goes". Your project must be Mixed Media and can be an ATC, tag, card, layout, altered art or an off-the-page project as long as you follow the challenge specifications. You must use more then 3 different mediums on your project to qualify for our mixed media rules.

I have chosen to use a rubber stamp by Sheena called Steampunk Man for my canvas.  To create  my canvas I covered my canvas with this beautiful handmade paper in shades of brown using gloss medium which brought out the beautiful fibers and shades of brown. On part of the canvas I also added moss green mulberry paper. My next step was to use a diamond stencil and black acrylic paint .  

Once I was happy with the background I added a stamp my Stampendous (clocks), steampunk man stamp, sentiment, pen nib, gear die cut and a pocket watch. 

Hope you will enjoy my canvas.  It was a fun project.  Thank you for stopping by and have a creative month.  Remember to stop by Creative Artiste to be inspired by our talented design team. 

I am entering this canvas in the following challenges:

Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Snack - Anything Goes
A Vintage Journey - Neutral Zone
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
A Inky Mess - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk Challenge - Anything Goes Steampunk

Monday, April 1, 2019

Altered Eclectics - Altered Box

It is already the first of April and time for another mixed media/altered art challenge at Altered Eclectics

I decided to altered a pottery box that I was given years ago.  

This is the box I started with.


This is my box when I completed altering  it.



To created my altered box I first painted my box with black gesso, then to parts sections of the box I added crackling paste. I then used dye inks and acrylic paints in yellow, green and aqua blue to add colour to the box. 

To complete my box I added some roses that I had painted in the colors of my project.  The roses were ceramic and in their previous life they were  decorations on shower hooks.  I had to get the help of my husband to take the roses off of the hooks but it was worth it.  I got a set of 20 hooks at a thrift store for $1.00 which has given me 17 left over to use on future projects.  

This is another view.




Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by our creative design team members. 

I am entering this project in the following challenges:

Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
A Inky Mess - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Monday, March 25, 2019

Fairytale Birthday




The theme of this weeks challenge at Crafty Cardmakers is a card for someone special. 

I made this card for one of my favorite grand nieces for her birthday. She is going to be 10.  I used a fairy die cut for the card and layered it over so pretty designer paper from my stash.  I completed the card by adding a fairy tale birthday sentiment, gems and A Wink of Stella on the wings and sentiment to give the card sparkle. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to stop by our challenge blog to view the inspiring cards of our creative designers. 


Thursday, March 14, 2019

By the Sea I long to Be

It is time for another challenge at Splashy Mix Challenges.

The winter season is nearly over and spring is just around the corner here in Canada.  Hopefully this morning is our last snow fall.  I am looking forward to the colours of spring and summer, lots of sunshine and warm days. 

Hence we have the below moodboard and feel free to be inspired by anything below and join our challenge.

Moodboard



This is my canvas that I created for this challenge.


 
I have call the canvas "Near the Sea I Long to Be".  I grew up having the pleasure of being near the ocean, playing on the beach and being able to enjoy the pleasures of warm sea breezes and the summer suns.  

For my canvas I used acrylic paints, die cuts, rubber stamps, shells, ink pens and cheese clothe for my net.  It was fun creating something from my past that was very important to me.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative month.  Hope you will join us in this March challenge and remember to visit our blog to be inspired by our creative design team.  We have some wonderful prizes for some lucky winners.