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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, August 19, 2019

It's a Bugs Life


The theme of the challenge this week at Crafty Cardmakers is "It's a Bugs Life". 

 I have been playing with my alcohol Inks and decided it was nice background paper for my dragonfly die. I had heard about using Kilz (a primer/sealer) on mixed media paper to seal the paper to be able to use alcohol on it. It appears to work very well for this application. Kilz can be purchased at a hardware or paint store.   I also used several colours of Nuvo Crystal and Glitter Drops on the wings.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.   Check out the works of our talented design team here.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Altered Box with Paints, Inks and Encaustics


I am so excited to be invited to participate in an exciting mixed media challenge blog called Bleeding Art Challenge Blog.  

I decided to make an altered box as my first project using a finding that inspired me.


This is an old metal napkin holder that I found at a garage sale that my hubby cut it a part for me.  The box was a card board box from my stash. 


I first added gesso to the box and napkin holder and then added a stenciled pattern to the box. My next step was to spray the box with a couple of different inks and add gold glamour paint to the edges. I added pearls to the area that was created when I put the two parts together.  I also added glamour paint to the edges of the napkin piece. 

To complete the project I dipped a fabric flower I made in Encausic wax and maneuvered the petals to the shape I liked for the flower. To complete the design I added a butterfly.


here are some other views of the box.




Thank you for stopping by an have a creative month.  Remember to stop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by the projects of our talented design team members. Join us this month to. 

I am entering my project in the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes - Decorate Container
Dare2BeArtzy - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Creative Figures - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Create - Anything Goes
Classic Design Team - Design Team challenge 


Friday, August 9, 2019

Creativity is Contagious

Splashy Mix Challenges has a colour challenge this month. 

For the purpose of this challenge mixed media is an artwork in which more than one medium or material has been used. There is no definite rules and definitions. No end point

We are free to create our projects with different mediums, textures,colours, layers, objects etc

Unleash your creativity through this art. 

This is the mood board for the challenge. I believe the colours are so striking. 

We would love to see what inspired you, hence please mention it in your post. Check out our blog to see the special prizes our sponsors are providing to our lucky winners. 


This is my canvas I created for the challenge.



I created this canvas using a couple of  stencils,acrylic paints, gel, Posca and  Pitt pens.  The large flower is metal and came off of napkin ring that I recycled. The saying is one of my favorites about creativity. 

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

I am entering this project in the following challenges

An Inky Mess - Anything Goes
Crafty - Creations - Anything Goes
Crafting with Attitude- Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft- Anything Goes
Brown sugar - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes



Friday, August 2, 2019

Altered Glass Plate with Rice Paper

This is my project for the month of August at Creative Artiste.  As always the theme at Creative Artiste is anything goes as long as it is mixed media and/or altered art. 

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This is what I started with


I decoupaged this glass plate I found at a thrift store.  I  just loved the shape of it. I used my scraps of Stamperia rice paper using Pentart  Decoupage Varnish and Glue for Ceramics. There are 3 different rice paper patterns for the design.  I first decoupaged the rice paper to the bottom of the glass.  Once I was  satisfied with the design  and the the papers were  dry I  painted a couple of layers of white acrylic paint on top of the rice paper and then painted a couple of coats of dark green acrylic paint.  To complete the project I added Glamour Metallic Paint in rich gold  along the edges of the plate. 






Side view




I decided to use the rest of my paper on a white candle and the base I made for it.



Thank you for stopping by and have a creative month.  Hope you would join us this month. Pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by the projects of our talented design team. 

I am entering this project in the following challenges:

An Inky Mess - Anything Goes
Crafty - Creations - Anything Goes
Crafting with Attitude- Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft- Anything Goes


Monday, July 15, 2019

At the Beach


The theme of the challenge this week at Crafty Cardmakers is "Here Comes Summer".  I can not think of summer without thinking about going to the beach.

The stamp I used to create this card as a TryFolds card called Beach by Art Impression although I did not create a tryfold card. .  The image was coloured with Copics, pencil crayon and a Posca pen.  I also used real shells, sand  and a texture stamp by JRL Designs.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.   Check out the works of our talented design team here.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Into the Forest I Go

Time for another challenge at Splashy Mix Challenges

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Here is my project for this month's challenge.



I am avid hiker and live in a very beautiful mountainous area of British  Columbia.  I live with the forest at my door steps.  I can be found everyday hiking the hills with my dog, Lacey. 

These walks in nature make me who I am. It gives me time to reflect about my day, plan my upcoming projects and be inspired by nature.

I used inks, paint, a texture stamp and Pan Pastels to create my canvas.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to pop over to Splashy Mix Challenges to view the inspiring projects of out talented design team. 


Friday, July 5, 2019

Altered Heart Bottle


Time for another challenge at Creative Artiste this month.  My project this month is an altered mixed media bottle.  large XOX pin, metal butterfly and crackle paint. 


This is what I started with


To create my bottle I painted the outside of the bottle with white gesso then started to add my findings to the bottle.  Some of my findings were dollar store gems, flea market jewelry, lace,  napkin ring, and drawer knob. I used acrylic paint, crackle paint and Rust Effect by Pentart. 

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Closer Look




This was a fun project. Hope you have enjoyed it.  Thank you for stopping by and have a creative month.  Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to view the projects of our talented design team. 

I am entering this project in the following challenges:

Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
An Inky Mess - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics- Anything Goes 
Crafting with Attitude - Anything Goes
Crafty - Creations - Anything Goes