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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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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Card Sketch Time



It is card sketch time at Come and Get It Challenges with week and this is my card I created for the challenge.

This is the sketch I used for my card. 


The image I used for my card is by Sami Stamps and is called Little Flower Fairy which I coloured with Copics.   The designer paper I layered my card with  is by DCWV Paper Products. To complete my card I added a flower, trim around the image with Distress Ink and a sentiment. 



Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a creative week. 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

It's Always Time for Tea


I found these cute digital images by Bloobel Stamps. Lisa the owner and design has a wonderful quirky sense of humour. Check her stamps out on Esty at Bloobel Stamps.   This image is called My Cup of Tea.

My card is mainly coloured with PanPastels and Copics.  I added texture to the card by using a stencil with my Panpastels in the background. The sentiment is computer generated. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day.  

Monday, January 25, 2016

Enjoy a Cup of Christmas Joy



"Frame It" is the challenge at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges this week and I have made this  card using a digital image from Sami Stamps called Hot Cocoa Friends



I thought the image was set off with the frame. I used a die set to create the frame, coloured my image with my Copics, added a sentiment and some pearls to complete the card.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  



Card in Silver and Blue


This is my card for this week's challenge at Craft CardMakers.  This challenge theme is punches and/or dies.

I used a stencil and modeling paste for the background of my card then splattered the background with Brusho.  The die cut leaves were run through an embossing folder and then painted with blue and silver paint.  To complete my card  I added some small gems and sequins after I arranged my card. 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join us this week at Crafty Cardmarkers . Please pop over to our challenge blog to view all of the beautiful projects that the design team has created to inspire you. 

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Crafting from the Heart -  Always Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion -  Always Anything Goes
Our Crafty Corner - Always Anything Goes
Where the HeART is - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with twist: No Twist This Week!
Amusing - Shades Of Blue
We Love 2 Create  -  Anything Creative/ Mixed Media Goes
Doodle Pantry Anything Goes
Sparkles Forum Challenges - Monochromatic Blues
Use Your Stuff -  Sequins or Glitter

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Rubber Stamp Challenge



I made this card for my friend's birthday and thought I would enter it in a challenge over at Retro Rubber Challenge blog  RRCB30.  They were having a sketch challenge and this card is my interpretation of the sketch.   

This is the sketch I was work from

RRCB 30


To make my card I added Distress Ink to an acrylic block and stamped it on watercolour paper the added a Italian poem stamp to the water coloured area.  . 

My Italian stamp is from Hero Arts and was made in 2006.  The flower stamp I used was by Stampendous and was made in 2006. The sentiment is a die cut from Tim Holtz and  the flowers were coloured with Distress Inks also. A ribbons was added to complete the card. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. 

Round Things Challenge


The theme of Come and Get It's challenge this week is "round things" .    I decided to make a round easel card for this challenge.  I used a Ppinky Dolls Art image called clown for my card.  I think she is so cute this her button nose. 



For my card I used several different round doilies, pearls, white gell pen, Copics, paper flowers, stencil, and glitter.  

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join us this week at Come and Get It

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Just Keep On Crafting -  Anything Goes
Crafty Friends Challenge  - anything goes 
Crafty Catz - Girls Just Want To Have Fun
PDE Linky Party - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft -  Anything Goes

Let It Snow


I made this card has a winter birthday card for my brother and I thought I would share the card.   To make my card I used the following products:

Tim Holtz blue print stamp
Tim Holtz snowflake die 
Designer paper
Tim Holtz paint dabblers
Modelling paste
Jube
Computer generated sentiment

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a creative day.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes
Anything but Cute Mixed Media Challenge - Ring out the Old, Bring in the New
Artistic Stampers - Anything Goes
Crafter's Cafe- Male Cards
Paper Creator's Crafts - Anything Goes
The Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes

Feeling Sketchy




I made this card for a challenge over at Retro Rubber Challenge blog RRCB30 .  They were having a sketch challenge and this card is my interpretation of the sketch.   

This is the sketch I was work from

RRCB 30


To make the card I directly added the watercolour to my flower with my Caran D'Ache watercolour crayons, layered my images and added my thank you sentiment. 

My Penny Black flower stamp was purchased a little more than a year ago and the sentiment is an old stamp from my stash made by Just for Fun in 2003. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

At One with Nature



I made this card for an upcoming swap at Inky Fun Stampers.  The theme of the swap was lakes, oceans and rivers.  I used this stamp from my collection.  It was an umounted rubber stamp from a company that is no longer in business

The background is made with Alcohol inks,  I watercoloured my image and added starfish bling, sentiment and a paper ribbon to complete my card.  Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day. 

  

Learn How to Soar


Thank you for stopping by.  I made this tag for a  tag swap I was in at Inky Fun Stampers.  The theme of the swap was birds and I chose to make my tag with a eagle rubber stamp I has in my stash by Old Island Rubber Stamps.  
The feather also is a rubber stamp from my collection that I have had for many years. The company that made it has skipped my mind right now.  The tree is a Tim Holtz's die. 
The eagle and feather was coloured with Copics. The card board tag was distressed then painted with a couple of different blue Distress paints. The sentiment was made on my computer and was found on Pinterest.  The lace used to tie is the tag is by Tim Holtz. 
I am entering this tag  in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar – Black, Brown and Blue
Crafting-With-Friends Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party - Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique - Use Die Cuts/Punches
Crafting With An Attitude Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations Always Anything Goes
Southern Girls Anything Goes 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Tic Tac Toe Challenge at Incy Wincy Designs


We have a Tic Tac Tow challenge at Incy Wincy Designs this week and this is my card.  Here is the Tic Tac Toe board. 

  

My card is made with an image from Bugaboo Digi Stamps, one our sponsors this week.  The image is called Friends don't let Friends Wine Alone


From the Tic Tac Toe board I used the diagonal line Embossing, Red and Die Cut (wine glasses).  The sentiment that I embossed is by Funny Bones. I thought it went well with this the image.   Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join us this week.  

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Embossing Challenge

This week at Come and Get It Challenges the theme is embossing so get out you embossing powder or folders and join us this week.  I have used a digital image from Time for Tea Designs called Roller Disco to make my fun card. 

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The some of  products I used for for this card are

Cuttlebug embossing folder
Darcie embossing folder
Copics
Arctic fluff
Ribbon
Sentiment and aqua embossing powder from my stash

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. 






Monday, January 11, 2016

Christmas Bells


This is the first challenge of 2016 for Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges and the theme of the challenge is "use designer paper".  I have used an image from Sentimental Susan.  The image is called Bells. 


To make make my card I used two different designer papers from my stash, a copper pen, ribbon and a Christmas sentiment.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day. 

New Digs

I am very excited about joining Crafty Cardmakers Challenge Blog as a team designer.  This is my project for this weeks challenge that has the theme of "New Baby, Home, Marriage etc. "

"New Digs"  is the title of my new updated bird house that I have made for this challenge. 

This is the bird house I recycled


Front


Back


Bird


Admiring his new home


Side


Roof



I used many products for this project including 

modelling paste
spray inks 
arcylic paints
bird and bird house that I recycled
Inka Gold

I hope you will join us at Crafty Card Makers.  Come join the fun.  Create your card, tag or project and enter it here. Remember to pop over to the challenge board to see the many beautiful projects made to inspire you by our talented design team. 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Baby, It's Cold Outside


This week's challenge at Come and Get It Challenges is "Baby, It's Cold Outside".  Lacy Sunshine is the sponsor this week and I used an image called 1920's Winter Abby



 I used the following products to create my card:

Copics
fence made with Cricut
snow made by shredding styrofoam
dollar store snowflakes
bling
frame die
designer paper from my stash
Wow white glitter
Broken China Distress Paint
Brush Pewter Distress Paint
Fun Flock
Distress Stickles
Memory Box Snowflake die

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day. Pop over to our challenge blog to see the beautiful creations the design team have created to inspire you.  Hope you will join in the challenge this week. 

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar - Something New (Fun Flock)
Scrappers Delights - Always Anything Goes 
Creative Fingers -  Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles - Anything Goes 
The Stamping Boutique - Winter
Morgan's Art World - Anything Goes

Friday, January 8, 2016

Fun in the Snow


Patties Creations has a Fun in the Snow Challenge this month and this is my card for the challenge. I think Pattie's little penguin is to cute.   The image is called  Penguin Igloo.  

I made some snow for my card by grading Styrofoam.  Very mess project.  It flew all over the room until I found out I could control it by keeping the Styrofoam wet while I graded. 

I coloured my image with Copic Markers and a silver gell pen. The snowflakes are fabric left overs from an old project and the sentiments are from an old stamping set from years ago. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  


Monday, January 4, 2016

A Little Cuddle makes it better



This is the first challenge of 2016 for Not Just Cards.  The theme as always is anything goes.  I have used an image from our sponsor All Dressed Up called A Cuddle Makes It All Better.  


I had fun making my card.  I used lots of layers of designer papers, butterfly dies, leave dies and some package paper flowers.  To complete my card I added some bling, paper ribbon and a button.  Thank you for stopping by and come join us this month at Not Just Cards

White with a Splash of Colour



It is 2016 now and the first challenge of the year from Incy Incy Designs. The theme of the challenge is "white with a splash of colour" and this is the card I made for the challenge using our sponsor A Day for Daisies'  image  called Baby Cherry Blooms. 




The card was very simply made.  I used two different dies in white to make up the card base and  then coloured my image in mainly tones of purple. The sentiment is a stamp you Inkadinkado.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a very creative week. 
A  Day for a Dairdaisies.com/stamps/

http://adayfordaisies.com/stamps/flowers-garden/baby-cherry-blossomflowers-garden/baby-cherry-blossom

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Use Something New


First challenge of 2016 for Come and Get It Challenges and the theme of the challenge is "Use Something New".  One of our sponsors this week is A Day for Daisies and the image I used for this card is called Fairy Mushroom One. 



I used 2 new products for this mixed media card:

Grass stencil
Starlight stencil

Other products used

PanPastels
Butterfly dies
Copics
Fine Black Sharpie
White Gell Pen
White acrylic paint
Pigment Ink - Galaxy Gold Brilliance
Sentiment stamp - A Muse Artstamps
Card stock from my stash

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you will join us this week at Come and Get It Challenge.  Remember to pop by their challenge blog to see the other creations the design team have created to inspire you.  

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Allsorts - What's new? 
Catch The Bug - anything goes 
Crafty Friends Challenge - use something new
Di's Digis Designs - new to you 
Sweet Stampin - something new 
2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes
Artistic Stampers - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Doodle Pantry -  Anything Goes
A Day for Daisies - anything goes

Friday, January 1, 2016

Chipboard Challenge at Creative Artiste


Happy New Year Everyone.  Welcome to Creative Artiste's first challenge of 2016.   The theme of the challenge is chipboard and I decided to make this collage canvas for this challenge.

Here is a closer look.






Some of the products I used for this canvas are:

chipboard letters 
chipboard anchor 
paper napkins
stencils
acrylic ink
orange pen 
jupe
stazon ink
charcoal pencil
rubber stamps
Sharpie

These are some of my favourite colours. I had fun making my canvas and made a big mess in the craftroom.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a very creative month. Remember to stop by the Creative Artiste blog to see the projects of the creative design team have made to inspire you. 

I am entering this canvas in the following challenges:

Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes 
Sassy Studio Designs - Do You Recycle? (Napkins and reused canvas)
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner -  Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Always Anything Goes/ optional Traditional 
Inspiration Destination - Always Anything Goes

Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Mixed Media