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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, June 24, 2017

Fairies and Trolls


Fairies or Trolls is the theme of this weeks Come and Get It Challenge.  Our sponsor is My Besties by Sherri Baldy. 

mybestiesshop.com


Sherri has such cute designed images and such a fantastic selection.  I chose to use one of Sherri's twinkle toed trolls.  They can be found here.    I think she is so cute. 

Hope you will join us in this challenge  and remember to pop over to our challenge blog to view the cute cards created by our design team.  Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Here Comes Summer


Here comes summer is the theme of this week's challenge at Crafty CardmakersWhen I think of summer I think about the beautiful colours of all of the flowers and the butterflies . I have used alcohol inks in several colours on my background and then added a die that reminds me of my parents fence when I was growing up.  The butterflies also were coloured with Alcohol inks and  a white gell pen. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to stop by our challenge blog and be inspired by the creative works of our design team and join in our challenge. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Dad Your the Best


Time for another challenge at Come and Get It Challenges this week.  The theme of the challenge is Father's Day. Time For Tea Designs is this week's sponsor  and I used their digital image called Great Gatsby Guy.  


I cut out my image with my new Scan  and Cut then coloured my image with my Copic markers. After I coloured my image I added a background of designer papers and some stars.  To complete my card I added a sentiment. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a very creative day. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

June is for Weddings


The theme of this week's challenge at Come and Get It Challenges is weddings.  Our sponsor this challenge is Di's Digis. 


For my wedding card I used a digital stamp from All Dressed Up called Over the Moon.  I coloured the image with Copics and glitter and finished the card off with some gems and flowers.   Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  

Monday, June 5, 2017

Sail a Way


The theme this week at Crafty Cardmakers is to make your project for a special man or boy. I made this card for a very special friend of ours' birthday.  
I used a stencil by Stampendous for the background along with an element and birthday die by Tim Holtz.  The sailing ship is a stamp from my collection that at this moment I can not remember the maker's name.  The element die I used embossed with shabby blue embossing enamel and the sail boat I coloured with distressed ink.

 To complete the card I added a anchor and steering wheel dies. Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to stop by our challenge blog to see the inspiring creations of our design team. 


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Anything Goes Challenge


It is time for another challenge at Come and Get It Challenges and the theme is anything goes. Bugaboo Digital Stamps is our sponsor this week and I have used a digital image called Brat Boy Spring Umbrella.


I hope you can join us this week for this anything goes challenge. Pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by our talented design team. Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. 





Friday, June 2, 2017

Mixed Media Canvas - Adore



Time for another challenge at Creative Artiste.  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.

We have a great prize this month for one lucky winner. 



This is my project for the month of June, a canvas using pictures of my newest grandson, Cooper. I used some handmade paper for the background of my canvas.  I added gesso, stencil, textured paper, stamping, drywall tape, lace, beads with his name, Adore,  stars, flowers and his birth date.    

Here is a closer looks.


Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join us this month. Remember to pop over to the Creative Artiste to see the inspiring creations of our talented design team. Have a creative month.  

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Anything Altered or Mixed Media Challenge



It is time for another great challenge at Altered Eclectics. The challenge is always anything goes as long as it is mixed media or altered art. 

This is what I decided to alter, a felt hat from an old costume.


  
I used quite a few techniques to create my project.  I also made a couple of boo boos.  My mannequin head was made of Styrofoam and I did not know that if I sprayed it with an aerosol paint that the Styrofoam would melt.  The faced bubbled up and melted in spots. I may use it in a Halloween project.  In the end I painted a new head with white carpenter's glue and gesso.  Once the head was sealed I decoupaged dictionary  pages on the head then spray painted the face.

I used gesso on my hat before I painted it black.  The side decoration was a combination of Tim Holtz dies and metal pieces from an old belt.  I also used metal pieces from a couple of old belts I found at a thrift store. To create the rust effect I used acrylic paint, molding paste and cinnamon. 

Here are a couple of more pictures of the project.






I had fun making my project.  I loved the metal pieces I found in the belt section of the thrift store. Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to see the inspiring projects of our design team.  

I am entering my project in the following challenges:
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk- Anything Goes
Creative Embellishments - Be Inspired
Love to Create - Anything Creative
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes

Pink and/or Purple Challenge


It is the 1st of the month and time for another challenge at Eclectic Ellapu.  The theme of the challenge is to create your project using a touch of colours pink and/or purple.  I love that colour combo.  

The digital image I used is from a company called Tales of Pollycraft.  I believe the company is no longer operation but I loved her pretty fairy stamps. 

I coloured my image with Copics, pencil crayon and glitter.  To complete my card I addes some stars and a sentiment.  Thank you for stopping by. Have a creative week. 


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Nautical Challenge at Come and get It



Nautical is the theme of the challenge this week at Come and Get It Challenges.  I have made my card with and image from our sponsor Paper Nest Dolls.  The 
cute image is called Life Ring Ellie.


I coloured this cute image with Copic markers and Pencil Crayon and added her to some beach theme paper from my stash.  To complete my card I added some die cut beach elements.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a create week.  Hope you will join this  challenge and pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by the makes of our talented design team.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Flower Profusion


The theme of the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this week is Flower Profusion.  I made this easel card for a friend that has been feeling under the weather.  I hope that it cheers her up. 

The image I used is from Bugaboo Digital stamps.  I coloured the image with copics, gell pen and glitter. To complete my card I added a die cut dragon and a sentiment. 

I hope you will join us the challenge.  Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to view the the inspiring creations of our design team. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Altered Puzzle Piece - Embossing


This week at Come and Get Challenges it is an embossing (wet or dry) challenge.  I decided to make  an alter puzzle piece. Our sponsor is Knitty Kitty Digis and I used their image called  At The Bottom of the Garden - Knitty Kitty Digis No. 3.



Along with their fabulous image I added embossed boots, bag of soil and butterfly.  I also add some flowers , sentiments, and bird to complete the card.  Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you will join us in this embossing challenge.  

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mother's Day Challenge


Time for a mother's Day challenge at Come and Get It Challenges this week.   I have used an image for my box of flowers by Pickled Potpourri called  Dahlia.  


I coloured my image with Copics, pencil crayons and a glitter pen.   To complete my card I added some washi tape and a Mother's day sentiment. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Just Add a Sentiment Challenge.


The theme of this weeks challenge at Crafting Cardmakers is "Just Add a Sentiment".  For my card I used a large floating butterfly die for my card which I cut out in white.  My background was made in a fun technique called Shattered Glass.  To complete the card I used a Happy Birthday sentiment die and painted the butterflies with A Wink of Stella.  

I love the Shattered Glass technique and spent the afternoon making a few background for more project.  Pop over to our challenge blog to view the inspiring projects from our talented design team.

Hope you will join us this week,  Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Happy Birthday Challenge


It is a Happy Birthday challenge this week at Come and Get It Challenges.  I made this birthday card for a niece using a digital stamp by one of our great sponsors, Ppinky Doll Art.  The image is called Baby Chick.  I just love this cute bird.



Hope you will join us this week.  Pop over to our challenge blog to see the inspiring creations of our talented design team.  Thank you for stopping by. 




Friday, May 5, 2017

A House is Made of ....



May is here and another challenge at Creative Artiste is here.  The theme is Mixed Media Anything Goes.  

The term “mixed media art” is a broad definition that covers many arts and crafts, including collage, assemblage (both 2D and 3D), altered objects, including books and boxes, handmade greeting cards, artist trading cards (ATCs) and tags, art journalling and book making as long as you use more then 2 different media's.
The “mixed media” used includes paints, papers and broad range of all descriptions, glues, buttons, fabrics, found objects, photos, metal bits, fibres, things from nature, inks, pencils, crayons, markers, pastels and polymer clays, to name a few. 

Our sponsor this month is the Girls at Lindy's. Lindy's Gang is a great company for mixed media supplies.  If you have not been to their online it should be a must place to check out their supplies.


I found a plaque at the thrift store of a house and decided the shape was just perfect for my project.  I sanded  the house and then added my design. To create  project I used a combination of stencils, paints, pages of an old book, Tim Holtz's found relatives, a sentiment, keys, crown, house number, and a crescent moon. 

closer look at the sentiment




To personalized my project I by adding the crown, crescent and and house number since this is my own house address. 

Pop over to our challenge blog to see the inspiring creations of our talented design team. 

Have a great week creating and thanks for stopping by. 

I am entering my project in the following challenges:

Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Mixed Media
Altered Eclectics- Altered/Mix Media
We Love to Create - Mixed Media - Anything Goes
Mixed  Media World - Anything Goes



Monday, May 1, 2017

Encaustic Transfer and Citrasolv Collage


It is the 1st  of May and time for another great altered art challenge at Altered Eclectics. This challenge is always an Anything Goes Challenge.  The only rules are that your project must be either altered art or mixed media and not a card or ATC.  

I love this challenge blog because every month I can try something different and it challenges your creativity.

This month I tried two different techniques I have been wanting to do.  I had never done an Encaustic wax image transfer or used paper I created using Citrasolv on National Geographic paper.  I had learnt the encaustic transfer technique in a class by Donna Downy.  The heron image was a free image from Graphic Fairy.  

I added about 5 layers of Encaustic Medium to my board before I started my painting. Using Citrasolv on National Geographic paper gives some great patterns and I thought would be interesting as my mountain in my scene.  I carved my mountains and trees and used a burnt umber oil stick to fill in the lines and edge the picture.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to see the  wonderful creative projects of our talented design team. 

Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Mixed Media
We Love to Create - Mixed Media - Anything Goes
Mixed  Media World - Anything Goes
613  Avenue Create - Anything Goes


Big Chief


It is May and time for another challenge at Eclectic Ellapu.  The theme is anything Goes.  Hope you will join us this month.  

I decided for this challenge to use an first Nations stamp I have had in my collection for a very long time but I have forgotten who the manufacture of the stamp is. 

The feather headband was stamped on some watercolour paper that I had used Brusho on.  I liked the effect of the splatters on the feathers.  I also used a Tim Holts die for the arrow.  I used the revered image as a stencil.  The feathers are also dies from my collection.

Thank you for stopping by and remember to pop over to our challenge blog to see the inspiring creations of our design team.    Remember my favourite saying from  Maya Angelou. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” 

Have a creative day.  


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Make a Square



Time for another challenge at Come and Get It Challenges. The theme this week is Make a Square. I have used a digital stamp from StarStampz  to make my card.  The image I used for this card is called Alice Chibi Stamp


I love this Alice Chibi stamp.  I coloured her with Copics, Wink of Stella and added some embellishment. 

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Angel Wings


Time for another great challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.  The theme of the challenge is pearls and/or gems.    I used a pretty fairy rubber stamp from a Canadian company called  Enchanted Hallow Rubber stamps.  The stamp is called Crystal.  I used copics for the colouring then added a Wink of Stella along with the pearls to give the card some glitter. 

Hope you will join us this week.  Remember to pop over to the Crafty Cardmakers blog to see the inspiring cards of  a our talented design team,  Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Create a Circle Challenge



It is challenge day again at Come and Get It Challenges and the theme is to use a circle in your project this week  I decided to make a circular tag using  an image called Bugbirdumbra by Bugaboo Digital stamps, one of our great sponsors of Come and Get It Challenges. 


I coloured the cute bird image with my Copics, added a couple of sentiments from my stash.  I added Diamond glaze on my rain drops and puddle.  The beads were made from papers and fibers from in my stash.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  

Saturday, April 15, 2017

It's a Girl Thing



It's a Girl Thing is the theme of this weeks Come and Get It's challenge.  I am using one of our sponsors, Lemon Shortbread images for my art journal page.  The name of the image is  80's Fashion City Girl.


My idea for this art journal page was some papers I had made using CitraSolv and National Geographic pages.    I love the way the CitraSolv alters the images and makes these unusual pages.  I thought these pages I made were ideal for my art journal page. You can find more information about CitraSolv on my Pinterest site here

My image was coloured with Copics, pencil crayon and white gelly roll pen. 

Thank you for stopping by.  Remember to stop by our challenge blog to see the inspiring creations of our talented design team member.  Hope you  will join us this week. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dragonfly for a Wonderful Friend


Time for another challenge at Crafty CardMakers.  The theme of the challenge is Things that Fly. 

I used a die and stamp from a recent set called Dragonfly Dreams by Stampin Up.  I used Brusho on Yupo paper for the background of the card and Brusho on  watercolour paper for the dragonfly. I also added Wink of Stella to my dragonfly and some gems to my lacy die cut.  

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join us this week for  this Things that Fly. Pop over to our challenge blog to view the inspiring projects of our talented design team.  Have a creative week.  


Sunday, April 9, 2017

In the Garden

Time for another challenge at Come and Get It Challenges this week.  The theme is "In the Garden".  
I have used an image from one of this week's sponsors, Cute as a Button.  The image is called Good Soil. 

Cute As A Button Designs


 I coloured my image with my Copics then added some flowers, rubber stamped soil and a butterfly.

Hope you enjoy the card and will join us this week.  Pop over to our challenge blog to see the inspiring creations of our design team and the images of our other great  sponsors.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Fiesta


Time for another great challenge at Creative Artiste this month.  Your project must be mixed media and your project maybe a card, tag, ATC, altered art ... as long as it fits the challenge specifications. 

We have a wonderful sponsor this month, DecoArt.   DecoArt has a wide variety of Mixed Media products.  I have used a few in my project. 



  I decided to make a canvas using a picture of my hubby and I on vacation a few years ago.  We were in Mexico listening to music and having a good time. Love the Mexican bright colours. 

I used a lot of product on my canvas including the following

Variety of older rubber stamps
Tim Holtz tissue paper
Acrylic Gesso (DecoArt)
Acrylic Paint (DecoArt)
Texture Sand Paste (DecoArt)
Copic Markers
Dies
Gell Pen
Inks


Closer look




Thank you for stopping by and have a creative month. Remember to stop by our challenge blog to view the great projects that our talented design team have created to inspire you.

Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Altered Art/Mixed media
The Mixed Media Monthly - Superpowers (always planning what to do next)
Creative Embellishments - Inspired by the colours
Crafting by Design - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Corner - Anything Goes
Double D Challenges - Neons/Brights
Altered Eclectics - Mixed Media/Altered Art
Wonderful Wednesdays - Anything Goes

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Easter Challenge


It is time for another fun challenge at Come and Get It Challenges this week and the theme is Easter.   I have used our sponsor , Polkadoodles image called  Tulip, the darling buds.  I think she is beautiful and a great image for this Easter challenge.


I has fun making the card, layering designer papers, colouring image with Copics, Wink of Stella, adding butterfly, gems and a sentiment.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to pop by our challenge blog to see the inspiring projects of our talented design team, also remember to stop by Polkadoodles store to see the beautiful images they have, something for everyone.