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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, October 26, 2020

Thing that Go Bump in the Night


Time for another great card challenge over at Crafty Card Makers this week.  The theme of the challenge is "things that go bump in the night".

I used Stampendous' Raven Skull and Stampin Up's Happy Fright Night Halloween stamps for this card along with Distress Inks and Copics. 

I used a spider cutting die, ribbon and Halloween paper from my stash. 

Halloween cards are always fun to make. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.

Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by the creativity of our design team.

 I am sad to let you know that this is the last post for Crafty Cardmakers. I have participate in the group for more than 5 years and have enjoyed the group immensely. 

 Lin after 9 years of running things at Crafty Cardmakers has made the decision to close the blog. She has had health issues for some time now and has come to the realisation that actually struggling on like this has been stifling any creativity she started out with. 

So this will be our last challenge. Lin will be back on 9th November with the winner and top 5 of this challenge but that will be our last post.


Thank you for all of our participants in the challenges. Keep on creating and stay safe. 


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Banjo Picking Bear

Time for another great challenge over at Through the Craft Room Door.  As always the theme of the challenge is "Anything Goes." 

  


Our generous Sponsor this week is Stamp on It.  This is the card I made for the challenge using their  image called Banjo Picking. Isn't he cute. 



The prize this week is ……..


I coloured my card with copics, made my background using a music and sentiment rubber stamps and a music cutting die from my stash. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Hope you will join us this week. Remember to pop over to our challenge board to be inspired by our talented design team. 


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Halloween Colour Challenge

 


Time for another wonderful challenge over at Crafty Gals Corner

The theme for this challenge is: 

Halloween Colours

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


Prize ~ $10 Gift Certificate


Prize ~ 2 Digital Images



Prize ~ 3 Single Digital Images


I used an image from Stampers Delights called Trick or Treat Witch - Stamper’s Delight

I coloured my image with Copics, Wink of Stella, Gel pens and Sheena's Glitter pen. 

More views of my gift bag. 





Thank you for stopping by. Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by the creative cards and projects for our design team. 



Monday, October 12, 2020

Life is Beautiful

Time for another great challenge  at  Crafty CardMakers this week.  The theme for the challenge this week is make a Tag.  

This my tag for the challenge. 


For this tag challenge I chose to use a chipboard tag along with some beautiful rose Stamperia rice paper. To the rice paper I added some stencilling, butterflies, a stamp,  distress ink, and ribbon. 

After I completed the first tag I decided to make a second tag using the same techniques.  


Both Tags together



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. 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Love Angels


 We are having another great anything goes challenge over Through the Craftroom Door.


Our generous Sponsor this week is Sherry West Art 

The prize this week is 2 digital images from her shop.


I really like this pair of angels of Sherry's.  

Sherry West Art can also be found on Facebook. 

Images are available for purchase on her Sherry West FB Page. Sherry's method of payment at the moment is PayPal. You will need to contact Sherry if you're interested in purchasing images. You will also be able to see more images on Sherry West Art for Heart blog site at Wordpress.

Sherry West Art will also be opening "Sherry's Scribbles" on her Artist, Author, Illustrator FB Page. We're schedule to open by Friday, Oct 16, 2020.

I coloured my image with Copic Markers, Wink of Stella and gel pen. I fussy cut the image and added it to my mixed background and added a sentiment. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  




Friday, October 2, 2020

Altered Wine Bottle Holder


We have another great challenge over at Creative Artiste this month and as always the theme is anything goes as long as it is mixed media/altered art. 

For my project this month I decided to alter this fantastic wine holder that I found at a thrift store. 



My picture of the original wine holder does not do it justice.  The container is solid wood, has a leather and wood handle and a metal insert in the bottom that allows the bottles to slant outwards. 

To create my project I sand papered the box and  I decided on my design, added squares of cardboard to the base of the wine box and added a coating of gesso to the whole of the project.

My next step was to create the design and add my findings.

I painted the findings with gesso to then sprayed the project with an assortment of spray paints.  Once I was satisfied with the  look of the sprays and colour combinations I added some white gesso to high some areas along with green and purple Pentart wax paste. 

Here are some closer views


Back view








Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Hope you will join us this month in the anything goes mixed media challenge. 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

A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Mix it Up Challenge - Anything Goes Distressing
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
A Inky Mess - Anything Goes

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Halloween Altered Box, Anything Goes at Steampunk Challenges


 If you have not hear we have a new challenge blog called Steampunk challenges.  This is our second monthly challenge. We are a Steam . Grunge . Industrial themed blog.  Check us out here.  

This months challenge is anything goes and I decided to create an altered Halloween box. 

This is the box I started with.  I sanded it and applied a layer of gesso to the entire box. 


To create my Halloween theme box I used an assortment of napkins, Halloween papers, metal pieces along with some steampunk elements, crackle paste and antiquing solutions. 





I used a plastic Halloween partial skeleton for the handle for my box that I coloured with antiquing solution and glued with E6000. 









Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to pop over to our challenge block to view the inspiring, creative projects of our design team.  Hope you will join in. 



I am entering this project in to=he following challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft- anything goes
SanDee & Amelie"s Steampunk challenge -  anything goes/ steampunk/industrial