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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!


Sunday, December 3, 2023

A Place to Start - December Challenge - Anything Goes - Optional Something New

This is the last challenge at A Place to Start for this year. It is hard to believe 2024 is just around the corner. 

This challenge is an anything goes challenge as always with an optional  twist of Anything  New: for example of something new could be a new bay, new home, New years etc

I decided to make a Christmas rocker  Christmas card for a new baby in our family. 

The image is by Mo's Digital pencil. I just love her drawings. On her site she has a  great number of images that are retiring, they are so adorable. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful Holiday Season and I hope to see you back here again in 2024. 

Saturday, December 2, 2023

613 Avenue Create DECEMBER 2023 - ANYTHING GOES w/Optional Twist: Any Winter Holiday

Time for another great challenge over at 613 Avenue Create this month. The challenge as always is Anything Goes with an optional twist: any winter holiday, such as Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzoo, Las Posadas, New Years or Diwalf.

I chose to use Christmas as my winter holiday.

The card I chose to make is a pop out gate fold card. I found the directions for the card at Stamping with Bella on the Thursday with Sandiebella page. You can find the directions here

The image I used to make my card is from The Paper Shelter Collection. The image is call Turkey is Ready. The Christmas paper I used for the card is from my staff.  The sentiment is from Stamping Up.


Thank you for stopping by and have a creative month.  Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by our talented design team. Hope you will join in the fun.

Happy Holidays to you and your family and I hope you will join us again in 2024. 

Friday, December 1, 2023

Creative Artiste - December 2023 - Anything Goes Mixed Media - Optional Christmas

Time for another great challenge at Creative Artiste.  
Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes" with an optional twist of a Christmas Theme. 

Please make sure you use multiple mediums on your projects.

One of our members has donated a lovely gift for the winner of this month's challenge 

We are also celebrating reaching our hundredth challenge.

This is my project for this challenge. I have been a member for many years and really have enjoyed the group immensely and have learned lots from the group, they are all very  talented ladies. 

I created a little Christmas scene for my project this month using:

a wooden canvas frame in reverse
dollar store snow
small branches from the forest close by
the deer and trees are from the Tim Holtz's collection of cutting dies
acrylic paints
snow paste by Stamperia
winter snow houses paper is from a Christmas paper pack by Stamperia
Distress inks
Distress Mica Stains
Faber-Castell - Pitt artist pen

Thank you for stopping by and supporting our group. Happy Holidays to you and your family and all the best in 2024.  We are taking a month break in January and we will be back in February. Hope you will join us then. 

I am entering this project in the following challenges:
The Paper PLayers - Christmas
Inspire Create Challenge - Christmas
We Love to Create - anything goes Mixed Media
Alphabet Challenge - R is for Reindeer
For Seasons Challenge - Winter
Mix it Up Challenge - Anything Goes

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

 Time for another great challenge over at Crafty Gals Corner

The theme of the challenge this month is

~ Dots and/or Stripes ~

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

Prize ~ $10 Gift Certifcate

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Prize:  2 digis, 1 pad of digital papers "mini"
and the possibility of being Special Guest DT

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I have used an image this month from our sponsor Jan's Digi Stamps.

The image I choose to use from Jan's Digis is called Peppermint Mice

The theme of the challenge is dots and/or stripes. Both dots and stripes can be found in the Stamperia paper I used  on the card along with the stripe candy cane. 

I used a fancy fold I found on Stamping with Amore blog.  She has directions for the fold which inspired me for the card although I changed the dimensions to go with my image. 

I used several  different markers to colour the image and I also added glitter stars, pencil crayon and gel inks. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative month. Remember to check out our generous sponsors and the work of our talented design team. 

Sunday, November 5, 2023

A Place to Start - Anything Goes - Optional Twist - Something for a Child

Time for our November challenge over at A Place to Start. The challenge is anything goes with an optional twist of Something for a Child. 

I am playing the twist this week, something for a child and decided to make a paper lantern which can be used with a small battery operated light or it can be a box to hold Christmas candies. 

The snowman image I made this lattern with is by Pink Gems Design and is called Chilly Snowman.

To make the box shape I cut a piece of red card stock 12.5 inches by 5 1/4 inches and scored the 12.5 peice at 3, 6, 9, 12. ( 1/2 inch scored line is for attaching the side together. I used a rectangular cutting die to cut out the windows and added the cross papers that I cut out of scrap paper. I added a piece of acetate paper to the window pieces. 

Originally when I made my first tealight holder I used a pattern from the Whiff of Joy blog. The pattern I used I could no  longer found on their site but it does show how I attached the top and bottom small boxes for the lids. 
I basically made 2 small boxes that fit into the top and bottom of the the box. I then decorated the the top of the box making the shape of the top and adding my embellishments.

Once I had my lantern together I decorated the sides with my Chill snowman, added a sentiment, and Stamperia snow paste. 

Other views

For the top of the box I decorated it with a wooden flower, bead and pom pom ribbon. 

 Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join us this month. Remeber to pop over to our challenge blog at A Place to Start to be insired by our talented design team. Have a creative month. 

Saturday, November 4, 2023

613 Avenue Create -Anything Goes with Optional Twist - Wet or Dry Embossing

 Time for another great challenge at 613 Avenue Create.   The challenge is anything goes with an optional twist dry or wet embossing.

 Our sponsor for this challenge is SheepSki Designs.

Andrea Norris


I chose to make this card for the challenge using wet embossing technique. The Sheepski Design image I used for this easel card is called Cornflower

I embossed the sentiment for with card with Stamperia embossing Powder. The sentiment is from a collection of Just Rite Rubber Stamps. I just loved the cornflower image. I used an easel die cut for the cards base and copics, gel pen,  pencil crayon, Wink of Stella and distressed inks to colour the project. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remembers to pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by our talented design team. 
Hope you will join in the fun this month. 

Friday, November 3, 2023

Creative Artiste November 2023 Challenge - Anything Goes Mixed Media

We have another great challenge happening over at Creative Artiste, as always the Challenge is anything goes mixed media. 

The term “mixed media art” is a broad definition that covers many forms of arts and crafts, including collage, assemblage, altered objects, handmade greeting cards, artist trading cards (ATCs) tags and art journaling  as long as you use different mediums.

The “mixed media” used includes paint, paper, pastes, sprays, powders, textural elements, clay, resins, fabrics, found objects, photos, metal, inks, pencils, markers and pastels to name just a few.

This is my November project, a page for my Art Journal. 

I used a few different products for my page including, distressed inks, rubber stamps, tea dyed lace, a stencil and scraps from my stash, rice papers and antique/vintage papers from my collection. 

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

Pop over to our challenge blog to view the creations for our fabulous design team.