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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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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Magical Batty Possum - Happy Halloween.


Time for another great challenge over at Crafty Gals Corner, the theme this challenge is :

Halloween Colours

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

                    

 Colour of Love

Prize ~ 3 Digital Images 



Prize ~ 3 Digital Images



Prize ~ 3 Single Digital Images


This is my card I made for the challenge  using a digi from Colour of Love called Magical Batty Possum


To create my card I used some designer paper from my stash in Halloween colours along with an assortments of Halloween findings. The image was coloured with copic markers, pencil crayons and several different  Nuvo Products.

Thank you for stopping by and have a create month. Remember to pop over to Crafty Gals Corner to be inspired by the our design team.  Check out our sponsor's images also.
Hope you will join our challenge.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Purely Handmade Challenge over at A Place to Start


This weeks challenge over at A Place to Start is called Purely Hand Made. 

The Twist for this challenge is:
No electronic die-cuts(i.e. Silhouette, Cricut, etc). Fussy cutting and manual cutting only! (i.e., Sizzix Big Shot, etc.)

At least one stamped image.

No pre-colored digitals and no digital papers.

Embellishments are okay, but they cannot be the main focus of the design.  Twine, buttons, sequins, etc., are all okay

This is my project for this challenge.



I have a lot of paint pour canvas from when I was practicing paint pouring and thought I would be fun to use one for my project this week. Paint pouring is fun but I am very slow on mastering the process. 

Here are some closer looks to the canvas. 

I added a Tim Holtz sentiment to the canvas.


then I added some splashes of black Ink and some hanging hearts that I hand drew on the canvas with a  Sharpie.  The hearts were coloured with a Posta Pen.




I also added some floating stars coloured also with a Posta Pen. My Last step was to add some doodling. 



Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to pop over to A Place to Start to be inspired by our talented Design team.
Join us this month for another lovely challenge. 

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Ahoy, Matey! Anything Goes Challenge - Challenge # 10


 Anything Goes is the theme of this month's challenge over at 613 Avenue  Create.  I decided to make a card this month without using my Copic Markers. 
My pencil crayon and PanPastels had not been out of my cupboard for quite awhile.

The image I am using is one by Fabrika Fantasy called Pirate Parrot #1 .  The background I created with PanPastels and an old  rubber stamp called Stoneware Texture.  The image was coloured with Prima Color Pencil Crayons and mineral oil.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative  Remember to pop  over to 613 Avenue Create to view the fabulous works of the design team. Please join us this month and have a creative week. 

Friday, October 1, 2021

Creative Artiste October Challenge - Mermaid Mannequin

 Time for another great challenge over at Creative Artiste this month. 

Our Theme is as always 

"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

Please make sure you use multiple mediums on your projects. Please respect that we do not accept Instagram entries. 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 project for October, an altered Mannequin


I found this mannequin at our local thrift store, Restore.  What a bargain for $10.00!


 
The Mannequin  is very solid and my hubby is going to make a lamp out of it for me. It weighs about 15 pounds (7 kilo) and the metal post supporting, runs through the bust it is hollow so we could run electrical wire through it. The platform is on also is hollow.  

Here are some more view of the project.


I used a combination of real shells, plaster shells and starfish, findings,  faux pearls.  The collage is painted with Pentart's Paints to give an antique effect.

Closer look at the front. of the dress. 



 
 The top design is a old necklace that I took apart and attached upside down.

I liked the faux large pearl on the necklace.


This is the back of the mannequin, 


I added crackling paste to the skin portion of the bust then added a purple colour and then a layer of portrait  paint over top.

I added a seahorse that I antiqued to the back of the bust.  I used a Tim Holtz chunky embossing powder and  stain to antique the seahorse. 


Altered dry star fish. 


The star fish I purchased at a tourist place in New Brunswick on a holiday years ago.  I added paint to them and attached them to the base.  

Altered Porpoise




I found this little porpoise in my stash.  I antiques it and added it to the mermaid's shoulder. 

Products I used for the project are:

White Gesso
Shells
Ceramic Shells
Pieces of Jewelry
Faux Jewels and Pearls 
Stampendous Chunky Metal Embossing Powder
Buzz light Portrait Pink Acrylic Paint
Amsterdam Violet  Acrylic Paint
Kroma Crackle Paint
Pentart Gold Metallic Wax
Pentart Rust Effect
Pentart Patina  Effect
Tim Holtz Dark Brown Stain. 

This was a fun project.  Hope you will join us this month.  Pop over to our challenge blog and be inspired by our talented design team. 

I am entering my project in the follwing challenges:

More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Mixed Media Goes
We Love to Create - Anything goes Mixed media
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Mix It Up - Anything Goes Mixed Media


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Professor Owl

 

Time for another great challenge at Through the Craft Room Door, as always it is an anything Goes Challenge.

Our generous Sponsor this week is ……….

Ike’s Art



The prize this week is …….. $10 voucher for the store

I used one of Ike's images called Professor Owl. 

What a handsome owl he is. 


I colored the image using Primacolor Pencil Crayons and Mineral Oil.  The Designer paper by ShokART  was used for the background along with an altered wooden butterfly, so rubber stamps and gears.   I used Nuvo  Crystal Glace on the owls eyes and pocket watch.  This was a fun card to make.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to pop over to Through the Craft Room Door's challenge Blog to be inspired by our talented design team. 

Hope you will join us this week.


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Hello Fall


We have another great challenge at Crafty  Gals Corner  this week .

 The theme for this challenge is: 


Hello Fall

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


Prize ~ 2 Digital Images



Prize ~ 3 Digital Images


 

SheepSki Designs
Prize ~ 3 Digital Images


For my project I used  Gnome Sweet Gnome from Dr Digi's House of Stamps



I love the Dr Digi's selection of images. You can always find something different.

I used copics and pencil crayon for colouring and added some fall leaves to complete the card.

Thank you for stopping by. Check out our blog to be inspired by our talented design team.  Also check out The other sponsors of this challenge.  We have some very generous gifts for the winners of the challenge from some very special 
companies.  Create a fall coloured project and join us in this challenge. 

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Study To You Are Nutty

613 Avenue Create has another Anything Goes Challenge this month and the optional twist is School Days

I used this image from The Paper Shelter called Back to School to create my canvas. 


 My canvas was painted with two blue acrylic paints then the dots were created with a stencil and white acrylic paint. 

The back to school image, bus and pencils were coloured with Copic markers. 
The number stamp is an old Ranger stamp/Dylusions from my stash. 
I added wooden letter, sentiments,and paper layers were added to complete the Back to School collage. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to stop by 613 Avenue Create to be inspired by our creative design team.  Hope you join us this month.