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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!


Friday, April 29, 2011

April Showers

This cheery April card I created for an upcoming card swap titled “April Showers”. I love the yellow and red colour theme of the card. The card fold I used is called "Z Fold" and the directions can be found on the new Technique Junkie's "Fancy Folds and Motion Paper Craft" CD. I am now off to my craft room for more crafting fun.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Front Fold Card

This unusal card front design was inspired by a folding technique I found on a favourite blog “Valita Designs and Fresh Folds”.


Valitas has some interesting designs on her blog complete with videos showing the techniques and great instruction. If you need ideas for uses of all those Nestabilties and other die cuts check her blog out. Valitas is a very creative artist.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Quietfire’s Hoppy Easter! Bunny Card

I created these bunnies for Quietfire’s Hoppy Easter! Bunny Card challenge. Quietfire provided a template for the bunny to be decorated as you wished. I covered one bunny in iridescent flakes and the other two bunnies I used Angelina’s “Hot Fix” fibers then added flowers, ribbon and eggs. Hop over to their blog and check out the other bunny creations. http://quietfirestyle.blogspot.com/

Card Gift Box

I created the card box by painting the box with gold, sienna and green acrylic paints and then added a few stripes of matching scrapbook paper trimmed with micro beads. I embossed the butterfly then coated it in gold, brown and green micro beads and for an extra touch a piece of driftwood was added for a side pull to open the box. I used the following producs on the box.

Micro Beads from Pennywise Arts
Cloisonné butterfly stamp by Michael Strong's Rubber Stamps
Tree stamp by PSX Stamps
Dream stamp by Studio K - Inkadinkado

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Easter Bunny

I made this Easter card for a special friend of mine. I love the colour combination of brown, pink and blue. I hope she enjoys it as much as I did making it. I am excited about the many blog hops happening this Easter weekend. I hope this is a creative weekend for me.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cloisonné Butterfly

I made this card for a card sketch challenge for the Yahoo Group "Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps". I love this cloisonné butterfly from Michael Strong's collection. I coloured the gold embossed butterfly with Tombow markers. I have a few of Michael's stamps and enjoy trying to come up with different ways of using them.

Now off to my craft room I go to clean up the mess I made.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lily of the Valley

This card was created last night for an upcoming swap I am participating in. I like the card pattern the way it opens up. There is lots of real estate to decorate. The products I used to make this card are:

Lily of the Valley - unmounted - unknown
May - - unmounted - unknown
Good Life - Muse Art Stamps
Life is beautiful - Rubber Stampede
Inks - Distressed - tumble glass and Stazon - black
Lily of the valley was coloured with Tombow markers and Mink White paint from Angelwing Enterprises
The legend of the flower - Wikipedia
The world's favourite season - saying by Edwin Way Teal
Butterflies - Martha Stewart punch

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Flowers say hello from the heart

This card that I created today is a card that was inspired by a card sketch I found cruising google images that directed me to creativelyyourssketches.blogspot.com. I thought it was an interesting sketch and had lots of possibilities. The products I used to create this card were:

Sentiment stamp - Hero Arts
Circle punch - Marvy Uchida
Flower punch - Martha Stewart
Border punch - EK
Small flower die cuts - Provo craft

The papers and bling etc used for the card were from my collections of stuff I have gathered over the years. Back to the craft room I go. I need to finish a couple of more cards that I am making for some upcoming card swaps.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Antique Travel Card

I was going for an old world look with this card. The background ledger paper came from a free downlaod on "Mel Stampz" blog. http://melstampz.blogspot.com

The building is from a picture I took on the banks of the Seine River when my husband and I were in Paris last year. I printed the picture on mylar paper to let parts of the ledger paper come through. The images were stamped with distressed inks in colours of old paint and old paper.

To give the eye glasses the look of glass I used Diamond Glaze. The stamps that make up the college are:
Just a Note - Rubber Stampede
Eye glasses - Life's Journey by Inkadinkado
Compass - Toy Box
World traveller - unknown

Well back to the craft room to see what trouble I can get into today.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Celebrating April

This April card is made with one of my favourite simple flowers the Sweet Pea. The card was inspired by a card a friend gave to me awhile ago. I love layering of textured papers and ribbons. I have had the unmounted April stamp set for nearly 10 years. The set consist of all the months, their flowers, flower name stamps, dragon flies, butterflies and other related stamps. I have never seen the set again and I believe the company that made the set is no longer in existence. Well back to my craft room to find another project or two.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Another Evening of Stamping

Good Morning

I was busy again in my craft room with this card that I was making for another April card swap. I used a stamp by one of my favourite collections by Fred Mullett. I have been trying to use some of my products that I have not used for a long while. This time I used my acrylic paint dabbers to stamp the clover image with. The products I used on this card are:

Butterfly punch - Martha Stewart
Frame - Spellbinder die cuts
Background - Cuttlebug swirl embossing folder
Stamped background - Stampin Up
Clover Flower stamp by Fred B. Mullett
Flowers stamped with lettuce, purple twilight and egg plant acrylic dabber


Friday, April 1, 2011

My First Post

Well here it goes. This is my first post and the beginning of my new adventure in blogging.  This card was created for an April Yahoo swap with the theme of the swap being embossing folders.  The spring coloured card was created with a Cuttlebug embossing folders and Spellbinder die cuts. I coloured the embossed background and butterfly by sponging distressed inks in colours of chipped sapphire, tumble glass, and peeled paint. The sentiment is by Hero Arts.