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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, December 28, 2012

I'm Baaack ..

I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterst with a "I'm Baaack" sentiment.  I thought the sentiment  was so cute.

 I had this cute snowman in my collection that I used for the card.  The hanging icicles are recycled from a Christmas candle trim.   I wish I could find more of the trim somewhere. I have used the icicles on many cards including using them as the body of many butterflies.

I added ribbon, glitter, snowflake and some colour with my Copic Markers to finish off the card.  I am planning on sending the card to a friend for her birthday.  Hope she likes it.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Shop Our Stash Weekly Challenge - Winter not Christmas
Crafts and Me - Winter Wonderland

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Steampunk Sally Tag

One of my favourite Yahoo Groups, Inky Fun Stampers is having a Steampunk  Tags swap and I made this tag for the swap.  I used a lot of different products to make this tag including rubber stamps from Quiet Fire Design, Stampers Anonymous  and a digitial stamp called Steampunk Sally from Delicious Doodles Shop.

I coloured my tag with Distress Ink Stains, added silver details with a silver outline pen and some texture with Distress embossing powder.   This was a fun tag to make and I hope my partner enjoys it. 

Thanks for stopping by today and have a creative week. 

I entering this tag in the following challenge.
Party Time Tuesdays - anything goes
Dragon's Dream Tag It Ontags only, with rubber stamping - Behind Closed Doors

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Reindeer Christmas Card

I made a few of these cards this year for Christmas.  They were fun to make.  The card was done with a combination of inks, digi images and rubber stamps.  I also used a couple of different embossing folders, die cuts and a masking technique for the moon.  To complete the card I added two different ribbons and a couple of pearls.

Hope you all have  a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


I am entering my card in the following challenge
 Crafty Mess Challenge – Vintage Christmas

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Believe in the Magic of Christmas

Last challenge of 2012 at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges and Cindy chose a vintage theme.  I used this digital image by Arty Pants Digital Stamps for my card. and coloured the image with my Distress Inks and added a sentiment also by Arty Pants. I trimmed one of the background papers with gold embossing powder, and added  an antique looking burgundy and gold ribbon and bow along with a open weaved ribbon for the background .  A gold pearl and a little glitter pen on the berries completed the card.

It has been fun this year being part of the design team at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges, a wonderful experience working with the rest of the Holly Jolly Christmas elves and seeing all the different art work of the participants in the challenges.  I hope you will join in this last challenge of the year and be back next year for more great challenges.

Merry Christmas Everyone


 Crafty Mess Challenge – Vintage Christmas

Sunday, December 16, 2012

It is a Christmas Theme Cards at Come and Get It

Come and Get It Challenges this week is have a theme challenge and to know ones surprise it is a Christmas themed challenge. This is also our last challenge of 2013.   Bugaboo Stamps is the sponsor of this challenge so everyone who enters their card has a chance of winning 7 digi stamps from Bugaboo. 

I used a Bugaboo Digital Stamp for the card called Winter Bird Scarf. I think he is such a cute winter image all bundled up for the cold winter weather. 

Come join us at Come and Get It this week.  Show us your Christmas creations. If you need some inspirations head over to Come and Get It and see the cards of all of the other design team members.  

This has been a wonderful experience at Come and Get It Challenges this year. I have enjoyed being part of a wonderful design team that have worked hard in making this challenge blog a success. I would like to thank all of our participants this year for sharing their art work because without your participation there would be no challenge blog.

All the best to you this holiday season and I will see you in 2013. 

Merry Christmas Everyone


Digi Galore Challenge -  Christmas
Perfect Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes with Christmas
Cards Galore- Christmas
The Pretty little ribbon- Christmas 
Patties Creations Challenge - Christmas Card

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Lacey Christmas Tree

Paige, one of the Holly Jolly elves challenged us to a card with a metallic theme at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges this week. I chose to do a card in teal and gold for this challenge.  I used three different Memory Box die cuts to create the card and layered them on a cream and gold Christmas patterned paper.  

The Merry Christmas sentiment that I added is by Arty Pants Digital Stamps.  To complete the festive card I mounted my card front on to a gold metallic card stock and added some gold bling.  I think I met Paige's challenge of a metallic card.  Come join us at Holly Jolly, create your card and enter it here.  


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Tag Your It, Anything with a Tag.

Shell at Come and Get it Challenges this week picked one of my favourite challenges, tags. I created this Christmas tag for a friend for Christmas.  

I first coated my ornament shaped card with gesso and added some cord, then  I painted the total background with white acrylic paint.  Next I added a torn doily, several different colours, sizes and textures of snowflakes.  Next I added my Santa image and my sentiment. To complete my tag I added a hint of colour with  Shattered Glass Distress Ink.

I hope you will join us this week and show us your tags at Come and Get it Challenges.  Have a creative day.


Alphabet Challenge – V is for Vintage


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Kate's First Christmas

I made this card tonight for my niece's little girl's first Christmas.  I hope she likes the card.  I love to send my nieces' and nephew's children cards for their birthdays and Christmas.  Little ones love to get mail.

I coloured my snowman from Printables.com with my Martha Stewart glitter pens and Copic Markers.  I used a digi banner from Arty Pants Digital Stamps and added my sentiment. I then used a small  Stampin Up snowflake stamp for the background and added a glitter snowflake to complete the card.

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


I would like to enter this card in the following card challenges:

Everybody-Art-Challenge - #216 Christmas
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - #126 White Christmas
Craft Your Passion - E3 - Snow 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Snowy Christmas

I made this card for a friend for Christmas, it was inspired by a card that I saw on Pinterest. I used many products to create my card.

The tree is a die cut by Tim Holts cut out of glossy card stock and with Stazon Ink The snow was added snow with Snow Writer and a little bit of glitter.

I used several different Spellbinder Nestabilities dies for the background along with embossing the cuts with an embossing folder. I stamped in the background with a small snow flake stamp and embossed the snowflakes with silver embossing powder. 

To complete the card I added a cross, Arty Pants sentiment, Martha Stewart Snowflake punch and bling. 

Hope my friend enjoys the card.  Thank you for stopping by today and have a creative week.


I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Everybody-Art-Challenge - #216 Christmas
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - #126 White Christmas
Craft Your Passion - E3 - Snow 

JJ and the Christmas Ornament

It is my turn to chose the theme of this weeks challenge at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges and I have chosen a Bingo.
To play along with us you must chose a line across, diagonally or down and make your card using the three items that you find in that row. Bugaboo Stamps is our sponsor this week and that means a prize for a lucky someone at the end of the challenge.

Here is my card

I chose to use the diagonal row containing the words: glitter, free and red. How hard can that be to use glitter and the color red on your Christmas card?

I thought of JJ Christmas Ornament from Bugaboo would look great in a red and gold dress swinging on the Christmas ornament. I just purchased two new Memory Box die cuts that I used to make up the card card. Once the card was assembled I decided not to bling it up since there were lots of swirls and flourishes in the die cut and glitter on her dress.

Come join us at Holly Jolly this week. It is less than three weeks to Christmas and time to finish up those Christmas cards. Have a creative day.


I would like to enter mu card in the following challenges. 

 Paper Playtime - Christmas Colors 
 Cheery Lynn Designs - Happy Holidays
Lady Bug Crafts Monthly Challenge – Christmas or Winter
2 Sisters Challenge - #120 Christmas Sparkle
Top Tip Tuesday 2W, 3E - #91 Christmas
Catch the Bug Challenge – December Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss Challenge - Anything Goes with Glitter
Fussy and Fancy Challenge - I Love Christmas
Jingle Belles Rock Challenge – Anything Christmas
Pixie Dust Studio Challenge – Winter Holiday Creations


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Colour Challenge, Midnight Muse, Bashful Blue and White

Colour challenge time at Come and Get it Challenges this week and the colours are Midnight Muse, Bashful Blue and White.   What a stunning colour combo. When I thought about the colours it brought to my mind one of my favourite blue Christmas ornaments. It was this  blue Christmas ornament that inspired my card.  

The Christmas ornament rubber stamp is by Stampers Anonymous. I layered the embossed ornament over white glossy paper that I embossed with a holly branch embossing folder,  added a sentiment by Arty Pants Digital Stamps and added a white bow and pearl.    

Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you will join us at Come and Get it this week. Have a creative day.