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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!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Altered Photo Box

I have been on a winter get-a-way for the last couple of months  and at one point we spent sometime at Oceanside, California.  I love watching the ocean with the waves beating the shore.  This trip was my inspiration for this altered box.  I thought it would be nice project for this month's Altered challenge at Altered Eclectics and a place to store Post It Notes and my pens and pencils.  This is the box I started with for this project.

I wanted to make my box look like a old weather box that you would find at a beach cabin, with layers of paint.   I sanded my box and then painted the box first with a layer of blue paint, then red and at the last coat was white. In a few sections of the box I also added some Kona crackle paint.  I then sanded some of the edges so the red and blue paint showed through in spots.

Here is a could of closers looks at the technique.

The image I used for the top of the box is a black and white post card from Graphics Fairy. I added a little bit of colour to their bathing suits. I used Kroma Crackle to add some texture to the box and  added some beachy glass bead for the feet of the box,

Thank you for stopping to take a look.  Pop over to Altered Eclectics to see the creations that the other design team members have made to inspire you.  Have a creative day. 

613 Avenue Create  Anything Goes/Optional Twist:  Use Some Doodling

Recycle, Re-Invent, Re-Purpose - Anything Goes (Recycle)
Redd's Creative Spirit - altered - mix  media
Not Just Cards - anything goes
All Crafts Challenge - Anything but a Card 
Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes
My Craft Creations  Always Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze -Anything Goes

Butterfly Girl

It is a texture challenge this week at Come and Get It and this is my card I made for this challenge, 

I used this lovely Butterfly Girl from Ppinky Doll Art, one of our sponsors.   I coloured the image with my Ink Intense Pencils, gell pen, and Pan Pastels. To add texture to my card I layered the image on an ebbossed background, added Diamond Glaze to parts of her wings.  To complete my card I added some punches flowers and sentiment, ribbon and bling.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  Hope you will join us this week at Come and Get It Challenges.  

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Twin's Birthday Cards

The theme for this week’s challenge at Come and Get It  is to use a ribbon or bow in the design.  I was making my niece’s twin little boys, Alex and Edwin cards for their 3rd birthday and decided to use one of our sponsors of this week’s challenges, Di’s Digi’s images. I found these two images that I thought would make great birthday cards for the boys. I like to find images that are similar but still give them a card made especially for each of them.   

 I coloured the images with Copic Markers and added details with a white gelli pen. I layered the images of similar papers, added a birthday greeting, a banner, some stars die cuts and of course a ribbon  to complete the cards. Hope the boys enjoy the card as much as I enjoyed making it.

Come join us this week at Come and Get It this week.   Just create your card and add a ribbon or bow and enter it here.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge  birthday card for a boy 
Dream it Up - January - Birthday Wishes
Crafty Catz - use Teddy Bears
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Scrapbooker PhD - Masculine Birthday + Die Cut

Monday, January 19, 2015

Not Just Cards Anything Goes Challenge

Welcome to Not Just Cards second “anything goes” challenge for 2015.  We have some great sponsors this week and so great prizes for some luck winners.   I have made three projects for this challenge showing some examples of the projects you can make with the fabulous images of our sponsors. 

Napkin holder

I made this napkin holder from a box I found at a garage sale sometime ago and thought that it would make a nice napkin holder for our table in our RV.    I used an image from Eureka Stamps , one of our sponsors.  The image is called -butterfly and sunflower and can be found here.  

I printed my image on watercolour paper and coloured the image with my watercolour crayons.  I liked the effect of the crayons for this projects.  I glued the image to the white box, added my matching napkins and a butterfly to complete the project. 

Welcome Home gift bag

I made this quick little gift Welcome Home bag from a pre-made gift bag that I recycled from my stash.   I thought this sponsor’s house image from SLSLines called Whimsical House was the prefect image for the project.  I cut my image and background using a couple of stitch dies, coloured the house with copic makers, added some bling and a bow to complete the bag.  

Bottle tag

I used this love potion image by  Stitchy Bear for my Love Potion No. 9 bottle tag. Do you remember the song Love Potion No.9.   Do you know how long ago the song came out. It was written in 1959 and made popular by several artist. . 
 I found this interesting old bottle at the thrift store and had it in my stash waiting for just the right project. The image was coloured with Copic markers, gelli pen and diamond glaze was added for some texture. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  Do not forget to stop by the Not Just Cards blog to see the designs of the rest of the design team and check out the sponsors and there great images.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Steampunk Challenge

Welcome back to another challenge at Come and Get It this week, the theme is Steampunk.  I love the theme  because it lets you go crazy with design.  We have some fabulous sponsors this week and some great prizes.

I used a great image by Sticky Bear Outlet, one of the sponsors for my card called Steampunk. There is 3 images in the set so you have a choice of some different card looks.  I coloured  the image with Copic Marker, and added some Diamond Glaze on the eye glasses and clock face for some texture.  The gear background paper is by Graphic 45, I think from one of their Halloween collections.  The gears were die cut using dies by Cherry Lynn Design   and  Spellbinder Dies.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.    Pop over to Come and Get It’s challenge blog to see the great cards that  the other design team members have created to inspire you.                 .

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Humourous Birthday Card Challenge

Come and Get It challenges this week has a humorous theme challenge.  I love the theme since I am tired of making seasonal cards.  I have many little ones’ birthdays coming up so I decided to make this cute farm card.  The digital image is called On My Farm and is by All Dressed Up one of our sponsors of this challenge.

I coloured the image with Copic Markers and added some bling and a button to the card.  I think the image is quite cute with the farm animals hanging out of the train.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look ,   Hope you will join us at Come and Get It this week.

Monday, January 5, 2015

First Challenge of 2015 at Not Just Cards

Welcome back to the 
Not Just Cards Challenges.  This is out first one for 2015.  What great sponsors we have for you this year. 

This tag is made with an image from Nikki Burnette and she can be purchased here.   I had fun making the tag and layering it with die cuts and fancy papers. 

My second project for this challenge is a wall hanging using an image from East Wind.  The Asian inspired image is can be purchased here.    I coloured my image is my Copic Markers and added the image to some beautiful handmade paper I had and attached this hanging to a piece of bamboo from my stash. 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join us this week at Not Just Cards.  It is a great way to start of your creativity in 2015.  

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Snow Much Fun

Welcome to the first challenge for Come and Get It for 2015.  Come and Get It has some great upcoming challenges brought to you by some of our favorite sponsors.  The theme for this week is Snow Much Fun.

I used an image from Fred, She Said Digital stamps, one of this weeks sponsors called Emma and the Snowball. I made this simple warmest wishes card also using a digital sentiment by Arty Pants and some Martha Stewart silver snowflakes.   Emma was coloured with Copic markers and some texture was added with a white Gelli pen.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join us this week at Come and Get It.  Pop over to their challenge blog to see the other cards the other design team have created to inspire you.