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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


  1. Wow, super ,adorable .​! Thanks for sharing ​your talent​ with us at Craft your passion

  2. WOWzers - This is beautiful - such an improvement on the original. Love the crackle effect xx

  3. Beautiful box!!! Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion!!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka DT

  4. Hi Judy...your post date is before our challenge started...however as a teamie over at Altered Eclectics and this being your design team piece,I know it would not have been intentionally published before both challenges on the 1st February...world time differs.
    Your entry is amazing,I admired it on Elaine's blog...the crackle and colour palette is amazing..
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at Rhedds Creative Spirit...x