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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 1, 2016

Dragonfly Garden - Altered Gourd

Time for a new challenge at Altered Eclectics and I have made an altered gourd for this month's challenge.  I got my idea to alter the gourd from all of the beautiful altered pumpkins that I have seen. 

The theme of the challenge is anything goes and the challenge is opened to mixed media. recycled,  altered art and upcycled projects.  This challenge is not opened to cards and Atcs. 

To alter my gourd I added several layers of thick gesso and added a white fabric lace doily to the top of  the gourd for more texture.   You can see the lace peaking underneath the beads, buttons and gears I added to the sides of the gourd. 

The wood pieces are some twigs I found at the beach and I added some steampunk dragonflies, some flowers, berries and leaves from my stash for the garden.  To complete the project I added some distress ink to give the gourd more of an antique look. 

Some more views.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join us this month at Altered Eclectics.  Remember to stop by their challenge blog to see the beautiful creations of that the design team have created to inspire you.  Flowers and chipboard is by Southern Ridge Trading Co. 
I am entering this project in the following challenges:

Southern Ridge Trading Co. - Mixed media
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
2 Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party - Anything Goes
Simple Papercrafts - Anything Goes

Not Just Cards - Anything Goes


  1. Wow!!! This is gorgeous! What a fabulous project and wonderful details!
    Thanks so much for joining us in the PDE Linky party challenge!
    Sherrie K
    PDE DT Member

  2. Beautiful project. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Girls Creations challenge.

  3. What an amazing altered gourd project you have made. It fits the Jade’s Sparkling Butterflies Challenge this fortnight well. Thank you for taking part and best wishes in the draw.

    Kym (Jade’s Sparkling Butterflies Design Team Member)

  4. Very cool piece Judy! It turned out awesome and I love how you used a pumpkin. Thanks for joining us on the Southern Ridge Blog.
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge