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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!

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Anything but a Card Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers


It is an Anything but a Card Challenge this week at Craft Cardmakers
A friend gave me this blue bottle. I loved the design on the bottle and I decided to do an altered bottle for my project. 

 This is what I started with bottle. 



Closer look


I painted my bottle with Gesso and chalk paint, next I used Distressed Ink on the painted areas to add some depth.  I wrapped the bottle with some gold twine and lace and then added this gorgeous vintage bird, nest and eggs image from Graphic Fairy 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by our talented design team. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sending You Hugs

This is my second inspirational card for LeAnn's World  101 challenge blog for August. 

I made this simple card with a cute digital stamp from LeAnn's beautiful collection of digital stamps.  The image is called Caite

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LeAnnsWorld101?ref=condensed_trust_header_title_items


I coloured the little girl with Copic markers, Pitt Pen and pencil crayons then layered the image with designer papers and added a flower tag, clouds and a sentiment. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to check out our challenge blog and visit us on facebook

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Create and Inspire - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Happy Birthday Little Lady


This is my second card I made for this month's inspirational post of LeAnn's World 101 on Facebook.  I just love the image I choose out of LeAnn's fabulous collection of digital stamps. The image is called Ruthie.  YOu can find LeAnn's Shop here.




I gave my card a garden theme using some papers I had in my digital stash.   I cut out my image using my ScanNCut, coloured her with my copics, Distressed glitter,  Wink of Stella, Faber-Castell Pitt Pen, added a sentiment and some silk flowers to complete my card.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to check out our facebook page and our challenge blog

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Create and Inspire - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Pocket Hanger Birthday Wishes


This is my inspirational project I made for August for LeAnn's World 101 challenge blog.

 I made this pocket hanger for my niece's birthday. I used a digital stamp from LeAnn's beautiful collection of digital images.  The party girl is called LeAnn's Party.


I found a few of these pocket hanger at a flea market, They are made of some tin square bonded together with a side pocket. I added the metal handle to the squares. 



I coloured my project with copics, pencil crayon, Wink of Stella, and Pitt Artist Pens. I added flowers, a tag, birthday wishes, ribbons, and stars to complete the decorating my pocket hanger.   I think my niece will enjoy this birthday wish. 

Have a creative week. Remember to check out our challenge blog and visit us on facebook

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

A2Z Scrapbooking Supplies Link Party - Anything Goes
A Bit More time to Craft - Anything Goes
Always Happy Birthday - Anything Goes (water theme option)
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes

Friday, August 3, 2018

August Mixed Media Challenge at Creative Artiste


Time for another mixed media challenge at Creative Artiste

Our fabulous sponsor this month is 

  

I decided to make an altered  box using my new Andy Skinner swirl stencil. 

I started with one of three wooden boxes I found at a thrift store.  I got all three boxes for $2.00.

This is the wooden canister I started with.


Here are some more pictures of the project. 

I painted my box with gesso then added texture using Andy Skinners swirl stencil and molding paste.  I then painted the box with several colours of Acrylic Paint. 



Next I added some round metal findings from a metal belt I found at a thrift store.

The knob on the top of the box was made with glueing a child's tea cup saucer, and a gear from my broken mix master.  I added some dollar store gems to the edge of the box and painted them the colour of the box.   My  last step was to paint my project with Copper Modern Options Sophisticated Finishes and then Patina Green .   I love the antique effect it gives a project.

Top of the box






Hope you will join us this month. Your project must be Mixed Media and can be an ATC, tag, card, layout, altered art or an off-the-page project as long as you follow the challenge specifications. You must use more then 3 different mediums on your project to qualify for our mixed media rules.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by our talented design team. 

I am entering my Altered Box in the following Challenges
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk - Steampunk
More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes
Mixed Media Place- Anything Goes
Mixed Media Up Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Creates and Makes - Anything Goes

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Dancing Lady



This card I made for my this month's inspirational post of LeAnn's World 101 on Facebook.  I just love the image I choose out of LeAnn's fabulous collection of digital stamps. The image is called Belling Dancing Bella.  You can find LeAnn's Shop here.




I gave my card a Moroccan theme using some papers I had in my digital stash.   I cut out my image using my ScanNCut, coloured her with my copics, added a ribbon and some stars to complete the card.  She looks like she is just dancing to the music. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to check out our facebook page and our challenge blog. 

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge - Music
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything Goes
Cute Cards Thursday- Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Creates and Makes - Anything Goes



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Altered Recipe Box



This is my project for August challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.  I altered a wooden recipe box this month. 

This is what I started with. 


I sanded the box and then coated it with a layer of gesso. I used a brick stencil, lace on the edge of the lid and around the bottom of the box. I coloured the box with a few different colours of acrylic paint and sprays.  I also used a script rubber stamp  to add more interest to the background.  

Our sponsor this month is 
Samantha K
Gifts and Crafts



I used the following findings:

Large flower - metal napkin ring
Metal butterfly
Ceramic roses on top - shower hook decoration
Dollar Store Gems
Feet - wooden circles
Leaves - old necklace

Here are some closer looks at the project


Altered Napkin Ring Flower


 Top


Thank you for stopping by.  Pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by the projects of our talented design team.  Hope you will join us this month.  Have a creative week. 

I am entering my altered recipe box in the following challenges
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk - Steampunk
More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes
Mixed Media Place- Anything Goes
Mixed Media Up Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Creates and Makes - Anything Goes

Heart - Altered Bottle


This altered bottle is  my project as DT at Altered Eclectics this month.

This is what my bottle looked like before I altered it.


I used a combination of gesso, a couple of colours of acrylic paints and the base of the bottle .  I used Deco Arts Metallic Luster (Orange Flicker) and  Inka Gold (Green Yellow)  to give the bottle shine and to accent the leaf  and heart design on the bottle. I added some lace for texture.  The large metal heart is a belt buckle that I coloured with paint and a gold leafing pen. I glued the metal heart on to the bottle with E6000.  

This is the buckle close up.


This is the back of the bottle.  It used a couple of wooden hearts for the back of the bottle. 



Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to stop by Altered Eclectics to be inspired by the talented works of our design tea, 

I am entering my altered bottle in the following challenges

Mixed Media Place- Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Creates and Makes - Anything Goes

Wedding Season



The theme of this month's challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu is "Friends from Afar", anything crafty you have made and sent to a friend or going to send to a friend. 

This project is a wedding card for a friend who was married a couple of weeks ago. This is the box I I made to put the wedding card in.

Here are a few pictures of the never ending card.








Hope you will join us this month at Eclectic Ellapu. Thank you for stopping by and have a creative month. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

100% Boy

I made this card as one of my inspirational cards for July using a digital image called Cody's Ride from LeAnn's World 101's Esty Shop


I just love this image and it is just perfect for a young man's card.  I coloured the card with Copics and pencil crayon, then added a frame by Amy Design called Vintage Vehicles. To complete the card I added a rubber stamp sentiment called 100% Boy from my stash. 

Hope you enjoy my card and have a creative week. 
Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by by our design team and check us out on Facebook

I am entering my card in the following challenges

Crafting with Attitude - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes
Creates and Makes - Anything Goes

Monday, July 16, 2018

Going to the Beach


I am back with my card for this week's challenge at Crafty Cardmakers, the theme of the challenge is holidays/vacation. Going to the beach is one of my favourite things to do on vacation and I decides to make a beach scene card.

My card was created using  a rubber stamp from Whimsy Stamps called Beach Scene and a beach frame  cutting die by Amy Design. My beach scene was coloured with copics and pencil crayons and I added a couple of finding to complete the card. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to view the beautiful projects of our design team. 
I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Artistic Impressions - Anything Goes
Cards in Envy - On the Beach
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Anything Goes
Dragonfly Journeys - Summer Lovin"

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Love is in the Air


This is my second card that I have created for LeAnn's World 101 for July. love is the theme of my card and I uses this cute digital image from LeAnn's World 101 called Love Birds. I think she makes an adorable cupid. I used a Cheery Lynn step die to make my card shape.



The image is coloured with Copics, glitter pen and Wink of  Stella.  Once I had my card coloured I then added some hearts, sentiment and some pretty roses.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join us on Facebook remember to also pop over to LeAnn's Esty Shop to view her amazing digital images. 

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
Crafting with Attitude - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes


Saturday, July 7, 2018

Life is Good


This is my inspirational card for LeAnn's World Challenge Blog this week.  I used this cute digital image called Jeremy and can be found in LeAnn's Esty Shop.   This image could be used for many different cards but I decided to make a feel good card because of how Jeremy's eyes sparkled.  




I simply coloured him with my Copic Markers and then layered the image using many different papers from a pack of paper called Earth Tones Scrap pack from my stash. To complete the card I die cut a tag and added a stamped "Life is Good" sentiment, added grass and a ribbon. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by our talented design team and visit us on facebook for lots of fun.

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
Crafting with Attitude - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes

Friday, July 6, 2018

Altered Heart Box



Time for another great challenge at Creative Artiste this month. I decided to alter a heart shape box for my project this challenge.  Our sponsor this month is Tando Creative. Tando Creative sells a great number of the products that I used to alter my box.

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This is the box that I started with.


I used stencils, molding paste, sprays, inks and acrylic paint on my box.  Once I was happy with the results I added some flowers, gems, doily, butterfly, lace and ribbon. 

Here are some closer looks.




Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.   Pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by our talented design team. 

I am entering my project in the following challenges:

Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Craftys Galore - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Stamps and Stencils - Ombre

Monday, July 2, 2018

Cutting Dies and Punches challenge

This card I made for the challenge this week at Crafty Cardmakers.  The theme of the challenge is to use two dies or punches or one of each. 

To create my card I used a digital image by All Dressed Up called Festival Lily and 2 rubber stamps and die by Stampin Up along with Distressed Oxides. The two dies I used on the card are the circle stitched and the butterfly die. The image was coloured with Copic markers and a Wink of Stella.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by our lovely creative design team.

A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stamper - Anything Goes with Dies
Loves to Craft- Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes


Let's Go Travelling


This is one of my cards that I have created for LeAnn's World 101 for July. Summer is a great time to travel and I thought I would use this cute digital image from LeAnn's World 101 called Travelling Tricia was suitable for the season. I think she is adorable. 



She is coloured with Copics, pencil crayons and Wink of  Stella.  Once I had my card coloured I then added some travelling die cuts and a rubber stamped sentiment.  I wonder where she is going?

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join us on Facebook. remember to also pop over to LeAnn's Esty Shop to view her amazing digital images. 

I am entering this card in the following challenges

A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stamper - Anything Goes with Dies
Loves to Craft- Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Dream Imagine Believe



This is my project for July over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.  I decided to mage this wall hanging for my bedroom using this trailer heat vent cover that was being discarded. 

This is what I started with.


I painted my found trailer vent with a cream metal paint, added some stencilling and some modelling paste.  My next step was to ink the edges and other parts of the vent with a brown stain. 

One I had the frame prepped I sprayed my acrylic letters with a copper paint and added them to the frame.  Once I was satisfied with my lettering I added my flowers, gemstones, butterflies and other finding. 

Closer look





Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired my the creations of our talented design team.

I am entering my project in the following challenges

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
We Love to Create - Anything Goes/Mixed Media
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes