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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, October 15, 2018

Mythical Creatures


Mythical Creatures is the theme of this week's challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and I decided to make a Halloween card with these Mythical Halloween Creatures.  The image is by The Paper Shelter is called is called Mom's Little Monster

I coloured this image with PanPastels, Copics and pencil crayons.  To compete the card I added a die cut sentiment, bats, moom, ribbon and brads.

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

Sunday, October 14, 2018

B0000!


Time for another Halloween card using a great image from LeAnn's World 101. the image for my card is from LeAnn's collection on Esty called Nathan and I made it for one of my grandsons for Halloween. 

I coloured the image with Copics, pencil crayons, panpastel, geli pen and added some Halloween rubber stamp images to complete the card. 

Come join the fun on Facebook at LeAnn's World 101  or visit our challenge blog  LeAnn's World 101

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

The Corrosive Challenge Blog - Always Everything Goes
The Fairy and the Unicorn - Anything Goes /optional Spooky
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Fall/Halloween



Monday, October 8, 2018

You are Invited to a Party



The is my inspirational project for October at LeAnn's World 101 on Facebook.  I decided to make a treat bags using a cute image by LeAnn called Foxy and Bunny and they can be found in LeAnn's Esty shop. 

To my little gift bag I added some Halloween papers, an extra ghost, glitter, spiders, gems, ribbon and a cute Halloween sentiment.  It was a fun bag to make.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  

I am entering this project in the following challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a Critter
A Little More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Animal Friend Challenge - Autumn/Halloween
Crafts Galore Encore - Always Anything Goes 
Fabrika Fantasy - Halloween

Friday, October 5, 2018

Peggy's Cove



Time for another "anything mixed media" challenge at Creative Artiste this month.  

The term “mixed media art” is a broad definition that covers many forms of arts and crafts, including collage, assemblage, altered objects, handmade greeting cards, artist trading cards (ATCs) tags and art journaling  as long as you use different mediums.
The “mixed media” used includes paint, paper, pastes, sprays, powders, textural elements, clay, resins, fabrics, found objects, photos, metal, inks, pencils, markers and pastels to name just a few.

Our sponsor this month is Scrapmatts  Papertole Australia

Scrapmatts has a large selection of chipboard projects, stencils, papertole projects etc.
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For this month project I made a mixed media canvas for one of my favourite places we visited during this years summer holidays, Peggy's Cove,  Nova Scotia. 

Peggy's cove is a beautiful fishing village with colourful  historical old homes, lobster traps and the iconic lighthouse.  I loved the pictures that I took that day and had a hard time choosing ones for my project. 

I used our sponsor's Chipboard String Circles on my project.  I also used acrylic paints, inks,  molding paste, Posca pens,finding such as button, lobster, starfish,  and pearls. 

Closer look




Thank you for stopping by and have a creative month.  Please join in our challenge this month and check out our inspiring project from our creative design team. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Ribbon or Lace Challenge



Crafty Cardmakers has a great ribbon or lace challenge this month and I created this card for this challenge.  

I made this card with an old unmounted rubber stamp that has been in my collection for years.  She is coloured with Copics and I used also pencil crayons, acrylic paints, and Distress Inks.  

I added some acrylic paint to my designer paper and inked the edges with Distress Inks.  To complete my card I added lace and ribbon. 

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

Altered Wine Box



Time for another challenge at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.  Rhedd's is an fun altered art challenge blog.  The blog is for altered Art/Mixed Media projects. No paper craft projects please. 

This is what I started with 

Dollar Store Wine Box


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A old door decoration I found at the thrift store. 



I used a stencil and molding paste to create the  textured background of the wine box.  Several colours of acrylic paints and sprays were used to colour. 

Closer Look

Flower is part of a napkin holder decoration.


The top of the box is part of the door decoration and a drawer knob. 



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

Autumn Leaves



It is October 1st and time for another challenge at Eclectic Ellapu and the theme of the challenge is " Autumn". 

I purchased some of Seth Apter's new Baked Texture and decided to use it on my autumn theme card. My large leaves are bunched leaves that I first coloured with distressed inks and stamped them with a sentiment stamp.  Once my inks had dried I used several layers of Baked Texture in the colours of altered page and chunky rust.  

The background paper is coloured with distress inks and stamped with a word stamp. The sentiment on my tag is a stamp from my collection of unmounted stamps  and the maker of this stamp has slipped my mind.   The stamp's sentiment is by John Muir, "The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and ..... "

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Hope you will join our autumn theme challenge this month. 



Just Because


For this month's project over at Altered Eclectics I created this small canvas using a couple of old sewing patterns. 

My background is sewing pattern paper and some dictionary paper which I coloured with corduroy coloured Distress Inks and added faux stitches. I added a sentiment that I saw on a dress store window one day on holidays.

To add detail to my canvas  I added jute, Crushed Grape Nuvo, a metal computer piece I used for the belt, pearls, lace and a sequins.   

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



Saturday, September 22, 2018

Joyous Christmas


This is my inspirational card for LeAnn's World 101 on Facebook.  I chose this cute Christmas image called Jethro's Christmas for my card this week.  Isn't he a handsome little fellow. 

I coloured my image with Copics, pencil crayon and gelli pens.  I have so many little boys to make Christmas card that he is an image I will use over and over this Christmas. 

Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you can join us on facebook.  LeAnn's World 101 images are available here and you can check out her challenge blog .

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Crafting with Attitude - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Cottages - Ribbon or Lace

Monday, September 17, 2018

Autumn Coloured Card Challenge


The theme of the card challenge at Craft Cardmakers this week is Autumn. I used a beautiful digital image from The Paper Shelter called Autumn Enchantment  for my card. 

 I made this card for one of my nieces for her upcoming birthday. I just loved the image.  I coloured the image with Copics, gelli pen and pencil crayons. To complete the card I added layered autumn designer papers, some recycled silk flowers and a sentiment.  

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

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Christmas Tag - September's Inspirational Post



I am just back from my summer holidays and have completed this Christmas Tag for one of my inspirational posts at LeAnn's World 101 on Facebook.  
The image is called Dani and can be found in LeAnn's Etsy shop

I free formed cut out my tag base then added some Christmas designer paper on the next layer of the tag.  I added my cute copic coloured image of Dani to a background oval made using a Christmas embossed paper and distressed ink. 

Closer look.


To complete the card I added some silver balls to her sweater, a "Merry" die cute,  ribbon and some small gems. 

Thank you for stopping by.  Pop over to LeAnn's Facebook group and be inspired by the works created by the design team and friend of LeAnn's World 101 group.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Craft-Dee BowZ Monthly Challenge - Handmade Bow
Craftaholics R Us - Tages Only
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - Anything Goes
Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes

Friday, September 7, 2018

You are a Star

Another great challenge is happening at Creative Artiste 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. 

I decided to make a mixed media canvas this month. 



Our fabulous sponsor this month is WOW and they have a fantastic prize for one lucky winner.   

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I have used WOW's glitter on my project along with acrylic paints, ink sprays, stencils, die cuts, glitter beads and a wooden star. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to pop over to Creative Artiste's challenge blog to view the inspiring work of our design team.  Get out your creative hat and join in our challenge.  My favourite quote is by Maya Angelou. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” 

I am entering this canvas in the following challenge

Monday, September 3, 2018

It's Your Birthday Go Wild



I am back with another card for a great challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.  The theme of the challenge is All creatures Great and Small. 

 I fell in love with this cute stamp set by Gerda Steiner.  I was inspired by a video by Sandy Alnock and made this card for a friend. I coloured my card with Copics, Posca Pens, Pencil Crayon, and Distressed Inks.  I added Diamond Glaze to give texture to the headlights and binoculars and clouds in the sky. I cut out all of my animals and had fun piling the animals in the jeep. 

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

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Their Story


Time for another great challenge at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month. The theme is as always Altered Art/ Mixed Media.   I found this old picture of my dad (the tall handsome young man on the right) with his brother and sister.  I think it was taken about 1940.  I decided to make an altered clipboard using the picture. 

I used a collection of  different findings, paints, inks stamps etc for my collage.   It was a lot of fun building the project. 

Some of the products I used were acrylic paints, an old tape measure, drywall tape, stamps , metal keys and lock, metal rose. stencil by Andy Skinner, assortment of papers, crackle paint, gears and clogs. 

Closer Look




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

I am entering this card in the following challenge

SanDee & amelie's Steampunk Challenge

Altered Puzzle Piece


I made this altered puzzle piece for this month's Altered Eclectics mixed media/altered art challenge.

I used several different rubber stamps for my project.  They were all old unmounted stamps from my collection of stamps and I no longer remember the makers of these stamps.  I coloured the images with Acrylic paint, posca pens, inks, and diamond glaze. 

To complete the altered piece I used some gold micro beads, and a few metal findings.
Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Hope you will join us this month,


For the Fisherman


Time for another challenge at Eclectic Ellapu this month.  The theme of the challenge is anything goes and I have chosen to show you a card I made for my hubby's birthday. 

I find it is sometimes very hard to find a nice masculine image and when I found this image I fell in love with it. The fisherman image is by Power Poppy and is called Fly Guy

The image was coloured with Copics, pencil crayon, diamond glaze and a gell pen.

I added a die cut net, buttons and a fly rubber stamp to complete the card. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. 

Pop over to our challenge blog, view the creative works of the design team and join in this anything goes challenge. 

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

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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