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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, 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


  1. Fabulous job, Judy. It looks like an antique with the patina color on it. Good find on the canisters. [Bunny]

  2. Oh wow Judy, as always your creativeness is amazing. CarolG

  3. Great ideas and findings to achieve this transformation, Judy: Impressive!

  4. A brilliantly altered canister Judy. The stencilling, antique finish and clever use of your findings are all wonderful xx

  5. This is an amazing box that you have altered with great stencil background and that you have finally given the box patina, thanks for sharing it with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges, Hugs, Susan

  6. Judy I love this you did an awesome job you would never know it was a timber box it’s so awesome xxx

  7. Brilliant transformation. Love the patina effect. - Priya Satish

  8. Stunning altered box, love the textures.

  9. really fabolous.
    thanks for showing us on SASPC.
    Hugs Alexa DT

  10. Awesome box! Thank you for joining us at Mixed Media Place challenge!

  11. Thanks so much for entering the Mix It Up Challenge Blog's "Anything Goes + Acrylic Block Stamping" challenge with your amazing entry! We hope to see you again for our new September challenge! ;)
    Leslie, MIUCB DT
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