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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!


Monday, March 23, 2020

Welcome Spring

My time to host the challenge this week over at Crafty Cardmakers and the theme of this week's challenge is  "Spring". 

With any luck Spring is springing where you are, so we would love to see your Spring creations. Spring Colours will also be acceptable.

As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece or home decor, as long as it meets the theme.

For this challenge I made a card using a stamp fro Elizabeth Craft Designs called Birds and Branches.  To colour my card I used Copic markers, white Gel pen  and pencil crayons then added Pentart rainbow glitter and white Nuvo Crystal.   Drops. The sentiment is an old stamp from my collection by Studio G.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. 
Remember to pop over to Crafty Cardmakers to be inspired by our talented design team.  Hope you will join our challenge. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers

We have another great challenge this month at Crafty Gals Corner, the theme is "uses flowers" in your design. 

Our wonderful sponsor this month is Digi Doodle Studios.

The prize the challenge is 3 digis  from Digi Doodles Studios.

I used Digi Doodle Studios image called Briar Berry Spry Fairy

This is my card I made with the image.

I used several different products on my card including

Gel Pen die cuts
Pentart Gold Glitter Pen
Pentart 3D Decor Pen - Ice
Nuvo Drops - Crystal
Pentart Glitter Pen - Rainbow
Wink of Stella

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

Digi Doodles Facebook Group - March Challenge
digi Doodles Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations- Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom door - Anything Goes

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Altered Mixed Media Vintage House

Time for another great challenge at Bleeding Art this month.  We're not only all mix media all of the time but anything goes all of the time!

Here are some more views of my altered house.

  I used a metal belt that I took apart to create my roof .  

I used a combination of paints, stamps, inks, die cuts, wooden findings  and a photo I purchased at a flea market. 

Time for you to show off your art creations.  Pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by our talented design team.  Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  

Monday, March 9, 2020

Life is Art. Paint Your Dreams ....

Welcome everyone to our March Moodboard Challenge over at Splashy Mix Challenges.  

Here is this month's inspiring moodboard.  I just love the colour scheme. 

I have created this mixed media canvas  inspired by the moodboard. 

Steps I used to create my project.

I painted my canvas with gesso and then used Distressed Oxide Sprays in the colours of  Picked Raspberries and Wilted Violet to colour the canvas.

My next step was to cover the canvas with a Tim Holtz  idea-ology tissue wrap which I used a Gloss medium to affix the tissue to my canvas.

My face was stenciled with this fantastic stencil by Stencil Girl called Pretty as a Peacock and purple  acrylic paint. The background paint for the stencil was made using both the Picked Raspberries and Wilted Violet Distress Ink Oxide sprays. 

 I then added some white markings to the canvas with white acrylic paint and a stencil by the Crafter's Workshop. 

The sentiment that I added to the canvas is a old  rubber stamp from my stash by Stampendous called Life is Art.  

I hope my canvas inspires you and that you will join us this month.  Just create your project and enter it here.   If you want to know more about my project and the steps and products I used please see my blog In Search of My Creative Side.


- we will award two people: 
1. One topmost Winner - Will be chosen by our DTs.
2.  Random prize - we will draw from among all the works.
3. Top 5 projects will be chosen by DTs


One winner will receive Rs.1000 worth goodie bag from our Main sponsor - Connect 4 Sale


 Connect4Sale is a one stop shop for Art And Craft Supplies, Children's Books, Accessories & Unique Stationery. If crafting is your hobby, you will find a lot of craft materials (Scrapbook Materials, Decoupage Materials, Mixed Media Materials, Art Supplies, Stamps, Cutting Dies, Embellishments, Ribbons, Tapes, Tools, Jewelry Making Materials, DIY Kits, Children's Crafts Materials and more) for children and adults

One random winner will receive Rs.500 worth gift voucher from Creative Genie.

Website - www.creativegenie.in

Click on the SPONSORS tab above to know them in detail.

Like their pages and follow them for additional points

You can submit several works for the challenge, but please - no more than three.

The challenge lasts until 31/03/2020. Winners will be announced on 3rd April 2020.

Stay tuned to month-long inspiration from our team.  

I am entering my project in the following challenges:

Secret Inspirations - Spring Inspirations 
Cherrylana Designs - Tenderness
CharmedscrapMoodboard (inspired by colours)
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze - Anything Goes

Time For Tea

Time for another challenge at Crafty CardMakers this month and the theme is of the challenge is green.  Your card must be predominantly green in colour. 

 I decided to use an old rubber stamp by Viva Las Vegas called Lady Lunching for this birthday card.   To created my card I coloured my image with copics in different shapes of green and added Pentart glitter pen and Nuvo Crystal Drops to give the card some shine. 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join us this week in this green themed challenged. Remember to visit our challenge blog to be inspired by our talented design team. 

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Advice for Someone Who is 60

Time for another challenge this month at Creative Artiste. I made a birthday book for a friend that just turned 60.  The book is made from 3 CD Literature folders put together.  I used some pretty designer paper for the book along Tim Holtz's Birds, Dina Wakleys birds, acrylic paints, posta pens, stencils, inks,  Pentart pens, ribbons, die cuts, clasps, tags, envelopes, pieces of my Gel prints,   a selection of tags and saying  of findings and mediums. 

There are some of the pages from the book.

Here are a few of the tags

Some os my bird's hats  were from the die Times collection but many were from parts of other stamps and digital images I have.

I had a ton of fun making this birthday book. 

You can find the instructions for the basic folds etc of this book on  You Tube.  The video is called Pop Pop Fizz Fizz by Trish Morris.  I have varied the instructions to suit my book along with adding my own ideas. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. 

Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations- Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
We Love to Create - Anything Goes
Art Divas - Anything Goes