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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!


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

A Fairy Birthday.

I am excited to announce I have been invited to be a member of the Design Team at Through the Craft Room Door

All set for another Anything Goes Challenge here at TTCRD?

Our Sponsor for this challenge is …

The Colour of Love - Formally Lacy Sunshine

This is the card I made for this challenge using our sponsor's image called Wildflower.

I first used a combo of Distress Oxide inks on watercolour paper for my background  which I blended then spritz with water. I put the card base in my printer and printed the wildflower image on the paper. 

I used a combination of Copic Markers, Posca, and Gel pens to colour the image and add a little more white to the the background.  To complete the card I added a die cute sentiment. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Hope you will join us this challenge. Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to see the inspiring cards our design team has created for you. 

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Dragonfly Dreams - Just Add a Flower
The Corrosive Challenges - Anything Goes
We Love to Create - Anything Goes
The Fairy and the Unicorn - Anything Goes Fantasy
Art Divas Challenge- Anything Goes

Monday, April 20, 2020

By The Sea I Long To Be

We have another great challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers.  The theme this week is "anything but a card" and my project is a diorama. 

I made this diorama using a box I found at a Dollar Store along with a pad of designer called Sail Away by First Edition Paper, clay molds using a Stamperia mold, Pentar Lasur stain, sailing rubber stamps by Stampers Anonymous, and 
odds and sods  from my stash.  

I took the door off of my box, stained the door and lined the box with my designer paper. 

I then decorated the little boxes.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Hope you will going us in the Anything Goes challenge.  Remember to pop over to our challenge blog, Crafty Cardmakers to be inspire by our talented design team.

I would like to enter this project in the following Challenges

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

New Beginnings

Hello Crafty Friends,

Welcome to a new challenge for the month of April 2020 at Splashy Mix Challenges

Here is our new moodboard for the month of April. 

Moodboard allows for many interpretation possibilities - let yourself be carried away :) We will be pleased if you write in addition which elements inspired you 

I was inspired by the beautiful blues and sand colour of the moodboard.

I created this canvas using the colours as my inspirational piece .  I called it new beginning because my friend's  baby  is truly a new beginning and blessing to them.

To create my canvas used some of the following products. 

I prepared my canvas using gesso and then I stenciled small squares on to the canvas using Acrylic Mother of Pearl Structure Gel.  I like the pearl shine of this gel.

Using brown mocha Acrylic paint I added more texture using a piece of  drywall tape. 
After I finished adding the base of my canvas I started adding my elements.

I added a window to put my picture of the new baby along with a sentiment, die cut train, ribbon, Judah's name and birth date.  He was born on January 1st, 2020 at 20:20. 

Here are some close ups of the canvas.

Hope you enjoy my piece.  More details can be found on my blog,  In Search of my Creative Side. 

Rules for the challenge:
- Create a project by the colors, elements etc. Of course, we also allow neutral colors (white, black, silver & gold);
- the project should be new, created for our challenge; may also be linked with other challenges;
- post a link back along with our moodboard in your blog. 
- remember to write about our challenge in your post or photo description on the Facebook page and place a link to this post ;
-Mention which element from our moodboard inspired you

For Instagram users
- Mention that you are joining us
- Use #splashymix16 and tag us in your post

Kids Special

Given the current situation and kids being at home we encourage them to participate in our challenge and we welcome their works inspired by our moodboard and they can create anything.
Use #splashymixchallengekids while submitting their entries


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


One winner will receive gift voucher for 25 USD from our Main sponsor - ITD collection
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  We have fascinated with a world of decoupage and scrapbooking, and paper is still inspiring us so we have been completely drawn in. It didn't take much time and we already have more than 4,000 designs of decoupage and scrapbooking papers and customers in 60 countries around the world. Over 3.000.000 our papers have been used for creating extraordinary, unique, handmade works, which are that please the eyes and hearts of people on all continents.
Our website - https://itdcollection.com/
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One Runner up will receive Rs.500 worth goodie bag from Letzcraft.

  • LETZCraft (then known as Creativita) started off as a home based venture in the world of creativity in the year 2012. Since then we have come a long way trying to source great quality products at best prices for crafters in India
Website - http://www.letzcraft.com/

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 30/04/2020. Winners will be announced on 3rd May 2020.

Please join us this month.  Thank you for stopping by.  Remember to pop over to Splashy Mixed Challenge to be inspired by our fabulous design team or visit our facebook page

I am entering this canvas in the following challenges

Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - Mix em up
Arty Diva - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door -  Anything Goes
Love to Create - Anything Goes Mixed Media
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

Easter/Spring Challenge

 Time for another great monthly challenge over at Crafty Girls Challenges.

Our sponsors for this challenge are:

Prize ~ 5 digital stamps

Prize ~ $12 gift certificate

This is inspirational card I made to inspire you to join us in the Easter/Spring challenge. 

The image used is called Precious Bunny by Digital Delights which I coloured with Copic Markers and a Wink of Stella for some shine. I added some flowering grass die cut, cloud cutting die and a butterfly that I cut out of some left over geli plate print. The bunny is so adorable and sweet. Perfect card for my grandson. 

I frames my image with a window die cut.

Here are a few other views 

 Hope you will join us this week. 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. 

Monday, April 6, 2020

Easter Card Challenge

Time for another challenge at Crafty Cardmakers with month.  Theme of the challenge is "Easter". 

I made this Easter card for one of my grandchildren using an Easter Bunny cutting die scene, Copics, and some Wink of Stella. 

 I cut the die twice, once in brown and once in white. and added the areas to the first cut that I wanted coloured.  I love the background paper that I found in my stash called Tie Dyed by DCWD. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Hope you will join us in the Easter challenge.  Judy make your card with an Easter them and enter it here

Friday, April 3, 2020

Music Man

Creative Artiste has a new Anything Goes Mixed Media challenge this month. Please make sure you use multiple mediums on your  projects. 

This music man box is my project that I made to inspire you this month.

My Inspiration 

I have this pretty musical pitcher on my kitchen that I just love.

This is what I  started with

I found this miniature banjo in a thrift store.

I coloured my wooden reverse canvas red and added some textures to the back ground. I took the back off of the banjo so it would fit in my project box.

Other Views

I changed the colour of the banjo to black and red and added some metal musical symbols. Next I added some guitar die cuts, lettering, panaio die cuts. 

Thank you for stopping by,  I hope you will join us this month.  Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by or creative design team. 

I am entering this canvas in the following challenges

Love to Craft Challenge - Anything Goes
Bit more time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafters  Castle - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafters Cafe - Anything Goes
Dies R Us - Anything Goes 
Creative fingers - Anything Goes