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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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Saturday, December 4, 2021

A Place to Start - ANYTHING GOES W/OPTIONAL THEME: A BLUE CHRISTMAS

Time for another great challenge over at A Place to Start. The theme as anything goes as always.  Our optional twist is Blue Christmas.


I chose to use our optional twist theme this month of Blue Christmas. This is the card I created for the project.

And this is the Gift Box I made to go with the card.




Closer Look at the card.





I used the following products on my card and gift box:

Several different green and blue spray inks from my stash. 
Gesso
Watercolour paper
Tim Holtz Poinsettia dies
Tim Holtz Thinlits - Holiday Greens
Christmas sentiment from Just Rite Stamps
Gems
Glamour Dust - Fine Glitter Paint by DecoArt
White Gel Pen

My box before I altered it


Closer look







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

Have a safe and Happy Holidays.
See you back here again in 2022.

Friday, December 3, 2021

613 Avenue Create - Challenge - Anything Goes/Optional Twist Any Holiday

Time for another great creative challenge over at 613 Avenue Create. The Theme this month is as alway Anything Goes and the optional twist is to create a card for any holiday (your choice of holiday). 

My choice for this challenge was the New Years Holiday.

This is my card.



My card was inspired by bubbles cards create by Teresa Kovalak that I found on YouTube. 

Here  are a couple of her videos and there are many more on YouTube. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1ceggdcol8&t=33s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SexKuJzLLPk&t=501s

I made several different backgrounds with the technique, some which I may use in a frame.  You never know how they will turn out and it is fun to doodle on them.

Products that I used for the card are

Several brands of Alcohol Inks from my stash
An assortment of glass jars and shot glasses
An assortment of Sharpies and Posca Pens for Doodling
Yubo Paper
New Years Die Cut 

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. Hope you will join us this month. 

Have a Happy Holiday and hope to see you back here again in 2022.


 

Christmas Angel



Time for another great challenge at Creative Artiste.

Our theme is as always 

"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

Please make sure you use multiple mediums on your projects. Please respect that we do not currently accept Instagram entries. Only correctly linked blog entries please. 

You can now enter as many new projects as you like.


This is my canvas I created for this challenge.


The image I used for this challenge is from an old Christmas card. 

For the background I added scrap of blue and white scrap designer paper from my stash to the canvas. I wanted an aged look the the project so I tea dyed my flowers and a chiffon table napkin with starts on it.  The napkin started out being white chiffon with silver stars.  I ended up using the reverse of the napkin  because the stars did not take to the tea dying but the stars on the reverse of the napkin  did take the colour so I used the reverse for my project.

Some closer looks







I added stenciled snowflakes to the canvas using a stencil from PipArt that I just love the quality of it.  I added some lace that I also tea dyed for more texture and some lace dye cuts. 

I framed the angel  image , added gems, flowers (some that I tea dyed), blue ribbon, and some old Christmas decorations.  It was a fun canvas to do for this upcoming holiday season. 

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. Happy Holidays, stay safe and we hope you will visit us next year. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Wishing you a Merry Christmas


Time for another great anything goes challenge at Through the Craft Room Door

Our generous Sponsor this week is ............



The prize this week is .......

the 3 images used by the team. 


The image I used for this project called Xmas Frame. I coloured the image mostly with pencil crayons, gel pens, and Posca pens.  Once I had cut the frame out with a layered dye cut I added a Merry Christmas cut from some gold paper. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.
Hope you will join us this month, 
 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Cozy Christmas Scene


Time for another great Anything Goes Challenge this week at Through the Craft Room Door. 

Our generous Sponsor this week is ……….

LeAnn’s World 101



The prize this week is ……..

2 images from the store


This is my card for the challenge .  I love this image called Cozy Winter from LeAnn's great collection of images. 


I used pencil crayons, Copics, gell pens, Novo, and glitter to colour this Christmas scene.  The digi images are just right for Christmas. 

Thank you for stopping by. Have a creative week.  Hope you will join us this month. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Challenge #225 Crafty Gals Corner ~ Thank You / Thankful

Time for another great challenge at Crafty Gals Corner

 The theme for this challenge is: 


Thank You / Thankful

Our super sponsors for this challenge are: 
(in alphabetical order)


  
Prize ~ 2 Digital Images 


Prize ~ 3 Digital Images



Prize ~ 2 Digital Images used by the DT

Here is my card for the challenge ....




For this challenge I have used a digital stamp from Morgan's Art World called Teddy 4, this stamp is one of the digi stamps from Morgan's Teddy Bear Collection.

To  create my card I used from my stash a collection if designer paper, copic markers, Pencil crayon and  glitter. 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join us this month at Crafty Gals Corner


Saturday, November 6, 2021

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: THANKS/ THANKSFULNESS

Time for another great card challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  The theme of this challenge is as always is Anything Goes and the Optional Twist is  Thanks/Thankfulness this month.



I decided to make this card to say "many thanks".

 I used designer paper and die from Heartfelt Creations, Copics, stencil, ink  and a butterfly die, flowers from my stash, gems, and a sentiment rubber stamp to make my card.  

 

Closer Views




Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to pop over to the  613 Avenue Create blog to be inspired by the design team.  Hope you join us this month. 

 

Friday, November 5, 2021

Creative Artiste Challenge - You Can't Overdose on Music

 

Time for another great challenge over at Creative Artiste.  Our theme is always

"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

Please make sure you use multiple mediums on your projects. Please respect that we do not accept Instagram entries. Only correctly linked blog entries please. 

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.

This is my project for this month.


I love mixed media, altered art, flea markets and garage sales. I had this violin in my stash and decided to make an altered mixed media music canvas.

More views


My violin was found at a local thrift store.   I added several different pieces to the violin including wooden butterfly, metal gear and clogs, metal flowers, dollar store gems, die cut notes.


The sentiment idea (you can't overdose on Music) came from Pinterest and inspired my canvas.



I used a reversed wooden canvas for the base and used some old music sheets for the background.  The background was stained with a brown paper stain. 


I added many finding from my stash to the background, including gears, musical symbols, gems, metal flowers etc to the background.  I painted most of them with gesso then paints and metallic waxes. The inside edge and outer edge of the canvas was lined with burlap tape.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. 

I am entering my canvas in the following challenges


We Love to Create - Anything Goes Mixed Media
We Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Classic Design Challenge 0n Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/328408181421813/
More Mixed Media Challenges - Anything Goes with optional black


Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Through the Craft Room Door Challenge - Anything Goes


Time for another challenge at Through the Craft Room Door, as always the theme is anything goes. 

I used a digital stamp from The Paper Shelter to make my card.  The image is called Cute Dressmaker

Closer views





The image was coloured with copics and pencil crayons, the sentiment was computer created, I added some flowers, gems, and a button. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to pop over to the Through Craft Room Door challenge blog and be inspired by our talented design team.
Hope you will join us the month. 


Sunday, October 31, 2021

Craft Your Favourite Memory - Trip to France

 A Place to Start has another great challenge this month.  The theme of the challenge is Craft your favourite memory. 

This is my card I made for the challenge. One of my most favourite memories is when my husband took me to France and I celebrated my 60th birthday at the Paris Flea Market. We had a wonderful time.



I decided to make a collage to remember that special day.

To make the card  I used:

Designer paper

Rubber Stamps from my stash : Sentiment , Fleur, 

Eiffel Tower, hearts, plane, number stamps

Letters from the dollar store

Wink of Stella

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day. Pop over to A Place to Start

to see the creations of our creative design.  Hope you will join us this month. 

I am entering this card in the following challenges

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Christmas Penguins

 Hello crafters time for another challenge over at Through the Craft Room Door.  Our challenge is as always is Anything Goes. 

Our generous sponsor this week is All Dressed Up.

The prize for this challenge is 2 digis from their store. 

This is my card I made for this challenge.


This image from All Dressed Up is called Christmas Penguins. For this card I used
 
Copics
Pencil Crayons
Distress Ink
A snowflake die cut
Wink of Stella
Glitter paper by Lawn Fawn (Pixie Dust)

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Pop over to our challenge blog to be red by our talented design team.  Hope you will join us in this challenge


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Magical Batty Possum - Happy Halloween.


Time for another great challenge over at Crafty Gals Corner, the theme this challenge is :

Halloween Colours

Our sponsors for this challenge are: 
(in alphabetical order)

                    

 Colour of Love

Prize ~ 3 Digital Images 



Prize ~ 3 Digital Images



Prize ~ 3 Single Digital Images


This is my card I made for the challenge  using a digi from Colour of Love called Magical Batty Possum


To create my card I used some designer paper from my stash in Halloween colours along with an assortments of Halloween findings. The image was coloured with copic markers, pencil crayons and several different  Nuvo Products.

Thank you for stopping by and have a create month. Remember to pop over to Crafty Gals Corner to be inspired by the our design team.  Check out our sponsor's images also.
Hope you will join our challenge.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Purely Handmade Challenge over at A Place to Start


This weeks challenge over at A Place to Start is called Purely Hand Made. 

The Twist for this challenge is:
No electronic die-cuts(i.e. Silhouette, Cricut, etc). Fussy cutting and manual cutting only! (i.e., Sizzix Big Shot, etc.)

At least one stamped image.

No pre-colored digitals and no digital papers.

Embellishments are okay, but they cannot be the main focus of the design.  Twine, buttons, sequins, etc., are all okay

This is my project for this challenge.



I have a lot of paint pour canvas from when I was practicing paint pouring and thought I would be fun to use one for my project this week. Paint pouring is fun but I am very slow on mastering the process. 

Here are some closer looks to the canvas. 

I added a Tim Holtz sentiment to the canvas.


then I added some splashes of black Ink and some hanging hearts that I hand drew on the canvas with a  Sharpie.  The hearts were coloured with a Posta Pen.




I also added some floating stars coloured also with a Posta Pen. My Last step was to add some doodling. 



Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to pop over to A Place to Start to be inspired by our talented Design team.
Join us this month for another lovely challenge. 

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Ahoy, Matey! Anything Goes Challenge - Challenge # 10


 Anything Goes is the theme of this month's challenge over at 613 Avenue  Create.  I decided to make a card this month without using my Copic Markers. 
My pencil crayon and PanPastels had not been out of my cupboard for quite awhile.

The image I am using is one by Fabrika Fantasy called Pirate Parrot #1 .  The background I created with PanPastels and an old  rubber stamp called Stoneware Texture.  The image was coloured with Prima Color Pencil Crayons and mineral oil.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative  Remember to pop  over to 613 Avenue Create to view the fabulous works of the design team. Please join us this month and have a creative week. 

Friday, October 1, 2021

Creative Artiste October Challenge - Mermaid Mannequin

 Time for another great challenge over at Creative Artiste this month. 

Our Theme is as always 

"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

Please make sure you use multiple mediums on your projects. Please respect that we do not accept Instagram entries. 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.

This is my project for October, an altered Mannequin


I found this mannequin at our local thrift store, Restore.  What a bargain for $10.00!


 
The Mannequin  is very solid and my hubby is going to make a lamp out of it for me. It weighs about 15 pounds (7 kilo) and the metal post supporting, runs through the bust it is hollow so we could run electrical wire through it. The platform is on also is hollow.  

Here are some more view of the project.


I used a combination of real shells, plaster shells and starfish, findings,  faux pearls.  The collage is painted with Pentart's Paints to give an antique effect.

Closer look at the front. of the dress. 



 
 The top design is a old necklace that I took apart and attached upside down.

I liked the faux large pearl on the necklace.


This is the back of the mannequin, 


I added crackling paste to the skin portion of the bust then added a purple colour and then a layer of portrait  paint over top.

I added a seahorse that I antiqued to the back of the bust.  I used a Tim Holtz chunky embossing powder and  stain to antique the seahorse. 


Altered dry star fish. 


The star fish I purchased at a tourist place in New Brunswick on a holiday years ago.  I added paint to them and attached them to the base.  

Altered Porpoise




I found this little porpoise in my stash.  I antiques it and added it to the mermaid's shoulder. 

Products I used for the project are:

White Gesso
Shells
Ceramic Shells
Pieces of Jewelry
Faux Jewels and Pearls 
Stampendous Chunky Metal Embossing Powder
Buzz light Portrait Pink Acrylic Paint
Amsterdam Violet  Acrylic Paint
Kroma Crackle Paint
Pentart Gold Metallic Wax
Pentart Rust Effect
Pentart Patina  Effect
Tim Holtz Dark Brown Stain. 

This was a fun project.  Hope you will join us this month.  Pop over to our challenge blog and be inspired by our talented design team. 

I am entering my project in the follwing challenges:

More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Mixed Media Goes
We Love to Create - Anything goes Mixed media
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Mix It Up - Anything Goes Mixed Media