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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, July 31, 2021

Flavors of Fall

Time for another challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  The theme is as always anything goes but the twist this month is the Flavors  of Fall. 

These are the ATC that I made for the challenge.


CREATE A FALL PROJECT 
USE ONE OF THESE PALETTES! 

Please indicate which palette you used!
Neutrals (white, black, and grey) may be used! 
If you create a CAS project,  please make sure that your main image or grouping strongly embraces the colors of your chosen palette!

Palette #1


Palette #2


Palette#3


Palette#4

For my project I created 5 ATC using digi leaves, palette #1 and several different mediums. 



The digital leaves are a purchase from Esty  from an artist called Verna Lane Studios.  There were 12 digital funky leaf stamps in the bundle.  

To make my ATC I went through my scraps of papers.  The background papers are from cardboard boxes, a pineapple paper bag,  packaging from die cuts, packaging for stain glass, and a flower seed book. 

The leaves were coloured with a variety of artist pens - I also added some Nuvo, sentiments, and inks to create interest. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a create week. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

A Little Birdie Told Me ......

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

Our generous Sponsor this week is ……….

JMC Designs



The prize this week is ……..

1 complete set


This is my card for the challenge .  


 I  love this cute image of Poppy.  I coloured him with Copic Markers and Nuvo.  The background is a piece of designer paper from mh stash. I added a fence, die cut flowers,   gems and a sentiment to complete the card. I hope you will join us this week  for this anything goes challenge at Through the Craft Room Door

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Christmas in July Challenge at Crafty Gals Corner


Time for another challenge at this month at Crafty Gals Corner

The theme for this challenge is: 


Christmas in July

Our sponsors for this challenge are:

(in alphabetical order) 


Prize ~ 3 Digital Images

************

The Paper Shelter
Prize ~ 3 Digital Stamps



I have choose to use for this image from LeAnn's World 101 called Poinsettia



 I copied the digi image on to watercolour paper, then cut the image out this beautiful die cut. I underlaid the die cut image with gold paper so in showed up as a gold trim around the flowers. I liked that effect. 

The flowers was coloured with Ink Intense Pencils, a gold gel pen, and Caran d'Ache crayons.  To complete the card I added a die cut Merry Christmas in Gold. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Join us this week for our Christmas in July Challenge. Check out the beautiful images of our sponsors and the designs cards of our talented design team. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

It's a Treasure Chest

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

 Our generous Sponsor this week is ……….

Twinkle Lane Designs


The prize this week is ……..

$8 voucher for their store


I have used an image called Treasure Chest from Twinkle Lane Designs for my card. 


The image is coloured with Copics, a Posca Pen,  Pentart Glitter pen, Gel Pen,  and Nuvo Crystal Drops. I added a sentiment, die cut starfish to complete the card.  



Saturday, July 3, 2021

Happy Everything - Craft Your Favorite Celebration (Birthday, Holiday, Weddings, etc.



The Theme this month for the challenge at A Place to Start  is Craft your favourite craft. Show us what you like to craft - weddings, birthday, Christmas.....

I like to make wedding and new baby cards especially for family members. This baby card is for my nieces new baby.

I made this card using a chipboard core.  I drew the dress and cut it out with my Scan and Cut.  I layered  card stock, fancy paper, and glitter paper to create my baby dress. I inked the edges, added pearls, rose and added buttons to the back of the dress. 

Inside 


Back


Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day. Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by the projects of our talented design team. 


digi choosday-anything goes

lemon shortbread- anything goes

creatalicious-anything goes

Pennys challenge- anything goes

Simon says- anything goes

Trimmies  craft- anythiny goes

crafty catz- anything goes

a perfect time to craft- anything goes

classic design- anything goes

love to craft- anything goes


Water Colour Challenge at 613 Avenue Create



 Time for another great challenge over at 613 Avenue Create, as always it is an Anything Goes Challenge and the optional twist is Watercolor. 

The stamp I used for this card has been in my collection for many years.  The stamp is called Floral Collage and it is a stamp from the Tapestry Studio collection from Stamps Happen Inc. 

To watercolur the image I used Caran d'Ache Neocolor 11. I have not had my watercolor crayons out for a long time and I realized that I need to get back to doing more watercolor.

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 this card in the following Challenges - 

A Perfect Time to Craft - Always Anything Goes
A Bit more time to Craft - Always anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes

Friday, July 2, 2021

Love Making Backgrounds with Citra Solv

July is here and 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.

This is my project for the month of July.  



I used Citra Solv on National Geographic papers to create my background for my project.  I torn several piece from different prints to create a pleasing background for my project.  I coated my project and glued my paper down with Gloss
Medium.


My next set was to add some stamped details to the paper using Rangers Archival ink in black to tie the different papers together. The stamp I used was Indigo Blu Bubbles Background. 

Closer look
 


The Steampunk man is a rubber stamp by Prima, part of the Bloom collection by Jamie Dougherty.  The man is called Quentin. I used Quentin's face but I added my own background of gears, clock and steampunk accessories in wood or foam cut with a die cutting machine. I also used a wire to run from his monocle and small copper coloured gears on his tie. .

The gears etc were either painted with Pentart paints or embossed with  Deep Impressions Chunky embossing enamels by Stampendous.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to pop over to Creative Artiste to be inspired by the creativity of the design team.  Hope you will join us this month. Hope you will join us this month.  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 am entering my project in the following challenges

The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafter's Cafe - Anything Goes

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Life is Good


Time for another great Anything Goes challenge over at Through the Craft Room Door.  

Our generous Sponsor this week is Sheepski Designs


The prize this week is 3 images from their store

The digital image I decided to use this week is an image from their store called My Pad.   I printed my image on watercolor paper and used Caran Ache Watercolor Crayons and Ink Intense Pencils to color the image.  The sentiment is an old one from my stash by A Muse Artstamps.  

Thank you for stoppin by and have a creative week.  Hope you will join us this month in the Anything Goes Challenge

The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafter's Cafe - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar - Anything goes

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Through the Craft Room Door Wildflowers

 Time for another challenge at Through the Craft Room Door  and as always the theme of the challenge is Anything Goes.

Our generous Sponsor this week is ……….

Odd Ball Arts


The prize this week is ……..

$10 voucher for their store


I have used one of the wild flowers from the Whimsical Set of Wild Flowers Collect for my card. 


Along with the copic and pencil crayon coloured wild flower, I added a butterfly, sentiment, and Nuvo Dream Drops. 

Come join us this week in this weeks challenge.  Just create your card, tag, art journal page ......  and enter it here

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Pan Jaun, the God of the Wild, Nature of Mountain Wilds, Rustic Music .........

Crafty Gals Corner has a new challenge this week. 
The theme for this challenge is: 

One for the Boys!

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



Prize ~ 2 Digital Images





Prize ~ $10 Gift Certificate



Prize ~ 3 Digital Images



This is my project, an art journal page Using Ike's Art digital image 




I had fun with this art journal page because I decided to use one of my Citra Solv /National Geographic pages as my background to the project. 

I have a stack of pages in my stash that I had made a long time ago.  Working on this piece got me interested in the procedure all over again. 

This is what my altered page looked like before I made my project. 


I decided to scan the image and create my project on a copy of the image.  I was originally going to use the original but the other side of the paper also had a beautiful design made by the Citra Solv. I also decided to make the image a little larger so that it fit in my art journal.  I have save many pages that I have made with this process and with my gel plate to use on future projects. 

I added the Pan Jaun image to the page after I coloured it with 
copics. I added  stamped butterflies, birds, and rabbits to create a scene. I tried to create more depth to the project with with black and with charcoal pencils. 

Pan Jaun in ancient Greek religion and mythology was the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds, rustic music and impromptus.

I tired to reflect this in what I added to the art journal page in stamps and  words.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to pop over to Crafty Gals Corner to check out the projects of our talented design team. 

Hope you will join us this week for the " One for the Boys" challenge.

Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
We Love to Create - Anything Goes Mixed Media
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Make Your Own Challenge at Place to Start

Another great challenge is happening at A Place to Start this month.  The Theme of the challenge is "Create Your Own Challenge"

Make you own challenge using one of each of the project type, event and trend. 




For this challenge I chose to use 

a shaped card  (a side Step card) for my project type 
the event is my nephew's birthday
my trend is Nuvo


 The products I used for the challenge were Copic Markers, Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs stamps and die cuts, small pompoms for the hats, nuvo on the balloons and a Happy Birthday die cut. 

Closer Look




This was a fun challenge and card to make.  Have a great month creating and I hope to see you back here again. 

Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Mix It Up Challenge Blog - Anything Goes/Optional Stamping
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Sail Away

 



Time for another great challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  The theme is anything goes with an optional twist of paper piecing. 

For my card I used the following ingredients

Alcohol inks Pentart and Airondack
Tim Holtz Tree Stamps
Stampendous Sailboats and Die Set
Copic Markers 
Bird Rubber Stamp

I created my background for the card with Alcohol Inks and a few rubber stamps then I paper pieced my Sailboats on to the card. 

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

Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Mix It Up Challenge Blog - Anything Goes/Optional Stamping

Friday, June 4, 2021

Altered Metal Bird House

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

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.


This is my project for June, an Altered metal bird house.



This is the very old metal bird house a neighbour had given me to alter.  I added a coat of gesso to the house before I started to colour the house.



I decide to make a fairy house out of the metal bird house.  For my inspiration for the colour of my fairy house came from some Graphic Fairy paper I had in my stash. 


Once I had the house painted I coated the house with a layer of Tim Holtz's
Idea-ology tissue wrap. 


Other views 








I decided to give the fairy house an ambarella roof with a fairy on top. The silhouette fairy are die cuts from my stash. 



Side Views










The door, window and frames were findings from my stash.  I added some dotted details using a white marker and white Nuvo and some glitter paint to give the house some sparkle. 



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

I am entering my Altered/Mixed Media Fairy House in the following challenges.

Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
We Love to Create - Anything Goes Mixed Media
Crafty Creations - Anything goes

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

New June Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Doors

 Through the Craft Room Door has anther great anything goes challenge for the month of June.

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

Polkadoodles 


The Prize this week is 

£8 voucher for their store

I chose this Little Dude Digital stamp for my card.  I think he is so cute.



To make this card I used of course this delightful digital image from Polkadoodles called Toad-ally Cute Dude along with several scenic rubber stamp, some sketching of my own, copic markers, and pencil crayon.   The sentiment is also from their collection. 

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

I am entering this card in the following challenges


Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Digi Doodles Studios - Boys to Men
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
Pearly Sparkles - Men/Boys
A Perfect Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Poetry in Motion

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


Our generous Sponsor this week is ……….



The prize this week is ……..

$10 AU for  their store




I just love Beccy's images.  This set come with 3 images of chickens and 4 cute sentiments. Lots of occasions they could be used for. 

For my card I used some designer paper, copics, Nuvo, Pentart glitter pen, and die cut frame and stars.

I decided to make this card a b9rthday card for my sister.  I hope she enjoys it.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. 

Hope you will join us in this challenge.