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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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Friday, December 2, 2022

Creative Artiste - Anything Goes Mixed Medium - Encaustic Wax

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 currently accept Instagram or Facebook entries. Only correctly linked blog entries please. 

This is my project for this challenge, an encaustic Christmas scene.

I painted my wood cradle with 4 layers of bees wax and then prepared a piece of rice paper by SkokArt Sister colouring the reverse of the paper with several colours of Pan Pastels. I used a yellow Pan Pastels to represent the light coming from the street lamps and building.

Next I fused the rice paper to the board with using bees wax. I added a few die cuts and findings to create my scene. I also rubber stamped some bricks and building texture to the picture along with die cut the choir scene and some Indian ink lines.  My final touches were the Merry Christmas, glittered star and Mars Black R & F pigment stick around the edges of the canvas.

Closer views




Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Pop over to Creative Artiste to be inspired by our talented design team. Hope you will join us this month.  We are taking a break after this challenge and will return in February. Have a very Happy Holidays.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Years. 

 

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes Challenge November 22, 2022

         Time for another great challenge over at Crafty Gals Corner

                       As always the challenge is anything goes.

                                   Our generous Sponsor is ……….

Colour of Love


The prize for this challenge is

3 digital images from the store.

This is my card I made for this challenge using a digital image from Colour of Love 

called  Sugi Sugar Plum




I coloured my image with copics, added white and gold Gel Pen, glittered die cut flowers, gems and pearls and layered the image on several background die cuts. 

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


Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Crafty Gals Corner Thank You/Thankful Challenge

                Time for another great challenge over at Crafty Gals Corner.                                

 The theme for this challenge is: 


~ Thank You / Thankful ~ 

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

 

Prize ~ 2 Digital Images


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Prize ~ 3 Digital Images

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SheepSki Designs
Prize ~ 3 Digital Images

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My card is made with this cute image from Dr. Digi's House of Stamps and the image is called Christmas Chris.


Chris was coloured with copics and pencil crayons. I added s Tim Holtz die cut for the floor, 
tag sentiment and some Nuvo (white) and a Wink of Stella for some shine.

Thank you for stopping by.  Pop over to Crafty Gals Corner to see the wonderful prises from our super sponsors and the cards created to inspire you by our talented design team.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

A Place to Start -Anythings Goes/ optional twist use words of Thanks

Time for another great challenge over at A Place to Start. The challenge is as always anything goes but with an optional twist is to create a card with the words of thanks. 


This is my card I made for this challenge.


My card is just a simple thanks (die cut) , an alcohol ink panel, border layer and a flower (die cut). I also added some sparkle to the thanks and Wink of Stella to the flower.

Thank you for stopping by and have a fantastic creative week.  Hope you will join us this month for this challenge. Remember to pop over to the Place to Start to be inspired by our creative design team. 

Saturday, November 5, 2022

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes with optional twist Fancy Folds and Cuts Challenge

Time for another great challenge over at 613 Avenue Create this month.  This months challenge  is Fancy Folds and Cuts.

Our fabulous sponsor is Conie Wong Art and Design.



For this challenge I made this wedding card for a very special friend's daughter's wedding.

This is the box I made to present the card.


This is the card folded for the box. 

 

This is the card partially opened.



This is the card partially opened


The card is made of 4 cards and each card has a place for at least one verse and/or picture or stamping. The cards are made from a sheet of card stock 12 inches by 6 inches and folded at 3 inches and 9 inches.


These are a few of the pages that I created and decorated.  The paper is from a paper pack from DCWV called Linen Closet.  The Stamps and die cuts are  from my stash.  










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

Friday, November 4, 2022

Creative Artiste - November's Mixed Media Challenge

 Time for another great mixed media 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 currently accept Instagram entries. Only correctly linked blog entries please.

For this months challenge I decided it would be fun to make a Junk Art Journal. 

This is the cover for my journal. 




I used an image from Kenny K for my cover to my book along with two die cut clocks and die cuts from an old die cut by Tim Holtz for Sizzix called alterations.
.  The paper pack that inspired my project was my friend at PipArt  and her companies line of paper  called ShokART Sisters Collection. A lot the papers I used for the project were from their collection along with papers from my stash.

This is how I put together the art journal together.  I got the directions from a you tube video by Nina Ribena called Use your scraps 2022 . She also has a number of other videos on Art Journal ideas.


This is how I constructed the box.  


The inside of the journal was lined with some wrapping paper that I added some gesso to tone down the colour.
 

This is the inside cover of my book and I used  a steampunk bird from the paper pack, added a wooden crown and a large gears die cut along with other little details.


This is the last page of the book and the inside cover.  I used a wood steampunk mannequin that I dressed in the birthday paper and used an antique paint technique on the clogs and gears. I also added a necklace and a metal belt to the dress.



The beads I create for the back of the book.   I used some wooden beads, gears and clots that I created an antique finish on. 

A couple of pages I created for the journal.  I have lots of pages to fill over the next little while. Lots of creative real estate in my journal.  


I added some ATC's I made using an antique finish and metal computer parts. 
 

I created this page using a napkin, wooden frog, stencil, die cut and butterflies.

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

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Through the Craft Room Door- Anything Goes October Challenge

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

Our generous Sponsor is

The Paper Shelter


The prize for this challenge is 3 digital images from the store.

The image I used for this card is called The Fairy of the  Roses.




To create my card I coloured the image with my copics, pencil crayons, Nuvo, and Geli pen.  I added some die cut flowers, butterfly ands sentiment.  The background paper is from a paper pack called by Craft Consortium.

Thank you for stopping by and have a crafty week. Pop over to our challenge blog to view the projects of our design team.  Hope you will join us this month. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Crafty Gals Corner Challenge - Halloween Colours

                                                       Time for a new challenge over at Crafty Gals Corner. 

                                                     The theme for the challenge is ~ Halloween Colours ~ 


Our fabulous sponsor for this challenge is: 

The Paper Shelter
Prize ~ 3 Digital Stamps

This is the card I made for the challenge using 


I just love this cute image.  I used my copics, pencil crayon, Wink of Stella and Nuvo Crystal Drops  to colour the card.

Closer look


Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by our fabulous design team. Come join our challenge .

Friday, October 7, 2022

Creative Artiste's October's Challenge

 Time for another great mixed media 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 currently 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 I made for this challenge, a page for my art journal book.

I made my collage is using images I have collected from some art show advertisement pamphlets, business cards and magazine images. I used a combinations of acrylics, stencil, posca pens and inks for the background. 

closer views






Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to pop over to Creative Artiste this month and join this challenge and be inspired by our talented design team.  

Sunday, October 2, 2022

A Place to Start - Anything Goes with Optional Twist - Squares and/or Circles

Another great challenge over at A Place to Start this month, the challenge is to create a card with either squares or circles.



CONIE FONG IS SPONSORING and she has a 
October Discount this month 
Code:  PLACETOSTARTOCT
Check her store out.



This is the card I made for this challenge using Conie Fong's image called Birthday Bennie.
I decided to create a round easel card for this challenge.


The products for this card I used were
circle dies
glitter papers
birthday die
Copic marker and pencil crayons
balloon dies
and some coloured string

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to view the creative creations of our design team. Hope you will join in the fun. 

Saturday, October 1, 2022

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes with an Optional Twist: But First...Create a project that shows a beverage/your favorite beverage.

613 Avenue Create has a create challenge for October.

Optional Twist:  But First...Create a project that shows a beverage/your favorite beverage.
Our fabulous sponsor is 

This is my card I created for this challenge using a digital image from our sponsor. The image that I used is called Le Pine: Margaret Coffee


 In  coloured my  project with Copics, pencil crayon and a Wink of Stella.  I used a couple of die cuts from my stash to complete the card. Remember to pop over to our sponsor's store (Mirtillamente) to view her large collection of digital products. Pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by the creations of our fabulous design team.  Have a creative week.  Please join in the fun this month.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Through the Craft Room Door Challenge - September 27, 2022

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

Our generous Sponsor is ……….

KLMDesigns

The prize for this challenge is

$10 voucher for digital images from the store.

For this challenge I used an image from our sponsor called Sunflower Coffee Cup. 

This is the art journal page I made for this challenge.


I decided to do an art journal paper collage for my project for the card.
 I used the following ingredients to make my page,

Flowered background paper from a Daphne's Diary
Paper butterflies
Fabric butterfly
Copic Markers
Distress Inks
Die Cut flowers
Gems
Wink of Stella
White Gelly Roll Pen

I used part of the cups to make my flower bowl.
Sentiment comes with the set along with many other sentiment.

A closer look



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

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Crafty Gals Corner - Signs of Fall

Time for another great challenge at Craft Gals Corner.

The theme this month is Signs of Fall

Our fabulous sponsors are:

(in alphabetical order)

Prize ~ 3 Digital Images

 

 

Prize ~ $10 Gift Certificate
Fred She Said Designs offers a wide variety of digital products with a floral flair and cute characters too - Digi's, Pre-colored images, Papers, Sets, Fred's Flower Kits, and even digital cutting files.  Have some fun with Fred!

I am using two digital images from Fred, She Said for my candy box.  I decided the Halloween theme for Signs of Fall because when I was in the store the other day (August 15th) there was already a display of Halloween costumes and candy. Why so early?  It is getting crazy out there. 


The images I used for the project are from Halloween Rosey and  Emma the Cat.

Dimensions of my project are:

6 by 4 1/2 in for the back of the stage
the background panel is 4 x 4 3/4
The candy box was a 5 1/4 by 4 1/2
(the end box is 4 1/2 long by 1 in sq. at the ends) 

Images coloured with Copics, pencil Crayon, Wink of Stella
To the background of the stage I added sentiment from Halloween paper, 
washi tape and black magic mesh.  I tied an orange ribbon around the box. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Hope you will join the challenge and show us what you think the signs of fall are. 

Remember to stop by our challenge blog to be inspired by our talented design team.