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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!


Friday, February 3, 2023

Creative Artiste February - Anything Mixed Media Goes

 Time for another great challenge 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 currently accept Instagram or Facebook entries. Only correctly linked blog entries please.

This is my project for this month, an altered canaster. 

I had fun making my altered mixed media box.  I love using old wooden canasters for my canvas. They are very reasonable to purchase at thrift stores (most the time cheaper than a canvas).  The insides usually have a removable plastic liner, which allows you to use your altered/mixed media box for many uses.  This box will be part of a gift for my grandson, I thick it will be used for some fishing tackle I have for him. 

This is what I started with, one of the small wooden box from a set of wooden canasters. 

Here are some other views of the box.

The top to the box was made from an cork bottle top I had in my stash,  along with some findings.

To alter my canaster I used the following products:

Pentart -Lasure - Chestnut
Pentart -Lasure - Pine
DecoArt -  Heavenly Hues - Hunter Green
Sophisticated Finishes
Pentart - Finishing Waxes
Wooden gears and cogs
Thank you for stopping by and have a creative month. Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by our talented design team and meet our new member, Fiona.  We are also welcoming Tracey back from her break,  Hope you will join us this month.


  1. An amazing transformation Judy. The grungy look you've achieved with the different mediums and findings looks fabulous xx

  2. Oh Judy how I have missed you magnificent mixed media upcycles, always inventive and full of luscious texture, they always make me want to reach out and touch them. I hope you are putting it to good use..? So clever.
    Creative Hugs Tracey xx and thank you for the welcome back x

  3. Wow, what an amazing transformation! The way you created all the texture and added the rust and patina effect is stunningly beautiful - love it 😊. Happy February! Hugs Jo x

  4. Another stunner Judy. Always the creative one with your thrifty finds. I look forward to seeing your magic every month. Love the photos and details. Sorry comment is so late. Family visiting.

  5. Wow what a transformation, you would never think that was the same box and the textures are amazing. Michelle x