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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, May 6, 2016

Aging Advice and thoughts from those Crazy Birds

It is time again for a challenge at Creative Artistes.  The challenge this month is anything goes and I created a mini book for my neighbours birthday.  The theme of the book is happy birthday and aging advice from those crazy birds. The mini album took quite a few days to make but was fun coming up wit the ideas. 

Here is the front of my book.  

I had fun designing the front cover, adding the bicycle and legs for the bird.  I used several different products to colour the birds including Copics, metallic markers and watercolour crayons. Some of the hats are from the collection of Tim Holtz and some of the hats are from parts of digital images and rubber stamps. Some of the ideas for the pages were completely my original ideas but some were inspired by Pinterest and other stamps that I had. 

Inside cover

There are 6 sections to the book.  Each section contains 3 or four areas to create on plus a tag. Lots of creative real estate here.  One of my dear crafting friends Marta,  taught me how to put the book together  and I decorated it.  The pattern can be found on  
Laura Denison's  blog here

First foldout pages

Second foldout pages

Third foldout pages

Fourth foldout pages

Fifth foldout pages

Sixth foldout pages

last pages 

I hope my friend enjoys her card.  I had lots of fun making it.  Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  Remember to pop over to Creative Artiste's blog to see the inspiring projects of the design team.  

I am entering this project in the following challenges:

Jade's Sparkling Butterflies - Anything Goes 
4 Crafty Chicks - Sassy Woman
Crafting with Attitude - Anything Goes
DLArt- Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze - Anything Goes
The Paper Players - Bicycle
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes
Love to Create - Anything Goes
Crafting by Design - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - Anything but a Card
Sisterhood of Crafts - Birthdays

Monday, May 2, 2016

Meowy Christmas

The theme this week at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges is "Christmas Animals" and I have used this cute digital image from Bugaboo, one of our sponsors called Meowy Christmas Cats.

I used a few scraps of designer Christmas paper for the layers of my card and coloured the image with a Wink of Stella and Copics Markers. I had the perfect sentiment is from my collection of rubber stamps.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day. 

Butterfly Garden

Time for another challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and the theme of the challenge this week is pearls and gems. 

I used a butterfly die from Memory Box called floating butterflies for my card. Behind the die I used one of my Gelli Plate prints made with acrylic paints in my favourite colours of greens and blues. To complete the card I added some pearls and gems for sparkle. 

Thank you for stopping  by.  Please pop over to the Crafty Cardmakers challenge blog to see the creations that the design team have created to inspire you.

My favourite quote is by Maya Angelou. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”  I hope you will join us in this challenge.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Life is Like a Bicycle ....

I am excited to announce that I am now on the design team for Eclectic Ellapu.  Eclectic Ellapu is a challenge blog that has a theme each challenge that starts on the 1st of the month.  This month's challenge is an "Anything Goes".  

I decides too make a card following the theme of my sentiment that I created on my computer for the card.   I just loved this saying when I read it on a print.  The background of my bicycle scene was stamped on some gelli print paper that I had in my stash,  I like the way the colour is variegated on the wall giving the card a vintage look. 

I used distressed inks to colour the bicycle and the basket of flowers. The vintage bicycle stamp is by Inkadinkado that I have had in my collection for a long time. . The background squares were cut out with my Cricut. I thought they went well with the gelli print background. 

Thank you for joining us this week.  Pop over to the Eclectic Ellapu challenge blog to see the  creations that the design team has created to inspire you.  

Love to Create - Anything Goes - Mixed Media
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes 
A Beautiful Mess - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Amusing - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time - Vintage
The Paper Players - Bicycle

Encaustic Wax Mixed Media Board

Time for another Anything Goes challenge at Altered Eclectics.  This month I decided to get out my Encaustic waxed and create a mixed media board with them.  The background of the board was done with several colours of wax which the blue and silver sections were mixed with small glass beads.  I used masking tape to divide the layers. 

Once I had my basic design I added a few findings.  The star fish were from a dollar store and I coloured them with alcohol inks.  The small beads were from my stash and the shell was made using a shell mold and thick embossing powder. I coloured the shell also with alcohol ink and then added a little glitter. All the findings were glued down with wax. Once the wax was total set I buffed the piece with an old nylon to bring out the shine. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  Remember to stop by the Altered Eclectics challenge board to see the beautiful creations of all the design team members. 

I am entering this project in the following challenges:

Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes - Altered Art and Mixed Media
Love to Create - Anything Goes - Mixed Media
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes - Optional Beach or Nautical Elements
A Beautiful Mess - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Have a Ball

Time for another challenge at Come and Get It and the theme this week is to make your own embellishments. I have used   an image from Scrapper's Delight, one of our great sponsors for my card called  Lady Jane . She is a lovely image to colour with my Copics. 

I used a very old rubber stamp (1996) for the background from Hero Arts called Bursting Fireworks for the background of my card.  I thought it worked well with the theme of the card. My embellishment I made with a die cut which I added a star to to continue with the theme.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Glitter and/or Bling Challenge

It is a Glitter and /or Bling Challenge at Come and Get It this week and I am using Lemon Shortbread, one  of of our great sponsor this week images.  The theme of the challenge is glitter and/or bling and I thought this fairy image called Moss Fairy with Skull was  perfect for the challenge. 

I coloured muy image with Copics and added sparkle and glitter with A Wink of Stella.  To complete my card I added a birthday sentiment and some sequences for some more sparkle. Thank you for stopping by and have a very creative week.  Hope you will join us for this challenge at Come and Get It