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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, January 31, 2014

Stamping on Felt Challenge at Get Inky Challenges

I created my "Shoot for the Moon" card for this weeks challenge at Get Inky! Challenge blog.  The theme of the challenge is stamping on felt.  I chose to use two of the rubber stamps from Get Inky Stamps called Whimsical Moon and Stars, you can purchase the stamps here

I have never stamped on felt before so it was a very interesting challenge for me and if you know me I just love challenges.  I stamped my moon on to white felt and then cut out the moon.  The stars were cut with a die cut. I also used a die cut to cut our the background. I love the soft look of the stamping n felt.  To complete the card I added some glitter to the stars, some bling to the sky and my Get Inky Stamps' sentiment.  

Come join us at for this challenge at Get Ink! Challenge.   I hope you have a very creative day. Thank you for stopping by. 


I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Treasured Times Rubber Stamps & Scrapbooking - Anything Goes with Layering
Drunken Stampers - Anything Goes
Paper Creator's Crafts Anything goes
The Hobby House - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz  Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge  Anything Goes

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Valentine Card

I have made this step card with one of Morgan Fitzsimon's new digital images for Valentines day from Fitztown. The image is called  Valentine 3  and can be found here.

The step card was made with a die cut from Cheery Lynn Designs.  To complete the card  I coloured the image with my Copic Markers, added bling , glitter and paper roses.  

Thank you for stopping to take a look at my card.  Hope you have a very creative day.   


I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Sassy Cheryl's -Anything But A Square
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
Make it Monday -  Always Anything Goes
Perfectly Rustics - Love
Through the Purple Haze - Digi + Die

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Three Designer Paper Challenge at Fitztown.

This is the card I made for the 3 designer paper challenge this week at Fitztown.  You still have time to enter the challenge.  This is a good challenge to use up some of your scraps of designer paper that you have been hoarding. Just create your card and enter it here

My card was made with one of the teddy bear designs from Fitztown collection of teddy bears created by Morgan Fitzsimons. I just love this teddy bear image.  The teddy bear could be used for Christmas, birthday or any other celebration. 

I used Copics to colour my image and found 3 pattern papers in my stash to make up the background of my card.  I stamped the sentiment from my stash of unmounted stamps on to one of the pattern papers, used a banner die cut to cut it out  and added a button to complete my card.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a creative day.


I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Sassy Cheryl's Anything But A Square
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
My Sheri Crafts  - Use a Digi
Paper Creator's Crafts -Anything goes
Rogue Redhead Designs Paper Piecing
Send a Smile for Kids – Anything goes 4 Kids

Make it Monday - Always Anything Goes

Monday, January 27, 2014

Pocket Card in Silver and Blue

The challenge this week at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges is to make a card in silver and blue and we have a new sponsor this week, Lacy Sunshine.  I chose to use their digital stamps called  Christmas Boo to make my pocket card. 

The directions for this pocket card can be found here.   In used Copic Markers and a pencil crayon to colour my image. Once I had my had my pocket folded I used white embossed snowflake paper for the inside of the card.  My tag is stamped with a "We wish you a Merry Christmas" stamp from my collection of unmounted stamps. I trimmed my cards with some ribbon and added some snowflakes to complete the card.

Thank you for stopping by.  Hop over to the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge and see the cards that the design team  has created to inspire you.  


I have entered this card in the following challenges:

Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes / Fancy Folds
Craft It Up & Link It Up Linky Party by Craftin Desert Divas - Shaped Cards
Cutie Pie Challenge -  Cute + Blue
Kaboodle Doodles - Baby, It's Cold Outside
Digi Makeover Challenge - Shades of Blue
Make it Monday - Always Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenges - Cards...must be Christmas
Paper Creator's Crafts - Anything goes

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Always in Style

I made  this tag for an upcoming tag swap at the Inky Fun Stampers.  I was making a page for my Life Book journal and thought I would make the background of this tag with the made colours. I used my Gelli plate to create the background and added a couple of rubber stamps and some Washi tape for interest. The top is a pre-cut label from a package of scrapbook labels that happened to be the same colour as my project. I thought it made an interesting top to the tag. 

I used one of my mix media Prima doll for the tag and punched my flowers out left over paper from my gelli late prints.  I paper pieced the dress, added a Stampin Up sentiment, ribbon and a couple of buttons.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative days.  


I am entering this tag in the following challenges:
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes.
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Tag Along with Us.
The Ribbon Girls -Anything Goes.
Rogue Redhead Designs Paper Piecing
The Hobby House - Ribbons
Bloggers - Make your own background
 All Dressed Up - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar – Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Lets Go Shopping Challenge

Lets go shopping  is the theme of Come and Get It's challenge this week.  I do not know anyone of my girlfriends that does not like going shopping, especially for shoes and purses.  You can never have enough.  

I used a digital image by A Day for Daisies, our sponsor this week called Peacock Clutch.  I really like the design of the purse and thought I had the perfect rubber stamps to accompany it.  

I also used for this card a peacock stamp by Rubber Stampede for the background and a sentimentstamp called Purse-nally by Stampendous.  I love the sentiment, it is so cute. My purse was coloured with Copic Markers and the glitter ribbon is by American Craft. 

Come and join us at Come and Get It this week, just pop over to the challenge blog and see the other cards our design team had made to inspire you. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative week.  


I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Polka Doodle Challenge - Anything Goes/Shop till you Drop
My Sheri Crafts  - Use a Digi
Paper Creator's Crafts - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
The Crafting Cafe -Anything Goes
Divas by Design Challenge - Anything Goes

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Best is Yet to Come

I made this card for a young friend's birthday.  I hope he enjoys it.  The digital image is by Kenny K Downloads and both sentiments are rubber stamps from Stampin Up.  The card was coloured with Copic Markers.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a create day.


I am entering this card in the  following challenges:

Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Inklings and Yarns - Always Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - CAS
7 Kids College Fund - Anything goes
LEJ Designs Anything Goes
My Sheri Crafts Use a Digi

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Get Inky Challenge - Handmade Flowers

My turn to bring you some inspiration for this week's challenge at Get Inky! Challenge Blog.  The theme of this challenge is to add some handmade flowers to your project. Lots of room to be creative with this challenge.  Here is my card:  

My card features a sympathy sentiment digital stamp by Get Inky Stamps . You can find the stamp here.  To frame my card I used the Gold Majesty Circles Dies by Spellbinders. Distress ink was used to ink the edges of the frame and some glitter on the hearts. The stamp is just perfect to show your sympathy to someone who is suffering a loss. Here is a view of the stamp close up.

My flowers were made with a Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch.  I cut them out of white card stock. I scrunched up the flower to give them some shape then layered them and coloured them with ink and glitter. To complete my card I added some bling from my stash. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed my card.  Check out Get Inky Stamps sentiment stamps.  They have some  wonderful designs..  Hope to see you join us this week for Get Inky! "Handmade Flowers" challenge


I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Shopping Our Stash - Winter Blues
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
Card Mania - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles - Use Blue

Monday, January 20, 2014

Christmas Animals

This week's challenge at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges is to create a card with a Christmas animal on it.  Ou sponsor this week is Oak Pond Creations and they are offering a wonderful prize. 


For my card I used the sponsor's image called  Kona's Candy Cane and made the card using the Z Fold card technique.  

I used the following products on my card
  • Digital Sentiment 
  • Flower Soft
  • Glitter
  • Stencil
  • Glitter 
  • Copic markers
  • Pattern paper
Thank you for stopping and have a creative day.  Check out the other cards from the other design team members on the Holly Jolly blog.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

It is a Recipe Challenge at Fitztown

It is a recipe challenge at Fitztown this week and I made this little tag friendship book for the challenge. I used Morgan Fitzsimon from Fitztown's digital image Fae22 and a CD literature folder.  

The challenge recipe is: 

1 ribbon/bow
2 buttons
2 flowers
1 clip / stitch / fastening
2 patterned papers
glitter (any kind)

On the outside of the booklet I used two pattern papers, ribbon and glitter.   In the inside of the booklet I used the same pattern paper, 2 buttons, 2 flowers, and a clip.  I also added some friendship tags, drywall tape (for texture) and a CD for adding friendship pictures.   


Space for a CD

Friendship tags


Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join our challenge this week.  
Pop over to their challenge blog and see the other cards the other projects the design team has created to inspire you. 


I am entering my project in the following challenges:

One Stitch At A Time -Use a digi.
Stamping Sensations -Ribbon, Buttons and Bows.
Allsorts - Use Buttons and Bows 
My Sheri Crafts  - Use a Digi
Pumpkin spice -  Buttons, Bows or Bling
The Hobby House - Ribbons
Brown Sugar – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers -  No.20 - Anything Goes
Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge -  Buttons & Bows
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes

Food ... Glorious Food Challenge

This weeks challenge at Come and Get It is Food .... Glorious Food. the sponsor is Bugaboo and we would love you to show us your food theme creations. 

I have used a Bugaboo digital image called Sassy Girl Cook for my card. I coloured her with my Copic Markers and added some pearls and a sentiment stamp from my collection to finish off the card.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day. Hop over to the Come and Get It Challenge blog and see the cards of the other design team members.  


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Blog Hop at Get Inky! Challenges

Hi, and welcome to the Get Inky! Farewell & Welcome Blog Hop. You should have arrived here from Jessica's blog

If you happened to have stumbled into the hop mid-way be sure to start at the Get Inky! Challenge Blog for a chance to win a fun prize!

The blog hop is saying goodbye to our previous team members, and welcoming our current members, some of whom are new to Get Inky!

For my project I created a birthday card and gift bag for my grandson River's 5th birthday this week. I used a digital image from Get Inky stamps called "
out of this world ship”. This set of images has lots of possibilities. It can be found in their Esty shop.  

Now for the fun part... Leave a comment on each blog along the way and you'll be entered to win: 

* one of three one-year Inky Moonbeam memberships 
* one Crafty Card Gallery app donated from Jennifer Restivo

To see what the club is all about, visit www.bluemooncreation.net

I'm so glad you stopped by and look forward to inspiring you further. Now off you to go to Julie next person on hop to check our what she created.

In case you get lost here is a complete list of all of the participants in the blog hop. 

Ann - http://annmakes.blogspot.com
Beth ~ http://thecraftyscrapyard.blogspot.com
Jamie- http://capture-your-memories.weebly.com
Jessica- http://www.kissinkrafts.blogspot.com/
Judy - http://insearchofmycreativeside.blogspot.ca (that's me)
Julie - http://muddypawsinkyfingers.blogspot.com
Kathy - http://upinthenightwithkat.blogspot.com
La-Vie - http://www.cestla-viedesigns.blogspot.com
Lyne - http://lynnseverydayideas.blogspot.com
Susan B. ~ http://susanascorner.blogspot.com
Susan R - http://susanrenshaw0404.blogspot.com
Tonya- http://scrappingfunwithtonya.blogspot.com
Thia- http://bluemooncreation.blogspot.com

Have a creative day.


I have entered my project in the following challenges:
Brown Sugar –  Anything Goes
Digitally Sweet - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
4 Krafty Girlz -Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Any Sentiment

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Frame It

Frame it is the theme of the Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges this week and Floppy Latte Designs is the sponsor of the challenge. 

Floppy Lattes Digital Designs ::All Digital All The Time

This challenge is perfect for my Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 28 die cuts and the Christmas Lattern image from our sponsor. I used Copic marker, Distress Ink and glitter to colour my image and layered the image on several pretty metallic Christmas papers. 

Thank you for stopping by to take a look.  Have a creative day.  


I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiment Designs - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
Card Mania Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Anything Goes
Creative Creations Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Always Anything Goes
Loves to Scrap Challenge - Anything Goes
Pile It On Challenge - Holidays Celebrations
Jo’s Scrap Shack Challenge -  Anything Goes

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Antique Car Love

My turn to show my project using kraft paper or colouring on paper for this week's challenge at Fitztown.   I decided on kraft paper because I have hoarded lots in my stash.  I used this lovely antique car called car 4 from the interesting collection of cars digital images at Fitztown. 

The textured kraft paper is  from a friend that is a stain glass artist.  Her large pieces of glass come wrapped up in this interesting paper. 

I coloured the antique car with Copic Markers, white gell pen and pencil crayon.  I added diamond glaze to the head lights , stapled the travel background paper to the card stock and added the hand and sentiments by Tim Holtz to show case my digital image.  Both the hand and the sentiment were also stamped on kraft paper. 

There still is time to join in this challenge.  Just create  your card and enter it here


I am entering this card in the following Challenges:

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Dragonflies and Butterflies

Butterflies or/and dragonfies is the theme of this week's challenge at Come and Get It Challenges.  Fitztown is our sponsor for this challenge and the winner will win a fabulous prize.  

My card image is called Fae 32 and is part of the set of digital stamp of the Fae series by Morgan Fitzsimons. I used the Upright Z fold card technique to make this card, you can find the tutorial here

My image was coloured with Copic Markers and glitter.  To tie in the background paper I embossed it with a feather embossing folder by Crafts-Too and coloured it with shades of orange and yellow PanPastels.  The final step to complete the card was I added a sentiment and some bling. 

Join us this week at Come and Get it Challenges. Thank you for stopping by and do something creative for yourself. 


I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Colour Me Creative Challenge -Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles -Anything Goes/ Girly, Girly, Girly
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes
Stampin With The Dragon -  Anything Goes

Friday, January 10, 2014

Quilt Inspired Challenge

Get Inky Challenge Blog is having a quilt inspired challenge this week and this is the card I created for the challenge. From my stash I found this baby themed paper that I think I have had for probably 6 or 7 years.  The paper has squares of different baby related themes all on the one sheet so I just used a paper punch and created squares the size I needed for my background.  

I inked the edges of my squares and laid them down on my card in a pattern, then I added my digital image from Get Inky Stamps called spotted baby giraffe. Isn't it a cute image? 

To compete this card I added a metal tag and ribbon with my tag curler.  It had been a long time since I had the paper curler out but I do think it was a nice addition for this baby card.  

I hope you will join us at Get Inky Challenges this week.  Thank you for stopping to take a look and have a creative day.


I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks - Bows
4 Krafty Girlz - Anything Goes
Crafter's Cafe - Anything goes
Nutcrafters -  Anything Goes
7 Kids College Fund - Anything goes
The Hobby House - Ribbons

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Snowflake Fun

I love this image from Fitztown called Winter 9. I decided to make my card in non-traditional Christmas/winter colours.  I paper pieced his clothes and then coloured the rest of my image with my Copic Markers.  

The background snowflake stamp is by the Great Canadian Stamp Company. The die cut snowflakes are Spellbinders Nestabilites. Once I had layered my card I added a little bling and the card was complete

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a very creative day. 


I am entering this card in the following challenges:

ABC Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas
Fitztown - Anything Goes
Crafter's Cafe - F, 3E - #45 Anything goes
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Christmas
The Crafting Cafe - Anything Goes

Monday, January 6, 2014

Stamping with Felt

I made this card using a technique from Technique Junkies called stamping on felt.   For technique you need a  rubber stamp that has a corresponding die cut.  Cut out a piece of felt with the die cut and then attach the cut out piece of felt to a block.  I used sticky tape to attach the felt but you could use Velcros.  

Once you have your felt stamp attached to the block, add alcohol ink in several colours to the stamp and then stamp on glossy card stock. I stamped my felt stamp several times getting different variations of the colour of the images as the piece of felt held less ink.  Using a stamp positioner to align the rubber stamp over the alcohol inked images I stamped the image then cut out the image with the matching die cut.   I used the following products on my card:

  • Designer paper - Nostalgic Essentials by Authentique
  • Sizzix Stamp and Diecut - Antique Flowers and Butterflies
  • Tim Holtz - Alcohol Inks
  • Stazon Ink 
Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day. 


I am entering this card in the following challenges. 

Crafty Boots -Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Always Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Blog Anything goes
The Squirrel & the Fox - Anything Goes.