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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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Monday, May 22, 2017

Flower Profusion


The theme of the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this week is Flower Profusion.  I made this easel card for a friend that has been feeling under the weather.  I hope that it cheers her up. 

The image I used is from Bugaboo Digital stamps.  I coloured the image with copics, gell pen and glitter. To complete my card I added a die cut dragon and a sentiment. 

I hope you will join us the challenge.  Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to view the the inspiring creations of our design team. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Altered Puzzle Piece - Embossing


This week at Come and Get Challenges it is an embossing (wet or dry) challenge.  I decided to make  an alter puzzle piece. Our sponsor is Knitty Kitty Digis and I used their image called  At The Bottom of the Garden - Knitty Kitty Digis No. 3.



Along with their fabulous image I added embossed boots, bag of soil and butterfly.  I also add some flowers , sentiments, and bird to complete the card.  Thank you for stopping by.  Hope you will join us in this embossing challenge.  

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mother's Day Challenge


Time for a mother's Day challenge at Come and Get It Challenges this week.   I have used an image for my box of flowers by Pickled Potpourri called  Dahlia.  


I coloured my image with Copics, pencil crayons and a glitter pen.   To complete my card I added some washi tape and a Mother's day sentiment. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Just Add a Sentiment Challenge.


The theme of this weeks challenge at Crafting Cardmakers is "Just Add a Sentiment".  For my card I used a large floating butterfly die for my card which I cut out in white.  My background was made in a fun technique called Shattered Glass.  To complete the card I used a Happy Birthday sentiment die and painted the butterflies with A Wink of Stella.  

I love the Shattered Glass technique and spent the afternoon making a few background for more project.  Pop over to our challenge blog to view the inspiring projects from our talented design team.

Hope you will join us this week,  Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Happy Birthday Challenge


It is a Happy Birthday challenge this week at Come and Get It Challenges.  I made this birthday card for a niece using a digital stamp by one of our great sponsors, Ppinky Doll Art.  The image is called Baby Chick.  I just love this cute bird.



Hope you will join us this week.  Pop over to our challenge blog to see the inspiring creations of our talented design team.  Thank you for stopping by. 




Friday, May 5, 2017

A House is Made of ....



May is here and another challenge at Creative Artiste is here.  The theme is Mixed Media Anything Goes.  

The term “mixed media art” is a broad definition that covers many arts and crafts, including collage, assemblage (both 2D and 3D), altered objects, including books and boxes, handmade greeting cards, artist trading cards (ATCs) and tags, art journalling and book making as long as you use more then 2 different media's.
The “mixed media” used includes paints, papers and broad range of all descriptions, glues, buttons, fabrics, found objects, photos, metal bits, fibres, things from nature, inks, pencils, crayons, markers, pastels and polymer clays, to name a few. 

Our sponsor this month is the Girls at Lindy's. Lindy's Gang is a great company for mixed media supplies.  If you have not been to their online it should be a must place to check out their supplies.


I found a plaque at the thrift store of a house and decided the shape was just perfect for my project.  I sanded  the house and then added my design. To create  project I used a combination of stencils, paints, pages of an old book, Tim Holtz's found relatives, a sentiment, keys, crown, house number, and a crescent moon. 

closer look at the sentiment




To personalized my project I by adding the crown, crescent and and house number since this is my own house address. 

Pop over to our challenge blog to see the inspiring creations of our talented design team. 

Have a great week creating and thanks for stopping by. 

I am entering my project in the following challenges:

Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Mixed Media
Altered Eclectics- Altered/Mix Media
We Love to Create - Mixed Media - Anything Goes
Mixed  Media World - Anything Goes



Monday, May 1, 2017

Encaustic Transfer and Citrasolv Collage


It is the 1st  of May and time for another great altered art challenge at Altered Eclectics. This challenge is always an Anything Goes Challenge.  The only rules are that your project must be either altered art or mixed media and not a card or ATC.  

I love this challenge blog because every month I can try something different and it challenges your creativity.

This month I tried two different techniques I have been wanting to do.  I had never done an Encaustic wax image transfer or used paper I created using Citrasolv on National Geographic paper.  I had learnt the encaustic transfer technique in a class by Donna Downy.  The heron image was a free image from Graphic Fairy.  

I added about 5 layers of Encaustic Medium to my board before I started my painting. Using Citrasolv on National Geographic paper gives some great patterns and I thought would be interesting as my mountain in my scene.  I carved my mountains and trees and used a burnt umber oil stick to fill in the lines and edge the picture.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to see the  wonderful creative projects of our talented design team. 

Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Mixed Media
We Love to Create - Mixed Media - Anything Goes
Mixed  Media World - Anything Goes
613  Avenue Create - Anything Goes


Big Chief


It is May and time for another challenge at Eclectic Ellapu.  The theme is anything Goes.  Hope you will join us this month.  

I decided for this challenge to use an first Nations stamp I have had in my collection for a very long time but I have forgotten who the manufacture of the stamp is. 

The feather headband was stamped on some watercolour paper that I had used Brusho on.  I liked the effect of the splatters on the feathers.  I also used a Tim Holts die for the arrow.  I used the revered image as a stencil.  The feathers are also dies from my collection.

Thank you for stopping by and remember to pop over to our challenge blog to see the inspiring creations of our design team.    Remember my favourite saying from  Maya Angelou. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” 

Have a creative day.  


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Make a Square



Time for another challenge at Come and Get It Challenges. The theme this week is Make a Square. I have used a digital stamp from StarStampz  to make my card.  The image I used for this card is called Alice Chibi Stamp


I love this Alice Chibi stamp.  I coloured her with Copics, Wink of Stella and added some embellishment. 

I hope you will join us at this week at Come and Get It challenges. Thank you for stopping by. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Angel Wings


Time for another great challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.  The theme of the challenge is pearls and/or gems.    I used a pretty fairy rubber stamp from a Canadian company called  Enchanted Hallow Rubber stamps.  The stamp is called Crystal.  I used copics for the colouring then added a Wink of Stella along with the pearls to give the card some glitter. 

Hope you will join us this week.  Remember to pop over to the Crafty Cardmakers blog to see the inspiring cards of  a our talented design team,  Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Create a Circle Challenge



It is challenge day again at Come and Get It Challenges and the theme is to use a circle in your project this week  I decided to make a circular tag using  an image called Bugbirdumbra by Bugaboo Digital stamps, one of our great sponsors of Come and Get It Challenges. 


I coloured the cute bird image with my Copics, added a couple of sentiments from my stash.  I added Diamond glaze on my rain drops and puddle.  The beads were made from papers and fibers from in my stash.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  

Saturday, April 15, 2017

It's a Girl Thing



It's a Girl Thing is the theme of this weeks Come and Get It's challenge.  I am using one of our sponsors, Lemon Shortbread images for my art journal page.  The name of the image is  80's Fashion City Girl.


My idea for this art journal page was some papers I had made using CitraSolv and National Geographic pages.    I love the way the CitraSolv alters the images and makes these unusual pages.  I thought these pages I made were ideal for my art journal page. You can find more information about CitraSolv on my Pinterest site here

My image was coloured with Copics, pencil crayon and white gelly roll pen. 

Thank you for stopping by.  Remember to stop by our challenge blog to see the inspiring creations of our talented design team member.  Hope you  will join us this week. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dragonfly for a Wonderful Friend


Time for another challenge at Crafty CardMakers.  The theme of the challenge is Things that Fly. 

I used a die and stamp from a recent set called Dragonfly Dreams by Stampin Up.  I used Brusho on Yupo paper for the background of the card and Brusho on  watercolour paper for the dragonfly. I also added Wink of Stella to my dragonfly and some gems to my lacy die cut.  

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join us this week for  this Things that Fly. Pop over to our challenge blog to view the inspiring projects of our talented design team.  Have a creative week.  


Sunday, April 9, 2017

In the Garden

Time for another challenge at Come and Get It Challenges this week.  The theme is "In the Garden".  
I have used an image from one of this week's sponsors, Cute as a Button.  The image is called Good Soil. 

Cute As A Button Designs


 I coloured my image with my Copics then added some flowers, rubber stamped soil and a butterfly.

Hope you enjoy the card and will join us this week.  Pop over to our challenge blog to see the inspiring creations of our design team and the images of our other great  sponsors.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Fiesta


Time for another great challenge at Creative Artiste this month.  Your project must be mixed media and your project maybe a card, tag, ATC, altered art ... as long as it fits the challenge specifications. 

We have a wonderful sponsor this month, DecoArt.   DecoArt has a wide variety of Mixed Media products.  I have used a few in my project. 



  I decided to make a canvas using a picture of my hubby and I on vacation a few years ago.  We were in Mexico listening to music and having a good time. Love the Mexican bright colours. 

I used a lot of product on my canvas including the following

Variety of older rubber stamps
Tim Holtz tissue paper
Acrylic Gesso (DecoArt)
Acrylic Paint (DecoArt)
Texture Sand Paste (DecoArt)
Copic Markers
Dies
Gell Pen
Inks


Closer look




Thank you for stopping by and have a creative month. Remember to stop by our challenge blog to view the great projects that our talented design team have created to inspire you.

Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Altered Art/Mixed media
The Mixed Media Monthly - Superpowers (always planning what to do next)
Creative Embellishments - Inspired by the colours
Crafting by Design - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Corner - Anything Goes
Double D Challenges - Neons/Brights
Altered Eclectics - Mixed Media/Altered Art
Wonderful Wednesdays - Anything Goes

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Easter Challenge


It is time for another fun challenge at Come and Get It Challenges this week and the theme is Easter.   I have used our sponsor , Polkadoodles image called  Tulip, the darling buds.  I think she is beautiful and a great image for this Easter challenge.


I has fun making the card, layering designer papers, colouring image with Copics, Wink of Stella, adding butterfly, gems and a sentiment.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to pop by our challenge blog to see the inspiring projects of our talented design team, also remember to stop by Polkadoodles store to see the beautiful images they have, something for everyone. 

Altered Mannequin


Time for another altered art challenge at Altered Eclectics.  This month I decided to alter a mannequin. It was a fun project. 

This is what I started with

  
I was out shopping at my favourite thrift store one day and noticed that the children's store near by was quickly closing up and moving away.  I popped over to the shop and saw they were selling off the mannequins for $5.00 each.  My hubby was shaking his head when I came out of the store with 2 of them.  He should have not been surprised, after 30 years together nothing should surprise him.  My only regret was I could of purchased their display of feet and arm mannequins.

I removed the cloth cover and painted the body in Gesso and then started to add my findings and lace.  Once I had my findings and lace attached to my project I painted them with Gesso and then started to add my paints and ink sprays. 

Here is a closer look.





Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  Remember to stop by our challenge blog to see the inspiring projects of our design team.  

 I am entering this project in the following challenges\;

SanDee & amelia's Steampunk/Industrial - Anything Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Altered Art/Mixed media
The Mixed Media Monthly - Superpowers (always planning what to do next)
Creative Embellishments - Inspired by the colours
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes

Vintage Dresses


Eclectic Ellapu is having another great challenge this month and the theme of the challenge is is vintage/shabby chic. 

I have made these two little baby dress for a friend whose going to be a grandmother of twin girls.  I try to make the dresses similar but not the same.  I found some small flowered paper for the dresses  and I inked the edges and used a white gell pen to add some little details. 

I used vintage lace that I found at the local thrift store, old buttons, old seam binding and pearls to decorate the dress cards.

Back of dresses


Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Pop over to our challenge blog to see the beautiful projects of our talented design team.  

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring into Spring



This week at Crafty Cardmakers it is a Spring  into spring challenge.   I made this pretty fairy card and coloured her in spring colours. 

The stamp is called "fairy in gown" is by Stamps Happen Inc. and has been in my collection for many years.   I coloured her with Copic Markers, Ink of Stella and pencil crayon.  To complete my I added some flowers, pearls and a butterfly.

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  Remember to check out our challenge blog to see the inspiring projects of our design team.  

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Spring Time Challenge



Time for another great challenge at Come and Get It this week and the them of this challenge is Spring time. Time for Tea is one of our sponsors and they have a great selection of images for spring.  I have used one of their images called Fairy Toadstool.  I think she is so cute.


I coloured my image with Copics, Wink of Stella and Pencil Crayons. I added a fence and some stamped asters to create a spring theme for my card. I added a butterfly, gems and flowers to complete my card.  Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  



In the Garden




Great challenge over at Come and Get It Challenges this week, the theme is in the garden.  I have used one of our sponsor's image this week called  Good Soil by Cute as a Button.  What an adorable image.


This easel garden theme card and coloured it with Copics, then added some flowers, butterfly, stamped soil bag.  The sentiment come with one version of the image and I printed it and then added it to my card .

Closer look at the beautiful sentiment.


Thank you for stopping by .  Pop over to our challenge blog to see the inspiring creations of our talented design team. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Anything Goes Challenge


Time for another challenge at Come and Get It Challenges.  Our sponsor this week is Di's Digis.  

I made this card for a friend who is going into the hospital for surgery.  Sandra Caldwell's 
Broken Boo Boo seemed to be a perfect image for this card.  The image was coloured with Copics and pencil crayons and I added the rubber stamped band aides and a sentiment that were from my collection of rubber stamps to complete the card.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

For a Special Woman


Card for a special friend is the theme of this week's challenge at Crafty Cardmakers. This card is for a very dear friend of mine for her birthday.  I love the sentiment on this old  rubber stamp I have had for many years by Stamps Happens, Inc.  The stamp is called My Special Friend and the sentiment says "You'll always be my special friend".

I coloured my card with Ink Intense Pencils then added a frame detail, some sequence and a pretty dark blue ribbon. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  Remember to pop over to the Craft Cardmaker's blog to see the inspiring projects of the design team. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Things with Wings

Time for another weekly challenge at Come and Get It Challenges . The theme this week is one of my favourites, things with wings. 

Our sponsor is A Day for Daisies and I used one of their bird theme images for my card.  The image I used is called Bird Family on a Branch


I used watercolours and a wink of Stella to colour my image and then cut out the image with a Sizzex die. To complete my card I added a sentiment and some flowers and pearls. 

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

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Card for a Kid


I love the image I used for this week's challenge at Come and Get It Challenges.  The theme is a card for a Kid.  The sponsor of this challenge is Paper Nest Dolls and I used an image called Captain Owen.

I coloured my image with Copic Markers and layered several die cuts and a birthday sentiment. I had fun making this card and it I think I will use it for an upcoming birthday card for one of the little ones in my family. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  



Friday, March 3, 2017

Altered Heart


Time for another great challenge at Creative Artiste this month.  The theme is anything goes and we have a great prize for one lucky winner. Remember your project must be Mixed Media and use at least 3 different mediums in your project.

I decided to alter a heart for my project and add angel wings that originally were birch bark Christmas ornaments. 

This is what I started with





To make my canvas I collages music pages to my canvas and added colour to the canvas. Next I added a stencil compass which I coloured the molding paste with PanPastels  and highlighted parts with a white Sharpie. I added music sheet paper also to the heart and then added a layer of blue acrylic paper.  The angel wings were painted light blue acrylic paint then covered with cheese cloth and glitter added to give the wings sparkle.  

To complete the project I added a couple of sentiments, cord with a gold thread, and a breathe tag. This was a fun project.  Hope you will join us at Creative Artiste this month.  Pop over to our challenge board to see the inspiring creations of our talented design team.  Thank you for stopping by.

I am entering this project in the following challenges:

Mixed Media World - Anything Goes Mixed Media
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes Altered
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk - Anything goes Steampunk/Industrial
Love to Create - Anything Goes Mixed Media
Creative Embellishments -  Be inspired (wings)