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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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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Summer Time

It is time for another challenge at Come and Get It this week and the theme is summertime. All Dressed Up is our sponsor this month. 


I have used All Dressed Up's image called "Perfect Day".  I Layered my card with a section of designer papers and added some flowers and a doilies.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day. 


Monday, July 17, 2017

Lots and Lots of Layers


Crafty Cardmakers this week has a challenge of with a lots and lots of layers theme and I decided to make card for my hubby's birthday.   

The digital image is from SLS Lines, I just love it's design.  The layering papers are from Momento and the sentiment is an old stamp from my collection by Wordsworth (2002). 

I coloured the image with Copic Markers and added some brads to complete the card. 

Remember to stop by our Crafty Cardmakers challenge blog to see the inspiring cards of our talented design team members.

 Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Love that Designer Paper


Time for another challenge at Come and Get It Challenges and the theme this week is designer paper, create your card or project using two or more designer papers. 

Our sponsor this week is Polkadoodles and I have used on of their cute images called Dahlia, The Darling Buds

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My designer paper is from Forever in Time and the stack is called Perfect Prints.  I coloured my image with Copics then added a stamped sentiment and a pretty flowered ribbon.  Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to check out the other designs of our creative design team members. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Make your Own Background Challenge

Come and Get It Challenges this week has a make your own background challenge. Think of the possibilities.
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Sassayaki Glitter is one of our sponsor this week and I have used their image Baby Ellys' Birthday. She is so cute. I made my background using the small stars from my star edge punch and adding some glitter. The sentiment is a stamp by Just Rite Stamps. The image was coloured with Copics and a Wink of Stella. Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to stop by our challenge blog to see the fabulous cards of our inspiring designers.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Home Sweet Home Altered Book


It is another great challenge at Creative Artiste.  The them of the challenge is anything Mixed Media. 

Our sponsor this month is 

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I used several of Scrapmatt's chipboard words in my project along with their circle stencil.  
I used my gelli plate, acrylic paint, stamps, dies, digital images, Copics, Diamond Glaze.  I had lots of fun creating my little book. 

Take a look at the inside pages.






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Thank you for stopping by to take a look at my project.  Stop by the Creative Artiste challenge blog to see the inspiring projects of the design team.

I am entering this project in the following challenges:

Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes
Altered Eclectic - Anything Goes
Mixed Media World - Anything Goes
The Mixed Media Monthly - Altered Embellishments
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes

Monday, July 3, 2017

Summer Time Swing


It is a Tic, Tac Toe Challenge Crafty Cardmakers this week. Here is the challenge. 



I followed the line from bottom right hand side to top left, summer, stamp or Digi and embossing wet or dry. I used an silhouette stamp that I embossed with a black and silver  embossing powder.  I love the summer scene. I used the tri-fold card and added an extra frame. 



Hope you will join us this week at Crafty Cardmakers.  Remember to stop by our challenge blog to be inspired my the projects of out talented design team.  Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

National Colours


This week's challenge at Come and Get It Challenges is national colors.  The national colors for Canada are red and white.  Bugaboo Digital Stamps is our sponsor this week and I have used a digital image called  Brat Sports




I hope you can join us this week for this anything goes challenge. Pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by our talented design team. Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. 


Altered Village

It is the 1st of July and time for another altered/mixed media challenge at Altered Eclectics. 

This week I decided to alter some houses.  I cut a couple of blocks from my hubby's wood scraps.  I had a problem cutting out the windows and doors so my hubby ended up finishing them for me.



I painted the blocks with Gesso then decoupaged the houses with some designer papers by Studio Calico.  I used several different patterns from the pack and then added a wash of colour over the paper, using a different colour on each house. I added different roofs to each house, burlap, game pieces and metal belt findings. Next I added some finding and numbers to the homes to make them unique. The add ons include numbers, fence, crown, key, stamps, gears, and a bird. 

Here are some closer looks




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 view the inspiring creations of our talented design team. 

I am entering my project in the following challenges:
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Mixed Media
Mixed Media World - Anything Goes
The Mixed Media Monthly - Altered Embellishments
SanDee 7 amelie's SteamPunk Challenges - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes



By the Sea I Long to Be



It is July and time for another great challenge ay Eclectic Ellapu this month.  The theme of the challenge is sea side or summer colours. I chose to do a tag book with  sea theme.  I used my large Tim Holts' tag die to cut out my tag book and painted the background with acrylic paints then added real sand and some little shells and pieces of blue stone .  The fish, shells and sea weed are either rubber stamps from my collection or digital stamps.  



Some closer looks 


Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fairies and Trolls


Fairies or Trolls is the theme of this weeks Come and Get It Challenge.  Our sponsor is My Besties by Sherri Baldy. 

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Sherri has such cute designed images and such a fantastic selection.  I chose to use one of Sherri's twinkle toed trolls.  They can be found here.    I think she is so cute. 

Hope you will join us in this challenge  and remember to pop over to our challenge blog to view the cute cards created by our design team.  Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Here Comes Summer


Here comes summer is the theme of this week's challenge at Crafty CardmakersWhen I think of summer I think about the beautiful colours of all of the flowers and the butterflies . I have used alcohol inks in several colours on my background and then added a die that reminds me of my parents fence when I was growing up.  The butterflies also were coloured with Alcohol inks and  a white gell pen. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to stop by our challenge blog and be inspired by the creative works of our design team and join in our challenge. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Dad Your the Best


Time for another challenge at Come and Get It Challenges this week.  The theme of the challenge is Father's Day. Time For Tea Designs is this week's sponsor  and I used their digital image called Great Gatsby Guy.  


I cut out my image with my new Scan  and Cut then coloured my image with my Copic markers. After I coloured my image I added a background of designer papers and some stars.  To complete my card I added a sentiment. 

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

Saturday, June 10, 2017

June is for Weddings


The theme of this week's challenge at Come and Get It Challenges is weddings.  Our sponsor this challenge is Di's Digis. 


For my wedding card I used a digital stamp from All Dressed Up called Over the Moon.  I coloured the image with Copics and glitter and finished the card off with some gems and flowers.   Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  

Monday, June 5, 2017

Sail a Way


The theme this week at Crafty Cardmakers is to make your project for a special man or boy. I made this card for a very special friend of ours' birthday.  
I used a stencil by Stampendous for the background along with an element and birthday die by Tim Holtz.  The sailing ship is a stamp from my collection that at this moment I can not remember the maker's name.  The element die I used embossed with shabby blue embossing enamel and the sail boat I coloured with distressed ink.

 To complete the card I added a anchor and steering wheel dies. Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to stop by our challenge blog to see the inspiring creations of our design team. 


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Anything Goes Challenge


It is time for another challenge at Come and Get It Challenges and the theme is anything goes. Bugaboo Digital Stamps is our sponsor this week and I have used a digital image called Brat Boy Spring Umbrella.


I hope you can join us this week for this anything goes challenge. Pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by our talented design team. Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. 





Friday, June 2, 2017

Mixed Media Canvas - Adore



Time for another challenge at Creative Artiste.  Your project must be Mixed Media and can be an ATC, tag, card, layout, altered art or an off-the-page project as long as you follow the challenge specifications. You must use more then 3 different mediums on your project to qualify for our mixed media rules.

We have a great prize this month for one lucky winner. 



This is my project for the month of June, a canvas using pictures of my newest grandson, Cooper. I used some handmade paper for the background of my canvas.  I added gesso, stencil, textured paper, stamping, drywall tape, lace, beads with his name, Adore,  stars, flowers and his birth date.    

Here is a closer looks.


Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will join us this month. Remember to pop over to the Creative Artiste to see the inspiring creations of our talented design team. Have a creative month.  

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Anything Altered or Mixed Media Challenge



It is time for another great challenge at Altered Eclectics. The challenge is always anything goes as long as it is mixed media or altered art. 

This is what I decided to alter, a felt hat from an old costume.


  
I used quite a few techniques to create my project.  I also made a couple of boo boos.  My mannequin head was made of Styrofoam and I did not know that if I sprayed it with an aerosol paint that the Styrofoam would melt.  The faced bubbled up and melted in spots. I may use it in a Halloween project.  In the end I painted a new head with white carpenter's glue and gesso.  Once the head was sealed I decoupaged dictionary  pages on the head then spray painted the face.

I used gesso on my hat before I painted it black.  The side decoration was a combination of Tim Holtz dies and metal pieces from an old belt.  I also used metal pieces from a couple of old belts I found at a thrift store. To create the rust effect I used acrylic paint, molding paste and cinnamon. 

Here are a couple of more pictures of the project.






I had fun making my project.  I loved the metal pieces I found in the belt section of the thrift store. Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to see the inspiring projects of our design team.  

I am entering my project in the following challenges:
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk- Anything Goes
Creative Embellishments - Be Inspired
Love to Create - Anything Creative
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes

Pink and/or Purple Challenge


It is the 1st of the month and time for another challenge at Eclectic Ellapu.  The theme of the challenge is to create your project using a touch of colours pink and/or purple.  I love that colour combo.  

The digital image I used is from a company called Tales of Pollycraft.  I believe the company is no longer operation but I loved her pretty fairy stamps. 

I coloured my image with Copics, pencil crayon and glitter.  To complete my card I addes some stars and a sentiment.  Thank you for stopping by. Have a creative week. 


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Nautical Challenge at Come and get It



Nautical is the theme of the challenge this week at Come and Get It Challenges.  I have made my card with and image from our sponsor Paper Nest Dolls.  The 
cute image is called Life Ring Ellie.


I coloured this cute image with Copic markers and Pencil Crayon and added her to some beach theme paper from my stash.  To complete my card I added some die cut beach elements.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a create week.  Hope you will join this  challenge and pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by the makes of our talented design team.

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.