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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, December 3, 2016

Christmas Polar Family Canvas


The year is ending and Christmas is nearly here.  It is time for a Christmas challenge at Come and Get It Challenges. I have  made this Christmas theme canvas for our final challenge using an image from one of our great sponsors we had this year, Polkadoodles.  The image is called Polar Family - Octavia Frosted Winter.

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My canvas is 8 x 8 and I glued a piece of watercolour paper to the top on the canvas with the image I had chosen.  I coloured the image with my new watercolours by Mungyo. Love their bright colours.   The trees in the background are Tim Holtz and were stamped with Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow.   The snow is graded Styrofoam and glitter mixed.  

It has been a wonderful year at Come and Get It Challenges.  Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to see the creations of our design team and join in this challenge. 

Hope you have a wonderful holiday and that you join us again for more great challenges in 2107.

I am entering my project in the following challenges

Polkadoodles Crafting - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas - Christmas
My Time to Craft - Christmas Animals
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafting with Attitude - Anything Goes
Stamps and Stencils - Mixed Media Christmas
Time O Challenges - Christmas with a Twist
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Christmas

Friday, December 2, 2016

What's Your Number?


I made this altered filing box (shoe box size) for the upcoming anything goes challenge at Creative Artiste.  Scrapmatts is our sponsor this month.  Scrapmatts has a wide variety of paper craft supplies including stencils, inks, chipboard and paper tole accessories. I used several of their products in my project. 
I made this box to hold my collection of wooden and metal numbers.


I painted my box with gesso then stenciled my box with a couple of different number stencils and modelling paste.  I also added some rubber stamp numbers.  I then painted the box with turquoise and yellow ochre acrylic paint and highlighted the numbers with a wash of burnt umber paint. 

I coloured a wooden ball in the same colours of the box to use on the lid, added some old bone coloured dominoes for the feet and a few wooded numbers for the top of the box. 

Here is a closer look. 

Side of the box


Top of box


Some of my numbers in side the box



This was a fun project.  Thank you for stopping by and remember to pop over to the Creative Artiste Challenge blog to see the beautiful creations of the design team. Hope you will join us this month. 

I am entering this project in the following challenges

SanDee & amelie's Steampunk Challenges - Steampunk/Industrial 
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Altered/Mix Media Art
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics - Altered/Mixed Media
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Mixed Media

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Vintage Altered Christmas Clock


Time for another challenge at Altered Eclectics and since the holiday season is quickly approaching I decided that I would layer a old clock from my stash of crafting supplies.  I found this free clip art Santa Claus on the internet  that I coloured with my Copics and glitter then added a crackle stamp to age the picture.  My flowers and glass balls are from a thrift store and appear to be very old.  

I sprayed a craft tree I found at a dollar store green and added some pearls to decorate it.

Closer look



I added some other embellishments from my stash including some ribbon and cheese cloth that I dyed with distressed inks. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Pop over to our challenge blog to see the inspiring creations of our design team.  This is our last challenge of 2016 and we will not be back until February, 2017.  Happy holidays everyone.

I am entering this project in the following challenges

SanDee & amelie's Steampunk Challenges - Steampunk/Industrial 
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Altered/Mix Media Art
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics - Altered/Mixed Media
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Mixed Media
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Creative Corner - Vintage/Retro Christmas
PDE Link Party - Anything Goes
Mixed Media Mojo - Winter Holidays 

Altered Christmas Themed Kleenex Box


The purple team at Eclectic Ellapu this month has a Jingle Bell theme for their challenge and I created this mixed media altered Kleenex box.  

This is the acrylic Kleenex box I started with that I found at a thrift store.   


I painted my box with gesso then collages a Christmas bell napkin to the box and stamped the box with a Christmas musical stamp. To complete the project I added gold leaf to the edges of the box, gems, bells and a trumpet. 


Pop over to our challenge blog to see the inspiring creations of the talented design team.  The pink team also have a challenge this month and their theme is anything Christmas albeit a card or a gift for someone in your life. 

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a creative month.  Wishing you and your family a Happy Holidays and we will see you back here in February.  

Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Challenge at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges



2016 is coming to an end and we are having our last challenge of the year at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges.  The challenge is a 2 part challenge.  You can make either an anything but a card or a Christmas cards.  Why not make both? This is my card I made for the challenge using an image from one of our great sponsors this year, A Day for a Daisies.  The image is called Candy Elf B


I saw a video by Sandra Allnock on you tube and decided to try her background using Copic markers to create the allusion of a Christmas tree.  You can find  her video here.   I coloured my image with my Copics and added a sentiment die by Tim Holtz.   

Hope you will join in the Christmas challenge.  We have many great prizes from our wonderful sponsors. Pop over to our challenge blog to see the inspiring creations of our talented design team. 
Happy holidays everyone.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
My Sheri Crafts  - Winter, Christmas ....
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
Color Inspirations Monday- Hand Colored
Crafting with the Heart - Anything Goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Christmas Elf

Stationary Set


We have a great challenge this week at Crafty Cardmakers. The theme is anything but a card and I decided to make a Stationary Set.  I was inspired bu a set I found in an old Stamp It magazine (Spring 2006).The set is going to be a gift for a friend. 

This is the inside of the set. 


The set consists of a folder, stationery sheets, tags, cards, and matching envelops.  I used Stampin Up inks, stamps from Hero Arts and Stampin  Up.  To complete the set I used some brown lace and ribbons.

Thank you for stopping by.  Remember to pop over to the  Crafty Cardmakers Challenge blog to be inspired by the creative design team  

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Baby It is Cold Outside


I decided to make a globe card for this weeks challenge at Come and Get It Challenges.  The theme of the challenge is baby it is cold outside. I have used an image from one of our great sponsors QKR Stampede

QKR


The image I used is called Bundle Up.  I thought he was perfect for the theme of the challenge. I coloured him with my copics and a white gelly pen then added a sentiment with a rubber stamp from my stash. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  Remember to  stop by our challenge blog to see the creations of our talented design team.  Hope you will join in this challenge.