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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, October 16, 2017

Spooky Challenge




Crafty Cardmakers is having a spooky challenge this week and I have made this altered Halloween box for the challenge.  I am going to use this Halloween box for my Halloween treats for the little trick or treaters coming to my door. 


The box was originally a boot box that I made a collage of a selection of Halloween napkins and scrapbook paper  to make the pattern.  I also added a lock, keys and a skeleton head to the top.  
I added lights to the inside of the skelton head so that the eyes would glow. 



Thank you for stopping by and have a creative month.  Pop over to our challenge blog to view the inspiring projects of our design team. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Colour Challenge - Orange, Black and Purple

We have an exiting new challenge this week at Come and Get It Challenges, Purple, Black and Orange.  These are great colours for this upcoming Halloween season. 

Our sponsor this week is My Besties and I have used an image called Heide Halloween


This is a fun challenge and I hope you will join in. Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to view the inspiring cards of your talented design team. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

To Cute to Spook


To cute to spook is the theme of this weeks challenge at Come and Get It Challenges this week. Our sponsor this week is Paper Nest Dolls and the image I used this week is called Little Witch Ellie. Isn't she cute?  I think you would agree that she is too cute to spook.


The image s was coloured with Copics and a Wink of Stella.  Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.   


Happy Halloween - Haunted House


It is another great Mixed Media challenge at Creative Artiste this month. Our sponsor  this month is DecoArt and they have a great prizes for one lucky winner.   I used several of their products , such as paints, gesso and Texture Sand Paste. 


I had a lot of fun making my house.  I hunted through my collection of findings (many of which are straight junk) that I have collected through the years to create my  Haunted House.   I had a old wire tree in my collection that inspired me to do the project. I sprayed  the tree with Web Spray.

The house is made out of a piece of wood from my hubby's scrap pile. The base of the project is an old tray that I inverted.  I added stones on the roof and pathway and Popsicle sticks for the fence.  I cut out the grave stones out of cardboard and added my sentiments and a skeleton that I had recycled from another project.  

I added texture paste to my windows and door before painting them and added few more findings from my collection such as the crow, a number, a cat die cut, spiders and a skeleton head. 

Here are some closer looks at the project.











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

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fancy Folds - Wedding Card


Fancy Folds is the theme of this weeks Crafty Cardmakers challenge.

I made this wedding card for a dear friend of mine's granddaughter's wedding. I believe the card fold is called a never ending card and is actually 3 cards in one. Spread out the card is 18 by 6 inches. I have added 3 of my favourite wedding verses.  I also made an envelope in the same paper as the card for use as a gift card or to add money. 



I also made a box to store to store the card in .  I embellished the card with rubber stamps from my collection and added many different elements including silk flowers, pearls, gems, ribbon and die cuts. 


There are my 3 favourite wedding verses.






Thank you for stopping by.  remember to pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by the the creations of our talented design team.  Have a creative week.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Dark/Dramatic Colours and/or Scary Challenge


It is a Dark/Dramatic colours and/or scary challenge at Eclectic Ellapu this month.  I altered a old picture frame for my Halloween picture.  

The image is from Delicious Doodles and is called Corvus Coralyne.  The image was coloured with Copics and pencil crayon. I added some Halloween papers to the frame, ribbon, Halloween dies, sentiment , gems and spiders.  This was a fun Halloween project.  

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative month.  Pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by our talented design team.  

Scary Halloween


Time for another altered/mixed media challenge over at Altered Eclectics.  I have decided to alter cigar box into a Halloween decoration.  Thought I would put it put next to my Halloween Candy bowl this Halloween eve.  

This is what I started with


I used the top of the box for the for the floor of my display then added my elements.  The doctor's prescriptions are some that I found at a flea market a few years ago. I added some red paint for blood,  I also added some skulls, old bottles, a book of spells, large needle and skeleton. It was a fun display to make. 

Some closer looks




Thank you for stopping by.  Happy Halloween. Check out the inspiring projects of the design team this month over at Altered Eclectics


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Bookworm School Time



The challenge this week at Come and Get It Challenges is "School Time".  I have used this cute image called IMG00249 Bookworm from a great digital stamp company called Cute as a Button, one of our sponsors this week. 


I coloured my card with Copics and pencils.  To complete the card I added some gems, designer paper and a lace die cut. Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day. 



Saturday, September 23, 2017

Anything Goes Challenge


This week at Come and Get It is a Anything Goes challenge.  I have made this card using Copics, a rubber stamp by Local Rubber King, Wink of Stella and Distress Oxides. 

This week our sponsor is Di's Digis


Check out their cute digis here

Come join us in this anything goes challenge. Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Autumn - Time for Sharing


The theme of the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this week is Autumn.  Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year. I used a digital harvest image from DZ Doodles Digital Stamps for my card.  I loved their harvest scene.  The image was coloured with pencil crayon, Copics and gel pen.  To complete the card  I added a ribbon and a sentiment using an old Hero Arts Stamp. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Check our our Crafty Cardmakers web site to be inspired by our talented design team. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Have a Fang-tastic Halloween


The challenge at Come and Get It Challenges this week is to create a card or project with a theme fantasy.   I have used an image from one our our sponsors this week, Bugaboo Digital stamps. This cute image is called Bobblehead Witch


This card was fun to make. I added the image to a easel card, and then added a sentiment, washi tape, skull and cross bones and a spider.  I always like making Halloween card and I make probably 15 for the little ones in my  family.  Kids love to get mail. 

Hope you will join in the challenge.  Create your card it can be anything you want since the theme is fantasy or anything goes. 



Saturday, September 9, 2017

Happy Grandparents Day

Welcome back to another challenge over at Come and Get It Challenges. The sponsor this week of our Happy Grandparents Day is Paper Nest Dolls. I have used one of their cute images called Avery in Oz for my card.
My cute little girl was coloured with Copics and a glitter pen, cut with my scan and cut and layered on a die cut. To complete the card I added a sentiment, butterfly, leaves and flowers. Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day. Pop over to our challenge blog to be inspired by the creativity of our design team.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Monochromatic Challenge



Time for another great challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this month.  The theme of the challenge is monochromatic. 

The trumpet player is an unmounted rubber stamp that was purchased at a garage sale and I am unable to find out who made the stamp.  The other stamps are from Hampton Art Stamps that make up my monochromatic collage.  I also used some washi tape and diamond glaze on the bubbles to give the card some texture. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Remember to stop by our challenge blog to be inspired by our talented design team. 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

At the Fair


Time for another great challenge at Come and Get It Challenges this week.  The challenge is to create a card or project with the theme of  "At the Fair"  

I used this cute animal parade using an image from our sponsor,  Bugaboo Digital Stamps. The image is called Scene It Celebration Critters

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My image was coloured with Copics, white gel pen, and a glitter pen.  It was a cute image to colour. 

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


Friday, September 1, 2017

September's Mixed Media Challenge at Creative Artiste


Time for another great challenge at Creative Artiste this month.  As always our theme this month is
anything  mixed media goes.  

Our wonderful sponsor this month is Scrapmatts and Papertoles Australia.   


Scrapmatts has a wonderful selection of  chipboard products along with many other interesting art supplies.  I have used a few of their chipboard beach/ ocean chipboards for my canvas.  I also included many real shells, netting and pearls. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  

Altered Eclectic September Challenge


Time for another great challenge at Altered Eclectics this month.  This challenge blog is anything goes as long as it is mixed media or altered art.  

This is my project for September, an altered box. 

I stenciled a pattern on my box then covered the entire outside of my box with black gesso.  Next I added some findings that I had been collecting.  The findings included pins, flowers, shells leaves, gears, buttons etc.  

This is part way through the project. I forgot to take a before picture.



I added a layer of black gesso on top of the findings and when I had everything covered in layer of the gesso I added sprays and mica powders for colour. 


closer look




Inside the box


Hope you enjoyed my project.  Pop over to our challenge blog to enjoy the projects of our talented design team.  Thank you for stopping by and have a  creative week. 

Flora or Fauna and/or Nature


I made this mixed media scrapbook page card for Eclectic Ellapu this month. The theme of this month's challenge is Flora or Fauna and/or Nature. I used using some pictures that I took of my neighbour's garden.   

I also used a gelli print for the background of the page, framed my flowers, added some stencil details , a stamped tag and a butterfly to complete the page. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. Remember to stop by our challenge blog and view the projects of our talented design team. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Add Two Different Embellishments Challenge



This weeks challenge at Come and Get It is to add two different embellishments to your card or project.  Our sponsor this week is Pickled Potpourri and I have used their digital image called Deep Breath for my card. 


The two embellishments that I used are a ribbon and a gem on my flower.   I coloured my image with Copic Markers and a glitter pen.  Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week.  Pop over to our challenge blog to see the creations of our talented design team.  Hope you will join the fun this week. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Let Your Cares Drift Away


It is my turn at Craft Cardmakers to host the challenge this week.  The challenge is to create a card pr project with the theme of Under the Sea or at the Beach.  

I saw a wall plaque with the saying "Let your cares drift away" and that it would make a nice card using my new Stampendous set of sailboat rubber stamps and a Tim Holtz set of tree. I coloured my sailboats and my scene with watercolours, wink of Stella and a white gell pen. 

To complete my card I added my sentiment and a few chipboard sea shell,  Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  Remember to stop by our challenge blog and to see the inspiring cards of our design team.  

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Colour Challenge Blue, Pink Purple and Yellow


Time for another great challenge at Come and Get It Challenges this week.  The challenge is a colour challenge.  Your card or project must contain the colours blue, pink, purple and yellow.

Our sponsor this is My Besties and I have used an image called New Fluffy Hair Stylist for my card.  


Check out sponsor.s digital images.  They are very adorable and Sherri Baldy has an image for every occasion. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative week. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Try a New sketch



Come and Get It Challenges this week has a sketch challenge this week. 

Here is the sketch


Our sponsor this week is Knitty Kitty



I have used an image called Foxicorn.  I thought the image was perfect for this sketch.

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