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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!


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It is Blog Hop Time at Yahoo Group Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps

This blog hop is all about Holiday tags and is also a scavanger hunt. Collect a letter from each blogs and once you have all the letters , make a wish out of them and email your answer to Hetty privately at: buzzy4you@hotmail.com NOT in the comment! Hetty will pick a winner on Wednesday the 7th of December. Prize: of course a Michael Strong stamp.

I do not at this time own any Michael Strong Christmas themed rubber stamps so this hop was more enjoyable for me because I had to search my imagination for some unconventional holiday tags.

I used Michael’s Cloisonné fish to create my Jinggle Fish. I thought he was kind of cute.

I used three of Michael’s Cloisonné triangles to create my Christmas tree and then I coloured it with my metallic rub ons and added some bling.

To make these tags I used parts of the Cloisonné frames that I had in my stash from previous projects along with some die cuts and ribbon.

For the final tag I used the Cloisonné cat and added a tree and a couple of sentiment stamps and fibre that I had in my stash.

My blog letter for this scavenger hunt is "L'.

The next Blog to visit is Kathie Mcguire's


If you get lost finding your way around to all the blogs visit Hetty's Blog for a complete list of participants.


Have a creative day.


Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes PPT#44

It is “Anything Goes” at Party Time Tuesday this week. I chose to use this cute little baby elf is by Mo Digital Pencil. Looking through my stash of Christmas papers I found a colourful Christmas name tag and a couple of co-ordinating papers. I thought they went great with the image that I had coloured with my Copics. I add some Snow Write and glitter to the slipper’s pom poms and a couple of red jingle bells and polka dotted ribbon to complete the card.

Well I have another Christmas card completed and only 68 to go.

Hope you have a creative day.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Penguins in Love

Hello fellow crafters! Tonight I made a card for an upcoming swap I am participating in at one of my favourite groups, Inky Fun Stampers.


The theme of the swap is “Penguins’. When I saw Pollycraft Digi Stamps’ penguin images called “Penguin Love” I thought this was the perfect stamp for this project and today in my email also came several free vintage snowflake images from Graphic Fairy. I used the snowflakes in a collage for the background paper. Check out the snowflakes at:


I coloured my penguins with my Copics, used tumbled glass distress inks to edge the papers then added snowflakes and bling. I used snow writer, Sparkly Fluff and glitter to give the hats texture and sparkle. the added ribbon and a button to complete the card.

Well back to my craft room.

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Centre Stair Fold Card - Come and Get it Challenges

Sunday is time for Come and Get it Challenges and my last weeks as one their guest designer. Their Challenges are posted every Sunday Morning and I am probably one of first to check them out on Sundays. Every week they change the type of card you make.

Week 1: Theme
Week 2: Color
Week 3: Sketch
Week 4: Technique
Week 5: Anything goes (if there is a 5th Sunday in the Month)


This is week four and the technique is the centre step card. The directions for this card can be found on Splitcoaststampers web site.


I had fun colouring this pretty digi called Cloe Snow from McMahon Five Designs with my Copics, covered my card stock with some paper from my stash of Christmas papers and adding several sizes of snowflakes I cut out with my punches and die cutters and added them with dimensional tape. I then added glitter and bling to give the card sparkle and a free sentiment from Meljen Designs complete the card. I think with just changing the sentiment this card could easily be a winter birthday card.

Well back to my craft room.

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Birthday Party Time

This card tonight I made for my son’s birthday. I find it so hard to find images for a male’s theme card. One of the best sites to go to for me is Kenny K. Downloads. He has a great collection of images for a male card.

I particularly like this digi called "Party Time" paired with this funky styled black, white and gray paper. I coloured the image it with my Copics and added Diamond Glaze to give the watch and the sunglasses depth. To finish the card I added stars trimmed with my gold pen to give them depth, button, twine and two sentiment stamps by A Muse Artstamps.

My son says he checks my blog once in a while. I wonder if he will notice his card.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

It is Party Time Tuesday PPT#43 - Snow Us What You Got

The challenge this week is called "Snow Us What You Got". I love the names they give to their challenges.

For my challenge card, I used a digi stamp called Dexter from the Pollycraft collection of digi stamps. I think Dexter is such a cute penguin. I coloured the image with Copics and then added layers of paper and snowflakes to give the card some dimension. I also added some snow, bling, ribbon and glitter to give the card some sparkle.

I am heading back to my craft room to make some more cards and clean p my mess.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Making Cards with Friends - Christmas in Black and White

My friend Annette designed these cards in black and white and we had a great afternoon making them. It was such an enjoyable time share ideas and trying new product. I need to do more of that.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a creative day.


Cute Card Thursday #191 - May the Music of Christmas Warm Your Heart

My latest creation is for Cute Card Thursday's challenge this week. The challenge was to create a card in gray and green. I chose to use a digi stamp from Pollycraft Digi Stamps, an unmounted Christmas music sheet rubber stamp from my stash, and a sentiment rubber stamp from Stampabilities. I added snow, glitter, bling, and a decorative ribbon to complete my card.

I think the card turned out kind of cute. I love those little mice.

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

It is Card Sketch Time at Come and Get it Challeges this Week

I had fun with this cute digi from Mo's Digitial Pencil and the card sketch from Come and Get It Challenges this week. I used several layers of papers, cute free digi sentiment from Meljen Designs, glitter, bling, ribbon and my copic markers to finish off the design. Come join us at Come and get It Challenges.


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Friday, November 18, 2011

It is Party time Tuesday - Sketch #42

The sketch posted at Party Time Tuesday this week was fairly detailed and took some time for me to come up with how I was going to interpret the design. I had a couple of pieces of alcohol inked papers in my stash that were the inspiration and I used them as background papers and for the Christmas tree. I then chose this cute elf digi from Mo’s Digital Designs and a flowering Christmas tree metal die cutter from Memory Box. I added ribbon, a free sentiment from Meljen’s Designs and bling to complete the card.

I like how the card turned out even though it is a little busy.

A quote for today “One sure-fire way to stay creative: force yourself to learn something new.” Harvey Mackay

Thanks for stopping by.


Christmas Birds - Z fold

These pretty Chrismtas birds are by Just Inklined and I creatd this Z-Fold card for a card swap my yahoo group Inky Fun Stampers. They have such great swaps, I love swaps and get the most interesting mail delivered to me.

Have a good day. Thank you for stopping by.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Working on my Christmas Cards

This is one of many cards I made tonight getting ready for Christmas. I have had this Santa stamp for a long time and it seems to come out every year. I am not very good at making the same card over and over again so everyone usually gets a different card from me.

I have about two weeks to complete my cards so you may see a lot more Christmas cards over the next few weeks.


Twinkle Twinkle

I created this card tonight for a Christmas card swap with for a Yahoo group called the Inky Fun Stampers. They have the greatest swaps. The digi is by Pollycraft and is called Alfie's Christmas Star. I added some bling, glitter and a twinkle sentiment I found in my stash. I think it make a simple little card.I think I will may a second one for my grandson for Christmas.

Now back to my craft room to clean up for the night.


Monday, November 14, 2011

It is Sketch Frenzy Friday - Challenge SF110411

I love the sketch posted last week and finally had a chance to make my card. I chose this cute little girl and polar bear stamp from my stash along the season greetings sentiment to make my card. I really liked the simple design. Well that is one more Christmas card completed and I am heading back to my craft looking for an idea for another card.


All in Pink

“All in Pink” is the theme of this week’s Paper Shelter’s Challenge (#39). I think pink suits this Cute Dress Maker digi stamp. Along with colouring the images with several shapes of pink I added punched flowers, a butterfly and pearls. The sentiment stamp by Cornish Farms Heritage Farms Stamps adds the final touch.

Have a creative day.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Side Spring Card

This month's technique swap for the yahoo group Rubber Inkers is the side spring card. Directions can be found on the Split Coast Stampers web site:


I covered my snowman stamped image with micro beads once I had given the snowman some colour. It had been awhile since I have used micro beads. The pattern makes a cute little card or a tag.

Back to my craft room for some clean up.

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday Card Sketch - Michael Strong Rubber Stamps

Tonight’s card is a sketch card for one of my favourite yahoo groups “Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps”.


I used one of the Silhouette Panels for the card and added some pattern and embossed papers, a butterfly and bling to complete the design.

“Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.” Edward de Bono

Have a creative day.


Come and Get It Challenges - It Is All About Colour

It is all about the colour for this challenge from Come and Get it Challenge, navy, pink (rose) and vanilla. I chose to use a butterfly stamp I have in my collection by Stampington and Company and embossed it with navy embossing powered and coloured it with my Copic rose coloured marker. Using my flower punch, I punched out a strip of vanilla coloured paper and a strip of rose coloured paper and after I constructed the rose I added a matching pearl for the centre.

I added a layer of embossed vanilla paper, a layer of punched navy paper, and navy ribbon to finish the card off.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Bling It On - PPT#41

Party Time Tuesdays challenge is "bling it on". I just love the name. I used a cute Digi image from Mo-Digital Pencil for this challenge. I coloured the Christmas ball with a glitter pen, added red pearls and some gems to get the sparkle on the card. I love adding sparkle to my Christmas cards, it is a sparkling time of the year.

Have a geat day.


Friday, November 11, 2011

Christmas Puppy - McMahon Five Designs

Searching around the interrnet I came across a digi stamp company that I had never seen before called McMahon Five Designs.


I fell in love with this cute stamp and just had to have it for making some of my Christmas cards. I have a lot of little ones to give cards to and I thought this was perfect.

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day.


Kimono card

After my technique card yesterday for Enjoy Michael Strong Stamp Yahoo group I decide to paint another piece of paintable wallpaper with gesso and cut out the kimono pattern using Michael’s kimono metal die cutter and a butterfly using Joy Craft Cutting and embossing stencil, I then went looking for my Sparkling H20 to colour the kimono.

I love the way the kimono and butterfly sparkle and the way the colour adheres to the crevasses of the paper, there is no need for bling on this card.

Thank you for stopping by.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Give Thanks Challenge

I created this card for a challenge at one of the Yahoo groups I belong to, Enjoy Michael Strong Rubber Stamps.


I used part of the Cloisonné Pot for the holder of the tree. The sentiment was copied from the invitation Michael sent to the group for this challenge. I hope he does not mind that I incorporated it into my card.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Technique Day Michael Strong Rubber Stamps

Thursday is Technique Thursday for Yahoo Group – Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps and I have created this card for the today’s project. My inspiration for this card was the Cloisonné Fish from Michael Strong’s collection and the round easel card. The pattern for the card can be found at:


I painted gesso on paintable wallpaper purchased at Walmart and cut out the circle for the background of my card and painted it with blue alcohol ink. I then cut out several different circles with my metal die cutters in a variety of papers to give the card a layered effect. I embossed one of the circles with the bubble embossing folder.

The Cloisonné Fish was stamped on glossy card stock that I had coloured with several different shades of alcohol ink. My husband took a fish hook and dulled the pointed end for me to add to the card, I then added lots of pearls, bling, sea shells and a sentiment.

I got carried away with the card but it was fun to do.

Thanks for stopping by.


Joy, Stand Up Christmas Card

It is day 3 of the card of the week for me for my yahoo group “Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps”.


I wanted to use Michael’s Cloisonne’ Mosaic frame rubber stamp and create a Christmas themed standing card. I had some chip board letters in my stash but the colours were wrong so I spray painted them gold then I stamped the frame three times and embossed the images with silver embossing powder. I then cut out part of the frame so that my letters would stand out. I coloured the frame by using several different colours of metallic rub on paint.

I had fun making the card and used many scraps from my stash. Remember if you use the frame stamp and cut out pieces save them for another project. The pieces make great embelishments.

Have a creative day.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cloisonné Bird

Today is day 2 of my turn as Card Captain at one of my favourite Yahoo groups "Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps"


This card was created using Michael Strong’s Cloisonné Bird rubber stamp. I love the shape of the bird and created this flower to go along with the bird and of course I had to add some bling, actually I added a lot of bling.

The flower was made by putting a thin strip of pattern paper through my corrugator crimper and then twisting it into a circle and taping in place with extra sticky tape. I used a coat button from my stash for the centre of the flower.

Quote of the day:

“We express our being by creating. Creativity is a necessary sequel to being.” Rollo May

Have a creative day. Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Michael Strong Rubber Stamps - Christmas Ornament

I am excited this week to be Card Capitan for this week for one of my favourite Yahoo Groups “Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps”.


I will be making a card of the day using different ideas and techniques using my Michael Strong stamps. I hope that you like my ideas because I had lots of fun creating the different cards.

The card I created for today is a Christmas ornament I made by using two stamped images of the one of the Silhouette Fans rubber stamps from Michael’s collection. I added some ribbon, bling, and a glittered brad to decorate the ornament and an embossed silver paper with Christmas balls and added a little alcohol ink to give the background some more colour.

My quote of the day:

"You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." Maya Angelou

Have a creative Day.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Autumn Blessing - Come and Get it Challenges

Autumn Blessing was the title of the challenge this week. I used a digi stamp from Meljen’s Design for this card along with co-ordinating autumn paper from my stash. I coloured the image with my Copic markers, added punched leaves and some glitter to accent the lovely colours. The sentiment and ribbon were added to complete the design.

Have a creative week.


Party Time Tuesday Challenge PPT#40

The inspiration for this challenge was a photo of an amber coloured diamond. I chose to use this digi stamp from Just Inklined called ”giraffertys mum”. I used the giraffe for the rich amber colour of the photo and added some bling and glitter to represent the sparkle of the diamond. I added a sentiment and some stars to complete the design.

This was a fun swap. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pollycraft's Anything Goes Challenge #117

Pollycraft this week's challenge is Anything Goes and I am trying to getting my Christmas cards made so I chose to use Star Chester for this card. I think he is so cute. The card is very simple with some glitter, Christmas pattern paper, sentiment and ribbon and he is ready to go.
Well I am heading back to my craft room for some more crafting.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Merry Little Christmas Tree - Come and Get it Challenges

It is anything goes at Come and Get it Challenges. This pretty little digi is by Polycraft and her name is Cherry Kisses. I decided for this challenge is to make another easel card and this time I used of the Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies for the shape of the card. I added glitter to make it look like she was standing in snow and hide a button in the glitter to enable Cherry Kisses to be able to stand.

Well back to my craft room to clean up my mess. Thanks for stopping by.