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BC, Canada
I have been married to the same guy for a LONG time ! We have 3 grown children and the 5 loves of our lives that they have given us ... 4 girls and one boy ! I have been crafting all my life and found my true addiction when I taught myself to use Copic Markers and introduced them into my card making ! I am NOT certified in the use of Copics but that doesn't stop me from creating with them ! I always been a bit of a crafting rebel and don't follow directions well !I love crafting with my hands and seldom will you find them idle as they usually have a crochet hook , knitting needles or a book in them . Exercise is not my strong suit ! LOL ! My husband and I also love camping in our RV ( weather permitting ... as in NO snow !) so most weekends from Spring to Fall you find us camped somewhere with our 3 Yorkies .... though don't tell them they aren't BIG dogs ! Hope you enjoy my little touch of my life .... the creative and the real life !

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall is in the air

Even with the Fall migraines hitting with a vengence , I managed to finish up this card that I started yesterday ! It seems to be taking me longer to make a card lately but I am so happy with the results of this one that I am submitting for 3 Challenge blogs

Drunken Stampers #35 Salute to Fall           It's been awhile since I got to play with these gals but hopefully life is slowly slowing down so I can play more with them being I did a DT stint with them ! I haven't forgotten any of you ~ really ! LOL !

Stamptacular Sunday challenge #78 .... Season's change    Using all Fall colors ! I think I covered this with all my FAll-ish colors


Sweet Sketch Wednesday # 69    Another awesome sketch ladies ! I have flipped this sketch ... a little creative license used ! LOL !

 I have used a new Magnolia release from the Autumn Cozy Family images ( seems these are going under more then one name as I check the internet ! ) called Brother and Sister .
The paper is from the Imaginisce APPLE CIDER collection
Prima leaves and other goodies
Ribbon from my stash and of course I used Copics to color my image .

Thanks for looking and happy creating ! Come join in the fun on all these wonderful blogs ! You never know what you may come up with !

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Challenges galore !

Even though I stressed that I usually try to do challenge blogs one at a time , I have discovered it is really fun to combined a FEW and see what becomes of the result . By taking the sketch from here on Sketch Saturday Challenge Week 122  Blog , this challenge from Magnolia Stamp Lovers : Add a touch of lace  and combining it with the challenge from here on Totally Tilda challenge Blog ( and you know how I love Tilda ! ) which this week the challenge was Glitter and Sparkle this is the card I came up with !

 I love this Magnolia Tilda image and she was so much fun to color with my Copic markers and the background was softly airbrushed . I also used my Sakura glaze pen on her shoes and my Sakura Stardust pen for the lace of her dress and the umbrella handle ...... the ribs were colored with my Sakura white gel pen  . The dress was then covered with Ice Stickles as were her socks and the top of the umbrella ( or parasol ) . The roses were also coated with glaze pen to give them a bit of depth ! Tim Holtz patterned paper and distressed Ink were used and a CTMH sentiment finished off my card .......... after punching an edge with my Martha Stewart edge punch and some airbrushed lace and flower to which some Stickles had been added . Glitter was added to the corner piece of chipboard .

Here are the Copics I used to color Tilda with

Happy creating and I hope my card brought a smile to your face ! Thanks for taking the time to look !

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sweet Sketch Wednesday # 68

Sweet Sketch Wednesday  had a wonderful sketch this week and I managed to find some time to sit and play with it ! I am really beginning to love working from a sketch for my cards as it gives me a starting point for my brain ! Thanks to all the wonderful artists that come up with them !

Here is my take on this week's sketch

 I love Mo Manning images as you can tell ! They just make me smile ! That poor cat ! We have had a few that have been loved like this over the years ! LOL !

 Image is colored with Copic markers and I handmade the flower out of piece of wide lace then spritzed with Tattered Angel Glimmer Mist then  edges some of the " petals " with Stickles .....

Sorry for the unclear photos today but my camera is not behaving properly !

Thanks for looking and happy creating !

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I am back to my craft table !

After a fun filled , camping season it was time to winterize the RV and think about staying home ... and staying home means I actually got to sit in my crappy room and get to play ! As my oldest granddaughter turns 15 on Sunday I had to get a card made for her . I never try to combine challenges as I find it a challenge just doing a card for each site if I can but this one just happened to fit the bill for both these sites so I am entering my card on both of them !
front of card .......

inside of card ..........

Thanks to the sketch found  here on Sunday Sketch Challenge #37 I created this card . And although you can't see the pattern on this paper ( under the lace looking paper ) it has a GRID patterned and is a beautiful paper that comes from BG's ORIGINS 6"X6" paper pad ! The GRID paper fits in with THIS challenge on Spectacular Sunday Challenge # 77

 So much  fun to use my Copics and my Magnolia's again and the new release of the Spellbinders Nesties just made me happy ! Unfortunately my rose ribbon doesn't show up very well in the photo and because it was a small section it really doesn't do the ribbon justice either :-(   ...................... oh well lesson learned !!! !

Hope everybody has a wonderful crafty week ! Courteney , have a wonderful 15th birthday but don't have too much fun either ! LOL ! Love you Baby Girl !

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Another holiday and the end of the 2010 camping season .....

 We just spent 13 days touring down to the Fraser Valley and then up through the Okanagan before heading through Salmon Am and then towards home ! The whole trip was spent dodging rain as we only had maybe 2 days where we didn't get rain ..... didn't matter WHERE we were ! LOL !

We spent two nights in Hope , BC . We have driven through this little town so many times over the years but never stopped so this was the perfect time to do it . We stayed at a campground right on river and watched the fisherman fishing salmon ...... so fun to watch and being the salmon run was a record one this year , it was worth watching and listening to the fish ! Of course , we had some sun , went for a walk and got absolutely dumped on from the sky ! Hope is right in the mountains so any cloud you see is bound to hit at some point ! Another great thing about Hope is it is famous for it's chainsaw carvings which are scattered all over the town along with totem poles . We really enjoyed visiting this small town and walking around the town was such an adventure !

After leaving Hope we headed just an hour down the freeway to visit my family and celebrate my Dad's birthday . Was so nice to see everybody and meet the newest addition to my nephew's family . My brother came and shared some wine with us in the Taj one night and even tried out the hide-a-bed which he says was very comfy ....... not that he probably really knew as it was GOOD wine ! LOL ! Keith & I also went out for a quiet lunch with my sister and her husband . So nice to spend some quiet time with them as they do so much for my parents and my sister fed 18 for supper the one night ! It was bedlum ! LOL ! I know Dad & Mom were happy to see us as it has been well over a year since I saw them .

 A nice surprise while we were away as well as a " old " friend stopped by my parents .... Joani is much younger then me but I haven't seen her in 30+ years ! She was my youngest sister's very best friend in the world and suffered a great loss ( as did our family ) when my sister passed away at the age of 5 1/2 yrs in 1966 ! Seeing Joani was like reconnecting with a part that was missing in my life ! Thanks Joani for being " there " even after all these years ! And a nice turn also deserves one so Keith & I stopped in her cute little clothing store in Enderby , BC called LITTLE CITY BOUTIQUE ...... beautiful clothing from a beautiful lady ! unfortunately I don't fit any of those beautiful clothes ......... LOL !

 We spent a few days in Kelowna visiting Keith's family but parked in the Taj in a RV park ..... and yes , we got rain .......... and one day of sun :-)  Keith's sister-in-law from Winnipeg came to Kelowna at the same time so we got a good visit in with her too ! Nice to have seen her as I hadn't since Gary passed away 2 years ago .

One quick stop overnight in Salmon Arm and a nice visit with Lisa and Brayden ! Always nice to see them ..... next time hopefully Wayne will be around . Sadly his Mom passsed away a week or so ago ... our deepest sympathy to the Costa family .

 We had a long day ( we had been traveling 2-4 hrs a day if that so 6 hrs was a LONG day ! LOL ! ) from Salmon Arm as we headed straight up to our favorite campsite as we had bought the corn at DeMille's in Salmon Arm for a corn roast that Merv and Kim from Canyon Creek Campground hosted on Friday night . A fun time was had by all and even a few new people joined us ... a family of 8 from Switzerland that were touring the North ! The best part was the rain held off ....... but man is was cool ! 2 degrees C at 10 pm and -3 this morning !!! Fall is definitely here !

 This morning we packed up the Taj and made the long trek home .... 45 minutes , 3 construction zones , some rough road and no Tim Horton's coffee to be found anywhere ! LOL ! Soooooooooooo nice to be home and then the reality of  unloading a summer worth of packratting became reality as Keith decided that Taj would be unloaded for the winter ................. No , he does NOT sit still for anything ! 6 hours later Taj is pretty well empty and waiting for a couple drinks of antifreeze to keep him warm ! ..........

........and the camping season of 2010 is over for us ! We have had a wonderful season through hot weather , forest fire smoke and turned over 10,000 miles on Taj ! Saw some amazing country .... all in our beautiful province of British Columbia ...... and visiting family and friends !!!  Thanks to everybody that fed us or entertained us with their stories .................... thanks Christina for being a great housesitter / dog sitter so we could get away without the furbabies and not feel guilty bout leaving them ..... they were well spoiled !!!

 Time to kick back with some cozy clothes , dogs at my feet and do some creating in my room !!! Definitely so ready to just hide out in my room and play !!! LOL !

The view from the Taj this morning through a steamy window !

 Have a great week and stay warm !

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Sweet Sketch Wednesday # 65 and a HUGE Happy Anniversary !

  I am late getting this card done ( due to more holidays :-)   so I chose the awesome sketch over on Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge #65 to make it as it worked just fantastic for what I wanted to do ! Here is my card that I made ... with a whole lot of love inside and I will hand deliver it next week to my parents as they celebrated their 59th Wedding Anniversary on August 31st ! I told you it would be late ! LOL !

This Mo Manning image called " Young Love "  was exactly what I was looking for ! It is so hard to find a sweet , elderly couple image . Ma is a little sassy with her bright pink slip hanging out of her skirt .... you are never too old for sassy ! LOL !

 I used a whole handful of Copic markers to color the image . Used some BG patterned paper , Prima flower and some great ribbon from a Savvy N' Sassy ribbon kit !

 Happy Anniversary Dad & Mom and will see you both soon !