September is “Apple Cider Time”, an autumn mini kit

By on 9-15-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

September is all about apples …. apple pie, cider, vinegar. When Pixel Scrappers challenge was ‘red’ what better than apples; apples in red, green and yellow. Don’t forget the cozy warmth of plaid flannels and felt in the Autumn air. Put them together and you have a great little kit for all those ‘playing in the leaves’ photos.

Apple Cider Time

Apple Cider Elements
Apple Cider Papers

Only papers, a Pixel Scrappers September challenge

By on 9-11-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

These are papers created for other kits that were not used. When this challenge was listed I thought it was a great way of adding them as a kit. They all will match one of the other kits I have made.

Only Papers package
These papers are in two links so don’t forget to click on both
Only Papers package 1
Only Papers pakage 2

Love Music, Love to Dance mini kit for September

By on 9-11-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

The colour challenge at The Digital Scrapbooking Studio with ADB Designs is a great big mega kit with one theme for each of the mini kits … love music, love to dance. This little kit got my toes tapping.

Love Music, Love to Dance

Love to Dance, Love Music

It is the Studio’s birthday month and there are lots of activities, come in and join. You will find the rest of the links to the mega kit and other lovely pieces atDigital Scrapbooking Studio Don’t delay though, many of the links will be gone in October.

Reaching for the Moon, a journal page

By on 8-21-2014 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Backgrounds for mixed media, Digital Images + Collage, Mixed Media

This little journal page was created for the Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo group. Whimsical Me was the subject and only guideline for this 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch page.

Whimsical Me journal page, Reaching for the Moon

The background is an ombre tissue paper. Tissue paper is a great way to get a brightly coloured background quickly. I covered it with gel to keep it from bleeding. A simple coating of clear glitter glue went on top of that with some pearlized water paints stenciled into the corners. The green cheese moon is a piece of water colour card. My little girl with the wistful look was traced from a vintage fairytale book using my Wacom Bamboo tablet in PSE 11. I then printed onto a dictionary page and coloured with water colour crayons. Once she was dry I redrew the black lines and outlined her in grey gel pen. The words were printed on a piece of textured resume paper and torn before being pasted onto the piece. Everything was covered with another layer of gel to preserve it.

Cat Attitude !! Lets celebrate our cats and summer, they were made for each other

By on 8-14-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

Cats and their attitudes are incredibly funny. These little furry people each have their own singular personalities and want their own way each and every time. If it doesn’t go their own way they will surely let you know immediately. I think cats and summer were made for each other, lolling in the sun and absorbing every ray than can find or chasing sun moats and shadows. I wonder what they are dreaming of? Daisies and hollyhocks? Grasshoppers and crickets?

Cat Attitude !!


Sky, Sand and Seagulls ATCs

By on 8-13-2014 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Digital Images + Collage, Mixed Media

These ATCs were created for the Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo Group. I love getting sand between my toes and wiggling them around, it feels sooo good

Sky, Sand and Seagulls ATC

The first little card has a sky made with an ombre tissue paper, torn into pieces, a washer painted copper for the sun. Sandpaper creates the sand and a piece of fine, glittery tulle on top. The gull, phrase and footprints were printed onto a piece of transparency and stapled onto the background.

Sky, Sand and Seagulls ATC

This second card has a sky made from denim wallpaper and two different types of sandpaper. I wish I was there putting my footprints in the sand.

Mid Summer’s Day mini kit for the colour challenge at The Digital Scrapbooking Studio

By on 8-12-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

Summer is almost gone !!!!! …. see me crying in the rain …. I know many of you are burning up with the heat but we have had a very rainy, wet and dull summer here in Ottawa. Fortunately there have been a few peeks of sun out now and then. I am celebrating those few days with a bright and sunny mini kit for the Digital Scrapbooking Studio’s August colour challenge. Won’t you join us here. Butterflies, a journal card and two bright tags along with lots of summery papers to put together your summer adventures. Plus I’ve added a pretty frame for your favourite photo and a big glittery sun for all those hot, hot, hot photo days of fun.

Mid Summer's Day mini kit
Mid Summer’s Day

Art Challenges at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio

By on 8-03-2014 in Digital Images + Collage, Mixed Media, Scrapbook Kits

This is a new challenge at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio which started in June. The Studio offers a free mini kit to use or not, your choice and a prompt. Here are my June , July and August submissions. Come in and join us, it is a fun and friendly place … Digital Scrapbooking Studio

June Art Challenge at the Studio

Yellow was the prompt for the first Art Challenge in June. This dragon and hand image is the one I created for my fabric collage for the Arts for the Creative Mind Yahoo Group. I so love how the little dragon sits in the hand so beautifully. I can imagine that little tail curling around my own hand as I walk through the sunflowers.

Joy, July Challenge at the Studio

Imagine, Invent, Create was the prompt for July. I chose Joy because that is where I go when I am creating, inventing and imagining. The silhouette is one I created from a magazine ad. I loved this silhouette because she runs with sweet abandon. I would love to just let go and run through a field of butterflies, daisies and buttercups.

August Challenge at the Studio

Books is this month’s prompt and as soon as I saw it I thought of the old Book of Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson and the images of children absorbed by the wonderful stories in their books. That is how I remember feeling when I first learned to read. I haven’t put a book down since. I love reading and feel books are always going to be around, even if they are published digitally.

Pass the Kit challenge for July at Pixel Scrappers

By on 7-29-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

For the challenge for July at Pixel Scrappers everybody was split into three teams, four people to a team …. here is the Team one kit …. you can download my part here and the others from their blogs as well. The links are below the previews

Pass the Kit, Cotton Arts Boutique portion

Pass the Kit, Cotton Arts Boutique portion

Here is the full preview for group 1

Pass the Kit challenge

Rose Thorn Designs
Joys Creations
Dream 4ever Designs

Check out the other 2 teams’ kits July 31 Pixel Scrappers Pass the Kit

You can check out the Pixel Scrappers site. You will find wonderful layouts and if you join lots and lots of free stuff for your next digital or print out scrapbook and great tutorials and discussion as well.

Artimagus the Adorable or Arty for short

By on 7-19-2014 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, art quilts, Digital Images + Collage, Mixed Media

Arty is a little dragon who blows bubbles rather than breathing fire and is adorable. The White Knight of Flowers found him sleeping and blowing bubbles under a sunflower hiding from the Black Knight of Shadows. You can read his story below. The arm was scanned from an ad and the little dragon came from a free Dover image from an old storybook. Photoshop allowed me to make them one.

Artimagus the Adorable fabric collage

This is Arty’s story. Before I had finished the piece he was whispering in my ear, telling me who he was and all about him. If you ever see a sunflower field, stop and watch for the bubbles floating by …. it will be the White Knight of Flowers and his companion Arty. Don’t forget to say hello.

Artigamus the Adorable story

This little fabric collage was created for a swap on the Art For the Creative Mind Yahoo Group. If you like swapping and are working with mixed media come on over and take a look. The link is listed on the side links.

Is it time to sit and have a cup of Rose Hip Tea ? Yes, I think it is

By on 7-12-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

The colour challenge at the Scrapbooking Studio for July was a choice of colours for a monotone theme. I chose to use the wild roses from my wild flower garden. And if we have wild roses we have rose hips which make a beautiful tea, so pull up a chair, relax and have a cup of tea with me. The tea pot and cups were done with the templates from the Pixel Scrappers site.

Rose Hip Tea scrapbok mini kit

Rose Hip Tea elements
Rose Hip Tea papers

Country Charm, one more mini kit for the Pixel Scrapper site

By on 6-24-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

This little kit was created for another challenge. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do until I came across the vintage pattern for the little cottage. I redid and adapted it for digital and then the rest of the kit fell into place along with the choice of colours. For the frame I created a scottie dog block pattern from a another vintage quilting pattern with lots of little squares to fill with your favourite snaps.

Country Charm mini scrapbook kit

Country Charm scrapbook kit

Bubble Bath, a June mini kit for Pixel Scrappers site

By on 6-18-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

This little basically blue kit was created for a Pixel Scrappers June challenge …. the challenge included the colour blue and bubbles. The rose and sunflower papers remind me of vintage wallpaper. I included some blue glass bottles and three lacy ribbons. The lace and bottles were created especially for this little kit.

Bubble Bath mini kit elements

Bubble Bath elements

Bubble Bath papers preview

Bubble Bath papers

Butterfly Skies Mini Kit just in time for your summer photos

By on 6-13-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

June is the month of butterflies. When I was a child there were so many we could run in them and they would flutter and fly all around us, unfortunately we will be lucky to see 3 in one day. In memory of those wonderful sunny, summer days is this kit created for the Scrapbook Studio’s June challenge. Personal use only please.

Butterfly Skies PU mini kit

Butterfly Skies

Sunny Days, a June mini kit for Pixel Scrapper

By on 6-05-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

The latest challenge for the Pixel Scrapper site, created during a high stress time has lots of whimsy with owls, dragonflies and butterflies and of course a great big sun. The little purple owl is a bit peculiar, he does not know which way is up and which way is down. As always it is for personal use only.

Sunny Days

Sunny Days elements

Sunny Days papers

Two seasonal and two beautiful overlays for creating your own papers and tags

By on 5-24-2014 in Original Pattern, Scrapbook Kits

Pixel Scrapper has a designer call for words and fonts and since I will not have time to create new ones I am adding four pages that I have created earlier. One spring, one winter. Personal use only on all four overlays please.

Spring overlay

Winter-snowflake overlay

Here are two more, one states “I am beautiful” and the other is all about the word ‘beautiful’. Grab all four and tuck the seasonal ones away for a few months.

I am beautiful overlay

Beautiful is overlay

You could also transfer these to fabric and sew a pillow for a loved one’s room to remind them that they are beautiful. The winter snowflake page would be great printed on fabric and framed for your seasonal decoration.

Vintage dragonflies and butterflies for your mixed media projects

By on 5-14-2014 in Digital Images + Collage, Embroidery, Mixed Media, Vintage, Vintage Patterns

These dragonflies and butterflies are more images from old books. At 300 ppi they will be great as digital stamps or printed off on an letter sized sheet or card. They would also be great transferred or embroidered on homespun and framed.

Vintage dragon flies and butterflies

Fanny Dankworth-Coldbath, a Steampunk Goddess Paper Doll

By on 4-25-2014 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Mixed Media, Original Pattern, Paper Dolls, Steampunk

Fanny is a paper doll created for the Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo group. She is wearing her finest suede vest, hat, boots and wristlet with lots of gears and beads and her best silk skirt. She is gathering together for an evening of fun at the annual God and Goddess Convention and ready to party !!

Steampunk Goddess Fanny Dankworth-Coldbath

Fanny is made of chipboard with a black velvet covering. Her suede hat, vest, boots and wristlet are made from the backing of an old belt, the gears are washers. I created the doll and then dressed her one piece at a time, building up the wardrobe. I found her name here: Steampunk name generator

Vintage birds and an ad page for high resolution image stamps

By on 4-19-2014 in Backgrounds for mixed media, Digital Images + Collage, Mixed Media, Vintage

Here are some more birds, also taken from a vintage bird book … I love these images for digital stamps and embroidery like red work. They are clear and precise and easy to use.

Vintage birds

This page of ads would make a great background for your vintage art. It could also be transferred to a pillow or framed as a poster for your country kitchen wall.

Vintage page of ads

More vintage images for mixed media art

By on 4-14-2014 in Digital Images + Collage, Embroidery, Mixed Media, Vintage, Vintage Patterns

Another set of images at 300ppi to use in your art. You could use them as digital stamps or embroidered on a quilt square in redwork. They could be coloured and used as a transfer onto your fabric, remember to reverse the image if you keep the bird name in the image.

Vintage birds

Vintage images for mixed media art

By on 4-09-2014 in Digital Images + Collage, Mixed Media, Vintage

These images have been gleaned from old books. They are high resolution so they can be used either digitally or printed out and used in a mixed media piece. I would love to see what you do with them. There are a couple that are simple enough to be used for red work. The page will print off on a 8.5 x 11 inch sheet.

Vintage images, high resolution for mixed media art

Together …. a mini scrappy kit created for the Pixel Scrappers April challenge

By on 4-03-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

This cute little kit was created for the Pixel Scrappers site, their April challenge. Together can mean so many different things to different people.

Together mini kit preview

Cousins together in time. I love vintage photos and this one brought back some memories of my extended family.

Cousins, together in time

This kit has two downloads, one for the papers and another for the elements. Be sure to get them both. Personal use only please.

Together papers
Together elements

Spring Coming scrapbook kit for the Digital Scrapbooking Studio March Colour Challenge

By on 3-22-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

March is almost over and so is another colour challenge at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio. This is my answer to the challenge. The colours are earthy and the green of early spring when the leaves and first tree blossoms are springing out all over the place. Enjoy the kit, personal use only.

Spring Coming scrapbook mini kit

Spring Calling elements

Spring Calling papers

Beautiful Affirmation, March Scrapbook kit at Pixel Scrappers

By on 3-03-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

This is my second challenge at Pixel Scrappers. The challenge is the full month of March and you will find the kit for downloading at the end of the month. Each week I will be adding another teaser of what you will get. Don’t forget to come back and check each week. This week it was papers.

Pixel scrappers March challenge, week 1 papers

The second week of the challenge called for more papers using the same colour pallet as last week. At the end of the month there will be a full kit to download and play with. Come back next week to see what we had to create for week 3.

Pixel scrappers March challenge, week 2 papers

Third week of the challenge and elements were the request for the week. Designing to someone else’s guidelines instead of my own is very different. Don’t forget to come back at the end of the month when the full kit will be available for download

Pixel Scrappers March challenge, week 3 elements

Week four and the kit is finished. There are 4 downloads, one for each week so don’t forget to download them all to get the complete kit.

Pixel Scrappers March challenge, week 4 elements and solids

Beautiful Affirmation is the title of the kit. Stating that each and every one of us is beautiful. We don’t always remember this as we go through life. Here is a page I created using an old photo that is not one of my favourites but does remind me that I am beautiful even when my hair is in rollers. I’m not telling how old this photo is though !!

I am beautiful ... because I was made that way !!

Beautiful Affirmation week 1
Beautiful Affirmation week 2
Beautiful Affirmation week 3
Beautiful Affirmation week 4

Thankful for the Children Mini Scrapbook Kit

By on 3-01-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

This little kit was done for the Pixel Scrapper site, a little February challenge I found at the last minute. The challenge was to make a kit from a row of bingo squares. I chose a horizontal row which included 2 ribbons, stars, yellow, 3 flairs and plaid. The plaid paper was created using the marisaL287 psd template. Personal use only with this kit.
Thankful for the Children Mini Kit

Thankful for the Children

Early Spring mini scrapbook kit

By on 2-19-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

Early Spring was created with the colour pallet from the Age of Aquarius kit for ADB Design’s February colour challenge at the Scrapbook Studio. The colours remind me of the fresh greens and pastel colours of new spring flowers and budding trees. It has been such a cold winter for most of us this year and making this little kit has been an escape, even if it’s only been for a little while.

Early Spring Elements

The elements are soft and gentle like the first days of spring … lilacs, crocus and the new buds on the trees.

Early Spring Papers

You can pick up both the elements and papers here:

Early Spring Elements

Early Spring Papers

February Valentines Scrapbook Mini Kit

By on 2-02-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

For this kit I chose two vintage valentines with two little Dutch boys and a girl. They are adorable, especially the little girl and boy. Enjoy creating with this kit. You can pick up the kit at the links below.

February Valentines Scrapbook Mini Kit

Here is a page using the kit. With the glitter and laces and tags you can create something special for your Valentine’s sweety.

Scrapbook Page using February Valentines Mini Kit

February Valentines Paper Kit
February Valentines Elements Kit

Windy, a winter princess paper doll …

By on 1-13-2014 in Paper Dolls

Windy is a winter princess who wants to go out and play in the snow and ice all day. She is happiest making snowmen and ice castles. What else could she do with all the January snow? Can you draw her an ice castle? Windy would like to come to your house and play.

Windy a winter princess paper doll

Windy a princess paper doll 2

This is the Moment mini kit for the Digital Studio’s colour challenge, January 2014

By on 1-11-2014 in Scrapbook Kits

This is the moment preview

Working with Anita’s (ADB Design) chosen colour palette and kit this month was a sweet pleasure. It took me about 2 hours to work up a QP. I have included this quick page in the mini kit download. You can pick up Anita’s little kit here It will soon be gone. The links to my little kit are below.

This is the Moment papers

This is the Moment elements

QP for colour challenge
This is the QP worked up using Anita’s mini kit.

This is the moment QP
This QP is one I made using my This is the Moment kit. You will find it in the download as well.

This is the Moment wedding page
I did not make a QP of my wedding page as it is a personal page. This is my hubby and myself in 1967, Canada’s centennial year. Canada was 100 years old and we were brand new. The day lilies are photos I took from my wild flower garden two years ago. Enjoy the kit.

Twelve days of Christmas colour challenge, December 2012 at the Digital Studio

By on 12-09-2013 in Scrapbook Kits

Another wonderful mini kit from ADBDesign for the Studio’s December 2013 colour challenge. The kit won’t be up for long so pick it up while you can. Pick up the kit here

12 days of Christmas mini kit

This is my mini kit using the colour swatches from the ADBDesign’s kit. I have added lots of papers, two of which are scalloped and a sweet little angel. There is also a patchwork Scottie dog and little bird along with frames and scatters.
I have made two quick pages using my kit and one using ADBDesign’s kit.


This is the first of the quick pages from my kit. I love this little angel.

Quick page 3

The second of my quick pages made from my own kit. Isn’t the Scottie cute?

Quick page 1

This is the page I created using the ADBDesign kit. You can pick up my mini kit and all three quick pages below. Personal uses only please.



Quick Pages