The World’s a Rainbow Paper Dolls

By on 3-31-2021 in Mixed Media, Paper Dolls

As our planet becomes one we need to recognize that we are all important … no matter what our skin colour or our beliefs. Education, understanding and empathy for all humans towards each other and our planet itself needs more work. If you put one person from each country on this planet you would realize that we are a rainbow of beautiful shades of colour from deep ebony to light ivory. Let’s celebrate that. These three dolls are wearing their 1970’s fashions.

1970's fashion paper dolls

Mr and Mrs Santa Claus Paper dolls

By on 12-02-2020 in Original Quilts

It’s Christmas and I have new paper dolls. Mrs Claus is now playing and working with Santa in the workshop and the elves are doing the cooking, cleaning and laundry. No more sooty clothes for Mrs Claus because she is curled up with a hot chocolate getting ready for her own long winter’s nap

Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf paper dolls

By on 10-31-2020 in Paper Dolls

Little Red Riding Hood is wearing her best dress and red cloak to go see her grandmother. Imagine her surprise when, instead of her granny, she sees the Big Bad Wolf sitting in her chair and wearing granny’s nightgown and cap of all things … don’t forget the glasses … “All the better to see you my child!”

Little Red Riding Hood paper doll
Big Bad Wolf Paper Doll

Apricot and Jade, new paper dolls for February, 2020

By on 2-29-2020 in Paper Dolls

It’s been awhile since I have posted a new paper doll, but here are two new dolls to play with. Apricot and Jade love to snuggle up with a good book in their leisure clothes, play outside in their jacket and jeans and of course they are always ready to party when they wear their new dresses

Valentines Day paper dolls for February 2018

By on 2-13-2018 in Paper Dolls

New dolls for everybody. These dolls are able to hold hands and share their lives … I think it is time we celebrated our differences and uniqueness and tried understanding each other better in this world ….

Valentines day :)

Two dolls with a vintage, Audrey Hepburn style look … I thought Valentines and February asked for it. Think of all the adventures these two could have and who they may meet this day of romance … have fun

paper doll 1

paper doll 2

day on the town

Photoshop Artistry course challenges 14 to 20

By on 9-20-2017 in Digital Images + Collage, Original photos, Photoshop Artistry course, Sebastian Michaels Photoshop Artistry course

These next challenges were fun but at the same time took some thought to put them together.

challenge 14
I loved my bike. It was my constant companion every year from spring to autumn, brought me peaceful moments when I would ride for miles down roads to adventure.

challenge 15

This piece is a statement of what children in North America used to do instead of being children. Imagine having to work these horrible, backbreaking, spirit breaking jobs for most of a day without much time even to sleep or eat. This is still the state of hundreds of children in other countries. It has to stop.


This little seed cluster was in my wild flower garden. It was so pretty, sitting there in the green of the grass and giving off this beautiful glow in the sun.

challenge 19

A photo of some herbs in the garden in Almonte and the window is from the mill in Almonte as well. Love it when I can take two pieces that don’t really belong and place them into a whole.

book cover

This is a book cover for a favourite book. Fires of Spring is my all favourite book ever and I have read it over and over again.

Good Bye Summer paper doll

By on 9-20-2017 in Paper Dolls

Although summer didn’t arrive until September in the Ottawa Valley this year it will not last much longer and we will be shivering in mitts and boots. This set of paper dolls has costumes that will go from hot sunny weather to chillier, snuggle up weather … where’s that hot cocoa 🙂

Goodbye Summer doll 1

Good bye Summer doll 2

Boho Paper Dolls

By on 7-25-2017 in Paper Dolls

These dolls love their pretty gypsy coloured clothes. If it’s a chilly summer evening they can don their pretty shawls and a night on the town could include a fancy dress, skirt and boots.

Boho paper doll
Boho paper doll

Photoshop Artistry course challenges 5 to 8 and I have joined AWAKE

By on 7-14-2017 in Digital Images + Collage, Photoshop Artistry course, Sebastian Michaels Photoshop Artistry course

I have begun one of my bucket list items and that is to join AWAKE. This has been on my list since it opened and I am very please with the course itself. It is set up much like a university/college course which includes coaches. If you are on the fence and wondering if you should join then feel assured that it is worth every penny you spend on it …. if this was a university course it would cost you thousands of dollars. I can sit in my cozy little home and work at this course when it is ‘my time’.

Here are the next 4 pieces I did for the Photoshop Artistry course challenges.


I love this vintage rose image which I found in an old book. Robert Frost is one of my favourite poets. When I was a young girl in Toronto I can remember my mother pointing him out when he was in a Christmas parade. I was only 5 but I remember that time well and it wasn’t until I was an adult that I discovered who he was and his work but that event has always stuck in my mind like it was meant to be.

challenge 6

Dragonflies mean summer to me and it’s always a pleasure when those iridescent and delicate bugs land near me and take my breath away. These dragonflies were gleaned from an old book.


These crows and the sunrise were captured one early morning. The crows are a pair that had been with us for several years and we knew each other well. Now we have moved from our country place and I wonder if they became attached to the new people who now own our old house … probably not. I think it was a once in a lifetime relationship.


You may recognize my little dragon from other posts on my blog. Arty for short has his own story and will appear time and time again as our adventures continue and he grows into a full grown fire breathing dragon.

Photoshop Artistry course challenges 1 to 4

By on 6-27-2017 in Digital Images + Collage, Photoshop Artistry course, Sebastian Michaels Photoshop Artistry course

I have had a love relationship with Photoshop since PS6 and when I first heard about the Photoshop Artistry course I knew it was going to be the first step of creating great digital art. The AWAKE course will be starting July 1 and I will be there. These pieces were created using the challenge prompts from the course. If you are interested in this course there is a link at the side. You do have to enrol in it before you can move on to the AWAKE course but it’s possible to do both at the same time. Here are the first four challenges I did for the course

rusty lizard

Loved this little lizard and his rust and bits of paint as soon as I spotted him on the back shed at our new house. That was several years ago and he gets rustier every year and more beautiful. I did two pieces for this first challenge.

canada goose

This Canada goose gander was watching over his flock at an Ottawa River park. I loved how he strutted and kept one eye open at all times, stretching his neck if he felt challenged. Awesome birds.


Steam, the first of a double challenge. I love steam trains and have great memories of coming across to Ontario from Manitoba one one when I was a very young girl.


Trains, the second of the double challenge. Both pieces had to be able to sit alone and together as well.


It was a wonderful surprise when I first looked at this photo and realized I had caught this great little garden spider among the Lily of the Valley flowers in my garden. Isn’t he pretty?


This piece is a collage, the base of the Chinese Elm with it’s beautiful toadstools and a bunny that would visit my garden frequently. These two bunnies are having a picnic I think.

Canada Day Paper Dolls

By on 6-23-2017 in Digital Images + Collage, Paper Dolls

Happy Canada Day …. Canada is 150 years young this year … the red and white forever, Canada is THE BEST country to live in. These paper dolls are the first for this doll and what better to introduce them with but red and white Canada Day clothing.

Happy Canada Day doll 1

Happy Canada Day doll 2

We are back after a year’s respite and too much to do

By on 6-23-2017 in Original Quilts

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Other, more important things had taken my attention until now. I have been working on a new paper doll so there will be variations throughout the year … watch for them. I have also been working on Sebastian Michael’s Photoshop Artistry Course and will post my challenges here so you can take a peak at the progress you go through with a digital course. I have just picked back up the Life Book 2016 course again as well and of course summer is now here. Glad to be back after such a long time.

Spring is here in Ottawa

By on 5-23-2016 in Digital Images + Collage

I have this big beautiful apple tree with the pinkest blossoms beside our little rental house. It is glorious this year, so full of flowers you can hardly see anything else. I wish it could last longer as it takes my breath away.

apple blossoms
apple blossoms
apple blossoms

we can’t forget the little apple tree next door that has the prettiest white blossoms.

apple blossoms

Life Book 2016, April lessons

By on 5-14-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

There are only 3 lessons for April, one week was a wonderful interview with Roben Marie Smith. April was a wonderful month of new techniques and depth.

Ripple effect, honoring your story

Ripple effect was created with Tamara Laporte … honouring our story in life and how it effects others as we go along.


Your life with Roxanne Coble was an interesting exercise. I do not work with many dark colours so found a compramise with a dark burgundy because I wanted to embrace the lesson and learn. In the end it was a very interesting lesson in design.


Reframing your story with Effy Wild was a delight to do although once again I decided on a colour other than black … I chose a metalic blue. I love how the colours shine in this piece.

Earth burns while man fiddles … Alberta fires

By on 5-08-2016 in Digital Images + Collage

The fires in Alberta as well as British Columbia and Saskatchewan are the first time Canada has had to face the fact of global warming where it’s been to such a drastic extreme. Climatic heat is driving the fires along with wind and no rain. It is the rain that will finally put these fires out. The number of selfless people fighting these fires with no sleep and beyond exhaustion is numbing. How long can they keep it up ? Will the oil sands finally ignite? The animal MAN has created this scenario, ignoring all warnings. This piece puts everything I feel into one page. Mother Nature looking out at us with disbelief as she burns … on Mother’s day.

Earth burns while man fiddles

One year anniversary at the Just Art site, page 2

By on 5-08-2016 in Just Art, Just Art Challenge

More challenges for April, this birthday month was very busy. The African Queen was created for the letter Q in the A to Z challenge. I love the colour blast of this page.

African Queen

You know those photos of family when they decide to do something silly …. this is one of those times and I told this fellow “you know that’s going to be scrapped don’t you?” … It was a fun page to do, glad my boys can still want to play.

Easter Brat

Young woman and pretty lady were created for the stamp challenge. I combined two challenges again with young woman, using a kit supplied by Gabbi Designs.

Young Woman

Pretty lady is an aunt when she was young. The image is a portrait of her.

Pretty Lady

One year birthday at the Just Art site

By on 5-05-2016 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

Happy birthday Just Art! It’s been a whole year since this site was created. Time flies when you are having fun. I created Photoshop brushes and some elements for my mixed media paper dolls challenge. What fun this challenge was, members created a parade of delightful dolls for this challenge. These two are mine.

Mixed Media doll example

Mixed Media example

More birthday fun with the this or that challenge. I chose a vintage photo of myself and my sister’s two dogs as the main feature. I don’t usually work in such bright colours so this was a big challenge for me.

This or that

This page was created for the Astrology challenge.


A birthday card using Red Dog Designs kit for the challenge

Birthday Card

Sound of the Rain was done for the vignette challenge. I decided to do it a bit differently and added the word rain to this photo taken when the rain came teaming and streaming in on our driveway and we could hardly see out the window.

Sound of the Rain

N is for nautilus, one more page for the A to Z challenge


Sunset on the Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.

Mahone Bay

Our 3D word challenge this month was the word celebrate. I put two challenges together to create this page


Dragon tales … my little bubble blowing dragon, Arty, is growing and wanted another adventure. After a rain shower he gathered all around him, including a new little girl dragon called Strawberry. A friend he was introduced to at Christmas. Arty is relating the Tigger story to them and they are enraptured. This page was created for April’s progressive scrap.

Dragon Tales

March at the Just Art site page two

By on 4-26-2016 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

This photo was taken by my eldest son. The bright red of the anthuriums was perfect for this challenge.


Lesson of the birds was a colour palette challenge, suggesting a vintage page. I chose to do a college.

mixed media collage

K is for Koala, created for the A to Z challenge
K - Koala

Energy … the Energy challenge once again and this time I use the reflection as well to create a page of solar power.


M is for Maya Angelou, one of my favourite poets. She will live forever in her words.

M . Maya Angelou

At Christmas the cat was sleeping on the dog’s bed and I decided it would make a great subject for March’s progressive scrap.

I was sure it said Meow

March at the Just Art site

By on 4-26-2016 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

March was still full of blowing and snow and very very cold. What better way to keep warm than to work on digital art. Irish blessing for St. Patrick’s day. I added my recipe for Irish soda bread … yummy

Irish Blessing

This little pocket page was so much fun. I have had these photos of the bunny and ground hog who came out to graze at the same time and their reaction towards each other was hilarious. Now they have their story.


I is for Ireland, a perfect I word for March. This page was done for the A to Z challenge

I - Ireland

I love these images of Godey’s Ladies fashion plates and when I saw Jilbert Designs challenge this month I fell in love and thought the pages would fit a quilt with the ladies .. I was right.

Godey's Ladies

A reflection challenge this month and I thought of this photo I have of a dawn that was absolutely glorious at our old country place several years ago … love the reflection as it reminds me of frozen, ice covered snow.

Winter dawn

J is for Jazz …. all that jazz. Bob Fosse and Fred Astaire created a beautiful, sparkly era of glitz and music. This page celebrates both.

All that Jazz

Energy Lost was created for the word art challenge. When I saw this photo at the Morgue Files site I just had to turn the word around and use it. This old fellow sure has earned a good retirement. I hope he got it.

Energy Lost

Is it spring yet, I am longing for my flower gardens

By on 4-23-2016 in Original photos

Not sure what these are but they were my mother’s day present from my youngest son and his wife last year. So pretty.


Is there anything better than lilacs … the perfume, the colour and they are one of the longest lasting spring flowers.


These are apple blossoms from the crab apple tree at the old country house. Those apples made the best apple jelly in the fall.

apple blossoms

How pretty are these apple blossoms. They grow on an apple tree beside our little rental house. What a beautiful surprise that first spring.

apple blossoms

March Life Book 2016

By on 4-23-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

Late again, so many musts and wants to do makes for a very busy year so far. March Life Book 2016 brought fabulous lessons.

Praise for the present with Mary Beth Shaw was so much fun to create with stencils, brushes, sponges, acrylic and water paints and I could go on. This piece was actually done in February but got missed in the posting.


Roots and Ground, Wings and Light with Tamara Laporte brought us another great face, a face of colour. I love the serene look on this face.

water colour

I love water colours, they are my favourite paint and this graphite and paint mail box are one of my favourite lessons this year. Angela Kennedy brought us a face but I wanted to do the mailbox, like the one I had at the country house with the wild roses growing around the post.

simple things

Layers of love with Rae Missigman was a pleasure to create. So many different layers and neon colours to help make the piece shine. This was a great way to get my fingers dirty.

love layers

Lady of Compassion with Shiloh Sophia was done with acrylics, keeping them transparent to give them a watercolour look. Our lady is a bit abstract and was done in a different technique.


Digital Pages for the Just Art Challenges part 2

By on 3-15-2016 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

Colour my world
This was created for the colour palette challenge. I love the sketches of the old European buildings.

Memory was made for Gabbi’s challenge this month. The kit used: Gabbi’sDesigns Children’s Carnival mini kit

Valentine to the group
A card for my Valentine challenge made for the site members.

Winter Morning
Winter Morning is my progressive scrap challenge entry. Photo was taken one cold, frosty dawn.

It's all Greek to Me
G for Greek … this piece created for the A to Z year long challenge

Gay Paris
The first of two pages created for the magic wand challenge. Love this vintage mime image.

Hot air balloon
H is for Hot Air Balloon, another page for the A to Z year long challenge.

Snow Day
Snow day is the other page created for the magic wand challenge. Very different style from the other.

Digital pages for the Just Art Challenges in February, Part 1

By on 3-15-2016 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

broken promises
I slipped this one in here … I created this piece in January just because, it’s not a challenge piece.

A valentine for my valentine challenge. What would February be without a valentine.

E - Eastern Box Turtle
Turtles are my favourite animal, being a turtle myself. This was done for the A to Z year long challenge.

The journaling says it all for this little one. This was a scraplift challenge.

With heaps of snowbanks all around us spring was still just a whisper. Created for the variety challenge.

Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh is my favourite artist. This piece was done for the quote challenge.

When we were young
This piece was done for an ad challenge. We chose a vintage ad and used that as our scraplift.

This exciting, vivid page was created for the colour wheel challenge.

February was a busy month so I’ve split it up into two parts.

Digital challenges at the Just Art site for January

By on 3-13-2016 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge, Original Quilts

So many challenges so far this year at the Just Art site, come and join in the fun here: Just Art Scrapbooking

B is for Ballet
We have a new year long challenge … A to Z … I haven’t done A yet. Loved doing this B – Ballet page.

D is for Dragon, Arty for short
This is my D page and here is my bubble blowing dragon, Arty once again. He keeps whispering in my ear that he wants another adventure.

C is for chickens
Isn’t this rooster a proud fellow? This page was a joy to do in the middle of our winter.

Dance was done for the main monthly challenge with a fabulous dance kit from Jilbert

Happy New Year
Of course we had to bring in 2016 with gold and glitter and a bottle of champagne with Gabi’s Turn of the Year kit

Coco Chanel has always been one of my favourite designers. She introduced us to the little black dress and the chanel jacket.

Blue Winter
Blue winter was done with Gabi’s wonderful template … brrrrr, glad winter is almost gone now.

The last of the digital pages for 2015

By on 3-09-2016 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

These were done throughout the year, some for the Just Art site and some ‘just because’.

Brian apple picking
This photo is my absolutely favourite of my youngest. The day was warm, had the bluest sky and he looked so cute peaking through the tree when we were picking the apples for jelly.

For an abstract challenge at the Just Art site

3 generations
Three generations of women … myself, my mother and my grandmother.

That is all there are for 2015. A wonderful year of digital scrapping and art.

December Digital Art, second page

By on 3-09-2016 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

There are a few more pages. This is what happens when we are too worn out from Christmas preparations and have to sit … at the computer of course and my fingers just can’t help themselves.

Merry Christmas card
One more card for Christmas.

Reason for the Season
This piece was done for my challenge at the Just Art site. Christmas is not the only celebration in December and so many celebrate differently. I thought we should celebrate those holidays through our art.

Marley's Ghost
With this Christmas Carol challenge I went the opposite way of the holiday and focused on Marley and his chains.

God Bless Us Everyone
Once my muse had finished with Marley’s ghost I could concentrate on a more Christmas type of page. What better than the Muppets at Christmas.

Get Still
This is a reflection challenge. I’ve always loved this photo taken of a dried Queen Anne’s Lace flower from our old country place and finally had a place to use it.

One more family page at Thanksgiving

December 2015 digital pages for the Just Art site

By on 3-09-2016 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

Here we are again, late with our postings. From Christmas and then Life Book 2016 and a few other things that seem to get in the way … you know … life ….. it is a game of catch up. Here are December’s digital pieces.

Blue winter was made for the template challenge in December

Oh Holy Night
My favourite Christmas carol.

Christmas Hope
A Christmas challenge

Thanksgiving with the Family
Doesn’t this say it all? Good times with the family at Thanksgiving

Merry Christmas
Would it be Christmas without more Christmas cards?

I am going to add the rest with another posting, yes, I was having a great digital time at Christmas

February Life Book 2016

By on 3-02-2016 in Life Book 2016

February was a crazy month for me so I’m posting all my Life Book 2016 in one post. Quirky birds with Tamara Laporte were so much fun to do. My bird group are my now supporters and my maternal grandparents who were past supporters. I have been blessed.


This still life was done for Donna Downey’s class. Great lesson in value.

black and white

Love my medallion page, lesson with Faith Even Sills. The colours are so rich.


The 5 minute flowers water colour painting with Martha Lever took a bit more than 5 minutes. I love working with water colours most of all. The way they blend and play with each other is intoxicating.

5 minute flowers

Life Book with Annie Hammon and Pauline Agnew

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

This lesson with Annie Hammon was interesting, painting a portrait without sketching, using a brush, proving once more that I need lots and lots of painting practice with a brush. We were required to let out our inner child and just play and then go back in and recover the painting. It’s one thing to paint a sketch and quite another to paint with nothing but a small photo to follow shadows plus just letting go of what you have just created to start again.

life book

A vase of flowers, creating a vessel of tenderness with Pauline Agnew proved to be a difficult lesson for me .. still life is not something I do well, it’s not something I do a lot of .. I abandoned a first try feeling it was too dark. I am not a ‘dark colour’ person but I felt I had to try. I feel the vase is too large and didn’t allow the flowers to rest comfortably around it and some of the upper flowers look like they are floating in space but this painting is lighter and I prefer the flowers in this one as well. The tutorial was beautiful and I loved it and I will come back to this one again.

life book

Life Book 2016 has started

By on 1-27-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

Life Book 2016 has begun and it’s been a busy busy busy month. This first piece is a warm up with Tamara Laporte. Lot of fun with paints and collage.

life book

The main lesson for the first week was to choose a word and the title was Happy Traveler. I of course chose the crow and my little dragon as my happy travelers, my word for this year is serenity. I need to learn how to become quieter, to pause my busy life some days.

dragon lady

Week two brought us two more lessons. One from Tam and another from Ivy Newport. Tam’s was a zentangled butterfly, leaving the angst behind while reaching for the sun. Tam wrote her words on her butterfly trail, I wrote them down and then covered them up with a pretty flowery trail .. they are gone, gone, gone.


The main lesson with Ivy Newport brought us lots of glitter and gold and some soul searching. I laid down a woman reaching for her goals, ready to go through the door and see the pretty butterflies in her world. I sometimes need reminding to search for those butterflies each and every day.


Week three gave us a lesson with Melody Ross. We painted a woman hugging a box with all the things we have accomplished to remind us that we are awesome just as we are.


Meet Chocolate and Chip, 2015 Christmas paper dolls

By on 12-09-2015 in Paper Dolls

Two more cookie paper dolls .. these are chocolate chip cookies so of course they are Chocolate and Chip and both of them are all ready for their winter holiday adventures. As always just right click and save image to capture these yummy dolls. Merry Christmas !!
Chocolate Christmas Paper dollChip Christmas paper doll

Thanksgiving day and Friendship cards

By on 11-27-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

This card was created for the Just Art site to wish everybody a great holiday on the States side. Lots to be thankful for in this year of international tragedies.

Thanksgiving day card

This cute little friendship card was created for the Just Art site “use it all” challenge. We are given a mini kit and have to use every single piece, nothing else with only a photo and journaling allowed. I loved it so much I didn’t add a photo….I made the card instead

Friendship card

Smush Book with Donna Downey, Life Book 2015

By on 11-27-2015 in Journal pages, Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

Loved this lesson with Donna, she took her unused paint from her pallets and brushes and smushed it down on journal pages and then used those pages full of explosive colour backgrounds and built on them. I have always done the same thing whether it’s a page I didn’t like and it has to be covered or in a book I will cover it with paint I haven’t used in my latest project. What appears is always appealing and looking for more.


Rolled cloth mixed media book

By on 11-26-2015 in Mixed Media, painting on fabric

I have a few muslin strips left over from quilting projects and thought I’d like to try a book. This is the first and I am loving it. There are so many possibilities for these. I put down a layer of white gesso on both sides and stamped, painted and smushed on the one side and just let everything travel through. Then to cover the white spaces left I blotted from other pieces and paint that I was using then stamped the turtle and the little words afterwards. Lastly I punched a hole in the one end, threaded a narrow ribbon through and rolled the whole piece up and tied it.

Cloth book, rolled

cloth book
I can see all sorts of feathers and little trinkets hanging from one of these, photos transferred inside, poems printed with a vintage look. The list simply goes on and on and they would be great added to a little gift.

Sacred play and learning to paint intuitively with Chris Zydel, Life Book 2015

By on 11-21-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

Chris Zydel’s lesson on Life Book 2015 this week was an interesting practice which I loved. We first painted for 5 minutes without any thought, just placing colour on paper without stopping. The second piece was a 30 minute exercise with more thought and attention given to the painting but still playing, not listening to our inner critical voices and then we were to sit and muse about the practice itself. At the end I liked what I did although it’s free and unstructured and both pieces look like flowers in a garden.

5 minute intuitive painting

intuitive painting