Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pretties from Indie Lulu Living and my Playing in Paradise #63 Card


I’ve been working at and creating "pretty stuffs” for Indie Lulu Living, a new shop here in Osoyoos BC.  Well, its the most fun and inspiring place that little bits of it have been coming home with me… haha BIG bits too it seems.  Here is the couch (pictured in the shop when it first arrived)


Isn’t it wonderful???  Really I had no idea at all if it would “fit” with the rest of my decor - but sitting on it is what made me decide.  This is one of the sort of vintage couches that cuddles you, inclines you, says “come read a book” upon it. 

Lucky for me, it “goes” nicely. 

But yes, little bits do come home, and you can see some of the wonderful wares in the coming days if you visit our new blog -  We will do our best to bring you new (and vintage and one of a kind) items over the coming days so stay tuned.  Better yet, perhaps you might “follow” our Indie Lulu Blog and then we can bring new treats to you daily too!

So I’ve been pretty busy with trying to get the social media happening, but I did manage to bring off a pretty Mother’s Day card today too - and I’ll share it here.

Playing in Paradise #63

The theme: Fabulous Flowers


Here is my take:


I printed the sentiment myself using Segoe Print font and cut it using my Silhouette SD.

Not sure what this designer paper is.

I am not sure which embossing folder made the strip - made that at a visit to my sister a way back.  (should have taken notes!)

The tulips are a cut from the Silhouette store made by  Lori Whitlock.  I shaded the blossoms with wisteria shade of ColorBox Cat’s Eyes Chalks (latest treat to self!)

So a pretty simple card on the whole and I’m happy to have completed it in a day and posted too. 

I’ll leave you with this good thought:




It is my joy in life to find

At every turning of the road

The strong arm of a comrade kind

To help me onward with my load.


And since I have no gold to give,

And love alone must make amends,

My only prayer is, while I live -

God make me worthy of my friends.


~ Frank Dempster Sherman



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Playing in Paradise challenge 62 - BOLD “Hi!” card!


Imagine, two cards in two days - what’s gotten into me.  I could not resist this simple sketch from Playing in Paradise # 62

Ok, so in my haste of excitement … I missed out on the horizontal strip in the centre but still…  by the time I realized I had already solidly glued down all the elements and could not correct it all. 

PAP 62_Barb Derksen

The designer paper is Little Black Dress by Basic Gray.  The stamp is a Studio G - the original stamp actually had an outline to look like it was a tag but I trimmed that away because I felt that limited this stamp.  Have you ever cut parts of an acrylic stamp away to accommodate?  To make several smaller, partial stamps out of a larger one? 

The little plastic see through  “gems” were bought at a dollar store. 

Here are some photos taken around the newest little shop in town - Indie Lulu Living.  I have been creating items for there - love that I can work out my creative angst and someone might not only appreciate it but buy it as well.  These following photos are not any of my items but items that are already at the shop.  The store is an awesome eclectic melange of old and new - but it WORKS!  Everyone who walks in say that our town needed a shop like this.  There is something for everyone. 



Pretty Dishes



Window Display - April







Which came first?



Looks like a vintage painting.

More to come!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mojo 237 card, a current “me ‘n’ my honey photo” and a tidbit of wisdom


I surely like this week’s sketch for Mojo Monday 237:

I had fun with it.  I’d been dying to try some of these pretty butterfly cuts I just bought from the Silhouette SD store.  The original butterfly cut is the one which is on it’s own at the top (and then I glittered it a bit) but I monkeyed with the other three, erasing out a few lines and then having them come out of the band in the middle. 


The stamp is by Kolette Hall and the designer paper Parasol LILYKATE by Basic Gray.  Gotta love these pretty floral papers which almost make the card in itself. 

I thought I might share a current photo of me and my honey out for lunch yesterday at our favorite Mexican Restaurant!  I usually get pics of everyone else and forget myself. 


I’m having my usual - a Chalupa (I always share some shell with my sweetie) and my Mr is having a combo which I know for sure has a tamale included.  (I’m sporting the suit I scored at the thrift store last Thursday.  Laid out an entire $3 for it!)

I’ll leave  you with an inspiring thought for this week as well, something to chew on.


Between stimulus and response,

there is a space.

In that space lies our freedom

and our power to choose our response.

In our response lies our growth

and our happiness.


~ author unknown

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Mojo Card and spring is sprung!


Here is the sketch and my card for this week’s Mojo Monday 236



I’m sorry that I really cannot provide any authentication on the supplies used as they were all fished from my scraps heap.  I am trying to attempt sewing on my projects, I’m a novice.  When I’ve got it down to a science I plan to sew some slip covers for my husband’s musical equipment. 


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The year’s at the spring

And day’s at the morn;

Morning’s at seven:

The hillside’s dew-pearled;

The lark’s on the wing;

The snail’s on the thorn;

God’s in his heaven -

All’s right with the world! 

by Robert Browning


This poor little bird was “twitterpated” with it’s own reflection in the window and kept up a steady tap, tap, tap no matter how I tried to shoo it away:

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Thursday, April 05, 2012

New Card for Mojo Monday Challenge 235 and holiday photos


I took the Mojo Monday Challenge 235 challenge albeit a day or two after Monday. 


I paired a pretty polka dot “real” wallpaper from a wallpaper sample with two designer paper (unidentified) and then added the scalloped black border from Little Black Dress.  I built the blossom in three layers cut on my Silhouette SD.  The stamped sentiment is from Inkadinkado 

Spring is happening here, unfolding more each day.  I will have to go for a photo shoot/walk one day soon to share.  Here are a few random photos from my recent vacation to Victoria BC (waving at my Sis!)


me at the beach, ready to set sail Smile


Empress Hotel


Gull makes “live catch” - tricky dining!


Houseboats on Marina


Sunny Day turns skunk cabbage into beauty

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 02, 2012

Playing in Paradise Card # 60

Just arrived home after a nice family vacation and while I unpacked and caught up on housework I worked on this week’s Playing in Paradise challenge where my sister Nina is Guest Designer this week.  Gotta post quick as it appears my husband is ready to call it an evening so this will be short and sweet.

Here is this week’s inspiration:


And my take on it:


I believe the designer paper is Recollections from Michaels.  Bunny is a cut I purchased from the Silhouette SD store.  I designed the grass cut-out myself.  This sentiment was stamped using a set of Studio G letter stamps. 

Thanks for visiting.  I’ll post some vacation photos as soon as I’m able.

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