"The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit,
the greater your capacity to create."

~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Zentangle #3

I tried doing one with a light coat of gesso over the photo first... it think it turned out pretty cool. These are really fun, easy, and quick!

Zentangle practice

I thought I would try doing some zentangles that look so fun... the Daffodil was my first try - using a magazine photo as a guide... it's only just okay:

I'm much happier with my second attempt - the daisies - also using a magazine photo but adding many more doodles to the background space.

These were really fun and I will definitely have to try some more... maybe swiping a thin layer of gesso on first to lighten the backgrounds... something to try any way...

Monday, May 26, 2008

Symphony Hall

One last house before I head for bed... This one is the Symphony Hall - I had originally planned it to be an Opera House but couldn't find the right elements to go with it.

Another House

I made another house today... I call this one the "Garment District." It didn't turn out quite how I had pictured it but I guess it's okay... the whole point is to play around with things so some results are bound to be better than others - not that I hate this one, I just don't love it.

Row House Swap

I joined my first online swap this week (other than the Paper Traders stuff, of course). I am signed up for Lenna Andrews' Row House Swap, which looks like a lot of fun! I made this little house today but I don't know for sure if I'll be using it for the swap or not... I just wanted to play around with the idea and see what kind of stuff I can come up with... then I'll put the best five results in the swap. I have plenty of time since it's not due until the end of August.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Happy Memorial Day

This morning I was treated to an air show by the US Air Force Thunderbirds. My apartment complex is located adjacent to the Air Force Academy and today they must have had an air show in honor of Memorial Day because the Thunderbird jets have been flying overhead, engines screaming loudly - it's so exciting! I stood out on my deck and watched them circle past over and over again, sometimes flying so closely overhead that I could see the jets' insignia in clear detail.

On this special occasion, I would like to just give a big THANK YOU to all of our servicemembers past and present, those lost and those who still valiantly fight on for freedom and justice in our own country and around the world. And also a special message to my dear friends who are serving today: KC Knoop, US Coast Guard; Christopher Collis, US Army, Fred Grant, US Army; Dave Williams, US Coast Guard - I love you guys, I love your wives and your children, and I appreciate the sacrifices that ALL of you make for each of us. God bless!

Monday's Update: The Thunderbirds were flying again today and I managed to get a few pictures this time...

Saturday, May 24, 2008


I was recently invited to join a Flickr group for Altered Playing Cards. Since I've only done a few of these, I thought maybe I should try doing more.

More Intuitive Watercolors

I made a whole sheet of splotchy watercolor and then cut it into ATC-sized pieces. Sometimes it was really hard to see something and other times it was easy... but it's always hard to draw them in because I am not very talented at drawing. If you want to see some really good results with this technique, check out Connie's cards on her blog: http://stampgram.blogspot.com I think mine may have been a little better if I hadn't left the watercolors quite so dark.

This last one was actually my second attempt... not part of the "big sheet" I made the above cards from:

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Great Strides

My cousin Nicki has formed a team to walk in the Great Strides Walk for CF (Cystic Fibrosis) that will be held in Rapid City, SD on May 31st and another team to walk in Sioux Falls, SD on June 7th. It is "Jenn's Green Team" in honor of her daughter who lost the battle with CF last year and to remember why it is so important to find a cure. We want to make CF stand for Cure Found! The website for the walks - to join the team or donate - is: www.cff.org/Great_Strides/NicoleNelson5139

Monday, May 19, 2008

A Trip to Ya-Hell and Back

I had a horrifying experience this weekend - Yahoo discontinued my email account!

It all started on Saturday morning when I suddenly couldn't access my account - it kept telling me that my user ID and password were invalid and, when I tried to reset my password, it said that function could not be performed online. I tried sending emails to my yahoo account using another email service and got a permanent delivery failure notice telling me the account had been discontinued or disabled. Then, when I tried to contact Yahoo Customer Care, it kept telling me I had to log in first - if I could do that, I wouldn't need their help! Finally, I found a place where I could fill in a form for them to contact me at an alternate address and then I sat back and waited... and waited... and waited. When I did get a response, it was an automated message telling me they would contact me within 24 hours... then, the day nearly over, I got ANOTHER message telling me they would contact me in 48 hours! Aaaaaarrgghhhhh!!!

By this point, I was literally in tears. My computer is old and I have been saving lots of stuff online - including all of my photos and scans of my artwork on my Flickr account (a Yahoo site). I was just sick to my stomach at the thought that all of it was lost.

It wasn't until Sunday evening, after I got home from church, that I finally had a letter of apology from Yahoo and was FINALLY able to get back into my account and, thankfully, all my stuff was still there - whew! Now I truly understand why they call it "Ya-HELL!"

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Intuitive Watercolor

I recently purchased Bernie Berlin's Artist Trading Card Workshop and am hoping to try out each technique. Below is my first "intuitive watercolor."

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Romance in Paris

This is the spread I did for Lynn Nichols' round robin journal. Her theme was "Love, Romance & Family" and she wanted an old world/shabby chic feel. I think this turned out pretty good...

Monday, May 5, 2008

Sticks & Stones

I realized today that I never posted the photos of my Sticks & Stones ATC's... here's what I finally ended up using for the swap:

These lovely rock pictures were shared with me by my friend Keron Lee who took took the photos on her recent trip to New Zealand.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Mom's vacation

I've been absent from here for the past couple of weeks because I've been busy having fun with my Mom =)

On April 19th, I drove to Vernal UT to pick up my mom who had traveled there for a wedding... it was a 7 hour drive for me each way but so worth the trip to have her come for an extended visit. The past couple of weeks we've done our share of shopping, eating, shopping, creating, and more shopping and eating - LOL!

Yesterday, I drove her up to Casper WY (a 5 hour trip this time) where we met my sister and her daughters. We all stayed together in a motel and then they took my mom home the rest of the way to Cody.

While she was here, I did manage to get a little bit of art done. Below is the ATC I created for the Paper Traders monthly lottery as well as the spread I made for Marion's "Deep Sea of Poetry" art journal in our Paper Traders Round Robin.