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

~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Autumn Splendor

This is the spread I made for Keron's tip-in journal on Paper Traders. I spent a long time trying to decide what to do for her... she's such a talented artist and I want so badly to create something up to par for her book. She had asked for something with neutral, muted colors in the genre of a nature guide or diary so that was my inspiration for this page. Originally I had planned something totally different but it just started to look too "scrapbook-ish" and I set it aside and started over. I hope that she likes the final result as much as I do =)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


It's snowing! It's SNOWING! IT'S SNOWING!!! I am so excited that we are getting our very first snow of the season... Woo Hoo!!! They've had some snow in the mountains already but this is the first to fall at this elevation and they're saying we could possibly get up to 3" by morning. Yippee! (Can you tell I'm excited? =)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Teaching, No Greater Call

So, today I was sustained and set apart to be a teacher at church - I will be teaching the second Sunday lesson in Relief Society. Because of Stake Conference in November, I don't have to teach my first lesson until December 14th. It's on "The Second Coming and the Millennium" - luckily I have plenty of time to prepare!

Twos and Threes

This afternoon I worked on getting caught up on the 52 Card Dress-Up challenge for Paper Traders. The them for the TWOS in my deck of cards was "Medieval" while the theme for the THREES was "Animals".

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Turn that Frown Upside Down!

So, my day did not get off to a good start and despite my best efforts, it was not getting any better! But then, I checked my mailbox and... Ta Da! My first issue of Somerset Studio magazine arrived - Yippee!!!

Every other month, I save my Michael's coupon and then I go from store to store trying to track down an issue before they're sold out... but this year for my birthday, my wonderfully awesome Mom bought me my own subscription and now I'm going to sit down and peruse the first issue - that kind of artistic inspiration has got to brighten anyone's day, right?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Zetti Newbie

Connie is hosting a zetti ATC swap on Paper Traders. This is my very first attempt at this quirky genre. My mom, her friend, my sister, and I all went in together to buy a couple of grab bags of rubber stamps from zettiology rubber stamps, which I used on these cards.

I really LOVED my backgrounds even though they got pretty covered up by the images and pen art. I took colored card stock and attached some vintage german text and then applied a light coast of gesso, then smeared some watercolors over the top; finally, I distressed everything. I also used some very lightly inked rubber stamp images to add a little depth to the backgrounds. You can't really tell from the scans but the pen lines are opaque, glossy, and raised - I used Souffle pens for them. The images are simply rubber stamped in black ink on white cardstock but I like the contrast between the stark imagery and the other colorful elements.

The most fun thing about zetti is that it seems anything goes... it's just fun and funky!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Letha is GREEN

I am so in awe of my sister's latest work that I just had to share a link:

She is really growing by leaps and bounds as an artist and I am envious of all the time that she has to art and expand her talent. Her hard work really shows and this latest spread for her round robin journal on Paper Traders reflects this... it's complex and oh so gorgeous!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Cutie Two Shoes

These are the paper shoes I created for Connie's "Cutie Two Shoes" swap on Paper Traders. Don't you think these would make adorable Christmas ornaments?

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Fall Color

This morning, I got up early and headed into the mountains to see the fall color. I love this time of year and many of the leaves will be off the trees in another week so this was my best chance to see them. I drove from Colorado Springs up the back way to Victor and then around to Cripple Creek and back down... for those not familiar with this area, it is near Pikes Peak on the southeastern range of the Rocky Mountains. It was really so beautiful and some of the most breathtaking sites were not in a place where I could pull off the road to take a picture. Regardless, photos don't do justice to the real thing. I have an album on my Flickr with the photos I took today... you can see them all (both the good and the bad shots!) here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elysian68/sets/72157600648611493/