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

~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Monday, June 30, 2008

Love my Padres!

About 20 minutes ago, I climbed into bed and turned on the news to wind down my day... they announced that the Rockies were hosting the Padres tonight and the game was tied 8-8 in the 8th inning. I quickly surfed through channels until I found a broadcast of the game and now it's the top of the 9th and the Padres have earned 7 more runs this inning... and there's still only 1 out... the score right now is 15-8 Padres... and I'm sitting here with a big ol' grin on my face =) I love my Padres!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Crowned Crane

I made this ATC for the monthly Winner-Takes-All lottery on Paper Traders. Still struggling with my muse but anything asian is always a favorite for me.

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Our Paper Traders group is doing a monthly challenge using a deck of playing cards - it's called "52 Card Dress-Up." This month's theme is "wings" using the aces. I'm still struggling to find my muse but managed to put these together this week.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Asian Houses Redux

As I mentioned earlier this week, I haven't been satisfied with the quality of my recent artwork. So I decided to remake my asian chipboard houses. I didn't start over from scratch but did take them down to the background paper and rebuilt them up again, adding more features, more distress ink, and adjusted the layers. I am much more satisfied with the results:

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Pushing through

Last Friday, I had the WORST migraine! And ever since then, I've been exhausted... and that seems to have left me unmotivated and muse-less. I have been pushing through the artistic block and trying to create something each day. This week, I managed to do these chipboard houses - all with an asian theme (one of my favorites). Unfortunately, I'm not loving what I'm creating.... but still pushing on...

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Another House

Oops... I forgot to include this house in my last post...

More houses

I worked on a few more houses today and this is what I came up with... this first one seemed so much better in my head but I just couldn't get it to come together how I'd pictured. I kept playing with but I don't think it really helped... oh well... sometimes that's just how art goes...

This second house I really LOVE! I spent a looooong time playing around with my ephemera until I found the right pieces to go together. It's so simple - there's really not much to it - but I think it's so pretty:

This one is just fun and whimsical - something different to try and get my mind thinking out of the box. I wasn't sure I was going to like it... but... turns out I do!

French Collage

I made this rubber stamp collage using several stamps from a Stampin Up! set I have... plus a few others. I rubbed a Q-tip over my stamp pads and used it to paint the lady's face. The bird shows up darker IRL but it's stamped with a shimmery Pearl-Ex ink that didn't scan well.


I did a little doodling practice on the back of my business cards at work this week... (don't tell the boss!)

I read about this "twist" technique in a zentangle newsletter:

For this one, I just drew a squiggle that ended up looking like a rabbit (a complete coincidence) so I decided to just go with it:

Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Chook Shed

This is the spread I just completed for Jenene's round robin journal "The Chook Shed" in our Paper Traders group. She's from Australia and down under a chook is a hen. I thought it would be fun to take a quirky approach to my spread and so I'm calling this one "Mmm... Tastes Like Chicken!" LOL =)