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

~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Monday, December 29, 2008

Brainy

I found this exercise on Bevlea Ross' blog... very interesting stuff! Based on the descriptions, you'd totally think I was a "leftie" but it was actually very difficult for me to see things that way... well, you'll just have to check out the link to see what I'm talking about! Turns out, I'm a "rightie" which makes me feel more confident in my creative abilities =)

http://soularts.typepad.com/soularts/2008/11/left-brain-right-brain.html

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Beauty's Eye


I have been wanting to practice more techniques out of Bernie Berlin's ATC Workshop book. The background here was made using her Leafing Pen Resist technique. I had a little trouble with my first attempt - the acrylic paint on the stamp just pulled the leafing right off the page... so I tried a new piece with graphite black archival Brilliance ink instead and it did the same thing! But the rest of the stamped image came out nice so I used it anyway =) There is a lot of gold on this card - in the background, on the bottom edge, the circle around her eye, around the words, and the german scrap - but I like the feel of lots of gold on this card... even the lady is wearing gold bangles on her wrist! On the german scrap, I rubbed black acrylic paint over it to give a distressed look... I also used some Tim Holtz Distress ink around the card and the edges after sanding everything down a bit. The only thing I'm not happy with are the word blocks... but once they were glued down, they weren't budging - LOL!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Asian Collage

After spending all day yesterday cleaning and organizing my art room, I was anxious to sit down today and create something... so I made this ATC for the monthly Winner-Take-All lottery on Paper Traders. I think this card turned out very nice (of course, I'm very partial to all things asian) but I am stumped for a title - what to call her???

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Chrysti's 29 Days

I love this time of year - the Spirit is infectious and the best part is always the giving. I love to do something special for the special people in my life and it's been hard this year with money being really tight... plus, I never have enough time to do all that I'd like - ideally, I'd make personal gifts for everyone (handmade is really the most treasured, in my mind) if I could ever find the time.

Chrysti Hydeck is spreading this giving Spirit on her blog, Art by Chrysti, and doing a giveaway every day for 29 days... such generosity deserves to be recognized and applauded - and shared! Check it out: http://chrysti.wordpress.com/2008/12/02/29-days-of-giveaways-for-you/

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas Ornaments

These are the handmade Christmas ornaments I made to send to friends and family... I had a lot of fun distressing these - lots of sanding and ink!


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Spirit

On Monday, I got out all my Christmas CDs and have been singing along in the car every day. I love Christmas music - especially the hymns, they're my favorite... but I like some of the fun and popular ones too. Tonight, I felt so moved by this song that I've heard and sung dozens of times but it just seemed to touch me this time around - Christmas Spirit performed by Diamond Rio:

Christmas Spirit - Diamond Rio

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Holiday Wrap Up

So, my holiday road trip was both good and bad - it was wonderful to spend time with my family who I only get to see about once or, if I'm lucky, maybe twice a year; it was disappointing that it went by too fast, though! It was nice to be able to drive there and thereby take as much stuff with me (and not be limited by airline bag restrictions) as well as bring lots of good stuff back, too.

But the drive home was NOT good, by any means... I raced a snowstorm all day long and it finally caught up with me about 30 miles from my home - and then I crawled through the worst traffic I have ever seen for another FOUR HOURS! At times, I wanted to cry from frustration and exhaustion but Mom reminded (via cellphone) that someone up ahead had probably had an accident and was having a much worse day than me! Actually there were several accidents, and stalled vehicles, and slide offs, and snow plows, and it just went on and on.

All told, I spent 12 hours in the car that day - the day after I had been been soooo sick with the stomach flu... so for two days, I ate little more than crackers and 7-Up. Needless to say, going back to work the next day was very difficult - difficulty concentrating, tired, weak - and here it is mid-week and I still can't stomach anything but the most bland food.

So, I guess I had more bad to say about my trip than good but really I don't feel that way about it... it just didn't end well and I guess the ending is what sticks with you. The fun stuff included a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, a mountain drive with my Dad, arting with my mom and sister, making gourmet candy apples, celebrating two family birthdays, playing with my little niece and nephew, taking my nieces to a movie, and of course listening to my Broncos win a terrific football game!

It's hard to accept that it's already December and I have so much to do before Christmas... I don't know where I'm going to find the time to get everything done - Yikes!

RAK

When I returned home from my Thanksgiving trip, I found this wonderful surprise in my mailbox - a Random Act of Kindness from Lucy in Oz. Isn't it gorgeous? I feel so spoiled!