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

~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Really Really Red Valentine Altered Tin

I made this little altered tin for another swap on Paper Traders. Gluing down all those micro beads was a pain - LOL! The tin won't close because the nest is too big but I think it looks cute and it should be displayed open anyway... don't you agree?

Altered Dominoes

I made both of these altered dominoes for a swap on Paper Traders. Both of the images were sealed with crystal lacquer and then I dropped the gold items into the wet lacquer to attach them (the key, bow, and gold micro beads). The pear one has pretty little rub-ons around the edge while the key one has a ribbon glued around it.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Taylor Swift's newest fan

Today I had to get some groceries and stuff at Wally World and decided to spend the gift card my brother gave to me for Christmas on a new CD. I've been in love with that "White Horse" song by Taylor Swift that I recently heard on the radio so I decided to buy her new album, "Fearless"... and now I think I am her biggest fan! Did you know this young, feisty gal wrote or co-wrote every song on both of her albums - amazing! Even though I'm about twice her age, I can still relate to the message of her music and I love her strong, independent attitude. Take my advice and buy this album if you don't have it already...

P.S. One cute thing she does in her liner notes is capitalize random letters that spell out a secret message for each song =)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ride the Rails

I made this ATC as a practice piece for trying out Bernie Berlin's phone book page backgrounds.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Number of Zettis

This is the spread I made for Marion's tip-in journal on Paper Traders. Her theme is "A Number of Zettis." I hope this is zetti-ish enough =) It's difficult to tell from the scan but the feathers all have pearlescent accents and the golden egg has been spritzed with MoonGlow. The number 2 also has gold paint brushed around the edges.

I used Bernie Berlin's technique for painting over magazine images to make the lady. I used a sea sponge to create the bushes. I hope Marion likes it!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I'm joining the One World-One Heart giveaway!

UPDATE: The winner is... #7 - Melissa Huber!
Congratulations! I will be contacting you for an address to send your prize. Thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by and visit. I hope to get to know more about all of you now that the rush of the event is over =)


Lisa "oceandreamer" Swifka started the ONE World-ONE Heart event in 2007. The original idea behind this giveaway event was to bring bloggers together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet. It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people and, in the process, possibly win a prize along the way. This is more than wanting to win something - it's about finding kindred spirits. It transcends geographical location, social economics, political affiliation, religious beliefs... it's a coming together like the giant community we are on this planet. If only it took a simple giveaway to create PEACE everywhere! In the meantime, here we give from our hearts. We are not solving the world's problems nor are we curing anything nor are we changing the world. We are merely generating a closer community between humans through blogging. The mission of this event is to meet new people and them meet you. It is almost like being in a huge convention room where you meet and mingle - only the "hello my name is" badge is each persons blog.

I love this idea and have been having so much fun blog hopping my way through all the participants' sites. And I wanted to get on board! So... I tried to figure out what I had on hand that someone might actually want... I guess we'll see how I did...

I'm giving the following items away to a single winner. You do not have to be a blogger to enter; just leave a comment below along with some way for me to contact you if you win (a blog link or email). I will draw a lucky name from all the comments on February 12th.

Before I became obsessed with mixed media collage, my hobby of choice was counted cross-stitch. All of these items are new or in like-new condition.

4 books:
Leisure Arts' "Our Best 200+ Holiday Quickies"
Leisure Arts' "Quick as a Wink"
"Alma Lynn's Country Cross-Stitch"
"Mary Engelbreit Cross-Stitch for All Seasons"

a 4" wooden hoop & a 6" wooden hoop

6 packages of 14-count aida fabric in white, ivory, flax, tan, pink, and blue

7 blank gift cards (with envelopes) for inserting your stitchery

a Valentine cross-stitch card kit by Current

3 hummingbird switchplate kits by Fond Memories (one has been completed, the other two are unopened... but they all coordinate)

a magnifier (to be worn around the neck)

Please leave a comment, take some time to view my blog (or bookmark it for later =) and make sure you visit all the other OWOH participants! Have fun and GOOD LUCK!!

Comments are now closed... I will be announcing the winner shortly...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Scrappindipity is Serendipitous!

Boy, 2009 is a veritable shower of giveaways! It's so much fun to try to win ANYTHING but, inveritably, my sister is the only one in our family who is ever that lucky... repeatedly!

Anyway, here's another chance to win over $100 in art and art supplies from the lovely Lorri Lennox. It's HER birthday but she's giving US the gifts! Go check it out: http://auslorri.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ten Percent

So, a big congratulations to... ME! Today, I reached my initial weight loss goal of 10%! Doctors say that losing 10% of your body weight has the following health benefits:
  • a healthier heart
  • lower cholesterol
  • reduced blood pressure
  • lower risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • more energy

Thank you, Weight Watchers!

Wild Mustangs revisited

So, today I mailed the journal out so it is done. But now that it's finished, I realize how I could have done it better. Don't get me wrong, I still like it but I can see now that the focal part of the pages - the horses - needed to have more weight... instead of text paper, I should have done something with more oomph! I think it's great that every project is a learning process and I'm glad that I can look at my own work and find something specific that I can improve upon the next time.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wild Mustangs

This is the spread I made for Linda's "Where the Wild Things Are" round robin journal on Paper Traders. I chose to illustrate the wild mustangs from Red Canyon, Wyoming, which is just outside of Cody where Linda lives. My family also lives there and I've seen the wild horses for myself - very cool! I also made a tag to match...

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Two New ATC's

I made this ATC for Keron's 12 Days of Christmas blog contest. She shared free images for 12 days and this girl was from the Fifth Day of Christmas. Keron explained that the five golden rings in the song represent the first five books of the old testament, so I used them on the background of this card along with a verse about God's love from Deuteronomy. The rest of the background images were torn from napkins.

This ATC was an attempt at Bernie Berlin's gessoed magazine image technique. This was actually a lot of fun and not too difficult. It's hard to tell from the scan, but I painted metallic streaks in the woman's hair and used a tiny plastic crystal for her earring.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Magical Garden

I made this spread for Linda's tip-in journal on Paper Traders. Her theme was a "Magical Garden" with flowers, fairies, and lots of sparkle!

I started with lavender cardstock and used Michelle Ward's gesso resist technique. I painted over with three shades of green and then sanded back down to expose the textured image underneath. I used my Marvy markers to color in a couple of birds and some vines from the background image. Then I added some stamped images using purplish inks.

The big birds' nest and pink flower are torn from tissue paper and the hydrangea is part of a napkin - both were applied to the page with Perfect Paper Adhesive (love this stuff!) The fay folk are cut out from cards that were given to me for my birthday - they're from the now defunct Green Tiger Press.

I used "punchinella" sequin scrap to sponge on the shaded dots. I added some "fairy dust" to both girls' hair and some teeny tiny holographic stars were glued down here and there to add some sparkle. The dragonfly rub-on is glittery, too! I also added a few touches with my gold foil pen.

Lastly, I found this poem stanza in a vintage student reader I have just for this kind of project. I sprayed everything down with a matte fixative to seal the glitter and paints.

I love how this turned out... I hope Linda does too!

AlphaStamps Giveaway

I'm a little late getting the info on this but AlphaStamps is having a daily giveaway... it's only going to last for a few more days! http://www.alphastamps.com/blog/