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

~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

RAK Alert

Give Away & Pass It On - Random Acts of Kindness Alert - my turn to pass this on after participating with Lorri Lennox

The first five (5) people to respond to this post will get something made by me.
This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully:

- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make.

- What I create will be just for you.

- It'll be done this year (2009).

- You have no clue what it's going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber. It may be a handmade card, or a mixed media art card, ACEO or It could be a photograph. Might be a rusty sculpture. I might share a mixed CD. It may be a poem. I might share the veggie harvest with you. It may involve yarn. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!

- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

And in return, all you need to do is post this text into a note of your own and make 5 things for 5 others.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Following a prompt from TattingChic, I decided to take her challenge and blog about the following photo:
This is a photo of my friends Penny, Clark, and myself at the Kandahar ski lodge in Whitefish Montana. A few years ago, I decided to attend a singles conference with my church and I already knew Clark through internet contacts. He introduced me to Penny who drove our little carpool the 8-hour trip from Billings. When we got to the lodge, Penny was assigned as my roommate for the weekend and we became fast friends. Even though I only get to see her about once a year (if I'm lucky) we still stay in touch via email and the occasional phone call. I feel so blessed to know her - she is just an incredibly sweet spirit!

I'm tagging 5 of you to take up this challenge:
Letha - http://thismuseofmine.blogspot.com/
Connie - http://stampgram.blogspot.com/
Kathy - http://kcn2cats.blogspot.com/
Lorri - http://artivity.vox.com/
Lucy - http://artitudebylucy.blogspot.com/

So now it's your turn...
The rules are:
1. go to your documents/pictures.
2. go to your 5th file.
3. go to your 5th picture.
4. blog about it.
5. tag 5 people.

Mini Giveaway

Check out these awesome little bottle charms... if you hurry, you might be the lucky winner of one:


Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Crown Stealer

Peter the Pig has gotten a little carried away with his practical joke this time! I made this spread for Teri's tip-in journal on Paper Traders. Her theme is "Here Kitty Kitty" which is exactly what I imagine Peter is saying!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Zentangle ATC Swap

Letha is hosting a Zentangle ATC swap on Paper Traders. It's mixed-media so pretty much anything goes. I started with a rubber stamped face image and then just started playing from there. Admittedly, these could be a lot better but they're not too bad for a beginner =)

Update: Thanks, everyone, for the feedback... Yes, I just stamped the face images with permanent ink right in the middle of my plain white ATC's. Then I got out my Micron pens in different widths and started doodling. I didn't really have much of a plan and some of the larger black areas are where I goofed up and just decided to fill in over the top - LOL!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Spring Snow?

I don't want to jinx it... but they're predicting over a foot of snow here tomorrow. That would be so awesome! We desperately need the moisture and our winter has been very warm and dry. Oooooh, I am keeping my fingers crossed!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

I'm Dreaming of a White Easter

This past winter has been so dry and hot without much of the snow and moisture we really need. I love winter and snow so it's been personally disappointing for me. The recent blizzard we had was awesome and much needed. This morning, when I woke up, I could hear the rain running down the roof and gutters and was so happy that we were getting more moisture. The forecast was for scattered rain and snow showers but no accumulation was expected... Don't you just hate it when the weatherman is wrong? In this case, not me! About 7am, the rain turned to snow - huge, wet flakes fell consistently all morning. On the way to church, the roads were already slushy with about 4 inches of melting snow. By the time I got out of church, three hours later, there was at least 6 inches on the ground and the storm was letting up. The sun didn't make it out today but it was still warm enough that most of the snow has melted off the roads and roofs... just in time to drive to work tomorrow. I'm just so grateful for the snowy surprise and the much need moisture =)

Pink Gone Wild

All I can say about this one is... Whoa! That's a lot of pink! LOL!

This is the second spread I did for the private journal swap I'm in. I think this best represents what it wrong with most of my art... I'm too precise and too hung up on making everything COORDINATE! Don't get me wrong, I think this page is very cute and sweet... but maybe just a little too much. My favorite thing is the glittery swirls I added with my glue pad, a rubber stamp, and some micro-prism glitter.

An Easter Message

Love Birds

This is a spread I made for a private journal swap I'm in. The metallic pieces didn't scan well and they look black but, in reality, the large bird is a pink mirror from Heidi Swapp and the "Love Birds" words and small hearts at the bottom are reflective silver. I used a cute K&Company paper for my background, adding the effect of a Tim Holtz mask with Tea Dye Distress Ink, then pouncing metallic pearl white paint through some heart-shaped sequin scrap on the corners. In addition to the silver hearts at the bottom, if you look closely, you'll see there are also some pink iridescent hearts there as well.

I have five more pages to make for this project and I think they're all going to be unique (although I do have the option of making them the same or similar). Our inspiration for this project comes from the Somerset in Love magazine that was released earlier this year.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Living with Others in Peace and Harmony

I just finished preparing my lesson for church tomorrow (I teach in Relief Society on the second Sunday of each month). This week's lesson is entitled, "Living with Others in Peace and Harmony." In researching for this, I came across several very good talks from church authorities and other wonderful quotes so I thought I would share a few here. If you want to feel a little more peace and purpose, read on (click on each heading for the full articles)...

Dallin H. Oaks, “World Peace,” Ensign, May 1990, 71

Some years ago, an acquaintance of mine who was moving to Washington, D.C., went to the district offices to take the driver’s license examination. He had to fill out a form that asked for his business address and his occupation. He had just been appointed a justice of the United States Supreme Court, so he used that as his business address. In the blank marked “occupation” he wrote the word justice. The person at the counter examined this answer, frowned, and said, “Justice? Justice! Well, I guess that’s all right. Last week a fellow wrote peace.

Each of us should pursue the occupation of “peace.” But what is peace, and how do we seek it?

Elder John A. Widtsoe said: “The only way to build a peaceful community is to build men and women who are lovers and makers of peace. Each individual, by that doctrine of Christ and His Church, holds in his own hands the peace of the world. That makes me responsible for the peace of the world, and makes you individually responsible for the peace of the world. The responsibility cannot be shifted to someone else. It cannot be placed upon the shoulders of Congress or Parliament, or any other organization of men with governing authority.” (In Conference Report, Oct. 1943, p. 113.)

Each citizen furthers the cause of world peace when he or she keeps the commandments of God and lives at peace with family and neighbors. Such citizens are living the prayer expressed in the words of a popular song, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” (Sy Miller and Jill Jackson, “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”)

Jesus Christ is our Savior. He has taught us the way to live. If we follow him and have goodwill toward all men, we can have peace on earth.

Marvin J. Ashton, “Peace—A Triumph of Principles,” Ensign, Nov 1985, 69

No peace, even though temporarily achieved, will be lasting unless it is built upon the solid foundation of such eternal principles as love of God, love of neighbor, love of self. Most men yearn for peace, cry for peace, pray for peace, and work for peace, but there will not be lasting peace until all mankind follow the path pointed out and walked by the living Christ. There can be no peace in sin and disobedience. If I do not have peace within me, others around me will suffer.

God has a special love for those of his children who promote and advocate peace. Our responsibility as Church members is to instill in an ever-growing number of people the fact that our personal attitudes and behavior can bring a measure of peace to our troubled world and a sense of stability to anxious times. With peace in our hearts we can know that the trends of the world and the criticisms of men cannot alter the truths of God.

When we properly blend into our lives true principles of love, honesty, respect, character, faith, and patience, peace will become our priceless possession. Peace is a triumph of correct principles.

President Gordon B. Hinckley said: “We live in a society that feeds on criticism. Faultfinding is the substance of columnists and commentators, and there is too much of this among our own people. It is so easy to find fault, and to resist doing so requires much discipline. … The enemy of truth would divide us and cultivate within us attitudes of criticism which, if permitted to prevail, will only deter us in the pursuit of our great divinely given goal. We cannot afford to permit it to happen” (Ensign, May 1982, p. 46).

Ann N. Madsen, “Ducks Are Different,” New Era, Oct 1983, 8

Tolerance so often does lead to love. Most of our nearly 30,000 missionaries serving throughout the world would bear testimony to that, as would the thousands who have returned. What an inspired program, sending us as missionaries all over the world, where we personally confront different languages, often different dress, different customs, and different food. We arrive as strangers and foreigners, uncomfortable and very aware of differences, but with a precious message of restored truth to deliver. That message motivates us to look beyond the differences; and as we teach these strangers who they are—the children of our Heavenly Father, our own brothers and sisters in an eternal family—differences give way to kinship.

That knowledge also helps us in relationships where there are differences that do matter—differences involving values, principles, truth, and the confirming religious experience we call testimony. Truth demands our allegiance, but it should not be a barrier to tolerance and compassion and love. To accept and love others, we do not have to adopt their ideas or be condescending. When others differ from us in these essential matters, we must learn to see with eyes that separate people from their traditions or sins. Good people can have mistaken beliefs.

Moreover, having truth in our possession, knowing righteous and true principles, doesn’t automatically make a Latter-day Saint better or more righteous than others. It could have that effect—but it is living what we know, not knowing alone, that is really important. Joseph Smith taught us: “All the religious world is boasting of righteousness: It is the doctrine of the devil to retard the human mind, and hinder our progress, by filling us with self-righteousness. The nearer we get to our Heavenly Father, the more we are disposed to look with compassion on perishing souls; we feel that we want to take them upon our shoulders, and cast their sins behind our backs. … If you would have God have mercy on you, have mercy on one another” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1977, p. 241).

If we can learn patience, allowing all men the privilege of seeing truth at their own pace, we will have moved measurably toward the compassion and love of the Savior, who saw no enemies among his crucifiers. His example stands for all time to teach us the tender path from tolerance to compassion and perfect love. With every provocation to rage against his adversaries, he said rather, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32; italics added), thus offering himself on our behalf, that we might have room to repent. Can we do any less for our Father’s far-flung family?

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Butterfly Arches

I had to make an extra set of arches for the swap I'm hosting so that each of the participants could receive six unique arches in return for the six they submitted. This is the set I made this week... I used Bernie Berlin's foam shapes technique using two colors of green acrylic paint. The variation in the paint really didn't show up in the scan - it looks a lot better in real life.