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

~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Gypsy Musicians

This is the spread I did for Susan's gypsy-themed tip-in journal on Paper Traders. This was my first time playing with my new Tim Holtz masks (note the ghosted music stanza in the background)... these are really fun and easy to use - can't wait to get my hands on some of his mini masks soon!
Two years ago, we lost my cousin's young daughter to Cystic Fibrosis... With your support, we can make CF stand for Cure Found!

Here's a montage of Jenn's pics her mother created online at onetruemedia.com.

In 2 months, they will be having 2 teams walking in the Great Strides Walks for Cystic Fibrosis in South Dakota - May 30th in Rapid City and June 6th in Sioux Falls. Please join Jenn's Green Team at one or both of these sites and help raise money and awareness for CF in memory of Jenn. Even if you don't want to fundraise, please come join us! We want to make CF stand for Cure Found!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Comfort Queen

I made this regal gal for a Comfort Doll swap on Paper Traders. I hand-embroidered the body and face, attached lumpy yarn for her hair, strung some iridescent beads for her necklace, and attached a shiny crown for her to wear.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Remembering Alyssa

This week, we lost our dear friend Alyssa to a brain aneurysm. She was a special spirit and a good friend. I pray for her husband and young son to find solace in this difficult time and in the knowledge that families are forever.

In the Rose Garden

These are the arches I made for a swap I'm hosting on Paper Traders. The theme is "In the Rose Garden." Below are the backs of these arches and some butterfly charms to go along with each one. The challenge was to include a textured background... for these I crinkled tissue paper and then rubbed distress ink over them. The images on the fronts are from a vintage Kate Greenaway book on children's games.


Yesterday we were hit with a spring blizzard... this is what my hands looked like after only two minutes in the bitter cold, wind, and blowing snow - and I was wearing mittens! That's such a lovely shade of purple, don't you think? It took 20 minutes of tucking my hands under my armpits to get the color (and feeling) to come back to the fingertips.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Love Blooms

I made this valentine awhile back for a dear friend of mine... I didn't want to post it until after she had received it and then I got busy and forgot. I mounted it on firm cardstock with an easel on the back so it could be displayed. For the background, I used printed scrapbook paper with a light coat of gesso over the top, then distressed it. The pre-printed chipboard pieces were lightly sanded and inked before being applied... the pink banner piece has rub-on for the floret and words.

Double Happiness

This is the spread I did for Susan's "How Great Thou Art" round robin journal on Paper Traders. Here theme was not about religion but about the things that you love and what inspires you to create. I have done a lot of asian stuff lately but this was the perfect time to do more since it is my favorite theme =) The red envelopes each hold tags, which are displayed in the second photo. Thanks to all my arting friends who lovingly send me the bits and pieces of asian texts and images... almost everything that went into this spread was an RAK from someone else!

Pretty in Purple

As you probably know, I really love asian-styled things. I made this ATC for last month's Winner-Take-All lottery on Paper Traders. I used the torn paper background technique as shown by Barb Thomas and Bevlea Ross on their blog. Isn't she pretty?

Bird Post

This is the spread I did Pam's tip-in journal on Paper Traders. Her theme was birds, eggs, nests, etc. I used a vintage letter twist with this spread. It was fun to do this for someone who is stateside so that I didn't have to worry about feathers and stuff... I used real feathers in the next and for the quill as well as real spanish moss on the nest.

Return from Wonderland

So, I realize I have been missing for awhile... not just here but really everywhere I'm usually seen! (Except maybe Facebook - after all, I must keep my Hatchlings fed!)

Anyway, I haven't done much creating lately either but the good reason for it all is that I was busy playing with my Mom! She came to visit for a few weeks and I had so much fun having her here.

But now it's time to get back to my obligations. I hate to refer to my art that way but sometimes these committed deadlines feel that way. Plus, recently, other project participants have not been timely in their work thus putting pressure on others to rush their work for the deadline... but enough complaining...

This is the spread I did for Teri's Alice-themed round robin journal on Paper Traders. I hope that she will like it. It's really much nicer looking in person but I couldn't get the scan to really show the detail like I wanted. I added embossed leaves to the background and rubbed with brown and green inks to bring them out. The colored scenes are embossed scrap.

Now that this one's done... on to the next past due project!