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

~Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Monday, October 31, 2011

Blog Challenge: American Indian

The theme for the Paper Traders Blog Challenge this week is American Indian.  I made another greeting card using some native dancers that I trimmed from a vintage postcard.  The dreamcatcher featured here is actually a clear sticker.

The blog challenges are easy and fun!  Come on over and play along...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Altar Shrine

I'm hosting another swap over at our Paper Traders group.  Every year about this time, we celebrate the anniversary of our group with a special project.  This year we will be making altar shrines.  I created mine using a small 1x2x3-inch wood block for the altar and attaching a taller 3x7-inch chipboard piece to the back to make the shrine and glued beads to the bottom for feet.  I covered everything in pretty scrapbook paper and added a beautiful public domain image of Cordelia by Arthur Rackham from "The Tales of Shakespeare" by Charles & Mary Lamb.  I got this image from my Green Tiger Press stash  =)  I dressed up the shrine with german scrap, graced our lovely lady with a regal crown, added some words on friendship, attached some floral sprigs, and placed six offerings on my altar (in  honor of the sixth anniversary).

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Blast from the Past

Several of my friends (especially the long-distance ones) have commented that even though they enjoy seeing my art on the blog, they would like to hear more about what is happening in my life.  The truth of the matter is... not much.  I work full-time (and then some!) and spend most of my spare time working on my art and moderating our Paper Traders group.

The art group is continuing to grow and expand and we created a blog this year - which is terrific, but also a lot of work.  I think we get a pretty decent level of participation in our group swaps but it's often hard to get people to host projects so that task generally falls to us moderators.  Not that hosting is difficult, but when you do it regularly, it doesn't leave much time to fit in other things.

One of the "other things" I keep telling myself I need to do is to participate in more Single Adult activities with my church.  I am perfectly happy staying in and doing the art thing but I'm never going to meet anybody at home in my pj's  =)   I did recently break out my old gypsy costume and put in an appearance at the annual Halloween dance.  It was nice to see a few old friends but I didn't really meet anybody new (it's hard to interact with people in a dark room with loud music) so my goal this next year is to get out of the house a little more before I turn into a complete recluse!

This past week, I actually did get out of the house to spend time with an old friend who was here for business.  Tim was my very best friend in high school and I haven't seen him since before graduation - 25 years ago!  Sometimes when you reconnect with old acquaintances, it's nice but a bit awkward; but this was not like that at all... instead, we were immediately able to start up a conversation almost as if no time had passed at all.  It was great to catch up and rediscover our friendship again.  Below is a picture we took when we were in high school... the other photo is (a grainy cell phone picture taken in the dark) from our meet-up this week:

It's hard to believe I've been back in San Diego for more than a year now.  Time has really flown.  I recently added more shelves to my art studio but it's STILL not clean and organized enough to unveil to the rest of the world.  I went "home" to Wyoming this summer and got to see my oldest nephew graduate from high school.  I am so proud of him and excited to see him starting college now.  I'm planning another trip for Thanksgiving this year and am really looking forward to seeing my family again.  I love being in San Diego but it's awfully far from them.

So, that should get me caught up for awhile... I promise to try to be better about keeping everyone updated  =)

Burt's Bees

I'm a BzzAgent and I recently received a free sample of Burt's Bees Natural Skin Solutions for Sensitive Skin cleanser and moisturizer and I've been using it for a few weeks now. I think this is an excellent product for sensitive skin. It's very mild and does the job - fresh, clean skin that is soft and not greasy. The only detractor for me is that it does not include sunscreen protection (like most of the Burt's Bees products)... but then I suppose sunscreen might not be good for those who have extremely sensitive skin.  If you want to give this stuff a try, you can get a $2 off coupon from their Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/burtsbees?sk=app_137656902971961

Vintage Circus

Over at Paper Traders, Lynda is hosting a Vintage Circus mini book swap.  She will take one page from each artist and bind them into books for us.  These pages are 4" wide and 3" tall.  Most of my images are from Tumble Fish Studio and iTkUpiLLi, with a few other randoms things thrown into the mix.  The "C-I-R-C-U-S" pennant actually hangs on a string attached to the card and is not glued down.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue

The new blog challenge over at Paper Traders is to use a ship in your art.  Again, I used my new MyMemories digital scrapbooking software to create a digital collage.  I used elements from the "Brise Marine" kit by Mary89 as well as the "Poetry of the Sea" kit from Marie H Designs - both so pretty!  Once I had my picture created, I printed it out and layered it on some cardstock to create a little greeting card, complete with real seashell embellishments!

This was a really fun challenge.  Hop on over to Paper Traders and play along!

P.S.  There's still time to get $10 off your own copy of the MyMemories Suite v2 Software plus $10 in free products from MyMemories.com.  Just use my Promo Code: STMMMS53179

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Altered Cabinet Cards

Jeri is hosting a deco book swap on Paper Traders using altered cabinet cards and the theme "Time".  For the backgrounds, I trimmed around the people in the photos and then layered in papers from DCWV's Tattered Time paper stack.  Since the theme required to use a timepiece in some manner, I layered wings behind various clock faces and attached spinning clock hands with a brad; each card also features a grandfather clock.  These are pretty simple paper collage - no fancy techniques - but I think the end result is still good.  Once Jeri receives pages from all the participating artists, she will take one page from each and bind them into books for us.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Spiders Hate Orange

There's a new blog challenge happening over on the Paper Traders blog.  The theme this time is "Spiders Hate Orange" and it was a fun excuse to play with my new MyMemories digital scrapbooking software again.  I made this page using various elements from many sources (itkupilli, House of 3, etc.)  You can get $10 off your own copy of MyMemories Suite v2 Software plus $10 in free products from MyMemories.com if you use my Promo Code: STMMMS53179

I'm excited for Halloween coming up because it's such a fun holiday!  I've already purchased my Caramel Apple Pops and if I don't get many door ringers, there will be leftovers for me  =)

Jump on over to Paper Traders to get in the Halloween spirit and play along.  Happy haunting everyone!

Imaginary Garden

This is the last spread for the current round in the Paper Traders Round Robin Journal swap.  We'll be starting a new round after the first of the year.  This last book that I worked in belongs to Heather and she chose a beautiful theme: Imaginary Garden.

For this page, I used the watercolored paper she had included in her book, sponged ink around the edges, and glued a printed floral napkin over the top.  I then added dimensional aspects with silk flower petals and punched paper flowers.  Finally, I used my fingertips to spread glitter glue to highlight certain flowers.  The butterflies and birds were actually rub-ons.  Since hummingbirds are a rare thing for her to see up in Canada, I think she thought it was a real treat to have them in her book.