Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fun news and a free download!

Several months ago I attended a guinea pig class at the Creating Keepsakes headquarters here in Utah (they were trying out their new classes for this year's conventions and asked for volunteers.  Um, yes, please!).  I met a lot of the really lovely women who create the magazine, including Megan Hoeppner, who was teaching the class.  She saw my doodling and, to my extreme excitement, asked if I would create something for the magazine!  A couple of months after that I got my assignment:  use the Zentangle pens from Sakura to create some fun Christmas doodles that readers from the magazine can download.

Then I had to wait a looooooooooong time.  But the November/December issue of Creating Keepsakes came out today, which means I can share my cool doodles with you and send you over to their site to download the high res images.  I'm just going to show you one here, but head on over to the CK site because there are two whole pages of adorable Christmas doodles!  I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them!

As seen in the Nov/Dec 2012 of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mixed Media -- I Am Not Afraid...

The last few months have been really difficult for me, but also a time of a lot of learning and really beautiful blessings.  I've had this quote from Louisa May Alcott in my mind quite a bit and decided to turn it into a visual reminder I could see every day.

Around the sides of the canvas I wrote some of the scriptures that have given me strength and courage.  This one is from Psalms 27:14.

I love how forgiving mixed media is.  I redid that bottom row of text three times in three very different ways, because it just was not coming out right, but I love the end result.  Now as I pass this little sign on my front hall table every morning, I'm reminded that God allows storms into our lives so that we can learn to "sail our ship."  And I try to trust that God is directing the winds to blow me right home to Him.