14 years, don’t they grow up fast

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

This piece was created with Robyn’s last template of the month. It is perfect for my grandgirl’s birthday party with two of her close friends. It seems like yesterday she was born and now she is entering high school. Time simply keeps ticking along. If you want to play come join us at the Just Art site

14 years birthday

Tigger, our elderly kitten

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

This handsome fellow is Tigger. He was a rescue cat and has gone to join the kittens in the sky but had a good long life, almost 19 years, most of it healthy. The page was done for a template challenge at the Just Art Site for August, template supplied by Robyn of Red Dog Designs.

Tigger, old man

Flying High with Tamara Laporte

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

This was Tam’s lesson for August on Life Book 2015. As always it was a fun piece to do, just floating away on top of the world. Lots of modeling paste was used on this piece. I created the stencil for the flowers on the hill using my cuttlebug and a piece of transparency.

You are wise Lifebook 2015

Stamped Image expanded

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

The stamped image challenge at the Art for the Creative Minds Yahoo group brought us a stamped image of a lady’s head in the mail. I used a handful of stamps to stamp onto card and then cut them out and collaged them into a dress for the head. I then scanned her in so I could print her out at a reduced size. I used Tom Bow markers to colour her after laying down some clear glitter glue. The markers coloured the glitter as well so I had matching glitter on her dress.

Stamped Image challenge

I also created a smaller size to put on a 5×5 inch card. This one I chose to leave plain except for a few little stick ons.

Stamped Image challenge

Template challenge at the Just Art Site

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

A beautiful template helps to create a beautiful page. This template was created by Robyn of Red Dog Designs for the Just Art challenge. My page made the front page of the site for Layout of the Day. I love this photo of the birches which were not more than twigs when we planted them. They were rescue trees that would have been mowed down otherwise. They survived the ice store of 1998 by bending right to the ground without snapping .. amazing trees.

Road Less Taken

Three Digital Sides challenge at the Just Art site

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This challenge gave us three parameters … we had to use a duck, the colour yellow and seven items. My duck is a yellow bath ducky, my seven items are the green tiles echoing the Pear’s soap poster and of course my yellow background. I have several of the Pear’s soap posters but this one has to be my favourite. It’s so much fun.

Bath Time with Pear Soap

Doodle This challenge on the Just Art site

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The Doodle This challenge is one I hosted. The blog posting from the Creative Market with the cartoons worked into the images immediately made me think this is something different that would look great on a digital scrapbook site. This is one of two entries I made. The photo is of the Ottawa River. I have always loved this photo but never knew what to do with it. It was waiting for this challenge. The elements belong to Gabbi’s Wonderful Water World. Nessi came from an online colouring book site which I reduced and altered. Poor Nessi, she is sooo lost.

Nessi has to get her act together

Peter’s visit to my garden

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

Meet Peter, a rabbit that would visit my garden. He was there often and I welcomed the visits for taking his photo. This page was created for the Just Art ‘use it all’ challenge for August. I changed the colour of the kit … Peter wanted a green page so he could hide in the grass

Peter's visit

Traced hand with Rachael Rice for Life Book 2015

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When Rachael Rice created this hand with an eye and healing symbols. I wanted to do something different, something that would have meaning for me. Following the shining sun, soaring with the crows as they float on the thermals created by that sun has a lot of meaning to me. The sun is the most healing thing I know. My aches and pains feel so much better and I love the warmth it gives me and it lights up my world. My hand has a stylized sun and soaring crows with three more crows in my sky. If you look closely you can see the bumps of my arthritis and the way my fingers are slightly bending from the bumps. The sun’s heat is making the hands feel so much better so I can continue with my art.

Traced hand

Letting Go with Flora Bowley, Life Book 2015

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I love how the background on this piece glows. I was never a fan of neon paints until this course. I always saw them as jarring but used along with regular acrylics they can create a glowing page. Flora makes it all look so simple and I had a great time doing these pages. I did however have to paint over my dull and greyed backgrounds and start again. I’m glad I did. Simply sitting and wondering what I can use to stamp another design with was tremendous fun and freeing. This is an exercise I want to do again and again.

Letting Go 1Leting go 2

Double Exposure with tutorial by Chris Spooner

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Chris Spooner has a great tutorial on his blog using two images, one laid over the other causing a double exposure. I brought this over to the Just Art site as a challenge and there are some fantastic examples from the great digital artists there. Chris’s tutorial is here: Spoon Graphics I use PSE 11 at this time and Chris’s tutorial is for Photoshop itself and there are a few adjustments that were different but I was able to work around them.

Double Exposure

Chris also had other examples so I decided to do something different for this as well. I took two images from outofcopywrite books and meld them together. Here are Chris’s examples: Spoon Graphics

Bird man with headache

Have courage, Be brave, an ATC swap for Life Book 2015

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This pair of ATCs was created for the Life Book 2015 swap that was set up in June. Unfortunately the person who was picked to swap with me has not answered me back although I have emailed her more than once. Here they sit and if I do not hear from her by the end of July I will send them to somebody as a swap. To me being brave is having the courage to follow the sun which shines upon us with it’s bounty, warming us and helping us grow. When we stay in the shade of our lives we begin to face inward and stop reaching. We have to spread our arms and reach out to grow.

Be Brave, Have courage

Love and Light with Danielle Donaldson

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

These little girls were fun fun fun to do. Danielle wanted us to cut her out and place her on a clothespin and add story words to a cup and attach her. I just simply wanted to keep painting little girls so that is what I did. Paper dolls and water paints .. is there anything better? I think not. The first one was done as Danielle did and I used her supplied pattern and the second one I changed from the pattern. The second two I drew myself and I also gave them big smiles.

Love and LightLove and Light 2

Layers of you with Tamara Laporte

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

This piece was done with a magazine ad of a face and painted over. The woman had a coffee cup in her hands and I placed forget me nots to not forget to value myself as much as I do others in my life. I gave her grey hair because I have grey hair. She is me after all.

Layers of you

A winter dawn, pick a season challenge

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

The last challenge for June at the Just Art site was pick a season. We had several parameters we had to meet. I have some beautiful photos of dawn breaking over the trees in the fields behind our old house. I am so glad I had the honour of seeing these sunrises and being able to keep them forever to look back on now that we have moved into the city.

A winter dawn

After the rain and The rain, two pages for June

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

After the rain was created for the Junk Box challenge at the Just Art Site. We were given a quantity of papers and elements that didn’t match to use however we wanted. This is the first of two pages I made.
After the rain

The rain is the second page. For this page I created brushes from the flowers so I could use them in different sizes by simply changing the brush size. The image is one gleaned from an old book that is out of copywrite and found on the Archive site.

The Rain

Inner Warrior Princess with Andrea Gomoll

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

I loved Andrea’s tutorial for last week’s Life Book lesson. It was another fun piece to do and I am finding my faces look more like they should and less overpainted. This piece used water colour for most of it and I love working with water colours, especially when using crayons. I am still following my sun and the crows are leading the way. If you have followed my blog you know I love the crows as they fly up to the sun and glide down on the thermals, trusting they will lift them lovingly as they slowly come back to earth. It can take longer than 10 minutes to come all the way down again. They are the only birds I know that love to simply play as if they have no worries in the world.

Inner Warrior Princess

Bicycle Holidays, a time of days gone by

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People used to ride bicycles everywhere. You could stop and smell the flowers along the way and take in the sights as well, maybe have a picnic basket with you. The slow days of summer were enjoyed then. Now those days just seem to rush into each other without much notice. This kit was done for the colour challenge with ADB Designs at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio site.

Bicycle holidays
Bicycle Holidays

May 22, 2014, progressive scrap, June 2015

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June’s progressive scrap challenge at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio brought us a wonderful male themed scrapbook kit to play with. I have been waiting with these photos of my hubby’s knee surgery for a year and knew they would be perfect together. I created the runner profile from a scanned picture last year and it was perfect for this kit.

May 22, 2014

Painted pages for journals

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

I found a box of printable sticky labels at a Value Village the other day and the first thing I thought of doing was to paint on one of these pages. I just randomly painted, stamped, wrote and painted some more until the page was filled without worrying about composition. This page can now be torn or cut into sections when I need a bit of something on a journal page, the backing pulled off and stuck straight onto the page. I am now working on another using left over paint etc to cover it. When it’s full I will have another page. I loved just getting down and arty without having to worry about whether something looks balanced or the colours merge properly simply because it doesn’t matter. I can also use the image for digital pieces over and over without destroying the original piece.

painted sheet for journals

Sometimes dreams come true, day dream challenge

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

Gabbi’s Creation gave us this beautiful Daydreams mini kit for the challenge at the Just Art site. I used a photo of the castle and created the sketch effect by first putting it through the poster edges filter and then using blending modes until I got the effect I wanted. The flowers in the kit were also blended to create a fireworks blossom to go with the fireworks in the photo.

Sometimes dreams do come true

Reflections of you with Jeanne Oliver for Life Book 2015

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

My latest piece for Life Book 2015 was so much fun. Jeane Oliver had us scanning magazines for patterns to tear and add to our page. I am a pattern junky and have been saving patterns for years as well as creating them in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. She also took us through using a transfer as well as a printed copy of ourselves as a base. I do not own a laser printer so opted on a painted face and stamps for this piece.

Reflections of you

Ocean Bottom ATCs for the AFTCM yahoo group

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

I love creating ATCs … these were made for the Art For the Creative Mind Yahoo Group. Pearled water paints on home made paper made the background. The angel fish and the sea horse were made with a stencil and a mix of modeling paste and acrylics. Seaweed was pulled from a piece of shiny cord and the bottom was made with a piece of burlap.

Ocean Bottom ATCs

Light and Shadow, Apple with Tamara Laporte

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

This week’s Life Book 15 lesson brought us a discussion about light and shadow with Lynn Whipple plus a lesson on light and shadow while drawing an apple with Tamara Laporte. This was another fun lesson, as I love light and shadow which adds so much depth to a piece. Thanks to Tamara I am becoming comfortable with graphite and using it as an art medium rather than just as a pencil for getting a sketch down on paper. I ordered a graphite stick and used it for the first time on this piece and I love the freedom the stick gives me.

Light and Shadow, Apple

Vintage bird plates

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

Bird plates, I love vintage birds pages…the images are always so colourful. Here are four that again come from an old vintage book out of copywrite. They are 4 inches in length and perfect for your swaps. Personal use on this page as well please, no commercial uses.

Vintage bird plates

Forest Glade, a poem

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

Forest Glade is a another compilation of photos from the Morgue Files site. I just can’t seem to stop doing these, it’s like a kid in a sandbox with lots of toys. I just opened up several photos I liked, picked the forest for the background. Blending modes and transparency were used on every layer along with some Gaussian blur.

Forest Glade

Vintage Central European Costume images

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

These images are free to use for your personal use. If you want to use one for a swap that’s fine too but not for sale. Each image is 4 inches high and big enough to use on most swap pieces. The colours are fantastic but the images themselves are a bit soft which will bring a grungy and worn look to anything you may use them on.

Central European Costumes

Shattered dreams of an old man

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

This piece was also created using photos from the morgue files site Morgue Files. When I first found this photo of the old man I knew I had to create something with his image. He has a wonderful face, full of time and history. Again filters and blending modes as well as transparencies were added to make the dream state. Is there one of us who has not had our dreams changed or shattered along the way and morph or change as we grow older ?

Shattered dreams

Home, where my heart resides

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

Home was created for the ‘scrap a word’ challenge at the Just Art site. I used images gleaned from the morgue files site Morgue Files. Filters, blending modes, transparencies and colour curves were all used in this piece. The sparkles are a brush provided with my PSE 11. This is a joyful piece full of romance and mist just as home should always be.

Home is where the heart resides

Unraveling through mark making with Jenny Doh

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We were introduced to Jenny Doh earlier in the year with an interview and this week we watched her play with her paints and inks. Awesome playfulness became this Fantastical Awesome Gilded Awk … not Auk because my guy is awkward but splendid. I turned my page and he came calling. He whispered that he was a gilded awk and of course I had to oblige. His little buddies came about after I had thought I had finished and was drying the piece. Out they came with their part of the story.

Fantastical Awesome Awk