Saturday, January 31, 2009

Sunday Postcard - Circles

Circles ..... Circle of life, marked by time, measured by moments......."the moving finger writes, and having writ, moves on ...." S'cuse me for waxing philosophic, but that was my thought process for this one! Thanks for looking, blog friends.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Artarazzi - Prairie Breezes

Vron at Artarazzi has given us this gorgeous image to work with, and we're to add a bit of orange. Somehow the image made me think of prairie breezes and a bit of daydreaming amongst the wildflowers. It came out this way ........

Art Creations - 1-30

The ladies at Art Creations gave us a thoughtful image to work with this week. Since it's coming up on Valentine's Day, I suppose (sigh) she's thinking of love while she's taking a night time walk on the beach.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Make a Moo - Vintage Couple

The "Moo guys" chose Vintage Couple for our theme. The image is from Flickr copyright free images, and the background is called Heritage, I have no clue by whom (sorry).
I often wonder what I did before I entered the world of blog challenges! I while away so many happy hours creating, and I SO enjoy looking at the work of others. My gratitude to all the lovely artists who take their time to keep the challenge blogs going, Make a Moo, being one of them!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Theme Thursday 4 x 4

For Theme Thursday, our challenge is to create a 4 x 4 piece of art. The scene in the window is of my back yard this morning, the sweet little girl is courtesy of Vintage Stamper, the trunk from Jen U Designs, and other bits from CR Designs, Tangie Baxter, and Irene Alexeeva. Thank you for looking!


This is not a challenge, this is life! Taken at 8:30 a.m. this morning from my back door, the "icing" on my bird bath is an indication of the amount of snow we received overnight. It is quite beautiful to see, so long as one is inside and cozy warm with a good book and a fire in the fireplace! To those of you sweltering in Oz ...... come on up!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Crazy Amigos - Door

Our challenge was "Doors". This one is for all the lost children in our society. The image is from Flickr copyright free images. Thank you for looking. I hope the piece is thought provoking.

Artygirlz - ATC

The Artygirlz challenged us to make an ATC this week. It's always fun to make these little bits of art. I tried to think of a caption for this one, and couldn't seem to make up my mind what it would be, so I'll leave it to you!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

SoArtful - Couple

SoArtful challenges us to use components of a photograph (see here ). I used them in this collage, which also includes a beautiful image from Art Creations (thanks to them!), and bits and pieces from Donna Miller and Zakirah. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sunday Postcard - Cats

It was fun to come up with something for Sunday Postcard's challenge topic of "cats". The background, overlay and frames are from B. Datema at Scrapbook Graphics. The cat on the door is by Irene Alexeeva, others were googled. What's not to love about a cat? Another one of my favorite quotes? "If cats could talk, they wouldn't!" Thanks for looking.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Artarazzi - Graphic

Artarazzi has given us a line graphic to work with. After a couple of filters, it became the wavy background for the bird and poppy from Natali Designs (SBG). Thanks, Vron! Check here to see the original graphic. ( For those who expressed curiosity, I "painted" my canvas red, used the Glowing Edges filter on the graphic overlay, then hit it with the wavy selection from Distort. After that I added the rest.)

Art Creations - Maude

The wonderful people at Art Creations provided this beautiful vintage image. The background and cameo are from Christina Renee, and the ephemera were a gift from an art friend in the Netherlands, Maretje. Thanks for the challenge and the beautiful image, -- and thank you, blog friends, for looking and commenting!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

My Country 'Tis of Thee

The challenge at Make a Moo or Two is "Buildings". Inspired by the patriotism and pride renewed on Inauguration Day, I could think of no other building than the White House. May destiny smile on our new president and his family, and our country's good name be restored in the community of nations.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

So Artful Challenge - Rainbow

This is a rather simplistic treatment of the challenge. The cityscape was sent to me by an Oz friend (thanks, Marie) long ago, and it's been retinted. The strains of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" have been running through my head ever since I read the challenge. Alberta at Amusing Muses has a delightful rendition playing on her blog. Give it a listen. Thanks for a pleasant challenge!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Simply Skinnies - Fashion

Fashion is the challenge at Simply Skinnies. I've collected three fashion divas from Tangie Baxter, and given them the bird .... ahem. You may need to click and enlarge to appreciate the gowns.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Primary & Secondary Colors

I gathered a few of the houses I've "built" in the past couple of years and created a colorful suburban scene. I hope it's worth a smile! We've all heard of stairway to the stars, but few of us have "scene" a ladder to the moon. I'm here to help where I can ......

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sunday Postcard - Turquoise

The challenge here was to create a piece in turquoise. There are many layers to this piece, and my intent was to make it a misty, dreamy sort of card. Thank, ladies, for the challenge, and thanks blog-followers for looking!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Gothic Arches - Gypsies

Subject of the challenge at Gothic Arches this week is Gypsies. I tinted this black and white photo from Flickr CRF images. The background and arch are from Irene Alexeeva, as is the music. Thanks for looking!

Lots To Do - Keys

For some reason, the challenge word "Keys" made me think of the chatelaine clasps worn by ladies in the 1880's to which they attached various items necessary to their duties. These might be sewing items, pocket knives, keys, and such. They usually attached the clasp at their waist, as seen in this silhouette image. The background for this piece is by Lorie Davison. I'm sorry, I'm not sure where I got the silhouette image of the lady.

Artarazzi - 1-17

Vron (at Artarazzi) graciously asked me to host this week's challenge. I chose the small design, which I used as an ornament on my entry. It will be SO interesting to see what others have done with it. The joy of blog challenges is seeing the creativity of artists, and the pieces that develop starting with a single image or challenge. Thanks, Vron!

Friday, January 16, 2009

So Artful - Camouflage

Well this was a challenge that was a challenge -- Camouflage! I can't wait to see what everyone else does with this one. In the hospital they wear scrubs, so it follows in the forrest they'd wear shrubs......doesn't it??

Art Creations - 1-16

A big thank you to Art Creations for the wonderful images they provide us as inspiration. This little schoolgirl seemed to me to need a schoolroom, and so I provided her one. It reminds me much of the one-room school I attended when I was a child -- right down to the pot-bellied stove! Thanks for looking.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Make a Moo - Circles

I guess being locked in the midst of bitter cold following a 4-inch snowfall led me from the topic of "circles" to the circle of life, to the change of seasons. It was nice to think about tulips, beaches, and glorious autumn leaves. Alas and alack, my world looks like #3 at the moment!! I realize that, conversely, our Oz friends are locked in the midst of a summer heat wave. I dreamed last night I was moving to North Carolina, where the weather is somewhat in between. It was a nice dream .........

Theme Thursday - Couples

Everyone knows by now my favorite thing to do is a vintage page, and the challenge topic of "Couples" led me straight to this photo of my father and mother in their "courting days". It is one of my favorite photos. Thank you for the challenge, Theme Thursday, and the opportunity to feature them once again!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

SoArtful - Mirror

"Mirror, Mirror on the wall
Who's the Fairest of them all? "
My mirror has taken to saying "Fairest or oldest?" At any rate, this challenge was great fun. I collected a few bits and pieces from Kubivet and Irene Alexeeva, and an unsuspecting teenager while cybersurfing. Thanks for looking.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Think Monday, THink ATC - Autos

I love images of vintage autos, so this challenge was a no-brainer. Here's one of my favorites (from Flicker free collage images), on the road again! One of my favorite things to do is to take a drive down country roads, nosing about quaint little antique shops and small town cafes, apple orchards, and pumpkin patches.

Mixed Media Monday - Friendship

Friends is the subject of this week's challenge at Mixed Media Monday...a celebration of cyber friendships formed, and I heartily second that! The background for this piece is by Carol Baumann, the window by Kubivet, and the flower by Christina Renee. The beautiful image is from the freebies at The Vintage Stamper (and thanks!). Thanks for looking.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

SoArtful - Week 2 - #1

We were given a beautiful image to work with for this challenge. I added color and a few flowers, and it became this rather mysterious piece. Thank you for indulging me, kind people who stop by my blog with generous comment!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Gothic Arches - Grunge

Gothic Arches challenges us to create grunge, and so this is my grungy effort! The grunge, by the way, is with the help of Christina Renee. The lady doesn't appear too happy to be featured in grunge, does she? Oh well, better days are coming!

Lots To Do - Newsprint

I discovered a new Saturday challenge called Lots To Do . This week the challenge is to create a piece of art using newsprint in some way. This piece has many blended layers, which include some newsprint. It's one of my favorite things to do in digital art! Thank you for looking.

Artarazzi - Black & White Photo

I changed the photo to sepia, and put it in a vintage setting.....First, I extracted it and there followed various failed forays into parks and gardens and mystical places! For me, it seemed to fit best in vintage. and I ended up using the unextracted (is that a word?) version. Thanks for the challenge, Vron ..... I think!!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Art Creations - 1-9

"Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray"
This gorgeous background lends itself well to everyone's imagination! I changed the tint to blues and grays, and it made me think of the song lyrics, so I added some stardust from Jofia Devoe, a couple out on the town from Art-E-Zine, and Christina Renee's city apartments to complete the scenario. Thanks for looking --- and thanks for that gorgeous background!

Make a Moo - Winter Frost

Winter frost! This photo by Allon Kira makes me see my breath! I think there is nothing quite so lovely as winter frost, when the world looks surreal and even a pile of trash becomes a thing of incredible beauty sparkling in winter sun like a collection of jewels. Thanks for this challenge Moo-girlz!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

SoArtful - Week 1-#2

SoArtful Challenges is a new blogspot, which plans to issue 3 challenges weekly. This interesting background is in response to Week 1 Challenge 2. The image is a freebie from Vintage Stamper (and thank you!). Border is from my Digital Image Pro software.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Theme Thursday - Valentine

Theme Thursday's challenge? Valentines! I just put my Christmas decorations away! Passionate purple seemed appropriate for this svelte charmer. Obviously SHE had no Christmas fudge!

Simply Skinnies - Fairy Tale

Simply Skinnies is starting off the new year with a challenge featuring Fairy Tales. With the help of Christina Renee Designs, I've featured Jack and the Beanstalk. I like a guy who aspires to great things!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Big Art Adventure - Charms

Rosie and Linda at Big Art Adventure issued a "charming" challenge. Pictured is a necklace of charms from a swap in my local art group. Some are rolled paper beads, some are recycled jewelry, some are polymer clay, domino, acrylic, wrapped wire and beads. I'm happy to share this photo, and hope it inspires would-be "charmers"!

Monday, January 5, 2009

TMTA - Cowboys

What fun to start the New Year with cowboys! I'm all for that. My cowboy is from an old cigarette card, and the Wanted poster is googled. Thanks for the challenge!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Paper Moon

My Ozfriend, Marie, is hostess for this week's challenge of "Paper Moon". My sky is Jofia Devoe, cardboard sea is Aprilmouse, paper moon is Lorie Davison, Lighthouse is Irene Alexeeva, and the couple is a Flickr collage image. ...truly an eclectic digital collage! This was great fun, Marie. Thanks. And thanks, blog visitors, for your comments!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Sunday Postcard - Celebration

CELEBRATE! And we're kicking off 2009 at Sunday Postcard Art with a celebration. Actually, this entry started as a stockphoto of the inside of a factory. Ahhh, the magic of digital art! You just never know where it will take you.
The clock is a freebie from Shelly Hickox (and thanks, Shelly). The dancing girl is a Flickr collage image.

Artarazzi - Monroe

For the Artarazzi challenge, we were given an image of Marilyn Monroe and told to "have at it". She was such a glamorous and tragic figure, I wanted my page to capture the glamour and the tragedy of her life. It is best seen in close-up. Thank you, Vron, for the challenge....and thanks, blog visitors for looking!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Art Creations - Kubivet Background

I'm a fan of Kubivet and her luxuriant backgrounds. I decided to do something "out of the box" with this one. I missed the blog challenges during the holiday. It's good to get back into routine!

Make a Moo or Two -- Angels

Angels are the theme at Make a Moo or Two. I like to think our angels are sometimes our inner voices giving us good advice, if only we listen. Here's one in action!
Background paper is by Robyn England. Image is from Karen's Whimsy free images. Thank you for looking.