|a close-up of part of one page|
|The entire spread|
Above are fabric images from Alpha Stamps and a photo I printed onto fabric of my son Dallas, next to a canal in Venice. Yes, I have gotten a lot of mileage out of this photo! See here for another piece. I almost forgot to say, my son Dallas is in the 'States' for the Holidays and will be coming here to visit with his fiance' Liz on Sunday for 4 days!! They are employed by the International School of Trieste in Italy.
I hope you enjoy!
I have been playing with Photoshop filters. This is about the only thing I have figured out how to do! Here is a photo of Steven and the pups yesterday afternoon, accentuated with "poster edges". I find this program fun to experiment with. Click on the photo for details -it's cool! And yes, even though it has been colder here, when the sun is out we can get away with just short sleeves, no sweater. Don't hate me too much!
|Our tree is finally decorated!|
The stars are from our wedding
|Steven had one request . . . . we exchanged one present!|
|Just what he needs! (He loves Tim Dorsey books)|
|He made these for me!!! So lightweight & beautiful.|
|I love them! xoxox|
|Chloe and the squirrel toy : )|
|Asia in the sunshine|
|Tired already? We haven't even gone to my parents yet!|
The blipfoto site has me playing with photography more these days. Now, if you have visited here much, you probably already know I take a lot of photos. But since I found blipfoto, well . . . I find myself thinking more about how I take photos and trying things like Photoshop even when I don't really know how to use it. (I have learned a few things already just by diving in!) That's how I was able to get the graphic above from the photo below. It's my desk where my laptop sits. The picture is from our wedding night in 2005. Steven is taking the photo while kissing me, talented guy that he is! i love this photo.
I took the photo above today in that 65 degree sunshine and am pretty pleased with it. I have been trying to learn a bit about my husband Steve's Olympus SP-510 camera that I inherited when my camera got dunked in our canoe 'splash' last summer. I am grateful to have his camera, but you know how it is to learn new things when you are used to something else -it can be hard! So, I had been shooting photos only on automatic. I changed that today. I chose a "scene" and used the close-up macro setting. I like how it made the background a bit blurry and the flowers stand out more. I have much to learn about photography. I am using blipfoto to help me, thanks to Frieda! Blipfoto is a daily photo journal. While I have not added a photo every day, I do have a little collection going! You can view my journal here. It's fun.
Today I also met up with my new friend Susan, who lives nearby. I shared with her some of the many mail art envelopes that participants were so kind to send me through the mail art swap I hosted on creative swaps. Susan was in the swap, saw many of these envelopes online, and now she got to see them in person. She is so cute!
|Susan holding Sarah Boblit's envelope|
|Deck strips added|
|Today's 'blip' for me - 12/11/2010|
The idea is you may upload only one photo per day. A lot of people use this photo to blog about whatever they feel like -the photo, what's going on in their lives, a poem. It has a very different feeling than lets say, this blogspot blog I am writing on right now.
Would you like to check it out?
The main page is Blipfoto -The daily photo journal for everyone. You can learn more there and also browse through the tons of outstanding photos that come in daily. Click on any thumbnail in the grid to go to that photo journal. Find photos by Frieda Oxenham here. Frieda has truly amazing shots of the huge amounts of snow she has been experiencing in Scotland. They are absolutely beautiful photos. Click on any highlighted day on the calendar in a journal to see the blip of that day for that author. My new blip photo journal is here. Go there to read the story of the rose petals above . . . I only have 4 blips so far and have just started my blipfolio, a small attached portfolio. I think you may enjoy this though, have fun! It will be a good break for you if you are busy-busy with holiday preps. This year we are being as simple as can be, so don't be surprised if you see me continuing to post art stuff throughout the coming days. I wish you many blessings and time to spend with the ones you love.
Take care of yourself!! xo lenna
Green Paper Packages!
|add paint to your leaf with a sponge or foam brush.|
It is on top of the transparency sheet.
|paint side down onto your receiving item|
|place scrap paper over and use your hand(s) to press the leaf |
(or use a brayer - I prefer my hands)
|Lift carefully . . .|
|close-up of "The letter"|
For the skinny page exchange we create 4" x 8" pages for a different participant each month based on that person's theme, while someone else creates a page for us. When the swap ends this spring, we'll have about 15 skinny pages we can bind into a collaborative book! Linda's theme is "summer" - her favorite time of year. She said, think beach, vintage, nature, birds, lace . . . . Here's is what I came up with for Linda! It is an all fabric page fused and glued with a piece of heavyweight Fast2Fuse in the middle for support.
big hugs from lenna!
Cindy of Sweet Bead Studio has unraveled the wonderful story about this amazing collaborative project involving five women living all over the world. You can enter her 'sentimental journey' give-away (see photo below) and read the story here, on Sweet Bead Jewelry. Look at this gorgeous giveaway! Thank you, Cindy. Their story has also been published in the winter issue 2011 of Somerset's Belle Armoire Jewelry. Congratulations to all, on many levels!
|Sweet Bead Studio 'Sentimental Journey' giveaway|
drawing is - December 2, 2010