Saturday, September 17, 2011

Walk in the Woods

What a wonderful walk in the woods Jeff, Miki & me took yesterday. It was a wonderful early fall type of day, altho the colors haven't started changing yet. In fact, there were still some pretty little blooms still to be seen......

And, yet, in a few places, leaves were giving us a taste of what is surely to come before too long......


Blackbirds are Singing!

Welcome to the latest ATC swap! This one involves blackbirds and sheet music. I couldn't resist taking advantage of the title of the piece of music (above) and expressing it as a dilemma for our little blackbird friend!

And do blackbirds really sing in the rain.....or is that just Gene Kelly??

And what lovely lady doesn't like to be serenaded by her favorite blackbird?


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

October Bizarre Holidays!!

Another month of bizarre holidays! It's October, and of course, folks think about Halloween, but there are other bizarre holidays! Actually, Halloween isn't even on the bizarre list. However, the day before Halloween, it's National Candy Corn Day!

I just couldn't resist Be Bald and Free Day, since my sweetie, Jeff, has so much going on inside his head, it just got too hot for any hair to grow!! Well, he has fringe hair that's really nice and thick, but mostly, he's bald.....

And, here's another irresistible day - who hasn't felt so frustrated from time to time, you just want to scream? Well, if you ever have, October 12th is your day!!!

Enjoy! (but no screaming, please!)

Book Page Background ATCs - Part 3

So, another fun book page background ATC swap! I could do whatever I wanted as long as the background is book pages (text). I decided that this would be a good opportunity to try something I haven't really worked with much - transfer ink. In a nutshell, I print off a photo on regular copy/printer paper, put it face down onto the book page background, and spray the transfer ink until the paper is saturated. Pat it off with a cotton towel and then gently peel off the paper - and this is the result!! The above shot is of a flower that was in our garden last summer. The plant didn't really make it thru the winter, so it's been replaced, but it will always live on in my photos and other art work!

Yes, I know - the text is sort of running the wrong way, but....oh well! The image is of an iris that grew in my garden in Illinois. I just love the image of this iris, don't you? And, it transferred so well, too! It took me several practices to find the right types of images that worked well with this process - that's actually why this is on text that runs in a different direction from the way the image does - an image that didn't work well is on the back of this card!

This is just a really nice result, too! The contrast in the images really works well with this transfer process. I think that the images almost look like a little watercolor painting on the book pages, don't you? Just a nice, soft effect.....