Embracing the new…

Due to the fact that I have started to concentrate more on digital and photo art more than traditional mediums, I won’t be posting to this blog as much anymore. I have started another wordpress blog calledEmbracing Life Digitally to showcase all my things photographic, digital and haiku – a far cry from where I started out as a blogger in 2006!

I hope you’ll visit me there, but here is where journal pages, rubber stamping and mixed media belong, along with all the altered art that I am best known for! ♥

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One of my faves…

Posting one of our favourite photos is pretty popular this time of the year, but I’m going to post one of my favourite subject: Millie-mou! She’s small and quite obliging in her own sleepy, lazy little way and she is quite simply adorable (if you can’t smell her breath… yuck!) for a Yorkie cross.

I used Friday as my texture – thanks Kim (Klassen)… Joining in with The Creative Exchange for this year – new beginnings! 🙂

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all…

I am happy that 2011 is firmly behind me/us. As a family, it was a real year of change, ups and downs, some very unpleasant times that I thought would never end and a real learning curve. It taught me that I will go to almost any lengths for my family and that I can and I will do what makes us happy as a unit. If they’re happy, I’m happy – simple!

I resolve to be more positive this year and to be happy with what I have, instead of unhappy wanting what I haven’t got – which can be illusory at best!! No, no more time wasted thinking I need things I don’t… I have more than enough to make me happy – I don’t need to chase rainbows to achieve my goals. I’m looking forward to moving home and moving on this year; taking more and better/more interesting photos; playing with textures and digital art; making photo art and getting back a reasonable level of fitness.

I have another busy and happy year ahead of me I think! 🙂

I want to wish you all that you wish for yourselves and your loved ones this coming year – most of all I wish you health, fun and laughter.  Be well, be safe and smile, a lot! ♥

Leftover leftovers…!

I made spicy potato cakes for brunch today and now I have leftovers from my leftovers… 😉

All I did was cook a sliced leek and add that to the leftover potatoes, along with seasoning, a knob of butter and some cold stuffing. I heated up the pan, coated the base with a little oil and fried them on both sides. Yummy!

Served with cold chicken, pickles and beets – and now we have some left over… 😉

Photo taken with my new camera – a Finepix T200

Edited with Kim Klassen’s “Lilly” texture!!

Sleeping with the enemy!

Does anyone else have pets who pretend to get along but beat other up when you’re out?! That’s the only explanation for Millie and Shadow… Shadow’s a complete swine and really ready with the “paws” – he’ll box anything his size, bigger or smaller. Millie’s an attack-dog in her head, but can be really cowardly too… Hmmm – so this is quite a rare capture!

I wonder what that cat’s thinking? 😉

Gratitude…

I am feeling content today – there’s the wonderful aroma of good food cooking, family gathered, DD’s napping and DH is playing on the Wii. Life is good and I am so grateful for the abundance we have.

Merry Christmas to you all and a very Happy New Year… ♥

 

Regrets? I have a few…

Just messing about with words and numbers really! For Take a Word this week – “Sepia”…

I’ve always thought this woman is pretty eerie! Thanks to Bonnie Zieman for the textures and to Photoshop Warrior for the tutorial which showed me how to create a ‘classic photo effect’!

The images are all from Elizabeth Golden (Last door down the hall) – thank you!

Please note: I shall be drawing the winning name for the My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software tomorrow, so if you want to be in with a chance of winning, please go HERE and enter!

You are so boo-tiful!

I am enjoying a very loving relationship with my DD’s new kitten – Boo – at the moment, as he doesn’t live here and I can see him grow via the photos she takes with her Blackberry! I then demand those and set to work playing around with them…

It may have started life as a blurry, not so great image, but I love how it has transformed into such an adorable image, right? Ah… the magic of Kim Klassen’s textures and some judicious blending of layers with Photoshop!

I used Zuzu and Edward from the 12 days of textures that Kim is giving us each day in the run up to Christmas. What a generous gift indeed!

Oh and the font? Adorable… yep, that’s what it’s called – so apt!! ♥

On a commercial note, I do have a Custom Pet Portrait service, available through my Etsy shop. Happy Holidays!! 🙂

Stormy weather…

I was thinking about what a week of pretty foul weather we’ve had here in the West Country this past week… Admittedly, we haven’t had snow per se, although there was a light snow shower on Tuesday night in Milton Damerel, just enough to coat the cars’ windscreens, but it has been epically windy – even for here – and a constant battering on the psyche wears you down eventually.

We have two old-ish dogs – a Yorkie and a German Shepherd – both of which have appeared on my blog in photos and layouts, and on Wednesday night at around 11pm, there was the most horrendous thunderclap, which literally shook the house. It felt like an explosion had happened nearby. I have no objection to a Yorkie landing in my lap, quivering with terror, but fighting off a 40- kg. (85lbs. approx.) male dog, in a similar condition, is no joke! (It’s a funny visual though…)

Luckily, there were only 4 more thunderclaps and then just the persistent howling of the wind down the chimney, plus rain and the occasional hail shower, for the rest of that night…

Ergo, my haiku this week is dedicated to the tenacity of weather fronts in general!

The mighty wind roars –

thunderclaps, Nature’s applause – 

power clearly shown…

I got the lovely image HERE.

For more haiku, go to Recuerda mi corazon, hosted by the lovely Rebecca.

 

My Memories Suite GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Those lovely people at MyMemories.com contacted me earlier this year and offered me the chance to play with their best-selling digital scrapbooking software program – My Memories Suite – then version 2.0. In return, all I have to do is host a giveaway on my blog – my pleasure!

When I first got the software, there was an awful lot happening at home and on the work front, added to which I have been using my phone as a camera – not ideal really. I am getting a compact digital camera for Christmas and I can’t wait….! I feel that I have made some lovely pages using the program, but the possibilities for the future are endless, and I have only just scratched the surface:

This is just a simple Quick Page to which I have added a couple of photos, my own choice of embellishments and text. It’s called “Grumpy Cat Quick Page” and is a freebie I downloaded from the MMS website! What a great vehicle to practise on, no? Yes!

This is my biggest reindeer from the Christmas collection that I have shown on my blog recently. Here I have used the software to create a December desktop background for my PC – how cool is that? I could also have used him as a background paper for an album… in various sizes, not all square!

I made this page for an album about my DD, Amber, completely from scratch… I was practising whilst watching the video by Lisa J on the My Memories blog, covering all the functions of version 3.0 (which I have upgraded to). I changed the colour of the background paper, the dragonflies, the frame mat for her photo… you can customise all the basics that come with the software.

I watched the Youtube videos on the MyMemories channel and was really impressed by functions like the Fast Fill, which creates a complete album for you, in a hurry, of all the photos in a particular folder, for example your holiday snaps, picnic party, or weekend away. In just 45 seconds, no less! You then can choose whether to burn that album to a CD, have it printed as individual pages or bound into a printed book by My Memories Suite themselves.

I created this page from scratch using my own background papers from my own files, adding text and embellishments along the way. It’s such a fast process, or it can be a lengthy one if you’re a fiddler, like me!! I’m one of those “What if…?” kind of people. I love to experiment, and MMS is ideally suited to that!  This page will be for an album about our pets…

This would make a fun greeting card for family/friends, wouldn’t it? My flowers form the background page and DD is in the forefront. I could make this a page in a calendar if I wanted to… and all using My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software. Amazing! 🙂

There are brilliant tutorials with accompanying pdf. files on the blog too; an active Facebook page with a weekly freebie giveaway of a kit or a page, etc. The blog hosts regular challenges with the chance to win vouchers or kits and of course you can follow along on Twitter for fast news and updates to stay informed.

So, how do you get yourself a copy for FREE from me? You just have to:

1. Go the My Memories website store and have a look thorough the new scrapbooking kits.

2. Make a note of which one you like best.

3. Leave me a comment here on this blog post, telling me which one it is.

4. Make sure you leave me a way to contact you – email or blog address, for example,  should you be the lucky winner.

5. Keep your fingers crossed your name comes out of the hat!!

I shall be tweeting this giveaway, talking about it on Facebook and I shall announce the winner a week from today, on Wednesday 21st December, here on the blog, on Twitter and on Facebook too.

If you can’t wait and want a copy of this amazing digital scrapbooking software NOW, get a $10 discount off the purchase price and a $10 coupon for the My Memories.com store – yay! Enter the following code at checkout: STMMMS23226.

This is a page I made to honour my Mother. The photo is an excellent likeness of her and I want to get this one printed up and framed, to have her near… I LOVE this program and its all-singing, all-dancing possibilities, and I hope you will too!

Good luck! ♥