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? 😉

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!! 🙂

12 Days of textures and more…

I seem to have a lot going on this week (again!)… Firstly here’s a photo of our Christmas tree, edited with layers and a new texture called lilly, from the wonderful Kim Klassen. Kim is sharing 12 days of [free] textures from today until Christmas day, lilly being the first!

The font I have used is called Curlz MT and it’s appropriately frivolous for the festive season, I think!

I have here a “free to use” Blog Christmas Card… If you like this digital painting of mine and would like to use it, please click HERE, and download it.

Happy Days!

I created this a while ago, and revisited it today so that I can have it ready for the Three Muses (‘Tis the Season) on Wednesday. You just never know how busy it’s going to get at this time of the year, do you?! I have discreetly embedded my name into the file so if you see someone claiming it as their own, do let me know, won’t you? If you download it for your own personal use, that’s great – you don’t even have to give me credit,  though it’d be nice!! 😉

Let’s celebrate! TT

Our photos are centred around the theme of celebration this week for Texture Tuesday, using at least one of Kim’s textures. I chose the latest one from her – “Look-up”.

I am celebrating how much I have learned from Kim, Nancy and Bonnie, about photos, photo art and textures – plus the joy of play in Photoshop. To anyone who doesn’t consider this an art form, have a go. You’ll be surprised just how easily you can lose yourself in a virtual palette of shades, tones, moods and atmosphere… I dare you!!

I took this photo with my mobile phone. The clematis sits on my front window sill behind a net curtain which is quite dense, to give us a little privacy! I tucked the curtain behind the plant to get a decent shot and when I started to process it, the magic of Kim’s linen-like texture was revealed.

I copied the image first and used screen @70% to make the flowers stand out. When I added ‘look-up’, it made the curtain fade away completely – wonderful! I copied this layer 3 more times and used overlay, colour burn and multiply all at 100%. I did use a mask on the final layer to ‘clean up’ the flowers a little.

To that I added a layer of Nancy’s texture with text – colour burn 100% – and erased it from the flower heads…

The font is “chiller”.

You can find lots of wonderfully textured photos over at TT – the Cafe.

TT- The Gratitude eDition returns…

For Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday:

Here are this week’s TT challenge details.

  • your image must contain at least one layer of any of my textures, and center around the theme of gratitude.
Another garden photo, taken close-up with my Samsung Monte.
Here’s the method, using  Kim’s ‘poetic’, my own meringue texture and Nancy’s architectural encaustic.
I love that I can ‘dodge’ and ‘burn’ so closely – it always makes me giggle!!
I am grateful for the layers in life, which I can peel back at will, to reveal what lies beneath…    😉

The tenacity of Ivy…

For this week’s Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen , we are to use at least one layer of any of Kim’s textures. I have used music_lovin’:

Method: Copy + soft light; Music_lovin’ in colour burn mode; then copied with linear burn mode, copied again and erased the texture from the top leaf.

I took the photo with my Samsung Monte mobile phone. It’s the dead ivy on our old rotting garden shed! It’s still tenaciously clinging to the wood, even though it’s been dead for nearly a year…

“Phoebe” – TT

Texture Tuesday – we are to use at least one layer of Kim’s new texture – Phoebe. It’s so soft…

I have used Phoebe and word for this vintage photo from my collection. This one reminds me of my mother when she was a young woman and I so wish she was around to share all the little triumphs and for reassurance when I get slightly overwhelmed by “life”…

Share the love at Kim Klassen’s TT blog today – a great place to soothe your eyes and lighten your soul… ♥

…Take coffee or tea and cookies – you may be a while!

Tintagel 2009

I “borrowed” one of Nick’s lanscapes for this week’s Texture Tuesday…

Here are this week’s TT challenge details.

  • the number 2. Put your twist on the number 2, and use at least one layer of any of my textures.
These are two hills that greet you on the way down to the historic village of Tintagel in Cornwall and here’s how I achieved the grungey look with Kim’s newest texture ‘Phoebe’ and one of my faves, ‘the_ladder’:
That doesn’t really show you much, but I used mainly soft light and colour burn for my blending modes… at 100%.
Join us or browse the great entries always to be found at Texture Tuesday! ♥

The quiet angel from Glenwood

For {Texture Tuesday} The Times 2 eDition this week… I used 2 layers of ‘serious magic’ and one of ‘the ladder’ (one of my faves!). The image of the stone angel is from my friend Patty, who takes heaps of wonderful photos and is also a very accomplished artist! Mwah!

Click on the link to see everyone else’s contributions – brilliant!! ♥

Mooha…

This is a photo of a friend’s dog who roams the countryside all over the complex where we have fished in the past. She doesn’t normally have much to do with me but I guess back in January this year, we were both so cold, and there was so little happening, she decided to sit on my lap for a while… I give you Mooha:

Thanks to Kim Klassen’s mini e-course, I learnt how to convert photos to black and white, with some soft vintage tints about them…

For Take a Word – “black & white” – this week. See all the contributors HERE.  ♥