Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Up&Running w/Photoshop rocks

I love, love, love this class.

I am learning so much. Things that just didn't click for me before this course, make (almost perfect) sense to me now.

Excuse me, I'm I just gonna dance around my computer chair for a sec.

Still with me? Yup, it was fun. The neighbors already think I'm weird. Now you probably do too!

I've done six 12 x12 layouts in less than two weeks! What is happening to me?
Here is another one...

Have I mentioned how much fun I am having?

Monday, August 27, 2007

breaking all my rules

I can't believe I am posting this. I am so breaking my big rule.

This is my second digital layout. My journaling is lame and the spacing is odd. I know I'll go fix it eventually.

My third layout is of me. I'm considering posting it.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Up&Running with Photoshop course update

I few of you have emailed my wondering how my course is going.

It has exceeded my expectations thus far. I am enjoying it immensely.

I completed my very first digital layout! I am very pleased with myself. I deserve a pat on the back. Don't worry I've already done it.

I do have to admit that it took my well over an hour and half to complete. lol.

We get an email every single day of the course. That was unexpected.

Hello again!

I didn't mean to neglect you.

I've been a little withdrawn for the past week. Just not in a good place.

I have not accepted my birthdays with anything close to grace once I entered my thirties. This past sunday was no exception.

I was listening to two blue collar guys conversing on my subway commute during this past week, I can't recall the date - I suppose it really doesn't matter. The first guy said to the other that he is moody and depressed because it was his birthday a few days ago. The second guy stared at him for a minute and then he agreed that the same thing happens to him.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday Jacqui!

Hope you have a great day!

Everyone is the age of their heart.
~ Guatemalan Proverb


I missed the first class this past June. I was able to register for an online photoshop class with Jessica Sprague.

I find photoshop very frustrating, I have high expectations for this class.

Registration opened at 12PM on Monday.

It's a wonder that I even remembered in time.

* happy dance!!!! *

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Fabric collage

My collage (made by Martha last evening) deserves its very own post.

Don't you just love it? I do.

ATC Night! Really late for the meeting

I took my son for a quick walk and a bite to eat on the Danforth. The Taste of the Danforth is on this weekend.

These spontaneous outings always end of taking more time than I expected. Oh, well we had much fun!

I finally did make it to the meeting at about 9PM. Martha brought her sewing machine and we 'helped' *snicker* her make little fabric collages. I adore my Martha original. xoxoxo Martha!

Participants for this month were:
Traders: Martha, June, Jolanta, Susan V., Kris, Daniza and Cori
Absent Traders: Suzan, Florence (missed tonight due to family obligations - I can't wait to see what they came up with at the next meeting)
Observers: Colette, Jacqui

Marissa, Florence, Susan W., Diana, Barb, Sarah and Suzan we missed you!

Friday, August 10, 2007

My cards for ATC Night - Quotes

My newest obsessive interest (distress inks) has manifested in this month's ATCs.

I only made 9 ATCs. I hope there is enough for everyone. The turnout has been larger for the last few trades.
So looking forward to seeing everyone tonight.

Due Date: 10Aug07
Theme: Quotes

Supplies used:
Images: Vintage Images CD
Paper: unknown
Ink: Distress Inks (Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Milled Lavender)
Paint: Making Memories
Stamps: Hampton Arts
Quote sources:
Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
-Amelia Burr

People living deeply have no fear of death.
-Anais Nin

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.
-Dorothy Thompson

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
-Henry James

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
- Marie Curie

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
-Oscar Wilde

After the game,the king and the pawn go into the same box.
-Italian proverb

Don't cry because its over, smile because it happened.

My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot.
- Ashleigh Brilliant

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

What I made at class

This is the book (the blue one) I made in class. You'll have to click on the photo to see it. I'm going to add some beads to the little tail.

Just one class. I'm still impressed.
Hey, it's ME - glacial pace girl.

Part of the reason I fell behind was that I was actually trying the techniques that Claire was teaching. Then I realized only a few people were actually doing what she asked us to do.

I am decidedly not a fan of the Ranger paint daubers after this class. They were maddening to use.

Monday, August 06, 2007

My weekend romance

Ciggy my love. I miss you already.

Yup, now you know I *am* just a tiny bit crazy.

I really, really, really wanted to bring this abandoned cigarette vending machine home.

It was just around the corner from our hotel.

I even made June stop the car, so I could have a closer look and take some photos.


June said that we absolutely had to go to The Cheesecake Factory while in Buffalo.

All she wanted was a slice of Key Lime Cheesecake.

I convinced her (unwisely) to get an entire original cheesecake.

I admit it, I'm a little bit of a cheesecake snob. You have to start with a plain cheesecake first.

Unfortunately, it was frozen and seemed to take forever to thaw.
I was unimpressed with the semi-thawed slice. It was just OK.

My mother would be appalled to know what I had for breakfast the next day.

Coffee and calories.


Sunday, August 05, 2007

I do love a fun class...

and anyone (xoxo June!) that will get me to Buffalo Stamps and Stuff! I *heart* that store. *sigh*

As you may know (or not) my very favorite stamp company is Hampton Arts. I was fortunate enough to attend a class instructed by the talented Claire Hampton this weekend.

I admit I was very skeptical of her claim that the whole class would complete an entire book. I am a notoriously (or maybe just in my own mind) slow worker. My classmates quickly left me in the dust, but she helped me (drum roll please) accomplish it.

I also have a new appreciation (or perhaps obsession) for Distress Inks. Thanks Claire!

She embraces her inner wonkyness. I would love for her to come to Toronto. Fun, fun and a little bit more fun!

More weekend details and photos soon!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Road trip!!!!

It's a girls weekend away! We are heading to Buffalo this weekend.

Our first stop will be a class at Buffalo Stamps and Stuff to take a Hampton Arts class.

I’ll be incommunicado for a couple of days.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Very un-Scientific poll

My question was...

Does copyright influence your image choices when creating your art?

Three people voted.