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It has been a very long week, and I haven’t had any time to play or create.  So tonight, I sat down and decided to make some time.


I am taking an online class from Anna Aspnes called A Year of ArtPlay.  Anna is a wonderful scrapbook designer and I love her blended, artsy style.  Her Year of ArtPlay class is designed to teach how to create her unique blended style.  The class includes 12 video lessons, 4 live sessions, and supplies to create each lesson layout.

I received her first lesson last week and FINALLY had time to sit down and watch it. The above layout is the result.  I am going to have some fun playing around with her blending technique again on Saturday when Gasparilla keeps me on the Island for the day.

Thanks for looking!

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dare-to-flyRecently, I began playing around with blending techniques in Photoshop.  One of the designers at Oscraps put out a challenge to blend with clipping masks and this inspired me to create the above layout.

I began with a photo of a bird I caught as it took flight. I applied a watercolor filter from Topaz Labs Impression to the photo.  Then I opened various Artsy Bits and Pieces and tried clipping the photo to them.  I played around with blending modes so that I could see the actual elements come through in some of the photos.  I also applied a mask to a couple of the ABPs and brushed away parts of them so that the photo itself would be revealed as I liked. I finished up with some stitches, and a few other Artsy Bits and Pieces, then an edge overlay which I copied twice, applying a blending mode to the top copy.

I am pretty happy with the result and I expect that I will be trying out this technique in my next few layouts.

Papers: Anna Aspnes Art Play Solids Wicked & NBK Art & Journal Neutral (blended)
Elements: NBK Art & Journal Magic Lights, NBK Wildflowers Artsy Bits and Pieces, Angie Young Dare to Be the Real You button, Anna Aspnes Art Play Mini Opacus button.
Edge: KPertiet Edge Overlays No. 2

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paint-the-pictureThere are not many things I miss about living up north, but one thing I do miss is the blooming of the pear trees in early Spring.  My kids and neighbors hated it because of allergies, but God must have blessed me with immunity to Spring allergies when He gave me a love of flowers.  There is nothing more beautiful than flowers blooming in Spring and early Summer.  It is like a painting happening right before ones eyes, and is something of which I will never tire.

I recently discovered Topaz Labs, photography software that can plug into your photo editing program or act as a stand-alone program.  It offers a variety of products that range from artistic filters to noise reduction and they give you 30 days to try out all their products for free.  So, I downloaded the suite and am truly impressed.

One of the products is called Impression and it has the ability to take a photo and change it into a painting, sketch, etc., and even model the result after one of your favorite artists.  In the layout above, I used Impression to change the flowers into a painting, then layered multiple copies of the photo, each with a different effect.  I am still learning, but I must say I am pleased with the result.

Now, if I could only find some beautiful flowers here in Tampa …

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hello-2017I am so honored!  This layout was featured on Gallery Standouts, a truly awesome blog I follow.  I am amazed to be included in the group of amazing artists out there.  Thank you!!!

Journaling: My sister and I do not often get to spend New Years together.  But this year, she came down the day after Christmas and stayed until January 2.  We had so much fun!  We shopped, stayed up all night talking, did silly things together, and generally had a great time.  I cannot think of a better way to bring in the new year than with my best friend.
Happy New Year, Loonie!! (My pet name for her)

All items by KPertiet or Studio DD


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born-to-standoutMy niece, Kristie, is a real character.  She has tons of personality and is not afraid to share it.  So when Kitty shared some photos of her from Halloween, I knew I had to scrap them.

For this layout, I played around with quite a few different techniques.  For the background, I used some Photoshop styles and ArtGraphics from NBK Designs.  Nicole is amazing!  She creates entire collections of styles that one can apply to different layers and then blend with coordinating brushes.  The possibilities are endless.  One of her creative team members produces videos to teach how to use all the tools.  I am definitely hooked.

I also found this tutorial on how to make your subject pop out of a frame.  I really like   The tutorials are clear and concise and have taught me a lot.  I hope you will visit them and learn some things.  Thanks for looking!

NBK Designs Wildflowers collection
NBK Designs ArtAndJournal collection


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Looking back …

best-dayToday I was going through my many thousands of digital photos and ran across the.  se of the boys from 2006.  When we lived in Ohio, we used to go walk through Keehner Park.  Winter was especially fun, when it wasn’t too cold.  Michael used to run off with his younger brother in hot pursuit, exploring and finding things that Mom really didn’t want to know about, and Dad couldn’t wait to see.  Those were some good times.  It’s never too late to scrap photos from years ago …

Papers:  KPertiet Seasons Finest Solids Paper Pack
Frames and Elements from: Studio DD Layer Works No. 322, Studio DD Layer Works No. 692 and KPertiet Kitlet Scrapbooking Mini-Kit No. 04

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Exploring Photoshop


I’ve been playing around with Photoshop CC lately, exploring ways to alter photos.  Today, I found a great tutorial for changing a photo to a sketch and then colorizing it in different ways.  The tutoring can be found on  Very straightforward and detailed explanation.  I expect I will be visiting it quite often.

Paper: NBK Designs Grannys Garden
Texture: NBK Designs Christmastime ABP
WordArt: Family – Taylormade
Frame: NBK Designs Winterblues Out of the Box