Sunday, March 31, 2013

Collage Obsession--Cities

This was made with a background texture from Lost and Taken and a photoshop brush of a skyline.

This was made with a black and white image of Cleveland, found on Wikimedia Commons, altered with a gradient map, Hard Light blending mode, a texture from Russian-Dutch Heart and a newsprint brush.

Why Cleveland, you ask?

See the lyrics below from one of my favorite Randy Newman songs, "Burn On"

There's a red moon rising
On the Cuyahoga River
Rolling into Cleveland to the lake

There's an oil barge winding
Down the Cuyahoga River
Rolling into Cleveland to the lake

Cleveland city of light city of magic
Cleveland city of light you're calling me
Cleveland, even now I can remember
'Cause the Cuyahoga River
Goes smokin' through my dreams

Burn on, big river, burn on
Burn on, big river, burn on
Now the Lord can make you tumble
And the Lord can make you turn
And the Lord can make you overflow
But the Lord can't make you burn

Takw a Word--Moon

Very appropriately, the full moon of April, the one closest to Easter, is called , among its other names, the Egg Moon.  Made with textures from Dutch-Russian Heart, Marta Van Eck and the Graphics Fairy.  THe chickens are from a poster In the New York Public Library's collection.

Saturday, March 30, 2013


Made with Vector images from Vector2000, Creative Commons license.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Photo Arts Friday-Graffiti

Bonnie's textures Artist's Easel and Vintage Vellum.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


My Mom and Dad on their 60th anniversary.  Mom's gone now, but the love stays.

Three Muses--out of bounds

frame and elements from

itKuPiLLi Golden Kit and Marta Van Eck

Monday, March 25, 2013

Collage Obsession--Steampunk collection

Made with pieces from a free kit by Dutch-Russian Heart.  Check out the heels on those boots!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Take a Word--Umbrella

Background and elements from Marta Van Eck an Hidden Vintage Studio.

Saturday, March 23, 2013


Image feom the Graphics Fairy.  The background and text overlay are made with brushes, and the stamp is from a group of collage sheets that I've had forever.

More playing

Playing in the style of Traci Bautista

just playing around with PS brushes, fonts and shapes

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Three Muses--Balloons

Balloon and ice cream from Google, girl from Hidden Vintage Studio, background from Altered Emporium

Quoteography--song titles

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking.
When there are clouds in the sky you'll get by.
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll see the sun come shining through
For you.
]Light up your face with gladness
,Hide every trace of sadness.
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying.
You'll find that life is still worthwhile-
If you just smile. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Take a word (or two)--Mail Art

Envelope from Fuzzimo, the rest is done with brushes.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013


Fourth of July fireworks over Baltimore harbor, 2009

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Photo Arts Friday--Portrait

Taken a few years ago at Fenway Park in Boston, he's a vendor at one of the many beer stands in the pedestrian mall outside the park.  Doesn't he look like he has wonderful stories to tell--and all in a Bahstan accent!
Bonnie's textures, Vintage Vellum and Antique Farewell.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Take a Word--Green

In the deep green sea

A photo from Google and background texture from Marta Van Eck
Kinda batik looking, I think.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

SPA--Mothering Day

Thanks to Marta Van Eck and Beatrix Potter.

Friday, March 8, 2013

COllage Obsession--Seeing Double

Photo arts Friday--Textures only

I used several textures, 4, I think, including Ancient Treasures and Starburst.  I used filters , blending modes and the cookie cutter tool.  No actual images.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Three Muses--The WHOLE Box

Image feom Google, textures and rainbow from Media Militia and Scrapbook Flair

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

SoArtful--More from the wild West

A Moo I made for past challenge.
Doesn'r Bunnie look dashing in his western duds!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Take a word--Warm

With thanks to Marta Van Eck, Arbenting, Berthe Morrisot.
It doesn't mean anything, it's just pretty.

Sunday, March 3, 2013


My photo, two of Kim Klassen's textures. Greyday and emptypage.

SPA--Mushrooms and Toadstools

With thanks to Marta Van Eck and Scrapbook Flair

Saturday, March 2, 2013

So Artful--Wild West Again

I don't know if I can stop--I'm so full of ideas.  Photo of Angela Lansbury from the film, "The Harvey Girls", filters, blend modes and gradient layers applied.  Again, the frame is from Fuzzimo.

SoArtful--Wild Wild west

May Lillie was quite a gal! Here is what I found about her on Wikipedia:
Mary E. "May" Manning (March 12, 1869 - September 17, 1936)
Mary Manning was born on March 12, 1869 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her parents were William R. and Mary Manning. May had two sisters, Elmira and Elizabeth Manning and a younger brother, William B. Manning. May also had three half brothers, Samuel, Edward and Albert Eager. Mary Manning married Gordon William Lillie (who became famous as Pawnee Bill) in 1886 at her parent's home in Philadelphia.
Gordon Lillie's wedding gift to his bride was a pony and a Marlin .22 target rifle. A natural shot, May traveled the country as the “Champion Girl Horseback Shot of the West.” Lillie starred his petite wife in his Wild West shows as a sharpshooter and expert “lady” rider. She was one of the first women to perform as an equestrian and shooter in American Wild West Shows. While on tour in 1907, May gave a speech to women in Chicago, she said: “Let any normally healthy woman who is ordinarily strong screw up her courage and tackle a bucking bronco, and she will find the most fascinating pastime in the field of feminine athletic endeavor. There is nothing to compare, to increase the joy of living, and once accomplished, she’ll have more real fun than any pink tea or theater party or ballroom ever yielded.”
Eventually May and Gordon settled in Pawnee, Oklahoma on Blue Hawk Peak. They built a cabin, established a buffalo herd, and, in 1910, and completed work on their Arts and Crafts style home. In 1917, May and Gordon adopted a son whom they named Billy. He died in an accident at the ranch in 1925. While her husband was on tour, May was the hands-on manager of the Lillie buffalo ranch. She believed in the buffalo’s importance to the heritage of the American West and to Plains Indian culture. May was active in the Women’s Relief Corp and was a member of the Eastern Star. She starred in “May Lillie, Queen of the Buffalo Ranch,” a film produced at the ranch. In 1936 she and her husband celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in Taos, New Mexico. In September of that year they attended a local celebration in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While driving back to their ranch that night Gordon lost control of their vehicle. May died on September 17, 1936 as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.
Photo is public domain, frame from Fuzzimo and texture from Pixel Dust Photo Arts.