Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Laughing Flowers

Just a photo from the 'hood, with Jen Maddocks Snow on Cedars. 

Flower Laugh

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Barbary Lane Part 2

It is not the most photogenic spot, given the seclusion, small spaces, and subtleties.  But hopefully I have captured some of the magic and mysticism in my photos.

Barbary Lane 2 
Credits - Jan Maddocks Give me Space, Artisan Favorite Templates 2, available at Oscraps.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Barbary Lane Part 1

I am so happy to be back home!  And for the perfect uplift to my spirit, I spent Friday night and Saturday with Ms AC in San Francisco.

Walking around and observing is the perfect food for my soul!

On Saturday, with a little over an hour on my hands, and finding myself in the vicinity of Russian Hill, I decided to go out in search of Barbary Lane.  It started when I walked along Polk to Broadway, looked up and saw the Broadway tunnel, and remembered Beauchamp Day's untimely demise in the tunnel (remember, he was quite the scumbag).  It took some google searches, because it is not really called Barbary Lane, but there is the very real Macondray Lane upon which Armistead Maupin's fictional and legendary lane is based.

After a trudge up the hill, then back down again, I found it!  And it was all it is cracked up to be!  A magical place!  The view of Alcatraz in the bay is just as described.  The stairs are to Taylor, not Leavenworth, but are wooden, not the threatened concrete replacements.  Did Mrs. Madrigal win her battle with the city, or was that a fictional battle?

The isolation from the rest of the world seems complete.  It was like entering a private little forest, hidden from everyday view.  Along the way, fountains bubbled, flowers bloomed, it was cool and misty (and a bit slippery on the cobblestones at the end), the houses seemed surreal.

Scrapped with new kits from Maya de Groot, Backpackers Set 7 and Triple Play Templates Set 5.

Barbary Lane 1

Potato Flower

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Obsessed with the Pond

It's just so beautiful, with the fountain running, the gold fish, the lily pads, catching the morning light and reflecting the changing leaves. Pond in the Morning

Saturday, October 20, 2012

More Light in the Trees

It's so funny, that pond that I walked by every day for so many years, I now cannot walk by without stopping to marvel. There are fish in the pond! And trees that reflect beautifully in the lilly-padded waters.

Light in the Trees 2
Credits: Jen Maddocks Light in the Trees, Anna Aspnes Acrylic Alpha

Friday, October 19, 2012

Artsy Swirly

A few more pictures from the Conservatory of Flowers, with one of Oscraps newest designers, Pink Poppy Press. 

 Conservatory 4

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Light in the Trees

There is nothing like a walk to clear the head, distract from the stress and worries, and inspire to new art.
I remember this town as dull and dreary, but with new eyes, the trees and buildings are a fresh marvel.  And it is amusing how the locals will look at me, wondering what it is I find interesting.

Only one picture, simply placed, was all I needed.  Jen Maddocks The Light in the Trees was the perfect paper to showcase the fall tree against the clear sky (using the Color Burn blending mode).

Light in the Trees 1

Also uses Jen Maddocks Enchanted, A Touch of Class and Autumn Journal.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Animas River

Its not very deep. If it were, it might not be as pretty. Part of the charm comes from the preponderance of protruding rocks catching the passing streams, causing bubbles and rivulets and patterns to catch the light.  This river which must have carved a canyon in the rocks forms a lovely backdrop for the ride of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

While everyone else was taking pictures of the train, I was taking pictures of the pretty Animas River.
Scrapped here using Jen Maddocks Autumn Delight Photo Masks.  I used the masks with some pretty papers from Jen Maddocks Pocket of Posies, frames from Tooth Fairy Dreams, and a few elements.  Another quick scrap.

 Animas River

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Meet is This Way

I have to admit, it was rather exciting to be among the group with the opportunity to take pictures of the train.  Well, except for all the grouchy old men who would club you with their canes if you got in the way of their cameras.  It struck me that almost no one wanted their pictures with the train...purists I guess.  When our train was put on the siding to allow the "express" train to pass, this "meet" drive-by was like a holy grail for train photographers.  It was pretty cool!

Despite the looks, this was a really simple layout to make.  I placed the photo behind Jen Maddocks This Way Mask, which is a grungy nearly full-page mask, then I tool my most vibrant aspen leaf picture and clipped it to the mask five or six times.  Background paper, frames, alphas and a few glows, journal and done!

The Meet 
Additional credits - Jen Maddocks Hallows Eve (alpha) and Amethist Lane (alpha), Jen Maddocks Tooth Fairy (flares and glows), Oscraps collab Tango (frames)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Taking Flight

The first morning we were in Pagosa Springs, we came out of the condo to find a beautiful and colorful hot-air balloon in the sky.  It was such a pretty sight, the clear colors contrasting with the vivid blue sky, the orange leave of the fall trees providing further contrast.

I used Jen Maddocks new Carnival kit, a collab with Digi Junkie,  to scrap this page.  Several papers and masks from teh kit were blended to create the dreamy background, and the photo repeated to triangulate the balloon elements.

Take Flight

Carnival, available at Oscraps.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Tooth Fairies and Locomotives

Tooth fairies and locomotives are not two words you often hear in the same sentence.  But in this case, I used one of Jen Maddocks new kits, Tooth Fairy Dreams, to scrap this fabulous shot I got of the steam locomotive of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad #488.

The photo was Instagrammed, giving it some additional glow, and I extracted more glows from the kit, along with the pinks and grays which work quite well for an engine, even one that has all its teeth.

I may not be all that into trains, but one has to admit these steam locomotives are engineering marvels and impressive, and fun to photograph. Despite the steam emanating from it, it was still at the time I stood in front of it for the photo.

Cumbres 488 

Tooth Fairy Dreams, available at Oscraps:

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Secret Indulgences

Next up in Jen Maddocks' new kits at Oscraps is Secret Indulgences.

The kit is about coffee and cookies and chocolate, but I just liked the colors.  In this picture I am at about 11,000 feet, standing on top of a pile of rocks at a high point of the Continental Divide in Colorado.  It was a bit chilly and windy up there, but I was on top of the world!

The message could have been put on any page, and it not really a secret...cookies are my weakness.  I don't allow them in the house, because if they are there, I will eat them.  Kinda like if you build it, they will come, only a lot more fattening.

Continental Cookies

Secret Indulgences, available at Oscraps:

Friday, October 12, 2012

Jen Maddocks Designs at Oscraps

It's a big day at Oscraps, the second of the announcements of 3 new designers joining the O design team.  And one of them is my very favorite, Jen Maddocks, for whom I have been proudly creating for well over a year.

I've been creating lots of new pages with all the new kits in anticipation of the opening.

The first two can be deemed my 'orange period', using Jen's new Hallows Eve.  I took this picture of my pumpkins and ancient leaf decorations on the front porch, then 'Instagrammed' it for even better lighting.  I love this picture, so 'fall'.  I am particularly proud of the clustered swirling leaves, since clustering is not my thing.

October Party

 I needed to make another page in this kit, because I forgot to use the alpha in the first page, and it is such a unnique alpha, looking like the keys from a mechanical cool!  The pictures  are a variety of orchids from the Conservatory of Flowers, taken in September.

 Flora Scraps
 The other new kits - Secret Indulgences, Tooth Fairy Dreams and Carnival, coming up in the next couple of days.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Durango Golden Glory

When you take 700 pictures in a week, it's hard to get started scrapping them.  So many of them are of incredible landscapes covered in gorgeous golden leaves, the mountain rising majestically above river canyons with steam trains traveling through.

Nevertheless, one must start somewhere, and this template from Anna Aspnes gave me a good starting point.  I just grabbed the first four leaf pictures that struck my fancy and popped them into the frames (which I enlarged of course).

Durango Golden Glory 
Template is Anna Aspnes Artsy Layered Template No 71, available at Oscraps.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Birthday

First BD in Heaven

Monday, October 8, 2012

Week 40

In which we vacationed in Colorado!

Week 40

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Week 39

In which we escaped to the beach, stopped and smelled the roses, played too much Words with Friends, and headed off the Colorado for a week of R&R.

Week 39

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Pelicans, the Owl and the Pussycat

We escaped to the beach a few weekends ago, and there in Capitola Harbor were these pelicans, just resting on a boat.  It was such a site, reminding me of that rhyme about the owl and the pussycat, and giving me the opportunity to use more of Maya de Groot's Zen and the Art of All Hallows Eve.

I made this page as an art journaling challenge at Oscraps, that needed to incorporate animals.  I really love doing this kind of thing, combining thoughts and images and telling stories.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Zen & the Art of All Hallows Eve

Zen & the Art of All Hallows Eve is the name of Maya de Groot's latest incredible kit, full of steampunk, Halloween and fall.  I focused on using the colors in this first page, with a picture of the Victorian around the corner from Ms AC's house.

Victorian Orange

I really must do more with this kit...coming up!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Multi-Designer Challenge Page 3

One more page to provide additional inspiration for my multi-designer challenge at Oscraps, again using more pictures from the Conservatory of Flowers, these the predominantly yellow flowers.

My designers - Template - Lydia Designs Sophia Layer Magic 2, Papers from Maya de Groot APPsolute Basics, Papers and elements from Oscraps collab Dandelion Days by Anna Aspnes, Merkeley Designs, Paisley Press, Maya de Groot and 3 Paper Peonies, Additional elements from Dido Designs Queen Freebie.

Conservatory Yellow LR

Monday, October 1, 2012

Multi-Designer Challenge Page 2

The next page in my multi-designer challenge at Oscraps, using more pictures from the Conservatory of Flowers, focuses on the fabulous collection of orchids at the Conservatory, smiling like tropical faces in the wonderful humidity inside, which, by the way, wreaked havoc with my hair.

Designer products include: Oscraps October Collab Little Monsters, with template from Dido Designs, paper from Anna Aspnes, stitches from Vicki Stegal, elements (corners) from Merkeley, plus additional elements from Kitty Designs Touch of Magic Purple Blossoms and Anna Aspnes ArtPlay Palette Blossom.

Conservatory Orchids Challenge