Sunday, November 25, 2012

To Be Bold, Brave, or Fearless

A quote challenge this month had to feature being bold, brave, or fearless. There were lots of amazing quotes, but I found one attributed to Coco Chanel that really caught my attention. She was certainly one of a kind and the message was: "The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud."
Designer Credits:
-background paper: Oscraps Collab Comfort (Maya de Groot)
-other papers, cameo, dot: Zen & the Art of: Steam Machines by Maya de Groot
-dressform, tag: Count the Ways by Joanne Brisebois
-transfers (blended): ArtPlay Palette Socialize by Anna Aspnes
-transfer: ArtPlay Palette Remember by Anna Aspnes
fonts: Pea Aimee, Kings of Pacifica, Tempus Sans ITC

Friday, November 23, 2012

Essence of Autumn Sun

A happy photo of sunny flowers hosting a small skipper (butterfly) appealed for last week's AnnaLift. We were at the Philbrook Art Museum gardens last year where I took a lot of photos. The weather has changed in the last few hours, trying to give a dusting of snow, so this sunny page is the perfect antidote. Hope all who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday had a wonderful time doing so. I have so much for which to be thankful. Sunny days are sure among them.
Designer Credits:
all Anna Aspnes
-background: ArtPlay Solids Viaggio
-brushes: ArtPlay Viaggio BrushSet
-brushes, transfers: ArtPlay Palette Viaggio
-edge overlay: APP Ablaze
-stars: APP Bask
fonts: Girls are Weird, Hurry Up

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Spirit of Summer

The song keeps running through my mind as I look at this page. I created it with a summer photo shot into the sun. I took a Digi Dare challenge to use silhouettes to make something of it and wound up with the idea of the song, (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay. I did this last month but it and the pelican page of this month look like they could be close friends. Be sure to check out the YouTube video for an original Otis Redding recording. Listen while you look and dream of summer.

Digi Dare #295 called for extractions of people turned into silhouettes plus brushes/textured overlays with text and a fun alpha for the title. I've used the title and final lyrics from the song by Otis Redding. It wasn't a good photo, but this technique allowed something nice to happen with it!
by Anna Aspnes:
-paper, transfer, brush, button: ArtPlay Palette Salty Living
-map: Travel Americas No. 2
-breathe word art: Outdoors WordTransfers No. 1
fonts: baby dont worry bout it!, JFRingmaster

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Inspired by Pelicans

I really have been creating scrapbook pages for various challenges, but never seem to get them posted here. Two recent ones I really like celebrate the migrant American White Pelicans we saw on our recent visit to Oklahoma.
Designer Credits:
-background: Back Packers - Set 7 by Maya de Groot
-elements: Passion for Paper by Maya de Groot
fonts: Mystical, President
Designer Credits:
lift of "feathers" by Timounette 
-paper, seedhead: Amethist Lane by Jen Maddocks Designs
-stitching: All Stitched v. 2 by Kitty Designs
fonts: Erie Light, Dawn Castle

Monday, November 19, 2012

Drawing #33 - Riding Glory

I began this one long ago in the small format of my 7 x 10 inch sketchbook and finally finished it. I love the excitement and motion that fill it. Do click on the image to see it larger.
If you are interested in the origin of my drawings, you might want to call this "An Exuberance of Chocolate" as the collage elements feature the wrapper of a bite-size Special Dark chocolate bar by Hershey's that my sister regularly stocks up on. Anything chocolate (especially dark) has to be cause for celebration! On the other hand, Dick sees an eruption of a flock of birds, possibly rosy finches.