Friday, October 31, 2008

Simply Skinnies #5 - Ghost, Goblins and Witches

This is my first skinny. I was so pleased to find your challenge blog and will ask some of my friends to check it out and join in.

(Background Kubivet, girl from collage sheet by Maya)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Moo or Two - Party Girl

Hortense enjoyed the party so much that she felt she was floating on air.

(Hat Carla Gibson, background Lorie Davison)

Theme Thursday - Vintage

I hope this qualifies as vintage. The soldier is my father and the photo was taken in 1915 before he left for three years helping to fight in a war in the Middle East. Nothing has changed it seems. Young men and women have taken his place there - ninety three years on.
My father lived to the age of 102, passing away in 1996.
Backgrounds and window Lorie Davison, pedestal stamp Katie Pertiet.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Artygirlz - Fabrics

Well, poor Mae is probably turning over in her grave. Never has she been so badly dressed or so flat chested. I ziggzagged a piece of black polar fleece onto card. As you can see it went a bit askew. I then added the polka dotted dress also in polar fleece and to my delight found some blingy fabric left over from a granddaughter's fancy dress costume. A silk rose set off the outfit. Tacky I know but, hey, I am no dressmaker!!

Photo of Mae Googled. Everything else down to me, my sewing cupboard and some untidy stitching. (Now all I have to do is clean up the gold thread that sheds all over the place.

Monday, October 27, 2008

TMTA - Staples

Great challenge. This is my first ATC here.

Girl is from collage sheet by Maya and she is dressed in bits and pieces of papers from Ztampf.

Digital Art Quirks - Tone on Tone Challenge

Who said witches have to be ugly?
Girl from a collage sheet by Maya. Hat Googled. Papers from Lorie Davison.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Mixed Media Monday - Lock and Key

I have used several papers (by Lorie Davison) to "build" my picture (house, girl's dress etc). There is some painting and the addition of elements also by Lorie Davison.

Sunday Postcard - Eat, drink and be scary

This week's postcard has a Halloween theme. Girl from collage sheet by Maya (altered and coloured). Hat by Irene Alexeeva.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Gothic Arch Challenge - Wee Witches

I had a lot of fun with this one. The witches are my own creation (painted) except for the legs and boots by Amber Clegg. The doodled houses are by Ztampf.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Moo or Two - Tone in Tone

My Moo for this week's challenge. Elements Tangie Baxter, girl from collage sheet by Maya.

Theme Thursday The Sun - Icarus

Great challenge at Theme Thursday. The background and "skirt" (for decency's sake) were painted digitally using ArtRage software. An edge overlay by Berna Datema was added. Icarus and wings found on the web.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Mixed Media Monday - Things That Go Bump

We were invited to have fun with this so that is just what I did! Mostly painted except for a cut out skeleton and also witch's costume by Alexeeva.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Gothic Arches - Patchwork

This is my first challenge at Gothic Arches. Girl from Lisa's Altered Art, umbrella and bird from Jofia Devoe and arch template fromAja Abney.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sunday Postcard - Marie Antoinette

I hope I will be forgiven for this lighthearted take on the much maligned and tragic Queen Marie Antoinette.

Found images Marie Antoinette and cake, candles my own "artwork", background and gold edging Lauren Bavin and gold lettering by Flergs.

Mixed Media Monday - Pink and Blue

This is my first post at Mixed Media Monday (Pink and Blue). Thanks for the great challenge. Lady from collage sheet by Maya, stamped frame Nancie Rowe Janitz, paper by Lorie Davison.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A Moo or Two Challenge 10/17 Arrows

Can't go past the story of William Tell who shot an apple off the head of his precious son.
This was inspired by a modernist painting I saw on Google Images but it is entirely my take on it, painted digitally using ArtRage painting software.

Theme Thursday Challenge - Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

This is my first Theme Thursday entry. Thanks for the lovely challenge.

Image of baby and moon from Lisa's Altered Art Collage Sheet; background, rays and stars by Lorie Davison SBG; Stamp frame by Nancy R. Janitz at Scrapartist.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

"Numbers" Challenge at Artygirlzchallengeblog

This is my first challenge at

The picture is from a 1912 cover of the Saturday Evening Post, the frame and year medallion is by Linda Gil Bilal at Scrapartist and the calendar stamp is from Traci Sims at SBG

Monday, October 13, 2008

Artist Challenge at Scrapbookgraphics

The challenge was to take inspiration from the work of Paul Signac who was a contemporary of Seurat and Monet (and others) and whose work was mostly in the pointillist tradition. I love starting with photos and using my Corel Painter Essentials 4 and its artist filter processes.
Photo is from Stock.xchng, girl from Maya at SBG and frame from JenU Designs.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday Postcard Challenge - Man

Mark Twain said "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society."

The photo is from one of my family albums - extracted, colorised a bit and costumed rather gaily.

Elements added to man by Paint the Moon at Oscraps. Background JenU Designs and overlay by Berna Datema SBG

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Impressions of Impressionism

This was a chance for me to practise on my digital painting - for a challenge to use impressionist brushes to alter pictures. I painted the background in ArtRage, added an old townscape by Christina Renee, put the completed picture through an impressionist process on Corel Painter Essentials 4 and then added a grunge overlay edge by Berna Datema at SBG.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Altered Art Magazine Cover

A touch of collage ... this was my take on a challenge at Scrapartist to create a cover for an imaginary altered art magazine. As the credit list is very long, here is a link to the original

Thursday, October 9, 2008

What was I thinking?

This was done for a heritage photo challenge at Scrapartist - using photos with a humorous twist. As I didn't have such a photo, I added my own touch of twisted humour!
Check out the larger image to read the text at the bottom.
Credits for fonts go to Fontologie at SBG for "Vintage Press"; Dafont for "Brother Bear" and "Aenigma Scrawl". Other font used - Fade to Grey.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Moo or Two - Dancer

I have just been introduced to the joys of the "Moo" form of miniature digital art. Strange name but addictive plaything! I made this for the "A Moo or Two" challenge later this week. The subject is "Dancer". (Wings by Ruth Davis, notes by Ikscrap, hat Carla Gibson, background JenU Designs)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Lucky Shot

I have a habit of carrying around a mini-digital camera when I am gardening just in case. I was rewarded with this shot of a bird, native to this part of south-west Australia. It is called a "Twenty-Eight" apparently because that is what its call sounds like. These large parrots are in abundance in my trees.

Altered Art and Collage

I am still learning the art of collage. This picture is one I have done for a challenge which was inspired by collage artist, Deb Trotter, whose work is on a theme of cowgirls and the old west. (The old girl comes from a collage sheet by Maya at Scrapbookgraphics. Everything else is by Lorie Davison at SBG).

A Moo or Two

I have just been introduced to a very interesting and enjoyable challenge - "A Moo or Two" which is collage art in miniature form (approximately 1 inch x 3 inches). Here is my first attempt. (The background is a collage of images from Kubivet, the clock by Lorie Davison at Scrapbookgraphics and the fashion model by SheriJD at Tangie Baxter Designs).

Ozstuff Online

I thought I was taking a huge leap but it was a very small hop to join the Land of Blog. So here I am family, friends and foes!! Hope I can work out how to post pictures and links!