Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Three Muses Challenge - Something old, something new

Apologies in advance to all those in the Northern Hemisphere who are FREEZING! Can't get away from the heat here in Oz.
I painted the background (beach huts Googled). The girl is an unclothed image from Maya at Scrapbookgraphics - dressed up and dressed down. I painted on the two swimsuits and used my background to take the two "photos". The waves in the photos are by Ruth Davis at E-Scape and Scrap.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Least favourite colour - ORANGE

I am a not a fan of ORANGE. I started with a profile of a face (from Flickr free to use images) and painted the dress on to it. The background and flowers are by Lorie Davison SBG. Strangely enough, I am happy with the result!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sunday Postcard - Open Theme - Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my friends in Blogland. The past year has been such a joy, meeting so many wonderful people and sharing in their generosity and friendship.

I love this face which is a Suzee Que, Flickr-free-to-use image. I have given her a new hat and body (painted in ArtRage).

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Three Muses Challenge - Home Sweet Home

The beautiful image (altered) is a SuzyQue freebie from Flickr. Other bits and pieces by SherrieJD and Fiddlette.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunday Postage - Christmas Greetings

Here in south-west Australia we are in heatwave conditions. The forecast for Christmas Day is 36 deg C which is 97F. Santa is enjoying a break on the beach but he is a little bit sunburnt.
May I wish all my great blog friends a peaceful and happy Christmas and a wonderful 2010.

Background cut from papers by Fiddlette at Scrapartist. Santa painted by me.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Theme Thursday - Legs

Thanks for the challenge, Kelly, and for the lovely inspirational sample. No matter what shape we are in, I think everyone yearns for new and improved LEGS.
Credit goes to Fiddlette at Scrapartist for images and embellishments.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Three Muses Challenge - Mail Art

I found a large and colorful stamp honouring the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. He had many setbacks in his life, most self-inflicted, and he died at age 42, a tortured genius. I imagined him receiving rejection notices from publishing houses so my collage took its theme from there.
The stamp was Googled. The body (coloured and altered a little, including decapitation) is a Flickr-free-to-use image. Ephemera is from Christina Renee and Trish Jones and the postmarks are by Katie Pertiet at Designer Digitals.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Gothic Arches - Domestic Goddess

Enlarge for details. ( I am confused by the requirements for commenting at Gothic Arches (Mr Blinky versus ordinary blog comments) so haven't posted there.
We complain about our domestic chores in this modern age. Spare a thought for those who had to heat a super-heavy iron on a wood stove, hand wash everything - or boil it - and then use a hand turned wringer.
The image is from a Flickr-free-to-use submitted by Cassandra. Everything else from Kubivet freebies.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Art Creations Friday - Mirror, mirror.

" Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?" Thanks to the ladies at ACF for a lovely picture and a great challenge.
Frames, background, lamp, table and book by Irene Alexeeva.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Theme Thursday - Vintage

Thanks to Kelly for a great challenge and sample picture. The image above is from a collage sheet by Maya at Scrapbookgraphics. Frame and other bits and pieces by Lorie Davison, SBG.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Three Muses Challenge - Bottles and Jars

(Enlarge for better view)
Another true story from the annals of my colorful family history.
This picture reveals a secret rarely spoken of because few people pickle their ancestors and we do not want to be thought of as “odd”. Aunt Fifi is first on the left. The less said of her the better since her favourite pastime was parading around in her undies. Next, Maude lurks in the background. I always felt she harboured a dark secret. Great Aunt Nellie was a promising musician. Sadly her battle with the bottle shattered her dreams, although luckily for us she was already pickled so needed little special treatment. Grandpa Fred was larger than life, standing 7 ft tall and weighing a ton, which made it very difficult to find a bottle in which to pickle him. Great Uncle Leonard was a showman and a show-off and his “ great magician” status was very much exaggerated. Finally, Grandma Florence was a tiny lady with a will of iron and a knockout punch to match.

I apologize in advance for the lack of perspective in sizes but you will understand that my ancestors were not pickled at the same time and allowance must be made for shrinkage.

Fifi’s origins are cloudy, Maude’s photo is a freebie from our own Ali Mayes (thankyou Ali). Great Aunt Nellie is from a collage sheet by Maya at SBG. Grandpa Fred is a Flickr free to use image. Great Uncle Leonardo is a freebie from Terri Kahrs at Pringle Hill Studios (thankyou, Terri). Grandma Florence is from a collage sheet by Lunagirl.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - On Wings of Love

I just love the bored look on the couple's faces! Image a Flickr Free (coloured). All other bits and pieces by Irene Alexeeva of Scraporchard.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Three Muses - Fun and Games

The four images used are freebies from Graphic Fairy. The chess pieces and board were Googled. Background by Irene Alexeeva.