Scribble this challenge #2 – Mia’s bday

Lisa Spangler has a great new line of challenges over on her blog HERE. She is giving tutorials on how to use your camera and photo editing software to take better images of your cards. What a great idea!


Below is a card I made for my niece’s 8th birthday. She just finished her first soccer season, so I thought I’d use that as the theme. 🙂 The grass was hand-cut & the border hand-drawn.

Here’s my original image (taken by natural light at end of day):


And the image with adjusted levels in Photoshop CS3:


Here’s another view where you can see the Spica bling on the soccer ball…


Supplies: Blue & green notecards (Hero Arts); Soccer image (Stampabilities); Sentiment (Hero Arts): Sparkle Gemstones (Hero Arts); Chipboard Thickers (American Crafts); white gel pen (Ranger); black glitter pen (Spica) ; blue pigment ink (Versacolor)


Pumpkins Galore…

I visited the Arboretum for a couple of hours this morning with a friend, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many pumpkins in my entire life! They were lining every main walkway of the gardens…just thousands of them. One section even had a hut built entirely of pumpkins, gourds, & maize:

What is even better is that the pumpkins were for sale. Imagine being 6 years old, walking into a place like that, and being able to choose one special jack-o-lantern pumpkin from thousands! Too cool. 🙂

A Trip to the Nasher Sculpture Museum

I went to the Nasher Sculpture Center this past Saturday with my friend Rhonda. It is one of the few museums in Dallas I’ve never been to, and it is full of Patsy & Raymond Nasher’s amazing private collection they began accumulating in the 60s. Most of the work is modern art, though they did have a few pieces from Rodin…including one of my favs “The Age of Bronze”. This was Rodin’s first great masterpiece, and at the time, he was even accused of making a mold of his model because it was so lifelike!

I’ll never forget the first time I stepped into the Rodin museum in Paris at 17 & saw Le Baiser. It literally took my breath away. It amazes me that he could take a medium like marble & create something so lifelike.

And a few more of my fav pieces from the day…

I loved the shape & curves of this giant eraser by Claes Oldenburg. The brush was made from thick metal tubing.

Not only were there sculptures in the museum, but they also had some paintings from the Nasher collection, including this Picasso. I’m normally not a huge Picasso fan, but I loved the brilliant colors used in this piece… (more…)

New gallery album

I created a new photo album in my gallery for all of the Killiney Bay pics featured in my recent video. The resolution is a bit better than youtube for viewing. You can check out the pics here.

P.S. Another tune is on its way shortly that I recorded tonight! 😀

Killiney Bay, Ireland

As promised, I am posting the next installment of my trip to Europe…Killiney Bay, Ireland.

One late afternoon, I hiked several miles from Dalkey to Killiney & documented the journey with my camera. Once I reached the beach, I sat & listened to the song Almost Lover (by A Fine Frenzy) on repeat as I sat staring at the Irish sea. Words can’t describe Killiney’s beauty, and pictures don’t do it justice. I decided the best way to share my experience with you was to re-create it with a video taking you along on my hike. The background music is my interpretation of Almost Lover arranged on my Clavinova. Hope you enjoy it & get some small understanding of the beauty of the place.

All the best,