Oct 25

Photo MashUP – Appian Way

Check out my newest Photo MashUP installment, this one inspired by my recent trip to Rome!  See the images below that were used in the final piece on top.  I’m totally loving the peacock colors and and broken tiling look.  :0)

 

 

Oct 22

Pumpkin Glory! Color Palette

I finally eeeked away with my hubby to a Pumpkin Patch in Ojai this weekend! If only it wasn’t another heatwave here in So-Cal, but whatever ~ I am still loving all the orange glory to be found!  

Happy Pumpkin Season my friends!

Oct 06

Beautiful Italy

Buon giorno!

I just returned home from an amazing vacation to Rome, Florence, and Venice with my sister and all I can say is that Italy is an enchanted country! Wow what an experience we had.  We saw as many monuments and historical places as possible, but also enjoyed getting lost and finding our way back to our temporary homes in each of these spectacular places.  It seemed that with every turn a new glorious vision opened up before us. I’m apologizing in advance for all the pictures I will be posting. It’s just so hard not to click away when you’re there.

I’m still coming down from my blissful high.  I can’t say that any of these cities held a heavier place in my heart because they are all so vastly different from the next.  Rome is so ancient and mind-blowing, Florence is so spectacularly beautiful and full of art in many forms, and Venice is, well, the most unusual and crazy-beautiful city I’ve seen.  I don’t know if it’s the water energy that makes it so profound or its fighting spirit that you sense just walking the little cobbled streets navigating around sinking walls.  Ending our travels there was a perfect way to conclude our visit – though we didn’t want to say good bye to any of these places.  It is easy to say that the unifying force in Italy’s dramatically different cultures is its friendly citizens (we met such wonderful people), and of course the food and amazing Italian wines. I was shocked to discover when I got home that even though I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted I somehow ended up losing weight?!  Go figure?! I guess that’s the beauty of travel and de-stressing. 

More to come, but for now I’ll bid you ciao ciao and amore.

 

Sep 03

Photo MashUP – Bloomin’ Buttercups

Time for another Photo MashUP and I’m loving the definition on these little buttercup flowers.  Keeping the blue-green highlight hues was my goal and I’m loving how it turned out.  I’m working on creating a delft colorway of this as well and so far it’s looking really nice.  I’ll keep you posted on how that one turns out.  :0) Wishing you a beautiful week!

 

Aug 06

Photo MashUP – Autumn Napa Ivy

My husband and I just spent a fabulous weekend in Napa with my sister and brother in law.  What an oasis and retreat from regular life.  It is hard to go there and not come home with a boat load of gorgeous pictures (and amazing wine). I came home with both (yay!).  Feeling inspired I decided to make another “Photo MashUP” for my series.  This one incorporates a beautiful ivy covered wall outside Oxbow Market, and a gorgeous variegated tree at Chappellet Winery. I’m loving how this turned out.  It makes me dream for some autumn weather and Fall color.

Stay tuned for more!  Wishing you a colorful and fabulous week my friends!

xo

Jul 23

Photo Mash-UP – “Floral et Granit”

Happy Mash-UP!  I’ve been messing around with some photo editing programs, filters, and textures that I’ve acquired over the years, and truth be told I’m having a little too much distracting fun doing it.  I am LOVING the results so much that I decided to start a little series of them.  Here’s the first installment – “Floral et Granit”.

Below are the two base images that I used to get this finished product 

 

Wishing you a fabulously colorful and awesome week my friends!

Jun 22

Graduation Rainbow Color Palette

Hi my friends!  I’m coming off of a month of crazy-awesomeness as my family celebrated the graduations of both my boys (college and high school) and my beautiful niece’s wedding reception (the U.S. one since her actual ceremony was in Jamaica). It has been a big fat happy blur of activity and I think we are now ready to settle back into a regular rhythm of life, though this past month has been pretty awesome so I’m not complaining.  I love how this color palette turned out because it’s a rainbow, the perfect representation of the hope, promise, and joy I wish for my boys and my niece & nephew as they enter in to their respective new exciting life chapters. It also represents my wish for you and for myself as well:   Hope, Promise, & Joy! 

sending you light & love

May 18

DIY – Magazine Envelope (A-2) size

Create a fun & fabulous custom A-2 Envelope!

I started making these magazine envelopes when I was in high school.  I loved using my favorite fashion, fitness, and architectural magazines to create unique little containers for my crafted cards and letters. I’d even opt to not use the envelope a store bought card came with to make a special one that was more personalized. These envelopes really gave a fun touch to my correspondence but they also were an economical way to fancy up a regular letter, or get by when I didn’t have any envelopes on hand, which is what brought back this DIY project to me.  I had a card that didn’t have an envelope so I immediately pulled out my magazines and started creating.  It had been years since I last made one of these envelopes and I had so much fun doing it that I figured I’d make a post and a template for you.

Download Template

*Note – the template I’ve included here is for a card size of 4″ x 5.5″ and an envelope size of A-2 – using a typical 8.5 x 11 size magazine page.  For larger sized envelopes you can adapt this template but just be sure your magazine page is large enough.