Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Fall - Leaf Special Effects

C and I took a walk last weekend and discovered some interesting pre-fall maple leaf colors.  I've never noticed this dark/light pattern before, so I pulled out my camera.  Although it was still light out, my flash went off and turned the background black.  I took the second photo without the flash to show the true scene. 
But, I liked the contrast-effect, so I took another flash photo (below).  I will try this "technique" again very soon.   

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering Ten Years Ago

I wanted to re-post this card from a couple years ago. It was not made with any occasion in mind, but it seems to be appropriate for today, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

This is a re-post of what I wrote two years ago:

Although this is not a serious or controversial blog, it IS a personal journal of sorts, and I can't let the day go by without pausing for a moment to remember that day and thank God I didn't lose any loved ones. I was in London with my oldest nephew (for his high school graduation trip) when we started to hear that something had happened - via talk on the street, a canceled performance (because it was USA-related), and an eerie photo of a single WTC tower with smoke pouring from it. It wasn't until we returned to our hotel later that day that the whole shocking series of events was played on TV before our uncomprehending eyes. We had several days left of our vacation, so the delayed flights home didn't affect us. In fact, we flew home the first day planes were allowed back over U.S. airspace. When we landed in Pittsburgh, the passengers gave the pilots a round of applause and we were greeted by airport personnel as if WE had done something heroic.

And maybe we had. We got on those first planes and returned to our homes and lived our lives, because that's what the living must do to honor the departed.

If you have any thoughts or memories of that day, please feel free to share them here.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Tuesdays Around Town - Renaissance Festival

[Time is flying as usual, so I'm posting the first batch of Renaissance Festival photos, with more to come]

Over Labor Day weekend, I went to the Renaissance Festival in the southwest metro with my brothers and nephew.  The weather was nearly perfect: not too hot or cold, with a few clouds to keep the sunburn to a minimum. 

We got there just after it opened, and saw many of the actors entering the village (above).

David and I were looking at a map in search of breakfast when we were waylaid by a dance troupe in need of a couple of extras to help them learn a number.  We had fun, but learned our lesson: heads up if you don't want to be part of the act :)

A bald eagle from the Raptor Center.

Some of the quirky buildings before the crowds appeared.

(Above and below).  A trip through The Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest.  Inside a hobbit house.

Miniature houses - about 5 feet tall.

A sleeping fairy - or woodland nymph?

It became a popular day, but never really too crowded.

Look closely at the roof above (click to enlarge) - there's a dragon  coming out of the windows.

Wind Rose Mill and Wine Cafe

The Wacky Chickens comedy act.  They clucked and pointed to snatch this boy out of the audience and make him play along.  He was hilarious.  See him in before and after photos of the glasses and chicken cap they made him wear. 

A new feature at Ren Fest this year - the alligator cage, with saddled turtle (above)

Mead, the first wine, was sold in a few places.  I had 2 glasses for good measure.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Color Inspiration Challenge - Blue Shamrock

Happy Labor Day Weekend, Everyone! I am spending the first day of the 3-day holiday making some cards. The first one is for the Papercrafts Connection Color Inspiration Challenge 8:

The Bazzill (company) color equivalents are Breaker Bay blue and Shamrock green. I did the best I could to match them. All cardstock is by DCWV. Shamrock paperpunch is Martha Stewart. The ribbon is actually 2 layers - plaid over 2 widths of blue. The two little metal tags were in my stash - the white one has embossed lettering and edges - I slid it through a Stazon black ink pad. 

The black cardstock is "faux" embossed with more shamrock punch-outs.