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Sunday, September 30, 2012

"Birthday Greetings" – Postcard


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This week’s Artful Times challenge #14 was "Postcard with some alphabet letters and/or script."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.2. All of the images are from an Internet search. I made the outer gold ball border using one ball from the inner border image. I added a layer mask to the script to fade the portion that covered the inner images. I chose complementary colors for the inner background and outer background colors.

The words are from the book The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe.

The fonts are Jane Austen and Worn Manuscript.


Then, smiling mournfully and pointing upwards, his lips moved, but, instead of words, she heard sweet music borne on the distant air, and presently saw his features glow with the mild rapture of a superior being.  The strain seemed to swell louder, and she awoke.  The vision was gone, but music yet came to her ear in strains such as angels might breathe.  She doubted, listened, raised herself in the bed, and again listened.  It was music, and not an illusion of her imagination.  After a solemn steady harmony, it paused; then rose again, in mournful sweetness, and then died, in a cadence, that seemed to bear away the listening soul to heaven.  She instantly remembered the music of the preceding night, with the strange circumstances, related by La Voisin, and the affecting conversation it had led to, concerning the state of departed spirits.  All that St. Aubert had said, on that subject, now pressed upon her heart, and overwhelmed it.  What a change in a few hours!  He, who then could only conjecture, was now made acquainted with truth; was himself become one of the departed!  As she listened, she was chilled with superstitious awe, her tears stopped; and she rose, and went to the window.  All without was obscured in shade; but Emily, turning her eyes from the massy darkness of the woods, whose waving outline appeared on the horizon, saw, on the left, that effulgent planet, which the old man had pointed out, setting over the woods.  She remembered what he had said concerning it, and, the music now coming at intervals on the air, she unclosed the casement to listen to the strains, that soon gradually sunk to a greater distance, and tried to discover whence they came.  The obscurity prevented her from distinguishing any object on the green platform below; and the sounds became fainter and fainter, till they softened into silence.  She listened, but they returned no more.  Soon after, she observed the planet trembling between the fringed tops of the woods, and, in the next moment, sink behind them.

Friday, September 28, 2012

"Inspire" - Postcard


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I created an inspirational postcard using the Moo I created for a challenge.

All of the images are from an Internet Search.

The font is Architects Daughter.

"Easel Moo" – Moo (1.1" x 2.8")


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This week’s Moo Mania challenge was "Easel Moo." The easel is 1.1" x 4.2" and I folded it in half.

This is also my entry for this week's Take a Word challenge "Blue."

All of the images are from an Internet Search.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Stepney Cemetery - Pictures

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I took these pictures in Stepney Cemetery in Monroe CT on Sep 22, 2012. This is a supposedly haunted cemetery, and also where paranormal investigator Ed Warren is buried.

"Hallowe'en Owl" - Postcard Backside


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This week’s Collage Obsession challenge was "Owls." I made the backside of a postcard for a Hallowe'en Party Invitation.

The images are from an Internet search and the Graphics Fairy.

The font is Weathered SF.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

"Hallowe'en Seance" - Postcard


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I created a Hallowe'en Seance Party Invitation. The digital stamps are from Clipart ETC.

The fonts are Captain Howdy (Ouija Board font) which can be downloaded from here, Bloody, and Last King Quest.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

"Legend of Sleepy Hollow" – Moo (1.1" x 2.8")


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This week’s Moo Mania challenge was “Book Pages” where we needed to use a book page in our moo. I used text from the book the Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.

All of the images are from an Internet Search.

Flowers - Pictures

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I took these pictures of flowers at my Aunt's and Cousin's house in New Hampshire on Sep 15, 2012.

Fall Leaves - Pictures

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I took these pictures of fall leaves at my Aunt's and Cousin's house in New Hampshire on Sep 15, 2012. The leaves are just beginning to change color there.

The first picture is my entry for this week’s Mandarin Orange Monday challenge #11.

Molly - Picture

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I took this picture of my Cousin's dog Molly while I was in New Hampshire on Sep 15, 2012.

Red Dragonfly – Picture


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This week’s Inspiration Avenue challenge was "Dragonfly."

This is a picture of a dragonfly that I took yesterday while I was in New Hampshire.

"Dance" – #82 Dance – ATC


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This is my entry for Digital Whisper theme #82 Dance. The challenge expired at the end of 2011, but I'm still going to complete them over time.

All of the images are from an Internet search.

The fonts are Mardian Demo and Marlett Medium.

I have a master list for all of my Digital Whisper 100 theme entries here.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Flowers - Pictures

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I took these pictures at Silver Sands State Park in Milford CT on Sep 9, 2012.

Charles Island - Pictures

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I took these pictures at Silver Sands State Park in Milford CT on Sep 9, 2012.

Cemetery Closed - Picture

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I took this picture of the gate at Church Street Cemetery in Westport CT on Sep 3, 2012.

"Memories" - Postcard


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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Memories." I continue to struggle with being creative.

The images are from an Internet search.

The words are from here.

The font is ShangriLaNF.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Dogwood Tree Seeds - Pictures

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I took these pictures of seeds on my Dogwood Tree a few days ago.

Friday, September 7, 2012

"Animal" – #67 Ignite your sense of adventure – ATC/Playing Card


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This week’s Think Monday – Think ATC challenge was "Animal." Sadly, this is the last challenge for the site. I used a rhinoceros. If I get time, I'll try to make another one.

This is also a playing card for my own personal Chocolate Inspiration Challenge, theme #67 Ignite your sense of adventure.

All of the images are from an internet search.

The fonts are Summertime and Tangerine Bold.

I have a master list for all of my Chocolate Inspiration Challenge theme entries here.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

"Masculine" – #68 Indulge in Dark – Playing Card


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This week’s Three Muses challenge was "Masculine."

This is also my first playing card for my own personal Chocolate Inspiration Challenge theme #68 Indulge in Dark. I created the challenge for myself mid-August but I've been having problems with creativity lately, so I hadn't made anything for it until now.

The images are from the Brooklyn Museum. (See the links on the side of my blog.)

The font is Brannboll Fet Bold.

I have a master list for all of my Chocolate Inspiration Challenge theme entries here.

"Door" - Postcard


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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Doors."

I used a picture I had taken of a door at Yale in New Haven, CT on October 3, 2010. I then applied G'MIC Filter: Colors - Local Normalization to make the photograph look like it was taken a long time ago.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

"Medieval" – Inchie (1 x 1)


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This week’s Artful Times challenge #12 was "Inchie."

All of the images are from the Brooklyn Museum.