Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Announcement of April 2011 Blog Giveaway, etc.

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Congratulations to Karen Owen, the winner of my April 2011 Giveaway and thanks to everyone who left feedback and commented on my 'new' collages.  

 I did 'bite the bullet' and decided to see what my digital illustrations would look like on glicee printed art paper shown below -  

For those of you new to this blog, or for those of you whose name wasn't drawn, please stay tuned for my  May 2011 Giveaway...soon....! 

Until  then, why not  head on over to Creative Solace - since a little bird told me there's something  tempting over there.....you won't be disappointed!

April in hindsight....

April was a wonderful month for me,  despite the inclimate weather.  Wonderful mostly because I had family visits from both of my daughters, my Dad and my stepdaughter! Oh, and also joining us was my grand-puppy - Maude

Back to blog designing....

Many of you may know, I have declined offers to continue offering my design services for blog makeovers for a long long time.   There were several reasons why, but mostly I needed a break.  April brought with it 3 requests for me to design blog headers, etc. and since it's a woman's perogative to change her mind, I took a few new ones on. 
 Over the past week I had the true privelege of working on a new blog design for Heather R. of Creative Solace (mentioned above). About 95% of the images I used come from Lorie Davison's images and were a true pleasure to work with.

I  put the final touches on it and uploaded it to her blog yesterday.  Heather has been a 'blog friend' for several years, and one of only a handful of Canadian blog artists I have come to know.  Over the past year, she took a break from blogging.  How I missed her thoughtful posts, inspiring artwork and positive energy.   Welcome back Heather~!

Here's a montage of her header and sidebar buttons:

Being an avid reader, Heather supplied me with a number of her favorite quotes, and the one chosen though not visible here comes from Kahlil Gibran  and reads as follows -

"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair."

In 2009, Heather captured an amazing shot of a baby robin she'd been watching in her backyard and I wanted to feature her photography in her new header design somewhere.  Luckily, Heather had the original jpg and was happy to send it to me.  I haven't mentioned this to her yet, but this photograph was so crisp, you can actually see the reflection of people in the eyes of the robin! 

 Photograph - Heather Robinson - Creative Solace

Heather kindly granted me permission to  'play' with her photograph, and after completing her blog design, I plopped "Baby Robin" into this scene (from Lorie Davison).

New Fonts!
As you may notice, working on blog designs again inspired me to make a few changes on my own!  I was delighted to see there are more fonts available than the traditional web fonts.  If you haven't discovered them yet, take a tour through the custom template features and choose "Advanced". 

Thanks as always for taking the time to leave a comment. Although I don't always have time to reply, they are nonetheless much appreciated.  I'll be back tomorrow with plenty more things to share!


cat lacigale said...

so wonderful images ! I love your collages !

bockel24 said...

Congrats to my blog friend Karen! And it was interesting to read about your new blog design for Heather; of course I especially love that little robin ...

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Wonderful post...I don´t always comment but I love reading and seeing all your digital wonders. WHat a cute "grandbaby" you have too!