Sunset Magic

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Good morning from a beautiful sunny day from Hastings.

Yet another nail biting morning this morning.  Yesterday’s racing was canned due to poor weather conditions.  Everywhere people were sitting in front of the TV only to see nothing in the end.  I can only imagine what the teams are both feeling.  But anyway good luck to Emirates Team New Zealand.

I love sunrises and sunsets.  There is something magic and spiritual in seeing the colours come out when the sun comes up or goes down.  During the winter it was great to be able to go out at a civilised time just to see the sun come up.  Equally the time was good for the sunsets.  I can’t describe the feeling I get just seeing the majesty of the event.

This image was taken on the 9th September.  I loved the way the rays of the sun come up through the clouds.This was the original image.

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I then edited it with Photoshop to get this image.

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I added it as a background but used the transparency tool just a smidgen to tone the colours a bit.

The photo is the same image.  The backing card is this paper from another image I had edited.

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The font is the Great Victorian font.

Now to bring the cup home to New Zealand.

Cheers and have a nice day

 

Go Team New Zealand

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Good morning from a very wet Hastings this morning.  The only plus side is that it is rather warm.

It has been a frustrating past few days watching the America’s Cup racing.  Three days our boys have been in front and the race was called off.  I know that I didn’t go all patriotic yesterday but today I thought I will.  As the weather was miserable yesterday as well I spent my day on the computer doing it’s housework.  In other words my iPhoto crashed due to overload so I had to do some cleaning. In between doing my scrapbooking of course.  Later in the day I found that I had sold one of these outfits on TradeMe which gave me an idea.  I changed the original page to support our boys in San Francisco.

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I changed the background paper to these ferns and added these embellishments,

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while the font is My Lucky Penny.

The outfits are available through my shop on Facebook or at my website decocrafts.org.  They come in two sizes, new born to 3 months and 3 months to 6 months.  Made from 100% New Zealand merino the set consists of the baby sweater, the beanie and some black and white booties with or without studs – for the rugby fan as seen below.

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Anyway go Team New Zealand we are praying for you to bring the cup home today.

Cheers and have a nice day.

 

 

The Chequer Star

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Good morning from a warm but slightly overcast Hastings.

Every time I have been patriotic with my posts our boys in San Francisco we lose.   So today I will just wish Dean Barker and his team all the best for today’s racing.  All of New Zealand are expecting you to win the Auld Mug today so no pressure!

Anyway this is the Chequer Star.  It is a combination of the double four patch which I did in the first week and the flying geese motif.  This design has been around since the 1900’s and is very popular today.  It is relatively easy as there are no set in seams but it requires some skills to match the seams and points.  There are a lot of pieces to cut out and having a cricut machine would be so great.  It is easier but also a lot more accurate.  So I would say if one pieces a lot then there is merit in getting one.  Me?  It is on my wish list.

For this page I have been using the Vintage Quilt set from iScrapbooking.  I want to now add my own touches to the book so yesterday I spent the afternoon going through my large button collection and took photos of them to make embellishments.  So here is a selection of them.

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I also did some ribbons and tried my hand at scissors.

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I also tried my hand at  a lace motif as well.

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So next week I should be a bit more personal.  I need to see what I can do for the papers as well.  I have a few quilts that I have made so maybe over the week I will take some photos of them.

I found that with the buttons that with Photoshop it was a lot easier and quicker to use the cookie cutter to do a nice even circle.  I was able to save it as a PNG file and that was it.  No need for any other programmes.  With the more intricate designs I used the Photoshop app to delete the background and then use the Mac’s Preview app to make the background transparent.  It is long winded but easier for me, while I am learning to navigate Photoshop.

Well the race is nearly on TV, must go.

Cheers and have a nice day.

Raewyn

 

 

A distinct Kiwi flavour – Looking into nature

Looking into nature

 

 

Good morning from an overcast Hastings this morning.

Today I have gone for a Kiwi theme to support our boys in San Francisco who will hopefully win the America’s Cup this morning.  It has been gripping tension the last few days.  I don’t think there will be much work done this morning.  So good luck to Dean Barker and the team.  Bring the cup home.

I take my inspiration from what I find around me.  There are so many interesting textures and shapes even at the local park where this photo was taken.

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I then used the plastic wrap brush, followed by the poster edge brush to make this background paper.

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From another photo I made this embellishment.

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I wanted to keep this page simple and uncluttered so that is all I added.  The font is FontleroyBrown.

I have become a big fan of this Photoshop filter plastic wrap.  It gives a real three dimensional feel to the pictures.

Here are a couple of others I have done as well.

Flower and peonie

 

Flower - pink blossom

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There are so many different ways to make more dramatic papers.

So cheers and go Team New Zealand.

Have a nice day.

 

Getting up close and personal with nature.

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Good morning from a crisp but sunny Hastings.  It must  have been cold overnight or at least early this morning as I woke up to the sound of the drone of helicopters over the orchards and vineyards.  Apparently they hover just over the plants while the rotor blades prevent the frost from settling on the buds.  It can get really loud so no need for an alarm this morning.

I want to wish all Team New Zealand and Dean Barker the best for today.  The America’s Cup fever is gripping New Zealand.  So close and yet so far.

Every day I try to get out for a walk.  I plug in my head phones and go into my own little world but my eyes are always scanning around looking for new photos.  I try to get a variety of photos just working on improving my technique.  Here are some of my macro shots I took yesterday.  Dandelions are quite tricky for the depth of field.  Where do you focus?

Hanging on by a thread

This photo was taken with f.4 1/160.

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This is f.4 1/170

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This image and the first image was f.4 and 1/320.

I did use the iPhoto editor to sharpen these up a smidgen.  Just to really define the different lines.

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I am a big fan of penstemmons.   They make a great show in spring.  I leaned over a fence for this photo which I call Open Wide.

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The bees are getting more active with the warmer weather.  I am a bit weary of  getting too close to them as I am allergic to their stings.  I had the camera back a bit more for this image.  This is taken at 32.3 mm f.5 and 1/450.

This image is called ‘The best is always at the top’.

I do have to have an alarm on my phone as I could stay out all day just looking for photo opportunities.  It is like going into a Tardis – hard to keep track of time.

Happy photo hunting

Cheers and have a nice day.

Scrapbooking Reflections Papers

Reflections - Gold

Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings.

I love going to Cornwall Park sometimes just to take photos of the reflections I see in the different ponds and streams.  Some days with a strong sun there are some amazing images to get.  Some are black and white while others such as the paper above are multicoloured.  I then edit them with Photoshop to make great digital scrapbooking papers.  This is my first collection, called reflections.  It is a set of 10 papers and is available as a winzip file at my website above 0 deco crafts.org.

Reflections - Purple

This was edited with the neon brush and is called purple.  It is a great all round paper.

Reflections - Pied

This is called pied for the many colours in it.  It is so versatile with the colours in it.

Reflections - Green

This green paper is great as a background for all those nature shots.

Reflections - Marble

This is a great background paper for backing cards for photos.  I use it a lot.  This one is called marble.

Reflections - Brown

This is another great background paper for nature, called brown.

Reflections - Yellow - Grey

This is another versatile paper, called yellow grey.  It makes a great statement as a background.

Reflections - Yellow-Green

Another stunning background paper.  Called yellow-green it gives an impressionistic look to your page.

Reflections = Blue

This blue paper is a great background for those water images you want to show off.

Reflections- tree

This tree image is also another great nature paper.

As I love taking photos of nature it is hard to find just the right background paper to match my images.  Plus New Zealand has a distinctive light and colours of the bush compared to other lands.  These match up to my photos perfectly.  I am constantly working on new papers so keep an eye out for new collections.

Cheers and  have a nice day.