Saturday, September 27, 2014

1st Day of Preschool

Lukas started pre-school, as in everyday life he is full of life and into everything.  Look out world here comes Lukas, I mean trouble.

Everything by Anna Aspnes

ArtsyLayered Template 161
ArtPlay Cultivate
ArtPlay Why Not _Word Transfer2
Stained Edge Overlays2
Preserve Word Transfers1
Multimedia Read No 1
Artplay Escape
Artplay Natural Instinct
Urban Stitchez Sunshine 1
ArtPlay Knowledge (pen tip element)
ArtPlay Crazy Life (staple)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Grandkids all 9 of them

By Anna Aspnes

Baby Template 1A
Artplay Radiant
ArtPlay Breath (background paper)
ArtPlay Natural Instinct (Brush2)

Spring Cluster by Natali Designs

Monday, September 15, 2014

Memories of Grandma

My sister and I at my grandma’s house.  I don’t have many pictures of my childhood so this is very precious to me.  When I look at it, it brings back memories of wonderful times at grandma’s house.
I have many found memories of my times at grandma's house. I remember her teaching me to crochet, and playing games with me such as Pokeno and monopoly.  I remember she grew her own mint in her garden and made me her famous mint tea.  She's gone now, but she left me a heritage full of fun, laughter and a feeling of being loved! 
Always and Forever Grandma!

Urban Stitchez2 by Anna Aspnes
Nobodys Fool Template by Southern Serenity
Rust & Roses by Raspberry Roads Designs
Discovery (lace) by Rosey Posey
Dinner Party by Brandy Murray (tie plaid)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Road Less Traveled

Sometimes the fear of the unknown has us paralyzed and unable to choose the path we must follow.  The path to the right many have taken, it’s known, it’s easy, it’s safe and we know what awaits us at the end of it.   But is it really the best for us, does it allow us to explore to grow?  The left has not been taken by many, we struggle to go through the overgrowth, we stumble and fall, but we find that the end result we have grown, we have grown stronger and because of that we know what we want and who we are.

Which road would you choose?????

Everything by Anna Aspnes
Artplay Autumn Soul
Urban Stitchez Leaves 1
Artplay Joyful (Splatter)
Artplay Across the Miles (Splatter)
Artplay Vintage Halloween (transfer)
Artplay Harvest (Button, transfer, Brush)
Artplay Thnkful Heart (brush)
Distressed Frames 2 (resized)
Stained Edge Overlays 2
LoopDeLoop Art Strokes 5
Urban Stitchez 8
Melange Foto Blendz 1

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Art is where the heart is

Everything by Anna Aspnes
Artplay Artsy **New**
Create Wordart No 1 **New**
MultiMedia Art No 1 **New**

Monday, September 1, 2014

I Remember When

For the Challenge No.2 - PROMPT (September 2014)

The September prompt brought to mind this conversation I had with my daughter when she was about 4.

When Stef was 4 yrs old she overheard me and a group of ladies discussing how far back we could remember things I had shared with the group that I remember vividly the morning we left Germany and came to the States. I must have been about 5 yrs. old. I didn't realize Stef had been paying attention to what we were discussing, but apparently she had been, because all of a sudden she said: "I remember when I was a seed in your tummy. "I said "Wow that really is far back." Stef said "Yes it is." I asked her "What was it like?' and she said "It warm and dark?"

Everything by Anna Aspnes
ArtPlay Vintage Halloween Vivacity (ribbon recolored)
Acrylic AlphaNumber Set No 1
FotoInspired Double Template 76 (frame, staple and Fotomask)
Moments wordart no 1

Summer Sunset

AnnaLIFT 8.30.14 - 9.5.14
Thank you Ikdavis for the wonderful inspiration piece.

Everything by Anna Aspnes

ArtPlay Wonderful
Watercolor FotoBlendz 3
FotoBlendz Overlays 5
ArtPlay Beach (Sand2 overlay)
Distressed Frames 2
Urban Stitchez 2
Warm Glows 3
SeaSprinklez 1
MultiMedia Christmas Trees 2 (used splatter)
Artplay Bask (edge overlay)

Process:  Chose paper from Artplay wonderful, placed photo were I wanted it and clipped to fotoBlendez Overlay 5, I  attached a mask and used a brush to soften the edges on the right.  Duplicate photo and place under fotoblendez, under photo place Water color foto blendez 3, play with it so it overlaps the original fotoblendez used.  Duplicate photo one more time, place under second fotoblendez, under photo use photoblendez 3 for the second time, adjust by narrowing and move towards the right side to overlap original fotoblendez change opacity to about 16%.  Added distressed frame and narrowed it to become rectangle.  Added various elements, such as WarmGlow to enhance the sunset – changed to overlay mode with 54% opacity.  Added the shells and toned them down to fit the muted tones by using gradient adjustment layer and lowering the opacity to about 12%.  Rest of elements and transfers used as is or lowered opacity a bit.