Last Week…….

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“Pay attention to your gut feelings. No matter how good something looks, if it does not feel right, listen to your intuition and move on.”
— Unknown Author


I learnt how to create a water colour effect in Photoshop.





Venice using Anna Aspnes designs





I used two different sources, THIS ONE. and THIS ONE





Lynton Harbour, Devon Anna Aspnes designs.

This new technique is obsessing me at the moment. Expect more !  This year I am going to concentrate more on learning more digital art techniques, I have several classes languishing on my computer so this is a good challenge for me.


31 Things for September and maybe longer….


Recently I have discovered that I like monthly prompts, my concentration and boredom levels kick in about week 4 so this seems to be the perfect length .



August Break 2015 Day 6 Notebook


I have just finished August break with Susannah Conway and now I am joining up with toris_tales for her #talesofseptember. Instagram has become my favourite way of communicating it is clean, quick and friendly.

For September I am revisiting 31 Things by Ali Edwards, I’m using her prompts to create an image, art piece or maybe a quote. I hope to document daily here on my blog, which I have so neglected recently. I realise that blogging daily could be a bit of a challenge but I am not going to beat myself up about it, I’m just going to enjoy the process…

So onto Day 1 the prompt is jewellery. This is my take on the prompt .


-jewellery31 things_jewellery

The supplies are by Anna Aspnes for those interested I used ArtPlay Palette Everyday,  FotoblendzOverlays no6_2

“Jewellery holds memories, of occasions, of holidays and milestones.

But to me the best jewellery is nature’s bounty.. Raindrops sparkling like diamonds, the sun blazing through the trees on a winter morning changes colour into emeralds and rubies. The bright blue sea shows sapphire glinting under the sun.”

Tell me about your jewellery what memories does it hold for you ?

Here comes the Rain

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Hello Texture Tuesday. i’m so glad I took some blossom photos yesterday because today the weather forecast is not good. As photographers how often do you check the weather forecast before you grab your camera ? I’d love to know….

Over in The Studio Online Kim’s prompt is potting sheds, the greenhouse needs a good clean so many cobwebs ! So I took my potting shed into the garden.


Some of the flowers were taken from the grass, the lilac from the fence…

I have created a new soft preset called berrily blue, It’s one of Kim’s that I have tweaked…





The little jar is a tealight holder but it works well as a vase…




I love hearts and the paper was part of a little packet that contained a wedding invitation, more about that in June….



Finally a layout. lilaclove


Supplies by Anna Aspnes, Breakaway and Spring Showers.

I hope the sun shines where you are today…..


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Some more Layouts

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I’ve been creating more layouts to add to my 60th year folder. It’s growing and I will have quite a collection to choose from.

This first one was inspired by the fantastic bobbins Caz sent me from America. I have been using Anna Aspnes supplies a lot, I find her style suits me, I love the water colour effect I can get using her masks and brushes. All her supplies come with shadows and I like the natural effect it creates.

I would advise starting off with one kit and use it until you learn what you like. Check out her website HERE.




Brushes can be altered by clipping and blending and by lowering the opacity. Then it’s just a matter of playing with the elements until you are happy.





Here are a few tips if you want to start digital scrapping. I used Anna Aspnes’ palette ‘Story’ see it HERE





clip to mask

I hope this helps,  if you want some advice or help you can always contact me by sending me an email.












It’a all random



The unexpectedness of beauty around the corner. Sunflowers in a florist in the Seven Dials district of London.







Found this on Pinterest. I’m going to try it out…


Busking on the Southbank.What a voice.




I’m enjoying playing with my digital stash




 Supplies by Sissy Sparrow

Don’t you just love this… Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden..


Have a great weekend…

Kim Klassen dot com





It’s All About Balance

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Telling my story. My 60th year.


Supplies by Captivated Visions, Rosey Posey and Nancie Rowe Janitz.

More thoughts on my one word for the year. But also my mantra .

BALANCE ******      Work, Exercise, Play.

NURTURE ******** Read, Research, Write, Meditate.

GROW **********     Bolder, Experiment, Find Adventure.


Don’t Worry Be Happy – Friday


Music I’m listening to Loreena Mckennitt – Mummer’s Dance listen HERE

I received my first Christmas present today and as my dear friend was flying back to Spain we exchanged presents in a beautiful little tea room that she discovered.  I was blown away, she really ‘gets me’ well we have known each other for 25 years.  First of all this is what I got her.  For the past few years I have always given her a hand crafted present, a Blurb book of photographs and quotes. But this year I made her a canvas to put on her bedroom wall.


As you can see I used Kim’s most gorgeous vines and hearts I so love using them. the quote was from Jon Kabat Zinn somebody we both love.  She gave me the most wonderful book .


Oh it is going to sit by my side.  Here is a quote.

Time of solitude-

Time to reflect on friendship.

Both a necessity:

Solitude to find one’s self

Friendship to find one’s self.

If you have a special someone a good friend I so recommend this beautiful book.

Do you like my pretty measuring spoons ? A find in TK Maxx.

Finally a bit of digital art.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends. We pick Jo up on Tuesday I’m so excited…..





Supplies by Anna Aspens

Kim Klassen dot com

Look Behind You !


This time of year and especially at Christmas it is traditional for ghost stories to be told around a crackling fire. Apparently this isn’t just a Victorian invention although Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and MR James were practised narrators of the tradition. Roger Clarke author of A Natural History of Ghosts: 500 years of Hunting of Proof reports that just before Christmas 1642 shepherds were said to have seen ghostly civil war soldiers battling in the skies. Of course today there are some wonderful tales, Susan Hill for example the author of A Woman in Black is a wonderful storyteller.



The growth of photography brought the advent of spirit photography – there were people who charged enormous fees, and used various tricks, to picture sitters with ghostly images of dead loved ones. William Mumler, for instance, who created a famous image of Mary Todd Lincoln with the ghostly hands of her dead husband, Abraham Lincoln resting on her shoulders.


Processed on the iPad using, DistressesFX and Stackables.



Of course you can do anything in Photoshop these days !



My big news is that my daughter Jo is coming home for Christmas after 8 months in New Zealand, so I probably won’t be posting much until the New Year.  So compliments of the season everyone and have a wonderful peaceful time full of fun and happiness.





Texture Tuesday – just popping in

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The last few weeks my Fibromyalgia has been bad. When it hits I want to hibernate to go to a dark cave and lick my wounds. The very thing I need to do for my mental health is to socialise online with friends, but instead I pop my head out say hello and disappear. So apologies to all of you if I haven’t reached out.

So here are a few things I have been working on…

My iPhone has been my friend for processing and for ease of use. I can’t move around much to take shots so two out of the three photos were by iPhone then processed on my iPad.

I love the wooden background and the sharp clarity of the props.



A morning out in Bristol all processing done with Stackables and Distressed FX.



This shot was taken down by the floating harbour in Bristol, processed in Lightroom and two layers of kk_stamped_softly added.


Have a good week everybody I’m using Instagram a lot these days you can find me  at viv_halliwell I’d love to see you.







Using Ephemera

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I love using cuttings, ticket stubs and old bits of memorabilia. Here is something I am working on at the moment. The image is from our family archives, unfortunately we are not sure who the two young men are. One of them could be William Dermott Mark’s great-uncle who died early in the First World War aged only 18.


epheremaww1webEphemera by Sahlin Studio