I am Sooooo proud of myself! Normally I use my Creative Memories Storybook Creator (and all its fun features) to create my digital art, but I have this nice graphics program (Paint Shop Pro Photo X2) that I paid good money for and yet, I have barely used half the features it offers! So today, (as if my Christmas tree is going to take itself down) I started playing around with my PSP and explored some of the features that I've seen others use (and have drooled over) and lo and behold! I DID IT! :-)
It took me all...day...long, literally - I think my butt is molded into this chair - but the above is the result. I used vector layer, and rastor layers, and beveled (which I've done before but I love the effect it gives!), and finally but finally figured out how you use shadows in this program, the only one of which I actually kept in the finished product is the text, but at least I know how to do it now!! I played with the paint brushes and textures, and I think I have a good handle now on "layers"! YIPPEE!
Anywhos...the original pic is one I got from Ava's mama in a photo session they did at home. This was one of my favorites - gotta love that smile of pure joy in the lights! She truly does light up MY life! :-)
Not to mention I have no fireplace either, but that doesn't stop me from decorating the shelf above the TV like I would as if I had a mantel! (I had considered buying one of those DVDs that show a fireplace burning...:-)
The framed pictures showcase my family through the years - these were all pics used in Christmas cards/letters - starting with the first Christmas we spent in this house way back in 1986, when my baby girl was just over a year old. Ending with my grandbaby's first Christmas pic from last year. And this year, with Ava just over a year old, it feels like we've gone full circle! Not that we're stopping! Oh no! We'll just have to start that circle all over again!
My little fiber optic Diva Tree is happy, happy now that all the "12 Days of Christmas" gifts are hanging in and around its branches! I couldn't resist arranging some of the artsy tags and gift-wrappings as well! This has been the most fun swap! Can't wait to do it again next year. But I may have to get a bigger tree!!! :-)
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.” - Dr. Seuss
"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." ~ Abraham Lincoln
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." ~ Mahatma Gandh
"Use the everyday reality around you as fuel for the inner world of your imagination and you'll find yourself a general inspiration to all. When hope and belief are applied hands-on to the real world, the inner self can make its mark on the outer and the stuff of dreams coming true becomes your instrument to play. Manifest what you believe and watch what happens!" ~ This was actually my Horoscope for July 13th, 2008, but thought it rather profound, and I'm a big fan of profundity so thought I'd post it in my Quotes! :-)
"It is never too late to become what you could have been."
“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder"
"A dream is a wish your heart makes." ~ Cinderella
"Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?" - Benjamin Franklin
"You can't wait for inspiration; you have to go after it with a club." - Jack London