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Beautiful succulent flower - collage

Beautiful succulent flower – collage


Deze blogpost in het Nederlands (link).

I was visiting a friend this week, and she showed me the amazing flower she got on a little succulent plant on her window sill. What a stunning flower in a deep red colour, and all covered with soft little hairs… I never saw something like this! I happened to have my camera with me, so asked her whether I could make some pictures. Of course that was fine with her.  We had to improvise a bit with the placement and lighting, since there was little light inside. And I would have wished that the plant was in a nicer pot… But I was quite happy with the result anyway.
Today I decided to make some of the images into a collage and card-design…   Maybe I’ll do some more photoshopping on it later on. Hope you like it 😉

 

Beautiful succulent flower - collage

Beautiful succulent flower – collage

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My today's sunset 0150

Skies from my balcony


Deze blog post in het Nederlands (link)

What I love most about the place where I live, and what I most enjoy every day, is  the sky. From my balcony, I can see the sky from the East, where in the early morning the sun rises, till the West-South-West early where the sun sets on winter evenings. How marvellous is that?! I have a beautiful view outside all day long and I cannot stop photographing that sky and the tree tops, especially in October and November, when I have the best view on both sunrise and sunset. I’ve loads and loads of sky pictures by now, and I definitely will continue collecting them. That’s why I have stopped giving them separate names. They are all called “My today’s sunset” (or sunrise) with a number – and belong all to the same collection: “Skies from my balcony”.

For those who like to use stock images, you’re most welcome to go check out my unrestricted stock account at Deviantart, where you can choose from lots of my skies, and download and use them as stock for free. Just please keep to the very few terms of use 😉 . They make for a great background for photo manipulations or composites, as well as for quotes (as you will see in the second image I post today).  And yes, when looking at a sky like this, it’s not hard to become silent and thankful for all the good received today… The moment of sunset after a well filled day truly is the moment to give thanks!

My today's sunset 0150

My today’s sunset 0150

 

For all the good things : THANKS

For all the good things : THANKS

 

My new Greeting Cards store at GCU


Yesterday, July 23, I ‘celebrated’ that it was exactly 2 months ago that my first card was approved at GCU (Greeting Cards Universe). After two months of tedious work, I’m happy to see that, with 30 cards approved, and 108 more cards uploaded and still pending, my little card store there is getting some shape and volume. Now, I’m counting hours till the reviewers, within a few days hopefully, will reach my first cards in the waiting queue, which I submitted on a rate of 2 or 3 a day … So as from now, hopefully, a few new cards will be added to my store every day!
Time to start thinking about a surprise welcome action on the occasion of my “Official Opening” on Friday August 23 !! More news about that soon!
HINT!: One little hint already: If you go over to have a look at my store, be sure to leave a comment under “Testimonial” (scroll down to the bottom of the page) – All comments, suggestions and feed back are most welcome! Thank you for your visit!

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Welcome to visit my store and shop my cards!

Please do leave a Testimonial message!

4th of July – colour schemes


I’ve started a little cards store at Greeting Cards Universe recently, so I’ve been very busy creating cards for all kind of occasions, based on my own photography.

And as I am discovering several aspect of design work, I’ve been particularly fascinated by colour schemes. So much so that I tried to make some of my own.

Today, I’d like to share with you 3 colour schemes based on the painting 4th-of-July-1819-Philadelphia by John-Lewis-Krimmel (public design, via Wikimedia Common link ) . You can use them freely for your own creative work – Please do let me know what you think of them, and which one you prefer…

And Happy Independence Day to my American friends, and to everyone who celebrates it!

4th of july colour scheme 1 4th of july colour scheme 2 4th of july colour scheme 3