~Love Notes~

Here is the first photo I told you about in the last post, which talked about me experimenting with photoshop.
The idea spawned from the background I used for the ArtCard shown below in this post.
The paper reads Je t'aime, which as some of you may know, means "I Love You" in French.

I knew I wanted those words merged with a photo.
Although I didn't know which photo they would work with, but after a little searching, I found one.
By itself, the photo was uninteresting.
After the additions, or let me rephrase that in photoshop talk, the layers really added a lot of interest to the TtV photo - in my opinion.
I really am in love with this photo now........hence the title "Love Notes".....

Love Notes

Update: This week has been somewhat of a blur........
I'll go ahead and confess now, instead of waiting until the end of the month......not just one, but two days this week went by without me taking a photo.
My first excuse being, I reminded myself before I started getting ready for bed, but somewhere during the brush my teeth, hair, yada yada drill......I forgot :(

The second excuse........yesterday was very rough and stressful for me......I'll spare you the details, but when I got home, I had a headache and was just exhausted! I passed out on the couch as I was resting my eyes around 6:30........I woke up somewhere around 7:30 and moved to the bed.......Cody woke me up at 9:45 to eat dinner......I stayed up till 11, then went back to bed.........Strangely enough......I woke up tired!?!?! I very rarely come home and go to sleep, my problem is usually going to bed too late. Last night was probably my body's way of saying, "Slow down, take it easy!".......

I'm so happy that tomorrow is Friday!! And am looking forward to some quality R & R this weekend. Sleeping out in the woods would be ideal.......we've been thinking about going camping. Who knows, we'll see, maybe the forecast will cooperate?


There is a pretty clear theme running through this post.
I'll let you decide what it may mean to you.
But I'll tell you how it started for me........
Do you remember me telling you about my new prompt for making ArtCards?
The Fortune Cookie Affirmation?
Well, on top of amassing the cookie fortunes, I started saving the tabs from my yogi tea bags to put in the pot as well.
So that's why the piece of paper on the back of the card, is not rectangular like a fortune cookie fortune - in case you were wondering.
So this was my interpretation of the affirmation I pulled.
I know it's very Valentine's Day-ish, but that's just how it all came together in the end.

Romance Back

Shall we compare our hearts to a garden -
with beautiful blooms, straggling weeds,
swooping birds and sunshine, rain -
and most importantly, seeds.

~Grey Livingston~


  1. "Love Notes" is just beautiful. You could sell it so fast to a major card operation! Your fortune cookie affirmations are a great thing, and I LOVE those yogi tea bag things-they've always been meaningful to me. Another topic: one of my blogroll people is the 15-yr-old-girl at Project 365. She just got her new website up & I spent some time there tonight. Very impressed. I thought you'd enjoy seeing what she's done!

  2. Gads...I forgot to say I hope you feel much better! You definitely had a crash so take good care of yourself.

  3. Your Photoshop work is beautiful, really professional quality, but would not be achievable if you didn't already posses a keen imagination.

    I hope you're feeling better. rest up! Enjoy the weekend.

  4. Great cards. I think Valentines day should be everyday.

  5. What a gorgeous post!

    You have amazing talent! I am very envious of you!

  6. Don't stress yourself about missing some photos. Gotta take it easy some time. And it is a good thing you let yourself sleep sleep sleep, or you probably would have gotten sick. I really love the first card. Do you sell them?

  7. lydia: My Dad has tried to talk me into presenting some things to a card company before, funny you should say that! I love the little tags too, and hate to throw things away, I was happy to find a use for them :)

    I checked out her website, I think that she's got a bright future ahead of her....

    I am feeling better, especially since it's Friday!! Thank you :o)

    Dan: Isn't that nice of you to say.....so I'm thinking I should stick with it eh?! Thanks, Dan.

    greg: You are such a romantic!

    elisabeth: Thank you dear :o)

    carmen: Yeah if you don't, your body will force you too eh? haha

    The first card? With the hearts? The second scan (With the saying) is actually the back of the card. I've been toying with the idea of selling them as prints, and possible the originals?!?! I don't know yet.....any ideas?

  8. Wow - these are lovely! Great, great work!!

  9. Your posts and photos just keep getting better and better... wow!!! I heart you WW :-)

  10. Truly fantastic! Love Notes is just beautiful!

  11. Oh my! the first piece is beautiful! i want it in my room!!

  12. What a lovely post and images, your photo is beautiful. Great ideas. Hope you're feeling better today and having a great, relaxing weekend

  13. The card titled "love notes" is just beautiful. What am I saying they are all divine cards. You have some talent in card making. Great job.

  14. Oh, that cherry blossom photo is simply beautiful. What an uplifting moment for me when I saw it. Art is so soothing to the soul. So many of your pictures are like that for me. Visual valium, in the best possible way.

    Sorry to hear how exhausted and stressed you've been. I hope you are feeling better!!

  15. what a word dollop. my grandsons would love this word .a dollop of this and a dollop of that.this will be used with ice cream.again with chips all different dips or dollops of dips.i'll be useing the word all week.and you need a time to rest and get refresh.God Bless you and Cody.

  16. diane: Thank you, thank you!

    TD: Well that's definitely music to my ears.....I heart you too! :o)

    misty: Thank you for the comment and for stopping by!

    sian: So very Valentine-y :)

    CC: Thank you....glad you dropped in!

    terren: Glad you like it....especially enough to hang in your room :)

    RR: Thank you....I am feeling better!

    liss: Aren't you sweet :), thank you for the kind words......I really appreciate it! Love Note is my favorite photo now...

    rebecca: Visual valium....I can take that as a compliment ;) I really do need more of my photos hanging around my house, I'm the worst photographer ever when it comes to hanging my own photos!

    Pod: I got lots of R & R this weekend, it was much needed! Dollop is a good word eh!?

  17. I love the artcard. You are a true poetic soul, my friend!

  18. dollop of cream, dollop of curry, dollop of mash, dollop of ??????? whatever you want .all those bloggers who come to your page can try putting a word after dollop of------------.the best one will be the dollop king.

  19. a little bird: It's time to make some new ones, it's been a while!

    Pod: You and this dollop business?!?!

  20. (hugs) I hope you feel better after the weekend...

    I agree too- your blog is always beautiful, but even more so these days.

  21. I would be forever indebted to you if you shared where I could start learning more about textures and photoshop and such. I use CS3 and really need some direction.

    Your work is admirable, and I just love, love, love it!

    -Mishi secretagentmama @ gmail dot com

  22. P.S. Feel better, you!

  23. i love the last fortune cookie quote. so, so beautiful.