Monday, January 31, 2011

One World One Heart 2011

                                                          I am participating once again.

Good morning world & welcome to my blog! My name is Diane & I reside in So. California. I love so many different forms of art but some  favorites are image transfers, mixed media collage & digital art. Grab a cup of coffee & browse through my blog for a bit.  I hope you enjoy what you see!  This HUGE giveaway titled.........One World One Heart is  handled by Lisa Swifka at This is my fourth year to participate in this wonderful event. This is such a wonderful way to meet new people & discover more amazing artwork. Last year I think we had around 1000 participants. All you need is a blog to join in.  Here are the rules:        Please leave your comment on this post with contact info. and the winner will be drawn on Feb. 17th.

Now...the giveaways....I am posting 5 items for this event. I couldn't do just one! Each is an image that I have altered in Photoshop Elements & then transferred it to a canvas. They are all 5x7 in size. Wishing you all the very best of luck!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Today's Ocean Photos..California Coastline

Good Thursday morning! Time to visit our beautiful ocean! These pics were shot between Pismo Beach, Ca. & Ventura, Ca. The water was just shimmering so beautifully.......reminds me of why I LOVE home. Hope you all have a wonderful day! 

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Beautiful Hills Of California

Good morning everyone! This morning I am posting some pics from our trip to Paso Robles last week. Everything is pretty green right now as we've had a bit more rain than usual. Paso Robles is about 3 hours from our main residence in Newbury Park. It is straight up Hwy 101 & it is quite a beautiful ride. If you top picture notes Santa Barbara just 13 miles group of pics will be the beautiful ocean. Have a great week!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Different Modes of Transportation

Good morning! WOW, it's been one week since my last post...not like me! We just returned from a trip to Paso Robles & we're glad to be back. It was a very nice drive seeing all the greenery & I will post pics of that soon.
I don't know what it is about the different modes of transpoortation, I am really enjoying the boats & airplanes. This one was a cloud picture to start with & I blended the airplane pic over that. I also always tweak the color, opacity & contrast in PSE 6. The airplane photo came from
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Beautiful weekend weather & football playoffs

Gorgeous Southern California weather today! What a day to watch some football games.....Go Steelers!!
This morning a I have a lovely airplane photo that I overlayed on a free fractal background & a young ballerina. I think her lovely little legs got a bit lost in this photo but I still like it. There is just something about a ballerina that I love! The ballerina was an overlay on to a textured background which came from Flickr.
Happy Saturday everyone!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bottles on the window sill & a Ruthenian woman

Good morning! We've already reached hump day! Looks like the weather is going to warm up a bit here.
Since we are spoiled by the sun... we have a difficult time with the cold!
My pics today consist of a window sill with bottles manipulated in PSE. The background is the view of the side of a building. The two pictures blended quite nicely. The 2nd is a free image from of a Ruthenian woman. The background was a free texture from a flickr group.  I thought this woman had a beautiful pure looking.  I pick up so many images along the way that it is difficult to remember where they all came from.
Hope you all have wonderful Wednesday!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

My New Bracelet

Good morning to you all! The weekend is here & I hope you all have a good one spending time with family & friends.
This morning I have a beautiful new bracelet I purchased last week from Lori Anderson at This is Lori's website & you can also find her blog at Lori has been a blogging friend for at least a couple of years but this was my first purchase from her. Check this bracelet out! I was blown away when I pulled the lid off the beautifully packaged box she sent this in. There was even a little "thank you" charm tied to the ribbon...just gorgeous!
Is this stunning or what?? I can't wait to purchase another piece of Lori's jewelry....not only are the glass beads beautiful....her craftsmanship is amazing! Stop by & check out her beautiful jewelry. Thank you, Lori!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Another Photoshop Boat

Thursday is upon us & it arrived rather fast. Hope the new year is starting out well for everyone.
Today's art is actually another boat done with PSE. Funny, that I find the boats to be a lot of fun to work with yet I am certainly NOT a lover of the water & have no desire to board a boat. I do love the way this combination turned out. Photoshop Elements is so addicting, I could just sit there for hours upon hours experimenting with new things. If you have it.....I would encourage you try it out
Happy Thursday to you all!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Photoshop Class & New PSE Image

Good Tuesday morning! It is chilly in So. California! We've had some crazy weather this week snow at Magic Mountain?? That is crazy! I am signed up for a new on-line class starting this month. It is with Cynthia Powell at I am pretty excited about this & have high hopes for learning some new things. I have taken 2 other on-line was wonderful & one WASN'T! I am keeping my fingers crossed that I haven't bitten off more than I can chew. This morning's picture is a balloon background with the boat picture overlay. The images are from I really love the combination of the two.
Happy Creative Tuesday!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Shout Out Sunday...... Kelly Berkey Designs

Good morning! I wanted to start the new year with a shout out for a fellow blogger that I purchased earrings from recently. I have been remiss in not doing this before now. Not only have I purchased three pairs for myself but ordered one for a friend also. Kelly has done a couple of peace sign designs & the ones I pictured today are her latest (I think.)  Check out her blog at & her etsy shop at She makes wonderful jewelry & as if that isn't enough talent....she paints too. Stop by & say hello to her. She is delightful!