Friday, 31 July 2009

Hooked on Cupcakes

I have decided that I have a definite obsession with all things cupcake. I just LOVE them. I have wiled away many happy hours pouring over Bakerella's blog and drooling at the funky creations she comes up with. Just take a look at the fantastic Father's Day treat she made here, I don't know how she thinks of all these fab ideas but I hope she keeps at it to inspire us and make us green with envy. But I don't just love the yummy cupcakes themselves, I love anything and everything that has a cupcake theme.

Check these out...

Cupcake Fairies


Garden Planters



Wall Plaques

Don't you just love them.

So this week I am hooked on cupcakes, and I'll leave you with a shot of the delish cupcakes that I couldn't resist taking a pic of at St George's Market (and I couln't resist buying one either).
I went for the Raspberry & Lemon one and it was divine. So if you are ever in Belfast on a Saturday morning nip along to the Farmer's market and treat yourself.

This week I am taking part in the Hooked on Fridays blog party check it out here.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Meet Nate

For one of the last lessons on the course I have been doing with Jessica Sprague, we had to create a collage. If you haven't tried this before you really should have a go, it's alot of fun and you end up with a great piece of wall art. I decided to use some of the photos of our day at Discovery Cove where we got to swim with Nate the dolphin. I had always wanted to do this so it was a dream realised for me and we had a fantastic day.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

My First Ever Award

Thanks to MelRox I have just received my very first award.

If I understand it correctly I have to
  • List 10 honest things about myself
  • Pass the award on to 7 bloggers who I feel embody the spirit of the honest scrap and whose blogs I find brilliant in content

OK here goes.......

  1. I HAVE to start the day with a latte or I get grouchy
  2. I have a very short attention span ........... what I am supposed to be doing!
  3. My favourite holiday destination is Walt Disneyworld, Florida
  4. I am addicted to Bejewelled Blitz
  5. I really want a new camera, a Canon DSLR
  6. I love digital scrapbooking
  7. I spend far too much time on the internet for my own good
  8. I love nachos and fajitas and apple sour martinis on the rare occassions when I go out
  9. I never read a book twice
  10. Sometimes I like animals more than people

I am passing this on to..





Life as I live it



Friday, 24 July 2009

Yay, I've been published!

So excited because I have had a scrapbook layout published in this month's Scrapbook Inspirations magazine.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

There's no business like SNOW business

This is a storyboard that I did for the Jessica Sprague course which is sadly over now but I thoroughly enjoyed the two weeks and learnt so much more about using PSE. Now I just need lots of practice!

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

I am LOVING this

The Jessica Sprague course that is. We have been adding textures, frames and text to our photos as well as playing around with blending modes and adjustment layers. It really helps to learn PSE when you have a set project to do. This is my latest offering, a photo of my DD1 taken last year.

If you have any photos that you have done this kind of thing to I would love to see them, leave a a link in the comments if you want to share.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Jessica Sprague's fab courses

I have been doing a Jessica Sprague course on Frame Ups and Special Effects for the last week. It teaches us how to use various techniques in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (PSE) to add a little something to our photos so that they are a little more interesting and unique. Although I have touched up photos in PSE I have not done much of this type of thing so I have really enjoyed learning new techniques and I will certainly use them more in future, especially for photos I am going to scrapbook.

For this photo we had to get a vintage hand coloured look, I think it is not bad for a first attempt.

What do you think?

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Seeing double

I had such a lot of fun using PSE to create this pic for The PWL course at Feel Good Photos. I am really pleased with how it turned out and really chuffed that it is one of the nominees for photo of the week. Now that I have tried doing this in PSE I just know I am going to use it lots in the future.

I am doing an online Jessica Sprague course on Frame-Ups and Special Effects so will post some of the photos from it tomorrow.

What are your favourite things to do in PS or PSE? I would love to hear how you make your photos fun, funky and unique so please leave a comment if you want to share.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Water, water everywhere

Ever wondered what happnes at the moment a water balloon bursts? Well wonder no more, here it is. Don't you just love the way the water holds its shape for a split second before cascading all over the place.

Here's another water shot. A drop of water splashing into OH's hand. I converted to B&W to remove the distraction of the background and concentrate on the water. Not quite a crown, but almost.