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[sticky post] Find me here, there and everywhere! [Oct. 17th, 2015|06:40 pm]
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Just a good old fashioned sticky post :-) I will have to update it later with Instagram and Pinterest.


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New Horse Scherenschnitte or Papercut [Aug. 29th, 2016|09:10 pm]
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Purchase the original on Etsy :-)



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SVG Cuttable Files on Etsy [Aug. 29th, 2016|09:46 am]
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What are cuttable files or cutting files? They are usually SVG files that can be used for laser cutting and digital die cutting machines. They can also do double duty as clip art or embroidery patterns.

I have been filling my Etsy shop with them over the summer and they have all sorts of uses for cardmakers and scrapbookers. So far I have some frames, birds and feathers. We'll see how the collection grows. The great thing about them is that you can scale them up or down or all around. Whatever you want to do to make your project special. I have a Pazzles, but Cricut and Silhouette are two other popular brands. And with third party software like Make the Cut, digi crafters aren't limited to certain file types like days of yore! It's kind of cringe-worthy to think that the original Cricut came with cartridges...you couldn't use your own designs back then.

Each cutting file package comes with a PDF, an SVG file and a WPC file for Pazzles. Even if you don't have a digital die cutter, you can use the SVG to scale the pictures to size, or you can do it the old fashioned way with a photocopier with the PDF. Sometimes I forget that you can use a cutting machine to draw too. Clip art, embroidery patterns, laser cutting, stencils...cuttable files have tons of uses :-)



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ArtFire shop effectively closed [Aug. 28th, 2016|09:34 am]
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My shop on ArtFire effectively closed over the summer. I had signed on years ago in 2008 and had a nifty lifetime plan that was grandfathered in over the years. But with almost no sales in the last two years, no ability to sell digital downloads and a climbing US exchange rate, I couldn't afford to keep it open. I was on the free plan for a while until that was no longer offered. It's a shame because I love the platform and had great sales there for a long time. As my ArtFire sales dropped off my Etsy ones increased - something that I am at a loss to explain! Competition is always good and I appreciate the things that ArtFire offered at the time that Etsy didn't - like stats, shop customization and the ability to link to your website.
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The "National" at Spruce Meadows [Jun. 28th, 2016|06:06 am]
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Finally I have something for horse_photos. The truth is that I don't get out with my camera as much as I should. I have started to carry it more with me, but it's still difficult to find my preferred subject matter. At least I can always count on seeing horses when I go to Spruce Meadows and I'm still wowed by my latest round of photos from there. If you don't know what Spruce Meadows is, it's a a magical place in Alberta. Now, Alberta is full of magical places, but if you love horses, Spruce Meadows is a wonderous land where sport and family meet!

When I was a little girl living in Edmonton, I used to dutifully collect the free admission passes that came with the gas bill in hopes that some day my family would make the three hour trek to Calgary. That never happened - it was only until I moved here that I was able to indulge in Spruce Meadows and I loved every minute of it. Every visit, decades later, reminds me of my youthful enthusiasm for horses.

It's easy to forget that houses are right across the road from it now - but it still maintains its country charm. And here's the best part - there really is something for everyone at Spruce Meadows, from live music, delicious food, usually a car show or dog agility.

Spruce Meadows celebrated its 40th anniversary last year and this lasting gift from the Southern family always fills my heart with pride. Red Arrow kindly provides a free shuttle service so that the park is accessible to everyone and admission is free, although some day I am going to splurge

I couldn't have asked for a more picture perfect day when I went for the Continental on June 11th. It was sunny and cool and I marvelled at all the recent upgrades. It's been a couple of years since my last visit. The old bleacher seating at the Chinook Ring has been replaced with a fancy new Founder's Plaza with tables and chairs.

I was super excited this day because I borrowed a 200 mm zoom lens. For those of you who have never held one, it's about as long as your forearm and weighs about a pound or two. It was really hefty! I found a primo space for the event going on and tested it out. I was so nervous because of the borrowed lens that I forgot to make the most of the zoom! I had all sorts of dumb fears that it would fall off my camera or that I would drop it :D Regrettably the photos from the first event I went to were mostly blurry and not very usable.

Fortunately by the time we found seating in the International Ring I had a handle on it and I was thrilled with the results, as you can see in this sample on Flickr. I can't wait to go again in July for the "North American" tournament.



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Budgie coloring fun! [May. 12th, 2016|08:49 pm]
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I get so behind on blogging sometimes - the comic expo took up so much time! Somehow I managed to finish this before the comic expo and actually sold the first paper copy there. The buyer was thrilled. What can I say except that budgies are awesome! It's so rare to see the little guys get their own calendar. Now they have their own coloring book starring my budgies past and present.

It can be purchased as a PDF from my Etsy shop. Print as many times as you like for personal use. It's 13 pages of budgie coloring fun :-)

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Counting down the days... [Apr. 23rd, 2016|06:47 am]
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I have been in super biz mode for the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. This is my last weekend to wrap up all the things! Last year my to-do lists had to-do lists, but I am much more organized this year. I just have to print some prints, package some art and make sure all the little things are taken care of. It's going to be a fun time, I can't wait. My friend and I are sharing a table.

Thanks to Mike Rieger for the nifty graphic!



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New Horse Artwork [Apr. 1st, 2016|09:37 pm]
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Whew, I am always moving at the speed of life! Here is an 8.5x11" papercut that I did earlier in the month. It was inspired by a friend who reshares a lot of feathered horses on Facebook! Adding some horses within a horse made for a more interesting picture than just pinto coloured. It's for sale on Etsy too!

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Summer memories for winter days [Jan. 23rd, 2016|08:43 am]
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Like most creative people, I'm sitting on a pile of images and sometimes those images take longer than usual to see the light of day! I finally sat down and uploaded 20 of my favourite pictures from a 2010 visit to Lougheed House, a historic home and museum here in Calgary. It was a beautiful summer day, and my Mom and I headed down there to see what was new in the garden. I took along a piece of frosty plastic from an IKEA box and Mom patiently held it higher or lower behind the flowers. The effect worked well - a sort of fake selective focus which my old Canon PowerShot lacked. In pictures of the irises, it added a sparkly effect. A few of the irises and the violas have made it on to cards and magnets and now that I'm looking at them again, I'll probably pick out a few more for craft sales this year :-) Click through to see the whole album.


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New Year, New POD [Jan. 2nd, 2016|05:33 pm]
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Happy 2016 peeps! I started on a new print on demand site, Society6 which has a lot of old favourites on it at the moment. I love print on demand sites because the customer gets what they want and can get it at a reasonable price. Shipping from Canada is long and expensive and it saves me from having to keep inventory even if it doesn't mean as much money going into my pocket. Society6 is a fairly new site and I hope it improves! Some problems I have noticed with it are:

  • Deleted images cache and changes don't show up right way

  • There's no editing tools, not even a simple rotate for photos that are the wrong orientation

  • The site is a little disordered compared to other print on demand sites - listings are called "posts"

  • There's a constant problem with "upload limit reached" errors, so trying to replace an image is impossible

  • The seller backend doesn't work well or at all with Android/mobile, which is a bummer as I hoped to be able to edit the photo descriptions after uploading


Still, I hope the site grows and gets better - we all have to start somewhere!
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