Sunday, May 8, 2011

To the Beloved Women Before Me...

A Mother's Day Tribute

"When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me. Speaking words of wisdom, let it be, let it be." -The Beatles, Let it Be.

Let us pray for all of those who have ever undertaken the profession of motherhood and all the women who have come before us who helped shape us into the women we are today.

This is my beautiful and spirited Mother in one of her musicals (circa 1945). She was a singer and a dancer. She loved music. She had a radio show for years. I used to listen as a baby with my beloved Grandmother Annie Niland. A tale from my childhood: When I was about three, I missed my Mother. I was precocious, to say the least. I thought if I could get her out of that radio box, she would come home. I sent Annie to the kitchen to get me some juice. While she was gone, I took the opportunity to knock the radio off the stand and break it. Annie came rushing back in and found me standing amidst the pieces of the radio. Looking up at her with wide-eyed expectancy I announced, "Mommy will come home now." She didn't come home.

Me with the said radio

Mother and I circa 1953

My beloved Grandmother Anna Rebecca Casey Niland 
(she was in a play called The Girl of the Golden West)

My Beloved Grandmother  Emma Constance Bledsoe White

My beloved Great Grandmother "Nana" Casey

My beloved Great- Great Grandmother Penrod

Today's Intention - Tell your Mother how much you love her - in person, by phone, or in a prayer lifted up to her by angels.
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Friday, May 6, 2011

Mother's Day Cards with Digital Design Elements

These cards were created with three of the beautiful women's face stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps. VLVS has over 75 images of women's faces available to you.

Being a digital mixed media artist, I love to combine traditional elements with digital. For this set of cards, I wanted to show stampers how easily it is to use the stamped images with digital elements. I also wanted to create three different cards using the same few design elements. It is important to note that you must respect the stamp manufacturer's copyright policies when creating anything.

I stamped each image on white paper and scanned them into PhotoShop. I created the card background elements in PhotoShop. The faces were colored and decorated digitally also.

Viva Las VegaStamps Used in these cards:
Lady In Big Red Hat 2 x 2 1/4
Item 2495 Plate 729 Ladies Woman Women Page 489

Lady In Chapeau 1 1/2 x 1 1/4
Item 5796 Plate 595 Ladies Woman Women Hat Hats Page 328

Lady Round Hat/Large 3 1/2 x 5
Item 7564 Plate 252 Ladies Woman Women Page 14