Finger Pointing ~ May 23, 20022

Hello Digi-fans!!! I hope this day finds you all well and having fun with the greatest hobby around! I have been searching the galleries to find you some gems to take a look at, and I think I’ve found a group of wonderful pages!! After I hit post, I’m off to plan our Memorial Day weekend menu.  So many people to thank for the good things in our lives. Their sacrifices are never gone unnoticed.

Let’s get to the pages!!!!

First up, we have Sylvia’s oh so artsy “Right Now”

Sylvia never fails to surprise and delight me with her artsy pages. She has the knack of finding the perfect elements to go with the perfect paint splashes! Her photo treatment is spot on, and I love the little camera cluster on the bottom right. She really knows how to use the paint and little artsy touches that make just about every one of her pages a knockout!

Next up is Kayleigh’s “In The Moment”.

I was immediately drawn to the bold and colorful stamps making the “L” shape that frames and surrounds her subject! The pastel tones that she uses are perfect to complement her daughter’s bright pink dress! I think the spider web like background and the colorful patches of paint perfectly pair with her photo. Good Times, indeed!

On the other end of the color spectrum is Katy’s “Strong”

Strong indeed, is the composition of this page! I love that she left everything black and white, but had just a strip of gold to accentuate that adorable photo!! The inky stamps really make this page jump out, even though it really has little color, which is a lot of what first glances take in. It takes talent to make a black and white page really shine, and she sure did it!

This next one is the adorable “Sleep, My Baby”, by Dady

Oh, does this one touch my Mama heart. My daughter is 19 now, so the baby time is so far in the past and I miss it. The photo of Mama holding the baby’s hand just touches me. I love the way the larger photo is framed so that it looks like the layout is actually a blanket covering the baby!! The little stamp birdie is a perfect touch.

Lizr has made this fabulous tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

I was drawn in by the Queen’s fabulous yellow suit, and then I saw the ghosted young Queen in the background. What a beautiful tribute to a very strong lady! The colors of the background and the ghosted text is perfect!

Finally, we have cfile’s fabulous “Perfect Together” page!

From the vintage look of the photo, I’m assuming this might be her parent’s wedding, but I’m not sure.  Whenever and whoever it was, the photo is amazing, and I think she did a fantastic job making this feel vintage, yet is fresh and new. Her shadowing is always spot on, and I like the way the canvas becomes the photo with her spectacular skill at blending! This page is named “Perfect Together”, but I say that this entire layout is just Perfect!!

Well, that’s it for today!!! Please take the time to give these beautiful pages a second look in the galleries they came from, and take a sec to give them a shout out too. They all deserve it!!

Finger Pointing ~May 12, 2022

Good Morning Digi-land!!!

I hope you all are enjoying the last vestiges of cool weather. I’m a Spring gal myself, so I am not looking forward to the heat of summer. I am really enjoying all the summer pages though! It’s nice to see us all get out of the house and start doing fun outside activities. As I was browsing through the galleries, I saw a pattern: travel pages! So, here are some travel pages I thought were especially awesome!!!

OKate “San Francisco Cable Car Museum” 

I really love how the photos are stacked upon each other with wonderful shadowing, but more than that, I love the way she chose different parts of the cable cars to showcase. They aren’t just a picture of the cable cars – but the signs, the numbers, the building, and extreme closeups! I also like the way she left it very clean and simple so that the photos are the star!

Mocamom “Eiffel Tower” 

Aren’t these photos fabulous?? I love how they aren’t just the normal posed photos, but more candid. The block layout is perfect to get so many pictures in it, and I love the way she blended the photos into the background, and used little elements. I also ADORE the picture of the feet!! Amazing indeed!

Cfile “HRBT”

The artsy treatment on this page is phenomenal!! I love how the entire layout is the photo and whatever treatment she did on that photo is just perfect for this grungy layout. I really like the cute little camera and her journaling in the corner so we know what is going on, but it doesn’t take away from the glorious photo!

Dady “On the Road to a New Adventure”

I just thought this page was so sweet! The first thing I saw was that adorable doggie in the basket!! I really like the way she used circles to accentuate the pair of bikers on the left, and had the biker on the right slowly melting into the background. The string wending it’s way to the title is also a wonderful technique to show movement! Lastly, I love the ghosted text on the background!

Marnel “Ma”

Marnel’s “MA” is so full of yummy texture and colors!! The photos just blend right into the background so one is not quite sure where one photo ends and the other begins. The flower piles are perfect to show the beauty feel of the photos. The letters falling off the page are wonderful, as Is the little artistic touches all over. Take some time and really look deeply into this page; you’ll find so much to ogle!!

LidiaG “May I Spy Challenge” 

And last, but certainly not least, is the “I Spy Challenge” from Lidia. I saw that VW Van and HAD to click in and see the page more clearly! It is so cute!!! I love how using the brown near the bottom and the orange seaweed makes it feel like the van is underwater, but then you see a butterfly and the lighthouse, which makes it feel NEAR the water. I love the blue textured background to mimic either the ocean or the sky! Great job!!

So there’s our travel pages for now! Please do visit the pages and give some loving to the layout artist! It will make her day. I guarantee it.

Au Revoir!

Finger Pointing ~ April 28, 2022

Hello all! Can you believe that the year 2022 is nearly half over? Time is flying by at breakneck speed, isn’t it? For us here in the desert, things are heating up and Summer temps will be here by the end of May, so I’m preparing myself for the onslaught of Summer. I’m not a lover of the heat, so I won’t be going out as much. Fall and Spring are my favorite months!

Since I’m going to be in hiding soon, I thought my theme of the day would be travel, or destinations. I found so many that it was hard to narrow them down, but here are 6 from different galleries across digi-land. As always, please take some time to give these artists some lovin’ on their pages. They work so hard and it means so much to be noticed!!!

TrishD Some Kind of Wonderful

I was drawn to this page because of the bright contrast of the white building and I had to click to find out more about this building. I didn’t find out about the building, but I was treated to a wonderfully blended page. I like how she made the edges of the photo be as if it were gesso paint. Her title work is beautiful, and the text stamp is perfect for the page.

*gina* Enjoy Every Moment of Your Life

This page by Gina just screams life!! The joy in the pictures, and the beautiful photo treatment makes my heart glad! Her little splashes of paint, the very tasteful elements, and the star of the show, the photos, make this a fantastic page!

Oldenmeade Impressions of Cyprus

What a fantastic way to remember the trip to Cyprus. The sepia and golden colors are perfect for the main photo of the ship, and to blend it into a paint splotch is wonderfully creative. I love the font choice of “Cyprus” and the artfully chosen few photos to tell a story of ancient times. The autumn leaves are a perfect touch – and yes, I spotted that adorable butterfly!

OKate Photography 1

This page is deceptively simple. It may be just one photo, but the angle in which it was taken just draws one into the story. The treatment of high contrast makes it warm and inviting, and the text ghosted around the page is perfect to bring texture into the page. I love the ghosted photo frame as well!

Stormchaser Mesa Arch

What a beautifully scrapped page about our world! The Mesa Arch is a beautiful place and The photo angle was absolutely PERFECT! They captured the scenery in the opening under the arch. The flowers are wonderfully shadowed, and the photos are just enough to show the story. I love the sweet little blue butterfly that ties in the flowers so beautifully! On thing I noticed that maybe others won’t is the rickety ladder. I climbed one of those in Mesa Verde National Park, and I wonder if they had a spot where they climbed one too.

LynnG Route 66

Lynn chose the perfect colored background to showcase these fabulous photos of the famous Route 66! The photos are really fun, and they show the joy of vacation stops! I really like that she left the photos to tell the story, and has just enough elements to complement the photos. I like also how she made the Route 66 photo in the middle look like a stamp!

Well, looks like I’m through living vicariously through all of these amazing layouts! I hope you enjoyed the little trip around the world with me too!

Until next time,

 

 

 

Finger Pointing ~ April 12, 2022

It’s Spring!! Is it looking like it in your part of the world? Here in the desert we usually start Spring with wind storms and rain and we are having wicked wind storms right now. Up to 75mph gusts!! We just stay inside and not drive unless we have to. It’s an eerie sight to see just sand in the air and nothing else. I usually can see the strip from our house,  but not right now!

Anyways, I am here to bring some sunshine into your day and showcase a few pages that really caught my eye. Usually I have a theme, but today I don’t think I do. They’re all a bit different. Also, If you have a moment or two, give these artists a bit of love. Both the photo and the title are linked to the site they are from!

 Elegance by Bright Eyes

I absolutely adore the quote she used on this elegant page! The sweet butterflies all around the photo just bring your eyes to that fabulous photo. I love that she made a photo frame, yet made her subject be out of and in front of the frame. That is such a powerful effect! Her tasteful flowers and background choices make this one elegant page indeed!!

Elvina’s World by jholden15

Talk about a page that just JUMPS out at you in the gallery!! This beauty by Jana is simply amazing! I love the artsy grungy feel of the entire page and her blending is superb! The butterflies (ooh, I see a pattern. I think I’m obsessed!) frame her main character beautifully and the intricate blended background is a perfect base for her subject!

These Moments by Kayleigh

This page is just amazing! It is so full of delicious layers that you really have to take time, stop, and look at every piece she chose to highlight. I adore the way she used different color paints in the background and every piece on that color is the same color, creating a beautiful colorful palette of goodness!!! The measuring tape holds it all together. There is so much to look at, and I think my favorite color stripe is the blue one: lace, flowers, stamps, paint…just a masterpiece!!!

Elegant by Sylvia

I saw this gorgeous beauty and had to see what she was all about. I think it was a challenge somewhere because it’s the same subject and quote – but each of them went their own ways. I love the old fashioned elegance of her cartoon model, and the fact that she kept her in black and white. The strip of text behind her is perfect and standing on the ink spots is a great idea. But, then she adds that magnificent tiny cluster of color – and oh oops – another butterfly!! The stars are a perfect final touch!

On the Road Again by Mother Bear

This bright cheery road trip page is so full of fun things to look at!! The Volkswagen van is iconic for the open road, and I love that she kept the photo so big!  The cute little cluster on the bottom is a great title cluster and the butterfly with the hearts around it is such a perfect accoutrement. All the fun works art and those fabulous French fries round out this perfectly adorable and fun traveling page!

“In the Waves” by Peppapig

Yo ho, yo ho a pirate’s…Oh sorry. Not a pirate. However, this sea captain is amazing! I love the checkerboard overlay on his jacket and those lovely houndstooth pants! The sun and the circle of paint behind him just brings him more into focus, and the painted waves and cute little boat are perfect. The quote is really meaningful, and I just adore the crow on top of his head!!! Oh yeah – are those two butterflies around him??

So, my friends, I guess I had a theme after all: butterflies!! But we all know that if you’ve read my posts before! Enjoy your week, and for those of you who celebrate Easter, have a blessed Holy Week and an amazing Easter Day!!

Finger Pointing ~ March 30, 2022

Hello all! Can you believe that March is almost over? When I was walking the dogs today, I could tell that Spring was here. In the desert, we have a sweet spot of about 2-3 weeks before we start edging to the 100 degree and over mark, so I’m enjoying it all I can before I hide for the Summer. The birds have returned and the flowers on the bushes are starting to bloom. The green is coming back. With the somewhat cool gentle breeze I could tell that today was going to be a great day!!! Let’s take a stroll through the new spring buds of spring layouts in the digi-land today!!

Our first stop is this sweet page by 01lousmith called “Happy Happy”

The photos are absolutely adorable, and the peach color she chose for the butterfly and flowers perfectly match the jackets they are wearing. I like the purple and the pops of blue flowers. The quote sums up these pictures perfectly!

Next up is “True Beauty” by agoymerac

If you’ve been coming to this blog for a while, you know that I’m a sucker for butterflies, dogs, and birdies!!! I couldn’t pass up this “true beauty” of a page. To catch a hummingbird mid flight is an amazing feat! I love the spill over frame, the torn photo, and the splashes of color and paint that make the main background page. I can’t wait to see the birdies come back full force!!

And now we have this stunner “FOCUS” by Keepscrappin.

I have seen this page at a few forums, and each time it took my breath away with the creativity!! What a great idea to isolate the camera with a frame and keep the photo of the photographer full size on the page! I love the horizontal design fo the elements, and the piles are shadowed perfectly! The blended background really helps the artistic mood of this page.  It’s in my favorites, but I don’t think I could make anything better than she’s already done!

This beauty is next and it’s called “Camilias”, by AmandaJ!

First of all, I love the way she made this so that it has an invisible background. It looks like it’s floating on the page! The flower element she used was almost the exact same color and type as the one in the picture, so I had to look twice to see what was going on! The foliage on the circle is a perfect accent – the page needed nothing else and she knew it. Brava!

And you should have known…butterflies!!! I love this page by anny-libelle 

I love the texture that she created with the antique white colored back ground paper, and then the text, the ledger paper, the squiggles, and that gorgeous photo! Then to take all kinds and shapes of butterflies to surround her is perfection!! The shadowing is fabulous too!

Last up, and certainly not the least, is this fabulous large title page “BLOOM at 6” by kim517.

This page is so bold and beautiful! The pink paper is perfect for the large title and the sweet butterfly in the middle makes my day! The flowers are perfectly matched to the background paper and colors, and the shadows are very realistic. More than anything else, her daughter is adorable!!!!

We have come to the end of our journey for today! I’ll catch you next time. And please, take the time to give these ladies some kudos!!! They deserve them!

 

Finger Pointing ~ March 17, 2022

Hello my friends!! Are you sipping on green beer and chowing down on pastrami? Kissing the Blarney Stone? St. Patrick’s Day is a big day in my family as we are 50% Irish, and my mom’s name was Patricia, and she always celebrated it as her Saint day! In honor of St. Patty’s Day, I am choosing all my layouts with TWO criteria: gorgeous artistic layouts, and Predominantly the color GREEN!! As I was browsing through, I noticed that green is not actually a very popular color to use besides foliage and grass!

So, here we go down that green road…

First up: Veer “Love Saves the World”

First of all, the picture in the middle just drew me in. I wanted to know the conversation going on! I like that she used a white stroke around it to make it stand out, and used white flowers to tie in the color scheme. I love the texture that the different layers of paint and text make, and the added brown makes a wonderful contrast and color palette.

Let’s follow the bag pipes around the Loch and see what’s at the next pub:

It’s  CoriK’s “This is Love” 

The verdant pastures of green matches the beautiful box of succulents that Cori has in her wonderful page “This is Love”. I really felt the love reading her journaling about her husband knowing her so well and bringing this plant home to her. So Sweet!! I like the way she used the paint in the corner and below the photo, and used a mask so that it all blended beautifully. I love the teeny attention to detail with the small hearts in the mask.

Oh wow – I think I saw the Loch Ness monster! No wait – Nessie is in Scotland. What was that???  Let’s run around the Loch and see what we can find on the other side!! It’s a pub and they’re serving

wvsandy’s “Irish Kisses and Shamrock Wishes”!!

YUMMY! I’m tasting that corned beef!!! I love the beautifully presented food, and the fun alpha she used for her title! What a fun way to commemorate a fun holiday! I like the use of the bottle caps too! Erin Go Bragh!

Hey girls – RUN! I see that darned leprechaun, and he’s holding the pot of gold!! Let’s get him!!! But first – let’s look at

Marnel’s “Lucky” 

What a colorful and full of interest page!! The huge lettering is perfectly filled with an amazing background paper! I love the little shamrocks all around and the sweet pictures of her family. And look – we found the pot of gold on her page!!!!!!

Right next door to the pub is a small little art exhibit! Let’s go see what we can find!

Nibylandia-11 “Fresh as Spring Time”

I’m paused in front of the display of this cute little lassie in green! The pictures are so sweet, and I really am pulled into the photos by the green and gold ray background. The cluster is absolutely amazing and shadowed so realistically. I love the bird cage and the fact that the bird is on it and not in it. The paint splashes and text for texture is the perfect denouement for this lovely page!

We’re getting to that time of getting back on the ferry to take us home to the other side of the Loch. We have just one more beauty to share!

Dalis “Soar”

I was pulled in by the simple “Finding my voice” journaling. This art journaling type page really tugged at my heart.  I am working through the same issues. My voice has been silenced for too long, and I’m ready to be me! But – this is about Dalis – sorry! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the sketch of the face and those butterflies flying from her mouth. The paint hair and the sweet flowers make a wonderful crown for her.

And now, my friends, we must bid each other adieu.  I hope you enjoyed your Irish jaunt with me! See you around the boards!!

Finger Pointing – February 15, 2022

I still can’t believe it. I’m in shock that we are already in the second month of the year 2022!! Time is just flying by!

Welcome to today’s version of Finger Pointing! I hope you enjoy the layouts I have for you, and please, click on through (either on the picture or the name of the layout) and leave some loving to the ladies who created these pages! It’s always a beautiful day for me when I see I have comments on any of my pages!

So, first up: “Nothing to Do”, by Tiffany Scraps! 

I think that we can all relate to the feelings in this layout from The Digital Press!

I saw the picture (which by the way, that hexagon shape is TDF!!) and had to see what the topic was! I have always loved the pink and green color palette, so that fabulous ribbon brought my eyes in as well. This page is a perfect way to chronicle one of the fears of digital scrapbook life!!!!

Welcome” by CathyS is the next layout page I want to share with you.

I saw that amazing door and I had to see what this page was all about! The color scheme is perfect and the way she highlighted the door was so perfect. The triangle on the bottom pointing to the title, the verse, and then the door made it feel like the page itself was a door opening itself up to us coming in! The flowers are beautiful, and the paint behind it all just makes the entire page pop.

Meeting the Great” by Blackkathy

This page just made my ovaries ache! What a gorgeous page!

I saw the amazing title work and had to see what else it said. Then, that photo. Oh my – my heart just lept. The baby looking at his great gramps is just so sweet! I love the simple stitching around the page, and the Bible quote with the cute little birdies placed so perfectly around it. I also. like the symbolism of the key under the title.

Defî AnnaLift” by cyanne22

I must really like this layout because I chose 5 layouts to decide between over at OScraps, and they were ALL scraplifts of another layout!!  I finally honed in on this one because of the texture. I was fascinated by how many paint items are actually on this page, and how they create such texture. And yes, you KNOW I was pulled in by the beautiful butterfly.  I just love the way all the elements together give such movement to the page, and they make me want to zoom in and see it all!!!

Autumn” by AZK is next up!

Newsprint backgrounds are such fun to use, but you have to be careful how you use them or they take over the page.  AZK did such a wonderful job of blending and adding paints to the print that it becomes textural, and really supports the photo and the amazing autumn trees! Her blending is perfect, and she really left the photo to shine by having just that little banner pile.

Closing out our choices for today from The Lily Pad:

LOVE” by Armygrl

I can’t even begin to describe how awesome Lisa’s shadows are!!! I Just wanted to take that “O” especially, and see if it was real!!! She does such a great job with everything, but her shadow work takes the cake in this beautiful tribute to love. The other unique thing that I like about this page is that she has journaling but she broke it up into three easy to read points. I love that.

Well my friends, that’s all for today! Again, leave some lovin’ to all these ladies and their beautiful pages!! We’ll see you soon!!