Tuesday, March 24, 2015

365 Photo of the Day

March 24 2015 Barb Derksen

Loving the gummy bears and fruit loops on the ice cream. 

Digital Scrapbooking Kit sale NOT TO MISS!

KimB is offering these GAW-JUS kits for 1/2 price at The Digital Press just for a small window @ 50% off through TUES 24th - THUR 26th.  Don’t miss out.  I specially begged a pic of my niece’s son for this event:

SHOP HERE! (the digital press)

I specially begged a pic of my niece’s son for this event:


There is so much more to these kits that I’m positively itching to play with them more! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

365 Photo(s) of the Day

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After autumn into winter into an early spring, the fruit trees become unruly.  Branches and limbs gangle upward reaching hard – seeking the warmth of the sun.  Orchardists come out like one-armed lobsters with pruners in hand, snipping and snapping.

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And I too, come out and rummage through the fallen branches and harvest some of the tall lithe branches.

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And turn them into bundles of spring.

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And leave some love on the doorstep of a few hearts.  What joy it brings to share the sweet pleasure of watching spring unfold indoors. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

365 Photo of the Day

Today’s photo will be a mystery for some of you viewing. 


This is a splendid specimen - I love dissecting these!

What is it?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Just Hoppin’ in here to make a BIG HAPPY ANNOUNCEMENT!


Things really are HOPPING with me lately, and I am super excited to be here to say that I’m now officially part of KimB’s Creative Team, along with a whole team of fabulous digi-artists who I look forward to getting to know.

I’ve known Kim ever since dinosaurs went digi. Now that ages us don’t it?  Well it also means we’ve been around for the duration and that Kim’s creative abilities have been elevated to FINE art status.  As you can very well see as I will display her newest kit (which I’m DYING to play with) 


That Ol' Bunny : Full Collection

Don't miss this bargain @ 38% off!

Or grab the individual items also 20% off ( + check out TDP Newsletter for an extra 20% off coupon too!)


That Ol' Bunny : The Kit


That Ol' Bunny : Journal Cards


That Ol' Bunny : Word Art


And today Kim has an inspiration that will blow your socks off!  A gorgeous FREEBIE which she’s posted on her blog

And at this moment I’ve begun to work some magic with Kim’s kit – so stay tuned! 

365 Photo(s) of the Day (even more Steamboat Rock)


This will be my second to last day of posting about beautiful Steamboat Rock State Park in Washington State, USA.  There are so many things I love about this place, and different nuances with each season.  I love the texture and rich color of the moss and lichens.


The brilliant saturated color makes a striking backdrop to this weathered heavy chain.

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I could get lost in macro photography with the beautiful lichen.


The Arrowleaved Balsamroot (we just call them sunflowers) are just emerging!  When these come out full-force its something lovely to behold.


Not a very clear photo, this is the first Shooting Star of the year too!   I have very fond memories of this flower – as a kid I was fascinated by these.

There were an abundance of buttercups and my fetching husband said that when he walked around the top of the “Steamboat” he saw many tiny pansies as well.

I’ll finish off the last of my photos of our visit to Steamboat Rock tomorrow.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

365 Photo(s) of the Day (more Steamboat Rock weekend)


So we are heading south from Steamboat Rock State Park in Washington State, USA.  Doesn’t that road just beckon you to the beyond?


Our next stop – Sun-Lakes/Dry Falls State Park.


It’s a stunning vista over this area carved by glaciers. Its hard to get a complete picture of the vastness of this area, nor the depth of the drop here down to those lakes.


View just to the left.



Looking out from the Pavilion.


The best view of all, I think!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

365 Photo(s) of the Day (More Steamboat Rock)

So today we will set off on the next leg of our little vacation weekend.  On Saturday morning we spent a leisurely morning (that means reading in bed for me) before we headed our little “Frisky” the Fiat toward the south. 


As you can see, it wasn’t a particularly sunny day, nor was it wet, either.  Somehow the roads down here always seem like a long drawn out ribbon and I like how they wend past all of the beautiful cliffs and rock formations.


In some places it was so arresting, the pale gold grasses waving against a turquoise blue water.


There are many Public Fishing pullouts along the highways in Washington State – something we rarely see here in BC.  I mean if there are fishing spots up here it seems its like you have to look it up, while there in the USA  they post actual signs saying “Public Fishing” so you know its ok to fish there.  Granted some of these places require a Discover Pass.

Doesn’t that fish kinda make you think of something prehistoric?  I don’t know what kind it was – any guesses?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

365 Photo(s) of the Day

So, I’m cheating a bit here because I’m going to post just a few pics here each day of our recent trip across the USA border to one of our favorite places: Steamboat Rock State Park in Washington State, USA.  Yesterday I posted photos of the cabin, once we got settled on the Friday night, we went for a little walk in the early evening.  The weather was cloudy but not rainy. 


This is the view from a location just north of the campsite, looking down onto the shores from up on some rock.  Unfortunately, I did not make it to the very top of Steamboat Rock this trip as we had intended to do so on the Sunday, early, but that day dawned rainy, wet and gloomy.


Ah and there my fine-looking Mr awaiting me.  He’s a rock-hopper and I’m not quite such one.  If he had his way we would have a home backed up against a climbing wall, I’m sure.


Even a pristine sand-dune for us to enjoy.  I know this is a short post but I’m going to reserve the next photos for tomorrow’s post. 

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Monday, March 16, 2015

FREE Carrot Top .studio file and Road Trip Pics

365 Photo of the Day

I’m going to post a couple of photos each day for the next few days from our weekend away down to Steamboat Rock.  Just a few each day as I have many.  Could get overwhelming here!


That, of course, is Steamboat Rock.  As you can see, it is shaped like a steamboat.  And this large and beautiful landmark is within Steamboat Rock State Park in Washington State, USA.  We are so lucky to live so close to the border that we have access to places like this. 

My dashing Mr and I have had many years of skipping off to this luscious locale – each time we go it evokes precious memories.  This time we were fortunate to take a cabin, because really they are not rentable on the “shoulder” season – but we were fortunate that one was opened to us on an “emergency” basis. 



Spacious front room/kitchenette.


Sweet bedroom!


Can you fathom waking up to THIS view? 

Sigh sigh!

Ok, so I’m going to stop here and post a few more tomorrow.  Now I’ll Show & Tell a fun Easter table decoration you can easily make!




And just how CUTE is this?  These are some fun Easter carrots you can make for place settings for your family Easter table. 


These are super simple to make.  Just cut a rectangle out of designer paper 8 inches long by 6 inches wide.  You will get two “tubes” out of one 12 x 12 sheet of designer paper.  Run double sided tape (or glue) on the outside of one of the the long sides of the paper, then roll it into a tube. 

Flatten one end, with the seam in the middle on the back.  Tuck some double sided tape inside to seal, or glue.  I used my crimper to make a wavy edge on it. 



Now make sure you’ve cut however many green carrot tops out of cardstock using the FREE file provided below.

Next, fill your “carrot” with treats (chocolate eggs, jelly beans) and when it’s full then flatten the OPPOSITE sides to the ones at the bottom.  The ‘tube’ will turn into a wedge or “carrot” shape naturally.  Now use either double sided tape or glue and, inserting the end of the carrot top in, seal this end.  You now have your carrot. 

But finally, find some bright pretty ribbon, tie a bow and glue it onto the top.  Voila!




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Sunday, March 15, 2015

365 Photo of the Day and a Fun Project

365 Photo of the Day


Have you ever seen one of these? 

A Fun Project

Turning THIS:


I wish I’d taken a photo of this before I snipped it up into bits… this is was a t-shirt I bought at the thrift store.  I kept looking at it thinking I wanted it.  I caved in and bought and kept trying it on over the next few days and finally thought, no, its “not me”.  So I went to put it back in the box destined to go back to the thrift store, but my hand wouldn’t let me.  That night I couldn’t get to sleep for thinking of what I wanted with that t-shirt and it finally came to me.  And this is the result!




A lot of watered down glue, tissue paper, glitter, gems, sequins, Tim Holtz alcohol inks and stamps and this is what my creation is made of.  I love it, it was very freeing.  I made several of these canvases, a few I’ve already given as gifts and need to recall them so I can take proper photos of and share them here.  This canvas was given as a draw prize at my OCC Women’s Fellowship Coffee, held at McKia’s (in the Best Western) at 1:00 each Thursday here in Osoyoos.  You’re all welcome to join us!

Have YOU ever re-purposed a clothes item into art?

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