Sunday, 19 December 2010

Have a Happy Christmas

Kia ora

Just one week until Christmas.  Using a script by Judy at A Touch of Class, this wallpaper is a simple idea with a Christmas feel.


Hope you like it.

Thank you.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

A Picture Perfect Peony

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It has been a long time since my creative juices flowed and this beautiful peony has helped this evening. This photograph was taken on Sunday when I visited a local garden during the Wyndham Street Races in memory of Burt Munro. Most would know Burt from Anthony Hopkins portrayal of him in The World's Fastest Indian.

The soft pink with the darker mauve petals beneath make this quite an unusual peony, to me. I have very little knowledge of peonies, so I can't tell you what it is called.


I hope you enjoy this beauty as much as I do.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Salvia Officinalis

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A common kitchen herb, Sage, Salvia Officinalis, is found in many gardens these days. I have a few different Sages, and utilise them all in the kitchen, whether in salads or vases.


Hope you like my new wallpaper.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Little Waxeye peeps out from Southern Rata

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The waxeye, Zosterops lateralis, is a popular little bird that comes into our gardens looking for berries and nectar. Here he is sitting in a Southern Rata at Hagley Park, Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Although their natural habitat is the bush, the waxeye, also known as the silvereye or the white-eye, are unafraid of the populous and are often found in the gardens around our homes where they eat fats and . It is not known whether these little birds are native to Aotearoa/New Zealand and may have, originally, been blown across the Tasman Sea from Australia where they can also be found. Its Māori name, Tauhou, means 'little stranger'.


Hope you like my choice of wallpaper for this month.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

On the ropes at Maple Glen

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A few weeks ago I wandered back to Maple Glen only to find a cheeky bird was roaming the nursery and came down to check me out. He was an Indian Ringnecked Parakeet, or Psittacula krameri. You can read about these birds here.


Hope you like this rather cheeky bird who got in my face in so many ways.

The messy squares came from a tutorial by Judy at a Touch of Class. Judy, doesn't have that tutorial up on her blog, yet, she may do so in a while, after she tweeks it a bit.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Words as Art

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This time I decided to create some word art via wordle. Using the names of our native trees in Aotearoa/New Zealand, this composition was fun to do. Hope you like the concept. Many of the names are in Te Reo Māori, the language of the Māori of Aotearoa.

Again, I have used wmtrees 1 by Willy Mac available for free download here.


Thank you for the lovely comments and for downloading my wallpapers.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

A Lone Tree

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Another wallpaper using wmtrees1, a ding font by WillyMac available for free download from dafont here.

Here, I chose to give the tree shape a bevel.


Hope you like the wallpaper I have created for you this time.

Thanks for your support.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

The Shape of Trees

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This wallpaper uses a font designed and copyrighted by WillyMac and is available for download at dafont here.


Hope you like this new wallpaper I have created for you all.

Thank you.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Lovely as a Tree

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Our theme this month is trees.

I have used a tree found in the Catlins on one of my visits down there. I have also used a poem by Joyce Kilmer called Trees.


Hope you like this new wallpaper.

Thank you.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Beauty in a Ding

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This wallpaper was created using an image from Dover which has been made into a ding in the font, ArtDeco.ttf, by Denise Clendenin and is freely available here. Thank you, Denise and thank you, Dover Publications. I love the Art Deco style of gold with a black bakelite and decided to try and imitate this look here.

Hope you like this.


Thank you.

Friday, 16 April 2010

A Distinctive Dome

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Many years ago I spent a week in New York and have many wonderful memories of that fascinating city. On the corner of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue is The Chrysler Building, an Art Deco style skyscraper. I fell in love with this gorgeous building back then, and when our theme turned to Art Deco, this was definitely a chance for me to use a photograph by Leena Hietanen found on wikimedia commons and tubed before using a filter to create this unusual effect.

The original photograph is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License, which means I am free to share and make derivative works of the file so long as I appropriately attribute it, and distribute it only under a license identical to the above.


Hope you enjoy the beautiful Chrysler Building as shown in this wallpaper.

Thank you.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

House of Light

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Using the new theme of the month, Art Deco, I have created a modern day wallpaper using the design of that style.

Waipapa Point Lighthouse, in the Catlins, not far from where I live, is a lovely un-manned, and, now, what seems to be sadly neglected, lighthouse on the south coast of Aotearoa/New Zealand. I have created another wallpaper using photographs of this same lighthouse, namely The Red Door from 25 February 2010.

One of the worst shipwrecks in the history of Aotearoa/New Zealand was off the shores of Waipapa Point when, in 1881, 131 people were drowned when the passenger steamer, Tararua, was wrecked on a reef off Waipapa Point.


Hope you like this new wallpaper.

Thank you for popping by my blog.

Please check out the blogs and websites of my friends from A Touch of Class. You will find links in the sidebar of this blog. Check out their cards, too.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

A Touch of Lulu

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To begin the theme for April of Art Deco, I have chosen one of my favourites of the silent movie era, Louise Brooks aka Lulu. This wallpaper is created using an image of Louise from Wikimedia Commons, an image which is in the public domain. I enlarged the image and using Corel Paint Shop Pro and a filter called Filter Forge to alter the image, and using an effect within PSP, change to target, painted the lips red.

I hope you enjoy this new wallpaper.


Sunday, 28 March 2010

My Beautiful President

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This beautiful rose is a favourite of mine. This is the third wallpaper using this rose, President Herbert Hoover, and the second using this same image.

I have tried to create a simple wallpaper using an edge fade and a cracked paper filter to give an aged feel to the wallpaper. I hope you like the effects.


Thank you for popping by this blog to check out my creations.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

A Spot of Colour

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Another rose for you. This time I have selected a beautiful rose found in the garden at the home of friends, the Vat-t-can, in Milburn, Aotearoa/New Zealand.

I chose to use an effect I really love with this rose, one where the colour of the rose is strong and the background has been blurred and taken back to, almost, greyscale.


Hope you like this wallpaper.

Thanks for popping into my blog and trying my creations.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Tapestry in a Rose

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The Creative Technique Challenge in one of my groups recently was to create a texture. The tutorial, by Anita, is found here.

Using one of the Dover images included in the tutorial supplies, I have created a wallpaper for you. Hope you like it.


Saturday, 6 March 2010

Pretty in Pink

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Time for another rose.

This one is a beautiful large rose from my garden. It grows outside my lounge room and is a stunner. I have played a bit with blend modes and grunge brushes to create an all pink wallpaper.

Hope you enjoy it. The rose was here when I came and no-one thought to leave a list of the roses and I haven't any idea what name belongs with this beauty. :) I found out the name of the last rose, the purple one. It is Ebb Tide, and I've updated my blog with the name on my last post.


Hope you enjoy my latest offering.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

The sweet smell of ROSES...

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March is a month of ROSES in our A Touch of Class group. Already, I have four wallpapers completed, ready and waiting to upload to my blog.

This beautiful rose came from Demolition World in Invercargill. I photographed it about a year or so ago and I love the gorgeous colour of it. The name is Ebb Tide and it is a floribunda rose.

There is a zip file with three sizes available on 4shared for you to download.

Hope you enjoy this new theme, I know I will.

Thank you.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

The Red Door

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Waipapa Point on the south coast of the South Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand is a beautiful place to visit. Sea Lions abound there and there is a disused lighthouse on the point. I was fascinated with the door and the many steps up the hill to that door, a red door, locked and probably no-one has been inside in years.

The swirl is from a PSP Shape from Judy at TOC. Thank you, Judy.

You will find a zip with three sizes here.

Thanks for popping by.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

In the Red again

Kia ora

Another gift for you in RED, our theme for February.

This time a photograph I took recently whilst staying with my friends at the Vat-t-can in Milburn. A gorgeous red poppy falls over the path and I couldn't resist it.

Download here.

Thank you.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

St Valentines Day

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I was reminded today of St Valentines Day. Who was St Valentine and why do we celebrate him on 14 February each year? I do not know.

What I do know is somewhere, oh, not so long ago, we stopped saying St Valentines Day and started saying Valentines Day. Why? That I don't know either. Maybe someone can enlighten me. I'd forgotten about this.

Anyway, here's wishing everyone a wonderfully happy celebration of St Valentines Day this coming Sunday, 14 February.

I have created a desktop in honour of this day and hope you like it. You can download the zip with three different sizes here.

Chinese New Year is also on 14 February and you will find a gorgeous rich red desktop by Judy on her website for Chinese New Year.

Both of these desktops are part of the RED theme running through from our small group of creators for A Touch of Class. I hope you enjoy what we have for you all for this month of February.

Happy St Valentines Day.

Thanks for popping by.


Monday, 8 February 2010

Let the Games begin

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On Friday, the XX1 Winter Olympic Games will begin from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with the Opening Ceremony and many of us will be watching as, yet again, another Games Opening Ceremony will absorb us.

I have created a new desktop, this time in acknowledgement of this sporting event. Many thanks to Judy of for the use of her psp maple leaf shape used in this new desktop from me, which I hope you will enjoy.

You can download the desktop in three sizes here.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Red Hot!

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This time, a vintage Fire Truck photograph I took last year at the Gore Agricultural and Pastoral [A&P] Show.

One of the great things about country living is the different types of shows and festivals happening in the various towns around the countryside over summer. This past weekend was Crank Up, the Edendale Vintage Machinery Club event, held each year at the end of January. Next month is the Hokonui Moonshine Festival held in Gore, a large town situated about 40 kilometres from where I live, as well as the Waimumu Field Days held in Waimumu, not quite so far from here.

You can download a zip of this desktop in three sizes here.

Thank you for popping by and taking a look at what is available on my blog.

Please take some time to check out the other blogs in A Touch of Class, links are in the side panel, and take a look at the cards too. I'll be making a card, using the same design, shortly.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Summer at the Bay

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I recently took a wander over to Porpoise Bay, in the Catlins, where the Hectors Dolphins can often be seen playing amongst the kayakers and swimmers of the Bay. Curio Bay is another Bay just around the corner where a jurassic petrified forest can be seen.

This desktop shows the headland at Porpoise Bay with surf crashing on it. I have zipped up three different sized desktops and you can find them here.


Thanks for popping by.

A Touch of Class have some lovely cards available here.


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