Monday, September 26, 2016

Autumn View on Old Philadelphia

I'd never read anything about this tree during my school days. I mainly chose this picture for its autumnal beauty.

Any landscape painting needs to be interesting to our minds even after it has been looked at several different times, wouldn't you agree? I found this one in a file while searching for something else recently. I've decided to give it a bit of a "face lift," so to speak, as well as giving it  a new format to fit 8.5" by 11" sheets of paper. I think that it might be nice to use in a collage or perhaps on a greeting card (reduced in size, of course).

To learn more about the city of Philadelphia, you may click on the following link HERE. At the same webpage, if you scroll down for a bit, you will see the very same tree in a different painting.

Half inch margins on this one. Please check your printer's settings before printing.

Happy Autumn Creativity!

Historic Landscape with Famous Tree

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New Dragon Adventure Coloring Page

And such a fierce looking dragon, too!

The knight is bravely battling the hideous creature as it breathes its hot breath on one of his two valiantly faithful dogs. His rapidly fleeing horse is obviously leaving the scene out of sheer terror.

In spite of this, I see victory at hand in this old illustration. The knight's sword is now buried in the roaring beast's body, almost up to the hilt. The dragon has been using its long, scaly tail as a weapon. See how it has that powerful tail coiled about the knight!

There are two other Dragon coloring pages here at this blog, both listed under the category of PPSColorMe™. Two out of the now total of three are fairly scary, while the remaining one shows the dragon as already having been killed and a sister being rescued and given a victorious hug by her brave brother.

Happy Coloring Creativity!

PPSColorMe™: Dragonslayer!

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Faith Graphic: Psalms 28:7

A second offering for today.

The artwork upon which this graphic has been built is already in the Public Domain. That being said, I'd prefer if if it would only be given or shared and never sold. This applies to any of my Faith graphics here at this blog. Thank you.


PPSFaithGraphic™: Psalms 28:7

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A New Version of My Matthew 11:29-30 Faith Graphic

Sometimes, all it takes is a different font.

A blessed good Sunday to one and all! 
I was feeling called to make a former graphic a little easier on the eyes. I tried the font known as "Chalkboard" this morning using Photoshop, and found it to be the best choice for me.

I hope that you will agree.

As I may have already mentioned in a previous post, this particular graphic is built upon my own photographic work along with some Photoshop processes.

These graphics were made to be shared. They are entirely free and are meant to be kept free. Please feel free to share, give or to keep any one of my Faith Graphics, but never to sell any of them. Most have no copyrighted materials used in the making of them. However, it really is best to check all of my red letter Guidelines and copyrights so as to be certain of the proper and legal handling for each one. 
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PPSFaithGraphic™: Matthew 11:29-30 (new font)

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Victoria's Very First Costume Ball !

A special charity event, all in costumes of bygone eras!

This will be a night for our Victoria to recall for many years to come. She and her cousin, Mercy had both admired the very same costume in the same London shop, and so it was decided that Victoria would wear a pink one while Mercy would wear the one in blue.

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Tom is looking very dapper and dandy in his brand new evening suit, isn't he? I always have liked the look of most top hats, so this was a special treat for me to work on. Please notice how his outfit has its own background. [NOTE: Please never cut away any of his backgrounds - these are necessary to ensure a proper look and fit.]

The Benefit Ball is just starting. All of the guests are continuing to filter in from their carriages outside. The first to arrive had been a gathering of members of The Crinoline Guild, with their partners. They cut a dash on the dance floor in their old fashioned outfits and hair styles, don't they? Some are twirling with their partners quite daringly, for the first dance is now playing the very first waltz of the evening. I will post a very lively Waltz Music video below. The album's links are listed at the home page of the video.

Victoria is very pleased to have been asked to join the partygoers of the Crinoline guild, two of whom are good friends of Tom and Mercy's. This was a very spur of the moment invitation, and so they all had to make haste in order to be ready on time. - And the three had only been home a week! 

The Benefit Ball is intended to raise money for a very worthy charitable cause, that of the education of orphans as well as the support of widowed mothers. While tickets were very costly, and even somewhat scarce by the time that the three latecomers had returned from their travels abroad, every effort was made to secure them a place at the supper table where a banquet is to be served directly following the dancing.

Other guests are wearing clothing styles that are even older than the ones which Mercy and Victoria are wearing for this event. There is a lady dressed as a shepherdess, carrying a slender crook and wearing a fetching straw hat. Near to her is a fellow who is dressed in medieval fashion, as a troubadour or musician, all in red velvet. Just beyond them there is a charming couple wearing costumes from the early 1600's. I especially like the lady's satin gown, don't you? Opposite them and at the back of this gigantic room (of which we may see only a fraction) is yet another couple, this one dressed in early Regency, a time when some 18th century influences still could be found in certain clothing items for men.

Shown below first, of course, is the Scene, with 4 separate downloads, as per usual. (Complete instructions and hopefully helpful hints may be found at the first Room or Scene post, HERE.) 

Following that set of downloads are the two pretty gowns, and lastly, Tom's new evening attire.

I do hope that this new set will offer many hours of playtime fun for young and old alike.

Happy 3/4 time waltzing fun!
:)


PPSPlaytime™: Benefit Costume Ball Scene

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Waltz Music by both Strauss and Tchaikovsky!
(my personal favorites are the ones that are by Strauss)

[LINKS to use for the purchasing of any of this album's 
tracks may be found at the home page for this video.]



PPSPlaytime™: Victoria's Pink Costume
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PPSPlaytime™: Mercy's Blue Costume
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PPSPlaytime™: Tom's New Evening Attire
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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Harvest Faith Graphic Luke 10:2

This will be my second verse from Luke thus far this month.

A blessed good Sunday to all my guests here at PPS. 

Please share freely but never sell any of my free Faith Graphics, no matter how you might choose to use any of them.

There are two copyrights to be considered this time. The design is within my copyrights, while the fading edge was made using a digital brush by hilla29 over at www.brusheezy.com. Please respect the red letter Guidelines and copyrights I've listed both with this paragraph and at the foot of this post. Thank you.

The margin settings for this new graphic are exactly 1/4 inch. Please check your printer's settings and options.

Thank you for sharing the graphics I've been making. Sharing God's word is such a joy for me. Your help is very much appreciated.


PPSFaithGraphic™: Harvest, Luke 10:2

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Faith Graphic of Luke 8:11

This is a valuable lesson that Christ taught the disciples.

The beauty of it for me is in the simplicity of the passage. A parable states something a little deeper and richer in outlook. It gives us a brief glimpse into God's way of thinking, even though it would appear to be just a simple saying or story. I love that about Christ's word.

This new graphic has a number of copyrights and credits attached to its use. Please abide by all of them. 

Credits and Copyrights for this Graphic: seed ephemera is from an antique Public Domain book on farming techniques in America (my own collection); Digital Brushes used are as follows - leaves brush set from www.obsidiandawn.com where there are copyrights (see my Page, "About Us" for further details and a link); a Mask brush set that I have often incorporated in with my work here at the Studio - that fun and very useful set is by hilla29 over at Brusheezy. (Hilla's name in that sentence is a link to that person's Brusheezy page. That artist's copyrights are listed at the page for the actual Mask Brush set which you can find easily once you are at their main Brusheezy profile page)

Please abide by all copyrights and always direct others to this post so that they may have easy access to all copyright holders. Thank you.

Wishing one and all a peaceful, blessed weekend. Please read my Guidelines below. Thank you.
~Rose

PPSFaithGraphic™: Luke 8:11

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Shopping with Victoria and Mercy!

Une boutique très chic !

While out shopping, the two cousins have come upon a very fancy dress shop. Mercy and Victoria, being first cousins, share a grandmother. They are determined to share costs and to lavish some nice gift or other on their Grandmother Lacey whom they both admire and love very much. Mercy's husband, Tom, is at a shop nearby having himself fitted for a new suit of clothes for his work. He might even treat himself to a dashing new opera cape over an evening suit. We shall see.

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This pretty shop was designed in the Art Nouveau style, a style that began as a sort of artistic movement in many cities during the late Victorian and even Edwardian periods of history. Its basis I have altered, for it was a poor quality old print taken from a book on design. Notice the very frilly stained glass above the door and along one wall, as well as the blue and clear glass fancy work of the two front doors along with the special window. The rug was a later addition of my own, still art nouveau in tone. I later chose a very pretty cabinet of the same style on which to display some of the shop's wares. 

Next came the same design of hat in 4 different color ways, along with stands for three of these, a few band boxes and some pretty shoes. The dress form displays the green day dress near the doors.

Included with this post is Victoria's color way version of her dear cousin's striped dress with parasol. She can wear almost any color, can't she? This was fun for me to do!  The two do enjoy dressing alike without being completely identical. After all, they are best friends, cousins, and as close as fond sisters.

Soon, their travel time will be nearing its conclusion. All too soon, it will be time once again for Victoria to attend to her studies so that she can complete her education and begin teaching. Blessed with good fortune, she hopes to become a very fine teacher and to inspire every young pupil to value every fresh opportunity to see the world, visit new places, and (most of all) to have a passion for learning. She herself has learned much during her travels about foreign customs, languages and places. She has met many different people and seen a variety of new landscapes. From now on, a number of the places shown on the maps of her atlas at home will bring back memories of times of enjoyment and adventure.


Happy Travel Playtime!


PPSPlaytime™: Shopping with 
Mercy and Victoria

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PPSPlaytime™: Victoria's Striped Visiting Dress
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sunday Faith Graphic: Matthew 22:37

A peaceful, reflective Sunday to one and all.

Today is one of observance, along with being a time of many memories that I think we'd all rather not have to recall.

This Sunday's Faith Graphic is a passage I am sure we are all familiar with. It is a passage that I have come to appreciate more and more over the years. The photo used for this one was taken by me personally and then altered in Photoshop. Free, as always. I ask only that none of the Faith Graphics offered by my blog ever be sold by anyone for any reason. Thank you.

PPSFaithGraphic™:
Matthew 22:37

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Pretty Striped Paper Doll Visiting Dress

Mercy has a new dress!

And isn't it pretty? It had to be refitted by me from the original to this doll. I have also changed the coloration of it to reflect a different look, plus altered the parasol so that it can look white and fresh as a daisy instead of dull and grubby.

Please respect my copyrights on this altered paper doll outfit. They are listed below in the red letter Guidelines. Thank you!

Mercy, her young husband and Mercy's cousin, Victoria have been aboard a steamship which has brought them to another landing place. Can you guess where they might have gone since their exciting stay in Venice? I'll reveal the new stop on their tour very soon.
;)

Some tips on fitting Hat Tabs to their matching hats:
It is probably best to begin with the top edge first, with the gray colored Tab against the back of the actual hat that it's matching in both shape and size. Many times, I've included decorations near the tops of hats which make good starting points for this process.
I prefer to use a really good glue stick whenever working with such paper projects, such as Yuhu brand, although I do like to keep some 3M brand in my crafting supplies and this works just as well. Please wait for the glue to dry, even if it is from a glue stick. Once it isn't tacky enough to stick to either the paper doll's head or face, just try it on the doll and keep adding bits of glue until it won't slip and slide off. 
Lastly, trim away any excess that could spoil the looks of the doll. This I think works best as a final step and using small scissors - in my case, I'll often use manicure scissors with a sharp tip for such refined work.

Happy playtime creative fun!


PPSPlaytime™: Mercy's New Striped 
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