Lovely Snail Mail!

Postcards have been arriving from iHanna’s Postcard Swap. Just look at these beautiful postcards…

Thanks Michelle for this one! My kids thought I made it – totally my style.


This one’s traveled ll the way from Hawaii, thanks Roscoe! I see the islands, don’t you?


I love the simplicity of this one from Austen, Texas USA, thanks Jill. Find more of her creativity on Jillybeans. I hope I got the orientation right, but I think it works either way.

dinnys garden | iHanna DIY Postcard Swap

This Delaware pigeon flew from Carol Stream, Illinois USA. Thanks for making me smile Mike!


What beautiful layering from San Franciso, California USA, thanks Kathy!


This beauty if from Richmond, Virginia USA, just love all of the bits. Thanks Ellen, nice to meet you too!

dinnys garden | iHanna DIY Postcard Swap

What good fortune to get this one from Washington State, USA. Thanks Stephanie, what beautiful texture!

dinnys garden | iHanna DIY Postcard Swap

Inspiration that’s blooming now…

Lately, I’ve been having fun mixing “real world” art with the digital world and realizing just how much I enjoy it. Since I  started art journaling, my art style has evolved into something more artistic and less structured or “designed”. The freedom while art journaling is wonderful – NO rules to follow and the only person I need to make happy is myself.

For  a future photoDUDS release I’ve been playing in paint and using my Gelli Arts Plate. SO many prints were created, I just couldn’t stop. By scanning the best bits, I have the control to position elements the way I want in Photoshop. That is freedom too!

Here are some of the bits after I have combined them in Photoshop.

dinny digital designs painted mixed media Photoshop

dinny digital designs painted mixed media Photoshop

dinny digital designs painted mixed media Photoshop

These are going to be 16×20 templates. Here are some of the details.

dinny digital designs painted mixed media Photoshop

dinny digital designs painted mixed media Photoshop

Postcards are finished!

Well, the fronts are finished for the iHanna DIY Postcard Swap! They just need to be addressed and taken to the post office. Actually, I’m stressing a bit over what to write on the backs, I’m not much of a writer.

I’m happy with these 12…

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Funny how plans change as I do things like this. As I start working on one, I change things that I DID like about another one. It is a process of evolving and knowing when to stop. Or simply time is forcing me to stop, because of a deadline.

Creating like this can be difficult for me because I miss the luxury of a computer. There is no way to nudge type, or make it bolder, or a few points larger, or the brown a little redder, or the yellow not so saturated… It is what it is. I find this helpful for me to loosen up and forgo perfection.

Not sure which 2 I will keep!

iHanna DIY Postcard Swap

Several weeks ago I read about iHanna’s Postcard Swap and REALLY wanted to do it, but thought it best not to commit until I knew the deadline would be met. Today I committed! The postcards WILL be completed by May 1! The backgrounds were started a bit ago with paint and custom carved stamps on 9×12 watercolor paper.

iHanna DIY Postcard Swap mixed media collage

The backwards text is from an old book. I used an image transfer technique of applying matte medium to the book page, adhering it to the painted page, and let it dry for a few minutes. By picking up a corner of the page, you can tell if the text is transferring. If it’s not, let it dry for a little longer. As I remove the page, a nice irregular amount of text remains behind. Not sure how to take photos of this because my hands were a mess and bits of sticky paper were all over the place! Here are some of the details.

iHanna DIY postcard swap

The papers got a bit warped, but they’ll get flatter – I hope!

Using a piece of scrap card stock, I cut a template as a guide for trimming. Basically a 4×6 window from a larger scrap. It helped me compose 13 postcards from my 5 originals. Here are my favorites, so far. After cropping I’ve been adding extra details. There was no theme when I started, but I’m sensing a “hello” theme. Who knows what they will end up like when I’m all finished.

dinny iHanna DIY postcard swap

dinny iHanna DIY postcard swap

Lilla Rogers: Bootcamp | Jell-O assignment

I must admit I wasn’t feelin the March assignment for Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells: Assignment Bootcamp. Jell-o was the inspiration. Bolt fabric was the assignment. My color inspiration started out with this image from an old Terrain email that I pinned HERE.


The pattern was designed with Adobe Illustrator CC’s pattern maker. The pattern maker still has the annoying issue of a 1 pixel white line grid that appears when copying the pattern into Photoshop! I must be the only one who does this and is not bothered by it! I kept brightening the colors from my original palette as I worked on the design. Lilla suggested a pale nugget color palette, but that just made me sad, so I stayed with the happy colors.

This is my final submission.


All of this snow and cold weather has me in a funk and I’m cranky. Not quite sure what I can do to get out of it?!?! There are dozens of excuses I could make, but that won’t really help. It is what it is and I need to move on.

Tomorrow will be a better day!