Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Enchanted Garden Meets The Twilight Zone ~ July NoteCard Party

This month's party took me in a completely different direction from my norm. Perhaps being fresh from Donna's Personal Photo Challenge (see sidebar button) and Diane's black swan in particular, I was inspired to try something new.

These photos were first featured as a mosaic on a post called Enchanted Place

One thing that slightly annoyed me about the original photos was the way the light blew out because I had zoomed on my grandsons as they walked farther and farther away. PicMonkey helped me remedy that by filling in the white patches with a twilight sky.






Now the grands are walking in a twilight garden. I thought that John would say that it looks like The Twilight Zone (he uses that line a lot), but instead he teared up and said, "They are walking ahead of us into the future." Okay. That's about enough of the sappy stuff. *Sniff*

Inside each card, I'd print the poem stanza:

To See
To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
An eternity in an hour ~William Blake

Okay then, off we go!

Love Vee

64 comments:

  1. How can I possibly be the first to comment and link up? I've seen lots of Note Card Party titles in my reader, although I've not yet read any.

    Whatever.

    These are wonderful photos, Vee, and I love what you've done with them. I think the parents of those little boys would REALLY appreciate a set, with the poem printed inside. Christmas gift? I'm nodding in admiration of your creativity.

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  2. I adore the pictures of your grands and the twilight sky. The verse is wonderful. Always delightful to visit your blog. Thanks for hosting the note card party.

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  3. I love yours this month!! That's just such a wonderful take on the note card concept.

    I just recently decided to try picmonkey. I'm not very good at it yet, and it seems that everything I want to do is the upgraded version. I'm cheap, you know. I really like it and want to keep playing. Now, I see why everyone else has such nice pictures. I was blaming my talent and the shiny red Kodak. Now, I know that it's my talent, the shiny red Kodak, AND the fact that they need a little tweaking.

    So very glad to be here this month. I love this party. I always play a little game in my head where I pick my favorite from each set. I can't pick a favorite from yours!

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  4. Vee, these are just stunning photos! I love each one and what John said is so true. They are just adorable and the quote is perfect. Very nicely done my friend! {sniff}

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  5. I love these! They are just beautiful. PicMonkey is awesome, but you had some pretty photos to start with. Love the verse, too. Now I'm off to see if I can scrounge up 4 photos to use for the party. See you later...hopefully!

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  6. Interesting... Magical... Atmospheric.... Unique... Sweet...

    "Auntie"

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  7. absolutely fantastic... I am a fan of PicMonkey and it can fix just about anything i do. these are really special.

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  8. Thanks for the hint about Picasa web albums, I found some photos I thought were lost forever! And these photos and quotes are wonderful. Happy to be able to party with you this month. xo

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  9. I liked these photos the first time and don't even remember the white spaces, but boy does that twilight sky ever add another dimension to the photos! I'm glad you did something different, these are special and John's comment is so heart-warmingly true.
    Thanks for hosting Vee.
    Judith

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  10. These photos are wonderful and I felt like John when I looked at them...I teared up. The future belongs to our little ones. Thank you so much for mentioning me in this post. I feel very honored that I inspired you just a bit. I know when I took the photos of the swan, what I saw and what the camera captured was not the same. So it was a challenge to 'tweak' them. What fun we've had with the photo challenge AND the note card party. Thanks so much! Sweet Southern Hugs!

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  11. Oh Vee, these really DO look like an enchanted garden! I think John's comment is so very poignant -- what a lovely man. That really is what the progression of pictures looks like. I like the imaginative twist that you've used for your cards this month, and I also like the poetry of William Blake, by the way. :)

    Thanks so much for hosting, dear Vee, and have a wonderful day!

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  12. I do like your husband's comment on these photos and thanks for the tips on how to clean up picasa....mine is a mess. Thanks for hosting

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  13. OK, I thought mine didn't post so I did it twice. Now I can't delete the first one. Can you please delete it for me? It's embarrassing. Good grief.

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  14. Oh my gosh, these are positively charming! You put that creativity thinking cap on and hit a home run with this series! First of all the concept of the photo shoot is just darling. But THEN, you took it further and made artsy edits to enhance the photos! I could just hug to you bits right now!!!

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  15. It seems I have become a major party pooper. However, I enjoy seeing what you come up with. It seems that you have outdone yourself with this set. The photos are indeed enchanting.
    I stopped by yesterday, but didn't have a chance to comment. I, too, appreciate the Picasa tips. I learn so many valuable little techy tips over here.

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  16. Beautiful. I'm with John!
    Thanks for hosting. I'll link up tomorrow.

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  17. Absolutely stunning - you must frame on of these and hang it in a wonderful spot in your house.

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  18. Dee,

    I had a computer malfunction and lost all my old blog pics that were stored.

    I recently read your Picasa storage - but hubs fixed it here so it's being backed up every Friday automatically..well it was BEFORE but apparently he thought my blog pics were in a difference hard drive (have 5) so it was my fault for not telling him when I moved them. Made me sad, but I am over it.

    So I don't really have any old pics so maybe next month.

    Love your playing with PMonkey - it's fun to see what you choose.

    HUGS.

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  19. I love how you have the same subject for your pictures instead of different items in the same theme. Those are neat pictures and I love the poem that you have accompanying them.

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  20. Romantic charming photos and yes, the children are eagerly walking into the future, and in that way, away from you.

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  21. It's a nice effect the photos turned out well.
    Merle......

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  22. Love these twilight enhanced photos! Wonderful effect for sure...

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  23. Love the new header, too. And...if it isn't new just go along with me here.

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  24. Those are wonderful notecards Vee, and your husband's comment is very heart wrenching
    I really must get my act together and join in on this great link party :)

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  25. These photos look like they would make a great cover for a children's book.
    Very magical!

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  26. Vee
    These photos are by far my most favorite of all you've done.
    John's tender thoughts sure make them all the more meaningful.

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  27. I love these note cards...so cute and I love the poem.
    Thanks so much for hosting and making this one of the FUNEST link parties. :)

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  28. How lovely, love that poem, and love the photos.

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  29. I think i remember these photos. I love them and the twilight sky looks cool. John is a philosopher too! A man of many talents.

    Great verse too!

    Deanna

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  30. I remember these. You did a great job on these. Very sweet and whimsical.

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  31. So enchanting! Looks like a fairy tale path.

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  32. What lovely pics of your grands. Looks magical.

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  33. OK. I lied. I just joined.

    I was having withdrawl.

    Sorry they're so new, but all I had to work with.

    Hugs.

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  34. This is truly enchanted! Tears here .... so, so beautiful Vee! John's comment is so insightful.

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  35. Well Vee, I think everyone would agree that you "win the prize" this month! What adorable photos of your two little guys. You MUST enlarge and frame at least one of these, with copies for the parents too of course! Just darling! Lovely poem too!

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  36. Absolutely beautiful pictures Vee.. love the twilight sky looks really neat... Those boys look adventurous...

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  37. You have outdone yourself this month, Vee! I loved these photos when you posted them originally, but this time around they are even better! And the accompanying verse is the perfect complement.

    Oh...and I love John's sappy comment. It is profound.

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  38. Your pictures are lovely! They would be perfect for illustrations in a children's book.

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  39. I really like how you did your cards this month--they look whimsical! Also love your blog header! Thanks for hosting!

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  40. Wow Vee what a great job. I love these. I agree looks like something for a children's book.
    Peggy

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  41. Beautiful. My first time linking...found you through Cheryl @ thinking about Home.

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  42. July 17th

    OT but...

    Yeah, I "went there"..................

    "Auntie"
    Who is a wee bit irritated and grumpy, today...

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  43. William Blake is my second favorite poet...right after Emily Dickinson, and this is one of the best he wrote. Your note cards made me tear up and then, John's comment and I was sobbing. So beautiful, XOXO

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  44. Oh, Vee, I'm feeling like John when I look at these wonderful pics of your grands...

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  45. This is my first time!! I love this idea. Thank you for sharing. Your photos are so sweet. :)

    http://thehansonsandtheircats.weebly.com

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  46. Such "enchanting" cards and the verse is perfect!! I'd love to give this link up party a try!

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  47. My apologies..."came back to read the fine print."

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    1. =D

      Not many rules...just a few! No need to apologize.

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  48. How amazing! I love the way you were able to create that twilight sky. I loved John's sentiment too.

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  49. I've missed playing for awhile as summer seems to keep me busy with flowers and veggies! Loving the other entries.....so varied and lovely.

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  50. I'm back 'cause I can't get into Auntie's blog...says it's private and I've not been invited to view.....bwaaaaaaaa

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  51. I remember this photo and it's a lovely illustration for the chosen poem...hope you're having a wonderful summe Vee!

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  52. Oh my goodness- I'd tear up too!

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  53. One word...heavenly. You touched my heart.

    Looking Up!
    Ginger

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  54. I totally loved these..and I thought of that little one and going through his broken legs..and I thought how faithful our God is!
    Great job!!!

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    1. Awwwwww...thank you, Janette. God is indeed good all the time. Sam is doing well and seems quite positive. Three more weeks and the cast on his arm may come off.

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  55. Oh, that makes me tear up too! Love the twilight sky!
    V

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  56. They are really lovely photos..very ethereal!
    I can well understand why you got a little teary.
    God bless you, Vee.
    Trish

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  57. I remember when you first posted that shot. How beautiful they are with the twilight sky and Sniff-Sniff on your hubby's comment.

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  58. What gorgeous photos, Vee! They would make absolutely beautiful note cards!

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  59. Thought they looked like your sweet grands.

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  60. Dear Vee, love your note cards! I can't believe I missed another party. I need to make myself a BIG reminder so I can join the fun again.
    Have a great weekend.
    Linda

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  61. Thanks for hosting the party again, Vee. I've been away, so I'll check out the notecard submissions a little later.

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