Friday, December 16, 2011

Got Gifts?

Picture the Holidays Day 15 - Got Gifts?

Thiry Days Of Thanks Picture The Holidays - Day 15

We've made it to the half way mark of the season already. Time if flying by! Since this is the season of giving, today is the day for putting some of your beautiful photos to good use. We are creating gift tags and/or mini note cards using our photos. That way your tag will be just as special as the gift inside.

The first part of this process is to shoot an image or images that you'd like to use for tags. You can make unique tags for each gift or you can choose one image and use it on all your tags this season. It's up to you!

The Amaryllis in the floral section of my local grocery store were breathtaking, so I had to take one home. I thought it might be a great subject for today's prompt with its solitary beauty, which would lend itself to building negative space into the composition for text.

Kim Klassen provided the texture (Cosmos) as a part of her Twelve Days Of Texture series. I've not been able to do something for each day's texture, but this one was a perfect match.

My intention is to print them off small (3 inches across), fold them over and write a message to the recipient inside. I'll hole punch the corners for ribbon to attach it to the package. I even bought some scalloped edge scissors to give the edges a little something extra fancy.

I also went ahead and submitted this one to Greeting Card Universe for approval as well.

Once I actually get a package wrapped and tagged, I'll take the picture for my book. For now, I'll just share the image here.

Bonnie at Pixel Dust Photo Art gifted us with two more sweet textures yesterday and I used her "cinnamon" on this close up shot of the Amaryllis.


I'm totally captivated by the beauty of this flower. Most flowers have some sort of symbolic meaning so I consulted the oracle Google and found both a contemporary and mythological meaning.

Mythologicial Meaning

In Greek mythology, Amaryllis was a shepherdess who loved Alteo, a shepherd with Hercules' strength and Apollo's beauty. However, Alteo only loved flowers. He'd often said that he would only love a girl who bought him a new flower. So, Amaryllis dressed in maiden's white and appeared at Alteo's door for 30 nights, each time piercing her heart with a golden arrow. When Alteo finally opened his door, he found a crimson flower, sprung from the blood of Amaryllis's heart.

Contemporary Meaning

The word "amaryllis" comes from the Greek word "amaryssein," which means "to sparkle," referring to the bloom. Today, the amaryllis symbolizes pride, determination and radiant beauty--the kind that emanates from an inner source and flowers outward.

Read more: | What Is the Meaning of the Amaryllis Flower?

I like the contemporary meaning better. Those Greek mythologists could be a tad on the codependent side.

Both of today's images had some help from Topaz Labs and Rad Labs, too.

Tis the season to be busy and I could play with these all day, but that's all the photo fun I have time for today. TGIF!!

Today's Linkups



  1. I especially like the macro!
    Have a great day, LeAnne.

  2. Two very different and lovely effects LeAnne. Love them both! Thank you for the link. Creating digital art is soooo tempting even when there are a thousand other things demanding our attention.

  3. I like the rich red of the flower!

  4. What a lovely blog you have here! I'm your new GFC follower. I'd also like to invite you to link up at my weekly "Look Whooooo's Snapping" photo linky party going on now!



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