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We wanted to make sure everyone got to meet Rita from Blue Flower Art this month. This feature first ran last week, but due to unexpected site maintenance, it was unavailable for a portion of the day. We’ve also extended Rita’s giveaway through tonight. On to Rita’s interview…

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Soft colors. Inspirational paint. Artistic design. These are all ways I would describe the designs by Blue Flower Art. I just love looking at all the art inspiration in her designs! Her kit, Harmony, is full of beautiful painted textures and I know you will love scrapping with it. Let’s get a better look.



This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of
The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Blue Flower Art’s contribution:

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Layout by JillW. Supplies: Harmony by Blue Flower Art.

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Layout by Judie. Supplies: Harmony by Blue Flower Art.

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Harmony by Blue Flower Art; Blender Template by Brandy Murry; Font: FFF Tusj, Century; Brush by Cinnamon Designs.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Harmony by Blue Flower Art; Jumper 28 (template, modified) by Crystal Livesay.

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Layout by Cheryl. Supplies: Harmony by Blue Flower Art; Fonts: Stamp and Always In My Heart.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.

Name

My name is Rita Drysdall, I live in Australia in sunny Queensland. It’s just me and my husband with a goat, a sheep, 2 alpacas, 3 chickens, 4 cats and a dog. A happy family that seems to be growing. Since I was last at the Daily Digi, we added a cat, the alpacas and the chickens to our happy family. There are heaps of photos of where I live on facebook. Sometimes I put them on my blog as well. Being in Australia allows me to show off some of our unique country.

Send me a note on my
personal facebook. I’m happy to share.

Last year, I decided that I need to extend my skill to other areas of digital graphic design and I go to university 2-3 times a week. I’m in my second year now and have added quite a few feathers to my skill set.

I have two stores, my own little store at Blue Flower Art and a consignment store at Oscraps.

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Recently, I was commissioned by the university I attend to create 3 greeting cards that will be sent out to the first year students with an appropriate quote.

I hand painted the cards in watercolour. I used a whimsical style with young people as the subjects of the paintings.



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started

I started scrapping when my dog, a border collie called Ted died. I wanted to remember him. I was first a scrapper and then I became a designer. I’ve never paper scrapped although I’ve started to create some hybrid projects lately. Nothing fantastic that I would want to show though. I’m just not good at anything that requires scissors and glue.

inspired

Usually, a colour palette will trigger ideas and I go from there. It’s always about the colours.

tools

Computer: I have a custom computer that I had built to specifications for Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom mainly, I am also a photographer. I found that commercially available computers weren’t powerful enough to run Adobe programs and became too expensive if they were customized. So, I did some research, enlisted some help from gamers and came up with a non-gaming power computer. To get really geeky, it was also built to allow me to overclock it. Overclocking is the process of increasing the speed beyond the specified parameters. It requires particular equipment to do it, costs a little more but should stretch out the life of the computer by a couple of years. My computer has a Windows OS. I have remained with Windows 7. The PC has 16 gigs of ram, 2 monitors, 12 external drives (I keep filling them up), one for each type of work I do or need. For example, one drive is for my commercial use supplies, 2 for photographs, 1 for designing, 1 for scrapping, etc. I keep everything on external drives. The internal drives are SSDs. I have 2 one for running programs and one as a scratch disk.

Program: I use Adobe programs. I have a cloud subscription and I use Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign and After Effects.

Camera: My camera is a Canon 6D.

Anything Else: I don’t think I could work with just a mouse. Currently, I use a Wacom Intuos 4. I don’t have much use for a printer but I have some nifty ones and a good scanner.

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In photoshop, there is a little known trick that allows you to add a layer *below* the currently selected layer.

In the layers panel, hold down the ctrl key (command key on a Mac) and click the layer icon. This will add a layer below the selected layer rather than above it.

I share tips on my blog, so please subscribe to the blog or newsletter for many handy tips. You can find the blog at
http://blueflowerart.com/blog

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My favourite product is called “A Breath of Fresh Air.”


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Ligatures is a hand drawn set of elements that was converted to digital vectors. I was inspired to create it while writing some calligraphy. I have recently created a tutorial on how to use the Ligatures pack in conjunction with this above kit. You can see the
tutorial on the blog.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Blue Flower Art:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Blue Flower Art’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Go have a look in Blue Flower Art’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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