June 19, 2012


Finally found time yesterday to finish up the painting on the mailbox.  I had done the chimney and base coat last week but didn't have time to finish the rest of it before we left for Chicago.  We had to wait on the mailman to deliver on Monday and then Bill took it off the post and I finished painting it in the cool AC  in the house.  I like how it turned out. Now, all I lack painting is the new shop...will probably get it done this Fall when cools down a bunch.

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June 18, 2012

Out of the garden

Got this out of the garden this evening. Will have for dinner tomorrow evening. Mmm Mmm Good!

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I Love Peaches

I love peaches.....in a pie....in a cobbler.....in a crisp......or just in a bowl with a little sugar and milk. I always look forward to peach time. We have been eating a tone of fruit already this summer, watermelon,cantaloupe,strawberries,blueberries,pineapple and now peaches. I love summer for the good produce you get to eat but fall will always be my favorite time of the year.
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June 14, 2012

My Birthday Card came today

My Birthday card came in the mail today. Beautiful work Mary. Love it.
The flower is so cute and I love the note paper.

Thanks so much
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Birthday Card...start to finish

Beware...this post is very, very long.  Didn't realize you could take this many shots of one card...and a tutorial writer, I am not, so bear with me as I 'try' and explain my process. 

First off, I need to clarify that this is not my design...I 'borrowed' it but am embarrassed to say that I can't remember the name of the designer, nor can I find a reference to it on my computer any where.  I felt like it was in my card board on Pinterest but its not there.  So...if anyone can point me in the right direction, I'll be happy to give her the credit she so justly deserves.

Supplies I will be using are Papertrey ink Kraft cardstock, Papertrey ink Rustic Cream cardstock, Epson Presentation inkjet paper, Tracy Ann Design Cake clipart, pearls and heart gems, Papertrey ink Chai ink, Glue dot mini's, Scotch Removable tape and Scotch double stick tape. 

Here we go....Step 1:

this first step is extremely important to me....I always forget and it can be fixed at the end but is much easier to do at the first step.  Here is where I add my logo to the back of the card.  I have two files on my computer that have my logo saved on them.  Each file is a different orientation, a side fold or top fold 5 x 7 card.  This is my favorite size to make...I've always felt like the A2 size cards were too small and should be saved for note cards but that is just my opinion. This card is a 5 x 7 side fold.

Step 2:
I am using PaperTrey Ink's Kraft cardstock.  This is a super nice, sturdy stock and makes a great base for cards. I'm using 8 1/2 x 11 stock.

Step 3:
Here is my logo coming out of the printer, ready to be taken to the cutting board.

Step 4:
My first cut is on the short side of the card stock.  I make my first cut at 7.75.

 Step 5:
 I then rotate the stock and cut from the opposite end of the short side and my cut is made at 7 inches, thus giving me the 7 inch size of my card.

Step 6:
At this point, I take my card base to the my Scor-Pal. I lay the sheet long ways and score it in the middle at 5.5.  I then fold and use my bone folder to crease the fold down nice and flat.

Step 7:
Now we head back to the cutting board and with the folded side on the 5 inch mark, I cut the excess off. The reason I do this in this way is because I get a much nicer cut edge if I score and fold first. If I had cut my card down to the size 5 first, I've found that when I score and fold, some times the edges don't match up properly.  Now my card is 5 x 7 side folded.

 Ready to start! 

Step 8:

I open a blank page in CS4 and made a 5 x 7 rectangle. This isn't necessary if your dictionary pages are already yellowed but mine aren't and I wanted a more vintage, aged look to my page.  I filled the rectangle with RGB 245 224 183.  I then added my cake image from the digital clipart kit I purchased from Tracy Ann Design.
My sentiment used the font Suzy's Hand and was added to the right of the clipart cake, baring in mind that I was going to be printing this all out on a dictionary page. Now my document is ready to be sent to the printer.

 Step 9: 
My document has been printed on draft mode on plain typing paper.

Step 10:
I've chosen a page out of my dictionary. In this case, the card is for the lady that does my manicures, so I selected the definition page for manicure.  Not something you would have to do but fun to see if they notice.
Carefully tear the page out of the book. 

Here you will need removable tape and I use Scotch brand.  It's double stick and comes off the pages pretty easy.  I position my dictionary page over the printed draft sheet by using a well lit window (or if you have a light box it would work easier) and use the tape to attach it to the draft sheet.  I will have some hangover that I will have to cut off.

 below you will see where I've cut the dictionary page down to fit the edges of the draft sheet.

Step 11:

Ready to send the draft sheet with the dictionary page back through the printer. Be sure and turn your paper over with the dictionary page on the bottom before you load the page in the printer tray.  Now, if you have a printer that doesn't reverse print (such as my Epson) be sure and place the side up that will be printed on. My Epson feeds from the top and the HP feeds from the bottom, so I have to beware of how I load my paper.  The first image shows my paper upside down and ready to load in the HP.

and the second image shows the paper coming out of the HP with the image printed on top of the dictionary page. The next two images show me removing the dictionary page from the draft page and then just a shot of the printed dictionary page, ready to be cut down to size.

Step 12:
Cutting the mat and adhering the dictionary page to it.

I use Papertrey ink Rustic cream for my mat and its cut at 6.75 x 4.75, giving me 1/8 of an inch border around the card base.
 Rustic cream cardstock

Cardstock cut down to 6.75 x 4.75

Cutting the dictionary page is the hardest part for me to do or explain so that it sits good on the mat and leaves a 1/8 inch border on the mat too.  But, I'll try....

 Here I just lay the dictionary page on top of the mat in the position that I feel looks the best and then turn it over and draw a light pencil line around the mat.  I then cut the dictionary page off, following the pencil lines and then I take it to the cutting board a second time to cut 1/8 inch off each edge.  I'm sure someone better at math then I am would have an easier way but this is how I have to do it and get the right cut so that I leave a 1/8 inch mat border around my dictionary page.

At this point, I inked the edges of the dictionary page and the mat with Papertrey ink Chai ink and then added the dictionary page to the mat with Scotch permanent double stick tape.  I just eyeball my placement and most of the time it comes out pretty good.  Not always but most...

You will notice in the following images that I did not add this to my card base  at this step but trust me when I say it would be a lot easier to adhere it now than once you have the embellishments on it.  Just easier to put the double stick tape on now than later...live and learn...LOL.

Step 13...Ready for decoupage.

I started a new document in CS4 and did a copy/paste from my first document so my cake images would be the exact same size.  I copy/pasted 4 of them on a sheet and then printed them out.

These were printed on Epson presentation inkjet paper and should have been printed on the Epson but my network is super slow when printing to the Epson from my laptop and I was too lazy to send the document to my desktop and walk the 20 steps to hit the print button...LOL...yep, sometimes I'm lazy!  Anyway, it would have printed much brighter and nicer on the Epson.  I found this out later when I printed the insides but I was NOT cutting out little pieces again!

As you can see from the above image, I fussy cut one whole cake, 3 of the yellow plates, 2 of the red layer and one of the white layer.  I really need to get that Silhouette out of the box and learn to use it.  If I can figure it out, I'm sure it would cut these images for me....just need to get my butt in gear and get it done!!!

The whole cake is the first layer to go on and I used double stick tape on all but the extreme top and bow...I wanted them to have a 'stand out' kind of look.  This was glued over the cake layer on the dictionary page.  I probably could have got by without printing the first layer on the dictionary page and just adding the cut out layer but my first intention was to just print it on the dictionary page but I didn't really like the look once it was printed and decided to do the decoupage look.  So, if you want to save ink, just skip printing the cake on the dictionary page and print the sentiment only.

 Here you can see the first layer stuck down and if you look close, you will see what I mean by leaving the very top unstuck....just like the look better.

For the rest of the layers, I use Mini Glue dots as the pieces are pretty small and I wanted a bit of a raised effect but not a big raise.  I added the 3 yellow plates first, then the red layers and then finished with the one white layer.  This gives the effect of the bottom of the cake being bigger than the top. Whew....are you still with me?  Its a good thing this is a simple card!

Here is the finished decoupage on the dictionary sheet.

Here again, you could go ahead and add this to the card base now and it would be easier to run the tape gun down the sides.  It's just when you get the embellishments on that it won't lay flat on the table and makes it harder to run the tape gun.

Step 14:  Adding embellishments

I'm not sure where I bought these embellishments. I've had them in my stash for some time.  I used the pearls on the scallops of the cake plate and the little red heart fit perfectly over the red heart on the white layer. 

Finally, the front of the card is finished. Well, almost...since I didn't attach it to the card base when I should have, I had to do it now.

Step 15: Adding inside sentiment and mats.

I didn't take a picture of this while I was doing it but I opened a new document in CS4 and added two 5 x 7 rectangles in the red and blue colors from the cake.  I just took my eye dropper tool and sampled the colors of the red layer and filled one rectangle with it and then sample the blue layer of the cake and filled the other rectangle.  I then printed then on Epson Presentation inkjet paper and cut them out.  This is where I saw the difference in the quality of the colors compared to the HP print out. The Epson was much more vibrant and brighter than the HP.  Just goes to show that you DO need to match paper to printer.  I can't say if the HP would have done better if I'd had HP presentation paper cause I didn't have any but I was really impressed by the Epson print out.

I then cut the first mat at 6.75 x 4.75 and the second mat at 6.5 x 4.5 and adhered them both with my double stick tape gun to the inside of the card back.  I then printed my sentiment out on cream inkjet paper and cut it at 6.25 x 4.25 and used one strip of double stick reposition tape to the top only.  This way, if the recipient would like to re-use the card, he/she would only have to remove the sentiment sheet (which would have our name signed to it) and replace it with a new sheet.

And here is the finished product:...hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!


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June 13, 2012

Father's Day

My dad's card this year.  It's going in the mail this afternoon and he should get it by Friday, if not Saturday.  He won't say anything to the other siblings but he really likes getting cards on his birthday and Father's day but me and my brother are the only ones that do anything for him.

All paper is designed by Hero's Art and sold though Two Peas in a Bucket.  The name is Earth Patterned paper and I printed it all out as 8 x 8 size and then picked through what I wanted to use. What papers I didn't use go in my extra paper folder for further use.  Button from my stash and twine is from Paper Trey Ink.  Everything was distressed with Tim Holtz distressing ink but I don't like how the walnut looked green on the brown plaid.  Oh, well, my dad won't care and I'm sure it will still go to church with him to show off.  Mom and him both take my cards to their Sunday School classes.

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June 12, 2012

Birthday surprise

This adorably cute flower bouquet was delivered today for my B-day from Vick,Shawn,Jason & Jessi.
Thanks a bunch kids......Love it.

Used the color bar template from the Coffee Shop.
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June 11, 2012

Another Birthday Card

My daughter-in-law has a birthday the same days as yours....hers is getting hand delivered this weekend, so its going to be late too...LOL...but I had planned on that one. This card came from a Pin on someones board and it looked quick and easy. But I don't remember who the original card was done by.  The cake clipart came from Tracy Ann Designs and the dictionary page is mine.  Pretty simple!  I should have used a different background for the photo shoot but I have too much on my plate right now to take it over again.  It looks great in real life.  I'm ready to hang the camera up...

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June 9, 2012

Key Lime Pie

Taking the day off to just play around. I've had a busy week and it is the week-end....Right....That means it's time to play. Made this pie this morning for Brent & I to have for dinner this evening and I have been wanting to work on my food photography. So I had a Key Lime Pie photo shoot........What better to shoot than something good to eat. Will, maybe the Grands but they aren't here.

                                                           Weight Watchers Key Lime Pie

1 small Sugar Free Lime Jello
2 containers Key Lime Pie Yogurt lite
1 container Fat Free Cool Whip
¼ cup boiling water 
1 Reduced Fat Graham Cracker crust

Mix Jello with boiling water until dissolved. With a whisk mix in the 2 containers of yogurt. With a spoon fold in the cool whip. Pour into pie crust and refrigerate at least 2 hours if not overnight. Makes 8 serving

According to my calculations it's 4 points plus for 1 serving.

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Some mint that I snipped out of the flower garden. I like to put a sprig in my ice tea. I cut my basil back a few days ago and it keeps a long time in a glass of water sitting on the kitchen counter and smells good too.
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June 7, 2012

Don't laugh

I took an on-line watercolor class link and I've been playing around some.....Will I ever make a living at it.....No, but I'm having some fun.  
My biggest hang-up is ideas...they just don't pop into my head.

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