Friday, August 9, 2013

A Little Birdie Told Me......

I am truly addicted to purchasing cuts from the Silhouette Store!  I love finding cute little boxes and such. I created this little guy for absolutely no reason at all. Just because.  He's so cute I want to just pinch his cheeks! 
(Yes, I do realize birds don't have cheeks, I was speaking metaphorically) 
This cardinal is a box.  The top half rests inside the bottom half.  And of course I forgot to take a picture of it apart, so you'll have to trust me on this one!
It is perfect for little trinkets or candy to brighten someone's day.  
I added glossy accents to his eyes and a bit of string to his wing.  
I just adore his 3 dimensional beak!  
Hubby and I are in our once a month golf league tonight, in which I like dressing like a golfer rather than play like one! LOL! 
We are heading to the mall this weekend to do some back to school shopping for the kids, both have literally outgrown everything they own. 
Kyle's been "waiting for the flood" for the past month and I keep telling Cortney to "suck it in" when I button her pants. ;)

Have a great weekend my friends!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Summer in a Jar....

My summer is quickly coming to a close.  I've been "in school" for the past 3 days doing curriculum mapping.  I look forward to the start of the school year, but I have to admit, I could hang on to summer just a bit longer.  This summer has been somewhat bitter sweet for me.  My lil' family is growing and changing. My son started his first job, and  Cort turned 18.  We've had to do all the legal things to ensure that she is protected.  Things that are positive, necessary, but tug at my heart. 
I love looking at this picture of the 4 of us just 3 years ago.  I can see the changes in my kids, how much they have grown up since then. 
It makes me smile when I remember that day. That vacation. That together time we had. 
This jar was published in the Northridge Cricut's June Magazine. I used the Seashells CCR exclusive to create all of my shells. The jar was a Prego jar that I had cleaned well and then spray painted the lid. How's that for recycling? ;) I added a bit of burlap, filled it with sand and simply placed all of the other elements inside.   
Thank you as always for stopping by!  I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate your visits and comments! 
Have a great day!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Crafty Secret's Design Team Challenge, Linky Party, and Tutorial!

Good morning!  Today is Crafty Secret's design team challenge and linky party! 
I have a mini tutorial also to share with you. 
I created this fun garden boot card from the Garden Style Digital collection using Photoshop.  I will show you how to "color" it in using your computer.  I even changed the boot itself from black to brown. ;)
I also added some Shrinky Dink Charms.
And a flower using a digital paper and my Spellbinder's die

I use Photoshop Elements 11.  You can open up multiple files, like I did here.  I opened the designer paper and simply clicked and dragged the boots right on top of it.  You can size it as large as you want. 
I clicked the eye dropper tool to "select" the pink color of the designer paper to fill in some of the flowers.  Then click the bucket and fill it in. 
You can also select colors by clicking on the color box in the lower left hand box, and you will get a zillion color choices.  Just use your eye dropper to select the color you desire. And once again fill in the areas you want to color. 
One word of advice, be sure the area you are filling in is completely closed in, or the fill bucket will fill outside of the desired area.  If you have an area that is not closed, simply click on your pencil and draw the line closed.  I usually zoom in really close, so I can see what I am doing.  
Here is what it looked like when I printed it.  (8x10)  I hand cut it, scored it down the middle, and my card was created!
Be sure to visit the rest of the design team to see their beautiful creations!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Nothing Crafty.....But do Have a RECIPE to Share!.

Good morning!  It is a beautiful sunny Sunday morning, and I am heading out for a bike ride with a friend and stopping at the Farmer's Market.  Many of you know that Cortney has struggled with GI issues her entire life.  We have made the decision to switch her to gluten free and also eat healthier as a family. In doing so, it has required a bit more planning when it comes to meals.  We aren't as quick to just "order out."  Already we have seen changes. Cortney has been having fewer and fewer GI problems. My husband's blood pressure has dropped significantly, and I just feel better all the way around. Andy my 16 year old? Well, he's been a bit tougher to get on board.  He is still sneaking his occasional soda and Doritos. But I have noticed he has been drinking more water and making himself smoothies for a snack. 
So today, I have a delicious and easy recipe to share with you.
 My sister gave me beautiful zucchini from her garden and I made zucchini boats.  
You scrape the seeds out and place the following in side:
1. Pesto
2. Pizza Sauce ( I used gluten free)
3. Sliced tomatoes
4. Salt/pepper
5. Mozzarella/ Parmesan cheese

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes! That's it!  Super easy and delicious!
I have been playing here and there with my new camera.  (Nikon D7000)  It has secretly been a dream of mine to be a photographer.  I know it won't ever happen, and honestly, I am happy to just do it as a hobby.  So I just practice on my  Whatever my lens can capture! ;)
Here is my 18 year old gal.......
And my Dorito eating, soda sneaking, 16 year old! ;)

I will be back tomorrow with the Crafty Secret's Design Team challenge and linky party! I will be sharing a tutorial, so be sure to pop on over!
Have a beautiful Sunday!