Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Jessica Sprague: Computer Tricks for Cards Lesson 2

Yesterday Maddy and I started a free online class making hybrid cards. That is, cards that use both digital and traditional scrapbooking elements. Yesterday's assignment was simply a couple of print and fold cards. We could have added anything we wished, but just left them plain.

But today we got to print out the design of a card and assemble it ourselves with different scrapbooking materials. We had a lot of fun and I love how they turned out...but even better was the couple of quiet hours spent with just Maddy and me working on something together.

Maddy's card

My card

Happy Tuesday!

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Monday, June 28, 2010

I ♥ Faces: Pets!

This week's theme at I Heart Faces is PETS! This is always one of my favorite categories since I love animals of all kinds! I'm trying a little bit of variation on the theme...not sure if it will even count but I really like how it turned out! Be sure to check out I Heart Faces for all the great entries!








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Friday, June 11, 2010

I ♥ Faces: Fix it Friday


Today is Fix-it-Friday over at I Faces!

Original

Edited using PSE 6.0 for Mac. Cropped it, ran Pioneer Woman Soft Faded action, did a slight edge burn, used Coffeshop Web Rounded Corners action. I like it!

Be sure to check out other "fixes" over at I Heart Faces!

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I ♥ Faces Photowalk: Dallas

It was hot, entertaining, educational, encouraging, and just plain fun! I thoroughly enjoyed the Photowalk Saturday. I met so many great women who totally outshine me in the photography department. I love looking through all the photos from all the participating cities, but especially Dallas. If you'd like to see all the great shots you can look at them here. Or if you're most interested in Dallas, you can see just those here.

Here are a few of mine...the rest are on my Flickr photostream.








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Monday, June 7, 2010

I ♥ Faces: Play!

This week's theme at I Heart Faces is PLAY! How fun is that? I can't wait to check out all the great entries!






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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Actions & Textures



Simply Vintage action courtesy of Rita at CoffeeShop. Texture courtesy of Jerry at Shadowhouse Creations.

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Beauty and the Beasties

Yesterday evening our little family drove down to the barn to take some pictures of some "giant" dandelions that Morgan had spotted. The sun was just beginning to set and looked so pretty shining through those dandelions.



There were also some native wildflowers growing nearby.



After about ten minutes of kneeling, leaning, and squatting in the grass I managed to put my foot right in a bed of stinging nettles. If you've never had the pleasure of brushing up against nettles, let me explain the sensation to you....It's like having a thousand fire ants stinging you all at once. If you've never had the pleasure of being bitten by fire ants, then you must tell me where you live because I want to move there immediately!

At this point I was done with nature and thought nature was done with me. But she made sure to have the last laugh...


This is a chigger. They are microscopic something or others that like to feast on birds and reptiles but will make do with humans if we get in their territory. You can read more about them here if you like. But the gist of the article is they bite you and insert saliva and it irritates the skin and makes welts like these:


This is the back of my daughter's knee. She was being my assistant and just generally keeping me company while I tramped about in the pasture. She woke up to find these beasties had been feasting on her all night. I have some welts scattered here and there, but she got the brunt of the chiggers' attention. Knees, waistline, back, ankles...poor girl. She's currently lolling in her bed after having been doped up with Benadryl.

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