Monthly Archives: March 2010

It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for…

ok maybe not all of you, but definitely me and at least a few other wanna-be photographers and scrapbookers,

Pioneer Woman’s actions are now available for Photoshop Elements!

I’m so excited, I sometimes play with these on the full version of Photoshop I have at work, but only occasionally because a)using work computers for personal stuff is bad juju and b) it’s a pain to copy photos from one computer to another.  But now I can play to my heart’s content and not have one less reason to spend hundreds of dollars on the full version of photoshop.

For those of you not familiar with Pioneer Woman’s photography and well frankly general awesomeness you should spend some time on her blog.  It will have you longing to be even a fraction of her(but not the fraction that deals with the cattle).  But before you run away here’s a sneak peek at some of the actions at work.  I took one of my favorite photos from the ‘tutu shoot’ and played with the actions, here are the results…

PSE Action Samples from Pioneer Woman, click on image for a better view

A side note about the installation, at first glance it may seem a little daunting, but I promise you it’s not for PC users there’s even videos.  Only screenshots for us mac folks, perhaps that’s because the makers believe as I do that MAC users are generally more gifted and need less details.

cool right? so what are you waiting for? go get your actions now!

Happy Sunday!


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Ending the week…

with – I know you’re shocked another project using my lovely butterflies from the weekend.

This time they’ve landed on a layout I made at a crop last Saturday.  At the time I knew something was missing, but I wasn’t quite sure what…

Once I pulled it out to photograph, it hit me…the butterflies would work here too.

Studio Calico Kits:Baker's Dozen, Quiliting Bee, Patterned Paper:BG, AC; Stickers: Sassafrass; Stamps: Hero Arts


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oh my butterflies part 2

So now I have a desk full of beautiful stamped butterflies (see yesterday’s post if you don’t already know how they got there) but my mojo is tapped so I once again turn to Jennifer and start lifting her card design from the video.

Before long I had a set of my own — good thing I had some cuttlebug embossing folders on hand — no doubt from a previous purchase made after a McGuire video/blog post

and a close up of each since I can’t pick my favorite

It’s a little hard to tell in these photos, but these butterflies also have a touch of glitter to make them extra sparkly

last but not least…

I made 6 of these and still have more butterflies to play with, where will they land next?


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oh my butterflies

curse Jennifer McGuire and her evil enabling ways. Now, before you get your fuss on, I am NOT saying she’s evil, because she’s so not… but darn if every time she posts a video my savings account takes a hit.

So much so that I stopped reading her blog on a daily basis — too much damage, and after some time I thought I had developed some willpower.  I was wrong.

Not mere moments after linking up her you tube channel on a thread on the SC message board about using distress inks, I sat down and start watching and before long I was in the car and driving to archivers for a stamp set.

So what was the video that broke me down — Jen using her copics in a speedy way.  I could blame it on the fact that my copics have sat unused for a couple of months and if you know copics you know that’s a serious investment to not use.  As I hit play I thought it’s ok, I won’t need the stamps I have plenty of stamps, I will be strong.

I will be strong

oh no butterflies…

I need more butterflies(um, no) and away I went…

and home I came with…

and  coloring I did and before long my desk was covered with beautiful colorful butterflies…

some I covered with a think coat of glossy accents and others with liquid pearls — oh so pretty.  Now I just need to put them to work on some projects.

Come back tomorrow to see where they land.


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Flowering Fields forever…

As soon as I saw this paper in the sneaks for the March Studio Calico kit -Quilting Bee- I was scared. I know it’s silly to be scared of paper, it’s just so bold and so so pastel.  I was pretty sure this one would end up in the give away pile or maybe fussy cut on to a card or something.

but then along came the kit and luckily this paper and I had a mutual friend in the form of a aqua polka dot fabric paper and we started to bond.

enter every scrapper’s best mediator — fiskars apron lace punch

and voila a fun, uber girly page was born, perfect for picture of baby  girls toes and tutus.

Studio Calico Kits-Quilting Bee; Patterned Paper: American Crafts; Alphas: Basic Grey, American Crafts; Stickers: Studio Calico; Maya Road stick pin, Studio Calico Baker's Twine

Disclaimer/PS…Yes I know that I ripped the headline from a Beatles song Strawberry Fields and if you happen to get the song stuck in your head well ‘it’s nothing to get hung about’ and it’s not my fault.


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Project 12 — February

March is just flying by and I realized earlier this week I hadn’t done my Project 12 layout for February.  Not that there was much to remember, but I set a goal…so a layout it is.

Studio Calico Kit: Baker's Dozen Patterned Paper: Studio Calico; Embellishments: Hambly Rub-Ons, AC flower, BG Brad; Alpha: Sassafrass

A note that the cardstock is much more pink in real life, not quite enough light when I took the photo.

I struggled with the title letters just a bit, nothing in my stash seemed to be perfect so I made do by mounting the Sass letters on white cardstock and inking the edges with a combo of yellow and pink distressed inks.


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A Pause from usual craftiness

with a note from the ‘big girl job’

Looking for some help from local peeps…

As many of you know when not scrapbooking and crafting, I spend my days and sleepless nights thinking about the education of Colorado’s at-risk kiddos and work for a progressive charter school that serves close to 3000 of those kiddos.

We are holding are annual book drive to get books into the hands of kids, many of them come from homes where people are worried about paying rent and the electric bill or getting food on the table not getting books in the hands of kids.  Our goal is to give at least 1 book to each student for them to keep/own prior to summer break.

That’s a lot of books!  So as you are spring cleaning or sorting through your kiddos old things, please keep us in mind.  We’re looking for books at all levels from picture books to the Twilight series and everything in between.  If you have something I’ll be happy to come pick them up from you.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Aah Spring in the Rockies…

The past few days have definitely felt like spring, lots of sun and warm-ish temps like this…

it has girls like me breaking out the flip-flops, capris and making appointments for pedicures…

which probably makes me responsible for the what’s coming tomorrow…

Yes you’re reading that right… a WINTER STORM WATCH will be posted for Denver and the front range late tonight through late Friday night for the potential for 5-10″ of wet snow possible by early Saturday morning.

Nothing says spring in Colorado quite like a wet snow storm that dumps a foot of snow on the ground, good thing my winter coat, gloves and boots are still close at hand.

In other news…we’re taking advantage of the longer days by working later and still having time to fit in a good game of fetch and make a layout or two before the sun goes down. Here’s one about Mr.Fetch himself…

The journaling on the card inside reads

Yes, he wakes up way to early
Yes, he has digestive issues
Yes, he eats unmentionables
But he brings me infinite joy and happiness and I love him more each day.


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Every little girl needs…

a tutu of course.

so what’s a crafty aunt to do…make one, of course

I dusted off the sewing machine and set to work on some tulle, conveniently on sale at Hobby Lobby last week and with an early morning start and a naptime little miss S had a new skirt to play in after nap.

I underestimated her love for the skirt and that she wouldn’t take it off when we went to play outside, hence the crazy sweater, skirt and sneakers combo that she sported until bedtime…

I think the flower trim is my favorite part, my scrappy friends might recognize it as something similar to the new Dear Lizzy trim from American Crafts. I found this one at Hobby Lobby and had to hold myself back from buying it in every color.


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My Happy Place

ok so really my bed is my happy place, but my craft room is definitely the next best thing.  This thread on Studio Calico boards today got me thinking that I haven’t shared pics of the space in a long time, mostly because not much has changed.

One of the great things about this room is an arched window that faces northeast, so it gets plenty of light but not too much harsh sun.

this is the right side of the room…

a couple of close-ups:

the techie station…yes it’s old kitchen cabinets covered in BG paper and primas and home to the new wide format printer, paper, misc paint, and random cords and cables are stored inside. The top is the leaf for my dining table.

where the action happens…the scrapdesk

I use these laundry shelves to give a little more space. The red leather tote on the left houses embellishments of all sorts and it has a twin that’s just out of this shot on the left that houses alphabets. misc baskets hold ‘essential tools’  This desk and it’s twins across the room is about as cheap as you can make a desk…closet organizers and a sheet of plywood stained black and multiple coats of poly. The shelves hold paper trimmers, photos, bins of more embellishments (brads, buttons, flowers, etc).

the happy shelf…

I found this vintage shelf in my favorite antique store where I usually can’t afford much but in a stoke of luck this was priced just right.  On the top are vintage spools from Tinsel Trading in NYC.  The center has mason jars of ribbons in colors I don’t use much (red, black and brown are closer to the desk) and I think I need some more mists to fill up the rest of the shelves, what do you think? Below this shelf is the a dog kennel turned desk top that stores my crop tote, scrap basket(so out of control I dumped the photo in shame) and all of my Quickutz and other diecutting things.

this is the left side…

the sewing station…

a good place to mist too…you can also see the cardstock shelf an acrylic shelf system I picked up with Scrapbook Destination closed this summer, love it! Basket of stampin’ up inks on the top. Above this desk and the other on this side of the room are curtain rods that hold finished layouts and above those a couple of padded bulletin boards.

the bookshelf of misc items…

top shelf you can’t see has some special photos my original film SLR and a couple of other special trinkets, then it’s wood stamps, the next shelf has inks, glitter and other misc items, looks a little empty probably because items are being used at the scrappy desk, then it’s patterned papers and more cardstock, plus a stack of layouts that need to be put into albums (note, only one of the flat storage bins has layouts), then a shelf of idea books and a bin of chipboard, bottom shelf has albums, I’m slowly converting to all red AC.

finally…the card/photo printing/knitting station

yes that is more cardstock and pattern paper.

well that’s pretty much the 360 tour.  Want to see more great spaces…click on the thread link at the top of this post.


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