Saturday, July 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Card - Blog Hop

Woo hoo! I'm so excited! This is my first time participating in Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop. My fingers are crossed that I've done everything right!

Happy Birthday card - Blog Hop

The challenge was to use text on a card. I used a saying from the Birthday Basics to stamp on a scallop that I punched out of Enchanted Evening cardstock (LOVE the new color!) and then made a flower out of it. For the text on the kraft circle, I lined up many of the Happy Birthday sayings (from Birthday Basics again) on my stamp block & stamped it on the circle. Very fun & easy! Sorry the colors are a bit off. It's really sunny this afternoon and I couldn't get a good pic no matter where I went. Thanks for looking!


Paper - Enchanted Evening & Hibiscus Burst cardstock, Friends 'til the end (PTI);
kraft - unknown from eons ago!
Ink - Enchanted Evening, Fresh Snow & Hibiscus Burst (PTI)
Ribbon - Hibiscus Burst (PTI)
Stamps - Birthday Basics (PTI)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

More class pics

A few more pictures from the Jessica Sprague class. This picture uses an edge burn technique - making the edges slightly darker so it draws your eye towards the center of the picture (aren't they cute anyway?).

Kin & Connor

The second picture uses a photo mask and text on the photo. I love how the sunlight was shining on Jameson (no, I didn't do anything in Photoshop with the light at all!). It just amazes me that little techniques like this can only take a couple of minutes but make such a huge difference.

Free Spirit

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Class pics

I'm playing catch up today on my Jessica Sprague photo class. Here's a few more of the photos that I played with. When she explains it, the techniques are easy and fun. Now, it's just remembering them so that I can use the techniques again - that's the tough part!

This one uses a clipping mask on the edges (photo taken at the Enabling Garden):


Here, I was using various textures on the photos. I love how they turned out!



On this photo, we were using a concept called "Through the viewfinder" where photographers replicating the look of using old vintage cameras but we used a texture on the photo instead of using an old camera. I can't decide which one I like the best, so posted both versions.

Perfection sepia


Friday, July 10, 2009

Loving class!

I'm taking the Jessica Sprague class on photo editing right now. Here's a quick picture from one of the lessons that I did today. Easy & fun!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Summer Salad

I made this salad today for lunch. It was so very yummy and easy that I thought I'd share it. Plus, it's healthy - can't beat that combo! I didn't measure the fruit - just put on what looked good. I put the finished salads in the freezer for a few minutes while we were waiting for the salmon to finish on the grill and the little extra chill was perfect. When I brought the plates out, Jameson said "that is so pretty and looks delicious so you need to take a picture of it!". Guess I have him well trained!

Summer Strawberry Salad (from Simple and Delicious July/August 2009)

1 bag of hearts of romaine salad mix
3/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 cup pineapple tidbits, drained
1/4 cup mandarin oranges, drained
1/4 cup blueberries (I used frozen)
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup poppy seed dressing

Arrange salad mix on plates. Top with strawberries, pineapple, mandarin oranges, blueberries. Sprinkle with pecans. Drizzle with dressing. Serves 4