Monday, November 28, 2011

Photoshoot with Auntie Pam

My wonderful Aunt moved down to our neck of the woods from Boise, Idaho this summer. She asked me to do a photoshoot for her Christmas cards, celebrating what a wonderful place Colorado is in the wintertime. I was so thrilled she asked me! We had a blast, and she's such a beautiful lady that it was easy to take her picture :) Enjoy!

Workflow for this session:

-duplicate layers twice and use screen and soft light filters, adjust opacity as needed
-Use spot healing brush to eliminate snow from her face. I know, it might sound cheesy, but there's nothing worse than a great picture with a big ol' snowflake right on the nose
-Use Perfect Portrait action from Hide "color pop" and sometimes "brighten," add vignette. I also did each one in black and white as well and saved an extra copy for her.

Thanks Auntie Pam for letting me do something so fun and special for you! <3 you!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Oldies But Goodies

I'm a little behind on posting cards lately. Not from lack of making them, actually quite the opposite. I'm turning the 2 of the paper stack I have been using (which is actually called "Mrs. Claus's Kitchen," not "Grandma's Kitchen" like I thought) into a very LARGE stack of cards. 39 more to be exact. Plus, I have extra supplies to make a lot of tags out of. I have a craft bazaar coming up I need to prepare for.

To keep the posts going, I thought I would post a few older projects that I still really like. So, enjoy!

These were from my trifold card making days. The first one I sent to a friend after she joined YWAM, and we missed her very much. The second was a more "masculine" Valentine for my hubby a few years ago.

These two I sent to Robyn Cardon, aka "My Pink Stamper." I actually got to meet her for a second at CHA, and these cards were displayed in her craft room and even made it on to a few of her videos in the background. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Holiday Cards - Day 19

Grandma's Kitchen Paper Stack by Die Cuts With a View

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Holiday Cards - Day 18

Grandma's Kitchen Paper Stack by Die Cuts With a View

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holiday Cards - Day 17

Grandma's Kitchen Paper Stack by Die Cuts With a View

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Three Months Old

Three months is when I think babies get really cute. Not that they aren't cute before that, it's just that 3 months is when they stop looking alien-like and their real people faces come in. They start to build a little bit of chunk and they start smiling and laughing. Baby J is starting to get a little bit of a personality. She is still super laid back and easy, but she is definitely is not okay being lonely any more. She sleeps about 10 hours at night now, straight through. (I know, you can be jealous now.) I can get her to laugh best, and she talks and growls a lot now. Her biggest smiles are saved for her brother. What a joy she is!

Holiday Cards - Day 16

Grandma's Kitchen Paper Stack by Die Cuts With a View

Monday, November 14, 2011

Holiday Cards - Day 15

Grandma's Kitchen Paper Stack by Die Cuts With a View

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Holiday Cards - Day 14

Grandma's Kitchen Paper Stack by Die Cuts With a View

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Holiday Cards - Day 13

Grandma's Kitchen Paper Stack by Die Cuts With a View

Friday, November 11, 2011

Holiday Cards - Day 12

Grandma's Kitchen Paper Stack by Die Cuts With a View

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Holiday Cards - Day 11

A lot of these over the next week or so are going to look really similar to each other. I picked up the Grandma's Kitchen Paper Stack by Die Cuts With a View, and there are a LOT of great items to choose from, so I am just working through one sheet at a time right now. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Little Miss, Age 3

Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Movie: Tangled
Favorite TV Show: Dora or Diego (or "Yiego")
Favorite Food: chicken
Favorite Activity: following her brother everywhere
Best Friend: Norah
What a joy our three year old is! She makes us laugh every single day! I love you, baby girl!

PS - thank you to my bestie for taking this beautiful photo!

Holiday Cards - Day 6

Paper from Winter Wishes by Cosmo Cricket

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thinking of Christmas

Now that Halloween is over, it's officially acceptable to start thinking about Christmas. Actually, I have been thinking about Christmas since June, and I have been working on a few projects since then. Here is a preview of some things coming up for my family:

On December 1st, we wrap our television in wrapping paper. We are not allowed to unwrap it until December 26th, and for the whole month we make more of a point to spend time together. Activities we do include ice skating, making gingerbread houses and cookies, and the annual Christmas wrap at the local mall with our church. We call it our "Christmas present to Jesus." Last year we had a really rough time with our four year old, especially at school. This year we gave his teachers a heads up and we are already talking about it and how much fun we are going to have together, and he seems pretty excited.

The annual "Ugly Sweater Christmas Party" is coming up with the young adults at our church. Even though we are no longer a part of that small group, I really hope we still get invited. This is one of my favorite events every year. (PS - this is our entry in the Gingerbread House contest. It's a jail. I won't go into the details, but it was pretty gory and graphic. And it won first place.)

My great grandma made these stockings for all of her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. Last year I found the pattern and picked up where she left off 20 years ago. I finished 2 last year, this year I have finished 9 and have 2 more to go. (Like I said, I have been working since June.) I will post more pictures of these after I finish those 9.

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Holiday Cards - Day 5

Paper from Winter Wishes by Cosmo Cricket

Thursday, November 3, 2011

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011