{scribble shop craft challenge} quiet books

Mar
23
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I was recently asked to join a few other bloggers to participate in a craft challenge. We were to receive a random box of supplies from Scribble Shop and make something using as many products as possible.  I was excited to try something a little different, so I jumped on board. Here's what came in my box: Supplies:  feathers, chalboard paint, glitter brads, glitter, blue and green roving, and fabric squares. I added a few more supplies--plastic name badges, ribbon, bulldog clips, and book rings--to come up with three fun projects! ..... I have to admit that the feathers threw me off at first, but my two year old boys served as inspiration for this feather color quiet … [Continue reading...]



{medals clipboard + an amazing silhouette deal!}

Mar
22
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When you run a race, it's all about the tee shirt...and the medal. :) After race day is long past, they are the visual reminders of what you worked so hard for.  My tee shirts I wear all the time, but I wanted a place to keep my medals, and hang them where I could see them and be motivated by them, instead of being tucked away. When I saw this on pinterest, I knew I had to make one to hang in my closet. You could make one for any kind of medals--and would be super fun in a kid's bedroom too!SUPPLIES:1x6x18 pine board, edges routered if desiredspray paintsanderclothespinsscrapbook paperhot glue gunvinyl DIRECTIONS: 1. Spray paint your board, let dry, then sand the edges.2.  Cut the … [Continue reading...]



{photography with lei} how to lighten an image

Mar
21
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Hello again!  I want to start a simple "how do you" series.  What do you think?  Possible topics would include popping color, covering blemishes, correcting color, using actions, adding a watermark, cropping, removing objects/swapping heads, etc.  You are welcome to send in your ideas, too!  Just email me at photosbylei@yahoo.comToday's question is "How do you lighten an image?"First of all, I always start my workflow with a little sharpening. So open your image in photoshop, click on Filter, then Sharpen, then Unsharp mask:Then this window will pop up and you will set your settings like so:Click OK.Now on to lightening things up a bit.  I don't need much, but I … [Continue reading...]



{spring wreaths for your front door}

Mar
19
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It's official...I have spring fever.  We are seriously being spoiled by all the sunshine around here, and this weekend I couldn't help but take out my favorite spring wreath and put it up on my front door. I got it a couple of years ago on clearance at Target, and I'm still in love with it! It could easily be replicated, using a grapevine wreath and flower sprigs of your choice--they are just hot glued in place.Adding a wreath to your front door is a simple way to add personality and charm to your home, and makes it so inviting and welcoming. I tend to like the more natural wreaths--the greenery wreaths are some of my favorites--but I found some really fun ideas ranging from paper to … [Continue reading...]



{using an old window as a frame}

Mar
16
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You all know my obsession with old windows, lol.  I really wanted one in my girls' room, and I found one that I thought would be perfect to frame a really large photo of them.The frame was already cream, so I painted it brown, then went to town with the sander to distress it--that was the easy part!I didn't want to spend a fortune on such a large photo--the window is almost 3 feet across--so I decided to try a method that I've seen around town and get a large engineering print done.  I'm pleased with the overall product, but it's definitely a little different than I thought it was going to be.  I ordered my print online--super easy to do, because I could upload my photo, … [Continue reading...]



{four layer dessert}

Mar
15
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I first discovered this recipe when we were in college, and I fell in love with it right then and there. I love all the layers--individually, and together!  The shortbread crust is nutty, rich, and buttery, and when it's paired with the delightful cream cheese and pudding layers, it's pure heaven.  The whipped cream  is the perfect topping...it's so, SO yummy!  I really could eat the whole pan.  :)I used pistachio pudding in honor of St. Patrick's Day, and it will be perfect for our dessert on Saturday night.  Not a pistachio fan?  Not to worry--I LOVE it with lemon pudding, and the chocolate is delicious too.  I've also made it without the nuts, so if … [Continue reading...]