Archive for December, 2007

Food, Fun & Friends…

December 31, 2007

Happy New Year to everyone!  Hope you have a great 2008 filled with good health, much happiness & joy to you and your loved ones!

Our family is going  to spend a nice New Year’s Eve at a friend’s home…I know there will be delicious food, the kids will have fun together playing games, and we will just enjoy the company of good friends.  

We are bringing an appetizer (my sister-in-law has made it before and it’s yummy!) and the recipe is listed below.  Give it a try…it’s really simple to make!   

Enjoy your New Year’s Eve…I’ll be sending some confetti your way at midnight.

Buffalo Wing Dip:

8 oz. wing sauce

12 oz. cream cheese (softened)

8 oz. ranch dressing

2 C. chicken, cooked & shredded

2-3 C. shredded cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350 degrees for 20 min.

Serve with Fritos Scoops


Shortcuts, brushes & procrastination…

December 30, 2007

I had some “down” time today (actually I was procrastinating…I wasn’t quite ready to start taking down the Christmas decorations yet) and I was organizing some of my Photoshop & Digital Scrapbooking information. I came across some notes about Photoshop shortcuts to use with the brush tool and I thought I’d share them with you.

I think most users of Photoshop know to type “B” to bring up the brush tool, and also about using the bracket keys to decrease or increase the size of the brush: the left bracket key “[” decreases the brush size and the right bracket key “]” increases it.  However, there were a couple of neat shortcuts that I had forgot about and I’ve listed them below.

Another cool feature when using the brush tool  (when the brush is on it’s own layer) is to hold the “Ctrl” key and it will activate the “move” tool.  You can then move the brush around the layout…try it out & play with it a little, it’s fun!  Hope you find these tips helpful and who knows…maybe I’ll come across some more shortcuts while I’m procrastinating, hmm I mean organizing.


Sweet Treats…

December 27, 2007

Hope everyone had a Christmas filled with beautiful moments, pleasant surprises, and sweet joys.  Here are just a few of our “sweet treats” of Christmas…





Happy Christmas to all…

December 25, 2007

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house…

Not a creature was stirring, only my computer mouse…

The children were nestled all snug in there beds, while visions of nanos & wii games danced through their heads… 

Well, you get the picture…I really can’t believe it’s Christmas Day.  I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday filled with family, good friends, delicious food, photos to treasure and warm memories of Christmas past.

If Christmas means anything, it means that all life is filled with glory and melody and joy, and that fear has forever fled (Hugh Thomson Kerr).  Take a moment today and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.  I hope you can take a few minutes and listen to the video below….it’s the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.  It truly is amazing…just like this day (and the joy of having each of you in my life)! 

Here is a reason to use your scrap tools again…

December 21, 2007

Since I started “digi-scrapping” this past June, I haven’t used any of my old scrap supplies at all. I am totally in love with digi and have crossed over to the “dark side” forever (thanks to the divine Miss Jessica Sprague). However, I dug out my corner rounder, some ribbon, a few eyelets, an under-used paper trimmer, and my new favorite tool the Crop-A-dile (which is now available at Costco, btw) and made some Christmas tags.


I actually saw something similar at my local card store with a price tag of $4.50 and I said to myself “I think I can make these!”  So, my daughter Taylor & I created some cute tags using Photoshop Elements and we have posted a freebie on 4shared as our Christmas gift to you!  There are 6 tags (each one is 5″ x 2 1/2″) and are done on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ LO…all you need to do is print them out, laminate the page (gotta love your laminator!), and trim using your paper cutter.  You can leave either a small white border or clear laminated border around them if you want.  Then just punch a hole,  use an eyelet (if you have any), and thread some ribbon through the hole…and voila! you’re done. 

Hope you enjoy the tags!


For all of us who love to be organized…

December 20, 2007

Although it often seems like a losing battle,  I found a great solution to one of my “clutter zones”!  I don’t know about you, but in our family we have 4 cell phones, 4 ipods, and 1 blackberry (with the hopes of adding an iPhone one of these days) and that translates into a mess of  tangled cords plugged in throughout the house.   The solution that I’m hoping will work is a “charging station valet”!

They come in various styles from contemporary to casual to traditional and can be found in a wide range of colors and prices.  I’ve seen them at Brookstone, Sharper Image, Pottery Barn, Levenger and the one from Frontgate that is pictured below  (don’t tell my DH, but he’s getting one for Christmas)!

I”d love to hear if you have any great organizational tips or cool gift ideas…


Whimsical Winter Freebie…

December 12, 2007

The “ta-da” elves have been busy at work creating some new additions to the Whimsical Winter kit!  Hope you enjoy them and use them to design some “cool” winter/holiday LO’s on those frigid winter days (unless of course you live where the temps are not quite so low & the snow doesn’t fall…in that case, you can work on them on those warm, sunny days)!!!

 Included in this part of the kit is 1 pink paper (with the word SNOW written in glittery letters), 3 postage type stamps, 3 word tags & 5 gel dots.

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This is blooming cool…

December 5, 2007

…as my JS friend Veevs would say! I just discovered this really neat feature on Photoshop Elements 5, and thought I’d share it with you all. Now maybe it’s not new to you and I’ve had my head underneath a rock somewhere (which is possible), but I thought it was way cool!    I knew about the “cookie cutter” tool, but what was new to me was the “crop shapes”.

What you do is:

 (1) open the cookie cutter tool, which looks like a star (or press “Q”)  

 (2) in the options bar, click on the first down arrow to open “custom shape picker”

 (3) then click on the right arrow (in the circle) and it will bring up a menu

 (4) choose “crop shapes” & then just click & drag over your photo.

There are 40 different custom crop shapes, including a lot of grungy type shapes.  I just sampled 4 different kinds as an example.  I just kept playing with them and would say “cool”, or “wow”, or “no way”!!!  Please let me know if you can’t follow my instructions, or if you have any questions…and have fun experimenting!


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