Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Today's digital freebie

I have all of these fun digital trim elements so I decided to just bunch them together to create this little quick page. Just click on the image to enlarge then save to your computer.

The masked man...

So Ezra does NOT want to take off his Spiderman costume. At first he wouldn't wear the mask b/c the eye holes didn't line up but I guess he figured out a way to make it work for him:

Monday, July 25, 2011

He's got radioactive blood...

Bad guys beware! There's a new spiderman on the prowl.

Let the crime fighting begin!

Even super heroes need to wear their seat beats. :)

Thanks to Sayce for sending Ezra this great costume. He won't take it off!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Treat box printable and tutorial

Here's a great, easy, and fun template and tutorial for you guys. Today I went to my mom's house and she'd brought back some pralines from Louisiana. Of course the pralines were delicious but what I fell in love with was actually the packaging (I'm a total sucker for cute packaging. I probably would buy dog poop if it was wrapped up cute enough).

I decided to take home a box and take it apart to create my own template to use for goodie boxes for parties and holidays. I LOVE making pralines. I did a post on how I make mine HERE if you want to check it out. So I thought that it would be super cute to be able to wrap them up individually.

So here's what I came up with:
Just click on the images below to enlarge and then save to your computer. (Don't change the file types, leave as .png images)

(seen on my box as the polkadot sections)

(seen on my box as the pink lace design with text) To use these templates, just save them to your computer. Then in some type of photo editing software (I used photoshop) you simply create a "clipping mask" using what ever paper or image you want over the shapes I've provided as they're sized nearly perfectly to the original template. Below is a screen shot of what I did:

click on the images below to enlarge:

First I opened up the templates in individual files and then created clipping masks with some digi scrapbooking paper. I then added text and embellishments. Once I liked what I created I simply clicked on "merge visible" to mesh the layers.

I then opened up the blank box template file and just dragged my merged template layers onto the blank template. I did have to enlarge some things slightly to try and cover up the dashed lines so that wouldn't be seen in the end product.

Here are some images of my finished product. I added some baking twine and a little metal tag I had left over from my sister's baby shower to give an example of what you can add to the boxes.

I hope you guys find this useful! I know that I can't wait to find a reason to use this template to create some fun and unique treats!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Today's digi freebie

Here's a simple little summer time frame freebie. Just click to enlarge and save to your computer.

Why I ADORE my best friend...

My best friend, Meena, recently went to New Orleans for her daughter's violin camp. She e-mailed me about places she should go and I told her she HAD to go to Sucre'. I'd been wanting to go there myself forever to sample some of the delicious looking French pastries and artisan chocolates. Well... today I got home from work and found this package waiting for me on my counter:

She'd sent me a sampler of their famous macarons!

Is she amazing or what!?!

My personal faves were the strawberry and the pecan - yum!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A full day...

First of all I have to post this photo to brag on my hubby a bit. After a LONG day at work (a few days ago) he had this delicious drink waiting for me when I got home:

Today we decided to venture out to the Grapevine Mills Mall to check out the mini-Legoland and aquarium as well as Rainforest Cafe.

Our first stop was the aquarium which was much nicer then I expected though it was FULL of crazy kids from day camps in the area. Next time I'd wait to go on a school day during the Fall when less busy.
Isn't Ezra super cute wearing his "pack pack" :)

Now off to Legoland. Ezra was too young to ride the rides but I had a blast looking that the city scapes they created. Here's DFW airport:
The boy can sure pose:

These city scapes were amazing. They lit up and had moving parts. Being a Lego freak myself I LOVED it!
One of Ezra's heroes - Buzz Lightyear.
Texas Rangers ball park:

Dallas Cowboys stadium:

We were super hungry after all of the excitement so we headed to the Rainforest Cafe. Overpriced with kind of yucky food and LONG waits but it is a neat experience.
Animatronic crocodile:
Here's Ezra trying his best to intimidate the croc:

Mom and dad were bored waiting forever for a table so we had some fun of our own:
Michael doing his "I'm trying to be patient and let me wife have some fun even though I want to leave" pose. (thanks for sticking through with it babe)

New blog design

I'm really loving the way Meeca's blog turned out. Click on the button below to be redirected to her site to see what we came up with for her new blog!

Friday, July 15, 2011

New design and cupcakes!!!

In celebration of the final Harry Potter movie I plan to make these BUTTERBEER cupcakes:

Don't they look amazing! If you bake them let me know how they turn out. I also recently designed this logo for a fellow adoptive mom who's starting a baking buisness:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Some new blog designs and a tutorial on how to add a personalized signature to your blog posts...

Here are some new blog designs I've done recently.

Lindsey had already picked out a background she loved so we used that to build the rest of the blog. That and her Seussical title for the blog lead me in a fun and funky direction. I think it turned out super cute and fun. Just click on the button below to be redirected to her blog:

Stina and Jay are soon to be adoptive parents. Stina had also already picked out a background she found and wanted to go with that look so I just edited the image and added some fun elements. Click on the button below to see their new blog:

Both of these ladies were super easy to work for and I had a great time collaborating!

Aside from the new blog designs I also wanted to do a quick tutorial
on how to add a signature/post divider to your posts.

The first thing that you'll need is an image. Whether you want just your name or a dotted line or a scrapbooking element you'll need to save that image to some sort of photobucket, flicker, shutterfly, etc. account. You'll need the "direct link" from that image to plug into the code below. It will look like this:

(you see the links and codes to the right of the image... you'll need to copy the entire url for the code listed under "direct link")

Once you have that url you plug it into this HTML code: (DON'T LEAVE OUR ANY . OR , OR " AT ALL, EVEN THE ONES IN THE PARENTHESES)

.post-footer-line-1{background:url("PASTE YOUR URL HERE");
background-repeat: no-repeat;
margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
padding: 120px 0px 0px 0px;
margin-bottom: 3.5em;
font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Tahoma, Arial;

Now that you have your code just copy it then go to your blogs "design" tab and click on "edit HTML". You'll see that it gives you a LONG list of gobbeldy gook in the left side of the page with a little bar to scroll through. You'll want to scrool about half way through the code in most cases and look for this:

/* Footer
----------------------------------------------- */

Each section of your blog will be broken down in this way. You'll see seperators just like labeling each section of your blog ie. Posts, Headers, Widgets in the place where you see "Footer" above. The "Footer" section comes directly after the "Post" section. You want to paste your code right above what I've pasted above. It should be the last line of code in the post section right above the footer section.

Before you click save or anything like that, PREVIEW your changes. It will open up your blog in another window so you can see if you like the signature or if it's too big/too small. If you like what you see then click "save changes".

This is really the easiest way that I've found to add a signature to your blog and even though the idea of messing with HTML scared me to death when I first started blogging it's really very easy and when you do it once you'll feel like a pro!

If you want to either increase or decrease the space b/w the signature and the "comments" section change the "padding: 120px" in the code I've provided. A smaller number ex. 80px, means it will be closer and a larger number ex. 150px will spread it apart.
Don't change any other numbers except for the 120.

If you have any questions about this tutorial at all just shoot me an e-mail or comment and I'll try to help you out.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What we've been up to...

Throwing rocks:


Eating Ice cream:

Exploring new places:

Playing dress up:

Doing laundry - Ezra style: