Photo Cubes

January 22, 2012

These are 3 1/2 inch pine photo blocks that I purchased from http://www.craftparts.com  part # SQH350.  They are $3.50/each.  They do have various sizes to choose from, however for the directions for cutting your photos, I have used the 3 1/2 inch size photo blocks.

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I used  Rub ‘n Buff  gold leaf and a cosmetic sponge to rub gold leaf on all the edges.  You could paint with acrylic paint too in your color choice.

Here are my blocks with all the edges rubbed with gold leaf.  They are ready to put the pictures on now.

Cut your photo template at around 3 3/8 inches square(or slightly less) for the 3 1/2 inch pine photo blocks.  You could cut this out of tranparent plastic like tranparencies you would use on a projector.  This will allow you to see your picture before you cut it.  Use the template to cut your photos to size.

Paint one side with Modge Podge adhesive brushing out to the edges.

Center a photo on top of the Modge Podge.  Left dry for a minute before moving on to the next side.

Once you have all your sides covered with photos….put an additional layer of Modge Podge OVER each photo painting it on evenly.  You will want to do the 4 sides first and let them dry for a while before doing the top and bottom photos.  You don’t want to smudge your sides by trying to paint on the Modge Podge to the top and bottom photos before they are completely dry.  Layout your photos like the template below. The reason for rotating the photos is if you put all 4 sides with the photos right-side up….you will never see your photo on the bottom.  If you put them like the template below..you will always have 2 photos side by side with the photos upright…which allows you to turn your photo block upside down to see the bottom photo.


Day 327 – Christmas Paper Ring Garland

December 4, 2011

List of supplies:

6 different digital designed papers
12 pages of matte Presentation Paper
Paper cutter
Scissors
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher Stapler
Printer

I printed on both sides  of (12) – 8.5 x 11 inch Presentation paper(using a different pattern for the opposite side).  I printed 4 of each combo I chose to put together.

After printing, you may need to trim off the white edge on all 4 sides of each paper.  Then place each paper lengthwise in your trimmer and cut into 1 inch wide strips x roughly 10.5 inches(remember you trimmed off the white outer edge.)

Cut a piece of plain white paper the same way in a 1 inch strip x the same length of your patterned strips and then fold it in half and cut along the fold. You will use this 1/2 strip to help you place the long strips back on your cutter to cut each long strip in half.  This will save a lot of time cutting multiple strips at a time.

Line up all 8 strips and cut them in 1/2 all at once.

You will get (16) 1/2 strips out of each page.  You will end up with (192) 1/2 strips in all.

Remember these are all printed double sided so find a pleasant color pattern before you start stapling.  Below are the opposite sides of each of my 6 patterns.

Now get your Tiny Attacher and start making loops and overlapping at the ends about a 1/4 inch. You can put one staple in the middle of each overlapped end. Keep your 6 stacks of paper in a row and just use one of each and then start over again.  Doesn’t the inside look pretty with a patterned printed on both sides?

I ended up with about 18 feet of garland when I was finished!

It went around my tree about 3 times.

And here is a closeup of the garland on the tree!

The digital designs I used were from the Jessica Sprague Christmas Blog Train(2010)


Day 310 – Key Lime Pie!

November 16, 2011

Yummy!!!  I made a Key Lime Pie today with a Meringue top!  Can’t wait to have a piece when I get home from work!  Pulled the last few limes off of my tree to make this…..and made the crust from scratch too!  CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTO

Here is the recipe!

Ingredients:

Graham Cracker Crust

1  1/4 cups Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crumbs

1/4 cup sugar

5 T. margarine, melted

Mix above ingredients well and press into the bottom and sides of an 8 inch pie tin.  Bake @ 350 degrees for 8 minutes.

Filling

3 egg yolks

2 t. lime zest

1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

2/3 cup freshly squeezed Key Lime juice, or store-bought

Beat egg yolks and lime zest with an electric mixer in a mixing bowl for 5 minutes on high speed.  Gradually add the condensed milk and continue to beat an additional 3 to 4 minutes until thick.  Lower the mixer speed and slowly add the lime juice just until mixed in good….no longer.  Pour the mixture into the baked pie shell and bake for 10 minutes @ 350 degrees.  Cool on a wire rack.  You can top with Cool Whip or Freshly prepared whipped cream, or top with meringue like in the picture above.  See below for whipped topping and meringue instructions.

Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy or whipping cream chilled

2 T. confectioners sugar

Whip the cream and the confectioners sugar until nearly stiff.  Spoon onto pie.

Meringue Baked Topping

4 egg whites

1/2 t. cream of tartar

1/2 cup sugar

Whip with electric mixer the egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed until soft peaks form.  Gradually beat in sugar on medium speed.  Beat for 4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and stiff glossy peaks form. (I didn’t beat mine for 4 minutes).  Spread over pie sealing to the edges of the crust to prevent shrinkage.  Use the back of a spoon to create little curly peaks.  Bake an additional 13-15 minutes to brown on the middle rack in the oven set to 350 degrees.  Don’t burn the top.  Let cool for 3 hours before cutting.  ENJOY!


Day 308 – A Amazing Video

November 14, 2011

I LOVE this video!  It just makes me smile!!!  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504784_162-20050976-10391705.html  Wonder how many hours and hours and missed shots occurred making this vid?!


Day 306 – Bokeh Photography

November 12, 2011

I took this picture of Tony in Las Vegas in a little cafe on Fremont Street.  I had made a little cuff for the lens on my 50mm, 1.8 lens that has a star shape cut of in the center.  This cuff is placed over the lens and makes the start shape you see in the lights.


Day 306 – Photography Challenge

November 12, 2011

This is a submission for a bi-weekly photography challenge at www.jessicasprague.com  This challenge was titled 11-11-11 Flip-It.  We were supposed to take an image, and clear out the background…copy the image, flip-it and apply a gradient black to white layer mask to it.  I used this picture of the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas for this challenge.  CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTO


Day 280 – Spraguefest 2011

October 7, 2011

Tony and I arrived last night and walked a little bit on the Las Vegas Strip.  We are staying at the Flamingo hotel and I took this photo of the neon sign outside.  This has to be one of the best pictures I have ever taken.  I can thank Candice Stringham and the things I learned in her classes at JessicaSprague.com    We got to meet Jessica tonight and Candice, and Carina Gardner and others at the reception.  It was so nice meeting some of the community of people that I’ve been talking to over the last 2 years.


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