Monthly Archives: April 2011

Need some help…

….making your mother, mother-in-law or grandmother feel special on this year’s Mother’s Day?

{Mother’s Day is around the corner!!}

Giving or decorating with flowers are a wonderful way to celebrate.

Or….perhaps…creating a special meal for her is something she’d appreciate.

Maybe she enjoys receiving something handmade and special from you!

“Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
My mother.”

— Ann Taylor, “My Mother”

“Guided by my heritage of a love of beauty and a respect for strength — in search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.”

— Alice Walker, “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens

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Lovely Ladybug Cards

Lovely Ladybug Cards  {perfect for spring and summer!}

Lovely Ladybug Cards

Lovely Ladybug Cards

Cards measurements are 5 1/2″ x 4″. Matching enveloped included.

This set of bright colored cards was created on a bitterly cold December winter day. I was yearning for the colorfulness of spring and decided to create a lively spring scene on a card!

Lovely Ladybug Card

Lovely Ladybug Cards

These lovely ladybug cards are definitely in the mood for spring! The fun googly eyed ladybug is peeking out from behind hand-cut blades of bright green grass. Blue fluffy clouds are floating up above, the perfect backdrop for a purple and yellow butterfly that seems to fly off the paper. Great for any occasion, these colorful cards are blank for your special message.

You can find them here!

Lovely Ladybug Cards

Lovely Ladybug Cards

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How to Feature a Treasury in Your Blog Using Photoshop

A common question among Etsy sellers is, “How can I insert a snap shot of a treasury into my blog??”

{First of all, a treasury is an “ever-changing, member-curated shopping gallery.”}

First Step: Open up your treasury in an internet browser window.

Second Step: Adjust the screen so that the browser shows the size of the treasury you’d like to be featured in your blog  (e.g. only 2 rows of the treasury or all 4?).

  • Mozilla: Click “View” and “zoom in” or “zoom out” to view
  • Google Chrome: Click wrench shape on upper right side of browser (I zoom at 69%)

Third Step: Once you have the treasury appearing on the screen as you’d like it to appear in your blog, push the “Print Screen/SysRq” key.

Fourth Step: Open Photoshop and click “File” and select “New” and adjust the size for your image canvas (I use 10 inches wide and 10 inches high)

Fifth Step: Click on your canvas. Push keys “Ctrl” and “V” at the same time. The screen’s image from when you pushed the “Print Screen/SysRq” key will appear on your canvas.

Sixth Step: Using the cropping tool on the left sidebar, crop the image.  When you are done cropping, go to the top horizontal bar, click “Layer” and select “Merge Visible”.

Seventh Step: Click “File” and select “Save as”. Save the new image as a JPG onto your computer.

Now you are ready to open your blog and start a fresh blog post in which you discuss and display your brand new treasury! 🙂

BumbleBeeee...byPiecefulJoy

BumbleBeeee...byPiecefulJoy

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