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Wow! I’ll Go Over 700,000 Hits this Month!

I’ve been blogging a while now.  Sometimes I’m more faithful than others, depending on my work load – which shifts rapidly day by day.  My previous blog had over 300,000 hits before I was forced to change to a new one.  This new blog will go over 400,000 hits some time in the next 1-2 weeks.  It simply amazes me.  THANK YOU to those of you faithful readers that have been with me since the beginning or come alongside of me during the journey.  It’s a joy and a blessing to share with you.  One I never take for granted.

So, what am I up to?  I’m finishing up a kitchen goods collection today, that will be out in January with a fabulous manufacturer.  I will show you the designs when I am allowed to.  I love their quality and look forward to seeing the final products when they are done.  I hope that this will be the first of many collections with their company.

I am also working on a room sized rug, and paper party goods how’s that for variety?!  That’s one thing I love about what I do.  It’s hard to get bored when things can change so quickly.

I WAS hoping to start painting a new collection today that I had sketched out during my recent trip to Las Vegas for the Licensing Show.  While the show was rather disappointing as a show for an artist to peruse, the extra day and a half that I had to fill with doing something was actually fabulous.  It forced me to sit down and plan, something that we artists aren’t always that great at.  I’ve already finished and licensed one of the collections I designed while there and am ready for the second.  I guess being bored is a good thing sometimes?!

These sunflowers are from my newest collection at Zazzle “Sunflowers ‘n Swirls” and are perfect for  late summer and into fall uses.  It’s August already!  Fall will be here before we know it.  So make the rest of your summer really special.

I’m adding a second contest to my normal blog contest.  For anyone that doesn’t know, if you leave a comment on any or all of my posts during the month that serves as an entry into the contest which is drawn randomly at the end of the month.   If you enjoy my blog and refer it to 5 people, you will be entered into a drawing for a second prize.  That prize is a $4.95 item of your choice from my Etsy store, or a discount equal to that if there’s something more expensive that you covet.  Just send me a message saying that you have referred me to 5 people and each time you do 5 people it will count as an entry.  Thanks so much for being a part of helping me to grow!

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For Your Sweetest Chocolate Recipes!

A custom designed, chocolate brown binder with chocolate art scattered across it.  The text reads: “God sends no stress that prayer and chocolate can not handle!”  On a personal note, I love the chocolate brown cover to hide “less than tidy” fingerprints as I am one MESSY cook! You can customize the cover with a name, title or any message you would like to add — which makes it a fabulous option for a wedding gift for a new bride.  LINK TO RECIPE BINDER IN STORE

This binder is available in 1-2″ sizes depending on which you would need to contain all your sweetest dessert recipes.  If you have already bought any of my chocolate digital clip art, you can easily create your own pages to go in this book and make a fabulous gift for a Mother, Grandmother, friend or a family recipe collection book.

For those not quite so digitally inclined, I’ve created 3 separate page layouts to coordinate.  They are printed on 80 lb. letterhead quality paper and come 10 sheets to a pack.  You can mix and match the papers to create your own family heritage scrapbook recipe collection.  LINK TO RECIPE PAGES IN STORE.

You can also buy full page sheet protectors to put your recipes in and keep them clean and beautiful for a lifetime of use.  I love a full page size recipe format as it gives lots of room to type out the recipe.  If you create your page and type your recipe, you can print it as many times as you want to give to friends and family.  It’s a wonderful way to pass on the sweetest parts of your family heritage.

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New Digital Clip Art Kit “Chocolate Love 1”

This kit is now available.  Normally it would be in my blog store here at the site, but so far it isn’t loading correctly so I’m posting a link to Aimee Asher’s store: LINK TO CHOCOLATE LOVE

$4.98

This is a BRAND NEW kit from Audrey Jeanne Roberts. Nothing tastes quite as sweet as sinful desserts! This sweet kit has a beautiful variety of non-caloric goodies as well as beautiful papers, original Chocolate sayings by Audrey Jeanne Roberts and lots of other items. Use this kit to create your own gifts from the kitchen with the included recipe cards, tags and other gift packaging items by using the matching title frames and word art.

This kit contains 23 pcs, including 5 papers, 1 intricate borders, 10 recipe cards (5 designs with and without lines), 3 text art pieces, 2 tags, 1 transparent swirl overlay and 2 additional art pieces complete the set.

All files are 300 dpi jpeg or png files. Images are copyright Audrey Jeanne Roberts, 2010. Special thanks to Atomic Cupcake.

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Brand New Little Boy Card Making Kit

LINK TO CARD MAKING/INVITATION KIT IN THE STORE

This brand new kit is perfect to make for an invitation to a Baby Shower for a little boy!  All you have to do is add your invitation information inside the card.  This card can also be made up as a Welcome card for a new baby, a Mother’s day card or an encouragement card for a tired, young mother you might know.  The saying on the front is “Oh so true,” isn’t it?

I’m always on the lookout for quick, easy and different ideas to make card crafting kits for my customers.  This week I was searching my voluminous hard drives for something else and I stumbled on a large line of these designs I created years ago.

It occurred to me that they would make awesome cards and I am excited to start getting them to you!  There will be lots more of them coming soon.

Each card kit comes with a 3 3/4″ x 9 1/8″ card in two version.  With the text as shown and blank for your own text.  These cards fit a standard US Business size #10 envelope, so if you’re in a hurry you can make just the card or you can decorate a pre-made envelope with the included sticker set.  It also comes with a matching envelope you can print and assemble for yourself.  There are also two 3D bookmarks, one with text and one blank.  All of this comes for $5.98, which is just a little more than the price of a single store bought card and you can use them over and over again.

Let me know if there are any occasions or relationships you would be especially interested in and I’ll work on those first.  Now back to that hard drive to see which one I’ll do next, LOL!

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Freebie “Sweet Desserts” Recipe Card Set!

Free Recipe Card, cupcake, cupcakes, chocolate, dessert, desserts, digital clip art kitLINK TO DOWNLOAD FREE RECIPE CARD SET I created a new recipe card set to give away so I could “show off” the new “Sweet Desserts 1” Digital Clip Art Kit and the new “Abigail’s Sinful Desserts 1″ Recipe Card Gift Box and Food Gift Set.  This will give you a chance to see the new art up close and personally.

There are two, two-sided recipe card layouts, with and without title and three versions of a single 4″ x 6” recipe card.  I hope you’ll enjoy your “non-fattening” treat!

The art used in this kit can be found here: LINK TO STORE FOR SWEET DESSERTS 1 ART KIT

Coordinating Chocolate Dessert Art:  LINK TO STORE FOR SWEET CHOCOLATE ART KIT & LINK TO SWEET CHOCOLATE PAPER PACK

The Crafting kit for making your own Recipe Card Gift Box, recipe cards, food gift labels and tags:  LINK TO STORE FOR “ABIGAIL’S SINFUL DESSERTS 1”

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY: Rom 15:13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.   NIV

PRAYER:  Lord, in uncertain times, when I read the headlines and don’t know what the future holds, help me to remember that You are “The God of Hope” and You hold both the future and me in Your hands!  Let that hope become so real to my heart that it fills me with all joy and peace as I grow in trusting you.

Help my joy and peace overflow to all those that share my life by the power of the Holy Spirit!  I want to have contagious joy, contagious hope and contagious peace!  AMEN

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Super Easy Recipe Card Gift Box, Recipe Cards and Home Made Food Gift Packaging

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Abigail Scott DESIGN Studio, recipe box, labels, label, gift tag, gift tags, recipes, recipe card, recipe cards, recipe card kits, audrey jeanne roberts, audrey jeanne, papers, paper, digital clip art kit, digital crafting and card making kits, chocolate, chocoholic, cupcake, cupcakes, decorated cupcake, decorated cupcakes, cake, wedding cake, decorated cake, cake slice, decorated cake slice, cake plate, tags, recipe word art, recipe card kit, dessert, desserts, dessert digital clip art, recipe card digital clip art kit CLICK HERE FOR STORE LINK FOR “SINFUL DESSERTS” Nothing tastes quite as sweet as sinful desserts! Using Audrey Jeanne’s “Sweet Desserts” Digital Clip Art Kit (preview on the post below this one) and her “Chocolate Love” sets, this sweet kit has a beautiful variety of recipe gift items. There’s a 1” x 5” x 6.5” gift recipe box to put your 4” x 6” recipe cards in. There are labels in many sizes decorate jars & containers for your home-made “Sinful Dessert” gifts. Tie a recipe card on the jar or use the labels as gift tags, the possibilities are endless and quite inexpensive. .

This is a large kit with 16 single recipe cards, 5 two-sided recipe cards, a gift box, and 5 labels that fit Kerr jars, Rubbermade “Take Alongs” and other packaging options.

All files are 300 dpi jpeg. All templates were designed, created and copyrighted by Abigail Scott DESIGN Studios. Images are copyright Audrey Jeanne Roberts, 2008. Special thanks to Atomic Cupcake. Limited commercial crafting use allowed, see Angel Policy Terms before purchase.

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New! Digital Dessert Digital Clip Art Kit “Sweet Desserts 1”

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This kit was created strategically to make creating your own recipe cards, gift tags or gift packaging very easy to do.  In addition to the 4 papers that are included in the kit, you can use the Chocolate paper pack, AJROB_184_AA as most papers in that kit will coordinate perfectly.

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Freebie, Anticipating the Coming Fall Season with Joy!

Free pumpkin digital printable recipe card for pumpkin pie, thanksgiving, halloween, fall

Free digital printable recipe card halloween, scarecrow, pumpkin, trick or treat, candy cornCLICK HERE FOR LINK TO FREE RECIPE CARD DOWNLOAD Those of you that know me, know that I ADORE THE FALL!!!  The first crisp day of the fall season is one of my favorite days of the year.  Perhaps it’s because I live in a very warm summer area of the country and don’t particularly enjoy heat.  Perhaps it is because I love the warm, spiritual focus of Thanksgiving and Christmas and the first day of fall reminds us all that these seasons are approaching.  All I know is that I felt the tiniest hint of coolness a night or two ago and my heart soared, LOL!

I am working on brand new art this week.  Normally I don’t release brand new art to digital use until 2 or 3 years of licensing has passed, but I’m going to break my rules on this one.  I’ve been painting up a storm and have a freebie to give you a sneak peek of what’s to come.

These recipe cards show art from two of the kits, one is purely pumpkins and fall, the other is a very sweet, non-scary Halloween kit.  Each is available in a lined and unlined version so you can hand write or type in your recipes.  I hope you’ll enjoy both the sneak peek and the freebie recipe cards.

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY:  Ps 5:11-12  But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy.  Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.   For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.  NIV

PRAYER:  Lord, help me to remember as I struggle with the challenges of each day that you desire to be a refuge for me to run into.  You want me to come with you with each stress, each joy, each sadness and trouble.  Basically, you want me to come to you with EVERYTHING!

A refuge is a safe place, a resting place and a place that can be defended.  Help me to rejoice knowing that you are standing guard over me and surrounding me with your inpenetrable shield.  Thank you Lord that you are blessing my life as I rest and rejoice in you.  AMEN

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“Sweet Chocolate” Family Heritage Digital Recipe Cook Book Kit in the Store Today!

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family reunion cookbook, fund-raising cookbook, CLICK HERE FOR STORE LINK FOR FAMILY DESSERT RECIPE COOKBOOK KIT Abigail Scott DESIGN Studio has put Audrey Jeanne’s Art into a brand new Family Heritage Recipe cook book kit.  This kit is available for $12.97 and is HUGE!!!  It is on sale for two weeks only at 20% off.  This cookbook can be used as a simple recipe notebook or can be totally customized to create a Family Heritage Scrapbook Recipe Book… and it can all be done in as little as a single day of crafting!

These kits are so simple to customize that you can easily create a basic album with family pictures and a little history about the special people who’s recipes are featured.  Then you can print copies for yourself, your children or grandchildren and for every new bride that joins the family!  Each time you gather a new recipe you can easily add it to your album as it is stored in a loose-leaf binder.  Duplicating a cookbook and assembling it (once created) can be done in about an hour or less of crafting time.

This kit uses an easy to find view binder that is designed for 1/2 letter sized paper sheets.  It’s a great size for almost every recipe and no recipe is too long, just use as many pages as necessary for the recipe.  Each recipe page layout is included with and without lines.  Preserve your grandmother’s handwriting if she’s still around to hand write her recipe for you.  (Then you could scan it and print it for others later).

This is the first of what we hope will be many Family Heritage Scrapbooking Recipe Kits that we’ll offer here.  Please feel free to suggest your ideas of what you would like to see as the art and/or themes of future kits.

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I Give in! Here’s the Recipe Card With “Nadya’s Christmas Candy”

Christmas Home made Candy recipe cardOkay!  Okay!!  I’m not much of a cook, but I have an awesome Aunt who is and who has the most amazing recipe exchange newsletter website and he friends (known as "Nancylanders") have the most delectable recipes, sooooo….  I guess I really have no excuse for not putting a recipe in the card!  If you haven’t visited my Aunt Nancy’s website you can find it at www.nancys-kitchen.com.  If you love recipes you will adore her website.

So In addition to downloading the Free Blank Recipe Card for Christmas with Gingerbread Man Cookie art on it, you can download this one with a mouth-watering Christmas Candy Recipe as well.  Special Thanks to Laurine In NNY for her recipe.

To download this card all you have to do is click on the image and it will take you to the download.  Enjoy!

 

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FREE Christmas Cookie Recipe Card Digital Clip Art by Audrey Jeanne Roberts

Free Recipe Card, Christmas, Gingerbread Cookie, BlankI have another recipe card for you (and will have yet one more next week, so check back!)  This card set has a front and back side both with and without lines so that you can hand write your recipe or type it in on your computer.  This card was created with elements from my Gingerbread Cottage Baking Set and Gingerbread Village Set.  Permalink: http://www.daisiecompany.com/blogs/audreyjeanne/?p=299

Gingerbread Cottage Christmas Baking Set Cookies Clip ArtI’m showing the preview of each of these kits and if you click on their image, it will take you to the DAISIE Company store where they can be instantly downloaded for only $5.98!

These sets will allow you to make your own recipe cards to match very easily!

Gingerbread House, Cottage, Village, Cookie Digital Clip Art KitThe second set is also $5.98 and contains all kinds of elements that can be used to create your own Gingerbread Village Scene, greeting cards, recipe cards and so much more!

If you are a digital scrapbooker, I’d like to encourage you that you can use your art collections for so much more than just scrapbooks!  The same skills that you’ve developed can be put to use creating anything you can think of off of your own home computer.

For those of you just visiting, I am including a little bit each day of the Christmas story.  I’ve started with Luke and will go to Matthew next.  Come visit each day if you’d like a reminder to keep the reason for the season front and center in your heart.

THE CHRISTMAS STORY:Luke 2:24-35
The Prophecy of Simeon

25 Now there was a man named Simeon who lived in Jerusalem. He was a righteous man and very devout. He was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he eagerly expected the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. 26 The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, 28 Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying,

29 “Lord, now I can die in peace!
As you promised me,
30 I have seen the Savior
31 you have given to all people.
32 He is a light to reveal God to the nations,
and he is the glory of your people Israel!”

33 Joseph and Mary were amazed at what was being said about Jesus. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, “This child will be rejected by many in Israel, and it will be their undoing. But he will be the greatest joy to many others. 35 Thus, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.” NLT

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Make Your Own Gingerbread Cottage For Christmas

If you’re not at all cooking inclined, or simply don’t have the time to make your own Gingerbread Cottage this year, the picture shows my Gingerbread Cottage Christmas Gift Box or Table Decoration.  It retails for $5.98 and is available for download by clicking on its picture.  It’s a complete digital art kit that you simply print, cut and glue to create this intricate looking cottage, but is so easy a child can do it with help.  You can also use it’s pieces to make card board templates to create an actual Gingerbread cottage. 

To do so, print all of the pieces but only one of each.  Cut them out cutting off the tabs (you’ll use your icing to glue the pieces instead).  Cut off the roof edging from the roof top, making it a separate piece.  From there you’ll glue the pieces onto cardboard and cut them out.  Using these cardboard templates, you simply trace and cut.  You can cut out the window openings if you wish and line them with colored cellophane when baked or drop clear colored candies into the openings when you bake the dough.

I ffound a few great sites in my search today for making real Gingerbread for Gingerbread Cottages or Gingerbread Houses and I thought I would share them with you!  Gingerbread house or Gingerbread Cottage KitOne of my all-time favorite magazines is Cottage Living.  They have a great site with links to several other sites.  You can find it at: (link in all caps here: ) COTTAGE LIVING

Another of the magazines that I subscribe to is Better Homes and Gardens, here’s their contibution to the fairy tale cottage industry!  (link in all caps here: ) BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS 

If making an entire Gingerbread Cottage is too dauting a task for you, try making a Gingerbread Cottage cookie ornament instead!  Here’s my simple instructions for you:

  1. Draw your cottage or cottages onto cardboard.  You can freehand draw or search on line for coloring book images that will work.  Also, if you own my Gingerbread Cottages Clip Art sets, you could print one out to the size you would like, glue it on the cardboard and use its shape to make your cookies.  Using the back end of a marker or other pen as a guide, lightly trace a circle to cut a hole for hanging the ornament by.  I like to place my hole’s center about 1/2" from the top of the cookie leaving about as much cookie at the top, as the opening size is wide for strength. 
  2. Prepare the Gingerbread man dough as seen in the post below (make sure you download the Free Gingerbread Man Cookie Recipe Card).  Mark your hole by tracing with a toothpick, gently cut through the dough and remove.
  3. Using candies and (link in all caps here: ) ROYAL ICING  decorate each cottage differently.
  4. Let dry thoroughly and then add your message on the back if you’re good with the icing bag.  "From the Roberts Family 2007" or a nice Christmas saying would be great.

If you’re not even sure where your oven is in your kitchen or how to turn it on, your backu plan just might be my Gingerbread Cottage Box and Centerpiece kit!  If you can print a file on your computer and use a pair of scissors to cut a straight line you can do it!  Decorate it with glitter, candies or jewels and you have an extra special gift box or a centerpiece for your hall table or dinner buffet!

THE CHRISTMAS STORY: Luke 2:8-12
That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, 10 but the angel reassured them. "Don’t be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! 11 The Savior–yes, the Messiah, the Lord–has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!"   NLT

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Cook Book Interiors by Brownlow and Audrey Jeanne Roberts

I wanted to show you samples of what the interiors of these cookbooks  look like and let you know that if you win one of the categories of the "Audrey Jeanne’s Creating a Special Christmas Contest" at THE DAISIE COMPANY, you will win your choice of one of the four cookbooks!

The interior has 98 pages all contained in clear plastic sleeves so that messy fingers won’t damage the recipe cards.

The 24 matching blank recipe cards are beatifully printed on extremely heavy card stock. 

If you use these as gifts for Christmas or a new bride, you might want to include some of your special heirloom recipes written onto the blank cards to give the new bride or special friend a head start on building her collection!

The contest at Daisie Company will run through October 31st and covers 3 categories, crafting, scrapbooking and cardmaking.  There will be three winners in each category and for the beginning crafter, just entering your creations gives you an opportunity to win one of each week’s random drawing prizes! 

The goal is to get all of us a jump start to crafting our Christmas gifts early so we’re not pulling our hair out the week before Christmas!!!!

Don’t be surprised if you post one of your creations and I lift your picture to post it here on my blog .  I want to show you off to all of my friends!

SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY:  Rom 5:1-5  Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.   NIV

 

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Brownlow Easel Recipe Books Now Available! by Audrey Jeanne Roberts

Chocolate Cook Book by Audrey JeanneI created a series of four Easel Cookbooks for Brownlow earlier this year and they’re finally available!  I created all of the art for the books and Lesha Henderson compiled the recipes.  Each picture is a link to the website, just click on the picture and it will take you to "Laura’s Cottage" where you can read more or purchase the cook books.

Each book has a vinyl coated, protected cover that opens up to become an easel so that they stand on the counter as you’re working with them.  Each recipe card is in a plastic sleeve so it is protected as well.  There are 24 recipe cards and 24 beautiful coordinated blank recipe cards.

Recipe Book Preview, DessertsIf you click on the pictures, they will take you to an online retailer that you can purchase from should you wish to.  You may also find these books at specialty gift shops around the country. 

The recipes in these books are so incredibly scrumptious sounding… maybe I’ll have to break out the mixing bowls after my next deadline is complete?! 

Southern Cooking Cook Book PreviewWhen I think of Southern cooking, my mouth begins to water!  I remember my first road trip through the south when I was 12 years old (and skinny enough to eat all the fried chicken I wanted!)  The Favorite Southern Recipes starts out with Cheese Grits Casserole, Breakfast Pie and OF COURSE SOUTHERN BISCUITS!!!  There’s nothing that says "Friendship and hospitality" like a great southern-inspired meal prepared by loving hands and a warm heart.

Quick and Easy Cookbook PreviewThe Favorite Quik and Easy Recipes might be the perfect gift for a new bride or a college student who will be living in their first apartment.  The art in it is a mix of a retro feel with contemporary swirls (it’s some of my favorite!!)

THE PROVERB OF THE DAY:  Prov 6:6-8  Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!  It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
NIV

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Free Recipe Card Download of Digital Clip Art, Gift From DAISIE COMPANY

THE DAISIE COMPANY has a free gift for you, of beautiful recipe cards that were made by DAISIE COMPANY members just like you!  These were created in a contest where individuals designed their own recipe cards using the wonderful art and graphics available for sale at THE DAISIE COMPANY.  When you see these amazing cards, remember that ordinary people with no special graphics skills were able to create these layouts.  It’s not as hard as you think!  Each comes with a recipe and a blank version.  To download the files, click on the image and then save them to your computer.  This is a large download so be patient!  (UPDATE: the link has expired.  Please check back for other specials about once or twice a month).

link to download

Have you ever tried making your own recipe cards?  Tuck one in the plate of chocolate chip cookies you make as a get well gift with the recipe you used and watch the recipient’s face light up!  If you’ve never tried working with graphics, most computers come with a simple graphics program like "Paint."  Play around with it and see what you can do.  At the very least, you’ll be able to take the blank versions of these cards and add your own recipe to it. 

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The DAISIE COMPANY’S website is www.daisiecompany.com.  You can sign up for their newsletter and receive information about what’s happening at DAISIE and special little gifties like these on a quarterly basis.  I WILL NOT ALWAYS HAVE THE RECIPE CARDS AVAILABLE ON THIS BLOG, SO IF YOU WANT TO RECEIVE ALL OF THEM YOU WILL NEED TO SIGN UP AT DAISIE!  Once you do, check out the website a little.  There are forums for digital scrapbooking and digital paper crafting, forums for Microsoft’s Digital Imaging Pro (DIP), Corel’s Paint Shop Pro (PSP), Adobe’s Photoshop Elements (PSE) and several other smaller graphics programs.  There’s a forum called "DAISIE General How-To’s" that’s a great place to begin.  There’s also a lot of praying, sharing, caring and laughing with each other that happens in the General Chat forum 

DAISIE’S message board is a very real, very caring, VERY FUN place to hang out while you learn more about digital scrapbooking or crafting.  I can’t say it nearly as well as Mary Roberson, who’s screen name is "Handmade Heartfelt" has here:

"I have owned a computer for 10 years, but had never learned to work with graphics. That is, until I found DAISIE, through Stacey Thomas. I desperately wanted to learn how to make pretty greeting cards and craft projects like those
I saw other people making. What makes DAISIE unique from other message boards is that the members share tips and advice about how to use the graphics and how to work with software programs that allow you to turn graphics into projects that you design.

I had given up hope that I’d ever be able to do more than use printable sets to print ready made projects, but Stacey didn’t give up on me. She told me to stick around the community and come to the online crops and told me she believed I could do it. She encouraged me (as did other members) that once I learned a few basic tips, a whole new world would open up to me, and it has! I never understood the concept of digital scrapbooking until I came to DAISIE. LibMary has good information for beginners, with screen shot visuals, which I find very helpful because I can see the exact steps she has taken to complete her project. There are tutorials to help the beginner, but more than that,you have wonderfully patient people who hold your hand and guide you along the way." 

If you want to learn more, here are some resources that I gathered simply by asking a question on the message board yesterday.  Here are the wonderful replies I received:

  1. Barbara said: "PhotoImpact is one that I’ve used and there are some fantastic resources for those who are trying to learn it at www.pircnet.com (including a beginner’s workshop which pairs them with a mentor that helps them through a series of lessons designed to familiarize them with the different tools – all free of charge).   www.visual-arts-academy.com is another resource for several different programs and the cost of the lessons is low for the amount of information."
  2. Margie said: "A great place online to learn software is LVS – www.lvsonline.com. The courses are $25 / $20 for returning students. They last 6 weeks. I’ve taken many courses from them and most have been excellent."
  3. DAISIE is having a custom browser program developed that will store your graphics and also help you create things with them.  It is in the last stages of development and will be extraordinarily well priced.  Stacey Thomas of DAISIE COMPANY said yesterday "We are still testing it out, but free trials of their higher priced software can be had at www.fxfoto.com"
  4. Tracy said: "You’re probably already aware of scrapgirls.com where they have several free tutorials and a lot of one you have to read. Also Linda Sattgast has several CD’s for sale that are really good at explaining the basics of PSE 4 and 5. That website is scrappersguide.com."  
  5. Cheryl said: Inkscape and Gimp(similar to Photoshop) are free. Gimp is the most popular one that I come across in the instructional technology field but it isn’t the easiest to learn. There’s a list of freebies here at wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Graphics_tutorials

There’s whole new world waiting for you and a lot of new friends waiting to help you discover it, just give it a try!

Audrey Jeanne Roberts

 

 

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