Make your own Retro Inspired Canvas Print (Tutorial)

how to make your own Retro photo canvas - tutorial
How to transfer a photo to canvas for a neat, retro look!

This is a fun project if you’d like an inexpensive way to make your own “canvas print”, and you like a retro, old fashioned feel.  It makes a great gift, too (like the one used in the tutorial, a great wedding momento!)

I did this for my December post on FedEx’s Out of Office blog.  It is easy to do, but be warned it is a bit time consuming when you get to the final step of removing the paper from the canvas, so I wouldn’t go any larger than 8×10″ for this project.

The photo for this project is by the fabulous Sarah Howell, of Kimball Bates Photography (recently relocated to North Carolina, for my readers up there–I highly recommend her!)

Tutorial Summary: Retro Canvas Print

Basically, you just need an inexpensive canvas, acrylic gel medium, and a image you want to use.  For the image you’ll need it slightly larger or the same size as your canvas.  Use an image editing program to reverse the image (so you have a mirror image) and to size your image appropriately.  Then you can have it color laser printed or get a color photocopy.… [ KEEP READING ]

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Awesome Crafty Giveaway from Elmer’s Craft-It (@elmers) …$150 value!

Craft It elmers giveaway

So my big plan was to come up with a really cool Christmas project to show off the stuff in this box… and a lot of great stuff it is… cutting mats and X-actos, and glues –courtesy of Elmer’s… all kinds of crafty goodies. (the full list is below). But as I mentioned yesterday, this past month has been a blur, so I have fallen behind in my crafty-bloggy duties. So, give me an idea of what YOU would do with this box of goodies, and you can win your own box!

The goodies inside:

· 9” x 12” Mini Bi-Fold Foam Board

· Designer Series Gripster Craft Knife
· Designer Series 12” Metal Ruler
· Designer Series 12” X 12” Self Healing Mat
· Designer Series 8” Scissors
· Designer Series 5” Precision Tip Scissors
· Designer Series Basic Shape Templates
· Designer Series Decorative Shape Templates

· Painters Bright Colors
· Painters Sherbet Swirl

· Dot Runner
· Foam Mounting Tape
· Thin Medium Glue Spots
· All Purpose Glue Stick
· Quick Dry Dual Tip Glue Pen
· Elmer’s Designer Tape

Just leave a comment below telling me what awesome project (holiday project???)  this box would inspire you to do, and by random selection you can win your own box.… [ KEEP READING ]

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Update on Dot, in which I make excuses, give you a new recipe, and make some book recommendations.

Roasted Chicken Cast Iron with Roasted Cumin Cauliflower

This last month with the holidays and lots of web design work has been a total mess for me.  Work & family has kept me really busy, so I admit I’ve been neglecting this poor little blog!

I do have a bunch of cool pics to show you guys from halloween (I assume you still want to see the awesome food and costumes, even if I am 2 months late?), plus some cool stuff for xmas coming up.  I’ll really try to be better this month!  I also have a cool giveaway coming up, as soon as I put the post together, so stay tuned for that.

And I’ve been trying to get in shape (a better shape than round) and I’ve been working out 4 times a week (that’s going from 0 times per week, so you see it is a bit of a change)–I’ve been doing FitWit for the last 2 months, which I’m really liking… well, as far as Dot could like anything related to exercise.  And now, this month I’m try to actually add eating healthy into to mix and see if I can lose five pounds by the end of the year.

Oh yeah, I promised a recipe:

Speaking of eating healthy, I posted a great roasted chicken and roasted cauliflower dinner over on Foodwhirl — super easy and tasty and healthy.  … [ KEEP READING ]

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Another Halloween Creepy Decor Tutorial & Printables: Ghost Portraits

For my guest post on Fed Ex’s Out of Office blog this month, I originally was going to do yesterday’s Creepy Portrait tutorial.  But, apparently that was a little tooooo creepy for them, so I did another idea:  Creepy Ghost Photos.

It’s a little simpler too, if you’re just starting with your photoshop skills, it’s a great one to start with.  The principle is the same, take old vintage photos and in this case, combine two to make one creepy photo which contains a ghost!

Head over to Fed Ex Office blog to see all the details on how to make them yourself, or if you don’t have time or inclination to make them yourself, you can download the sample printable photos!

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Halloween Decor: How to make Super Creepy Photos (Photoshop Tutorial & Printables)

turn vintage photos into creepy halloween wall art

Update: Related technique and more downloads: Ghost Portraits!

Did you know Great Aunt Gertrude was a zombie?  Or Ancient Uncle Elrod was a tad undead?  Unfortunately for my Halloween décor, I don’t really have ghouls in the family.  But we can fake it with a little photo manipulation.

These creepy portraits will look great hung on a wall, or in small frames on your serving table, at any scary Halloween party.  You can either design your own, using the instructions provided here, or you can download the set provided here.  Then just have them printed in whatever size to fit your frames, at your local print shop on on your home computer.

How to make your own creepy vintage photos Supplies:
  • Photo-editing program.  These instructions assume you are working in Photoshop.
  • Vintage photo image files.  Portraits work best, and the larger the better if you want to print big versions for your walls.  You can scan photos of your own relatives, or you can find public domain photos online. [You can find photos from public archives like the Library of Congress with no copyright restrictions here.]
  • Skulls:  You’ll need a transparent photographed skull image. The simplest way to get the skull you need is to use a skull themed Photoshop brush set, of which several can be found online for free.
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Halloween Cocktail Inspiration

Halloween Cocktail Inspiration

Six years. Long enough to have a baby and raise him/her until they are school ready. Long enough to date, get married and launch a career. Six years is long enough to remodel a house, launch a business, go to graduate school or change the course of your life. Six years is a substantial commitment and you may not believe this, but: I have been blogging for six years.

I will give pause for you to roll your eyes. You should. And you might think I am about to pontificate about my ability to own a soapbox, talk incessantly and blog blog blog into the horizon. Yet: there are more pressing matters, such as Halloween. And most importantly: what fancy, and wicked awesome drinks you will serve your party-comers.

The reason ‘six years’ is relevant is simply this: one of my most popular posts over the course of SIX years is my Dead Spider Martini. Apparently I have a penchant for Halloween cocktails. My tagline does state: janelle is known to wield knives, pitchforks and martinis. All things considered, I have a reputation for [inspired] drinks to uphold.

My quick two cents on Halloween cocktails:

  • my quite famous Drunken Spider (or as I sometimes call it the Dead Spider Martini; it’s the hairy legs coming out of the glass that everyone loves).
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