Monday, December 19, 2011
I used "Iced Over" in this picture of my Gingerbread Christmas Trees...and "iced-over" they are :) Check out my previous post for the recipe for these yummy cookies.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Making these cookies is usually a multi-day event for me.
Day 1 I make the cookie dough and chill it in the fridge.
Day 2 I roll out the dough, cut the cookies, and bake them.
One of my favorite memories making these cookies was when my youngest son was 2 years old. He was helping me decorate the cookies. After some time he piped up, all excited, "Look mommy, he has a wee wee!". Sure enough, I look over and he has created an anatomically correct gingerbread man. Kids do the darndest things! It was all I could do to keep a straight face.
If you want to make these yummy cookies, here is the recipe I use:
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup buttermilk
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ginger
Cream sugar and butter in mixing bowl. Beat in molasses and buttermilk. Stir in remaining ingredients until well mixed. Chill several hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 400°F. Roll out 1/3 of the dough at a time on a floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with floured cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are set. Decorate with Spiced Vanilla Icing.
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
6 to 8 tablespoons light cream or Milk
1/4 teaspoon Cloves (optional)
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg (optional)
1/2 teaspoon Ginger (optional)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon (optional)
Food Coloring (optional)
Combine powdered sugar, vanilla, butter and enough cream until it has a very soft, spreadable consistency. Use it just like this if you want to decorate white cookies. Add all or any combination of the cloves, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon to make a delicious spiced icing. Separate it into different bowls and add food coloring if desired.
I doubled the icing recipe since I usually need at least 2 batches to decorate the cookies; however, I originally forgot to double some of the ingredients. That has been corrected. Sorry about that!
Some of these images have been processed using Kim Klassen's Day 6 and Day 7 magic textures. Many thanks to Kim for hosting her 12 days of textures!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
1 layer of kk_zuzu, multiply, 36%
1 layer of kk_anabelle, soft light, 100%, Slightly desaturated the outer edges
Thursday, December 15, 2011
I processed this using Kim's Day 4 texture called "Edward". My Recipe:
1 layer of Edward in Soft Light blend mode at 100%
1 layer of Edward in Overlay blend mode at 22%
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
1 layer of Kim's "Cosmos" texture using the Overlay blend mode at 100%
1 Layer of my own "Dirty Chalkboard" texture using the Soft Light blend mode at 100%
1 layer of Thursday in soft light blend mode at 100%
1 layer of Crackerjack in soft light blend mode at 91%
1 layer of Anabelle, converted to grey scale, inverted, screen blend mode at 100%
Monday, December 12, 2011
Thank you Kim!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful holiday season so far!
I processed this image using my Soft Grunge texture (shared over on my Flickr Site) and one of my new holiday textures, "Winter Wonderland". Check out my previous post if you are interested in downloading my freebie holiday textures.
Have a great Saturday!!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Have fun! :)
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I processed this image using a very subtle layer of Kim Klassen's "KK_LovinLayers" texture, with a darken blend mode at 25% opacity to give a little atmosphere.
Happy Texture Tuesday! :)
Friday, December 2, 2011
In my image below, I played around with several RadLab filters and topped it off with the Pixel Dust, "pdpa Linen Blind" texture. I LOVE this texture!! Thank you Bonnie for sharing it!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I love the amazing colors of this capture without texture, but I also love the dreaminess the texture adds, symbolizing the fading of autumn. Hover over with your mouse to see without texture.
I processed this image using my latest texture, shown later in this post. I call this one "Dirty Chalkboard". Although the texture itself does somewhat resemble a dirty chalkboard, I think it adds some nice soft brushed edges to photographs. Here I used the screen blend mode at %56.
This image was shared at:
Click the texture below to go to the page where you can download the high resolution texture. For a limited time, you can download it for free, using the password "SiennaFreebie". As a bonus, you will also find "Dirty Chalkboard Cool" over there, which you can download using the same password. I hope you like :)
Monday, November 28, 2011
Be Thankful For...
by Author Unknown
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary
Because it means you've made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.
Copyright© InspirationalWordsOfWisdom.com 2007-2011
Here I added 1 layer of kk_MusicLovin, multiply @ 64%; 1 layer of kk_paper2, overlay @ 67%; and I topped it off with a little "Gratitude" script.
Happy Texture Tuesday! :)
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
This image started off little under-exposed, but I loved the leaves and potential it had. I tweaked it using some RadLab filters, and then played around with a couple of new textures I have been working on (and continue to work on), "Sienna Grain" and "Sienna Magic". I liked the bold, almost abstract result the textures added.
I will share these textures with you soon :-)
Thursday, November 17, 2011
First Open your picture and select the "Share" pull-down menu above your picture, then select the "Grab the HTML/BBC Code" menu item. Select the "HTML" radial button below the code box, and select the size of the image that will work for your blog. In my example below, I had already uploaded a re-sized image for my blog, so I selected the "Original" size. Once you do this, you can click in the box with the code and copy it.
You can paste this code as-is if you just want to display the picture on your blog. This code will link back to your picture on your Flickr Photostream if the user clicks on your picture.
If you just want to grab the URL link for your Flickr picture, copy the highlighted excerpt from your code as shown below in my example. This is the URL you would use to paste in your mouse-over code.
If you want to get the code to display this picture on your blog without linking back to your Flickr site, copy the highlighted excerpt from your code as shown below in my example:
Finally, I also discovered that Flickr provides a feature where you can create a blog post directly from your Flickr Photo page for some common blog sites. Simply open your Flickr Photo page, select the "Share" pull-down above your picture. Next, select the "More ways to share" pull-down and if your blog icon is in there select it as shown in example below. It will pop up a window where you can create your blog entry.
I hope this helps! Have a great day! :-)
Monday, November 14, 2011
This week in Kim Klassen Cafe, the theme for Texture Tuesday is to use at least one layer of her new "Phoebe" texture, which I included in this image using a soft light blend mode at 82% opacity. I also used my new Blue Denim Texture, soft light blend mode, 100% opacity. And finally, a couple of tweaks in RadLab to bring out some of the details. You should be able to hover your mouse over the image and off the image to see the before and after effect.
Happy Texture Tuesday!
I also discovered Photo Tip Tuesday, where I will be sharing this work as well:
Saturday, November 12, 2011
While not in the coveted impressionistic style, my image below is a field of liatris wildflowers seen in eastern Oklahoma. While I do think the image is beautiful in color, I think I like it even more in B&W. I hope you like!
**Shared in The Weekend in Black and White
Happy Saturday :-)
I had to think outside of my box a bit in editing this image and it is one of my favorites, so I decided to share this in the Simplicity Photography Challange this week, featuring the theme "Favorite".