Chocolate Chip Cookies – Recipe Card

Recipe Card

I made these cookies yesterday when my kids and grandies were visiting – they went down a storm!

So – I decided not only to give you the recipe but also to design you a little recipe card to display it!

Print this card on your home printer, use it in your scrapbooking or to make an unusual greetings card for a friend.

I suspect your children or grandchildren would enjoy these in their Hallowe’en celebrations, too!

Do take this recipe and use it as you see fit – it would be lovely if you come back and let me know how you get on with your baking and your scrapping.

Enjoy!

Mitakuye Oyasin – We Are All Related

Freespirit x

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Friday Freebie #8

Wow, Friday really rolls round fast, doesn’t it?  This week I’ve been working on altered art, using vintage clipart.  I always enjoy using vintage art, it seems to me that if work is out of copyright, its neglected, no longer serving its purpose, so its a good way to honour the art and breath new life into it.  I work with these images with great care and respect.

The piece I have done for you today is a collage background and very feminine.  I think you could use it as a scrapbook page background, in a greeting card or in any craft project that required a soft girly background.  Perhaps if you are planning a project for Mothering Sunday on 3rd April you might enjoy using this paper.  This is a 300 dpi .jpg, designed at A4 size.

If you enjoy using this piece of artwork do let me know.

Walk in Beauty – Freespirit

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Spring Blessings

Spring is just around the corner.  I feel it, even though the weather is still cold I can see signs of life all around, bursting out of the ground.  The birds are flirty, chasing each other around the garden, and we see them busily carrying great piles of twigs and leaves to make their nests.  Spring is definitely in the air.

I love spring and I look forward to celebrating the spring equinox, I’ve written a little about the customs of Oestara here.  Many people in this country will be looking forward to celebrating Easter and my family always looks forward to the egg hunts that I plan for my grandchildren.  Hunting for eggs is a tradition which spans culture and spiritual belief as the egg is a well known symbol of the renewal that welcomes spring.

I am planning to make some pretty baskets for my grandchildren to use to collect their eggs in.  I shall use my new Spring Blessings background papers and embellishments for this project and when they are ready I shall post some photographs here.

Meanwhile, I have made a spring greeting card which could be used for any of the spring celebrations.

I made my card using an A5 sheet of white cardstock.   I printed page 1 first and then fed it back into the printer to print the inside pages.  Then I  folded it carefully and scored it with a ruler.  I usually ink the edges of my cards, it gives them a nice little finish.

I used two papers from the kit, one for a background for the front page and one in a shape to make the journal spot for the Spring Blessings word art, from the embellishment pack.  The embies are also from the embellishment kit and I have repeated the daffodil inside.

Friday Freebie #7

Hi my friends, I apologise for my lengthy absence, but I’m back now and eager to catch up with y’all.

Things have been hard recently, really hard for my kids, and my scrapping and blogging had to go on hold.  Family comes first, right?

But I’ve decided that I must get back to my work and my circle.  I miss designing and all the other stuff in my life that makes me – well me!  So starting today, I’m walking the way of my life again, and lets see where it takes me.

You may notice that I’ve opened a new spot about healing.  Healing is a huge part of my life, in many ways it is my life, so if you are interested please check in at my healing circle here.

Now, let me tell you what’s going on in my life.  My lovely grandchildren are all fine, growing and developing and challenging as they must.  We had little Scarlet to stay for a few days and that was wonderfully exciting and exhilarating – and yes, rather exhausting!  But of course I did loads of things with her, crafting and baking and Cougar took lots of photos so I shall try to get some up for you to see.  I have so many beautiful grandies, they are all just perfect and I love to scrap photos of them, so perhaps I can get Cougar to find a little place to share some of my layouts of them with you.

While I’ve been dealing with family matters my design work has really been on hold but I’m trying to remedy that by working really hard now.  I’ve created some digital stamps which are now in my shop on Etsy and I’m giving you one as a freebie today, which I hope you will enjoy.  The one I have made for you today is a celebration of the goddess. I printed one out for Scarlet (aged 4½) to colour in and she chose to colour it green, how appropriate was that?  Of course, you may find you can stay between the lines even better than she did but feel free to express yourself however you choose. ☺

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The beauty of digital stamps is that you can print them out to colour in the traditional way, as many times as you like, or you can colour them digitally on your computer.  Your freebie will print out perfectly to at least 5” high, although you may even find it will go bigger.  The ones in the store are a very high spec and drawn using an 8” square page, so use them large or small and you will get a beautiful print out.

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Yesterday’s freebie was a quick page (QP) using the theme Cool Yule.

Never be afraid to adapt a QP or use it in ways unintended by the designer.  QPs are just starting points for your own creativity.

I didn’t have any landscape photos I wanted to use in this page.  What I did want to use was an old, square photo from back when I was a little girl. Using just a small part of the photo would have spoiled the effect.  After all, I was so proud of those suede boots and had ventured out into the snow just to have them photographed!

I rather enjoy using things in unexpected ways.  I think you’ll agree that putting the photograph behind two landscape apertures makes a nice window effect and it was so easy to do!

Just slide the photo behind two apertures and position it to its best effect, depending on the composition of the picture.  Then simply crop the photo to remove the excess.

By placing a drop shadow on the QP, I achieved a convincing 3D effect.  Notice I have deliberately kept the French window in the shot, although I could have moved it out of view.  It puts the photo into context and nicely affirms the illusion of the subject waving through a window.

I used the top apperture for some journaling to ‘tell the story’, which I placed on the paper from Freebie#5.  The page doesn’t need anything else, but I trimmed the tree with the bow from that kit, to repeat the bow on the tree.  I date stamped the page as I always assume that future generations will be interested in when a photo was taken and how old the subject was at the time.

Many blessings – Freespirit x

Freebie Friday #6

Hello again!

My, don’t the weeks go quickly?  I’ve had a real busy one this week, family stuff you know.  But here it is and its Friday again.

Anyone getting excited about the festive season yet?  I know many people will be getting ready for Thanksgiving which is coming up next week and there are so many winter festivals coming up in December, celebrations of love and light, with feasting and family visits and gifts to exchange.

I love this time of year – the lights, the shopping and the wrapping, its just my favourite time of year.  On the 21st December, I celebrate Yule – that’s my spiritual celebration.  We put out the lights and light candles.  Then we give thanks for everything good in our life and celebrate that after the longest night, the sun is ‘reborn’ and that spring will once again bring the world to life.

On the 25th we celebrate Christmas with the family and its a time of love and laughter, of exchanging gifts and being together.  I can’t wait!

This week, as its only 5 weeks to go, I’ve another festive freebie for you and this time its a quick page.

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Quick pages (QP) are so useful when you’re in a hurry.  You can literally just drop your photos onto the page, layer them behind the QP and you’re good to go.  Got 5 minutes to spare you can pop on some embies and some text, perhaps a date stamp for your photos.  Want to play around a bit and you can tint your page to match the photos.  Remember, with digital scrapping, your imagination can go wild and if you don’t like what you’ve done, you can so easily change it.

If you feel like picking up this QP to add to your collection, please help yourself.  It would be real nice if you would leave a comment, just to show me that I’m not talking to myself.  😉

To all my cousins across the pond, have a wonderful Thanksgiving next week!

Many blessings – FS xx

Freebie Friday #5

Hi y’all!

Hope you’ve had a great week.  I’ve had a strange one myself, but here I am again and I have a wee giftie for you.

I’ve been working on a new kit, Cool Yule, which will be in my shop this weekend, because its only 6 weeks until the festivities and we crafty people need to get busy.

I’ve made you a mini kit to go with Cool Yule, so if you decide to buy that then they will work very well together.  In your kit you have a background, a journal spot, a tag, a ribbon embellishment and two word arts.

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Perhaps you can use it to make some simple cards, or invitations, or some scrap pages for your gift projects.

Don’t forget if you are using Scrapbook Max you can recolour and re-texturise as I explained last week.  You can get great effects by adding shadows too.

If I find myself a few minutes, I will try to pop back with some ideas for you to try out.

Meanwhile, if you decide to download this freebie, I hope you enjoy it and PLEASE leave me a little love on the website, because we all need that, right? 😉

Blessings – Freespirit xx