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Scout Life

July 2nd, 2014 · Family, scouting

Hello Friends! In my last post I told you that both boys have joined scouting, what I didn’t tell you is that I have wanted them to join scouting for years! Jalen was just not interested in joining. The real reason I wanted them to join was to offer them opportunities to learn things I just am not equipped to teach them. Wilderness survival skills are not my forte, unless you count watching Survivorman through squinted eyes. This past winter, the scouts came to our church as they have to our old church in years past but this year, both boys had friends who were present. I approached the leader and found out the meeting times and talked to both boys about giving scouting a try. Jalen joined a few friends of his in the boy scout troop and Jordan joined a friend in the cub scout pack. Both boys wanted to join and we went down to the scout shop and picked up books and uniforms. Here are some pictures from some of our scouting adventures!

The Biscuits Camporee

We didn’t camp out but we did go down to riverwalk stadium to watch the Montgomery Biscuits play ball. We got to walk out on the field and just had an all around great time! Jordan got to play on the inflatables too :)

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Rain Gutter Regatta

The boys got to put together and decorate catamarans to race in the Rain Gutter Regatta. It was a lot of fun, Jordan did pretty well. :)

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Father/Son Cake decorating contest

Troy and Jordan baked and decorated a cake to take to the Blue and Gold banquet for the contest. They didn’t win but it was delicious and looked professional ;)

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Jordan Dam Tour

The cub scouts got to take a tour of Jordan dam, near our home on Lake Jordan. It was a beautiful time and quite interesting!

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Camp Tukabatchee – Boy Scout Camp

Jalen went camping with his Troop, it was their largest group at camp. He learned a lot and said he had a great time.

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Camp Hobbs – Webelo Resident Camp

Troy, Jordan and I joined our fellow bears at Webelo Camp. It is next door to the boy scout camp. We stayed in cabins that are not air conditioned. the week before us and the week after us were not nearly as hot as our week. It was dusty and dirty and hot but it was a great time. Jordan joined in with the boys and played. New things for both Jordan and I at camp: Shooting BB guns, archery, learning to build a fire, learning to tie knots, learning about the alabama forest, learning about poison ivy (eeps!), swimming in a lake (i did not), rowing a boat, raising the flag, and we even got to hike over to Jalen’s camp on Friday.

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It has been quite an adventure so far and I’m glad we’ve joined in!
Thanks for stopping by!
Love Love and Blog you sooner than later,

Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)

 

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There is just no way around it

July 1st, 2014 · Alabama, bossy Joscie, Family

Hello friends. I have been a blog slacker and there just is no way around it.  I had ideas I wanted to blog but the longer I waited, the more I felt I needed to explain my absence. My last post was way back in January! Thankfully the only explanation is that life has been happening and it’s been pretty darned good. I’ve been keeping up with monthly head shots, here’s a look at us in the first half of this year!

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What has happened since January? We had snow in central alabama. We loved playing in it. It was amazing. and cold. and lasted a few days so we could get out and play, come in and thaw out and then go back out again.

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The boys joined scouting. Jalen is a boy scout and Jordan is a cub scout. We have gone camping both with a tent and in cabins.

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The boys have both finished off their first year in public school after three years of homeschooling. Both boys did really well and were on the honor roll.

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Jordan also won his class spelling bee, was the 3rd grade spelling bee winner for his school and went to the county spelling bee!

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We have made lots of friends in our church and are loving all of the different groups we are joining.

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We ordered seeds from rareseeds.org and planted a garden. IMG_2730 IMG_3810 IMG_4651 IMG_4395 IMG_4388 IMG_4315 IMG_5557 IMG_5558 IMG_5426 IMG_5425

I started watching my diet and exercising which lead everyone in the family to eating healthier and moving more.

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We ordered baby chicks through the mail. They were super cute. They grew up. We have lots of chickens.

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We had a few calves that would bust out of the pasture across the street and nicknamed them #calfhoudini.

 

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Jordan marched in the Slapout parade that welcomed home Jess Meuse from American Idol.

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I’m selling personalized stamps. lots of them.

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Jalen is officially taller than me. He grew his hair out for about a year and then cut it right before going off to boy scout camp. He just learned how to drive the tractor and starts 9th grade in a month.

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We are settling into our new home quite well.

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Thanks for stopping by~
Love Love and Blog you sooner than later,

Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)

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On the Corner Blog Hop

January 13th, 2014 · cardmaking, stamping

Hello Friends! Today I’m happy to be joining in with several of my favorite crafty ladies to show off a stamp set by the incredible Miriam Prantner. I’m betting you’ve come from my friend Jocelyn‘s blog… but if not, you can start at the top with Danielle at Neat & Tangled. There will be lots of crafty inspiration and two chances to win one of these On the Corner stamp sets from Neat & Tangled! Don’t forget to leave a comment at each stop to increase your odds of winning!

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Here are the two cards I created for this hop! I thought a cool watercolor background could be cool, so i tried out two options:

Super Hero

Super Hero | Joscie Cutchens

You Are Freaking Awesome

You Are Freaking Awesome | Joscie Cutchens
ingredients: On the Corner Stamp Set, Versafine Black Ink, Fiskars Stamp Press, watercolor paper, gouache, water color, wink of stella clear glitter, Neat & Tangled Flat Matte Marshmallow sequins, Teresa Collins Enamel Dots, Dr. Martin’s White Ink, Dr. Martin’s Black Ink, Pointed Pen.

Thanks for stopping by!
Love Love and blog you later,
Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)
Your next stop is Nina!

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Happy 2014

January 1st, 2014 · blog

Hello and Happy New Year friends! I welcome 2014 with open arms and wishes for good health and happy hearts! I’ve been thinking about my one little word for 2014 and looking back at my words in years past.
simplify

2013: home | 2012: calm | 2011: green | 2010: focus | 2009: do it now (DIN) | 2008: diligent
This year I’ve chosen a word that I think is just right for our new home and new lifestyle. As we adopt the retired life, and start new traditions and shed some old, I’d like to refine and simplify our lives and choose what is best for our family.

I wish you a very Happy New Year!

Thank You for stopping by!

Love Love and Blog you Later,

Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)

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Season’s Eatings

December 23rd, 2013 · tutorial, Whisker Graphics

Hello Friends! I have a sweet little gift bag for my mail carrier that I wanted to share with you.

Season’s Eatings

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I started by printing this Season’s Eatings Tag that I created on a 4 x 6″ Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper. (and an Epson XP-950, read my review here) You can download this tag right here:  SeasonsEatings
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I die cut a circle with my spellbinders circle die.
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I placed the cookies in the Silver Chevron Middy bag, folded over the top and added silver glitter tape from American Crafts.
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I used foam adhesive to mount the tag on top.
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Thanks for stopping by!
Love Love and Blog you Later,
Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)

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Product Review: Epson XP-950 Printer

December 21st, 2013 · review

Hello Friends! I was super excited to receive an e-mail inviting me to review this Epson XP-950 Small in One (R) Printer. I was not paid for this review and this is my honest opinion about this printer.

From the Epson website:

The Expression Photo XP-950 puts professional-quality photo printing right at your fingertips. This wide-format all-in-one features 6-color inks and an innovative, fold-over scan lid that holds originals in place. Quickly produce stunning borderless photos up to 11″ x 17″ or print 4″ x 6″ photos in as fast as 11 seconds.1 Featuring the ultimate in wireless printing2, the XP-950 makes it easier than ever to print from your iPad®, iPhone®, tablet or smartphone3, whether in your home or out and about. No matter what you choose to print, you’re ready with a dedicated photo tray, specialty paper support4 and CD/DVD printing.

First of all, I am a fan of the all in one scanner/printer model, I’ve owned two in the past. This is the first one I’m trying that can feed media up to 11×17″ in size. I have been interested in getting a large format printer but never really narrowed down my options and took the plunge. I routinely print my own photographs, hybrid scrapbooking and card making projects as well as my button art that I sell in my shop. I cleared off a space on my computer desk, and got started. I unboxed the printer and followed the Start Here directions. I removed all the tape and plastic from the printer and then followed the prompts to load the ink cartridges. all 6 of them.

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Last year I started the 12 on 12 project, a head shot for each family member on the 12th of the month. The first year I included these headshots in my project life pages. This past year I envisioned a photo wall full of our changing faces. I even had empty frames sitting, waiting for these photos. Every thing was coming together to bring this project into reality. I printed up the first four headshots through lightroom. I did 8×10 prints on the 8.5 x 11″ Epson Premium Photo Paper Glossy that was included in my reviewer kit. The prints are gorgeous. even our black hair looks great and not muddy.

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I trimmed the 8.5 x 11″ prints to 8 x 10 to insert in the frames. I ran out of 8.5 x 11″s glossy photo paper so I cut 4 sheets of 11 x 17 Epson Glossy Photo Papers into 8 8.5 x 11″s and printed 8 more headshots. This is where I ran into my only problem. While the letter sized photo paper was in a portfolio perfectly flat, the large format 11 x 17″ paper was in a long box with a few other items and was slightly warped. I’m sure when you buy new 11 x 17 paper, it will be flat in the package. The last 8 prints got ink on the edge of the prints. Luckily for me, I had leeway as I was trimming my prints down and it did not ruin my project.

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I dusted all my frames, cleaned the glass and set the photos on the frames to set overnight. I think they were dry to the touch but with windex on the frames I didn’t want to take a chance of ruining my prints.

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This morning I measured out my frames, marked the nail spots and hung my pictures. I am so happy to see my family smiling back at me!

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I also printed a little label for a gift for my mail carrier…

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and an 11 x 17 print… there is an ink smudge on the last edge of the print where the paper was warped before going into the printer but I’m just going to cut that edge off.

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PROS

Media Cards including CF (this is big for the girl who shoots Canon 5D)

wide media up to 11 x 17

print on CDs

three feed options

wireless print from mobile app. Print from Camera Roll, saved documents, web storage (box, drop box, google drive, evernote, microsoft sky drive)

6 ink cartridges

wirelessly connect to network

print paper like lined paper, graph paper, music paper. how cool is that?!

CONS

not 12″ wide

this seems silly but will get ink on your warped paper. (so don’t use warped paper!)

Over all I would recommend this printer if you are looking for wider format printing. The picture quality looks great and I am absolutely happy with it. I’m wondering if I get to keep it? I’ll let you know when I know. A great gift for scrapbookers, crafty people and people who love photographs.

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Love and Blog you Later,

Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)

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Bossy Joscie Crafty Goods

December 9th, 2013 · bossy Joscie, stamping

Hello Friends! I love designing things for myself and for my business. A while back I designed some custom stamps and when I shared pictures on social media, a lady asked if I had any for sale… and since I aim to please… here they are….

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Merry CHRISTmas
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Please Deliver To
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Happy Mail
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I hope you love these little guys, they sure make ME smile. :)
Thanks for stopping by!
Love Love and Blog you Later,
Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)

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Glittery Goodness

December 4th, 2013 · cool stuff, craft, Creating Keepsakes, Paper Crafts, Publication

Hello Friends! It is December and I’m here to share a Glittertastic project with you all. I have seen these fabulous paper mache letters many times and I have even purchased a few individual letters before but they have done nothing but sit in a bin for a long, long time.  Last week or so I decided that I wanted to buy our whole name and put it up on the mantle. I posted this before shot and several of my friends thought it said Cute Hens. ;)
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One coat of silver acrylic paint.
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two coats of silver acrylic paint.
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I envisioned some chunky glass glitter but unfortunately I only had gold glass glitter. I checked around at Hobby Lobby and picked up this super chunky craft glitter. Score!
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I wiped down a plastic bin with a dryer sheet to help combat static cling and ease clean up. I painted tacky glue onto each letter,starting with the sides and then the fronts and then sprinkled glitter onto the glue, over the plastic bin. I did not glitter the backs. I also like the look of glitter only on the sides.
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I also pressed the glue covered letters into the glitter. I was thinking as I was working, this is just like dredging chicken in egg and flour… #issues.
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I set the letters on paper to dry.
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I lined the letters up on the mantle… 1 2 3 squee!
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I still want to put something else on the left side but I’m not exactly sure what yet. Also, this is our first home with a fireplace and our first Christmas with our stockings hung by the chimney with care. :)
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One more note. You probably know that Paper Crafts magazine and Creating Keepsakes Magazine have merged and are moving forward with a MONTHLY digital version that includes both scrapbooking and cardmaking. This digital version has more capabilities like links, videos and social media options like pinterest. They are also continuing with special issues in print.

If you would like to subscribe to the digital version of Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking, I’d like to invite you to use my affiliate link to start your subscription. One Year is only $9.99! *Disclosure: When you purchase your subscription through my link, I get an affiliate commision.
Thanks for stopping by!
love love and Blog you Later,
Joscie, rhymes with bossy!

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2013 · scrapbook

Hello Friends! Today I have a Thanksgiving gift idea to share.

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I started out by downloading a Printable Sentiment from Paper Crafts Magazine. It’s free, it’s cute and I designed it, eeeps! I printed the sentiment onto a Large White Tag.
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I added a petite chevron sticky to the bottom of the tag.
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I trimmed a short length of Solid Yellow Divine twine and stitched the tag and twine to a Middy Bitty Polka Dot Bag.
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I filled the bag with a treat, folded the top of the bag over and tied a bow.
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Polka Dot Middy Bitty Bag | Solid Yellow Divine Twine | Chevron Petite Sticky | Large White Tag

Thanks for stopping by! There are just a few days left to enter to win a $15 Whisker Graphics giveaway on this post right here.

Love Love and Blog you Later,

Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)

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Moxie Fab Thanks Cath!

November 9th, 2013 · cardmaking, scrapbook

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Hello Friends! I’m hopping with the Moxie Fab Thanks Cath Blog hop today. If you’ve come here from Tara’s blog then you are already on the right track. If not, you can start here at the Moxie Fab World for the top of the hop.
I have long been a fan of Cath and Moxie Fab World so, of course, I was saddened to read her post about moving on from Moxie Fab World. One of my first experiences with the Moxie Fab World was years ago when Cath invited readers to share our blogs with her and she came by and visited my blog. I was so honored when she visited and commented. Just a few weeks ago I told Cath (on facebook) that I absolutely loved her posts. Every image she shared always elicited an emotional response. Sometimes it was awww, that’s so cute. Sometimes it was WOW, that is amazing. Sometimes it was Gasp, that is beautiful. It was many things but it always made me feel. We share a love for tone on tone, texture, foxes, and so many other things. I also appreciate how Cath is sincere and always makes you feel important. FOR these and many more reasons I will miss Cath at the Moxie Fab World.

Thank You Cath and I wish you the best in your future awesomeness. because, you. are. awesome.

I made this card for you. :)

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White Woodgrain Cardstock, MT Gold striped, solid and blue solid washi tapes, Freckled Fawn wide gold chevron tape, Bossy Joscie Shiny Gold Flair, Whisker Graphics Solid Aqua twine, Studio Calico Woodgrain  Sequins and Wood Veneer Alphas, Neat and Tangled Flat Matte Gold Sequins.
Thanks for stopping by! Your next stop on the hop is Ashley Harris.
Love Love and Blog you Later,
Joscie, rhymes with Bossy :)

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