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Moxie Fab Cactus

September 28th, 2014 · cardmaking, craft

Hello Friends! I spotted this little bit of cuteness thanks to my friend Jennifer Ingle asking for a challenge. I immediately decided to join in, I mean, how could I not?

I loved the colorful pots but what I really thought about was the little cactus and what it would say if it could speak?

Sorry for, You know

I created the image in Adobe Illustrator and printed it up and mounted to a card base. Super easy and cute.
Thanks for stopping by!
Love Love and blog you Later,

Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)

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Creative Blog Hop

September 8th, 2014 · scrapbook

Hello Friends! I got an email from my sweet friend Amy inviting me to participate in a modified blog hop called the Creative Blog Hop that takes place on Mondays. First I’ll share a little about me and then I’ll share two of my sweet creative friends!

1. What am I working on now?

I have never really been one big on themes but my work is certainly reflecting my life. My latest flair packs have been fitness inspired and farm animals. My latest stamp designs are Southern Sayings and Stamp Designs I created for teacher gifts for Jordan’s teachers!

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2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I love monochromatic or two color combinations, simple patterns and aesthetically pleasing typography. I don’t love busy patterns that confuse my eyes (and my head). I like simple. I like to tell stories, especially if there is a deep meaning or a funny tidbit to share.

3. Why do I create what I do?

I find it easier and much more rewarding to do it myself. If I can’t find something I want, I just sit down with illustrator and figure it out.

4. How does my creative process work?

I like to brainstorm with my sketch book, list possible ideas, sketch out what I can and then go to illustrator to make it digitally real.

Here are two of my friends I’d like to share with you:

Jennifer Ingle

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I am me. I am a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I am an artist. I am a crafter. I laugh. A lot.

BLOG | FB | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST

Erin Schreiner

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I am Erin Lee. I am a wife, mom, crafter and Dr. Pepper addict mostly. I love being creative – it’s one of my favorite things to do in life.I love to make projects with paper, ink, and stamps. I love to get inky!

BLOG | FB | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Love Love and Blog you Later,

Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)

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Running Addict

August 16th, 2014 · bossy Joscie, scrapbook

Hello Friends! Iʻm back with some new goodies and because, youʻll never guess what… I actually crafted. It has been way too long. I have never considered myself a runner. I have even made jokes about how nothing ran in my family but obesity or if you see me running, you better start running too because something is obviously chasing me. Back in February I started out by walking around our property. It was hard in the beginning. It started to get easier walking and I thought maybe I could run short stretches so I did. I started running a little bit longer stretches and took off around the neighborhood. My husband runs with me almost daily and I have really grown to love running! I created a set of flair to reflect my love for running, something I never thought Iʻd love.

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Run Like  A Girl Fitness Flair Runner

Thanks for stopping by! Love Love and Blog you Later, Joscie, rhymes with bossy

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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!

On the Corner

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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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