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Valentine’s Project

Free Creativezazz Heart Art to Zazz Up Your Valentines

Creativezazz is offering you heart art to get you started on creative Valentines.  Free for personal (not commercial) use). Have fun.  Let me know how yours turns out.

Each says I Love You in a foreign language.  Try making hearts of your own in other languages.

Then cut them out, put on stems and leaves, et voila!  You have a romantic bouquet!

If you just want to make a card, check out my eHow article on How to Make Cards to Print

For instructions on how to turn your hearts into a mobile, see my post How to Make a Card That is a Mobile.

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Make a Cool Poster in the Obama Style

My daughter's pic in Obama Style
My daughter

A fun site from pastemagazine.com allows you to quickly take a photo and turn it into art in the style of the iconic Obama poster.

Iconic campaign poster of Barack Obama
Iconic campaign poster of Barack Obama

Just go to Obamicon.me and follow the easy instructions.  The trick to make the poster look good is to play with the sliders that allow you to adjust how much dark blue, light blue, red and white is in the image.  As a Photoshop guru, I think this a neat little way for just about anyone to make a posterized image without having to know all about Photoshop.  You can then download, email or put the images into Facebook.  The site has more than a half million pics in the gallery now!

Most photos look great just doing it this way. If you want, you can go into Photoshop or another program first, and cut out the background so it has less detail. I did this with my puppy.  You can also edit the pic after you download it.  Make sure to change it from index color to rgb.  I also made the white whiter on mine. Have fun.

Very cool.  (Thanks, Rex, for showing me the site!) Try it.

My husband
My husband

If you just want to buy a Obama Hope campaign poster, check out this Aamzon link.

Amazon has a few other Obama items I like. Like this hat . . . .

And this company sells a cool little pins that looks like the front page of the newspaper for historic events. Check out the one about Obama making history. Would make a nifty little gift for an Obama supporter.

I love the superhero version of Obama on this t-shirt. There are tons of items at Amazon. These were my favorites.

Pinewood Derby

forPics are up in the gallery of the Pinewood Derby held at the Ontario YMCA on January 24, 2008. You can see all the pics and play a slideshow by clicking on this link to the gallery.

Some very cool pinewood derby car designs.

16 cars in our age division. Judged for speed and design
16 cars in our age division. Judged for speed and design

Designs ranged from a pinewood derby soccer field to a pinewood derby Kleenex box to a pinewood derby surfboard.

A soccer field is also a racing car!
A soccer field is also a racing car!

The last two cars on the racetrack were neck and neck.

If you are serious about winning a pinewood derby race, you should know there is a mini industry in specialized pinewood derby supplies. Visit your local hobby shop. Don’t despair if you don’t have one nearby. Amazon sells tons of pinewood derby supplies and has fast shippers.

My daughter loves to surf, so she made a pinewood derby surboard.
My daughter loves to surf, so she made a pinewood derby surfboard.

Creative Snowmen

You don’t need snow to make a snowman. When asked to make a snowman out of something unusual, Mrs. Merrill’s third-grade class had some creative solutions. View the album of creative snowmen 2009-10 here.

See the 2008-09 album here.

Enjoy the slide show. To view a larger image, click on the smaller icon. Parents, you should be able to just click and drag off a copy of the photo. Fun project.

2009-2010 snowmen
Click to view 2009-2010 snowmen

My reviews of great book series for kids

My review of the Ranger’s Apprentice series
My review of the Percy Jackson series
My review of the Artemis Fowl series
Battle of the Boys Books: Percy Jackson vs. Ranger’s Apprentice

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