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Order of Operations PEMDAS PEMDAS is a common acronym for the order of operations. This packet shows a slight modification. Multiplication a...
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Compare Fractions Bundle Save 25% by buying this bundle of task cards! Identify Fractions Common Core Standard 3.NF.1 Students will look at pic...
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This packet contains: •A two page pretest and a two page posttest •Answer keys •Two multiple meaning games with a total of 11 pages •The...
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Compare Fractions Task Cards Compare Fractions Using Models Common Core Standards 3.NF.3, 4.NF.2 These task cards can used as an early finisher...
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These Polka Dot Labels come in 7 colors. Each color combo has two frames. I call it a single frame and a double frame. The polka dots are all wh...
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Dividing Decimals I used this Powerpoint in my classroom over two days. On the first day I focused on Dividing a Decimal by a Whole Number us...
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Common Core Resource CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.B.4 This packet focuses on factoring. There are 6 different games to play with factors. Students m...
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I used this Powerpoint in my classroom over two days. On the first day I focused on vocabulary and the difference between 2D objects and 3D o...
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CCSS.Math.Content.3.NF.A.3b CCSS.Math.Content.4.NF.A.1 CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.A.1 Equivalent Fractions are introduced in the common core in thi...
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This packet contains: A two page pretest and a two page posttest Nine pages of prefix game cards Directions for three games with color coded labe...
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Simplify Fractions This PowerPoint can be used to introduce three strategies for simplifying fractions: using prime factors, using greatest comm...
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Fraction Task Cards Least Common Multiple While Least Common Multiples are not fractions, this is part of my fraction series because finding th...
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Compare Fractions with the Same Denominator Task Cards Compare Fractions with the Same Denominator Common Core Standards 3.NF.3, 4.NF.2 These t...
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Equivalent Fraction Bundle This bundle contains 4 sets of task cards and one game set. These task cards can be used as an early finisher, as a ...
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These Chevron Labels come in 10 color combos. Each color combo has two frames. I call it a single frame and a double frame. The color combinat...
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Polka Dot Backgrounds There are 27 different colors. The download is a zip file of jpegs and pngs. There are 27 jpegs and 27 pngs. The files ...
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Fraction Task Cards Compare Fractions with the Same Numerator Common Core Standards 3.NF.3, 4.NF.2 These task cards can used as an early finis...
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This packet contains resources to help you introduce Common Core Standard 5.G.2 This packet contains: an objective poster, a language objective ...
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Sing Smile and Learn
Sing Smile and Learn  (TpT Seller)
Hi Mercedes - We are creating a product that is backgrounds and frames - mix and match combo pack. Your **Tutorial: Frame Backgrounds and Transparent Frames** is so fabulous we would like to add a link to your current product instead of creating our own tutorial. We will add your store logo to our THANK YOU page, and will simply recommend your tutorial through the link to your store. We hope you will find this as a great way to partner and to drive traffic to your store. Please let us know if this is ok with you.

THANK YOU!!
Franki & Lindsat
March 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
Sounds good.
March 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Creative Critters
Creative Critters  (TpT Seller) re: Identify Fractions
Hi,

Just to let you know I have found this product up on another website. They have one of ours and I am sending a cease and desist letter.

http://teachertidbits.weebly.com/fraction-extra-practice.html

Stacy
contact.creativecritters@gmail.com
February 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
Thanks, Stacy. I went to the site and it is unpublished. Perhaps your noticing this helped them realize that sharing items that do not belong to them is wrong.
February 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Hi would you consider bundling your Second Grade ELA Super Stars Skills packets for a reduced price (buy all together and get a reduced price)? I really like the materials and most of my kids (EC K-5) are around the end of 1st grade/2nd grade level.
January 30, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

The Learning Teacher
The Learning Teacher  (TpT Seller) re: Frame Backgrounds: Polka Dots
Hi! I absolutely love all of your polka dot frames, backgrounds, etc! Before purchasing, I wanted to check and see how you require credit. Is credit on the very last page fine? Does it have to include the graphic or can I just post your name and a link to your blog or store? Thanks!
January 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
I started making clip art when I started TPT because I was overwhelmed by all of the complicated terms of use. I just ask that you credit me somehow and don't give it away. How you do it is up to you. :)
January 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Dividing Decimals Powerpoint
Does it show dividing decimals by decimals using a hundreds grid?
October 30, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
No. This doesn't use a hundred grid.
October 30, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

PowerPoint Maniac
PowerPoint Maniac  (TpT Seller) re: Division in the Real World
I'm guessing it was because I was on a Mac and it was opening in "preview" A warning was popping up that said, "Without the owner password, you do not have permission to save this file." You reminded me that it was saved in my "downloads" file so I was able to get it! I use Dropbox all the time but thanks for the suggestion and responding!!! Jason
October 22, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
I'm glad to hear that you were able to open and use it. :)
October 22, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

PowerPoint Maniac
PowerPoint Maniac  (TpT Seller) re: Division in the Real World
How do I save this to my hard drive? It say's I need a password even if I choose "save as". I can only access TPT from home and need it in school.
October 18, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
I'm not exactly sure what happened for you. I just went to the product on my work computer and downloaded it. Then, I went to my download file and opened it. Then I clicked Save as and it saved without requesting a password. If you have downloaded the product, it is already saved to your computer. There is no need to go to save as. Both PCs and Macs have a Download file where they automatically download things (unless you configured it differently.) Once you open your download file, you can just drag the file to your desktop or to the location you wish it to be. There is no need to save another copy. The PDF is protected which means you can't edit it or copy clipart without a password. Personally, I use Dropbox which is a free service to make sure I can access files at home or at school. So, I would drag it into my dropbox and it would be able to be used at school. Another option would be to open an email, click attach, and then open your download file and chose the file. I hope that helps. -Mercedes
October 18, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

What I Have Learned
What I Have Learned  (TpT Seller) re: Halloween Colorful Clipart
I can see two different bats on the cover. How many unique bats and spiders are there? Thanks!
October 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
There are seven bats and four spiders. The bat in the top left corner comes in six colors. The spider comes in four colors.
October 6, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Polka Dot Frames Shades of Many Colors Bundle
I have tried using borders in the past, but the image does not work well when resized. Do these borders resize well?
September 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
If you download my freebie rainbow polka dot borders, they are just like these. You can play with them and see if they match what you want. I resize them often and like it. If you use the corner to resize it won't distort the polka dots. :)
September 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Jade Simms  (TpT Seller) re: Frame Backgrounds: Polka Dots
New at this!! What's the best program to use with these beautiful frames you make? Word? Photoshop? Thanks! Can't wait to order!
September 3, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
I like to use PowerPoint because you can place things where you want. If you visit my blog, check the tips and tutorials tab at the top. I have a video tutorial there on how to use them. There is also a free download guide to using them in my store. :)
September 3, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Polka Dot Frames Bright Colors
I also purchased the frames and when I tried to open the file it said it was corrupted. I have been able to unzip other files the I have purchased but not this one. What else can I try to open the file?

Thank you
August 21, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
Please email me at surfingtosuccess@yahoo.com and I'll help you.
August 21, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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I have purchased the polka dot frames and can not open the document. Is there any way to open this in another version?
August 15, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
The frames come in a zip file. If you have a mac it will unzip when you double click it. If you have a pc, you may need to download a free program to open them. The only way to upload graphics and pictures to TPT is in a zip file.

Once the file is unzipped you will find picture files called png. The easiest way to use a picture file is to insert the file as a picture on PowerPoint.

I have a free tutorial in my TPT store. I also have video tutorials on my blog.
August 15, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Not sure what I am doing wrong here...I cannot layer the frames. They all have the white background so it looks like a postage stamp. The transparency isn't there. Please help!
August 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
For me the easiest program to use is PowerPoint. To use these, choose insert picture. PowerPoint has a default white background. If you have a color or picture as a background and then insert this, you will see the background around the edges.

If you click on free on my TPT store, you can find my tutorial for layering frames. If you visit my blog, you can find a video tutorial by looking at my tips and tutorials page.
August 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Ashley Hayes  (TpT Seller) re: Transparent Basic Frames
What is a png format?
August 11, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
Png is a picture file. You insert them as a picture.

Computer files have a type that shows after a period on a PC. For example, a word document say .doc. A PDF says .pdf. Pictures can have .jpg or .png. A png is transparent.
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Buyer re: Editable Polka Dot Labels: Black
Would you share the name of the font you used on the title page, the one that looks hand-drawn? I was disappointed to see it wasn't one of your offered fonts in your TpT store.
August 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
It's a Kevin and Amanda font called Pea Aimee.
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Melissa H. re: Polka Dot Frames Bright Colors
I bought and downloaded these. I opened powerpoint and went to insert picture. However, the file does not come up as an option to choose from. I am very confused on why I can't use these borders or what I am doing wrong.
August 2, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
They come in a zipped file. You'll need to unzip the file before you can insert them as a picture.
August 2, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Polka Dot Rainbow Dot Frames Freebie
Hi!
I was just wondering if you had this same design but with different colored stars instead of the polka dots.

Thanks!
August 1, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
Hi Heather,

I made something with stars for you. :)

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Rainbow-Star-Frames-823535

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Rainbow-Star-Backgrounds-823523

I hope that matches what you were suggesting. Thanks for the inspiration.

Mercedes
August 12, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

choralsongster
choralsongster  (TpT Seller) re: Frames to Layer Bundle
Hi Mercedes. Is there any chance that you would be able to create a few more dotty and plain frames to layer? It would be really helpful to have the dotty ones in all the same colours as the plain. I would really benefit from having a dark red, bright (Barbie) pink, bright yellow, bright (fluorescent type) green and a gold. I would be quite prepared to pay for these additions. Many thanks in anticipation :)
July 31, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Beverly P. re: Polka Dot Rainbow Dot Frames Freebie
Hi Thanks for your free Polka Dot download.
My question is how do I work with PNG files
Thanks for your response.
Beverly
July 28, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
A png is a picture file. I like to use PowerPoint. I insert it as a picture and then insert a text box over the top. I think it came with a how to file in there. (I'm away from home at the moment.). If you go to my blog surfingtosuccess.blogspot.com you'll see a tab called tips and tutorials. There is a video tutorial there. Also, in my store, if you click to see all the free items I have a written tutorial you can download.
July 28, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Sweet Sweet Second Grade
Sweet Sweet Second Grade  (TpT Seller)
I am in need of roller coaster clipart. Can you make some? Or do you know of any? I can't find anything at all!
July 18, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Molly M. re: Chevron Labels Basic Colors
I can unzip the file fine, and it opens in a windows photo gallery but I can't save it to print or edit it . . .???
July 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
I have a free tutorial in my store about how to use a png file. They are picture files. To use in PowerPoint, open a blank presentation and then choose insert picture. You could then add a text box if you want to type.
July 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Molly M. re: Chevron Labels Basic Colors
Hey! I just purchased the Chevron Labels and can't save or open them - They downloaded fine. Do you have any advice?
July 16, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
The file is zipped. On a Mac it will automatically unzip it. On a pc you need to have a free program to unzip it.
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Terri Powell  (TpT Seller) re: Polka Dot Frames Shades of Purple
I have just retired and now getting started with TPT. I want to take all the things that I have created through the years and share with others. Your frames are very creative, I just wondered how you created them. Do you have a particular art program etc.? Thanks for you response. Terri Powell-Georgia
July 16, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Giggles and Grades with Miss Gallagher
Thanks so much Mercedes. I used a word document and it's set to 8.5 and 11 so I'll just play around with it to figure it out:) Thanks!
July 15, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Giggles and Grades with Miss Gallagher
Hi Mercedes,
I purchased the polka dot frames which I love!!!!! As I finished a unit I was making, I went to print it and it leaves a little blank border around your frames. It looked fine on the screen when I was making it. I can go to page setup and under the US letter, change it to US letter borderless, but I would rather have it ready to go for my customers- any suggestions?? Thanks so much!
July 15, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
Hi Caroline and / or Sarah. :)

The white edge around the paper is about your settings, not the images or backgrounds you use. Any images, frames, backgrounds would give you the same result. Personally, I leave my settings standard for products I make in PowerPoint. I've had printers at school that wouldn't print all the way to the edge. I think it's safer/ more user friendly to leave it so there is a white border when printing.

If you are using PowerPoint, you can make adjustments in PowerPoint under File... Page Set Up. The default is 10 by 7.5. It sounds like you want 8.5 by 11.

I hope that helps. Check out the Tips and Tutorials section if my blog for other ideas.
http://surfingtosuccess.blogspot.com/p/how-tos-and-tutorials.html

Thanks,
Mercedes
July 15, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

MrsKlassensJungle
MrsKlassensJungle  (TpT Seller) re: Frame Backgrounds
I have a question, I have made some frames, but I am only able to save and open them one at a time. How were you able to put yours in your store as a package of 20? Could you help and tell me how to package them? Thanks :) PS. Your frames are adorable!
June 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
You'll want to zip them together. If you have a mac, just right click and choose compress. You can put anything in a folder and once it zipped it becomes one file that you can upload. I hope that helps.
July 1, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Editable Chevron Labels: Orange
Hi I just purchased the orange chevron editable labels. I was wondering if you could do the full pages in more colors in a portrait editable page instead of landscape. thanks, bjh.
May 6, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
I'm sorry, some how I missed this question and it has been way to long for a response. Send me an email and I'll help you out. surfingtosuccess@yahoo.com
July 1, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Smart Kinder Kids
Smart Kinder Kids  (TpT Seller) re: Polka Dot Backgrounds: Shades of Blue, Green, Red, Pink, Purple, Yellow, Orange
Hi Mercedes! I was so excited to download your backgrounds - the colors are beautiful~! However - I am running into a problem which is not allowing me to use them as I intended. When I add them as my background in my smartboard files they are coming out like a complete background page but it is like the background itself covers 75% of the page and then the pattern repeats itself for the remaining 25% - the result is that it looks like 1 and a quarter pages of polka dots (it is like there is a line dividing the end of the first page and the 25% of the rest of it). I don't know if this makes sense to you but I am hoping you can provide a solution. I purchase backgrounds all the time on TpT and use them in the same way on my smartboard so I know it is not an issue of not knowing how to download them....I tried with both the jpeg and png versions of the backgrounds and it is doing it with all of them. I am hoping you might be able to help me solve this so that I can use them because as it is now, I will not be able to use them. I wish I could send you a screen shot of what it looks like but it will not let me attach pictures here.
Thanks
Leigh
April 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
Hi Leigh,

I'm not exactly sure why that is happening but I'd like to try and help. Could you email me so we can talk back and forth?

Mercedes
Surfingtosuccess@yahoo.com
April 25, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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I am Bullyproof Music  (TpT Seller)
Hi, Mercedes. Giant congrats on being the featured teacher. You can erase this after reading it. Just wanted to give a shout out--we're in Sonoma--so close! Love your shop :-)
April 12, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
Thanks! Very close- I teach in Napa. :)
April 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

 Texas  Teacher
Texas Teacher  (TpT Seller) re: StS Monday Font: Commercial Use OK
Hello! Cute stuff!
I'm new to using fonts from TpT.
After downloading from TpT, how do you go about using them?
April 7, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
Hi Whitney, There should be a PDF included with your font download that has some tips for installing fonts. Unfortunately, many computers are different.

For most PCs:
Right click on the font file and choose open.
You should see a Font Preview window.
Click Install.

Mac:
Double click on the font file.
You should see a Font Preview window.
Click Install.

If that doesn't work, I'd google "Install fonts" and include info about your computer.
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Julie L. re: Tutorial: Frame Backgrounds and Transparent Frames
If I have a digital paper I want to use in a transparent frame, how would I do that?
March 30, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
I'm not sure how to do it with a transparent frame that you purchased using PowerPoint. If you create a shape in PowerPoint that is the shape of a frame you want, you can insert a digital background into that shape. If you want to use photo editing software, you could use layers to do it but its a bit complicated. If you send me an email with the details of what you are trying to do and what software you are using, I can walk you through it.
-Mercedes
Surfingtosuccess@yahoo.com
March 30, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Education to the Core
Education to the Core  (TpT Seller) re: Frames to Layer Bundle
Mercedes,

I just bought your frames bundle, and I was wondering if you could update the file so the polka dots are not squished. I would really love that! Thank you:)
March 30, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
I'm sorry. They look that way by design. I hope you are happy with the rest of the bundle. If you are unhappy with that part, I'd like to offer you a freebie. Please email me at surfingtosuccess.blogspot.com
-Mercedes
March 30, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Thank You So Much :D
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Hi do you still have the Free Library Labels by lexile score?
March 13, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
Hi! I'm sorry it took a few days to answer. I had gone through recently and deactivated a couple of the freebies I had made early on. I was thinking they were a bit of clutter. Now I realize that people sometimes find my blog posts and go looking and I don't want to disappoint so I reactivated them. Were any these what you were looking for?

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Leveled-Library-Labels-A-Z-blue-waves
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Leveled-Library-Labels-DRA-Levels-Blue-Waves
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/80-Library-Book-Labels
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Labels-Leveled-Library-by-Lexile-Score-Blue-Waves

My friend, Kari Hefley has quite a few free library labels by lexile. If those don't help, check out her store. Here is a link to one of them:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Library-Organization-Lexile-levels-polka-dots

I also have a bunch of editable files if you are looking for something to match a certain color. Those aren't free. I make most of the editable ones by request.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Mercedes-Hutchens/Category/Editable

You can also check out one of these freebie that you could use to make some in PowerPoint.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Polka-Dot-Rainbow-Dot-Frames-Freebie
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Polka-Dot-Freebie

I hope I haven't given you too many options. :)

Have fun organizing!
March 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Smarticle Particles
Smarticle Particles   (TpT Seller)
Thanks again!
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CantTeach
CantTeach  (TpT Seller)
Ok.. so i am trying to figure out what all comes with the fraction bundle.. the description says it is 22 pages... but then when i go into the fractions with models it says that it is 22 pages.. i am trying to decide if i am buying the whole bundle or if i am only going to buy the fractions with models..

if the bundle has ALL of the materials of the other fractions packets then i want that!!
February 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
I'm so sorry for the error. The number of pages is a typo. I have three different fractions bundles. Each one is 20-25% off the task cards it contains. I can't tell from my phone which bundle this question is on. The description of the task cards included is correct and I didn't fix the slide numbers. Each set of task cards has at least 22 pages.
February 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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I can't seem to download the Compare Fractions Bundle which I purchased. I was able to actually download but can not view because something about either it was damaged or isn't supported. What can I do? What if I can't ever use it, can I get my money back?
February 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
The bundle is a zip file. You need software on your computer to unzip it. Once you unzip it, you can open the PDF files with adobe reader. The file isn't damaged. Many users have opened it. Send me an email with your TPT user name and th date you purchased this if you cant figure out how to unzip the file. I'll walk you through it and make sure you have access to what you purchased. Surfingtosuccess@yahoo.com
February 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Smarticle Particles
Smarticle Particles   (TpT Seller)
Hi,
I am starting to get ideas of things I can make on TpT. On your download: "Directions for using PNG files" you stated that Adobe Reader does not open picture files. If I create a powerpoint and then add a png file will that work or are you talking about Adobe reader on its own? Can I change a powerpoint to a PDF?
Thanks! Love the stuff you have here!
February 3, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
Some people have their computer set to open everything with Adobe Reader. When they can't open a picture file with it, they write me to tell me the computer says the file is messed up. Adobe Reader opens PDFs. You can use a picture file like a png or jpeg when making items in PowerPoint. Then, you can save your PowerPoints as PDF files. I have a section at the top of my blog called Tips and Tutorials. There are some video tutorials there that you might find helpful. Http://surfingtosuccess.blogspot.com
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Kindergarten Planet
Kindergarten Planet  (TpT Seller) re: Polka Dot Freebie
Hi! These are adorable. Do you allow your clip art to be used in SMARTBoard products?
Thanks,
Suzanne
February 2, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
I'd like you to make an effort to flatten images if using them in smart board products and to credit me. For example, when I make my PowerPoints, I take the slides that contain clipart and save them as a jpeg and then insert them into my PowerPoints. Just do your best. Feel free to email me any time. Surfingtosuccess@yahoo.com
February 2, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Kelly Crews  (TpT Seller)
I know you have moved to fifth grade now, but I am using your Star Skills in my second grade class and was wondering if you could make a version of it with blank star cards?
January 15, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
Even though I've moved to 5th, I intend to publish more of the Super Star Skills. I have several more from when I was in 2nd, but haven't gotten around to polishing them up and posting them. I don't really want to post a blank one since I plan to make more. I'm happy you are using the skills and I feel bad that I haven't posted more in a while. Send me an email and we'll see what I can do to help you. surfingtosuccess@yahoo.com
January 16, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Jacky L. re: Dividing Decimals Powerpoint
The last example problem should read 400/ 8. Not 40/8. If you move the decimal to the right once in the divisor your should do the same in the dividend. Slides 46 through 48 need adjusting.
January 3, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
I've fixed the PowerPoint. I'm so sorry about that!
January 3, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

kindertrips
kindertrips  (TpT Seller) re: Valentine Owl Clipart
Do these have the line art included?
Thank you-they are adorable!
December 31, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
I can add a black and white one in. I did the main owl in line art and then colored them in. I'll work on adding one that is just black and white but still has a bit of Valentine to it and add it in sometime soon.
January 1, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Terry's Teaching Tidbits
Terry's Teaching Tidbits  (TpT Seller) re: Christmas Tree Clipart
Mercedes,

Clearly I sent my last question before actually opening up your file. I see your TOU button :) Thanks!!

Terry
December 11, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
No worries. Thanks for using my clipart. I look forward to seeing what you do with it.
December 11, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Terry's Teaching Tidbits
Terry's Teaching Tidbits  (TpT Seller) re: Christmas Tree Clipart
Mercedes,

I just downloaded your Christmas Tree Clipart to use in a product I want to create. They're PERFECT! Anyway, you said they are ok with credit given. Do you have a thumbnail, or should I just write it in my credits page? Thanks so much!!

Terry :)
December 11, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
I'm flexible. You can credit me by saying "Graphics by Surfing to Success" or you can use the graphic I've started including in my latest clipart.
December 11, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Prefixes: Assessments, Games, and Worksheets
Thanks.
December 5, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
You're welcome.
December 10, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Clever Classroom
Clever Classroom  (TpT Seller) re: Christmas Tree Clipart
Hi there Mercedes!

I have just blogged about your free Christmas resource on my freebie blog. I just wanted to let you know, I hope that is okay. If you would like me to remove it, please let me know. I hope that it helps bring you some traffic.

Emma :)
December 5, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
That's sweet of you. Thanks.
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Buyer re: Prefixes: Assessments, Games, and Worksheets
Does this lesson include the prefixes -in and -im?
December 5, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
The packet focuses on re-, pre-, dis- and un- .
December 5, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Dean Trout's Little Shop of SLP
Dean Trout's Little Shop of SLP  (TpT Seller) re: Magic Clipart
I just wanted to say that I am a retired Speech Therapist and create little quick play games for use in therapy and your graphic artwork is perfect for what I do. Thank YOU! I wanted to ask if you'd be interested in creating the graphics for other games I have in mind? I can tell you what I need and you can create them and we can both use them.
Dean
November 5, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
Hi Dean,
Thanks for the positive feedback.

I can see what I can do. Send me an email with the specifics.
Thanks,
Mercedes
mercedesamca@yahoo.com
November 5, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

A Perfectly Poetic Page
A Perfectly Poetic Page  (TpT Seller)
This is NOT a question. You have helped me so much with the shapes/backgrounds!! I really appreciate it!! ~Tracy
November 2, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
My pleasure! :) I'm happy to help.
November 2, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Katy Engle  (TpT Seller) re: 80 Library Book Labels
What's the benefit of using a label rather than just writing the level on books with a permanent marker? Have you found that it lasts longer?
September 4, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Mercedes Hutchens  (TpT Seller)
The white background of the labels helps me see the numbers clearly from far away. It helps me know right away if a book is put away properly or if a child is reading a just right book.
September 4, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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