Friday, July 22, 2016

{Friday Photo Bliss}

On Fridays I like to post snapshots I have taken during the week that make me happy.


Affogato (expresso over ice-cream) for the boys, latte for me. We sat outside and the heat index was over 100F. I should have purchased the Affogato.

A video posted by Jane and John Dough Bakery (@janeandjohndough) on

This is not mine, but I wanted to share the video that made us rush over to the coffee house to buy an Affogato. Please stick with it and watch the entire thing, it will crack you up! I am a sucker for a slow-mo funny coffee video.


Poker night. We finally found a game Imp likes! He beat all of us and I promised to bring him to Vegas when he turns 21. 


This morning we headed out to the park for some "hot  hiking". This is similar to "hot yoga" but held outdoors in your normal clothing with the added risk of sunburn, Zika, and snakebites and surprisingly absolutely free. 

There was lots of wildlife. We saw several rabbits and this giant turtle.


And this tiny little tree frog.


And we hiked through some swampy areas that I am 100% sure were covered in aggressive water snakes cleverly hiding and ready to jump out and bite us.


Piper had a blast walking Duke.


And then for the most exciting part of our hot hike, we found this giant sand pit. Nothing in the world goes better with sticky sweat than sand...


And what boy doesn't love a giant sand pit. The boys spent thirty minutes throwing dirt at each other. They were a MESS.


Duke took a selfie of us.


And Piper took a selfie of himself. 

We went home sweaty and covered in sandy dirt (Piper always kicks dirt all over me like a school-yard bully), but we had a great time. And I am still trying to recover hours and hours later. ;-)

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

CoffeeShop "Quilt Board #2" Photographer Storyboard!


I have a new quilt-square-inspired storyboard I wanted to share with you today. This photographer storyboard is 12x12, for print or web, and has five photo-cutouts. The background color can be matched to your image or a simple white.

You can grab the first one of this series here.

This is a layered psd file for Photoshop/PSE so you add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action).

I wanted to thank Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) for allowing me to use her images in my example above.

Download the CoffeeShop "Quilt Board #2". You an also download it here.

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CoffeeShop "ButterCream Velvet B&W" Photoshop/PSE Action!


Today I have a brand new action to share with you! This one is a tinted B&W called "ButterCream Velvet B&W". It is fully adjustable and can be stunning on the right portraits.


Here is one of my edits. You can grab the original baby image here.

CoffeeShop ButterCream Velvet B&W Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:


I started with this gorgeous image from Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay).


This is what the edit looks like after the action runs without any adjustments. "ButterCream" is preselected, but you should turn it off and check out "Velvety ButterCream" if you want a softer edit. Turn on both for maximum haze and adjust the opacity to taste.


For this edit I turned on "Velvety ButterCream", "Vignette", and "White Rescue" and turned off "ButterCream".

Download the CoffeeShop "ButterCream Velvet B&W" Photoshop/PSE Action. You can also download it here.


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sponsor SALE!!! Pretty "Enchanted Garden" Presets and Pretty Cloud Overlays on Special Today!

Sponsor Specials! Pretty Actions has all of their Cloud Overlays on special and Pretty Presets has their Enchanted Garden Lightroom Preset Set on sale for only $39!!!

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Monday, July 18, 2016

CoffeeShop "Happy Birthday" Digital Paper Pack!


Today I have a fun little digital paper pack to share with you that is perfect for your birthday scrapbooking or digital designs.  You can use these in any way you like. :-)

I used the Topaz Impression Photoshop/PSE plug-in (app) to design these.

Download the CoffeeShop "Happy Birthday" Paper Pack! You can also download it here.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

CoffeeShop "Facebook Cover #22"!


Happy Friday! I have a brand new Facebook cover for you today. This one is a layered psd file for Photoshop/PSE  so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action) and has four photo cutouts. There are also optional color-bars.

You can add a logo or some text to the top upper right and change the background and color-bar colors, or add a pretty texture behind the images.

The images in the top example are of my family. I used some beautiful "Vintage Val" images from Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) in the bottom example.

Download the CoffeeShop "Facebook Cover #22". You can also download it here.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

CoffeeShop "Watercolor Drops" Fine Art Textures/Digital Paper Set!


Today I made some new watercolor papers that could be used alone, as digital paper on your designs, or layered over images to add artistic texture. They look especially lovely on still life images with simple backgrounds like my example above.

I used the Topaz Impression Photoshop/PSE plug-in (app) to create these papers.


You can add these papers as backgrounds to any designs, such as storyboards. I added the CoffeeShop "Watercolor Drops" pink texture to this storyboard as a background. I reduced the opacity to 50% to make it a very soft effect.


You can also use them as fine art textures layered on your images. I decided to add some texture to this lovely image.


I dropped on the CoffeeShop Watercolor Drops purple texture and put it in Overlay blending mode, 93%. I added a layer mask and used a soft black brush to remove some of the effect off the flower and most of it off the stems.


I wanted to add some beautiful light coming from the top right corner, so I grabbed my gradient tool (G), set it from transparent to gold, and dragged it over the top right edge of my image. I put this golden light layer in Overlay, 81% opacity.



Here is one more example. I added the blue texture to this image in Overlay, 100%.

Download the  CoffeeShop "Watercolor Drops" Fine Art Texures/Digital Paper Set. You can also download it here.

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