Tuesday, March 31

CoffeeShop "Sweet Soft Blue" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


Hope you are doing OK. My family is fine, just taking it day by day and trying not to drive each other crazy. Is it me or was March a year long? And did you notice that puzzles are sold out everywhere??? We are doing a puzzle exchange with some family members. I was lucky and snagged two really good ones at Barnes and Noble's "deliver to your car" yesterday. I laugh when I say "lucky" since previous to Corona 2020 I was NOT a puzzle person. I also snagged a few good books for Paul and the boys. Book-wise I am fine and catching up on my Kindle library books.  Plus I have a pile of books on my to-read shelf. 

We are trying to make sure we stay caught up with school so we can take most of the summer off and enjoy getting out of the house. I really miss people. 

Stay safe and have faith times will get better. 



Today I wanted to share my newest free action, CoffeeShop "Sweet Soft Blue". This edit is such a beautiful soft blue and is fully adjustable. Just run it and adjust the layers to taste. In the examples above I didn't make any adjustments at all.

I hope you enjoy using it! I would love to see your own edits using Sweet Soft Blue on my Facebook page.  I think this action is crying out to be used on some Easter images.


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Wednesday, March 25

CoffeeShop "Bethany" Fine Art Texture Set!


Today is a gorgeous day and I was inspired to post these gorgeous textures. I made them using Topaz Impressions and I am so happy with how they turned out. These look amazing on so many different types of images. I use them in Soft Light and Overlay blending modes on photos, but you can also use them as scrapbooking papers. And of course they come with free commercial TOU! Download them toward the bottom of this post.

And thanks for those of you who are supporting my small business by purchasing my download packs. I really do appreciate it so much. 💗

We are doing fine here in Texas where we were just told yesterday to stay-at-home, unless you want to go to Target, Walmart, HEB, Home Depot, Ikea, etc. And yet many small businesses that are excited to see a few customers each day are closed. Yes, I am shrugging my shoulders and shaking my head in confusion right now... Paul is working at his optometry clinic seeing a lot of medical patients who can't go to their regular optometrists because they closed shop, and we are staying at home and I am only going out to buy groceries or walk at the park. 


We are also doing our part and ordering food out from all of our favorite local restaurants. I went from being lazy and wasteful if I didn't cook my own dinner to an economic hero!

So I can pretend things are normal most of the time. My parents are doing great, just isolating in their house reading and watching TV and having a few arguments here and there. I am bringing them groceries and staying 6 feet away. My sisters are in Austin and Dallas so who knows when we will get together but we can text and call. 

I am staying busy and have faith that we will get through this crazy decade. Wait, crazy year? No, crazy few months???  It seems like this has been going on FOREVER. I decided a few days ago I am going to follow the rules, but I am not going to freak out with anxiety and will stay positive and enjoy my life. So far I have been mostly successful staying positive, but there are times each day that I divert off my path of "Serenity Now".

Stay safe and keep faith!  How are you handling things these days? How are your kids doing? Mine are used to being bored at home so they don't notice much of a difference. What are you doing to avoid getting stressed and asking a million "What ifs"? Comment below to let me know!

Original images (white butterfly, butterfly, bird)


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Wednesday, March 18

CoffeeShop "Spring Fling" Fine Art Texture Set!



What else can I say that everyone else hasn't said or heard. The world is usually "This is Us" but my brain wants to play "Walking Dead" non-stop right now. BTW, as a Walking Dead fan who has not been enamored with the last few years, Sunday's show was actually pretty good. 

We are all fine here. Since I homeschool and work at home our days seem pretty normal. Paul is working in his clinic because he has a lot of medical patients come in, but he is taking every precaution. I make him strip off his scrubs before coming in the house, which has provided some entertainment because he is so darn fine 😍 and also made me realize I need to stop washing his white underwear with the colors. 

We have all of our basic necessities and each other, our parents are safe in their homes, and we just take it day by day. 

I vacillate between calm earth-mother and complete freak-out mode, and I am re-reading my pile of anxiety books along with praying, meditation, walks, chocolate, breathing exercises, etc. 

The kids aren't stressing it at all, it is just their new normal. In fact, they are enjoying the extra video game and movie time. I love how they handle life, it is so healthy. Worrying is such a waste of good brain time.

Thank goodness for streaming video and Kindle books because our library is closed. Thank goodness for grocery stores that are stocking up food, thank goodness for electricity and running water, thank goodness for internet access! Thank goodness for online ordering. Thank goodness for kind loved ones and neighbors. Thank goodness for medical providers, scientists, the military, parents, and other wonderful hard-working people keeping our country running during these scary times. Thank goodness for wine and gin martinis with a twist of lime. Thank goodness for coffee. Thank goodness for everything that is good in this amazing world we live in.

Everyone stay safe, we will get through this. We are tough and resilient! The hours and days are slow but the weeks and months are fast. 


Today I wanted to share a touch of spring in this fine arts texture set. They look so pretty on spring images and can even be used as papers. I love this little yellow bird (original). 

I have some time on my hands lately so I will work hard on creating new contact for this blog. I have a list of things I need to get up here! And feel free to add to my list if there is anything specific you want me to make. 


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Friday, February 21

CoffeeShop Fine Art Tutorial: Create Custom Watercolor Prints



Today I wanted to show you how I create custom beautiful watercolor prints using the $5 Waterlogue app and Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements). You can download the free 8x10 watercolor print I made for this tutorial towards the bottom of this post.

I love watercolor but I am not a great watercolor artist. I really don't like the watercolor filter that comes with Photoshop either. I don't usually buy apps, but I LOVE Waterlogue. This is not a paid endorsement, I just wanted to show you how I use it to create watercolor prints for my own house and designs. I didn't even buy the $30 Waterlogue computer program, I am perfectly happy with the cheap app. 


I love vintage and all of the design elements I used in this print are from the Graphics Fairy Premium site. Click on the Roses & Bees image below to see the pack where I downloaded the flowers. 


This is not a paid endorsement either. I am a contributor over there (I write editing and photo tutorials), but I don't get paid anything extra if you join.But if you love vintage designs as much as I do, please go check them out. The site is a huge resource of gorgeous designs you can use in your own work and the women who own and run the site are THE BEST!!!

So on to my watercolor tutorial.

CoffeeShop Fine Art Watercolor Tutorial:



I started with the lovely lady image and added all of the flowers from the Roses & Bee pack.

Then I saved this and sent it to my phone via text and ran it through the Waterlogue app.

I used the Natural setting, Jumbo size, no border, and Auto Lightness. Then I saved the file.


This is so pretty, but I would like to add some black illustration to the image for more definition. So I ran the Streamlined setting and saved the file.


I then texted both images to my computer (to save time) and opened them up in Photoshop. You can also use PSE.


Drag and drop the Streamlined version on top of the Natural version. You can also Place it so that it lines up exactly. They should both be the same size prints.

Put the top Streamlined layer in Darken blending mode at 100% opacity. I love this combo!


Add a Hue Saturation layer and dial down the Saturation to -30 or so. 


Add a soft buttery ivory Color Fill layer on top.


Keep this layer in Normal blending mode and reduce the opacity to 25%.

This really softens the print, I love the effect.


Flatten the design and add this free watercolor paper and make it fit the entire image. Then drag it under the print.


Put the print in Multiply blending mode.


Add a Levels adjustment layer and adjust the contrast to taste. I found the print to be too low contrast so I added some shadows and brought up the highlights and slightly adjusted the midtones.


To add a soft border, use the marquee tool to draw a border around the edges. I used a Feather setting of 5 to soften it.


Then add a layer mask and the edges should be clean!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. It is amazing what a $5 app can do, especially if you combine it with Photoshop or PSE.

You can download the 8x10 print I made for this tutorial here.

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Wednesday, February 19

CoffeeShop "Bridgette" Fine Art Texture Set


What a gloomy rainy week we are having. Sometimes I don't mind because I get more things done inside and I always have a pile of books, but I really miss the sunshine and going hiking at one of our neighborhood parks. I know it isn't the weather, it is your clothing, but when it is cold and rainy I just want to stay inside and relax. 

Today I wanted to share a new fine art texture set I made, named after one of my mother's best friends. This set is a gorgeous painterly texture and looks so nice on floral and still life images. I included three colors, but feel free to change the color to match your image. 


I love this edit!


And this is a slightly different technique, but I think it is so beautiful and winterly.





I added the image above my texture and put the image in Overlay blending mode. Then I added a Hue Saturation layer underneath it (over the texture) and reduced the color of that texture by using a Saturation of -35. Love this one!!!



Original Images: (Yellow Flower, Blue Flower, Pink Flower, Flowers in Snow).


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Friday, February 7

CoffeeShop "Rosy Deux" Digital Paper Set!


Just in time for Valentine's Day, here is a set of six 12x12 inch scrapbooking/digital papers. These can be used in all of your designs or alone as simple papers and they come with free personal AND commercial terms of use. Just don't sell them "as-is", keep them free!


I used this texture set and some roses from the Graphics Fairy premium site to design these papers.

Check out my other recent rose paper set and all of my Valentine's Day designs.



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Wednesday, February 5

CoffeeShop "Rossetti" Fine Art Texture Set!


I am so excited to share my newest fine art texture/paper pack today! This one was named after the poet Christina Rossetti because of the victorian letter ephemera I used on it from The Graphics Fairy premium site


These textures are gorgeous used on portraits or still life images. You can also use them as digital paper on your own designs. I generally put the blending mode in soft light or overlay. You can also invert the B&W texture or add colors to really enhance your own image and make stunning art! I posted a tutorial below to inspire you.

In the example below I added this texture in overlay blending mode on simple digital paper to age it. This is part of a paper pack I am releasing this week. Isn't it pretty?


These floral edits would be beautiful framed or used on greeting cards. You can download a high resolution version of the one I created in the tutorial below.



Original Images (red flower, pink flower, white flower)


CoffeeShop Tutorial: Adding the Rossetti Texture




This edit was so easy! I added the Rossetti 2 B&W texture in overlay blending mode and then inverted the texture so that the text would be dark rather than white. To invert a texture, click to select it and then Ctrl(Cmd)-I.

Then I added two Color Fill layers on top. The first was a dark navy (Hex 0a0f46) in Exclusion blending mode and the second was an ivory (Hex fadcb9) in Soft Light. 

I love how it turned out, and if you want to download the one I made in this tutorial click on the image below. Download the texture set toward the bottom of this post. I hope you have fun playing and I would love to see your own edits using this set on my Facebook page!




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Thursday, January 30

CoffeeShop "Sweet Rose" Digital Design Scrapbooking Set!



I had some time to design a pretty new vintage rose-inspired scrapbooking set for you! This was timely since this set is perfect for Valentine's Day. 

We usually don't do much on Valentine's Day, but this year I plan on having a steak candlelight dinner and making this gorgeous Blackberry Cheesecake. The kids are invited but they must be on their best behavior. They are growing up fast so I might as well cherish these last few years where they are content to spend Valentine's Day with their parents. Content? Actually they are thrilled because they love cheesecake and steaks. Like my dog Piper, they are very food-motivated. And Paul is fine with having the kids around for Valentine's Day since we usually have our date night dinner a few days before or after that holiday to miss the crowds.

The roses in this set are from The Graphics Fairy, my favorite vintage site. I am a part-time instructor over there and post tutorials on digital design and product photography. If you love vintage designs then you should definitely check them out. 

This set contains three gorgeous papers, and 8 coordinating design elements that are high resolution. Use these any way you want personally or commercially, no attribution necessary. Just don't sell them "as is" as I want them to stay free.


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