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Tuesday
Jul152014

Texture Tuesday - Signs of Summer

 

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Welcome to another Texture Tuesday

Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art my friends!

This weeks theme - Free & Easy.

The Ongoing theme for summer.....

free & easy.

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

“Texture

 

 

Hello lovelies. Happy TT.

Today's Cherry Recipe

Lightroom

Toned...then applied my Dark Mood preset with a slight bump in saturation (Be Still students this preset is available for download in the Week 6 lesson). 

Into Photoshop

I added a layer of waterfront 7 at softlight 78% opacity... In the top image I masked the texture off everything but the cherries. I love how the texture brought out the detail in the cherries.

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Lightroom Presets

I've had several emails and comments asking if my LR presets are for sale. At this time my presets are only available through my classes and through the occassional download here on my site.

  

 

Registration for the August session of Lightroom Begin closes on Wednesday.

Click here to register.

LR- Begin focuses on the Lightroom catalog/library. 

Click HERE for more details..... It's completely FREE.

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Pinterest Only Textures - I just added 2 new textures to my Pin-it Only page. Check it out HERE


Happy TT....

with gratitude.....

xo,

  

Congrats to Donna Milburn. Donna is the lucky winner of a Social Print Studio Gift Certificate. Enjoy..... xo
  

 

 

 

Friday
Jul112014

Friday Finds - More Peonies and a Print Studio Give Away

 

 

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

Let's celebrate what we have found, discovered..... uncovered...this past week.

If you are new to this space.... 
Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

Please say hello....share your finds below.... 

What is Friday Finds ?.... You ask....

Friday Finds is a place to gather and share your finds with fellow creatives....

So many find possibilities.....unique treasures...... special moments..... life lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....
Endless.....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your find...link up to Friday Finds  (grab the button or share the link).....then pop over here to link up.

Simply put..... you are invited to post a fabulous find of any kind..... 

My wish for Friday Finds.....that we stop .... pause.....simply.... cherish life's simple pleasures......

Share the Friday Finds Button

Kim Klassen dot Com

 

 

My Friday Finds  

The peonies John planted 2 summers ago are blooming..... First the dark pink..... sooo many pink peonies........and now the white..... Definitely need to plant some soft pink ..... hmmm....maybe next year.....

Anyhow, as long as they are blooming I will be taking picture of them....No apologies.....

I do believe they are my most favourite flower..... I will not look back and say 'shoulda, coulda'.... taken more pictures.

I'm not sure I always loved peonies.... funny how our tastes change and evolve...over time..... 

In other news....my 4 x 4 prints from Social Print Studio arrived this week...... Oh my.... I'm just so PLEASED with them. 

I even picked up a few 4 x 4 frames today.... Can't wait to hang them..... But,  they will be just as fab... hung by little washi tape..... here and there..... around the house and studio.

I highly recommend this company.... and good news.... they ship internationally!! 

Tell me... have you printed your art lately? 

 

 

Give Away

I wanna share the Print Studio love.....Today, I'm giving away a $20 gift card to one lucky commentor.... 

To enter, simply post a comment. Double your chances by linking up your Friday Finds.

Winner will be announced Sunday evening.

 

Here's to a peace-filled weekend.....

 

Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 

xo,

  

 

 

 

Tuesday
Jul082014

{Texture Tuesday} Peonies - The Moody eDition

 

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Welcome to another Texture Tuesday

Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art my friends!

This weeks theme - Free & Easy.

The Ongoing theme for summer.....

free & easy.

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

“Texture

 

 

Hello lovelies. Happy TT.

Today's Peony Recipe

In Camera

Image captured with the Nikon d4 using the Sigma 50mm ART lens

ISO 200, Exposure 1/250 at f/6.3 Manual Mode with spot Metering.

Lightroom

Toned...then I applied my Dark Mood preset with a boost in saturation (Be Still students this preset is available for download in the Week 6 lesson). 

Into Photoshop

I added a layer of kk_0405 at multiply 73% opacity. I masked the texture off the linen. I added a hue/saturation adjustment layer and clipped it to the texture layer. I lowered the saturation to -47. (Clipping the adjustment to the texture applies the hue/sat settings to the texture layer only)

In case you missed the 0405 texture, it was part of the May set. click HERE to download it.

 

 

The first session of LR Begin is underway. 

I've opened registration for a repeat round to run in August.  Register here.

LR- Begin is all about Lightroom's catalog/library. The class is broken into easy to follow steps...

Click HERE for more details..... It's completely FREE.

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Happy TT....

with gratitude.....

xo,

  

 

 

Thursday
Jul032014

Friday Finds - One more Rescued Peony

 

 

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

Let's celebrate what we have found, discovered..... uncovered...this past week.

If you are new to this space.... 
Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

Please say hello....share your finds below.... 

What is Friday Finds ?.... You ask....

Friday Finds is a place to gather and share your finds with fellow creatives....

So many find possibilities.....unique treasures...... special moments..... life lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....
Endless.....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your find...link up to Friday Finds  (grab the button or share the link).....then pop over here to link up.

Simply put..... you are invited to post a fabulous find of any kind..... 

My wish for Friday Finds.....that we stop .... pause.....simply.... cherish life's simple pleasures......

Share the Friday Finds Button

Kim Klassen dot Com

 

 

My Friday Finds  

Hello lovelies... How are you?

I was brushing my teeth before bed when it hit me! Friday Finds.... it completely slipped my mind....Oops.

So this will be short and sweet....

A rescued pink peony from the empty house down the street.... a tea cup from the china set I selected when I was twelve years old..... Silver Ermine by Wedgewood....Funny how things come around.... It wasn't til I was almost 40 that I discovered my love of all things white and light....maybe it was there... all along... Hmmm...

Today was day 17 of my 21 day challenge!! It's been amazing......definitely won't quit after 21.... But, I will take a break from my daily Juice posting on IG...... 

Okay.... gotta get to bed....I will pop back and post my blueberry juice recipe for this when I get up.... Purple smoothie to match my purple paper straws.... It too was delic.....

Happy Friday...... I hope your week has been just right.

Cheers.... my friends...

 

Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 

xo,

  

 

 

  

 

 

Tuesday
Jul012014

Texture Tuesday - Pink Peony Love

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Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday

Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art my friends!

This weeks theme - Free & Easy.

Simply share a favourite  image processed with any of my textures....centred around the theme nature.

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 24th

free & easy.

In fact for the month of June...let's make every TT a Free & Easy.... Keeping it Simple....

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

 

“Texture

 

 

Hello lovelies. Happy TT.

Quick post today... Hope this finds you well.

Today's Pink Peony Recipe

In Camera

Image captured with the Nikon d800 using the 24/70 f/2.8 lens. 

ISO 400, Exposure 1/500 at f/3.2 Manual Mode with Matrix Metering.

Lightroom

Cropped to 4 x 5. Next an auto-tone. Then applied my Dark Mood preset with a light boost in saturation (Be Still students this preset is available for download in the Week 6 lesson). The Be Still students are making some serious magic with this preset!! sooo good.

Into Photoshop

I added a layer of Waterfront 18 (the perfect tones for this image) at soft light 100% opacity. I masked the texture off the peony and leaves at about 50%.

Click HERE to download a sample of Waterfront 18. (in case you missed it previously).

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For those of you who are part of the Creative Cloud program, you may have noticed Mini-Bridge is no longer available in the latest version of Photoshop. (Photoshop CC 2014). 

I came up with a work around, that might be helpful. 

Click HERE to view my LR/PS Channel.

 

LR Begin starts today. If you signed up, check your email for the class info. This first session is full. 

But, I've opened registration for a repeat round to run in August.  Find out more here.

LR- Begin is all about Lightroom's catalog/library. The class is broken into easy to follow steps.... I will share my simple catalog/library workflow....

Click HERE for more details.....and to register for Round 2... It's completely FREE.

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Happy TT.... and Happy Canada Day too.... Sweet friends.....Link away....

with gratitude.....forever...always....

xo,

  

 

 

Friday
Jun272014

Friday Finds - Printstagram Love

 

Welcome to Friday Finds..... 

Let's celebrate what we have found, discovered..... uncovered...this past week.

If you are new to this space.... 
Welcome..... so glad you are here.... 

Please say hello....share your finds below.... 

What is Friday Finds ?.... You ask....

Friday Finds is a place to gather and share your finds with fellow creatives....

So many find possibilities.....unique treasures...... special moments..... life lessons......little things.....big things too...... nature's beauty..... heart shaped stones, a special cup.....a pretty flower....wise words....
Endless.....

To play along... post your find on flickr or your blog... share the story behind your find...link up to Friday Finds  (grab the button or share the link).....then pop over here to link up.

Simply put..... you are invited to post a fabulous find of any kind..... 

My wish for Friday Finds.....that we stop .... pause.....simply.... cherish life's simple pleasures......

Share the Friday Finds Button

Kim Klassen dot Com

 

 

My Friday Finds  

Hello lovelies... How are you?

I finally ordered some prints.... from Printstagram!! Oh my gosh... I'm so pleased with them. I ordered the contact cards to start with....Super fast service! 

Seriosly LOVE them...so much that....
yesterday I ordered the 4 x 4 squares.... I can't wait for them to arrive!

Today's photos feature a scattering of my contact cards....2-sided.....so you can include your contact info on the back... or a special graphic.... quote.....message.... 

So many possiblities.

Of course, I ordered several Benny prints. 

To order, you simple connect to your IG account and check the prints you want to order!! You can also upload photos from your computer if you prefer.

Quick and easy.....



The stock is just the right weight..... with the perfect matte/satin balance!!

I  tucked some in my purse....and in my camera bags.... Just so pleased!!

Highly recommend! Thank you Prinstagram!

Juicing Update

 

My 21 Day Juice Challenge is going fab..... Today is day 12.....I feel good.... they taste great.... and I'm having fun photographing them....

I've also lost a couple of pounds.... total bonus.....

I've been posting the different recipes on IG if you are interested...... I will definitely keep going after the 21 days... 

There's been several people joining in.... and the recipe and photo sharing has been so much fun!!

Wanna join the challenge? The more the merrier.... If you are on Instagram, please post your juice each day with the hashtag #21dayjuicechallenge

 

I've had some questions.... Just to be clear... This is not a juice fast... Simply a juice a day, plus healthy meals. I use the vitamix, which we love.... But I think any blender will work just fine.....

I've also been pinning juice recipes... if you are interested pop over here.

Happy Friday...... I hope your week has been FAB.

Cheers.... my friends...

 

Love & Gratitude.... ♡ 

xo,

  

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Jun242014

Texture Tuesday - Gratitude

 

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Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday

Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art my friends!

This weeks theme - Free & Easy.

Simply share a favourite  image processed with any of my textures....centred around the theme nature.

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 24th

free & easy.

In fact for the month of June...let's make every TT a Free & Easy.... Keeping it Simple....

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

 

“Texture

 

Find out more about my sweet new creamer HERE. xo

Hello lovelies. Happy TT.

I have so much to tell you....yet it's impossible to put into words....right now.

The truth.... the past few months have been very difficult (and I'm not talking about the cancer).... A family journey.....It's been extra challenging for some time now.

I've had to work at..... not pulling into myself... My first reaction....when my heart is hurting......step back, put up a wall.......retreat.

Rather than giving up....I will continue showing up.....

But, I'm allowing myself to sit with the quiet...dream pretty pictures.... set up stills........praying for strength to keep believing.....everything is going to be okay.

One thing I know for sure... the Be Still practice is so very close to my heart!! My oh my.....

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But enough on that sweet friends....It's time to share a little light....... after several dark and difficult days....a gift in the mail from my Insta-friend, Deborah.....what a blessing.

'sigh'....

Here's a little video of the unwrapping.... Thank you again sweet friend.... sending you much love.

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Today's Peony Recipe

In Camera

Taken with my Nikon d800 and the Sigma 50mm 1.4 ART lens.

Shot in Manual. Camera Settings: F/2.5, Shutter Speed 1/800, ISO 640

Lightroom

Cropped to 4 x 5. Next an auto-tone. Then a boost in clarity (+21). I reduced the saturation to -40 and boosted the vibrance to +12.

Next a tone curve for a bit of a hazy finish.....

Down to split toning: highlights to 68 and 8 and the shadows to 309 and 13. Balance - 0.

I always enable lens correction on import.... So that's applied right from the start.

Into Photoshop

I added a layer of Waterfront 7 at soft light 100% opacity. I applied a gaussian blur filter (set to 3.1) to soften the texture. Then I masked the texture off the peony and leaves at about 50%.

The final touch... words by John F Kennedy.

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LR eCourse News - Round 1 is Full....

Round 2 Registration is Open.

 

LR- Begin is all about Lightroom's catalog/library. The class is broken into easy to follow steps.... I will share my simple catalog/library workflow....

Click HERE for more details.....and to register for Round 2... It's completely FREE.

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Happy TT.... Sweet friends.....Link away....

with gratitude.....forever...always....

xo,

  

 

p.s. I've had several emails about Be Still.... Is it too late to register?

I would say.... no..... come on over and join us..... xo