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Tuesday
Aug192014

Texture Tuesday - Be Still My Heart Hydrangeas

 

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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.

The Ongoing theme for summer.....

free & easy.

New to Texture Tuesdays? Click HERE for a few more TT details. New to link-ups, click HERE to view my link-up tutorial.

Share the NEW Texture Tuesday Button in your TT posting.

 

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Same Photo.....2 different presets

Happy TT.

Oh my... I just got off the loveliest connect with the Be Still group!! So good to chat with such an amazing group....of genuine creatives..... 

Thank you all so much! My oh my.....I needed that.

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I'm afraid my post is going to be short and sweet.... and I will definitely be back here with more photos of these beautiful hydrangeas I found at Safeway!! Oh my gosh... sooo pretty......

They came in 3's....but because my day was cut short.... I only had time for a few quick photos....and for some reason...it seems a single flower is almost always right...

I thought I'd share a few different process versions... using presets that are part of my 31 Days class....Honestly... I love all 3 looks...... But you can't go too wrong with hydrangeas....  so much to love.

With that said... the thing I may love most about this photo ..... the way the letters on the linen peek through the glass bottle.....  

'happy sigh'.......

Today's Uptop Recipe

Toned and cropped in LR.... then I applied my new preset, Lightly 2. (part of the 31 days class content)

Next Photoshop for a touch of texture.....One layer of achieve at soft light, 100% opacity.... then a hue/sat adjustment layer, clipped to the texture to remove a little yellow.... and that was that....

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Today's freebie texture..... flow

 

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Happy TT....

with gratitude.....

xo,

  

  

 

 

Tuesday
Jun102014

Texture Tuesday - Lilac 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....

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 17th

free & easy.

In fact for the month of June...maybe July too....let's make every TT a Free & Easy Tuesday.... 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.

 

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I'm so thrilled to see the lilacs...everywhere....... not to mention their heavenly scent... so Lovely.

I spent a few hours on the front porch styling different lilac scenes today... I took a ton of photos in a variety of settings...
For today... 2 of my favs.....

I'm kinda in love with the top one...... You know how every now and then 'the one' comes along.... Well... this was that.... for me.... I said a few woo-hoos.... as I found may way to it.... in Lightroom. 

I love every bit of the process... imagining a scene, hunting for the perfect drops and props.... pulling them together... click, click, click.... moving, shifting.....both my body and subject.... next into LR... Often times... back for another round...click, click... click...... then back to LR... and so it goes...

All so wondrous...Happy sigh...... 

My uptop image recipe

Auto-toned in LR.  Boosted the clarity (+30). Then dropped the saturation to -24 and the vibrance to -11.

From there I applied a a matte/hazy finish using the tone curve.... next down to split-toning were I added a hint of pink (very slight) to the highlights and a touch of lavender to the shadows.

Into Photoshop

I added a layer of waterfront 1 at soft light 54% opacity and masked about 50% off the lilacs. 

For my quote image I used pretty much the same LR recipe with a layer of Waterfront 4 (instead) at soft light 44% opacity.

Click HERE to check out the Waterfront Collection

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That's it for me..... Be sure to watch your email.... I will be opending my FREE Lightroom Catalogue class registration very soon..... 

I've had a lot of interest in Be Still - 52 ....this past few days... It's not too late to sign up... Pop over HERE for all the details. 

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

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

xo,

 

  

 

 

Tuesday
Apr152014

Texture Tuesday - Perfectly Imperfect eDition

and....one more Start to Finish spot opening.

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Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art!

This weeks theme - Perfectly Imperfect

Simply share a favourite image processed with any of my textures....

and whatever comes to mind when you think of 'perfectly imperfect'

Read on for a little more on 'perfectly imperfect'.....

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, April 22nd.

SIMPLE

I can't wait to see what you share.

Today's Image 

Have you heard of Wabi Sabi?

 
I know some of you have.... in fact a few lovelies mentioned it in the comments below last week's for the love of posting.

I stumbled on Wabi-Sabi a few months back.....bopping around pinterest....This lead me down a never ending road of wabi-sabi inspiration.

Wabi-Sabi encompasses everything I/many of us LOVE.... in decor....accessories.....life.....  it's perfectly imperfect..... and Oh my.... how I LOVE everything about it.....

So.....What is wabi-sabi?

According to wikipedia

Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.'

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetryasperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

'sigh'.....

Found HERE on pinterest....

Wabi-sabi is the marriage of the Japanese wabi, meaning humble, and sabi, which connotes beauty in the natural progression of time. Together, the phrase invites us to set aside our pursuit of perfection and learn to appreciate the simple, unaffected beauty of things as they are. To create a true wabi-sabi environment, one must slowly strip away excess and learn to be satisfied living in the moment.

OH YES.... indeed..... Wabi-Sabi suits me so.....

Found here.

Wabi Sabi is the Japanese philosophy that looks at beauty as something imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. It is more than just how something looks, it is also how it makes you feel... It is often asymmetric or irregular and has a simple and modest honesty to it.

Tell me.... does the concept of wabi-sabi speak to you too?

This lovely dried rose from my stash........seemed just right for today's 'perfectly imperfect' theme.

You may notice...it's similar to last week's TT image....this time... more light..... than dark... 


Today's Wabi-Sabi Recipe - Both Photos

Processed in LR.

I applied an auto tone, and added a little extra boost of contrast. 

I bumped up the clarity to +10 and reduced the saturation and vibrance each to -24. Using the adjusment brush I added a little extra clarity to the rose.... to bring out the lovely details.

I also added a hint of magenta... using the tone curve. 

then....Into Photoshop to add a touch of texture

a layer of Waterfront 18 at soft light blend mode, 78% opacity...masking it off the bottle and rose. Next, I added a curves adjustment layer to deepen the color in the rose...just a tad.

Finally the type.........That was that.... : )

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Here's a peek at waterfront 18.... 

p.s. That's what I love about textures too..... so 'perfectly imperfect'......

 

Texture Lovin' Listers the download link for Waterfront 18 and a special Waterfront 18 magic eDition.... is coming your way..... later today. Watch your email.

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A Free Lightroom Intro Class coming soon....along with other exciting news..... Can't wait.... 

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Class begins next week....leave a comment below for another chance to win.

S2F Promo Video

Happy TT.... Link away....

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

xo,

 

p.s. I'm behind on my inbox.... hoping to catch up over the next few days..... xo

 
Tuesday
Apr012014

Texture Tuesday - Hello April

mouse over to see the original image - edited in LR then into PS for a touch of texture

Dear friends,

Welcome to another Texture Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art!

This weeks theme - Free & Easy....

simply share a favourite image processed with any of my textures.

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, April 8th

for the love of ______? whatever comes to mind.....

I can't wait to see what you all share.

 

Happy April sweet friends.... Here's to a beautiful month.

Today's Recipe - Both Images

Processed in LR.

First I did a quick tone... then I applied kk_touchofpink. Wanna give it a try, click HERE to download it.

I did a little dodge and burning with the adjustment brush. I added a little extra clarity to the front tulip as well. I also touched up the tulip leaf with the spot removal brush (the top image).

Then into Photoshop to add some texture.

I applied a layer of kk_simple at soft light. I masked off the texture on the front tulip and on the leaves. Finally, I added a curves adjustment layer to pull the lights down in the shadowy areas.

That was that.... : )

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Two New Textures

The download link is coming your way. Not on the texture list? Click HERE to sign up.

Until then.....

Happy TT.... Link away....

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

xo,

 

Monday
Feb172014

Texture Tuesday - Simply Light

This Weeks Theme - Light...simply Light

mouse over to see the before lightroom and texture magic. texture used waterfront 29 

Dear friends,

Welcome to another Free & Easy Texture Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art!

This weeks theme - LIGHT

Next Tuesdays theme ....Feb 25th

still....  simply still....

 

Hello friends... 

Short and sweet.... it's a busy week for us. We are off to Winnipeg for Doctor's appointments..... Hoping all goes smooth as silk.... 

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My Light - Image Recipe

Processed in Lightroom...... accentuating the light and shadows.... Then into photoshop ..... I added a layer of waterfront 29 at multiply 34% opacity (masked from the table and subject.... Just enough to add a little something extra to the background)

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Texture Trio - Three New Freebies

Texture Lovin' Listers the download link is coming your way later today.

Not on the list? Want freebies? Click HERE to sign up.

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pssst....

did you hear the Photoshop Photography Program Special offer is back. Photoshop CC and LR5 for just $9.99/month.

Click here for the details.

Click here to read my thoughts on Lightroom and/or photoshop.

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

with gratitude.....and LOVE ..... always....and forever.

xo,

Tuesday
Dec242013

Texture Tuesday - Christmas Eve...eDition

mouse over to see the before image - textured with kk_1217music and stamped with one of my vine & line brushes

 

Dear friends,

Welcome to another Free & Easy Texture Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by....and sharing your beautiful textured art!

The ongoing theme - Free & Easy ...... 

I'm so grateful you all continue to pop by and link up your beautiful textured photos...... THANK YOU. 

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I'm sure TT will be a little quieter this week... but I wanted it to be here.... for those who had the time to join in.... 

Link away lovelies.....

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2013.....

I can't believe another year is almost over....It boggles my mind.

I love to share a year-end post ... hopefully that will happen soon.... So many things I want to say about this year....

'sigh'....

But for today...... a little of this and that.....

eCourse Savings

The special eLearning year-end savings will remain open all week..... 

For more info on the big Beyond Layers eCourse savings, pop over here. To save $19 off Round Trip or Pic Pro classes use the code save19 in the discount box.

Oh and Be sure to check out the Test Kitchen. Beyond Layers is now a part of the site offerings......

Last but not least....Did you see my new brush set? You can order it here. 2B members be sure to pop into the classroom, to download the set... It's free for all 2B students.

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Before I sign off.... one simple texture ..... 2312

 Texture Lovin' Listers...the download link will be coming your way.....later today. Watch your email.

An Update on John....

Sadly John is back in hospital... more troubles with his heart. We're praying he will be out for the holiday.....hard to say at this point.... It's disappointing... but we have been blessed in so many ways....so we will hold tight to that.

 

Until next time.... sending love and gratitude....and merriest Christmas wishes.....

xo, 

 

Wise Words....From the archives....

 

Let's get this TT started.... 

 

Saturday
Jul202013

New in the Test Kitchen

 

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TK Members, be sure to pop over and download the July Collection.....

....and while you are there...check out the latest start to finish edit video.....

xo,