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{Texture Tuesday} - Waterfront Give Away 

quote by Kobi Yamada - textured with Waterfront 1

Dear friends,

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

I've decided to continue the Free & Easy TT theme for a while longer...... Still keeping it simple.

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


Remember the Waterfront Collection? that I was hoping to release last Friday.....Ugh.....

Like I mentioned, it's complete.... I'm afraid there's been a slight delay on the release..... But it will happen..... 'smile'.....

Keep reading for a chance to be the first to receive the new collection.....


In the meantime.....How 'bout 2 New Freebies?

Texture Lovin' Listers.... watch your email later today for the download link.

Not on the list? Simply sign up here....and start receiving freebies right away.


Give Away

The give away I originally had planned......will have to wait for another day.... I ran out of light to photograph the mystery item..... I haven't forgotten.... It's just so lovely......

In the meantime..... like I said... the Waterfront Collection is complete.... but the shoppe page isn't quite ready..... 

So how 'bout a chance to be the first owner of the new Collection? To enter.... please leave a comment below.... and Double your chances by linking up a TT image.

I will announce the winner on Thursday..... 

Good luck!!

Latest on John

Just a quick little update....  

My desk is set up in the bedroom... about 3 feet away from John's sleepy head.... So I best call it a night.....

John's struggling with nasty nausea and a lack of appetite.. side effects from the transplant.... But he's taking one day at a time..... We go back and forth to the hospital every other day..... Some days he's there for most of the day....other days it's shorter.... 

He's hanging in there..... dreaming of better days ahead..... 

As always... thank you for your sweet notes of encouragement.... We are so grateful.


Let's get this TT started.....

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



{Texture Tuesday} Texture News & A Give Away


the loveliest cookbook.... textured with waterfront8

Dear friends,

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

I've decided to continue the Free & Easy TT theme for a while longer...... Still keeping it simple.

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


Today, I'm excited to reveal the entire Waterfront Collection......It's finally complete.

I'm aiming to have it the Shoppe by Friday. More details soon....

Check it out..... The Waterfront Collection


The collection contains -  30 SUPER high-res textures - 7360 x 4912px

Each; a mix of photos I've been shooting around the Waterfront District.... blended with my own painted canvas collection.....

As mentioned they will be for sale in the Shoppe.... soon.


In the meantime.... how 'bout two new textures to try.....

Texture Lovin' Listers.... watch your email later today for the download link.

Not on the list? Simply sign up here....and start receiving freebies right away.


The Latest on John

John was doing quite well.... Saturday he was given an overnight pass.... He was so happy to be back here at the apartment.....much more relaxing.... But, I'm afraid he had a GI (gastro-intestinal) setback early Sunday morning... So for now....he's back in the hospital on hydration.... til they figure out what's up.........

So frustrating.....  

I know we are getting closer to the 'end'...... But, some's really hard to see the light in front of us.... 

Deep breaths......One day at a time.


Let's get this TT started.....

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


Oh dear..... I almost forgot.... The Give Away....

Nothing like a little give away to lift the spirits.....  I'd love to send a copy of this beautiful cookbook, What Katie Ate..... (so full of inspiration and delicious goodness) to one lucky commenter..... To enter, simply say hello in the comments below. I will announce the winner on Friday.... 



An eCourse Give Away

Hello my friends.....

How are you? I'm popping in quick.....with a give away.....this morning.... 

My new class, Start to Finish begins tomorrow! I've been meaning to give away a spot for weeks now.....
Here I am.....

To win a space in the Start to Finish class.....

Please leave a comment below..... I will post the winner at the bottom of this posting and via the email list.... tomorrow afternoon..... 

If you are already registered, please feel free to enter as well..... I'd be happy to credit you back.


Here's to a beautiful week....



Desperately Seeking Creative Connection


Hello, how are you?

I hope well. I'm still fighting the blahs.... pulling inward.... the weather isn't helping... Snow on April 30th...for my birthday? Seriously.....?? I know...I know... it's only a little bad weather...I have much to be thankful for... Yes indeed....


Two things I know for sure....

I'm desperate for sunshine....and creative connection...... A little face to face chat....  There's nothing like connection to get a person back on track. Quite honestly my real-life creative friends are few and far between around here. I had no idea how important connection was ... until I attended Camp Shutter Sisters in 2011. It was like a whole new world opened up many women... just like me..... I had no idea!! And since then, I've longed for more. A few trips a year is no longer cutting it.

I've been working on my Birthday list (45 wishes)... one of the things on my list is build creative friendships right here at home. I'm positive there's gotta be other creatives feeling the need to connect as well.

But in the meantime.....I thought there may be someone else out there feeling the same way. We are so lucky these days to be able to connect through our screens.

Would you be interested in a little skype chat with yours truly? If so, please leave a comment below. I'm not sure how many may be interested...but I would love to talk with a few of you..... one on one.... via skype.

Let me know if you are interested by leaving a comment below......

Also I have a new course in mind.... a Lightroom creative pro-cessing class.... start to finish edits.....sharing ideas behind the image set-up and my editing choices.... a no-rules approach.... just following the creative heart/eye....What do you think? a possibility? Interested? I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

Oh dear, before I go... I almost forgot... the winner of the Cloth & Paper Collection is the lovely Kim Stevens. Drop me a note my friend and I will hook you up.

Okay friends.... looking forward to finding my way back here....

If you are interested in a creative connect skype conversation... leave me a comment below.

I'd also love to hear your thoughts on my LR editing class ideas as well.... Do tell!

Always.... a truly grateful heart.




{Texture Tuesday} Wise Words eDition & a Give Away

textured with several layers from the cloth and paper collection......


Hello friends,

Welcome to TT.... The Wise-Words eDition.

This week's TT challenge details are...

Your photo must contain words... either in the photo or added in post..... and as always one layer of any of my textures..... that's it, that's all....

To share, simply add your link below using the inlinkz gadget down at the bottom of today's post.   

It's time we had an official IG hashtag. If you are interested in sharing your TT photos via IG feel free to use the hashtag, #kktexturetuesday.

Before we start linking up, let's talk next weeks TT Theme.

Tuesday, May 7th theme is POP....

What does this mean?

Your photo must POP and contain at least one layer of any of my textures....

I will leave the pop details up to you....whatever comes to mind..... :)

Sound good? 


Give Away

How 'bout a little give away?.....  a chance to win the Cloth & Paper Texture Collection.

To enter, simply leave a comment (note: the comment link is now uptop) below with a wish...any wish for your day, your week, your month or your year? :)

Your thoughts always inspire me.....I will announce the winner.... here in a few day...



Okie doke, let's get this week's TT started.

New to Texture Tuesday? 

To share your photo in the link up you must first post the image on your blog, flickr or a photo sharing site. Once you upload your image you can then add the direct url of the photo to the link up below.

To access the direct url, click on the photo in your flickr stream or the title of your blog post that you uploaded your photo to, then copy the url from the top of your browser address bar by highlighting it, then using the keyboard shortcut command c (mac) control c (pc). Pop back to the link up and click on the blue inlinkz icon at the bottom of the posting. Place your cursor in the image address box and add the copied url using the keyboard shortcut command v (mac) or control v (pc). Complete the rest of the form, then hit next step. Next choose the thumbnail photo you wish to appear in the link up, hit select. You will then have the option to tweet or facebook your link up. Feel free to skip this step if you like. And that's it. Scroll to the link up and your link should be there in just a few moments.

Please note, the TT link up will remain open until Saturday, May 4th...  plenty of time to link up.






Inside-Outside, 2 New Textures & a Few Updates


How are you? Happy Easter my friends. 

I picked up the sweetest pink tulips the other day at the grocery. I haven't had the best luck with tulips lately.... but these are keepers.... really perky.... they seem to have a lovely helter scelter way about them. 

This is a triptych of my world inside.... hopeful...spring like...and light filled....

I went for a walk with Ben... the sun was shining bright yesterday......snow was really was a treat. So I decided to take my camera on our evening walk... the light the previous few evenings along the river had been amazing..... But gosh darn it...the sun took a hike....and here's what we found. 

Quite the contrast.... from up top..... don't you think? :)

Ben's okay with it though... The deer our thick... coming out to find food... he never catches up to them (wonder what he'd do if he did)... But he loves chasing after them..... 

Here he is...looking out on 'his world'. 

So tell me... what's your world looking like these days? I know we aren't the only ones waiting for green grass. :)

On another note.... I put together the BEST of my 2012 textures...ones I shared here at the Café, in Beyond Layers and a few of my other classes.... 90 textures in all.

If you are interested in filling your texture stash...check it out .... TK members get them free... along with lots of other textures and tutorials...

Also, my crash class, Texturize starts soon.... a Test Kitchen member exclusive.... details HERE.

And last, but not least.... Picture Pro-cess starts on Tuesday. There's still time to dive in.... 2 separate for Elements 11 and one for CS6. 


Oh and if you are an earlier version elements or cs users.... The Essentials eCourse is now self-paced, on sale.... and access is available for one full year.

Finally... how 'bout a few textures to play with?

Click HERE to download the 3003 set.

Let's end with a give away.... Shall we? 2 offerings.

One - 8 week spot in Picture Pro-cess.

One - 4 month membership at the Test Kitchen.

To enter.... share your favourite  thing about spring....  it's always good to celebrate our blessings.

For me... Spring is a miracle..... It amazes me...the green grass, trees coming to life... tulips, daffodils....always such a gift after our winters.

I will announce the winners here on Tuesday.

I'm off for now.... John's in the kitchen making gluten-free pumpkin pancakes..... I can smell the spice up here...

Have a wonderful weekend.... 




Installing Additional Fonts on your Phone Tutorial (Phonto)

Give Away Winners Announced & a Kinfolk Give Away 

looked what arrived in the mail.... Kinfolk Volume Seven.... Yes

Hello lovelies.... How are you? I hope well.

I'm popping in as promised to announce the give away winners from Sunday's posting.... I also have another iPhone/SmartPhone tutorial.

Have you tried the app Phonto? It's awesome..... It's packed full of fabulous fonts you can use to add text to your photos on your device. I LOVE it. There's a ton of fonts already in the app, but like most font-attics.... I can never have too many at my fingertips.....

So I put together a quick little tutorial..... walking you through a quick & painless way to install fonts from you computer onto your phone or device.

Phonto gives you the instruction for installing fonts using iTunes... But I have another way to share with you.... using dropbox or a cloud storage system. Check out the tutorial for a little Phonto tut and the step by step instructions for adding fonts to your Phonto app.

Sidenote: you will need to know where your fonts are located on your system. This varies from PC to Mac....but a quick google will get you there.... Also be sure to copy not move the fonts to your dropbox folder.

Okie doke.... check out the video below for more details.


textured with desert from the cloth & paper collection

Let's move onto the give away winners.

The winner of a spot in my upcoming Photoshop/Elements class, Picture Pro-cess is: Karla

Karla wrote:


The winner of the Cloth & Paper Collection is: Karin 

Karin wrote:

Please drop me a line ladies and I will get you hooked up.

Thanks so much for all the fabulous apps and fonts you shared below Sunday's posting.... Wow... so many to explore.

And as you can see ... the latest issue of Kinfolk has released. Woo hoo. It's lovely. 

How 'bout a chance to win a copy?

To enter simply leave a comment below.... anything goes...

I will announce the winner in a few days. 



So much gratitude.... Until next time....