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Texture Tuesday - Free & Easy eDition


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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, May 5th.


I Can just see all the cup thumbnails streaming in.

Happy sigh....... 


another wabi-sabi themed print.....

Today's Image  

Okay...should I mention this... or just move on.... Another faded rose....a tea rose this time.... Oh my gosh...I can't help myself.

'smiling here'.....

I'm so in love with faded roses that I went and bought an assortment of colors just to dry..... for future photos... a series has been born.... Must get my portfolio updated one of these days.....


A quick post.... we were scheduled for appointments in Winnipeg this week.... but John ended up in the ER Monday morning. He has a small intestine infection....Thankfully it's treatable with antibiotics... Poor guy has been through the ringer and back.... so many times....

Thank you for your continued love and prayers for John...and our family. We are truly grateful.....

Today's Uptop Recipe 

Processed in LR.

First I did a quick auto tone. It was slightly underexposed (oops)....but thanks to the magic of's all good.....

After the auto-tone I boosted the clarity..... then I lowered the vibrance to tone down the yellow in my bench. Finally, I added a tone curve to lighten the overall photo just a little.... 

Then into photoshop....

In photoshop I added Waterfront 7.... (a recent go-to).... at overlay (rarely use this blend mode, but it worked well) at 53% opacity.

I added my favourtie 2 words ....... BE STILL.... and that they that.

One more... (same recipe minus the yellow bench).....

Start to Finish students, I will be sharing the complete start to finish video for today's TT images in class today.


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

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



One more photo... from my IG stream. Ben and his labradoodle cousin Sophie 'hunting' squirrels on our walk.... Makes me smile....


Be Still - fifty-two registration is still open at the early bird price. Pop over here for details.




Texture Tuesday - Colour eDition


Dear friends,

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

This weeks theme - Colour

Next TT theme ....Tuesday, March 25th


Whatever your interpretation may be.... simply share a textured image that says 'quiet' to you.....

Please KNOW everyone is welcome.... new to textures... just starting... don't be shy.... you are amongst friends......

  Oh... before I forget... the from above submissions last week were AMAZING.... 

How are you, my friends? I hope well......

A quick post today..... 

A final shoot with last weeks tulips.... farewell lovely ladies.....


Quick Recipe

Processed in LR using my preset... kk_TrueGrit...then into PS.

I did a little spot healing/cloning on the dropcloth in Photoshop.

I used one layer of Waterfront 4 and one layer of Waterfront 10... both at soft light at 56% opacity.... slightly masked off the table in the second image.....

Finally I added the quote.... and that was that.....


p.s. S2F students more on today's photos in an upcoming class.....


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

with gratitude.....




Texture Tuesday - Strong & Gentle... 

Next week's TT Theme Announcement 

Dear friends,

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

This weeks theme - Free & Easy.....

Next Tuesdays theme honor of February.... is

LOVE....  simply love.....


Hello February... 

Here we are... one month into 2014....already.....  Oh my..... I definitely have some catching up to do...... 


How are you dear friends? I hope well..... 

Oh my.....It's almost 10pm... I had the greatest of intentions for today.... 'sigh'....

The truth is....this re-entry thing is TOUGH stuff...... much harder than I imagined. But rather than beat myself up... I'm going to hold tight to these words.....One day at a time.

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

Beautiful.... don't you think?

Today's Recipe

Main edits in Lightroom then into photoshop to add 2 layers of the latest TK texture hsh. One layer at multiply 20% and another at soft light 100%.

New Textures - A Simple Pair

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Click here for the details.

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


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

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



Day 1 of the 12 Days of Textures

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Welcome to Day 1 of the '12 days of Textures'. I'm super excited about this!! 

I have more than textures to share with you over the next few weeks.

I will be posting part 2 of 'my story'.... I have some new offerings to tell you about....and I thought I'd share a little Christmas tour of our home.... I'm almost done decorating.....  woo hoo!

Let's ease into it all..... and start simply with our Day 1 texture ~ Lilly.....

I used 'lilly' on my image above.... Here's the easy-peasy recipe. Lilly did all the work on this one. 

  • Layer 1 - Image (white balance and exposure edited in lightroom)
  • Layer 2 - Lilly at soft light 100%
  • Layer 3 - Blank layer at soft light blend mode. Painted black using a soft round brush at 80% opacity to faux burn the left side of the image. 
  • Layer 4 - Black and white adjustment layer at soft light 45% opacity.
  • Layer 5 - Final curves adjustment to darken the inside of the image.
  • Layer 6 - Added the quote.

Okay I'm going to leave you here....

Feel free to use the 'inlinkz gadget below' to share your '12 days of textured photos' only throughout this series, . Please link back to the series. The gadget will remain open until December 25th.

You are welcome to right click and copy the 12 day banner above if you wish or grab the button code at the bottom of this post.

Basic texture party rules apply....  :) Your image must contain one of the textures from the 12 day's series.

Click HERE to download 'Lilly'.

I will be back again tomorrow with your Day 2 texture and some holiday decorating photos.


New to the Café and Textures? Wanna build your texture stash, check out the 2011 Texture Collection.

Get the saving's details HERE.


Share a 12 day button on your site if you like. 

Kim Klassen Café



{Texture Tuesday} The Red eDition

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We're back with another Texture Tuesday!

This week we are celebrating RED!

Here are this week's TT challenge details.

  • You image must contain red.
  • Your image must be processed with at least one layer of any of my textures.

I love old red barns.... So here you have my Red submission.

I processed this image with RadLab. I then added one layer of the latest freebie, 'and then some'.... I have to say....I'm loving this texture. I set the blend mode to multiply and lowered the opacity to about 78%.

Before we get to linking up.... let's talk the next TT theme.

Please note: I will be away next Tuesday at Camp Shutter Sisters. So our next TT will be on Tuesday, October 25th.  

Tuesday, October 25th's TT Challenge Details:

Let's keep it simple.... How 'bout a 'Free & Easy x's 2' eDition?

Simply share your latest image, processed with any 2 of my textures.

New to Texture Tuesdays? Here's the short and sweet TT rules.

  • please link directly to your post, not just to your blog or flickr stream.
  • please link back to the Café. You can grab the TT button HERE, if you wish.
  • please visit the other TT participants and leave them some comment love. Remember it's a party.... and what's a linky party without lots of comment love? Right! 

Want more details? Click HERE for the full scoop!

Let's get this party started!!

Shall we? 



Registration for the Art of Texture - Secrets Revealed class is open. Click HERE to get the details.

Registration for the next round of The Essentials is also open. Get the details HERE.



{Weekend Texture} a Fab Freebie & a Few Updates

Happiest Saturday,

How was your week? I can't believe I didn't get back here until today.

It's been so crazy around here..... The countdown to Camp Shutter Sisters has begun! Next weekend I will be in California! I seriously can't believe it! I'm beyond excited.

I will not be here next weekend with your freebie texture.... But I will make up for it, when I get home. :) I promise.

In the meantime, I'm mad over today's little number! It's HOT off the press, or should I say paint board.

I'm thinking endless possiblities..... and I can not wait to see what you all do with it. Seriously, wait til you see this in full size....  

Texture Lovin' Listers, the download link will be zapped out in just a few. If you are not on the list, click HERE to sign up, and start receiving freebies RIGHT AWAY.

Before I sign off, just a few tidbits on the latest happenings.

eCourse Updates

Art of Texture - The Secrets Revealed begins on October 26th. I'm so excited about it! I have lots of new content ready to share.... and I really believe it will set your creativity on fire. Click HERE to get the details.

The Essentials - Registration is open. You can get all the details HERE. Don't miss out on the early bird registration savings.

Texture Tuesday 

We are celebrating all things Red this upcoming Tuesday. Please feel free to join us. Get all the details HERE.


That's it for me. I must say goodbye.

But before I go... Happiest Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Canadian friends. I hope your weekend is full of lots of love...and endless gratitude..... 


p.s. if you happen to try today's freebie, 'and then some'.... please share a link in the comments section so I can check it out!! 


Why Not Wednesday - A Fab New Freebie Texture to Try


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Hello my friends,

'Why not Wednesday?'
I recently read this on facebook. I'm so outta the loop. I had never heard it before. 'smile'....
Anyhow, let's just say, their idea of 'Why not Wednesday?' was much different than mine. 

I could not wait to share my latest texture with you all! This one is HOT off the press. I just finished it up before dinner. Anyhow, I thought...what the heck....'Why not Wednesday?'

So with that said...allow me to introduce 'The Ladder'. 

You would not believe the layers of paint, paper, ink, mediums, stamps, tape..... that went into making this little number.

happy 'sigh'....

I listened to Andrew Belle as I was working away, building layers... Andrew's album is called 'The Ladder'.... So that's how the name came about. 

I textured the pretty cows above with it.  

But I think this would be fab on a still-life. I can't wait to grab a little more time to really put it to the test!

I used 2 layers of 'the ladder'. One at soft light 100%. I then added another layer and pulled the edges out. I changed the blend mode to multiply and masked off the texture, leaving it only on the sky....for a painterly effect.

Before I sign off....

  • Time is running out to save on The Art of Texture - Secrets Revealed eCourse. Click HERE to get the scoop!
  • Registration for the FREE Skinny-Mini eCourse is still open. It will close on Friday morning. So if you are interested, be sure to pop over and check it out

Texture Lovin' listers, your download link will go out shortly.

Not on the list? Click HERE to sign up.

Texture listers:

Please be sure to check your junk/spam folder for my emails. If you do not receive the link, it's certainly not intentional. It's a completely automated system.

Here's what I suggest. First, check your junk/spam folder for the email. If it's not there, try to register again. If you are already registered, and did not receive the message, it's more than likely that your isp is blocking the list mail. If that's the case, you may want to consider registering a different email address.  

Okey doke... Happy 'Why Not Wednesday'....


p.s. I'm linking up to the i-Studio. Jamie is hosting a linky party, where you share your art, inspired by a song. :) Come on over and check it out....and have a listen to the latest 'soundtrack'.