Musings, a Link and a New Freebie Parts

Good Monday, folks!  How’s the weather where you are?  Here, in sunny Florida, we have been having RAIN!  Lots of dark, heavy clouds, the low rumbling of far off, then, nearby thunder, with intermittent thundershowers – the kind of day where you still need the lights on.  Great napping weather!  I know!  I have been test-driving it!  LOL

Today is the first day of school for the children.  I surprised myself with tears as I watched our youngest, my granddaughter, go out the door for her very first day of ‘big’ school.  With her big brother, a fifth-grader, encouraging her, her steps to the truck to go became less and less sure as she started out.  For days now she has been so excited!  Her new outfit sat on the ready for a week now.  Her cousins even did her hair yesterday in preparation for her big debut.  This morning, with her over-sized backpack and her new look, all the excitement culminated into a definate hesitation about mid-driveway.  Suddenly, she wasn’t as sure.  Big brother urged her on enough to get her in the truck and off they went.  Mom reported to me after dropping them off that she didn’t quite want Mommy to leave her.  She has been used to a day care, where both children have gone since birth.  In that closed, little world, she fit right in.  Now, she has a bigger world to fit into.  She has her brother to guide her, though, he has just this year to guard over her, as he goes on to a Middle School next year.  I’m not really worried about her.  This was just first-day nerves.  She is a pistol!  So, I wiped my tear and went and crawled back between the sheets and listened to the rain fall until I napped.

Key-Stroke Shortcut

I’d say, let’s learn another keystroke shortcut.  This one is uber-easy!  When you want to reset the foreground colours to black and white, which are default, click on “D”.  This will put black as foreground and white as background.  Need those colours reversed?  Click “X”.  That’s all there is to it!  There are no modifier keys for these.

Did You Know…? 

Now, you might wonder when you will ever need to use just black and white.  Masks require black and white.  When you place a mask on a layer, it does nothing since it is white.  All of the image it is attached to will be visible.  Once you apply a brushstroke of black to any spot on the mask, that part of the image will become transparent.  Poof!  Invisible!  It’s hidden!  If you erroneously ‘hide’ any part, all you have to do is hit “X”, to switch white back to foreground, and brush over the spot.  Your image will become visible again!  This is where black and white, and the “X” key, come in.  I do most of my ‘erasing’ with a mask in this manner.  I do this when ‘isolating’ an element from an image.  Once I have everything ‘erased’ that I want, then, I can apply the mask.

Here is an image I whipped up that shows the layer with the mask and a brushed circle on the mask.  Note how the space under the black is invisible?  That is what masks do!

I’ve been putting together a list of places you might find enjoyable, but, will post that later this week.  I do want to tell you about one, though.  A Vegas Girl at Heart is a blog where the author relates stories of her family and her life with pictures and amusing anecdotes.  Melissa puts her spin on nice, little goodies, as well.  I like her style!  I found some cute ‘Washi Tape’ pieces recently.  She had been hinting of something really big.  BIG, BIG!   In her most recent ‘Friday Freebie’ she revealed the big surprise – an entire collection of retro elements for Project Life.  While Project Life is not her baby, so to speak, she answered the need for a set of usable elements for keeping up your own project.  Melissa has put together cards of several types, an alpha and even brushes for anyone to document their lives.  Seeing all of her goodies makes me want to participate in PL!  Maybe, one day.  Her offerings are labeled ‘Retro Project Life Kit’ and can find it here.  She has arranged everything by category for downloading – NINE, in all, I believe.  Then, she has other fine components you may purchase from her Etsy shop.  Go check it out.  What I like about this kit is the ‘retro’ look.  The style reminds me of my youth when ‘modern’ was creepy-looking.  LOL  I didn’t ever care much for those clean lines and minimal styles.  To me, it looked cold and un-home-y.  In retro-spect, I love it.  I just didn’t like it when it was new!  So, go!  See what I write about!

Finally, today Miss Edna and I have two more parts for you from our August freebie, “Vintage Garden”.  Last week we gave out the QP’s.  This week and next we give you the papers and elements for you to design your own layouts.  I gots to tell ya, this was fun!  I went way above and beyond our usual target size.  Though the downloads are around 40-50mbs each, they unpack to right at 100mbs each!  I don’t think you will mind.  But, if anyone has any problems with downloading these sizes, let me know and I will accommodate you.

Below are my previews.  The first one, the ‘elements’, will link you to Part 3 and the ‘papers’ preview will link you to Part 4.  I still separate everything by papers and elements in the preview, but, each part has an assortment of each.  Then, below that, you’ll see Miss Edna’s preview.  Click on it, if you haven’t been to her blog yet, and go collect her parts.

Part 3

Part 4

Miss Edna

There ya go!  Until next week,

Smile!

Hugs,

Su

New Freebie – “Vintage Garden” – 2 QP’s

Greetings from my little slice of the web.  There are some wicked spammers that come with WP!  At first I was really flattered that the comments said all this nice stuff about my writing and the info I offered.  But, after about three of these, I got it.  Boo!  Hiss!  LOL  For that reason, and that one alone, I have to approve all comments.  I appreciate your understanding!

Speaking of spam, has anyone else noticed how far down hill MediaFire has become?  Geez!  Whenever I download anything from another person’s files, I get tons of pop-ups, even with my Blocker.  Then, the other day, I got a warning message that several files of mine were in violation of copyright code.  Poppycock!  The files they mention have been suspended.  I responded to them that I needed to know which images, in particular, they were claiming, since the files were multi-image files.  I haven’t heard anything more.  Come to find out, I am not the only one who got a warning like that.  Hmmm…  What form of pleasure can anyone possibly gain from claiming a violation and suspending my files?  I dunno, but, I am in the process of moving all my files and switching the links, as well.  There are other sites that don’t cause so much guff!

Mondays are often so difficult.  This one brings what feels like a cold coming on.  My head feels rotten!  Maybe it is!  LOL  My neck is killing me!  The glands are swollen.  So, I am just gonna post the first two(2) parts, the QP’s, with a promise to come back this week with the features.

It just occurred to me that, with everything else, I don’t know how to host the files myself.  LOL  I have the FTP, or whatever it is, FileZilla.  I just need to go at it.  Until then, though, I am hosting them at Minus.

Click on my preview to go to Minus to download.  Then, if you have not visited her blog, yet, click on Miss Edna’s preview to go to her blog for her two parts.

Parts 1 and 2

Miss Edna’s Preview(Blog)

Aren’t her QP’s beautiful!?  What can I say – I adore flowers!  LOL

Until next time…

Smile Pretty!  Somebody loves you!

Hugs,

Su

Final Parts “Summer Fun” Freebie

  I’m having one of those days, ya’ll, so, I am just going to post the freebie for you.

Here are the last parts for the monthly freebie, “Summer Fun”.  Click on the first preview, the elements, for Part 5 and the second preview, the papers, for Part 6.  Then, if you haven’t been to Miss Edna’s Place for her parts, click on her preview to go to her blog.

Part 5

Part 6

Miss Edna’s Place

I promise I will return real soon!  Until then,

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Hugs,

Su

Two New Parts Posted Now for “Summer Fun” Freebie!

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Your patience will, hopefully, be rewarded!  I got my motherboard replaced by this wonderful friend, my PC guy, DirtyBegger.  He practically dropped what he was doing AND even allowed me to partial-pay for the repairs until ‘pay day’.  LOL  He is so good to me.  DB, I sure appreciate it!

DirtyBegger, for your information, has just started his own web-hosting service, well, with a fellow web dude.  They offer some extremely reasonable packages and are uber-dedicated to their work.  Their site is where I am moving to, as soon as all the mini-crisis’ lighten up!  LOL   If you are in the market for a plan, take a look at what they offer. I believe you will see they are quite comparable.  With two dudes’ heads, full of knowledge, I think they are going to be an asset to the web-design community!  The website is

HostingBonanza.com

After you click the above link to go there, at the bottom of the page, on the right side, there is a box that tells you whether they are online or not.  One of them usually is!  That is wonderful, I think!  You don’t have to jump through hoops to ask questions or comment, no waiting for someone to get back with you in most instances.  Someone is ready and available if you present them with any issues, should they arise.  It’s like walking up to a ‘window’ and having someone there to help you!  I like that!

(Disclaimer:  I received no compensation for this comment.  I have that much faith in these guys.)

I’m not going to bother ya’ll with any drivel today.  I have found some really great links for ya’ll!  But, I kinda pulled an all-nighter to get this kit out, so, they can wait.  Once I get some snooze-time, I will return and I’ll be more  sociable.  LOL

You all know the routine.  Miss Edna, she is such a doll.  She and I have been creating these kits since, at least, January 2011.  I know it is longer – the Fall of 2010(?), perhaps – I  just didn’t want to spend a bunch of time looking for dates.  LOL  We’ve been delayed before due to me and she is always so sweet about it, waiting patiently to post her parts with mine so that we continue in the same fashion, or, as close to a routine as possible.  I know she understands, as do you folks.  Some situations are just not within our control!  It is a really super feeling to know that she is so understanding!  Bless you, Edna!  I luvs ya!

Here are my two previews.  Click on the ‘elements’ for Part 3 and the ‘papers’ for part 4.  Each of the two files will contain an assortment of the elements and papers, though.  I know you folks have already been to Miss Edna’s.  But, just in case, her preview(s) are just beneath mine.  Click on them and it will take you to her blog for her two parts.

Part 3

Part 4

Miss Edna’s Previews/Blog Link

What follows is a little rant about the pc fiasco.  LOL  You don’t have to read on unless you just want to.

That little fiasco last week, with the lightening striking so close to my house, was just an inconvenient pile of crap!  LOL  It just took time.  Waiting for the Provider’s service call took a day, ordering the part, then, three or four days for shipping, and, finally, the actual repairs, another day.  Also, it takes time to set back up, getting everything up and running again.  It wasn’t a rebuild, so, the programs didn’t have to be re-installed.  However, the majority of them required a renewal of the ‘authorization’, so, that took time.  Photoshop, naturally, had to be re-authorized.   They are suspicious, little boogars!  I was only using a copy before.  Now, I own CS6 outright – thanks to my pc guy, DirtyBegger.  Still, even with everything back up and running, there are ‘things’ happening that are weird.  LOL  I’ve had some strange messages/alerts pop up.  (Things have been rather sluggish, too.  Shhhhh!  It might hear!)  I had some programs show up that I had forgotten completely.  In a way, it’s kind of like a surprise!  You never know what to expect!  LOL  It’s all good, though.  Crap happened, everything was fried, it got fixed or replaced and, wallah, I am back in ‘business’, a little worse for wear.  We always manage, eh?  Think about it.  We always have what we need, when we need it.  It may not be just what we wanted or even when we wanted it.  But, I can guarantee you, we have always gotten what we ‘need’.  That thought really comforts me.  To say I am ‘blessed’ after the past few months’ events, would seem foolish, if not for the fact that, hey, I survived!  I am alive, relatively healthy and in good spirits.  Who could ask for anything more?  LOL

Real quick, if any of you are members at PSD Tuts website, http://psd.tutsplus.com/, make sure you get over there and download as much of their Premium content as you can stuff on your hard drive.  They were hacked about a month ago, with members’ log-in/ password info being the target.  Members’ personal info was breached, so, it really angered and shook the community.  This site practically preaches internet safety.  A lot of long-time members left and/or, at least, gave them hell!  Though they took immediate steps to stop the breach and safeguard further invasion, the damage was done.  Anyone whose log-in info was in any way similar to that of their PayPal’s info, were especially urged to take preventative measures.  The admin involved claimed their responsibility and, as a consolation, ALL existing members, whether active or not, will be allowed free access until early September.  It is for approximately two months.  If you have ever registered at PSD Tuts, get on over there and start downloading!  You don’t have to do anything except log in.  Be warned, too, that, when you go to log in, you will automatically have to reset your password.  They ‘cancelled’ all previous log-in info for obvious reasons.  Your account is still there, it just needs to be updated.  When you try to log-in, you’ll see what to do.  It took all of 2 minutes – if that!

Folks, I am getting ga-ga from lack of sleep.  I so wanted to get this kit ready!  And, now, it is.  I am happy.  I sure hope you all are happy, too!

Until the next time….

So, put on your best smiles, ya’ll!

Hugs,

Su

New Freebie: “Summer Fun”

Ah, a glorious morning here in sunny Florida!  There is something about mornings.  The birds are singing a chorus to welcome in the new day.  Dew is slowly dissipating from the grass, as the sun slowly rises.  In a few hours, old ‘Sol’ will be glaring down upon us as it bakes the earth beneath our feet.  But, up til then, everything feels so fresh and new.  Yeah!  Right!  About the only thing new about the day is getting to sleep in.  LOL  On weekends, the children are early risers, so, there is no lazing around beneath the sheets.  But, come Monday, when everyone returns to school or work, it’s quiet and peaceful.  I love this time!  I stayed in bed a mite too long this morning.  ‘Cause, now it is after noon. Sorry about that.

Things are still in the works for my website.  I know.  I know.  Anyone else would have theirs up and running by now.  The dude who handles all my PC stuff is working on it.  Some years back he was certified in Microsoft.  Obviously, things have changed.  So, he is in school now.   He and a classmate are getting this web-business up and running.  They only really lack experience.  So, I am not in any hurry just so it gives my friend time to go through and figure things out, set them up, whatever.  I figure my site is as good a place as any for him to play around with.  I know he will do me right.  He is good about that.  So, all I can tell you is that later this week he is coming over to get me tuned in and all that jazz.  Perhaps, by weeks end, the new site will be up.

As it’s late, I will go ahead and give you the new freebie and save my gab for another day. This month’s theme is “Summer Fun”.  I think the soft, pastel colors will appeal to many.  Today, Miss Edna and I give you the QP’s.  Then, for the next two Mondays, we will give you the kit parts for you to create your own layouts.  You end up with a total of twelve(12) parts between Miss Edna’s parts and mine.  So, without further adieu, here are Parts 1 and 2, together.  Click on the preview to go to Minus to download.  Then, if you haven’t been to Miss Edna’s Place yet, click on her preview to go to her blog for her two parts.

Parts 1 and 2

Miss Edna’s Place

And, that will do it!  I hope you enjoy!

Until next time,

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Hugs!

Su