Friday, September 28, 2012

How to Create a Watermark Brush in PSE

It's always great to learn new things, right?  I mean I know we aren't all in school anymore but still, it's always good to learn a new thing once a day!  That's what I've always been told anyway.  So today I'll show you how to make a Watermark brush in PSE.  Super simple and super easy!

btw, I use PSE 8 but I've played around on 10 and I know it isn't a whole lot different, obviously 10 has more features but anyway, you get the picture :)

Ok first off you'll start by opening PSE up and going to New--> Blank File

It's always better to have a huge canvas then to have too small of a canvas to work with, so I opened a 2000x2000 pixel canvas.  Make sure you select Transparent at the bottom too.

Now on the left, select your Text box, make sure your text is a dark color (I went with black) just so you can see what you're typing.  Type your information, I typed Life's a Beach obviously :) and then play around with your fonts.  I have fonts from Kevin & Amanda and Dafont also has great free fonts.

Once you have selected your font and typed your information, you'll have something that looks like this.  Now you'll want to click on your cropping tool, make sure it is set to No Restraint (up toward the top) and crop in real close to your text.  Then click the green check mark.

Now you'll end up with what is just behind this big white menu box :).  Once you have your area selected & cropped you'll go to Edit --> Define Brush.

It will give you the option to save it as a name.  Save it as something you'll remember.  Mine is Life's a Beach, how easy, right :).

Now you're set.  Open up a photo that you want to watermark.  After you're finished editing click on the brush tool.  Scroll to the bottom to find your brush, click on the brush and you're set.

I generally set mine to 50% opacity so it isn't over bearing however sometimes you have to bump up or down the opacity.

Change your color to white, or whatever color you'd like your watermark, for some reason in this picture mine is showing black but it stamped white... Don't ask :).  I must have changed something and wasn't paying attention when I did my screen shots :).

And there you have it... your watermark.  Always there at your beck and call and you don't have to type your blog or name or whatever every time.  Super cool, right?

Happy Friday!

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

I found the Culprit

So after my run on Monday my ankles were awful!

Yes, I got new shoes and I was afraid that was the problem...

However, along with hubby's new shoes, he got new socks.  Look at this...

You see the lip there, it hits right where those sores are rubbed...

and if I put my shoes on, the back sits right there too...

So, the socks rubbed against my heel with the help of my shoes, therefore, I have rubbed raw spots on both heels thanks to hubby's socks :)

I think I'll stick to my socks from here on out!

Come on heels..... heal!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

10 Things to Smile About - September

Ok so technically I'm a day late in linking up, but it's all good, I hope, right?   I'm linking up with EmmyMom on her 10 Things to Smile About

1.  I've spent TWO amazing years married to this wonderful man.  We've been together for 4 years and married for 2 years as of September 4th.

2.  Tbug participated in her first horse show and did EXCELLENT!  You'd have thought she's been showing for years.

3.  We taught Tbug how to play Rummy and she loves it just as much as we do.

4.  I was introduced to one of these and my life has been forever changed.

5.  I had a moment to look back and see that my life may not be quite the direction I had planned but at the same time it's following the exact path it's supposed to.

6.  We celebrated my Mother-in-law's birthday on Sept 5th.

7.  Unfortunately we lost Squirty which isn't anything to be happy about but with the knowledge of Squirty, we were able to save Mini Me and my sweet {step}daughter tried to give my dad roughly $2 in change to help save Mini Me.  It allowed us to see the sweetest side of Tbug I have ever seen.

8. We got to see the PBR Live in Springfield with my parents & Tbug.

9.  I got to give Doti a Salt (or was the pepper) shaker for her collection, even though I accidentally broke the mate.

10. Then, even though I hate running, hubby has agreed to plug away with me to do the C25K program!!

What has made you smile this month??

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Wish me luck, I've lost my mind!

It's Official, I've clearly lost my mind!

Ok... let me re-start this... For over a year I've watched people talking about doing the C25K program.  I've listened to people who have trained, run, etc.  And I'm not going to lie, I kind of wanted to do it.

I talked to hubby and I wasn't real sure he was game.  So I'd talk to him more about it, again, not sure he was game.  He didn't mind walking at night, but that wasn't getting me any closer to being able to say I too had run a 5K.  I don't have any idea why I wanted to say I had run one, but that's sure enough what I wanted to do.

Then one day out of the blue last week he said, let's do the C25K program.

Really?  What?  Are you out of your mind?  Ok :).

We decided to start last Tuesday night.  We got a training app and went to town.

First day down!  Woohooooooo.

Then the unthinkable happen, dun dun dun, the flu hit my household.  yuck!  So yesterday morning, after recovering all weekend from the flu we started back on day 1.  Hey, the first day one was just practice :).

Sorry about the quality of the photo... it was 6:45amish and the sun hadn't even woken up yet.

Since my tennis shoes (tenny runners) were kind of getting old and hubby wears his most days to work so we didn't want to wear his work shoes out, we went shoe shopping.

New shoes are always an added bonus, right?

Sad to say I have war wounds, but hey, no pain, no gain right?

So please tell me it gets easier!  Oh, and that these stupid battle wounds go away :)

And just for good measure

Oh and get this... my Photoframe Chalkboard was featured here... Check it out!!

Linking up with IA & SS

Tomato, Basil, Cheddar Soup

Oh Yum.  That's what we sad Saturday night. 

So we started going through the list of ingredients to see what we had...
everything but Greek Yogurt.

No problem... we decided to substitute in Cream Cheese... So here's the recipe I used.  And holy cow was this awesome!

Tomato, Basil, and Cheddar Soup
Makes 6 servings
  • 2 28-oz. cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup basil, chopped, loosely packed
  • 2 tsp of oregano
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions:  Over medium heat, add the olive oil to a large pot. Add the chopped onion and allow to cook until tender, about three to four minutes. Add in chopped garlic and cook for an additional two minutes. Pour in the two cans of tomatoes (juice and all) and the vegetable stock. Stir in the basil, oregano, sugar, and salt and pepper. Place the lid back onto the pot and allow to simmer ten minutes. At the end, stir in the Greek yogurt and cheddar cheese until well blended. Use either an immersion blender or food processor to puree the soup if you prefer a smooth texture. Garnish with chopped basil and grated cheddar cheese if desired.

Shared here: Food Friday

Monday, September 24, 2012

Just Call Me Four Eyes

Hi ya, Did you know I wear glasses?  Yup, just call me four eyes, well that's when I wear my eyeglasses.  I've been in prescription glasses since I was in 2nd grade.  I think that made me about 7 years old when I got them.

I was pretty rough on eyeglasses back then, although I think the worst incident with my glasses was at the end of second grade when I flew out of the swing, broke my arm and my glasses all in my "graceful" landing.  I wouldn't recommend trying this.  Learn from my mistake.

I always hated going to the eye doctor and trying on new glasses frames, trying to pick out the best glasses, yet still staying in the budget my parents had set.

Had we had the opportunity to look at eyeglasses online back in the day (listen to me refer to the 90's as back in the day), I probably could have had the cool eyeglasses that all the cool kids were wearing.

I was contacted by to check out their website to look at all the different eyeglasses available.  Now, How cool is it that they have an option to try them before you buy them.

I thought it would be fun to "Try before you buy".  What do you think?
Eyes of Faith

First Lady

Kim Red

Yoshi Ayaka

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The PBR in Springfield

A week ago Saturday the family loaded up and headed to Springfield to watch the PBR.  Yes, I'm a bit behind... things happen and at least I'm sharing these fabulous photos with you, right?  I only had 1,208 photos to weed through :).

Burnt Toast from Branson, MO was the opening act
Flint Rasmussen is the head PBR Entertainer
Then they had opening ceremonies.
They lit the arena on fire, there were fireworks and they introduced the riders.
And then the Top 5 bullriders were introduced.
Your Bullfighters
You know, those guys who keep the riders safe!

It looks like the bull is frolicking :)

Doesn't it look like he's holding the bulls head?
And not every dismount is graceful, unfortunately.
I swear this bull looks like a statue.
He was invited to dance up there with Flint if he rode for 8 seconds...
what do you think happened?

This gal lost about 86lbs (give or take, I can't quite remember) just so she'd win the fan of the night award so she could wear her belt buckle.

This was such a fabulous night.  I love watching on TV, but nothing beats live!  Now I'm ready to head to Las Vegas to watch the PBR finals!  Hey dad, are you ready?!?!  Hubby and I sure are ;)


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