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Recreating the Lomo Effect with Paint Shop Pro

Lomo Edges with PSP, originally uploaded by AnnaleeBlysse. I was wandering around looking at Hipstamatic photos taken with iPhones on flickr and saw someone ask ... can we do it with Paint Shop Pro?

A lot of elements that create the Lomo effect are easy to reproduce with you break it down and start playing around with layers.

Add the darkened corners of the "Lomo" effect by adding a solid black raster layer (I chose to set to slight transparent). Then use the selection tool with a circle with the feather attribute set to about 100 or even 200 and select a circle in the middle ... then delete most of the dark layer. You don't have to be exact with chosing the center of your image because being a little off-center will add to the retro feel rather than detract.

The end result will be something like ...

If you want a more vintage or retro feel to the colors in your image add another layer with a navy blue color (I used #000040) that has the blend mode set to exclusion.

The e…

Finger Painting Crafts Idea

Finger Painting Crafts Idea, originally uploaded by AnnaleeBlysse. My sister and I went out to garage sales last weekend and I found this cute craft idea to make keepsakes of your kid's handprints. It looks to be as simple as dipping a kid's hand in mixed up paint and letting them create a handprint against white paper. Frame it and you've got a keepsake.

The Banana

The Banana, originally uploaded by AnnaleeBlysse. One of my 3-year-old nephews left their banana on the post for the truck's mirror. Their mother didn't catch it for a day or two. I got to giggling at the thought of people next to her at stop lights wondering what the heck she was doing driving around with a banana on the truck. Even more amazing than that is the realization that this banana survived 65 mph speeds on I80 and never blew away.


Roses, originally uploaded by Shertila Tony. ROSES

I know a roadside where the wild rose blooms with a strange
abundance. There is a beauty in the blossoms too of an almost
exotic kind, a taint of deeper pink that shocks the Puritan flowers.
Two hundred generations ago (generations, I mean, of roses) this
was a village street; there was a floral decadence when they left their
simple life and the roses came from the wilderness to clamber round
houses of men.

Of all the memories of that little village, of all the cottages that stood
there, of all the men and women whose homes they were, nothing
remains but a more beautiful blush on the faces of the roses.

I hope that when London is clean passed away and the defeated fields
come back again, like an exiled people returning after a war, they may
find some beautiful thing to remind them of it all; because we have loved a little that swart old city.

~ Lord Dunsnay, Fifty-One Tales

(I got to looking for Lord Dunsnay thanks to…

Do You Have a Flag?

Do You Have a Flag?, originally uploaded by lesandsunnie. I finally found a reason I would want to buy an iPhone ... playing around with Hipstamatic.

Probably can use it with iPad? Or iPod Touch? Anyone stopping by use the app with non-camera products and then just save the pictures?

Happy Memorial Day all.

Nefertiti Globes

Nefertiti Globes, originally uploaded by Brooklyn Museum. In my old novel Starlit Destiny the heroine travels across the galaxy to the known center of the Universe ... and buys a snowglobe. I was amused when I found this wonderful picture of Nefertiti "snow" globes. Though ... what snow would have to do with Luxor, Egypt is somewhat a mystery ... they're still awesome!

White Polka Dots on Aqua

White Polka Dots on Aqua, originally uploaded by AnnaleeBlysse. Aqua with white polka dotted patter on a 1024x768 sized desktop background ... free wallpaper.
A second free wallpaper...

White Polka Dots on Aqua Hard Shell iPad Case by annaleeblysse

Robby Gordon goes big.

Robby Gordon goes big., originally uploaded by bobbychuck24. An amazing image of a car "going big" on the Imperial Sand Dunes. The car looks awfully close to the spectators. I'd be a little scared to watch. LOL.

Photograhy Business Card

All business cards are 40% off at Zazzle this Memorial Day weekend with the coupon code MEMORIALSALE. Here you'll find a great template business card for photographers that doubles as a coupon offer itself. It is an attractive, yet simple business card design with a black background. Photographers and artists can easily replace this image with your work. On the back there is room for contact information as well as a coupon offer to encourage interested passersby that stop by your booth at a trade show or arts & crafts bazaar to become new customers in the future.

Photography Business Card by annaleeblysse
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Slice of Earth Glowing Clouds Print from

Posters are on sale at Zazzle for Memorial Day Weekend (50% off prints with the coupon code MEMORIALSALE), and so I went shopping and bought this poster for my wall. Very pretty don't you think? I don't know the artist on Zazzle ... but the colors and futuristic style artwork match me.

Slice of Earth glowing clouds by flyingdisc
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Slice of Earth glowing clouds Print from

Fleur de Lis Mug from

Fleur de Lis by silhouette_emporium
More Solid Mugs

Fleur de Lis Mug from

Gold Fleur de Lys ... A Fleur de Lis in one of the colors of Mardi Gras.

Travel/Commuter Mug ~ Be in style when you’re on the go with our stainless steel travel/commuter mug. This spill-proof commuter mug has a removable plastic top and looks good adorned with your favorite picture or text. Hand wash only. Imported.

Vassily Kandinsky, Bild mit rotem Fleck

Vassily Kandinsky, Bild mit rotem Fleck, originally uploaded by f_snarfel. Kandinsky and the Revolution of Modern Art

By Angela Dawson-Field

Modern Art has led the way to a far deeper and diverse exploration of Art, and Art is, and always has been, a reflection of ourselves, and our culture. Ultimately, it is, who we are. In this way, when choosing Canvas Art for our home, we instinctively want the Artwork, we choose to reflect this. Modern Art fulfils this desire, for many people. Why is this? It has a lot to do with the fact Art incorporates so many aspects of our development, as individuals, and as a society generally. Whichever style of Modern Art appeals to you, one thing remains certain. It will add style and chic to any modern home.

Modern Canvas Art adds that all important finishing touch to any newly decorated room. It can also enhance your existing decor, by adding something new and exciting to your surroundings. Modern Canvas Wall Art can turn a tedious wall into a vivacious…

How to Use the First Person Pronoun in Your Writing

How to Use the First Person Pronoun in Your Writing

By Jane Sumerset

We’ve always seen a lot of writings that are referred to first person pronoun writing. Most people do it for personal reason and others just want to share something for the public. but the hardest part of it is that a lot of us are not that knowledgeable on how to write the first person pronoun properly.

What’s the story behind it? Why do a lot of people like to write it that way? Why not the other way around like the opposite one? For some reason, writers have different purposes on how to make their contents look great and pleasing in the yes of their readers.

For beginners, it not that easy to write it that way. It requires a lot of learning and applications in order to master that kind of writing. However, if you seem like it is not enough to write your topic down effectively and efficiently. Then why not follow some techniques or tips on how to write well especially in writing first person pronoun.

You can see ho…

Are you wearing a towel today?

Towel Day 2010, originally uploaded by Towel Day 2010 ~ May 25th

Towel Day 2010

"Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe proudly carry a towel in his honour." (

Celebrate via Flickr as well by tagging your images towelday...

Purple Parrot Postcard from

Lovely purple digital art creation featuring a vintage image of a parrot. The design is on my other products as well.

Purple Parrot by purplestuff
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Purple Parrot Postcard from

Ladies Spaghetti Top (Fitted) ~ You’ll look and feel a bit sexy in our curve hugging spaghetti strap tank top. Made by Bella from 100% super-soft, ring spun cotton, it is side-seamed and has bound-on self-trim on the neckline and straps. NOTE: Sizes run extremely small. Order 1 to 2 sizes larger than normal.

Purple Parrot by purplestuff
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