Black Box Mask Set - Plus Bonus Gift


Black Box Mask Set: contains eleven large and assorted masks
"Layer Masks" to be applied using Photoshop and adjusting layer
modes and opacity to your liking
       
Plus Bonus Gift inside zipped file.





Example One -Original-Image
: Original Image "Leaves"

Example One:
1: I Opened my Original Image which becomes the "Background" Layer.

2: Now I Open "Black Box-Mask 2-medium" texture and drag it on top
of my background layer, this now becomes "Layer 1" now I set the
"Layer Mode" to "Screen" and the "Opacity" at 100%.

3: I make a duplicate of the "Background Layer" which becomes
"Background Copy" then drag it so it's the top layer, I set the
"Layer Mode to "Overlay" and the "Opacity" to 61 %.

4: That's it, I'm satisfied with my results, so I'm done.

Example-One

The End Results:


Example Two-Original-Image
: Original Image "Weeds"

Example two:


1: I Opened my Original Image which becomes the "Background" Layer.

2: Now I Open "Black Box-Mask 11" texture and drag it on top of my
background layer, this now becomes "Layer 1", I set the "Layer Mode"
to "Linear Dodge" and the "Opacity" at 73%.

3: That's it, I'm satisfied with my results, so I'm done.


Example-Two

The End Results:

Smaller Image of masks shown below:

BlackBox-Mask-1-soft-small


BlackBox-Mask-2-medium-small


BlackBox-Mask-3-hard-small


BlackBox-Mask-4-small


BlackBox-Mask-5-small


BlackBox-Mask-6-small


BlackBox-Mask-7-small


BlackBox-Mask-8-small


BlackBox-Mask-9-small


BlackBox-Mask-10-small


BlackBox-Mask-11-small


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MUMenTUM - Monday Mum Tum

Hi Everyone

Apologies that I did not open this Linky yesterday so that you could do it whatever time today you wanted.

I will get back to being organised I promise.

Anyway, I have finally started.

I am now having porridge for breakfast instead of toast (which always comes with Nutella or lately jam) and I am having proper saucepan cooked porridge, as I believe microwaves should be used as little as possible - if at all. I believe giving up bread will kickstart my progress.

I am giving up latte, and crisps, and alcohol and and and and, but the most important thing is I have begun. Today was my 2nd day in a row of a healthy home cooked meal by yours truly.

I have started :-)

Latte is history

My favourite bread has been "fired"

Porridge is now breakfast number 01

I hope to be able to report back next week with a few pounds off.  I feel like I need to make a pledge so that I won't let you all down.  I pledge to have lost 3 pounds (minimum) by this time next week.



Here is the linky (grab the code to put on the bottom of your post as that is what makes it a blog hop):

8 Cool Fonts

 
For those of you who are into collecting fonts as much as I am,
here’s eight various fonts of different styles that can be of some use,
all are free ………………read on.




Click On Colored Image To Go To Download

Base-05-Font


Beauergard-Font


Clive-Barker-Font


James-Han-Font


Packard-Antique-Font


Penhurst-Font


Via-A-Vis-Font


Zenda-Font

Thanks a millions ....
























 I'd like to personally thank you, my "Friends and Followers"
for your kind support and patience to put up with my intermittent
lapses in posting as of late.

Thanks to you, I've now surpassed "Two Million" page views,
and I owe it all to YOU.

I know, I know, with the good news I should be smiling from ear
to ear, actually I am, on the inside, seems I was not gifted with this
outward ability at birth and unfortunately there's no way to download
DNA updates .................pity!  LOL!


Thanks : )

Silent Sunday





Silent Sunday

My Mum Tum on Display

Hi

The ladies who participate in my weekly mum tum Mumentum Monday blog hop will know that I am a bit of a slacker and yet to get into the weight loss zone, despite having successfully done so in the past. But then it was 10 years ago this year that I lost 3 stone and maybe I don't have the same discipline.

Anyway, every girl needs an incentive and I would say this photo is a good one. It is one of hundreds of photos that were taken in Ireland - me and Aaron went for 16 days as all of my family are over there.

Anyway, this photo perfectly demonstrates my Mum Tum and even shows the c-section "ledge" or "shelf" at the bottom of it. THAT is what I hate. That gives me a certain degree of self-loathing.

Here's the pic:


As you can see, I have slim ankles, slim wrists, slim feet, even slim shoulders, but then it is like a balloon that someone's inflated certain parts of. Like I am wearing a body suit that does not belong to me.

I need to lose it..... I need to get motivated!!!

My gorgeous gorgeous Aaron.  This photo makes me want to sing:
BECAUSE YOU'RE GORGEOUS I'D DO ANYTHING FOR YOU........!


Liska xx

The Reason for The Riots?

Hi

I have had this post going round in my head for weeks and weeks, and I probably won't remember all my many and varied thoughts on the subject now.

What I know is, I did not like all the middle class hypothesizing I heard going on, in the immediate aftermath, and was very glad that I left the country, on 14th August, to go to Ireland for 16 days.

I have heard a lot more sense since I came back though.

Anyway, I believe there are so so so many reasons and they are all valid, but to varying degrees, plus different participants had different reasons.

For some it was just boredom, and copy cat, and being in the wrong crowd. For others it was their way of showing off, and taking action that would feel empowering whilst also having a reward - the loot.

However there are deeper reasons at play here, like an undercurrent, like a backdrop, and to me, a big part of it, is our loss of community.

My parent's generation saw the mother being at home, and people working locally. Adults were part of the community and people knew each other. That has a "policing" effect if you know someone might tell your Mum what you were up to. I ran in front of a car when I was little and my Mum already knew about it before I got home.

Now, Mum and Dad both work, and frequently, they commute to work, and don't work locally. The teenagers roam the streets and have a sense that the streets belong to them. Multi-national, global, uniform companies that make all highstreets look the same don't help with this phenomenon. No surprise that the stories that were the most endearing after the riots, were about the entrepreneurs who had lost businesses or premises. Those shops are the ones that pull at our heart strings and generate local loyalty, but too many of them are already gone.

It's not that long since I had my maternity leave (I went back to work in April), and I got to know my community. I shopped locally, got my hair & beauty done locally, and you know what, because I am part-time, I still do. And, yes, the adults have left town. It's mainly the elderly, Mums, and those out of work, that I bump into. But I have got to know the shop owners in my area, and I would rally round if anything happened to any of them, but (1) that feeling is on the decline (2) shops like that are on the decline, and (3) the multi-national "chain" shops, don't generate the same loyalty from people. No surprise that a lot of the shops that were looted were faceless branded shops selling the products that teenagers like to own anyway.

Our teenagers need us, and more importantly, they need role models. They don't care about our highstreets if we don't. They don't have a sense of loyalty to the community if we don't. They won't stay at home in the evening if we don't even know or acknowledge they're at home. We are chasing our "cat's" tails and the "mice" are playing. No surprise either that it was the Summer holidays when boredom was even more of an issue.

What will these teenagers be like as adults? Anyway they are signalling to us that something needs to be done. We can't carry on like this.

Too many things have changed in one generation:

- Mums working has increaed
- less people go to church
- teenagers get a sense of purpose and direction from gangs instead of from their family and/or their community
- the Police are held to ransom by the media and trying to do the right thing (or in this case the wrong thing)
- credit cards have encouraged a culture where the ownership of no item is off limits

I felt compelled to write about this subject even though I have been putting it off, and I thought Ireland would have put it out of my mind. It effected me deeply, as it was very much on my home turf: I went to Junior School in Tottenham, my in-laws live there, I went to secondary school in Wood Green, my Aunt lives there, and I live in Enfield.... so I am not some middle class yummy mummy writing this from an unaffected area, with my sociology textbook in my hand...

This post doesn't seem to have the depth that my thoughts have had the last few weeks, but maybe I am not in the writing "zone" - I haven't blogged in quite some time so I seem to have lost my muse!

Bye for now,
Liska (not like me to do a post without a photo)
xx

I'm going to miss you


I'm going to miss you, every single word you said and every smile you ever showed me, I'm going to miss them
I still wish that we didn't end up this way but we did and I feel bad about it, because I used to hope we would have a future together, but no, we don't.

I used to believe that what we had was special, so special that only you and I could feel it, that other people would never have it and that we would be together forever but I was wrong, we were wrong

We had a lot of  'first-times' together and I'm glad they were with you, but still it eats a little in my head, because I wanted you to be the only one for all time, live my life with you and one day die with you, but I can only say that it was a silly dream, my dreams never come true

I wish you happiness too and a wonderful life, and I'm sorry it had to end this way, I can tell you about the problems I had last week and why I didn't post or send a text back but it would make me sad to say all things that happen lately so I'm not going to tell them and just so you know, I started studying Chinese, so I'll stay far away from you

Everything we've been through, all things we've shared, the ring and the letter, the long nights and all the good and bad stories, the imaginations and dreams, I'll keep them and remember you always, I remember what you meant for me and what love can be when you are with the right person, you know that I'll miss you and that you will always have a special place in my heart, I hope it will be the same for you

But does it mean that it is the end, I don't know, life is a mystery and so was our story and even tough you gave me a cold goodbye I still want to end it with..

Adelitas Way - Alive

Maybe when the moon and sun rise up together, I can be happy again
And even tough that day is not close to today, I want you to know this:

What if I told you that I think you're perfect?
Beautiful sky in your eyes, it's so worth it.
I know you make me feel alive.

What if I told you that I'm in forever?
Nothing to hide, yeah, I'll go wherever you go.
You make me feel alive.

And I'll be hanging on every word you say to me.
Hanging on a feeling that I get,
'Cause you make me

Laugh a little louder,
Love a little harder.

And I feel alive when I'm with you.
Every time it's something new.
Never knew what love could feel like
Until I walked away the first time.

And I feel alive when I'm with you.
Deep inside, it's something true.
You're the only reason I fight,
You're the best thing in my life.

What if I told you that I'd never hurt you?
Always be there for you to hold on to.
I know you make me feel alive.

And every single second's a lifetime memory,
I'll be holding on to every second
'Cause you make me

Laugh a little louder,
Love a little harder.

And I feel alive when I'm with you.
Every time it's something new.
Never knew what love could feel like
Until I walked away the first time.

And I feel alive when I'm with you.
Deep inside, it's something true.
You're the only reason I fight,
You're the best thing in my life.

And I feel alive when I'm with you.
When I'm with you.

And I feel alive when I'm with you.
Every time it's something new.
Never knew what love could feel like
Until I walked away the first time.

And I feel alive when I'm with you.
Deep inside, it's something true.
You're the only reason I fight,
You were the best thing in my life.

Monday MUMenTUM - Weekly Blog Hop to Lose your Mum Tum

Hi All

Here I am again, posting the linky, for all you enthusiastic Mumentum followers.

I need to become a follower myself.

I need to BEGIN...


I haven't even downloaded my Slim Pod from Thinking Slimmer yet.

Anyway, over to you. As usual, write a relevant post, grab the code below for the bottom of your post and add a link to your post in the easy to use Linky below.

I never have to say it as you do anyway, but share some blog love with each other and visit each other's posts. I never did last week (even though I normally visit everyone) because I was busy trying to settle Aaron in nursery and could think of nothing else.

Work is quite busy too, which sees me reaching for all the wrong foods.

Onwards and upwards this week.

Best of luck to you all.

Lots of love,
Liska
xx


Raised Effect Textures

Example-One


  













Raised Effect Textures can supply lots of possibilities using different
layer modes and opacities, and don't be afraid to add other textures
or as I do, add the background layer as top layer and experiment the
the modes within Photoshop.    Read more for examples.





Raised-Effect-1-Texture-small
Raised Effect One

Raised-Effect-2--Texture-small
Raised Effect Two

Original-Image
     Original Image


Example-One         
Example One: Raised Effect texture 1 set as top layer, Layer Mode set to Multiply and the
Opacity set at 70% - duplicated the Background Layer and set as top layer and the Layer
Mode set to Vivid Light and the Opacity at 100%.

Example-Two

Example Two: Raised Effect texture 1 set as top layer, Layer Mode set to Color Burn and
the Opacity set at 67%.

Raised-Effect-2-Example-1

Example One: Raised Effect 2 texture set as top layer, Layer Mode set to Soft Light and the
Opacity set at 100% - duplicated the Background Layer and set as top layer and the Layer
Mode set to Overlay and the Opacity at 100%.

Download Here:

Raised Effect Textures.zip


OR DOWNLOAD HERE

MUMenTUM - Monday Mum Tum - Back to School (weight loss school)

Hi Everyone

Sorry I have been gone for a few weeks but I booked a last minute trip to Ireland to get a few weeks away before Aaron started at nursery.

So now this week the kids go back to school and we return to Mumentum.

My Aunt and I are starting a Monday weekly weigh-in tomorrow, so I will do a post about that tomorrow and link it here, to the linky below.

I hope you are all still around and ready to jump on board and welcome to anyone new :-)

For anyone new, all you do is write a relevant post and copy the link to it, into the linky below.  Then copy the code below to the bottom of your post as that is what makes it a blog hop.

I have lost the cable that links my camera to my laptop which is why I haven't done a post about Ireland, as it would be incomplete without snaps.

So, what is Mumentum about? It is about us ladies sharing momentum to lose our Mum Tums, hence the spin on words with MumenTum :-)

Liska xxx



GF Texture Set

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GF Texture Set contains six unique, large and different textures,
hopefully some use can be made of them.  As always, have fun.

I was hoping to put something up sooner, but I was experiencing odd
behavior on my PC, so I went and did a full system restore after the
hard drive crash, what fun it's been.  I appreciate all the kind comments
and offers to send me copies of texture sets, I think I'm doing pretty
good, just so damn time consuming to download sets from all over the
web.  If I find I am missing some sets I'll ask and hopefully someone will
have them.  I hope everyone has a wonderful extended weekend, be
safe, and have fun.





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Download Zipped Set Here: