Sunday, July 24, 2011

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop 07.24.11

Welcome to another parade of boundless creativity! Thanks for coming and making Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop a part of your awesome day. Before I forget, I'm currently accepting applications for co-hosting position starting this August ;) You are more than welcome to let me know through an email or by leaving a comment if you're interested.

Just taking a vacation from doing giveaways, my friends. I wanna spend more time with my girls basking in the summer sun and doing fun summer activities.

With that said, I'm happy to announce the winner of $25 Store Credit at Ginger Snap Crafts. It's comment #27 - Bree from Bwildered. Congrats, Bree!


One big thing that I admire from Creative Carmella, my co-host this week, is her culinary skills. Her apple crisp is to die for and other recipes she posted in her blog. She is one of the creative bloggers that make me come back to her blog to read some more.

Blog Tip
I don't know about you, my friends, but me, I've been wanting to create blog pictures that look vibrant and eye-catching ever since I started blogging. Though my blog pictures are not as bad as they were 9 months ago, I still think that there is still much room for improvement, actually make that MUCH, MUCH more room for improvement. I wanted to go beyond the basics of autofix and cropping that I do in picnik or photobucket so I was so thrilled when I found Kim Klassen's free class on Photoshop Elements. I enrolled a tad late so I'm currently in the cramming mode but I tell you, I love every bit of it, especially that I finally understood what adjustment layers, layers mask, and opacity meant. There's more to learn and who knew that having assignments could be that enjoyable? She also offers in-depth classes at reasonable prices and I'm looking into enrolling one as soon as I have the budget. Joining her Texture Tuesday link party is my ultimate goal when I feel like I ultimately passed her high standard of excellence. (A woman can dream, right?). Her free class is now closed but keep an eye as to when the next class will be. Meantime, check out her free video tutorials. Just a quick disclosure that Kim didn't compensate me for mentioning her photography business in this post. I'm just sharing with you a good resource so that we can learn together, and maybe share a note or two.

Favorite Blog
You clicked, inlinkz tallied. The readers' favorite blog post this past week out of 200 links, being the most viewed post, is this beautiful post about Vintage Soda Crates. Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures' post also gave tip on how she made the colors pop using Photoshop Elements from Everyday Elements called In A Hurry. Check it out so you'll understand why this is the favorite blog of the week.

Our Party
To the main course of this post.
For those of you joining us for the first time, we only have 2 easy, simple rules:

1) Link up your creative post - can be a DIY project, decor, photography, crafts, recipes, poem, thrift finds, link party, or that informative syndicated post that can make us laugh, or cry - in short, whatever you're proud of! And if you like to link more creative posts, go for it! We'd love to see them :) (No links to businesses or giveaways. We have another party for these exclusively every Tuesday called Market Your Biz & Giveaways at 5 pm, PST.)

2) Follow as many blogs as you desire, preferably starting first with the one who linked before you and after you, before branching out, and let them know by leaving a comment. (Following me and the co-host will be very much appreciated, and we definitely follow back. Just let us know you're following.)

Displaying the party button on your blog, while optional, is very much appreciated :)

Link opens up every Sunday at 5:00 pm, PST and ends Friday at 11:59 pm.

Because I like something different, I'm using the reverse entry for inlinkz - so the most recent participant will show up as number 1, thus giving everybody a chance to have the #1 spot.

Friends, go ahead and mingle with one another :) Happy partying!

Burning question: Besides autofix and cropping, what other photo-editing techniques do you use?

So far, I'm still stuck with these 2 techniques to edit my photos so I'm currently exploring my free 30-day trial of Photoshop Elements 9 to figure out better ways. What about you? Please do share.


  1. Thank you so much for hosting! That apple crisp looks wonderful and has me feeling in the mood for autumn! I definitely need some help with my photos and appreciate the tip about the classes.


  2. That's really a great looking apple crisp! Thanks for always being a gracious hostess!!

    Hope you will please drop by and enter my $50 Gift Card Giveaway!!

  3. Thanks for hosting, SJ. Have a blessed Day! :)

  4. I only have MS Office Mgr where I use Contrast & brightness to give a photos a glowing against the background look. Also Colour balance has made a big difference to some of my photos.

  5. Hi SJ, thanks for hosting! I hope you're having a good summer! I use Picasa - still more basic than Photoshop - I'm just not ready to pay for software! ;)

  6. Thanks for hosting! I really need to take a class on how to use my camera. One thing I've been using to edit photos (FREE) is the site Picnik. It's really easy to use, and helps my photos to look better. (even though I know I still need to work on my photos).

  7. thank you so much for mentioning my class. :) that was so sweet of you...

    and what a great link up you have going on!!

    lovely site... xxo, kim

  8. Yay! Thank you so much for hosting!!! I use PSE9 and I LOVE it...I also crop & autofix my photos...but I'm in love love love with actions...both the free ones from Pioneer Woman & The CoffeeShop Blog & Florabella...with those my photos go from OK to (what I think is) amazing...and Amazon has PSE9 on special quite often...just keep an eye out for the daily deals. I got mine for $75 w/a $20 rebate & a $20 gift card to Shutterfly...not too shabby...;) Best of luck!

  9. thanks for letting me know about your linky partay! i linked up my mantle project :)

  10. thanks for dropping by my blog and letting me know about your link party! great avenue to learn from other lovely bloggers :) linked my Roast Chicken Greek Salad today and followed your creative blog too..

  11. Came over from Love Affair with My Brother. My first link party so hope I did it right! Follower now :)

  12. Thanks for the invite. I don't have a regular posting party for Sunday. I'll be back to look around soon.

  13. Thank you so much for inviting me to this great linky party!! :-)

  14. Good Morning!
    Thanks for inviting me to your blog hop! I linked up my Chinese Cabbage Salad. Thanks for hosting! Have a great week!

  15. Thank you for stopping by The East Barn and inviting me to your Party&Hop. I am now a follower!

  16. Thank you so much for hosting, this is my first party with you and I am loving all these creative posts!

  17. Thanks so much for all the great feedback, LOVE LOVE LOVE your Blog Hop! By the way I use Picasa Web to edit my photos.

  18. Thanks for the invite! I'm a new follower. Your blog looks like so much fun!

  19. Thank you so much for hosting. As much as I hate to admit it, the most I do with photos is rotate. I am a computer IDIOT!Thanks for the tips!

  20. Thanks for entering our little give away and inviting us to join the party! I love all that I see. Following you.
    Good luck!

  21. Linked my paintings to the party. Thanks for sharing the information.

    Liked your idea of adding the new entries right at the top. I was looking for my link and since I could not see it at the end of the list, I thought my post did not get linked. There it was... at the first position :) Feels good!!

  22. Thanks so much for the shout out about my soda crates link. :) You will love learning from Kim. She is a great teacher. I took 2 of her classes.


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