Song In Your Heart Tag Offer

The following tag is for request and you may request up to 3 names per person. To reply to this tag offer LEAVE A COMMENT below with the NAMES you’d like written on each of your tags in a list form (one name below the other). And please use a working email address when leaving a comment because that will be the email address I will use to send you your tags as soon as I’ve completed them. This tag offer will retire in 7 days on June 22nd, 2022 at 1:00 AM EST. Thanks and hugs,

A Song In Your Heart Tag Offer

Your Life Tag Offer

The tag below is for request and you may request 1 tag per person. To request this tag; leave a comment with the NAME in the comment box that you’d like added to your tag. Please DO NOT request tag extras.  If you want to download the sets of tag extras for this particular tag, please visit my other website located HERE. This tag offer will expire in 7 days on June 10th, 2022.

thanks and hugs,

Oh the woes of hard drives

Don’t you just love it when you get the latest update from Windows 10 and then all of a sudden nothing seems to work like it’s supposed to? Yup. I am blaming all my external hard drive woes on Window’s latest update. Because it was working just fine before I got updated. We did have what I thought was a power surge here a few weeks ago but come to find out that it was our hot water tank that needed the breaker re-flipped, lol. That’s what hubs told me anyway so I’m sticking to that story, lol.

So, the good news is; I was able to get all the important stuff I needed off my external before I decided to reformat it. More good news is that the reformat also did a scan and found nothing wrong with the hard drive. So, last night and all of today I have been busy moving back some of my files onto my external. So, I stopped long enough to run to town to do some grocery shopping. And when I got back can you guess what I found? The external drive now isn’t showing up in my list of hard drives. The light is off and not blinking or anything either. It’s like it got tuckered out and decided to fall asleep. Can you believe that?

Well, lucky me. At least I do now know what to do to get it back showing up in my list of hard drives again. Here’s the gist of it just in case you were wondering, lol.

#1. I go into my control panel and click on; “Administrative Tools”.

#2. Next, I double click on the icon which reads; “Computer Management”.

#3. On the left hand side of that page I click on; “Device Manager”.

#4. On the right hand side I find the link that reads; “Universal Serial Bus controllers” and click on it.

#5. Then I right click on the item that reads; “USB Mass Storage Device” and choose to uninstall it.

The next thing I do is close out all those windows and shut down my computer. After my computer has shut down completely, I unplug my external hard drive from the USB port.

Next thing is to restart my computer. And, after my computer has been on for a little while (I usually check my email because that takes me a few minutes) I will then plug the external hard drive back into the USB port.

That’s right. I have to do this crazy setup EVERY stinking time. Fun huh? And before you even ask, yup, I have tried every setting known to man with this external hard drive. And NOTHING works except this stupid process I just explained to you.

And you know the funny thing about all of this is that all my tags WERE on that external hard drive. But I finally got all those files now sitting in My Documents folder on my computer. But you know silly me, I didn’t think about saving all the fonts I used to make all those tags first, lol.  Years ago (when I started making tags) I kept a tag journal and used it to keep records of all the tags I created and type of tools I used to make them with. It was pretty informative and quite helpful for making tags. But then I had the great idea of just dropping any fonts and gradients I used to write the name on each tag in the same folder as the blank tag I made. It was a pretty good idea for awhile but one day I got cocky and decided I mainly used the same fonts over and over again so there was no need to save all those fonts to the tag folder any longer. So new tags I made don’t have any fonts added to each folder I made.

Well, can you imagine how stupid I must have felt the first time I went to make a tag for someone and could not for the life of me remember what font I used in making that tag? Well, I’ll tell you, pretty darned stupid! So, from now on the fonts go back into the tag folder with the tags. I won’t make that mistake again. lol.

So, anyway back to the external hard drive. It finally came back on and I was able to move the fonts off of the external and onto my desktop computer so now I can actually make some tags again. Woohoo!!

Well, that’s the good news. The bad news is that all the png tubes I had created from psp tubes were all removed during the reformat of the external. I also figured that since I have so many tubes already on cd’s laying around that I could just restart that process of formatting them into png image files all over again. So, that’s going to take some time right there. My online group; “PaintShop Pro Love” will have to sit around for a little while with no activity until I can get some stuff ready to send. Sorry guys.

thanks for stopping by and hugs,

Lost my external!!

Okay, I honestly don’t know what happened but I have lost my external hard drive. We had some sort of power surge yesterday where the power went off for a few seconds and then came back on. And when it did my external would not boot up and still won’t. I have unplugged it and plugged it into my computer several times and even tried plugging it into my laptop to see if I could open it from there but, nope. Nothing.

I am so upset by this and the reasons are because almost all my important files were on that external hard drive. Not to mention ALL of my tags that I have made over the years including all my new ones. ALL my psp tubes that I have purchased over the years, all of it. All gone now. I am going to take my hard drive to a computer shop and see if they can help me get the files out of it. Hopefully there are still some files left on it. I am not getting my hopes up though. I honestly don’t know what to do right now. I have tried everything I can think of to get my external to open and nothing seems to work. I might need to reset my computer again and see if that helps. I don’t know if there is anything that can be done at this point.

Devastated is hardly the word I would use to express how I am feeling right now. It’s a terrible feeling knowing years of hard work just went poof in a matter of seconds. So, I guess you know that the new tag offer I just added here to my site is sort of a waste of time now. I cannot even make that tag for anyone because I can’t open my external to get to any of them. I’m sick of thinking about it. I need to take stop and figure out what I can do at this point. Maybe I saved some tags to a CD somewhere. OMG, I sure hope so. Wish me luck while I do a search. thanks for listening to me rattle on and hugs, Mod Girl.

What is up with google?

Okay, I honestly don’t know what is going on with Google lately but so far (for over a week now), I have had issues with my gmail account and with the captcha tool I was using for all my websites. Before all these problems started however, I realized that google has once again updated they google groups and omg, what a mess that is. Group owners are having problems left and right with google groups. Once upon a time the group owner could add a group banner image to there group page so visitors could see the banner. Not anymore, those banners are cut in half where you now have to scroll down to see the rest of the image.

Dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. Why anyone would think THAT was a good idea, well, I don’t know what they were thinking when they did that. And I wouldn’t call that a very good upgrade than before either. Seriously Google, if you’re going to do that to the group owners then WHY even have a google groups to begin with? Especially if the group owners can’t have the groups look like they were in the past and were appealing to the eye. Looking at some half image that you have to scroll down to see the rest of is idiotic in my opinion and well, it’s just plain stupid too.

Okay, so that’s google groups. Now let’s move onto Gmail. Yeah the free email alternative to all those pricey email programs out there. Well, I don’t know what’s up with gmail lately but even that is having it’s own issues these days also. For over a week now I’ve been able to log into my online gmail account but for some reason cannot download all the email to my computer through pop3. I keep getting these errors saying that the site is down or something along those lines.

But, wait. That’s not all. Recently I was contacted by a registered member of one of my other websites telling me the trouble she was having logging in. Google has a free captcha tool that website owners can use on there websites for free to stop spammers from registering or leaving spam comments. Well, apparently that captcha tool doesn’t work when Google’s site is down or not working properly either.

And you would think with ALL these problems that Google has been having lately they would send you an email and let you know about it RIGHT? Well, no. Because apparently that’s too much trouble for them to do and I guess with all these technical problems they keep having, I can see why. I really do hope they get it together sometime soon because I can just imagine how many people have already lost product orders from emails that were important to them or other files that are irreplaceable that they had stored in folders in their gmail accounts.

Spring Blush Tag Tutorial

This is a pretty simple tag tutorial and should be easy to follow. However, you’ll need some experience using Paint Shop Pro.

Here’s the tag we’ll be making:

For this tag challenge you’ll need to download the parts of my Spring Blush kit HERE.

We’ll be using the following elements from this kit:

stk_spring-blush_ep11.png (flower)
stk_spring-blush_ep33.png (frame)
stk_spring-blush_ep23.png (foliage)
stk_spring-blush_ep36.png (foliage)
stk_spring-blush_ep37.png (pink denim pocket)

You’ll also need a photo (resized to fit inside frame).
The font I used can be downloaded from HERE.

Optional:

I also added 2 pieces of Baby’s Breath foliage.
Adding the Baby’s Breath was a last minute decision but you don’t need it for this tutorial.
However, if you find some you might want to use it.
(FYI – I’ve looked for the Baby’s Breath on my computer but I can’t find it.)

Now let’s get started:

Open Paint Shop Pro.
Create a new layer that measures 800 x 800 pixels.
Open your frame (stk_spring-blush_ep33.png).
Copy and close frame.
Paste as new image.
Resize frame to 500 pixels in width and 269 pixels in height.
Select all and copy.
Close frame.
Paste into layer.
Rotate image left 90 degrees.
Select all and float.
Effects, 3d effects, and add a drop shadow; color #000000 (screen shot below).

Select none.
Create a new layer and move to bottom.
Open photo.
Copy and save as new image.
Resize photo to around 510 pixels in width.
Select all and copy.
Close image.
Paste into layer.
Move photo around until it lines up under the frame perfectly.
Create a new layer and move to top.
Open the pink denim pocket (tk_spring-blush_ep37.png).
Resize pocket to 50% in size.
Copy and close.
Paste pocket onto top layer.
Move pocket around so it sits nicely onto the right side of the frame.
Effects, 3d effects, and add a drop shadow; color #000000 (same as above screen shot).
Select none.

Create a new layer and move it below the pocket.
Open foliage element from the tagger kit and resize to 50
percent before adding to the layer.
Select all and copy.
Paste into layer.
Move foliage pieces around until you get them how you want them.
Effects, 3d effects, and add a drop shadow; color #000000 (same as above screen shot).
Select none.

Repeat this process for each piece of foliage.
Create a new layer and move it to top.
Open your flower and resize (35 percent for larger flower).
Select all and copy.
Paste into layer.
Move around flower until you have it where you want it.
Effects, 3d effects, and add a drop shadow; color #000000 (same as above screen shot).
Select none.

Open the same flower and resize (30 percent for smaller flower).
Select all and copy.
Paste into layer.
Move around flower until you have it where you want it.
Effects, 3d effects, and add a drop shadow; color #000000 (same as above screen shot).
Select none.

After you’ve got the tag the way you want it, MERGE down all layers.
Using your Magic Wand, click anywhere on the blank space outside of the frame (screen shot below):

Image, crop to selection.
From here, you can add any text you want to your tag.
Save your tag.
You’re done!

Framed Tag Tutorial

This is a pretty simple tag tutorial and should be easy to follow.
However; you’ll need some experience using Paint Shop Pro.

Here’s the sort of tag we’ll be making:

For this tag challenge you’ll need the following:

1. a flower photo
2. a rectangle shaped mask
3. a background image that matches your flower (you’ll need this to create your frame)

Now let’s get started:

Open PaintShop Pro.
Create a new layer that measures 800 x 800 in pixels.
Open your flower photo.
Resize to 600 (width) in pixels.
Copy and close photo.
Paste as new layer.
Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask From Disk (screen shot below)

Click the Load button after you’ve found your mask to use.
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible.
Disable this layer.
Move the bottom layer to top.

How to make the frame:

Open background image and resize to 500 pixels in width.
Image, Canvas Size and resize to 500 width x 325 height in pixels.
Copy and close background image.
Paste into top layer.
Selections, Select All and Invert Selection.
Selections, Modify and Contract by 8 pixels.
Hit Delete.
Duplicate layer twice which will give you 3 layers.

Go to the very bottom frame layer.
Image, Rotate, Free Rotate (Direction) LEFT and (Degrees) 5.00 (screen shot below).
Selections, Select All, Float.

Effects, 3d effects, and add a drop shadow; color #000000 (screen shot below).

Move Up 1 layer to the next frame.
Image, Rotate, Free Rotate (Direction) RIGHT and (Degrees) 5.00.

Selections, Select All, Float.
Effects, 3d effects, and add a drop shadow; color #000000 (screen shot above).

Move Up 1 layer to top frame.
Selections, Select All, Float.
Effects, 3d effects, and add a drop shadow; color #000000 (screen shot above).
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible.

You should now have only 2 layers with the bottom layer still disabled.
Un-disable the bottom layer so all layers are showing.
Got to top layer and move the frame around so it fits nicely above your flower photo.
When you’ve got everything the way you like,
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible.

Using your Magic Wand, click anywhere on the blank space outside of the frame (screen shot below):

Image, invert selection, crop to selection.
Save your tag as a transparent png so you can open it later to add some text to it.
You’re done!

Showing off some new tags

So, my internet and phone went down for almost an entire week. Yesterday I got it back on and you can read all about the ordeal HERE if you want, lol.

Anyway, the whole time I was without internet I played in my psp program and started making lots of new tags. Below are a few previews and I will be offering them up for request inside my tag forum located HERE in the next few days. thanks for stopping by and hugs,