Lighten up your Holidays Colorizing Tutorial

Kitten Playing in Red Box ChristmasSEEING TOO MUCH RED? Let’s have some fun! Try this colorizing tutorial to lighten up your holiday.

It would be a shame to pass on this cute kitten image because there is too much red – just look at those BIG eyes- this is a PURR-fect photo. We can simply change the image to Sepia and then colorized it to a more natural look.  But don’t stop there,  we can change the color to green! Here is how!
Begin by opening image in photoshop. Duplicate original. Add a new adjustment layer: Hue/Saturation. Use the HUE slider to change the color of the box- I chose to change the red to green.
1. To change to Sepia: Add an adjustment layer: choose Hue/Saturation, and this time go to preset box and scroll down and choose Sepia.  The entire image will now be changed to Sepia tone.  Click on the white box in the layers palette next to the Sepia adjustment layer, this is the mask.  Get a soft black paint brush to paint back in the color. If you want a lighter shade, not so bright, more retro, natural color look, change the paint brush opacity to 30% and flow to 50% to paint away the sepia color from the areas of the photo you want to see color in.  (Change paint brush to white to paint the Sepia back in if needed, or use history to undo.)  The more you repeat the brush strokes the darker the color will come in.  If you want to retain the full brightness and saturation of the original image, keep the opacity of the brush at 100% and flow at 100%.
2. After you have changed your red  image to sepia with colorized red box,  you can change the red to green. Here is how:  add a new adjustment layer: Hue/Saturation. Use the HUE slider to change the color of the box and crinkle paper – I chose to change the red to green.

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Studio Pet Toons Christmas



Kelly Richardson has hundreds of Studio Pets in her image-bank and wanted to JAZZ them up a bit- in a newly trending “coloring book” sort of way. Suddenly,  Studio Pet Toons was BORN!  We are celebrating Christmas in the “Studio Pet Toons” Studio.  Along with our newest Studio Pet Toons Christmas Greeting Card, we are sharing some of our favorite Studio Pets Toons that were created this year, with before and after photos.


Great Dane Christmas Card Studio Pet ToonStudio Pet Toon TAHOE Inspired by Christmas and having just lived in Lake Tahoe Area of Nevada, Kelly created a beautiful, scenic with mountains and snow background for this beautiful Great Dane Puppy she photographed while living in Reno.




Chihuahua Reindeer Christmas CardThis Studio Pet Toon Oh DEER was created with Kelly’s very own long hair chihuahua Izzie… Gotta love her expression!





Great Dane Italian Chef Greeting cardThis Studio Pet Toon ITALIAN was inspired by Kelly’s LOVE for Italian food, and the chef apron and hat was a perfect match!





Bathing Chihuahua Puppy Diva Greeting Card

One more cute Studio Pet Toon.  This is Studio Pet Toon TUB – there are many to choose from, but Kelly especially loves this one… You will see why! Kelly and her daughter Katie had fun making the bubbles to put on the puppy, the puppy didn’t seem to mind! Kelly had a great time drawing and painting in the illustrations to go with the images- a little tug boat, brush, and of course, you can’t forget the rubber ducky!


Purr-fect Holiday Gifts for Pets

Kitten in Glitter christmas gift bag
Kitten in Glitter christmas gift bag

It may seem silly, but if you are a bona fide pet lover you probably have a Christmas Stocking hanging on your mantle for your pet, just as I do! We spoil and love our pets as if they were our children.  They provide unconditional love and never talk back!

Kitten in Glitter christmas gift bag
Though at times, our pets can try our patience and be a little NAUGHTY … For the most part, I would have to say my pets are NICE!

Here is a list of my TOP 10 Holiday Gifts for Pets that I guarantee will be a big hit with your pet on Christmas morning!

1. Ever thought about a pet sling? We found  Hugamonkey Adjustable Classic Dog Cat Pet Sling, Medium, Black
A fellow rescue friend says that to help tame and socialize the feral kittens/cats that we rescue and prepare them for adoption, she carries them around her home with a sling! I love the idea- helping them adjust to human surroundings close at heart – literally! free 2 day shipping!

2. This kitty tower:  Go Pet Club 77-Inch Cat Tree, Brown/Black
is sure to make your indoor cat feel outdoors and will definitely deter it from scratching your precious furniture! Check this big daddy tower out, and it is 66% off- a great bargain in time for christmas.



3. Give your cat a Christmas gift that you will benefit from! Gone are the days of scooping with this

Litter-Robot III Open-Air – Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box  This is definitely on my wish list!

4B00A3A0GB0.  Coordinate your pets pajamas to match yours on Christmas Morning! I love these!!! Classic Holiday Nordic Matching Pajamas for the Whole Family, Dogs Medium





5. Traveling with your small dog? This will help your pet stay out of trouble when you are spending time with family and friends … Pet 45″ Playpen Foldable Portable Dog/Cat/Puppy Exercise Kennel For Small medium Large. The Best Indoor And Outdoor Pen. With Cary Bag. Easily Sets Up & Folds Down & Space Free


6. If you want to camoflauge your cat’s litterbox into a piece of furniture, this is Purr-fect! Check it out! Merry Pet Cat Washroom / Night Stand Pet House




7. This is an adorable little dog house any pampered pooch would love… Merry Pet MPS002 Wood Room with a View Pet House

8. PERSONALIZE it!  Check out this store we just found, it is called    We found personalized food mats, toy baskets, treat jars, food bowls +more

Personalized Meal Mat for Dogs - Doggie Delights - 12127Personalized Dog Toy Baskets - 12141Personalized Dog Treat Jar - Doggie Diner - 13335Personalized Dog Food Bowls - Doggie Delights - 12129

9. BUY the  TOTAL Package in a gift basket. Let someone else do all the work for you… has pre-made gift baskets for your special dog.  But we are sad they forgot about our sweet kittens and have no baskets for cats…. 🙁 Must send them a note from Santa to please have their Great Arrival elves make a basket for kittens and cats next year!

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10. This Holiday Harry Barker is feeling festive…  With a name like Barker you can bet this store has a lot of unique gifts for dog lovers… Here are a few traditional designs that caught our eye…

Red & White Stripe Dog Play Balls Gift BucketSanta BucketBowtie Biscuit Tin


****ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kelly Richardson is a photographer and animal welfare advocate in the US. She licenses  LuvKelly pet photos to bring awareness to pets that are homeless, surrendered, and abandoned in high-kill shelters in need of rescue.  She resides in Orlando Florida and works with local rescue groups in the surrounding area, donating her photography for pet web pages to help get pet adopted. She also volunteers at adoption events and is a kitty foster mom.  Please contact her for more information if you are interested in licensing any pet photos.

HELP SUPPORT the kittens that we foster. Purchase this adorable Christmas card:

Christmas Glows with love Kittens

Christmas Glows with love Kittens

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Cats and Christmas Trees

Tabby kitten playing with green garland with ornaments
Cats and Christmas trees can be a dangerous combination. It can be very challenging to keep a cat out of a Christmas tree during the Holiday season. It looks so inviting to a cat whose natural instinct is to climb a tree. But it is best to be very cautious. Christmas trees come with many hazards for cats.  Christmas trees are a leading cause of death for cats during the holiday season. Those dazzling, twinkling lights have been known to cause death due to electric shock and or strangulation.  Ingestion of sparkling icicle tinsel and other foreign objects can send you and your feline friend to the emergency vet pretty quickly. And nevermind about the cat drinking the water from the bottom of the tree!

So how can Christmas trees and cats co-exist?

Here are some tips we found online :

1. Feline repellants – Bitter Apple sold at petstores or home made remedies are useful. We found a few home made remedies but have not tried them:  cotton balls soaked in citronella and placed under the tree may help keep them away, or try a spray made with camphor, diluted vinegar, apple cider vinegar,  or hot sauce?  BUT, Be careful about spraying a tree that has electrical wires on it (lights).  Another suggestion was to use pine cones sprayed with citrus and place those at the base of the tree, or put orange peels under the tree… cats hate the smell of citrus.
2. We have heard of people using obstacles such as tin foil under their tree, wrapped around the trunk, also clear contact paper..
3. Baby proof your tree: use plastic ornaments, unplug lights at night, check for frayed wires, use wire hangers to bend tightly around each ornament so when it is swatted it will stay on tree…..
4. Select a strong base for tree: make sure the water base is completely enclosed so that your cat can not drink the water, select a strong base that will hold tree in place or, tether the tree to the wall…. ..
5. For a sure bet to keep your cat away from the tree: put the tree in a room with a door that can be shut! You will surely sleep better at night!
For a mellow cat these ideas may actually deter them from climbing the tree, however for that stubborn, strong-willed kitten that is ready to conquer your tree these may not work. So we continued to surf the web and found this inventive idea that may be worth a purchase:  Here is a link to something called a christmas tree defender with video that looks like it really works.


Tabby kitten playing with green garland with ornaments

We hope all of our readers have a safe and happy holiday and please protect your kitten/cats from the christmas tree!

Recycle: Paper Chain Decoration

kitten plays with holiday garland paper chainA paper chain is an easy,  mess-free art project –  easy, fun cooperative learning that I used quite often when teaching Art Class in Elementary School.  You can hang paper chains as festive party decorations, or you can just make them for fun.

Christmas paper strips for paper chain decoration Step 1: Choose your paper.   We recycled my old scrapbook paper. I have A LOT of scrapbook paper that I do not use. It has been in my closet for over ten years and this will be the perfect way to recycle it.  My daughter and I looked through my very tall stack of colored and printed papers, searching for Thanksgiving and Christmas theme colors that went well together. TIP **If you are not a scrap booker, leftover Christmas wrapping paper also works very well.

Step 2:  Cut your paper. Try 1″ by 8.5 long.  Or size as needed, all strips should be the same size if possible, unless you plan to make some links smaller than others. I took my scrapbook paper to an office supply store and used their heavy duty paper cutter to cut mine into strips. It was quick, accurate and easy way to cut many at once. For small children, you may want to draw lines on the paper with a ruler and have them practice cutting their strips with scissors.

tabby kitten playing in paperchain christmas decorationStep 3: Tape, glue or staple the ends of the strip into a ring. Weave the second ring into place, and tape, glue or staple it and so on. Create a pattern with the different colors/designs and repeat the pattern. This is a great way to teach small children what a pattern is.  Make it as long as needed.

***Get creative: make a necklace,  christmas wreath,  and garland for tree. Use single rings as napkin rings for your dinner table!

We used our paper chains as festive garland for Thanksgiving and Christmas decoration for our November “recycled rescue kitten photo shoot”. The kittens really enjoyed playing in the paper chain garland. They poked their paws through the holes to pick it up and one of them got a ring stuck on its nose while trying to chew it!  It was adorable and fun. We also used paper chains to decorate the kitten cages and tables at our adoption events at Petsmart.

Here are a few photos from our November rescue kitten photo shoot with paper chains: