Kitten Puzzle Challenge

 

Kitten Puzzle Challenge can be found exclusively at Barnes & Nobles

Licensing NEWS this week:  I received my kitten puzzle samples today. I am sooo excited this will be my first kitten puzzle design published. It has been produced by Ravensburger, the best, most reputable puzzle company in the world, made exclusively for Barnes & Nobles “Challenge” series. I am ready to test out this kitten puzzle challenge! Here is a link for anyone interested in purchasing the puzzle from Barnes & Nobles. Are you up for the Challenge?

There are experts out there who “live” for puzzle challenges like this,  and- though I have spent many lazy summers at the beach doing puzzles in my down time I do not consider myself an expert. So, in thinking how to attempt this kitten puzzle challenge…. here are the steps I took.  Let’s see if I can complete the kitten puzzle challenge!

 

  1. Spread the Puzzle pieces out and turn each one over. Separate the ends out.

    My first step was to see how big the kitten puzzle is. It is 27″ x 20″ which is bigger than my smallest table, so I will use a table in the house that it will fit on before I start. (Sorry family, I am taking over the dining room table for a little while. LOL)

  2. Second step for me is to turn each puzzle piece over and separate the end pieces to make the puzzle outline first. Wow alot of pink! soooo hard….

  3. My third step – I spent some time putting the ends together. What a sense of accomplishment! And next the easiest part of the puzzle which is SOOOO important to me  that is connected to the kitten puzzle literally as well as physically: the heart combined with my name. This stands for all of abandoned, lost, and surrendered animals that need help, care, love, that are saved by animal rescue organizations and rehomed.
  4. Identifying the eyes, noses, whiskers and fur puzzle pieces.

    My fourth step:  My kids started becoming interested in the puzzle, we worked together at dinner time. They started pulling out the puzzle pieces that had kitty eyes, and tiny noses in another. They helped me put the eyes together (right). We completed all nine of the kittens heads. Just look at these beautiful little faces! Now… you will have to stay tuned to see the finished masterpiece in a future blog!

    Close-up – what a beautiful kitten!
    Nine kitten heads Peeking out

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kittens photographed for this puzzle are from a litter of five that my family and I fostered. They were brought in just days old and bottle fed around the clock for the first two weeks with kitten milk replacement. We kept them in a box lined with newspapers and towels with a heating pad underneath half of the box. Feeding each one took approximately 15 minutes. They had to be burped and stimulated to use the potty! It would take over two hours and then they would be hungry again!! They grew up thinking we were their momma! At seven-ten days old, their eyes opened, and they started to do the monster walk! LOL  At approximately 3 weeks they learned how to begin eating kitten food and use the litter box. That was a very messy stage! We moved their bedding into the bath tub so they couldn’t climb out.  At 5-6 weeks old, they were ready to play!. We moved them into our kitty room and they loved it – playing with cat toys, running through cat tunnels, climbing up cat trees, chasing balls and tackling each other.  At 8 weeks old and over 2 pounds they were “vetted” : spayed/neutered, microchipped, tested for feline diseases, to ready for their adoption. All five were adopted within a week of their photos being uploaded to their kitten page on the rescue’s website. Their potential adopters were screened and they all went to their new homes – mission accomplished!

*****If you are wondering about the head piece for the photo shoot, here is a link to the blog post: Making Kitten Flowers Bloom

One Photo Saves 2016 Helping Rescue Animals get Adopted

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The data is in: Kelly’s Program, One Photo Saves, photographed over 300 cats and kittens in 2016 to help them get adopted. Kelly works with local, non-profit, no-kill private animal rescue organizations in Orlando Florida that do not have a shelter. These rescues rely on volunteers to foster the kittens and cats in their homes. The fosters take the foster kittens/cats to pets stores where they jhold adoption events on weekends with the hopes of getting the animals adopted. Kelly volunteers at least two saturdays a month to go on location to the adoption events to photograph the cats and kittens. Each cat/kitten has their own web page with photos and a description. Kelly’s professional photos have helped hundreds of foster animals get adopted by online shoppers looking for a pet. It has been a very successful year helping the rescue animals get adopted!

Here is a list of over 300 names of the cats and kittens that Kelly/One Photo Saves Program photographed at Petsmart and other pet rescue centers this year 2016. To give you an idea of the work involved, Kelly volunteers several hours Saturday photographing each pet at the adoption events, then many more hours in Photoshop editing, cropping, saving, labeling and uploading at least 2 complimentary images of each of the following pets to the rescues and/or directly to their webpages, at no charge whatsoever to the rescues.

Ashton, Aza, Bandit, Benzie and Shenzie, Ginny, Chewy, Truffle, Bru, Angelica, Grey, Vader, mach, Barracuda, Skye, Bandit, Cassie, Fudge, Knox, Marianne, Marlie, Misty, Pepper, Peridot, Pepper, Sophie, Toby, Trooper, Cooper, Frank, Gracie, Smokey, Juno, Gizmo, Vixen, Prancer, Winston, Jana, Jules, Kovu, Midnight, Olive, pepper, Oliver, Patch, Twitch, Keller, Paulsey, Duncan, Candy, Carson, Daisy, Hiro, marlo, Smokey, Winston, Winter, Bette, Elenor, Gizmo, Juno, Basil, Davina, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Whitestripe, Audrey, Bobby, Earl, Elizabeth, Jenny, Jackie, Juda, Lance, Liz, Lucky, Miko, Nala, Sanford, Shadow, Snoopy, Thomas, Alex, Andres, Art, Bertha, Fiona, Lucy, Mickey, Mr. Ollie, Rose, Tando,Teddy, Tom, Zena, Aidan, Alvin, Frosite, Ginger, Minnie Mo, Willow, Nutmeg, Paint, Pepper, Socks, Pepper, Stach, Star, Bertha, Figaro, Jade, Pinkie, Skye, Sinatra, Simba, Sweetie, Tinker, Zach, Muffin, Tigger, Abby, Blue, Cassie, Cheddar, Chloe, Cupcake, Gipper, Lena, Leopold, McGhee, Mittens, Nora, Penelope, Zipper, Malt, Boop, Chloe, Dominoe, Gipper, Jellicat, June, Monroe, Oreo, Robin, Salem, Tabitha, Thor, Thunder, Tiffy, Tripp, Spookie, Boop, Robin, Merry, Pebbles, Pippen, George, Articus, Aidan, Trinity, Torrie, Dipstick, Rudy, Kirk, Uhura, Sunchaser, Captain, Danny, Opal, Daffy, Kaa, Cinder, Ember, Trooper, Billie, Celeste, Cotton, Gibbie, GooGoo, Gypsy, Kirk, McCoy, Millie, Scotttie, Tiffy, Teddy, Cutie, Gibbie, Gidget, Gypsy, Huxley, Lavender, Leonarda, Rose, Sunchaser, Cheddar, Danny, Faith, Noir, Noisy, Chevy, Cheddar, Cheeto, Billy, Milly, Aurora, Balloo, Dori, Heidi, Kingsley, Opal, Panther, Charlotte, Chiller, Cinder, Ember, Jeeli, Josie, Juda, Piper, Moses, Tiffy, Truffle, Dema, Detya, Celmentine, Adrian, Kit, Aspen, Red, Cassidy, Joey, Noir, Bossy, Calvin, Garfield, Oliver, Royal, Chase, Winston, eo, Miney, Fennel, Karaoke, Kabuki, Chaos, Mistletoes, Oreo, Boris, Eden, Bart, Ashton, Calum, Cady, Cookie, Cameron, Jupiter, Mars, Bo, Buffy, Peaches, Bree, Bailey, Maverick, Molly, Lars, Loralei, Grayson, Bishop, Blake, Butter, Almond, Boone, Apple, Tetra, Tonks, Milowe, Brody, Bryce, Bowie, Kelso, Koda, Krissy,Abby Hemingway, Albie, Alfie, Andi, Anna, Baxter, Becca, Berkley, Bette, Bowie, Bryce, Britta, Callie, Cammie, CeCe, Chance, Cheyenne, Cienna, Kelso, Kodak, Lanie, Minnie, Meadow, Molly,Felix, Oscar, Ziggy, Zoey, Peaches.

To learn more about Kelly’s One Photo Saves Program for rescue animals, check out Kelly’s website for more information: www.kellyrichardsonimages.com. If you have any questions about how to help the rescues in your community and photograph pets, please contact kelly. She is always happy to help give advice to fellow volunteers.

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How to Photoshop Tutorial: Shape Collage with one Image

Photoshop tutorial: create a shape collage from one image.

Click to Download the tutorial with steps, images and screenshot examples.

We will use the NEW Photoshop’s Guide Layout to help divide the image into smaller sections. This is a very hand tool to learn as it can be applied to many other designs that need an instant grid. You must have Photoshop CC to use this method.   Here is the image before and after:

Photoshop tutorial: create a shape collage from one image. STEPS

Step 1: Create a new document go to File>New  set width 12 in, height 12 in, resolution 300, white background

Step 2: Add a new layer and name it Shapes

Step 3: Make a 3 x 3 grid with gutter, and margin around edges:  go to View>new guide layout

  • set column number to 3 leave the width field empty, set gutter to 80 px

  • click rows, set number to 3, leave height empty, set gutter to 80 px

  • make sure preview box Is selected.

  • Add margins around edges of document: click in the margin checkbox, then set each of the four options top, left, bottom and right to 160 px.

  • Click ok

Step 4: Draw the shapes: select the rectangular marquee tool from the tools panel to draw in shapes. Drag selections around different squares in the 3 x 3 grid begin at one corner and drag to make rectangle. To add press and hold shift key to add next rectangle to it. Continue adding each shape so that all 4 rectangles and center square are selected as one.

Step 5: Fill in the selection with black go to Edit>Fill set contents to black, normal and opacity to 100% click ok.

Step 6: remove the selection and the guides to remove go to Select>deselect. Go to view>clear guides

Step 7: Add a drop shadow to the Shapes Layer. Select shapes layer, click on layer styles, choose drop shadow, settings: blend mode: multiply, opacity 40, angle: 135, use global light, distance 50, spread 0 ,size 50. click ok

Step 8: Open the image you want to use in Photoshop. Go to select>all... go to edit>copy

Step 9: Paste image into shape collage: Switch over to the shape collage document by clicking on its tab.Go to Edit>paste special>paste in place Photoshop pastes and centers the photo in the document. You will see it as a new layer above the shapes layer.

Step 10: create a clipping mask. Select the small menu icon in the upper right corner of the layers panel. Choose create clipping mask. This clips the layer directly in the layer below it.

Step 11:use free transform to resize and reposition image. make sure image layer is selected, Go to edit>free transform pres and hold shift as you drag a corner to lock the aspect ratio. Press enter when done.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Show your support and help your local animal rescue.

In the Kitchen with Sugar and Flower – AUGUST

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LuvKelly Recycles 2015 = “Save the Kittens + Save the Earth” campaign continues …

Each month Kelly Richardson and her team of caring assistants are creating a special pet photo shoot using recycled items that can be found around the house with rescue kittens that were saved and fostered by volunteers at local no-kill rescue organizations in Orlando. We have great hopes that these photoshoot tutorials will inspire creativity and raise awareness for the planet earth and the rescue kittens.
The theme for the LuvKelly Recycles photoshoot for the month of August is:  In the Kitchen with Sugar & Flower.   I knew I was going to be photographing these two adorable kittens. They were just rescued from the shelter and didn’t even have names yet.  I wanted to compliment their beautiful gray fur with something that also contained gray. I sat in my kitchen with a cup of coffee brainstorming… what unique recycled items can I use for this shoot that will really make their gray color pop? And suddenly  it came to me. Actually it was sitting right in front of me as I was getting my second cup of coffee.  The sugar and flour canisters! They would be a perfect way to compliment their color, and they are just the right size!   I proceeded to empty all of the sugar and flour into ziploc baggies, and shine them up for the kitchen kittens photo shoot.  After that, it was pretty easy to name these two cuties – it was only natural for them to be named kitchen kittens Sugar and Flower.
Kitchen KittensFor the background, I wanted to continue with the pure, clean, solid kitchen counter look.  At the same time, I wanted to pop the gray in there too. I knew the blankets I had would not do.
FR_2641T copySo I found some vinyl laminate squares that imitate a marble stone. I taped four together two for the bottom and two for the top and put them on my photo table.  see photo left.
TIP: It is important that you always take a photo of your background without the props and animals. see example.  This photo of the background will have many uses in the future:  to add canvKitchen Kittensas to the image later to make it a tall 5×7 greeting card (see example below), and as a pattern background see above.

 

 

 

Favorite Images from the shoot:

SEE this image on a greeting card at CARD GNOME!  Here is a link to the greeting card I created with this photoshoot, where you can see how  I used the background image for the inside of the card.

 

 

June Weddings – JUNE

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It is June, the most popular month for weddings. Every year, millions of couples walk down the aisle and begin their new lives together. It is a big event that is accompanied by a big need for unique wedding greeting card designs. So it only seemed fitting for Kelly Richardson Images to use June Weddings as the theme for this month with the LuvKelly Recycles 2015 with rescue kittens.

To create this image for this theme, we recycled a family heirloom for this image: Kelly’s Victorian style drawstring bridal wedding purse lined with tiny pearls. Kelly’s grandmother gave this to her for her wedding over 15 years ago. Next we added beautiful floral head bands and hair ties borrowed from Kelly’s daughter. We used Burlap material in a creme color over a creme fleece for the background. The cute little rescue kitten above is Tom. His brother Jerry is pictured below. They loved playing on top of the cool, soft silk!

Please DM Kelly Richardson if you would like more information on how you can license these images to help support the LuvKelly cause. A portion of the proceeds goes directly back to help save and foster kittens from death row.

“LuvKelly Kittens Recycles 2015 Photo Shoot Tutorial Series” To RECAP: For the entire year of 2015, Kelly Richardson Images has chosen to create a monthly rescue kitten photo shoot with all natural materials and recycled items that can be found around the house. We are going green in an effort to raise community awareness for the planet earth and for the innocent kittens and cats that are in need of rescue. We hope to encourage our communities to recycle to help save the environment, save energy, and help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gasses that depletes the ozone layer of the earth; We hope to raise community awareness for kittens on death row in county shelters, and get help and support for the private rescue organizations that save them,  take them off death row, foster them with adequate supplies, attend to their medical needs and find them a furrr-ever home.
So far these are the featured monthly photo shoots we have done this year:

Valentine’s Day Kitten Photo shoot

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day KittenIn celebration of Valentine’s Day, Kelly Richardson Images added a special LuvKelly Valentine’s Day photo shoot to our schedule this week. The theme of the shoot is rescue kittens we LOVE.  Here is a link to the Valentine Kittens in the image-bank.

Valentine's Day KittenUsing bright pinks and reds, Kelly captured the kittens in an irresistible way, showing their playful nature as well as their innocent adorableness!

Here are a few of our favorite “hot off the press” Kitten Images. These have been mocked-up as Valentine Greeting Cards. We hope you LOVE them! Want a closer look? Contact Kelly.

 

 

 

Valentine's Day Kitten

Valentine images available to purchase as posters – Fine Art America follow link by clicking on image below.

 

Valentine's Day Kitten Poster
Valentine's Day Kitten Poster
Valentine's Day Kitten Poster

Luvkelly kitten images raise awareness and money to help local rescue organizations to rescue, socialize, vet, foster and re-home as many homeless cats and kittens as possible to avoid them from going to a high kill shelter. A portion of the proceeds generated through selling these printed images will go directly to help save abandoned kittens.