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Pre-holiday Giveaway

Just in time for the holidays, it's time to host another Totally Rad Dirty Pictures texturing interface giveway. I can't stress enough how very useful this innovative program is for anyone who enjoys the art of adding textures to their images. While taking a break this morning from creating a new template design for my website, I took the following image into photoshop, opened up my Totally Rad interface, and in a short time I worked this up with two overlays that I thought worked well with the base image.

Indian Paintbrush

(textures by Flypaper Textures and Distressed Jewell; Mouse-over for before/after views)

This give-away will be a bit different from the last, in that you'll have more than one chance to enter. So here's what to do for the give-away!

1.  Leave me a comment telling me one of your most favorite Christmas memories! That will give you your first entry. (I'd also appreciate it if you would scroll down to the left and follow my blog via Networked Blogs, but it's not mandatory to do so in order to join in the contest)

2. For another entry, head over to my Facebook fan page and 'like it', leave a comment on the wall, then come back here and let me know you've done so. (If you're already a 'fan', you can make another comment telling me that and leave a post on my wall about this giveaway too.)

3. For a third entry, on your own Facebook wall post this: @WoodSong Nature Photography has a give-away on her blog. Make sure you do the "shift @" sign so it creates the link to my business page. You can also click "suggest to friends". Again, return to this post and let me know you've added a post to your own wall.

4. For a 4th entry....share this blog post on your own blog, then come back here and leave the link.

The contest will end in one week (Dec 17th at 8pm). As before, the winner chosen by Random.org.

Please be sure you leave an email in your comment so I can contact the winner!

Good luck everyone! :)

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Reader Comments (25)

When I was young, my folks would set up the tree and all the gifts on Christmas Eve. When my brother & I would get up Christmas morning it was magic.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames

I am in "like" with TRA.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames


December 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames

First wanted to say thanks for holding this givewaway -- have become a follower -- My favorite Christmas memory would be just seing the joy on my kids faces when they come downstairs and see that Santa has come.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly H

Visited your facebook page and "liked" and left a comment under the contest post. (also forgot to leave my email in the comment section of my first post -- did put it in the author email field) ---- kholt1211(at)comcast(dot)net

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly H

This is great, thanks a lot. I have become a Facebook fan, put a comment on your facebook wall, added a status update on my facebook page with your business highlighted, and became a follower of your blog. :-) Hope you have a good day.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren S.

Added a post about your giveaway on my facebook wall -- kholt1211(at)comcast(dot)net

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly H

I follow you on networked blogs

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne Fielding Paul

Cindy, Left a comment on your fan page. The textures you are using and the treatment of your images are among my favorites on the web. I use them for inspiration and although I don't try to copy I think I can see your influence in my work. Joe

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Rone

Grazie. Il linguaggio fotografico che usate è poesia che non ha bisogno di traduzione. Pace in terra agli uomini di buona volontà e auguri, di cuore, di serenità. Chiara

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchiara

Christmas Eve at Grandma's with all the family & a traditional Polish supper - so happy & great food

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

Liked and commented on your FB page. Just now finding your work through the Totally Rad promotion. Really enjoying it!! I appreciate the sharing of information as well. Can't say enough about your photography and use of textures though, just excellent!

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLapis Lazuli

Hi there, Cindy! As you know, I didn't grow up celebrating Christmas, but I will never forget the first Christmas I spent with my husband's family when we were still dating. It was such a warm and happy affair. Everyone had homemade stockings with their names on them, stuffed full of Clementine tangerines, fun socks and other such goodies. When my future mother-in-law showed me that they had made a stocking just for me with my name on it, I nearly started crying. It was such a sweet gesture and it really made me feel loved and included. (*grin*)

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHarsi

Hi Cindy!

The best Christmas memories go back to the time of my childhood when we met in the country in the grandparents' house to prepare the Christmas meal in Venezuela is called "Hallaca" after spending the day preparing the dish, we dressed in new clothes and visits we expected to eat, dance and celebrate those moments of happiness.
Those are my fondest memories

December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Violeta Velez

Wow! Thanks for the giveaway...

When I was a younger our family would light up the luminaries in front of our home and walk around the neighborhood view all the pretty lights. We would then come home and have a warm cup of hot chocolate by the fire and read a story Twas the night before christmas. Great memories!!!

December 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpaige

Hi Cindy!

I went to facebook to post in your blog and publish on my own page as well.


December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Violeta Velez

I left a comment on your fan page. Beautiful work!

December 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpaige

I linked on my fb page and I shared your blog with others.

December 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpaige

My favorite Christmas memory is of my children. My daughter was 3 and my son was 2. We had set up a video camera to watch them come see their presents from Santa. We had to make all kinds of noise to wake them up. My daughter came into the room, looked at all the stuff, then went back out again about 3 times. She finally went and woke her brother up and they just sat down in the living room. They had not idea what was going on. We laughed because it was so innocent and cute. They're 18 and 17 now and it is still a Christmas we enjoy talking about.

December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne

I "Liked" your site and added it to mine. Thank you!!

December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne

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