Sunday, December 23, 2012

Awesome Photo collage Mosaic maker Plus Latest Creation

Download Photo Collage Maker

     I found a super fun and engrossing artistic software the other day when Giveaway of the Day featured it! So I thought I'd spread the word to you plus show you my first creation with it.
     Here's how the developers describe it "Create perfect photo collages every time! Artensoft Photo Collage Maker will bring new life into your digital photo collection by turning pictures into stunning collages.
     There’s no color blending producing faux digital mosaic; instead, Artensoft Photo Collage Maker uses advanced mix-and-match to assemble a perfect photo collage out of a number of different images. Just look at the 100% crop of the image above to see the level of detail:

     All you need to create an impressive photo collage is a master image, (I used this one taken by my talented daughter of herself :) ):

     Next, add a preferably large library of cell images. (I used more than 500, as they recommend. I used my own plus my daughter's art and photography, but they also have cell images you can download and use if you prefer. I used files including photos taken by myself or my daughter, plus images of our art created with real media such as acrylics or pastels or other art software programs.)
     Add Artensoft Photo Collage Maker to that mix, and a few mouse clicks later, voila! Instant mosaic! Here's a low-resolution version of mine so it won't take too long for this page to load:
Tenaya by Joan McCray, Tenaya K. and Artensoft Photo Collage Maker


     Neat, huh?
     Now the whole family and her friends will enjoy looking at the artwork plus seeing what tiny images they can find within it of themselves, etc. A very fancy "Where's Waldo?" n'est pas?
     Artensoft has a cool gallery where you can see some marvelous works. You can also buy your own version of the software there:
Photo collage maker - Amazing, Affordable and simple photocollage Software. Download Now!: "

     I can forsee getting addicted and spending many an enjoyable therapeutic hour playing with this software, and I recommend you try it too. :)
     Enjoy and have an artsy holiday season!

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Free Video Game Today Chronoclasm Chronicles Normally $10

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

"O" My Mess -- Some Fond Sticky Situation Memories, Tips and a Great Contest from Wet Ones!

      Ever notice how kids and sticky-ness just seem to go together? Kids are attracted to messes like magnets are to metal! Some of my fondest memories of my kids growing up involve "sticky situations" though. So Wet Ones' Sticky Situations Facebook contest is right up my alley!
      "Wet Ones is giving us the opportunity to share all of the Sticky Situations we have found ourselves in and tips on how to deal with them! Simply log on their Facebook Contest and share your story and tips, and you can be entered to win:
- an iPad Mini 



3 sets of prize packs with tickets for 4 people to go to Six Flags. 

     I know 'tis the season to be busy, but don't worry. I just entered and it doesn’t take long at all! Here’s the link to enter:
     Hurry though. The contest deadline is:
.December 28, 2012 @ 09:59 pm (EST)
     One of my first "sticky situations" memories has to do with my first child, then a toddler. I can still picture it even though she's now 20 years old!
     We were in the living room and I had to answer the phone. But I'd made the mistake of leaving an open box of those famous "o's" cereal within her reach because I was just about to give her some. 
     Of course, when I returned, my cutie had strewn the little o's all over the living room carpet, and was happily picking up, throwing them about, and otherwise playing with them. Although my mom probably would have freaked out at the view, I just had to giggle because she was having so much fun. So I let her play a little before I took photos (which I wish I could find to show you right now!) and started vacuuming. But not before wiping off her cute little hands with wipes first because of all that sticky cereal "dust." 
     I learned that day never to leave an open box of cereal in my child's reach if I didn't want a recurrence of the huge mess. Instead, put single servings worth of cereal into a little tupperware or other foodsafe plastic container and take that with your child. (Draw a big "O" on it with permanent marker if that is your child's favorite.) Even if they get a hold of it, it won't be enough to fill the carpet. And if they still want to play, let them throw one "o" at a time into the container from a reasonable distance according to age. This makes a fun counting game for little ones. Or have them learn to say the "o" sound.
     I've also always enjoyed my kids doing arts and crafts. (Ok, so I love doing them with them.) Sometimes, the messier the better. 
     When renting an apartment, though, I had to take some precautions to protect the floor and adjoining white wall next to the art easel before letting my child go wild with paints and other craft supplies. So I got a dollar store shower curtain and taped one side to the rug on the floor using duct tape. Then I used hooks at the top of the wall to hang the other side of the shower curtain, making sure the bottom of that section was taped with duct tape to the floor shower curtain. 
     Voila, instant art area! Now the whole area was protected for paint and any inadvertent splashing. It worked great through many a masterpiece! From paintings to clay clowns to ooblek! (Yes homeschool science projects have given us great sticky memories too, including many with my sons!)
      Plus whenever the plastic shower curtains got too messy, it was easy to use Wet Ones clean up!

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Free Family Travel Homeschool Unit

Check out Homeschool Freebie of the Day: for a really cool family fun and learning unit: "Taking it on the Road: Fun for Homeschoolers Away from Home by Lynda Coats (PDF ebook)

Headed out on the road this holiday season? Today’s freebie will help make the trip itself a memorable, fun learning experience.

Here’s what author Lynda Coats says about this great new ebook:

“We all realize that homeschooling doesn’t always happen at home, so I’ve created Taking it on the Road: Fun for Homeschoolers Away from Home to help you make the most of those moments on the road."

"This delightful little book offers exciting ideas to incorporate teaching into errand-running,vacations, and other travel time. It is essentially a unit study based on travel and going places. There are enjoyable learning activities in all subject areas for all ages, with many designed for the whole family together.  Each activity is based on my twenty years of homeschooling experience.
Because I know that space in your car is limited, I’ve formatted tightly, so that you can easily print it out, and place it into the easy-to-carry format you like best and it will fit neatly into a standard size tote bag or seat pocket. You’ll have hours of fun, educational activities at your fingertips!
Try it out and enjoy learning together on your next trip!”

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Free Vintage Christmas with Mother Goose! Comic

     I love this comic being offered by Homeschool Freebie of the Day:  "MORE Christmas with Mother Goose! (PDF e-comic book)
     This year we found yet another delightful vintage collection of Christmas comic book stories for young at heart readers of all ages, by the incomparable Walt Kelly! These feature Mother Goose characters and of course good ol’ Santa in some truly classic children’s comics and poems – very funny and well written, with some of the best artwork ever done for young children’s comics. This is “just for fun” stuff your kids will adore. And if you want some educational value from it, check out the “months of the year” story for little ones learning just that. Don’t miss it!"
     To download yours, go here:
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Free licensed PlayClaw Gaming Software

"For showing off slick new tricks or proving you really can take down The Boss with one shot, nothing shows it better than video. Before PlayClaw no other option worked well with modern games, because cutting edge games try to hog every ounce of your PC’s power leaving few resources for other applications."
System Requirements:Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 (x32/x64); PlayClaw supports games based on DirectX 8, 9, 10, 11 and OpenGL. Administrator rights to run software are mandatory
Publisher:Sytexis software
File Size:19.6 MB
Price:The program is available for $47.77, but it will befree for our visitors as a time-limited offer.

To download your copy go here:
Giveaway of the Day - free licensed software daily. PlayClaw Hardcore - PlayClaw is a very useful tool for almost every game player and a "must-have" tool for hardcore gamers.:
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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Free Simply Good Pictures 2 Photo Software

More free photo software! Check out Daily Software Giveaway: today for "Simply Good Pictures 2...composed of a complex network of psychovisual and mathematical procedures, allowing the software to analyze any photo with high precision, provide visual optimization, and make it look more realistic.

The most essential component to this process is the reconstruction of the image in a way consistent with how the human eye would have seen it. Simultaneously, an innovative selective object detection algorithm ensures that the only parts of the picture to be optimized are the parts which need to be. With this process, Simply Good Pictures is practically a fully automated photo lab in your pocket: pictures receive a widened dynamic range, human faces in the picture are detected and optimized by relevance, exposure mistakes and colors are corrected, and shadows are lightened. The software can apply any and all of these functions without any required user action."

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Free Sky Aces: World War II Video Game

Game Giveaway of the Day - Sky Aces: World War II: "Sky Aces: World War II is an arcade aviation simulator dedicated to the events of WW II, and the airplanes participating in the conflict over the whole world. This updated version includes improved graphics, better frame rates, new features, improved user interface and HUD plus experimental support for local network games with two players.

The distinctive features of the game are models of airplanes of elaborate detail, copied from drawings and historically colored. Using slightly simplified physics, learning the controls of the airplanes is accomplished quickly and easily while providing for a fun gaming experience.

NOTE: The game is not a full fledged simulator and cannot make a pilot out of you; instead it lets you experience, from virtual piloting, a maximal adrenaline rush."

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System Requirements: Windows 98/ ME/ XP/ Vista/ 7; Pentium III processor; 256 Mb RAM; 50 Mb HD space; 32 Mb video memory; Sound card; DirectX 7
Publisher: Fly Games
Homepage: http://game.giveawayofthe...
File Size: 38.9 MB
Price: The program is available for $6.99, but it will be free for our visitors as a time-limited offer.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Possible Free Art Supplies

From time to time, Conté à Paris may send out samples to interested artists. For your chance to receive free samples, please complete the below request form. Subject to availability. By signing up, you agree to receive marketing information from Conté à Paris. This will include our monthly newsletter and other relevant information such as competitions and other great offers.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Win GUM Oral Care Products Or An IPad Mini

You could win Oral Care Products:
Enter to win a Sunstar GUM daily prize pack! But wait, there’s more! Get 5 friends to sign up and you’ll win a GUM toothbrush AND be entered to win an iPad mini!
To enter, please go here: 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Free ebook about Taming the “HOMESCHOOL INFORMATION OVERLOAD” Monster « Homeschool Freebie of the Day

     Homeschool Freebie of the Day is offering a special report. Here's how they describe something I experience. How about you?
     "Information overload is a factor of life. At times we all get tired and stressed, and either stall out or stray from our plans due to too much information. But it isn’t enough to just know what causes information overload. You must actively guard yourself from it, and take strategic steps toward taming it and getting back on track as soon as possible. In this report, discover practical strategies for dealing with “homeschool information overload” and learn how to free up more of your precious time for what is really important in your life. MUST reading for every online homeschool mom!"

To download your copy go here:
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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Free licensed AllMySongs Database 2.2 Software Today

Free Songs Software today:
"AllMySongs Database is a music library for managing and cataloging music files and AudioCD. Supports MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, FLAC and other music file formats. You can easily find any song from your music collection according to title, album, artist, genre etc. or any complex conditions. Also, with AllMySongs Database powerful tools you can automatically download album covers, artists photos, artists biography, AudioCD information from the Internet."
To get your copy go here:
Giveaway of the Day - free licensed software daily. Today: AllMySongs Database 2.2 - AllMySongs Database is a music library for managing and cataloging music files and AudioCD. Supports MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, FLAC ...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Game Giveaway of the Day - Splotches

     Giveaway of the Day is offering a fun free artsy type game today. Here's how they describe "Splotches," which normally costs $5:
      "Make a mess! Splotches is a colorful, splattery puzzle game littered with paint and explosions. Spread and mix colors to make brownsplosions on your way to destroying the Rainbow Orb. Get past locked walls, teleporters, conveyors, mines and more as you solve tricky challenges. Play easy levels, play hard levels, or make your own levels! Just be sure to bring some goggles and gloves."
     To download your video game go here:
Game Giveaway of the Day - Splotches: