Sunday, July 27, 2014

Easy Sunday.



Maxwell's taking it easy today. We think that's a fabulous idea. How about you?

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Thanks to you, A Tonk's Tail is up for the Petties' Funniest Blog Award!
Winning would mean $1,000 for the cats of Great Plains SPCA.
Their numbers are creeping up to 800 - and they are running out of supplies.


http://petties.dogtime.com/finalist-voting

You have our heartfelt thanks!



Sunday's Shelter Sweetie: Guinness

"Hi there potential adopter! My name is Guinness, and I'm just under one year old."


"From what I hear, that is the just the purrfect age to adopt a cat. I'm over most of the kitten crazies, and you can really tell what type of kitty I'm going to be when I grow up.

And I think you're going to like what you see when you come visit me! As you can see from my video, I do enjoy playing.

But a guy needs to be well rounded, and I like to cuddle just as much. So, if you come home from a hard day at work, you can count on me to make you feel better. My purr motor is just very calming and I'm glad to share with you.

I also enjoy playing with other kitties and I'd be terrific with kids as well. I'd like to be modest, but this is my chance to tell you more about myself! I'm pretty popular here at Great Plains SPCA in Merriam, as I'm quite friendly and easy going.

I'd love to visit with you and see if we're a good match. I'm looking for a sweet person or family to make me a member of their family. I'd like to be adopted by someone who has time to play with me and I promise to make it very entertaining!

Come by soon and ask to see Guinness!"



And did you know that all adult cats are fee-waived right now at Great plains SPCA? Yep, so swing on by the Merriam Campus of Great Plains and meet Guinness in purrson!

http://www.greatplainsspca.org/



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cat Art Hop: Making a Meme

Ever wondered how the ubiquitous cat meme is made?
Or how to make your own?


Here's how we did it:
First, the obvious. Something about the photo has to strike your funny bone.
Then, you need to figure out how to make it funny in as few words as possible.

As Maya Angelou once told our mom, this isn't easy.
One of the harder things she'd ever done was to write a greeting card, she told Momma. Because you had to be succinct, and you had to make every word count.

Our funny photo. Faraday's range of expressions are endless! Poor guy, so longsuffering....

Then you need to have a photo editing program. This doesn't have to be a fancy one. In fact, if you're on a PC, you can use Paint - and it comes native with the operating system. Or you can upload your image to Picfont and make your meme in your browser.

If you wish to use an app on your computer, you need to install the font used to make memes: Impact. You can get Impact - for both Mac and PC - at this link here.

If you use Picfont, select the headline font - that's the online version of Impact.
If you want to try it in Paint, here is a step-by-step instruction page you can follow to add a text layer.

If you have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, open your photo, then create a new text layer and type your meme. You'll need to size and position accordingly once you've written it out.

To create the black outline around the letters, simply select Layer: Layer Style: Stroke.


The size of the stroke (3 pixels, 6 pixels, etc) will depend on the size of your image.

Re-save the photo with the text on it, and ... tah-dahhh!

Literally. *snerk*
With a nod to the Godfather. (Um, and Zoolander.)
Sorry dood. Michael Corleone did it better. 

This post is part of a blog hop. You can find the other participants' entries at this link here!
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Thanks to you, A Tonk's Tail is up for the Petties' Funniest Blog Award!
Winning would mean $1,000 for the cats of Great Plains SPCA.
Their numbers are creeping up to 800 - and they are running out of supplies.

http://petties.dogtime.com/finalist-voting

You have our heartfelt thanks!