Friday, 27 September 2013

How to add a Vignette border to your blog background



This is a great effect which adds depth to a webpage or blog.

From my experience, it completely changes a drab website to something deeper i.e. a layered look.

I you would like to see the effect in action, you can visit the following blogs, welcometosugartown.blogspot.com.au and carmenjenner.com.

Ok, so the code...

CSS:

This part of the code is simply added to your blog by clicking on Template►Customise►Advanced►Add CSS and pasting it into the window, then clicking the Apply to Blog button.

.vignette {
   position: fixed;
   top: 0;
   left: 0;
   width: 100%;
   height: 100%;
   -moz-box-shadow: inset 0 0 10em #000;  
   -webkit-box-shadow: inset 0 0 10em #000;   
   box-shadow: inset 0 0 10em #000;
}

You will also need to add a div to the HTML of your blog, so before you go there, read my post HERE on backing up your blogger blog.

Now, to add this to your blog's fundamental HTML, click Template►Edit HTML. Then click anywhere in the code you see. Type CTRL "f" (to find). type <body into the search area and hit enter. It should find the opening "body" tag Looks something like this <body> or <body........>
Underneath this line paste the following piece of HTML code:

<div class='vignette'></div>

Click Preview Template and make sure you like the look before clicking the Save Template button.

That's it! I have been really happy with its effect on the blogs I have used it on.
Any questions, leave a comment!
 

Monday, 27 May 2013

How to - Create a Background Using Multiple Background Images



Currently the Multiple Background property is only visible in modern browsers i.e.

IE (Internet Explorer) V9.0 onwards
Firefox V3.6 onwards
Chrome V4.0 All versions
Safari All versions
Opera 10.5 onwards

The current updates of all browsers (including android) support the use of multiple backgrounds. Those of you hanging on to older versions... UPDATE THEM!


How to tell if your browser supports Multiple Backgrounds?

Well... the simplest way is to look at my blog, if you see the following pattern vertically at both the left and right edges of the page, BINGO!



Now... the fun begins!

The following is the code to use if you want to take advantage of the Multiple Backgrounds effect.

body {
          background: url('bottom image url') top repeat; /* for older browsers, this will give your bottom image ONLY */

          background: url('top-image url') top left repeat-y, 
                                    url('middle image url') top right repeat-y,
                                    url('bottom image url') top repeat;
          background-attachment: scroll;

          margin:0;
}

The "bottom image url" part of the code is your full repeating background. It appears twice in the code, so be sure to use the same image URL in both areas. The best thing to use is a seamless pattern... something like this:


Google "Free Seamless Background" and you will discover gazillions!

It is also possible to use a color instead of an image. In this instance you would replace this full line of code:

 url('bottom image url') top repeat; 

with:

#000000;

#000000 is the hex code for black. For a fairly comprehensive list of Hex Colour Codes, please visit my post HERE.

The sections of code which read top image url and middle image url are your repeating edges. I would use either the same image or the same image flipped.

You can either use a long transparent image (like mine) so you can see the bottom background through it, or a small repeatable image like this:


The result of using the two images above would look something like this:



All you need to do is upload your images to your favourite photo/image sharing site, and obtain the image URL's. The URL's are then pasted into the code above.

You can also make your background scroll up as you move down your blog's page (as in the code above denoted by the green "scroll"), or you can have it remain static by changing this word to fixed.


Embedding the code to make it active!

The code itself, is just a little bit of CSS, so all you need to do is go to:

Template →
Customise →
Advanced →
Add CSS →
Paste your completed code into the content box and whala!

Take a look and if it displays how you want it to, click the Apply to Blog button.

I think that covers everything, but as always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Design Elements Giveaway!




I am offering up my first ever Rafflecopter Giveaway!

I am so freakin' excited!

Not for any reason really... I am on break from University and need the practice!

And NO Carmen, you cannot enter, you get free s*%t all the time!

The giveaway runs for a week and has a few terms and conditions (listed in the Rafflecopter below). It is assumed that entrants in this prize draw, accept the aforementioned terms and conditions.

Also, to reiterate, the prize is ONE of the items listed in the Rafflecopter, winners choice!

GOODLUCK!


Saturday, 18 May 2013

Day 7:
MAY MONSTER MADNESS
Blog Hop!



May Monster Madness Blog Hop

I am so excited to be taking part in the annual May Monster Madness Blog Hop for 2013! Brought to you by Annie Walls (Author), Emma from Little Gothic Horrors, and Ked from Something Wicked this Way Comes...



I just wanted to begin this post by saying a huge thank you to Annie, Emma and Ked for creating the brilliant, and slightly creepy May Monster Madness Blog Hop!

I would also like to say a massive thanks to all the bloggers who took the time to create seven posts over seven days, and even managed to do the rounds of all the partaking blogs, commenting on the posts! It was a GRUELING week but we all made it!

The posts have been funny, intelligent, controversial and down-right spooky! Thanks to all the new followers I have and the e-friends I have made.

Now... for my final (and yes... late!) post.

 


The following is a (debatable) list of histories most evil monsters!

 10 Delphine LaLaurie



LaLaurie was a sadistic socialite who lived in New Orleans. Her home was a chamber of horrors. On April 10, 1834, a fire broke out in the mansion’s kitchen, and firefighters found two slaves chained to the stove. They appeared to have started the fire themselves, in order to attract attention. The firefighters were lead by other slaves to the attic, where the real surprise was. Over a dozen disfigured and maimed slaves were manacled to the walls or floors. Several had been the subjects of gruesome medical experiments. One man appeared to be part of some bizarre sex change, a woman was trapped in a small cage with her limbs broken and reset to look like a crab, and another woman with arms and legs removed, and patches of her flesh sliced off in a circular motion to resemble a caterpillar. Some had had their mouths sewn shut, and had subsequently starved to death, whilst others had their hands sewn to different parts of their bodies. Most were found dead, but some were alive and begging to be killed, to release them from the pain. LaLaurie fled before she could be bought to justice – she was never caught. You can read a more indepth article on Delphine LaLaurie here.


 9 Ilse Koch



Known as The “Bitch of Buchenwald” because of her sadistic cruelty towards prisoners, Ilse Koch was married to another evil Nazi, who served in the SS, Karl Otto Koch, but outshone him in the depraved, inhumane disregard for life which was her trademark. She used her sexual prowess by wandering around the camps naked, with a whip, and if any man so much as glanced at her she would have them shot on the spot. The most infamous accusation against Ilse Koch was that she had selected inmates with interesting tattoos to be killed, so that their skins could be made into lampshades for her home (though, unfortunately, no evidence of these lampshades has been found). After the war she was arrested and spent time in prison on different charges, eventually hanging herself in her cell in 1967, apparently consumed by guilt.


 8 Shirō Ishii



Ishii was a microbiologist and the lieutenant general of Unit 731, a biological warfare unit of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. He was born in the former Shibayama Village of Sanbu District in Chiba Prefecture, and studied medicine at Kyoto Imperial University. In 1932, he began his preliminary experiments in biological warfare as a secret project for the Japanese military. In 1936, Unit 731 was formed. Ishii built a huge compound — more than 150 buildings over six square kilometers — outside the city of Harbin, China.

Some of the numerous atrocities committed by Ishii, and others under his command in Unit 731, include: vivisection of living people (including pregnant women who were impregnated by the doctors), prisoners had limbs amputated and reattached to other parts of their body, some prisoners had parts of their bodies frozen and thawed to study the resulting untreated gangrene. Humans were also used as living test cases for grenades and flame throwers. Prisoners were injected with inoculations of disease, disguised as vaccinations, to study their effects. To study the effects of untreated venereal diseases, male and female prisoners were deliberately infected with syphilis and gonorrhea via rape, then studied. A complete list of these horrors can be found here.

Having been granted immunity by the American Occupation Authorities at the end of the war, Ishii never spent any time in jail for his crimes and died at the age of 67, of throat cancer.


 7 Ivan IV of Russia



Ivan IV of Russia, also know as Ivan the Terrible, was the Grand Duke of Muscovy, from 1533 to 1547, and was the first ruler of Russia to assume the title of Tsar. In 1570, Ivan was under the belief that the elite of the city of Novgorod planned to defect to Poland, and led an army to stop them, on January 2. Ivan’s soldiers built walls around the perimeter of the city in order to prevent the people of the city escaping. Between 500 and 1000 people were gathered every day by the troops, then tortured and killed in front of Ivan and his son. In 1581, Ivan beat his pregnant daughter-in-law for wearing immodest clothing, causing a miscarriage. His son, also named Ivan, upon learning of this, engaged in a heated argument with his father, which resulted in Ivan striking his son in the head with his pointed staff, causing his son’s (accidental) death.


 6 Oliver Cromwell



The Cromwellian conquest of Ireland (1649–53) refers to the re-conquest of Ireland by the forces of the English Parliament, led by Oliver Cromwell, during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. The consequence of this conquest (in order to displace Catholic authority) was 200,000 civilian deaths from war-related famine and disease, and 50 thousand Irish being taken as slaves. Cromwell considered Catholics to be heretics so the Irish conquest was a modern day Crusade for him. The bitterness caused by the Cromwellian settlement was a powerful source of Irish nationalism from the 17th century onwards. He died in 1658, and was so hated that, in 1661, he was exhumed from the grave and given a posthumous execution – his corpse was hung in chains at Tyburn, and he was later dismembered and his remains thrown into a pit, with his head being displayed on a pole outside Westminster Hall for the next twenty-four years.


 5 Jiang Qing



Jiang Qing was the wife of Mao Tse-tung, the Communist dictator of China. Through clever maneuvering, she managed to reach the highest position of power within the communist party (short of being President). It is believed that she was the main driving force behind China’s Cultural Revolution (of which she was the deputy director). During the Cultural Revolution, much economic activity was halted, and countless ancient buildings, artifacts, antiques, books and paintings were destroyed by Red Guards. The 10 years of the Cultural Revolution also brought the education system to a virtual halt, and many intellectuals were sent to prison camps. Millions of people in China, reportedly, had their human rights annulled during the Cultural Revolution. Millions more were also forcibly displaced. Estimates of the death toll – civilians and Red Guards – from various Western and Eastern sources are about 500,000 in the true years of chaos of 1966—1969, but some estimates are as high as 3 million deaths, with 36 million being persecuted.


 4 Pol Pot



Pol Pot was the leader of the Khmer Rouge and the Prime Minister of Cambodia, from 1976 to 1979, having been de facto leader since mid-1975. During his time in power, Pol Pot imposed an extreme version of agrarian communism where all city dwellers were relocated to the countryside to work in collective farms and forced labour projects. The combined effect of slave labour, malnutrition, poor medical care and executions is estimated to have killed around 2 million Cambodians (approximately one third of the population). His regime achieved special notoriety for singling out all intellectuals and other “bourgeois enemies” for murder. The Khmer Rouge committed mass executions in sites known as the Killing Fields. The executed were buried in mass graves. In order to save ammunition, executions were often carried out using hammers, axe handles, spades or sharpened bamboo sticks.


 3 Heinrich Himmler



Heinrich Himmler, the architect of the holocaust and final solution, and considered to be the biggest mass murderer ever, by some (although it’s really Josef Stalin). The holocaust would not have happened if not for this man. He tried to breed a master race of Nordic appearance, the Aryan race. His plans for racial purity were ended by Hitler’s vanity in making rash military decisions rather than letting his generals make them, thus ending the war prematurely. Himmler was captured after the war. He unsuccessfully tried to negotiate with the west, and was genuinely shocked to be treated as a criminal upon capture. He committed suicide by swallowing a cyanide capsule he had bit upon.


 2 Adolf Hitler



Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany in 1933, becoming “Führer” in 1934 until his suicide in 1945. By the end of the second world war, Hitler’s policies of territorial conquest and racial subjugation had brought death and destruction to tens of millions of people, including the genocide of some six million Jews, in what is now known as the Holocaust. On 30 April, 1945, after intense street-to-street combat, when Soviet troops were spotted within a block or two of the Reich Chancellory, Hitler committed suicide, shooting himself while simultaneously biting into a cyanide capsule. Hitler ranks over Himmler merely for the fact that it was in his power to prevent Himmler’s policies being implemented.


 1 Josef Stalin



Stalin was General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s Central Committee, from 1922 until his death, in 1953. Under Stalin’s leadership, the Ukraine suffered from a famine (Holodomor) so great it is considered by many to be an act of genocide on the part of Stalin’s government. Estimates of the number of deaths range from 2.5 million to 10 million. The famine was caused by direct political and administrative decisions. In addition to the famine, Stalin ordered purges within the Soviet Union of any person deemed to be an enemy of the state. In total, estimates of the number murdered under Stalins reign, range from 10 million to 60 million.




And with that brings a close to what I believe was a very successful May Monster Madness for 2013.

Thanks again, for all those who took part, and I will be visiting most of you soon. Here's to a bigger and better 2014!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Day 6:
MAY MONSTER MADNESS
Blog Hop!



May Monster Madness Blog Hop

I am so excited to be taking part in the annual May Monster Madness Blog Hop for 2013! Brought to you by Annie Walls (Author), Emma from Little Gothic Horrors, and Ked from Something Wicked this Way Comes...


This post is going to be all about the SUPASTAR that is
Creature from the Black Lagoon!

I'm not going to review, as I will leave you to make your own opinions. For those of you who have seen the film, NICE WORK! For those who have not, skip "The Plot" section as it contains (is one big) Spoilers, and go rent/buy it now!

The Promo Poster:


The Trailer:


The Plot (SPOILERS):


A geology expedition in the Amazon uncovers fossilized evidence from the Devonian period of a link between land and sea animals in the form of a skeletal hand with webbed fingers. Expedition leader Dr. Carl Maia (Antonio Moreno) visits his friend, Dr. David Reed (Richard Carlson), an ichthyologist who works at a marine biology institute. Reed persuades the institute's financial backer, Dr. Mark Williams (Richard Denning), to fund a return expedition to the Amazon to look for the remainder of the skeleton.

They go aboard a tramp steamer, the Rita, which is captained by a crusty old codger named Lucas (Nestor Paiva). The expedition consists of David, Carl and Mark, as well as Reed's girlfriend, Kay Lawrence (Julie Adams), and another scientist, Dr. Edwin Thompson (Whit Bissell). When they arrive at the camp, they discover that Maia's entire research team has been mysteriously killed while he was away. Lucas suggests it was done by a jaguar, but the others are unsure. In fact, the camp was attacked by a piscine amphibious humanoid, a living member of the same species from which the fossil originated. The creature, curious upon seeing the expedition, investigates the camp site, but when its sudden appearance frightens the members, they attack it, and in response, the enraged creature kills them.

The excavation of the area where Carl found the hand turns up nothing. Mark is ready to give up the search, but David suggests that perhaps thousands of years ago the part of the embankment containing the rest of the skeleton fell into the water and was washed downriver. Lucas says that the tributary empties into a lagoon known as the "Black Lagoon", a paradise from which no one has ever returned. The scientists decide to risk it, unaware that the amphibious "Gill-man" that killed Carl's assistants earlier has been watching them. Taking notice of the beautiful Kay, it follows the Rita all the way downriver to the Black Lagoon. Once the expedition arrives, David and Mark go diving to collect fossils from the lagoon floor. After they return, Kay goes swimming and is stalked underwater by the creature, who then gets briefly caught in one of the ship's draglines. Although it escapes, it leaves behind a claw in the net, revealing its existence to the scientists.

Subsequent encounters with the Gill-man claim the lives of two of Lucas's crew members, before the Gill-man is captured and locked in a cage on board the Rita. It escapes during the night and attacks Edwin, who was guarding it. Kay hits the beast with a lantern; driving it off before it can kill Edwin. Following this incident, David decides they should return to civilization, but as the Rita tries to leave, they find the entrance blocked by fallen logs, courtesy of the escaped Gill-man.

While the others attempt to remove the logs, Mark is mauled to death trying to capture the creature single-handedly underwater. The creature then abducts Kay and takes her to his cavern lair. David, Lucas, and Carl give chase to save her. Kay is rescued and the creature is riddled with bullets before he retreats to the lagoon where his body sinks in the watery depths, presumably dead.

From Wikipedia

Promo Photo Shoot

On set

The Reboot:

In March of 2012, Universal announced that a reboot is in production, and will simply be referred to as The Black Lagoon rather than The Creature from the Black Lagoon, in order to distinguish the two versions. The film is expected to hit theaters by May of 2014. Only a year to go people!

To finish off folks, here are a few photo's of people who thought enough of our misunderstood monster, to have him tattooed!









Thanks again for visiting. I hope you have enjoyed the 6th day of May Monster Madness, and please don't forget to visit the other INCREDIBLE personalities on the hop below.


Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Day 5:
MAY MONSTER MADNESS
Blog Hop!



May Monster Madness Blog Hop

I am so excited to be taking part in the annual May Monster Madness Blog Hop for 2013! Brought to you by Annie Walls (Author), Emma from Little Gothic Horrors, and Ked from Something Wicked this Way Comes...



The following is a poem I read in high school, way before I knew who the AMAZING (and ridiculously multi-talented) Neil Gaiman was. It actually effected me in such a profound manner, but was something which was lost to me for years...

Then, a few years ago, I was scouring through a $2.00 shop book bin and discovered a collection called "The Giant Book of Vampires" (ISBN 9781854873699). Not only did it contain the missing poem but also a story called "Human Remains" by the breathtaking Clive Barker. Introducing me to Clive's work.




Vampire Sestina

I wait here at the boundaries of dream,
All shadow-wrapped. The dark air tastes of night,
So cold and crisp, and I wait for my love.
The moon has bleached the color from her stone.
She'll come, and then we'll stalk this pretty world
Alive to darkness and the tang of blood.

It is a lonely game, the quest for blood.
But still, a body's got the right to dream
And I'd not give it up for all the world.
The moon has leeched the darkness from the night.
I stand in the shadows, staring at her stone:
Undead, my lover... O, undead my love?

I dreamt you while I slept today and love meant more to me than life - meant more than blood.
The sunlight sought me, deep beneath my stone,
More dead than my corpse but still a-dream
Until I woke as vapor into the night
And sunset forced me out into the world.

For many centuries I've walked the world
Dispensing something that resembled love -
A stolen kiss, then back into the night
Contented by the life and by the blood.
And come the morning I was just a dream,
Cold body chilling underneath a stone.

I said I would not hurt you. Am I stone
To leave you prey to time and to the world?
I offered you a truth beyond your dreams
While all you had to offer was your love.
I told you not to worry and that blood
Tastes sweeter on the wing and late at night.

Sometimes my lovers rise to walk the night...
Sometimes they lie, cold corpse beneath the stone,
And never know the joys of bed and blood,
Of walking through the shadows of the world;
Instead they rot to maggots. O my love
They whispered you had risen, in my dream.

I've waited by your stone for half the night
But you won't leave your dream to hunt for blood.
Good night, my love. I offered you the world.


by Neil Gaiman


Here's hoping you liked it as much as I do.

Get hop hop hopping to the other blogs!


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Day 4:
MAY MONSTER MADNESS
Blog Hop!



May Monster Madness Blog Hop

I am so excited to be taking part in the annual May Monster Madness Blog Hop for 2013! Brought to you by Annie Walls (Author), Emma from Little Gothic Horrors, and Ked from Something Wicked this Way Comes...



Ok so here is my May Monster Madness nightmare...

In some bizarro world, we all move into a haunted mansion, and deck it out with the following priceless artifacts!



A Coffee Table held up by long drops of blood! This is freakin' rad!


Clown fobia anyone?



Matching Sofa and Coffee Table


Sauce for the kiddies!



These are so adorable! Salt and pepper shakers, and when you turn them to face each other, they hug!


Must... eat... brain... cookies!



Creepy tea to go with that creepy tea cozy anyone?



And finally we wallpaper the entire house... glorious isn't it?

The next few are in my opinion... completely GROSS! Like EEeeeewwwwwwww!
Looks like an art installation of some description, but for our Monster House, I think they would be perfect!





Milk jug!!! Sooooo wrong!


On that note folks, I am outa here! Thanks again to all for some amazing stops on this hop, I am having an absolute blast visiting your blogs and e-meeting you all.

To the general public who may (or may not!) be trapsing around after us, please make sure you visit ALL of the following blogs!

Peace out!


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