David Archuleta and Download Tuesday! Jeff LeBlanc’s new CD has dropped! A fan gathering. A fan encounter. National Cheesecake Day! A tutorial in photo-editing, As Found aRound

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Credit:  Christine (Greensboro)

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~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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It’s Download Tuesday! Get Jeff Leblanc’s CD NOW!

I downloaded it last night and its great!  You’ll all really enjoy it!  The title track has a nice country feel to it.  A fave is I Don’t Want to Give Up ~ very catchy!  Wait, it might be Come a Little Closer.  I can’t decide!

Here’s the announcement on Jeff’s Facebook page, but click here and it will take you directly to iTunes!  Support a great talent and buy today!

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Fabulous Fan Lunch!

I wish I was there!  Thanks for sending this in Sue!  Miss you guys!

Hi FOD! 

@PlatinumArchie (Lily), @erlindita (Linda) & myself  (Sue) had an@SuzzyyFOD awesome time meeting for lunch today at Applebee’s in Palm Desert, CA. For the last few months, we’ve been trying to plan and meet up in a central location, as Linda lives a few hours away from Lily & I. We enjoyed a very yummy lunch and a fun afternoon, reminiscing about the Sounds of David event all three of us were able to attend this past April. Linda told us that she had not been able to go to one of David’s concerts yet!  Thankfully, Lily brought along her laptop, so we all spent a couple hours perusing through tons of pictures from David’s concerts, book signings and also road trips that Lily & I had been fortunate enough to experience with some other fan friends. The employees at the restaurant couldn’t have been nicer, taking pics for us and refilling our drinks, as we sat there for several hours talking and laughing. One of the best things about David’s fanbase is getting to know other fans and finding out how much we all have in common. Can’t wait til we can meet up again for another fan lunch…and we’re especially hoping for a “Homecoming” concert when David returns in 2014.

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More Fan Encounter Stories

We got another great fan encounter story to share with all of you!  From Pam Pike 

 The first time when you meet David Archuleta he is so cute and his deep golden eyes are fascinating you can lose yourself in them.  Your heart races and feels like it would burst out of your chest. It’s like hitting a home run over the center field fence.  You can hardly breathe, and yes, most of us are swept off our feet.

 I can’t recall when I had a more pleasant moment he was so easy to talk to.  I suppose it might be difficult for some to identify what it is about David that attracts you to him.  The combination of his charming personality, sense of humor and his good looks has a great presence. 

During his 2008 Idol Tour in Kansas City I met him when the buses arrived that afternoon in front of the venue.  My niece videoed taped our meeting and that video is still up on youtube and reminds me how fortunate I was to have given him a gift which included chapstick.  A playful David graciously interacted with us and gave us a memorial first meeting by applying the chapstick as we all watched in fun.  Two weeks later in Tulsa we again met and chapstick played a part in our discussion.  He informed me he lost the first one, it rolled under his bunk so I retrieved another one from my bag and gave it to him.  Ever since then I have made sure he has been supplied sufficiently with his favorite chapstick.

When I see him smile it makes life worthwhile and from the start he has been in my heart.

 See the vid here!  And send to our mailbox or to our FB page any fan encounter stories!

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Photoshop Elements ~ You can do it too!

@_MissBianca is offering advice to anyone who wants to take the Photoshop Challenge.  Warning ~ this is the technical part of my post today, but if you are serious about trying to learn the skills, read on!  Bianca explained where to get the information to change the pic from this:

To something like this:

I asked Bianca if she could give me, and others like me who are not photoshop (small p) proficient.  I don’t have Photoshop (big P) and use Paint, but it’s is very limiting.  Bianca has created beautiful scrapbook pages, and her site has a number of tips.

For the contest we are running on FOD, she suggested using “Photoshop Elements”. You can even try it free for a month.

Here is the other advice she sent along:

The difference between Photoshop (PS) and Photoshop Elements (PSE) is that the full thing costs about 8 times as much. PSE is great—does plenty. More than enough for most people. The essence of these tools is that they use layers that can be independently manipulated to do your work. “Paint” does not use layers; it is fundamentally different. Anything Paint can do, PSE can do but not the other way around.

There are 3 PSE tutorials on my web site on this page:


If the intent is to combine photographs, here is a quick explanation of what to do

  1. Find the photos to combine
  2. Cut the image out of one or more of the photos (there are 2,000 ways to do this and all of them can be hard)
  3. Combine the images
  4. Resize the components of the final image so they are correct relative to each other.
  5. Recolor one or more of the components so they all go together.
  6. Add shadows, if desired, to make the composite look more natural.
  7. Use one or more filters, such as with Gaussian blur, to create a dreamy effect if desired.

There are tutorials on Adobe’s web site, here:http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-elements/topics/getting-started-tutorials.html

And another here.


Bianca explained to me that most tutorials are technique based so you need to know understand the features of the tool you are using.  In project such as the one above, you are looking for “How to Simulate Photoshop’s Layer Mask Function in Photoshop Elements”.  On the other hand, Bianca’s tutorials are organized by what you want to achieve at the end.

I’m going to definitely try it!  Thanks a million B for explaining it and for helping our readers out!

 Send in your masterpiece by Saturday, August 3 by 6 pm EDT to fodfrontpage@gmail.com or tweet us at @fodfansofdavid !  Good luck!

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It’s National Cheesecake Day!

David and Richard

Who determines these days?  I did a search of our archives and “Cheesecake” is mentioned MANY times!  Mostly associated with the Cheesecake Factory (for those not from the US, a popular food establishment known for massive portions and so many amazing flavours of cheesecake).  And there might have been one or two references to Papa FOD’s well-known fondness for this dessert.

For example, there was this one tweet of David that was rumoured to have, but also may not have,  involved the Cheesecake Factory.

And here is a story from Elena about the Baltimore CFTH show and a fan get-together at Cheesecake Factory.  Original account can be found her:  https://fansofdavid.com/archives/33313

“We thought it would be great to hear David’s music in CCF, and we gave a CD to our waiter. She saw the CD and said: Oh, David was here last night! He was there with the girl ( *as we know it was Syesha) but he did not order anything. Everybody immediately recognized David, but some staff wanted to verify if this is David. So they asked the girl who came with him: “Is this David Archuleta?” and the girl said: “Yes! “They had absolutely no idea that the girl was Syesha! Lots of people ran to David to get an autograph, and some people were crying.  So what happened next was EPIC.

The waiter told David that there is a group of 40 FOD people made a reservation for the after the show dinner. And David wrote a note on the menu and asked the waiter to give it to us.!! ONLY DAVID CAN DO IT!  Here is the note”:

The night was a complete blessing. It was EPIC, AMAZING!

I hear that today at CCF, a slice of cheesecake is half price.  Woohoo!

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Ask, and you shall receive!

I asked about Pittsburgh 2009 pictures yesterday, and Amy sent in a few and a great story!  Thank you!

I think more vids were done at this concert than pics – it truly was an amazing show!  Here’s the one of mine that is only “okay.”  I also will include my VIP pic along with one of my bestest buds, Sherry.  The VIP was something that goes down in my book of top 10 favorite moments in life.  I sat up front, right in front of the keyboard, like a little kid, totally in awe of the spirit in front of me.  I went to “Heaven” with “Crazy.” 😉

Amy (in VA)

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As Found aRound

Credit: Ayu Wulandari @Ayuulan28
@DavidArchie #mentionsomeonehassweetsmile

Shelley’s Garden Rock!

Credit: Bel1Archie

I think I’ll end my lite post right there.  Yea.

Have a great Tuesday all.  Joanie will continue with our celebration week tomorrow!

Now go download Jeff’s CD!

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70 Responses to David Archuleta and Download Tuesday! Jeff LeBlanc’s new CD has dropped! A fan gathering. A fan encounter. National Cheesecake Day! A tutorial in photo-editing, As Found aRound

  1. sarahhazel says:

    Love the top pic….LOL, the look of that girl at the other side is like “Why her???!”
    Looks like a great get-together for the 3 Archies in CA!
    Congrats to JLB on the release of his new CD! I’m getting that one, of course!

  2. sarahhazel says:

    MarthaPB ‏@mlpb3

    David Archuleta Returns From His Mission in 241 days, 18 hours, 34

  3. VaBeachArchie says:

    HAPPY TUESDAY and Happy National Cheesecake Day! One of my FAVORITES!

    SUPER DUPER POST Pastel! LUCKY LADY in the lead off pic! Staring into that face must have been BREATHTAKING! Plus have a picture to remember it by….WHOA! LOVE the fan stories…THANKS Sue, Pam and Amy! GREAT memories! THANKS to Elena for the Baltimore CFTH fan get toether story…LUCKY enough to have been there! FAB VIP, concert and after concert FUN!

    Congrats to Jeff LeBlanc!

    THANKS to Miss Bianca for the tips! Really should start trying to get some more computer smarts! Really not something that has ever interested me…that is until DAVID! Look at the things David makes us do and learn!

    ENJOY YOUR DAY and David time guys 🙂

  4. sarahhazel says:

    electron_c ‏@electron_c
    #14 finish for the day! Good effort Archies http://flyfm.com.my/shows/weekdays/fly30/index.1.html … Don’t Run Away @DavidArchie

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  6. sarahhazel says:

    Sam Guevara ϟ ‏@SamLouiseG

    @VABeachJudy @DavidArchie here’s the whole gif set 😀 http://tmblr.co/ZuxaEwqzx_CE

  7. sarahhazel says:

    Sam Guevara ϟ ‏@SamLouiseG

    I mean if @DavidArchie stared at you like this http://24.media.tumblr.com/9b3f308bb489bef2371c9416586c48ae/tumblr_mqqnmz0ztm1r9dhlfo6_r1_250.gif … wouldn’t you be speechless?

  8. sarahhazel says:

    5SOS BABY ‏@idkguys1dandjb

    David Archuleta is one of the best singers I have ever heard..
    KimA–a potential Archuleter??? LOL

  9. sarahhazel says:

    ♥ ♪ ♫ #DA2014 ‏@CanadianArchie

    Is it me or is it taking forever to fill up the 2nd temple?!?! @DavidArchie! Take me the 3rd temple… Woohoo! https://twitter.com/CanadianArchie/status/362206333400911873/photo/1

  10. cq#DA2014 says:

    Fabulous Tuesday post, thank you Pastel.

  11. sarahhazel says:

    David Archuleta – Don’t Run Away…. 323,607 views!!!

  12. Kimberly Ann says:

    good morning folks.. on my way home today!

    love the top pic!
    was that from the Demi tour.. what a great time that was.
    my Greensboro VIP was the best one ever and David played in stadiums.

    did I miss anything good while away?
    the Dougie vid… ha I love for so many reasons
    Kari is the bomb!
    you guys see how she is traveling for her tour with JT?
    private jet!

    David should be afforded this.. he is just as good as him

  13. Kimberly Ann says:

    sarahhazel no clue when that was but sure love that hair!

  14. sarahhazel says:

    ♪♥Marylee~#DA2014♥♪ ‏@Marylee_NCGirl

    http://youtu.be/a4J3mv-NpgI <- browsing YT again *no hope* lol ~love~love~love this snippet @DavidArchie ..the SMILES~they just keep comin' ☺

  15. sarahhazel says:

    Sam Guevara ϟ ‏@SamLouiseG

    @DavidArchie WHY WHY WHY https://twitter.com/SamLouiseG/status/362229554749788160

  16. sarahhazel says:

    Have a safe journey back home, KimA!!!

  17. sarahhazel says:

    Lee Barcelos #DA2014 ‏@ElianeTulipa

    Did you feel like stomping the roseeeees ♫ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ http://youtu.be/680FapUbnR4 (@DavidArchie Grand Rapids Soundcheck – Stomping The Roses)

  18. sarahhazel says:

    Kylee Jeffers ‏@kylee_jeffers

    I’m in love with David Archuleta. Where did he go?!

  19. sarahhazel says:

    Idol News 24/7 ‏@idolnews247

    ‘American Idol’ on the Charts: For David Archuleta, It’s Christmas in … http://dlvr.it/3kW1q7

  20. sarahhazel says:

    David Archuleta ‏@DavidArchie

    David’s former tour mate @jleblancmusic released his new album “My Own Way There” today! Check it out! (KS)

  21. sarahhazel says:

    Tori Villeneuve ‏@ToriVilleneuve

    Hearing david archuleta playing in sears lol ♡♥♡

  22. sarahhazel says:

    ♡Meema♡ ‏@MiHa_xx

    I love dont run away by David Archuleta so muCH

  23. breanne says:

    Pastel, another great post today! THANKS!! 🙂 Happy National Cheesecake Day everyone!! I guess I’ll have to go over to one of the restaurants here in my town and pick up a piece of cheesecake to celebrate. Love the picture of David with the chapstick and the story by Pam Pike. I’ve never met David but when I do, when he returns, I hope to have a great story too!! 🙂 🙂

  24. Anita says:

    Thanks Pastel for today’s post! That’s so wonderful of Kari to tweet about Jeff’s new album. I’ll have to check it out. It’s wonderful to read about the fan gathering in California!

  25. sarahhazel says:

    ♡SARAH♡ ‏@ifyouseenarry

    David archuleta is on the radio holy throwback

  26. sarahhazel says:

    Silvana Everdeen ‏@iam_silvana

    @DavidArchie I’ve seen you twice on the street on the town you are doing your mission, but I’m so shy to ask you for a photo or say hello 🙁

  27. Charlotte says:

    Hey all,
    Great post today as always.
    Sarahhazel, love that tweet you just posted. Imagine walking along, minding your own business when, two guys in matching suits catch your eye across the street. You do a double take and then a triple as you realize one is our angel; his sweet face glowing and his bright eyes sparkling, as always. Your mind whirls and your heart flutters as you think about going over and saying hello, but feel too shy to do so.
    I could pretty easily continue that scene, but I’ll you all add to it as well 🙂

    Also, loving this pic shared by @McKenzieHarr on twitter, but no need for so much make up. His natural beauty needs no additives 🙂

  28. sarahhazel says:

    Charlotte–I’d probably faint right then and there if that happens….LOL 😯

    The MAN doesn’t need an ounce of make-up….just a little Chapstick on those naturally ruby-red lips! 😀

  29. Rapport says:

    How sweet is that tweet from Silvana in Chile? I can see the movie script’s opening scene now. “Scene 1-outside-late afternoon-a small side street in Rancangua, Chile. A young girl on her way home in the rain spots a young man from behind, his raincoat hem dripping beads of water. He turns slowly to lock eyes with the beautiful Silvana and. . .”

    Wish it was me.

  30. Rapport says:

    That should read: Rancagua

  31. Charlotte says:

    Sarahhazel, you and me both and ITA about the makeup 🙂
    Rapport, love your opening scene. I can so easily see it as the opening of a beautiful love story :sigh: 🙂

  32. Hello everyone, Home from work. Kim have a safe trip home. Breanna i’ve never met david either, so know how you feel.
    Thanks Pastel for todays post.
    Had a great time yesterday with SueH and Lily. They were just so nice , Lily share a lot of her pics & videos with us. WOW Lily & sue have travel far to go see David Just like a lot of the other Archies. It was hard tearing away.
    Archies fans are the best.
    Hazel got in late but i voted last night. will try and vote right now. Hopefully tomorrow i can get back on track.

  33. angelbymyside says:

    Rapport ~ You could write a movie script 😀

  34. sarahhazel says:

    Rapport–I love that!!! 🙂

  35. Janel aka Nellie says:

    Video of the day by city: Honolulu, Hawaii; Star Spangled Banner at the Pro Bowl performed 8 Feb 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-qPwQkdls4

  36. sarahhazel says:

    Milen #D.Archie 2014 ‏@davion10

    .@DavidArchie Dude your bodyguards are creepy https://twitter.com/davion10/status/362380642526298113/photo/1

  37. sarahhazel says:

    Milen #D.Archie 2014 ‏@davion10

    .@DavidArchie 7 FREAKING MONTHS

  38. sarahhazel says:

    regina ‏@urgeenah

    THE LEGENDARY LICK OF THE LIPS @DavidArchie http://24.media.tumblr.com/994f7cd06125f4edcadecd0c5f1fc2fe/tumblr_mqqnmz0ztm1r9dhlfo8_r1_250.gif



  41. sarahhazel says:

    Jackryan4DA ‏@jackryan4DA

    Only the Best feat @ CASBAA Rewind – David Archuleta (25 July 2013): http://youtu.be/7BPoo8OSgg0 via @youtube

  42. supergrandjudie#DA2014 says:

    Hello all. Pastel, lots of goodies to see. Thank you. The fan stories are great. Linda, Nice seeing you, Lily and Sue at your luncheon. Looks like you had a grand time. Rapport, I like what you wrote. Need more. I’ve met David so many times and have related some of my encounters with him. I’ll try to send some things from the first time I met him at the AI Tour at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Going to give David some hugs. BBL

  43. sarahhazel says:

    McKenzie Harris ‏@McKenzieHarr

    13 YO David Archuleta singing I’ll Be There. See 9:05. Love soul, R&B @DavidArchie http://youtu.be/Ixdrnyb9aHc

  44. supergrandjudie#DA2014 says:

    sarahhazel, I see all these photos that Mckenzie posts. Where does she get all these unseen pictures of David? She sure has a lot of them.

  45. I’m impressed with Davids singing voice even when he was so young.
    Was the the video of David singing at 13 before or after the paralized vocal cord?

  46. supergrandjudie#DA2014 says:

    Well it’s been fun!! 🙄 Goodnight all. See You tomorrow.

  47. Goodnight Judie, can’t wait till i can finally meet you!!!

  48. supergrandjudie#DA2014 says:

    Linda, It must have been before because he was on Star Search when he was thirteen.Goodnight.

  49. Jhen says:

    Linda- nice to hear you have great time with Sue and Lily, I can see in the pictures that all of you have a fun time, hope you be able to meet David when he comes back. Silvana reaction is very common reaction from most of David fans, when you see him in person or he is in front of you, near you, you will be tongue tied lol and will not be able to ask for a picture or say hi. I experience that too several times. Glad sometimes David will approached you when he knows you are shy, I think he somewhat can read and sense mind lol

  50. VaBeachArchie says:

    Good morning FOD! Happy Hump Day!

    Rapport….You have such writing talent!

    McKenzie, sarahhazel….LOVED watching 13 year old David singing the R&B duet! Sure had it going on…even then!

    Jhen….Remember the first time I met David…did fine until I looked into his face…those eyes are KILLER! Leaves you spellbound! Archutrance!

  51. sarahhazel says:

    Good morning, VaBch and all!!!

    Let’s vote at Fly FM! David is stuck at #15 right now! 😮

  52. VaBeachArchie says:

    Good morning sarahhazel! FRUSTRATING voting this morning…ended at #15! One of THOSE days! Hard to compete with all the new songs….DRA has been on the chart for months 🙁 Try again tomorrow!

  53. Kimberly Ann says:

    good morning folks.. so happy to be back!! 😀

    Rich Parkinson ‏@OneRichSong 9h
    For those interested, they’re playing a @DavidArchie song here at @Cheesecake Factory on #NationalCheesecakeDay in Murray. ‘Tis about right.

  54. Kimberly Ann says:

    ♪♥Marylee~#DA2014♥♪ ‏@Marylee_NCGirl 12m
    http://youtu.be/8L3gNLp9yvM <- adding to my #DA2014 bucketlist ~please sing "I'll Be There" for us @DavidArchie cc: @kariontour ~thnx ☺

    AHH I heard I'll Be There Michael Jackson in Seattle.. David WOULD KILL IT!!

  55. Kimberly Ann says:

    ♪♥Marylee~#DA2014♥♪ ‏@Marylee_NCGirl 37m
    http://youtu.be/X-490pI0Q2k <- omgsh @VABeachJudy ..is this the video you found?! I never saw it before.. @DavidArchie 's CRUSH! how fabulous!!!

  56. Kimberly Ann says:

    really David would kill a Michael Jackson song!!
    he is perfect for it.. ha and want him to dance too!!!

  57. sarahhazel says:

    VaBch–wish they would add Heart Falls Out!

  58. sarahhazel says:

    KimA–welcome back!!!….I’ll Be There would be epic!!!

  59. VaBeachArchie says:

    Kimberly…Welcome back! David has so much talent he can sing ANYTHING by ANYBODY! The list of songs I’d love him to sing is ENDLESS! Funny…three of my FAVORITE covers are in three different languages! WYSYLM, Contigo and Nandito Ako! BRILLIANT!

  60. sarahhazel says:

    Novi #DA2014 ‏@NoviArchuleta

    Enough 2 years my life without you,dont leave us alone again 🙂 @DavidArchie

  61. sarahhazel says:

    Sam Guevara ϟ ‏@SamLouiseG

    @DavidArchie casually sitting and being gorgeous http://tmblr.co/ZuxaEwr3nNJW

  62. sarahhazel says:

    electron_c ‏@electron_c

    #15 finish today, but not for lack of trying. good effort Archies!

  63. OoO says:

    I have been requesting for HFO at fly30 like crazy and I felt pretty lonely there hoo hoo hoo:(( I think DRA is kinda dragging right now. I want, I need and I hope David will cover MJ’s song and that one song is “I just can’t stop loving you” and David will completely wipe us all off the earth because we will be in heaven. Check that song out on YT.

  64. VaBeachArchie says:

    Good morning sarahhazel! Been requesting HFO….but very careful not to be annoying like suggested! NEED a lot of Archies to do so instead of just a few requesting over and over! Even then who knows! Surprised that no other OPM song from forevermore hasn’t been released in the Philippines?? Such a FANTASTIC album of INCREDIBLE songs! DANG LOVE THAT ALBUM!

    Off to do a few things before work…check by later!

  65. Joanie/suttygal says:

    Hi all! New post is up!
    Happy Wednesday! 🙂

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