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Happy Birthday, Elvis

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Most years when holidays come up, I search in Google for Photoshopped pictures that incorporate Elvis and the holiday.   There a few talented folks out there who have made dozens of these Elvis images and usually mark them with their name along the bottom.

One of the most prevalent names I came across was Blingee.  For years, I mistakenly thought Blingee was somebody’s handle or pseudomym, but I wondered why the style of the images varied so greatly.  Some were fairly simple, but others were loaded up with glitter, sparks, and stuff that flashed or spun around.  Here is an example that I found last week while looking for Happy New Years Elvis images.

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Let’s see, we have an Elvis photo in front of a clock.  There is a big champagne glass on one side and two smaller ones on the other.  Happy New Year is expressed in text three different ways.  There are those four blinking pink things in the corners and gold confetti hanging down from the top.  Notice the two calendar pages on the right and the blinking musical notes under them.  Look at Elvis’ hair for a few seconds and you will see little blinking stars.  Look at his chin and wait for the pink heart that flashes on and off.

So, I wondered how this Blingee person could do much good work but still make the occasional cluttered mess.  Then, last week I discovered that Blingee is actually an internet website that gives you everything you need to make your own images.  The Happy Birthday, Elvis image above was my first attempt on Blingee.  The cake spins around and the word ELVIS flashed like a neon sign.  Other than that, it’s pretty restrained.

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black-guitar-happy-birthday

To make an Elvis Blingee, you start with your own picture or one from their library (which are called Stamps).  Then you add other Stamps to complete your design.  Believe it or not, there are 15 stamps in the above birthday greeting.  By my count, there are at least ten that blink or move.  Here are a few of these stamps.  The checkerboard backgrounds disappear when you apply them to your design.

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Sorry these are so small.  You can enlarge the sizes after you’ve added them to your Elvis picture.  Of course, you can move them around to any location you want.

Blingee also makes it easy for you to send your completed design as an email or ecard, or to post it on Facebook, etc.

If you’d like to try your hand at creating an original Elvis image, click here to go to Blingee.com.  You can jump right in and figure it out as you go like I did.  But it will save you some time if you click on Need Help? and watch the two how-to videos.

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This is pretty incredible.  Blingee has almost 3,000 images of Elvis.  I can’t wait to go through all of them.

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In spite of the abundance of Elvis images available on Blingee, I used a rare photo from my files for my first attempt.  It was taken in 1957 when Elvis sailed on the USS Matsonia to Hawaii.  I’m going to dig into my files and find another cool Elvis picture to use in a another Happy Birthday greeting.

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Happy Birthday Elvis

Yeah, it’s another simple one.  I don’t see the need to clutter it up.  The photo may be one you haven’t seen before, but the message is shared by all Elvis fans.

So, Happy Birthday, Elvis.  We miss you.

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Musings on Elvis–Happy New Years Images

Elvis Characacture Happy New year

When New Year’s Eve gets close, I search for Elvis Happy New Years in Google to see if any new images have been posted since I checked the previous year. This weird one is new and I kind of like it.

 

Elvis - Happy New Year

This is one I posted years ago without accreditation. Today, I thought I’d search for it on Google Images to see where I had found it. The picture came up right away. When I clicked on “Visit Page,” guess what came up? ElvisBlog. So, sorry, but I can’t praise its creator.

 

Elvis and Exploding Champagne Cork

Did you notice the champagne glasses in the previous picture? Champagne is synonymous with New Years, so it shows up in a lot of the Elvis-New Years images. I especially like this one with the cork exploding out of the bottle.

 

Elvis saying Cheers

Although this image contains no text about New Years, it is still found in the Google Images category with the ones shown above. Elvis looks especially cool holding up that glass. Probably making a toast to the folks in the audience at a Vegas concert. Everybody said, “I’ll drink to that,” and created a great memory.

 

Elvis and Bill Black - Happy New Year

How’s this for maximum simplicity? I’m glad Bill Black is in it. He was a party guy, for sure.

 

Elvis - Happy New Year in Blue

This one goes in the other extreme. I like Elvis in the early fringed jumpsuit. The cityscape with fireworks exploding above it is very nice. But, I think the clock is overkill. The picture would look better without it.

 

Elvis - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

This is an image you could post earlier than the others because it includes an ornament-loaded Christmas tree. It would work for over a week.

 

Elvis and crowd - Happy new Year

Staying with young Elvis, this uses a shot of Elvis from behind entertaining a bunch of teens. A bolder font would show the text better.

 

Elvis - Happy Near Year and Welcome 2014

I normally don’t post a greeting from a previous year, and it bugs me you almost can’t read the text at the top of this one. – Happy New Year and Welcome 2014. But it is good for pointing out the Blingee name at the bottom. I’ve seen the name on dozens of Elvis composite pictures, and you probably have, too. This is a still snap of the original which blinks repeatedly. Next week, we’ll look at what I learned about Elvis and Blingee while working on this post.

 

Elvis Arms raised - Happy New Year

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I second the motion. Have a great 2017, everyone.

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Some Elvis Christmas Images You Might Not Have Seen

ELvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe Christmas

There have been dozens of drawings of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe together, but until today I had never seen this one. I found it first on a T-shirt design, then Googled the shirt name “Elvis and Marilyn Christmas,” and up it came. I love it with both of them wearing Santa outfits and Elvis sitting on a car bumper picking and singing to her.

 

'Hello, is that the temp agency?

There are many cartoons based on the similarity of the words Elvis and elves. If anyone objects to me posting this one, I will delete it and add one of the others.

 

Christmas Tree Decorated with Elvis Figurines

How about a Christmas tree completely decorated with Elvis figurines and guitars for ornaments.

 

Elvis in Santa Hat

Elvis looks pretty good in this Santa hat doesn’t he?

 

Elfish Presley

And not too bad in an Elf hat.

 

Elvis and Two babes Around Christmas Tree

Speaking of looking good in a Santa hat. Let the party begin.

 

Elvis Buys his Tree Here Every Year

Clever marketing.

 

The 4th King

Believe it or not, I found a couple of other 4th King cartoons.

 

Priscilla on Staircase at Graceland

We’ve all seen the pictures of the stairs at Graceland decorated with poinsettias at Christmas, but have you ever seen this one with Priscilla sitting on the steps as well?

 

Elvis in White Jumpsuit at Christmas

There are dozens of Photoshop pictures with Elvis in a Christmas scene. I picked this because I like his smile. But I can’t place this jumpsuit with the fancy shoulder treatment. Anybody know its name?

 

Six Billion Fans

I just love this one. Very clever. The dog reminds me of mine.

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.

Phil Arnold

Original ElvisBlogmeister

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Elvis Merry Christmas Greeting

 

A Thanksgiving Message

I hope Elvis fans everywhere have much to be thankful for.

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Happy Thanksgiving from ElvisBlog

 

Elvis and National Jukebox Day — Part 1

National Jukebox Day Sign

I saw on the morning news that today is National Jukebox Day.  I never heard of it before, but I have a few Elvis & jukebox pictures, so let;s celebrate.

Elvis and jukebox

Elvis and Jukebox

Elvis at Jukebox

Elvis and Jukebox

Elvis CD Jukebox

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Have a Happy Thanksgiving Everybody

Happy Birthday, Elvis

Black and White Elvis Birthday Cake

 

Elvis Birthday Party Hat

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Viva Elvis Happy Birthday

 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Elvis in Heavenly Clouds

From Elvis in Heaven

 

Big E with Bag of Presents at North Pole

And from BIG E at the North Pole

 

 

I hope Elvis fans all over the world have a great Christmas.

Phil Arnold

Original ElvisBlogmeister

 

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Happy Memorial Day, Elvis

Remember Those Who Serve

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Elvis in U.S. Army

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Elvis in Blue Dress Uniform in Front of Flag

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Elvis on Tank

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Elvis in a Group of GIs

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Elvis in tank

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Elvis Saluting

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Elvis the Soldier Doing Lip Snarl

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Have a happy and Safe Memorial Day

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ElvisBlog Mini-Nuggets #19

We haven’t done Mini-Nuggets since March 2014, but Elvis’ 80th birthday has provided some short subjects to report.

Record Number of Hits for ElvisBlog:

ElvisBlog Results on Google Analytics

On January 1, I checked Google Analytics to see how well ElvisBlog did for the year. 147,000 people (users) visited the site, resulting in 279,991 pageviews (hits). That’s an average of 2,800 users a week, a gain of 30% over the 2013 results. Definitely a good year.

Which makes the results in the graphic above even more remarkable. Yesterday, on what would have been Elvis’ 80th birthday, ElvisBlog had nearly 2,600 people visit the site. Wow. I hope I’m still around to see the results on Elvis’ 100th birthday.

 

Elvis’ Movie Costars Pass Away:

Mary Ann Mobley with Elvis in Girl Happy

When time permits, we will take a deeper look at two late actresses who appeared with films with Elvis. Mary Ann Mobley (Girl Happy, Harum Scarum) died on December 19, 2014.

Donna Douglas and Elvis in Frankie and Johnny

Donna Douglas (Frankie and Johnny) passed away on New Year’s Day, 2015.

Elvis’ leading ladies have been a staple for print and video interviews about him for decades. Has there ever been an Elvis Week without one or two of them being “Special Guests” for talks, panel discussions, and autograph sessions?

Donna Butterworth with Elvis Presley in Paradise, Hawaiian Style

Well, the list is getting short, and you have to wonder what authors, journalists and EPE will do when Elvis’ female costars are all gone. Now we have a hint. In celebration of Elvis 80th birthday, an article in the Boone, NC Mountain Times featured an interview with Donna Butterworth who was ten-years-old when she appeared with Elvis in Paradise, Hawaiian Style. You are going to see more of this.

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Peanut Butter ‘N Banana Ice Cream:

Baskin-Robbins Peanut Butter 'N Bananna Ice Cream

I received an email from the PR firm representing Baskin-Robbins telling me about their new flavor to celebrate Elvis’ 80th Birthday. It will be available for the entire month of January, and it is described as banana-flavored ice cream with a chunky peanut butter ribbon. They are sending me two $31 gift cards – one to use to sample it and write a review. I expect to like it, but I did have a bad experience at Elvis Week 2007 when I tried peanut butter and banana coffee, and it was lame.

The other gift card will be offered as the prize in an Elvis Caption Contest which I will post in a couple of days.

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The Elvis Auction at Graceland:

Auction at Graceland

The auction last night was a huge success, highlighted by the 1953 acetate of Elvis’ first recorded songs “My Happiness”/”That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.” The pre-auction estimate was for $75-100,000, but it went for $300,000! That’s got to be the highest priced record ever. Let’s see a record by Michael Jackson, or the Beatles, or Mariah Carey top that.

There were 67 items up for auction, so it will take two or three blogs to cover all the interesting elements of this Elvis 80th birthday event, and I’ll get them posted as soon as possible.

 

 

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Happy Birthday, Elvis

Elvis Birthday Celebration

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I Need a Birthday Kiss

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Elvis Receiving Presents at Graceland Gate

If Elvis could show up at the gates of Graceland on his 80th birthday, he’d get a ton of presents.

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Multi-color Happy Birthday Elvis

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