Thursday, February 12, 2009

                   
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Laura's Sketch #19: hello!

Happy Thursday! Here's a card I started and messed with for about 30 minutes on Tuesday night and it was going nowhere so I went to bed. I messed with it about another hour last night, still didn't go anywhere I loved, but what they hey, here it is anyway! lol!

The design is based on Laura's Sketch #19 over at 2S4Y, which I love, so I may have to try again with another card. And I know, the Billboard alphabet die...AGAIN! I swear the next card, I will just say, "No!" But I did at least ink up one of my favorite new sets, Trendy Trees. It is WAY cute!

On another note...Stephanie asked me the other day how I photograph my cards. I asked advice on here a long time ago when I was thinking of buying a light box. The winter is the hardest because all the daylight is gone when I'm at work, so I have to make do. Natural light is the best. But for now, I just use some white cardstock and shine my Ott Lite and 2 cheap Ikea desk lamps onto the project.

The biggest thing that helped was reading my camera's manual...there's a special setting on there for detailed, close-up photos, like portrait mode or something. It makes the photos much crisper. Lastly, after taking the photo, I edit it in Photoshop Elements...I adjust the image size, sharpen, and adjust the lighting levels, sometimes the contrast, etc. That program can really work magic on your photos! I'm FAR from an expert, but I hope that helps a little! Here's what it looks like when I photograph right now:


Lastly, a lot of friends had been *urging*/*bugging* me to sign up for Facebook and I finally did last night. So there went a few hours! lol! If you're on, let me know so I can find you! I chatted with an old childhood friend for a long time, it was so awesome! I'm afraid I'm going to need a few more hours in my day now, though! I can see it becoming very addicting...there may not be anymore time for stamping or scrapping! lol!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!


Recipe
Stamps: Trendy Trees, Polka Dot.
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, So Saffron, Good Morning Sunshine DSP.
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss.
Accessories: Big Shot, Billboard decorative strip die, 5/8" Chocoalte Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Spiral Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Chocolate Chip Library Clip, Dimensionals, large glue dots, Sherbert retired ribbon.

34 comments:

Vera said...

What a wonderful layout for this little tree! Love your card, Angie!

Lisa H. said...

ANGIE! I'm just squealing over this card. I love it and will be CASING it! I'm on FB, look me up.

~amy~ said...

such a stinkin' cute card...You sold me on the sizzix die...I'm sooo getting that...thanks for your pics on how you photog...I'm always interested in how others do it. FB...sheesh, my friends have been wanting me to join that too but I don't want to give up my bloggin' time :)

mariemc said...

Facebook is addicting - I just signed up a couple of months ago myself!! It's really neat how you can find people from your past and reconnect.

As for your card, I think it's cute - and it HAS to be because it has a Trendy Tree on it!!! ;) You can't go wrong with that set!!! I like the single tree on the oval with the little clip.

Laura Davis said...

WOW your work is always stunning!! Yay facebook you can find me, Kazan and 2S4Y there! My user name is:
Laura Cary Davis

Thanks for playing!
Laura

Nina said...

lovely card:)

kathleenh said...

I love where you went with this card! I gotta bust out my billboard alphabet after seeing you play with it.

Thanks for sharing your photo tips. I think I need to get myself a better editing program.

Savitri said...

LOVE it, girl! Wowser card!!!! Your photo is good too! Crispy clear :)

Unless I have to or too lazy, I wait until morning time to take pictures. So my morning routine... grab card from the night before, go downstairs, let the dogs out, snap photos, and let the dogs in. My photos are always taken on the same spot, it's where light comes in and I can sit down :)

Maria Gurnsey said...

what a great card!! i love the scrappy feel of it :)

Heidi Van Laar said...

Oh, I think your card is absolutely beautiful! I love the colors, the layered ribbon and, of course, that cute little tree!
I used a very similar method to take my pics.

Jessica said...

super cute card too!

Ewonne said...

Wow!! I'm speechless! It's such a beautiful card!!! ♥

sarahw said...

Jenn, I love this! The background is great, I can't tell if the polka dots are stamped or paper. I agree facebook takes up a lot of time. My 20th high school reunion is this summer so my whole class is on it. Hugs, Sarah

Heather P. said...

I absolutely LOVE this! What a terrific card!

clouds shadler said...

wow! this card is super adorable! I want that stamp set so bad, I think I'll get it now! Love the cute tree! I like the DP too, very nice colors too!

TFS
Clouds :o)

Tara said...

very cute card...i love the tree on the oval! i love this set and just used mine last night for the first time!!! i think it will be one of my very favorites! :)

Berdien said...

Very beautiful card !!! I love the colors !

Marlou said...

what a beautiful card!! :)

Tina said...

OK, thanks for the tip! I just use a desk lamp and my cell phone. Ha, because by the picture time, I'm just trying to 'get 'er done.' Honesty is the right policy, right?
I'm on FB, I'll find ya! =)

Stephanie said...

Thanks for answering my question! What a neat setup and your pics look great! You're so funny!

Marilyn Goodrich said...

Gorgeous card! Love the double ribbon!

Ann said...

Yumm-y! I love the colors and stamp.

I'm resisting Facebook with all my might. I don't need any more computer time! ;)

denise:) said...

I like your card-very cute!!! and your photo set up is like mine- exact same OTT and Ikea lamps... See ya on FB!!

Jenn D said...

This card is wonderful! I just got that paper today and haven't had a chance to open it up. Those trees are some of my favs.

I'm on Facebook - Jennifer Kemp Diercks

~dawne said...

This is a wonderful card...hard to believe you spent so much time on it. I love it.

Silli said...

your card is so pretty, love the Colors and the image... Wow...

Nancy Riley said...

Another AWESOME design! You're amazing, Angie!

Silke said...

Fabulous card - Angie!!! The layout is awesome!!!

Anthonette said...

Super cute! I never bought the Spiral Punch, but everytime I see it used, I regret my decision.

I'm also resisting Facebook. I feel I don't have time for it.

Sherri said...

Love this card! I wouldn't have thought of putting that green with brown - but it's great together!!

Thanks for the tips on taking pics - I too have difficulty in artificial light and this time of year the sun is still down too early!

Megan said...

Wow! Where have I been? So many fun new things. :) I am LOVIN this card! I love that set, so you cant really go wrong. :) Such a fun layout!

Dont you just love facebook...not. :) No, I love that I can reconnect with SO many people, but I hate the way it can suck my time away from me. :) Anyway, I am on there...Megan Storey Dunn. :)

Marilyn said...

Hey - love this card! The colors are so unique - love the green and brown together - awesome! I'm on facebook too - like everyone else seems to agree - it is such a timewaster, that I try to limit my time there - yikes!

Juanita said...

Super cool card. Don't worry about the billboard alpha getting you in a rut, everything you do with it looks different.

Ashley C. Newell said...

This is toooo cute! I have this stamp set and love those little baby trees!

I'm trying to get caught up here on your blog. Somehow I lost your feed. I've got it back now!