Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My New Light Box

Last week's SCS Weekling Inkling had a thread on photography light tents and how they really help to showcase your photos. So I read the thread and checked out the links in it and then decided that I could make one on my own rather inexpensively. I basically followed the instructions of this DIY website, but I made mine from that 1/4" thick foam posterboard you can get at craft stores. I used non-fusible fabric interfacing on the sides and top, then put a long piece of posterboard inside so that it created a gentle curve at the seam. I think this makes it look nicer than seeing the seam of the posterboard. I taped the box together with clear packing tape. I light the sides with desk lamps and use my Bell & Howell floor lamp to light the top. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. There are some relatively inexpensive fabric light tents for sale on eBay and the thread on SCS had another one, and the advantage of those is that they are collapsible. I would say this one cost me just under $10 and for now it's perfect for my needs.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Stamps, Paper, Glitter Sketch Challenge

This is my card for Kerin Sylvester's sketch challenge. I also incorporated the colors from Kristina Werner's inspiration challenge. I took this photo with my new light box that I made from foam board. I had been reading a thread on SCS about how light tents/boxes can really improve photos of cards and I decided to try to make one myself. It was pretty easy and I'm pleased with the results. I think the colors look pretty true in this photo. I used Kiwi Kiss, More Mustard, Really Rust and Very Vanilla.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Another day, another color challenge. My SU demonstrator upline created a new blog for us today and offered this inspiration challenge: create a card using Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze, Whisper White (or Very Vanilla) and one other of our own choosing. I decided to use Close to Cocoa. Once I had the card nearly all assembled, I realized I forgot the Sahara Sand, so I added the paper pierced-strip. There was no way I was leaving that color out, since it is my upline's favorite color (at least since River Rock was retired). TFL...

Monday, February 9, 2009

I made these Valentine's cards over the weekend. I used the retired Happy Hearts stamp set from SU and some retired DSP. I just love the colors. I used Regal Rose and Tempting Turquoise for the hearts.
I saw this tutorial on SCS and just had to try it. This is the Ghirardelli chocolate tutorial from Beate. See it here. They are absolutely adorable. I didn't have any Ghirardelli chocolate so I filled mine with Hershey's Kisses. I fit about 8 in each box. I can't wait to give them to the girls at work.