January 19, 2021
January 16, 2021
In my last post, I whined about my photo shooting setup dying and the poor quality of photos I ended up getting with my quick old school setup. Remember?
Well, I immediately did some research into the top ten photo setups on the market, and decided on one that was within my price range. I ordered it immediately. This was on Tuesday. Incredibly, it arrived on THURSDAY! Woo hoo!
Yesterday I set it up for the first time and did some experimental shooting. It is drastically different from what I'd been using the past three years. So, I am not completely satisfied with the results quite yet. But the photos shown below will suffice. I guess. I need to do some more work with it.
OK. Now that's all cleared up. It's onward soldiers!
Have you had a chance to check out the new Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog and the brochure for Sale-a-Bration? No, you say?
Well, as a demo, I am able to earn Sale-a-Bration goodies ahead of time. I love strawberries. So I was drawn to the combo freebie of the Berry Blessings stamp set and the coordinating Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper, both on page 14 of the brochure.
The DSP is especially delightful. So fresh and juicy! Almost makes a person think of summer. Or, at least, weather that is a whole lot more pleasant than what we're having now, mid-January.
January 12, 2021
First of all, I really need to apologize. The quality of these photos is pretty awful.
You see, as I was setting up my tiny photo studio, I discovered that I couldn't turn on the lights. You all know that I've been less than happy with this set-up for ages now. So, I guess that it turned out to be quite fortuitous that I had an excuse to throw the whole shebang away at last.
But, that left me with a horrible dilemma. How was I supposed to take the photos for my blog post? I tried a couple of old school things. But nothing seemed to do the trick.
What I ended up using leaves me with all sorts of weird shadows, to say the least. So, I am so sorry that the photos today are less than pleasing.
I did order a new lighting studio, but it won't be here until next week. So, I guess I (and you!) will have to suffer through until then. The one I ordered had 4.6 stars out of 5, but you never know . . .
Anyway, another admission here. I have always been horrible at anything that involves mountain and valley folds, such as origami or Swedish stars. Things like that. A hopeless case I am.
But, several years ago, I made something they called at the time a Funky Fold Book. And I don't recall having any problems with it. So, I thought I'd try my hand at it once again. The tutorial I used was very lacking. I could not get those sections to fold up into a square. Origami time all over again.
Finally, after lots of finagling, I was able to get it to cooperate. And I do like what I ended up with.
I used some beautiful Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper, the Ornate Garden Speciality Designer Series Paper, found on page 149 of the Annual Catalog. The pretty frame around the title of my book, "Follow Your Heart, It Knows the Way", is created with the Ornate Dies (again! I LOVE that die set!) on page 182.
My plan for the inside of the book is to hand letter some of my favorite quotes. Don't hold me to that though. I often have made books in the past with glorious plans, but the books remain empty.
Anyway, following are my <lousy> photos of a book that I really am proud of.
January 9, 2021
January 5, 2021
Have you ever had in your hands one of Stampin' Up!'s Product Medleys? These wonders come with SO MUCH beautiful product! So much.
Several months ago, some fellow stampers and I purchased off the CLEARANCE RACK a Product Medley called Everything Is Rosy. I just looked back, and that was almost a year ago! You can see some of the cards I originally made from this Product Medley in my Everything Is Rosy blog post.
That kit came with ever so many goodies that I don't think I'll ever be able to completely use it all up. Last week, one of the friends who ordered it with me and I got together virtually to work on some more cards using this kit.
If you do have this Product Medley in your possession (lucky you!) and would like some more ideas of what to do with the components, keep perusing this post, as I have added three more idea cards.
The papers that come in this Medley are exquisite. As I use part of a sheet, I always save whatever is left over. To make use of some of these scrappy little pieces, I ended up with the first card: