Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Help Taking Pictures …. Help for Shelia …

Sheila in the Chatbox asked about taking pictures of cards etc.  I wasn’t much help, but follower Marc has come to the rescue with a couple of really good tips,  he says ……
This website shows you how to build a simple home photo studio to take better pictures:-http://www.diyphotography.net/homestudio/cheap-homemade-diy-studio-no-lighting-needed
Or you can buy a small ready made studio for £17.99 at
Or you can buy a small ready made studio like this one for £17.99 from http://www.mensgiftshop.com/acatalog/home_photo_studio_large.html
Thank you Marc.
I got my home studio from Maplins …. but I have to admit to hardly ever using it  …. perhaps I will have another play with it now.

Birthday Card For Painter/Decorator

Decorators Birthday Card
I have to admit to struggling a bit with this card, the brief  was “for a male, who had been doing a lot of DIY, with a bit of humour!” Simple!?????  In the end, as I didn’t have any suitable embellishments, I went to Scrappin Doodles and downloaded this clipart set:-
I have to admit I am not too keen the green cap, it looks a bit odd, but I added the badge to break it up a bit.
DIY Birthday Card
I’ve done a few simple decoupage layers on the hat, braces, brush and buckets and added googly eyes and tiny buttons.
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The paint splashes are clipart images I found on Google. To make them and the buckets  look more realistic I’ve added some Anita’s 3D gloss finish.  The card is A5 in size, printed and based on white linen card.  The outside of the newspaper part is mat and layered on silver mirror card.

What’s In My Shopping Bag Today …

I am really cutting down on my craft spending this year, but while out shopping yesterday couldn’t resist these Primark bracelets - £2 each, made up of 8 large rose beads.
Picture 115
I am thinking of using them as single embellishments on boxes and bags for Mother’s Day.
Picture 116
And this is for me, I have lot of ideas, but I’m not sure what to try. I wonder how it would cover with Decopatch …… or if I could stamp on it, or just ink it …… then whatever I do, I   am planning on covering it with several layers of Utee.  I may even have a gem that will fit the eye ….. hmmmmmmm!