Hi everyone, it Danni here, and I am back on the sweet blog (YAY) with some super fun and super exciting posts to share with you. So to start, I am going to give you the low down on what’s to come. I am going to be starting a fun little color challenge “Color Me Sweet” and also sharing with you semi homemade projects and using your Sweet Stamps to spice it up, AND then at the very end I will share with you tips on how to get “those” photos with…yep…just the basics. Melissa’s photography series (which you can find the full review of all her posts by clicking the link) were such a hit with so many of you, so we kinda wanted to keep that going. My focus will be on “just the basics” so set up, lighting, terminology, backgrounds, print shops, point and shoot cameras & cell phones. We realize not everyone has a fancy camera and we want to maximize what they already have on hand to really capture your card/project, so, I am going to give you all the tools you need 🙂
Here are the rules:
- You must use the color palette only (neutrals are ok…ex- black, white, cream, etc)
- You must use Sweet Stamp Shop
- You must upload to Sweet Stamp Shop Flickr to be entered into the challenge
- You must have LOTS of fun and spread the word
Please Note: This will be a minimum requirement challenge. We will offer random prizes once we have at least 25 entries plus we will feature the winners on the Sweet Stamp Shop facebook page and my blog (and maybe other places too 😉 ). Otherwise we will choose a winner and you will be featured on the Sweet facebook page and my blog (and maybe other places too)
Coral, Dark Blue, & Gold
I found these really cute frames at Micheal’s which I thought were perfect to add one of those pocket style cards to the inside I used a Kaisercraft 12×12 Paper). I ended up buying two different frames and had a coupon for 30% off all recollections embellishments and stickers…yay go me, I LOVE coupons 🙂 To embellish the frame I used the Elegant flowers set (you can find that in the shop) and stamped and embossed in clear on white paper. color in the flower I used my color shines, in Coral, and applied it with my water brush. I wanted them to be soft and kind of have that water color effect, where it just softly fades out, I think that look lends it’s self to the elegant side. SO, starting in the center of the flower I dipped my brush into the color shine and started swirling it toward the edge squeezing the brush to release a little water to pull the color further out. I used a heat gun to speed up the drying and then fussy cut the flowers out. Then just fiddled with the flowers til I got the position I liked and then glued them all down. I added some dark blue seam binding and some coral rafia for some added texture and layer.
I cannot wait to put this out in my house. I just **LOVE** how it turned out. The sentiment just hits home for me. And the flowers fit it perfectly.
So now it is your turn to now to Be Brave, Be Bold. I cannot wait to see all of your projects being uploaded into the Sweet Flickr Gallery. You have until Sunday, June 15th to upload and then the winner will be announced here on the blog on Monday, June 16th, so make sure to check back in.
So before we start out with what and how we will take our pictures we need to know first when and where. So, you will want to choose a place that has indirect, natural light (Basic Terminology To Know: Indirect light- when your light source is not directly hitting your card/project. You should have an even balance of light coming in from all areas, so you are not creating shadows. For example, if you are taking a picture by a window you would NOT take a picture when the sun is shinning right in. You should a) take your pictures before the sun comes thru it b)after it has passed or c) if a or b are not an option you will need to choose another spot to take your pictures., you will get the best pictures with the least amount of editing.) To choose a spot you might have to test some places and times, but once you find that then you will know when you can take your pictures each day. I use the window right at my desk and I take my pictures first thing in the morning, the sun is up but has not reached that window. If I take it before the sun is fully up (but still light out) I tend to get a blue tint so I know I just need to wait a little bit. If I miss my morning photo shoot I have a back up location..yep…that’s right a back up! I can set up by my sliding glass door in the living room. Also, if it’s an overcast day…anytime is generally a perfect time as there is no direct sun b/c of the cloud coverage.
So, now practice, practice, practice finding that golden spot in your home. Let me know how it goes. I would love to check out your photo process as we go along so feel free to leave me your blog below so I can see your evolution 🙂 You will see with just a little time how much your photos will have improved.
Ok, so make sure to of course stop in everyday to see what all the design team is up to but also make sure to come back on June 16th for the 1st color challenge winner, a new color challenge with a semi homemade project, and a photo tip! Whew 🙂
To see my coordinating card I made you can check out my blog HERE