Friday, October 30, 2009

50 something sleeps...

I can't believe it's been so long since I posted. I have been photographing a lot of stuff and working on my Stampin Up demonstrators website, so my poor little blog has been neglected.

I went to the Stampin Up regional a few weekends ago, but I can't publish the new stamps we got our the lovely projects we made, as they are part of the new Summer Mini catalogue which is not yet officially released... so you'll have to wait for those :)

I do, however, have a gorgeous little Christmas project to share with you if you are looking for a cute little gift idea or something a little different for table places or party favours.

These are called sour cream containers (I would have called them a Sunny Boy, but obviously in the US this is how they get their sour cream??)

They are SO simple to make, but would look lovely with names stuck on them as table settings or with a small gift inside as an alternative to Christmas crackers.

I used Basic Grey papers from the Fruitcake collection, as it was the only Christmas paper I had on hand, but I think they look great :)

You can easily scale them up or down in size depending on what use you had in mind for them.

Here is an image of the template for placing the tape. The paper is A6 in size.

Take off the tape on the side and one of the pieces top or bottom.

Roll the paper into a tube and stick using the side piece of tape.

Squeeze together the end with the tape exposed.

You will now have a sort of cone shape (I will post some photos of what this looks like when Penny is not asleep in my study) and you can put a note or gift inside- perhaps some hand-made chocolates or jewellery (hint hint, Mel ;)

Remove the adhesive strip from the tape at the other end and squeeze that end together to seal completely.

If you don't want them destroyed when people open them, try closing one end with a clip instead of sealing with tape (I found some cute star-shaped paper clips at Officeworks for $1 a pack). Or perhaps punch a couple of holes and thread through some ribbon.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Cards are meant to be sent

Today I actually wrote in some of my cards!!

I have been having a wonderful time recently making cards, but realised that I have not been sending any. What's the point of all this beautiful work if no-one is going to see it?! I want my cards to brighten up someone's day and remind them of how wonderful and precious they are to me.

So I had a lovely morning writing and sending cards...

Friday, October 2, 2009

Lighting up my life

Well, I have not been happy with the quality of my photos and was starting to feel itchy to get some good shots on my blog. I want to update this a lot more often.

I was reading my sister-in-law's blog and she had posted details of a light box she had made to photograph her jewellery (

So I decided to make one for myself and see if it would help with the photography.

Here is the journey so far...

I made the light box out of a plastic container, a cot sheet, a sheet of white paper and 2 clamp lamps.

This helps to light the item without harsh shadows.

Next I played with the camera. I played with shutter speed, aperture, macro and white balance settings.

Here are a couple of shots to show the difference this process has made.

1) is a photo of the card on the kitchen table, no adjustments to the camera

2) with the light box but no changes to the camera

3) my final masterpiece :)