It's my friend Marjorie's birthday next weekend and here is the card I made for her. I know it's super early...but I sent her card late last year and I am determined to be "on time" this year. I still have 2 more December birthdays...so more birthday cards still to come. I do appreciate the Christmas break, lol, but sadly, I'm ready for Valentine's Day to be here.
Paper: Basic Grey Nook and Pantry
Stamps: The Greeting Farm, sentiment is Amuse
Prima Flowers, PTI Buttons, Nestabilities, Copics, Rhinestones, Crystal Stickles, and MS Border Punch
December 10th, 2009
Speaking of mail...I finally got all of my Christmas cards out! Walgreens took forever to get my pictures done, so I was not a happy camper. Here they are all addressed and ready to go. Since I didn't have to rush any of these, as we were signing them Brent kept saying, "Wow, this card is awesome." I let him pick out the ones he wanted to sent to his friends and co-workers.
I haven't thought of Vic in a long time, but sending out my cards this year reminded me of him. Vic was my mail carrier in Denver, when I worked at the Training Center. He was the sweetest guy and the winter I left to move to Seattle, was the winter he retired. Now that I work in the Corporate Office, I never see the mail carriers. I just give my mail to the Admin Assistants.
Some have asked me lately how I take pictures of my cards. I'm almost scared to share this with you, lol. But here is a pic of my very messy desk. That lamp, I bought at Target for $9.99. I have a 75 watt light bulb in there. The lamp is sitting on my Amuse tin that is full of Copic markers, lol. And I just use 2 sheets of white cardstock for my background.
I only have a Sony Cybershot that Brent bought me for my birthday a few years ago. It's a great Point and Shoot camera. I use no flash and turn on the macro setting to get details. I think pictures not shot in macro are blurry now, lol. I have Adobe Creative Suite 3, so I have a full version of Photoshop. That is what I use to edit my pictures. I would totally recommend Photoshop Elements if you want something a little easier.
I either adjust the auto color or the white level in the picture so that the white background doesn't look grayish. Then I bump up the brightness. Since I try to capture my glitter, I also "sharpen" my image in Photoshop. Sometimes this can make your photo look grainy though. I don't have time to do a real tutorial, but I do have simulation software. Maybe after the holidays I can do a Photoshop one if you really want to see how I edit my photos.
Scary how I went from this last picture to my first one on top, huh? :) Everyone have a fabulous Friday! It's almost the weekend.