ATC and a card

Just a quick post tonight of an ATC made earlier in the week and a card recently sent to a friend.

I love making ATC (Artist Trading Cards) which are old, worn, stained & vintage paired with something that sparkles or a bit of texture.

ATC is made with ....
Hero Arts K5329 Lace Frame
LP195 silhouettes
cg244 large fabric design
k5354 French post.
crackle accents
MS butterflies
craft feathers

The card below was sent to Great in Oregon which was just received by her this week. Still love using this dogwood stamp I think it's one of my favorites!
Made with ...
s5363 HA Dogwood
CL156 Clear design Treasure
Forest moss Tim Holtz distress ink
Victorian Velvet Tim Holtz distress ink
Tim Holtz Heirloom Gold shimmer spray

Have a great evening, thanks for stopping by!

Lisa's card photo turorial - part1

Taking photos of cards is not an easy task. There is nothing more frustrating that having a nice big shadow on the face of your card. Most of my pictures are taken at night after work and to add to the darkness is the lighting in the house. There have been many evenings where I have tried to balance a lamp basically on my head while trying to take a photo. Sounds funny I know.... it's true! I now have a light box that works really good and cuts down on the frustrating moments but it would be really nice to take a quick and easy photo with natural light and let the camera do all the work!
Lisa's is providing a tutorial over on her blog . The first part which is filled with great tips is on white balance. These photos were taken at about 8pm and we have basically had no sunlight and a lot of rain this week. Really shocked on how slight adjustments to the cameras settings make a big difference.

Check out Lisa's tutorial, she provides a card to download and detailed information on white balance.

The white balance selections are per programed so I changed the auto white balance on the camera to Incandescent. Also I found a scene selection which allows you to choose the scene such as food, beach snow, fireworks and high sensivity. I changed the scene to the High Sensivity selection and it's to shoot without flash in low light

Spare Bedroom South facing window

Master Bedroom north facing window

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great evening! :)

Lucky number 13!

Its been one lucky Friday the 13th. I had misplaced my gold necklace Christmas Eve and gave up searching for it months ago. Came home for lunch and found it sitting in an old pyrex bowl happy :) My Italian grandmother would say the number 13 is a good luck number in Italy, I now believe her!

Here are a few vintage ATC I have been working on. I love this Hero Arts dogwood stamp, it has a beautiful old world charm.
This little set of three is embellished with micro glass beads, stamped in Victorian velvet,vintage photo and sage distress inks. Victorian velvet is a really neat ink, when its first stamped its more of a bold colour and as it dries it has a real soft look to it. This may be my new favorite distress ink! The combination of sage & vintage photo seem to give an old patina look which is great when creating vintage. Also created a little ATC pocket to hold and display these cards!

Made with a mix of Hero Arts stamps & sprayed with Ranger perfect pearls Heirloom Gold mist.
Dogwood Flower - s5363 Dogwood stamp, cg197 old letter & cl156 treasure the moment.
Vintage Bird - S5501 Musical Collage, CL555 Sending Smiles.
Memories -- CL1156 Treasure the moment, K5376 Hydrangea, CG190 Variety and Quality