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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Christmas Card a Week #3

 Hi All, I made this card for the Christmas card challenges, it feels really good to have a bit of a jump on my Christmas cards I must say.  I had a busy week and I was afraid I would not get one made, but I did, so here it is!  I used Gecko Gals Grandmothers House digital papers for the envelope and the card. The sweet image is from the Christmas Children collage collection. I also used Tim Holtz distress ink, die cut snowflakes covered in Dazzling Diamonds Glitter by Stampin Up, some iridescent rhinestones from Pizzaz A Plenty along with the bakers twine.
If anyone knows of any good tutorials (that really help) with photographing I would love to know.  I have really been struggling with trying to get a good picture to post, seems like I end up taking 10 photos, trying to adjust them all in Pic Monkey with cropping, re-sizing and "auto adjust".  I have to be honest Pic Monkey improves them greatly, but I would love to learn where to put the lights and such so I could maybe just take 1 or 2.  I seem to get a lot of yellow backgrounds too and I am photographing on white, when I switched to a black background I got a lot of what looked like dust in the photo.  There was no dust on the black, I used the lint roller on it before I photographed it but I can't get that to go away either.  That's it, thanks for coming by.  ~Diane

I would love for you to join me at these Christmas card Challenge/ Link Ups.
I am joining Marina's link party at My Perfect Life

 12 months of Christmas link up at Decosse's Dynamite Doodles
*Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge 166 - twine 
*City Crafters challenge "Do You Speak English"
*Completely Christmas Challenge - Anything goes 
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27 comments:

  1. Lovely card, love the design and the papers. Remember to post early for Germany! Hugs, Valerie

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  2. So pretty and inspiring that you are creating your cards this early.
    Sorry I cannot help. My issue is when photographing anything which contains a lot of white, especially photographing at a certain time of the day, the white takes on a blue hue.
    Let's hope someone has the answer to your query.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  3. I really do look forward to your next blog post! I love that Christmas scene against that pretty paper and then finished for with the twine, perfection! Hope you are enjoying the weekend! Hugs!

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  4. Hi Diane, Your Christmas card is beautiful. I just love this scene and the color with the large snowflake is very striking.
    I think your pics are always very good and showcase your cards well. For the background with a yellow cast, have your tried to brighten and then contrast? This helps me when I take my photos for etsy listings.
    Hope you have a nice evening and stay warm. We had warm temps today and now under a winter thunder sleet warning for tomorrow. Can you believe it, thunder sleet?? LOL
    Hugs

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  5. So sweet and now I see the link...duh! It was right there. Glad that you like the dessert!

    Leann

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  6. OOOH those papers are so PRETTY Diane and I LOVE that Christmas image! FAB card!

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  7. Another gorgeous Christmas design. So love the bakers twine which resembles machine stitching. Great design paper for the image. I only photograph during the day in natural filtered light coming through a window. No direct sunlight. But still adjust the brightness a little in photoshop.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

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  8. Diane, I love your Christmas card! It's so beautiful!!! :) I love this cute image that you used on it! Every detail is so sweet :)

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  9. This is great!! Wonderful details and beautiful layers!

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  10. Another fabulous card Diane. Love the twine down the side. I've not seen that image, think I might have to get that set!

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  11. Beautiful and I love the matching envelope, Carole Z X

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  12. Gorgeous card again. I enJOYed the red edge. I think that's the distress ink you mentioned? I'm trying to learn. The red thread looks like stitching so you know I like that! I've been having yellow show up in my sewing room shots lately. I think it's the light bulb although I haven't changed light bulbs recently. I'm trying to figure out ISO and Aperture too. I've got some sites pinned. Maybe you would like to look at them? http://www.pinterest.com/joysjots/photography-tips/ I think you take beautiful pictures anyway. One of these days we'll be able to get back outside with the sun over our heads and take some more shots. Those have been my best.

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  13. Ooooh Diane, this is gorgeous! I love that paper and the larger image is perfect. I want to try distress ink, but I have no idea what I'm doing. lol You make it look so easy. Hugs, Mina

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  14. I took photography in high school and college and was actually looking at your photos with a little bit of jealousy. I think they look wonderful. There are different settings for your camera if you are shooting in natural light or tungsten light. It sounds like lighting is an issue if your photos look yellow. You could get a filter for your camera, or adjust the RGB levels separately.
    This German Christmas card is so beautiful. I love the snowflake on it, it looks so crisp and bright.
    Your cards are always so pretty.
    I lost my followers on my sidebar and cannot get them to come back. It bums me out.

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  15. So beautiful!!! I love that image shes adorable!

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  16. I love that image - you've picked the perfect paper to go with it and I love the twine. And don't get me started on the trauma of trying to get a good photo of cards!!! Thanks a lot for joining in with my Festive 48. Hope you can link up again next week. Marina http://myperfectlifeuk.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Beautiful! And I love the envelope too! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

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  18. It's either very early or a little late. Great card though !!

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  19. Thanks for entering your lovely card for CHNC challenge 166 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for March - I'd love to see it there too. x

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  20. Absolutely lovely!! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!

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  21. You could also enter this for our new Completely Christmas challenge 1 - we would love to see it there too, Haze, DT x

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  22. Thank you so much for entering our first 'anything goes' challenge on Completely Christmas with your lovely card - we hope we'll see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

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  23. Stunning Design... thank you for taking the time to join in with the fun,over at Completely Christmas, we would love your company in next week’s challenge as well…..
    Hugs
    Suzy B ~Owner~ Completely Christmas
    Xx

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  24. Hi
    Fabulous card...,
    Thanks for joining us at Completely Christmas ....
    Hugs Sylvie x

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  25. Great card hun love it fabulous work - thank you so much for playing along at Completely Christmas x

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  26. A beautiful vintage themed Christmas card, love the matching envelope too. Thanks for joining our first challenge at Completely Christmas.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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