Thursday, September 22, 2011

September Photo Tips

Quick tips to make taking professional looking pictures Faster, Simpler and Easier.

Whether you are staying inside or you are out enjoying the sunshine, the use of a light reflector can make a good photo great for when it comes time to scrapbook or make a Studio J Layout!   Great photos can make your scrapbook pages and Studio J Layouts shine!
Here are a few simple tips on making and using a light reflector in your photography compare the two images.
The first image was taken without a reflector, casting harsh shadows on her face. 

In the second shot, I positioned a reflector in front of my subject (towards the incoming light), bouncing the light and 

brightening her darling face.

Create Your Own Reflector
Light reflectors are available to purchase at local photography stores.
Or you can make your own in a few simple steps using foil and cardboard.
Here’s how:

1. Cut cardboard piece to desired size.

2. Score in thirds.

3. Wrap foil around cardboard, and smooth out wrinkles.

4. Secure foil in place using tape.

Additional Reflector Options
There are other tricks to the trade when it comes to bouncing and reflecting light.

Here are a few ideas to try:
Wear White: Reflecting light can be as simple as throwing on a white shirt.  Light bounces off of white and will naturally reflect on your subject it you aren’t a great distance away.

Use White Foam Board: Foam core boards are available at local craft stores and are a great reflector option. Plus, they are lightweight and inexpensive, making them a nice photo-equipment option

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Stamp Of The Month September 2011

Limited Edition September Stamp of the Month is here and I have all sorts of great ideas for this kit. Take a plain list and spice it up a bit with these stamps, slap a magnet on the back and you have a darling refrigerator list (hmm, sounds like good neighbor gifts for Christmas). A composition notebook (on sale now with back to school) would be darling decorated up with these. And the possibilities for scrapbook journaling are huge. So take advantage of the opportunity to get this set in September because once October rolls around, it’s gone! And with a $50.00 purchase, it is only $5.00. Now that’s worth remembering!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cricut Art Philosophy Collection

Close To My Heart has taken paper crafting to a new creative level.  Not only did they come out with an exclusive cartridge with 700 images, they have bundled it with three coordinating D-size stamp sets as well as three sheets of chipboard shapes for a terrific price of only $99. It all works together perfectly!  It can help you make your projects faster, simpler and easier!  

Bundle Details:  3 coordinating My Acrylix D-Size stamp sets (MSRP: $17.95 each), along with 3 coordinating 9” x 12” dimensional elements sheets (MSRP: $4.95 each). The 700 images include a font, elegant rosettes, tags, cards, lacey patterns, gift boxes and more. The stamps sets do include the measurements right on the packaging - the stamp’s carrier sheet - so you will know exactly what size to die cut your image with your Cricut so that you can then stamp your image perfectly onto your die cut.
You may be wondering if this cartridge matches up to other stamp sets? The answer is YES!  There are other stamp sets throughout our Idea Book that are indicated with a thin red line. These stamp sets also match up with images on the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  Awesome!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Check out my Website

There are many SALE items on my website while supplies last! 
Here are a few items that are marked down!
Check it out before they are gone!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Art Philosophy Cricut Collection

Have you heard the news?  
Close to my Heart now offers the
 Art Philosophy Cricut Collection
Take a look at this wonderful video to show you some of the new things we offer.

Monday, September 5, 2011

National Stamping Month

To celebrate National Stamping Month in September, we are offering our first-ever double stamp set! You can get the exclusive My Acrylix® Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set FREE when you place an order of $75 US from August 15 through September 30, 2011. You'll love this double set—two D-size sets in one envelope—which includes lots of clever phrases and coordinating images you'll use in your handmade cards all year long. The double set has a retail value of $35.90, which drastically increases the value of your qualifying purchase! Have double the fun stamping during National Stamping Month with our new Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set! 
Dates: Offer valid August 15 (9:00 am MDT)–September 30, 2011 (11:59 pm MDT