Photography Please!

First a little business to attend to:
** I still need some online Stampin’ UP hostesses! Please email me asap sstracha@utk.edu!!
** Is my blog running slower than normal? I added a new widget so that there are related posts under each new post. Please let me know if it is loading too slow.

Now onto the goodies:

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I thought my big birthday present this year was my Cricut Expression but I was soooooo wrong! My mom knows I have been displeased with my photography skills and I really want to improve. My mom got me this Olympus E-450 digital SLR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am psyched!

She and Johnny really went all out for me so I can become a better photographer. I got the camera, a photography book, Photoshop Elements, and a Photo shop book! I am blown away with their kindness and I am determined to become an awesome photographer. My real goal is to be a great photographer so when Johnny and I have kids, I will capture those memories. BUT my more immediate goal is to be able to take publishable photos of my LOs and cards.

This is my first attempt at photographing and editing a LO:
\I don’t think it was too bad for my first try. I used the white balance adjustment on Photoshop Elements and I plan on posting a tutorial sometime soon.

This is the LO I made for the sketch challenge this week. I used K & Company paper, SU stitched ribbon, some shaped eyelets with my new Crop a dile (tutorial/review coming soon!), some Alphas from a past VP kit. I inked the edges of everything including the alphas with brown chalk ink that came with my May VP kit. I love the look of the chalk ink.

Do you see that little owl on the circle near the title??? He is from the Stampin’ UP Goody Goody Gumdrops hostess stamp set. This is a level 3 hostess stamp set. The current hostess sets will be retiring at the end of this catalog (June 30th) so be sure to get them while you still can! I am a hostess set lover!

And do you see that cute little brown flower with the jewel? The flower is from the Flower Fusion Too accents set and the jewel is a faux pearl from the Pretties Kit. I earned the Flower Fusion kit as hostess benefits. AND I got the Pretties kit for free based on my sales through Great Rewards. I say this because IT ROCKS TO BE A DEMO! I love getting free stuff!





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4 thoughts on “Photography Please!

  1. So, I am just curious…does your Mom want to adopt another daughter? I won’t move back in (promise!) and since I live so far away, no chance of the unexpected drop in at the house! Tell her to think about it! LOL

    Awesome gift! Great job on the pic and love the page!

  2. That photo looks great!!

    A quick little photoshop trick i learnt (i have cs2 so i don’t know if you can do it in elements) is image… adjustments… auto levels, auto colour and auto contrast.

    I find they help make a huge difference to stopping the colours in my cards and layouts being too dark or too white

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