Tuesday 18 October 2011


Hello bloggers!

Well here I am, eventually!, with another card.  I don't know I just can't seem to get a regular dose of my hobby at all at the moment.  When I get a few hours free I'm cramming in making cards, as I know that free time seems to be very small just now.

So we've had one set of guests come and go, more cleaning to be done ready for the next set on Friday - my daughter has had a cold over the weekend and was 'high maintenance' as hubby calls it!  I've hoovered top to bottom on my house, made more apple jelly and am looking at how to make apple danish pastries!  Phew, makes me sound really busy doesn't it - but where is the card making in that!  I'm getting really twitchy as all I'm getting at the mo is an hour or so, really need a good 3 / 4 hrs to make me happy!

So I won't waffle on too much as I want to enter this card into a couple of challenges and I'm sure one finishes today.  I've missed so many the last couple of weeks - what happened to Emily starting school and me having more time?!  It's so not happening!!

Shut up me and show card:

Faye this one is for you - sorry I'm so late showing my purchase (one of many), what can I say - I'm just a busy domestic goddess (and if you believe that you'll believe anything ;-) )

Front shot:

Detail of image:


Saturated Canary Digi image - Neveah, coloured with Promarkers (no stickles - shock, horror!), die-cut with a nestie and chalked for definition.
Papers are all First Edition - mostly New Leaf, some Hideaway (these are my absolute new loves - even more than Basic Grey pads!)
Gems from my drawers.

Hope everyone else is well,


P.S. - Does anyone have any good tips on taking pics - my camera isn't too bad, it's a Panasonic DSL with lots of idiot proofing - but how do I actually get a good set up in the first place?  I've seen, somewhere, a cardboard box chopped up and tissue paper put in place of the sides (is this a sort of light box?) does anyone know if that helps?  I'm stuffed at the mo - the light has changed in the conservatory (where I normally take my pics) and the rest of our house is dull!  Helppppp?!

I'd like to enter these challenges:

I love Promarkers - Challenge #87 - Autumnal Colours

Stampin' for the Weekend - Challenge 18 - Colours of Autumn

Saturated Canary Challenge - Challenge #2 - Stiches (mine are fake - sewing machine still awaiting major surgery!)

Make it Monday  - #59 - Linky party

Oops nearly forgot!  Also: Sketch Saturday - week #155


Fiona said...

gorgeous card Sarah...beautifulc colouring and the papers really make the image stand out. Faye will love it!!


Kathleen said...

Wow this is fab Sarah, love these images, (just bought 2, shhh dont tell hubby!!) I love how you have coloured her hair it looks fab. Im with you on the crafting time, there is not enough hours in a day!
Hugs Kat xx

Wishcraft said...

This is beautiful Sarah! Gorgeous image - your colouring looks fabulous. Love the papers too. I don't know where the time goes hun, but there's never enough of it! Lisa x

Tine said...

Hi Sarah. Fab colouring & a lovely card.

Regarding your photo woes. I too got fed up of chasing any available natural light around the house. I got myself a light cube (it was on Amazon for about a tenner at the time but I am sure it went up in price afterwards). You need a couple of lights to shine into your cube, but it means you can take pics at night too & then lighten them using a photo programme. Hope this helps.
Thanks for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers this week.
Tine :)

Sarah-Jane said...

Hi Sarah, I just saw your card over at Make it Monday. Your colouring is really good on this one, I love her dress. xx

Doreen said...

Gorgeous card Sarah,love the

Julie C. said...

Hi Sarah,

Love your card. I always took my cards during the day time near the french door. Then I often still have to rely on photo programme to lighten/ sharpen it up a bit more. As now it is getting darker and darker and I work full time. God knows when I will find time to take photos of my cards??!! Will a day time light bulb work? (I think that is what you call them. A blue coloured light bulb.) If you have better ideas, don't forget to share them. Take care! Julie x

Unknown said...

Hi this is gorgeous Sarah, what a sweet image and your your colouring is fantastic, love it.. hey me always take photos outdoors. This is the best solution I found.. of course then I'm in a problem when the weather is bad! I've read though that daylight lamps are useful but you need some box to put the card in it!

Wendy said...

This is really gorgeous Sarah,love the image and coloured so beautifully and fab papers.I used all my Birthday money and brought a daylight lamp,could do without it now,it's fab not only for taking photos but for colouring in the evening or a dull day.
Wendy xx

Flowergirl said...

Wow! This is gorgeous Sarah, Beautifully coloured image x
Wendy x

Lisa Minckler said...

Oh my goodness. She couldn't get any cuter. Love that red hair with the green dress. Nice job!

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Lisa xx said...

Gorgeous card, love the colours on her hair and dress. Alison xxx

Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie this is so great love the colours, thanks for joining us at Saturated Canary Challenge this week hugs pops x

Carisa said...

beautiful card! i love the colors you used, that green and peach are lovely together. i also adore your stitching details and the way you grounded your image. as for your photographing question, here is a GREAT blog post with awesome tips:

Carisa said...

oops, forgot to say, thank you for joining us at saturated canary challenges this week! :D

coops said...

fabulous card sarah.i love this gorgeous image and your colouring and design are stunning ;D

xx coops xx

coops said...

oh forgot to say.i have a panasonic lumix camera.i have settings to macro, vivid colours, forced flash off and image stabalization.i then use my easel stood up draped with a white pillowcase and my daylight lamp shining overhead as i take my oics at night time.hth

xx coops xx

Billie A said...

Very pretty card great colors and darling image. I saw your card at Make it monday.

I made a small 12x12 lite box and used vellum that is 8x11 on sides and then outside of box used outdoor lighting in a clip on lamp to give it the look I need. I have had success with this set up. Hope it helps you know how frustrating that can be. you can visit my blog and see how my cards are if you wish.

Billie A said...

oops I think the two light bulbs are called daylight lighting (from above comment I left)

Vicky said...

Just so gorgeous the image and fabulous colours too sweetie...

big hugs Vicky xx

P.s I use a light box too hun...I usually have it in my conservatory...and I use a photo programme called's free and check out my hints n tips on my should lead you to the site...hope that's helpful sweetie..

Anita said...

Beautiful card Sarah and your coloring is fabulous. Hope your little one is feeling better now.

Berry said...

Hi Sarah beautiful card and stunning colouring she is such a fabulous image I adore her!!! As for photos, I have a cube that I bought for £10 from Macro its just for a back drop. I couldn't afford a daylight lamp o I take the photos in the conservatory and then use the photo programme Vicky recommends above (she recommended it to me!) photoscape its fab and free. You can adjust the colour and brightness and best of all white balance which stops the photos looking dull, its seriously worth a try before purchasing an expensive lamp! Hugs rebekah xx

debby4000 said...

Oh fabulous card Sarah, beautiful colours and sweet adorable image.

loz said...

Your card is Fantastic and the colouring is Perfect Sarah..Popped in from make-it-Monday for a look..Loz

BrossArtAddiction said...

Beautiful card, really love that image! Thanks for joining us this week at Sketch Saturday and Good luck! :D

Hugz & TFS,
xx Tracey/SS-DT xx

Donna said...

Hi Sarah, I've got a little photo studio that I bought off Amazon and it came with two folds up so is easily packed away if you need the space. I did buy an additional spotlight to shine down through the top and I tend to use this setup whin I can't take piccy's outdoors! I've just treated myself to a daylight lamp it retails for over a £100 on the web but I managed to get it from Amazon for £65! Here are the links for you :) Donna ♥ x

Dotty Jo said...

Gorgeous card Sarah! How about buying a portable studio? My hubby got me one for wintertime as I always struggle with the light. I think he got it from eBay. Its a fiddle to put it up and down but if you have room to leave it up I think it would be ok. Jo x

Faye said...

Oh Hun, it's worth the wait, what goregoeus colouring and I love her green dress. Completely fabby Nigella. xxx

Christine L said...

Hi Sarah

I love your card and your colouring... and with regard to the photographs... I have an OTT light... which I find is perfect for lighting - don't need a light box or anything!
Christine x

Tracy Valure said...

Gorgeous coloring!
Tracy Valure

Karita said...

Gorgeous card! :) I love your colouring - it´s fantastic! :)

Thank you for joining at Sketch Saturday :)