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cased mixed bouquet

So what do you think of the picture quality?  One of my favourite things to do when I have a bit of downtime is browse through some of my favourite blogs and look for inspiration.  One of the things that I noticed was what awesome pictures many of them had.  Typically I take my pictures one of two ways – either by scanning it or with my small digital camera (it’s a Toshiba, only 3 megapixels and about 5 years old).  I’ve never been happy with the quality of my photos.  Well, as I was browsing blogs I came across a tutorial on photographing cards, put together by Allison Miles  – it was right up my alley because it didn’t require any fancy equipment. So today, I ran out to Walmart and bought myself a $30 flourescent lamp, set my card up like Allison did, and voila! I must say I’m pretty impressed for my first try, especially considering I have such an outdated camera.

My card is based on a card created by Susan Liles which I found in the Splitcoast Stampers Gallery.  One of the things I freely share with my customers is that creativity doesn’t come easily to me.  Often when I’m trying to come up with a card idea and I feel stuck I turn to cards I love that have been designed by other talented stampers.  Frequently I’ll start out by simply copying the card – either exactly if I can, or as in this case, almost exactly – I substituted the non-Stampin’ Up! stuff she used for Stampin’ Up! stuff.  I basically worked with what I have. For a peek at the original card click here. After I stamped the card, I was so happy with how it turned out, and I was feeling more inspired, so I decided to attempt to re-create the card using the yummy Au Chocolate designer papers from the Spring Mini. This is what I came up with:Mixed Bouquet

I stamped the flower and leaves from the Mixed Bouquet Stamp set in Timber Brown Staz On ink and colored it in using blender pens and re-inkers (Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery).  The greeting is from Winged Things.  For finishing touches I created my scalloped border using the slit punch, added a couple of brads from the Soft Subtles collection and tied on Celery and Pink Grosgrain.  All products are Stampin’ Up!.