Please let this week be better than last (actually, I know it will be…)

I’m hoping the picture in this post is a bit better quality than usual.  The new camera I got for Christmas makes a difference but there is still an issue of light. (I make cards in the evening as I work all day so there’s no natural light, my studio is in the basement and even if I was making cards upstairs and during the day I don’t live in a place known for an abundance of sun)  I was at Costco on Thursday during my lunch break and scored a new Ott Lite (that’s how it’s spelled – I’m not spelling it “American”…). 

I’ve already got one Ott light – I got it at Sears about two years ago – but you really need two to chase the shadows away when taking a picture of a card.  The one I got at Costco is perfect and I bet a lot of Canadian card makers will be snapping them up.  It’s white, it’s got a 360 degree rotation, it has a telescopic head and it was under $20 Canadian – sweet deal!

Anyway, you be the judge if the second light helps with my card pics:

I used some SU DP from last year (I dont’ buy their DP – it’s too expensive.  The green stuff was a gift and the yellow stuff was free during SAB last year) and paired it with a Penny Black stamp from a set I have.

I used my Prismacolour pencils and OMS to colour the image and added a touch of Doodlebug glitter to the rose.  I didn’t want to obliterate my shading so I just added some glitter here and there.

I machine stitched around the border of the PP and covered the join in the paper with some SU ribbon that was also free during SAB.

I was hoping to score a particular Stampavie image for my Mother’s Day cards this year but it was sold out at 7Kids.  I don’t really do floral so my Mother’s Day choices are as lame as my wedding image choices (though I did buy a new wedding image late last year to prepare for this year’s wedding season – haven’t needed it yet but the time will come)

If you happen to be looking for the Ott Lite – it looks like this:

It’s a steal at less than $20.  (I see that it comes in other colours on the website but the ones at Costco are white – which is fine by me).  The Ottlite website states its ON SALE for $45.99 and I got it for less than half that!  I almost bought 2 but it was a want not a need so I showed some restraint.

Back to the grind tomorrow! (for a few days – but that’s a post for another day!)