Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hey Guys.....

give me some room!

Feed them and they will come

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Random Exercise

I love working with paper and have an electronic die cutter... The Blackcat Cougar.

I have decided I would like to design some paper hats. No particular reason other than I have been sewing some fabric hats and visors and thought it would be fun to try some with paper. To start, I have just made my designs into....well...hats. Once I have the concept down, I can revamp the designs and turn them into containers or boxes to hold something. I could also make them smaller for treat boxes. Whatever.....

The first hat I wanted to be floppy and yellow polka-dotted. I couldn't find any yellow polka-dotted cardstock. I could design my own, but I do not have a 12 x 12 printer. Anything smaller would make a hat smaller than I wanted. So, I painted white polka-dots onto yellow card stock with acrylic paint and a sponge dauber. I was afraid the acrylic paint might inhibit me from getting a good cut, but the Blackcat cut right through it like butter.

I added some grosgrain ribbon for the band and bow. I also designed some Southern Magnolias for embellishment.

Here is a close-up of the magnolias. I've applied a "technique" to this image. I think the image itself could be incorporated into a paper project.
I prefer most images that I use within my paper projects to not look too realistic so I am always playing with them to "mess them up" as my husband says.


A Dilemma

A Dslr kit that covers a decent focal range can be expensive and cumbersome.  Camera phones are quite fun and there is some extraordinary work being done with them, but they are limited in their focal range. You can't always "get closer". A bridge camera sits somewhere between a point and shoot and a Dslr.

I will be travelling to Ecuador sometime in the near future. I want to take a ton of photos. I don't want to take my Dslr because I cannot afford to replace it should something happen to it. I am not sure I will take my phone since I wouldn't be able to use it. Enter the bridge camera. Light weight, one built-in lens.

My son found and researched the latest release from Nikon in their Coolpix series. When I first entered the digital camera arena, I did so with a Coolpix. It was a great little camera. I used it and one other bridge camera until Dslrs came down in price so as to be affordable for someone other than dedicated professionals.

He liked it for its GPS feature. I liked it for its focal range although the GPS is nice.

So, I am back to learning a new camera. Here are some of my tests ranging in focal length from macro to the camera's amazing 1000mm on the tele end.