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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Technostampers Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #75, Better Late than Never

Bear with me and my long post if you will. I'm overdue and wanted to get this posted after I completed it Monday night but never got the cards photographed. So, here it is Tuesday and I've already posted once today but really wanted to get this posted today so you get a bonus blog post today! Not only that, but I did 2 cards using Mary Jo's sketch this week. You need to make sure to play along and post your link to her blog as she's having some blog candy for playing!

I had fun with this sketch, it's easy as can be and you can use the sketch with so many different images!!!

I also had some fun playing with my Clear & Simple Stamp set Flight of the Bee and another favorite Stampin' Up! set Tart & Tangy. I'm thinking I need the sentiments to this set now after playing with it again.

On top of getting these cards done last night I also decided to play a little with a challenge from Lisa Spangler on sharpening images. I'm learning a lot from her tutorials which works hand in hand with doing some digital scrapbooking so I'm excited to absorb as much info as I can. I love that she also gives the tutorials easy to read using the free program GIMP which I have on one of my computers and my other one has Photoshop. They go hand in hand for me. So I will be showing my before and after shots here as well.
*before is to the left, after below; I don't know why the orientation is not right, sorry*

Make sure to join me for Mary Jo's challenge! Don't forget my BLOG CANDY here either!

Card #1 Details:
Stamp Set: Tart & Tangy by SU!
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Summer Picnic DSP
Inks: Real Red, Always Artichoke, Versamark
Accessories: Twine colored with Artichoke marker, Bold Brights Buttons, Clear Embossing powder

Card #2 Details:
Stamp Set: Flight of the Bee by Clear & Simple Stamps
Cardstock: Mustard unknown, Basic Black, Papertreyink White
Inks: Copic YR21, Memento Tuxedo Black, Craft White
Accessories: Spring Flower Punch, Mega Curved Rectangle Nestabilities, Rhinestones, Stickles


Kristine said...

Awesome cards! :) Love the strawberry one and your dp is really cute with it. Very summery and screams "Picnic" - to me anyway, lol.

It's amazing what the "auto-levels" can do for your photos! I tried GIMP once and it was too hard, but I have Paint.NET and Photoshop, both are very similar and LOVE them! Your pictures turned out great! :)

MJ said...

These are both wonderful and so summery feeling. I love the colors. I struggle with good pictures myself, so frustrating. I swear someone changed the settings on my camera and I don't have a clue how to fix it. Too funny!

MJ said...

Oh yea, thanks so much for playing along and posting my blog candy.

Kristen said...

Awesome cards kim. Look at you go girl!

Lisa Somerville said...

Great CAS cards Kim!

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