Sweet Cause

I’m so curious how many of you use a light tent or how many of you take your pictures by natural light?  I’m so in love with the natural light but do so much of my crafting late, late, uh, late at night and find that when I’m ready to take pictures, I’m ready!  I’ve been having to wait for daylight to come up, so I think I’m spoiled but the truer colors of natural daylight certainly make me go ‘hmmmm’.  Ah, the comforts of home – I’ve been without internet due to weather and have been turning in early because the electricity has been iffy too.  Today I have another filigree card and another stunning background to share; this one is too easy for words!


I started out by stamping my background using by JustRite Papercrafts Floral Flourishes Background stamp and mounting on a card base.  Then after cutting a small panel with Spellbinders™ Classic Squares LG, and stamping a sentiment using JustRite’s Circle of Love, I centered in on my background panel.  Then, I simply cut four of the new Spellbinders™ Gold Elements and stacked them in each corner of my paper with the right tip always overlapping the next element.  It makes for a treatment that leaves a sweet little bordered opening in the center – coincidentally just perfect for my sentiment to show through ;-)  I framed it again by using Spellbinders™ Twisted Metal Tags and Accents .  Easy, I tell ya!!

Stamps: JustRite Papercrafts – Floral Flourishes BackgroundCircle of Love
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White.
Ink: Amuse – Blush
AccessoriesSpellbinders™ Gold ElementsSpellbinders™ Classic Squares LGSpellbinders™ Twisted Metal Tags and Accents, May Arts Silk Ribbon, Maya Roads Triple Pearl Pin, Organza Ribbon, Darice Pearls, Bow Maker

It always tickles me to touch base with you – thanks for taking time out of your busy day to peek in.  I’m well and hope you are too.  I’ll be back soon pending daylight and good internet!!  

  • Robyn JosephsJanuary 24, 2013 - 11:51 am

    I’ve been using natural light and just got my light tent and lights yesterday in the mail!
    We’ll see.
    I also so some midnight crafting and am sometimes surprised what i see in the a.m.!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine LawsonJanuary 24, 2013 - 12:03 pm

    I like to do mine with natural light too, but I’m too impatient, and usually end up taking pictures at night. They come out terrible at night! Sometimes I have to redo them the next morning.

    Your card is gorgeous, as always. So lacy and feminine!ReplyCancel

  • MargaretJanuary 24, 2013 - 12:03 pm

    I use natural light where possible. I think your cards would look fantastic even by candlelight! Love themReplyCancel

  • Paper ProfusionJanuary 24, 2013 - 12:28 pm

    Oh – You make it look so easy – but your design skills are second to none! Thank-you for sharing a lovely design trick. Nicola xReplyCancel

  • NancyJanuary 24, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    Becca you are such a genius, this is so creatively done! Thanks for sharing your talent.ReplyCancel

  • EveleneJanuary 24, 2013 - 12:39 pm

    So beauuuutiful!!! Your brilliant crafitng ideas are endless, Becca.ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte ZweigoronJanuary 24, 2013 - 12:40 pm

    Beautiful card, Becca. I am pre-ordering some of the CHA 2013 releases from Spellbinders and this one is definitely on my list. One can really see the embossing and debossing on your card and I can’t wait to try it out. As far as lighting goes, I have become dependent on the lightbox set my DH got for me from Ebay. It cost in the $30 range and was as cheap as if I just bought the lights for a homemade box. I do like natural light and that is what I used at first, however, any spot I could use in my house or yard was limited to a very small time frame when the sun was in the best position. I noticed that this was also effected by the season as the sun changes positions in the sky with each season. Then would come weeks of rain or grey skies or wind that would, again, limit my photography time. I live in North Georgia so I may be dealing with some things you don’t have to deal with in Florida. My lightbox is set up on a card table in the garage. I have a tripod out there and a little stool so all I have to do is switch on the lights and I am good to go. I may have to adjust angles so I can pick up shiny or glittery elements but that is about all. My normal routine is to shoot in the lightbox, do a little adjusting in PhotoShop and get it onto my website. I’m looking forward to what others have to say on this subject, so I’m glad you asked this question….ReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJanuary 24, 2013 - 12:46 pm

    I use a Light Tent! Our home doesn’t have the big open windows many homes have & it’s ALWAYS dark! Not to mention, you can illiminate all the STUFF behind what you’re taking a picture of so, people can FOCUS on what your picture is all about! You can see the creation easier with a lighter background too! I don’t have a big fancy schmancey camera either! :) The Light Tent works for me! (I have to say, this is something I learned from YOU, BECCA! LOL)

    LOOOOOOOOOVE your card Becca!!!!!!!! (swooning!!!!!!!!! :) )ReplyCancel

  • Francie in MontrealJanuary 24, 2013 - 12:48 pm

    Devine! Love the white/blue colour combo and a card cannot have enough filigree for my taste. Yours is just right. Beautiful bow as always.

    The images of my cards don’t go anywhere – they just sit in my little laptop library of stuff made, filed by recipient. This way I can avoid sending similar cards to people who just might compare what they receive. Gasp! So I scan. Results are adequate to fill my need.ReplyCancel

  • EffieJanuary 24, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    I use a home made light box that my best friend made for me! I don’t take very good pics-but I use what I have! your card today is AWESOME wow, what an amazing eye you have for detail thanks for the inspirationReplyCancel

  • Rebekka RJanuary 24, 2013 - 12:57 pm

    I use natural light my self, dont own a tent :)
    Your card is just stunning Becca, I just love what you do with these spellbinder dies.ReplyCancel

  • Kelley SmithJanuary 24, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    I LOVE your cards and posts. I feel like I get to peek into a magical little craft heaven!ReplyCancel

  • SarahJanuary 24, 2013 - 1:04 pm

    You just showed how gorgeous layers can be. Outstanding card!ReplyCancel

  • MercedesJanuary 24, 2013 - 1:06 pm

    Muy Elegante!!!ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaJanuary 24, 2013 - 1:09 pm

    What a pretty card! I just love how you overlapped those lace triangles to frame your sentiment. So pretty!!!
    As for the lighting thing, sorry I can’t help. I never photograph my cards. But as an avid gawker, I can tell you I appreciate pictures that are bright enough to showcase the art. If the lighting is too, dull, the art just isn’t as clear….ReplyCancel

  • Ann RobbinsJanuary 24, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! ! I use natural light. Am interested in what brand of camera you arr using. Another die that I am going tp have to order. Glad your doing o.k.

  • LageneJanuary 24, 2013 - 1:38 pm

    Gorgeous card, for my photos of cards I just use my flash set on florescent setting, since that is the lighting in my craft room & it is ok.ReplyCancel

  • TheresaJanuary 24, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    Love this card. If I had a light tent I would use it, but alas I am stuck
    without so I use natural lighting.ReplyCancel

  • MaryannJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:06 pm

    Oh my foodness girl, your cards here the last times has been outstanding. I´m so in love with them and all their beauty. Soo gorgeous Becca.
    I always use natural light, as I don´t have a light tent, so when I´m working late at night, I always have to wait til next day to take the pics, as that´s my only opetion. I´ve often wished I ahd a light tent, but I don´t.ReplyCancel

  • Maryellen WebberJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:13 pm

    I just love the color of today’s card. The filigree die cut is so pretty.
    Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us!ReplyCancel

  • christiJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:24 pm

    becca, this is just so gorgeous and I see how easily you made it. the best part is it looks so ornate. great card!ReplyCancel

  • Marge R. (mer)January 24, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    Even though I live in sunny AZ, I always use my photo light tent. That said, I am NOT terribly talented with a camera, but I definitely see a big difference from before/after using my tent. I really LOVE being able to photograph in the dark — biggest drawback of it is having a space for it to ‘reside’ along with the accompanying lights, so it’s in our master bedroom on a sofa table and I just leave it set up there.ReplyCancel

  • Marge R. (mer)January 24, 2013 - 2:32 pm

    Oops, accidentally hit ‘Submit’ before I said how much I LOVE your GORGEOUS card today — sigh — sooo many new Spellbinders’ dies, so little money after Christmas and multitudinous family birthdays! :-(ReplyCancel

  • Jean CJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    Such a beautiful card. You have been showing out lately with the most elegant and beautiful cards. You are so talented and take card making to a whole new demension! Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us on a routine basis! I use natural light, it is all I have!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Szwakop McHenryJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:38 pm

    Have you ever considered having a buy it now link so we can order the material you use in each project? I love you dies and stamps!ReplyCancel

  • NancyJBJanuary 24, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    I take all my card photos in the sunlight. I do have to wait at times but not too often as I am in Florida also. I try different angles and usually go with laying them flat on a TV tray and standing over them to take the photo. I do find that in the middle of the day the sun is too bright.ReplyCancel

  • AmyJanuary 24, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    Beautiful as usual!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna MackintoshJanuary 24, 2013 - 3:25 pm

    This is really beautiful Becca, looks incredibly complicated but you make it sound easy :)ReplyCancel

  • Nancy LorenzJanuary 24, 2013 - 3:45 pm

    Becca! You never fail to make something beautiful! I just this card, but of course I love every card you make. Keep it up dear lady!ReplyCancel

  • colleen hJanuary 24, 2013 - 3:57 pm

    I LOVE it!! so very pretty, but your cards always are!!!ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtJanuary 24, 2013 - 4:25 pm

    Beautiful card. I take my picture in the natural daylight. Sometimes I need to wait because there are too many shadows & sometimes the light is too bright & makes the card look wash out.ReplyCancel

  • Carol HintermeierJanuary 24, 2013 - 4:48 pm

    My goodness what a beautiful card. You are an inspiration to this beginner card maker! Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Tanja S.January 24, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    I love this card, really pretty and elegant. I usually use natural inside light and occasionally take them on the patio with a plant/ornament in the background. However it is not as crucial for me as I don’t have a blog I just post cards on Splitcoast stampers and sometimes they are a bit darker than I would like.ReplyCancel

  • GerryJanuary 24, 2013 - 5:36 pm

    Beautiful card. My next Spellbinders purchase will be the set you designed! As for photos, I nearly always scan directly into the computer. Sometimes the dimensionalized portions suffer a bit and it is tricky to get the easel cards to show up, that’s what I do.ReplyCancel

  • Michel EJanuary 24, 2013 - 5:57 pm

    Lovely card. I usually use natural light for my pictures. Stay warm.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot comReplyCancel

  • DebraK in FLJanuary 24, 2013 - 6:38 pm

    This is so beautiful! It’s very elegant and very ‘Becca’. For lighting, lately I’ve been just using natural light. Until my craft room is fully up and running, my light tent will have to stay packed away.ReplyCancel

  • KathieJanuary 24, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    It’s always fun to get your emails. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy BJanuary 24, 2013 - 7:01 pm

    Oh, such a beautiful card! It always makes my day to see that another Becca card is waiting for me :D My list of Spellbinders dies is growing, can hardly wait to try them out! Hope your internet kinks get worked out soon…ReplyCancel

  • Nadine IllingworthJanuary 24, 2013 - 7:01 pm

    Wow Fab. Love the pin you have decorated with beads. The coloured flower just helps to lift it too .ReplyCancel

  • Claire SJanuary 24, 2013 - 7:18 pm

    Beautiful card as always…any more videos coming our way?
    Creative Wishes,
    Claire SReplyCancel

  • LaurieJanuary 24, 2013 - 7:53 pm

    Your cards are over the top! I absolutely love them…. No one makes prettier cards! You are so talented!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly SchmidtJanuary 24, 2013 - 8:01 pm

    Goirgeous card- LOVE the Filigree frame and the fab pin you used!ReplyCancel

  • Trudi HuttonJanuary 24, 2013 - 10:51 pm

    Another breathtaking creation from you! Beautiful card!ReplyCancel

  • Trudi HuttonJanuary 24, 2013 - 10:52 pm

    This card is just beautiful! Thank you for sharing your talent with us.ReplyCancel

  • DebbiJanuary 25, 2013 - 12:26 am

    This card is stunning, Becca! Your talent just blows me away. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us!ReplyCancel

  • TheresaMPJanuary 25, 2013 - 4:37 am

    Great card. The layering of the corner punches, nice effect. I live in the midwest where we can go for day without sunlight, so I have a photo tent with lights and it works pretty well. thanks as always for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • lizJanuary 25, 2013 - 6:46 am

    well my wish has been granted! Everytime I need a really special card you post something that I just have to make and this is ONE that I must do , so sad that this spellbinder die is not on the shelf yet :( what will I do how can I come up this with out the Gold Element die??? Hope you get your power to its to a 100 % soon it’s way to cold outside. love alwaysReplyCancel

  • lizJanuary 25, 2013 - 6:48 am

    opps I for got I use natural light I tried the light box but I felt the sun light was better for me.ReplyCancel

  • conniecrafterJanuary 25, 2013 - 9:45 am

    Oh wow so elegant!!!ReplyCancel

  • BärbelJanuary 25, 2013 - 11:40 am

    Eine traumhaft schöne Karte, ich bin begeistert!
    Liebe Grüße.ReplyCancel

  • Beth EllisJanuary 25, 2013 - 1:02 pm

    Becca creates another master piece! Love this card and can’t wait to get my hands on these new Spellbinders dies! As for light box vs. natural light, I use only natural light! Best times to shoot are early morning and evening just before sunset otherwise the sun is too strong and creates unwanted shadows. I have long windows at the front of my house that face north and I find that my hallway is a great place to photograph people as well as cards.ReplyCancel

  • kathy/NorthCarolinaJanuary 26, 2013 - 5:24 am

    I’m not much of a photographer, Becca. I just use the natural light in our sunroom and wait for morning to snap pictures. I wish I could stay up late and craft! Lately, Ive been crashing between 9 and 10PM. But I’m an early riser, so I guess that makes up for it. Gorgeous card…I love all the lacey layers framing that sweet sentiment!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly LJanuary 26, 2013 - 9:35 am

    Beautiful card, Becca! I love the soft lacy look the square corners add to this beautiful sentiment. The background stamps really make a difference too. Lovely as always! {{hugs}}

    As for the lighting, I usually use natural light for my photos too and an accent light if needed. I have waited until the next morning to photograph my cards as well since I am a bit of a night owl. I have a light tent but just don’t seem to get the hang of it. I believe I just need a bigger space to spread it out and add the lighting, and my craft room is a bit small for that, but I’m working on it :) I just added a different desk and gave hubby my spare table for his “records to MP3” hobby, so I believe I will be able to snitch a corner of his all-but-cleared-off table once in a while to photograph my cards.ReplyCancel

  • SusanJanuary 26, 2013 - 9:58 pm

    So beautiful — I love all the layers and those colours!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie BJanuary 28, 2013 - 7:57 am

    Beautiful card today. I love all the detail.ReplyCancel

  • KathyJanuary 31, 2013 - 5:40 pm

    Another gorgeous work of art Becca!ReplyCancel