Saturday, July 3, 2010

2S4Y #55 - Time to Relax...

Well, this is my first ever contribution to the Two Sketches For You (2S4Y) challenge. I've seen the links on a lot of the blogs I visit, but this my first time playing along.  I had a lot of fun with this sketch!  This card is for a fellow CT Humane Volunteer who just had surgery - hopefully she'll have some relaxation during her recovery!
99% of the card is from Papertrey Ink.  I grabbed the "On My Couch" set and die cuts to cut and stamp the chairs.  I used Everyday Blessings patterned paper and PTI ribbon.  The 1% not PTI, is the Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder used behind the "plain" chairs. I wanted a little something to make those panels pop.  I added some pearl dimensionals to the pillows too!

I finally did it - after having my Two Peas In A Bucket "12 Weeks to Better Photos" printouts laying next to my computer - I FINALLY started reading through them!!!  First lesson is about aperture (or f/stop). Well, it's about how much of your photo is in focus and how much is out of focus, depending on your f/stop setting. So, we had to pick something stationery and play with our f/stops.  I picked my beautiful lilies to shoot and look what I caught in action!  A little bee flying to the flower!!! How cool !!!
Here he is landed on the flower.
My f/stop was set to low - so the main object (the flower) is in focus, while everything else is out of focus! One way for me to remember is: little f/stop = little in focus.   I'm learning!!!!!

Thanks for the visit today and I hope you have a Happy and Safe 4th of July weekend!!
Maria

12 comments:

Susan (peebsmama) said...

I love your little couch card. The colors are great and you chose a terrific sketch to start out with for their challenge. I like the pearls on the pillows.

Your photos are terrific. Very vivid. I took a photography class many years ago. All the f-stops and aperatures and lighting and such was too much for me. I would like to take better photos but, in the end, if I have to go through all that to get the right settings, I don't bother. Point and shoot is my preferred method.

Christina said...

Adorable card! The little chairs work perfectly with this sketch, and the soothing colors fit the "relax" theme!

Crafty Pauline said...
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Laura Davis said...

Cute, cute, cute!
Thanks for playing at 2S4Y!
Laura

Crafty Pauline said...

Love this card - its so bright and I love the colour tones you have used!

Crafty Pauline said...

Hi Maria - so sorry, but I appear to have removed my post to you. Once again, great card and lovely use of colour!
Pauline x

jimlynn said...

Your card is just so cute! Love those little pearls on the cushions. Wonderful idea.
Now, on to the photo of the flower/bee! Outstanding!!! I've gotten so lazy with my photographs......put everything on the automatic and just shoot! I need to start setting my camera on manual again. Beautiful photos. So neat that you caught that little bee too.
Lynn

Irena said...

Your card is gorgeous.
The flower is very beautiful.

Cheryl said...

Awesome card! I love the paper piecing and the pearls.

Michele Gross said...

I Love this! The gray and yellow are awesome together and the little pearls on the pillows are a fantastic touch :)

Sylvia said...

Sweet card and lovely flowers!

Cheryl Nelson said...

Your card could not be more fabulous!!! LOVE it in every way possible!!
*Gorgeous photo, too!

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