Monday, March 23, 2009

Christmas Stampin All Year Long Challenge #9

Hi Friends! Yes, it's Christmas Stampin All Year Long challenge time again and this week's challenge is a sketch! Stop by the group blog and check out the challenge and the fabulous samples created by the design team. I hope you'll play along this week! We're on Challenge #9 already! Whoohoo!

Just a little bit about my card. I stamped my image twice, colored the image with my Copic Markers, cut the birds out, heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder, and remounted the bird image on the 2nd stamped image with foam tape. I wanted to give the birds a 3D appearance.

In person the image is actually a bit shimmery and you can see more a mix of the different colors. I wish the photo could have shown it better!

As you can see in this photo. . the birds are popped up! How fun!

Anyway, hope you'll join in this week! We would love to see your card!

Card Details:

Stamps: PSX K1884, SU A Cardinal Christmas (sentiment)
Paper: SU Holiday Treasures, Real Red, Old Olive
Ink: Copic Markers, Versamark ink
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Grosgrain ribbon, Deja View brads

Photo of the Day
Fisheye Lens Photo - Backyard and Dancing Phoenix

For Christmas my husband bought a few camera lens for me and I had no idea how to use them. . .one of which was a fisheye lens. Actually, it's a semi-fisheye macro HD lens. . whatever that means! LOL! Anyway, I decided to use it yesterday and I took a photo of our waterfall and part of our backyard with the lens and "wow", I love the results. I can't believe I never tried to use the lens before. Keep in mind, I had no idea how to use it. LOL! I just sort of snapped photos with no particular purpose in mind.

Do you see how the slope in our yard sort of curves? Well, that is the result of the lens. . .it gives your photo a curved appearance. What do you think?

Here is a better photo of the results of a fisheye lens can do to your photo. This photo is our dog Phoenix. Do you remember Dakota our flying dog? Well Phoenix is our dancing dog. He can actually stand on his back legs for an extended period of time and actually look like he is dancing. He is adorable when he dances for us.


Norine said...

love the xmas birds so pretty and really like that pic I cant even take a good pic with the auto function on LOL

Dawn Easton said...

Love your popped up birds Maria! I always love that look but don't think to do that often enough. It sure adds punch to a card!!!

LOVE how your fisheye lens curves the shot! That looks amazing! I need to play with my different lens too and the settings on this Rebel Camera. It's a little

Great pictures and I'm so envious of you being able to sit outside in the sunshine! Oh and NO snow is a HUGE plus ;)

Rachel Brumley said...


Your Christmas card is beautiful! I can't believe you come up with such beautiful ideas time and time again. You do such awesome work - love, love your coloring.

Ila said...

Beautiful card Maria!!...and totally fabulous your garden and your dancing dog!..Thanks for to go check the stats on my camera....maybe I'll actually read the directions...LOL..Hugs, Ila

MacKenzie said...

Wow Maria! This card is breathtaking (so is your backyard)!

Summerthyme Studio said...

Your card is delish!!! The birds are pretty...... Love the shots with the Fisheye!!!!


Risa said...

Your card is beautiful Maria! Your image is awesome and I love the 3D effect...very pretty!

inlovestamping said...

I love your card this week! The birds are beautiful and the layering is awesome.

Emily said...

where do you get a lens like that your creations, as always!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Cool photo effect!! I love your card! Your coloring is so vibrant!! You really know what you're doing with the Copics!! Just gorgeous!

Islander Girl said...

OMG, your backyard looks just like mine in SD! I can't wait to move back there!! I believe you live by my you guys go down to SD often? Anyhow, I don't have a waterfall yet but dh is planning on putting one when we move back. Do you have a good landscaper?


Janna said...

Maria this is so, so pretty!! I adore the way you popped off the birds and the beautiful sketch you created! The papers are so fun and the red ribbon is amazing!!! Gorgeous!!!

Wow, you have a waterfall! I am so jealous! I dont' think I would ever go inside again! LOL! it is just stunning!


Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

love your card and esp love the waterfall pic!

Lisa Foster said...

Love your card, Maria! Those layers look amazing! (I love layers!!!) Super cute birdies too!

Can I come vacation at your house...your yard is gorgeous and that sunshine looks so warm & inviting!
Cool Cam lens too! Heck I can barely snap a shot on a disposable camera!

Michelle said...

Your card is AMAZING!! Those birds are gorgeous and your coloring - wow! How do you do it? How do you continually create one of a kind, out of this world, amazing cards!

Marcia said...

Love the Xmas card!

Denise said...

I just love that rock waterfall. So beautiful your back yard. Thanks for sharing.

Jodi said...

I love the way you popped up your image, so cute and very festive for the holiday. I've had problems with blogger over the weekend and hope I can post tomorrow. =(
Jodi =)

de said...

GREAT shots! I've never used a fisheye lens! Cool effect. And again, what an awesome backyard!

Great card too! So vibrant and detailed!

Tracy.H said...

Okay...can I come over to your backyard?!?!! Trust wouldn't want to be in mine right now...dam snow!! :0)

Elena said...

Your Christmas is so beautiful! The dimension looks great!
And pictures are so professional looking! Amazing job!

Rita said...

OMG Maria how cute is this card....soooo cute!!!!

Awesome shots using that fisheye unusual! I luv it!

JackieLou said...

Love the card. I'm so bummed I haven't played along... Hope to play this Monday... I love you photos too. I'm jealous of that lovely backyard of yours. hahahaha

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