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I’ve been searching for an easy inexpensive way to photograph my cards. There was a recent discussion on SUDSOL about using a plastic bucket as a background for photographing cards and stamped items, I was intrigued.

I have two cats that use Fresh Step clumping litter that comes in large plastic buckets, so I have a ready supply of buckets! The openings are large enough the you can lay the bucket on its side and put your object to be photographed inside. You don’t need to cut any of the bucket. It is also flat on all sides so sits nicely on a table top.

Here is my photo for using this technique:

Starbucks Altered Bottle

I took it last night after dark using my Ott light and the internal flash
from my camera. I did put a piece of computer paper in the bottom of the
bucket to hide the plastic ridges. You can see the paper in my photo. I
haven’t tried editing out that line. I think I’ll try that if my software has that capability.

It worked pretty well except the bucket has labels on all 4 sides, that don’t peel off readily. It didn’t seem to matter too much but I bet the light would be better if they weren’t there.

Project details:

Starbucks frappe bottle.
This is a Valentine present for my DH.
Have to use sticky tape to make the strips adhere.

Used rubon around the cap. Can’t see in photo but there is a chipboard heart on the lid, mounted on a circle and scallop.

Colors: Pixie Pink, Whisper White, Green

Stamps: Kisses wheel, Happy Heart Day

Accessories: Tag punch, sm & lg, Eastern Elegance rub on, gold elastic cord, Sticky tape, eyelet, crop-a-dile, green organdy (ret SU), scallop punch, heart chipboard, 1 3/8 circle punch


Hi everyone, sorry for being AWOL for a couple of days. I was in Palm Springs at the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference. Everytime I go to a SU event it feels like one big party. My friend Cathy and I went and had a great time. We swapped, stamped, meet up with on line stampin’ buddies and learned all sorts of new stampin’ ideas. It is so worth being a SU demo just to be able to attend the events. The next big event is Convention in Salt Lake City in July.

I have been stamping like a crazy woman since I got back on Sunday last week getting ready for my classes both last week and this week. Also have been playing with some Valentine gift ideas that I’ll post on the blog as soon as I get my poor overloaded computer straightened out. It is giving me error messages that my hard drive is full! My problem is that I save everything! So I have to do some spring cleaning before it decides to completely freeze up on me.

I’ll be posting my Valentine Altered Starbucks cappuccino bottle soon, stay tuned.

I’m really excited, my Stampin’ Up! website has been completely revamped.  Lots of added features.

Please visit it and comment here to let me know if you see anything that I need to fix.


Stampin’ Up!@ Spring Summer Collection 2008

The new catty is here. Click here to see it on line. If you want your very own copy to page through (it is even more impressive in person) give me a call. Cost is $10 and I’ll give you a $6 refund on your first order from it. Want a free one? Join my Stampers’ Hostess Club or schedule an in home workshop with me.

Sue Ann Olsavicky

by a fellow SUDSOLer Juli to provide 7 random facts about me. I don’t know where or how this tagging phenomena started but it is fun to get to know fellow bloggers this way.

1. I meet my husband on a blind date arranged by my roomate’s boyfriend. That was in 1974 and we got married in 1976.

2. I taught high school math for 8 years prior to joining the AF in 1974.

3. My husband and I are both Air Force retirees, between us we have 58 years of service, that must be some sort of record.

4. I have moved on average every two years since 1967. My last move was from Eagle River Alaska to Goodyear Arizona.

5. I became a Stampin’ Up!® Independent Demonstration in Sept 2004 although I had been messing around with rubber stamping for about 15 years prior. My stamp room is a walk in closet.

6. I don’t have any children, not the two legged variety, but I have two cats Mimi and Sadie both animal shelter rescues.

7. I’m a breast cancer survivor, Aug 2008 is my 5 year anniversary of being cancer free.

Tag to these other 7 bloggers:

  1. Laura
  2. Cathy
  3. Nicola
  4. Lois
  5. John
  6. Tandra
  7. Stella

The rules are simple, share 7 random facts about yourself and then tag 7 other bloggers.

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