Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Storage jars now available online!!

Click here to go to Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts. Our storage jars are now available for purchase on our site.

We also just added 1/4" and 1/8" solid organdy. The wider widths of grosgrain are also available in many of our colors. Watch in the coming weeks for the remainder of the colors as well.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Brad and Eyelet Storage Presale!!

We have just purchased a number of sets of brad and eyelet storage containers. We're holding a presale on these great little jars. For a limited time only, you can purchase a set of 75 of these jars for only $20 plus shipping. We have about 20 sets on hand, but we will order more if there is a bigger demand during the presale. Sets of 25 jars are being presold for $8 each, plus shipping.

We're offering sets of 75 because we carry 59 colors, plus we're ordering 12 more colors and you'll have extra to store your existing stash. Everyone is asking how I'm storing these little guys. I have found the perfect storage solution. These jars fit really well into this mini drawer unit: Rubbermaid Drawer.

The jars are perfectly sized to hold a 1/2" punch on top, held on with a glue dot. I plan to punch out paper in the matching colors and put them on the tops of all of my jars for quick identification.

The regular price is $25. These adorable jars measure just over 1.5" high with the caps on, and about 3/4" in diameter. The cap is a snap-on, pliable plastic. The caps are very secure, but easy to get on and off. The photo shows 100 brads of each color in the jars, and 200 black. They would be perfect to store 50 brads and 50 eyelets of the same color.

To pre-order a set of these jars, send me an e-mail to The first 20 sets will ship right away and the others will take about a week to arrive and will be shipped out at that point.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

This is a photo of my light box I use for my website photography. It's an ugly affair, but it gets the job done. It's about 18 inches on every side. We built it from PVC pipe and then stretched white nylon tent material over the outside. We can aim lights at the sides, or swivel these clip on lights around to the front to shine directly on the subject being photographed. If you are photographing something shiny or that will glare, you'll need to shine the lights at the outside of the tent instead.

I have found that I still need to use a flash to get the best color and detail. With my Nikon D40X, I can adjust the Flash Compensation, which basically lowers the output of the flash so that the subject doesn't get washed out and lose its vibrant color.

First, here is a photo taken with just the floodlights, no flash. This is 150 watts total, two 75 watt daylight bulbs.

I first tried -3 on the Flash Compensation and this is what I got:

As you can see, the photo is dark and very yellow. I had both of the floodlights on the front of the box aimed directly at the card and still the light quality is very poor.

Next, I took this photo at -2 on the flash compensation. The color is better, but not great, and the photo is still too dark and the colors are not well represented. For those familiar with Stampin' Up! colors, the card is Apricot Appeal, Sage Shadow, and Rose Red.

Here's the final photo. The only editing I have done is cropping out some of the background and adding the watermark. The color is much better, but not washed out. Rose Red is a difficult color to photograph in it's true form anyway.

Thus we reach the end of my photo tutorial 101. Now that I have things figured out, you can expect to see the contest submissions posted on my website any day. I'm also starting a gallery of my work as well.

Watch next month for two new contests coming to Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts. Here are a couple of hints: Polka Dots.....Christmas/ what's that about? Watch in early February for the announcement!