Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Battle Challenge Finals

Hey Friends! We are on our final week here at the TGF Royal Battle! It has been a long and creative process and we have now narrowed it to only a few teams left to compete in the final round. The voting this week will be different. We will actually have a poll on the left side of this blog for everyone to cast their votes. Voting will only last one day and everyone will only get one vote. 

Voting will be One Day only.

Projects will not be displayed in the gallery. They will be listed here on the blog so Team Leaders must email me their projects by Saturday evening.

And so here are our final contestants for this week's challenge! Good luck everyone~!

Contenders for week 5 include:

International Ink
The Glitter Sisters
The Dream Team
Time Travelers
Team HO

His & Her's
sample by Wicked Pixie

The Challenge: You are to make a set of two coordinating projects, one for a girl and one for a boy.

What teams need to do: Discuss amongst your team members who will be creating this card. Only one member will be doing this. The member will have to email their team leader their finished project. This must be a different member than the previous. Every week we want to see a new member participating so that every team members gets a chance to show off their skills!

Due Date: Team Leaders will need to email me their projects no later than Saturday April 24th 11:59pm cst.

Voting: Voting/commenting will start on Sunday, April 25th and last 24 hrs from the time the poll goes up on the blog. Voting will be on the blog poll. There will be no voting in the gallery for this.

All entries will be located on the Blog on Sunday, April 25th.

Please DO NOT vote/comment on your own team. Each person can vote once so please select your favorite and vote for them. Please only vote once per card.  

Next Wednesday we will announce the top 3 teams! GOOD LUCK!

p.s. here is a card I made a while back that I finally took a photo of with mah new camera!

Today's question is: Any tips on taking good photos?

A good camera is great but Photoshop can do miracles.


RiNNE said...

Yay for International ink! Woot woot! Cute card, Marie! Love how bright the colors are!

I like to take photos of my card during the daytime. Natural light is my favorite.

Kim Yu said...

Way to go, everyone! Good luck!
Awesome card! Great shot too!

FitterTwit said...

Great card!!! What camera did you get? The photo looks flawless!

Sparkle said...

Your card is darling! Photoshop is my lifesaver!

Lysa said...

Hooray for all the teams!!

I agree with Rinne- natural light is best!

Deirdre said...

Adjust the contrast and levels in post processing. Makes a HUGE difference.

Natural daylight is the best way to shoot, don't use a flash as it washes out the colours too much.

Love your card.... we are through... doing the happy dance...wohooooo - go Dream Team!

☼ Cheryl* said...

Congrats everyone!

I use photoshop a lot because the room I am in is shaded so I either have to use flash or use my tripod to get an ok shot and then edit it to look like it should in photoshop!

donna mikasa said...

Congrats to all the teams that made it through! I see that my faves did! Way to go!

Love your card and that's a great shot!
Natural light is the best; a macro feature is a must!

Sammi said...

congrats to those teams making it through!! :D

mm... good lighting... If using a flash bounce/ diffuse it!

Best tip - know how to use your camera - reading the manual/ doing a course!! :D

Lorraine said...

congrats to all taking part you have made some really stunning creations.
I think the photo you have taken looks great i am sorry i am rubbish with photos so i have had to start scanning most of my projects now maybe i should invest in a new camera sorry i have not been much help xx

Marley said...

So glad we made it!! Beautifull cards and projects..only the date for the voting isn't correct!
It said 18 april but we've been there hihi! x Marley

Sonya said...

Outside during the day is best. If it is gloomy hopefully you have a very bright bathroom; turn on all the lights close the door and hopefully this works. My bathroom is painted tile red with black and silver accents so this does not work for me but does well for others. Photoshop can work wonders but it does help to start with your best possible picture. However your photo looks pretty good from here. If it is flat I just scan it to avoid all the hassle!

Lynda Nielsen said...

Congratulations to all those finalists. You've been doing AWESOME Work. I can't wait to see who the winners will be. This is so suspenseful. LOL

Traci, your examples are Fantastic. I Love those bookmarks!

Taking a good photo requires 3 main things Marie... LOL A Good Camera, A Steady Hand, and the right Lighting! As if you didn't know that already!

It looks like you took a great picture of that card! Or is it just the card that I am amazed by? Okay, how about I LOVE your card, and you took a great picture of it! LOL


♥Rach♥ said...

I have an OTT lite and that helps on days where I don't have good natural lighting.

Congrats to all the teams!!!

Marie, LOVE the card, the red layer going off the sides looks really cool :0)

~*Joni said...

Congrats to the semi finalists!
Love love love the card Marie, it's been a while since we've seen one of your awesome creations. :D Love the ribbon detail!! Your camera is soo purdy - love the flawless pic. I haven't used PS, but Picasa really helps me with cropping. And I started taking pics with a black background, it reduces shadows and seems to bring out the card colors more for some reason.

Peggy said...

Love your card and there is no background! How did you do that?
I have a makeshift system in my craft room to take pics. A couple of photo bulbs to bring out the right colors, macro setting on my camera and then on to PSE to fine tune.

Tanya said...

Way to go Teams!!

Your picture is great but definitely Photoshop is a lifesaver :)

Tammy D said...

Find a good spot for taking them and stick with it. Experiment when you aren't on a deadline.

Renie said...

What cameras does everyone use is what I would like to know!

Stephanie J said...

Yay us! Congrats everyone else that made it, too!!

Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

When photographing pets, try not to use the flash at all -- it always results in monster eyes!

Stampi said...

oh the final countdown...your card is so cute..I love the red and yellow scheme so vibrant...and the way you folded the paper for it.

Bobbi said...

Congrats to everyone moving on. Most people say to take a picture in the day

GobeaGirl said...

She is adorable Marie....I love the color combo and I think I may just have to give that a try. :0) I agree that natural light does wonders, but I also like to use my tripod lately. You just don't realize what the lack of just the littlest movement can do. Have a great day, Lisa G

Abi C. said...

Oooh how exciting! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

I'm utterly obsessed with the macro feature on my camera (which is my phone, incidently!), and natural light definitely! I prefer to see nice backgrounds too, either nice and clean like yours or with a matching background. Nothing too distracting!

margie c said...

Congrats to the remaing teams! Good luck :)

What a sweet card, Marie! I like using my Ott-Lite for pic taking, and then snazz it up in Picasa!

Hugs!, margie

Tasha said...

Oh love this card Marie, its so pretty!
I would say lighting is imortant when taking pics
love tasha xx

Molly Joly said...

My photo tip? Give your kids the camera (but not if it is TOO expensive). Those adults that are reluctant to be in pictures can't resist a little cutie asking for a picture! And it is interesting to get their point of view of life.

Heidi Brawley said...

Awe that card you made is very cute. I have not gotten that stamp yet but do want it. I did get Shooter!!!
Ya I agree Natural light is great!
Hugs, Heidi Brawley

Marisa said...

Congrats to the teams going through - everyone's work has been awesome! Natural light is obviously best but sometimes you need some luck too.

Shaela said...

super cute card, congrats to the finalists!! My tip for good photos (and I'm no expert) is good lighting. I usually go outside for the best lighting but not always.

Ruthie said...

Way to go everyone!

Great card - and love the sample too!

Photos - I take mine in the kitchen with the overhead light on and the under cupboard lights that shine onto the work surface - not perfect but seems to do the job ok

Also use macro!


itsabrt said...

Just great two of my favorite crafters are in the final round & of course on different teams! UGH!!! Beth aka BR-T

itsabrt said...

Daylight is the best and get rid of any clutter that may sneak into you picture as a distraction. Beth

MommaJess said...

Congrats to all the teams that made it through to the finals. What a fun final battle.

Marie I love your card and the coloring.

Alyssa S said...

Great samples...all so cute and vibrant!
Natural light is nice for photos, but not direct light. Always have the camera on macro and use some simple props like a scattering of buttons - makes the photo a bit more interesting!

Jessica said...

I just make sure that I've got good natural light. That helps me to try and capture color that's more true to life.

Callie said...

Sounds like a fun challenge. Congrats to all the contenders. I know that you'll all rock this one out. Goood luck! Marie... love your card. Too stinkin cute.

Devlin said...

Cute card!
Soft daylight is the best. Not bright sun and not too cloudy. And near a windows. And I love my psp when the weather isn't cooperating. ;)