Sunday, 30 September 2012

Competition Changes

I'm going to get straight to the point, I'm changing how we run the monthly competition. It's not only that it's becoming difficult to manage keeping track of the entries on Twitter and Pinterest. I've had a couple of "it's not fair" DMs on Twitter and for the sake of my own sanity it's time to run the competition in a different way.

At the moment, I'm planning to set it up on the Competwition.com platform, not least because they generate the winners and that puts a stop to any questions about how winners are selected.

I'm not yet clear if you're able to enter more than once but when I do find out, all of the updated information will be on our competition page. HERE

The prize is also going to be changing, to the largest of the oval based lights, so a maximum of six letters, or seven if there's a double "T" or an"I", if you know what I mean.

Six letters on an oval podium - this is the prize, a word of your choice.

We're hoping that this will help free up some "giving" time, because I really want to start a skill-based monthly competition on Twitter; something more fun than just retweeting a message.
Just for fun, I'll leave you with this......








Saturday, 22 September 2012

Getting Personal(ised)

Personalisation is a key feature of what we do at Names In Lights and although we offer something that is unique, I sometimes wonder "is it enough?".
The new redesigned light bases, so far, will only accommodate six, or at the most seven characters, so, not long enough for EVERY name (although we can do up to 12 on oak plinths).
So, here's my latest development in personalisation ........



The gold lettering is set in a deep layer of clear resin (the lower case letters are 7mm high, to give scale).
This personalisation can be almost as wide as the base itself, allowing room for a sneaky "I love you" as well as all manner of other possible messages.
As it's a brand new development, I'm thinking of offering it as a freebie (the extra personalisation for free, with the purchase of a light) on Twitter, to a couple of customers, before I decide to make it an option on any of our sales platforms,

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

C is for Colour Change


Here's the chameleon, perched on a "C", for crazy colour change chameleon.


More Photoshop Fun & Frolics

 It was less than a month ago that the importance of cutout images was brought to my attention. Fortunately, I have Photoshop, so after a few tutorials and clumsy attempts I feel I'm more or less competent. It has coincided with the chance to get images on Pressloft thanks to Tracey at Wowthankyou.com
You can see them here along with some other great stuff from the Wow catalogue.
I'm mulling where to go with this, so for learning's sake (and because it's really difficult to find good, royalty free images) I'm going to play around with some of my old vector T shirt designs - for example ..


Ooh - in funky different colourways, too!!

I cut myself an alphabet from letters photographed "head-on" - here's a "water splash & reflection" from a tutorial I did. A bit rough, dodgy reflection, needs improvement but has potential.





So the brief I'm setting is to make an image with the chameleon, incorporating my new Photoshop letters and to not take an eternity about it.

The little stick men in the post below are not doing so well. Making such fine little structures is proving a bit more than these hands can manage. Daily use of vibrating tools is what I'm blaming it on but some of the finer control that I need is no longer there. )Perhaps if I can find some tiny hinge / pin style arrangement I can make them poseable?)