About Me

I am a techno/gadget freak. I love almost anything that has to do with computers and software. I have an engineering background, but I haven't worked in that field for over 10 years. I married my wonderful husband in September 2004 and look forward to spending every single day of the rest of my life with him. I love cats and even call myself "Cat".


Sunday, July 25, 2010

I'm such a bone head sometimes....

Again, yesterday I wiped out my post but I figured out what I did wrong - I used the back button and lost what I had typed. I'm such a bone head sometimes. Like the story I was trying to post. I bought some new phones for the house a while ago and finally got them all charged so we could use them. The old one I had on my computer desk had fallen off and in behind my desk. So I had to crawl under my desk to dig it out. Its like a snake's nest back there with all the wires. The wires were all tangled and I unplugged the phone base and was trying to pull it out, but it was caught up in all the wires. So I came up with the brilliant idea to just cut the cord and pull the two ends free. So I got out my trusty scissors and cut the cord. But it wouldn't pull free. I yanked, and pulled, but it wasn't budging. So I crawled under the desk again to follow one of the cut ends. Guess what. I cut the damn cord for my modem. What a friggin' BONE HEAD! So I was without internet for about 18 hours. I had to go to Shaw yesterday and get a new modem. They were really good about it though. They just gave me a new modem, put the charge on my account, and told me to bring in the old modem and they'll reimburse me for the modem. Thankfully, my stupidity isn't going to cost me anything - this time!

Well, anyway, onto something happier.  I made two cards yesterday.  The first card is made with digital papers.  I love digital papers.  You can scale the pattern if its too big, you can change the colours, and you never run out if you screw up and need another sheet at 4am.  Here's what the first card looks like:

The patterned paper is a free download from the Fuji film website, and the solid dark paper is also a freebie.  Its from the June 29/09 Colour Challenge kit by Jesse Edwards from Designer Digitals.  They are both printed on Staples brand matte finish brochure paper (I love that paper for printing digi papers - the best I've found so far).  For the light coloured panel, I took the shade of orange on the patterened paper and lightened it and printed a solid panel on 130# coated cardstock.  I cut out 3 different sizes of the flowers from the patterned paper, shaped the petals a bit with the round end of pen, put Star Dust stickles on the edges, and glued them together.  The sentiment is from the So Sweet set by CTMH and stamped with SU! Bravo Burgundy classic ink (which surprisingly matched the colours in the patterned paper and the dark solid very nicely).  I used the EK Success Fleur de Lis edge punch on the papers for both the front and inside of the card.

The second card I made is for Rob's birthday next week.  We're going camping and I wanted to get it done before we leave.  Here's his card (he doesn't read my blog - too boring for him - so he won't see it):



For his card, I used all SU! cardstock.  I'm not sure of the specific names (and I'm too lazy to look them up) but I think they're navy, kiwi kiss, and egg plant.  The sentiments are computer printed, the border stamp is by Stampology for which I used a purple craft ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  The navy satin ribbon is from the dollar store.  The main image is by Inkadinkado and stamped in a bluish-purple ink (Kaiser Kraft ink) on Wausau Exact Index 110# cardstock and then I coloured it with copics.  I used a gold felt gel marker to line around the outside of the image panel.  Its mounted with pop dots on the front.  I used the Marvy Southwest corner punch on the inside kiwi kiss panel.  The eggplant corners were cut with a pair of Fiskars corner scissors.  I printed the inside sentiment on 32lb super smooth Domtar bond paper (love this paper too).  I like the simple design of this card.  My husband does't really oooh or awww over any of my cards, so he wouldn't know the difference really between a simple card or an elaborate card most of the time.  He does like my cards though.

I forgot to mention that all my card bases are either Staples brand 110# cardstock or Wausau Exact Index 110# cardstock from Office Depot. I have some Domtar Cougar smooth bright white 130# cardstock that is the best for card bases and for copics, but I want to use up the Staples and Office Depot cardstock first.  I also like the Wausau cardstock (both the 110# & 80#) for stamping on.  I like it better than the Staples cardstock - its smoother and the fibres are tighter - so its better for colouring with copics.

I have an interesting storage solution for my ribbon.  I'll get some pictures up in my next post - waiting for the batteries to charge.  I'll just say that I've re-purposed something.

So that's it for today.   Talk to you later....



Ruth said...

I think the purple is Perfect Plum, hard to tell in the photo.

I especially like the wine card, I might ask you to stamp me a couple of that image on watercolor paper with stazeon and mail it out my way!! I have a few friends that really love wine.

Thanks for sharing!

Alissa said...

Awww, Cat, sounds like you had quite the rough time for awhile there. I'm glad everything worked out. I didn't laugh while I read your post, I swear... well, not hard anyways. :)

These cards are wonderful. Love the colors on both, but especially love the second one, as my kitchen is completely wine-themed. LOVE IT!

Jenny said...

Very pretty cards! I love the flower card! The ribbon on it is perfect!

Crafty Creations said...

Great cards!! Sorry about your decisions to cut the wire!! At least you got it fixed!!!
Have fun camping :)
Can't wait to see your ribbon solution!

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