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".


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Out of Commission...

Hey everyone.  I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I'm not dead, but I feel like it.  I put my back out on Sunday and haven't been able to walk for a couple days.  I've only been able to sit up for about 5 minutes at a time with the aid of some groovy pain killers :).  I have a few projects I want to post, so hopefully, I'll be able to do that early next week.

Take care & talk to you later...


Friday, May 06, 2011

Last Card for I Brake for Digis...

This will be my last "official" DT card for I Brake For Digis.  Unfortunately, Della has decided to close the shop. Its too bad. I really like the digis she has available, but if things aren't working out, then she needs to take care of her interests.  The good thing is that the I Brake for Stamps shop is still going strong, so you can still get some of the images in rubber.  And she just introduced some of the Freddie the Frog images in rubber.  They're too cute.

I made this card for the challenge #26 over at the Brakefast Club (which will still be up and running as far as I am aware).  The challenge is to use things on your card that start with the letter "B".  Here's my card with all my "B"s:

Stamps:  Wedding Cake (I Brake For Digis)
Papers:  coloured cardstock (Recollections), white cardstock (Wausau Exact Index 110#)
Tools & Embellishments:  butterfly trio punch (Martha Stewart), corner ticket punch (SU), embossing folder (Floral Flourishes & Vines set by Sizzix), "Love" brad (Dollar Store), mini flat back pearls (Recollections), rhinestones (Walmart), satin ribbon (Michaels), pop up adhesive squares (Dollar Store), Gloo (KI Memories), ATG, pencil crayons (Martha Stewart), oms, Star Dust glitter glue (Stickles)

The card is pretty basic in design.  When I purchased my MS colouring pencils, the info on the box said that they are blendable pigment pencils.  So I tested it out on the image.  I first used a base of a light peachy skin colour, then near the bottom, I used a darker peach colour, then I used brown along the bottom of the layers of the cake.  I guess I'm not that good at blending because I had to go back in with my oms and a blending stump to smooth out the colours and blend them to get the lines to blend away. But I do like the way the colour graduates to a darker colour.  The last thing I did was put some stickles on the image.  So my "B"s for the challenge are:  brown, bling, butterflies, and brads.  I hope you like it.

The IBFD shop is still open at the time I am writing this post.  If you're at all interested in the image I used for this card, or any of the other images, hurry - no, RUN! - over to the shop to snag it before they're gone for good.  Della didn't have a specific time/day she was going to shut down the site.  The 10% off discount code is also still available in my sidebar and still valid.  Don't miss out on your last chance to get some of the great digis offered in the IBFD shop.

Well, I had a great time working with Della - she's so nice.  And I loved working with the images I got to use for my DT assignments.  Good luck to the rest of the DT team and I'm sure I'll see you around the blogosphere. :)  I still have a ton of I Brake for Stamps rubber stamps I haven't had a chance to play with yet, so I'll still participate in the occasional challenge over at The Brakefast Club.

Take care & talk to you later...


Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Long time no see!

Hi everyone!  Well, I've been MIA for a couple weeks here.  Life is taking its toll and I haven't been keeping up with blogging lately.  I finally said enough is enough and I took some time to create something.  It felt really good to play with my paper again.  I have two cards I want to show you.

This first card is one I started a couple weeks ago for the Brakefast Club Challenge #24.  I got as far as punching the edge along the patterned paper and printing off the image.  But that's all I got done.  So tonight I picked everything up again and finally finished the card. Its amazing how quickly it came together.  Sometimes, a card can take me hours - yes hours... I've been known to spend 8 hours making one card - and this one came together in about 40 minutes once I pulled out the papers and tools.  Here's the card:

Stamps:  Rosebud Vase (I Brake For Digis)
Papers:  patterned paper (K&Company), linen texture cardstock (American Crafts), white cardstock (Wausau Exact Index 110#)
Tools & Embellishments:  colouring pencils (Martha Stewart), oms, ribbon (Michaels), flat back pearls (Recollections), Loops border punch (Martha Stewart), Gloo (KI Memories), pop up adhesive squares (Dollar Store), Glue Dots, ATG

I don't remember who the patterned paper is made by - it was in my scraps.  The image is coloured with pencil crayons & oms.  I've been experimenting with using different colours as a shadow around the image other than the usual grey.  For this image, I used a pinky peach colour and I don't think the picture shows it well, but it does look nice with all the pink paper and ribbon.

The second card came together really quickly as well.  I always told people I worked well under pressure, so I think I actually proved that to myself tonight.  This card really only took about an hour to do.  I made this card for the Brakefast Club challenge #25:  One for the Kids.  Here it is:

Stamps:  Jack in the Box (I Brake for Digis)
Papers:  Digital Paper (Jeanelle Paige - A Cherry on Top), Presentation paper (Epson), coloured cardstock (Recollections), white cardstock (Wausau Exact Index 110#)
Tools & Embellishments:  Pencil crayons (Martha Stewart), oms, buttons (Walmart),  Cornice edge punch (Martha Stewart), Corner decorative scissors (Fiskars),  Gloo (KI Memories), pop up adhesive squares (Dollar Store), ATG, red Stickles

I changed the line colours of the image in my graphics program to blue so that it would match the papers I chose.  After colouring it with my Martha Stewart pencil crayons, again, I used a colour other than grey for the shadow around the image.  I used a light bluish green that I thought complimented the colours nicely.  I used red Stickles on the crown to give it a little zing.  Other than that, the card is pretty straight forward.

Well, its pretty late here and I have an early start tomorrow.  Thanks for popping by.  I'll have another card or two to show you by the end of the week, so come and visit again.  If you're interested in either of the images I used for my cards, they're available in the I Brake For Digis shop.  Don't forget to grab your 10% discount code in the sidebar before you head off shopping.

See you later...

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