Happy New Year (give or take a week!)

My poor blog can only be updated when the planets are in alignment this year!  I have had so many changes in my routine that impact blogging – it makes my head spin!

Aside from my annual break from making cards (I make a lot of paper crafts at Christmas and get a little burned out by it so I take a little rest before starting the Valentine’s Day projects) there are 3 major reasons I have nothing to share on the blog.

I just got a new computer as my old one has been limping along for ages.  My husband has been after me for about 6 months to get a new one but I said I’d wait.  There was an after Christmas sale on a decent HP so I decided to bite the bullet and fork out the money for a new CPU.  The new one is running Windows 7 so I have some navigational changes plus I no longer have the same software I had before (the version of Office I was running came loaded on the computer so I couldn’t transfer it over).  I’m not computer illiterate but I don’t like technology change very much.  I get comfortable with how I do something and am slow to convert to the new way.  It’s a lack of patience issue.  The keyboard is also very different  – the keys are flat to the board and I’m used to the ones that stick up with their excellent “finger wells”…keeps my fingers in the right place.  I’m sure I’ll get used to it but I am using the backspace key much more than I used to.

I also got a new camera for Christmas.  I’m slowly trying to learn how to use that as well (another huge technology change for me) in hopes that my card pictures come out a little better.  It’s still a point and shoot camera but it has a white balance which is the major obstacle for me when taking pictures.  I have a love/hate thing going with it at the moment.  It’s another item Rich was bugging me to get but I kept saying no.  He gave it to me at Christmas even though I told him I don’t want one.  I was kind of annoyed but he told me that my card pictures are horrible and that I NEED a camera.  I know he’s right but all these changes are KILLING me!!!!  😉

The final BIG change is that we’re in the middle of creating a larger space for my studio.  I’m currently in a tiny room – I don’t have a problem with using a small room and I do appreciate having a personal space for my card-making but I’ve simply outgrown the room now that I have a fairly impressive supply of papercrafting materials and tools.  There’s just nowhere left to put all my things!  (though a supply purge and a 12-step program for paper addiction would help)

I wasn’t going to mention the new space until it was finished (it’s taking forever!) but I am at a point where I have to start boxing up some things to move them to our basement and I might not be able to make cards for a while.

I did CASE a card today so I could play with the settings on my new camera.  I’m not thrilled with the card but I was trying to come up with a substitute for the cute valentine’s set that Papertrey Ink has created.  I was going to order the stamp set but they are currently sold out.  I saw a cute card from one of the PTI design team members (Debbie Olson) and used her card as the inspiration for mine.  (NOTE:  As with any proper CASE, I’ve changed the paper and some of the design elements but have used the same essential layout and a similar stamp – one should never blog about a card they copied exactly from someone else)

Here’s my card:

It’s not near as cute as the original but I think I got the essence of the stamp set and I made something to use for camera practice. 

Supplies Used:

Cosmo Cricket “The Boyfriend” paper, SU Putt-Putt stamp set, computer generated sentiment, Kiwi Kiss cardstock, Old Olive ribbon, Basic Grey button, hemp, Spellbinders die, SU ink, aquapainter.