Retro Revival!

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Hi everyone!

I have been demented over the past few days because my Office 2010 programs quit working.  I use them for so much - I have everything organised in excel and it was really annoying that I couldn't get it fixed.  I think the problem happened when I was renewing my internet security program cos it was just after that when I tried to open excel and it wouldn't let me.  It told me to go to the control panel and do a repair, which I did, unsuccessfully, several times!  I then had the task of finding the box with the disk in that the program came on (which I eventually found and I have no idea why I put it where I did!).  I then tried the repair again, this time from the disk.  It still didn't work.  I ran virus scans and checks and could find no solution so I un-installed and re-installed the entire Office program.  I entered the key and did everything right and thought it was fixed but then it said it needed to verify the key.  Then the bloody pop-up came up again saying: “An unspecified error has occurred. Your request cannot be processed at this time. Please try again later. (0x8007000D)” with a little link asking if this information was helpful...well, no.  It really wasn't helpful!
So after a few more attempts at doing repairs that I knew wouldn't help I finally found a solution on google and got it fixed!  I can't tell you how relieved I am!  I keep opening excel and just keep looking at it!  I'm so grateful to the people who run blogs which are there to help people with things like that, cos it's not the first time I've had to get help with something and found the answer on a blog.  So a big cheer to everyone in blog-land for putting so much time and effort into things that help other people (for free!), even if it is just a silly story that will maybe help someone to put a smile on their face!

So back to my post which will bring you back through time to Tuesday, when this should've been posted!

We had a new challenge up on Tuesday at the Creative Card Crew and 2 fabulous sponsors...

First of all, one of our regulars, Marianne Designs
Who are offering a gorgeous set of stamps and a set of dies to one lucky winner!

Our second sponsor for this fortnight is Kenny K Designs
They're giving another lucky winner 3 digi's!

So, the challenge we have for you is a special one as it is running along with Seems A Little Sketchy and using their sketch!  It was lovely to use the same sketch for 2 cards and see how differently they turned out!  Here's the sketch:

And here is my card, I'm nice and early for my sister's birthday this year, it's not til April!

The image is by our sponsor, Kenny K Designs and is called What If.  I coloured her with the following Copics: Skin; E21,13,00,0000,R20. Hair; E49,47,44,43. Clothes; RV23,21,10. Background; Y15,13,11.

The papers I used are from the Country Drive pad by Echo Park.  It's not too often that I use all the papers in a pad but this one is nearing the end, lots of lovely papers in that one!
Not a lot going on on this card as I thought the retro look of the image suited a simple design, so I went with the bright coloured papers teamed with the black border and rounded corners instead.
The sentiment is computer generated using the font Calibri.  I usually make some dig at my sister about her age as she is older than me so I can get away with it!  A few years ago I bought her some wrinkle cream!  She was not amused, well, maybe a little!  lol!

The inside uses the same papers and a simple happy birthday sentiment using a Wild Rose Studio stamp.

So that's my card, please pop over to the Creative Card Crew and Seems A Little Sketchy blogs to submit your entries and have a look at what the DT's have done - lot's of inspiration this time with 2 design teams!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Crafty Creations Challenges; Something to drink - I wasn't sure if mentioning a drink in the sentiment was enough to enter, if it's not then please remove my entry :)
Crafty Sentiments Designs; Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday; Warm it up
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog; Happy birthday
Lady Bug Crafts Ink Challenge Blog; Keep it clean (and simple)
Moving Along With The Times; Girly Cards
Stampin For The Weekend; Happy Birthday
Top Tip Tuesday; Clean and simple
Kenny K's Krafty Krew; Use black

Thanks for looking!

Feeling Foxy!

Friday, 17 January 2014

Hi everyone!

It seems like forever since I have posted - I haven't posted since last year, so Happy New Year! lol!

It's been a strange week for me.  I should've had this posted on Monday but we've had a death in family at the start of this week, on my dad's side of the family and then another death on my mum's side of the family yesterday.  So although I'm behind with my personal posts, you may have seen my work already on the challenge blogs.

So there's a new challenge up on Seems A Little Sketchy with a fab sponsor - Scribbles Designs!

They're offering 3 digi's to the lucky winner!

Here is the sketch we have for you this fortnight

And here is what I did with my card:

The image is Foxy by our sponsors, Scribbles Designs and I coloured it with the following Copics: Fox;E47,27,09,YR16,14,E31,30,YG17. Ground;E35,33,31,30,blender.

The papers I have used are First Edition, Desert Blooms and the dies are X-Cut hexagons for the image and Spellbinder Fancy Tags for the sentiment which was computer generated using the font Baby Bowser.  The pearls are from my stash.

I have used the sketch for the inside of the card as well as the same papers as the front.

And there you have my first card of the year!  Please pop over to the Seems A Little Sketchy blog to join in with the fun!  I'll be back later with my Creative Card Crew card that should have been posted on Tuesday, so the surprise probably isn't a surprise any more if you keep up with the challenges over there!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge Blog: Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday; Warm it up
Papertake Weekly; New year stash - my hexagon dies are new
Stamp N Doodle; Use an animal
Sweet Pea Stampers; Flower power
The Squirrel & The Fox; Show off new stuff - new hexagon dies

Thanks for looking!