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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Attitude is Everything

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! Fall doesn't officially start until the 23rd, but it arrived early here. It was 102 degrees on Saturday and 52 degrees on Monday! It's been chilly the last couple of days, the temps not even hitting 70. I had to dig out my sweatshirts!

I have to apologize for not getting around as much to leave comments recently. After a few days on life-support, my laptop died yesterday. It was an ancient two years old (note the sarcasm :) I'm pretty sure all of my problems stem from Vista. I bought my laptop when Vista was new and the next greatest thing. I even paid to upgrade to Ultimate. I have had non-stop problems ever since and now my hard drive is fried. I had problems about a year ago and the Dell rep tried really hard to get me to upgrade to Windows 7. I resisted on principle. I paid so much for the upgrade in Vista, I thought it was ridiculous to pay that much more that soon. I have a desktop computer, which I'm using now, but I use my laptop almost constantly. Because I use it for both work and play, I purchased an expensive model that I thought would last for years. So I'm pretty frustrated right now...a new computer put a serious dent in my craft supply budget...for like the next three years :(
I do have a card to enter into a couple of challenges today. For this card I used A Child's Year for the image and cut it four times to get the different colors. The background paper is from DCWV. I used a really shiny, glittery red paper for the apple. I embossed the top strip of orange with a Cuttlebug border folder. The stamp is from K Andrew Designs Positive Thoughts stamp set.

  • K Andrew Designs Positive Thoughts Stamp Set
  • A Child's Year - Girl image cut at 4 1/2"
  • Base Camp - A, B and C cut at 2/3"
  • DCWV Paper - background - rest from my stash
  • Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink - edges
  • Cuttlebug Border Embossing Folder
  • White Gel Pen
  • Twine From The Twinery
  • Button From My Stash
  • Foam Tape
 I am entering it in the following challenges:
Have you seen the three new stamp sets Kristal of K Andrew Designs has coming out soon? They are so awesome and definitely must-have's!!

How fun do they look?! I can't wait to play with them...so many ideas for cards! Plus, she is offering a free stamp set to anyone who places an order of $25.00 or more! You can't buy this set!
Click HERE to place your order. But hurry, the Merci set is a limited edition!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great day :)


Melinda Beltran said...

What an adorable card Lisa! I am SO SORRY for the Laptop problems....sounds like you have been living my life....literally girl! I too have had problems non-stop!!! I know that even though it's a dent in your crafting budget for a while, with your creativity you will be able to take what you have and continue to make such wonderful stuff! As always....thank you so much for playing along with us at CookingWithCricut.com

Blog: CookingWithCricut.com
Shop: PaperCraftingWorld.com

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the colors you used in the school card. I feel your laptop pain. My Dell of 2004 bit the dust just before Mother's Day this yr. My hubby bought me a new Toshiba at Fry's and I like it.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Linda Breedlove said...

So sorry to hear about your computer trouble... I don't think there is anything as frustrating!!! And it seems we all HAVE to go through it. Hopefully you'll come into some extra cash so you can keep up with your shopping for new supplies.
Great card, today... bright, happy colors! Keep inspiring us... I love your work!

Dr Sonia S V said...

Lisa I also got my laptop with vista and its a horror to work with. I use good old xp on desktop now- so much faster and hassle free. Such a lovely creation you have shared


Lizzie Laine said...

Adorable card Lisa!
I have been at Lake Cumberland for the past 5 days and look at all the fantastic cards I missed of yours, they are all Sooo Awesome Lisa!

Kelly S said...

Sorry to hear about your laptop woes. Computers are wonderful when they work and beyond frustrating when they don't. Today's card is fantastic! I love the embossed number border and the twine. Great accents!


Karen said...

Love the 123 embossing on the top I feel your pain I just got a new laptop mine was okay but my daughter and I both got the same one's on sale sept 07 her's died a nasty death and I was so afraid mine would be next I decided to be pro active and get one so I could transfer all my pictures and files so now I am pretty sure the old one will out last the new one ;)

Amy said...

Really great card Lisa! Attitude is everything! Sorry about your laptop- I had to get a new one 2 months ago as mine died as well (I HATED VISTA)- and you are probably right- there were soooo many problems with it- I am happy to say so far so good with windows 7. :)Amy

Karen H said...

Lisa, this is such a perfect school card! You incorporated so many essential elements in such fabulous ways: bright colors, shapes, letters, and numbers. :o) But of course you went beyond.. the brightly colored student is so lovely with her super sparkly apple that she's so graciously giving to her teacher. I love it! Did you intend for the twine to be the typical school bus color? Amazing work, my friend. I love that there's a real purpose behind the sentiment, too! :o)

I'm so sorry about your laptop! Such an expensive loss... but one thing I'm confident in is that what you can't buy yourself any longer, you'll surely win or get surprise gifts of that nature. :o) He is our faithful provider in all things and will help you continue to deliver joy by means of your gift of creativity. :o)

Hugs and blessings! :o)

Unknown said...

Sorry about your laptop. We had a similar nightmare with Vista. The tech advised us in the future to wait a while before buying a new operating system to give them a chance to work out the bugs. Also everyone I know that has a Dell has had major problems. When we bought the last laptop we were specifically told by several stores to stay away from Dell. We went through three Tobishas in less than 3 months, so I am done with them also. I always buy the extended warranty- I've always had to use it. Wish companies would enough pride to make sure something lasted without an extended warranty.

Love your card! And I hear you on the weather. The youngest emailed me from Purdue on Monday upset that he was lifeguarding in 100 degree weather on Saturday and by Monday didn't have warm enough clothes to walk across campus. (And I tried to tell him to take some warmer clothes, but I am just a stupid mother...sigh
So I guess I will be making a trip up to Purdue..sigh

Shelly said...

Sorry about the laptop! Wow I guess Vista is not so hot! Love the embossed numbers! Great card and love the colors too.

Karen said...

I love your card! It's so bright and colorful. Very cute! :) Sorry to hear about your laptop. :(


abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Super fun card! Love all the letter and numbers! Stinky about your laptop :(

Rez P. said...

Aloha Lisa,

I'm sorry you had problems with your laptop. Oh this card is pretty. I love the bright colors, and the student. It's so darn cute!
Karezma Kreations

Norma said...

Hi Lisa, Oh no I'm so sorry to hear about your laptop! I had to switch to Mac because I've had so many problems with PC's and jut got frustrated and had to try the MAC and so far I'm loving my MAC:) Glad you have your second Desktop so you can post your beautiful card!! Lovely card, love the number embossing and great stitching!

Jayne said...

Great card Lisa,love your shiny apple!
Sorry to hear your laptop probs.Bit of a technophobe(so incredibly surprising i've managed to blog!lol),so don't really get the Vista thing but certainly understand your frustration!
Hugs,Jayne x

Arlene said...

Great card Lisa. Sorry to hear about your laptop, I know it can be frustrating. Another way to look at your craft budget freeze...maybe it's a good way for you to use up some of your "stash"...I know, not too comforting but things happen for a reason.

Seahorse Creations said...

I just love all of your designs, you are awesome, look forward to pulling up your blog each time I see a new post.

Sherrie K. said...

Hey Lisa~so sorry to hear about your laptop:( That is fraustrating I'm sure! Your card is adorable. I love the background paper, great embossing of numbers, glittery apple. You thought of it all:) Don't you just love using the bakers twine? It looks super cute tied at the bottom with that button. Great job as always!! Keep your chin up my friend:)
Sherrie K

JoAnn V. (http://joboogie.typepad.com) said...

So cute!!

Boo on your laptop! I hear you on using the laptop more - mine won't hold a charge and I'm not on my desktop nearly enough. Thank goodness for my iPad or I'll be 1000 posts behind on my Google Reader! *lol*

*hugs* girlie!

DIANA L. said...

How did I miss this?
I must just be in my own little world sometimes. This is awesome my dear friend. Sorry about your computer. Maybe we should all pitch in and send you some craft supplies.. Ps Love the colors of your card.

Susan said...


As soon as I hit the Powerball I will make sure you will have tons of craft supplies! That's the least I could do for all the inspiration you give me! And for the record, I think computers are evil. ;) lol!

Sadly, we do need them though. I'm sorry you had that headache and hope all gets better soon!


Maribel said...

OH no! I'm sorry to hear about your laptop! I had a bunch of problems with my Dell too, I finally caved and bought my Mac and it's changed everything!
Your card is perfect. I really need to get this cart! You always entice me to buy more carts :)

Carissa said...

Adorable card. I love the embossing and the layered cuts! Thanks for crafting with us today at FCCB. We hope to see you again.

BugBites said...

Wonderful card. I love how computers are ancient the next day after you buy them..TFS with us at FCCB.

Larelyn said...

Ugh! I hear your pain. I just babying mine along with lots of prayers. Your card is adorable- I love the sentiment. Thanks for sharing at FCCB.


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