August 19, 2010

Almost a whole month, I think that is a record for me even if I have only been blogging a short time. So much has been going on, a new computer, a failed external hard drive with all my card images on it and a vacation that was beyond fabulous.

Cards have gone by the wayside for the summer for the most part anyway, although I did manage to make some very quick Thank you cards and a couple of cards that were created because my sister Barb just needed to craft when I was there. Thank you Barb and Mavis for an wonderful crafting afternoon.

I made 4 quick Thank you cards before heading out on vacation, I used this project idea from Stamp TV and Gina K. I think they are the fastest cards I have ever made, I will admit that I messed up 2 before I finished the 4 cards, good thing it was only a single page of cardstock in the end. I am pretty sure there could be some amazing color combinations which this technique.

I love my new computer, love love love it says the tech geek :). I also love the fact that my 16 year old son tries to get close enough to drool on the keyboard in envy. I have rebuilt and used second hand computers for the past 6 years, I saved and saved and allocated some of my summer bonus to spoil myself with something new. I have for the past few years used external drives to store my most important stuff fearing the drives on the older machines may not be as reliable. A week after I had my new computer in place my main external drive failed… how dare it. It failed dead. Lucky for me I had done a full backup and was able to restore to a shiny tiny new drive but we did lose a week’s worth of email, card images and such. I don’t think this would have bothered me much except the drive failed 15 mins before bed on the night before we were leaving on a very early vacation trip the next morning. What a way to start vacation, I think I stewed about it for a day and a half before my brain completed the troubleshooting and I had it all worked out how to fix things. When we made a short overnight stop at home before moving on to the next part of our vacation I put my troubleshooting plan in action with quick and wonderful results. Picture me doing the happy dance :). I still lost some stuff be it is not as bad as losing it all. Sorry for all the geek speak...

Vacation was great, a wonderful few days on the Oregon coast, we as a family forgot to use the camera, I think I pulled it out one day on the beach and took some very second rate images not worthy of posting. Then my husband and I headed to Vegas minus young son who I know was having a great time with family in the Fraser Valley, this time the camera... did not come out of hiding at all. Finally minus young son and husband (I am so spoiled) I had a wonderful visit with friends and family all over the interior of BC, forgot the camera! Alas reality calls and I had to return to work, there is a bright side, it is still summer, the sun is still shining and thank goodness for weekends.

Supplies: Stampin’ Up! Naturals White cardstock, Amuse Stamps-Jasmine Silhouette, Inkadinkado-A special Thanks to you, Stampin’ Up and Memento inks.




  1. nice to see you back ...missed those awesome cards...and wonderful ideas you have. I know you and Barb had a wonderful time. A new computer ..bad hard drive ...good thing you can fix it. Well have a great week. Hugs to all...


  2. Good evening Nina:)
    Wow..I lost my main hard drive too just shortly after getting my new computer a while back.It was a 500 gb..too.Now I only store the necessary things on it and back everything up on CD's and EHD's..which btw..go bad too sometimes.Which is really depressing after all the hard work I did to fill it up.:)If nothing all your hard work to disks.That way..if you lose a hard still have them.:)I know that had to be so disheartening for you.:(
    Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation and still have time to enjoy the rest of the summer.:)


  3. Hi Nina, I love your card. I am going to have to try one. ( I do have a few stamps even though I never use them). Did you just pull your stamp pads across the card? Had a wonderful visit with you and Barb.

  4. Hi Nina, I love your card ... the simplicity of it. I am going to have to try one. ( I do have a few stamps even though I never use them). Did you just pull your stamp pads across the card? Had a wonderful visit with you and Barb.