Tuesday, 26 April 2011

WOYWW 99

I'll be out all day on Wednesday so this is a pre-done posting which I'll try to link in before shooting off down to the South coast for the day. Shopping I'm afraid, not sunbathing on Brighton beach. Do hop over to Julia's here to see what everyone else is up to! It's great fun and you do meet some super people - and get to have a good nose at what others are up to.

Here's my desk earlier - being a bit OCD I confess to at least clearing some workspace since I took these photos and before I hop into bed, sorry but the first one's a bit blurred I think:




In the top one, as ever, an almost finished cup of black coffee. Plus the leftovers from making my very first challenge card. I've always shied away from these and I don't know why - I had such fun! Got to use out my Pro Markers for the first time and moved out of comfort zone. A scattering of Pro Markers (need loads more practice with these but thoroughly enjoyed my 'play'), different DSTs, scraps of paper, card, DST backing, a few sets of scissors, a set of Nesties (which I store in CD cases) and a new Laura Ashley design notebook in which to record challenges (in the front) and any card candy entries (in the back)...now all I need to do is to remember to refer to it :))

The second photo is a swift swivel to the right to show small grey basket with stuff waiting to be put away after use (aka dumping ground), behind is a green basket with new stamps and stuff mostly to make sure I use them and don't tuck them away and forget them - a few new LOTV's lurking in there, some GorJuss Girls and a mix of others. Then back right is yellow basket with 'kinda half-begun' things in - bet we've all got those!

This is the result of all that mess on my desk in the top photo...and yup, that's me reflected in the CD on the card! Well, my hand and camera at least - there was absolutely no way I could avoid it other than set the thing to delayed/auto shoot and run away :):


My very first challenge card, which had to be based on a profession (Speaking Professionally), is for Daring Card Makers. I went for a Computer Geek and used a 'Lofty' stamp set from Joanna Sheen that I've had for ages, with my OH in mind. Mind you, he doesn't look at ALL like this :)) The card is a tent fold A5 size with plain aubergine/purple card at the top and toning striped patterned paper at the bottom (Papermania Capsule Collection). The images are my first attempt at using Pro Markers with the Geeky Giraffe cut out using a Nesties circle with the laptop and printer trimmed around and then all mounted onto a CD. Ages ago I collected loads of these CDs at our local supermarket when they were promoting AOL - great for 'modern music style' cards and, as I found today, not too bad for ICT related ones either. 

The folded strip of paper is NOT meant to be toilet roll :)) Some of us oldies remember the days when computer print outs came in long, folded, perforated packs of A3-ish sized paper with sprocket holes down each side. (This is today's history lesson I suspect!) I printed off a strip of repeated code and then, after trimming, used the Woodware trimmer with a perforating blade at regular intervals and then just folded the printout so it hangs loose but can be folded up to go into an envelope. 

For the sharper eyed, the code is all noughts and ones - exactly how I began as a programmer - way, way back in the dark ages when computers filled a massive airconditioned room almost the size of a theatre. It's binary/ASCII and each page when decoded spells out 'I LOVE YOU' - ah, how soppy is that geeky giraffe?!! And me for thinking of it I suspect :))

So ladies, that's my posting for this week - off to bed and hopefully Julia will have Mr Linky set up so I can add this before we hit the open road in the morning (Wednesday).

Thank you to those who called by last week and left comments, I hope I got back to all of you and hope the Easter Bunny was good to you all. Happy Wednesday!

Di
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27 comments:

  1. Love that computer geek card and the history reminder. I have also done my blog ready to link in tomorrow, but I did set it to post after midnight. Have a nice day tomorrow.

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  2. Great card for the dare,
    thanks for playing.

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  3. gorgeous card, lots of lovely goodies there, Happy WOYWW 99, Thank you for sharing your desk with us much appreciated it. A great desk. #31.

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  4. Ooooh I have a challenge book too it's so much easier to keep track of everything, mine is divided up into days of the week now ....lol.
    Andria #29

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  5. Shopping not sunbathing eh? Well I think it could be a wise decision cos it's very cloudy here today and a lot colder too.
    A x

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  6. Great card. I like the image you used and what a great idea to use the CD! I have quite some of those, but I'd never thought of using them on the card.

    Hugs!

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  7. Thanks for the peek and sharing, bunches of hugs Marjo #18. Have a great WOYWW

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  8. You should do more challenges, this is fabulous! Have a great time in Brighton.

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  9. Cute card! Thanks for sharing. Vickie aka okienurse #37

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  10. Great to have you "Speaking Professionally" with The Daring Cardmakers this week - thanks for choosing us for your first step into the challenge world!

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  11. Really cute card and I love your workspace! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Hi Di,
    How was shopping??
    Glad to hear your taking part in challenges now - I'm finding it quite addictive. The problem is since entering challenges I can't stop myself going back to the sites to see if there are any updates etc. Am gonna get myself one of those books like you to record them in. The card is so good - really good luck with the challenge!
    Rebecca (38) x

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  13. Hope you having a great day...cd card is just so much fun! Desk looks great.

    Thanks for the peek.
    Sarah at 8

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  14. Great desk this week Di and I’m so pleased that the Daring Carmakers was the choice for your very first challenge. I used to be on their DT but dropped out last year when dad was ill and I can promise you they are a great bunch of talented and lovely ladies over there.

    I love the card you’ve made and didn’t even notice your reflection until you mentioned it.

    Happy Crafting!
    Sue
    x

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  15. Fab blog this week although I thought the glass of wine at teatime had gone to my head when I looked at your first slightly blurred pic!!

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  16. Hi Di
    Entering your first challenge? I will have to take your advice now won't i? The perforated printout idea is genius! Good work with the Promarkers. Dee x

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  17. A great card for a 'geek' lol - thanks for joining in with Daring Cardmakers especially as it's your first time too.

    Lynda xxx

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  18. The tractor paper card is fun - I recall it well and the binary code is great. Good to keep things in living memory for a while.
    Ros (90)

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  19. Well I hope the shopping trip was successful - at least worth the early start. Liked seeing your grey basket - a very similar system to mine, although I don't empty it before bed very often!

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  20. Back again, Di. Thanks for following me; I certainly want to reciprocate. More soon on the floral card, too. I do like your penchant for little history sessions.
    Take care,
    Ros. (90)

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  21. Thank you for becoming a follower I have joined your blog as well. Much appreciated.

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  22. Di, What a sweet card. I love your little computer geek....I think you did a great job with the promarkers. You are more brave than I....I'm still thinking of purchasing the Copic markers. Very nice job....I remember the "good ole" days of computer programming.

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  23. I'd rather shop than sit in the sun. "Start the car" we're going shopping! Nothing better than a little retail therapy to brighten your day. Great card...love it!

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  24. That's the main thing about challenge blogs, enjoying the play and the process. A very neat desk too! Love, ,Clare #104

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  25. Hi again, Di! Yes, you're right, I did have a little prang in my car {ahem...} and I'm lucky enough to have a column in QCME. meant to add, love your colour chart for your pens! Love, Clare x

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  26. Great desk as always and love your challenge card its fanastic - you should enter more challenges you cards are brilliant ~ there is a little something on my blog for you Here

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  27. The computer geek card is a gem and yes I have to admit that I am old enough to recall the perforated sheets of computer paper and the horrid green screens of the monitor!! I also have one of those baskets with half done stuff in... in fact it needs to be bigger!! Annette #5

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