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!