Friday, August 24, 2012

Lessons Learned


Lesson Learned: Listen to your husband.
Hubby: You know, I don't know how the computer runs with all those tabs open.
Me: But those tabs are blogs that I need to comment on.
Hubby: Ok, well, that's a lot of open tabs and one day it is gonna crash on you.
Me: No it won't.
Lesson Learned: Computers can crash, even mine, loosing about 100 open tabs where I wanted to leave comments for dear friends on their amazing creations...

Artful Delight's August Card Kit included the most amazing patterned papers, and I wanted to focus on them through the art of fuss cutting.  Speaking of lessons learned, have you checked out the new Paper Crafts Card Handbook? I'm awestruck!  I started by fussy cutting the beautiful Basic Grey Paper Cottage papers for the background, keeping the pattern in shades of one color (gallon), drawing your eye down with the bird cages in black (quart) and finishing with a pop of blue in another flower (pint). I think I was inspired by Aime's card that was featured in this magazine, as well as on the MFW blog. (I'm entering this card into Moxie Fab World's Card Design Handbook Week: Gallon/Quart/Pint Challenge and Basic Grey Challenges: Anything Goes.)


My next card also focuses on the patterned paper and rub-ons from the August Artful Delight Card Kit. This time I was inspired by the photo at Runway Inspired Challenge and the pop of orange and tone on tone black. 

So here's to a better week of timely commenting on your blogs so that my computer doesn't crash!

46 comments:

  1. These are seriously fabulous!

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  2. Lol. Hubby's can be right sometimes :) Love today's cards. Great use of the inspiration and I'm loving the red birdcages card!

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  3. Yeah I agree with DH, just click "All read" on the reader and soak up the sun--we know you love us :) Great job with the Artful Delight goodies... can totally see your inspiration from Runway Inspired...

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  4. lol, sometimes we do have to listen to our husbands.

    Great card Karen.

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  5. Both cards are beautiful!!!!My fave is the 2nd ones... its stunning... hugs...xoxo

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  6. Oh, can I ever relate to your computer woes, Karen. I've got a 13 year old computer, (yes, that's right - 13) and I use it while holding my breath every single day, waiting for it to crash!

    Love both cards today - beautiful work! :)

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  7. You really had 100 tabs open? LOL! I love how you fussy cut the patterned paper on the first card and the second is simply fabulous!

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  8. Both gorgeous cards, love the clean, graphic style on your runway inspired card, just stunning!!

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  9. You are too funny! I had to LOL at that as my husband always gives me a time about having so many tabs open.

    Beautiful cards, I love the first one with the birdcages. Gorgeous!

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  10. Oh my goodness...love the gorgeous way you used the colors...so striking!!

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  11. I love your card...super gorgeous! So I'm not the only one who opens lots of tabs (but not even 50 at once, though!)

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  12. oops...I should say "cards" I didn't really think that there were 2 in the same post!!! I reallly love the second one...it is so super gorgeous!

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  13. I started closing tabs as we were listening to your hubby's sound advice....lol.

    Lovely cards~both!

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  14. Both are simply divine Karen!!

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  15. LOL... 100 taps, that is amazing! Stunning cards Karen as always :)

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  16. I can't imagine having 100 tabs open! Amazing cards--you are a graphic whiz!

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  17. 100 open tabs at one time??? no wonder it crashed, you worked it to death!! lol
    hope your all fixed now :)
    happy friday girlfriend!!!!

    i can't find Paper Crafts Card Handbook (yet) in my town :( must keep looking!!! lol

    i am loving your cards!! the second is my fav :) do i spy ead for the sentiment??

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  18. Love both of your cards. The second on is such a clever and CAS interpretation and the birdcage card is so striking!
    Ps: I don't have an old computer but I do have 2 teenagers who have used up all our internet allowance so everything is either in slow-mo or frozen at the moment

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  19. hehe sounds like something I would do...you cards are gorgeous.

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  20. Love your cards Karen!
    So bold and sophisticated!
    Thank YOu~

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  21. Gorgeous! Love those big flowers on the first card and your entry for Runway is a *perfect* take on the inspiration photo, Well Done!!

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  22. Long runway legs reflected beautifully! Great work.

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  23. 100 tabs?? You have 100 tabs open AT ONE TIME??? I though my 8 tabs open was risking it, LOL!

    I adore both cards. The 1st one is one of my fav collections from Basic Grey.

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  24. love the beautiful design on your first card and the graphic look of your second one. fabulous work as always, Karen! hope you have a lovely weekend! =)

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  25. These are fabulous! :)

    P/s: I've many tabs open too.....it's more efficient. But maybe just 10 tabs...lol

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  26. Oh, ouch...hubby right And a computer crash...yikes! Love those gorgeous cards!

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  27. 100 open tabs?!!!!! Wow.

    LOVE your vibrant card!

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  28. Ha! I have the same conversation with my guy too!!! I now tend to open a few tabs, comment, then open more...it's never ending at times though - so much inspiration!
    Speaking of inspiration - check out your fabulous cards! Love the use of patterned paper on your first and love the colour blocking on the second!
    Hugs!
    x

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  29. your use of color on both cards is stunning!

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  30. Both of these cards are absolutely gorgeous! Your work always is. :o)

    I didn't even know it was possible to open a hundred tabs at once! Wow, girl! That's a whole lotta blog commenting!

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  31. great cards, Karen!! Love them both, but that second one is mind blowing. Great work!

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  32. lol I had a similar convo with my hubby after I complained about how slow the computer was. These are both show-stoppers but the 2nd is my fave. Just love those strips of bright colors against the black & white.

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  33. That tab thing happens to me far too often. But I managed to get here to tell you how much I love the black-on-black in your second card. I'm so glad that RIC could inspire you!

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  34. These are both gorgeous in such different ways! I love the bold but soft florals and birdcages in the first and the absolutely uncompromised graphic clarity of the second!

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  35. Funny! Yep, my hubby is so often right about my techie practices too! 100 tabs!! That's impressive! Love these cards- love the collagey effect of the first and the stunning colour and design of the second!

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  36. The color ratio is awesome on your card, and I love the vertical stripes. It was funny reading your dialogue with your husband- I've had the SAME conversation with mine (although luckily I didn't end up with a crashed computer...so sorry!) Thanks for joining us on the Runway!

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  37. Really LOVE this card. Great design and use of the colors. Love it!

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  38. I know I am in for a trade, Karen! Beautiful cards!

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  39. Both cards are so bold, bright and fabulous! So glad you joined us at the Runway!!!

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  40. As long as he doesn't say "I told you so" then it's okay to let him be right once in a while! :)

    Love the bold red background of the first card and the way you used the papers. The second card is as sleek and sexy as the outfit. Love it!

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  41. Forgot to mention lol on the million open tabs! I so resemble this!

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  42. Hey Karen! Thanks for linking this up to the Gallon/Quart/Pint Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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