3 October 2011

Back up Baby!

Morning Custard Lovers!

Look at the scrumptious Sketch Lou has given us to play with over at Pollycraft Monday Challenge this week! Don't you just wanna play with it? And if you do, you could be in with a chance to win a whoppin' TEN Digi's from Pollycraft Designs. Waaaahoooooo!

I've flipped this little baby onto it's side and used Dexter the Penguin - Gifts, which, is completely Plan B! Let me tell you all about Plan A.

Plan A, involved my card for this weeks Challenge over at Cupcake, which has been chosen by our Competition Winner, Sandra and is Black and White Christmas. (We're joined by some scrummy sponsors this week; Simon Says Stamp, Polka Doodles and Scrap Affair.)

Plan A, involved an absolutely and totally illegal package. Not only did it get past Very Understanding Hubby and his Sneaky Telltale Accomplice and Side Kick, Sweet Cheeks, at Baggage Control HQ, but it also arrived in plenty of time to allow me to create a faberoony, heat embossed (actually, where is my heat gun?) Christmas Card. I snuckered happily into The Bat Cave to stroke my stash. Insert HYPERVENTILATING here, as said Christmas Stamp was not in package, due to being out of stock. OMG. I had some kind of virus for most of last week, and later that night, in a fever induced moment of Halucinative Clarity, I had the brilliant idea of making this card instead. Sorted.

Which brings me nicely onto Backing Up. Or lack thereof. I have a little pink laptop, which, I lovingly refer to as The Cupcake. It's not often that The Cupcake and I are separated, only really when I'm shopping, and that's mainly so my hands are free to grab a bargain! It's pretty fair to say that I spank the hell out of The Cupcake, and although she's only one, she acts a lot older.

Yesterday afternoon, when I was writing up the Cupcake post for Cupcake, mid post, The Cupcake died. The screen went black, there were some flashing lights and because Sweet Cheeks was out of earshot, I was able to fully express my disgust. Several moments later, after shaking The Cupcake and hitting it against the desk a few times, I defribrulated it with an Electrical Energy Source (AKA plugged it in). Whilst I waited (prayed) for the medication to kick in, I was allowed time to fully panic about what I was going to do if The Cupcake was, in fact, knackered, because I had no back up of any of the work I was in the middle of uploading. Very Understanding Hubby was typically manly in his advice. Check your AVG was his first helpful comment. Check the AVG. I know what AVG is, but where do I check it? After looking at the bar code underneath, I said something along those lines, so he came over, peered at the screen and told me AVG was fine. Good. Take The Cupcake for a service, was the next pearl of wisdom. Right. Service. Good plan. How long does that take? A couple of days. Oh, I think I feel dizzy, wait is that the floor in my face...?

So, peeps, the moral of this story is, always keep a back up. Oh, and don't ask Very Understanding Hubby about stuff...

Anyway, be sure to pop over to Cupcake and Pollycraft Monday Challenge to see the absolutely gorgeous creations from the rest of my teamies. :)

Cardstock: Stampin Up!
Papers: Funky Hand and Pink Petticoat
Image: Dexter the Penguin - Gifts; Pollycraft Designs
Colouring: Copics


Shelly said...

Oh this is so so cute!!! I'm loving all the polka dots, and where is that snowflake from, is it a die? I so need to get myself a big snowflake die thingy-ma-jig. And Fluff you are such a funny fluffster... hugs Shelly x

Unknown said...

Ohmy goodness Fluffster!! This is such a sweetand adorable card! Love the colours and pretty details! Boy,do i know the panicing feeling when your computer is having a meltdwn.... But so glad to see that you where able to write this post. Have a fantastic day! Hug and sunshine!

Maria Therese said...

Very cool!

Mandy said...

Hi Faye,
I'm still laughing at your post,you always make me laugh...I love your card,great details and I love the sweet little penguin.....Have a lovely week...
Mandy x

Margreet said...

You made me laugh with your story about your cupcake, although I feel sorry for you....mine had troubles too, but after service it came alife again.......your card is awesome...that stamp is so fun!!...love it!!!
xxx Margreet

Cazza said...

OMG, I'm having a sweat just thinking about my lappy packing up!! Noooooooooooooooo!!
Your card is stunning hon, love the Black and White theme!

Bananastamper said...

Cher Fluffiest,
Wow - this is gorgeous girl! Good thing you had something Christmasy in your stash eh?!! I am also happy to hear that all Cupcake needed was a plug in!
La Banane

Arabella said...

I love your card Faye! It's super cute and gorgeous!

I feel the same way about my wee laptop... we are very rarely separated and I drive my husband crazy if it ever has any glitches! I hope you don't lose all your stuff!


Anita said...

Beautiful card Faye. I love the black/white combo. You had me laughing with your story - hope Cupcake is OK.

Feebsy said...

Such an adorable card, I really love all the polka dots and the image is super cute and your colouring is awesome. Great details on the ribbon and the embellishment too.

Your posts always make me smile, my laptop is on it's last legs so I keep everything crossed every time I power it up. I'm not sure how I'll cope once it gives up on me.


Maarit at Violets Corner said...

The card is absolutely gorgeous Faye, I do like your colouring and take on the black and white.

Hope the little pink cupcake survives!

Warm hugs

Delphine said...

I totally love your card, everything about it... but OMGoodness the Cupcake DIED??????? How horrible!!! What are we going to do :-)??? And you did not have a back up after all the problems I had with my computer???? Ooooh I am so sorry to hear your bad news, I hope you are okay.. Thinking of you my lovely Faye... Sending BIG BIG hugs:-)! Delphine xx

Babs said...

You are soooo hilarious Faye,...love reading your stories! Love your card too, black & white is always a favourite of mine.
BTW thanks for getting back to me with the skin colours you used on your Oct. 1 card. Much appreciated. Have a super day,
Luv, Babs

Kim Dellow said...

Stunning Faye! Perfect chrimbo card. Hope that cupcake is ok - Eek! LOL! Kim

Mrs A. said...

Hope cupcake is safely tucked up in her nice felt bedcover after the belting you gave her!! Luv Muver.

Louise said...

Totally cute love all the dots
Hugs louise xx

Sheena said...

Lovin' the black and white scheme - Fab!! Glad Cupcake is up and running again! Sheena xx

coops said...

fantastic card faye.i love your stunning mono colours and design and the image is so cute :D

xx coops xx

Anonymous said...

Very sweet card! Love your little penguin, very cute
Hugs Julie P

McCrafty's Cards said...

Fabulous card Faye, the penguin is adorable, and i see the spots and dots are back :o)
Kevin xx

Joey said...

Just adore this oh fluffy one, its absolutely gorgeous :) Joey x

Donna B. said...

Super cute B&W card. Love the penguins and all the polka dots!! Perfect for this theme!

Davi said...

Lovin that B&W creation!! The penguin is tooo cute and Im always loving polka dots :) OH and those computers are designed to raise blood pressure and the most in opportune times you know, cuz they know we cant live without them!

cheryl said...

oh hun you always cheer me up hun bless your heart as for your card wow that is a cracker hun just stunning adore it to bits hugs cherylxxx

Jo said...

FAB card, you do B&W perfickly.
How's cupcake doing now?
Mine is called 'Lappy', very inventive eh? LOL
C.S xx

Catherine said...

Your card is adorable Fluff ! And your colouring absolutely fantastic ! Hugs and love from Catherine

Donna said...

Totally loving the polka dots and perfectly coloured penguin...deffo a heart stopping moment when Cupcake died...I hope you had choklit on hand to calm your nerves! :) Donna ♥ x

Silli said...

wow- zers Faye, your card is so darn cute...LOVE your wonderful coloring!!! Big hugs gf!

Jilli said...

Mine is called Lappy like Jo's and is lovingly stroked daily ... i'm quite disturbed by your comment "I spank the hell out of The Cupcake" ... we are still talking laptops?!!

Love your card, looks beautiful monochrome. You do B&W so well. Stunning!!!

Hugs Jillix

Margo said...

Hi Faye,
from the reading of it, looks like you have been busy :)
I hope cupcake will fully recover with no blackouts !
I'm a little jealous, I cannot sneak any stuff in here 'cause I'm not home when the mail comes and hubby is !!!!!

Annie said...

what a fabby fun penguin card!
hugs, annie x

Brodders said...

Gorgeous as always Faye, you are so talented x

Amanda R said...

I love this card so sort of glad you "had" to make it! And at least your hubby sort of knew what he was talking about, mine would be clueless!

Jules said...

Hi Faye

This is wonderful!! I love your image veeerrryyy much!!!

Fabby papers and layout too!!!

Found the heart!! LOL!!!

Love Jules xx

Unknown said...

Had me giggling aloud...I have been having the same problem with my printer...it won't print blue...don't ask why it is just being picky!!!
Love the card especially the penguin.

Stacey G.-2 Craf-t-4u said...

So cute Faye! Love the dots! Glad your computer is running for the moment! It is a frightening thought to be with out one! Just think it was not that long ago when we did not even have these in our homes!

Unknown said...

Hi Faye, wonderful card - would never have thought of a b/w Christmas card! Not got your sense of design, love the way you've got the Penguin popping out over the card. Sorry I've been a bit quiet - not so good trying to surf when you're jumping to the little girls room on a regular basis. Now then, Flexmarkers - oooh yess they are lovely and I've got four sets!!!! Did that as soon as they appeared on Joanna Sheen's website on a special deal - I could always pretend that I've haven't got them yet tho, if you want to order some! Only thing I'd say is the lighter colours are very light. Hope you are keeping well. Sarah

having a {me} day said...

LOL! Faye! So how did you get your computer fixed? Love your beautiful penguin card. Bad news having to sneak your buys past TWO peeps! LOL! Good for you having a Plan B, I could do with one of those right now! keeleyxx

xxxtglxxx said...

LOL!! I love plan B! :)

gorgeous monochrome creation Faye, it looks fabulous. I love all the polka dots!



Wendy Ramlakhan said...

Oh WOW...this is GORGEOUS!! Love the monochromatic color scheme...I would have never thought that would work for a Christmas card, but now I have to give it a try!!

So glad the Cupcake didn't die on you. :)

Grenouille Greetings said...

The PERFECT colour choice for this cute little chappy! Lovely, Faye! Hugs. Lesley