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Thursday, 20 September 2012

"Oh The Times, They Are A Changing..."

Tilda Hugs a Heart

Kind of loving the new-look Blogger, just working out a few kinks before I'm fully confident in what I should be doing but in the meantime I have put up this new card I made using a new (to me) Tilda and my latest Marianne Designs die, part of their Anja range and I think it is one of the prettiest dies I have ever seen.
As for what I wanted to talk about, well I was watching a show on Channel 5 tonight (I know, Channel 5 - I was experimenting!!) about a hospital that makes prosthetics for people faces. There was a woman who had no nose (I could do the old joke about "How does she smell?", but I am better than that; shame on you for thinking it though!), a young boy who had terrible burns on his face and there was even a man who had a detachable false ear.
Now I do not consider myself a technophobe, I own an iPad, an iPod, a mobile phone and a Blu-Ray player with Hi-Def TV (any burglars reading this please note we have EXCELLENT security and some fearsome cats), but I am constantly amazed by the world I live in. I am 48 now and if I think back to when I was a teenager, you had to
 be from a middle-class family if you had a TV in your bedroom. If you wanted to phone Australia it cost you several pounds per minute and you had to book the call! Computers came in the form of a Spectrum which had a cassette (remember those!) with your game on which took ages to load and even then that wasn't guaranteed!!
A few weeks ago I used Facetime or whatever it's called on my iPad to talk to my brother in Weymouth. Not only could I see how much weight he has lost recently, he also took his laptop downstairs to show me his new cat! Kids take this for granted now, they can't even imagine a world where this technology doesn't exist and yet it blows my mind. I know people were expecting the world to be a massively different place by the year 2000, flying cars and jet boots etc, but realistically those visions of the future in movies always have gleaming new cities that tower above everything and yet during the parade of Olympians through the city of London you could see the hundreds of years of history in all their buildings, you don't just tear that down no matter how far in the future you go.
I think the most amazing thing of all though is the Internet. Every time I log on I am astounded at what I can get from the web - for free. However much I pay Virgin for my broadband it's just not enough. I now have a blog that has helped me reach people all over the world with my cards, something I just sit at my dinner table and work on. People have built worldwide corporations - from their bedroom!!  So take a minute sometime, think about the world you are inhabiting and just how far it has come in the short time you have been alive (short is a relative term!).
Back to the card and it was coloured with my ProMarkers and I have used the flowers I bought  from Wild Orchid Crafts, they really are the best on the web at the moment.
Anyhoo, hope you like it and I will be back Sunday with my latest Kenny K creation, a card I am really proud of.
See ya soon, Hugs 'n Stuff
Entered Into: Challenges 4 Everybody #3 - Anything Goes
GingerLoft Challenge #48 - Embossing
Joanna Sheen Challenges - So Sweet
Sweet Magnolia Challenge #52 - Anything Goes
No Matter Which Challenges #2 - Die Cuts/Punches
Totally Tilda Challenges #56 - Bingo Grid


  1. Love your card Andy and I agree that die is beautiful!
    I am a tiny bit older than you ;) and remember queuing for hours out side the telephone box with my 2 p's and 10 p's to talk to my boyfriend...sigh.
    later on i remember booking a call abroad when another boyfriend moved away . £15 for 5 mins in 1980 was a lot of money.
    There was a time when my children though we were born black and white as i have no colour photos of me as a baby!! ha ha
    Have a good weekx

  2. I agree with you about this die Andy... bought it a few weeks ago, but have to admit I didn't think of colouring it in the die. Yours looks totally fab.. watch this space next time I use it I am pinching your idea. Gorgeous flower arrangement. Can't really comment about the image as Magnolia faceless girls do nothing for me, as someone said to me last week they looks as if they have mumps !!! :)
    You're so great at bringing back memories. My first pc was a Vic20 lol. I went in for a Commodore 64 but they had sold out so thought the one I got would be just as good hmmmmmm I remember paying £40 for some extra memory that brought it up to less than you would find in a greeting card now.
    I then progressed to an Amstrad pcw cost me £400 it was a glorified word processor. My first pc had a whole 1 gig memory and a screen as big as my desk but with only 12" viewable.
    Those were the days. I even bought the first mobile that was available without a contract... commonly called the brick. I never had to wonder if it was in my handbag, I knew by the weight.
    Hope you have a good weekend, glad the meds are working
    Eileen x

  3. At the beginning of September my son and I "facetimed" my husband and daughter holidaying in Egypt!! I just couldn't believe that we could actually see and talk to them at the same time!!! hahaha.

    Love the card btw. :)

  4. Thats one of my fave dies too. Really like the way you've coloured it.

  5. yes the world has evolved quite a bit since we were young.... We tend to take it for granted and forget what it was like before...

    I really love your card. That new die is fantastic! Really love Tilda and how you have colored her up!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Gingerloft Card Challenge. Hope you will join us next time. DT Crafting Vicky

  6. Hi Andy wowzer cute Tilda creation awesome colouring sadly it wont be counted in the Totally Tilda chall as you have back linked (posted before the chall began)how sad..we would love to see more of your stunning TILDA creations soon, this chall theme closes Sat Oct 6th 12 noon GMT..

    Thanks for sharing your stunning work with us Christine TT DT entry manager


  7. Wow i love your new die and the card is stunning. Great colouring and fab colour palette. Thanks for joining us at Challenges 4 Everybody. Hugs trisha x DT

  8. Hoi Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia lover
    What A great card you have made Lovely colors and a sweet image! Thanks you for joining us at the Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia challenge blog hope to see you next time
    hugs Ria

  9. Just gorgeous, reminds me that I have this stamp too! Thank you for playing along with us on the Joanna Sheen Challenge & good luck. Jane x

  10. Fabulous! Love that die :) Thanks for sharing in No Matter Which’s *Die Cuts/Punches* challenge and good luck !


    Tammy, NMWC DT at Créations LaDiva :) xx

  11. Beautiful die cut and I love the flowers, thanks so much for joining us at Totally Tilda for our BINGO challenge and good luck!

  12. Beautiful card Andy. Love your story....reminds me how far we've come. Just think how our grandparents would feel with all of todays technology.

  13. Super cute, Thanks for joining us a Totally Tilda!


  14. Beautiful card. Love the image. Thank you for sharing and joining in at NMWC. Hugs, Velma


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