Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches: Thank You Kind Doer

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!!


I first saw this sketch when I was heading to a crafting date with a friend whom I think has absolutely everything in the Stampin' Up catalog.  I always head right to her new stash and I got to play with stuff from the new Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-bration specials!

Hello Kind Doer iPiccy WM

The butterfly die is gorgeous - definitely on my personal list.  I love the soft colors on the paper - it and the ribbon are sale-a-bration items.  I realized the gray in the dp was Sahara Sand which I haven't used in quite some time and I really don't know why.  I am in love with gray backgrounds and routinely pull out Simon Says Stamps Fog cardstock - but Sahara Sand is a nice color that takes on gray tones or taupe tones depending on what you need.  I didn't finish this card until I came home because it was crying out for stitching around the edge and I needed my MFT Blueprints die to do that.

Now for my latest sob story.  Back in December, I dropped my good camera and spent the month working with a cheap and very old compact camera.  Luckily, my good camera is now fixed and operational.  Then a week ago, our main family computer blew up.  There was a little luck involved because the morning that it blew up, we had just upgraded the ancient, glacially-slow hard-drive on a second computer to a Chromebox.  It's a wonderful option - it takes the place of the computer box - it's not a hard-drive, it just lets you access the internet.  It's small, it's quiet (no fans needed for cooling), it never gets slower because there's no software on it, and it never gets a virus.  It works for virtually everything I do.  That's a good thing because I have this little parenting problem in that we've been "threatening" our oldest son for the last year that when the good computer blew, we would buy a decent replacement but if he wanted to seriously upgrade things like the video card for his video gaming needs, he should save his money in advance. Guess who hasn't saved?  If I didn't have this good Chromebox replacement, he'd be out of luck, but as it is, I think I can wait until he saves.  There's one minor exception - and that's why you care about any of this....

Without a hard drive I cannot load Photoshop Elements which is my go-to software for editing my card photos.  Major trauma.  I didn't think I could find anything as good as PE - but I have and it's FREE!! Friends recommended Gimp and PhotoPad which could be great options, but still require that the software be downloaded.  So I kept hunting and found Pixlr and iPiccy - both function completely online.  The first card is Pixlr and the second is iPiccy.  Sadly, I can't compare these to Photoshop since I no longer have Photoshop, but I think you can see that each of these is clear and has great dimension - I'm happy with both. And did I mention that they were FREE??!!

Thank You Kind DoerHello Kind Doer iPiccy WM

Pixlr literally looks and acts like Photoshop Elements.  It has the same buttons down the left side.  The expert settings are across the top.  If you are a PE user, it's a very easy transition.  iPiccy is a much cleaner, fresher and more modern tool.  It has all of my favorite adjustments that I used in Photoshop Elements and in many ways they are easier to use.  The biggest downside is the Undo function which undoes the entire session in a tool (feel free to ask me more about this if you are looking at iPiccy) and you can't add a watermark if you truly don't have a hard-drive (you can if you do) - but I just popped into another photo editing software (Picmonkey) which has a very easy process for adding watermarks.

I'm not sure why I am so surprised by all of this.  I'm fairly tech-savvy.  Most of my documents and spreadsheets are now Google Docs because I can access them from my computer, iPad, iPhone or work computers - so I'm aware that expensive software is not always necessary.  Our family calendar is online so we can all add our events and figure out where we all are.  I store photos on Flickr.   But I still truly thought that I was getting a big advantage with Photoshop Elements.  Apparently I can live without that too!

SUPPLY LIST
It doesn't seem that I can link Stampin' Up Sale-a-bration items.  I used the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper and the ribbon from the Accessory pack.  Also...I have linked one of the MFT Fishtail dies for my banners. There are actually two sets which coordinate and I never know whether I am using a die from the original or from the Layers set.

21 comments:

Lisa Lara said...

What a sweet beauty Kim. Love the dp. You have perservered You are so smart with your computer choices. They sound great. Gotta love no viruses.

~amy~ said...

What a pretty card...love the fresh colors and that butterfly is quite amazing!

Kristie Goulet said...

Very pretty card, Kim!

Deepti said...

Love ur choice of soft pastel colors :) and that bow on the butterfly looks awesome!

Lisa Petrella said...

Beautiful! Love that gorgeous butterfly and the pretty patterned paper strips!

Amy O said...

Very pretty, Kim! We've had Spring-like weather here in the DFW area this week, and the pretty colors and butterfly on your card make me long for it to stay.

Linda Callahan said...

Cool......classy....elegant......and oh so sweetly put together! Love this card! And your pix still look great!

Lisa said...

That is a pretty butterfly Kim and I love the way you used in for the sketch, your card is PRETTY! Thanks for the info, it never hurts to know what options are available!

snappy scrappy said...

Beautiful!!!!!

Bobby said...

I'm glad you know what you're doing, Kim, because you lost me at Chromebox. ;-) This is a beautiful butterfly and I love all your paper choices.

Jen Mitchell said...

That big butterfly absolutely steals the show on your card. It's so elegant and looks beautiful with the patterned paper.

Karren said...

Like you, I haven't used Sahara Sand for a while and I don't know why - it's such a versatile color. This card looks absolutely beautiful. - love that butterfly!

Gibmiss said...

Fabulous card Kim....
Love the Papers... Butterfly Stunning
Hugs Sylvie xxx

Marjolein said...

Never a dull moment in your life, ha, ha, quite a story!
And good for you, you found something that's actually good in editing pics!
With you no longer needing any expensive editing software you can use the money and spend it say..... on the gorgeous butterfly!! :-)
Love your card BTW. :-)
Bye,

Marjolein

Marisa said...

Ahhhh, a gorgeous butterfly :) Yup, I'm happy LOL! Can't wait to use mine more and more with spring coming along. Just made a card yesterday with PTI's gorgeous die (my favorite at the moment).

I'm a PE girl too. Mind you my version is ancient but works for what I need it to :) Good info on the options - thanks.

Jen Brum said...

Beautiful Kim, just beautiful! Love that butterfly! Such great colour choices! Sorry to hear about your computer/camera issues. Sometimes technology drives me crazy!

Cindy Hall said...

This card is so pretty, Kim. I love your color and DSP pairings, and that butterfly is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing all of the computer tips, as I've been having major issues with both my computer and my PSE.

cm said...

My response to your gorgeous butterfly card is predictable...swooning! Happy sigh in seeing this, especially as the snow has returned...
~c

Narelle Farrugia said...

Absolutely stunning! I love the colours you've used and that butterfly certainly is a stunner!

Jen Timko said...

It is so good to have another option. I'm glad you found these and I intend to play with them some to have a viable choice if I need it. Already told you how much I love everything about the card but I'll say it again just to make sure. Love the colors, the papers and that beautiful butterfly!

Michelle said...

Simply darling! Such a good pairing of all of your elements!