Monday, 14 June 2010

Bloggers lost the plot

Oh my goodness, the weekend just disappeared and apart from the forget that one and look forward to Friday, for the sake of Robert Green if nobody else....I got very little done.

Yesterday was spent trying to resolve my blogger problems but I'm still no further forward. For the last week or so I have needed to sign in to every blog I visit, that's a pain in itself and then the last few days my dashboard is only showing up the odd new post, so the only way I have been able to visit people is by literally trawling round and that's very much trial and error who I stumble across.

I thought the answer would be to change to the new Blogger layout that's being pushed our way.........was that a nightmare or what and at one point I lost my blog completely and the backup I had stored was not recognised. Somehow I retrieved it, but now I have a problem with my old sidebar which has embedded itself into the html and no longer visible so I can't remove it and it overrides the new layout so new and old merge and look a right mess. So I am back to the old layout and doing everything the hard way still. A glass of something strong in on the cards before I have another bash at it....I know it's only lunchtime, but needs must.

Two cards to share today, the first one above is using one of my new Penny Black slapstick stamps, I so love these little girl images. This one is Penny Black 40-024 rain or shine stamped with versafine black and embossed with detail clear and coloured with copics and decoupaged with three layers. The DP is October Afternoon, the flower and gem leaves are Magnolia and the swirls Marianne Designs. This card is for the following challenges:

Pile It On "Summer Showers
Penny Black Saturday - Sketch
Our Creative Corner - "Gotcha Cornered"
Ooh La La Creations - "Flourishes and pearls"

For my second card I have used another stamp from Penny Black 3932K Japanese maple for the main image and 3857H footnote down the side of the card. The background for the main image was created by masking lines across the card and round the border, then sponging Tim Holtz bundled sage and tumbled glass and liberally spritzing with Glimmer Mist pearl to subdue the colours and blend them.

I removed the diagonal masks but not the border ones before stamping the leaf image using Versafine majestic blue and embossing with iridescent powder. After embossing I removed the border masks to reveal a white border. Eyelets and cord threaded down the side and a sentiment PB 3419D to finish. This card is for the following challenges:

Cupcake - "One for the Boys"
Rosie D's "Blue and or Fish"

Back to the other man in my life now, Mr Blogger and see if I can tame him into submission, otherwise my blog may be heading south quicker than I hoped.


Fleur said...

Hi B. sounds like you've still got plenty to do! Two very lovely cards. Love the PENNY BLACK images, will need some of the newer ones myself hehe! Adore the bright colours on your first card.
Hugz Fleury xXx

pinky said...

Think I will stay clear of those new templates then lol. Hope you get sorted again. Love the cards especially the first, beautiful colour combo. And no you didn't cause an avalanch, had made the decision a while back and my work load pushed it forward.

Linapyssel said...

Ohhh, the blog problems sounds like it can make your hair turn grey!!! I now mine would...cause I´m terrible with computors to begin with!!
Your cards look great as allways thougt!!!! Love the PennyBlack image and the colors you chose!!
I wish you the best of luck mending your blog!!
My money is on you!!!
Hugs Lina

Annie said...

Fabulous cards.
Ann xxx

Crafting Queen said...

Really lovely card, love the colours in the first one. Anesha

lisa said...

Sounds like you're having a nightmare with Mr Blogger, Brenda. I hope you get sorted out soon.
Love both your cards. I could have done with that lovely umbrella here this morning, the weather was awful again but the sun's out now, hurray.
Those flowers are gorgeous.
Your second one is stunning. I love the background, those colours work so well together.
Hugs Lisax

Kath Stewart said...

beautiful cards as always brenda....and I know what you mean about blogger problems...having the same sign up problems...but it may just be a known I am riding the storm whilst pulling my hair out...thanks for joining in the fun again this week at PBSC...hugs kath xxx

Zoechaos said...

Gosh you had a time of it, not been hit by the problems yet but am taking notes my turn will come.

As you know I'm not a fan of the cute images but do love the florals and the second card here is another beautiful piece. xx Zoe

Sarah C said...

Sorry to hear you've had such problems with Mr Blogger.

Love your two cards. The first one is so bright and cheery despite the windy day it depicts. Love the masking on your second one x

Tracy said...

Hi Brenda,
I have just got that slapstick stamp last week, "Rain or Shine", and hope to use it this week, super cute isn't it. Thanks for joining Rosie-D's challenge with your fabulous blue creation, very creative.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Louise said...

Beautiful cards brenda love the penny black one especially, not too sure whats going on with blogger bit of a pain at moment but i am steering clear of new designs for now.
louise xx

Lynda said...

Beautiful cards Brenda - a lovely image on the 1st one and I like the background you've created on the 2nd one! If it's any consolation I'm having some problems commenting too - after I've visited so many blogs the rest just won't load up - don't know if it's blogger, server or computer - it's all very frustrating though! As I'm typing this the loading bar on the bottom is only half way across and stuck there so you might not even get this message!

Love Lynda xxx

Sarah said...

Such fantastic cards! I especially love the first one, the colours are beautiful xxx

Blogger is being a pain for me too ;-)

Piali said...


chris said...

Hi Brenda
such a couple of crackers, love them both, I wonder if you just stuck to the one at lunchtime!!!
hugs chris xx

Babs said...

Love your cards Brenda,love the colours of the first one that is gorgeous,the other one is beautiful too.

Babs x

Mummylade said...

sounds like you're having a marvellous week =)

Sarah A said...

Hi Brenda

Gorgeous creations as usual!

I had the same issues with that bloomin' Mr Blogger yesterday. I even spent ages messing around with the security settings on my PC thinking that was the problem haha!!

Sarah x

Claire Phillips said...

Beautiful projects! Blogger is certainly up to no good at the is indeed very frustrating! Keep your resolve....Cheers Claire x

Helen said...

Hmm, think I'll let Blogger sort themselves out before I try changing my blog, then! You may have had problems, but not with your cards, they are as always, gorgeous - especially the second one with the Japanese maple! I've been glued to the footie too!

Lou said...

Hi! B, these are both very lovely and the two on the first card are just such sweeties.
So hope you are all sorted soon and thanks for coming to say Hi!
take care,hugs Lou.xx

Lisa Jane said...

I wont even try to mess about with the new design template thing or i could just disappear without trace!
Love the cards today, and the technique used on the second.
Lisa ;)

Jacee said...

Love the cards Brenda, particulary the first one, lovely colours and a fabulous image, sorry to hear about the blogger problem, I hope you soon get it sorted out, I hope It never happens to mine as I would'nt have a clue how to resolve it!!


Fabulous cards Brenda - love the little girls under their umbrella - the colours are just gorgeous. Sorry about your blogger probs. - isn't it a pain when blogger goes wrong. Your blog still looks fabulous from here!
Hugs, Sylvia xxxx

Kiarlo said...
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Saskia said...

Hello Brenda!!!

Lovely to see your work at Rosie-D's Challenge! Thanks for joining us and good luck!

Greetings, Saskia
(DT member)

Sadilla said...

Blogs problems are always so frustrating... When it happens I Turn on a bad mood!!

Your cards are really gorgeous I love the first one, and the Umbrella! :)


Nicola said...

Two great cards. Both very different. Fab news about the Penny Black and Allsorts Challenge.
I looked at changing my blog to the new layouts but maybe I will hold off doing if you have had so many problems. See you soon Nicky xx

Kat said...

Two great cards Brenda. Not sure which is my favourite. Love the colours in the first one and the second is very elegant.

I didn't have problems with blogger yesterday but Mr Linky had disappeared at both of my DT blogs so I couldn't comment.

Not sure if this is just me but as I write here the comment box and other people's comments look as if they are covered with something that looks like fish skeletons!!!

Kat x

Beryl said...

Oh Brenda = what's happening. Blogger decided to changge settings on me too - half way through commenting on a blog that alrady was having problems. I'm resisting changing to the new blogger layouts as you're not the only one to be havin g problems. All I can see on here is a lovely pink background with red poppies. It's right across the screen so I can barely read your post.
Your cards are lovely by the way - especially the second as it's using an image I've been wanting for quite some time and not been able to get hold of.
Hope blog problems sorted for you soon.
Beryl xx

Beryl said...

Me again - as I clicked to post my comment all the poppies disappeard and theres now a serene pink background - allowing me to read how you made the maple leaf card.
Beryl xx

Kari said...

Beautiful cards,Brenda!!Fabulous,like the first one,lovely and bright colours,second one is great too :)
And I love the new look on your blog :)Hope the problems goes away..;)
Have a wonderful week :)

Hugs,Kari ;)

cheryl said...

hi hunny these as usuall are just 2 stunning cards,hun as always the detail is just amazing,I have not had problems with my new layout hun it all went smoothly,makes a change,I did get rid of my old background though by deliting,the HTML codes,love hugs cheryl x
hope you get it sorted soon,hun hugs cheryl xxx

Anonymous said...

love the new blog loook. and LOVE that first card, and the second of course. but that stamp on the first I've had my eye on, LOVE IT!!!

Nikbee said...

Wonderful cards Brenda. I love the colours on the first one and the image is fab.
I hope you get blogger sorted out soon.

Nikki x

Andrea M said...

Beautiful card!! Great image! Thanks for playing along with PIO! We appreciate your support :)

Carol said...

Wonderful card Brenda. Thanks for joining us at OLL.
I am still having to log in to view blogs each time. It has been so for a few days now. Thought it was just me.

Wendi said...

Two absolutley gorgeous cards and the first image is fabulous I can see why you love it and your colouring is perfect thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

the new blog looks fab. love your cards the first is so sweet, great colour combo. janex

Juls said...

soz you are having such problems with blogger - isnt it so frustrating when all this technoloagy doesnt work properly!!

Love your cards they are amazing as always! Love the bright yellows and the 2nd card is so gorgeous and elegant!

P.S Love the new look blog!
Hugs Juls

Marina said...

Wow! Both cards are gorgeous!
Beautiful colours and images and the designs are fantastic.


PatR said...

Two fabulous cards Brenda, I can't choose between them
Sounds like you've been having funwith Mr Blogger. do hope you've got it sorted now.

Annika said...

Yep, having the same sign-in issue, especially annoying if you're in several DT-s and need to comment on entries...grrrrr. But it's not ALL the time I have that issue and I've noticed that sometimes actually going to a dashboard and just randomly surfing "the backstage" of your blog helps. No idea how.
Gorgeous card, of course I'm simply in love with the first one with it's fabulous colours!

Beryl said...

I do like your new layout. The header is perfect for you.
Beryl xx

CraftyC said...

Your card is gorgeous Brenda, love this image. I've also been having blogger issues. The other day it deleted my challenges on my sidebar, the fact that I had nearly 150! Was a killer having to redo. I'm also having to have to sign into some blogs as well this evening so fingers crossed its sorted soon!

Lesley Edmonds said...

Blogger is being a bit of a b****r at the moment I agree. So glad you didn't lose everything - that would have been AWFUL!!!

Love the cards. Perfect in every way as always.

Lesley x

Unknown said...

HI Brenda,
Love the cards - both of them. Fab image for the first one, great colours and love the flourishes and pearls. Thanks for joining us at OLL this time.
Just a thought - have you checked all of your "gadgets" to make sure there is not one with HTML in which will override others - this happened to me and I thought I'd lost everything as I only had my header appearing - went through every single "gadget" and found the "mole" - might be worth looking at - it is usually something really simple that b*******rs everything up!!
Hope you get it all sorted.
Dawn x

Mina said...

wow Brenda two amazing cards, both so different but equally stunning...I love the colours and image of the first and the image on the other is so soft and beautiful
Mina xxx

Silli said...

wonderful dear Brenda, love the colors and the cute image... I wish you a happy day!

Anonymous said...

hiya brenda, two fab cards! xx jo xx

Chris said...

My favourite is the top one... just personal preference cos they are both beautiful... but I just adore the image of those girlies :D
Chris xx

Jules said...

Hi Brenda

Loving these. The second is my favourite.

Great work as always.

Love Jules xx

Mervi said...

So lovely to see you here!
Beautiful creation. Thanks;-))m

Anna said...

Wonderful cards! That image is so sweet! Thanks for joining us at Pile It On!

Jackie said...

Hi Brenda, I hope you are ok :) I love both of these cards! Thanks for taking part in our challenge :) x