I have my own story to tell about making this whatchamacallit. I was clueless and frustrated for a good 2 hours trying to figure out how an intelligent, college educated math teacher could mess this simple fold!! I don't have an art brain. I'm strictly math and science. That's why all of my cards look the same and nothing fun or whimsy because I can't not off-center anything. It's a neurotic, anal math-brained thing because it all has to make sense to us nerds! I was telling Lynn how you should see us hang pictures around here. My husband is an engineer so it's even worse. We have our calculators, pencil, pad of paper with numerous mathematical equations on it to hit that exact center point. Then I pay some attention to HGTV that says you're supposed to have the picture at eye level. It was very hard for me to move those pictures down, around and over, and heaven forbid...group them! Grouping was actually easier to do because then I had to do some math to group properly and that made me feel better.
Anyhow, I turned this fold into a giant algebraic/geometric equation and within seconds I got the solution! Yay! Right? Well, I've been trying to refinance my house now at 4.5% for 6 weeks (as well as this magazine and everything else that life tosses ya) and the appraisal is TOMORROW at 10 a.m. My house is still recovering from the ice storm and my kids are just slobs. So, I'm really uptight and hurried to pick this place up to get that $395K appraisal by the same company who appraised it 14 months ago. Getting this done would knock $800 or so off of my mortgage payment a month...ah, imagine the stamps! Anyhow, so now I have to do that and must hustle.
So, back to my card now. Since I finally figured it out, I had to stamp the thing all of these different images rather than clean and simple and it's at least going to take me a day to color all of them just right (notice how I centered them and I don't have that time right now. I'll be missing out on all of the oohs and aahs that my badly battered craft ego needs right now to recover from this morning's trauma of why a 45-year-old woman can't fold!! Even my towels are folded perfectly!! I'm so neurotic that even the pop cans in my fridge all face forward and the kitty cat faces all line up when the cans are stacked. But there is worse than I. My cousin alphabetizes his frozen vegetables.
So, I'm going to show you a sneak peek of what I made so that you can appropriately ogle over it and encourage a stamping sister in need.
I'm going to double up on my testosterone today and get this place cleaned up so I can close escrow and life should be back to whatever normal is for Roxie's terrific sketch challenge with precise measurements on Wednesday.
God bless your day and please say an extra several prayers for me today because I'm going to need them!
Many hugs and blessings.
Date: Monday, March 30, 2009 GMT Views: 594
Registered: August 1, 2006 Location: Missouri Posts: 26052
Mon, Mar 30, 2009 @ 11:58 AM
Cindy, big hugs and congratulations!!! You did it. I was hoping that you would. I love the party images that you stamped it with. I know you said you didn't have time to color this. What if you gave it as a gift to a child and let them color it. I could see my son loving a gift like this to color. I hope the refinancing goes well.
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Registered: July 27, 2007 Location: Dublin, Ireland Posts: 107770
Mon, Mar 30, 2009 @ 11:58 AM
I am so glad to see you persevered and got there! I was reading your woes earlier (been in bed all day), and I remember the first time I tried making one, how hard it was getting a sequence of pictures that would flow.
Look forward to seeing the coloured version, and hope that everything you need to go smoothly goes well for you.
Registered: March 5, 2007 Location: LaMoure, North Dakota Posts: 7725
Mon, Mar 30, 2009 @ 12:17 PM
This is going to be great. Actually, it'd work great to leave it for a kid to color all those images!
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Registered: April 27, 2007 Location: South,GA Posts: 59632
Mon, Mar 30, 2009 @ 12:43 PM
OMGosh Cindy I am RITFLMAO at this cute and hilarious story. I can just see you with your protractor and other utensils. Can't wait to see this colored. Good luck with the house. Knock $800 off WOW! Our house payment is only $500/mth and we have a huge 2 story house that appraised around $150K but thank God it is soon to be paid off and we can burn the mortage.
I had a horrible time figuring out this fold, trashed about 3 attmepts and I am a RN who can save your life if needed. Scary huh????? :0
Registered: February 11, 2007 Location: Posts: 131
Mon, Mar 30, 2009 @ 2:09 PM
good job, Cindy! I always was good with those problems that you had to fold the flat image into the box just by looking at the drawing with the lines drawn on it so this wasn't too hard for me to figure out, but I have had problems with some the the challenges on here. I think you did a great job even if you had to turn it into an equation before you could figure it out!!!
Registered: August 7, 2007 Location: North Carolina Posts: 28161
Mon, Mar 30, 2009 @ 5:38 PM
You'll have to post it again when you get it colored... love all the images... lots of coloring to do! Glad you persevered and got it!!! You cracked me up with the story! But you were victorious!!! Great job!
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Registered: January 4, 2008 Location: New Providence, NJ Posts: 126
Tue, Mar 31, 2009 @ 3:20 AM
First, I was glad to see you tried and didn't give up!
I read your story laughing the whole time -not at you but with you. The 1st time I made this card was on copier paper (to get the folds right!) so I didn't waste good cardstock.
I like the B&W too - and the coloring suggestion for a child is a great idea... not that your husband the engineer will want that! (and this is coming from the daughter of an engineer LOL)