Well it seems the little problem we were having accessing our photos on the computer was not so much a computer problem, as it was a problem with swinging feet - kids feet that is - swinging, as they sat at the computer, and inadvertently disconnected cables. Annoying, but now that we know what was happening, much easier to fix than a real computer problem might have been!
While we had our temporary photo freeze out I was able to get a few projects done though, and am slowly working my way through the long list of cards needed over the next few months. I also thought it was about time I did a colour challenge - and found this one of Makeesha's that was just what was needed. The colours - chocolate chip, close to cocoa, really rust and vanilla are perfect for a classic man card, as is the 'sanded' background stamp, and the soon to be gone Spring Mini catalogue stamp set - 'Sense of Time'.
I also started off with some of the lovely jumbo brads from the spring mini, but when it came time to put them on they just didn't quite work how I wanted. While I was playing I remembered a great little embellishment idea that I first saw long ago on a project by Jacque, and decided to throw that in the mix instead. I had been wanting to try it for ages, so this was the perfect opportunity. I will confess to a brief moment when I questioned the ability of my cropadile to chomp through all those layers, and then neatly set the eyelet. Apologies Cropadile - it was wrong of me to doubt you - you worked just great - as you always do.
I wavered between the hemp twine and twill tape to finish it off, but decided that the twine had a little bit more of a - I don't know - 'she'll be right temporary man repair' look about it? (perhaps a cable tie would have worked well here?!) Glad I did go with the twine, as having just checked the link for Makeesha's challenge I realised she has a similar embellishment on her card. Don't want them looking too alike!
And so here is where I ended up. A nice manly card with a hint of fancy, but not the frills (or is that frills but no fancy?) Either way it has lots of layers, and a good manly weight to it too! Best of all, another card marked off the list, and another one coming soon!