Monday, July 13, 2009

Round 2 of Paper Crafts Idol - please vote for me!

Time to vote again for Paper Crafts Gallery Idol! :) Please please please consider voting for me!

This week's Paper Crafts Gallery Idol theme was "Around the House". We had to incorporate household items into our creation. Honestly the first thing that came to mind was the toilet (but I decided I should keep my humor PG rated) Sadly for me, the next thing that came to mind was my laptop... a little sad perhaps but how else can I keep in touch with all my great stamping friends? :)

When Apple first came out with it's clamshell iBooks, I was in love. The classic "blueberry" clamshell iBook is like a late 90's icon (at least in my mind!). Today I finally get a chance to own my very own clamshell card! :) I created my own clamshell template and I feel like it looks pretty good, no? I used my favorite SVG editor to create a template for the card and for the decorative strips (no logo though - I did that by hand). I'll get my hubster to host this file on our server soon but in the meantime if you're interested in the template, please feel free to leave a comment on this post with your email in some fashion. I will gladly email the template to everyone for the time being. :) Let me know if you'd prefer the raw SVG - otherwise I'll send it in pdf for most people's convenience.

The inside I decorated with a keyboard, mousepad and power button. :) After all, have to make it a somewhat functional laptop, even if it is just paper, right? I put the robots in the screen area with them hanging up a fun little "Thanks" banner.

After coming up with the whole concept of a laptop, I decided this would be a great thank you card to give to your favorite tech support -- in my case, my hubster. Hah. Anytime my laptop is doing something weird, I go to him. ;-) And just to show how my little brain works - when I started thinking about thank you sentiments, one of the first things that came to mind was Styx's Mr. Roboto song. PLEASE tell me I'm not weird and you guys all know what I'm talking about?

I actually debated the robots and "Domo Arigato Mr Roboto" sentiment for awhile since I wasn't sure everyone would "get it". In the end I decided since this song was made the year I was born and I KNOW it, I can't be the only one who does. Also, Wikipedia classified "Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto" as a catchphrase so I figured I might be safe. You can see I compromised a little by adding the "Thanks" banner on top in case it wasn't clear. And just so I can put my 3 years of my high school Japanese to use, Domo Arigato means "Thank you very much". Sensei should be so proud... (actually, he's probably crying silent tears right now).

For those of you who are scratching your heads, I highly recommend watching this classic 80's music video for some pop culture education!

Isn't it awesome? I have to admit, I LOVE the lyrics more than anything else. "My heart is human, my blood is boiling, my brain IBM". Hah... being a software engineer during my non-stamping hours, these lyrics are a little too true for me. ;-)

Hope you enjoy! I also have a fun card coming soon using the same template but representing a completely different object! ;-)

Anyways, please please please consider voting for me! I'd really appreciate your vote! After all, I just brought you back to the 80's and the 90's! ;-) Ahh, good times, good times!

Stamps: Spaceships and Robots, Circus Animals (My Cute Stamps)
Ink: PTI (Ocean Tides, Ripe Avocado), Vivid (Cobblestone)
Paper: PTI (White), Basic Grey (Urban Prarie)
Other: Black Pen, Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Gems (Hero Arts), Silver Jewelry Thread (Michaels), 1/2 inch circle punch and 1 1/4 inch square punch (EK Success)


Ann said...

OMG, Belinda! You ROCKED this out, girl! As soon as I saw this on the voting page, I yelled, "Oh my God, Belinda!" which I don't think my third-shift, currently-sleeping hubby appreciated! LOL! Seriously, this is beyond amazing!!!!!

BethieJ said...

I LOVE this Belinda!! good luck!!!!

IamDerby said...

This turned out fabulous!!!!

Jenn said...

I would love love love your clamshell template, we are mac freaks, and I know quite a few people who would love that card. Good luck, I'm sure you will be moving on to the next round, this card ROCKS!

peggysue said...

You made me laugh with your toilet comment and you know that still hurts my stitches! :) This is great, we still have a MAC that shape in the house, although its colors are yellow I think, trending now towards the all white macs . . . good luck with round two!

Melissa said...

OMG! You totally blew me away with this card Belinda! I just hopped over and voted for you! Great job and good luck!!

Rose said...

How awesome is this card??? Love the colour and robots, but the layout is by far the best part!! So inventful!

Lyn S said...

Wow, what a fun card! Love all the little details. Good luck with the voting Belinda!

Aimes said...

Oh I totally hear ya - got Domo Arigato Mr Roboto playing through my head now LOL!
Fab entry for gallery idol - good luck!!

Deedee Anderson said...

This is incredible, Belinda!! I love the theme you chose, and wow -- all the little details that bring it to life!!

Sonia said...

Love all the details!... Great Job!


virginia said...

What a cute computer!

virginia said...

Such nice details!