Wednesday, February 22, 2012

live simply. love much.


hello

I've been having fun creating clean & simple cards:


When I saw Tui's card, I knew that I wanted to play along with the gals over at Our Creative Corner:

Black & White with a Splash of Color


Tui colored her bloom beautifully but I decided to go with paper piecing.  The Martha Snowflake Mat Stack has some great year round patterns...isn't that red geometric one perfect...the pattern is micro and FABulous for paper piecing!

I came across a new-to-me challenge site when I was checking out Julie Smith's blog, Paper and Such:

Catered Crop
Seeing Red Challenge


My sweet red bird is perfect for this challenge!

Paper and Such is the Sponsor for this challenge...Sue-Pah Fun!

Okay...onto super serious stuff here...

I know that I'm not alone in the frustration in the new {double} word verification that seems to have hit blogger:

I am not a robot.
I am just someone that wants to leave you bloggie 

 With well over 1,000 blogs in my Google Reader, I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of word verification.  

{True story, my DD asking me why I was squinting and turning my head funny...YUP, I was trying to decipher the letters on a &^%$ word verification...at this point, I'm thinking anything will help in trying to figure them out...LOL}

I absolutely LVE my time checking out blogs full of inspiration....but have strong opinions on word verification vs. comment moderation.

Don't even get me started on using my Google Reader via my phone...ugh, I could not begin to imagine what a nightmare THAT would be with this new verification system.  This is where I should insert that I do a majority of my blurfing on my iPod touch...like alotta blurfing....

So here's the deal...
  • Do you know that you have word verification ON?
  • Why not switch to Comment Moderation
  • Check HERE on how to Turn OFF word verification.  {{big shout out to the FAB ladies of Freshly Made Sketches for their post about word verification!!!}}
Have other concerns about turning off your word verification?  EMAIL me...let's chat about it.  

I could seriously go on and on about this but for the peeps that do NOT use Word Verification High Fives !  Not a fan of the new double word verification?  Squak about it...maybe with paper crafters uniting on this, Blogger will do something about it...

Thanks peeps...getting off the 'ole soap box now....

60 comments:

Jenny said...

sweet card Amy, i just love CAS cards and yours is great!! (: have a great day friend xo

Lynnda said...

SNAP!!! I love your Clean and SIMPLE card... its too darn cute...!!!! Spotless pretty!!!
OH GOD Sista!!! ..I'm so with you!!! with the new {double} word verification !!! As it is my eyes!!! are not 2 but 4... imagine me on the bed..trying to leave some bloggie love...one lucky thing...I don't have that many FANS...Phew!!! High fives to you .... Sista... we turn that off!!!.... Happy hump day to ya... hugs...xoxo

Rockwell Designs said...

Fantastic CAS card Amy! The little red bird really stands out! Ditto on the double word verification!!!

Jay Gee said...

Love this Amy - CAS perfection and that paper is so great :)

Lynn said...

Oh my...I am 100% with you on word verification and this new version sent me over the edge. Drives me crazy to say the least!

But...I adore your card. CAS makes my heart sing...and this card is so sweet!

Audrey Pettit said...

OMGosh, but I am in love with your card, Amy! CAS simplicity and elegance at it's best. LOVE that paper piecing.
And thanks for addressing that word verification business. :) Would be wonderful to not have to deal with that!

Lisa Arana said...

Ack! I love, love, love this!

Mercy's Pages said...

I changed it!! Thanks for the heads up :) Mercy

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Standing ovation for Amy!!! I loveeeeeeeeeee your thoughts on the new "OMYGOSH! I am DYING here with this new TWO word verification!" lol!! I had one last night where the first word was half way up into the box...couldn't even see the word! lol!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee your card! LOVING that little birdie!

Anonymous said...

Love this clean and simple approach, Amy! very cute!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

I just love this Amy...you rock the CAS!

jessica said...

LOVE your CAS look!! Love the pop of red with the black and white!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this whole word verification junk...LOL So not a fan either!!
Have a great day :)

Karen B. said...

Ooh, perfectly clean and simple. PERFECT!!!

Mona Pendleton said...

Super cute card Amy! Love the little red bird! Thanks for sharing the word verification info! I too find it very annoying!

Laurel said...

Amy this is so cute!!! Aren't CAS addicting!

Jingle said...

Yes, I am hating the new Word Verification, too! It's nearly impossible! Your card, however, is super fabulous!!! I love it!

Brandi said...

This is "SIMPLY" beautiful!

Annette Allen said...

I totally agree with you on the is new word verification..it is so driving me nuts...

I so love your card...that little paper pieced bird is just adorable...I love it..

Angi Barrs said...

EEEK...love this little birdie.

And I'm with you on word verification! My eyes hurt...LOL

lauren bergold said...

ok, i had a whole fabulous comment about your GORGEOUS C&S birdie card and how i love it both on its own and also as a version/adaptation of tui's lovely card AND how cool it is that you can work ON WHITE and not get 7,000 smears all over!!!!!

...but then i read the word veri thingie... and got totally distracted!!!!!!! b/c YEAH even regular word veri drives me NUTS and now they have gone to the TWO words AND made them harder to see, so just THAT step of commenting takes like 15 years each and just makes me wanna go back to bed! FACT: *you* lovely missus get more comments than anyone i know EVERY SINGLE DAY, and if you don't have a problem, then let's face it, most ppl are not going to! yeah, every month or so, i get ONE SPAM that i either delete (if i feel like it) or not. i don't even do moderation, but i've disenabled ANONYMOUS comments, and it seems to be FINE. thank you thank you thank you for posting this and for offering to "talk thru" with anyone who's worried about it, i'm pretty sure this post will do more than blogger EVER COULD towards the crafty comments cause!!!!! ♥♥♥♥♥

Shelly said...

Adorable card, Amy, I love the color! I agree on the double word verification and if I can't get it after two attempts, then I usually leave without leaving the comment. I know, sad, but sometimes I don't have the time to sit and keep "trying". Have a fabulous day!!!

TesaB said...

LOVE! Soooooo totally darling!!!!
And I hear you about the word verification thingie!!!

C said...

I love this sweet little card, Amy.

I am so with you on the word verificatin. I'm just about to the point where I'm not going to comment if it's on...it takes too much time when we have lots of blogs we'd love to visit.

Linda McClain said...

Oh my goodness gracious! Your card is adorable. I'm so glad you found us and shared it with us at Catered Crop. And, girl, I'm with you on that word verification thing.

Sylvia said...

Hi Amy, I love your card and that paper pieced birdie! Totally agree about word verification. I comment on 2 challenges where I am a DT and word verification makes me not want to comment! Totally ridiculous! wish blogger would do something else more important than to make up those ridiculous verifies! Have a wonderful day, try skipping those people who have word verification, maybe they don't care if you comment!

Chunyuan said...

cute paper pieced card. love your recent CAS cards.

xiumaiyuki said...

You know how much I love a CAS! And yours is too adorable!!

I hear you on that word verication issue.

Kryssi said...

First, I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE that card!!! It is CAS perfection!!!

Second, I so agree with you about the word verification! It's bad enough that it stops your flow and then google changed the style of it?! I honestly can't see it, why not have a simpler verification format? I usually can't read half the word! lol!

scrapsnsuch@gmail.com said...

Oooooo, love the CAS with that bird. Sigh, I love that set :>)

wendipooh13 said...

stunning card!!!! LOVE how simple but sooo stinkin cute!! the birdie is adorable!! I agree the new word verification is sooo annoying!! because of your blog I took mine ofF!!! thank u

~amy~ said...

Thanks girlie...you rock:)

~amy~ said...

Thanks Mercy!!!!!!!

Sherry Eckblad said...

I love your CAS card Amy. I agree about the word verification and have a tendency not to leave comments when I find them now. Too hard to read most of the words.

Jenny said...

CAS perfection Amy, this is my kind of card :0)
I totally agree with you on the comment verification..... It's so difficult to read and takes precious crafting/blogging time :0(
Jenny x

Scrumplescrunch said...

Just Beautiful, so pleased that you were inspired.
Thank you very much for joining us at OCC this weeks we are delighted to see your work.
Smiles:)

Rose said...

sweet card :)

left you comment about word verification on your FBF blog ;)

whoistracy said...

Well said about word verification!! It's been driving me NUTS the past week. Especially commenting for Card Patterns- so many blogs and more than half have it turned on. UGH!!

Emily Keaton said...

LOVE this pretty CAS card, Amy! I second you on the word verification thing. This new thing stinks!

Anita Rex said...

Love your CAS card! Oh and I hate word verification! I don't have anything other than 2 week old comment verification. I should put up comment moderation I get a lot of spam. But not word! The word verification makes me wonder when I can't get it right if there is something wrong with me! :>

yyam said...

Love your sweet CAS card! :)

Word verification is killing my patience and my eyesight..lol

jen said...

your sweet card I love! And I am SO with you on the %)(*#&$ word verification. ugh. Blogger is actually pretty great at catching the spam. I don't even use moderation anymore!

Dora said...

Your clean and simple cards are the most beautiful ones!
And about the words...I also made a blogpost about it...I also turned my head in crazy ways....and told that I won't leave comments anymore if someone has this on...it makes me crazy, and I love to blog to but not spending 6 minutes on two words!

Naomi said...

I HATE any word verification! Two words, one word...it ALL sucks! I am sure there are times when it's necessary but, not on our blogs! I've had word verification off since pretty much the beginning! Maybe some people don't realize that it is DEFAULT so everyone HAS TO turn it OFF! If they are concerned, they can use comment moderation as you had mentioned but, I did that for months and seriously decided to not even do that. I've had my blog for over a year now and I've had spam comments 3-4 times and at least 50% of the time, blogger caught it and put it in the spam folder! The other times, all it takes is to delete it when you see a suspicious comment go through you inbox...geez...it's NOT that big of a deal!
As someone on a Challenge Blog DT, we ask people to turn word verification off and it's ridiculous how many people don't...when we get 200-400 entries each week, lately, it's just not fair or considerate...
LOL, anyway, I tend not to dwell on it but, I don't like it!

SUPER cute card, BTW!

HUGS,
Naomi

Valerie said...

I hear you Amy - those double words are a pain in the keester. I think I have moderation on but I will double check.
Now, onto that lovely card - stunning - one of my all time Amy T faves :)

Tyggereye said...

I totally agree with you about the comment thing. I don't like that word verfication junk. Great post. Love the card. :)

Gloria Stengel said...

Amen on the word verification thing. Paaaahhhleeezze. I just wanna leave a comment, not become a spy! I can barely real normal words with my stupid reading glasses thing going on...let alone those crazy word verifications.

Lisa Petrella said...

FABULOUS CAS creation, Amy!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE that little paper pieced birdie!!!!

Alice said...

fabulous simple card, Amy! LOVE! me not likey the new verification, either...

Aimes said...

I am not a robot! ♥
I totally agree with ya - I don't even understand why people have it on when you can just moderate comments anyway!
I love it when you do CAS. Is there any style you can't conquer?!
Hugs!
Aimes (not a robot!)
x

Izzy Anderson said...

Your card is sweet perfection.

Amen, sister, on the word verification. I hope all our crafty friends will turn it off. I use comment moderation only on posts more than 2 weeks old. I've only had 1 spam post and blogger caught it.

Helen F. said...

Oh My, Amy! How cute is that red birdie! Love this card or yours, Girl!!
And, yes, I'm with ya on the new double word verification~so darn annoying :=O

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Wow you rock CAS cards...

Meihsia Liu said...

Such an elegant CAS card. Love the lovely image. Thank you so much for sharing with us at OCC. Hugs xx

Tui Nathan said...

Stunning CAS card Amy ...love this to bits ... and I really really love that sentiment - so so true!
Thanks for joining us this week at Our Creative Corner!!!

Anonymous said...

awe amy this is adorable!

zehra said...

Cool CAS card, real pretty, saw u at catered crop

Jen W. said...

Boy did you open a can of worms!! LOL! I am totally with you on the WV thing. It drives me insane! And my eyesight is bad enough without torturing it with that nonsense.
As for the card that Bitty Bird is probably my favourite PTI stamp ever. And he looks fabulous in red!

li-bee-ti said...

An awesome card, Amy! I just love the CAS look and that birdie is so cute!
I'm totally with you about word varification! I turned mine off long time ago.

Trinh said...

Oh be still my CAS lovin' heart! This is fabulous, Amy! I have that stamp set and it has been seriously neglected. Thanks for the reminding me how great it is!

Anonymous said...

This card is absolutely adorable!!! Just love that yummy, sweet splash of color!! I am soooo glad that so far I don't follow anybody who still has that moderation ON...annoying beyond words.