Friday, September 11, 2015

The Outlawz Friday Coloring 'Hats' Challenge

We are celebrating Make a Hat Day, which is on September 15th. It matters not what kind of hat you use for your project, as long as there is one on there. Be sure to hand-color your image--and you may use any medium you wish. And we are being sponsored again this month by Norma J. Burnell's Fairy Tangles Art. She has such wonderful, intricate images that are really fun to color. I will be using one at the end of the month. And the prize this month is the choice of three of her images.

Before I get to my card for the week I have a request to make. Will any of you who use Mac computers please let me know how easy it is to use Blogger on Safari?  

Background: Gary was pulling his hair out, (figuratively speaking, as he is bald, don't ya know), with his "tunes". He is a music freak fanatic, having over 700 songs on his iPhone. So imagine his despair, chagrin, whatev, when he needed to update iTunes to download new music, and our computers were too old to do the update. Horrors! (I have no music on my phone, so I fail to understand his agony, heartless beast that I am.) Well, we couldn't have that, could we? Negatory. (Old military term, from our days at Ft. Benning.)

So he decided to do some research on getting a new personal computer. (I use our desktop, which I much prefer, as I can actually see the screen and can set up my keyboard wherever I want.) Okey dokey. Gary, on a fact-finding mission, means that he spends hours upon hours researching. And he pretty much decided to get a Dell PC. And then he didn't. 

I made the mistake of suggesting that, since he had an iPhone, it would make sense to pair it with a Mac computer. So off he went on more fact-finding. Sigh...

Anyway, long story a bit shorter, he did buy one. And told me we needed to get the iMac for our desktop. I said nay, nay, Grasshopper. (Maybe it was neigh, neigh. More than likely I snorted.) I told him I had no need for a new computer, although ours is about 6 years old, and Windows Vista isn't exactly high tech anymore. 

I have some fun message that keeps popping up that says a Windows app no longer works. No s**t, Sherlock. I can't use Windows as my browser anymore, so there is that. I also have another message that asks me to install something, but I don't know what that something is. Neither does Gary, so he told me to ignore it. Which is hard for me to do. So I keep deleting that message, too. Then there is another annoying message that keeps asking me to back-up my computer. And I delete that, too. I have been doing this for months now, so I just put up with it, even though it gets annoying. (Apparently, I have the patience of a saint.) (Snicker...snort.)

So, anyhoo, Gary got me to go to the Apple store with him to look at the iMac. Holy moly, Rocky. I fell in love. Deeply. As in, I would trade Gary for an iMac. Well, OK, maybe not quite, but close. The screen on the iMac is 27". Twenty-seven. 2.7. For a person who is visually challenged, I was amazed. I could easily see what was on the screen. And what a screen! Oh, my...

So guess what? Yes, we did. We ordered the iMac for our desk-top. It will be in next Wednesday. Unless I cancel the order. Which I could still do, if I hear that Blogger and Safari are incompatible. Gary showed me that it is possible to access my blog on his MacBook, but I don't know how easy it would be to actually publish my blog. And then there are the issues with printing images for coloring. I currently use Photoshop, but don't really want to buy it for the iMac unless absolutely necessary. Is it?

And then, boy howdy, this also introduces a new wrinkle into the equation. Gary's phone and computer now sync completely, and he is happy as a clam. Gosh, that makes me hungry right now. Manhattan Clam Chowder would taste really good, with some sourdough bread... where was I? Oh, yeah, a new wrinkle. One that won't go away by ironing it. Not that I do much, if any, ironing anymore. I mean, who cares if my jeans are slightly rumpled? Do you? Well, tough...

The new wrinkle is that I have a Samsung phone. Yeah, one that won't pair with an iMac. For anything. So, of course, I am thinking I should update to an iPhone again. How fun it would be to have enough memory so that I don't have to delete my photos or empty the cache in order to update my apps. Which is a bit of a pain in the a**, pardon the expression. And I wouldn't have to keep telling my phone to check back later because I am out of cloud memory, whatever the heck that means. And I won't have to worry about the wifi security issues, which are inherent in my Samsung devices. 

The one thing I really love about my Samsung phone is the camera. It takes such beautiful photos, much nicer than Gary's iPhone 5S. But, the new iPhone 6S supposedly has a great camera in it, among other fun features. So, I may switch to an Apple phone if we actually get the iMac. I would naturally get the Plus, with the 5.5" screen, as it would be easier for me to see the screen. My sister, Merrilyn, texted me a new moniker: Miss Apple/Mac. I told her that was Miss Crab Apple to her...

So, please let me know if you have a Mac and how easy it is to use for Blogger, won't you? I would really appreciate it. Now, for my card of the week:

I chose Sweet Pea Stamps Sally and Snowball by Conie Fong, and printed it on X-Press It BC. I love this sweet image, don't you? I colored it with my Copics:
Skin: E000, E01, E11
Hair/Cat: E51, E55, E57, E59
Coat/Hat: Y21, Y23, Y26
Skirt: E08, E09, E18
Trim: W00, W1, W3
Stockings/Mittens: W00, W1, W3, Y21, Y23, Y26
Boots: E08, E09, E18, Y21, Y23, Y26

My DP is from the Bo Bunny Silver & Gold collection, and I paired it with Stampin' Up CS. I used a few die cuts, which I made with Papertrey In the Meadow and Cheery Lynn Winter Neighborhood Border dies. That's about it.

I could apologize for the length of this post. But I won't. Because you didn't have to read it all, you know. Teehee...

Please stop by The Outlawz to see the fab inspiration by my talented teammates: Carla, Kathi, Vannessa, and Karen. Then play along with us, won't you?

Oh, and have a wonderful weekend!


  1. This is gorgeous Penny, such a sweet image, beautiful colouring and I love the scene you have created.
    I hope someone is able to help you with your computer question!
    hugs Sue xx

  2. Penny, OMG your card is so adorable. Love the coloring of the fur and the hair! Great background with the houses, snow and sledder. You are so talented. Have a great weekend.

  3. She is a beauty Penny. Fabulous color palette and detail. Hope you enjoy your Apple and that all is compatible. I am sure you will let us know how it all goes. Have a fab weekend!

  4. oh good golly, your card is simply precious! love love love your coloring!!!

    sorry I can't help with any of the compy/techy stuff. we are still on Windows over here, although some day when the Mysterious Benefactor FINALLY comes through, we will have the long sought after Apples, too. sigh....

    hope you can get the answers you need. enjoy your weekend!

  5. fabulous, love the colors

  6. My friend Marie Gamber has a Mac computer and has had it for several years and loves it. I'm lost with my Windows 8 and now I have Windows 10 on the other computer so I do not know if I'm coming or going. Big chance on both of them. I checked out their images WOW!!! Lots of coloring but stunning. Love your choice and the colors you picked so warm are wonderful for a Christmas card and the background paper is so pretty with with swirls. I just got a Santa on his slide, that looks so nice and your scene you created with all the dies is amazing. Have a great week end.
    Hugs, Pat♥

  7. I love how you made the fur on her coat look so fluffy. This is absolutely darling.

  8. Good morning sweetie I am just loving your creation today, I hope you have a gorgeous day hugs Pops x x x

  9. Oh my this is darling! Love the colors and design.


  10. Penny, thank you for your kind words and for following my blog. I'm following you now, too! Your card is lovely.

  11. Gorgeous as always, sweet image, wonderful colouring and palette. lovely little background scene too!


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