I have to share a minor 'tragedy' which has affected my ability to use digital images for the time being. A little bit of history before I explain - about 5 years ago, I suffered a huge computer crash, had to replace my computer, and was unable to retrieve anything from my hard drive. At that time, I probably had close to 1,500 digital images from 50 or 60 different companies. Needless to say, I was heart broken. But I learned from my mistake and, when I began rebuilding my digi collection, everything was saved straight to a thumb drive. No more hard-drive-crash-danger in my future!
A little over a week ago, I went to the thumb drive to get an image I wanted to print and discovered that all my digi files (saved in folders by company name) between the letter "C" through and including most of those starting with "S" were gone! Those missing files happened to include digis from three of my Design Teams so this was a rather serious problem. From now on, I'm downloading all digis to both a thumb drive and the hard drive!
I began searching with various tools to see if they could be recovered (I'm NOT technologically skilled) and while I had little luck in actually finding them, I did figure out that the files were probably still on the thumb drive, but for some reason they had just become "invisible." At that point, I turned the thumb drive over to someone much more savvy than I, and began looking thought my physical folders of stamped images waiting to be colored and used. Many of those had been stamped by other people and given to me over 3 or 4 years of meeting with my craft group.
I also dug out the rather limited number of rubber stamps I still have (I did a through clearing out job a couple of years back but there are always certain stamps one just can't give away.) When I say "limited number," I'm comparing that to the literally hundreds of rubber and clear stamps I had at that time which now has been narrowed to about 100. So, I'm not precluded from card making but over the next few weeks, you may find me talking about stamps from unknown sources which means I'm using an image someone else stamped and gave to me. That's the case with today's card which has these lovely hybrid roses.