Sunday, August 21, 2016

It's official ..... Home For Sale

It took months, but the house is finally ready to put on the market.  The biggest problem with getting the house ready to show was my work schedule.  Working 6 and 7 days a week doesn't leave much time for taking care of personal matters.  However I managed to get it done and now it is ready for the brokers open house on Thursday.  

We are supposed to get more rain this week, which is great, because that way my yard will look just as green as it does now (picture above taken this morning.)  Curb appeal is what my SIL and brother keep saying, that and the fact that the house has been remodeled within the last 6 years. 

The craft room was the first to be packed up and my SIL had to do it for me.  I kept getting bogged down in sorting and organizing instead of just packing.  I did manage to make selections for what I would not pack and that came out to be four 46.6 quart watertight containers.  They are currently in the craft room closet waiting for me to find a temporary place to live.   

Below is a picture of the craft room from a few weeks back.  This was the night before the movers came to pack up the big pieces and take them to storage.  The only thing left in the craft room is the table, everything else has been stored.  Weekend before last the walls were re-textured and painted to repair the holes from the shelving.  I will not be hanging any shelving in the new house until I am 100% sure it is staying put. 

Thats all for now.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Moving to a new home ....

Not sure how many are still out there hanging with me but I have some news.

I am building a new home.  The blue prints or builders plans were approved last week and should be sent back to the contractor by mid-week.  If the weather holds and we don't get too many late spring or summer storms, I should be able to move in by January; February at the latest.

I will be spending any free time over the next two weeks purging this house of 20+ years of junk so it can go on the market by the end of June. 

Everything in the house will have to go into storage until the new home is ready for move-in.  I have most of the craft room in boxes (40 small boxes so far) and I spent far too much time struggling on what to put in a couple carriers so I can craft if I have time between now and January. 

So far that has filled a 40 qt container with the following:.
~MFT and PTI Multi Pack card stock
~Watercolor and Neenah white papers
~Copic Markers
~Approximately 24 Ink pads (various) including a pad w/ embossing ink
~Tools: Misti, mini ScorPal, papercutter, scissors, heatgun, needle-nose gripper, gridpaper, Big Shot w/ plates (this is in a separate totebag)
~Zig watercolor pens
~White and gold embossing powders
~Mixed color sequins
~18 Stamp sets: 3 floral, 3 cute animal sets, 2 Christmas, 5 sentiment sets, 5 miscellaneous
~adhesives: double-sided tape, Stick-it, Multi-medium, glue dots, demensional tabs, Tombow rolling tape
~Dies: geometric shapes (2), frame dies (6), sentiment dies (2), coordinating dies for selected stamp sets
~Washi tapes (for cards as well as for working techniques)

So if you were going to be displaced for 8 to 9 months and you have only one container or maybe a tote bag or two, what would you take?

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Merry X3 Monday

I made a couple cards today, this one is for Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge.  The theme this week is to use red and Gold.  I took liberty and added a touch of green with the embellishments.  Hope that's ok. 
The gold glitter paper is from My Favorite Things and it is gorgeous.  The red foil paper is SU! and I believe the die is from PTI. 
I tried to save down the challenge tag, but my computer is getting very old and a lot of things are not working due to my outdated operating system.  Apologies to the challenge hostess for not being able to post the tag. 

EDIT:  Tried to get a close up of the glitter paper. 

I'll post the other card later this week as it's a birthday card and I don't want the person that is getting it to see it here first.  :)

Thank you for stopping by

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Birthday card for Vicky

This card was for my beautiful daughter-in-law's birthday.  It was inspired by a blog challenge, however I don't remember which one.

I didn't emboss the sentiment which I think would have been more attractive.

My son took the picture for me with his cellphone; I think it's sad that he just snaps a shot that is fine for upload and I spend a good hour trying with my digital camera to get a picture that is only half as good. I think it's time for me to take a photography class.  :)

Though I have not been posting in almost a year, I have been making cards off and on.  It's been a busy year.  My son move back to Texas bringing my two gorgeous grandsons and wife with him, of course.  I can't tell you how wonderful it is to have them home.  I bought a new car just before they arrived, my first SUV.  Or actually it's considered a crossover.  I love it, absolutely love it.  It has black leather interior with purple stitching.  Purple is not my favorite color, but I do love how it looks.

Sadly the new job I took back in 2013 that was supposed to give me a better work-life balance has turned out to be just as demanding as my corporate position which is why my crafting has gone by the whey side.  That and its hard to be inspired when you are exhausted all the time.  :(

I'll be out on medical leave soon but not for long.  I suffer from severe acid reflux which can no longer be controlled with medications so I have to have surgery.  The biggest challenge will be no caffeine for six weeks!!!  So everyone.......beware!!! :)

Thank you for stopping by,

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christmas CAS in Kraft

This card is for The Card Concept challenge with the theme :Kraft Christmas.  This blog challenge has different levels of design beginning with CAS (Clean and Simple), moving all the way out to Shabby Chic (which is usually many layers and embellishments)

This is a great challenge because it allows for all styles of submissions.  To the right is the inspiration picture for the challenge.  This card is being entered for "Clean and Layered."

I pulled out some old Stampin' Up! kraft card stock for this one. What is left of the original SU kraft stash is now down to less than a dozen pieces, so this card was worked up in Crumb Cake before cutting into the real kraft paper.

The red card stock is unknown; it is very close to SU Real Red, but not quite.  I discovered a whole pack of this red when organizing the card stocks earlier this week, but there was no label.  It is a gorgeous red in natural light. 

The dies are a set by Simon Says Stamp.  I left the spirals on the tree loose, and pulled them up a bit.  The sentiment was cut through the kraft layer, leaving the red to show through. 

The pearl embellishments are by Kaiser Crafts. 

This challenge runs for two weeks due to the upcoming holiday week.  I hope to carve out some more time to make another card for this one. 

Thank you for stopping by. 
~ Carole

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Glittering Christmas

This card is for this weeks CAS(e) This Sketch.  It was also intended for the LIM challenge "More Than One Tree" from last week but I missed the deadline yesterday. 

The trees and base edge are cut from SU!'s new white glitter (or maybe they call it Dazzeling Diamonds) paper.  The snowflake "sequins" and die are from Simon Says Stamp (Winter Trees is the name of the die) and the gorgeous deep blue card stock is Bazzill Artic.  This is my first ever shaker-card and I'm so pleased with how it turned out.  The entire card sparkles and glimmers even when just sitting on the table. 

It's raining out today so the natural light, which is best for taking pictures of glittering cards, is too low to get a decent picture.  Once the sky clears up I will attempt another picture and add it later.

Not sure this is any better, but the colors seem to be truer. 

Thank you for dropping by. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Grateful for .....

  ..... vacation time!!  Or "stay-cation" which seems to be the current catch phrase.  Spent the week organizing the stamps, card stock and dies to make everything all uniform and easy to see from across the craft table; if necessary.  Today I woke up early and finished putting everything back in its place and then jumped into blogland to find a challenge. 

This first one up is for The Paper Players Challenge #222 which closes at noon PST.  With only about 40 minutes to make a card, take a photo, crop and post on the blog this one is a bit rushed.  The theme is "Clean and Simple Thank You" with the following icon to inspire players. 

Using the acorns and leaves as inspiration, I went straight for the new wooden embellishments from SU!.  This card also has some NBUS with the Basic Gray DP which has some lovely fall colors.

I didn't like the first card after I took a picture, so I ran back to the craft room and ripped it apart and created another card.  Of course now the first card is better, because the second one it too busy.  UGH!!

I think I should have used an embossing folder on the base and not the dots. 

Off to find another challenge and enjoy my crafting space.  YAY!!

Thank you for stopping by.  Carole.