Sunday, January 23, 2022

I Want To, But I Can't

Ever since I knew my brother, Mitchell, was coming to town, I have been anticipating/dreading a couple of remodels that he will be doing. Anticipating the final product, and dreading the process. We are getting a brand new kitchen, including cabinets, counters, tile, pantries and paint. 

We are also getting two brand new bathrooms. One bathroom, in the master suite, is getting a new walk-in shower configuration, a pull-down shower seat, a new toilet, new fixtures, a new vanity and sink, a mirror, a light, a vent fan, tile and paint, and a heated floor. The second bathroom is getting a new tub and toilet, new fixtures, a new vanity and sink insert, mirror, light, vent fan, paint, tile and heated floor.

Throughout the house, we are getting new engineered wood flooring. Right now, we have really yucky dark vinyl plank flooring. The new floor is called Life Proof, and it is a light maple. It will go nicely with our IKEA shelving in the library (that we don't use as a dining room) and the kitchen cabinetry.

We are also getting new wood door surrounds and new baseboards so they don't look like builder grade additions. The studio and two bedrooms will also be painted, then we can add our own decor. We might add crown molding to the bedrooms. That's still up in the air.

In November, we started packing up many things that would be in the way of the remodel, including all of the studio. There's not a thing I could make right now, even if I tried! Most of the stuff is in a storage unit far away, but there are some things that couldn't go into non-climate-controlled unit, like ink pads and reinkers, stamps, paints, etc.. It wouldn't be good for them to get frozen. (The earlier temperature of today was 22 degrees...IN SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA!!!) So, what didn't go to the storage unit is in boxes stacked in the studio! 

Also, we can't sew, because the studio is being used as a staging area for what is going into the master bathroom. (We use the master bedroom as our studio, and the next larger bedroom as a place to sleep. The smallest bedroom is for guests and holds a day bed with a trundle.) There is a tile saw in there along with all kinds of tools needed to do the various jobs in the bathroom.

This project started on 12/26/21 and will probably last more than three months. I suppose since it's started, we can put up with it! The biggest problem is having to sequester the four cats into the two bedrooms. They aren't happy with it, but as many times as Mitchell runs in and out of the house for various reasons, we don't want them to escape. Besides, the noise puts them on edge, so it's best to keep them in their rooms. We let them out in the late afternoon as soon as Mitchell gives us the word that he's done for the day. At about that time, it is time for their dinner...and ours!

Oh, really the first job that Mitchell completed was installing a utility sink in the laundry room. That's so he can have a place to clean up after certain jobs, like painting. It's also so we can wash dishes when we don't have access to a sink in the kitchen during that remodel. Not looking forward to not having a sink in the kitchen!

Anyway...that's where we stand right now. I want to craft, but I can't. I'll put up pictures as the projects get finished, or maybe before. Thanks for sticking with me!

Friday, November 26, 2021

Let it Snow

This card makes for a beautiful show! It takes a little bit of effort, but the result is amazing.

I started by cutting the dark green paper to measure 4 1/4" by 11", or the length of the 8 1/2" by 11" sheet of card stock. I scored and folded the card stock in half. Then, I scored from one end at 4 1/4". I glued between the score lines and adhered the front of the card to the back. The scored area will be on the left facing up.

Next, I punched out 1 1/4" squares. Cut two each of three coordinating papers. Cut one square at 2 1/2" out of white card stock. Adhere four of the squares using two designs on the white card stock, alternating the patterns as seen in the picture. 

Cut a dark green panel at 3 1/2" square, and adhere the four-square on point. Take the two remaining design papers and cut them diagonally. Place them as shown in the picture to make a sort of a pinwheel. The dark green is left as is.

Cut a white panel at 3 3/4" square to make a frame, and adhere the previously dark green panel on it. Adhere the whole design onto the dark green card base.

The last thing I did was to stamp the sentiment and cut it out with a scalloped circle punch. I adhered that to the center, which covered up any mistakes with the paper meeting in the center! I also added the ribbon onto the left side.

Julie Davison, Stampin' Up! demonstrator, helped me with this design, and I couldn't have done it without her expertise!

I'm sharing this with:

Challenge #419 - Any Occasion 


Season's Greetings II

This card was fun to make. I started with a white A2-sized card base and adhered a strip of designer paper behind where the window will go. Then, I took both green panels and adhered a strip of red to what will be the inside against the designer paper panel. After that, I added double-sided foam tape to the edges that will be closest to the designer paper to give it some lift. I used glue on the opposite edges. The effect creates a bit of a shadow to give it some dimension. Next, I stamped the sentiment on a white panel and adhered it to the front of the card.

The paper is from Stampin' Up!.

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Challenge #419 - Any Occasion 


Season's Greetings

This card is larger than I usually make. It is 5" by 7". I made one this large to accommodate the quilt "patch". I didn't have a one-inch square punch, so i used a 1 1/4" punch that I do have, which made the design larger than I desired. So, I rolled with it. Now, I have to see if I have an envelope somewhere!

The design is called a Disappearing Nine-Patch. I started with 9 equal squares and adhered them to a white piece of card stock measuring 3 3/4". I cut the design in half and the resulting two pieces in half. I arranged the pieces into a pleasing design and adhered the pieces onto another 3 3/4" white card stock. Then, I created two frames, one at 4" and the other at 4 1/4", and stacked them. I adhered the stack to the large card base and stamped the sentiment at the top.

All of the paper is from Stampin' Up!.

I'm sharing this with:

Challenge #419 - Any Occasion 

A Christmas Card

This card is similar to the ones I made for my father-in-law this year. This one is different, because the stamp that I used at the bottom didn't turn out well, so I cut it off and placed another piece of Stampin' Up! card stock in its place.

Inside is a sentiment that reads "Wishing you a joyous Christmas and many blessings in the new year." For my father-in-law's cards, I used the computer to generate a sentiment that he wished for me to say.

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Challenge #419 - Any Occasion  


Thursday, November 25, 2021

The Joys of the Season

This gate-fold card is different in that the two sides meet in the back, and a slender panel shows in the front. There is also a panel off to each side. All of the papers are by Stampin' Up! The sentiment is on the back.


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Inspired By IB197 Color Challenge  

I'm inspired by the photo with the greens and red in the centerpiece.


Joyous Christmas

 This is a fun-fold card. The green on the back of the card extends around to the front where it is decorated with a green, red, white and taupe Stampin' Up! designer paper. The white portion covers the back of the card, and there is a red-framed sentiment that is positioned in the center on the front of the card.

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Inspired By IB197 Color Challenge 

I was inspired by the greens and reds of the centerpiece and the taupe of the table and place mats. 

Season's Greetings

To quilters, this block is called the Disappearing 9-Patch. I have altered mine slightly to fit to the size of this A2 card by slicing off a bit from each side. To start, there must be 9 1-inch squares. Those are adhered to a 3-inch square of white card stock. Then, that square is cut into 4 equal squares of 1 1/2" each. Those are turned in such a way to create the design and adhered to another 3" square. That was adhered to a green square and then a red square as frames. And, all of that was adhered to the green card base. All of the papers are from Stampin' Up!. The sentiment was stamped at the bottom to complete the card.

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Inspired By IB197 Color Challenge 

I was inspired by the greens and reds (the flower arrangement), and the taupes (the table). 


***Update*** I got honorable mention in this challenge. Here's what the Inspired by... team wrote:

"The honorable mention, chosen by a DT memberof the IB197 challenge is this beautiful disappearing 9-patch quilted block card from Fonda.  We love all the colors she was able to pull from the photo and incorporating them into a 9-patch card is so beautiful.  What a great design to use lots of color and even scraps, so inspiring!"

Let it Snow

This card involved using scraps of Stampin' Up! paper from making other cards. I began by using an embossing folder to make the circle-filled background. 

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Freshly Made Sketches

Inspired by...

I was inspired by the different colors of green, the brown of the table and the red, and the sketch.


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Happy Holidays

This fun-fold card is a variation on the gate fold. I used Stampin' Up! papers for this card.

The sentiment is attached to the left side and is centered when the card is closed.

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Simon Says Stamp: