Friday, May 1, 2015

When Life Throws You A Curveball.....

You catch it & move on.....

Good Early Evening Stamping Friends,

As the title to my post says...we've been thrown a curve ball but we're not letting that stop us!  What's the curve ball....we put in an offer on a home, negotiated, got an accepted offer & then we went through the inspection.  This home failed inspection & we started over since the owners didn't want to deal with their watery basement.  Second home....same process--a problem was found, we negotiated the *fixing* of this issue & we were looking forward to closing and moving in.  Well, we did the pre-inspection and everything looked good but we both had a funny feeling because the shower didn't look *new*.....the next day @ closing; we ask for the *proof* that the leak was taken care of as well as the damage to the dining room ceiling.....she couldn't produce ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!  The only thing she did was paint the dining room ceiling & put new caulk in the shower.  She said it wasn't a big deal & what were we going to do...not move?  I couldn't get the words out of my mouth fast enough before my husband said, "NO, we're not buying your home...this closing is off!"

We were in disbelief @ this lady's attitude but the look on her face when we got up to leave....that's all that mattered!  We're very upset about the wasted $$ on inspections, appraisals, attorney fees...we did get our earnest $$ back but still the disappointment is REAL!!!!!

Now we're living amongst a sea of boxes & chaos...continuing to look but haven't found the *one* yet & we're going to hope that the third time is a charm!  There are a lot more homes coming on the market now so we'll just keep our eyes peeled to the listings & think positive thoughts going forward...

I will be glad with this is all over & we can settle in and act like a normal family again!  I never would've thought in a million years that we would have this type of experience but I guess there's all kinds of people out there.

Thank you for hanging in there with me & I will update you as soon as I'm able to again...

Until Next  Time,
Hugs & Love,

Friday, January 9, 2015

Packing Up....

Good Afternoon Stamping Friends & Happy Friday!!!!!

I wanted to take a moment & fill you all in on what's happening right now and also take a bit of time to thank you for the comments, emails and messages I received about my Mother In Laws' passing.  I appreciate your thoughts & prayers more than you know & truly thank you for sticking with me during this time!!!

As the title of my post suggests; we're packing up our current home because we're in the process of buying our *Forever* home!  We've been looking for quite some time & trying to save as much $$ as possible but circumstances beyond our control has forced our hands & so now we're taking the plunge with what we have.  

I have been extremely busy packing up my craft things as well as the kitchen....the kitchen was easy compared to my things!  I purged 3 years ago when we moved here but I guess/suppose I've bought more than what I thought....that can happen when you stick your goodies in a cabinet or basket where it belongs LOL!!!!  I will be very busy packing the rest of the house as soon as I finish with my crafty goodies...I can't tell you how happy I'll be as well!!!!!

I will pop on here as often as I can giving you all updates on our move as well as some pics when I've had the chance to take some.  I can't tell you how happy we are to be making this step as it's been a very long 3 years but for the home we're getting....it's been worth it!

Thank you so much for stopping by & have a great rest of the day!!!!!
Until Next  Time,
Hugs & Love,

Monday, November 17, 2014

Death in my family....

Good Morning Stamping Friends!

Now that all my scheduled posts have posted, I'm popping on with a bit of news.....as the title says there's been a death in our family.  My husband lost his mother a few days ago.  Her funeral will be on December 1st.....Things will be hectic & I will be taking some time to be with my family.  Thank you all for understanding....

Until Next Time,
Hugs & Love,

Sunday, November 16, 2014

613 Avenue Create Challenge #98~World Hello Day

Supplies:  Good Greetings Stamp Set; Big Eye Girl Digital 
Stamp; Whisper White, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, 
Chocolate Chip & White Specialty Card Stock; Red, Silver &
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper; Garden Green Ink; Nordic 
Noel DSP; Cherry Cobbler Scallop Ribbon; Whisper White 
Baker's Twine; White Tea Lace Doily; SU! Rhinestones & 
Pearls; Large & Scallop Oval Punches; Bow Charm, Wild 
Orchid Crafts Flowers; Copic Markers; Dimensionals

Oddball Art Stamps
Oddball Art Stamps

Good Morning & Happy Sunday Stamping Friends!!!!!  

It's time for a new challenge @ 613 Avenue Create & the optional theme for you this week is World Hello Day...use the word Hello in any language on your creations!  One of our sponsors is Oddball Art Stamps & I was given Big Eye Girl #3 to play with--THANK YOU!!!!!  I really enjoy using an image for something completely different like this cutie makes a beautiful Christmas card in my opinion & I'm sure that my husband or daughter will be thrilled with it!  My teammates made some gorgeous creations as well so check out our blog to see what they came up with & while you're there; read up on our rules so you can play along with us!  I'm looking forward to seeing your *world hello* works of art....have fun everyone & happy stamping!!!!!

I'm playing along in the following challenges:
ABC Challenge ~ X is for Xtra Special
Artbymiran ~ Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge ~ Girly
Crafty Catz ~ Christmas Is Coming
Crafty Ribbons ~ Christmas Creation w/Ribbon
Creative Corner ~ Let It Sparkle
Cute Card Thursday ~ Red & Green
Oddball Art Stamps ~ Any Winter Holiday
Paper Creator's Crafts ~ Anything Goes


Thanks so much for stopping by & have a great rest of the day!!!!!
Until Next Time,
Hugs & Love,

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Creative Knockouts Challenge #63~Banners

Supplies:  Occasions Alphabet Stamp Set; Pumpkins & Leaves
Digital Stamp; Whisper White, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip
& Cryogen White Card Stock; Chocolate Chip Ink; Old Olive
Satin Ribbon; Large Oval, Scallop Oval & 2" Square Punches;
SU! DSP; SU! Pearls; Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers; Copic
Markers; Dimensionals

Prize:  7 Digis

Good Morning & Happy Thursday Stamping Friends!!!!!

It's time for a new challenge @ Creative Knockouts & this week we want to see your creations using banners!  Our sponsor is the fabulous Bugaboo & they're offering the winner a 7 digi prize pack!!!!  I used Pumpkins & Leaves on my Fall/Autumn themed card & it was so much fun to color--THANK YOU!!!!!  My teammates made some really cute cards with banners as well so check out our blog to see what they came up with & while you're there; read up on our rules so you can play along with us!  I'm looking forward to seeing your creations using *banners*....have fun everyone & happy stamping!!!!!

I'm playing along in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps & More ~ Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations ~ Anything Goes/Stars
Craft Your Passion ~ Something Beginning with B-Bird, Brown card stock, Ink & Flowers
Fan-Tastic Tuesday ~ Anything Goes/Add Ribbon
Glitter n Sparkle ~ Autumn Colors
SweetStamps ~ Lovely Layers
Whoopsi Daisy ~ Lots of Layers

Thanks so much for stopping by & have a great rest of the day!!!!!
Until Next Time,
Hugs & Love,

Monday, November 10, 2014

Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge #35~Color Combos

Supplies:  Occasions Alphabet Stamp Set; Winter 2 Digital
Stamp; Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White & Cryogen
White Card Stock; Garden Green Ink; Nordic Noel DSP; Big
Shot; Banners Framelits; Scallop Oval & Extra Large Oval
Punches; Whisper White Satin Ribbon & Baker's Twine;
SU! Pearls & Rhinestones; Bell Charm; Wild Orchid Crafts
Flowers; Copic Markers; Dimensionals

Prize:  3 Images

Choose from one of these color combos:
(a) Red, Green, White
(b) Blue, White, Silver
(c) Red, Gold, Cream
(d) Blue, Brown, Cream
(e) Monochromatic
(f) Pink, Green, Kraft, White


Hello Stamping Friends!!!!

It's time for a new challenge @ Holly Jolly Christmas & we want to see your creations using one of the color combos listed above!  One of our sponsors is Fitztown & I was given Winter 2 to play with-THANK YOU!!  I enjoyed coloring this image & making a pretty festive card using the color combo of Red, Green & White!  For more inspiration & to get you all in the mood to play along with us; check out our blog to see what my teammates came up with!!!  I'm looking forward to seeing your Christmas cards using our color combos....have fun everyone & happy stamping!!!!!

I'm playing along in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge ~ T for Traditional Christmas
Christmas Card Challenges ~ Faith Based/Any Christmas Card
Crafty Cardmakers ~ Use a Charm
Fitztown ~ Glitz & Glamour
Love To Create ~ Anything Goes
The Paper Nest Dolls ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations ~ Simply Christmas
That Craft Place ~ Anything Goes
Through The Purple Haze ~ Use A Punch or Die


Thanks so much for stopping by & have a great rest of the day!!!!!
Until Next Time,
Hugs & Love,

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Crafting When We Can Challenge #82~Use Your Markers

Supplies:  Occasions Alphabet Stamp Set; Evanora Digital 
Stamp; Lost Lagoon, Whisper White & White Specialty Card
Stock; Silver Glimmer Paper; All Is Calm DSP; Large Oval, 
Scallop Oval & Large Heart Punches; Big Shot; Decorative 
Dots Embossing Folder; Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon &
Baker's Twine; SU! Pearls & Rhinestones; White Tea Lace
Doily; Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers; Snowflake Charm; Copic
Markers; Clear Spica Pen; Dimensionals


Good Morning & Happy Sunday Stamping Friends!!!!!

It's time for a new challenge @ Crafting When We Can & our theme is Use Your Markers!  Our sponsor is Sassy Studio Designs & I used Evanora on my creation--THANK YOU!!!!  I don't have all the Copic marker colors I *need* yet but I think I did a pretty good job coordinating her dress with the colors of the DSP although I'm upset about her hair!  It started out great but then the stickiness started & it went downhill from there!  Talk about epic fail....I'll be playing with more color combos so I can hopefully avoid this in the future :-)  Anyway, for more inspiration; check out our blog to see what my teammates came up with & while you're there....read up on our rules so you can play along with us!  I'm looking forward to seeing your creations *Using Markers*....have fun & happy stamping everyone!!!!!

I'm playing along in the following challenges:
A Crafty Mess ~ Anything Goes
Artbymiran ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons ~ Christmas Creation w/Ribbon 
Creative Corner ~ Christmas
Delightful Challenges ~ Patterns-include patterned paper
Fab 'n' Funky  ~ 3 Different Embellishments
Paper Creator's Crafts ~ Anything Goes
QKR Stampede ~ Let's Talk Christmas
Really Reasonable Ribbon ~ Winter Holiday w/Ribbon or Trim

Thanks so much for stopping by & have a great rest of the day!!!
Until Next Time,
Hugs & Love,