Beautiful Butterflies Thank You Card

by Cindy B Designs on July 27, 2015

Hi there friends! I made a card! I would have had it done yesterday for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop but I couldn't find my dies – when actually they were right in front of my face. Isn't that the way it always works? I didn't have them alphabetized all the way after having them all dumped upside down in a box and fall out of their pouches. I was not happy. It's been quite the miserable moving experience. I've lived all over the country and I have never seen such disrespect for my personal belongings and lack of care. My pictures were not even wrapped. The owner is coming over tomorrow as I've made it quite clear that I expect a full refund from him or else we will be letting a judge decide the fate – it was that bad. I'm almost afraid to open up boxes anymore. I have a box cutter in one back pocket and my iPhone in the other to take pictures. I even had to buy more space on my phone! I'm still hunting for my Stampin' Up! products and even my catalog! I really want to find these items so I can start making my cards again for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge on Wednesday.

I have a ton of Thank You cards to send to people. There are so many friends, old and new, that I would like to thank for getting me through selling the "death condo," the purchase of my current home, and everything in between. I am so happy in my new house. It's amazing. My cousin lives right around the corner from me. It's so quiet here. I'm still unpacking, but am working very diligently to have everything unpacked and organized by July 31. I don't think I'm going to make it. It's not for lack of trying. August is sneaking up fast and to me, this entire year has really flown by so fast! 

Back to my house. I just love it. It's everything I've wanted since my Kentucky mansion. I have granite everywhere, even in the laundry room around the sink. The storage is awesome. I have a 3-car garage. And finally, that open concept I've always wanted. The previous owners left a 60" TV above the fireplace for me. Score! They were fabulous people to work with. I had an awful buyer and that entire experience was miserable. The Friday before closing, I almost told her to take a hike. She was seriously that bad. I've had friends come over and paint for me. I'm the second owner of the house and it's 8 years old. The previous owners let my friend come in to paint my studio before I closed so that I could get this place organized. My great room, dining room and foyer are now painted too. I've decided on the colors of the laundry room and guest bath, which has dual vanities, very cool. I've also decided on my bedroom and master suite and yes, that baby is a suite and sweet. It has one of those deep soaking garden tubs with jets! My back loves it! Separate shower and water closet. I will not complain about the great walk-in closet either with shelves. It was Kelly who found this house for me. She had been looking for me for a year. I had no idea just how much the death condo was affecting me until I made the offer on this house. I made it on the spot and the sellers accepted so the house never really went on the market. All of this has been a God thing. I felt so much better immediately in every way possible. It was awful living at the death condo. Both of my parents died there within 16 months of each other; one in each room. I slept in one and crafted in the other, like in the exact same place where my dad took his last breath and died and I'm supposed to feel creative? Uh, no. It was a chore and I hated it and didn't enjoy it at all, and this went on for a year. 

I feel alive again here. I can't wait until she's finished cosmetically and I'm unpacked and organized. Everybody says that I'm a different person and even look different. The death condo was small at 1410 sf and my new home is 400 sf larger, which is really just the perfect size for me. I told Kelly I'm not moving for only 400 sf. Then the day before it went on the market, she brought me over here and let me tell you, 10 foot ceilings and the layout make all the difference in the world. It's a split floor plan with the master on one side of the house and my craft room, guest bath and guest bedroom on the other side of the house. I can actually close the door on craft stuff and have a life and not have to look at it. I'm sure you professional crafters know what I mean. It's like always having work in your face. I was so tired of that. I just wanted to live somewhere with no evidence of craft stuff!

It feels so good to have a home of my own. Being single in this day and age is a bit scary, well, a lot scary, and it's security to me.

Packing has been tough on me physically as well. Oh the joys of having systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis. 

So how about my card? What do you think? It's not me. It was fun experimenting with different background stamps and colors for a Mixed Media effect and using stamps in ways that they are not designed to be used. I used 8 different stamp sets on this card! 8! That's a record for me. Of course, I had to use My Favorite Things Blueprints on my card. I don't make a card without one. Some of my favorite stamp companies have sent me some of their new releases and I have 3 months of stuff sitting here all over the floor and must start having some fun with them. Getting the craft room organized is the worst. I've already taken up half of the closet in the guest bedroom and desperately need to make a trip to IKEA. I must leave the other half open for guests. My dad's beautiful antiques are going in the guest room. I have a lot of vertical space that can be used up in the craft studio. In all honesty, I need to purge is what it really boils down to. Like a big purge, like an 80% purge, just like I did with my clothes. I got it down to 4 wardrobe boxes and this included my clothes that are folded, handbags, shoes and accessories. Not bad. 

Having Kelly around the corner is the best. She's the best. She's also very high strung, high drama, goes a million mph and there's always something going on. I've set boundaries and we respect each other's boundaries. We balance out each other very well, no judging and lots of laughing. Kelly will ruminate on something, I get tired of hearing it, tell her how to fix it and that I don't want to hear about it again until it's fixed. Sometimes I will fix things for her that I can do in one 3-minute phone call whereas it would take her a month and a lot of stress, which I'm so not into. It may sound enabling, but I tell her to pay attention to me and what I'm saying, and she's doing much better in that department and gaining a lot more self-confidence. Kelly's husband is the one who has the traumatic brain injury that you've heard me talk about before and she's still reeling from that. 

Bella is so happy to have her own backyard to play in. She just runs back and forth and has her little puppy play dates over here. Her friend LuLu, another doxy, stayed with us for 4 days and became quite the little diva herself, so it was time for her to go back to Kelly's. Sleeping with 2 doxies who are both bed hogs and both jealous and wanting attention at the same time was quite the chore. It's different than holding 2 of my babies when they were little with one in each arm reading a book to them, but one of them always had to turn the page for me. My hands were full. One dog slept under the sheets and the other on top. They are in the laundry now. 

Okay, now for my card. I used Beautiful Butterflies on this card and then added in the Beautiful Butterflies Layers. I added a little bit of my Wink of Stella pen on the butterflies. 

I would like to thank all of you too for hanging in there with me during my absence, your cards to me, phone calls, texts, emails, all of it. I really appreciate each and every one of my readers. I'm going to turn organizing my craft room into an online class and then just move straight into the holidays, so be sure to come back and visit me for news on that. 

Please excuse my pictures. I can't find my camera, so these are iPhone pictures taken outside on my patio furniture. 

Most of all, I thank my Lord and Savior Jesus for giving me a home.

Thank you so much for stopping by today to visit me and God bless you!

Philippians 4:12.

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All products used are by Papertrey Ink unless otherwise stated.

Stamps:  Background Basics: Sheet Music, Text Style II, Beautiful Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies Layers, Center Style: Masculine, Fillable Frames Additions 2, Good Times, Tucked In: Thank You
Card Stock:  Vintage Cream
Ink:  Fine Linen, Harvest Gold, Lemon Tart, Soft Stone, True Black
Twine:  Rustic Jute
Button:  Vintage Faceted (Stampin' Up!)
Die-Cuts:  Beautiful Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies Layers, Blueprints 15 Die-Namics (My Favorite Things)?
Tools:  Big Shot (Sizzix), MISTI
Card Size:  5-1/2 x 4-1/4
Challenge/Event:  Papertrey Ink July Blog Hop


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by Cindy B Designs on July 22, 2015

Hello there my friends! It's been a little over a month since I posted last. This has been such a hard move. I still have stuff in storage units but I am determined to empty everything out and have my house completely unpacked and organized by the end of July, including the garage. I couldn't stand the death condo and never really unpacked there. I'm glad that it's gone and over with. 

I am extremely happy in my new house and my friends have noticed a tremendous difference in me in that I look and act so much happier. Bella has adjusted very well. I also LOVE having my cousin around the corner from me. It's just the best.

The moving company that I used has been the worst ever and I've moved across the country a few times with a lot more stuff and have never had the tremendous amount of damage and disrespect for my belongings. I even had to purchase more space on my phone for all of the pictures. It's insane and I'm extremely disappointed, to put it mildly. 

There's also construction going on around me that starts at 6:30 am, 7 days a week. I am incredibly sleep deprived. I unpack from sun up to sun down and then some. My phone is in one back pocket to take pics and a box cutter is in the other. 

My local scrapbook store has enabled me to get inky every now and then, which has been a nice relief and break. I started this very cool Graphic 45 album that is pretty intense and mentally draining, so I'm slowly but surely finishing that up and will show you some pictures of that when it's done. I have a guest designer spot coming up in September that I'm pretty excited about and a few other great opportunities in the works. Getting the craft room organized is proving to be quite the chore and I'm actually going to turn that into a video class for you. My sellers are friends of mine who were gracious enough to let me get the craft room painted before escrow closed and before I moved in so I could utilize my vertical space immediately rather than have everything sit on the floor. I think I need to order some items from IKEA. Right now I have the overflow in my guest bedroom (until I'm organized and get the boxes opened and put away) and my guest bedroom furniture is still in storage. My dad had some beautiful antiques that I was happy to move in and my guest bedroom will be his old bedroom furniture. I'm having second thoughts about his Lincoln bed, since he did pass away there and his mattress and box spring will be donated to ARC. I'm having them come to the storage unit to pick them up because it's not even going in the truck to come over here. 

So, with all of that being said, of course, my back got tweaked; however, that happened in Ferndale. I'm getting back on that OR table ASAP. My SI joints blew and it's been pretty painful. I really need radio-frequency ablation rather than blocks, but insurance…..RFA lasts so much longer and the blocks are 6 weeks, if I'm lucky. After living in a hotel for 3 weeks between closings, I never want to set foot in one again, but I'm actually looking forward to it just to get some sleep!

It's time for me to get unpacking again. I have absolutely no motivation being so tired, but it must be done. I hope to see you back soon for a few cards I'm looking forward to making hopefully this weekend. 

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit me today. I also appreciate your emails of support too! God bless and make it a great day. 



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