Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Floor and Grateful For You

My husband puts up with a LOT. I can be very moody at times. And demanding. And selfish. But somehow I lucked out and he is always there for me.

A couple of years ago, after our daughter moved out, I took over her old bedroom upstairs and claimed it as my craft room. Eventually, I persuaded him to make it into a REAL craft room and he did a fabulous job of creating a large work table, another counter with cabinets and a smaller counter with cabinets that I use as my cutting and Big Shot area.

Then after Christmas this year, he installed new lighting fixtures for me as well as mounting a picture ledge on the wall above my work table so I could display the cards that I made.

In April, he decided that it was time to replace all the carpets throughout the house as well as linoleum in the two upstairs bathrooms and a new shower for the ensuite bathroom. Our house was turned upside down as furniture was moved from one room to another as the carpeted areas were being done.

My craft room had existing carpet (being a bedroom in an earlier life) but I persuaded Bob that bare floors would work better for me in a craft room so he agreed to put in laminate flooring for me.

Linda Vich Creates: New Floor and Grateful For You
Craft room before new floors.
As much as I was looking forward to the new floors, I was beside myself thinking about the huge job of moving everything out of the room so he could do the floors and then moving everything back. I was sure it would take over a week until I was back in my favorite spot crafting again. You know how a simple job always seems to become more complicated once it's started? That is what I was expecting to happen.

But my fears were not realized after all!

Sunday night we had moved everything out of the room in preparation for the new floor. Monday was the first day of Bob's summer holidays and he spent it installing my floor! He started around 9:00 am and finished laying the flooring about 3:30 pm. We were able to move everything back into my room that night!

Linda Vich Creates: New Floor and Grateful For You
The beginning of the new floor.


Linda Vich Creates: New Floor and Grateful For You
Almost finished!


So this is what my craft room looks like now:

Linda Vich Creates: New Floor and Grateful For You
View from the doorway–look at that floor!

Linda Vich Creates: New Floor and Grateful For You
My chandelier in the corner over my Silhouette Cameo & printer.


Linda Vich Creates: New Floor and Grateful For You
My wonderful large work table with picture ledge for my cards over top of it.

Linda Vich Creates: New Floor and Grateful For You
Punch storage on the wall by the door.


Linda Vich Creates: New Floor and Grateful For You
My cutting and Big Shot work station complete with Ott light.

Linda Vich Creates: New Floor and Grateful For You
Storage with my rolling platform for my two boxes of dies on the floor in front.


Linda Vich Creates: New Floor and Grateful For You
Shows new lighting over my work table as well as my picture ledge for my cards.

Linda Vich Creates: New Floor and Grateful For You
New light over window work area.

To show Bob my appreciation, I made him a special card for his efforts.

Linda Vich Creates: New Floor and Grateful For You. Dry and wet embossed card sports a banner punched with the Triple Banner Punch. A swirl of twine and a layered flower completes this simple but effective card.



I started by embossing a Basic Black matte with the Arrows Embossing Folder. I then used my Embossing Buddy to give a good coating to the embossed piece. I then used my Brayer and Versamark ink to ink up the matte. I heat embossed it using Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder to give it a two-tone look. I adhered the matte to a Basic Black card base using Dimensionals.

Next, I cut a 4 1/8 x just under 1 1/2" piece of Tempting Turquoise and used the Triple Banner Punch to flag one end. I then used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment from the For All Things stamp set in Versamark and heat embossed it using White Stampin' Emboss Powder.
I adhered the banner to the matte using Fuse Fast Adhesive.

Using Tempting Turquoise and MISTI, I stamped two flowers on Whisper White card stock, one from Flower Shop and one from Petite Petals. I used both the Pansy and the Petite Petals Punches to cut out the flowers.

I used a few glue dots to serve as an anchor for some Whisper White Baker's Twine on the left side of the banner and then used a Dimensional to adhere the larger flower on top. The smaller flower was adhered next, using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I used a black Sharpie to color a White Perfect Accent and placed it in the centre of the flower.

The final touch was to add a little Wink of Stella to the flower petals!

Linda Vich Creates: New Floor and Grateful For You. Dry and wet embossed card sports a banner punched with the Triple Banner Punch. A swirl of twine and a layered flower completes this simple but effective card.



I did not add a matte to the inside of the card because I planned to write in it using my White gel pen.

I'm not sure you can see the two-tone effect well in the pictures but the shine of the embossed areas on the black really add to the texture of the card.

I hope you've enjoyed reading my blog today. Drop me a comment below!


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6 comments:

Lydia Fiedler said...

I LOVE your card and your studio is AMAZING - what a gorgeous happy space to work in - you must be thrilled!

Linda Vich said...

Thanks so much, Lydia!

Katie Gannon said...

Fabulous!!!

Linda Vich said...

Thank you Katie!

Donna Ellis said...

Wowser! Gorgeous craft room, Linda! So glad you shared your link with me. Have you considered posting a tap on the top of your blog to that post so visitors can enjoy it, too? Most of us enjoy sharing one another's crafting spaces. Our floorings look similar except for the coloring. Mine is a bit lighter in color - yours is so rich and beautiful! I also like the white cabinetry and counter tops! Really brightens things up! We are both very blessed to enjoy such sweet hubbies - but then again, they are equally blessed - if not more so LOL. Thank you! xoxox

Linda Vich said...

Thanks for checking out my creative space Donna!