Hi Everyone. Happy Thursday.
I have a quick card for you tonight, as well as some photos of the progress on the house. It's been a hectic week - as you can imagine!
Now, you all know that Poppy Parade will be retiring with the new Stampin' Up! catalog - so I decided it was time to let it have a little moment in the spotlight. It isn't my favorite color - but whilst I was thinking about it, I realized it was actually more of a favorite that I think. Cos... I know for sure I never use Calypso Coral, Certainly Celery and several other colors! The thing about Poppy Parade - it certainly is no shrinking violet - it really makes a statement.
As it makes such a statement, I decided to use Shimmer Paints on a new stamp set that has some bold flower images. I think it turned out really well, but I will let you be the judge of that!
I love the Whisper White layer underneath the focal layer. It helps to highlight the Pearlized white paint and the dotted DSP helps to break up the Poppy Parade.
On a personal note:
Lots happening at the house when we popped in quickly on Wednesday. Well, "popped in quickly" is a relative term considering it is 2 hours there and 2 hours back!!!!
We arrived to find the guys FINALLY putting up the siding
Then.... we went inside the door and found that they had delivered all the cabinets and doors!
And these are just the cabinets for the kitchen and mudroom!
Of course, they haven't been "treated" yet. They are actually Knotty Alder and are gorgeous when they are treated.
Oh... and then... there was tile down on the floor! They hadn't finished yet....... As the builder had never used this tile - and I chose it - I was really nervous about it..... however, when we saw it... we loved it. It's a different look and color every room and everytime you look at it.
The mudroom looks more browny
The shower... not finished yet.. but he's on his way!
The photos really don't do it justice. The tiles are very rich in saturated color and the variation is fabulous. We can't wait to see the finished product! We spoke with the tiler and he said he LOVES this tile.
And... if that wasn't enough.. the decking guys were there, too. Now - our deck is only 12' wide - but it is 24' foot long. We decided to go for a narrower, but longer deck, so that it would not intrude too much on the garden and would give us that eye level view of the wetlands across the sunroom and dinette.
Suddenly, it is starting to feel like a house!!!! We get more excited everytime we go, but everytime we go, we are drawn to the view. Again and again. We feel so lucky and so blessed. We have really worked so hard for this, and saved so hard and we think the end result is going to be so worth it!
As always.... thank you so much for spending time in my little area of the stamping blogosphere. Your visits and comments are greatly appreciated.
Warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a lift tonight. Ann... continued hugs and prayers for you.
I will be back on Saturday with a new Paper Players card.
Card recipe - all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
- Card stock: Poppy Parade, Whisper White. Inks: Basic Black, Poppy Parade. Pearly Paint. Stamps: Floral Duet, Hand Scripted (Amuse Studio). Accessories: Button - Bag 'o Buttons