Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Love You Every Day

This card is a pick-me-up for my husband. To be honest, I could use a card like this myself but it was therapeutic making it so that'll have to do. We're both extremely depressed about not finding a house after two plus years of searching and losing two bidding wars. As if that wasn't bad enough, bully-offers are suddenly the norm! If you haven't heard of this, basically it's an offer substantially over the asking price in the first 48 hours a house is listed. Typically, a house will list on a Thursday and set an evening, typically the following Monday or Tuesday, for everyone to make their offer. Crazy, isn't it? It's hard for anyone to sympathize with us because they're not in our shoes and so I vent. I'm really hoping this is our lucky month, like maybe we'll find a house for Father's Day!

Oh right, you want details about this card. ;) After I used the monster floating in an acorn boat from Falling for You, I thought about using the top of the acorn again as an umbrella. When I started looking through my patterned paper for some clouds I knew I had, I stumbled upon the raindrops and knew I had to use that instead. All of these papers are from Echo Park's A Walk in the Park Collection. I attached little twine bows to the monster's horns to make it a girl (me) because I can occasionally be a monster. Don't we all have those moments? LOL The sentiment is a mix-and-match from Pretty Phrases. After I finished this card, I wished I had inked up the toothpick in a darker colour to make it stand out more. Oh well, lesson learned.

Can you totally tell that I'm addicted to making these 3.25" x 6.5" cards? I love them!

Sources: Gina K Designs 120lb pure luxury white cardstock; Echo Park A Walk in the Park Collection; Paper Smooches Falling for You & Pretty Phrases; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Tim Holtz Walnut Stain distress ink; Vivid! ButterScotch ink; SU Old Olive ink; The Twinery baker's twine in Blossom; wooden toothpick; Stampin' Dimensionals; We R Memory Keepers corner chomper

42 comments:

Karen B. said...

Really cute! Love the hand placement too, very creative.

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Hi Emily, Such a gorgeous card and poor you I do sympathise, I hope you find something very soon. Your card will lift your husband's spirits and make him smile, Good Luck to you both, hugs Gay xx

Jenny said...

Arrrh this is too cute, love the umbrella and her little bows. I'm sure your not that much of a monster!!!
I hope your luck changes soon..I'll keep my fingers crossed for you both :)
Jenny x

Jenny said...

Arrrh this is too cute, love the umbrella and her little bows. I'm sure your not that much of a monster!!!
I hope your luck changes soon..I'll keep my fingers crossed for you both :)
Jenny x

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Omg this is so cute and creative!!! I wish you the best of luck in finding your home!!!!
Hugs
Steph

Marie-Pierre said...

Love it! Those little bows are just wonderfully cute!

Lisa said...

Perfect pick-me-up, Emily :) It's an adorable card. Those paper smooches are just too cute!
It's hard looking for a house! I've done it enough times to know I don't want to do it again anytime soon! I don't envy your position- hang in there and just know that when it's meant to be, it will be :) Best wishes to you and your hubby!

Tenia Nelson said...

What a super cute card!! You will get a house soon....I just know it!!!

Angela said...

First a boat, now an umbrella? Oh, you're just too clever.

I'm sure Mr. Art-Heart will be picked up -- how could he not be? And you already know I'm wishing you all kinds of luck on the house. Or that you'll move here, where it's so easy...either way! ;)

Lindsey said...

Ouch on the continuing house-hunt frustration, but ooh on the card. It's so cute! The monster-bows are so sweet. The mix of patterned papers is rather perfect. ;)

BabyBokChoy said...

Now it's a flipping girl monster. You are KILLING me with these amazingly adorable ideas!! killed, just killed, i need that monster!

Sue McRae said...

Love this! It brought a much needed smile to my face after a long day!

Brenda said...

Beautiful Emily! I am loving your paper pieced Monster and all that gorgeous pp you are using! Good luck with the house hunting too!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Super dee duper cute! LOVE those papers and that little monster! You are soooooo creative--LOVE visiting here! YOU ROCK:)

Kary said...

Hi Emily - I love this card!! It's super Gorgeous!! The little monster is so adorable.
I hope you will find a house soon. Don't be sad..the right one will be waiting for you. {hugs}

Lynn said...

Oh...I really hope you do get your home soon! I love this card..so adorable and I'm sure your hubby will appreciate it so very much!

AnitaRex said...

HI Emily! Did you know that my hubby is a real estate agent and I am studying to be one too??? So I get where you are. I am a little surprised that after 2 years of looking you've only lost out on 2 houses! Over here in Winnipeg people lose out on 5 or 6 houses before they get one! The worst this year was hubby showed one client 50 houses and they lost out on 4 houses, 2 they even had a better offer but still had financing in it (not a clean offer lots of people are taking financing out!) I don't think we have the bulling offers here I don't think it's allowed! I hope your housing hunt goes better and you find a house fast! :>

Love that you used the acorn as an umbrella! That paper is perfect and you made me laugh with the monster comment, nice to know it's not just me!!!

Emily Keaton said...

Wow, this is SO clever, Emily!! The bows for your girl monster, the perfect rainy DP, the acorn top umbrella, the perfect sentiment. What's not to love here!! I hope it cheers your hubby, and I'm glad that making it gave you a lift. It sounds like you are dealing with a really tough housing market. Hang in there!!

Ujjwal said...

You are simply rocking the Paper Smooches stamp. I love all your clever ideas.

I hope you get the perfect house you need soon :) Keep looking, this might just be your lucky month!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I think the pink twine bit is my favorite. Our house purchase was b/c the stars above lined up in a crazy fashion, so when it's meant to be it'll happen.

Virginia L. said...

Yes, card-making is the BEST "therapy"!! I hear you about the house-hunting! It must have been so frustrating! I think TO is the worst for bidding wars! I hope the right one will come along and that you are able to find one of your choice soon! I adore this cute card. I don't have any Paper Smooches stamps..you make me want to get some :)

Tiffany said...

Hehe!! You are just coming up with such creative ways with that acorn, so love this one!!

donna mikasa said...

Another super cute card! I'm lovin' that size and can't wait to be addicted, too!

So sorry about your house hunting woes. I really sympathize with you! I'm sure if they let the nicest people win the bids, you'd have won by now! Keep the faith and I'm sure something good will come of this, full circle. Praying for you, too.....Hugs!

Helle said...

awsome card! love the colors, and it all fits so great together!

onecraftymama said...

I bet it makes it even more frustrating to not have a lot of sympathy for the house-hunting situation. I was so upset when we lost out on the first house we bid on - heck, it's 7 years later & I still think that house would have suited us better. Knowing you'll appreciate it when it finally happens is not a lot of comfort, either. Blech. Since your hubby does get crafty from time to time (with great success!) maybe he'll take a hint & make something to cheer you up too :)

Jay Gee said...

I'll cross my fingers for you Emily and hope that you get a house very soon :)

Amazing card again, you are so clever.

Vicky Hayes said...

Aaaargh! I've missed several of your wonderful creations - how did that happen?!! I loved the fishy card and I love what you're doing with this cute chap. I loved him adrift in the sea with his flag and I love him looking bemused about the torrential (but beautifully coloured!) rain.

I feel for you about the house hunting. Bidding wars favour those with loads of money but it leaves those who simply want to pay a fair price for a house in limbo. A big bloggy hug from me! Vx

lynn said...

emily, you need to move to indy, LOTS of homes sitting empty, and you'd be closer to your sister!

adorable card--love the umbrella-so clever!

Jen W. said...

Brilliant! Love the twine bows on the horns and that paper is so perfect!

lotte chew said...

wow this is so cute!!!!

Jennifer said...

Super CUTE Emily!! LOVE all the little details and great papers!!! Makes me want to get out my PS and play!! (=
Good luck on the house search!! (=

btenn said...

Really adorable card! And yes, this little monster is really cute.

Best of luck with your house search :).

Tejal said...

I'm in the same boat...been searching for a house for 2 yrs now...everything we love is way beyond our budget and what fits, we don't like!!
I'm crossing my fingers for you..hope you find something soon!!

Loving this card...I'm sure it would cheer up your hubby!!

walchowDesign said...

So sorry about your house hunting and I wish you lots of luck in the coming weeks. Thought the housing market is not doing well which allow buyers to have a higher chance... at least over here.
Anyway, I've never seen a monster carrying an umbrella before - you are so imaginative, Emily!

Janna Werner said...

oh my look at those uber cute bows in the "hair"! such a cutie :D Janna

Sunghee said...

awww so cute! Look at the ribbons! cute! I'm so sorry about your house hunt trouble. I think you should just move to my neighborhood! =)

Karin said...

I love the whimsical look this has! So creative and those hair ribbons are just delightful! Big grin :) Every visit here is a total treat!

Jen Carter said...

OH my!! This is so creative and so cute!! LOVE it!! What a genius you are!!

Marie / Legojenta said...

I love this card! It's so cute&fun! I've commented on this card on flickr as well, but had to come over and check out your blog =) I'd love to follow you via email, if you could possibly add that option to your blog? It's easily added as a gadget here on blogger. Hope you'll consider to do so =) TFS!

Julie E said...

Oh my CUTENESS! Just adorable :>) Sounds like a crazy house market where you are looking!!! Good luck!

*Alison* said...

This is simply adorable.. :) I just love what you did with the raindrops and the accorn.. :) HUGS

Kelly Booth said...

TOOOOOOOOOOO Cute!!!!