Thursday, June 30, 2011

We Bought a House!!!

On Tuesday, after more than two years of house hunting, 200+ houses visited, frustration, two bidding wars lost, heartache, and hours of sleep lost to noisy neighbours, we were finally able to purchase a house that we're going to love! We close at the end of August and I'm looking forward to moving in so I can finally have my own studio space, not to mention lots of space and a backyard for my son to play. I won't have to work on my dining table and pack up everything mid-project after my son wakes up from his naps and every time we have to use the dining table. Woohoo! So this happy, happy news prompted me to make this silly card.

A few weeks ago, we were enjoying these amazing popsicles and when I saw that the sticks weren't the typical straight and narrow ones, I asked my husband to save them. He, of course, gave me the weirdest look so I think he'll have a good laugh when he sees this card. I used all Hero Arts stamps, including a sentiment from Essential Messages to create the background, A Village background that I fussy cut at the top and the Typewriter Letters for the custom black sentiment as well as the nose and mouths on the faces of the stick people. The arms and legs were made by knotting and braiding two different colours of baker's twine from The Twinery.

I highly doubt cards like this ever win anything but I'm entering it into the Hero Arts June Contest as well as Gallery Idol 2011. At least the judges will get a good laugh out of it, right?!

Tomorrow, I'll have some Jane's Doodles cards to show you. I hope to see you then! :)

Sources: Gina K Designs pure luxury kraft cardstock; SU Naturals Ivory cardstock; Hero Arts A Village, Essential Messages & Typewriter Letters; SU Crumb Cake, Rose Red & Pink Passion inks; Memories Black ink; popsicle sticks; The Twinery baker's twine in Caribbean, Honeydew, Pink Sorbet & Lemondrop; Craft Medley googly eyes; Stampin' Dimensionals

49 comments:

Shauna K said...

congratulations!!!! how super exciting! good things come to those who wait, right? hehe ;) and I love your card- so cute!! :D *big huggs*

Laurel said...

Congrats to you! The best thing I ever did was get a house with a room for scrapping, you are going to love it!

Lysa said...

Congratulations! SUPER cute card :)

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Whoooo Hoooo! Congrats on your new home, Emily. That is super exciting news. I am in love with your popsickle people on your card! ADORABLE! :)

Isha said...

Huge Congrats Emily!! You sure will enjoy the house with your own crafty place. This card is fun and Hilarious and a winner.Hooray!!!!

Karen said...

What happy news. It is good that you didn't give up and waited for the right house, I wish you many years of happiness in it. The card just cracks me up.

Karen B. said...

Congratulations Emily! This is amazing! Fun card too.

Lindsey said...

THis card is hilarious! I love it! ANd I'm so happy for you guys that you'll finally have a house to call your own. Yay!!!

Lisa said...

Instantaneous giggles from this one, Emily!! It's silly and fun, and why wouldn't it win?? Big congrats to you on your new home! How exciting!! And I bet you feel like you can finally breathe now :) Start planning out your new studio!

BabyBokChoy said...

congrats!! Wow, that's a long time to buy house!!!! your card is so adorable!! lol and very very humorous!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Oh this is fun, but I love anything with googly eyes, but the popcicle sticks definitely add to the cheer.. congrats on the house, will cross my fingers the escrow process goes smoothly.

Jen W. said...

Emily, I'm so excited for you! I was really hoping that this is what your news would be! Wow wow wow! :) You guys must be so relieved. You'll have to take me for a drive by when I visit!

Your card is hilarious and perfectly captures the joy and giddiness I know you guys must be feeling. :)

Lorraine said...

Congratulations, Emily! Sounds like you folks found the perfect place! And love your adorable card!

Lynn said...

Over the moon happy for you! And this card is so adorable!

Cheryl said...

Congratulations to you and your family!

I love your silly card! Very creative!


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lynn said...

yay, emily!! so glad you found your new home! your card is so fun and i love the twine!

Jennifer said...

LOVE your creativity!!! Your card is so CUTE!!! Congratulations on the new house!! Very EXCITING!!! (=

Emily Keaton said...

Well, congratulations on finally finding a house, Emily!! That's terrific news. :D Sounds like you've had a pretty crazy house hunt, but all that work paid off here at the end. Sweet success!! Your card is pretty darn cute. I'm forever saving bits and bobs that end up on my cards, and my family has me all figured out now. Whenever I say something like, "Oh, don't throw that out! I'll take it!" They know what I'm planning to do!

Trinh said...

Your persistence & hard work paid off, Emily! So excited for you! And I love your cute & creative card!

Angela said...

Congrats (again), Em! You and the fam are going to love stretching out in your new space! Love the card -- it's a little-known fact, but anything with googly eyes makes me happy :) Love their little braided limbs, too!

Jen Carter said...

Congratulations to you on your new house purchase! That is wonderful news!! I hope you share pictures soon! Your card is so fun! What a perfect way to celebrate!

Meg said...

Hooray is right!!!! I'm so happy for you to have finally found a home!!!!!

And a perfect happy dance card to celebrate!

Jess-The Whimsical Butterfly said...

WOW! HUGE congrats Emily...what a roller coaster ride for you guys! Your card is simply DARLING!

Jen said...

A huge CONGRATS on your new home! After looking at this card, I'm sure your hubby has to agree that this card is brilliant! He will never again wonder why you ask him to save something..heehee. The 'twiney' limbs are way to cute!

donna mikasa said...

So happy for the Leipharts! Congratulations! Your patience and determination paid off, Emily! Love your card--I can feel the happiness here!

Tejal said...

Congratulations on you new home!! I'm so glad you'll have a place for yourself now..and imagine what wonders you'll create with your own space!!
p.s I'm predicting this card will win!! its so darn cute..!!

Saskia said...

Wow! Congratulations with your new home!!!!

GREAT card! :)

Jenny said...

Fantastic news Emily, sounds like you've had quite a long slog to get to this day. I'm sure you'll be happy in your new home and love the fun lolly sticks :)
Jenny x

Jane said...

YAY! Congrats!!!! God bless and I hope your new home will be filled with happiness and LOVE!!
Adorable card...makes me laugh!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Emily!!

Congratulations!!!! Oeh, love that for you!! I'm in the same struggle in search of a house as you were, so it makes me happy to hear there's still hope and it still CAN happen! ;-) You will surely have lots and lots of fun in your new home!!! And I loooove this card!! It's fun and it did make me laugh and that's also why I think you will surely have a chance on winning with a card like this! Who doesn't like to laugh!!!
Happy day to you!!

Hugs, Wendy

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Fantastic news, I'm so happy for you all, finally, somewhere to call your own:0) I love this fun card and what a brilliant use of the lolly sticks, just love your imagination Emily, big hugs Gay xxx

Vicky Hayes said...

I am so pleased for you Emily! Now your life can move on. I love your card which seems to me a real expression of how you feel right now - full of exuberance!

Janna Werner said...

You should move house way more often, cant get enough of ur silly cards:D Hugs Janna

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOVE this! And I love that you bought a house--this is FABULOUS news!! I can't wait to see pics;) CONGRATS!

Tifany said...

Congrats! So exciting!
And great card!


-Tifany
http://inkblotsbytrd.blogspot.com/

Julie Hoffman said...

Woo Hoo Congratulations on your new house!!!! I love this card with your popsicle stick people! What a perfect congratulations card with the houses in the background! FUN card!

Julie Hoffman said...

One more thing...too bad you weren't looking for a house in Michigan - the house right next door to me is for sale! We could have so much fun crafting!

Angie Blom said...

To darn cute!! I love your imagination!! Love this card and big congrats!! Woohoo a house.. Amazing!!

btenn said...

Love the hilarious card and CONGRATULATIONS on your house! Yippee! I am so happy for you and your family! Please keep us posted : ).

dahlhousedesigns said...

YAY!!! Big congrats on your new home!!! Hope you'll share pics of your new space!!!

Fabulous card and so creative. You are crazy talented!

lisa a.

walchowDesign said...

Congratulations, Emily! So happy for you that you finally a bought a house! As for the popsicle, you are so creative to "pop-up" something like this!

kasia c. said...

Oh Emily! Congratulations! How exciting. I imagine when you find one you love you have to grab on. Is it still a tough market in TO?

I too LOVE those popscicles. anything mango really! You do such amazing things with random items! :)
I love those little stick people. I think the card is fabulous, and so will those judges.

Karin said...

One big fat YIPEE for your happy and exciting news on the house! If this darling popcicle card is what you can make with no real space to call your own, I can't wait to see how inspired you will be when you can spread out in your own room :) :) :)

Brenda said...

Hooray! Yippee! So happy for you! And that card is stinkin cute!

onecraftymama said...

I think that's the kind of card that *should* win, one that takes a totally crazy item & makes it rock. I love those little googly faces, and I can just picture them dancing with joy. 'We got a hou-ouse, we got a hou-ouse...' Such fantastic news, Emily. You must be over the moon!

Anthonette said...

What a super cute card! I've got to save my curvy popsicle sticks. Congrats on the new home and winning the HA prize!

Jocelyn said...

Monster congrats on the house and the Hero Arts win! Your post made me smile :)

Dr Sonia S V said...

What an absolutely adorable card!!
Love it and am sure if my daughter sees it she will demand we make one just like it!
Cheers
Sonia
http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

Carmen Monrovia said...

Congrats! A new house... on one hand, it's the finish line after the grueling experience of house hunting. However, at the same time, it's also the beginning of a new chapter in life, in a new home that you will love. Enjoy!

Carmen Monrovia