Our House

Papers are signed, boxes are packed, and we are ready to move into our new (old) house:

The house is "new" to us, but it's actually much older than anyone in my family -- built in 1914 and lovingly maintained for the past 98 years. We are the fifth owners.

There's a long story about how we ended up getting this house, but I'll give you the short version. This house never went on the market. We heard through a good friend that the house was going to be for sale, and our realtor started knocking on the door until they finally showed it to us. We loved the space and the flow of the rooms, the original hardwood floors and all the amazing windows everywhere. It's on one of my favorite streets in all of Dallas, and we already know many of our new neighbors.

I'll post more photos as we begin to make it our own, but for now, I'll leave you with one more photo of my favorite feature: the screened porch.

Move in day is tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Movin' on

Is it procrastination or just a serious case of denial that's prevented me from packing up my craft room? Every other room in our house is disassembled and packed, yet my scrap space is amazingly intact (except for a few empty shelves here and there).

I can't hold off much longer. We have one week to finish packing and get out of our current house. So tonight it will happen. Big time packing going down. I'll take some photos of the before, during and after.

But I do have a few projects to share. These are from my guest design spot at Ruby Rock-It last month. They sent me the August Moon collection, which has this fun, die-cut glitter paper. I think I used that one sheet in about four different ways.

For the layout, I cut sections of it for the background...

...and I cut the title letters from it using my Cameo. 

For the card, I punched a scalloped circle to use behind the butterfly. I also handcut the smaller sun shape that's behind the pink button.

By that time, I was pretty much out of the glitter paper, so I did some other fussy cutting on this layered card.

I love it when I can incorporate a bird somewhere along the way.

Now it's back to the packing. Wish me luck!

Hip Hoppin' with Unity and My Little Shoebox

Hello and thanks for hopping with the My Little Shoebox team today. We are so pleased to share our new Co-Branded stamps with Unity Stamp Co. Make sure you leave a comment on each blog to win one of the fabulous prizes from Unity Stamp Co. and My Little Shoebox. Winners will be chosen at random from the participating blogs.

For all my fellow butterfly-lovers out there, I created a card using the Secret Garden collection from My Little Shoebox, along with the adorable butterfly background stamp from Unity.

I was feeling sassy, so I decided to get a little crazy and...wait for it...EMBOSS! Yes, I pulled out the heat gun just for you. And all the extra particles of metallic blue embossing powder all over my white table? Totally worth it! Take a look:

The stamp made a perfectly crisp, clean image for the emboss, and I added a coordinating cardstock sticker to make one of the butterflies stand out. I trimmed around the edge and adhered to the card, using foam tape to leave a little room for the lace trim that wraps around the edges.

The finishing touch: a printed sentiment layered onto a cardstock label sticker.


Now it’s time for me to send you on over to Lisa Arana’s blog. But don't forget to leave a comment here for your chance to win a great prize!

And if you're joining somewhere in the middle of the hop, here's the full list of participating blogs that you can visit for more inspiration, and more chances to win!

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Thanks for hopping along with us!

Wishy Washi

Okay, yes. I've been dying to use that title for the longest time. In fact, every time I tear off a strip of washi tape, the phrase echoes through my head: wishywashiwishywashiwishywashi

It's my washi theme song.

And it's extra-appropriate right now because my blogging efforts for the past month have been exactly that: wishy washy. With a y, not an i. Busy summer of shuttling kids, selling a house, buying a house, packing and moving to said house, etc, etc. More on that in a later post.

Let's get down to the real wishywashi, shall we? 12x12 Washi Sheets from We R Memory Keepers. Oh yeah!

Here are a couple of projects I created for the CHA booth:

I used my Silhouette to cut the hexagons from four different colors of 12 x 12 washi sheets to create this cascade across the layout.

The coolest thing is that, like washi tape, the sheets are just a little transparent so you can see the pattern of the paper coming through. And it cuts like a dream on the Cameo!

I couldn't exactly stop there, so I did this one while the Cameo was all warmed up:

This could not have been easier. Type in a 4. Make it big. Send to Silhouette. Cut. Adhere to page. I added a little washi tape to ground the design.

The title was also cut on my Silhouette, and I recut the same design on the gray washi paper and layered it over the bottom word to give it a little oomph.

Want to see more of the washi? Check out the video scrapbook.com did during CHA (which happens to show my layout):

There's so much you can do with these sheets, and I've barely scratched the surface. They are shipping now, so keep an eye out for them to arrive at your favorite store!

So tell me...are you wishing for washi?