Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Baby Love.

So, I've got the baby bug, but it's not what you think. Lately it seems like it's been baby explosion here since I know so many people having babies. Boys, at that. So, I dove into my craft room and started working on my resolution to get started early on all the projects I set out to make and finish them on time. And I must say, it feels good.

My first project was a card for Mr. Bean's co-worker. Since I actually don't have too many embellishments in my craft room, I had a lot of fun cutting out all the shapes from scraps and getting creative with my patterned paper to give the card some texture. I got my inspiration from this amazing card. I actually saw it a long time ago and remembered it's awesomeness. Here is my take on it.

I had the same stamp and, surprisingly, an ink pad that resembled the color of a sky. (I actually purchased the stamp because I remembered this card and dreamt of making a Mario Bros themed card with it one day. Isn't that stamp just begging for some mushrooms to be put in front of it??) The rest is all patterned paper that I sketched, cut out, including the little heart, and then layered with pop up adhesive to give it some dimension. You can't see that too well in the picture, but each piece is popping up somehow.

The elephant's body is actually made from scraps from my very first project that ever took me inside a scrapbook store. The faux stitch is with my favorite thing in the world next to mascara, the Signo Uni-ball Impact Pen in white. And like mascara, it has become a necessity of mine. The twine that is "holding up" the heart balloon is a purchase I made in Iowa while visiting my sister. I got a yard of it, but now wish I got 30. Once I used it, I was addicted. It's the perfect thickness for cards. This was probably the most fun I've ever had making a card because I actually had everything I needed/wanted and it came out exactly like I pictured in my head. I got to hear from Shawn's co-worker's wife, and she apparently loved it. So, my work there was done.

My next project was for the newest member of a close group of friends. There are 6 of us total who have known each other for about 22 years now. Over the last 2 years, our group has expanded with the addition of some bundles of joy. The newest addition should be on his way as I type and I can't wait to meet him. In anticipation, I made some burp cloths in some mod baby boy colors and patterns. I had to throw in some Amy Butler, of course, but that was more for mommy and not baby. :)

It is basically cloth diapers with a sewn embellishment down the middle just to make it look nicer than a cloth diaper on mom's shoulder. On Saturday, I gave some away to another friend having another baby boy and it was received enthusiastically because, all the mothers there said, cloth diapers are the best burp cloths since they are so absorbent. So, I am looking forward to wrapping these up really cute and giving them away tomorrow!!
Enough for now! Off to bed!! We had some snow tonight, so I am praying the roads are slick long enough to sleep in a bit in the morning. It'd be only for my safety.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

No more love posts, I promise. I realize I haven't posted anything of significance lately. To be completely honest, I am waiting for my dear husband to take the photos off our camera and onto his laptop so that I can then access them. Why he thought it was a good idea to set it up on his laptop, I will never know. He works way too much to worry about my pictures. I will just wait patiently until he has the time to do this.

I've got a card to post that I think you will like. I have to give it away tomorrow, so I will be sure to take pics tonight so I can share.

Until then, Happy Valentine's Day! I actually love Valentine's. It was my favorite school day of the year when I was little. It was always a big deal for me and my sister to get the perfect cards and pass them out to everyone. You had to make sure you didn't give one that said "I like you" or anything that would suggest that you liked or cared about the weird kid or to the cute boy. Something about all the pinks, reds, and purples, the chocolate, the flowers, the cards. What's not to love??

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Castle, if loving you is wrong, I don't want to be right.

A better post later. I just had a scare that Castle was cancelled. Apparently it is just rumor right now, but I wanted to declare my love to the entire world wide web before anything terrible happened.