Sunday, March 14, 2010

Great Minds. Good Times.

I got to spend some quality crafting time with a pretty awesome friend this weekend. She's got a big heart and a big family, so basically she's got a lot of opportunties to make things for the people she loves. I am usually in my craft room by myself listening to my iPod while Mr. Bean works, so it was fun to have some company. Especially with someone that really loves to create. Anything.

When she approached me a few weeks ago about helping her make a couple of birthday cards for her nieces, I wasn't sure what to do at first. I only know one little girl so it took me a bit out of my element. But, I am really excited about our results. These are probably my two favorite cards yet.

I was inspired by this card. I have been wanting to make a circle card for a while now, ever since Kristina did it a year or two ago. My friend is like my crafting soul mate, so she said she was thinking of a circle shaped card, too. Great minds think alike, eh? Eh??

This first card was really exciting to put together. I've had that paper for a couple of years now and really wanted to just keep it in my "collection". But, when we saw it, it oozed little girls and cupcakes, so it was a no brainer to use it. The glitter paper is from Target. The chipboard is Thickers. The faux stitch is the Signo white gel pen I blogged about earlier.

This second card makes me smile. This little girl will be exactly 3.5 when her sister turns 5. When my friend told me she would be 3.5, a half eaten cupcake came to mind. But, what goes better with cake than ice cream? This card came out exactly how I pictured in my head. Love when that happens. My only regret is that I didn't have the perfect patterned paper for the scoops of ice cream, but I love the stipes and polka dotted ribbon against the solid colored paper, too. So, maybe next time.

The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby. I cut it down because the thickness I had wasn't the right scale. I am not sure where the paper was from. I believe all of it was given to me a while ago by my friend. So glad we could use it. The orange heart is from scraps of Bazzill I had left over from my wedding. The chipboard is Thickers. Is it wrong to say I am in love with this card? Well, both of them really. I would say we make a good team, wouldn't you? :)

Well, I hope everyone got a chance to catch up on some sleep this weekend and make up for the hour we lost. I won't go into detail what Mr. Bean and I did this weekend, but it was enfuriating, exhausting, adventurous, a ton of fun and it made me proud of my city - all in two days.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Springing for Spring

I am the first to tell you that I love cold weather. I love winter and I love fall. This year, though, I am actually looking forward to spring. Maybe it's been all the sunshine we've had lately getting to me or maybe it's all the ruffle-y goodness I've seen in stores. OK, it's the ruffles. This spring it's going to be hard not to spend all my savings at the mall. Really, really hard. But, I have managed to contain my obsession slightly with this little diddy, the Sew Mama Sew Spring Ruffle Top. The tutorial is pretty easy to follow. I did have a few questions, but it wasn't anything I wasn't able to figure out on my own. I did make a few minor changes to the way I constructed mine, but the end result was about the same. Totally making a few more of these for the summer. Here's mine. Love it.

The fabric I used is from Heather Bailey's Pop Garden line.
That's all for now. I have a ton of tv to catch up on. And a lot of this to catch up on.