Sunday, January 15, 2012

Friends and Cards

I have had the pleasure of making quite a few good friends through this crafting hobby of mine. Way back in 2008 (I think?) I met these two women on a scrapbooking message board...Beth and Joni. I had the pleasure of meeting Beth and her whole family in 2009 and 2010 when they were in Southern California for spring break. And I almost had the pleasure of meeting Joni, who is a fellow runner, at a half marathon race in Southern California but I was stuck in the bathroom line (nice, huh?!). I met Diane through Beth, and she is quite the amazing paper crafter as well. It's really so much fun meeting these talented and creative women from all over the country!

Beth suggested we start a card making swap/exchange. I'm not sure we have an official name for it yet. But each month, one of us sends the other 3 a kit to make a card. You can send any supplies and the recipients have to use at least 4 things from the kit. This month Beth sent us some fabulous Valentine's Day themed goodies in our card kit. Everything was so great that this card literally took me about 10 minutes to create.




Isn't it all pretty!!! She sent some My Mind's Eye papers, felt hearts, punched heart borders, beautiful pink lace, pearls, and some super fun clay hearts her daughter made!! Aren't the clay hearts so sparkly and pretty?




She also stamped a bunch of sentiments that would work with the theme, I chose this simple Love Ya sentiment.




I can't wait to check out the other girl's blogs to see what they created using the same supplies. I am so thankful for these scrappy online friends! If you want to check out their creations, go to their blogs:

Beth
Joni
Diane

Thanks for stopping by today, friends!

18 comments:

Rebecca said...

what a fun idea and nice way to stay in touch! and the card is SO pretty!

Julia Aston said...

what a fun idea to send each other supplies - love all the pretty hearts on this lovely Valentine, Mara!

Leah said...

So pretty! I love it and what a neat idea with the swapping:)

VanessaB said...

that is sooooo fun! and WOW- that is a beautiful card! she sent amazing goodies and you put them to perfect use. :)

Joni Kix said...

Mara! I ADORE your card! You used so many of the goodies on one card! It's FABULOUS! A real work of creative ART! I'm headed off to Beth's and Diane's blogs to see what they've created! It was fun playing with you!

Mary said...

Beautiful card! Love all the goodies you were able to use on it!

BethieJ said...

Mara I LOVE it!! and HELLOOO I am not even done.. what a BAD HOSTESS! I have the wrong date down! THANK YOU SO MUCH for playing along with me!!!! I LOVE LOVE your card!!!

Michelle H. said...

What a fun idea!!
Your card is gorgeous!!
Love the lace & all the embellishments!!
Sorry I have been MIA on the blog!
Have a blessed week!

Renee said...

Fabulous!!!
I love everything Bethis sent in the kit...
that border...
I'm dying!
And all those beautiful hearts..
love that sparkly goodness!
And your card is gorgeous! :)
Don't you just love when a card just makes itself...
*giggle*
And crafty friends...
they're the greatest! :)
My friends and I have been doing this for a few months now and I get so excited to get a new kit!
Hope y'all enjoy it as much as we do and I can't wait to see more!

Joyce said...

I have been doing Four of a kind with Renee, Cathy and Kim for months now, and it is just the most fun thing. I'm so glad to see you and your friends jump on the bandwagon. Your card is lovely--it looks like you are having fun with this group, too.

Sarabeth said...

what a pretty card mara, i love the lace and pearls :)

sarabeth

Carolina said...

Beautiful card! I would love to be part of a swap! Great idea.

Laurel said...

Absolutely gorgeous card!

Aimee Kidd said...

That swap sounds like so much fun!! And your card is fabulous!! I love the colors and design!!

Christa said...

Mara, so wonderful! What a great way to bond with crafty pals and get a surprise! Your card is to die for! Such great lace and the little hearts used to perfection.

Lee said...

Lovely card. That heart border is so pretty. You ladies are so fortunate to have met IRL.

Michelle Whitlow said...

beautiful card!!!

Terri said...

Great card! Love all the different elements you used from the kit.