Friday, October 30, 2015

A Hedgehog Autumn.

Good afternoon everyone!! I was trying to get this post up this morning, but it just didn't work out. So I'm going to get it up now. I hope you all had a fabulous week! This was the LONGEST week! I thought it would never end! It just kept going on and on and on LOL!!  I'm just glad it is Friday and I'm home. I did get a lot accomplished this week.. so that is something good! It always feels good to have a productive week at work.  And tonight I don't have to go running anyone anywhere! Bailey is riding the bus home, Michael doesn't have to work and no one is going anywhere until tomorrow! Tomorrow, Bailey is going to hang out with her boyfriend all day for the cul-de-sac Halloween get together. That will last from the afternoon into the evening! And Michael works tomorrow. I really don't plan to do much of anything but craft! It should be a good, relaxing weekend :D

Here is my creation for today.. another Autumn card:

For this one I have used Hedgehog Pumpkin from Gerda Steiner. I think he is just ADORABLE!!! I colored him with my Copic Markers. I've done a bit of layering as well. I used a Spellbinders die to cut around him, which I inked with black. Then added another Spellbinders cut behind it in black. The pumpkins and Autumn were cut using the Silhouette Cameo. I've added some twine and dew drops. On the inside I used a Memory Box corner die and added some of those dew drops. The pumpkins have some orange glitter added to them as well. I've used all scraps with this. I've done pretty well using my scraps so far this season!!

Copic Markers Used:
  • Pumpkin Stem: E33, E35, E37
  • Hedgehog: E000, E21, E23, E25, E27, E29
  • Pumpkin: YR00, YR02, YR04, YR09
  • Nose: C5, C9

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Tiddly Witch*

Good morning! I'm back at work in the office today. It was a rainy ride... I had to fight with myself this morning making myself go up and work out. But I did.. and I feel better for it!!  Now to push ahead with the day!! I hope you all have a wonderful day and rest of your week ahead!!

Oh... I think this whole thing with the going to the psychiatrist is just in my head.Can't stop thinking about everything. I think its getting a bit down. I need to stop!  Nothing to stress about.  Ughhhh!! I keep telling myself I will not get on the scale. So tonight when I get home and take a shower I will NOT get on the scale. It doesn't matter what it says... I'm going to have to repeat that all day LOL. I can do this! And I have got to stop comparing myself to others. How in the world do I do that! And why such the need to be one of the best, the one at the top? I hate that about myself. I can be a bit overboard on the competativeness sometimes. But then... that is not what I teach my kids. I teach them to be competative, but not overboard.  I guess we all have some issues, don't we? Bariatric Surgery is a great tool... and I have been able to come so far with it. But it seems like that addictive personality has latched on to the scales and maybe that need to not fail....  be able to lose as much as everyone else. Yep... I'm a bit crazy!! LOL  I already knew that though!

Here is a Halloween CAS Card from me:

For this creation I've used Alison The Witch from Tiddly Inks. I've colored her up with Copic Markers. No layering! I know.. shocking!! LOL  I added a border punch at the top, some ribbon and that raven charm. I stamped Happy Halloween and that is it! Really different for me to do a CAS! But for once I actually like this one!!I think she turned out okay.

Copic Markers Used:
  • Hat: E57, E47, E49; C5, C7, C9
  • Hair: B23, C5, C7, C9, 100
  • Skin: E000, E00, E01, E11, E13, R20
  • Dress: V12, V15, V17
  • Raven: W5, W7, W9
  • Ground: E30, E33, E35, E37

Monday, October 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Cornucopia*

Hi Everyone!!  It has been a day today!! I worked from home, but this morning I had two appointments .. one with the Physiotherapist and one with the Dietitian. I went in.. they did my weighing. I'm down to 217 and I have not lost any muscle this month.. which is a great thing. But, then they started talking about my obsession with the scale.. with hubby too. I know I have a problem, so we talked about it. I fought the tears as long as I could LOL but then they came. I hate that I get all emotional!! So, they are going to send me to the Psychologist so we can see if we can come up with some things to help me work through this. I know I'm obsessed and I also know that if I were to gain anything that I would mortified. I'm hung up on the .. you have a year and a half to lose the weight that they tell you about. I know that I've done well... Down from 295 top weight, but I still feel like I'm not doing well enough. I see that I'm 6 months in and others have lost more. I tell myself that I'm doing well... I'm lifting so I'm not losing muscle... I'm just losing fat and they show me that every time I go in, but those numbers are killing me! So... we will see how that appointment goes. I certainly don't want something to hit me in the end and I get all down and go back to bad habits. So... better to jump on it now! I've worked too hard to get to where I am.. I feel better.. I look better.. I'm healthier. Why is that not enough for me? I have no idea. And why do I keep comparing myself to others! I can't seem to stop. Ughhh!!  A struggle every day... I can do this too!  And my hubby is the best!! He is the best support!! I love him dearly for being there.. being honest and helping through everything. And you know what... Jesus answering my prayers for help with this. Jesus loves me this I know!

Okay.. enough of my dribble :D  Here is my card for today:

This image and the sentiments are From The Heart. I had so much fun creating this with the sentiments and the image both!! I colored the image with my Copic Markers and did a bit of layering. I added some stitching to all of the folds. On the front with the "Happy Thanksgiving" sentiment I added some dew drops. I also inked all the edges.. of the sentiments, the card base and the patterned paper. On the middle sentiment I added some sequins. Then, on the back panel I have the image which was cut around by a My Favorite Stamps die. I did a bit of inking around the image by masking it with another printed image. I added some twine and the leaf charm and a few gems. The leaf gem was colored with some alcohol inks. The card base and top papers were all cut using the Silhouette Cameo. I hope you like it!!

Copic Colors Used:
  • Horn: E33, E35, E37
  • Eggplant: V15, V17, BV08
  • Grapes: G20, G43
  • Wheat: E41, E43
  • Apples: R22, R24, R29
  • Pumpkins: YR02, YR04, YR09
  • Corn: Y11, Y19; YG11, YG13, YG17

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Alice - Have I Gone Mad?.

Good morning everyone!!  This weekend has been a great weekend full of racing and crafting. I went this morning to the gym and worked out with hubby. We watched the qualifying for the V8's... We still have the final race to watch for that. We did watch the MotoGP race and I use to like Valentino Rossi, but he has really put a bad taste in my mouth! He intentionally crashed Marquez. So wrong! I'm still upset, a bit shocked about it! He really went downhill in my book.. my gosh!!  Just.. wow!!  Anyway!!

Went to Bailey's last Fall Lacrosse game. She played goalie for the 1st half. They only scored once! She was so on it today!! Blocking everything they threw at her!! It was so good to see her confidence come back!! That was my girl back out there!! Awesome!!

Tomorrow... I have a couple of doctor appointments in the morning. I meet with the Physiotherapist and then the Dietitian for my follow up.  I'm hoping to just finish the day from home tomorrow. That will make the day more productive. That is the plan! I think it is supposed to rain tomorrow.. so it will be a nice day to open the window, listen to the rain and work! :)  Okay.. I hope you all have a WONDERFUL day!!!

I managed to get another coloring and card finished. Here it is!!

For this stepper I've used Alice from Rick St. Dennis. I had so much fun coloring this image.. the background has so many details. It was loads of fun. I colored this with my Copic Markers and Wink of Stella Markers.I cut the clock and clock hands die cuts from a Sizzix die. The sentiment was printed and cut using a Spellbinders die.The card itself was cut using my Silhouette Cameo. I added some small .. I can't even remember where I picked them up or what they are called.. not really gems, not really pearls... sort of like dew drops, but smaller and.. I need to figure out where I got them, because I love them!! LOL  Anyway!!  I also added a brad to the clock hands. I inked all of the papers And that is it :)

Copic Markers Used:
  • Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04; R20
  • Sunflower: Y11, Y15, Y38; E33, E35, E37
  • Hearts: RV21, RV13, RV14; V12, V15, V17
  • Leaves: G14, G19, G29
  • Hat: E33, E35, E37; R22, R24, R29
  • Background: B37, B39
  • Dress: B00, B02, B04, B06
  • Eyes: B00, B02, B06
  • Caterpillar: BG11, BG13, BG18
  • Dots: R22, R24, R29; YR02, YR04, YR09; BG000, BG01, BG05; Y00, Y11, Y15
  • Hair: YR20, YR21, YR24
  • Apron, Ruffles, Buttons and Teapot: C00, C3, C5

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Kitty Christmas*

Good morning everyone!! It has been a heck of a month!!  I can't believe we are almost finished with October!!  That is just crazy! Halloween is a week away.. not that we celebrate LOL but a week away!!  My kids are too big now... they do parties or hang out with their friends. Michael will be working on Halloween! I'm sure that will be a busy day/evening!! With all of the kids activities and getting Open-Minded Crafting Fun ready for launch in January, it has been a busy month. Today is Bailey's last Fall Lacrosse game, so there won't be any running around to games for a bit.

Today I plan on just having a relaxing, craft and race filled day at home! Michael has to go to work later in the morning, but after that I shouldn't have to go anywhere! We have the V8 race today...qualifying, the Top 10 Shootout and one race I believe. Then we also have free practice 3 and 4 and qualifying for the MotoGP riders. It will be a great day!!

If you are interested in a Design Team, consider visiting Open-Minded Crafting Fun for the DT Call. We are looking for six (6) additional members. We would LOVE to have you come join our team!! One more week on the DT Call. It will end on the 31st.

Here is my card today:

This card uses Mistletoe Kitty from Imagine That!. This adorable little Christmas Cat is the October Digi Image of the Month. Hmmm... I just realized I forgot to glitter that bell! LOL I'll have to go back and do that! I added some poinsettia stickers on the top corner. All of the papers are from my scrap box. I made a scrap box of Christmas scraps LOL I thought I would go ahead and separate them so it would be easier for me to go through them. The papers are silver and black/gray. Off for Christmas colors. I added in the bit of red and green as well. The adorable Kitty is colored with my Copic Markers. I added a bit of twine and gems. Around the die cut cat I used some Aged Silver Embossing Powder from Stampendous. The die is from My Favorite Things. I also embossed the strip of silver with the twine wrapped around it. The stamps on the outside and inside are Fun 'N' Flair Stamps - "Miss Shayla at Christmas Time". I added a bit of glitter to the hat and I'm going to add that glitter to that bell too!! :D  Have a great day everyone!! And Thanks for looking!!

Copic Markers Used:
  • Fur: YR20, YR21, YR23, YR14, YR24, YR27
  • Cardinal: C5, C7, C9; R22, R24, R35, R29
  • Berries: R22, R24, R29
  • Hat: R22, R24, R35, R37, R29
  • Collar and Leaves: G12, G14, G17
  • Nose: R20, R22

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Snowy Day Christmas*

Good evening everyone!!  I've been busy working and getting all the posts ready for next year on the Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge Blog. They are all set.. Challenges and Winners/DT Favorites posts. Now I just have to add the photos of projects and they will be all ready to post :)  Makes everything run so smooth!! We have some awesome sponsors.. so excited to get started up again. We need some more team members though. There is a DT Call posted on the blog. I've been trying to get some coloring done too. Tonight I was able to put a card together!

Here it is:

For this card I used a wonderful image from Art by Miran. I colored the image with my Copic Markers. I added some glitter and Snow Marker to the image as well. I did not pop any of the image up!! I know!! SHOCKING!! LOL  I added a few dew drops, some stitching, ribbon, ricrac, twine and a charm. The stamps inside and outside are from Technique Tuesday. I love odd colored Christmas Cards! I just think they are so fun! I did use a some pastels for the background on the side of her. The papers are all from a Bo Bunny Stack - Candy Cane Lane.

Copic Markers Used:
  • Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E13; R20
  • Hat and Gloves: RV34, RV17, RV19; BG11, BG13, BG14
  • Gloves and Scarf: RV10, RV21, RV13
  • Hair: E33, E35, E37
  • Eyes: YG03, G99