Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Weight Watchers (Take Two) - Week 3

I lost 3.5 pounds this week. YEAHHH!!! My goal was 3 since I only lost.5 last week and was really disappointed. Needless to say, I am very happy!!! I have lost 9 pounds in 3 weeks and back down to 172. I'm hoping for another 3 pound loss next week BUT I would be ok with just 1. 3 would put me at 12 pounds lost in 4 weeks and back into the 160's, even if it's the high end :) 1 would put me at 10 pounds lost in 4 weeks and that's really good too! We'll see what happens but I feel better already!!!

Monday, September 28, 2009


I loved the little Maya Road chipboard house so much I had to do another one!!! I painted this one purple and stamped the web black then stickled the window and parts of the web in lime green. I embossed the tree from the CTMH Spellbound set black on black. I wasn't sure how it would look but I decided the answer is AWESOME!!! I used an exacto knife to cut along the bottom of each side of the tree so I could slide the piece of patterned paper underneath. The ghost is from Making Memories and they're just the cutest ever!!! I have to say I just kept giggling as I was making this. It came out exactly how I wanted and that doesn't happen to me often. See my post below! ;)

Ding, Dong! The witch is dead!!! HAHA

Hard to believe that October 1st is only a few days away!!! I've been seeing lots of Christmas cards posted lately on SCS and on everyone's blogs. I just can't go there yet so I thought I'd make some Halloween cards. My friend, Melanie, came over last Friday for a few hours and we got to play. I had already half made this the day before. I had gotten this little Spook Alley stamp set with the witches feet and I just had to do a Halloweeny Wizard of Oz card. I used to watch that movie on TV every year when I was little. I had these little chipboard houses by Maya Road and I was like "OMG, perfect!!!" I painted it black and stamped the web from the CTMH Creepy Cobwebs set in white. The little spider is from the same set and he's embossed with a black velvet marker and has rhinestone eyes (of course!). The web border punch was something I picked up at Michael's and the paper is from Basic Grey's Eerie collection. I have to admit that I messed up the bottom and I'm still not happy about it! I had punched the border out on front of the card and sponged it black so you could see the purple coming out behind it. Well, I adhered the patterned paper over part of the punched border and could not get it unstuck!!! I got pissed and cut off the border and then punched the back instead. I lost that extra effect and it looks kinda funny with the paper being all the way to the bottom but having a border on the top. UGH!!! The only thing I was completely happy with was my layered flower... but how could I screw that up? LOL I was having fun thinking of different sayings to go with this card like "You killed her..." on the front and "with your kindness" inside. I ended up with HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Original, huh? LOL

Unity UBBRO1 Challenge

Last week (well, now closer to two weeks ago), Unity announced their Unity Bachelor 7 week long challenge. Click on the link to see what it's all about!!! If you are chosen as the winner or runner up, you get 25 stamps. The grand prize is very generous, as Unity always is! Unfortunately, my card was not chosen last week BUT I'm hoping one will be sometime throughout the challenge. This first week's challenge was to make a date invitation for "Bro" (the Bachelor) or your significant other. You were also supposed to use the colors green, red and black. At first I was having trouble thinking Christmas but eventually got off it and came up with this card. Everyone's gotta little trailer trash in them ;) HAHA j/k The inside was simple... just a bunch of Thickers!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I fibbed. My apologies :)

Well, it appears I told a little lie to you all last week by saying I had not created any cards. I have a small group of three ladies that come to my house once a month for my Close to My Heart business to make a couple of cards. They had come over and I actually had made two cards for them to recreate! How could I forget? Probably because they're nothing too exciting but I like to keep it simple for them. Ok, and for me too!!!

For the first card, I used paper from the Emporium paper pack. I stamped the apple, flower, leafy flower and the word friend from the September Word Puzzle. I simply punched the stamped images out with a 3/4 inch circle punch and adhered them to a piece of dark brown cardstock. The monthly Word Puzzle sets are being discontinued so now's the time to get them! They will no longer be available to purchase after December 31st. Please contact me directly if you'd like to purchase any (or all) of them! hehe They're very versatile and have lots of good stuff on them!!! Of course, I have them all :) The layered flower is from Cottage Floral. I really like this set! You can make almost endless flower combinations with it.

For the second card, I used paper from the Silhouette paper pack. I used the Top Note die from SU (sorry!) to use as a background. I stamped the word SMILE in Autumn Terracotta and the matching sentiment in Outdoor Denim. Both of these stamps are also from the September Word Puzzle stamp set. I used one of our clear buttons, tied jute through the center and adhered it to a paper flower. I used 3 tiny little rhinestones to balance out the left side and a piece of twill ribbon finished the card!

100th post!!!

WOOO HOOO!!! I realized the other day when I was "weighing in" that it was my 100th post! I should've done something fun but was in a rush and just wanted to report my weight loss. So happy 100 posts to me!!! Actually, 101! LOL

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Weight Watchers (Take Two) - Week 2

So I only lost HALF A POUND this week :( I'm really disappointed since I was on track, drank most of my water (yes, this part is still hard for me) and didn't use all my flex points. I was really hoping for a 3 pounds loss but would've been happy with 2... but HALF, .5... NO!!! I am not giving up though! I think I can, I think I can! hehe Better luck next week!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Weight Watchers (Take Two) - Week 1

Just a quick update with my weekly weigh in. I lost a sack of potatoes this week! HAHAHA FIVE pounds and I am back down to 176. Off to a great start, now to keep it up!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Starting over!!!

Ok, so a couple/few weeks ago (excuse me but my conception of time is warped) I had posted about my 20-something-or-another week on Weight Watchers. Well, I have been off track for months now and after many gains and several weeks of not even weighing in, I have decided to just start over. I was going to start last week but was going away for part of Labor Day weekend so figured that wouldn't be the best idea. Sooo today was DAY ONE of my official third time starting my program. I had a good day and even drank more than eight glasses of water. Phew! So my new starting weight is 181. YUCK!!! That means I gained 16.5 pounds back of what I had lost. I'm so disappointed and disgusted with myself. It just happened so fast and you don't even realize it's happening. Here's an end of summer tip - NEVER buy shorts with an all elastic waist ;) LOL

Back to my time warp! I can't believe a whole week has passed since I posted on my blog. I just don't know where the time goes, I really don't!!! I have not made a single thing since the last card I posted for that challenge. In fact, I haven't played at all... perhaps tomorrow. I always say that! HAHA I hope you've all had more time (or should I say energy and motivation) to play than me :) I've been checking out a lot of blogs and there really is some fantastic artwork out there. Keep up the good work, ladies. I enjoy seeing what you all create and have even made a few new friends! xoxo

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Happy Harvest - MTSC37

Hello! Look at me posting two days in a row!!! Whoot, whoot. Go me!!! HAHA I made this card this morning for a challenge I saw over on my new friend Jessica's blog. She designed this adorable set called Butterfly Wishes for The Greeting Farm and I've had no moula to buy it so I decided to participate in this challenge in hopes to win it. WISH ME LUCK!!! The challenge is actually hosted by Mercy and you can view everyone else's submissions through her blog. This is the second ever challenge I've participated in so I'm no pro BUT I am happy with how the card turned out. I decided to use this Hampton Art - Autumn is in the Air stamp set I picked up A.C. Moore last weekend while I was down "south". It felt fall-like just like the weather we've been having here in NH.... which I love by the way!!! This little squirrel is so cute! The background paper is called Autumn Plaid in the Shades of Autumn Collection by Reminisce and the solid colors are Bazzill. I stamped the sentiment on some twill ribbon and added the extra little acorn with an orange brad. I'm glad I used this set before it went into my box of stamps that have never been inked! LOL My friend, Melissa, had given me a gift card for hosting a scrapbooking weekend last month so I was able to pick up a few things. Wasn't that so sweet and thoughtful of her? Thanks, Mellie!!!

Here's the sketch we had to use for the challenge...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

How does the time go by so fast???

Ok, so I'm sitting here in amazement that it's been over 2 weeks that I've posted on my blog. Really? The last month went by super quickly and I can't believe summer is over. My oldest went back to school yesterday, 8th grade!!! I forgot to take a picture of him and I meant to this morning BUT guess what? I forgot again! I'm seeing a layout titled "1st Day of School" with the 1st crossed out and replaced with 3rd. I'm such a slacker sometimes! LOL

Well, the good news is that September is here and we are already getting the Fall weather which I love! It's my absolute favorite season of the year!!! I love everything about it... wearing pants and a sweatshirt, the colors of the changing leaves, the smell of the air, apple picking. Oh yeah!!!

You know what else happens today? The new Close to My Heart catalog is effective :) WHOOT WHOOT! We have some great new fall and winter stamp sets along with the cutest house set called "Neighborhood" and matching set with a couch, lamp, coat rack, fireplace and accessories called "Welcome Home". Those are definitely the two sets I'm ordering first! Do you know what's better? We are having a promotion where if you spend $60 in STAMPS, you get a card kit, Delight in the Everyday, valued at $39.95 for FREE!!! How cool is that? Also, with a $60 purchase, you'd qualify for our Stamp of the Month, Treasures, for half price. I just love when my customers can get a bit more for their money so take advantage while you can :) I know I will be!!! Please contact me directly to place your order as I do not have a personal shopping website.

Here's what's included in the card kit:

1 – My Acrylix® Everyday Celebration Stamp Set
(D-size) (Only available with this kit!)
16 – 4 W" * 5 V" Colonial White Card Bases
16 – 4 W” x 5 V” Colonial White Envelopes
1 – 12" * 12" Dutch Blue Cardstock
1 – 12" * 12" Colonial White Cardstock
4 – 12" * 12" B&T Duos® Paper
1 – Chocolate Distressing Ink
1 – Dutch Blue Distressing Ink
1 – Mini-Medley Accents Shades of Chocolate Collection
5' – Chocolate Ribbon with Colonial White Stitch
50 – 3-D Foam Squares
1 – Full Color Step-by-Step Instructional Brochure
Featured Colors: Chocolate, Colonial White,
Dutch Blue, Sweet Leaf