Sunday, August 17, 2014

You're the TOPS

Hi folks,

Just thought I would pop in to share a little project I had in mind for some time and finally got around to making.

I'm a member of the weight-loss support group T.O.P.S. and I thought it would be a nice idea to make a mini goal book for everyone in the chapter. A little something to write down a new, small, attainable goal each week to help keep everyone motivate on their weight loss journey. Many members in our chapter have been struggling lately, myself included, so I thought something that working towards smaller goals might help some folks out.

I actually reached my goal weight almost two years ago and had it easy for the first year keeping the weight off. But since the start of this year I have been struggling to stay within my leeway range, particularly since I started training seriously for the half marathons I'll be running in the fall! You would think that all that serious running would make it easy to keep the weight off - not so!! Realistically, I feel great and I'm not that concerned about the weight gain, but still, I'd rather see the numbers creeping down instead of up!

Anyways, back to the project.

I started with a pile of mini composition notebooks.

I raided my stash of Close to My Heart papers and came across this pack of "Caboodle" - it was perfect for covering the books.

I cut out an assortment of different papers for the covers.

First I covered the spines. A strip of one inch double sided tape on the back of the papers I chose for the spine keeps the paper firmly in place.

And then I covered the fronts with the other papers. The medallions on the front were cut with my Cricut using the Cricut Artiste cartridge from Close to My Heart. The image and sentiment were then stamped in coordinating inks.

When I saw this "Big Top" stamp set from Close To My Heart, I knew I had to have it just for this specific project.

Anyways, that's it for me today. I'm busy in the kitchen so my long slow run that I should be doing today might get post-poned - or done in pieces indoors on the treadmill instead of outside. I bought two bushels of tomatoes yesterday and they need to be processed and canned. What was I thinking? Especially since I also bought 20 lbs of blueberries to make into jam.

project details:

  • mini composition notebooks
  • patterned paper: Close To My Heart "Caboodle" (retired)
  • stamps: CTMH "Big Top" (C1580) stamped in CTMH Sweet Leaf, Heavenly Blue, Sorbet
  • Cricut Cartridge: CTMH Artiste

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Miss Anya Summer Birthday Wishes

Hi folks,

Just thought I would pop in today to share a card I created for dearly beloved's niece. She was 10 on her birthday and I thought this image from the "Miss Anya Summer" set from The Greeting Farm would be great for her birthday card.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, white card stock base
  • patterned papers: Amy Tangerine "Yes, Please"
  • stamped image: The Greeting Farm "Miss Anya Summer", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E11, E01, E00, E02, E50, Y32, Y21, R00, R02, R01, R12, R22, BG32, BG13, E37)
  • sentiment: Verve "Joyful Blooms"
  • tools: EK Success Scalloped Scallops Border Punch, Corner Rounder Punch
  • layout: Sketch Saturday #321
Challenges for this card:
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Getting Scrappy

Hi folks,

After making the four cards with the Mojo Monday sketch a little while ago, I found myself looking at the pile of scraps sitting on my desk and decided to make a few more cards for my stash.

Some that would be easy to mail (flat) and a couple with some paper flowers that will need to be gifted in person.

card details:
  • finished sizes: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, 5.5 x 5.5 inches, black card stock bases
  • patterned papers: Authentique "Gathering"
  • stamps: Verve

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Freshly Made Magical Birthday

Hi folks,

The youngest daughter of dear friends of ours had a birthday recently and I made this card to celebrate. I was finally able to give it to her last night so now I can post it!

I HAD to use this image because the hair style on the little Bean looks just like her hair!

card details:

Challenges for this card:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Birthday Wishes - Viva La Verve July Week 2

Hi folks!! you remember this card I made for my niece? Well, I decided to make a masculine version as I needed a birthday card for a friend of my dearly beloved. He is quite the traveller and I REALLY wanted to make a card for him using these papers.

card details:

challenges for this card:
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mojo Monday 355

Hi folks,

When I saw this week's Mojo Monday sketch, I thought it would be perfect to add a few cards to my stash.

So, I made four cards.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base, black card stock accents
  • patterned paper: Authentique "Gathering"
  • Verve: "Birthday Surprise", "Kind Words"
  • Spellbinders: Petite Circles, Scalloped Circles
  • EK Success Scalloped Scallops Border Punch
  • Washi tape and black paper roses from my stash
  • layout: Mojo Monday 355
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Simply Fabulous - Viva La Verve July Week 2

Hi folks,

Here's another recent card! Not much to say about it - I like how it came together.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, black card stock base
  • patterned papers: Carta Bella "Beautiful Moments"
  • stamps: Verve "Beautiful Kindness", stamped in CTMH Vineyard Berry
  • satin ribbon and paper flowers from my stash
  • layout: Viva La Verve July Week 2
As always, thanks for stopping by!