August 18, 2007

I Did It! But I'm gonna need your help!

Well, today I joined Weight Watchers, again. In January Brett and I started together online and I lost 18 pounds by March. Then life just ran me over, I got discouraged and quit. Brett lost 20 and made his goal. I was so proud of him. He had never dieted before but marriage had added a little something to his middle and so he had an interesting lesson and feels like he can definately relate more to my struggle now.

So, today he went with me to a meeting in our area and I signed up. I am ready. I know I need to do this for my physical and mental health. But, oddly, I was depressed all day! I read and slept and crafted and moped around. But, I didn't go over my points and I am having the last of my water right now! I can do this! I should set a New Year's Resolution - but backwards! Set a goal of where I plan to be by New Year's Day! That is a little over 4 months. Hmmm....I'll pray about that.

What is everyone's weakness? I almost have to fast from sugar when I start a diet or I just want to cram in the sweet things. I also LOVE pizza. We are a pizza eatin' family...that's for sure!
So, wish me luck and ask how it is going every now and then. I could use your support. My first goal is 10% off and when I make that I'll be at pre-baby weight (I had lost 50 right before I got pregnant but have put some back on).

But, I did make cards too yesterday and today and here they are. This couldn't all be about me, me, me. Well I guess it can, it is my blog after all! :)

The green wild wasabi card is with the "you make me happy" set that didn't make the 2007 winter catalog. That didn't make me happy! And the sunflowers are from "Give Thanks", the same set the pumpkin was from in the previous post. I masked the flowers because it is just a single stem. I used the cropodile for the eyelets. I love that thing! I love eyelets but never set them because I hated the pounding, this is a great tool. I watercolored the sunflowers with a watercolor brush and watercolor paper. The paper is new for me, I usually just use regular paper but I really liked the difference. The ribbon charm was from big lots and says "inspiration". I chose it because I am a Kansas girl originally and love sunflowers. The green ribbon is from Doodlidoo. It perfectly matches the always artichoke paper.

Tonight I worked on some cute containers for my co-workers as we head back to school next week. I haven't finished them completely so I'll post later.
So, I'll see you later. Pray for those affected by Hurricane Dean and we'll keep an eye out for him here in Houston.
Love inked in Stazon......Amy

August 16, 2007

My first workshop!!

So, I am now a demonstrator for Stampin' Up! and I am really excited. I had my first open house this past weekend. I actually had two dates since summer is so busy. I had 8 crafters Saturday morning and 15 (!) on Tuesday night. I had such fun. I gave them a couple card ideas and they had a blast. I had a lot of first time stampers that gotten bitten by the bug! I was amazed at how creative the girls were. Lots of people came up with their own layouts and used other stamps and ribbons that were out and about. I sure wasn't that brave when I started!

So, here are the cards I demonstrated for make and takes:

Stamps: Give Thanks and baroque motifs by Stampin Up
Inks: Old Olive, Rose Red, sahara sand, Chocolate chip, garden green and pumpkin pie
Papers: Very Vanilla, certainly celery, chocolate chip, close to cocoa, pumpkin pie
Ribbon : certainly celery
tools: daubers, blender pens, post it note for masking, paper snips and dimensionals

This is what one of the Suzanna the first time stamper created (wow huh?):

The pink ribbon is from American Crafts

I loved her pink knot and she even showed me how but I'll have to have her show me again!

Here are some other things I had as examples and door prizes. The box uses baroque motifs and the card uses seeing spots.

Hope you can come next time!!

RAK from a friend

My friend Paula in Amarillo recently started making cards. I have seen a couple of her creations and she is off to a great start. She sent me this card a couple of weeks ago. I have been a bad blogger (or a slogger - a slacking blogger) and haven't been online much. My mom has been in town and I was getting ready for my first workshop. So, I am playing catch up today.

Here is Paula's card, isn't it so cute. I LOVE the bright cheery colors and the stamp she used.

August 2, 2007

I'm not a photographer but...

When we went to the Children's Museum a while back I took this picture of a purple passion flower. These are flowers that the Gulf Coast butterfly uses to lay eggs, gorge themselves as worms, make their chrysalis and become butterflies. I thought they were so unique and beautiful. Just wanted to share. :)

My mom comes today! (It is today now since I am up so late! I did go to bed but couldn't sleep!) I am excited. She'll be here 12 days.

I do have some cards to post but I need to do that later.

I have been working hard to plan my first workshop/open house. I am excited about it and made all the invitations yesterday. I have also been planning some activities for the next few months. A pre-order class, an October Birthday Card Bash and a November Christmas Camp. I am just hoping to come up with a stamp club. I feel scared about getting that going. It seems challenging but I know there are lots of crafty souls out there!

Anyway, I know this isn't too exciting of a post but I just wanted to send out an update!

See you soon!