Up To No Gouda

I’m going to start off with clarifying I am trying to not use the word ‘diet’. My choice words will be ‘lifestyle change’. This is to remind me that this whole experience is not just changing the food I eat, but ultimately change habits that I am recognizing more and more to be extremely detrimental to my health. This lifestyle change began four days ago, and I am already being too hard on myself. I keep initially trying to make sure everything I eat fully fits into the lifestyle change but then quickly get overwhelmed with the idea of making the change immediately. My husband has been having to remind me that this is a process and it will take time.

Tonight we went to Trader Jo’s, and bought some food that fit (or mostly fit) my dietitian’s parameters of ‘good food’. Cauliflower crust in the frozen section made for a good pizza!

I later realized it still has cheese on it, but hey! It’s a start… I also threw some mushrooms and olives on there. I picked up some edamame, brown rice, black beans, plums, and pumpkin seeds, several of these things I already know I like and eat regularly.

Today was the next step in the journey for me and I am proud of myself for taking it. Small changes add up over time and are much less overwhelming. I’m also very excited about trying lots of new food and learning new cooking skills with my husband.

You Are What You Eat

Today I went to a nutrition counselor for ‘nutrition lifestyle changes’. While, yes, I did lose 30 plus pounds and am at a healthy weight, that does not mean my body is healthy.

I arrived about 10 minutes early for my appointment and my husband came with. When I was handed the paperwork to fill out, I became increasingly anxious and embarrassed. I had to be honest about how mediocre I eat and have been eating for a while now. I pretty much eat the same five things. I am the child who will only eat chicken nuggets. The worst part is, that I actually LOVE fruits and vegetables. So why have I been treating my body so poorly for so long? Honestly, I felt like not only it wasn’t worth the effort, time or energy; that I wasn’t worth it either. With my husband & friend’s support and encouragement, I know that I am.

Sunriver, Oregon 2019

People might not know, and its easy for me to forget, that I worked hard to get to where I am with myself. My very first CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) appointment was December 11th, 2017. It has been a year and 7 months of tears, stress, meltdowns, and incredibly hard work.

This has been such a journey already and I am very pleased with the progress I have already made and look forward to the progress I will continue to make. Although this isn’t the beginning, this is the first step in the next leg of it with many more to come.

Nuts About You

I had the privilege to work with this two fur balls. It was so much fun! I loved coloring them with my Copic markers (their noses were my favorite).

I also got to bust out my Big Shot and emboss that signature castle to have as a background behind them. No surprise here, as I have yet another card showing how I utilized my Washi tape.

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Long Hair, Don’t Care

This was such a fun set for me to play with. I got to use some new techniques that I learned from creativation.

Ink blending is by far one of my favorite ‘texhniques’. For this card I used Catherine Poolers Grape Crush & Be Mine inks with my Tim Holt blender brushes.

One thing I will point out about this princess though, is the amount of detail. She was so fun to color!

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Size Doesn’t Matter

For this stamp release I wanted to try something other than cards. I got the idea to make bookmarks because of how much reading my friend does in their spare time. These bookmarks were so fun and simple to make, I plan on making several more! The stamp set I used was ‘Size Doesn’t Matter’ and I am very excited to show off the new set and what I made today!

For my first bookmarks I decided to keep the background simple and white (maybe next time I will get more adventurous with the background). This lets the characters and sentiments pop more. To make the bookmark I took a normal 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of 80 lb Neenah paper and cut it into 5 81/2″ x 2″ bookmarks.

I picked out a character then found a sentiment that I liked related to each character. After coloring in the characters I decided to laminate the bookmark then cut it out. This will help it last over the years of being used in books and tossed in a bag.

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All The Feels

Welcome to my blog! I can’t believe December is already here. December means more new stamps from Kindred Stamps, this time its ‘All The Feels’.All of these guys deserved a little spot light. I put together a set of bookmarks. One for each character. This project was so fun and a time I could intentionally color outside the lines.

 

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Beth Duff Designs Collaboration

On your next stop around the world, we are swinging by the islands of Hawaii!

This collaboration has been so fun! I love the two sets I was given to mix and match. I used ‘Adventures Abroad: Hawaii’ from Beth Duff Designs & Family is Forever from Kindred Stamps.

It’s very rare that I use colored inks, but this project made incorporating them easily with the red ink for the flowers and green for the leafs. I also used my wave dies from Lawn Fawn for the first time. Layering the waves with different shades of blue gave these first couple cards the detail they needed.

These are only slightly different. 

Die cuts seem to be a common theme with these sets. I used two slightly different styles of squares and gave them some ‘pop’ with double sided foam tape. I wanted the cards to still be water themed but wanted them to be different. For the first card I picked a fish background and the second one is more of a coral reef background. 

Again, another variation of the previous card. 

Thank you for joining us on the Kindred Stamps/Beth Duff Designs collaboration hop! We hope you’ve enjoyed the pairing of these sets.

For joining us, we have a little gift for you! Kindred Stamps has a free digital downloadable passport available. Then you will want to visit each blog on this hop, download the free digi, color it, add it your passport, and submit it to the album in the Kindred Stamps Fan Club and Unicorn Crafts Facebook groups to be entered into our giveaways! Each company will be hosting a different giveaway. The opportunity to play will end December 30th for each company!

Unfortunately, due to the closure of Beth Duff Designs, the physical sets may be out of stock but all of the sets used will be offered in a digital bundle from Dec 8-11! Be sure to join the Kindred Stamps Fan Club and Unicorn Crafts to see more from our teams.

Happy crafting!

Stay Wild

Hello fellow crafters!

I am pretty darn excited for this new Kindred Stamps set, “Stay Wild”. I had themed my one year anniversary photo session after two little fur balls a lot like these!

My best friend, and fellow Kindred Stamps Creative Team member has been encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone with my card designs. I spent hours on Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and even bought a bunch of new crafty stuff… that I have NO IDEA how to use.

For the first card, I stepped away from the very busy scrapbooking paper that I usually use (which I am sure Rachel is still pleasantly surprised by) and made my own background instead. No worries, scrapbooking paper is incorporated in one of my other cards…HAHA. For this background though, I used an acrylic block and hand stamped the sentiment “you can be anything” just randomly in different directions.

I finished the card off with this pair of furry friends, a strip of carrot washi tape, and a cute orange bow embellishment.

Next, I created a few tags! When making these tags I knew I had the perfect washi tape to use: carrots (which, by the way, hubby had told me I would never use). However, I freaked out because I couldn’t find my it anywhere for several days, but ended up finding it just in time for pictures! I was SO excited to incorporate into this project. I used a tag die cut with a flap, and hand cut out some plain colored card stock and glued it on the back so I could add my “hop to it” sentiment.

This woven ribbon technique was an AMAZING Pinterest find! I included the link below. Essentially you use glue dots for each strand on each end. Once you have three on one side, move onto the next and weave the ribbon in and out (don’t forget those glue dots!).

I used some retired Stampin’ Up paper behind the ribbon and stamped sentiment directly on it. I added another set of my furry friends to finish it off!

Hopefully you enjoyed my projects, and maybe even learned a new trick! The entire Kindred Stamps November release will be available Friday, November 9th at 8am PST/11am EST. Be sure to check out the Kindred Stamps blog on Friday for the full product release as well as the complete line up of all the Kindred Stamps Design Team projects from release week! If you visit and comment on all of the designers’ blogs this week, you could win $15 in Kindred Stamps shop credit! So join the Fan Club and release event, show the design team some love, and get ready to empty those wallets this Friday!

Ribbon Weaving Card – Stampin’ Up!

 

As always, Happy Crafting!

SUPER SWEET PAPER

Guys, this new paper from Kindred Stamps is soooo SWEET. I am going to have to stock up on this paper because there are a ton of stamp sets that go perfectly with these new fun patterns.

Since the paper has a different pattern on each side the pack is very versatile with lots of options.

As someone who loves candy, I always enjoy making crafts with the Candy Man stamp set. Its the perfect use for all of my candy themed washi tape, cabochons and die cuts that I don’t use often.

Continuing with the candy theme, I decided to make a shaker card using the Arcade Friends set and the Sweet Tooth shaker pack. Lately shaker cards have been my ‘cup of tea’. They are so fun and easy to make once you get the hang of them. Queen and Company have the coolest easiest shaker kits!

Have a magical crafty day!

First Day of School

Hello crafty friends! Fall is just around the corner meaning so is SCHOOL. I am super excited to share stuff from the Kindred Stamps August release.

My first card is big nod to the famous gentleman Edgar Allen Poe. The set is called “Raven Mad”.

This card was a bit out of my comfort zone as I had the ‘brilliant’ idea to color him in neutral tones to make him look more… historical??? As usual I used dimensionals, dew drops for accent, memento ink for the stamping, copic markers for coloring, Tombo snail tape for my paper adhesive.

Finally, you don’t have to search the entire sea to find this set. “Sea Friends” is a set you can’t forget.

How do you like my sequins? This is from a Kindred Stamps shaker pack mix that I LOVE.

Be sure to check out the release this Friday!

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