Do you know what I did today? A whole lot of stuff. After taking Colin and Evan to the bus stop and to school I headed to the grocery store to pick up a few things I couldn’t find yesterday. I came home, made a nice healthy breakfast and then stamped. Yes, you heard that right, I stamped! It felt wonderful. I needed to knock out my Christmas Thank You cards and I made 7 of these in under an hour. Picking my colors took the longest of all, but when I decided to use the new Sweet Pea Designer Series paper stack it was a lot easier. This stack will be available tomorrow! The sketch is from Clean and Simple Stamping and it’s Fall to Layout 72.
If you’d like to make this card here are my measurements:
Pretty in Pink 4 1/4 X 11 scored at 5 1/2
Taken with Teal 4 3/4 X 3 1/2
Kraft 4 5/8 X 3 3/8
Sweet Pea Strips 3 3/8 X 1 (2 pieces of 2 different patterns) and 3 3/8 X 1 1/2
It’s very simple to put together. Attach your patterned paper strips. I ended up overlapping the Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip layers a bit so you could probably cut the Chocolate Chip down to 3/4″ instead of 1″. Stamp your sentiment on the bottom right. Tie on a ribbon, add paper piercing and a bow and then attach to your card base with dimensionals.
I also want to Thank all of you for your fabulous support to my 2010 Refocus post. It’s nice to hear that some of you were at the same point in your stamping at one point and made similar decisions. Some of you are also contemplating the same things. Just know that once you are at peace with your decision it’s probably the right one. I’m still hoping on stamping on a daily basis. I can say that it was refreshing to just sit down and stamp today with nothing else in mind besides needing Thank You cards.
I mentioned that this year I’m looking at the Blessings in my life and hope to do so on a daily basis. So far here are the blessings I have found:
1/1/10: Being warm and comfortable in my home on a 10 degree day.
1/2/10: Seeing the sun shine on the frozen snow and knowing I didn’t have to go out in it.
1/3/10: Having my kids ask me to read to them and enjoying every minute of it.
1/4/10: School starting again and the kids being excited to go back and see their friends.
Hopefully as the year goes on I’ll remember to keep up my list. I probably won’t post them every day, but I’ll add them to a post a few at a time. I’m working on making a Blessings Journal so I can add them to that and be able to go back and review them as the year goes on.
Since I’ve mentioned a refocus on my blog and my family life I also want to mention a new focus I have for myself in hopes of finding a few people to join me and keep me motivated in my journey. The weekend after the Christmas holidays ended I took the steps and joined Weight Watchers. Thirteen years ago I made the same decision and lost 30 pounds. Over the last 13 years they’ve crept back on. My goal is to lose them by December 31, 2010. I’m doing this by watching what I eat and making sure I make better decisions about what I put into my body as well as exercising at least 30 minutes 5 times a week. Over the past week I’ve focused on eating tons of fresh fruits and veggies and my sugar/non-healthy carb cravings are at a minimum. After all of the sweets of the holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas it’s time to end that destructive streak. There aren’t many meeting locations in my area so I joined online only right now. If you’d like to join me in eating healthier, exercising more and losing weight I’d love to have a few people to work along with for motivational purposes. You can follow whatever plan you want. I’m looking at this as a life-style change and not as a diet. The word diet makes me want to fail from day 3.
Well I hope you have a great start to your week. I’ll be back tomorrow with something new to show you.
|Stamps: Trendy Trees|
|Paper: Pretty in Pink, Taken with Teal, Kraft, Sweet Pea dsp|
|Ink: Chocolate Chip|
|Accessories: dimensionals, stamp-a-ma-jig, mat pack, Rich Regals brads, Soft Suede polka dot ribbon|