Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Food & Drink. It's the perfect theme for me this week because my thoughts revolve around food this month. Last year, my Dr. put me on a rather strict elimination diet while she ran food allergy tests. The results of the allergy tests confirmed what we discovered with the elimination diet: I have several food allergies/sensitivities. My new diet (way of eating) was different, but decreased my migraines and allergic reactions and made me feel better in general. Plus it kicked off a weight loss of about 30 lbs. as time wore on, I became more and more lax in my diet and started getting sick again. This month, I'm back on board. I'm resetting my system and plan to continue following my diet. In the meantime, all I can think about is FOOD! While I'm not craving sugar this go-round, I feel like I am always hungry. Luckily, the kitchen is stocked with fruit and veggies and trail mix. This card is made with berries, the perfect fruits for my diet.
Having time to craft on the weekends is one of the things I most look forward to every week. However, that's not to say that I get time every weekend. Last week was Spring Break. Nine days off from work. Wonderful! But I didn't have much time to do Kirsten things, like craft. We were very productive, don't get me wrong... We built a fence, raised beds for the garden, a potting bench, and so much more. Anyway...
This weekend is dedicated to my veggie garden and my craft room!
I'm participating in My Favorite a Things (MFT) Sketch Challenge this week. My first MFT order came in this week, so I'm even more motivated to get a card in!
Sketch # 273 is shown below (as a screenshot from my phone... oops)
My interpretation is very close to the original sketch. I used MFTs Prehistoric Fun for the stamps and dies from Blueprints 22.
I think it turned out great and and can be used for any occasion. I'm pleased and will be making more!
I stumbled upon the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop over at Coffee Loving Cardmakers this evening and decided that I needed to throw something together real quick. The theme is Spring coffee and tea... Easy enough. Ummm... Not really. How in the world do you make a project using coffee and making it spring-y?? So, here's my take.
Even my mom looked at me a little funny when I showed her the card and told her the theme!
Since I've discovered - and am enjoying - coloring and blending with colored pencils, I've been using a lot more of my stamps. I guess I always steered clear of the stamps that I had to color, but there were some that I bought anyway because they are so fun. This is a great example of that. I bought Stampin Up's "From the Herd" about a year ago and never used it. There's just so much coloring!
A few weeks ago I stamped a few of the images on white cardstock and colored while watching tv. Having a plan, I crazily started fussy cutting some of the animals. All I could think was "Wow! What did I get myself into?"
With so much coloring, blending and cutting, this certainly wasn't a project that I completed in one sitting. But it was fun, nonetheless. The animals have so much expression on their little faces that they just called my name everytime I saw them! I finally finished the card on Sunday.
I think the card turned out great. I accidentally messed up one of the corners of the turquoise cardstock and am so glad that I did! The folded corners kinda brings it together.
While it's hard to see in this photo that my mom took, the bird, goat, rooster and pig are popped out with dimensionals. As is the speech bubble (Lawn Fawn, Into the Woods). The card base is kraft cardstock.
My medley of interests and hobbies keeps me entertained and busy. You could find me doing any one (or more) of a variety of things any day of the week: reading, cooking, cardmaking, scrapbooking, woodworking, etc.
I listened to the audiobook of Falling Together and thoroughly enjoyed it. The beginning was not an amazing hook, but after about the first quarter of the book I was looking forward to my daily commute to/from work just so I could listen...
Not my favorite of the Coffeehouse books. Just not a great story this go-round... Claire's exploits with this crazy Aphrodite group, the powdered aphrodisiac coffee drink, the sex (or almost) scenes... it was all a little too far-fetched...