Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It Has Been A Long Time....

since I have posted on my blog. I have still been creating cards but not nearly as many items as I was a year ago. I was overweight (I knew it but didn't take it seriously) and during my yearly physical my doctor told me that my health was in jeopardy,  I was on high blood pressure and cholesterol meds already and now my cholesterol numbers were through the roof. She wanted me to take some pretty nasty new meds for my triglycerides. I asked for 6 months to try to get my weight down and get my cholesterol numbers better. I agreed to do it her way if I couldn't do it my way. This then consumed my way of life. I needed a total life style change, I started eating totally different (we eat out once a week now instead of fast food 4 days out of 7) and walked 4 miles everyday. The hard work paid off though, six months later when I went to have my numbers checked they were all in the normal range and I was then 53 pounds lighter. It has now been a year and I am 67 pounds lighter and in the best shape of my life. I got a clean bill of health during my yearly visit and am now off all my meds. I think I even amazed my doctor. It was not easy but it was so worth it and now I am trying to fit all the things I loved doing before (paper crafting and posting to my blog) with my new lifestyle of  cooking healthy and exercising. Thank you to all my followers that have stuck around, I really appreciate it!

For my post I created a card for this week's Going Grey with Scrap-Creations Challenge. This week is special because we have a wonderful sponsor I Brake For Stamps. They were wonderful enough to let us play with the fabulous creations of  Rick St. Dennis. The theme this challenge is Anything Goes, I chose this cute image because of our own cute bunny Bandit. I am giving this card to one of the kiddos at school that also has a bunny and I made it so she could use it as a small plaque afterward. The blue panel is the card part and after she can glue it down and hang it from some pretty pink polka dot ribbon that I will include with it. I don't know if you can tell from the pic but the middle bunny is on a wobble so it wiggles when you move the card.

Be sure to come play along with us, you could win a great prize and we would love to see what you create!

Here are some other fantastic challenges that I am entering my card in
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge # 44-Animals
CMC Copic Challenge #73-Anything Goes
Crafting By Design Challenge-Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity  Challenge #143-Anything Goes
Crafts and Me Challenge #139-Anything Goes
Crafty Boots Challenge-Animals
Creatalicious Challenge #53-I love my pet!
Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #126-Anything Goes
Divas By Design Challenge-Favorite Colour Combination, blue and pink
Eureka Stamps Challenge #44-Anything Goes
Great Impressions July Challenge-Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge #182-Anything with ink or paint
Lady Anne's Stamp Challenge #10-Anything Goes
Lady Bug Crafts July Challenge-Use your favorite embellishment, pearls and flowers
Marianne's Design Divas Challenge-Layer It Up
Oldie But A Goodie Challenge-Best Dressed, My DP is years old and just found and opened to create this card
One Stitch At A time Challenge #174-Anything Goes
Oozak Challenge #18-Anything Goes with Texture
Paper Crafting Journey Challenge-Punches and/ or Die Cuts
Paper Playtime Challenge #15-Patterned Paper
Patty's Creations Design Challenge #72-Recipe, I used 3 flowers, 4 pearls/ 3 gems and a sentiment
Pile It On Challenge #30-Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge #12-Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Anything Goes
Sister Act Challenge #17-Anything Goes
Songbird Challenge-My Favorite Things, Copics, rabbits, pearls, flowers
Southern Girls Challenge #74-Animal Antics
The Cutie pie Challenge #49-Pretty in Pink
The Paper Shelter Challenge-Anything Goes
Through The Classroom Door Challenge-Anything Goes
Use It Tuesday Challenge #60-What was I thinking!?! This DP came from a 12x12 paper pack that I bought years ago and I just opened it to make this creation(found it in a misc box that hasn't been opened so long ago I forgot about it, YIKES!)

These are all fabulous challenges so be sure to stop by and play along with them. Thank for all your wonderful comments, they are very much appreciated.

Happy Crafting,


Samantha Casey said...

Amazing job! Thank you for joining us for the Oozak Challenge!


Dawn said...

First off, congratulations on all your hard work & success!! It must have felt great to see such drastic improvements to your health in such a short period.

Your card is really cute and sweet - I love the sentiment and the clever design. Thanks so much for sharing it & your story at Creatalicious.

Hugs, Dawn

Laine said...

Wow, what a fabulous post. So many congratulations on achieving your targets. Well done and every Good Wish.
Wonderful card. Thank you so much for sharing with us at PCJ.
Laine - DT

Dee's Craft Room said...

Wow, that is amazing, congratulations on turning your life around.

Lovely card, these whimsical bunnies make me smile. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


Hazel said...

A lovely card, I love that image. It's brilliant news about your change of lifestyle and health improvement. All the best for the future. Thank you for joining us at OSAAT. Hazel x

Angeline Choo said...

Oh what cute bunnies!

Thanks for joining us this week at Sister Act Card challenge

Angeline DT

Sandra DeFalco said...

Thanks for playing in our "Recipe" Challenge #72!
Sandi ♥
DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
and Pattie's shop
Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

michele said...

Gorgeous card, thanks for sharing your creation with us at Crafts 4 eternity hugs x

susiestacey said...

Lovely card. Thank you for joining the Cutie pies Pretty on Pink challenge and good luck x Susan x

Chris said...

Great card! love the bunnies! And well done you for achieving a healthier lifestyle! It's not easy to change the way you live and eat but you did it!!
Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls Challenge

cotnob said...

Wow! What a fantastic achievement - it must have been such hard work but the brilliant results must have made you really proud of yourself.
I love your card, such fun images.

Jennie - The Crafty Wife said...

Well done, you, on your change of lifestyle and well done on such a super card and a great idea too. Thank you for joining us at OSAAT. Jennie x

Unknown said...

Great card! Congrats on yiur 67 pounds! Thank you for playing along with us at Use it Tuesday

snappy scrappy said...

Adorable!!.... thanks for playing along with us at DCD!! Lee-Ann :)

Payne Holler Cards said...

This is adorable! And super congrats on life change! Very glad you joined us at the CMC Copic challenge (-:

KarinsArtScrap said...

it's a gorgeous card Mary.
Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

Greetings Karin DT Member

Janice said...

Well done you in sorting out your health issues and in bringing your weight down. Keep up the good work. Love your card this week in Diva's - very cure indeed, Jx

Basement Stamper said...

And you look amazing with all that hard work you have done!!! So happy for you and your accomplishment.

Nicole said...

Congratulations! What a success story. Your post sure brightened my day, both your road towards health and this card. thank you so much for linking up with us at Use it Tuesday.

Jingle said...

Very cute card! Great colors! Thanks for playing along in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Nikki Byrne said...

Fabulous card and great image!! Thank you for sharing with us at OSAAT this week and good luck. Hugs, Nikki DT

Ali said...

Love your card - such a great image and the sentiment is fab.

Congratulations on your weight loss to - that is incredible. You should be justifiably proud of yourself.

Thanks for joining in our Anything Goes challenge at OSAAT this week. :)


kingsharon1967 said...

Great creation thank you for joining in the Kaboodle Doodles challenge and good luck-Sharon DT

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Your card is super, but a bigger congrats on your weight loss! Yah for you! I'm a crafter and runner and it is so hard to squeeze everything in!
Here is my running blog:
and my crafty one:

Sher said...

Congratulations Mary! You are truly an inspiration to all.
Your card is adorable. Love those bunnies! Thanks for joining us at Crafting By Designs this week!

Karen said...

Congratulations on your weight loss and for changing how and what you eat - that is one heck of an awesome outcome.
Gorgeous card - love the colouring and such a super cute image. Thank you so much for joining us at PCJ for our Punches/Dies challenge Karen P, Paper Crafting Journey Design Team

Dips said...

Gosh, what a super card, I love the repetition of the main image in different colours. Thank you so much for taking part in my challenge on an Oldie But A Goodie. Don’t forget to pop by on Tuesday to see our new challenge. Keep using up all that old stash! And keep up with the weight loss, I'm 50lbs lighter than a year ago too and feel so much better for it!

Jayne A said...

Fabulous card.
Thanks for joining us at Diva's