Monday, October 1, 2012

Love and Laughter and a Personal Achievement



Greetings, Stampers, and Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was awesome! I have a card for you today that combines three challenges, but to hear about an even bigger challenge I accomplished yesterday, make sure you scroll down to the end of this post.


Create with Connie and Mary has such a pretty color challenge this week. I knew right away I wanted to use Twitterpated Designer Series Paper to bring all the colors together. They are a little nontraditional for a wedding card, but I love it. I think it's a very soft and romantic combination.


I used the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for my layout. For the "any shape" part of it, I originally intended to cut out the wedding gown, but it looked too small and kind of lost on my card. So I stamped and embossed it a second time leaving it on the rectangular shaped card stock. Not the most interesting of shapes, but hey, a rectangle is a shape, right?


The Tic Tac Toe Challenge from The Paper Players is my favorite! I started at the bottom left corner up to the top right for my Tic Tac Toe: Colors: Red & Blue, Wedding or Anniversary, and Ribbon. Fun!


Doesn't the wedding gown look just lovely heat embossed in white? The little flower at the waist was made with a punch from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack, and a single elegant pearl finishes things off.

Stampin' Up! Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Love and Laughter
Card Stock: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler
Designer Series Paper: Twitterpated
Ink Pads: Versamark, Cherry Cobbler
Tools: Big Shot, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Heat Tool
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Whisper White Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Pearls



Now for my personal achievement... Yesterday I completed my first ever 5K! I know, that's not such a big deal, but it was for me. A year ago in October I had a "milestone" birthday. I wasn't feeling so great at the time, always tired and feeling very overweight.  A few doctor's visits later, I found out that I had an under active thyroid, plus I was deficient in B vitamins, even though I was taking vitamins. I took care of those issues and started exercising, vowing to lose weight and run a 5K by the next birthday. I started a little too ambitiously and gave myself Tendonitis in both knees. Off to the physical therapist I went. To make a long story short, here I am a year later, 20 pounds lighter and having finished my first 5K. It's a happy day for me!

Thanks for taking the time to read this extra long post, and have a great week, everyone!

Sandy


25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love the card! But most importantly... CONGRATULATIONS on your run!! You are amazing! Keep up the good work! :-)

Melissa Davies said...

What a gorgeous wedding card! I love the embossed dress against the Twitterpated DSP & Lacy Brocade embossing folder! Thanks for playing along this week at Create with Connie & Mary!

Jen Timko said...

Congratulations on the 5K!! Totally a big deal because you did it for YOU!! So fantastic. Your cards is awesome as always! Glad you joined us this week at FMS!

Jen Sannes said...

Congratulations! That is a wonderful accomplishment and you should be proud. Your card is lovely - I love how you were able to work in so many different challenges. Thanks for joining us at FMS!

Sue Hebert said...

Your card is lovely! But I have to say "Congratulations!" and "Way to go" You must be very proud of yourself and running your first 5K! I did one yrs ago and I'm not sure I could make it to the end now! lol

Nance Leedy said...

Sandy!! A visit to your blog is always inspiring and today it's doubly so. What a beautiful card and KUDOS on your personal achievement. Congratulations!!! So glad you joined us at The Paper Players today!

Darnell J Knauss said...

First, because I'll forget otherwise, "yes," a rectangle is a shape! Actually, it's a perfect backdrop for the dress to make it pop off the card. The whole thing is brilliant!

More importantly, congratulations on your personal accomplishment of both losing weight and running the 5K. Very impressive, Sandy! Keep it up ... stayin' alive!!

Barbara V said...

WOW!!! Very impressive! Congratulations...not only on such a lovely card, but on your fantastic achievement.

Judi R said...

Kudo's to you Sandy....What an awesome achievement! As they say " YOU GO GIRL!!
Whoohoo! Congrats! See ya on Pinterest!!

Dawn Easton said...

OH my goodness, Sandy! What an inspiration you are!!! Sounds like we have a lot in common! Glad to hear you are doing well and on that healthy lifestyle road....wtg on your accomplishments!

Your card is gorgeous! I had forgotten about that designer paper. I must have placed it in another drawer. Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for joining us at the Paper Players!

Lisa said...

ABsolutely beautiful! I love everything about this card! The texture, the subtle bits of cherry, and the layout! Thanks for playing the Create with Connie & Mary challenge this week!

Debbie Henderson said...

Congrats on your achievement Sandy. I think we need to talk! Love your card! So glad you joined us this week at Create with Connie & Mary!

Rita said...

Sandy, this is such an elegant, gorgeous card. Big congrats on your first 5K too! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Chellie B said...

Um, yes, Sandy; completing your first 5K IS a big deal! Deciding to do it and then actually running it is a fantastic accomplishment. Good for you, girl!

ebeth9267 said...

AWESOME achievement for you! Your card is gorgeous and full of yummy details. I am so glad you added this beautiful card to the color challenge at Create with Connie and Mary. Smiles, Elizabeth

Deb said...

What a most beautiful and elegant card! I love the image embossed in white! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary! And congrats on your big milestone!

Anonymous said...

Sandy, first of all I love your card. Second, I think you are awesome for setting the 5k goal and achieving it! Congratulations!

Jen said...

Wow Sandy! Congratulations on finishing your first 5K. That's a great achievement and VERY inspiring!

Now on to your pretty card. I love that you used this DSP. Combined with the embossed background you've created a lovely and vintage-looking card. Thanks for sharing your card and your story with us at Freshly Made Sketches and Create With Connie and Mary!

Mary Brown said...

Oh Sandy what an absolutely SWEET card...love it! And congratulation on the 5K...AWESOME!!! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

Ree Donnelly said...

Well, good for you!! You should be so proud of yourself...
I came here visiting after your nice comment on my blog about the nesties storage solution. Thanks! Love your blog and your work!

Connie Babbert said...

Congratulations on your success, Sandy! Proud of you! Love the white embossed dress on the Baja Breeze...really pops! Wonderful card! Thanks for playing along with the color challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

Monika Davis said...

Hooray for you! What an accomplishment over the last year - you should be very proud of yourself! And you card with the Create with Connie & Mary color challenge is beautiful too. How easy with the Twitterpated DSP - I'm hitting myself in the head for not thinking of that and struggling through it. Thanks for joining our challenge this week!
Monika

LeAnne said...

Well, I love your embossed rectangle, I think it's perfect, especially in that lovely color combo! And congrats on your 5K....I was thinking yesterday that I should do something like that but I wouldn't even be able to do ONE K, and like you, I am afraid my knees would complain! Anyway, thanks for playing with us at the Paper Players this week!

Amy White said...

This is such a pretty card Sandy! Love the white embossed dress with the little flower, and the white embossed background looks so elegant. Thanks for playing along with the Paper Players this week!

Anne Marie Hile said...

Before we talk about that pretty card...can I just say WHOOT WHOOT for your 5k?! Way to go!! Such a wonderful milestone!

Your card is gorgeous and I love that soft floral paper paired with the embossing. So glad you joied us at the Paper Players! Hugs! :)