Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Weight Loss Progress--Goal is Met and I Will Continue to Lose!

So far, I have lost 80 pounds! This was my original goal but I am "technically" still a tad overweight, so I am going to work on losing 10 to 20 more pounds. Body fat is in the normal range but I'm going to work on lowering that just a tad more. I feel great!!

Merry Christmas and Just Checking In!!

Just wanted to check in and say "Merry Christmas" to everyone and yes, I am still alive!! I keep saying I'm going to start posting my work and the camera keeps going on the fritz...still in "survival stamping mode". I am continuing to work out, etc. Will post a picture of my progress. I am currently dealing with a hip injury that has set me back quite a bit both physically and emotionally, however, I have reached my original goal of 80 pounds lost!! Whoo-hoo! I pray you have a safe and blessed Christmas!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Race for the Cure

Here is a picture of my Race for the Cure team. It was wet and cold day! We were drenched but had a great time! I'm the third from the left.

Friday, October 2, 2009

I Can't Believe It's October!!

I can't believe it's October and I haven't posted anything since June!! It has been one wild and crazy 4 or 5 months. My big focus has been losing weight and getting fit. I am now down 61 pounds and look and feel better than I can remember! I am getting up early, early and going to the gym to run on the treadmill before I work out with my trainer at 6:20 a.m. I also do at least another hour of cardio on those days and also on the days I don't see him...I have now done two 5 K races. I have 20 to 4o more pounds to go. It has been challenging but fun. I can't believe all of the physical things I can do at the gym. I teach and my school is in the process of accreditation. That has been a huge undertaking! So, my stamping time has been very limited, usually on an "as needed" rush basis. No time for pictures. I'm really feeling the need to be more creative and am going to try to figure in some weekly time. Life is full of challenges isn't it? I have some great new stamps and papers...took two Copic classes and am loving them now that I know how to use them! Keep looking up and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Still having technical difficulties...

Well, I finally have some photos to share and I can't get them loaded on the computer! No idea what the issue is. DH (the computer guy) is trying to help me, but to no avail. SO...I'll just share my latest weight loss/work out success -- 31 1/2 pounds down! Whoohooo. Not much else going on. I'm trying to declutter my house, working in the yard, spending time with friends, reading, and trying to raise a small garden. Hopefully, I'll have cards to show one day soon!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Jake and his Girlfriend

This is Jake and Kelsey, who graduated from the University of Dayton the weekend before. We had a busy May! Sorry for the multiple posts, I just can't seem to figure out how to post more than one picture from Picasa at a time! Technically challenged! Oh, well!
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With Dad

I look like I've eaten a lemon!!
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Three Generations Graduating From the Same School!

This is my mom, Jake, and me!
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The Graduate

I'm not sure how to post more than one picture at a time so we'll see what happens! The youngest son and proud mom here.

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I'm Baaack, Again!

Wow! It has been a long, long, very long time since I posted anything here! Life has happened and things just fell off my plate as others piled up. I have been on this diet and exercise program since late January/early February and after finishing up some extensive physical therapy for a torn rotator cuff, I am working out with a trainer 3 times a week. I'm usually there an hour and a half. I am also working out for an hour to an hour and a half the other three days a week! Very crazy! But, the results are pleasing. I am now closing in on 30 pounds and am training to run my first 5K in August (it's at night). Now, understand this, I never ever run! So this is huge. I am now alternating between running and walking. I feel so much better. Stronger mentally and physically. So, what with school things, home things, and exercise creating and blogging have been on the way back burner. I have been creating, but on an "as needed" basis and then I use it for whatever and don't even have time to snap a photo of it. But, school is out and I'll have time to spend in my studio. Once I dig it out!!

Great news, I have a college graduate!! Whoo, hoo.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Easter Blessings

I'm back! After quite awhile away from stamping, blogging, etc. I'm finally back! I was just very busy and in a bit of a creative funk. When I did make something, the photos I took of them were just not that great and I found myself becoming quite frustrated with the whole process. But, I am happy to have this card to post. It is made with a Northwoods stamp colored with Copics. The paper is by Kimberly Poloson for Fiskars. I believe it is called Nature's Splendor. It is so rich and beautiful you could almost eat it up!! I used some ribbon I had on hand and Orchid Dew Drops.
One reason I have been so "busy" is that I have been going to physical therapy for a shoulder injury. I am now "graduated" to an exercise/fitness routine. I am working out three days a week with a trainer and three days a week on my own. I'm happy to report that while I don't LOVE exercise yet, I do feel better and I've lost 15 pounds!
I pray you have a wonderful weekend celebrating the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Another Bird Card

This is another nestie bird card. I really liked how this one turned out!
I used my cuttlebug for the "grass" and of course, lots of bling! Well, today, spring has come to Kentucky. The weather is beautiful! It gives one a certain happy outlook on life. My windows are open and my heart is singing. Hope your weekend is shaping up as well! Keep looking up!
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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Nesting Bird

This is yet another card from the auction set. I cut the bird and wing from my Nestiblilies bird dies.
The "nest" is stamped from a clear Inkadinkadoo set. Prima flowers and velvet ribbon top this one off. I found the bird dies harder to use than my other Nestibilies. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong with them or I got a dud set!
We just arrived home from going to see my youngest son's senior art exhibit. It is one of his last requirements to graduate from college with an Art degree. He had some very good pieces in the exhibit and I think a few pictures will make it to the blog! Jake could own the name "Transformations" himself. The Lord sure has transformed his life in so many ways! It was a fun family weekend: Our older son took off from work to go with us, grandparents came down, and Jake's girlfriend was there as well. We had a great time. Well, I'm off to go to the grocery and then put in a few hours in my studio area. Have a great week and keep looking up! Thanks for stopping by and I love reading your comments ( yes, that is a blatent hint! ha, ha)
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hero Arts Birds

This is another card I made for my auction donation. It is made with a new Hero Arts wood mounted stamped. I paper pieced the birds. The border on the left is done with an acrylic stamp, also from Hero Arts. There are three little blue jewels below the birds that don't show up very well in this picture. My cards and bag sold for $65 tonight! This is our school's major fundraiser and I think we probably did very well especially considering the economy. What a blessing!
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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Birds and Blooms Card Set

This is one of the cards I made for a set of ten cards that I packaged up in a cute Vera Bradley bag for our school's Gala and Auction. This is my favorite of the set. The flowers were stamped from a new Hero Arts acrylic set. I used Prima flowers, punched flowers, crystals, and a cute little flocked butterfly brad as well. The ribbon is actually green but doesn't show up well in this photo. The background was run through the Cuttlebug.
I was able to go to a fun event yesterday. It was a Fiskars Fun Day. There were about two hundred ladies (and a few men) there. We did four workshops and at the end of the day, Fiskars gave away all of the tools we had been using! We received lots of cute paper from Heidi Grace, stickers, a Fiskers finger trimmer, and some other goodies too. It was a great day!
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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Valentine Card

This is a Valentine Card I made with a new Hero Arts stamp set. I used brown and blue instead of the traditional colors and really liked how it turned out. The ribbon is from My Favorite Things. I don't know why this is so dare, but in the lower right corner are three blue crystals. I hope you've had a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


I've really been stamping away since my power came back on! I made this card using a My Favorite Things image, copic markers, and Basic Grey "Boxer" paper. I bought the ribbon at the local fabric store. This was a fun card to make! I'm still learning with those markers, though! It is really snowing here again. Probably had two or three inches by the time school was out. My children were very anxious. They kept asking if I thought the roads were slick or if they'd lose power again. We sometimes forget how things impact children. Yesterday was the 100th day of school! I can't believe that in about 80 days school will be out for the summer break.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Last Winter Card

In honor of our snow and ice festival last week, I'm uploading the last snow card of the season. I hate to admit it, but I've had enough!! I cuttlebugged the white, used my cricut for the snowflakes. The sentiment is from an unknown acrylic set. I stamped a little white snowflake on the inside. I hope this finds you home, warm, with light! I am thankful that I have all three tonight! Blessings and keep looking up!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Snow and Ice

Well, the snow and ice (especially the ice) have put my crafting endeavors on hold. We are without power for yet another day...So, today I ventured out to the library to use their computers and check out some more books. No school most of the week. I hate not being able to use all of this "free" time in making all of the Valentines, etc. I need to be making. I'm also needing to put together some cards for an auction basket I'm doing. Oh, least I have the options that I do have. I have found myself thinking a lot about places in the world where my little inconveniences are a daily way of life. AND they also have to search for food and fuel, worry about violence, etc. So, I'm thanking God that I have options in my life! I have been able to get quite a bit of my Beth Moore Bible study done! It's a great one: Esther. I highly recommend it! Well, my time here is up so Keep Warm and Keep Looking Up!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

A Snowy Thank You

I made this thank you card using my new Nestibilities label dies. The shiny snowflake and the gem are from K&Co. Bazzil cardstock. I used a cuttlebug die for the snowflakes and stars. It's snowing here today! I love snow, especially if I'm working at home.
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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Why I Stamp, Part Two

Thursday evening my school had a dinner honoring teachers and staff who had been there ten years or more. I was one of the honorees. Several of my current and former students spoke about me. One student, a senior this year, told several of her favorite memories and then held up a Valentine I had made her in SECOND GRADE! She has had this card in her bedside table ever since! She talked about when she received the card how it made her feel "wow, my teacher really must love me to take the time to make me this card." She went on to say that over the years when she became discouraged in school, etc. she would pull out this card and look at it. Continuing, she spoke about how now, as a senior, when she looks at it she notices all of the details I put in it even though it was for "just a second grader" and she thinks, "wow, my teacher really did love me!" She went on to tie that in to how I treated each student, how I taught, etc. So, fellow stampers, keep it up! We never know what impact something as simple as a homemade Valentine might have! Have a wonderful weekend and keep looking up! Deb

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Mitten Thank You Card

I stamped out these mittens on Basic Grey Figgy Pudding paper and then paper pieced them. The rest of the paper is also Figgy Pudding. Used chenille yarn and a white snowflake brad to give it some texture. I can't remember who makes this mitten stamp but I love it! Today is a good day for mittens in Lexington as we are having what the weatherman calls a "wintery mix". Of course, my students had a hard time focusing on me when it was really snowing outside our classroom window! I'm happy to be safe at home in my warm house. I have so much to be thankful for! Hope you're having a good week and keep looking up!
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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Snowman Thank You in Purple

This is that same little Serendipity snowman done up in purple. I used my cuttlebug for the white snowflakes and cotton for the "snow". I used a Nestibilities tag, once on white and once on purple, for the sentiment by Stampin' Up! I hope you had a great weekend. I did! It was busy as I tried to get a few last minute things done before school starts back up. I always find myself wishing that I had "just one more week" of Christmas break! Well, gotta go - UK is being beaten by the Louisville Cardinals (boo hoo!). Keep looking up!
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Friday, January 2, 2009

Snowman Thank You

I have been busy making thank you cards. This one is an old Serendipity stamp colored with Prismacolors. The snow is Martha Stewart "Snow Glitter". This little guy is just the cutest thing isn't he? The sentiment is from a Stampin' Up! set that I bought at a garage sale.
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