Thursday, June 21, 2012

Art Journal Page

July 14th, I'll be teaching another art journal class at 
in Marion, Ohio

Here's one of the pages we will be doing!
Wanna come?

Using Distress Inks as watercolor paints.

Stamping with DI watercolor.

 oohhh pretty!

This little cutie is from Viva Las Vegastamps!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Embossing in my Running Journal

Here's my project for this month at Scrap Your Crap
The challenge for June was embossing...
Any kind of embossing.

This is a page in my running/weight loss journal.
I'll be showing you more of this in the coming months.
I've recently picked up running (well, I'm working on it, anyhow!)
to get in shape and lose some weight. 

So, let's get going, shall we?

First, distress your kraft paper.
I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Then, pick a stencil, and smooth your embossing pad through it.

Remove the stencil and cover ink with clear embossing powder.

Remove the excess powder.

Heat it up, baby!

Paint entire page with a wash of watercolor paint.

Blot with a paper towel.

 Add your embellishments and goodies.

Here's your wiener!
Sammy, hanging out under the blanket.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

WooHoo! Progress Makes a Girl Happy

So my bestie's daughter is getting married next weekend. 
It's a casual, outdoor wedding.
I've been wanting to get a new dress to wear for the wedding. 
I tried a few on a month or so ago, and quickly became aggravated, and decided to quit shopping.

Today, I thought I'd try again.
Guess what??!?

I bought an adorable dress, 
than what I'd had to get previously.

Did you hear that?
And, I'm not busting out of the seams!


Above is the fabric.
I'll get hubby to take a picture on wedding day, and I'll post it.

And, to make this a complete post....
Here's your wiener.
Sammy on one of our walks this week.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Fat Girl on the Run

Hello out there! 

Hope you're having a wonderful spring! It's been busy around my house- the kids are done with school, the oldest has her first job (which means mom running her around!), it's party season, and so much more!

In the midst of this, I've decided it's *FINALLY* time to get this dang weight off. In the last 17 years, I've put on about 80 lbs. YEAH, 80 pounds on a 5'3", small-boned frame. No wonder I'm tired, and stuff aches, and I get cranky! LOL

In April I signed up with My Fitness Pal (I've used Spark People in the past but like MFP much better), and decided to follow the Couch to 5K running plan. I started out just walking as fast as I could. After a week, I started following the C25k plan. After getting through week one, I hurt my toe. I tried to continue to run on it, but that caused it to get infected. So I had to take a few days off. Before I got back on the run, I developed an infection on my face, near my eye, which landed me in the ER with IV antibiotics and a CAT scan. Fun times. HA!! I was off for 2 weeks due to that issue. Then the following week, I was just plain lazy :) The week following THAT, I was out of town. So, after a little over 4 weeks off, I decided I should start over. So, a week of walking again, and now back on C25k. 

I signed up for the 4th of July 5k run/walk in my city. I am so excited- and nervous! But, it's a run/walk, so while I know there's no way in hell I can run the entire thing, I figure I'll come in ahead of the walkers at least! LOL

I share this with you for a couple of reasons: First, I need to get it out there to make myself more accountable! Second, I know I haven't ben posting as much as I should, and this is part of the reason why- I've not been sitting on my butt as much!!!
The hubby & I are taking our first ever child-free vacation in August, and I'd really love to buy a new swim suit and not be the biggest whale on the beach! LOL

I've been working on a weight loss/running journal, using a Fancy Pants Brag Book, and I'll start posting pages from it this week. I really like the way it's going, and I like the Fancy Pants book rather than the Smash book because it has photo holder pages in it. My book is full of inks, bling, and butterflies.

I haven't seen the scale move much, but have seen a little difference in the way my clothes fit, and definately some difference in my stamina. No longer do I get winded merely walking up the stairs to my bed room! Yay cloud!

Sammy is my running buddy. I started out alternating between Sam and Charlie (Blue Heeler) but Charlie is such a moody girl, and I very quickly grew tire of arguing with her. One day she's fantastic, the next she's a pain in the ass and growling at everyone. I am working with her otherwise- in the back yard, but when we go out to run, I want to RUN, not fight with her and her attitude! LOL I'm not quite sure what to do with her. I like taking her out, because she can run for hours, but after our last jog, my neck hurt for 2 days! Lucky for me, Sammy is the world's biggest Dachshund, so he handles up to three miles quite well. And he's ALWAYS happy! So, Sammy is getting a lot of exercise lately.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

We Have a Wiener....oops, a Winner!

Comment # 6, Barbara Rankin!


Please email me at with your mailing information. 

I'll get it sent to you by the end of next week.

And, here's your wiener(s)!! 
The kiddos waiting for someone to throw the toy.