Monday, November 26, 2018

Just Start - Your future self will thank you.

I've lost a lot of weight twice in my life...but I've gained a lot of it back.  Today I've drawn a line in the scale, no more!  Travis Martin of teaches that to lose weight and keep it off, one of the first steps is to define my "why".  I have only half heartedly listed them before, so this time I decided to really dig into what my "why" is.  There are lots of reasons why I want to lose the weight; here are my top 10.
  1. I want to wear smaller clothes.  I gave away all my 'fat' clothes last time I lost weight and I don't have much to wear now; I don't want to buy new 'fat' clothes.  It really makes me sad and mad that I need 2x clothes again!  I just want to kick myself for getting lazy and going back to old habits whenever I think about it.  I want to be able to walk into a store and pick something off the regular rack and it look great.  This weekend, I saw some of the cutest dresses, but they were all for regular size people; not people who are morbidly obese like I am.  Just being honest here...
  2. I don't want to wait until I have diabetes.  Managing diabetes is hard.  People who have to regulate their sugar and watch what they eat have to be on the ball at all times or they could lose eyesight or limbs or have seizures.  I don't want a scare like my friend Karen had to make me sit up and pay attention to what I'm doing.  I can pay attention to what I'm eating now and save myself from having to pay a lot closer attention to it in the years to come. 
  3. I don't want cancer.  The leading cause of cancer, heart disease, and lots of other illnesses is obesity.  Obesity is something that can be cured.  Cancer and heart problems and other diseases are hard to cure.  Paying attention to what I'm eating and drinking lots of water now is way easier than going through Chemo and Radiation. 
  4. I want to save money.  Let's face it...eating healthy is actually cheaper than not eating right.  When I'm not eating healthy, I'm eating processed foods which are more expensive than ingredients or I'm eating restaurant/fast food which is very expensive.  And if I lose weight, I have a lot less chance of having to take medicine to regulate blood pressure or sugar and going to the doctor on a regular basis in the future. 
  5. I like the taste of healthy food.  Cooking things from scratch and using the right spices is delicious!  God gave us taste buds for a reason; He wants us to enjoy eating healthy.  He created such a variety of spices and plants and animals for us to eat.  I have lots of recipes to cook healthy, and am more content after eating when I've followed the Shibboleth lifestyle. No matter how many times I lie to myself, most processed food really does taste bad.  Little Debbie's don't have the flavor I remember; they taste waxy. I don't know why I make myself eat the box whenever I buy them, if the first one tastes bad, why do I think the 8th or 9th or 10th one is going to taste any better? Spoiler alert: it doesn't!  Yes, there are things that aren't healthy that taste good, but if I enjoy them in smaller doses, they will be sources of enjoyment and not guilt.
  6. Knee pain is the pits!  Once I pass a certain weight, my right knee does not perform well under the pressure. It becomes hard to walk, stairs are painful and awkward, and I never know when I'm going to misstep and have bolts of pain shooting through my body.
  7. I want my friends and family to be proud of me.  I admit it, I'm a people pleaser.  I think it's human to want others to be excited to be with me and seen with me.  I don't want my family or friends to be embarrassed if someone they admire sees them in my presence.  Or wonder if they talk about my weight issues when I'm not around.  I know, this is very shallow, but it's how I feel. 
  8. Losing weight is not hard.  (and keeping it off isn't hard as long as I'm willing to follow the Shibboleth lifestyle) It's actually fun and easy with when I'm willing to put forth the effort.  This lifestyle website gives me recipes, restaurant guides, food libraries, videos, personal coaching, and other tools.  I am able to use them.  I'm ready to use them. I'm willing to use them. 
  9. I want to be more attractive to my husband.  Billy really is the most thoughtful, kind husband God could have blessed me with.  He's never said that he's not attracted to me, is always complimentary...but he deserves a hot wife.
  10. It's what God wants.  This really should be the most important reason on this list.  The creator of the universe did not design my body to be morbidly obese.  Yes, He still loves me, all of me.  But just because He loves me doesn't mean that He loves everything that I do.  

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Childhood blog hop

 Welcome to the Amazing Journey Blog Hoppers Hop! This month’s theme is childhood. I'm so happy you're hoppin' along! If you arrived here from Ruth's blog, you're on the right track. If not, that's OK too! Just continue the hop and you'll come full circle! 

In a few short months, I will be a Grandma for the first time, Lord willing.  I am so excited. it's hard to not buy outfits and toys and blankets because I want to so much. But there will be plenty of time to buy things for the baby for years to come.  I have already bought a stroller and car seat.

Isn't this stamp set just too precious?  It's SS-0295, Hey Diddle Diddle. 

For the background, I used a cloud die from the Fly Away set and used that as a mask and sponged ink on the background.

Thank you for stopping by today, be sure to head to Heather's blog next. --- Betsye
Blog hop list: 
  1. Betsye (you're here)
  2. Heather

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Dude Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Amazing Journey Blog Hoppers Hop! This month’s theme is Dude. I'm so happy you're hoppin' along! If you arrived here from Ruth’s blog, you're on the right track. If not, that's ok too! Just continue the hop and you'll come full circle!

In case you didn't know, February is the month of Richard Garay's  birthday, and this Dude hop is in his honor.

My brother-in-law got a new motorcycle when his daughter graduated from college, and I thought this would be a perfect card to send him for his birthday next month.

I stamped the sentiment and the motorcycle with the Black Licorice ink pad onto Whip Cream Cardstock  and then created the background with Pan Pastels, and then accented the chrome on the bike with the silver gel pen.

 Thank you for stopping by today, be sure to head to Heather’s blog next.

2. Kim Lamos

Supplies used on my project: 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Be Amazing Blog Hop

Welcome to the Amazing Journey Blog Hoppers Hop! This month’s theme is Be Amazing. I'm so happy you're hoppin' along! If you arrived here from Lisa’s blog, you're on the right track. If not, that's ok too! Just continue the hop and you'll come full circle!

I've heard so much about events that Fun Stampers Journey puts on, I just had to see for myself.
I got to go with someone who signed up under me, and a friend of mine who lives in Orlando was able to join us for the public portion!  It was so much fun!  the first day was a training session for coaches, and the second day was for everyone.  There was shopping and food and a photo room with special lights, and make and takes.  I came away with pictures of at least 50 different cards I can make with the Be Amazing collection, a couple of stamp sets, and wonderful memories.

Speaking of memories, my first papercrafting love was scrapbooking, so my project features a page using our scrapbooking products.

I should probably mention that over the years with experience, I've become a paper snob.  I do not like using thin patterned paper or cardstock.  Don't get me wrong, it's still pretty, but I just don't like working with it now.  I like for the background to be able to stand up by itself with layers and embellishments.   The reason I mention this is because you can't touch and feel my papers and card stock.  The paper is of a good quality and has a nice weight.  The card stock from FSJ is very sturdy.  I love that I can get it in 12x12 packs, and at 12 sheets for  $5.95 is not a bad price; and a great variety of colors.

I love it when I can get matching card stock for patterned paper!  Lucky for me, all of the FSJ patterned paper just so happens to match the card stock colors that they have.

I used Turbo Teal card stock for the background, but wanted it to reflect the mood of the party, so I splattered the background with silks, Orange Rave, Cosmic Grape, Sour Lemon and Electric Lime.

The picture with Richard and Gabby had a lot of negative space on it, so it was perfect to use with one of the Amazing Layers overlays. we used a lot of the sequins on cards at the event, and they were perfect for decorating a Be Amazing Day Card (which I cut in half so I could use on both pages) and for adding to an embellishment from the Be Amazing Prints.

Thank you for stopping by today, be sure to head to Ruth’s blog next.

Blog hop list: 
1. Betsye Rose Cimino Erazo

Supplies used on my project: 
Sour Lemon Silk
Cosmic Grape Silk
Orange Rave Silk
Electric Lime Silk
Be Amazing Printed Paper
Amazing Layers
Be Amazing Day Cards
Amazing Trim
Sparkle Trim
Turbo Teal 12 x 12
Amazing Prints
Journey Glaze 4 oz.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Faith Journey Blog Hop

Welcome to the Amazing Journey Blog Hoppers Hop! This month’s theme is Faith Journey.  I'm so happy you're hoppin' along! If you arrived here from Becky's blog, you're on the right track. If not, that's ok too! Just continue the hop and you'll come full circle!

I have loved Tim Holtz' Crazy birds for a long time, and was so excited to see the Pretty Birds ATS. I love how cute these are, and I can  look at the ideas I've saved to use with the Crazy birds and use it for my Pretty Birds if I'm ever stuck.  To color this bird, I used the Rich Sorbets PanPastels; they are so easy to blend together.

Of course the birds are cute, but I think what makes them work are the words on the card and the backgrounds.  For the background, I stamped the Ink Splat ATS with the Cool Pool True Color Fusion Ink Pad, Pineapple Smoothie True Color Fusion Ink Pad, and the Pretty Amethyst True Color Fusion Ink Pad, then I added a few Rainbow Drops  with Journey Glaze.

The scripture is from the Faith Journey collection Trust the Lord Stamp Set.  I firmly believe in this saying.  He is the Great "I Am".   He can fulfill every need that I have.  It may not be on my time schedule, and I may think some of my wants are needs, but He knows best. The older I become and the more experience I have, the more I see the validity in this statement.

Thank you for stopping by today, be sure to head to Karen’s blog next.

1. Betsye Rose Cimino Erazo
2.  Karen Seifert 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Beautiful Wings Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Amazing Journey Blog Hoppers Hop! This month we are featuring the Beautiful Wings stamp set SS-0353. I'm so happy you're hoppin' along! If you arrived here from Karen’s blog, you're on the right track. If not, that's ok too! Just continue the hop and you'll come full circle!

Please don’t forget to click the Next button at the bottom to continue on the hop with Heather’s blog.
I've been seeing spinner cards, and thought that this would be a perfect time to try one out, and put my own spin on it. LOL. 
The first step I took was to use (outside in) Piercing element, die element, die element, and piercing element from the Journey Circles Die Set [DI-0039].  This gave me a center circle for the sentiment with the added dimension of the holes pierced, a ring which I could have tossed (but didn't), and a frame for the rest of the front of the card.
Here's a tip for when using the piercing elements: before peeling the cardstock off the piercing element, flip it over and look to see if you can see little green dots or colored bumps.  If you see colored bumps, use the Bloom Tool [TO-0073] (20% off this month) with the spatula end and lightly flick off the colored bumps. 

This is how it should look before peeling the card stock from the piercing element. 

Stamp the sentiment you would like on the center circle.  Seeing this picture reminds me, FSJ also has blocks on sale this month.  One side is smooth, and the other side has an etched grid, and all four sides are grooved for an easy grip.

Next, position the frame on the card base where you want it BUT DO NOT GLUE IT DOWN YET!  This is just to help place the next step perfectly.

Adhere the ring directly onto the card base using the large panel as a guide for the placement.

Remove the frame, leaving only the ring at this point. 

Put Foam Squares (psst, another sale item) on the back of the circle you stamped the sentiment on and adhere to the card base in the middle of the ring. 

Place the frame in an embossing folder of your choosing and emboss. 

 Put a round pop-up in the middle of two pennies and adhere to the butterfly. 

Add Foam squares to the frame, being careful to not get too close to the circle cut out of the middle and place on card base around the ring.

Slide pennies into the open space above the ring so that the pennies are on both sides of the circle and the frame.

1. Betsye Rose Cimino Erazo

Friday, August 26, 2016

Robin Holiday

This background looks like a green piece of paper, but it's Whip cream cardstock. The Pan Pastels make it easy to create amazing backgrounds in no time flat with background stamps. Every time time I do this technique, a song from the 80's starts playing in my head, I can hear Shawn Cassidy singing "Do you believe in magic"

To do this technique, ink a stamp with Clear Pigment ink and then using a Sofft tool, rub PanPastel into the paper.  Quick, easy, and amazing!

Of course, another technique that I think is magic to this day is heat embossing.  I just love how the powder melts before my eyes.  I have discovered over the years that some powders are hard to tell when they have melted, but not FSJ powders.  I don't know what's different about them, but the difference is very easy to see as it melts.

Isn't this Robin pretty?  It is the small one in the set.  There is so much detail in this stamp, but it's only available to purchase until September 30th. There is also a die that matches it, and you can even buy it as a bundle for a discount.  

We used Journey Color Burst Pure Color Pencils to color it in, and then used Tortillions and baby oil to blur the pencil lines.

We made this in class last night, and I think the ladies loved it.  Don't they look like they were having fun?