Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mermaid Card

Hello! I have a mermaid card to show you today. Isn't she so sweet looking? This is an Elaine Cox image from Sweet Pea Stamps. Everything was colored with Copics and a white gel pen, papers, ribbon and pearl accents are from Hobby Lobby. The pearls came out of the bridal section. I have been very good staying out of the craft stores for the past couple of months. I had Jenna and Samantha over here the other day. Jenna was working on a summer reading project so we stopped by Hobby Lobby to see if we could find anything for her project. For once I couldn't think of anything that I had that would really work. The project was to make a travel brochure for a fictional cruise line that featured locations mentioned in The Odyssey. Yeah, I was fresh out of the stuff! Well anyway, since we were in Hobby Lobby we had to look at the entire store and I was surprised to find lots of new goodies, especially the jewels in the bridal section. I have to get one of everything! And since paper was on sale I had to get some of that too.


I know it has been a while since I have posted. I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. I spent a little over a week with my parents in my home town during the last part of June/first part of July. Since I was going to be gone for so long, I didn't really want to broadcast that on here. I scheduled some posts while I was gone and for some reason the pictures showed up but no text. I never did figure that one out. I went to help my Mom work on some things around the house and wasn't online very much at all during that time.

When I came back, my creative inspiration was evidently still on vacation. I sat and colored a few things that I wasn't happy with and couldn't get a project to pull together at all. So I decided to take a week long break of no crafting. For an entire week I did not sit at the craft table, look at my craft supplies or even touch my Copics. I felt refreshed after that week was over and ready to craft again.

After that we have been having intermittent internet issues. It would work, then I would sit down to do something online and it wouldn't be working. It got pretty frustrating. Kip finally narrowed down the problem to a faulty splitter and after he replaced that the internet has been working just fine.

Also during this time I joined my local YMCA. I had been working out at home with the few weights I have and then walking on the treadmill. I knew it was time to add something extra to push my weight loss to the next level and I decided that the Y would be the best fit for me. I didn't know what to really do either so I worked with a trainer to get a routine in place. It took me a couple of weeks to build my endurance, but then I decided that I could really do this! Exercising has been taking up a big chunk of time lately. (that feels weird to even type that!). I am happy with the results--as of Friday's weigh in, I have lost 40 pounds. But it has taken me a little while to work that into the rest of my day without giving up something.

I will probably be posting about every other day until school starts back, but after that I will go back to my regular posting. Thanks for your patience! I'm off to visit the blogs of all my friends that I have been missing!


Kathy and Lucky said...

I am with you about not advertising when I am gone :) and I think a break is wonderful, it helps to avoid that feeling of no mojo. Your card today is gorgeous! Love the colors and your coloring. Great idea with the bridal section and adding those pearls. Lovely.

Anonymous said...

Hi Gina!! Adorable card and beautifully put together!! I love the sprig!! I've been on a bit of a break myself, however, I DID advertise it on my blog...but the only reason for that is that I know I would get e-mail asking where my posts are! LOL!! So this is why I say something. However...I will be posting sporadically until school starts back up too!!

Just wanted to stop in and say hello!!Hope you enjoyed your break! HUGS

jimlynn said...

Gina, that's wonderful about the weight loss!! Fantastic and so proud of you...Losing weight is such a hard thing to do I know.
Love your beautiful card. Such lovely coloring too. So pretty.

Scrapping Julie said...

40 lbs!!!!! yaaaaahhooooooo!!!!
WAY TO GO GINA. stick with it sister. exercise is just as great for the mind as it is the body!
your mermaid it precious! so glad you have been enjoying your summer. miss you my friend

Crafty Cre8tions said...

Just gorgeous!!!!!!!! Wow - stunning :) Glad your back to posting.

Good for you and your 40 lb weight loss!! Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!

Maria :)

The Mama Monkey said...

Gorgeous so obviously you found your mojo! So glad to hear of your weight loss! Very exciting! I need to get motivated myself!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Congratulations on the weight loss, Gina! Glad you are back to crafting. I love your card. You really worked the magic with your Copics.

Peggysuez said...

Congratulations on the weight loss, you go girl! Wish we could chat in person, I cannot seem to take anything off. Beautiful card, I can see so much improvement in your copic skills, masterfully colored and so sweet.

Jennifer Scull said...

good for you on all counts! I am so proud of you! and I think I have probably gained every pound you have lost... oh well, at least someone is losing them. ;) but I really am thrilled for you! it takes hard work and determination. and you have done well to push on. :)

Amber said...

Love this card... so pretty and as always, your coloring is amazing! Congrats on weight loss and working out.... great job!