Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Greeting Farm Oh Baby and Sing

Hi Friends! Hope you're having a wonderful Saturday. You know. . I've gained 30 to 35 lbs in the last 5 years and have been trying to lose them for the last 5 years. LOL! I've struggled with it. I would make great efforts to lose weight and I'll lose 10lbs but the effort is so time consuming . . mentally and physically that I stop trying. I sort of burn out trying to lose weight.

I wonder if I should just embrace and accept my chubbiness. I cringe when I go clothes shopping. I don't look good in any clothes I want to buy. I hate that aspect of it. At the same time, I don't want to put in the difficult effort to try to lose weight. I'll try for a short time but give up. I don't know how to change this self-defeating revolving circle of failed efforts to lose weight.

I LOVE food. . .I mean REALLY love it. I think if I wasn't so sedentary, I wouldn't have much of a problem because there was a point in my life when I was still skinny that I could eat two servings of everything and never gained weight. I could pig out and I wouldn't gain weight because I was so busy running around that I would burn the extra calories without trying.

Should I try again? I did lose 10 lbs a few months ago by eating less and walking on the treadmill daily but I caught a cold and hurt my back and well, mentally. . .that was a good excuse to stop trying. It seems I wait around for that "excuse" to come up so I can stop. I can't just stop because I feel embarrassed that I stopped for no reason so when an excuse arises, well I embrace it like a long lost friend. Well, sadly I gained back 5 lbs in a short period of time.

Okay. . .I'll give it one more try. If I fail this time around. . .I think I'll just accept it and be happy with my chubbiness and move on with life. There's no point in fighting it if I fail this time around. When should I start?

I'll start tomorrow! LOL! I need a day to prepare myself for the upcoming deprivation and sore muscles that will surely come. Wish me luck friends! Stop by "Sistahs of the Traveling Tee" and support the other ladies there who are trying to lose weight. Me and Jen of Pieces of Me started this blog a year ago to motivate us to lose weight and well, we're still trying. There's a few other ladies that joined in our journey so stop by and check out how we're doing once in a while!!

Okay. . now to my card! I created this "Clean and Simple" card last night. I tend to make my cards so busy and it's sometimes so difficult to make a simple and clean looking card. I controlled myself last night! LOL!

Well, I decided to use the Greeting Farm "Oh, Baby" stamp set to create this card. I never created a card with this layout before. . .it's different from my norm.

I colored Baby Ian with my Copic markers. .that's basically it. Nothing really much else to the card.

Card Details:

Stamps: The Greeting Farm Oh Baby
Paper: DCWV designer paper, SU Certainly Celery, Cool Caribbean
Ink: Copic Markers, Sakura gel pen
Accessories: Organdy Ribbon, JoAnn brads, Nestabilities, CB Embossing Folder, Paper Cord

Okay. . .now, this card is more like my typical card. . .busy and such! LOL! Actually, I intended to make a "scrappy card" but decided to add the Greeting Farm "Sing". It was a last minute decision to add the stamped image.

I'm not sure I like the ribbon the way it is placed but I can't think of another part of the card to add it. This card has a half flap with a rounded edge. I adhered all the punched flowers to give the card a bit of dimension.

I colored "Sing" with my Copic Markers. . .that's about it!Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Card Details:

Stamps: The Greeting Farm Sing
Paper: K&Co designer paper, SU Riding Hood Red
Ink: Copic markers, Sakura gel pen, Scribbles Iridescent paint
Accessories: Marvy Daisy punch, SU Riding Hood Ribbon


Nikki Fairbairn said...

Oh they are both adorable Maria, the layout of your first card is so fun and I just adore the colours on your second card, beautiful colouring as always, Oh I too have put on about 28lb in the last year! I really must do something about it too and avoid clothes shopping, Good luck with the diet and hope it goes well this time, Big Hugs, Nikki x

Sheri Gilson said...

Maria, both cards are wonderful! The second is my favorite. I just love the shape of the front of the card and how the Sing image is placed on it.

Elena said...

Your baby card is so cute! I love the layout!
And what a precious singing girl! Love the edge of the card!
I saw the movie Twilight and I liked it! Can't wait to see the Moonlight too!

doris said...

Wow Maria, both cards are wonderful!

Doris XX

Imagine That Digistamp said...

AWWWW--SOMMMME! :) Love them both! The Greeting Farm has sure come out with some fabulous images. Love the grey hair!

L said...

I love the busyness of the second card, as you've put it. :)

Lovely crafts.


Renata van Miltenburg said...

Both cards are adorable but I like especialy the girl with the gitar. And I think this card don't need the ribbon at all ;)

Sunny regards, Renata

Cami said...

Heavens, Maria! These two cards are adorable! I especially like the second card that is really "YOU" with the colorful, vibrant colors that yell out "FUN" but they are both very nice. I love that "Sing" gal with the uke? It just makes you smile and feel "happy" like you want to "sing along" with her. Great coloring as always. Enjoy your weekend, what's left. Hugs, Cami

Joan Ottevanger said...

Ohhh Maria these card are so great.
You have such wonderfull idea's.
And also a lot of beautiful paper.

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

WOW! You totally rock with these images!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Super cute cards Maria! I love the little aloha girl... those colors are so striking! TFS!

Christine said...

Maria, both of your cards are gorgeous. Your coloring really makes them both so striking. I love the colors and the different designs. I think it is so cute that you included the embossed paper in your baby card. It really gives it that "extra". In your second card I love all of the flowers. Weight is something that I have always struggled with. I have never really been "fat" but I since my first child was born I have been on this roller coaster ride of gain 10-15 lbs, lose 10-15lbs. My biggest downfall is chocolate and for some reason it helps my mojo while I am crafting. So totally in my head. The key really for me is to exercise. When I exercise I can slim up but I really don't feel like doing that with my extra time during the day. I would rather scrap. :) Well I hope you find your peace about your weight but mild exercise is good for you no matter your weight all through out your life so if you can fit it in by all means start. Just don't push yourself so hard in the beginning. Take it easy. Maybe then you won't have the sore muscles. Sorry to have written you a book!!

xoxo, Christine

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my Maria, both cards are totally adorable! Love the blues on the first one and your second with that fun opening is fantastic!

LOL you sound like me when it comes to weight loss and motivation. I really do WANT to try...give it a go for a bit but then I look for excuses to stop :(

I wish you the best of luck! You can do it...if you put your mind to it :)

Kyoko said...

I am totally at a loss for words Girlie! I love the vibrant colors on your Sing card ... so much Aloha! You are so awesome Maria ... truly an inspiration to me!

Heather Schlatter said...


These are just adorable!! I love how you made the front of the card rounded like that!!! I love the added flowers to!!!

These are just the most awesome and anyone would adore getting them!!!


Risa said...

Both of your cards are super adorable Maria!
I love the layout of the first card and the images are super cute. I love the layout of the second card, very unique! Ms. Anya is beautiful also!
The past few pictures that I have seen of you, you really don't look over weight to me. In fact, you look great!!!

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