Monday, October 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Cornucopia*

Hi Everyone!!  It has been a day today!! I worked from home, but this morning I had two appointments .. one with the Physiotherapist and one with the Dietitian. I went in.. they did my weighing. I'm down to 217 and I have not lost any muscle this month.. which is a great thing. But, then they started talking about my obsession with the scale.. with hubby too. I know I have a problem, so we talked about it. I fought the tears as long as I could LOL but then they came. I hate that I get all emotional!! So, they are going to send me to the Psychologist so we can see if we can come up with some things to help me work through this. I know I'm obsessed and I also know that if I were to gain anything that I would mortified. I'm hung up on the .. you have a year and a half to lose the weight that they tell you about. I know that I've done well... Down from 295 top weight, but I still feel like I'm not doing well enough. I see that I'm 6 months in and others have lost more. I tell myself that I'm doing well... I'm lifting so I'm not losing muscle... I'm just losing fat and they show me that every time I go in, but those numbers are killing me! So... we will see how that appointment goes. I certainly don't want something to hit me in the end and I get all down and go back to bad habits. So... better to jump on it now! I've worked too hard to get to where I am.. I feel better.. I look better.. I'm healthier. Why is that not enough for me? I have no idea. And why do I keep comparing myself to others! I can't seem to stop. Ughhh!!  A struggle every day... I can do this too!  And my hubby is the best!! He is the best support!! I love him dearly for being there.. being honest and helping through everything. And you know what... Jesus answering my prayers for help with this. Jesus loves me this I know!

Okay.. enough of my dribble :D  Here is my card for today:

This image and the sentiments are From The Heart. I had so much fun creating this with the sentiments and the image both!! I colored the image with my Copic Markers and did a bit of layering. I added some stitching to all of the folds. On the front with the "Happy Thanksgiving" sentiment I added some dew drops. I also inked all the edges.. of the sentiments, the card base and the patterned paper. On the middle sentiment I added some sequins. Then, on the back panel I have the image which was cut around by a My Favorite Stamps die. I did a bit of inking around the image by masking it with another printed image. I added some twine and the leaf charm and a few gems. The leaf gem was colored with some alcohol inks. The card base and top papers were all cut using the Silhouette Cameo. I hope you like it!!

Copic Colors Used:
  • Horn: E33, E35, E37
  • Eggplant: V15, V17, BV08
  • Grapes: G20, G43
  • Wheat: E41, E43
  • Apples: R22, R24, R29
  • Pumpkins: YR02, YR04, YR09
  • Corn: Y11, Y19; YG11, YG13, YG17


Viv said...

My goodness! What a lot of challenges - must have taken you forever to link them all in but am glad you found time to join us at Stamping Sensations with this lovely Autumn creation!

Sheryl said...

Susan this is just beautiful. I love it! Your work is an inspiration to us all. Great to have you in our neighbourhood again this week, hugs Sheryl 613 Avenue Create DT xx

FiestyCrafter (Tina) said...

Your card is gorgeous!! Love the design and elements. It's so perfect for fall and Thanksgiving. Thanks for joining us at Scrapping4fun
Tina dt

suzARTe said...

Susan, I wish you all the luck in your goal to loose weight, one day at a time, you'll get there.
This card is so gorgeous and the stitching accent looks great, I love the details and the sentiment. Thanks so much for continuing to share your cards at Anything goes, Just keep on creating
Susan xx

Dee's Craft Room said...

Gorgeous card, I love the vibrant colours and the lovely shape. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


Gail said...

I love the great mix of autumn colours -so rich and vibrant- the stitching brings everything together- this is just a lovely card- thanks for playing at Let's Craft and Create.

Mrs Beez said...

Great stepper card, so beautifully done. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful card, thanks for joining us at Moo Mania and more, Valerie

Imke said...

Amazing stepper Card, Susan. Love the Colors and your coloring is really great.
Hang in there - i wish you good luck on your way !!!

Thanks for joining our FREE Stamp of the Month October Challenge @ From the Heart Stamps !!

Michelle said...

Lovely card. Great idea to make a steppercard.
Thanks for playing with us at Inspiration Destination.
Good luck. xxx Michelle (DT)

Angela said...

Hi Susan!
Your card is is the story you shared! It sounds like you are doing amazingly well...keep going, I wish you all the best! Thank you for playing along with us at From the Heart Stamps!

Sherrie K. said...

GORGEOUS stepcard! The colors are fabulous~you coloring rocks!! Wow! Love it and what a wonderful sentiment!
Sherrie K

Christina Hor said...

Oh this has got to be the most breathtaking Thanksgiving card I've seen Susan! There's so much love shinning from it with the heartfelt sentiment, image and the fine details like the stitches. Beautiful autumn colors too. Very stunning!

Hugs, Christina
Outlawz Monday-Greetings, DT (personal blog)

froebelsternchen said...

AMAZING project Susan! Thank you very much for joining us at Moo Mania & More!

Pia S said...

Absolutely beautiful!! Such a fab shape and love your coloring too! Thanks for entering our photo challenge over at Catch the Bug and good luck in the challenge!

Anonymous said...

Susan this is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for joining us at From the Heart Stamps in our progressive Stamp of the Month Challenge :-) I'll be looking forward to your entry next month ;-)

Andreja said...

What a pretty shaped card you made! I like your beautiful colouring :-))
Thank you for entering at Scrapping4Fun this time, Hugs, Andreja

Unknown said...

The step card and the depth of color is amazing. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday in our 206th AG challenge! Blessings and Hugs, Carole

Sally H said...

A gorgeous Autumnal creation! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month and good luck!

Charity Morris-Chamberlain said...

Beautiful card! Love the steps and the stitching! Awesome job! Thank you for playing along in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge! Have a blessed day!

Charity - DT Member - Word Art Wednesday (my personal blog)

Brenda said...

Susan, this is such a wonderful step card, the perfect way to showcase your sentiment! Thanks for joining us at From the Heart i {heart} sketches! Brenda

berucrafts said...

Hi Susan... THANKS for your lovely comment and for sharing your wonderful card here by bastel-traum... Wish you a blessed time and I am glad to see you again :) Hugs Ute

brenda said...

A super creation for our Autumnal theme Susan, it has a lovely rustic feel to it, many thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations challenges.

B x

Pippa said...

Beautiful card Susan. I do hope they can help you not to get hung up with the weight loss and comparing yourself with others but I realise it is a lot easier said than done. Thinking of you. x

Doni High said...

Beautiful card. I love the rich warm fall colors you used. Thanks for sharing your diet story...May I just say you should take a deep breath, smile and congratulate yourself on what you have done so far.
You are an inspiration to me.
Thanks for playing along with us at FTHS.

Janett said...

Very pretty card love the stitching. Thanks for joining the DRS designs challenge.

Damjana said...

Great card layout and the colours with beautiful sentiments. Thanks for joining our Challenge #52 at Scrapping4fun Challenge. Hugs, Damchy (Damjana)

Heather said...

1st thing: congrats on your awesome weight loss. I can't even image how hard that must be! 2nd: this is a fabulous card. Love the folds and the dimension on the image is awesome. Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

nwilliams6 said...

Wow - you have done so well on your weight loss! That is amazing and you can afford a few weeks of no weight lost or even gained - you have done so well. I am very impressed - I need to lose some weight and I feel more motivated after reading your story. TFS! Your card is gorgeous! Super card shape, very creative sentiment placement and your images are wonderful! Well done and thanks for sharing all this with us in the DRS Designs Challenge.

Cheryl W. said...

Such a lovely and heartfelt card. Beautiful coloring, too! Thanks so much for joining us at Let's Craft & Create.

Lori m said...

Gorgeous card, so filled with love,
Thanks for playing along over at DL.ART!

Hugs, Lori m
DL.ART DT Member

Nana said...

Beautiful. Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks

Have a creative day.
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Nana said...

I'm back. Thanks for linking up over at Silhouette Challenges

Have a creative day.
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Scrapping4funChallenges said...

Stunning Card, love all the detail. I wish you all the best with your goal to loose weight. You can do it, just take one day at a time!
Big Hugs
Rachelle DT

N-Eva said...

Great colour combo and that image is super cute! Thanks for joining us at Come And Get It challenge.Neva

Kathy S said...

Susan, I'm glad they have you going to get some support. We that overeat are obsessive and that just transfers from food to the scale for some of us. I too started at 295 and then only went down to 185. For some reason, my body stopped. I didn't change a thing but that is where I stayed for several years. Then, the horrible thing happened. I gained and gained, and gained. You are smart to be fearful of that weight gain because it is horrifying. I went back up to about 265, but you know what - I took the bull by the horns again and used the pouch how it was intended and I'm back down to 215 lbs. I'm still losing again so we'll see where this takes me. Anyway - I came because I wanted to comment on your STUNNING entry for the sketch challenge at From The Heart Stamps - WOW - double Wow - this is about the most beautiful card I've seen with this image. I just love it. Hit me up on private message if you ever want to chat. Take care. Kathy

Sue from Oregon said...

Thank you so much for sharing with us at Silhouette Challenges for October!

Yep-I would like to have this one in my mailbox...such lovely rich and colorful creation.

♥ Sue Kment

Sue from Oregon said...

And oh my....such an amazing job on the weight loss...don't get are amazing!!! ♥ Sue Kment

Ann Chuang Crafts said...

Stunning Card!The colors are just beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Scrapping4Fun Challenges. Hope to see you again soon!! HUGS!
Ann DT

Jen Leeflang said...

Your card is amazing! Really beautiful! Thanks for entering our Bugaboo challenge, and good luck in the draw. We hope to see you again soon!
Jen Leeflang

LauraEva said...

wow---what a gorgeous card!!! that is a whole lot of challenges--wow! Thank you for joining us over on the HIMCR blog!

Nazeema Calypso Thompson said...

OMG... I don't know if there is anything else I can say, that everyone else hasn't. This is so spectacular!!! I love everything about it!! Thank you so much for joining us at From the Heart Stamps #124 and Stamp of The Month Challenge.

Deanne Saunders said...

Congrats on the life change!!! I totally understand because I'm at a stand-still with my weight loss.But I'm continuing running and stuff and I'm staying basically the same weight but my clothes are feeling better and better by the week!! I feel better too!!! Love it!
Beautiful card!!!! Thanks so much for participating in our MELONHEADZ challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!!
Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

Gale said...

Gorgeous card Susan. Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Addicts in our "Autumn Colors or Anything Goes Challenge" and we hope to see you again real soon. Hugs, Gale DT

Tip Top said...

Wonderful card and such great colours! Thanks for entering I {heart} card sketches with a tWist - hope to see you again next time!

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous stepper card love all the stitching and beautiful Autumn colours-well done on losing all the weight and hope you get to feel better about yourself -we are our own worst critics--Thank you for joining us at Crafting With Friends
Carol DT x

alex said...

Another gorgeous creation, thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create, hope to see you again soon
{613 DT Member}
Alex x

Laura W said...

Lovey, thanks for joining us at Melonheadz Friends!

Desire Fourie said...

Susan this is a beautiful stepper creation with wonderful autumn colouring and elements. You hang in there and just stay dedicated and take each day at a time. In the end all the days added together will have a wonderful result for you.
This is so perfect for our RESILIENCE theme this month. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and good luck.
{Path of Positivity DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Teresa Arsenault said...

what a stellar design. I love everything about this - the fold, the stitching, the gems and your incredible colouring of the pumpkins. I love that gold leaf too.

I hopped over from the Path of Positivity voting page and I'm pretty sure I'm going to vote for you. Your honest sharing of your weight loss journey and your turbulent feelings touched my heart. I so admire what you are doing.

I have a gift for you on my blog. It is a word art image of a message I feel the Lord has given me to share on a regular basis. I hope it will lift you up and encourage you. Here is the link:

blessing hugs,

Sari / Granne said...

Fabulous autumnal card, love the foldings and the stichings. Thank you for joining Oddball Art Fall challenge, hope to see you back soon.