Monday, May 6, 2013

♢♢ Paper Made Bakery May Release Day & Blog Hop ♢♢



Hello and Welcome to the 


May's Release Day & Blog Hop!

You should have reached here from the Paper Made Bakery Blog.  If not, you'll want to start there, that is where all the fun begins!


Check out the 


Yes, Please!

Seriously Chock Full of Fabulous Goodness!!!!


 Today I have 2 cards to share with you:

Here's my first one:


Maya Angelou.

I love her wise words, don't you?

I'm such a HUGE fan of sentiment stamps, so the Words to Live By set ala Fresh Squeezed Stamps is a FAV of mine.

Although you can't tell, the thread is a light gray to match the journal card.  It looks much darker in the picture.  I used a smidge of the wonderful chevron American Crafts Ribbon.

My card was inspired by the latest retro sketch:


....typing about the chevron ribbon:


That woven panel...it isn't huge, 2.5 x 3 but man, it was a challenge.  I've said it before and I'll say it again and again, I'm your basic lazy crafter...I stick to what works and don't tend to venture to new techniques so when I do, it's a big deal.  

Those that know me know that creeps into my personal life...I have the same breakfast and lunch at work.  Boring...maybe, but I enjoy it and I've been struggling with my weight for the last couple of years.  I took the plunge and joined Weight Watchers in January and then CHA Winter & Jamaica happened..LOVED them but I ate, alot.  So I'm happy to say that AJ {After Jamaica} I've managed to lose 11 lbs.  Might not sound like alot but for me, it is.  I'm so petite and I seem to have a metabolism that isn't too perky..I look at a cupcake and gain 2 pounds.

This is a special card since I'm a happy spokes girl for the sentiment.

Sorry to go non-crafty on you, this blog is a journal for me too.  I'm also hoping that by announcing things, it'll make me stick to my resolutions.

okay, back to all thing crafty...

When I saw that awesome ribbon, I felt the need to do up a woven panel of it....my poor Janome was not happy having to stitch through all the layers of goodness.


I layered up the button with a fun little doily puffy sticker....the strip it is sitting on looks like washi, eh?  It's actually one of the 'top tabs' on the Yes, Please 6x6 pad.

There you have it...now hippety hop over to the wonderful Angi's blog


If you should get lost along the way, the Paper Made Bakery blog has the hop order!

Don't forget to enter on the Rafflecopter!

55 comments:

Lynn said...

Go Amy Go! Love hearing about your success. Absolutely fabulous! Keep us posted as you continue to succeed!

Love your cards too...the sentiment on the first is fabulous!

Karen B. said...

Congrats Amy! These cards are perfectly crisp and clean.

jessica said...

What awesome cards Amy! LOVE them both....of course...I am such a HUGE fan of yours :)
That woven background is awesome!!!!
Looks like another amazing kit!
Thanks for sharing and a big CONGRATS to you on 11....one step at a time and I would say this is a GREAT beginning!!!! Keep up the AWESOME work my friend!

Aimes said...

You're totally rockin' that kit, girlie! Fab projects!
:)

Izzy Anderson said...

That woven panel is AMAZING, Amy. I am not sure I would have the patience to try that, but, oh, I love the effect. Both cards are beautiful and big congrats on the weight loss. I know that's a tough battle. I need to be a warrior again myself!

Sylvia said...

Fabulous job with the kit, Amy, love those greens and yellows! Congrats on achieving your goals, I know you will feel better...and oh by the way, I can't even look at the cupcake! Have a wonderful Monday!

Kelly said...

I have WW and was successful.. I am 5' 1" and like you, every ounce matters on a short frame. oiy! Love that green card. The colors are so vibrant!

Sherry Eckblad said...

First off, CONGRATS on the weight loss. I have been on a mini vacation from WW and back at it today.

Your cards are both amazing. Not sure which is my favorite. I love the camera paper on the first and the colors and sentiment on the second.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Good for you soul sista!!! Since I had my gall bladder taken out ... I have done nothing but gain gain gain :( It is so depressing and adding in a diet and exercise didn't help one bit ... So I am VERY PROUD of you!!!

I love love love love your cards!! They are GORGEOUS!!!!!

Valerie said...

Super clever, Amy!

(p.s. I'm am very much like you in keeping things simple - not only in crafting, but in my personal life, too: breakfast rotates between 3 things. LOL)

Jessica Wilson said...

Great cards! I love the way you used the ribbon:)

Chrissy Larson said...

Wow! The card was worth the work. I LOVE it! Way to go on the weight loss. I need to get focused also but I'm struggling since I love to run and our weather just isn't cooperating.

Trinh said...

Yay, Amy! Here's to continued success!

Your cards are super cute! The woven background is amazing!

Shannon Fralish said...

These are fabulous cards, and thank you for the inspiration! Keep up the good work!

wendipooh13 said...

super super cute cards!! sooo LOVE

and congrats on the lbs off!!! I'm working on that right now too!!!!

Angi Barrs said...

Love these fabulous cards. :)

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Fab cards as always, Amy!

Miriam Prantner said...

I am swooning over the woven card! So worth the time and effort, it is GORGEOUS!!!! And go Amy on WW....although I have seen photos of you and you are tiny!

wienerhoneymooners said...

Lovely card with green!!! And I support you 100% on the struggles of getting healthier and maintains a positive outlook!!! I am in the boat and if you go to my profile I started another blog to post my weekly progress, I think throwing it out there is totally healthy an makes us focus and keep it at the forefront! It is a slow process, but once you see the numbers roll back, I felt like it is like rolling back time to get life back, weird I know. So hang tough, keep it ever on the surface and all of the little decisions that you will make will soon show the positive results!!

Hugz!
- Kimberly

Annette Allen said...

wow wee girlfriend.. these are fabulous.. my favorite is the second one.. LOVE how you stitched the ribbon.. FABULOUS design..

Anonymous said...

Love the woven ribbon panel.
Good luck with your diet in the future. Feel good about the achievement so far - don't want to rush it or it won't stick.

Ashley Horton said...

Adorable Amy!! Your cards are always so awesome!

Amy Martin said...

Congrats Amy.... This is a great kit. I love the sentiments on the stamps. Very cut cards. Love the stitches.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOVE this kit-- what a fun set of colors, papers, and embellies:)

LOVE that woven panel of ribbon!! Wowowza! It packs a punch! FAB!!! I love that you call yourself a lazy crafter! LOL!

Fab cards today! I LOVE them both:)

Sparkplug17 said...

Such fabulous cards! I love the green and yellow together! :)

Lynnda said...

Sista!!!!.... First of all, CONGRATS on the weight loss. I've been struggling the same... eversince my last holiday....it seems impossible to lose!!!

Your cards are both amazing. as always I love them to bits... hugs....x

Lesley said...

You are so inspiring!! I need to join WW again! I love both cards! The sentiment from the first is awesome, love the font and that ribbon technique is very cool.
Hugs,
Lesley

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

The black stitching is so striking on that first fab card, Amy. Love the fun colors and inspirational sentiment on the second. Losing and gaining weight has always been a struggle for me too. You're doing an amazing job. 11 pounds is quite the accomplishment!

Mare said...

I love these cards.

alexandra s.m. said...

Congrats Amy!
Love them ;-)

Glenda J said...

Congrats to you! Love both of your creations.

Mona Pendleton said...

Pure sweetness Amy!

Ravengirl said...

Great cards! Love the happy colors!

Dora said...

Beautiful cards love the happy colors!

Jessi Fogan said...

I am no stranger to weight struggles - vacations are really hard on the diet! Good for you getting back on the horse....so to speak :) Both your cards are fabulous - the sentiments are SO TRUE and that weaving? Holy moly!!! Love it!

Audrey Pettit said...

Man......these are jaw-dropping cards, Amy! Your machine might not have liked the woven panel, but I sure do! It is gorgeous! Love that bright yellow and green against the crisp white, and love that sentiment. Gorgeous card with the camera paper and fun journaling card, too. The sentiment on the journaling card could not have been more perfect for that sentiment stamp.
And huge congrats to you on the weight loss! I love hearing positive news, on any front! Good for you!

Michelle said...

thanks for the opportunity to enter to win. love the two cards...fav city to visit? phssst...i haven't visited all of em yet to pick a fav! onward n upward!!!!

lauren bergold said...

well i have to say that both ♥YOU♥ and your gorgeous cards look *AWESOME* to me, missus, exactly the way you are!!!!!!!!!!!!! ♥♥♥ (these so totally rock, amy, as always and YES i love that MA quote, def adding it to my list of ones to decorate & journal, etc!!!)

mariangel said...

amy you are so talented thank you for sharing your lovely creations

Katie Ann Brooks said...

OK darn thing, take my comment! Here is what I said:

Love the cards, the woven bit is fabulous and love the colors on the other.

I hear you on the weight thing, hard and frustrating but you can do it!

Trying to round up a few friends for the big sale! :)

Jinny Newlin said...

Oooo! That woven panel is simply scrumptious! Such a great kit, and you've used it so beautifully!

Message Keeper said...

Hard works paid off, Amy! Congratulations on both the woven panel and your weight! Keep it up and don't give up just yet!

Alice said...

wow! LOVE the woven piece! fabulous work as always, girl! and congrats on losing weight. i am trying to loss a couple of pounds lately, too. it's not like i went on any vacation, i just ate a lot. LOL! i think i'd gain 2 pounds just think about cupcakes! way to go, girl! =)

donna mikasa said...

love both cards, especially the second with the lemon/lime colors and the story behind it. 11 pounds? you'd waste away to nothing! good job, though, if you feel better! ;)

Tracy Ercole said...

Great cards and congrats on your weight loss.

Tenia Nelson said...

Congrats Miss Lady!!! Awesome creations too!! :)

yyam said...

I love these. That awesome sentiment. And that woven ribbon. Totally rocks. :)

Congrats on losing that 11 pounds...even though you already look very small to me... Have you heard about the Fast Diet? You eat your allotted calories (based on your weight and height and level of activity...usually 1500 calories) for 5 days ...and for 2 non-consecutive days, you eat only 500 calories. The "diet" days supposedly jumpstart your metabolism and aid in weight loss.

Sharon Fritchman said...

Congrats Amy! Your blog is amazing and I am loving this blog hop so far! Your cards are so fabulous and fun! Thanks for sharing your inspiration and creativity with us!

Madeleen said...

Love the fresh vibrant feel of your cards Amy!

June Houck said...

I too love Maya Angelou. These kits are right up your alley...a match made in heaven for Amy t. :)

Both cards are terrific; I hope your Janome has recovered from stitching through the paper weaving!

JJ Bolton said...

These are sooooo cool Amy! Love what you did with the woven ribbon:) And I love that you mixed it up trying something totally new! :)

Kelly Griglione said...

Way to go, ms. 11 pounds!!! Keep it up! That woven ribbon turned out fantastic!!

Rose said...

congrats on the weight loss!!! :)
i LOVE the woven panel :)

Unknown said...

1st...congrats on your success.
2nd...awesome cards! that second one is perfection :)

Angie Tieman said...

Awesome cards!! Love that amazing woven panel!