Thursday, December 1, 2011

Last Day for Candy and Sneak Peek!

There's been LOTS going on at my house lately...  First, I just wanna give a HUGE shout out to my hubby who vacuumed and cleaned the entire (tile) floors in our home.  We have tile in every room except the three bedrooms.  That is a VERY big deal!!!  Thanks Sweet-Pie ♥

Now I have a story to share with you.  If you've been following me for awhile, you may remember that at one point I shared that I lost 15 pounds.  Well... that 15 pounds turned into only 11 pounds for quite awhile.  I finally decided that if I was gonna get serious, I was going to have to stop eating all the sugary sweets I love!  I am happy to tell you that it's been 17 days without eating cookies, candy, pie, cake, etc...  I DO, however, allow myself a cup of hot chocolate.  Even through Thanksgiving and left overs, I did not eat one bite of pie or ice cream!

So...YIPPPEEE!  I'm back at losing 15 pounds : )  You know that nothing seems to come easy or free of cost... Well, today two young girls ring the doorbell with a 'gift' in hand.  I totally forgot that I had ordered something yummy weeks ago.  Can you believe that now I have to NOT eat the oh-so-mouth-watering Turtle Cheesecake that is sitting in my fridge?  I've decided that since I've gone 17 days 'treat free', I can continue.  Hey, if I can lose a few pounds during Thanksgiving, I surely can conquer the cheesecake until hubby and son polish it off!!!

The colors of my card today remind me of mint chip ice cream hee hee!  I think I'm getting delirious from lack of sugar!!!  The image I've used is from the NEW Odds & Ends release by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD entitled Happy Days : )  This cutie, as well as 7 other super sweet stamps will be available tomorrow - yay!!!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says - Anything Goes
The Sisterhood - Polka Dots
The Pink Elephant - #127 Color Challenge
Pile It On - #48 Sugar and Spice

Isn't she a doll?  She really can be used for any occasion!  Dress up the card for Christmas and voila'!  Need a birthday card or invitation for a Girl's Night Out?  Look no further... lol!  She's so pretty.  Just wait until you see the rest of the New Release : )  There are some total 'must-haves'!!!

I've used the following copics for coloring:  BG18 BG15 BG13 BG11 BG10; E49 E59 E25 E53; E11 E00 E000; C9 C7 C0.  She needed some sparkles, of course, so I applied Stardust Stickles to her top, skirt and the cuff of her socks.  For shiny eyes, belt and shoes I used Viva Decor Transparent Gloss Gel.  I'm really enjoying using this instead of Diamond Glaze.  It has a thicker consistency and seems to be a little bit easier to get into smaller areas!

I'm not sure if it will show up for you, but I wanted to point out the color of the flower buttons.  They were originally a brownish color and I wanted something lighter.  What to do... what to do...  Well - I don't have an Ephiphany Crafts Button Studio Tool (flower) 15% off - yet -  so I turned to my beloved Precious Metals Paint.  I gave them a coat of Mother of Pearl.  I sooooo love how these paints give such good coverage!

Papers are from Nitwit; the rose ribbon I believe I picked up at JoAnn's; flowers are Wild Orchid and buttons came from my growing collection!  Are you a button hoarder too?

Don't forget to check out Danni's awesome creation today as she's showcasing another adorable NEW STAMP!!!

Also, hop on over to the store blog to see the entire sneak peek line up AND details on how to WIN some fabulous CANDY!!!

Thank you so much for visiting...  I hope to see you again soon!

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~


Linda said...

what a beautiful card
hugs Linda

Sandra said...

Hi Lori, Wow this is just stunning:) Sandra H

Renkata said...

wow Lori, this is amazing,
she is so pretty.
Love her in these colours combo.

Mary J said...

Simply stunning Lori!

Colleen Holmes said...

Oh Lori she is beautiful!! Your coloring of the pleats and everything is over the top!! Gorgeous! You cracked me up comparing the colors to mint chip ice cream!! LOL LOL Hugz

Lorraine said...

Lori, your card is so beautiful and your coloring is gorgeous! Awesome sneak peek!

Diane's Card Designs said...

Wow Lori this is gorgeous. I love the image and it's coloured beautifully.
Diane xx

Danni said...

Gorgeous card, Lori! Love the colors and your coloring!!
Congrats on the weight loss..I'm right there with you trying to lose some but mainly to be more healthy!

Teresa said...

I love this picture! that girl with her dress is very pretty and you make your look very beautiful!

TannyP said...

BEAUTY! That coloring is spectacular - she's gorgeous. And the buttons are a stroke of genius! Thanks for joining the Sisterhood of Crafters for our Polka Dot Challenge!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Such a cute creation and your coloring is AMAZING!!!
Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘POLKA DOT’ challenge and please come back again soon!

one of the 'Sistahs'

Mynnette said...

What a fabulous card--LOVE the blue you chose for the dress--it's so vibrant and gorgeous! LOVE that little bit of glitter, too! :) Found you via TPE. :)

Elizabeth Hart said...

Lori - I am crazy over this pretty little retro girl - the colors are just amazing. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us this week at Pile it On!

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Darling card!! Thank you so much for playing along with our Color Inspiration Challenge over at The Pink Elephant this week!!

Christine said...

Wow, Lori, your coloring skills are amazing!! I love how you colored the pleats in her skirt. Also love the shine you gave her shirt. Such a sweet and wonderful card!!
Thank you for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog.
xoxo, Christine

Frances said...

Super cute Christmas card!!Lovely coloring. Thank you so much for playing along at The Pink Elephant this week!!hugs, Frances.

Joy said...

this is fabulous, thanks for playing with The Pink Elephant Inspiration Photo challenge! JOY DT

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