Thursday, March 7, 2013

All Things Grow With Love

Hello Happy Crafters! We were suppose to get a GIANTIC snow storm 8-10 inches and we got mostly rain! I have to admit I was disappointed, I love big snow storms and everything covered with a blanket of snow - so beautiful!

If you want to skip the personal information about our new diet...skip down to the third paragraph for details on my card today:)

If you follow my blog, you will know I have muscular dystropy and fibromyalgia. The pain has really risen in the past few months and I hate taking pain pills.  Hubby and I have read so many articles about people who have taken gluten out of their diets had a significantly decrease in pain, lost weight, yadayada. I have gain a lot of weight in the past five years, because my activity level has decreased and the good old drug prednisone that makes you feel like you are starving all the time, and you eat everything that isn't tied down to the house. Any how, when  DH and I decide to do something, we go at it with full force and don't slow down. So on Sunday we started the JJ Virgin Diet, which is pretty strict to say the least. You are not allowed, not only gluten, but also soy, dairy, eggs, corn, sugar/artificial sweetners and peanuts! Your probably saying to yourself  "what is left to eat?"  Well, actually there is a lot you can eat, but 90 percent of it, I never heard of before we started this venture. And, it is costly.  For the first 21 days you drink a smoothie with Almond Milk, fruits, vegetables, protein mix and lots of seeds and nuts twice a day and eat one balance meal.  So before we start this, we had to go shopping. First thing on the list - Vitamix 5200 Mixer - trust me, this baby is a pretty penny for a mixer, but it does one awesome job making smoothies, LOL it also does a lot more them making smoothies.  Then we had to find meat that was gluten free - which means it only grazes on the land and has no antibiotics or hormones injected. Would you beleive most of your supermarkets do have them,  including BJ's. We, also bought Bison meat that  literally has no fat and taste very similair to beef. Meet that is gluten free is not cheap - it's like double the price of regular meet. Well,  this is day four and hubby lost 6 lbs and I lost 5 - yes, probably 3 of it is water, but it is a start! As far as the pain level goes - nothing different yet:( I'll keep you posted once a week of our progress!!

Today I am bringing you this sweetie by Mo Manning from Stamping Bella and her name is "Sprout." When I first saw this image, the first thing I thought was; "All things grow with love" Isn't she a sweetie?

Stamped my image onto X-Press It Blending Card with Tuxedo Black Momento Ink - this ink dries very quickly and perfect for coloring with Copic Markers.  I cut out the flower pot and the little heart on her pants and applied Diamond Glaze to them to make them shinny and 3D. I used Spellbinders to cut out the scallop circles in the back ground, sponged Memento - Summer Sky around the edges. Grommet tag by Spellbinders and placed a brad on each side.  Sorry the ribbon and flower are from my stash. The charm has "love" printed on it:)

The inside of my card I placed a packet of flower seeds. 
I left the right side blank so I can add a note or sentiment. 

Shopping List

Copics: Hair:E55, E53, E51, E50. Skin: E11, E00, E000, R20. Shirt: YR38, YR65, Y13. 
Pants: B95, B93, B91, W5, B12, B41. Red heart: R37, R35. Shoes: B14, B12.
 Flower Pot: E19, E09, E08, E07. Ground was dotted with several different brown. 
 Paper Pad from Authentique
Diamond Glaze by Judikins
Spellbinders: Gommet Tags
Spellbinders: Lacey Circles

Thank you for visiting and come play with us at  7 Kids College Fund Challenge where you could win a $20.00 gift certificate to the store just for submitting a project - lots of fun and this week is "Anything Goes."


Judy said...

Awww..cute, cute, cute. I love Mo's images, and love your color choices on this..just adorable.


Penny said...

Colleen, this is just precious! Love the darling image you used, your fantastic coloring, and the design. I also love the die cuts and embellies you chose. :^)
Hugs, Penny
Hope this new food plan works really well for you! :^)

Carla S. said...

This is adorable, Colleen! Fantastic coloring and design! Good luck with your new meal plan! I hope your pain becomes a thing of the past!

Sandra van Blaricum said...

This card is very cute Colleen!!
Lovely image and your coloring is great as usual :-)
And a good start with your new diet!!
I hope your pain will get less soon.

Dawn @ LilyPinkScraps said...

So adorable Colleen! That's one of my fave images (she looks so cute!).
Hope your diet plan is going well and your pain disappears! Well done you for jumping straight in and not wasting any time :)

okienurse said...

cute card and I love the idea of putting the flower seed packet in it. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment about FM etc. I have a FM blog or should I say personal/health blog:
It sounds like this JJ Virgin diet is similar to what I put myself on last October! I was gluten free, artificial sweetner/sugar free, dairy free, and I don't eat any processed meats at all...okay a hot dog once in a while. I started putting foods back in after about 2 months and I still don't eat any gluten, no artificial sweetners, and dairy is limited to that that has been bacterially changed ie cheese, yogurt etc. I feel a lot better and have less fog and pain. Good luck with your diet changes. They do help!

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