Friday, February 26, 2016

Five for Friday

Hey there!
I can't believe this is the last Friday in February -- this year is going by crazy fast!

1. Well, we tried to get tickets to San Diego Comic Con last Saturday.
There was a whole process where we got membership IDs ahead of time and then, at 10am, 
we entered a virtual waiting room and waited there, 
in the hopes that we would be selected to enter the registration area. 
Well, we waited an hour and they sold out before we were ever chosen. :(

(I had been praying about it, so I asked God, if He wanted us to go, 
He would make it work out that we'd get tickets. 
I took this as a sign that this wasn't His plan for our summer.

2. After our disappointment in not getting the tickets, we came up with an alternate plan...
I suggested that we could still go to Denver (my SIL lives there and I'd thought we could stay with them on the way to San Diego and back.) 
I asked Austin to check if they have a Comic Con, which they do, on Father's Day weekend. 
Stan Lee is scheduled to be there, as are three actors from Doctor Who, 
so we called my SIL to see if we can come that weekend and stay with them for a few days. 
This works for them, so it looks like we've found a trip for the summer where everyone is happy. :)

And Sage and I have already started planning our costumes... ;)

3. I picked up some new goodies from North Dakota on Wednesday.
Unfortunately, I've been working a lot this week (which is good, of course!) but
it means that I haven't had time to play with them yet.
Hopefully this weekend....

4. A weight loss update: I've been counting calories and not eating sugar or deep-fried foods
and on Wednesday, I weighed myself and I've lost a total of 13 lbs.

**Edited to add: I went this morning to weigh myself and I lost another pound.
So my total is now 14. :)

5. Lastly, I have a card to share for this week's Muse Card Club Challenge,
where we are being inspired by this photo by Jenni Murray:

Isn't it sweet?
I love the flower in the boxes, so I decided to pair my PTI Brushstroke Blooms
with a Pretty Pink Posh stitched frame die.
Here's my card:

I stamped the leaves and blooms onto my background, onto which I also blended some 
new Bright Buttercup ink.
I diecut my frame from another piece of white linen cardstock as well as from a coaster, 
which I adhered together to give the frame some dimension.

I stamped the sentiment from PTI's Phrases and Praises.

I'm also linking this up to this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.

Thanks for looking!


Lynn said...

I love the gorgeous yellow blooms peeking through the windows! Beautiful. And way to go on your weight loss! Awesome!

Kristie Goulet said...

This is so gorgeous, Leigh! Love the yellow blooms!
Congratulations on your weight loss! Awesome!

Marlena M. said...

I love that you left it in God's hands~those are the best hands. ;) Hope it all goes well for you in trip planning. Congrats on your weight loss too! Your card is a beautiful melody, Leigh~

Audrey Pettit said...

Awww, I'm sorry about San Diego........ I know it's next to impossible to get into ComicCon there. But sounds like you guys have come up with a great alternative that should be so much fun. I hope you will share your costumes with us, when the time gets near. And huge congrats on your weight loss! Way to go!
LOVE your card! Those colors are just amazing! Love how the black pops and love the framework die overlay! SO awesome!

Tracey McNeely said...

Leigh your watercoloured flower peeking through the frame are wonderful. Happy that you found alternate arrangements for the summer and a huge congrats on your weight loss! Thank you for sharing with us at Muse this week!

Ardyth said...

What a fun 'reversal' of the layout by using negative space! So glad you joined us at Muse this week, Leigh!

SD said...

Awesome! I like not only your inspiration card (Jenni's), but also your card...really stunning.

Sheri Gilson said...

Beautiful! Love the yellow and how you framed the flower!

laurie said...

Love the yellow..what a fun card...great design!

Lisa Elton said...

Your card is just beautiful Leigh!! Congrats on your weight loss, that's awesome!

Pam said...

This is such a gorgeous card, Leigh. I love those beautiful blooms and your sentiment. Great job on th eweight loss. Keep us posted and you can be my inspiration for that, too. :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Your card is so creative. So fun!

Ruth said...

First up, gorgeous card, and second, sometimes things work out the way they were meant to - you get to see family and go to a Comic Con with Stan Lee ans some amazing guests. I just had to see what the line up was and am so jealous - I had a huge crush on Sean Pertwee when I was younger, and there are so many great actors going - John Rhys Davis and Alex Kingston - loads of Brits, that can only be a good thing! Haha! Plus Carrie Fisher! You'll love it. Massive thumbs up on your weight loss. That's amazing! Have a fabulous weekend and thanks for sharing. Xx

Jenni's Jems said...

I love how you reversed the squares into the negative space! and loving to the soft and delicate look of your card! Thanks for joing in with Muse this week x

Happy Dance said...

I've never been to SD, but I love Denver! Great restaurants, and the Molly Brown museum is awesome! Sounds like a fun trip! Congrats on the 14lbs, too; I know how hard it is to do. Stay strong and don't go too fast. Love your Muse card. You've really taken Jenni's inspiration and made it your own. LOVE the bloom behind the PPP panel. This is so beautiful. Have a great weekend. Bev

Tracy Freeman said...

Hiya Leigh,
I hope you are well and getting some crafting time this weekend :)
Firstly boooo about not getting tickets, but YAY for Denver and for weight loss, well done :)

Your card is lovely, i have never thought about putting it behind a die like that, but it works so well, I love stamping on linen card it gives such a pretty effect.

Happy crafting and have a great weekend xx

Linda said...

So pretty Leigh. Love how you used the frame instead of squares. The yellow is so Springy.

Megan Carroll said...

Sorry to hear about your disappointment in not getting the tickets you wanted. But I'm glad you found an alternate trip that you were happy with! Also I'm glad you got some new Stamping goodies...I hope you have time to use them this weekend. Lastly, love the pretty yellows you used on your card! Have a great weekend!

Greta said...

Wonderful design, Leigh! I have a PTI die like that & I'm pinning your card so I can CASE it!

Cat Craig said...

Fabulous card in the Muse gallery. I love your loose framing of the flower. Congrats too on making successful alternate plans.

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Gorgeous cards Leigh, the first one is so beautiful with great textures. Love the bold yellow cards too :)

Love and hugs

Rahmat said...

beautiful take on the Muse, loving the frame.

Bobby said...

Congratulations on your weight loss, Leigh. I've been on a restricted diet and thought I'd lose more than I have. I love how your flower looks under the the PPP frame.