Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy 7th Birthday GIA!

My baby girl's birthday is always on or around Memorial Day! She has worn red white and blue for every birthday since she was born!
But, this year she says she is too grown up to wear the red white and blue dress I got her! WAHHH! So she chose her own outfit this birthday....(still cute though if I do say so myself!)
She is also a fabulous card maker and has her very own gallery on SplitCoast (her name is Miss Gia)...she will be making a challenge card this weekend...

So... In honor of my "baby" who has just turned SEVEN (ugh I still can't believe it!) let's make a red, white and blue birthday card!

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***ETA Here is Gia's sample card!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Time for an X-Ray RESQ46

Time for an X-RAY!

Everyone has to get an xray at some time...some of us more than one! One of the most common x-rays is a chest xray to check for pneumonia. Anther common reason for x-rays is to check for broken bones.

For this week's project, I'd like to see you make it look like an x-ray! That means a monochromatic project using black, white and shades of grey. I will allow ONE small additional color but it has to be small like a brad or ribbon.

Here is my sample... I tried a new technique called's basically doodling but how cool is it? This was also for the Ways to Use it challenge on SCS...use a black pen and be creative!

recipe: stamps- Papertrey ink Background Basics retro
paper- PTI rustic cream, black
accessories- rhinestones, lak marker, nestibilities

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Super Foods! RESQ45

Today's challenge is brought to you by the resident nutritionist....always trying to keep us healthy!

As a permanent member of Weight Watchers, I am constantly reading about nutritious foods and trying to introduce my family to healthy eating.

I feel like I have seen this list of the top 10 Super foods a million times but it doesn't hurt to see it again!

Top 10 Multitasking Foods*:

  1. Low fat or fat-free plain yogurt is higher in calcium than some other dairy products and contains a great package of other nutrients, including protein and potassium. It can also be enhanced with other good-for-you substances. Look for plain yogurt fortified with vitamin D, and add your own fruit to control sweetness and calories.
  2. Eggs make the list because they are nutritious, versatile, economical, and a great way to fill up on quality protein. Eggs also contain 12 vitamins and minerals, including choline, which is good for brain development and memory. Enjoy them at any meal or hard-cooked as a portable snack.
  3. Nuts have gotten a bad rap because of their high fat content. But their protein, heart-healthy fats, high fiber, and antioxidant content earn them a place on the top 10 list. Whether you prefer pistachios, almonds, peanuts, walnuts, or pecans, an ounce a day of nuts help fill you up. Nuts add texture and flavor to salads, side dishes, baked goods, cereals, and entrees.
  4. Kiwis are among the most nutritionally dense fruits, full of antioxidants. One large kiwi supplies your daily requirement for vitamin C. It is also a good source of potassium, fiber, and a decent source of vitamin A and vitamin E, which is one of the missing nutrients, and kiwi is one of the only fruits that provides it. Kiwifruit can also have a mild laxative effect due to their high fiber content.
  5. Quinoa is now readily available in many supermarkets and is one of the best whole grains you can eat. It is an ancient grain, easy to make, interesting, high in protein (8 grams in 1 cup cooked), fiber (5 grams per cup) and a naturally good source of iron. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) also has plenty of zinc, vitamin E, and selenium to help control your weight and lower your risk for heart diseaseand diabetes, she says. Quinoa is as easy to prepare as rice and can be eaten alone or mixed with vegetables, nuts, or lean protein for a whole-grain medley. Try to make at least half your daily grain servings whole grains. In addition to quinoa, try barley, oats, buckwheat, whole wheat, wild rice, and millet.
  6. Beans, beans, good for your heart -- really! Beans are loaded with insoluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol, as well as soluble fiber, which fills you up and helps rid your body of waste. They're also a good, low-fat source of protein, carbohydrates,magnesium, and potassium. Edamame (whole soybeans) also contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Beans can easily substitute for meat or poultry as the centerpiece of a meal, but they also work as a side dish, or tossed into soups, stews, or egg dishes. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend 3 cups weekly.
  7. Salmon is a super food because of its omega-3 fatty acid content. Studies show that omega-3 fatty acids help protect heart health. That's why the American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish like salmon twice weekly. Salmon is low in calories (200 for 3 ounces) has lots of protein, is a good source of iron, and is very low in saturated fat.
  8. Broccoli is one of America's favorite vegetables because it tastes good and is available all year long. It's a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and bone-building vitamin K, and has plenty of fiber to fill you up and help control your weight.
  9. Sweet potatoes are a delicious member of the dark orange vegetable family, which lead the pack in vitamin A content. Substitute a baked sweet potato (also loaded with vitamin C, calcium, and potassium) for a baked white potato. Other dark orange vegetable standouts include pumpkin, carrots, butternut squash, and orange bell peppers.
  10. Berries pack an incredible amount of nutritional goodness into a small package. They're loaded with antioxidants, phytonutrients, low in calories, and high in water and fiber to help control blood sugar and keep you full longer. And their flavors satisfy sweets cravings for a fraction of the calories in baked goods. Blueberries lead the pack because they are among the best source of antioxidants and are widely available. Cranberries are also widely available fresh, frozen, or dried.

So in honor of all these fabulous SUPER foods, make a project using one of these foods, or it's color, texture, etc. Leaves this week's challenge pretty open, huh?

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Oh no! Not Hospital GOWNS!

Don't you just hate hospital gowns? I have had quite a few trips in and out of the hospital myself and one thing that I always do is bring my own clothes. I know the nurses hate it but it's the one little thing that makes me comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. And besides, the hospital gowns are THE WORST! Not to mention your booty hangs out....;)

So, I was thinking as I passed my hand over all the gorgeous new fabrics at my craft store today, what if they made hospital gowns look GOOD? Take this awesome fabric I bright and cheery, and NON-hospital gown-ish at all.

For today's challenge, make something that looks not so great (a hospital gown) and make it look awesome by changing the colors and pattern. You can re-do one of your old cards, find a postcard you got in the junk mail and make it pretty, whatever! Or, just make a card inspired by this awesome fabric!

** I'll be back with my sample, this week end has been hectic!***

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