My Family & Other Animals

Saturday, 6 September 2014

"You've Got To Fight, Fight, Fight, Fight, Fight For This Love..."

Another week in the L-B house and not much to report really.
I had a visit with the dietitian, which was mandatory really if I want to go ahead with having a Gastric Band. There was nothing she could tell me that I didn't already know regarding food and dieting, my issue is more of a low self-esteem one. I have been on a diet for about 33 years now (on and off obviously!!) and I know exactly what I should be doing, it's just a lot harder in practise! I lost well over 5 stone with Slimming World (a diet I can highly recommend and one I still (sort of) follow today) but I was the only one who couldn't see any change in me. I saw the same person looking back at me at the end as was there at the start, I didn't feel any different (I had been told my back problems would get better the more weight I lost and I felt no change at all!!) and as a result I ended up putting it all back on, plus the obligatory extra weight that goes along with it. 
But for the first time in a long, long time I finally feel ready to make the changes I need to make in order to live a longer, healthier life. My depression is being managed and thanks to my CPAP machine I am finally able to sleep at night, which gives me a major boost every day. As a result of the sleep being sorted out, I now get up early in the mornings and I'm ready to face the day with a smile and a chipper mood.
I have to see my GP next in order to get her referral to Derby, who are the specialists in this type of surgery. So fingers crossed and I will keep you all updated on my progress.
As for my new card, I have coloured this image in before (it's a Kenny K) but nowhere near as good I don't think. I used an M'bossabilities folder for the pink background (the other side is tyre tracks - a very funky folder indeed), the charm. bow, dots and the expression stamp were all purchased at a local craft fayre. The base cardstock is a really old Basic Grey and I used a Spellbinders die behind my image. Any further questions, please don't be afraid to ask!
As for today - a little bit of crafting is required as I have some new Tattered Lace dies I need to give a road test to.So for now, Ta Ta,
Take Care,
Hugs 'n Stuff,

Entered Into
2 Cute Ink Challenges #114 - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #108 - Anything Goes and/or Round and Round
Crafting From The Heart Challenge #35 - Anything Goes
Craft It Up & Link It Up Challenges By Craftin' Desert Divas Challenge - Anything Goes
The Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers And More Challenge #122 - Make An Impression (Dry Embossing)
Allsorts Challenges #275 - Pretty In Pink
Catch The Bug September Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting At The Weekend Challenge 5 - Anything Goes
Operation Write Home Challenge - Create Your Own Background
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #45 - Anything Goes
Treasured Times Stamps Challenge #24 - Anything Goes
Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge #7 - Anything Goes
A Creative Need Challenge - Textures and/or Patterns
Fitztown Challenge #52 - Anything Goes
Melonheadz Friends Challenge - 2 Or More Dies
My Craft Creations Challenge - 1 -13/9/2014 Anything Goes


  1. Your card is fab, great design, thanks for joining us at
    Chin up too, xxxx

  2. Wow! This is fantastic! I love the coloring, the colors, the design and that sentiment totally rocks this project! Thanks for joining us at Fitztown Challenge Blog. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    FCB CT Coordinator

  3. Very cute card! Love the design and the colors! I wish you luck with your gastric procedure. I got the sleeve about a year ago and couldn't be happier with it! :) Thank you for entering Vandicrafts' Artistry Challenge. Vandicrafts' Artistry Challenge.
    Melissa - Vandicrafts

  4. Great image and love the design! Thanks for joining us at A Creative Need!

  5. Very pretty card and colors! Fun image and your coloring looks amazing! Thanks for joining our linky party over at Craftin Desert Diva's!

  6. Great card thanks fir joining us at crafting from the heart and good luck x

  7. This is a super card Andy, great for our theme this week at Allsorts, thanks so much for joining in.

    B x

  8. All the coloring and texture look STUNNING! Thanks for joining us at the Craftin Desert Diva's Linky Party :)

    Jenny - Craftin Desert Divas DT

  9. Lovely card Andy and just perfect for the challenge. Hope the referal goes well .
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts ' Pretty in Pink' challenge and good luck x Susan x

  10. Fabulous card. I added her to my Kenny K board.

  11. I love the twist of pink camo, fantastic card. Thanks for joining us at Fitztown Anything Goes Challenge
    Cathie CT

  12. Fabulous card Andy :) Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

  13. Thanks for joining us at 2 Cute Ink Challenges this week!
    Monica - DT

  14. Such a cute card, thanks so much for playing along with us at CAtch The Bug.

  15. Thanks for sharing your lovely crafting for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 45 - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  16. Gorgeous creation! Thank you for participating in our Pretty in Pink-challenge at Allsorts!

  17. What a great project, very cute!! Thanks so much for joining us for our September Anything Goes Challenge at Catch the Bug! Hope to see you again very soon!

  18. You never fail to amaze me with your wonderful creations Andy...once again stunning card....glad to hear that you are feeling better of late xx

  19. Fab card and such an open, honest note to us. I wish you much luck with your surgery. Thank you for joining us at Melonheadz Friends this round. See you Monday for a new challenge :) hugs

  20. Beautiful card and beautiful posting! Thanks so much for participating in our MELONHEADZ challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper

  21. Amazing coloring and card Andy. Hope the procedure worked. Love the sentiment. - Jim

  22. I like your card a lot! Cool! I will also wish you Good Luck with your healthier lifestyle!

  23. WOW she is AWESOME! Great coloring job!

  24. Great card and love the sentiment. Thank you for joining in The CBN challenge and good luck.


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