Saturday, 18 August 2012

Tearing around at Less is More

Our theme this week at "Less is More" is 
TEARING!
This can be really effective, but trying to get it looking just right can be problematic at times.
I used my new Dienamics tree die for this one and used the leaf dies a second time to make the little bird. I dragged a Distress ink pad across the card after cutting, as this leaves a great effect on the embossed die-cut.
The grass was torn from a couple of pieces of card, one of which I ran through a Sizzix embossing folder and  highlighting the raised parts with Bundled Sage Distress ink once more, directly from the pad.
The sentiment is from Stampin' Up.
More torn 'grass' here this time with a Chocolate Baroque tree and a little additional interest added with overstamping with a text and  a splat stamp.
The embossed panel is from a Sizzix folder.
I never like to waste anything, (which is why my craft room is such a tip I guess) so here are three little panels torn from the remnants of some embossing I did for my card for our blue and green colour challenge a couple of weeks ago. I simply added a little gold around the edges of each 'square' with some embossing powder. The bird is stamped and punched with SU products and the edges of this have also been embossed in gold. The navy panel has been dry embossed with random dots from a Cuttlebug folder.


 Slimming World this week was really the best!
I lost two and a half pounds and exceeded my target by 2lbs having lost a total of 4 stones (56lbs). So I got stickers and certificates for those two achievements, then I was voted Woman of the Year by my group and also won the Slimmer of the Week award.
My aims were to be a size 14 (US 10) and look half decent in a dress. This is not a good picture sadly, I took it myself balancing my camera on the mantelpiece and it's aimed directly at my midriff, but I actually look quite good in this little dress and don't look quite as thick in the middle as appears here.
I am now a size 14 with many trousers and skirts being a size 12. A much better proposition than the size 18-20 that I was previously.
It has taken me almost a year to get here, but now I intend to stay this size! 

53 comments:

  1. You look incredible Chrissie
    The difference is amazing!!
    SO proud of you and oyu have spurred me on to loose my big fat face....and all the rest that goes with it

    Your cards are as fabulous as you!

    x

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  2. Hi Chrissie
    You look amazing ... Congrats...... Well done on all that weight loss.... I have lost just over a stone in 5 weeks.... I dont want to lose much more .... Love to look at myself in shop windows .....Lol....
    Fabulous cards as usual...
    once again Congrats...,,
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

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  3. Chrissie these are beautifully designed. Lovely colours and embellishments. Everything works together perfectly.
    Congratulations on your wonderful slimming achievement - something to be really proud of. Wishing you a relaxing weekend.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    Doing Life
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  4. Fabulous cards Chrissie xx Jan

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  5. Wow Chrissie you look wonderful. I didn't realise you had put on so much weight. When I met you I didn't think you were that large,

    love the cards also.

    Anne

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  6. I really like your cards. They are always so beautiful!

    Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  7. Wow! you look amazing! Well done you.
    Your cards this week are gorgeous. I like to do a bit of paper tearing now and again, but it is hard to get it looking right. You've done a perfect job. Great challenge xx

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  8. Stunning cards (as usual) and congratulations on your slimming success

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  9. Great cards - I really love the blue one with the embossed tears.
    Congrats on the weight loss - you look brilliant!
    Tara
    x

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  10. Fab cards Chrissie & clever ideas too. A very big well done on your huge weight loss, you must feel soooo proud of yourself & the pic is lovely. I slowly put on weight when I gave up work & gained an stone. I'm now trying hard to get back to what I should be so my clothes will fit me again. lol.
    Sally x

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  11. Fabulous inspirational cards Chrissie, I love the dark blue band with the bird. When I looked at the challenge the word I thought I saw was Tea ring which had me totally stumped:) Wow you look marvelous Chrissie many congrats on your slimming world honors!
    Val x

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  12. Gorgeous cards Chrissie :-) all of them are fabulous, I especially LOVE the last one,,, the blue/gold bird ,, sooo pretty :-)

    Well done on your weight loss too ! you look amazing !! that dress looks gorgeous on you and I am not seeing a thick midriff at all ,, you're skinny !! :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x
    p.s, I managed to get the mag, it arrives here on Thursday aboard a ryanair flight :-)

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  13. Stunning cards and well done on your weight loss

    Sue

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  14. Wonderful cards , love the blue one with the bird.
    And well done on the weight loss you look great.
    Nicky

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  15. Well first of all wow!!!!!!!!!! Look at you!!!

    I'm an 18/20 ...although have actually lost a little recently as I was a 20/22. Seeing you here has given me another push.

    Huge congrats.

    Oh and your card making isn't bad too lol, fab examples as always... love the variety. My fave being the middle one.

    ps...is there a before photo of you anywhere? Or were you like me and avoid pics?..

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  16. Such amazing cards! Love the tearing. A big congrats to the slimmer you!

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  17. Beautiful cards Chrissie and beautiful you. Congrats on the weight loss. I am off to visit my daughter and won't have time to join the challenge this week. Hope to see you all next week. Hugs ... Carole

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  18. Love that 2nd card -- rich and awesome!

    ps - You look FABULOUS! Good for you and your weight loss!! :)

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  19. Wow, you look so smart - posing just like a model. Well done you and congratulations on your awards. Love your cards this week - my favourite is the last one with the bird - just gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration as always.

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  20. OK, so the cards are gorgeous, but by far more gorgeous is your fabulous achievement. Way To Go Mandi, YOU look awesome!

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  21. OK, so this the second time I did this to you. So Sorry. I do know how to tell the divas apart...honest.
    Way To GO! CHRISSIE

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  22. great cards and congratulations on losing the weight you have done wonderfully and look stuning darlink!EE

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  23. First of all...BIG congrats on the weight loss! I SO need to do that, but I do hate exercise!! I was in a (US) size 10 about 5 years ago, but sadly no more....:(

    LOVE all your cards this week, but my favorite is the scene on the second card! So pretty!

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  24. Beautiful cards Chrissie as always! You look amazing in your photo - well done on your weight loss:)Hope you have a great week, Hugs x x

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  25. What a gorgeous card Chrissie.

    Hugs Riet.xx

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  26. wow- Chrissie you look great, well done on losing your weight.
    Fab cards - I still can't see the tearing in the choc baroque one! very clever.
    Linbyx

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  27. Wow, Chrissie, what a fabulous achievement and you look gorgeous. I lost 33lbs but it took me nearly 3 years!! I wish weight came off as easily as it goes on.

    Great card samples as usual but the one with the Chocolate Baroque stamp is is stunning.

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  28. You look fantastic. Congratulations on all your hard work. Oh yeah, your cards are great too! ;-)

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  29. Fabulous cards, Chrissie. I'm not very confident at the tearing thing, but I will try to give it a go.

    Congratulations on your weight loss, you do look great. An achievement to be proud of. Sue.x

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  30. Gorgeous cards, and massive congratulations on your weight loss.

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  31. Congratulations on your weight loss - you look fantastic. Cards are brilliant - I particularly like the Chocolate Baroque tree. Lynn x

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  32. Congratulations on a really fantastic achievement! You look gorgeous in that dress! I think Mandi says it all when she says your cards are as fabulous as you!

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  33. Chrissie, YOU look amazing. Congrats on the weight loss. I joined weight watchers last February and am only 3 pounds away from a 50 pound loss. Still lots more to go but taking it one day at a time.

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  34. Chrissie,

    I love how amazing your tree card looks (the middle card is def my favourite this week). Congrats on your weight loss too...

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  36. Wow, congratulate you for the new sizes.
    It is not always easy to lose a bit weight but when you reach it, you will feel much better.I just came back from holidays and now I have to watch a little bit too. :)

    Your cards are once again a great look. I especially like the second.

    Greets Daen'Ys

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  37. Cards are stunning as usual, love the landscape with the CB stamp. Your weight loss is amazing, you must feel fantastic, you certainly look it.

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  38. Beautiful cards as always. Love how you used the leftovers of another project on your last card! And congrats on the weight loss! You look amazing!

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  39. Oh my goodness, where to start?! I'm going to start with you. You look stunning, my dear! Congrats on all your weight loss and good luck with keeping it off! (Gorje legs, BTW!)

    And your cards. Holy Moly. I feel like removing mine from the linkie since it was a simple "rip" and not torn "ART" as you have done! Seriously, I'm pretty gobsmacked! The second one looks like a painting and the third one - so clever to use those tiny snippets and make them look so rich and beautiful!

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  40. Your torn cards are fabulous. And, a big congrats on the weight loss, you look wonderful :)

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  41. Looking good:) Excellent results. Lovely cards.

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  42. WOW What a transformation you look stunning Chrissie, Congratulations. I'm so glad you have been successful, that's areally cute outfit too, great legs :0)
    Love your cards again this week, my favourite is the silhouette of the stamped tree, it's so dramatic!! Hugs Gay xxx

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  43. first... your cards are fabulous.. especially the middle one! and second... what are you talking about??? you look absolutely AMAZING in your picture!! congrats on your weight loss!

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  44. Congrats on your weight loss. What a great accomplishment. Wonderful array of 'tearing' cards. What great versatility. Love using scraps. TFS.

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  45. oh Chrissie I would rather you have a trip and a break than worry about leaving comments on my attempts lol

    Hugs and hope you had fun
    Kate xx

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  46. Wow ! Chrissie you look absolutely fabulous, well done on your achievements ! I really must try harder, maybe you can spur us all on now. Lovely cards as always, both amazing so can't choose between them this week :) Viv xx

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  47. Well done on your weight loss Chrissie, you look amazing, love the pretty dress. I do see a slim beautiful woman :)

    Love your cards as always, they are very inspirational.

    Warm hugs
    Maarit

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  48. Congrats on the new you and to enjoy on a cruise. Way to go. So excited for your. Thanks for your sweeet visit and leaving the luv. Hugs

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  49. Fantastic Chrissie, that's a wonderful achievement and you look great!

    Love all the different effects you've achieved with tearing but your last card is my favourite.

    x

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  50. Just catching up on some blog hopping. Fab cards again this week and a huge congratulations on the weight loss, you look amazing. Hugs Lisa xxx

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  51. your cards are great as always, but you, you look fantastic!
    As I see your photos from your holidays I thought: is this Crissie?

    stunning, a Lady - your husband must be proud of such a ladylike Crissie...

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