Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Honey Bee Show case at Betty Bee's Buzz June 29, 2011

Every Wednesday The Honey Bees Showcase is our time to show our version of the Monday Motivational from Betty Bee's Buzz! This week Honey Bee June Houck showed us a Patriotic Mini Album. It can be made in any size as long as the pages are square. I added 2 more squares to make it longer.

Judy Ford

Here it is closed! I plan to give it to my oldest grandson so he can put pictures from the MIS Father's Day Race. Brock went with his dad and Grandpa Poling.

Since I can't leave out the youngest grandson, Jackson. I made him a cardboard shaped mini album. I got it a long while back at Michael's for $1.

I used the same papers as big brother's album all from my stash

will put his pictures from the Nascar viewing we took him to before the race!

so now you've seen my versions of mini albums.... check out what the other honeybees did at Betty Bee's Buzz! then you try one and link up your project too!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Jingle Belles Rock Card 26 Lonely This Christmas aka Tagging Along

At Jingle Belles Rock this week's theme is Lonely This Christmas AKA Tagging along. They are doing a cross over event with The order of Opus Gluei. so the challenge is to do a card and then tag along another project based on your card. Here is my version!I used my Cricut Expression Winter Wonderland cartridge. I did the card setting for the cutout branch...set at fit to paper it came out 9 1/2". I did the cardinal at 3inches. Then used the Tag setting with the cardinal triple tag...MS loop punch finished off the tag!

Judy Ford

Now you've seen mine go on over to Jingle Belles Rock and see the other papercrafters versions!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #117 Stars and Stripes

This is my card for Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #117 Stars and Stripes and

CAS-ual Fridays CFC 8 Get Edgy.
We were challenged to show stars and stripes in our project at SSC and punches at CF.

The didn't limit us to color but since it's so close to July 4th, I chose RED, WHITE, and BLUE! I used papers from my stash. My SU Keynote die and my divine swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder... reminds me of the wind!!!
The 4 layers of papers are cut out with a MS edge punch... sorry I don't remember the name... the windy house mouse was colored with my copic markers.

Judy Ford
Hope you liked my version of stars and stripes! Go over to Stamptacular Sunday Challenge and CAS-ual Fridays see what the other papercrafters came up with for their versions...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Food Glorious Food Betty Bee's Buzz June 22, 2011

Monday at Betty Bee's Buzz our Queen Bee Betty did the motivational on Food Glorious Food.

My version for the Honey bee Showcase is as follows:

This is an ABC recipe 6x6 swap I was in over at Cricut Web site. You sign up for a letter A-Z plus front and back covers. Then you do 28 identical sheets for the letter you chose. This particular swap asked also for a picture as well as the recipe. Judy Ford
You send your 28 pages to the hostess who seperates them and puts them all together and sends the completed book back to you! Yummy, tried and true recipes from all over are now at your house!!! Slide them into page covers put in an album or fasten with rings or ribbons or whatever makes it into your own book!!! The recipe is hard to read so I'll retype it here:
Orange Creamsickle Salad
1 pkg sm orange jello ( I used sugar free)
1 pkg sm instant vanilla pudding (also sugar free)
8 oz tub Cool Whip (I used lite)
1 20oz can Mandarin oranges

Dissolve jello in 1 cup hot water and cool.
Mix pudding with 2 C cold milk.
Thaw Cool whip and drain mandarin oranges.
When jello is fairly cool, combine all ingredients and stir.
Refrigerate until firm or ready to serve.

These pretzelflies are going to be consumed by mother's sunday school class

at their weekly luncheon.

Regular size cupcakes - wings are mini pretzels - body is size star 32 piped bodies with mini choc chip eyes! Yummy!!! a Happy little pretzelfly closeup!

Another favorite is called Tropical Angel Lush Cake
Sugar Free angel food cake
8 oz lite cool whip
lg sugar free vanilla instant pudding
lg can crushed pineapple in it's own juice
lg can mandarin oranges
coconut flakes
marchino cherries

Cut the angel food cake into thirds. Mix the thawed cool whip, pudding powder and crushed pineapple with juice together. Place 1/3 of the mix on the bottom layer. place some of the drained mandarin oranges over the mix and sprinkle some of the coconut. add the middle layer of cake and the second third of the mix. place some of the drained mandarin oranges and coconut as before. Add the top layer of cake. Add the remain mix mandarin oranges, coconut and marchino cherries. Refrigerate until firm or until ready to serve. Light, yummy and fairly low calorie treat!!! Pretty too!!!

Now that you're drooling go over to Betty Bee's Buzz and see what the other honeybees have come up with for Food Glorious Food!!! then let us know what is your favorite!!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day and Happy Nascar!!! June 2011

Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there and also to Don and My Dads who are in Heaven!
These are pictures for the Nascar fans! We were able to take Jackson to our local Walmart Friday where they had several Nascars where you could get your picture taken. There was also a driving simulator... the lady pushed the pedals for him but he was intent on the screen! The simulator actually moved and shook and tilted when he turned!!!! It was awesome to watch... even tho he crashed and was on the grass more than the track He had a great time!!!

Gentlemen, Start your Engines!!!You can tell by the smiles the cars were a hit!!!

We got to take him cuz both Jen and Joe had to work too late to get him there!

Oh the joys of Retired Grandparenthood!!!

He liked them all!!!

There are more on my Facebook page too!!!

It was fun to watch his face as he saw the next one and the next one!!!

Hope your day is going well... Safe travels and Much Love to Y'all!!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Jingle Belles Rock Card 25 All bundled up!!

Over at Jingle Belles Rock they challenge us to do a Christmas Card every week... avoiding the last minute rush at the holiday time. This week Candy Blake set the challenge All Bundled UP! We had to use at least 3 layers on our card! Here is my version.
Background 1 layer
paper ribbon 2 layers
large embellishment 2 layers
med embellishment 2 layers
twinchie 3 layers - or 5 if you count both candies seperate???

Can you count the pop dots as layers? There's some under the twinchie and the medium emb...Judy Ford
I used Kirsty's sketch from last week since I was in PA with my daughter and didn't get back in time enough to submit a card!

So now you've seen what I submitted.... check out the other paper crafters at Jingle Belles Rock.. you do one too! Can't have too many Christmas Cards done ahead of time!!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

weight loss pictures!!!!

This is where my story starts. These pictures were shortly after my gastric bypass in Nov 2009. At that time I was 344# (that's the highest I'll admit to...) size 32W/5X clothes. Now it's June 2011. These are the same top and shorts as before!!! I've LOST 180 POUNDS!!!
I'm now 164# and size 12 or less depending on the designer! Most people don't even recognize me until I say "HI!!! it's Judy!!!"

I did have an abdominalplasty 5 weeks ago.

It's hard to believe these are the same shorts... If I wiggled they'd be on the ground!!!

I wouldn't have had such good results without my dear husband Donald. He's cooked for me, exercised with me and supported me thru the whole thing. He's even lost 90 pounds! and he is in a smaller waist size than when we graduated from High school!!!

I don't remember size 12.... it's been a very, very long time! But worth the struggle!

Stamptacular sunday Challenge #115 Dads or Grads June 2011

This week at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #115 Dads or Grads. This is my version of this Challenge. The stamp is from Betty Brett - she gave me several images to practice on when I took her copics class. All the papers are from my stash and the crown and medal are from a Twinchie swap I was in.Judy FordI used a sketch from Jingle Belles Rock by Kirsty for this week's challenge there. I flipped it over for my Dad Card so the ants would be right side up... I used it right side up for my version of Oh Christmas Sketch, Oh Christmas Sketch at Jingle Belles Rock.
All papers are from my stash. I used my MS loopy punch round the corner for the edging. I popped up the gingerbread paper and the candy twinchie! Now that you've seen mine go to the other blogs and check out what other papercrafters did for their version of the challenge.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Betty Bee's Buzz Honey Bee showcase Pinwheels June 2011

Every Wednesday at Betty Bee's Buzz is Honey Bee Showcase. This is when the Honey Bees are given the opportunity to do their version of the Monday Motivational. This week was PINWHEELS!!! oooooooo summmer and running with a pinwheel in your hand or sticking it out the window in the car to see the colors whirl and whirl.... sigh such great memories....

Here is my version of pinwheels for a card... I went back to my quilting roots and dug into my old patterns and books. This quilting pattern is called PINWHEELS.

This card is custom cut to 5 1/4 x 5 1/4in.

I used the bee stamp from Nature Walk set by Stampin UP. I randomly stamped bees over two different colored background sheets of cardstock. Then I used my 1 1/4" square punch and punched out 8 squares of each color. (You could use your papercutter and make the squares any size you wanted for your project....) then I cut point to point across the squares to make triangles. These I reassembled in the pinwheel pattern on a square background piece. I later trimmed this square to be even...

I added a Betty Bee Bow Maker BEEutiful Bow. Some stick pins I made out of shrinky dink material. I little splash of glitter on the stick pin wings and tada.... Just BEE Cuz Card is done!!!

let me know what you think and go check out Betty Bee's Buzz for the other Honeybees versions of the Monday Motivational.... then link up with your pinwheel project and let's see your pinwheel!!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Challenges Jingle Belles and Stamptacular Sunday Challenge

there are two challenges that I enjoy doing each week. Jingle Belles Rock and Stamptacular Sunday Challenge. Here are my versions of the challenges for this week.

JudyFord This is the card i did for the Jingle Belles Rock challenge. Every week you do a Christmas Card so there won't be the rush during holiday time.

This week is Let it SEW! Let it SEW! Let it SEW!

Yes their sense of humor is just like mine!!
We Were challenged to do a Christmas Card with some sewing on it! I used some crochet cotton with metallic silver in it to do the Sew Snow? and the big flake. the inchies were from a swap a long, long ago... the drippy goo punch makes the silver metallic cardstock look like it's melting. Inside is going to say....... NNNNOOOOO!!!! Only in FLORIDA!!!....

I'm going to send it to one of our friends who lives year round in the sunshine state!

This card is for the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #114 - Color challenge - to use Black, Hot Pink, Tan, White only on your card. Everything is from my stash.

My Martha Stewart Punch Round the corner loopy punch dressed this up to match the ribbon.

check out these two sites for all the other papercrafters versions of these challenges.

Betty Bee's Buzz Monday Motivational Chevrons June 6, 2011

Betty Bee's Buzz Monday Motivational is CHEVRONS. By definition a chevron is an inverted V shaped pattern. Chevrons date back as far as Ancient History in early art forms including designs on pottery and rock carvings. Ssssoooo I went to check out my paper stock. Much to my surprise, and even more to my husband's SHOCK, I didn't find one zig zag paper in the whole bunch! Judy Ford

So i thought what would Queen Betty do.... since dh said no to retail therapy...

so I thought outside the box - square - angles - and .....tada

squares cut on an angle would be V shapes - Arrow heads are V shape!!!

so using my paper trimmer I cut the black and white square paper from point to point. This even square shape was easier to see the chevrons than on the uneven square paper.

I did find some metallic silver cardstock in my stash for the background
I used a Thrinchie that I made for a swap at the Cricut board

and wha la...... a Chevron card is born.

this next card I made for my son-in-law Joseph Poling. He is married to my oldest daughter Jennifer and is Dad to my two grandsons Brock and Jackson.

I tease him unmercifully about all the hats he owns. it's like a buzzillion, ok maybe 1/2 that...

BUT he is a good DAD and wears lots of hats in his family

Dad, Husband, Son, bowler, golfer, race enthusiast... just to name a few...

The inside of the card reads:

Happy Father's Day

to a great Dad

that wears many hats....

Now you give it a try.... check out your paper stash... or think outside the box...

rick rack??? flying geese quilt pattern??? something else????

Link up with Betty Bee's Buzz and show us your chevrons.

Wednesday will be the Honeybee showcase to see what the

rest of the hive comes up with for their projects.

Geometry never was so much fun!


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Honey Bee Showcase Corregated Cardboard June 1, 2011

Every Wednesday is Honeybee showcase over at Betty Bee's Buzz. The Honeybees do their version of the Monday Motivational. This week Honey Bee June Houck did a tutorial on corregated cardboard.

Honey bee June told us she has better results using a Sizzix Die cut rather than our Cricut Expression machines when using corregated cardboard. I have 3 die cuts in my aresenal. 2 sizzix and 1 stampin up I tried all 3. Our Queen Bee Betty said you can just tear into an old box. Wow what great therapy that is to rip into it!!! and I love the results!!! this is my stampin up lattice die cut. I even used the negative cut out for leaves for my blingy flowers. I thought it looked like a stained glass window. I submitted it for the Challenge over at

Jingle Belles Rock for using at least 3 patterned papers in a Christmas card.

This one is my sizzix Tree, Christmas #2. I thought it turned out very rustic and tree like... recycling... I used martha stewart christmas paper for the background and two sparkly papers from my stash for the snow hills... Snowflake and bling from my stash and pearls from a garage sale find!!!This is with my sizzix Frame with scallops that I won as a door prize from one of Betty Bee's Swarm in Florida. The papers and the bling are from my stash. The angel is cut from Paper Dolls with my Expression.

The snow girl and board are from Paper Dolls and the snowflakes were from my stash I found at a garage sale too!!!

So go check out Betty Bee's Buzz and see how the other Honeybees did with their version of the corregated cardstock! Then you try some and link up and show us your work too!!! have fun!!!