Inky’s Spring HoneyPOP Blog Hop!

Welcome to Inky’s Spring HoneyPOP Blog Hop!

If you came here from the very talented Keri Lee Sereika's blog, Pink Lemonade you're in the right spot. If not, you'll want to start at Inky Antics blog and work your way through the group so you don't miss anything!

The blog hop starts today and ends on Sunday, February 27th at midnight Central time. Please visit each DT members’ blog to view their projects and leave a comment for each designer. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win. (Limit one comment per blog, please). Two people’s names will be drawn at random to receive a surprise Inky HoneyPOP prize pack. The winners’ names will be announced on the Inky Antics blog next Monday, so remember to stop back and see if you’ve won.

Today I'm sharing two cards I made using the set Teacup Mouse HoneyPOP and for the HoneyPOP surprise card I used the Lilac Honeycomb Paper, which you can find on this page:

For this card I stamped the mouse image onto cream color cardstock, colored her with Prismacolor Pencils and blended with Gamsol. I paper pieced her dress using the same designer paper that was used on the bottom layer of the card. For the inside surprise... I used the Lilac Honeycomb Paper to create the 3-D teacup.

Teacup Mouse with HoneyPOP

Inside Teacup Mouse with HoneyPOP

For the second card, I used the same mouse head, handle and plate stamps that I used inside the previous card, instead of using the Honeycomb Paper I used the teacup stamp that comes in the set. The HoneyPOP stamps sets are very versatile and can be used for any cards and not just with the Honeycomb Paper. The mouse image was colored using Copic Sketch Markers and cut using Spellbinders Circle & Scalloped Circle Dies. I also used Spellbinders Oval & Scalloped Ovals to create the tag as well.

Teacup Mouse (alone)

Your next stop will be to visit the talented Debbie Fisher's blog, The Paper Garden. Thank you for playing along ~ Jovi

Teacup Mouse with HoneyPOP:
Stamps: Teacup Mouse HoneyPOP (Inky Antics/11089MC) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) ~ Paper: Cream, Amethyst (Close to My Heart), Sweet Treads (BasicGrey) ~ Other: Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol, Lilac Honeycomb Paper (Inky Antics), Light Orchid Grosgrain (SU), Pinking Hearts Border Punch (SU) ~ Card Size: 4.25 x 5.5

Teacup Mouse Alone
Stamps: Teacup Mouse HoneyPOP (Inky Antics/11089MC) ~ Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) ~ Paper: White (Papertrey Ink), Fawn (Bazzill), Sweet Treads (BasicGrey) ~ Other: Copic Sketch Markers, Spellbinders Circle & Scalloped Circle Dies, Spellbinders Oval & Scalloped Oval Dies, Scalloped Edge Border Punch (SU), Mini Safety Pin (CTMH), Mint Crochet Ribbon (American Crafts), Pop Dots ~ Card Size: 5.25 x 5.25

Weight-Loss Apocalypse: Emotional Eating Rehab Through the Hcg Protocol by Robin Phipps Woodall

Weight-Loss Apocalypse:
Emotional Eating Rehab Through the Hcg Protocol
by Robin Phipps Woodall
(Kindle Edition)

Synopsis taken from Goodreads: This book was written to start a new conversation about how Dr. Simeons' protocol has relevance, not only as a hormonal therapy, but as a means to end our national eating disorder. Instead of continuing to apply the protocol as a short-term diet, it shoulder be discussed as a real solution --a tool to end irrational eating for emotional fulfillment. This country is dealing with a crisis: an addiction to eating emotionally, and the obvious result is the overwhelming increase in obesity. Think about the number of people in our culture who eat without hunger. When you observe our nation's behavior with food, it's very clear that fat isn't what we should be obsessed about, and weight shouldn't be the target of the problem. We need a genuine desire to eat less, one that isn't dependent on weight loss as a reward. This requires each of us to be accountable for our own emotions, and find happiness in life not centrally stimulated by food.

My thoughts: This book is helpful for anyone considering using the hCG protocol. It's also helpful for anyone who wants to get control of their emotional or dysfunctional eating which is causing their weight gain. I would definitely recommend first reading "Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity" by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons (1967) before reading anything else if you're doing the hCG protocol.

I've completed four rounds of the hCG protocol (using homeopathic hCG) before this book was available. I went from 190 lbs to 130 lbs and I've been able to maintain my weight between 130-135 lbs for the past eight months. It hasn't been easy, I was and still am an emotional eater, at least now I'm very mindful of what I'm eating and when I eat. Also, keeping a daily food log has helped me tremendously along with exercise.

I would recommend this book to those that have struggled with their weight or for those considering the hCG protocol.

The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan

The Mill River Recluse
by Darcie Chan
(Kindle Edition, Mystery)

Synopsis taken from Goodreads:  Disfigured by the blow of an abusive husband, and suffering her entire life with severe social anxiety disorder, the widow Mary McAllister spends almost sixty years secluded in a white marble mansion overlooking the town of Mill River, Vermont. Her links to the outside world are few: the mail, the media, an elderly priest with a guilty habit of pilfering spoons, and a bedroom window with a view of the town below.

Most longtime residents of Mill River consider the marble house and its occupant peculiar, though insignificant, fixtures. An arsonist, a covetous nurse, and the endearing village idiot are among the few who have ever seen Mary. Newcomers to Mill River--a police officer and his daughter and a new fourth grade teacher--are also curious about the reclusive old woman. But only Father Michael O’Brien knows Mary and the secret she keeps--one that, once revealed, will change all of their lives forever.

The Mill River Recluse is a story of triumph over tragedy, one that reminds us of the value of friendship and the ability of love to come from the most unexpected of places.

My thoughts:  This book was a pleasant surprise, the author was able to weave the story together in such a way that you will fall in love with the woman in the marble mansion.  The story centers around a wonderful friendship between Mary and the town priest, while introducing you to the folks of Mill River.  It is a touching story that will leave you with a feel good attitude and with memorable characters that will have you thinking about them long after you read the end, it's well worth reading.

Benton's Heart

Here it is barely February and I've already turned into a blog slacker. Even though I haven't been posting regularly I have been staying busy crafting, reading and spending time with my family.

I've decided to jump back in to learning the piano.... serious this time. It's been about a year since I quit lessons, I figured I would save the money and practice sight reading on my own... that didn't work out like I planned. The last few months I rarely touched the piano... except to dust it, I would open it, play a piece and then close it until it needed to be dusted again. I'm determined to learn some new pieces on my own and not get discouraged.

On to Benton...

Heart Benton

The image is from one of Inky Antics new clear stamp sets, Heart Benton. Benton was colored with Copic Sketch Markers. For the layout I used another fabulous sketch from The Sweet Stop (SSS143) favorite sketch challenge blog.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Stamps: Heart Benton (Inky Antics/ Clear Set 11079MC) ~ Paper: White (Neenah), Real Red (SU), Enchanted Woodland (Martha Stewart) ~ Other: Copic Sketch Markers, Lace Heart Edge Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Red Heart Ribbon, Mounting Tape ~ Card Size: 4.25 x 5.5

Chasing Rainbows by Kathleen Long

Chasing Rainbows
by Kathleen Long
(Kindle Edition, Fiction)

Synopsis taken from Goodreads:  What's that saying about the devil you know? For Bernie, it's the devil she never expected that changes everything.

Her father's sudden death leaves a gaping void in her life and is one in a series of events that rock her world. Her husband leaves for another woman, and her best friend announces an unplanned pregnancy at the age of forty-one. Bernie's behavior goes from acting out to out-of-hand, and she finds herself in trouble at home, out of work and banned from the mall after a confrontation at the cosmetic counter.

When her mother discovers her father's book of cryptograms, Bernie realizes his encoded lessons in living might be exactly what she needs to survive. From dealing with her family's grief and bonding with her best friend's thirteen-year-old daughter, to dieting, dating and mindless almost-sex with the landscaper, Bernie discovers what her father always knew.

In life, you either choose to sing a rainbow, or you don't.  For Bernie, the singing is about to begin.

My thoughts:  Chasing Rainbows is about a woman who is dealing with so many issues throughout the book, until the end when she chooses to go through life in a positive way.  The story line was easy to follow but this book didn't captivate me like other books have, it held my interest but it became very repetitive and I found it difficult to relate to Bernie and all her problems.

Inky Antics Spring 2012

If you've been visiting Inky Antics blog this week, you've had a sneak peek at some of the new sets that Inky is introducing at CHA. Great news... today is the day you can start ordering these fabulous stamps, the Spring 2012 Inky catalog is now posted on the main Inky Antics site.

Grab yourself a drink and take a peek through the Inky Antics Spring 2012 flyer.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi