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Thursday, September 15, 2011
Happy Friday, friends!!  Monique here.  I hope you've all had a wonderful week and are looking forward to your weekend.

Ok, we all know that shoe-themed cards are very popular (who doesn't love a cute pair of shoes, right?), but instead of the usual high-heeled shoe design, I went with a running shoe on this card.  My very good friend Stephanie had a birthday on Monday, and I'd been wanting to make her this card because she was really hoping to get $ toward a new pair of running shoes for her birthday.

The running shoe was cut at 3" from the Pink Journey cartridge.  However, the cut on the cartridge has no layers or shadow or anything.  So I first cut it out in hot pink, trimmed off the shoelace part of the image, and then attached the shoe to solid white cardstock.  I then hand-trimmed the white cardstock, essentially creating a 1/8" shadow around the shoe.  Then I cut the shoe again, but this time in black.  Using scissors, I trimmed away the sole of the shoe, and attached it to the pink shoe.  I also saved the little "hole" pieces that you'd normally throw away, and I just glued them inside the spaces in the pink shoe.  The cool skull image was cut from Indie art at 1".  Had to go with skulls for Steph!  Finally, I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch holes in the shoe, and then threaded white ribbon through the holes and tied a bow.  The sentiment was just hand-written with a silver Signo pen.

Stephanie and I and our friend Erin are doing triathlon training with a group, including coaches.  We meet 3 times per week for killer workouts all around town, plus do workouts on our own an additional 3 days/week.  We've been working on swimming, biking, and running, and are planning to compete in the Golden State Triathlon in Sacramento on October 9th.  It'll be a 1/2 mile swim (harder than it sounds!), 15 mile bike ride, and 3 mile run.  This is quite a stretch for me as I only started exercising about 3 months ago after almost a year of cancer treatments, and even before that I wasn't doing anything physical, so I was in BAD shape!!!  But I have come really far with training.  I can now swim more than the needed 1/2 mile in a super cold lake (though slowly), I'm decent at biking, and had 1 stretch of 23 miles, and I'm even getting better at running.  I think I might be able to run my first continuous mile very soon - I'm getting close, and have NEVER done that in my whole life.  It's amazing what you can accomplish with hard work, isn't it?  So that's a big reason that I've fallen a bit behind with blog posting and whatnot.  I've really been focusing on my health.  Oh, and I've also dropped about 30 pounds in the past 9-12 months - woohoo!  All of my clothes are getting too big!  It's an empowering feeling to be somewhat back in charge of my own body, and to know that I'm not too old to get in shape and accomplish something as crazy as a triathlon.  And that goes for the rest of you too.  It's never too late to get off that couch!

Don't forget to leave a comment on today's post for a chance to win this week's blog candy - the Echo Park "Country Drive" paper pack.  See ya again soon!

52 comments:

DIANA L. said...

Monique you look really good in the photo. It was nice to meet you in June. I hope we can do that again.

This card is so cute. I agree if the shoe fits buy it.
DIANA L. http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

Jenscrapstoo said...

This is a very cool card, love all shoes lol!! Cheers jendewar at optusnet.com.au

Doris P. said...

proud of your accomplishments!! you've been through a lot and accomplished a lot!! WAY TO GO!! doris
parkernana5@cox.net

craftymom205 said...

Love the card. So cute.

craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Debbie G
Very cute card!
debbieanng@yahoo.com

bskt4holly said...

Good for you!!!!! The card is cutie tutie!

Holly

Betsy said...

So glad you're feeling good!! And empowered!!

Mary said...

HEALTH COMES FIRST! I AM SO IN AWE OF ALL THAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED, A TRIATHLON??? GOOD FOR YOU! GREAT CARD BY THE WAY.

AShu93 said...

You're such a great inspiration Monique! And Stephanie is lucky to have a friend to make her something so fabulous for her birthday.

CathyinMN said...

Very cute card. Good for you getting into shape! I wish you the best in your training and the triathlon. I'm so glad you have someone who is going through the training and race with you.

gshrader said...

Beautiful card and congrats on training! Your accomplishments are amazing!
gayle_shrader at yahoo dot com

- said...

Loved the card it is soooo cute! Great job on all your training...I am rooting for you. Good luck!!!
(:(:Smiles:):)

Robin

sleigh said...

That's a pretty cool card... luv shoes!!!! All the best in your training! I started walk/run and then my hubby got sick and well, it's time to get back to it again. Thank you for sharing your story :D

meredemaison said...

Wow! You really went the "extra mile" to make that awesome card! So many little things you did by hand!!! Thanks for the inspirational words. I had my first pilates class yesterday and everywhere hurts, but I know it's good for me, although it sounds like I'm starting out a lot more slowly than you are. Way to go!!!

Katherine said...

This is a great card. I would never have thought up how to make my own layers on that shoe. Congratulations on your work out accomplishments. It's amazing how wearing ourselves out can actually give us more energy and make us feel better.

Anonymous said...

All your cards and projects are soooo cute, you are very talented.
sekala45@roadrunner.com

Beth said...

I'm happy to hear you are doing well, and love that you are posting on the blog again! Your projects are great. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

You go girl! You are such an inspiration! Your friends must be so happy to train w you and proud of how far you've come...you continue to amaze me. How exciting for Emily to have a you for a role model! You look great in the pic...thanks for sharing your life w the rest of us!

Carol aka cyimbugbitten
bugbitten at hotmail dot com

Kim. said...

Woo hoo to you well done on such a great achievement, after what you have been through that is awesome.
Love the card, I tell it was perfect for your friend. Great colour choice.
Kim xXx

Luria said...

Hey Monique Good for you and, Good Luck. I have just also started a exercise and weight loss journey and it has been very hard but I am determined to get back into shape.

Thanks for sharing your story and giving me some motivation to keep going.

Beverly said...

Love the card! So glad you are doing so well, Monique! We are all rooting for you in ALL your endeavors!

Kristie Maynard said...

Great card!
Congrats on the wt/ loss and the training you are doing. Great job on everything!!!

Cynthia B. said...

Love it! I much prefer a good sneaker to high heels anyway. ;)
TFS this cool card!

Nanette said...

I love the shoe. Great card!

nanettemt at yahoo dot com

kim said...

You are Awesome. I love the shoe but more than that you inspire me. Know that when you run this race that we will be with you in spirit. Thanks for all you do.

Kim
k1i2m3@cox.net

Betsy said...

Monique, you look great! Wow! I'm impressed with your exercises. Way to go!

**Treefrog** said...

What a great personalized card for a great friend, so sweet of you! And it's so good to see that your doing so well, you go Girlfriend, Lookin Good!
((Hugs)) Theresa

SaraBug said...

Happy to see you posting again. Go girl. Cute card.

sonyaeverding said...

Love the card and adore the sentiment. Great idea. This is perfect for a runner...Thanks for the inspiration. My friend has a bd coming up and she is a boot fanatic.....I have to get scrappin.......

Donna said...

Dear Monique,

The picture you have posted of you and your dear friend is beautiful! You look great!

The card is fantastic! If the shoe fits - ha! It's a great, catchy phrase! I can think of many ways to use this one. Thank you for the great idea once again.

Blessings, Donna
grandma4five

Sandra Joy said...

Your are one "AWESOME" lady!!!! Thanks for sharing your life's story. You are a tremendous inspiration to all of us! Just love the card!

Fran said...

I think the shoe card is perfect for so many occasions. Reminds me of races. My family just dd a 5K together!

bskt4holly said...

Love it!!!! Way to go. Hope she gets the EXACT pair of shoes she wants!!!!

Holly

Cheryl said...

I am so happy for you! You look fantastic! The shoe card is awesome and I love how you made your own layers. This is something I love doing as well. It truly makes your design unique and all your own! Good luck in the triathlon!:)

Charlene M. said...

Too cute!
Southernmrs
at verizon dot net

Dawn, RI said...

Monique, Really wish I had yourget up and go attitude. Keep it up.
Dawn RI
abosoffit@hotmail.com

Robyn C said...

wow! congratulations on all that hard work! it is always better to work out like that in a group. and swimming half a mile is very HARD! good luck in our endeavors!

blueskygirl said...

What a cute shoe card- love it!

Phyllis C said...

Love the card--great to see that you are doing well.

Anonymous said...

So glad your doing well, love all your projects.
sekala45@roadrunner.com

JANLYNN said...

Cute shoe. Made for a very appropriate card. Glad to see you looking so well and doesn't it make you feel good to work at self body improvement. I was in a walking competion at work a couple of years ago. Hoped to lose some weight. Moved some of it around and built quite a bit of muscle that increased my weight but it was good weight gain.

3Generations Crafting said...

wow - such an awesome blog! the best place I have found for cricut ideas - and the 1st blog that I have "officially" followed w/ Google! Your team's work is amazing - love the princess layout from a few months ago! Perfect for my daughter's 1st bday (hmmm...she's almost 2 1/2 now...I'm a little behind - but I am inspired now!!) I have read your blog all the way back to 4/8/11...sadly I must go do that thing we call sleep! Don't worry, I will be back!

lmkindell1 said...

Love the shoe so cute.

Linda
lmkindell1@verizon.net
lindashappyplace.blogspot.com

Vickie said...

WOW what a cute card. TFS and good luck with your training. God Bless

Brenda said...

Monique I am so happy for you and to hear all is going well! Love the card too:)

Aman said...

What a great card!

amanbains1 at gmail dot com

Northwoodszoo said...

Truly inspiring... not just the card, but what you have accomplished for yourself healthwise. I'll be rooting for you!

surfnfroggie said...

Love, Love the sentiment! soo very true! Your card is awesome!

Just A Pac Rat said...

Very nice card, love the shoe! Would be great for a teenager too, as they always needing new shoes. TFS

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Lady Fair said...

Very cute card. Monique, you're such an inspiration - not only in crafting, but in your spirit. Good luck in the race!

Beth Anne in PA said...

I am so happy for you and to hear all is going well Monique! You're such a great inspiration and you look great! We'll all be right there cheering you on in spirit...have fun!

Beth Anne in PA
woody42997ataoldotcom

PS: Love your cute card :)

Haseeb said...

This card is awesome i have seen first time such a creative card , i want to add it to my card collection. thanks for the tips i will make one soon .

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The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.

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