Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Fairy and a challenge.....

Hello again, dear friends: I'm here again keeping up with my New Year's Resolutions, about posting regularly and trying to do what my blog name says.
Some of you might only know the stamping side of me, making cards, water coloring, struggling a bit with layouts, not being to much of a fan of DSP, (oh, I can hear the gasps from you, LOL!!) and just loving swapping cards with dear friends.
My other passion is the sport of Triathlon, I've been a competitive swimmer practically all my life but I became a Triathlete back in 2003, when I did my very first Triathlon in Naperville, Ills. My last Triathlon was an Iron Distance one, in Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington, NC. (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a full Marathon, 26.2 mile run) all in a time allotted of 17 hours. I finished this one in 15 hours, 3 min. 53 sec., at age 60 finishing first in my age group.
Well, today I will submit this card for the Mojo Monday challenge and I will also share my Triathlon challenge with you. 
Yesterday I registered for the 2015 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, which is what, in the sport it's called an International or Olympic distance race, in which you swim 1 mile in Lake Michigan, ride 24.8 miles and finish with a 6.2 mile run.
So, after nearly 3 years of not racing, I'm taking this challenge head on, I know I will love every minute of the entire process and I hope to bring you guys along this ride.
I will keep you posted of my training, nutrition, etc. as I get ready for this race which will take place on August 30, 2015. 
Ok, here is this super cute Penny Black image from a stamp set called, what else, "Fairy Sweet".
I stamped it on Canson water color paper with Stazon ink and colored it with my SU markers in this colors and the Aqua Painter.
Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Mellon Mambo, Wild Wasabi and Elegant Egg Plant.
Her hair was colored with Prismacolor Pencils in Golden Rod, Sienna Brown and Dark Brown.
The Card Stock is from my Hobby Lobby stash, the one sided DSP is from "My Paper Studio", the pretty green brads are retired SU.  I used Vellum for one of the panels because I didn't want to cover that pretty design.
I hope you guys like it, I also hope the links I provided will work, I'm still a bit nervous about this stuff so, bare with me, ok?
Many hugs.

PS. Here is a picture of me at the 2006 Wisconsin Iron Man Triathlon in Madison, just so some of you can put a Triathlon face to this posts. (Blush, Blush)

It's a little fuzzy, I'm still getting used to this camera.


Anita Liedtke said...

What a gorgeous card, Maria ! So lovely - the colours are perfect ! No babyoil this time ? I want more marathon pics please :). Hugs, Anita

Patti Willey said...

Omgosh you look 21 in that photo!! What an Inspiration you are!! So determined so yes please share more about this journey is the three year hiatus making it more difficult to get back in shape? I'm putting this date in my calendar and cheering you on from Vermont!! Love the card!

Charlene Thompson said...

Love the card - it's so sweet looking and I love the background too.

Maria A. said...

Thanks Patti, I had just turned 55 on that very cold and rainy day, LOL!! are so darn sweet.
Well, 3 years is a long time and, even if I've been somewhat active, it's not the same, I've started serious training, even if this is not an Iron Man Distance race, it's still a race and now I'm 63 y/o so, getting in shape is a must.
I will be feeling the love all the way from Vermont on that day.

Maria A. said...

No baby oil this time Anita, just water color and the Prisma pencils. I will share more of this pictures of my Triathlon days, I have all of them here in this room where they remind me of what I'm still capable of doing.
Thank you for your sweet words.

Darlene DeVries said...

Congrats on signing up for the triathlon Maria! I wish you all the luck in the world, although you don't need it - just determination, which you already have. Looking forward to hearing about your progress. :)

Bobbi Miller said...

Congrats on the Chicago Trathalon! I'm from Chicago and I've seen it on TV and it's grueling, but I have NO doubts you will do great! What an inspiration you are to this 64 year old. And Lake Michigan is cold, even in the summer, so it sure will be refreshing! Let us know how it goes.
As for your card, it's absolutely gorgeous! Love what you did with it and also the one below from Poppy... I really need to get some of those stamps... I follow Leslie and I get to see all that gorgeous coloring. Love your blog too! Hugs and good luck!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Such a sweet card. Thanks for playing along with Mojo Monday!

Adriana Alicea said...

Mom, this is soooooo cute! I love it! Just keep practicing with the camera. You'll get better at it. Love you!

Anonymous said...

Maria, what a cute image and card. I love the concept of vellum for one of the layers! You are an inspiration both in card making and overall human health and fitness. What an awesome picture. Good luck with your training for the August Triathalon!!! I just started back with P90X and am so glad to be exercising again after a little break. I feel so much better about myself!

Diane said...

Darling card design Maria, wow awesome picture and best of luck training.

Hugs diane

Maria A. said...

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments, I appreciate all of them more than you know.
Many hugs.

ChristineCreations said...

Such a asweet card, and it’s so inspirational to see your Triathlon picture and hear a little about it. Best wishes with your training!

Ellie said...

Such a pretty card, darling stamp and love the sketch!