Monthly Archive: August 2017

Bike Ride Thank you cards

Stampin' Up Bike Ride thank you cards designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

I made thank you cards for our purple team coaches.  If you like to ride your bike or love someone who does, then the Bike Ride stamp set from Stampin’ Up! is for you!

At our banquet on Monday, I was surprised to find out I was the third place “Biggest Loser” out of  approx. 50 Pedal Off the Pounds participants based on percentage of weight lost.

Yep, me and four guys were the top 5!  The winner was Joe, also on my Purple team.  He lost 5% more than me.  He’s second from the right.  I’m proud of you Joe!  Joe won the bike.  I won a bag and a gift card to my favorite bike shop.  I already bought myself some really nice gel bike gloves.

Here I am counting the beads for our Purple team.  Superman is with me being supportive!

Here’s my Purple team and our coaches.  We actually lost the largest percentage weight as a team!  This is a very fun, caring, awesome group of people!

Stampin' Up Bike Ride thank you card designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

This card is for Amy.  She rides a bright purple and Lemon Lime Twist bike.  (She doesn’t actually know it’s Lemon Lime Twist, but it is. 🙂  She calls her bike “Joker”.  In fact she encouraged us all to name our bikes.  My bike is still called “bike.”  I’ll let you know if that changes.  I used the embossing paste with one drop of Smoky Slate reinker and tried to make an artsy brick wall.  This is the first time I’ve tried the new embossing paste and I loved it!  It was much easier and less messy than I thought it would be.  I also used my aqua painter to add some Smoky Slate to “ground” the bike, so it wouldn’t be floating in the air.

Stampin' Up Bike Ride thank you cards designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

This is Erin’s bike.  She rides a black bike with orange accessories.  She’s an accountant so I knew she’s want her brick wall to be more “perfect” or accountant like.  (I can say that because I’m an accountant as well.  I  have trouble making things off center or more artsy.)

Anyway my two coaches were awesome and I’m applying to be a coach next summer.  I still have about 50 more pounds to lose.

I’m getting ready for the new Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) year to begin.  The mission of Bible Study Fellowship is global, in-depth Bible classes producing passionate commitment to Christ, His Word and His Church. Our vision is to magnify God and mature His people as they cultivate a deeper relationship with Him.   I’ve been studying with BSF for fifteen years.  I’ve learned so much, but still have a lot more to learn.  I’m a group leader for 17 women.  Here’s the name tags I’m making for this year.  I hope they like them.

Name tag made by Stampin Up demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

Pat Stewart you won the drawing for leaving a comment on my project over at Craft Project Central.  Please email me so I can help you get your prize!

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Our oldest son, Sean, is flying in from Seattle tonight.  I can’t wait to see him!


Beth 🙂

Graceful Garden Ensemble – August Bonus Project!

The Craft Project Central  August Bonus Project was designed by Regina Andari.

Create a pocket full of pretty cards that feature fun Watercolor Pencil techniques.  One of the techniques featured in this tutorial demonstrates how to use one pencil to get the shading and coloring of two or three colors, but your favorite might be the “Cheater’s Reflection” technique.  It is so easy and lends such a nice focal point for any card!  Besides the fun pencil techniques, you’ll also learn how to make your own coordinating dimensional embellishments!  If you decide to make this lovely ensemble to give to someone special, you’ll appreciate that there’s a tutorial for a pretty and simple pocket holder for the four cards.

*Bonus projects can be obtained by purchasing a Craft Project Central subscription of three, six or 12 month package that includes the month for which you’d like the bonus.  


Beth 🙂





Seasons Coasters! 

Seasons Coasters made by Jari Francis.

Today’s Craft Project Central project is designed by Jari Francis.

Stamped coasters are so simple and inexpensive to make! With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s time to think about special people in your life you want to create a gift for.  In fact, these stamped coasters would make great gifts for anyone, any time of year!

If you would like to learn how to make this project, you’ll want to subscribe for the month of August. With your subscription, you’ll get illustrated, step-by-step instructions for five wonderful projects for only $10! You can find out how to gain access to a bonus sixth project over at Craft Project Central.

Well, I have so much to tell you and so little time!  Abby is adjusting well to life at Iowa.  We took her to Iowa City a week ago Sunday and got a call on Thursday saying everything was good, but there was just one problem.  At home she got multiple hugs everyday from multiple people.  At Iowa she didn’t know anyone before she got there and didn’t feel comfortable asking for hugs from people she barely knows.  Superman and I drove down to Iowa City yesterday and gave lots of hugs, took her a microwave that actually worked, her new prescription lenses and an office chair.  I think she liked the hugs best of all!

Abby did call me again today to say how much she likes her Organic Chemistry class and professor.  She said she couldn’t wait to do her Organic Chemistry homework.  Abby’s going to be just fine at Iowa. 🙂  I have more peace about Abby being at college than I thought possible.  The Sunday we took Abby to school,  Keegan said something that made Abby mad and she asked me to take him home.  This ended up being a blessing.  I was angry at Keegan for making Abby mad, and angry at Abby for dismissing us, hurt that we didn’t go to lunch and sad we didn’t have the perfect day I had envisioned.  Instead of sobbing on the way home, I didn’t shed a tear.  I do love Abby so much and miss her. I believe she is doing what God is calling her to do and I feel much joy about that.  Later that day when I was picking tomatoes, I thought I should make Abby and I some tomato soup (the boys don’t eat it), not remembering Abby was gone. I was sad for a moment and had to tell myself I am worthy and can still make tomato soup for just myself even though Abby isn’t here to share it with me.

Tonight was the last weigh in for Pedal Off the Pounds.  This was a “learn to love riding your bike and get more healthy along the way group” with a Biggest Loser format.  The bad news is I wasn’t the biggest loser.  The great news is I lost 32lbs and met my goal of losing 30lbs!  I also LOVE riding my bike!  I’ve spent hours riding almost every day this summer.  To me riding fast on a bike is almost like flying.  It’s the same feeling I get downhill skiing.  As I get older, bike riding is the perfect exercise for me.  I love the sunshine, fresh air, nature, animals etc.  I get time alone to talk and listen to God.  Biking is good for me in so many ways.

Superman was being super again, he got me roses to celebrate my Pedal Off the Pounds success.

Keegan applied to Iowa State today.  I think he’s very excited to be the next one out the door.  My nest is almost empty!

Hope you’re having an amazing week!  Prayers for all you parents dropping off kids at college, school etc.


Beth 🙂