Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Feel Better Kit!!

It's Wednesday Friends so we're almost to the weekend, hee hee! This is an endless week it seems for me as the end of the month always is! Lots of deadlines, new releases & kids activities to get thru this week and then my mom & sister will be here on Saturday! Ack--too much to get done I tell ya & not enough hours in the day (and not enuff' light either, I miss the daylight, boo-hoo)! This is definitely not my favorite time of year--I like having the sun until 8 pm, feels like I have more hours in the day ya know which I definitely need!

Tonight is back to school night for my daughter (8th grade) so we get to go around & meet all her teachers & find out what's goin' on this year! Can you believe she had to pick her high school courses out already---gee whiz, it's just the beginning of the year! But she'll continue with AP/Honors courses, Spanish 3 and Women's Choir--sadly neither of my children love art the way I do (sigh)! She'll start high school next year with 2 language credits & Algebra I already done--seems they just push 'em thru to the next thing nowadays, but she does well so I don't worry too much! Thank goodness I'm done w/ school now, hee hee :o)


-If you haven't seen or bought your new stamps from Elisabeth Bell & Victoria Case yet from Susana's store--go HERE to see them all! LOL, they're adorable!!

-7 Kids College Fund NOW carries the most popular of Martha Stewart's border punches HERE! And they're only $11.40 each--great price! The popular & hard to find drippy goo punch is in too!

-World Card Making Day is this Saturday & Split Coast Stampers has a day-long event planned. I'm running the challenge for Magnolia-licious at 3 pm (EST) so stop on by & say hi! The challenges will be fun & of course there will be TONS of prizes!! Link to the thread is on my sidebar (will be active at 10 am EST on Saturday, October 3rd)


If you are a long time reader of my blog, you've probably seen me make these "Feel Better" Kits before. I love making them, they're fast & simple to put together for all those sickie-poo occasions (especially at this time of year)! This fabulous image is from Stampavie/Helz Cuppleditch and it's called "Ruffles Get Better Soon"--isn't that lil doggie the cutest? You can see the whole collection HERE at 7 Kids College Fund! The dp is Basic Grey's "Marrakech" paired w/ PTI's lemon tart cs and SU's groovy guava. The buttons and sentiments are from PTI as well (sentiments from Everyday Button Bits & Mega Mixed Messages)!

To make these kits you just need to cut a piece of cardstock 3.5x10" and then score at 4.5" & 5.5". You'll be able to fit a travel pack of Kleenex, a chapstick & a throat lozenger which is perfect for someone who's feeling under the weather! I attached all the goodies with Scor-Tape so it doesn't move around--super strong stuff! You can also make a closure for this pack using a strip of cardstock & a magnet (I use these BG magnets here--my fave), which I sometimes do!

Here's a close-up of this lil' cutie Ruffles the dog--I just love him! I colored the image w/ copics, added diamond glaze to his bandage & some stickles to the flowers on the couch! Too cute!

See ya back here tomorrow--it'll be a long post tomorrow since it's the 1st of the month! I've got projects for Copic Creations, Magnolia-licious October Sketch & Pink Cat Studio Digi!! So come back now ya hear, LOL!!


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fabulous Release Day!!

Happy, Happy Tuesday to you all! A cold front has blown thru here in Virginia and the weather is much cooler today :o( I have a feeling that winter is gonna be bad this year--ack! I do not like the cold, snow or ice or nasty wind--blech! Especially after Christmas is over with, it seems like winter just drags on and I'm ready for spring to come in January, LOL! But I'll just deal with it I guess--this weekend we're going to get mums and cornstalks for our front porch! I love decorating for fall and the week before Halloween our house turns into a haunted house with a fog machine, bwahahahahha! This is my daughter's last year of trick or treating (once high school starts that's it) so it will be semi-bittersweet! Her & her friends are going to be M&M's, lol--Riley of course wants to be a military guy again, no surprise there! Last year him and his best friend dressed up like 40's mobsters which was fun. Sometimes I'll dress up but usually I just say I'm Suzanne, the mom and papercrafter (maybe I'll stick some stamped images & paper scraps to my shirt, lol)! Anyone else dress up for Halloween?


Release Day for Susana's Custom Art & Card Design
New Elisabeth Bell AND Victoria Case Stamps for sale!!

So the day of the fabulous Double Release for Susana's Custom Art & Card Design is finally here! You can buy BOTH the NEW Elisabeth Bell AND Victoria Case stamps HERE (sold as sets or singles and available at 9 am EST today)!

This first stamp I'm using is by Victoria Case for SCACD and this set of 4 stamps is called the "Everyday Gals" and she's named after me, hee hee "Suzanne"--cuz' Susana says I love to shop (which, yes I do especially over the internet)!! I dressed her...ahem, me in my favorite color red and the fun dp is by Shabby Green Door "Farmers Market" . I colored "me" with copics and added some stickles to her totebag & shopping bag; diamond glaze to her boots & purse! This is how I dress when I shop mostly, bootcut jeans w/ high heeled boots or skinny jeans with ballet flats :o) The fun little sentiment is by Hannah Stamps! There are 4 of these "Everyday Girls" and they are a lil' bit bigger than the Bella stamps so they're easy to color & paper piece--they fit lots of fun occasions! Isn't she fun--love her!!

My second card uses one of the fabulous new Christmas/Holiday stamps by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD and this one is called "Two Turtle Doves" from the Special Edition Ornament Collection--see them all HERE! Now this image comes with a beautiful heart ornament around it, but I'm showing you the image without that so you have two ways to use this beautiful stamp! I paired her up with some beautiful new papers from SEI "Christmas Mint"--I love the soft past holiday colors. I added some stardust stickles to her skirt and holly for sparkle and then cut the image out with my Nestablities Labels 3. The snowflake border was done w/ my Martha Stewart punch here and those scrolls are also a punch here. I added some Kaiser pearls and the sheer ribbon was tied with my Bow Easy & topped with some Prima Poinsettia flowers & holly! These images are all just gorgeous & so perfect for the upcoming holiday!

Now hop around to the rest of the DT's blog's to see their stunning creations today using these stamps!

And of course you can purchase all of these fabulous stamps right HERE!!

Have a fabulous day everyone & I'll see ya back here tomorrow!


Monday, September 28, 2009

This and That!!

Hello everyone & Welcome to the last week of September!! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend! Ours was pretty good minus the rain, hee hee! Hubby took the kids bowling yesterday so I could finished up all my projects yesterday. The last week of the month is always the busiest it seems as I'm finishing up deadlines and new releases--ack, but I did get it all done thankfully. Then we ordered in pizza (love that you can order online & track your pizza at Domino's Pizza, LOL), got our jammies on & watched the movie "17 Again" which was really cute--a good family movie! Now back to the work week I guess, LOL!


-If you haven't entered for the Yummy BLOG CANDY over at Susana's Store Blog HERE--make sure & do so by tonight at 11 pm (EST)! Up for grabs are a set of the new Elisabeth Bell AND Victoria Case stamps!! The new stamp release will be tomorrow as well--you will LOVE them!

-New Pink Cat Studio Digi stamps coming this Thursday too! I'll have a peek for ya then!


This Christmas card I just love, cuz' I adore Santa's, hee hee! This fabulous ornament stamp called "Bulb w/ Santa" from I Brake For Stamps (if you want to order from this fabulous store, make sure to use the discount code "SAVE10SUZANNE" for 10% off your order)!! I love the vintage feel to this stamp--I stamped the stamp on cream cardstock & then added just a bit of color w/ Copics. The dp is Basic Grey's "Wassail" and I added some stardust Stickles to Santa's coat and used a gold Spica pen on the tree trimmings. The sentiment is from PTI's new "Stocking Prints" set and I embossed it in gold ink--I added some mini jingle bells to the ends, aren't they cute & they DO jingle :o)

Here's a close up to show you the shimmer that is on the ornament--I used gold Inspirations Paint on the edges for a nice shimmer! The bow was made with my Bow-Easy of course! Do ya love it like I do, hee hee?

Second card uses a new stamp from Lockhart Stamp Co. called "Cornucopia"--isn't it fab!! I colored the image with copics & then added some diamond glaze to some of the fruit, stickles to the leaves & I used my clear and red Spica pens to add some soft sparkle! The dp is by Melissa Frances and those are some fab Kaiser pearls along the bottom & at the top corners. The double bow was made with my fave Bow Easy--if you don't have one it is soooooo worth the $5 I tell ya!! This is an easy fall card to make & a wonderful way to say hello this fall season!!

Make sure & stop by here tomorrow to see all the fabulous new stamps that are being released by Susana's Custom Art & Card Design! It's a double release, so stamps from Elisabeth Bell & Victoria Case, wow!!

See ya tomorrow!


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Peppermint Twist!

Happy Sunday friends! I was supposed to post this yesterday but my mom & sister came up to visit on Friday & then I was prepping for my Copics class, so I didn't get it done in time. I WAS looking forward to going to a Hot Air Balloon Rally & Craft Festival today, but it looks like a wash (sob)! It's been cold & rainy since yesterday & I wish I was somewhere warmer right now--I'm chilled to my bones. Had to get out my fuzzy zebra jammies for the occasion, hee hee! Hubby had to hold me down from lighting up the fireplace--I hate cold toes & bones! YUCKO--bring on the sunshine PLEASE!! So looks like I'll just spend the day working on projects for this week & doing some more reading & get a pot of stew going for the day! Hope you have a fabulous Sunday in store!


-My blog is going to go thru a MAJOR RENO pretty soon, so be prepared! It will definitely reflect Suzanne, hee hee--no doubt!!

-If you haven't had a chance to stop by Susana's Store blog HERE to enter for some fabulously yummy BLOG CANDY, you have until the 28th to do so! What's up for grabs?--a set of each of the new stamps by Elisabeth Bell AND Victoria Case!


Just one quick project today for ya! This is the last of my Pink Cat Studio Digi projects I made for the grand opening of the store. I just adore this image called "IB Betty--Candy Cane Slide"--isn't she a cutie. I made her lil' bear friend a polar bear since she does live at the North Pole ya know!! The papers are from the new awesome Basic Grey "Eskimo Kisses" (even the name is cute, hee hee) paired w/ PTI cs (their aqua mist, berry sorbet, sweet blush & scarlet jewel cs goes perfectly with these papers)! She's colored w/ copics and the candy cane has diamond glaze on it so it's slide-able, LOL! A few stickles & a cute mini pom-pom on her hat & some PTI buttons finish it off. The sentiment is from the PTI "Holiday Treats" stamp set!

Hope you all have a fabulous day & I'll see ya back here tomorrow!



Friday, September 25, 2009

Baby It's Cold Outside!!

Happy, Happy Friday everyone!! Yay, Yay my favorite day of the week, hee hee! And my hubby comes home tonight from a work trip--don't mind being alone but I'm just a weensy-bit of a scaredy cat at night by myself, LOL!! Plus I can't watch any of our tivoed shows when he's not here cuz' he doesn't want me to watch them w/o him!! I don't watch a ton of tv, I find that doing all my computer work in the evenings & reading I just don't get to watch most shows nowadays. But I do make time for my old standby's like HGTV, Bones, Grey's Anatomy & Chuck. (used to love CSI until Grissom left) But I started watching "Drop Dead Diva" & oh my goodness, I LOVE IT!! It's hilarious & even my hubby enjoys watching it with me--I like that there is no drama, stress or violence in it, just a good time! I just don't want to spend my evenings sitting on the edge of my chair, stressed out & then having a nightmare any more ya know--there's enough stress in the world already w/o me watching it on tv (this is why I stopped watching Lost, 24 & Heroes). I just don't enjoy them anymore and when I do have free time I want to laugh not cry, LOL!! And there seems to be such a lack of comedies on tv anymore--they're all action & drama, arghhhhh! I also Tivoed the new show "Modern Family" last nite which is supposed to be a hoot, but I haven't watched it yet so I'll let ya know :o) What's your favorite TV show on tv right now?

And if you want a good laugh, check out this YouTube video that I saw on CNN 2 nights ago! It's good clean fun & will make you chuckle out loud I promise!! Cracks me up! The link is HERE!



-Okay, this time I have the link for ya since Tab got them up yesterday at 7 Kids College Fund. You MUST check out these fabulous new stamps from Penny Johnson right HERE--they are sooooo cute & will melt your heart I know! I want them all, hee hee!

-Susana's Custom Art & Card Design has a new Double Release coming on September 29th with images from BOTH Elisabeth Bell AND Victoria Case! To celebrate--there will be BLOG CANDY on the store blog HERE from the 26th thru the 28th, so make sure & stop by to enter (what can ya win--how about a set of each of the releases, yay!)

-Stay tuned to Pink Cat Studio's new Digi store HERE! Melissa will be releasing new images weekly--how fun, huh!!

-For those of you who subscribe to my blog & would like to have it delivered as soon as it posts (instead of late that evening or next day)--my friend Amy of Pickled Paper Designs has easy to follow directions on how to change that on your subscription if you're interested below (thanks Amy cuz' I had no clue, hee hee)!

Change your Feedblitz delivery settings from "Nightly" to "Hourly." Here's how:
- go to and log in
- click the "subscriptions" tab
- you'll see a drop-down box in the right corner. It says "Pick One of Your Subscriptions." Choose "ScrapBitz"
- In the main portion of the page, you'll have a list of options, such as "New," "Your Subscriptions," "Restore," etc. Choose "Scheduling."
- Where it says "How often do you want FeedBlitz to check for new articles?" I expect you'll see "Nightly (using the configured time zone)" If so, use the drop-down box to change to "Hourly."
- Be sure to click the "Update Schedule" button for your change to take effect.

Exciting News for Ya!!

I'm so excited to share some special news with you today!! Mo of Mo's Digital Pencil has put together a DT (or Dream Team as she calls us, hee hee) & she asked me to be on it!! Well, of course I had to say yes cuz' I soooo adore all her images--they really are a joy to color!

And as soon as I saw this image called "Kai in the snow" (you can make the baby a girl or boy) I had to have it. He reminds me so much of my son, who was such a lil' butterball when he was little--it just brought the sweetest memories back to me! I colored him with copics and then added the snow with my favorite Martha Stewart's "Snow Glitter" (love that stuff--I get mine at Michaels). The dp is by Paper Salon & the snowflakes are punches that I have and then I covered them w/ tacky glue & dipped them in the snow glitter & crystal glitter. That fun sentiment is from PTI's "Snowfall" set--perfect me thinks!

Here's a close-up of this lil' chubby cheeked cutie! I put some diamond glaze on his boots and that's white sparkly fluff (buy HERE) on the pom-poms & scarf fringe (so soft & fuzzy)! Love this lil' guy!

Second project is another one I did for the new Pink Cat Studio Digi Stamp store! I bought a bunch of these long notepads from the $1 spot at Michaels awhile back & they have magnets on their back so you can put 'em on the fridge! I thought this To-Do List & matching card would be perfect for lil' teacher or hostess gifts for the holidays. I used "Penguin Candy Cane Swing" & isn't he a lil' cutie? To make the notepad topper I just basically made a scored wrap for the top by measuring it out & scoring & attaching it w/ scor-tape. Very quick & easy to make!

Here's a close-up of the image--I used diamond glaze on the candy canes & then put some liquid applique (heat set so it puffs up) on his lil' elf hat!! So cute! If you haven't delved into the digi stamps yet, you really should give it a try. Melissa has very simple & easy-to-follow directions on learning how to use Digi Images right HERE on how to get started!! You'll be addicted for sure!! LOL

I'll have a quick post up for you tomorrow & then I'll see you all back here on Monday!



Thursday, September 24, 2009

Enjoy the Ride!!

Hello Stampin' Friends!! One more day until the weekend--yay--has your week seemed as long as mine, hee hee! Saturday I'm teaching a Copic class here at my home which is always fun for me cuz' I just love teaching everyone how to use their copics. I will have another class on October 11th & that will be my last class for this year due to the upcoming holidays--I will resume classes come Jan/Feb! I'll also be cleaning the upstairs/bedrooms carpets with my new $400 carpet cleaner (Royale) which I just love--isn't that exciting, lol! But I spend at least $800 a year using professional carpet cleaners so the fact that this machine does such a fabulous job & I can do it myself does excite me (oh the small joys, hee hee)! I already did our basement level & all the area rugs on the main floor which is totally hardwood except for rugs--love it! But that's it for my weekend plans! What is everyone else up to this fall weekend?


Oh boy, as soon as I saw these cute Magnolia stamps with their bikes I knew they had to be mine (there is an Edwin w/ bike as well) and you can find them HERE at Magnolia-licious! Isn't she just as cute as can be? The background stamp is from Whiff of Joy called "Fall Grass" & you can find it HERE. The layout is this week's SCS sketch #247 which is fabulous & so easy to use with your Magnolia stamps. The pretty paper is from Frances Meyer (that I've hoarded cuz' I lovee it) paired w/ SU ballet blue cs & PTI's lemon tart cs. Those side embellies are buttons that I put a yellow Kaiser pearls on top of--love to add stuff to my buttons to change them up, hee hee! The fun sentiment is from PTI's "Everyday Button Bits" set!

Isn't she just a cutie? She's colored w/ copics and then I cut her out & popped her up w/ dimensionals. I stamped the grassy hill & then made clouds w/ my cloud template (see video I made about this on sidebar if you're interested). I always like to make my clouds sparkle so I added some diamond stickles on top! And the bike & her sneakers got diamond glaze, stickles on the flowers & lace trim and some silver Spica pen on the bike's handlebars.

Here is a close-up to show the dimension. So I stamped the bike basket & bouquet twice and popped them up so there are 3 levels of dimension on this image. Love, love how this one turned out!!

Second project is another fun Halloween project I made using some more of those cute Pink Cat Studio Digi stamps that you can find HERE! This is "IB Betty-Ladybug Costume" & she's such a lil' cutie! I printed her out in 2 sizes (fun thing to do w/ digi stamps) & for those who are asking: I print them out right onto my Gina K Luxury cs in 120 lb weight (same that I stamp on) with my Epson R300 printer set to print on matte paper. I don't have to heat set it or wait--I start coloring right away w/ my copics & no smearing!

I added some stickles to her costume, some fun star buttons from my stash & that fun border was done w/ my Fiskars border diamond punch. The bag topper is simple to make & filled w/ yummy sour pumpkin gumdrops--YUMMO! These are so quick & easy to make up & so much fun to give!!

That's all for me today--I gotta get lotsa stuff done today as usual, hee hee! Have a great one!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

80's Flashback!!

Happy Wednesday & Hump Day my friends--we are halfway thru the work week! I am typing up my blog for today while listening to Riley watch some dumb cartoon on tv. I swear, the cartoons they make nowadays do NOT resemble the cartoons I grew up with at all! And that's not a good thing, lol! They're just weird to me--lots of ninjas, aliens & oddly gifted kids that do weird things, hee hee. I miss the good cartoons that taught actual lessons like the Smurfs, The Flintstones, Fat Albert and The Jetsons (am I dating myself yet, hee hee). I loved Jem, Shirt-Tales, Richie Rich & The RoadRunner & Bugs Bunny ya know! They were cute, funny & always had a great friendly & non-scary theme--unlike some of today's cartoons (Phineas & Ferb, Avatar, Mighty Bee, Static Shock, etc) that are just strange & sometimes a lil' scary!! My two most favorite were ShirtTales and Monchichi's, hee hee (see YouTube links below)--I just loved them & watched every Saturday morning. Back then that's when ALL the popular cartoons came on, remember? We didn't have oodles of options when we were kids and Saturday mornings were my favorite time of the week! When we were at Disney World Epcot a couple of year's ago, in Japan they had a store & they had Monchichi stuffed animals! Well I had to get one just like the old one I used to have (which who knows where it may be)--my kids thought I was nuts, hee hee--but I have it on one of my shelves in my craftroom & it always gives me a smile. So there ya have it, an 80's Flashback for ya today--who knew you'd be getting this info today, LMBO!!

Tell me what was your favorite cartoon when you were young!!??

"The Shirt-Tales" clip:

"The Monchichi's" clip:


Today, I've got 2 more fun projects using new Digi images from Pink Cat Studio--check out Pink Cat Studio Digi Stamp store HERE!! I tell ya, I was so thrilled when Melissa asked me to make some samples for the store & I had more fun with these images! This card uses "IB Betty--Ladybug on Flower"-isn't she so cute & cheery! I colored her w/ copics and then added diamond glaze to the ladybug on the stem & the dots on her dress; of course lots of stickles on the flower's center, wings & her headband. The black/white polka dot paper is from PTI & then I created lots of flower accents with my nesties, flower Cuttlebug embossing folder & Primas. Just a fun & happy card!!

The second project I made is a fun holiday card and wine-bottle wrap. I saw similar bottle wraps in a local paper store and they were selling them for $6 a piece, wowza!! You know us papercrafters & our mantra--if we see it, we know we can somehow make it, LOL! Both of these projects use "Penguin Elf in Present"--the beauty of digi stamps is you can re-size them any size you'd like. In this case I printed the regular size for my card & then I re-sized it smaller & printed it for the small tag on top of the wine bottle! How fun is that!! You can also print a mirror image as well! Now, I'll always love my rubber stamps but digi stamps are fun to use as well!

Close up of the card--I used these holiday fab papers by SEI called "Christmas Mint", the papers are really pretty up close because they have glitter & foil accents on them. I used stardust stickles on the present & added a tiny pom-pom to his lil' elf hat!

Here's a picture of the back of the wine-bottle wrap! I just punched holes and added ribbon to tie it closed with, gives it a lil' something special and the recipient could take it off & re-use it as well! Perfect for all those upcoming holiday parties!!

That's it for me today, but I'll be back tomorrow with some more goodies for ya!!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Digi Day!

Hiya Friends!! Can you believe it's officially fall already? Wow--I feel like I never got to say goodbye to summer, it just flew by it seems. And the weather here in VA got cool & fall-like REALLY fast--hope that doesn't mean winter will be horrible, I HATE the cold. Still holding onto my dream of moving to South Carolina one day (sighhhhh)! But I do like having my windows open everyday & filling the house w/ fresh air (most of my neighbors still have their AC's on--crazy huh?)! Thinking about the upcoming holidays already makes me feel rushed, lol--never enough time to get it all done ya know! I was in JoAnn's the other day & they already have a small section filled w/ Valentine's Day stuff--ummm....let me get thru Xmas first, LOL! Crazy how retail works---I think it's just a massive scheme to make us all crazy mad with stress me thinks, hee hee! Anywho, let's get on with the projects for today cuz' I've got 2 to share w/ ya & lots of info so make sure & make it all the way down to the bottom!

NEW Pink Cat Studio Digi Store

I’m excited to announce that Pink Cat Studio is going digital! Today Melissa is opening an online digital stamp store with a great selection of brand new Halloween and Christmas designs. So now PCS will have two stores, one for rubber stamps and one for digital stamps. You can check out the new store HERE!

**I print my digi images directly onto my Gina K Luxury cs 120 lb weight w/ my Epson InkJet printer! And then color w/ Copics--no smears or bleeding!!

I'll be sharing a project using these fabulous new digi stamps everyday this week for ya so make sure & stop by everyday, 'kay!! But today I wanted to share this fabulously fun "Itty Betty-Yummy Frogs" card I made! Isn't she a cutie with her lil' witches brew & froggies trying to get away, hee hee! My papers are from some of last year's stash (i'll check later today for ya who they're by). I added some diamond glaze to the frog's eyes & cauldron and stickles on the fire, steam & brew! I punched some stars out & ran them thru my Cuttlebug so they have a bumpy, bubbly texture and then I added fun glitterdots to the centers! The sentiment is from PTI's "Halloween Tags" set and the cobwebs were done w/ my Martha Stewart punch!

Now make sure & hop over to the Pink Cat Studio Digi Store HERE & the Store Blog HERE to see all the fabulous new digi stamps & projects done w/ them--they're boo-tiful!! Lot's of fab Halloween, Christmas & Everyday digi stamps for ya to delight in!!

Try It Out Tuesday #37

And since today is Tuesday that means it's another "Try It Out Tuesday" for Susana's Custom Art & Card Design store! I challenged the DT this week to use Flower Soft on their cards/projects which is always fun! I used one of the fabulous Christmas Tree stamps by Lockhart Stamp Co. "Snow Tree w/ Birds", colored it with Copics & then added Polar White Flower Soft to it for a pretty, wintery snow feel!

The papers are new from Basic Grey's "Eskimo Kisses" and I LOVE them--they pair up fab with PTI's cs as well (aqua mist, sweet blush, new leaf)! The layout is this week's Mojo Monday Sketch #105 which was so fun to do! The sentiment is from PTI as well & then I used Kaiser pearls (in rose) and Bella Baubles (oyster) to line the bottom & corners! The double bow was done w/ my Bow Easy--gosh how I love that thing!

Here's a close-up of the image---Polar White Flower Soft on the tree and around the oval nestability frame! The berries are made w/ red Liquid Pearls and silver Stickles on the star! The Polar White FS is a little bit different in texture than the regular flower soft, a lil' thicker & more shimmery--so very pretty IRL!

Now make sure and stop by the store blog "Follow Your Heart" to see the rest of the DT's fab projects today!


Monday, September 21, 2009

Shake Your Bacon!!

Hello friends & Happy Monday to you all! Hope ya had a fabulous weekend! Ours was fine--not super exciting but not boring, hee hee! We spent Saturday having a "Dean Family Jammie" day & I read basically most of the day! Finished my Dan Brown book (quite a page turner but not as good as Demon's & Angels in my opinion but good anyhow), started a new book by Kate Morton and read a stack of magazines. I also made 2 batches of soups to freeze in my new Pressure Cooker which I can't believe I never had before---love it (thanks hubby)! Sunday, hubby took the kids to the Frederick, MD fair for the day while I caught up on mounds of projects for some new releases coming up (shhh...lots of stuff comin' here to ScrapBitz, hee hee)! And today, blissfully nothing going on either 'cept a quick trip to the grocery store and post office! Oh yeah & some projects to finish & work on of course!


-Pink Cat Studio has somethin' up their sleeves & it's coming tomorrow!! Make sure & stop by my blog tomorrow cuz' I have a small hand in it, hee hee!!

-Susana's Custom Art & Card Design has a DOUBLE RELEASE coming to you next week on September 29th!! Two Artists, Two Sets of Stamps--Elisabeth Bell & Victoria Case images coming your way & you won't wanna miss it! Stay tuned for peeks & blog candy!!

-NEW Penny Johnson & Rachelle Anne Miller stamps are available HERE at 7 Kids College Fund! They are sooooooooo cute, you will want them all, hee hee!


I have so many projects to share with you this week, but I thought I'd start the week off with something outrageously fun for ya & put a smile on your face!! If you're a regular reader of mine you know how much I ADORE the "Humorous Senior" stamps from I Brake For Stamps (see previous project HERE)--they just crack me up totally! Della released some new ones last week & this gal on her lil' moped "Moped Millie" just caught my eye right away--her zebra pants, drooping cleavage & dog howling makes me giggle every time. (remember to use the Coupon Code "Save10Suzanne" to get 10% off your order if you decide you need some stamps, hee hee)

I colored her with Copics to match the fun Basic Grey "Lime Rickey" paper--wild & crazy just like this gal!! I added some fun buttons & dotted bows to decorate the card and that fun sentiment is from Hanna's Stamps & you can find it HERE!

Close-up of "Moped Mille"--I used diamond glaze on her seat, tires & helmet. I used a silver Spica pen on parts of the moped & stickles on her shirt & headlight! Isn't she fun? It's just gotta give ya a giggle today!!

Hope you have a fabulous Monday & I'll see ya back here tomorrow!


Friday, September 18, 2009

Indian Summer!!

Yay & Happy TGIFriday stampin' friends!! It's the weekend--wahoo & I have absolutely no plans other than to finish my Dan Brown book (compelling & hard to put down) & catch up on projects! Hubby is taking the kids to the Frederick, MD fair tomorrow but I'm not going---I'm so "faired" out, we've gone to at least 2 fairs every year since the kids were born & I'm just not in the mood this year plus I need to catch up on projects & Etsy orders. On the 27th we're going to a Hot Air Balloon Rally near Warrenton, VA & I'm looking forward to that--that will be my fair experience this year, hee hee! I'm hoping the weather this weekend is MUCH better than it has been the past couple of days--dreary & rainy, YUCK!

Seems like I'm not the only one getting less than 5 hours of sleep a night, LOL! I got one comment from "Angelwood" saying she wants to poke her peacefully sleeping hubby & that cracked me up cuz' that's how I feel. I asked him the other night how he can just lay down, clear his mind & fall asleep in 1 minute flat! It disgusts me I tell ya', LMBO--I will purposefully poke him or ask him questions just to keep him awake sometimes (yes I'm a meanie sometimes, hee hee)--I don't know how men do it. I have NEVER laid down & been able to clear my head that fast--it normally takes me an hour to fall asleep cuz' my mind is racin' I tell ya, and sometimes that's when I have my best ideas :o) Oh well, maybe one day sleep will come easier--we'll see!


-Susana's Custom Art & Card Design has the NEW BASIC GREY papers (Indian Summer, Eskimo Kisses & Eerie collections), buttons & brads IN STOCK NOW HERE--so run & get yours!

-7 Kids College Fund has the cutie-palicious Whiff of Joy Christmas stamps up for Pre-Order right HERE--those mice will steal your heart I tell ya!! (shipping mid-October)

-Note: If a word is in italics in my blog than it is most likely a link that you can click on :o)

-Hmm...somethin's up at Pink Cat Studio starting next Tuesday!! Keep a look out!!



Today I have a fun fall card that gives me warm & fuzzy fall feeling's, hee hee! I LOVE the colors & patterns in the new Basic Grey "Indian Summer" papers--such pretty combo's & perfect for fall! The fabulous image is by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD "Rian" available HERE & she's colored with Copics to match the dp! I adorned the card with Prima Hydrangeas (in Sweet Pea & Woodlands), Prima Velvet Leaves, ribbon & Bella Baubles (in Lemonade & Merlot).

Up close & personal with "Rian"--I added some stickles to the flowers/hearts on her clothes & flowers on the ground. I used the NEW "Inspiration Paints" (fabulously fun to use) in Copper on the ground, Sage on the leaves & Light Purple on the background surrounding her! They leave a great shimmer & are nice & easy to blend (I use my Fantastix's or my fingers)! Hope you love her as much as I do!!?

Have a fabulous weekend & I'll see ya back here on Monday!


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Two Scoops Please!!

Happy September 17th my friends!! I want to run a poll and ask everyone "how much sleep to do you usually get a night" and "at what age do you start sleeping again?", LOL! I swear I could go on vacation and sleep for the ENTIRE week & not feel guilty about it either! No LIE! I'm such a poor sleeper anyhow (chronic insomniac) and then having a child with asthma/breathing issues does not help. I sleep with one ear to the door most nights making sure he's sleeping, hearing every cough & wheeze--I feel like I have an infant again (oh lordy no, two kids is enuff for me, hee hee)! I average 4-5 hours a night if I'm lucky & it's just not enuff' anymore--my ole' body is feeling it for sure and I'm not able to get as much done which is a BIG PROBLEM! My engine needs some gas I tell ya, lol! And I've started my new Dan Brown book which kept me up beyond a reasonable bedtime as well :o) Who can resist the draw of a fabulous book--not me!! Anywho, here's to wishing me and you a good nite's sleep tonight!


Today I have a fabulously fun project to share with you that I just ADORE (YILM)! I love the colors, layout & image, so fun! This is a new stamp sold by CC Designs in a set or singly called "Kiki LaRue's" that you can buy HERE and I think they are just too cute! (Christine keeps making them cuter & cuter I tell ya)! The card layout is from yesterday's SCS sketch #246 and the papers are by Memory Box's Sugar Collection(I don't think it's available for sale anymore, bummer). I love the patterns & colors in these papers! The cute ice-cream is bubbles--aren't they fab? I picked a few up at Michaels or AC Moore awhile back knowing that a stamp would come along that would be perfect to use with them! I made a band around the middle w/ paper and then added some fun May Arts ribbon (double sided) and a fun tag made w/ my nesties! This would be such a great gift for a young girl's birthday or party favors!!

The SCS layout is so fun & perfect for so many cards--I will be using it again for sure! I added some diamond stickles to her headband, cherry & bowtie; diamond glaze to her shoes, eyes & chocolate ice cream scoop. The ribbon is from PTI and the bow was made w/ my fabulous Bow Easy--flowers are small Primas with Bella Bauble centers! The heart charm is from my stash but find similar ones right HERE. If you love this it's for sale on my Etsy shop which is sadly mostly empty so I gotta get around to fillin' it back up, hee hee! (I have the supplies to make one more, so if you REALLY want one & it's already sold, just email me--1st come)


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Simple Pleasures!!

Hello friends & Happy Half-Way thru the week, hee hee! Oh my, am I tired and wishin' it was Friday already. Riley had his dr's appt yesterday & we had to be outta the house by 6:15 am for the long drive in rush-hour traffic. At least we got some semi-diagnosis & a treatment plan for him, so we're crossing our fingers that this works. I dropped him off at school at 11 am and when he got home at 3:30 he had a blazing fever of 102 degrees---oh my! So he is officially sick w/ something, probably the flu virus that I had last week--hope hubby & daughter don't get it too! Just a busy, restless few days & I'm trying to play catch up! And wow & thanks to all you lovely ladies who literally wiped my Etsy store clean, LOL--I think I have like 3 things left in there so I gotta get busy filling it back up, hee hee! So lots of work to get done, and I have my new Dan Brown book sitting on my nightstand just beggin' me to read it, but I have to get my stuff done first so I can read it w/o any guilt (so no tellin' me anything about it if you're reading it, 'kay)! And a disclaimer for you today--this is a totally enabling post full of goodies, hee hee!


-Check out these fun & fabulous NEW Robin's Nest Tear Drops HERE available at SCACD--they're super cute & easy to use!!

-And if you haven't checked out these new Gillian Robert's Holiday stamps HERE--they are so stinkin' cute that I just want them all, LOL!

-Paper Trey Ink had their NEW Monthly release yesterday and there are lots of fab Holiday sets & great sentiments that are fab for all the upcoming holidays! Of course I got my order in straight away (Love that 1-click "gotta have it all" button, hee hee--although my checking account does not)!


Today I'm sharing a vintage-like Magnolia card I made for my Magnolia-licious Mingle partner! This lil' cutie is "Jam Tilda" and she's available at Magnolia-licious as part of the NEW "Yummy for Your Tummy" Collection HERE! There are soooo many cute images in this collection that it's hard to pick just one I tell ya! This yummy dp is from Cosmo Cricket's new Mini Decks "Earth Love" (they're smaller 6x6 pads which are fab)--love the fall like muted colors in this dp that I've paired up with PTI cs! The sentiment is from Verve Stamps & I used my Nestabilities Circles & Mega-Curved Rectangles--love me my nesties! I cuttlebug embossed the background and the flowers are from my friend Nikki's shop HERE (she has a brilliant selection of flowers & charms & quick shipping too)!

Here's a close-up of this lil' cutie--I used R02,R01,R00,R000 & YR23,YR21,YR20 on her dress & socks and of course some diamond stickles on her hairbands & ruffles! A girl's gotta have some glittah'!!

I'll see you lovely ladies back here tomorrow!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fairies, Candies, Oh My!

Hiya & Happy Tuesday to ya all! Well we're slowly into the week from heck for me, LOL! Just lots goin' on & lots to get done as usual. Today I have to get my son to his pulmonologist appointment (fight traffic in rush hour, and race back to try & get him back to school before noon) and then drive Alexa to gymnastics and somewhere in between find time to complete projects & make dinner, hee hee! And I'm still stunned & depressed over the death of Patrick Swayze--I knew he was sick, but it always comes as a bad shock ya know?! I have always adored "Dirty Dancing", "Ghost" & "The Outsiders" that he was in and have watched them more times than I can admit to ya, hee hee! And I always admired the drama free & loyal romance he had with his wife for so many years--gotta love that! Anywhoo, movin' on..........


Winner of my 300,000 Blog Hits Blog Candy is....
Donna of Indiana Inking!!
Congrats Girlie! Email me w/ your addy so I can get your goodies to ya!
Thanks to everyone for entering--it was fun!

**I have openings in my Copic Classes on Sept.26th & October 11th!! Email me for details!! I'd love to have ya (class runs from 1-4:30 pm/$65)

Copic Creations Challenge!!

Today is the 15th of the month so that means it's Copic Creations Challenge time!! This time we were challenged to use BOTH Copics & Prisma Pencils together on these beautiful fairy images from Stamps Happen! Stamps Happen is our sponsor for this challenge & they graciously donated a fairy stamp to each of the DT to use today along w/ a fabulous prize you can see at the Copic Creations Challenge Blog HERE.

The fairy I used is called "Chicory Fairy" and you can see/buy their stamps HERE! This was very fun to color but oh so detailed to do. And I hadn't used my Prismas in over a year, but it was fun to pull them out again. The sentiment is from a Verve Stamps set I have and the ribbon is Offray!
I used my Prisma's on the sky background (lt.cerulan blue, true blue, parma violet), leaves (dark green) and flowers/dress (pink) along with my copics. To do this you color with your copics first and then add your Prisma coloring/shading & then blend w/ your gamsol (odorless mineral spirites). The gamsol DOES NOT hurt your copic coloring in any way--very cool technique. Then I added diamond stickles to her wings and gold Smooch to the inside stems of the flowers. I think she's just beautiful IMO, hee hee--I really love her!

Now make sure and stop by the Copic Creations Challenge Blog to see the rest of the DT's fabulous creations & find out how you can enter the challenge as well!

Try It Out Tuesday for SCACD!

And since today is Tuesday that means it's also "Try It Out Tuesday" Challenge for Susana's Custom Art & Card Design store. This week I challenged the DT with a fun project from the Scor-Pal site called a "Triangular Card" and you can find the instructions right HERE. This is a pretty small card (4x4) so they're quick & easy to make & so much fun to give.

For my card today I used one of the fabulous NEW Lockhart Stamp Co. images called "Candy Wreath"--you can see/buy all the new Lockharts right HERE. I colored mine with copics and then added diamond glaze to the candies & diamond stickles to the wrappers for lots of sparkle! I cut it out w/ my circle nestabilities so it would look like a fun wreath on the front of my card along w/ a fab bow!

This is what the card looks like when it's opened! I created my front image on a belly-band so you can just slip it off easily but you can also create this card with different closures to your liking! A Holly-Jolly Christmas card for ya today!

Now make sure and stop by the "Follow Your Heart" blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with for ya today!

That's all for me today--see ya back here tomorrow!

Monday, September 14, 2009


Hello & Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Our's was busy, busy finishing up errands & chores around the house. Alexa had a sleepover Friday night and I'm sure she's goin' to come home from school grumpy today since I let her stay up until 11 last night to watch the VMA's (Video Music Awards)! Which of course will make me grumpy too, lol! I did finish up a book, made 2 batches of soup to freeze and got some projects done so that's good. Anywho, I'm keeping this short today as I have lots more errands to run & then have to get my son over to the X-ray place so he can get another chest x-ray! He has his 2nd visit w/ the pediatric pulmonologist tomorrow and I hope all is well (crossing fingers)! I haven't had a chance to pick a winner for the 300,000 Hits Blog Candy yet (sorry, sorry) but I PROMISE I will have the winner up tomorrow for you. And let's just say a big "WOW" for all the fabulous replies & lovely comments I've gotten on that--almost 400 of ya stopped in for a chance, the most I've evah' had for a contest--wowza!! Thanks to you all & I loved reading everyone's favorite book selections--so fun!

Today I just have one project card for ya to share but isn't he just a lil' pilgrim cutie? This is "Harvest Shy Bear" and he's available at I Brake For Stamps right HERE! (if you decide to order use my coupon code "SAVE10SUZANNE " to get 10% off your order 'kay) I just love these lil bears & sometimes I use my flock to make their fur furry but this time I did not. This is such a fun Thanksgiving/Fall card to send out--I really love the cheerful feel of this!! I colored the image with Copics and then made a frame around the image using that wonderful NEW "Autumn" Flower Soft--so pretty! The paper's are a mish-mash of scraps I had laying around, so not sure of the company names! I added some velvety lovely Prima leaves and a crocheted flower (from my friend Wynneth who so kindly made me bunches of these) and a few Robin's Nest dew drops.

Here's a close-up of this cutie & you can see I used diamond glaze on his nose and the apples. I used my gold Spica pen to add soft glitter accents to the wheat, hat buckle & leaves. Isn't that flower soft awesome--I just love it, looks like scattered leaves for sure!

Alrighty, I hope you have a great one & see ya back here tomorrow!

Friday, September 11, 2009

O' Christmas Tree!!

Happy TGIFriday everyone! How are you all doin'? I'm slowly recovering from this nasty bug that has taken ahold of my body--wish the fever would go away! I'm thinking this weekend will be very sloooowww for me, hee hee! Today is of course the anniversary of 9/11 here in the US and I wanted to take a brief moment to remember those that died, those that gave their lives to save others and to those who serve & protect us near & far! And most of all for us to never forget. In the grand scheme of things we are all united, we all seek peace and we will not condone this kind of violence in the world and as always I wish for peace in every country and within everyone's hearts!



-If you haven't entered for my 300,000 Hits Blog Candy, you have until Sept.14th to do so right HERE!

-7 Kids College Fund has all the NEW CC Designs Autumn/Fall SugarPlum stamps in stock NOW! Run & get your cuties right HERE (scroll down on page) before they're all gone!

-Thanks to everyone for their lovely comments, well wishes & great book suggestions--there are a few that have been named that I haven't read so I will be checking the library for those soon!


So yesterday I managed to get a few projects done & these ornaments have been on my to-do list for a bit (the never-ending idea/to-do list I keep, hee hee)! I LOVE Christmas--it truly is the most wonderful time of the year for me! If you were reading my blog last year you know how I love it so and how I put up 8 Christmas trees (will be 9 this year) every year in my home--2 real & the rest are fake! No I'm not crazy hee hee--just love to decorate trees! So I'm always looking for more ornaments & I love to make some to add to my collection! I've had a bunch of these fabulous chipboard ornaments by Cosmo Cricket(find them HERE) just staring at me since last year beggin' to be used, hee hee!

So I pulled out my Magnolia stamps & picked a couple to use on the ornaments--I love the sitting ones for these, so cute! This particular stamp is "Tilda in Winter Stockings" which you can find HERE at Magnolia-licious--she is one of my most favorite stamps! I covered my ornament w/ Basic Grey's "Figgy Pudding" dp, attached w/ modge podge (holds the best to chipboard) and then trimmed & sanded the edges. Colored Tilda w/ Copics and added some diamond stickles to her dress!

To finish it up I punched some snowflakes (snowflake punches here)out of the dp & added icicle stickles thickly to them before attaching. The middle snowflakes are flat buttons I had in my stash & then I added crystal rhinestones around the edges of the ornament! So pretty--I just love it!

Second ornament uses one of the fabulous elf Magnolia images "Sitting Alva"--isn't she a cutie & you can use her all year round, not just Christmas which I love! I colored her with Copics as well to match the Basic Grey "Wassail" dp that I used on the ornament.

I used my gold Spica Pen to outline the leaves of her skirt and then added stickles to the skirt & hat! I attached her w/ dimensionals and added some fun red rhinestones to the border of the dp. Holiday fabulous--2 down & lots more to go, hee hee! Hope this inspires you to use your Magnolia's in a different way as well. These would be fabulous on your tree and on a gift as a tag as well!

I'll see ya back here tomorrow w/ a fun new project! Have a fabulous Friday!


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