Monday, February 18, 2013

A Mini Celebration Ride!

Happy Monday everyone & for those in the US Happy Prez Day!  Everyone is home today since its a holiday...its my cleaning day so that should be fun with a bunch of lumps in the house taking up space LOL.  Then I have plans to watch 2 episodes of Downton Abbey...cuz YES I'M OBSESSED..I FRIGGIN LOVE IT!!!  OMGeeee...we are only halfway thru Season 2 on Hulu so I'm trying to get done with it so we can watch Season 3 and catch up with the rest of the world.  But I don't watch a ton of tv, too much work and things to do so my tv time is limited(not to mention sports take up a lot of viewing time lol).  Plus I've been informed by "the family" that I cannot watch without them cuz' they are obsessed too LOL..yup even Riley & James although they wouldn't admit I'm sure ;)  Its like watching a combination of the best historical/fiction books I've ever the stories have come to life on screen...amazingly well written and so good. 

And Marti & I had a blast at the Love-and-Theft concert Saturday night!  We drove 3.5 hours South thru rain, sleet, snowstorms and trains to get there LOL and it was a good time.  Canaan Smith was their opening act and it was so good to meet him...he's an AMAZING artist, we've chatted over the past few years but had never met.  He has written songs for Jason Aldean, Love & Theft, and more big names but his voice is excited for him.  And I acted as his bodyguard for a bit LOL...some drunk lady was slobbering on him, GROSS.  Then I chatted with him on Facebook a bit yesterday after realizing I didn't get him to sign his shirt, geesh..such a nice guy and I hope he goes far, I love to see talented musicians make a break in the bizness...its hard stuff to do.  So if you haven't heard of Canaan you can see his big hit HERE (We Got Us) but he has new music coming out too that I'm excited about.  And below is a short video of him singing onstage with Love & Theft on Saturday night.   Next concert for me?  Why its my Luke Bryan...whoot...and Florida Georgia Line...and this gal has PIT TIX..that's right, I plan to be at the stage in grabbing range LMBO ;)  whoot whoot!

me & Canaan Smith Saturday night
(yes we had on matching black leather jackets lol)

Video clip of concert 

Mini Celebration!! 

Today is Mini Monday for of the new features we have is Mini Mondays which will feature a few DT gals every week showcasing the fabulous Mini Magnolia stamps. (On Wednesdays it will be Wee Wednesdays featuring Wee Stamps)  Make sure to check out my DT sisters Norma & Chris' blogs to see their projects today too.  And as always you can see them at the Magnolia-licous Challenge Blog too!  And make sure to check out the current challenge while you are there to join in the fun!
I created a fun set by making a card AND using a fabulous new product by Magnolia called "Doo Bee Pops"...and YES I love saying that name, its so fun ahahaha!  Its a crepe paper product that comes in many colors and the possibilities are endless.  I used mine to create an egg shaped gift tag to match my card.  (I have a lil' slideshow tut below of how I used it for you)

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

I used two awesome Mini Magnolia Stamps on my project...."Mini Circus Tilda" and "Carousel Horse"...I cut Tilda out & added her on the horse with thin dimensionals for dimension.  DO NOT LET THE MINI SIZE INTIMIDATE card is the same size my regular cards are (5.5x5.5"), so I didn't reduce the size although of course you can.  But you can use them just like you would the larger part is that they are tag, envie sized too so lots of options to play with them.  So I used some MORE of those awesome papers from DoCrafts PaperMania "Bexley Black" but in the black/white combo this time....I'm tellin' you these papers are da'bomb'diggity LOL!  I distressed them up with my Distress It All machine and added lots of layers...I LOVE LAYERS :)  Behind the image I added some black tulle and a ribbon treatment...all attached with Scor-Tape..I cannot even say how much I adore Scor-Tape.  I use it a A LOT...esp in the 1/2" and 1/4" sizes.  The white scroll is a Memory Box Die border that I cut in half and added to each side of the image.  The sentiment is from PTI and I added a fun lil' pre-made gingham bow with a pearl in the center.

The images were colored with Copics: C9 thru C1 / E11,E00,R20 / E39,E31,E50.  And then I added lots of stickles to her dress trim, hairband and the horse's bridle/saddle.  Before I mounted my image onto the card I sprayed the entire card with the Maya Road spritz in pearl for a soft, subtle sparkle (I did on the egg below too).

So I love this Doo Bee Bop paper (see/order HERE just scroll down a bit)...I must get some more colors...whoot!  I cut mine with an oval SBs doesn't cut thru the final layer so I just used my scissors to finish it off.  That was with my Cuttlebug so you may be able to cut all the way thru with a different cutter and/or die.  But it was easy to do!  The slideshow below shows how I put this together...there are so many fun shapes you could make and even go smaller than what I did.  **Biggest TIP for you is to make sure you place your die/punch so the lines on the paper are going horizontally NOT vertically ok LOL...yes I did it wrong the first time so trying to save you the trouble!**  I decorated with some tulle, flowers, gingham ribbon, a butterfly (made w/ a MS punch & pearls) and some trim to match my card...then a little tag with a PTI sentiment.  I think it can be used for many things but mainly I made it for a present topper or bag-tag.


Video of Doo Bee Bop Tut 

This is just a picture of how I store my Mini Magnolia can buy the binders, pages & cards to stamp on at Magnolia-licious---they are 58% OFF right now so hurry and get yours.  Alexa stamped and titled them all for me this summer (as a paid job I might add lol) and it makes it soooo much easier to find what I need.  I may eventually re-organize them by Seasons/Event but not yet :)  You can see my original post on decorating my binder HERE too!

Have a great week everyone!


  1. What an action-packed weekend!Coloring, papercrafting, tutorials to share, doing the family thing. I don't know how you get it all done, you're simply amazing. Thank you for the inspiration! Hugs and happy crafting <3-Kim

  2. Wow!! what a beautiful gift set this is Suzanne, wonderful choice of the black and white, it makes it all the more dramatic.

  3. Just gorgeous, Love the Doo Bee Pop paper , Black and white is so striking, beautifully done my friend
    Hugs Julie P

  4. Card is amazing as always! I have 3 episodes left on Season 3.....grab your kleenex when watching.....all I have to say about that!
    the PaperTemptress

  5. A lovely card and a fabulous ornament and please send me Alexa...I have lots of stamps to organise! Hugs, Lesley

  6. Awesome card and cutie patootie egg with the Doo-Bee-Pops, Suzanne. Love how you decorated them both. Black and white is so beautiful.
    So glad you had a great time at the concert and most of all glad to hear you made it home safely. Especially with all the nasty weather the east coast has had this winter.
    Cathy Lee

  7. holy freak! This is AMAZING!!! Seriously! You should probably mail it straight to me ;)

  8. Once again you looked like you had a great time at the concert! Sounds like it was a good one too.

    I too am a big Downton Abby fan. I was late getting on the bandwagon as well. Last year I heard about it and my kids got me Seasons 1 & 2 for Christmas. Well got them watched by the time Season 3 came around, and loved it as well!! Although, now we have a long wait until next year for Season 4. I've asked for Season 3 to add to my collection, so guess I'll watch it again back to back before 4 starts. Guess it's the English major in me!

    And, last but definitely not least.........that card and project you made are absolutely gorgeous!!! I want to get on your distribution list as well!! It's surprising how stunning black and white can be!!!

  9. Hi Suzanne , lovely card this is with mini-Tilda in the carousel. Thank you for joining us at NMWC. Christa.

  10. Wowza!!!! Your little set is fab fab fab! I love the colours, the design, the honeycomb - I just love it all!!!! thanks for joining our Ribbon and Bling challenge at Dream Valley, hugs xx Cara xx DT

  11. What a sweet card - love the dramatic colours.

    Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week, and good luck!

  12. Stunning! I love the card and tag, both designs are fabulous. Gorgeous colour combo and designs. Thank you for joining us at OSAAT. Good luck. Hugs, Jill x

  13. Stunning card. The black and white is striking. I love it

  14. Your card is stunning. The black in white is striking, I love it.

    Thanks for playing at NMWC this month.

    Happy Crafting

  15. What a wonderful shape of oval used with Doo Bee Pops paper. The black and white DP and the colored images look gorgeous together!! A wonderful set!

  16. Wow what a stunning card! Thanks for joining us at NMWC! Hugs, Chantal


I appreciate all your lovely comments and taking the time to stop by! hugz,Suzanne

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