Monday, August 3, 2009

Summertime Fun!!

Happy Monday--hope you're week is going well so far!! We had a fun weekend even if it didn't turn out as planned (best laid plans, hee hee)! Hubby took Riley to an RC airshow on Saturday while Alexa was boating with friends, so I got to hang out by myself & read & craft all day (yay). Sunday we had storms on & off so we didn't get to Mt. Vernon, but went to the movies instead to see "G-Force" with the kids--very cute & funny! I'm a sucker for animal movies, hee hee! Then came home & crafted some more & shot a NEW copic video for you all! The kids go down to my mom's on Wednesday until Sunday, so hubby & I will have some alone time (at least in the evenings since he still has to work)--so that will be nice. Then gotta start school shopping I guess--the kids need new everything since they've both grown like weeds this summer. that they're older clothes/shoe shopping is the WORST!! They whine more & complain & literally drive me up the wall---ackkkkk! I usually have to go twice because I run out of steam halfway thru--Alexa is wanting things I don't think she should have & Riley doesn't want to try anything on, hee hee! Oh the joys!!


WINNER of my BLOG CANDY (picked randomly) is:
CHRIS D of "Simple Things In Life"!!!

Congrats to you & email me your address & email addy so I can get the stamp & gift certificate to ya ASAP!! (

Thanks to everyone who entered--it was fun to read your answers & special shout-out to "Sandy Krahn" who said her dream vacation would be to come take a Copic Class with lil' ole me--HUGZ to ya!! Don't know if that's a dream vacay but sure is nice to hear, hee hee!

My dream vacay would be 1 week in Italy & 1 week in France. I want to see Rome, Venice & Tuscany & then Paris & Normandy where my grandfather is buried (he died in WWII). One day I hope to get there!!
-Remember you only have until August 7th to buy your Whiff of Joy "Fall Kit" with 10 Elisabeth Bell images for $36 right HERE.

-Susana's Store is also sponsoring a fun Lockhart Stamp Co. "BLOG CANDY"--go HERE for all the details starting tomorrow!!

-New Smooch colors are in and available at Susana's store--cool new colors!

-NEW Copic Video Tutorial #16 on coloring African American Skin tones & Hair is up on my sidebar under "Copic Videos"!! (had lots of requests for this--so hope it helps)

First up is a very fun project I made on Friday and couldn't wait to share with you all. I love, love to make papercraft projects so when I saw the instructions for this cute cart on the Scor-Pal site HERE, I had to get right on it, hee hee. (Fab papercraft projects on this site) I decided to make mine an Ice Cream Birthday cart & made a matching card using one of the new Lazy Day Summer collection Tilda's (Tilda w/ Ice Cream) from Magnolia-licious. The dp is by Moxxie which I adore the circles & colors (funny thing--the backside has martinis on it, hee hee) paired with PTI cs.
The circles in the dp led me to my layout which is fun I think! The buttons are from PTI and I tied them with scrappers floss in pink. Tilda of course is colored with Copics and I added white polka-dots to her shirt and stickles to her ice cream. The round sentiment is from Lizzie Anne Designs--the ice cream cone in the center is from a Pink Cat Studio set that I colored & cut out. She's such a lil' cutie!!

Now, I won't lie--the cart did take a bit to put together and I had to improvise a bit. I used a straw for my umbrella pole and I colored toothpicks with my green marker to make button popsicles! The round birthday sentiment towards the back is from PTI's "Around & About Sentiments" w/ another ice-cream in the center. I just adore the umbrella--so stinkin' cute. This would be perfect for a centerpiece at a party or just as a lil' special gift--lots of versions to make of this me thinks :o) (And thanks to Pat who already snapped it up from my Etsy shop)

Last, but certainly not least is this lil' cutie "Keisha" by Mo's Digital Pencil--love her & you should see the other digi stamps Mo has! They're so much fun--I bought myself a few so you'll see them soon :o) This is one of the images I colored in my new Copic Video tut on coloring African American skin tones/hair--I've had lots of requests for this & I know there isn't alot of info out there which is unfortunate. (her skin tone is E29,E27,E25,E12 & hair is E49,E47,E25)

I paired her up with some of my favorite (now retired--boohoo) dp from Stampin' Up--love the blue! I added diamond stickles to her shoes, headband & apron and then added some Prima mini roses (put a coat of pixie dust shimmerz on top of them). The rose petals got a coat of Liquid Pearls in pink & the charm can be found HERE (I added a pearl to the bottom). This cutie is up for sale on my Etsy shop if you're interested!

That's it for me today--I'm off to finish another big project & then take Riley to the eye dr!
See ya tomorrow!




  1. Hi Suzanne,
    Your projects are all just the cutest. Thank you so much for the new copic tut. I just finished making 3 African-American cards and I sure could have used this video. Thanks so much I will check back to it often and thank you for your time your the greatest!

  2. This set looks so cute!

    And I wanted to thank you for your great Copic tutorials for some time now and always forgot about it *sigh*. I have seen them all by now and I am sure they'll be a tremendous help to me as soon as I get some more Copics. I've so far been a Prismacolor girl, but I've had some Copcis for years (just couldn't handle them very well) and I think I'm getting better with them now, 12 totally different colors just aren't this much to work with. Makes shading pretty hard.

  3. Your project is just stunning out it all turned out. I love the matching card so much!

  4. Suzanne great job on both of your projects, I love the colors on the little tilda on and the cart just so darn cute. Thanks for the coloring tutorial on the darker skin tones I will be able to use these for sure.

  5. Beautiful summer set Suzanne! I am so in love! I am off to scor-pal right now to look at the fun tutorial! And I can't wait to sit down and watch your new coloring tutorial! You totally ROCK hun!!!
    Hugs~ Kim

  6. Thank god I found you I have had some copics for my Birthday and I need all the help I can get, your tutorials will be a great help.I have only been blogging a month and have just found you so I will be back a lot.
    Your work is beautiful

  7. OMG!! These are just the sweetest creations ever!! I adore that little umbrella cart and the fun colors with it and the card!! :) What inspiring ideas!! TFS! HUGS

  8. Oh my stinkin word! How adorable these both are! Can't wait to see your tutorial on coloring skin. She is just adorable. I have a couple of them that I'm hoping to finish up this week also. And that cart, oh, I just love it! I want to order ice cream off of it! Love the colors and that Tilda is just way too cute for herself. Enjoy your peace and quiet coming up this week. I know how you hate to shop! Tell you what, I'll take your kids school shopping and you can shop for a dress for me for Nichole's wedding!

    Hugs to you,


  9. Oh Suzanne, the card and cart are sooooo cute! What a nice set it makes and Tilda is so cute eating her ice cream . . . love your coloring! Cami

  10. Hi Suzanne!!
    I love your little card and Magnolia card - can hardly wait to get my stamps. Your colours are wonderfully summer and delicious!

    Also am much impressed by your little black girl. Excellent colouring and I am in love with the image! You picked perfect papers to to with her happyness as well.

    I look forward to looking at your new tutorial and many thanks for it.
    Love Candy

  11. cute is that! I just love that ice cream cart! Wowsers! You do such fabulous work!
    And your card is just always.
    Huggies ~

  12. Oh Suzanne you rock!!!! I am so excited to be receiving this beautiful set. I'm heading over the the score-pal site to see the tutorial. Also thank you for the new video tutorial. I am learning so much from you and I too have a dream of one day being in one of your classes. Hugs, Pat J.

  13. Suzanne, I love the project you made and the pretty coloring you have done with your new digital image!! She looks perfect!
    Jodi =)

  14. I love the card! The circles make it super adorable!

  15. Suzanne, these are just adorable. The 2 cards are superbly coloured, both Tilda and Keisha. I love all kinds of paper crafts too and your ice cream cart is just too cute--I am certainly going to try making one.


  16. These cards are so cute! Tilda is so sweet in pastels! I totally know what you mean about older kids clothes! My 2 little boys are easy (6 & 4) - I just buy what I want! I do have a 13 yr old daughter that is 5'7" and wears a size 9 shoe!! She is so picky - I do not dare pick out anything w/o her. She is pretty good about knowing what is appropriate, etc, but she is terribly picky to the point that I have to tell her if she continues being so picky, she will go home with no clothes! :) Shoes too - we DO NOT agree on shoe styles! She loves the 'skinny jeans' & skater shoes (etnies or converse) look. I can only get her in a dress or skirt for a school dance! I did not like to wear them when I was her age either! I was really picky too - guess I am getting a does of my own medicine! :)

    Thanks for sharing your talent!

  17. Fab creations as usual. Thanks for the new Tutorial on colouring darker skin, I always find this more difficult to do, you can see one of my examples here. I can't recall which colours I used for this one - I should really make a note of them but I'm not that organised!!!

    Your tutorial will be a great help for me in the future.

    Thanks again for sharing your talent.


  18. OH. MY. GOD. how stinkin CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE is that cart!!! thanks for the link - i had not been to the scorpal site in quite awhile - apprently there is some new stuff!

    wanna know whats worse than dreaded school clothes/supplies shopping? trev took out the front corner of my truck with the front corner of his car yesterday *screech* poor kid was freakin out, i felt so bad for him but UGH!!
    big hugs!!!

  19. exceptionally gorgeous!! love love love the way you highlight with the white gel pen - and the lovely blue flowers.

    AWESOME. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Wow! Wow! Wow! The cards are terrific, as always!!! But look at that adorable cart! You amaze me, girl!


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

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