Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December 1st Fun!!

Hello friends & Happy December 1st to ya all!!!  Did you all have a fabulous holiday & weekend!?  Mine was fabulous I must say.  After celebrating dinner at my brother's house with my family, hubby and I went to see the Broadway show "Jersey Boys" in DC on Black Friday---that show was FABULOUS!!  I loved every minute of it, still singing the songs & we were lucky enough to meet the cast and get our show poster signed by everyone!!  It was a wonderful evening--then we returned to my mom's house for the night.  I always get all my fresh greens from my mom's woods every year (it's a tradition), so we did that on Saturday and I put them all thru my house in every nook & cranny--the smell is Christmas delish for sure!  Then on Sunday, hubby & the kids and I went to Snicker's Gap Christmas Tree farm and "hunted" down our 2 trees--the weather was 70 degrees & I was in HEAVEN!!  We got our 11 ft tree for the family room and a Blue Spruce for the rec-room then came home & did all the outside decorating since the weather was so agreeable!!  I've got everything done except 1 more tree and the banisters of our stairs to do & I'm finished--it is holiday fabulous in the Dean household.  Christmas music playing, lots of pretty lights and potpourri simmering on the stove---my favorite time of year for sure!  Now to finish my Xmas shopping (that's a whole 'nother kinda chore that's for sure, LOL)!

**I've got a few pictures in a slide show at the bottom our "Christmas Tree Hunting" Adventure, hee hee!**


-I Brake For Stamps is having a fabulous holiday sale--All IN-STOCK Nestabilities are 20% off with the coupon code "SPELLBINDERS".  Della also has 2 Grab Bags of stamps still available (one is images, one is sentiments) & they're a great deal for sure (in the Specials Category).  This sale ends December 4th!!

-7 Kids College Fund has LOTS of new goodies coming to the store soon & ready to stock your shelves, hee hee!  But up for sale right now are the NEW CC Designs Winter Stamps HERE -scroll down to the bottom to see the cuties (so cute--I must get some, lol)!!

Try It Out Tuesday #46--All Boxed Up

Since today is Tuesday, that means it's "Try It Out Tuesday #46" for Susana's Custom Art & Card Design, and I've challenged the DT to create some fabulous gift boxes!  I used the Elisabeth Bell for SCACD stamp "Atlantia" and I think she is just the most beautiful mermaid stamp don't you!?  I created a Spa Gift set that would be perfect for any lady in your life--this set includes a card, a luminaria with an LED tealight and a Bath "Sand & Sea" candle to light when you're in the bath!  Add a few other spa goodies & you've got a fabulous personalized gift set to give!!  The papers I've used are PTI cs and Basic Grey's "Periphery" dp.  The flourishes I stamped on the luminaria are from PTI's "Fancy Flourishes" set.

A close-up of the card shows this beautiful "Atlantia" image that I colored with Copics (BG72,BG11,BG10,B95,B91) and then added some Stickles to her, and I used Liquid Pearls (in silver pearl) on her pearl accents.  A few scrolls made with my punch and some rhinestones & pearls added for bling.  The bow was made with my Bow Easy & then I added a "Say It With Pearls" Prima center and a shell charm to finish it off.

This is what the luminaria looks like when lit with the LED tealight (use FAKE lites with these so you don't start a fire, ok, hee hee)--isn't it lovely!  The directions to make one of these can be found HERE & I just made a top for it so it would hold the gift (candle)--the lid is a 3.5" square scored at 1/2" all around.  The top has more embellished scrolls and a pretty bow.  I used vellum to cover the ovals--attached them with Scor-tape for a secure hold.  A pretty easy gift to make for someone special--hope you like it too!

Now make sure & hop on over to the "Follow Your Heart" blog to see the rest of the DT's lovely box projects--you're bound to be inspired!!

Copic Creations Challenge

Since it's the first of December that means it's also the Copic Creations Challenge time--this challenge is all about "Snow People" (snowmen, snowladies, etc).  I used this cute High Hopes stamp called "Birdies Friend Snowlady" found HERE (you can see more cute High Hopes stamps right HERE as well)--love the whimsical feel of these stamps!  My papers are from My Mind's Eye "Colorful Christmas"--love the cheerful colors & designs of these papers.  My image was colored with Copics of course (the snowlady is shaded with BG10 & C1).  I punched some snowflakes out & covered them with my MS Glitter Snow--the sentiment is from PTI's "Communique Curves" that I cut out with my Nestabilities "Ribbon Tags".  A few stickles and she's done--a cute Xmas card!!

Hope you'll stop by the Copic Creations Blog to see the rest of the DT's fabulous Snow People and join in on the fun!!

Slideshow Pictures (click to make larger--if you're a subscriber you need to go to my blog to see the pics):

See ya back here tomorrow with some festive Magnolia projects!!


  1. Suzanne, your projects are just amazing! I don't know how you can squeeze all that into your busy busy schedule. Whew! I'd probably have a melt down. lol! Have a wonderful day!

  2. The Atlantia card and gift box are absolutely gorgeous! You're my Copic role model, Suzanne, LOL! The snowman is adorable and think I'm actually going to enter the challenge over on the Copic blog even though I'm completely new to Copics and still have a way to go before I'm any good.

  3. Beautiful projects today and LOVE the slideshow of your family's tree cutting day! So glad to hear you had a wonderful holiday and got to see Jersey Boys-how fun! have a wonderful week, my friend!

  4. I get tired just reading about all the things you do!! lol You're an amazing woman Suzanne, and you certainly live life to the fullest ... to say the least! Both of your projects are stunning. I'm totally in love with your snowman though. I love the bright colors you used and the awesome layout with the cirles behind him. Wow. Sooo happy you're on the CC team! hugz, Mary

  5. Wow these re both amazing, you are so gifted, I just wow my way around your blog xxxx

  6. Gorgeous creations! I just love Atlantia!!

  7. Suzanne, your snowman card is so cute. I love that image and the colors you used. Too cute! I would sooo love to see your 10 trees. I love that you're doing all that....I miss being around people that influence that side of me. Thanks for sharing those pics of cutting down the trees. What fun!

  8. Hi Suzanne! what a charming snowlady! Love your coloring and colors you chose to use...just cute and fun and everything!
    Pam Going Postal

  9. Gorgeous projects, Suzanne...I especially love the High Hopes :)

    I'm glad you have enough Xmas spirit for both of us!! Wish you lived near me so you could come finish decorating my house!! I'm not that fond of Xmas & only put up a tree for my kids sake (which they actually put up themselves this year, TG!!!). Yep I'm the original Scrooge, lol!!

  10. Your gift box is stunning!! Thanks
    for the pictures of the tree hunt.
    Hope you will keep us updated on
    the decorating! Thanks for all the

  11. Where do you find the time?!?! So many amazing projects! Love the little LED tea-light box!! And how fun to see your pics - can't wait to see all those trees decorated!!

  12. Suzanne, More beautiful work today! Love your colourful snowman.
    Your luminaria, card gift set is out of this world. Who wouldn't LOVE this for Christmas!!!
    Glad to hear you have only one tree left to decorate - you must live in a manson!
    Hugs, Candy

  13. Fabulous as usual!! I LOVE your Atlantia luminaria!! You made me want to make one!!!

  14. Fabulous projects today! OK, every day! Love your snow woman with the bright and pretty Christmas colors!

  15. wow..just gorgeous and LOVE these colors u chose!

  16. This is just a gorgeous colored card! Very wintery! Your layout is great too!
    Jodi =)


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

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