Monday, January 11, 2010


Happy Monday everyone!  Whew--I had a busy weekend I tell ya!  I got all my Christmas decorations down and put away and cleaned the whole house--I'm beat, lol!  Hubby took off the lights and packed everything down in the basement but I did the rest and wow what a job it is.  I have it down to a science now but it's still a huge task to take down 10 trees, many other decorations and get the real trees outta the house.  But it's done now and the house is clean but it looks so bare and lonesome :o(  Another Christmas done with and now gotta prepare for CHA (yay) and my son's birthday next month!  And then we're thinking about Spring Break--yay--we might be taking a trip to Costa Rico which will be exciting, but right now we're in the planning process!  All I can think is WARM, BEACH, WARM, LOL!!  This winter is sucking the life force outta me I tell ya--I'm so over it!  But anyway, my projects today are all about simplifying--creating quickly, beautifully and with simple products, so hope you enjoy them!


-Pink Cat Studio released some FABULOUS NEW Paper Piecing Projects yesterday!  You can see them all HERE!  You can cut these with your scissors, Cricut, Pazzle or any other electronic cutter--so cool!  Melissa has a fun free 'butterfly' project that you can try out too and then enter the contest to win a $50 gift certificate to her store--all details HERE!  I'll have a project using both the new digi's this Thursday and a paper piecing project so stay tuned!

-Winner of my "Laundry List" Blog Candy & Funniest Entry was from Pam Brown of Pam's Creative Corner!!  Her entry cracked me up so I had to give her the top prize--Read her comment below!
But second Prize goes randomly to Shelley of "Artful Achievements"!!!
Congrat's Ladies--please email me so I can arrange to get your gift certificates to you!!

From Pam:  "I HATE cleaning the toilet. It freaks me out every time since a few years ago we had a squirrel in the toilet stack! I had just flushed it and all the water started coming out the bottom where the wax seal was. I quickly grabbed every towel we had to try & sop it up since the bathroom is upstairs and I had just had the downstairs ceilings painted. Well, while I was wiping up the water, scratching noises were coming from inside the base of the toilet.Long story short...we took the toilet off the floor and discovered Mr. squirrel was in there. All we could see was his tail. My husband tried to lasso it with a rope. He pulled but all he got was part of his tail. EWWW!!!! Needless to say the squirrel somehow escaped down the pipe and ended up in our wall. We finally got him out several days later. I see him outside all the time. I can tell who he is because of his damaged tail. So, everytime I have to clean the toilet it reminds me of that darn squirrel. It's a BAD joke around here as he has gotten himself inside several other times via the chimney or the hot water tank. Don't know what I have in the house that he wants so badly! But I could write a book about my adventures with this squirrel! I am an animal lover so that's why we let him go every time we catch him. But enough is enough already!!! LOL!!"


So I decided to challenge myself yesterday to create a couple of cards that were more simplified than what I normally do--I love a good challenge!  So for the first time EVER, I created my card base with my Gina K cs and then stamped right on  the card base--gasp--yes I did it!! LOL!  This fabulously cute image is from Stampavie's Penny Johnson called "Butterfly Bear"--I adore these bears and you can see them all HERE!  I colored my image with copics and then added some stickles to the butterfly and her lil' flying swirls!  The green dp is by Basic Grey's "Lily Kate" (my fave paper of theirs of all time) and the pink polka-dot dp is from PTI.  I used a Fiskars border to create the edges and then punched some butterflies with my MS punch, added some PTI buttons to their centers and edged them in stickles!

I love how it turned out--so sweet and pretty!  I left a sentiment off so this could be used for alot of occasions like a baby card, hello, thank you & birthday!  I just love these bears--too sweet!

Get Well Blend!!

My second card uses the same simplified idea, just different embellies and stamp!  This fabulous stamp is NEW from Lockhart Stamp Co. called "Coffee to Go"--see the new collection HERE!  I used DCWV "Latte" (perfect 'eh) dp for this card along with some matching PTI ribbon.  I stamped and colored my image right onto my base card, added stickles & diamond glaze and then embossed around the image with my oval nestabilities--you can't see but I used a clear Spica pen to trace the ovals for subtle sparkle.   

**SUZANNE TIP:  My bow was created with my Bow Easy--I attach my bows with Scor-Tape and to make it SEEM like its tied into the ribbon, I tie off the flat ribbon with some Scrapper's Floss so that it's pinched, and then add the bow on top of it!! **  The sentiment is from PTI's "Tea for Two" and the whole card got a spritz of Smooch Spritz in Vanilla!  So for all you coffee or cocoa lovers this is a perfect stamp for you :o)

I'll see ya back here tomorrow and tell you how I managed to lose 7 lbs in 1 week with my new eating plan that I have the whole family on and of course some new projects, LOL!


  1. What adorable cards, Suzanne!!! They are sooooo cute, and those butterflies are very clever!!! You never cease to amaze me!!!!

    That squirrel story was a great choice too, I laughed so hard when I read that. The critter issues crack me up!!!!

    Hope I get a chance to meet you in person at CHA....

  2. Both of these cards are fantastic but the little bear card is just too cute!
    That squirrel story is hilarious! I would be too afraid to sit on it ever again. Nightmares!! lol.
    Big job taking down 10 christmas trees. It was a huge effort for me to take down just one.

    Kylie ox

  3. Suzzane, well that squirrel story was just the best, they are pesky buggers. I love your slim cards, glad you are all back to normal and on to the year at hand. Hugs

  4. Hi Suzanne..I really love your cards especially the cute little bear. I enjoyed the squirrel story is was so funny.

  5. Ok, both of these cards are ADORABLE...but you HAVE to know how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE that little bear w/ the butterflies! SUCH a sweet card, my friend! Cannot WAIT to meetcha!

  6. Hi Suzanne. These are adorable. They are just terrific in their clean but beautiful lines. I truely love this. I will have to try your bow with the scor tape. I don't have any, but I am gonna get me my word Pam's story would freek me out also. It would for sure go to my husband to clean the bathroom from there I don't think I would like see that little squirl everytime I looked outside. Tail or no tail he would have to be a great day , Lisa G

  7. What beautiful "clean" cards! Love the buttons in the butterflies and thanks for the tip with the ribbon.

  8. Love your cards, especially the little bear. Sometimes our simple cards come out so elegant you don't need to add a lot to them. Well for sure the "squirrel" story deserved the prize.

  9. both cards are just gorgeous!! Love the little teddy one! tooo cute for words! Hugs Juls

  10. I love that bear image and those butterflies. Too cute. Darling papers. Hugs!

  11. Your simplified is simply stunning.I love both of your cards.
    Linda W.

  12. such cute cards and OH MY WORD that bear is cah-ute!

  13. Super pretty colors and cute images for these cards. Love the little precious butterflies on the first card and love the clean & simple layout on the get well card too :o)

  14. Suzanne,
    Both cards are so lovely. I just LOVE the little bear :o)
    Fantastic story about the squirrel LOL
    Rest and take it easy now you are cleaned up from Christmas....
    Hugs, Candy

  15. Gorgeous cards but I just {heart} the flutter by one!! I have that stamp but haven't inked it up sad..LOL! Super cute!

  16. Those bears are just too precious I tell ya!!! I just gotta have em all..hehe. Thanks for the great ideas. Yes, that latte is speaking to me right now. Yummo. Keep me in mind for your "online" class when you have it all worked out.

  17. I love the little bear!! And what a novel way to decorate the butterflies! Too cute...

    Just a side note to Pam and all others that HATE to clean the toilet....I pour in a half capful of Kaboom (experiment cuz it will depend on the level of the water, otherwise it will bubble over the top of the bowl and that's a whole other mess!!). I let it sit until all the bubbly foamy stuff goes away, voila! clean toilet. I usually scrub around the rim and edges before I walk away to help it along but it sure does the trick and cuts down on serious buildup. I do this once a week.

  18. Girl, you did a AWESOME job with these cards. This would be a challenge for me as well. I LOVE, LOVE the teddy bear card....Did the marker seep through? Great job!

  19. wow, even your simple cards are breathtaking! great job, love the coffee one especially. It's scary to stamp right on the card, isn't it!?

  20. Oh I just love the bear card! So cute and simple!

  21. Haven't seen the computer for the last 4 days. But glad to catch up. Your cards maybe simple for you, but my goodness they are absolutely light and happy!n I love esp. the bear and butterfly one! It is so ready for Spring to be here and so am I!


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

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