Friday, April 23, 2010

Bear-y Special!

Hello & a very happy Friday to you all!  OMGoodness but I am so tired today (and typing this at 3 am in the morning) and I have to run out and get goodies for Alexa's sleepover this evening.  And yes, give me the "bad mom" award of the year but I forgot to order her ice-cream cake, for her birthday & no I haven't gotten all her presents yet, YIKES, lol!  Thankfully Dairy Queen has a cake in the flavor she likes and they are going to decorate it for me last minute so I can pick it up this afternoon--my poor brain needs a break I tell ya.  Her birthday is Sunday so I'll be heading out tomorrow to get the rest of her gifts although her BIG SECRET one (I can't say cuz' she's nosy & reads my blog, lol) I've had for a bit!!  I need lots of Cherry Coke intravenously today :o)

And then I was adding my part of the new magazine issue's info last night and somehow deleted a whole page--Marti is gonna KILL me or smack me down, lol!  She's better with that template and I'm horrible so I always end up messing something up--good thing she doesn't live too close that she can come over here and knock me a good one :o)

My birthday is May 3rd and I'm so thankful that hubby is taking me away for a few days before I LOSE MY MIND.  The past couple of months have been supremely stressful as most of you know and it doesn't seem to be slowing down much (who the heck starts 2 NEW businesses at the same time--crazy me that's who) with not a lot of sleep and I've been sick for over a week now, can't get rid of it.  So next Thursday we are leaving (without kids--yay--grandma dean is coming to stay with them & the animals) to go to Disney World in Florida until the following Monday!  We love Disney and have been multiple times with the kids but we haven't done Disney by ourselves in 13 years so it will be fun to get away.  As much as we love to do things as a family, it will be really nice to get away with just the hubby and have some adult time ya know.  We had thought about going somewhere quiet but I got an email from JetBlue about airfare to FL and before you knew it we had booked a trip to Disney (thanks Expedia, LOL!)  So Disney here we come--now to make sure all my work is done next week before we leave--eekk!


-I did post yesterday but blogger screwed it up and posted it late afternoon instead of the morning, so if you missed it scroll down to see :o)

-Susana's store will be having a NEW Elisabeth Bell release next Friday and this is her best collection yet!!  I love all of them equally--wait until you see 'em!  Blog candy starts this Sunday on the store blog HERE!

Bear-y Good Friends

This month I am a lucky guest designer for Amy Leggate's NEW store Paper Romance!  She stocks lots of crafting goodies and some fabulous stamp lines including these cute "Popcorn Bears"--they are just too cute for words.  I've used "Someone Special" for my card today--I didn't use the whole image though, I die cut just the top portion of him for my card.  These stamps come with adorable accessory stamps and sentiments too.  This layout is this week's SCS Sketch #277 and the papers are from October Afternoon's Thrift Shop 8x8 pad HERE.

I love these colors together--so cheery and springlike dontcha' think?  The little sentiment says "friends forever" but I think I'm going to change it out to "Happy Mom's Day" for my mother-in-law.  She loves bears so this will be a perfect card for her for Mother's Day and she loves my cards, so I hope she likes this one!  The background paper is embossed with the Cuttlebug "Moroccan" folder and then I distressed the edges with my Tonic tool (Yay-my Zutter Distresser is in-Marti has to give it to me now, hee hee if she doesn't slap me for the magazine mistake I made)

I colored this cutie with Copics of course--when I color fur I like to use short, brush strokes so it gives the feeling of textured fur. (Copics used on bear: E35,E31,E53,E50)  The jar got a coat of diamond glaze and then I sprinkled Glamour Dust on top (cool stuff--check it out here).  The insides of those beautiful daffodils got Ultra-fine Flower Soft on them for some extra texture.  Now make sure and stop by Amy's store HERE and see all the goodies she's got in stock for you!!

Flowers 4 U

Lots of times when I'm working if I really like the sketch I've used and/or the papers, I will create a second card.  Might as well right if you have the time, everything is already out, lol!  I really liked the sketch so I decided to pull out a NEW Lockhart stamp called "Roses, Daisies & Polka-Dots" that I hadn't inked up yet.  This time I made the card 4.25x5.5" instead of my usual 5.5.x5.5" to accomodate the smaller stamp better.  I carried all the same elements in this card as the one above but I switched the layer colors around a bit and I added this fun striped paper from the same October Afternoon pad for the center panel.  I added some PTI buttons to match my cardstock colors (aqua mist & lemon tart) and tied the center button a bow with my Scrappers Floss (did you know that you can color the white floss with your copics to change/match your colors??)!!  This image got a coating of diamond glaze on the jar as well and then some stickles on the leaves and flowers too for lots of sparkle!

Hope you enjoyed the projects today and I'll be back with another post on Sunday!!  Pray that the 7 girls tonight don't drive me nuts and that they stay out in the tent all night (yeah right, lol)!  Have a fabulous, relaxing & quite (sigh) weekend!


  1. Such beautiful cards! I love the papers you used. I love your work and I just ordered 35 of your recommended copics from your site. Thank you for the recommendations and tutorials that you do. You are amazing. I am just starting out and have a ways to go still but I hope I get as good as you are in time :)
    Thank you for all of your time.

  2. such pretty cards and beautiful papers and details. And I love that cute teddy bear! enjoy your day.
    hugs, annie x

  3. Such a cute card!!! AWW Disney withough kids! LOVE IT! My hubby and I used to take off down there for the weekend once in a while when my kids were little when I had had enough of 2 toddlers. Last time we did that I brought home an expensive youngest son (yep, I got pregnant)! LOL Have a wonderful time (it's Disney how can you not)!!!

  4. Your cards are cute. I love them

  5. Beautiful cards. Love the colors. The teddy one is my favorite - maybe cause I love teddies and so does my youngest dd. Have fun in Disney World.

  6. how sweet is that bear. loving that paper too.

  7. You amaze me. You make amazing projects and do all that you do. What a fun trip to look forward too.

  8. Very pretty cards. Good luck tonight.

  9. Suzanne, this card is adorable! I love the bear. I hope your daughter has a fun sleepover and hopefully you will be able to sleep after all that running around!

    My birthday is May 3rd too, I dont see me doing anything fun so you celebrate for both of us! Hugs!

  10. i sure OUGHTTA come over and smack ya! AHHAHHAHHA! lucky for you i am a wiz with the template and fixed it right up! this issue ROCKS girlie!

    have fun with the girls - not sure i could do it!

  11. Awe, little bear is so cute. Love the texture you created with the marker strokes. Have so much fun @ Disney!! You are only abut 1.5 hrs away from where I live! :) Hugs,

  12. Girl, you need to calm down and get some rest!! But I can not believe you are going to Disney without the kids! We live in Florida, so we go often. I do have to say, if you are going without the kids AND if you like rollar coasters, you may want to look into Universal Studios Islands of Adventure. We did that last summer without the kids with a group of our Bible Study friends so that we could all enjoy roller coasters!! However, I guess your kids would be tall enough ride the coasters. Mine are not, so I usually have to ride by myself while hubby stays with the kids (he doesn't really like coasters). Anyway, have a wonderful, restful weekend!!

  13. Hey Suzanne,

    I hope the Sleep-over is a big hit and glad to hear that Marti is
    fixed the Magazine...sounds like you VERY much need this vacation!!

    Have a good night and take care!!

    I won't make it to CHAT tonight, (too late for this girl), but I'll be thinking of you ALL!!


  14. The bear card is adorable and love the soft colors. Like the flower cards too.

    I think you should go to the doctor and get an antibiotic for your infection and go to bed for a whole day of R & R. Enjoy your vacation. Sleep late and have fun.

    Get your rest so you don't end up in the emergency room with a heart attack or stroke

    Sorry for the Mothering advise, buttttt. Take care. Edna B .

  15. Love your Popcorn Bear and Lockhart cards. You are amazing, Suzanne. Even when you are sick and dragging your a..s you still manage to turn out fantastic cards and never skimp on a thing!!! I want to be like you!!!!! Hope the girls don't keep you up too late...yeah like that's not going to happen! lol Hope Alexa has a great birthday...girls should have fun....

  16. I love all that you do and your internal drive is amazing. It's all so completely wonderful, but NOT if you end up fatigued and in the hospital!!!! Take care of your self! Your loyal following will support YOU!

    That "Someone Special" is something really special. How could someone not go awe... when they see him? That bear is just the cutest!!!

  17. Ohhh wowww Suzanne,what a beautiful cards,i love your images and colours.
    So gorgeous papers.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  18. Your cards are really beautiful. I like these colours.
    Best wishes


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

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