Friday, June 25, 2010

Carousel Dreaming!

Hello everyone and a very happy Friday to you all! While you are reading this I am hopefully on the road with my family to Hilton Head Island, SC for 2 weeks--YAY! I have been counting down the days and hours and I'm so excited to get there! We have to drop the dogs off at my mom's on the way down (she's my dog-sitter, lol) and then we'll be stopping overnight in NC just to break the trip up a bit. Ever traveled with two arguing siblings who are both teens and drive you NUTS--well that's why we're breaking it up into 6 hour segments, LOL! Then we'll be at our rental house in SC on Saturday--gotta check in and get groceries and all that good stuff so we can start the vacation on Sunday :)

Anywho, I have lots of post scheduled for while I'm away so please stop by regularly to check in!  I'll also be adding vacation pictures here and there in my posts if you want to see those as well, LOL--I have a little bit of a surprise for you when you see me--you might not recognize me, LOL!  Want to guess what's changed?  The correct guesser (1 correct guesser will be picked randomly) will win a $25 gift certificate to 7 Kids College Fund when I get back home!!

This is a long post so make sure to scroll down to see the new Elisabeth Bell for SCACD Release project and Blog Hop!!

NewsBitz:

-Winner of the Magnolia Blog Candy (from this post here) is Eleanor Jenkins of "Stamping in Virginia"! Virginia, email me at sjdean@smartneighborhood.net with your info so I can get the goodies out to you when I get home!  I had sooooooooo much fun reading what everyone would do with lottery winnings--thanks for entering and giving me smiles.  I would give money to all my relatives, move to SC, travel Europe for the summer and donate bunches of money to all my favorite charities and then JUST CHILL & RELAX, lol!

-Winner of the I Brake For Stamps Gift Certificate (from this post here) is Donna of "Indiana Inking"!!  Email me your info so I can get the $20 gift cert. sent to you ASAP!  Thanks to all for entering and telling me about your backyard projects--looks like a lot of you will be very BUSY this summer :)

I have the Copic Summer Special still going on at the Color Me Creative Classroom thru June 28th!
Get $10 off your total if you sign up for 2 classes and get $20 if you sign up for all 4 classes---only Copic classes, not Cricut. Once you sign up & pay your monies will be refunded to you in 48 hours. This will not happen again until 2011, so if you want to learn how to use those Copics over the summer--it's a great deal! (if you need to pay by check/money order please email me separately so we can arrange that)


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Well today is the day everyone!  The new release from Elisabeth Bell for SCACD is available at Susana's Custom Art & Card Design today HERE--these are too cute I tell ya!

BLOG HOP!!
And the SCACD DT along with Quixotic Paperie's DT and guest Susanna Boyd are putting on a DELUXE BLOG HOP today for you to show off these new images.  I'm first on the hop and then you'll need to hop over to my buddy Marti's Blog HERE.  If you get lost, stop by the store blog HERE to see the entire blog hop list and links!


So I get to show off this fabulous and beautiful carousel horse in the new collection is called "Carousel Dreams"--isn't it gorgeous and FUN to color too!  There are so many variations and colors you can make this image to fit many occasions--I decided to create a Welcome Baby card for you today.  But it would be fabulous for birthdays, thank yous, invites and more.


All my papers I've used are NEW from Memory Box called "Gossamer"--isn't the name fabby too--and the soft colors and patterns are to die for!  I love Memory Box papers, great quality and beautiful designs!  I distressed all the edges with my Zutter Distress It tool (it is one of my fave new tools I tell ya, lol) and then I lightly inked the edge with a light brown SU ink (creamy caramel-my fave).  The double bow was done by wrapping 2 colors of ribbon around my Bow Easy tool and then I added a Prima Pearl Center to the middle of it.

That fun scroll is a chipboard piece by Maya Road--see them here--there are soooo many cute designs and they are fun to embellish too.  I painted mine with cream acrylic paint, spritzed it with the new Maya Road Mists (in Iridescent Pearl) and then rubbed some brown ink on them.  These new Maya Road Mists are SUPER sparkly and such pretty colors--they don't clog and have a shaker ball inside (no weird smells either, lol).


I colored this beauty with Copics and then I added Viva Decor Pearl Pen (in cream) to the centers of each flower to create small seed pearls.  The saddle and other straps all got some stardust stickles for sparkle--gotta have a little baby bling, lol!

Hope you liked the project today and now you need to hop on to Marti's Blog HERE!  I'll be back on Monday with a new post for you so have a great weekend!



78 comments:

  1. What a beautiful card! Love the colors you used and you added just the perfect amount of bling.
    Love those new stamps and had to order my favs right away!

    Hmm, guessing what changed... I think it´s your hair - either color or cut or both. Changing hair style can change the whole look of a person!

    Big hugs,
    Kathrin aka Kruemel

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  2. WOW Suzanne your card is stunning the image is coloured so elegant and dreamy and teamed with these goreous papers is gorgeous!!!
    I believe I 'need' a distress it tool too looks fabulous have a wonderful two weeks!
    HuGs Kim :)

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  3. LOVE the way you've put this together, Suzanne! Great ideas and expertly executed : ) Fabulous!

    Happy vacationing!!!

    Love and hugs ~
    Lori

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  4. Hey Suzanne! I'm so glad you're finally on your way to your vacation! I'm jealous, but happy for you! Your card is super fantastic! I can't wait to place my order for the new stamps and have some fun!

    I think you changed your hair CUT or COLOR. If I have to choose only one, though, I'm gonna guess CUT, so that you can just let it blow in the ocean breeze and not worry about styling it. Which ever it is, I hope you have a great time with your family.
    Hugs,
    Donna G

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  5. Wow this is amazing, beautiful colours.
    Hugs Sonia x

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  6. Very swet and cute card. Love the pastel colours.
    Oh and the ribbon is so pretty.

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  7. oh suzanne absolutely deeLISH! i hope y'all have a blast!

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  8. wow this is a stunning card love carousel horses at the mo so pretty xx

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  9. Wow - the horse is beautiful! You are so talented.
    I'm guessing your big change is a hair cut. Can't imagine what else it might be. Maybe we will be surprised!

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  10. Hi, Hope you have a great vacation, despite the arguing kids, LOL! Love your work, as always. I also guess that you are changing your hair in some way, cut or color.

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  11. Have a lovely time on holiday & thanks for providing us with some inspiration in the meantime. Love the softness of this composition & your use of the Viva pens.
    Paula (PEP)
    http://pepcraftchallexp.blogspot.com/

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  12. This is gorgeous!!! I love carousel horses! :-)

    Hugs,
    Iris

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  13. Hi Suzanne~~Hope you drive is going well--wonder who will be homesick first--kids or puppies (HEE HEE) DO HAVE A R&R GOOD TIME HUN!!!!

    WOW lovely card~~those papers are delish adds such a sweet softness to your baby card!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    As for your new surprise~~ I wonder if you stepped out of the box and added pink/purple hi-lites to your hair--Just teasing :D Probly new style and went darker???

    Blessings and Hugs

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  14. Pretty card. Love the swirl over the carousel horse. Love the image. Just went on my wish list which is already a mile long.

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  15. Cute card. Love the colors and the bling.

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  16. Beautiful card! Love this image and your papers are gorgoeus!!!!
    I am guessing you colored your hair? That would make a big difference in your appearance!
    Have a nice vacation!
    :)Kathy

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  17. So pretty, just lovely colours. Have a nice holiday. Kim

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  18. Another cute card!! I hope you have a great time on vacay!! Big time jealousy here!!! As for what's new about you, I think you have a new cut and some lighter highlights than normal (to go with the awesome tan you're gonna get). For now I will just live vicariously through you!

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  19. beautiful Suzanne! Love the scroll!

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  20. OMG -- this is just so stunning!!!! I wouldn't have thought of this as a baby stamp and now that I see how you worked it, it's PERFECT! Brilliant.

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  21. I am guessing you are getting glasses? Love the stamp and card, beautiful!

    "luvdogz" in your online classes

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  22. Beautiful card! Love the stamp.

    I think you lost the weight you wanted to lose.

    Have a great family vacation

    Hugs
    Cordine

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  23. Oh, WOW! Your card really is something special! SO gorgeous!
    I think you changed your hair!?
    Have a wonderful vacation!

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  24. Beautiful card and as for your change...I think you lost the last of the weight you were trying to loose. As an added bonus maybe you even got a summer hair cut.

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  25. Whoa, this is simply stunning! So soft and precious ! Well done and great inspiration!

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  26. Beautiful card! Hope you have a great relaxing vacation. My guess is you changed your hair--new cut or new color.

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  27. Beautiful card! Hmmm...what could your "change" be? I am thinking you colored your hair.

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  28. Hey Suzanne - hope that you're enjoying your holiday!! Beautiful card this morning - I love coming to your blog!! :)

    My guess is that you've lost some weight....based on the workout clues you've posted here and there!! :) Congrats to you...and enjoy your vacation!! :) Have a great time! :)

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  29. Very pretty Card! Have a good vacation. I think that you have changed your hair.

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  30. Beautiful card Suzanne have a great vacation ! I am guessing you have colored your hair and changed the style completely !
    Hugs
    :)

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  31. Boy am I glad I ordered the EB set today! Enjoy your time away. I'm thinking you added a few highlights to go with the tan your going enhance while on the beach

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  32. Absolutely love the carousel card today. Hope you and family have a great vacation.
    I am guessing as most everyone has, a change to your hair.

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  33. So beautiful card Suzanne,i love the image and the colours.
    So gorgeous papers.

    Hugs Riet.xx

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  34. have finished hopping and have to say your DT are fabulous. I now have a huge wishlist though!!!!
    x

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  35. Since everyone else guessed cut or changed hair color.....I'm going out on a limb and guessing you're a redhead??? :-)

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  36. I'm new to your blog, but I just have to comment since I'm doing the blog-hop. I love carousels and merry-go-rounds. Know the difference? One turns clockwise and the other counter-clockwise. Trivia! Love your horse and card. It's a beauty. As for the change? Since I don't know you and you said you're headed to the beach, I'm going to say a tan. Thanks!

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  37. Beautiful card...love all the detail. Have a great vacation and enjoy the R&R.

    My guess is that you've lost that weight you were working on and got that new swimming suit...or maybe I'm 1/2 right lol.

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  38. Have fun on your vacation!!
    Beautiful card! So soft and pretty!

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  39. I love your card and your Hair Style. I believe you had your hair cut. Have fun on your vacation.

    Charlene L.
    cmlebel@sbcglobal.net

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  40. I'm guessing you lost the weight. Maybe you got a belly ring to go with the new tummy!!

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  41. Love the carousel Suzanne. Since most everyone thinks that you've changed your hairstyle, I'm going to say that you have become much more toned and thinner because I know that you've been running and exercising lately to get yourself into shape for the beach. Hope you have a wonderful time with your family.

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  42. I think you got your hair lighter for the summer and a shorter hair style.
    Beautiful card.


    smallcity

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  43. Hi Suzanne,
    I am so envious of you being at the Beach soon!!! Sniff the salty air for me ahhhh!!! I love this card it is soooo delicate and lovely,great job!!!
    Now as to what is different, I think you lost the weight you wanted to then celebrated by getting a new hair do.
    Have fun!!!!!
    Hugs

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  44. Have a wonderful trip. I could stand the humidity if I was on the water! I am guessing you are skinny. I think you were always skinny but I know you were working on losing weight so that is my guess. And to top it off, you got a new summer do that you don't have to mess with - a wash and wear style.

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  45. I bet the vacation will let you go wild with a totally new hairdo and no fuss to make the vacation carefree. Just love your latest carousel paper crafting. Have fun in Hilton Head,SC.

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  46. Oh this card is sooo gorgeous! Love all your detail! This needs to be framed in a lil princess's room! :)

    I know you are going to enjoy every minute of your trip! I still say HH is the closest place to Heaven! While I doubt you got a nose ring, or a butterfly tattoo, did you decide to become a redhead? Hmmm...yep, that's my guess! :)

    Hope y'all have the best vacation yet! Stay safe!
    Hugs~

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  47. Wonderful artwork! O.k., I'm sooooo jealous about your vacation, your artwork & I'm guessing your weight loss!! Enjoy your vacation!

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  48. Enjoy your well deserved vacation. We all need it at some point in time. I'm guessing that you've lost the weight you wanted to lose.

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  49. Hi Suzanne...I'm so envious of you and your family. 2 weeks in SC! Lucky girl!!I'm guessing you changed your hair...maybe really short...which would be super cute! Your new card is beautiful...love the soft colors...and DPs. Gorgeous! Pat Frank

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  50. Hey Suzanne
    Love the soft vintage vibe of your card and Hmmm hair color I am guessing pink - LOL
    Thanks for all your efforts on the hop and everything!!!
    Hearts and Hugs
    Susana

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  51. Gorgeous suzanne.. it is a wonderful masterpiece :) Hugs xx

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  52. Have a wonderful vacation.

    My guess..... I would say a new cut maybe nice and short for the vacation on maybe even a new color.

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  53. Gorgeous card! Love the horse stamp and the soft colors.

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  54. Wow, I love this, I just ordered the stamps and paper. So soft and pretty!!

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  55. Absolutely amazing Suzanne! What a gorgeous beauty hun!!! Your coloring is so pretty and love the softness of your baby card! I ordered my Memory Box paper and can't wait to get it now! :) Thanks for the inspiration! Hope you have a fantastic trip!!! I'm guessing you changed your hair color and of course that you are probably a skinny minny now! :)
    big Hugs~ Kim

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  56. Suzanne your card is BEAUTIFUL!!!

    Hope you are enjoying you time away... hugs, Janiel

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  57. Have fun on your vacation, Suzanne! I'm thinking you're enjoying a new hairdo! Either cut or color or both!

    Lovely carousel card! What a gorgeous image and so bueatifully colored. But then what else is new with a Suzanne Dean creation!

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  58. HAPPY VACATION! By now you are there and hopefully settling in!!

    ENJOY each and every moment and savor every minute at the beach.

    As for the change - Well with all the working out you've done, I'm guessing you look very fit and I'll be you may have changed your hair style too!!

    :) Can't wait to see some new pics!!!

    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  59. Your card is gorgeous! Hope you have a great time in Hilton Head. If you are looking for something yummy to eat, go to Santa Fe Cafe and get the Painted Dessert Soup- it is out of this world and what I eat every time I'm in HH.

    My guess is that you got a new hairdo (although I know you've been dieting too). I'm sure you look stunning!

    hugs,
    Gini

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  60. Can only be losing weight or hair color/style...since you are happy, healthy, and wise!
    Have a wonderful vacation!!!
    Jan Castle

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  61. Love your beautiful carousel horse card! My guess is that you have changed your hair style for the great vacation you are about to have.

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  62. Love the card! It is super cute. I have to guess a change in hair, color, cut or maybe both! Have a wonderful vacation.

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  63. Very pretty card!!! My guess as to the change is that you got to your goal weight.

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  64. My guess is your hair - a new "do" does wonders for the spirits! I always feel younger and classy with a new hairdo.

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  65. great card Suzanne! love this.
    I'm guessing it's your hair, cut or color????
    x

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  66. I love that stamp and the card!

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  67. A gorgeous card Suzanne, I love the beautiful image. My guess is that you have changed your hair cut and colour.

    Have a fabulous holiday.

    Liza x

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  68. Stunning card, Suzanne! I love the image, fabulous colouring.
    Hugs, Vanja

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  69. my guess is that you have a new summer hairstyle just in time for your vacation.

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  70. How VERY BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love the dreamy colors and all the lovely pearl accents. An absolutely stunning creation!!! I hope you are enjoying Hilton Head:o) Can't wait to see the new you!!!

    Hugs!
    Carolyn

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  71. Another gorgeous creation, love your detail on your gorgeous bow. Have a fantastic holiday, sounds wonderful. Looking forward to seeing the new you, could it be a hair colour change? Take careX:)

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  72. Oh Suzanne.............I think a hair style change would be fabulous for the hot summer months.......and maybe a different color? Lighter? Darker? I'm going with Lighter for the summer. LOL

    In any case.....whatever the change may be..........I'm sure you'll look adorable.

    Huggies ~
    Sharron♥

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  73. What a great baby card. It just love that image. Super sweet.

    I believe you are now sporting a wonderful strawberry blond look with stylish glasses. You are waiting for lasik and are not able to wear your contacts for several weeks before the surgery.

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  74. Love your card, Suzanne.....how pretty is that!!!

    My guess is since you been talking about losing weight for your trip, you cut your hair to go along with the new look. (Although, I didn't think you needed to really drop any weight!). Bet the new "Do" looks good....if that's the surprise. Hope you all are having a great time.

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  75. Beautiful card Suzanne. I'd have to guess coloured your hair - that would be the most dramatic change. Enjoy your well deserved vacation.

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  76. Hair extenstions! Or it grew might fast!! HugZ and have a great time. The card is fab!

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

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