Thursday, July 15, 2010


Hello friends & Happy Thursday to you all!  Wow, the weekend is almost here already--how time flew this week while I was busy playing catch up & working, lol!  Tomorrow I'm taking the kids and their friends to the pool for a bit since it's gonna be a HOT one!  We came home from our vacation and our yard was as brown & dry as the Sahara desert--I kid you not!  Well it did rain yesterday & I've been watering to help but wow--we started off the spring with so much green & now everything is browning out!  But we have no big plans for the weekend which is nice, hopeful to just hang around the house and chill and maybe get some extra chores done.  I bought some new outside lights for the front of the house that I want hubby to put up (my honey-do list, hee hee) but we'll see how that goes, lol!  Speaking of buying stuff--ack--Paper Trey Ink is KILLING me I tell ya.  The past few months I've been trying to be good but I end up hitting the "Buy It All" button everytime, LOL--they need to cut it out and take a month off (giggle)!  Last night I bought a bunch more stuff and I haven't used last month's stuff yet, eek!

Today's picture slideshow (yes, I told you I took a bunch of pics on vacay, lol) are from our trip to Dafuskie Island off of Hilton Head Island.  We took a private boat and tour guide to the island which was wonderful--I highly recommend doing that (we used Outside Hilton Head tours).  We left early in the morning before it got really hot and our guide (Steve) was wonderful.  He stopped the boat so we could see the dolphins, pointed out different kinds of birds and pretty houses along the way--he even let the kids drive the boat for a bit which they loved.  If you love Pat Conroy then you've probably read "The Water Is Wide" which is an account of his time on the island when he was a teacher.  In school we had to read his book & watch the movie "Conrack" so I was anxious to visit.  The island culture is very UNIQUE, the Gullah culture is alive and well and artists abound there and we toured via a golf cart.  We stopped at Silver Dew Pottery (got a beautiful pot), an iron artist and some interesting (and yummo) restaurants on the side of the road.  If you get the chance to visit you won't be disappointed!

Slideshow #3:


-Splitcoast Stampers is having their annual Dare to Get Dirty Challenge 2010 starting the 17th that you can join in on!  There are lots of fun challenges being held by past & present Dirty Girls including ME!!  My challenge will be on the 20th and I'll have my project here on my blog for you that day with a link to the challenge---it will be fun I promise!

-I Brake For Stamps has some fun new stamps in the store HERE--including some of those fabulously funny Humorous Seniors!  Have you checked their digi store I Brake For Digis yet--why not?  GO HERE! LOL and if you buy anything use the Discount Code "SAVE10SUZANNE" to get 10% off your entire order!!

-Remember the two SPECIALS I have going on at the Color Me Creative Classroom!  Sign up for 2 copic classes & get $10 off, sign up for all 4 copic classes & get $20 off!  Also 2 NEW Cricut Classes that are pre-registering with discounted prices!  Go HERE to see the Specials!!

Scrolls & Peonies

Today I'm sharing a card with you that I've done for this week's TIOT (Try It Out Tues/Thurs) Challenge for Susana's Custom Art & Card Design.  I challenged the DT to create a project that was mostly white/cream with a pop of color, but the image can be multi colored. Ummm, yes I cheated slightly, lol--I HAD to add some plum and hot pink to my project!!  I used a fabulous new Lockhart Stamp Co. stamp called "Peonies" for my main image.  Peonies seem to be popping up everywhere lately--including some lovely yellow ones in my front garden, they're so pretty!

Isn't that "Peonies" stamp by Lockhart beautiful--I just love it!  I embossed the white cardstock with a CB embossing folder (Tim Holtz one here)--I love white embossed, so pretty!  The scrolls are from a new Marianne Designs die (Circle Frame HERE)--I just love the delicacy of these dies.  TIP: sometimes die cuts can be hard to get out of dies, so place wax paper between the die & your paper.  Then run thru your machine 2-3 times and ta-da it slips out very easily for you!  The bow was made with my Bow Easy & I used my SB's Circle Nestabilities to cut the circle mats & image.

A closeup of the image for you---I used these Copics on the image: Plums-V99,V95,V000/Pinks-RV19,RV14 & RV10.  I added a few stardust stickles on some of the flower petals for extra sparkle--so pretty!

I'll see ya back here with a NEW Gina K release project and more SC pictures!


  1. It's really's my favourite flower too!


  2. I am soooo with you about PTI! They're killing me too :) beautiful card as always. Big Hugs!

  3. A beautiful card Suzanne, and some great shots from your holiday. Looks like you had a lovely time.
    Alicia xx

  4. A lovely and very striking card, Suzanne! I'm enjoying seeing your holiday pics too!
    Diane x

  5. Beautiful card Suzanne,i love the image and the colours.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  6. Absolutely stunning hun! Love it!!! I agree white emobssed is soooo elegant! :)
    Hugs~ Kim

  7. I sure understand the sentiment about PTI! But I never have hit the Buy it All button! My goodness. You should show some of the PTI things you have done. Love the Lockhart card. Another thing to buy. I love Lockhart stamps!

  8. Lovely card. I love those Marianne dies. I only have two and wish I had more, maybe soon.

  9. This is absolutely exquisite in its simplicity. I too love peonies and miss having a garden so I can see them all the time. Your cards are always gorgeous but this one is spectacular! Thank you for sharing.

  10. Very nice I like this and thanks for the tip on the die and removing it. I always have trouble but keep a little pin around to coach it out. Like your idea better.

  11. Hello Suzanne, such a beautiful card. I love the dramatic contrast between the pink and the white. The flourishes are gorgeous, and the embossing so delicate. Your coloring is very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Beautiful classic card, Suzanne. Thanks for sharing the pics with us. Such a treat!
    Huggies ~

  13. Suzanne, thanx for sharing your vacation pics~~I worked on Edisto Island for 3 years and came to love the Gullah residents. I miss that time in my life because I lived in Charleston. I'm glad you had a wonderful vacay!

  14. Beautiful card, Suzanne! I love that embossing on white, and yes, the Marianne dies are gorgeous. I love the intricacy of the cuts and only one two so far! Thanks for also sharing your vacation pics... I truly enjoyed them and seeing your family having a great time! Hugs, Cami

  15. Great pictures...looks lovely and quaint!

  16. Thank You! Thank YOU! and THANK YOU for the much needed TIP -- regarding the Marianne Designs Dies!

    I love the one I have but it has been a challenge to get the paper out. Now that I'm using the wax's so much better!! WOOHOO! Great TIP!!

    YOU ROCK!!


    PS: I love the Peonie Card....! Pink, Purple and Black, all in one card -- My Faves!! Please feel free to send it to me! :)


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

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