Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dreaming in Fall Colors!!

Happy Thursday everyone! How are you doing this week? I swear after months of no rain we have been getting tons of it the past 10 days on & off here in VA! I have to say as much as we needed it, I'm soooo over it and wishing for blue skies!  My patio will NEVER be finished at this rate since they can't finish the electrical stuff in the rain, lol!  Glad most of you enjoyed my blah, blah, blah post--had to do something to fill the space, hee hee---probably more info than you EVER needed to know about me right?  I'm still in the midst of finishing the holiday edition of our magazine "Through the Craftroom Door" and prepping for my classes in DE this weekend so its a busy day today.  Gotta go to the post office and run some other boring errands as well including getting new black boots.  I realized my most favorite boots that are sooo comfortable and broken in (I've had them for years) have cracked in a few places so I must find a replacement---here's hoping its not a long quest, lol!  And to add to the stress my kids are acting CRAZY and one of them (by the name of Alexa) got herself grounded for the rest of the weekend---trust me, you don't want to know :) but let's just say I'm glad to get away for a few days.  The teenage years might just kill me for sure!

NewsBitz:

-Ok, sorry I'm late with this but I can only post this stuff up on certain days!  The winner of the "Bats 'n' Brooms" Blog Candy is LISA of "Land of enCraftment"!! Congrats Lisa--contact me for details!

-Just to clear up ANY CONFUSION, lol cuz' I get this A LOT!  Susana of Susana's Custom Art & Card Design is a SEPARATE PERSON from MEEEEE!  She is the store owner of SCACD and lives in CA!  I am the designer, owner of the Color Me Creative Classroom, Copic Videos, ScrapBitz and co-owner of Through the Craft Room Door Magazine!!  I know it can get confusing but just wanted to clear it up for you all---we're never offended by it though!  So I don't OWN a store, lol!

-The magazine is looking for some fun fall, winter or winter holiday submissions using the sketch below!  Get them to us by Oct 20th at craftdoor@yahoo.com !!  We're also looking for thank you cards, superbowl projects and anything homemade (sewing, cooking, woodworking, clay making & more)--come on, don't you want to see your names in lights?????  LOL!



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Dreaming in Fall Colors!!


Yep today is the BIG DAY!!!  A Dual Release from two fab artists for Susana's Custom Art & Card Design---both Elisabeth Bell and Victoria Case have mini releases coming out today at the store!  And the SCACD DT has a fun Blog Hop to show off all the images for you--make sure to scroll all the way down to see who's next on the hop and maybe something sweet as well!  I got to work with Elisabeth Bell's for SCACD "First Leaf of Fall" image today from the Mini Sampler Edition #1 and I just adore it---check out Victoria Case's release "Mini Little Acorns Set" for SCACD HERE!

I have a fun copic challenge going on at my Color Me Creative Classroom's CMC Copic Challenge Group (anyone can join in on the fun here--you have to join the main site first tho') that features a monochromatic technique and the prizes are from SCACD.  The technique I used for the majority of my image was monochromatic--which means to take one color and use different tones of it (for this image it's E44,E43,E42,E41 & E40)!

 
So to keep the monochromatic theme going thru-out my card I used papers from Basic Grey's "Manilla" and "Kraft" paper pads--I love these pads and the fun, vintage patterns that are in them both.  The fall sentiment is from PTI's "Autumn Tags" set, pearls by Kaisercraft and the scrolls are from an EK Success punch.  All the edges got distressed with my Zutter Distress Tool which I of course loveeee!


My image is called "First Leaf of Fall" and colored with Copics, including the background and grass (I teach how to do these watercolored backgrounds in both my online copic classes & on the road classes)! Colors used:  E44,E43,E42,E41,E40/E11,E00,R20/E08,Y15,YR01,YR18).  I added some Stickles to the grass, her back pocket & collar and the leaves for sparkle!


The bow was made with my Bow Easy of course (I love that $5 tool sooo much)!  The flowers are layered cream Primas and orang flowers I punched with my Nellie Snellen punches  I inked the edges of all my flowers with my Inkssentials Foam Tool--it is awesome and I use it to ink the edges of my images as well for a soft, airbrushed look! The leaves were punched from the Basic Grey pattern paper, folded in half and then I inked the edges before adding them to the card. 

A mini Blog Candy for you today if you answer this question "What scares you most??" (it can be a funny scare, movie scare or real-life scare)!  One winner will win a package of Prima flowers, an Inkssentials Blending Tool, a stamp (one) of your choice from SCACD and a pack each of the Basic Grey paper pads I used today!

Hope you enjoyed my post today and your next fun stop on the Blog Hop is KIM!!!



84 comments:

  1. I love the colors of your card!
    What scares me most is nightmares. When I have a nightmare I'm not able to go back to sleep because I'm affraid I would fall back in the nightmare again...

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  2. Beautiful card! Although I don't like really scary movies, my biggest fear in real life is the water (think i almost drowned when i was little). Because of this, looking at sea creatures underwater just freaks me out. And living on an island w/o loving the water is just...plain weird to others, LOL.

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  3. ooohhhhhh i love this one!!!!!!! nice job!

    i have an irrational fear of starvation - so like when i go camping, i bring enough food for a MONTH despite there usually being a mcdonalds like 15 minutes away.

    can i win! hahhahhahha JK.
    love ya!
    M

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  4. What a beautiful card, I love the monochromatic look, simply stunning

    Here in Australia we have two types of spiders that scare me - 1 the Huntsman (they are scary hairy critters)I have been known to not go into a room for weeks if one gets in there and my hubby is not around to get rid of it for me lol!! and
    - 2 the Red Back Spider (which can hurt you and are just evil looking)-

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  5. What scares me most is snakes...eeek!!!

    Love all the detail on your gorgeous card.

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  6. Love the monochromatic look to this card! And the touch of brighter colors on the leaves is perfect.

    I'm scared of insects. I can handle snakes, bats, and mice but get the insects away from me!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  7. Gorgeous card!! Love the colors!! =)
    I'm really scared of snakes, I can't even watch them on TV or I'll have nightmares...
    Thanks for the chance!!
    Hugs, SannaS

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  8. beautiful work!
    love from France, Kianel.

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  9. This is BEAUTIFUL!!! Great LO and I totally love that stamp!

    Hugs,
    Iris

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  10. I love the monochhromatic look of this card, Suzanne - really beautiful!

    I'm most afraid of beetles, particularly cockroaches. It gives me the shivers just typing about it!
    Diane x

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  11. Suzanne, I love to look at all your creations. You make bland paper pop with your ideas.

    I can not watch any scary thriller movies, I know it is make believe but I will have haunted nightmares for weeks. My husband and son think I am silly but just can't help it.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

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  12. Beautiful card!
    I'm scared of mice!!! EEEEK!

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  13. Fantastic card!! I'm scared of ticks....those stupid things love me but I don't feel the same about them! ICK!!! LOL!
    Thanks for a chance to win!
    -Stacie

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  14. Love your cards and your reading material, it's always so darn interesting. What scares me the most is that some day while I'm out gardening (we live in the town but there is an empty wooded lot behind our house) that some wild animal shows up. We've seen a bear, a moose, many deer, and I believe a coyote go through our yard, so anything is possible.

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  15. Lovely colour combination & just a lovely stamp too. Have no Basic Grey at all so that is an ambition of mine to obtain some. What scares me - being suffocated - I was gassed having an operation as a child & I still remember fighting to breathe, I'm 50 now.
    Paula (PEP)http://pepcraftchallexp.blogspot.com/

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  16. I love this card! I love the softness of it. My biggest fear would have to be being rejected. I have so much more potential and have some awesome things going on, but I'm so afraid of sharing them with others because I'm afraid that I'm not good enough or my work isn't good enough. Anywho! I do love your card today so much!

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  17. Hi Suzanne. Wonderful card! I just love how you have colored her and the color pallett is to die for...heehee I really love this. As for what scares me the most....Well I know I should say something funny or cute, but what really scares me is the thought that someone would take my children. The thought that someone might grab them up when they get off the bus and as they are walking home it just well too much for me. Wow even writing it freaks me out. That is why my DH (because he is home during the school day) has to walk the block and a half down to the buss stop to meet them everyday. Mind you our children are 12 and 13 and the bus stop is at their old elementary school that you can see from our front porch. Oh well, I guess you can only be who you are. In that case I am an over protective Mommy on Xanax. lmbo Anyway wonderful card. Hope you find your boots. Hugs, Lisa

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  18. Really, really special card. I am usually afraid of monochromatic but this inspires me to try. Love your site and you always make me smile with the stories of your family.

    This probably won't help, but as the Mom of three kids (in 3.5 years!) that survived those teenage years I can tell you "just hang in there"! Both my daughters were, nicely put, strong and independent and confident. All great traits for the adults they have become, but it did make 13 to 17 a "little" challenging! One is now the best mother you have ever seen, patient and caring, to her own daughter, another little spitfire! The other is almost done with her PhD in Chemical Engineering and the sweetest, most nurturing person I know. Hang in there, Suzanne.

    As always, please keep sharing your art, you inspire me with this showcase of your incredible work.

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  19. You do such a great job. TYSVM for this blog hop.

    Now what scares me the most...... I guess it would have to be losing my wonderful husband, or children, or grandchildren. The thought of losing any of them scares me to death.

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  20. Love your card. The colors are lovely. What scares me most is outliving my kids. I'm sure it's something every parent fears. I also have a problem with spiders & roaches. When I kill them I make loud noises (like "UGGGGHHHH" or "EEECCCHHH"). I can kill a snake w/o making a noise (probably b/c I'm afraid I'll scare them away), but I have to make those noises when I kill a spider or roach. Needless to say it's a family affair when I have to kill one b/c everyone comes running from all directions of the house to laugh at me.

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  21. What a beutiful card. I love the monochromatic look and the image is outstanding.

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  22. Beautiful card! I am deathly afraid of snakes! If I see one on TV I turn the channel! EEEKKK!!!

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  23. Suzanne, I just love your work and this card is no different, I love your techniques, I love the colors and all the embellies! It's just beautiful!!

    What scares me most is when I have panic attacks I think I am going to die...very scary, but after so many years of dealing with them and I am here still kicking...I guess it's an irrational fear! Thank goodness :)

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  24. Love your card Suzanne. What scares me most is being scared. Someone just appearing around the corner and saying hi!

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  25. Great card! What scares me most is scary movies about bad things that happen when you fall asleep.. like Nightmare on Elm Street and that horrible Catseye movie. I cannot watch scary moives period...but those are the worst to me.

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  26. Gorgeous Suzanne! Love the look with the browns!

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  27. I just really like your style, Suzanne. I am anxious to try this monoc....style. I see another lovely card here that will go into my idea file. The little girl is adorable. Oh would I love to win this blog candy. Thanks for sharing and giving us the chance to win such wonderful goodies. Have a safe trip & successful class. Hugs :o)

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  28. Oops - forgot! I have 2 biggest fears: heights and being confined. I am very claustrophobic. Would love to explore caves and find treasures, but no way, no how am I going in there. Don't even like elevators, especially if one wall is glass!!eeeeeks!!!

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  29. What am I scared of most... running out of adhesive while creating one of my works from the heart!!

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  30. Your card is sooooo adorable, I just love it!!!
    What scares me the most? Are you kidding me? you just want one? Well, I don't like spiders, snakes, nightmares or scary movies especially "Saw"! Yikes!

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  31. I love the little girl image reminds me of my daughter. I can not do snakes not even in pictures. They make almost sick to my stomach

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  32. This is truly gorgeous, Suzanne!!

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  33. wow this is gorgeous i just love all of the ink distressing it looks so soft and delicate xx

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  34. I just cannot seem to do monochromatic but you did it so well, kudos! The thing that scares me the most is something tragic happening to my family that I can't control. Big control freak here!

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  35. I'm super afraid of psychos. Is that weird? I'm totally afraid someone is just gonna snap on the high way or grocery and kill me.

    Super cute card! Love the colors!

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  36. Gorgeous card:) The thing that scares me... wasps. They come anywhere near me and I run a mile! Blame it on a scary childhood incident thats scarred me for life LOL!. I know they're small but they're super scary!

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  37. Love your monochromatic card !!! My biggest nightmare is one where my husband wants to stamp LOL LOL Never gona happen LOL The other fear is my computer crashing LOL what would I do without it LOL LOL
    Hugs

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  38. Love your project! The monochromatic really sets off the image nicely. I'm scared of a lot of things that I really don;t have a lot of control over so I try not to worry about them (like loosing one of my kids). Recently we bought some property and we found out there was a rattlesnake on the property. I was walking across the yard and heard a rattle. That was scary enough for me!

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  39. Suzanne, your card is over the top gorgeous!! Let me see, I have 2 things I am absolutely scared of and that is heights...can't even get on a higher ladder and snakes!!! Living in Southern AZ we have lots of those....they give me the chills!! Hugs, Sabrina

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  40. Beautiful fall card Suzanne. Love your monochromatic colors...soft and pretty. My greatest fear (or one of them) is getting a bee sting. I did once and it swelled so much and hurt. I'm allergic to them. Hugs, Cami

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  41. Your card is awesome I really have to try to give it a try, Ive done it with just papers but not a stamp that you have to color in.hummm
    I think what scares me most is something happening to my loved ones. and I hate snakes, give me the willies..

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  42. Beautiful card, Suzanne, as always. My fear is the one I've had since I saw the movie Psycho as a child - still to this day - I have a hard time taking a shower without my husband in the house - a bath is okay, but not a shower.

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  43. Scary huh? Well, governments!! They seem to make decisions that really hurt a lot of people! They have NO idea what it is like to "live in the trenches"! Don't get me wrong, I love my life, but I think government decisions are detrimental to our well-being:)

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  44. Beautiful card Suzanne! Love it and the image is gorgeous! Hmmm...what scares me the most?....ME, LOL! Sometimes I get crazy thoughts going through my head of getting into a car accident and my car going into water and I can't get my seatbelt off....or I have scary thoughts about something happening to my son...or I think I hear something when I'm up late working on a project. CRAZY, I know! Hugs, Rosemary

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  45. I like the monochromatic look of your card. I am afraid of heights--I tried to help my husband on the roof--not a good idea!

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  46. Beautiful, Suzanne! I love the designs of all your cards : ) You continue to encourage and inspire me ♥
    Lots of love ~ Lori

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  47. I love youe gorgeous card. It is so striking with the colors you used. I never knew earth tones could be that beautiful.

    I am scared of dying in a fire. I don't know why, do not know anyone who did, I just have a fear of my home catching fire and not being able to get out. It's crazy cause I have also never had a fire in my home.

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  48. What scares me most?

    DENTURES! eew yuk, have bad dreams about a pair of dentures chasing me!
    you are so talented - thanks for the inspiring blog!
    Katherine

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  49. Lovely card as usual!
    What scares me most is the phone call with my daughter on the other end in tears. Thankfully they are few and far between but the drama stops my heart!

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  50. SPIDERS!!!!!
    Love the look of your card today...definitely says fall is in the air!
    Jan Castle

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  51. The one thing that scares me the most is, that I’m running out of toilet paper, so I really have toilet paper in every room of my house… :D

    Love your card and love the colours you've used.....

    Hugs,
    Wilma Westerbeek

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  52. I have developed a total fear of heights. I have other fears but this one really makes ready to faint. Love your monochromatic card with that touch of red - very dramatic.

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  53. Beautiful card.
    My biggest fear is SNAKES. I stepped on one as a child and also had a close encounter with a copperhead also as a child.

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  54. Beautiful Card - I think I can't live without that stamp LOL
    I am a big scaredy cat. I am afraid of all of the things already mentioned: drowning, burning in a fire, being in enclosed spaces, spiders, snakes, things that go "bump" in the night, something bad happening to a family member, cancer, flesh-eating bacteria, etc. But one thing I'm not afraid of is...teenage daughters! Trust me, my daughter is 20 now. They DO eventually grow up and stop driving you insane! This, too, shall pass, Suzanne! Hang in there! LOL

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  55. linda patti tpatti@windstream.netSeptember 30, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    what scares me is lightening.

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  56. Suzanne...just love this card! I so want to try the monochromatic but I'm sure I will wreck it=( The red you add to this pulls in just the right balnce to please the eye ane make you see her first...then everything else.
    My greatest fear is really kind of weird. Since I've been a teenager I have been afraid of getting my eyes poked out by the rails that stick out in department stores. You know wheat I mean...we've all seen them, where they hand the clothes and other items for sale. When I'm in a store I give all of those things a wide berth!!!!
    Also absolutely terrified of being caught in a fire.
    Cheri

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  57. your card is just to cute and what scares me most is spiders big or small i scream like crazy.

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  58. Gorgeous card! Knives/getting cut scares me. I can't watch slasher movies at all. Monsters, no problems but slashers are horrible!

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  59. Hi Suzanne,
    Love your card today!!
    What scares me the most is if my family is hurt.
    Hugs~

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  60. wow.. amazing card..
    Hugs, Katrin

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  61. What scares me the most is snakes! They give me the chills!

    Love the monochromatic look of this card with just a splash of color!

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  62. What scares me most??? BEES!!! I was stung as a little girl and had a reaction and had to be taken to the hospital. I don't even know if I'm allergic to them as an adult, but as soon as I hear ANYTHING buzzing, I'm wide-eyed and looking for it. I'm just terrified of them.

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  63. Now, that's a card right up my alley ... monochromatic! I dress, decorate and craft in monochromatic colors and it is truly my comfort zone. Your attention to every single detail is amazing!

    As for what scares me, that would have to be SNAKES! Big, small, common garden or venomous ... doesn't matter ... I am terrified of any snake!

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  64. Those colors are great! I love that look.

    I am scared of yucky creatures - snakes, spiders & mice.

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  65. Your cards are AMAZING! Love visiting. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but
    My biggest scare is getting dimentia - as I watched my lovely mother suffer from for 10 years. So sad.

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  66. For scary moments I don't think anything can beat Carrie when the hand reaches up and grabs the girl from the grave...but then again, there's that creepy clown doll in Poltergeist! Yikes - my spine just tingled.

    BTW - absolutely adorable "read" card. Reminds me of my daughter. Thanks!

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  67. I love this card! The monochromatic colors are so pretty. I will have to try this idea. What scares me the most is riding in a car with my husband driving - Seriously!! He scared me on our honeymoon - 44 years ago, and is still doing it!

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  68. I love this card, it's really great. I just love FALL. Scary movies really scare me...I can't even stand to hear the music...I hear that theme music from the Halloween movies and I start to panic.

    Heidi (cardsbyheidi)

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  69. Wow! Thanks for the opportunity to win some fabulous blog candy! What scares me? My husband - let me explain..... If he happens to see a movie before me, I'm done. He can't help himself, but he ALWAYS makes me jump at the scary parts by poking or yelling!

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  70. Wow Suzanne! I love the look of the E40s monochromatic technique and this little image is to die for! I love them all and really NEED them! LOL!
    What really scares me is that I won't ever be a Gramdma with biological grandkids from my beautiful children! LOL! My daughter tells me she is never having kids, my middle son and his wife tell me they are not having anymore as she has a 12 year old daughter (she was 5 when they married), and my youngest son is to into his studies to even look at girls (he also needs to finish college before I really want him to). I love my granddaughter but would really love to see my darling kids eyes smiling back up at me!
    Big Hugs!

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  71. I like the way you do your cards, they are very nice.
    I don't like to see scary movies,I don't know why but I can't sleep well. Another thing is the beach, I hate swimming alone after seeing the movie jaws.

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  72. What scares me most is when my daughter calls and says she missed her connecting flight and will have to spend the night in the airport by herself, boo hoo.

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  73. I love your card! What scares me most would be spiders. It doesn't matter what size they are, I scream.

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  74. Wow this card is amazing. I love a monochromatic theme and colors you used. The new releases are adorable.. i love them both. Well.. what scares me most would be spider. I don't scream when I'm scared, but I Start to panic and shaking..

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  75. i just love your card, the colours are so beautiful. What scares me most? Snakes!!!!!! I hate them with their beady eyes and forked tongues yuk!!

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  76. Your monochromatic card is awesome! The thing that scares me the most is being bitten by a spider! I have lots of other fears too, lol!

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  77. Stunning cards and thanks for sharing! What scares me most.. The Wizard of Oz..when I was five years old..terrifying! Thanks for the hop

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  78. Love your gorgeous card and the beautiful coloring. I think my biggest scary thing is not knowing where my kids are and what they are doing and waiting for them to get home at night. The later it gets, the more scared I am until I hear them come home.. It is hard to keep track of teenagers, you know!

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  79. Such a cute card! Inspiring as always =) I can't wait for you to come to Florida in March. I have signed up for both of you classes and am counting down the days!!

    WHat scare me the most? Something happening to my doggies :( We have lots of groves and empty land around my house so we're often infested with snakes spiders and other gross stuff! There have been a few close calls with my dogs almost getting ahold of a snake so I am extreemely careful wheneer we go outside (which is a lot!).

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    -Jackie

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  80. Absolutely GORGEOUS monochromatic card, Suzanne! Love it! Your coloring is soooo amazingly beautiful!!!

    Huggies ~
    Sharron♥

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  81. Oh I forgot to add what scares me the most. LOL

    I had a horrible nightmare the other night. I actually woke up to see a gigantic winged image floating along the corner of my ceiling. I actually screamed & woke up my hubby. LOL Took me forever to get back to sleep cuz it was sooooo real. LOL (I can laugh now but I wasn't laughing then....LOL)

    Anywho..........there are tons of things that scare me but that one jumped out at me since it just happened a few days ago.

    Huggies ~
    Sharron♥

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  82. The things that I am most afraid of are snakes. I can't look at a picture, hear talk about them on the radio or even think about them without getting scared. I don't know of anything good about snakes!

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  83. Love your work and your talent.
    What scares me most is a fire in my home.
    Thank you explaining the 2 names = 2 persons.

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

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