Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Paper Bag Leaves!

Hello everyone & Happy Tuesday to you! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I had a fabulous time in Delaware teaching Copic Classes---waving HI to all the lovely ladies who came out to take classes with me!  I also got to meet my pal Anary (artist of Gilli stamps here) who has been a sweet friend for awhile and my other good friend Cindy Echtinaw (owner of Stamping Scrapping)--we had a wonderful dinner and they were a HUGE help to me during the classes.  I wish they'd come to all my classes to help out (wink) and the fact that Cindy and her sweet hubby Kevin flew in from Michigan to help me and Anary was just the bomb!!  I have met so many beautiful people in this business and have been truly blessed with so many friends and a big thanks to you all---it really is a wonderful blessing!  And a special shout out to Carol, Paulette & Katie for my sweet handmade present--it's just beautiful!! 

And while we're on the subject of blessings let's discuss this some more.  Yes, I did watch Oprah yesterday--why?  Cuz' it was all about amazing animals and animal rescues!!  A charity near and dear to my heart!  And you know I'm a big sucker when it comes to animals ('cept maybe the slitherin' kind, lol)!  I work with some local animal rescues and I'm always trying to raise funds and help out to help reduce the euthanasia that occurs due to non-spaying and those who buy animals, abuse them and leave them out in the cold and even those who just can't afford to take care of them anymore!  The raffle funds from my Michigan classes went to a local rescue that physically takes animals from kill-shelters and finds home for them (Lost Dog & Cat Rescue)--these are people who don't get paid a lot but spend hours and hours helping these animals get food, love and new homes!  If more people were educated and cared enough we could reduce the amount of animals in shelters all over the Country!  So what did I do yesterday you ask (cuz' you know I did sumpin', lol)??  Yep, I adopted a baby elephant for our family from Africa, hee hee.  Her name is Sinya and she's an orphan elephant living at an Elephant Rescue called Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya They take in orphaned baby elephants and raise them until they can be released again in the wild--you really must read about it more.  For just $50 you can adopt and help out a baby elephant and get reports on your elephant---Riley was ecstatic and has said he will keep track of her each month and maybe one day we'll be able to do that safari in Africa and meet our baby elephant :)  I really do believe we can all give back in some way, big or small and I try to keep that in mind everyday I wake up---no matter BIG OR SMALL you CAN make a difference!!!

Me, Anary and Cindy at my Copic Class this weekend in DE!!

I'll have NewsBitz and Blog Candy Winner posted tomorrow :)

Paper Bag Leaves!!

Since it's October that means it is time for a new Magnolia-licious Sketch Project Challenge!  Our hostess with the mostess is the sweetly talented Angie Hunt and she has challenged everyone to create a Fall/Halloween project using a brown paper bag.  There are lots of fun tutorials and ways to use paper bags online in crafty ways so use that imagination of yours and you can join in and find out more at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog HERE!

I had chosen my image way before I decided I'd use it for this project and I just had an idea rumbling in my head that wouldn't go away, lol! You know how you have an idea and you just HAVE to do it?  Well I tried to create a more useful paper bag project but sometimes I just let it go and did what the papers and embellies told me to do, lmbo!  So my project has fun parts of paper bag within it instead of being fully created with one--another way to incorporate stuff found in your home into your projects.  You can find lots of fun fall images at the Magnolia-licious Store HERE!

So I used this super cute NEW image from Magnolia-licious' Autumn 2010 Collection called "Tilda in Autumn Leaves"--I love this image (Diana is out of it right now but I'm sure she has TONS more on the way)! It reminds me of my childhood jumping in the piles of leaves my mom laboriously raked (she probably wanted to shoot me, hee hee) with not a care in the world.  Then my kids used to do the same at my parents when they were younger (they're too cool now-ha ha)!  I love the cute expression on her face.  I chose to make a fun easel card to showcase the image and decorations.  All my papers are last year's collection by My Minds Eye (Bloom & Grow) --I just love the mix of fun colors and patterns.

So one of the ways I used the paper bag was to punch my leaves out of it with my small leaf punches---my paper brown lunch bags are pretty thin, almost like thin vellum so it punched easily.  And I crinkled the punched leaves up good then inked them with orange & brown inks before adding them to my scrolls (yes my fave Marianne Designs dies).  After they were attached and dried I added some gold and copper Stickles to them to make them sparkle.  Bow was made with my Bow Easy :)

And yep she was colored with Copics of course, hee hee!  I used some YR's (YR18,YR12,YR01,YR00,YR0000/BG23,BG11,BG10).  The leaves were colored in multi fall colors (E08,E18,YR12,YR23,Y21,YR01,E31) and then added some Stickles to a few of them for more fun sparkle!!

For the final addition of paper bag pieces I used a large piece, crumpled it up and inked it and then layered it on top of my cardstock mats.  The sentiment is from a beautiful new set by Paper Trey Ink --I love the sentiment, it says "When I count my blessings, I count you twice"!  I cut it out with my Spellbinders die 'Fancy Tags'--I cut an extra one out of aqua cardstock to layer it upon.

I sure hope my project gave you a bit of sunshine and smiles for the day!!

Now you need to hop over to the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog to see the rest of the DT's awesome projects and join in on the fun too!


  1. Such a lovely post and pic of 3 beautiful ladies. TFS, hugs Sharon

  2. Oh I love that image and what you did with it! Love the idea of the leaves out of paper bag.

  3. I agree with Sharon...great photo of you three beautiful ladies. It was SOOOOO great to get the chance to take your classes. You're one of my TOP coloring idols so now I just need to practice, practice, practice...and hopefully achieve that depth that you do with your images.

    Beautiful Magnolia card. Love the idea of punching leaves from a paper bag and adding glitter.

    Oh, and I LOOOOOOVE my Sharpie paint pen. Thanks for everything, Suzanne! :)

  4. Suzanne,
    I am in love with tha Fall, your card make me feel so happy , just like this cute Tilda.
    Great design and details, but you know that, your cards are always just from top till bottom perfect.

  5. Hi Suzanne,

    Your card is so cute. I love the little leaves too. Thank you so much for coming to Delaware to teach us your wonderful coloring techniques. Like Denise said practice,practice and some more practice. I had a great time and was lucky enough to win the drawing. All I can say is WOW what a gift bag of goodies. Very generous. Not to mention all the other goodies that we received.

    If anyone has a chance to take Suzanne's class you won't be disappointed.

  6. Goodness Suzanne, love your picture and am so very happy for you.. at first I was worried that you were taking on too much and then I started reading how much fun you were having and how your were meeting so many friends and you just seem to be so happy doing this (job) fun!! So this has been a good thing and for that I am happy for you..
    Your card is so beautiful and who would have thunk of using blue and fall colors together but you did it and you did it so wonderfully. I love the card and the leaves made of the paper bags and the glittah.. love that stamp... great card.
    Hugs, Jean

  7. Great fall card! Love the colors!
    Great stamp.

  8. So cute Suzanne!! Love the way you incorporated the paper bag 'into' your beautiful card!

  9. Very, very cute. Love the colors.

  10. Gorgeous card Suzanne, and I love your sentiment!!!

  11. Thank you once again for showing us a great card,You are so good at putting together and coloring all your cards. I hope by watching your videos and following your blog I will get to be as good as you are at this. I really enjoy this hobby.TFS

  12. Awww Suzanne love this card and the way you used the paper bag. I would have never thought to punch leaves out. Duh LOL Sounds like you had tons of fun with the Delaware group. I am so happy that classes are going great for you and that you are having a blast!!! Just a few weeks now until NC classes. YIPEEEEEE Anyone gonna be there besides me???
    Love ya, PJ

  13. Gorgeous card Suzanne! I love the colors you used and the additional leaves added to the swirl is such a fab idea!


  14. Such a beautiful and fun card. Wish we were kids again to have such fun..Your colors are so perfect for this little one..


    Oh, by the way, I just finished reading Driftwood Summer and loved it. I'm ordering my Kindle now and will download the rest of her books. Thanks for giving us your list, now I can try some different writers..Thanks for your recommendations.

  15. I watched Oprah too yesterday, wasn't that amazing what that Ape could do? And how he put words together? WOW, of course I always tell me kids that of course animals talk, just not like we do, so it just goes to show you.
    Good for you on adopting the elephant, they are really amazing too.
    Beautiful card!
    On giving back, I totally agree, and a lovely little girl (age 9) drew some stamps that we had pressed and are sending the proceeds to Autism Speaks right now. I really hope to continue doing this sort of thing and including children in the process.

  16. Love your card, Suzanne (that Tilda is so cute & fun) & love the fact that you punched your brown paper bag out instead of making a whole card out of it......hhhhmmmm....got my juices flowing here....LOL....I'll try not to hurt myself....lmbo.

    Anywho.........to the proud new adoptive parents of an ELEPHANT......Cudos to you for saving the wildlife too! Awesome! OMGosh......how cool is that! I love that idea! And so cute that Riley is going to take ownership of the project. Love it!

    Happy Huggies ~


  17. A gorgeous card, Suzanne - I love the combination of the Autumn colours with the aqua! Thanks also for the list of Copic colours you used for the leaves-it will be a great help with an Autumn project I have on hand!
    Diane x

  18. this is gorgeous, I love the image, so cute and you have coloured it beautifully. Loving the scrolls and your paper bag leaves too x

  19. I cried when they talked about the elephants and how the others would gather to trumpet and greet the new abandoned baby (how can you NOT believe they communicate telepathically?). And I was so glad to see Oprah promote having your pets fixed and getting them from shelters. Awesome that you adopted an elephant!!

    Really cute card, too. ;)

  20. Beyond sweet card Suzanne!! Love the dimension of those leaves and the sparkly effect. The swirls and coloring of Tilda is so awesome!

  21. I never would have thought to use brown paper for leaves but in reality, with the color on them, they look so good (way better than coloring them on white c/s).

  22. It is just beautiful!! What more can i say??!! Your coloring and all the things what you did with this card is amazing.
    Hugs Sylvia

  23. Hi Suzanne...how absolutely darling!! I love this new collection...and just unpacked my order yesterday. I can't wait for the weekend to come so I can ink up couple of these cuties! Your colors are gorgeous...and I love the little punched leaves...I especially love the stickles on them. Pat Frank

  24. Hi Suzanne! Your Maggie card is so dang cute!! You know how I love Tilda!! LOL! Great idea with the paper sack! I have been punching out my leaves but never thought of using a paper sack! TFS!!
    Big Hugs!

  25. Well done for adopting a baby ellie. I have visited an elephant rescue centre and seen just how these amazing animals are cared for. To touch and speak to them was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Great card, to, btw !
    South Africa

  26. I started copics after viewing your copic coloring videos. You are very talented, awesome lady and always love your creations. Kudos to you for your efforts in helping rescue animals and adopting a baby elephant.


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

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