Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sweet Love!!

Well hello friends and happy Wednesday to you all---middle of the week already, geez!  So much to get done this week and so far so good, lol!  Riley's 13th Birthday is on Saturday and we're planning a ski-getaway weekend for next week with 3 of his friends.  I don't ski anymore so I'll either be in the spa trying to relax or reading a good book while they're out---my muscles don't function so well in that kind of icy cold any more.  BUT I will go tubing with them as it doesn't require much coordination, lol.  Hubby is an expert skier so he'll be fine and the boys will have a lesson in the morning and then off to ski for the afternoon.  Should be fun, but 4 13 year old boys and a hubby who will act similarly might be my doing in (ha ha ha)---ADVIL will be with me at all times!  Thank goodness I'll be off to sunny San Diego after that, yayyyy!  I still have a hard time believing my "baby" will be a teenager for real.  He's officially taller than me and his dad and his voice dropped like 3 octaves overnight.  I called home when I was in TN and I thought he was sick again, LOL--I was like "hey what's wrong with your voice?"!  But to my dismay he's just getting BIG and not so much a momma's boy anymore (sigh) but he's a cutie and he's smart so for that I'm thrilled AND he has a good heart and is kind which thrills me even more.  I'm pretty proud of who he's becoming and am curious to see who he continues to become.  Now if I could find jeans that would grow with him that would be fabulous.....................LOL!


-Did you get a chance to participate in the FUN Party-licious Blog Hop for Gina K's birthday yesterday?  It was super fun and lots of great inspiration among the DT!  Make sure to see the post below if you missed it!

-San Diego is a GOOOOOOOOOOO for Copic Classes!  I am flying into San Diego on the 23rd and class will start at 2 pm that day (yikes).  I'm just teaching the Beg/Interm. Class so it will be from 2-6:30 that day.  I'm working on getting a meeting room at my hotel so stay tuned.  But if you want to sign up to hold a spot (as it will be a smaller class) go HERE and register.  More info will be sent to you by Saturday.

-I'm starting a NEW DT for my Color Me Creative Challenge Group--yay! The Challenge Group is a fun group that has 2 challenges every month featuring fun Copic Challenges and great sponsors/prizes!  This will be a FABULOUSLY FUN DT that rotates every 3 months and I'm looking for those of all crafting/copic levels.  You must have an active blog though---see HERE for all the details (if you are not a member of the CMC site then you must join to see the group--its free & open to everyone).  Deadline for entries is Feb.25th!

Color Me Creative Challenge Group

The DT will get to display this fun blinkie made by the AWESOME Veronica of VKDesign
(she did my blog, classroom and magazine and she is worth the wait my friends)

-Interested in learning how to use Distress Inks---Angie Hunt teaches a class on it over at the CMC Classroom!  BUT she's having a super blog candy HERE so you can win a free class with her!

Lots of Love!!

Since it's a new month that means it's a new Magnolia-licious February Sketch Challenge!  This month our wonderful hostess is DT Patti Jo Skogquist and she has challenged us with a fun RECIPE (hearts, pinks, white, silver with touches of green if needed).  You can find all the challenge details at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog HERE.    I veered a bit and used cream instead of white for my card, sorry, lol!

I used this super sweet image from Magnolia-licious called "Ribbon Hair Tilda" from the You Are So Special Collection (see the whole collection HERE)!  She was so much fun to color and perfect to color as an African American cutie---I think the selection of stamps for this ethnicity is lacking in most stamp companies so I was thrilled to see this one come out.  Although you could color her up fabulously for Caucasian skin tones as well---gotta love the options.  My papers are new from Making Memories called "Je t 'Adore"--I love the soft pinks and creams.  Perfect for a shabby chic card!  

I distressed all my edges with my fab Zutter Distress-It tool and inked the edges as well.  The hearts were made with both Spellbinders and a MS punch--the large heart got embossed and then inked.  That fabulous crinkle ribbon I buy off of Etsy (its gorgeous) and topped it with a Making Memories heart embellie.  I made the hat pins myself with supplies I keep on hand.  The border across the middle is a Spellbinders die as well.


She's cute right? Love her!  You can find videos on how to color African American Skin Tones that I've done HERE if you are interested.  I think its always good to challenge yourself with your copics, so if you haven't tried different skin tones--now is the time to try it :)  I used some Silver Stickles on the rose center and the dots on the present.  Her shoes got a coat of Diamond Glaze for shine as well.  The top part of her dress and hair bows got stardust stickles for sparkle.

Copic Colors Used:  Pinks- R22,R20,R11/ Greens -YG67,G20/ Skin- E25,E13,E11/Hair-E49,E25,E31/ whites- C00,C1,C3  AND a lot of Colorless Blender to get the soft, pastel colors.

Hope you enjoyed this sweet project today!  Make sure to hop over to the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog to see the rest of the DT's beautiful projects and to join in on the fun too!


  1. Wow, what a beautiful card! So sweet and so wonderful, great job!
    Hugs Jacqueline

  2. Hi Suzanne, Your card is beautiful, I used your dark skin video a few weeks ago and coloured up the very same little girl, thanks for passing on your wonderful videos & inspiration. Have a great week. Hugs Jodie from Oz xx

  3. First off, happy birthday to Riley! Secondly, I think you'll need something stronger than Advil to cope with 4 13-yr old boys and an overgrown boy (i.e., your hubby, LOL). Thirdly (is that a word), congrats on the new group. Last but definitely not least, your card is another stunner. I love the soft, romantic look of it as well as the vintage style. Beautiful!

  4. Oh she is just to cute awesome job on her ! Love the distressing and those papers are yummo !

  5. Gorgeous!!! Have fun this weekend, and of it were up to me, I'd be in the spa. You can always read on your flight to San Diego, or while you are getting a

    Either way, enjoy

  6. Gorgeous!!!!! LOVE your card
    HUGS Linda

  7. It´s brilliant... adorable !!! I LOVE!!!!
    Hugs and love

  8. She is just as precious as she can be!!! Absolutely love how you've colored her and of course the whole layout is fabulous! Always enjoy seeing your fabulous creations Suzanne!!!

  9. What a gorgeous card! Just when I think I'm getting better at making cards, you make me realize how much I still have to learn!!!!! Ha, Ha.

  10. I just LOVE this card Suzanne!!!!


  11. Gorgeous card Suzanne! I also have this little sweetie and I bought her specifically because she looks like the twins I will be caring for! Love the shabby chic look - the creme and pink are fabulous together.
    Beautifully done...hugs...Barb

  12. Gorgeous! Have fun on your trip!
    Rene :D

  13. Suzanne, She is really beautiful. Your coloring is so well done and I love the color combinations you come up with.

  14. Oh Suzanne, the card is gorgeous and your Tilda is just perfect! She is lovely! Your shabby look is wonderful, too!

    Have fun on your getaway! Happy b-day, Riley!

    Chris Christensen

  15. Oh my word, this is gorgeous Suzanne!! I love this little cutie. She reminds me so much of my niece when she was little. I've definitely got to have her. Love the soft colors of your card and all the embellies are fabulous. Hugs, Rosemary

  16. Wow Suzanne!!! She's such a cutie and you are so great at coloring, it's so inspiring! Everything you make is so pretty! Thank you for sharing and being a motivator too!



  17. Wow, this is an amazing work of art!
    Tilda is colored magnificently.

  18. Hi Suzanne, your card is gorgeous, so cute! Happy birthday to Riley, I know what you mean about them growing baby started school this week :( So nice to see them growing up but a little sad to leave that part of our lives behind. On the plus side the house is soooo quiet which means more time for stamping!

  19. Lovely card. You do such a great job with just the right amount of "stuff" clutter. I have to have this Tilda and you made me want it even more. TFS

  20. Happy Happy Birthday to Riley!!! Sniff sniff as mom watches her baby grow up... BUT, a relaxing day in the spa sounds wonderful!

    Suzanne, this card is as they say, 'to die for!' My goodness...such beauty! I'd frame it so I could look at it all the time :)

    Love and hugs ~ Lori

  21. Happy birthday to your son! I have a Riley too, only a 5 y.o. girl spelled Rylie! :o) Either way, they grow up WAY too fast!
    Absolutely stunning card!! I LOVE the soft colors, the distressing, the embellishments...well, just EVERYTHING! :O) It's perfectly lovely!

  22. Suzanne, your card is just too cute to describe.. love everthing about it.. We all adore this little Tilda and think she is adorable and you have done an amazing job on her coloring, the layout of the card and everything... Great card..
    Hugs, Jean

  23. Oh Suzanne,
    Such a gorgeous card! Love the shabbiness of it! Blessings to you,

  24. Hi Suzanne......your work is always amazing! I watched your video on coloring African American skin a couple days ago. After seeing this gorgeous card, I need to try my hand at some coloring.
    Hugs from Indiana,

  25. Darling card Suzanne...Tilda's hair looks as though you added real hair to the card...a sign of a great artist! The shabby is sooo working on this card. I will review your tutorial several more times to get the knack down!

    Happy #13 Riley, have a great time on the slopes with your Dad and buddies!

    Enjoy the spa/good book & MAYBE a ride on the tube!

  26. What a beautiful card! love your coloring, look forward to Florida's CMC Road classes with you. Hugs. Frances.

  27. Aaaawww, Suzanne, this is just adorable. I love that soft shades of pink. Awesome colouring and I like the wonderful layout. I must do more cards with those torn distress paper edges--I like the shabby chic look of them. Another fabby card.


  28. Oh my she's adorable now I wish I had bought her! Amazing work as always one of these days I'll be able to color at least 1/2 as good as you do!

  29. Oh my gosh Suzanne she is so adorable. I wasn't taken with this stamp when I first saw it but you have coloured her so beautifully she has captured my heart. Stunning!!!!
    'hugs, Diana

  30. Beautiful card Suzanne! I love how you created the little African American cutie... Something I need to work on! I love how you created the dress also! And your extra goodies to dress it up are wonderful! Hope you have a wonderful day! Happy Creating! Sara

  31. Awesome Suzanne!! Your coloring is just awesome!! I could use some lessons!!
    SO much detail in everything on the card. I love the pins, flower and ribbon details!!! Fabulous!!

  32. I just love this card, it should be framed! This is really nice inspiration for me to try for.

  33. Hi Suzanne!
    this is the most gorgeous card. it is so soft and pretty. I love how you colored Tilda. This one really does need dark skin. What a super job you have done. love the hat pins too.
    Hugs Maz

  34. Such a pretty card. I hope your DS has a great birthday and that you have a fun time at the spa!!

  35. GASP! Aww Suzanne this is so cute!! It's so feminine and everything about it is just plain pretty! Wow! Jeeps I'm almost speechless!! I need more words. LOL!!



    I do read your postings though and hun i think your getting sick from what i read on your latest.

    You crack me up though lol!

    WOW! Suzanne i am dead serious!! Like you know how i goof around and all but no not now! I FREAKIN LOVE THIS CARD!! OMG! it looks like butterpecan icecream! It looks so yummy and elegant.OH I WANT IT DARN IT LOL!

    I'm gonna have to scraplift these color combos too((smiling))

    HANDS DOWN MY FAVORITE CARD WITH THIS LITTLE ONE! Hey btw i'm about to go check out your videos.Thanks for sharing.Your such a wonderful mentor hun,Ruby♥

    Feel better sending you lots of hugs


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

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