Monday, April 25, 2011

Birthday Wishes!

Well Aloha again everyone & Happy Monday to you all!  Hope you all had a wonderful Easter yesterday!  I am still in Maui thru Thursday and will get home on Friday (sob, sob)!  We are having an absolute blast here and I have enjoyed every second, minute and hour in Maui with my family.  We have had more laughs, more memorable experiences and just really enjoyed each other.  I have to type this blog post up super quick as they are waiting for me to go on an evening walk on the beach after I'm done & I can only do work down in the lobby, LOL!  Today we did a Maui Hike/Tour of 5 waterfalls and ecological tour that was hands down FANTASTIC--we got to jump off waterfalls, swim and hike through the rainforest.  And guess what?  NO SNAKES in Maui or rain days or bad weather--I think I'm gonna have to move here for sure now, hee hee!  After our hike we stopped at Mama's Fish House and ate and it was so worth it.  The day before we did Surf School and it was a BLAST but I am soooo sore, LOL.  Alexa and James were naturals, Riley got the hang of it halfway thru and my instructor said "I was his special project---his challenge", LMBO! Yeah right!  I did finally hang 10 the last hour but apparently my wanting to do everything "super fast" does not rollover well in surf world where you need to be slow and graceful----two things that I am NOT, LOL!  But we had fun, got some sun and had a great experience--I enjoyed every minute and I'll share our photos of our surfing and trip when I get back home!

Today is ALEXA'S 15th BIRTHDAY and we are going on an all day snorkel/cruise to Molokina Island and whale watching as well!  Since Alexa was 3 years old she has always said she wants to work with marine animals---so one year we took her to SeaWorld on her birthday and she ate with Shamu & talked to the trainers.  She is researching colleges that specialize in Marine Biology/Psychology programs with Oregon State & SC University topping her list.  So today will definitely be super fun for her and James & I are thrilled we get to spend an awesome day with her.  We'll top it off with an Italian dinner "Maui style" :)  So just a couple pics below for you and then I'll share the rest when I get home with y'all!



Since it's Alexa's 15th Birthday I just chose a few pics of her alone or with one of us for this slideshow--the rest will be up next week!  She's a goofy, fun-loving, laugh-out-loud, smart, beautiful, stubborn, silly,  mini-me who is growing into a beautiful young woman.  I can't wait to see what the next 15 years bring both her and us!  Love you and Dad and I are so lucky to have you in our lives!  See the slideshow to see a bit more of this gal at her best (and ummm silliness, lol)! Happy Birthday Lex & many more to come!

Slideshow Pics:





*********************************************
Gina K Blog Hop


I get to share two cards with you today featuring 2 NEW sets by Gina K that you will love and want to add to your collection.  This first set is called "Follow Your Dreams" and its great for so many occasions and people in your life.  I really wanted to create a masculine card since I tend to not do those as often and I like how this turned out.  I used both the boat and tree stamps to create my scene and then colored it all in with my Copics.


The papers I used are by BoBunny and I loved the masculine colors and patterns---perfect for this card! This might be my Dad's birthday card this year since he loves boats so much and still sails his regularly! Some twill ribbon, distressed edges and buttons finish off the card--no frills on this one! LOL


The images were colored with Copics and I added a stripe of dark red on the boat to pick up the reds in the papers. A little bit of Stickles on the water adds some sparkle without "glamming" it up too much!



The second card uses the beautiful set illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger called "Branching Out"! This set is just so elegant and there are so many ways to use it (see the post below this for another idea).  I really needed a sympathy card for a friend of mine so I decided to use this set to create it.  It's a gate-fold card that is easily made--my papers are from Paper Trey Ink.  The colors are all monochromatic & elegant--perfect for this type of sentimental card.  I created a belly band to go around the gate-fold to keep it closed and it easily slips off.


The images all got embossed with gold EP and the sentiment is from another Gina K set that was perfect for this card.  The image and mat were cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities.


On the inside I used the same papers and embossed the longer branch image across the top & bottom of my paper leaving a space for a note for my friend.  This set is so versatile that I know you can find 100 different & beautiful ways to use it!


Now make sure to hop along on the hop list below to see the DT's take on all of these sets for more inspiration!






165 comments:

  1. Oh, Suzanne--Maui sounds wonderful! We went there for our honeymoon so I recognize many of the places you've talked about! Soak it up girl!

    Beautiful coloring of that boat scene--you are a coloring goddess!

    ReplyDelete
  2. The cards are so lovely! Thanks for the insight on the inside of the card - what a great way to finish off such a work of art!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Beautiful cards. Love how you coloured the first one. The second card are so pretty with those golden branches.

    ReplyDelete
  4. It looks as if you and your family are having a wonderful vacation together. Enjoy every minute of it -- that's what memories are made of. Great cards -- the second is my favourite!

    ReplyDelete
  5. really lovely cards. I love the belly band on the sympathy card. thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Truly love your use of colors and paper. Your cards are eye catching!

    ReplyDelete
  7. So very stunning Suzanne! and Happy Birthday to Alex! She is truly a beautiful soul!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Both of these are just gorgeous........thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I adore your cards. Have a great time in Maui. Thanks so much for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Congrats on the fabulous vacation. Love what u created with the new stamp sets. They are inspiring.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Wowza, Suzanne, your coloring is so stunning! Gorgeous cards!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Very pretty! You did a good job on this!

    ReplyDelete
  13. love your cards. sure am glad you guys did this hop 'cuz I didn't realize just how cool the branching out stamp set really is.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Your cards are absolutely gorgeous.

    ReplyDelete
  15. These are great cards, Suzanne! And a very happy birthday to your daughter!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Ooh Suzanne your birthday card is so rich and lavish. Love the layout!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Suzanne, I loved your pictures. You guys are sure having a lot of fun!!! What memories you will always have!! Now to your cards!! Beautiful as always!! Love the boat scene. Your sis different from all of the others, so far. Looks like to me, the season is over and the little boat is all alone!! I love the fold on the 2nd card. Never seen this before. I love it!! Continue having fun!!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Your sympathy card is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Aloha ,lol to you !
    Happy Birthday to your precious doughter Suzanne.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Love your sympathy card.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Wonderful cards Suzanne. Have a great vacation.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Beautiful cards and pictures of your family in the Aloha state. thank you for sharing your vacation with us....as well as your wonderful coloring...

    ReplyDelete
  23. Suzanne - Your masculine card today is my favorite. Loved the colors and patterns you have used. As always, your coloring is perfect.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Love the boat with the trees behind. Both are great!

    ReplyDelete
  25. love the deeper tones - it really accents the boat. Also love using the leaves on the outside and inside of your gate card

    ReplyDelete
  26. Wow your cards are so beautiful! I'm loving all the pics from Hawaii!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Awesome, just awesome!!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Beautiful cards! Sounds like the holiday is a blast....lucky you....we still have some snow on the ground here!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Both cards are really great! Love the touch of Stickles on the water. Great job combining the sentiments with the images! Will have to have both these sets. Enjoy your family and Hawaii !! Some of us are just plain jealous! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  30. Lovely work - great stamps! TFS!
    pam_lash at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  31. I love the colors and papers in the first card & the sympathy card is lovely. Such a difficult subject to get right - & I'm def going to use that idea for decorationg the inside of a gatefold. tfs. Pat x

    ReplyDelete
  32. I love your work. Your coloring techniques are always an inspiration!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  33. I love both cards.. but must ask where the "So Sorry For Your Loss" came from. I'm always looking for stamps for sympathy cards. There so hard to find.
    Love your coloring work...it's lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Very lovely cards, the "sorry for your loss" card is very nice.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Happy Birthday Alexa!
    Nice cards!

    ReplyDelete
  36. I am so loving the new stamp sets. I think it is fun to see how differently each of you have put them to use. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Love both of these sets and your cards are just lovely!Your coloring & artwork on the boat looks so serene & relaxing- very pretty.
    Speaking of lovely- aren't vacations GREAT!!!
    Just got back from Punta Cana-HEAVEN!
    Kim

    ReplyDelete
  38. Oh, my, I'm seeing so many beautiful renditions of the boat scene. Yours is fabulous! I must have that set!!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Both cards are adorable, Suzanne!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Beautiful beautiful cards Suzanne!!

    ReplyDelete
  41. What a beautiful daughter.. They do grow up fast.
    Gorgeous cards, loving these new sets.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Suzanne, both cards look wonderful!
    Hugs and smiles

    ReplyDelete
  43. I am always looking for sympathy cards and yours if super fabulous! thanks! Enjoy your vacation and create many memories!!

    ReplyDelete
  44. Lovely!!! Ty for a chance to win.

    ReplyDelete
  45. Great job on the leaf background -- very elegant!

    ReplyDelete
  46. I like both of your cards - the coloring on the first one is really nice!! I'm always looking for sympathy cards and this one is over the top!! TFS!!

    ReplyDelete
  47. Looks and sounds like you are having a wonderful time! Hard to believe that you'd still have to time to make such lovely cards! Do love the boat but the sympathy card really touches me...like the inside! Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  48. Love that first card! Enjoy your vacation.

    ReplyDelete
  49. Love both of the cards! Wish we had some of that warm weather here in Wisconsin.

    ReplyDelete
  50. Have a great time...love the photos of Alexa...those Elvis glasses are fab!! Great cards too :-)

    ReplyDelete
  51. Love the boat card, such a nice job.

    ReplyDelete
  52. wonderful cards thanks for the inspiration

    ReplyDelete
  53. Thank you for the sympathy card. They are hard to come up with.

    ReplyDelete
  54. Wow, I love the colors you used on the boat scene card. Both creations are beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  55. very nice cards--love the gatefold card

    ReplyDelete
  56. these projects are fantastic Suzanne! i love the gatefold and your coloring on the boat is OTT awesome! Your daughter is beautiful, how exciting she has always known what she wanted to do and stuck with it! Great pic and love to hear you are having such a wonderful trip! hugs!!!

    ReplyDelete
  57. I just love both of your cards. The one with the boat would be a great "guy" card. They are hard to find. So thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  58. Really really love both your cards, your color choices are great as well as desing, these are such great stamps sets, love what you did.

    So glad you are enjoying your trip, sounds awesome, your daughter is so pretty, hope she does well with her choice of college!! Good luck to you all.

    Donna Przy....

    ReplyDelete
  59. Suzanne what a beautiful masculine card...I love it! And the gatefold card is just as wonderful. Thanks much

    ReplyDelete
  60. did not think I would like anything better than Hop #1 but I do! Love this design.

    I need new stamps to get my mojo going!

    Diane

    ReplyDelete
  61. Beautiful cards as always. Looks like you are having a great time on your well deserved vacation.

    ReplyDelete
  62. Nice card, Suzanne. That's some dedication to be posting your work from Maui!

    ReplyDelete
  63. Thanks for sharing your vaca photos as well as your beautiful cards!

    ReplyDelete
  64. Love, love, love the colors used on the first card, the boat scene. Your examples continue to show how versatile these sets are.

    ReplyDelete
  65. These cards are beautiful. Love the red with the boat....and all the way from Hawaii, too! Happy Birthday to that daughter of yours!

    ReplyDelete
  66. Great cards. Love your choice of colors

    ReplyDelete
  67. Beautiful sympathy card and I like the little scene on your masculine card.

    ReplyDelete
  68. Beautiful cards! You are Amazing! Love your blog! Thanks! Happy Birthday to beautiful Alexa!!

    ReplyDelete
  69. Great cards and Happy Birthday to Alex..tfs

    http://auntiemargsblog.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  70. What gorgeous cards, thanks for sharing your fabulous talent!!

    ReplyDelete
  71. great cards, thanks for sharing. i'd love to go back to Maui, my husband and i celebrated our 10th anniversary there, this year is #40
    linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

    ReplyDelete
  72. Lovely job on your cards! TFS!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  73. Beautiful cards. I love them both and I am sure the sets are fun to work with.
    Looks like life is wonderful in Maui. Seize the day!

    ReplyDelete
  74. Beautiful cards, Suzanne, and I loved your slide show too! Alexa is beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing...

    ReplyDelete
  75. Happy Birthday Alexa! Loved the cards and the stamp sets. Love your blog!!

    ReplyDelete
  76. Ohhh, you make me yearn for Hawaii...some MORE!! My hubby and I will be going to Oahu for 3 glorious weeks pretty soon!! Nothing like looking out at the ocean and watching those spectacular sunsets with the people you love around you!!! Hawaii is truly a paradise for the soul.
    I love, love the birtday card, such great colors. I'm sure the Hawaiian memories will continue to translate through your cards. And I especially love the sympathy card. Very ELEGANT!!
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your trip.

    ReplyDelete
  77. Suzanne...I just KNEW you would have "fun" written on your card! Coloring job is so good on your boat card. The sympaty card was very elegant and understated. Your trip sounds amazing and I loved the pics of your "mini-me". She is a beauty for sure and looks so much like her lovely mom!

    ReplyDelete
  78. So Very Nice Cards!!! and your Daughter is Beautiful!!! Sounds like you are having a dream trip and Oregon State does have a wonderful program. Our Oregon Coast brings people from all over the world because of its' beauty and marine life.

    Faith

    ReplyDelete
  79. LOVE your Maui slideshows, Suzanne! Happy Birthday to Alexa! :) Your trip looks like total fabulousness!

    Your cards for the blog hop are as always BEAUTIFUL. Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  80. Congratulations Alexa! Happy 15th birthday! :)

    Gorgeous cards, love them.

    ReplyDelete
  81. I love the gatefold card. That's just beautiful

    ReplyDelete
  82. Happy Birthday Alexa!!! So happy to hear you are all having a wonderful time, that's just great, that's what vacations are for, remember!!! And, Hawaii is the place to have that memorable vacation for sure...... Love the pictures you're sharing, they are just fantastic.

    Your cards are so beautiful, thank you for leaving your bit of "Suzanne art" for us to enjoy while you are gone!

    ReplyDelete
  83. Love your boat cards. Thanks for sharing.

    kim
    k1i2m3@cox.net

    ReplyDelete
  84. Great cards, Suzanne! Sounds like such a fab time you all are having!

    ReplyDelete
  85. I'm glad you're having such a spectacular time in Maui, Suzanne. Lovely cards! I can only aspire to color so beautifully!

    ReplyDelete
  86. Two wonderful cards -- love the colours of your masculine birthday card and the unique design for the sympathy card. Enjoy your trip and happy birthday to your beautiful daughter!

    ReplyDelete
  87. Thanks for sharing you two wonderful cards. My favorite is the gatefold - so elegant and I am always in need of sympathy cards.

    ReplyDelete
  88. Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter and sure glad you're having a wonderful vacation!! I DO love the coloring of that little boat....sooo realistic!!!

    ReplyDelete
  89. Great cards both of them. I love the way you used a belly band to close your gatefold card. Happy 15 to Alexa!

    ReplyDelete
  90. Such a beautiful young lady you have there, and Happy Birthday to her, the big 15!

    ReplyDelete
  91. Everything about these cards is beautiful. I especially LOVE the gatefold card...:)

    ReplyDelete
  92. What beautiful colors on the birthday card!
    And what an amazing design for the sympathy card - so nice.

    ReplyDelete
  93. Awesome cards! Happy birthday to Alexa too. Thanks for the inspiration.

    ReplyDelete
  94. Happy Birthday, Alexis! I loved Maui, everything is so pretty.
    I love your cards, too. The coloring on the boat scene is amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  95. Fabulous cards. The masculine BD one is my favorite.
    God bless,
    PeggyS

    ReplyDelete
  96. Always looking for "masculine" card ideas...this one is great!

    ReplyDelete
  97. OMG You're killing me here. I was born and raised on Maui. DH and I lived in the apt. building just around the bend from Mama's Fish House when we were first married. I watched both of your slide shows and have fond memories of each location. DH is to ill to travel so I haven't been home for years. Now I’m homesick. Maui No Ka Oi!!!
    ENJOY!
    BTW your cards are all smashing.
    Aloha and Blessings
    Bernie

    ReplyDelete
  98. Happy Birthday Alexa! Have fun in Maui. Your trip sounds awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  99. Wow Wow Wow, Suzanne. Beautiful cards and Hawaii, too. Happy Bithday to Alexa.

    ReplyDelete
  100. Loved the sympathy card - thanks for sharing from Maui!

    ReplyDelete
  101. Both cards are great. I'm sure Maui will be an inspiration for future cards.

    ReplyDelete
  102. Really like these cards! I didn't get to see Day before and caught it this time! Love, love love, that one, too. Kathie

    ReplyDelete
  103. Jeepers, those creations are off the charts!!! Either you created Copics OR you were separated at birth because you go hand in hand!!

    ReplyDelete
  104. Both of your cards are lovely but I REALLY like the layout of your first card Suzanne. I hope Alexa had a wonderful birthday. :)

    ReplyDelete
  105. Love your work! Thanks for sharing a sympathy card..don't see too many that actually look like sympathy.

    ReplyDelete
  106. Greaaaaaaaaaaaaaattt job on both cards. TFS!!
    Jean McGee

    ReplyDelete
  107. Awesome card Suzanne!!! Happy Birthday to Alexa. Enjoy the rest of you time in paradise.

    ReplyDelete
  108. You have such inspiring talent. Thank you for sharing.. Lv the Islands too.. Hugs, Dottie

    ReplyDelete
  109. Oh my are these wonderful! Your work is just so nice. Enjoy your trip and look forward to more.

    ReplyDelete
  110. Ok definitely keeping track of your blog!! Love what you did and the colors you chose!!!
    Jackie
    jmpresearch@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  111. beautiful cards. Your family looks so rested...ha ha. When did you find time to craft? Happy 15th to your daughter, and many more.

    ReplyDelete
  112. Beautiful cards... love the gatefold card with the "belly band".
    crafty teacher

    ReplyDelete
  113. What great cards! The layout design of the birthday card is so pretty.

    ReplyDelete
  114. Those are just gorgeous cards. Sounds like you are having fun!

    ReplyDelete
  115. Happy birthday to Alexa!!!
    Great cards. TFS

    ReplyDelete
  116. You sure did justice to the Follow Your Dream stamp and the lifelike coloring. Your second card using Branching Out is a nice touch on the center opening of the card. Branching Out is so TOTALLY versatile. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  117. My favorite card so far that I've seen from the new stamp sets is your first one. The colors are so vibrant and work so well with the boat image! It sounds like you are having an amazing time on your vacation.

    ReplyDelete
  118. Suzanne, your cards are beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  119. Very pretty cards. I like gate fold cards, they help change the same routine and add interest.

    ReplyDelete
  120. Breathtaking! I want both, NOW!

    ReplyDelete
  121. I love both cards as always. Great job.
    jOAN

    ReplyDelete
  122. Glad you are having a blast on your trip and Happy Birthday to your daughter! She'll always remember this birthday! Love both of your cards.. beautiful as always!

    ReplyDelete
  123. What an amazing masculine card - I have never seen that from you! Just stunning!!

    ReplyDelete
  124. Beautiful cards. Love love love them.... Continute to have fun and be safe.

    ReplyDelete
  125. Such beautiful cards Suzanne! The boat with the evergreens reminds me of the Northwest where I grew up! Your sympathy card is truly beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  126. Per usual your cards are STUNNING. I can't get enough. I love stopping by here. Thank you so much for sharing. ;0)

    Traci Lord
    3team3lord3@comcast.net

    ReplyDelete
  127. Really pretty cards. Thanks for sharing with us!

    ReplyDelete
  128. Wonderful cards & looks like a wonderful trip!

    ReplyDelete
  129. Love your cards as usual. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time in Hawaii. Enjoy it to the fullest.

    ReplyDelete
  130. Fantastic cards!! Sounds like you are having so much fun!!

    ReplyDelete
  131. Stunning sympathy card. I love the idea of the belly band

    ReplyDelete
  132. Beautiful projects! Thanks for sharing!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  133. Wow great vacation pics! Your cards are beautiful...love the belly band on the gatefold card!

    ReplyDelete
  134. Just gorgeous! So glad you are having a great time!
    Hugs,
    marie

    ReplyDelete
  135. Suzanne, I loved both of your cards, they remind me of the really expensive cards I used to splurge on for special occasions, you know the $5.00 ones. Now I make my own. LOL

    ReplyDelete
  136. Great cards.
    mmlmn at polarcomm dot com

    ReplyDelete
  137. Suzanne, your colouring is fantastic. I really love both cards. I bet your Dad will love that card, I know mine would (I could take it off you if you like... LOL). The sympathy card idea with a belly band is an idea I've not tried, but it looks so elegant that I think I'll add a few to the stash. TFS

    ReplyDelete
  138. thanks for sharing your trip with us. love your cards and ideas

    ReplyDelete
  139. Gorgeous cards Suzanne! Glad that you and your family are having such a good time!

    ReplyDelete
  140. Beautiful cards and beautiful pictures...looks like you had a wonderful trip!!!
    Jan Castle

    ReplyDelete
  141. Your sympathy card is absolutely gorgeous. Those leaves are lovely embossed like that!

    ReplyDelete
  142. Both cards are gorgeous, but I especially love the sympathy card..it's perfect!

    ReplyDelete
  143. I love Hawaii. Glad you are having such a wonderful time.

    And I love the cards. So beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  144. Just lovely cards what can i say Karen TB Ontario

    ReplyDelete
  145. great pictures, Happy birthday Alexa and love those cards x

    ReplyDelete
  146. Both cards are gorgeous, love the first one especially. Your coloring is amazing! Hugs, Karen
    P.S. I'm your newest follower!

    ReplyDelete
  147. Your cards are just gorgeous! Thanks for the ideas and inspiratoin.

    ReplyDelete
  148. Your projects were great. Thanks for the ideas.

    ReplyDelete
  149. Sounds like a wonderful trip. I hope your DD had a great birthday. Great cards

    ReplyDelete

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

Related Posts with Thumbnails
 
Pin It button on image hover