Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Flower Babies!!

Happy Wednesday to y’all!  Boy do I have some backyard woes to share with you today LOL.  Yesterday I let my dogs out in the morning when I heard them barking strangely—I have cairn terriers and when they corner something their barks get real shrill.  So I ran outside figuring they had a snake but NOoooooooo not a snake a MEAN BADGER—OMgoodness!  It was hissing and clawing at them cuz’ it was cornered and of course my lovelies were NOT backing down. I had to grab them by the scruffs of their necks BARELY missing the nasty claws of the badger as he hissed at us.  Scared at least 10 years off of my life and managed to get the dogs inside.  Well it wasn’t budging---seems it made a HOME behind my woodpile as if my yard was an animal Marriott or something—next thing you know it will be ordering room service via it’s cell phone LMBO!  Course Animal Control won’t trap it and won’t relocate it so I don’t know how they’re going to help me any---so hubby is going to move the woodpile behind our fence to see if it will go away this weekend.  Glad I won’t be here for that job, LOL!  Geez—if its not one darn issue its another.  Update on Alexa’s dress---well thank you for the good ole’ internet cuz she found a dress at Nordstroms under $60 and I paid the extra shipping to get it here quick which SAVED ME BIG TIME on the hemming, & hawing at the mall with her tomorrow LOL! Score 1 for mom-er-roo for that one hee hee!  Although now she’s having 4 friends over tomorrow instead since we won’t be at the mall---so did I win this one or not—that remains to be seen
Winking smile
Our last week in Hilton Head was full of fun and beach trips!  One day the waves were the biggest we have ever seen there.  Course the kids decided that it was the PERFECT day to break out the raft—it was a comedy of errors that didn’t involve me but I can totally see that they both inherited the “Suzanne effect” LOL (see pics below).  We did some night swimming in our pool too and yes it was at 1 am (I hear my mom groaning right now) but we are a family of vampires so it works for us and its just plain ole’ FUN right? That’s why they call it vacation KWIM!  We also did one of my fave activities—KAYAKING on Skull Creek and in the inlets!  WELL I SWORE that I would not share a kayak with Alexa after last year but somehow, darn it she convinced me to share again.  UGH—lets just say that I was the only wet person on the trip because she dumped about 10 gallons of water behind her on me with her paddle.  And then we saw dolphins and she about tipped us over, almost lost her paddle and then wasn’t helping paddle half the time cuz’ “she was tired” awww NOT..don’t feel sorry for ya uh-uh!!  James & Riley were like “why you guys so slow”---well….ummmm…when you have a DEAD WEIGHT in the kayak you don’t go so fast, LOL!  And then we went thru grasses and the lil’ black crabs were on them dropping into the kayak—LMBO—omg Alexa was flipping out.  And when I start laughing you know what happens?  I get weak and can’t paddle LOL so we just sat there while she screamed—our guide thought we were BONKERS.  Funny thing---six degrees of separation again yep—he is the son of the fantastic guide we had out on Dafuskie Island last year (see what I mean about connections between us all)!  Then we celebrated 4th of July over at Shelter Cove, had a yummy dinner at Alexanders (my fave) and rode our bikes over to the cove.  Alexa met up with a friend and we camped out and watched the fireworks and ate ice cream (way too much ice cream for me, I need to detox).  We hadn’t finished our ice cream when James announced he wanted Mexican…uh what?  Yep he ate a HUGE chimichanga burrito thing and a margarita after all that---I was GAGGING!!  I’m not sure how he ate it all and then biked back home but then he ATE A FRIGGIN’ donut too---I think he was trying to make me barf to tell you the truth.  So the Dean Family is on Vacation-Food Detox currently, only healthy stuff and yes Cherry Coke too for the next few weeks!

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-SCACD has a sale on all Kraftin Kimmie stamps-15% off HERE & 20% off ALL Sew Easy Tools & Sew Easy Floss HERE!

-Make sure to stop by the CMC Challenge and join in the fun---our fabulous sponsor is Tiffany Doodles Digi Store!

-I’ll be at CHA next Tuesday thru Thursday in Chicago---if you are coming make sure to stop by and see me ok!! I’ll be at the Scor-Pal & Mini Magnolia booth all 3 days from 10-3!!
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Flower Baby!!


Today I’m sharing a fun project using a brand NEW From the Vault stamp by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD—Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design!  This cutie is called “Hydrangea Hugs”---hydrangeas are my fave flower after tulips.  Mine in my front flower beds are huge right now so I’m going to clip some and dry them—love them dried and displayed in vases!

I’m entering this project into the following fab challenges:


My papers are from a K&Co pack that I have—I just love the combo of spring green, aqua and lilac together, so pretty!  The mats behind the image were done with SB’s Labels 1 die and the green mat was embossed with a CB folder (cherry blossoms).  The large flower wreath on the left is by Prima—I got mine in FL at my pal Paula Beeten’s store in Port St. Lucie and I finally had a great project to use it on!  Bow Easy was used for the double bow and topped with a Prima flower & Prima Jewel.


This sweetie was colored with Copics V99,V95,V93 / B04,B02,B000 /E11,E00,R20 / E37,E35,E31,E50.  Then I added stardust Stickles to her flower hat and the bow.  Diamond Glaze was used on the pot for extra shine!

That’s it for me today—hope you enjoyed this cutie!  See you back here on Friday with a Copic Creations Challenge!


  1. So beautiful card Suzanne,I love the image and the colours.
    So gorgeous papers.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  2. Great stories, great photos and a great card to boot. I love following your blog. There is always something interesting happening at your house!

  3. Such a gorgeous card...I love hydrangeas, they remind me of my husband's grandmother who could grow nearly anything in cement if she tried. Thanks for bringing back her lovely memory with your beautiful card!!

  4. What a cutie!
    Very beautiful flowers!

  5. Perfectly inspiring (as always)!!

  6. Great photos and your card is very pretty too!

  7. Suzanne, I have to tell you, I love your cards...but I really come to your blog for the stories!!! I've never heard someone with as many zany stories as you have!! I love it. I always laugh out loud when I read your blog. Then my husband thinks I'm the one that's crazy!!

  8. Your card is cute and love the colors. I can't believe some the trials you get into. Funny to us that read about them, but probably not to you. Glad I'm older and retired and kids are grown up. A solution to your BADGER PROBLEM. Shoot it and dig a hole and put it in. If you don't have a gun ask a friend that has one to do it for you.

  9. Your card is cute and love the colors. Buttt, one solution to your badger problem, shoot it or have someone you know with a gun come over and shoot it, then burry it.

  10. Gorgeous pictures, and sounds like a perfect vacation.
    I just love reading of your adventures. Even everyday normal ones are hilarious.
    Your card is beautiful and love the coloring.
    thanks for sharing with us.

  11. Just gorgeous! I want to color just likenyou when I grow up! LOL. Hugs,

  12. Yikes that is scary about the badger.

    Gorgeous card

  13. WOW what a fab card - Thanks for joining us over at Creative Craft Challenges, hugs Aly xxx

    I am now a follower, your blog is wonderful,what an inspiration. I will be back.
    Please visit me at my blog:

  14. Suzanne, I'm sorry, but I was laughing while reading your story - as usual!!! I could just picture the whole thing, so funny. Of course, we don't see those things out here in our neighborhoods....although we do have other critters.... Hope James is able to get rid of him by the time you get home.

    Loved your adorable Hydrangea Hugs card, she was so cute and the colors are just beautiful!!

  15. Hi Suzanne. Sounds like you all had a great time on vacation. I was laughing sooo hard reading your adventures. Love this card. It is soooo sweet. Hugs, LIsa G

  16. What an adorable card! I love the DP you used with this sweet image, and the coloring is fabulous! I love all those pretty flowers too! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps R Us this week, and good luck getting rid of that nasty badger!

  17. hi hun i almost loved looking at your hol piccies as much as your gorgeous card,thanks for playing along with our pretty blossoms challenge at creative craft challenges, good luck
    hugs sandra DT

    ive also become a follower x

  18. Great card thanks for joining our Pretty Blossoms challenge at Creative Craft Challenge hope to see you again next time.
    Jenny x

  19. Loved the pictures, Alexis looks just like you! Gorgeous family! You really looked like you all had such fun! Enjoy these days, they don't last near as long as you would like then to! Kids grow up way too fast!
    the PaperTemptress

  20. Sorry I got Alexa's name wrong :( I will never do that again LOL! My Grandson and I are going to watch your new 2011 you tube videos so I wanted to show him who was making the videos. Great new picture of you and Alexa!!
    the PaperTemptress

  21. Another sweet card - Thanks for sharing it with us at Stamps R Us, Suzanne :)


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

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