Monday, August 8, 2011


Hi friends and Happy Monday!!  I am in New York visiting with my 90 yr old Grandma and family for a few days before I head up to Canada to teach.  Nothing better than being at your grandma’s KWIM—homemade biscuits and pies, YUM.  Good thing I brought my running shoes with me so I can keep the lbs off while I’m here—Grandma is ALWAYS trying to feed me. She thinks I don’t eat enough but if I ate everything she tried to get me to eat I’d be 300 lbs LOL!  She’s always worrying if I’m hungry and wants to make me food, clucking at me that she’s gonna tell my mom on me (hee hee—not that I’m not like 37 yrs old or anything)!!  Of course RILEY loves it—he eats like 5 boys now at his age, can’t keep enough food in the house for him.  We had to run to the grocery store to stock up grandma’s pantry & fridge because he will tear thru a week’s worth of food quickly. But he loves it up here hanging out with my Uncle and my cousins—riding on four wheelers, fishing and fixing up stuff.  He will stay here when I head up to Canada on Friday and then I’ll be back Sunday night after classes.  Then we will head home down the lovely (oh so boring) Pennsylvania Turnpike on Monday.  Riley was a BIT perturbed that I SANG all the way here and kept telling me to shhhhh but he knows better LOL---I sing in the car all the time so I’m not sure what he was expecting.  He was busy playing video games on my Ipad anyhow.  BTW for those of you that are (ahem…addicted to games) you NEED to try out Burger Queen (regular version not Lite).  OMG Alexa showed it to me before I left and I’ve been playing at night LOL—it is so ADDICTING and I’m almost thru all the levels thankfully so I can stop playing it.  This is why I DO NOT get games on my phone LOL—I become obsessed.  Riley was laughing last night though---he said “Mom that’s the first time I’ve seen you do something for so long that didn’t involve work or reading!” Winking smile  So the next few days will be a nice break for me before I delve into the hectic, busy fall season with work, travel and school stuff.


-Interested in taking a Copics Class with me?  I will be in Delaware teaching for 1 day on Sept. 10th and registration is up at  Also soon to come will be registrations for Bloomington, Ill , San Jose, CA and Texas Smile Stay tuned!

-Magnolia-licious NOW HAS super fabulous mini-binders for those cute Mini-Magnolia stamps—a great way to store them all HERE!  Also check out the fabulous No-Shims mat—I will have a video up soon on the great things you can do with this.

-New challenge up on the CMC Challenge Group!  Our sponsor this time is the fabulous Gilli Stamps by my good friend Anary.  So stop on over there and join in on the fun!

-Also BookEndz Group is ongoing and we are still reading the current book for the month of August!  New book, challenge and prizes will start on Sept 1st when we chat up at a party about the book.  A cyber book club with a crafting twist Smile Everyone is welcome even if you only like to read and not craft!




Today I’m sharing a new card made with the newest (and fab) collection at Magnolia-licious calledWinner Takes It All”.  If you have someone that plays a sport then this collection is a must have—cute yoga Tilda, skateboaders, gymnasts, tennis, divers, swimmers and more! I adore each image and can’t wait to play with them more.  This card I made for my daughter—she made the JV Cheerleading Squad at her highschool and was a little bummed she didn’t make Varsity so I thought this would cheer her (and I stuck an Itunes card inside lol). Cheerleading is very gymnast oriented and competitive here so I think she will have a better chance at Varsity next year when she has more practice under her belt if she works hard, which I know she will.

I'm entering this card into the following fun challenges from Feline Playful:

Both Sides of the Paper (anything goes Magnolia)
Make It Monday (anything goes)
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge (anything goes/kids)
Crafty Catz Challenge (back 2 school)
Raise the Bar Challenge (anything goes)


This lil’ cutie is called “Cheerleader Tilda” and I did her in my daughter’s high school colors of course!  I kept it to blues and whites and really used a lot of the white paper so the blues would pop.  When I use a lot of whites I always like to have lots of texture so it really shows well—I embossed the 2 layers of white cs with different CB folders.  A few Marianne Design scrolls topped with pearls are behind the main image. (Patterned Paper is scrap)  The sentiment is from PTI and the rick-rack border was made with a PTI die as well.


She’s colored up with Copics B28,B24,B21 / C1,C00 / E11,E00,R20 / E37,E35,YR23,YR20.  I put a nice coat of Stardust Stickles on her shirt and bottom of her tenny-shoes(she’s gotta have bling)!  For her pom-poms I added Sparkly Fluff in blues with my Quickie Glue pen for more texture that’s touchable.


That’s all for me today—I’ll see you back here on Wednesday ok!  Have a good one!

PS--a quick memo--I enter a lot of challenges but NEVER remember to peek back to see if I've won, terrible of me.  But I did this week and see I won a few so I'm adding their logos below as a thank you to them all!  Great challenges!


  1. Can't believe I am the first to commemt...never happened What can I say but " Go Team Go", absolutely Fabulous Suzanne. Of course love the added bling and so pretty in blues. Love the added texture!
    hugs, Doana

  2. Suzanne, this is absolutely beautiful! I love the blues,very striking. I'm sure that your daughter will love it. I'd be happy to be your daughter for this one. LOL
    Hugs Julie P

  3. This is utterly adorable, love the embossing, layuot and that sweet cheerleader. Gorgeous creation. I hope you are having a wonderful visit with your Grandmother.
    Suzi x

  4. This is so adorable I could slap myself up side the head!!! Love the blue and white combo with the added embossing this is such a striking card. Beautifully colored with delightful details...I think your daughter will have a fabulous year with such a great start!

  5. Hi Suzanne!
    sounds like you are having a lovely time with Grandma.
    Your card is super sweet. I love how you colored the pom-poms and of course the rest. Nice layout too.
    Hugs Maz

  6. What a gorgeous card, Suzanne! Love it all, but especially the pompoms! Alexa will LOVE it! Have a great time with Grandma, and also teaching!

  7. Such a cute card! I just got this stamp, and I can't wait to color her up!
    What CB folders did you use? I LIKE them!!!

  8. Rah rah rah Suzanne~ What a cheerful card... LUV it.....Your card rocks out...
    Have a great day/evening!

  9. This is so pretty! I just love this tilda! Fabulous job! Thank you so much for playing along with us this week at the Catch the Bug Challenge Blog!

  10. Very cute. Nice for the cheerleaders and teenagers. Edna

  11. Cute card. Love all the sparkles.

  12. Beautiful card Suzanne! I love all the white and the texture!

  13. This is stunning!! I never realized how the embossing makes the bright color pop that much more. I love this gorgeous card. I am sure that your daughter is loving this card.

  14. Oh how CUTE!!!! my daughter is visiting from FL and she loves it too!!!!!


  15. Gorgeous colours and fabulous image...a really beautiful card.

    Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’

    Luv CHRISSYxx

    Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.

  16. That is one awesome-looking card! My fav color is blue so how can I resist this ^^ Saw it on Make It Monday and had to come and see the bigger version of it :)
    Hugs from Finland, Eemeli

  17. Hi I'm just popping in from MIM to say how amazing your card is!! I always love everything you do. Smiles. (And this is no exception.)
    Hope you have a lovely time visiting. Hugs. Karen.xx

  18. Hi, Love your cards as always.
    Sounds like you are having a great time at your Grandma's. What a wonderful experience for Riley.
    Where in NY does your Grandma live?
    Sounds like it is here in UPSTATE somewhere.
    Have safe travels.

  19. Wow! Suzanne this is stunning! The color and layout are gorgeous!

    Thanks for joining us in this weeks challenge at Catch The Bug!

    :) Becky

  20. This card is beautiful! Love the colors and all the special details! Thanks for joining us at Send a Smile 4 Kids and please come back soon!

  21. Fantastic! love your design & coloring! You are coming to CANADA!?!??! I LIVE HERE (THERE).....where r u going to be, I'll come visit you!?! lol

  22. I hope you and Riley have a wonderful trip, those are such special times with grandmas. Your card is adorable as always:)

  23. So gorgeous card,I love the image and the colours.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  24. wow this is stunning and thanks for sharing with Crafty catz this week

  25. What a darling card. Your layers are just adorable. Love your coloring!! Thanks so much for joining us over at the Send A Smile 4 kids challenge. Good luck and I hope you will join us again!
    Hugs, Sarah

  26. Wonderful card Suzanne, gorgeous layout! this white and blue combo is beautiful. I love this Tilda, she seems sooo happy!

  27. Saw your link on Make It on a Monday
    Really cute card love the image

  28. Love your card. I just got this little cutie in the mail myself. Saw you on MIM but I have seen you lots before. Love your work.

  29. OMGosh this is one adorable creation, I love the papers and the image is adorable,

    Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, for our challenge 94 Back to School

    I have some Calorie free Candy if you are interested.

    Good Luck with the challenge,
    Hugs Bridget Crafty Catz DT :0) x

  30. I absolutely love it! The textures, colours, swirls, everything. Nice job with the glittered top and her hair is, of course, perfect. May have to steal this idea too!

  31. oh WOW gorgeous card, super Tilda too not seen this one before,thanks for joining us at CRAFTY CATZ for our back to school challenge, x carol

  32. Sweet card. Love the colors and texture!

  33. What a gorgeous card, perfect colouring and LO. Thanks for playing with us at SAS4Kids. Good luck, blessings Hilde

  34. What an adorable card Suzanne!

  35. Glad you had fun with your g'ma.....what a nice way to spend the time. :) I am sure she enjoyed every minute of feeding you up. :)

  36. Wonderful job, thanks for joining us at SAS4Kids

  37. Gorgeous card, and wonderful colour chosen.

    Thanks for sharing your creation with Make It Monday.
    Don't forget......... if you leave a comment on another entry, mention that you saw their card on "Make It Monday" for a chance at second prize. The more entries you comment on the more chance you have of winning second prize.

  38. What a perfect pick of coloring Suzanne and this card looks so perfect!!!


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

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