Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Forest Gatherings!

Happy Wednesday to you all!  Hope you all are having a fabulous week!  Guess WHAT??  My daughter finally settled on a dress for homecoming—OMGoodness what a horrendous experience it has been LOL.  She had wanted this dress that was quite “inappropriate” (that’s a kind way to say it) and I was adamant that it would NOT be happening.  SO many tears and much screaming & slamming on her part we came to a conclusion.  I would order a few more dresses and if she didn’t pick one then she wouldn’t be going—I offer quick and easy ultimatums in my house (hey that’s how I am, lol).  While I was spending quite a bit of time in airports between Kansas, Chicago & Tampa I perused the internet and ordered her 5 more dresses that were in her “style” but appropriate for a 10th grader NOT a street walker KWIM!  I had a guy at the airport (cuz I always do) lean over and look at what I was doing on my laptop—gosh peeps are nosy huh—and ask me if I was buying a Homecoming dress for myself.  UMMM NO CREEPER LOL!!  So while I was in Ohio the dresses came and Alexa actually liked them all (pat on the back for good ‘ole mom here) but narrowed it down to 2 of them and then a final selection.  Its classy, pretty and age appropriate so Momma is a a happy girl and so is Alexa.  Now the battle for the shoes and jewelry will commence this weekend, so please send prayers my way---this could get ugly LOL.  NO really I hope this part will be easy but we always get into the conversation of pretty vs practical and I really cannot say much because I will sometimes suffer for a pair of great looking shoes Winking smile So we will seeeee….!  For those of you SUFFERING thru the same thing, I understand, you can vent to me and we can cyberly share a glass of wine and WHINE a bit ok!!  Next weekend is homecoming and my mom is coming up—so far the after party location has NOT been decided upon. But I have a feeling it will be here again like last year, lord help me and pray the weather is good so they can stay in the backyard, hee hee!


-The October CMC Newsletter went out yesterday—if you didn’t receive it you can always find it at the CMC Site in the CMC News Tab HERE!  Lots of goodies & events to read about!

-The Outlawz Challenge Group is celebrating its 1000+ members with a HUGE party and $800 worth of prizes.  So go help my pal Colleen and her girls celebrate!


Forest Fairy!!

Today I’m sharing a project with you that just might be one of my faves this year.  Did I tell you I have a slight “obsession” with forest fairies LOL?  Ever since I was little I believed they lived in the woods and would make fairy houses for them—so when I saw this image I knew I had to have it!  Della, my good friend & owner of I Brake For Stamps asked me to be a guest artist for their new line of stamps they are carrying and I can never tell a friend NO LOL!   This stamp is NOW available at I Brake For Stamps along with some other cute ones by the artist Sylvia Zet so you MUST go check them out.  This one is called “Silver Fairy” but I reinterpreted her as a forest fairy—isn’t she a beauty?  I cannot even tell you how much fun I had coloring her with my Copics—I might do her again but in different colors Smile  And I video-taped how I colored her too---yes I darn well did, can you believe it LOL—I haven’t done a video in ages!  I don’t mind shooting them but I HATE editing them LOL!  It will up this weekend for y’all!

I'm entering this into the following challenges as well:

Crafty Cardmakers (anything goes)
Paper Sundaes (lots of layers)

**Also check out the I Brake For Challenges Blog--the new challenge is "Girl Power"**


So I decided to keep my colors fairly monochromatic—just creams and dk greens, very forestry eh? The papers are all by PTI and they are what really gave me my inspiration—I always pick my papers first before I start coloring!  The swirls are dies by Cherry Lynn Designs and the flowers are a mix of Primas and WOC Flowers—and guess what?  I Brake For Stamps carries the Wild Orchid flowers here in the US so you can get them faster, LOL—I love FAST!!  I added a few pearls to finish it off.  The image was dramatic enough that I didn’t want to overwhelm it KWIM.


She’s colored with Copics of course and I used YG97,YG95,YG93,YG91 / E43,E42,E40 / E25,E31,E50 / E11,E00.  Then I added stickles to some parts of her wings and flowers and arm/leg cuffs for sparkle.  I drew in a bit of grass with my Copics as well and then used my Inkssentials Blending tool to soften the edges of my image with SU ink.


Ok so I’m off to visit with my pal Marti for a bit (yep she still loves me even after the Ohio trip LOL) and then work on some projects and edit video (e-yuck)!  See you on Friday!!  Make sure to check out the stamps at I Brake For Stamps too!!


  1. OMG Suzanne, green is beautiful. Its so gorgeous this card.
    Hugs Astrid

  2. Oh my God! What an absolute stunning card!! I LOVE it!!!!!

  3. OH MY GOSH!!! She is fabulous beyond belief!!! The colors are sooo gorgeous!!! LOVE it!!!! Can't wait to see your video...
    Have fun shopping for all the fun stuff for homecoming!! I hope the weather is beautiful and the kids end up at your house... it's always nice to know where they are!!!! ;o)

  4. LOVE this monochromatic look!! I LOVE fairies too!! Going to check them out now! Uhhh thanks, I think. :-)

  5. ohhh Suzanne,
    this card is amazing.
    The green colours are so gorgeous.

  6. Yeah for you!! Hard to stick to your guns when a teenage daughter is picking out dresses. It has been many years since I went through this with my daughter, but I did the same thing you did. I was not going to let her step out of the house in what they were "showing" at the moment. At one point I made her her semi-formal dress because there was Nothing that was appropriate in the store. We also used to do the "Bend Over" test for tops. If she bent over, and it was too revealing, it was changed before she went out.
    When she was going for job interviews years later, she called up and said that she did the "Bend Over" test before she dressed for the interview. We still laugh about it. Stay strong. It pays off in the long run.

  7. Wow what a fabulous card. And such a gorgeous image, beautifully coloured. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers. xx

  8. Beautiful Suzanne!!!!! Is it just me or does this remind you of our birthstone! Love it!!!

    Hugs, Mindy

  9. wow, this card is gorgeous. The coloring is brilliant. And the immage ..... soooooo cute.
    thanks for joining us at crafty cardmakers this week

  10. Ohhh... I love this card so much!! Just gorgeous.

  11. Oh, Suzanne, what a beautiful work of art!!! I love everything about it and I'm not really a "Green lover." Fabulous!! Way to go with the dress, Mom!!

    Please join us for Link Up for Pink....we have over 153 prizes to giveaway. :)

  13. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That sums it up, lol!!

  14. Oh Suzanne, this is jaw-dropping gorgeous! Lovelovelove!!!

  15. Gorgeous card I always love your coloring and embellies.
    hugs from Texas

  16. This is gorgeous, Suzanne! Your colouring is amazing, and I love the design! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Paper Sundaes!

  17. As a mom of teenage boys, I wish there were more girl moms out there like you. My boys used to come home upset because of how the girls dressed and acted. My youngest actually told a girl to go change before he would take her out. Man was I proud of him!

  18. Beautiful Card!! I love it. I may have to purchase this stamp for myself. I love the colors scheme you used too. Awesome as usual, can't wait to watch the video to get all your tricks and tips.


  19. Suzanne this card is absolutely amazing! I love all your work but this card just screams TALENT
    and you have got it big time. I LOVE this image & have had it for quite awhile myself & never used it. Now I'm going to grab my Copics & anxiously wait for your video this weekend & try & grab some pointers from you. I have also purchased one of those Inkssential blending brushes so am anxious to see how you use that cool little tool. I NEED inspiration & am hoping this will get my MOJO started. If this doesn't nothing will.
    Hugs, Janie

  20. Wow, your card is so beautiful. I like the monochromatic colors and the wonderful coloring. Thanks, for joining us in the There's Magic in the Air challenge.

  21. Forestry indeed! Gorgeous coloring and just beautiful!!! Every detail AWESOME Suzanne!!!

  22. So wonderful card,I love the image and the colours.
    So gorgeous papers.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  23. Suzanne, I'm speechless......your card is absolutely stunning!!! So gorgeous in those soft colors, I love it!!! Can't wait for the video, and you're right, it would be wonderful to see it in other colors..... You did an amazing job, but then, don't you always????

    And, kudos to you, Mom for sticking to your guns as to what's appropriate for your daughter to wear. I remember doing that sort of thing with my daughter; however, times were different, and she was pretty conservative in her tastes then, so I had it a little easier.

  24. This one might be one of my favs this year as well! :)

  25. there doing that...I'm mentally toasting daughter is a freshman...

    I can certainly see why this would be on the top 5 list. It is spectacular...the coloring, the craftmanship, the patterned papers..all look fantastic.

  26. Gosh! How I would absolutely LOVE having a daughter to shop with, buy dresses for and get ready for a prom. You really are so blessed to have two happy healthy wonderful teens and I know they can ALL be trouble at times...but you really are truly very lucky.

    I love my boys to pieces, but will forever miss my infant daughter and will always wonder what it would like to have had her in my life!

    Enjoy your wonderful gift and cherish each memory! You are very fortunate!!


  27. Awesome card, Suzanne. I love the colors and Silver Fairy is gorgeous. Such a sweet card; love looking at it.

    Glad to hear Alexa is happy with a new HC dress...I remember those trying teen days as a mom and glad they are over...LOL


  28. Suzanne,
    This card is absolutely gorgeous! inspire me!
    Angie in Utah

  29. Just gorgeous Suzanne.... Love the green and the folds!!!! :D

  30. Always a FUN read Suzanne... good luck girl, thanks goodness those days are over for me! hehe A stunning card... just too gorgeous for words, thanks for joining us at Anything Goes this fortnight, hugs Sharon

  31. WOW, WOW, WOW!!! She is absolutely stunning, your colouring is just absolutely incredible!!

    Loved reading about your dress story, I guess I will have all of that to come, at least I know who to have that cyber wine/whine with now lol

  32. OMG!! This is stunning. This is my fav stamp of all time, ive just ordered her in rubber cant wait to get it!!
    Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes for our lots of layers challenge
    Hugs Kat xx

  33. Ok, Not sure anymore which one is my favorite!! This surely is the very tippy top of the list! Gorgeous coloring and beautifully designed! Can't wait to watch the video! Hugz!

  34. Yay great news on the dress!! And what a fantastic card!

  35. This is absolutely, positively GORGEOUS, Suzanne!!!
    Thanks again for the videos...and by the way, your voice sounds great on YouTube...I wish you wouldn't be self-conscious about it, especially since we all love and appreciate your help so much!
    (HUGS) to you!!!

  36. Stunning card! Absolute perfection! Thanks for joining us at TMITA!

  37. I saw this lovely card on Splitcoast and then lost it. I haven't been there in a while and forgot that I could favorite it. It took nearly three hours of going through all the galleries, and then my history, to finally find it. Did I tell you I love it. You have forced me to admit that green can be wonderful. Not my favorite colour....up until now. Thanks so much for showing the most beautiful card I've ever seen. Of course I haven't been to your gallery yet. Love your blog too.

  38. i had to come back for another look. WOW- this is absolutely gorgeous.

  39. Oh!my word!! this is just stunning, love the way you have coloured her, it really is magical!!:) Love your style of cards, have become a follower so I can come back and see what other beautiful creations you have for us:)

  40. Suzanne -
    I absolutely love this card. I bought this stamp last week and have colored it up already. I love the way you put the papers and embellishments on your card - something I need to work on.

    Good luck with HC!


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

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