Friday, October 7, 2011

Nostalgic Much?!!

Hellooooo and a very happy Friday to you all---can I hear a Yeahhhhh for the weekend anyone?  YEAHHHHHH! I’m so excited to have alll my work done so I can enjoy my first full weekend at home in a long time LOL.  The weather is supposed to be sunny, in the 70’s and we are headed to the Pumpkin Patch tomorrow—yeehaw. Gonna do a lil’ pumpkin pickin’, hay ridin’ and apple cider drinkin’ y’all under the shadows of the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains.  We go every year no matter where we have lived and I’m sure hubby and I will go once the kids are in college and then maybe one day with grandkids (shhhh I don’t want grandbabies for a LOOOONGGG time lol).  And I have been on a roll the past few days—the sun and getting some long needed rest has energized me even more (yes hubby is very skeeered).  I groomed my dogs, made and ordered all my Xmas cards and photo books, bought frames and ordered my Maui & beach pics for a wall collage, made homemade dinners, baked, and cleaned my closet out (again).  whoo hooo! I like it! Sunday we are going to prune all our bushes outside and put in new door hardware (do you hear my hubby groaning) but gotta get it all done early cuz Sunday afternoons/nights are reserved for FOOTBALL baby hee hee. Redskins & Ravens have off this week but we watch any game lol so its all good.  Last night hubby and I sat outside on the patio with a fire roaring—that’s one thing I love about fall is fires and punkin’ patches Winking smile See pic below!  Anywho I hope you have a super fantastic weekend and I will have my video up on YouTube by Sunday for y’all ‘kay!


our outside patio fireplace


-I’m coming to San Jose, CA and Waco, TX this fall so sign up if you wanna come to a Copic class with me.  Always fun and I would love to meet you in person—I promise to not wipe you out or fall on you ‘kay? LOL!



Are you a nostalgic kinda person?  I know I am—I can smell something and it takes me right down memory lane or if I see a picture then I’m right back there again.  I am obsessed with red barns (yes I have lots of obsessions including forest fairies, skin care, Tim McGraw & Luke Bryan and Cherry Coke to name a few).  My dream house one day will be a low-country farmhouse near the water in SC perhaps with a red barn and stream (yeah I never ask for too much hee hee).  I love red barns, they remind me of my grandparents farm they owned in New York—I loved spending summers there in the country. Bare feet, mudpies, swimming in the streams, smells of the grape vineyards and laundry in the breeze—not too mention ice cream and goodies made by my grandma.  So I wanted to recreate that feeling a bit with this card—equal parts rustic and romantic and nostalgic. 

This is my project for my new “Free For All Friday” Challenge over at StampTV today---hope you will get a chance to join in!  Its all about KRAFT and RED—use kraft cs and the color red in your projects.  I’ve got some inspiration photos as well you can use too if you’d like!

I'm also entering this into these fun challenges:

365 Cards Challenge (rustic-thurs)
Paper Play Challenges (autumnal colors)


I used two different stamps sets from Gina K on my project. The main image is from “Farm Life” and it has some beautiful images in it, all gorgeous and this is the last one that I hadn’t used.  And of course my barn HAD TO BE RED, duh! LOL!  All my patterned papers are from my scrap pile but the cardstock is Gina’s Pure Luxury Kraft, nice weight to it too.  The vine-like die cut out is new from Memory Box—its actually a wreath but I cut it into sections to wrap the corners of my image with.  The sentiment is from Gina K’s “Dreams” set and I love it---cuz you all know I’m married to James Dean right?  Yep that’s my hubby’s name and his dad was Jimmy Dean, LOL!  ( a movie star & the sausage king)  I distressed the papers with my Zutter Distress It tool and then added a bow with my Bow Easy topped with some Prima flowers and some pearls.


For the barn I wanted a rusty red color---Copic has a range of rustier reds from E07 to E19 but they weren’t exactly what I wanted.  So I colored the barn in R29,R24,R22 & R20 and then went over the R29 with E35 to brown it down a bit.  I also took E31 over the lighter reds too and then topped it with the reds again—kinda like a sandwich.  That’s the beauty of Copics—you can layer colors to create new colors to your liking Smile  I used a mix of colors on the fall trees—E08,YR24,YR20,YG03,E31,YR12 and then added stickles to make them sparkle.  The roof of the barn was done with my W grays and the silo in C grays.

Alrighty I wish you all a fabulous weekend and if you get a chance join in on the challenge with me at StampTV HERE—anyone can play!


  1. Really pretty card love the colors and the sentiment...Suzanne your fire place is amazing have a great weekend my friend.

  2. I love the red barn card. I am obsessed with them too. I hope you and your family have fun tomorrow! We are in California and we are headed to Oak Glen to go apple picking tomorrow. We also go every year and come home with tons of apples to turn into apple pies and applesauce! Our kids love it and as the weather starts cooling off they always start asking when we are going apple picking. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Ooh I love your fireplace and love your card. And I'm feeling so disappointed I didn't get to meet you in DC

  4. Such a beautiful card, your coloring is just perfect. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


  5. What a wonderful card,I love the image and the colours.
    So gorgeous papers.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  6. Gorgeous card Suzanne and such a wonderful image, coloured perfectly as always. Thanks for sharing with us at MAWTT this week. Pami x

  7. Absolutely sstunning Suzanne - wish I live in the USA so I could come to one of your copic classes! Be sure to let me know if you come to hte uk!!

    Thanks for sharing it with us at MAWTT this week and good luck with the challenge
    Laurie x

  8. Lovely card. I love fall cards and I haven't made any yet. Love the flower.

  9. Love your fireplace! And I LOVE that barn, gorgeous card Suzanne!

  10. Gorgeous card, Suzanne. I love the reds you used to color the barn and fabulously colored it is. Reminds me of my homestead where I grew up as a kid.

    Cathy Lee

  11. Oooh, I love that barn! Great scene! Your coloring is gorgeous!
    Thanks for playing along with The Pixie Cottage's Fall Fun theme!

  12. Hi Suzanne,
    I love your always, pure perfection!
    I just finished watching your newest videos on YouTube ~ Absolutely FABULOUS!!! Thanks so much for all the tips you provide in your videos, I really appreciate your encouragement!
    I hope you're having a fun weekend sure deserve it!!!

  13. Stunning card, I love every single aspect of it, just superb! Thanks so much for playing along with Paperplay this week!!

  14. Am i glad i'm not the only one that get this excited to see the weekend come ;) I love your card - the coloring is marvelous and your embellishments just right! love 'em. Thanks for playing along with us at DYSU.

  15. Absolutely beautiful- Thanks for sharing! Glad to have you playing along with 365 Cards :-)

  16. My God!! This is a great card!! Thanks a lot for the inspiration. Thanks for playing along with us at DYSU. Hugs, Joan

  17. Wow, this is really stunning! Thanks for joining our Fall Fun challenge at The Pixie Cottage! Hugs, Karen


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

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