Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Happy Holiday Heart!!

Hi friends and a happy Tuesday to you all!  Did you all have a great Halloween yesterday?  I have to say as much as I enjoyed Halloween when the kids were young—dressing them up, putting makeup on them, and decorating the outside of the house—I also enjoyed being “less” involved now LOL.  Now that the kids are teens they go trick-or-treating with their friends in our neighborhood and dress themselves hee hee.  And this year I was too tired and too busy to haul out the Halloween stuff and get the outside done up---especially since we had that awful snow and its been freezing here (I don’t go outside when its below 50 degrees lol).  So we turned the yard lights off, made sure the kids were good to go with their friends and hubby and I went out for date night Winking smile  Awesome I say!  We have so enjoyed the kids when they were young but I HAVE to admit them being teens and us being able to do things alone (on occasion) is super nice too (and quiet hee hee).  Well my family would tell you that its mostly “ME” that’s loud but its only semi-true cuz my kids are LOUD too!!  No James isn’t really so much, he just kinda absorbs it all and puts up with us!

Anywho, if you missed yesterday’s post you can scroll down to see the pics from San Francisco and the Luke Bryan concert along with some of my stories LOL!  I’ll leave you with a couple pics of my children ready to go trick-or-treating last night!

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Yep those are my kids LOL!  Alexa and her BFF Maddy were dressed up as football-something or ‘nother with a princess crown & Minnie Mouse ears LMBO!  The boys on the other hand were a mix of scary and hoodlums LOL—Riley was a IRA terrorist (don’t ask cuz he LOVES Ireland but likes to study about battles/war).  There was a group of about 12 boys and 4 girls in his group terrorizing the neighborhood—actually they are all good kids so I wasn’t worried.  Alexa and her friends did some candy grabbing and then watched scary movies at a friend’s house and had pizza.  Then they came home and we watched “Hocus Pocus” which is a tradition & my fave Halloween movie EVER (I don’t do horror or scary stuff).


Holidays with Heart!!


Today is November 1st (wow already) and that means the Magnolia-licious DT girls have a new fun challenge for you all to join in on!  Angie Hunt is the hostess with the mostess this month and she’s challenged us to create projects using 2 holiday inspiration photos.  You can see them and challenge details at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog along with the other DT’s fabulous work!
I’m entering this into the following fun challenges:

Make It Monday (anything goes)
My Grafico Challenge (out of the box)
Paper Playtime (anything goes)
Come & Get It Challenge (anything goes)


I chose to create a holiday box that you could put sweet treats in or a present and then display during the holidays.  I haven’t made one of these in awhile but they are fun & easy to put together.  The base and top of the box were done with the large Spellbinders “Nestabilities 8” cut out of kraft cardstock then inked with white inkpad.  For the box part I just make a simple box form in the dimensions of the die I use (in this case the box is 1.5” thick so I could put some good treats inside)—then added a hinge from the box to the lid all scored with my Scor-Pal & using that awesomely strong Scor-Tape!  For that cutie pie image I used “Something for You Tilda” (my personal fave from this Sweet Christmas Dreams Collection at Magnolia-licious).


My dp is actually older from my collection but I love the grayish blues and creams in it so I always pull out some each year!  To decorate the top I used my MS snowflake punches, MS snow glitter, and Prima roses.  The swirls are done with Heartfelt Designs “Bella Rose” die.  The sentiment is from PTI and cut out with another Spellbinders die then I pierced it with my paper piercer for more texture.  Cutie Tilda was colored with Copics—B99,B95,B91 / E11,E00,R20 / E35,YR23,YR20 / C3,C1.  I used Silver Stickles on the fur trim, roses and present bow.


On the inside I decorated the top similarly but with a different sentiment from PTI that reads “Love & Laughter, welcome here at Christmas and all year.”  Loved that and perfect for the holidays.  I just laid some simple tulle inside all ready to cuddle up a gift or two for someone special.


That’s all for me today, hope you all have a brilliant day and are inspired to be creative.  Make sure and check out the NEW Christmas Magnolias at Magnolia-licious AND stop by the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog to join in on the fun with us!!


  1. This is so beautiful! As always, the coloring is perfect. Love this beautiful box. Thinking of you this morning and praying for a swift recovery. Please take care.

  2. I love it!!! So cute and such beautiful colours!

  3. This is darling. Love all the blue on this box.

  4. absolutely gorgeous!! love it!

  5. Oh my goodness Suzanne this is so beautiful and I love the way you have coloured tilda thebox is amazing xxx

  6. Stunning box Suzanne...beautiful colour and Tilda looks just gorgeous, and so do the flowers, all sparkly and so pretty.
    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.

  7. So beautiful Suzanne,I love the image and the colours.
    So gorgeous papersand the details.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  8. A beautiful Christmas box!

    Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week, and good luck.

  9. What a beauty, Tilda is so gorgeous, beautiful coloring and details.
    hugs Janny

  10. This creation is absolutely stunning. I love all. The new stamp is gorgeous and the swirla and rosees are so beautiful. I love the colours that you used for this project.
    Hugs Francy

  11. Absolutely Beautiful Suzanne! I love the DP and your pretty Tilda, I think this one is my favourite
    hugs Julie P

  12. Please, please, please do a tutorial on how to make these boxes! Gorgeous!

  13. Suzanne this is totally gorgeous! I could write a paragraph on everything I love about it!! Beautiful and as always super coloring!! Ummm I think I'm going to borrow this one!! Hugzzz

  14. This is a beautiful creation. Love the colouring and all the detail. I saw it on MIM and popped by for a closer look. Hugs, Vicki x

  15. This sweet box caught my eye on MIM and I just had to see it up close. Love the colors, the coloring, and of course who doesn't love Tilda!!! Those snowflakes are fabulous in the corners - so many wonderful, beautiful details.

  16. Love your beautiful Christmas box, Suzanne, it's so gorgeous! The blue color scheme is so lovely and a great change from the traditional colors. You colored Tilda so perfectly......

  17. O wow this is stunning, love the soft colours and flourishes and flowers.. so elegant. Thank you for joining us at OSAAT and good luck xx

  18. Wow what a stunning creation, I love it. Thanks for joining in with our christmas challenge over at OSAAT and good luck. Julie DT

  19. gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. it's perfect.

    thanks for joining us at OSAAT this week, hope to see you next time too.

    my little scrappingcorner
    DT One Stitch At A Time

  20. Totally gorgeous box. Love the precious coloring and design :o)


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

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