Monday, January 16, 2012

Love Letters From the Heart!!

Well hello everyone—wow what a crazy few days its been…seems like I was just getting ready for my trip and boom now I’m back home recovering still.  And oh heck yeah do I have stories for you LOL…I’d have to be comatose while traveling to NOT have any right?  Well I’ll let you in on a secret…I left Wednesday morning at the crack of dawn for Las Vegas to attend the Consumer Electronics Show…can’t say why yet but it has nothing to do with my craft world stuff’s LOL.  I’ve always got some surprises up my sleeve ‘eh!?  Let’s just say I’m a bit…well a whole lot…of a tech-gadget-computer geek and always have been so going to this show was a dream come true for me.  But let’s start with the trying to actually GET to Vegas…I purposely picked a flight that was flying thru Charlotte because I figured I’d have less issues with weather incidents…right…right?  Yeah..ummmm NOOOOO!  Not only that but instead of flying out of the airport that is 15 mins from my house I had to drive 1.5 hours to Baltimore to catcht the flight and we get on the runway and they say they have delayed our take-off….what…yeah ummm Suzanne only had a 40 min window between connecting flights so this was NOT looking so good.  Panic bells went off in my head…beeepbeeepbeeeeppp…then they wouldn’t tell us why or when we would be leaving.  CUZ APPARENTLY CHARLOTTE WAS HAVING THUNDERSTORMS & FOG…yeah weather incidents…OMG I was ready to shoot myself.  So by this time I knew that I was going to miss my connecting flight so I had hubby book me another flight once I got to Charlotte just in case…if you remember my disastrous United incident in Chicago this past summer…well you know why I was planning ahead.  45 minutes later we were cleared to go…they said we had a 4 min window to take off…but CERTAIN DUMB-A PEOPLE WOULDN’T TURN OFF THEIR ELECTRONICS!!  Well Suzanne was ready to lead the REVOLT to storm the back of the plane to tell them peeps to shut-em down..I mean really…REALLY?  We actually got to Charlotte only a few minutes late & we were hoping the connecting flights were delayed…yeah nope…I missed my flight by 2 mins.. 2 FLIPPING MINUTES OMG!!!!!  But I have to say I was impressed with US Airways…they had booked us all on the next flight when they knew we would miss it and I had a seat on a plane to Phoenix then Vegas 45 mins later…that is good customer service I must say (United…hey hey…take some notes here ok)!

Now here is where we move into the story part #1…on the flight to Phoenix I am stuck in the middle seat (can’t complain cuz I woulda sat on the floor just to get there) but you know I don’t DO middle seats..I’m a window seat kinda gal.  My seatmates were very polite & quiet BUT THE GUY BEHIND ME O.M.G!!  He was dumb…I kid you not..like dumb like dirt…obnoxious…loud…and drunk!  The plane takes off and the captain says “arrival time in Phoenix is 3 hours & 26 mins”…the guy FREAKS OUT…starts screaming “HEY they didn’t tell me we were goin’ to Phoenix…my ticket says I’m goin’ to Vegas…WTH?”!!  Yeah..ummm your final destination is always printed on the ticket cuz we weren’t changing planes in Phoenix KWIM…so he starts arguing with the stewardess and cussing and being just FOUL about it.  Then he says well how long will it take me to drive from Phoenix to Vegas cuz I’m not getting on another plane….ummm like 5 hours dork…LOL.  So he freaks out again…then he says well is Phoenix or Vegas a bigger city in Arizona? LMBO…yeah Vegas is in Nevada buddy not Arizona…at this point I was ready to turn around and light it up with him…people were laughing and just horrified by him.  They finally serve him another DRINK and he shuts up for a bit….meanwhile I’m talking on FB with about 5 friends (yes in-air wi-fi) and have my headphones in and one of my friends said something & I bust out laughing…very LOUDLY…and couldn’t stop (let’s just say there coulda been TEARS running down my legs heehee)!  I’m sure everyone on the plane thought I was a loon but that’s ok cuz it was funny and then I realized I was also singing along to my iTunes music too….oooopsies LOL.  We got to Phoenix and let’s just say we had flight crew change & I got the guy ejected from the plane so he was GONE—good riddance—TSA came & took him (I’ll tell you how I saw him later on in my Vegas visit too…ewww ucky).  So that’s just the one travel story…I’ll share more with you this week cuz I have LOTS more, oh yeah there is MORE!

But my fave story that I have to share before I shut up is the CES show (Consumer Electronics Show)—I had a freaking blast running around there and playing with all the new gadgets (will tell you some of my fave finds later this week) and the show is 90% men…10% women…hahahaha…so if you are single that is the place to go to find a man…LMBO!!  What I love is walking up to a tech guy and they are looking at me like I'm a dumb woman and then I open my mouth...yep I do...and I can go head to head with them all the way in geek speak...yeah I love that...leaves 'em a bit shocked which makes me giggle!!   And at the show they have a ton of celebrities…a ton of them…but none of them interested me that much although my daughter said I MUST come home with Justin Bieber’s autograph….yeah no I didn’t LOL!   BUT I was at the Monster Cable booth looking at new hi-def headphones for my music listening enjoyment when I noticed a poster saying Javier Colon (winner of The Voice) would be there…ummm I’ve been obsessed with his voice since we were in Maui (yeah I made the family watch the Voice in Maui..so what’s it to ya LOL).  I just think he’s such a nice & humble guy…and the dude’s voice is so pure and fabulous…I’ve had all his old music, got his new album & his holiday music and I follow him on Twitter…yeah I wuv him!!  He was due there at 3 pm…it was 1:30 pm and I was talking to some of the Monster executives…yes I made lots of contacts at the show…new friends too…heehee and said hey I’ll be back to see Javier save me a spot in line.  Well they saved me SPOT #1—oh yeah baby I was FIRST IN LINE TO SEE HIM.  I was one of the only women in line with about 100 men who most didn’t know who he was but were getting autographs for their wives or something…you know…not TRUE FANS like myself..LOL!  I was so giddy…when I get giddy I laugh and dance in place…yeah I do…like a weirdo but I can’t help myself....nor do I care much what people think LOL..I'm too old & been thru too much for all that jazz.  The Monster Execs thought it was hilarious and they were like “you’re a real fan huh?”…ummm DUHHHHH ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!?  They are playing his music and I’m SINGING & DANCING and glaring at all the NON-FANS LOL Winking smile--when he comes out…yeah I couldn’t help myself…I squealed…LOL!  I literally danced up on the stage…I was squealin’ & jumpin’ and he spent almost 20 mins just chatting with me (the execs informed him that I was a VIP fan hahahaha & I could take all the time I wanted…yesirreeeee).  He was so NICE, we chatted about his music, the show, Blake Shelton…umm yeah, his family and then I asked him to sing (yes I did…I don’t care lol) and he did…I was his backup singer and dancer..whootwhooot!  Then he said “can I give you a big hug?”…WELL YES YOU CAN JAVIER…meanwhile the Monster execs were dying on the side of the stage laughing.  But I got his autograph, lots of pics (see below) and he said hey tweet me a picture & I’ll tweet you back…he says I read all my tweets…and guess WHAT?  HE DID TWEET ME BACK…ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I was SQUEALING….and then Alexa tweeted him & he tweeted her back too…isn’t that so sweet?  I just love him even more…what great character, kindness, and sweetness to go with his fab voice…it really was an honor to meet him and I will always cherish that and I hope he goes farrrrrr!  So if you have no idea who I’m talking about…then go listen to him sing HERE ok..show him some LOVE!  Whooot I’m still on Cloud 9!!

PS—I’ll tell you about what celebrity I literally RAN into on the floor later in the week…yeah I ran into him alright…knocked myself out…hahahha..I have that kinda luck huh!?

Ok here are many pics that one of the guys in line took during my “moments” with Javier LOL…I will treasure them always!!  Click HERE to come to my blog if you get this by email ok to see the pics!


My all time fave Javier song below:


*****Winner of the Aussie “Koala Hug Tilda” stamp & paper pad is………………..Cheri of “Cheri’s Shack”congrats Cheri, email me for details ok! ******

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Love Letters-“A Maggie Blog Hop”

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Today the Magnolia-licious DT has a super fun, SWEET CRAZY LOVE Blog Hop for you today….lots of beautiful Valentine inspired projects using the new collection “Sweet Crazy Love” from Magnolia-licious!  You can find all the hop details and how to play along at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog !

I decided to create a Twisted Easel Card that I tweaked a bit to try something a bit different.  The whole card measures 5.5” x 5.5” and lays flat for mailing.  I used this sweet cutie called “Tilda Lovelaced Shoes”—isn’t she adorable & I love that love is written on the bottom of her shoes, cute huh!  My papers are new from Glitz Paper “Pretty In Pink—I love the vintage, romantic patterns and I distressed them all a bit more with my Zutter Distress Machine.  I used my heart & scalloped heart SB nesties, some tulle, tickets, hatpins and swirls from Memory Box (did you know Magnolia-licious carries dies by Memory Box, Magnolia & Marianne Designs now)!! 

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Gingerloft Challenge (anything goes)
Let's Ink It Up (anything goes)
CES Challenges (vintage dahling)

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I love the way this pops up in a modern-fun way…but yet the style is all vintage..I love to mesh styles like that to keep it fresh. I wanted to make sure that the card looked good from each side no matter what & also the inside too.  It props-sits up by tucking up next to the sentiment from PTI that I added a few more hearts, pearls & stickles to. 

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Tilda was colored with Copics  (RV17,RV13,RV10 / E44,E43,E42,E40 / E11,E00 /E25,E31,E50) then I added some Stickles of course.  I masked her & then stamped over her with a PTI script stamp and inked the edges a bit.  The inside has music paper that is just light enough that you could write a sweet note to someone special.

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I’m the LAST STOP on the Blog Hop Today--so thanks for hopping!

So if you haven’t checked out the new Sweet Crazy Love Collection at Magnolia-licious then hop on over & do that!  Also keep up with the Blog Hop today by going to the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog.


74 comments:

  1. what an amazing stories Suzanne!
    That was like my readding this morning :) Love them
    Love the design of your card.

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  2. Soo sweet and such beautiful details and colouring!!

    Irene

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  3. Suzanne this is so original in it's own right. love how it looks folded up and down! Vintagy flair with modern appeal is right! Great coloring and details. Those hearts are touching! TFS!

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  4. Gorgeous, vintage creation!! Love the distressing!

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  5. Soooooo happy you back, have missed you. Beautiful card - love it. Engie South Africa xx

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  6. Hey Suzanne, You absolutely crack me up, he he he... sounds like you had a blast in Vegas, I'm extremely jealous! Card is beautiful, I love the soft pretty colours - fantabulous as always! Can't wait to read about the rest of your travels! Lyns xx

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  7. WOW, another wonderful card!!! I love your colouring (obviously, since I took all your classes, lol!!!). Hugs,Brigitte

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  8. What can I say!!!! I love this Tilda, your colouring is amazing Suzanne, I also love the papers and your unique design. Fabulous Hop, thank you.
    Hugs
    Suzi x

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  9. This is beautiful......xxxxxx amanda

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  10. I have never seen a spectacular design like this!!!! Wow this is really magicaL. So many designs in one project, unbelievable!!!!!Your videos were great too!!!!!Love love this creation!!!!!

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  11. Vos cartes sont toujours très belles, mais celle-ci a quelque chose de particulier. J'aime beaucoup. Passez une très belle journée,

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  12. Another crazy adventure! Life is never dull, is it? lol. Love the card!

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  13. OKay silly girlie.......You had me rolling with your story!! HAHAHAHA... I can just see you doing all of that!!!!!!!!!!

    Love your card dear!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!

    hugs.......

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  14. Love the card! You are great. Your stories are fantastic. I hope you write a book someday. You have such unique adventures and you are so funny. Love starting my day with your blog. Thank you.

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  15. Gorgeous creation, love the shape!

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  16. Beautiful Suzanne! I just love these easel cards. I saw one for the first time in Puerto Rico. You've done an amazing job with it :-)

    Angie

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  17. Suzanne, your card is breathtaking! I've never seen one like it! Your coloring is awesome, and I love it!

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  18. WOW!!! Excellent...Love all the detail.

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  19. That is awesome, both about CES and about Javier Colon. I love him, too. I'm not sure I would squee if I saw him, lol, but I'm glad you were so excited! He has a wonderful voice, and like you said, he seems like such a down-to-earth, humble guy.

    Anyhoo... cute card, too. :-) But then they usually are.

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  20. OMG what can I say. Love the design and all the different elements, your colouring is superb, but that goes without saying. Thanks for taking part in our challenge this month at LIIU, good luck. Hugz Suzanne

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  21. How clever! Love this sweet card...gorgeous! Love the folds and it's just beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing...hugs Leah Ann

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  22. What a delightful card! The papers are just gorgeous and I love that fold, just Beautiful Suzanne!
    Hugs Julie P

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  23. Suzanne, you need to write a book! Your journeys are always hilarious in a kind of "it could only happen to you" way! I'm looking forward to getting together with you in February and hope we'll be able to do 'lunch'. Your work is always outstanding! Your creative genius and beautiful finishing touches always make such a gorgeous project! This card is adorable...hugs...Barb...<><

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  24. Okay, Suz you know you are just insane girl. I have tears in my eyes I was laughing so hard. I have never seen The Voice but I will try to see when it comes on and pay attention. I have to say you are right about that Javier! That lil' honey can work it out. Stay cool, stay you...
    Joyce (Scrapbook Stampinista)

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  25. Where did my morning go??? Oh yeh! reading Suzannes antics. You funny girl.
    Your twisted easel card is beautiful. This Tilda is so cute. I love how you colored her.
    Gorgeous colors and lovely design.
    Hugs Maz

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  26. What a JOY for you to meet Javier, Suzanne! The first time I heard him sing "Time After Time" I knew then that he was the winner. I fell in love with lots of those voices and bought their songs & albums. Can't wait for the new season to start.
    Your card is adorable; I just bought this stamp earlier today. I love visiting you 'cuz there's so much inspiration here and I love to laugh..LOL I'm enjoying the Blog Hop with all these yummy projects too. Have a great week.
    Hugz,
    Cathy Lee

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  27. Another adventure from Suzanne aka Lucy Ricardo! Lol. I love the card. Will you do a tutorial on the twisted easel card? I'd love to learn to make one.

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  28. O-M-GEEEEEEEEE! I am almost peeing my pants here laughing! The Wacky Worldwide Adventures of Suzanne Dean - I swear you are MY idol! :) I absolutely LOVE love LOVE Javier Colon myself and I am SOOOO jealous! He definitely seemed like a genuine person on The Voice - now I know he is all that and more. :) I can't wait to hear who you knocked silly in Vegas! :)

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  29. Your twisted easel card is amazing.!!! Love how you incorporated the heart shape into the card design..unique and outstanding!
    Heaney xx

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  30. Красивая открытка! Я первый раз играя в blog-hop - мне понравилось!

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  31. Absolutely beautiful! Always amazing! Hugs, Jody

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  32. Totally gorgeous and romantic card. Love the beautiful newsprint DP and the distressing touch on this creation :o)
    Hugs,
    Cabio

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  33. OMG Suzanne!!! You are a hoot..I just love going on your trips with you.
    I always feel like I am right there with you...OMW..YOU could write a book of your trips.
    You are coming to Texas I hope to see you when your here.
    hugs Linda W.

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  34. What an amazing card, love the color combo of it too! hugs from Holland, Jeanet

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  35. Suzanne this is amazing!! Love the new image. The designer paper you used with this was perfect. Your coloring is always over the top gorgeous. TFS!!
    Hugs, Kim

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  36. I LOVE your story...brings back so many fun memories of trade shows I've experienced through the years! I hope you have many more. The card is great and inspired me to get working. Thanks!

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

    Hugs Riet.xx

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  38. I know when I come to visit your blog that I will be staying for a while. So why I didn't pull up a chair and sit I do not know.

    My son asked me what I am laughing about. I am not sure he should have asked as now He has to listen to me read out your whole post. Well you say it so much better than I ever describe. He has a giggle too. At least you got on the right plane and didn't have to travel any long dark, wet roads. Your friend would have kept you company if you asked her. Lol

    I love this card. It is outstanding as usual. You truly inspire me. And
    did you know (of course you don't know if I haven't told you yet!)that the limited skills I have in using copics markers I have learned from your tutorials. Thank heavens for You tube!

    So Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge, your inspirational creations and your witty posts.

    Hugs Julie

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  39. Amazing story, stunning card. I really like the colouring. Thanks for joining us at Gingerloft Challenge.

    Laurence x

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  40. So pretty! I love all the fancy folding here, it looks so amazing. Such lovely coloring, too.

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  41. Hi ya
    a stunning card, awesome colouring, beautiful embelies & design,thank you for joining us at CES this week, sue,x

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  42. Wonderful! Congratulations
    Hugs
    Rosalie

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  43. I love everything in this post. The card has awesome colors and design. Sweet and adorable!

    iphone develop

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  44. first let me say this card is another stunner!
    and second, your trip cracked me up - looking forward to hearing more (-:

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  45. This card is stunning, I love the colours that you chosen and the stamp is lovely.
    Francy

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  46. LOVE this, Suzanne!!!

    Thanks so much for joining us at Pixie Dust Studio this week!

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  47. Just stunning. Super image and wonderful colouring. Love all the pretty details and the shaped card.
    Marion

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  48. Wow what a super adorable card... had to start stalking you LOL ... your amazing in your coloring skills
    and super awesome card...
    The Scrapbooking Queen ~ Pixie

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  49. Gorgeous easel card. Love the shape of it and how you you coloured this sweet image. Fabulous creation!
    Hugs, Karina

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  50. I love all details you have made and really nice color combo

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  51. Love it! Gorgeous card and your colouring is just perfect!

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  52. SUZANNE!! I see you won over at Pixie's!! Congratulations!! This card is worthy of a win! =)

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  53. Love how you made this card Suzanne! Fantastic creation and wonderful color combination!!! Awesome work as always!!! See ya soon! (With a Cherry Coke!)

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  54. Wow!! Gorgeous from whatever angle you look at!! Love all the attention to details.

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  55. omg,omg that card is truly gorgous.......a masterpiece!

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  56. This is gorgeous! Such lovely colours and such a lot of work! I love everything about it! Judy x

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  57. Stunning Coloring.. WOW.. I love the colors too. And this Special Card looks Amazing.. I love the shape colors and Embellishing.. Fantastic!.

    And your shading job with the colors is So Beautiful!
    I love it! :o)
    The background stamp (writing) is Beautiful too! j
    And I love swirls... WOW that looks Perfect! :o)

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  58. Absolutely amazing piece of art!!! Your details are beautiful and the model of the card is fantastic!!


    Thanks for sharing in Let’s Ink It Up’s *Anything Goes* challenge and good luck !

    Hugzzz

    Tammy, LIIU DT from Créations LaDiva :) xx

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  59. What a gorgeous work of art! Teresa xx

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  60. Hey Suzanne, Thank you for sharing Tina's Blogaversary! I've never taken the time to thank you for your blogs.The stories are so much fun.It's like having an invisible friend that can always be counted on. Your artwork is beautiful and an inspiration to us all.It's great to have someone else to blame when my husband brings up the amount of money having been spent on copics this past yr. Hee hee...(don't worry he's just a puty tat) Later friend!

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  61. Suzanne, what a gorgeous card. Love the hat pins and tulle you added to. So feminine...beautiful!

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  62. Wow it's beautiful!!
    I Love the colors and that sweet image.
    Hugs Joukje from The Netherlands

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  63. Oh my word this is just so very pretty
    HUGZ Fleur xXx

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  64. Wow!! Awesome creation Suzanne!! Fabulous Hop!!
    Hugs
    Hazel xx

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  65. Really beautiful card, I love the fold and your colouring is gorgeous
    Lindsay xx

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

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