Thursday, June 7, 2012

Before & Afters!

Happy Thursday everyone!  Hope your week has been grrrr---eat! I’ve had a pretty good week although my son did graduate from 8th grade the other night. Yeah, Yeah I know its just middle school…but he’s my baby..sniff sniff…and now both of my kids will be in High School.  Alexa will be a junior and Riley a freshman…it seems like the young-elementary years draaaaag on LOL and then they hit 7th grade and pooooof time suddenly starts flying by.  I wake up one morning and realize I have a 16 year old daughter who can drive and date and is 2 years from college.  And a 6’3 foot son who wears a size 14 shoe and has a deeeeep voice like a bear and can pick me up….its like I’m living in a parallel universe.  Do you feel me? LOL  Seriously you hear others talk about it but when the kids are young and you’re running in a thousand different directions and crazy busy it seems like they’ll never wipe their own bums or feed themselves or drive themselves to sports practices KWIM LOL!  And then the POOOOFFFF time-flies-by-quickly-thingy happens and you find yourself wondering where all the time went.  It constantly makes myself overthink…am I a good mom?  Do we spend enough quality time together? Do the kids have the right values?  Am I raising them to be good citizens and people who have compassion, kindness and empathy?  OMGosh my mind goes crazy sometimes….errrr ok….well all the time Winking smile   So I told them this summer we are having “HUMAN BEINGS 101 CAMP” here at home LOL….they will learn how to run the washing machine and how to handle their clothes properly…how to cook and make basic meals and grocery shop for produce & such…basic cleaning concepts (oyyy)…and the usual life/sex/relationship/charity/friends talks that I like to fit in when I have their undivided attention hee hee (they sooo love those).  I’m hoping that at least 50% of what I say gets in their brains somewhere.  Soooo if I’m feeling this way NOW…when Alexa graduates high school in 2 years and heads to college…prepare yourselves…I will be a nutty-over-the-top-emotional-mess of a person…but it is my RIGHT as a mom yes? LOL…I’m gonna prepare my own self too cuz I may need duct tape or drugs to make it thru all of this….oyyyyy!

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 Me and Riley at graduation (yes I have on heels lol) and the other pic is of Riley and his friend Ethan..they've been friends since 3rd grade...can't believe how big they are..sniff sniff!

Ok so I will do a post over the weekend with stories of NY, Montreal, the OutLawz Retreat and the Zac Brown Band concert…so stay tuned for that hahahahaha!


-I’ll be at CHA teaching if you’d like to take my Copic Coloring class in Chicago with me in July…the details are up at along with a few other locations.

-I’m on vacation June 16th thru June 28th with my family…I will be posting and checking in but it will be a bit sllllooooower as I pack in the quality time with my family and take time off to just “be”!

-For those that don’t know, Marti and I turned our magazine (Through the Craftroom Door) over to our friend Colleen Holmes..she is the new owner and doing a fab job!  So if you want to check out the NEW magazine head over to the site HERE to see what’s up…the new issue is stupendous!!

-SCACD has all the NEW Gorjuss Girl stamps in stock...they are fantastically cute & fun to color!


Before & After

Today I’m sharing my project I made for the current June Magnolia-licious Challenge hosted by Mindy Baxter.  She’s challenged us to create projects that have some type of “water” in them so I pulled out this oldie-but-goodie Magnolia stamp called “Tilda in Spring Rain” (its out of stock currently but find the mini-version here).  This was one of my fave Tildas a few years ago and I still adore her…it was fun to pull her out again and color her up!  You can find all the challenge details on the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog if you want to join in and see the rest of the DT’s water projects…they are fabulo-so!

**Have you seen the NEW Freedom Liberty Tilda & Accessory Stamps yet?  Go check them out, they are one-of-a-kind and I've added them to my collection!! ** 

I'm entering this into the following fab challenges:

(this one was made over 3.5 yrs ago)

So I thought it would be fun to pull out my very first card I made with this cute Tilda (the red one on the right)…I made that over 3 years ago in my fave colors of red.  It was always a favorite of mine so I have it on a shelf in my studio.  And I always think its fun to pull out older work and see how we’ve grown and progressed KWIM.  I used some scrap papers on my blue project and then PTI cardstock.  The circle elements are Spellbinders along with the leafy swirls “Bella Rose” by Heartfelt Designs for Spellbinders.  I thought it would be fun to top each of my flower elements off with buttons and the cloud is a PTI die that I inked/stickled and added a sentiment from PTI’s “Scattered Showers” stamp set.

She’s colored with Copics: B99,B97,B95,B93,B91 / E11,E00,R11 /YR23,E31,E50,E35 /C3,C1.  I added Diamond Glaze to her boots and umbrella handle.  Stickles on the rain, her pocket, around the cloud and on umbrella trim for lots of fun sparkles.

That’s all for me today…I have a bunch of random chores I want to get done and mostly involves cleaning my closet and Alexa’s dressers and Riley’s closet LOL.  I’m sure I’ll have bags of stuff ready for Goodwill and for the trashbin.  Have a great one!


  1. This card is so beautiful! I love the blue color scheme. Inspires me to get my Copics out and start coloring! =)

  2. Stunning card!!I think this one belongs next to the red one on your shelf! Enjoy your day, Colinda

  3. FAbulous card, love your colouring !!

    hugs Astrid

  4. I don't have any of my own kids, but I'm very close to my nephews and niece. My oldest nephew graduated from high school on June 1 and will enter boot camp in February. The time just flew by. I know it was only yesterday that I was changing that kid's diapers. I just know it.

    Your cards are both cute! It is fun to look back and see our progression, you're right. (I know, you loved hearing that, didn't you? With two teens in the house, I doubt they say it often. LOL)

  5. Hey gorgeous lady, this has to be my favourite card of your ever, I love blue and the shading is fantastic, such a dreamy colour, gorgeous work huggles Pops x x x

  6. Just gorgeous Suzanne, it's fun to pull out an old stamp and ink it up again isn't it? I did that this week. Loving this Tilda in the blues, although the original red one is also fabby.

  7. Hi Suzanne!
    super job on your card. I love how you placed the flowers. Great design.
    Your card from three years ago is real cute as well. I like both ways that you have colored them.
    Gorgeous photo of you and your Riley. What a handsome lad he is
    Hugs Maz

  8. Hi Suzanne

    Beautiful card!! I love this layout. It is so great to look back on our earlier works although I do admit to cringing at mine, lol.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

  9. Beautiful! Thanks for joining us @ CTO!

  10. Gorgeous combination of DPs and your image is absolutely beautiful. Wonderful design!

  11. Nice photos from your son's graduation, Suzanne! I literally just sat down at home after my son's 8th grade graduation! He's my baby, too! Sniff! Don't worry, you'll be fine when yours graduate high school. It is a very exciting time and a joy to celebrate their accomplishments. I thought I'd be a mess when my older son graduated from h.s., but I was happy and really enjoyed it. He's half way thru college and doing great!
    Love the cards as always!

  12. Tilda looks awesome in the new blue card, Suzanne. I still love your red card too. This is one of my very first Tilda stamps I purchased and still adore her.
    Cathy Lee

  13. Both are great cards but the blue one really knocks your socks off.

  14. My goodness, is Riley going to be 7 ft. tall? Boys seem to grow longer than girls and he's already a tall young man! :^)
    I love your red card, Suzanne, but this blue one is absolutely stunning! Sigh...

  15. Beautiful card Suzanne, love all the layers of papers and embellishments, so beautiful. I like the red one too!! Hugs, Ivonne

  16. Sweet mono tone of this cute Tilda card Suzanne. It's always fun to look back some old cards. Both the older one and newer cards look very pretty. My old ones on the other hand...sighhhhh...

  17. they are both lovely even if the red one is 3 1/2 yrs old - came over from mim x

  18. Beautiful card. Superb colouring. It is nice to be able to compare cards and see how we have improved in our style. Both cards are truly inspirational. Thanks for sharing
    hugs Julie

  19. cute cards and wow graduation does bring bitter and sweet memories doesn't it. BTW - You are way too young to have a child graduating high school when my is just graduating kindergarten!!

  20. Gorgeous card! I love all of the blue and your coloring is outstanding! Thank you for joining us at Freshly Brewed Challenges for our month long prize challenge!
    It's been a real pleasure to visit your lovely blog! I'm your newest follower!
    Warmest Hugs, Sheryl

  21. love your stamps!! Actually, I just love it ALL!! LOL I'm so addicted. PS - Love Zac Brown Band too!!

  22. Such cute cards! And I love your summer camp idea too! And I totally hear you on time going by. My DS is already 9 - he'll be 10 this year - double digits. And it seriously only seemed like yesterday that he was a toddler

  23. This is such a gorgeous card. Love the beautiful layout and how you color the adorable image. Thank you for joining us at Make It Monday... :)

  24. Gorgeous card, love all the layers. Thanks for joining us at CFAS this time. Carol DT x

  25. Oh Suzanne I 'm so glad to see you enter our Midweek Magnolia challenge. Fantastic coloring........isn't it neato to see our old creations! Love this so much. Thanks for joining us at Midweek Magnolias! Best of luck to you!

  26. Beautiful monochromatic card!
    your coloring is fabulous!
    Thanks for joining CTO this week!

  27. Your shading and highlighting is just beautiful along with your fabulous embellishments! Thanks for joining us @ CTO this week for our "Thinking of you-use a flower" challenge :)

  28. Fabulous card. Love your colors and great details !
    Found you at MIM :)
    Hugs Berit


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

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