Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Fallin’ A Little!

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Hope your first day of August is going swell!  Hard to believe its August already…sniff sniff, that means summer is soon to come to an end and kids back to school.  Now don’t get me wrong I love my kids but about this time we all start getting a bit edgy…they get attitudes and I get sick of them being in the house ALLLLL the time messin’ with my peace LOL!  Although this summer everyone has been so busy that we’ve really tried to enjoy the down time and times that we have together.  Riley starts regular high school football practice on Monday twice a day so he will be gone quite a bit which is good for him although very hot & humid, sucks for carpool mom KWIM!  His friend Tarq is Muslim so he's celebrating Ramadan right now so he cannot eat or DRINK even during football practice, so I'm praying that he does ok in this crazy heat.  I can't imagine not being able to at least drink during practice...I fell for him!  Then Alexa and I leave next Tuesday for NY to visit my grandma and family and then on Friday I will drive up to Ontario Canada for a few days to teach with all my fabulous, fun Canadian friends.  Then I’m home for a few weeks before I leave again BUT Aug 24th me, my mom and Alexa are down in VA Beach to see Luke Bryan & Jason Aldean again (whoot whoot) and to spend the night so looking forward to that.  I’m guessin that seeing Luke Bryan so many times in 14 mos puts me in a special place right?  Either serious groupie OR stalker LMBO hahahahaSmile

Last night we were at the Washington Nationals baseball game (ugh not a good game but we'll do better tomorrow LOL) with the teens and their friends….seems that NO MATTER what we do there are always a carful of teens along for the ride LOL.  Most times I enjoy it but every now and again I just want some QUIET KWIM..some peace…some ahhhhh zen time.  I really don’t get much of that unless I’m in the shower or driving by myself LOL.  This is why I read late at night, when everyone is asleep and the house is totally quiet…mmmmmm love that, I need that now and again.  I live LOUD and LARGE LOL and so does my family 99% of the time but we all need to recharge now & again that’s for sure.  And this week I’m working HARD on the “All About Hair” online class trying to get manuals and pdfs done and some videos taped so I can edit them when I get home from Canada.  Each class depending on size takes about 50-80 hours of solid work and I tend to be work-obsessive and try to get it down in a block of time so I can move onto something else…so fingers crossed.


Alexa and her good friend Thomas on the metro to DC

Alexa, Tarq, Riley & Thomas at Nationals Park
(see their stair-step heights…Riley is 6’3 and Thomas is 6’5…oy)


-New “All About Hair” Class online will debut end of August at the CMC Classroom…pre-register now for special pricing.  All classes are on sale at CMC thru Aug 24th so go stock up!

-I’m teaching the “All About Hair” Class In-Person in Ontario Aug 12th (only 2 spots left) and then again in Connecticut in Sept.  Go to if you’d like to register and come see me…I promise it will be LOTS OF FUN!!


Fall Splendor!

Today I’m sharing a fallish Magnolia card with you that I’ve done for TWO challenges!  First the August Magnolia-licious Challenge is to create a card showcasing “Autumn Splendor” and using the fabulous NEW “Turning Leaves” Collection at Magnolia-licious.  You can check out the DT projects and how to join in the fun at the Magnolia-licious Highlites BlogDiana Crick is our August hostess and its also her birthday month….so an early Happy Birthday to her!

The second challenge this was done for was the Shinhan TouchTwin Challenge HERE…it’s a photo inspiration challenge and I used the colors in the photo for my project…a softer version of fall.  You can find all the challenge details at above link…you can use any markers to join in…but best of all you can win 12 TouchTwin markers as well!!  If you want to learn more about the markers join my CMC TouchTwin marker group to find resources, color combos and more!!

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

Bearly-Mine Challenges (anything goes)
Crazy Amigo Challenge (punches/dies)
Die Cuttin Divas (anything goes/dies)
Make it Monday Challenge (anything goes)
Cupcake Crafter Challenge (great outdoors)
Paper Playtime Challenge (anything goes)

This cute stamp from the NEW “Turning Leaves Collection” at Magnolia-licious is called “Tilda with a mouse, Peanut”…I love her blowing hair!  (see the Mini Turning Leaves Collection here).  I used papers by My Minds Eye “Lost & Found” and pulled out the corals, golden yellows and aquas…a fun and softer color combo for fall.  I distressed all my papers with my Zutter Distress Machine and the swirls were made with a Magnolia Doohickey die “Leaf & Swirl”.  I punched some leaves out with my punches, inked them and added them in bunches to the corners.

Image was colored with Shinhan TouchTwin markers…see picture above.  I stamped some PTI swirls around her in gold-yellow ink and drew in some fall-grass with my markers to ground her.  I added some fun white polka-dots to her headband and scarf, Stickles to her sweater and headband and Diamond Glaze to her mouse friend.

That’s all for me until Friday when I show you all some fabulous new SCACD Release projects!  Have a goodie!


  1. Stunning card, the image is gorgeous and coloured sooooo beautifully.
    Thanks for sharing your photos too


  2. A beautiful card Suzanne. Just love the colours you've chosen. Nice pic of the kiddies too... love the boys' heights... they'd make me look tiny if I stood next to them, me being 5'10" tall. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Spring is around the corner for us. hugs Sharon

  3. Gorgeous card Suzanne....but your cards are always AWEsome. Love the colors you chose too.

  4. Tilda is gorgeous in all her Autumn Splendor, Suzanne. Love your coloring on her and Peanut. Gorgeous DPs, leaves and flourishes really makes it feel like Fall.
    Cathy Lee

  5. Your card is gorgeous! Love the colors! : )

  6. Oh wow stunning card Suzanne love the colours and card layout you've used. Jenny x

  7. Amazing as always - thank you for joining us at The Stamping Boutique!

  8. Just stunning! I love the colors and the leaves add such a fallish look to her. But that Tilda is just precious! You always do such fabulous stuff!


  9. This is lovely Suzanne, such pretty colours and fab layout.
    Thank you for joining us at Bearly Mine Designs this week.

  10. Your card is fantastic! Those colors....LOVE them. I appreciate that you listed what colors you used, thanks!

  11. This gorgeous card is perfect for our Great Outdors Challenge. Thanks so much for joining the fun at Cupcake this week. Good Luck. x

  12. She is absolutely darling. I love the papers and the extra special details. Per usual your coloring is perfect. Beautiful card!

  13. Beautiful card! I love the colours you have used :) Hatty xxx

  14. Wow, this is just so pretty! Love these colors and I always enjoy your backgrounds. I'm just not brave enough to try that! Love this!

  15. Hi Suzanne,
    Just signed up for the Hair class. Can't wait...

    joann sassy raggedy

  16. Such a sweet and pretty design, fab combination of colours too! Thanks so much for joining us at Cupcake this week. Good Luck :) Donna ♥ x

  17. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS! My entries are: #84, #129, #157, #159 and #277.
    I would love to have you visit my blog!

  18. too cute, thanks for playing at Twisted Tuesdays :)

  19. Gorgeous card! I love your colouring! Hugs, Ani
    P.S I have a candy if you're interested

  20. What a stunning card! Love the beautiful layout and leaves. And your coloring is perfec! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Make It Monday... :)

  21. beautiful, thank you for playing @ Paper Playtime!

    Joyful Stamper
    Inspire Me Fridays, weekly!


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

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