Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Dress Codes? What?

Happy Thursday friends….are you counting down?  THERE ARE ONLY 12 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS…OMGOSHHHHH YIKES!!  ACK!  I hate having the days thrown at me like that ahahaha as it makes me feel rushed, behind, frazzled and nervous LOL. My inner Grinch can come out when I have to go shop during the holidays…I am a pre-naturally nice person, laid back & easy going…BUT holiday shoppers and me do NOT get along well.  I have 90% of my shopping done but I have to get all those last minute things…gift cards, stocking stuffers, candy and baking goodies.  I’m the person standing in the store with a LOST look on her face, all the people make me nervous and make me forget what I’m there for…ugh…I hate crowds of people rushing around and PUSHING ME…DO NOT PUSH ME when you are shopping.  And forget about driving in Northern VA…its NUTTERS and DANGEROUS out there most of the time anyhow but forget-about-it during the holidays.  I’m gonna gift myself with those sticky-pad notes for cars…you know…when someone parks too close to you or crooked you SMACK their car with a “STUPID PARKer” post it note.  Or if the car takes 2 parking spaces you smack them with a “GREEDY GRINCH PARKer” post it note….ahahahahaha…I bought myself some yes I did and YES I will be smacking them all over the place trust me (don’t worry they are meant for vehicles so they don’t harm anything, its like a parking ticket).  A girl’s gotta have some fun while out shopping yes?!!  Which reminds me that we got a parking ticket in DC this past weekend…WHAT???  My husband has worked in DC for 19 years and I worked there for a few years as well so we know how to park, where to park, the rules & etc.  Sooooo apparently we parked in a zone that was “NO PARK” until 10 pm…and we parked there at 9:57 pm…ARE YOU KIDDING ME…SERIOUSLY….a $25 fine for 3 FRIGGIN MINUTES.  I swear if I’d seen that parking meter person I would probably have gotten arrested for the use of my mouth…my mouth can sometimes be seen as a deadly weapon LOL (at least according to my husband that is)  I guess the city needed my $25 on a night where there were NO people on that particular street for their coffers.  UGH I tell you city driving is for the birds sometimes…take your life into your own hands, risk injury to yourself and vehicle AND have to deal with the morons that are driving like nutters and NOW the friggin parking meter patrol people too.  Well Merry Christmas to you too Parking Meter Person bwahahahahaha…guess Santa wasn’t feeling very friendly that night..next time I’ll MAKE SURE to drive around the block to knock off those 3 minutes. UGH! I shall stick a GRINCH sticker on the parking meter person in my mind to give myself a laugh on it all!  And this is why I want to barricade myself in my home during the holidays like a big, hermit-like bear watching Elf and Hallmark Holiday movies…eating candy, cookies and hot cocoa enjoying MY TREES and decorations LOL Winking smile  BTW, I have to edit my holiday photos so I will have the slideshow up on Saturday of my decorations for you all…sorry.  But I’ll share a sneak of one tree below:


Our almost 12 ft live Family Room tree decorated with ornaments that are our family faves.  So I have vintage Coca-Cola ornaments, the kid’s first baby shoes, their ornaments I pick out for them each year as a gift, doggie ornaments and such!  It’s a Christmas Tree full of meaning for our family!

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What?  Holiday Dress Code??


Today I’m sharing probably one of my fave holiday cards I’ve made this season. Why?  Well because I love Saturated Canary images and she was just FUN FUN FUN to color…I had no big to-do list, I had Christmas music playing and it was just me coloring…laid-back fun!  This cutie-pop is called “Ugly Christmas Sweater” from Saturated Canary and she’s a digi image.  If you haven’t tried a digi yet or are intimidated by the images and the coloring…DO NOT LET THAT STOP YOU!!  Part of crafting and art is having fun and trying new things…when you stop trying new things and let fear stop you from things life just isn’t as much fun.  So try a digi, color your heart away and enjoy the process of it…who cares if its not perfect, an image colored with passion & love shows.  So GO HAVE FUN…that’s an order…FROM ME…LOL!

I'm entering this sweetie into the following challenges:




I used some papers from last year from Teresa Collins called “Christmas Home”…I love the graphic, modern look of these papers, perfect for my image!  I distressed the edges of my papers with my Zutter Distress machine--just ONE of my fave tools to use everyday.  The swirls are done with two different dies…the black swirl is a Memory Box die called “Amira Flourish” (cut into 2) and the red swirl was done with a Marianne Designs die.  I added a sentiment that comes with the image and some buttons tied off with Baker’s Twine (I love love me some twine)!



She got colored with both Copics & TouchTwin (TT) markers.  To make my reds darker and shadows darker I used W7 and W3.  I always color everything first THEN I go back and add my darker shadows…ink dries lighter so I like to add more color at the end to get the level of contrast I want.  (Hair: TT-BR92,TT-BR93,E35,E31,E50 / C9,C5,C3,C1 / R29,R24,R22,R20,W7,W3 / TT-Y41,YG67,G20,YG03 / E11,E00,R20)  I added some Stickles to her tree on her sweater, candy cane bag and around the image like sparkles.  My fave Diamond Glaze is on her glasses and shoes…why Diamond Glaze…well of all the glazes I like the weight of this one, it stays where I put it and doesn’t go all runny on me KWIM.


Ok that’s it from me until Saturday!  Hop over here this weekend to see a new Stamping Bella project and all my holiday decoration pictures!!  Have a great week!

31 comments:

  1. She's adorable Suzanne. I also love Saturated Canary, who doesn't. Her hair is gorgeous and the folds in her clothes are amazing. I'm still struggling with folds.

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  2. Very cute card. I hear you about city driving! When we lived in California we had to drive up to L.A. every other month or so for my daughters doctors appointments. Talk about crazy people. I swear I would be sweating and shaking just trying to get where I needed to go. Scary! Here in Utah the biggest city is of course Salt Lake City and since the streets are so wide and there are way fewer people, it isn't quite so bad. But I still hate driving there. Thank you so much for sharing with us and I hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas!

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  3. Gorgeous card! Your coloring is perfection! Love all the layering and diecuts, too. :) Thanks for joining us in the "What's Your Favorite?" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog this week! xx

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  4. Love her, Suzanne--love the whole card--it's amazing. :^)
    And I do not go out to shop for Christmas. If I can't get it online, I buy a gift card. My days of fighting Christmas cards are long gone--bah humbug. LOL! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

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  5. Fabulous creation, love all the little bits and pieces and that fab image - beautifully coloured. Thanks for linking up with MIM this week.
    Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!
    Hugs, Sandy

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  6. I love this card. THose swirly flourishes on the sides are gorgeous.

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  7. I love your massooovive tree, Suzanne! And, of course, your gorgeously richly coloured card!

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  8. Slow down - take a deep breath! Merry Christmas. Now, the card is spectacular and your colouring is amazing. I love the image and the card both. Thanks for joining us a the Lollipop Ladies this fortnight - hope to see you back! Isn't that better?

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  9. Oh, Suzanne, you need to move out of VA. The traffic is terrible. I'm in the boonies and no traffic for me cuz I know how to avoid it.
    Love your sweetie SC card and coloring is just awesome. Love all the dark contrast, fabulous.
    Happy Holiday Hugz,
    Cathy Lee

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  10. Wow!!! Amazing card! LOVE all those layers, the swirls, and the fabulous image! Thank you so much for joining our challenge at The Lollipop Ladies!

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  11. That tree is just beautiful. And your card is too cute!

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  12. Oh she is so CUTE! I love the card and how you did the flourish dies. Very pretty!!

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  13. I love the card and the swirls! I'm always impressed with your 'coloring'. Ok - I NEED post it notes like that. I live in a small town compared to you, however, we still have our idiot drivers, who need to receive a "Greedy Grinch PARKer" post it....hints where to get them?

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  14. Fabulous coloring!!! Love all those swirls too! Thanks so much for joining us at The Lollipop Ladies.

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  15. Oh, I gotta get myself some of those post its :) Sucks about the parking ticket though:(

    Your card is GORGEOUS! I love everything about it! Really cute image and your colouring looks stunning. Thanks for joining us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin.

    Hugs, Dawn

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  16. This is just a fabulous card! I love, love how you color and the papers are so fun!
    Danielle:)

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  17. A great, fun Christmas card. So different to the traditional and I love it. Your colouring is amazing. Well done. Thanks for joining us at The Lollipop Ladies.

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  18. Great colouring Suzanne.
    Thank you for joining us this time for our RED GREEN and SPARKLY Challenge at
    Crafting for all Seasons .
    Your cards is fabulous , I wish you a Merry Christmas and Good Luck Hugs Elaine

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  19. Lovely card. I love the cute image. Thank you for joining Lollipop ladies.

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  20. She is just way too much fun! Love her ugly Christmas sweater! No one layers like you and I love your dies. The buttons are a perfect touch and I'm with you on the Diamond Glaze! Best stuff around! Just simply love all the colors in this! I'm off to go play with some digis just because you told me to!

    Hugs,

    Susan

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  21. This is a fabulous card, so many gorgeous details.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons.
    Pauline
    x

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  22. Fab card- love the image and your coloring is fabulous! I saw this on FB and again on MIM- I would also be unhappy with 3 minutes/$25.00
    Saw you on MIM- I am #'s 41 and 120.

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  23. Adorable image, I love the way you've coloured her. Thanks for playing at The Lollipop Ladies.

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  24. My word this is spectacular colouring Suzanne. love the image and design of your card...it is those sunglasses..fantastic..and you tree...well, it is GORGEOUS...

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  25. Have to come back and have a more intense browse of your blog!love your style . This card is a great showcase of your colouring talent and I love the layers for this creation .
    Shirley-Anne.

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  26. Fabulous card - just gorgeous! :)

    Thanks so much for joining us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin and we hope to see you back in the new year :)

    hugs

    xxalisonxx

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  27. wow this is stunning!!

    Thanks for joining us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin.

    Fi
    x

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  28. Stunning card. Thank you for joining in with my challenge at Nutcrafters and good luck. Debs xx

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  29. Great card - love the image and all the details you've added.

    Thanks for joining us at Penny's.

    Helen x

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  30. I love you techniques. How did you get the glasses to look so real?

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  31. I love your techniques! This card is gorgeous. How did you get her glasses to look so real?

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

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