Friday, January 25, 2013

Read Faster!!

Happy TGIFriday and a BRRRR cold one at that oy!!  Snowed yesterday & supposed to snow again today with temps hovering in the low 20's...winter has arrived and I am SAD LOL!  If we get flurries in VA people freak, wreck their cars and basically act like idiots so I try not to go out but I have to run errands today...pray for me!  We have a low key weekend planned, nothing big other than Alexa's chorus/broadway play tomorrow night...they call it Desserts on Broadway and they sing and do skits while those in the audience have access to all kinds of yummy desserts while watching.  Not a bad trade off huh?  Of course Alexa's bit is at the very end so no leaving early heehee!

Do any of you like to read?  Next to coloring and being with my family it IS my #1 thing to do in my spare time.  I don't have much spare time during the day...oh wait...I have NO spare time during the day ahahahaha.  BUT I read late at night...when everyone is asleep, no one needs anything & the house is blissfully quiet.  I am part vampire I do believe...growing up EVERYONE in my family was a morning person UGH EXCEPT ME you know what that's like?  Now my family including the 2 teens are all night owls...we keep crazy hours in this house but I refuse to explain or apologize for it.  People tend to look at you weird or think that you are lazy when in essence I spend MORE time awake then most people with a "normal" schedule LOL.  Whatever, you gotta do what works best for you and that's just what we do!  And I do my best AFTER 10 am, I don't move fast in the morning and I like to stay up late..usually till 2-3 am every morning.  And from 11:30 pm till 2 or 3 am I read in bed..its MY time, my time unwind and enjoy a good book and just relax a bit.  My earliest memories are of my mom toting me to our local library while she picked out books & I got some too.  Now get this..if my dad caught me with a book he'd yell "get your nose out of a book and do something worthwhile"..can you imagine saying that today? LOL, I NEVER have an issue with my kids reading a book ya know.  I love to devour books...I read about 3-4 books a week and usually have 2-3 going on at the same time.  I read just about everything although historical fiction, memoirs and thriller/mysteries rate tops in my book.  There truly is nothing better than a book that grabs you from page 1, keeps you turning the into the book you will give up sleep for it, spend all day rushing thru chores because you can't wait to get the book out again.  I like to say its like a "great movie in your head"..better than a movie actually!  My daughter likes to read but sadly Riley has never been a reader, he will read some but not like we do.  My husband likes to say this "I read for work"...ummm NOT the same thing I tell him LOL..he reads for work, he reads magazines & newspapers but he does not read for pleasure.  To me if you don't read some for pleasure you are missing many great authors and books...and so little time to read them all but I'm trying LOL! 

So if you have book you'd like to recommend I'm all ears...if you are a member of Goodreads online site then look me up, I haven't listed all the books I've ever read but I've got about 400 up and I try to add to it regularly when I remember.  You can click the Goodreads blinkie on my sidebar as well...that tells you what books I'm reading or just read if you need a recommendation.  And we have a cyber book club called BookEndz at CMC Classroom that is open to everyone to join...we have a new book every month and a cyber chat to discuss it at the end.  I try to pick books that will appeal to everyone...what pressure LOL..but so far I think its been pretty successful and we are going on year 2 with it.  Ok enough blibber blabber from me---onward to the project which is ABOUT READING, great segue huh? ;)  Right now I'm reading a book that may be my next book club pick so I can't spill the beans...sorry LOL!


Read Faster!!

So today I'm using a new artist digi image from Alicia's Little Shop and this cutie is called "Alicia Loves Reading"...I love her cuz she reminds me of me AND my blog logo a bit LOL.  Although I'm usually in bed reading.  Go check out some of her cuties, I have the one with the kitty too & plan on using that next...yes cuz I now have 6 cats I know ;)   I made this card for myself..not really..but I made it to appeal to my tendencies LOL.  I love this color combo of black, apple green & aquas...modern & fresh.    

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

The papers are by "Kaisercraft--Chapter 1"  and I distressed the edges with my Zutter Distress It machine The round elements are from a Spellbinders cuts with a solid center however I put it back thru with a circle die so the center was open..then cut it in half to add to each side of my project.  I love cutting my die cuts to make new & different uses of them.  The white scrolly is a Memory Box die "Amira Flourish".  I punched small circles from my green pp and then added a black pearl on top for a different embellie..I wanted to funk it up a bit.  The sentiment is from PTI called "All Booked Up", a must have set if you are a reader or book lover!

She got colored in a mix of Copics & TouchTwins (I will have to note touchtwins tomorrow, I forgot to jot them down & memory is poor tonight lol).  Copics were BG75,BG72,BG11,BG10 / C9,C5,C3,C1 / E11,E00,R20/ YG03.  Then I added Diamond Glaze(15% off) to her eyes and band on the chair..I also added polka dots to her headband & sofa band with my Sharpie Poster Paint pen in white. Stickles were added to her shirt & headband cuz the girl has GOT to have some blingety-bling!!

That's all from me!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend, stay safe & WARM!


  1. That's funny, I stay up unil 2,3 am everyday as well

  2. STUNNING SUZANNE!!!!!!! Love to see your cards early morning while you are still sleeping. LOL That's a great image a grabbed a few myself, not colored yet. Have a nice quiet week-end.

  3. Next to stamping, reading is one of my fav things to do too! And you're not alone with the reading late into the night...that's when I read too and unwind from the day! Have you ever tried any Elizabeth Lowell, Judith McNaught, Linda Howard, or Nora Roberts...those are a few of my favorites! :0) I love reading your blog...thanks for all the sharing you do! I know I can always get a smile or chuckle from reading your blog! :0)

  4. Wonderful card, Suzanne! I also LOVE to read. I'm with you, some of my most favorite memories are going to the library with my mom. She also would take me to used bookstores where I could buy lots of books at cheap prices :) My mom loved to read too so I get it honestly :) I don't have quite as much time to read right now with the baby as I used to, but I did just finish Karen White's new one (After the Rain) and it was fabulous. I need to update my Goodreads site, I haven't been on there in ages. I will check out what you have been reading, I need a new book :)

    Hugs, Christine

  5. I love your cute image and also love your color combo. Such gorgeous coloring. I couldn't live if I didn't read. I can't tell you how many times I've used reading as an escape from a crises. After relaxing with my book I am then ready to make a decision about the crises and deal with it. Even when things are good I have to read.

  6. Suzanne your card is absolutely gorgeous, so cute and such fabulous colouring as always.
    I love to read while soaking in the bath and in bed but nowhere near as fast as you do.
    I saw your card on MIM :)
    hugs Mandy xx

  7. Fantastic card! I LOVE the green and aqua with black accents, it's very striking. Glad I found you at Make It Monday.

  8. I love the apple green with the black - so stunning. I will have to consider using the same stamps; perfect for our book club. I just joined Goodreads, but couldn't find you as a friend. Different name?

  9. I'm a big reader too, Suzanne. Most of my family are. I'm currently reading "Shadow of Night" by Deborah Harkness. It's not actuallly something I would normally read but I got hooked with "The Discovery of Witches." So now I am so intrigued by the first I had to read the second and will probably finish this weekend.
    I love this darling image and fabulous color combo on your card. It works so well together. Looks very Retro. Love how you colored her armchair, absolutely stunning.
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Cathy Lee

  10. Hi Suzanne

    You sound like me up till waaay after the rest of my family has gone to bed. Only trouble is with young kids I'm still having to get up at 6am every day. My boys don't know the meaning of a sleep in, lol.

    Love your card, the colours are gorgeous. This is just an awesome image isn't it.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

    Michelle :o)

  11. Loved reading your fun post Suzanne. Amazing coloring on your image and her eyes & hair really sparkle. Thanks for joining us at Make It Monday!

  12. Are you sure you wrote this blog entry about yourself and not about me? Sure sounds just like my life! All except the genre choices....I read fantasy and sci-fi mostly. Hey!....maybe we are long lost twins separated at birth! LOL

    Your card is ADORABLE by the way! :)

  13. Fantastic card and coloring Suzanne..Loz

  14. Love your card and coloring including the colors you used. You could be my youger sister as I'm a night owl to. Always have been. Everyones asleep except me. It is 3:34 A.M.

  15. Love this, it's fantastic! I am an avid reader and can identify!
    Thank you for playing along at ds4j and good luck.
    Jackie ds4j DT member

  16. Hi Suzanne...This is truly adorable just like you!!!!!!! Hey, I tell I could just see you sitting like that in your chair reading..
    hugs dear...........

  17. Super cute card!! I am getting ready to read "The House on Tradd Street" by Karen White. Its the first in a new series based in Charleston SC. Reminds me of the series of books written by Dorothea Benton Frank.

  18. This is so beautifully designed. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  19. Aww this is gorgeous Suzanne! the image is really sweet and you've coloured her beautifully! Love the pretty papers and embellishments… the colours and layers are fab!
    I'm a night owl too!! and love reading... :-)
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT and good luck in the Challenge!
    Hugs Sue xx

  20. Gosh Suzanne, I love this card, I am keeping a copy for future inspiration, hope you don't mind but I just love the colour combo and how you've designed it all, it's just beautiful, gorgeous digi too! Thanks for joining in the fun at The Paper Shelter this week, good luck in the draw, XOX Lucy

  21. A gorgeous card, I love the colouring and the image is fab! Thanks for playing along at MAWTT X

    Hugs, Kelly x

  22. Wow Suzanne, that card is just too cute!


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

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