Friday, April 17, 2009

Rough & Tumble Friday!!

Hi everyone & Happy, Happy Friday--wahoooo! It's 75 degrees here today & sunny and I am lovin' life!! :o) Nothing better than being able to have your windows open, nice breeze & sunrays coming in--LOVE it! Do you have some awesome plans for your weekend? We're putting in our veggie garden tomorrow & then off to do some clothes shopping on Sunday (I like that, but hubby is not so thrilled, LOL)!

Gotta get ready for my birthday(hee hee--I like to pick out my own presents) & my daughter's birthday. My daughter is having 3 girls for a bday sleepover next Friday (ackk..she'll be 13--am I really old enuff to have a teenager, hee hee) & they want to go to the movies & raise alot of heck probably--and then we'll take her to the Baltimore Zoo/Inner Harbor on Sunday (her bday is April 25th) like she wanted. She wants a laptop (hee hee, not sure about that, maybe) and gift cards--easy peasy.

For my birthday (May 3) I am going to VEGAS baby (wahooooo) with 3 of my girlfriends and I CANNOT wait! We leave on May 1st and come back 4 days later---good times for sure! We're staying at the Bellagio & I'm hoping to get a spa treatment in (cuz' I never get to do that it seems) but no gambling--I don't like to lose my hard earned dollars so gambling does not appeal to me at all! I will be 35 (egads, that's gettin' closer to 40--eeekkkk) and this will be my first trip to Vegas! Does that "What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas" still work? LOL--just joshin' ya--we're not THAT CRAZY, hee hee! Anywhoo....I've got a few rough'n'tumble boy projects for ya today!!

So my first project is a Kids Get Well set--I adore this lil' dinosaur (Denny Dinosaur) from Whipper Snapper (I've had him for awhile now) and he's perfect for a get well card. I wanted to make some more get well sets cuz' they always come in handy & are quick-n-easy to make. I got this idea originally from my blogger pal Sandy(see her site for dimensions) and you can see my original one here. I just left out the throat lozenger on this one and replaced the regular chapstick with some LipSmackers fruit flavored chapstick---much kid friendlier!
The dp is from DCWV "Nana's Kids" and lil' dino was colored with Copics & then I added some Shimmerz to him too. Isn't he a cutie-pop--I love him! The sentiment is from PTI's "Mega Mixed Messages" set (a must-have set in my opinion--use it everday it seems) !

Inside view-- travel pack of tissues and LipSmacker chapstick! Great lil' set to give to someone that is sick, recovering or not feeling well! These sets are for sale on my Etsy site (on sidebar) if you're interested! Hope you like it!

Second card uses this cute lil' Eat Cake Graphics stamp that I have been dying to use forevah'! He so reminds me of my son--always tearing into my boxes in the recycling bin & creating something out of them! This lil' guy's name is "Casey" & there are lots of other cuties in this line of stamps too---right HERE at Susana's Custom Art & Card Design Store--(Casey is only $3--can't beat it). I used this week's Mojo Monday Sketch #82 for the layout--perfect for this image! The dp is from DCWV "Nana's Kids" again--love this dp, so bright & cheery! I added a Basic Grey button to the center of my ribbon bow & tied it off with yellow Scrappers Floss.

Those stars are lil' brads I had and I cut the back shanks off with my Tonic scissors (cut thru anything) and attached w/ gluedots! I, of course had to add some diamond glaze to his lil' plane for some more texture--I just love how it turned out! This would make a wonderful birthday card for someone special!!

Last but not least, I get asked alot about how I take my pictures so here ya go. I bought this light box off of Ebay last year (it came w/ 2 lights but I don't use them cuz' they make my pics more pink than I like). I laid down some white cs inside & I set it up on my kitchen table along with my Ott Lite (love, love it)! The Ott light simulates natural daylight so I can take pics at anytime of the day. One tip: the light SHOULD NOT be directly over or shining directly on your card or else your pictures will look washed out!!! Put the light in front of your card/project pointing down so the light is indirect!

I use a Panasonic Lumix camera with a 10x zoom--I have a Canon Rebel XT too, but I mostly use my little Lumix--it takes wonderful pics (if you saw my slideshow below of my vacation pics--they were all taken with my Lumix). Then I just upload them to my Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 & adjust the colors/contrast if I need to, crop the pictures & add my watermark. Hope that helps you some :o)

EDITED TO ADD: MY 2 new Copic Video Tutorials are now up on my sidebar--video 6 shows how I color images/objects black & video 7 shows how I color white images/objects!!

Alrighty, I'm done now--hee, hee! Have a great Friday!


  1. these are adorable Suzanne, love the way you colour your images.
    The paper roses were from a local shop called the range. when i go up there next i pop some in the post to you..... though i won't be going for a little while..
    hugs rachxx

  2. The cards are great and so colorful. I love how your Kleenex/Get Well Kit turned out! I love using the Chapsticks too.
    Thanks for sharing how you take your pictures. I think it's always helpful to see how others do it.

  3. what a cuties you have made!!!!!


  4. I am so pleased that I found your blog! I have been admiring your work on PCP and well, now here I am! I love your tutorials on the Copic markers...LOVE them! You have been so helpful to me with my coloring.

    The cards you've shared here are adorable! How cute the tissue and lipgloss holder is! So creative are you!

    My family and I just returned from Las Vegas. I love the Bellagio! I've included a link to my digital scrap page I made about our trip.

    You can take a peek, if you'd like. And stay tuned...I'll be posting more pages in the next few days.

    You'll love Vegas and the Bellagio, you seem like a lot of fun! Oh! And definitely spring for the spa treatments...pricey, but WELL worth it!

    Thanks for sharing your time and talent with all of us. I really appreciate you!


  5. Love them! That Get Well Kit is too cute. I need to make some of those! Love the dinosaur and the plane is just too sweet! Sorry I've been gone so long, but I'm back now! And the rule about Vegas still applies - always! Thanks for the tips on photo taking. Your pictures always look so great and I'm glad you shared with us how you come up with them.

    Hugs to you,


  6. Wonderful creations but I simply adore that dino!! Way too cute!! He's going on my wishlist!
    Almost 10 years ago I went to Baltimore to pick Sam up for our wedding. I have some happy memories from the zoo there and Inner Harbor!
    Have fun in Vegas!! I didn't realize that I was older than you....eeekkkk is right, I'll be the big 4-0 this year, ack!! LOL!

  7. I've got that little dino and haven't inked him up yet! Too, too cute, Suzanne!! Love your airplane card too!

    Have a BLAST in Vegas! It's such a fun city to visit with girlfriends!! Two of my very good childhood friends and I all have birthdays within about four weeks of each other. We all turned 50 year before last, and we rang them in by going to Vegas. Oh what a weekend we had! LOL! Have lots of fun and can't wait to hear about it when you get back!

  8. OMG, I am so jealous that you are going to Vegas. The fact that you are staying at the Bellagio is a SIGN. The Cirque du Soleil show called "O" plays there - you HAVE to see it. It is the most amazing thing I have ever seen (and I have seen a LOT of shows).
    Have fun!

  9. Super adorable cards. I've been enjoying your Copic tutorials as well. Thank you! I'm going to have to hunt down that light box. It looks fabulous.

  10. You are a Copic goddess! I love all your videos and I'm going to add you to my blogroll. BTW, you've been talked about very fondly on StampTV! :)

  11. Super cute cards! I love your colors :)

  12. These are very cute and I love that you made a little holder for kleenex and chapstick. =)
    Love the way you color too!

    You will have a blast in Vegas, wish I were going at that time, we may go toward October when its cooler. =)

  13. Cute projects! TFS on how you take your photos.

  14. wonderful project that I will def be trying sometime soon! TFS!

  15. These are so adorable and I absolutely love the dino! I have this set of papers - always looking for paper and stamps to make cards for boys.


  16. oh my! lots of great cards and projects! you are a BUSY woman!

  17. These are both adorable!! Love the bright colors and cute images!! Off to check out the new videos... {hugs}

  18. beautiful cards love the little dinosaur soo cute.
    Also thanks for the photo tip.
    I am currently using a piece of white card and have to take my pictures in the daytime which is not always possible


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

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