Monday, July 27, 2009

Christmas in July!!

Happy Monday friends--I'm home again!!! It's always so wonderful to get away but just as great to get home to your own bed & comforts ya know!! We had a wonderful time in NY visiting family & hanging out but now it's back to real life for me, hee hee! I was supposed to be leaving for CHA this week (boohoo), but had to cancel my trip just because of time constraints & Riley will be having some cysts removed from his throat this Friday :o( He has 2 doctors appts tomorrow and we'll hopefully get some more answers & see if he has improved at all---his cough is better but he's still short of breath so fingers crossed please! I'll be going to CHA this January so if you decide to come make sure & say "hi" if ya see me, lol!

Alrighty, I have a slideshow at the bottom of this post with all my NY pictures and my cool antiquing finds if you're interested! Now onto my projects........

Check out my last project for my Guest Designer position for All That Scraps today right HERE. It has been such an honor & sooooo much fun to design for them this month--hope you've liked all my projects too!

So today my post is all about Christmas in July, lol---thank goodness its not winter yet but we'll just pretend 'kay!? The Magnolia-licious DT has a special treat for you all today---a Magnolia themed Christmas Challenge! All the details and fabulous DT cards are over on the Magnolia-licious Highlites blog--if you decide to join in on the challenge there could be prizes involved!!

I decided to use one of my favorite Christmas colors and fave holiday dp by Heidi Grace. This Magnolia is "Tilda w/ Candle" and is available at Magnolia-licious--she's so elegant and peaceful looking! The large star/snowflake cutout was done on my Cricut and the other snowflakes were done with punches & small buttons.

I added LOTS of diamond stickles to the snowflakes, her head crown & her sash for lots of shimmer! If you only own or want ONE stickles it should be diamond--it's the best! A few yellow stickles to her candle too. (Her dress was colored with BG11, BG10, BG0000 Copics) Isn't she just lovely? Now hop over the Magnolia-licious Highlites blog to join in on the fun!!

Now since I was in a holly jolly Xmas mood yesterday (LOL) I decided to make a second Christmas card too! This one uses the fabulous Lockhart Stamp Co. image "Trumpet Angel" --this is just one angel in the series (there are actually 7). The dp is from last years Stampin' Up which is some of favorite evah' too! (Yes I have ALOT of favorites, lol) I cut her out using the Nestabilities Labels 4 and then traced the inside of the die with my gold Sharpie poster paint pen (extra fine tip). Her trumpet was done with Smooch in Gold (all new Smooch colors HERE) and her wings with diamond stickles. I added some Prima poinsettias & leaves and sprayed the entire card with Shimmerz Spritz in baby's breath. I finished it off by stamping a Xmas sentiment from PTI's "Mega Mixed Messages". Two Christmas cards down and only a million more to go, hee hee! Hope this gave you a lil' inspiration for the upcoming holiday season :o)

My New York trip pics!!

I'll see ya back here tomorrow with some more fun projects!!




  1. Hi Suzanne and welcome back. I love both of your Christmas cards they are beautiful. Your work is always beautiful. Thanks for sharing your pictures it was fun to see your family. I pray that everything goes ok for Riley.

  2. Hi suzzan, glad yor trip home was a safe one! So sorry about your son. Hopefully all will be well for him soon!
    I'm intrigued by your trunk because I have one JUST like it that my day bought me at a barn sale 30 years ago!
    Do you have any other details about it? Mine has B binney painted in script black letters across the slat just below the latched. Mine is identical!! Weird, huh?

    p.s. LOVE your stampin' projects!

  3. Suzanne - your Tilda card is beautiful! Can't believe that is just stickles in her hair, it looks like a band of little pearls or something! I had to read your description twice for it to sink in! lol Sweet card....I need to use my cricut more too! thanks for the inspiration!
    Pam Going Postal

  4. Lovely Tilda, Suzanne...glad you are safely back home and my thoughts and prayers will be with your son...Hugs..Jacque

  5. Both are so wonderful! Thinking of you!

  6. Both are lovely, of coarse I am partial to the first one, some of my favorite colors, this tilda is just fabulous.

  7. Hi Suzanne, As always your card is beautiful, I always look in on your Blog everyday.I wonted to start my stickles collection and you answered my question without asking! Thank You

  8. Hi Suzanne, As always your card is beautiful, I always look in on your Blog everyday.I wonted to start my stickles collection and you answered my question without asking! Thank You

  9. What great cards and I'm so glad you're back! Love that Tilda, but that angel is just beautiful. Love the rustic look she has about her. What great pictures! Good luck with Riley's dr appointments and I'm sure everything will be just fine.

    Big hugs to you,


  10. Yep! You are so right...she is lovely! and the diamond stickles are the best! Love all the shimmer And shine and the soft colors of her gown! Of course..the blonde hair is just PERFECT too!

  11. Hi Suzanne. Glad you're safely back home. Both cards are beautiful, but the Tilda is my fav--being a Tilda addict and all. Just ordered this from Diana and get wait to play around with her. Love the stickled crown in her hair--looks great.


  12. Beautiful card, love the colours you have used, so cute!! So sparkly!!
    Will think of Riley, hope everything is ok!! x
    Hugs Angela

  13. gorgeous cards! they are both just stunning, Suzanne! And I love the antiques that you brought home...especially that trunk! Cool Beans!

  14. Hi Tilda card..LOVE it and the angel card is gorgeous also! Sounds like an awesome trip! I may have to get that Tilda now...hmmm.... :)

  15. Your Christmas card is GORGEOUS! Wow! I love the beautiful color & all the diamond Stickles & Snowflakes. Very nicely done!
    Huggies ~

  16. Both are beautiful cards! The softness of the Christmas blue & white are nice for the winter season!

  17. Your two Christmas cards are just beautiful, Suzanne! I love the stickles in Tilda's hair and you've applied it so neatly! That huge snowflake you cut with your Cricut is beautiful...lucky to have such a cadillac of a cutting toy! I looks great and really adds to the background. Your Lockhart angel is so classic and I love the colors. Well, I hope your son feels better soon and he'll be in my thoughts and prayers. Have a wonderful week. Cami

  18. Hi Suzanne
    Oh the snowflake card is wonderful colors!! and I love how it all ties together, especially love the embossed star behind Tilda:-) The added stickles are a nice added dimension:-) Love it!
    The angel Christmas card is really nice and those flowers on it are perfect, I really like the layout of this one:-)
    Wonderful cards my friend!!


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

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