Monday, September 19, 2011

Going Olde School!

Well a happy Monday to you all!  Hope you all had a brilliant weekend!  Mine was great, lots of fun and I’m still tired LOL!  I got back from NC Saturday evening and fell into bed around midnight.  Hubby and son got back yesterday from their camping trip in the Catskill Mountains to go to an RC Airplane Convention.  Riley said it was 90% men, 35-40 degrees and lots of plane crashing or in his words “AWESOME”—in my words “not so much” LOL!  Camping in the cold, yeah not so much for this gal, sorry!

Ok so Part Two of my Thursday evening story in Charlotte, NC with my gal pals Pat &  Dana.  You can read Part I in the post below <giggle>!  That evening we went out to dinner at Bonefish (if you follow me on Facebook you can see my menu post there—omgoodness it was so funny but not pc for my blog, hee hee).  So that started the evening off with a BANG (hee hee)!  Then on the way back to the hotel (I was driving) there is construction and blocked lanes and lots of traffic.  So my BRILLIANT friend Pat says “hey use the detour button on your GPS”—ummm ok so I did.  If your friend tells you to use a DETOUR—just say NOOOOO!  I kid you not it took us 30 mins to get to our hotel which is 1 mile down the road because my lovely GPS (it really does smoke crack I think) took us in circles and thru weird subdivisions. Yep the first detour went like this…..take exit to right, circle around and exit back up to EXACTLY WHERE YOU WERE BEFORE—OMGOOOOOOODDDDDDD!  So I hit the detour button again and it says to turn right and before you know it we are passing all these subdivisions and it takes me into neighborhood where it wants me to go down closed streets—yep closed.  We went around the neighborhood like 5 times and we were laughing so hard and YES I HAD TO PEE AGAIN really bad.  All I could think was the next day’s headlines would read “Out-of-town Women Caught Drug Running in Neighborhood, using Crafts & Craziness for an excuse” cuz that’s the kind of people that WERE HANGING OUT IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.  We finally got out of the neighborhood and I said I’m just gonna drive down this road towards the light---don’t they always tell you to follow the light (or is that moths telling each other to go to the light to their death lol).  Come to find out we were less than a 1/4 mile from the hotel LOL—yep how long does it take us—30 MINS!!  UGH—shoot me now but it sure was FUNNY Winking smile  So all of you that SAY you wanna travel with me---do you realllllly want to?  Can YOU HANDLE IT? LMBO!

 After our makeovers--Angelique (our guru), me, Pat & Dana
trust me you don't wanna see my before LOL!


-Wanna take some Copic Classes with me?  I’ll be in Kansas City this coming weekend (sorry the Chiefs lost but my ‘Skins wonnnnnn hee hee) but coming up I will be in Ohio, Texas, California and Chicago.  Check them out at for more info!!  I’d love to see you!

-To all the ladies who came out to see me in NC at the Women’s Show—waving hi to you all!  Thanks so much and hope you all had fun and learned a bit—probably spent a bit too huh? LOL—don’t worry I did too, wayyyy too much but I won’t go there right now!


Goin’ Olde School!!

Today the Magnolia-licious has a fun Blog Hop for you!!  We all took our Mini-Magnolia Binders (which hold all those cute mini stamps in an organized way) and decorated them all in different ways.  The only rule was to use only Magnolia stamps of course!  But we hope to inspire you to alter or decorate your own binders, scrapbooks, cookbooks, notebooks and more!  You can find out more on how you can win your own Mini-Magnolia Binder and gift at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog – so we hope you join in!!  If you’d like to start at the beginning of the Blog Hop then go to my pal Cheryl Rowley’s awesome blog here!

**Just a note: I used my Viva Decor black pen to create the mini pearls on the logo & added Stickles to the logo's wings, heart and halo! 

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
*Quirky Crafts (anything but a card)
*All Sorts Challenge (alter something)
*Catch the Bug Challenge (create a scene)
*Inspire Me Fridays (anything goes)
*Wee Memories (no pattern paper)


Well where did my inspiration come from?  My own craft room of course and the logo on the binder---my studio is all black, soft aqua and whites and since this will sit on my hutch I wanted it to match everything.  So then I had to think how to fill the space, well my CMC Challenge Group is doing a sepia or all black/white challenge and I thought “hey” I’m gonna do that too, hee hee!  Then I decided to create one large scene but I wasn’t feeling it so out came the circle idea to make 3 fun scenes instead.  Yep that IS how my brain works, constantly tumbling around in its own craziness LOL!  But I really love how it turned out and it DOES match my room perfectly—sure hope you like it too!  All the stamps are from Magnolia-licious of course and then I used just cardstock, no patterned paper on this.


Isn’t this the cutest sailor you’ve ever seen? OMGoodness I’ve had these two stamps forever and never had a chance to pull them out---but NOW I do!  For my copic colors I used C9,C7,C5,C3,C1,C00 and BG72,BG11,BG10 on all the images. This cutie is “Dangling Sea Edwin” and “Sea Background” from the Bon Voyage Collection which I don’t see but I’m sure Diana could get them in if you WANT them!!  I used lots of Stickles and Diamond Glaze on my images to make them pop even more.  Also some Viva Décor Pearl Pen on the portholes screw-holes for more dimension.


Next up I made a fun summer scene using stamps from the Lazy Summer Days collection.  I used “Edwin on Bike” and then the mini version of “Tilda with Ice CreamCone”—the mini stamps are great for creating dimensional scenes like this.  The background is a summer background from Magnolia but it’s a much older one, but this “Butterfly Background” would be similar.  What I did was cut the background into pieces so I could use each piece of it in many different ways or by themselves—I store them in a baggie so they stay together.


The last scene also uses a large and a mini stamp—this is one of my fave stamps of Tilda, she’s so adorable and her name is “Tilda with Curls” from the FairyTale Collection.  The other one is a mini stamp called “Romantic Window”.  Again the mini’s are fab for using in scenes or by themselves.  I added Diamond Glaze to the window for shine and stickles to her shirt, socks and window frame.  I used Viva Décor Pearl Pen in ice white on the berries on the ivy in the window box.  All of the images got shaded with my Inkssentials Blending Tool with gray and aqua inkpads for a soft look around the scenes (love this tool)!!


That’s it for me and that’s the end of the Blog Hop! If you want to start at the beginning you will need to go to Cheryl’s fabulous Blog Here!!  So now you need to pop over to the Magnolia-licious Highlites Blog to see how to join in on the fun!


  1. Suzanne,this is absolutely stunning! Love the black and white with just a touch of colour, just lovely
    Hugs Julie P

  2. OMG, your binder is just wonderful!!!! I love your coloring and the soft aqua with the black and white are gorgeous!!!

  3. Love it, Suzanne! It will be perfect in your studio! (I told Dave when my room was finished and decorated that it isn't a craft room anymore, it's a 'studio! LOL!)
    Anyway, your binder is stunning! I love the greys for coloring and the touches of aqua are wonderful!
    Beautiful work!

  4. I love the color palette you chose. It reminds me of an old photo album. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow that is really good love the colors you used...great job !

  6. So beautiful Suzanne! It has such a cool and calm feeling about it. Love the 'circles' too :-)


  7. Your cards are always stunning. I'm looking forward to seeing you in KC this coming weekend. If you need directions, I'll be better than a GPS :)

  8. Very pretty, love the contrast between black and the aqua. Very cute.

  9. Interesting and unique use of color! Neat idea!!

  10. Such a cool project, amazing colours combo.

  11. Just love how you did this Suzanne! Fantastic idea to put the scenes in circles and the coloring is just, you know, fabulous!!! Love the gray scale with the aqua!!! Beautiful work!!!

    I'm waiting to see a You tube of you starting a flash mob someplace!!! Love your stories!!! TFS!!!

  12. Ok, I just love your stories and yes, I would still travel with you. Stunning project!

  13. I love the blacks & whites. Creates a nice vintagy feel. Great coloring and a very nice design! Perfectly done! TFS

  14. What a lovely binder. Thank you foe entering into the quirky crafts challenge.

  15. Hi Suzanne, love your decorated binder; it looks very sphisticated!! Love the colour use too, so original! Hugs, Frea

  16. AWW!! Suzanne, this binder is really adorable!! The black and white coloring on the minis really make this stand out nicely!! Brilliant ideas!! :)

  17. You are one FABULOUS work after another!!! This is stunning!! Why don't I think to color in a few colors??!!! Grrrrr... teach me oh great one! Hee Hee

  18. What a gorgeous card Suzanne.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  19. What a gorgeous craetion Suzanne!
    Your colouring is amazing and so effective with only the Copics C and BG. Really really beautiful, and I wish it was mine... lol
    Great take on the theme at Allsorts this week, and I wish you a good luck in the draw.
    Hugs, Jill

  20. Lovely idea and I really love the colouring! Thank you for joining Quirky Crafts this time, don't forget to come back and vote for your favourites this Friday/Saturday

  21. Sweet - love the touch of color. Great job.

  22. Way too freaking cute! I am loving how you have made to match your room!


  23. fabulous, i love this! thanks for playing with bugaboo, JOY DT

  24. what a beautiful masterpeice..wowozwers..tfs..loves ya

  25. Lovely card & great colors. Thanks for playing at Wee Memories this week!

  26. Oh Suzanne, stunning work! Thank you so much for joining us for our first challenge at The Squirrel & The Fox. I hope to see you there again soon,

  27. Gorgeous altered binder Suzanne, your colouring is beautiful, great mini scenes you've created there and I just love the monochromatic look!
    Thanks for entering my Alter/Recycle challenge at Allsorts this week and good luck!
    Love Nicola xxx

  28. this is beautiful, love the colour combo and such cute images x

  29. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining in with our Anything but a card challenge at Quirky Crafts

  30. Wow what a super fabulous project!!!! Wow so much talent you have!!!!! Absolutely stunning!!!!!

  31. Awesome Suzanne. Very clever use of color. Not overdone. Gorgeous coloring. Love it and your story telling.
    Hugs Maz

  32. Gorgeous and beautiful coloring on these minis. Love the idea to alter the binder :o)

  33. Suzanne, what an amazing blog hop. Love it! Your binder is fabulous. Love the black and white colouring--something I am still learning to do. I suck at it...LOL. The hint of aqua is wonderful. Love the design, your arrangement of the 3 circles with the flourishes.

  34. Lovely coloring. Thanks for joining us at Wee Memories. :)

  35. This is so adorable, thanks so much for joining our "Make A scene" challenge at Catch the Bug!

  36. What a wonderful creation!

    Just a reminder that to be in the running for prizes we ask that you only combine up to 4 challenges, including ours. Thank you for playing at Wee Memories.

  37. This is stunning! You've created such a lovely scene here! Thanks for joining us in this weeks Create A Scene challenge at Catch The Bug!

    :-) Becky

  38. Absolutely Stunning Suzanne!! Love the muted tones!!

    Hugs Hazel xx

  39. Love how you´ve used both the mini and the original size tildas and edwins. Love the binder!

  40. Beautiful binder Suzanne. Love the black 'n white coloring with the blue. So pretty. TFS!


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

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