Saturday, October 27, 2012

Give a Giftie!!

Happy Saturday everyone!  Are those of you on the East Coast of the US gearing up for the Franken-storm aka Hurricane Sandy?  Yikes looks like we are all gonna get some real bad weather…ick!  We are hooking up our generator to run our sump pump, freezer and fridges at least just in case we lose power….I think we are going to get a ton of rain and wind.  They’ve already cancelled school events including Riley’s last football game for next week in anticipation of the storm.  I sure hope I don’t see any ice or snow out of it…I’m soooo NOT ready for that yet, yuck!  I know my friends out west in Utah and Colorado were getting snow…it looks pretty in their pictures but only because it’s THERE & NOT HERE LOL!  I plan to get chores done and work done over the weekend…busy week ahead and I leave for Canada on Thursday so lots to do…yikes!  So those in Franken-storm’s path….BE SAFE!!!

We went to the High School’s last home Varsity Game last night and it was still 72 degs outside wowza gotta love that!  And what a nail-biter….down by 4 in last 1.5 mins … TOUCHDOWN ….whoot in last 40 secs.  OMGoodness…good game and so proud of these boys.  We are 8-1 this season…pretty darn good for a 3 year old school.  They put in the paper that we are now playin’ with the BIG BOYS LOL!  If you don’t know football in Loudoun County, VA is almost as big as it is in Texas…seriously!  The stands are packed, people are crazy and its super competitive here!  We have 3 quarterbacks that are seniors who have D-1 college scholarships already…last year one went to Stanford and one off to Duke.  This year we have quite a few boys on our team headed to college on scholarships…its awesome!  Riley’s freshman team is 7-2 and I’m so proud of those boys too…what a great fall they’ve all had.  Sad to see the season end though…it seems so short!  Now for off-season training LOL..Riley will be training with ex-Redskins all winter to get ready for next season…he’s trying to build a lot more muscle.  Not like he isn’t big enough I guess Winking smile but what does his momma know huh?


-The NEW CMC Challenge is up and its "Anything Goes with a Twist of Orange"!  Our sponsor is Louby Loo Digital Designs with a great prize & don't forget you are entered each month as well for a $50 GC to so go enter..everyone is welcome to join in!

-My last classes of the year are in Guelph Ontario Canada starting Nov 5th thru Nov 10th...I have just a few spots open and you can see details at --- I'd love to see you!


Give A Gift!

Today I’m sharing with you….MY FIRST CHRISTMAS CARD OF THE SEASON….WHOOT! LOL!  I just haven’t been in a holiday mood yet KWIM…but I got oodles of new holiday paper pads and that inspired me.  PLUS I’m able to color again…I got my coloring-crafty-mojo back…yeehaw LOL!  I was super anxious to get at my new Christmas Story Magnolia images from Magnolia-licious too!

OMGoodness if you haven’t checked out the new Nativity Collection from Magnolia-licious…go NOW!  Sooooo sweet and wonderful!

I'm entering this into the following fun challenges:

Crafty Ann's Challenge (christmas)
Fussy & Fancy Challenge (anything goes)  
ABC Christmas Challenge (anything goes)
Lady Anne's Challenge (anything goes) 
Just Keep On Creating (christmas)  
Make It Monday (anything goes)

This little cutie is from the Christmas Story Collection 2012 and her name is “Tilda with Tag Gifts…isn’t she a doll!?  I used new papers from Authentique “Festive” pad…love the delicate patterns. The red mat behind her is a SB’s die….the beautiful holly is a die from La La Land Crafts called “Holly Flourish Die” (they have beautiful dies that cut fabulously) and I accented it with red pearls as berries and inked the edges for dimension.  I also layered different flowers in reds and added those as accents.  The “BELIEVE” sentiment is from PTI.

I paper pieced her dress and then added shadowing with my Copics over it so it matched the rest of the image—the delicate pattern was perfect sized for her dress so I had to use it.  I added polka dots to one of the presents with a red Spica pen and also went over the berries in the paper with it to add subtle sparkle.  Stickles on her dress trim and around the image cuz the more sparkle the better in my world LOL!  Copics Used:  G99,G82,G20/ E44,E43,E40 / E59,E25,E31,E50 / E11,E00 / R29,R24,R22,R20 with W5.

 That’s all for me until Monday….I’ll be back with some Gina K releases for you!  So stay tuned for some more holiday good-i-ness!  Have a great weekend!


  1. Gorgeous card I love the image which is coloured beautifully and the layout is stunning. Caroline xxx

  2. Wowza! This is one gorgeous card. Love, love her paper pieced dress to match the background. one of the nicest Christmas cards I have seen this year. Bright and cheerful.
    hugs Maz

  3. Oh my, isn't she adorable. Love the dies you used behind her. I've got to get that Holy die from La-La land Crafts.

  4. By the way, I wanted to say how glad I am that your injuries are getting better.

  5. HI sweetie....... BEAUTIFUL card!!!

    SO glad to hear that you enjoying your fall. I am loving being back in AZ instead of Utah.. LOL It has been 86 degrees the last few days.. So much better than snow and cold.. LOL.....
    big big hugs dear...

  6. Gorgeous card Suzanne, Love this cute Tilda, beautiful colouring and papers..

    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  7. Gorgeous card, Suzanne! Love the Tilda! Stay safe. Stay dry!

    Chris Christensen

  8. Stunning card, Thank you for joining us at Lady Anne's Challenge.

  9. Stunning card and the image is beautifully coloured. Thank you for sharing with us at Lady Anne's. I hope we see you again.
    Love ~ Lady Anne xx

  10. Fab.U.Lous! ;^)
    Hugs, Penny
    Stay safe.

  11. We are getting reAdy for the storm here too in Massachusetts. My husband is a school superintendent so he gets to tell the kids to stay home, maybe hehe!
    Your card is gorgeous! Love it!!

  12. So amazing how you make her dress! I love your perfect card!! Hugs, karin

  13. This is absolutely gorgeous, I love how you've coloured her dress, beautiful card Suzanne
    Hugs julie P

  14. Very cute and looks so much like a Christmas card should. Love it. Edna

  15. Beautiful card and I am so happy to start seeing Christmas cards, I am SICk of Halloween and it hasn't even come yet, lol! I am in Sandy's direct path so I expect to be without power for awhile and alas, no generator here, last year, after Irene we had no power for 5 days and this is supposed to be much worse! I worry for my Mom and I and pray all of us in the storms wake will be safe!

  16. Fab card with an even better magnolia image. Stunning colours too. Saw your card on MIM I'm glad I popped over as it was worth it. Hugs xx

  17. Hi Suzanne,

    Loved your football story. I'm actually from VA, born in a small town called Fincastle, and have family throughout...heck we might be

    Love this gorgeous card..beautiful, beautiful colors!!


  18. This is absolutely fabulous! Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
    Ann x

  19. OMG this is stunning! I couldn't pick just one bit that I love the most if I tried. The whole thing is stunning! Such great Christmas inspiration! Beautiful! Thanks for joining in at Fussy and Fancy, good luck! xx

  20. Beautiful card Susan. Love the papers and the gorgeous flowers. LOVE the coloring, amazing as always. Hugs, Ivonne

  21. Lovely card, Suzanne. Gorgeous coloring and shading on Tilda's paper pieced dress. So glad to hear your hand is better. I hope you stay safe during Sandy's progression up the coast and have safe travels to Canada.
    Cathy Lee

  22. beautiful, love how you colored her and the red flowers are perfect.

  23. Welcome back to the coloring world! You do such beautiful work. I trully admire your abilities. Isn't seeing your kids play sports etc. fun? Your sure going to miss it when they are older. I know I DO!!!

  24. Fabulous card! Love your colouring and the design is fabulous!
    Thanks for joining us at Lady Annes,



  25. Super pretty & delightful card. I totally love the traditional Christmas coloring on this card :o)

  26. Gorgeous card! Fabulous coloring, love her dress.


  27. Gorgeous card! Fabulous coloring, love her dress.


  28. Beautiful card - love your embellishments!
    Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Helen x

  29. Such a stunning Christmas creation Suzanne, your colouring and paper piecing on Tilda are out of this world and those papers are gorgeous!
    Thanks for joining in with our Anything Goes challenge at Fussy and Fancy and good luck!
    Hugs Nicola xxx

  30. Superb colouring and a beautiful background. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Ann's.
    Jen x


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

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