Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Return of Me!

Hi everyone!  Long time, no see huh?  Sorry about that but between the last 2 weeks of school with the teens (ughhhhh shoot me) AND my lower back totally going out...its not been so good.  They say that freshman & junior years of high school are the hardest and I fully agree with that statement.  WELL I had teens in BOTH those grades at the same time so this past school year has beaten us down.  Not to mention that every single one of their teachers assigned huge end of year projects and papers AND the last week of school is all exams...OMGeeee...KILLER!  Not just for them but for me as I'm "project helper" and "paper editor" in this house and they are moody & stressed which then rubs off on me it was a tense couple of weeks ugh.  But thankfully school is done with for the year until September...phewwww!  Although both the kids have summer AP projects...Alexa has ones for AP Government, AP Statistics and AP Literature and 7 books to read...Riley has 2 projects for AP History and AP English.  And I'm big on NOT waiting until the week before so they know after our vacation that they will be starting on them and not scrambling at last minute.  Not to mention Alexa has college essays to start and scholarships to research over summer too.

My back is...well its not so good!  Some days I can barely move, most days I'm walking hunched over and sitting hunched over at my craft table is KILLER.  So I had to take some time off from that.  But I am getting treatments for it...I will probably have surgery at the end of summer.  NO its not a fusion type of surgery, but removal of a mass that's on nerves.  Just pushing it off a bit as much as I can.  So that's why there's not been much posted here.  I've got a very high pain level so I'm still able to get stuff done, still cleaning the house, organizing, cooking, working LOL but some things like coloring just couldn't be done on some days...I've missed it :(

I do have a ton of new posts at my other blog "Bitz of Me" including some of my own personal recipes I've shared if you want to check those out.  I have 6 more projects to do before I leave on the 23rd of June for vacation so there will be more posts here....stay tuned :)


Life is Better

So today is Wee Wednesday at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog and I got some NEW Wee stamps in the mail...I promptly colored one of them up.  These are in a set called "Flower Fairies" and they are darling!  You can see the other DT girls Wee Stamp Inspiration projects at the Challenge blog (linked above) and also check out our current Tues Challenge which is all about "Luscious Lace"...hope you can join us.

I'm entering her into the following challenges:

I kept my color scheme to creams and soft yellows...perfect soft colors for summer.  The sentiment is from a PTI set and I thought this card would be perfect for SOOOO many things....weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and friends.  The sentiment was stamped on a die cut made with a LaLa Land die ".  The other dies used were from Memory Box to include "Corner Bow" and "Blooming Vine".  I lightly sponged the cream die cuts with some soft cream ink to give a shadow.  Liquid Pearls in cream were used on the small pearls on her headband and on some of the die cuts.  The flowers are a mix of Wild Orchid Craft and Prima stuck all together with Scor-Tape (I luv the 1/2 inch best)!  The cream cs in the background was also embossed with a Couture Creations "Exotic" embossing folder...I love the larger size of these folders and how deeply they emboss.

She was colored up with Copics:  E35,E31,YR20 / E11,E00,R20 / E43,E42,E40 / Y00,Y11,YR24 / B00 & B0000 used around background
I added Stickles to her wings and a few of the flowers for sparkle.

Hope you have a wonderful day!  I have a project ready for stay tuned :)


  1. What a wonderful card,I love the image and the colours.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  2. WOW!!!! Your card is lovely!!!! Love the soft colours and the gorgeous image! Your colouring is stunning! I hope your back will get better soon. Hugs, Brigitte

  3. Glad you're back .. No pun intended! Beautiful card as always. And I am really enjoying your Bitz of Me blog. You are one creative, albeit very busy woman. Martha Stewart step aside!u

  4. Wow! I feel bad for you! I hope you feel better soon. Taking it easy is the best thing to do. Back problems are a bear!

    Lovely card as always. The coloring is equisite!


  5. Totally stunning and well details card xx

  6. What a elegant card... Love all the details and love your coloring..

  7. Another gorgeous card, Suzanne! Love the design, image, fab coloring, papers, die cuts, & cool embellies! You put it all together so beautifully. :^)
    I am so sorry to hear about your back. :^( I am sure you do not want to have surgery; but if it will relieve the pain for you, then that's the route to go. I wish you a very successful one, and a speedy and complete recovery!

  8. Gorgeous card and beautiful colors Suzanne..Loz

  9. OMGeee, Suzanne. Your household has so much going on with family and teens. I remember those days but thank the Lord they are over for me!
    So sorry to hear about your back, Hun. I've been there and it's no picnic. I escaped surgery, finding the best physical therapist in my area. He was the sports PT for the NY Jets many years ago and is also our County Commissioner. Image that. I hope you get the relief you need...I'm thinkin' about you and sending prayers and well wishes.
    Your card is marlevous. I love the light colors and brilliant coloring on your image. The design is exceptional and I love how it brings the eye toward your lovely stamp, she just POPS off that page. Have a great week.
    Cathy Lee

  10. Suzanne,
    Your card is wonderful. I love the cream and yellow combination. Your new stamp is a cutie.
    I am very sorry to hear about your back and sorry you are in such pain. I hope the stress level at your house will soon be behind you, so you can relax.
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Big Hugs, Candy

  11. This is so beautiful! I love the soft colors you used! :) Nancee

  12. Gorgeous card Suzanne, beautiful colours and die's and the image is so sweet. Really pretty...Thank you for joining us at Bearly-Mine challenges this week and we are hoping to see you again. Good luck..Hugs Lozzy x

  13. What an awesome cute card. Love the soft palette. I spotted you over on MIM and came for a closer look and I am so glad that I did.


  14. Lovely card , thank you for joining us over at the Crafting Musketeers , Fran (DT) xxx

  15. Superb card Suzanne, totally love it, so soft and an amazing image, thank you for sharing with us at Crafting Musketeers this month, good luck xxx

  16. Hi Suzanne!! Oh my around your house seems pretty busy busy busy!! Sorry to hear about your back...hopefully the rest will help! You need to go to the beach, me thinks!! hehe! Your card is beyond stunning!! And I love all the added die cuts!! Fabulous!! Thanks so much for joining us for this fortnight's challenge at Deep Ocean! Hugs. Pat Frank

  17. Fantastic card! I love your coloured image and also the textures that you have added.

    Thanks for sharing at Bearly Mine this week.

    Sharon x

  18. BEAUTIFUL, love the whole layout and you image is colored to perfection, thanks for sharing hopefully your resting that back of your....

  19. Such a pretty card Suzanne. I hope your back gets better soon

  20. Stunning card, and beautifully decorated. Thank you for sharing with us at BearlyMine Challenges this week. Good luck. hugs Jackie DT.

  21. Your card is lovely, Suzanne! I am so loving the color scheme you've selected. Because of the muted colors, your image takes center stage. The eye is just drawn to that beautiful image! Great "Suzanne Touches!" You did a wonderful job! I just love it!


  22. Gorgeous card, love the predominantly white design and that stamp of Sylvia's is such a sweetie. Gorgeous colouring, love the hair! Hugs, Wends x

  23. So sweet! Beautifully colored! Love everything about this!


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

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