Saturday, November 29, 2008


Hi everyone! I'm a little behind on posting this, but the fabulous and super talented Heidi Van Laar tagged me and now it's time to play along! (By the way, if you haven't checked out Heidi's blog, you should stop reading this immediately and go check it out.) Alright, so step one is complete. Yay! Step two is going to be a little more difficult, but I'll try:

Fact #1: I went on vacation for the first time when I was 19 or 20. My friend's family has a house in Maine and she invited "the girls"- we had a blast doing nothing! Up until then, our family "vacations" were soccer tournaments. We went all over the east coast, but never stayed more than 2 or 3 days, and rarely got to sight-see or do other tourist-y things.

Fact #2: I don't like chocolate. I can tolerate candy bars, brownies and chocolate chip cookies, but can't stand chocolate ice cream, cake, milk or dark chocolate. BLECH. :)

Fact #3: I was voted "funniest" my senior year of high school, thanks to my sarcasm. I've changed my attitude considerably, but I still love making people laugh.

Fact #4: I'm scared of the dark! A while ago, we lost power, and I had to light a candle so I could go back to sleep. (I usually sleep by the glow of my monitor or tv.)

Fact #5: I'm patiently waiting for Blossom to come out on DVD. It was my favorite tv show as a kid and I still have a crush on Joey Lawrence. Old habits die hard.

Fact #6: I'm a lazy crafter. I prefer store bought die-cuts to my Cricut machine and even to stamping. I hate the clean up afterwards and I'm always looking for fast, easy results.

Fact #7: I saved the weirdest fact for last. I love finishing things up, for example, shampoo bottles, post-it notes, lotion, you name it. Well actually, it's only things that take me a long time to finish, so if I ate a banana, that wouldn't give me the same satisfaction as finishing up a pack of brads. ;) I'm not sure why this is, maybe because it makes me feel like I'm cleaning out? I don't know, but it's definitely one of my quirks. :)

Well, I think I'm going to have a tough time with part #3, because a lot of people have already been tagged, but I will do my best. I hope to post my Thanksgiving cards soon, so stay tuned. Thanks for reading through my randomness and thanks for stopping by!

-Suzanne :O )

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

simple thanks

Hi everyone! I'm in the midst of editing pictures of the most recent cards I've made, including several for Thanksgiving which I hope to post soon. Today I wanted to post a card I made for my brother to give to a co-worker. I didn't want it to be too feminine, but he was giving it to a female co-worker so I didn't want it to be too masculine either (it's so hard to find that balance!) Anyway, I think I managed to do that with this card, which I left blank on the inside. I used papers from me & my BIG ideas, an old embellishment from Target's dollar spot, and a rub-on sentiment from Gartner Studios. I've had the circular embellishment for several years, when Target first introduced scrapbooking supplies to the dollar spot, and I didn't know quite what to use it for. I thought this would be an appropriate time to use it since it's sparkly (feminine) but has masculine tones. Plus, I LOVE that I was able to use something up :D As far as the layout, I've really been trying to find ways to display my patterned papers and let them stand on their own. I used some scraps and played around until I found a balance between all the pieces. I love this card's simplicity and I hope you will too. Thanks for popping by!

-Suzanne :O )

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Hi everyone! I wanted to share this card I made for my "secret sister" at the Paper Crafts website where I used to swap. For 3 months we had to send cards and packages but the other person didn't know who was sending the goodies :) This was the final card I sent, using Jess' favorite colors. It turned out to look very summery, but I really like how this turned out. I'm not sure who made the green and turquois papers, as I got them in swaps, but the magenta paper is by me and my BIG ideas. The orange tape is by Martha Stewart. The white "friends" rub-on is from Basic Grey, and the flowers are Primas. I used a circle punch by EK Success on white cardstock to put behind the flowers... I think the white accents work well with the tropical colors I used. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this card as much as I do. Thanks for popping by!

-Suzanne :O )

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Wedding Shower Gift Packaging and Matching Card

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share what I did for my oldest brother a couple of weeks ago. He walked in the kitchen with a comforter and asked if I would wrap it for the wedding shower to which he was invited (lesbian wedding, he's one of the best men, and men are invited to the bridal shower- got it?) :) Okay, so my first thought was, where did you buy that? He told me Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and then I said "Okay. Did you use a coupon? I bet that was at least $100". To which he replied "No, and it was $250". So, being the amazing sister that I am, I went digging through the paper recyclable bin to find a coupon for BB&B. I couldn't find one, but then my mom looked in our Entertainment book (you know, the fundraiser book filled with coupons?) and she found a coupon. Whew! My brother took the bedding back to the store, "returned it", and then bought it again and saved himself $50. THEN I agreed to wrap it for him. :) By the way, Matty's not allowed to wrap anymore- the last time he did, my otherwise calm and easy-going brother got frustrated, punched a hole in the wall and had to get a couple of stitches. Nice. So, I went to see if we had any appropriate paper for a bridal shower, but found we only had anniversary paper. I pulled out my go-to-in-cases-of-emergency-blank-white-roll-of-paper and took out my Doodlebug wedding stamps (LOVE Doodlebug!). First I measured out how much paper I would need (a LOT as it turned out- I had to cut pieces to tape to the ends b/c the comforter was way bigger than the paper, but I made do) and then I randomly stamped wedding bells and "wedding". The "shower" stamp is by Rubber Soul and came from a baby set. (Don't you love when you can use bits and pieces from different sets!?) :D My mom is the ribbon lady when it comes to wrapping packages- I don't really have the patience for it, so she did that part, and then I swooped in with the decorative tag. I punched a black scalloped circle with my Marvy Uchida 3" punch and glued the chipboard tag by Around the Block (LOVE these tags, they're seriously amazing) to the circle. I tied some black polka dotted ribbon to the package, and voila! C'est magnifique! :) Then I turned my attention to making the card, and I wanted them to coordinate, so I used the wedding bells stamp again. I added some color with a gel pen (to the heart and flourish on the bells) and used scraps of paper to make up the layout. I painted a chipboard heart by Making Memories with some silver acrylic paint also by MM and added the "wedding shower" rub-on by Creative Imaginations and the front was all finished. I added a "best wishes" sentiment to the inside and I had made a quick and easy card to match the packaging! I don't know if my brother liked the gift wrap or the card because he's pretty quiet, but the fact that he asked me to make him a card was a compliment in itself, because he usually buys his own cards. (Remember my post about the "first birthday" card and how he rarely asks me to make cards? Well we had the same discussion again, and he seems to think it's only wedding cards that he buys on his own, so I'll have to keep track now) ;) Anyway, I hope you all enjoy my ensemble- thanks for popping by! :D

-Suzanne :O )

Friday, November 7, 2008

Apple Picking!

Hey everyone! Just a quick post tonight- I went apple picking with my boyfriend and his family a couple of weekends ago and I just wanted to share a couple of pictures. I wish I had taken more, but I went apple picking two years ago and I didn't want the pictures to seem redundant. Anyway, enjoy us being goofy! Thanks for popping by!

-Suzanne :O )

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Halloween bags

Hi everyone! I made these quick & easy bags last week to give my lovely co-workers a Halloween treat (leaf-etched candle holders with "pumpkin pie" candles). I bought the plain colored bags at Walmart (I believe Hallmark makes them- they were in the gift bag aisle and were only 20 cents a piece!) and randomly stamped them. The orange and purple bags feature stamps from Target's dollar spot, and the stamp on the green bag is by Inkadinkado. This was my first time using Target stamps, and I wasn't sure how that was going to go since they're so cheap- the spider didn't stamp perfectly, but otherwise they were fine. I thought they were going to be worse, to be honest. :) Anyway, I made coordinating tags using watercolor pencils, scraps of ribbon, googlie eyes and "Just for you" metal embellishments by All My Memories. This was a really easy project and sometimes I think the presentation is better than the actual gift! LOL My co-workers really enjoyed their bags and I hope you do, too! :D Thanks for popping by!

-Suzanne :O )
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