Saturday, October 29, 2011

To have and to hold

Happy Saturday, friends!  I've been meaning to post this card for over a month now, but I haven't been as good about blogging lately because I have 2 craft fairs coming up and I've been prepping like crazy.  This photo is a little wonky, but it's the card I made for my friend's wedding back in September.  She handmade her invitations, so it was a no-brainer to use those same colors for her wedding card.  I used some Making Memories patterned papers and cardstock in her wedding colors, along with those beautiful flowers by Prima.  The sentiment is Fiskars and I used a sketch by C&S (157):

I only have two of those Prima flowers left, and I'm going to be sorry to see them go!  They're the perfect embellishment for wedding cards- I always have a tough time knowing what kind of image to use for weddings, so letting the flowers take center stage has worked perfectly for me.  The best part? Getting a package of 6 flowers for ONE DOLLAR (!!!) at a yard sale!  :D  You know I love my bargains!  ;)  lol

Anyway, today it is supposed to snow up to a foot here in NY, so I am staying in all day to bake and get more items ready for my craft fairs.  Today's agenda includes making gift tags for my soup gift sets (large soup mugs stuffed with Lipton cup-a-soup and cracker packs, packaged in cellophane) and finishing up my 12 Days of Christmas matching games (memory).  If I accomplish all I set out to do today, I'll take pictures and share them with you very soon!  Have a great start to your weekend, friends!

-Suzanne :O )

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Happy Haunting

Hi there!  Time for another Party Time Tuesdays challenge- this week it's "anything goes" so you have no excuse not to play along!  :)  For my card, I used up some scraps to display my Paper Shelter image.  To that I added an old Queen & Co. brad and some punched circles.  The image was colored with Copics and the layout is this month's SFYTT:

I hope you'll link up!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Suzanne :O )

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Monday, October 24, 2011

from your favorite little pumpkin

Hi friends!  Here's a Halloween card I did *not* make for any design teams!  :)  This one I'm entering in the CAS-ual Fridays challenge (to use any medium to color your image).  I discovered this challenge because Clear & Simple Stamps is sponsoring, so I figured it would be a good time to ink up one of my C&SS stamp sets!  This set is called "Pumpkin Patch" and comes with a bunch of different jack-o-lantern faces.  I chose the face I liked best and colored the pumpkin with my Copics.  I cut it out and set it aside.  Next, I cut a scrap of (glossy) orange paper with my Nestabilities and outlined the inside of the die with a black Sharpie.  I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of kraft cardstock and added my jack-o-lantern with foam tape.  To keep the card simple, I only added two lime green gems.  I usually go cute and colorful, but I like how clean this card turned out.  I hope you enjoy my clean and simple card!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

-Suzanne :O )
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall cards

Hi friends!  Just wanted to pop in to share these fall-themed thank you notes I made for the birthday gifts I received last month.  I'm sorry I don't know much about the materials I used because I dove into my stash and used up a lot of supplies that I received in a fall toss last year.  :)  It's really been feeling like fall here in NY, though I don't think the foliage is quite as vibrant as it usually is.  I do love the cooler temperatures though- it makes me want to stay in, get cozy, and craft!!  :D  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy my cards!

-Suzanne :O )
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

PTT #38

Hi everyone!  Here we are at Tuesday again, and that means it's time for another PTT challenge!  This week, we were given this sketch to use:

I flipped my card to the side and used up a ton of scraps with this layout (LOVE that!!).  The super-cute Frankie's Girl image is a Whimsie Doodles creation that I colored with my Copics.  I used W1 & W3 to make her skin look pale white, and I think it kind of works since I left her gown stark white.  :)

We would love to see you play along with our sketch this week!  Remember to keep your card spooky, and be sure to follow the rules over at the PTT Blog in order to win some yummy prizes!

Thanks for stopping by!
-Suzanne :O )

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Monster Mash

Hi friends!  I think I mentioned before that I'm a little behind on my Halloween cards, so I'm using any opportunity I can find to "force" myself to get a card or two made.  Today's my day to share over on 2 Cute Rubber Stamps, so head on over if you're interested in the supplies I used or in purchasing the Monster Mash image!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

-Suzanne :O )
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

PTT #37- Spooky Tags!

Hi there!  I hope you all had a nice long weekend!  It's time for another Party Time Tuesdays challenge- this week we were asked to make spooky tags.  I'm a little behind on my Halloween cards, so it was fun to pull out my Halloween stash and play around a bit!  I started off with the image by Stamp Insanity and colored him with my Copics.  I'm still trying to get better with coloring hair, but hopefully it looks like his hair is black and shiny!  :)  I printed the quote out on some red cardstock and added it to a piece of chipboard that I ordered at Circle B Enterprises.  I like the dark gray/black floral accent, especially with the rose theme.  All of these elements were added to some contrasting orange patterned paper found in my stash, and I added a purple satin ribbon to finish off the tag.  Since I didn't leave any room for the To/From, I'll probably just use this tag as a card focal point.

I hope you'll have some time this week to play along with our challenge!  Check out the PTT blog here:

PTT #37

Thanks for stopping by!
-Suzanne :O )
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Here are our fabulous sponsors for this week:
One (1) Winner will receive a $20 Gift Credit To Circle B!
One (1) Winner will receive 2 digis from Stamp Insanity!
Mo's Digital Pencil
One (1) Winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to Mo's Digital Pencil!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Snow Globe Rudolf

Hi friends!  Happy Columbus Day!  It's time for our Woodware challenge and this week is another "anything goes" theme.  For this card, I pulled out my Snow Globe Magic set and got to stamping.  This is a *super* cute set and I love that you can interchange the figures in the snow globe!  I chose the reindeer and colored the image with my Copics.  The focal piece was die-cut with my Nesties and added to the card with foam tape.  

Earlier this week I complained that I had lost my 'knack' for cardmaking, but I think I forgot how much I rely on sketches!  So now I'm happy with my cards again because I used this week's Sweet Stop sketch:

I went through my Christmas scraps and pulled out some by Provo Craft (green and white) and DCWV (red circles) and layered them on kraft cardstock.  I also added some American Crafts ribbon and twine (thanks, Nancy!!), topped off with a button from my stash.  I have a TON of Christmas scraps, so it felt good to use some of them up.  Plus, I'm really happy with how my card turned out, mostly because of the layout!  :)

I hope you'll have time to link up with our challenge this week, we'd love to see your creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great week!
-Suzanne :O )

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Have an ice day!

Hi friends!  I'm posting today over at 2 Cute Rubber Stamps- click on the link for more details about the card!  Hope you're all enjoying the long weekend!

-Suzanne :O )
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Spooky Tot!

Hi everyone!  I'm behind with my Woodware challenge, but I still wanted to share it, even if it's late!  I used the brand new Spooky Tots set and chose the witch.  (I've been listening to the Wicked score non-stop for the past week.. I *may* have used it for inspiration on this card! lol)  After I colored old girl with my Copics, I cut her out and added her to some Halloween scraps that were in my stash.  The sentiment was stamped on a scrap of orange cardstock and punched out with my Fiskars oval punch.  I added some Making Memories brads to finish off the card.

I've been feeling a little rusty with my cardmaking lately- because September was such a weird month with the hurricane and then getting sick, I haven't been making cards very much.  I'm trying to get back into it, but I feel frustrated that I've lost the knack.. has that happened to any of you before??  Hopefully I'll get back in my groove soon, but for now I'll just have to keep trying!  :)

Hope you enjoy my card, thanks so much for stopping by!

-Suzanne :O )
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

PTT #36 Shaped Cards!

Hi everyone!  I'm struggling to get back on track with all of my design team commitments, and I'm happy to say that I got my Party Time Tuesdays card in just under the wire!  We were asked to make shaped cards- here's my take on the challenge:

I used my Grand Nestabilities to make the shaped card and colored the Stamp Insanity image with my Copics.  I didn't think I needed too many embellishments since the shape of the card added quite a bit of interest, so I just tied a piece of ribbon into a simple knot and added it to the blank space.  I hope you'll have time to play along with us this week!  Here's a bit more about our sponsors:

The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Here at Party Time Tuesdays we want to reconize the 2.5 million women who survived breast cancer!!  You all deserve a standing ovation!! 
Please take the time to get a mamogram....
About 1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).
These statistics came from
Thank you to our 2 fabulous sponsors!
Crafty Sentiments
Here is a little bit about Crafty Sentiments designs. We are a small online based company selling both digital, clear and exclusive rubber stamps to cardmarkers and scrapbookers, started in October 2009 by me (Suzette), we offer a wide range of exclusive images as well as some lovely sentiments, with some essential crafting products including punches & soon to be released exclusive die-cuts!
Winner will receive 4 digis
SBS Store Logo Graphic for display only
Hi my name is Stitchy and I am Co-Owner of Stitchy Bear Stamps...we started this store April 1st, No Fooling haha..I live in upstate New York with my husband and two TEENAGE adults haha, I do say that loosely as they think they run the show here, NOT...
I been creating stamps for a little less than a year now and I am totally addicted to the craft..I started about 4 years ago making digital scraps and I knew there was much more out there, so a friend of mine introduced me to digital stamps...and the rest they say is history...I look forward to seeing all the beautiful creations come through...good luck everyone..stitchy xoxox"
Winner will receive:
10 USD GC graphic for display only
We would like to see what kind of shaped cards are out there these days!  So this weeks challenge will be show us your shaped cards AND/OR any Breast Cancer Awareness card regardless of the shape!

Thanks for stopping by!
-Suzanne :O )
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