Tuesday, November 29, 2011

PTT #44: Blessed

Hi friends!  This week's PTT challenge is anything goes, so we'd love to have you play along!  I used this sweet image by Crafts and Me and used my Copics to color it in.  I used a bit of Viva Decor Pearl Pen on her wings to give them a subtle shine.  Love finding new uses for that pen!  :D  The image was cut out with my Nestabilities and embellished with some red bakers twine.  The patterned paper is DCWV.  I hope you'll have time to play along with us this week, we always love seeing your creations!  Don't forget we're looking for new DT members as well.

PTT Blog

Thanks so much for stopping by!

-Suzanne :O )
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi friends!  Hope you're all prepping for a wonderful Turkey Day!  I just wanted to pop in to share my Thanksgiving cards for this year.  I had actually made them last year, knowing that this time of year always gets hectic and I usually run out of time!  :)  I used some old patterned paper by DCWV and strips of wine bottle wrappers I had found at Marshalls for like, 50 cents.  The image is Studio G and was stamped on the corresponding wine bottle labels.  The image was colored with my Copics, here's a close up:

I made a set of 12 to use up the wine bottle supplies and to make sure I had enough cards on hand!  :)  I hope you all have a great day and have many things for which to be thankful!

Chris and I are off to have brunch with his family and a quiet dinner with my family.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

-Suzanne :O )
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

PTT #43- Snow Us What You Got!

Hey there!  Time for another Party Time Tuesdays challenge!  This week I was given an adorable image from Simply Betty and I LOVE the underwater twist on the typical holiday image!  I colored my merman with Copics and of course made his snowman into a sandman!  :)  The sentiment is Starving Artistamps and the patterned papers are various scraps from my stash.  The snowflake embellishment is a foam piece decorated with some more lovely Viva Pearl Pen dots!  Love this stuff!!  I hope you have a chance to play along with our SNOW themed challenge this week!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

-Suzanne :O )
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Woodware Christmas Tags

Hi friends!  The Woodware blog has been inactive for a little while due to some shuffling in leadership, and though I'm sorry that the former team has parted ways, I am very excited to be working with our UK counterparts!!  We're still trying to figure out how this will all work, but for now, there's a month-long sketch challenge on the Woodware USA blog!  I made a set of 10 tags using the sketch:

I didn't realize that it's more of an oval than a circle, but I wanted to use my Christmas Rounds stamp set, so I was a little loose with my interpretation of the sketch.  ;)  These tags were super easy to make!  I started off with my beloved tag die from My Favorite Things and then added some patterned paper (from my scrap stash- I don't remember the manufacturer) to the bottom half of the tags.  Then I added white ric-rac (although I had to use regular ribbon on a few as I ran out of the ric-rac) and a gold eyelet to each one.  The "To/From" sentiment is by Darcie's.  Lastly, I stamped the circular sentiment and teeny tiny present from Christmas Rounds and punched it out with my 1 1/4 paper punch.  The present was colored with my Copics and the embellishment was popped up with foam tape.  You can see a close up of the tag below:

I really had a fun time making these, and they didn't take more than an hour to create!  I love seeing my little batch of tags all ready to go!  :)  I hope you'll have a chance to play along with us, and remember, you have until the end of the month to link up.  

Woodware USA

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a GREAT day!
-Suzanne :O )
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

PTT #42- Give thanks!

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Hi friends!  Time for another Party Time Tuesdays challenge!  With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the theme for this week is thank you/giving thanks using this sketch:

I pulled out lots of scraps from my Thanksgiving supplies and used a favorite image from The Cat's Pajamas.  My little penguin friend can hold a few different things, but I went with the obvious turkey choice.  ;)  I colored the image with my Copics and die-cut it with my Nestabilities.  The sentiment is also TCP and I used my Viva Decor pearl pen to add a touch of embellishment.  This week we have some really AWESOME sponsors, check 'em out:

Our sponsors this week are:
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Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Suzanne :O )


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Halloween doormats

Hi there!  I didn't get this post up as soon as I'd wanted to, but it's the last of my Halloween entries for this year.  I usually get my co-workers a small little something for each major holiday... candy, notepads, candles, you get the idea.  Well, this year, I gave them a big something!  :)  Last December, I had spotted these doormats on clearance at Kohl's.  Originally $17.99, I scooped them up for $3 and change.  I kept them in my closet all year and when October rolled around, I had some regrets about buying such a large item for a small occasion.  I didn't know how I was going to wrap them (or even carry them in to the office, for that matter!).  As luck would have it, I had been at a yard sale recently and came across a short roll of Halloween cellophane (I got the brand-new roll and a small basket for 35 cents!  :D).  I wasn't sure I would have enough wrapping, but for 35 cents, I didn't care if it was a waste!  Sure enough, after rolling the mats and securing them with some heavy-duty twine, the cellophane was just long enough to wrap all 3 mats.  Plus, I got rid of the whole roll in one shot- LOVE not having to keep clutter like that around!  :)  I tied the cellophane off with some super wide ribbon I had in my stash and attached a cute little tag to each gift.


I found the tag die when I was shopping at The Ink Pad (SUPER cool store in NYC... it's crammed with so much stamping/scrapbooking stuff you literally have a tough time walking around to shop!).  It's made by My Favorite Things, but since I don't have a LSS near me, it's tough to find brands like that unless I shop online, which I don't prefer doing.  I was so stoked to find it at The Ink Pad!  :D  Anyway, I die-cut 3 different tags from scraps of patterned paper and stamped "To:" from the coordinating MFT stamp set.  The chipboard pieces are all by Melissa Frances, and I covered them with Doodlebug Sugar Coating.  I wish I had colored the chipboard before adding the glitter because you can see the white base through the glitter, but I just wrote that off as a lesson learned.  :)  You can see each of the tags individually below.  I hope you like my little gifts, belated as my post is!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

-Suzanne :O )

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

PTT #41- Bling!

Hi everyone!  Welcome to another Party Time Tuesdays challenge!  This week:  BLING!  To start my card off, I colored this adorable Sparkle Creations (Caroling Josh) image with my Copics and added a whole bunch of dots to the border with my Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Light Blue.  Next, I used up a handful of scraps from my Christmas stash in colors that matched Joshua's outfit.  I had originally planned to use a lot more of that vintage piano music paper (it really IS vintage!  I got it at a thrift store, and I didn't have to ink it up at all to give it that aged look!  yay!), but I ended up using just a bit of it to make a small embellishment to fill that empty space.  I punched out a circle, and then, to mimic the holly on his book, I used some leaves found in my stash and added two red gems.  I know the leaves aren't exactly holly-like, but it's close enough for me!  :)  To finish off my card, I added two more gems a little bigger in size to balance out the card.

I hope you'll have a minute to play along with us, using "bling" is so much fun, especially for holiday cards!  Link up here:

PTT #41

Thanks so much for stopping by!
-Suzanne :O )  
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Halloween Cards 2011

Hi there!  I'm a little behind on posting my Halloween cards for this year because of the snow storm that hit last weekend.  I had planned to share these cards ON Halloween, but of course my power was out and it always takes me a while to get back into my routine!  Anyway, this year, I didn't have much time to devote to making cards as I've been working like a madwoman for the past month or so to get  merchandise ready for my upcoming craft fairs.  To make things easy on myself, I used this set of papers my co-worker gave me a couple of years ago: each paper had the border frames and images that I had to cut out myself.  I used bits and pieces of patterned paper scraps and random embellishments, but mostly these cards are made from the original paper set. I hope you like my fast-and-easy cards!  Stay tuned tomorrow to see what gifts I gave to my co-workers!

-Suzanne :O )

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

PTT #40

Hi everyone!  I'm a little late with my PTT card this week because we got hit with a crazy snow storm this weekend that knocked the power out for two days.  It was strange enough to have snow in October in NY, but then the snow was really wet and heavy, so tons of trees and branches fell down, and it was just a mess everywhere.  I ended up staying in a hotel Sunday night because it was just too cold to stay home!  It feels like the weather is getting wackier as time goes by- I don't remember the power going out for more than a day when I was a kid.  It seems to be a regular thing now.  :/

Anyway,  this week, we were given this adorable image by Crafty Sentiments to use, which I colored with my Copics.  We were also asked to use this pretty gem for inspiration:

Using those rich browns and golds for my color palette, I chose pretty patterned papers from my scrap pile and coordinating Copics for the girl.  To embellish, I used a rub-on sentiment from TLC (Top Line Creations) and brads and paper flowers from my stash.  To embellish ever FURTHER, I used my awesome (new to me) Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Light Blue.  Since I've never used this product before, I was a little hesitant to apply it, but it's SO easy to use- the liquid comes out so easily and it looks like actual pearls!!  I applied little drops to the girl's scarf and then got a little crazy adding pearls to the flowers (which I kid of regret!  lol) but it was so much fun to use I couldn't edit myself in the moment!  :D

So of course our challenge to you this week is to use the photo above for inspiration.  I foresee a lot of Thanksgiving cards, but you can do any occasion you like!  Link up here:

Thanks for bearing with me as I get back into my routine, and thanks SO much for stopping by!

-Suzanne :O )

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