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Saturday, January 31, 2009

A {Love Bug} Sketch For You To Try

Well, yesterday was my birthday (the 30th--not my 30th, but the 30th of January) and I just had a wonderful day! After I dropped off Audrie at preschool, I took myself shopping and got a new top, a sweater and some new shoes (I NEVER buy myself shoes unless I NEED them)! I then went all out and picked up a Starbuck's Mocha Frappacino (no whip cream), rather than my usual Iced Skinny Caramel Latte. Livin' the good life! Then I came home and changed into my new duds, picked up Audrie and my fun neighbors took me out to lunch at Chili's (I redeemed myself somewhat and had a salad!). Eric sent me a half dozen roses that are so beautiful and then I spent the rest of the evening with our little girls watching a movie. So fun!! Anyway, thanks to all of you who wished me a Happy (29th) Birthday (again) here on my blog, by email, private message and over on my Facebook page! Ya'll are too kind! As much as I'd love to continue talking about myself, I do have an agenda for this post--It's Jen's Sketch For You To Try time! Ever since she came up with this sketch, she has been giddy over it. Well, it was a really really fun one this time! I just couldn't decide what stamps I wanted to use, but since I was in a bit of a time crunch after my fun birthday day, I turned to my Kim Hughes sets from Cornish Heritage Farms. I used the leopard print from Sweet Thang to make the brown stamped paper and the hearts and ladybug are stamped on white, but just colored in roughly with a pink Prismacolor Pencil (no OMS). Oh and you can't see it at all in the photo, but I ran the black piece through my Cuttlebug (had to for a "love bug" card, right?) with the Argyle embossing folder. Maybe I'll try for a better photo, but it really adds some fun texture to this card! Well, it's still my birthday weekend, so I'm going to run off now. I've got big stamping plans with my mom and my twin sisters, Nancy and Sara. I'm going to be the princess for the day! But then again, that's nothing new....

Be sure and check out what the rest of the SFYTT love machine has come up with for today: Shannan, Carole, Amy R. and Amy S., be sure and check out Kelly as well!!

SUSIE Q-TIP: Cut your sentiments into seperate words after you stamp them for a more whimsical look. (In this case, they were in a "block" formation and did not fit my layout, so by cutting it apart, I made it work!)

Stamps: Sweet Thang, Hugs and Kisses (Kim Hughes/Cornish Heritage Farms)
Paper: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink (SU!), Pure Poppy, White (Papertrey), Brown (Core'dinations)
Ink: Pure Poppy (Papertrey), Palette Noir (Superior)
Accessories: CM Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Cuttlebug, Argyle Embossing Folder, Prismacolor Pencil, CM Black Fine-tip Pen, Dimensionals, Black Brads, Pink/Brown Ribbon (Martha Stewart), Wide Red Grosgrain (SU!)


  1. Adorable, Susan! I can see the dry embossing - looks great! Happy belated birthday, and I hope you have a fun weekend celebratins!

  2. An adorable card Susan! And happy belated birthday to you! I'm glad you had a great day!

  3. Love this week's sketch! I also love your Q-tips! They are fun and informative!! TFS
    p.s. I'm making my first diaper cake! It's coming along really well and is going to be the hit of the shower next week!

  4. Super-duper cuteness, Sus! And Happy Birthday, my friend! (um... your gift is going to be a wee bit late. Hope that's okay! :) )

  5. This card is fabulous! Glad to hear you enjoyed your birthday.

  6. Hi Susan,

    Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday!! Mine is coming up (next Sunday). Anyway, love your blog!

    Happy Belated Birthday!!!

  7. Super duper cute card Susan!! Happy Birthday, sounds like you had the perfect day!!

  8. This is so cute! I checked in earlier today, but you hadn't posted yet! I love the theme and the fun paper! Great job!

  9. I'm new to your blog and am enjoying your cards. Happy late birthday! Love this card and that's a great tip.

  10. Happy {belated} Birthday, Sus! Sounds like you had a great day--good for you!

    Love the sketch card and the KH images especially--the little lady is just too cute!

  11. hi susie!!
    really cute - i am LOVIN this sketch too! i have the idea in my head it's just finding time to do it!

  12. Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday Sus! I ♥ your card! Very cute layout. I think I'll take my birthday off's too short to not celebrate those special days, huh? :)

  13. This is darling, Susan!! Happy Belated Birthday!!!

  14. love this! it's so fun and funky!

  15. Happy Birthday Susie! 29 again, eh? Myself....I'm 39 and holding....(just had my 70th but since Jack Benny was my favorite comedian I use 39 in his honor)I love your work and your humor!


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