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9.30.2011

world card making day blog hop


Time for a blog hop!

A little while ago I signed up with A Muse Studio and I finally got around to unpacking my new supplies the other night. (The box sat on the floor for about a week while I was prepping for the lung cancer walk.) This blog hop was the perfect opportunity for me to play with my goodies for the first time, plus I needed to make my hubby an anniversary card! We're celebrating 5 years!




I colored the heart-shaped rhinestone with a Copic marker, and the rocket was colored using a blender pen and my Ocean ink pad. Oh yeah, and about the inks: believe all the hype! They're magnificent if you love pigment inks. :)

The next stop on this blog hop is Dana Vincent, but please be sure to visit all these other great blogs along the way!

Suzanne Dahlberg <----- You are here!

Thanks for stopping by! Later today I am going to a Stamp Out Breast Cancer event, which should be fun. What are you doing for WCMD?

Supplies {by a|s unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: Quick & Cute Valentines; Paper: Ocean, Gingham Onyx, Polka dot Buttercup; Ink: Memento black, Ocean, Copic marker; Other: Ocean grosgrain stitch, Heart rhinestone, corner rounder, label punch, border punch

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5 years!


It was such a great day - this is my favorite photo of me and Eric that day since it captures my cracking up at something he said...this is so "us."

I know I don't normally post personal things, but I'm pretty excited about anniversary #5 for some reason and just wanted to share! Have a wonderful weekend!  

9.26.2011

time for fun and relaxation!


I laugh when I look at this photo because the psychotically exhausted look on my face says it all: another year of Free to Breathe Lung Cancer 5K planning is over! To me the event was a huge success with roughly 460 participants and over 60 volunteers; we raised over $50,000 for National Lung Cancer Partnership's research and awareness programs. Lucy Schultz took this photo as well as many others, so take a peek!

There are many other Free to Breathe events taking place nationwide throughout the year, so please consider joining one in your area!

October: Cincinnati, Central Iowa, Milwaukee, Omaha, Providence

November: Augusta, Austin, Dayton, Jacksonville, Raleigh, Philadelphia, Athens (GA), Greensboro, Southwest Florida, Lexington, Orlando
  

I'll be back to crafting soon...promise!

9.14.2011

Moxie fab world sketch challenge

Hi everyone!

I made two cards for the Moxie Fab World's Horizontal Sketch Challenge, which features my dear friend Christina MacLaren! Run on over and take a look and join in on the fun!



Here are my takes on this sketch using patterned papers from Crate Paper, a beautiful plastic die cut flower from Jenni Bowlin, a wooden button from Pebbles, and two different Verve sentiements:




I love how these turned out, and how they're increasing my stockpile of Fall cards! Sorry to be slacking in the blog department lately, but my lung cancer 5K is on the 25th and we're in crunch time getting everything prepped. I will be back soon with lots more fun stuff to share! Have a great day!

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9.06.2011

Rolled Roses

Yup! Two posts in one day!

I visited my favorite local stamp shop this weekend and spent more than I had intended, partly because I found these fabulous rolled rose dies and partly because the place is just awesome. They hold a special place in my heart for being the only place that carried Cuttlebug C plates on this side of the Mississippi River during Christmas last year. They are called Absolutely Everything in Topfiled, MA and they even sell things online now. You should check them out!

I made a set of rolled roses to make a card for the lovely Renee's Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #42, also incorporating new patterned paper from Hero Arts and a sentiment from Verve. The blue and purple tones are blueberry and plum pudding from PTI:






Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

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Make It Monday #31

It has been ages since I have played along with Papertrey's Make It Monday, but I found this week's challenge particularly hard to resist. We were tasked to create a background with a non-background stamp.

I knew I wanted to make a simple card so the background would stand out. I used Fall Elegance because I love the medium to small sized leaves in this set, as well as the beautiful script font of the sentiments. Then I got a little fancy with some twine and buttons... :)






My favorite thing about this card is the color combination: Ocean Tides, Terracotta Tile and Vintage Cream. Definitely a keeper for me!

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9.04.2011

Lovely Labor Day



A quick weekend post for a card that I made last week (sorry for a not-so-hot photo) ... All of the papers are from American Crafts - these are gorgeous colors together and perfect for end of summer, I think.

My Labor Day has been very relaxing. All of the sponsor logos and forms for the Free to Breathe were due on Friday, so Complete Panic Mode has ended as I enter the last 3 weeks of planning. I made a HUGE homemade yard sign to advertise the event - I guess it is good to take advantage of living on a busy street! I also tried yoga class again; it makes me feel better in a way that running or walking doesn't. I think I may just keep up with it! Some other highlights have been a trip to my favorite local stamp store, some great walks with my dog, and some very yummy dinners with my husband. Tomorrow I will clean and craft since I heard that the weather isn't supposed to be so great.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend, too!

Supplies {by PTI unless otherwise noted}: Stamps: My Minds Eye; Paper: Vintage Cream, American Crafts Patterned Papers;Ink: SU! Soft Suede (I think); Other: twine, pearls from Hero Arts, Sizzix letter  dies, Mat Stack die, sewing machine

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