Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Travel Teaching....and a contest!!

Every year I travel all over the country doing what I love to do....TEACHING!

I'm excited about going to a lot of my favorite stores!!! In the next few weeks I'll be in Canada, Southern Ca, Maryland, and other fun places!! I kit like a mad person this time a year and always like to give one KIT to a lucky winner. This is the kit that I'm giving away.
Here's what to do to win... Post a comment here...It can be anything about my blog. You can post up to 5 SEPERATE comments. I'll pick a number and which ever post it lands on...that person will win this class kit!!" You have from now until Wednesday of next week to do so.
Good luck everyone!!! Looking forward to seeing your comments.
hugs,
Suzy West

Monday, August 29, 2011

Totally Inpsired...

By all the girls that I got to hang out with on Saturday at Art Inspired!!
It was so much fun hanging out with everyone at my friends beautiful store in Brentwood!! If you haven't visited it, you have to!
I was so thrilled to surprise everyone by bringing Sarah. She loves the girls over there and couldn't wait to see them! We got our groove on (and by we...I mean everyone else but me...I socialized the whole time. LOL)
I look forward to seeing everyone again soon!!!
Hugs,
Suzy West

Friday, August 26, 2011

Need decoration help!!!

Hey there everyone!! I would love your opinion. I got these beautiful wall decals from Hambly.
Where do you think I should put them at? I was maybe thinking the black chandeliers above picture frames. (on the left and right hand side)
I also thought about putting them on the left hand side. On the blank wall above the white boxes.

This is the picture of my scrap area.


Would love your opinion.
Thanks
Suzy West


Thankful for family...

....everyday! I created a project about my family. I wanted to include private letters so I made this fun "book" that could hold letters and any other memorabilia.


Each page has pretty stickers, die cuts, and other fun products from Simple Stories new line, Generations. I love the pretty colors and patterns that this line has. I started creating it around 9pm and didn't want to stop. My husband had to tell me to go to bed when 2am hit!! LOL
okay...I'll admit...I wanted to keep going and even gave my nephew my Giants ticket so I could continue to play!! LOL
Thanks for looking!! Can't wait to teach this at Treasured Memories in Oak Park, Ca next month!!!
Hugs
Suzy

Thursday, August 25, 2011

new CONTEST!!!! Who wants to win a fun prize pack?

In case you didn't hear...I have been playing with the beautiful trims from Piece by Piece!!
My friend Beverly has a wonderful etsy shop where she sells tons of trims and other fun embellishments. She has also started to sell WHOLESALE for all you store owners!!! Her prices are the best I've seen!!

Here is a picture of some of her trims!!! There are a lot more!

I decided to do a contest!!! Beverly will be sending one lucky winner a packet of fun trims!!! Here's how to enter to win.
1. Check out the etsy shop and look at the fun trims. You can click on the different styles on the left hand side to see them all.
2. Come back HERE and POST what your favorite trim is.
3. go like their facebook page.
Good luck everyone!!!! Have a fabulous day!
hugs
Suzy West

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Make a wish...and a winner

...and blow out the candles!!

I am so in love with the following combinations: Simple Stories, Basically Bare, Helmars, and Shimmerz! This combo created this book that I'm loving!
I am so excited to teach this class! It's so full of color and dimension. This is a sneak peek of this new project.
....and now...the WINNER of the SIMPLE STORIES collection..
Kedra said...
I love the new Christmas line, but really I love ALL of their lines! Your book is beautiful and I can't wait get the paper and make one too!!
1:04 PM
Congratulations Kedra!! Make sure to email Jodi @ Simple Stories. jstacey@memory-works.com
Thank you to everyone that replied to the blog!!!! I love reading all your posts!
Hugs and kisses,
Suzy Wests

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sierra's surgery day

Today my baby girl had surgery. They took out her spleen and appendix. I was so proud of her because she was scared but handled it very well.
This picture is of her before surgery. Here is daddy waiting to see his daughter. He and I were both so sad when they took her. We both shed some tears. Today was a special day. Not only was it the first day of Sierra's new life but it was the first time that all of these kids were in the same room together. AWESOME!!
My two babies are super close and I can't imagine them not ever being together. I love them so much!! They love their cousins so I know this meant a lot to them.
These three just re-united after 10 years!
Alyssa (on the left) is Robbie and Ashleigh's sister.
They have the same dad and because of a couple of silly people...Ashleigh and Robbie haven't had a relationship with their sister. It's great that all that has changed!
It was so wonderful to see them together. It took everything out of me to not cry.

It makes me so happy that so many family members came to visit Sierra. Even though she was out of it most of the time, I know she felt good to have everyone there.
I would like to thank everyone for praying for my little baby girl. I know the prayers made the surgery go by smoothly.
Hugs,
Suzy

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My scrap space

I've had a lot of fun creating a space that works for me. It's taken a couple of weeks but I'm almost there. I've had several ask to see more pictures. This is all I can show you right now. It looks nice and beautiful right now because I haven't done anything yet. As soon as I start creating in it....I'm sure it will be a lot messier.
For those asking where I have purchased my storage spaces...Ikea and Michaels.

Let me know if you have any questions about any of the pieces....thanks!
Suzy West

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Getting over the bridge


If you have been reading my blog you know this has been a hard few days for my family. I've felt as if I've been hit in the gut and I can't breathe. Today I'm feeling like things are going to get better.
When I was very young I remember having a recurring dream. I dreamt that my family and I were driving over a bridge. We had the windows down as the day was beautiful! We were happy and smiling. I looked over at all the cars and they were filled with happy families too.
As we continued on the bridge...fear set in. Ahead of us, we could see that the bridge went under water. We all closed our windows and our smiles went away. We were scared as we knew we had no choice but to go under.
As we went down, you could see the fear in all our faces. All the people in all the cars were frightened and crying. I could see that all the cars were on a track. The goal was to continue on the track to get to the other side and get back above water. If you did...you knew you would be okay.
We prayed and held each other in hopes to get over. Along the way, we saw many cars get off track and those families were lost. Our car kept feeling like it would come off the track but it didn't and finally we made it over and we were safe.
We again opened our windows and smiles came back.
I had this dream for many years and always wanted to know the meaning of it. I finally received an answer.
Through out our lives our family would face many obstacles. There would be times that we would feel like we were going to lose each other but with faith and love for one another we could make it.
The last few days I have felt as if we were on those tracks again but I know together we will make it all the way and we will be okay.
Last night, my brother and husband with the boys built a bunk bed. It was so sweet to see them all working together.
When they finished they gave each other high fives!
Finally, it was time for bed. I asked them all to brush their teeth and change. When they were in bed...I gave them all a kiss and told them I loved them. My nephew gave me a big hug and told me he loved me too.
We made it through the bridge.
Hugs
Suzy

Monday, August 15, 2011

Life brings changes...

Life brings change...

Sometimes they are little and no big deal and some are huge and can change your entire life. Like many of you, I have been dealing with a lot of change in my life.

Our family keeps pretty busy...especially me. I've been working on a lot of projects that have to do with my professional life that have made a difference in our family life.
This last week, I said NO to some more really big projects.
I made an easy decision to put other more important things FIRST. The main one is right here.

SIERRA


As you know, my little one is having surgery this week. I've kept busy doing a lot with her as she will not be able to do a lot after her surgery. She'll be in the hospital for possibly a week and then stuck at home for a week. She'll start 5th grade right after so I need to make sure she's totally recovered. I appreciate all the wonderful emails and phone calls about your concerns for her. Many of you have asked what hospital she'll be at. She'll be at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. Her surgery is on August 18th.
Another big change...
My heart has been heavy the last few weeks over other family members. As you know, I'm very close to my family. I love my family with my entire being and I would pretty much do anything to make sure they are safe and happy. Recently I learned about some very disturbing news that had to do with my niece and nephew and since then, it's been very hard for me to sleep, eat, or think. I've had several conversations with my family expressing how upset I am and how I expect changes to be made...NOW!



As of last night, our family made the decision to bring him to stay with us. I'm so happy to welcome him into our home. It is a temporary situation but while he's here...he's MINE. I want nothing but to love him, feed him, and take care of him. He's been through so much and I just want to see him smiling over happy good things. Jeremy is up right now cleaning out his room because they will be staying together. I'm so proud of my son. Last week we talked about getting him a brand new bedroom set that was more "grown up" as he's entering his senior year of high school. As of last night...we made a decision to go the opposite direction and get bunk beds so that they have space in the room. My heart jumped as I looked at him and with a smile on his face he said, "that sounds good to me." I went into his room and noticed all of his clothes everywhere and all the drawers were open. I asked him what he was doing...he said he was condensing all of his clothes because he was going to share the room equally with him and so half the drawers and closet are for Robby. Love my kid.
Okay so I've talked about a lot of big changes...I want to tell you about a little change. A few days ago..it was a big change for ME...so not! LOL I'm re-doing my scrap area. I started it last week and then had to drop everything. Seriously...everything is everywhere right now. This is all I have done since we started. A lot of you know that I'm working on my scrap area and want to see pictures...this is all I have. Once It's complete I will show you more. I picked up baskets, jars, and more stuff but I haven't gotten to it yet. I need to finish picking up stuff and getting the other items taken to donation.



This week will bring many changes as we get used to having another teenage boy here and taking care of Sierra as she goes into surgery and then starts the recovery process...to a change that is supposed to make her life better.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers...we definately need them. Hugs, Suzy West

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Forever in Love with you

The colors and so bold and pretty!! I'll be honest, normally you couldn't get me to touch a line that was about generations....the colors are usually really depressing but this line is very different.
I LOVE all the pretty patterns and images on their sticker sheets.
This is a layout that i did of my parents.
The line will start shipping to stores all over the end of August so make sure to ask your store if they are carrying, and if they aren't....tell them to pick it up. LOL
Don't forget....one lucky person will have the opportunity to win a collection of theirs so make sure to go two posts down and see what to do to try to win.
Thanks for looking!
hugs,
Suzy West

Friday, August 12, 2011

In just 6 days...



I can't believe these words are coming out of my mouth....in just 6 days, Sierra will be having the surgery that we've talked about since she was born!

It's what we have always been scared of...but KNEW it would be good for her when she finally had it.

In 6 days, her daddy and I will drive her to El Camino Hospital in Mountain View so she can have her spleen and appendix removed.

The thought of them taking her away from me and I'm sure from my arms so she can go into surgery makes me cry.

I want so much for her. I want her to feel better. I want to not look at her and see yellow from her being jaundice. I want her not to tell me she feels tired due to her losing so many blood cells in such a short time.

I'm so grateful to have a family who is so supportive and has such an amazing love for her. My younger brother canceled his trip to Costa Rica to be there. My uncle is taking the day off of work so he and my aunt can be there. Our kids and my parents will be there.

We'll all be there praying for my little girl.

Today, I'm going in to do a blood donation. We want to be prepared in case she needs some.

My whole family asked if they could donate. love them!

If you belive in the power of prayer...please keep Sierra in your prayers.

Thanks for being here for me,
Suzy West


Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Simple Stories--Contest and a project

I'm lucky to be the instructor for awesome companies such as Simple Stories. They are a wonderful paper company out of Utah.
I love all their beautiful lines!! This is their 25 days of Christmas line and I'm in L-O-V-E!! You can see the entire line here and some of the projects the DT has created.
This is a project that I created for a lot of my stores that I'll be teaching from now until October!!

So we were thinking we should do a fun contest!!!
How would YOU like to receive one of their collections? Simply leave a comment here on my blog about which line you like and why and then go LIKE their facebook page. When you go to their facebook page...tell them I sent you.
You have from now until August 22nd to do so.


Good luck everyone!!! Have a wonderful week!!!
Hugs


Suzy West

Friday, August 05, 2011

Happy Days are here again!! :)

I love the new HAPPY DAYS line by Echo Park! Madison gave me the collection to play with and I couldn't wait to create with it. I made this layout of pictures of me in London.

I have a lot of exciting things going on right now! I can't share them yet but i do want to say how grateful I am for the wonderful opportunities that are constantly coming my way. A lot of it I get to busy for, so I'm always happy to share the wealth and refer friends that I feel will work well with specific companies.
My favorite thing is to teach and I can't get enough of it!!
Thanks for reading my blog!! Your posts always inspire me to write more.
Hugs, Suzy West

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Creating with Authentique

I've been busy creating with Authentique since I became a teacher for them!! I love their products so it's not hard! LOL I'm getting tons of projects done so I can get all the details to all the stores that I plan to teach at!!
I've had some stores ask that I create a book similar to one that I created before but with this new line. I'm super excited about this project!
Here are some sneak peaks!!



I'm in Sacramento right now with friends and they are playing with it too!!
All of us are also using Hambly, Helmars, and more!!
I am also excited about something else. I'm helping a company that's been around for a while in the UK debut in the US at CHA, Winter!!!
I've contracted Gina Lideros, Angel Bartonico, Sarah De Guzman, Tricia Wilson, and Erin Payne to be my dt coordinators. I will be doing a DT call soon and all the girls will be working with myself and the one of the girls above!!!
We are all very excited!!!!
I'm looking for product designers (stamp designers) and more!! If you are interested in showing me your work please feel free to post here or contact me personally!


Have a wonderful week!!
Hugs, Suzy

Monday, August 01, 2011

The night before....

...the surgery.


Today, Thursday I took Sierra to her pre-op appointment with her wonderful surgeon. We talked about what was going to happen. How many little cuts he'd have to make, what he was going to take out, how she was going to be sleeping when all this happened, and how her life would be better after this surgery. We talked about everything that is going to happen tomorrow. Tonight I am going to tuck her in bed, say a little prayer with her, and tell her how much I love her and how I'm blessed to have her as my daughter.


By the time YOU all see this post...I will be at the hospital with her. We will be sitting with her making sure she feels safe and that she knows we will all be there when she wakes up.


This is the wonderful surgeon that is going to make her life better. He is heaven sent. We are so lucky to have an amazing surgeon that is so gentle and honest with her. He tells her stories and reassures her that he knows what he is doing and that she will be okay.

I feel so blessed to know that so many of you are praying for her.
Today her life will change for the better.
Hugs,
Suzy

Getting over the bridge

If you have been reading my blog you know this has been a hard few days for my family. I've felt as if I've been hit in the gut and I can't breathe. Today I'm feeling like things are going to get better.
When I was very young I remember having a recurring dream. I dreamt that my family and I were driving over a bridge. We had the windows down as the day was beautiful! We were happy and smiling. I looked over at all the cars and they were filled with happy families too.
As we continued on the bridge...fear set in. Ahead of us, we could see that the bridge went under water. We all closed our windows and our smiles went away. We were scared as we knew we had no choice but to go under.
As we went down, you could see the fear in all our faces. All the people in all the cars were frightened and crying. I could see that all the cars were on a track. The goal was to continue on the track to get to the other side and get back above water. If you did...you knew you would be okay.
We prayed and held each other in hopes to get over. Along the way, we saw many cars get off track and those families were lost. Our car kept feeling like it would come off the track but it didn't and finally we made it over and we were safe.
We again opened our windows and smiles came back.
I had this dream for many years and always wanted to know the meaning of it. I finally received an answer.
Through out our lives our family would face many obstacles. There would be times that we would feel like we were going to lose each other but with faith and love for one another we could make it.
The last few days I have felt as if we were on those tracks again but I know together we will make it all the way and we will be okay.
Last night, my brother and husband with the boys built a bunk bed. It was so sweet to see them all working together.
When they finished they gave each other high fives!
Finally, it was time for bed. I asked them all to brush their teeth and change. When they were in bed...I gave them all a kiss and told them I loved them. My nephew gave me a big hug and told me he loved me too.
We made it through the bridge.
Hugs
Suzy