Tuesday, July 19, 2016


The SUO challenge blog this week is to make a card that's black and white with a POP of some other color.  Classic.  One of my all time favorite color combos is black, white, and a POP of RED.  Not just ANY red, REAL RED.  :) And this die set is still one of my most favorite even after the release of the new catalog, with all that stellar new stuff!  Black and white polka dots are always right, no matter what the occasion.  And can't we all learn from this awesome new sentiment?  Enjoy the little things, because some day you will realize they are the BIG things!!  Happy Tuesday everyone, and Happy Stamping!!~~ Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


The SUO challenge this week is to make a card that features nature and I thought of this new stamp set right away - "Touches of Texture" - I have been wanting to take it out and play with it since the new catalog came out, so this was my chance!!  The only problem is I seem to have contracted another stomach bug, so I had to squeeze this card in inbetween tummy attacks.  It wore me right out.  And what a way to celebrate JULY 4TH, with a tummy flu!! So this shall be short and sweet - Happy 4th to all!!  Until next time,   Karen

Monday, July 4, 2016


The SUO challenge this week is to feature our favorite new dsp's - and I do love this POP OF PINK set - nothing like black and pink together!  I got my inspiration for this card on PINTEREST, I am not sure who made a similar card, but I loved it and decided to try one with these papers.... This is really outside my comfort zone as I'm not a balloon girl...but these papers - I love them!! For the turquoise I used Timeless Textures polka dot stamp on cardstock.  My other all time fav papers are the glittery papers. :) Happy Tuesday everyone!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


The SUO challenge this week is SUMMER CELEBRATIONS, and I made a Father's Day card for my husband.  I used the old retiform technique where you use post it notes and make a grid around a focal point and then make a collage by masking off each section of the grid and sponging.  I love this technique.  And my husband truly is the best dad and husband I know!  I love when you love someone enough to really mean the gushy things that cards say. :) :) :) Happy Tuesday everyone!!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


The SUO challenge this week is to make a wedding card.   I love black and white wedding cards - with simple lines and a clean design.  This past weekend  I had a sort of stamping retreat with 3 dear friends.....a virtual creating marathon for 3 days!  With all of the moving and remodeling we have done for the last couple of years, I haven't had a lot of times to just create for fun....and it felt wonderful to just make one card after another using sets I haven't had a chance to even open!  I was worried that I wouldn't have enough ideas, but once I got rolling they came to me just fine! ;) Happy Tuesday everyone!! Happy Stamping!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


The SUO challenge blog this week is challenging us to use retired dsp, or cardstock.  I have used both the Timeless Elegance dsp AND the shimmery black paper which is also retired.  This might be my all time favorite dsp from SU in the history of ever.  SO elegant!!  I also created this for the color challenge this week which is real red, cucumber crush, and sahara sand.  And the dessert is a picnic.  What picnic is complete without a butterfly or two fluttering by??   Well, anyway, this is my card that meets both!  I have been busily helping my husband who is recovering from rotator cuff surgery and I haven't had a lot of time for stamping.....hard to believe it's time for another out with the old and in with the new season!!  Happy Stamping everyone!!

Monday, April 11, 2016


The challenge this week on the SUO Challenge Blog is any kind of SHOWERS....so I chose BABY showers.  I LOVE BABY showers.  Especially baby girl showers because I LOVE to buy baby girl clothes.  Recently we found out our youngest daughter is going to have us another grand baby.  Oh HAPPY DAY!! Can't get enough grandchildren, right?  My husband and I were just discussing that it sorta looked like our kids were through "showering" us with precious grandchildren and then BAM!! Surprise!! Here comes one more!!  We have 11 in all now, and I really like even numbers so I am pretty happy #12 is on the way.  And we have NINE girls and TWO boys.  I'm thinkin' another girl is on the way.....just sayin'.....but only time will tell.  Many are hoping for a boy, but as for me, I will take either, and love it to the moon and back right along with the rest of them. :) Babies, children, are such an awesome blessing.  Each one of our grandchildren is so different, and so precious.  So I guess you see why I chose baby shower,,,,because it won't be long now.......thank you God.  Until next time...........Karen