Tuesday, November 22, 2016

ONE MORE MOUSE IN THE HOUSE.......

So the theme this week for the SUO challenge is "Cute Christmas" and I thought, oops, I sorta did that last time when it was Celebrations - I chose Christmas and made a mouse card - so I decided to use the same color theme and use a different mouse stamp since this set is the epitomy of cuteness!!- Right??  This was a fun little guy to stamp and color, too cute, right?  Stamp yourself some cute today and hop on over and join the fun on the SUO challenge blog!! Happy Tuesday everyone! Happy Stamping until next time! Karen

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

THREE SIGHTED MICE....

The SUO challenge this week is for Celebrations - any kind - could be birthday or Christmas or Mother's Day or St Patrick's Day or whatever your little heart desires!  I chose Christmas so I could color these THREE SIGHTED MICE....See how they run?  This week I am feeling kinda blue because I have let my stamping business take a back seat to my full time job....and on facebook I am seeing everyone who is where I used to be....but alas we have seasons in our life, don't we?  I also know that someday when my brain can't wrap around the rigors of a busy dental office I can stamp again more - and build my business back.  I will die with a stamp in my hand.  But I love my full time job too.  I need two of me to give each my undivided attention.  On that note I will sign off and go to bed since I have to get up EARLY in the morning.  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

SWEATER WEATHER

The SUO challenge this week is Fall Fun.  I thought that pumpkins are always part of Fall Fun.  So I threw a little vintage in there, and here you have it.  I love Fall.  It has always been my favorite time of year.  Boots, sweaters, hoodies, colorful leaves and pumpkins and mums and all that good stuff.  Someone asked in a comment if there is a website for the blog and yes - there is - It's at http://suochallenges.com/ - and it is a new challenge every other week - so mosey on over there and have some Fall Fun!!  Until next time, Karen  PS Two days ago it was Tate's due date and he has more than doubled his weight and is now up to 7 pounds 5 ounces!!  God is so good!!! ~~~

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

CANDY CANE ANYONE?



SUO CHALLENGE this week is Holiday DSP, so I had some fun with two different dsp's here - cutting the houses off at  the roof and layering onto this coordinating dsp.  I had to buy this stamp set just to get that phenomenal candy cane.  And that glittery red embossing powder?  Yes please!  So much fun!! On a side note, our baby Tate Keith weighed in at 5 pounds 11.5 ounces today at one month.  He will actually be 1 month tomorrow.  He was 3 pounds 6 ounces at birth.  Tate's a fighter.  Tate's our little SUPERBOY.  :) God is good, our baby is perfection.  All for today.  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

THANK GOD!!

The SUO challenge this week is Thanksgiving or Thank you.  My thank you is for GOD this week, as our Tate Keith, our little Tator Tot has gone home!  He now weighs 4 pounds 5 ounces - so has almost gained a pound since birth.  He is a fighter.  It has been an uphill journey from the moment of his birth on Sept 11, 2016.  He beat all the odds, and he is our Tate the Great!! We are SO thankful to God for keeping our little Tate safe and growing.  My heart is full.   Until next time,  Karen

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

TATE KEITH ALDRIDGE ARRIVES!


THIS IS TRULY MY MOST FAVORITE COLOR COMBO EVER. AND THE SUO CHALLENGE THIS WEEK IS "WEATHER".  I WASN'T SURE I WAS GOING TO HAVE TIME TO MAKE A CARD THIS WEEKEND. I HAD ABOUT 4 I COULD PULL FROM MY ARCHIVES WITH THIS SAME COLOR COMBO BECAUSE I LOVE IT SO MUCH, BUT I REALLY WANTED TO USE SOME NEW PRODUCT IF POSSIBLE - SO I WHACKED THIS OUT LAST NIGHT AFTER SPENDING THE WEEKEND 40 MINUTES AWAY WHERE MY DAUGHTER GAVE US A BRAND NEW GRANDSON SATURDAY, SEPT 11TH. IT WAS NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY. IT WAS ALSO SEPT 11TH. JOY - BORN ON A SAD DAY IN HISTORY. NEW LIFE. AND THIS ISN'T JUST ANY LIFE. FROM THE START OF THIS PREGNANCY WE HAVE BEEN CALLED TO TRUST GOD OVER AND OVER AND OVER, FROM THE BLEED THAT THREATENED HIM IN THE VERY BEGINNING, TO MY DAUGHTER TOTALLING HER CAR WITH HIM IN TOW AFTER THAT, TO BEING TOLD HE WAS TOO SMALL AND MIGHT HAVE GENETIC PROBLEMS, TO BEING TOLD THAT ALL ALONG MY DAUGHTERS PLACENTA WAS THE PROBLEM AND NOW THAT THIS TINY BOY WOULD HAVE TO BE DELIVERED 6 WEEKS EARLY. WHAT A JOURNEY OF UNCERTAINTY AND FEAR WE WENT THROUGH. TATE KEITH ALDRIDGE ARRIVED ON HIS TIME WITH ALL THE RIGHT PARTS AND THEY ALL WORK AND HE IS PERFECTION -- AFTER BEING TOLD THAT IT WOULD TAKE DAYS TO INDUCE THE LABOR, HE DECIDED ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH AND HE CAME QUITE SUDDENLY, AND DIDN'T EVEN WAIT FOR THE DOCTOR TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE. HE IS THE TINIEST MOST BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GUY WHO IS SHOWING HIMSELF TO BE SUCH A QUIET FIGHTER.....AS HE HAS NOT NEEDED OXYGEN, HAS NOT NEEDED A FEEDING TUBE, AND EACH DAY SHOWS US SOME OF HIS STRENGTH CLOAKED IN HIS 3 POUND 7 OUNCE BODY....HE IS FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE. EVERY CHILD IS A MIRACLE, BUT I AM GRATEFUL WE GOT TO EXPERIENCE THIS CHILDBIRTH AND PREGNANCY THAT WAS FILLED WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING...AS I WILL NEVER EVER TAKE ANY BIRTH FOR GRANTED AGAIN. I HAD 4 KIDS AND ALL CAME WITHOUT A HITCH AND WERE HEALTHY. UP UNTIL NOW OUR GRANDCHILDREN ARRIVED WITH VERY LITTLE COMPLICATIONS.....THIS ONE HAS TAUGHT US A WHOLE NEW DEPENDENCE ON GOD. I HAVE WATCHED MY DAUGHTER AND HER HUSBAND TAKE THIS JOURNEY AND I HAVE BEEN IN AWE OF MY DAUGHTERS STRENGTH - GOD HAS BEEN WITH US EACH STEP OF THE WAY AND I KNOW HE WILL CONTINUE TO WALK WITH US AS TATE GROWS AND MATURES. ONE DAY HE WILL BE A BIG STRAPPING GUY AND WE WILL FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE HOW THIS ALL STARTED. I AM IN AWE TODAY. I AM HUMBLED BY THE DELICACY OF LIFE. ENOUGH SAID. OH, , AND I MADE A CARD THIS WEEK. HAPPY TUESDAY EVERYONE!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

ROOM IN MY HEART.....

FOR GRANDCHILD #12, coming in OCTOBER!!  The SUO challenge this week was PRIMARY COLORS, and I went with a monochromatic theme since I don't think PRIMARY COLORS are SU's long hand.  I don't really think we have a primary blue, or yellow, or orange, but we do have an awesome primary RED. :) I'm very excited to welcome Grand child #12, but only GRANDSON number THREE.  We are pretty used to GIRLS in this family.  ;) Speaking of grandchildren, we got to see almost everyone of ours during the month of August!! (missed you Mady and Chloe) but we got to see Ethan, and Kara, and Olivia, and Layla and Brooklyn, and Tovah and Lami, and Luca and Eva!!  We went on a camping trip with most of them, and we just had a wonderful month of kids and grandkids.  So lots of tears when it was all over.  The house gets all meticulous again, but it also gets empty and lonely.  The stray hair ties, and headbands and toys and socks, etc. each offer a stab through the old heart.  And I always go back to my favorite saying, "Don't cry cuz it's over, SMILE cua it happened.....but truthfully, it ain't easy.  Until next time, Karen