Tuesday, April 8, 2014

HAPPY EASTER…...

SO the color challenge this week was So Saffron, Pool Party, and Sahara Sand.  The SUO Challenge Blog challenge was EASTER.  Now doesn't that just go hand in hand?  Actually, dessert on the color challenge is ALSO Easter…..so I HAD to make an Easter card! Now, what does this card have to do with the TRUE meaning of Easter??? Not a lot,,,,,but Easter eggs are part of our celebrations, and I had fun thinking outside the box when I made this card.  After all, I have used those tulips that were intended for Easter SO MANY TIMES I thought, I HAVE to come up with something DIFFERENT… and I was just in the mood for some egg salad. :) I used the top note die cut for the bottom of my basket, and folded it in half.  I used the egg from Backyard Basics…. this was FUN!  And look ma, NO FLOWERS!!! Look Peggy, NO FLOWERS!!! :) (My SCS buddy Peggy teases me about flowers being the only thing I stamp!)  NOT ONE FLOWER on this card! I love Easter, and God has been doing some amazing things in the lives of my loved ones lately…..so I am really looking forward to celebrating new life in JESUS at Easter this year! :) He is RISEN!! He is RISEN indeed - and HE is alive and well, and still changing lives today!! Happy Easter everyone!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

IT'S IN THE BAG…….

SO - time to come out of my box, it's a 3D week on the SUO challenge blog!! We had to make a box, bag, or basket.  So I fell back on an old pattern…..after I thawed my lips out with my heat tool.  3D is like WHOA, to me…..my lips freeze.  I.don't.do.3D.  For the most part, so like the title says, It's in the BAG…..I had to stretch and make a bag.  The way you make this little cutie is to take a half sheet of designer series paper that is printed on both sides.  You score the long way across about 1/2" down from the top.  You fold it over, and that makes the lip at the top of the bag.  Then you take a small box, I used my ink refill box from SU, and you sort of bottom half wrap the box with the paper.  I used sticky strip to wrap it - so it would hold.  You wrap just the bottom half and you kind of crease the folds so it looks like a gift bag.  Then you just punch two holes, one on either side and put ribbon thru it - or in my case, I braided the saleabration cording - doesn't that look cute?? I used the petite flower punch to embellish my bag, and the banner punch as well.  I was kinda pleased with my 3D bag….always feels good to step outside your box,,,,,go ahead, it's in the BAG!! Until next time,,,,,Happy Stamping!! Karen

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISS BROOKLYN SOPHIA!

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY BROOKLYN SOPHIA!!! SHE TURNS 5 TODAY!!! HOW DID THIS HAPPEN????  HERE SHE IS DRESSED UP AS MERIDA…..BUT COME ON NOW, SHE'S CUTER THEN MERIDA!!!  IS SHE NOT??? I LOVE THIS CHERUB WITH ALL MY HEART, AND I CANNOT BELIEVE SHE IS FIVE YEARS OLD TODAY!!  ( AND THAT'S HER REAL HAIR THERE TOO!!!)  IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY WE WERE DRIVING TO NY TO SEE HER AFTER SHE WAS BORN….AND THEN THEY MOVED TO OHIO FOR A FEW YEARS AND WE SPENT MANY A BIRTHDAY WITH THEM…..AND NOW, THEY ARE BACK IN NY……AND A BIG OLD PIECE OF OUR HEARTS ARE THERE WITH THEM!!

 Here is the birthday card I made for Miss Brooklyn Sophia.  This little girl reminds me of Brooklyn with her long blond hair.  Brooklyn is the kind of girl who can make anyone feel so loved and special.  She is very sensitive, and very sweet.  This will be one of the first birthdays where we're not close enough to celebrate with Brookie.  It kind of has my heart in a bind.  They moved back to New York a few long months ago, and how I miss them!! Below is another darling picture of Brooklyn.  I love this picture because it just captures her sweetness. :) Happy Birthday darling Brookie, you are always in my heart and on my mind!! Love you soooooooooo much!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WE LOVE YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE….WHEN YOU BLOW OUT THE CANDLES, ONE LIGHT STAYS AGLOW, IT'S THE LOVE LIGHT IN YOUR EYES WHERE ERE' YOU GO!!!
HOW CUTE IS SHE????

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

FEATURING…..PINK!

The SUO Blog challenge for today is use pinks and or purples.  No brainer for me - PINK!!  I played and played and played with that rose die that's in the occasions mini and finally made a couple I liked.  I tried to shabby chic this one up by using my paper snips on it and roughing it up….nothing like a pink rose to make your day!!  But I tell you, my friend Tina and her downline made wreaths from this die, entire WREATHS of ROSES,,,,and alas, after making three I was exhausted!!!  I think it would take me a WEEK to make a WREATH!!  I used Blushing Bride card stock with Very Vanilla.  And I wrinkled up my bow, by first getting it wet and rolling it up in a ball and then going back and forth with it like a fan fold and holding it in a clothespin till it dried and then making my nice wrinkly bow…..I love the shabby chic look so much, but I gotta say, it's pretty labor intensive and after making this card, I think I could skip the elliptical for that day…..ya know??   I seriously think I burned about 300 calories roughing this thing up and making that ribbon and rose!!  Hope you like it cuz I worked REALLY hard on it!!! Happy Tuesday everyone!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

BACK IN MY FLOWERBOX…...

SO….it's my turn to pick the colors over on the SCS color challenge.  My usual pattern is to just stamp a bunch of cards and then pick one from what I stamp and pick those colors, whatever colors are in the card.  But this week my stamping cohort needed the colors early, so I had to do it the other way around, start with colors and then make the card……yikes…..lip freeze……but in a case like this I choose colors I KNOW I can hop back  into my flower box and watercolor my heart out…..and that way I know I can't go wrong.  I just love Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, and Island Indigo.  These three colors sing to me…..and I had fun making this card and for dessert, pearls.  When in doubt, choose what you KNOW you can do, right?? After all, last week I had to make banners…and I've been stretching a lot lately, so every other card about I jump right back into my "flower box" where I am most comfortable.  Kinda like life…..after a long hard day at work presenting treatment plans and being all dressed professional and stuff, I like to come home, put on my pi's and wrap in a warm blanket on my favorite chair……it's like my flower box chair.  haha.  I have a favorite blankie too.  Okay, enough silliness….but aren't we really just creatures of habit?  Don't we tend to cling to what we know, what makes us comfortable and happy?  Oh well, maybe next week I will really venture outside the flower box, but for now, I'm gonna enjoy the sunshine and warmth inside my little flower box……Until next time…….Karen

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

MY WATERCOLOR FLOWERBOX…..

The SUO challenge for this week is Banners, Banners.  :) I am so not the banner girl.  Or so I think.  I actually had a lot of fun making this card.  But I still say I am so not the banner girl.  I hate to say it but I live in a box.  It's the "watercolor flower box".  It's what I do best, what I love best, and what I stick to when given the choice.  So the SUO challenge team has been a swell place for me to hang out for these last few years….always making me S-T-R-E-T-C-H…..and try things I am not naturally drawn to.  I am not naturally drawn to just about ANYTHING about this card.  These colors make my lips freeze a little…..bright orange, yellow…yikes….but hey - I figure if you're being stretched you may as well go for broke.  :) I guess in the end I kinda actually like this card.  Every once in a while it's nice to see I can do something besides watercolor flowers.  :) So easy to go back and back to what you do best and what is familiar to you.  When I first saw this stamp set I was like, hmmmm…….and now I love it!!  If I keep my mind OPEN to new things, I do lots better with them.  Anybody else feel stuck in a rut sometimes???  Well make a banner card with bold lip freezing color and jump right out of that box!! Come on, you can do it, go make a banner card!  ;) Happy Tuesday!! Until next time……Karen

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

GETTING PUNCHY…..

The SUO challenge this week is to use your punches!!  When I saw what Bronwyn Eastley did with HER punches, I was slightly intimidated about even uploading my card!  She made the most awesome pirate with punches!!  I'm not a huge punch girl, but I do love making little rosebuds with the tiniest flower punch….and I had fun making this baby girl card….for a very dear friend of mine who is having her first baby.  My friend Sarah is so cute….so innocent about motherhood and asking so many cute questions, like, "IS it okay if I don't want to use cloth diapers??" and things like that.  Also, since I have never been a natural with babies, will I be a natural with mine?  I think that is the universal question for new mothers…..I remember wondering before I had my first if I would love her as much as I loved our Siberian husky…..but not to worry, when Jennifer was born, the dog quickly became a dog.  We still loved Misty, but the feelings that flood the soul of a new mom are not really comparable to anything on earth…..right? Two weeks before I had my first child,  I remember awkwardly holding one of my closest friend's new baby who was three weeks old and screaming, and thinking, "oh man, i hope i have deeper feelings for mine then what I feel right now because I do not know what to do with this screaming child" - my arms hurt from holding him so stiffly and I just thought, "I am doomed and my child is too" - but not to worry, I took one look at MY BABY, and every fear and doubt melted into pure, ferocious love…..and with each child that love just multiplies.  So Sarah, no one can really prepare you for what you will feel….and how your love and your life and your marriage and your world will be changed for the better in the twinkle of an eye……just you wait and see……Until next time, Karen