Tuesday, February 24, 2015


The SUO challenge this week is cards for teenagers…and just the idea of that was a challenge….I'm not really sure I nailed this one, but here is my card for a teenage girl, and really what makes it a teenage card appropriate design is maybe just the sentiment?  "You are amazingly amazing" is sorta a teenage thing to say, yes?  I made this with the Painted Petals dsp and stamped only that wee circle in the middle.  I LOVE this dsp….it's so fresh and so pretty.  I spent the past week with my two NY grand daughters, Layla and Brooklyn who came to Ohio for a week.  Such a blast to spend time with their precious little selves…of course it went by way too quickly and off to NY we went to bring them back…..and the house seems amazingly quiet.  Boo hoo….until next time we can steal them away for a week. :) An added blessing was two snow days so they got to also spend time with their cousin Olivia…and so did I. :) :) God is good.  ;) okay off to  bed with me, I am plum tuckered out. Until next time…….Karen

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


AND shape cards it is on the SUO challenge blog this week.  I have made a couple of pretty stellar ones in my time, but for the most part, they just make my lips freeze and then it popped into my head, why not make a "butterfly shape" and the easiest way to do that was with SU's huge butterfly stamp!  So I stamped it on watercolor card stock and colored it with the old water based markers….and these are the colors on the SCS color challenge this week….so it all just came together in a gargantuan butterfly. :) Butterflies are so cool, when you think how they started out as caterpillars.  If that doesn't make you realize there is a GOD in his HEAVEN, I don't know what WILL.  Who likes caterpillars?  Fat, grubby, hairy, ugly, crawly caterpillars - and then they turn into this???  Graceful, light, airy, fluttery, gorgeous butterflies……kinda like US when we let God get a hold of our lives…..HE makes something beautiful out of something not so beautiful.  A lovely girl I know said she was nervous about coming to church because she hadn't been in a long time.  Come on in sweet girl, we are all just a bunch of cracked pots, and HE is the potter, and HE is mending us, a bit at a time.  We are all a bunch of caterpillars, slowly becoming butterflies.  We are all broken, and that's why we need Jesus.  Even so Lord Jesus, come. :)  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


So the SUO challenge this week is valentines!  :) Yay! For Valentines!!  This new set called Sheltering Tree is so awesome, and I have only just BEGUN to play with it!!  and that SU glittery paper is to die for!   This is a quick and easy card I designed for a huge workshop I have in Eastern Ohio this coming weekend.  I love traveling there, to Amish country to see my friend Gloria.  I can already taste the pumpkin roll…..hmmmm….not gonna be good for my diet.  But I love going there, and seeing all the ladies I have come to know and love after at least a decade of workshops there- actually almost two decades I think. :) It's so true that being an SU demonstrator has blessed my life in so many ways,,,,none greater then in the friendships I have made along the way! So here's to a great weekend with a whole lot of Eastern Ohio ladies I love a lot!!  Happy Early VALENTINES everyone!! Until next time, Karen PS mmmmm….pumpkin roll.  :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


The SUO challenge blog today is DOTS.  I love polka dots, of any kind, so I had fun punching out these dots and adhering them to my background.  When I finished this card though, I was like, "meh" - I just don't feel like this kind of card cuts it with me.  It's okay, but I wasn't excited to upload tonite or anything.  The colors are from the SCS color challenge this week and they are difficult colors for me.  Oh well, it was fun to make.  I like this saying, especially the part about eating some ice cream too.  I live on a diet most of the time.  But I just celebrated a birthday, and I picked up two kinds of ice cream…..I texted my daughter to ask what kind her family likes and when she didn't see the text right away I just chose.  Black Raspberry Chocolate chip and Sea salt Caramel.  Oh man, I forgot how GOOD ice cream IS.  So worth the cheat.  In fact, even typing this made me want some more, so my sweet husband is getting me some now.  Gotta live a little.  I'll go back on it tomorrow, and eventually that darn stuff will be gone and I can get serious again.  Ice cream convinces me God loves me.  :) Gotta close and eat some now.  Until next time……Karen

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


The SUO challenge blog this week is challenging us to use a Project Life stamp set, or embellishment - or layout, etc.  Man, was that a close call for ME!! I have not embraced the whole Project Life thing, yet.  Maybe I will in the future, but as of yet, I have not.  However, I did buy a winter stamp set just because it had the cutest little pair of mittens, so I was saved by that!  It also had this teeny tiny snowflake, and this cute little word stamp that says, "Baby it's cold outside!"  so there you have it - I didn't have to waste any time deciding what stamp to use, Christmas is over so I had to just come up with a winter card - and the snowflake said, Use me! :) I am so overwhelmed with all the new sets in the Occasions mini catalog, I hardly know what to play with first!!  Have you seeeeeeeeen it yet?? Happy Stamping everyone! Until next time…..Karen  PS I'm starting to feel like no one reads my blog……and I needed to get someone to update it for me!!!  Catalogs are OLD!!!! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


The SUO challenge blog this week is a challenge to make a winter themed holiday card or project.  I opted for the card.  I'm not the most proficient at the anything but a card thing…..and since I procrastinated till Sunday night…..well you know…..projects take time. :) Actually so did this card! ;)  I just love the little letters die set, and I am the hostess for the color challenge this week and chose these pretty soft colors, soft sky, old olive and cherry cobbler.  I think I am realizing that though I generally just love COLOR, cherry cobbler may be my all time fav.  :) Soft sky might be second.  Anyway - maybe you should hop on over to SCS today and play in the color challenge!!  Isn't this just a yummy color combination?  I hate when people call colors yummy, but I'm sorry, these ARE yummy.  And it's Christmas,,,,so spread a little JOY!, right?  Have yourself a merry little Christmas…..and remember to thank God for HIS unspeakable gift!! ;) Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


The SUO challenge this week is TAGS…..I had one of those weeks this week…..just one where I didn't get up to my stamp room at all.  The color challenge came out, and it was exactly the colors of a card I made a while ago and had not used for anything yet…..and I even love it!! Then Saturday, I happened to get up and for some unknown reason, I felt moved to put my coworkers little Christmas gifts together, and make tags and personalize their bags, and I won't be even giving them to them until Christmas week….but I just felt like getting it done so I did.  Then I remembered it was the SUO challenge week, and I was like OH, NO, what is the theme? Cuz I was so busy…just didn't know when I would have a chance to take my time and CREATE…..so low and behold, it was TAGS, and I had just finished making 5 little bags like this one and decorating with a TAG!!!!  I love when God knows you are stretched to the limit and then shows you in a way like that that HE understands and HE has your back. :) Don't you?  My friend Lillian who I told you all about last time has gone straight into the arms of Jesus.  I cried for a few days, but not for her, for me.  I know Lillian is walking with Jesus, and I know she is happy and I know the angels are rejoicing over this saint who came home…..but us here, we are crying at the loss of a precious friend and mother, grandmother, etc. etc.  Oh the blessed hope that we will one day meet again, and I hope my mansion is on the same street with Lillians!! Until next time…..Karen