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

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


The SUO challenge blog this week is for SPRING....and SPRING makes me think of flowers, and weddings, - so I made a wedding card with the botanical die set.  There are no limits to what you can do with this set, and I feel like I could make about 100 more cards with it and still not get tired of it!! I used shimmery white cardstock on this one and the shimmer black paper and then I used the Timeless Elegance dsp.  I think it all came together in an elegant way.  I was also designing this card with the color challenge colors, and though at first I was very stumped by Crisp Cantalope, Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake, it lent itself to the elegance of a wedding card in the end.  So many times the color combos that I struggle with I end up loving.  Colors I would never choose myself.  That's why I love being a part of the color challenge team at SCS.  Keeps me on my toes. :) Happy Tuesday everyone! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


The SUO challenge this week is EASTER!!  I just love this little lamb, which symbolizes the lamb of GOD to me, the true meaning of Easter, that we have a Saviour who died on a cross for my sins....and your sins....a real cause for REJOICING~~  So this is my Easter wish for you - that you would KNOW this JESUS who died for you!!  Thank God for his indescribable gift!!~  And the card....I embossed the lamb on shimmery white cardstock and colored him with a white gel pen and then watercolored around him with a paint brush and stamp pads - so fun!!  An early HAPPY EASTER to all!! Oh how HE loves you, Oh how HE love me....Oh how He loves you and me!!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


The SUO challenge for this week is Saleabration goodies!  This stamp set may just be my favorite!  This is the card that I made last week while I was "hanging in there" - actually I was hanging OVER there, but I thank you for all your well wishes, I am all better and even had my stamping weekend after all! I love my Orrville ladies!! Now I am late to work because I forgot to do this post last night, so this will be short and sweet!  This birdie is the cute bomb though......isn't she?  :) The motto is, whatever you are going through today, Hang in there!! ;) Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


The SUO challenge this week is BIRTHDAYS!  Aren't birthday's wonderful??  And we always need BIRTHDAY CARDS!!  I chose to post this one which I actually made for the SCS color challenge a couple of weeks ago, BECAUSE......I had the weekend from H-E double hockey sticks!!  I was supposed to go to Eastern Ohio this past weekend to hold a LARGE stamping event with some of my all time favorite stampers - but alas, I awoke on Friday morning at 2 am to spend about a half an hour before the great white throne, sick as a DOG for just about a half an hour and then off to bed I went, and when I woke up on Friday, I THOUGHT I was fine.  So I went about my day, not sure why I had to kind of choke my breakfast down, which is always cottage cheese and fruit, (I like feel totally disappointed if I eat anything else) and my coffee didn't taste all that great either, but I was just thinking I was a little queezy but I'll be fine....so on the day went, last minute packing, last minute cleaning....and at lunch time I was like, hmmmmm.....somehow I just can't eat my usual salad today, so I had a couple pieces of melba toast with peanut butter, trying to keep it bland.  My favorite scent in my Scentsy burner (blueberry cheesecake) was making me feel GREEN, and I kept thinking man, how come I usually love this smell and I HATE IT RIGHT NOW....but plug on, get ready, lots' to do, Keith will be home, gotta leave by 3:30, pack your outfit, don't forget the order forms, remember to pick up some pens, did you pack your boots? hey, stop, no, really, i said stop, lay down, before you fall down.  I went in and found my bed, which eventually led to a panic flight to the bathroom, where I spent the next couple of hours, and I won't get graphic here, but you can figure it out, right?  I was coming down with the nasty flu.....yes my friends, the NASTY one.  I have not been sick like that since I was in my 20's!!  In between episodes I text my dear friend Gloria, and say, Heads' up my friend, I am feeling rather SICK, and she texts me back and says, Immodium helps,,,,,and I chuckled, No, really, I can't swallow anything for the next few hours or I know where it will end up......I know TMI, but when I say I just KNEW in my heart of hearts that I wasn't going anywhere for the next several hours and maybe we could HOPE I could get up and leave at 2am or something.....but as the day wore on Gloria said, no, Karen, it's okay, go to bed and we will cancel - the LAST thing I wanted to do was feel like I could possibly push on through and then find out I passed it to 50 friends.......I HAD TO GIVE IT UP AND GO TO BED AND JUST WEAR OUT THE CARPET BETWEEN THE BED AND THE BATHROOM FOR THE REMAINDER OF FRIDAY.  SO.....when I named this entry THANK GOD IT'S NOT FRIDAY I WASN'T EXAGGERATING!!!!!   I AM SO GLAD IT'S MONDAY IT AIN'T EVEN FUNNY, and who says that????  SOMEONE WHO HAD THE FLU ALL WEEKEND THAT'S WHO!!!!  Also complete with aches, chills, and a rash.  YUP, a rash.  SO PLEASE FORGIVE ME IF I DIDN'T MAKE A NEW BIRTHDAY CARD AND CHOSE TO POST THIS ONE FROM TWO WEEKS AGO, OKAY?????  i am still so washed out that I went to bed and THEN remembered I needed to prepare this post so dragged myself out of bed, and here I am.....with my war story.  Forgive me, I digress.  Seriously time for this tired teddy bear to say goodnight and hit the hay.  Gonna reschedule with my girls in Eastern Ohio, I think they love me anyway!  :) Happy Tuesday everyone, and THANK GOD IT'S NOT FRIDAY!!!  Until next time, Karen