Tuesday, May 26, 2015


The SUO Challenge this week is for a SWEET TREAT….so here is the favor from Rebekah and Aaron's wedding, slightly altered….(keep reading)  It's almost been a YEAR since my daughter Rebekah and Aaron tied the knot!! Where does the time GO?? Last year at this time we were pulling our decoration theme together - I sorta changed the colors on this little favor that Bekah and I made so that I could use ALL SU products…..as her colors were Crisp Cantalope and Wisteria Wonder, (in SU language that is)  but these favors actually had little wisteria rosebuds on them….but they weren't SU, (shhhhh….) Actually if SU had anything even remotely like them I would have used them…..but to buy 75 Artisan embellishment sets to get the two little rosebuds out of each one would have killed our budget. HAHA, but aren't these cute?  And let me tell you, those two - Rebekah and Aaron,,, WERE MINT TO BE.  I have never seen my daughter so happy, and there is no greater joy for a mama than to see her children HAPPY!!  And many know that Bekah's JOY came after a long period of sadness….which make the JOY even more JOYFUL.  Sometimes when things happen that cut us to the core, and leave us almost broken in two, God turns those things around and makes something beautiful come out of the ashes - and that is what we see in Bekah's life and marriage now!  Thank you Jesus!!  Anyway, it was nice to have the blog challenge be a wedding favor, - or a sweet treat, because it gave me a chance to reflect back over this last year, and the JOY I have seen restored to my daughter Rebekah and my grand daughter Olivia, and it's been a fun walk down memory lane.  She was a stunning bride and Olivia was an adorable flower girl, along with her new sister Kara!!  Sorrow may endure for a night, but JOY COMES IN THE MORNING!!  Happy Tuesday everyone!!  UNTIL NEXT TIME,  Karen

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


So the SUO challenge this week was FUN FLOWERS…..and that is out of my comfort zone, I like to stamp SERIOUS  FLOWERS…..not FUN FLOWERS…..so I had the dig out this set that makes my lips freeze, but in the end, I'm not gonna lie to ya, I really love my streeettttccchhh card…..it's not me, but I think it's really cool! Seems like I have had lots of stretching to do lately, and lots of livin' outside the comfort zone.  As many of you know, we put our house on the market about a year ago so that if we were reading God right, we could move into a house all on one floor and have my mother move in with us.  We kind of put it out there really not knowing and since it's been many months, we kinda thought maybe it was NOT going to happen.  A couple of weeks ago I looked around our gorgeous yard with it's huge Japanese Lilac bush and all the beautiful tulips and daffodils and iris's and other gorgeous flowers I don't know the names of, and I looked at our perfect lollipop tree in the front yard, and I said to Keith, if no one buys our house in the spring, then no one buys our house.  Spring is when we fell in love with the house, with it's beautiful rock garden in the front yard, back in 2006.    No sooner did I say that, and then maybe two days later a young couple looked at it, fell in love, and made an offer.  Can you say broken hearted??? That's how we felt at first.  There was one night where I cried all the way home from work.  Keith and I would just look at each other and feel like crying.  Then we went to look at two houses, and came back to the one we have had our eye on ever since the beginning of this venture.  We went to see it again, and we could begin to feel some excitement welling up from somewhere.  Man, this is a nice house!! We gradually came to the realization of what we knew all along, we can make this house our home!! And the night they accepted our offer, we felt JOY!! And there will still be moments of sadness saying goodbye to this house we have lived in for 9 years.  But there will be JOY in the new house too, and all will be well.  God is in HIS heaven and all is right with the world.  OUT of my comfort zone….again….and it's gonna be ALRIGHT.  Until next time…..Karen

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


The SUO challenge this week is "Mother's Day".  This was one of those cards that didn't quite interpret from my head to the paper just the way I wanted it to…..however, I am okay with it.  After all, I made it while hyped up on Vicoden and Ibuprofen.  I had an "interesting" last couple of weeks.   I barely got over my raging UTI, and had not even finished that round of antibiotics when I developed a RAGING, (all caps for a reason, I mean it was RAGING) toothache.  Of course it started on Saturday, so I suffered thru till Monday and my dentist who is also my boss took an X-ray on Monday, and Oh yes, you definitely have something going on there, most definitely.  A bad abscess under an old crown, no decay.  You don't know it's even there until it kicks up and makes itself known.  And when I say KICKS UP, I can only say that I didn't sit around in pain, I danced around in pain.  A call to the endodontist promised an appt on THURSDAY, but alas, by TUESDAY I was dissolved in TEARS….and my coworkers made some calls at my dentist's suggestion and got me in that afternoon for the root canal.  So, of course, I thought I would get the root canal and that would be the end of the pain, right? WRONG!! I turned out to be one of the 10% who has worse pain AFTER the root canal then before.  I literally LOST 3 days writhing in pain…missed THREE days of WORK last week, and spent 5 days in pain.  YESTERDAY I stopped taking vicoden and went down to just ibuprofen. BIG DAY.  UTI's and ROOT CANALS are not among my favorite things.  I told the dentist I work for that this was good for me, to experience first hand what the patients go thru.  However I said that kind of early in the game, before the pain became unbearable….and on second thought I think I could have done just fine without this root canal!!  Life, never a dull moment  - in the middle of all of that my mom also had pneumonia…..so we were going back and forth to the hospital….it was a week to FORGET for sure.  But hey, this is a whole new week, right?  It came to pass, it didn't come to stay.  Life goes on.  Everybody has troubles, right?  Thanks for listening to my little whine rant.  I move on.  :) Tomorrow is a new day, hopefully a dull one. :) Happy Stamping everyone!! Until next time…..Karen

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


SO, the SUO challenge this week was to make a card with the team colors of your favorite baseball team.  HELLO BOSTON RED SOX!!!!  Having lived in New York for 23 years, it was no easy feat to be a RED SOX FAN.  But that is exactly what we were/are, having been born and raised in Connecticut.  I remember one night when they Red Sox were down by so many games in the playoffs that if they lost one more game they were out.  I can't remember what year it was, but my son and my nephew and my husband, all diehard fans, had retired - gone to bed when the game was almost over because they said they could not bear to see them get beat so bad.  The house was so quiet, and I was the only one up watching this painful scenario.  Suddenly - they began to pull it out.  The night ended with me shrilly screaming THEY WON, THEY WON, THEY WON!!! And waking up our entire family who all came running to see, and the Red Sox went on to win the World Series that year!!  We were like, HELLO~~ BOSTON ROCKS!!!!  THE SOX ROCK!!!  SO proud of those guys for pulling it out from way behind and winning!!  Never give up, that's a lesson you soon learn following the RED SOX!! It's not over till it's over.  That's a pretty good way to tackle life.  Never give up.  It's not over till it's over.   Happy Baseball Season everyone! The RED SOX played their first game of the season, and so far they are UNDEFEATED TONITE!!!  :) Never give up.  It's not over, till it's over.  Until next time……..Karen

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


HELLO my stamping friends!! This week I combined the SCS color challenge and the SUO challenge to make this card!  The colors are Melon Mambo, Garden Green and Chocolate Chip - very challenging colors for me! This is my second card, the first one was a total bomb. A little bit of Melon Mambo goes a loooonnnnngggg way for me!! The SUO challenge this week is FUN FOLDS…..and I am Melon Mambo challenged AND I am FUN FOLD challenged too…..I'm not the most mechanical gal…..I came up with a lame gatefold….not too FUN, but hey - ti's different from the norm and this week that's about all I could come up with!  Some weeks are like that, yah, they are!  Happy Stamping, and until next time, Karen

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


The SUO challenge this week is "Easter Fun" - and I chose to have fun making this unusual card, but to highlight the more serious side of Easter.  I especially love the way this photo captured the shadow of the cross.  I made the little flowers on my cross using a tiny tiny flower punch, layering the flowers and then sort of fraying them with my paper snips.  It was a long and tedious process to make enough tiny roses to cover my cross.  Once I finished making all those little roses, I had fun putting the rest of this card together.  I just love this sentiment, because truly Jesus IS the indescribable gift to each one of us from a God who loves us with an unconditional and never ending love, that never quits.  I can only think of how I love my own children, as imperfect as that love may be when you compare it to how GOD loves YOU and ME.  I know that when one of my children hurts, I hurt right along with them, and there isn't much I wouldn't do to try and help them through any pain to get to the other side.  When I think that that is how JESUS LOVES ME….it's an indescribable gift in every way!  Oh how HE loves you and me!! Oh how HE loves you and me!! He gave His life, what more could He give?, Oh how He loves you, Oh how He loves me, Oh how He loves you and me!!  A blessed Easter to all of you!! Until next time,  Karen

Monday, March 2, 2015


OKAY, so let me just say at the start here that I am definitely definitely DEFINITELY BLOG HOP CHALLENGED!!!!!  So the uber talented JULIE GEARINGER invited me to participate in a BLOG HOP CHALLENGE with her, and of course, after much fear and trembling I said YES!! But I said, JULIE, my HOUSE is a MESS, to be translated in blog language to this - The girl who used to update my blog for me doesn't do that anymore and I haven't been able to hook up with someone who does, so it's kinda like inviting COMPANY over when your HOUSE is a MESS - so sweet and gracious Julie offered to help me get my blog updated and to maybe teach my how to do that on my own going forward……(and we actually have a phone date tomorrow night to do just that), SO!! Silly lame me, I was thinking the blog hop part was AFTER THAT, and on my way to bed tonite I thought, "Hey, wait, didn't she say MARCH 2nd and isn't that the date I was writing all day at work and so doesnt' that mean I only have ONE HOUR LEFT to get my project posted the right day????? See???? I am the lamest blog hopper EVER!!! And since I was thinking I still had all kinds of TIME, I didn't ask anyone to hop along with me…..so thankfully I'm not the only one JULIE asked or the HOP would end here!!  I am so sorry Julie to be such a DREADFUL BLOG HOPPER!!!!  But for what it's worth, here is my card, - which is also part of the SCS color challenge this week!!  I APOLOGIZE for being such a LAME HOPPER!!!  I used the photopolymer stamp set YOU'RE WONDERFUL, and created an all over design with it on my main panel and then challenged myself to KEEP IT SIMPLE which is NOT my usual forte,,,,,but I mounted it all on white and white again, with my folders for texture, (practicing real restraint here to get that clean look that does NOT come natural to me, and then I colored with Blendabilities and added some Coastal Cabana ribbon and a sentiment punched out…and VOILA!! A CAS BLOG HOP COLOR CHALLENGE CREATION!! We were also to answer FOUR questions so here they are:  1. Why do you create what you  do?  Hmmmmm……I just LOVE starting with a blank piece of paper and seeing if I can make something that "sings to me" and I just keep playing until it sings!!!  My usual style is fussy and anything BUT CAS…but I love the look of CAS and every once in a while I churn out a CAS card that I actually love.  2. What are you working on?  I work as a hostess for the SCS color challenge each week, I am part of a team of great ladies and I LOVE being on that team and creating each week with a color scheme that is only my own when it's my turn to be the actual hostess, so all the other times I am being challenged by color combos picked out by other people - and I love that it gets me outside my COLOR BOX so to speak….haha…..or all cards would be my favorite colors, and it always turns out that some of my favorite cards are from someone else's interpretation of a great color combo.  I also work as a team member for the SUO CHALLENGE Blog and we do a JUST FOR FUN challenge every other week as well - and Julie Gearinger is on that team with me…I LOVE being a part of that because it keeps me BLOGGING!!  3. How does your creative process work?  Mine works with images of cards popping into my head at all the wrong times, i.e., at work, or when I am supposed to be sleeping at night….etc. - but when I actually stamp I just start and see where I go….most times I just play and stamp until the card sings to me!!  4. How does your work differ from others in your genre?  Let's see, I get a little tongue tied when I have to answer a question that could sound like I'm tooting my own horn….but let's see, I always get told that I am good with COLOR and that's why my work stands out - and one way that I am unique is that I usually have a signature BOW, like a card is not a Karen Barber card until there is a BOW, SOMEWHERE!!!  I guess that about does it…and I truly wish now that I had someone to link for you to HOP TO, but alas, I do not  - I am such a blog hop FLUNKY……woe is me…..Julie please don't be mad at me….Until next lame time, Karen