This week the SUO challenge is to make a "non-traditional" Christmas card, so I chose some soft colors here….vanilla and soft sky and a little sponging of crumb cake on my vanilla card stock. I was overjoyed last week to get TWENTY comments, sometimes I feel like very few look at my blog so why bother…..but I guess all I need to do is say I hate my card, and everyone jumps in to tell me they love it……so if I was a liar I would say I don't like this one either, but alas, I do like this one. Maybe you can leave me a comment anyway, so I don't feel like no one reads this. hahaha. Okay, so we had such a mixed emotion holiday at our house. We said goodbye to my son and his family, (my beloved Jenna who many of you know - and my two precious grand daughters Layla, and Brooklyn) They moved back to NY the day after Thanksgiving - and even though I am so happy for them, it still hurts. I am happy for them, because Mike got a really good job offer and I am happy for them because they will be by Jenna's family, and also because their hearts were still in NY, as far as they both were raised in NY, and they just never really LOVED Ohio like my husband and I do…..so I am very HAPPY for all those reasons, but then my heart just breaks to have them so far away. I stumbled upon Brookies little pink gloves this morning, and instantly I was reduced to tears. I wear a bracelet that Layla made me almost every day….it makes me feel closer to them. Life is always pain, mixed with joy. At the same time, we said hello to our kids who work and live overseas as they are home for about 8 months…..so there is much rejoicing over that - Tovah and Lami for 8 whole months!!!! Now that is some JOY….…….JOY and PAIN, JOY and PAIN, it's amazing how often they go hand in hand. I am once again, telling myself in relation to both Mike and Jenna, AND Davis and Jen who will be here 8 short months, "Don't cry cuz it's over, SMILE cuz it happened!! I try so so hard to live by that…….and to thank God for the time I have with my children. I always try to remind myself to hang on loosely, because they do not belong to me, they belong to my heavenly father…..JOY and PAIN, one of these centuries I will get the knack of counting it ALL JOY…….I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving! We truly have so much to be thankful for!! Until next time, Karen
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
MAN did I struggle this week with this CARD. I had an idea in my head but it didn't translate very well onto the paper. :( The color challenge was baked brown sugar, almost artichoke and cherry cobbler. The SUO challenge was Let it SNOW, so I combined, and I am not a big fan of this card. It's okay, you win some, you lose some, you like some and others…..not so much. Happy Tuesday everyone!! Until next time…Karen
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
THIS is the stamp I always reach for when making a card for a beloved family member or friend. That's an awesome thing to hear from someone, "You are such a blessing in my life". Right??? It's my favorite SU sentiment right now. Even better than "Carbs, Shmarbs, Eat the cake" haha. But seriously - what would we do without those family members and friends who ARE the blessings in our lives?? I wouldn't want to imagine life without my faithful husband, or my children, or grandchildren.......how sad would that be? Extended family, mom, sister, brothers - life would be so sad without them! But oh how we tend to take it for granted....not meaning to.....but it happens!! I want to enjoy every day that I have with my precious grandchildren nearby and the days that I have to see the ones that aren't nearby....hour by hour!! Life is short, make every day count! Right? Go hug someone you love,,,,,and I will too!! Until next time, Karen
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The SUO challenge for this week is HARVEST TIME....which was a really fun theme! This stamp is from The Best of Autumn set,,,,which I LOVE. Autumn is my very favorite time of year. It gives me that warm and cozy feeling....that hunker down feeling....for the long cold winter. I love fall foliage, and I love apples, and I love cider and sweaters and warm socks. My husband and I celebrated our 40th anniversary this week...we were married in my favorite time of year, fall. FORTY YEARS.....that's a LONG time, ya know?? When married to your best friend....it goes by fast! :) Okay, enough blabbing....I need to head on over to SCS and be the color challenge hostess this week with this card......this one is taking care of TWO challenges. Okay, all for this time,,,,keep on stamping!!! Karen
Saturday, October 19, 2013
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
That's about the size of it, when I finally get around to making a "man-card" I usuallly announce it in a big way.....not my strength, the "man-card". Anyway, I thought I would love this color combo too but actually when it's all said and done, not a huge fan. :( But it's a guy card!! I have been going to use the Six-Sided Sampler set for some time now.....I made another card that is feminine with it and it sorta is along these same lines, and that is where it ends for me. I see tons of cards I love on Pinterest using this set, but when I try to come up with other stuff on my own, I sort of draw a huge blank. :( Just not the kind of set where ideas flow for me.....so anyway, there's always next time! ;) This challenge from the SUO blog was TRULY a challenge for me!! Hope you all have fun with this one!! Make a man-card, step back like me and say, "There, I DID it, met my quota for the month...." haha....one man-card a month whether i need one or NOT!! Happy Tuesday everyone!! Until next time, Karen
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The SUO challenge for this week, is a baby card! I kind of went with very non traditional baby colors here.....but it still looks babyish, right??? I made one with more like regular baby colors but I was not a big fan.....we actually are short on actual baby stamps I think....but this little lamb from Storybook Friends WORKS, if you ask me. :) Our pastor's wife had a baby this week.....Emmitt Blake, so fresh and new, a wee bundle from heaven, so anticipated and so loved. Our pastor Blake shared on Facebook how his wife, Bobbi Jo lost a baby 2 years ago, and we all cried with them. Last year on the anniversary of the loss of little Baby Blunkall, we all cried with them again. THIS year, on that same anniversary, Little Baby Emmitt made his grand entrance into our world, and of course, we all REJOICED with them!! God's perfect timing that has turned a date that was once such a source of pain for them, into one of JOY. Joy and pain sometimes go hand in hand then, don't they?? "IT'S PROPERLY CALLED, A BLESSED EVENT, WHEN MIRACLE LIKE, A BABY IS SENT, FOR A CHILD'S ARRIVAL, IS GOD'S INVASION, LOVE'S RENEWAL AND A JOY CELEBRATION, TREE'S CLAP THEIR HANDS WHEN A BABY IS BORN, AND NIGHT SORROW EXITS, ON THE WINGS OF THE MORN, HOPE AND GLADNESS BETROTHED, GO DANCING THRU THE EARTH, AND FAITH AND LOVE EMBRACE, WHEN A MOTHER GIVES BIRTH!!" WELCOME BABY EMMITT, WE LOVE YOU!! Until next time, Karen