Tuesday, October 21, 2014


The SUO challenge this week is for TREATS…..so I made this weeny little shopping bag full of "treats".  :) I used a lot of discontinued items on this little creation, like ribbon, dsp, and corduroy button. :) Speaking of treats, I just got home from celebrating my 41st wedding anniversary with my husband where we surely ate way too much. :) We ended our meal with a piece of caramel sugar crusted cheesecake, can you please tell me, "WHY??"  Oh my, it's gonna be a long night.  It was really yummy but my tummy is now asking, "Why, why, WHY??"  And all I can say is, I promise I will never do it again. haha.  It's so dang easy to overeat.  Well, 41 years of marriage to your high school sweetheart is something to overeat about, right?? In this day and age?? Right??? :) Okay, off to bed where I shall toss and turn from over eating.  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


The SUO Challenge this week was "Out in the Woods" and right away, I thought night time. :) So I used this GREAT new photopolymer stamp set called "White Christmas" - all these cute little stamps to put together in different ways….so fun!!  I had my annual Eastern Ohio ladies weekend this past weekend.  That's where some of my first stamping customers join me for a weekend of stamping, eating, laughing, stamping, listening to music, stamping, etc, and did I mention stamping??  This week I was joined by only 3(Gloria, Joann, and Margo) of them for various reasons.  But we still had a stamping good time and made a pile of cards. :) It was so fun to show them the Blendabilities and see how happy they were with their coloring efforts.  Well as you can see there wasn't much coloring that went in to THIS one, but it still took a while to make. :) Not my usual flower card - but fun to stamp all the same! :)  We decided that we wouldn't ever do this for our mass produced Christmas card, just at the thought of cutting out all those weeny cardinals.  Holy Shnikes that is SMALL.  Okay well I am in rambling mode again so I will leave you with my woodsy creation here and say until next time, happy stamping!! Karen

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


The SUO Challenge this week is FALL COLORS, or Colors that make YOU think of fall….Fall is by far my favorite time of the year.  I always get that hunker down, warm, cozy feeling in fall…..and I LOVE the colors of fall,,,,I love pumpkins, and everything made from pumpkins, I love the changing leaves, I love the snappy mornings, I love sweaters, and boots, and hoodies, and I love FALL!!  Today our house was photographed so it can be listed….I can hardly wait to see it when they get the pictures posted.  Some lady got ahold of the fact that we are selling and she keeps sending me listings in my email, even though we already have an agent.  The other day, she emailed me my own house.  RUB SOME SALT IN THE WOUND WHY DON'T YOU??  HAHA.  My husband and I are going to see if we can get into some really good habits from this experience, since the house will have to look stellar at all times, it's forcing us to wash the dish we just used, pick up after ourselves immediately, and be generally good cleaners.  Wouldn't it be nice if we just lived like this?? Cuz I LOVE coming downstairs in the morning when everything is in  it's place, and there is a place for everything.  This all gives me that cozy fall feeling, a clean house, yes!! okay I am just rambling now……who, me?  Ramble?? Time for me to jet……Happy Stamping everyone, go stamp yourself some FALL!! Until next time………Karen

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


The color challenge this week is so interesting, Pool Party, Cajun Craze, Blushing Bride and dessert, any green.  I chose my favorite go to for forever, Old Olive. :) I just got so excited about these colors I forgot to peek and see what the SUO challenge was this week.  Let me explain.  We are in the process of meeting a deadline getting our beloved house ready to put on the market so we can buy a place that my mom can share with us.  So many changes…..but the thing right now is that we literally hit the ground running every single weekend, and we honestly don't stop until the weekend is up, then we cross some more things off our list, go back to work and wait for the next weekend.  In the midst of this, my step mom also moved to an apartment 8 min from us this past weekend and we spent some time helping her settle in as well.  So I carved out a bit of time when we got to a point in cleaning our garage where my husband really needed to be the one to move forward.  Kind of like him trying to clean my stamp room - he isn't sure where anything goes at some point. :) So I snuck up to the stamp room to make this card and after I got finished I reallllly liked it but then I thought, Oh man, I forgot to check the blog challenge, I could have combined….and then I started thinking oh, man, I have to make another card!! ( how I hate stamp time being rationed…but this too shall pass and my stamp time will be restored)ANYHOW to make a short story long…..when I went and checked the SUO challenge, it was to use embellishments from Page 208 and 209 in the catalog, BINGO!!  Pearls!! God cares about the little stuff……all's well that ends well, and I had time to do a few more things on our list…..such as some long over due weeding and gardening……did I ever tell you how much I hate gardening?  I love the flowers, but I HATE the work…..bugs, bugs and more bugs, oh, and dirt.  That's another whole blog entry…..until next time, Happy Stamping!! Karen

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


The SUO blog challenge for today is CLEAN and SIMPLE.  I'm CLEAN AND SIMPLE challenged.  I was pretty happy with this card, but I would have loved it if someone else made it, know what I mean?  Ever make a card that's just not you, but you know if someone else made it you would say I really like that! What's up with that?? The colors for the SCS color challenge this week are Old Olive, Calypso Coral and Lost Lagoon.  I made this card first….and kept it simple.  NO coloring, so sad.  I liked it, but I had to go on and color another one for the color challenge. :) So down here below the writing is the one I made for the color challenge.  

This card is a me card.  I love this card.  I absolutely love these three colors together.  Lost Lagoon is such an awesome new color.  I used the Calypso Coral blendabilities and the Old Olive as well.  For the Lost Lagoon flowers I stamped them right on the card stock and shaded with a q-tip and the stamp pad.  Cut them out, raised them up. :) SUCH FUN COLORS, they kind of sing to me. :) We are in the midst of getting our house ready to sell.  We are going to put it on the market and buy a ranch and have my mom move in with us.  Such a bittersweet move.  I love my house, I always have and always will.  But I think when you do the thing you know you are supposed to do, God will bless that with another house I will love, and we will be blessed in new ways! :) All that to say there isn't much time for stamping lately.  But this too shall pass.  Maybe God will give me a bigger stamp room.  haha.  I can dream, right?  :) okay, Happy Stamping everyone! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


The SUO challenge this week was get this…..GEOMETRIC SHAPES…..okay don't laugh but I had to look up geometric in the dictionary.  Is that pathetic??  It said, having to do with geometry, the shapes of geometry….hmmmm…….the only shape I remember in geometry in high school was the sad shape I was in every time there was a test!! Geez I hated it almost as much as Calculus and Algebra.  Anyway, I discovered that a triangle, a rectangle, an octagon, these were geometric shapes, and get this, a CIRCLE is a geometric shape, YES, it's true, and a circle is like a polka dot, right? So pretty soon it all started coming together for me in true stampers language….we can do POLKA DOTS????? THOSE ARE GEOMETRIC SHAPES???? YES!!!!! I'M SAVED BY THE POLKA DOTS!!!!  So here is my card that actually has THREE different sizes of polka dots on it, I figured if I was going to dumb this down to POLKA DOTS then the LEAST I could do is supply a plethora of them!!!  I love these little wee duckies,,,,,and I thought they went well with THESE GEOMETRIC SHAPES, aka, polka dots. :) Another challenge boldly taken on, and met!! :) Go make yourself a card with GEOMETRIC SHAPES, and if you get stuck, go for POLKA DOTS!! Happy Tuesday everyone!!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


The SUO challenge for this week is "new toys" - and we have lots of them!! So my new toys are the large polka dot embossing folder, and the polka dot frame, (polka dots are always a good thing in my book!!), the great new stamp, and the magnificent blend ability markers AND don't forget that great ribbon cording!!  Lots of new toys to play with!!  Too many stamps, not enough time!! Too many TOYS, not enough time!!! :(  I am so happy with our stamps right now, it's hard what to decide to play with first!!  These are also the colors for this weeks challenge, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and Pool Party!! A pretty combo!!  This will be short and sweet as one of my downline is on the way to pick me up to go out to dinner! She came all the way from Pennsylvania to visit!! And she's out there in front of my house waiting for me NOW, so have fun stamping!! Until next time, Karen