Tuesday, September 27, 2016

THANK GOD!!

The SUO challenge this week is Thanksgiving or Thank you.  My thank you is for GOD this week, as our Tate Keith, our little Tator Tot has gone home!  He now weighs 4 pounds 5 ounces - so has almost gained a pound since birth.  He is a fighter.  It has been an uphill journey from the moment of his birth on Sept 11, 2016.  He beat all the odds, and he is our Tate the Great!! We are SO thankful to God for keeping our little Tate safe and growing.  My heart is full.   Until next time,  Karen

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

TATE KEITH ALDRIDGE ARRIVES!


THIS IS TRULY MY MOST FAVORITE COLOR COMBO EVER. AND THE SUO CHALLENGE THIS WEEK IS "WEATHER".  I WASN'T SURE I WAS GOING TO HAVE TIME TO MAKE A CARD THIS WEEKEND. I HAD ABOUT 4 I COULD PULL FROM MY ARCHIVES WITH THIS SAME COLOR COMBO BECAUSE I LOVE IT SO MUCH, BUT I REALLY WANTED TO USE SOME NEW PRODUCT IF POSSIBLE - SO I WHACKED THIS OUT LAST NIGHT AFTER SPENDING THE WEEKEND 40 MINUTES AWAY WHERE MY DAUGHTER GAVE US A BRAND NEW GRANDSON SATURDAY, SEPT 11TH. IT WAS NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS DAY. IT WAS ALSO SEPT 11TH. JOY - BORN ON A SAD DAY IN HISTORY. NEW LIFE. AND THIS ISN'T JUST ANY LIFE. FROM THE START OF THIS PREGNANCY WE HAVE BEEN CALLED TO TRUST GOD OVER AND OVER AND OVER, FROM THE BLEED THAT THREATENED HIM IN THE VERY BEGINNING, TO MY DAUGHTER TOTALLING HER CAR WITH HIM IN TOW AFTER THAT, TO BEING TOLD HE WAS TOO SMALL AND MIGHT HAVE GENETIC PROBLEMS, TO BEING TOLD THAT ALL ALONG MY DAUGHTERS PLACENTA WAS THE PROBLEM AND NOW THAT THIS TINY BOY WOULD HAVE TO BE DELIVERED 6 WEEKS EARLY. WHAT A JOURNEY OF UNCERTAINTY AND FEAR WE WENT THROUGH. TATE KEITH ALDRIDGE ARRIVED ON HIS TIME WITH ALL THE RIGHT PARTS AND THEY ALL WORK AND HE IS PERFECTION -- AFTER BEING TOLD THAT IT WOULD TAKE DAYS TO INDUCE THE LABOR, HE DECIDED ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH AND HE CAME QUITE SUDDENLY, AND DIDN'T EVEN WAIT FOR THE DOCTOR TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE. HE IS THE TINIEST MOST BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GUY WHO IS SHOWING HIMSELF TO BE SUCH A QUIET FIGHTER.....AS HE HAS NOT NEEDED OXYGEN, HAS NOT NEEDED A FEEDING TUBE, AND EACH DAY SHOWS US SOME OF HIS STRENGTH CLOAKED IN HIS 3 POUND 7 OUNCE BODY....HE IS FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE. EVERY CHILD IS A MIRACLE, BUT I AM GRATEFUL WE GOT TO EXPERIENCE THIS CHILDBIRTH AND PREGNANCY THAT WAS FILLED WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING...AS I WILL NEVER EVER TAKE ANY BIRTH FOR GRANTED AGAIN. I HAD 4 KIDS AND ALL CAME WITHOUT A HITCH AND WERE HEALTHY. UP UNTIL NOW OUR GRANDCHILDREN ARRIVED WITH VERY LITTLE COMPLICATIONS.....THIS ONE HAS TAUGHT US A WHOLE NEW DEPENDENCE ON GOD. I HAVE WATCHED MY DAUGHTER AND HER HUSBAND TAKE THIS JOURNEY AND I HAVE BEEN IN AWE OF MY DAUGHTERS STRENGTH - GOD HAS BEEN WITH US EACH STEP OF THE WAY AND I KNOW HE WILL CONTINUE TO WALK WITH US AS TATE GROWS AND MATURES. ONE DAY HE WILL BE A BIG STRAPPING GUY AND WE WILL FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE HOW THIS ALL STARTED. I AM IN AWE TODAY. I AM HUMBLED BY THE DELICACY OF LIFE. ENOUGH SAID. OH, , AND I MADE A CARD THIS WEEK. HAPPY TUESDAY EVERYONE!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

ROOM IN MY HEART.....

FOR GRANDCHILD #12, coming in OCTOBER!!  The SUO challenge this week was PRIMARY COLORS, and I went with a monochromatic theme since I don't think PRIMARY COLORS are SU's long hand.  I don't really think we have a primary blue, or yellow, or orange, but we do have an awesome primary RED. :) I'm very excited to welcome Grand child #12, but only GRANDSON number THREE.  We are pretty used to GIRLS in this family.  ;) Speaking of grandchildren, we got to see almost everyone of ours during the month of August!! (missed you Mady and Chloe) but we got to see Ethan, and Kara, and Olivia, and Layla and Brooklyn, and Tovah and Lami, and Luca and Eva!!  We went on a camping trip with most of them, and we just had a wonderful month of kids and grandkids.  So lots of tears when it was all over.  The house gets all meticulous again, but it also gets empty and lonely.  The stray hair ties, and headbands and toys and socks, etc. each offer a stab through the old heart.  And I always go back to my favorite saying, "Don't cry cuz it's over, SMILE cua it happened.....but truthfully, it ain't easy.  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

FAVORITE NEW DIE CUTS

The SUO challenge this week is to use your favorite new die cuts - and I have to say, though I LOVE all the fancy ones, my heart is happy because we FINALLY go layering shapes - ovals, squares, circles, hearts.  We just NEEEEEEEDED them.  Now if we can just get some edglets back. :) To make this card I filled my aqua painter with alcohol and used reinkers of peek a boo peach, watermelon wonder and pear pizazz to watercolor these sweet posies from one of my favorite new stamp sets, Touches of Texture.  This is such an awesome technique to use for coloring because the paper doesn't pill and you can use regular weight cardstock! I also used this same card for the color challenge over on SCS this week, and I used the same sentiment stamp I did last week.  Haha.  I sound like I so when I wear the same outfit on Monday that I wore on Sunday to church.  Like anyone except me really cares.   Haha.  So egotistical to think they would even REMEMBER what I wore the day before if I happened to run tinot a church friend at work, which I never do.  HAHA.  I am tired.  Can you tell?? Getting a little punchy here.  Nite all, Happy Stamping and Happy Tuesday!! Until next time, when I promise to change up the sentiment, Karen

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

BLACK AND WHITE AND POP!!!

The SUO challenge blog this week is to make a card that's black and white with a POP of some other color.  Classic.  One of my all time favorite color combos is black, white, and a POP of RED.  Not just ANY red, REAL RED.  :) And this die set is still one of my most favorite even after the release of the new catalog, with all that stellar new stuff!  Black and white polka dots are always right, no matter what the occasion.  And can't we all learn from this awesome new sentiment?  Enjoy the little things, because some day you will realize they are the BIG things!!  Happy Tuesday everyone, and Happy Stamping!!~~ Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

NATURELY SPEAKING.....

The SUO challenge this week is to make a card that features nature and I thought of this new stamp set right away - "Touches of Texture" - I have been wanting to take it out and play with it since the new catalog came out, so this was my chance!!  The only problem is I seem to have contracted another stomach bug, so I had to squeeze this card in inbetween tummy attacks.  It wore me right out.  And what a way to celebrate JULY 4TH, with a tummy flu!! So this shall be short and sweet - Happy 4th to all!!  Until next time,   Karen

Monday, July 4, 2016

HAPPY! HAPPY! HAPPY!

The SUO challenge this week is to feature our favorite new dsp's - and I do love this POP OF PINK set - nothing like black and pink together!  I got my inspiration for this card on PINTEREST, I am not sure who made a similar card, but I loved it and decided to try one with these papers.... This is really outside my comfort zone as I'm not a balloon girl...but these papers - I love them!! For the turquoise I used Timeless Textures polka dot stamp on cardstock.  My other all time fav papers are the glittery papers. :) Happy Tuesday everyone!