Tuesday, May 23, 2017


I LOVE the new Eastern Palace Suite that SU has made available THIS MONTH before the catalog goes live NEXT MONTH.  The SUO challenge this week is a masculine card....and I think this would be a great card as a man-card....what do you think?  On the other hand I would like to get it as a GIRL too, but it looks more manly than most of my cards.....I mean, there are NO FLOWERS, right?  This new set with the dies and stamps is the BOMB, and this new lemon lime color knocks my socks off!   We haven't had a color like this in literally YEARS - in fact the last time we had one I was afraid of it....but this one I love, I guess I have gained color maturity over the years.  At any rate I have started playing with this suite and have gotten almost NOTHING ELSE DONE FOR DAYS.....but for now I must lay my head upon my pillow and get some sleep as tomorrow I am going into work early.  Happy Tuesday everyone!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


The SUO challenge blog this week is watercolors.....so I did this one with reinkers and a paintbrush and my pads....and the color challenge over on SCS this week was using some combo of the retiring in -colors and I chose watermelon and mint macaron, - the two in this bunch that make me wanna cry to say goodbye. :(  I also threw in some of this old black striped retired ribbon because the card just cried out for some.  I suspect some will look at this card and say lose the bow.....and to them I would say design your own card and don't put a bow on it......bahahahaha.....I thought it was literally screaming for this ribbon so there you have it!! Different strokes!!  This was a pretty quick and fun card to make - always fun to watercolor!!  Okay well, I am off to bed, as I am falling asleep as I type - Happy Tuesday everyone!!!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


The SUO challenge this week is feminine cards....I think almost every card I make is a feminine card......I really shy away from man cards until I actually NEED one.  I kind of cased one of my own cards when I made this one - one I did several years ago -with the bold outline lines which go so well with white embossing.  I actually embossed these in white ON the colored paper and then just shaded with a sponge dauber.  A wonderful technique if you hate to color- which is certainly NOT the case with me, but a lovely look none the less. :) Happy Tuesday everyone!! Happy Stamping!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


The SUO challenge for this week is to make a Sympathy card.  I decided to play with this set again as I used it last week when I was hostess for the color challenge.  I like this card, but not as much as the one I made last week.  It's a fun set though, if you like to color. :) Succulents are crazy IN right now.  What's up with that?  They've been around for 100's of years but suddenly they are EVERYWHERE.  Anyhow I hope you like my succulents.  Happy Tuesday everyone!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


The SUO challenge for today is April themes, and I thought of the beginning of wedding season....and came up with Love is in the Air~  I love this hot air balloon and this is actually my first card with it!  i used flowers from Jar of Love which is one of my favorite sets of all time...endless possibilities.....and as for now I am falling asleep posting this so I will say goodnight!! Goodnight!! Until next time,  Karen

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


The SUO challenge blog challenge for this week was UP IN THE SKY and somehow my brain turned that into THINGS THAT FLY....hmmmmm.....not sure why but it works, eh?  I love the new dragonfly set of dies and stamps....I sort of derived my inspiration on this one from a favorite t-shirt I have.....it was a fun one to make!  What do you think?? Happy Tuesday everyone!!  Until next time.....Karen

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


The SUO challenge this week is CELEBRATE GREEN.  So this card does it, right? Pretty dang green.  This was a very quick card to make - and I like the way it came out - I am not a sender of St. Patrick's Day cards, so I went with a Wishing you Brighter days to come card...seems like you can always find someone to send this kind of card to today!  This is paper piecing - and a fun technique!  Thank you all for the comments you have been leaving - if you leave one it goes into hold until I moderate them because if they all got published there would be so many spam comments.....so don't think I don't see your comments - I do after I moderate them. :) Happy Tuesday everyone!! And if you are having a hard time or walking through some trials and testings, I am here to wish you brighter days to come!! Until next time, Karen