Tuesday, September 29, 2015


The SUO challenge for this week is punches…..I wish I read the whole description before diving to make my card….it said punch art or use punches…I only used ONE.  However, I was afraid of this punch -- and with the help of a tutorial or two I figured it out.  (they figured it out for me and after several attempts, I was able to follow directions).  I am so not the mechanical stamper.  Stamp a ma jig?  Um, no thank you.  Mine collects dust.  Everytime I pull it out it feels like rocket science figuring out how to use it.  Anyway, I am so busy unpacking, etc, that I go at my stamping with a vengeance, in a "get it right the first time" sort of way.  This one came together pretty quickly, and then I made a sort of matching one that I posted in my gallery on SCS for the color challenge.  They were fun to color, and I like this set a lot.  I had to resort to some edges that are not in the current catalog because um…..we have no edges IN the current catalog.  My biggest lament since losing blendabilities.  What's that you say?  These look like I USED my blendabilities to color them?  (both cards, this one and the one on SCS??) I'll never tell……hey - maybe I will go ahead and post the other card here so you can see both, yes? yes.  Here goes:
Double header this week!! And actually, I used another punch on this one! The tree punch.  I think this little guy is the bomb.  Too cute.  The cuteness bomb.  Okay - so I just MIGHT have dug out the old blendabilities for this one.  But come on…..don't they work well?? I could not send them back.  In fact, I really wanted to ask everyone who was sending them back if I could BUY THEIRS.  How I love these markers!!  Okay well enough tattling on myself…..only one punch, discontinued edges, discontinued markers, OH MY!! ;) Happy Tuesday everyone….have fun stamping, Until next time, Karen  PS Please leave me a comment if you read this far…..you are a trooper!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


So the SUO challenge for this week was to make a get well card, and I am here to say that we need more get well stamps at SU!!!  I of course still have a lot of my stuff PACKED but my stamps are handy, and it was SLIM PICKINS to find a get well stamp for this card and I ended up using word stamps from that HERD set of crazy animals…haha….it worked! All's well that ends well.  Anyway I used the new Vintage Leaves set and started out to make a 4 panel card and somehow ended up changing directions - but i was happy with this one.  It looks like someone else created it but I love when I make something outside my box!! :) I have stamped a total now of THREE cards, like 1, 2, 3 in the whole time in this house!!!  We are just SO busy laying floors and painting cabinets and rooms and unpacking, and and and……that there seems to be little to NO time to stamp!!  I know those days will be here again in the not so distant future, but until then it's the SUO challenge and the being on the color team for the color challenge on SCS that keeps me stamping!! I miss it!!  I yearn to just spend a day creating….nothing but coming up with new ideas…..so far, not happening.  But I am so thrilled with how the house is coming along….I am growing to LOVE LOVE LOVE this house….and my faithful readers will remember that I was so sad to leave my other house.  I guess I see now that a house is a home because you live there.  And once we put our favorite things all around, it just feels like HOME.  And there are so many things to love about this big beautiful house that my pain is gone from leaving the other one.  I promise to post pictures  - but I want to wait till the countertops and backsplash are in - which will be around the second week of October.  Watch for that - I will try to post some of the work stages and the finished projects.  Yah - right before my eyes it's becoming HOME SWEET HOME.  Until next time…..Karen

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


SO……who knew it would take me THIS LONG to get back into the swing of things??? It's been over a month since my last blog entry…..and we have been in our new house since JULY 25TH…..and it's now AUGUST 31ST…..and I am FINALLY posting!!  SUO challenge this week is "Thinking of You/Friendship" - so I gave this new leaf set a try…..This is the first card I made in my new stamp room, which is a make shift one because we are actually going to build one  in the basement….but have all kinds of other projects that trump that one, like getting my mother moved in for one!! We hit the ground running - redoing the kitchen, family room and dining room which all needed it pretty badly.  We opted to use one of those kits where you do about 7 steps to every cabinet and then to the boxes, drawers, doors, etc.  Can I just warn you that you need to reeeeeallllllly hate your existing cabinets before attempting this???? And can I tell you don't complain that your kitchen is too small cuz after you get going, mark my words you will wish it was SMALLER!!! My heavens, it is taking for evah…….and I fear we will still be at it by Christmas!!!!  We hung the first completed row tonite and they make me wanna cry they look so pretty……(in a happy tears sort of way) but Oh my STARS is this labor intensive!!!!!  I know in the end it will be worth it, but what a JOB!!!  We get new granite countertops installed on October 1st and new back splash of subway tile shortly after…..and we are also pulling up carpeting in 3 rooms and laying down bamboo flooring……gahhhhh……I am too OLD for this!!!!!  We are actually having fun doing it…..or at least we keep telling ourselves that we are….bahahaha.  My husband keeps saying this is the last move for us, ever  - he keeps saying the next move for him will be out on a stretcher when he dies in this house……hahahaha.  We thought that with the last house….so never say never honey.  hahahaha…..if you don't laugh you will CRY.  Anyway-  I will post some before and after kitchen pics when we are all done…….and like i said, if you are considering painting and refinishing kitchen cabinets……well……consider it verrrrrrrry carefully before starting.  Cuz once you start there is no turning back.  Here's to a beautiful kitchen, and here's to the first card I finally stamped in my new house.  God is good, all the time.  All the time, God is good, even when you are on door number 28.  Oh yah.   Until next time………Karen

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


SO the SUO challenge for this week was FAVORITE NEW STAMP SET, and I didn't have to think TWICE about that one - this is hands down my FAVORITE, this beautiful "hydrangea" which has been called out as a hydrangea, a rhododendron, a geranium, and I think even a few other interpretations  To me, it's a hydrangea, even though in my deepest heart of hearts I think it just might be a rhododendron, but hydrangeas are my absolute favorite, so I named it a hydrangea.  Hmph, I didn't even color it a hydrangea color, how do you like that?  That's the magic of stamping, it can be whatever I want it to be and I can color it however I want to color it! haha!!   Isn't it beautiful though??  Well, we are in the throes of moving, - closing on a new house the day after tomorrow - and we have been literally working round the clock to get ourselves out of this house by the weekend.  We have only lived in Ohio 9 years, so I'm not really sure how we accumulated so much STUFF, but we did.  I was on my way to the sack tonite to hit the hay when I remembered, OH GEEZ - color challenge night and SUO challenge blog night, and I turned right around and came back downstairs to post.  :) The days are all running together, and every day I go to work to get some rest. haha.  This too shall pass.   Happy Tuesday everyone - if you took the time to read this take another minute and leave me some love, I have been so much more motivated to blog the last couple of weeks with all that LOVE.  :) Next time I post it will be from our new house.  Thank you Jesus!! :) Happy Tuesday again, and this time I am headed to hit the hay for real.  Six AM comes reallllll soon.  :) Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


The SUO challenge this week is for designer paper…..and SU has some awesome new ones!! I used my favorite new one, which is English Garden…..so many pretty choices! I used my two favorites in that package, and I just covered them with a piece of vellum the same size to give them a more muted look.  Owl punch for some leaves, chalk talk framelets for the words and the butterfly die - voila!!  Quick, clean, and classy!  And since we are deep in the midst of packing up our house to move on July 25th, quick and clean and classy is about all I can eek out right now!! Stampers withdrawal!!! I have spent so much time packing up my beloved stamp studio, and have to start all over in the new house as my husband will be building me a new one in the basement - going to be a huge challenge!!!  So much of life is letting go of things we love to embrace new ones, isn't it?  A lesson to never hold on too tightly to "things"  - things are things and a house is a house but the people in it make it a home, and I am sure I will love my new home soon enough.  I have walked in circles in my present home, boxes everywhere, realizing a chapter in our lives is coming to an end.  No more Christmas's here with the laughter of grandchildren, no more picnics, no more hot tub, no more, no more, no more.  But the new house will bring it's own memories over the next few years.  Before long, it will be home sweet home.  Time marches on, and as followers of God He sometimes asks us to do the unexpected.  And if we do it, blessings follow.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  Like new houses, and new places to rest our weary heads.  God is good all the time.  All the time, God is good.  Until next time,  Karen  PS - 28 comments surely made me feel like someone reads this thing!!  I didn't mean to sound like a whiner, but 1 comment, 2 comments, 1 comment week after week really did have me wondering.  If you enjoy this - please continue to just leave me some love.  Means the WORLD to me…..and keeps me blogging.  :) 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


SO the color challenge this week over on SCS is Real Red, Marina Mist, and Night of Navy.  Dessert is candy dots.  The Challenge on SUO Challenge Blog is a card that has something other than a straight edge.  So I made these little bears hold signs and I cut out around them to create the unique edge.  These kind of colors really get me outside the "flower box" - Given these three colors I really had to think of something besides flowers!  I had fun creating this one.  Left to myself, I would never stamp anything BUT flowers….so I am always happy when I make a card with none.  Last time I was challenged with the patriotic card too….stars and stripes - so two times in a row that I didn't use flowers, and last week's color challenge I didn't either.  WOW!  Lots of chances to be different.  This card where I generated the words "Bears Repeating" came from an idea I had years ago when I made my very first convention swap card.  I used Button Bear, and I stamped him twice and put him in a frame and colored him all cute and then I had wrote around the images of the bears, "Bears Repeating, Bears Repeating, Bears Repeating and then on the inside the card said, "I love you."  It was so cute.  All those years ago…..must have been around 1997 or 1998 I think…..I have been stamping for a long long time!!  I have to say that if the comments that get left on my blog are any indication of how many enjoy it, I should just stop blogging.  Sometimes I wonder if anyone reads it at all, - if you are still with me and reading this could you let me know?  Should I keep on blogging??  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


The SUO challenge this week made my LIPS FREEZE….Stars and Stripes….I had this embossing folder because I have to have every new embossing folder, but I just knew I didn't even own a star stamp or a star punch.  Can anyone relate to being a stamper so long you don't even know what you have sometimes? Because I found the punch in like 60 seconds, and then I started looking thru my stamps to see if I had a Way to Go! stamp or something like that…..and I found this great YOU'RE A STAR stamp and knew at that point I was home free. :) And I'm not gonna lie to ya, I kinda like this card!! It's so not my usual….but I really like it!! I think it would make a great card for a soldier. Because they ARE STARS in my book, ya know?  Go play in the challenge! I bet you can find some stars and stripes somewhere in your stash, ya think?  Happy Tuesday everyone!!  Thank GOD for our soldiers!!  Until next time….Karen