Monday, July 17, 2017

AT HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

The theme this week was "new stuff" and Lord knows, I got plenty of THAT.  I went a little ape hog wild with this new catalog because I love love love love love the new stuff!!  This adorable bundle called "At Home with You" is no exception!  The color challenge over on SCS featured these colors and had a Christmas in July theme - fun!! I am always happy to stamp Christmas and with these rich colors- LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!  Happy Tuesday everyone!!  Until next time, Karen

Monday, July 3, 2017

SUMMERTIME DREAMS

The SUO challenge this week is to stamp a card with a summertime theme....so this new bike is perfect!!  I love the many little pieces that come with this new stamp set and die....and I love the OH SO LOVELY DSP that is also new in SU's catalog this year.  Can i tell you all a secret?  For the first time in like 9 years, I have a chance at earning the cruise to Alaska this year.....it's an outside chance but it's a chance - Back in my reign of extremely high sales and Founder's Circle events and Advisory Board reign, etc, I earned a cruise to Alaska but my youngest daughter was graduating from college SMACK in the middle of the cruise.  So we missed it OF COURSE.  So this year I tried harder, and I'm still shy of the mark if I don't step up sales for this last quarter.  SO.........if I have EVER been a wee bit of inspiration to you and you would like to help send me to Alaska......please press on my 24/7 shopping link and place an order for me?  There's no telling what could happen!! AND, if you have EVER thought of signing on as a demonstrator, even just to get the 20-25% discount, ask me about that too and I can hook you up - this month of July they are running a special and you get $52 worth of more FREE GOODIES with your kit, and a Christmas in July stamp set too!!!  JUST ASK ME ABOUT it if you are AT ALL interested.....a few new recruits would reallllly help me reach my goal. My email address for anyone wanting to contact me is kbarberstamps@gmail.com - I would love to hear from like 5 people who wanted to sign on as demonstrators, and I would be ON MY WAY!!! It can't hurt to throw it out there, right??  In the mean time enjoy your good old summer time.......Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

THE RED, WHITE, AND THE BLUE

And the gray.  This card is way out of my lane, but I had fun stretching this week!  The gray threw me at first but then I got this idea and bam!  The SCS color challenge and the SUO blog were both patriotic themes.....nice since I had a weekend marathon from Friday to Sunday of places to go and people to see!!  This card was fun.  BUT.  Actually it took me a LLLLOOOONNNNNNGGGGGG time to make my little teeny tiny mosaic of cs pieces on the back of that star border punch, long enough that I instantly decided this would not be a class card, someone might flip out, and liability and all.....I decided to only torture myself.  After that the rest of the card was a piece of cake, but I did question myself on the border punch idea.  Okay- next week I chose the colors and I have been having night terrors every time I think of using them, so stay tuned!! If I thought THIS was a challenge watch out for next week on the SCS color challenge!........Happy Tuesday everyone!!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

IN THE GARDEN

WOW I AM STRUGGLING GETTING THIS POSTED TONITE.  I WISH A BLOG FAIRY WOULD COME ALONG AND HELP ME START A NEW BLOG BECAUSE I THINK THIS BLOG IS JUST OVER THE HILL.  I CAN HARDLY GET STUFF POSTED WITHOUT A FIGHT.  I NEED A COMPUTER SAVVY FRIEND.  ARE YOU COMPUTER SAVVY? WANNA COME SPEND SOME TIME IN SUNNY OHIO AND HELP ME START A NEW BLOG?  WANNA BE MY FRIEND?  OKAY- WELL ANYHOW....THE SUO CHALLENGE TODAY IS IN THE GARDEN SO I CHOSE THIS GREAT NEW SET CALLED FEATHERY FRIENDS IN THE NEW CATALOG AND MAKING THE CARDS IS THE EASY PART, POSTING ON MY BLOG IS ROCKET SCIENCE.  HAPPY TUESDAY EVERYONE, OFF TO DREAMLAND FOR ME AND I'M GONNA BE COMPUTER SAVVY AND BLOG HAPPY IN MY DREAMS!  UNTIL NEXT TIME, KAREN

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

MY UNISEX MAN-CARD

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

CALLING BOLD POSIES.......

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

A LITTLE SOFT GOES A LONG WAY.....

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