Tuesday, March 24, 2015


HELLO my stamping friends!! This week I combined the SCS color challenge and the SUO challenge to make this card!  The colors are Melon Mambo, Garden Green and Chocolate Chip - very challenging colors for me! This is my second card, the first one was a total bomb. A little bit of Melon Mambo goes a loooonnnnngggg way for me!! The SUO challenge this week is FUN FOLDS…..and I am Melon Mambo challenged AND I am FUN FOLD challenged too…..I'm not the most mechanical gal…..I came up with a lame gatefold….not too FUN, but hey - ti's different from the norm and this week that's about all I could come up with!  Some weeks are like that, yah, they are!  Happy Stamping, and until next time, Karen

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


The SUO challenge this week is "Easter Fun" - and I chose to have fun making this unusual card, but to highlight the more serious side of Easter.  I especially love the way this photo captured the shadow of the cross.  I made the little flowers on my cross using a tiny tiny flower punch, layering the flowers and then sort of fraying them with my paper snips.  It was a long and tedious process to make enough tiny roses to cover my cross.  Once I finished making all those little roses, I had fun putting the rest of this card together.  I just love this sentiment, because truly Jesus IS the indescribable gift to each one of us from a God who loves us with an unconditional and never ending love, that never quits.  I can only think of how I love my own children, as imperfect as that love may be when you compare it to how GOD loves YOU and ME.  I know that when one of my children hurts, I hurt right along with them, and there isn't much I wouldn't do to try and help them through any pain to get to the other side.  When I think that that is how JESUS LOVES ME….it's an indescribable gift in every way!  Oh how HE loves you and me!! Oh how HE loves you and me!! He gave His life, what more could He give?, Oh how He loves you, Oh how He loves me, Oh how He loves you and me!!  A blessed Easter to all of you!! Until next time,  Karen

Monday, March 2, 2015


OKAY, so let me just say at the start here that I am definitely definitely DEFINITELY BLOG HOP CHALLENGED!!!!!  So the uber talented JULIE GEARINGER invited me to participate in a BLOG HOP CHALLENGE with her, and of course, after much fear and trembling I said YES!! But I said, JULIE, my HOUSE is a MESS, to be translated in blog language to this - The girl who used to update my blog for me doesn't do that anymore and I haven't been able to hook up with someone who does, so it's kinda like inviting COMPANY over when your HOUSE is a MESS - so sweet and gracious Julie offered to help me get my blog updated and to maybe teach my how to do that on my own going forward……(and we actually have a phone date tomorrow night to do just that), SO!! Silly lame me, I was thinking the blog hop part was AFTER THAT, and on my way to bed tonite I thought, "Hey, wait, didn't she say MARCH 2nd and isn't that the date I was writing all day at work and so doesnt' that mean I only have ONE HOUR LEFT to get my project posted the right day????? See???? I am the lamest blog hopper EVER!!! And since I was thinking I still had all kinds of TIME, I didn't ask anyone to hop along with me…..so thankfully I'm not the only one JULIE asked or the HOP would end here!!  I am so sorry Julie to be such a DREADFUL BLOG HOPPER!!!!  But for what it's worth, here is my card, - which is also part of the SCS color challenge this week!!  I APOLOGIZE for being such a LAME HOPPER!!!  I used the photopolymer stamp set YOU'RE WONDERFUL, and created an all over design with it on my main panel and then challenged myself to KEEP IT SIMPLE which is NOT my usual forte,,,,,but I mounted it all on white and white again, with my folders for texture, (practicing real restraint here to get that clean look that does NOT come natural to me, and then I colored with Blendabilities and added some Coastal Cabana ribbon and a sentiment punched out…and VOILA!! A CAS BLOG HOP COLOR CHALLENGE CREATION!! We were also to answer FOUR questions so here they are:  1. Why do you create what you  do?  Hmmmmm……I just LOVE starting with a blank piece of paper and seeing if I can make something that "sings to me" and I just keep playing until it sings!!!  My usual style is fussy and anything BUT CAS…but I love the look of CAS and every once in a while I churn out a CAS card that I actually love.  2. What are you working on?  I work as a hostess for the SCS color challenge each week, I am part of a team of great ladies and I LOVE being on that team and creating each week with a color scheme that is only my own when it's my turn to be the actual hostess, so all the other times I am being challenged by color combos picked out by other people - and I love that it gets me outside my COLOR BOX so to speak….haha…..or all cards would be my favorite colors, and it always turns out that some of my favorite cards are from someone else's interpretation of a great color combo.  I also work as a team member for the SUO CHALLENGE Blog and we do a JUST FOR FUN challenge every other week as well - and Julie Gearinger is on that team with me…I LOVE being a part of that because it keeps me BLOGGING!!  3. How does your creative process work?  Mine works with images of cards popping into my head at all the wrong times, i.e., at work, or when I am supposed to be sleeping at night….etc. - but when I actually stamp I just start and see where I go….most times I just play and stamp until the card sings to me!!  4. How does your work differ from others in your genre?  Let's see, I get a little tongue tied when I have to answer a question that could sound like I'm tooting my own horn….but let's see, I always get told that I am good with COLOR and that's why my work stands out - and one way that I am unique is that I usually have a signature BOW, like a card is not a Karen Barber card until there is a BOW, SOMEWHERE!!!  I guess that about does it…and I truly wish now that I had someone to link for you to HOP TO, but alas, I do not  - I am such a blog hop FLUNKY……woe is me…..Julie please don't be mad at me….Until next lame time, Karen

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


The SUO challenge this week is cards for teenagers…and just the idea of that was a challenge….I'm not really sure I nailed this one, but here is my card for a teenage girl, and really what makes it a teenage card appropriate design is maybe just the sentiment?  "You are amazingly amazing" is sorta a teenage thing to say, yes?  I made this with the Painted Petals dsp and stamped only that wee circle in the middle.  I LOVE this dsp….it's so fresh and so pretty.  I spent the past week with my two NY grand daughters, Layla and Brooklyn who came to Ohio for a week.  Such a blast to spend time with their precious little selves…of course it went by way too quickly and off to NY we went to bring them back…..and the house seems amazingly quiet.  Boo hoo….until next time we can steal them away for a week. :) An added blessing was two snow days so they got to also spend time with their cousin Olivia…and so did I. :) :) God is good.  ;) okay off to  bed with me, I am plum tuckered out. Until next time…….Karen

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


AND shape cards it is on the SUO challenge blog this week.  I have made a couple of pretty stellar ones in my time, but for the most part, they just make my lips freeze and then it popped into my head, why not make a "butterfly shape" and the easiest way to do that was with SU's huge butterfly stamp!  So I stamped it on watercolor card stock and colored it with the old water based markers….and these are the colors on the SCS color challenge this week….so it all just came together in a gargantuan butterfly. :) Butterflies are so cool, when you think how they started out as caterpillars.  If that doesn't make you realize there is a GOD in his HEAVEN, I don't know what WILL.  Who likes caterpillars?  Fat, grubby, hairy, ugly, crawly caterpillars - and then they turn into this???  Graceful, light, airy, fluttery, gorgeous butterflies……kinda like US when we let God get a hold of our lives…..HE makes something beautiful out of something not so beautiful.  A lovely girl I know said she was nervous about coming to church because she hadn't been in a long time.  Come on in sweet girl, we are all just a bunch of cracked pots, and HE is the potter, and HE is mending us, a bit at a time.  We are all a bunch of caterpillars, slowly becoming butterflies.  We are all broken, and that's why we need Jesus.  Even so Lord Jesus, come. :)  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


So the SUO challenge this week is valentines!  :) Yay! For Valentines!!  This new set called Sheltering Tree is so awesome, and I have only just BEGUN to play with it!!  and that SU glittery paper is to die for!   This is a quick and easy card I designed for a huge workshop I have in Eastern Ohio this coming weekend.  I love traveling there, to Amish country to see my friend Gloria.  I can already taste the pumpkin roll…..hmmmm….not gonna be good for my diet.  But I love going there, and seeing all the ladies I have come to know and love after at least a decade of workshops there- actually almost two decades I think. :) It's so true that being an SU demonstrator has blessed my life in so many ways,,,,none greater then in the friendships I have made along the way! So here's to a great weekend with a whole lot of Eastern Ohio ladies I love a lot!!  Happy Early VALENTINES everyone!! Until next time, Karen PS mmmmm….pumpkin roll.  :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


The SUO challenge blog today is DOTS.  I love polka dots, of any kind, so I had fun punching out these dots and adhering them to my background.  When I finished this card though, I was like, "meh" - I just don't feel like this kind of card cuts it with me.  It's okay, but I wasn't excited to upload tonite or anything.  The colors are from the SCS color challenge this week and they are difficult colors for me.  Oh well, it was fun to make.  I like this saying, especially the part about eating some ice cream too.  I live on a diet most of the time.  But I just celebrated a birthday, and I picked up two kinds of ice cream…..I texted my daughter to ask what kind her family likes and when she didn't see the text right away I just chose.  Black Raspberry Chocolate chip and Sea salt Caramel.  Oh man, I forgot how GOOD ice cream IS.  So worth the cheat.  In fact, even typing this made me want some more, so my sweet husband is getting me some now.  Gotta live a little.  I'll go back on it tomorrow, and eventually that darn stuff will be gone and I can get serious again.  Ice cream convinces me God loves me.  :) Gotta close and eat some now.  Until next time……Karen