Tuesday, December 27, 2011

PUNCHIN' TIME.......

The theme for the SUO challenge today was supposed to be make the focal point of your card a punched image.....hmmm... I sorta made the focal point a bunch of little punched things,,,,,squares to be exact - one inch squares. You need four of the dp, 4 of the early espresso, and 8 of vanilla. Then you cut all but the 4 corner vanilla squares in half from point to point crosswise. Then you start in the middle of SU's grid paper, and make your star by using the lines on the grid paper to keep things straight. Then you trim the edges, you have glued your quilt right down to the grid paper and you just cut the whole thing out. Then choose an embossing folder to run the whole thing thru your big shot and give it the quilted appearance. I used the wallpaper folder here, but the square lattice also works well, and so does the finial press. The first time I made one of these it was with a group of ladies I love from eastern Ohio, we stamped an entire weekend away, and this was the one card that tried our patience. Now after having done it a few times, I think, "Why did it seem so hard that first time???" Anyway- they are pretty fun to make and so cool looking when you get them finished. TRY one, when you feel patient and relaxed. Hopefully you will still feel that way when you are done! Happy Stamping!!! Until next time.....Karen

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

BIG CHANGES.....


At our house, we have gone thru big changes in the last few weeks. Our daughter has gone thru some extreme changes in her life, through no fault of her own. I will only say that I keep telling her, "Time heals all wounds, and yes, the flip side of that is Time wounds all heels...." Suffice it to say, my daughter has been badly hurt. So we have two new people living in our house, our daughter and her 2,1/2 year old daughter. Things are a bit rough right now, but I keep telling her, "Joy comes in the morning" - not sure what morning, but one day, some morning, we will all wake up and feel JOY again. For now, we must reach real deep for the PEACE that can be ours as children of God. The PEACE that passes all understanding, and yes, PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD WILL TO MEN. It won't be the merriest of Christmas's at our house, but there is PEACE and there will someday again be JOY. I just know it, and I will pray through it and to it. Say a little prayer for my daughter and grand daughter this Christmas, will you? Thank you, and hug someone you love, and appreciate them, and hold onto them!