Monday, October 29, 2012


The SUO blog challenge for this week is Elegant it was a perfect chance to pull out the new SU pumpkins....I made this card along with 5 precious friends and my mom who came for our annual stamping marathon weekend.  The ladies arrive on Friday around 2:00 and we pretty much stamp until Sunday at around 4:00 I think we stopped.  We do stop to eat, and to make one trip to Twin Creeks Tea House in West Alexandria.....a great little teahouse where I met Michelle Zindorf for the first time.  (sorta to see if we would like eachother, and the rest is history. :) Anyway, we paused in the midst of stamping to create some elegant fall.  :) I love to color pumpkins,,,and I love this embossed dp by SU, it's gorgeous.  Fall is definetely one of my favorite times of the year.  I got married in the fall, I had two of my four babies in the fall....the fall is just that hunker down, warm and cozy, hot apple cider, pumpkin pie, colorful leaves, sweaters, warm socks, hot cocoa feeling, know what I mean?  I hope this card inspires you to go stamp some fall elegance of your own!  I have been revived by our little stampathon......good friends, good food, good music, and stamps!  What more could a girl ask for?  Gloria, Joann, Terry, Margo, Judy and mom, it was so much FUN stamping with you!!  Love you all!! Can't wait till next year!  Until next time, Karen

Monday, October 15, 2012


The SUO challenge for today was anything animals.....I have had this set for over a year and never used it, so it was fun to pull it out.  My favorite animal in the whole wide world is my golden retriever Luca.  But since there is no stamp to represent him, I chose my favorite African animal, the giraffe.  I think looking at a giraffe just screams there IS a GOD.....they are just so unique looking, and so awesome.  I have had several experiences with giraffes on our three trips to Africa.  The first was in 1987 when we took our first trip there, and it was still legal to camp on the Masai Mara in Kenya.  They don't let you do that in a pup tent anymore.....I wonder why? Well I can vouch for the fact that you don't get much sleep.  We went with a seasoned missionary.  Just before bedtime he flashed a powerful light into the area around us, and we saw eyes looking at us from every direction.  Then he told us the secret is to keep the fire going to keep the animals out of your campsite.  Needless to say, I made sure the fire was roaring all night long......and then in the morning, we drank this crazy drink called MILO and ate breakfast over the fire and as we sat there we watched giraffe go sauntering by.....only feet away from us.  It was a magical moment and may be when in my head, I sealed the fact that giraffes are my favorite.  On a later trip we went to a place that you could walk right up to the giraffes....well, as close as you dared to get, and my husband was grabbing my shirt saying that's it Kare, close enough!! But they look so friendly.....I don't think they would hurt me because they know I love them. :) Anyway, I managed to write a whole post with not one mention of my grandchildren, but did I tell you? Those are TWIN giraffes in that picture, one is a boy and one is a girl.........but I'm not mentioning grandchildren..........Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


My grand daughter Layla and I just returned from Hilton Head, SC, a trip I earned through Stampin' Up!  My husband could not get the time off from work since we have 2 trips planned this year already, so I decided to see if I could take Layla, my 7 year old grand daughter with me.  I was so happy when Mike and Jenna said yes, she could miss two days of school.  This little bird on my card holding the heart kind of sums up our time together - love grew.  What a special gift to be given one on one time with one of my precious grand daughters in a surreal setting that I could not afford on my own, it was a beautiful time.  Some highlights were watching Layla go from being afraid to ride bikes to gaining confidence as she rode to the point that she didn't want to stop.  Another highlight was building sand castles and watching Layla's unbelievable imagination in action, as we made a "slop castle" for the wicked witch who lives there and loves to be surrounded by slop, her imagination knows no bounds.  We spent hours by the pool, and hours in the ocean, and time shopping and biking and walking, and eating.  So much fun.  The last night we took baths after being in the water all day and then got our pajamas on and watched BRAVE on tv.  It was so sweet, to sit with Layla and watch how much she loves that movie....and then we settled down on that last night, and both of us had moments of tears realizing our special little weekend had come to an end.  We will hold the memories forever in our hearts of the cutest things was Layla kept saying "The next time you earn a trip we can do this or that" and I said but honey, most of the time grandpa comes with me, to which she replied, "Well you don't have to bring him all the time, do you?????"  Layla, I love you to the moon and back, and I am so thankful to have had this wonderful bonding experience with you!!  Until next time, Karen