Tuesday, December 25, 2012

I WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  Almost forgot to complete this blog post, after all it IS CHRISTMAS!!!  When I posted a similar card to this on SCS and on Stampin' Connection I was kind of inundated with requests to tell everyone how I made it......especially Stampin' Connection......and I did not have time or energy to write back individually to all those demonstrators.....so I decided that instead of family blab I would dedicate this post to directions for this card.  The one I did before was done on Perfect Plum, this one is done on Midnight Muse cardstock.  SO, on a piece of 3,3/4 x 5 inch midnight muse cardstock, I embossed these trees from the set Evergreen in white.  I then made my background snow with the teeny circle dot stamp from Itty Bitty Backgrounds which NEVER, EVER, EVER should have been retired since you just NEED it and that's all there is TO it.  Also embossed, white craft ink, white powder.  Then I took a sponge dauber and in a circular motion I applied Midnight Muse classic ink all around and right up to the trees.  Then I "painted" the inside of the trees with an SU two way glue pen and dumped Dazzling Diamond Glitter onto the card, and then I used a paintbrush to get it off of everywhere BUT the inside of the trees because static makes it stick like crazy.....VOILA!  It doesn't take a terribly talented stamper to make THIS card, and it's not rocket science to figure it out either.......bwahahahahaha.....but there you have it!  I loved it in the plum color, looked like a deep pink sky, but I love it more in midnight muse.  Okay, go make one!  It's an easy class card, except it's not going to be Christmas by your next class.  So make it say something different, it can just be a winter card, ya know?  NOW, you knew I would have to share something family wise......I am the only one up in the big quiet house.....mostly because I remembered I forgot to do this post.......the dogs are sleeping quietly next to me.....and I just made myself a cup of coffee......but soon I will be joined by THREE DARLING GRAND DAUGHTERS and their parents and my husband and my mom....and I cannot WAIT to see LAYLA PAIGE, and BROOKLYN SOPHIA, and OLIVIA LOU open their GIFTS!!!!!!  I love Christmas......but here's my other wonderful anticipation, I AM DOING BABY STEPS TO DEC 28TH WHEN I WILL MEET THE TWINS!  We will see MADYSON and CHLOE, and I hear EVA ROSE and LUCA DANIEL are already asking for me.......WITH chants of WE WANT GRAMMA, WE WANT GRAMMA.....they are growing and thriving and they are BEAUTIFUL!!! GOD'S WORK OF ART, HOT OFF THE PRESS.......and THEN my OTHER wonderful anticipation is in FEBRUARY this year we go to islands in the Indian Ocean to visit our other daughter, her husband and TOVAH and LAMI our other precious grand daughters.......AIN'T LIFE GRAND???????  AND OF COURSE, THE REASON FOR ALL OF THIS, "THANKS BE TO GOD FOR HIS UNSPEAKABLE GIFT!! MERRY, MERRY, CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!! Until next time, keep on stampin!  Karen

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

BLESSINGS, TWO BY TWO......

So the SUO challenge for today was GLITTER.  Glitter has it's place.  It's beautiful when used in the right place.  This card says, "You're in my thoughts, you're in my heart" and tonite and for the last few days, 2 special little babies are in my thoughts and in my heart.  The long awaited and prayed for twins made their grand entrance into this world on December 6, 2012.  Eva Rose was born first weighing four pounds.  So grandchild number 8 was another girl, and then grandchild number nine broke the chain of girls,,,,and Luca Daniel made his grand entrance.  Luca weighed 5 pounds 2 ounces.  Both were born and immediately breathed on their own, they both scored 9 out of 9 on their apgar tests....they both had good vitals.....Luca only spent one night in the nicuu, where Eva spent several due to her petite size.  But tonite they were reunited when Eva was released from the nicuu, and tomorrow they go home.  I am still in a state of wonder and shock,,,that we now have 2, not one but 2 new babies, after all those years of praying,,,,it seems surreal.  I will travel to see them on Dec 28th, with my husband, and we are counting the days.  Here is a little peek into our emotions leading up to their birth, more texts between Bethany and I.  me: u working today? it's tomorrow beth, the long awaited and prayed for and anticipated and beautiful event.   TOMORROW, TOMORROW, I LOVE YOU TOMORROW, YOU'RE ONLY A DAY AWAY"  beth: :) I'm working for another hour and then lunch with my girlfriend.  I'm scared, excited, in love, and just so grateful.  I can't believe this is really happening!!!!!!  me: it's happening baby girl!!  And then, the next day, the miracle of birth, and the miracle of two tiny little children coming into this world in all their innocence and perfection.  God is so good, and I just want to thank him publically from the bottom of my mama heart.  Thank you sweet Jesus.  You have blessed us beyond our wildest imaginations.  Until next time........Karen