Tuesday, December 31, 2013

WINTER COLORS…..

The SUO challenge this week was to make a card with "January colors" - and the SCS color challenge colors were chosen by Mary this week and she chose, black, silver, and white.  That sounded pretty January-ish to me, wintery, cool, clean….so I decided to combine the two challenges.    This makes two CAS cards in a row for me…..so I'm feeling pretty impressed with myself.  CAS is HARD, have I mentioned that before??  I thought I would take a few minutes to reflect on the last year here.  This past year has been one of the hardest for me personally, ever.  My whole job saga…..it was overwhelming to me.  I leave a job I have loved for 7 years because it's just time for me to go….but I leave crying….and the next job turns out to be my worst nightmare….an absolutely awful experience I am so glad is behind me…..but is it?  It left such a HUGE mark on my self confidence….and I am just now getting it back!! I went on to a THIRD job, where I worked for 7 weeks….and I loved it, but then an opportunity that was full time and has much more long term potential for me came up, and now I am finally, "home" so to speak and loving my job again.  It just shocked me I suppose that after all these years, one person could shake my self confidence right to the core the way she did.  I was just reflecting on the fact that even though it has been one of the hardest years of my life and certainly THE hardest as it pertains to my job situation, it was still a good year, and a year of growth, and realizing how much God loves me even when others may not….and just realizing once again that God is in control and I can let go and let GOD in times like these.  Because every single time, he comes through for me, every single time. When will I ever get to the point that I totally realize that and trust accordingly?? Anyhow, I was just musing about all of this, glad to be moving into 2014….and really happy I made it through with God's help.  God is good, all the time.  All the time, God is good.  Happy New Year everyone!!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

C-A-S IS H-A-R-D!!!!

I am feeling quite smug this week……whenever I make a CAS card that I actually LIKE, I get pretty smug.  CAS is the hardest style EVER for me.  BTW, IS THIS CAS??? I mean there's lots of white space, but it wasn't the fastest card I ever made…..so maybe I'm being prematurely smug…..like maybe it's not even CAS!!  Well anyway, for me, no stamping and no coloring make it CAS in one sense at least!!  I actually do really like the way this turned out…..the SUO challenge was to make a last minute Christmas card….I so wanted to play with my new stuff from SU this week but decided I should use other stuff for a Christmas look!  I had this card in my head, and sometimes when you try to put on paper what you have in your head it turns out to be a bomb, but it worked!! Anyways, I'm gonna enjoy that smug feeling, even if some of you say this card isn't CAS, it's MY kinda CAS……okay??  Merry Christmas to all of you!!! Until next time……Karen  PS IT sure has been fun getting all the comments from you all, and knowing that more then 4 people actually do read my blog!! Keep it up, okay?  :)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

EVERGREEN BLUES…...

This week the SUO challenge is to make a "non-traditional" Christmas card, so I chose some soft colors here….vanilla and soft sky and a little sponging of crumb cake on my vanilla card stock.  I was overjoyed last week to get TWENTY comments, sometimes I feel like very few look at my blog so why bother…..but I guess all I need to do is say I hate my card, and everyone jumps in to tell me they love it……so if I was a liar I would say I don't like this one either, but alas, I do like this one.   Maybe you can leave me a comment anyway, so I don't feel like no one reads this. hahaha.  Okay, so we had such a mixed emotion holiday at our house.  We said goodbye to my son and his family, (my beloved Jenna who many of you know - and my two precious grand daughters Layla, and Brooklyn) They moved back to NY the day after Thanksgiving - and even though I am so happy for them, it still hurts.  I am happy for them, because Mike got a really good job offer and I am happy for them because they will be by Jenna's family, and also because their hearts were still in NY, as far as they both were raised in NY, and they just never really LOVED Ohio like my husband and I do…..so I am very HAPPY for all those reasons, but then my heart just breaks to have them so far away.  I stumbled upon Brookies little pink gloves this morning, and instantly I was reduced to tears.  I wear a bracelet that Layla made me almost every day….it makes me feel closer to them.  Life is always pain, mixed with joy.  At the same time, we said hello to our kids who work and live overseas as they are home for about 8 months…..so there is much rejoicing over that  - Tovah and Lami for 8 whole months!!!! Now that is some JOY….…….JOY and PAIN, JOY and PAIN, it's amazing how often they go hand in hand.  I am once again, telling myself in relation to both Mike and Jenna, AND Davis and Jen who will be here 8 short months, "Don't cry cuz it's over, SMILE cuz it happened!! I try so so hard to live by that…….and to thank God for the time I have with my children.  I always try to remind myself to hang on loosely, because they do not belong to me, they belong to my heavenly father…..JOY and PAIN, one of these centuries I will get the knack of counting it ALL JOY…….I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving! We truly have so much to be thankful for!!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

WONDERFUL WINTER WISHES

MAN did I struggle this week with this CARD.  I had an idea in my head but it didn't translate very well onto the paper.  :( The color challenge was baked brown sugar, almost artichoke and cherry cobbler.  The SUO challenge was Let it SNOW, so I combined, and I am not a big fan of this card.  It's okay, you win some, you lose some, you like some and others…..not so much.  Happy Tuesday everyone!! Until next time…Karen

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

YOU ARE SUCH A BLESSING IN MY LIFE.....

THIS is the stamp I always reach for when making a card for a beloved family member or friend.  That's an awesome thing to hear from someone, "You are such a blessing in my life".  Right???  It's my favorite SU sentiment right now.  Even better than  "Carbs, Shmarbs, Eat the cake" haha.  But seriously - what would we do without those family members and friends who ARE the blessings in our lives??  I wouldn't want to imagine life without my faithful husband, or my children, or grandchildren.......how sad would that be?  Extended family, mom, sister, brothers - life would be so sad without them!  But oh how we tend to take it for granted....not meaning to.....but it happens!! I want to enjoy every day that I have with my precious grandchildren nearby and the days that I have to see the ones that aren't nearby....hour by hour!!  Life is short, make every day count! Right? Go hug someone you love,,,,,and I will too!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The SUO challenge for this week is HARVEST TIME....which was a really fun theme!  This stamp is from The Best of Autumn set,,,,which I LOVE.  Autumn is my very favorite time of year.  It gives me that warm and cozy feeling....that hunker down feeling....for the long cold winter.  I love fall foliage, and I love apples, and I love cider and sweaters and warm socks.  My husband and I celebrated our 40th anniversary this week...we were married in my favorite time of year, fall.  FORTY YEARS.....that's a LONG time, ya know??  When married to your best friend....it goes by fast! :) Okay, enough blabbing....I need to head on over to SCS and be the color challenge hostess this week with this card......this one is taking care of TWO challenges.  Okay, all for this time,,,,keep on stamping!!! Karen

Saturday, October 19, 2013

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

HEY - LOOK.....A MAN-CARD!!!

That's about the size of it, when I finally get around to making a "man-card" I usuallly announce it in a big way.....not my strength, the "man-card".  Anyway, I thought I would love this color combo too but actually when it's all said and done, not a huge fan. :(  But it's a guy card!! I have been going to use the Six-Sided Sampler set for some time now.....I made another card that is feminine with it and it sorta is along these same lines, and that is where it ends for me.  I see tons of cards I love on Pinterest using this set, but when I try to come up with other stuff on my own, I sort of draw a huge blank. :(  Just not the kind of set where ideas flow for me.....so anyway, there's always next time! ;) This challenge from the SUO blog was TRULY a challenge for me!! Hope you all have fun with this one!! Make a man-card, step back like me and say, "There, I DID it, met my quota for the month...." haha....one man-card a month whether i need one or NOT!! Happy Tuesday everyone!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

WHO LOVES YA, BABY??

The SUO challenge for this week, is a baby card!  I kind of went with very non traditional baby colors here.....but it still looks babyish, right???  I made one with more like regular baby colors but I was not a big fan.....we actually are short on actual baby stamps I think....but this little lamb from Storybook Friends WORKS, if you ask me. :) Our pastor's wife had a baby this week.....Emmitt Blake, so fresh and new, a wee bundle from heaven, so anticipated and so loved.  Our pastor Blake shared on Facebook how his wife, Bobbi Jo lost a baby 2 years ago, and we all cried with them.  Last year on the anniversary of the loss of little Baby Blunkall, we all cried with them again.  THIS year, on that same anniversary, Little Baby Emmitt made his grand entrance into our world, and of course, we all REJOICED with them!! God's perfect timing that has turned a date that was once such a source of pain for them, into one of JOY.  Joy and pain sometimes go hand in hand then, don't they??  "IT'S PROPERLY CALLED, A BLESSED EVENT, WHEN MIRACLE LIKE, A BABY IS SENT, FOR A CHILD'S ARRIVAL, IS GOD'S INVASION, LOVE'S RENEWAL AND A JOY CELEBRATION, TREE'S CLAP THEIR HANDS WHEN A BABY IS BORN, AND NIGHT SORROW EXITS, ON THE WINGS OF THE MORN, HOPE AND GLADNESS BETROTHED, GO DANCING THRU THE EARTH, AND FAITH AND LOVE EMBRACE, WHEN A MOTHER GIVES BIRTH!!"  WELCOME BABY EMMITT, WE LOVE YOU!!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

MY FAVORITE TECHNIQUE....

The SUO challenge was MY FAVORITE TECHNIQUE today, and it's no secret that MY FAVORITE TECHNIQUE is Marker Layering, which is coloring in layers of color....I only wish we had MORE great stamp sets in our catalog like THIS one to DO that with!!  I was the hostess for the color challenge on SCS today too, and the colors I chose for this card are Strawberry Slush, Midnite Muse, and Pear Pizazz.  Those are the only three markers I used to color this picture.  Of course I also used blender pens.  Dessert for the color challenge?? Scallops, of any kind.  So I "killed two birds with one stone" as it were, that's a dreadful expression, I wouldn't kill any birds with any stones! But I took care of two challenges, the color challenge on SCS, and the bi-weekly SUO challenge! Play along with either or both!!  Show us what you can do with these three colors only, OR show us your favorite technique!! :) Have fun! As this goes live, I will be in the second week of my brand new job, and if it goes as well as the first week did, I will be a happy camper!!  Working in a new dental office, and so far, they are doing a wonderful job of training me, and I look forward to being there for a long time!! ;) Say a little prayer for me!! I would love to stay there! ;)   And my prayers were answered pretty quickly, I was out of work less then 6 weeks! God is good, and HE KNOWS where we belong,,,,,so have a great week everyone!! Until next time.......Karen

Monday, August 26, 2013

BIG FAT BOWS......AND SUCH....

So the "challenge" for today over at the SUO blog....is RIBBONS AND BOWS.....okay, so that's really not a "challenge" for me, it's a much greater challenge for me to try and make a card WITHOUT a bow, or some form of ribbon.  But the challenge is for the players, not for the designers, so I made a card with a big fat bow.......so what else is new??  To me a card is not really a card until the bow is attached. :) THIS is a TRIPLE DECKER bow....where you just take 3 pieces of ribbon all the same length and tie your bow with all 3 at once and then sort of pull them apart and it makes one honkin' huge, happy bow! (the best kind!!)  I used our new set called Flower Shop, embossed in white on pink pirouette cardstock and then did some shading with a sponge dauber and cut them out.  I made my leaves from that same flower, just made them pear pizazz.  Add some texture with the big shot, and some polka dots for good measure, and voila, another card with a big fat bow....Come on, play along.......who can resist a card with a big fat bow??? Happy Tuesday everyone!! Until next time........Karen

Monday, August 12, 2013

LOOK MA, IT'S A MAN-CARD!!!

The SUO challenge for today was easy - a Birthday card....so I decided to challenge myself with a man-card.....maybe this is the 5th one I've made this year so far,,,, bwahahaha......I don't make a lot of man-cards.  And as you can see, even my man card has some flowers thrown in there. :) This is that old technique called Retiform...it was really really popular about 5 years ago....and I have never really gotten over it, I think it's uber cool, don't you??  And it's kind of addictive too, like once I made one, I ended up making about 8 I think.....with different stamps and colors.  It's all done with sponges and sticky notes....and it's just plain fun! Gonna make this one in my classes this month....but I think I'm gonna put different stamps out on the table and let them have at it......cuz it's something that you can go in so many different directions with....this is a two color one, but most of the time I use 3 colors.  This is soft sky and brown sugar, a swell combination. :) Hope you like it, take a good, long, hard look at it, cuz it will be MONTHS before another man-card turns up on my blog, I guarantee it!  Happy Tuesday everyone!  Until next time.........Karen

Friday, August 9, 2013

FUSSY, FUSSY, FUSSY.......

Okay, so I am catching some heat these days for my stamping being a bit too fussy!  Not that people don't like to LOOK at my cards, but they say, ouch, who would spend all the time to MAKE this card???  So on this particular card, which was quick until it got to the middle strip.......I toned it down to a less is more card, - and I just kept the same brown strip across the top and bottom of the card but used vanilla seam binding to make a bow around it, and used the sentiment stamp right in the middle of the brown strip.....and I have to say, it's a great card!!  Which one do I like better?? The fussy one of COURSE, but the other one isn't HALF BAD!!!  So......many of you left comments saying you WOULD be interested in traveling to Dayton, OH for a class taught by Michelle Zindorf and I........and we are thinking sometime in October.....anymore interested parties?? We want to make sure we would have enough to make renting the venue worth it, etc. but it would be SO fun......probably make 3 cards designed by me and 3 designed by Michelle??  Who else is in???? Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

GOODBYE DEAR FRIEND........

SUO challenge for today........SCHOOL DAYS.....man it was hard to find a stamp that had to do with school days!! So in the end I thought gee.....sunflowers are out when kids go back to school, so a sunflower, some newsprint.....some polka dots, and a banner......oh and some twine and brads......voila!  As school daisy as it's gonna get around here!! When I think of school days today, it brings me back to memories of a precious life that was lost this past weekend.  My son Mike's best friend growing up and to this day, Mark Lennon, was killed in a terrible boating accident this past weekend.  Six young people went out for a boat ride in the late evening on the Hudson River in NY, and the boat struck a construction barge and Mark and another young lady, Lindsey were ejected from the boat and they found their bodies later - they had drowned -  such a sad and senseless tragedy.  Lindsey was to marry her childhood sweetheart Brian on August 5th.    My heart goes out to this young man - the groom to be - Brian - who woke up after massive head injuries himself to discover that in an instant, he lost the woman he loved, and his best man at the same time.  It's at a time like that, you wonder where God is?  Right?? Be honest!!  Well I know God sees, HE knows, HE cares, HE loves......we cannot hope to understand these things this side of heaven.  I remember when, Mark was as young as 2nd grade......an adorable chubby little Irish boy with freckles, he and my son became fast friends at this tender age.  That friendship continued, even after our son moved from NY to Ohio, and Mark was a tried and true buddy for all these years.  The ache of losing a friend that has been as close as a brother.....so my heart aches for Mike and for our whole family who lost a precious friend.  My heart aches for his loving mother and father and his only brother Ray.  My heart aches for anyone who knew Mark, because to know him was to love him.  Rest in peace dear Mark, we will always remember your loyalty, your faithful spirit, your infectious grin, your hearty laugh, your big old heart.  Until next time, Karen

Friday, July 26, 2013

ZINDORF TO THE RESCUE......


SO........Michelle texted me a couple of days AFTER I was given the boot at work to let me know that she made Founder's Circle again for this SU year......YAY!!!!!!  So happy for her - she works hard and stamps hard and she totally deserves it!!!  One of these years I hope we make Founder's together, not sure if that is in God's plans for me or not, but it's what I'm shooting for - Lord knows I did it for like 10 years in a row when I first started, moved to Ohio - took on full time work and left my customer base in NY, and have been toppling ever since! So it's my perfect chance to reverse that while I'm out of work!! Anyway, when Michelle found out what had happened to me, shortly thereafter she was at my door to take me out to lunch and cheer me up.  Her arms were laden with gifts, fresh eggs from her chickens, zucchini and cucumbers from her garden, canned pickles, relish and jam complete with adorable labels from SU, homemade zucchini bread, *yum*!!  She cheered me up and cheered me on, isn't that what friends are for?  Awwwww......gotta love Michelle.  Gotta think of all the things I  have to be thankful for, like good friends, loving family, adorable grand children, supportive husband and children and their spouses,  my mom who also cheers me on and took me out to lunch... and you know how MOMS are, you can tell it hurts her more then it hurts me!! :)  So I am concentrating for all I am worth on ALL I have to be thankful for.......now, for a bit of chatter on this really cool CARD.  I knew what I wanted to do, I wanted to take the postcard stamp and I wanted to stamp the seagulls from the new set Wetlands on it, and I WANTED to have the beach, and I WANTED to have the sky, and the water, and and, but alas, this is NOT my strong point, so I asked Michelle to show me how to make this happen. There was no brayer involved, believe it or not - just sponges and post it notes and paper and ink. So I wrote it down step by step, and pretty sure I could go up to my stamp room and make this card all over again, she just sat by me and made one, and I copied.  So it's kind of a karenbarber/zindorf original......bwahahaha, I can claim the idea but Michelle gets credit for the execution of the idea.  Her and I are so good for each other,,,,,each pretty decent stampers but our style is so different that we compliment each other......now is there anyone out there who would attend a stamp day in Dayton, Ohio if it was an all day affair and we did it together, Michelle and I?  We would LOVE to do this, but we aren't sure there would be people who would/could attend.  It would be a Saturday, and an all day affair, Who's in????  If you're lucky, Michelle might even make you something amazing with her zucchinis, and me? Well, do you like Starbursts???  haha.......That's all for this time......Until next time, Karen

Monday, July 22, 2013

INTO EVERY LIFE SOME RAIN MUST FALL......



It's been a rough week at my house.  It's been a rough 2 weeks at my house.  SO...that job?  The one that was clicking and everything was going to be okay?  It's not MINE anymore.  ROUGH week.  ROUGH 2 weeks.  As it turns out, I sorta stepped into a hornet's nest there.  The lady who was training me promised me two full months of training and a three month trial period.  She gave me 3 hours of training, and then after  2 days she pretty much had her mind made up that it wasn't going to work out and she fired me after 7 days.  It was the fact that one and a half days in she was criticizing me left and right that sent me into a tailspin, and since I'm used to excelling at most of what I do when it's up my alley, which it WAS.....I went into a PANIC mode.  The more I panicked, the more she was sure I couldn't do the job.  AFTER two days in panic mode, everything clicked and I was doing fine...however.... NOT ONE WORD of encouragement came out of her mouth the entire time I was there. And 7 days in she gave me the boot.  ROUGH 2 weeks!! The dentist has contacted me FOUR times on the phone since I left to apologize and say he knows his Business Manager has no communication skills, (ya think??) but that really doesn't help me any now.   For me, for now -, I am working really really hard in this next little bit here to BUILD MY STAMPIN' UP business!! Any business you can throw my way will be SOOOO appreciated.....and I am seeking MORE people to be ON MY TEAM.....I need some recruits, and I even have a really awesome gift to pass on to the first one who signs on with me after this post....and it's a secret what it is!! EMAIL me at the following address - kbarberstamps@gmail.com if you have ever wanted to be an SU demonstrator, even if it's just for the discount, I would LOVE to have you as a part of my team.......go ahead, - it so worth it!!! And you'll get my surprise gift!~  So.....do I sit around and waste energy going over and over in my mind that I was shafted, treated unfairly, put in a lose lose situation, and set up to fail, or do I pick myself up, brush myself off, and say, "What's next Lord??"  I did some of each this week.  But the voice in my head is now loud and clear and it's saying, "I am still in control, and I still love you, and I still believe in you, and I am still with you, and I will show you the way, just walk in it!" So I am putting one foot in front of the other......and I am reminding myself that I need not despair!! I know who is in the drivers seat, and as Carrie Underwood says, JESUS is at the WHEEL!! I just need to sit back and relax, and enjoy the journey, and try not to be a back seat driver!!  So if you think of me, say a little prayer for me, that I will keep my eyes on HIM, and my HEART pure.  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I'M PRAYING......FOR ME!!!!!!


The SUO challenge this week was Get Well Cards......and I sorta made this one for myself, cuz I need to GET WELL AT WORK!!  I did not expect starting a new job to throw me for such a LOOP!!  New systems, new software, it didn't sound that bad, but I spent my first four days in a FOG and then Friday, CLICK! After a good long talk with myself I stopped fretting and started diving in, and it seems to be coming together now.  But I think anyone who thinks more highly of him/herself then they ought, should just start a new job, that'll knock you down a peg or two!  It's so hard to go from "knowing it all" to being like the new idiot on the block!  I can tell I'm going to love it once I get the software down, but boy those first few days were difficult.  The lady who is training me, my new coworker, does not believe in babying people, and in the long run, I know I will be thankful for that, because guess what, it makes you rise to the occasion, and I think I am doing just that!! I had that talk with myself where I said come on, Karen, it's what you have been doing for SEVEN years with different ICONS!! It's not rocket science here......you can DO this, and then I did!!  But since pride comes before the fall, let me humbly say that today looks to be the busiest day on the schedule so far, so I am not being haughty here, I know there are tough days ahead until I can run the office smoothly and efficiently like I did my last one.....but I am ready for the challenge!!  Until next time.........Karen


Monday, July 1, 2013

YOU'RE MY CUP OF TEA.....

 
So the challenge for SUO today was to use our favorite new accessory - and I chose the rockin' vintage buttons.  I also love the oval framelets, and the Beautifully Barouque embossing folder.  Lots and lots of neat new accessories in the new catalog. :) I have struggled with not enough color-in sets this year, so I challenged myself to a shabby chic card,,,,with no coloring.  I will admit it is about TAKE FOUR, or FIVE, but in the end, I like it.  Do you???  It's been a really rough couple of months for me as I have been rocked by the winds of CHANGE in my life.  Guess I got a little too comfortable working where I was for 7 years, and suddenly circumstances beyond my control caused me to look for a new job.  I have cried buckets of tears, but I know it is the right time for me to move on.  Our ways are not HIS ways.  So I covet prayers in the next few weeks as I learn a whole new job, new software, new coworkers, new systems......time to teach this old doggie some new tricks.  :) So easy to get angry at people when things like this happen and cast blame, but a nice long ride in the country and a good long lecture from my husband helped open my eyes to the truth that sometimes God just says your time at this place is up and see, I will do a new thing for you!  When I stopped casting blame, I was able to see the path that God has set before me a whole lot more clearly.  So it's a brand new day, a brand new challenge, a brand new adventure!  Praise God from whom all blessings FLOW!!~  Until next time, Karen
 
 

Monday, June 17, 2013

My Friend GLORIA......

So the SUO challenge for today was to make a patriotic card.....oh man did my lips freeze on that one.  I have no patriotic stamps.......are there any this year??? So I had to really get creative, and I must say I was pretty happy with the outcome!  I kinda like my distressed flag.  The bling was a pain in the bleep, to get even, but in the end, I feel kinda uber creative when I look at this flag.  And the whole patriotic theme got me thinking about My friend, GLORIA.  I went to visit her last weekend in eastern Ohio, and let me tell you, there is a huge difference between the two sides of Ohio.  Where I live in Southwest Ohio, I blend a bit better, being from New York and all.  But oh, eastern Ohio is SWEET.  When I go there, I sorta feel like I step back in time....and when I go anywhere with MY friend, GLORIA, she inevitably runs into SOMEONE she knows!  Gloria has lived there all her life, but what's more, probably 95 percent of her FAMILY has lived there all their lives.  They have a HISTORY to them, the Kaufmanns and the Lehmans, that you don't really see very often anymore in our transient world.  Gloria has HUGE family gatherings on holidays.  The cousins all know the cousins, the aunts and uncles all have a part in the nieces and nephews lives, etc, etc.  It's kind of fascinating.  I found myself leafing thru some shutterfly family photo books and just being amazed at how much their lives intertwine and it gets me feeling all nostalgic.  What a gift, to have family surrounding you, and to play such big roles in the lives of your family members.  Everyone once a while I need to jump in the car and go see MY FRIEND GLORIA, step back in time.....take a few deep breaths, do some serious stamping, eat some good Ohio soup, and then force myself to have some pumpkin roll,,,,,maybe choke down two pieces in the same day.....and then I'm ready to come back and get back into the rat race of life.  I think they know something we don't, those people who grow up and stay in the same area all their lives.  It's roots we lack today.....but my friend Gloria, she has roots.  Okay -these are my patriotic musings for today.......life in a small town is best.  Until next time, Karen

Monday, June 3, 2013

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD.....


The SUO challenge this week is to make a wedding card.....so I used the Best of 25 years set that is available right now - and it was the May set......it has some really cool old images in it and this is one of my favs......such an easy card.  I just embossed 3/4 of the way down with the embossing folder - and then on the smaller shimmery white cs I embossed the bride and groom in black, and then I used glue and dazzling diamond glitter on the bride's dress, a very CAS card for me!  I HATE taking pics of all white cards however, oh.my.word I cannot get it RIGHT!!  It's prettier IRL, but this is the best I could do in a picture.  Hope you like it, and go up to the top of my blog and you can click on links to show you the whole collection of the Best of 25 series, a new one every month and they are available thru the whole year.....so check it out!!  Hope you like my CAS wedding card! Until next time, Karen

Monday, May 20, 2013

CRY ME A RIVER.....

Here's the stamp set to which I say, "I can't get over losing you...." - I still remember the day SU handed this stamp set out to all attendees at Leadership....it's embarrassing to admit this, but I actually cried tears of joy.....and cards danced in my head all the way home....if you were to peruse my SU gallery back a ways, I had a hard time using anything else.....so sad, sad, sad, day for me when I saw it on the discontinued list.  How could they do this to me?  I am broken-hearted.  In the depths of despair.  Crying a river......but hey, I said this before and I'll say it again, it's time to BUILD ME A BRIDGE, and get OVER it.  There will be new stamps on the horizon.  We have a whole new catalog FULL of them.  Life will go on.....the sun will still rise, and the sun will still set.  I'm trying my friends, but it ain't easy.  At any rate, I can promise you this is one stamp you will NOT see at my yard sale of discontinued sets.  And it just might pop up in my gallery every once in a while too......make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other's gold.  Will the artist who created this set PALEAAZE make some more like it????  Until next time..........Karen

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

OH HAPPY DAY!

SUO Blog challenge today is for butterflies.......and I can say Oh Happy Day....because SU brought this beautiful butterfly back this year in their BEST of 25 YEARS series, available NOW!  Back in the day, this butterfly was much larger, and I actually like this perfect size much better!  This was actually one of the cards I created for a recent color challenge but ended up using a different card.....so it came in handy now - These are some pretty funky colors together, no??  I usually RUN from Melon Mambo, but it looks nice here in a mini dose with accent on the Eggplant instead.....and River Rock is just sad, well you know what they say, over all these discontinued stamps, and inks, and papers, they say, CRY ME A RIVER, BUILD ME A BRIDGE, and GET OVER IT~~It's about time I stop crying now over what I have to say goodbye to, and start smiling over what I get to say HELLO to!! Like Blushing BRIDE is back, and that sure makes me SMILE!  And a new catty is ON THE WAY!! That's all for now folks...Until next time, no more tears, and keep on stampin'!

Monday, April 8, 2013

ODE TO EVA ROSE.....

The SUO Challenge this week is a Monochromatic card....and I decided to share and show the card I made for the feminine half of my new twin grandchildren, Miss Eva Rose.  She's a most feminine and pretty little girl, and right after she made her debut as Grandaughter number EIGHT, then along came her adorable brother Luca Daniel, as Grandson number ONE.  That's right - we have EIGHT grandaughters and ONE grandson.  Anyway, I bought the knitting stamp set by SU just to get this one stamp.  I looked at it for a couple of years before I did it, since I do not knit and do not ever plan to learn how.  Stamping is enough for me - I am a one hobby girl, can't have anything distract me from my stamping.  ;) BUT I REALLY wanted this little sweater stamp, it floats my boat.   Okay - just a wee little entry this week, just a sweet little girly card for a sweet little girly girl. ~~ Check out my stamp studio under this card, where it all happens. ;) Until next time, happy stamping, Karen

Friday, April 5, 2013

MY VINTAGE HAPPY PLACE















So here you have it!! My VINTAGE HAPPY PLACE!! I have been saying I am going to post pictures of my stamping studio for-ever....but then when I went back and looked at the first pictures I took I had changed SO MUCH in settling in....and the old pictures may have looked less "vintage cluttered" but they weren't capturing the essence of my happy place! I could spend my entire life here, especially since my family can visit - what with the TV and all, and of course, what grandmother's stamp room would be complete without the GRANDCHILD CORNER? (That's the one with the teddy bear in the SU apron sitting on the weeny chair)  When I had my old stamp studio, you had to step over the debris to find the table,,,,and my husband insisted I would have this one looking like that in no time at all, but I told him it was the space issue - this USED to be our master bedroom, and we are in the old stamproom at night now,,,,(when I finally turn the lights out here in my new stamp room and retire;)) But my husband is quick to admit now that he was wrong, I hardly EVER let this room get messy because I love love love love love it soooooo much!!!  And it's pretty easy to keep it clean because I organized it so much better, and it's quite a bit larger then the other room too.  ANYWAY, SU has some kicking specials going on right now and I'm about to tell you about them NOW!! Please check this out below, and then if you have enjoyed my little tour here, do me a favor and go stock up on paper while this great sale is going on!!  JUST CLICK ON THE 24/7 SHOPPING BUTTON AT THE TOP OF MY BLOG - IT'S UP THERE SOMEWHERE, AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A SPECIAL OR TWO AND I WILL RISE UP AND CALL YOU BLESSED!!!  THANKS EVERYONE! HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS LITTLE TOUR OF MY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY PLACE!!


ANNOUNCEMENT TIME!!!!
The first is FREE SHIPPING for THREE DAYS, April 6-8th with no minimum order!!!! So stock up!!!!

and the second big announcement is:

Stampin'Up!'s color refresh!!  I love color and I know you do too!! Color is fundmental to who Stampin'Up! is and what they offer.  It's important for us to stay up to date with color trends so I am thrilled to share Stampin' Up's updated line of colors, and hope you will be as excited as I am at the new possibilities!!!

Why now?  In 2010 Stampin'Up! did a big color renovation and shared plans for smaller color refreshes every three to five years to keep their colors on trend.  Well it has been three years and I am excited to announce that the upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalog will include 10 new colors (most of which are returning In Colors from previous years) Stampin' Up! is welcoming back some of your old favorites, moving some colors around, and introducing one brand new color - so here are colors that are returning -  DRUM ROLL PLEASE.....

Blushing Bride, (yay!!!) Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, (double yay!!), Pear Pizazz, (triple yay!!! these are my absolute favorites that I am yaying about), Wisteria Wonder, and Bermuda Bay!  They are adding a new soft gray called Smokey Slate. 

These are the colors that they are retiring in order to make room for the new ones, (and I will refrain from one big BOO, but I will be ordering lots of stock on the first one listed because it needs a great big giant BOO, but like I said I am refraining - those colors that are retiring are:

Baja Breeze, :(, More Mustard, Bashful Blue, Regal Rose, River Rock, Bravo Burgandy, (it's about time - Bravo on the Bravo Burgandy), sorry, I digress....and let's see, oh yes, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Riding Hood Red, and Not Quite Navy.  SO STOCK UP ON YOUR FAVORITES HERE BECAUSE THESE BABIES WILL BE GONE AND THEY ARE ONLY SELLING STUFF WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!!!  I WOULD CLICK ON THAT 24/7 BUTTON NOW IF I WERE YOU AT THE TOP OF MY BLOG AND TAKE CARE OF THIS NOW!!!! ;)  YOU WILL BE SO SORRY IF THEY ARE GONZO WHEN YOU GO TO BUY THEM!!!

OKAY, WELL, THERE ARE OTHER GREAT SPECIALS GOING ON....AND YOU MIGHT WONDER WHY MY BLOG DOESN'T HAVE ALL THE NEAT UPDATES LIKE EVERYONE ELSES DOES, AND THAT'S BECAUSE I AM A BIG FAT COMPUTER LOSER....AND I HAVE TRIED FOR FOUR HOURS NOW TO UPLOAD THOSE NEAT LITTLE THINGS SU GIVES US TO UPLOAD AND I CAN'T GET THEM ON HERE.  MY BLOG MAINTENANCE PROGRAM CONTRACT THINGEY RAN OUT AND WHILE I TRY TO DECIDE WHAT PLAN TO GO WITH THIS!! I CANNOT DO IT MYSELF!!! 

THERE ARE GREAT STAMP SETS OF THE MONTH YOU CAN ORDER, THE BEST OF BIRTHDAYS, LOVE, BUTTERFLIES AND FLOWERS AND HOW I WISH I WAS SMART ENOUGH TO ATTACH LINKS HERE,,,,BUT GO ON MY 24/7 AND YOU CAN ORDER FROM THERE!! MEANWHILE, I'M GONNA GO ORDER THAT PLAN TO GET THE BUTTONS FOR PROMOTIONS BACK ON THE SIDE OF MY BLOG.  FORGIVE ME, BUT FEEL SORRY FOR ME.  IT'S REALLY SAD TO BE THIS HELPLESS COMPUTERLY SPEAKING.  AS YOU ARE FEELING SORRY FOR ME, ORDER SOME PAPER AND INK!! HAVE A GREAT TIME SHOPPING EVERYONE!! I MUST GO ORDER SOME BLOG MAINTENANCE NOW.......!!!!! UNTIL NEXT TIME, KAREN

Monday, March 25, 2013

THINK SPRING!!???? HOW??





















SUO challenge for today? Think SPRING....which is kind of hard to do considering the snow that is falling even as I type.  I remember when I was in Africa, (just over a week ago) and the temp was upwards of 100 degrees one night and I said to my husband in the middle of the night when the power went out and the fan went off....."I really hope when we get home winter isn't completely over" - OH man, I could EAT those words!!!  We had an awesome and wonderful trip and time with our precious family in Africa.  Three weeks of vacation - so nice to get out of our regular routine.....it was heavenly.  I plan to download some pics to this blog soon, I just got my pics organized over the weekend.  It's one of those things - we looked forward to that trip for so so long, and then in three short weeks it becomes a memory.  Aren't you thankful for memories?  And we made some really really happy ones.  Our grand daughters are precious, and we wouldn't have ever wanted to leave them except for missing our precious grand children HERE!!  Life is good and in the end, you have to remember, "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."  And thinking about that trip, well it does just make me SMILE.  Happy Tuesday everyone!!  Happy Stamping!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

SUNGLASSES, ANYONE??

WOW-WEE ZOWEE THESE ARE SOME BRIGHT COLORS HERE, chosen by my friend Vicki Dutcher...colors that make my lips freeze when I first hear them for sure!!  But see when I put my big girl panties on I can rise to the challenge!!  THE SUO blog challenge is also featured in this card, and that challenge was to use SALEABRATION goodies on our card, and I have used the Bloomin' Marvelous stamp set for my sentiment, and the ribbon and button are from SALEABRATION!!  So I kinda killed two birds with one stone here, since time is short before we take our trip to see our kids in Africa!!  The count down is here, we leave in less then two weeks now, and I feel like I have still have a gazillion things to do!  Anyway, last week when I made the CAS valentine, I really did not like it - and it was my kinda colors, but this week, I would not have chosen these colors by myself at ALL, and yet I really love this card!! I really must challenge myself MORE!!! ;)  Okay - well - off to bed with me, several late nights in a row here and I am exhausted.  Happy Tuesday everyone!!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

CAS VALENTINE TIME.....

The challenge this week is for a CAS Valentine......and in real life the ribbon on my card actually matches but in the photograph, not so much. CAS is CAH for me, Clean and HARD, not Clean and Simple.....I have to spend more time making a CAS card then I do a regular card. This is not my favorite ever card. That's life, you like some, you don't like some. :) Happy CAS Valentine day to all! Until next time, Karen