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

47 comments:

Valerie Malkus said...

Hi Karen,
I am not a comment-leaver (maybe I should change that) but I am a blog reader and yours is tops on my list, as are your cards, and as are you!
I missed seeing you in Utah this July but if I remember correctly, you were visiting family. I wish you increased Joy and decreased pain...and a blessed Christmas! Will you be at Leadership in Jan?
Valerie M.

Anonymous said...

Love your card today and the one you posted on Splitcoaststampers this morning! Your cards are always so detailed and elegant!
Hope you get to take lots of trips to NY to visit your son and his family !

Robbie Chandler said...

I don't hardly ever comment on cards, or anything else for that matter, but this card drew my attention. Something about it is so serene and beautiful. Just love it!

stampinsue said...

Gorgeous, Karen. TFS

stampinsue said...

Gorgeous, Karen. TFS.

Marlene Salvato said...

Karen this card is soooo beautiful! - just like you! I feel your pain - my daughter and her family (my 2 youngest grandchildren) moved to California in May - they used to live around the corner from me - I know your pain - also the joy when I do get to see them...love you...

Kristina said...

Karen,
This is so Fabulous! I love how you put the trees inside of that EF, and distressed the edges! Love how you did the bow! Very gorgeous work hun!
Peace,
KristyLee

Peggy said...

I always look forward to your blogposts Karen - and love this card - soft colors and all. I know you will miss your grand-daughters while enjoying your other ones.



Barb said...

This card caught my eye on Pinterest, Karen and I love it! Going to try something similar!

Barb said...

Karen, this card caught my eye and I love it! May try something similar - I find the tulip embossing border so versatile!

Zin from the Alps said...

beautiful, it's simply gorgeous.

Zin from the Alps said...

this is so beautiful, just gorgeous. Love the subtle colours and pearls.

Bette S said...

I love your non-traditional Christmas card! Love the colors and the sponging, embossing - everything! I don't comment as often as I should when I see a project I like and I appologize. Everyone likes compliments - including me. But I love your work, it really speaks to me. As I can feel your pain about your children moving back to NY. Our daughter and family live in Florida and it is so far away from Iowa! They were here for Thanksgiving and we enjoyed every minute of it. Bitter sweet when they leave, but thankful for the time we have together. Many great memories.

Bette S said...

I love your non-traditional Christmas card! Love the colors and the sponging, embossing - everything! I don't comment as often as I should when I see a project I like and I appologize. Everyone likes compliments - including me. But I love your work, it really speaks to me. As I can feel your pain about your children moving back to NY. Our daughter and family live in Florida and it is so far away from Iowa! They were here for Thanksgiving and we enjoyed every minute of it. Bitter sweet when they leave, but thankful for the time we have together. Many great memories.

Anonymous said...

Karen, I am always in awe at your creations, they are so awesome! Anxiously await each new posting of yours.
Stampingly yours, Sharyn Bouck

hotmail said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! I love this card!!
Keep up the beautiful work. Debie

Janet said...

love the card

JoAnn said...

Check your blog everyday. Always love your cards!
JoAnn in Florida

Cindy in AL said...

LOVE this, as well as all of your creations. Also, I've watched your marker layering video over and over. I'm in awe of your talent. Thanks so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I found this card on a challenge you posted it on. It is truly gorgeous! I totally identify with you and your family, except I was pulled out of New Jersey to Ohio. My heart is torn between the two because I was born and raised in NJ and then I married my wonderful husband and raised our terrific son here. What can you do except keep in touch and keep stamping! Thanks for sharing your story and your card. Nancy B east of Cincinnat

ny2tx_patti said...

Karen, your card is gorgeous, definitely a work of art! I don't normally comment, but I always love your creations and appreciate what you share about your family. Thanks very much for taking the time to post.

Fran in Alaska said...

I think all of your projects are beautiful - I guess I never thought to tell you so - So here I am .... This card is beautiful! fe

Fran in Alaska said...

I think all of your projects are beautiful - I just never thought to tell you - So here I am .... This card is beautiful! fe

Marge Waskiewicz said...

Karen, love, love, love you beautiful card. Do you give out directions for you gorgeous cards?
Have a very Merry Blessed Christmas !!!

RaeDeen said...

Karen ~ Your card is gorgeous! I don't think I have ever seen a card of yours I didn't love. This is no exception! Love the blue! Your ribbons are always so top notch perfect! Each and every little detail makes this super beautiful. TFS

Sandi MG said...

Karen hope that you know just because we don't leave a message we haven't looked and loved. Some days are so busy it is just a look. I love getting the cards from you they are the greatest. Hope this helps with your pain and joy. Someone out there thinks you are great. Mom's are like that.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card. I get you creations via e-mail and I am always inspired by your creations. If you will take the time to share your talent with me, I will take the time to let you know I appreciate you. You see, I thought you probably did not notice the comments!

Colleen

Kathy L said...

Oh, Karen, I love your designs, and never want you to feel that people aren't looking at what you do. No excuses from me, it's just thoughtlessness when I look, enjoy, and leave. This Christmas card is so different from the usual, but lovely and charming. TFS.

Lynne said...

I love your card. The colors are gorgeous and the pearls are perfect.

Lynne said...

I love your card. The colors are gorgeous and the pearls are perfect.

Carol Tro said...

I always enjoy the eye candy that comes when I get your blog!! When I was sick,your blog gave me great joy!! It helped get me through the day. So know that you do make a difference!! I met you in Elmer NJ, when Kristin had a big get together with demonstrator & buyers. Have a nice holiday!!

Judy Sander said...

Your soft colors trees card is absolutely beautiful!

Bev Mantle said...

I just love this card....looks so vintage.....did you emboss the trees? Be blessed to know that your children are only away and you can still chat by phone or computer whenever you want too, my daughter lives in heaven now and it is totally unreachable for me......so yours are really just around the corner....hope this helps to take away your pain. Keep up the good cards.

Maria A. said...

Well Karen, I LOVE THIS CARD TOO, Oh my goodness, it's lovely, very elegant in it's simplicity and totally vintage, well at least for me. I think it's the pearls and that gorgeous bow that makes it look like that. I can't imagine any of my daughters and grandchildren moving far away. We have our youngest daughter, son in law and two grandkids just next door, our other daughter, son in law and our other 3 grandkids just a short 15-20 min. away. We see them almost every day and, when the kids spend the night or the afternoon, it's hard for me to see them go home. But you said it Karen, Life is about Joy and Pain, in whatever degree we feel the Pain, it makes us feel the Joy even more. "Don't cry cuz it's over.....smile cuz it happened", what beautiful and truthful words!!! Distance can be a thief of affections and love but, we must never let it get away with it. Whether near or far, we must constantly let those we love that we love them, with a letter, a card, a phone call.
I thank you for the inspiration you give us every time you post a card or a project, we love you for that.
Have a Blessed Holiday Season.
Hugs.
Maria A. Rodriguez, from Crown Point, IN. USA.

Anonymous said...

This card is very striking - love the colors.
Jenny

Lynette Siebrasse said...

It's a beautiful card! So glad you have some children coming and that you had time with your daughter and her twins. Look forward to visiting them! Press on!
Lynette S.

Lynette Siebrasse said...

It's a beautiful card! Glad you have family coming, sorry about family leaving. You will have great visits from them though. So glad you had time with your daughter and her kids. Praise God!

Virginia S. Cox said...

My constant mantra is "roots and wings" when it comes to both my children and grandchildren. Just said goodbye to our grandson the Sat. after Thanksgiving. He will be stationed in S. Korea for a year. It's a great opportunity for him but we will really miss him. I guess it is called "growing up". Love your cards. This one is no exception.

Anonymous said...

As always, your card is outstanding. I love looking at your blog, so please keep posting. I am from WV and my son and daughter in-law moved from NY to Maine, I know what you are going through

Lynnette said...

I love this card. Your work is amazing and always gives me ideas.

Carol Dee said...

The card is stunning. I am so delighted to hear that Tova and Lami will be close for 8 wonderful month. Time to create some very special memories. Big Hugs....

Sabrina said...

41 comments, HA!
I'm guilty of being one who doesn't always leave a comment. Life is horribly busy these months. But I ALWAYS look and enjoy both your card creation and your writing, and since I don't often cross paths with you on Splitcoast these days at least I feel I still know what you're up to. And DH still asks after you from time to time...
BTW I love this one :D.

Angela Rambousek said...

Thanks so much for the beautiful card!. I always enjoy the cards you produce! Keep up the good work!

Angela Rambousek said...

This card is beautiful! You always have the most beautifully detailed cards. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Another beautiful "Karen card"!
Gloria

Debbie Van Gieson said...

This is just lovely Karen! I always love your cards! I can identify with the Joy/Pain analogy..but I love how you emphasize dwelling on the joy! The blessings help us get through the pain, till the next joy arrives! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Eileen Engel said...

Thanks a lot, Karen - now I HAVE to buy this set! Gorgeous!