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