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