Tuesday, December 30, 2014


The SUO challenge blog this week is challenging us to use a Project Life stamp set, or embellishment - or layout, etc.  Man, was that a close call for ME!! I have not embraced the whole Project Life thing, yet.  Maybe I will in the future, but as of yet, I have not.  However, I did buy a winter stamp set just because it had the cutest little pair of mittens, so I was saved by that!  It also had this teeny tiny snowflake, and this cute little word stamp that says, "Baby it's cold outside!"  so there you have it - I didn't have to waste any time deciding what stamp to use, Christmas is over so I had to just come up with a winter card - and the snowflake said, Use me! :) I am so overwhelmed with all the new sets in the Occasions mini catalog, I hardly know what to play with first!!  Have you seeeeeeeeen it yet?? Happy Stamping everyone! Until next time…..Karen  PS I'm starting to feel like no one reads my blog……and I needed to get someone to update it for me!!!  Catalogs are OLD!!!! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


The SUO challenge blog this week is a challenge to make a winter themed holiday card or project.  I opted for the card.  I'm not the most proficient at the anything but a card thing…..and since I procrastinated till Sunday night…..well you know…..projects take time. :) Actually so did this card! ;)  I just love the little letters die set, and I am the hostess for the color challenge this week and chose these pretty soft colors, soft sky, old olive and cherry cobbler.  I think I am realizing that though I generally just love COLOR, cherry cobbler may be my all time fav.  :) Soft sky might be second.  Anyway - maybe you should hop on over to SCS today and play in the color challenge!!  Isn't this just a yummy color combination?  I hate when people call colors yummy, but I'm sorry, these ARE yummy.  And it's Christmas,,,,so spread a little JOY!, right?  Have yourself a merry little Christmas…..and remember to thank God for HIS unspeakable gift!! ;) Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


The SUO challenge this week is TAGS…..I had one of those weeks this week…..just one where I didn't get up to my stamp room at all.  The color challenge came out, and it was exactly the colors of a card I made a while ago and had not used for anything yet…..and I even love it!! Then Saturday, I happened to get up and for some unknown reason, I felt moved to put my coworkers little Christmas gifts together, and make tags and personalize their bags, and I won't be even giving them to them until Christmas week….but I just felt like getting it done so I did.  Then I remembered it was the SUO challenge week, and I was like OH, NO, what is the theme? Cuz I was so busy…just didn't know when I would have a chance to take my time and CREATE…..so low and behold, it was TAGS, and I had just finished making 5 little bags like this one and decorating with a TAG!!!!  I love when God knows you are stretched to the limit and then shows you in a way like that that HE understands and HE has your back. :) Don't you?  My friend Lillian who I told you all about last time has gone straight into the arms of Jesus.  I cried for a few days, but not for her, for me.  I know Lillian is walking with Jesus, and I know she is happy and I know the angels are rejoicing over this saint who came home…..but us here, we are crying at the loss of a precious friend and mother, grandmother, etc. etc.  Oh the blessed hope that we will one day meet again, and I hope my mansion is on the same street with Lillians!! Until next time…..Karen

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


The SUO challenge blog subject this week is MARKERS.  I colored these posies with the cherry cobbler blendabilities.  Those new markers are the BOMB.  I have always loved to color - it's my thing, but these markers make it so much easier!!  Okay, this week I chose this stamp in honor of a dear friend of mine who is probably living out her last days.  She is old enough to be my  mom, but yet we had such a bond of friendship over the years that she felt at times more like a peer.  She has been motherly to me, a sister in Christ, a spiritual mentor, an encourager, just a lifelong friend from my New York days.  So now she is at AIM's retirement center in Florida and this past week they thought she would be seeing her saviour face to face.  The last report is that she had stabilized, and maybe she will be with us longer after all.  If I think over my spiritual walk, I think no one else has had as much influence on me in my life then Lillian.  She helped me over so many hurdles in life.  She is one of those people that just helps you understand Jesus in a whole new way.  She has not had an easy life, and whenever I face trials it goes thru my mind, maybe this will make me more like Lillian in her faith walk.  She never let disappointment separate her from Jesus.  I think over the years that is what I have done a little.  Life is full of disappointments and Lillian has turned all of her disappointments into a reason to praise her God.  It's a genuine likeness of Christ that seems to ooze out of her every pore…..she is so real, so down to earth, so much an example of the beauty within that is born of the refiners fire.  It's been years since I lived close enough to Lillian to have her as a companion as I did for many years in NY, but I still hear from her every now and again and if I saw her tomorrow I know we could pick up right where we last left off, it's that kind of a friendship.  As I contemplated her going to be with Jesus, I have to say I don't know anyone who would be as ready to walk into the arms of Jesus as Lillian would be.  She is so in tune with God, I can just picture her stepping from earth to heaven's gates, and it being a natural transition for her.  Absence from her body will be instant presence with the Lord, she is already present with the Lord, in HIS kingdom on earth.  Tears will flow from people she has influenced on this earth….I know I shed a few this weekend just thinking of losing her here on earth….but I know that when she does go from this world into the next, whether it be sooner or later,  I think the voice of God will be almost audible to HIS believers as he takes her hand, and says, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


The SUO challenge blog theme this week is a theme of THANKS or THANKFULNESS. As humans, we don't naturally foster a heart of thankfulness, do we?  Or am I the only one who finds it much easier to complain than to remember all I have to be thankful for?  First of all, Thank you Lord for family, for a loving husband and for four children and their wonderful spouses who all make me so proud when I see the adults they have grown into - but really Lord, thanks for THAT too, because without you, where would they be?  Where would we all be?  Thank you for GRANDCHILDREN, oh yes…the biggest thank you EVER for GRANDCHILDREN. Thank you for my mom and my stepmom who live close enough to share our lives with us.   Thank you for JOBS, and our HOME, and a huge one, our HEALTH.   How much do we take our HEALTH for granted??  Thank you for extended family (my sister Tammy!!)  and for friends who are like family, thank you for the gift of your salvation…. thank you for dying on a cross for my SINS.  If we REALLY wrapped our heads around BEING THANKFUL….all day long, every day, even thankful for trials and testing…..our lives would be so much happier.  I'm gonna try to go a full day without complaining about anything or anyone.  Tomorrow.  I'm gonna do it.  I'm gonna try really hard to be thankful all day - every day…I have so much to be thankful for!!  That's all, that's it, I'm just gonna try to be a person who is thankful….that's all, that's it!!  Until next time….Karen

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


The SUO challenge this week is for TREATS…..so I made this weeny little shopping bag full of "treats".  :) I used a lot of discontinued items on this little creation, like ribbon, dsp, and corduroy button. :) Speaking of treats, I just got home from celebrating my 41st wedding anniversary with my husband where we surely ate way too much. :) We ended our meal with a piece of caramel sugar crusted cheesecake, can you please tell me, "WHY??"  Oh my, it's gonna be a long night.  It was really yummy but my tummy is now asking, "Why, why, WHY??"  And all I can say is, I promise I will never do it again. haha.  It's so dang easy to overeat.  Well, 41 years of marriage to your high school sweetheart is something to overeat about, right?? In this day and age?? Right??? :) Okay, off to bed where I shall toss and turn from over eating.  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


The SUO Challenge this week was "Out in the Woods" and right away, I thought night time. :) So I used this GREAT new photopolymer stamp set called "White Christmas" - all these cute little stamps to put together in different ways….so fun!!  I had my annual Eastern Ohio ladies weekend this past weekend.  That's where some of my first stamping customers join me for a weekend of stamping, eating, laughing, stamping, listening to music, stamping, etc, and did I mention stamping??  This week I was joined by only 3(Gloria, Joann, and Margo) of them for various reasons.  But we still had a stamping good time and made a pile of cards. :) It was so fun to show them the Blendabilities and see how happy they were with their coloring efforts.  Well as you can see there wasn't much coloring that went in to THIS one, but it still took a while to make. :) Not my usual flower card - but fun to stamp all the same! :)  We decided that we wouldn't ever do this for our mass produced Christmas card, just at the thought of cutting out all those weeny cardinals.  Holy Shnikes that is SMALL.  Okay well I am in rambling mode again so I will leave you with my woodsy creation here and say until next time, happy stamping!! Karen

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


The SUO Challenge this week is FALL COLORS, or Colors that make YOU think of fall….Fall is by far my favorite time of the year.  I always get that hunker down, warm, cozy feeling in fall…..and I LOVE the colors of fall,,,,I love pumpkins, and everything made from pumpkins, I love the changing leaves, I love the snappy mornings, I love sweaters, and boots, and hoodies, and I love FALL!!  Today our house was photographed so it can be listed….I can hardly wait to see it when they get the pictures posted.  Some lady got ahold of the fact that we are selling and she keeps sending me listings in my email, even though we already have an agent.  The other day, she emailed me my own house.  RUB SOME SALT IN THE WOUND WHY DON'T YOU??  HAHA.  My husband and I are going to see if we can get into some really good habits from this experience, since the house will have to look stellar at all times, it's forcing us to wash the dish we just used, pick up after ourselves immediately, and be generally good cleaners.  Wouldn't it be nice if we just lived like this?? Cuz I LOVE coming downstairs in the morning when everything is in  it's place, and there is a place for everything.  This all gives me that cozy fall feeling, a clean house, yes!! okay I am just rambling now……who, me?  Ramble?? Time for me to jet……Happy Stamping everyone, go stamp yourself some FALL!! Until next time………Karen

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


The color challenge this week is so interesting, Pool Party, Cajun Craze, Blushing Bride and dessert, any green.  I chose my favorite go to for forever, Old Olive. :) I just got so excited about these colors I forgot to peek and see what the SUO challenge was this week.  Let me explain.  We are in the process of meeting a deadline getting our beloved house ready to put on the market so we can buy a place that my mom can share with us.  So many changes…..but the thing right now is that we literally hit the ground running every single weekend, and we honestly don't stop until the weekend is up, then we cross some more things off our list, go back to work and wait for the next weekend.  In the midst of this, my step mom also moved to an apartment 8 min from us this past weekend and we spent some time helping her settle in as well.  So I carved out a bit of time when we got to a point in cleaning our garage where my husband really needed to be the one to move forward.  Kind of like him trying to clean my stamp room - he isn't sure where anything goes at some point. :) So I snuck up to the stamp room to make this card and after I got finished I reallllly liked it but then I thought, Oh man, I forgot to check the blog challenge, I could have combined….and then I started thinking oh, man, I have to make another card!! ( how I hate stamp time being rationed…but this too shall pass and my stamp time will be restored)ANYHOW to make a short story long…..when I went and checked the SUO challenge, it was to use embellishments from Page 208 and 209 in the catalog, BINGO!!  Pearls!! God cares about the little stuff……all's well that ends well, and I had time to do a few more things on our list…..such as some long over due weeding and gardening……did I ever tell you how much I hate gardening?  I love the flowers, but I HATE the work…..bugs, bugs and more bugs, oh, and dirt.  That's another whole blog entry…..until next time, Happy Stamping!! Karen

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


The SUO blog challenge for today is CLEAN and SIMPLE.  I'm CLEAN AND SIMPLE challenged.  I was pretty happy with this card, but I would have loved it if someone else made it, know what I mean?  Ever make a card that's just not you, but you know if someone else made it you would say I really like that! What's up with that?? The colors for the SCS color challenge this week are Old Olive, Calypso Coral and Lost Lagoon.  I made this card first….and kept it simple.  NO coloring, so sad.  I liked it, but I had to go on and color another one for the color challenge. :) So down here below the writing is the one I made for the color challenge.  

This card is a me card.  I love this card.  I absolutely love these three colors together.  Lost Lagoon is such an awesome new color.  I used the Calypso Coral blendabilities and the Old Olive as well.  For the Lost Lagoon flowers I stamped them right on the card stock and shaded with a q-tip and the stamp pad.  Cut them out, raised them up. :) SUCH FUN COLORS, they kind of sing to me. :) We are in the midst of getting our house ready to sell.  We are going to put it on the market and buy a ranch and have my mom move in with us.  Such a bittersweet move.  I love my house, I always have and always will.  But I think when you do the thing you know you are supposed to do, God will bless that with another house I will love, and we will be blessed in new ways! :) All that to say there isn't much time for stamping lately.  But this too shall pass.  Maybe God will give me a bigger stamp room.  haha.  I can dream, right?  :) okay, Happy Stamping everyone! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


The SUO challenge this week was get this…..GEOMETRIC SHAPES…..okay don't laugh but I had to look up geometric in the dictionary.  Is that pathetic??  It said, having to do with geometry, the shapes of geometry….hmmmm…….the only shape I remember in geometry in high school was the sad shape I was in every time there was a test!! Geez I hated it almost as much as Calculus and Algebra.  Anyway, I discovered that a triangle, a rectangle, an octagon, these were geometric shapes, and get this, a CIRCLE is a geometric shape, YES, it's true, and a circle is like a polka dot, right? So pretty soon it all started coming together for me in true stampers language….we can do POLKA DOTS????? THOSE ARE GEOMETRIC SHAPES???? YES!!!!! I'M SAVED BY THE POLKA DOTS!!!!  So here is my card that actually has THREE different sizes of polka dots on it, I figured if I was going to dumb this down to POLKA DOTS then the LEAST I could do is supply a plethora of them!!!  I love these little wee duckies,,,,,and I thought they went well with THESE GEOMETRIC SHAPES, aka, polka dots. :) Another challenge boldly taken on, and met!! :) Go make yourself a card with GEOMETRIC SHAPES, and if you get stuck, go for POLKA DOTS!! Happy Tuesday everyone!!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


The SUO challenge for this week is "new toys" - and we have lots of them!! So my new toys are the large polka dot embossing folder, and the polka dot frame, (polka dots are always a good thing in my book!!), the great new stamp, and the magnificent blend ability markers AND don't forget that great ribbon cording!!  Lots of new toys to play with!!  Too many stamps, not enough time!! Too many TOYS, not enough time!!! :(  I am so happy with our stamps right now, it's hard what to decide to play with first!!  These are also the colors for this weeks challenge, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and Pool Party!! A pretty combo!!  This will be short and sweet as one of my downline is on the way to pick me up to go out to dinner! She came all the way from Pennsylvania to visit!! And she's out there in front of my house waiting for me NOW, so have fun stamping!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


So the SUO challenge blog challenge for today is BOWS, BOWS, BOWS!!  That's kinda right up my alley.  I have the hardest time making a card WITHOUT a bow….and yet lately I have made quite a few….I get the card made and then I think there is just nowhere to PUT a bow on this card…..it feels very daring and bold to make a card without a bow for me…..I keep thinking "For the love of PETER, where can I put a BOW???" and then I just leave it till the next day and I realize it really does not need one….and the trend is to use less and less bows from what I see on pinterest and the like…..but me, I will ALWAYS  be a bow girl.  This is one of the new great flower sets from SU called Forever Florals….and it was fun to use something besides my new favorite, Bloom with Hope.  They really did come out with so many new and awesome FLOWERS this year….makes me do the happy dance!  Who am I kidding, I'm not really the "happy dance" type, haha, but in my brain I do a happy dance. :) Well considering that I woke up at 2:00am this morning and can't sleep, I think I will try to go back to bed and get an hours sleep before work. :(  Gonna be a long day at the dental office.  This too shall pass.  Have a happy day….go stamp something, and oh, make sure you add a bow!!!  Go enter the challenge and you might get a nice blinkie for your blog!! Until next time, Karen

Thursday, July 3, 2014

WE are talkin' LAME here…..

Okay, so something HAS to give pretty soon.  I was supposed to post this post last Tuesday, and it's gonna be Thursday tomorrow and I just remembered.  It's for the SUO challenge blog where we got to pick from the first 99 posts we did, and I chose a retired stamp set - my favorite, Elements of Style.  I actually "chose" a card I had sitting around from many moons ago because I just plain have not had time to stamp! Why you ask????  My life has just been outta control crazy lately.  Okay….a family wedding….(my lovely daughter Rebekah to Aaron, family here from everywhere during the wedding time - the highlight of which was a visit from the TWINS, who kept us hopping and laughing….busy days at work as my co-worker's daughter got married the week after mine, so we both took time off……visiting from NY, my two precious grand daughters for an entire week, Layla and Brooklyn, and my other daughter and her husband who live overseas are getting ready to return at the end of this week after 8 glorious months at home.  In the midst of all of this, Ethan, Aaron's son got attacked by a copper head snake, never a dull moment I tell you - just 2 days ago - he is expected to make a full recovery but after months of healing.  A LOT all rolled into a short period of time…and this Sunday it all comes to a grinding halt.  Bekah and Olivia now reside 40 minutes away with their new family, which may not sound like a lot, but after having Bekah upstairs and Livvy 2 doors down for almost 3 years, it's a lot.  Mike and Jenna will visit a couple of days and then take our beloved Layla and Brookie home….:(  Jen and Davis depart for yonder worlds on Sunday with their two precious daughters,,,,,the spectacular twins and their parents left shortly after the wedding……and it's gonna be Keith and I and the golden retriever, Luca.  And life will get tooooo normal, and there will be plenty of time to make cards and remember to post my posts, and clean the house and have it stay that way for more then 5 minutes, and we can sit around and look at each other and cry.  It's been a whirlwind, but such a happy one.  Once again, I will get to work at smiling because it happened and not crying because it's over, and once again, I will do some of each.  And so goes the circle of life.  Ebb and flow, joy and pain, tears and smiles, and the beat goes on.  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


The SUO challenge for today was "Something Yummy" - and I found the idea for this awesome background here:  http://talesfrommary.blogspot.ca/2013/01/frigid-weather-hot-soup-and-some-fun.html  You need to scroll down a little but you will see where I got my idea from this blog, Tales from Mary…. I did put my own slant on it, i.e., I did not layer it, I did my own thing with embellishing the top, and I added, "Something Yummy" to the top.  I thought this was one of the coolest backgrounds EVER.  About a year ago, I lost 30 pounds, and I have managed to keep most of it OFF.  One of my favorite things has become my evening cup of decaf…..which sort of ends up being my dessert.  Who woulda thunk it??  I just love the Perfect Blend stamp set…..and I like to celebrate the stamps that DON'T get discontinued after that enormous list comes out every year….just to remind myself that not EVERYTHING is gone, thus, the coffee cup. :) I'm rambling here, so I'm gonna ramble just a wee bit more and tell you, today was a bridal shower for my daughter who had the great sadness 2, 1/2 years ago when her marriage crumbled after her husband betrayed her.  I just need to say that HE makes all things beautiful in HIS time.  I was so blessed today at her bridal shower.  She gets married June 14th.  Part of the LOVELY wedding shower that Aaron's church threw for them was a game they had, where they asked  Aaron a bunch of questions and he answered them and then they asked Bekah at the shower and they were going to see how many answers they agreed on, kinda like The Newlywed Game, though they aren't married yet.  There were several chances for him to embarrass her in a cute way by the questions they asked.  In every instance he gave the sweet answer, always showing her good side - which endeared him to me even more.  "Who is Aaron's celebrity crush?" was answered with "John Wayne" which cracked me UP, he wasn't even going to put any woman above his wife to be.  So he answered it with humor.  God is good, I know with their little blended family the journey may be rocky at times, but they are God's gift to each other, and I just know that HE has made beauty from ashes, once again, and I am forever thankful to our God, who knows our every need and makes all things beautiful in HIS time.  Happy Stamping everyone, and happy Tuesday!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


The SUO challenge blog for today is Butterflies, Birds, etc - and the color challenge is Pool Party, Basic Black and Whisper White.  I used Very Vanilla as my added neutral.  The colors scared me at first, but ended up being very easy to put together, and quite beautiful I think! I love the Modern Medley dsp's, and I love paper piecing! ;) I am up way past my bedtime, so I am off to bed, Happy Tuesday everyone!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


SO the SUO challenge blog is calling for FLOWERS today, did they make it easy on me or what??  this was a fun card to make, I had not worked with this set much yet at all, Happy Watercolor…..these flowers do kinda make me HAPPY!! ;) I never used to like the color coral, but I have been drawn to it lately.  I used my marker layering technique to color this…..I used Calypso Coral, and I shaded it with Raspberry Ripple.  I also outlined it with Soft Sky, and the leaves I used Old Olive.  So I'm thinking lots of people will play along with FLOWERS as the featured stamping!! Have fun!! Go stamp some flowers…..we need MORE flowers……never enough FLOWERS……until next time, Karen

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


SO the color challenge this week was So Saffron, Pool Party, and Sahara Sand.  The SUO Challenge Blog challenge was EASTER.  Now doesn't that just go hand in hand?  Actually, dessert on the color challenge is ALSO Easter…..so I HAD to make an Easter card! Now, what does this card have to do with the TRUE meaning of Easter??? Not a lot,,,,,but Easter eggs are part of our celebrations, and I had fun thinking outside the box when I made this card.  After all, I have used those tulips that were intended for Easter SO MANY TIMES I thought, I HAVE to come up with something DIFFERENT… and I was just in the mood for some egg salad. :) I used the top note die cut for the bottom of my basket, and folded it in half.  I used the egg from Backyard Basics…. this was FUN!  And look ma, NO FLOWERS!!! Look Peggy, NO FLOWERS!!! :) (My SCS buddy Peggy teases me about flowers being the only thing I stamp!)  NOT ONE FLOWER on this card! I love Easter, and God has been doing some amazing things in the lives of my loved ones lately…..so I am really looking forward to celebrating new life in JESUS at Easter this year! :) He is RISEN!! He is RISEN indeed - and HE is alive and well, and still changing lives today!! Happy Easter everyone!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


SO - time to come out of my box, it's a 3D week on the SUO challenge blog!! We had to make a box, bag, or basket.  So I fell back on an old pattern…..after I thawed my lips out with my heat tool.  3D is like WHOA, to me…..my lips freeze.  I.don't.do.3D.  For the most part, so like the title says, It's in the BAG…..I had to stretch and make a bag.  The way you make this little cutie is to take a half sheet of designer series paper that is printed on both sides.  You score the long way across about 1/2" down from the top.  You fold it over, and that makes the lip at the top of the bag.  Then you take a small box, I used my ink refill box from SU, and you sort of bottom half wrap the box with the paper.  I used sticky strip to wrap it - so it would hold.  You wrap just the bottom half and you kind of crease the folds so it looks like a gift bag.  Then you just punch two holes, one on either side and put ribbon thru it - or in my case, I braided the saleabration cording - doesn't that look cute?? I used the petite flower punch to embellish my bag, and the banner punch as well.  I was kinda pleased with my 3D bag….always feels good to step outside your box,,,,,go ahead, it's in the BAG!! Until next time,,,,,Happy Stamping!! Karen

Tuesday, March 18, 2014



 Here is the birthday card I made for Miss Brooklyn Sophia.  This little girl reminds me of Brooklyn with her long blond hair.  Brooklyn is the kind of girl who can make anyone feel so loved and special.  She is very sensitive, and very sweet.  This will be one of the first birthdays where we're not close enough to celebrate with Brookie.  It kind of has my heart in a bind.  They moved back to New York a few long months ago, and how I miss them!! Below is another darling picture of Brooklyn.  I love this picture because it just captures her sweetness. :) Happy Birthday darling Brookie, you are always in my heart and on my mind!! Love you soooooooooo much!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WE LOVE YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE….WHEN YOU BLOW OUT THE CANDLES, ONE LIGHT STAYS AGLOW, IT'S THE LOVE LIGHT IN YOUR EYES WHERE ERE' YOU GO!!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


The SUO Blog challenge for today is use pinks and or purples.  No brainer for me - PINK!!  I played and played and played with that rose die that's in the occasions mini and finally made a couple I liked.  I tried to shabby chic this one up by using my paper snips on it and roughing it up….nothing like a pink rose to make your day!!  But I tell you, my friend Tina and her downline made wreaths from this die, entire WREATHS of ROSES,,,,and alas, after making three I was exhausted!!!  I think it would take me a WEEK to make a WREATH!!  I used Blushing Bride card stock with Very Vanilla.  And I wrinkled up my bow, by first getting it wet and rolling it up in a ball and then going back and forth with it like a fan fold and holding it in a clothespin till it dried and then making my nice wrinkly bow…..I love the shabby chic look so much, but I gotta say, it's pretty labor intensive and after making this card, I think I could skip the elliptical for that day…..ya know??   I seriously think I burned about 300 calories roughing this thing up and making that ribbon and rose!!  Hope you like it cuz I worked REALLY hard on it!!! Happy Tuesday everyone!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


SO….it's my turn to pick the colors over on the SCS color challenge.  My usual pattern is to just stamp a bunch of cards and then pick one from what I stamp and pick those colors, whatever colors are in the card.  But this week my stamping cohort needed the colors early, so I had to do it the other way around, start with colors and then make the card……yikes…..lip freeze……but in a case like this I choose colors I KNOW I can hop back  into my flower box and watercolor my heart out…..and that way I know I can't go wrong.  I just love Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, and Island Indigo.  These three colors sing to me…..and I had fun making this card and for dessert, pearls.  When in doubt, choose what you KNOW you can do, right?? After all, last week I had to make banners…and I've been stretching a lot lately, so every other card about I jump right back into my "flower box" where I am most comfortable.  Kinda like life…..after a long hard day at work presenting treatment plans and being all dressed professional and stuff, I like to come home, put on my pi's and wrap in a warm blanket on my favorite chair……it's like my flower box chair.  haha.  I have a favorite blankie too.  Okay, enough silliness….but aren't we really just creatures of habit?  Don't we tend to cling to what we know, what makes us comfortable and happy?  Oh well, maybe next week I will really venture outside the flower box, but for now, I'm gonna enjoy the sunshine and warmth inside my little flower box……Until next time…….Karen

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


The SUO challenge for this week is Banners, Banners.  :) I am so not the banner girl.  Or so I think.  I actually had a lot of fun making this card.  But I still say I am so not the banner girl.  I hate to say it but I live in a box.  It's the "watercolor flower box".  It's what I do best, what I love best, and what I stick to when given the choice.  So the SUO challenge team has been a swell place for me to hang out for these last few years….always making me S-T-R-E-T-C-H…..and try things I am not naturally drawn to.  I am not naturally drawn to just about ANYTHING about this card.  These colors make my lips freeze a little…..bright orange, yellow…yikes….but hey - I figure if you're being stretched you may as well go for broke.  :) I guess in the end I kinda actually like this card.  Every once in a while it's nice to see I can do something besides watercolor flowers.  :) So easy to go back and back to what you do best and what is familiar to you.  When I first saw this stamp set I was like, hmmmm…….and now I love it!!  If I keep my mind OPEN to new things, I do lots better with them.  Anybody else feel stuck in a rut sometimes???  Well make a banner card with bold lip freezing color and jump right out of that box!! Come on, you can do it, go make a banner card!  ;) Happy Tuesday!! Until next time……Karen

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


The SUO challenge this week is to use your punches!!  When I saw what Bronwyn Eastley did with HER punches, I was slightly intimidated about even uploading my card!  She made the most awesome pirate with punches!!  I'm not a huge punch girl, but I do love making little rosebuds with the tiniest flower punch….and I had fun making this baby girl card….for a very dear friend of mine who is having her first baby.  My friend Sarah is so cute….so innocent about motherhood and asking so many cute questions, like, "IS it okay if I don't want to use cloth diapers??" and things like that.  Also, since I have never been a natural with babies, will I be a natural with mine?  I think that is the universal question for new mothers…..I remember wondering before I had my first if I would love her as much as I loved our Siberian husky…..but not to worry, when Jennifer was born, the dog quickly became a dog.  We still loved Misty, but the feelings that flood the soul of a new mom are not really comparable to anything on earth…..right? Two weeks before I had my first child,  I remember awkwardly holding one of my closest friend's new baby who was three weeks old and screaming, and thinking, "oh man, i hope i have deeper feelings for mine then what I feel right now because I do not know what to do with this screaming child" - my arms hurt from holding him so stiffly and I just thought, "I am doomed and my child is too" - but not to worry, I took one look at MY BABY, and every fear and doubt melted into pure, ferocious love…..and with each child that love just multiplies.  So Sarah, no one can really prepare you for what you will feel….and how your love and your life and your marriage and your world will be changed for the better in the twinkle of an eye……just you wait and see……Until next time, Karen

Monday, February 3, 2014


The color challenge over on SCS today was a beautiful color combo by Sallie Fisher, of primrose petals, pumpkin pie, and basic grey.  Who woulda thunk it?   I kept thinking it needed brown, not grey…..but then I thought hey, it's from Sallie, who has a KEEN eye for color and she's an artist! ;) So I pulled out all the stops, and I have to say I am pretty happy with this card, it kinda sings to me!  Last week I didn't really like my card.  Nothing wrong with the colors, but it was a one layer card…..I was kinda bored with it. :) I wasn't even looking forward to uploading it.  THIS week, I was looking forward to going home all day at work so I could upload the card……bwahahaha….am I a tad OCD or what?  About stamping anyway, yes I am!!  I was thinking about heaven the other day, and I was just wondering….will we stamp in heaven?  Cuz in my little pea brain, I can't imagine life without stamping.  Sometimes in my better worry moments, I think what if i get carpal tunnel, or my eyesight fails me like my grand mother's did at 90 something?  If I can't stamp, I just can't live! Is that a bit over dramatic?  I eventually came around to thinking, Gosh, heaven is so much more, I am sure!! I can trust God that if there is no stamping, there will be other wonderful things to fill my days, like constant communion with my maker……definitely compares!! ;)  I will just have to leave that to God…but if I get there, and there IS no stamping, I 'm gonna be flying around looking for a suggestion box….yah….that's what I'll do…..Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


I decided to combine the SUO challenge blog challenge of a one layer card with the color challenge again this week - but heck, I am just NOT the one layer card girl……what can I SAY???? I wish now that I would have made one card for each challenge but the hour is late and it's been a ROUGH day for me, and I am gonna download this puppy and hit the hay. I even bombed the color challenge because my Tangerine Tango pad was like DRY and I had to substitute old Poppy Parade, (which I like better anyhow but it looks too red??) Some days are diamonds, some days are stones, isn't that the way the song goes? Well THIS one was a STONE, and I just wanna go to sleep and wake up tomorrow and start over.  One fun thing on this card before I go is the BOW.  I did a huge workshop in Eastern Ohio and someone there showed us how to make a bow by weaving ribbon back and forth on a FORK.  No kidding.  So I tried it with the cording from Saleabration which is one of the freebies, and I kept on weaving it back and forth, back and forth, and then you tie a separate piece around the middle and I got this little sort of sunburst of cording, pretty cute on my boring one layer card. :) Okay, enough sad sack stuff from me for one post, tomorrow's another day. :) His mercies are new every morning, and I can't wait. :)  Until next time……Karen

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


So the SUO challenge for today was "New Toys", and the SCS color challenge was Coastal Cabana, Tempting Turquoise, and Crisp Cantalope.  Believe it or not, I started out with my new stamp, which I cut the Easter greeting off of and mounted it separately, because come on, these tulips are the BOMB and I don't want to be limited by Easter!!  Then I decided to use some brand new DSP and the new chevron ribbon.  This was one of the cards that you seriously almost trash, and I almost did, and then you try just one more thing to breathe some life into it and VOILA!! I love it!! But I surely started out hating it.  I colored the tulips using a crisp cantalope marker, and shaded with a bit of Tangerine Tango, (is that cheating?)  Then I did a background wash of Coastal Cabana, and I instantly started thinking gee,,,,,that looks ugly sort of….so okay, let me outline the flowers with a tempting turquoise marker, and wow, spectacular, that looks even uglier…..hmmmm……Meanwhile I am trying to rush, because I am working on a huge stamp camp coming up this weekend.  I am almost in tears now…..I do not have a lot of time to waste on this and these colors are my waterloo, they are VICKI DUTCHER colors, and she can make anything with colors like this SING……but moi……not so much.  I didn't give up, I just kept on trying.  Let me wash over the whole ugly despicable thing with an aqua painter so  - slip slop slosh, over the top of the whole image with water, there now I can throw it away since I absolutely wasted it  - it's doomed for the circular file.  At this point I have at LEAST an hour into this puppy and I want to give it artificial respiration, what can I do to save the card???? It's hideous at this point, the colors have run together, it's drab, and to top it off it's soaking wet.  JUST THROW IT AWAY KAREN AND START OVER.  SO I tossed it off to the side and started over and made a card with NO COLORING. GIVE IT A BREAK, these colors are just not you so make a card that's JUST NOT YOU…..you can go see my second creation on SCS if you want under the color challenge for this week, - I was using different toys and I was going to feature that one for both challenges, I used NEW toys, the banner punch, and more DSP, I am so NOT the banner girl, so I stretched and thought outside the box and came up with a card that is totally not me, but kinda cute all the same.  BUT even after I finished my banner card, those darn tulips were calling me from their watery grave……and I looked and I thot gee, it finally dried and is there a chance that I could actually do something with that waterlogged image of tulips?  OUT came the aqua painter again only this time I grabbed the one I must have used on my last whitewash card…..because over the top went a coat of white embossing ink all watered down and once again I thought, okay, now that is the ugliest ugly most pathetic thing you have ever made….. give.it.up.Karen.give.it.up.  I threw it off to the side again……but for some reason it kept calling my name.  I thought of an old technique I demonstrated once at Leadership where you take an image and put versa mark ink all over the top of it and then emboss with iridescent ice embossing powder,,,,would it help?  What did I have to lose? It certainly couldn't get any uglier!! So over the top with versa mark and iridescent ice, some heat from my heat tool and VOILA!!! That ugly washed out waterlogged image came to LIFE!!! What do you think? It's like the ugliest duckling card…..it's like the frog who was kissed by a princess, it's like US after God gets a hold of our lives and makes something beautiful from ashes and dust.  I think I like it!! Do you??? And God, He never gives up on us either, even when we would look pretty ugly to others, HIS unconditional loves makes beauty from ashes…….Do you like my ugly duckling card??? Until next time………Karen