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