Monday, December 7, 2015

KIDS, KIDS, KIDS…...

The SUO challenge blog this week is to make a kid's Christmas card - and so I used this cute little Christmas Cuties stamp set.  I love the nice open lines on this stamp set.  I have really enjoyed coloring these sweet images.  Anyway, Christmas is for KIDS, right? I've been kind of fixated on these glitter papers lately, they make projects so rich. I especially love this black glitter paper.  This entry is gonna be SHORT.  I took a couple of benedryl a while ago for an allergy attack, and I have fallen asleep four times in this paragraph, no jive, so I am going to end this entry for now.  Blessings to all!!  And to all a good night! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS COLORS….

This week the SUO challenge is to make a card using your favorite Christmas colors - so here you have them!!  I am too tired to chat much tonite.  But my favorite Christmas colors are Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, and Soft Sky.  I just love Soft Sky and Cherry Cobbler together….doesn't really matter what green I throw in there. :)  So just as a  side note, this past weekend we got a new car, and it's Cherry Cobbler.  Black trim.  Heated seats and a sun roof.  I think it's my mid life crisis car.  Haha.  Not really cuz I'm not having one.  Anyway, too tired to chat tonite.  Happy Tuesday everyone!  Go show us what your favorite Christmas colors are on the SUO challenge blog!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

PRAISING GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW….

The SUO challenge is to make a fall themed card.  I actually made this one for the color challenge last week, but given that we are still moving in and renovating and getting ready to move my mom in, I decided to use it again.  I long for the days when I would pump out one card after the other, but for now I have to just stamp at a minimum.  I miss it so much!  Those days will return though.  I am enjoying my new stamp room.  It's slightly smaller than my old one, but it's cozy and warm and sunny and happy.  Someday I will stamp to my heart's content again….and since we move my mother in this coming weekend, I can say those days may come sooner than later! I still plan on doing a blog entry where I show the work we have done to our new home.  So fun.  So blessed.  So happy.  SO this card says THANKFUL, and I must tell you - I am THANKFUL to the MAX right now.  This week and last I have had a HUGE answer to prayer for one of my kids.  I am rambling, but I must tell you about this one. Not going in to a lot of detail to protect their privacy….but we as a family have been praying for one of my kid's situations and the Lord answered those prayers this past week in a MIGHTY way.  I feel as though the elephant finally stepped off my chest.  I always felt like "When this happens my JOY will be full"  - WELL THIS HAPPENED this week, and I am so happy for my kid I can hardly contain the JOY!!!  It's a MOUNTAIN TOP day, week, month, year as we see the dreams we have had for this kid come to fruition.  God is GOOD.  A mother is only as happy as her least happy child….and I have ACHED for this to happen, and it happened, and I am filled to the brim with JOY!!! Happy Tuesday everyone!!!  Blessings to all of you, Karen

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

IT'LL BE A BLUE PUNKIN WITHOUT YOU……….

OKAY, I know pumpkins aren't blue.  But I saw some really cool ones at Christmas Tree Shops last week, and they were these colors.  Something may have gotten slightly lost in the translation.  It'll be a blue pumpkin without you……or let's see, It's my pumpkin and it'll be blue if I want to, blue if I want to, blue if I want to, you would be blue if it happened to you…..okay, I digress.  It was the old two for one, I had to make a Thankful card for the SUO challenge, and I had to use these colors for the color challenge on SCS, and why I turned to BLUE PUMPKINS I could not tell you - but what's done is done and here you have it, and this is all she wrote, so blue pumpkins it is!!  Since I am dozing as I type I think I will just call it a pumpkin, er I mean call it a night, and head to bed and have Sweet Pumpkin Dreams, but in my dreams, they will be orange.  Kind of boring, don't you think? Orange pumpkins?  Everyone has orange pumpkins but it takes someone special to make BLUE pumpkins, right?  Off to bed with me.  I am only making things worse.  :) Happy Tuesday everyone!!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I DON'T DO MECHANICAL CARDS…..JUST SAYIN…….

The SUO Challenge this week is to make a pocket card.  Okay, so my lips froze and I broke out in hives just thinking about it.  I'm not that girl.  I don't do score lines and cut lines and thing a ma jigs, or whatever you call that tool that helps you put things where they are supposed to go.  If I do do them, it's usually with someone standing over my shoulder telling me what to do next.  In a weak moment, I decided to stray from the one pocket card I have done successfully over the years and try something new.  So I stumbled upon a tutorial by Patty Bennett, who is expert at these sort of things.  I watched it so many times I could almost recite it….and all I can say is my cards come out "lumpy".  I tried several times to make one with that new snowman set that just came out this year, the one with the penguin, that you dress up, etc.  I sure miss Norman and Nelson, the last snowman set they discontinued.  The snowmen in this latest one just lack personality.  So I gave up after about three attempts.  I decided to fall back on the one thing I can't go wrong with, a flower.  So here you have it, my final attempt at a pocket card, and here's to hoping I don't have to make another one for a very long time.  Even under Patty's excellent tutalidge, I don't want to tell you how many pieces of paper I threw away.  I did it though!  And it's not too shabby. :) The color challenge over on SCS this week was ALSO a huge challenge to me - colors that I had to REALLLLLY think about.  Here is that card:
Both gave me fits in their own way.  The week before, when I chose my own colors because it was my turn to be hostess, it was no sweat.  I even made TWO cards I was having so much fun and both were completed on my first attempt.  But alas, the other ladies will not have red and pink and green and soft blue every week.  Upward and onward, they don't call these "challenges" for nothin' my friends…..it's always when I break out in hives and my lips freeze that I also come away with that victorious feeling of "I did it!!"  And when I even LIKE the final results, well that's even better. :) Did I mention that after total destroying my stamp studio to the point of oblivion, that my camera then went on strike and I had to take about a trillion pictures to get a good one of each? Some weeks are like that, yea they are.  I worked HARD this week.  So leave me some love.  :) (comments welcome) Let me know my labor was not in vain?  Happy Tuesday everyone!  And early Merry Christmas! :) Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

GETTING PUNCHY…...

The SUO challenge for this week is punches…..I wish I read the whole description before diving to make my card….it said punch art or use punches…I only used ONE.  However, I was afraid of this punch -- and with the help of a tutorial or two I figured it out.  (they figured it out for me and after several attempts, I was able to follow directions).  I am so not the mechanical stamper.  Stamp a ma jig?  Um, no thank you.  Mine collects dust.  Everytime I pull it out it feels like rocket science figuring out how to use it.  Anyway, I am so busy unpacking, etc, that I go at my stamping with a vengeance, in a "get it right the first time" sort of way.  This one came together pretty quickly, and then I made a sort of matching one that I posted in my gallery on SCS for the color challenge.  They were fun to color, and I like this set a lot.  I had to resort to some edges that are not in the current catalog because um…..we have no edges IN the current catalog.  My biggest lament since losing blendabilities.  What's that you say?  These look like I USED my blendabilities to color them?  (both cards, this one and the one on SCS??) I'll never tell……hey - maybe I will go ahead and post the other card here so you can see both, yes? yes.  Here goes:
Double header this week!! And actually, I used another punch on this one! The tree punch.  I think this little guy is the bomb.  Too cute.  The cuteness bomb.  Okay - so I just MIGHT have dug out the old blendabilities for this one.  But come on…..don't they work well?? I could not send them back.  In fact, I really wanted to ask everyone who was sending them back if I could BUY THEIRS.  How I love these markers!!  Okay well enough tattling on myself…..only one punch, discontinued edges, discontinued markers, OH MY!! ;) Happy Tuesday everyone….have fun stamping, Until next time, Karen  PS Please leave me a comment if you read this far…..you are a trooper!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

JUST LOOKING IN ON YOU…….

So the SUO challenge for this week was to make a get well card, and I am here to say that we need more get well stamps at SU!!!  I of course still have a lot of my stuff PACKED but my stamps are handy, and it was SLIM PICKINS to find a get well stamp for this card and I ended up using word stamps from that HERD set of crazy animals…haha….it worked! All's well that ends well.  Anyway I used the new Vintage Leaves set and started out to make a 4 panel card and somehow ended up changing directions - but i was happy with this one.  It looks like someone else created it but I love when I make something outside my box!! :) I have stamped a total now of THREE cards, like 1, 2, 3 in the whole time in this house!!!  We are just SO busy laying floors and painting cabinets and rooms and unpacking, and and and……that there seems to be little to NO time to stamp!!  I know those days will be here again in the not so distant future, but until then it's the SUO challenge and the being on the color team for the color challenge on SCS that keeps me stamping!! I miss it!!  I yearn to just spend a day creating….nothing but coming up with new ideas…..so far, not happening.  But I am so thrilled with how the house is coming along….I am growing to LOVE LOVE LOVE this house….and my faithful readers will remember that I was so sad to leave my other house.  I guess I see now that a house is a home because you live there.  And once we put our favorite things all around, it just feels like HOME.  And there are so many things to love about this big beautiful house that my pain is gone from leaving the other one.  I promise to post pictures  - but I want to wait till the countertops and backsplash are in - which will be around the second week of October.  Watch for that - I will try to post some of the work stages and the finished projects.  Yah - right before my eyes it's becoming HOME SWEET HOME.  Until next time…..Karen

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER……JUST SAYIN……..

SO……who knew it would take me THIS LONG to get back into the swing of things??? It's been over a month since my last blog entry…..and we have been in our new house since JULY 25TH…..and it's now AUGUST 31ST…..and I am FINALLY posting!!  SUO challenge this week is "Thinking of You/Friendship" - so I gave this new leaf set a try…..This is the first card I made in my new stamp room, which is a make shift one because we are actually going to build one  in the basement….but have all kinds of other projects that trump that one, like getting my mother moved in for one!! We hit the ground running - redoing the kitchen, family room and dining room which all needed it pretty badly.  We opted to use one of those kits where you do about 7 steps to every cabinet and then to the boxes, drawers, doors, etc.  Can I just warn you that you need to reeeeeallllllly hate your existing cabinets before attempting this???? And can I tell you don't complain that your kitchen is too small cuz after you get going, mark my words you will wish it was SMALLER!!! My heavens, it is taking for evah…….and I fear we will still be at it by Christmas!!!!  We hung the first completed row tonite and they make me wanna cry they look so pretty……(in a happy tears sort of way) but Oh my STARS is this labor intensive!!!!!  I know in the end it will be worth it, but what a JOB!!!  We get new granite countertops installed on October 1st and new back splash of subway tile shortly after…..and we are also pulling up carpeting in 3 rooms and laying down bamboo flooring……gahhhhh……I am too OLD for this!!!!!  We are actually having fun doing it…..or at least we keep telling ourselves that we are….bahahaha.  My husband keeps saying this is the last move for us, ever  - he keeps saying the next move for him will be out on a stretcher when he dies in this house……hahahaha.  We thought that with the last house….so never say never honey.  hahahaha…..if you don't laugh you will CRY.  Anyway-  I will post some before and after kitchen pics when we are all done…….and like i said, if you are considering painting and refinishing kitchen cabinets……well……consider it verrrrrrrry carefully before starting.  Cuz once you start there is no turning back.  Here's to a beautiful kitchen, and here's to the first card I finally stamped in my new house.  God is good, all the time.  All the time, God is good, even when you are on door number 28.  Oh yah.   Until next time………Karen

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

FAVORITE NEW STAMP SET - 2O15-16

SO the SUO challenge for this week was FAVORITE NEW STAMP SET, and I didn't have to think TWICE about that one - this is hands down my FAVORITE, this beautiful "hydrangea" which has been called out as a hydrangea, a rhododendron, a geranium, and I think even a few other interpretations  To me, it's a hydrangea, even though in my deepest heart of hearts I think it just might be a rhododendron, but hydrangeas are my absolute favorite, so I named it a hydrangea.  Hmph, I didn't even color it a hydrangea color, how do you like that?  That's the magic of stamping, it can be whatever I want it to be and I can color it however I want to color it! haha!!   Isn't it beautiful though??  Well, we are in the throes of moving, - closing on a new house the day after tomorrow - and we have been literally working round the clock to get ourselves out of this house by the weekend.  We have only lived in Ohio 9 years, so I'm not really sure how we accumulated so much STUFF, but we did.  I was on my way to the sack tonite to hit the hay when I remembered, OH GEEZ - color challenge night and SUO challenge blog night, and I turned right around and came back downstairs to post.  :) The days are all running together, and every day I go to work to get some rest. haha.  This too shall pass.   Happy Tuesday everyone - if you took the time to read this take another minute and leave me some love, I have been so much more motivated to blog the last couple of weeks with all that LOVE.  :) Next time I post it will be from our new house.  Thank you Jesus!! :) Happy Tuesday again, and this time I am headed to hit the hay for real.  Six AM comes reallllll soon.  :) Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

GLORIOUS DSP!!


The SUO challenge this week is for designer paper…..and SU has some awesome new ones!! I used my favorite new one, which is English Garden…..so many pretty choices! I used my two favorites in that package, and I just covered them with a piece of vellum the same size to give them a more muted look.  Owl punch for some leaves, chalk talk framelets for the words and the butterfly die - voila!!  Quick, clean, and classy!  And since we are deep in the midst of packing up our house to move on July 25th, quick and clean and classy is about all I can eek out right now!! Stampers withdrawal!!! I have spent so much time packing up my beloved stamp studio, and have to start all over in the new house as my husband will be building me a new one in the basement - going to be a huge challenge!!!  So much of life is letting go of things we love to embrace new ones, isn't it?  A lesson to never hold on too tightly to "things"  - things are things and a house is a house but the people in it make it a home, and I am sure I will love my new home soon enough.  I have walked in circles in my present home, boxes everywhere, realizing a chapter in our lives is coming to an end.  No more Christmas's here with the laughter of grandchildren, no more picnics, no more hot tub, no more, no more, no more.  But the new house will bring it's own memories over the next few years.  Before long, it will be home sweet home.  Time marches on, and as followers of God He sometimes asks us to do the unexpected.  And if we do it, blessings follow.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  Like new houses, and new places to rest our weary heads.  God is good all the time.  All the time, God is good.  Until next time,  Karen  PS - 28 comments surely made me feel like someone reads this thing!!  I didn't mean to sound like a whiner, but 1 comment, 2 comments, 1 comment week after week really did have me wondering.  If you enjoy this - please continue to just leave me some love.  Means the WORLD to me…..and keeps me blogging.  :) 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BEARS REPEATING…...

SO the color challenge this week over on SCS is Real Red, Marina Mist, and Night of Navy.  Dessert is candy dots.  The Challenge on SUO Challenge Blog is a card that has something other than a straight edge.  So I made these little bears hold signs and I cut out around them to create the unique edge.  These kind of colors really get me outside the "flower box" - Given these three colors I really had to think of something besides flowers!  I had fun creating this one.  Left to myself, I would never stamp anything BUT flowers….so I am always happy when I make a card with none.  Last time I was challenged with the patriotic card too….stars and stripes - so two times in a row that I didn't use flowers, and last week's color challenge I didn't either.  WOW!  Lots of chances to be different.  This card where I generated the words "Bears Repeating" came from an idea I had years ago when I made my very first convention swap card.  I used Button Bear, and I stamped him twice and put him in a frame and colored him all cute and then I had wrote around the images of the bears, "Bears Repeating, Bears Repeating, Bears Repeating and then on the inside the card said, "I love you."  It was so cute.  All those years ago…..must have been around 1997 or 1998 I think…..I have been stamping for a long long time!!  I have to say that if the comments that get left on my blog are any indication of how many enjoy it, I should just stop blogging.  Sometimes I wonder if anyone reads it at all, - if you are still with me and reading this could you let me know?  Should I keep on blogging??  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

YOU'RE A STAR!!

The SUO challenge this week made my LIPS FREEZE….Stars and Stripes….I had this embossing folder because I have to have every new embossing folder, but I just knew I didn't even own a star stamp or a star punch.  Can anyone relate to being a stamper so long you don't even know what you have sometimes? Because I found the punch in like 60 seconds, and then I started looking thru my stamps to see if I had a Way to Go! stamp or something like that…..and I found this great YOU'RE A STAR stamp and knew at that point I was home free. :) And I'm not gonna lie to ya, I kinda like this card!! It's so not my usual….but I really like it!! I think it would make a great card for a soldier. Because they ARE STARS in my book, ya know?  Go play in the challenge! I bet you can find some stars and stripes somewhere in your stash, ya think?  Happy Tuesday everyone!!  Thank GOD for our soldiers!!  Until next time….Karen

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

JOY COMES IN THE MORNING

The SUO Challenge this week is for a SWEET TREAT….so here is the favor from Rebekah and Aaron's wedding, slightly altered….(keep reading)  It's almost been a YEAR since my daughter Rebekah and Aaron tied the knot!! Where does the time GO?? Last year at this time we were pulling our decoration theme together - I sorta changed the colors on this little favor that Bekah and I made so that I could use ALL SU products…..as her colors were Crisp Cantalope and Wisteria Wonder, (in SU language that is)  but these favors actually had little wisteria rosebuds on them….but they weren't SU, (shhhhh….) Actually if SU had anything even remotely like them I would have used them…..but to buy 75 Artisan embellishment sets to get the two little rosebuds out of each one would have killed our budget. HAHA, but aren't these cute?  And let me tell you, those two - Rebekah and Aaron,,, WERE MINT TO BE.  I have never seen my daughter so happy, and there is no greater joy for a mama than to see her children HAPPY!!  And many know that Bekah's JOY came after a long period of sadness….which make the JOY even more JOYFUL.  Sometimes when things happen that cut us to the core, and leave us almost broken in two, God turns those things around and makes something beautiful come out of the ashes - and that is what we see in Bekah's life and marriage now!  Thank you Jesus!!  Anyway, it was nice to have the blog challenge be a wedding favor, - or a sweet treat, because it gave me a chance to reflect back over this last year, and the JOY I have seen restored to my daughter Rebekah and my grand daughter Olivia, and it's been a fun walk down memory lane.  She was a stunning bride and Olivia was an adorable flower girl, along with her new sister Kara!!  Sorrow may endure for a night, but JOY COMES IN THE MORNING!!  Happy Tuesday everyone!!  UNTIL NEXT TIME,  Karen

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BROWN SUGAR SLUSH….

So the SUO challenge this week was FUN FLOWERS…..and that is out of my comfort zone, I like to stamp SERIOUS  FLOWERS…..not FUN FLOWERS…..so I had the dig out this set that makes my lips freeze, but in the end, I'm not gonna lie to ya, I really love my streeettttccchhh card…..it's not me, but I think it's really cool! Seems like I have had lots of stretching to do lately, and lots of livin' outside the comfort zone.  As many of you know, we put our house on the market about a year ago so that if we were reading God right, we could move into a house all on one floor and have my mother move in with us.  We kind of put it out there really not knowing and since it's been many months, we kinda thought maybe it was NOT going to happen.  A couple of weeks ago I looked around our gorgeous yard with it's huge Japanese Lilac bush and all the beautiful tulips and daffodils and iris's and other gorgeous flowers I don't know the names of, and I looked at our perfect lollipop tree in the front yard, and I said to Keith, if no one buys our house in the spring, then no one buys our house.  Spring is when we fell in love with the house, with it's beautiful rock garden in the front yard, back in 2006.    No sooner did I say that, and then maybe two days later a young couple looked at it, fell in love, and made an offer.  Can you say broken hearted??? That's how we felt at first.  There was one night where I cried all the way home from work.  Keith and I would just look at each other and feel like crying.  Then we went to look at two houses, and came back to the one we have had our eye on ever since the beginning of this venture.  We went to see it again, and we could begin to feel some excitement welling up from somewhere.  Man, this is a nice house!! We gradually came to the realization of what we knew all along, we can make this house our home!! And the night they accepted our offer, we felt JOY!! And there will still be moments of sadness saying goodbye to this house we have lived in for 9 years.  But there will be JOY in the new house too, and all will be well.  God is in HIS heaven and all is right with the world.  OUT of my comfort zone….again….and it's gonna be ALRIGHT.  Until next time…..Karen

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

UTI'S, ROOT CANALS, AND PAIN MEDS, OH MY!!

The SUO challenge this week is "Mother's Day".  This was one of those cards that didn't quite interpret from my head to the paper just the way I wanted it to…..however, I am okay with it.  After all, I made it while hyped up on Vicoden and Ibuprofen.  I had an "interesting" last couple of weeks.   I barely got over my raging UTI, and had not even finished that round of antibiotics when I developed a RAGING, (all caps for a reason, I mean it was RAGING) toothache.  Of course it started on Saturday, so I suffered thru till Monday and my dentist who is also my boss took an X-ray on Monday, and Oh yes, you definitely have something going on there, most definitely.  A bad abscess under an old crown, no decay.  You don't know it's even there until it kicks up and makes itself known.  And when I say KICKS UP, I can only say that I didn't sit around in pain, I danced around in pain.  A call to the endodontist promised an appt on THURSDAY, but alas, by TUESDAY I was dissolved in TEARS….and my coworkers made some calls at my dentist's suggestion and got me in that afternoon for the root canal.  So, of course, I thought I would get the root canal and that would be the end of the pain, right? WRONG!! I turned out to be one of the 10% who has worse pain AFTER the root canal then before.  I literally LOST 3 days writhing in pain…missed THREE days of WORK last week, and spent 5 days in pain.  YESTERDAY I stopped taking vicoden and went down to just ibuprofen. BIG DAY.  UTI's and ROOT CANALS are not among my favorite things.  I told the dentist I work for that this was good for me, to experience first hand what the patients go thru.  However I said that kind of early in the game, before the pain became unbearable….and on second thought I think I could have done just fine without this root canal!!  Life, never a dull moment  - in the middle of all of that my mom also had pneumonia…..so we were going back and forth to the hospital….it was a week to FORGET for sure.  But hey, this is a whole new week, right?  It came to pass, it didn't come to stay.  Life goes on.  Everybody has troubles, right?  Thanks for listening to my little whine rant.  I move on.  :) Tomorrow is a new day, hopefully a dull one. :) Happy Stamping everyone!! Until next time…..Karen

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

LIL' BIRDIE, ARE YOUR SOX RED?

SO, the SUO challenge this week was to make a card with the team colors of your favorite baseball team.  HELLO BOSTON RED SOX!!!!  Having lived in New York for 23 years, it was no easy feat to be a RED SOX FAN.  But that is exactly what we were/are, having been born and raised in Connecticut.  I remember one night when they Red Sox were down by so many games in the playoffs that if they lost one more game they were out.  I can't remember what year it was, but my son and my nephew and my husband, all diehard fans, had retired - gone to bed when the game was almost over because they said they could not bear to see them get beat so bad.  The house was so quiet, and I was the only one up watching this painful scenario.  Suddenly - they began to pull it out.  The night ended with me shrilly screaming THEY WON, THEY WON, THEY WON!!! And waking up our entire family who all came running to see, and the Red Sox went on to win the World Series that year!!  We were like, HELLO~~ BOSTON ROCKS!!!!  THE SOX ROCK!!!  SO proud of those guys for pulling it out from way behind and winning!!  Never give up, that's a lesson you soon learn following the RED SOX!! It's not over till it's over.  That's a pretty good way to tackle life.  Never give up.  It's not over till it's over.   Happy Baseball Season everyone! The RED SOX played their first game of the season, and so far they are UNDEFEATED TONITE!!!  :) Never give up.  It's not over, till it's over.  Until next time……..Karen

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LESS IS MORE….I HOPE!

HELLO my stamping friends!! This week I combined the SCS color challenge and the SUO challenge to make this card!  The colors are Melon Mambo, Garden Green and Chocolate Chip - very challenging colors for me! This is my second card, the first one was a total bomb. A little bit of Melon Mambo goes a loooonnnnngggg way for me!! The SUO challenge this week is FUN FOLDS…..and I am Melon Mambo challenged AND I am FUN FOLD challenged too…..I'm not the most mechanical gal…..I came up with a lame gatefold….not too FUN, but hey - ti's different from the norm and this week that's about all I could come up with!  Some weeks are like that, yah, they are!  Happy Stamping, and until next time, Karen

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS….

The SUO challenge this week is "Easter Fun" - and I chose to have fun making this unusual card, but to highlight the more serious side of Easter.  I especially love the way this photo captured the shadow of the cross.  I made the little flowers on my cross using a tiny tiny flower punch, layering the flowers and then sort of fraying them with my paper snips.  It was a long and tedious process to make enough tiny roses to cover my cross.  Once I finished making all those little roses, I had fun putting the rest of this card together.  I just love this sentiment, because truly Jesus IS the indescribable gift to each one of us from a God who loves us with an unconditional and never ending love, that never quits.  I can only think of how I love my own children, as imperfect as that love may be when you compare it to how GOD loves YOU and ME.  I know that when one of my children hurts, I hurt right along with them, and there isn't much I wouldn't do to try and help them through any pain to get to the other side.  When I think that that is how JESUS LOVES ME….it's an indescribable gift in every way!  Oh how HE loves you and me!! Oh how HE loves you and me!! He gave His life, what more could He give?, Oh how He loves you, Oh how He loves me, Oh how He loves you and me!!  A blessed Easter to all of you!! Until next time,  Karen

Monday, March 2, 2015

CREATIVE BLOG HOP - HOPPING A LITTLE LATE HERE…..

OKAY, so let me just say at the start here that I am definitely definitely DEFINITELY BLOG HOP CHALLENGED!!!!!  So the uber talented JULIE GEARINGER invited me to participate in a BLOG HOP CHALLENGE with her, and of course, after much fear and trembling I said YES!! But I said, JULIE, my HOUSE is a MESS, to be translated in blog language to this - The girl who used to update my blog for me doesn't do that anymore and I haven't been able to hook up with someone who does, so it's kinda like inviting COMPANY over when your HOUSE is a MESS - so sweet and gracious Julie offered to help me get my blog updated and to maybe teach my how to do that on my own going forward……(and we actually have a phone date tomorrow night to do just that), SO!! Silly lame me, I was thinking the blog hop part was AFTER THAT, and on my way to bed tonite I thought, "Hey, wait, didn't she say MARCH 2nd and isn't that the date I was writing all day at work and so doesnt' that mean I only have ONE HOUR LEFT to get my project posted the right day????? See???? I am the lamest blog hopper EVER!!! And since I was thinking I still had all kinds of TIME, I didn't ask anyone to hop along with me…..so thankfully I'm not the only one JULIE asked or the HOP would end here!!  I am so sorry Julie to be such a DREADFUL BLOG HOPPER!!!!  But for what it's worth, here is my card, - which is also part of the SCS color challenge this week!!  I APOLOGIZE for being such a LAME HOPPER!!!  I used the photopolymer stamp set YOU'RE WONDERFUL, and created an all over design with it on my main panel and then challenged myself to KEEP IT SIMPLE which is NOT my usual forte,,,,,but I mounted it all on white and white again, with my folders for texture, (practicing real restraint here to get that clean look that does NOT come natural to me, and then I colored with Blendabilities and added some Coastal Cabana ribbon and a sentiment punched out…and VOILA!! A CAS BLOG HOP COLOR CHALLENGE CREATION!! We were also to answer FOUR questions so here they are:  1. Why do you create what you  do?  Hmmmmm……I just LOVE starting with a blank piece of paper and seeing if I can make something that "sings to me" and I just keep playing until it sings!!!  My usual style is fussy and anything BUT CAS…but I love the look of CAS and every once in a while I churn out a CAS card that I actually love.  2. What are you working on?  I work as a hostess for the SCS color challenge each week, I am part of a team of great ladies and I LOVE being on that team and creating each week with a color scheme that is only my own when it's my turn to be the actual hostess, so all the other times I am being challenged by color combos picked out by other people - and I love that it gets me outside my COLOR BOX so to speak….haha…..or all cards would be my favorite colors, and it always turns out that some of my favorite cards are from someone else's interpretation of a great color combo.  I also work as a team member for the SUO CHALLENGE Blog and we do a JUST FOR FUN challenge every other week as well - and Julie Gearinger is on that team with me…I LOVE being a part of that because it keeps me BLOGGING!!  3. How does your creative process work?  Mine works with images of cards popping into my head at all the wrong times, i.e., at work, or when I am supposed to be sleeping at night….etc. - but when I actually stamp I just start and see where I go….most times I just play and stamp until the card sings to me!!  4. How does your work differ from others in your genre?  Let's see, I get a little tongue tied when I have to answer a question that could sound like I'm tooting my own horn….but let's see, I always get told that I am good with COLOR and that's why my work stands out - and one way that I am unique is that I usually have a signature BOW, like a card is not a Karen Barber card until there is a BOW, SOMEWHERE!!!  I guess that about does it…and I truly wish now that I had someone to link for you to HOP TO, but alas, I do not  - I am such a blog hop FLUNKY……woe is me…..Julie please don't be mad at me….Until next lame time, Karen


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

TEENAGERS…..AND CARDS…...

The SUO challenge this week is cards for teenagers…and just the idea of that was a challenge….I'm not really sure I nailed this one, but here is my card for a teenage girl, and really what makes it a teenage card appropriate design is maybe just the sentiment?  "You are amazingly amazing" is sorta a teenage thing to say, yes?  I made this with the Painted Petals dsp and stamped only that wee circle in the middle.  I LOVE this dsp….it's so fresh and so pretty.  I spent the past week with my two NY grand daughters, Layla and Brooklyn who came to Ohio for a week.  Such a blast to spend time with their precious little selves…of course it went by way too quickly and off to NY we went to bring them back…..and the house seems amazingly quiet.  Boo hoo….until next time we can steal them away for a week. :) An added blessing was two snow days so they got to also spend time with their cousin Olivia…and so did I. :) :) God is good.  ;) okay off to  bed with me, I am plum tuckered out. Until next time…….Karen

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

We are ALL a BUNCH of CRACKED POTS…...

AND shape cards it is on the SUO challenge blog this week.  I have made a couple of pretty stellar ones in my time, but for the most part, they just make my lips freeze and then it popped into my head, why not make a "butterfly shape" and the easiest way to do that was with SU's huge butterfly stamp!  So I stamped it on watercolor card stock and colored it with the old water based markers….and these are the colors on the SCS color challenge this week….so it all just came together in a gargantuan butterfly. :) Butterflies are so cool, when you think how they started out as caterpillars.  If that doesn't make you realize there is a GOD in his HEAVEN, I don't know what WILL.  Who likes caterpillars?  Fat, grubby, hairy, ugly, crawly caterpillars - and then they turn into this???  Graceful, light, airy, fluttery, gorgeous butterflies……kinda like US when we let God get a hold of our lives…..HE makes something beautiful out of something not so beautiful.  A lovely girl I know said she was nervous about coming to church because she hadn't been in a long time.  Come on in sweet girl, we are all just a bunch of cracked pots, and HE is the potter, and HE is mending us, a bit at a time.  We are all a bunch of caterpillars, slowly becoming butterflies.  We are all broken, and that's why we need Jesus.  Even so Lord Jesus, come. :)  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

YOU WARM MY HEART…...

So the SUO challenge this week is valentines!  :) Yay! For Valentines!!  This new set called Sheltering Tree is so awesome, and I have only just BEGUN to play with it!!  and that SU glittery paper is to die for!   This is a quick and easy card I designed for a huge workshop I have in Eastern Ohio this coming weekend.  I love traveling there, to Amish country to see my friend Gloria.  I can already taste the pumpkin roll…..hmmmm….not gonna be good for my diet.  But I love going there, and seeing all the ladies I have come to know and love after at least a decade of workshops there- actually almost two decades I think. :) It's so true that being an SU demonstrator has blessed my life in so many ways,,,,none greater then in the friendships I have made along the way! So here's to a great weekend with a whole lot of Eastern Ohio ladies I love a lot!!  Happy Early VALENTINES everyone!! Until next time, Karen PS mmmmm….pumpkin roll.  :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

AND MAYBE SOME ICE CREAM TOO!!


The SUO challenge blog today is DOTS.  I love polka dots, of any kind, so I had fun punching out these dots and adhering them to my background.  When I finished this card though, I was like, "meh" - I just don't feel like this kind of card cuts it with me.  It's okay, but I wasn't excited to upload tonite or anything.  The colors are from the SCS color challenge this week and they are difficult colors for me.  Oh well, it was fun to make.  I like this saying, especially the part about eating some ice cream too.  I live on a diet most of the time.  But I just celebrated a birthday, and I picked up two kinds of ice cream…..I texted my daughter to ask what kind her family likes and when she didn't see the text right away I just chose.  Black Raspberry Chocolate chip and Sea salt Caramel.  Oh man, I forgot how GOOD ice cream IS.  So worth the cheat.  In fact, even typing this made me want some more, so my sweet husband is getting me some now.  Gotta live a little.  I'll go back on it tomorrow, and eventually that darn stuff will be gone and I can get serious again.  Ice cream convinces me God loves me.  :) Gotta close and eat some now.  Until next time……Karen