Tuesday, August 15, 2017

BUTTERFLIES AND DRAGONFLIES

Sooooo.....SUO challenge got away from me a little this week.....I made this card a while ago but it fits the challenge.....gotta love that new tulip set once you get the hang of it.....I used the butterfly from a different set.....I just adore this stamp set though and that gingham paper is one of my all time favs......anyway - hope these bright and cheery tulips, (ANYTHING but tranquil.....) will cheer you up today!! Have an awesome day and keep on stampin' whilst you keep on smiling!!~ Karen

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

HYDRANGEA RETURNS

This card was made for both the SCS color challenge of which I am hostess this week, and the SUO Challenge Blog for birthday cards.  Isn't this a lovely color combo?  The new Powder Pink is just so gorgeous and I paired it with Sweet Sugar Plum and Mint Macaron for this soft pallette.  And YES, these new dies make a great hydrangea,,,,,so that sings to me!!!  This yummy new ribbon, and that yummy new embossing folder, so much fun to play with new toys!!!  I am edging closer to my Alaska dream.....if you are inspired go click on that SHOP 24/7 link and help me sail!!
Happy Tuesday everyone.....Until next time, Karen

Monday, July 17, 2017

AT HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

The theme this week was "new stuff" and Lord knows, I got plenty of THAT.  I went a little ape hog wild with this new catalog because I love love love love love the new stuff!!  This adorable bundle called "At Home with You" is no exception!  The color challenge over on SCS featured these colors and had a Christmas in July theme - fun!! I am always happy to stamp Christmas and with these rich colors- LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!  Happy Tuesday everyone!!  Until next time, Karen

Monday, July 3, 2017

SUMMERTIME DREAMS

The SUO challenge this week is to stamp a card with a summertime theme....so this new bike is perfect!!  I love the many little pieces that come with this new stamp set and die....and I love the OH SO LOVELY DSP that is also new in SU's catalog this year.  Can i tell you all a secret?  For the first time in like 9 years, I have a chance at earning the cruise to Alaska this year.....it's an outside chance but it's a chance - Back in my reign of extremely high sales and Founder's Circle events and Advisory Board reign, etc, I earned a cruise to Alaska but my youngest daughter was graduating from college SMACK in the middle of the cruise.  So we missed it OF COURSE.  So this year I tried harder, and I'm still shy of the mark if I don't step up sales for this last quarter.  SO.........if I have EVER been a wee bit of inspiration to you and you would like to help send me to Alaska......please press on my 24/7 shopping link and place an order for me?  There's no telling what could happen!! AND, if you have EVER thought of signing on as a demonstrator, even just to get the 20-25% discount, ask me about that too and I can hook you up - this month of July they are running a special and you get $52 worth of more FREE GOODIES with your kit, and a Christmas in July stamp set too!!!  JUST ASK ME ABOUT it if you are AT ALL interested.....a few new recruits would reallllly help me reach my goal. My email address for anyone wanting to contact me is kbarberstamps@gmail.com - I would love to hear from like 5 people who wanted to sign on as demonstrators, and I would be ON MY WAY!!! It can't hurt to throw it out there, right??  In the mean time enjoy your good old summer time.......Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

THE RED, WHITE, AND THE BLUE

And the gray.  This card is way out of my lane, but I had fun stretching this week!  The gray threw me at first but then I got this idea and bam!  The SCS color challenge and the SUO blog were both patriotic themes.....nice since I had a weekend marathon from Friday to Sunday of places to go and people to see!!  This card was fun.  BUT.  Actually it took me a LLLLOOOONNNNNNGGGGGG time to make my little teeny tiny mosaic of cs pieces on the back of that star border punch, long enough that I instantly decided this would not be a class card, someone might flip out, and liability and all.....I decided to only torture myself.  After that the rest of the card was a piece of cake, but I did question myself on the border punch idea.  Okay- next week I chose the colors and I have been having night terrors every time I think of using them, so stay tuned!! If I thought THIS was a challenge watch out for next week on the SCS color challenge!........Happy Tuesday everyone!!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

IN THE GARDEN

WOW I AM STRUGGLING GETTING THIS POSTED TONITE.  I WISH A BLOG FAIRY WOULD COME ALONG AND HELP ME START A NEW BLOG BECAUSE I THINK THIS BLOG IS JUST OVER THE HILL.  I CAN HARDLY GET STUFF POSTED WITHOUT A FIGHT.  I NEED A COMPUTER SAVVY FRIEND.  ARE YOU COMPUTER SAVVY? WANNA COME SPEND SOME TIME IN SUNNY OHIO AND HELP ME START A NEW BLOG?  WANNA BE MY FRIEND?  OKAY- WELL ANYHOW....THE SUO CHALLENGE TODAY IS IN THE GARDEN SO I CHOSE THIS GREAT NEW SET CALLED FEATHERY FRIENDS IN THE NEW CATALOG AND MAKING THE CARDS IS THE EASY PART, POSTING ON MY BLOG IS ROCKET SCIENCE.  HAPPY TUESDAY EVERYONE, OFF TO DREAMLAND FOR ME AND I'M GONNA BE COMPUTER SAVVY AND BLOG HAPPY IN MY DREAMS!  UNTIL NEXT TIME, KAREN

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

MY UNISEX MAN-CARD

I LOVE the new Eastern Palace Suite that SU has made available THIS MONTH before the catalog goes live NEXT MONTH.  The SUO challenge this week is a masculine card....and I think this would be a great card as a man-card....what do you think?  On the other hand I would like to get it as a GIRL too, but it looks more manly than most of my cards.....I mean, there are NO FLOWERS, right?  This new set with the dies and stamps is the BOMB, and this new lemon lime color knocks my socks off!   We haven't had a color like this in literally YEARS - in fact the last time we had one I was afraid of it....but this one I love, I guess I have gained color maturity over the years.  At any rate I have started playing with this suite and have gotten almost NOTHING ELSE DONE FOR DAYS.....but for now I must lay my head upon my pillow and get some sleep as tomorrow I am going into work early.  Happy Tuesday everyone!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

CALLING BOLD POSIES.......

The SUO challenge blog this week is watercolors.....so I did this one with reinkers and a paintbrush and my pads....and the color challenge over on SCS this week was using some combo of the retiring in -colors and I chose watermelon and mint macaron, - the two in this bunch that make me wanna cry to say goodbye. :(  I also threw in some of this old black striped retired ribbon because the card just cried out for some.  I suspect some will look at this card and say lose the bow.....and to them I would say design your own card and don't put a bow on it......bahahahaha.....I thought it was literally screaming for this ribbon so there you have it!! Different strokes!!  This was a pretty quick and fun card to make - always fun to watercolor!!  Okay well, I am off to bed, as I am falling asleep as I type - Happy Tuesday everyone!!!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A LITTLE SOFT GOES A LONG WAY.....

The SUO challenge this week is feminine cards....I think almost every card I make is a feminine card......I really shy away from man cards until I actually NEED one.  I kind of cased one of my own cards when I made this one - one I did several years ago -with the bold outline lines which go so well with white embossing.  I actually embossed these in white ON the colored paper and then just shaded with a sponge dauber.  A wonderful technique if you hate to color- which is certainly NOT the case with me, but a lovely look none the less. :) Happy Tuesday everyone!! Happy Stamping!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

SUCCULENTS AGAIN!

The SUO challenge for this week is to make a Sympathy card.  I decided to play with this set again as I used it last week when I was hostess for the color challenge.  I like this card, but not as much as the one I made last week.  It's a fun set though, if you like to color. :) Succulents are crazy IN right now.  What's up with that?  They've been around for 100's of years but suddenly they are EVERYWHERE.  Anyhow I hope you like my succulents.  Happy Tuesday everyone!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

LOVE IS IN THE AIR......

The SUO challenge for today is April themes, and I thought of the beginning of wedding season....and came up with Love is in the Air~  I love this hot air balloon and this is actually my first card with it!  i used flowers from Jar of Love which is one of my favorite sets of all time...endless possibilities.....and as for now I am falling asleep posting this so I will say goodnight!! Goodnight!! Until next time,  Karen

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

THINGS THAT FLY.......

The SUO challenge blog challenge for this week was UP IN THE SKY and somehow my brain turned that into THINGS THAT FLY....hmmmmm.....not sure why but it works, eh?  I love the new dragonfly set of dies and stamps....I sort of derived my inspiration on this one from a favorite t-shirt I have.....it was a fun one to make!  What do you think?? Happy Tuesday everyone!!  Until next time.....Karen

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

BRIGHTER DAYS......

The SUO challenge this week is CELEBRATE GREEN.  So this card does it, right? Pretty dang green.  This was a very quick card to make - and I like the way it came out - I am not a sender of St. Patrick's Day cards, so I went with a Wishing you Brighter days to come card...seems like you can always find someone to send this kind of card to today!  This is paper piecing - and a fun technique!  Thank you all for the comments you have been leaving - if you leave one it goes into hold until I moderate them because if they all got published there would be so many spam comments.....so don't think I don't see your comments - I do after I moderate them. :) Happy Tuesday everyone!! And if you are having a hard time or walking through some trials and testings, I am here to wish you brighter days to come!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

FUNKY CHICKEN

OKAY, so maybe it's a rooster and not a chicken?  Do you know how absolutely exhausting it is to name your blog entries and be clever about it?  And then there is the issue of naming your cards over on SCS, an equally daunting necessary evil.  So cut me some slack and let me call him a chicken.  It's all in the family, right?  So this week the challenge over on the SUO challenge blog is SALEABRATION FUN, and I don't think Saleabration gets anymore fun than this chicken set.  Before I sign OFF for the night and hit the hay, (keeping with the farm theme here...) I will just say that I feel alot more like blogging because you guys have been leaving me some proof that someone besides me reads these little posts and peruses my blog.  Thanks for that.  Spread the love and all that.  I do appreciate it.  Have a happy day like the chicken/rooster says.  Happy Tuesday everyone!  Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day too!!!  Until next time.......Karen

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

BE MY VALENTINE, A DAY LATE...

I must have clearly been a little tired last night - as I totally forgot to post my card for the SUO challenge here on my blog.  So here I am, a day late.  Better late than never.  The SUO challenge this time is VALENTINES.  I used a set from the freebies for Saleabration to make the lace border.  And the other one is the new set in the Occasions MIni catalog.  I finally did discover the black hole where all the comments were going and I posted them from last week.  Makes me feel more like posting when you all take the time to leave me some reactions. :):) I have been on an absolute stamping spree lately - I hope you enjoy this simple creation for Valentines Day - Happy Tuesday everyone - it's still Tuesday for 50 more minutes. :):)  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

EMBOSSING - THE DRY AND THE WET OF IT.......

The SUO challenge this week is for embossing - heat and dry or heat or dry - I chose to do both.  I embossed the dragon fly in gold and smeared it with soft sky ink.  I dry embossed my background with the lacy embossing folder - I used the Falling for You stamp set as well as the new dragonfly set to create this shabby chic card.  This past weekend I sort of holed myself up in my stamp room and only came out for food.  I am trying to get lots of samples made for Saleabration - and my husband just put a DVD player in the stamp room for me and he also bought me the most awesome Christmas gift this year of the entire set of Downton Abby DVD's and MAN! Was that inspiration to stay in the stamp room!!! For some reason I do not get tired of watching that series over and over and over......One more thing before I hop on over to post my color challenge card this week on SCS......If you are reading this post, can you please leave me a comment?  I'm starting to think I'm the only one who reads my blog....haha....only I'm not really laughing.  Just if no one really reads it I may just stop blogging as what is the point?  Just checking the "pulse" of my blog so to speak. :) Happy Tuesday everyone!!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

COLORING INSIDE THE LINES...

The SUO challenge this week is "New Year, new stuff!" - so using something new!  This paper is awesome and brand new from SU!!  Also those sequins are brand new - lots of brand new stuff for Saleabration AND in the new Occasions Mini catalog...and I have barely had time to use any of it yet as I was traveling over Christmas to visit our twin grand children in Minneapolis.  It amazes me that no matter how many grand children you have they are each so unique and so special and so loved.  I cried all the way home....Eva and Luca are FOUR years old....such a fun age.  Of all of our grand children I feel like we haven't had as much time with them.  All of the others have lived with us at one time or another, except for brand new baby Tate that is.  It was fun to have almost a week to wake up in the same house as Eva and Luca. Every time I see any of my grand children I have to use my adage from Mary Engelbreit to stop feeling so blue when it's over -and that is, "Don't cry cuz it's over, Smile cuz it happened".  That's kind of my life motto with kids and grand kids all over the globe.  So many blessings.  Happy New Year everyone!  Until next time......Karen