Tuesday, February 2, 2016


The SUO challenge this week is BIRTHDAYS!  Aren't birthday's wonderful??  And we always need BIRTHDAY CARDS!!  I chose to post this one which I actually made for the SCS color challenge a couple of weeks ago, BECAUSE......I had the weekend from H-E double hockey sticks!!  I was supposed to go to Eastern Ohio this past weekend to hold a LARGE stamping event with some of my all time favorite stampers - but alas, I awoke on Friday morning at 2 am to spend about a half an hour before the great white throne, sick as a DOG for just about a half an hour and then off to bed I went, and when I woke up on Friday, I THOUGHT I was fine.  So I went about my day, not sure why I had to kind of choke my breakfast down, which is always cottage cheese and fruit, (I like feel totally disappointed if I eat anything else) and my coffee didn't taste all that great either, but I was just thinking I was a little queezy but I'll be fine....so on the day went, last minute packing, last minute cleaning....and at lunch time I was like, hmmmmm.....somehow I just can't eat my usual salad today, so I had a couple pieces of melba toast with peanut butter, trying to keep it bland.  My favorite scent in my Scentsy burner (blueberry cheesecake) was making me feel GREEN, and I kept thinking man, how come I usually love this smell and I HATE IT RIGHT NOW....but plug on, get ready, lots' to do, Keith will be home, gotta leave by 3:30, pack your outfit, don't forget the order forms, remember to pick up some pens, did you pack your boots? hey, stop, no, really, i said stop, lay down, before you fall down.  I went in and found my bed, which eventually led to a panic flight to the bathroom, where I spent the next couple of hours, and I won't get graphic here, but you can figure it out, right?  I was coming down with the nasty flu.....yes my friends, the NASTY one.  I have not been sick like that since I was in my 20's!!  In between episodes I text my dear friend Gloria, and say, Heads' up my friend, I am feeling rather SICK, and she texts me back and says, Immodium helps,,,,,and I chuckled, No, really, I can't swallow anything for the next few hours or I know where it will end up......I know TMI, but when I say I just KNEW in my heart of hearts that I wasn't going anywhere for the next several hours and maybe we could HOPE I could get up and leave at 2am or something.....but as the day wore on Gloria said, no, Karen, it's okay, go to bed and we will cancel - the LAST thing I wanted to do was feel like I could possibly push on through and then find out I passed it to 50 friends.......I HAD TO GIVE IT UP AND GO TO BED AND JUST WEAR OUT THE CARPET BETWEEN THE BED AND THE BATHROOM FOR THE REMAINDER OF FRIDAY.  SO.....when I named this entry THANK GOD IT'S NOT FRIDAY I WASN'T EXAGGERATING!!!!!   I AM SO GLAD IT'S MONDAY IT AIN'T EVEN FUNNY, and who says that????  SOMEONE WHO HAD THE FLU ALL WEEKEND THAT'S WHO!!!!  Also complete with aches, chills, and a rash.  YUP, a rash.  SO PLEASE FORGIVE ME IF I DIDN'T MAKE A NEW BIRTHDAY CARD AND CHOSE TO POST THIS ONE FROM TWO WEEKS AGO, OKAY?????  i am still so washed out that I went to bed and THEN remembered I needed to prepare this post so dragged myself out of bed, and here I am.....with my war story.  Forgive me, I digress.  Seriously time for this tired teddy bear to say goodnight and hit the hay.  Gonna reschedule with my girls in Eastern Ohio, I think they love me anyway!  :) Happy Tuesday everyone, and THANK GOD IT'S NOT FRIDAY!!!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


The SUO challenge blog this week features a valentine.  This die has to be one of the most elegant things SU has given us in a loooonnnnng time!!  I used the glittery papers on top of very vanilla....a very elegant look if I do say so myself!!  I just love this card.  I love the sentiment which comes from a saleabration set this year -Know what I love?  You.  HOW SWEET IS THAT?  This was a super quick card to make - and I think I can even call is CAS, yes?  CAS is the biggest style struggle for me evah.....but SU made it easy with this die!  This die is to die for!!!  I think you NEEEEEED one! Don't you??  Happy Tuesday everyone!!  Happy Stamping! Early Happy Valentines Day!! Until next time.......Karen

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


The SUO challenge blog is challenging us with something that makes you think of winter.  HOT DRINKS make me think of winter, and in this case in particular, HOT TEA.  Can I also just brag for a moment?  Last time we were supposed to post which was two weeks ago, I found myself locked out of my blog.  I could not get in to post - I have always had to go between my gmail and yahoo email accounts when I wanted to post and suddenly I could not log off gmail to log onto yahoo and create a post.  I need to brag because I FIXED It ALL BY MYSELF!!!   I am slightly challenged in these things and I still can't believe I managed to just download a new browser after my friend Julie Gearinger sent me a link that might explain what was going on.  :) YAY!!  There is nothing as frustrating than computer problems, well, maybe there are things more frustrating but I can't think of any right now.  So I missed one post but here I am back again!  Happy New Year everyone!!!  Until next time......Karen

Monday, December 7, 2015


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


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


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


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