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