Tuesday, July 29, 2014

EVERYBODY LOVES NEW TOYS!!!

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

BOWS, BOWS, BOWS!!!

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

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

MORE BEAUTY FROM MORE ASHES…...

The SUO challenge for today was "Something Yummy" - and I found the idea for this awesome background here:  http://talesfrommary.blogspot.ca/2013/01/frigid-weather-hot-soup-and-some-fun.html  You need to scroll down a little but you will see where I got my idea from this blog, Tales from Mary…. I did put my own slant on it, i.e., I did not layer it, I did my own thing with embellishing the top, and I added, "Something Yummy" to the top.  I thought this was one of the coolest backgrounds EVER.  About a year ago, I lost 30 pounds, and I have managed to keep most of it OFF.  One of my favorite things has become my evening cup of decaf…..which sort of ends up being my dessert.  Who woulda thunk it??  I just love the Perfect Blend stamp set…..and I like to celebrate the stamps that DON'T get discontinued after that enormous list comes out every year….just to remind myself that not EVERYTHING is gone, thus, the coffee cup. :) I'm rambling here, so I'm gonna ramble just a wee bit more and tell you, today was a bridal shower for my daughter who had the great sadness 2, 1/2 years ago when her marriage crumbled after her husband betrayed her.  I just need to say that HE makes all things beautiful in HIS time.  I was so blessed today at her bridal shower.  She gets married June 14th.  Part of the LOVELY wedding shower that Aaron's church threw for them was a game they had, where they asked  Aaron a bunch of questions and he answered them and then they asked Bekah at the shower and they were going to see how many answers they agreed on, kinda like The Newlywed Game, though they aren't married yet.  There were several chances for him to embarrass her in a cute way by the questions they asked.  In every instance he gave the sweet answer, always showing her good side - which endeared him to me even more.  "Who is Aaron's celebrity crush?" was answered with "John Wayne" which cracked me UP, he wasn't even going to put any woman above his wife to be.  So he answered it with humor.  God is good, I know with their little blended family the journey may be rocky at times, but they are God's gift to each other, and I just know that HE has made beauty from ashes, once again, and I am forever thankful to our God, who knows our every need and makes all things beautiful in HIS time.  Happy Stamping everyone, and happy Tuesday!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

BUTTERFLY SONG…..

The SUO challenge blog for today is Butterflies, Birds, etc - and the color challenge is Pool Party, Basic Black and Whisper White.  I used Very Vanilla as my added neutral.  The colors scared me at first, but ended up being very easy to put together, and quite beautiful I think! I love the Modern Medley dsp's, and I love paper piecing! ;) I am up way past my bedtime, so I am off to bed, Happy Tuesday everyone!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

FLOWERS DID YOU SAY?? YES, PLEASE!!

SO the SUO challenge blog is calling for FLOWERS today, did they make it easy on me or what??  this was a fun card to make, I had not worked with this set much yet at all, Happy Watercolor…..these flowers do kinda make me HAPPY!! ;) I never used to like the color coral, but I have been drawn to it lately.  I used my marker layering technique to color this…..I used Calypso Coral, and I shaded it with Raspberry Ripple.  I also outlined it with Soft Sky, and the leaves I used Old Olive.  So I'm thinking lots of people will play along with FLOWERS as the featured stamping!! Have fun!! Go stamp some flowers…..we need MORE flowers……never enough FLOWERS……until next time, Karen

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

HAPPY EASTER…...

SO the color challenge this week was So Saffron, Pool Party, and Sahara Sand.  The SUO Challenge Blog challenge was EASTER.  Now doesn't that just go hand in hand?  Actually, dessert on the color challenge is ALSO Easter…..so I HAD to make an Easter card! Now, what does this card have to do with the TRUE meaning of Easter??? Not a lot,,,,,but Easter eggs are part of our celebrations, and I had fun thinking outside the box when I made this card.  After all, I have used those tulips that were intended for Easter SO MANY TIMES I thought, I HAVE to come up with something DIFFERENT… and I was just in the mood for some egg salad. :) I used the top note die cut for the bottom of my basket, and folded it in half.  I used the egg from Backyard Basics…. this was FUN!  And look ma, NO FLOWERS!!! Look Peggy, NO FLOWERS!!! :) (My SCS buddy Peggy teases me about flowers being the only thing I stamp!)  NOT ONE FLOWER on this card! I love Easter, and God has been doing some amazing things in the lives of my loved ones lately…..so I am really looking forward to celebrating new life in JESUS at Easter this year! :) He is RISEN!! He is RISEN indeed - and HE is alive and well, and still changing lives today!! Happy Easter everyone!! Until next time, Karen