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

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

BY THE SKIN OF MY SNOWFLAKES……...


The SUO challenge blog this week is challenging us to use a Project Life stamp set, or embellishment - or layout, etc.  Man, was that a close call for ME!! I have not embraced the whole Project Life thing, yet.  Maybe I will in the future, but as of yet, I have not.  However, I did buy a winter stamp set just because it had the cutest little pair of mittens, so I was saved by that!  It also had this teeny tiny snowflake, and this cute little word stamp that says, "Baby it's cold outside!"  so there you have it - I didn't have to waste any time deciding what stamp to use, Christmas is over so I had to just come up with a winter card - and the snowflake said, Use me! :) I am so overwhelmed with all the new sets in the Occasions mini catalog, I hardly know what to play with first!!  Have you seeeeeeeeen it yet?? Happy Stamping everyone! Until next time…..Karen  PS I'm starting to feel like no one reads my blog……and I needed to get someone to update it for me!!!  Catalogs are OLD!!!! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

JOY TO THE WORLD…..

The SUO challenge blog this week is a challenge to make a winter themed holiday card or project.  I opted for the card.  I'm not the most proficient at the anything but a card thing…..and since I procrastinated till Sunday night…..well you know…..projects take time. :) Actually so did this card! ;)  I just love the little letters die set, and I am the hostess for the color challenge this week and chose these pretty soft colors, soft sky, old olive and cherry cobbler.  I think I am realizing that though I generally just love COLOR, cherry cobbler may be my all time fav.  :) Soft sky might be second.  Anyway - maybe you should hop on over to SCS today and play in the color challenge!!  Isn't this just a yummy color combination?  I hate when people call colors yummy, but I'm sorry, these ARE yummy.  And it's Christmas,,,,so spread a little JOY!, right?  Have yourself a merry little Christmas…..and remember to thank God for HIS unspeakable gift!! ;) Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

TAG, YOU'RE IT!!

The SUO challenge this week is TAGS…..I had one of those weeks this week…..just one where I didn't get up to my stamp room at all.  The color challenge came out, and it was exactly the colors of a card I made a while ago and had not used for anything yet…..and I even love it!! Then Saturday, I happened to get up and for some unknown reason, I felt moved to put my coworkers little Christmas gifts together, and make tags and personalize their bags, and I won't be even giving them to them until Christmas week….but I just felt like getting it done so I did.  Then I remembered it was the SUO challenge week, and I was like OH, NO, what is the theme? Cuz I was so busy…just didn't know when I would have a chance to take my time and CREATE…..so low and behold, it was TAGS, and I had just finished making 5 little bags like this one and decorating with a TAG!!!!  I love when God knows you are stretched to the limit and then shows you in a way like that that HE understands and HE has your back. :) Don't you?  My friend Lillian who I told you all about last time has gone straight into the arms of Jesus.  I cried for a few days, but not for her, for me.  I know Lillian is walking with Jesus, and I know she is happy and I know the angels are rejoicing over this saint who came home…..but us here, we are crying at the loss of a precious friend and mother, grandmother, etc. etc.  Oh the blessed hope that we will one day meet again, and I hope my mansion is on the same street with Lillians!! Until next time…..Karen

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

MY FRIEND LILLIAN…..


The SUO challenge blog subject this week is MARKERS.  I colored these posies with the cherry cobbler blendabilities.  Those new markers are the BOMB.  I have always loved to color - it's my thing, but these markers make it so much easier!!  Okay, this week I chose this stamp in honor of a dear friend of mine who is probably living out her last days.  She is old enough to be my  mom, but yet we had such a bond of friendship over the years that she felt at times more like a peer.  She has been motherly to me, a sister in Christ, a spiritual mentor, an encourager, just a lifelong friend from my New York days.  So now she is at AIM's retirement center in Florida and this past week they thought she would be seeing her saviour face to face.  The last report is that she had stabilized, and maybe she will be with us longer after all.  If I think over my spiritual walk, I think no one else has had as much influence on me in my life then Lillian.  She helped me over so many hurdles in life.  She is one of those people that just helps you understand Jesus in a whole new way.  She has not had an easy life, and whenever I face trials it goes thru my mind, maybe this will make me more like Lillian in her faith walk.  She never let disappointment separate her from Jesus.  I think over the years that is what I have done a little.  Life is full of disappointments and Lillian has turned all of her disappointments into a reason to praise her God.  It's a genuine likeness of Christ that seems to ooze out of her every pore…..she is so real, so down to earth, so much an example of the beauty within that is born of the refiners fire.  It's been years since I lived close enough to Lillian to have her as a companion as I did for many years in NY, but I still hear from her every now and again and if I saw her tomorrow I know we could pick up right where we last left off, it's that kind of a friendship.  As I contemplated her going to be with Jesus, I have to say I don't know anyone who would be as ready to walk into the arms of Jesus as Lillian would be.  She is so in tune with God, I can just picture her stepping from earth to heaven's gates, and it being a natural transition for her.  Absence from her body will be instant presence with the Lord, she is already present with the Lord, in HIS kingdom on earth.  Tears will flow from people she has influenced on this earth….I know I shed a few this weekend just thinking of losing her here on earth….but I know that when she does go from this world into the next, whether it be sooner or later,  I think the voice of God will be almost audible to HIS believers as he takes her hand, and says, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A BIG OLD THANK YOU!!

The SUO challenge blog theme this week is a theme of THANKS or THANKFULNESS. As humans, we don't naturally foster a heart of thankfulness, do we?  Or am I the only one who finds it much easier to complain than to remember all I have to be thankful for?  First of all, Thank you Lord for family, for a loving husband and for four children and their wonderful spouses who all make me so proud when I see the adults they have grown into - but really Lord, thanks for THAT too, because without you, where would they be?  Where would we all be?  Thank you for GRANDCHILDREN, oh yes…the biggest thank you EVER for GRANDCHILDREN. Thank you for my mom and my stepmom who live close enough to share our lives with us.   Thank you for JOBS, and our HOME, and a huge one, our HEALTH.   How much do we take our HEALTH for granted??  Thank you for extended family (my sister Tammy!!)  and for friends who are like family, thank you for the gift of your salvation…. thank you for dying on a cross for my SINS.  If we REALLY wrapped our heads around BEING THANKFUL….all day long, every day, even thankful for trials and testing…..our lives would be so much happier.  I'm gonna try to go a full day without complaining about anything or anyone.  Tomorrow.  I'm gonna do it.  I'm gonna try really hard to be thankful all day - every day…I have so much to be thankful for!!  That's all, that's it, I'm just gonna try to be a person who is thankful….that's all, that's it!!  Until next time….Karen