Tuesday, January 16, 2018


The SUO challenge this week is a monochromatic card....something I have not made in a long time.  I tend to be all about coloring....so it's good to stretch now and again and do something outside the box.  I used crumb cake ink for this - worked up very quickly for me.  I had so much company over Christmas I thought I would never stamp again.  Then, just like that, they are all gone and the house is so big, and empty, and lonely.....and.....I stamp.  Stamping is the best therapy.  Anyone else?  Stamping has gotten me through many a lonely day and night.  Anyway...this is one of the new Saleabration stamp sets - one of the FREEBIES.  Really makes a quick card!!  Guess that will do it for this time - Happy Tuesday everyone!! Keep on stamping and save money on shrinks!! ;) Until next time........Karen

Tuesday, December 19, 2017


The SUO challenge this week is a favorite image, and holly berries and these ones in particular are a favorite for me.   I just love holly and ivy.....such an iconic part of Christmas.  At my house this year, our kids are here from Africa for a whole month....so not alot of stamping is getting done as I am spending every available moment soaking up the visit of my family.  My firstborn grand daughter is here...and her sister.  It's funny how much JOY it fills my soul with, and yet there is always an ache for the ones I am not near.  It even feels a bit more acute when I am with SOME of them but not ALL of them.  What's up with that?   At any rate, I am enjoying these two girls to the max.  God is GOOD.  Tears will fall when they leave, but I am always left with a grateful heart for the time I had.  That's it for today my friends, Merry Christmas to all!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


The SUO challenge this week is any winter holiday....so I did my favorite. :)  I love snowmen....and way, shape or form.  This was a fun one to color - I used the old markers because I didn't have the right colors in the blends....but I still had fun!!  I used watercolor cardstock and shimmery white cardstock on the base. :) SO FUN!! I also love the cable knit folder and the big snowflake folder....big shots make the stampers world go round!! Happy Tuesday everyone!!! Until next itme, Karen

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


The SUO challenge this week was any kind of thanks card - gratitude, thankfulness, etc, etc, so I went with some beautiful fall colors picked by Pam McKay for the SCS color challenge - and made it a thank you card!  I did a collage with the base of baby wipe technique using Colorful Seasons stamp set which has to be the most versatile stamp set EVER.  This was a fun card to make and my fingers are STILL inky.  haha.  I always remember the gloves about half way through.  Happy Tuesday everyone!! Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


The SUO challenge this week is something "sweet" - like a cupcake or a cookie or candy....or in this case, it's a teapot full of chai.  Over the years we have had the priviledge of 4 trips to Africa.  I can still close my eyes and taste and smell the chai.  It's a sweet creamy tea that is as common there as coffee is here.  So I decided to use my new stampin'blends and make my card sweet tea.  These papers are buy three get one free this month, so even my classes will enjoy making a teapot card this month!  I also love these background papers that I paired with the Color Me paper.  TOO many ideas swirling around in my head and not enough hours to stamp!!  Hope you will join in this month and make a card that depicts something sweet.  Lord knows, we could use more SWEET in this world!!  Happy Tuesday everyone!!~~

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


The SUO challenge this week is favorite new Holiday Mini products.  This is one of my favorite new stamp sets in it - called Count my Blessings - which is also a good thing to do!  I also LOVE this black and white ribbon....so decided to combine the two.  I dug out my old Blendabilities to color since my new Stampin'Blends are still on their slow way to me.  :(  Fun stamp set and fun ribbon - two of my favorite things!  I cashed my Stampin' Rewards in this week or THE CRUISE TO ALASKA....I am still pinching myself to believe it!!  NOW THAT'S A BLESSING TO COUNT!!! Happy Tuesday everyone!~ Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


The SUO challenge this week is die cuts, shapes, etc.  I wanted to make a THANKFUL card, because this week I am feeling particularly thankful to so many of my customers and downline who helped me earn the Alaska cruise!!!! I just accrued enough points YESTERDAY....the 24th of September when we have until only the 30th!!  One of my downline promoted, among others this year giving me enough points to earn this cruise.  Back in my glory days, earning the cruise was like rolling off a log.....when I lived in New York - but this is only the second cruise I have earned in the 11 years I have lived in Ohio and the first one was half earned when I moved here so doesn't really count.  THIS one I had to WORK at.  Back in 2004 I earned the Alaska cruise, but my daughter Rebekah was graduating from college smack in the middle of the cruise, so needless to say we didn't go on that cruise.  When I realized it was Alaska this year I decided to go all out and try for it - When I could see it was actually within my reach I went to eastern Ohio where I have a large number of enthusiastic stampers who have been my customers for many years now - and those ladies, under 40 of them, bought over $3000 of stamps in one day!!  That gave that boat a big old push!!!  And my class ladies here where I live have played a big part too.  My downline promoting all year....and especially my friend Carmen who pushed me over the top last night.....how can I say thank you enough????  Next July we will be Alaska bound....and I am thankful for all of YOU!! Like the card says!!!  Happy Tuesday everyone!!!  Mwahhhh!!!!  Until next time.......Karen