Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Baseball Been Bery Bery Good to Me!

Y'all remember Garrett Morris from the early Saturday Night Live show? Well, that was always our favorite line in one of his skits.

Also, one of my favorite friends lives 1500 miles from me. I wish we were able to be together to stamp but I'm so grateful we had the opportunity when my husband and I stayed with her and her family in June. I just became her upline and she is now continuing to stamp with her granddaughter and daughter-in-love. 

Anyhoo, back to baseball! Her grandson, Edgar, made a great catch during his last game of the season in Maine and Nana thought it was card worthy. I thought my downline's card was worthy of being in my post because he is my penpal and one of my favorite kiddos.  

So, she drew everything, cut it out (bet she used her new Paper Snips and Grid Paper) and colored everything. I think he will be thrilled to receive her handmade card.

We have been friends for almost 50 years and have crafted many things together when I lived in upstate NY. She is very crafty and I mean that in a nice way! I thank Patti, for being my friend and my downline. I can't wait to see what she does with the sign-up products she ordered.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Stampin' Up!: Painted Harvest

Come and Get It Color Challenge was my choice for today. What is not to love about blue, purple,yellow and pink? My inspiration was LeAnne's granddaughter's birthday cake...
Here's my card...

I stamped the Painted Harvest sunflower in Powder Pink and Sweet Sugarplum. The butterflies were created and punched last year so I have no clue but I do know they were punched from SU dies. AND I do know that Tempting Turquoise was involved as well as Fresh Fig and probably Pink Pirouette. The DSP is a gift from a friend. All I know is it is a conglomeration and I feel like a conglomerate tonight!

Thanks for looking!!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Stampin' Up! Halloween All Over Again!

I decided to CASE my own Halloween card from the other day so I could post it on my team's FB page!
I definitely like it better than my first one. Here it is...

I think I even like the inside as an outside!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Stampin' Up! Daisy Punch

Halloween is my least favorite festive day and always has been. It was okay when I was little and dressed up to go to local neighbors. However, the teenage years were a nightmare with eggs, toilet paper, flat tires, shaving cream and soaping windows. That scared me more than witches, goblins and howling cats!

So, for my little 7 year old pen pal, I decided to make my card today for her because she likes to dress up and go to local neighbors' houses.

I do love the colors of black and orange together so Fusion Card Challenge fit the bill!
As you can see, I used both sides of their challenge.

My card base is Tangelo Twist, which is currently on sale in my Online Store. The Spooky Night DSP is from the upcoming September 1 Holiday Catalog. The flower was punched with the new Daisy Punch. The sentiment is from the Spooky Cat stamp set, which will be available to customers September 1.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons/Number of Years

Letters For You, and the retired Little Letters dies are the products I used today for my card.

It's the first time I have ever tried the Baby Wipe Technique and I was pleased with how it turned out. Our "baby" is turning 18 on August 25th...not our son, but our youngest grandchild. This is how he looked 18 years ago...

17+ years later

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We love that boy to pieces and someday we hope to see him on Broadway! 

Back to my card...

My colors are Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, and Always Artichoke. The sentiment on the front is hand printed and everything else is stamping. I absolutely love the Baby Wipe Technique and will be doing more of it for sure!

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Thinlit

Tuesday Throwdown #356 is my challenge for today. It's "Anything Goes". I need lots of birthday cards this month and most are for males. I figured this one fits the bill. It's one we made at card group and again, it was a CASE B.J. Peters

The colors are Crumb Cake, Night of Navy and Pool Party. The "Happy Birthday" is the new Happy Birthday Thinlits Die. The balloons were punched using the Balloon Bouquet Punch. The stamp set used is Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Tomorrow my husband goes for yet another surgery so it was nice to have this as a quick card to post.

If you are interested in great Stampin' Up! bargains, check this out Clearance Rack!!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 14, 2017


Today I was able to enter some challenges...and one fit our situation perfectly
Always Fun Challenge #19 - Going in Circles. Since last Tuesday the oncologist's office has been trying to get my husband's port replacement scheduled for today or tomorrow. I won't get into it, but trust me, they've been going in circles and dragging us along for the ride. It still is not scheduled and chemo is supposed to be the day after tomorrow.

As You See It - Summer Salad - #156 is a color challenge so I used Elegant Eggplant, Real Red and Lemon Lime Twist.

Atlantic Hearts Challenge #225 is a sketch challenge.

The stamps I used came from the June 2016 Surprise Banner Paper Pumpkin kit. My card base was my second one. I accidentally used the first base to die cut the mat for the sentiment...ugh! I got brave with the "birthday" stamp because I only wanted the "birth" part so I cut it in half! The set already contained just the word "day". My upline promised that it would go back together perfectly and I trust her! I used a scrap of Lemon Lime Twist to follow the diagonal in the sketch and drew dots with an Elegant Eggplant SU marker to set if off. 

I needed a masculine birthday card, but the more I look at this, it reminds me of the Red Hat Club. What do you think?

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

No Challenge

Again, I am too tired to enter a challenge. I am dealing with Pinterest not letting me pin, Blogger not letting me put certain links on my sidebar and wondering if I should switch to Wordpress even though I've tried twice and had major fails, AND everything is smaller in size...have I fallen into a rabbit hole? Tomorrow is another day and this is my card for today. We made it at our card group on Thursday and I have no idea if it was CASE'd. If it was, I apologize for not knowing who to give the credit to...and that's a dangling preposition...woe is me!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Stampin' Up! Lemon Zest

Life has been giving us a lot of lemons the past three weeks and we have enough lemonade to set up a stand. This card, which is a CASE of Brandy Cox, is perfect for our situation. It is also perfect for Crafting with Dragonflies #87 Dry Embossing

I stamped the lemon and punched it out using the Lemon Zest Bundle set. The top portion of the card was embossed with the Petal Burst TIEF. The colors I used were Daffodil Delight and Old Olive.

Today I got whacked on the head by a piece of wood...another lemon...and the bump on my head feels like a lemon. Care for a glass of lemonade?

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Stampin' Up! Number of Years

Friends in our community are celebrating 63 years of marriage this week. That deserves a card, don't you think? So, I made them this one.

I used this stamp set Number of Years. My colors are Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist. I used these colors because of HSS Color Challenge #270

The flowers were created using the retired Petite Petals stamp set and punch. The washi tape I used is baffling me. I think it's Stampin' Up! but I'm not sure. The scalloped border punch is retired.

My layout was inspired by the great sketch Dawn designed at Try Stampin' - or not - on Tuesday #334

The theme of my card fits the challenge at Global Design Project 099

This couple has been going through some rough times physically so I hope this card will bring a smile to their faces.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

Today was a loooooong day! We started out for the oncologist's at 8 AM and did not get home from the treatment center until 1:30 PM. My hubby was hoping that they would say no more antibiotic IV's BUT the doctor said still more through Friday. He said Perry was even part of his two-week vacation as they were keeping him posted about what was happening! Now that's a doctor who cares and goes above and beyond! They are now investigating why that happened as there have been others who have had infected ports but not as bad. I'm glad they are looking into that because I was going to bring it up! That's the nurse in me. HOWEVER, I am now a card maker so let's get to it...thanks for indulging me with our medical life!

Here it is folks, in all its glory... the daisy!

I am hoping this qualifies for the challenge at Addicted to CAS #117 - One Layer Card. Y'all who look at my cards know that CAS is not easy for me! I used washi tape that our hostess provided, same with the sentiment, hand drew my stem and leaves, used Perfect Pearls for the flower center and finally, for all the daisy fans in my life, Daisy Delight! I used Pear Pizzazz and Daffodil Delight inks to stamp the petals.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Stampin' Up! - In the Meadow

My challenges for today in alphabetical order are...


I have never made a square card so, thank you Claire for the great sketch challenge. You will see from my card that I placed the banners differently because I didn't want to cover my tree. I used the yellow to give the illusion of sun shining. I used the Lemon Lime Twist because I love that color AND because I could! The banners are from the new SU Annual Catalogue Basics Pack 2.

I love the "In The Meadow" stamp set, but unfortunately, it is retired. The fawn is "furry" but the mother is probably hairy (that's for the snarky sisters!) 

I used Pacific Point and Old Olive Watercolor Pencils to do my sky/grass and Early Espresso for the deer. I stamped the top of the trees with retired Mossy Meadow and the trunks with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

My card base is 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches. The Mossy Meadow strip is a scrap I had left from a card I made the other day. My mat for the deer is Garden Green 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. The Whisper White art panel is 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches and adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Stampin' Up! Hello Kitty and Bella and Friends

This is my second post today! No joke...we all know most cats and birds are NOT friends, right? Well, look at these two...

I made my own patterned paper using hearts from Loyal and TrueRibbon of Courage, and the retired Bear Hugs. The colors I used are Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo and Lemon Lime Twist. I cut strips of Melon Mambo and Lemon Lime Twist and embossed them with a Darice embossing folder. The squares were created from Layering Squares Framelits and I stamped the Whisper White squares with stamps from Bella and Friends and Pretty Kitty. The sentiment is from Eastern Beauty. I used Stampin' Up markers to color the words, except "forever" (part of the Eastern Beauty stamp), and stamped it on Whisper White. I used a scallop circle punch, cut it at the top and bottom to fit my card and edged it with Flirty Flamingo. I added enamel Melon Mambo hearts at the two upper corners.

So why did I choose these colors, this theme and this layout? Check these sites out...

I know I didn't fulfill the "clean" part of the sketch but I really liked the layout!

I had fun creating this and thanks for looking!


Yesterday at card group, we made this card. It fits perfectly into the theme from Cut It Up Challenge #127 - Friendship and Dies.

All the products were provided by our hostess, Lynn. Her grandson had die cut all the pieces for the emblem. He did a great job! I love the embossing folder we used but I don't know the manufacturer, nor do I know the maker of the DSP. She spoiled us as she had cut all the squares and strips so we just had to pick what we wanted to use and adhere them. She even had the sentiment ready for us. I just made mine into a banner and drew dots/dashes around it. Here's the inside...sorry about the quality of the photo...

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Stampin' Up! Fresh Florals

My two favorite colors are purple and lime green. Many of my outfits are that color because I love vibrant colors. So, when SU came out with Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist for two of the In Colors for 2017 - 2019, I was in my glory.

I made a card similar to this one for my upline and it was a CASE of her card. I guess you would say that was paying her a high compliment!

The DSP is Fresh Fig  Fresh Florals. The ribbon is Lemon Lime Twist Lemon Lime Twist Ombre. The centerpiece was a die cut from Layering Ovals. The inside sentiment is from Eastern Beauty. I used the retired Corner Trio for my corners.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Stampin' Up! Peace on Earth

There may not be Peace on Earth at the present, but there is peace in my spirit. My husband's surgery was successful today and the doctor is hoping the incisions will heal quickly and the infection will stay at bay so they can reinsert a port to continue with his chemo. 

So, I was able to get my daily chores done and a nice, easy card made. I chose three challenges for my card:

Try Stampin' - or not - on Tuesday! - #333 with the optional theme of "Dog Days of Summer". My card is quite far from summery! Here's Dawn's wonderful sketch, which I altered just a little. 

It's been awhile since I have been able to participate in challenges or make cards and I'm thankful I was able to do it tonight. Thanks for hanging in there with me!

If you are interested in the stamps and die cuts I used, you can find them by clicking on the catalogs button, above left. Colors are Garden Green, Kraft, and Whisper White. The washi tape is from the retired Warmth and Cheer. If I can help you, please let me know.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Where Am I???

That is a loaded question! I am not blogging? I am not in my right mind? I am on overload and stress that even card making cannot help? All are correct. However, after tomorrow I should be blogging again, in my right mind and back to card making!

My hubby has been going through almost all day medical traveling and treatments so I have had not time except to cook meals and maintain a fair amount of sanity. Fortunately, I have a stamp group that is helping me do that. Today I was notified that my name was drawn for a free stamp set. WOW, did that brighten my day!

Please don't give up on following my blog...I'll be back.

Arnold Swarzenegger a/k/a Karen!