Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Timeless Designer Paper



I love, love, love this designer paper from SU! 

Timeless is just beautiful paper. It features Basic Black, Sahara Sand, and Very Vanilla colors. 

I gathered Mint Macaron lace ribbon with thread and tied the ends together. Then added
 
a pearl accent to the center. The Sahara Sand lace was done the same way. 
 
Apothecary Accents frameits was used with black cardstock. The greeting was 
 
stamped on Sahara Sand then punched with the modern label punch (retired). 
 
Base card Sahara Sand with a Basic Black layer. 
 
I really love how this card turned out. Can't wait to make more artwork with 
 
this designer paper. 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Mailable Monday # 112



Another new stamp set that I got to play with this weekend. 

Its called Awesomely Artistic. 

I used Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Soft Suede, and Memento black inks. 

Card base is white, with Soft Suede sponging along the edges. The

frame around the greeting was stamped on Soft Suede then fussy cut and 

layered over the greeting with pop dots. A little twine bow finished off the card. 

We had some rain this weekend. Didn't do a lot but I did get to see some 

of Sarah's accessories for the wedding dress. The shoes, earrings, and headband

she ordered on line all arrived. They look fabulous!

I also ran out to Joann's yesterday afternoon and got a bird house to put her

cards in. It will have to be spray painted, and I need to make a tag that has

"cards" on it.

Sometime this week I'll be posting a creation that I made with a new trick I learned. 

I figured out (finally) how to make rosettes using seam binding. So be sure to 

stop by can check it out. 

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Karen
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

VC Rocks Blog Hop Celebrate the New!


Welcome to the 2nd VC Rocks Blog Hop 2015

The theme for this hop is Celebrate the New. 

I'm all about anything new from the 2015/2016 Stampin'Up! catalog! 

I just got my order on Friday so I had to hurry up and create a few things. 

Used the berry die with Crumb Cake cardstock. Before putting the 

pieces together I used the new brick embossing folder and sponged the

edges and spaces with Soft Suede. 

Handle made with Farm Fresh designer series paper, and I used the 

bow builder punch and made bows for each side of the handle. 


To fill the basket I made 3x3 note cards. 

Used more of the yummy Farm Fresh dsp on the front. 

Simple technique cut, flip, and add a strip. 

Layer was cut 2 3/4, then cut at 1 inch to flip. Strip is

1/4 wide. I used the greetings from Watercolor Wings stamp set. 

Oh and look close on the note on the right..I used the new white perfect accents. 


Also had to have the Market Fresh stamp set. 

I stamped and colored the strawberries then cut out with the circle framlits. 

This was layered on another new product, Metallic Foil Doilies. 

I stamped the image twice then cut out the banner and popped it over the main image. 

More Farm Fresh dsp used for the banner. 

I'm going to use this creation for a cello bag topper.  

Be sure to check out the VC Rocks Blog for other great ideas using new SU products. 

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Karen


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Friday, June 26, 2015

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Sketch Frenzy Friday is here again!

This card pushed me out of my comfort zone with the colors I selected. 

Base card white, Delightful Dijon embossed layer, smaller layers, 

Wild Wisaba, and white. 

The images were stamped with Melon Mambo. 

I got bold and daring across the top and added 1 1/4 jute ribbon that

I ruffled and attached with mini staples. 

So I decided to go back to my roots with my weight loss. 

Since the wedding in coming up in a few months and I need 
 
to get a handle on the eating I went back on the old Core program 
 
from Weight Watchers. 
 
Went to the grocery store yesterday morning and stocked up on 
 
all the things on the Core list that I know I enjoy eating. 
 
So wish me luck I need to get at least 15 pounds off. 
 
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Karen 
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

By the Tide Card for Joe



My friend Joe and his better half Kat are still vacationing. 

Joe has spent almost all of his time enjoying his favorite pastime...you

guessed it fishing! 

All of the photos Joe has been sharing on Facebook of the fish he

has been catching inspired me to make this card. 

Stamp set By the Tide. 

I used the negative image I had left over from last weeks Sketch

Frenzy Friday to sponge in the oval on vanilla cardstock. 

The fish was stamped with Jet Black StazOn ink. 

I added some chevron ribbon and twine to the lower half of the card. 

Sarah and I had a great time yesterday doing some wedding shopping. 

We got some stuff for the table center pieces. We have it narrowed down to two designs. 

She and Jason will be making the final choice. I also

picked up her guest book. It was perfect as it is covered with burlap and

had vintage ribbon and a twine bow on the front. I'm changing out the 

small flower in the center of the twine bow with a small sunflower. 

At some point I'm going to cover a few pens with burlap and a small 

sunflower at the top to go with the guest book. 

We also stopped and had lunch and a small kid size ice cream. She is 

watching her weight before the wedding. Something I need to do as well. 

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Karen
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Flag Card Bohemian Borders


Since the 4th of July is right around the corner I was 

inspired to make a flag card. 

I used Bohemian Borders stamp set, and the matching embossing folder. 
 
I used a white gel pen to add some accents to the field of stars Night of Navy piece.

As I sit here typing this and looking at the card I'm reminded of

baseball. The border stamp with the "v" lines look just like 

the stitching lines on a baseball. 

I ask you...what could be more American than baseball? Let see, hotdogs, 

apple pie, and the flag. Just to name a few.

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Karen
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Punch Art Gru


Happy Birthday to Amber!

Amber ( my friend Kathy's daughter) is

celebrating her birthday today. 

She loves the Minions so I made

her this card showing Gru using different punches.

I found the card on Pinterst. 

Hope you have a great day Amber! 

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Karen
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Mailable Monday # 111


This is not how I thought this card would come out. 

I started with watercolor paper and the swallowtail stamp. 

When I didn't get a clear image from the StazOn ink ( I just didn't

press hard enough) I decided instead of wasting what I already made to 

re-purpose it. I just randomly tore the paper. 


I then stamped the image again on a vanilla base card. 

Added the sponging to add some color. Then added some words with 

the dictionary background stamp. There is a strip at the bottom using Hello Honey and the 

hexagon embossing folder. 

The torn images I added on top of the stamped butterfly. 

There is a little strip of washi tape, and the greeting at the top

is from An Open Heart stamp set.

So what do you think? Did I save the card? 

I'm going to throw the rest of the pieces into my scrap bin. I may use

more of them on a shabby chic, collage card or project. 


With Father's Day yesterday I didn't get a chance to update my blog,

but I wanted to give a shout out to my best girl Kat. She's been on

vacation and away from home, but yesterday was her birthday. So

Kat I hope you had a great day. I know the family misses you and hubby Joe,

so hurry home!
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Karen
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Friday, June 19, 2015

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Happy Sketch Frenzy Friday! 

I used An Open Heart stamp set for this challenge. 

Oval framlits used to create the center panels. 

The designer paper is actually from the Bohemian pack. 

Bird was colored with aqua painter using Island Indigo, and Crumb Cake ink. 

I used Sahara Sand lace to make the two rosettes. 

Don't forget to check the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog to see more

ideas to use this weeks Sketch.

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Karen
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Grandma's Quilt


This is a lap quilt that my grandmother Alice Booth hand stitched. 

I put the backing on and tied it. 


So cool to look back on vintage fabrics. My mom gave me a ton

of quilt tops that need to be quilted. Most of them she set up herself. Mom loved to 

piece and do the applique work but she did not like to quilt. 

I gave this one to my son John, since I thought he would like the colors mostly black, and 

dark designs. He told me he didn't want to ruin it so I'm going to fold it up and 

put it away for him till later. 


A few days ago I made a pan of baked oatmeal. This is something quick and easy I can eat 

for breakfast. 


I like to top mine with some lite vanilla yogurt. 

Here is the recipe if you'd like to make some for your breakfast.

1 egg
 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup fat free milk
1/4 extra virgin olive oil (the kind meant for baking)
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp cinnamon ( I use a heaping tsp cause I love the stuff!)

preheat oven to 350, spray 8x8 or 9x9 pan with cooking spray
Beat egg in mixing bowl, add remaining ingredients and combine. 
Press mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle with more cinnamon if desired. 
Bake for 25 minutes. Cool then cut into 9 squares. 

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Karen


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

You Amaze Me Card, and Tropical Smoothie


Back with another card using Crazy About You stamp set. 

I stamped the flower twice once on white cardstock and once on 

Hello Honey cardstock using Hello Honey ink. These were punched out with the scallop circle 

punch. Then I cut each petal down to the flower center. 

7/8 scallop circle punch used with Chocolate Chip, and Hello Honey cardstock 

to make the flower center. 


Since the temps have been scoring here and the humidity right along

with it I've been making more smoothies. 

I read somewhere that pineapple is good for reducing inflammation so I 

went tropical! I use two pineapple slices, 1/2 cup mandarin oranges, 1/2 cup almond milk, 
 
and a 1/2 cup of coconut water. Plus several ice cubes. 

Hubby picked up the wrong pineapple slices. He got the ones in the heavy 

syrup so I had to rinse them really well.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Mailable Monday # 110


You will laugh about this card....I was going to use Vanilla as the base, 

but then remembered that my cutter was in the kitchen from yesterday.

We had it down there to cut the announcements to go into the

wedding invites. Anyway....I was just to lazy to walk down stairs to get the 

cutter so I used a piece of Bermuda Bay that was already cut to A2 size. 


I used words from Crazy About You stamp set. 

I was able to bend and stretch the words to fit how 

I wanted them to on the clear mount block. 

These were used for the stem of the butterfly flower. Then I

used the small butterfly stamp from Butterfly Basics to make the leaves. 

Designer paper is Bohemian, and I added some doodles with markers around the 

edge of the card. 

I'm happy to report that the wedding announcements are finished! YAY. 

Sarah and I even got Skip to help assemble them yesterday afternoon. 

Next big stamping project for me will be thank you cards, and cards for the 

bridal shower. 

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Karen
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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Guess what I'm Working On



So guess what I've been working on? 

The kids are coming over today so we can finish up the 

wedding invites. 

I'll be back tomorrow with Mailable Monday. 

So many projects that I need to get completed. 

Wish me luck. 

Sending a shout out to my friends Kat and Joe. They

are vacationing. Have a great time you two!!!!

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Karen
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Friday, June 12, 2015

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Welcome to another addition of Sketch Frenzy Friday! 

In my attempt at a different one word greeting I did some 

internet surfing. 

Ahoj means simply "hi" in Czech. 

Since I was using the Bohemian designer paper I 

did a search for Bohemian one word greetings. 

Ahoj is thought to have came from the sailors greeting Ahoy. 

Bet you didn't think you were going to learn something on my blog 

today! 

I used Little Letters thinlits die to make the letters with Blackberry

Bliss cardstock. 

The solid pieces were cut 2x1 1/4, and were embossed with the Bohemian embossing folder. 

Be sure to check out the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog for more

designs using this sketch.

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Karen
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cut and Flip Quick Deisgner Paper Cards


I wanted to show you the cards I made to put in the totes that I posted 

yesterday. They are super easy and quick to make. 


No stamping required just cardstock and designer paper. 


Cut the designer paper 4 x 5 1/4. Then 

cut two inches off the bottom. 


Flip the bottom two inches over then adhere the two pieces 

to a standard A2 size card. 


Then just cut a little accent piece. This can either be from designer paper 

or cardstock. Strip I used was 4 x 3/4 inch. 

You can make a ton of these cards very quickly. Would be great for Christmas, birthday, 

or just because gifts. 

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Karen
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Bag in a Box Card Tote


These tote bags are so cute and fun to make 

that I just want to make one for everyone I know. 

They are sized to hold standard A2 size cards with envelopes. 

I used the new Naturals designer paper with Basic Gray cardstock. 

Tag was made with Blushing Bride, Butterfly Basics stamp set, matching framelits, 

and apothecary accents framlits. 


I also made one using the new Bohemian designer paper with 

Blackberry Bliss cardstock. 

Be sure to come back tomorrow as I'll be showing you the cards I made

for totes. Cards are very quick to make. Each one of the totes holds eight cards with 

envelopes. 

Want to make your own bucket bag? 

Click here to watch the utube video I used.

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Karen
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Treat Mug


I made this treat up using the new Bohemia designer paper. 


Inside view. I also used the new matching embossing folder to make the handle. 

This is a super easy treat holder to make. It can be done with cardstock or

designer paper. 

Here is the link to the utube video I used. If you would like to

make some. I thinking these would be great with Christmas colors for 

gifts this year. The cups are pretty strong and hold a lot. 

Stamping trails
Karen
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Monday, June 8, 2015

Mailable Monday # 109


Not only is this a Mailable Monday card, but

it is also a totally Soft Subtles ink color card. 

Stamp set Painted Petals. 

Colors: Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Coral, and Marina Mist. 

Layer is cut 3 1/4 x 5. Mounted on white base card. 


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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Day with Sarah


Wednesday was mom and daughter day. 

We went shopping, had lunch at a tea room, and 

got our hair cut. 


At our table in the tea room.


First course tomato soup. 


Tea sandwiches served with scones, and bread. We had

lemon curd, and devonshire cream to go with the scones and bread. 


Brownie delight. And it was a delight! 

Everything was so yummy. 


Of course you can't go to a tea room and not have a pot of tea! 

I thought I was going to burst from drinking all the tea, but it was 

so good! 

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Karen
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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Silly Card from a Friend



I received this really funny card from my friend Connie a few days ago.

I'm still laughing at it! 

Here is what the inside reads



That would be me alright! I know I'd forget my head if it were not attached! 

Thanks for the great card Connie. Made my day. 

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Karen
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Friday, June 5, 2015

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Welcome to Sketch Frenzy Friday. 

Embossing folder Lucky Stars

Greeting from Sprinkles of Life stamp set

Colors Coastal Cabana, Hello Honey, designer paper. 

You can see other cards using this sketch at 


Had an awesome day with daughter Sarah on Wednesday. I have

pictures to share and I'll be posting them on Sunday. 

Stamping trails
Karen
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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Test Tube Birthday Holder



Another birthday gift that I need to fill up!

I had several test tubes left in my stash and made this

little holder to house one of them. 

Can you tell I love the Sprinkles of Life set? I've been using it 

all week. So great that it has the matching punch. 

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Karen
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Seed Packet Gift using One Sheet Wonder


While going through some swaps I came across several

Completed One Sheet Wonders. 

I used one of them to create today's project. 

I cut the sheet to 11 x 4. 


Inside view shows how it was folded to hold a business size 

envelope. The envelop was sealed first ( I used a tape runner to seal it...cause

lets face it envelope glue tastes really bad! ) Then I cut

off both ends to create two pockets. 


One pocket holds a little note card, and the other holds a packet of 

flower seeds. 

The gift is closed using velcro adhesive dots. 

Make a cute little thank you gift. 

I'm heading out early today. Me and Sarah have appointments to get our

hair cut and styled. Mine is so long! I haven't had it cut or even trimmed for 

almost two years. After we will get some lunch then do a little shopping. Should be 

a wonderful day! 

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Karen
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Mini Coffee Cup with Holder



Still working on birthday gifts. This one 

is a mini coffee cup. I used Sprinkles of Life to create

the cupcake on the front of the mug.
 
 
The carrier for the mini cup was made with two pieces of cardstock and tag punch. 

Pretty simple to make. Shhhh....can't tell you who the gift is for. 

I still have to figure out what I want to put in the cup. 


Closer view of cup front. 

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Karen
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Mailable Monday # 108


I'm back! 

Sorry I stopped blogging for a week. 

I started to shovel out the temporary upstairs craft area, and

I just didn't get too much time to stamp. 

So today I'm offering up 4 mailable Monday cards featuring

Sprinkles of Life stamp set. 
 
The upper right card uses watercolor paper that I colored with 
 
Soft Sky, Pink, Pumpkin Pie, and Garden Green ink. 


I stamped two of the clouds on vellum weight cardstock using 

Smokey Slate ink. The other clouds were punched using 

100 pound weight cardstock. Sun stamp is from Kinda Eclectic. 

The bowl that is holding the ice cream scoops is from Work of Art stamp set. 

I have birthdays coming up so I've been busy trying to get things made. Mad rush
 
to get things done before I am overwhelmed with the wedding. 
 
Can you believe its June 1st!!!!
 
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Karen 
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