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Ironton, Ohio, United States
Well let's see, I'm Mom to Victoria and Mitchell, wife to Dick; I'm special to all three, who are special to me,and that makes me the Luckiest Person on Earth. Victoria is married to Andew Knipp. I love being a mother-in-law. Hope he loves his mother-in-law. I love the comfort of being home. I'm blessed with a huge craft room, and an endless desire to create. One of my favorite things in this life is meeting people. I have the gift of gab, and can talk to most anyone. God has truly blessed me.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Finally, I'm able to post! Check out my Ragdolls!





Okay, it has been a while since I have written, but I don’t know how I even got through Christmas, the way I did, because of this brain in my, which seems to only work half the time. I tell you, I’m not one of those people that can do more than one thing at a time. When I was younger, I was a multi-tasker and did great. Was always busy, and always getting so much accomplished. It is just scary the way I am now. I have to admit that I scare myself sometimes, with the way I forget things and deal with things. It is like a whole different person has invaded my body.

Okay, my blog today isn’t going to be long either. It is just a picture of my two Ragdoll girls, and my kids. I have to show you a picture I took at the tree of my kids. It was suppose to be a joke sort of, but actually turned out to be a good picture. There is one with the fedora on and one with it off. I’m showing you the one with the fedora on. He looks cute in it. I have been trying to get him to sing like Frank Sinatra. I believe he could pull off performing at events at fairs and such in the summer and maybe win some contests. He loves to clean up, and I told him to wear a black suit, his fedora and a skinny black tie and sing like Frankie, and he would have the older women in the crowd cheering him on, and he would win some events. He is only 15-1/2. He could knock them dead. His sister is 18, and looks as young as he does. So, that is my kids.

I wanted you to see pictures of my girls and how they have grown. My girls, who are sisters, and only 9 months old, are so beautiful, as you can see. Where they are sitting is in a window in my family room. My husband built them a four foot kitty tree, and he wanted to see if they liked it before he put the carpet on it. As you can see, they are sitting on their old kitty gym, although they have been climbing on their tree. They love to sit in this window, and I have placed bird feeders outside the window, about 5' from the window, and they sit there off and on all day watching the birds. They are just so sweet. I love them. Don’t worry, they don’t sit that close to the propane heater, it is just the way things were sitting when the picture was taken. Everything has been moved to its proper place since.

Okay, going now. I hope you have had a nice Saturday. Here in southern Ohio, we have had a 70 degree day today, and it has simply been beautiful. This is just a tease though. We are still in for some more winter, and I look for it to be not so kind. Okay, thank you for stopping by. Hope your weekend is great. Happy stamping!

Toota-loo,
Karen

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Challenge for I Heart 2 Stamp!

Hi All:

Hope the Holiday weekend was good to you! I think I gained 10 lb. That is the worse part for me. Enjoying Christmas movies and munching while I watch. I have got to get some good snacks in this house. My husband is laid off until after Christmas. Having him home all the time is hard on me as far as eating, too. He wants baked snacks in the house all the time. Of course, he is skinny and can eat like a pig, and never gain an ounce. He has gotten himself a pudgy belly over the years, but not really anything to complain about. I, unfortunately, gain weight all over. I think that is a woman thing.

This card is for the SFYTT challenge on I heart 2 stamp blog. Check out the samples. This was a great challenge. My friend, Tessie, got together on Sunday afternoon, and made our cards for the sketch. I’m so slow that during the time I made my card, Tessie had made two. I am always so slow. My biggest problem is deciding colors. I like this little stamp. I got him at Whipper Snapper Designs. He is so cute. I used Real Red cardstock paper from SU, and designer paper from SU, too. The ribbon is also SU. I colored him with colored pencils and used a blender pen on the coloring. I think it is a cute card and would make a wonderful Christmas card if I had more of that paper. Isn’t that always the case - Never enough paper! What is a girl to do?

Well, thank you so much for stopping by. I hope that you will come back often. Enjoy your day, and have a stampingful week!

Toota-loo,
Karen



Monday, November 17, 2008

A Challenge for Secret Crafter!

Hello:

Happy Monday! I know most hate Mondays. I totally understand. When I worked outside the home, I too hated Mondays. Even at home, Mondays are extremely busy days. I think it is because I use the weekend to think of all the things I have to do on Monday, after places and offices are back open.

Well, I have a card to post. This card is much bigger than the regular cards. The stamped image, which I’m totally grateful for receiving, is a little large and I had to make my card larger. I kind of like the size. I had a wonderful evening working on this card. It was perfect to relax and take my time, and it was just so nice.


The card is for a challenge on the Secret Crafter blog. Most of the paper used is Stampin’ Up. There are two pieces of designer paper but I’m not sure of the company that makes it. Also, there is a light green piece of glitter-like paper, which is hard to see in the picture, underneath the image, against the brown. Not sure who makes that either. Sorry! The challenge was to use buttons on your card. I got the buttons!

Well, I want to thank you so much for stopping by, and hope you do often. Have a Wonderful Day!

Toota-loo,
Karen


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Happy Weekend - Check out Blog Candy!


Hi All!
Thanks for stopping by. I have to tell you about some blog candy give-a-ways. First, check out Pressing Pretties for four chances to win blog candy on her anniversary. Both of the blog candy give-a-ways are wonderful. Hope I win! It is so exciting for just a chance, isn’t it? Okay, here is the other. I got so excited I almost forgot to tell you were to go so you too could sign up. Check out Scrap-Creations. She has Martha Stewart punches and some very cute Whipper Snapper Stamps. I love their stamps!

Okay, on to my post. I made this for one of the Verve Challenges last week when they were having a blog hop for the new releases. I wanted so much to be able to do them all, unfortunately time was a factor, as I’m sure most of you are aware of in your own busy lives. The little snowman was an older TAC. I love snowmen, so to me they are never out of style no matter the age of the stamp.

Thank you again for stopping by. I hope your weekend is wonderful. Happy Stamping!

Toota-loo,
Karen

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

For the I (Heart) 2 Stamp Challenge


Today’s post is a card for the I (heart) 2 Stamp Challenge. I like this sketch. I wish I could get more challenges covered. I have the best intentions. I look them up, print off the design/sketch and then cannot find the time to do them. With the upcoming season it is going to be even harder.

Well, I have got to get to bed. Another busy day tomorrow. Thank you for stopping by, and come back by often. Have a great Tuesday!


Toota-loo,
Karen

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Magnolia vs. Stampavie Challenge


Today’s post is for the Magnolia vs Stampavie challenge. This is the first challenge of the new web site set up for Magnolia and Stampavie stamps. I submit this for the challenge. I just love the little moose by Rachelle Anne Miller Stamps. Hopefully, I can soon purchase more of the little animal stamps she has in her line. I’m a sucker for animal stamps, however, there are so many stamps and not enough money!


Tomorrow, my post will be for one of the Verve Sketch Holiday Release challenges they have going on right now. There are five sketch challenges, and I got one finished, almost two, when the electric went off for several hours and I was unable to get the others together. I had them all colored, but not together and it was so hard to work by oil lamp. How did they do that so many years ago? Makes me admire Laura Ingalls so much more!!!
Okay, get out and enjoy your weekend! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you come back often. Have a good one!


Toota-loo,
Karen

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Happy Voting Day! It's Your Right and Your Duty.


Hi!

Oh, I had the best day! I spent it with my friend, Tessie, whose blog is The Mountaineer Stamper. She is a sweet person. Together, we then called another friend, Vickie, Stamping Ever After, and met up at Buffalo Wild Wings, during her lunch hour from work, to eat and laugh. Of course, we cannot be together if we don’t laugh. What are girlfriends for! Tessie and I don’t work. We are lucky enough that our husbands have good jobs, and that has allowed us to stay home and raise our children. Like I stated in my about me section, I also have home-schooled my children, and it is wonderful. Anyway, God has truly blessed me with these wonderful friends. Tomorrow, Tessie and I are getting together again, and meeting up with our other friend, Barb, and taking her to lunch. She is a "sexatary" at an elementary school. Anyway, she jokes about this. But, she is off tomorrow because of the election and so we are all going out together to eat and laugh, I’m sure. I just wanted to mention what I had done today. I had a blast just running around with Tessie.

About two years ago, I made recipe books for my sisters and sister-in-laws. The books contained recipes of my family members on both my side, and on my husband’s sides of our families. I didn’t know how to scrapbook at the time, so I used stickers, buttons and all kinds of things to make the books. I look back now and see how much I have improved since starting those. Now, I have started one for my daughter, and I’m trying all kind of techniques, and there is no theme to it, just doing whatever I feel like doing or trying. My friends, mentioned above, have taught me so many things. A couple of the ladies like the antique-like projects, and I do not favor it most of the time. Then, I made this scrapbook page with my mother’s recipe for Carrot Cake, which by the way is spectacular. They went goo-goo over it, and thought the page was great. I’m posting it here today. There is a picture of my mom on the back of a horse. My grandparents were always big horse people. Mom learned to ride at a very young age, and still loves it though she doesn’t get to do it anymore. The other picture is of her now. I hope that you enjoy the page. Remember this is my first attempt at a vintage or antique-like page.

I hope your day is a good one. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you will come by often. I will be posting some challenges I’m working on. I had gotten out of it for a while, but I’m siked again! Happy Stamping!

Toota-loo,
Karen

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Heard about Stamp a Sweet Impression?

Well, I was surfing again and came across I (heart) 2 stamp. She was talking about Taylored Expressions new stamps, and I checked them out and I'm definitely ordering. The cutest stamps. I love cupcake stamps anyway, and I need them. Don't we all need this stuff? Well, if I will comment on the campaign they are having, and let you know about the campaign I will be registered in the drawing for a stamp set give away. Now, you know and you can go there and enter as well. Check out Taylored Expressions for the stamps, and www.tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com for the info. Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Please check back in. I've been working hard, and have several things to post, I just need to take pictures and get them on here. Hopefully, soon.

Toota-loo,
Karen

Friday, October 10, 2008

Any sweet candy is good but Blog Candy is my Fav!


Hi All:

I was blog surfing tonight. Actually, I was trying to find a challenge I could work on, and was referred from one blog to Camilla's Blog. She is giving away blog candy. I am posting it here, hoping that you too will hop over and give it a try. I can't keep this info to myself. Sharing is what it is all about, or we wouldn't have blogs, right? Now, get yourself over there and comment!

Thanks for stopping by, and do so often. I do plan on posting a card in the next couple of days, maybe even this evening (I'm hoping), so stop by again to see. Hope your day is stampalicious!

Toota-loo,
Karen

Monday, October 6, 2008

Beautiful Monday! - Just a Note.



Hello All:

Hope your weekend was great! The weather here in the Southern Point of Ohio has been spectacular. We have been so lucky with the just right temperatures and sunny days. I’m not usually a big fall lover, but with this weather what’s not to love.

Sunday, I spent the afternoon with my friend Tessie. She and I have the best times together. This week we sort of cased a project we saw on Stamping School. (Love this site. I may have to subscribe to it. I didn’t even know about it, but thanks for letting me know Tessie.) We changed it up a bit to be a note pad holder instead of a card. I think it worked out good. Someone has probably already made something similar to this. No need to let me know. Just let us have the "big head" and let us think we did it all by ourselves. We need that! No need to burst our bubbles!

I got three little note pads for $1.00 at CVS dollar bins. That is the notebook-like paper pad we used inside. I do know that the ribbon is SU, the green flower with the orange center is SU, and the button is SU. The "Just a Note" is stamped on pumpkin pie orange SU paper. This is something I do know. I do not know the name of the paper the actual pad is made out of, and I’m sorry about that. It is double sided. I did use glitter DCWV as a small strip right under the ribbon. Also, I used a Martha Stewart punch to cut my design at the bottom of the front of the pad holder.

Thank you for stopping by, and come by often. I hope your weather is good wherever you are. Hope your day is a good one. Enjoy!

Toota-loo,
Karen

Monday, September 29, 2008

It's All About YOU!


Hi All:

Papertake Weekly Challenge this week is to do a card in yellow and mail it in. It is to benefit the BBC Children In Need charity. That’s a great cause. Check it out. I’m getting mine in the mail tomorrow. I finished it up today. Hope it is acceptable enough.

There is a story behind this card, which I am afraid is quite mean of two of my girlfriends. They know who they are . . . Barb and Vickie! On Saturday, my girlfriends and myself got together at another girlfriend’s house for a class. Tessie was hosting us over at her house, and teaching a nice little class of an Upsy-Daisy Box with four cards (you can order the kit on her blog, already cut.) Everything was going well until Barb mentioned that we should go to Hobby Lobby, and I said that I needed to go to AC Moore. I actually spoke before I thought, because I had promised my son, Mitchell, 15, that I would pick him up from his grandparents at 5:00. We all started discussing how much we wanted to go, however, Tessie could not go, and then I thought I shouldn’t do that to my son, and I backed out. I told Barb & Vickie that I would just go home and work on something for my blog, since Vickie & Tessie have been on me about posting anyway. Since, I backed out, they told me I better have something on my blog, and so here it is. I hope they approve! It actually made me work in my craft room, too, since I have been having somewhat of a motivation problem.

I just want to thank you for stopping by and hope you check out the Papertake Weekly Challenge, as well as the blogs of my friend, Tessie, and my "so-called" friend, Vickie (lol.) Hope your day is great!

Toota-loo,
Karen

Recipe:
Stamp: Whiff of Joy
Paper: Yellow all SU, and Papertrey white cs
Extras: Ribbon SU, oval punches SU, brads, gel glitter pens & computer for saying

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Check out some sites to get Blog Candy!


Hi All:


I’ve been busy, and so my blog has suffered. It is so sad! Late of the evening I find myself going blog hopping, and I came across My Blog by Cammie. Cammie is giving away about $1000.00 in blog candy! Can you believe that amount. Should I win, I’m sharing with my girlfriends! There are four of us and we have the best times together. Well, anyway, Cammie is asking for your help, for our help, so make sure you check this out. Tomorrow is the last day. Glad I found it in time. Go there now! The cards I’ve posted are for The Artman Home, where Cammie’s grandmother was cared for over the past few years.


I also want to mention that there is another blog candy give away on Stamps, Paper, Scissors and Donkey Smiles! That is the neatest name for a blog. Go check out what she is giving away. The stamps are the cutest I have seen in a while. I just hope I’m the winner. If I’m not, I will buy them. I will just have to do that. I’m always saving for the next craft buy! Isn’t being a crafter expensive! There are several sites I have things in my shopping cart, and I print it off and say I will buy that later. I’m so sad! Well, check out the sites I’ve mentioned. Just click on the names. I wish you luck! It is all just a matter of being the right number, right. Have a wonderful day!


Toota-loo,
Karen

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hump Day Post!

Hi All:

I made this card sometime back. I don’t even know what set this came from. I do know that I stamped the image on the back of the glitter paper and cut around the flower. Then, I made the center out of a darker glitter paper. I cut the center of the flower out, and pasted the darker circle to the center so it would show through. The leaves are stamped from the same set, I believe. I stamped the sentiment on coordinating paper, without the glitter. Then, I ripped the paper and placed it on the lower right corner, as you can see from the photo. The ribbon is grosgrain brown. This is basically a very simple card, but it has that fall touch.

Yesterday, I received the seven stamps I ordered from Whiff of Joy. I’m so excited to have received them. I’m hoping to get to play with them later this evening or tomorrow. Just cannot wait to color them. All the cards I have seen made with them has had me envious to have them in my hands. Isn’t is so sad to be that way? There are just so many stamps out there that make me want to be a millionaire just so I can buy stamps. I’m sure every other rubber stamper can totally understand where I’m coming from here!

Something I hate is that school is back in session and it is so hard to get to the craft room, with all the things going on here. My son is home-schooled. My daughter finished up home-schooling last October, and is attending Ohio University Southern Campus this year. Today was her third day. She said it is fun but overwhelming. I’m excited for her. I never attended college. Everything related to college is very new to both of us. It is fun learning about it, though.
Well, I hope that you have a stampfully, wonderful evening! Thank you so much for stopping by. Come back often. Happy bloggin’!

Toota-loo,
Karen

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

I (Heart) To Stamp Challenge


Hi All! What a beautiful day! I love day where the sun beats you up and there is not a cloud in the sky. I was scheduled for injections in my neck for the third week in a row today, but this one also got postponed. The first week I was 15 minutes late and the doctor would not do the injections because I was late. I know, I thought the same thing. . . How many times have I had to wait for a doctor, because he is running late? Well, I am one of those that thinks everything happens for a reason. Second time I was scheduled, last week, my daughter had the kidney stone and I hated to leave her, so I canceled. This week, because the doctor was going to be out for the next two weeks, they had to re-schedule. I wish they would have called and told me that. Actually, though, I was in the room, undressed and IV in place when they noticed the problem. No big deal again. Me and the nurse got to discussing the bible in big time detail. Then, I knew why they didn’t call. God has a plan for everything.

This card I have posted is for the I (Heart) to Stamp Sketch challenge. This was a fun sketch to work with. You know, I must confess, I rushed it because I thought it ended today. I had all these challenges marked and had Monday written on this one. Come to find out, it isn’t Monday when this one is due. I would have probably did a more detailed job, but here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy it! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you come by often. Enjoy your day!
Toota-loo,
Karen

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sketch Saturday Challenge #13



Hi Everyone:
I’m really getting into the challenges, I just wish I had time to do more. It would be better if I were not so slow. I think too much. Anyway, I have two cards to post today. Both cards are for the Sketch Saturday Challenge #13. The first is a Christmas card with one of those cute little Hanglar & Stanglar stamps, along with a cute tree from a SU Christmas set. I wanted to go with a different color than the usual red and green Christmas colors. The second card is a birthday card, which is made with two of my favorite colors. Well, I think these are a couple of my favorite colors. I really like pink and brown together, too. Well the image on this card is from the Sheltering Tree set, which is also from SU. I enjoyed doing the challenge, and working with this sketch. Hope you like the cards. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you will come again often! Have a wonderful day!


Toota-loo,
Karen

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Verve Sketch Challenge


Hi All!

Wow, I have had a wild week so far, and it is only hump day! My daughter has problems with kidney stones, and boy that has been an adventure. She has had one with pain and vomiting off and on now for over a month. We have been to the ER and to the doctor, and she has passed one small stone, but there seems to be more. They do not think that lithotripsy is necessary and are waiting to see if she passes it. If not, I guess they will go from there. Today, she is doing good, and she even went to work today. She is 18. I just hope she has passed it already and there are no more problems. She vomited for over 24 hours, and was becoming dehydrated. The doctor said that if she didn’t get liquids down and keep them down to take her back to the hospital. Finally, with the help of Phenergan, she did it and the pain finally stopped. So, we go from here to see what will happen next.

This card is for the Verve Sketch. I liked working with this sketch. I’m so glad I played along. I have missed getting to do some of the sketches and hope to have a little more time to do them now that I can no longer swim in my pool. With the cooler nights, the water is not all that warm, and I closed it up for the winter. I sure miss it, and didn’t get to use it much this summer. So, here is my card. Hope you enjoy it. Have a great day!

Toota-loo,
Karen

My New Birthday Presents! Two Posts Today


I have to tell you about my two new kitties. They are Ragdolls, and beautiful. I got them at a rescue near Lexington, KY. I have wanted a Ragdoll kitten for many years, but didn’t want to get one just yet, since I have one cat. The cat I have now is very old, and he is an outdoor cat. His name is Lucky. He adopted my family and we are so glad he did. Anyway, my husband told me to let him know what I wanted for my birthday, and I told him a Ragdoll. So, since they are really expensive ($550.00 to $1000.00), I decided to check rescues again. I have did this many times in the past. Just so happened that a rescue not too far from us, had two. And, for $250.00 each I could have both. It took me a couple of weeks, after them checking me out, but I got my girls three weeks ago. They are close to six months old, and sisters. I have attached a picture for you. They are suppose to be the largest domestic cat in the world, although some people have had bigger cats, these are just large by breed. Anyway, I have named them Lacy & Lilly. Lilly had fleas extremely bad when she came to the rescue and after three treatments still had them, so they finally had to shear her down. Her hair has not come back in yet, but it is coming in. Lacy is the fluffy one. She is very shy. Lilly is a wild child, and if it is something that will break or she can get into she is there! Of course, they have not warmed up to their new brother, Lucky, but I’m hoping that it will come in time. He is more suspicious of them, than they are of him. The girls just want to check him out. Their favorite place to lay, which is in the picture, is a table in my family room. This table doesn’t get used for eating much, but more for home-schooling, working puzzles and doing models. They have made it their new place to lay and watch outside. They like the hummingbirds that come to a feeder that is just to the left outside of the picture view. Wild child Lilly thinks that she can chase them, and about falls off the table sometimes. I hope you enjoy the picture of them.
Toota-loo,
Karen

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My Card for Friday Sketcher’s Challenge


Okay, finally I did another card. Inspiration seems to come and go. I like blog hoping, and there are some wonderful cards out there. I get inspired, but when I go to put things on paper by myself I just seem to be lacking something.

Love these little Sarah Kay stamps. I must give them a plug. I cannot believe the crispness to the stamped image. I am totally impressed.. Can’t wait to get more of them, though I have a few I haven’t even used yet.

This card is oversized because I wanted to use the Sarah Kay image. I used Stampin’ Up paper as well as Lasting Impressions, The Paper Company and basic black. The image is colored using SU watercoloring pencils and Crayola watercoloring pencils. The little flower is from SU but I’m not sure where the brads came from. Also, I used a scalloped punch. The oval was achieved by using Creative Memories cutting system, or at least I believe that is what it is called. Glad to have the sketch to work with. Thank you for stopping by to visit, and come back often. Wishing you a nice day!
Toota-loo,
Karen

Monday, August 18, 2008

Check out this blog!

Hi All: I will possibly post a card later. Right now I want to tell you about a gal who is giving away blog candy, and in the nicest way. Check out this link and get in on the give-away. Hope you enjoy your evening.


Toota-loo,
Karen

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Submission for Friday Sketchers Challenge

Hi All!

It has been such a long time since I actually got to post a card. I have wanted to make it to my craft room, but it seems that it is one thing after another that keeps me from getting there. Last night I made this card for the Friday Sketcher’s challenge. After looking at their blog today, I’m afraid I may have did one thing not as exactly as they wanted, but I’m hoping that it is acceptable. The card was fun to make. I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by and come back soon!
Toota-loo,
Karen

Recipe:
Paper: Old In colors from SU - Wild Wasabi & Blue Bayou as well as K&Co designer paper, and a basic black.
Stamps: Hanglar & Stanglar; SU So Many Sayings.
Ribbon: SU
Embellishments: Felt Frame from Oriental Trading Co., brads from SU. Image colored with colored pencils.


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Katharina's Giving Away Blog Candy!

On one of my surfs around the blogging world, I stumbled onto Katharina’s site (I’m actually subscribed to her site and surf there often). She has hit 100,000 hits and with that great milestone has decided to give away blog candy. Go to her site and sign up for the give-away. Wait until you see what she is giving away! I’m so hoping I win.
Toota-loo,
Karen

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Thought I Would Write a Note About What Has Been Going On

I haven’t posted lately. There has been so much going on. We traveled about three hours away to a hospital this week to have testing for my daughter. We had to stay two nights. One in the hospital for a test she was having. One night in a motel because she had to be there so early for her procedure. Anyway, we got the results yesterday, and she is normal and within normal limits, exact words! They have diagnosed her with irritable bowel syndrome, which really isn’t pleasant at all, but at least we know what we are dealing with. She is 18, and suffered with this pain for 2-1/2 years now. There have been 2-1/2 years of x-rays, ultrasounds, scans and monitoring. She has seen four different doctors for all her symptoms. So, we go from here. We are now back to the primary care physician. Well, she started Friday with a kidney stone, something to add to her misery. She has had these before. Today, she was in horrible pain again, and had to call off work. The pain stopped this afternoon and it was if she didn’t have any problem at all. Hopefully it will stay gone and she will pass the stone without any further problems. She has karate camp this week, so she can advance in belts. Say a prayer for her if you will. I would appreciate it. I don't handle things well when it is out of the normal routine. Things like this throw me off a little bit, and I run around like a "chicken with my head cut off." My house is a wreck. After I got home from the hospital on Tuesday, I just went out and laid in the sun in the pool, and I have been doing that everyday since. I feel that I have gotten rested after all the pressure I felt I was under, dealing with her being put under for the procedure. She is now dealing with the kidney stone. Seems there is always something for Moms to worry about. Okay, I will go on about something else.

This evening, I had a chance to do some blog surfing. I decided to hit all the places I have saved in my favorites. I visited "A Lil’ Bit of Me" and I am so glad I did! Marlene is giving away blog candy. You really have to visit. It is an H&S stamp! Hope I win! Sign up for the blog candy, but definitely check out her work. She is too talented! I like visiting her blog. So, I’m plugging for her.

Okay, I will close for the evening. I hope that everyone has a great day! Thank you for coming by, and visit again.

Toota-loo,
Karen

Monday, July 7, 2008

Howdy! Girlfriends

Hope everyone enjoyed the Holiday weekend. I didn’t do much but did enjoy it. It rained almost all day on the fourth, so I never left the ridge. Stayed at home all day, and spent a lot of it alone, which was fine by me. A person needs that alone time every now and then.

I’ve been surfing the last week, trying to find challenges to participate in. I believe I have gotten some confused. The card I’m posting today I made for a challenge on CCEE Stampers. I may be too late to enter the challenge, because it ends today. Over the next day or so I’m going to get all the challenges straightened out, so I get them in on time. I’m so easily confused anyway.

The challenge was to use black & brown paper for your card base. The image is the only thing that can have color on it. This is the card I came up with. The image is Giddy Up from Sugar Nellie’s. I punched the brown flowers from SU cardstock with an SU punch. The layers were cut using the Creative Memories cutting system (I believe that is what it is called.) I used SU ribbons in brown and gingham. The image is with SU markers and watercolor pencils. I hope you like the card. I have trouble rating my own things. Thank you for stopping by, and do come by often. Have a wonderful day!


Toota-loo,
Karen

Monday, June 30, 2008

Sweet & Loved, Two Challenges in One!

I couldn’t help myself. I had to use pink on my card. Pink seems to be my new favorite color. Of course, this time it worked out really well. I wanted to do a challenge, and it called for anything with checkered paper. Guess what? Just happened to have some pink checkered paper lying around. Can you believe it? Well, I also had thought about another challenge I thought I would try. I mixed them together. Never thought I could pull it off, but here it is. Just see what you think. The two challenges come from CPS (Card Positioning Systems) and it is the layout sketch, and the checkered paper challenge is A Spoon Full of Sugar. You should really check out both sites.

Believe it or not, I actually took the time to write down the items used on this card. Sometimes I have no idea what I’ve used, but since most of the things used today are new, I had it right in front of me as I opened the packages. Thank you so much for stopping by and do stop by again soon! Hope you have a nice Monday.

Toota-loo,
Karen


Recipe
Stamps: Stamping Bella - Emmybella; SU So very
Paper: Bo Bunny checkered pink gingham; KI Memories lace cardstock; Doodlebug Design pink, cupcake, sugar coated cardstock.
Extras: Watercolor pencils; markers; aqua pen; dazzling diamonds glitter; Fiskar corner punch, SU oval punches

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Love The Summer!


I’m so happy! Don't you just love summertime. It is the greatest time of year. Isn’t it just wonderful to be able to put on shorts and a T or a swim suit and head out in the yard? I just love that stuff.

I planted a garden this year. It is a food garden. I have always had a flower garden, or at least what I referred to as a flower garden, but this year I also planted a food garden. Because there has been rain all around me but not here, I had to water my garden. It looks like the corn grew overnight! The peppers and melons and strawberries all look really good. I didn’t put out much more. I want to see if I do any good this year. I’m just so excited. It has been so much fun, and so relaxing. I have really enjoyed it so far.

Well, today’s card is for the YAOB Challenge on Katharina’s blog. I chose sketch #10. I love the layout. I love the stamp I used. It is Flowers of the Sugar Nellie’s. There are so many wonderful submissions on her site. Check them out on her blog. Thank you so much for stopping by and do come by often. I hope that you have a wonderful day!


Toota-loo,
Karen Linnea

Monday, June 23, 2008

WSC #53 - A Manic Monday!




There is something that I find very fascinating. For a little over 20 years, I was a medical transcriptionist. I worked in hospitals most of my life, and actually had found a job that I could perform and make pretty good pay. I always told others that the only way I passed English in school was because we had weekly spelling tests and I can spell really good. Of course, my grammar is another story, but transcriptionist have to know grammar a little bit as well. That came with time. If a physician threw a huge word at me, I could type it. I would just sound it out and type is down, and it was right. Heck, I even surprised myself! It helped that I could type really fast as well. I could have a report typed up in no time at all. It was the best kind of job for someone like me. When I was in school, I didn’t even know a job like this existed. I wanted a good job really bad. I would go by the local hospital at least three times a week to see if there were any openings. Finally, I got an interview. She said she would let me know if she could train me in this position. Sure enough, she called the following week. From there it was history. I found out that you could go many places and be a transcriptionist. I have had several jobs over the years. Most of them paid really well. Before I stopped working completely, I worked the last 6 years at home. In 2001, I had started home-schooling our kids, but I was also really sick at the time. My husband got hired for a position at a local steel mill, with really good insurance, and told me I needed to quit working. So, I did!

Now, the reason I have told you this story, is for this. Remember, I said I home-school my children. Somewhere between passing English because of spelling, and typing medical terms for 20 years, and home-schooling my children, I forgot how to spell. I feel really silly sitting at my desk trying to think of the right way to spell a word, that I have used my whole life, and all the sudden the word doesn’t look right on the paper. (Thank goodness for spell check. In some cases, spell check cannot even help me!) Where did something go wrong in my head? My poor son will ask me about a word, and my brain shuts down and I’m like, "Don’t ask me! Look it up." Besides, you don’t ask your teacher how to spell a word. (In this case, she may tell you wrong.) Maybe it is a disease. My Mom says that my Dad has it. Of course, my Mom is pretty sharp and she plays cross word puzzles all the time. I bought one of those books the other day, but have only worked one. If it is a disease I have contracted it. I don’t like having it, but it seems that I am going to have to suffer the rest of my life with it. It pretty much seems incurable at this point.

This little card I made for Beate’s WSC #53. I realize that owls have become a new stamping hot lick. I, however, was having a problem finding an owl I really liked, for my tastes, of course. Anyway, I found this little guy at Stamping Bella, and thought he was adorable. I really liked the lay out for Beate’s challenge this week. I just new that I had to use him on the card. I used colored pencils on him. The paper is SU, except for the little scalloped piece. That is from a mat stack of some kind. The sentiment is heat embossed and from Fun & Fast Notes. Thanks for stopping by and come again. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Toota-loo,
Karen Linnea

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Wishes - SC #180



Today is my baby’s birthday. He is 15. It is so hard to believe. His name is Mitch, and he is a really cute guy! In six months he will be able to get his driving permit. That is unbelievable! The time just flies. For birthdays around here, you get your choice of what you want to eat, what dessert you want, and $125.00. My son chose Pizza Hut pizza, Pizza Hut dessert pizza and the $125.00. Me and his Daddy learned a long time ago that we come out better by giving this gift, rather than a party. Parties are expensive. Sometimes parties can be disappointing as well. This way, the kids seem to be happier. I know I like parties, but I wouldn’t mind that $125.00 spending money.

I couldn’t wait to post my card today. I really love this stamp. It is Patty Birthdaycake from Stamping Bella. (The card was not made for my son, by the way! It was made using the SCS SC sketch from last Wednesday. Thought I better make that clear.) I have bought several of those little fairies from Stamping Bella, and I just love them. Last Wednesday’s SC180 is where I got the lay out for this card. I am just a little slower than I anticipated. (It is called life . . . It sometimes gets in the way of fun!) Anyway, this color mixture is from a card I did at an SU card party sometime back. The colors seem very good together, or at least I think they do. I hope you enjoy the card. Thanks for stopping by, and stop back often! Have a nice day!

Toota-loo,
Karen Linnea


Recipe:
Stamps: Patricia Birthdaycake - Stamping Bella, SU Fun & Fast Notes - sentiment, SU Homespun plaid - background
Paper: SU Certainly celery, SU Tempting Turguoise & Coral color that I’m not sure of brand
Extras: Piercing tool, brads, dazzling diamonds, white gel pen, colored pencils, embossing powder.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Father's Day!


It was a nice Father’s Day!
At my friend’s house (Vickie Waugh) we made cards last week, and I used the one for Father’s Day for my father. I needed a card for my father-in-law, and so I cased it but only in a different color. My father’s favorite color is green, so I changed up the paper on the bottom of the orange and green card, so the DP on the bottom was green. I wanted the cards to be similar so that I didn’t feel like I made one better than the other. Does that make sense? Do you understand where I’m coming from. Seems they both had a good Father’s Day, even though my Dad had to share his day with my niece’s birthday party. She will turn 5 on the 18th. She is a real hoot! My dad babysits her. My dad will be 71 in August. Needless to say, she is spoiled.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the cards. Stop back by often, and have a great day!
Toota-loo,
Karen Linnea

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

It's A "Grad" Ole Day!


It's a "GRAD" Ole Day!

Hi!


Today, my daughter, Victoria, age 18, graduates. She has been homeschooled, and got her GED in October. The program that she attended to take her GED has a graduation for all the people who have gotten their diplomas throughout the year. That is very nice. So, this evening we are attending that ceremony. I cannot believe that it is actually happening. It is hard to believe that she is 18. I still want to treat her like a child. She has grown up into a beautiful person.

I just had my son, Mitch, 14, to the doctor for an ear infection. He has had problems with his ears all his life. Every summer he ends up with an ear infection from swimming. That seems to be the case this time as well. So, the doctor put him on an antibiotic and a drop. Hopefully, he will be in good enough shape to attend Victoria’s graduation ceremony, without too much pain.

Okay, about today’s card. Hard for me to recipe this one. I made is sometime back, and wanted to post it sooner. I have not really had much time to do any cardmaking, and I hate that. It may help my stress if I could be able to make it to my craft room. Anyway, there are two different sets of SU stamps used in this card. I cannot remember the names. I am so bad that way. There is also a mixture of items used on the card, but I think you get the general idea of how it lays out. I hope you like it.

Well, thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day! Please return to check out my cards and read in on my updates. Have a good one!

Toota-loo,
Karen Linnea

Friday, June 6, 2008

Glamorous Friday - TGIF!


Glamorous Friday - TGIF!

This evening I get together with my girlfriends. We are going to make cards. I love being with them. They are all such Hoots! We had a ball last week. We laughed so hard, that it made me happy all week. Don’t you just love laughing like that. It is just good for the soul.

My friend, Tessie, let me stamp her Glam Girl stamps. I cannot stand things that don’t have eyes, so I gave my Glam Girl eyes and shades. She turned out cool! So, here she is and I hope you love her! She looks Fabulous to me, or Glamorous to me! When I look at her, I always think of that song “I Will Survive!” You know, late ‘70's, early ‘80. Well, thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy your weekend! I sure know most of you are saying TGIF! TTFN!

Toota-loo,
Karen Linnea

Recipe: Bazzill Bling Orange and DCWV Glitter Paper as well as Lasting Impressions
Stamp: Glam Girl from CC Designs & sentiment from TAC
Embellishments: Ribbon, brads, buttons.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Sugar Nellie Kitty!



Today’s card is a little larger than I usually do cards. It is 6.5 x 6.5 inches. There is white cardstock covered with a polka dotted, pink, piece of Lasting Impressions paper. I used SU paper on the layering under the image. The image is one of my new stamps from Sugar Nellie - Kitty. It just impresses me that I got these from Scotland. Guess I am easy to impression. Oh well! I pop dotted the kitty & the little girl’s hat. Along with the Sugar Nellie, I used the Polka Dots & Paisley stamp set sentiment from SU. The blue flowers are those die cut blooms from SU. The half scallop is a Your’s Truly from Achiver’s. I placed tiny, star shaped rhinestones all the way around the scalloped edges. The card took me a while to make. I’m so slow! I wanted to do this image up well, because I like it so much.

The pictures turned out different and I wanted you to be able to see where I pop dotted the kitty & her hat. It is hard to see in either picture, and one of the pictures shows a glare. I just couldn’t get a better view for some reason. The pictures kept turning out basically the same every time I took them. Thank you for stopping by, and hope you continue to stop by often. Have a nice evening!

Toota-loo,
Karen Linnea

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A Hostess Club Stamping Frenzy!


Okay, I have a story. Not a long one, like most of mine, but a story. Friday night, me and my girlfriends got together at Vickie’s house. It was the hostess club she has going, and all of us involved are pretty close friends. Anyway, Tessie and I received our order from Stamping Bella, and had all our cute little stamps out showing the other girls. We decided to share, and so we pulled out the Stazon Black and passed the stamps around the table, stamping up Bellas and Fairies so everyone could try them. I sat today coloring some of mine. Also, Tessie had gotten some of the Glam Girls from CC Designs, and I stamped a few of those. I was thinking of buying them, and getting a chance to play with them helped me decide. After coloring them today, I believe I will. They are so cute.

Today, I received an order of Sugar Nellie’s. I ordered 5 of the Sweet Art Ebonies. They are so adorable. I stamped and colored one of those tonight, too. I love this one. It is a little girl feeding a kitty. I cannot wait to make a card. I was in a coloring mood today, so that was about as far as I got . . . coloring!

A couple of years back I decided to make recipe books for all my sisters and sister-in-laws for their birthdays. I didn’t do scrapbooking, because I had never even seen scrapbooking. I would buy these little books for $1.00 at Dollar General, take them apart and run the paper through the computer to print out the recipe. After putting the book back together, I would decorate the pages. Then, one of my friends told me that was similar to scrapbooking. Then, after I met up with all these ladies that really know about scrapbooking, I changed my books a little. I am now working on a new one. The post for today will be a page for my new recipe book. I love to dry emboss and don’t do it too often, but I did a little for this page. Hope you like it. Thank you for stopping by. Please come back by often.

Toota-loo,
Karen Linnea


Recipe: Cow, sheep & fence are from a plastic stencil from Wal-Mart
Paper: CTMH kit (not sure of name) All pinks and browns
Embellishments: Black brads for eyes, antique looking brads on recipe corners.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Weekend Challenge Sketch #50


WSC #50

This is my card for the Weekend Sketch Challenge from Beate's Fresh & Fun Blog Challenge. I just received Matilda in the mail on Thursday, and because of all the busyness of life, didn’t get to play with her until last night. Isn’t she just a beautiful little fairy! She came from Stamping Bella. I cannot wait to do a few of the others I bought.

This card was placed on Bazzill Bling Pink paper. I used designer paper from K&Co & placed little jewels at each ticket punched corner. I layered my image on a piece of SU cardstock and white cardstock. Also, I used grosgrain green ribbon and colored pencils to color Matilda. I hope you enjoy the card I have posted today. Thanks for stopping by, and please come back by soon. Have a wonderful Monday!

Toota-loo,
Karen Linnea

Thursday, May 29, 2008

SCS Sketch Challenge #178


SKS Sketch Challenge #178

Busy again. Had a lot to do today, but it was not bad busy. Of course, the worse part was the Wal-Mart run. I hate that. I try to go to Wal-Mart once a month, and do my monthly shopping that day. I load up and try real hard not to go back for another month. It is sometimes hard to not end up there before the month runs around but it happens. After running, we ended up home to do some work outside and clean on the pool. The water felt pretty nice, but I think I will wait a few more warm days before I attempt that first swim. I like my water a little warmer than it presently is at the time.

Last night I had the chance to work in the craft room, and I tried my hand at the Wednesday Sketch Challenge on SCS. The card below is my card submitted on there. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate it so much. Enjoy your evening and come back by real soon.

Toota-loo,
Karen Linnea


Stamps: SU One of a Kind
Paper: SU & K & Co designer paper
Extras: Scalloped square punch, Queen & Co brads, embossing powder, ticket punch

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Look at the Pretty Kitty!

Haven’t blogged in a few days. This time of year is so busy, but not bad busy. I have been working in the yard, preparing the pool, planting flowers, starting my garden. Then, there are the get togethers, birthday parties, Memorial Day picnic, etc. This is all good stuff, but makes it hard to get to the craft room. I’m sure you all can agree. I hope you, too, are busy with nice things this time of year.

The card I’m posting is one that I made for a swap. Needless to say, someone out there has this card! I hope they like it. The stamp is from Magenta. Actually, it is a double kitty on the actual stamp, but I made it single on the card. The papers are SU. I used colored pencils to color the kitty, and the brads are Lasting Impressions. I like LI’s brads. I wanted to get something up to share, so I looked through some pictures and came up with this one. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by, and come back again soon. Have a wonderful afternoon!

Toota-loo,
Karen

Thursday, May 22, 2008

It's Almost Here!


For the first time in days we actually had a beautiful, sunny day, with a nice temperature today. Tomorrow is suppose to be even warmer, and the weekend is looking to be wonderful. Here in Ironton, we have the oldest Memorial Day Parade in the nation. It is really a biggy for this little town. Folks who have moved away actually plan their vacations around Memorial Day just to come back home and be here for the parade. As the day we salute those who have served our country, near and far, years ago and now, people line the streets, in order to pay tribute. The gathering of family and friends, meeting at the parade, is a wonderful time. I hope that wherever you are that you too will be able to gather with family and friends and spend time with those you love this coming weekend.

Now, for today’s card. This is made with the oval punch. I outlined every oval with a little bit of gray coloring. I cut the black cardstock with craft scissors to make it look torn. The flower & flower center are laid on black cardstock too. I just use scraps of some silver and black & white paper to place behind the flower & tied the bottom of the card with black & white gingham ribbon. I placed stickles just along the lower half of the flower center. Hope you like the card, or at least the colors. Have a wonderful evening, and come back by soon.

Toota-loo,
Karen

Monday, May 19, 2008

Weekend Challenge Sketch #48


wsc #48
Here is my card for Beate's weekend challenge. My computer is in a sad state. I am definitely going to have to get it looked at. I am just lucky I got my card posted. Glad I participated in the challenge. Thanks for stopping by. Please stop back by soon. Have a wonderful week!
Toota-loo,
Karen

Saturday, May 17, 2008

BLOOM where you are planted!


Bloom Where You Are Planted!

Today, the sun is actually shining on the Southern Tip of Ohio! It is not raining...Yet. That’s right...I say YET. It is suppose to rain today again, as it has every day for the last several. I guess it is the rain that makes everything pretty and green and gives us all the beautiful spring colors. Okay, we can take the rain in exchange for that.

Today, I’m posting a card that is all about the spring, whether it be spring of the seasons or the spring that blooms in a person. All the paper, except for the designed paper, is SU. The butterfly is made with vellum, cut twice, and made using a pearl headed stick pin in pink, pearl, green & blue beads. The bloom stamp is from the Michael’s $1.00 stamp bin. Not sure where the flowers came from. I have way too many flowers in my flower draw to even figure out where they all came from. I used the half circle punch and ticket punches making this card, too.

Hope you enjoy my Saturday post. I’m off now to do some necessary things outside, while it is not raining. My solar cover needs cleaned so I can put it on the pool and get the water warm. They are predicting 80 degrees here for next weekend, which sounds wonderful. My daughter turns 18 next Monday, Memorial Day, the 26th. It has gone so fast, and I figure I am going to have a rough week handling this. Keep me in your prayers! Okay, go out and enjoy the day. Take advantage of the sun and a day off. Thank you for stopping by, and do it again, please!

Toota-loo,
Karen

Monday, May 12, 2008

May Flowers!


May Flowers!

I was thinking about starting a challenge on my web site. The idea occurred to me last night, while working on Beate’s WSC. I ask myself why I look so forward to doing her challenge? It is just so fun. Not only that, I would like to win. Don’t we all like to win? Even if there is no prize, it is the thought of winning. In my case, I would want to give a prize. Not sure how or what to award yet, but it sure would be fun to give a gift away. I guess I need some response. Also, I’m not sure how you do those little sketches to let others see what the design should be for the challenge. Anyone who can tell me how, I would love to hear. So, if you think you would like participating in another challenge, leave me a comment and I will see if I need to follow through with it.

Now, on with today’s card. It is PINK, and I used Versamark to stamp a little flower as the background. Some designer paper was used as the long stripe down the side and then I used Stampin’ Up paper again for my layers. The flowers are Queen & Co. Queen & Co items are one of my favorites. I just love all that color! I used ribbon to tie around the stamped image. “Thinking of you” is from one of those $1.00 sets from Michael’s, and the stamp used for the stems for the flowers is from A Sheltering Tree from SU. Hope you enjoy the card! Thanks for stopping by. Stop back by soon.

Toota-loo,
Karen

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Weekend Challenge Sketch #47


Beate’s Weekend Challenge #47

I’m hoping that everyone had a wonderful Sunday! Mine was very laid back. I went to see my Mom & Dad, and spent the afternoon at their house. We watched a movie together, and talked. My kids were there with us, and it was a very nice visit. Usually, when I stop by their house, Mom is at work, and my Dad is babysitting my niece. She is 4, almost 5, and very fun! My Dad is 70, and the two of them together are a hoot. Most of the time I am in a hurry, and just run in to see what the two of them are up to, and then have to hurry on my way. So, today was really nice to visit, especially since Mom & Dad both were there. Out of my siblings, my brother had already been there to see our Mom, and my sisters were coming by later in the evening. I didn’t get to see any of them. Life is so busy anymore. Everyone has to be somewhere, or in a hurry to get somewhere. Life is just hectic for most. Anyway, my Mom seemed to be happy, and glad that everyone was in good health and safe, and I guess that is all any Mom can ask for. I know that we (my siblings and myself) are all very lucky to have such wonderful parents, and to still have them around. Happy Mother’s Day! to all the Moms out there! Hope your day was a good one. Thanks for stopping by, and come back soon. I’m on a roll for posting.
Toota-loo,

Karen
Recipe
Stamps: SU - In Full Bloom & Barouq Motif (not sure of spelling)
Paper: SU
Ink: Stazon black
Accessories: Bling, brads, ribbon, colored pencils, punches, hardware

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Too Much of a Good Thing is a Good Thing


Too Much of A Good Thing is a Good Thing!

Well, Alan Jackson thinks I’m right, too much of a good thing is a good thing. Can’t have too much of a good thing can we?

The card I made to post today turned out really cute, or at least I think so. The only problem? I took the picture with the card upside down! Now, how goofy is that! The picture turned out okay, and I didn’t even notice that it was upside down until I went to load the picture on the computer. I noticed that the words were not right. Just too silly! I’ll just say that is my first mistake this year and let it go at that! Ha Ha!

Okay, thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and if you’re a Mom...HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Toota-loo,
Karen

Friday, May 9, 2008

Great Balls of Fire! I've Been Inspired!


Okay, I have a post for today. Actually, I could post several. First, I have a story. The thing with me is that I always have a story. My girlfriends tell me I always have a story. I’m not sure if that is good or bad, but they put up with me, and I’m glad about that.

On Saturday, Vickie, Barb, Tessie and myself hit the road for another road trip. This time we headed north to Cincinnati, which is a little over 2 hours for us. First stop, Archiver’s. We did make & takes and the other girls did scrapbook pages. I just love this store. Wish so much there was one closer to us. Two hours away is the closest we can find one. Then, we hit a place called Scraps Etc., and bought them out. Next, we hit Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and a Joann’s, where we left the shelves bare. Way too much fun for one day! When we travel away from home, we have to eat at Big Boy! Barb & I love Big Boy, but Vickie & Tessie are not as impressed as we are. They tolerate it for the sake of us. So sweet!

Well, after that trip, I have to say that I was inspired. Haven’t really used all that much of my new stuff, but then I had bunches of new stuff to begin with. Isn’t that just like a papercrafter? We have bunches of new stuff, but we are always ready to buy more, and so we do. Have to have the latest new gadget or something we saw someone else use and it was just so wonderful. I love it. Hate spending the money, but can’t live without it.

I should mention my health situation. It is for those who have asked. Thank you for thinking about me, and most of all praying for me. I know it is prayers that got me through everything. I had to have an IVP because of the kidney blockage, and there was nothing on the IVP. Every thing was completely cleared up. GOD! The only thing to explain it. The place on my right hip is not a mass. GOD! That is the only way to explain it. Now, I saw the GYN, and he is checking the ovarian cyst. He ordered another ultrasound, but I do not have the results of that yet. He did have the results of the lab work, though, and everything was normal on that. He had ordered a CA-125, and for any one that doesn’t know, that is a test for tumor markers, and it was negative. That means no cancer. How wonderful! I find out next week about the cyst and what will happen next. I’m not worried. God is in control.

Okay, for the post. This is my first scalloped circle card. The card is from SU. I used all SU materials except for the two little flower brads, the yellow brad and one of the scalloped circles under the flower, which is Lasting Impressions paper. This card was very fun to make, and I stayed right on top of it once I started. I didn’t have any idea what I was doing until I got started. Everything fell into place, and I love the way it turned out. I sure hope you like it as well. Thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings. I hope you have a wonderful day! Stop back. I hope to post again tomorrow. I have three more cards I created recently and hope to post over the weekend.

Toota-loo,
Karen

Friday, May 2, 2008

Happy Baby Scrapbook Page 6 x 6


Don't you just love how this picture turned out crooked? I wonder who takes these things? Yell, right! Well, I did this little 6 x 6 scrapbook page for Scrap, Stamp and Be Merry's Erin. She wanted some baby scrapbook pages, and so I'm sending this one her way. I'm not much of a scrapbooker, but thought I would try. If it isn't her taste, I understand and nothing is lost. It is hard to come up with an idea for a page this small and put a place for a picture on it. Hopefully, I will get better at doing that as time goes on.
Well, I thank you for stopping by, and hope you have a nice, warm, wonderful Friday! TGIF! Come back soon!
Toota-loo,
Karen

Monday, April 28, 2008

Beate's Weekend Challenge #45


This card was made with a Lasting Impressions template. I love this little dog. I have pop dotted him, with another dog exactly like him underneath. Hope you enjoy today's card. Was fun making it. I love dry embossing, but don't seem to do it often enough. Hope your day is a bright, nice, easy day! Thanks for stopping by, and come back often.


Toota-loo,

Karen

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Groovin-The Rascals-1967

I have placed it here for you also to enjoy.

Groovin' On a Sunday Afternoon


I found this song appropriate for today. You can be groovin’ no matter what you are doing. Perfect day to do whatever it is you like. I watched a video featuring this song. It is on here for you to enjoy!

The video is very relaxing, just like the song. Lately, I have been getting into older songs and their wonderful lyrics and rhythm. That might be a sign that I’m getting old, although my 14-year-old son seems to like them as well as his metal bands. I’m happy about that. Variety is the spice of life, right?

Today, I’m using another card that I made some time back. Everything on the card is from Stampin’ Up, except for the buttons and ribbon. I really like how this card turned out. Of course, it is so rewarding when something comes together pretty well. I hate sitting at the craft table for hours and not succeeding at something I had in my head, from it not turning out as well as I wanted, or had pictured. Sometimes it is very hard to get it down on paper. I did work on a card that I’m okay with and will post it soon. I like the way the flowers turned out on it. I just have to glue everything to the card. I sure hope your Sunday is a “Groovin” kind of day, and you enjoy my card. Hope you enjoy the video, too. I sure enjoy you stopping by. Love looking at the counter, watching the numbers go up. Please stop by often. Thank you for doing that. Have a great one!

Toota-loo,
Karen Linnea

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Let the Sun Shine In!



Well, we have been pretty lucky here in the Southern Ohio Valley over the past couple of days. I love it, 80 degree temperatures. Starting Saturday, it looks like we are taking a turn for a cold front, but that is part of spring. I’m thinking it will be time to clean the pool and prepare for swimming soon. I love that stuff!

Went to Tennessee this past weekend to a Rod Run, and had a blast. My husband is rebuilding a ‘72 Mach One Mustang, and he was inspired by what he saw. Of course, according to him, his will be so much better looking than those he saw at Tennessee. If you had a car there or know someone who did, don’t take offense to this. He is just a normal man!

What I liked best about Pigeon Forge, Tennessee was the Scrapbook Superstore. WOW! I had so much fun spending money in there! Their Clearance Store was awesome. It was a separate building. Everything in this store was 50% off. Got some stamps and all kinds of extras! You know all that stuff we cardmakers/papercrafters cannot live without. Way too much fun! Made my trip complete. It was right up there with laying on the front of the boat, reading a book and eating candy! That is something to me. Well, if you make it to Pigeon Forge, definitely check out the Scrapbook Superstore.

I’m posting an item I made sometime back. It is a tiny lunch box which I bought at Dollar Tree. It is plastic. I covered it with paper and decorated it with all kinds of embellishments. I tied ribbons to the handle and it looks just like the big ones, only about half the size. It would probably hold those little 3 x 3 cards a lot better than the regular size cards. I just thought it was cute. I made one for my niece, and she used it to put Valentine’s from preschool in. It is a good size for that.

Okay, that’s it for now. Hope you have a wonderful evening! Thanks for stopping by and come back often.

Toota-loo,
Karen Linnea

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #43


Hope it is okay to do a side view on Beate's weekend sketch challenge. I did mine laying down, so to speak. I've titled it Wishing You Love!

Wishing You Love - Always wishing you love. Love is definitely what makes the world go round. When you listen to the news you think that there cannot be much love in the world, but what you don’t hear is all the love that comes out of all the bad news. People are so full of love that when something bad happens, they will stretch out their arms and help others to do whatever they can to make things better. We have seen a lot of the strength of the American people over the past few years, with their willingness to reach out and help others around the world in need, as well as right here in our nation. But, you can also see the kindness and love in others that show up to help search for a missing daughter or mother, as we have seen on the TV lately. Actually, we have seen way too many missing people stories lately. Something bad did happen to cause these people to come lend a hand, but they show up and that is love at work. God is love! That is God bringing the good out of the bad. We are so lucky to have such a loving God, a God who has given us love. Thank you, Father, for allowing me to have love, to be loved and to love.

Sure hope you don’t mind the sermon. Just a small story to go along with my card. I was just thinking about how lucky I am to have to so many loving people around me. I hope that you are surrounded with love today. Stop back by tomorrow to see what new thing I have for you to glance at. Have a wonderful Monday!

Toota-loo,
Karen Linnea

Stamps: SU for a friend. TAC - girl stamp
Paper: CS - SU. Bo Bunny - green polka-dot, Doodlebug sugar coated pink
Embellishments: Ribbon, rhinestones, gel pen, paper piercing.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Hanglar & Stanglar Blog Candy!

Katharina's Creative Place is the spot to check out! She is giving away one of those most wanted Hanglar & Stanglar stamps. I love those little things. She shows some wonderful talent and you should make sure and check out her work. I love her style. Don't miss out, or you'll be sorry you did!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to post something for you tomorrow. I've enjoyed some down time today. I've been surfing and checking through challenges. I believe I have a couple ideas for things to work on tomorrow. So, hope everyone has a nice night and checks back by tomorrow.

Toota-loo,
Karen Linnea

I've been awarded!!!!



One of my talented, sweet friends has gone and nominated me for this award! Tessie, The Mountaineer Stamper, is one of the most talented paper crafters I personally know. Her creations are awesome and she presents a style all her own. I hope you will please check out her blog. Thank you, Tessie, for nominating me for this honor. So, now I get the honor of naming 5 others this award should go to. It is a very hard thing to do, because limiting myself to just 5 is difficult. There are so many talented people in the stamping/scraping world! Hooray for that!

So, here is what you are to do:

1. You pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2. List the names of the people you chose to receive the award on your blog and link to their blogs. Then go comment on one of their posts to notify them that you have given them this award and link to the post on your blog.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name of the person who gave them the award and link to their blog.
The Award-winner and the one who has given the award have to show the link to the Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

1. aloadofoldblogocks.blogspot.com
2. flutterbyatomicbutterfly.blogspot.com
3. dawnanewday.blogspot.com
4. carlastamps.blogspot.com
5. whatchastamping.blogspot.com

Thanks & Toota-loo,
Karen Linnea