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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.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Another Challenge - Beate's WSC41

Okay, I spent the past couple of hours coming up with this card. I know the majority of people would have had it finished in no time, but I’m not like the majority. It is so sad! Anyway, I wanted to use this set the other day. I love people stamps, and I’m not sure why, I just like them. I loved this set when it first came out and had to have it and the accessories. Hope you enjoy the picture. I’ll post the items I used below. I think I looked up most of the colors. Sorry, that I’m so bad about not knowing colors. I feel pretty good most of the time when I get my kids’s names on the first try, and not go down a list. (Some of you are laughing right now, because you can relate to what I’m saying!) I use to think my grandmother didn’t see me often enough to know who I was until my Mom got older and called my sisters by my aunts's names and by my name. Now that I’m older, I totally understand how that happens, though I don’t quite understand the why. Well, so much for that. Anyway, hope you enjoy the card. Have a wonderful day!

Karen Linnea

Stamps: Girlfriends - Stampin’ Up
Papers: Stampin’ Up Pumpkin Pie, Blue Bayou, Bazzill Bling Blue, White. DCWV textured green.
Markers: Only Orange, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore
Colored Pencils: Crayola
Embellishments: Darice self adhesive rhinestones; Queen & Co flowers & brads.
Scallop oval punches, oval punch

Friday, March 28, 2008

Blinged Out Baby Buggy

Okay, I may have blinged this baby buggy way too much, but I thought it was cute! I used the Fun & Fast Notes set from SU, and colored it pink, outlining it with a pink SU marker. I’m not good at color names. I just grab what I think works. Anyway, I used two pink brads as the wheels, with teenie, tiny, black buttons as the center of the wheel. Also, there is a pink heart brad between the poles on the buggy. I have several layers of pink, and again I don’t really know the differences in the colors to tell you which color I used here, although I know there is a piece of dark pink, Bazzill bling paper behind the buggy. I had fun making this card, but (and there are those of you out there that really know me) it took me all evening to make it. I think it is extremely simple as a card, but I think things to death, and I watch TV while I work. Even at stamping events, I do one card to every other persons 3. Don’t really know why I’m so slow. It could be that I enjoy the social part of the get together a little more than the stamping part. Well, I’m working on something else, and hope to get to post again today, which would be something I should do, since I haven’t posted since Tuesday. I want to work on Beate’s Weekend Sketch Challenge. I printed it off this morning, and I’m hoping to get to work on it a little before I go off to meet my girlfriends for a recipe book class and a hostess party all wrapped up into one! I’m sure we will have a good time tonight. Well, enjoy my card! Check back later for a possible addition. Have a great Friday! TGIF!

Karen Linnea

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tried my hand at a Flap Card - See what you think.

Okay, so I didn’t get to post on Sunday. I didn’t even get to the craft room on Sunday. I was all congested and my sinuses were a mess from walking store to store, in the wind on Saturday. Two of the ladies did not get to go shopping, but my friend, Barb, and I went. We are shopaholics anyway. We shopped until we literally dropped. Barb is so funny, but you will not believe what she did. We are on our way to Lexington, about an hour out of Ashland, and she goes to hunting for her billfold. She cannot find it, so she calls her husband. Sure enough, she left it laying on the kitchen table. Her husband, John, who is one of the sweetest men I have ever known or even heard about, drives one hour to meet us to bring her billfold to her. Of course, we went to the next exit, where there was a Big Lots, and shopped until he got there. We could not miss out on any shopping. Heaven Forbid! We may have hit some other stores if any others had been open. It was just too early for the others. The rest of the trip was a hit and we had a wonderful time. Bought ourselves lots of goodies, and found some wonderful deals.

I worked a little while in my craft room today, and decided to try the flap card from the Monday SCS Challenge. I had to enlarge it a bit, because the stamp image is large and took up most of the card the other way. I did it on a piece of 12" paper and made it 5" wide. Then, I extended the flap by adding a piece of purple cardstock along a strip of DCWV glitter paper. DCWV brown texture cardstock, vanilla cardstock and Bazzill orange bling are layered behind my image. The stamped image is another Tingle Hearts - Birthday Girl. I colored her with colored pencils and embossed over it with clear embossing powder. I punched a little design on the brown texture paper, and then stamped Happy Birthday Wishes on the right lower corner. The candles are colored dark purple, which is kind of hard to tell, and I used stickles as the flame from the candles. There is a little brad on the point of her birthday hat. Again, I love these stamps, and enjoy coloring them. This was a fun card to make. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll come back for another visit soon. Have a great day!

Karen Linnea

Friday, March 21, 2008


Finally, I figured out what I wanted to stamp. Isn’t it terrible to have so many stamps that you cannot decide what to stamp when you sit down at the stamping station! I just got my order from Stamping Bella on Monday, and was so excited. I got 5 new stamps, and this image was one of them, although this is Alexa’s bad hair day, and not one of the Bellas. I just had to do this one. I love cutesy stamps, and this one jumped out at me when I was shopping on the site. Her robe is cut from a piece of glitter paper. I just colored her with colored pencils. I used a textured green paper (DCWV) and SU Elegant Eggplant, as well as white cardstock. The other stamp is from SU Girlfriends. Not sure where the ribbon is from, but it worked with the color scheme. Hope you like the card. I’m working on another right now, and hope to get it posted sometime this evening.

Me and my girlfriends (Barb, Vickie and Tessie) are going shopping in Lexington, KY, tomorrow. I love shopping! You will have to check out Vickie’s blog, http://www.stampingeverafter.blogspot.com as well as Tessie’s, http://www.mountaineerstamper.blogspot.com These ladies are so sweet, and so talented. I feel special just knowing them! Hope some of their talent rubs off on me. Okay, hope to get my next card on here this evening. If I don’t, it will be Sunday before I get it on. I’ll be shopping tomorrow!
Have a good afternoon!

Karen Linnea

Monday, March 17, 2008

You Are One of a Kind - Beate's WSC #39

What a nice, laid-back Sunday! I love when you can just enjoy the day doing your own thing, and I did. I spent my afternoon in the craft room, watching movies and stamping. This card I made today is for Beate’s Weekend Sketch Challenge. The stamped image is another Tingle Heart Stamp, Enthusiasm. It takes some time to color the hair on these stamps. At least it takes me some time to color the hair on these stamps, is what I should say. Of course, raising my head up to stay on track with the movie didn’t help. Well, I hope that you like the card. I enjoyed working on it. Thanks for dropping by, and I hope you do it again real soon. Have a nice Monday!
Karen Linnea

Stamps: Tingle Heart: Enthusiasm SU: One of a kind
Paper: SU Pixie Pink, Pretty in Pink, White & Bazzill Bling Blue
Punches: 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" Circles & Scallop Circle

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Little Card Box

I’m posting a box I made. You are not going to believe where I copied this idea from. View the box, and you may have some idea. Well, I showed this to all my girlfriends last night, when we got together for cardmaking. They were oohing and aahing and I loved that. They could not believe how the 3 x 3 cards fit in the box so good. Well, I will tell you that I copied this from a Kotex lightdays box. I glued two pieces of certainly celery together, with a very small overlap, and unfolded the box to copy it. It fit on the two sheets exactly. After I traced and cut, I decorated the box and made the 3 x 3 cards from scrap papers. So, needless to say there is a little bit of everything. Don’t think I’m real bad silly for copying this box. The first time I opened it, I thought how good it would work for a card box. That is a crafter’s thinking! It is always how we can use some jar or box to make something out of it. I’m sure some of you know exactly what I’m talking about! Well, hope you enjoy the pictures of my little card box. Actually, I hope you get to try it, and get all the compliments that I got from my girlfriends. Have a great weekend! Toota-loo, Karen Linnea

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


What a busy Wednesday! I’m just glad to be home and able to make my second post. I love the stamp I used on today’s post. It’s from the Suzy Toronto, Tingle Heart series. These are the cutest stamps! I have more! This is just two cards that I made some time back. The stamps remind me of my girlfriends, and how much I love being with them. The green and pink card is 5 x 5 and the blue one is 6 x 6. The stamp is rather large, and so I enlarged the card size. The ladies are colored with colored pencils, and then I clear embossed over the image. I used SU cardstock, and DCWV glitter paper on the green and pink card. There is also a little piece of Bazzill Bling pink cardstock layered behind the image. The blue card is a little bit of everything; not sure I can even name it all. Again, the stamped image is colored with colored pencils and clear embossed. The Tingle Heart stamps are so much fun to color, and I really had so much fun working on the two cards. I have a cute little card box I’m working on and hope to post tomorrow. Please stop back by and check it out. I hope you enjoy the cards, and have a great evening!


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

First Post!

Okay, my first post. I have been so nervous about posting. I just want to do a really good job at this. Not sure why it makes me so nervous. It might be because there are so many talented people cardmaking and paper crafting that I’m intimidated by the talent. Not sure, but here it goes.

This card I made for Beates Weekend Challenge. I found it to be a fun challenge and enjoyed working on the card. Most of the products are Stampin’ Up. The checkered yellow paper is Lasting Impressions, and the blue flower brads are Queen & Co. The stamp is from the Sellabrations Merci set. Of course, something you will come to know about me, I love to emboss. So, I clear embossed the flower after coloring it. I clear emboss everything, as you will see from my upcoming posts. Well, I hope you enjoy my card. I enjoyed participating in the weekend challenge #38, and hope to do more in the future. Enjoy your day!