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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.

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.

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!


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.


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!

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!


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.


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.

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!


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.


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!