Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Generations  Wedding  Album 

 Hello, and Thank you for stopping in today!  I'm so glad you've joined me. 

 I wish I knew what the future will hold 🎔  -but for now, it looks like I will be away on an (extended) visit to see my parents and family - my mother is quite ill . . . so,
 I will not have a craft room for the weeks to come~ But here is something I wanted to share again:
  I hope to post a few of these photo's (below) to Wen's SIMPLY NEUTRALS TUESDAY Party!
Please take a moment if you can to browse the beautiful entries there ~

  ***This is adapted from my post - September 2015~
Several years ago I made an album for . . . myself! It doesn't happen real often ; ), but I had acquired some great family generational photo's and wanted to make a keepsake~ so I  created an album of wedding pictures from some of my late husbands family; and mine as well~

It is my most cherished creation ❤ because of the precious photo's it contains, and the love I poured into it.   - one of the pic's dates back to my Great-great Grandparents on my fathers side~

There is something about vintage B&W pictures that... makes me want to create!
To see them displayed with beautiful papers, laces and bits of ephemera.
I am often inspired and filled with idea's when old photo's are in my hand.

This is the cover (about 6"X6")
Made with white corrugated board & some vintage sheet  music (a gift from my father!)
 Most of the chipboard in this album (like the lovely mannequin) is from > Blue Fern Studio's.
Most of the papers used in this album are from Prima >  http://www.primamarketinginc.com/ ( their Almanac and Printery collections)

This page above is my mother's parents~ Juliette and Michael (Rene' was his middle name & I remember  Grama often called him Ray)  They were French Canadian.
The fussy-cut bird and nest was G45" Little Darlings" paper. The chipboard vines are Blue Fern Studio's and the bird cage is a die cut.

My husbands grandparents (mothers side);  Kate (Catherine) and Chuck -  but we all called him "Poppy"~  He was a gardener by trade and had several green houses where he made his living. Grandma Kate was a kindergarten school teacher for many years.
The cute hanger ppr clip is from Tim Holtz.

Here are my parents.  I shared this photo a few weeks ago and posted it to Wen's Simply Neutral Tuesday Party!! http://appleapricot.blogspot.com/   
Aren't they a lovely young couple! ; )
I used lots of home made flowers (Prima papers) and the chipboard butterfly is Blue Fern.

This is my fathers grandparents~ I've heard some stories about them!!! Can you see the twinkle in their eyes?  
  *All of the buttons used in this album are vintage - from grandma's jar.
This is my husbands parents on their wedding day of course~ With the Grooms parents (Grandma & Grandpa "O") on the left; and  the Bride's parents (Kate & Poppy) on the right. I used some lovely wedding Appliques, home made flowers, lace, blue seam binding and the beautiful bird paper is from the "My Minds Eye" Co.   The stick pin was made by a gallery friend @ Scrapbook.com

What a fun page this was!
Alan's Great-Grandparents above (*this is their Anniversary party - there are no wedding photo's that I am aware of.)  I've always known them as 'Oma & Westy'  He was quite the old salty dog! &  Joined the army/navy? by lying about his age. He had stories for sure ;)  and claims that he helped chase Pancho-Villa through Mexico~

There are a few more pages in the album . . . but I think I will end with this page below.  My fathers parents~ And I think my favorite collage.
Again, a mix of chipboard, hand made flowers, corrugated board, lace, netting, and Prima papers~

I am blessed by your visit!    ~~Thank you again for joining me~~
Hugs and God bless,

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

This is a gift for my mom.  It is a photo of her own mother, and grand mother.
(so, this photo is my grandma & great : )
 Hello to you dear friends.  Your visits are so encouraging!  <3  Thnks for peeking in~

This mini collage is for my mom.  It is a photo of her mother (on the left) and her grandmother, (rgt)
Hence, 'mon mere et mon grand mere' = my mother and my grandmother~

Moms grandmother was born in Canada to French immigrants, and her mother was also born there-
but then the family migrated to the Detroit area.  (which is where I'm originally from.)
Mom grew up in a French speaking home, but with her 8 siblings all speaking English, the language
was not practiced and eventually lost : (  although moms mom and dad spoke French to each other
often; I remember that.)

I included one of the extraordinary butterflies that Jesse at  http://lace-age-girl.blogspot.com/
was so kind to gift us.  It is on her March 28th post.
As for the beautiful black rosette, that was a lovely purchase from SuziQu at Etsy  
I shared about this in my last post~~

I used older scrapbook paper and a spool pattern for the base.  layering a paris postcard, dif. snippets of lace, seam binding and 3 mop buttons.  
I 'fussy cut' the images from a photo and then traced it onto some black cardstock; & cut it out again for a backing.
I included lots of beads and glitter and glass; spilling out from the folds and tears - like in my grandmothers own life~ Like little treasure seeping from the richness of who she was, and out to all who knew her. Never complaining but always encouraging and positive~
I remember her well.  Mysterious and wonderful.  With her beautiful French accent!

My camera is still acting up and it may be a while now before I can take time to work on that, as I will be heading to be with my mom very soon; for and extended time.  She is very ill and on Hospice in their home . .  I can take my accounting job with me and have family to take care of my place here in MT.
I'm trying to prepare myself for this difficult journey ahead; as there has been  so. much. loss.  in our family in the past 6 years.  But God goes before me~

Would you look at those hats : )   FANTASTIQUE !!

I wish you a blessed weekend ahead!  I appreciate your visits so very much~
Hugs,  Karen

Friday, April 6, 2018

Dreaming in Vintage

Hi friends~
Recently I made a purchase from a wonderful shop at Etsy. "suziqu" (fabrics, textiles, journals, cards)
   The owner is Suzy Quaife, and it's an amazing place. Vintage is the key word  for me :)    here is the link>   https://www.etsy.com/people/suziqu?ref=pr_faveshops
I just had to show you what I recently received.

 So many lovely vintage patterns, fabrics and lace.
and ribbon! OMW it's a dream~

 Netting is gorgeous~    fabulous images and tags!
 And look at the black lace!
 Toile   ~love love~

I just had to post this!  I feel so blessed~   I am dreaming in vintage and hoping to do some creating soon; if time will allow.  Suzy, I'm inspired!  And I  hope the 'creativity' is there for me~  My heart says yes!

Thank you for peeking in to see my  ' vintagey ' purchases <3  I appreciate you and all the encouragement I receive from my blog friends~
Lots of love and hugs,   Karen

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A 'Paper Bag' Thank You!

Hi friends,
I hope and trust you had a blessed Easter?  I was with family & friends, and it was a great week-end!

I am sharing with you today a paper bag that I've recycled : ) into a card.
The "crown" at the top is really just a vertical strip of paper that I decoratively punched.  It slips into the bag - to write your sentiment on~

My camera is still not giving me the pictures I want; and I can't seem to get a close-up! : (
I lightly edged the small bag with ivory paint,  & covered it with scrapbook paper (Bo Bunny)
The beautiful image was a gift from Marie @ Lost bird Studio's~ http://marie-lostbirdstudio.blogspot.com/

I've used some pale tissue paper behind the image, and bits of cheese cloth, buttons, sequins . . .
Thank you for taking a peek today!
I'm hoping to share this @ Wen's Simply Neutral Tuesdays party~ at Appleapricot.blogspot.com
Please take a look at all the gorgeous neutrals you will find there!

Well, here is a closer shot - but where is the top?! LOL
OK, I surrender.  I'll need to take the camera (and the photographer!) in to the shop~  *sigh*

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead~
Blessings and hugs,  Karen O

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Love love love

Hello dear friends~  I am so glad you chose to stop in today, and I truly thank you for taking time to visit my blog.

 There is something troubling me, and I really don't know how to approach this except just to say it;
My mother is very ill.
  She has been weak for quite some time and very inactive.  She has also battled cancer for years
and it is taking it's toll on her and my dad - her care giver~
Life has been so full of challenges for me; especially  these past 6 years. So much "trying of my faith" and so much testing of myself- my courage and strength . . .
And all with  'just enough  time'  in-between to keep me from truly falling under the weight.  Perhaps that is a bit dramatic; but maybe a little justified too.

And what of blogging?  I've been away so long, and lately wanting to follow my heart and get back into 'creating' and sharing things with all of you.  But serious and difficult things can re-align us!
and lead us "elsewhere"  once again.
Some of us blog to share art, some to share life lessons and stories, and many - to do both!  And my heart is here, but
my 'life' may not lend to it right now.  We shall see~
I may need to go back to Colorado soon (temporarily) and help any way I can.  I should know soon.

So for now,  I will share 'past' posts and creations, and that will have to be enough for me : )
Thank you for looking!

This is my mom, Emilie Juliette, and my dad, George Joseph - their High School graduation pics.
They met in 6th grade.  YES! And fell in love and never looked back <3
I made this collage as a small gift for her several years ago.  A layer of cardboard & heavy cardstock, layers of scrapbook papers, lace, linen stamping and distressing~

Here they are on wedding day of course.  Isn't she so beautiful!?
This is a page from a small album that I actually made for - - myself!  It holds wedding pics from both mine and my late husbands family.  Perhaps I can share more from the album another time~
 My page here is a mix of ribbon, layered paper, a painted chipboard butterfly, and all the flowers were hand made by me.  I really enjoyed creating this.~  <3

I'm hoping to enter this page into Wen's Simply Neutral Tuesday party~
I wish you would take a moment and stop in to see what she is sharing from other bloggers in the way of  "neutrals" just click on  -->         http://appleapricot.blogspot.com/   
Image result for appleapricot blog

Thank you so much for peeking in! I appreciate you : ) and hope you have a blessed and beautiful day~
Love and hugs,  Karen O

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


To my dear sweet friends and acquaintances~
     It has been quite a journey for me; since I last blogged well over a year ago~
When my younger daughter was killed in that auto accident (10/16) my life was changed forever.
And since then, I have felt a little bit like - -an onion (for lack of a better analogy).
Ever- - So- - Slowly,  the layers peeling away - and revealing what God is re-creating in me;
 as I yield my heart to the lessons that are opening up~

and so, my heart wants to go on and on - pondering and talking of all that I have learned through this 'crushing event';
but space and time will not allow me at the moment...  SO - let me address what is on my heart and mind concerning all of you - - my blog-world friends : ) <3
I'm not really one for 'picking a word'  ; )
 - but this is my word for you.  Support.  I have received so much from the blog community that
It left me speechless for a long time~  You have reached out to me with loving kindness and
sincere gestures of  sympathy and - - support.  Thru your comments, e-mails to check on me, and even  creative gifts sent right to my door - I have received love and uplifting, encouraging help.  You are women of a generous spirit - who take this art of blogging to an emotional level; by your outreach and care.

I realize we are friends 'from a distance' - since we come from 'all over the world' (literally) and many of us have never met each other.  But you bring more than just creativity, inspiration and ideas for the things we have in common (... <3 art ...) you also bring (the universal word) LOVE into the equation - and I cannot thank you enough for all the Love I have felt along this last year~~
Thank you so very very much.

In case a few may be wondering, I am now living in the north western part of Montana, USA. I am still working full-time from home as before (accounting) but I am now just minutes away from my elder daughter and her family; as well as my (widowed) Son-in-law and grandkids.  This is soo healing for me~
  It is a snowy and beautiful place to be!  And Spring arrives at a slower pace here - but with it comes the hope of warmth and Summer ahead.  So;  I'm waiting for April . . . <3

I want to share just a few of the things I received from the beautiful hearts out there~
Lets hope I can find the photo's and post them here!  I no longer have the type of computer I was used to for blogging -so I'll need time to learn a different route~ (you will notice the lighting and camera need work : )
 From dear wonderful Karen  @ Todolwen blog.   http://www.todolwen.ca/
She sent me a beautiful gift at Christmas ~ this tiny box (maybe 3-4inches,) personally addressed
to me <3   My photography does Not do this lovely piece justice.
You really can't see all the gorgeous details here - but this is on her blog as well. I encourage you to stop by and see her amazing work~
She included some lovely sheet music snowflakes and wonderful card.

 I also received something from my dear friend Ivana, @ papergirl crafts https://papergirlcrafts.blogspot.com/
an assortment of the sweetest softest card-making supplies!  She has been so good to me over the years I've known her.  Taking interest in my hearts concerns; sharing with generosity, and keeping in touch.

Dear dear Marie at lost bird studio  http://marie-lostbirdstudio.blogspot.com/
sent me a gift a few weeks ago; and it has been the focus of my first 'creation' in over a year; albeit a simple one~
She sent gorgeous laces and ribbon, vintage paper-people : ) some metal, some vintage buttons., tags, & on and on!  And if the next image looks familiar - she had shared/started this collage on her blog in her Feb 13th post - and included it in my package~

It is a very cool vintage style gift bag with the butterfly girl,   and on her wings it said:
So, I did! : )
I made her some paintbrushes (toothpicks,) and I added some canvases for her to work on : ) using some of the things Marie included in my gift.

I am blessed more than words can say. 
And I wish you all so much love and Gods very best for the coming new year~
Hugs and blessings,

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Blessed . . .

Dear dear friends,
I do not feel ready to re-enter the 'blog world' as of right now, except to stop in your blogsites (when I can) and see what you've been up to~
I am always blessed to read your news and see your beautiful projects.
Right now my life is upset & complicated -  and of course my heart is still so crushed after loosing my younger daughter in a car accident in October.
I am working on making changes in my life- and  move (900 miles) to be close to my elder daughter; hopefully by this Summers time.

But I could not delay any longer - the blessing of being published; and I wanted to post this.
Early in 2015 I had entered a challenge for Somerset Life magazine ( one of  over 20 magazines published by Stampington Publishers.)  When I did not hear back from them, I chalked it up to a good experience and quite a courageous thing for me to try : )

Then October 1st happened, when my younger daughter was killed in an auto accident and my life was turned upside down, and inside out.
I will not linger there friends, it is waaay too hard.  Please know God is seeing me through this (horrible tragedy) and I know He will keep me in His care.  I am believing by His grace I  have hope for better days.  Many of you have been praying and I THANK YOU most 'profusely'.
When I returned home in late October (after the services and all the things that needed to be taken care of-  she lived out of state ...)  I found out that Stampington had lately published my Bookmarks in their Somerset Life Autumn 2016 magazine.
I must say that thru all my pain and grief, all my . . . deflation and emptiness, this brought a little
'spark of light'  to my weary and mournful heart.
It was like a little - "Atta girl"  from God (thru Stampington : )

Somerset Life Autumn 2016

A 'chink' of daylight through all the black leaves.  And a bit of reassurance that perhaps someday again, I will feel like I can 'create.'

So here are some of the photo's that I had taken of the book marks; before I mailed them to Stampington. 
PS:  THEY (not me)  did the lay outs and photo's that you see in the magazine (if you can still find one. They were only in stores thru the 31st of Dec.)   I only sent them the actual physical book marks.  Somerset Life did the rest.      But these photo's are mine before mailing~

The top marker shows the simple back side of one.
It's really just a few folds.
Washi tape, cut-out paper clocks & pretty pink "Maja Design" papers. 
Here is one using a 'fence' punch & a watering can die cut from Memory box. I hand cut a cloud, distressed it and added glitter glass~ The bk-ground paper is Prima.
It's pretty easy to do.  I first found this idea @   http://www.craftygoodies.com/ - Connie Mercers blog.
I used a 3" X 3" square of paper.
**See the white one.
-Mark the center (1.5") along the top edge with a small dot.
-Draw a horizontal line thru the center of the square (1.5")
-Fold the 2 top corners in, at the center (dot); lining up the flaps with the horiz. line. (crease folds sharply)
-Then erase the pencil lines & dots.
-Use washi (or reg.) tape (see the brown bookmark) to hold the flaps together. I also used washi on the underside of the seam for strength.
-Round the bottom corners if you want.
-Embellish the front as you like~
I wanted to personally say THANK YOU  to Stampington Publishers and Somerset Life Magazine for the great privilege  of being highlighted and published.  What an honor for me; and especially at a time in my life where there was NO bright spot ANYWHERE to be found.  To come home and see this - (standing in Barnes & Noble - in disbelief!)  was like a warm fire on a bitter-cold day.

Friends, when you click on the link to their website, I am sure you will be overwhelmed with beauty! as I am, each and every time I visit.  Their magazines are "commercial/advertising free" and are of premium quality - both in content and materials.  I've never seen better magazines.  And so many enticing choices for all of us who love to create; AND read about it : )
Please check them out~  Stampington.Com

Wishing  New Year Blessings  to each of you who happen to visit.
My hope is for a year of rebuilding . . . and lots of courage to face the future.
Hugs to you all,

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Goodbye dear friends -

A  'Goodbye for Now'  to my friends~

It is with the most painful heart that I say goodbye to blogland.
I have recently lost my younger daughter (Amanda, 33) in an auto accident. 
My heart is crushed, and I cannot create, or really even think about blogging at this time;
but I wanted you to know.
I appreciate your prayers and perhaps one day I can 'reach out' and visit again.
Hugs to all who have been such a support and friend to me this last year.
God bless you,
Amanda is pictured in my august 23rd post - a layout of her (on the left) and my older daughter Melissa.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

  she's nearly here . . .
Hello dear friends and welcome to my blog today!
We are deep into September already, and our weather here in Colorado, well, in central CO that is,
has been on the warm side - but fairly typical this time of year.  Warm days and very cool & chilly nights.
Our "Autumn" weather starts much sooner in the mountains!  but, she's nearly here in C. Springs; and
the leaves just this week are beginning to change in my neighborhood. 
So - - here is my "Farewell to Summer"  cards! : ) LOL! 
It's been a long summer, and filled with some real health challenges for me; but I must say that it has been a good summer too~  I was able to see lots of family and enjoyed projects in the yard and around the house~
I am thankful for these extra weeks of warmer weather, to be out in my yard and working in the fresh air.  Soaking up all the sunshine when I could.  Remember, I have a full time job - so I fit it all in when I can ; )

Well, on to the cards!    These "Tag Cards" were made with Prima Marketing papers
http://www.scrapbook.com/store/pri-585440.html  called the Rossibelle Collection.
I added bits of white corrugated board, seed beads, German glass glitter,  Prills (you can google those: )
and other bits of this and that.
The bows are seam binding and white twill tape.
 I "fussy cut" the bird cage and the trim piece to the left of it.  The butterfly is a punch.
There is some netting over the cage that does not show up on this photo; you can see it on the bottom pics.
This little tag was fun!  And aren't those papers pretty?

Things are somewhat uneventful for me right now! : ) and that is just fine. ~whew~

Have you been creating anything lately!?!
I've seen lots of gorgeous pumpkins popping up right now in blogland!! : ) Love 'em~

Wishing you a beautiful rest of the week and Gods blessings too.

Hugs,   Karen

Saturday, September 10, 2016

A gift of love~

Hello to you and welcome to my blog today!
I have several pictures to share of a small project I just finished.

One of my favorite ways to create something is by layering paper and textiles/fabric, lace...
and I've done just that for a paper gift bag I made this week; to hold my baby sisters birthday present~

This is a kraft paper gift bag with the twisted raffia type handles; about 12" tall.

I covered the front with a rectangle of white cotton (loose weave) bar towel.  I then added a rectangle of white burlap and tucked in a strip of cotton lace along the left side.
The tags and papers tucked behind the image are from Kaisercraft   (Scrapbooking Co.); https://www.kaisercraft.com.au/newsite/index.php  It is their Mademoiselle  paper collection. The black & white butterfly I think is Prima Marketing. http://www.primamarketinginc.com/
The (bit larger) vanilla colored tag holding the image layers is from Graphic 45. http://www.g45papers.com/artist-trading-tags-ivory?keyword=tag

Isn't that girl the cutest little mess!?!  This stamping job was my first attempt at using a brayer (roller) http://www.scrapbook.com/store/pp-dp-bra09870.html  to apply ink to the stamp; [ I  believe the stamp is from Lost Coast Stampers; purchase at a local Scrapbook store]   This stamp came un-mounted!  So I took an old stamp block I had, removed the old stamp, cleaned the block and mounted this one.  : P  I need a little practice with this 'mounting stamps' business I think!! but anyway . . .

I used  a small  stem piece of  dried 'baby's-breath'  with one little 'bud' on it - to create her headband, I ran a teeny bead of Stickles along the stem for the glitter~

There is some white corrugated board, tulle, seam binding, and lots of German glitter glass, Prills (you can search for Prills  on Amazon) and  some pearls & seed beads.

Here's a "Natural Light" perspective, below~

A bit far away ; ) oops!
   The sentiment ("step on out baby girl") is one I am also using for a L/O I'm working on; but I thought it worked so well for this feisty little fairy girl!

Below is just another look at some of the layers~

Much thanks to you!!! for taking time to visit and scroll through this post!
Always feel free to contact me if you ever have a question about what I did - - as I'm not always that great at descriptions here : J
So glad to have you stop in and hope you have a blessed day~
Hugs,  Karen