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.
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
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
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 @ - 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  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.);  It is their Mademoiselle  paper collection. The black & white butterfly I think is Prima Marketing.
The (bit larger) vanilla colored tag holding the image layers is from Graphic 45.

Isn't that girl the cutest little mess!?!  This stamping job was my first attempt at using a brayer (roller)  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

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

2 "Look Alike"  cards today~

Hi there friends!  Thanks for stopping in : )
Just posting 2 cards I recently made.  One for a birthday, and one, unfortunately, a Sympathy card.

I recently purchase several sheets of this beautiful paper and the neat die-cut pieces;
created by  Kaisercraft   (scrapbook suppliers.)
And though usually we see "sympathy" cards in more 'subtle' tones; I thought my friend (who just recently lost her husband of 42 years : (    would perhaps appreciate this style~~

Below is the Birthday card - actually made this one first~

Do you like the faux 'stitch-stamping' along the edges?  It's from a stamp designed by Gabrielle Pollaco for a company called Scrapbook Diaries - an on line store.

well, I guess that's all for today!
I do want to tell those that follow, that I am feeling SO MUCH better these days!
Thank You Lord : )

Have a great rest of the week~

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Forever  Beautiful

Hello dear friends!  Thanks ever so much for peeking in today~
I created a simple 12"X12" lay out of my 2 incredible daughters~
I could talk of them for weeks, and never finish all the good things I want to say about them.
(love, Christian kindness, concern, generosity, fun! friendship, and a unique genuineness to say the least.)
Their love has been the best! - I well with tears and just can't express how much they mean to me.

I am using the beautiful  'Vintage Artistry' paper collection by 49 and Market Co.; purchased on line @ - - >   (The Scrapbook Diaries)
This is Quality paper!; super thick and so beautifully created.
Now, does the photo look a bit - - distressed?  : ) This was taken at "Chuck-E-Cheeze Pizza Palace! : )
It was one of those 'sketch' machines;  But I love it~

I kept this very simple, letting the photo and the paper shine.
The branch is a Memory Box die, and I embellished it with stickles glitter, sequins, and old mis-matched jewelry pieces that I purchased (for creating : ) at a garage sale.
The flower was cut from a 'Tim Holtz' die.  - - >  I also used some of his products listed below (the blending tool and ink.) 

The 'burlap looking'  texture I added was not  stencil and paste,  but I used an embossing folder (dry) and my rolling pin!   (Very Sophisticated!  : )
Please experiment on a scrap piece of paper; but I hope you will give this a try!
  Instead of using the folder on a piece of paper and sending it through a 'Bigshot' or embossing machine,   I put the corners of my project in the folder and used the edge of my rolling pin (the circumference edge near the handle) to rub (hard!) the areas where I wanted texture.
  Then I used a sponge blending tool (or you could use a make up sponge)   and some distress ink to highlight the texture.

I sure appreciate you taking time to stop in and see what I've been doing!
 I mentioned I was working on my craft room in an earlier post, and it has renewed some creativity in me  *smile* albeit simple.

I will be sharing this lay-out @ - - > Wen's blog; "AppleApricot" for her "Simply Neutrals Tueday"
Bi-weekly she hosts a wonderful array of neutral projects and photo's.  So much creativity awaits when you visit her blog!  Please stop in and see!   *(I was not 'recently'  featured, but the other pic won't load properly! *sigh*)

Have a wonderful day!
Blessings to you,
                     Amanda and Melissa, the greatest gift I've ever been given~  Thank you Lord~

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A little vintage style décor;  and a few little thoughts too <3

Hi friends!  I've been doing some thinking (well, OK, a lot of thinking! : )  and I wanted to just talk about it for a bit . . .
But first I would like to share a small piece I put together last year, but never did post.

This is a small washboard (maybe 10" X 4") that I've added a scrapbook paper design to.
The papers are from Graphic 45 company; and the collection is called "Raining Cats and Dogs."

I first cut out the umbrella girl and the surrounding flowers.  (Isn't she a cutie!)  I inked some of the edges to add vintage flair.    Then I traced the design on a piece of black cardstock, adding a 16th inch 'shadow' edge - and I mounted the design to the black paper.
Then I took that and traced it onto the checkered paper - adding about a 3/8ths inch? shadow edge.
I used some  'pop dots' adhesive pads to stick the girl image to the checkered paper, for dimension. 
I had at one point added a ribbon & bow to the washboard (it was a beautiful coral color) but later didn't like it! so I took it off.     Anyway, It was a fun little project I really enjoyed creating!

And sooo, on to a few thoughts I'd like to send 'out there' to Blogland!   : )   : )
It seems like so long ago, but it was only early June when I was driving through the Colorado mountains and  saw the burned trees (remains of the forest fires here)  and the flooded area's as well.
I blogged about it here on   JUNE 12th  Titled    "MAKE ME NEW AGAIN" - - but right now my blog won't let me insert a link  for you!  *sigh*   but you can find it in my archives.
Here are a few photo's I had included: 
I was talking of the desolation I saw that day in the forest fire and flooded areas of our Rocky Mountains - - and comparing myself to that;  feeling like a dead tree : (  in my circumstances as a widow)

 But then I mentioned how I kept seeing those little "peeks" of green,  little 'green signs of hope'
flying by my window as I breezed down the mountain highway!  And my heart changed.  And my thoughts turned.
 And I realized  - God would "Make Me New Again."  : )  as time goes on.  There was much to hope for.  I will be green again~


                            And only a few weeks after writing that blog (on 6/12)  I started getting sick. 
HEY, wait a minute!!  I was supposed to be  'being made new again!'  I was supposed to be transforming from a blackened burned dead tree - to a new sapling!  This was my time for change and growth!  For renewal and strength and hope and gratefulness. 
Yet what happened to me over the next 6+ weeks was not seemingly those things -   but rather sickness and stress, weakness, numbness and confusion.
And. Some. Fear.

What was happening? !?  Well, for one thing, I think  - - some, character building? 
Some testing of one's faith?! (hmmm? : )   some more time to consider and reflect and learn . . .
  Perhaps I was . . . breaking the seed shell and starting to push my way up through the ground! 
In other words,  I'm not a "ready made tree!"  or a transplant.  I must be re-Grown~
And so often, one of the ways I learn, change and grow - is through adversity.  Through struggles and difficulties.  Yes dear friend I often learn best that way, because I draw so close to God in those times,  - and He can always seem to get my attention~
Like the story of the little oak tree, and how it is best formed to be a strong and sturdy tree through the winds and rain and heat of the sun.

Well, to sum up my thoughts - -  during these past weeks I feel very much like I've grown : )
Through the adversity, I've grown.      Oh friends I sure hope so~
And as I re-read this post, I don't know if you can relate - or even make sense of what I've said; - but that's OK too : )    <3  I've been in a pretty tough battle, but I think  I'm breaking through the ground!  A sapling who wants to be a strong and lovely tree when I grow up! LOL 
Yes, - I want to change my landscape~

Thanks so much for listening to this crazy lady talk your ear off!  I appreciate you.
Oh, and I didn't go to any detail, but in my reflections lately,  I've realized I need  to continue on the path of DE-CLUTTERING  my house and life.  So, I have!   And  I've been working on my craft room!  And I like it so much better.  Re-organized and de-junked.  Lets hope I can get in there and create something soon. 

hugs & Blessings to you,


Thursday, July 28, 2016

It's been a while!  & I've missed being around~

Hello to you my small circle of blog friends and acquaintances!
It has been over 5 weeks since I posted. 
And I must tell you that these last 5 weeks were not at all what I expected while being away!

I will say that I DID enjoy lots of out of state company;  my daughters and grandkids, and my sisters-in-law from OH - - -
but what was NOT expected was all the SICKNESS  I encountered during this time : (  : P

About 6 weeks ago I became 'ill', and waited 2 weeks before going to the Dr.
My (stomach) sickness increased; and without going into yucky details, found out I have Colitis.
Some other complication occurred during this and I have been very sick,  very weak and just plain NOT GOOD!
I am healing and 'on the mend' as they say : )  and I do hope to be up and blogging and creating again soon!!  We shall see.  <3

Right now, I am of course focusing on getting my diet and medication going to help  moderate my 'Ulcerative Colitis'  and try to bring my life back into balance.  I had complications that put me on some strong meds; (whew - did that zap my energy and clarity!)  but I am phasing out of the medication and hope to be feeling much better soon~

Thanks for taking time to read my update!!
I've been able to "peek" into some of your blogs and love to see your creations~
Wishing to get creative again soon and join in on some of this great Blogging Fun : )
Love & Prayers`

Monday, June 20, 2016

See you all again soon!

I will be hosting 3 different groups of family over the next 4 weeks; and probably won't spent too much time blogging~  I have all my grandkids coming, my 2 daughters and some Ohio family too!
Looking forward to it.

So I wanted to say THANK YOU! for all your visits and comments here on my blog.
YOU are a blessing to me! : ) And a ray of sunshine in my life~
THIS IS MY 50th POST!  I can hardly believe it.  YOU are an inspiration to me : )

I hope you are enjoying your summer!?  I sure love the warmth and sunshine.  And all the smiling flowers dotting my yard!

Here's a few simple  "Thank You"  card tags below.  Made for 2 of my sisters who have been helping me with a backyard project : )

Some  papers are from
(The Scrapbook Diaries)  and the MOP buttons from one of Liz's auctions~

 The 'Paris Arc of Triumph' was a postcard from a really cool set my sister gave me a few years ago~   She often says "Merci, butter cups!"

I (personally) like to see details and texture, so I included a close up of the bow  - in case you do too : )

The birds, butterflies, hearts and flowers are rub-ons.  *Remember my mini lecture about 'using them up' before they dry out!?! LOL

Buttons are so sweet~

Again, thank you dear friends!
 I hope to join in on Wen's next "SIMPLY NEUTRALS TUESDAY" link party! 
Please stop in to see what she has to share in the beautiful world of neutrals~

Take care and hope to return in a few weeks; but I will try to stop in if I can : )
Blessings,  Karen~