Friday, December 31, 2010

Masculine Cards Swap @ SCS

these are the cards i made for the masculine cards swap @ SCS...i did one for each category: sympathy..get well..and birthday...

Masculine Birthday Card
Paper: early espresso..really rust.. naturals ivory..dsp
Ink: early espresso..really rust..marina mist
Stamps: and many mower

Masculine Sympathy
Paper: basic black..chocolate chip..crumb cake
Ink: chocolate chip
Stamps: nature silhouettes..inside: you're in my thoughts
Accessories: cuttlebug..embossing folder

Masculine Get Well
Paper: basic black..ridinghood red..whisper white..dsp
Ink: ridinghood printer ink
Stamps: apples fruit borders

Masculine Get Well Inside

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Stylish Blogger Award

i received this awesome award from Pam, who's blog Wacky Whippet Stamper is always a pleasure to browse and get inspiration from...Thanks Pam!

so the way this works is after receiving this award i thank and link back to the person wonderful enough to send it to me...then i list 8 facts/statements about myself...finally i pass it on to blogs i've discovered without further ado...

1- i collect pigs
2- i don't recall my natural hair color
3- my all time favorite stamp set is Stampin' Up's "lovely as a tree"
4- i grew up in a haunted house
5- i am vertically challenged...(and afraid of heights)
6- my dog and cat are both rescue animals
7- i read pretty much anything and everything
8- my first job was delivering newspapers at the age of 5...i'm deadly in a rubber-band war

now to pass it on...a couple of these are baby blogs...i love watching blogs develop...

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

as a christian i say Merry Christmas...let those who will be offended be so...their choice...i accept most beliefs  and try to "judge" people by their actions...i mean i do have to be flexible...with an atheist hubby and a wiccan daughter...LDS missionary parents...a s-i-l that sings for the "MoTabs"...friends that are almost every religion or non-religion under the sun...or moon as the case may be...we've been telling the grands that Santa brings presents to the "good" kids because he wants us to remember that Jesus was a gift from God to the world...and that their being "good" is what Jesus obey man and God's laws...

so i am wishing everyone a Merry Christmas...may you have a wonderful and joyous holiday...that you will have what you need (as well as what you want)...i know i will...all i need is my family &, happy, and healthy...

so good vibes and big cyber-hugs to safe & be well...Kari

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Cards 2010 II

Paper: Garden Green, Whisper White
Ink: Garden Green
Stamps: Delightful Decorations
Accessories: ornament punch, oval punch, green/red ribbon, cuttlebug, snowflakes ef, dimensionals
 here are the rest of my Christmas cards for the year...finished them over the can't tell from the skills...yadda yadda...but the jingle card has red glitter embossing powder...sparkly...and the bell really jingles!
entered the green card as suggested by Genny to the Snowflake Challenge @ Hand Stamped Sentiments!
Paper: Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark Watermark
Stamps: Alphabet Soup, Looks Like Spring
Accessories: red glitter embossing powder, gold cord, small green bell

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Cards 2010 Part I

Paper: garden green, whisper white
Ink: garden green
Stamp Set: four the holidays
Accessories: CB, swirl EB, gold/green/red metallic cord, small green bell
Paper: cherry cobbler, whisper white
Ink: cherry cobbler
Stamp Set: four the holidays
Accessories: CB, swirl EF, flourish punch, dk red/black stitch ribbon

Paper: basic black, whisper white
Ink: always artichoke
Stamp Set: four the holidays
Accessories: CB, swirl EF, artichoke/black stitch ribbon, flourish punch
Paper: always artichoke, whisper white
Ink: always artichoke
Stamp Set: four the holidays
Accessories: CB, swirl EF, artichoke/black stitch ribbon, flourish punch


as you can see i'll be using my cuttlebug and swirl embossing folder quite a bit...the cards are fairly CAS...though more than one layer...i'll post the other couple of styles in the next day or so...tfl

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Mock-ups

so i got new batteries for my camera...unfortunately they don't improve my photography lessons for Christmas?...

these are some mock-ups of christmas cards i am considering...i will do some CAS cards i have already decided on...mass produce..but i like to do a few "limited editions" for close friends and family

any suggestions from you all would be appreciated... safe & be well...
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Giving Thanks

08May2010...Todd's 40th b-day surprise party...son-in-law Billy  (in the red shirt) died a week later...he was the GRILL MASTER...great memory
i want to give thanks today...before i get caught up in the preparations for the holiday season...first and foremost...i am thankful for the presence of God in my life...a constant that i appreciate daily and can not fully express gratitude for...for my husband and children...our grandkids and siblings are not only my bane but my best friends...and speaking of best friends...i have one that i have shared my entire life with...shared nap times and tears...advice and hugs...nobody does it like nieces/nephews/cousins/aunts/uncles are all blessings and angels in disguise...i know i can call any of them and receive love and support...

i am grateful for my home...filled with not just the material comforts but the love...squabbles...noise...CHAOS...and sharing...

i am thankful that though there have been great losses this year...there has also been a great outpouring of love and support from people near and far...those known personally and those never met in person...a smile or cyberhug can mean so much...

the life i have since meeting my soul mate is richer than any i could have imagined...he is the best man i have ever known (besides my dad *grin*)...and loves me for who i am and treats me as someone precious to him...i probably fall short on reciprocating...guess i have a goal...but he knows i love and respect him...and that i thank God and the universe for bringing him into my life...

i hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving...that you and your's are safe and well...that you appreciate this time with one another and the comforts you have...give generously of self and time...the rewards are immeasurable...much love to you all...Kari

Friday, November 19, 2010

CAS93 - Card for my hubby

this is the card i decided to do last night for CAS93 on SCS...made it for todd...inside i'll put a pic of Ditz and the sentiment: Cats leave pawprints on our safe/be well

Paper: naturals ivory..basic black
Ink: basic gray
Stamp: C is for Cat
Accessories: 1.75" & 1.5 " circle pearl...pawprint twill ribbon

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


this is going to be a long and sad grab some tissues...

8 years ago today my husband and i adopted our "love child" we named her Ditto...because whenever todd told me he loved me i'd say ditto...just like in the movie Ghost

11/16/2002 we were newlyweds...stationed @ Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota...todd worried i'd be homesick (i was)...and that i'd need company when he was deployed (which was often)
so we went to the humane society of the black hills...and there in the cat/kitten room in the very middle of the floor sat a small puff of fur...looking disdainfully at her surroundings...a little queen...i said "that's the one"...but todd had to look at every other animal in the place...we came back to the room and i didn't see her anywhere...she had no one else could pick her...she was waiting for us...the last of her litter that had arrived that morning

a siamese mix...which as most cat appreciators know are very vocal...and i would joke that it would be nice if she'd come with a snooze alarm...she let you know when she was hungry!

this lady had opinions and could be ornery....whenever todd came home from a deployment it took him a day or two to get back in her good graces...but right down the line she's a "daddy's girl"...she groomed him as if he were filthy every chance she could..and me too if he wasn't handy

we added to our family with another cat and a dog...each has their own story
the 3 animigos

a few weeks ago Ditto stopped eating very much...some days she'd be fine others not...she lost weight quickly...we hand fed her and she seemed to improve...but then it seemed she was skin and bones overnight...

metabolic tests showed an extremely high ALT (liver function) and glucose...insulin helped but her poor liver was destroyed...the vet suspects a tumor...malignant of her liver

so today at approximately 10:45 a.m....our baby...sweet "Ditz" crossed the rainbow join God and our son-in-law Billy on the other side...she is with family and friends...she will be well loved until we see her again...sleep well my lovely fur baby...momma and daddy love you

Monday, November 15, 2010

Child/Cute Birthday Card Swap

  These are cards i made for a Child/Cute Birthday Card Swap over @ is a 5 + 1...the +1 going to RMH Southern Alberta...i need to get these in the mail ASAP...but today is a real crazy Monday!!...couple of sick ones is very ill appt this afternoon...but both boys are napping and i have a couple of minutes to post...yay me...

Paper: Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi, plaid dp, Basic Black, Naturals White
Ink: Night of Navy, Navy Printer Ink (the font looks like a road with white lines)
Stamps: Let's Roll car
Accessories: 1.75", 1.50" & 0.5" circle punches, white brads
Car Close-Up

Font Close-Up

Paper: So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Naturals White, flower dp
Ink: So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery
Stamps: It's Your Birthday
Accessories: pink, lavender & teal gems

for the flower card i made 2 cards of each color using Bashful Blue, So Saffron, & Perfect Plum as the card bases...with alternate colors around the sentiment...plum on the saffron cards, saffron on the plum & celery on the blue...Posted by Picasa 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cookin' Buddies

i had to do a second hubby is a wonderful & creative cook...our youngest grandson Tayven loves to help he says "i wanna cook wif you grandpa...cuz you're a good cooker"....Tay stands on a step stool just far enough back that he can see but not get hurt or in the way...he hands things to Grandpa and comments on the best way to do well as what to add next...

please scroll down to see my previous post re: jonni's 2nd card
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Cards my daughter Jonni made - #2

this is the 2nd card Jonni made for the get well/encouragement swap...she used bright/cheerful colors...the sentiment is a favorite saying of mine...i have it or something similar posted or displayed on various websites and in areas of my home...
Life Moments
flower close-up

Friday, November 5, 2010

Cards my daughter Jonni made - #1

my daughter Jonni made a couple of cards for the swap i hosted over on SCS is her 1st one...i need to take pics of the 2nd one for a later post...we are sure having fun stamping cards will be an adventure!
Get Well/Encouragement Swap - Farm Fever

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cards my daughter Myke made

i have 3 daughters ...Jonni is the oldest...the mother of my 3 grandkids...Myke is my baby but...their step-sister Tasha is the youngest...Jonni & Myke live with me...again...and we enjoy making cards hanging out...they are both in my get well/encouragement swap...these are the cards Myke made for it...her dog looks very much like the one in the stamp...

Card Front

Front Close-up

Inside Card
the next card i was her "guest designer"...she really wanted to use this sentiment stamp...but we don't have any rainbow stamps...and she didn't care for any of the digis...

again, i must apologize re: my photo of these days...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cats Whiskers

Cats Whiskers has some candy that it out

Get Well/Encouragement Swap - my 2nd card

this is the 2nd card i did for the swap i'm hosting over on SCS...i had to do another card as an "angel" since a swapper had to drop out...but that's happens and i wanted to use this sentiment anyway...
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Ink: Elegant Eggplant stamp pad & reinker
Stamps: Sage Advice...i used the flower from this set on the inside
Accessories: Prima flowers...lg one dyed w/Elegant Eggplant to match CS, CB, EF, white brad

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Get Well/Encouragement Swap - my 1st card

i'm hosting my first swap over @ SCS...Get Well/Encouragement Card Swap...and i tell ya there are some really talented swappers out you all didn't know that already right? i thought i'd post the 1st card i made for this...the saying i used inside makes me laugh...

Card Front
Papers: daffodil delight, whisper white
Ink: daffodil delight, printer
Stamps: lemon slices, sunny lemons, cheers to you
Accessories: lemon slice brad, markers
Card Inside

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

EASY Winter Goodies Swap @ SCS

Paper: bashful blue-textured, blue country crackle dp
Ink: printer-chocolate chip
Accessories: small sahara sand eyelets
this is my card for a 6x6 recipe swap...Easy Winter Goodies over @ of my favorite quick and easy treat recipes...sometimes i use teddy grahams instead of the graham sticks...

p.s. i'm hosting a 6x6 recipe swap...Southern Cooking @ SCS...please check it out

Monday, October 25, 2010

CAS Christmas card swap

These cards are for a CAS Christmas Card Swap on SCS
 i found these cute little bells @ michael's
Paper: Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze
Stamp: Four the Holidays
Accessories: CB, EF, small lt blue bell, sliver elastic cord
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: SU Markers: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay
Stamps: Patterned Pines, Four the Holidays
Accessories: Scoring Blade

 i think i may have stamped the "happy holidays" crooked on a card or two...time to make an eye exam appointment i guess...(i hate that exam)

Saturday, October 23, 2010


i haven't posted anything in a few days because my "mojo" kicked in big-time this week...and i'm not looking a gift "mojo" in the mouth...finished a couple of swaps and helped my daughters with some designs for their swap cards...we all collaborate...i tell them they're my "guest designers"...they are both very artistic/ my mother and i need to take pics and get them uploaded...probably trickle them out in various posts so i can continue to create while it lasts..have to run to HL today though...need some safe and be well everyone...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

HYCCTC05 - Twine Time

decided to do a masculine card for the twine time HYCCT challenge...had these scraps and so it just came together quickly..."borrowed" the fly from my dh's tackle box...dulled the hook and attached it to a swivel and the dh wants me to make a copy for my step-son's b-day...he loves to fish so he should like this card

Paper: cajun craze, naturals ivory, dp 
Ink: always artichoke 
Stamps: angler  
Accessories: hemp twine, fishing fly and swivel

Monday, October 18, 2010


i'm enjoying these challenges...coming up with something to fit each one has been fun...for bring in the brown i used a vintagesqe stamp with a coffee sentiment...

Paper: naturals ivory, early expresso, pretty in pink 
Ink: vintage photo 
Stamps: unknown  brand
Accessories: brown w/pink ribbon, stampin' dimensionals

for ribbon,ribbon,ribbon i used a stamp i bought a couple of years ago but hadn't inked yet...

Paper: kraft, chocolate chip, pretty in pink
Ink: chocolate chip
Stamps: piggy back
Accessories:  various ribbon

i've been working on a couple more and will post them soon...tfl

Thursday, October 14, 2010


so i went to michael's this morning...and spent too much time and too much money...they didn't have the item i wanted in stock...but hey i got adhesive...yay for me!

here are the first 2 cards i've done for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges on SCS...the first one is the lingerie inspired challenge ...i used colored pencils and it turned out ok...just remember i am coloring "challenged"

Paper: pretty in pink, whisper white, basic gray, going gray 
Ink: jet black 
Stamps: uplifting occasions  
Accessories: lt gray ribbon, border punch, colored pencils

this second one is pink holidays...i really like dasher for this hubby said the pink gem on the slit punch looks like a boobie holding him in now i have that image stuck in my head...he is SUCH a guy!!
  Paper: melon mambo, pretty in pink
  Ink: melon mambo
  Stamp: dasher, small script
  Accessories: dk pink gem, slit punch

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


i have done a couple of cards for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges ...but haven't taken pics of the cards to post yet...been busier that the proverbial one armed paper-hanger...and when i went to do a card for one of them i realized...uh oops...out of adhesive...thought i had another refill...there i go thinking again huh? off to michael's or hobby lobby today...or maybe robert's...have to check the sales/coupons...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Join Me...Hope You Can Cling To

as many of us know there is a challenge thread on SCS...Hope You Can Cling To ...the "blinkie is on the left side of my blog...i have done a couple of the challenges and will be posting the pics in the next day or two...i'm asking that my fellow SCSers and anyone else that makes cards join me...these cards will benefit those dealing with breast cancer in all it's forms...those dealing with it now...survivors...families of get the picture...i have not had this cancer...but my aunties is doing chemo now...she WILL be a survivor!...and my BFF that i've know all my life...(yeah we're talkin' sharing teething rings here)...has been battling ovarian cancer for too many years...and i can say years because the drugs that breast cancer research have developed benefit her too...she will never be cured...never be a survivor...but she might never die from this either...because of the R & D of drugs/treatments that come about from our donations...our hope...our care for those dealing with this issue...and believe it or not a card can make a difference...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cherry on Top Award

Wow...Donna...whose awesome blog Donna's Designs i follow...(follow...NOT stalk)...passed this award to me...and i am tickled pink as the month of October about it...Thanks sooo much Donna!

Once you receive this award you do the following:

thank the person who passed it to you
post it on your blog
share 3 things you like about yourself or that you enjoy doing
pass it on to 5 others

the 3 things i enjoy doing...(other than stamping and blogging): know surfing all the lovely and inspiring blogs out there 
i love looking...even if i don't always comment

reading...everything...especially crime/mystery...paranormal (fiction and "non-fiction")...cookbooks...cartoon books like "the far side" and "calvin and hobbes"

spending time with my husband is my BFF...well one of them anyway...i say one because i'm also very close to both my daughters...and we are friends now that they are both adults and i don't have to be mom so much...

so now to pass this on to:

Rhonda - rhondastamps

difficult to choose just many blogs i love

keep on inspiring

keep on bloggin'


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