Sunday, April 30, 2017

35 Years Ago Today.......


Joel and I got married. 

It has been a wonderful 35 years, and I'm looking 

forward to more wonderful years with him. 


I put together a small collection of some photos thought I'd share 

them on the blog. 


Of course I had to add the funny ones. This was taken in 1983 at Cedar Point. 


This one was taken with Cheryl and Tony at Fort Witten just outside

of Tazewell Virginia. 


Taken while he was stationed in Guam. 
 
Look how cute the kids are! 


Happy Halloween! 


2012


Thanks to all my friends who sent cards. This

one was made by Kathleen. 


Made by Kat. 


and made by Connie. 

While I was going through some photos I came across....


this poem written on an index card. I believe this is the first poem Joel wrote 

about me. I have several others that he has written over the years. 

I can't believe it has been 35 years. Seems like only yesterday we got married, 

but I guess time just travels quickly when you are having fun! 

Love you honey! 

Happily Wedded Bliss trails
Karen
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Messy Again, and Cat Fort


Yes my desk looked like a wind storm hit it again! 

But that is the story of the stamping studio. Messy one day and.....



Cleaned up again. 

If I could just get the hang of cleaning as I go. Oh

well that is never going to happen. LOL


Cherokee was sleeping in her favorite spot the other day. 

John decided it would be a good idea to make her a kitty fort

with the couch pillows. She was happy and 

went back to sleep for few hours all tucked in. 

Its a little cooler today, and since I still have a few

bags of frozen tomatoes from last year's harvest I'm 

making a pot of chili. Then later I'll be messing up that 

desk again as I have to make a wedding card. Ah the 

cycle of stamping! 

Stamping trails
Karen
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Friday, April 28, 2017

The Garden


Our lilac bush is in full bloom.

I had to get outside and snap a photo, then

clip some of them to bring in the house. 

They just smell so good! 


Hubby tilled the garden on Wednesday. 


He stared from the outside and worked his way to the center. 

Since there was rain in the forecast he wanted to get the

ground tilled while it was dry. 

Yesterday he put down some concrete pavers for

a walkway, and he also got some of his seedlings planted. 

Hope the weather holds out. Even though it is late April

we can still have a frost. 

Today is hubby's last day at work. Happy Retirement honey! Love ya! 

Stamping trails
Karen
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Swirly and Scribbles Flag and Snowman


While I had out Swirly and Scribbles thinlits I decided to make a few more cards 

with it. 

This one of course is for 4th of July. 

I free hand cut the field of blue, and the stars are from the border punch. 


This is a snowman in a snow storm. I used

Gently Falling embossing folder, then layered

the circles over it to create the snowman. The arms

are from the tree builder punch. The scarf was free hand cut and

added using pop dots. 

Skip was able to get the entire garden tilled yesterday. 

I'll be back with photos of that tomorrow. 

Stamping trails
Karen
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Beautiful You Reflection


Well I'm back with two more cards using the Beautiful You 

stamp set. 

I used the refection technique on this one. 

Love how the girl's shadow is in the rain puddle. 

Colored the umbrella with orange as I wanted

just a pop of color. 


And this card is just clean and simple. Colored with basic gray

ink, and layered on white. 

Going to be really warm here today. Going up to 80! WOW

I've been busy working on some gifts I need to get out in the mail. 

And since hubby and me are celebrating our 35 wedding anniversary

on Sunday I've been going down memory lane and looking through

some photos. Don't know where the time went! 

Stamping trails
Karen
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Swirly and Scribbles Bunnies


I know Easter is over, but I made this chocolate 

bunny over the weekend and wanted to post it. 

Bunny body made with swirly and scribbles thinlit set. 

The little tail was made with three flower punches. 

The bunny ears I free hand cut. I had seen
 
something like this on Pinterest and was inspired
 
by the Easter card my friend Lisa sent me. 
 
 
Here is Lisa's card. Too cute! Thanks Lisa.

Hope you are enjoying your trip with the church group. 

I had to get up early and get blood work done. Since I had 
 
to fast I wanted to go in as soon as I could. Stopped at Starbucks
 
on the way home and got coffee. 
 
Planning on working on a few more projects that are just calling my name! 
 
Stamping trails
Karen 
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Mailable Monday #190


When my friend Kat came to visit me last month

she brought me a little surprise....Beautiful You stamp set. 

Love it! Thanks Kat.

Over the weekend I made six cards with the set. 

Won't share them all today, but I am going to post two of them. 

I heat embossed the clouds with white embossing powder. 

The stamp I used isn't really a cloud. It is a bold stamp that

can be used on the ladies dresses. Anyway.....after the embossing was 

done I watered colored with Bermuda Bay ink and a aqua painter. 

Girl was stamped with Jet Black StazOn then water colored. I added

some Wink of Stella on the dress. 


This one was also heat embossed with white embossing powder. 

I used black cardstock so I could sponge some white ink 

on parts of it. This is called the chalk board technique. 

The completed panel was layered on white and Soft Sky cardstock. 

Had fun working with this set. 

This is Skip's last week of work. He will be officially retired at

11 pm this Friday. WOW. He says he is looking forward to 

being retired. I just hope he doesn't get bored without having a daily 
 
routine. I'm happy for him, and he has earned his retirement. 

So what's next? Getting the garden started!
 

 
Stamping trails
Karen 


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