Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Wreaths

These are several of the Deco Mesh Wreaths that my daughter has been making.  I just love them, so I thought I would post a few.

Merry Christmas,
Karen Colburn

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Whitley's Banner

This is the banner I made Whitley.  She loved it.  It is in front of a mirror, so it was hard to get the photo.  Used Frightful Sight paper and lots of riboon and chipboard.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Just a few cards

These are a few of the cards that I shared with the ladies at Alyece Garrett's home on Sunday.  We had a great time.  I used the designer paper that is in the new Holiday Mini Catalog, Spice Cake and Holly Berry Bouquet.  So pretty.  The stamp sets were Gently Falling, Pines and Poinsettias, Always Thankful, and Dasher.   I just love stamping.

Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn

Monday, October 17, 2011

Notebooks with matching post it note holders. 

Karen Colburn

More projects, this was so much fun.

Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn

Projects from last Saturday

Just a few of the projects I created and had at the Girls Night Out event last Saturday.

Karen Colburn

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Shadow Box Projects

I will be posting some of the craft fair projects I have been working on.  I really like the look of this one.  The designer paper is from last year's Holiday Mini.  I finally got to use my stocking punch.  Stay tuned, I will be adding more.

Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I love this time of year.  I like this stamp set "Always Grateful".  I makes me almost feel like I can smell Fall.

I used one of the retired Texture Plates on this card. I used white craft ink over it.

Stamp Set: "Always Thankful"

Colors: Early Espresso, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Black Stazon Riding Hood Red

Other: Pearls, Modern Label and Label Punches, Big Shot Texture Plate

Technique: Water coloring

Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn

New and Old

New and old, I used the retired background stamp, On the Spot, and some of last year's retired paper on this card.

Stamp Sets: "On the Spot", "Cherish Friendship"

Paper: So Saffron, Real Red, Basic Black, Watercolor paper
Other: Modern Label punch, Small Oval punch, Round 1 inch punch, pearls, ribbon, Top Note Big Shot Die

Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn

As Lovely as a Tree

One of my all time favorite stamp sets. I cut a circle in a transparency sheet and did a reverse mask.

The snow is a technique I found at
Stamp Set: As Lovely as a Tree
Paper:  Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Naturals White
Colors: Old Olive, Garden Green, Pear PIzzaz, Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke
Other: Seam Binding Always Artichoke Ribbon, Tag punch

Friday, September 23, 2011


Well, it is Friday and time to stamp.  Here is a card I made earlier in the week.  I was playing with some new color combinations.  Not sure if I like it.

Colors:  Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, White, Old Olive.

Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I am so happy that "The Open Sea" has become a carry over from the Summer Mini.  I love this set.

Paper:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, and Nautical Expedition designer paper from the Summer Mini
Other:  Bakers Twine, Brads, Round Punch

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Recipe I Promised

Debbie Taylor was gracious enough to share her grandmother's recipe for the cake she served at her workshop on Sunday.  I promised I would share it if I got it, so here it is.  I hope you will try it and enjoy.

A Recipe by Esther Pace, Debbie Taylor's Grandmother

Vanilla Wafer Cake
1 1/2 sticks oleo (I used butter & margarine)
2 cups sugar
6 eggs
12 oz. vanilla wafers, crushed
1/2 to 3/4 cup milk ( I used almost 3/4 c.)
1 can angel flake coconut
1/2 c. pecans ( I used about 3/4 c.)
Cream sugar & oleo together.  Add eggs one at a time.  Beat well.  Add remaining ingredients.  Bake at 300 for 1 1/2 hrs.

Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn

Wicked Cool

Another Spooky Halloween card.  Love the Frightful Sight designer paper. Check out the Monday Monster Mash Halloween Countdown Blog Hop


Stamp sets:  Spooky Bingo Bits, Wicked Cool
Colors/Paper:  Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Frightful Sight
Other:  Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Tangerine Tango Scalloped Polka Dot Ribbon, Embossing Powder, Rhinestones

Out on a Limb

One of the cards that we made at Debbie's workshop on Sunday.

Stamp: "Out on a Limb", "Spooky Bingo Bits"
Colors: Old Olive and Frightful Sight DSP
Other: Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Postage Stamp Punch,

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Thank you Debbie

We had a great workshop today at Debbie Taylor's beautiful home.  She is such a gracious hostess and a wonderful cook.  The coconut cake was to die for.  Thank you Debbie.  I will post the cards we made as soon as I can steal my husband's camera away from him to take them.  We had such a great time.

My next workshop will be at Alyece Garrett's home on Sunday, October 23 at 1:30 p.m.  Hosting workshops is a great way to earn free products.  If you are interested in hosting a workshop or are interested in learning more about Stampin' Up, please contact me.  I love Stampin' Up and I know you will too.

Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I was playing around with the new Stampin' Up Scoring Tool.  This is a simple card, but I sure do like this little fellow.
Stamp Set: "Kidoodles"
Colors: Basic Gray, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist
Other: Scoring Tool, Modern Label Punch. Label Punch, Pearls, DSP, Ribbon

Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn

Just a few more

Just working on cards. I really like this set.

It is hard to tell from this picture, but I used a technique called Water Color Embossing on the wheat and jug.

Instructions for Water Color Embossing:
Watercolor your image with markers and an aqua pen then let the image dry throughly. Color the image with a versamark pen in the places you want to emboss. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat. As soon as the heating is complete, paint the melted emboss powder with Smooch Spritz or a powder pearl medium.   I spraying the spritz on one of our acrylic blocks used it as a pallet . Then finish by spritzing the wheat stalks with the same Smooch Spritz Golden Glow and use a soft suede marker with the Color Spritzer Tool to make the brown spots.

Stamp Set: "Always Thankful"
Colors: More Mustard, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Marina Mist paper, Chocolate Chip paper, Naturals White paper
Other: Smooch Spritz, Fabric, Buttons

Friday, September 9, 2011

Matchbox Die

I think I am going to do this for a workshop this weekend.

"Spooky Bingo Bits", "It's a Wrap Holidays"
Die: Matchbox
Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive DSP, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Concord Crush
Other: Ribbon, Rhinestones

Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn

Just a few projects

Lots of stamps used on this card, but I like how it turned out.  I hope you enjoy.

Stamp Sets:
"Creative Elements", "En Francais", "Wonderfully Worn", "Hello Doily", "Teeny Tiny Wishes", "Best Friends Forever"
Pear Pizazz, Always Artichoke, Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Sahara Sand, Rich Razzleberry
Pearls, Chantilly Trim, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Smooch Spritz (gold glow)
Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn

Workshop on Sunday, September 11

Debbie Taylor is hosting a Stampin' Up Workshop this Sunday, September 11.  If you are interested in more information about Stampin' Up or would like to attend.  Contact me.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Craft Organization

Do you have lots of stuff and don't know how to organize it?  Check out Better Homes and Gardens website for ideas.  They also have some great ideas for setting up a craft room.  I have a small craft room, but dream of having a big place that would accommodate me and all my stamping friends.  Well, I can dream, and we can make dreams happen!!!!


Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Christmas is Coming Early at My House

I love winter and it is so hot this card makes me feel cooler.  This is Winter Post one of my favorite current Stampin' Up® winter sets.  I love ribbon and bling too.

Here's the details:
Stamps:  Winter Post
Colors:  Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory
Etc:  Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder, Hodgepodge Hardware (retired), Buttons, Seam Binding, and Pearls  (Gotta love those pearls)

Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Rhonda's Workshop

These are the cards we made at Rhonda's today.  We had a great time and Rhonda served her famous Rum Cake.  It was delicious.  Enjoy.

Workshop: Rhonda Kratzer's Home

Rhonda Kratzer has graciously agreed to host a Stampin' Up Workshop at her home on Sunday, August 14 beginning at 1:30 p.m.   I will be posting some of the projects that I will be demonstrating in the next few days.

Email me if you are interested in coming or need more information by clicking on this link:  EMAIL

Hope to see you there.

Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn

Friday, August 12, 2011

Crosses of Hope

I love these crosses and these cards.  I used Crosses of Hope that is in the new Stampin' Up catalog.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New: Holly Berry Bouquet

This is some of the new paper Holly Berry Bouquet from the new Holiday Mini. All the papers in the series are so pretty.  The flourish in the stamp set is from Pines and Poinsettias which has some very lovely paper that includes roses and poinsettias.  The little silhouettes are from Forever Young.  I love the new Holiday Mini.  If you would like a free copy contact me by email

Stamp Set: Pines and Poinsettias, Forever Young, Tiny Tags
Colors: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso
Etc: Pearls, Tag Punch, Button, Rosette, In Color and Satin ribbon

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Happiest Birthday Wishes

Happiest Birthday Wishes is the stamp set used here.  It is one of the new hostess sets that you can purchase with hostess dollars when you have a workshop.  I would love to help you earn free merchandise from Stampin' Up.  Contact me and we will schedule your Stampin' Up workshop.
Stamp Set:  Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper: New In Colors --- Pool Party, Lucky Limeade. Calypso Coral, Peach Parfait
Etc:  Fancy Fan Letterpress plate, pearls, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch, Scallop Punch, Retired Birds and Blooms embosslit 

Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn
Colors:  Early Espresso, Naturals White, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight
Stamp Set:  Vintage Vogue, Circle Circus

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Forever Young

I love this stamp set and this is my first attempt.  I hope you like it.

Stamp Set:  Forever Young
Colors:  Real Red, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Ink:  Real Red, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight

Lots of sponging, the main image is embossed.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Under the Big Top

This card is for the Splitcoaststampers Feature Stamper Challenge, FS234.  I used the following:

Stamp:  Under the Big Top
Paper: Big Top Birthday, Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Etc.: Rhinestones, Round and Scallop Punches, Ribbon, Buttons, Paper Flower


This card was made for the Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use it Challenge, WT332 - Heavy Metal.  I used Reynolds Wrap foil for the silver strip and ran it through my Big Shot with the Crosshatch Embossing folder.

Stamp sets:  Petite Pairs and Motorcycle from the Summer Mini 2010
Paper:  Real Red, Basic Black, Pacific Point, and Watercolor
Technique: Watercolor

Friday, July 29, 2011

Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 343

Splitcoaststampers is a great web community for people who love cards.  The card below was my interpretation of this week's Sketch Challenge 343, SC343.  I used the new Mocha Morning designer paper from Stampin' Up and the new word stamp set Petite Pairs.

Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Card with Old Products

Every once and awhile, I break out the old retired stuff just to use it up so I can make room for new paper and embellishments.  I made this card using To the Nines Specialty paper and the brown felt ribbon from the Holiday Mini several years ago.  The base was Close to Cocoa textured paper.  I had quite a bit of these old papers left, so I created this card for the children in our church's Summer Presbie Kids program to duplicate for their dads for Father's Day.

There was very little stamping, mostly punching and gluing, so not too difficult for little ones.

Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn

Sail Away

I just loved this set and this paper.  This I believe is the first nautical stamp set I have ever purchased.  I am not sure why because I really enjoyed using it.  It is great for masculine cards.
Paper: Nautical Expedition DSP from the Summer Mini, Naturals Paper
Stamps: Sail Away Stamp Set
Etc.: Pearls, Twine and Punches
Colors: Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler
Technique: Watercoloring

Karen Colburn

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I (Love) Love

I created a simple version of this card for our children's program at our church.  They really enjoyed making this card.  These new colors are so pretty.

Colors: Pool party, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake and Whisper White

Stamps: I (Love) Love Wheel

Etc: White Satin Ribbon, Pearls, Scallop Punch, Circle Punches, Modern Label Punch, Final Press Embossing Folder

Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn

Monday, July 25, 2011

Lots of punches, doilies, and butterflies

Some of the elements of this card:
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizazz, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Flirtatious Specialty

Dies/Punches: Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Butterfly Embosslit, Blossom Party Die, Little Leaves Sizzlit.

Etc.: New Incolor Brads
This is a close up of the center.  Kind of busy, but I like it.  I hope you do too.

Happy Stampin'
Karen Colburn