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.