Houston, Tx, United States
Hi. Welcome to my site; my name is Karen. I'm an avid scrap-booker, card-maker, and paper-crafter. I have been scrapbooking for about 12 years and I am just as excited now as when I first started. Scrapbooking is the instrument I use to record some of the greatest and most special moments of my family’s life. I love buying patterned paper, ribbon and embellishments, taking pictures of my son, teaching scrapbooking and hosting workshops. This hobby continues to be an obsession for me and it continues to challenge me to be a better scrapper. I love the escape that scrapbooking affords me and the fun it has brought into my world. I have one child, a son; he's 15 years old and he is my favorite scrapbook subject. I hope that you enjoyed my site and will visit again soon.

August 24, 2009

Flip Flops Anyone

One of my son's classmates had a pool party this past weekend. The party invitations had the cutest flip flops on them; very bright, festive and summery. I looked at the invitation a couple of times and thought I'd incorporate flip flops onto her card. I always have such a good time when I'm able to do really "girlie" type project, so I had a blast with this card.

A card for Joseph

My little nephew turned 2 last week, so I wanted to make a special card for his big day.

August 13, 2009

August Card Class

Here are pictures from the card class I taught this evening. The theme for this class was "some to keep and some to share". I was trying to encourage the ladies to make cards and share them, so we came up with the idea that we would make 2 of the same cards for a couple of the patterns, so that the ladies could keep one of them, while sharing the other with a family member, relative or friend. Well, let me tell you; it didn't quite work that way. Some of the ladies stamped a different sentiment on the other card, so that they wouldn't be identical, thus justifying the reason for keeping them both. One of the ladies, decided she'd give one to her husband and one to her daughter, because they were in the same house and then she'd be able to see the cards all the time. Three of the ladies, that were there together, decided they would share the cards with each other; the end result being they'd still have the same number of cards and the sames pattern; LOL. We'll have to try this sharing thing again. But anyway, we had a wonderfun time and I'm looking forward to the next class. Stay tuned.

August 12, 2009

Card Class - Sharing ???

I will be teaching a card class tomorrow night at By Design Scrapbook Boutique. The ladies will make 8 cards, with 6 different designs. For two of the cards, we will make the same card twice. We're doing this so that the ladies will have cards to share. During the last class, I learned that the ladies don't share the cards they make in my classes because, according to them, they want to keep them to look at, put in their office at work or in their quiet "girly" space. I asked them if they would share the cards if we made multiples of some designs; their answer was yes. We're going to give it a try. I hope that the multiples will go in the mail Friday morning. It's amazing the things you learn while scrapping with other ladies. I thought that was so funny. I will post the 6 cards after the class. After I do that, I need to get started on my items for the September kits. If you like monthly kits, go on over to the By Design online store: http://bydesignscrapbookboutique.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=130&zenid=d39d41ea43526957a12d8c9d90dacec4 and sign up for the new monthly kit club.

Aaron turns 1

Aaron is a wonderful little boy, whose mother is in my Sunday School class. Aaron's birthday is this weekend and he will be a year old. He is such a warm and happy toddler, though some Sundays he's pulling my hair, blowing spit bubbles in my face and choking me with my very own necklace. Still, the next Sunday, I'm excited to see him all over again. We have decided as a class, to celebrate his wonderful year of life. He will be having surgery next month, so we're all praying for him.

My BFF's

Last Friday night my girlfriends and I celebrated another "Birthday Club Night Out" and of course, Gringo's was on the menu. These are my best friends. My baby sister is on the end in the orange shirt and my scrapping buddy and enabler is in the red shirt. We have all been friends for many, many years and we this is our 15th year of "Birthday Club Night Out" celebrations. I am planning to scrap the pictures this weekend, so I'll share the layouts with you.

August 06, 2009

2S4Y Challenge #32

I had plans to be a scrapping over-achiever this week. I had planned to combine two challenges into one card, but it didn't work out quite that way. I wanted to participate in the 2Sketches4You, by using the sketch, and the UseIt challenge, by using the colors. alphabet stickers and a tool I hadn't used in 6 months. Well, I did manage to use the colors, but I couldn't find just the right alphabet sickers; so I threw in the towel and went full speed ahead with the other challenge.

This Way 2 Paradise

Talk about paradise; we did a jungle tour excursion while on vacation. My son wasn't old enough to have his own ATV, so we agreed to share. One problem, he didn't let me drive. There were a couple of times when I thought he was trying to get rid of me; he would take off really fast, before I had a chance to hold on and then he did this "spinning out" thing in the sand dunes. He almost succeeded that time. Next year, he'll be a little older and maybe we won't have to carpool.

Red and White Birthday

My middle sister had a birthday last week, her 46th; not sure she wants me to tell that. I've had the houndstooth CuttleBug embossing folder for a while; yes, I had to have it when I saw it in Jo-Ann's, no, I hadn't used it until last weekend. What can I say, I am a hoarder of all things scrap related. Anyhow, I saw this great sheet of houndstooth pattern paper and the thoughts started clicking. I embossed the white cardstock with the CuttleBug folder. I also bought these great Prima flower stems. I just love them, don't you.