Friday, July 30, 2010

Zucchini Bread

My dork sister, Leona asked for my zucchini bread recipe. Here it is:

3 eggs
1 C. Vegetable oil
2 C. grated zucchini
3 C. flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
3 tsp cinnamon

(add milk if it looks too dry)

Mix together and put into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake ~60 minutes or until done.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Accordion style card box

Happy Thursday, Stampers! This is my last Free for All posting for the month of July. For this week I decided to try the Accordion Style card box found HERE on Splitcoast Stampers. I really like this box! It's so cute. I used 3 Bugs in a Rug designer paper, which happens to be double sided. Then I used RAM's Puddles of fun stamp for the image. Does the image look familiar? Of course it does, silly me! Okay what I am getting at is that I was short on time on getting this project done and wanted to use this stamp for the box. I went back to my debut card for PWCO DT posting and pulled off the image from that card. SHHH! Don't tell the card police. I tried and tried to add embellishments to the box but I kept pulling it off and finally realized less was more and kept the box simple, showing off the paper.

My tip for today is to tell you it is okay to recycle items off of other cards...even other cards that you have received. As much as we would love to keep each and every card we (or I should say "I") don't have enough room for them all. I keep the cards, display them for a time and then recycle embellishments, images, ribbons, etc. Believe it or not the Card Police will not come for you!

Paper: 3 bugs in a rug
markers: copics Y08,B21, B95, YG63, YR04
Accessories: cuttlebug and nestabilities

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Haven't these humans heard of tofu?

Viola! I managed to play along in Midnight Madness's sketch challenge this week. This card is for Art Impression's monthly contest in which the theme is "my other craft-Stamp a card about another hobby". I love to cook and bake so I went with the chickens looking in a cookbook. I can imagine they think it is quite disturbing to see a cookbook about 1,001 ways to roast a chicken! I can make a very good chicken, but my claim to fame is my cheesecake. Just ask my good friend Peggysue! We met recently at a location half way between our houses and I surprised her with a cheesecake. Ohhh, it was sooo good!! Are you drooling yet? Sorry, back to the card. Anyway, the dp is cooking from nana's stack. It sure is cute paper! The ribbon is something I picked up at Michael's.
Wish me luck on winning in the contest!

Stamp: Birdies and the girls
DP: Nana's stack
copics: a few yellows and a few oranges
accessories: ribbon

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Dig This!

Happy Thursday, Stampers! I again went to SCS to find a project to do and right at the top was this tutorial for a drawer box. I thought I would give it a try and I liked it! I used Zoe the Volleyball player and some left over stickers I had from last month's blog hop release. I made 6 cards. They aren't all quite identical, but pretty close. I didn't have enough of any one embellishment so I used an assortment. Same holds for my solid card stock. I did manage to color each image and not cut it out. Wow! Go Karen Lynn!
I really wanted to color Zoe's hair as nicely as Cabio did on her blog hop project. I went to her blog to try and copy it and lo-and-behold she has a whole tutorial on how to color hair! Here's the link to Cabio's tutorial. I am pleased with how I did the coloring especially since this is the first image I colored like that.
What I like about this box is that it holds both the cards and envelopes. I also noticed that it is large enough to hold some copic markers. Great gift idea!!

Stamps: Zoe the Volleyball player by Paperworks Co.
Copics: Y13, 15, 17; E000, 00, 11, 37, 49; YR21; B24
Paper: The paper studio Boy multi-stripes and boy multi-dots
Accessories: volleyball stickers, cuttlebug and folders

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Card for Connie, Sketch Saturday Week #112

I found this sketch at Sketch Saturday's Blog. I liked it and thought I would give it a try.
I really needed to get out my Tilda for some good coloring therapy. I find a lot of comfort in coloring Tilda and I don't know why. This Tilda, which is Sweet Tilda, is my favorite Tilda that I own.
This card is for the radio announcer of the radio station that I listen to at work. Each morning at 6AM they have Jump Start Trivia. The radio announcers ask bizarre questions and we, the listeners, call in to answer the question. The question might be something like: 45% of woman do this each day. What is it? (this is a made up question so don't try to answer that!) The first person to answer correctly gets a small prize.
Okay so that is the first part of the story. The second part of the story is that there are a few of us listeners who call in with "call names". There's Trucker Jeff, Quality Colleen, Jackless Jill, Mother Theresa, Mini bike Mike and Cardmaker Karen (That's me!!) There's more of course, but I can't keep tabs on everyone's name. Well, Trucker Jeff had a hat made with his name on it. Then Quality Colleen had a hat made and now I have one too. When I call in I say, "Good morning, this is Cardmaker Karen!" and they now know who I am and I have nice quick chats with the radio announcers.
The third part of the story is that I was in the final running for Midnight Madness Priscilla Award (Which I won!!). I called into the radio station and mentioned it on air. The DJs gave me a few moments to talk about my card and make a plea for people to go to Midnight Madness's blog and vote for my card. How sweet is that?
So, in August it is Connie, the DJ's, birthday. I made this card for her.
Whew, that was a long story, wasn't it??

Thanks for looking!

I would give you the deets on this card, but I have no idea what papers I used. Thanks to PS for telling me to add the grass on the ivory panel. It helps break up that piece.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

July Paperworks Co. Blog Hop!!

Welcome to Karen Lynn's Blog!! If you came here from Stephanie's Blog then you are in the right spot. If not, please start HERE at Paperworks Company.

Woo Hoo! It's that time again when we all get to see some new awesome stamps from Paperworks Co. and Rachel Ann Miller!! Today I have the honor of showing off "A New Adventure". Since I have been doing the Free for All Thursdays and have been in the mode of doing 3D projects I decided to keep going down that avenue. I had an extra tin that I bought eons ago and never used. I felt that the tin and the stamp just went together. I colored the image and sponged in the sky and the grass. I then took the backside of the double sided pattern paper and used the corner rounder to make the scallops. A few extra embellishments and butta-bing, butta-boom! Here it is!

So enough about me and my project and back to the blog hop. Peggy is giving away 8 stamps this blog hop (2 of each design). If you want to jump in and get your hands on the goodies here is what you have to do:

1. Leave a comment at each DT member's blog
2. Become a follower of this blog if you aren't already
3. If your name is Linda look back through my blog and see if you are the Linda that won last month's blog candy and contact me! I can't give goodies away unless you give me contact information.

Finally, there is a sale at PWCO, 10% off all stamps!!! Discount code is: PWCO stamps. Enter this code into the discount section.

So, here's the order of the hop:

Steph S
Steph J
Karen Lynn <---You are HERE!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Got Cash?

Happy Thursday, Stampers!! I wanted to try something new this week so I perused through SCS’s resources and I saw the wallet tutorial and decided that is what I wanted to do. I thought it was going to be a complicated project and was pleasantly surprised when it was rather easy. The solid paper is embossed. I forgot how much fun it is to emboss paper. I have all of the tools to do it but I just don’t think to pull it out. It really gives the paper a leathery look in this instance.

For the inside of the wallet I wanted a wild look so I went with the Basic Grey Lime Rickey paper again. At this point I knew I was giving this to my niece for her 16th birthday and I would put the lipgloss I bought for her inside. Since she’s young she can pull off the wild look. I had some velcro circles in the house and used those as a fastener. The only problem is that the velcro is stronger than the paper and pulled away from the paper and ripped it!! OH NO! I tried different ways of hiding it but eventually just adhered it back in place as best as I could.

Here’s the side view of the wallet. The main image is from the Freckle stamps love collection, “Standing beneath a tree”. The wallet isn’t big enough for the whole image so I just used the girl. I was about 2 minutes away from finishing the project and adhering the girl and circle to the wallet when I placed it face down in adhesive! OH NO, AGAIN! Have no fear I salvaged the image by just reinking her face, coloring it, cutting it out and putting it on top of the ruined face. TA DA! From that comes my tip for today. Do what ever you can to use part of your mistake or cover up your mistake to avoid remaking your project.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.

Stamps: “Standing beneath a tree”

Paper: Basic Grey’s Lime Rickey

Copics:R 24, 27; E 000, 00 11 37, 99; RV11, 13, 14; YR 21

Accessories: cuttlebug, folders and nesties, ribbon.

SCS Tutorial: Faux Leather Wallet

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Guess what, Stampers?? Paperworks Co. is having a blog hop party starting this Saturday! Start at Paperworks Co. and follow the design team through the hop to look at cool new stamps and great new products. In the end Paperworks is giving away (I think the number is)8 stamps!
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

3 x 3 Card Box

Happy Thursday, Stampers! I decided to stretch myself outside of my comfort zone and try a 3D project since I am on a Free For All day. I looked through SCS and saw a tutorial on 3×3 card boxes. I decided to give it a try. I wanted to use the Freckle face kids but found that the stamped images was too large for the project so I colored and cut out the boy and girl and put them together in the middle of the box. I then made 5 cards and only used one image per card. I was able to make the box and the cards with one piece of 12 x 12 CS and 1 piece of 8 x11.5 colored coordinating card stock.

I learned that I shouldn’t have used the decorative edging that I used around the box as it is too delicate for repeated use. I then made little envelopes for the cards. I found a you-tube video to see how to make that.

Stamps: Standing beneath a tree

Paper: Lime Rickey

Copics: R 24, 27; E 000,00,11, 33,99: yr21; G19; B29

Accessories: Cuttlebug, nesties, ribbon, flower gem embellishment

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thanks a latte!

Happy Thursday, Stampers and Welcome to July! Today starts a whole new line up for the design team members. Peggy is shaking things up a bit by moving us DT members to different days of the week. Today is Thursday and that means it is a Free for All.

Yikes! I just got my package from PWCO on Monday and it shows that I am up for a posting today. I quickly starting thinking of what I wanted to do. Meanwhile, I opened a thank you card from a neighbor for lending them our booster car seat for their grandson. What a serendipitous moment when I opened that card! I knew at that moment that this card was meant to be! The card I received was in the shape of a coffee cup with the little cup sleeve on it. I traced the cup and quickly got to work. I bought the toucan because I have thing for birds (we own three) and just thought Tiki was so cute. I drew in the branch by myself because I wanted Tiki to be perched on something. I used the computer for the sentiment and glossy accent on the beak and feet. Finally I added the red rhinestones for a little bling. My tip today is to look for inspiration in places you might not expect. Who knew I would get a fantastic idea from a simple card.

Stamps: Tiki the Toucan

Copics:YR04, R29, YG11, 13, 17, Y08,C3

Paper: Basic grey and coredination

accessories: cuttlebug and folder, rhinestones, glossy accent