Monday, December 20, 2010

List of Fours

This card was a case from Ivanka Lentle's card on page 51 from PaperCraft's Holiday Cards and More Volume 5. (This magazine also happens to have my first published card, hoorah!) My version features one of the sentiments from Practicing Creativity's Rejoice! stamp set, as well as some May Arts ribbon and Basic Grey Jovial paper (which I just noticed was adhered upside down!). It's not for any challenge, but does have a pretty interesting background... A gal at work wanted to see my card in print and came back with my magazine two days later with a list of cards she wanted to order!
I've had the delightful opportunity to be tagged a few blogger buddies, so here is my List of Fours (subject to change daily).

1. Four shows that you watch:
- Criminal Minds
- Sons of Anarchy
- Food Network Challenge
- American Pickers
2.  Four things you are passionate about:
- Being the best mama, wife, daughter, sister that I can be
- Graphic Design
- Teaching respect and morals to my two boys
- Cardmaking and Scrapbooking
3.  Four words/phrases you say a lot:
- Really?
- Fabulous
- Pick Up!
- I'm calling to follow up on the status of a medical claim (from work)

4.  Four things you've learned from the past:
- If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all
- Things eventually do work out for the best
- Save your favorite toy just to see the excitement when your children love it as much
- Communication IS really the key to a good relationship

5. Four places you would like to go:
- Smokey Joe's house
- Ireland
- Disneyland: solely for the fact to look at the amazement and wonder in two boys eyes
- On a shopping spree with a lot of money that I won

6.  Four things you did yesterday:
- Drove to work on not-the best-plowed roads
- Purchased a blender for a gift and Burt's Beeswax Lip Balm (love that stuff)
- Cooked Spaghettios (why to kids like that stuff so much?)
- Had a really long discussion on why ten spelling words and twenty+ flashcards are very important to a first grader
7.  Four things you are looking forward to:
- Seeing (and holding) (and loving) (and spoiling) Baby Dot
- Seeing my boys grow up to be who they are
- Browsing cards made with stamps I've designed in magazines
- Spending the holidays with ALL of my family!

8.  Four things you love about winter:
- Seeing rosy red cheeks and noses of "little people"
- The beauty of a foot of fresh fallen snow (before plowing, shoveling, etc...)
- Singing Happy Birthday to my oldest
- Adopting a fire hydrant affectionately called Spicket

9.  Tag four people to play along:
- LeeAnne: ArtfulDelight
- Sharli: Sharli's Place


  1. Great the big reading about you!!

  2. So lovely! The ribbon and patterned paper are wonderful together!

  3. beautiful card and thanks for sharing in the 4 little things. It is nice to learn a little more about my bloggie friends.

  4. Hi Karen! I'm am honored that you tagged me! LOL

    Your card is wonderful - I didn't know it was upside down! It looks perfect!

    CONGRATULATIONS on being published! How exciting is that?!?!?! WooHoo!


  5. BEAUTIFUL!! No wonder your friend wanted to order a bunch of your cards!

  6. I love the paper and ribbon on this! The layout works perfectly for this sentiment!
    Merry Christmas, Karen!

  7. Gorgeous card..and way to go on being published! Thanks for tagging me too...I'm thinking about what some of my answers are!!

  8. Hey, can you please send your info to

    to get your mini-kit that you won on my blog?

  9. Gorgeous card.. Love the colours and the big bow :)

    Love reading your Fours.. :) Thanks for sharing..

    Blessed Christmas

  10. This is so awesome! I love reading all things about you....I find some similarities :) Congrats on your first pub and I'm sure many more to follow since!!

  11. fun to read more about you....
    love the card- and awesome that you had such a great order!! (i'm pretty sure i would not have noticed the paper being upside down...!)

  12. Congrats on being published! That is very exciting! Beautiful card creation and I love the striped ribbon which is the perfect added touch to the pattern paper (which I didn't notice was upside down). It was also great learing a little more about you!

  13. Love love that card of yours Karen and I really enjoyed getting to know you a little better through your "4"
    Thanks for sharing ;-)

  14. I love that you created a card from inspiration you found in one of our magazines, Karen, and I just happened upon it! That's really cool--and so is the card! I also loved reading your "list of fours" and getting to know you better! And forgive me if I'm way out on this, but am I correct in assuming that "Baby Dot" is a new addition to your family? If so, congratulations! If not, then I feel really really silly!

    Have a moxie fab holiday my friend! :)

  15. Very pretty, love that patterned paper and that ribbon is gorgeous! Congratulations on being published!

  16. so pretty! big congrats on your pub!! yay! knew it would happen sooner or later! so very happy for you, girl! have to find that mag and look for your card! =) have a warm and cozy holiday season to you and yours! =)

  17. yay! a great big congrats on your first publication!! love reading your list of fours,--have a wonderful holiday, karen:)

  18. Such a pretty card! Love that yummy ribbon! Great list of fours too!!! It's always fun learning more about you!!!

  19. Beautiful! I love the big ribbon.