Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Never, Never, NEVER Give Up

Well, I'm still on vacation.  I'm in Stillwater, MN right now.  I spent one week with my Mom in Duluth, and this week I am with my BFF of 42 years, Patti Lyn.  Patti is my scrappin' buddy and my best friend in the whole wide world.  We met at age 4 or 5 (not exactly sure), but we were neighbors, we went to Kindergarten together, and have been "besties" ever since.  We've made a lot of cute things (mini albums and cards) since I've been here, and I can't wait to share some of them with you here on my blog when I get home and have the time to photograph and share them.  Right now, I'm just having too much fun creating, laughing, going to antique stores, and just having FUN.  This week is flying by MUCH too quickly.

This is the card I made for this week's challenge at Word Art Wednesday long before I left town.  I got ALL my Design Team projects completed before I left town.  That's why I haven't been posting anything.  My apologies to Word Art Wednesday and Mark's Finest Papers for my "disappearance" these two weeks.  I will be back to "normal" the second week in August.  Life is just CRAZY BUSY right now.  The prize this week at Word Art Wednesday is an antique floal frog that I got at an antique store in Stillwater, Minnesota on Monday.   It's SO cute, and it can be YOURS - just stop by and link up a project with us.
Since I'm on-line (in the middle of the night, mind you), I am entering this card in some challenges. - Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #149 - Make a CAS Card - Really Reasonable Ribbon - Summer Colors - For me, that means FLOWERS. - My Crafting Challenge - Fabric Friday.  I entered this by invitation from Nana.  Check out her awesome fun blog for lots of exciting challenges and give-aways, not to mention - inspiration galore.
Thanks for stopping by, and I really do look forward to getting back to my regular blogging in a week or so.  Hope you're all enjoying your Summer.  And remember, NEVER GIVE UP.  Anything in life that is worth having is worth working hard to achieve, so don't give up.

Blessings to you all,



  1. Such a gorgeous and inspiring card!! So glad you are having a wonderful time on your vacation with friends and family. I'm on a trip right now too with my DH for our anniversary (30 years). We are at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore and head home tomorrow. I pray the rest of your trip is lovely and relaxing and filled with lovely times. ~ Blessings, Tracey

  2. I love this card Karen~my favorite from you! Gorgeous texture and strips! Thank you again for the blessing this month. Have a WONDERFUL time with your bestie~ ;)

  3. I love your beautiful card and all the textures you included in it! Happy vacation -- enjoy ever minute!

  4. That's a lovely card, Karen. I love the way you have used the coordinating papers and the little badges are fab. Sue x

  5. This is a beautiful card! Love the burlap under your sentiment.

  6. Enjoy your vacation!!!
    Beautiful card!! I love the color combo and papers!!

  7. Karen I love your card! The colors are perfect and the little piece of burlap is a great touch.

  8. Especially like the burlap texture. There's a challenge at My Crafting Channel Fabric Fri #4 that you can enter this in. Thanks for entering MFP Simple Salutations Ch#4 Anything Goes/Your Choice.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"
    MFP Simple Salutations

  9. Your card is so adorable, Karen! I love the textures created by the various paper patterns, the stitching and the burlap. Great color combinations, too.

    Barbara Marie

  10. Stunning Karen. I love all the layering. Thanks for linking up with the Fabric Friday Challenge #4.

    Have fun on your vacation.

    Big Hugs
    ♥ My Crafting Channel ♥

  11. Karen this is a lovely card - the greens are fabulous and the buttons are a great touch.
    So good to hear you are having a great holiday with folk you love.

  12. Wonderful card Karen! I think the buttons are incredible! So glad to know you're enjoying your time with your BFF and some craftiness! Hugs!

  13. It sounds like you are having the time of your life! I love this card, and this sentiment is one that I think of over and over in life. It is so inspiring! I love the buttons you used on the side to embellish the card with the wonderful touch of fabric (something I have wanted to reach out and do forever!). I love your style!

    He IS Able!
    Traci Starkweather

    You May Receive 1-5 Cards at the He IS Able blog!

  14. This is an unusual color palette for you, but I really like it. I also need, well, want a floral frog, but haven't found one in Del Rio. That's why I'm praying that i win the one you found in Minesota. I'm sure God has nothing better to do than grant me this prayer request. :/. Blessings!

  15. What a gorgeous card Karen!! I just love your choice of colors and the design!! Glad you are having a good time with family and friends.
    hugs and blessings,

  16. Sounds like fun!!! Glad to hear you're doing well and enjoying your time. Your card is so pretty, great texture and the colors are so nice together.

    I apologize for not visiting more, I've been busy myself and rarely find time to sit and visit anyone online. You're doing a great job with WAW.

    Have a great day!

  17. Beautiful card. Love the patterns and cute embellishments!

  18. Very, very pretty card! I love the colors and the saying is wonderful! Thanks for joining us this week at SSIC!

  19. Great card! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

  20. Karen - This is so cute! I love the papers you used! The sentiment is great. Tghanks for sharing with us at SSiC.

  21. Love your papers. The quote this week was really appropriate for my week-sad to say. But it really was uplifting.

    Love how you featured the quote on your die cut.

    So glad to hear you're having a great vacation! Girl time is always so fun!
    Take care & have a safe trip back.

  22. i love your card! the design and colors are beautiful. i'm so glad you're having a fun time with your friend! have a safe trip home!

  23. This card really is so cute. Love how you've put everything together.

    And it's so good to read you are having the best of time with your BFF. Enjoy while you're still there :D Time is flying by to fast.

    Have a blessed vacation!


  24. Fab card, lovely colours and a great layout.
    Thanks for joining us at The Ribbon Reel this week!

  25. Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing with us at The Ribbon Reel this fortnight!

  26. okay Karen, thank you so much for your compliments on my crafting. I try and I did post my last card to the layers one as the Ribbon reel was closed. Thanks again. Blessings, Bev