Monthly Archives: December 2012

Kara finally finishes up that pack of paper…


Way back in early September, I started a “let’s use a whole pack of 6 x 6 paper to make cards” thing. I just finished that pack up yesterday. Hi, my name is Kara and procrastination is my game.

Here’s the first post in this series,  the second, the third, the fourth, the fifth, the sixth, the seventh, and the eighth.

The pack of paper is Making Memories Boho Chic Olivia. I had some full sheets left and decided the easiest thing to do would be to cut them into 3 x 3 squares.

Then I cut enough black paper so that I’d have sheets for layering. With those squares, I made some Love cards.

I had some random pieces left and just started playing with layouts and sentiments.

Love sentiment is Autumn Leaves Rhonna Farrer. Thanks is Studio G Kolette Hall. I miss you is TPC Studio Whimsy Greetings. All are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. Wausau Fleck Cardstock.

I am done. I am amazed – one, that it took me so long and, two, that I ended up with so many cards – these fourteen put me at  ninety three total from this pack of paper.

OWH Sketch Challenge 153


Operation Write Home has the last sketch challenge of 2012 up – #153.

Here’s my take –

My stripe placement is a bit off from the sketch but it’s close enough to count. 🙂

Blue cardstock is from stash. Patterned papers are DCWV Summer Stack. Sentiment is TPC Studio Cupcakes in Memento Tuxedo Black. Shapeabilities Scalloped Squares.

A Fun Birthday Card


One day I found a shop that had a few styles of ek Tools Edger Punches on severe markdown. I bought 3, including the Large Cupcake Chain. I played around with it as soon as I got it home and knew that I needed to use it with a birthday card.

Voila, after much hemming and hawing about what to do, this is what I came up with –

Patterned and green papers are from the DCWV Stack III pad. Wausau Fleck cardstock base, sentiment, banner strip and cupcake chain. All inked with Distress Inks Peeled paint. Bakers Twine is as well. Sentiment is from TPC Studio Cupcakes set. Dimensional Foam.

I like that with the Distress Inks, I can use this as a basic sketch and switch up color schemes.

OWH Sketch Challenge 152


Operation Write Home has a new sketch challenge up – #152.

Here’s my take –

Wausau Fleck cardstock front and sentiment. Black, yellow and vellum are from stash. Sizzix texture folder. Shapeabilities large scalloped octagons. Sentiment is Studio G Lynette Anderson Taylor in Memento Tuxedo Black with Distress Inks in Wild Honey.

Mike Nesmith on the end of the world


Mike posted this on his Facebook page yesterday, 12/22/12.

I am so happy the world finally ended. I was wondering if it would –if the date would just come and go and all whose people who were wrong would just never admit it, and all those who were curious would just never know.

But sure enough, — here we all are, on the other side. We are all good. We can move on now. I am happy to let those who thought the world would end have their way.

For me, the world ends a little bit all the time anyway, replaced at every turn by a bright new one with endless possibilities for good.

In case you didn’t know there is a secret society of very powerful grown ups. By powerful I mean like having the Queens veto. (the cabby says to me in the UK “nah, she don’t have no power really, just a title is all. We love her but she can’t do nuffink — oh, well, I mean, she can dissolve Parliament.”)

I can bring a convivial family meal to a complete and silent halt by just looking up and saying “Now, tell me who all you people are again”.

It’s one of those semi-funny jokes that only works if you are the oldest one at the table. The moment hangs on “Is Papanez nuts, or self-aware and just kidding?”

It mustn’t linger too long. It has to be resolved quickly — followed by the smile and the twinkle — and no, no, no — Papanez was just kidding. It also only works on paper. I did it once in real life — never again. Big mistake. It is way too scary and cruel. Don’t try this at home.

It is a strange paradox — absolute and no power at the same time.

In the NYTimes I read the article on the old rockers getting together for 12-12-12 and how they all looked silly trying to look younger. What the writer didn’t know was a part of it was the America Gene at work and the old rockers were caught in it.

The other part was a variation on the power paradox – hanging on to the idea that only youth confers power while using a power only gained by being a old rocker. It’s a trap door — but, happily true to its paradoxical origins, it is only a trap from one side.

As my world continues to end, I am delighted and amazed by its constant renewal. As I admit mistakes I realize I am not locking the mistakes in, but getting rid of them.

Then I am on the other side — all is well, all is made new, all is forgiven. The end becomes the beginning.