Blackberries and Blog Awards…..

Okay, so why did I think that just because I now can efficiently download blog awards…that I would know what to bloomin DO with a BLACKBERRY??? The unadulterated success, the heady feel of meeting the challenge of actually downloading my FIRST, and now…. check it out….SECOND blog award…. Yes, there are TWO now… head got bigger then it should have…..and I went phone shopping around that same time. NOT a GOOD COMBINATION!! My kids, specifically Bethany and Michael and their spouses, Brian and Jenna had been telling us we needed to get blackberries so we could all instant msg eachother. Okay- more on this later while I quick tell you how I made the above card….which was made with SU’s new set called ELEMENTS OF STYLE which they gave us at Leadership when we thought we had opened all of our presents…YIPPEE I love this set and all THREE cards in this post were made with it…..Anyway,,,I stamped the image in black stazon ink on white cardstock and then I used markers to layer and blend color. Then after it was all colored the way I wanted it, I covered all of the coloring with a versamarker. Then I put clear powder on top and clear embossed. Next I took stampin’ sponges and smeared the bashful blue on top – VOILA!! That’s all she wrote. Okay – back to the story at hand. When I went to Leadership my friend Tinabeana took my phone charger home…..I texted her from the airport as my phone was taking it’s last breath….”Did you by any chance take my charger home with you???” To which she replied, “I don’t think so honey….” Famous last
words…..She did. So when I got home I thought about the fact that my phone was old, and it was cool when I got it new, but lately I had not felt so cool with it. So what would make me cool??? Listen to my kids and spring for a blackberry…. YES- that would make me COOL again. So Keith and I were off to the Verizon store….shopping for blackberries which is a lot like giving a child a computer and actually they would probably have a lot better idea what to do with it then Keith and I did!! I have to say, I was a pretty fast texter on my old phone. NOW, it takes me 20 minutes to find out where to even send a text and 20 more to pull up the right person!! This card to the left, made with the same great new stamp set only done in black and white….and cut out and raised up…with a red ribbon to punch it UP!! Okay,,,so after acting like we knew what we were talking about sort of, we purchased Storm 2 blackberries. Buy one get one free. Now is the time. Only after 2 weeks now, I am only texting at about 5 words per hour. I have to study it for four hours everytime I want to send a text to someonew new…..I know how to TALK on the phone but i have no idea how to use the speaker phone,,,which kept turning itself on and off tonite as I was talking to a friend. ugh. so frustrating!!! Okay, so the first or second night or both that we had them……yes…..oh my…..we were going to instant msg our kids…. 6 way….we could all talk to eachother….wow…..The other night my daughter Bethany texted me to say, ” R u watching American Idol?” and I sweetly replied, “This is how lobng it took me to figureouwhy my ozkochewas buzzong” Oh yes, makes sense to me……My son says “Goodnight, Love you” and I reply, “Goodboggy, love you too.” These are actual conversations we had on our blackberries…..It is so doggone frustrating……and I just YEARN to have my old trusty uncool phone back.
I’m thinkin like maybe I could carry the blackberry around so everyone THINKS I am cool….but when I want to make an actual phone call, or send an actual text, I could use my own phone if Tina ever sends my charger back……that would be cool – or at least the appearance of cool….hmmmmm……..gotta think on that one. Cool is not all it’s cracked up to be. Do you like this 3rd card to my left?? Do you think I love this new stamp set which will be available in May?? Well…..I am thinking that I really am cool…..after all, I downloaded not one but TWO blog awards and got them in the right place… hey…..that’s cool enough maybe, eh??? Thank God for the blackberry 30 day money back guarantee…..I am hanging in to see if I need to take Verizon up on that one or not…..maybe blog awards are as cool as it’s gonna get for me for a while….oh well, until then, It’s time for me to go to bed….Until next time…..Goodboggy everyone!!

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  • Lois Folla
    January 22, 2010

    Oh Sweetheart, I can so hear Tina, I don't think so hon… not even checking or really paying attention to your questions… right?!?!? (giggle giggle) Gotta love our Tinabeana! Hang in there you will get used to your Blackberry! I also wanted to go back to my ol' cp, but I kept my Blackberry and now we are best buds!

    Congrats on your 2nd Blog Award! Anyone who knows you, knows you are a tallented star! Wuv ya….

  • Mary
    January 22, 2010

    Oh Karen! I don't think I have EVER laughed out loud at my computer like I just did reading your post!!!

    For the record – I think you are COOL no matter what you decide. You have encouraged me to stick with my simple phone, which I still don't know how to use 😉

    Goodboggy to you too.


  • Karen W
    January 22, 2010

    Congrats on your award and the cards are all fantastic, I love this one with all of the color, just gorgeous, they all are!!

  • Kerin
    January 22, 2010

    Karen you crack me up!! I love to read your stories 🙂 Gorgeous cards too (as usual), thanks for sharing!

  • Carol Dee
    January 22, 2010

    LOL, do not even get me started on the frustrations of technology!!!
    Love this new set, at least when you are creating with it. Not so sure any of mine will ever look this stunning.
    Congrats on tghhe 2nd blog award and geting it here. 🙂 Happy Weekend, hugs…

  • Gina Lindsay
    January 23, 2010

    Your cards are just beautiful, love the colors.

    I was laughing by the time I finished your post, I remember having texted phone conversations that strongly resembled yours!

  • Stacey Schafer
    January 24, 2010

    gorgeous work, Karen! congrats on your Featured Stamper honor…so deserved:)

  • Julie Talford
    January 25, 2010

    I stumbled upon your blog and LOVE your creations. I am going to try some of the resist embossing…do you list steps somewhere? I also have 5 granddaugthers plus 1 grandson and 4 children. I liked you as soon as I heard morning has broken on your play list…thanks for your beautiful work…

  • Lorelie Kim
    January 27, 2010

    Your work is amazing!! I heard your name while at CHA and now I know why! I'm in awe!!

  • Julie Ranae
    January 27, 2010

    Really beautiful work, Karen….just lovely!

    Julie's Open Window

  • Lizness
    January 31, 2010

    Hi Karen, I love all the pics on your blog…I'm inspired to keep stamping!
    Liz from Knoxville, TN
    (I'm Rebecca D from NJ's sister)

  • JenMarie
    February 6, 2010

    OMGosh, totally GORGEOUS!

  • JenMarie
    February 14, 2010

    Oh wow, so gorgeous!!

  • Anonymous
    February 16, 2010; You saved my day again.

  • Chriss Blagrave
    February 18, 2010

    Gorgeous, gorgeous cards! All three of them.
    I know how you feel about the texting on the Blackberry…my hubby gave me his when he got a newer one…6 months ago! I am still struggling with the texting, but can start a message now (I could only reply before!)

  • Anonymous
    February 18, 2010

    Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

  • Dana Joy
    March 9, 2010

    You will end up loving your BB. I got my in August just so I could keep up with my e-mail and now don't know how I lived without it. I just want to say Karen that your blog is truly an inspiration. I can't stop looking at all your post. You are extremely talented and I can't wait to see what new tutorials and creations you come up with.


  • Bonnie McLain
    April 10, 2010

    Wow Karen, I love this Black and White card… really shows off this great stamp… Very outstandingly done as all your cards are… very masterfully done I must say.
    Love, Light and Peace…Bonnie

  • Francine
    April 10, 2010

    Hi! I just discover your blog. It's great! I live in Quebec, Canada. My first language is french. I cannot find the words to tell you the beauty of your cards.

  • Anonymous
    April 10, 2010

    i honestly adore all your writing taste, very attractive.
    don't give up and keep writing as it just simply truly worth to look through it,
    looking forward to looked over more of your own content articles, have a great day 😉

  • Tracey Jean
    May 11, 2010

    So I was surfing today when I came across your blog. You had me laughing and rolling off my chair as I was reminded of my mom's baby steps into the world of technology. Although I'd never recommend the Storm to a beginner, I hope you kept that Blackberry. After whining and complaining for weeks (I had previously owned a Palm) I finally started to appreciate my BB when my friend moved away and we could only communicate via IM. Today, my BB is an appendage always attached to my hand. I feel naked without it.
    For the record, I think you're pretty durn cool for creating the amazing artwork you do. Goodboggy to you!

  • Glenda
    June 2, 2010

    OK sweetie, it has been awhile since you blogged and personally, I am a little worried. Hope all is well with you. I love seeing your cards and your sense of humor. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I'm praying for good things for you!