Here is my happy little Layla girl, in two weeks time we went from blizzard to spring….. It was a wonderful visit, and I am so thankful to Mike for sending them and to Jenna and Layla for coming! They had long days alone in my house while I worked, but Jenna was sweet to keep Layla up late at night for me, and then they could sleep in a bit in the morning……We just had a great time! Jenna shares my love of stamping, (even Layla does!) so she was happy to have a room to scrap book in while I was gone, and Luca was so happy for the company!! Jenna and I only got in one stamping session, because most of the time we ended up doing puzzles, reading books, coloring etc, in the stamp room. What a gift to walk through the door at night after a long day of work and hear G-R-A-M-M-A!!!! And get a huge hug……thanks for coming…….come again soon!! 🙂 You can see we had some interesting March weather, when I moved here everyone said they get more “mud” then snow here, but so far, I would have to disagree, both winters have had more snow then the average NY winter! In NY, I never did any shoveling either, but here, I have done plenty with Keith on the road!! 🙂 It’s actually kind of fun, but it’s okay with me if we don’t
get anymore now till next year!! One of the things I loved best about their visit was getting quality time with Jenna as well as Layla. I came away knowing even more then before that the old adage is true, “You marry your mother” – haha – Jenna and I have more then scrapbooking and stamping in common. A lot of our thought processes are the same, we worry about the same stuff, we are alike in many ways. I love my daughter in law. She feels more like another daughter. 🙂 God is good. And Layla, she is almost 3, going on almost 30. Honestly, she keeps you in stitches with the stuff she says. Her vocabulary is amazing, (I guess I’m beginning to sound like a gramma here, sorry, but it’s all so true!!) I miss you girls!!! I actually get to see them in the next couple of weeks here as our last voyage, (SU cruise which I do not have energy to keep on earning due to my work at the dentist’s office) goes out of NY next week- (YIPPEE!!) and when
I made the return flight, I made it so we are in NY overnight and we will stay with Mike and Jenna and Layla……and get to see Jenna’s family, and then on Sunday we’ll go to church with Mike and Jenna to Risen King where they are going, and then we’ll get together with all our forever friends in NY for lunch after church…..I am SOOOOO excited!! A little bonus visit with Layla… plant ourselves even firmer in her little memory…… will make the end of the cruise not sad!! 🙂 Here is a card I made (the red hydrangeas) that I just love, but then I could just stamp that image in black and plop it on black cardstock and I would love it cuz it’s hydrangeas!! I bought 2 of them yesterday, one for me and one for my OHIO friend Mary Ann who is having us over for Easter dinner. Aren’t hydrangeas just the BEST? Anyway – I don’t know if they really come this bright of a red, but if not, maybe I just gave God a good idea. 🙂
This other blue and green card here – it’s the crayon resist technique, and I just thought that image WAS a blueberry bush, and Julie, my SCS friend commented on the card that she never would have thought of it as a blueberry bush but it works… I am now wondering if it’s not a blueberry what IS it? Anyway- here it’s a blueberry bush…..or bough,,,,, or whatever……. These cards are very random here but as I said, I did precious little stamping while my girls were here…..not to go right back to Layla, but just to give you a glimpse of how adorable, hysterical and brilliant she is all rolled into one petite package of blond curls, one day that she was here Jenna was on the phone with Mike, and asked Layla to say hi to daddy….and Layla was busy playing with me and didn’t want to stop so I tried to lay a little guilt on her and say, Poor daddy, he really wants to say hi to his girl, (meanwhile, Mike is in the background saying “Leave her alone, she’s playing with her gramma”) so after about four attempts to lay guilt on her, (I’m good at that after raising four of my own, mothers are the travel agents on all your guilt trips…..)she finally turned to me and said, and I quote and I don’t exaggerate….she really and truly said it exactly this way and Jenna can comment and correct me if I am wrong…..because it’s just so cute you won’t believe it……..okay- here it goes, she said…….are you ready for this???? drum roll…..she said, “GRAMMA, daddy will eat his dinner and take a rest and later I will talk to him, does that sound like a good deal to you Gramma, Trust me gramma………” What two year old SAYS that????? I know you all think your grand children are cute too, but hey- can you TOP that??????? Just kidding, I know yours are special too. 🙂 Can I just say I LOVE being a grand
mother???? I have FOUR MORE AS CUTE AS THIS ONE! Can you believe it? Wait till Tovah and Lami are living here for 3 months, you’ll see!! 🙂 Here’s my last and final card of the blog here, and this is the technique where you color right on the back of a solid image using watercolor crayons and then mist it before you stamp it on watercolor paper, pretty, huh? Very quick and easy too! Quick and easy is not usually my style, I try but I usually don’t make it but his card was really quick and easy so I’m kinda proud of it for that reason alone!! 🙂 Well, it’s Easter tomorrow, go to church and don’t eat too many jelly beans, (unless of course they are buttered popcorn jellybeans…..)…..Don’t forget to thank God for sending his Son to die on a cross for our sins ~ as a gramma and 4 time mother, that’s a hard thing to grasp, isnt’ it? That God could love ME and YOU so much, that He gave HIS only begotten son to hang on a cross and die so that whosoever believeth in HIM could have everlasting life…..and I am a whosoever……YOU are a whosoever……REMEMBER, HE IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN INDEED!!

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  • Penny
    March 22, 2008

    I’ve been waiting for a report and wow, sounds like you had an amazing time! Children do come out with the funniest things don’t they? I love your cards too, especially the watercolour one!

    Have a great trip – sounds fantastic to me! Look forward to hearing all about it too.

  • Connie Babbert
    March 23, 2008

    I love hearing your stories about Layla and I’m glad you posted an update! I knew you were super busy with them being around. How NICE to come home to them each day. Have FUN on the cruise and the side trip to NY. One day it actually WILL stop snowing in Ohio and spring will be here! lol! Hope we can get together soon.


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    March 26, 2008

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  • Michelle
    March 30, 2008

    Hi Karen – my first visit to your blog, and oh how very cool! Thanks so much for the fantastic cards – I LOVE them, and your commentary on your grand daughter, well, that’s just adorable! Easter – what a fantastic reason to celebrate huh? An empty tomb! Hallelujah, He is risen indeed.
    Hope you had a fantastic Easter.
    God bless
    Michelle (New Zealand)

  • Anonymous
    April 26, 2008

    What a beautiful child! I am so happy to find your blog… I love your work and try and track you down and swap with you when I am lucky enough to run into you at a Stampin’ Up! event.

  • Anonymous
    May 2, 2008


    I came from Michelle Zindorf’s blog to peak at yourcards.

    your Gchild is adorable.

    You cards are different from Michelles style but you’re naturally gifted with the design and colors of your cards. They are beautiful.