Hello my stamping friends! This morning when I opened my email, I received an email that made me do the happy dance…..Denise Kasanda passed me THE SUNSHINE AWARD!! First I did the happy dance, and then I slinked down in my chair because……that means I have to pass it on!! Which I would LOVE to do if I knew the first thing about HOW to DO that!!!!! To my left let me first say a word or two about this card and then I will continue lamenting about my lame computer skills…..but first – this card is Black Magic which was also known as the old chalkboard technique – if you go way way down onto the 2nd page of my blog entries,,,I have a tutorial on Black Magic with a White Twist – basically I stamp solid more or less images in white craft ink on any color cardstock and I used SU’s watercolor pencils to color and shade them. I used to use the old pure colored pencils but when they were discontinued last year I decided to try the watercolor pencils and much to my delight they work even better since you can get them a whole lot sharper (with SU’s pencil sharpener)so…….use two colors and lay down the lighter color first and then shade on top with the darker color. Sometimes to achieve dimension I use the light color very lightly, then shade it with that same color bearing down a bit harder and then I put the darker color on top and shade again. After that is completed, I just highlight with a white gel pen. VOILA!! The white gel pen makes the whole thing POP!! This card above is made with SU’s new set Watercolor Trio…….it’s one of the BEST sets for Black Magic EVAH!!!! If you read my blog, and need an SU demonstrator – please use the link on the side to go directly to my SU website and place an order!! 🙂 Better yet, if you want to recruit……you co do that too!!! I have been so grateful for orders I have received from people who say they were inspired by my blog or SCS gallery….thank you all soooooo much!! Okay- now, on to my SUNSHINE AWARD…..I have finally figured out how to GET those awards ONTO my BLAB/BLOG, but how to pass them on is still a mystery to me!! I know WHO I want to pass it on to – because recently I became a member of a brand new little group of friends and we call ourselves THE PAPER DOLLS…. it was started because we all wanted to make sure that SOMEONE ANYONE was actually READING our BLOGS….or in my case, BLAB/BLOG. I think from here on out I will refer to mine as a BLABLOG. Yah, that’s kinda catchy…..cuz I do more blabbing then anything else. So here is my shiney new award…..
How cool is this??? Denise told me I inspire others with my BLABLOG. And I think I have it more so I can pour my heart out then I do so I can share my stamping! I have never regretted the name I gave it – A Stamper’s Diary, pressing on……because truly I use it as a diary, often reading back and thinking hey, do I really want to put that out there?? But I do. So here are 12 ladies who have inspired me with their blogs, my PAPER DOLL friends, my cyber friends….or SOME of them….because I have made so many friends on SCS…but here are my PAPER DOLL friends – who I am passing the SUNSHINE AWARD to cuz each of them have added some brand new SUNSHINE to my life!!

1.) Betty
2.) Julia
3.) Vicki

4.) Anne
5.) Joanne
6.) Mary
7.) Edna
8.) Franci
9.) Bonnie
10.) Peggy
11.) Wanda
12.) Cathleen
Well that’s it for this time…..I am now going to try to get some help to actually make those names LINKS to my Paper Doll friends blogs…..but for now, trust me, this is an accomplishment in itself……Happy Weekend to all, and until next time Happy Stamping!!

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  • Joanne Travis
    May 1, 2010

    Karen, you are such a sweetheart, thanks for the sunshine award!!
    I love your card, you are the best at this technique out of anyone I know. Such a gorgeous and elegant creation!
    Love that Cat Stevens song, two of my favorite albums ever were Tea For The Tillerman and Catch Bull at Four.

  • Vicki Dutcher
    May 1, 2010

    Karen – I love the nickname for your blog…(its so true) hee hee! Thanks for the award – it is now on my blog! Awards are fun! Your card is amazing – you are the QUEEN of this technique – and I think it officially is called "Karen's technique" – bet you didn't know you are famous huh? There you go!

  • jdmommy - Anne Harmon
    May 1, 2010

    This card is so fabulous…..that technique should have YOUR name on it!! Thanks for passing the award, GF. I have to tell you, you're not alone. I don't know how to link a blog to a blog name either!! When you find out, let me in on it too, okay???

  • Betty Wright
    May 2, 2010

    Karen….you are absolutely amazing! I often wanted to try the black magic technique. I am going to have to give it a try! I agree….this set is just fabulous! Beautiful card and design!

    THANKS SO MUCH for the SUNSHINE AWARD! You are a true "Paper" DOLL! Blessings and HUGS, my friend!

  • Edna Morrisedie
    May 2, 2010

    I can walk you through the linking process if you want me to I will send you a tutorial with pictures, it really is very easy once you know how to do it!!!

    The card is spectacular, the 2nd time I have seen this technique today and you have it down pat!! Just lovely, and I love the new stamps, thanks for the peek!!

  • Wanda Cullen
    May 2, 2010

    Aren't you sweet to be honoring the paper dolls! Missed seeing your gorgeous creations on your blog…thought maybe you had done so much of the black magic technique that it caused you to disappear! lol

  • Bonnie McLain
    May 2, 2010

    Karen, Thanks for the Sunshine Award.. will get it posted later today… I love this card.. and didn't' know that it had another name… I thought it was Karen's way… ??? Of course I know it is Black Magic… but hey… you are the best at it… and I love doing it because of you… Thanks so much for sharing… it is good to be like that.

  • Shari Winterstein
    May 2, 2010

    Stunning, absolutely stunning. I just left a comment under your tutorial as I finally decided to try this and it is now up on my blog! And Congratulations on your award! You deserve it big time! 🙂

  • Cathleen
    May 2, 2010

    Karen your card is just beautiful! No one does black magic like you! You are the queen! Thanks for the lovely award!

  • Peggy
    May 2, 2010

    What a fabulous black magic card! I am still working on this technique and someday my results will be similar to yours!
    Thank you so much for the sunshine award! I am so happy if I bring just a smiggen of inspiration to others with my creations. The Paper Dolls (including you!) have been my sunny days with their inspiration and wonderful comments!
    Thanks again!

  • Carol Dee
    May 2, 2010

    Congratulations, Hugs…

  • Francine
    May 2, 2010

    I like very much your card. I cannot express myself in english but I can say to you that I read often your "Stamper's Diary".

  • Francie G.
    May 3, 2010

    Another fabulous black magic creation! You are the master of this fab tech! So very beautiful, Karen! Thanks for the wonderful Sunshine Award and your very kind words! Love reading your "BlaBlog"! Hugs!

  • Julia Aston
    May 4, 2010

    You are just the best at Black Magic Karen – your panels are just beautiful! and the bow adds a great touch!

    thanks for the fun award!

  • Glenda
    May 5, 2010

    I found your blog through another blog that I visit each day. I have to admit that I am 60 and have never seen the Black Magic Technique! I truly love the look. I have been looking through your blog and I have to say I am hooked! I have put your blog on my favorites bar and will bill stalking you to see what you do next. I can see God's beauty in your work! Just lovely!

  • patricia smith
    May 6, 2010

    That card is just lovely! I am going to have to try that method.
    Thanks for sharing your amazing talent.
    Hugs, Pat Smith

  • Mary Marsh
    May 6, 2010

    karen thank you for thinking of all the paper dolls with the sunshine award.
    your card is another gorgeous creation-I love this technique of yours-but have never tried it

  • Rebecha
    May 8, 2010

    This card almost has a stained glass effect because you colored it so perfectly. I love it!

  • Connie Lambropoulos
    May 10, 2010

    I just found your blog through another blog and love it! I end to ramble on the same way when writing letters (old fashioned I know, but I ADORE snail mail!) Can't wait to read more from you!