So the challenge for SUO today was to use our favorite new accessory – and I chose the rockin’ vintage buttons.  I also love the oval framelets, and the Beautifully Barouque embossing folder.  Lots and lots of neat new accessories in the new catalog. 🙂 I have struggled with not enough color-in sets this year, so I challenged myself to a shabby chic card,,,,with no coloring.  I will admit it is about TAKE FOUR, or FIVE, but in the end, I like it.  Do you???  It’s been a really rough couple of months for me as I have been rocked by the winds of CHANGE in my life.  Guess I got a little too comfortable working where I was for 7 years, and suddenly circumstances beyond my control caused me to look for a new job.  I have cried buckets of tears, but I know it is the right time for me to move on.  Our ways are not HIS ways.  So I covet prayers in the next few weeks as I learn a whole new job, new software, new coworkers, new systems……time to teach this old doggie some new tricks.  🙂 So easy to get angry at people when things like this happen and cast blame, but a nice long ride in the country and a good long lecture from my husband helped open my eyes to the truth that sometimes God just says your time at this place is up and see, I will do a new thing for you!  When I stopped casting blame, I was able to see the path that God has set before me a whole lot more clearly.  So it’s a brand new day, a brand new challenge, a brand new adventure!  Praise God from whom all blessings FLOW!!~  Until next time, Karen

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  • Unknown
    July 7, 2013

    I LOVE this card! So much so, I have printed off a copy so I can CASE it. And have decided I have to have that embossing folder! I've been trying to convince myself that I truly have 'enough'..but….that one I 'need' 🙂
    Sad to hear about the work upheavel, but sounds like you are back on the right track now. Thank our Lord for the wonderful man you have by your side.
    Lu C

  • Julie Gearinger
    July 7, 2013

    Karen- I love your color combo, use of the new stamp set and of course, use of the vintage button and accents!! You are the Queen of shabby chic and I love your style!!

  • Carol Dee
    July 7, 2013

    Karen, the card is stunning. I LOVE it. Your wonderful DH really knew what he was talking about didn't he? You are blessed. Big Hugs, and happy 4th.

  • Maria Rodriguez.
    July 7, 2013

    Hello Karen: I'm so glad to see you back here, I missed your amazing creations. Some times, change is difficult to take and we are not really prepared for it so, when it comes suddenly, it really shakes us up. But change can be good because we can find out what else we can do and that can only enrich our lives. Good luck in your new endeavor, I'm sure only wonderful things will come from it.
    Take care and again, welcome back.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  • bensarmom
    July 7, 2013

    Karen, I am praying for you. Change is never easy and I feel your pain from your words. I too am going through very stressful and difficult times right now. It seems one thing after another. God will bring us through this. Imagine what people do who don't have God. Praying for a peace and comfort for you as you move forward in your journey.

  • Cherie
    July 7, 2013

    Karen, Your card is stunningly BEAUTIFUL! I'm going to CASE it! Keep saying your prayers and God will answer! It won't be long and you will be rocking in your new job! Thank God for your new job!


  • Connie Ingram
    July 7, 2013

    Absolutely Stunning!!!

  • Connie Ingram
    July 7, 2013

    Absolutely stunning!
    Love it!!

  • Anonymous
    July 7, 2013

    Ahh Karen, I'm so sorry you're having a rough time. But I am so glad to hear you know where to turn and that the Lord is encouring you. He is good all the time.
    I love this card! So very elegant.
    Rainy, a fellow Believer and stamper

  • Sabrina
    July 7, 2013

    Oh Karen – for sure I'll be praying for you. Funny, DH was just asking about you recently, and did I know how your were doing. I'm sorry that you've had rough waters recently, but you're sailing with One who can calm the stormy seas – or you :D, or even both!

  • Anonymous
    July 7, 2013

    Another beautiful "Karen card"!! Love it. Hugs and prayers for you as you begin this "new journey".

  • Rosy Newlun
    July 16, 2013

    Your card is saturated in sweet elegance, every square inch of it! I just love this style. ♥
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your kindly comment on the gold embossed floral card.
    You have a new friend 😀

  • Kerrie's Cup of Tea
    August 11, 2013

    you made my blog today
    🙂 your cards are amazing!!!