Sunday, January 31, 2010

Happy Birthday Daddy

Last night we celebrated my son Michael's 33rd birthday.  Our family met for dinner at Vince's Italian restaurant for a nice meal.  Then we all went back to his house for cake and he was surprised by many of his friends that had gathered there before we arrived home.  He has the best friends ever!

I designed this layout using Creative Scrappers sketch #89.

xoxo Karen Lee

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lisa's First Digital Layout!!

My daughter Lisa is not a blogger and she just e-mailed me her first digital layout ever!!!  I think she did a fantastic job on it, so I thought I would share it here on my blog.  I know nothing about digital scrapbooking as I am a paper scrapper.  I love my paper.....LOL!!  Don't ya just love that owl!!!  I might have her print it out and I will use it on a paper layout.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cute Paper Boxes

Today while I was blog surfing I came across these adorable paper boxes over on Helen's blog "SCRAP A LITTLE".  I just fell in love with them and had to try and one or two or three!!  They are prefect for Valentine's Day, Easter, Birthdays, baby and bridal showers, etc.  They are very easy to make too!!  Thats always a plus in my book.  For a tutorial........ go to "SCRAP A LITTLE".  Helen has made a very easy to follow tutorial on how to make them.  So here are the ones that I made this afternoon.  Thanks Helen!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Day 327 at 365 Cards - Rhyme Time

Today our challenge was to make a card with a sentiment that rhymed.  I chose "Be Mine Valentine".  I have been blog hopping the past couple of days and made a visit to my all inspiring blog friend "Beatriz Jennings" and her blog iralamija.  She makes the most beautiful cards I've ever seen.  My inspiration for my card came from her today.  She always designs her cards with the cutest little details and they almost always sparkle with glitter.  So here is my inspired Valentine card for todays challenge.  Thanks Beatriz.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Day 326 at 365 Cards - Card Recipe

Today we had to use the following recipe in making our card.........

Here are the ingredients:

4.25x5.5 card
4x4 piece of patterned paper
2x2 piece of patterned paper
3 buttons
1 ribbon

Its really hard to come up with a design when we are limited to just using the ingredients in the recipe.  But this is what I came up with......not my favorite card ever, but its okay!


I've been on vacation this week and decided to organize my scraproom!  While I was sorting through all my bins I came across this red and black flower that I made a long time ago and never used.  So I thought it would be perfect on a Valentine card.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My Boo Bear

I made this layout using the above  sketch by Creative Scrappers, Kristine Davidson.  She is holding her first FaceBook event that ends tonight.  I also entered this in the January Scrap Your Pet Challenge over at

Monday, January 18, 2010

Day 324 at 365 Cards - Musical Monday

Today we were to get our inspiration from these lyrics........
A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
the dream that you wish will come true

and here's my card.............
The embossing looks way better in person!!  I couldn't get a good pic of my card tonight.

Sketch 47 - Card Patterns

This is my first time playing at Card Patterns.  We had to design a card using the sketch below.  I decided to make a Valentine themed card today.

I made this card using scraps and The Storybook Cricut cartridge.  I love that cartridge!  The sequin embellies are from Prima.  I bought them yesterday at a fabulous LSS called Green Tangerine.  I don't get to visit that store often, but when I'm up visiting my daughter we try to get over there.

Make A Wish

I made this layout for two different challenges over at  Both challenges are celebrating the first birthday of  "IF IT'S GROOVY".  We were to use  punches in one of the challenges and the other was to use ribbon.  I combined the two challenges into one layout.  Hopefully I didn't break any rules!!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

M is for Mischief

I just finished up this layout for a challenge over at  I made it for the January Border Punch Challenge.  All we had to do was use one border punch.  If we used two we get an extra vote.  I used two.  I took these photos the day after Christmas.  Lisa, Steve and the kids went to a movie and I stayed home to watch our little Dominick.  He ate a good lunch, which you can see all over his sweatshirt....LOL!  Anyway......while I was cleaning up, he decided to stand in the fridge.  Its the cutest thing you ever saw.  He just stands there, he doesn't touch a thing.  I grabbed my camera and took a few shoots and then I tied the doors closed with a dish cloth.  I don't really think its a good idea for him to do that.......but he sure looks cute while doing it!!!

Day 321 at 365 Cards

Day 321 over at 365 Cards is called ~In Stitches~.  We had to stitch our image this time.  I've been in a star mode lately as I have had to make lots of "boy" cards this month.  So once again I pulled out my trusty Cricut and cut out a few stars.  I traced them onto the background cardstock and then stitched using the outline.  It reminded me of the sewing cards I had when I was young.  Does anyone remember those.  I so loved mine!!!  This is my first time in awhile playing with the girls over at 365 Cards.  I've missed them and hopefully I will be able to play with them more often.  Thanks girls for coming up with all the challenges.  So here is my take on "In Stitches".

Friday, January 15, 2010


I'm going to Jake's 16th birthday party on Saturday. Jake is Steve's little brother. Steve is my son-in-law!! My job was to make the card and Steve and Lisa are buying the gas gift card to put in it. Happy Birthday Jake!
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

A little blog make-over!!

I had enough of the "Happy New Year" tonight I thought I would make a change.  I found this Valentine themed background and it put a smile on my face!  I probably could change my blog background daily, but thats too much work, so I think I will stick with this one until after Valentine's Day!!  It just might put me in the mood to make some Valentine Day cards!

My 2010 Calendar

This is going to be a very long "pic" blog post!!  I finally finished my 2010 calendar that I started months and months ago.  Lisa was able to finish her's a couple of weekends ago while I watched Dominick.  She locked herself in my scraproom and didn't come out until she was finished.  I made this calendar with some of my favorite pics from 2009.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Birthday Cards

I guess you can see I've been playing around with my new toy!!  

My new toy!

I was browsing around Michael's on December 31st and I spotted this cute little embossing machine on a bottom shelf.......I almost missed it!!  I didn't have a coupon, but when I went to pay for it, I asked the clerk for a current coupon and he gave me 50% off!!  I got this little cutie for $19.99 and it came with all the folders.  I just took it out of the box tonight and I'm working on a birthday card.  Its really easy to use, I think I'm going to have fun with it.  Just what I need more stuff!!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Blog give-a-way over at "Distress to Impress"!!

Rebecca has a few winter embellishments to give-a-way.  Its very simple, go to her blog and pick your favorite layout.  Thats it!!  Take a few minutes and check out her fabulous work!  You'll enjoy your visit.

Link to her blog here:  DISTRESS TO IMPRESS

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

A friend of mine at work gave me this recipe last month and I finally had a few minutes yesterday morning to try it out! I must say very, very YUMMY!! My grandson Dominick (15 months) loved it!
Check out my old time mixer. My mom's friend Peggy Gorman gave me this mixer years and years ago. She had it stored in her garage and gave it to my mom to give to me. I have used it for years, I think I received it sometime in the 1970's! I dropped and broke the original mixing bowl a few years ago......I was so bummed! Oh my gosh.....just how old am I?????
The recipe calls for (2) 9 by 5 inch loaf pans........I used 4 mini loaf pans instead.

Here's the recipe:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
2 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped pecans (I used 1 1/2 cups)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Grease (2) 9 by 5 inch loaft pans or (4) mini loaf pans ( I used a spray oil)
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, spices and baking soda (set aside)
In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sugar, and continue beating until well blended. Stir in oil, vanilla, zucchini, pecans, chocolate chips. Stir in sifted ingredients. Pour into prepared loaf pans.
Bake for about 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove loaves from pans after about 5 minutes and cool. Chill before slicing.
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Friday, January 1, 2010

A gift for my friend Carol

We had a great time New Year's Eve.  I spent it with my daughter Lisa, her husband Steve, his mom and my friend Carol, and Carol's mom Ruth.  And of course 3 of my grandkidlets .... .. Kelly, Michael and Dominick.  Carol's birthday was on the 30th, so we celebrated it last night.  I picked her up a few little things and found this great box at Michael's.  The box was $1.99 and the star wire garland were $1.00 each.  So for $4.00 I had the cutest little gift wrapped box.  It just put a smile on my face!!  It was actually cheaper than a gift bag.  Well.......a cute gift bag that is!!  You can always buy an ugly plain cheap gift bag, but who wants one of those......LOL!!!!!  I hope everyone had a fabulous New Year's Eve!