Guest Stamper: Karren Reda


Aren't Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry a striking mix?  Karren Reda is today's guest stamper.  Karren began as one of my Stampin' Up! customers and has evolved into a dear, virtual buddy.  We chat about everything from stamping to books to wine (mostly Karren on the wine–hah)! 

She has an artistic flair for color and detail.  For example, note the charm of the hole punch on the tiny scallops of the pedestal.  The On a Pedestal stamp set (images below) was released in July in the Stampin' Up! 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog. 

To see more samples using products from this catalog, CLICK HERE AND SCROLL DOWN.  I have all previous posts using the latest products organized for you in one spot.

Karren's Tall Cake Recipe:

  • The card base is Crushed Curry. 
  • Bermuda Bay card stock was cut to 2 1/4" x 5 1/4" and topped with a 2" x 5" panel from Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper. 
  • A length of Crushed Curry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon was tied around this element and a bow was attached.
  • The cake stand was stamped on the back of a scrap of Bermuda Bay Textured card stock and cut out.  Karren flipped it over and punched out the holes.  
  • The sentiment was inked in Sahara Sand and stamped on Whisper White.
  • Above the sentiment is a rectangle cut from Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper.
  • The top cake image is again Sahara Sand on Whisper White.
  • Three sweet yellow brads (not Stampin' Up!) are a delightful accent.
  • Using Sizzix Buttons #5 Die, she created the button pieces in Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay.  Whisper White is "threaded" through.

Stamp Set:  On a Pedestal (113814)
Paper:  Crushed Curry (115319), Bermuda Bay Textured (115314, In Color Assorted), Whisper White (100730), Thoroughly Modern Designer Series (115673)
Ink:  Sahara Sand (105208)
Cool Tools:  Sizzix Buttons #5 Die (113440), Hole Punch
The Perfect Touch:  Crushed Curry 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115614), Yellow Brads (not Stampin' Up!)

I Love to Play at PPA!  The Pals Paper Arts Challenge for this week is closed.  However, on Wednesday (8/5) the three PPA "Picks" will be announced.  Please be sure to check in and see which fellow stamper gets a pat on the back this week from the Pals.  A new challenge will be announced on Thursday, at 5:00 a.m. CST.  Be ready to play!




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On a pedestal


  1. This card is so pretty, Karen! I love the color combo! Thanks for sharing this with us Mary!

  2. What a wonderful suprise when I opened my emails this morning and found a card from my ole’ friend. Fantastic card, Karren. Your creatiions are ALWAYS beautiful and this one is no exception. Mary, as I have told you before, Karren has been a truly wonderful friend for 44+ years and I am thrilled that I introduced her into the Stampin’ Up! world … but she has totally surpassed me in her creativity. Like Peggy said earlier, you really must come to VA so that we all can meet you. I know you are enjoying convention and look forward to more beautiful designs from you when you get back. Have a good one. Trisha

  3. Mary, I have to tell you that Karren is my REAL dear buddy,bff if you will, and you really should come to VA. Rise above the virtual world – you will be so glad you did.

  4. Indeed it is a gorgeous colour combination. Thank you for sharing this wonderful card with us. She does beautiful work.

  5. Oooh, love these colors together and the layout of this card is lovely.

  6. What a fantastic card – this color combo is wonderfully bold…thanks for sharing, Mary!

  7. Beautiful job Karren! Great color combination.

  8. Love the color combinations. I would not have thought of that combination. Very pretty card, Karren

  9. Absolutely those colors are striking, and I will have to play around with them myself, as I just LOVE the new In Colors! I just might have to order that stamp set as well on my first order!

    p.s….loved seeing and reading more about you in my SU magazine!

  10. Beautiful card, Karren! The colors are a great combination and not something I would have thought to do but will be trying very soon!

  11. Love those colors, Karren!

  12. colleen kramer

    Terrific card Karren! Striking color combo and a very balanced layout –all help this beauty jump off the computer screen!

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