My name, Karin, was pretty common when I was growing up...just not the spelling. Unless you are of German heritage like I am. So, I have spent my entire life answering the question, "What is your name"?... With, "Karin...with an "i"! Who knew it would come in handy all these years later when I went to name my blog.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Crafty Sentiments

Good Morning! It sure has been gloomy around here these last few days...The weather man tells me that tomorrow will bring some sunshine to these here parts, but I will believe it when I see it.

Until then, I thought I would post some cheerful cards for everyone. These are my submission for the design team call at Crafty Sentiments. Suzette said to submit two of our best unpublished cards and post them here on our blog. I'll never know what the best card is...I'm a bit (a lot) self critical...Who isn't right?

Anyway, these are them! This first card was made with stamps from a multitude of sets. I wanted to try making a scene and this is what I came up with. It seems like when there are a lot of small stamps in a set, I tend to use only one image at a time and just cut it out with a punch. This concept has got me thinking in a new direction and I love that it gives me more mileage out of a product I already have! The coloring on this card was done with Stampin Up pastels. The sentiment was from Inkadinkado, the frog, butterfly and flower from Hero Arts and the grass from a See-Dee's set. So spring-like and cheerful... Here is a close-up of the bling (Stickles) on the butterfly...

This card was the card I made for my friend Laura's birthday. Both the image and sentiment are from Stampendous and the tiered tray of treats is one of my favs...It never fails to look delicious and is so fun to color, which I did here using Marvy Markers.

Well, I hope it's sunny where you live...If not, make a card! The cure for any crafters weather blues. (Wink!)

Other Details: Paper: Bazzill & Stampin Up, ribbon and rhinestones from my stash of stuff.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Haunting We Will Go!

Edit: I just saw Practical Scrappers is having a transparency challenge so I am linking this card there.
Edit#2: Linking this to Glue, Scissors Paper too!

Hi Everyone!

Have you seen those great cards they make a Archiver's using the clear plastic? I have always loved them, but I'm too cheap to pay the $15 bucks for the class. Well, at Michael's craft store they had a 50% off coupon a couple of weeks ago, so for a whole lot less than 15 dollars I got a whole pack of clear plastic to play with...Yea for me!

This was my first attempt and it came out very well...(If I do say so myself!) The only note I have on this card is that I used Staz-On to stamp the word "spooky" on the acetate. Otherwise...just see the details below.

Hope everyones day isn't too spooky!

Details- Clear Craft Plastic:Grafix Arts, Paper:Reminisce and JoAnn's, Ink: Stazon, Stampin Up, Nesties, Circle punches 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/8", Stamps: Inkadinkadoo, Ribbon from my stash of stuff.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Happy Belated Birthday Laura!

This past Saturday was my fab friend Laura's B-Day! (If you've been reading, I told you I have alot of birthdays coming up!) She is the one who got me into stamping. I was like, "No, I don't think it's for me..." and she was like..."Just try it, and if you don't want to do it, you don't have to ever again..." LOL! Which one of us has a crafting blog now????

Anyway...Happy Birthday Laura!

Why is she a Fabby Friend??? Because she can do just about anything really well; she can sew, craft, bake... has an awesome house and husband and 4 fab kids. I jokingly said awhile back, "If she wasn't so nice, we would all hate her!" LOL! She has heart of gold and her love for Christ shines through in all she does.

Last week she garbage picked this old cassette holder, decided she didn't want it, and before tossing it, offered it to me. I am like a pig in mud over this freebie! Look....I even have room to spare...Love it!

So, to honor her, I made a Favor Cake and brought it to our ladies Bible study. I filled the slices with treats and everyone got to take one home. I used the Cuttlebug D'Vine swirl folder to make the "frosting" on top, and the ribbon roses were purchased at the craft store. (Yeah, I'm not that good!)

I also added a ribbon on the bottom of each slice...See below...

Sometime later in the week I will post pictures of the paper purse I made for her containing packets of tea...

Just so you know, last year on my birthday she bundled up her kids and they surprised me with a cupcake and gift and they all sang "Happy Birthday" on my front porch! (So memorable...I wish I had a picture of it.) This was very much appreciated by me since my B-day is around Christmas which just makes it a huge nuisance for everyone...including me!

Thanks for stopping by today...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Kind Daisy

I made this card using the guidelines set up at Waltzing Mouse Makes... She instructed us to share a card made with our favorite stamp and the color green. Oops, I cheated slightly and added a little Rose Red in the spotlight of the daisy... Oh well!

I do really love this set name Upsy Daisy, and I never seem to tire of it! It works for birthday, thinking of you, sympathy and a thank you which I have made here... And my second favorite stamp(s) is from the set Heard from the Heart...I love that the script of the first word is in contrast to the type set of the rest of the phrase...just lovely.

I used a little glitter on the flower of the spotlight...bling!

Thanks for the visit...and be sure to visit Claire and see her new stamps!

Details-Ink, Paper and Stamps: Stampin Up, ribbon from my supplies

Friday, September 25, 2009

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

It's time for the September Blog Hop!

This is my first chance to participate in the monthly hop over at Papertrey Ink, and this is the little bag I designed to participate! The object was to recycle something from the packaging of your stamp shipment.

I chose to use the plastic from the box that the stamps came in to cover the window opening that the tea bags can be seen through. Here is a closer pic...

This was simple to make and could be used for favors, teacher gifts, get well soon...Endless possibilities. I love having little things like this on hand for a quick gift. Well, I will be blog hopping later tonight...Thanks to you for hopping by!

Details-Paper bag: Michael's, Paper: DCWV, Ink: Rubber Stampede, Stampin Up, Stamps: Papertrey Ink, Nesties and ribbon from my supplies

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cinema Saturday


This is the inspiration movie for this weeks challenge...
This is the card I chose to make. A couple of weeks back I made a shoe themed card in black and cream and I liked it so much that I decided to go with the same type of thing for this challenge. The only requirement was that we use paper piecing on the card... I did this on the large focal point purse. (Not sure if it shows in the photo:) ) Here is the close up showing the little bit of bling I added...

As always, I love that you came to visit!

Details-Paper:Joann's, Ink: Stampin Up, Le Plume markers, Stamps: See-Dee's, Rubber Stampede, Nesties, Circle punches: 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/8", Rhinestones: Hero Arts, ribbon from my supplies

Make Your Season Bright


These are a couple of cards I made for challenges out in blog-o- land...This first one is for Artful Inkables...Specifically the requirments were:

1 image, 2 different ribbons, 3 layers, and some kind of scallops.

The card is one layer sent through the Cuttlebug, but the image has three layers so I hope it qualifies :) The image was cut out with Nesties and is up on pop dots.

Details-Ink:Versafine Black Onyx, Bic Mark-its, Stamps:Katie & Co, Paper: Office Max, Bazzill, ribbon from my supplies

I made this card for the blog Encourage Joy, where the challenge was to use two triangles on the card being made. I cheated slightly in that the Cuttlebug die I used for the trees has a stump. Still...they are mostly only a triangle!

This is a square 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" card which worked out perfectly using the Square Scalloped Nesties.

Below is a closer look...

Love ya all for dropping by...

Details-Stamps: Inkadinkadoo, Ink: Stampin Up, Cuttlebug, Nesties, Metal stickers from Archiver's and ribbon from my supplies.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Jenn!

Hi Everyone!

My post today is in honor of my cousin Jenn. She is the daughter of my cousin Cathy and today is her birthday! Jenn is also very crafty, and she is good at many things that I am not. Sewing, knitting, crocheting and origami are just a few of the things she can do very well, so I thought I would showcase some of them here today.

Happy Birthday Jenn!

These are some of her origami creations...She can do simple (well, simple to some, not to me!) paper cranes, and dolphins.

I don't know what you call this, but this is what it looks like first...

and this is it when you pull it apart. Just so cool!

Again, I don't know what all these are called, but this is UNBELIEVABLE and AMAZING...It has a ball inside of the cage-like ball!

This is the close up...

I might be wrong, but I thought she said this is modular origami....It's a swan. (She has also made bunnies, baskets, squirrels in this form too!)

Here are some of her felt yummies she made recently...

And not a craft, but for all the dog lovers in Blog-Land, here is the latest addition to her family...


How cute is he????

Thanks for reading about my family today and I hope you enjoyed her craftiness!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Today is the day... It was 19 (Yikes!) years ago today that we said, "I do." Best decision I ever made in my life...

I can't believe I am posting this ridiculously simple card, but it is the one I made for my husband. It seems to me, whenever I make something clean and unfrilly, that's when he will compliment me on the creation. So, with that in mind, here it is plain & simple! The sentiment looks like a mess up, but that is how the stamp is. Dunno why...

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a lovely day!

Details: Ink:Stampin Up, Marvy markers, Stamps:Studio G, Katie & Co.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Seize the Cupcake

Good Morning!

This is a card I made for someones birthday...Not saying who in case they are reading. I think I said before, I have tons of birthdays to celebrate in the next couple of months!

Not too much to say about this one except the panel with the image and the tag with the sentiment are on pop dots, and the cupcake...

is covered in glitter to look like sugary frosting!

Have a yummy day!

Details: Stamps: Hero Arts and Scrappy Cat, Ink: Versafine, Le Plume markers, Paper from my stock pile of scraps.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Clean and Simple Wedding Card

Happy Sunday!

This card was made for the CAS challenge over on SCS this week...Clean and simple wedding card. Not much to say about it other than I used chalk to highlight the birds on the embossing. That, and I realize I have been in a rut using my border punch on a million cards recently! What is my deal?? At least I haven't used the oval nesties in a while...LOL! Thanks for stoppin' by and here are the deets...

Details: Stamps: Stampin Up, Ink and Chalk: Stampin Up, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Martha Stewart border punch, Paper: Martha Stewart, ribbon from my stash

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Medallion Wreath

Hi Everyone...

Can you stand another Christmas card this early? This I made using that great Medallion stamp; I love how versatile it is. The center was cut out with a Nestie and...

the sentiment is on the inside of the card. Thanks for visiting me today!

Details-Stamps: Stampin Up, Ink: Stampin Up, Paper: Martha Stewart, Border Punch: Martha Stewart, Corner Punch: Fiskars, Ribbon and rhinestones from my supplies

Friday, September 18, 2009

Blinged-Up Butterfly

Happy Friday!

This is a quick post of a card made by using an image from the Cricut. No, I don't have one...but my fab relatives do and they let me use it when we get together. I cut out a bunch of things over there one day and brought them home to play.

Like the card yesterday, the background was sponged. This time with Pale Plum and Perfect Plum inks. The butterfly was pressed into a Versamark pad and then sprinkled with rainbow embossing powder before adhering to the card. I nipped the corners and added gemstones there... and also to the body.

It will be a good card for the birthday of a teen. Probably with a gift card enclosed...they are so hard to buy for!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Happy Everything!

Hi Friends!

I feel like I have been neglectful blogger and stamper lately, not visiting or participating in challenges, but life has gotten in the way. Oh well, sometimes things are just crazy...I'm working on some projects now, but I can't show them yet. I want to make sure the people have them in their hands first, before I post.

This was a card I made awhile ago...The background is sponged and the image was stamped all the way across the bottom. It was too monotonous, so I made it into two panels instead. Thanks for dropping in and I hope things are peaceful in your home...Happy Everything!

Details-Ink:Stampin Up, Stamps:Stampin Up and the bird stamp was borrowed (?), paper and ribbon from my stockpile.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Cathy!

Hi to my Internet and real life friends!

From the title you can see that this extra post is in honor of my cousin Cathy's Birthday today. I thought I would showcase some of the cards I have received from her over time. First, a little background...

Growing up, Cathy was always my favorite cousin. We were the only two girl cousins in the family and I really looked up to her as a kid. She always played with me and bought me Barbie dolls; never did I feel like I was a nuisance to her. She always made me feel special. Cathy could draw and play the guitar...She was definitely cool in my eyes. Since I am an only child, I feel as close to her as I would a sister. I love you Cath!

While Cathy makes greeting cards too, her main passion is ATC's. For those that don't know, ATC stands for Artist Trading Card, and that is what they are...little 3 x 5 works of art. Her ATC's have a great vintage/collage like style and when she has a stock pile, she will attach one to the front of a card and use them up that way. Look: Cool idea, right?

And here is a card she made out of wallpaper. Stores will give away their old books for free and she has recycled it here...

and this is a close up of the bead work.

Well, thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed looking at someones paper crafts besides mine!

Birthday Bag

Good Morning!

I have many birthdays to celebrate in the next couple of months, so I have been working on things for those. This is a quick post showing a simple bag I gussied up to make it more festive looking for a birthday gift. There is a ribbon along the bottom, a layered flower on a pop dot in the center, with a simple homemade tag to complete it.
And the close up...

showing the rhinestone center.

Have a happy day and thanks for visiting!

Details-Stamps: Stampin Up, Paper: Office Max, DCWV, Ink: Stampin Up and rhinestone, ribbon, and flower from my supplies

Saturday, September 12, 2009

My Stay-cation Post


This is just a small recap of my week at home with my husband. I hesitate when I mention him, since this is mostly a blog for papercrafts...My mother-in-law said she can't stand watching Ina Garten (aka Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network) because she is always talking about Jeffery, her husband. I don't want to lose my friends and readers because people are sick of me mentioning him...I mean, what can I do? He was with me all week, right?!

We started out going to and Indians game which had some lovely fireworks afterwards...

We also did a lot of eating out (and eating of stuff in general), one of our favorite pastimes! I even threw caution to the wind and made real bacon, and scrambled eggs with the yolk for breakfast one day! Man were we livin' on the edge or what?

We got sushi at Sakura, GIGANTIC corned beef sandwiches here, (we actually split one and it was more than enough!) and had a lovely Asian Pesto Crusted Salmon here and did some window shopping here.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is slowly opening up as the renovations are being completed, so we went to see the newly opened sections. This place is amazing...a must see if you are ever near by. I would add some pictures of my favorite pieces, but I'm not sure if there are copyright laws in place for them...

The Thinker...

We went to see District 9, a sci-fi movie that is totally out of our comfort zone, but got great reviews. I would consider us movie lovers. So if it's a good movie, we'll go see it even if it isn't our style. This was set on earth and had decent character development, some social commentary I guess, a great look to it, and it sucked you in as you watched. For this genre, I consider it a victory if I don't feel like I wish I had those 2hrs. of my life back!

I have to say, I always look forward to the fall movie season...when there are more character driven movies with dialogue, rather than special effects.

And lastly, I took a picture of the center piece at Aladdin's, the middle eastern restaurant we ate lunch at one day. I took this picture because of the craftiness of the centerpiece. They are flowers made from recycled materials, linoleum I think. Kinda funky!

Well, thanks for indulging me this post and I will see you and your crafty-selves next week! Bye... and eat something fun today!

Happy Harvest


This weeks CAS challenge on SCS was to pop something up on your card. I needed to make a couple more fall themed cards, so I thought this one would qualify. I don't think this one is over embellished, and the ribbon is threaded through a slit on the fold of the card. Scroll down and you can see... the pumpkins are popped up in the square window I punched out.

Thanks for "popping" by!

Details-Stamps: Stampin Up, Ink: Stazon, Marvy and Le Plume markers, ribbon and paper from my supplies
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