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.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sip and Relax

Good Evening Everyone! I'm participating in the monthly blog hop at Papertrey Ink. The theme was to create something inspired by the design team here, and I have a project inspired by Nichole Heady. Here is her Trifold Teabag Card, and you can find her instructions here on her blog.

I made mine for my best friend's mom who celebrated a milestone birthday yesterday. When I was in high school, this lovely lady worked in the fine china section of a department store, and to this day, she keeps in touch with her old co workers. Many of the get togethers are over tea...This turned out to be the most appropriate set of stamps and project to celebrate this happy occasion. Thanks Nichole!
I used the Birthday Basics set for the inside sentiment...

And I loved using two sided paper for this project...Made the finished project complete without a lot of doing on my part. Gotta love easy!

Thanks for hopping by!
These are the challenges this card is entered in.
Moxie Fab-Birthday-Olympics of Stamping
Kaboodle Doodles-Fancy Folds
Lexi Creations-Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts-Lots of Spots

Details-Stamps:PTI, Ink: Stampin' Up!, Punches: M. Stewart, Paper Shapers, Stampin' Up!, Paper: Heidi Grace, Martha Stewart, Nesties, Ribbon from my supplies.

Major Thank You

Hi Everyone,

This post today is mostly personal, so if you don't care to read about my life, this is when you click to the next blog...LOL!

I want to send out a big, massive thank you to my blogging friend and Lindsay's Stamp Stuff design team mate, Cheryl, for her sweet generous gesture. She offered to send me some Flower Soft on Monday, and it arrived in the mail yesterday! (Way to go USPS!) How awesome is that? I can't wait to give it a try...Woo-Hoo!

She also included this darling little card! Isn't it cute? I love the little white doodle dot accents she added to the background stamping...What a sweet surprise :) You rock my friend!

I have said before, I will never cease to be amazed at how you can form "friendships" over the Net with people you have never met, or that live somewhere else in the world. Just a modern day pen pal I guess.

It reminds me of a stamp I saw (don't remember where, or what company makes it ) that said, "I love the Internet. All my friends live there!" Ha!

I mentioned that I joined a book club. This is the next pick. I have barely started it, but I thought I'd post it here in case someone was looking for a book idea. (If you have read it, let me know what you thought) I will let you know in March what a bunch of women from middle America thought of it :)

Previously I have said that I try to see as many Oscar picks as possible before the show, so that I have a rooting interest when watching. Since Rod was on vacation last week, we managed to see these movies. I won't say a lot about them, everyone likes something different, and really, who am I anyway...right?

Watched this on Pay per View, and mostly with my head turned from the screen or through my fingers because my hands were covering my face. Constantly said, "What's happening now?" (How annoying am I?) If you are not a fan of war, probably not for you. Good movie though, very intense. Left me feeling exhausted.

British movie. If you are American, and don't like "accents", probably not for you. Girl who played the lead, Carey Mulligan, was wonderful! Loved her and Alfred Molina who plays her father in the movie.

They say Jeff Bridges is a sure thing to win Best Actor for this. I guess I have no objections. However, my pick would be for Colin Firth for his work in A Single Man.

I guess if I had to recommend on of these movies for my blog visitors, this would be the one. Pretty mainstream and super sweet. I have no idea how one could not like this movie. It's about food and blogging, right? The only way it could be better, was if it was about cards and blogging -LOL :)

I just realized, we also saw "A Serious Man" as well. Oh well, no cute movie photo for this one. It was kinda bizarre, a black comedy and I don't know of anyone in my life that I could say, "Hey, you would love this movie!" to, so I will not say that to a bunch of blogging card makers either.

Well, we did do other things last week too, but I will leave it at that for now. I'm planning a post for later on today...I have the project made, but with lots to do today, I won't make any promises.

If you stuck with me this long, thanks! You rock almost as much as Cheryl!

Have a great day everyone!

P.S. The "Think Pink" challenge is still going on at I Love Digi. Go there and link up your pink card to win free digi stamps!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Party Time

Hi Everyone!

It's Wednesday, and that means it's time for another sketch challenge at the My Grafico challenge blog! Here is the sketch the team used, and here is my card! The digi images I used are from the set Ho Ho Ho and A Bottle Full of Rum by Black Leaf, and you can win them all by playing along!

Go here to see the team's creations and to link up your own card!

Thanks for dropping in and have a great day!

Details: Stamps: Blackleaf, Stampin' Up!, Paper: Office Max, The Paper Company, DCWV,Markers:Bic Mark Its, Nesties, Punches: Paper Shapers, Ribbon from my supplies.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

You're Dandy

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for visiting me today...I have been so busy, I feel like I haven't been able to gather my thoughts and share anything lately! Sheesh!

First off, I want to thank Nancy, my My Grafico design teammate for thinking of me and passing on this sweet award. She is so kind, and lives all the way in Norway! It still amazes me how small the world has become due to the Internet. The closest I've ever been to Norway is Epcot at Disney World...LOL!

As far as passing this along, I want to give it to everyone! In the past I have selected some folks who have been especially kind to me, and of course they can have it again. But maybe you know of someone who is deserving, so my invitation this time is for you...take it and pass it on! Spread the love my friends! Isn't it cute?
Now, on to my random cards that I made just for fun. I originally purchased this stamp set from Practicing Creativity for someone else. She has been looking for dandelion stamps for a long time. Well, this set sat on my table for 3 days and I just couldn't take it...I HAD to stamp with it! Look at those cute dandelions with the seeds blowing off...How could I resist?
It also came with a kite that I paper pieced. Instead of the bow that came with the set, I chose to add real ribbons to the tail.

This card has some rainbow embossing powder.

And the stamp I used to make the rays of sunshine on one the previous cards? I used it to make the background on both of these...How's that for versatility?

I guess my generous spirit wasn't quite so generous. I will, however, send her one of these cards and tell her she can borrow the stamps whenever she wants :)
Hope your day is just dandy!

Details: Stamps:Practicing Creativity, Paper: The Paper Company, Ink: Versafine, Stampin' Up!, Embossing Powder: JoAnn's, Punches: Stampin' Upp!, Paper Shapers, Ribbon and rhinestones from my supplies.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Buttons and Bows

Hi Friends!

This week the design team for Lindsay's Stamp Stuff used the theme," Buttons and Bows" when designing their cards. I chose to use an image from one of the newest stamp sets, Birds and Branches for my card this week. Since I picked a bolder color scheme, this card has passed spring for me and went straight to summer! It has such a cheerful look.Buttons seem to be all the rage, as far as embellishing your greeting cards; and yes, I think they are adorable. They are, however, a challenge to mail. So, how great is it that Lindsay offers a button image in the Babies and Bows set? After printing, coloring, and cutting them out, I totally used them like regular buttons....Love that...less bulk! Lindsay is also offering a freebie set of sentiments that match this set. Click here for all the information for that.

Want more button and bow ideas? Check out the rest of the team...And don't forget, today is the last day for the sale at Lindsay's Stamp Stuff where holiday sets are 50% off.








Thanks for visiting me today!

Details-Paper: DCWV, The Paper Company, Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Stampin' Up!, Markers: Bic Mark its, Copics, Sugarloaf, Nesties, Ribbon and twine from my supplies.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Flower Power Thank You

Hi Everyone!

I have been doing my posts ahead of time due to Rod being on vacation this week, so it seems like I haven't blogged in a million years! I also haven't made anything new in awhile, so I was happy to be able to follow the sketch at EBTKS and whip up this quickie thank you. Last Thursday night was my first meeting for my new book club. Yay! I was so fun to get together and discuss something that everyone had read. (Except for a Bible study, I've never done that.) We read Open, and to my surprise I really liked it. I'm not a fan of Andre Agassi, and only watch tennis when Rod is watching (I have said before, we watch all things sports related!) and I read it in 3 days in spite of it being almost 400 pages. The consensus of the group was a 4 out of 5 stars...Pretty good I guess.

Anyway, I am sending this baby (aka card) out to the hostess, to let her know how wonderful everything was, and that I am grateful to be included in the group.

Thanks for popping in!

Details: Stamps: Stampin' Up!, Sandy Lion-Kelly Panache, Paper: DCWV, The Paper Company, Punches: Paper Shapers, Marvy, Ink: Stampin' Up!, Rhinstone from my supplies

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I Love Digi Challenge #1 Think Pink

Hi Everyone!

The day has finally arrived...It's the first challenge at the I Love Digi Challenge blog and there is a prize to be won! Are you ready to participate in the joy of digi stamping?

Our sponsor this week is The Stamping Boutique and they have supplied the generous prize of 5 free digital images of the winners choice!! Our very first challenge is named Think Pink, and here is some pink colored inspiration in the form of a pink photo...

And my pink card! I used an image from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. I love these little heart shaped cherries, they are so adorable. It comes from the set Love Grows Here which can be found in her shop at My Grafico.

My polka dotted background is made from a traditional stamp from PTI and the button embellishment is actually a punch! How clever is that?

Are you ready to get your pink on?

If you need more inspiration, visit the rest of the team below, then pop over to the I Love Digi Challenge blog and link up your creation for the chance to win 5 free digis from The Stamping Boutique! What are you waiting for?

Guest Designer:

Thanks for visiting and Happy Stamping!

Details not mentioned above-Paper: The Paper Company, Office Max, Markers: Bic Mark-Its, Copic, Punches: Martha Stewart, Marvy, Nesties, Ribbon and twine from my supplies.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Great Outdoors

Hi Everyone!

It's time for the sketch challenge over on the My Grafico Challenge Blog! Are you ready to play along? Here is the sketch for this week: The set that you will be playing for is, Camping in the Wild from Kelly Medina which has great camping and outdoor stamps.

The images I used in making my card are the tent (obviously) and the campfire. I chose to use the latter image as a background stamp.

I copied it multiple times, changed the color and made my own patterned paper.
For more inspiration check out the team blogs or stop by the My Grafico Challenge Blog... Hope you can play along this week! Good Luck!
Details not mentioned above-Paper: DCWV, The Paper Company, Markers: Bic Mark-its, Nesties and ribbon from my supplies

Monday, February 15, 2010

Spring Has Sprung!

Hi Everyone!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend... I put this banner up at the beginning of my post today, to remind you that the sale at Lindsay's Stamp Stuff is still going on until Feb.22nd. You haven't missed out on a great deal yet, so drop on by!

Today the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff team is thinking spring! Oh, how I long to feel the warmth of sun on my face...lol! Well, until it arrives, here is my head start on my spring and Easter cards. This image came from the set Pretty Primitive and there are many sweet images for springtime included in it.

Choosing the colors for these flowers was so much fun...I love how they just pop off the white background, so I chose to keep the card simple. A pink layer, some ribbon and that fabulous sentiment just put me in the best mood upon completion!

See what springtime inspiration is in store on the rest of the team blogs!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Details-Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Studio G, Markers: Bic Mark its, Copics, Paper: Office Max, The Paper Company, ribbon from my supplies.

Friday, February 12, 2010

My Grafico Customer Hop

Hi Everyone!

Every second Friday of the month, My Grafico has its blog hop for customers. If you ever want to join us, just go to the group and sign up so that your blog can be listed! If you want to see what everyone else has made, just click here for the list of participants.
My card is going to go to my friend's daughter for her birthday later this year. She will be turning 5...Isn't this a sweet image and perfect for a little ones special day? The digi stamp is from Sassy Cheryl at My Grafico and the name is Sunday's Sundae.

"People" stamps are definitely outside my comfort zone, scary to me as far as coloring goes, but it was fun and I'm very happy with the results. Yeah, not so scary anymore...

Thanks for hopping by today and have a great weekend!

Details not listed above-Paper: Office Max, The Paper Company, Markers: Copic, Bic Mark-Its, Ribbon from my supplies.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Rain or Shine

Hi All!First things first...I want to mention that Lindsay has a sale going on in her shop today through Feb. 22nd. All holiday sets, this includes Valentine's day, are on sale for 50% off! Also, everything else is on sale for 25% off through this weekend. Stop on over to Lindsay's Stamp Stuff to partake of the savings!

Now, on with the card chatter...

I made this card for a non traditional Valentine challenge and never posted it...Oh well. Since it's not red or pink, and just about love, it will just stay in my stash for when I may need it.

I made the background myself using my one blue Copic marker and paper pieced the bird and umbrella. Clean, simple and straight forward with a sentiment I made on the computer...

These are the challenges this card is linked to:

Cute Card Thursday-Love
Design Dollies-Valentine
Treehouse Thursday-Love
Stampin' Royalty-Love/Valentine
Belli Challenge-Ribbon

Hope the sun is shining brightly where ever you are!

Details-Paper: The Paper Company, Office Max and unknown source, Ink: Versafine, Stamps: Stampin' Up!, Ribbon: American Crafts Punch: McGill and Nesties

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Key to My Heart

Hi Everyone!

It's time for another sketch challenge from My Grafico. Here is the sketch for this week. If you make a card and link it up here, you could win the set Keys to My Heart from Sarah Paris at My Grafico.
In terms of size this week, my card is a departure from my normal A2 card. Taking the lead from the sketch, it is 8" x 4 1/4". Step out of you comfort zone and make a different card. Check out the blog for more ideas for this sketch, or visit the team blogs on my side bar!

Details-Paper: The Paper Company, Susan Branch, Markers: Bic Mark-its, Sugarloaf, Nesties, Cuttlebug, Stickles, Ribbon from my supplies.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ladybug Hugs

Hi Everyone!

Last weekend was pretty snowy around here, so I stayed in and did some stamping. I don't know if I have ever copied myself before, but I did with this card.

My very first card that I posted when I started blogging last year was this cute ladybug card, that to this day is one of my favorites of all time. I was reminded of it when I was looking for spring/summer time stamps for a change. Looking to shake those winter time blues...

This ladybug is from the Doodle Flowers set from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff and I thought the same concept would work with this little lady.

I printed her (Ladybugs are all girls, right?) out twice, colored both and cut the body out of the second one. I then just put tape down the center of the piece and folded up the sides.
Love her! The layout is my own and the sentiment is a traditional stamp.
I checked around some blogs, and my little lady fit some challenges out there which I have listed below.

Crafty Cardmakers-Digi Image
Cupcake Craft-Red and White
House Mouse-Valentine
Incy Wincy Designs-Red and Black
PollyCraft-Things with Wings
The Pink Elephant-Mushy Gushy Valentine
Thanks for stopping by...Big Huge Hugs from me to you!!!!

Details-Paper: The Paper Company, Office Max, unknown source, Punch: Martha Stewart, Markers & Ink: Versafine, Bic Mark-its, Stamps: PTI, Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Hero Arts, Nesties, Clear embossing power and ribbon from my supplies

Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentine Treat

Hi...It's Monday!

I hope you all had a great weekend...Today the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff team is bringing you Valentine's Day treat ideas. Mine is crazy simple. That's not necessarily bad when you are in a time crunch, right?

I made these candy bar pull treats for my niece's Valentine care package. They hold a regular size Hearshy bar and has a simple layered heart embellishment.

The heart image comes from the Recipe Set from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. How that for versatility in stamps? I changed the color before printing out the heart and then simply colored the buttons on it with my marker. Then layered it with some punched out paper pieces. (I thought I would hold off on any glitter...I think I over use it in my projects...lol!)

Here are the dimensions I used for this treat holder:

1 piece of patterned paper 6"x 6"
Scored at 1/2" and 3 1/4".

Tape along bottom and side as shown.

Then I ran the bottom 1/2" or so through my crimper.

Punch a hole through the top of the holder and cut a piece of ribbon 2 times the length of the holder itself. About 12"-14" in this case. Thread the ribbon through the holes, insert candy bar, and tie a bow. You can then make the candy bar slide in and out.

Hope you liked this little treat and stop by the rest of the team blogs to see what other sweet treats await you!


Thanks for stopping by...Have a good one!

Details not listed above- Paper: Me & My Big Ideas, Martha Stewart, The Paper Company, Punches: Stampin' Up, Marvy, Crop o dial, Marker: Bic Mark-its, Ribbon from my supplies.

Friday, February 5, 2010

I Love Digi Design Team

Hi Everyone!

Some of you may have noticed that I added this to may side bar yesterday. Well, that's because I have been selected to be a Design Team member for the new challenge blog, I Love Digi! Do you love digital stamps? Do you want to win prizes? Well, be sure to visit the I Love Digi Challenge Blog, because our first challenge begins on Feburary 18th! All the details with be coming soon, but if you want to get excited...You can visit the team blogs and the Guest Designer blogs below!
Elaine-DT Coordinatior
Guest Designers:
Stay tuned for all the fun!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Card # 3

Hi All!

Here is the final card I made for the Moxie Fab World Challenge. I guess that's it for now... (You can see my other two cards, here and here.)
Unless I wake up in the middle of the night with some more funny phrases floating in my head!

P.S. This one was my favorite...I love this weird picture...I mean, what were the doing, right?
Details-Paper:The Paper Company, Ribbon: American Crafts.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

You're Doggone Great

Hi and Happy Wednesday!

It's time for another sketch challenge at My Grafico. This is the sketch the team used this week, and let me encourage you to play along! The digital stamp set we are using this week comes to us from Tainted Sweets and the name is A Dog's Day. If you link up your card on the My Grafico blog, YOU could be the winner of this entire cute, canine set!

If you need more inspiration for playing along, visit the blog to see the cards created by the team or visit their blogs on my side bar!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day's not too "ruff"...Insert groan here.

Details-Paper: The Paper Company and an unknown source, Stamps: Tainted Sweets, PTI, Markers: Bic Mark-Its, Ink: Stampin' Up, Punches: Stampin' Up!, Ribbon from my supplies

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy Day!

Hi Everyone!

Do you know what today is?? Yes, yes it is Groundhog Day, but that's not what I am referring to. For me it's a different holiday. The Oscar nominations are out today! Yay!

Yes, it's all true, I am a super geek and look forward to it every year. I also try to make it to all the Best Picture nominees, so that I have a rooting interest on award night. (AKA-my Superbowl.) I rarely ever manage to get to all of them, and for sure I won't this year. There are 10 movies instead of the usual 5. Give me a break. There is no way 10 deserve this...Puh-leeze! I must say, I have seen half of them though. Blah, blah... Enough, now.

Here is my card for today. PTI is having an anniversary celebration with free stamp downloads, so this is my card made with one of them. It can be used for a guy birthday or any day! There are prizes to be had, so check out the blog if you want to participate.

Hope you have a Happy Groundhog/Oscar/Regular Tuesday day!

Details-Stamps: PTI, Ink: Stampin' Up!, Paper: The Paper Company, Office Max, and an unknown source, Nesties, ribbon from my supplies.

Monday, February 1, 2010

You're So Sweet

Hello Crafty Peoples!

It's Monday, and I have another card for you made with an image from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff digital stamps. Lindsay was the sponsor for Tuesday Morning Sketches last week, so this is the sketch I followed for my card. I picked the cute little soda/ice cream shake from the Sweet Stuff set. The embossed background is a floral motif which matched the layered flower embellishment and patterned paper. The sentiment is a traditonal stamp.

The cherry on top is dotted with Glossy Effects to make it shine, and some stamping glitter finishes off the frothy top!

You can visit the rest of the design team and their "Lindsay" craftiness below... Thanks so much for visiting...Like the card says, "You're so sweet!"

Details not listed above: Stamps: PTI, Markers: Bic, Copic, Paper: American Crafts, Office Max, The Paper Company, Cuttlebug, Embellishments: Prima Flowers, Making Memories

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