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.
Today DRS Designs is sponsoring the challenge over at the Card Patterns blog. The prize is a $10.00 gift certificate to the DRS Designs Store! This is one of my favorite sketch challenges around, they aways have a great design to work with. Here is today's :
This is my take on it. I rounded the corners like the sketch, but instead of rectangles, I used the Simple Berry Branch along with the sentiment Jingle All the Way for a clean and simple look. I used a dark evergreen color for the ink and paper, but it looks black in the photo. I promise it's festive in real life!
Here is a close up of the added red Stickles.
I hope that you can play along with us for a chance at a prize to the DRS Designs store!
Other Challenges this card is linked to are as follows:
It's Aloha Friday over at the Amber Inklings blog today! Won't you join in the fun and play along??? Seriously, it is so great to see what people link up in each category...You will visit fun new blogs and totally be inspired. People that play have won prizes too! I look forward to it each week...Only fun and no pressure! What's not to like about that?! Go there and see my pick for Witch, Treat and Feet....
The big day is almost here, so I thought I would show off one last Halloween card. I hope the weather is nice this weekend, so the trick or treaters don't have to wear a coat over their costumes. I remember this being the most horrible thing that could happen when I was a kid. Looking forward to showing off my costume, and here comes Mom with my big winter coat! lol.
My card today was made with a free image that Lindsay, of Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, offered up on her blog last month. Isn't it cute? Can you believe it was free? She always has a little surprise like this on her blog every Thursday when her design team does their posting as a group.
I love that I could print it out and just color in the witches tights for a super quick, but super cute card.
I added Stickles to the web, and the Nestie cut out is the actual card. The black embossed background is only the base.
I thought I would join in the challenge called Tag You're It over on the Waltzing Mouse blog. Can you guess what the challenge is? Yes, a tag :) I don't have any real Christmas stamp sets from Claire's shop, so
I used this cute peppermint candy wreath stamp that came in a set of Nestie friendly stamps. (I bought the whole set just for this one stamp....Can you say sucker? ) Love it though...lol! Her stamps are fantastic and will make you do this, so consider yourself warned!
The "to, from"and :with love" are from her set of tea sentiments. The wreath is cut out and layered with my Nesties, and embellished with some green rhinestones. Thought I would use the very trendy bakers twine and a couple of buttons to finish it off.
I don't usually make tags, but I like how this turned out. Now I have to think of a person who is "worthy" enough to get this one :) Do you ever do that too? Think to yourself, "Nah, they would never appreciate it" and give that person something else? Wow, how bad is it that I just admitted that!?
Thanks for stopping by the blog today and I hope you are having a good week!
Other challenges this is linked to are as follows:
I added the Small Happy Halloween sentiment and that ribbon along the bottom came from the sale bin at a local craft store. Gotta love a bargain, right?
Here is a close up of the moon covered in Stickles and Spencer up on his pop dot!
Edit to add-Now that you have seen my card, please stop by my friend Leanne's blog to see her cards made with DRS Designs stamps...You will be BLOWN AWAY...I promise. I nominated her, and she was chosen!
I'm playing along with Music Saves My Soul, on Marcea's Blog. My offering is not new, but no one ever knows who the Old 97's are, or who Rhett Miller the lead singer is, so I'm putting it out there. This group is a fav of my hubby, so therefore I have seen them few times in concert...
This song is called Question and is definitely one of the songs I love by them. Sorry the video is not more exciting. Hope you like the song :)
Are you ready for the weekend??? I know that I am and what better way to celebrate the weekend, than to play along with Aloha Friday at Amber Inklings?
I always try to play along because it is so fun, (this weeks is especially fun!) but did you know that you can win prizes to the Amber Ink store??? I won not too long ago and used my gift certificate to stock up on some iPaper. Look at the fun card I made using that and the martini image from the new Hostess with the Mostess set that was just released.
I wish I could take credit for the funny sentiment, but it's pretty much one that I have seen in card stores forever... I just printed it out on the computer myself.
I'm completely out of birthday cards. Seriously, not one extra in my stash, so I thought I better go ahead and make a few to have on hand. I think this one may already be spoken for though, I have my aunt and mother in law, both with birthdays in November.
I just had to share this great fall photo taken this past weekend here. I only had my phone with me, so it's not the best, but the colors were breath taking! Say what you want about the lousy, forever lasting winters in Cleveland...but autumn in the Metro Parks is AWESOME!!!!
Now, off you go to visit Lindsay and the rest of the design team. I know they will have great crafty inspiration on their blogs like always :)
Wow, fall sure has been a busy time for me. We had our anniversary and our cruise. I came home with the beast of all colds, can you believe I'm still battling the effects of it? Just so crazy! I started a new Bible study, made cards for OWH, there was Homecoming weekend with my niece home from college, took over the position of Administrator for my book club, had a friend visit from out of town and this weekend was Rod's birthday. I'm pooped just thinking about it. It's all good, but I feel like I need another vacation.
So, now that you are up to date with me, on to an invite I made with one of the new releases from DRS Designs. This Halloween Party Invite is a great stamp if you want to host a Halloween get together. I love that the party details are written in the swirls from the cauldron!
I used the Starry Background stamp and ran a piece of purple Cordinations though the Cuttlebug and sanded it for some texture. They also match those swirls on the image. Love that.
A bit of stickles for some bling and it was finished. How's that for easy to mass produce?
I'm taking a break from the Halloween items on the blog, and I worked on something for Christmas. Yes, I'm plugging away, trying to reach my 60 or so cards I send out each year. Hmmm, I am no where near that number, but I am one closer now :)
Lindsay, of Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, has just released a new set of digital images and papers called Winterland and that's what I used on this card today. Lucky for you, today thru October 16th, everything in the shop is 30% off!
The neat part about this set is that the images are colored in already, so it makes for quick crafting. A good thing if you are mass producing cards for the holidays, don'tcha think?
I used the sleigh image along with the two digi papers found in this set jam packed with winter images. The colors are bright and fun too. A nice change from the usual red and green.
I added an embossed layer under my main image and the sentiment was a traditional stamp. The die cut snowflakes were embellished with a bit of bling, and I found this mini candy cane in my stash...Fits perfectly tucked under the bow.
Remember, the 30% off sale is on though October 16th. Be sure to visit Linday's personal blog for her weekly freebie and check out the awesome creations by my team mates all made with products from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff!
Do you like candy corn? Well, even if it's not your favorite thing to eat this time of year, how can you not love these adorable Candy Corn Buzz Bees from DRS Designs? I just love this sweet little stamp that was part of the new Halloween releases. My only question is this. Is the candy corn dressed up as a bee...Or is the bee dressed up as a piece of candy corn? LOL!
Well now, it doesn't really matter because as far as I'm concerned, because...It's all in the accessories! I just thought the sentiment was so spunky and well suited to these little critters, dressed up in their Halloween finery!
Details not listed above are as follows-Paper: The Paper Company, Ink: Versafine, Stampin' Up!, Punches: EK Success, Stampin' Up!, Markers: Copic, Stickles, Cuttlebug Folder, rhinestones from my supplies
A couple of weeks ago I saw that my friend Pinky played along with Music Saves My Soul. Then I saw that Cheryl was playing along. I don't want to be left behind. I want to be one of the cool kids too, so here is my entry for this weeks Music Saves My Soul.
In honor of John Lennon's birthday, I chose Instant Karma. Fun song, makes me sway back and forth every time I hear it....but why is Yoko Ono knitting blindfolded in it? They were so weird.
I must say, my Operation Write Home card making event was a complete success. Everyone that came seemed to enjoy themselves, and knowing that we were supporting a good cause made it so worth wile. Now, I wish my photos did the event justice. I really am the worst when it comes to taking photos of something. I'd so much rather be in the moment, than stop, get the camera, and try and document it. So much so, that most times I forget. Which is what almost happened on Friday. So I apologize for the slightly boring photos of these fabby friends working .
I had 11 stations set up with a sample card and all the materials to make a copy. After I briefly described how the card was to be made, everyone picked a spot, and when they were finished with that card, they moved to the next open spot.
I tried to keep the cards rather flat and simple. We had both novice and experienced card makers alike.
This is Beth...She knew what she was doing. Can't you tell?
This is Holly. (I always wished my name was Holly because I was born around Christmas. But then then what would I have named my blog, right?)
Photo of one of the clean and simple cards. This sentiment came in a set, so I gave everyone creative freedom to choose the sentiment for the card, so they all wouldn't be the same.
This is my cousin Jenn, and my friend Laura. Her and her husband started keeping bees and making honey this year. Isn't that interesting? My cousin Jenn and her husband started making their own beer this year. Me and Rod. Nothing.
Here is Jenn again with a very large glass of Pomegranate Lemonade near the cards. There were no disasters. Unlike when I have beverages near my cards. Rod has banned them from my craft area.
This is not everyone that came. Some folks had already left before I remembered to get the camera, so I apologize for not getting you in the pics. My bad.
The ladies that couldn't make it, donated cards as well. Big, huge thanks to them too. My total cards being shipped out is 130! Isn't that exciting?
Thank you everyone for all your time and effort! I can't wait to do it again next year.
Quick post. I managed to snag this Happy Pumpkin stamp from Amber Ink when it was a freebie. Isn't it just way cute?? I want to pinch the cheeks of this cutie pie! I love the adorable look all her artwork has going for it. And all of it seems to have a winky style and flair ;)
The sentiment is a stamp I grabbed over the summer in a clearance bin and it pairs perfectly with this image. It all just makes me grin.
That's it for me...The gals will be here shortly and hopefully I will have some photos of my OWH stamping event posted by Monday.
Thanks for this adorable stamp Amber!
Details not listed above-Paper: The Paper Company, Bo Bunny, Stamps: Studio G, Ribbon: Martha Stewart, Rhinestones from my supplies.
Tomorrow I have 12 ladies coming to my house to make cards for Operation Write Home. EEK! I have been so swamped designing, cutting and prepping everything for the event. I knew it would be time consuming going in, but then when I actually started doing everything, I'm thinking maybe I will prepare farther in advance next time. Well, being gone for vacation, and then coming home sick really didn't help things either.
I stamped my glassine bag using a traditional stamp in Stazon. My skull image was sized on the computer to fit my punch, so after copying and pasting it multiple times, I printed it out on orange paper. Hurray, no coloring required! (I CASED this idea from my teammate Cheryl...Thanks, Cheryl!)
Here they all are in the basket, ready to be taken home.
How's that for an easy peasy idea?
I know I've shown this set before, but it deserves all the the glory...So here it is again :)
Make sure you see what Lindsay and the rest of the design team has to show you for this week....
The background was created using the Open Plaid stamp. It's a long stamp, so you can actually customize the type of plaid you want to make yourself. It's just one of the many background stamps that DRS Designs has in their catalog.
Well, I am still being plagued with this stupid cold I brought back from the island vacation I had. Blech. I am so sick of being sick! I really shouldn't complain, I haven't had a cold in over 2 years, but c'mon...Enough is enough.
Anyhoo...I'm FINALLY getting a chance to post my project I made with my recently acquired Amber Ink products. Have you seen the cute stuff she has for Halloween? Oh my word, ADORABLE!
It's a pizza box design that I altered last Christmas to fit a gift card, but it works for snacks too. See?
I used the Large Rectangle Nestabilities for the cut outs and embellished it with a die cut bat and hand stamped sentiment. Isn't he darling...And he's so excited about the holiday too! Actually all of the new HeyLoWeen Kiddos are super cute. I had a hard time choosing just one! LOL
These are just some of my favorite treats that bring out the kid in me :)
Now, here are a few more photos from my trip...I wanted to do a whole post, but since that's not going to happen, I will just add them if and when I feel like it.
We saw so many pretty rainbows.
Where I wish I lived! This was in St. Thomas.
Us looking decent.
A little crab in Dominica.
I will need to look at this photo around January 15th when I'm buried in snow and can't take it anymore.
Heaven on earth.
Warm Chocolate Melting Cake. Someone at our table ordered this every night.
These couples at our table were celebrating their 20th Anniversary too.
Well, that's all I'm up for today. Have you played along with the Amber Ink Challenge? Lynne, who won last month got a WHOPPER of a prize! Who knows, it might be you next!
Other challenges this is linked to are as follows: