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.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Old Flamingo

Hi Everyone,

How was your weekend?  Mine was quiet, but I'm tired from having stayed up to watch the Oscars. Did your favorite movie win?  I managed to see almost all of the nominees, but my favorites were The King's Speech and Toy Story 3.  (I was sobbing at the end of that cartoon!) 

Today I have a card I made using this Flamingo from the I Brake for Digis shop.  I rounded out my card using some traditional stamps (did you know that makes this a Hybrid papercraft?) I can't help but mesh the two together. This bird looked a little perturbed, so I had to pull out this sentiment for it...lol. 

Don't forget to use the code SAVE10KARIN when shopping at I Brake for Digis and you will save 10% off your entire order...Have a great day!

Challenges for this card
Alphabet Challenge-Quotes and Sayings
Crafty Ann's-Birthday
Fuzzy Wuzzy-Animal Birthday
DYSU?-Anything Goes
PaperPlay Challenge-Use a sentiment
Paper Romance-Anything Goes

Details not listed above-Stamps: Scrolls Work, Stampin' Up, PTI,  Paper: The Paper Company, Colorbok-Rose Stripe, Ink:Stampin' Up, Ribbon from my stash.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Music Saves My Soul Saturday

Hi Everyone,
For my Music Saves My Soul pick this Saturday, I decided to choose a song by someone who is local.  I think she has moved to Nashville in the last few years, but I used to go see Anne E. DeChant all the time in the 90's when she was the lead singer for the group Odd Girl Out.  They could really harmonize and well, Anne herself has an amazing voice.  

The funny thing is, I was wondering if anything was available on the web for me to link up for this on Saturdays.  Then out of the blue, my husband says, "Hey, want a blast from the past?" And he started playing the one CD we have from Odd Girl Out.  I swear it'd been years since we've discussed them...After that I had to find something. 

Obviously there is no video, but you have to love supporting the little guy.  Or in this case, gal :) If you would like to play along, link up your music pick at Marcea's Blog.

Thanks for listening and have a great weekend.

Find more artists like Anne E. DeChant at Myspace Music

Friday, February 25, 2011

InStyle Stamps Blog Hop

Hi Everyone,
It's the last Friday of the month and that means it's time for a blog hop brought to you by the DT at InStyle Stamps.  Ready for some cute projects and lots of crafting inspiration?  You should have arrived from Kimme's blog, but if you didn't, just see the list below.  Leave some comments along the way and make sure you end up at the InStyle Stamps blog, they will have all the fun details there.

The theme is friendship, so I used this darling little Patty from the set Patty's Pretty Poises for my Post it note holder.  I bought these mini pens from the $1 spot at Target and they were a perfect fit for this gift item that's a perfect fit for any purse.

Next stop on the hop is Cathy...I know her project is a must see!

Karin (You are here)

Details-Paper: The Paper Company, KI Memories, Copic Markers in the following colors: C1, BG02, BG10, YG03, YG11, Y21, E31, E33, RV23, R85. Felt Butterfly: Michaels, Ribbon from my supplies.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Cherry on Top

Hi Everyone!

How has your week been going?  Rod had Monday off due to the federal holiday, so I'm totally goofed up and a day off...lol.  Funny how a difference in routine can do that so quickly :)

Things have changed up for the design team for Lindsay's Stamp Stuff.  We will all be posting our projects to our blogs throughout the week, and Lindsay herself will do a wrap up of all our projects on her blog on Fridays.  How cool is that?  You will now be able to see her digi stuff being used all week long, and the DT blogs can be found on my side bar on the right.  Unless life gets in the way, I will most likely keep Thursday as my day to showcase something made from her shop at My Grafico and Lindsay will have her usual blog freebie on Thursdays as well.

Now that that's all settled, on to my card.  I worked on building up my stash of birthday cards this past weekend and here is one of them.  I used this cute cupcake stand from the set Sweet Stuff.  It's very pink, sparkly and girlie and totally fits the stamped sentiment I paired with it.

Here is a close up of the Stickles and Glossy Effects I added to the cherries.

Here are all the confections that can be found in the set Sweet Stuff.

Thanks for visiting today and stop by Lindsay's blog today for your freebie!

Challenges for this card:
Bearly Mine-Ribbon and Pearls
High Hopes-Female Birthday
Party Time Tuesday-Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday-Bling it On
PollyCraft-Diamonds and Pearls (Hope my glitter counts as diamonds ;)
I Did It Creations-Anything Goes

Details not listed above-Stamps: Stampin' Up!, Paper: The Paper Company, Georgia Pacific White, Imaginisce, Markers: Copic, Ribbon and lace from my supplies.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hambo Hoedown Sketch Challenge

Hi Everyone!

I decided to play along with the challenge this week at the Hambo Hoedown Blog.  Won't you join us?  All you have to do is use any Hambo stamp (there are freebies too!) Here is the sketch...

This is the card I made.  It uses a couple of darling birdie stamps from Hambo called Party Chicks and Favorite Peep.  How cute are those little birdies all decked out in their party hats?!  Gosh, I just adore Hambo's artwork :)

Here is a close up of the Stickles I added to make the balloon sparkle.

Hope you can make time to join us at the Hambo Hoedown this week.

Before you go, I have a quick share for you today.  My cousin Jenn made me this adorable sock pig.  She said it was because I'm now designing for "that pig company"...lol.  So here he is, in honor of Hambo Stamps!

Thanks again for dropping by!
Challenges for this card-
Fuzzy Wuzzy-Animal and Birthday
Simply Create-Bold and bright

Details not listed above-Paper: The Paper Company, The Paper Studio, Ink: Stampin' Up, Versafine, Markers: Copic, White gel pen, Punch: Fiskars, Nesties, ribbon from my supplies.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fuzzy Easter Chick

Hi Everyone!

We had a small burst of warm (well, 50 degrees F seems warm this time of year) so I made a quick and easy spring-like card with some stamps from DRS Designs. 

It's pretty self explanatory...I love this little Fuzzy Chick stamp!.  Easy peasy to color, and I used the Easy Grass stamp for the ground.  The Happy Easter sentiment is one of the stamps that was just released.  This may just be the card I mass produce for my Easter dinner invites for my family. 

Today is my day at the DRS Designs blog, so pop on by to see my St Patty's Day card over there!

Top o' the Morning to ya!

Challenges for this card:
Shelly's Images-Anything Goes
Forgotten Scraps-Spring or Flowers
Frosted Designs-No Patterned Paper
Little Claire's-Anything Goes
Details not listed above-Paper: The Paper Company, Ink: Stampin Up, Markers: Copic, Corner rounder

Monday, February 21, 2011

Age is Only a Number

Hi All,

I'm posting a card I made for my cousin's birthday. He used to have an orange motorcycle before he traded it in for a black one, so I made this card with that bike in mind. It's much more fun to color in orange than in black...lol.

I used one of the cute Freddie stamps (Freddie on a Harley) from I Brake for Digis and paired it with a traditional stamped sentiment from my supplies. I added some twine, because that always seems good and guy-ish...

and I glued on some googly eyes just because they are so fun :)

Be sure to check out all the stamps at the I Brake for Digis store...I know you will like what you see!  Remember to use the code SAVE10KARIN and you will save 10% off your entire order :)

Have a great day!

Challenges for this card:
Card Makin Mamas-Birthdays
Crafty Catz-One for the Men
Fairy Knoll-Birthday or Thank You
If the Shoe Fits, Scrap It-Birthday
Fuzzy Wuzzy-Animal & Birthday
GuyLou Inimitability-Anything Goes
Stampin' with the Dragon-Birthday
Totally Papercrafts-Use a Digi
Delightful Challenges-Animals
Digi Doodle-Anything Goes
Shelly's Images-Anything Goes

Details not listed above-Paper: The Paper Company, Cosmo Cricket, Georgia Pacific White, Copic Markers, Ink: Stampin' Up, Chalk: Pebbles, Nesties, Punch: Martha Stewart, Gems and twine from my supplies.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Music Saves My Soul Saturday

Hi Everyone,

I got this CD for Christmas and I've been listening to it while doing a lot of driving around.  Here is my pick from it for you today.  Visit Marcea's blog and link up your song pick too.

Hope you have a great weekend :)

PS-If you did the Valentine's Day blog hop this week, be sure to check Taylor's Blog and see if you were a winner!

Friday, February 18, 2011

InStyle Stamps Inspiration Challenge

Hi Everyone!

It's an Inspiration Challenge this week at the InStyle Stamps Blog and I'm playing along today.  Here is the photo for this week:

Here is my card inspired by the brown and white in the photo.

I used the basket stamp from Patty's Pretty Posies.  I hope that you can join us...Visit the InStyle Stamps Blog for all of the details and to link up you card!

Have a great day!

Details not listed above: Paper: The Paper Company, Cosmo Cricket, Ink: Versafine Brown, Copic Markers: C1, BG10, E00, E31, E33, E37, R81, Y21, YG03, YG11, Nesties:Lg. Reg. and Scalloped Square, Punch: EK Success, Flower: Prima, Ribbon and rhinestones from my supplies.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Perfect Fit

Hi Everyone,

I have another card made using an image from the set Posh N Trendy from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff.  I think my favorite is that of the dress form and it was just what I needed to make a card for my friends birthday.

I paper pieced the dress form and then added a skirt using lace and some pearl embellishments.  Not sure how I feel about it, because it hides the darling form so much.

So here it is without anything...What do you think?  I would love if you left me a comment with your choice.

The sentiment is a traditional stamp and I loved using these papers with a sewing theme.

Here is a closer shot...

And a view of the entire set of images...

Thanks for stopping by to check in on me today and be sure to visit Lindsay and the rest of the design team for lots of great projects!

Challenges for this card-
Altered Alice-Dress Form
Baby Bud-Friends
Ooo-La-La-Someone Special
My Grafico-Anything Goes
Karber Weekly-Digi and Birthday

Details not listed above-Paper: The Paper Company, DCWV, Punch: EK Success, Twine: Martha Stewart, Stamps: Inique Boutique, Buttons from my supplies.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Silly Bird

Hi Everyone...Happy Hump Day!

This morning I'm showing off a card made with a couple more cute stamps from Hambo Stamps.

My brother in law is a huge bird fan, so I always make his birthday card with some sort of bird image or pun, and this one fits the bill.  I love the bold colors of the paper as well, not too "fru fru" for a guy.  The stamps I used are Marching Band (4219) and Miss Your Day (1016) and I know I'm using this for a birthday, but it could be for an special occasion.

Just so you know this too, the sentiment is one stamp that I stamped and then cut apart to fit my card.  

Don't forget there is a new challenge starting today at the Hambo Hoedown blog.  The theme is beach colors (blue, brown and tan)  and the digi part of the Hambo DT has made the CUTEST cards, so stop by the Hambo Hoedown blog to be inspired and play along!

Have a great Wednesday!

Challenges for this card:
Claudia & Co-About a Boy
Paper Take Weekly-Putting on the Glitz (Gems)
Cards for Men-1 image, 2 papers, 3 embellis (3 gems on each side)
Karen's Doodles-Animal Friends
Stampin' Royalty-Use Markers

Details not listed above-Paper: The Paper Company, The Paper Studio, Punch: Martha Stewart, Nesties, Markers: Copic, Ink: Stampin' Up, Gems from my supplies.

Inspiration Challenge at InStyle Stamps

Hi Everyone,

Here is the photo for this weeks Inspiration Challenge at the InStyle Stamps blog.  Just pop on over to the blog and link up your card for your chance to win!

Sure hope you can play along!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Happy Easter

Hi Everyone,

So sorry I haven't been blogging about much of anything of a personal nature lately.  Trust me when I say life has just been a bit more hectic than usual, and I'm struggling to get some of the "need to know" stuff out to you on time.  I miss telling you about movies and books and food and what-not...Though I really haven't had time for much of that what-not stuff either :)  I'm hanging in there, and I hope you are hanging in there with me too.

I have another card today made with a couple of the new releases over at DRS Designs.  I'm in such a need for spring time weather...I'm longing for sunshine, a daffodil, sheesh even a blade of grass would be nice ;)

I used this cute Big Bunny Face with with the new Happy Easter greeting.  Doesn't this just make you smile?  The Easter bunny face is adorable and in my head, this is what the REAL Easter bunny looks like...lol.  I colored him just a bit and then cut him out. 

I also stamped the blue card stock with the Lines O'Plenty; it's subtle so not sure if it shows up in the photo above, so here is a closer shot.

It's also my day to post at the DRS Designs blog, so stop by over there to see another pretty Easter card...Here's a peek...

Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges for this card-
Phindys Place-Spring
Aly's Sunday Challenge-Bling
I Did It Creations-Bling it Up
Crafty Emma-Cute and Cuddly
Little Claire's-Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner-Cutting Technique (Fussy cut my bunny)

Details not listed above-Paper: The Paper Company, Georgia Pacific White, Ink: Versafine, Versamark, Markers: Copic, Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Doily: Darice, Nesties, Gems from my supplies.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Massive Valentine's Day Blog Hop

Hi Everyone and Happy Valentine's Day!
I'm so proud to be a part of this enormous Valentine's Day blog hop that is showcasing lots of crafty goodness, all in celebration of this day of love :)  What could be better than that, right?  I have a list of all the participants at the end of the post, but in the line up, you should have arrived from Sugar's blog.  If you didn't check the list below or begin at Taylor's blog so you don't miss out on any of the fun.  We have a huge amount of prizes that will be awarded to random commenter's, so be sure to leave some blog love along the way.  The list of sponsors and prizes is below as well, but let's move on to the main event.

My first card uses Amber Ink's Hostess with the Mostess set colored with Copic markers in tons of pink and red and some checked iPaper for the holiday.  The hearts are from a Stampin' Up set, and they fit perfectly on her tray.  Heart shaped sugar cookie anyone?

Monday I usually post something I made with a stamp from I Brake for Digis.  I didn't have an obvious Valentine image , but I thought this set of Jars would fit the bill, since one is filled cute hearts.  

The twine, button, checked ribbon and Cosmo Cricket paper all seems to fit the kitchen theme. When shopping at I Brake for Digis, be sure to use the code SAVE10KARIN and you will save 10% on your entire order!

Thanks so much for making it to my blog on this fabulous hop that goes on through February 17th at 6:00 pm EST. That gives everyone a fair chance to make the rounds to all the blogs on the list.  Prizes will then be awarded to random commenter's from all the participating blogs on the hop.  Remember, the more comments you leave, the bigger your chance of winning!  Next up is Sunghee... Her blog is always worth the visit, what ever day it is!

Joyce Martens (Jolara) - http://jolaras.blogspot.com/
Erin Leveille -http://stamptillucramp.blogspot.com/
Heather Lee-Reppen - http://inkonmyear.blogspot.com/
Karin Martin - http://karin-withaniforpaper.blogspot.com/  (You are here!)

And now the list of our amazing sponsors!

- StampInsanity - with a set of choice for one winner
- Meljens designs - 4 digis to one winner
- Pixie Dust Studio - 2 digis to one winner
- Lizzie Anne Designs - $10 gift certificate
- Christian Paper Crafts - 1 year general membership
- Paper Pretties - 3 total winners: 1 person will receive Timeless Love stamp set; 2 people will receive 5 digis of their choice from the store
- Karber Digital Images - 2 digis to one winner
- Di's Digi Downloads - 5 digi images to one winner
- The Scrappychick Boutique - 2 6x6 Cosmo Cricket paper pads to one winner
- Stampendous - 4 cling rubber stamps from new release to 1 winner
- Pink Cat Studio - 5 digis of winner's choice to one winner
- Amber Ink - $10 gift certificate (and more if people use an Amber Ink product - see deets on their blog)
- Simply Betty Stamps - 3 digis of the winner's choice
- Mark's Finest Papers - set of their choosing to the winner
- Dreamweaver's Stencils - a couple stencils, pearlescent embossing paste and a palette knife
- Chi Chi Memories - Meaning of Love Digi Stamp Set to one winner
- Little Potato House - $20 gift certificate
- Kenny K digis: 4 digis to one winner (AND: 2 digis to anyone who uses a Kenny K image for their hop card)
Challenges these cards are linked to:
The Crafty Pad-Hearts
Let's Ink it Up-Valentines (No Digi)-My Hostess card
One Stitch at a Time-Make it Pretty
Stamptacular Sunday-Lovin' from the Oven
Bee Crafty-Hearts and a digi-My Jar card
Stamp Something-Valentine

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Pretty Posies Spring Basket

Hi Everyone!

My card today shows off the cute basket of seeds that comes in the set of stamps named Patty's Pretty Posies from Instyle Stamps.

I colored the image with my Copic markers, and since the background paper had these cute flowers, all I did was add a gem to the middle of them for some bling.  Easy peasy spring time card :)

Be sure to visit InStyle Stamps to see all the cute items for sale...Have a good one!

Challenges this card is linked to:
Mami Doodles-Flowers
Phindys Place-Spring is on the Way

Details not listed above- Paper: The Paper Company, Colorbok, Ink: Versafine Black Onyx, Copic markers: E00, E31, E33, E37, C1, BG10, R81,Y21, YG03, YG11, Gems and ribbon from my supplies. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Peep Peep

Hey Everyone,

I finally got to use one of the images from the new Posh and Trendy set from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff.  It's just and all occasion card that I can have in my stash for when I need a "Hello" or "Thinking of You" kind of card.  The image was printed and then cut out using my Nesties.  The peeps going around it are a stamp from a little clear Basic Grey set.

"They" say, that gray is the new black.  Since the set below is called Posh and Trendy, I decided to make yellow and gray my color combo for the card.  Totally trendy.

Lindsay and the Design Team have great projects like always, stop by the blogs and be inspired!

Have a great day!

Challenges for this card:
Craft Your Passion-Anything Goes
Woodware USA-Ribbon or bows
Bugaboo-Anything Goes
Stamp Something-Use a Digi
My Grafico-Anything Goes

Details not listed above- Paper: The Paper Company, Georgia Pacific White, Cosmo Cricket, Punches: Stampin' Up!, Marker: Copic, Brads, gems and ribbon from my supplies.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Short Chick

Hi Everyone,

I've got two stamp-y cards to share with you today.  They are both made using stamps from Hambo Stamps and they both use the same Short Chick (4222) stamp. 

For this first card I decided to stack this cute birdie, so that it would match the What's Up, Chick (2704)sentiment which is also from Hambo Stamps.  I stamped the chick 3 times and colored them with my Copic markers, making the one on top a different color.  See the little birdie on the paper too? ;)

Then, just to prove you don't always have to color every stamped, open line image, I played along with the Almost Monochrome challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.  The instructions were to use two neutrals and one color and all the stamping was to be in the same color. I used the To One of my Favorite Peeps  (4208)sentiment, since I only used one bird ;)

Pretty successful if I do say so myself. 

Don't forget about the new challenge this week at the Hambo Hoedown too.  Lots of fun going on over there!

Thanks for stopping by to check in on me and I'll be around to visit you as well.  I have my book club meeting this week.  We are discussing Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalin.  

It's a mystery, who done-it...Except it wasn't that mysterious to me.  Kinda had it figured out waaay before the end.  Oh well.  

 Have a great day!

Challenges these are linked to:
Card #1
Baby Bud-Friendship
Delightful Sketches-Come fly with Me (I think these birdies can fly!)

Details not listed above-Paper: The Paper Company, K & Company, Ink: Versafine, Stampin' Up, Punches: McGill, EK Success, Crop-o-Dial, Nesties, Tim Holtz Paper Tape.

InStyle Stamps Color Challenge

Hi Everyone,

It's time for a color challenge this week at the InStyle Stamps Blog.  I decided to use my stamps to make a sour cream container to hold some treats.  I made patterned paper using the watering can and the little tag was made with the cute tulips, both from the set Patty's Pretty Posies.

Visit the InStyle Stamps blog for all the inspriation you need and to link up your project today!

Details not listed above: Paper: The Paper Company, Ink: Stampin' Up!, Copic Markers: C1, R81, RV29, Punches: Fiskars, Marvy, Ribbon: Darice

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Lead Me, Guide Me...

Hi Everyone,

Wow, my card today is such a typical Karin card.  It really is my go to layout, because it works for so many of my stamps, especially my background ones from DRS Designs.  I'm so pleased with the color combo and that the newly released sentiment, Lead Me, Guide Me is the focal point.

I love paring the feminine Interlocking Flower with with the more masculine Woven Plaid stamp for this card.  The Oval Spiro is also one of my favorite element stamps that I have from DRS Designs.  It's the perfect thing to highlight the verse.


I added gems and the little metal Bible embellishment from my stash of stuff to complete the card. 

DRS Designs is the sponsor of the Spoonful of Sugar Challenge this week.  The theme is "Let's See Some Love" in honor of Valentine's day.  If you play along, you will have a chance at winning a $10.00 voucher for DRS Designs!

Need some inspiration for your card?  Today is my day to post over at the DRS Designs Blog, so pop on by to see my heart themed card....

Have a great day!

Challenges this is linked to:
Sweet Stampin'- Spring Flowers
Crafty Catz-Tartan or Plaid
CRAFT Challenge-Use a die cut

Details not listed above- Paper: The Paper Company, Ink: Stampin' Up, Markers: Copic, Flowers: Prima, Gems, ribbon and embellishment from my supplies.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Get Well Wishes

Hi Everyone,

I'm here today with a card that I made for my uncle.  I knew this Bed from I Brake For Digis would make the perfect image for a get well card.  I used some K & Company papers that looked like fabric and paper pieced the bed linens.  I added a stamped sentiment, a bit of Tim Holtz paper tape and pierced the paper along the bottom. I know it's not fussy, but I don't think men like fussy cards :)

Short and sweet today... Be sure to use the code SAVE10KARIN when shopping at I Brake For Digis and save 10% on your order!

Details not listed above- Paper: Georgia Pacific White, Chalk & Ink: Stampin Up, Nesties and Copic markers

Sunday, February 6, 2011

InStyle Stamps Sketch Challenge

Hi Everyone,

I'm here today with my card made using the sketch from the current challenge at InStyle Stamps.  You can link up your card here, as well as read all the details.  We hope that you get the chance to play along.

Here is the sketch:

(Sorry the pic is fuzzy!?)

And here is my card using Patty from the newly released set, Patty's Pretty Posies.

Play along with us here and you could win a free digi or two from InStyle Stamps.

Have a fabulous Super Bowl Sunday!

Details of my card:
Copic Markers:E00, E31, E33, C1, R81, RV23, Y21, B04, BG10, YG11, YG03
Nestabilities: Small Circles
Paper: Colorbok: Sweet Blooms
Ribbon from my supplies.

Other challenges this card is linked to:

Sew Many Cards-Anything Goes
The Stamping Bazaar-Anything Goes
ABC Challenge-N is for Nestie
For Fun Challenges-Spring or Winter
Anything Goes-Butterfly
Paper Take Weekly-Anything goes with Flowers
Top Tip Tuesday-Anything Girlie

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