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.

Friday, January 13, 2012

So, I've been slacking....

Yes, I've been slacking when it comes to showing off some Sparkle N Sprinkle cards.  I post over at their blog every 1st & 3rd Wednesday, but I haven't shown off anything here since before Christmas. Yikes!

Life has a way of getting in the way of crafty stuff, doesn't it?  Well, let me rectify things today with this post :) 

I'm choosing this card, because with the red & pink colors and the flowery paper, I think it's appropriate for Valentine's day.

Last year, Sparkle N Sprinkle came out with "Stampette" sets.  These are slightly smaller than their regular set and that is reflected in the price too.  Great for this time of year, when we are paying off those holiday bills :)  I used Blossoms to Go (440S) and Berry Bliss (EP313) for the embossed flower down the side.  It was fussy cut, and a piece of dry embossed paper was placed inside, so that it could show through.  The sentiment is from the set Just For You (444S) and since my paper had glitter on it, I added a strip of Purple Fusion (G1083) glitter.

As always, full details on how to recreate my card can be found in the Sparkle N Sprinkle gallery.

I've finally put away my Christmas decorations this week.  They were in boxes in the living room for what seemed like forever.  I feel like I can finally breath again.

This past weekend was a sad one for our family.  Our Aunt Effie passed away.  She was blessed to have lived a full 87 years and I will cherish the memories I have of her.  She still lived in the home she and Ralph built in 1960, but needed help with day to day things.  While her daughter Nancy was looking for some help last year, it was my privilege to go over an stay with her.  She was so sweet and funny!  And had the best outlook on life. 

After her doctor appointment one day she said, "Let's go have lunch." 

Me: Sure Aunt Effie, we can go to lunch.  Just not now.

Effie: Why not? We're already out.

Me: Because it's only 9:45am.  We'll have to wait awhile, but we can go. Where would you like to eat?

Effie: Bob Evans! They have the best chicken pot pie. 

Did you know that?  Well, now you do. Someone at the funeral said, "If you didn't know Effie, then you really missed out."  For sure.

Photos from last summer.

We miss you already!

Well, it's Martin Luther King Day weekend, so with Monday a holiday we're looking forward to an extra long weekend :)  We've got some friends coming over for food and a movie (?) this weekend.  I put a question mark there because playoff football is going on and I'm not too sure how we are going to watch both things. And of course I'm always excited about awards season, so I will be beached on the sofa watching the Golden Globes on Sunday.

And, my new favorite show, Downton Abbey started up again last Sunday! So, so good!

 How great are these clothes???  And yes, I know that I watch too much TV.  Did I mention that I'm shopping for a new one?  Finally. We're joining the modern age and will no longer have one that is fat and stupid. It's really been embarrassing, but I didn't want to toss the lovely piece of furniture that houses the big fat and stupid one, and I finally found someone who wants it. Yay me!

What are your plans this weekend? 

Challenges for this card:
Inky Impressions-Anything Goes
Anything Goes-Anything Goes
Shopping our Stash-Glitter, Sparkle or shine


Barb said...

beautiful card! love the colors and that scalloped detail is so pretty. great sentiment too :)

Stampin' Hands have Happy Hearts said...

Very pretty....love the way you used the the flowers as the border and edge of the card.

Shona Erlenborn said...

Great card Karin. Thanks for sharing your Aunt Effie with us too. Glad you have so many fond memories of her.

Shona Erlenborn said...

Great card Karin. Thanks for sharing your Aunt Effie with us too. Glad you have so many fond memories of her.

Donna Ellis said...

I always enjoy finding the unexpected on your blog, Karin. The card is delightful, the family photos are too dear, and the vintage clothing is remarkable. I'll check your shown out LOL

Monica said...

What a swell card, love it's paper and unusual colour combo. All the glitter looks so pretty.

Thanks for sharing those precious pics of your Aunt - I am sure she is with the roses now... Such a charming, fun person. Now we know her, too.

Happy LONG weekend - have fun with friends.

Monica xxx

Wendy - AKA Mrs. B said...

First your card really caught my eye, WONDERFUL KARIN!!! Wonderful tribute to Efie... and we, too, are totally hooked on Downton Abby, and you're soooo right the clothes are over the top - think it might have been fun to have lived in that era :) wendy xx

1CardCreator said...

Gorgeous card Karin, love all that glitter! So sorry to hear your Aunt passed, so fortunate you had the time to spend with her when she was here.

Brenda said...

Love how you used the flower as a border! Very blingy.

Tammy said...

Your embossed flowers are beautiful! Love you card. Thanks for joining the challenge at Digi Doodle Shop.

Annemaritta said...

Hi Karin, you really have i for paper. You have embossed those blossoms so nicely and because of the darker ribbon in the middle they complete each other within the colour scheme. These kind of details always inspires me!

Thank you for joining this week at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges #90 Embossing.

ahlers5 said...

Love the colors you chose. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Digi Doodle Shop. Good luck with the draw.

Joan B said...

what a great story about your aunt. and love that sparkle!

NanaConnie said...

I think this card makes up for any slacking you might have been doing, Karin! What a blessing your Aunt Effie must have been. :-D Condolences to you and yours.

Leslie Hanna said...

Yeah, I think you've pretty much nailed the shiny part of our Shopping Our Stash challenge. :)

Great stories about your aunt. You have many wonderful memories. My condolences to your family.

Paige said...

Beautiful card! love the colors and of course the sparkle! Thanks for joining us at SOS!

Janett said...

Hi Karin, So sorry about your aunt. Your card is so beautiful. And Downton Abbey is one of my fav shows.

Stampalicious said...

beautiful, I love that scalloped border, great card, thank you for joining our challenge at Digi Doodle Shop challenges this week, hugs, martina

Amanda R said...

I got so engrossed in your post and photos I almost forgot about your card! Your Aunt sounded like a wonderful person and I hope she got her chicken pot pie, will try it sometime in honor of her. And I have never heard of that show but yes, I love those dresses too ! And last but not least your card is very sparkly and pretty, SNS does have the best glitter around for sure!

TannyP said...

What an awesome card - that fussy cut edge looks stunning =) All that sparkle...you really must teach me your secrets! So sorry to hear about the loss of Aunt Effie - she sounds like she was a remarkable woman (and really had the right outlook on life!) Yay for new TV - I watch a lot, too (mostly fluff), so I'm certainly not judging ;) Hope you're enjoying your long weekend...I'm back at work and it's FROSTY out (-30C)

Laura said...

Very elegant and sophisticated. Thanks for joining us at Gingers.

inkypinkycraft said...

Pretty card, love the glitter..thanks for playing at anything goes this week, hugs trace x dt

Cheryl said...

OOOOOH - so pretty! I love the glitter and elegant papers.

Annette said...

This is a pretty card with all the glitters!
Thanks for joining us at Anything Goes!
Hugs Annette

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