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.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

May You Find Peace

Hi Everyone,
Another quickie post featuring some stamps from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I made this a while back while working with the Religious Sympathy stamp set (#383).  I stamped the top half of the card and dry embossed the bottom portion.


The Find Peace sentiment stamp was layered onto a die cut that was made from Sticker Paper and Sassy Silver Glitter.  You can purchase the sentiment stamp separately here., and you can always view my card gallery for step by step instructions.
We are getting ready for our big holiday blog hop at Sparkle N Sprinkle on November 8th, so mark your calenders!  There will be tons of inspiration and we have a whole host of new designers that have recently joined the team.  Lots of excitement and gobs of prizes!  You won't want to miss the fun!
Enjoy the rest of you weekend :)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Shine On Harvest Moon ATC

Hi Everyone,
I have a bunch of quick posts coming the next couple of days.  Lots of facts and not so much chit chat I'm afraid.  I think I've been burning the candle at both ends for too long now, and it's finally caught up with me.  I was just sick in September and well, now the congestion is back again. Ugh. 
Anyway, DRS Designs is the sponsor this week at Wicked Wednesday's ATC challenge blog, where the theme is Full Moon. By playing along you have a chance at a $10.00 voucher to the
DRS  Designs store.

I barely make any tags, let alone ATC's, so this was totally out of my comfort zone.  I think it's the small space that freaks me out.  However, I persevered and created something flat and simple that I can put on a card at a later date:
I made this by using white embossing powder and then paper piecing the moon on top of it.  These are the two stamps I used:
For more inspiration and to link up your ATC, check out the Wicked Wednesday challenge!
Have a great day :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I Melt for You!

Hi Everyone,
What a week it's been since I last posted...Whew! It was exhausting and totally fun :) Before I share, let me show off a card that includes a couple of the latest stamps from DRS Designs. I think you'll agree, they are so super cute :)
The base was stamped with the Marshmallow Background, in a white pigment ink on a dark brown background. After stamping the Toasting Marshmallow and coloring it with my Copic markers, I die cut it with my Nestabilities Labels One die and added a bit of paper piercing around the layer for some interest.
The Mini Marshmallow was stamped multiple times to create that border piece and the I Melt for You greeting was layered in colors to match the card itself. Both of these stamps can be found in the new releases here. Looking back at this picture, I wish I had added a bit of glitter to the flames. How could I have let that go? Me and my love of bling...What was I thinking? Thank goodness the cuteness of the stamps make up for the lack there of :)
I mentioned in my post last week that DRS Designs was coming to a stamp show in the greater Cleveland area, and a couple of my design team mates and I were fortunate to be able to attend!
What a thrill it was to meet these talented ladies in person, as well as have the privilege of doing a demo with Jennifer our DT Coordinator at the DRS Designs booth.
Here is a photo of the booth (well, most of it anyway) and our demo/make n take area in the front.

It was so, so cool seeing my design team mates cards in person on that back wall. I know we all post them to the blogs, but there is nothing like seeing them up close. Wowza! So impressive!
And a close up of the Argyle Background and Argyle Diamond stamps that were our demo:
I love these stamps! I've used them so many times this year...I'm sure you recognize them from many of my recent cards.

And lastly, here is a photo of us. I think I promised Sue that I wouldn't put it on Facebook, but I don't remember promising not to put it on the blog...Ack! Please forgive me Sue ;) 

I was lucky enough to have Shelia and Jennifer stay in the area Saturday, so after the show they both came to my house for a night of food and stamping. I was in heaven! So. Much. FUN! It was midnight before we knew it! I only wish we all lived around the corner from each other, so that this could happen on a regular basis :) Next time it needs to be all of us DT ladies...Hear that, Julie, Pam and Janett??! You were missed :)
Thanks so much for peeking in on the blog today and remember to join us for our challenges every Thursday at the DRS Designs blog!
Have a good one :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Two Challenges

Hi Everyone,
Did you see the title to my post today? Yes, this week you have two chances to win yourself some DRS Designs stampy goodness. This first card is to remind you of the challenge at the blog...We have a challenge every Thursday, and you still have time to get in on our theme this week...Witches!
Now this card doesn't have the witch herself, but it does have her "Witchly" Accessories :) I made the background with the Spooky Eyes and Eeeek background stamped in purple and black. I dyed my own seam binding ribbon to match the card base and the In the Accessories greeting is one of my all time favorites from the current catalog. I finished it off with some rhinestone bats. You know me, I gotta have my bling!
This next card was made in support of the current challenge at the Cupcake Inspirations challenge blog. DRS Designs is the sponsor this week, so I encourage you to join in for a chance at at great prize.
Here is the inspiration photo:
And this is my take using Interlocking Stars, Starry Background and Love You to the Moon Greeting:
It was my hubby's birthday yesterday, so this was the card I gave him. I tried to keep it as clean and simple as possible and when he opened it he said, "I like it... It doesn't have a lot of 'stuff' on it." High praise...lol!
For those of you in the Cleveland Ohio area, DRS Designs will be coming to a stamp show in Strongsville. It's this Friday and Saturday at the Erhnfelt Event Center and I will be at the booth along with Sue, Jennifer and Shelia. I can't begin to tell you how excited we are to be there, so please stop by and say hello. We would love to meet you!
Hope you're having a great week!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sew Glad We Are Friends

Hi Everyone,
I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things, and spent some time on World Card Making Day stamping cards for future shares on my blog using stamps from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I can't wait to show off what I've been working on.  Did you know that Sparkle N Sprinkle now has digis by Michelle Perkett for sale in their shop?  Eek! So totally cute :) You can find them here, but you'll have to wait a bit to see my cards ;) .
Until then, I've got a friendship card made with the super cute and versatile Fill the Jar set.  Fussy cutting and paper piecing are what I used here for the lid, label, jar and contents. 
I know it doesn't show up, but I added Crystal Ice glitter to my patterned paper behind the jar using Tear-iffic Tape. I think this card could have benefited from some actual sewing on it, but it was not to be the day I made this..lol! However, I did use real buttons, ribbon and twine.  Full details can be found by clicking here. 
As always, thanks for stopping by and I will "see" you soon :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Jumping into Leaves

Hi Everyone,
Today's card share was made for the current "Leaves" challenge at the DRS Designs blog.  I just love this adorable joyful image!  I use the Jumping into Autumn stamp and colored it with my Copics. However, after making it and adding the embossed die cut leaf, I decided to add some more dimension to the card by popping up that that little cutie pie.  I stamped and colored him a second time, fussy cut him, and up on some pop dots he went. Just what this card needed.
I just love cards with texture this time of year, so the ribbon is crushed velvet and I added a button threaded with twine.
While not nearly as fun as jumping in leaves, we did ride the Cuyahoga Valley National Railroad this weekend out to the Peddler's Festival in Peninsula and I nabbed this photo with my phone :)  Too much sky, not enough foliage, but still a great fall day.
Hope you are enjoying the autumn colors today!
Details not listed above-Paper: The Paper Company, Ink: Memento, Die: Provocraft, Ribbon, button and twine from my supplies.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Smell my Feet

Hi Everyone,
I'm alive, I'm alive!  I really thought this would be a quiet week, but things never work out as planned right? Oh well, with the rain on it's way, maybe that will give me some more time in my little craft area :)
DRS Designs released their new Halloween stamps last weekend and they are a great batch!  Some creepy, some funny....Something for everyone.
Today's card is made with the new Smell my Feet Greeting and what's better to eat at this time of year than a big old Candy Apple?  That glossy accent really makes it look so good, I can't help but think how long it's been since I've had one. I may have to remedy that this year.
The background was made by stamping the Accent Bats in black and the Easy Dot background in red.
If you haven't seen the newest stamps from DRS Designs, just click here.  And our latest challenge theme on the blog is "Fall Leaves."  Hope you get a chance to link up your creation for a chance at winning a prize!
Have a good one....
Challenges for this card:
Craft Us Crazy-Halloween
Dutch Dare-Fall in the Air
Pixie Dust-Anything Goes
Shelly's Images-Tic Tac Toe (Diecut, Free space, Ribbon)
All that Scraps-Anything Goes
Perfect Sentiment-Neutral with pop of color
Details not listed above-Paper: The Paper Company, Georgia Pacific White, Ink: Stampin' Up, Memento, Markers: Copic, Dies: Spellbinders, Gems and ribbon from my supplies.
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