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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday Morning Sketches

Hi Everyone,
DRS Designs is the sponsor this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I'm playing along using some of the newly released Christmas stamps from DRS Designs.
Here is this weeks sketch:
I'm happy to say this sketch didn't terrify me :)  Here's my take on it:
The Ho, Ho Ho greeting and the Funky Christmas Tree are brand new, and I used the
 Interlocking Snow Background and the Woven Plaid to make my custom papers.  In the photo below, you can see how I fussy cut the tree layers and attached them with pop dots. 
I added rhinestones for the ornaments and I used a glitter pen to embellish the star on top. 
Link up your card over at Tuesday Morning Sketches for your chance to win!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Turkey Challenge

Hi Everyone,
Are you ready for the big turkey eating day?  I'm excited to have my family over for the big meal and I'm also looking forward to having leftovers :)  That's a highlight for me. 
From the title of my post, and the lead in about how I love extra food, you would think I was entering some big eating challenge...Nope, I'm happy to say, it's calorie free :) In honor of Thanksgiving here in the U.S., the challenge at the DRS Designs blog is "Turkeys", and the good news is that the challenge is 2 weeks long.  Lots of time to play with us for a chance at a $10.00 voucher to the store...yay!
Let's just say, here's hoping my bird on Thanksgiving comes out looking as good as this
I also used the Checkerboard Background and the Beauty of an Autumn Day Greeting to complete my card.
To see the rest of the DT cards (cute and funny ones!) and to enter the challenge, just click here. 
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Winter Wonderland Blog Hop! If you hopped here by way of Anne, then you are in the right place. Otherwise, you might like to start from the beginning at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog, to become eligible for 6 fabulous prizes!

My card shares for the hop today were both made with digis.  Yep, Sparkle N Sprinkle has a whole line of digital images by Michelle Perkett now.  How cool is that?

This darling Snowman with Heart (100) was colored with Copic Markers and a layer of Blizzard Beach Mudd Puddles was added for a crunchy snowy embellishment.  I also added some Sparkling Snow Glitter (G1003) before the Mudd Puddles dried, and a bit of bling to the heart too.

 My next card features Buddy the Christmas Pup (017) and he's just too sweet in his holiday sweater :)  He was fussy cut and layered onto an embossed cut out of Sticker Paper layered with more Sparkling Snow Glitter (G1003).  I also used Sticker Paper for the pine branches which were made with the Velvet Glitter in Luau Green (GM2004).  My punched button embellishment was made using Winterberry Embossing Powder (EP411) which was a perfect match for Buddy's sweater!  Sparkle N Sprinkle has colors to mach everything! lol!
As always, full details can be found in my gallery at Sparkle N Sprinkle.  Now, on to the talented Debi for more holiday inspiration! 
Happy Holiday Hopping!
(Below is the full blog hop list in case there is a glitch along the way :) )

Charmagne Welch-Rivera www.sanurascraps.blogspot.com


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fall Apples

Hi Everyone,
One of my favorite things about fall is definately the apples.  I love to get them from the orchard and make a pie or two.  One year my friend taught me how to can, and we put up more than a dozen jars of homemade applesauce.  It was that time spent in the kitchen at her home that inspired my card today.
I colored up my stamped Apple Trio image from DRS Designs with my Copic markers and cut it out with my Spellbinders dies.  I decided to use that same image for my background as well, so out came some of my Martha Stewart white embossing powder.  I think using that same silhouette image along the bottom of the card looks really cool.
The new Checkered Background stamp looks just like a tablecloth, so I thought it added to the whole  kitchen-y vibe of the card. A punched border, some over sized brads and the Happy Fall Y'all finished it off. 
To check out the rest of the newest stamps, just click here :) 
 Have a great day!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Holiday Card

Hi Everyone,
I'm back to posting for Sparkle N Sprinkle again, and I love that the holidays are almost upon us.  It's the best time of year for making cards :) 
Due to hurricane Sandy, we postponed the blog hop until next week.  We want to make sure as many people as possible have their power back and can join in the fun of inspiration and prizes! So note that change and plan to hop with us.
Until then, let me whet your appetite with this cute snowman card made with the
Merry Crows (385) stamp set and some Velvet Glitter.  It's one of the new hot products here at Sparkle N Sprinkle. 
I created the background papers using the Starry Believe (3045-385c) stamp from that same set and some Red Apple (EP276) embossing powder.  To try and keep things speedy when making multiple holiday cards, I chose to simply outline Slim (3051-385c) the snowman with a grey Copic (C1) and add some Gypsy Red (GM2005) Velvet Glitter to his scarf using dimensional glue.
The snowflake behind him was die cut from Sticker Paper (99558) and coated in that very fine glitter. It's so soft to the touch, it really feels like velvet, hence the name :) . Try it and you will be amazed!
I used a bit of ribbon, foam letters and a doily to add some interest, but still keep it flat and easy to mail for the holidays :)
P.S. I've been getting spammed on my blog like crazy lately.  I've tried sticking my head in the sand for the past week, hoping that it would simply go away.  That's always my first strategy, so I've not been visiting  or commenting anywhere either. So right now I've turned on comment moderation for old posts. I'll see if that helps for now and know that I'll be by to check on your blogs real soon.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Candy Corn Cards

Hi Everyone,
I'm popping in with a sentiment on my first card that can be paired with so many stamps. You're So Sweet was just the thing for these darling little Candy Corn Bees. Are they bees dressed as candy corn for Halloween, or are they candy corns disguised as bees so that no one will eat them? lol! Either way they have the most adorable little faces :)
I stamped them on the layered base, added those dashes myself for the fluttering trails and glittered up their wings.
While that was drying, I stamped those five bees on a separate sheet of paper, colored them up and fussy cut them out. Then I pieced them on top with a pop dot for a bit of dimension.

I couldn't resist using this little Candy Corn Buzz Bee stamp one more time before the season is through. :) :) :)
I took my color inspiration for the card from him and the newly released Candy Corn Border stamp. The two just paired so perfectly together. Both were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers. The bee is up on a pop dot and so are a couple of the candy corns along the border, and if you look closely, there is also a bit of bling on the tips.
I used yellow dye ink on yellow paper for a tone on tone look, using Interlocking Circles and
Easy Dot Background stamps to create the pattern. And the sentiment is sheer perfection if you ask me...Who's favorite vegetable isn't candy corn at this time of year, right? lol!
Have a great day!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

O Holy Hambo

Hi Everyone,
The challenge at the Hambo Hoedown this week is "neon colors."  I thought this card I made a while back, with its bright turquoise background fit the bill this week, so I'm happy to finally show it off.  At least I hope the background and my coloring of the bright swaddling clothes count...It's been too long since I've played along!
I like to make half "religious" and half winter themed cards for Christmas, so when I saw this darling Manger (4316) stamp from Hambo, I knew this was the one for this year.  Would you look at that baby Jesus? So stinkin' cute!    (Every time I read, or say "baby Jesus" I can't help but think about the grace scene in Talledega Nights...Is that bad? lol!:) )

I added a piece of burlap and roughed up the edges of the layered stamped image and the Adore Him (4313) sentiment, thinking that would compliment the humble, rustic manger.  But then I went and blinged up the sheep with Stickles anyway.  And then I went further by adding a punched star, glittered up with Evening Glow glitter (G1086) from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I can never seem to leave well enough alone.  At least I kept it flat and easy to mail.
I'm no where near done with my Christmas cards this year, and I make 75 gifts each year for my husband's co-workers.  This year I'm super freaked out about it, because I don't have any idea yet of what that will be. In years past I've done homemade dish soap, wrapped Hershey nuggets in a box, tile coasters, stamped candles,  mugs and cocoa, and last year was candy and hand sanitizers in a cute bag.  So, if you have any bright ideas that aren't those, I'm open to ANYTHING!  I told you I'm freaking :)
Thanks for stopping by this little blog of mine :)
Other challenges for this card:
Card Makin Mamas-Anything goes
Lady Anne's-Sentimental Friday & Anything goes
Crafty Anne's-Christmas
Crafty Catz-Texture (Burlap)
Fat Pages & Cards-Add a sentiment/anything goes
Polka Doodles-Bright color and Bling
Raise the Bar-Anything goes
Totally Papercrafts-Twinkle Twinkle Christamas Star
Southern Girls-Animal Crackers

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Autumn Themed Cards

Hi Everyone,
I have a couple of card shares for you.  Today begins DRS Designs sponsorship of the color challenge at The Play Date Cafe.  You have the chance to win a voucher for $10.00 off you next purchase!   Here is the color palette photo:
And this is my card made with a sneak peek of couple of new stamps that will be released on Saturday!
Thanksgiving Blessings and the Long Tall Wheat stamp are new and I used the Script Font Background on the base.  That's available right now :)
Other Challenges for this card:
Can You Dig It?-Give Thanks
Cards and More-Fall or Halloween
Twist of Faith-Fall w/inspirational greeting
Due to the Halloween holiday, DRS Designs is extending the Autumn Greetings challenge an extra week.  Here is my card that I made for that challenge using the Large Scarecrow stamp and Scarecrows and Corn Rows greeting.
I hope you get a chance to play along in one or both! 
Happy November :)
 Other Challenges for this card:
Lady Anne's Challenge-Anything Goes
Fab N Funky-Die Cuts or Punches
Paper Shelter-Anything Goes
Anything Goes-Anything Goes
Die Cuttin Divas-Anything Goes w/die

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