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, December 30, 2012

After Christmas bits....

Hi Everyone,
I hope you all had a happy Christmas and that Santa was good to you.  We're always extremely blessed when it comes to receiving gifts, I feel almost shameful about our good fortune.  However on the crafty front, I only received a Michael's gift card and a new paper cutter, so I may have to do some shopping for myself in January...lol!
Anyway, if you didn't get as many craft supplies as you wanted either, I wanted to let you know that  my blogging friend Cheryl has some candy she's giving away.  The sign up is here, or by clicking the photo on the side bar :) Good Luck!
And, our Torn Paper challenge is continuing through to the new year at the DRS Designs blog.  Join us, and it's another way to win some crafty stuff.
Before I get to my card, here are a few photos from Christmas eve. 
With Rod 
My Dad & Charlotte.
With my cousin Alan.
And my table for Christmas day dinner. 
I was bummed when I realized the die I bought, only cut the name card to be flat.  Some how I was thinking it would fold in half.  Then I remembered the cute little ornament place card holders I got as a gift from my cousin Cathy a couple of years ago.  Perfection.  Even ended up matching better than I hoped with my red, green & gold centerpiece.  Sadly I ran out of time to make favors, and everyone ended up only getting a chocolate Santa :(. 

And finally, DRS Designs is the sponsor over at the 365 Cards blog this week and I made a card in support using the sketch for today.
Aren't those monkeys cute?  I thought they would look great with the new friendship sentiment stamp that is going to be released on January 5th.  Yes, new stamps = Yipee :) 
The proper names for the stamps used on this card are as follows:
Life is Friendship (Released on Jan.5th)
Thanks for taking time to drop by....Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!

It's pretty obvious why I chose to post this card on the blog today :) If you are celebrating the holiday, I hope this finds you doing well and celebrating in a way that is most pleasing to you. Whether you are in the company of friends and loved ones, or furry friends or knee deep in crafts, I wish you all the hope this season brings.

It's an honor and a privilege to be able to share my love of stamping using the stamps from DRS Designs.  Here's my card share for today:
The stamps I used to make this card are:

I added some Stickles to the berries and the jingle bells were stamped on to pre glittered paper and then fussy cut and used as embellishments.

I'm keeping it short today, but here's wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Popcorn Snowmen

Hi Everyone, 
Every year I make a small something for all the people in my husband's area at work.  I've made boxes of covered Hershey Nuggets, handmade dish soap, Santa candy bars, stamped on candles, well you get the idea. Time was quickly running out, when I remembered an idea I saw last year.  Popcorn snowmen! That wrapper had a pre-printed face, but I decided to make mine with punches instead.
The eyes are 3/4" circle punch and the mouth is 1/2" punch. The carrot nose was just hand cut and all glued on using the Dimensional Glue (539) from Sparkle N Sprinkle. It comes in a bottle with a small pointed opening, which was perfect for all those little circles. It's also a little thicker, not runny and stays in place. It made completing these in front of the TV a snap :)
The hats are just a pair of stretchy gloves tied off with a bit of seam binding to make the fingers into fringe.
And there they are.  All 66 of them :)
 Rod passed them out yesterday and said they were a big hit.  In fact, we were at a company function at the beginning of the month and I was introduced to one of his co workers.  She said, "Oh, so you're the one who makes the cute stuff for us every year."  When Rod promptly said, " Hey, what makes you think that it's not me?" lol.  Anyway, since the gifts are just small tokens, it really was sweet to think that the gesture is appreciated.
So, if you need a last minute gift-y, or an idea for next year...There ya go!
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Make Your Own Music

Hi Everyone,
I thought I would change things up a bit and share a non Christmas card with you today.  I was fortunate to work with a gorgeous set of stamps named Music Labels (424) from Sparkle N Sprinkle recently.
I stamped the butterflies once, and then again to give them a shadowy effect and I added a strip of 1/2" Tear-iffic Tape (SAT04) to the base and coated that in Black Ice (G1020) glitter.  It was then that I went ahead and dry embossed that piece of card stock.  I fell in love with the look.
The label was embossed and fussy cut and the sentiment was die cut and added with a pop dot for some dimension.  Lastly I had to add some rhinestone flourishes for a bit more elegance. 
For step by step instructions, visit my gallery here.
Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Merry Christmas

Good Morning Everyone,
As far as I'm concerned, the big countdown starts today, because Christmas is one week away! How's your holiday prep going? I'm somewhere between Yikes and Yipee :)

I'm showing off a card I made a while back with one of my favorite stamps from the DRS Designs catalog, Golf Ball Snowman. I sent a few of these cards out to the golfers in my family. Love that plaid hat and scarf combo on him :)

The green panel piece was created using the Open Plaid background stamp and the subtle look was made by stamping in Versamark. I added a matching ribbon and layered everything onto an embossed snowy background. The sentiment was taken from the Christmas Multi Greeting, by only inking the one phrase and punching it out. Lots of layers, and except for the ribbon knot, still relatively flat for mailing :) Speaking of ribbon, have you entered this weeks ribbon challenge? There's still time!
Peace & Love :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Peppermint Bear

Hi Everyone,
I’m proudly showing off the sweet digi image named Peppermint Christmas Bear today. Isn’t he adorable? Michelle Perkett has a whole line of stamps and digis at Sparkle N Sprinkle, so if you haven’t had a chance to see them yet, I encourage you to take a peek at the shop.
For this card I began by making some glittery paper using Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter (GM2000) and some of my must have Sticker Paper (99558). I printed out my digi on card stock, then using some blue painters tape, I attached a piece of the glitter paper right over the bear. Then I sent it through my printer again and voila! A sparkly bear! After I colored his scarf, nose and paws, (Yes, you can color right over the glitter! Very cool indeed) I fussy cut him and attached him with some pop dots. See how cute?
I had some of the paper I made left over, so I added a couple of punched photo corners to the top, and a strip of Collegiate Garnet(G1114) glitter to match my holiday paper. Feel free to check out my gallery for all the step by step instructions.
Here’s wishing you a cheerful December!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cupcake Challenge

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs is sponsoring the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge this week.  Here is the adorable cupcake inspiration photo for this week:
And here is my card:
 Since I needed another Christmas card for mailing to a friend, I kept it pretty flat and simple using the colors and the snowmen concept from the above photo for my card.  Tiny Snowman was the stamp, and the sentiment came from only inking that one phrase up from the Christmas Multi Greeting background stamp.
For another chance to win a DRS Designs prize, check out this weeks "Inspired by Religion" challenge right here
Not only is my card quick and simple, but so is this post.  Today Blogger has decided to kick me out every 90 seconds.  I cannot even tell you how long it took me to post this. ACK!  I'm gonna shut down and try to log in again.  All these crazy issues have really cramped my blogging style lately :( 
Have a good one!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Snow Fun Challenge

Hi Everyone,
I feel like every time I write a blog post, I need to apologize for my lack of posting around here.  The holidays are super busy for most, and that includes me too, but last week my router/modem thing-y decided to give out.  Ugh.  Took me a bit to get back online, but here I am.
Our challenge at the DRS Designs blog is titled "Snow Fun", so if you need to do some holiday card making catch up, now is the time to create and link up!
I used the Penguin Snowball Blast for this card, along with the Interlocking Snowflakes and
Warm Wishes greeting. The middle strip was made with the Woven Plaid background stamp, a real favorite of mine this time of year.  A big thank you goes out to Jennifer, for letting me use her embossing folder for this card :)
I actually went and added some Stickles to the snowballs after I took this photo, so it looks a little less plain now.  In my eyes anyway.
Over the weekend I took my friends daughter to the Painted Penguin at the mall.  You pick out whatever you want from the stock on hand, they give you the paints and when you're done, they seal it for you.  We made a penguin, snowflake, ladybug and something for her "#1 DAD".
Then while we waited for them to dry, we grabbed some lunch, had a visit with Santa, and took this photo.
I probably could have saved myself a lot of $ and only taken her to Best Buy to get my new modem.  She was thrilled just trying out everything in the store :).
It was a great day and totally reminded me of when my nieces were young. Sigh. So wrong how time flies.  I loved feeling like I was 7 again, at least for a few hours :)
Well, that's it for now and you can check out all of the newest stamps from DRS Designs by clicking here!

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