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, December 24, 2013

Bling in the Holidays

Hi Everyone,
Happy Christmas Eve! I have one last Christmas/holiday card to share with you today. It was one that I made for last minute sending, so it's not too fussy.
I stamped the Filigree Christmas Ornaments from DRS Designs using Versamark and then some green dye ink. This gave the ink some body, so that I could then emboss the ornaments using a rainbow embossing powder. It just gave them that added touch of sparkle. I colored in the ornament tops and added a "string" using a ruler and a green pen.
I stamped, die cut and matted the Bling in the Holidays greeting and added a few gems for that needed flair :)
Thanks for the visit today and have a safe holiday!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Snow Doubt About It...

Hi Everyone,
I have a card to share with you made using the Snow Doubt Birthday Greeting from DRS Designs, which is tailor made for someone with a winter birthday.

I began with a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" white card base, making the blue and white layers each 1/4" smaller than the base. I stamped the Pine Tree Snowdrifts & the birthday sentiment in navy ink, and then layered the Snow Background right on top using a light blue ink.
I used the Winter Tree Postage Frame stamp with the added Tiny Happy Birthday stamped in the frame, for my focal image. It was simply die cut and embellished with a bit of chalk shading and added with a dimensional dot to my card front. I even refrained from adding glitter, in an attempt to keep it gender neutral.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope your holiday season is a happy one so far!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ho, Ho Ho!

Hi Everyone,
I have light hearted holiday card to share with you today. DRS Designs has a new sentiment stamp being released. It's the Ho, Ho, Ho Rum greeting, and I could imagine Santa wanting to spike his eggnog with a bit of rum after his trek around the globe :)
After stamping and coloring the sentiment, I set it aside and created the card base using the
Open Plaid background stamp in Versamark. I then made some paper using the
Jingle Bells Background stamp in green ink, and then wrapped it with a sweet red ribbon. I also colored and fussy cut the Santa Hat, adding it with a pop dot after assembling the card.
I finished it off with a couple of rows of gems and some Stickles on Santa's Hat!

Hope your holidays are off to a fun start!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Little Wish

Hi Everyone,
I have another DRS Designs Christmas card to share with you today. The focus of the card is the new Tree Shape Christmas greeting that I stamped in green ink, die cut and layered onto a couple of larger die cut ovals. I embellished the scallop with a few gems, and then set it aside while I stamped my base layers.
I used the Snow Background stamp on the bottom card base and the Christmas Lights Edger on the embossed layer. I stamped and colored the lights first, and then dry embossed above and below that image. Finally I rounded the two bottom corners and assembled the card as shown.
Thank for stopping by the blog today!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Cupcake Challenge

Hi Everyone,
DRS Designs is also sponsoring the Cupcake Inspirations Blog challenge this week, and the prize for a randomly selected participant is a $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store.
Ready for the inspiration photo?

And here is my card:
The stamps used to make this are:
Hope to see you at the challenge!  Good Luck :)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Cardinal

Hi Everyone,
Cardinals are one of my favorite birds. I love that they stick around Ohio for the winter, and seeing their pop of red against the stark white snow, is definitely one of those highlights during the long cold spell.
So, I was totally thrilled to see the soon to be released Small Cardinal stamp from DRS Designs and couldn't wait to use it on a Christmas card. I colored it with Copics and die cut it using a Spellbinders rectangle die, and layered it on some paper made with the Woven Plaid. I added some printed ribbon and stamped the Beauty of Nature Christmas Greeting for my sentiment.
I finished my card with a few green half pearls and a die cut Poinsettia embellished with red Stickles.
I used to buy holiday cards with cardinals on them before I started stamping, but handmade is way more impressive in my opinion. I can't wait to send them out!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Golf Ball Snowman

Hi Everyone,
While fall themed cards are my all time favorite, I've been up to my eyeballs in leaves, leaves and more leaves. Along with raking, raking and more raking :) Needless to say, no leaf themed cards for me this week...lol. So, since I haven't yet soured on snow, I made a card using the adorable Golf ball Snowman stamp from DRS Designs.
I stamped some paper using the Woven Plaid and 4 in 1 Snowflakes stamps and colored the snowman's hat and scarf to match. I used the Triple Tree with Snow in the background and layered the papers and border on top. I finished it off with some of the left over snowflakes from the border punch and a portion of the Warms My Heart greeting.
Thanks for checking in and don't forget to join us for our Turkey Challenge this week!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Twin Gingerbread

Hi Everyone,
My mind is in holiday mode right now. I sent out my Thanksgiving invitations yesterday, and now I'm thinking Christmas cards. I'm no where near where I should be in terms of being done making them, so if you are in my same boat, here is a card to get your mojo flowing.
I used the traditional red and green colors of the Christmas season for today's offering using stamps from DRS Designs. The background paper was made using the Open Plaid stamped at an angle; this gives a nod to all those peppermint sticks that are popular at this time of the year. For the sentiment I used the
Merry Christmas Recipe Greeting and die cut it using a rectangular Spellbinders die.
I thought since it was a recipe, I would embellish it with twin Gingerbread Boys, which I stamped, fussy cut and colored with Copic markers. A white gel pen was used to create the frosting zig zags, and I finished it with a die cut piece of ric rac and plastic candy :)
Hmmm...Now I've got cookies on the brain...lol! Well, I can't get ahead of myself. I need to get rid of my extra Halloween candy first. And speaking of Halloween, that's the theme of our
See ya there!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Belated Birthday

Hi Everyone,
I try to pride myself in being on top of things, but sometimes life gets in the way. Thankfully
DRS Designs has great stamps for these times when I happen to be late.
My friend had a birthday coming up, and as the day approached I knew I wouldn't make it in time, so out came the Lost Track Birthday stamp. I stamped the greeting, die cut it and added a
Silhouettte Balloon on top which I had stamped off one time, to make it lighter in color.
I used that same balloon stamp along the side, stamping multiple times and then embossing it with clear powder.

Since the card was pretty clean and simple for me, I decided to carry the balloon over to the inside along with the Tiny Belated Birthday Greeting.

I stamped it once, and then a couple of more times without re-inking it, to give the illusion of it floating up :)
Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Turkey

Hi Everyone,
I had my first taste of turkey this past weekend. I roasted a turkey breast that I still had in my freezer from winter, and while it was good, it really put me in the mood for the traditional holiday meal with all the trimmings. Let me tell you, a meal of turkey breast and steamed veggies is not the same as one with stuffing and mashed potatoes! Thanksgiving cannot get here soon enough :)
So today's card shows off the Turkey Dinner stamp from DRS Designs.  Now THIS is what a turkey should look like :) Don't you love the perfect iconic look? Even if I did have those little frilly footies (not sure what they're called...lol!) my real life turkey wouldn't look like this!
I colored this with Copic markers, die cut the image with my Spellbinders rectangle die and added some Stickles to the cranberries.
I chose to use some patterned paper I made with the Woven Plaid stamp, because it reminds me of a tablecloth my mom would use on our Thanksgiving table every year. I stamped the
Wonderful as You greeting in a cranberry red ink, added a bit of printed ribbon and some matching gems to finish it off.
Thanks for stopping by and remember to check out our challenge each Thursday on the blog!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cowboy Snowman

Hi Everyone,
I'm taking a break from the fall themed cards I've been making and posting a wintry creation today. Have you started on your holiday cards yet? It's never too early, especially if you want to avoid feeling rushed :)
I stamped and colored the Cowboy Snowman from DRS Designs with my Copic markers and die cut it using a Spellbinders rectangle die. I layered it and added it on top of a dry embossed background, divided by a piece of rick rack.

I stamped the In the Meadow greeting and then divided it up to fit on my card. It was finished by adding some Stickles and tiny snowflakes.
If you haven't played along in our Inspired by Nature challenge, there's still time! Be inspired and link up right here.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Harvest Moon

Hi Everyone,
Have you had a chance to play along in DRS Designs most recent challenge? If not, here's another card to give you a little boost of inspiration. The theme of the challenge is "Harvest Moon", and even if you don't have a moon stamp, you can create a moon using a punch and some masking.
I used a Post-It note and punched out a small circle to mask off the moon and then tore an edge of paper and masked off the sky and ground. Using a sponge and some ink in greens and yellows, I created the background.
I used the Winter Trees stamp, and the Single Fall Tree for my scene and the bottom portion of the Thankful for Little Things greeting for the sentiment.
I hope that you get a chance to play along for us and be in the running to win your choice of 2 stamps from the catalog!
Hope you're having a great week!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Harvest Pumpkins

Hi Everyone,
I can't believe that it's October 1st! Fall is moving right along and the trees are starting to show some color already. We've had great weather in Ohio this September, so I'm hoping the trend continues. I went to the apple orchard and bought apples for eating and baking, and now I have pumpkins on my mind!
I stamped the Hayride Harvest Greeting from DRS Designs and cut it out with my Spellbinders die, adding a bit of orange sponging around the edge. I layered it onto an embossed background of fall inspired words, which was tied with raffia and a pumpkin charm.
I stamped, colored and fussy cut the October Pumpkin with Fall Leaves and added them to my card to finish it off.
Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to join our challenge every Thursday for a chance at a great prize! It's all right here on the DRS Designs blog!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Until they all come Home...

Hi Everyone,
My card share today is to remind you about the Operation Write Home card drive that DRS Designs sponsoring. The card collection runs through October 10th...Won't you consider donating a card, or two or more? There are prizes for donors and all the details can be found by clicking here.
I started by stamping the Until They All Come Home in Versamark and embossing with white powder. Then I took my watercolor brush and washed over it with red ink. After it was dry, (I helped it along with my heat gun!) I used the Splatter Background stamp to get some blue stamped on the card, and finished it by adding the Support Ribbon which I colored yellow and fussy cut.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Good Witch/Bad Witch

Hi Everyone,
Have you had a chance to play along in our "That's Unexpected!" challenge yet, at DRS Designs? If not, here is a card to inspire you. I would say that pink is and unconventional color for a Halloween card :)
I couldn't help but think of the two witches from the Wizard of Oz when designing this card. The bad witch (I can't even remember her name!) was black, and Glenda the good witch was all pink, puffy and sparkly! I embossed the soon to be released Good Witch/Bad Witch stamp, punched them out and layered them onto a background created with the Splatter Background stamp and the Accent Bats.
Not wanting to forget the sparkle, I added a few rows of gems and pearls!
DRS Designs is also sponsoring the challenge at Chocolate, Coffee, Cards Challenge Blog this week, and it's an easy Anything Goes theme, so please join us there too!
 Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you play in our challenge!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Christmas Fence

Hi Everyone,

Today's card was made in opposition of a birthday card I made a while back. A friend asked me to make a birthday card for his 82 year old aunt, and I proceeded with a bunch of layers, flowers, ribbon and gems. It was lovely, and he was pleased, but I quickly said, "If you're going to send it through the mail, you need a padded envelope and more than one stamp!"

So, since that's not realistic when sending 50 holiday cards, here is a simple, flat card that fits the one stamp criteria :) I stamped and die cut the Family and Friends Greeting, from DRS Designs, adding a bit of sponged ink and layered it on some sticker paper that was die cut and coated in a multi colored glitter named Victorian Christmas. 
After I stamped and colored the Christmas Fence on on my background, I punched my corners and added a red layer before adhering everything to my card base.

Have you started on your Christmas cards yet? No time like the present! You can see what's new at DRS Designs by clicking right here!


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Thinking of you warms my heart

Hi Everyone,
I hope you all enjoyed the Labor Day weekend. I was able to spend some time with family and friends and while I'm sad to see summer come to a close, I am looking forward to the fall and winter holidays that close out the year.
And with that thought, DRS Designs is currently featuring Christmas and winter themed stamps in their store. If you haven't seen them yet, I urge you to check them out.
My card features one of my great weaknesses, Snowman stamps! Is this Heart Swag Snowman not adorable? I colored him in red and green to make this more of a Christmas themed card, but he would double as a sweet winter friendship card as well. Just color his hat and scarf blue :)
I paired him up with the Thinking of you warms my heart greeting which I divided up in two, using some circle punches. I layered them onto an embossed snow filled background and added some Stickles to his hat.
Have you seen the OWH banner on the side bar? DRS Designs is currently having a card drive to support the troops and we are hoping that you join us in supporting this worthy cause. There is a thank you prize, as well as a prize for sending in the most cards! You can read all the details here.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Toast to You

Hi Everyone,
I feel like I've been hanging on to this photo forever.  I made this simple birthday card back in January and thought surely the Hambo Hoedown would have a challenge that I could enter it in.  So I waited.  Then I waited some more.  Finally months later, today is an Anything Goes challenge (Woot!) and I'm showing it off.  Truth be told, I've used this Toaster digi to make a bunch of other cards as well, although I have no photo of those.  Trust me when I say, the toaster is super cute in red :)   Anyway, this neutral baby went to a guy, and he was impressed.
Here's hoping it won't be months before I play along again....Thanks for this great digi (one of my all time favorites) and the easy peasy challenge!
Other challenges for this card:
Shopping our Stash-One for the Boys
Sweet Stamps-Birthday
Cards for Men-Funny Birthday
Created with Love-Anything Goes
Paper Make Up- Digi and Embossing

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

It's Your Birthday-Sweet!

Hi Everyone,
I'm sharing a birthday card today that I made with stamps from DRS Designs in honor of a friend of mine with a sweet tooth as big as they come. Really though, doesn't that describe almost anyone?! When it's your special day, I think it's almost a crime not to indulge :)
My bright and cheerful card was made using an embossing folder that has a single row of balloons. It left the right side plain, so I stamped that using the Spatter Background in red and orange ink. I added a strip of white cardstock stamped again in orange and red, only this time using the Easy Dot Background. Before adhering it to my card, I added a punched border and a bit of ribbon.  
I was able to fit the top part of the "Sweet" Birthday Greeting in the Birthday Candle Address Frame, so I colored those candles to match and stamped the "sweet" right underneath. The Cherry Top Cupcake was stamped colored and fussy cut and then adhered with a pop dot. And to make it extra sweet, I added Stickles to the frosting and Glossy Accents to the cherry.
I hope your day is extra sweet!
 P.S. If you are in the mood to make cards and show your support to our armed forces, be sure to click on the photo in my side bar.  It will give you all of the details regarding the card drive that DRS Designs is holding.  As always, there are prizes involved!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Hi Everyone,
I'm back to share another bright card that is a salute to summer!  One last big hoo-rah before the leaves start to change and all of my paper crafting is made up of  papers in brown, orange and gold :)
Once again I inked up a tropical Mai-Tai stamp (#2019-373E) from the set Cocktails (#373) and colored it up with my Copic markers.  I added a mat made from Sticker Paper (#99558) and coated it in Cobalt Glaze Velvet Glitter (GM2015).
The Salute sentiment (#2016-373A) was stamped after I coated my die cut in Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter (GM2000). It's one of the great things about this line of glitters, they really are that smooth!  Try them, I know you will be impressed.
I finished off my card with a bit of ribbon, gems (one of my favorite things), a dot of Dimensional Glue (#539) and Dazzling Rose Glitter (#G1085) in the center of the drink flower.  This just makes me want to grab a book and sit poolside!  Remember, full details can be found in the card gallery, here.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Halloween Sketch

Hi Everyone,
DRS Designs is sponoring the challenge over at Tuesday Morning Sketches this week.  There's a great prize up for grabs, so I hope you can play along.
Here is this week's sketch:
And my card for inspiration:
Here is a list of the stamps I used:
What do you think of the coloring on my pumpkin?  My friend who is an actual artist moved back into town, and I had him give me some coloring/shading pointers when he was over one day.  I think it turned out better than my usual :)  I just don't know if I can duplicate it without him helping me again...lol! 
Also, the current challenge over at DRS Designs is to make a card with a decorative edge.  Maybe you can incorporate both challenges into one card and have two chances to win!
Good luck!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Design Team Call

Hi Everyone,
Just wanted to take a moment to make sure that you knew there are a few more days left on the Design Team call at Sparkle N Sprinkle.  If you love glitter, embossing and especially Scrap booking you will want to apply!  They have awesome products to work with, from great quality stamps,
Tear-iffic Tape, (One of my personal faves!) to glitter, flock and embossing powders in more colors than the rainbow! Like I said, lots of tremendous products that will enhance all those great techniques on your paper crafts.
Check out the call right here!  What have you got to lose?
I'll be back tomorrow with my usual card post.  Until then, make it a great day!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Super Sweet!

Hi Everyone,
Today I'm sharing one of the Christmas cards I've been making recently, and this adorable little Candy Cane Chistmas Critter from DRS Designs is too cute! I think he may be gracing more than one creation of mine this year :) As per usual for me, I colored him with my Copic markers and die cut him using my circle Spellbinders dies. 
I used the Large Original Plaid background and stamped the right bottom corner of my card stock at an angle, hoping to kind of mimic the stripes on the candy canes he is holding. That also left me with enough room to stamp the Super Sweet Christmas greeting on the top left.
I lined the upper stamped portion with gems, just because they sort of looked like candies. And finally, I rounded one corner of the card before adhering it together.
Super short and sweet today friends. I'm trying to squeeze every last drop of fun and sun that this summer has to offer.
 If you're stamping today, be sure to make a card for our Lavender and Lace challenge right here!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Circle Card

Hi Everyone,
Today's card uses stamps from Sparkle N Sprinkle and let me till you today is all
 about Cocktails! (#373).  If you think it's too early in the day to imbibe, well you know what they say, "It's five o'clock somewhere!"  Besides, the only alcohol involved in this drink, is found in the Copic markers used to color up this beautiful Bahama Mama (#2013-373E) stamp.
If you aren't on the shores of the beach right now, this is sure to make you feel like you are.  After coloring the drink I embellished the rim with a line of Dimensional Glue (#539) and some Sparkling Snow glitter (#G1003) to look like sugar.
The stamped image and mats were cut out using a Circle dies from Spellbinders and the mat under the drink, (which was cut from Sticker Paper #99558) was coated in Irish Sparkle (#SS113) Sparkle N Soft.  I finished off the mini card with some twine and many gems in matching colors. Specific details can be found in my card gallery here.

A card can never have enough bling, right?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

It's Five O'clock Somewhere

Hi Everyone,
Although I feel like we are on the down side of summer, I'm not willing to let it go quite yet. So, keep the warm vibes rolling here's my summer time card post for today, using stamps from DRS Designs :)
After stamping the Palm Trees, and Hula Pig ( Is she the cutest, or what?!) I colored in the background using Copic markers, trying my best to delineate between the sea and the sky. I wish I would have used a white gel pen to create some white caps in sea behind her, but I did add some glittery flock to the beach, just to enhance the sand a bit.
After I did a bit of coloring and fussy cutting, the margarita from the Drink Line Up stamp fit perfectly in her hand. I figured she'd be thirsty after all that dancing :) I finished it off with the Five O'clock Somewhere greeting and layered everything onto a wave embossed background.
Thanks for peeking in today!
Details not listed above- Paper: The Paper Company, Georgia Pacific White, Ribbon: Michael's, Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sparkle N Soft: Sparkle N Sprinkle, Die: Spellbinders, Embossing Folder: Darice

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Best Fishes

Hi Everyone,
Don't hate me, but I love a card with a pun :) Since I was working on birthday cards when I received this Big Mouth Bass from DRS Designs, this sentiment came to me right away and knew that I had to make it happen.
I made the background using the Bubbles stamp, stamping in both blue and green ink. Then I stamped, colored and die cut the fish. After adding a black mat, I decided it need something more, so I added some bubbles coming from his mouth and embellished those with some Stickles. Wanting even more for my somewhat ordinary card, I stamped the fish again, colored him and fussy cut him out and added him with some dimensional dots.
For the sentiment I used the Birthday Wishes Greeting, leaving the first letter in each word un-inked. That allowed me to use a circle punch and add a die cut glitter letter to create the birthday pun.
Here is a closer look at the fish and sentiment.
Well, what can I say but, "Best Fishes" to you and yours!
Have a great one :)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Christmas in July

Hi Everyone,
DRS Designs is the sponsor this week over at the 365 Cards blog, and if you play along you have the chance at winning a $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store.
The theme for today is Just A Touch.  Use a stamped image and color less than half of it to make some portion of it stand out. So to celebrate Christmas in July, I decided to make a holiday card.
It's super CAS for me, but that also made it quick and easy :)  I stamped the Girl Swirl Holly in green and only colored in the berries, used the Large Original Plaid to make my paper strip and the Happy Holly Days greeting finished it off. 
  This challenge makde me realize that this is the first Christmas card I've made for the year. Boy do I have a lot of stamping to do. 
Thanks for stopping by here, and be sure to hop on over to the DRS Designs blog too.  Today starts our new challenge, Use a Charm!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Happy Belated Birthday

Hi Everyone,
If you hand make a card, how can anyone be upset that you're late in remembering their birthday, right? Especially if it's pink and has glitter :)
A simple embossed background lets this beautiful Fanfare Square from DRS Designs shine as the main element on my card today. I inked my stamp in Versamark and then in Versafine black ink, before embossing in rainbow embossing powder. It's basically a clear powder with some glittery flecks in it, but when paired up with a dark ink, it has a marvelous sheen. I die cut the square and added a bit of pink color with a Copic marker. The Tiny Belated Birthday greeting was a perfect fit in the center and I added some dimension to the card by using pop dots to adhere some the layers of my focal element together.
For embellishment, I used just the flowers from the Three Flowers with Butterfly stamp by fussy cutting them and adding them in a little group.
Thanks for dropping by and remember to join us every Thursday for a challenge. The theme this week is "Lucky Stripe". Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Proud to be an American

Hi Everyone,
Inspired by the recent re-opening of the Statue of Liberty after super storm Sandy, I decided to feature her on a patriotic card using stamps from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  There are a bunch of great all American images and sentiments in the Patriotic Icons (#433) set, that can be used on cards and scrapbooking all year long.
The Statue of Liberty (#3507-433G) was stamped in Versamark (#99702), coated in Vanilla Ice embossing powder (#EP265), heat set, fussy cut and set aside.  Light colored embossing on dark paper is a very striking look.  If you haven't done the technique in a while, give it a try.  I know that you will be pleased.  I used Sticker Paper (#99558) and Liberty glitter (#G1026) to make my die cut star and added the sentiment (#3518-433B) to the center.  My white cardstock was dry embossed, and embellished with washi tape, 1/4" Tear-iffic Tape (#SAT01) coated in more Liberty glitter and twine.
After adhering all the card stock together, I added my cut elements with some dimensional dots.  Specific details can be found in my card gallery here.
Thanks for dropping by and I hope you are enjoying the summer!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Hi Everyone,
In my book, no movie is complete without some fresh popcorn, so I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to use these popcorn themed stamps from DRS Designs on my card for today's post. It's a full on tribute to that great salty snack!
I created a simply stamped background using the Popcorn Background and I highlighted the popped kernels with a yellow Copic marker to simulate some butter topping. I did the same to the popcorn in the Bowl of Popcorn, and then I fussy cut it. I stamped the image a second time on red card stock and then stamped over it with the Spatter Background and paper pieced it on to the bowl. I've been wanting to make a spatter ware something, ever since I received that stamp!

I used a dimensional dot to pop up my bowl on some matching die cuts and I stamped and colored the Popped Up Birthday Greeting in coordinating colors for a cheerful birthday card.
Thanks for "popping" by!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Blog Hop Time

Hi Everyone,
Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Girly Girls & Macho Mania Blog Hop!  If you came here by way of the fabulous Anne Temple, you are in the right place.  If not, you will want to start at the beginning, so that you don't miss out on commenting along that way.  There are lots of prizes to be had, so make sure you leave a comment on every one's blog!
Alright, on to my cards:)! I was fortunate enough to work with the Bicycles (#494) stamp set, so I decided to go the girly route for both of my cards.  I chose my papers and colored up the bikes to match, using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Copic markers.
Isn't this bicycle built for two just darling?  It makes me want to picnic with my sweet fella! Here my card is embellished with a flower made from a base of die cut Sticker Paper (#99558) coated in Crystal Ice Glitter (#G1058) and Mimosa Sparkle N Soft (#SS114)
As always, full card details can be found in my gallery right here.
Thanks for hopping along with us, and your next stop is the wonderful blog of Brigita Skopas! 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

You are my Sunshine

Hi Everyone,
There's still time to get in on the current Summer Sun, Summer Fun challenge over at the DRS Designs blog. 
Here is my card for your inspiration.  I used the You are my Sunshine greeting and the sun from Four in One Beach Background.
I added some Stickles to all of the suns and I was inspired by a card I made a while ago.  See it here.
DRS Designs is also this week's sponsor over at the Cupcake Inspirations challenge blog.  If you play along, you have the chance to win a great prize!  Here is the cupcake photo:
Hope you can join us for one or both!
Hoping your summer has been sunny!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Hi Everyone,
Since it's our all American holiday tomorrow, I thought I would share a quick card I made.  It uses exactly what Sparkle N Sprinkle is famous for, GLITTER!  This celebratory day is the perfect occasion to show off some sparkle, don't you think?
I decided to make a card inspired by our nation's flag by using 1/2" Tear-iffic Tape (#SAT04) coated in Fire Engine Red (#G1007) glitter.  The sentiment was used for the "star" portion of  flag and that was stamped in Versamark (#99702) and coated in Vanilla Ice (#EP265) embossing powder, which has a great bit of sparkle to it as well.  It was then die cut and adhered to the top left corner.
In the end, I felt like the flag did need a few stars, so I coated some Sticker Paper (#99558) in Crystal Ice (#G1058) glitter, punched them out and added them to finish it off.
Thanks for stopping by the blog and I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating our country's birthday!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Hi Everyone,
My card today was made in support of the Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge for which DRS Designs is the sponsor this week.  Play along with your "Patriotic" card and you will have the chance at winning a $10.00 voucher to the store.

On this card I used the Freedom Cannon for my focal image, stamping it in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, coloring it with Copic markers and die cutting it out with a Spellbinders square die.  It was layered on a background made by covering some sticker paper with Liberty glitter (both from Sparkle N Sprinkle) and adding a strip of card stock that was dry embossed with stars.  Also, the side of my white card stock layered was punched with a star border punch. 

I finished the card with some twine and a glittery star button.  Since the sentiment was built into the image, I chose not to add anything further, but did embellish the firework with a bit of Stickles.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck playing along in the challenge!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Red, White and Blue

Hi Everyone,
Since we are now officially into the summer season, I thought I would share one of the patriotic cards that I made recently with my stamps from DRS Designs. The Fourth of July isn't too far away, and I adore all things red, white and blue at this time of year. I become absolutely giddy looking at the housewares department in the stores and immediately begin planning a barbeque in my head :)
Anyway, here is my card in honor of our great American holiday.
It's a simple layout beginning with a Kraft card base. I stamped the white cardstock layer with the Interlocking Star background stamp in navy ink, and added strips of double sided tape to the bottom, coating them in red, white and silver glitter. I then wrapped it with twine and added a die cut star coated in white glitter.
The As a Nation Greeting was simply stamped, die cut and added to the card with a couple of pop dots.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope your summer plans are in full swing!

 Challenges for this card:
ABC Challenges-Red, white and blue
Created with Love-Fourth of July
Get Inky-Red, white and blue
Pause Dream Enjoy-Anything Goes
Catered Crop-Die Cuts and Punches

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Hi Everyone,
I have a feminine looking card to share with you today.  It's made with the Spring Floral (490) stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle, which has become a new favorite of mine.  Flowers of any kind are so versatile and I love them for cards for the females in my life.
Here I used the lovely hydrangea stamp, coloring the image with Copic markers, fussy cutting it and layering it onto some die cuts.  The papers I chose have a vintage flair and I played off the butterflies in the background by adding some of my own.  Sticker Paper (99558) coated inPeruvian Lily Velvet Glitter(GM2014) is what I used to create these simmering beauties.
I also added a bit of Sparkling Snow Glitter (G1003) to the flower itself  using Dimensional Glue (539). Keeping with the vintage look, I layered on a piece of lace and added a ribbon bit to the tag sentiment at the bottom.  Other than that, it's flat and post office friendly!
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of the week!

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