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.

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Hi Everyone,
The new challenge at DRS Designs starts today and the theme this week is Pigs.  DRS Designs has loads of really cute pig stamps, and the DT is featuring many on their inspiration cards today. I encourage you to pop over there and check them out.
I'm showing off Leonard the Pig Rose Offering and I couldn't resist using some googly eyes on him :)  They just make him look all the more eager to impress you with his bouquet of roses...lol. 
I made the background using the new Single Rose stamp on the top and dry embossing the bottom.  The new Hogs & Kisses greeting was the perfect sentiment to pair up with him, and I even pulled out my neglected stash of brads to add some dimension to the lace border. 
Thanks for checking in.  I know I haven't been to chatty in my posts.  Sometimes the real life stuff just takes up all of the energy.
Here's a bullet point list of some of my activities this month:
Firefly Glow in the Dark Mini Golf- (Big hit with my 7 year old friend)
Date night with the hubby to see Bell, Book and Candle at the Cleveland Playhouse (Production was good, big thumbs up on the costumes and set, the script however is pretty lame. )
Dinner at Chinato (Awesome food.  Had the Mussels with Saffron & Fennel, Mixed Salad and Tonnarelli.  All of which just made me wish I was in Italy!)
Our January book club discussion was held at Burntwood Tavern. (New place.  It was packed on a Thursday,so I have high hopes that it will be around for a while.  The building has been a black hole with places lasting less than a year in there as of late.)
AWFUL dining experience at The Oak Barrel (I literally left hungry.)
Had tea at Clemintine's.  (My cousins and I were going to try some place new, but I was still scarred from the above bad dining experience, I needed to go to a sure thing.)
Went to see Lincoln & Silver Linings Playbook (I have no idea how Daniel Day Lewis could lose in this Oscar race.  If you've heard he's good in this movie, he is.  Silver Linings Playbook was just ok for me.  I don't get the hype.)
We also had friends over one weekend, and went over another friends house for the football playoffs last weekend.  Lots of catching up with those we didn't see over the holidays :)
Well, what's coming up you ask?
I'm hosting my book club for February (The book is Pope Joan. I hafta hurry because I'm only 1/4 of the way through!)  I'm taking my aunt out shopping next week so that she can spend the gift cards she received at Christmas, and we're hooking up with some friends to go to a Cavs game.  Also, I'll be looking after my friends cat while he's laid up after having knee replacement surgery.  So, that puts you in the know about my life for the next 2 weeks :)   
Thanks for dropping by!


1CardCreator said...

Such a fun and busy life Karin! I just love this card, the pig is adorable, I mean really adorable! I usually don't go for the cutesie animal types but you have really made me fall in love with these pigs! They make me smile whenever I see them! Make sure you take time to catch your breath! ~Diane

Brenda said...

Love it - just puts a smile on your face right away

Julie Z said...

What a great fun card Karin! Love the pink, black, & white color combo - b & w really makes the colors pop!

Shona Erlenborn said...

So cute! Great color combo and just perfect for Valentine's Day. BTW, just wondering, where do you find the time to stamp?

Anne Temple said...

Too cute! Love those googly eyes!

April said...

So cute! Love it! Love the google eyes too.

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Karin! You KNOW I totally cracked up! You've captured my best look! hehe I especially like the black and pink theme with just a hint of pink shaded in Piggy. Very sweet card. Thanks for the inspiration today! hugs, de

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Karin! You KNOW I totally cracked up! You've captured my best look! hehe I especially like the black and pink theme with just a hint of pink shaded in Piggy. Very sweet card. Thanks for the inspiration today! hugs, de

Jennifer E. said...

L.O.V.E those googlie eyes on Leonard! Such a great idea, I need to get me some! And I thought I was busy until I read the rest of this post, I think you have me beat, but sounds like you've had some good times and good company.

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Cheryl said...

Oh this is so fun! What a great image! Love your sentiment and the googly eyes.

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Judy said...

Giggle, giggle...awe me, I just love this..totally adorable image and the sentiment is sooooo cute!


Monica said...

Hi Karin, I love the drama of pink and black here. The printed paper you created looks so pro. Such a funny image and I like the pun on the sentiment.
Envy your happy existence, Karin...
Much love,

Amanda R said...

Wow, you are one busy person! Puts me to shame thinking I don't have much time! At least a lot of the things were good and I love your pig card, those goodly eyes are hilarious!

E. Marie said...

What a great Valentine's card!! Just too funny!!

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