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, 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!

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