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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, June 11, 2019

Summer Accessories

Hi Everyone,

One of my favorite card sketches came in handy to show off the "cutie-patooty" accessories from the 4 in 1 Fashion Accessories stamp.  I wanted it to be a summer themed card, so I colored all the images in a sunny yellow, and matted them onto scallop punch.



I chose an embossed sunray background, accenting the rays using the same Copic marker I used to color the stamped images.

The In the Accessories greeting seemed the perfect compliment to the fun images, so after die cutting it, I added some yellow ink to keep with the theme.

I hope you enjoyed this easy breezy card share today...
Summer is on its way!

Karin

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Animal Friends

Hi Everyone,

I have a couple of animal themed cards to share with you today and both of them use some of the new stamps that have been recently released at DRS Designs.

On my first card the animals are accessorized for summer using the 4 in 1 Fashion Accessories.  I stamped and colored Jimbo and the Gang and then added the fussy cut sunglasses, hat and bow tie.  I attached it to a base that was stamped using the Silhouette Leaf Background and created a sentiment for it by combining a couple of greetings, Jungle Out There and Flakey Friends Winter Greeting.


While this new background stamp is named Camouflage Background, I couldn't help but see cows when I looked at it.  I'm not sure what that says about me, since I'm nowhere close to being a farm gal!  If you're of a certain age, think Ava Gabor's character on the TV show Green Acres, and that's me :)

Anyhow, I stamped the camouflage in black and created a cow using my owl punch, a die cut oval, and googly eyes.  I wasn't able to piece together a sentiment, so I created one. It took me awhile, I was working on the word moo, but it wasn't coming together for me. Then I switched to the word cow, so I hope the pun comes across as a form of " How are you?" :)


Be sure to click on over to the new releases page at DRS Designs for all of these stamps and much more!

Have a great day,
Karin

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Missing You

Hi Everyone,

With Memorial Day behind us on the calender, it's the unofficial beginning of summer, so I have mini summer like scene on my card share today.  

Leonard, from the new Leonard Pig Flies a Kite stamp makes an appearance here.  I stamped multiple hot air balloons from the 4 in 1 In the Sky stamp to complete the little scene.  I embossed 1/2 of my background with kites, and added some die cut clouds to the blue half to mimic the sky.


For a sentiment, I stamped the new Missing You Pig Time inside one of the frames from the Wooden Frame Collection stamp, fussy cutting it and attaching as you see here. 

I needed to make a masculine graduation card, so I chose the Follow Your Dreams stamp for my main image, which I then colored, die cut and matted.  

Neutral colors are always more masculine to me, so I created the background using the Grad Hat Hooray and Splatter Background stamps in black and brown ink.


Before attaching the image, I added a strip of splatter stamped cardstock that was layered on to a punched border, and wrapped with some matching twine. 
 Again, twine more masculine than ribbon to me :)  And since the image has a sentiment right on it, I was able to call this card done!  

All of these stamps, and much more, can be found at DRS Designs!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Karin


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Every Day Miracle

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to make a card that had a "It's always darkest before the dawn" type theme, so I knew the Lightning Bolt stamp from DRS Designs would be perfect for my stormy sky backdrop on my share today.

I started off with a piece of dark blue card stock, but I sponged on top of it using various blue inks, just to give it some variation and finished with some white craft ink sponging for depth.  I stamped the Lightning Bolt twice to make it longer, and used a silver gel pen to color it in.  



For my sun behind the Every Day A Miracle Greeting, I punched a hole in a Post-it note, and sponged on yellow and orange ink.  I masked my sun using the circle and sponged some light blue ink around it for a more hopeful tone.  I matted it up and added it to the card with some dimensional foam tape.  

If you missed the compilation post of the many cards the design team at DRS Designs has made using this cool Lightning Bolt stamp, click here.

Warmer temperatures mean the patriotic holidays are creeping up, so here is my first card this year in that theme.

Releasing later this week is the new Stars and Stripes Border (938P) stamp, which I stamped in blue Versamark ink, heat embossed and layered onto a punched border of stars. I also stamped and embossed my God Bless America greeting using the same ink and embossing powder.  


.I die cut some mats for the greeting along with a large star embellishment, covering one star and mat in some patriotic glitter. Here is a close up of all the shine!


Thanks for visiting the blog today!
Karin

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Love, Joy and Happiness

Hi Everyone,

Today's wedding card uses frames from the stamp, Wooden Frame Collection, and it was easier to make than I originally thought.  

I began by stamping the frame stamp four times and fussy cutting out four of the square frames and 
one long rectangle frame.  Taking one of the square frames, I cut out the center and made a mask to cover the other three frames when I stamped the inside images.



I picked the Silhouette Bride and Groom for the center and used the Dogwood Branch for the other two, just because it's my favorite flower stamp.  For the sentiment, I stamped a small portion from the Life Together Happiness Greeting.

I attached everything with some dimensional foam taped to an embossed background of dots and flowers, adding some glitter glue and a strip of gems.

Be sure to stop by DRS Designs to find all of these stamps and more!  

Hope your week is going well!

Karin






Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Wedding Swans

Hi Everyone,

It had been years, literally 12 years since my husband and I attended a wedding.  Finally last summer the dry spell was broken and were invited to my cousin's wedding.  Then this past February we were invited to an engagement party, (a first for us) that turned into a surprise wedding! (Another first!)  And yes, everyone was surprised...It was so sweet :)

I couldn't help but reflect back on those two happy occasions while making this wedding card for today's share here on the blog.   

I began by stamping and fussy cutting two of the Swans and stamping and die cutting the 
Life Together Happiness Greeting.  Choosing to play off the colors of the swan, I picked and orange base and grey background that was stamped in Versamark and embossed with clear powder using the Splatter Background stamp. I chose a scalloped die cut frame and embossed that with flowers, and added a black die cut frame inside. Inside that I added a die cut rectangle that was sponged in colors of a sunrise and I also embossed that with some sunrays before attaching it inside.


I attached the sentiment in the center and the swans in one corner. The card needed a bit of balance, so I stamped, colored and fussy cut a few flowers from the Dogwood Branch, embellishing them with some glitter glue in the center.



And it was simple enough to carry the theme inside using the same stamps along with the 

Be sure to visit DRS Designs for all of these stamps and so much more.

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Karin

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Your Dreams Will Inspire Your Future

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs has recently released a wonderful new graduation sentiment Dreams Inspire Future.  I feel like it's a lofty greeting, so I wanted to incorporate the concept of height on my card.  

After stamping, heat embossing, die cutting and matting my greeting, I set it aside and worked on the backgournd.  I simply dry embossed the card stock with clouds and added a few die cut ones as well.


I picked the bottom corner for the placement of the sentiment, so I thought I would add a couple of dreamy Hot Air Balloons. I stamped, colored and fussy cut them, adding them with some dimensional foam tape to finish off the card.

I made a second card using the same Dreams Inspire Future Greeting along with the same layout.  

I stamped the greeting right onto the cardstock and embellished it with markers in rainbow colors.


Then I simply stamped the Bee Trail and added rainbow colored butterflies that were embellished with matching gems.  

Wishing you and inspired week full of craftiness!
Karin


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hats Off

Hi Everyone,

The hats are flying everywhere on my card today.  I thought I would keep the color choice a basic black and white, so that it could be gender neutral and not tied to any school colors. I think it's a must when considering building up a card stash for emergencies :)  

I created the background using the new Grad Hat Hooray background, and I added an embossed strip down the side.  I stamped and die cut the new Hats off Graduation Greeting and attached it using dimensional foam tape. 


I wanted to have some hats flying around, so I heat embossed two of the Brush Mortarboards and fussy cut them, before attaching them using the same dimensional tape.

Now that Easter is behind us, the graduation season is coming up fast.  Check out all of the  great graduation stamps available right here....Have a good one and happy stamping!

Karin



Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Rejoice

Hi Everyone,

New stamps have become available from DRS Designs and I was so excited to give the new 
Wooden Frame collection an inking up.  It's one stamp, but you could easily use just one of the frames too. Also, depending upon the shape of your stamps, you can rotate it 180 degrees and see a whole new grouping. Exciting! I love stamps with multiple uses :)

I stamped and colored up the frames and chose to make a cheerful card using the following stamps inside the frames:


I die cut the bottom of my card base and layers, creating the background paper using these stamps:

I attached the matted image using dimensional foam tape and finished it by adding some glitter glue to the center of the puff.

You can find all of these stamps, newbies and oldie but goodies alike right here!

Have a Blessed Day!
Karin


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Spring Cards

Hi Everyone,

Tulips are probably my favorite flower of spring, so I thought I would celebrate them on one of my cards today made using stamps from DRS Designs. 

Choosing the Tulip Bunny image, I colored up the flowers and punched out only that portion.  Taking my base colors from the colored image, I stamped both using the Silhouette Leaf Branch and the
 Puff Circle, for a subtle background and the Springtime Easter Greeting.


I added a punched border, a matching ribbon and some gems to balance out the card design.

I had some extra time, so I thought I would get a jump on making some graduation cards.  With Easter falling so late in the year, this season is sneaking up fast!

I stamped the background using the Large Original Plaid Background stamp along the bottom and up the side of the panel.  I then embossed it and added the Graduation Is the Beginning Greeting which was die cut and matted.  


I stamped and fussy cut the Brush Mortarboard, adding a gel pen highlight before attaching it to the card. 

Thanks for visiting the blog today...Have a great day!
Karin


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