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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, July 25, 2017

Smile...

Hi Everyone,

I have a tropical card to share with you today.  If' you haven't had a chance to go on vacation (that would be me!) this card will take you on a virtual one. 

I colored up Pretty Bird Odie Parrot and the flowers from Three Flowers and Butterfly , fussy cut them and set everything aside to work on the background. 

Sponging up a piece of cardstock with pink, orange and yellow ink, I then misted it with water to get the effect that you see.  I stamped the sunset with the Silhouette Palm Tree Line and also the Palm Tree stamp, cutting it to fit inside a die cut photo frame.  It had a die cut sentiment already, so I placed a piece of black paper behind to make it pop.


I attached a die cut border to an embossed flower background, and then finished the card by adding the photo frame, along with the bird and popped up flowers. 

Thanks for checking in on the blog today!
Karin

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Boots and Bling

Hi Everyone,

This new Lasso Cowgirl stamp from DRS Designs  is super adorable!  I just love the little smile on her face, she's super girly, and  I made this with my 8 year old self in mind :)  Purple was my favorite color, until pink took over as the new favorite, so that's how they ended up on this card together.  

I colored her up using my Copic markers, die cut and matted her, along with the Boots and Bling Cowgirl Greeting too.  The background was dry embossed and I added a lace doily and border on top of that, since lace is good and girl like as well. 


The sentiment pretty much makes it a requirement to add lots of gems, so out of my drawer and onto the card they flew in a flash!

Here's hoping your week is going well!
Karin

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Life is not measured....

Hi Everyone,

I've mentioned in the past that I have so many more cat lovers in my life, than dog lovers, that I'm always looking to add to my cat card ideas.  This kitty was made using the old owl punch from Stampin' Up.  I had jotted down in to my idea notebook awhile back, waiting for the perfect time to put it to use.  And then DRS Designs released this this Brick Wall Background stamp and I knew the moment was right.  

I stamped, colored and fussy cut the wall, attaching it to a blue sky background that was stamped using the Starry Background stamp.  If you have that punch, the cats are the owl's body and I hand cut the tails, adding whiskers with a fine tip marker.    


I stamped the new Life is Measured Greeting and die cut it using a rectangle die, adding a punched moon that I embellished with glitter glue.  

Thanks for visiting today!
Karin

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Cowboy Boots

Hi Everyone and Happy Independence Day American friends!

While I don't have a red, white and blue patriotic card to share today, what is more American than Cowboys?!  DRS Designs has some fun new western themed stamps being released tomorrow...yay! 

My card features the new Better in Cowboy Boots Greeting (236D), which I stamped and die cut.  I chose to pair it  up with the Cowboy Garb stamp, which I colored with Copic markers and die cut as well.  


The background was made by inking up one side of my embossing folder and running the cardstock through the machine.  I added a strip of paper that I embellished with brads and attached a piece of twine to resemble a lasso, or at the very least, match the rope in the image :)

Be sure to visit DRS Designs tomorrow to purchase all of the new stamps!
  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Retirement Cards

Hi Everyone,

Last week I mentioned that one of my dreams is to retire to the beach.  I'm not sure that wish will ever come true, but I did make today's retirement cards with the ocean in mind :-)

I made a little beach scene using the following stamps, coloring them and the background in using Copic markers and a white gel pen.



 I framed it out using a piece of brown card stock and layered it onto a turquoise paper that was embossed with time pieces...time sure does seem to have less meaning when you don't have someplace to be!

And this second card was simply made by stamping and heat embossing the Seaside Dock stamp and adding the die cut Happiness Retirement Greeting on top of a embossed border piece.  Super easy, but monochromatic cards are never a fail in my book.

 Here's hoping you're having a relaxing week, whether it's seaside or backyard inspired! 

Thanks for visiting!
Karin

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

God Bless Your Retirement

Hi Everyone,

I often dream about what we will do when we hit retirement age, but it's a few years in the distance for us.  Winter in Florida? Travel? Buy a ranch? ( A one level house, not property with horses...lol!)  It's fun to think about, but at the same time I don't want to wish my life away.  So, while I'm living my life until then, I'll just have fun creating some cards with a retirement theme :)

It's a cream and black monochromatic card that I have for my share today, featuring the lovely God Bless Retirement Greeting that was stamped and die cut.

I created the background using the Polka Dot Flower and layered onto it a strip of Swiss Dot embossed paper and punched flower border.


For embellishment, I stamped the flower on black paper and heat embossed it using white embossing powder. I fussy cut it, attaching it to the card with a piece of foam tape and adding a black gem.
Here is a close up:


Here's to everyone who's blessed to live long enough to make those retirement dreams come true!

Have a great day!
Karin


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Swing

Hi Everyone,

With Father's day being at the end of this week, it was time for me to make my annual golfing card for my dad.  DRS Designs always has just what I need to make that happen, too :)

I stamped and  colored up Golfer Duff using my Copic markers, and then die cut and matted the cute image.  In keeping with the masculine look I used an argyle embossing folder for the background and made a piece of patterned paper as an accent.  I used the Argyle Diamond stamp and stamped alternating rows of yellow and green.  I thought it was so easy just eyeballing it, I didn't use any stamp positioner, but if you are super fussy, go right ahead.  I added a tiny scalloped border and adhered it to the base adding the image along with some photo corners.


 Golfer Duff looks so satisfied, like he just got a hole in one, that I knew I wanted to use the Ain't Got that Swing greeting to finish the card :)

Thanks for the visit and I wish you all a happy rest of the week!


Karin

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Every Summer Has a Story

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs just released this darling little Sandy Mermaid stamp that's perfect for summer crafting! I colored her up using my Copic markers and added some blue green ocean colored glitter to to her tail, die cutting and matting it after it was dry.  

For the background, I chose a turquoise card stock, stamped it full of sea animals in a similar colored ink, and added a strip of the same "ocean-y" glitter on top. 


I wrapped the background with some twine and added a greeting that I made using my punches. 

Here is where you can click to take you to the rest of the stamps I used in my making of the card. 

Summer Story Greeting
Happy Octopus
Happy Seal

May your summer story be filled with sunshine and smiles!
Karin 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hula Pig

Hi Everyone,

While this new Ain't Got That Swing greeting from DRS Designs would be super cute with any golfer image, I decided to make a summer card using one of my favorite stamps, Hula Pig!  If she doesn't have swing, I don't know who does, right?! LOL!

After choosing my piggy stamp, I started off by trying to make a little beach scene, which never comes naturally for me.  If the struggle is real for you too, my advice is to go small.  I stamped the pig and the Palm Tree and began coloring with my Copic markers.  I colored the pig first, and then began on the background, sand, water and sky, finishing up by coloring in the palm tree.  There was a blank spot in the sky, so I inked up and stamp the bird portion of the Seaside Dock stamp, and colored those in using a white gel pen, also using that the create some waves on the ocean.


I cut the scene out using my oval Spellbinders die, matted it and set it aside.  The background was made using the 4 in 1 Seashells and I also added one shell to the punched out greeting too. Since I couldn't stop adding the words "do-whop, do-whop" to the greeting in my head, I added an embossed musical border and layered it using a swirly punch to mimic the ocean waves. 

Well, June is right around the corner...Here's to a swinging summer!

Karin

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Follow Your Dreams

Hi Everyone,

It's that time of year again...Graduation time!  I've already received two announcements and party invitations, so I decided to get to work on a few cards.  

DRS Designs has just released this new Follow Your Dreams Sign Post (137G) stamp which is perfect for the occasion of a graduation. I colored, die cut and matted it, adding it on top of an embossed background of grad caps.  



I added a strip of green card stock to cover up the seam of the background and dove into my stash of brads for a few embellishments.  I stamped the Graduation Background, and fussy cut out a few and added those to my card as well.  The Congradulations stamp made for the perfect sentiment.  

Don't forget!  This month is the Great Cling Stamp Give Away.... Every order of $20.00 or more, that is placed at the DRS Designs website, will be entered to win a prize package of 75 cling mounted stamps! What are you waiting for? 

 Good luck :)
Karin

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Picture Perfect

Hi Everyone,

The weather out my window looks very much like the one on my card.  Spring is in full swing in my little corner of the world and I'm happy to celebrate that with today's card share :)

I was working on using the new Picture Perfect Day greeting, so I chose the Country Window stamp as my focal image.  I stamped, die cut and colored it using my Copic markers. When I was done I set it aside and went to work on paper piecing the curtains.  I stamped the image again and colored only the curtains and then went over them using the Splatter Background stamp.  I then cut those out and adhered them in place.  The sentiment was cut apart and attached to the butterfly embossed background with some dimensional foam tape, and I added a tiny glitter butterfly just because I wanted to :) 



My second card today is super easy and clean and simple.  I stamped and die cut the Sincerely Sympathy Thanks sentiment, highlighting it by sponging on some yellow ink.  For the background panel I stamped the Brush Pussy Willows and added a row of matching gems below the greeting.


And to make the pussy willows soft, like the ones in real life, I dabbed on some glue and added glittery flock to them.


Have you seen the news about the great stamp give away at DRS Designs?  Check out the info right here!

  Good luck!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Our Thoughts are with You

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a card to share with you today that could be used for a couple of different reasons.  Definatiely it could be a sympathy card, but I could also see sending this to someone going through a  any type rough patch or serious illness. Many times I can find a get well soon type of card in the store, but that's not always appropriate.  I'm so glad I'm able to make my own with the help of DRS Designs ;) 

I colored up the Cattails image, die cut and matted it using my oval dies.  I stamped the Our Thoughts are with You greeting and used some circle punches on it, setting it aside to work on the background.  
I used the Splatter Background stamp and a muted yellow ink for a subtle look.  And for the top layer, I used the same stamp in the yellow and brown ink stamping the Silhouette Branch in avacado ink onto of the splatters.  I added a brown, punched border and then adhered it to the card.


Here's just a little peek at the new Cattail Hand Stamped By stamp that was recently released, Those cattails matched the front image so it's a must have for this card.  I colored it up and added a dab of glitter glue to those little dragon flies too.


Thank you for peeking in today!



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Prayers and Blessings

Hi Everyone,

I have a couple of monochromatic cards to share with you today. I seem to lean that way when making a sympathy card, trying to keep things simple and soothing.

I stamped and die cut the new Praying for Friends Sympathy Greeting and layered it onto a fancy die cut frame.  The background was embossed and for an embellishment, I stamped the Cross in a Cross and used my tag punches to create it, tying it on with some cream colored ribbon.



And here is my card made using the Dandelion Puff, Splatter Background, and Blessings stamp. 


The color inspiration came from that one lone flower embellishment in my stash, and I wanted to use it up :)  I finished off the card with some glitter glue on the puff and a wrap of matching twine.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and check out all of the new stamps from DRS Designs right here!
Karin




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

From my heart to yeurs....

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs has released some new stamps, featuring sentiments for sympathy and comfort, but I think comfort can be cheerful too. So today I'm bringing you a card that feature one of those new greetings as well as Leonard, just because he makes me happy!  And if it makes me happy, I would think that it would make the recipient of this happy as well :)

I stamped, colored and fussy cut Leonard the Pig Billboard and added the Small Silhouette Heart to his little sign, embellishing it with some glitter glue.  I layered him onto some rectangle die cuts using dimensional tape and embossed the backgrounds using 2 different heart embossing folders.  



I tied a matching grosgrain ribbon around the background base and then attached the My Heart To Yours Greeting, completing the card with a few hearts that were fussy cut from the Scattered Hears stamp.

From my heart to yours, thanks so much for visiting today!
Karin

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