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 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!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


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!


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!

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!


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 :)

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!

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!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Hi Everyone!

While Easter has come and gone, I still had one last card that I didn't share here yet, and since it's very spring themed, I thought I would sneak it in.  I think if you change up the sentiment stamp, it could be a sweet little friendship card for your bestie :)

I colored and fussy cut the Easter Sleepover stamp from DRS Designs, and adhered it onto a layered die cut circle.   For the background I used the Spring Crocus stamp, and only stamped the flower portion around the top and bottom of the paper, coloring it up using the same coordinating markers. I'm pretty sure those flowers don't come in pink, but I have it on good authority that creativity is allowed when making cards :) :) :) 

The sentiment was the top portion of the Celebrate Easter Celebrate Christ stamp, which I die cut and matted before adding it to the card. 

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter Blessings

Hi Everyone,

Since Easter Sunday is this weekend, I thought I would share a few Christian themed cards on the blog today. 

For my first card, I used the lovely Blessed with Gifts Easter Greeting and layered it onto an embossed, dainty looking Swiss dot background.  The bottom portion of my background was made using matching colors and the Woven Plaid background stamp.

The image Easter Lily and Crosses Oval was also colored to match, and then I fussy cut it so that it could be adhered to the card.
Lastly, I added a die cut vellum flower with a gemstone center.

These next two cards were pretty simple to make, but I just loved the sentiment of the featured greeting so much, that I wanted to show it off twice :)

I used two embossing folders for this card and added a ribbon to cover up the seam, along with some glitter glue in the center of the flowers.

And for this last one, I used the same embossing folder, but I left the bottom portion plain.  I got out my scallop punch for that bottom edge, and also added a strip of glitter embellished double sided tape.  After die cutting and matting the same greeting I added an embossed cross (Darice)  that I stenciled with matching ink.  

Here is the link to the Celebrate Easter Celebrate Christ Greeting and the Three Wooden Crosses from the above card.

Hope your day is filled with the blessings of Spring!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Happy Easter

Hi Everyone!

Are you as ready for spring as I am? I say it's high time for all things flowers, bunnies and eggs!  So, that's just what I used on my card today :)

I started by coloring up the new Sneaky Bunny Flower Pot image from DRS Designs, die cutting, matting it and adding a little glitter glue embellishment.  I think that little bunny is just too cute!  It's totally my favorite thing about the whole card...lol.  For the background, I used a piece of lavender card stock and my Darice Easter egg embossing folder, which I added to a light yellow card base.

I added a strip of orange flower embossed card stock, that I layered with a punched border and lace.  I did all of this to match my image and added the Happy Easter Everybunny greeting to finish it off.

I know I've said it in the past, but I love me a good punny card any day of the week!

Here's hoping the Easter bunny brings you lots of sweet treats :) :) :)


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Super Woman

Hi Everyone,

It's fun to use stamps in multiple ways, and here I've used the Tired Walking Woman for both a Mother's Day card and also a birthday card.  

I stamped both the image and Super Tired Greeting and then die cut and colored her up using Copic markers.  I used an embossed flower background and accented it with a strip stamped with flowers from the Four Flower Background stamp.  

I finished it off with a few resin flower embellishments. 

Here I made an over the hill birthday card in a simple black and white color combo.  I made a little scene using the Winter Trees and RIP Tombstone stamps and a portion of the Over the Hill Greeting.

And here's the inside finishing off the card with the second half of the greeting and the tired woman.

Sometimes all you need is some great stamps to make a successful, simple card!

Thanks for peeking in today!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dance Your Heart Out

Hi Everyone,

As soon as I saw it, I couldn't wait to color up this cute little Ballerina stamp from DRS Designs.  She's just precious!

After making a line of dancers on this card here, I decided to feature her on stage, doing a little solo dance.  I began by using the Wood Grain Background stamp to create the floor and I just stamped her right on top.  I colored her using Copic markers and then took a couple of post it notes and masked off the top and side of the card.  Sponging on some yellow ink, I created a little spotlight to highlight her dancing.  I removed the masking and stamped the Dance Your Heart Out Greeting in the spotlight too.

Here is the close up of the glitter I added to her tutu.  I figured the spotlight had to be making something sparkle :)

I finished the card by layering it onto a pink base and rounding the opposite corners for a little extra interest.  I was feeling all good about this card, and I do still like it due to the whole adorable dancer, but leave it up to one of my design teammates to take the stage concept to another level by making curtains on her card!  If you missed it, you can see her amazing creativity here!

Thanks for dropping by today!

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