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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, May 31, 2016

Sunrise Golfer

Hi Everyone,

The current challenge on the DRS Designs blog is "Play Ball", so I'm back today with another golf themed card!  I hope you have a chance to "get inky" and join us!

My card started out with me sponging that green and yellow background scene, so that I could add the Silhouette Male Golfer in the foreground.  Unfortunately, after stamping him I swiped an inky finger across the beautiful golden sky and ended up with a big black smudge that couldn't be camouflaged.  So, after shaking my fist in the air and a holding a minor pity party, I fished it out of the trash and decided it was an opportunity for creativity.  I cut him down and matted him in black.  I then stamped the Par-fect Golf  Birthday Greeting, cutting it down and matting it as well.  To match it up with the image, I stamped it with the Splatter Background stamp in yellow and green ink.

I embossed a bright yellow background, but it seemed too plain when I was piecing the card together, so I made a piece of patterned paper using the cut apart Woven Plaid stamp, using the same yellow, green and orange inks. You can check out this great tutorial here.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you at the challenge!
Karin

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Faith Hope Love

Hi Everyone,

I decided to make an inspirational card for my share today on the blog.  The beautiful 
Faith Hope Love (872E) stamp was recently released, and it can do double duty for Bible journaling or as a sentiment on a card of encouragement.  

I always think there's something soothing about a pink and blue sky, so I made my watercolor  background using blue, purple and pink ink.  Once it was dry,  I stamped some wispy grasses along the bottom using the Long Tall Wheat and Four Flower Background stamps.  I dyed a piece of seam binding and made a bow around the panel before attaching it to the card base and black layer.  

 The sentiment was stamped, colored with Copic markers to match and die cut.  I then covered it in heat and stick powder, so that I could coat the whole thing in transparent glitter.  Finally, it was adhered to the card using some dimensional foam tape. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a beautiful day :)
Karin

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

Hi Everyone,

My dad is a big golfer and he looks forward to the card that I make him for Father's Day each year, because he knows that it will feature his favorite hobby.  I love it too, because he's always amazed..."I don't know how you are able to make these things!" LOL!  Without DRS Designs, I couldn't :)  

I began by stamping Golfer Duff, coloring him with my Copic markers, die cutting and matting him.  The background was made using the soon to be released Everything Golf Background (834H) and the Argyle Background and Argyle Diamond using a dark and light green ink.  I added a plain piece of matching card stock to cover up where the two backgrounds meet and embellished using a couple of large silver brads from my stash.  

 
 The Small Happy Father's Day (827B) will also be released at the end of this week and that was stamped and colored in with a Copic marker to match the golfer.  I then used my circle punches to layer it up and attached it with a piece of dimensional foam tape. 

This also serves as a reminder that our challenge theme at DRS Designs is "It's A Guy Thing!" this week.  Link up your creation right here for your chance at winning a group of DRS Designs stamps!  

Here's hoping your day is "Par-fect"!

Karin
 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Hooked on You!

Hi Everyone,

My card today is made to remind you that the current challenge theme on the DRS Designs blog this week is distressing!  If you haven't joined us yet, I hope this inspires you to do so :)

I stamped the main image in Brown Versafine ink, coated it in clear embossing powder and heat set it, before tearing around the fish.  I added a bit of brown ink to the edges as well, to add to the distressed look.

The background was made by roughing up the edges of all the layers, and sending the embossed background though my machine in an inked up embossing folder,

Since the main background sort of  looked like a piece of distressed white washed wood, I added a stamped wood grain panel as well.  Below is the list of stamps I used:


To join in this weeks challenge, link up here. Happy Stamping!
Karin

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Pretty Kitty

Hi Everyone,

I've totally been into making animal cards these past couple of weeks.  Almost everyone I know owns either a dog or cat, so I figure a card starring Purr-fectly Comfortable Kitty is the image to use for a card for a girlie girl :)  I colored her up and fussy cut her, adding a second face on top with some dimensional foam tape. After this, I attached her to an embossed die cut oval. 

The background and top border was created using the Interlocking Star Background stamp, and I added a row of gems above the punched scallop edge.  The sentiment was cut out from the Cat's Meow Birthday Greeting.

For fun and a chance to win prizes, be sure to check out our challenges here every week on the blog!  Current challenge details right here!

Have a great day :)
Karin

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kitty trio

Hi Everyone,

I made this birthday card with my niece in mind.  She's definitely a cat lover and with her birthday coming up in the beginning of May I knew I wanted to use the cute Happy Cat Sitting stamp from DRS Designs to make her a card.  

I paired the image stamp with the Purrfectly Birthday Greeting by stamping it on the front of the the card panel.  After embossing it with a paw print embossing folder, I took my 1 1/4" punch and punched out 3 peek holes for the kitty cats.  I stamped the kitty three times and used a 1 3/4" punch to punch them out, positioning them behind the openings, changing up the directions they were looking out.  
 
  
 
 
Using a larger scallop and circle punch, I made some frames for the openings to give the card a more finished look, adding a bit of ribbon and a punched mini heart for embellishment.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is Purr-fectly wonderful too!
Karin

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

It's Five O'clock

Hi Everyone,

I'm excited to sit outside on my desk and soak in the sun and warmer weather, so I decided to make a card that celebrates kicking back with a frosty beverage :)  Summer can't get here soon enough for me...It was 74 degrees over the weekend and I literally saw a young gal washing her car in a bikini.  It's not just me, we're all excited for summer here in Ohio...lol! 

I started with the Margarita Glass stamp which was colored with Copic markers, fussy cut and embellished with some glitter glue as the stand in for a salted rim.  I stamped the Remember This and added three arrows from the 4 in 1 Arrows stamp.  After it was colored I used some punches and layered it up.  I paired that with the Five O'clock Somewhere Greeting, which was stamped and die cut. 

 

 I  stamped a matching border using the Polka Dot Background stamp and attached the different elements to the card using some dimensional tape.

Thanks for peeking in today!
Karin

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spring

Hi Everyone,

I know the calendar says that spring is here, it just doesn't feel like it outside.  I even had some snow this past weekend, so to cheer myself up, I used the Spring is Coming Greeting on my card today.  After stamping it, I used an oval die to cut and mat it, adding a bit of yellow sponged ink to give it a sunny look.

For my background, I used blue paper for the sky, stamped a row of greenery along the bottom portion using the Four Flower Stamp, and added a piece of green paper stamped with the Easy Grass Background which was adhered on top.  Finally I added a die cut fence on top of all of these elements.

 I added my sentiment and my die cut clouds, but it seemed to sparse, so I added a couple of birdhouses as well. I stamped them using Birdhouse Tree Branch and Single Birdhouse, colored and fussy cut them, attaching them to posts made from scraps of brown paper.  

Have you made a card using die cuts?  Well, that's our current challenge at DRS Designs, so link up! Check out this post for all the details.

Have a great day!
Karin

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spring is Coming

Hi Everyone,

I have a simple spring card to share with you today.  I've been working on doing some decluttering  at my home, and it spilled over into my card making.  I stamped and die cut my Spring is Coming Greeting, leaving some room at the bottom of my sentiment for some embellishment.  

Nothing says spring like some flowers, so I chose some bright cardstock from which to punch out 3 flowers to add to the bottom of the greeting panel.  I had an embossing folder with a similar flower pattern, so I used that for my background, and it gave me a matchy look.




I grabbed my square punches (1 1/4" & 1 3/8") and used those to add a row of matching colors along side of the greeting, placing a white flower in the center complete with a gem.

Be sure to join us for the weekly challenge at the DRS Designs blog every Thursday!  The current challenge is Spring!

Have a great day!
Karin


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Birthday Bees

Hi Everyone,

I couldn't resist making another bee themed card recently.  The Bee Happy Birthday Greeting is just so...well, happy!  I love that the greeting comes with that teeny tiny bee built right in :)

I decided to try and stamp on a light blue cardstock, which I was hoping would stand in for a blue sky.  I stamped the Beehive image, and after coloring it with Copic markers, it turned out well enough, that I added  some Bee Trails for extra interest. 
 
 
 
 I wrapped the image panel with some yellow ribbon and tied on a tiny tag that was stamped with Bitsy Bumble Bee and colored to match.  And it wouldn't be complete without some glitter added to the wings :) 

You can find all of these stamps at DRS Designs.  Have a great day!

Karin

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Faith

Hi Everyone,

Seeing that it's the week leading up to the Easter holiday, I thought I would show off a faith based card today that uses stamps from DRS Designs.  Originally I thought this could work as a sympathy card, something to offer hope at a dark time in someone's life, so I chose deep muted colors when designing it.

I stamped the Open Bible in brown ink and the I Am The Resurrection Greeting over it in navy blue.  I die cut it using rectangle and scalloped rectangle dies,  layering the sentiment panel on a script embossed  background.

The background panel was stamped using the Splatter Background stamp in the same brown ink and I stamped the Dandelion Puff a few times in blue. Stamping the flower once, and then again before re-inking it, is what gives it that subtle shadow effect.

 
All this was layered onto a navy blue card base and I added a matching bow. 

Thanks for visiting and if you celebrate, I wish you a Happy Easter!
Karin

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Bee Happy

Hi Everyone,

Here's a small peek at a soon to be released stamp from DRS Designs.  I love any and all bee things on greeting cards, and this Bee Happy Birthday Greeting (736F) is no exception.  How fabulous is it that the tiny bee within the sentiment, matches the Bitsy Bumble Bee and the Happy Bee stamps in the current collection?  Super cute :)  Those were stamped, fussy cut and glittered up before I adding them to the card with dimensional tape. And speaking of fussy cutting, be sure to check out our current challenge.  Fussy cutting is this week's theme!


For the background I used an embossing folder and the Honeycomb Design stamp, adding a black punched border for a bold look.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you join in our challenge!
Karin




Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Birthday Wishes

Hi Everyone,

While this looks like my simple standard card layout, technique wise, it definitely took me out of my comfort zone.  I recently bought a pad of watercolor paper, thinking this was what I was lacking for me to make a successful card using this technique.  While I do think the paper helped, at the very least, I need a lot more practice...maybe even art lessons...lol! 

I chose the Daisy Basket stamp because it's pretty and I thought it may be forgiving for a beginner like me.  I stamped it towards the top of my page, so that I would have room for the Small Birthday Wishes sentiment at the bottom, choosing the greeting purely because I thought the font worked with the watery coloring.

  
I did have a practice go at this image using my Peerless watercolors.  However, I was heavy handed when it came to the amount of water, so this second attempt was completed using Loew-Cornell watercolor pencils.  I did my coloring first and then went over it and did the blending using my watercolor brush pen.  I felt that it gave me more control, and I actually had to force myself to be a little loosey-goosey while spreading the colors. I did my best trying to add a shadow underneath as well.  Once it was dry, I added some glitter glue to the center of the flowers, roughed up the panel edges with some scissors and finished it off with a ribbon. 

This week DRS Designs is the sponsor at Cupcake Inspirations!  Join in the challenge using this inspiration photo, and you will be in the running to win a $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store!

Thanks for visiting us today!
Karin





Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Happy Easter

Hi Everyone,
 
  March is officially here and that means Easter is coming up soon.  Like end of this month soon...And I hope the weather is warm enough to see some early flowers popping up :)  If not, I can always rely on some lovely spring time flower stamps to bring in the cheer!  

I was going to feature the Happy Easter Cross on my card today, but I had also colored the Easter Lily and  Crosses Oval stamp.  Instead of using them separately, I worked it out and fit them both on the same card, using one as the sentiment.  The were both die cut and colored with different Copic markers, so I challenged myself to make a background that would tie the two together.  

I chose to make a splattered watercolor background using yellow, green and purple dye ink, by inking up a piece of plastic and spraying it with water.  I then smooshed my paper all over and let it dry before running it through my Cuttlebug in a dogwood flower folder.
 
 
 
I added a scrap of yellow card stock to the bottom and a purple ribbon covers up the seam.  I finished it by adding some glitter to the flowers and 3 matching gems.

Happy Easter & Happy Spring!
Karin
 
 
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