Welcome!

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 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
 
 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Know Jesus Know Hope

Hi Everyone,

My card today features a couple of the newest stamps recently released here at DRS Designs and they're perfect for a faith based Easter card.  I can't believe I'm already working on Easter projects, but with the holiday is coming up next month, the day will be here before we know it :)

I stamped and colored the Know Jesus Know Hope Greeting. die cutting it and layering it onto a matching panel that was stamped using the Splatter Background stamp.  For one of the embellishments, I used the Small Easter Cross, which I stamped, colored and fussy cut before attaching it to the panel along with some gems.






Since the cross was wood, I used the Wood Grain Background stamp to make everything coordinate, adding the lace border to finish it off. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Karin

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lime Green Irish Blessing

Hi Everyone,
 
I had a few scraps and pieces of neon green paper in my stash, so I thought I would use them up on my St. Patrick's Day card for today's post.  While I associate Kelly green with all things Irish, this bright green seemed like it would make a cheerful, sunny card  :)   It also gave me the chance to use my neglected Color Box Lime green ink pad on my background that I made using the Small Shamrock Group.

I broke out my Woven Plaid background stamp and used that for my accent piece, which I die cut and layered using my Rectangle dies.
 
 
After I stamped the Blessings Outnumber Greeting, it was also die cut and matted, and I added the same background shamrocks stamped in grey ink. Before I adheared it to the card base with foam tape, I did a bit of sponging with the same lime green ink.

Thanks for visiting and you can check out our latest challenge at the DRS Designs Blog!  Hope to see you there :)
Karin

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hi Everyone and Happy Groundhog's Day!
 
No groundhogs on my card, but I am going to use it to remind you to pop over and join our weekly challenge where the theme is "Sparkle and Shine."  I do have a few gems on the card that stand in for the shine part of the challenge, but after I took the photo, I went back and added a bit of glitter glue to my pot of gold portion of the Sean and the Rainbow stamped image.  What was I thinking? It's not like me to miss a chance to add some bling to one of my cards...lol!  Otherwise, my image was colored in with Copic markers and die cut and matted using my rectangle dies.  

The background was created by dry embossing the top portion and stamping along the bottom half with the new Tall Shamrocks (681G), which I colored in to match my image panel.  I added some twine to cover up the seam and attached the image with some dimensional tape.


There wasn't much room left for a sentiment, so I went with the Tiny St. Pat's Day.  It was the perfect size for being able to layer up using some circle punches.

Here's wishing you a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Less Troubles

Hi Everyone,

I thought I would take a break from making Valentines and share a St. Patrick's Day card today.  It features the Trouble Be Less Greeting, which I'm sure is Irish, but could really be used for any themed card.  I mean, who can't get behind a sentiment that wishes you less trouble, right? :) :) :)

I began with a square 4 1/2 inch card made out of green card stock and stamped the background with the Shamrock Background stamp, using white craft ink.  I made a frame using a piece of white card stock and the Shamrock Vine Corner stamp, die cutting a window out of the center.  I adhered it using some dimensional foam tape and colored in the tiny shamrocks around it.
 

 I matted my sentiment and added a Silhouette Clover stamped it a lighter green ink and a bow, attaching it to the center of my card with some more dimensional tape.    

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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