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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, October 21, 2014

Friendship Quilt

Hi Everyone,
 
I'm pleased to show you my most recent card made with using the Designer Quilt Square from DRS Designs. I started by stamping some squares on white paper and then coloring them with a red & pink Copic marker. After fussy cutting them, I decided they looked a bit plain, so I embellished them with stripes and dots.
 
Wanting to pair it with the new Good Friend Warm Quilt Greeting, I chose an embossed heart background and decided I needed a few extra hearts. I colored and cut out the hearts from the
Heart Swag Snowman stamp, and added them to the centers of my quilt squares.
 
 
The greeting was die cut and attached with dimensional foam dots and I added lace, twine and a red flower shaped gem to finish it off.
 
Karin

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thanksgiving

Hi Everyone,
 
My card today shows off a couple of new stamps that were recently released at DRS Designs! They celebrate the fall season as well as one of my favorite holidays...Thanksgiving :)
 
I began by coloring my Indian Corn using my watercolor brush. Deciding to not use my Copic markers was definitely out of my comfort zone, but it allowed me to give the corn a softer look. I was pleased with how easy it was to do. While I was waiting for my image to dry, I stamped the Giving Thanks Greeting on kraft paper, die cut and matted it. I stamped a bit of the Woven Plaid in orange & brown, because it reminds me of a Thanksgiving tablecloth.
 
I embossed a leaf background panel and then began assembling my card, tying on a ribbon to match my corn, adding the punched photo corners, and finally attaching my fussy cut corn.

 
Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Leaves are Falling...

Hi Everyone,
 
I know that the calender tells us when fall officially arrives, but for me, it's always when the rakes come out! Luckily my work load is a bit lighter this year, due to the fact that I had two large trees cut down in my front yard this summer. Yay! I'm looking forward to admiring the beauty of the fall colors, while not dreading the yard work :)
 
For today's card I made a background using the Open Leaf stamp in multiple fall colors. I knew I wanted an orange base, so I colored the Large Scarecrow keeping that color in mind. I stamped the Autumn is Calling Greeting in navy blue to match the matting of my background paper, and added some sponging and a few leaf brads.
 
 
 
I finished the card it by fussy cutting my scarecrow and attaching it.
 
Check out all of the new fall stamps available at DRS Designs by clicking here!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Beauty of Autumn

Hi All!
The leaves are starting to change colors here in Northeast Ohio, and the reports have been that they are on schedule to be extra vibrant this year. Our current challenge at the DRS Designs Blog celebrates this beautiful time of year, so I hope you can join us with your lovely, leafy creations!
My card today was made by stamping the Script Font Background on white card stock and using a square die to cut it out. Then I stamped the Medium Silhouette Leaf in Versamark and heat set it with clear embossing powder. Taking a few sponges, I inked over the leaf with bright fall colors and added the 1 Line Beauty of Autumn sentiment, adding the same sponging to match.



I layered the image and sentiment onto an embossed leaf background and added matching ribbons and metal leaf embellishment.
Thanks for stopping by and link up your leaf card here for a chance at a great prize!

Karin

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Moonlight and Magic

Hi Everyone,
 
I have a simple DRS Designs Halloween card to share with you today. Nothing fancy, just a bit of sparkling embossing powder and some yellow glitter glue (scored in the sale bin for .25...Yay me!) to make it festive.
 
I stamped the Silhouette Spooky Village in Versamark and black ink, heat embossing it with the glittery powder. The stamp has a few bats flying around the houses, but I decided there needed to be more, so I used the Accent Bats and added them to the neighborhood.
 
After stamping the Moonlight and Magic Greeting, I die cut it with my Oval Spellbinders die, and highlighted the sentiment with some blue ink to match my night time scene. I attached it to my card using some dimensional foam tape.
 
 
 
 
To keep the card on the friendly side, I added Spencer The Not So Spooky Ghost which I cut out of vellum, and lastly came the yellow glitter glue. Spencer was added to the back of the sentiment, by only his right corner, to make him look like he's floating :)
 
Thanks for peeking in today!
 
Karin

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Spooky Eyes

Hi Everyone,
 
I've mentioned before that I save pieces parts that I've stamped or colored, that for whatever reason never made it on a card. Well, I came across one of these Eyeballs from DRS Designs and went to toss it, but then I remembered this new Bump into Me Greeting. What if these spooky eyeballs belonged to some unknown creature of the night? Yep, I sure wouldn't want to bump into to it!
 
 
So crazy, right? You just never know where or when inspiration will hit! I just used some paper in Halloween colors, a drippy goo punch, distressed embossing folder, colored up another eyeball and added a strip of green glitter. Voila, a flat, easy to mail Halloween card was done as simple as that! A card inspired by an eyeball....Now that's a first for me!
 
Thanks for the visit!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

If the shoe fits...

Hi Everyone,
 
Have you joined in our weekly challenge recently? It's a fun way to build up your stash of cards, as well as having a chance at winning a prize from DRS Designs. This week the challenge theme is "Hot Trends, Sequins and Gems". All the cards from the design team, as well as specific details, can be found on this post here, so be sure to check it out!
 
My card today features patterned papers made using the Woven Plaid stamp in Halloween colors. I decided to combine the new If the Shoe Fits Greeting with the Witchly Accessories stamp. I stamped my image first and then fit the sentiment in at an angle. After die cutting it with my Spellbinders rectangle die, I stamped in a few of the Tiny Bats to fill in the blank spots.
 
 
I attached the image panel with some dimensional dots and added a few lines of gems to fit the challenge theme.
 
Thanks for visiting us here on the blog...Hope to see you at the challenge!

Karin

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Don't Bump Into Me

Hi Everyone,
 
The current challenge on the DRS Designs blog has the theme of "It's Give Me the Creeps!", so we're hoping you join us with your creepy, crawly and/or scary cards! You have a little more time to link up your card here, and the winner will be announced on Thursday, along with our next challenge theme.
 
I was getting tired of using the typical Halloween colors on my most recent cards, so I decided to mix things up and use neutral colors and a monochromatic color scheme.
 
On the background I stamped the Spooky Eyes in Versamark, and the new Spooky Tree Limb (136F) along the side in black ink. The new Bump Into Me Greeting (149G) was also stamped in black, and then I used the Accent Bats in Versamark on top. The sentiment was die cut and my Mummy was stamped and fussy cut and added to the card with some foam tape.
 
 
 
 
Of course I felt like I need something in my empty corner, so I fished a piece of twine behind my mummy and added a black button.
 
Hope to see you at the challenge!
 
Good Luck :)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Challenge Time!

Hi Everyone,
 
I have a couple of challenge cards to share with you today.  The first is for the challenge at the
DRS Designs blog, where the theme is "It Gives Me the Creeps!"  So join us with your creepy or scary cards and link them up for your chance at $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store.
 
My card features the soon to be released Halloween Stamps, The Raven and Spooky Tree Limb.  Both of these images were embossed, though I don't think it shows up in the photo.
 
 
The background was made using the Woven Plaid and I finished it with the Tiny Happy Halloween.
 
For a second chance at a 10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store, join the Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge where DRS is the sponsor this week!
 
The challenge there is Beautiful Blooms...
 
 
Here I used the Dogwood Branch and then added the ATC to a card.
 
 
The patterned paper was made using the Large Original Plaid and I added the sentiment
Birthday Wishes to finish this second card off.
 
Thanks for visiting and hope to see you at the challenges!
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The witch is always in!

Hi Everyone,

 
DRS Designs is getting ready to release some great stamps for the Halloween holiday and I'm featuring the new Witch Feet (140H) on my card today. A witch is such a classic Halloween costume, but I never dressed up as one when I went trick or treating as a child. Ragged black clothes and a green face, just wasn't my thing. And it's still not. See her orange dress and glittery, purple boots? Who says a witch can't be fashionable...lol.




The image was die cut and layered onto a background made by randomly stamping the Empty Spider Web in black ink. I added a die cut spider, a few orange half pearls and The Witch is Always In greeting to complete it.
 
Sadly, it's rare for me to dress up anymore. Maybe I need to consider getting an outfit like this :) What about you? Do you still dress up for Halloween?
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Karin

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Autumn Leaves

Hi Everyone,
 
I'm really enjoying making fall themed cards lately, and due to the color combos, I think it's my favorite time of year for crafting :)
 
My card today is simple, and I think it can be used for an ordinary hello all the way to Thanksgiving itself. I love to have cards like this in my stash!
 
I began with a pumpkin colored base card, and and layered on a piece of patterned paper made using the Original Plaid stamp in green and brown ink. I added some die cut and embossed leaves in fall colors, along with the stamped and punched sentiment, Autumn Greetings.   
 
 
 
 
 
Before attaching all my pieces, I tied on a pumpkin charm using a piece of rustic twine. All the goodness of fall, right on one card!
 
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out birthday challenge on the DRS Designs blog!
 
Karin

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Autumn Greetings

Hi All,
 
It's hard to believe that summer is winding down, the time always goes too fast for me! While I look forward to all the things that fall holds, (crisp air, pumpkins, apples, wearing sweaters, etc.) I think that it doesn't last long enough either :)
 
 
So to slowly usher in the thought of moving to another season, I'm sharing an autumnal card today, made with stamps from DRS Designs. I thought I'd feature a couple of those favorite things I mentioned above. Since it give a fabric like look when you stamp with it, I used the Woven Plaid stamp for my background, just to give a nod to those warm sweaters I love. And nothing says fall more than a juicy apple! The Apple Trio all colored up and fussy cut, looks good enough to eat!
 
 
 
 
I stamped a strip of Open Plaid and added it along one side, and the Small Autumn Greetings, which I circle punched, serves as my sentiment. I also added a metal tab to the corner for another bit of red embellishment on the card.
 
Hope you enjoy your day!
Karin


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Holiday Cards

Hi Everyone,

 
My designs teammates here at DRS Designs have been hitting it out of the park with their creative card designs lately. Check them out here, because they have been wowing me big time!

 
We have been having so much fun with the Christmas stamps that make all sorts of wintry village scenes. I just love the Christmas Village Pond and Bridge on my card today. I stamped it first and then added some trees using the Pine Tree Snow Drifts stamp, and the Christmas Village Four in One Accessories. Not only does this stamp have trees, but it also includes the snowman, and the tiny skaters. Don't they look like they are practicing their routine for a pairs skating competition? So cute!





I stamped the Christmas Village Church and colored everything with Copic markers and added some glitter glue on the bridge and church and glossy effects to the ice. I die cut the edge of my card and stamped the base using the Snow Background stamp. I finished it with some twine and the Small Merry Christmas greeting which I also edged in glitter.
 
I also have a quick second card to share. DRS Designs is the sponsor at Send a Smile 4 Kids this week. It's a group that collects and sends cards to ill children. I know you won't be able to resist playing along with the easy theme of CAS for Kids! A worthy cause, and you will be in the running to win a DRS Designs prize.
 
My card: 
 
 
 
Made using the following stamps:
 
Here's hoping these cards put a smile on your face today!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Simplify Christmas

Hi Everyone,

 
I have another Christmas card to share with you, and I was so happy to be able to use the Simplify Christmas Greeting on my card, as it's one of my favorites for the season from DRS Designs!

 
The Christmas Village Church was stamped, colored, embellished with glitter glue and glossy accents, and finally punched out and set aside to dry.

 
I used the Splatter Background and the Christmas Village Four in One Accessories stamp to make the snow on the red background and dry embossed the snowflakes on the bottom blue card stock. I added a matching ribbon and die cut some snowflakes for embellishment and the layering of my image.



Have you had a chance to play along in our current "Inchie" challenge? Find out all the details here!
 
Good Luck and have a great day!
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