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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.

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!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sketch challenge

Hi Everyone,
 
DRS Designs is the sponsor at Tuesday Morning Sketches this week and I finally got a chance to play along.  There are a few days left, so if you join in the challenge, you'll be in the running for a $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store.
 
Here is the sketch:
 
 
And this is my card:
 
 
These are the stamps used :
 
 
Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you get a chance to play along :)
 
 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In the Meadow

Hi Everyone,
 
I was searching through my stash of stamps from DRS Designs, looking for stamps that would coordinate with the newly released holiday stamps. Last week I used the Pine Tree Snowdrifts on my card, but I came across my Winter Trees stamp, and I knew it would help me create a little meadow scene as well.
 
 
After stamping the trees in brown dye ink, I nestled the little snowmen from the Christmas Village Four In One Accessories stamp in the distance, and used the Tiny Snowman stamp in the foreground
 
 
 
 
I then went back using the Pine Tree Snowdrifts stamp to add in the drifts. After colored my image, I added glitter glue to create some snow on the trees and highlight the drifts. I finished up the card by stamping the base using the Interlocking Snowflake Background stamp and the In the Meadow Greeting.
 
Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

From Our House to Yours at Christmas

Hi Everyone,
I've been loving seeing all the different cards being made with the newest stamps being released from at DRS Designs! Darling little stamps that when assembled together, make the most adorable little winter and holiday scenes. I love that you can use them individually too, and they combine with stamps in the current catalog...Bonus! Which leads me to my card today...
 
After stamping the Christmas Village House (117C), I used the Pine Tree Snowdrifts stamp to create the drifts. Then I went back using the Christmas Village Four in One Accessories (119D) stamp, adding a few more trees and a snowman.
 
 
 
 
I colored everything with Copic markers and highlighted the snow and roof top with some glitter glue. (If you click on the photo, that should give you a closer look.)
 
The new Christmas From our House (120C) greeting seemed perfect for this snowy cottage scene.
 
How's your holiday card making coming along? Our challenge this week on the blog is Big Chill.
If you make a card using "cold colors" or a cold theme, link up here for your chance at winning a great prize!
Stay co
ol :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Holiday Card & a Challenge

Hi Everyone,

 
It's Christmas in July time, and that means getting a jump on your holiday cards :) I love making Christmas cards, especially when I'm not stressed out thinking about how much shopping I need to get done. And it's a great way to cool off this time of year, even if it's just metaphorically.

 
This card is simple, made from pieces parts that I saved from last year. When I'm playing around getting ideas, I save all those things that I didn't use in my finished card. Since I had a finished piece of patterned paper made from the Woven Plaid Background Stamp, a colored up Reindeer Ralph, and a punched 1 Line Merry Christmas, this card made with DRS Designs stamps, came together in a jiffy.




All I did was add ribbon, gems and holly leaves, and some Stickles to his nose :)
Woo Hoo! First card of the year done! Only 50 more to go...lol. Small victories.

Oh, and if you want a chance to win a $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store, play along at the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge blog where DRS is this week's sponsor...Here is the inspiration photo:



Click here for all the deets!
 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hope

Hi Everyone,
 
I'm back from being on vacation. My husband and I took a trip up to Niagara on the Lake for the Shaw Festival and we had a wonderful time. The town is beautiful and the plays we saw were really great. While I always look forward to coming home, I don't look forward to making my own breakfast or my own bed :(
 
Anyway, back to real life...I wanted to show you another piggy card I made, however I have just now realized that I never took a photo of it, before I sent it off. See? This is how excited I was to get out of town! I have managed to scour the depths of my computer and found a card that I never got a chance to post. I think I was waiting for the calender to turn into October, and then just forgot. So this year it's just super early!
 
It's a simple, flat card that's easy to mail. Perfect for giving to someone who needs hope during their illness. Leave it to DRS Designs to have a stamp for every occasion :)
 
 
While I used a pink color combo for breast cancer, the Cancer Is...Greeting isn't specific, so you can tailor it to your individual needs. I also used the Support Ribbon stamp for the pink panel and added the Script Font to the background. Then I simply added a pink ribbon for embellishment.
 
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the summer!
 

Karin

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Delightful Surprises

Hi Everyone,
 
I'm finally showing off one of my pig cards made using the adorable Leonard Pig Behind the Bubble stamp from DRS Designs.  I love the look on his face, just peering out from behind the big bubble. It doesn't show up in the photo, but I fussy cut that part of Leonard, covered it in glossy accents and attached it with a dimensional dot. I was trying to simulate that distorted look you get from looking through something that isn't quite clear.
 
I dry embossed my background paper using a bubble embossing folder, and in keeping with the circle theme, I die cut my Delightful Surprises Greeting and covered it in Bubbles in a matching peach ink.
 
 
I added a strip of light blue paper and a couple of gems, just to anchor the image of Leonard at the bottom of the card. That seemed to do the trick when I was trying to balance out the card design, so no real fancy reason for that :)
 
Thanks and hope your day if full of delightful surprises!
 
 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Latest Buzz

Hi Everyone,
Today's card was made in support of the challenge that DRS Designs is sponsoring at Love to Scrap. The challenge is named Holey Cardstock, and we are to use a hole on our card where stamping is to show through. Isn't that fun?
I decided to go with a bee theme, and I punched holes in my top layer of card stock that was dry embossed and distressed. That gave me the chance to ink up Bitsy Bumble Bee and the
Honeycomb Design stamp, both of which fit perfectly in the 1 1/4" holes.
 
 
I finished it off my making a banner for The Latest Buzz greeting, and I added a few resin bee embellishments from my stash of craft stuff :)

Thanks for dropping by and be sure to check out all of the challenge details, (along with some great cards made with DRS Designs stamps!) right here!
 
Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

With Sympathy

Hi Everyone,
The current challenge at the DRS Designs blog is to make a card with a pet. While this one doesn't have the actual pet on it, it's pet related so I thought that would be good enough serve as a reminder to come and join the challenge :)
I used a paw print embossing folder for my background and added a stamped border made from the Dog Paw background stamp.

I used the new Furry Friend Sympathy greeting and Dog Bone for my focal point and decided not to embellish it any further. Yes, for once I didn't think it needed any glitter or gems :)



If you need some more inspiration, check out the DT cards and the challenge right here! Hope you get a chance to play.
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