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, December 6, 2016

Roof Tops

Hi Everyone, 

There hasn't been a dull moment around my house for the past few days.  Everything from minor illness, to a pet emergency, to car problems and broken things around the house.  All while having the extra busyness of the holiday season.  Never a dull moment. 

That's why I chose to share my simple, calming cards showcasing the great new holiday stamp, Christmas Rooftops.  With the smoke coming out of those chimneys, I just imagine everyone inside those homes relaxing, reading and sipping hot cocoa :) And not having a care in the world :)

I just stamped and colored the image adding a snowflake border, and used my stamp a ma jig to position the All is Calm Greeting at the bottom.



To jazz it up a bit, I hit all the roof tops with my glitter glue to finish it off.


I love the stamp so much I went ahead and made a second CAS card.  This time I stamped the houses  along the bottom and added some punched hearts to indicate the love flowing from my home to yours :)


And here's a close look at the From My House at Christmas Greeting that was die cut and added with dimensional foam dots.


Here's wishing you peace in your little corner of the world.

Thanks for visiting!
Karin



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Santa

Hi Everyone!

I had such a fun time coloring up the new Santa with Puppy Christmas Scene stamp that was recently released here at DRS Designs.  It's a darling scene...I adore the Santa trying to shush the dog who's looking to play ball...lol!  After coloring and matting the stamp, I added some glitter to the garland and to the fur on Santa's suit.  I set it aside to dry and stamped my background papers using the Interlocking Snow Background in red and green ink.


 I attached the papers to the card base, adding a strip of yellow paper and a piece of ribbon to cover up where the two papers met. For perfect placement of the From My House at Christmas Greeting,  I used my 
Stamp-a ma-jig, and then attached the image.

Be sure to stop by the DRS Designs store to check out all of the holiday stamps!

Thanks for looking!
Karin 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Holly Days

Hi Everyone,

After a very mild fall in my part of the country, winter really came roaring in this weekend.  I definitely feel in the mood to show off some of the Christmas themed cards I've been working on.  

I colored up the Holly Jingle Bells stamp from DRS Designs, die cut it and matted it using my oval dies.  I added a dab of glitter glue to the berries and set it aside to dry while I began on stamping my background papers.  I always find it so satisfying to make custom, perfectly matched papers for a special project.

For the base background I used Easy Dot Background, stamping in dark red and green ink and then stamping on top of that using the Splatter Background in a yellow.  I then took those same ink colors and made a piece of plaid using the Woven Plaid Background stamp and added a punched border to it.  


I wrapped my background paper with a piece of matching ribbon, adding a button from my neglected button stash.  I then topped it with the plaid piece and adhered the image with dimensional tape.

I chose the new Holly Days Christmas Greeting and added that at an angle to finish off the card. 

Thanks so much for looking!
Karin






Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thanksgiving

Hi Everyone,

I can hardly believe that in the USA Thanksgiving is next Thursday!  I'm always happy when it rolls around, because it's one of my favorite holidays.  It's about nothing except being thankful and
eating :)

So in celebration of the season of gratitude, I chose some fall colored paper and made this card featuring the Psalm 100 Thanksgiving Greeting by DRS Designs, I die cut it and added some sponging to match. 


The background papers were made by stamping in matching colors, using the Silhouette Branch Background and the Fall Leaf with Acorn.  I added a strip that was embossed with a Darice Leaf embossing folder, and I embellished it with a couple of large brads.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Karin


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Peaceful Pine Cone

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs recently released this beautiful open lined Pine Cone with Bow stamp and my teammates colored up this stamp to total perfection.  You can click here here and here to be totally blown away and inspired by coloring supremacy :)

My card today shows that this image can be just as lovely by simply heat embossing it.  It also works well this way for mass producing your Christmas cards.  Have you started on that project yet?  I can hardly believe it's that time of year again!


Since I kept the design simple, after stamping and die cutting the Peace Heart and Home Christmas Greeting I layered it onto a mat, which was made by diecutting a piece of sticker paper and coating it in glitter.

I finished it off by adding a line of half pearls to add embellishment.  

Thanks for visiting and you can click here to check out all of the most recent holiday stamps here!
Karin

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Thanksgiving Blessings

Hi Everyone, 

Now that Halloween is officially behind us, it only seems fitting to showcase a Thanksgiving card on November 1st.  I just adore all of the colors associated with this time of year, so I colored up the new Cornucopia stamp from DRS Designs using my Copic markers.  I fussy cut it and then layered it onto a piece of brown card stock and fussy cut it once more, giving it a small dark mat.  

I took inspiration from the colors of the stamped image and made my own background.  Taking a piece of acetate I added some inks, spritzed them with water and then smooshed my paper onto it, giving it a watercolor effect.  



While the background was drying. I stamped the Thanksgiving Blessings in brown ink, adding a punched border to the strip.  When all seemed dry, and before assembling, I rounded the corners on all my card stock and created an embellishment of die cut leaves to finish it off.

Thank you so much for peeking in today!
Karin




Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Give Thanks

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs has some lovely stamps that were just released for the upcoming holidays.  For my card today I chose the lovely Wheat Give Thanks Greeting that features a lovely large wheat image.

To show it off, after stamping it I heat embossed and die cut it, layering it onto a background that was stamped with the Long Tall Wheat.  


For embellishment I added a printed ribbon, embossed a die cut leaf with glittery embossing powder and added a couple of photo corners that I punched from matching card stock.

Be sure to check out the current color challenge on the DRS Designs blog...Lots of great fall colors to inspire you to create :)   

 Hope to see you there!
Karin

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

S'mores

Hi Everyone,

I bought all of the fixings to make Smores last week, because I wanted to be ready to go the next time we have a bonfire.  I think I've eaten more of these tasty treats as an adult than I did as a child...lol!

Since I had them on my mind, I decided to ink up some of the marshmallow stamps from DRS Designs. I may use this to invite some friends over to join us for this fall tradition :)

My background was made using the Mini Marshmallow and the Splatter Background stamp using brown and orange ink.  I stamped and die cut the S'more Greeting, adding some yellow splatters on top,


Before adhering the sentiment panel at an angle, I added a strip of orange cardstock and along with the Smooshed S'more that had been fussy cut.

  Thanks so much for visiting today.

Karin

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Happy Fall

Hi Everyone,

I have a clean and simple card to share with you today, inspired by the colors of the changing leaves.  I'm finally starting to see some of those beautiful colors emerge on the tree tops!

Instead of stamping my background, I used some double sided tape and super fine glitter to add color in eye catching stripes. Then I dry embossed a punched circle and layered it with the Medium Silhouette Leaf stamped in red to match my card base.


I inked up only part of the Happy Fall Y'All Greeting for my sentiment and finished it off with three matching gems.

Thanks for visiting today!



Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Give Thanks


Hi Everyone,

Our current challenge at the  DRS Designs blog is Autumn Wonders, so I colored up the Simply Pumpkin for my card share today.  I fussy cut it and layered it onto a die cut square, and then stamped and matted the Give Thanks Bible Verse.  Setting those aside, I dry embossed my background panel and chose to add an Argyle patterned strip.  


 I stamped it with the Argyle Diamond to match the colors in my card,
 all the while thinking, I can't wait to start wearing my sweaters! I love argyles and plaid patterns for the fall season, both of which you can find in a stamp from DRS Designs :)

Thanks for stopping by!




Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Beware of Zombies

Hi Everyone,

I have a quick and easy card share to remind you to join us for our current Trick or Treat challenge  on the DRS Designs blog.  I colored up the Zombie Gal along with the Beware of Zombies Sign stamp and fussy cut them out.  Since I knew this card would be pretty plain, I stamped and colored a second sign post and layered it on top of the first to add a bit of dimension.  I attached these onto an embossed background of a haunted house.

Then I uploaded it to the blog, and I looked at it and thought, hmmmmm....It needs something.  


So I went back and added a few googly eyes to my die cut bats. That seemed to do the trick and make it more complete :).


Also, over the weekend I baked some mini pumpkin pecan loaves as a favor for my dinner guests to take home with them. I made my own tags by cutting a rectangle from some card stock, stamped and colored my Simply Pumpkin and used my corner punch and hole punch to make them look like tags, since I don't have a tag die that large.


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

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Zombies Rising

Hi Everyone,

It's official.  It's finally time for fall and Halloween in my house.  Any guess as to why I'm now prepared?  The answer is simple.  Candy corn...LOL!  I bought my first bag of the season, and I'm munching away as I type :-)  I know I've been working on making Halloween cards for a few weeks,  but things feel right with the world now that those sugary little nibs made their appearance in my house. 

For today's card I chose the Zombies Rising Halloween Greeting from DRS Designs that I die cut and matted using oval dies.  I wanted to embellish it with a rising zombie, so I stamped, colored and fussy cut the Zombie Crawler and attached him to the sentiment, making him look like he was crawling over it.  He still needed a little something extra, so I added some googly eyes for fun.


My background was created using orange, green and black ink and the Splatter Background stamp, which I layered onto an orange card base.  I added a strip of ribbon to a punched border and finished it off with a glittery button and a die cut spider.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day :)

Karin

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Remember the Ghoul Times

Hi Everyone,

When I started work on my card today, I knew that I wanted to incorporate into it, all three of the zombie images that were recently released at DRS Designs.  I tried stamping them and making a group a scene, but they weren't cooperating.  So, I grabbed some circle punches and relied on one of my all time favorite card sketches to make something worth showing off  to you :).  

I dry embossed my background and added a stamped graveyard strip at the bottom that matched the card base, covering up the seam with some black lace.



Then all I had to do was punch out my colored zombies and sentiment, attaching them with dimensional foam tape.

Here are links to all the stamps used on today's card, and be sure to check out our current "selfie" challenge!

Happy Haunting!
Karin

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Monster Hugs

Hi Everyone,

I have another creepy zombie card to share here today.  I wanted to use the fun Monster Hugs Greeting, and chose to pair it up with the new Zombie Hand Wave.  Doesn't it look like he's coming up to hug (or maybe grab and eat) you?!  

Since there is only the one hand, and it's the right hand once you stamp it, I used a reverse image stamp to give me the left.  If you don't have a reverse image stamp (and I don't) I simply stamped my image onto a clear block and turned that over and stamped it next to the other hand.  It does stamp lighter, so I just stamped it twice, (and it's easy to line up, because you can see through the clear block) and that seemed to do the trick.  Once I colored and die cut it, you couldn't even tell which is which. 


My background was created using the Spooky Tree Limb and I added the punched border of drippy goo to look like oozing blood.  Wow, I'm a little grossed out typing the end of that sentence...lol! 

Thanks for visiting us today!
Karin
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