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, October 23, 2018

Boo

Hi Everyone,

While I know the greeting on the card says, "Boo!," the ghosts are more in line with Casper the friendly ghost, so I kept the theme of the card cheerful.

I stamped, colored and die cut the Ghost Boo image, using various orange Copic markers on the image. I then used the colorless blender to make the designs some of the letters.  It simply moves/removes some of the ink when you use it to draw stripes or dots.  



The orange background was dry embossed using a pumpkin embossing folder (Provocraft) and the yellow paper was embossed using a spider web folder (Darice).  I wanted to add some matching embellishment, so I kept with the color theme of the card and stamped the Candy Corn Border a couple times.  I colored and fussy cut it and attached it, along with the image using dimensional tape.  
Thanks for stopping by today!
Karin

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Happy Halloween

Hi Everyone,

I have another Halloween card to share with you today and it's one for those folks that don't do scary or gory for Halloween.  Just cheerful fun!

I stamped and colored up the Fancy Pumpkin, embellishing the buckle with some glitter glue.  After fussy cutting it, I attached it to a couple of die cut circles, embossing one using a spider web embossing folder.


I created the backgrounds using the Spooky Eyes and Starry Background stamps and attached those to an orange card base.  

I stamped and die cut the Deco Happy Halloween, sponging on some yellow and orange ink to coordinate with the other card elements.  

Thanks for visiting today!
Karin

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Scary Skull

Hi Everyone,

I decided to pull out my glitter and embossing powders last weekend and get to work on some more Halloween cards. 

After making the Scary Skull into a Day of the Dead sugar skull here, I decided to stamp and heat emboss it for my first card,  I colored up the eyes, fussy cut it and set it aside as I worked on the rest of the card.

I dry embossed the background and made a border strip using the Scroll Corner Tile stamp to match, attaching it to the background.  Using red ink, I stamped the Bump Into Me Halloween Greeting, and I matted it to match the card base.  I added a strip of double sided tape to the bottom of the greeting and burnished it with some glittery flock.  It needed an embellishment, so I stamped, colored and fussy cut one Eyeball.   



After attaching the sentiment and image with dimensional tape, I added 3 square gems to finish it off.

I tried to do something different for my second card, and I chose a neutral color theme.  I stamped and embossed the Iron Fence and Gate on a piece of Kraft card stock.  Again, I added a piece of double sided tape and burnished it with some black and gold glitter.  I made my own Boo greeting using dies and square punches, and attached it all to a card base that was stamped using the
 Empty Spiderweb stamp.


Are you ready for Halloween? Be sure to visit the DRS Designs store for tons of stamps and inspiration!

Have a great day!
Karin

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Unexpected

Hi Everyone,

As soon as I saw the new Scary Skull stamp that was recently released at DRS Designs, my thoughts turned to a photo I took on vacation in San Diego.  I think it was somewhere in Temecula/the southern California wine country, that I snapped this:


I knew I wanted to take inspiration from it for my card...My teammate Nancy had the same thought, and made a fantastic Day of the Dead card in this post here.  I decide to go the colorful route, and stamped, fussy cut and decorated my skulls using these stamps and my own doodles:



I wrapped my embossed background with some printed ribbon and added the new 

I had originally made three skulls for the front, but what I had in mind didn't work out, (Plan A never works out for me!), so I brought the extra skull to the inside.


I finished it off using the new Deco Happy Halloween stamp and the Scroll Corner Tile stamp again. 

Spooky greetings to you and yours...
Have a great day!
Karin

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Halloweend

Hi Everyone,

Our weather has finally taken a turn...Why does 65 degrees in the fall, feel so much cooler than 65 degrees in the spring?  It must be the inevitability of winter, but I don't want to get ahead of myself.  After all, this is a post about Halloween cards!

This first card is on the spooky side, featuring a scene made with the new Iron Fence and Gate stamp.
I sponged the background using my ink pads, and then stamped the images on top. I left the sky area kind of blank, and added some more sponging after I stamped the Raven.  I colored it in with Copic markers and then filled the sky using the Accent Bats stamp.   I die cut the background scene using a Sizzix die and finished off the card using the new It's a Scream Halloween Greeting.


Here's a friendly Halloween card for my second share today.  I embossed the background with a spider web embossing folder, embellishing the raised web with some glitter glue. I stamped, colored and fussy cut the new Ghost Boo, cutting out one extra ghost. 



Once my background was dry, I attached a die cut banner that had my extra ghost attached, and attached my greeting up top.

Be sure to stop by the DRS Designs store to see all of these new stamps and many more, all celebrating the fun of Halloween!

Have a great day!
Karin


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Drink Up Witches

Hi Everyone,

I've got a sneak peek for you today!  DRS Designs has some super fun new Halloween stamps coming your way this week, and for today's card share,  I've paired one of them up with a few stamps from the current catalog.

The Drink Up Witches (721G) stamp is one of the newbies, and I stamped, colored and die cut it out, adding a black mat. I did the same thing using the Witch Feet stamp and set them aside while I embossed the background using a grapes embossing folder (Darice).  Since DRS Designs also has a 
Bunch of Grapes stamp, I stamped and colored up a strip that I bordered with some drippy green goo.  


I assembled the card and added some glitter to the drink and embellished the buckle on the witch hat using a gold gel pen. 

I carried the beverage theme to the inside of the card simply by using these two stamps:


Be sure to stop by the store for all the new releases on September 19th!  The Halloween season is upon us, so feel free to bust open that candy and start stamping :)

Have a great day!
Karin

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Fall is in the Air

Hi Everyone,

Boy did we experience a soaker of weekend. I didn't love the buckets of rain, but the cooler temperatures put me in a fall mood for sure.  

This first card was made in with my friend in mind.  She's moving to Minnesota for her job next month, so I thought the Barn Door would make a perfect fall new home card.  I stamped and fussy cut the door on Kraft cardstock, adding some color using Copic marker.  I also cut a sliver of black paper, to create a rail for the door to "slide" on. (It doesn't really slide... I did think about trying to make it do that, but couldn't really figure that out...lol!)

I attached it to and embossed leaf background embellishing the door with a sunflower spray, which was cut from the Sunflower Hurricane Candle stamp. 


I added the strip of sunflower ribbon to anchor the One Line Welcome Greeting that was die cut and sponged with green ink.

Did you know that DRS Designs has birthday greetings for every month of the year?  My cousin has a birthday this month, so I thought making a fall themed card using the September Birthday Greeting was the way to go.  I've mentioned in the past that I'm notoriously bad about cleaning up between my card making, so I had the negative portion of a die cut leaf sitting out on my table from last week.  I chose to use it as a stencil and made the leaf by sponging on red, orange and yellow ink.  I added the same ink to my greeting, along with a couple of smaller die cut leaves. 


To finish it off, I rounded all of the corners of my card and added a few matching half pearls.  

Thanks for visiting today!
Karin


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Evolution of a Card

Hi Everyone,

Once the calendar changes to September, and there being back to school, football and the ubiquitous pumpkin spice, I quickly fall into line and want all things to be autumnal.  Including my cards.  I pulled out my fall stamps and tried to get creative.

 It all began with my stamps from DRS Designs...

I die cut a leaf out of a die cut square, replacing that big leaf with a leaf that was stamped using the Medium Silhouette Leaf in various fall colors.  I added the Small Autumn Greetings to the leaf and set it aside as I worked on the background. Using the same stamp pads, I made a splatter background using a wet paint brush, and added a die cut vine and pumpkin.  I wrapped that background with a gauzy orange ribbon and assembled it, attaching the leaf panel I made using some dimensional foam tape.



I thought it was too hard to read the greeting among the busy leaves and I wasn't sure about the gold, so I die cut another square.  I stamped that, keeping more white space and made sure I stamped the most pale leaf in the center, leaving a spot to put my greeting there.  


It was still too hard to read the greeting, so out came my square punches, and this is what I finally ended on:


It's not the super creative, out of the box masterpiece that I had visions of in my head, but then rarely do my cards end up that way anyhow...lol!   I keep looking at that first card, trying to figure out if I could have maybe changed the frame color, or placement of the greeting, or...?  Oh well, that's the creative process and frankly part of fun of card making.

Thanks for stopping by the blog...

Wishing you all things inky and stamp-y!

Karin



Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Cowboy Hats

Hi Everyone,

I purchased a few new to me embossing folders a while ago, and these western inspired stamps have finally allowed me to use them.  I colored up the Cowboy Cactus image and matched that up with my cactus embossing folder.  The bandana in the image could easily have a paisley pattern, so I made an extra background panel and embossed that too.  


Since the cactus was festooned with assorted cowboy garb, I decided to interpret it,  that the partyers discarded their stuff any which place on their way home :)  I inked up the end portion of the 
Saddle Up Birthday Greeting and used a speech bubble to add to the whimsical nature of the card.  

And I used the beginning birthday part inside, along with the Yee Haw from the 
Western Word Square, adding a couple of saddles and spurs from the 4 in 1 Cowboy Gear.  



I wanted to highlight some of the great phrases on the Western Word Square, so I selectively inked up a few and layered them up using my circle punches. It needed a cowboy element, so I chose to stamp the hat, and added all of them to an embossed mustache background.  



A punched star border was added to anchor the elements and fill in the space along the bottom of the card. 

Yee Haw!  Thanks for stopping by today!
Smiles and Hugs!
Karin  

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