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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, August 13, 2019

Turkey Time

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to move on to making some fall themed cards, and I ended up going all in with this card, skipping right past early fall and Halloween, heading right on to November and the Thanksgiving holiday.  

Choosing to make a fun and funny card, I used the High Tailin' Turkey and the Turkey on the Run   Greeting, stamping and coloring them both and die cutting them together.  The rust colored background was made using the Medium Silhouette Leaf stamp


After attaching the die cut and adding a punched border, it was hard to see my leaf background, so I stamped and fussy cut a leaf as a fall embellishment.

It's hard to believe that summer is winding down, but I'm looking forward to all that fall has to offer.  And DRS Designs has lots of great stamps to celebrate the upcoming season!

Happy Stamping!
Karin 





Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Watermelon

Hi Everyone,

I'm still celebrating summer treats with my post this week.  Last week it was lemonade, and this week it's watermelon :) It's clean and simple, suitable for a friend or a thank you card.

I created the watermelon slice using my regular graduated oval dies, and a scalloped die for the bite.

Instead of making regular seeds, I used a heart punch to help convey my love ;) 


I stamped the greeting a few ants for embellishment along the bottom to finish it off.  

Here are links to the stamps I used from DRS Designs:
Splatter Background (It's hard to see, but I stamped the green portion of the melon)

Thanks for visiting, hope you're day is sweet!

Karin

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Lemonade

Hi Everyone,

Here's a refreshing card celebrating the summer season, and that favorite drink, old fashioned homemade lemonade.  Ahhhhh!  

I made a lemonade cup out of velum, sponged with yellow ink on the inside and a bit of glitter glue for a sugared rim.  

I stamped and heat embossed the Citrus Slice, cutting it in half and using one part for the drink embellishment.  


The background was created by stamping the Five O'clock Somewhere Greeting (for those who like adult lemonade perhaps!) and dry embossing over using a citrus embossing folder.  

I attached the glass, added a straw, die cut lemon and the second half of the citrus slice to finish it off.

Cheers to stamps from DRS Designs and the rest of summer!

Karin

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Bathing Beauty

Hi Everyone,

I feel like summer is in full swing, with lots of heat and sunshine in my home town, so while I don't live near an ocean, I do live close to one of the Great Lakes.  If you've never seen one of the 5 Great Lakes, this is a word of encouragement to visit.  They're almost like an ocean; they're so, so big.  And bonus...There are beaches, but no sharks :)))   

This beauty could be visiting any sandy shore in her cute bathing costume, and I thought she would be perfect for a bright, summer card.  After coloring up and fussy cutting the Frog Sunbather, I attached her onto an embossed and matted frame and created the backgrounds.




I stamped the yellow paper using the 4 in 1 Seashells and 4 in 1 Ocean Designs.  On the pink strips, I chose to use the sunglasses from the 4 in 1 Fashion Accessories to create a design.  I finished it off by punching out the Summer Story Greeting and adding it in between the patterned strips.  

Wishing you sunshine and smiles!
Karin



Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Twins

Hi Everyone,

What's better than Leonard Pig flying a kite?  Why, two Leonards of course!  He was the perfect image for an easy breezy summertime card :)

I stamped him twice and then added a couple of extra kites from the 4 in 1 In the Sky stamp.  After die cutting the image, I added some string to the two other kites to make it look like they were being flown from outside the frame.  



An embossed background and some ribbon were attached to the card base and I chose the punny Missing You Pig Time Greeting to finish it off.

 Check out DRS Designs for all of these stamps and so much more!

Hoping your day is a easy and breezy as this card! 
Karin

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Summer Time

Hi Everyone,

Sometimes I get overwhelmed with the idea of making an entire scene on a card.  The placement of everything, the thought of stamping all the bits, messing up just as I get to the end...Well, it's all too much for me. So, if you feel this way too, make a mini scene.  It's the perfect solution for me!  

I began by stamping the Lighthouse and then adding a sailboat from the 4 in 1 Ocean Designs.  I chose a die to cut it out, and then it was the perfect size to color up.


For the background, I simply copied the image, making sand (Splatter Background), sea and sky from different colored paper.  I added die cut clouds and used a circle punch for the sun. (Enjoy Today)

All of these stamps can be found at DRS Designs!
Happy Summer!

Karin

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

America

Hi Everyone,

Since we're getting ready to celebrate America next week, I thought I would make some patriotic cards for today's post, using stamps from DRS Designs.

I had yet to use the Camouflage Background stamp for it's intended purpose, so I stamped the background in various shades of green to create an Army fatigue look. Both the Soldiers of America Greeting and the Army Seal were heat embossed before I added them to the card, which I finished off with a few punched stars.


For this card I stamped the new Stars and Stripes Border twice, once in red and then flipping it around and stamping it in blue.  I attached a punched border to the border panel, and then to a piece of cardstock that was stamped with the Interlocking Star Background.  



Before attaching the Stars and Stripes Forever sentiment, I added a bit of glitter by way of double sided tape.  Again, a few punched stars were my embellishment of choice.

Thanks so much for peeking in today!
Karin



Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Pigs and Fish

Hi Everyone,

I've used many of the new recently released stamps on this first card today.  Patriotic cards always mean summer time to me, so I hope this little card wills mother nature to send me some sunshine...It's been grim and wet in these here parts :(

I knew when I received the new Made in the USA Circle stamp, that I wanted to do more than just use it on the back of a card.  I thought Leonard the Pig Billboard would be the perfect vehicle to show it off, so I stamped, colored and fussy cut him out, piecing on hat from the 4 in 1 Fashion Accessories stamp.

I colored and fussy cut the Patriotic Heart, covering it in some white, sugary glitter.  I layered it and the pig onto a die cut and embossed rectangle, adding a patriotic star for embellishment.



Using the Stars and Stripes Border, I stamped it onto the background and added a blue strip of cardstock that I dry embossed with stars.  For the sentiment, I stamped and cut apart the 
God Bless America, and adhered everything onto a Kraft colored base.


After being inspired by my teammates fishy cards over the past couple of weeks at DRS Designs, I'm finally adding mine to the blog. 

I began by stamping a blue background using the Bubbles stamp, and I stamped some strands of seaweed using the Four Flower Background stamp.  I made the sandy bottom by stamping with the 
Splatter Background stamp, and then tore the edges before adding it to the card.



I stamped, colored and fussy cut the creatures, adding some punched branches for seaweed and the Splish Splash Greeting, minus the water droplets. 

Here are the rest of the stamps used on this card:

To finish my card, I glued on some sequins to my ocean floor for a bit of shine. 

Thank you so much for visiting today!

Karin


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Summer Accessories

Hi Everyone,

One of my favorite card sketches came in handy to show off the "cutie-patooty" accessories from the 4 in 1 Fashion Accessories stamp.  I wanted it to be a summer themed card, so I colored all the images in a sunny yellow, and matted them onto scallop punch.



I chose an embossed sunray background, accenting the rays using the same Copic marker I used to color the stamped images.

The In the Accessories greeting seemed the perfect compliment to the fun images, so after die cutting it, I added some yellow ink to keep with the theme.

I hope you enjoyed this easy breezy card share today...
Summer is on its way!

Karin

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Animal Friends

Hi Everyone,

I have a couple of animal themed cards to share with you today and both of them use some of the new stamps that have been recently released at DRS Designs.

On my first card the animals are accessorized for summer using the 4 in 1 Fashion Accessories.  I stamped and colored Jimbo and the Gang and then added the fussy cut sunglasses, hat and bow tie.  I attached it to a base that was stamped using the Silhouette Leaf Background and created a sentiment for it by combining a couple of greetings, Jungle Out There and Flakey Friends Winter Greeting.


While this new background stamp is named Camouflage Background, I couldn't help but see cows when I looked at it.  I'm not sure what that says about me, since I'm nowhere close to being a farm gal!  If you're of a certain age, think Ava Gabor's character on the TV show Green Acres, and that's me :)

Anyhow, I stamped the camouflage in black and created a cow using my owl punch, a die cut oval, and googly eyes.  I wasn't able to piece together a sentiment, so I created one. It took me awhile, I was working on the word moo, but it wasn't coming together for me. Then I switched to the word cow, so I hope the pun comes across as a form of " How are you?" :)


Be sure to click on over to the new releases page at DRS Designs for all of these stamps and much more!

Have a great day,
Karin

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Missing You

Hi Everyone,

With Memorial Day behind us on the calender, it's the unofficial beginning of summer, so I have mini summer like scene on my card share today.  

Leonard, from the new Leonard Pig Flies a Kite stamp makes an appearance here.  I stamped multiple hot air balloons from the 4 in 1 In the Sky stamp to complete the little scene.  I embossed 1/2 of my background with kites, and added some die cut clouds to the blue half to mimic the sky.


For a sentiment, I stamped the new Missing You Pig Time inside one of the frames from the Wooden Frame Collection stamp, fussy cutting it and attaching as you see here. 

I needed to make a masculine graduation card, so I chose the Follow Your Dreams stamp for my main image, which I then colored, die cut and matted.  

Neutral colors are always more masculine to me, so I created the background using the Grad Hat Hooray and Splatter Background stamps in black and brown ink.


Before attaching the image, I added a strip of splatter stamped cardstock that was layered on to a punched border, and wrapped with some matching twine. 
 Again, twine more masculine than ribbon to me :)  And since the image has a sentiment right on it, I was able to call this card done!  

All of these stamps, and much more, can be found at DRS Designs!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Karin


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