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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, February 25, 2020

May there be gold...

Hi Everyone!

It was glorious this past weekend for me; loads of sunshine and temperatures in the low 50's.  A true gift this time of year and I'm counting down the days until spring!  Until then...

I'm still ushering in St. Patrick's Day with my card share today.  It's pretty self explanatory.  Here are the stamps I used:



I had the sentiment already die cut, from a project that I didn't finish last year.  I added some sponging to it and then played off the word rainbow, and added a row of rainbow colored clovers.  

Be sure to order your new stamp catalog today!

Happy Crafting :)
Karin





Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Happy Easter

Hi Everyone!

If you feel like you've seen this card before, it's because the one I made last week is very similar.  I decided to use this image for my Easter dinner invitations, so I stamped and die cut a whole bunch.  I thought I would make them as I felt led, rather than all at once.  I get so easily bored doing them assembly line style, so my goal is to try and vary things up after this.  My main goal is always flat and easy to mail :)



Here are the stamps used in the making of:

I added the row of gems for a bit of embellishment and called it done. 

Thanks to you for stopping by today!
Karin

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Two Plaids

Hi Everyone,

As shown by the themes of my cards today, I'm ready for spring!  I say, bring on the sunshine, flowers and all things cheerful :)

My two holiday cards, showcase a couple of plaids that I made using background stamps from DRS Designs.

Here the framed panel was made using the Open Plaid, along with the Small Happy Valentine's Day Greeting.  


My Easter card has a panel that was made using the Large Original Plaid in yellow ink.


The other stamps used are:

You'll want to check out the DRS Designs store right now, because there's a list of retiring stamps.  You don't want to miss out on anything that's been on your wish list!

Sending you sunshine and smiles!
Karin






Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Hogs & Kisses

Hi Everyone,

I really have a hard time complaining about the Cleveland weather this year.  Yes, it has been cold.  Yes, it has snowed.  And boy is it grey and gloomy.  However, I'm not buried and it isn't below zero, so I will take it :).  I've got my eye on the prize...Only 52 days until spring!!  Until then, I'll keep my self warm and cheerful with stamping Valentines.

I chose Leonard Pig Rose Offering stamp because he's so dang cute, and I stamped, and die cut him, layering him behind some heart shaped frames.  It was only when I went to color the image did I realize, I used the wrong ink.  Versamark tends to bleed into alcohol markers, so I tried to heat set it, and carefully color between the lines on the roses.  I was too unsure about going further and totally messing it up, so I decided this is what it would be, and design around it.  


I created the background using the Splatter Background stamp and red and pink ink. I had my "hog", I just needed my kisses.  Using my lips embossing folder (Darice) that I embellished with pink ink, I added a black lace border to match up with the image.   

To finish the card, I attached the Hogs & Kisses Greeting and the main image using some dimensional foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by...HOGS & Kisses!


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Valentine Cards

Hi Everyone,

I have a ladybug embossing folder (Darice) in my stash that I've never used.  Until today! I was really happy that it made such a great background for this darling little Love Bug stamp.  Her adorable little face just makes me smile :)

For the strip of patterned paper along the side, I made it using the following stamps:

Easy Dot Background (black ink)


And I added the Love Bug Hug Greeting to complete my valentine.

Since that card went so quick, I decided to make one more.  This time I utilized my candy hearts embossing folder (Darice) and made a strip of paper using the Silhouette Love Heart, to mimic the look of the conversation heart background.


I used the same border punch as on the first card and completed it using the My Heart To Yours 
stamp and adding a tiny die cut heart to the greeting. 

Wishing you a day of love and STAMPING!

Thanks for visiting!
Karin




Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Love You More

Hi Everyone,

I hope the new year is treating you well and that you're back into a daily routine.  For me, it was great to get back into my stamping corner and make my first Valentine of the year.

I was trying to think outside of the box, and decided to make Valentine's day tic tac toe.  I'll let you decide how successful I was, because to me, the concept seemed cuter in my head :)

Anyway, I dry embossed the background with hearts and used some black gems to make the tic tac toe.  I then stamped the Hugs and Kisses Valentine Wishes a few times and fussy only the words, attaching them in place of the X's and O's. 


I chose the Love You More Greeting and attached the Small Silhouette Heart with some dimensional foam tape for embellishment. 

I hope you find some time to relax and stamp this January!

Thanks for stopping by,
Karin

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year

Hi Everyone,

These cards are made with the holiday revelers in mind.  I always think of sparkle when it comes to New Year's Eve, however, it's going to be a quiet one for us this year.  My mood is more pj's than confetti ;)

Since I equate this holiday with gold and silver, I grabbed my double sided tape and glitter to create the background.  All that was left to do was add a sentiment (365 Days of Happiness), to which I added a glittery mat. This card was simple to make, just a bit messy.



Here I created a background using Interlocking Star and Splatter Background stamps.  I colored up the Wine Glass from the Pour Me Bottle and Glass stamp and die cut and matted both, embellishing them with some glitter glue.


I added a row of gems and some die cut letters for a sentiment, attaching them in what I hope is a celebratory fashion.

Have a happy and safe New Year!

Karin

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Tags



Hi Everyone, and Happy Christmas Eve!

I feel ridiculous sharing these tags, but these are the last Christmas items I made.  And I use the term "made" loosely.  I was nearing the end of my wrapping, and needed a few more tags, so I chose to embellish some store bought ones from my stash.  


This tag was an extra in the pack, just plain, with no cute Santa, or snowflake or anything like the others. It had a nice gold edge, so rather than toss it, I stamped it with Percy Penguin and the


And this one came with a glittery tree, so I added the 1 Line Merry Christmas myself. 


Didn't I say they were easy?  Stamps always save the day! 

Here's wishing you a wonderful holiday...

Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Karin

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Red and White

Hi Everyone,

It's feeling like crunch time in my house, so I'm thinking what Christmas cards I do have time to make, will be of the simple variety.

Here's one that has minimal stamping and a few die cuts to make it happen.  I created the white tree by stamping the underneath layer using the Snow and Starry Background stamps, using red and pink ink.  I die cut the tree out of the top layer and sent the tree through my snow embossing folder, adding some glitter glue for sparkle.


I stamped the peace on earth portion from the Three Wise Men Peace stamp and punched it out to make it look like a moon.  After then gluing on my tree, it seemed off, so I added a die cut deer in white to add some balance to the design. 

If you are still working on cards like I am, be sure to stop by the DRS Designs store! Right now, Christmas stamps and background stamps are 20% off.

Ho, Ho, Ho!
Karin



Tuesday, December 3, 2019

From Our House

Hi Everyone,

Well, the holidays are now in full swing, and the shorter window between Thanksgiving and Christmas has really got me hopping to get things done!

Here's my latest card offering in the form of an easel card.  I stamped and colored the
 Christmas Rooftops along the bottom and added some falling snow by stamping the 
Snow Background in light blue ink.  Since it's all about love this time of year, I stamped the
Christmas From Our House Greeting in a die cut heart and added a mat.


That led me to simply stamp the Large Script Merry Christmas inside and add a punched border, using some of the smaller snowflakes to help keep the card open. 


Hop on over to DRS Designs to see all of these stamps and much more!

Tis the season to be stamping!
Karin

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Merry Christmas

Hi Everyone,

Here's a Christmas card that was easy to pull off,  due to using the Wooden Frame Collection stamp from DRS Designs!  After stamping and coloring up the frames, it was really fun looking through my stamps and choosing a group to fit inside.  I settled on the following ones:


After using my stamp-a-ma-jig to help line things up, I colored in the images and added some glitter glue to the snow/fuzzy parts on them.

I attached it to a snowflake embossed base and added a few mini snowflakes along the bottom to finish it off.

Thanks for visiting the blog today!
Karin

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

We Thank You Lord

Hi Everyone,

I have one last fall card to share with you today.  Thanksgiving is next week...are you ready?  I've taken the bold step by ordering a complete heat & eat meal for the first time from a local grocer. There will only be 4 of us around the holiday table, so I thought I'd give myself a break this year, and not cook :)  I'm a little nervous, but I'm telling myself not to compare anything to the usual side dishes I make, that have been passed down to me from my mom.  BUT, I'm not going to lie... I'm really going to miss not eating the southern peach yam bake...sniff sniff… Oh well, there's always  Christmas dinner, right? 

For my card, I began by using the Thank You Lord Greeting and die cutting it.  My laziness for cooking has bled into my cardmaking, in that, I wanted to use the Woven Plaid to make a background, but not a bunch of different ink colors.  So, I chose to use an orange base and just some brown ink.  Two colors, but only one ink color required!  It looks like it would make a great Thanksgiving tablecloth to me. 


For my fall embellishments I stamped the Fall Leaf with Acorn three times and fussy cut them out, coloring them up with my Copic markers.  I only needed two leaves, but used all three of the little acorns, and a brad from my stash finished it off. 

All of these stamps can be found at DRS Designs...Happy Fall and Happy Thanksgiving one and all!

Karin



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