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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, June 19, 2018

It's Five O'clock

Hi Everyone, 

Margaritas anyone? They're a party in a glass for sure!  

I had some green cardstock sitting out on my table, so instead of cleaning up, I decided to make a card using a citrus theme.  I created my backgrounds using the Citrus Slice and 
Silhouette Branch Background from DRS Designs in green ink, and added and embossed strip to cover up the seam.

Nothing is more celebratory than fruity drinks and friends, so I stamped, die cut and matted the
 Five O'clock Somewhere Greeting and attached it to the center of the card. 

I added the Margarita Glass that I colored and fussy cut, along with my die cut limes for embellishment.  And I didn't forget to add salt to the rim, by way of glitter glue :)

Here is a peek at the inside, where I just used the same stamps and the A Toast To You Greeting 



Cheers to You!  Hope your summer is going well and...
 Happy Stamping!

Karin

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Summer Story

Hi Everyone,

One of the things I look forward to most when the seasons change, is eating the foods that come with it.  Stone fruits like peaches, cherries and plums, along with good sweet melons.  Watermelon is probably tops!  Nothing tastes better in the summer heat, than a cold, juicy slice :)  My ant on today's card, couldn't agree more.

I stamped a panel using the Checkerboard Background stamp from DRS Designs, to mimic a picnic tablecloth and added a punched border.  


For my little scene, I stamped the Bee Trail and one single ant from the 4 In 1 Garden Bugs.  I stamped and fussy cut the Watermelon Border, and after coloring it, I piled them up and attached them with dimensional foam tape.  I tied a ribbon around my checkerboard panel and attached the punched Summer Story Greeting, and a little heart thought bubble to complete it.  

I hope your summer is simply grand...Thanks for stopping by to visit!
Karin




Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Happy Mail

Hi Everyone,

I have a couple of cards to share with you today that really aren't related to each other in any way, other than that I used some circle dies to create them both.

I wanted to makes something other than an ordinary card, so I went with an easy Z Fold card.  You start by folding the paper in half, like for a regular A2 sized card, but then you fold the top portion in half again.  You can then decorate the inside panel and the half panel, adding an image that you only attach to the half panel side.  


I used the Happy Mail stamp from DRS Designs for my image and the following 2 stamps to create my background paper:
Silhouette Branch Background (stamped in green ink)
Splatter Background (stamped in red and turquoise ink)

Here is a photo of the half fold...


And a photo of the card laying open.  I added a blank circle to the inside for a hand written message.


Since Memorial Day has come and gone, and summer is now unofficially under way, I thought I would turn to making something patriotic for my second card.   I began by embossing a neutral background with a star embossing folder (Darice brand) and I die cut some circles out of red, white and blue paper.  I stamped them using the Interlocking Star Background in red and blue ink, but I didn't have a greeting that would fit my small circle.  


I was too impatient to try and ink up the Let Freedom Ring sentiment and stamp it word for word in the circle, so I stamped it once and cut out the words and glued them down.  I attached my colored circles,  tied on a ribbon and added the greeting using some dimensional foam tape.  I looked at it, and decided it needed something else, so I added a few matching stars that punched out from my scraps.  

Thanks for stopping by today!
Karin


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

What's One More

Hi Everyone,

Since I was leaving home for a short mini break last week, I had to make a birthday card on the double and get it in the mail.  Even though my friends and I are of a certain age, that doesn't mean cards can't be fun and cheerful, right?

I chose the One More Candle Greeting from DRS Designs, die cutting it and adding a mat and some sponging.  For all of the fun candles, I used the Girly Swirly Cake and just stamped the candle portion going around the edges of my background.  All that was left to do was color up the candles and make them look festive.



Here is the inside with a few more candles and the two following greeting stamps:


Thanks for stopping by and here's hoping you're living your best life today!
Karin

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Get Well Cards

Hi Everyone,

I began stamping this in an effort to make a masculine get well card. I thought the Cattail Milk Pail from DRS Designs would be perfect; not too flowery, but still natural, nice and soothing, you get the idea.  I decided to stamp the background using the Long Tall Cattails Image, and so far so good.  However, I then made a Polka Dotted border piece, and embellished it with a scalloped border and gauzy ribbon.  No bow I thought, just tie a knot, but it ended up looking more girl like than I intended.  Oh well, I finished it with the One Line Get Well Greeting. 


My second get well card was always going to be all about flowers!  I wanted to stamp using the new Flower Wheelbarrow again, and colored the flowers using pastels.  I stamped a panel using the Flower Scroll and colored those to match the flowers in the main image, adding a punched border.


To keep the theme going, I used the same stamp on the background, stamping green on light green cardstock, for a subtle effect.  My sentiment comes from the last line in the Cured, Yet Greeting.

I hope you're feeling fine and dandy this Tuesday... Have a great day!
Karin




Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Flower Power

Hi Everyone,

I admit I'm pretty bad about cleaning up after I stamp; I usually push my scraps and extras into a pile and deal with it at some later time.  It was from those scraps that this card was born.  I came across the negative part from some die cut flowers.  They were made for embellishment on another project, but before tossing them, I decided to use them as a stencil and create a floral thank you card. 

I chose some pastel ink colors and simply sponged the flowers in a random pattern.  I used the
Deco Thank You Greeting from DRS Designs in the corner, and embellished a few of the centers with some gems.



It was so easy and fun!  I think I may keep these and any other scraps in a little baggie for future stencil projects.


Here's another graduation card I made using the A New Beginning Greeting.  Choosing to play off the word time in the sentiment, I dry embossed the background using a clock themed folder, and added 3 of the Brush Mortarboards that were stamped and fussy cut.


After it was assembled, the greeting looked a bit sparse, so I inked up one of the tiny grad caps from the Graduation Background stamp and added it to the corner.  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!
Karin


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Graduation Cards

Hi Everyone,

I'm in graduation card making mode right now and I have a couple of my most recent makes to share with you.  Since they both have the same layout, I tried to be a little creative in the stamps that I used.

A new sentiment from DRS Designs is Let the Adventure Begin and instead of pairing it with a traditional graduation image on the front, I used the Hot Air Balloon.  I colored up and fussy cut three of them, and attached them with dimensional foam tape to and embossed cloud background.  The sentiment was heat embossed, although I don't think it shows up in the photo.



I carried the Hot Air Balloons inside along with the Successful Future Grad Greeting.



I couldn't resist making another card using the adorable Graduation Pig!  He's definitely a new favorite of mine :)

I created some patterned paper using the Easy Dot Background and the Splatter Background stamp in green and yellow ink.  I punched out 3 holes and framed them out in black, and stamped and colored up the pig three times.  I added them behind the windows in fun positons, attaching the top one using a "Wobble".  It's a plastic spiral that gives him dimension, so it looks like he's bursting out.  And if you flick him with your finger, he moves back and forth.


I finished up the card using the perfect sentiment, Go Hog Wild!

Be sure to visit DRS Designs for all of these stamps and much more too!

Have a great day :)
Karin



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hog Wild

Hi Everyone,

I can't believe the school year will soon be wrapping up!  Before we know it,  those graduation announcements and invitations will be flooding our mailboxes, so it's best to be prepared with a few cards at the ready.  Boy oh boy, does DRS Designs have a couple of cutie stamps soon coming your way!  Just what we all need so that we can be a hero:

Look!


Graduation Pig (567E) and the Go Hog Wild Greeting (568B) are such an adorable and fun pairing of stamps, and I love that they're totally gender neutral.  Perfect for my stash of cards and lucky for you too....They're being released today :)

I attached the die cut image and punched sentiment to a card with a custom made background.  I used the Graduation Background and a graduation embossing folder, and covered up the seam with a bit of woven twine. 

Be sure to stop by DRS Designs and see all that is new!

May your day be filled with Hog Wild Joy!

Karin

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Thanks a Bunch

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs is getting ready to release some new stamps and I'm sharing a peek of a few of them today.   

The main image is the new Flower Wheelbarrow (629H) and I just colored it up with my Copic markers and die cut and matted it using some circle dies.  As usual, I made my backgrounds to coordinate with the flowers and used the new Flower Scroll (617F) and yellow ink and the Polka Dot Background for the strip. I completed the card by adding a die cut butterfly with dimensional foam tape. 


The Deco Thank You (623E) sentiment will be released soon as well, and here I used half on front, and half inside. 


I carried the flower and butterfly theme to the inside with the Three Flowers with Butterfly stamp.  I stamped off a couple of times on a piece of scrap, so that I would get a lighter shadow image.  

Thanks for peeking in today!
Karin



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