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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 19, 2019

Irish Friendship

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a couple of Irish/St. Patrick's Day/Friendship cards to share with you.  I tried to get out of my comfort zone, so I flipped through my sketch binder and found this interesting one.  

Beginning with a green card base, I attached a shamrock embossed background.  I punched out some brown and green 1 1/4" squares, stamping them using the Tree Slice Woodgrain and the 
Shamrock Scroll , and then attached them in the pattern seen here. This left a spot for an image on top and a sentiment below.



I chose to stamp and die cut the Claddagh, coloring it and attaching it with dimensional foam tape.   The missing you was an old die from Cuttlebug/Provocraft and I thought it would be appropriate for a card for a far away friend.  Lastly, I attached a green metal clip for embellishment.

Here, I began by stamping the Irish Friendship Greeting, die cutting it and adding some sponging around the edges.  Taking inspiration from the greeting,  I used some Copic markers to create the rainbow background and some colorless ink to make the water droplets.  Before attaching it to the card base, I came across a scrap that had been stamped using the Silhouette Branch Background, so I added that as well.  Love using up those bits.  Just because it didn't work out that one time, don't toss it away!



The two images, Snail Toadstool and Tree Home Gnome were stamped, colored, punched out and added with more dimensional tape. 

Thanks for visiting today!
Karin


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Ladybug Birthday

Hi Everyone,

The snow and ice are back in full force outside my window, so I thought a cheery ladybug card would be just the thing for today's post. 

I colored up the darling little Ladybug Toadstool, and punched it out using my 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches.  Those sizes will tell you it's small, so I chose to make it more of an embellishment by pairing it up with the Ladybug Birthday Greeting, which I stamped, die cut and matted.



I made my background by choosing colors from my toadstool, and stamped the Easy Dot background in red and the Splatter background in green. Using a scallop border punch, some cardstock scraps and a bit of ric rack, I attached my border to the top of the card. 

After adhering my sentiment and image, I debated whether to add a flower embellishment, but ended up leaving well enough alone, deciding less is more :)

Thanks for stopping by and I'm wishing you a delightful day!

Karin


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Holiday Cards

Hi Everyone,

I'm loving these new stamps that have been recently released by DRS Designs so much, that I'm skipping right by Valentine's and heading toward March and April holidays!  

First up is St. Patrick's Day and the new stamp featured is this St. Patrick's Shamrock Scroll ,
which I stamped colored and die cut, adding a few dabs of glitter glue for embellishment.

I created the background using the Shamrocks and Splatter Background stamps in green and orange ink.  An embossed shamrock panel was added down the center and I attached the sentiment towards the top of the card.  

For the image, I used the Hat Full of Shamrocks, stamping, coloring and fussy cutting it out.  I cut off all but one of the lucky clovers, choosing to fill the hat with gold coins instead.  I glittered up some paper and used a small circle punch to create them, cutting a slit in the hat to give me a place to pile up the coins.   


Before attaching the hat, I added a strip of patterned paper made using the Shamrock Scroll stamp.

 I can't believe how late into the month of April that Easter falls this year. I actually like that more than when it falls at the end of March.  We have a better chance of daffodils and sunshine this way!

So, how about a sunny, cheerful card graced with our favorite pig!  The new stamp is
 Easter Ears Leonard Pig and I stamped him on top of a row of  Easter Eggs with Bows.  I just created a mask and used it to stamp the line of eggs, adding the Happy Easter Everybunny sentiment.  


I used the Easy Dot Background and Silhouette Branch Background to make the base papers, adding some lace and premade velum flower stickers for embellishments.

As I finish typing this post, it's 60 degrees and the sun is out.  Between that and my cards today, I definitely in the mood for spring!  

Thank you for visiting!
Karin

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Two cards

Hi Everyone,

It was a cold and snowy weekend, so it was the perfect time for some stamping.  Here are two recent makes of mine that I'm happy to share here today. Both are pretty quick and easy.

In honor of the next card holiday, here is a valentine suitable for anyone.  I stamped and die cut the Valentine's Full of Love greeting, coloring in the empty spaces on a few of the words using a red marker.

I took a ruler and drew lines down one side of the cardstock, and added gems and punched hearts in traditional Valentine's day colors.



Thankfully I didn't have a need for this next type of cards, but they're the hardest to make when in a time of grief.  They're a must have staple in the card stash for sure.

I love the Calla Lily Sympathy Frame stamp because it's an image and greeting all in one.  I stamped and colored it, adding a bit of glitter glue to the center of the flower, after I had trimmed and matted it.


The background was made using the Splatter Background stamp, and I added a die cut and embossed flower panel on top of that, tying it with a gauzy ribbon before attaching the image.  

Have you begun your Valentine card making? Be sure to check out the stamp catalog right here!
Have a great day!
Karin





Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Birds and Birthdays

Hi Everyone,

My sister in law and her husband have birthdays a few days apart, so I made them matching cards for the celebration.  Tony is a bird lover, so I'm always on the hunt for a bird stamp I haven't used for him before, and it's a good thing too; he said he's saved all of them throughout the years! I'm not 100% convinced that's true, but both of these bird stamps were new to both of them :)

I took inspiration from last weeks card for these, using an embossing folder with flourishes and birds on it, and the original sentiment ends with the word, "sweet".  I just swapped it out for "tweet", to match the bird theme.

Here are the stamps used:



And here is the inside and the stamps used:



My sister in law's card is virtually the same; except I made it a little girly using glitter on the snow and a ribbon.  

Here are the stamps used:



And the inside stamps:



At the last minute, I realized I didn't have a birthday gift bag (just lots of those Christmas ones!), so I took a plain navy bag with white trim and jazzed it up with a row of gems, some die cuts and the big Brush Happy Birthday Greeting.  Hurray! DRS Designs to the rescue!


I literally took the photo after putting it together before running out the door to the party, but I think everyone was more impressed by the bag, than what was in it...lol :) 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Karin

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Greetings, it's cold outside!

Hi Everyone,

While the winter hasn't been super snowy for me, and I'm grateful for that, I decided to make a few cards celebrating the season.  Snow outside or not, it's fun to stay inside and partake of my favorite hobby of stamping, so I hope you are inspired to get out your stamps as well.

I have a simple embossed background of poinsettias, and I colored up the Bird Feeder
 stamp from DRS Designs, die cutting it and attaching it with dimensional foam tape.  I wanted it to be a generic card, available to use for any occasion, so I inked up the word Greetings, from the Seas and Greetings stamp, attaching it in the same manner as my image. A few pale green gems finished it off. 


Originally, I was going to pair up the Baby it's Cold Outside Greeting with a snowman stamp, but I feel like I've done that before.  I chose to be a bit more creative, and took the hat and scarf elements from the Medium Mr. Snowman, and paper pieced them on to the Paper Coffee Cup
adding some googly eyes and a small punched heart. So, it's a snowman coffee cup, I guess? Anyway, I hope you think he's as cute as I do :)

 I layered everything onto a background that was stamped using the Interlocking Snow background stamp and a piece of embossed snowflake paper. 


Here's to staying warm and inky this winter season...
Have a great day!

Karin




Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Warm Wishes

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope your year is filled with health, wealth and most importantly, lots of stamping time :)

I chose to use the All in 1 Christmas Village for today's card and in doing so, it reminded me that I skipped watching It's a Wonderful Life in December.  Doesn't this look like it could be Bedford Falls from the movie? 

 I chose to do the opposite of my Christmas day post here, and completely color up the scene, adding my requisite glitter glue for the snow.


Even though it's hard to see, I stamped the card base using the Tree Line Border and completed it with the friendly Warm Wishes Greeting.  See?  The Village is not just a stamp for the holidays, you can use it all winter long.  

Wishing you a warm January ahead!
Karin

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Hi Everyone,

Merry Christmas!  I hope you're enjoying a happy holiday :)

If you're thinking, there is no way I would be able to stamp this little scene, there are way too many elements, you are in luck.  This is one single stamp! How cool is that?  I stamped the
 All in 1 Christmas Village and made it super easy, by simply highlighting the buildings and road with  grey and blue markers and coloring in the doors in red. 


I then stamped the red background in white using the Snow Background stamp.  I added a punched snowflake border along with a gem embellished snowflake.  For a greeting, I chose the
 Christmas From Our House sentiment to finish it off.

Here's wishing you all the best!

Merry Christmas!
Karin

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