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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 2, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hi Everyone and Happy Groundhog's Day!
 
No groundhogs on my card, but I am going to use it to remind you to pop over and join our weekly challenge where the theme is "Sparkle and Shine."  I do have a few gems on the card that stand in for the shine part of the challenge, but after I took the photo, I went back and added a bit of glitter glue to my pot of gold portion of the Sean and the Rainbow stamped image.  What was I thinking? It's not like me to miss a chance to add some bling to one of my cards...lol!  Otherwise, my image was colored in with Copic markers and die cut and matted using my rectangle dies.  

The background was created by dry embossing the top portion and stamping along the bottom half with the new Tall Shamrocks (681G), which I colored in to match my image panel.  I added some twine to cover up the seam and attached the image with some dimensional tape.


There wasn't much room left for a sentiment, so I went with the Tiny St. Pat's Day.  It was the perfect size for being able to layer up using some circle punches.

Here's wishing you a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Less Troubles

Hi Everyone,

I thought I would take a break from making Valentines and share a St. Patrick's Day card today.  It features the Trouble Be Less Greeting, which I'm sure is Irish, but could really be used for any themed card.  I mean, who can't get behind a sentiment that wishes you less trouble, right? :) :) :)

I began with a square 4 1/2 inch card made out of green card stock and stamped the background with the Shamrock Background stamp, using white craft ink.  I made a frame using a piece of white card stock and the Shamrock Vine Corner stamp, die cutting a window out of the center.  I adhered it using some dimensional foam tape and colored in the tiny shamrocks around it.
 

 I matted my sentiment and added a Silhouette Clover stamped it a lighter green ink and a bow, attaching it to the center of my card with some more dimensional tape.    

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

For Someone Special

Hi Everyone,

The snow is flying here in Ohio, so I hunkered down and did some stamping over the weekend.  I decided to take some time and play around with the new Ornate Corner Tile stamp and create a background for today's card share.

In this example I stamped the larger image all in a row, coming back and stamping the smaller image in between, and adding a bit of yellow coloring to the bottom of the large ornate design.




I wanted to make sure the background was the star of the card, so I only added the Single Rose which I colored with Copic markers and adding some matching die cut layers.  I finished it by stamping the beginning portion of the Special Friend Birthday Greeting, so it's ready to sent off for any number of occasions.


And, here is my bonus card :)  I pulled out my die that creates a flip card, because I thought the new Hugs 4 in 1 Wording stamp was perfect for this inside out design.  I used the Ornate Corner Tile stamp again, and kept it clean and simple, only stamping it in the corners this time. 


Here is the card lying flat.

 Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Be My Valentine

Hi Everyone,

After putting away the Christmas decorations (truth be told, I'm not quite done!) the house seems so bare, and I look forward to putting out my few hearts and flower items for Valentine's Day.  While it's still a few weeks early for that, until then I'm happy that I can make some cards in celebration of the day!  Have you checked out the new winter and Valentine stamps that were released at DRS Designs?  

My card features the new Be My Valentine Question Mark stamp.  I stamped and die cut it, adding some sponging while the die was still in place.  My background paper was stamped in light pink using the Interlocking Hearts and then sent through my machine for some dry embossed hearts right on top.

 

I added a die cut banner behind my sentiment and the Sweet Offering Cutie Pie Kid with his head cocked to the side, seemed to be asking that question :)  He was stamped, colored with Copic markers, fussy cut and added to complete my card. 

 There's nothing like getting crafty to chase away the winter blues, so play along in our weekly challenge for a chance win some stamps!  Also, DRS Designs is the sponsor over at the Outlawz this week and you can check them out right here!

Have a great day!


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hi Everyone,

It's hard to believe another year is coming to a close!  As per usual, it's had it's highs and lows, but I'm always grateful for a chance to ring in another new year.  It gives me the chance to start fresh, or at least the illusion of starting fresh, and that's good enough for me :)  

So for my last individual card share of 2015, I chose a celebratory card, anticipating a good year to come. I went with a simple cream and black color combo and die cut some numbers for the new year.  I added a row of gems and using the glass only portion of Pour Me Bottle Glass stamp, I stamped a bunch glasses raised in a toast to the new year. 


Finally for the sentiment, I stamped and die cut the Happy New Year Circle Greeting, matting it and embellishing it with some glitter glue.  

Here's to another great year of the greatest hobby of them all!

Happy New Year Friends :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Snow Better Friend

Hi Everyone,

The big holiday week is here and the weather people in northeast Ohio have already told us that we can dream of a white Christmas, but we won't be having one.  Since that's the case, I went ahead and designed a card with a snowy theme to get me in the mood :)

DRS Designs will be releasing a new group of stamps on the 28th, so here's a peek at some of the new ones.  First off, I knew I wanted to pair the new Snow Better Friend Greeting (678F) with those adorable penguins from the Penguin Snowball Blast stamp.  So I stamped that first and then the sentiment above and went ahead and die cut it.  After matting the image, it was pretty large, so in order to show off the background I chose to make the card a 5 1/2" square.

 

 I used the soon to be released stamps, Medium Filigree Snowflake (673F) in blue ink to make the background design, and added the Ornate Corner Tile (669D) to the corners.  The card needed a little something else, so I stamped and fussy cut Percy Penguin to add to the card with some dimensional tape, finishing it off with a bit of glitter glue on the snowballs.

Thanks for stopping by friends!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Oldies but Goodies

Hi Everyone,

My card today was made with stamps that are tried and true.  They're perfect for my friend who's a way better baker than I am.  Every time we visit her house she's whipped up some dessert that looks like a picture in a magazine.  Wait. Scratch that.  I'm dating myself...Like a picture from Pinterest.  :) :) :)   Yes, that site is amazing, but everything is so perfect, I just can't measure up!

Anyway, I inked up the Merry Christmas Recipe Greeting and die cut and matted it.  I stamped, colored and fussy cut the Gingerbread Boy and adhered it to the side of the sentiment. I created a snowy background using the Interlocking Snow Background stamp in white and maroon ink, and assembled it, attaching it to a Kraft card base.


I hope you can find time to dig into you stash of stamps and join us in our weekly challenge right here!

                                                                        Season's Greetings!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Welcome to Christmas Village

Hi Everyone,

I decided to be inspired by my team mates at DRS Designs and try my hand at creating a more elaborate holiday scene, using stamps from the Christmas Village line.  I have no idea why I was so hesitant, it really wasn't difficult at all.  I did start with a scrap piece of paper cut to 5" x 3 3/4", where I tried out the layout of my scene.  When I was happy with the placement of my buildings, trees, people and such, I went ahead and copied it onto my final cardstock panel.  As with my card in last weeks post, I didn't have to do any masking, so it came together in a jiffy.   Then all that was left was coloring it in with Copic markers, adding glitter glue, lining it with black cardstock and attaching it to a red base.


 Here is the list of stamps that I used:

Thanks for stopping by the blog during this busy December month!
Happy Holidays :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Merry Christmas To All

Hi Everyone,

This Christmas Village Town Sign stamp from DRS Designs is one that you can customize, which means your holiday cards and envelopes could be that much more personal this season :)  I paired my customized sign stamp with a number of other stamps from the Christmas Village series to create this little scene.  I wish I could say the skaters represent me and my husband, but due to the fact that they're upright, they seem much better at the sport than the two of us :)  


After stamping my scene, (I didn't even mask anything...super easy!) I used my Copic markers and some glitter glue to complete it. It was layered on an embossed background, and I added the Christmas Especially To You Greeting and a couple of gems to complete it.  

Here are the other stamps I used to complete today's card:

Thanks for visiting and Happy December!

Karin

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Modern Spiro Wreath

Hi Everyone,

I went with a traditional red and green color combo for my card share today.  I have to admit they're my favorite colors to use when making Christmas cards, because they immediately make me think of the holidays.  I personally don't pair these colors together at any other time :)   

I stamped the newly released Joy to you Christmas Greeting from DRS Designs in red dye ink and die cut it using a round Spellbinders die. Choosing to create a modern wreath look, I stamped and fussy cut the Circle Spiro Design and colored that up in red and green using my Copic markers.   I wanted it to stand out from my background that I made using the Splatter Background stamp, so I attached it to another die cut circle.


It need some embellishment, so I added the Holly leaf that was colored and fussy cut too, and finished it off with a ribbon and some glitter glue on the berries. 

Thanks for visiting the blog today and be sure to participate in the DRS Designs weekly challenges for your chance at a great prize!

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Winter Snow Globe

Hi Everyone,

It's hard to believe that next week we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving!  The holidays are definitely upon us, don't you think?   Have you started making your cards?  Well, I'm way behind  in that department, but I have no fear!  DRS Designs is releasing some great Christmas, winter and New Year's stamps on November 21st and they've gotten me in the stamping mood :) 

 Here's a sneak peak at some of the new goodies on my card today.  Last year DRS Designs released a whole group of Christmas Village stamps that enable you to create different holiday scenes. They're adorable and here are some new additions to the collection:

Christmas Village Gazebo 643G
Christmas Village Clock 653B

These were stamped and colored along with the Tree from the Christmas Village 4 in 1 Accessories to round out the scene, adding some glitter glue for some sparkling snow.  I then used my snow globe die to make a shaker card.  My tiny snowflakes inside the shaker are the leftovers from my snowflake border punch. 



The Merry Christmas came from inking up that phrase only, on the Christmas Multi Greeting and the background paper was made using the Interlocking Snow and Snow Background in red and green ink.

Thanks for stopping by!
Karin



Tuesday, November 10, 2015

In All Things Give Thanks

Hi Everyone,

My card today serves as a reminder to join us for our current challenge on the DRS Designs blog,  where the theme is Pile it High!  The deadline is tomorrow, so that still leaves you some time for creating and a chance at a great stamp-y prize :)

For this card, I chose some fall colored card stock for the layers and a neutral cream for stamping on.  I decided to use the Autumn Leaf Pile stamp as a sort of design element on the card to frame my Give Thanks Bible Verse banner.  I stamped it once, then turned the panel upside down and stamped it again.  I chose some fall colored Copic markers and matched them to my card base colors. 
 
 
 
 After I was done coloring I ran the panel through my Cuttlebug using a leaf embossing folder.  I attached my sentiment with some foam tape for dimension and added a punched leaf for embellishment.  

Good luck in the challenge!

Karin

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sending You a Smile

Hi Everyone,

I have a clean and simple card share today.  It's one of those cards that I like to keep in my stash for those times when you need a card at a moments notice. For a card like this, I keep the inside blank, and when I need it, that's when I choose what to stamp inside. 

I began with a white card base and chose a medium blue card stock for the top layer.  The blue paper is 1/4" smaller than the base and I cut out a few clouds using a die, attaching it to the base using foam tape to give it dimension.  I also cut out a few clouds out of white card stock and layered them on the blue panel.

I stamped the recently released Hot Air Balloon  from DRS Designs and colored it with my Copic markers, fussy cut it and attached it with foam tape as well.

I wanted the card to be cheerful, so I chose the Sending you a Smile greeting that I stamped on a die cut banner.  

Here's hoping my sweet and simple card brings you a smile today!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Give Thanks

Hi Everyone,

Whenever I go on vacation, I always lament about how I wish my home was more like (insert said vacation spot here).  It could be anything from the beach to a concrete jungle big city, whatever, I'm always wishing for something that my home doesn't have.  Except in October.  It's glorious here in northeast Ohio.  The weather is usually cool and crisp, and I love, love, love the fall colors! I don't even have to travel far from home to see the beauty. See?


 This is a photo of the empty land next to the store where I grocery shop, and it's only around the corner from my house.  Super pretty, right?

 

And this scenic overlook is only a few miles from my home.  

Seeing all of this around me, inspired me to grab the new Autumn Leaf Pile (575F) stamp and design today's fall card.  I stamped that first, the Single Fall Tree next, and then nestled the Give Thanks Bible Verse (585E) next to them.  I then die cut this and colored the leaves in all of the gorgeous fall colors with my Copic markers. 

The background was created using the Fall Leaf  with Acorn stamp and I made a strip of patterned paper using the Woven Plaid.  Before I attached my image panel, I added an embossed, die cut fall leaf on top of my background.  It added that extra pop of color that my card needed.

Thanks for visiting today and be sure to visit the DRS Designs store and check out all the fun new stamps!

Karin


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