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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, April 15, 2014

Wedding Card

Hi Everyone,


I have another wedding card share for you today using stamps from DRS Designs.  I chose a simple design that begins with the Kraft base being stamped by the Script Font Background in a white craft ink. If you use this type of ink, please take a moment to let it dry, so that you don't have any smearing ;)


Then I stamped the Wedding Ring Ensemble and the To Have and Hold sentiment in a brown dye ink, which gave the card a soft, less harsh look were I to have used a black ink. I colored and die cut the image and added a mat and matching die cut flower.



A few gems were added, because that's what I seem to do, and voila! I called it done :)
I love that this card is preserved on the blog in this photo...It was a hard to part with! lol!
 
Thanks for stopping by and I wish you love & sunny skies!
Karin

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Baby Card

Hi Everyone,

 
Today I have an easy card to share, one that I made it for a friend who had a little baby boy. I wanted to get it into the mail pronto, so I took the monochromatic approach. Which is a fancy way of saying, "I didn't have time to color my image!" It's nice when you realize that and image that is made up of open lines, can look just as wonderful simply stamped.

 
After stamping and die cutting Jenny Giraffe, I kept my die in place and did a bit of sponging in the same blue ink that I used when stamping the background. For that I used the Argyle Background and Diamond stamps.



I added a bit of twine and button after stamping the One Line Welcome sentiment, and I attached the image with a couple of pop dots.

Here's hoping you like my simply stamped card!

Karin

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Wedding Card

Hi Everyone,
 
 
DRS Designs is getting ready to release a great new group of stamps this month, and I cannot begin to tell you how much I've LOVED working with them. These recent cards I've made using these newbies have been some of my favorites. I feel like they've boosted my crafting mojo and gotten me out of a long slump :) Hooray for stamps with spring and summer themes!
 
 
DRS Designs is also the sponsor this week at The Shabby Tea Room. The theme is Pretty in Pink and the inspriation photo is here:
 
 
 


My card features the lovely Silhouette Bride & Groom (026G) and the perfectly paired To Have and To Hold (1071G) greeting. Both were stamped in brown dye ink, die cut and some light pink chalk shading was added to match the card base.





I dry embossed the background and added some lace, pearls and a flower to keep with the elegant wedding theme.
 
Sigh. This card makes me want to GO to a wedding. After my husband saw this card, he said, "Wow, that's nice. Hey, when's the last time we went to a wedding?" (And I consider 'That's nice' high praise, by the way...lol.) That's when I realized it's been 9 years. So, let me take this moment to say, "Someone invite to their wedding! I love to dance AND I give a good gift..." Hint, hint ;)
 
I'll also take this moment to say, that since the lace was a scrap, this card qualifies for our current challenge here on the blog. Check it out and join us!
 
Happy April Fool's Day! I have no joke, so I will just make this a public service announcement to remind you to watch your back...lol!
 
Karin

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Celebrating Easter

Hi Everyone,
Now that St. Patrick's Day is behind us, I'm looking forward to Easter. I'm really happy the holiday falls late in the season this year, since as I type this, the snow is still falling here in Cleveland. I mean, it's has got to be done by April 20th, right?! Sheesh!
For today's card I used the Three Wooden Crosses to highlight the true meaning of the holiday. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE bunnies, flowers and all things spring, but for wishing someone a happy Easter, nothing beats the joyful phrase He Has Risen!



I layered my colored image onto an embossed cloud background that I sponged with white ink and added a layer on the bottom that I stamped with Vicki's Versatile Background.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Cupcake Challenge

Hi Everyone,
 
DRS Designs is this week's sponsor over at the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog.  I hope that you can play along for your chance at winning a $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store.
 
Here is the inspiration photo:
 
 
And here is my card for your inspiration:
 
 
 
The stamps I used are as follows:
 
 Good luck and I hope that you can play along!
 
 


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hoppy Birthday

Hi Everyone,
 
I'm showcasing another birthday card this week, however, unlike last week, this one is sweet, spring like and girlie. It's flat and easy to mail and shows off the adorable Friendly Flower Frog that was recently released here at DRS Designs. I love how chubby and happy she looks! After stamping "her," I colored her with Copics and die cut her using my Spellbinders dies.
 
 
 
I layered the image on an embossed background of dogwood flowers and added some glitter glue to the center of the image flowers for a bit of bling.
 
The punny Hoppy Birthday greeting finished it off. I stamped, colored and cut it apart to fit on my finished card.
 
Thanks for hopping by!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Nontraditional Birthday Cards

Hi Everyone,

 
I have quite a few birthdays coming up, so I spent some time stamping in anticipation of what I will need to send out. Since my list was lengthy, I decided to keep all my cards fairly simple, so here are a couple for my share today on the blog using stamps from DRS Designs.


This first one is for my father, obviously. I used the negative part from a heart die cut, and sponged with some ink to create the heart that matched the card base. I then used my stamp positioner and inked up just a portion of the Father's Day Greeting and stamped that right on top. I added the dad using some die cut letters and will simply stamp a happy birthday on the inside. It's a good change from the golf themed ones I've made for him since I began stamping...lol!  And don't tell my husband, but I really like this sentiment, so may be using this card idea for his valentine next year ;)





This next one is for my cousin. Since he's a biker, I thought he might appreciate a card made using the Biker's Prayer. I used the same concept as on the card above, stamping the sentiment and layering the Motorcycle image on top of each other.
 
 
  
 
I know they're nontraditional birthday cards, but I think the fact that they're personalized makes them special :)


Thanks for looking in today!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Shamrocks Galore

Hi Everyone,
 
Well, while the calender says we are closer to the start of spring, the weather here in Ohio sure doesn't think so :) However, we are less than 2 weeks away from St. Patrick's Day, so I thought I would show off a card loaded with cheery shamrocks from DRS Designs!
 
I began with a bright orange base that I stamped using the Silhouette Clover, inked up with Versamark. The side panel was made with the Shamrock Swag colored using my Copics, and after stamping the Blessings Outnumber Irish Greeting, I cut it out using my oval Spellbinders die.
 
 
Before layering up the festive sentiment, I inked up the Shamrock Background stamp in pale green ink, and stamped right on top of the greeting.
 
Don't forget to join us for our "button" challenge! You can link up your card right here :)
 
Good Luck!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Top o' the morning!

Hi Everyone,
 
At my friend's house this past weekend, I had my first taste if corned beef...YUM! The only time I make it is for St. Patrick's Day, so that one taste is all it took to get me thinking shamrocks and green...lol!
 
Today's card features a couple of new stamps from DRS Designs, Leprechaun Gold Guard which I colored with Copics and also the Shamrock Swag, which I used to create the background.
 
 
 
I wrapped the background panel with a bit of ribbon tied into a knot and adhered the image using pop dots. The Top O' the Morning greeting and a few dots with a gold gel pen on the coin pot completed it.
 
 
 Here's wishing you a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

Karin

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Challenges

Hi Everyone,
 
Today DRS Designs is sponsoring the challenge over at the CRAFT Challenge blog.  It's a recipe challenge and the prize is a $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store.  Here is the recipe details in order for you to play along:
 


Thursday is also the start of a new challenge at the DRS Designs blog, where the prize is also a $10.00 voucher to the store.  The theme this week is "Chips Ahoy!", which translates into using a paint chip on your card.  So fun!  Here is my card:
 

 
And the stamps I used:
 
 
Good luck playing along!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Cheerful Smiles

Hi Everyone,
Even though this is a get well card, I'm hoping the bright colors on my card will cheer you up, even if you aren't feeling sick today :).
I used the new Cheerful Smiles Get Well greeting from DRS Designs for the front of the card and layered it on an embossed background. The bottom portion of my card has a bit of patterned paper made using the
Splatter Background stamp and red, green and yellow ink. I just stamped each color separately, cleaning my stamp off between each color application.
 
 
Not much is more cheerful than this Ladybug with Flower stamp, so I colored it to match the colors of my card, fussy cut it and added some sparkle to the center of the flower.
Wishing you sunshine and smiles!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Two Holiday Cards

Hi Everyone,

 
I realized that I never showed off my funny valentine card here on the blog, so since Valentine's Day is at the end of the week, you get a bonus card today :)

 
This was made with the really cute Skunk with Flowers stamp from DRS Designs, which was stamped, colored (Well, sort of colored! Skunks are black and white, right?) with Copic markers and die cut. I layered it on a background made with the Interlocking Heart Background and added the I Love You Greeting. To add some humor to the card I die cut some letters from red card stock and made my own little pun.


I embellished my flower centers with some Stickles and added 3 gems to balance out the card.

 
Second, I have a CAS St. Patrick's day card for you. I'm giving you a peek at the new
Shamrock Vine Corner stamp and as my focal image I colored up the Shamrock Circle.
 
 
 
 
After die cutting and layering the wreath I used a circle punch for the center and then added the Tiny St. Pat's Day Greeting in the center.

Just a reminder, our "Feeling Green" challenge is happening right here! We'd love for you to play along :)

Have a great day!


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Under the Weather Challenge

Hi Everyone,
 
I'm here today to encourage you to play along in our current challenge, "Under the Weather"! If you link up your get well cards right here, you will be in the running for a $10.00 voucher to the
 
I used my owl punch and fashioned it into a little nurse to match the new sentiment, Hug a Nurse. I punched out the vest portion in white, turned it upside down, adding a cross and stuck it behind her head. I then mounted her on some oval die cuts.
 
 
 
The background papers were made using the Bandage and Interlocking Heart Background stamps and I added a button and twine for some embellishment.
 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

 
 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Friendship

Hi Everyone,
Today's card uses a wonderful Swedish proverb that emphasises what a true friend means to our lives. Who can live with out those people who support you no matter what, and bring real happiness when sharing life's special moments, right? I have a handful of people who mean the world to me, and I can't wait to send them one of my cards with this quote.
This card was made with a yellow base and grey layer to frame my stamped panel. I stamped the Silhouette Background
Trees in yellow dye ink once, and then again before re-inking the stamp, achieving that light shadow. Then I used my stamp-a-ma-jig for the Friendship Double Divide greeting, which was inked in grey.
 
 
I added an embossed panel of dogwood flowers to the bottom, and I embellished the centers of the flowers with a dot of glitter glue. I finished it with a grey punched border and a row of half pearls.
Our current challenge at the DRS Designs blog is "So Sorry", and you can join us with your sympathy card right here!
Have a great day :)

Karin
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