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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, January 23, 2018

Cupig

Hi Everyone,

This Hugs, Kisses and Valentine Wishes Greeting is one of the newer stamps that DRS Designs has recently released, and as a sentiment, there's just none better!  It's perfect for your kids, friends or even your sweetheart :)  Make all your Valentine's at once, and it doesn't get any easier!

I paired it with the Cupig stamp, because it's one of my favorites.  So chubby and adorable, he totally makes me feel guilty for loving bacon so much...lol! I stamped, colored him with Copic markers and die cut him to match my sentiment.  I went ahead and added some glitter glue to his wings, and set him aside to dry.  


I dry embossed the background with a candy heart folder and made some patterned paper using the Scattered Hearts.  I stamped them in red ink and used some pink markers to color them in.  After gluing the paper together, I added a ribbon and attached the image and greeting with some dimensional foam tape.  All it needed was a few gems to finish it off!

Thanks for stopping by to visit today!
Karin

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

Hi Everyone!

Now that the new year is in full swing, I'm looking forward to another year of stamping.  It really is the only hobby that I've ever been able to stick with for such a long period of time.  There are always new products coming out, so I'm never bored, and my goal is to be more creative in my use of stamps.
So, with that being said, I have a couple of cards to share with you today.  I thought this would be a fun card to make for a crafty friend.  Maybe a stamper or someone who likes to draw :)

This newly released Hand Colored By Pencil stamp from DRS Designs is actually one of those signature type stamps for the back of your cards, but I stamped only the bottom portion without the words along the top and colored them in using a rainbow color theme.  I grabbed my watercolor pen and my ink pads to create the squiggle line and punched out a mini heart in the corresponding colors for the ends.


I added the Small Happy Valentine's Day Greeting that I stamped with the Small Silhouette Heart and used my circle punches to add that sentiment.

I have a couple of January birthdays coming up, so here is one of the cards I created for those.  

I colored up and die cut the Penguin Snowball Blast stamp,  adding it onto a panel that was stamped using the snowflake stamp, and edged with a punched snowflake border.  The Snow Doubt Birthday Greeting was used on the front... 



and the second portion of it was added to the inside, along with Percy Penguin.


Here is a peek at that Pencil stamp on the back of my hand colored card:



Here's hoping your dry, warm and have time to get your fingers inky today!
Karin




Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Coffee

Hi Everyone,

I'm just in love with this new stamp Paper Coffee Cup stamp that was just released  from DRS Designs! I can think of a bunch of coffee lovers that I will be using it for, all throughout the year.

I did some paper piecing when it came to this main image.  I stamped it on white cardstock, cutting out the lid and cup, coloring it in red to look like the cup from that popular coffee chain.  No names. They don't need any help from me in the advertising department...lol!  I stamped the cup again on kraft paper, cutting out the gripper portion only and sending it through my paper crimper.  Did you read that?!  Paper crimper!  I had to dig through the bowels of my crafting supplies to pull out that neglected tool :)  So if you want a reason to dust off yours too, you HAVE to get this stamp!

I stamped the cup using the Scroll Corner Tile stamp and colored it in using my white gel pen, before assembling it and attaching it onto some oval die cuts.


The background was created to look like coffee rings.  I spritzed the red cardstock with water and took a round container (any will do, but mine had embossing powder in it.  It was just the right size) inked in brown ink and stamped it randomly.  The water made the circles bleed to look like spilled coffee.

I crimped another piece of kraft cardstock and added a ribbon for embellishment, finishing it off with the new Coffee and Friends Greeting.

Also, here's a photo of the favors I whipped up for New Year's Eve.  It was a last minute decision, so they're super simple.  A pillow box, some washi tape and DRS Designs to the rescue with their Happy New Year Circle stamp!


I filled them with a lip balm, chocolates and scratch off lottery ticket :)  

Here's hoping one of your resolutions for the new year is to stamp more!

Have a great day!
Karin

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Love Bug

Hi Everyone,

Happy Boxing Day to those of you who are fortunate enough to enjoy this holiday!  I've always thought is should be and official thing here in the USA...If I ever run for President, it will be one of my platforms...lol! After hosting Christmas eve and dinner on Christmas day, I definitely need a day of rest and leftovers :)

So, how about a sweet little valentine to kick things off for the next big card making holiday?  Isn't this little lady just the cutest?! She was too adorable to just use as a colored image, I decided to feature her on a stamped background too.  After die cutting the Love Bug, I did a poor job coloring her up, so instead of starting over, I stamped her again, fussy cut her out and used some foam tape and created a dimensional and better version.  I even added a bit of glitter glue to her nose! 


The border was created by stamping the Scattered Hearts and this new Love Bug Hug Greeting is just the sweetest!  

Here's hoping your kicking back today, and if Santa didn't bring you any new stamps, you can get them for yourself right here!

Karin

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Happy Holidays

Hi Everyone,

It's getting to be crunch time when it comes to the holiday handmade items, so my card share is on the simple side today.  I always figure that's ok since the stamps themselves are super cute :) Nothing wrong with letting them shine on their own, right?  


I stamped the blue background with the Easy Dot Background stamp and some white craft ink.  I know it's subtle in the photo, but it looks like a cute alternative than the usual snowflake background.   
I colored and fussy cut the Stretch the Round Button Snowman and layered him onto a die cut that I embossed.  That embossing folder had both dots and snowflakes, so it matched the stamped background.  


For the greeting I used the Small Happy Holidays stamp and my circle punches, along with a snowflake punch that I thought matched the embossed ones behind that frosty guy :)

Happy Holidays to You and Yours!
Karin


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Noel

Hi Everyone,

I love the traditional red and green color combo for cards this time of year, don't you?  I always think those two colors together scream Christmas time is here :)

So, with that in mind I stamped and colored up a little winter scene using some of the winter village stamps.  I die cut and matted it, adding some glitter glue and the greeting right in the scene too.



The background paper was made using two different background stamps and red and green ink.  The line of background stamps here at DRS Designs make it so easy to make custom paper in a jiffy!  

To finish off the card, I added the word Noel to a strip of paper with a punched border.

Here is a list of stamps used for this make:


Stop by DRS Designs soon...There's a special on their stained glass stamps!
Happy Stamping!
Karin

Friday, December 8, 2017

Buddies

Hi Everyone,

Isn't this Wintertime Buddies stamp just super cheerful?  It's always been one of my favorites for making a friendly looking Christmas card :)

I colored it up and fussy cut it out, adding some glitter glue to the fur on Santa's clothes.  As I was waiting for that to dry, I die cut and dry embossed the large circle that was to hold the Santa and Snowman image. 

The background was stamped using the Snow Background stamp and I added a green panel that was dry embossed with holly.



The sentiment is the last line from the Heartache at Christmas stamp and the poinsettia embellishment was fussy cut from the recently released Poinsettia Vine Corner stamp.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....Hope your holiday prep is going strong and thank you for taking time to peek in on us today :)

Have a great one!
Karin


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Kitty Christmas

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs recently released this cute Santa Puppy stamp, and while I've been making cards with my dog lovers friends in mind, I needed to represent for the cat lovers too!

I stamped the Cat Angel and then colored and fussy cut it out, snipping off the halo, wings, and cloud it was sitting on.  I then stamped that Santa Puppy and colored and fussy cut the hat, attaching it to the kitty, completing it with a squirt of glitter glue on the white fur.  


I stamped and embossed the background using the Interlocking Snow Background and then added a white panel that was dry embossed with snowflakes too.  I added a red border strip to match and attached everything to a white card base.  

The Doggone Christmas Greeting was stamped and cut into pieces, but I had to replace the dog portion of it with something cat related.  I chose to stamp the Pawsitively Birthday Greeting in red and then added all of the pieces at different angles for a touch of whimsy :)

Hope your day is Paws-itively wonderful too!
Karin

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas Puppies

Hi Everyone,

One of my newer favorite Thanksgiving traditions is to watch the National Dog show.  It comes on after the parade and I just love watching those cute dogs prance across the TV.  So inspired by that,  I decided to stamp and color up that new Santa Puppy stamp for my card share today.

I stamped him 3 times and colored the center one a different color, then adding a punched border.  After setting that aside, I stamped the card base using Versamark and the Large Original Plaid background stamp, just to give a subtle texture to it.


For the Doggone Christmas Greeting was stamped, colored and die cut and attached to the back of the dog panel, before I attached everything to the card base.  The snowflake was one of those diecut bits and bobs that is perpetually hanging around my stamping spot, just waiting to be chosen for the perfect spot on a card.  And I guess this was it :)  The last thing I did was round my bottom two corners to match the scalloped border. 

Thanks so much for peeking in on the blog today! Have a good one :)

Karin


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Peace

Hi Everyone,

Today's card share is based on my personal color preference when buying my poinsettias for the Christmas season. I always lean towards the pink, maroon and cream ones, rather than the bright red. It's all about trying to match my home decor :)

I started with the Poinsettia Vine Corner stamp from DRS Designs and made a little frame by stamping it twice.  Inside I used the sentiment portion from the Three Wisemen Peace stamp and then colored it in using my Copic markers.  I die cut it using the curved rectangle dies and added a bit of sponging and glitter to the berries.


I embossed the background with large snowflakes and wrapped a ribbon around it to mimic a gift.  I adhered the sentiment to the center and finished it with a die cut frame and flowers with gem centers. 

I don't think I could name a better gift to give our world, than peace on earth!  It's my heart's desire for sure.  

May there be peace in your little corner of the world today :)

Karin

Friday, November 17, 2017

Peace and Joy

Hi Everyone,

Last week I attended an art exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art entitled the Jazz Age.  It was a wonderful mix of art, furniture, clothing and jewelry from the Art Deco era, and one of the things that made and impression on me was a tea set that was silver and embellished with ivory.  The clean lines are what inspired this first card.

It's a simple cream and black color combo using and embossing folder and an edge punch.   


The Deco Peace and Joy Christmas Greeting was stamped, die cut and matted on a piece of paper coated in a black and gold glitter.


I decided to use the Peace and Joy portion of the same greeting for the sentiment on this second card.  


I stamped and colored up the Triple Hanging Christmas Ornaments and attached them to a background made using the Large Fillgree Snowflake.

Be sure to stop by DRS Designs to check out all the new Holiday stamps.



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thinking of you at Christmas

Hi Everyone,

"Remember the love at this time of year;
 Keep in your hart the one you hold dear.
 Remember the joy of holidays past; 
The heartache you feel, won't always last."

I think the above verse on this newly released Heartache at Christmas stamp is so touching.  It's difficult to figure out what type of card to send someone who's hurting from a loss at this time of year.  Holly jolly festive themes just don't seem to cut it, so I was thrilled to be able to make something so heartfelt.


Snowflakes were the theme I chose, so the background was made using the Medium Filigree Snowflake and the Snow Background in red and blue ink.  I added a red diagonal strip that was embossed in white, using those same snowflakes.  For embellishments, I attached some red lace, a few punched snowflakes and a gem

As we ease into the busy time of year, I 'm wishing you peace and happiness!

Karin



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Nature Santa

Hi Everyone,

 I'm sharing a sneak peek of this new Christmas stamp soon to be released at DRS Designs.  It's an adorable scene with a cute Santa feeding our feathered friends :)  It reminds me of one of my favorite Christmas ornaments.  I wish I had a photo to share, but it's currently still packed away. He's a St. Nick type Santa with a cardinal perched on his hand, just like this!

I colored this with my Copic markers and die cut it using my Spellbinders dies.  I also used a touch of glitter glue to accent the snow.  Taking inspiration from the winter scene, I used those colors to choose my card base and background papers. 

 

I embossed the top portion with a Darice snowflake embossing folder and stamped the bottom portion with snowflakes too.  I used my circle punches for my sentiment and added a piece of twine to finish it off.

Here is the link to the stamps I used and the new holiday stamps will all be available on November 4th!

Santa with Birds (351P)

Have a super day!
Karin


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Santa Pup & Winter Scene

Hi Everyone,

Happy Halloween!  By the looks of my card today, you probably think that I'm confused about my holidays...lol. Nope!  I'm just excited to be sharing peeks at some of the new holiday stamps being released at DRS Designs.

This adorable Santa Puppy (408F) is all dressed up for Christmas, (or for Halloween!)  and I paired it with the new Doggone Christmas Greeting (410D).  Instead of making my backgrounds using holiday stamps, I inked up the Dog Print Background and dry embossed the bottom portion with paw prints as well. I finished it off with a small metal embellishment.


For my second card, I made a little wintry scene.  I embossed the background using a snowflake embossing folder and white and red papers. See those rocks along the edge of the pond?  That's a new stamp addition to the group of village stamps, here at DRS Designs and it's just perfect. All I did was stamp, die cut and color up my scene, adding some glitter glue for snow at the end :)  


Here's where you can find the stamps I used for this card:

Village Rocks/Pond's Edge (356F)

Have you started on your holiday cards yet?  We have tons of inspiration in the card gallery at DRS Designs!

Have a great day!
Karin




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