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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, October 27, 2020

Shell-ebrate the Season

 Hi Everyone,


I can say that I've never celebrated Christmas anywhere that looks like the scene on my first card.  It's always cold and snowy where I live, so I'll just have to travel to the tropics via my crafting, for the foreseeable future. 

I had fun using the same gnome themed stamps on the two cards I posted last week, so I thought I'd try that again, only this time using a seashell theme.  Here I created a scene using the Mountains and Silhouette Palm Tree Line, which I masked off in order to sponge in the sky.  I simply used my Copic markers to color in the rest of the scene, adding some ripples in the ocean using a white gel pen.

For the Shell-ebrate the Season Greeting, I stamped the Wooden Frame Collection first and then added the sentiment before fussy cutting it out and coloring it up.  Finally the starfish and shell were stamped using the 4 in 1 Seashells.



 


This second is is obviously not as time consuming to make, but I thought it would be fun to use the seashells and make a card in traditional Christmas colors.

I used a 1" punch for the shells and the embossed portion was made using a seashell embossing folder from Darice.  



The only extra I added is that tiny piece of twine.  

Are you finally thinking about holiday card making?  Be sure to stop on over to DRS Designs so see what's new in the world of stamping!

Thanks for stopping by!

Karin

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Gnome for the Holidays

  Hi Everyone!



I feel so lucky to be able to give you a peek at one of the new sentiments that is being released this week.  The Tiny Gnome for the Holidays Greeting is perfect for the collection of gnome stamps here at DRS Designs. 


Here I stamped the Tree Home Gnome and colored it up, adding some lights to his place of residence

that were fussy cut from the Christmas Light String.  



The background was stamped using the Large Original Plaid stamp and some black ink.  By stamping on a colored piece of paper, you get the a two color look by only using one ink. I added a punched border along each side and embellished it using a printed ribbon and a snowflake brad.







For my second card, I wanted to keep with the gnome theme, and showcase the same sentiment, so I stamped the Toadstools around the perimeter of the background and colored them in very loosely using a watercolor brush.  I did the same with the Mushroom Line Background and added the Peeking Gnome that was colored and fussy cut.







In the spirit of this adorable gnome, thanks for peeking in today!  To see all of the new stamps, just click on over to the store!



Have a great day :)
Karin









Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Count Your Blessings



Hi Everyone,


Just like last week, I have a card featuring the Laid Out Scarecrow...He's just beyond cute!


What can I say?  He and the World Changed Thankful Greeting paired up together, were all this simple card needed.   To make them fit inside the die cut, I masked off the Happy Thanksgiving portion of the stamp, and I attached the panel to an embossed pumpkin background.





The hanging banners with the dots were made after I colored up the scarecrow, using the same orange and blue Copic markers, so that they would match.  


Here's hoping we can be thankful for the rest of the fall season!

Karin

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Sunflowers

 Hi Everyone,


I just love this cheerful Bucket of Sunflowers.  What could be better than this to celebrate the season of giving thanks, right?


I stamped the basket, and then masked it off and stamped the Floor on top.  After coloring the image, I die cut and matted it, pairing it up with the World Changed Thankful Greeting that was also die cut.



I attached this onto a leaf embossed background and added a few fussy cut sunflowers from this same image for embellishment.  

Thanks for stopping by!
Karin

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Just a Note

Hi Everyone,

My babbling brook and meadow card is one that can be used for any occasion.  I need to keep those handy for when I'm in a pinch, and this would be one that's gender neutral too.  All I have to do is choose a greeting for inside when the time arrives.

I began at the bottom of my image panel, stamping the River Rocks twice, for either side of the stream.  I then stamped the Tree Line up top. After coloring everything in, and stamping some grass using the Easy Grass Background stamp, I then stamped the Fence Line, finishing it off with a few hot air balloons from the 4 in 1 Sky stamp.  


The 1 Line Just a Note greeting fit perfectly on the bottom.  I'll pretend I planned that out the whole time, but it's nice when things work out in the end :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Karin


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Changing World

Hi Everyone,

There isn't a more fitting card sentiment in the stamping world, than the new World Changed Thankful Greeting that was recently released at DRS Designs! 

I stamped, die cut and added some sponging in fall colors to the sentiment, and thought I would use some changing fall leaves for the background.  I stamped the Open Leaf in Versamark and heat embossed with some copper colored glittery embossing powder.  


I used a die (Darice) for the die cut pattern along the bottom and and dry embossed a band for the center of the card.  A couple of gemstone brads finished it off.

Here I tried to get a closer shot of the background leaves.



Thankful for you stopping by the blog to day! 

Have a great one!
Karin


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi Everyone,

I love the sweet, serene look of this chair filled with the bounty of autumn.  With the hat slung over the back, it looks like someone just came in from the garden.  It was a pleasure coloring up the new Autumn Harvest Chair (042K) and making some backgrounds for the fall themed card were fun too.

The brown layer was stamped using the leaf portion of the 4 in 1 Harvest Designs and the strip along the side was stamped using the Argyle Background  and the Argyle Diamond.  I love that the little diamond stamp fits right in there, letting me customize the colors, and with the amount of room left on the bottom, I added the Happy Thanksgiving portion of the new World Changed Thankful Greeting (066H)


Using the other half of my yellow card stock, I decided to make a second card, one that didn't require coloring.  I stamped the Single Fall Tree three times and used the spotlight technique to bring in the effect of autumn leaves. All you need is colored paper and a small circle punch.


I sponged on some green ink for grass and added the fence from the new River Rocks & Fence Line 2 in 1 Scene (087P).  

I finished the card using the Script Happy Thanksgiving stamp, die cutting it and sponging it using the color inspiration from the trees.

Be sure to stop by DRS Designs to see all of the new fall themed stamps!

Have a great week...
Karin


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Thankful

Hi Everyone,

I can hardly believe that it's September.  Even though we haven't gone anywhere this summer and the days felt long, now that we're heading into fall, I feel like the time has flown!  The cooler night time temperatures this past weekend, really put me in the mood for some card making.  I even snuck in some snow on my first card.  DRS Designs has some new fall stamps on the way this week, and I'm excited to give you a peek!

A couple of  the new 2 in 1 stamps allow you to be creative and stamp a whole scene.  I always need to give myself a pep talk before I start this type of project, but it was so easy to get great results. If I can do it, anyone can!

I began by stamping the mountains and then the tree line below it.  Next I stamped the Log Cabin, fence and filled in using the little bare trees. After coloring in everything, I made a mask for the house and stamped the the grass portion, finishing it up with some glitter and the greeting.  

Here is the list of stamps used:

Mountain & Tree Line 2 in 1 Scene (045P)
River Rocks & Fence Line 2 in 1 Scene (087P)

  


This card is right in my usual comfort zone.  One image, one sentiment and a layout of my choice :)

I dry embossed the base with a leaf embossing folder (Darice) and stamped a border using the
 Polka Dot Background.  I stamped it once in brown ink, and then used my stamp-a-ma-jig and lined up the green dots in between the spaces and stamped again,  for a slightly different look.   After stamping and coloring the new Sunflower Bucket (062F), I fussy cut it and attached it to a die cut.  I stamped the Thanks Be to God Greeting and layered that up using my punches.




Before I attached the greeting and image, I wrapped the background in a gauzy ribbon to finish it off.  

I hope this has got your fall cardmaking mojo going.  Be sure to check in here all week for more sneak peaks, of the new seasonal stamps! Have a great day...

Karin

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Trick or Treat & Thanks

Hi Everyone,

While I'm not sure if Halloween will look the same this year, I'm hoping communities come up with some creative options for kids to dress up and celebrate safely. 

In that spirit of hopefulness, I made a card using the Ghost Family Portrait (which look like trick or treaters to me!) and the Small Trick or Treat Greeting. I simply die cut and matted both, and layered everything onto a background inspired by the colors candy corn itself. 


Inside I stamped and colored up the Candy Corn Border and matched it with the Favorite Veggie Candy Corn Greeting.



I needed a thank you for a friend, so I stamped, embossed and fussy cut the Polka Dot Flower, adding a gem to the center.  I die cut the word thanks in green, and attached it in place of the stem.  I framed it out and glued it onto an embossed background.  Super easy!


After I was done, I happened to notice that it actually looks cute in the horizontal direction too.


You can check out all of the newest Halloween stamps (and flower stamps too) over at DRS Designs!

Have a happy day :)
Karin



Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Spooks and Spiderwebs

Hi Everyone,

As the title of the blog says, my cards today are loaded with spiderwebs and ghosts.  Sometimes when I'm done making a card, rather than put the stamps aside, I try and create something different using some of the same stamps.

For this first card, I made the oval image by stamping the Small Trick or Treat Greeting and surrounding it using the Small Flying Ghost stamp.

I dry embossed the bottom and stamped the Empty Spider Web in the corner of the top, adding the spider from the 4 in 1 Halloween Silhouettes stamp.  I added a few strips of black and yellow glitter and finished it with a die cut spider and a few gems.


This second card was a pretty quick and simple one made using the Empty Spider Web stamp for the background, and a die cut frame and ghost.


Here I tried for a close up of the glittery ghost and the Spirit of Halloween was stamped onto a banner for the sentiment.


And inside I completed the card using the Frightful & Delightful Halloween Greeting and another Small Flying Ghost.


Thank you for visiting and I'm wishing you a day that more delightful, than frightful!

Karin

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

In the Spirit

Hi Everyone,

I thought I would do a punny take on the new In the Spirit of Halloween Greeting, and match it up with an embossed martini glass background.  I needed someone to drink that martini, so I stamped,  heat embossed and fussy cut the Mummy.  And I figured he would have been having that drink at a party, so I gave him a witches hat for a costume. (The hat was fussy cut from the Broomstick Stella Witch stamp.)  I simply finished the front by adding a couple of die cut bats.


I embossed a white panel again, and the added the Drink Up Witches for the inside sentiment.


Cheers to Halloween!  

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Karin

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Happy Halloween

Hi Everyone,

One of my favorite ways to use tiny stamps is to use my punches to bring them
life!

I used the 4 in 1 Halloween Silhouettes and punched them out using my circle punches.

I embossed the background using a Darice folder and added a punched borer.  The sentiment was punched as well using the Small Trick or Treat Greeting




Here I used a square punch along with the Small Flying Ghost.  The Pattered  paper was made using the Interlocking  Circles.  


I used the Happy Halloween to finish it off.  

Happy Halloween!|
Karin

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Halloween Cards

Hi Everyone,

I had so much fun stamping with these new Halloween stamps.  I think I say this every year when making cards for the fall season, but it is my favorite time to make cards!  Thoughts of cooler weather, the rich colors, the sun setting sooner and the candy treats are some of the things that make me look forward to the coming months. 

I started this card knowing I wanted to use the Silhouette Halloween 3 in 1 Tree, so I sponged a purple background, masking a spot for the moon.  Along with the new tree stamp, I used the
 Spooky Tree Limb and the Accent Bats to fill out the scene.

The new Frightful & Delightful Halloween Greeting, along with the glitter embellished 
Leaning Ghost, was stamped and added with some dimensional foam tape.


For my second card, I began by stamping the Moonlight & Magic Halloween Greeting, embellishing it by stamping the witch from the 4 in 1 Halloween Silhouettes, in the moon. Playing off the shape of the moon, I used a circle die cut and matted it in yellow and added some blue sponging for the sky.

For the background, I used the Splatter Background stamp and added two strips of black and gold glitter. 


Keep checking in with us here at the blog for more Halloween cards, and to see all of these stamps, just hop on over to the DRS Designs store!

Have a great day!
Karin


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Bee Happy

Hi Everyone,

We're getting ready to show off some new stamps later this week, but until then, here is a quick card I made for a friend's birthday.

I dry embossed the background and added a stamped portion to the bottom, made by using the Honeycomb Design and Bee Trail stamps.

The punched and layered image and greeting are the top portion of the Bee Happy Birthday Greeting ,


and the second half of the greeting I stamped inside.


I finished off the inside using the Puff Circle.

Click here to see all of the cute bee related stamps that DRS Designs has to offer!

Hap-"bee" stamping!

Karin



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