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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, August 23, 2016

Zombies Rising

Hi Everyone,

I've been having fun making Halloween cards this past week using the new zombie stamps that DRS Designs just released!  They came out at the perfect time for me, because I just finished watching the first season of The Walking Dead.  I'm definitely late to the party on this show, since I think they're going to start season six or seven, not to mention spin offs, but I feel better that I'm now in the know, regarding this pop culture hit :) So, if you're a fan of the show, you'll be a fan of these stamps for sure.  They're a real must have!  

I chose an orange base due to the Halloween theme, and I stamped and die cut my Zombies Rising Greeting (936G), leaving the die in place and added some orange sponging to match.  I added a die cut layer and set it aside while I stamped, colored and fussy cut my Zombie Guy (917G).


 Next I set about creating a background on a muted yellow card stock.  I chose to keep it neutral simply stamping it in black ink, therefore highlighting the sentiment and zombie.  Accent Bats were stamped at the top, followed by the Silhouette  Graveyard and the Zombie Crawler (932F) at the bottom.  

Be sure to check out all the fun new stamps at DRS Designs! 

 Have a great day...
Karin

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Masculine Color Block Card

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a masculine card to share with you. I was desperate for an easy card for a man, so I thought I would try this simple technique that I saw a long time ago and jotted down in my idea book.  I'm calling it the color block technique, but perhaps it goes by another name.  I'm happy to call it easy!

I began with 2 pieces of card stock, white and light blue, both 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" in size. I then stamped the Sailboat and Anchor from DRS Designs on one and then the other, making sure to put the stamps in the same spot on both pieces of the card stock.  You could use a stamp-a-ma-jig or the MISTI to help line them up.  I then took both pieces, one on top of the other and cut them in half at the same time using my paper cutter..  All that was left to do was take the opposite colors and piece them back together.   


I changed up the placement of the gems and Sending you Sunshine greeting, just so the cards wouldn't be completely identical.



I finished them by layering them onto some matching card stock.  It was such a fun quick way to make 2 cards at the same time! 


Thanks for stopping by!
Karin






Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Hang in There!



Hi Everyone,

Is it wrong to make a card for yourself?  That's totally what I did...lol!  It's been a rough couple of weeks in my house.  There have been cars in the shop and now a broken computer.  Broken enough to where it's not worth fixing, so we've been researching what kind to get and let me tell you, my head is ready to explode.  Too many choices, and too many opinions from too many sources.  Sigh.  So, this card was simply made to cheer myself up :)

I used the Hang in There Monkey from DRS Designs, stamping it in brown ink and adding some vines using the Leafy Tree Branch stamp.  I colored it using Copic markers and die cut and layered it onto some scalloped rectangles.  The background was made using an embossing folder with a giraffe print that I inked up to go with the whole jungle theme, 


Then to finish it off, I went old school with my embellishments and added some ribbon and gems!

Here's hoping you're hanging in there too!  Go make a card, it's sure to help you smile :)
Thanks for stopping by!
Karin





Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Naked Stamping

Hi Everyone,



The current challenge on the DRS Designs blog is called Naked Stamping, which is a fun way of saying stamping without coloring the image :)  So for today's card I used my Copic markers and made a little ocean scene in gradient blues, going from dark to light.  Then I grabbed a few fishy friend stamps and stamped away, adding some seaweed and bubbles that I embellished with some blue Stickles.

Here is a list of the stamps I used:
Happy Octopus
Happy Shark
Killer Birthday Greeting
Happy Seal
Bubbles
Four Flower Background

Have a great day!  Hope to see you play along :)
Karin








Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CAS Thank U

Hi Everyone,

I have a clean and simple thank you card to share with you today.  It uses the Ruler stamp from the most recent release and I'm thinking it would be a great stamp for any sewing enthusiast or even a teacher.  I'm sure no one is ready to hear about back to $(#@@! yet, so notice I'm not mentioning it :) :) :)   Let's enjoy the summer while we can, right?

Anyway, I stamped the ruler on yellow card stock, heat embossed it using clear embossing powder, and did some easy peasy fussy cutting.  I dry embossed my white background and die cut a punny sentiment using alphabet dies.  The hardest part was trying to line up the letters.  I'd like to tell you I used that ruler to make sure the letters were straight, but I ended up just eyeballing it after I attached the ruler with dimensional foam tape. 
 
 
 
 
Be sure to join us for our color challenge this week!  Details can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Summer

Hi Everyone,

I love the Seaside Dock stamp, it's such a great scene that reminds me of my cruise up the New England coast :)  It didn't quite fulfill my dream of spending the summer on Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard, but my life isn't over yet, right?  Goals :)

Anyway, those were the thoughts going through my head while working on this card.  I used the World Map Background stamp and stamped it across the background and roughed up the edges. Since it looked like a fishing scene, I wrapped the panel with a piece of netting.  The scene was die cut and and layered on to a mat that I embellished with some brads, (Remember using those on everything way back when?) and I added that using some dimensional tape.
 
 
 
stamped colored and fussy cut the Sailboat adding that with dimensional tape as well.  To finish it off I stamped the word summer from the Summer Story Greeting stamp and used the Splatter Background stamp to add some color to it.

Don't forget to check out our current challenge for your chance to win  20% off your purchase at DRS Designs.  Link up right here!

Have a great day!
Karin

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Congratulations

Hi Everyone,

I felt like I've been neglecting the dog lovers in the card making world because most of the animal cards that I've made as of late have featured cats. So after going to a 4th of July picnic at my cousin's house, which happens to be the home of their dog Cooper, I thought a card inspired by him was in order.

I colored up the Doggie Dilemma Dog with Fence stamp using my Copic markers and die cut the image using my Square Spellbinders dies.  I die cut a banner that was stamped and colored using the Dog Bone.  My background was dry embossed using a paw print folder and I added the new New Pet Congratulations Greeting. 


I finished it off with a Small Dog Print  that I punched out for embellishment.  

Thanks for stopping by!
Karin

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Summer

Hi Everyone,

 Here's a card to remind you about our current "The Heat is On" challenge, on the DRS Designs blog.  The theme is summer, so I stamped up this tropical card to inspire you to play along!

I colored up the soon to be released Flamingo Palm Tree Scene (878L) stamp and then chose my base and background papers to match.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I stamped the background and green strip along the side using the 4 in 1 Seashells background stamp.  And because I wanted to tie my sentiment into the card, I also stamped one of the shells on top of my Summer Story Greeting (881C), 




Lastly I stamped the Hula Pig, coloring and fussy cutting her so that she could be attached with some dimensional tape.  

Thanks for visiting today, and I hope to see you join us for our Thursday challenges!
Karin

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Blooming with Good Health

Hi Everyone,

My card today was made with my niece in mind.  She's been trying to recover after a bad infection in her inner ear, that's left her struggling with vertigo and balance issues :(  Poor thing....We're praying that her work with physical therapists who specialize in this sort of thing, will help her heal and feel better soon.

Anyway, I went a feminine route on this card using the Scroll Corner Tile stamp from DRS Designs in a deep purple ink on a light purple background paper.  I used the same ink for the Blooming with  Good Health Greeting that I die cut using my circle Spellbinders die.  I wanted to pair up some flowers with the sentiment, so I colored up the violets that are in the Violet Tea Cup stamp and fussy cut them, attaching them below the sentiment.  

Using the colors from the flowers I cut some strips of card stock to place behind the greeting, adding some ribbon and gems to match the feminine theme of the card. 

Thanks so much for dropping by today!
Karin

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Golfer

Hi Everyone,

I have a monochromatic masculine birthday card made with stamps from DRS Designs to share with you today.   Since I have a hard time with card for men, I always like to have a couple in my stash for when I'm not inspired :)

Blue is always a safe guy color, so I chose that for my base and stamped the Splatter Background along with a strip using the Everything Golf Background, layering it with a black and blue border.  I felt that it need something to finish it off, so I stamped the small flourish from the Scroll Corner Tile stamp in the corners, colored it in and added a small grey dew drop.
 
 
 The main image was stamped to match and I stamped the Par-Fect Golf Birthday greeting on top, die cutting it with a circle Spellbinders die and attaching it with some dimensional tape.
And, this card also serves as a reminder to join our Birthday Card Challenge on the DRS Designs  blog!  Hope to see you there!

Karin
 
 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Angel

Hi Everyone,
 
I have an inspirational card to share with you today.  I paired the new Strength and Dignity Greeting with an angel that I die cut using a die from Spellbinders.  I saved the negative piece and used it as a stencil, adding ink in the approximate places for the wings, face and dress.  After I removed the stencil, I placed the angel on top, and used a rectangle die to cut her out, making her match the sentiment panel.


I left my comfort zone as far as card shape and size.  To make all of my pieces fit, I used a 12x12 inch piece of card stock and ended up with a 6 inch square card.  For the background I used the new Scroll Corner Tile stamp, coloring in portions of the vines using a purple Copic marker.  I also added the small flourish in the corners of the sentiment for a bit of extra detail.  Before adhering the image and sentiment with dimensional tape, I added a strip of matching embossed card stock, punched border and a couple of matching gems.

Thanks for visiting!
Karin

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sunrise Golfer

Hi Everyone,

The current challenge on the DRS Designs blog is "Play Ball", so I'm back today with another golf themed card!  I hope you have a chance to "get inky" and join us!

My card started out with me sponging that green and yellow background scene, so that I could add the Silhouette Male Golfer in the foreground.  Unfortunately, after stamping him I swiped an inky finger across the beautiful golden sky and ended up with a big black smudge that couldn't be camouflaged.  So, after shaking my fist in the air and a holding a minor pity party, I fished it out of the trash and decided it was an opportunity for creativity.  I cut him down and matted him in black.  I then stamped the Par-fect Golf  Birthday Greeting, cutting it down and matting it as well.  To match it up with the image, I stamped it with the Splatter Background stamp in yellow and green ink.

I embossed a bright yellow background, but it seemed too plain when I was piecing the card together, so I made a piece of patterned paper using the cut apart Woven Plaid stamp, using the same yellow, green and orange inks. You can check out this great tutorial here.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you at the challenge!
Karin

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Faith Hope Love

Hi Everyone,

I decided to make an inspirational card for my share today on the blog.  The beautiful 
Faith Hope Love (872E) stamp was recently released, and it can do double duty for Bible journaling or as a sentiment on a card of encouragement.  

I always think there's something soothing about a pink and blue sky, so I made my watercolor  background using blue, purple and pink ink.  Once it was dry,  I stamped some wispy grasses along the bottom using the Long Tall Wheat and Four Flower Background stamps.  I dyed a piece of seam binding and made a bow around the panel before attaching it to the card base and black layer.  

 The sentiment was stamped, colored with Copic markers to match and die cut.  I then covered it in heat and stick powder, so that I could coat the whole thing in transparent glitter.  Finally, it was adhered to the card using some dimensional foam tape. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a beautiful day :)
Karin

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

Hi Everyone,

My dad is a big golfer and he looks forward to the card that I make him for Father's Day each year, because he knows that it will feature his favorite hobby.  I love it too, because he's always amazed..."I don't know how you are able to make these things!" LOL!  Without DRS Designs, I couldn't :)  

I began by stamping Golfer Duff, coloring him with my Copic markers, die cutting and matting him.  The background was made using the soon to be released Everything Golf Background (834H) and the Argyle Background and Argyle Diamond using a dark and light green ink.  I added a plain piece of matching card stock to cover up where the two backgrounds meet and embellished using a couple of large silver brads from my stash.  

 
 The Small Happy Father's Day (827B) will also be released at the end of this week and that was stamped and colored in with a Copic marker to match the golfer.  I then used my circle punches to layer it up and attached it with a piece of dimensional foam tape. 

This also serves as a reminder that our challenge theme at DRS Designs is "It's A Guy Thing!" this week.  Link up your creation right here for your chance at winning a group of DRS Designs stamps!  

Here's hoping your day is "Par-fect"!

Karin
 
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