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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 4, 2015

Let it snow

Hi Everyone,

It's been pretty hot the past couple of weeks in northeast Ohio where I live, but this is not a complaint.  It took summer a long time to finally arrive, so even though I'm fine with the heat, I did feel the need to cool off at one point.  I couldn't think of a better way than to pull out some holiday stamps and get started on  Christmas cards :)

I ended up with a super simple embossed snowflake card, due to a big smudge
appearing (out of nowhere (!) ) on my colored and fussy cut snowman :(  . I did my best to try and save him, covering him in glitter, but the maroon colored mistake was like a beacon flashing "boo-boo" in the middle of his forehead. . Sigh.

To be honest, it's a happy accident because this design is one that I'm apt to mass produce for my personal Christmas card list.  I took inspiration from the song, Let it Snow and stamped the greeting 3 times, dry embossing on top of it.
 
I layered it on maroon card stock with a snowflake border, and in place of the snowman, I added punched snowflakes, embellished with pearl brads.

Have you started on your holiday cards?  We've got some great inspiration headed your way this week, with peeks of new stamps being released at DRS Designs!

Stay tuned :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Citrus Punch

Hi Everyone,

I've been seeing many cards on the Web made using backgrounds cut on an angle, so that's what I was going for here.  However, it came out looking basically like all of my other cards, just with and angled border.  Oh well!  I'm still patting myself on the back for giving it a try, and I still like all the bright colors and the fun summer theme :)


I labeled my post Citrus punch, because I decided to color the fruit in my Lemonade pitcher from DRS Designs something other than yellow, so it's more than lemonade!  I used the Citrus Slice for my background and colored my Citrus Border to match. 

 
The Five O'clock Somewhere Greeting seemed most appropriate for this time of year....I could go for a glass of this right now!

Thanks for stopping by!
Karin

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Two cards

Hi Everyone,
 
I wanted to ink up my Fleur de Lis stamp again, so I made a CAS anniversary card over the weekend.  I chose a simple black and white color combo and stamped the ornament in each of the four corners using my Stamp-a-majig and white ink. Then I stamped the Fleur de Lis end to end in black ink and used an Oval Spellbinders die to cut it out.  This was after fussy cutting the tips, to make it fit.  
 
 
Lastly I adhered the Tiny Happy Anniversary that was stamped and cut out using my circle punches.  Simple and elegant.

I mentioned my friend's 10 year old daughter in my post last week.  Well, the family came back from vacation and she brought us back a souvenir.  Her dad told us she picked it out all by herself, and used her own money to buy it.  Isn't that sweet?   
 
Here is our new mermaid that is currently living on my craft table:
 
 
And Lindsey proudly told me, "She's totally made of REAL shells!...except her head." :) :) :)

So I did a CASE (copy and share everything) of Shelia and Janett's cards for a thank you card for her and the family.
 
 
These are the stamps I used:

So happy to be able to share with you on the blog today... Hoping your day is filled with smiles :) :) :) 

Karin

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Red, White and Blue

Hi Everyone,

I'm looking forward to celebrating July 4th here in America this weekend, I'm just not sure if the weather will be in compliance.  Unfortunately where I live, we've been doused with rain in biblical proportions!  So far, this has been the 3rd wettest June in history, and that's not counting what we still have to add in from today.  After living through the coldest February in history, this is not the kind of record breaking I've been looking forward to. 

Anyway, I've had all things patriotic on my mind lately, so I thought I would think outside of the box with this Fleu de Lis stamp and make a card to celebrate my country.  I looked up the meaning of this decorative design and one source said, "it has been used to symbolize perfection, light and life."  So that to me seemed reason enough to use to adorn my card for this celebratory occasion. 
 
I made a panel by stamping the ornament three times, and layered it with a red border, and a matching punched border.  I adhered it to a navy card base that was stamped using the Interlocking Star Background stamp.
 
I finalised the card using the Let Freedom Ring greeting and a few star shaped gems.

So with that, I will let this card serve as a reminder to join in our "Oh My Stars!" challenge here on our blog!

Sending you sunny smiles from under my umbrella!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Beach Birthday

Hi Everyone,
 
I could hardly wait to show off my beach themed birthday card on the blog today! I've had so much fun using these newly released stamps, that stamping has felt like a vacation!  I swear I could hear the roar of the ocean waves when I was making this card :)
 
I used the 4 in 1 Seashells to make my background.  I stamped them in Versamark and then embossed  them using clear embossing powder and my heat gun. Next,  I used a scallop punch and various shades of blue card stock to give the effect of waves, and finally adding a strip of double sided tape that was coated in sandy colored glittery flock.
 
 
I stamped the Beach Birthday Greeting in Navy ink and die cut it using a rectangle die, and I then layered it onto a glittery blue mat.
 
Finally I stamped, colored and fussy cut four of the shells for embellishment, adding them with some dimensional foam tape.
 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sitting here....

Hi Everyone,
 
I'm absolutely obsessed with this sweet new Adirondack Chair (450c) stamp that is soon to be released at DRS Designs! I love that you can add it to a scene on a card or simply use it alone with a matching sentiment.  So perfect in size and design :)  

I began by masking off my background with a left over circle die cut and sponged on a grass and sky setting.  I removed the masked and then stamped the chair, (which I colored with my Copic markers), Sitting Thinking Greeting and my bush. (Four Flower Background)
 
 
 I was imaging that it was early evening after a rain, so I added some glitter glue to the shrub to mimic glistening dew drops :)

While I tried to make this a simple one layer card, I couldn't leave it be.  I love seeing them done by others, but on my desk, they seem so unfinished.  So, I cut it apart and I went ahead and did my standard three layers, added some scalloped edges and twine.  Ahhh....All better ;)

Thank you for the visit today!
Karin
 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

You've been on my mind...

 Hi Everyone,
 
I know it's not officially on the calender yet, but the kids are out of school, my flowers are planted (partially eaten by, deer, bunnies and gold finches already!) and the temperature is in the 80 degree range, so for me it's summertime!  Nothing says summer more, than time spent at the water, so I'm celebrating that idea with my card share today.

I stamped the Seaside Dock image from DRS Designs in navy pigment ink and embossed it using a clear powder with small sparkly flecks.  I die cut it and layered it on a scalloped mat, and set it aside to create my background.  I've done both watercolor and sponged backgrounds, but I thought I would try something different, and create a gradient blue background to resemble water.  I pulled out all of my blue Copic markers and began by coloring sections of the paper, working up from darkest to lightest, using the colorless blender to soften the ink in between the color changes.   

 
I added a bit of matching sponging around the image, just to make it blend with the background better, and added after a bit of nautical twine and button embellishment. 
 
I chose to match the sentiment shape to the main image, so I stamped the first half of the On My Mind Greeting, and then the second half below it, using a punch to cut it out.  I then did the same type of coloring on it, that I did on the background panel.  

Thanks for visiting us today and don't forget about our weekly challange!  The theme is "Over the Top"! ...

Hope your week is going great!

Karin
 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Friendship

Hi Everyone,

Last week I mentioned that I had some new neighbors move in, and these folks are super nice.  They stopped by and brought me a bouquet of peonies from their yard!  A gesture like that definitely requires a thank you card, so I managed to pull together this quickie for them.  

I began with choosing a light green card base and used the Silhouette Background Trees stamp on my panel.  I added a strip of light green card stock that I stamped with the Polka Dot Background stamp in the same ink.  I stamped the Life is Friendship Greeting in black and added a punched border and piece of black cotton lace.

It needed a bit of pizazz, which in my head always means glitter, so I dabbed that on the greenery :)  Lastly, I used the butterfly from the Three Flowers with Butterfly for an embellishment and added it with some dimensional tape. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Karin

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Our House Birdhouse



Hi Everyone,
 
I just met my new neighbors a week ago, and I decided to make a card using my stamps from DRS Designs, with them in mind. We just celebrated Memorial Day, so I chose to use an all American red, white and blue theme for the card.  I love that summer is unofficially here, don't you?  

I stamped the Single Birdhouse multiple times to create my focal image and die cut it using my oval dies, but I did it at an angle, just to give it a different look.  I colored them with my Copic markers and added one of the birdies from the Love Birds Branch stamp that I colored and fussy cut, to the top of one of the houses. 
 
 
The background was made using these three stamps:
 
The sentiment, Our House to Yours was punched out and adhered using dimensional tape.  To finish it off, I added a striped ribbon along with some photo corners that were created using a punch. 
 
Thank you for looking in today!
Karin

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wedding Flowers

Hi Everyone,

One of my all time favorite stamps in the DRS Designs catalog is the Dogwood Branch, and spring wouldn't be complete without using it.  It's so pretty and elegant, that I decided to make a wedding card using it.  

My original thought was to use the stamp to create a background, but after stamping the corners, I decided to leave the center empty and place my chosen sentiment right there.

 
I began with a cream colored card base and made the focal  panel 1/2" smaller.  After stamping the flowers, I colored them with my Copic markers and then used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to place the To Have and Hold Greeting right where I wanted it.  I then finished it off by layering the panel on a piece of black card stock that was 1/8" larger and adding random half pearls and Stickles to the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to join our weekly challenge.  The theme is Birds and Bees!

Karin

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sunshine...

Hi Everyone,
My niece graduated a little over a week ago, and the weather that day was spectacular.  Nothing but blue skies and sunshine as far as the eye could see; and as with all graduations, the day was filled with joy and hope for the future.  Those thoughts ran through my head as I was making this card that I'm sharing with you today.  
 
I started with a bright yellow base and I embossed a cloud background on a cream panel, layering it onto a piece of black to make it stand out.  I punched out a circle for the sun, attaching a yellow felt button and bit of  twine for some texture.  I then added a couple of white die cut clouds, attaching one with a dimensional dot.  I stamped the sweet Sun Shine on You Greeting recently released here at DRS Designs on matching yellow card stock, lining it also in black, for that extra pop. 
 
 
It need something else to balance it out, so I decided to add some yellow punched hearts to stand in for the sun's ray, finishing them off by added a bit of glitter glue.   
 
Thanks for taking the time to visit today and may the sun shine bright for you today and every day!
 
Karin

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

It's Spring...

Hi Everyone,

I live in northeast Ohio, and we had the coldest February on record!  My neighbors rented a house and spent February and March in Florida for the first time since they retired, and they couldn't have picked a better year for doing that.  When I say it was cold, you know you can believe me :)  There is no one on earth that is more happy that it's spring, than yours truly.

So with that, I give you today's card share with an adorable sentiment (Spring Bee Happy Greeting) that pairs with Happy Bee, all from DRS Designs.  Franky, that bee is me; big smile, glittery wings and all ;)
 
 
My background was made using the Honeycomb Design stamp, Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Copic markers.  The bottom portion was stamped with the greeting and the Bee Trail, and then I dry embossed it with a Hexagon embossing folder by Darice.  I finished it off by added a piece of lace trim to cover up the seam.

I just love the color yellow at any time of year...it's super cheerful!
 
Thanks for visiting today!
Karin

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Butterfly Kisses

Hi Everyone,
 
Today's card features the new Butterfly Kisses Greeting, which was released this past weekend at the DRS Designs store.  It's a lovely sentiment and coordinates with any number of butterfly stamps in the current catalog.

While it was hard to choose a butterfly from all of the stamps available, I decided to used the Large Open Silhouette Butterfly and the emboss resist technique. I stamped the greeting in a deep purple and then used the butterfly stamp, Versamark ink and a white embossing powder, heat setting it with my heat gun.  
 
After it cooled, I chose two lighter colors of purple ink and sponged right on top of all of my stamping, adding a few die cut butterflies to give the card more dimension.
 
 
 
I finished it by layering the stamped panel onto some purple card stock and added the gems for embellishment.

Thanks for visiting the blog and be sure to check out the new stamp release here!
 
Karin
 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dandelion Pinwheel

Hi Everyone,

Years ago I made a card with a pinwheel on it using my punches and patterned paper.  I came across it in my stash, and I decided to make one this week, only this time I used my stamps instead. 

I chose an orange and yellow color combo, stamping the Dandelion Puff once in orange ink, and again in yellow for the shadow.  I punched them out using a 1 1/4" square and layered them onto a 1 3/8" orange square of card stock..  After creating the pinwheel circle, there was a hole in the center, so I covered that up with a punched flower and rhinestone brad.
 
 
I used my Stamp-A-Majig and stamped the Rest Best of  Life Birthday Greeting along the side of the background paper and again stamped the dandelion multiple times on top of it.  

I added a couple of punched corner embellishments and called it done :)

Thanks for visiting us today and be sure to check out our challenge here at the blog each and every Thursday!

Karin
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