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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, May 26, 2020

Coast Guard & Navy

Hi Everyone,

I was really happy to find an opportunity to stamp using a couple of the military seal stamps from DRS Designs.  They have seal stamps for each different branch, which is so cool!

After a bit of fussy cutting, the Coast Guard Seal fit right inside the Porthole stamp, and I attached that onto a dry embossed star panel.  That was attached to a background stamped with the  Interlocking Star Background, which I wrapped with twine.  I completed the card with an Anchor to match the image on the Coast Guard Seal.


This card features the Navy Seal which was heat embossed.  To the blue die cut frame, I added 2 of the Patriotic Bunting that I colored and fussy cut.  I stamped the edges of the background panel using the Starry Background stamp, and the sentiment came from the USA Home of the Brave greeting.


I'm thankful for all of our military families who sacrifice so much for us everyday.  To see all of the patriotic stamps, just click here.

Happy Stamping!

Karin

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Thank You Soldiers

Hi Everyone,

With Memorial Day coming upon us, I thought a couple of cards honoring our military would be appropriate for today's card share on the blog.  

I used the new Silhouette Soldiers for both of my cards.  Here I stamped and heat embossed the image and layered it onto a background that I made using Starry Background in red ink, and the

To finish it, I chose the sentiment from the bottom portion of USA Thanks to our Brave stamp.


Here I stamped the soldiers on top of the Soldiers of America Greeting, and after die cutting it, I attached it onto a background I made using the Camouflage Background.  



This one was finished by adding a couple of metal brads from my stash.  

Thank you for stopping by!
Karin



Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Follow Your Heart

Hi Everyone,

Who among us hasn't felt like the odd one of the group, right?  Well I just love this new sentiment which gives all of us permission to be ourselves :)

I began by stamping the School of Fish (W1038E), and coloring them up.   I dry embossed the wave background, and then cut a portion out of the middle for the fish to fit in between.



Stamping and die cutting the new Go with the Flow Follow Your Heart Greeting (W1049E), I attached that to the bottom of the card. To match the sentiment, I added the fish and coral from the 3 in 1 Ocean Floor (W1040H) which were fussy cut.

To finish off the card, I added a few punched hearts as bubbles.

For this card I used the same stamps, but made an underwater scene.

I stamped the Porthole (W1039L) twice, fussy cutting one to use as a mask for stamping the scene outside.  I sponged on some ink and then stamped the coral and seaweed using the 3 in 1 again.  I was afraid I wouldn't have room for the fish, so I ended up stamping and fussy cutting him to add separately.   

Using the Woodgrain stamp I created the background, wrapped it with a piece of twine and used the same sentiment for the greeting.  

Be sure to stop on over to DRS Designs....They will fulfill all your stamping needs and desires during this stay at home time!

Have a great day :)
Karin




Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Faires and Gnomes

Hi Everyone,

I have two final (well, just for now. Not forever!) fairy and gnome cards to share, and they both feature the Tiny Flying Fairy stamp.

Along with the fairy on this card, I stamped the Sleeping Gnome and Mushroom Sign Post.  
I colored the scene, and paper pieced a greeting onto the sign.  I used the 
Tiny Happy Belated Birthday for the greeting, masking off the belated portion.

I took the colors from my image panel and used them for my background, embossing one half and covering up the seam with a punched border and a piece of card stock stamp with the
 Mushroom Line Background. I added a few gems and punched corner pieces in red for embellishment.




I took inspiration from my card last week, for an easy monochromatic card.  I dry embossed my panel using a dandelion embossing folder (Darice) and punched a window for my Tiny Flying Fairy.


The best wishes greeting came from the Engagement Wishes Greeting, and I added some silver glitter glue to finish it off.

Thanks for taking the time to visit the blog today!
Karin




Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Gnome One Like You

Hi Everyone,

How about a couple of cards featuring the adorable Peeking Gnome to brighten up the day?  I took inspiration for this card from this post here.  

I loved the way Julie used the Stone Wall and Gate and house in the background, so I decided to make my own scene, using the Mushroom House instead.  The sky and grass were sponged first, and then I went in and stamped the house and Mushroom Line Background.   

The fence and gnome were both fussy cut and attached, and there was enough room to fit the 
Gnome One Like You Greeting right in the die cut scene.  I attached it to an embossed mushroom background and left enough room at the bottom to add a die cut fence. (Die and embossing folder both by Darice.)



This one was super easy.  I used the same stamps and embossing folder, just adding the
 Tree Slice Woodgrain behind the little window I created for the gnome to peek out.  


Thank you for visiting today and here's hoping all is well in your little corner of the world!

Happy Stamping,
Karin







Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Sympathy Cards

Hi Everyone,

My heart really goes out to those folks who have lost loved ones during these times.  I can't imagine the pain of not being able to put someone to rest, without the company and support of those you hold dear.  I've been keeping those close to me in my thoughts and prayers and wish you and yours health, safety and comfort too.  It's in that spirit, that I share these cards today.  

I kept things simple, super simple when it comes to the first card.  I chose to use the first embossing folder I ever bought (an oldie, but goodie for sure!) and stamped and die cut the 
Deco Deepest Sympathy for the sentiment.  

The flower came from the Calla Lilly Sympathy Frame stamp, and I colored and fussy cut it out, adding it with some dimensional foam tape.



Keeping with the flower theme, I chose to use the Circle Lily stamp, which I colored and fussy cut as well.  I attached it to a die cut frame, and used the same sentiment.


After assembling the card, I added some glitter glue to finish it off.  

Thank you for visiting the blog today.  All of these stamps can be found at the DRS Designs store.

 Wishing you and yours, peace & health.  

Karin




Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Fairy 2 Ways

Hi Everyone!

These magical little stamps in the form of fairies and gnomes sure have brightened my days at home. So much so, that I'm kind of inspired to maybe make a fairy garden outside, once things warm up around here.  

Both my cards feature the new Fairy with Globe stamp, but in I've chosen to show her in two different ways.

Here I stamped the backgrounds using the Large Original Plaid and the Dandelion Puff in purple and pink ink.  Both the fairy and Toadstool were stamped, colored and fussy cut before attaching them to the die cut circles.  I also added a bit of glitter glue to the globe before choosing the sentiment, which came from the Birthday Candle Burst.



I wanted to make a second fairy card, so I used the same stamps, but colored everything black, so she looks like she's in silhouette.  



I attached everything to a dry embossed panel (Darice) and used the 1 Lined Blessed Day for my greeting.  

If you haven't checked out the new stamps a DRS Designs, be sure to pop on over to the store!

Have a Blessed Day!
Karin 


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Gnome

Hi Everyone!

I've been waiting for this day, the day I could give you a peek at some of the new stamps being released at DRS Designs.  AHHH! I'm so giddy and I know that you will be too.  The design team will be showing them off all week and then you will be able to order them yourself starting on April 11th.

I think my favorite of the release is the Peeking Gnome (994) because his little face is so sweet!

Using blue ink, a sponge and a scalloped circle punch, I created the background for this card.  I then used the Brick Wall stamp to create the wall and I attached it to the bottom of the panel.  The gnome was stamped, colored, fussy cut and attached.  


It looked a little plain, so I die cut some grass (Darice) and attached it on top of the brick wall. 

For the greeting, I used the new Gnome Smile Greeting (997) and the Mushroom Line Background (983), simply coloring it up, adding a few white dots with a gel pen to get that effect. 

Remember the release date is April 11th at the DRS Designs store!

Happy Stamping!
Karin



Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Happy Easter

Hi Everyone,

I'm sending you all thoughts and prayers for health, physical and mental, during these times.  Unless things change dramatically soon, it looks like my Easter celebration dinner will have to wait until next year.  On the bright side, everyone liked the invites and here are the last two that celebrate the message of hope that Easter brings to us.

I made the bottom background paper using the Open Plaid and Large Original Plaid background stamps.  I stamped one vertically and one horizontally to get that effect.  After adding an embossed flower background, I covered the seam of the papers by fussy cutting and coloring up the Flower Border to match.  I then stamped and die cut the Blessed with Gifts Easter Greeting and attached  a few more flowers for embellishment.



My second card is more simple.  I embossed the bottom portion in a lavender to match the Small Easter Cross, and added a strip of patterned ribbon. The die cut Celebrate Easter Celebrate Christ Greeting and a few gems finished it off.


If you find yourself with extra time, be sure to stop by the DRS Designs store and pick up some new stamps to jump start your cardmaking mojo!

Wishing you all the best...
Karin



Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Everybunny

Hi Everyone,

I hope that you are safe and well and can use seeing this cute face on my card today!

I stamped, colored and fussy cut the Big Bunny Face.  I decided to put him in a frame, so I die cut two, one in pink and one in white.  I swapped out the inside of the pink for the white and stamped the  Happy Easter Everybunny and attached the bunny himself.



For the background I chose a flower embossing folder and stamped two green strips using the

As always, you can find lots of spring and Easter stamps at the DRS Designs online store!

Here's hoping my favorite hobby is your favorite hobby and that you stay safe and well!

Happy Stamping....
Karin



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