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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, February 24, 2015

True Friends

Hi Everyone,
 
 
Today's card is inspired by the card I made for the current challenge at the DRS Designs blog. It's a color challenge, and you can check out all of the gorgeous creations from the team here, and check out my original card too. I liked the layout so much, that this really is the same card, only with a different greeting stamp.
 
I used the Splatter Background stamp to make my first piece of patterned paper, and the Shamrock Background to make the second. I cut it down slightly smaller than the first and added another mat.
 
 
I wrapped the layers in a matching polka dot ribbon and added the new Four Leaf Clover Friends Greeting which was stamped in the same green ink, die cut and adhered with some dimensional foam tape.
 
I considered adding some other embellishment, to change it up, but I really liked the clean monochromatic look :)
 
Hope to see you join in the challenge!
 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lucky Ducks

Hi Everyone,

Are you as ready for spring as I am? Even though it's nowhere in sight outside my window, it's all over my card today!

I was trying to think outside the box when using the new Lucky to Have You Greeting and there were a number of stamps in the DRS Designs catalog that matched up, but I settled on these adorable ducks from the Ducks Decoration stamp. I thought it would make a sweet friendship card for spring or even Easter. I colored the image with my Copic markers and since it looked like the one duck came to the other one's rescue with a flower umbrella, I chose to use the Raindrop Background stamp for making my patterned paper.
 
 
The only other thing I added was a punched scalloped border and a row of gems :)

Thank you for peeking in today and I'm wishing you sunshine in your day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Have a Shamrockin' Day

Hi Everyone,
 
I had so much fun using the new stamps that were released here at DRS Designs, that I couldn't stop stamping.  I made six, yes, six cards this past weekend.  It's been a long time since I've been in a stamping groove like that!  The St. Patrick's Day, Easter and spring stamps were just what I needed to cure the winter blahs :)  Pop on over to the store and check out all the new designs by clicking here.
 
 I began by stamping Leonard the Pig Billboard and coloring him with my Copic markers.  I used the Open Shamrock on his blank sign and again to make the matching background.  He seemed too plain, so made him a hat, using the one from the Patty Bear.  Doesn't he look like he's ready to march in a parade?!
 
The bottom of my card was made with the Woven Plaid background stamp and I used the new  
Shamrockin' Day Greeting , that I colored, die cut and layered.   Before that was adhered to the card, I also added a punched border, large brad and a few random sequins.
 
 
He's just too cute.  I'm gonna have a hard time parting with this card!
 
Thanks for stopping by, and you still have time to enter this weeks challenge.  The theme is "White Out".
 
Hope your day is "rockin"!
Karin

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Bee Mine

Hi Everyone,
 
 
I'm sharing what might be my last Valentine card of the season made using stamps from
DRS Designs.  It's less than two weeks away, and that means we're that much closer to spring and warm weather.  So if the winter blues have grabbed hold of you, here's a cheerful card to put you in the pink :)
 
 
Red and pink are traditional colors for Valentine's day, so I went with those even though I used the  Happy Bee  stamp for my image.  She's a valentine bee, so why can't she be pink & red, right?  I colored her with a Copic marker and added some glitter to the wings.
 
 
The background was embossed with a honeycomb embossing folder and I used the Interlocking Hearts stamp on the bottom portion, which was divided by a strip of glitter coated tape.  Finally I added some die cut letters to complete my "punny" greeting. 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cherry Topped Cupcake

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs is sponsoring the challenge over at Cupcake Inspirations this week, so I wanted to play along to support them. And the the inspiration photo is super cute :) Join in and you will have the chance at a $ 10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store.

Here is the photo:



And here is my card:



I went for a CAS look and used a cupcake embossing folder for the background. I stamped the Cherry Top Cupcake and the Sweet Birthday Greeting and die cut it using my rectangle Spellbinders die. I colored the image with my Copic markers and added some glitter glue to the frosting and cherry. I added bakers twine and attached my matted panel to the card with foam tape. A few gems finished it off.
Don't forget you also have a second chance to win a $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store by joining us in our Thursday challenge. This week's theme is Lovely Hearts!
Good Luck!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hogs & Kisses

Hi Everyone,

 
I love puns. Well, let me rephrase that. I love puns on cards. Puns told to you by a weird, creepy uncle, where you have to chuckle to be polite, eh, not so much. Thank goodness we don't have any of the latter here. Only cards made with super cute stamps :)

 
Ready?



I used the Leonard Pig's Bath Time Buddies stamp and the Giant Chocolate Chip (I'm pretending it's a Hershey's Kiss) stamp to illustrate the Hogs & Kisses Greeting. After stamping and coloring, I stamped the Splatter Background in a light peach all over the main panel. That helped match it to the marbleized card base in the same color. I nipped the corners with a Fiskars corner punch and added the sentiment with some dimensional tape.
 
Here's hoping that you are smiling!
 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Love & Happiness

Hi Everyone,


Well, I'm finally making my Valentine's Day cards and I used a couple of the newly released Valentine stamp for this simple greeting.


The background was made using the Interlocking Hearts stamp, stamping in red ink onto red red background paper. I made a banner and stamped it using the Polka Dot background stamp in red to match the background. The new Valentine's Full of Love greeting was stamped and die cut and layered onto a scalloped mat that was coated in brown glitter.





The Sweet Offering Cutie Pie Kid was stamped, colored with Copics and fussy cut and I adhered him with dimensional tape. A few gems and it was complete.
 
If you don't have a banner die, here's a trick I used on my card. Cut a long rectangle and stamp as desired. Then use the corner of a square punch on the bottom to make the two points. Here's a photo to help you visualize it.
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Stenciled Background

Hi Everyone,
 
The challenge this week at the DRSH Designs blog is "Hot Trends-Stencils" and I had so much fun making the first card, (you can see it on the challenge post), that I wanted to try again. I had this Spellbinders Impressibilities metal stencil named Diamond & Stars, which I originally bought to use for embossing. However, I'm so used to embossing folders giving me a deep, crisp look that I didn't care much for this when I tried it. It's too subtle for my taste. So, when this challenge presented itself, I pulled the metal stencil out again.
 
I decided to try a gradient look, and started off sponging ink in a light pink, working my way up to red at the bottom. When I was done, I crossed my fingers as I pulled away the stencil, and what do you know? It worked :) I stamped the Ribbon Heart in black pigment ink and heat embossed it with rainbow embossing powder.
 
 
stamped and die cut the new Valentine's Full of Love Greeting and added to my card along with some gem flourishes and pearls.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you join us for our Stencil challenge right here!
 
Karin

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

January Birthday

Hi Everyone,


My brother-in-law has a January birthday, and while he's a huge bird fan, I think I used up all of my bird stamps on his cards in years gone by. Not that he would really remember, at least I don't think he's one of those, "I save all the cards you make me" people :) Needless to say, I was thrilled to stamp his card this year with the Medium Snowman head that will be released very soon in the DRS Designs store. It was a perfect companion to the January Birthday Greeting. Don't know anyone with a January birthday? Well, guess what? There's a greeting for every month :) Pop on over to the store and check them out!
 
 
 
 
The background was simply made with the Interlocking Snow Background stamp and an embossed snowflake folder, along with a few gem embellished snowflakes!
My card also serves as a reminder that there's still time to join our weekly challenge. The theme is Winter Wonderland!
Good Luck!
 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry & Bright

Hi Everyone,

 
The Christmas holiday is almost upon us, so today's post contains my last Christmas card. This time leading up has gone by so quickly, I'm hoping to really savor the holiday itself :)


 I chose to keep my focus on the adorable little Christmas Village Slope Roof Cottage for this card. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo black ink, colored it with Copic markers and fussy cut it out. I stamped a line of trees (from Christmas Village 4 in 1 Accessories 2) and added the tiny snowmen(from Christmas Village 4 in 1 Accessories), only coloring the hats and scarves to match the card base and front door of the cottage. Then I glued down the house in the space I left blank.


The Merry and Bright Stars Greeting was also stamped in red, and I attached a red & white ribbon using my stapler. I added it to my card with some dimensional tape, added a few mini snowflakes as embellishments and a bit of glitter glue to the cottage roof.



While my post is short and sweet, my wishes to you for bright and merry days are heartfelt! I'm grateful for you, dear stampers :)
 
Karin

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Snow Fun!

Hi Everyone,
 
I'm here today to share my card that I made in support of a challenge that DRS Designs is the sponsor of this week. Are you still scrambling to get your last minute cards made? Well, why not consider playing along...Who knows, you might come out a winner of a $10.00 voucher to use in the DRS Designs store. The challenge is being held at Creative Colors Challenge Blog, and if you can't guess from my card what the specifics are, you can check them out right here.
 
 
 
Here are the stamps I used to make my card:
Heart Swag Snowman -It's an all time favorite of mine!
No Snow Fun Greeting-only the last two words of it ;)
 
 We also have a challenge at the DRS Designs blog, each and every Thursday. This week the it's "Sing it to Me", and the theme is sheet music. If you put on your thinking cap, I bet you could combine these two challenges and you'd be in the running for two prizes!
Good luck playing along and getting all you holiday cards done too!

Karin

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Greetings of the Season

Hi Everyone,

 
The closer I get to the holiday and the deadline for sending out my holiday cards, the simpler they become. What can I say, I'm real. There are only 24 hrs in the day, and well, you get the idea...

 
Thank goodness this beautiful Nature's Christmas Greeting stamp from DRS Designs is a breeze to color with my Copics, and does double duty including both the sentiment and image. After die cutting and matting it, I attached it to a green card base. To keep it from being too plain, I added a die cut border to the bottom and a strip of red glitter to highlight those sweet holly berries. A few drops of glitter glue on the berries and that was all she wrote :)
 
 

I doesn't get much easier than that.
Thanks for taking a moment out of your day to visit the blog and be sure to check out our

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

From Our House....

Hi Everyone,
 
So I'm famous (in my own mind!) for saving things that didn't work out the first time I tried them. This card is the result of one of those tries. The scene was meant to be a Christmas ornament. If only you could have seen the finished product in my minds eye...It was amazing...lol! Anyway, when that ended up being a total flop, I put the scene aside and ended up die cutting it now, and putting it on today's card share:)
 
The snowman, trees and subtle snowflakes were from the Christmas Village 4 on 1 Accessories., and I added the Christmas Village House 1 as well.
 
 
The background was made using the Interlocking Snow stamp in green ink and the Snow Background in red. I added an additional panel with gems and a black border for a bit to interest . Simple, sweet and easy to mail at this time of year. So remember to save your goofs, it makes for quick cards at a later date...lol!
 
Have a great Tuesday!
Karin

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Picking out a tree...

Hi Everyone,

 
So, what is it for you? Artifical or the real thing? I have to admit that I'm in the artifical tree catagory, but I sure do love the smell and look of the real Christmas trees. A couple of miles from my home, they've begun setting up the tree lot for the season and I'm tempted to buy each year :) I only had live trees the first couple of years I was married, (then I went to the dark side!) and I love looking at the photos I have of the trees those years.

 
So, here's a card that I made with stamps from DRS Designs, inspired by the memories of going to the tree lot and choosing the perfect Christmas tree. I stamped the new Christmas Village Tree Store first, adding the man and his dog and a couple extra trees to round out the little scene. The man and the extra trees are from Christmas Village 4 in 1 Accessories and Christmas Village 4 in 1 Accessories 2. I colored it with Copic markers, adding some sponging to create the grass and sky, and a few bits of glitter glue here and there for snow. I cut out the scene with my circle dies and used the No Snow Fun greeting for the sentiment.





I layered everything onto an embossed holly background, added a large die cut snowflake and a few gems and a pearl to finish it.
 
Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
 
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