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 6, 2015

Halloween Can Be Creepy

                                                                           Hi Everyone,
I was inspired by my teammate Nancy's card in this post here.  I loved the effect of ink impressed into card stock using an embossing folder, so I gave it a try too using an interlocking circle design. Since I began with a dark gray card base, I used gray ink for my Spooky Eyes Background as well as the impressed portion, that I edged with a punched border.
I stamped the RIP Tombstone 3 times and then used my circle punches on them , adding them to the embossed panel with dimentional tape.

The sentiment came from the first line of the Bump Into Me Halloween Greeting... Is it just me, or does the impressed embossing give this card a creepy elegance? I like it :)

Happy Halloween!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hey Ghoul-friends!

Hi Everyone,

This new Halloween sentiment from DRS Desigsn is high on my favorite list this year!  I'm a huge fan of  "punny" on cards, and  My Ghoul Friends Witch Greeting hits my funny bone in just the right spot :)

I decided on some bright colors and chose to pull out my drippy goo border punch and spiderweb embossing folder for my background.  I wanted to use something other than a witch image, so I inked up the little hairy Goblin as a stand in for a ghoul, and added a couple of googly eyes.  To turn her into a witch, I fussy cut the hat from Witchly Accessories and colored the band orange to match my card base.

To make it a little more girly I added a polka dotted ribbon tied into a bow.  

Thanks for peeking in today, Ghoulfriends!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Brewed Just for You!

Hi Everyone,
My favorite time of year for card making has finally arrived...Let's hear it for fall and Halloween!
Woo-hoo :) :)  :)  
I had a hard time choosing which stamp to ink up first, but finally ended up on the newly released Magic Potion Shelf  from DRS Desigsn, which I colored with my Copic markers in Halloween shades.  

For my background paper, I began by stamping the Burning Cauldron in the corner once, and then again on a scrap, which I then colored and fussy cut.  I took my Splatter Background stamp (one of my favorites for custom backgrounds) and stamped it in each of the four colors to match my bottles.  I wrapped the bottom of the cardstock with a polka dot ribbon and adhered the colored cauldron right on top.
I only inked up a portion of the Halloween Brewed By stamp and colored and die cut it after it was stamped.  Both die cut pieces were then attached with some dimensional foam dots.  

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out our current challenge for fun & prizes!


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Hike on the Wild Side

Hi Everyone,
I just got back from a lovely vacation yesterday, so I'm just now getting caught up on real life :)  My card share is one that I made a couple of weeks ago.  A friend was having a birthday while we were gone, and I wanted to make sure I got it in the mail before we left.  

I try my best to make cards specific to the person and one of his hobbies is hiking, so I thought the Silhouette Hiker stamp and the Walk On the Wild Side Greeting would make a perfect pairing.  Since it's still summer and the trees are green, I chose that as my color palette.  The card base is a light green and I used the Silhouette Background Trees for my background, inking it once and stamping twice for a shadow effect. The image and sentiment were both heat embossed, and the image was die cut, matted and enhanced with a bit of green ink.
Sorry to keep it short and sweet, but I'm itching to get inky again after being gone...That's much more fun than getting caught up on laundry :(
See ya soon!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Penguin Ornament

Hi Everyone,

For today's card, I used the recently released Simple Christmas Ornament from DRS Designs as my feature item.  It's a great size that works perfectly on a card front, is great to color using a special technique, and can also fit any number of stamps inside of it. So many possibilities!

I chose this cute Percy Penguin stamp for inside and stamped and colored  my Simple Berry Branches  for my background.  

After I fussy cut my ornament, I didn't have the patience to wait for the glossy glaze to dry, so I skipped that and embossed the entire thing with some clear powder instead.  I attached it to my card with some dimensional tape and added a matching bow.
 The tiny sentiment came from the Christmas Multi Greeting stamp.  I only inked up that one portion of the stamp and punched it out, adding it with some dimensional tape as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Greetings of the Season

Hi Everyone,

I really like the stamp used for today's card share.  The nature images are lovely and it has a sentiment built right in :)  It doesn't get much better than that!

I stamped the Nature's Christmas Greetings from DRS Designs and colored the images with my Copic markers, highlighting the berries on the holly and mistletoe with Stickles.  I chose to die cut the image using my rectangle Spellbinders dies and layered the matted image on a snowflake embossed background.

 I used a red layer to bring out the color of the berries, so I felt the need to highlight the green as well.  I used the Interlocking Snow Background and white ink on my strip of green card stock and added  a punched snowflake embellished with a half pearl.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ornament Trio

Hi Everyone,

My card today serves as a reminder to join in our current
DRS Designs challenge, "You Left Me Hanging",  which means anything that hangs or dangles.
I inked up the new Triple Hanging Christmas Ornaments stamp and colored and fussy cut each one for today's card.  I layered them on a matted die cut rectangle, leaving enough room to stamp the Small Merry Christmas on the bottom portion.  I drew in a little string for a couple of the ornaments and added matching ribbon bows.

For my background, I began with a piece of red card stock, adding a couple of strips in gold and green to match the ornaments.  I then embossed the entire background using an ornament embossing folder, embedding the two strips right in.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

From Santa

Hi Everyone!
I started out making tags for my post today, but by the time I stamped, colored, fussy cut, and layered this first tag, I decided it took too long to not be a feature on a card :)  My family only cares about what's inside the package at Christmas, so I'm convinced it would have been under appreciated.  Besides, now it can be a super cute personalized card, just by writing the recipients name on it.
After coloring up and fussy cutting the Leonard Pig Christmas List, I used the newly released Gift Tag Greetings stamp for the To/From, attaching the layered circles to a Triple Holly stamped panel with dimensional tape.  
made my background paper using the Christmas Multi Greeting stamp and added some gems and bit of glitter glue for embellishmet.
Kudos to all the crafters that out there, that take extra time to make beautiful tags to adorn holiday gifts. Mine was not nearly as complicated as many I've seen; I'm in awe of your patience and talent!  Basically what I'm saying is, feel free to make a tag for my gift.  I would totally appreciate it :) :) :)
Have a great day and happy stamping!

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!

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 :) :) :) 


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!
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