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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, 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!
 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Magic Grain

Hi Everyone,
 

Back when I was a child, I always left out cookies for Santa, but I never left any reindeer food for Rudolph and his friends. I was an adult before I heard of people feeding Santa's reindeer. I think sprinkling oatmeal laced with colored sugar on the lawn Christmas Eve, to guide Santa's sleigh to your home, is a great tradition for children and would leave lasting memories. Those are the thoughts that went through my head when I was designing today's card share.
 

I pulled out the Polka Dot background to create my paper. I was in a rut using snowflakes for all my winter cards, and this actually is a great stand in for lightly falling snow. I stamped a strip of patterned paper using the Woven Plaid background stamp that was cut apart into 3 pieces. That made stamping in different ink colors and also at an angle a breeze.
 
 
I image is the new Feeding Reindeer stamp and I paired it with the Lingering Christmas Greeting which was die cut and attached with pop dots. I finished it off with a few punched snowflakes and matching gems.
 
Thanks for peeking in today!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Old Fashioned Christmas

Hi Everyone,

 
I've been having fun stamping with the new Christmas village stamps that were released over the weekend at DRS Designs. They combine with the stamps that were released a few months ago, so I'm only limited by my imagination when using these stamps on my cards!

 
I think the new Christmas Village Cabin stamp is a team favorite, because many of us have used it already for our sharing on the blog...lol! How could you not love it, it's so sweet and cozy looking :)


After stamping the house I needed to round out my scene, so I added a few more pine trees, a snowman in the meadow and a little kid who built him from the
Christmas Village 4 in 1 Accessories. I colored it with Copic markers and added glitter glue to the roof of the Log Cabin and highlights to the trees with a white gel pen.



To create my snowy, patterned paper strip, I used the Interlocking Snow Background in light green ink, and the Snow Background in a dark green in right on top. I attached a punched border and layered it onto and embossed snowflake background. I used only a portion of the Sleigh Rides Greeting and added a die cut snowflake for embellishment.
 
These stamps have me ready for the winter and holiday season for sure! How about you? Be sure to pop over to the DRS Designs store to see all of the holiday stamps and lots of card inspiration too!
 Thanks for stopping by!
Karin

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Good Friend...

Hi Everyone,
 
After having some issues trying to upload my photos, I'm happy to report that my husband got me all fixed up and I can finally show off my card made with the Designer Quilt Square from DRS Designs!
 
It's a friendship card, so I used girly colors of pink and green when I colored up the squares after stamping them on white card stock. I then cut it out using a heart shaped die and a zig-zag layered heart for the back. To match the heart, I used the solid portion of the Double Chevron Card Edger and created a border around my background layer.
 
 
 
 
 
I stamped the Good Friend Warm Quilt Greeting along side my quilted heart and added some tiny green gems and a crochet flower to the center of my heart.
 
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out our current Any Autumn Holiday Challenge at DRS Designs!
 
Have a great day!
Karin

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

With Sympathy

Hi Everyone,
 
Since my camera isn't cooperating with me today, I cannot upload the new quilt card I made a couple of days ago...So, I'm sharing a sympathy card I made and sent out recently. Sadly there is always a need for these cards.
 
In a hurry, I used my go to layout, and dry embossed the bottom portion of my white card stock. After choosing an ink color, I stamped the Silhouette Background Trees once and then again before re inking the stamp. I did that across the card and stamped the With Sympathy in black ink.
 
 
I decide to add some of the same green ink with a sponge to bring out the embossing on the bottom, and separated the top and bottom with a punched border and soft ribbon. I finished it off with a few matching gems.
 
Thanks for dropping by, and my fingers are crossed that I can get my new card uploaded for my post next Tuesday!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Friendship Quilt

Hi Everyone,
 
I'm pleased to show you my most recent card made with using the Designer Quilt Square from DRS Designs. I started by stamping some squares on white paper and then coloring them with a red & pink Copic marker. After fussy cutting them, I decided they looked a bit plain, so I embellished them with stripes and dots.
 
Wanting to pair it with the new Good Friend Warm Quilt Greeting, I chose an embossed heart background and decided I needed a few extra hearts. I colored and cut out the hearts from the
Heart Swag Snowman stamp, and added them to the centers of my quilt squares.
 
 
The greeting was die cut and attached with dimensional foam dots and I added lace, twine and a red flower shaped gem to finish it off.
 
Karin

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thanksgiving

Hi Everyone,
 
My card today shows off a couple of new stamps that were recently released at DRS Designs! They celebrate the fall season as well as one of my favorite holidays...Thanksgiving :)
 
I began by coloring my Indian Corn using my watercolor brush. Deciding to not use my Copic markers was definitely out of my comfort zone, but it allowed me to give the corn a softer look. I was pleased with how easy it was to do. While I was waiting for my image to dry, I stamped the Giving Thanks Greeting on kraft paper, die cut and matted it. I stamped a bit of the Woven Plaid in orange & brown, because it reminds me of a Thanksgiving tablecloth.
 
I embossed a leaf background panel and then began assembling my card, tying on a ribbon to match my corn, adding the punched photo corners, and finally attaching my fussy cut corn.

 
Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Leaves are Falling...

Hi Everyone,
 
I know that the calender tells us when fall officially arrives, but for me, it's always when the rakes come out! Luckily my work load is a bit lighter this year, due to the fact that I had two large trees cut down in my front yard this summer. Yay! I'm looking forward to admiring the beauty of the fall colors, while not dreading the yard work :)
 
For today's card I made a background using the Open Leaf stamp in multiple fall colors. I knew I wanted an orange base, so I colored the Large Scarecrow keeping that color in mind. I stamped the Autumn is Calling Greeting in navy blue to match the matting of my background paper, and added some sponging and a few leaf brads.
 
 
 
I finished the card it by fussy cutting my scarecrow and attaching it.
 
Check out all of the new fall stamps available at DRS Designs by clicking here!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Beauty of Autumn

Hi All!
The leaves are starting to change colors here in Northeast Ohio, and the reports have been that they are on schedule to be extra vibrant this year. Our current challenge at the DRS Designs Blog celebrates this beautiful time of year, so I hope you can join us with your lovely, leafy creations!
My card today was made by stamping the Script Font Background on white card stock and using a square die to cut it out. Then I stamped the Medium Silhouette Leaf in Versamark and heat set it with clear embossing powder. Taking a few sponges, I inked over the leaf with bright fall colors and added the 1 Line Beauty of Autumn sentiment, adding the same sponging to match.



I layered the image and sentiment onto an embossed leaf background and added matching ribbons and metal leaf embellishment.
Thanks for stopping by and link up your leaf card here for a chance at a great prize!

Karin

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Moonlight and Magic

Hi Everyone,
 
I have a simple DRS Designs Halloween card to share with you today. Nothing fancy, just a bit of sparkling embossing powder and some yellow glitter glue (scored in the sale bin for .25...Yay me!) to make it festive.
 
I stamped the Silhouette Spooky Village in Versamark and black ink, heat embossing it with the glittery powder. The stamp has a few bats flying around the houses, but I decided there needed to be more, so I used the Accent Bats and added them to the neighborhood.
 
After stamping the Moonlight and Magic Greeting, I die cut it with my Oval Spellbinders die, and highlighted the sentiment with some blue ink to match my night time scene. I attached it to my card using some dimensional foam tape.
 
 
 
 
To keep the card on the friendly side, I added Spencer The Not So Spooky Ghost which I cut out of vellum, and lastly came the yellow glitter glue. Spencer was added to the back of the sentiment, by only his right corner, to make him look like he's floating :)
 
Thanks for peeking in today!
 
Karin

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Spooky Eyes

Hi Everyone,
 
I've mentioned before that I save pieces parts that I've stamped or colored, that for whatever reason never made it on a card. Well, I came across one of these Eyeballs from DRS Designs and went to toss it, but then I remembered this new Bump into Me Greeting. What if these spooky eyeballs belonged to some unknown creature of the night? Yep, I sure wouldn't want to bump into to it!
 
 
So crazy, right? You just never know where or when inspiration will hit! I just used some paper in Halloween colors, a drippy goo punch, distressed embossing folder, colored up another eyeball and added a strip of green glitter. Voila, a flat, easy to mail Halloween card was done as simple as that! A card inspired by an eyeball....Now that's a first for me!
 
Thanks for the visit!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

If the shoe fits...

Hi Everyone,
 
Have you joined in our weekly challenge recently? It's a fun way to build up your stash of cards, as well as having a chance at winning a prize from DRS Designs. This week the challenge theme is "Hot Trends, Sequins and Gems". All the cards from the design team, as well as specific details, can be found on this post here, so be sure to check it out!
 
My card today features patterned papers made using the Woven Plaid stamp in Halloween colors. I decided to combine the new If the Shoe Fits Greeting with the Witchly Accessories stamp. I stamped my image first and then fit the sentiment in at an angle. After die cutting it with my Spellbinders rectangle die, I stamped in a few of the Tiny Bats to fill in the blank spots.
 
 
I attached the image panel with some dimensional dots and added a few lines of gems to fit the challenge theme.
 
Thanks for visiting us here on the blog...Hope to see you at the challenge!

Karin

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Don't Bump Into Me

Hi Everyone,
 
The current challenge on the DRS Designs blog has the theme of "It's Give Me the Creeps!", so we're hoping you join us with your creepy, crawly and/or scary cards! You have a little more time to link up your card here, and the winner will be announced on Thursday, along with our next challenge theme.
 
I was getting tired of using the typical Halloween colors on my most recent cards, so I decided to mix things up and use neutral colors and a monochromatic color scheme.
 
On the background I stamped the Spooky Eyes in Versamark, and the new Spooky Tree Limb (136F) along the side in black ink. The new Bump Into Me Greeting (149G) was also stamped in black, and then I used the Accent Bats in Versamark on top. The sentiment was die cut and my Mummy was stamped and fussy cut and added to the card with some foam tape.
 
 
 
 
Of course I felt like I need something in my empty corner, so I fished a piece of twine behind my mummy and added a black button.
 
Hope to see you at the challenge!
 
Good Luck :)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Challenge Time!

Hi Everyone,
 
I have a couple of challenge cards to share with you today.  The first is for the challenge at the
DRS Designs blog, where the theme is "It Gives Me the Creeps!"  So join us with your creepy or scary cards and link them up for your chance at $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store.
 
My card features the soon to be released Halloween Stamps, The Raven and Spooky Tree Limb.  Both of these images were embossed, though I don't think it shows up in the photo.
 
 
The background was made using the Woven Plaid and I finished it with the Tiny Happy Halloween.
 
For a second chance at a 10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store, join the Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge where DRS is the sponsor this week!
 
The challenge there is Beautiful Blooms...
 
 
Here I used the Dogwood Branch and then added the ATC to a card.
 
 
The patterned paper was made using the Large Original Plaid and I added the sentiment
Birthday Wishes to finish this second card off.
 
Thanks for visiting and hope to see you at the challenges!
 
 
 
 

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