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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 14, 2018

Side By Side

Hi Everyone,

I hope you've been enjoying seeing all of the western/cowboy cards here on the blog, because I've enjoyed stamping and making them.  Even when things haven't gone as planned :)  

I wanted to stamp the Cowgirl Line Dancer and Cowboy Line Dancer close together, so I stamped her first and then made a mask, covering her up and stamping him slightly on top.  Something didn't go right, so I tried again.  I changed up their position slightly and managed to not like the outcome again.  Sigh.  Never mind.  Instead of starting over with a new idea, I decided to used the top part of the couple only and made the following cards.  

I chose an anniversary theme for this couple, stamping and layering up the Love is More Precious Greeting.  I dry embossed the background and added a piece of cardstock stamped using the Woodgrain Background stamp. 



I added a glittered up sunflower that was fussy cut from the
Polka Dot Flower Trio, just as an embellishment.

For this card, I used a circle punch on my couple, and stamped the background using the
 Western Word Square, adding a strip of embossed cardstock and a strip of glitter.  


I inked up the Howdy Pardner from the background stamp and used a speech bubble punch to make a greeting.  After completing these, I was so happy I was able to rescue my couples and make them into worthy cards.  

Thanks for stopping by!
Karin


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Cowboy Boots

Hi Everyone,

I'm loving these new stamps that DRS Designs has recently released!  All of them are just super fun, and using them, one can make cards that are both masculine and feminine.

I started off making a masculine card, by adding ink to my embossing folder and making a rustic woodgrain like background.  I added a strip of patterned paper made from the Western Word Square and attached it along with a punched border to the bottom of the card.  

Stamping the boot and hats, I changed direction and wanted my card to be more girl like, so I embellished the designs of the images with glitter after coloring the details red.  


Because of that red choice, I went with red for my base and also for the mats on my sentiment and image, which were attached with dimensional foam tape.

Here is a list of all the stamps used on today's card:

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Don't Stop Laughing

Hi Everyone,

One time, back in college, someone tried to teach me to clog.  It did not go well...lol!  I would love to say that this couple represents me and my hubby, but they actually look like they know what they're doing on the dance floor! What I can say is, is that we'd be laughing as we tried to keep up with everyone :)  The people aren't me, but the sentiment sure is!

The adorable Western Dancing Couple is a new release and I colored them up and die cut them for the front of my card.  The backgrounds were made from using a paisley embossing folder, and the bottom portion was stamped using the new Western Word Square.



I added a strip of handmade patterned paper (stamped with Vicki's Versatile Background and the Splatter Background stamp) to cover up my seam, and the Don't Stop Laughing Greeting was die cut and matted as well.  

I kept the inside simple,  adding the Rest Best of Life Greeting and a couple of images from the new 

hanks for stopping by and be sure to giddy up and check out all of the cute new stamps over at

Have a great day!
Karin



Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Beach and Desert

Hi Everyone,

I began wanting to make a sunrise card with lots of palm trees for a tropical beachy scene, but I ended up with two cards instead.  One beach like and the other desert like.  

I started by stamping The Floor upside down, as a stand in for the sunrise, and then stamped the Vicki's Versatile Background below using navy blue ink.  I did some sponging to create the sky, water and sand.  So far so good, until I stamped a couple of rows of the Silhouette Palm Tree Line.  All of a sudden what was in my head, didn't translate to my paper, so I cut off the bottom row of trees only intending to use the sunrise portion.  

I stamped the Vicki's Versatile Background all over the card base and added the Sending You Sunshine Greeting, along with the scene using some dimensional foam tape. 


Then I looked at the piece that was left over, and thought what was the water on the above card, looked like sky and sand on this one.  So, why not have a little desert oasis card too?  It kind of reminded me of hiking in the Desert Oasis on one of my vacations in Palm Springs.  


I stamped this background using the Splatter Background stamp and added a die cut
 Let the Adventure Begin Greeting.  In order to change it up a bit, I added a black strip and adhered everything directly on the card.  


Be sure to keep coming by to visit the blog this week.  The DRS Designs design team is getting ready to show off some new stamps....Yee-Haw! 

Have a great day!
Karin

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Wedded Bliss

Hi Everyone,

I've been working on making summer and beach themed cards lately, but with a family wedding coming up at the end of the month, I wanted to see if I could combine those themes into one card.  
While a whimsical wedding card is not appropriate for everyone, the right couple would definitely appreciate it :)

I began with an aqua panel that was vertically the length of a standard A2 card, but an inch smaller  across and embossed it using a bubble folder from Darice.  I added it to a slightly larger piece of black cardstock and attached it to the base.

I stamped and die cut the To Have and To Hold Greeting, attached it using some dimensional tape, and went to work on the images. 


I stamped the Happy Octopus twice on some grey cardstock and fussy cut them out.  I knew I wanted to added some bubbles between them by way of punched hearts, but the animals themselves seemed  plain otherwise, so I had to get creative.  The bowtie was hand cut and added using a gem, and the veil was a scrap of lace, embellished with one fussy cut flower from the Four Flower Background. 

Now that makes them look more like a bride and groom :)

You can find all of these stamps and more over at DRS Designs!
Best "fishes" everyone!
Karin

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Nautical

Hi Everyone,

While it may not be a challenge for some folks, trying to make a card with a masculine theme always sends me into a tizzy. Things start out well, and then I end up embellishing my card with ribbon or gems, and begin all over again. But... Not today people! I managed to complete what I started, with no glitter in sight :)

After stamping, heat embossing, and die cutting my Sailboat image from DRS Designs, I decided to challenge myself to make some backgrounds for this card.  The first background was made using the 
Large Original Plaid Background and blue ink. By only stamping the plaid one way, it's just stripes!   I made a smaller panel using the same blue in and the Starry Background stamp, and I matted them both using maroon colored paper.



I off set the image panel and added a strip that I made using scraps from my desk and some large brads from my stash.  I added a simple sentiment of "Best Wishes" which came from the larger Engagement Wishes Greeting, and called the card done.  

Best wishes to you and thanks for visiting today!
Karin

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Let Freedom Ring

Hi Everyone,

Tomorrow is our nations birthday, but I'll be celebrating this evening by watching fireworks from my mother-in-law's deck :)  The trees in our sight line are growing larger every year, so we're going to keep the tradition going as long as possible.  I hope that you have a great day tomorrow, however your choose to celebrate!

In the mean time, here are a couple of patriotic cards to kick off the celebration.

I purchased these star shaped shakers, along with a card that had the star shape cut out already on the front.  (Hampton Art brand) The white card was much too plain for me, so I cut it in half and only used the front portion and my own red and blue cardstock.  

I stamped the background using both the Interlocking Star Background and the Starry Background stamps.  I embossed a corner piece of red cardstock and after attaching it to the background piece, I covered up the seam with a piece of double sided tape and some red and blue glitter. 


I made a banner for my Let Freedom Ring Greeting and embellished it with a die cut star made from sticker paper and blue glitter.  My sequin filled shaker seemed to get lost on the busy background, so I used a couple of punches to make a little frame to make it stand out.  

My second card is crazy easy.  It was only when I was choosing my embossing folder for the above card, that I realized I had 3 star themed folders.  If I knew this at some point, I had totally forgotten!  So, before I put them all away, I went ahead and embossed some red, white and blue cardstock . After rounding the corners, I attached the 3 strips to a Kraft colored card base and used the same cute sentiment.  


I added three punched stars for embellishment and called it done! 

Just thought I'd share this bit of random cuteness before I go...Bambi outside my front door this morning.  They're adorable when they're little and haven't participated in eating everything in my yard :) 


Enjoy your Independence Day!

Karin


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Beach Themed Cards

Hi Everyone,

With summer upon us now, I have a couple of beach themed cards to share with you today.  I have friends that left for a beach vacation, so I definitely had them in mind while I was crafting over the weekend.  

I stamped and colored up the Brush Beach Sunrise scene using my Copic markers and framed it using my rectangle and scalloped rectangle dies.  I attached the "photo" to a background that was created with embossed waves and the Splatter Background stamp. 

The Snorkel Frog was colored, fussy cut and added with some dimensional foam tape, along with the Picture Perfect Day greeting to finish it off. 

My second card is one of those cards that I like to keep in my stash.  An all occasion note card that's perfect for summer time, and one that you can use as a thank you or thinking of you card, when you're short on time.  


I stamped the background using the Script Font Background stamp, and added a strip of iridescent foil tape.  I stamped 3 of the shells from the 4 in 1 Seashell stamp, using a couple of square punches to mat them.  All that was left to do was add the 1 Line Just a Note greeting.  

Thanks for stopping by!
  Have a happy day....
Karin

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

It's Five O'clock

Hi Everyone, 

Margaritas anyone? They're a party in a glass for sure!  

I had some green cardstock sitting out on my table, so instead of cleaning up, I decided to make a card using a citrus theme.  I created my backgrounds using the Citrus Slice and 
Silhouette Branch Background from DRS Designs in green ink, and added and embossed strip to cover up the seam.

Nothing is more celebratory than fruity drinks and friends, so I stamped, die cut and matted the
 Five O'clock Somewhere Greeting and attached it to the center of the card. 

I added the Margarita Glass that I colored and fussy cut, along with my die cut limes for embellishment.  And I didn't forget to add salt to the rim, by way of glitter glue :)

Here is a peek at the inside, where I just used the same stamps and the A Toast To You Greeting 



Cheers to You!  Hope your summer is going well and...
 Happy Stamping!

Karin

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