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 24, 2015

Modern Spiro Wreath

Hi Everyone,

I went with a traditional red and green color combo for my card share today.  I have to admit they're my favorite colors to use when making Christmas cards, because they immediately make me think of the holidays.  I personally don't pair these colors together at any other time :)   

I stamped the newly released Joy to you Christmas Greeting from DRS Designs in red dye ink and die cut it using a round Spellbinders die. Choosing to create a modern wreath look, I stamped and fussy cut the Circle Spiro Design and colored that up in red and green using my Copic markers.   I wanted it to stand out from my background that I made using the Splatter Background stamp, so I attached it to another die cut circle.

It need some embellishment, so I added the Holly leaf that was colored and fussy cut too, and finished it off with a ribbon and some glitter glue on the berries. 

Thanks for visiting the blog today and be sure to participate in the DRS Designs weekly challenges for your chance at a great prize!

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Winter Snow Globe

Hi Everyone,

It's hard to believe that next week we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving!  The holidays are definitely upon us, don't you think?   Have you started making your cards?  Well, I'm way behind  in that department, but I have no fear!  DRS Designs is releasing some great Christmas, winter and New Year's stamps on November 21st and they've gotten me in the stamping mood :) 

 Here's a sneak peak at some of the new goodies on my card today.  Last year DRS Designs released a whole group of Christmas Village stamps that enable you to create different holiday scenes. They're adorable and here are some new additions to the collection:

Christmas Village Gazebo 643G
Christmas Village Clock 653B

These were stamped and colored along with the Tree from the Christmas Village 4 in 1 Accessories to round out the scene, adding some glitter glue for some sparkling snow.  I then used my snow globe die to make a shaker card.  My tiny snowflakes inside the shaker are the leftovers from my snowflake border punch. 

The Merry Christmas came from inking up that phrase only, on the Christmas Multi Greeting and the background paper was made using the Interlocking Snow and Snow Background in red and green ink.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

In All Things Give Thanks

Hi Everyone,

My card today serves as a reminder to join us for our current challenge on the DRS Designs blog,  where the theme is Pile it High!  The deadline is tomorrow, so that still leaves you some time for creating and a chance at a great stamp-y prize :)

For this card, I chose some fall colored card stock for the layers and a neutral cream for stamping on.  I decided to use the Autumn Leaf Pile stamp as a sort of design element on the card to frame my Give Thanks Bible Verse banner.  I stamped it once, then turned the panel upside down and stamped it again.  I chose some fall colored Copic markers and matched them to my card base colors. 
 After I was done coloring I ran the panel through my Cuttlebug using a leaf embossing folder.  I attached my sentiment with some foam tape for dimension and added a punched leaf for embellishment.  

Good luck in the challenge!


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sending You a Smile

Hi Everyone,

I have a clean and simple card share today.  It's one of those cards that I like to keep in my stash for those times when you need a card at a moments notice. For a card like this, I keep the inside blank, and when I need it, that's when I choose what to stamp inside. 

I began with a white card base and chose a medium blue card stock for the top layer.  The blue paper is 1/4" smaller than the base and I cut out a few clouds using a die, attaching it to the base using foam tape to give it dimension.  I also cut out a few clouds out of white card stock and layered them on the blue panel.

I stamped the recently released Hot Air Balloon  from DRS Designs and colored it with my Copic markers, fussy cut it and attached it with foam tape as well.

I wanted the card to be cheerful, so I chose the Sending you a Smile greeting that I stamped on a die cut banner.  

Here's hoping my sweet and simple card brings you a smile today!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Give Thanks

Hi Everyone,

Whenever I go on vacation, I always lament about how I wish my home was more like (insert said vacation spot here).  It could be anything from the beach to a concrete jungle big city, whatever, I'm always wishing for something that my home doesn't have.  Except in October.  It's glorious here in northeast Ohio.  The weather is usually cool and crisp, and I love, love, love the fall colors! I don't even have to travel far from home to see the beauty. See?

 This is a photo of the empty land next to the store where I grocery shop, and it's only around the corner from my house.  Super pretty, right?


And this scenic overlook is only a few miles from my home.  

Seeing all of this around me, inspired me to grab the new Autumn Leaf Pile (575F) stamp and design today's fall card.  I stamped that first, the Single Fall Tree next, and then nestled the Give Thanks Bible Verse (585E) next to them.  I then die cut this and colored the leaves in all of the gorgeous fall colors with my Copic markers. 

The background was created using the Fall Leaf  with Acorn stamp and I made a strip of patterned paper using the Woven Plaid.  Before I attached my image panel, I added an embossed, die cut fall leaf on top of my background.  It added that extra pop of color that my card needed.

Thanks for visiting today and be sure to visit the DRS Designs store and check out all the fun new stamps!


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Thankful People are Happy

Hi Everyone,

I'm here to tell you that you will fall in love with the new stamps that DRS Designs will be releasing on October 24th.  There are wonderful images and greetings for the fall season and beyond, and I'm honored to be able to share this card with you today.  

The background was created using the new Wood Grain (626P) stamp.  It was so easy to use and the results were amazing!  Not sure if it shows up on my card, but the wood grain is complete with a little knot hole, which adds to the texture and realism :)

I stamped the Happy Thankful People (612G) greeting and the lined up the Cattail Milk Pail (581F) right next to it, colored and then die cut it.  I added some sponging in brown and green ink to soften and add a bit of a distressed or rustic look.
I added some die cut leaves and gems in matching colors to complete the card.

The design team will be showing off all of the new stamp-y goodness this week, so be sure to check back each and every day!

Have a good one :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Witches Potions

Hi Everyone,

I'm happy to share another Halloween card with you today, that features two stamps that are tailor made for each other :) 

 I began by stamping and heat embossing the Magic Potion Shelf, which I water colored using my ink pads and a watercolor brush.  I then stamped the rest of the paper using the Starry Background in Versamark, which I also heat embossed.  Sadly, it looked quite dull on the white card stock, so I simply cut off the bottom portion, (if you look close you can still see some of the stars) and added a gemstone border.  Even  witches should have a bit of glamour in their lives :) The Poison Potions Greeting was stamped die cut and embellished with some matching ink, and the spider die cut was added as another bit of embellishment.

This card also serves as a reminder for you to join us for the Spooky or Cutesy challenge right here!

Good Luck!

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!

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