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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, December 11, 2018

Seas and Greetings

Hi Everyone,

It's been a while since I really got my sparkle on, so I thought what better time than the holidays to glitter up some cards :)  

Blue and white are always a nautical color combo, so I began by stamping my navy background with the Splatter Background stamp. After stamping with white ink, I took a sponge and just smeared and softened the spots so that they wouldn't look so defined.  I placed an embossed seashell strip along the bottom and lined the sides with double sided tape and glitter.  


I then stamped and heat embossed the Seashell Christmas Tree and the new Seas and Greetings sentiment, fussy cutting the tree and die cutting the greeting.  

I die cut and added some glitter embellished mats for my greeting and then assembled the card, finishing it off with a gemstone flourish from my stash.

While we don't have any glittery sand where I live, we do have lots of the glittery white stuff...(I'd take the sand and shells any day!) 

Here's hoping your season is shaping up to be swell!
Karin








Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Merry Christmas

Hi Everyone,

My card today features the beautiful new Christmas Door Knocker stamp.  I can just see it on an open house invitation, or a welcome to the neighborhood card, or just a friendly holiday card like mine here:


I chose to heat emboss the image on Kraft cardstock and color it in with some water based markers.  I die cut and matted it, adding it with pop dots to a dry embossed background.  The strip of patterned paper was made using the Snow Background and the Splatter Background stamps.  I finished the card by added a matching ribbon and rounding off one corner.  

Here's look at the heat embossing:


I did a simple inside using the Christmas From Our house Greeting, 
the Christmas Village Slope Roof Cottage, along with the same Snow Background stamp from the front.  


How's your holiday cardmaking coming along?  If you need some more inspiration, DRS Designs has got you covered.  

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

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Apples and Ornaments

Hi Everyone,

Because Thanksgiving fell so early in November, as I type this, I still feel like I'm celebrating two seasons and holidays.  I'm eating turkey soup, made from my leftovers, and I'm also decorating for Christmas.  Hence my cards for the blog today :)

I couldn't let the harvest season pass by with out coloring up the gorgeous Bountiful Basket stamp. It screams bounty and thankfulness, and lets me use all of my favorite colored markers to bring it to life.  I die cut and added a mat, along with a second pumpkin.  I stamped it a second time, colored and fussy cut it, adding it using some dimensional foam tape.  

An embossed fall word background, along with a strip of paper made using the Splatter Background stamp, made up the background for this card.  I finished it off with the Thanks be to God Greeting and a crochet button embellishment from my stash.  


I took a break from decorating to make a card that was filled with some decorations :)

I used some Spellbinders ornament dies to create these, and decorated them using the following stamps:



It needed a bit of embellishment, so I stamped and fussy cut the flower from the 
Poinsettia Vine Corner stamp, and added some punched greens, and gems to the centers.  The Small Happy Holidays Greeting was added using my square punches, to contrast the round ornaments.  

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...Thanks for visiting today!

Karin




Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Thanksgiving Cards

Hi Everyone,

With it being Thanksgiving week, I have two cards that are holiday related, but on the simpler side.  If you're in a time crunch, these are for you ;)

An embossing folder, circle punches, and a die are what I used to highlight the darling little leaf image from the 4 in 1 Harvest Designs stamp from DRS Designs.  

I colored up the leaves and used a 1 3/4"circle punch to cut them out.  After embossing my background, I used the 1 1/4" punch to create the openings and glued the leaves behind them.  I then used the same size punches to create the little frames for each one, and added a simple die cut greeting to finish the card.  


For my second card, I stamped, colored and die cut the Pumpkin Thanksgiving Wishes greeting. I wasn't in the mood to do any lengthy coloring project, so I grabbed some washi tape and masked off a few strips on my background cardstock.  I then used some orange and yellow ink, and sponged the exposed areas.  After removing the tape, I stamped the Pumpkin Pile in brown ink and added a strip of glitter. 

I finished it off by adding the sentiment using some dimensional tape and a row of matching gems.  

Here's wishing you a happy holiday this week...I sure am grateful you took the time to visit the blog today!

Karin


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Pumpkin Piles

Hi Everyone,

I really like the new Pumpkin Pile stamp that was recently released at DRS Designs, it's definitely been the stamp I've used the most this fall season!  I love the different sizes in the grouping and they work as part of a scene or as a stand alone stamp too.

Here I began by stamping the pumpkins, masking them off and adding the Hanging Sign Post next.  I kept the mask in place, and then stamped using the Winter Trees stamp, making sure I stamped below the sign. 


All that was left to do was color up the scene using my Copic markers, and add the 
Small Autumn Greetings sentiment to the sign.  

For this card, I stamped the card base using the Woven Plaid in green and orange ink.  .  It's probably my favorite background stamp for the cooler months, because it's so versatile and easy to use!

For a change, I stamped the Pumpkin Pile on Kraft using Versamark and heat embossed them using white embossing powder, coloring them in after.


I added a strip of orange glitter to the top, matted the image attaching it to the stamped base with dimensional foam tape.  I stamped and used my circle punches for the Thanks be to God Greeting and attached that with the same tape, finishing it off with a few gems.  

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week???! I'm so not ready...Well, my spirit is, but my house and pantry are not!  

Have a great week!
Karin




Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Pumpkin Cards

Hi Everyone,

I've been trying to get back into the swing of things, but as luck would have it, the cold bug followed us home from vacation.  We're hoping things are on the up swing this new week, and thankfully it didn't stop me from stamping! 

I love this gorgeous new Give Thanks Pumpkin Stack stamp, from DRS Designs.  It's an image and greeting all in one and it was a dream to color up.  After die cutting it and adding a mat, I set it aside to work on my backgrounds.  The base paper was made using the following stamps:

Splatter Background (orange ink) 


Lastly, I used the Woven Plaid to make my middle piece of patterned paper, stamping it using the same colors of ink.  I added a punched border and a gauzy green ribbon to finish it off.

Is there anything better than coffee and pie? Not much if you ask me, so I was thrilled to be inking up the new Pie and Coffee stamp. After coloring and die cutting it, I stamped and die cut the
 Pumpkin Spice Everything Nice greeting and tried to work out the placement of them on my card.  


I chose a brown background paper because it matched the color of the crust and then added a piece of orange and green to match the pie and dishes.  Then I dry embossed the whole thing with a leaf embossing folder (Darice)

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Karin


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Unexpected

Hi Everyone,

Remember when buttons on cards were all the rage?  I acquired them in almost every color, but as that trend past, as trends tend to do, they are now gathering dust in my collection of craft supplies.  Until I was looking to make one more Halloween card, that had to be quick and easy.  

I was going for clean and simple, stamping the Empty Spider Web on the corner of my orange background paper.  I added a strip of white paper to the bottom that was stamped with the 
Expect the Unexpected Greeting, and I was going to add a few die cut spiders to the web.  The only problem was, nothing about that was unexpected.  So out came my black button collection and glue.  


Button spiders seemed cute and more in line with the greeting too.  The only thing left to do was draw on some legs, and add a bit of gingham ribbon.

Halloween is almost here...Wishing you few tricks and many treats!

Have a great day!
Karin 




Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Boo

Hi Everyone,

While I know the greeting on the card says, "Boo!," the ghosts are more in line with Casper the friendly ghost, so I kept the theme of the card cheerful.

I stamped, colored and die cut the Ghost Boo image, using various orange Copic markers on the image. I then used the colorless blender to make the designs some of the letters.  It simply moves/removes some of the ink when you use it to draw stripes or dots.  



The orange background was dry embossed using a pumpkin embossing folder (Provocraft) and the yellow paper was embossed using a spider web folder (Darice).  I wanted to add some matching embellishment, so I kept with the color theme of the card and stamped the Candy Corn Border a couple times.  I colored and fussy cut it and attached it, along with the image using dimensional tape.  
Thanks for stopping by today!
Karin

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Happy Halloween

Hi Everyone,

I have another Halloween card to share with you today and it's one for those folks that don't do scary or gory for Halloween.  Just cheerful fun!

I stamped and colored up the Fancy Pumpkin, embellishing the buckle with some glitter glue.  After fussy cutting it, I attached it to a couple of die cut circles, embossing one using a spider web embossing folder.


I created the backgrounds using the Spooky Eyes and Starry Background stamps and attached those to an orange card base.  

I stamped and die cut the Deco Happy Halloween, sponging on some yellow and orange ink to coordinate with the other card elements.  

Thanks for visiting today!
Karin

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Scary Skull

Hi Everyone,

I decided to pull out my glitter and embossing powders last weekend and get to work on some more Halloween cards. 

After making the Scary Skull into a Day of the Dead sugar skull here, I decided to stamp and heat emboss it for my first card,  I colored up the eyes, fussy cut it and set it aside as I worked on the rest of the card.

I dry embossed the background and made a border strip using the Scroll Corner Tile stamp to match, attaching it to the background.  Using red ink, I stamped the Bump Into Me Halloween Greeting, and I matted it to match the card base.  I added a strip of double sided tape to the bottom of the greeting and burnished it with some glittery flock.  It needed an embellishment, so I stamped, colored and fussy cut one Eyeball.   



After attaching the sentiment and image with dimensional tape, I added 3 square gems to finish it off.

I tried to do something different for my second card, and I chose a neutral color theme.  I stamped and embossed the Iron Fence and Gate on a piece of Kraft card stock.  Again, I added a piece of double sided tape and burnished it with some black and gold glitter.  I made my own Boo greeting using dies and square punches, and attached it all to a card base that was stamped using the
 Empty Spiderweb stamp.


Are you ready for Halloween? Be sure to visit the DRS Designs store for tons of stamps and inspiration!

Have a great day!
Karin

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