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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, March 24, 2015

Birthday Squares

Hi Everyone,
 
My post today was inspired by my team mate Julie, and I know I speak for everyone at DRS Designs when I say that her cards consistently blow our minds...In the best possible way. She has an eye for design, a way with techniques and the ability to use stamps in surprising ways. That being said, she posted a gorgeous card on Friday, (if you missed it, click here) and my card today doesn't come close. When I played around and I wasn't happy with my result, I tried to look at the general design of her card, and used the tools I had on hand, to make a simpler, "Karin" version of her card.

I started out with an A2 sized card base, a turquoise mat that was 1/4" smaller than said base, and 12 1 1/4" punched squares of various stamps.

 
 
Here are the stamps I used:
Three Butterflies
Birthday Sheet Music
Four Flower Background
Lines O' Plenty Background
Dogwood Branch
Silhouette Branch
Silhouette Background Trees
Large Original Plaid Background
Polka Dot Background
Interlocking Flower Background
Tiny Happy Birthday

This card is the whole reason that I will always be a "stampy" gal. While I love to color open line stamps, and digis have their place too, this card gives me the satisfaction of really participating in the hobby I love.

I hope I've inspired you to use your imagination when it comes to stamping, and not to be afraid of making a flat, easy to mail card :)

Peace, Love and Stamping my Friends!

Karin
 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Irish Blessing

Hi Everyone,
 
Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I 
saved one of my Irish themed cards that I made a while ago, to share with you on this holiday.
 
I chose a simple design to put the spotlight on the lovely Irish Blessing from DRS Designs.  I stamped it in a dark green and die cut it and added a mat in the same dark green color.  The Infinity Shamrock was stamped over the sentiment in a lighter green and I colored it in using a Copic marker.  
 
 
The embossed background was enhanced by rubbing a sponge dipped in green ink over it.  That added just enough color to bring out the shamrocks.  I added a punched border and a piece of white cotton lace to finish the project.

Thanks for visiting and whether you celebrate or not, I wish you a wonderful day!

Karin

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Birthday

Hi Everyone,
I think I bypassed spring all together and went straight to celebrating summer with my card today :) I'm taking a break from my spring and St. Patrick's day cards to share a birthday card on the blog today.

Yellow, red and green are a favorite color combo for me, as they always scream cheerfulness to me. Just what I need as were coming out of the long, cold winter. Good news too! All of the stamps I used today can be found in the current catalog at DRS Designs, so you can color up some lady bugs and cheer yourself up too.



The background was made using the Splatter Background stamp and some white embossing powder. I colored up the Ladybug border and Ladybug with Flower stamp with my Copic markers and added the Happy Birthday from the Birthday Flower Circle by punching out the sentiment and layering it on some punched scalloped circles.
I rounded the top corners of my card and image to soften the look and added some yellow glitter glue to finish it off.

And.....Bonus card!
 

The Cupcake Inspirations challenge blog is in the midst of celebrating their 300th challenge and
DRS Designs is one of the sponsors. There are 3 inspiration photos to choose from to play along,
so you'll want to pop over there for all of the details.
 


Here is my card that I made using the Confetti Alert stamp to support their celebration.


I saved a bunch of scraps from my border punches and adhered the "confetti" with a strip of sticky tape and glue pen for the cascading ones. The bottom of the card was painted with ink and my water color brush.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out our current "Button" challenge here at the blog too! So many ways to be in the running for a prize from DRS Designs!

Have a great one!
Karin

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Challenge Time

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs is the sponsor this week over at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I'm playing along to spread the word.  Join in the challenge and you will be in the running to win a $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store!

Here is the sketch:


And here is my card:

Stamps used:


Thanks for stopping by.  Hope to see you at the challenge!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Happy Easter

Hi Everyone,

So, I've been trying to chase away the winter blahs through stamping.  Is it bad that I'm jealous of this chick on my card today?  I wish it were me.  I want to be the one outside surrounded by flowering trees.  The one with her toes in the cool, green grass!  Sigh.  Instead it's still boots and shovels for me :)
 
I tried my best to create what I wish I could see outside my window, so I began by sponging some clouds using white craft ink and a scalloped punched circle.  I added the grass at the bottom by stamping the Easy Grass Background a piece of light green cardstock.  Then I used my Stamp-a-majig and stamped the Favorite Peep Greeting and the Single Fall Tree.  Also, to mask where the sky and ground met, I added a die cut fence.
 
 
The Fuzzy Chick and Bunny Ears were stamped onto adhesive backed felt, (added some coloring) fussy cut and adhered them to the card.  I embellished my tree with some spring like sequins, but it seemed like I needed some more embellishment on the other side. I scoured my craft nooks and crannies for some Easter eggs, but came up empty, so I decided to use the Easter Egg with Bow stamp and created my own.  I stamped onto some Shrinky Dink plastic with Stazon and colored them with my Copic markers.  After cutting them out, into the oven they went, and what do you know?  They ended up being the right size, so all I had to do was add them with some clear drying glue :)

Well Peeps, here's hoping Spring is right around the corner!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

True Friends

Hi Everyone,
 
 
Today's card is inspired by the card I made for the current challenge at the DRS Designs blog. It's a color challenge, and you can check out all of the gorgeous creations from the team here, and check out my original card too. I liked the layout so much, that this really is the same card, only with a different greeting stamp.
 
I used the Splatter Background stamp to make my first piece of patterned paper, and the Shamrock Background to make the second. I cut it down slightly smaller than the first and added another mat.
 
 
I wrapped the layers in a matching polka dot ribbon and added the new Four Leaf Clover Friends Greeting which was stamped in the same green ink, die cut and adhered with some dimensional foam tape.
 
I considered adding some other embellishment, to change it up, but I really liked the clean monochromatic look :)
 
Hope to see you join in the challenge!
 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lucky Ducks

Hi Everyone,

Are you as ready for spring as I am? Even though it's nowhere in sight outside my window, it's all over my card today!

I was trying to think outside the box when using the new Lucky to Have You Greeting and there were a number of stamps in the DRS Designs catalog that matched up, but I settled on these adorable ducks from the Ducks Decoration stamp. I thought it would make a sweet friendship card for spring or even Easter. I colored the image with my Copic markers and since it looked like the one duck came to the other one's rescue with a flower umbrella, I chose to use the Raindrop Background stamp for making my patterned paper.
 
 
The only other thing I added was a punched scalloped border and a row of gems :)

Thank you for peeking in today and I'm wishing you sunshine in your day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Have a Shamrockin' Day

Hi Everyone,
 
I had so much fun using the new stamps that were released here at DRS Designs, that I couldn't stop stamping.  I made six, yes, six cards this past weekend.  It's been a long time since I've been in a stamping groove like that!  The St. Patrick's Day, Easter and spring stamps were just what I needed to cure the winter blahs :)  Pop on over to the store and check out all the new designs by clicking here.
 
 I began by stamping Leonard the Pig Billboard and coloring him with my Copic markers.  I used the Open Shamrock on his blank sign and again to make the matching background.  He seemed too plain, so made him a hat, using the one from the Patty Bear.  Doesn't he look like he's ready to march in a parade?!
 
The bottom of my card was made with the Woven Plaid background stamp and I used the new  
Shamrockin' Day Greeting , that I colored, die cut and layered.   Before that was adhered to the card, I also added a punched border, large brad and a few random sequins.
 
 
He's just too cute.  I'm gonna have a hard time parting with this card!
 
Thanks for stopping by, and you still have time to enter this weeks challenge.  The theme is "White Out".
 
Hope your day is "rockin"!
Karin

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Bee Mine

Hi Everyone,
 
 
I'm sharing what might be my last Valentine card of the season made using stamps from
DRS Designs.  It's less than two weeks away, and that means we're that much closer to spring and warm weather.  So if the winter blues have grabbed hold of you, here's a cheerful card to put you in the pink :)
 
 
Red and pink are traditional colors for Valentine's day, so I went with those even though I used the  Happy Bee  stamp for my image.  She's a valentine bee, so why can't she be pink & red, right?  I colored her with a Copic marker and added some glitter to the wings.
 
 
The background was embossed with a honeycomb embossing folder and I used the Interlocking Hearts stamp on the bottom portion, which was divided by a strip of glitter coated tape.  Finally I added some die cut letters to complete my "punny" greeting. 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cherry Topped Cupcake

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs is sponsoring the challenge over at Cupcake Inspirations this week, so I wanted to play along to support them. And the the inspiration photo is super cute :) Join in and you will have the chance at a $ 10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store.

Here is the photo:



And here is my card:



I went for a CAS look and used a cupcake embossing folder for the background. I stamped the Cherry Top Cupcake and the Sweet Birthday Greeting and die cut it using my rectangle Spellbinders die. I colored the image with my Copic markers and added some glitter glue to the frosting and cherry. I added bakers twine and attached my matted panel to the card with foam tape. A few gems finished it off.
Don't forget you also have a second chance to win a $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store by joining us in our Thursday challenge. This week's theme is Lovely Hearts!
Good Luck!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hogs & Kisses

Hi Everyone,

 
I love puns. Well, let me rephrase that. I love puns on cards. Puns told to you by a weird, creepy uncle, where you have to chuckle to be polite, eh, not so much. Thank goodness we don't have any of the latter here. Only cards made with super cute stamps :)

 
Ready?



I used the Leonard Pig's Bath Time Buddies stamp and the Giant Chocolate Chip (I'm pretending it's a Hershey's Kiss) stamp to illustrate the Hogs & Kisses Greeting. After stamping and coloring, I stamped the Splatter Background in a light peach all over the main panel. That helped match it to the marbleized card base in the same color. I nipped the corners with a Fiskars corner punch and added the sentiment with some dimensional tape.
 
Here's hoping that you are smiling!
 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Love & Happiness

Hi Everyone,


Well, I'm finally making my Valentine's Day cards and I used a couple of the newly released Valentine stamp for this simple greeting.


The background was made using the Interlocking Hearts stamp, stamping in red ink onto red red background paper. I made a banner and stamped it using the Polka Dot background stamp in red to match the background. The new Valentine's Full of Love greeting was stamped and die cut and layered onto a scalloped mat that was coated in brown glitter.





The Sweet Offering Cutie Pie Kid was stamped, colored with Copics and fussy cut and I adhered him with dimensional tape. A few gems and it was complete.
 
If you don't have a banner die, here's a trick I used on my card. Cut a long rectangle and stamp as desired. Then use the corner of a square punch on the bottom to make the two points. Here's a photo to help you visualize it.
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Stenciled Background

Hi Everyone,
 
The challenge this week at the DRSH Designs blog is "Hot Trends-Stencils" and I had so much fun making the first card, (you can see it on the challenge post), that I wanted to try again. I had this Spellbinders Impressibilities metal stencil named Diamond & Stars, which I originally bought to use for embossing. However, I'm so used to embossing folders giving me a deep, crisp look that I didn't care much for this when I tried it. It's too subtle for my taste. So, when this challenge presented itself, I pulled the metal stencil out again.
 
I decided to try a gradient look, and started off sponging ink in a light pink, working my way up to red at the bottom. When I was done, I crossed my fingers as I pulled away the stencil, and what do you know? It worked :) I stamped the Ribbon Heart in black pigment ink and heat embossed it with rainbow embossing powder.
 
 
stamped and die cut the new Valentine's Full of Love Greeting and added to my card along with some gem flourishes and pearls.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you join us for our Stencil challenge right here!
 
Karin

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

January Birthday

Hi Everyone,


My brother-in-law has a January birthday, and while he's a huge bird fan, I think I used up all of my bird stamps on his cards in years gone by. Not that he would really remember, at least I don't think he's one of those, "I save all the cards you make me" people :) Needless to say, I was thrilled to stamp his card this year with the Medium Snowman head that will be released very soon in the DRS Designs store. It was a perfect companion to the January Birthday Greeting. Don't know anyone with a January birthday? Well, guess what? There's a greeting for every month :) Pop on over to the store and check them out!
 
 
 
 
The background was simply made with the Interlocking Snow Background stamp and an embossed snowflake folder, along with a few gem embellished snowflakes!
My card also serves as a reminder that there's still time to join our weekly challenge. The theme is Winter Wonderland!
Good Luck!
 
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