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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, April 25, 2017

From my heart to yeurs....

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs has released some new stamps, featuring sentiments for sympathy and comfort, but I think comfort can be cheerful too. So today I'm bringing you a card that feature one of those new greetings as well as Leonard, just because he makes me happy!  And if it makes me happy, I would think that it would make the recipient of this happy as well :)

I stamped, colored and fussy cut Leonard the Pig Billboard and added the Small Silhouette Heart to his little sign, embellishing it with some glitter glue.  I layered him onto some rectangle die cuts using dimensional tape and embossed the backgrounds using 2 different heart embossing folders.  



I tied a matching grosgrain ribbon around the background base and then attached the My Heart To Yours Greeting, completing the card with a few hearts that were fussy cut from the Scattered Hears stamp.

From my heart to yours, thanks so much for visiting today!
Karin

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Chicks

Hi Everyone!

While Easter has come and gone, I still had one last card that I didn't share here yet, and since it's very spring themed, I thought I would sneak it in.  I think if you change up the sentiment stamp, it could be a sweet little friendship card for your bestie :)

I colored and fussy cut the Easter Sleepover stamp from DRS Designs, and adhered it onto a layered die cut circle.   For the background I used the Spring Crocus stamp, and only stamped the flower portion around the top and bottom of the paper, coloring it up using the same coordinating markers. I'm pretty sure those flowers don't come in pink, but I have it on good authority that creativity is allowed when making cards :) :) :) 


The sentiment was the top portion of the Celebrate Easter Celebrate Christ stamp, which I die cut and matted before adding it to the card. 

Thanks for visiting today!
Karin

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter Blessings

Hi Everyone,

Since Easter Sunday is this weekend, I thought I would share a few Christian themed cards on the blog today. 

For my first card, I used the lovely Blessed with Gifts Easter Greeting and layered it onto an embossed, dainty looking Swiss dot background.  The bottom portion of my background was made using matching colors and the Woven Plaid background stamp.

The image Easter Lily and Crosses Oval was also colored to match, and then I fussy cut it so that it could be adhered to the card.
  
Lastly, I added a die cut vellum flower with a gemstone center.

These next two cards were pretty simple to make, but I just loved the sentiment of the featured greeting so much, that I wanted to show it off twice :)

I used two embossing folders for this card and added a ribbon to cover up the seam, along with some glitter glue in the center of the flowers.


And for this last one, I used the same embossing folder, but I left the bottom portion plain.  I got out my scallop punch for that bottom edge, and also added a strip of glitter embellished double sided tape.  After die cutting and matting the same greeting I added an embossed cross (Darice)  that I stenciled with matching ink.  


Here is the link to the Celebrate Easter Celebrate Christ Greeting and the Three Wooden Crosses from the above card.

Hope your day is filled with the blessings of Spring!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Happy Easter

Hi Everyone!

Are you as ready for spring as I am? I say it's high time for all things flowers, bunnies and eggs!  So, that's just what I used on my card today :)

I started by coloring up the new Sneaky Bunny Flower Pot image from DRS Designs, die cutting, matting it and adding a little glitter glue embellishment.  I think that little bunny is just too cute!  It's totally my favorite thing about the whole card...lol.  For the background, I used a piece of lavender card stock and my Darice Easter egg embossing folder, which I added to a light yellow card base.


I added a strip of orange flower embossed card stock, that I layered with a punched border and lace.  I did all of this to match my image and added the Happy Easter Everybunny greeting to finish it off.

I know I've said it in the past, but I love me a good punny card any day of the week!

Here's hoping the Easter bunny brings you lots of sweet treats :) :) :)

Karin

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Super Woman

Hi Everyone,

It's fun to use stamps in multiple ways, and here I've used the Tired Walking Woman for both a Mother's Day card and also a birthday card.  

I stamped both the image and Super Tired Greeting and then die cut and colored her up using Copic markers.  I used an embossed flower background and accented it with a strip stamped with flowers from the Four Flower Background stamp.  


I finished it off with a few resin flower embellishments. 


Here I made an over the hill birthday card in a simple black and white color combo.  I made a little scene using the Winter Trees and RIP Tombstone stamps and a portion of the Over the Hill Greeting.





And here's the inside finishing off the card with the second half of the greeting and the tired woman.

Sometimes all you need is some great stamps to make a successful, simple card!

Thanks for peeking in today!
Karin


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dance Your Heart Out

Hi Everyone,

As soon as I saw it, I couldn't wait to color up this cute little Ballerina stamp from DRS Designs.  She's just precious!

After making a line of dancers on this card here, I decided to feature her on stage, doing a little solo dance.  I began by using the Wood Grain Background stamp to create the floor and I just stamped her right on top.  I colored her using Copic markers and then took a couple of post it notes and masked off the top and side of the card.  Sponging on some yellow ink, I created a little spotlight to highlight her dancing.  I removed the masking and stamped the Dance Your Heart Out Greeting in the spotlight too.

Here is the close up of the glitter I added to her tutu.  I figured the spotlight had to be making something sparkle :)


I finished the card by layering it onto a pink base and rounding the opposite corners for a little extra interest.  I was feeling all good about this card, and I do still like it due to the whole adorable dancer, but leave it up to one of my design teammates to take the stage concept to another level by making curtains on her card!  If you missed it, you can see her amazing creativity here!

Thanks for dropping by today!
Karin

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Get Your Irish On!

Hi Everyone,

With St. Patrick's day coming up at the end of the week, I decided to make a card that celebrates some Irish step dancing!  I think she's actually a jazz dancer, but dressed up in green, these gals can celebrate anything :)

 I began by stamping the card base with the Shamrock Background and for my focal panel, I stamped the Jazz Dancer in the center first, then stamping on either side of her to create the line.


I thought the Irish On Greeting was perfect for this peppy card!

Sorry to make this short and sweet, but things have steadily begun to unravel around here today.  I was helping my dad this morning, and the spin cycle on his washing machine broke.  I dealt with a bunch of sopping laundry, only to come upstairs to find a leak under his kitchen sink. Yikes!  And I just cracked a tooth or filling from the tooth. Sigh. Now with a major snow storm heading this way, I'm going to see if I can get a quick appointment with the dentist this afternoon.

Hope your day is happy and full of fun!
Karin

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Shamrocks

Hi Everyone,

All I can say is, hooray for the month of March!  While the weather is never great where I live, at least if it does snow, you know it won't stick around for months on end.  March is always the light at the end of the long tunnel of winter, and there's the fun of St. Patrick's Day smack dab in the middle of it.

To wish you some happiness, I inked up the new Love and Laughter Friends Greeting in green ink, die cut it and added a green mat to match.  I set it aside and chose to mix it up for myself by using some Kraft card stock.  I stamped the Tall Shamrocks in Versamark and heat set them using white embossing powder.  I then took a green water based marker (the alcohol markers dissolve the embossed edge) and colored in those Irish beauties.



Before mounting it on a Kraft base with white center layer, I added 3 strips of double sided taped, coated those in some glitter, and rounded all of the edges.  I attached my greeting and then added  gems for even more sparkle.

Be sure to check out all of the most recently released DRS Designs stamps here.

Have a great day!
Karin

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Owl be sending good luck your way

Hi Everyone,

March is just around the corner and I couldn't be happier to be stamping and making cards for St. Patrick's day.  It's less than a month away and DRS Designs has just released some new stamps for this upcoming holiday!

I decide to pull out my owl punch and dress this little guy in an outfit made using the Shamrock Background.  After adding some googly eyes,  I perched him on the Leafy Tree Branch that I stamped and colored up with my Copic markers.  The owl punch has a tiny heart with it, so I used three of them and made a little shamrock balloon, adding a hand drawn string.  


I covered the seam of the patterned paper with a piece of striped ribbon and used the new Irish Good Luck Circle to make a little medallion using my circle punches.  It then does double duty as a sentiment, as well as an embellishment!

Here's hoping your day is filled with the luck of the Irish :)

Karin

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hoppy Birthday

Hi Everyone,

The DT at DRS Designs is getting ready to show off some cute new stamps later this week.  DARLING stuff!  Seriously, just wait.   How's that for a tease?!

Until then, I'm here with a simple birthday card I made for a seven year old boy. I think animals are great for any cards for a kid, and frogs are a usually a hit with boys.

I used the Tiny Frog and stamped it a few times and colored him up.  I used a circle punch to cut them out, and then used a smaller circle to punch out holes on by light green card stock.  I placed the colored frogs behind and then added a brown frame made using my punches.


I made sure I left room for the Hoppy Birthday Greeting and colored that in as well, adding a few extra hopping dots to connect up with the sentiment.


 Inside I added a whole bunch of frogs and the adorable Unfrogettable Birthday Greeting to finish it off and tie the theme together.

Thank you for visiting today, and be sure to stay tuned to the DRS Designs blog this week, for peeks of new stamp goodness!

Karin

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day with a little Easter thrown your way...

Hi Everyone,

Happy Valentine's Day crafty friends!  I hope by now you've made all the valentines that you need, but if not, I suggest you get inky in a hurry :)  Technically you have until midnight...lol!  Since I finished all of mine, I'm jumping a bit ahead with my card share today.  

I did a mass production of my Easter invitation for dinner this year.  It's all the same people that come each year, but my little invite has become a tradition.  

I began by creating my patterned paper, using the Easy Dot Background stamp using green, pink and lavender ink.  I used an embossing folder for the other half of my background, choosing colors that matched the ink.  I then stamped the Cute Bunny with Egg, also coloring them to match, using Copic markers, and fussy cut them, layering them onto some punched circles.  I was able to go through my paper scraps and use up lots of little pieces for this project.


I get easily bored, so simply mixing up the papers, center ribbon, and the design of the egg was enough to keep me interested in finishing them in one sitting :)


I chose the One Line Happy Easter Greeting which I punched and layered to finish it off.


Here's shot of most of them. Nothing says spring time like pastels!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Karin

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Hi Everyone,

Have you finished making all your valentine cards yet?  Valentine's day is one week from today, so here's one more card I made for inspiration, using stamps from DRS Designs :)

I stamped and colored the Valentine Flower image for this card. I snipped around the leaf and then slid my die around that, so as not to cut it off when sending it through my die cutting machine.  I attached it to an embossed background of candy hearts that was tied with a piece of checkered ribbon.


I thought the card needed another pop of pink to match the base and image, so I added a layered, punched sentiment made by using these two stamps: I Love You and Small Dangling Hearts.

Here's hoping your day is sweet!
Karin

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Love You

Hi Everyone,

I have a heart filled valentine to share on the blog today.  Nothing says Valentine's Day like lots of hearts, am I right?

I created my background paper using the Scattered Hearts stamp and red ink  I embellished it by coloring the small hearts and outlining the large ones with a pink Copic marker.  I used the new Small Hanging Hearts for a border and I stamped, layered and die cut the Loved You Yesterday Greeting.


To add a bit of pink color to the greeting I inked up the Small Silhouette Heart and stamped that 3 times along the side of the sentiment, and embellished my finished card with a row of half pearls.

Thanks for peeking in on the blog today!
Karin


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Skipping Winter

Hi Everyone,

I really feel like winter skipped us this January here in Northeast Ohio.  The temperatures we in the 60's this weekend and I never wore anything heavier than a sweater when I was out and about. If this keeps up, everyone will want to spend winter in Cleveland Ohio...lol!

For today's card, I used the Woven Plaid stamp to create some plaid paper.  It's super easy to make when using multiple inks, and I paired it up with an embossed argyle background. 

 

I stamped, die cut and colored the Raised Mitten Winter Greeting to match my papers, adding a bit of glitter glue on the snow.  I finished it off with a bow and a couple of embossed mittens for embellishment.

Hope you are staying warm and dry!
Karin

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