Welcome!

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, May 19, 2015

Wedding Flowers

Hi Everyone,

One of my all time favorite stamps in the DRS Designs catalog is the Dogwood Branch, and spring wouldn't be complete without using it.  It's so pretty and elegant, that I decided to make a wedding card using it.  

My original thought was to use the stamp to create a background, but after stamping the corners, I decided to leave the center empty and place my chosen sentiment right there.

 
I began with a cream colored card base and made the focal  panel 1/2" smaller.  After stamping the flowers, I colored them with my Copic markers and then used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to place the To Have and Hold Greeting right where I wanted it.  I then finished it off by layering the panel on a piece of black card stock that was 1/8" larger and adding random half pearls and Stickles to the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to join our weekly challenge.  The theme is Birds and Bees!

Karin

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sunshine...

Hi Everyone,
My niece graduated a little over a week ago, and the weather that day was spectacular.  Nothing but blue skies and sunshine as far as the eye could see; and as with all graduations, the day was filled with joy and hope for the future.  Those thoughts ran through my head as I was making this card that I'm sharing with you today.  
 
I started with a bright yellow base and I embossed a cloud background on a cream panel, layering it onto a piece of black to make it stand out.  I punched out a circle for the sun, attaching a yellow felt button and bit of  twine for some texture.  I then added a couple of white die cut clouds, attaching one with a dimensional dot.  I stamped the sweet Sun Shine on You Greeting recently released here at DRS Designs on matching yellow card stock, lining it also in black, for that extra pop. 
 
 
It need something else to balance it out, so I decided to add some yellow punched hearts to stand in for the sun's ray, finishing them off by added a bit of glitter glue.   
 
Thanks for taking the time to visit today and may the sun shine bright for you today and every day!
 
Karin

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

It's Spring...

Hi Everyone,

I live in northeast Ohio, and we had the coldest February on record!  My neighbors rented a house and spent February and March in Florida for the first time since they retired, and they couldn't have picked a better year for doing that.  When I say it was cold, you know you can believe me :)  There is no one on earth that is more happy that it's spring, than yours truly.

So with that, I give you today's card share with an adorable sentiment (Spring Bee Happy Greeting) that pairs with Happy Bee, all from DRS Designs.  Franky, that bee is me; big smile, glittery wings and all ;)
 
 
My background was made using the Honeycomb Design stamp, Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Copic markers.  The bottom portion was stamped with the greeting and the Bee Trail, and then I dry embossed it with a Hexagon embossing folder by Darice.  I finished it off by added a piece of lace trim to cover up the seam.

I just love the color yellow at any time of year...it's super cheerful!
 
Thanks for visiting today!
Karin

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Butterfly Kisses

Hi Everyone,
 
Today's card features the new Butterfly Kisses Greeting, which was released this past weekend at the DRS Designs store.  It's a lovely sentiment and coordinates with any number of butterfly stamps in the current catalog.

While it was hard to choose a butterfly from all of the stamps available, I decided to used the Large Open Silhouette Butterfly and the emboss resist technique. I stamped the greeting in a deep purple and then used the butterfly stamp, Versamark ink and a white embossing powder, heat setting it with my heat gun.  
 
After it cooled, I chose two lighter colors of purple ink and sponged right on top of all of my stamping, adding a few die cut butterflies to give the card more dimension.
 
 
 
I finished it by layering the stamped panel onto some purple card stock and added the gems for embellishment.

Thanks for visiting the blog and be sure to check out the new stamp release here!
 
Karin
 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dandelion Pinwheel

Hi Everyone,

Years ago I made a card with a pinwheel on it using my punches and patterned paper.  I came across it in my stash, and I decided to make one this week, only this time I used my stamps instead. 

I chose an orange and yellow color combo, stamping the Dandelion Puff once in orange ink, and again in yellow for the shadow.  I punched them out using a 1 1/4" square and layered them onto a 1 3/8" orange square of card stock..  After creating the pinwheel circle, there was a hole in the center, so I covered that up with a punched flower and rhinestone brad.
 
 
I used my Stamp-A-Majig and stamped the Rest Best of  Life Birthday Greeting along the side of the background paper and again stamped the dandelion multiple times on top of it.  

I added a couple of punched corner embellishments and called it done :)

Thanks for visiting us today and be sure to check out our challenge here at the blog each and every Thursday!

Karin

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Poppy Birthday

Hi Everyone,

I took my little 9 year old friend to see the movie Cinderella (Super sweet, by the way!), and I did something I haven't done in a very long time.  I bought movie theater popcorn!  With all the reports about how bad it is for you, I generally shy away from it, but it's hard to resist a kid :) Mmmmm....Let me tell ya, it was worth the indulgence.  And it gave me inspiration for today's card share.

I wanted to make a birthday card using the Bowl of Popcorn from DRS Designs, so I began with stamping, coloring and fussy cutting my image.  I created background papers using the Popcorn and Splatter Background stamps and added a bit of ribbon trim to match.  I then layered my image onto some die cuts, but I needed a sentiment for the front.

I chose the Hoppy Birthday Greeting, and changed it to fit the theme of my card.  I used a bit of tape to mask off the H in the first word and stamped and colored my greeting.  I then stamped it a second time on a piece of scrap paper and fussy cut the letter P, adding it to the beginning.  So cute.  It even looks like the greeting is popping around!

Thanks for "popping" by and in the words of Cinderella, "Have courage and be kind."

Have a great day!


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hey, Cupcake!

Hi Everyone,
This new sentiment stamp from DRS Designs, Hey, Cupcake!, might literally be referring to me after all the treats I ate over the holiday weekend...lol!
Seriously though, I knew I wanted to pair the greeting with the actual Cherry Top Cupcake stamp from the current catalog, so I stamped a row of them and added a punched border to the panel. I decided I wanted one cupcake to stand out, so I stamped and fussy cut one, and paper pieced the cupcake liner onto it. The striped patterned paper was created using the Large Original Plaid background stamp and then I attached it using a dimensional dot.
 
 
I finished off the card with some glitter on the cherry, a piece of twine and matching button.
Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Rainbow Card

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs has just released this beautiful Rainbow Greeting and  it inspired me to try and create a rainbow type background for this card.  I was pleased with how easy this was to do, and the best thing about it, you can't mess it up :)


I used the piece of plastic that came with my stamp-a-ma-jig and wiped it across my ink pad.  I misted it with some water from a spray bottle, and then smooshed it on a piece of paper.  I did that multiple times using all the colors of the rainbow and it gave me a cool, watercolor, rainbow-ish effect.  I took my heat gun and tried to dry it, but it ended up a bit wonky, so I ran a low iron over it to smooth it out.

 
 
 
I stamped, cut and layered a border onto the greeting, but it looked a little too plain.  I decided to add some butterflies using the Three Butterflies stamp, and colored them to look like a rainbow as well. 

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to enter our weekly challenge for your chance at winning some stampy goodness!



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!
 
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