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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, 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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Blue January

Hi Everyone,

Looking at today's cards, it seems like I have the winter blues...lol!  Actually, the weather hasn't been too crazy when it comes to snow around here, but I sure could do with a bit more sunshine :)  I think that, even above the warmth is what I miss most during the winter.  Anyway, I'm full on celebrating the cold with my cards today.

I began with a grey base card and embossed it using the Snow background stamp.  I wanted to make sure they could be seen so I cut my background paper 1/2" smaller, so the edges would peek out more.  I stamped the top half of the paper using the Raised Mittens stamp and colored them in different blue hues, and added a piece of snowflake embossed card stock underneath. I covered up the seam with a piece of white lace and added a die cut snowflake for embellishment.



I also embossed the Winter Wording Square before die cutting and matting it for my card.  I tried to get the camera to pick up on the shine of the embossing in a close up, but I don't think I was too successful...


I'm also showing off this card today.  It goes with the winter theme and it was quick to whip up.  Again, I have a snowy embossed background and the Baby It's Cold Outside Greeting that I die cut and added a bit of light blue sponging too.  I flanked it with two of the Stretch the Round Button Snowmen, because they fit the requirement of being cute and easy to color!  


I also added a few mini snowflakes that were festooned with glitter glue to finish it off.  Ha ha!  I almost like the word festooned as much as making this card :)

Thanks for peeking in today and keep smiling....February is just around the corner!
Karin





Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Snowy Days

Hi Everyone,

I'm featuring a winter card today with a cheerful greeting to hopefully brighten up both your day and mine.  As I sit here and type, I'm waiting to hear back from my furnace guy.  It's been acting funky since the day before Christmas, and yesterday it went out for a bit again.  Not good.  Especially in January where we have lots of frosty nights :)

I started with a maroon colored card base and stamped the Snowy Days Frosty Nights Greeting to match it.  I die cut it and layered it onto a couple of grey die cut snow flakes, so that they would stand out from the embossed snowflake background.  


I stamped, colored and fussy cut the Medium Mr. Snowman stamp and then covered him in white glitter to add to the snowy look of the card.  A strip of black lace and some silver gems finished it off.

Sending you a warm smile!
Karin










Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Have an Amazing Day

Hi Everyone,

Now that we're a few days into the new year, I decided to take a break from the winter themed cards and move on to the next card making holiday...Valentine's Day!  I think it's great that there's a holiday smack dab in the bleak of winter to celebrate love.  Even if you don't have a sweetheart in your life, I think it's just as important to tell those friends and special someones how much they mean to you.

That's what today's card is for, just to wish someone, or anyone a wonderful day.  I used the Silhouette Love Heart stamp on my background, stamping a cascade of hearts down one side, in both red and pink ink, to mimic the look of those candy conversation hearts.  I added a die cut banner that I embellished with pink gems and stamped, colored and die cut my Amazing Valentine Greeting to match my card base and banner.


I hope you have plans to acknowledge some special people in your life this Valentine's day.  I personally think a handmade card alwaya makes a lasting impression,  For all the newest stamps that DRS Designs has to offer, just click here.

Hope your day is an amazing one!
Karin






Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Good Friends

Hi Everyone,

Can you stand one more card with a holiday theme?  I made a couple of these cards to use as thank you notes for the gifts we've received from friends. 

The image of Santa and the snowman is large and easy to color and fussy cut, both of which I did while while watching TV.  I chose a cream colored paper for my embossed background and an embossed green strip to anchor my image and sentiment.  Since the snowman was white, that helped him not blend into the background.




The sentiment was die cut and I added some punched holly leaves and a gem as a stand in for the berry. 

 Here are the links to both of the stamps I used.
  Thanks for stopping by to look!

Karin



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holly Days

Hi Everyone,

I can hardly believe that Christmas is in just a few days.  As I get older, the holidays seem to fly by more quickly with each passing year..And can I be honest? I'm just now finishing up sending out my cards. Yikes!  I hope the post office isn't as behind on things as I am :)

Here's a card that I would sneak out even after Christmas Day has come and gone, since it celebrates this time of year and everything holly.  I'd write or stamp a Happy New Year inside and not feel bad at all :)

I came across a card in my stash that I made eons ago and used it as inspiration for today's card share.  I began with a cream colored card base and dry embossed the green background using my holly berry embossing folder.  I cut another piece of green cardstock slightly smaller and die cut a round window out of  it, and then adhered my stamped Triple Holly image behind it.  I place a larger piece of cream behind that and embossed it once more, adding a piece of ribbon before adhering it to the card.


To finish it off, I added the Holly Days Christmas Greeting that I simply trimmed to fit the space.  Be sure to visit DRS Designs for these stamps and many more!

Happy Holly Days to you and yours!
Karin

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Silent Night

Hi Everyone,

Growing up I attended a German speaking church and Silent Night was always sung there on Christmas Eve.  To this day it remains one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time;  So to pay homage to that memory, I chose the Christmas Village Church to pair up with the greeting that is the beginning of that song.

I stamped and colored the image, adding some glitter glue to enhance the snow.  While that was drying, I stamped the background paper with Interlocking Snow Background in Versamark and embossed in shiny white embossing powder. 


 I stamped the Silent Night Greeting along with the All is Calm Christmas Greeting, and dry embossed on top of it using a snowflake embossing folder.  I added that to the background and covered up the seam with a piece of lace.  

Once the image was dry, I die cut it added a few matching layers and adhered it using dimensional tape.  All of these stamps can be found in the catalog at DRS Designs.

Thanks so much for visiting and may all things be calm and bright for you!
Karin

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Roof Tops

Hi Everyone, 

There hasn't been a dull moment around my house for the past few days.  Everything from minor illness, to a pet emergency, to car problems and broken things around the house.  All while having the extra busyness of the holiday season.  Never a dull moment. 

That's why I chose to share my simple, calming cards showcasing the great new holiday stamp, Christmas Rooftops.  With the smoke coming out of those chimneys, I just imagine everyone inside those homes relaxing, reading and sipping hot cocoa :) And not having a care in the world :)

I just stamped and colored the image adding a snowflake border, and used my stamp a ma jig to position the All is Calm Greeting at the bottom.



To jazz it up a bit, I hit all the roof tops with my glitter glue to finish it off.


I love the stamp so much I went ahead and made a second CAS card.  This time I stamped the houses  along the bottom and added some punched hearts to indicate the love flowing from my home to yours :)


And here's a close look at the From My House at Christmas Greeting that was die cut and added with dimensional foam dots.


Here's wishing you peace in your little corner of the world.

Thanks for visiting!
Karin



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Santa

Hi Everyone!

I had such a fun time coloring up the new Santa with Puppy Christmas Scene stamp that was recently released here at DRS Designs.  It's a darling scene...I adore the Santa trying to shush the dog who's looking to play ball...lol!  After coloring and matting the stamp, I added some glitter to the garland and to the fur on Santa's suit.  I set it aside to dry and stamped my background papers using the Interlocking Snow Background in red and green ink.


 I attached the papers to the card base, adding a strip of yellow paper and a piece of ribbon to cover up where the two papers met. For perfect placement of the From My House at Christmas Greeting,  I used my 
Stamp-a ma-jig, and then attached the image.

Be sure to stop by the DRS Designs store to check out all of the holiday stamps!

Thanks for looking!
Karin 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Holly Days

Hi Everyone,

After a very mild fall in my part of the country, winter really came roaring in this weekend.  I definitely feel in the mood to show off some of the Christmas themed cards I've been working on.  

I colored up the Holly Jingle Bells stamp from DRS Designs, die cut it and matted it using my oval dies.  I added a dab of glitter glue to the berries and set it aside to dry while I began on stamping my background papers.  I always find it so satisfying to make custom, perfectly matched papers for a special project.

For the base background I used Easy Dot Background, stamping in dark red and green ink and then stamping on top of that using the Splatter Background in a yellow.  I then took those same ink colors and made a piece of plaid using the Woven Plaid Background stamp and added a punched border to it.  


I wrapped my background paper with a piece of matching ribbon, adding a button from my neglected button stash.  I then topped it with the plaid piece and adhered the image with dimensional tape.

I chose the new Holly Days Christmas Greeting and added that at an angle to finish off the card. 

Thanks so much for looking!
Karin






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