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 20, 2018

Easter Cards

Hi Everyone,

The Easter time crunch is upon me.  I've been hard at work hunting new side dish recipes, ironing my table cloths and napkins, and making place cards and favors for my table. It's left me scrambling in the card making department, so I chose not to over think my designs. For me, keeping things simple means keeping things from being ugly...I'm speaking purely for myself.  When I'm desperate and feeling bereft of creativity, that's when things go horribly wrong.  So I stuck with my tried and true layout. 

One of the newest sentiment stamps was just released here at DRS Designs, Deco Easter Greetings.  It's a classic design, so I die cut that and paired it up with a bunny die cut that I embellished with some white ink. For ease, I dry embossed a portion of my background, adding some flowers from the Four Flower Background, that matched the above flowers. I colored those in using my Copic markers and added some lace.

I once again used and embossed background for my second card but this time I stamped the Lily Cross Easter Blessings greeting onto a photo frame.  I colored that up and stamped, fussy cut and colored the Big Bunny Face which I attached inside.

Before attaching the frame to the card, I added a strip of green that was stamped using the Jelly Bean Jumble Background.  

Happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Have a Blessed Day

Hi Everyone,

This Daffodil Frame stamp has been in the DRS Designs catalog a long time, but it's totally new to me.  I can't believe I've never stamped with it before...It's a gorgeous image for this time of year.  

I stamped, colored and fussy cut it out.  Then I stamped it a second time, only cutting out and coloring up the butterfly.  I attached it to the image with some foam taped and bent up the wings to give it dimension.

For my background paper, I used the Silhouette Branch Background stamp and for the sentiment, the soon to be released 1 Line Blessed Day Greeting (245D).  I dry embossed the center panel and attached the image and greeting, but before I glued that into place, I added a strip of green paper behind. It was just an extra pop of color to play off the image, as well as something to anchor the sentiment and balance out the card design.  

There are many more spring and Easter themed cards coming your way, so be sure to check in here on the blog everyday!

Sending you smiles,

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Two Holidays

Hi Everyone,

The sun is shining here in my hometown today, and I can't wait for all my snow to melt!  I'm ready for spring and the holidays that go with this happy season of new life.  It was always my mom and grandmother's favorite time of year...All the green buds on the trees and the leaves from the bulbs poking out of the ground, remind me of hope that's always there.  We just have to look for it :)

With all of the shamrocks and clover featured on my St. Patrick's Day card, I'm sure some luck will be coming our way, right?

The background was made using green and kraft cardstock along with some green ink and these two stamps:
Shamrock Scroll
Silhouette Shamrock Field

I covered the seam between the two pieces using a scrap of ribbon and attached my main ... image that was colored, die cut and matted to match my background.  I added the Tiny St. Pat's Day as a greeting, using some punches to echo the center circle.  

I made these invitations last year for my Easter dinner, but my refrigerator broke, flooded my kitchen and ruined my flooring.  Needless to say, I could no longer host, and we went out to eat.  All is now fixed and I'm back in hosting mode for this year, so I just needed one more invite to add to the group.

I created the background using the Easy Dot Background, Splatter Background and Lines O Plenty Background.  I stamped them using spring time ink colors like pink, yellow, blue and green.  I stamped and embossed the Simple Easter Bunny, fussy cutting them and adding them to their own die cut and dry embossed panels.  

After stamping, die cutting and sponging green ink onto the Favorite Easter Peep Greeting, I attached it on top of a bit of washi tape that I added to the bottom of the card.  I was trying to minimize the bulk for mailing :)

Are you ready for spring?   Go ahead and click on over to the DRS Designs store to check out the new stamps that are sure to please!

Have a happy day!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Hi Everyone,

It's almost March, so I have another St. Patrick's Day card to share with you today.  I like when there's a big gap between this holiday and Easter, because it gives me more time to craft and decorate.  Two weeks isn't large enough for me :)

This card is simple to make, and shows off the Shamrock Scroll that I used to make the background.  I stamped it in each of the corners and colored it up with some green Copic markers.  

I stamped and die cut the Shamrocks and Shenanigans Greeting and adhered it to the center, where the swirls met.  

You can find these stamps and more all at DRS Designs.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pot of Gold

Hi Everyone,

We've had a little break in the weather this week, it's warmer with rain... I'll take that over snow, since it was an icy cold winter here in Ohio.  And with warmer weather upon us, that's got me thinking about home improvement projects.  Which leads me to my card today.  Yes, I know St. Patrick's Day is the next holiday, but I really could use a windfall to complete my home improvement wish list!  :) :) :) 

I assembled a simple card with an embossed shamrock background, adding a rainbow inspired zig zag down the center.  I stamped and die cut the Rainbow Gold Greeting, stamping the new Shamrock Scroll on top. 

I colored up the pot of gold from the Sean and the Rainbow stamp layered it up using some punches. The background layer was made using gold glitter and sticker paper, and I added a bit of glitter to the gold on the image too.  

Here's wishing all of us a pot of gold!  You can find all of these stamps at DRS Designs...Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Birds and Shamrocks

Hi Everyone,

One of my favorite things to do in summer, is fill up my feeders and sit on the deck and watch the birds. However, in the midst of winter, I feel like that time will never come.  So while I'm waiting, I've colored up the new Birdfeeder stamp from DRS Designs and made a friendship card :) 

After my image was colored, I then chose my papers to match.  I created the patterned paper using the Splatter background stamp by stamping in both blue and brown ink.  I thought that it might look like specks of birdseed.  In the end, I don't really think that's the case, but I like it just the same.  

The Birds of a Feather Greeting is also new.  I die cut and matted them both the same way, and used a scrap of the gold cardstock behind them.  I went searching through my stash for some ebellishments in the form of brads or bling, when I came acorss thsese felt bird stickers.  I've had them forever and I've no idea where they came from, but it felt like destiny since their color matched the card! 

This was a simple little card that I made using the new Silhouette Shamrock Field.
I stamped and embossed the clovers in black ink and sparkling embossing powder.  Doing that gave me the option to sponge green inks onto the background.  While I was searching for embellishments for the above card, I came across this clover charm, so I added it with some baker's twine to the top of the card.  That was after I stamped the Lucky to Have You Greeting.

And here is a close up of the sparkle in the embossed shamrocks.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

Hi Everyone,

Here's a look at a Valentine that I whipped up a while ago.  It features the Valentine Scroll Oval  that I stamped and heat embossed.  I took a Copic marker and colored in a few of the hearts and flourishes, but other than that, I simply mounted it onto a card base that I made using a background die. (Darice Quatrefoil die) It was super easy, and I just added some ribbon and a few gems to girl it up. 

In keeping with the simple theme, I made a winter thank you card as well.  I stamped and embossed the navy blue background using the Snow Background stamp and some glittery embossing powder.  I die cut a large snowflake from some sticker paper, and coated it in some iridescent white glitter.  I then stamped, did the same heat embossing, and die cut the Blizzard of Thanks Greeting.  After adding a bit of sponging, I attached it to the center of the card. Completing the card are some glittery photo corners that were made in the manner of the snowflake.  

Inside I stamped the Brush Thank You and covered it in another blizzard of snowflakes.  

Other than many thanks, I hope the blizzards are in our past!  Wishing you sunny days...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Coffee Cards

Hi Everyone,

I'm happy to share these cards today, because they celebrate my favorite hot beverage...Coffee!  

This first card features some new stamps from DRS Designs, and I couldn't wait to pair them up with this Paper Coffee Cup image that we've all been so eager to stamp with.  Paper piecing works great on this stamp, so I decorated it using the Shamrock Scroll (550F), and attached it to a die cut rectangle that was stamped using the new Better Irish Blessings Greeting (555G). 

I made my background by stamping a white piece of cardstock with the new Silhouette Shamrock Field (558K) stamp and covering it in a gold glitter with green tints.  While I drink my coffee black every morning, adding little Irish Cream to a cup after dinner, is a delicious treat for sure :)

I thought this little Ladybug Stack would be perfect, because part of this card sentiment mentions friends.  I stamped, colored and fussy cut it out and attached them to a die cut panel.  I also die cut some cups and decorated them using some background stamps, echoing the bug image by stacking them too.

Adding some sponging to the greeting, I attached it in between the two images and added some gems before adhering it all to a dry embossed heart background.  What friend wouldn't want to receive this as a coffee date invite around Valentine's Day :)

Here is the list of stamps used on this card:

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Hi Everyone,

This Hugs, Kisses and Valentine Wishes Greeting is one of the newer stamps that DRS Designs has recently released, and as a sentiment, there's just none better!  It's perfect for your kids, friends or even your sweetheart :)  Make all your Valentine's at once, and it doesn't get any easier!

I paired it with the Cupig stamp, because it's one of my favorites.  So chubby and adorable, he totally makes me feel guilty for loving bacon so much...lol! I stamped, colored him with Copic markers and die cut him to match my sentiment.  I went ahead and added some glitter glue to his wings, and set him aside to dry.  

I dry embossed the background with a candy heart folder and made some patterned paper using the Scattered Hearts.  I stamped them in red ink and used some pink markers to color them in.  After gluing the paper together, I added a ribbon and attached the image and greeting with some dimensional foam tape.  All it needed was a few gems to finish it off!

Thanks for stopping by to visit today!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

Hi Everyone!

Now that the new year is in full swing, I'm looking forward to another year of stamping.  It really is the only hobby that I've ever been able to stick with for such a long period of time.  There are always new products coming out, so I'm never bored, and my goal is to be more creative in my use of stamps.
So, with that being said, I have a couple of cards to share with you today.  I thought this would be a fun card to make for a crafty friend.  Maybe a stamper or someone who likes to draw :)

This newly released Hand Colored By Pencil stamp from DRS Designs is actually one of those signature type stamps for the back of your cards, but I stamped only the bottom portion without the words along the top and colored them in using a rainbow color theme.  I grabbed my watercolor pen and my ink pads to create the squiggle line and punched out a mini heart in the corresponding colors for the ends.

I added the Small Happy Valentine's Day Greeting that I stamped with the Small Silhouette Heart and used my circle punches to add that sentiment.

I have a couple of January birthdays coming up, so here is one of the cards I created for those.  

I colored up and die cut the Penguin Snowball Blast stamp,  adding it onto a panel that was stamped using the snowflake stamp, and edged with a punched snowflake border.  The Snow Doubt Birthday Greeting was used on the front... 

and the second portion of it was added to the inside, along with Percy Penguin.

Here is a peek at that Pencil stamp on the back of my hand colored card:

Here's hoping your dry, warm and have time to get your fingers inky today!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Hi Everyone,

I'm just in love with this new stamp Paper Coffee Cup stamp that was just released  from DRS Designs! I can think of a bunch of coffee lovers that I will be using it for, all throughout the year.

I did some paper piecing when it came to this main image.  I stamped it on white cardstock, cutting out the lid and cup, coloring it in red to look like the cup from that popular coffee chain.  No names. They don't need any help from me in the advertising department...lol!  I stamped the cup again on kraft paper, cutting out the gripper portion only and sending it through my paper crimper.  Did you read that?!  Paper crimper!  I had to dig through the bowels of my crafting supplies to pull out that neglected tool :)  So if you want a reason to dust off yours too, you HAVE to get this stamp!

I stamped the cup using the Scroll Corner Tile stamp and colored it in using my white gel pen, before assembling it and attaching it onto some oval die cuts.

The background was created to look like coffee rings.  I spritzed the red cardstock with water and took a round container (any will do, but mine had embossing powder in it.  It was just the right size) inked in brown ink and stamped it randomly.  The water made the circles bleed to look like spilled coffee.

I crimped another piece of kraft cardstock and added a ribbon for embellishment, finishing it off with the new Coffee and Friends Greeting.

Also, here's a photo of the favors I whipped up for New Year's Eve.  It was a last minute decision, so they're super simple.  A pillow box, some washi tape and DRS Designs to the rescue with their Happy New Year Circle stamp!

I filled them with a lip balm, chocolates and scratch off lottery ticket :)  

Here's hoping one of your resolutions for the new year is to stamp more!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Love Bug

Hi Everyone,

Happy Boxing Day to those of you who are fortunate enough to enjoy this holiday!  I've always thought is should be and official thing here in the USA...If I ever run for President, it will be one of my platforms...lol! After hosting Christmas eve and dinner on Christmas day, I definitely need a day of rest and leftovers :)

So, how about a sweet little valentine to kick things off for the next big card making holiday?  Isn't this little lady just the cutest?! She was too adorable to just use as a colored image, I decided to feature her on a stamped background too.  After die cutting the Love Bug, I did a poor job coloring her up, so instead of starting over, I stamped her again, fussy cut her out and used some foam tape and created a dimensional and better version.  I even added a bit of glitter glue to her nose! 

The border was created by stamping the Scattered Hearts and this new Love Bug Hug Greeting is just the sweetest!  

Here's hoping your kicking back today, and if Santa didn't bring you any new stamps, you can get them for yourself right here!


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Happy Holidays

Hi Everyone,

It's getting to be crunch time when it comes to the holiday handmade items, so my card share is on the simple side today.  I always figure that's ok since the stamps themselves are super cute :) Nothing wrong with letting them shine on their own, right?  

I stamped the blue background with the Easy Dot Background stamp and some white craft ink.  I know it's subtle in the photo, but it looks like a cute alternative than the usual snowflake background.   
I colored and fussy cut the Stretch the Round Button Snowman and layered him onto a die cut that I embossed.  That embossing folder had both dots and snowflakes, so it matched the stamped background.  

For the greeting I used the Small Happy Holidays stamp and my circle punches, along with a snowflake punch that I thought matched the embossed ones behind that frosty guy :)

Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Hi Everyone,

I love the traditional red and green color combo for cards this time of year, don't you?  I always think those two colors together scream Christmas time is here :)

So, with that in mind I stamped and colored up a little winter scene using some of the winter village stamps.  I die cut and matted it, adding some glitter glue and the greeting right in the scene too.

The background paper was made using two different background stamps and red and green ink.  The line of background stamps here at DRS Designs make it so easy to make custom paper in a jiffy!  

To finish off the card, I added the word Noel to a strip of paper with a punched border.

Here is a list of stamps used for this make:

Stop by DRS Designs soon...There's a special on their stained glass stamps!
Happy Stamping!

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