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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, July 22, 2014

In the Meadow

Hi Everyone,
 
I was searching through my stash of stamps from DRS Designs, looking for stamps that would coordinate with the newly released holiday stamps. Last week I used the Pine Tree Snowdrifts on my card, but I came across my Winter Trees stamp, and I knew it would help me create a little meadow scene as well.
 
 
After stamping the trees in brown dye ink, I nestled the little snowmen from the Christmas Village Four In One Accessories stamp in the distance, and used the Tiny Snowman stamp in the foreground
 
 
 
 
I then went back using the Pine Tree Snowdrifts stamp to add in the drifts. After colored my image, I added glitter glue to create some snow on the trees and highlight the drifts. I finished up the card by stamping the base using the Interlocking Snowflake Background stamp and the In the Meadow Greeting.
 
Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

From Our House to Yours at Christmas

Hi Everyone,
I've been loving seeing all the different cards being made with the newest stamps being released from at DRS Designs! Darling little stamps that when assembled together, make the most adorable little winter and holiday scenes. I love that you can use them individually too, and they combine with stamps in the current catalog...Bonus! Which leads me to my card today...
 
After stamping the Christmas Village House (117C), I used the Pine Tree Snowdrifts stamp to create the drifts. Then I went back using the Christmas Village Four in One Accessories (119D) stamp, adding a few more trees and a snowman.
 
 
 
 
I colored everything with Copic markers and highlighted the snow and roof top with some glitter glue. (If you click on the photo, that should give you a closer look.)
 
The new Christmas From our House (120C) greeting seemed perfect for this snowy cottage scene.
 
How's your holiday card making coming along? Our challenge this week on the blog is Big Chill.
If you make a card using "cold colors" or a cold theme, link up here for your chance at winning a great prize!
Stay co
ol :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Holiday Card & a Challenge

Hi Everyone,

 
It's Christmas in July time, and that means getting a jump on your holiday cards :) I love making Christmas cards, especially when I'm not stressed out thinking about how much shopping I need to get done. And it's a great way to cool off this time of year, even if it's just metaphorically.

 
This card is simple, made from pieces parts that I saved from last year. When I'm playing around getting ideas, I save all those things that I didn't use in my finished card. Since I had a finished piece of patterned paper made from the Woven Plaid Background Stamp, a colored up Reindeer Ralph, and a punched 1 Line Merry Christmas, this card made with DRS Designs stamps, came together in a jiffy.




All I did was add ribbon, gems and holly leaves, and some Stickles to his nose :)
Woo Hoo! First card of the year done! Only 50 more to go...lol. Small victories.

Oh, and if you want a chance to win a $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store, play along at the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge blog where DRS is this week's sponsor...Here is the inspiration photo:



Click here for all the deets!
 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hope

Hi Everyone,
 
I'm back from being on vacation. My husband and I took a trip up to Niagara on the Lake for the Shaw Festival and we had a wonderful time. The town is beautiful and the plays we saw were really great. While I always look forward to coming home, I don't look forward to making my own breakfast or my own bed :(
 
Anyway, back to real life...I wanted to show you another piggy card I made, however I have just now realized that I never took a photo of it, before I sent it off. See? This is how excited I was to get out of town! I have managed to scour the depths of my computer and found a card that I never got a chance to post. I think I was waiting for the calender to turn into October, and then just forgot. So this year it's just super early!
 
It's a simple, flat card that's easy to mail. Perfect for giving to someone who needs hope during their illness. Leave it to DRS Designs to have a stamp for every occasion :)
 
 
While I used a pink color combo for breast cancer, the Cancer Is...Greeting isn't specific, so you can tailor it to your individual needs. I also used the Support Ribbon stamp for the pink panel and added the Script Font to the background. Then I simply added a pink ribbon for embellishment.
 
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the summer!
 

Karin

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Delightful Surprises

Hi Everyone,
 
I'm finally showing off one of my pig cards made using the adorable Leonard Pig Behind the Bubble stamp from DRS Designs.  I love the look on his face, just peering out from behind the big bubble. It doesn't show up in the photo, but I fussy cut that part of Leonard, covered it in glossy accents and attached it with a dimensional dot. I was trying to simulate that distorted look you get from looking through something that isn't quite clear.
 
I dry embossed my background paper using a bubble embossing folder, and in keeping with the circle theme, I die cut my Delightful Surprises Greeting and covered it in Bubbles in a matching peach ink.
 
 
I added a strip of light blue paper and a couple of gems, just to anchor the image of Leonard at the bottom of the card. That seemed to do the trick when I was trying to balance out the card design, so no real fancy reason for that :)
 
Thanks and hope your day if full of delightful surprises!
 
 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Latest Buzz

Hi Everyone,
Today's card was made in support of the challenge that DRS Designs is sponsoring at Love to Scrap. The challenge is named Holey Cardstock, and we are to use a hole on our card where stamping is to show through. Isn't that fun?
I decided to go with a bee theme, and I punched holes in my top layer of card stock that was dry embossed and distressed. That gave me the chance to ink up Bitsy Bumble Bee and the
Honeycomb Design stamp, both of which fit perfectly in the 1 1/4" holes.
 
 
I finished it off my making a banner for The Latest Buzz greeting, and I added a few resin bee embellishments from my stash of craft stuff :)

Thanks for dropping by and be sure to check out all of the challenge details, (along with some great cards made with DRS Designs stamps!) right here!
 
Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

With Sympathy

Hi Everyone,
The current challenge at the DRS Designs blog is to make a card with a pet. While this one doesn't have the actual pet on it, it's pet related so I thought that would be good enough serve as a reminder to come and join the challenge :)
I used a paw print embossing folder for my background and added a stamped border made from the Dog Paw background stamp.

I used the new Furry Friend Sympathy greeting and Dog Bone for my focal point and decided not to embellish it any further. Yes, for once I didn't think it needed any glitter or gems :)



If you need some more inspiration, check out the DT cards and the challenge right here! Hope you get a chance to play.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sending you sunshine...

Hi Everyone,


If you've stopped by the DRS Designs blog recently, you would have seen some of the new stamps that are being released at DRS Designs. Did you see the card yesterday? Shelia showed off the two new pig stamps on a card and it's totally cute! If you didn't see it, go look now. I'll wait....

 
See? Adorable, right? I made my own pig cards, but they cannot follow that one, so I'm opting to show you a summer themed one instead :) Summer! Woo-hoo! Gosh, it feels like I've waited forever for it to arrive. I know it's not "officially" here, but it's finally warm in Ohio, so that's good enough for me.

 
While I don't live near the ocean, my Lake Erie has some very nice beaches, so I'm celebrating them. I made a little scene for my card today using some punches, dies and a wave embossing folder. I embellished my clouds and sand with some Sparkle N Soft, just to add some texture and shine to the finished card. The new stamp is the Sandcastle, which was stamped, colored and die cut.

 


Since I have a cling mounted version of the Sending You Sunshine greeting, I was able to curve it a bit to follow the curve of the die cut circle. I just wanted to mention that in case you opt for the wood mounted one, where doing that wouldn't be possible. It would just be a horizontal sentiment.
 
 
Thanks for dropping by and here's hoping you're swinging into summer!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Eat, Drink & Be Married

Hi Everyone,
 
This card would be perfect for a wine loving couple, don't you think? I remember being on a vacation to the Napa Valley in California a few years ago, and all I could think was how beautiful and romantic it would be to have a wedding and reception, looking out onto the vineyards...sigh.
 
Anyway, these are the thoughts that inspired today's card using stamps from DRS Designs :) It's fairly simple and monochromatic, because I wanted it to be on the elegant side of things.
 
I used the Bunch of Grapes to make my patterned strip of paper, to which I added a couple of rows of pearls and gems. I used the Pour Me Bottle & Glass stamp on the background, and stamped, die cut the
Eat, Drink & Be Married Greeting. To that, I added a bit of chalk shading and attached it with some pop dots.
 
 
Thanks for stopping by the blog, and remember you can find our current "Punchy" challenge
right here! There's still time to enter for a chance at a great prize!

Karin

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Dream Big

Hi Everyone,

 
The current challenge at DRS Designs is to make a graduation card using your school colors.

 
While this is a graduation card, I'm pretty sure there isn't a school where fuchsia & cream are the team colors...lol! I was thinking more of making a card for a girl, and that's what inspired my color combo :)

 
I stamped the background paper with the Brush Motarboard stamp and highlighted the tassels with a Copic marker to match. The bottom portion was stamped using the Large Original Plaid background stamp and I wrapped it with a piece of matching ribbon.




I decided to emboss the Dream Big with some holographic embossing powder for some extra sparkle and after layering the sentiment, I attached it with a pop dot.





I hope that you get a chance to play along in the challenge. The prize is a $10.00 voucher to the
 
Have a good day!
 
 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wine!

Hi Everyone,
 
I've really loved the new wine themed stamps that were released at DRS Designs recently. The sentiments are so funny, and today my card features the Wine/You Improve with Age greeting. It was stamped, die cut and then I used the new Bunch of Grapes stamp right on top in a light purple.
 
One of my favorite things to do in late spring and early summer (before the bees go crazy and drive me crazy...lol!) is eat outside, so I inked up the Picnic Basket stamp and colored it using my Copic markers. I fussy cut it and attached it to my card that has a simple dry embossed background.
 
 
 
 
I added a ribbon and a row of black gems to balance out the card.
 
Thanks for peeking in on the blog today!
 
Cheers to you!



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Toast to You...

Hi Everyone,
 
I was thinking of my niece while I was stamping this card that I'm sharing today. She celebrated her milestone 21st birthday this past weekend, so making this card with the new sentiment from DRS Designs, "A Toast to You", seemed very appropriate.
 
I chose a purple background because it reminds me of grapes and wine, along with being a girlie color. I stamped the top portion using the Peacock Feather, (hard to see, even in person it's very faint) along with the Easy Dot Background. I used a couple of different shades of purple ink, and the look came out bubbly and festive!
 
 
 
 
To go along with the sentiment, I stamped the wine glass, (from the Pour Me...Bottle and Glass stamp) colored and fussy cut it and adhered it to the card. After adding the die cut border embellished with gems, the wine needed a little sparkle too, so I enhanced it with some glitter glue :)
 
Cheers!
 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Men are like a fine wine...

Hi Everyone,
 
There's a great new batch of stamps soon to being released in the beginning of May, and I have to say that I just adore them all. Lots of great stuff just in time for graduations and even some funny ones that DRS Designs is famous for :)
 
Which brings me to the card for my post today! It's hilarious, if I do say so myself :)
See?
 
 
When I got done laughing at the Men Are Like Wine Greeting (049F), I knew that it would pair up perfectly with the Josephine the Bold stamp. I have no doubt that she could whip a guy into shape :)
 
I used the new Bunch of Grapes (061D) for the background, as well as the embellishment, which I attached with a pop dot.
 
Thanks for stopping by and remember we have challenges on the DRS Designs blog every Thursday. We'd love to have you play along!

Karin

Friday, April 25, 2014

Quotes & Words

Hi Everyone,
 
This week DRS Designs is the sponsor over at Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge blog and the theme is Quotes & Words.  If you play along and link up your card, you will be in the running for a $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store!
 
I made a simple ATC using the Back Nine Birthday greeting and then stamped on top using the
Easy Grass Background to simulate a golf green.  I added a strip of washi tape to the top and bottom to finish it off.
 
 
Since I don't really swap ATC's with anyone, I decided to use mine on a simple card.  I added a couple of layers to my ATC, and adhered it to a card base stamped using the Splatter background stamp. (This was done to represent the sand traps...lol!) I then stamped, colored and fussy cut the Golf Bag and adhered it to the card with pop dots.
 
 
Thanks for stopping by and good luck playing along!
 
 
 
 

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