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, October 18, 2016


Hi Everyone,

I bought all of the fixings to make Smores last week, because I wanted to be ready to go the next time we have a bonfire.  I think I've eaten more of these tasty treats as an adult than I did as a child...lol!

Since I had them on my mind, I decided to ink up some of the marshmallow stamps from DRS Designs. I may use this to invite some friends over to join us for this fall tradition :)

My background was made using the Mini Marshmallow and the Splatter Background stamp using brown and orange ink.  I stamped and die cut the S'more Greeting, adding some yellow splatters on top,

Before adhering the sentiment panel at an angle, I added a strip of orange cardstock and along with the Smooshed S'more that had been fussy cut.

  Thanks so much for visiting today.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Happy Fall

Hi Everyone,

I have a clean and simple card to share with you today, inspired by the colors of the changing leaves.  I'm finally starting to see some of those beautiful colors emerge on the tree tops!

Instead of stamping my background, I used some double sided tape and super fine glitter to add color in eye catching stripes. Then I dry embossed a punched circle and layered it with the Medium Silhouette Leaf stamped in red to match my card base.

I inked up only part of the Happy Fall Y'All Greeting for my sentiment and finished it off with three matching gems.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Give Thanks

Hi Everyone,

Our current challenge at the  DRS Designs blog is Autumn Wonders, so I colored up the Simply Pumpkin for my card share today.  I fussy cut it and layered it onto a die cut square, and then stamped and matted the Give Thanks Bible Verse.  Setting those aside, I dry embossed my background panel and chose to add an Argyle patterned strip.  

 I stamped it with the Argyle Diamond to match the colors in my card,
 all the while thinking, I can't wait to start wearing my sweaters! I love argyles and plaid patterns for the fall season, both of which you can find in a stamp from DRS Designs :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Beware of Zombies

Hi Everyone,

I have a quick and easy card share to remind you to join us for our current Trick or Treat challenge  on the DRS Designs blog.  I colored up the Zombie Gal along with the Beware of Zombies Sign stamp and fussy cut them out.  Since I knew this card would be pretty plain, I stamped and colored a second sign post and layered it on top of the first to add a bit of dimension.  I attached these onto an embossed background of a haunted house.

Then I uploaded it to the blog, and I looked at it and thought, hmmmmm....It needs something.  

So I went back and added a few googly eyes to my die cut bats. That seemed to do the trick and make it more complete :).

Also, over the weekend I baked some mini pumpkin pecan loaves as a favor for my dinner guests to take home with them. I made my own tags by cutting a rectangle from some card stock, stamped and colored my Simply Pumpkin and used my corner punch and hole punch to make them look like tags, since I don't have a tag die that large.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you at the challenge!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Zombies Rising

Hi Everyone,

It's official.  It's finally time for fall and Halloween in my house.  Any guess as to why I'm now prepared?  The answer is simple.  Candy corn...LOL!  I bought my first bag of the season, and I'm munching away as I type :-)  I know I've been working on making Halloween cards for a few weeks,  but things feel right with the world now that those sugary little nibs made their appearance in my house. 

For today's card I chose the Zombies Rising Halloween Greeting from DRS Designs that I die cut and matted using oval dies.  I wanted to embellish it with a rising zombie, so I stamped, colored and fussy cut the Zombie Crawler and attached him to the sentiment, making him look like he was crawling over it.  He still needed a little something extra, so I added some googly eyes for fun.

My background was created using orange, green and black ink and the Splatter Background stamp, which I layered onto an orange card base.  I added a strip of ribbon to a punched border and finished it off with a glittery button and a die cut spider.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day :)


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Remember the Ghoul Times

Hi Everyone,

When I started work on my card today, I knew that I wanted to incorporate into it, all three of the zombie images that were recently released at DRS Designs.  I tried stamping them and making a group a scene, but they weren't cooperating.  So, I grabbed some circle punches and relied on one of my all time favorite card sketches to make something worth showing off  to you :).  

I dry embossed my background and added a stamped graveyard strip at the bottom that matched the card base, covering up the seam with some black lace.

Then all I had to do was punch out my colored zombies and sentiment, attaching them with dimensional foam tape.

Here are links to all the stamps used on today's card, and be sure to check out our current "selfie" challenge!

Happy Haunting!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Monster Hugs

Hi Everyone,

I have another creepy zombie card to share here today.  I wanted to use the fun Monster Hugs Greeting, and chose to pair it up with the new Zombie Hand Wave.  Doesn't it look like he's coming up to hug (or maybe grab and eat) you?!  

Since there is only the one hand, and it's the right hand once you stamp it, I used a reverse image stamp to give me the left.  If you don't have a reverse image stamp (and I don't) I simply stamped my image onto a clear block and turned that over and stamped it next to the other hand.  It does stamp lighter, so I just stamped it twice, (and it's easy to line up, because you can see through the clear block) and that seemed to do the trick.  Once I colored and die cut it, you couldn't even tell which is which. 

My background was created using the Spooky Tree Limb and I added the punched border of drippy goo to look like oozing blood.  Wow, I'm a little grossed out typing the end of that sentence...lol! 

Thanks for visiting us today!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Zombies Rising

Hi Everyone,

I've been having fun making Halloween cards this past week using the new zombie stamps that DRS Designs just released!  They came out at the perfect time for me, because I just finished watching the first season of The Walking Dead.  I'm definitely late to the party on this show, since I think they're going to start season six or seven, not to mention spin offs, but I feel better that I'm now in the know, regarding this pop culture hit :) So, if you're a fan of the show, you'll be a fan of these stamps for sure.  They're a real must have!  

I chose an orange base due to the Halloween theme, and I stamped and die cut my Zombies Rising Greeting (936G), leaving the die in place and added some orange sponging to match.  I added a die cut layer and set it aside while I stamped, colored and fussy cut my Zombie Guy (917G).

 Next I set about creating a background on a muted yellow card stock.  I chose to keep it neutral simply stamping it in black ink, therefore highlighting the sentiment and zombie.  Accent Bats were stamped at the top, followed by the Silhouette  Graveyard and the Zombie Crawler (932F) at the bottom.  

Be sure to check out all the fun new stamps at DRS Designs! 

 Have a great day...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Masculine Color Block Card

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a masculine card to share with you. I was desperate for an easy card for a man, so I thought I would try this simple technique that I saw a long time ago and jotted down in my idea book.  I'm calling it the color block technique, but perhaps it goes by another name.  I'm happy to call it easy!

I began with 2 pieces of card stock, white and light blue, both 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" in size. I then stamped the Sailboat and Anchor from DRS Designs on one and then the other, making sure to put the stamps in the same spot on both pieces of the card stock.  You could use a stamp-a-ma-jig or the MISTI to help line them up.  I then took both pieces, one on top of the other and cut them in half at the same time using my paper cutter..  All that was left to do was take the opposite colors and piece them back together.   

I changed up the placement of the gems and Sending you Sunshine greeting, just so the cards wouldn't be completely identical.

I finished them by layering them onto some matching card stock.  It was such a fun quick way to make 2 cards at the same time! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Hang in There!

Hi Everyone,

Is it wrong to make a card for yourself?  That's totally what I did...lol!  It's been a rough couple of weeks in my house.  There have been cars in the shop and now a broken computer.  Broken enough to where it's not worth fixing, so we've been researching what kind to get and let me tell you, my head is ready to explode.  Too many choices, and too many opinions from too many sources.  Sigh.  So, this card was simply made to cheer myself up :)

I used the Hang in There Monkey from DRS Designs, stamping it in brown ink and adding some vines using the Leafy Tree Branch stamp.  I colored it using Copic markers and die cut and layered it onto some scalloped rectangles.  The background was made using an embossing folder with a giraffe print that I inked up to go with the whole jungle theme, 

Then to finish it off, I went old school with my embellishments and added some ribbon and gems!

Here's hoping you're hanging in there too!  Go make a card, it's sure to help you smile :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Naked Stamping

Hi Everyone,

The current challenge on the DRS Designs blog is called Naked Stamping, which is a fun way of saying stamping without coloring the image :)  So for today's card I used my Copic markers and made a little ocean scene in gradient blues, going from dark to light.  Then I grabbed a few fishy friend stamps and stamped away, adding some seaweed and bubbles that I embellished with some blue Stickles.

Here is a list of the stamps I used:
Happy Octopus
Happy Shark
Killer Birthday Greeting
Happy Seal
Four Flower Background

Have a great day!  Hope to see you play along :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CAS Thank U

Hi Everyone,

I have a clean and simple thank you card to share with you today.  It uses the Ruler stamp from the most recent release and I'm thinking it would be a great stamp for any sewing enthusiast or even a teacher.  I'm sure no one is ready to hear about back to $(#@@! yet, so notice I'm not mentioning it :) :) :)   Let's enjoy the summer while we can, right?

Anyway, I stamped the ruler on yellow card stock, heat embossed it using clear embossing powder, and did some easy peasy fussy cutting.  I dry embossed my white background and die cut a punny sentiment using alphabet dies.  The hardest part was trying to line up the letters.  I'd like to tell you I used that ruler to make sure the letters were straight, but I ended up just eyeballing it after I attached the ruler with dimensional foam tape. 
Be sure to join us for our color challenge this week!  Details can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Hi Everyone,

I love the Seaside Dock stamp, it's such a great scene that reminds me of my cruise up the New England coast :)  It didn't quite fulfill my dream of spending the summer on Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard, but my life isn't over yet, right?  Goals :)

Anyway, those were the thoughts going through my head while working on this card.  I used the World Map Background stamp and stamped it across the background and roughed up the edges. Since it looked like a fishing scene, I wrapped the panel with a piece of netting.  The scene was die cut and and layered on to a mat that I embellished with some brads, (Remember using those on everything way back when?) and I added that using some dimensional tape.
stamped colored and fussy cut the Sailboat adding that with dimensional tape as well.  To finish it off I stamped the word summer from the Summer Story Greeting stamp and used the Splatter Background stamp to add some color to it.

Don't forget to check out our current challenge for your chance to win  20% off your purchase at DRS Designs.  Link up right here!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Hi Everyone,

I felt like I've been neglecting the dog lovers in the card making world because most of the animal cards that I've made as of late have featured cats. So after going to a 4th of July picnic at my cousin's house, which happens to be the home of their dog Cooper, I thought a card inspired by him was in order.

I colored up the Doggie Dilemma Dog with Fence stamp using my Copic markers and die cut the image using my Square Spellbinders dies.  I die cut a banner that was stamped and colored using the Dog Bone.  My background was dry embossed using a paw print folder and I added the new New Pet Congratulations Greeting. 

I finished it off with a Small Dog Print  that I punched out for embellishment.  

Thanks for stopping by!

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