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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, May 15, 2018

Flower Power

Hi Everyone,

I admit I'm pretty bad about cleaning up after I stamp; I usually push my scraps and extras into a pile and deal with it at some later time.  It was from those scraps that this card was born.  I came across the negative part from some die cut flowers.  They were made for embellishment on another project, but before tossing them, I decided to use them as a stencil and create a floral thank you card. 

I chose some pastel ink colors and simply sponged the flowers in a random pattern.  I used the
Deco Thank You Greeting from DRS Designs in the corner, and embellished a few of the centers with some gems.



It was so easy and fun!  I think I may keep these and any other scraps in a little baggie for future stencil projects.


Here's another graduation card I made using the A New Beginning Greeting.  Choosing to play off the word time in the sentiment, I dry embossed the background using a clock themed folder, and added 3 of the Brush Mortarboards that were stamped and fussy cut.


After it was assembled, the greeting looked a bit sparse, so I inked up one of the tiny grad caps from the Graduation Background stamp and added it to the corner.  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!
Karin


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Graduation Cards

Hi Everyone,

I'm in graduation card making mode right now and I have a couple of my most recent makes to share with you.  Since they both have the same layout, I tried to be a little creative in the stamps that I used.

A new sentiment from DRS Designs is Let the Adventure Begin and instead of pairing it with a traditional graduation image on the front, I used the Hot Air Balloon.  I colored up and fussy cut three of them, and attached them with dimensional foam tape to and embossed cloud background.  The sentiment was heat embossed, although I don't think it shows up in the photo.



I carried the Hot Air Balloons inside along with the Successful Future Grad Greeting.



I couldn't resist making another card using the adorable Graduation Pig!  He's definitely a new favorite of mine :)

I created some patterned paper using the Easy Dot Background and the Splatter Background stamp in green and yellow ink.  I punched out 3 holes and framed them out in black, and stamped and colored up the pig three times.  I added them behind the windows in fun positons, attaching the top one using a "Wobble".  It's a plastic spiral that gives him dimension, so it looks like he's bursting out.  And if you flick him with your finger, he moves back and forth.


I finished up the card using the perfect sentiment, Go Hog Wild!

Be sure to visit DRS Designs for all of these stamps and much more too!

Have a great day :)
Karin



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hog Wild

Hi Everyone,

I can't believe the school year will soon be wrapping up!  Before we know it,  those graduation announcements and invitations will be flooding our mailboxes, so it's best to be prepared with a few cards at the ready.  Boy oh boy, does DRS Designs have a couple of cutie stamps soon coming your way!  Just what we all need so that we can be a hero:

Look!


Graduation Pig (567E) and the Go Hog Wild Greeting (568B) are such an adorable and fun pairing of stamps, and I love that they're totally gender neutral.  Perfect for my stash of cards and lucky for you too....They're being released today :)

I attached the die cut image and punched sentiment to a card with a custom made background.  I used the Graduation Background and a graduation embossing folder, and covered up the seam with a bit of woven twine. 

Be sure to stop by DRS Designs and see all that is new!

May your day be filled with Hog Wild Joy!

Karin

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Thanks a Bunch

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs is getting ready to release some new stamps and I'm sharing a peek of a few of them today.   

The main image is the new Flower Wheelbarrow (629H) and I just colored it up with my Copic markers and die cut and matted it using some circle dies.  As usual, I made my backgrounds to coordinate with the flowers and used the new Flower Scroll (617F) and yellow ink and the Polka Dot Background for the strip. I completed the card by adding a die cut butterfly with dimensional foam tape. 


The Deco Thank You (623E) sentiment will be released soon as well, and here I used half on front, and half inside. 


I carried the flower and butterfly theme to the inside with the Three Flowers with Butterfly stamp.  I stamped off a couple of times on a piece of scrap, so that I would get a lighter shadow image.  

Thanks for peeking in today!
Karin



Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Cats and Flowers

Hi Everyone,

Cats are the popular animal in the lives of my friends and extended family. My aunt, two cousins, both nieces and two friends all have kitties as parts of the family. So, naturally my card for an upcoming birthday had to include a cat :)

I stamped, colored and fussy cut Purrfectly Comfortable Kitty and attached her to a background that was embossed with paw prints and stamped using the Small Cat Print.  I added a couple of rows of gems and a bit of glitter glue to her collar for some girlie bling.  A die cut speech bubble and the Pawsitively Birthday Greeting finished it off. 


One of the ladies that belongs to my rec center where I walk everyday is having some surgery, so I made this get well card with her in mind.  I chose a pastel lavender base card and simple monochromatic color scheme.  


I stamped the Dogwood Branch a bunch of times and then proceeded to fussy cut the blossoms, added a bit of lavender embellishment to match the card base.  I embossed the background panel and added the flowers using dimensional foam tape, embellishing them with some glitter in the center.  

And I have to say that I really prefer the sentiment of "Hope Your Feeling Better", over "Get Well Soon!"  It's so much less demanding...lol!  Whenever I've gotten a card like that, I always want to say, "I'm trying!" :) :) :)  Seriously though, sending cards handmade cards is a special art, and anyone I've ever sent one to, no matter what the greeting says, is always super grateful indeed!

All these stamps and many more can be found at DRS Designs...Happy Stamping friends!
Karin 


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spring Cards

Hi Everyone,

Splish, splash!  The real life bird baths around these parts are absolutely overflowing....We've certainly had our share of April showers this weekend, and that's what inspired my two cards made with stamps from DRS Designs :)

I colored up the Bird Bath image and paired it up with the Spring is Creeping Greeting that I cut in half.  I matted each in black to make them stand out, and used the Interlocking Circles and the
Three Butterflies to create the background papers.   


After all the showers, I sure hope I see some flowers by the time May comes around. I colored up the Flower Border and fussy cut it out. They weren't long enough to go vertically down the card, so I cut them in half, before attaching them to the black strip of paper.  I wanted the card to be inspirational, so I stamped and layered up the Faith Greeting, knowing that it would cover up the middle portion of missing flowers. 


I attached these elements onto a background made using the Splatter Background stamp and the

Thanks for stopping by!
Karin


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Couple of Cards

Hi Everyone,

I sure wish these spring time flowers were peeking out in my yard, instead of just on my cards.  I've woken up to snow almost every morning for the past week!  The weather people are promising spring temperatures are on their way, but it can't come soon enough for me.  

After stamping, coloring and fussy cutting the Sneaky Bunny Flower Pot image from DRS Designs, I attached it to some die cut ovals.  I die cut a rectangle to attach the image to, and stamped it using the
Splatter Background stamp, using the colors from the flowers for my ink choices.  The dry embossed  background, and orange strip were also chosen to play off the image and I finished it with the


My uncle has a birthday this week and I was late in remembering to make him a card.  I whipped this golf themed card up on Sunday, and in my hurry to get it in the mail, my photos are a bit haphazard...Sorry!  I kept it monochromatic, and all simple stamping.  No coloring helped make it quick, and I also used the same Splatter stamp for a portion of it too.  (I think I've mentioned in the past, that it's a favorite of mine, perpetually out on my stamping table!)


I split the sentiment, half on front and the last bit inside...


Here are all the stamps used inside and out on this card:

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
Karin



Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Blessings

Hi Everyone,

I hope that you don't mind that I sneak in one last Easter card share ;)  Why not, right?  Keep the blessings flowing I say!  

I stamped, colored and fussy cut the Circle Lily
and set it aside while I worked on the layout.  I decided to go with a clean look, so I kept the bottom portion of my background plain, and stamped the Easter Blessing Saying right on the bottom. 
I used The Floor Background stamp to create the sun rays, and added a die cut leaf flourish before attaching my image.


Here is another quick card I made using the God Bless You Cross.  I stamped, colored and fussy cut it, covering it in some glitter.  I attached that to an embossed die cut oval and paired it up with a die cut angel.  I ran her through my sticker machine and then added some glitter to give it a stained glass look and match the glittered cross.


You can find more spring stamps by clicking here!

Thanks for visiting!
Karin

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Welcome Spring

Hi Everyone,

I have a couple of cards to share that use some of the newer stamps released at DRS Designs.  This card was made with my niece in mind.  We're so happy because she just bought her first house, and I thought a welcome to home ownership card would be perfect to showcase the new Welcome Oval stamp. I stamped it and sprayed it with adhesive, covering the whole thing in iridescent glitter.  When it was dry, I added a black mat. 


I dry embossed the top portion using a Darice folder that had the words "hello", and along the bottom I stamped the Mushroom House, coloring just one to match the green card base.  I then added a ribbon and attached the oval.

This card was made simply to celebrate Easter!  I used springtime colors of pink and green, and I stamped the pink background and white panel using one of my favorite flowers the
Dogwood Branch.  I wanted to feature the Decorated with Love Easter Greeting, so I stamped it and added some sponging when the die was still in place.  I liked the design on the above welcome stamp, so I stamped it, cut it in half and placed it behind the greeting.  


I added the adorable Vincent Van Bunny that I colored and fussy cut.  

Happy Easter and Happy Spring!
Karin


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