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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, 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






Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thanksgiving

Hi Everyone,

I can hardly believe that in the USA Thanksgiving is next Thursday!  I'm always happy when it rolls around, because it's one of my favorite holidays.  It's about nothing except being thankful and
eating :)

So in celebration of the season of gratitude, I chose some fall colored paper and made this card featuring the Psalm 100 Thanksgiving Greeting by DRS Designs, I die cut it and added some sponging to match. 


The background papers were made by stamping in matching colors, using the Silhouette Branch Background and the Fall Leaf with Acorn.  I added a strip that was embossed with a Darice Leaf embossing folder, and I embellished it with a couple of large brads.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Karin


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Peaceful Pine Cone

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs recently released this beautiful open lined Pine Cone with Bow stamp and my teammates colored up this stamp to total perfection.  You can click here here and here to be totally blown away and inspired by coloring supremacy :)

My card today shows that this image can be just as lovely by simply heat embossing it.  It also works well this way for mass producing your Christmas cards.  Have you started on that project yet?  I can hardly believe it's that time of year again!


Since I kept the design simple, after stamping and die cutting the Peace Heart and Home Christmas Greeting I layered it onto a mat, which was made by diecutting a piece of sticker paper and coating it in glitter.

I finished it off by adding a line of half pearls to add embellishment.  

Thanks for visiting and you can click here to check out all of the most recent holiday stamps here!
Karin

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Thanksgiving Blessings

Hi Everyone, 

Now that Halloween is officially behind us, it only seems fitting to showcase a Thanksgiving card on November 1st.  I just adore all of the colors associated with this time of year, so I colored up the new Cornucopia stamp from DRS Designs using my Copic markers.  I fussy cut it and then layered it onto a piece of brown card stock and fussy cut it once more, giving it a small dark mat.  

I took inspiration from the colors of the stamped image and made my own background.  Taking a piece of acetate I added some inks, spritzed them with water and then smooshed my paper onto it, giving it a watercolor effect.  



While the background was drying. I stamped the Thanksgiving Blessings in brown ink, adding a punched border to the strip.  When all seemed dry, and before assembling, I rounded the corners on all my card stock and created an embellishment of die cut leaves to finish it off.

Thank you so much for peeking in today!
Karin




Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Give Thanks

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs has some lovely stamps that were just released for the upcoming holidays.  For my card today I chose the lovely Wheat Give Thanks Greeting that features a lovely large wheat image.

To show it off, after stamping it I heat embossed and die cut it, layering it onto a background that was stamped with the Long Tall Wheat.  


For embellishment I added a printed ribbon, embossed a die cut leaf with glittery embossing powder and added a couple of photo corners that I punched from matching card stock.

Be sure to check out the current color challenge on the DRS Designs blog...Lots of great fall colors to inspire you to create :)   

 Hope to see you there!
Karin

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

S'mores

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.

Karin

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