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, August 15, 2017

My Favorite Time of Year

Hi Everyone,

Fall is definitely a favorite time of year in my house.  As a kid I loved summer, but since I'm a grown up and I don't have to go back to school, I'm all for cooler temperatures, all things pumpkin and the gorgeous colors of the autumn leaves.  Also, with all the holidays looming ahead, it's the best time for card making!  You'll want to get your ink pads ready, because DRS Designs has some fun Halloween stamps coming your way at the end of this week, and I've got a quick peek of one today.  

 I love this festive new greeting stamp in the shape of a witch's hat (310F)! I stamped it on black cardstock and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I then fussy cut it, and placed it on the jack-o-lantern part of the Fancy Pumpkin stamp that was colored and fussy cut as well, attaching it to a die cut oval and some matting.

The background was dry embossed using a pumpkin embossing folder and I made some patterned paper using one of my favorite background stamps, the Splatter Background.  I stamped in orange and yellow ink to match my background paper and then I used my square punches to create the pieces. I attached them to the background and added a strip of black embellished with gemstone brads before adhering the image with dimensional tape. 

If you want to know why all the good candy is already gone right before Halloween, the photo is right here:

Yes, I snapped this picture at my local grocery store back in July. JULY! 

The struggle is real!

  Buy it now, and I'll just have to keep buying more because I will have eaten it.  Or wait too long to buy, and I'm afraid I'll be the one house giving out weird hard candy, like peppermint and butterscotch,,,lol!

Hope you all are having a sweet week!


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Life is better in Cowboy Boots

Hi Everyone, 

It's been way too long since this cute little Saddle Up Cowboy stamp from DRS Designs saw any ink at my house, so I decided it was high time I make a card using him.  He matched up perfectly with the Better in Cowboy Boots Greeting,  so I stamped, die cut and matted both.  I then colored up that adorable little guy and went to work on my background.

I chose to play off of the the stars on his hat and embossed my papers with 2 different star embossing folders, covering up the seam with a piece of tape that looks like cork.  I dove into my stash of brads and found these little stars. They were however, a bit too small to use by themselves, so I punched out a small circle from a piece of white scrap paper and embellished my embellishments :)

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Hi Everyone,

I have a tropical card to share with you today.  If' you haven't had a chance to go on vacation (that would be me!) this card will take you on a virtual one. 

I colored up Pretty Bird Odie Parrot and the flowers from Three Flowers and Butterfly , fussy cut them and set everything aside to work on the background. 

Sponging up a piece of cardstock with pink, orange and yellow ink, I then misted it with water to get the effect that you see.  I stamped the sunset with the Silhouette Palm Tree Line and also the Palm Tree stamp, cutting it to fit inside a die cut photo frame.  It had a die cut sentiment already, so I placed a piece of black paper behind to make it pop.

I attached a die cut border to an embossed flower background, and then finished the card by adding the photo frame, along with the bird and popped up flowers. 

Thanks for checking in on the blog today!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Boots and Bling

Hi Everyone,

This new Lasso Cowgirl stamp from DRS Designs  is super adorable!  I just love the little smile on her face, she's super girly, and  I made this with my 8 year old self in mind :)  Purple was my favorite color, until pink took over as the new favorite, so that's how they ended up on this card together.  

I colored her up using my Copic markers, die cut and matted her, along with the Boots and Bling Cowgirl Greeting too.  The background was dry embossed and I added a lace doily and border on top of that, since lace is good and girl like as well. 

The sentiment pretty much makes it a requirement to add lots of gems, so out of my drawer and onto the card they flew in a flash!

Here's hoping your week is going well!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Life is not measured....

Hi Everyone,

I've mentioned in the past that I have so many more cat lovers in my life, than dog lovers, that I'm always looking to add to my cat card ideas.  This kitty was made using the old owl punch from Stampin' Up.  I had jotted down in to my idea notebook awhile back, waiting for the perfect time to put it to use.  And then DRS Designs released this this Brick Wall Background stamp and I knew the moment was right.  

I stamped, colored and fussy cut the wall, attaching it to a blue sky background that was stamped using the Starry Background stamp.  If you have that punch, the cats are the owl's body and I hand cut the tails, adding whiskers with a fine tip marker.    

I stamped the new Life is Measured Greeting and die cut it using a rectangle die, adding a punched moon that I embellished with glitter glue.  

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Cowboy Boots

Hi Everyone and Happy Independence Day American friends!

While I don't have a red, white and blue patriotic card to share today, what is more American than Cowboys?!  DRS Designs has some fun new western themed stamps being released tomorrow...yay! 

My card features the new Better in Cowboy Boots Greeting (236D), which I stamped and die cut.  I chose to pair it  up with the Cowboy Garb stamp, which I colored with Copic markers and die cut as well.  

The background was made by inking up one side of my embossing folder and running the cardstock through the machine.  I added a strip of paper that I embellished with brads and attached a piece of twine to resemble a lasso, or at the very least, match the rope in the image :)

Be sure to visit DRS Designs tomorrow to purchase all of the new stamps!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Retirement Cards

Hi Everyone,

Last week I mentioned that one of my dreams is to retire to the beach.  I'm not sure that wish will ever come true, but I did make today's retirement cards with the ocean in mind :-)

I made a little beach scene using the following stamps, coloring them and the background in using Copic markers and a white gel pen.

 I framed it out using a piece of brown card stock and layered it onto a turquoise paper that was embossed with time pieces...time sure does seem to have less meaning when you don't have someplace to be!

And this second card was simply made by stamping and heat embossing the Seaside Dock stamp and adding the die cut Happiness Retirement Greeting on top of a embossed border piece.  Super easy, but monochromatic cards are never a fail in my book.

 Here's hoping you're having a relaxing week, whether it's seaside or backyard inspired! 

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

God Bless Your Retirement

Hi Everyone,

I often dream about what we will do when we hit retirement age, but it's a few years in the distance for us.  Winter in Florida? Travel? Buy a ranch? ( A one level house, not property with horses...lol!)  It's fun to think about, but at the same time I don't want to wish my life away.  So, while I'm living my life until then, I'll just have fun creating some cards with a retirement theme :)

It's a cream and black monochromatic card that I have for my share today, featuring the lovely God Bless Retirement Greeting that was stamped and die cut.

I created the background using the Polka Dot Flower and layered onto it a strip of Swiss Dot embossed paper and punched flower border.

For embellishment, I stamped the flower on black paper and heat embossed it using white embossing powder. I fussy cut it, attaching it to the card with a piece of foam tape and adding a black gem.
Here is a close up:

Here's to everyone who's blessed to live long enough to make those retirement dreams come true!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Hi Everyone,

With Father's day being at the end of this week, it was time for me to make my annual golfing card for my dad.  DRS Designs always has just what I need to make that happen, too :)

I stamped and  colored up Golfer Duff using my Copic markers, and then die cut and matted the cute image.  In keeping with the masculine look I used an argyle embossing folder for the background and made a piece of patterned paper as an accent.  I used the Argyle Diamond stamp and stamped alternating rows of yellow and green.  I thought it was so easy just eyeballing it, I didn't use any stamp positioner, but if you are super fussy, go right ahead.  I added a tiny scalloped border and adhered it to the base adding the image along with some photo corners.

 Golfer Duff looks so satisfied, like he just got a hole in one, that I knew I wanted to use the Ain't Got that Swing greeting to finish the card :)

Thanks for the visit and I wish you all a happy rest of the week!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Every Summer Has a Story

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs just released this darling little Sandy Mermaid stamp that's perfect for summer crafting! I colored her up using my Copic markers and added some blue green ocean colored glitter to to her tail, die cutting and matting it after it was dry.  

For the background, I chose a turquoise card stock, stamped it full of sea animals in a similar colored ink, and added a strip of the same "ocean-y" glitter on top. 

I wrapped the background with some twine and added a greeting that I made using my punches. 

Here is where you can click to take you to the rest of the stamps I used in my making of the card. 

Summer Story Greeting
Happy Octopus
Happy Seal

May your summer story be filled with sunshine and smiles!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hula Pig

Hi Everyone,

While this new Ain't Got That Swing greeting from DRS Designs would be super cute with any golfer image, I decided to make a summer card using one of my favorite stamps, Hula Pig!  If she doesn't have swing, I don't know who does, right?! LOL!

After choosing my piggy stamp, I started off by trying to make a little beach scene, which never comes naturally for me.  If the struggle is real for you too, my advice is to go small.  I stamped the pig and the Palm Tree and began coloring with my Copic markers.  I colored the pig first, and then began on the background, sand, water and sky, finishing up by coloring in the palm tree.  There was a blank spot in the sky, so I inked up and stamp the bird portion of the Seaside Dock stamp, and colored those in using a white gel pen, also using that the create some waves on the ocean.

I cut the scene out using my oval Spellbinders die, matted it and set it aside.  The background was made using the 4 in 1 Seashells and I also added one shell to the punched out greeting too. Since I couldn't stop adding the words "do-whop, do-whop" to the greeting in my head, I added an embossed musical border and layered it using a swirly punch to mimic the ocean waves. 

Well, June is right around the corner...Here's to a swinging summer!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Follow Your Dreams

Hi Everyone,

It's that time of year again...Graduation time!  I've already received two announcements and party invitations, so I decided to get to work on a few cards.  

DRS Designs has just released this new Follow Your Dreams Sign Post (137G) stamp which is perfect for the occasion of a graduation. I colored, die cut and matted it, adding it on top of an embossed background of grad caps.  

I added a strip of green card stock to cover up the seam of the background and dove into my stash of brads for a few embellishments.  I stamped the Graduation Background, and fussy cut out a few and added those to my card as well.  The Congradulations stamp made for the perfect sentiment.  

Don't forget!  This month is the Great Cling Stamp Give Away.... Every order of $20.00 or more, that is placed at the DRS Designs website, will be entered to win a prize package of 75 cling mounted stamps! What are you waiting for? 

 Good luck :)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Picture Perfect

Hi Everyone,

The weather out my window looks very much like the one on my card.  Spring is in full swing in my little corner of the world and I'm happy to celebrate that with today's card share :)

I was working on using the new Picture Perfect Day greeting, so I chose the Country Window stamp as my focal image.  I stamped, die cut and colored it using my Copic markers. When I was done I set it aside and went to work on paper piecing the curtains.  I stamped the image again and colored only the curtains and then went over them using the Splatter Background stamp.  I then cut those out and adhered them in place.  The sentiment was cut apart and attached to the butterfly embossed background with some dimensional foam tape, and I added a tiny glitter butterfly just because I wanted to :) 

My second card today is super easy and clean and simple.  I stamped and die cut the Sincerely Sympathy Thanks sentiment, highlighting it by sponging on some yellow ink.  For the background panel I stamped the Brush Pussy Willows and added a row of matching gems below the greeting.

And to make the pussy willows soft, like the ones in real life, I dabbed on some glue and added glittery flock to them.

Have you seen the news about the great stamp give away at DRS Designs?  Check out the info right here!

  Good luck!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Our Thoughts are with You

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a card to share with you today that could be used for a couple of different reasons.  Definatiely it could be a sympathy card, but I could also see sending this to someone going through a  any type rough patch or serious illness. Many times I can find a get well soon type of card in the store, but that's not always appropriate.  I'm so glad I'm able to make my own with the help of DRS Designs ;) 

I colored up the Cattails image, die cut and matted it using my oval dies.  I stamped the Our Thoughts are with You greeting and used some circle punches on it, setting it aside to work on the background.  
I used the Splatter Background stamp and a muted yellow ink for a subtle look.  And for the top layer, I used the same stamp in the yellow and brown ink stamping the Silhouette Branch in avacado ink onto of the splatters.  I added a brown, punched border and then adhered it to the card.

Here's just a little peek at the new Cattail Hand Stamped By stamp that was recently released, Those cattails matched the front image so it's a must have for this card.  I colored it up and added a dab of glitter glue to those little dragon flies too.

Thank you for peeking in today!

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