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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, August 28, 2012

Tale of Two Cards

 
Hi Everyone,
 DRS Designs just released their new stamps over the weekend and I had a blast making some of my favorite kinds of cards with them...Birthday cards! They're the ones I make and send most often, so how could I not love them, right?
I thought I would shake things up by showing off two cards today. I made them at the same time, one right after the other, so I thought I'd take some time to share my thoughts.
It always depends on who the card is going to, and the delivery method of the card that determines how much I embellish a card. So while they are clearly different, they're both what I would consider my "style" of card.
This first card I would hand deliver attached to a gift for a birthday party, so I used lots of layers and some chunky buttons. I colored up the Best Present Ever Cutie Pie Kid first, and then used those same colors, along with the Easy Dot background and Silhouette Balloon stamps to create my papers. The new Sitting Thinking stamp matched the adorable boy, so that became my sentiment for the front.
 
 

This second card used the same type of color combo, but is flat and one that makes for easy mailing. I used the Silhouette Balloon again, and stamped it in Versamark and embossed it with clear powder. (Hard to see in the photo, but if you look at the top of the card, you can see the shine on the one balloon peeking out from the border...lol.) Vertical Birthday Wishes greeting is a new release along with the Framed Balloon Postage stamp. Yes, you can used that on the corner of your envelope and put a stamp in the center! Here I've used it on my card and inserted the Tiny Happy Birthday in the center. To make it festive and not too plain, I added my beloved Stickles to those party balloons!

 
Thanks for taking a peek at my cards today. You can shop for all of the newest stamps right here.
 
And if you want a chance at winning a voucher to the DRS Designs store, play along this week at the 365 Cards blog, because DRS is the sponsor.  I totally tried to participate yesterday, but we had to take one of our cars in for service, so my day got all goofed up.  I should have one before the week is over though.
 
Have a good day!
 
Challenges for these cards:
Crazy Challenge-Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff-Polka Dots
Totally Stampalicious-Anything Goes
Amusing Challenges-Anything Goes
Kenny K's Krafty-Anything Goes
 
 
Details not listed above-Paper: The Paper Company, Bazzill, Ink: Memento, Stampin' Up, Markers: Copic, Punches, EK Success, Stampin Up, Buttons: Colorbok, Embossing Folder: Provocraft, Embossing Powder: Stampendous, Dies: Spellbinders, Ribbon from my supplies.

 

11 comments:

Monica said...

Both lovely, Karin, love all the layering on the first. And the boy is so cute. The second card looks so nice with the embossing though I agree that it must look even better in real life. I like the simple look of the second.

Good to see you crafting.

Hugs,
Monica

Gina Lindsay said...

Both cards are very nice. I know exactly what you mean about tailoring a card to the not only the recipient but to the delivery method as well. Both are great birthday cards though!

1CardCreator said...

Both of these cards are beautiful, love how you did the embossing on the 2nd one too. I hope the car gets fixed without too much expense!

TannyP said...

Ohhhh...I love them both :) Perfect for mailing, that second one with it's clear embossing is truly elegant and yet, those same balloons in color add so much oomph to the first card. Gorgeous on both accounts!

Brenda said...

Both cards are great! Love the embossed layer under the birthday boy - adds just the right touch.

Lynne said...

What fun cards. Thanks you for creating with us at Use Your Stuff.

Amelia Thorneycroft said...

lovely card Karin, lovely blog too! Thank you so much for sharing with us at "Challenges4Everybody".Good luck! - Amelia

Katie K said...

Hi Karin,
Your card is adorable, perfect for a child. I love the bright colors and all the layers.
Thanks for crafting with us at the Fashionista Challenge this month.
Wishes,
Katie

Chris said...

THis is fun and cheerful - love the bright colors and how you popped the image over the textured background. Thanks for joining my Anything Goes Amusing Challenges this week - I'm so glad you joined in on the fun!

Suzie's Card Den said...

Perfect card for a child, great layout and paper choice.

Thank you for joining us at Fashionista Challenge Blog, good luck and hope to see you again soon.
Hugs
Suzie xx

Monica said...

Yaaay, Karin, your card won... great news.

Love,
Monica

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