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, December 30, 2014

January Birthday

Hi Everyone,

My brother-in-law has a January birthday, and while he's a huge bird fan, I think I used up all of my bird stamps on his cards in years gone by. Not that he would really remember, at least I don't think he's one of those, "I save all the cards you make me" people :) Needless to say, I was thrilled to stamp his card this year with the Medium Snowman head that will be released very soon in the DRS Designs store. It was a perfect companion to the January Birthday Greeting. Don't know anyone with a January birthday? Well, guess what? There's a greeting for every month :) Pop on over to the store and check them out!
The background was simply made with the Interlocking Snow Background stamp and an embossed snowflake folder, along with a few gem embellished snowflakes!
My card also serves as a reminder that there's still time to join our weekly challenge. The theme is Winter Wonderland!
Good Luck!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry & Bright

Hi Everyone,

The Christmas holiday is almost upon us, so today's post contains my last Christmas card. This time leading up has gone by so quickly, I'm hoping to really savor the holiday itself :)

 I chose to keep my focus on the adorable little Christmas Village Slope Roof Cottage for this card. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo black ink, colored it with Copic markers and fussy cut it out. I stamped a line of trees (from Christmas Village 4 in 1 Accessories 2) and added the tiny snowmen(from Christmas Village 4 in 1 Accessories), only coloring the hats and scarves to match the card base and front door of the cottage. Then I glued down the house in the space I left blank.

The Merry and Bright Stars Greeting was also stamped in red, and I attached a red & white ribbon using my stapler. I added it to my card with some dimensional tape, added a few mini snowflakes as embellishments and a bit of glitter glue to the cottage roof.

While my post is short and sweet, my wishes to you for bright and merry days are heartfelt! I'm grateful for you, dear stampers :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Snow Fun!

Hi Everyone,
I'm here today to share my card that I made in support of a challenge that DRS Designs is the sponsor of this week. Are you still scrambling to get your last minute cards made? Well, why not consider playing along...Who knows, you might come out a winner of a $10.00 voucher to use in the DRS Designs store. The challenge is being held at Creative Colors Challenge Blog, and if you can't guess from my card what the specifics are, you can check them out right here.
Here are the stamps I used to make my card:
Heart Swag Snowman -It's an all time favorite of mine!
No Snow Fun Greeting-only the last two words of it ;)
 We also have a challenge at the DRS Designs blog, each and every Thursday. This week the it's "Sing it to Me", and the theme is sheet music. If you put on your thinking cap, I bet you could combine these two challenges and you'd be in the running for two prizes!
Good luck playing along and getting all you holiday cards done too!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Greetings of the Season

Hi Everyone,

The closer I get to the holiday and the deadline for sending out my holiday cards, the simpler they become. What can I say, I'm real. There are only 24 hrs in the day, and well, you get the idea...

Thank goodness this beautiful Nature's Christmas Greeting stamp from DRS Designs is a breeze to color with my Copics, and does double duty including both the sentiment and image. After die cutting and matting it, I attached it to a green card base. To keep it from being too plain, I added a die cut border to the bottom and a strip of red glitter to highlight those sweet holly berries. A few drops of glitter glue on the berries and that was all she wrote :)

I doesn't get much easier than that.
Thanks for taking a moment out of your day to visit the blog and be sure to check out our

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

From Our House....

Hi Everyone,
So I'm famous (in my own mind!) for saving things that didn't work out the first time I tried them. This card is the result of one of those tries. The scene was meant to be a Christmas ornament. If only you could have seen the finished product in my minds eye...It was amazing...lol! Anyway, when that ended up being a total flop, I put the scene aside and ended up die cutting it now, and putting it on today's card share:)
The snowman, trees and subtle snowflakes were from the Christmas Village 4 on 1 Accessories., and I added the Christmas Village House 1 as well.
The background was made using the Interlocking Snow stamp in green ink and the Snow Background in red. I added an additional panel with gems and a black border for a bit to interest . Simple, sweet and easy to mail at this time of year. So remember to save your goofs, it makes for quick cards at a later date...lol!
Have a great Tuesday!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Picking out a tree...

Hi Everyone,

So, what is it for you? Artifical or the real thing? I have to admit that I'm in the artifical tree catagory, but I sure do love the smell and look of the real Christmas trees. A couple of miles from my home, they've begun setting up the tree lot for the season and I'm tempted to buy each year :) I only had live trees the first couple of years I was married, (then I went to the dark side!) and I love looking at the photos I have of the trees those years.

So, here's a card that I made with stamps from DRS Designs, inspired by the memories of going to the tree lot and choosing the perfect Christmas tree. I stamped the new Christmas Village Tree Store first, adding the man and his dog and a couple extra trees to round out the little scene. The man and the extra trees are from Christmas Village 4 in 1 Accessories and Christmas Village 4 in 1 Accessories 2. I colored it with Copic markers, adding some sponging to create the grass and sky, and a few bits of glitter glue here and there for snow. I cut out the scene with my circle dies and used the No Snow Fun greeting for the sentiment.

I layered everything onto an embossed holly background, added a large die cut snowflake and a few gems and a pearl to finish it.
Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Magic Grain

Hi Everyone,

Back when I was a child, I always left out cookies for Santa, but I never left any reindeer food for Rudolph and his friends. I was an adult before I heard of people feeding Santa's reindeer. I think sprinkling oatmeal laced with colored sugar on the lawn Christmas Eve, to guide Santa's sleigh to your home, is a great tradition for children and would leave lasting memories. Those are the thoughts that went through my head when I was designing today's card share.

I pulled out the Polka Dot background to create my paper. I was in a rut using snowflakes for all my winter cards, and this actually is a great stand in for lightly falling snow. I stamped a strip of patterned paper using the Woven Plaid background stamp that was cut apart into 3 pieces. That made stamping in different ink colors and also at an angle a breeze.
I image is the new Feeding Reindeer stamp and I paired it with the Lingering Christmas Greeting which was die cut and attached with pop dots. I finished it off with a few punched snowflakes and matching gems.
Thanks for peeking in today!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Old Fashioned Christmas

Hi Everyone,

I've been having fun stamping with the new Christmas village stamps that were released over the weekend at DRS Designs. They combine with the stamps that were released a few months ago, so I'm only limited by my imagination when using these stamps on my cards!

I think the new Christmas Village Cabin stamp is a team favorite, because many of us have used it already for our sharing on the blog...lol! How could you not love it, it's so sweet and cozy looking :)

After stamping the house I needed to round out my scene, so I added a few more pine trees, a snowman in the meadow and a little kid who built him from the
Christmas Village 4 in 1 Accessories. I colored it with Copic markers and added glitter glue to the roof of the Log Cabin and highlights to the trees with a white gel pen.

To create my snowy, patterned paper strip, I used the Interlocking Snow Background in light green ink, and the Snow Background in a dark green in right on top. I attached a punched border and layered it onto and embossed snowflake background. I used only a portion of the Sleigh Rides Greeting and added a die cut snowflake for embellishment.
These stamps have me ready for the winter and holiday season for sure! How about you? Be sure to pop over to the DRS Designs store to see all of the holiday stamps and lots of card inspiration too!
 Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Good Friend...

Hi Everyone,
After having some issues trying to upload my photos, I'm happy to report that my husband got me all fixed up and I can finally show off my card made with the Designer Quilt Square from DRS Designs!
It's a friendship card, so I used girly colors of pink and green when I colored up the squares after stamping them on white card stock. I then cut it out using a heart shaped die and a zig-zag layered heart for the back. To match the heart, I used the solid portion of the Double Chevron Card Edger and created a border around my background layer.
I stamped the Good Friend Warm Quilt Greeting along side my quilted heart and added some tiny green gems and a crochet flower to the center of my heart.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out our current Any Autumn Holiday Challenge at DRS Designs!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

With Sympathy

Hi Everyone,
Since my camera isn't cooperating with me today, I cannot upload the new quilt card I made a couple of days ago...So, I'm sharing a sympathy card I made and sent out recently. Sadly there is always a need for these cards.
In a hurry, I used my go to layout, and dry embossed the bottom portion of my white card stock. After choosing an ink color, I stamped the Silhouette Background Trees once and then again before re inking the stamp. I did that across the card and stamped the With Sympathy in black ink.
I decide to add some of the same green ink with a sponge to bring out the embossing on the bottom, and separated the top and bottom with a punched border and soft ribbon. I finished it off with a few matching gems.
Thanks for dropping by, and my fingers are crossed that I can get my new card uploaded for my post next Tuesday!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Friendship Quilt

Hi Everyone,
I'm pleased to show you my most recent card made with using the Designer Quilt Square from DRS Designs. I started by stamping some squares on white paper and then coloring them with a red & pink Copic marker. After fussy cutting them, I decided they looked a bit plain, so I embellished them with stripes and dots.
Wanting to pair it with the new Good Friend Warm Quilt Greeting, I chose an embossed heart background and decided I needed a few extra hearts. I colored and cut out the hearts from the
Heart Swag Snowman stamp, and added them to the centers of my quilt squares.
The greeting was die cut and attached with dimensional foam dots and I added lace, twine and a red flower shaped gem to finish it off.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Hi Everyone,
My card today shows off a couple of new stamps that were recently released at DRS Designs! They celebrate the fall season as well as one of my favorite holidays...Thanksgiving :)
I began by coloring my Indian Corn using my watercolor brush. Deciding to not use my Copic markers was definitely out of my comfort zone, but it allowed me to give the corn a softer look. I was pleased with how easy it was to do. While I was waiting for my image to dry, I stamped the Giving Thanks Greeting on kraft paper, die cut and matted it. I stamped a bit of the Woven Plaid in orange & brown, because it reminds me of a Thanksgiving tablecloth.
I embossed a leaf background panel and then began assembling my card, tying on a ribbon to match my corn, adding the punched photo corners, and finally attaching my fussy cut corn.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Leaves are Falling...

Hi Everyone,
I know that the calender tells us when fall officially arrives, but for me, it's always when the rakes come out! Luckily my work load is a bit lighter this year, due to the fact that I had two large trees cut down in my front yard this summer. Yay! I'm looking forward to admiring the beauty of the fall colors, while not dreading the yard work :)
For today's card I made a background using the Open Leaf stamp in multiple fall colors. I knew I wanted an orange base, so I colored the Large Scarecrow keeping that color in mind. I stamped the Autumn is Calling Greeting in navy blue to match the matting of my background paper, and added some sponging and a few leaf brads.
I finished the card it by fussy cutting my scarecrow and attaching it.
Check out all of the new fall stamps available at DRS Designs by clicking here!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Beauty of Autumn

Hi All!
The leaves are starting to change colors here in Northeast Ohio, and the reports have been that they are on schedule to be extra vibrant this year. Our current challenge at the DRS Designs Blog celebrates this beautiful time of year, so I hope you can join us with your lovely, leafy creations!
My card today was made by stamping the Script Font Background on white card stock and using a square die to cut it out. Then I stamped the Medium Silhouette Leaf in Versamark and heat set it with clear embossing powder. Taking a few sponges, I inked over the leaf with bright fall colors and added the 1 Line Beauty of Autumn sentiment, adding the same sponging to match.

I layered the image and sentiment onto an embossed leaf background and added matching ribbons and metal leaf embellishment.
Thanks for stopping by and link up your leaf card here for a chance at a great prize!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Moonlight and Magic

Hi Everyone,
I have a simple DRS Designs Halloween card to share with you today. Nothing fancy, just a bit of sparkling embossing powder and some yellow glitter glue (scored in the sale bin for .25...Yay me!) to make it festive.
I stamped the Silhouette Spooky Village in Versamark and black ink, heat embossing it with the glittery powder. The stamp has a few bats flying around the houses, but I decided there needed to be more, so I used the Accent Bats and added them to the neighborhood.
After stamping the Moonlight and Magic Greeting, I die cut it with my Oval Spellbinders die, and highlighted the sentiment with some blue ink to match my night time scene. I attached it to my card using some dimensional foam tape.
To keep the card on the friendly side, I added Spencer The Not So Spooky Ghost which I cut out of vellum, and lastly came the yellow glitter glue. Spencer was added to the back of the sentiment, by only his right corner, to make him look like he's floating :)
Thanks for peeking in today!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Spooky Eyes

Hi Everyone,
I've mentioned before that I save pieces parts that I've stamped or colored, that for whatever reason never made it on a card. Well, I came across one of these Eyeballs from DRS Designs and went to toss it, but then I remembered this new Bump into Me Greeting. What if these spooky eyeballs belonged to some unknown creature of the night? Yep, I sure wouldn't want to bump into to it!
So crazy, right? You just never know where or when inspiration will hit! I just used some paper in Halloween colors, a drippy goo punch, distressed embossing folder, colored up another eyeball and added a strip of green glitter. Voila, a flat, easy to mail Halloween card was done as simple as that! A card inspired by an eyeball....Now that's a first for me!
Thanks for the visit!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

If the shoe fits...

Hi Everyone,
Have you joined in our weekly challenge recently? It's a fun way to build up your stash of cards, as well as having a chance at winning a prize from DRS Designs. This week the challenge theme is "Hot Trends, Sequins and Gems". All the cards from the design team, as well as specific details, can be found on this post here, so be sure to check it out!
My card today features patterned papers made using the Woven Plaid stamp in Halloween colors. I decided to combine the new If the Shoe Fits Greeting with the Witchly Accessories stamp. I stamped my image first and then fit the sentiment in at an angle. After die cutting it with my Spellbinders rectangle die, I stamped in a few of the Tiny Bats to fill in the blank spots.
I attached the image panel with some dimensional dots and added a few lines of gems to fit the challenge theme.
Thanks for visiting us here on the blog...Hope to see you at the challenge!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Don't Bump Into Me

Hi Everyone,
The current challenge on the DRS Designs blog has the theme of "It's Give Me the Creeps!", so we're hoping you join us with your creepy, crawly and/or scary cards! You have a little more time to link up your card here, and the winner will be announced on Thursday, along with our next challenge theme.
I was getting tired of using the typical Halloween colors on my most recent cards, so I decided to mix things up and use neutral colors and a monochromatic color scheme.
On the background I stamped the Spooky Eyes in Versamark, and the new Spooky Tree Limb (136F) along the side in black ink. The new Bump Into Me Greeting (149G) was also stamped in black, and then I used the Accent Bats in Versamark on top. The sentiment was die cut and my Mummy was stamped and fussy cut and added to the card with some foam tape.
Of course I felt like I need something in my empty corner, so I fished a piece of twine behind my mummy and added a black button.
Hope to see you at the challenge!
Good Luck :)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Challenge Time!

Hi Everyone,
I have a couple of challenge cards to share with you today.  The first is for the challenge at the
DRS Designs blog, where the theme is "It Gives Me the Creeps!"  So join us with your creepy or scary cards and link them up for your chance at $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store.
My card features the soon to be released Halloween Stamps, The Raven and Spooky Tree Limb.  Both of these images were embossed, though I don't think it shows up in the photo.
The background was made using the Woven Plaid and I finished it with the Tiny Happy Halloween.
For a second chance at a 10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store, join the Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge where DRS is the sponsor this week!
The challenge there is Beautiful Blooms...
Here I used the Dogwood Branch and then added the ATC to a card.
The patterned paper was made using the Large Original Plaid and I added the sentiment
Birthday Wishes to finish this second card off.
Thanks for visiting and hope to see you at the challenges!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The witch is always in!

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs is getting ready to release some great stamps for the Halloween holiday and I'm featuring the new Witch Feet (140H) on my card today. A witch is such a classic Halloween costume, but I never dressed up as one when I went trick or treating as a child. Ragged black clothes and a green face, just wasn't my thing. And it's still not. See her orange dress and glittery, purple boots? Who says a witch can't be fashionable...lol.

The image was die cut and layered onto a background made by randomly stamping the Empty Spider Web in black ink. I added a die cut spider, a few orange half pearls and The Witch is Always In greeting to complete it.
Sadly, it's rare for me to dress up anymore. Maybe I need to consider getting an outfit like this :) What about you? Do you still dress up for Halloween?
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Autumn Leaves

Hi Everyone,
I'm really enjoying making fall themed cards lately, and due to the color combos, I think it's my favorite time of year for crafting :)
My card today is simple, and I think it can be used for an ordinary hello all the way to Thanksgiving itself. I love to have cards like this in my stash!
I began with a pumpkin colored base card, and and layered on a piece of patterned paper made using the Original Plaid stamp in green and brown ink. I added some die cut and embossed leaves in fall colors, along with the stamped and punched sentiment, Autumn Greetings.   
Before attaching all my pieces, I tied on a pumpkin charm using a piece of rustic twine. All the goodness of fall, right on one card!
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out birthday challenge on the DRS Designs blog!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Autumn Greetings

Hi All,
It's hard to believe that summer is winding down, the time always goes too fast for me! While I look forward to all the things that fall holds, (crisp air, pumpkins, apples, wearing sweaters, etc.) I think that it doesn't last long enough either :)
So to slowly usher in the thought of moving to another season, I'm sharing an autumnal card today, made with stamps from DRS Designs. I thought I'd feature a couple of those favorite things I mentioned above. Since it give a fabric like look when you stamp with it, I used the Woven Plaid stamp for my background, just to give a nod to those warm sweaters I love. And nothing says fall more than a juicy apple! The Apple Trio all colored up and fussy cut, looks good enough to eat!
I stamped a strip of Open Plaid and added it along one side, and the Small Autumn Greetings, which I circle punched, serves as my sentiment. I also added a metal tab to the corner for another bit of red embellishment on the card.
Hope you enjoy your day!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Holiday Cards

Hi Everyone,

My designs teammates here at DRS Designs have been hitting it out of the park with their creative card designs lately. Check them out here, because they have been wowing me big time!

We have been having so much fun with the Christmas stamps that make all sorts of wintry village scenes. I just love the Christmas Village Pond and Bridge on my card today. I stamped it first and then added some trees using the Pine Tree Snow Drifts stamp, and the Christmas Village Four in One Accessories. Not only does this stamp have trees, but it also includes the snowman, and the tiny skaters. Don't they look like they are practicing their routine for a pairs skating competition? So cute!

I stamped the Christmas Village Church and colored everything with Copic markers and added some glitter glue on the bridge and church and glossy effects to the ice. I die cut the edge of my card and stamped the base using the Snow Background stamp. I finished it with some twine and the Small Merry Christmas greeting which I also edged in glitter.
I also have a quick second card to share. DRS Designs is the sponsor at Send a Smile 4 Kids this week. It's a group that collects and sends cards to ill children. I know you won't be able to resist playing along with the easy theme of CAS for Kids! A worthy cause, and you will be in the running to win a DRS Designs prize.
My card: 
Made using the following stamps:
Here's hoping these cards put a smile on your face today!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Simplify Christmas

Hi Everyone,

I have another Christmas card to share with you, and I was so happy to be able to use the Simplify Christmas Greeting on my card, as it's one of my favorites for the season from DRS Designs!

The Christmas Village Church was stamped, colored, embellished with glitter glue and glossy accents, and finally punched out and set aside to dry.

I used the Splatter Background and the Christmas Village Four in One Accessories stamp to make the snow on the red background and dry embossed the snowflakes on the bottom blue card stock. I added a matching ribbon and die cut some snowflakes for embellishment and the layering of my image.

Have you had a chance to play along in our current "Inchie" challenge? Find out all the details here!
Good Luck and have a great day!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sketch challenge

Hi Everyone,
DRS Designs is the sponsor at Tuesday Morning Sketches this week and I finally got a chance to play along.  There are a few days left, so if you join in the challenge, you'll be in the running for a $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store.
Here is the sketch:
And this is my card:
These are the stamps used :
Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you get a chance to play along :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In the Meadow

Hi Everyone,
I was searching through my stash of stamps from DRS Designs, looking for stamps that would coordinate with the newly released holiday stamps. Last week I used the Pine Tree Snowdrifts on my card, but I came across my Winter Trees stamp, and I knew it would help me create a little meadow scene as well.
After stamping the trees in brown dye ink, I nestled the little snowmen from the Christmas Village Four In One Accessories stamp in the distance, and used the Tiny Snowman stamp in the foreground
I then went back using the Pine Tree Snowdrifts stamp to add in the drifts. After colored my image, I added glitter glue to create some snow on the trees and highlight the drifts. I finished up the card by stamping the base using the Interlocking Snowflake Background stamp and the In the Meadow Greeting.
Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

From Our House to Yours at Christmas

Hi Everyone,
I've been loving seeing all the different cards being made with the newest stamps being released from at DRS Designs! Darling little stamps that when assembled together, make the most adorable little winter and holiday scenes. I love that you can use them individually too, and they combine with stamps in the current catalog...Bonus! Which leads me to my card today...
After stamping the Christmas Village House (117C), I used the Pine Tree Snowdrifts stamp to create the drifts. Then I went back using the Christmas Village Four in One Accessories (119D) stamp, adding a few more trees and a snowman.
I colored everything with Copic markers and highlighted the snow and roof top with some glitter glue. (If you click on the photo, that should give you a closer look.)
The new Christmas From our House (120C) greeting seemed perfect for this snowy cottage scene.
How's your holiday card making coming along? Our challenge this week on the blog is Big Chill.
If you make a card using "cold colors" or a cold theme, link up here for your chance at winning a great prize!
Stay co
ol :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Holiday Card & a Challenge

Hi Everyone,

It's Christmas in July time, and that means getting a jump on your holiday cards :) I love making Christmas cards, especially when I'm not stressed out thinking about how much shopping I need to get done. And it's a great way to cool off this time of year, even if it's just metaphorically.

This card is simple, made from pieces parts that I saved from last year. When I'm playing around getting ideas, I save all those things that I didn't use in my finished card. Since I had a finished piece of patterned paper made from the Woven Plaid Background Stamp, a colored up Reindeer Ralph, and a punched 1 Line Merry Christmas, this card made with DRS Designs stamps, came together in a jiffy.

All I did was add ribbon, gems and holly leaves, and some Stickles to his nose :)
Woo Hoo! First card of the year done! Only 50 more to go...lol. Small victories.

Oh, and if you want a chance to win a $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store, play along at the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge blog where DRS is this week's sponsor...Here is the inspiration photo:

Click here for all the deets!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Hi Everyone,
I'm back from being on vacation. My husband and I took a trip up to Niagara on the Lake for the Shaw Festival and we had a wonderful time. The town is beautiful and the plays we saw were really great. While I always look forward to coming home, I don't look forward to making my own breakfast or my own bed :(
Anyway, back to real life...I wanted to show you another piggy card I made, however I have just now realized that I never took a photo of it, before I sent it off. See? This is how excited I was to get out of town! I have managed to scour the depths of my computer and found a card that I never got a chance to post. I think I was waiting for the calender to turn into October, and then just forgot. So this year it's just super early!
It's a simple, flat card that's easy to mail. Perfect for giving to someone who needs hope during their illness. Leave it to DRS Designs to have a stamp for every occasion :)
While I used a pink color combo for breast cancer, the Cancer Is...Greeting isn't specific, so you can tailor it to your individual needs. I also used the Support Ribbon stamp for the pink panel and added the Script Font to the background. Then I simply added a pink ribbon for embellishment.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the summer!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Delightful Surprises

Hi Everyone,
I'm finally showing off one of my pig cards made using the adorable Leonard Pig Behind the Bubble stamp from DRS Designs.  I love the look on his face, just peering out from behind the big bubble. It doesn't show up in the photo, but I fussy cut that part of Leonard, covered it in glossy accents and attached it with a dimensional dot. I was trying to simulate that distorted look you get from looking through something that isn't quite clear.
I dry embossed my background paper using a bubble embossing folder, and in keeping with the circle theme, I die cut my Delightful Surprises Greeting and covered it in Bubbles in a matching peach ink.
I added a strip of light blue paper and a couple of gems, just to anchor the image of Leonard at the bottom of the card. That seemed to do the trick when I was trying to balance out the card design, so no real fancy reason for that :)
Thanks and hope your day if full of delightful surprises!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Latest Buzz

Hi Everyone,
Today's card was made in support of the challenge that DRS Designs is sponsoring at Love to Scrap. The challenge is named Holey Cardstock, and we are to use a hole on our card where stamping is to show through. Isn't that fun?
I decided to go with a bee theme, and I punched holes in my top layer of card stock that was dry embossed and distressed. That gave me the chance to ink up Bitsy Bumble Bee and the
Honeycomb Design stamp, both of which fit perfectly in the 1 1/4" holes.
I finished it off my making a banner for The Latest Buzz greeting, and I added a few resin bee embellishments from my stash of craft stuff :)

Thanks for dropping by and be sure to check out all of the challenge details, (along with some great cards made with DRS Designs stamps!) right here!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

With Sympathy

Hi Everyone,
The current challenge at the DRS Designs blog is to make a card with a pet. While this one doesn't have the actual pet on it, it's pet related so I thought that would be good enough serve as a reminder to come and join the challenge :)
I used a paw print embossing folder for my background and added a stamped border made from the Dog Paw background stamp.

I used the new Furry Friend Sympathy greeting and Dog Bone for my focal point and decided not to embellish it any further. Yes, for once I didn't think it needed any glitter or gems :)

If you need some more inspiration, check out the DT cards and the challenge right here! Hope you get a chance to play.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sending you sunshine...

Hi Everyone,

If you've stopped by the DRS Designs blog recently, you would have seen some of the new stamps that are being released at DRS Designs. Did you see the card yesterday? Shelia showed off the two new pig stamps on a card and it's totally cute! If you didn't see it, go look now. I'll wait....

See? Adorable, right? I made my own pig cards, but they cannot follow that one, so I'm opting to show you a summer themed one instead :) Summer! Woo-hoo! Gosh, it feels like I've waited forever for it to arrive. I know it's not "officially" here, but it's finally warm in Ohio, so that's good enough for me.

While I don't live near the ocean, my Lake Erie has some very nice beaches, so I'm celebrating them. I made a little scene for my card today using some punches, dies and a wave embossing folder. I embellished my clouds and sand with some Sparkle N Soft, just to add some texture and shine to the finished card. The new stamp is the Sandcastle, which was stamped, colored and die cut.


Since I have a cling mounted version of the Sending You Sunshine greeting, I was able to curve it a bit to follow the curve of the die cut circle. I just wanted to mention that in case you opt for the wood mounted one, where doing that wouldn't be possible. It would just be a horizontal sentiment.
Thanks for dropping by and here's hoping you're swinging into summer!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Eat, Drink & Be Married

Hi Everyone,
This card would be perfect for a wine loving couple, don't you think? I remember being on a vacation to the Napa Valley in California a few years ago, and all I could think was how beautiful and romantic it would be to have a wedding and reception, looking out onto the vineyards...sigh.
Anyway, these are the thoughts that inspired today's card using stamps from DRS Designs :) It's fairly simple and monochromatic, because I wanted it to be on the elegant side of things.
I used the Bunch of Grapes to make my patterned strip of paper, to which I added a couple of rows of pearls and gems. I used the Pour Me Bottle & Glass stamp on the background, and stamped, die cut the
Eat, Drink & Be Married Greeting. To that, I added a bit of chalk shading and attached it with some pop dots.
Thanks for stopping by the blog, and remember you can find our current "Punchy" challenge
right here! There's still time to enter for a chance at a great prize!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Dream Big

Hi Everyone,

The current challenge at DRS Designs is to make a graduation card using your school colors.

While this is a graduation card, I'm pretty sure there isn't a school where fuchsia & cream are the team colors...lol! I was thinking more of making a card for a girl, and that's what inspired my color combo :)

I stamped the background paper with the Brush Motarboard stamp and highlighted the tassels with a Copic marker to match. The bottom portion was stamped using the Large Original Plaid background stamp and I wrapped it with a piece of matching ribbon.

I decided to emboss the Dream Big with some holographic embossing powder for some extra sparkle and after layering the sentiment, I attached it with a pop dot.

I hope that you get a chance to play along in the challenge. The prize is a $10.00 voucher to the
Have a good day!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Hi Everyone,
I've really loved the new wine themed stamps that were released at DRS Designs recently. The sentiments are so funny, and today my card features the Wine/You Improve with Age greeting. It was stamped, die cut and then I used the new Bunch of Grapes stamp right on top in a light purple.
One of my favorite things to do in late spring and early summer (before the bees go crazy and drive me crazy...lol!) is eat outside, so I inked up the Picnic Basket stamp and colored it using my Copic markers. I fussy cut it and attached it to my card that has a simple dry embossed background.
I added a ribbon and a row of black gems to balance out the card.
Thanks for peeking in on the blog today!
Cheers to you!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Toast to You...

Hi Everyone,
I was thinking of my niece while I was stamping this card that I'm sharing today. She celebrated her milestone 21st birthday this past weekend, so making this card with the new sentiment from DRS Designs, "A Toast to You", seemed very appropriate.
I chose a purple background because it reminds me of grapes and wine, along with being a girlie color. I stamped the top portion using the Peacock Feather, (hard to see, even in person it's very faint) along with the Easy Dot Background. I used a couple of different shades of purple ink, and the look came out bubbly and festive!
To go along with the sentiment, I stamped the wine glass, (from the Pour Me...Bottle and Glass stamp) colored and fussy cut it and adhered it to the card. After adding the die cut border embellished with gems, the wine needed a little sparkle too, so I enhanced it with some glitter glue :)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Men are like a fine wine...

Hi Everyone,
There's a great new batch of stamps soon to being released in the beginning of May, and I have to say that I just adore them all. Lots of great stuff just in time for graduations and even some funny ones that DRS Designs is famous for :)
Which brings me to the card for my post today! It's hilarious, if I do say so myself :)
When I got done laughing at the Men Are Like Wine Greeting (049F), I knew that it would pair up perfectly with the Josephine the Bold stamp. I have no doubt that she could whip a guy into shape :)
I used the new Bunch of Grapes (061D) for the background, as well as the embellishment, which I attached with a pop dot.
Thanks for stopping by and remember we have challenges on the DRS Designs blog every Thursday. We'd love to have you play along!


Friday, April 25, 2014

Quotes & Words

Hi Everyone,
This week DRS Designs is the sponsor over at Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge blog and the theme is Quotes & Words.  If you play along and link up your card, you will be in the running for a $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store!
I made a simple ATC using the Back Nine Birthday greeting and then stamped on top using the
Easy Grass Background to simulate a golf green.  I added a strip of washi tape to the top and bottom to finish it off.
Since I don't really swap ATC's with anyone, I decided to use mine on a simple card.  I added a couple of layers to my ATC, and adhered it to a card base stamped using the Splatter background stamp. (This was done to represent the sand traps...lol!) I then stamped, colored and fussy cut the Golf Bag and adhered it to the card with pop dots.
Thanks for stopping by and good luck playing along!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

From Our House to Yours

Hi Everyone,
Now that the Easter holiday is behind us, I really feel like spring is finally here, and that means warmer sunny days for sure :)
This card today just makes me think of sunshine filled days outside. While real bees are crazy around the end of summer time in August, this Bitsy Bumble Bee from DRS Designs on my card is nothing but sweet!
While I would like to say this card was all planned out, it's really made up of pieces parts from a failed card attempt. I smeared on my first image panel that contained the Beehive, Bee and From Our House to Yours greeting, so I ended up cutting them up separately.
I originally had the card going horizontally, but somehow the placement of my Honeycomb border (that I already glued down!) on this new one, wasn't working with my hive, so by default it became vertical.
After getting the pieces in a place that made me happy, I added the little Bee Trails along with some twine and a button embellishment.
I've heard that stamping mess ups, are just a chance for embellishment, so I would have to agree. Don't trash your mistakes people! Be creative :)
Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wedding Card

Hi Everyone,

I have another wedding card share for you today using stamps from DRS Designs.  I chose a simple design that begins with the Kraft base being stamped by the Script Font Background in a white craft ink. If you use this type of ink, please take a moment to let it dry, so that you don't have any smearing ;)

Then I stamped the Wedding Ring Ensemble and the To Have and Hold sentiment in a brown dye ink, which gave the card a soft, less harsh look were I to have used a black ink. I colored and die cut the image and added a mat and matching die cut flower.

A few gems were added, because that's what I seem to do, and voila! I called it done :)
I love that this card is preserved on the blog in this photo...It was a hard to part with! lol!
Thanks for stopping by and I wish you love & sunny skies!
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