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, October 27, 2015

Give Thanks

Hi Everyone,

Whenever I go on vacation, I always lament about how I wish my home was more like (insert said vacation spot here).  It could be anything from the beach to a concrete jungle big city, whatever, I'm always wishing for something that my home doesn't have.  Except in October.  It's glorious here in northeast Ohio.  The weather is usually cool and crisp, and I love, love, love the fall colors! I don't even have to travel far from home to see the beauty. See?

 This is a photo of the empty land next to the store where I grocery shop, and it's only around the corner from my house.  Super pretty, right?


And this scenic overlook is only a few miles from my home.  

Seeing all of this around me, inspired me to grab the new Autumn Leaf Pile (575F) stamp and design today's fall card.  I stamped that first, the Single Fall Tree next, and then nestled the Give Thanks Bible Verse (585E) next to them.  I then die cut this and colored the leaves in all of the gorgeous fall colors with my Copic markers. 

The background was created using the Fall Leaf  with Acorn stamp and I made a strip of patterned paper using the Woven Plaid.  Before I attached my image panel, I added an embossed, die cut fall leaf on top of my background.  It added that extra pop of color that my card needed.

Thanks for visiting today and be sure to visit the DRS Designs store and check out all the fun new stamps!


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Thankful People are Happy

Hi Everyone,

I'm here to tell you that you will fall in love with the new stamps that DRS Designs will be releasing on October 24th.  There are wonderful images and greetings for the fall season and beyond, and I'm honored to be able to share this card with you today.  

The background was created using the new Wood Grain (626P) stamp.  It was so easy to use and the results were amazing!  Not sure if it shows up on my card, but the wood grain is complete with a little knot hole, which adds to the texture and realism :)

I stamped the Happy Thankful People (612G) greeting and the lined up the Cattail Milk Pail (581F) right next to it, colored and then die cut it.  I added some sponging in brown and green ink to soften and add a bit of a distressed or rustic look.
I added some die cut leaves and gems in matching colors to complete the card.

The design team will be showing off all of the new stamp-y goodness this week, so be sure to check back each and every day!

Have a good one :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Witches Potions

Hi Everyone,

I'm happy to share another Halloween card with you today, that features two stamps that are tailor made for each other :) 

 I began by stamping and heat embossing the Magic Potion Shelf, which I water colored using my ink pads and a watercolor brush.  I then stamped the rest of the paper using the Starry Background in Versamark, which I also heat embossed.  Sadly, it looked quite dull on the white card stock, so I simply cut off the bottom portion, (if you look close you can still see some of the stars) and added a gemstone border.  Even  witches should have a bit of glamour in their lives :) The Poison Potions Greeting was stamped die cut and embellished with some matching ink, and the spider die cut was added as another bit of embellishment.

This card also serves as a reminder for you to join us for the Spooky or Cutesy challenge right here!

Good Luck!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Halloween Can Be Creepy

                                                                           Hi Everyone,
I was inspired by my teammate Nancy's card in this post here.  I loved the effect of ink impressed into card stock using an embossing folder, so I gave it a try too using an interlocking circle design. Since I began with a dark gray card base, I used gray ink for my Spooky Eyes Background as well as the impressed portion, that I edged with a punched border.
I stamped the RIP Tombstone 3 times and then used my circle punches on them , adding them to the embossed panel with dimentional tape.

The sentiment came from the first line of the Bump Into Me Halloween Greeting... Is it just me, or does the impressed embossing give this card a creepy elegance? I like it :)

Happy Halloween!


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