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 29, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hi Everyone,

It's hard to believe another year is coming to a close!  As per usual, it's had it's highs and lows, but I'm always grateful for a chance to ring in another new year.  It gives me the chance to start fresh, or at least the illusion of starting fresh, and that's good enough for me :)  

So for my last individual card share of 2015, I chose a celebratory card, anticipating a good year to come. I went with a simple cream and black color combo and die cut some numbers for the new year.  I added a row of gems and using the glass only portion of Pour Me Bottle Glass stamp, I stamped a bunch glasses raised in a toast to the new year. 

Finally for the sentiment, I stamped and die cut the Happy New Year Circle Greeting, matting it and embellishing it with some glitter glue.  

Here's to another great year of the greatest hobby of them all!

Happy New Year Friends :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Snow Better Friend

Hi Everyone,

The big holiday week is here and the weather people in northeast Ohio have already told us that we can dream of a white Christmas, but we won't be having one.  Since that's the case, I went ahead and designed a card with a snowy theme to get me in the mood :)

DRS Designs will be releasing a new group of stamps on the 28th, so here's a peek at some of the new ones.  First off, I knew I wanted to pair the new Snow Better Friend Greeting (678F) with those adorable penguins from the Penguin Snowball Blast stamp.  So I stamped that first and then the sentiment above and went ahead and die cut it.  After matting the image, it was pretty large, so in order to show off the background I chose to make the card a 5 1/2" square.


 I used the soon to be released stamps, Medium Filigree Snowflake (673F) in blue ink to make the background design, and added the Ornate Corner Tile (669D) to the corners.  The card needed a little something else, so I stamped and fussy cut Percy Penguin to add to the card with some dimensional tape, finishing it off with a bit of glitter glue on the snowballs.

Thanks for stopping by friends!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Oldies but Goodies

Hi Everyone,

My card today was made with stamps that are tried and true.  They're perfect for my friend who's a way better baker than I am.  Every time we visit her house she's whipped up some dessert that looks like a picture in a magazine.  Wait. Scratch that.  I'm dating myself...Like a picture from Pinterest.  :) :) :)   Yes, that site is amazing, but everything is so perfect, I just can't measure up!

Anyway, I inked up the Merry Christmas Recipe Greeting and die cut and matted it.  I stamped, colored and fussy cut the Gingerbread Boy and adhered it to the side of the sentiment. I created a snowy background using the Interlocking Snow Background stamp in white and maroon ink, and assembled it, attaching it to a Kraft card base.

I hope you can find time to dig into you stash of stamps and join us in our weekly challenge right here!

                                                                        Season's Greetings!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Welcome to Christmas Village

Hi Everyone,

I decided to be inspired by my team mates at DRS Designs and try my hand at creating a more elaborate holiday scene, using stamps from the Christmas Village line.  I have no idea why I was so hesitant, it really wasn't difficult at all.  I did start with a scrap piece of paper cut to 5" x 3 3/4", where I tried out the layout of my scene.  When I was happy with the placement of my buildings, trees, people and such, I went ahead and copied it onto my final cardstock panel.  As with my card in last weeks post, I didn't have to do any masking, so it came together in a jiffy.   Then all that was left was coloring it in with Copic markers, adding glitter glue, lining it with black cardstock and attaching it to a red base.

 Here is the list of stamps that I used:

Thanks for stopping by the blog during this busy December month!
Happy Holidays :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Merry Christmas To All

Hi Everyone,

This Christmas Village Town Sign stamp from DRS Designs is one that you can customize, which means your holiday cards and envelopes could be that much more personal this season :)  I paired my customized sign stamp with a number of other stamps from the Christmas Village series to create this little scene.  I wish I could say the skaters represent me and my husband, but due to the fact that they're upright, they seem much better at the sport than the two of us :)  

After stamping my scene, (I didn't even mask anything...super easy!) I used my Copic markers and some glitter glue to complete it. It was layered on an embossed background, and I added the Christmas Especially To You Greeting and a couple of gems to complete it.  

Here are the other stamps I used to complete today's card:

Thanks for visiting and Happy December!

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