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, March 29, 2016

Birthday Bees

Hi Everyone,

I couldn't resist making another bee themed card recently.  The Bee Happy Birthday Greeting is just so...well, happy!  I love that the greeting comes with that teeny tiny bee built right in :)

I decided to try and stamp on a light blue cardstock, which I was hoping would stand in for a blue sky.  I stamped the Beehive image, and after coloring it with Copic markers, it turned out well enough, that I added  some Bee Trails for extra interest. 
 I wrapped the image panel with some yellow ribbon and tied on a tiny tag that was stamped with Bitsy Bumble Bee and colored to match.  And it wouldn't be complete without some glitter added to the wings :) 

You can find all of these stamps at DRS Designs.  Have a great day!


Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Hi Everyone,

Seeing that it's the week leading up to the Easter holiday, I thought I would show off a faith based card today that uses stamps from DRS Designs.  Originally I thought this could work as a sympathy card, something to offer hope at a dark time in someone's life, so I chose deep muted colors when designing it.

I stamped the Open Bible in brown ink and the I Am The Resurrection Greeting over it in navy blue.  I die cut it using rectangle and scalloped rectangle dies,  layering the sentiment panel on a script embossed  background.

The background panel was stamped using the Splatter Background stamp in the same brown ink and I stamped the Dandelion Puff a few times in blue. Stamping the flower once, and then again before re-inking it, is what gives it that subtle shadow effect.

All this was layered onto a navy blue card base and I added a matching bow. 

Thanks for visiting and if you celebrate, I wish you a Happy Easter!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Bee Happy

Hi Everyone,

Here's a small peek at a soon to be released stamp from DRS Designs.  I love any and all bee things on greeting cards, and this Bee Happy Birthday Greeting (736F) is no exception.  How fabulous is it that the tiny bee within the sentiment, matches the Bitsy Bumble Bee and the Happy Bee stamps in the current collection?  Super cute :)  Those were stamped, fussy cut and glittered up before I adding them to the card with dimensional tape. And speaking of fussy cutting, be sure to check out our current challenge.  Fussy cutting is this week's theme!

For the background I used an embossing folder and the Honeycomb Design stamp, adding a black punched border for a bold look.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you join in our challenge!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Birthday Wishes

Hi Everyone,

While this looks like my simple standard card layout, technique wise, it definitely took me out of my comfort zone.  I recently bought a pad of watercolor paper, thinking this was what I was lacking for me to make a successful card using this technique.  While I do think the paper helped, at the very least, I need a lot more practice...maybe even art lessons...lol! 

I chose the Daisy Basket stamp because it's pretty and I thought it may be forgiving for a beginner like me.  I stamped it towards the top of my page, so that I would have room for the Small Birthday Wishes sentiment at the bottom, choosing the greeting purely because I thought the font worked with the watery coloring.

I did have a practice go at this image using my Peerless watercolors.  However, I was heavy handed when it came to the amount of water, so this second attempt was completed using Loew-Cornell watercolor pencils.  I did my coloring first and then went over it and did the blending using my watercolor brush pen.  I felt that it gave me more control, and I actually had to force myself to be a little loosey-goosey while spreading the colors. I did my best trying to add a shadow underneath as well.  Once it was dry, I added some glitter glue to the center of the flowers, roughed up the panel edges with some scissors and finished it off with a ribbon. 

This week DRS Designs is the sponsor at Cupcake Inspirations!  Join in the challenge using this inspiration photo, and you will be in the running to win a $10.00 voucher to the DRS Designs store!

Thanks for visiting us today!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Happy Easter

Hi Everyone,
  March is officially here and that means Easter is coming up soon.  Like end of this month soon...And I hope the weather is warm enough to see some early flowers popping up :)  If not, I can always rely on some lovely spring time flower stamps to bring in the cheer!  

I was going to feature the Happy Easter Cross on my card today, but I had also colored the Easter Lily and  Crosses Oval stamp.  Instead of using them separately, I worked it out and fit them both on the same card, using one as the sentiment.  The were both die cut and colored with different Copic markers, so I challenged myself to make a background that would tie the two together.  

I chose to make a splattered watercolor background using yellow, green and purple dye ink, by inking up a piece of plastic and spraying it with water.  I then smooshed my paper all over and let it dry before running it through my Cuttlebug in a dogwood flower folder.
I added a scrap of yellow card stock to the bottom and a purple ribbon covers up the seam.  I finished it by adding some glitter to the flowers and 3 matching gems.

Happy Easter & Happy Spring!
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