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 31, 2017

Santa Pup & Winter Scene

Hi Everyone,

Happy Halloween!  By the looks of my card today, you probably think that I'm confused about my holidays...lol. Nope!  I'm just excited to be sharing peeks at some of the new holiday stamps being released at DRS Designs.

This adorable Santa Puppy (408F) is all dressed up for Christmas, (or for Halloween!)  and I paired it with the new Doggone Christmas Greeting (410D).  Instead of making my backgrounds using holiday stamps, I inked up the Dog Print Background and dry embossed the bottom portion with paw prints as well. I finished it off with a small metal embellishment.

For my second card, I made a little wintry scene.  I embossed the background using a snowflake embossing folder and white and red papers. See those rocks along the edge of the pond?  That's a new stamp addition to the group of village stamps, here at DRS Designs and it's just perfect. All I did was stamp, die cut and color up my scene, adding some glitter glue for snow at the end :)  

Here's where you can find the stamps I used for this card:

Village Rocks/Pond's Edge (356F)

Have you started on your holiday cards yet?  We have tons of inspiration in the card gallery at DRS Designs!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving to You

Hi Everyone,

I'm still working on making some Thanksgiving cards and this one was pretty simple to stamp.  Looking at the card, I think I was influenced by the fact that our leaves haven't been brightly colored this year, and there are still a ton of green leaves yet to turn.  I believe the warm weather is the cause, and it's because of that, I'm not complaining :)

I began by stamping the card base with the Open Leaf  from DRS Designs in a yellow-gold ink.  Originally when I started, this was going to be one layer, and I stamped the Deco Happy Thanksgiving to You along the bottom, but as it sometimes happens, I ended up with a smear.  I wasn't going to be deterred, and stamped it again using my dies to make the layered sentiment that covers up the boo boo.  You know what they say?  There are no accidents, only a chance for embellishment!    

I then made a border for the top using the Script Font Background stamp and a border punch, finishing it with a couple of die cut leaves and some ribbon.  

Hope you're having a happy day!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Two Cards

Hi Everyone,

The first time I saw this Pumpkin Spice Everything Nice greeting from DRS Designs, I knew I wanted to make a coffee themed card.  There was just one problem...I don't own a coffee cup die!  Many of my design team mates made darling cards with this idea, and I knew if I thought hard enough, I could make one too.  I just needed to be a little creative. I pulled out my idea binder, and I came across some punch art using the old tag punch from Stampin Up.  I simply added some handles using a couple of circle punches, and stamped them both using my Splatter Background stamp.  

I had already decided to make a friendship card, so I attached the mugs to an embossed hello background, and added a heart in between the two mugs.   

I made a strip of patterned paper using the Medium Silhouette Leaf stamp and the Silhouette Branch Background stamp.  I added a border and attached the greeting with dimensional foam tape.

Since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, I thought I would post this too.  I used the Cancer Is stamp to make a card to cheer on a friend who is fighting this disease.   

I added the Support Ribbon on top of the greeting and used basically the same layout as the above card.  

Get yer checkups Ladies, and then come home and stamp something!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi Everyone,

I'm excited to be hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time in a long while, and I've been trying out all kinds of card designs for my invitations.  For this one, I inked up the new Filigree Pumpkin stamp and embossed it with brown iridescent embossing powder.  I then used my sponges and ink to add some color and fussy cut it out.  I decided I like the design on the pumpkin so much, that I used it to create the patterned paper for the background. It's behind the strip of embossed leaves, ribbon and the Happy Thanksgiving Greeting. 

 I tried to mimic the the colors on the pumpkin by adding them on to the greeting, sponging yellow ink in the center and orange around the edge. 

Here is a close up of the embossing on the pumpkin and the the matching background paper.

All of these stamps and more can be found at DRS Designs...Just click here!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fall Cards

Hi Everyone,

I have a couple of fall cards to share with you today, both showing off my love of making my own backgrounds.  It's so satisfying to be able to customize anything thing that I want to make, and DRS Designs has a whole range of stamps for all our crafty needs :)

I began by making a leaf background using the Medium Silhouette Leaf stamp in a range of autumnal shades.  I also had the Silhouette Branch Background stamp on my table from the card I made last week, so I stamped a strip of coordinating colors and added a matching ribbon before adhering it to my card.  

I stamped and die cut the new Deco Happy Thanksgiving to You Greeting and attached that with some dimensional tape, embellishing it with the Classic Turkey stamp that was colored and fussy cut as well. 

It was easy to keep going, so I used the same Leaf again, making just a strip of patterned paper this time.  I added a punched border and placed that on an embossed background of fall themed words.  

And since my dies were handy too, I used the same for my stamped Give Thanks Greeting.  

Happy October!

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