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, May 29, 2018

What's One More

Hi Everyone,

Since I was leaving home for a short mini break last week, I had to make a birthday card on the double and get it in the mail.  Even though my friends and I are of a certain age, that doesn't mean cards can't be fun and cheerful, right?

I chose the One More Candle Greeting from DRS Designs, die cutting it and adding a mat and some sponging.  For all of the fun candles, I used the Girly Swirly Cake and just stamped the candle portion going around the edges of my background.  All that was left to do was color up the candles and make them look festive.

Here is the inside with a few more candles and the two following greeting stamps:

Thanks for stopping by and here's hoping you're living your best life today!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Get Well Cards

Hi Everyone,

I began stamping this in an effort to make a masculine get well card. I thought the Cattail Milk Pail from DRS Designs would be perfect; not too flowery, but still natural, nice and soothing, you get the idea.  I decided to stamp the background using the Long Tall Cattails Image, and so far so good.  However, I then made a Polka Dotted border piece, and embellished it with a scalloped border and gauzy ribbon.  No bow I thought, just tie a knot, but it ended up looking more girl like than I intended.  Oh well, I finished it with the One Line Get Well Greeting. 

My second get well card was always going to be all about flowers!  I wanted to stamp using the new Flower Wheelbarrow again, and colored the flowers using pastels.  I stamped a panel using the Flower Scroll and colored those to match the flowers in the main image, adding a punched border.

To keep the theme going, I used the same stamp on the background, stamping green on light green cardstock, for a subtle effect.  My sentiment comes from the last line in the Cured, Yet Greeting.

I hope you're feeling fine and dandy this Tuesday... Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Flower Power

Hi Everyone,

I admit I'm pretty bad about cleaning up after I stamp; I usually push my scraps and extras into a pile and deal with it at some later time.  It was from those scraps that this card was born.  I came across the negative part from some die cut flowers.  They were made for embellishment on another project, but before tossing them, I decided to use them as a stencil and create a floral thank you card. 

I chose some pastel ink colors and simply sponged the flowers in a random pattern.  I used the
Deco Thank You Greeting from DRS Designs in the corner, and embellished a few of the centers with some gems.

It was so easy and fun!  I think I may keep these and any other scraps in a little baggie for future stencil projects.

Here's another graduation card I made using the A New Beginning Greeting.  Choosing to play off the word time in the sentiment, I dry embossed the background using a clock themed folder, and added 3 of the Brush Mortarboards that were stamped and fussy cut.

After it was assembled, the greeting looked a bit sparse, so I inked up one of the tiny grad caps from the Graduation Background stamp and added it to the corner.  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Graduation Cards

Hi Everyone,

I'm in graduation card making mode right now and I have a couple of my most recent makes to share with you.  Since they both have the same layout, I tried to be a little creative in the stamps that I used.

A new sentiment from DRS Designs is Let the Adventure Begin and instead of pairing it with a traditional graduation image on the front, I used the Hot Air Balloon.  I colored up and fussy cut three of them, and attached them with dimensional foam tape to and embossed cloud background.  The sentiment was heat embossed, although I don't think it shows up in the photo.

I carried the Hot Air Balloons inside along with the Successful Future Grad Greeting.

I couldn't resist making another card using the adorable Graduation Pig!  He's definitely a new favorite of mine :)

I created some patterned paper using the Easy Dot Background and the Splatter Background stamp in green and yellow ink.  I punched out 3 holes and framed them out in black, and stamped and colored up the pig three times.  I added them behind the windows in fun positons, attaching the top one using a "Wobble".  It's a plastic spiral that gives him dimension, so it looks like he's bursting out.  And if you flick him with your finger, he moves back and forth.

I finished up the card using the perfect sentiment, Go Hog Wild!

Be sure to visit DRS Designs for all of these stamps and much more too!

Have a great day :)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hog Wild

Hi Everyone,

I can't believe the school year will soon be wrapping up!  Before we know it,  those graduation announcements and invitations will be flooding our mailboxes, so it's best to be prepared with a few cards at the ready.  Boy oh boy, does DRS Designs have a couple of cutie stamps soon coming your way!  Just what we all need so that we can be a hero:


Graduation Pig (567E) and the Go Hog Wild Greeting (568B) are such an adorable and fun pairing of stamps, and I love that they're totally gender neutral.  Perfect for my stash of cards and lucky for you too....They're being released today :)

I attached the die cut image and punched sentiment to a card with a custom made background.  I used the Graduation Background and a graduation embossing folder, and covered up the seam with a bit of woven twine. 

Be sure to stop by DRS Designs and see all that is new!

May your day be filled with Hog Wild Joy!


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