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, September 25, 2018


Hi Everyone,

Our weather has finally taken a turn...Why does 65 degrees in the fall, feel so much cooler than 65 degrees in the spring?  It must be the inevitability of winter, but I don't want to get ahead of myself.  After all, this is a post about Halloween cards!

This first card is on the spooky side, featuring a scene made with the new Iron Fence and Gate stamp.
I sponged the background using my ink pads, and then stamped the images on top. I left the sky area kind of blank, and added some more sponging after I stamped the Raven.  I colored it in with Copic markers and then filled the sky using the Accent Bats stamp.   I die cut the background scene using a Sizzix die and finished off the card using the new It's a Scream Halloween Greeting.

Here's a friendly Halloween card for my second share today.  I embossed the background with a spider web embossing folder, embellishing the raised web with some glitter glue. I stamped, colored and fussy cut the new Ghost Boo, cutting out one extra ghost. 

Once my background was dry, I attached a die cut banner that had my extra ghost attached, and attached my greeting up top.

Be sure to stop by the DRS Designs store to see all of these new stamps and many more, all celebrating the fun of Halloween!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Drink Up Witches

Hi Everyone,

I've got a sneak peek for you today!  DRS Designs has some super fun new Halloween stamps coming your way this week, and for today's card share,  I've paired one of them up with a few stamps from the current catalog.

The Drink Up Witches (721G) stamp is one of the newbies, and I stamped, colored and die cut it out, adding a black mat. I did the same thing using the Witch Feet stamp and set them aside while I embossed the background using a grapes embossing folder (Darice).  Since DRS Designs also has a 
Bunch of Grapes stamp, I stamped and colored up a strip that I bordered with some drippy green goo.  

I assembled the card and added some glitter to the drink and embellished the buckle on the witch hat using a gold gel pen. 

I carried the beverage theme to the inside of the card simply by using these two stamps:

Be sure to stop by the store for all the new releases on September 19th!  The Halloween season is upon us, so feel free to bust open that candy and start stamping :)

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Fall is in the Air

Hi Everyone,

Boy did we experience a soaker of weekend. I didn't love the buckets of rain, but the cooler temperatures put me in a fall mood for sure.  

This first card was made in with my friend in mind.  She's moving to Minnesota for her job next month, so I thought the Barn Door would make a perfect fall new home card.  I stamped and fussy cut the door on Kraft cardstock, adding some color using Copic marker.  I also cut a sliver of black paper, to create a rail for the door to "slide" on. (It doesn't really slide... I did think about trying to make it do that, but couldn't really figure that out...lol!)

I attached it to and embossed leaf background embellishing the door with a sunflower spray, which was cut from the Sunflower Hurricane Candle stamp. 

I added the strip of sunflower ribbon to anchor the One Line Welcome Greeting that was die cut and sponged with green ink.

Did you know that DRS Designs has birthday greetings for every month of the year?  My cousin has a birthday this month, so I thought making a fall themed card using the September Birthday Greeting was the way to go.  I've mentioned in the past that I'm notoriously bad about cleaning up between my card making, so I had the negative portion of a die cut leaf sitting out on my table from last week.  I chose to use it as a stencil and made the leaf by sponging on red, orange and yellow ink.  I added the same ink to my greeting, along with a couple of smaller die cut leaves. 

To finish it off, I rounded all of the corners of my card and added a few matching half pearls.  

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Evolution of a Card

Hi Everyone,

Once the calendar changes to September, and there being back to school, football and the ubiquitous pumpkin spice, I quickly fall into line and want all things to be autumnal.  Including my cards.  I pulled out my fall stamps and tried to get creative.

 It all began with my stamps from DRS Designs...

I die cut a leaf out of a die cut square, replacing that big leaf with a leaf that was stamped using the Medium Silhouette Leaf in various fall colors.  I added the Small Autumn Greetings to the leaf and set it aside as I worked on the background. Using the same stamp pads, I made a splatter background using a wet paint brush, and added a die cut vine and pumpkin.  I wrapped that background with a gauzy orange ribbon and assembled it, attaching the leaf panel I made using some dimensional foam tape.

I thought it was too hard to read the greeting among the busy leaves and I wasn't sure about the gold, so I die cut another square.  I stamped that, keeping more white space and made sure I stamped the most pale leaf in the center, leaving a spot to put my greeting there.  

It was still too hard to read the greeting, so out came my square punches, and this is what I finally ended on:

It's not the super creative, out of the box masterpiece that I had visions of in my head, but then rarely do my cards end up that way anyhow...lol!   I keep looking at that first card, trying to figure out if I could have maybe changed the frame color, or placement of the greeting, or...?  Oh well, that's the creative process and frankly part of fun of card making.

Thanks for stopping by the blog...

Wishing you all things inky and stamp-y!


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