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 31, 2019

Happy New Year

Hi Everyone,

These cards are made with the holiday revelers in mind.  I always think of sparkle when it comes to New Year's Eve, however, it's going to be a quiet one for us this year.  My mood is more pj's than confetti ;)

Since I equate this holiday with gold and silver, I grabbed my double sided tape and glitter to create the background.  All that was left to do was add a sentiment (365 Days of Happiness), to which I added a glittery mat. This card was simple to make, just a bit messy.

Here I created a background using Interlocking Star and Splatter Background stamps.  I colored up the Wine Glass from the Pour Me Bottle and Glass stamp and die cut and matted both, embellishing them with some glitter glue.

I added a row of gems and some die cut letters for a sentiment, attaching them in what I hope is a celebratory fashion.

Have a happy and safe New Year!


Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Tags

Hi Everyone, and Happy Christmas Eve!

I feel ridiculous sharing these tags, but these are the last Christmas items I made.  And I use the term "made" loosely.  I was nearing the end of my wrapping, and needed a few more tags, so I chose to embellish some store bought ones from my stash.  

This tag was an extra in the pack, just plain, with no cute Santa, or snowflake or anything like the others. It had a nice gold edge, so rather than toss it, I stamped it with Percy Penguin and the

And this one came with a glittery tree, so I added the 1 Line Merry Christmas myself. 

Didn't I say they were easy?  Stamps always save the day! 

Here's wishing you a wonderful holiday...

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Red and White

Hi Everyone,

It's feeling like crunch time in my house, so I'm thinking what Christmas cards I do have time to make, will be of the simple variety.

Here's one that has minimal stamping and a few die cuts to make it happen.  I created the white tree by stamping the underneath layer using the Snow and Starry Background stamps, using red and pink ink.  I die cut the tree out of the top layer and sent the tree through my snow embossing folder, adding some glitter glue for sparkle.

I stamped the peace on earth portion from the Three Wise Men Peace stamp and punched it out to make it look like a moon.  After then gluing on my tree, it seemed off, so I added a die cut deer in white to add some balance to the design. 

If you are still working on cards like I am, be sure to stop by the DRS Designs store! Right now, Christmas stamps and background stamps are 20% off.

Ho, Ho, Ho!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

From Our House

Hi Everyone,

Well, the holidays are now in full swing, and the shorter window between Thanksgiving and Christmas has really got me hopping to get things done!

Here's my latest card offering in the form of an easel card.  I stamped and colored the
 Christmas Rooftops along the bottom and added some falling snow by stamping the 
Snow Background in light blue ink.  Since it's all about love this time of year, I stamped the
Christmas From Our House Greeting in a die cut heart and added a mat.

That led me to simply stamp the Large Script Merry Christmas inside and add a punched border, using some of the smaller snowflakes to help keep the card open. 

Hop on over to DRS Designs to see all of these stamps and much more!

Tis the season to be stamping!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Merry Christmas

Hi Everyone,

Here's a Christmas card that was easy to pull off,  due to using the Wooden Frame Collection stamp from DRS Designs!  After stamping and coloring up the frames, it was really fun looking through my stamps and choosing a group to fit inside.  I settled on the following ones:

After using my stamp-a-ma-jig to help line things up, I colored in the images and added some glitter glue to the snow/fuzzy parts on them.

I attached it to a snowflake embossed base and added a few mini snowflakes along the bottom to finish it off.

Thanks for visiting the blog today!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

We Thank You Lord

Hi Everyone,

I have one last fall card to share with you today.  Thanksgiving is next week...are you ready?  I've taken the bold step by ordering a complete heat & eat meal for the first time from a local grocer. There will only be 4 of us around the holiday table, so I thought I'd give myself a break this year, and not cook :)  I'm a little nervous, but I'm telling myself not to compare anything to the usual side dishes I make, that have been passed down to me from my mom.  BUT, I'm not going to lie... I'm really going to miss not eating the southern peach yam bake...sniff sniff… Oh well, there's always  Christmas dinner, right? 

For my card, I began by using the Thank You Lord Greeting and die cutting it.  My laziness for cooking has bled into my cardmaking, in that, I wanted to use the Woven Plaid to make a background, but not a bunch of different ink colors.  So, I chose to use an orange base and just some brown ink.  Two colors, but only one ink color required!  It looks like it would make a great Thanksgiving tablecloth to me. 

For my fall embellishments I stamped the Fall Leaf with Acorn three times and fussy cut them out, coloring them up with my Copic markers.  I only needed two leaves, but used all three of the little acorns, and a brad from my stash finished it off. 

All of these stamps can be found at DRS Designs...Happy Fall and Happy Thanksgiving one and all!


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Joy to You

Hi Everyone,

Snowman cards are great for the whole winter season.  They work for that non religious Christmas person, but also great for cardmaking into the new year too.  This Heart Swag Snowman is one of my all time favorite stamps. He's adorable! 

I stamped, colored and fussy cut him, adding some glitter to his hat.  I made the background using the Snow Background stamp, embellishing the little dots with glitter glue as well.   

The half doily was on my craft table, left over from a failed card attempt, so I managed to work it in on this one.  I feel like it was as success :)  The sentiment is the inside portion of the 
Joy To You Christmas Greeting that was punched out and I added a few matching gems for some more sparkle.

Love and Joy to you and yours! 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Cheerful Smiles

Hi Everyone,

This is a random card share in the midst of everyone's holiday cards, but I had a friend who had some out patient surgery last week, and I wanted to make a card to cheer him up.  

I knew I wanted to use the Cheerful Smiles Get Well Greeting, so I decided to make some smiling Bandages to go along with it.  

I masked off the middle of the band-aid, so that I could make a face with googly eyes and a hand drawn mouth.  I colored and fussy cut them, attaching them and the greeting with some dimensional tape.

The simple background was made using the Starry Background and Easy Dot Background.

Here's the simple inside, using the Feel Better Soon from the bottom portion of the greeting on the front and the Bandage stamp again.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Pumpkin Spice

Hi Everyone,

With Halloween fast approaching, I was running out of time to make a card celebrating my love of hot drinks. This cute Paper Coffee Cup can be decorated for any time of year, and I was remembering making a snowman type cup for this card, so I wanted to replicate that in some way for the fall. 

I made the background using an embossing folder (Darice brand) with fall words and made patterned paper for the bottom portion using the Candy Corn Border stamp and Copic markers. 

The cup was made by stamping it and decorating it using the Splatter Background stamp in candy corn colors.  Then I stamped it two more times, once on white and once on orange, fussy cutting the lid, sleeve and cup, and then assembling them like you see here. Since the sleeve was orange, I used that as my "pumpkin", attaching a yellow face.  I have a jack-o-lantern die (Darice brand), and those were the negative parts left over, but I did have to do a bit of extra cutting to make the mouth fit the cup.

I paired it with the Pumpkin Spice Everything Nice Greeting that was stamped and die cut and I attached that, and the cup, using dimensional foam tape.  Since the end of the greeting states "everything nice",  I resisted my urge to add a creepy spider as embellishment...lol.

Cheers to hot drinks!  Happy stamping...

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Merry Christmas

Hi Everyone,

Every January I tell myself that I will make one Christmas card each week, which would provide me with plenty when the season arrives. So, here I am midway through October, and counting this one,  I've made exactly four.  Oh well, I'm nothing if not consistent with past years...lol.

Here's my offering using stamps from DRS Designs to get you stamping...

I attached them to a background made using the Interlocking Snow Background.  Originally I dry embossed my green strip with snowflakes, but it was competing with my snowflake embellishments, so I switched it out for a plain one.  

I finished off the card with some enamel dots in the center of the snowflakes and some glitter glue on the Santa hat.  

Good Luck with your holiday stamping Friends!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Give Thanks

Hi Everyone,

This Give Thanks Pumpkin Stack is one of my very favorite fall themed stamps from the DRS Designs catalog.  It's a gorgeous image with a sentiment built right in, which made it possible to make a simple, but festive card.

After the image was colored up, I stamped the background using the Interlocking Circle Background, coloring  in the circles using the same markers.  

I added a plain yellow strip behind my main image, and playing off the background, I embellished the card using a big felt button.

I'm giving thanks for all things pumpkin right now, and I hope you are too!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Welcome Home

Hi Everyone,

 We have lots of excitement in the family.  My eldest niece got engaged last week, and her sister, my youngest niece, bought a new home!  And right now they're traveling together across Europe on vacation...They're currently living their best lives, and I couldn't be happier or prouder of the lovely young women they've become.

So, while I'm still struggling with stamping, due to an injured finger, I used some dies to create this new home card to send along with a housewarming gift. 

I dry embossed the background and used some die cut letters (you could use stickers for this too!)
to make the base of the house.  I used a square punch and cut it diagonally to create the roof portion, and added a little heart for the chimney.

I stamped the One Line Welcome onto one of my die cut clouds and added a die cut sprig to stand in for a tree. 

With my finger on the mend, I'm hoping to have a more stamp laden card to share with you next week!

Thanks for stopping by!

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