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 26, 2019

Extra Tweet

Hi Everyone,

I still had a piece of yellow cardstock sitting out on my craft table from last weeks card, so along with color inspiration, I took layout inspiration from that card too.

I stamped and colored up the Silly Bird four times, using my 1 1/4" square punch at an angle a couple of times.  I wanted to add to the playfulness of the whimsical, Extra Tweet Day Greeting. I just love this bird stamp :)

Everything was attached to a background made with the Feathers Three in One stamp. How's that for easy?  Well, not as easy as this next CAS card...

I used an embossed background, my bird punch and the following stamps:

Be sure to check out DRS Designs for all of these stamps and so much more! 

Have a great day!


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Spring Vibes

Hi Everyone,

While my cards today are unrelated, I feel that what they have in common is a springtime vibe.  Spring arrives at the end of the week, so I'm here to usher it in a few days early!

Here I used the Puff Circle as a design element, and used my circle punches to layer them up.  I added the Bitsy Bumble Bee as the fourth element and paired everything up with the Another Year Flies By Greeting.  Since the background was an embossed honeycomb, I added a few stamped Honeycomb Designs to the greeting to match.  To finish the card, I added gems to the center of the flowers and a die cut vellum butterfly.

Here is a CAS sympathy card made using the Silhouette Leaf Branch stamp and the 
Remembrance Sympathy Greeting.  I chose a soothing green ink for the trees, stamping once and then again without reinking, to get that shadow effect.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I added a line of glitter under the trees before I attached the sentiment panel.

Now that Easter is just around the corner, I began making my Easter dinner invitations.  I always go with a simple design, so here they are:

And when I was even too lazy to color the crosses, I switched to die cut bunnies.

Here are the stamps I used for these:

Please stop by the DRS Designs shop to see all of the great spring time stamps!

Have a happy day :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


Hi Everyone,

I'm itching for Spring to arrive, so with that in mind, I have a couple of bird themed cards to share again this week.

I wanted to use the new Thinking of You Tweetie Greeting, so I looked through my bird themed stamps from the current catalog at DRS Designs. 
1. First I stamped the Lovebirds Branch. 
2. I stamped the Birdhouse Tree Branch below it.  That left a blank spot in the left corner, so I inked up the tip and stamped it again.
3. Lastly I stamped the Bird Bath.

I colored in all of my stamping using Copic markers and then created my sky using a sponge and a scalloped circle that was punched out.  Just keep moving the circle and inking over it,  to create the billowy clouds.  I masked off a portion of the bottom and sponged on some green ink for the grass. 

After attaching a piece of die cut grass along the bottom, I found I had no room for the sentiment as it was, so I cut it into pieces and attached it with some dimensional foam tape.

This second card is very clean and simple, using only the Open Leaf Branch and the Extra Tweet Day Greeting. 

I colored in the tree, adding some glitter glue for sparkle.  I embossed a die cut frame and added a die cut bird to finish it off. 

The calendar is telling me spring is around the corner, so I hope the warm temperatures are as well!

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Feather Friendship Cards

Hi Everyone,

Since I can't get enough of this new Silly Bird stamp, I took inspiration from my card last week, and made another one using some of the same stamps.

Here's how the main scene came together:
1. Stamp Silly Birds.
2. Make a mask for both birds and stamp the Umbrella.
3. Make mask for umbrella and stamp Raindrop Background.
4. Sponge blue ink lightly over background.
5. Color in images.

I then used the new Feathers 3 in 1 to stamp the card base and I used the top portion of  
Birds of a Feather Friends Greeting for the outside sentiment.

The inside was stamped with the second half of the greeting, along with the Umbrella and raindrops again.

I didn't want to relegate using the Feathers 3 in 1 stamp to bird cards only, so I made a background of them for a friendship card.  I paired them with the Good Friend Angel Greeting and the Winged Angel, die cutting it out and adding some purple sponging around the panel.  I attached it to the background and used a slot punch to make a spot to tie on my bow and feather embellishment.

After the card was assembled, I colored in the angel wings and added some glitter glue to finish it off. 

I sure do appreciate the friends in my life, and working on these cards has reminded me how special they are...I hope you're inspired to tell the friends in your life how much they mean to you, through a handmade card.

Happy Stamping!

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