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 28, 2019

Missing You

Hi Everyone,

With Memorial Day behind us on the calender, it's the unofficial beginning of summer, so I have mini summer like scene on my card share today.  

Leonard, from the new Leonard Pig Flies a Kite stamp makes an appearance here.  I stamped multiple hot air balloons from the 4 in 1 In the Sky stamp to complete the little scene.  I embossed 1/2 of my background with kites, and added some die cut clouds to the blue half to mimic the sky.

For a sentiment, I stamped the new Missing You Pig Time inside one of the frames from the Wooden Frame Collection stamp, fussy cutting it and attaching as you see here. 

I needed to make a masculine graduation card, so I chose the Follow Your Dreams stamp for my main image, which I then colored, die cut and matted.  

Neutral colors are always more masculine to me, so I created the background using the Grad Hat Hooray and Splatter Background stamps in black and brown ink.

Before attaching the image, I added a strip of splatter stamped cardstock that was layered on to a punched border, and wrapped with some matching twine. 
 Again, twine more masculine than ribbon to me :)  And since the image has a sentiment right on it, I was able to call this card done!  

All of these stamps, and much more, can be found at DRS Designs!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Every Day Miracle

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to make a card that had a "It's always darkest before the dawn" type theme, so I knew the Lightning Bolt stamp from DRS Designs would be perfect for my stormy sky backdrop on my share today.

I started off with a piece of dark blue card stock, but I sponged on top of it using various blue inks, just to give it some variation and finished with some white craft ink sponging for depth.  I stamped the Lightning Bolt twice to make it longer, and used a silver gel pen to color it in.  

For my sun behind the Every Day A Miracle Greeting, I punched a hole in a Post-it note, and sponged on yellow and orange ink.  I masked my sun using the circle and sponged some light blue ink around it for a more hopeful tone.  I matted it up and added it to the card with some dimensional foam tape.  

If you missed the compilation post of the many cards the design team at DRS Designs has made using this cool Lightning Bolt stamp, click here.

Warmer temperatures mean the patriotic holidays are creeping up, so here is my first card this year in that theme.

Releasing later this week is the new Stars and Stripes Border (938P) stamp, which I stamped in blue Versamark ink, heat embossed and layered onto a punched border of stars. I also stamped and embossed my God Bless America greeting using the same ink and embossing powder.  

.I die cut some mats for the greeting along with a large star embellishment, covering one star and mat in some patriotic glitter. Here is a close up of all the shine!

Thanks for visiting the blog today!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Love, Joy and Happiness

Hi Everyone,

Today's wedding card uses frames from the stamp, Wooden Frame Collection, and it was easier to make than I originally thought.  

I began by stamping the frame stamp four times and fussy cutting out four of the square frames and 
one long rectangle frame.  Taking one of the square frames, I cut out the center and made a mask to cover the other three frames when I stamped the inside images.

I picked the Silhouette Bride and Groom for the center and used the Dogwood Branch for the other two, just because it's my favorite flower stamp.  For the sentiment, I stamped a small portion from the Life Together Happiness Greeting.

I attached everything with some dimensional foam taped to an embossed background of dots and flowers, adding some glitter glue and a strip of gems.

Be sure to stop by DRS Designs to find all of these stamps and more!  

Hope your week is going well!


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Wedding Swans

Hi Everyone,

It had been years, literally 12 years since my husband and I attended a wedding.  Finally last summer the dry spell was broken and were invited to my cousin's wedding.  Then this past February we were invited to an engagement party, (a first for us) that turned into a surprise wedding! (Another first!)  And yes, everyone was surprised...It was so sweet :)

I couldn't help but reflect back on those two happy occasions while making this wedding card for today's share here on the blog.   

I began by stamping and fussy cutting two of the Swans and stamping and die cutting the 
Life Together Happiness Greeting.  Choosing to play off the colors of the swan, I picked and orange base and grey background that was stamped in Versamark and embossed with clear powder using the Splatter Background stamp. I chose a scalloped die cut frame and embossed that with flowers, and added a black die cut frame inside. Inside that I added a die cut rectangle that was sponged in colors of a sunrise and I also embossed that with some sunrays before attaching it inside.

I attached the sentiment in the center and the swans in one corner. The card needed a bit of balance, so I stamped, colored and fussy cut a few flowers from the Dogwood Branch, embellishing them with some glitter glue in the center.

And it was simple enough to carry the theme inside using the same stamps along with the 

Be sure to visit DRS Designs for all of these stamps and so much more.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

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