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 24, 2019

Cards and Halloween

Hi Everyone,

It's been a crazy busy week, so unsure of whether I'd be able to find time to make a fall card, I thought I'd show off the anniversary card I was able to make for my hubby.  
I always beat him at cards, so I came up with this pun, which I cut using my alphabet dies.
  I stamped and die cut the 5 Cards stamp and created the bottom of the card using the
 4 in 1 Poker Suits stamp and coloring in the hearts and diamonds. 

I added a strip of gems and pearls along with a punched heart and photo corner.  

For the inside I used the Happy Anniversary portion from the Love is More Precious Greeting and the 
4 in 1 Poker Suits again in the corner.

However, I remembered making this Christmas card when I was in a time crunch, so I started with that simple idea and was able to squeeze in making this easy Halloween card. 

I was starting with an orange base, so I added some orange water coloring to the bottom corner of my white paper, dry embossing it after it had dried.  I glued on my die cut cat and added the 
Purrfect Halloween Greeting that was die cut and embellished with ink to match. 

The bottom corner was blank and needed to be balanced out, so I added the Broom that had been colored and fussy cut.

If you're making fall and holiday cards, be sure to visit the DRS Designs store.  For a limited time shipping is free on purchases over $25.00!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

October Birthday

Hi Everyone,

I have lots of fall birthdays coming up in my circle of family and friends, so I scoured my sketch book, and I chose a card layout that looked interesting.  I've been in a rut and needed to kick start my card making mojo :)  

I began by stamping the October Birthday Greeting from DRS Designs, die cutting it and adding a couple of mats. I then sliced it in half. 

I chose a simple embossed background, adding a border strip in the center, that I embellished with a bit of ribbon. 

I attached the sentiment along with a die cut leaf and some pumpkins that were fussy cut from the Pumpkin Pile stamp.

A bit of glitter on the leaf and a few matching gems and I called it done.  

I wish I could say fall is in the air, but I'm looking at temps in the 80's this week. However, I'm not complaining, because the frost will be on the pumpkins before we know it :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Happy Birthday

Hi Everyone,

This past weekend I celebrated the birthday of one my dearest friends, so I veered off of making fall cards, and made a cheerful birthday card. 

It seems bees are out in full force at the end of summer, I'm always swatting them away from my plate whenever we dine outside...lol. The Happy Bee from DRS Designs was my inspiration for this, so I stamped and colored her up, adding glitter to the wings.  

I dry embossed the background and added a strip of paper made using the Splatter Background stamp, along with grey and yellow ink.

To fill up the card, I added some die cut flowers and a butterfly, which left me a space for a greeting.  I chose to use the Happy Birthday portion from the Ladybug Birthday Greeting stamp, simply because it fit my punches.

I hope you are enjoying the waning days of summer! 

Thanks so much for visiting :)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Bare Tree

Hi Everyone,

The Single Fall Tree makes an appearance on my cards today.  It's an easy to use stamp for fall and winter, perfect for the cardmaking seasons ahead.  

I began by water coloring a spot on my paper in fall colored inks, and once dry, I stamped the tree on top, adding some glitter glue to the branches.  For a bit of texture once it was dry, I roughed up the edges of the cardstock and added some brown lace.  

I used the Goodbye Summer Hello Fall Greeting, which I stamped, die cut and attached to the image panel.  And, for embellishment I used the leaf image from the 4 in 1 Harvest Designs stamp, which was layered using circle punches, and roughed up as well.

Since I had my tree stamp out, I chose to use it on a quick sympathy card.  It's a must have card for ones stash.  I dry embossed first, and stamped the tree a few times without reinking, to create that effect.

I added the Our Thoughts With You greeting and a piece of green paper to the corner to balance out the card.

Thanks for stopping by!


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