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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 31, 2020

Happy Easter

Hi Everyone,

I'm sending you all thoughts and prayers for health, physical and mental, during these times.  Unless things change dramatically soon, it looks like my Easter celebration dinner will have to wait until next year.  On the bright side, everyone liked the invites and here are the last two that celebrate the message of hope that Easter brings to us.

I made the bottom background paper using the Open Plaid and Large Original Plaid background stamps.  I stamped one vertically and one horizontally to get that effect.  After adding an embossed flower background, I covered the seam of the papers by fussy cutting and coloring up the Flower Border to match.  I then stamped and die cut the Blessed with Gifts Easter Greeting and attached  a few more flowers for embellishment.



My second card is more simple.  I embossed the bottom portion in a lavender to match the Small Easter Cross, and added a strip of patterned ribbon. The die cut Celebrate Easter Celebrate Christ Greeting and a few gems finished it off.


If you find yourself with extra time, be sure to stop by the DRS Designs store and pick up some new stamps to jump start your cardmaking mojo!

Wishing you all the best...
Karin



Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Everybunny

Hi Everyone,

I hope that you are safe and well and can use seeing this cute face on my card today!

I stamped, colored and fussy cut the Big Bunny Face.  I decided to put him in a frame, so I die cut two, one in pink and one in white.  I swapped out the inside of the pink for the white and stamped the  Happy Easter Everybunny and attached the bunny himself.



For the background I chose a flower embossing folder and stamped two green strips using the

As always, you can find lots of spring and Easter stamps at the DRS Designs online store!

Here's hoping my favorite hobby is your favorite hobby and that you stay safe and well!

Happy Stamping....
Karin



Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Hi Everyone,

Like the title of my post today says, Happy St. Patrick's Day! Rather than show you another of my Easter invitations, I thought I would make a shamrock laden card to celebrate the day.  One positive about being encouraged to stay at home is more stamping time!  

When I made this card here, I stamped and die cut an additional Love and Laughter Friends  Greeting, so rather than wait to use it next year (and probably lose it in that time anyway...lol) I made this here card.  


To change it up from the last card, I added the Four Leaf Clover on top of the greeting in a light green shade of ink.  I stamped the Silhouette Shamrock Field on the top and the bottom of the background, and I stamped the Celtic Knot on the white border.  I simply colored it up and attached it at an angle.

Thank you for stopping by today!
Karin



Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Easter Eggs

Hi Everyone!

It's another post about my Easter invitation making odyssey.  This batch, along with a few I will show in the coming weeks, complete my task. Yay!  Now to stamp and mail them out.  

I challenged my self to choose a stamp and make a group of cards, so what's more iconic than a good old Easter egg, right?   

Here are my offerings made using the Easter Egg with Bow stamp:







I used the same 1 Line Happy Easter on all of the cards and the stamps I used to create the background paper on this last one are as follows:


Hippy Hoppity, Easter's on its way!

Thanks for peeking in...
Karin





Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Happy Easter

Hi Everyone!

I'm still on my Easter invitation making quest, so here is my latest offering.  It's not elaborate, but with a great image a simple card can be something more.  And this image just screams SPRING to me!

I colored up the Daffodil Frame from DRS Designs and fussy cut it.  I played off of the butterfly in the image and used one of my embossing folders (Darice) to make the background.  


I added some die cut butterflies (Stampin' Up!) and the 1 Line Happy Easter Greeting to finish it off. 

Have you started on your Easter and or springtime cards yet?  Stamping with cheery images is sure to chase away the late winter blues!

Thanks for stopping by!
Karin




Tuesday, February 25, 2020

May there be gold...

Hi Everyone!

It was glorious this past weekend for me; loads of sunshine and temperatures in the low 50's.  A true gift this time of year and I'm counting down the days until spring!  Until then...

I'm still ushering in St. Patrick's Day with my card share today.  It's pretty self explanatory.  Here are the stamps I used:



I had the sentiment already die cut, from a project that I didn't finish last year.  I added some sponging to it and then played off the word rainbow, and added a row of rainbow colored clovers.  

Be sure to order your new stamp catalog today!

Happy Crafting :)
Karin





Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Happy Easter

Hi Everyone!

If you feel like you've seen this card before, it's because the one I made last week is very similar.  I decided to use this image for my Easter dinner invitations, so I stamped and die cut a whole bunch.  I thought I would make them as I felt led, rather than all at once.  I get so easily bored doing them assembly line style, so my goal is to try and vary things up after this.  My main goal is always flat and easy to mail :)



Here are the stamps used in the making of:

I added the row of gems for a bit of embellishment and called it done. 

Thanks to you for stopping by today!
Karin

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Two Plaids

Hi Everyone,

As shown by the themes of my cards today, I'm ready for spring!  I say, bring on the sunshine, flowers and all things cheerful :)

My two holiday cards, showcase a couple of plaids that I made using background stamps from DRS Designs.

Here the framed panel was made using the Open Plaid, along with the Small Happy Valentine's Day Greeting.  


My Easter card has a panel that was made using the Large Original Plaid in yellow ink.


The other stamps used are:

You'll want to check out the DRS Designs store right now, because there's a list of retiring stamps.  You don't want to miss out on anything that's been on your wish list!

Sending you sunshine and smiles!
Karin






Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Hogs & Kisses

Hi Everyone,

I really have a hard time complaining about the Cleveland weather this year.  Yes, it has been cold.  Yes, it has snowed.  And boy is it grey and gloomy.  However, I'm not buried and it isn't below zero, so I will take it :).  I've got my eye on the prize...Only 52 days until spring!!  Until then, I'll keep my self warm and cheerful with stamping Valentines.

I chose Leonard Pig Rose Offering stamp because he's so dang cute, and I stamped, and die cut him, layering him behind some heart shaped frames.  It was only when I went to color the image did I realize, I used the wrong ink.  Versamark tends to bleed into alcohol markers, so I tried to heat set it, and carefully color between the lines on the roses.  I was too unsure about going further and totally messing it up, so I decided this is what it would be, and design around it.  


I created the background using the Splatter Background stamp and red and pink ink. I had my "hog", I just needed my kisses.  Using my lips embossing folder (Darice) that I embellished with pink ink, I added a black lace border to match up with the image.   

To finish the card, I attached the Hogs & Kisses Greeting and the main image using some dimensional foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by...HOGS & Kisses!


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Valentine Cards

Hi Everyone,

I have a ladybug embossing folder (Darice) in my stash that I've never used.  Until today! I was really happy that it made such a great background for this darling little Love Bug stamp.  Her adorable little face just makes me smile :)

For the strip of patterned paper along the side, I made it using the following stamps:

Easy Dot Background (black ink)


And I added the Love Bug Hug Greeting to complete my valentine.

Since that card went so quick, I decided to make one more.  This time I utilized my candy hearts embossing folder (Darice) and made a strip of paper using the Silhouette Love Heart, to mimic the look of the conversation heart background.


I used the same border punch as on the first card and completed it using the My Heart To Yours 
stamp and adding a tiny die cut heart to the greeting. 

Wishing you a day of love and STAMPING!

Thanks for visiting!
Karin




Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Love You More

Hi Everyone,

I hope the new year is treating you well and that you're back into a daily routine.  For me, it was great to get back into my stamping corner and make my first Valentine of the year.

I was trying to think outside of the box, and decided to make Valentine's day tic tac toe.  I'll let you decide how successful I was, because to me, the concept seemed cuter in my head :)

Anyway, I dry embossed the background with hearts and used some black gems to make the tic tac toe.  I then stamped the Hugs and Kisses Valentine Wishes a few times and fussy only the words, attaching them in place of the X's and O's. 


I chose the Love You More Greeting and attached the Small Silhouette Heart with some dimensional foam tape for embellishment. 

I hope you find some time to relax and stamp this January!

Thanks for stopping by,
Karin

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