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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, September 21, 2021

Blessings


Hi Everyone,

Some great new seasonal stamps have been released over at the DRS Designs store, and they're perfect for all your Autumn and Thanksgiving stamping and crafting!

Here I'm using the newly released Blessings for You on Thanksgiving Greeting (807F).  I stamped and die cut it, adding some layers and ink to highlight it.  The Woodgrain Background was stamped and heat embossed using some powder that has a sheen to it.  I wanted to give the card a shabby chic look, so I wrapped that portion with a burlap and lace ribbon.
 



Before attaching the sentiment, I added some die cut leaves in in fall colors that were enhanced by a bit of inking around the edges.  

Are you in the mood for fall?  Looking to get some new products?  DRS Designs is where it's at!

Happy stamping!
Karin



Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Halloween Gnome


Hi Everyone,

This past weekend we marked 20 years since that terrible day on 9/11.  Reliving it in my own thoughts, watching coverage on tv and talking with loved ones, I really couldn't do scary or spooky when it came to my crafting time, so I went cheerful for my Halloween theme instead.  


I knew a gnome would lift my spirits, so after stamping and coloring the Peculiar Pumpkin Patch, I decided to add the Peeking Gnome for fun.  He was fussy cut and made more festive by swapping out his hat for the one from the Witch Gnome.




The card base is a simple orange and yellow, with a die cut pumpkin vine glued on top.  For the sentiment, I stamped the Halloween Gnome Greeting and die cut it in the shape of a pumpkin and added it to the corner of the vine.  A few gems we added for design balance. 

Do you like this gnome themed card?  Be sure to stop by DRS Designs to get your stamps today!

Thanks for stopping by!
Karin

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Halloween Cards


Hi Everyone,

I'm still at work on some more Halloween cards this week, so here are a couple of my recent creations.

Even though I embellished this with some sequins, I would consider this a CAS card...at least when it comes to what I usually make.  I stamped the Silhouette Witch Cauldron on a lavender base and then added the greeting. 

I stamped the Brewing Halloween Greeting in black and added the Bubbling Beaker in lavender to keep the monochromatic look.  I attached it with some dimensional foam tape and added a die cut spider.


  



This card was made by stamping and heat embossing the new Beware Crow stamp.  I ended up fussy cutting it for a whole other card design. Alas, it did not go as planned, so I ended up gluing it to some oval die cuts, for use on this card here.


The background was made using the Starry Background and the Spooky Eyes Background in grey and orange inks.  I wrapped it with some black lace and finished it with a die cut bat for embellishment. 





Thanks for stopping by!


Karin

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Happy Halloween


Hi Everyone,

With September starting tomorrow, fall will be here before we know it, and in my house, Halloween is the kick off to the holiday season.  I've extoled my love of candy corn previously here on the blog, and next to candy, stamping is my another of my favorite things for the holidays.  

This first monochromatic card features the new Halloween Crow/Witch Frame, which was stamped, heat embossed and die cut using a rectangle die.  I layered it all up using dimensional foam tape and attached it to the card base stamped using the Accent Bats.  A simple strip of black glitter finished it off.  




Since my rectangle dies were still out on my craft table, I used them again on my second card.  I decided to feature the Witch Books and Hat, so I stamped, colored and fussy cut it out.  I dry embossed the first rectangle layer, and stamped the second using the Spooky Eyes.  The background was stamped using the Empty Spider Web and my drippy goo punch has to make and appearance, at least once a season.




I added two purple strips of glitter and for the sentiment, I used the beginning portion of the Witches Brew Halloween Greeting, to match the whole magic spell theme of the card. 

Be sure to check out all the Halloween goodies at DRS Designs!

Karin


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Witch Gnomes


Hi Everyone,

I'm in love with this adorable Halloween Witch Gnome!  Isn't he cute?! This stamp is one of the new stamps just released and it goes perfectly with the Halloween Gnome Greeting too.

Too cute to stamp just once, I made him a triplet and colored them up.  For the background, I had a scrap of paper that had a hole punched out, so I used that as a stencil and sponged on some Halloween colors.


To finish it off, I punched out the greeting with the same size circle punch, and then attached it with dimensional foam tape.

I wasn't done stamping gnomes, so here I colored and fussy cut one out.  I wanted to use the new Enjoy the Ride Greeting, so I placed the little Witch Gnome on a Broom and attached it to a Starry Background, for his magical ride.



Lastly, I added a die cut bat for embellishment! Ta-da :)

There are so many wonderful Halloween stamps to be found in the online store...Be sure to check out all the spooky fun!

Thanks for stopping by,

Karin

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Drop in for a Spell


Hi Everyone,


I could not be more excited to craft with these new Halloween stamps that are being released at DRS Designs on the 18th of this month.  Give me all things fall, because I am HERE for it! The grocery store is setting up its candy aisle, and I want it all.  Frankly, one year they were setting up after July 4th, (not THAT is crazy) so I'm totally not mad about a mid August display this year.



Anyway, I knew I wanted to ink up the Silhouette Witch Cauldron (716K) first, so I began by inking up my background in Halloween colors, and then stamping over it using the Splatter Background stamp.  I then stamped and heat embossed the witch on top.



I added the Drop In For A Spell Greeting at the top and the Magic Potion Shelf at the bottom.  Those were also heat embossed and fussy cut before attaching them to the base. 






I attached the panel to a card base stamped using the Empty Spider Web stamp and added some swirling gems for the heat coming off the cauldron.  



Be sure to keep tabs on the DRS Designs blog all week.  We're thrilled to be showing you all the newest stamps coming out tomorrow!


Stamping hugs :)
Karin


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

A Little Wish

Hi Everyone,


As I type this post, the weather forecast for today is a steamy 92 degrees in these here parts.  So I thought I would take that opportunity to chill out and make another cold weather card.  Are you keeping count?  That's two, People!  I've made two holiday cards! I'm celebrating any small victory these days :)



It's not too fussy, flat, and therefore, easy to mail.  I stamped, colored and fussy cut the Potted Christmas Tree.  I added some glitter glue to the ornaments and set it aside to dry, before adding it to the card.  I chose to pair it with the Tree Shaped Christmas Greeting, simply because of the obvious shape. 






I was going to leave the card panel as just the tree and greeting, but I struggle to keep things clean and simple, so I added the double sided tape covered in glitter on each side to complete the look. 



This second handmade Christmas card is what is making me happy today...


Wishing you stamping joy too!

Karin

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Friendly Note

  Hi Everyone,

I was inspired by my cards in this post, to try stamping by masking off a portion of the main panel.  The last time, I masked off a section, and inked and stamped just between the two pieces of tape.  Here I used one piece of washi tape, and stamped my leaves and florals on either side.  I then removed the tape, and stamped  Friendly Note Greeting in the blank space, embellishing it with a couple of gems.



The stamps I used are as follows:

Silhouette Branch (stamped in green)

Puff Circle (stamped in pink)

Silhouette Leaf Branch (stamped in teal)

Thanks for stopping by!

Karin


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Flakey Friends


Hi Everyone,

I'm celebrating Christmas in July with this simple holiday card.  Goodness, do I like making Christmas cards when I'm not strangled by a long list of recipient names, and it's not mid December...lol!  Every year I vow to make a head start, and I guess this is my start this year.  Let's see if I can keep it going!

I began by stamping, coloring and fussy cutting Stretch the Round Button Snowman, along with the Flakey Friends Winter Greeting. 

The background was made by stamping Interlocking Snow and Easy Dot Background in different purple inks to match the snowman, and I simply added a punched border and a die cut snowflake.  Easy Peasy!


Have you made any holiday cards this month?  If you need some inspiration, pop on over to DRS Designs and have a look around!

Thanks for stopping by & stay cool!

Karin

 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Popsicles

  

Hi Everyone,

Is there anything more summer like than popsicles?  I think not!  So I made a card celebrating that sweet summer treat.

I don't have a popsicle die, so I began by die cutting out rectangles and rounding off the top corners.  I used my word window punch for the two "indentations" on the treats and inked up the edges of all the papers for a bit of dimension, finally attaching some real sticks to complete them.



I layered them all onto an embossed citrus background, since in my mind the flavors were orange, lime and lemon. 

For the greeting, I chose the 1 Line So Sweet Greeting.

And YOU"RE so sweet for stopping by the blog today! 

Have a great one!
Karin


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Drink in Your Hand


Hi Everyone,

Since we're in the thick of summertime, I used the new Toes in the Sand Birthday Greeting for today's card. Even though it has a beach vibe, I decided to focus on the "drink in your hand" portion of it.

I masked off the globe from the Fairy with a Globe stamp, and paired it up with the Wine Glass image from the Pour Me Bottle and Glass stamp, and also sat her on a Toadstool as well. I colored it up and added some glitter glue to her wings.



The background was dry embossed and attached a punched border that was stamped using the Easy Dot Background.  I finished off the card with some flowers and enamel dots. 

Thanks for visiting! 

Karin



Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Happy Retirement

                                                                      Hi Everyone,


I made this card with my cousin in mind.  Her last day of work was last Friday, and now she is free to do as she pleases.  Woot woot! 


I'm not sure if they have flamingos in Hawaii, or if they dance the hula in other tropical places, so I've probably mixed up my warm weather images for this card.  Whatever.  I say it celebrates all her travel to come ;)


I stamped the Flamingo Palm Tree Scene for the background and then added the Hula Pig and Brush Happy Retirement Greeting to the front. 




A few enamel dots and a dab of glitter on her flower finished it off.


Inside I stamped the Rest Best of Life Birthday Greeting, because it seemed so perfect for the occasion.  And who can resist Hula Pig?  She had to come along inside too!





Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're dancing your way through summer!


Hugs,
Karin

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Easy Summer Cards

  Hi Everyone,


Last week I went on a getaway with my husband to an inn, down in the heart of Amish country in Ohio.  It was our first time away since, what I call, "the before times".  While it wasn't completely normal due to them being short staffed, and my husband working from his lap top, it was still a pleasant escape from suburban life.   I was scrambling a bit before we left home, so I made these two quick cards with a summer theme.



I masked off this vertical strip and sponged lol on various greens and yellow ink to achieve this color. Before removing the masking, I stamped the Citrus Slice all along the colored portion, and then added the It's Five O'clock Somewhere Greeting adding a few gems for embellishment.





It was so quick and easy I made a second card using the same technique, just different stamps and enamel dots. 




The stamps for the above card are as follows:


Summer Story Greeting

4 in 1 Seashells




While I wasn't at the beach, here's a peek at the lovely scenery where we stayed...








That's me outside the entrance.  These rooms are called the "honeycombs" and they're built into the side of a hill.  They all have stone patios with bird feeders outside and you can even hear the baaaah of the sheep in the distance.  Not a big deal to some, but slightly magical to this suburban/city gal :) 


Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to visit DRS Designs for all your summer stamping needs!
Karin
  





Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Summer Time

Hi Everyone,

It's officially summer and in my opinion, margaritas are the ultimate adult summer beverage. The lime, the icy bits...the SALT! They're even good minus the tequila.  Just add some simple syrup, a fresh squeezed orange to the lime juice, (and a splash of fizzy water for some pizazz) and you're in business. Mmmmmm...I think I should have titled the post Taco Tuesday, because I think I know what's for dinner now!

For this first card I inked up a citrus embossing folder to create the background, and stamped colored and fussy cut the Margarita Glass, adding some glitter glue to the rim for the salt.  I heat embossed the Citrus Slice and attached everything along with the Toes in the Sand Birthday Greeting.



Here is another graduation card I made, because, tis the season!  I copied the layout from my last graduation card here, I just changed up the school colors and added the bee, since that's the school mascot.  


Here are the stamps I used:
Graduation is The Beginning Verse

Here's hoping your summer is in full swing!  Thanks for stopping by!
Karin


 






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