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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, January 24, 2023

To the Moon


  Hi Everyone,

I was inspired by Nancy's card from a couple of weeks ago and decided to use the same Love You to the Moon Greeting for my card today.  

I went with a literal interpretation of the darling greeting and stamped, and heat embossed some stars, stamped and fussy cut the earth, and used a circle punch to make a moon.  I attached those using some dimensional foam tape and added some punched hearts between the earth and moon, finishing it up with some glittery glue.  

The exact stamps for the sky and earth can be found here:

World Globe

Starry Background


Be sure to visit DRS Designs for all your valentine stamping needs!

Thanks for visiting!
Karin




Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Love Bug

  Hi Everyone,

I had a bunch of red and pink papers floating around my crafting table after making this card here, so I thought I'd continue with the Valentine theme for today's card.  

I started out by stamping the Silhouette Branch and then gluing a bunch of punched hearts to make a little valentine shrub.  I die cut and added a mat and attached it to a die cut banner.  

Trying to decide on a sentiment, I really liked the little hearts that are part of the Love Bug Hug Greeting, but the words didn't match the shrub.  I fixed it by stamping and fussy cutting the Love Bug 



After assembling the card, I added two pink gems to finish it off. 


Stamping hugs from me to you!

Karin

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Hogs and Kisses


 Hi Everyone,

I'm on my way to celebrating the next big card making holiday with today's card.  I think we may be ready for it sooner rather than later, since my husband wanted to stop by the local chocolate shop this past weekend.  Not sure how I managed to resist the temptation, but I said after all the Christmas eating, we need to wait for Valentine's at least! 

This "Cupig" is just a favorite stamp for making Valentines.  He's cute, easy to color and I love being able to add glitter to his little wings!  I attached him with some dimensional tape to some layered die cut circles and added the Hogs and Kisses Greeting to match.  


The background was created using the Interlocking Hearts, and an embossing folder of lips to match the kisses portion of the sentiment.  A punched border and a row of gems finished it off. 

If you need to get started on Valentine's cards, DRS Designs has all the stamps you need in the online store!

Happy Stamping!
Karin

 

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Cheers!

 

 Hi everyone and Happy New Year!


I have a modest card-share to celebrate this brand-new shiny year.  It was a fast make since I kept it monochromatic, and swirling snowflakes, instead of confetti, ended up being the theme :-)

I stamped my background panel using the Interlocking Snow Background and punched out a bunch of snowflakes, so that the cream-colored paper would peek on through.  The Best Year Cheers Greeting was stamped on a panel and attached, leaving room for a couple of stamped and fussy cut wine glasses, which came from the Pour Me Bottle and Glass stamp.


For embellishment, I attached a few of the punched snowflakes and added gems to their centers.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Karin

 

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Winter


 Hi Everyone,  

To those who celebrate, I hope your Christmas was a happy occasion and that you're looking forward to the new year!  These are two last minute cards I made for the holidays, and since they have a more general winter theme, I thought I'd save them for after Christmas sharing.  If I didn't use them for Christmas, I would stamp a Happy New Year inside and send them on their way :)

Did you know that DRS Designs will make a personalized stamp?  Well, they do!  
One of them is the Christmas Village Custom Name Sign and I used it here for a card for my neighbors. I simply added it to an embossed snowflake background along with some gems.



This snowflake card utilizes the Medium Filigree Snowflake on the base and the Large Filigree Snowflake on the white panel.  For the sentiment, I stamped the new One Line Happy Holidays and hand cut it, gluing it onto a piece of red paper and hand cut again. 


A few large and small gems were attached to finish it off!

Happy New Year stamping friends!
Karin

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Merriest Christmas


Hi Everyone,


Here are a couple of last-minute Christmas cards that I whipped up.  I used the same embossing folder for both, so the backgrounds were a snap. 

I colored the World Globe, and knew I wanted to pair it up with the Merry Christmas to All sentiment, so I thought a Santa hat would be on brand and really bring on the holiday cheer.  I stamped and fussy cut two hats using one for the globe and another for an embellishment.  A few scattered gems finished it. 

The hats came from these stamps:
 


For this card I used a piece of the holly paper I made for this card here, and added the Santa Face and the Merriest Wishes Greeting, along with a few gems in the snowflake centers. 


Wishing you and yours the Merriest of Christmases!  

Thanks for stopping by!
Karin

 

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Merry Christmas to All


Hi Everyone,

Using the new Merry Christmas to All sentiment from DRS Designs on my card, I decided to pair it up with the Santa with Birds Christmas Scene because he's depicted with "all" the little birdies.

I stamped and colored up the scene but ended up with a big smudge along the top.  Don't you hate when that happens?  Lucky for me my dies saved the day by letting me crop out the goof up. The scene is simply smaller and, in the end, fit the card well.   I also added some glitter glue to the fur on his clothes for a bit of holiday sparkle.  


I layered it onto a background that was stamped using the Medium Filigree Snowflake and lined with a strip of embossed snowflake cardstock.  Finally, for embellishment I added the Small Cardinal that was stamped and fussy cut. 

Happy Holidays!
Karin


Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Red and White Christmas


Hi Everyone,

Since I love a red wine and I love a white wine, I feel like this stamp was made for me!   I just don't love a sweet wine, the more tannin the better say I.  That's probably why my palate prefers tea without sweetener too. Enough about my beverage preferences and on to the card!

I kept the card monochromatic in keeping with the sentiment and used snowflakes on the background for that reason too.  Who can sing White Christmas without imaging flakes in the air? 



Here are links to the stamps used on the card:


Happy Holidays!
Karin


Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Mistletoe and Holly


Hi Everyone,

I'm loving the new wine themed holiday stamps from DRS Designs.  They're perfect if you have any oenophiles in your life!

Here I made a piece of background paper using an embossing folder that I inked up and sent though my machine.  I then colored in the places that weren't embossed using some markers and a bit of ink sponging. 


I die cut the new Fine Wine Christmas Greeting and attached it to a large, die cut snowflake, finishing it off with a few fussy cut images of wine glasses and some holly.

Those stamps can be found here:


 

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Peace On Earth


Hi Everyone,

I used some untraditional colors for today's holiday card.  I feel like the colors and patterned paper I made have a mid-century modern vibe :)

The background was embossed with large snowflakes, and the following stamps were used to make the strips:



The Small Peace On Earth and World Globe image are a couple of new stamps from DRS Designs.  

Happy Holidays!
Karin
 

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Gather Hope



Hi Everyone,

I'm still celebrating the fall season with my card today.  Lots of leaves in fall colors and a super sentiment to celebrate Thanksgiving.

I dry embossed my background and then sponged the leaves with different fall colors to make them more pronounced. The Gather Hope Thanksgiving Greeting was stamped, and I added a punched border along with a few brads.



I finished the card with a few die cut leaves, an acorn that was fussy cut from the Fall Leaf with Acorn stamp, and a ribbon bow.

Be sure to check out all of the fall stamps from DRS Designs and have a great day!

Karin

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Autumn Cards

Hi Everyone,

Sadly, the trees where I live are now all bare, but I'm trying to keep all the vibrant fall colors alive by using them on my cards.  

Here is the fourth and final card using some background paper that I made using stamps from DRS Designs.  You can click here to see how I made it out of one 8 1/2"x 11" piece of card stock.  The stamps I used are:

Filigree Pumpkin

Silhouette Branch

Splatter Background

The sentiment stamp named Season of Thanks Oval, was heat embossed using a glittery powder and colored using regular, non-alcohol based markers. 


This card features the new Gather Hope Thanksgiving Greeting, that was embellished with a couple of little pumpkins to match my embossed background.  The pumpkins are from the 4 in 1 Harvest Designs.

 

For more fall colors, I stamped a border of the Open Leaf and colored them up to match.  

Thanks for stopping by!
Karin





Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Always Thankful


Hi Everyone,

I really liked using glitter glue for my leaves on this card, so I thought I'd make another small scene and do the same.  Using a large leaf die, I cut out the scene I made using Winter Trees and the pumpkin from the 4 in 1 Harvest Designs.  Once again, I sponged on some sky and grass and colored in the pumpkins, and lastly adding the sparkly leaves.

The embossed background and the Always Thankful Greeting were both enhanced with a bit of brown and orange sponging. 


Some matching twine and ribbon were added for texture, along with a couple of brads.  

Thanks for peeking in on the blog today!
Karin


Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Trick or Treat


Hi Everyone,  

Since Halloween is next week, it thought it was time for me to share something on that theme.  

Whenever I host at my house, I like to send my guests home with a small treat.  This time of year, my go to take home gift is pumpkin bread, but I ran short on time for elaborate packaging.  I had 12 of these bags leftover from a long-ago Halloween, and they fit the mini loaves perfectly, so I dressed them up with a ribbon and tag made using the Small Trick or Treat Greeting. 


I found I made one too many tags, and also had a piece of ribbon left over, so they made their way onto a Halloween card.

The background was stamped, and heat embossed using the Interlocking Star Background, and the main image was made using the Goblin stamp.  I stamped them on top of each other, colored them up and added googly eyes.


Happy Halloween!
Karin

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