Welcome!

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, June 21, 2022

New Friend



Hi Everyone, 

Bringing home a new pet is one of the highlights in life, and I'm celebrating that milestone occasion with today's card, made with stamps from DRS Designs.  


The new Let's Play Puppy is super adorable and is the perfect companion to the New Little Friend Pet Greeting, which was stamped and die cut, with a few gems added to match.  The puppy was stamped, colored and fussy cut and attached them to an embossed background of dog images. 



I know Dog Bones aren't orange, but since I used them for embellishments, I colored them up because the card needed it for visual balance. 

Wishing you and all the fur babies a wonderful day!

Karin


Sunday, June 12, 2022

Birthday Blessings


Hi Everyone,

I took a bit of creative license with my card today.  I'm fairly certain that in real life, lilies don't come in the color of teal or blue, but that's what I was feeling.  This stamp is one of my favorite flower stamps from the DRS Designs catalog, no matter what color it is!

I layered my image and sentiment onto an embossed butterfly background and embellished everything using gems, butterfly cutouts, and some glitter glue.  


Here are the stamps I used:
Birthday Blessings Greeting

Thanks so much for visiting me on the blog today! 

Karin


Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Herd it's your Birthday

Hi Everyone,


I went with one of my tried-and-true card layouts for my share on the blog today.  When I make this for a vertical card, I only use 4 circles and place the greeting at the bottom.  However, making a horizontal card let me use the Cow Cutie image from DRS Designs a couple of more times, and that let me place the Herd Birthday Greeting in the center.  Using those punches makes it a quick card too :)




I know it's hard to see in the photo, but if you're wondering about the background, it's just a paisley and flower embossing folder that I added some red, yellow and green ink to, before running it through my machine.  

Thanks for peeking in today!
Karin


Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Birthday Wishes

Hi Everyone,

Ever since I made this birthday card using the new Fillagree Butterfly stamp, I've seen butterflies in my backyard.  It might be because I've finally planted some flowers, but I like the idea of me using this stamp being the thing that summoned them :)   

I began by using the negative of an oval die cut and inking inside of it before I stamped, and heat embossed the butterfly.  I know it doesn't show in the photo, but the sparkle on the butterfly led me to add a couple of strips of gold glitter to highlight the Special Birthday Wishes Greeting.



To finish it, I embellished it with a die cut flower and big gemstone center.  


Thanks for stopping by!
Karin



Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Birthday Blessings

Hi Everyone,


Masculine cards are always a challenge for me, so I decided simple was better when designing this card.  It's very hard for me to not add glitter, gems or any sparkly embellishments! However, I resisted and give you this...



I used the new Birthday Blessings Greeting along with the Brush Pussy Willows from DRS Designs.  I stamped them in brown ink and then added a bit of green along the stems, coloring in the little fuzzy parts with a white gel pen. 





A simple green ribbon (no bow!), the die cut sentiment attached at an angle for something unexpected and a photo corner punch finished it off. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Karin




Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Butterflies


Hi Everyone,

I'm still on a background making kick, so for this card I inked up the new Fillagree Butterfly and stamped it all over the background.  Coloring them up using my Copic markers, it created a nice backdrop for the Happiness Butterfly Greeting.  It was simply die cut and enhanced with a bit of lavender ink.



The butterfly embellishment is two die cuts with some glitter glue that was adhered only from the center, so that I could bend and shape the wings.

Be sure to stop over at DRS Designs to see all the new stamps, and to score the retiring ones before they're gone!

Happy days to you....
Karin




Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Cutie Cow


Hi Everyone, 


I'm having fun stamping background papers recently, so here are some that match the adorable Cow Cutie stamp you've been seeing on the DRS Designs blog.



I stamped the top portion using the Camouflage Background in black ink to match the cow spots, and the Checkerboard Background in red along the bottom.  I covered up the seam with a punched border and attached the cow to a paisley dry embossed die cut.  I finished it using the new Udderly Wonderful Birthday Greeting because it's just perfect.



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The only change I made, was putting the top portion on the front in a die cut and stamp the rest inside.  




I couldn't resist stamping the Cutie Cow one more time too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Karin



 

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Unfrogettable

Hi Everyone,


Time got away from me this past weekend, so this is a quick howdy-do, and look at these cute new Diving Frog Legs I used in the scene on today's card!  Goodness, they're adorable!

 


Here are the rest of the stamps used on the card:

Thanks for visiting the blog today!
Karin


 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Hot Diggity

  Hi Everyone,


As much as I like clean and simple cards, I feel like I struggle when making them.  They always look unfinished in my hand, so I add more stuff, and eventually ruin the whole thing. I feel like this is my version of a CAS card.  Patterned paper, image, sentiment, and limited embellishment in the form of twine :)

I do have a love of patterned papers, so it was fun to make one for this darling new Let's Play Puppy stamp.  I stamped him on some light brown paper and heat embossed him, before fussy cutting and adding him to a mat. He was perfect for a dog lovers' birthday, so I paired it up with the Hot Diggity Dog Birthday Greeting. 



Here are the stamps I used to make the background paper:

Thanks for visiting and be sure to stop on over to the DRS Designs store for more new stamps!
Karin





Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Congratulations


Hi Everyone,


I'm probably the last card maker on earth to make a slider card, but I guess it's never too late to try something new.  Or at least new to me :) DRS Designs is releasing some new stamps later the week, so here's I peek at one of the newbies!

I stamped, colored and fussy cut the new Let's Play Puppy (1110F) and Dog Bone, along with cutting two pieces of card stock for the grass, stamping them using the Easy Grass Background, I punched an opening in the top piece so the dog could slide back and forth, using some circle punches attached to the back of the pooch to make that happen.    



 I added a couple of die cut clouds to the sky and used the New Pet Congratulations Greeting as my sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit all week to see lots of new stamps!

Have a great day!
Karin




Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Easter Blessings


Hi Everyone,

My offerings today are super simple and quick to make.  With Easter coming up, here's a card made using an embossing folder and the Lily Cross Easter Blessings stamp.  I added some chalk to the rays, but if you don't have this (Darice) embossing folder, I think something similar could be made using a ruler and a yellow marker. 





And here I'm using the Simple Easter Bunny for my Easter dinner place cards. Only 6 more to go!




Hippity Hoppity Easter's on its way!

Thanks for visiting!
Karin


Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Happy Birthday

Hi Everyone,

Herre is the last of my birthday cards for my March birthday friends. I decided to use the Fuzzy Chick for a spring themed card. 

I added the hat from the Birthday Party Pig, used a flower brad for the puff on top and created the background with a few stamps:

Splatter Background

Easy Dot Background

Happy Birthday Arc




Inside I added the Favorite Easter Peep Greeting (minus the Happy Easter portion) along with a second chick.



Wishing you a happy spring season! Thanks for peeping in...
Karin


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Gnome One Like You


Hi Everyone,


I'm still plugging along with my March birthday cards and being lazy for ideas, I copied the card I made in this post, and just updated it using spring colors.  



I stamped the Tree Slice Woodgrain behind the window for the fussy cut Peeking Gnome and used some die cut grass along with some punched flowers. The Gnome One Like You Greeting finished it off.



Embossing Folder-Darice
Flower Punch-Stampin' Up

The reason I made a gnome themed card, is because the gift is this spring colored, gnome themed butter dish :) Cute, eh?


Lastly, a personal note....Happy Birthday to my dad! 86 years young today, but not the recipient of the butter dish...lol! 


Happy Spring to you and yours!
Karin



Tuesday, March 15, 2022

March Birthday

  Hi Everyone,



I'm still working on making March birthday cards for friends and family, so here is my next offering.  It's super simple and flat, which means it's easy to mail.  I just needed my circle dies, markers, glitter glue and a couple of stamps.




Did you know DRS Designs has a birthday stamp for every month?  You can see them all here, and you can grab the Flower Hearts stamp while you're there too!


Keeping my fingers crossed the spring weather arrives soon!

Thanks for stopping by!
Karin




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