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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, April 13, 2021

Peep, it's Spring!

  Hi Everyone,


I love this darling little Chick in Nest stamp, and while it's great for Easter, it makes for a great spring time hello card too.  

I attached it to a background of embossed chicken wire and a stamped Checkerboard Background in yellow ink. I covered up the seam using some lace and burlap trim, embellishing with a pre-made yellow flower.


The peep greeting was made using only the word peep from the Favorite Easter Peeps Greeting and a word bubble punch.

For my scene on this card I stamped Frog Boy Cutie Pie Kid and then masked him off in order to create the sky and river bank behind him.  I wanted him to look like he was standing in the creek catching frogs, so it tried to color over his feet and make the bottom of his overalls darker in color.  I'm not sure how successful I was, but his little face is just so cute!

I stamped the Have I Toad You Greeting by splitting it in half, to fit inside a punch and added the I Love You Greeting, that was also made using a banner punch.  


I remember picking dandelions for my mom as a small child, as a symbol of my love for her.  Perhaps if I was a boy, I may have brought her frogs instead :)  

Thanks for stopping by!
Karin


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Chicks and Bunnies

                                                                       Hi Everyone,


 I last weekend was a nice one for you and yours, and that you are in Spring time mode now!  Once the Easter holiday is past for me, it means stepping outside and getting the yard ready for warmer weather.


While these two cards celebrate Easter, this cute images are appropriate for any spring time card! 


Here I made a background using the Large Original Plaid stamp in pink, green and yellow inks.  The Chick in Nest was stamped, colored, die cut and matted.  The Favorite Easter Peep Greeting was a cute match.   

 



This was a last minute card made from left over scraps from my craft table.  I had an extra Tails Up Bunny that I couldn't use when I made this card, so I attached it to a background stamped using the Splatter Background stamp. 




I had a scrap of pale green cardstock, so that was attached behind the bunny and I added the 

Thanks for visiting the blog today!

Karin


 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Easter Time

 Hi Everyone,


It was Palm Sunday this past weekend, which means it's Holy Week on the Christian calendar.  It's the week where Christians remember and prepare their hearts for Easter Sunday, and DRS Designs has this new Holy Week Religious Icons stamp that pays homage to to this time of the year. 

I stamped it twice, die cutting the one image and then coloring and fussy cutting the second, adding the little images with some dimensional foam tape.  It seemed perfect for a square card, so I made one that was 4 1/4" x 4 1/4".  A punched scalloped border, attached some lace ribbon, and a few enamel dots  to finish it off.




I kept with the gold and purple color combo and made this CAS Easter card.  The card base was stamped using the Splatter Background stamp, and I chose the classic Swiss Dot dry embossing folder for my background.  I die cut the new Hope is the Greatest Gift of Easter Greeting, along with the enamel dot embellished die cut cross.  A colored flower that was fussy cut from the Flower Border stamp was added to complete the look.



 
And finally, here is a quick photo of my Easter dinner place cards that I made using the new Chick in Nest stamp.  Can you tell I was practicing my coloring? They're all slightly different!  There are only 5 of us this year, but it's better than last year, which was only 3.  I'm praying that everyone will comfortable gathering in a big group next year!



Happy Easter stamping Friends!

Have a lovely week :)
Karin





Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Have I Toad You

 Hi Everyone!


I was trying to figure out how to add a ribbon to this card.  Looking at it, I still feel like I need to add a ribbon and bow; thread it through the white die cut, or behind the toad and flowers...I don't know and I could seem to make it work, so I chose the less is better route and here we are.  I do, however, love the purple and green colors together and the darling Friendly Flower Frog paired up with the Have I Toad You Greeting. I will stand by the concept, if you have great stamps, you really don't need more, so I simply added the fussy cut Flower Border that was colored to match the other flowers.

 

And to match the outside greeting, I stamped the Medium Happy Easter Greeting and the Tiny Frog inside.




Want more fun stamps for spring and Easter time?


 DRS Designs has you covered!  Just hop on over to the DRS Designs store.


Have a great day!
Karin

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

St. Patrick's Day and Spring

  Hi Everyone,

I'm celebrating St. Patrick's Day and the imminent arrival of Springtime and the Easter holiday with my cards today.

This card has a shamrock background that was stamped using the Shamrock of Shamrocks stamp.  
I chose the Irish Blessing for a greeting and added the tiny Mushroom House because I thought it  matched the words in the sentiment.  I anchored it with a strip of white paper tied with a green ribbon and finished it off with a few gems.



New stamps have arrived for spring and Easter and I was so looking forward to stamping with this adorable Tails Up Bunny stamp!  Isn't it the cutest??!  

I stamped and colored them up, using some glue and flock on the tails to make them soft.  I punched them out and made the background while they dried.  

I used the Woven Plaid stamp, which was cut apart, so that I could stamp in multiple colors.  I used 2 kinds of pink, green and brown.  The embossed strip was layered onto a lace border and attached that to the background along with the bunnies.  The Happy Tails to You Greeting was a natural fit, and I added a die cut butterfly and pink gems for embellishment. 


And here is a peek at the simply stamped inside. 

Stamped used are;


I'm so excited for you to see all of the new stamps! The design team will be posting their cards, but you can see all of the stamps now, by clicking over to DRS Designs!

Happy stamping, happy spring!  Happy happy everything!

Karin


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Blessings

  Hi Everyone, 


I'm sending everyone blessings today, by way of my card share.  The way I see it, we can all use and extra blessing or two, right?

Here I made my own splatter background, by flicking some watered down green ink onto my paper. I usually use the Splatter Background stamp, but I thought you all might be tired of me doing that.  However, I think the stamp actually works better and looks better than the DIY version, if your looking for my opinion ;-)

I stamped and embossed the Silhouette Shamrock Field and added a green glitter strip to anchor my sentiment, which was embellished with a few fussy cut Four Leaf Clovers.



Both the Blessings on St. Patrick's Day Greeting and the Shamrocks were heat embossed.



As I mentioned last week, friends and family have many birthdays in March, so here is another offering using my favorite flower stamp the Dogwood Branch.  The background was also heat embossed and I added some pink chalk around the God Bless Birthday Greeting.


I tried to get a close up of the embossing and the random gems.


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karin

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Happy St Patrick's Day & Happy Birthday

 Hi Everyone,

This cute little Peeking Gnome, rife with facial hair, made me remember I have this mustache embossing folder.  I thought it would make a great background for him and this funny Turn Their Ankles Greeting for my St. Patrick's day card share today.

This patterned paper was made using the Small Shamrock Group and the ubiquitous (at least on my projects) Splatter Background stamps in green and orange ink. To turn my gnome into a leprechaun, I replaced his hat with the top hat from the Top Hat St. Patrick's Day Greeting stamp.  And the added shamrocks were stamped, colored and fussy cut from the Tall Shamrocks stamp.



Inside I simply stamped the Top Hat St. Patrick's Day Greeting and the Tall Shamrocks again. 




March is a heavy birthday month, so this is the first of the cards I've made for family and friends.  

I realized I have two different honeycomb backgrounds, so I used both to dry emboss on my card, and I inked up the background embossing folder to add a light yellow hue.

I used the Bee Happy Birthday Greeting, along with the Bitsy Bumble Bee stamp.  I colored them up, punched them out and attached them using some dimensional foam tape. 


To finish it off, I simply added some glitter to the wings!

If you need more inspiration for your card making, be sure to pop on over to DRS Designs!

Thanks for stopping by,
Karin


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Happy Thoughts

 Hi Everyone,


I'm showing off the new Arched Window stamp on my first card today.  It's so cold and snowy here, I needed to make a pleasant scene to warm me up...I'm dreaming of the sunny, cheerful days to come.

I stamped the window a few times and fussy cut out the first one.  I made a mask out of the second one, and fussy cut the shutters on the third one. I then colored and attached those shutters to the back of the window shutters, so that they could be folded shut.  I hope that makes sense.

The background was made using The Floor stamp and an embossed brick wall. I also stamped and fussy cut the Cattail Milk Pail and the One Line Happy Thoughts Greeting.



Here you can see what the window looks like opened up.  I used the mask I made for the window as a helper to stamp the tree top and the hot air balloon.

The tree and balloon come from the following stamps:


For my St. Patrick's Day card I stamped and heat embossed the new Shamrock of Shamrocks using gold embossing powder.  I stamped the bottom using the Small Shamrock Group and the made the greeting using the Tiny St. Pat's Day


Please send me some Irish luck to chase away the snowflakes! 

Happy Stamping!
Karin




Tuesday, February 16, 2021

St. Patrick's Day

Hi Everyone!

 I'm working on St. Patrick's day cards, and that to me is good news.  It means we're that much closer to spring!  I'm even excited about turning the clocks ahead for more daylight, so I'm counting down to that too!  In the mean time, St. Paddy's day it is!


Here I stamped the Tall Shamrocks and colored them in, adding a dot of glitter glue to the centers.  I used the new Blessings on St. Patrick's Day Greeting (372) for the sentiment, die cutting it and adding a mat.  The card was too plain for me, so I fussy cut a tiny frog and top hat, for a bit of festive fun.  Those elements came from the new stamps, Toad Made for You Recognition stamp (363D) and Top Hat St. Patrick's Day Greeting (378G). The final thing was to add some gauzy orange ribbon behind the sentiment.



This card highlights the new St. Patrick's Pot of Gold (466H), which I stamped, colored and die cut.  I attached it to a dry embossed background, along with some gold glitter paper, to highlight the loot in the pot.  There is a bit of shamrock ribbon covering the seam between the papers and I also added a fussy cut rainbow for embellishment.



The rainbow came from the Sean and the Rainbow stamp, and I finished the card with a few square shaped gems. 

Be sure to check out the entire DRS Designs store for all your crafty wants and needs!

Wishing you lots of luck with all your stamping projects!

Karin


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Bee My Valentine


Hi Everyone,

I have my final valentine of the year to share with you today.  It's just a sweet, simple card that I hope will bring a smile to someone's face.  

Since I knew it had a bee theme, I began by stamping my base using the Honeycomb Design stamp.  Using a stamp block with a grid on it, let me line up the images along the border with ease. 

After that was done, I simply stamped the panel with my chosen images and colored them in, adding some glitter glue to the flowers and the bee.  Because well,  that's what you do on a valentine with cheerful images!


Here are the stamps I used on the main panel:





Thanks for stopping by today!
Karin

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Valentines

  Hi Everyone,


Happy Groundhog's Day!  No card to celebrate this minor holiday, but I do have a couple of Valentines to share.

I've spoken about my love of puns on cards, so I went ahead and made a minor change on the new Lucky in Love greeting, to make it match my image on today's card.  I simply added a die cut letter d.

For the image, I stamped the Ducks Decoration, and then made a mask of the ducks too, so that I could stamp a field of Flower Hearts for them to frolic in.  

The background paper was made with the faithful, never let me down Splatter Background stamp, along with the Small Silhouette Heart stamp in pink ink.  It's subtle, but I promise you they are there, and I finished the card by making some matching, gem filled flowers.

 


Inside, I used the new Valentine Drop Hearts for the message and a few more of those pink hearts.



While I made this card with Valentine's day in mind, since it's not red or pink, it could be used for your sweetheart any time of the year.  

I colored up Jimbo and the Gang and attached it to a background that I made by inking up an embossing folder.  A row of die cut hearts and the I'm Wild About You Greeting were all I added to it.


The DRS Designs store has all of these stamps and other card making desires!  Just click on over here!

Have a great day!
Karin


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Winter Cards



Hi Everyone,

Since it's still January, I have a couple of simple winter cards to share today, using stamps from DRS Designs.  

For the first one, I paired the new It's Freezin' Season Greeting with a couple of my favorite snowmen in my stamp collection, Stretch the Round Button Snowman and Simply Snowman. I was going to stamp the greeting at the same time, and make a flat card, but changed my mind and made a medallion using my punches instead, attaching it when it was complete. After stamping and coloring the snowmen, I dry embossed on top, to add some snowy texture.



This is one of my holiday thank you cards that I mass produced this year. Since I was making a half a dozen, I went with a simple stamped background (Snow Background) and a large die cut snowflake.

The Blizzard of Thanks Greeting was stamped and heat embossed, with a touch of blue sponging around the edge.  I attached it with some dimensional foam tape and added a big half pearl to finish it off.


Inside I stamped the same snowflakes in a light blue.  


And here is a close up of the glittery embossing :)


Thanks for stopping by...

  Happy Stamping :)
Karin


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Valentines

  Hi Everyone, 


Working on some Valentine's day cards this past week is something that brought me and abundance of joy...Pink, red, hearts, new stamps...What's not to love?  If your in a funk, I highly recommend inking up some stamps and focusing in on those you love.  

For the first card I stamped Jungle Jim the Elephant twice, colored and fussy cut them out.  I added a bow from 4 in 1 Fashion Accessories and made a girlfriend our of one, attaching it inside a die cut heart.  I cut apart the new I'm Wild About You Greeting and attached everything to and embossed background.  I stamped fussy cut the Small Silhouette Heart and added it to the bottom elephant and added a few random pearls for embellishment.




For this card, I created a background using the Silhouette Love Heart as a base to show off the die cut greeting, Valentine Drop Hearts. 




Before attaching the greeting, I tied on some wrinkle ribbon and added some die cut hearts to finish it off.

Thanks for visiting the blog today!

Karin

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Valentines

  Hi Everyone,


I love making Valentine cards each year.  They always make me smile due to the fact that they're usually fun, or punny or cute or all three!  I sure could use any and all lightheartedness during these times :)

 I celebrated my 30th wedding anniversary last September, so I definitely think I'm lucky in love.  I'm usually the one who wins when playing cards too, so I paired the new sentiment up with a few card related stamps.  

I embossed the background and made a border strip using the 4 Suite Vertical stamp and a punch. I stamped a fussy cut a couple of the 5 Cards and attached them using some dimensional foam tape.  




This next card is so me.  I love pink.  I love puns.  I love bees.  I love sparkle!  Can I give a valentine to myself? 

I started by stamping the background by using the Flower Hearts stamp.  I then stamped it again for the focal image, die cut and colored it in.  I knew I was going to pair it with the new Bee my Valentine Greeting, so that of course meant adding some bees, using the Happy Bee and Bitsy Bumble Bee stamps.  





 I finished it off by adding some glitter to the bee wings.  Be sure to stop by the new releases page to see all of the new stamps!  

Time to get inky for Valentine's day!
Karin
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