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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, May 23, 2017

Follow Your Dreams

Hi Everyone,

It's that time of year again...Graduation time!  I've already received two announcements and party invitations, so I decided to get to work on a few cards.  

DRS Designs has just released this new Follow Your Dreams Sign Post (137G) stamp which is perfect for the occasion of a graduation. I colored, die cut and matted it, adding it on top of an embossed background of grad caps.  



I added a strip of green card stock to cover up the seam of the background and dove into my stash of brads for a few embellishments.  I stamped the Graduation Background, and fussy cut out a few and added those to my card as well.  The Congradulations stamp made for the perfect sentiment.  

Don't forget!  This month is the Great Cling Stamp Give Away.... Every order of $20.00 or more, that is placed at the DRS Designs website, will be entered to win a prize package of 75 cling mounted stamps! What are you waiting for? 

 Good luck :)
Karin

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Picture Perfect

Hi Everyone,

The weather out my window looks very much like the one on my card.  Spring is in full swing in my little corner of the world and I'm happy to celebrate that with today's card share :)

I was working on using the new Picture Perfect Day greeting, so I chose the Country Window stamp as my focal image.  I stamped, die cut and colored it using my Copic markers. When I was done I set it aside and went to work on paper piecing the curtains.  I stamped the image again and colored only the curtains and then went over them using the Splatter Background stamp.  I then cut those out and adhered them in place.  The sentiment was cut apart and attached to the butterfly embossed background with some dimensional foam tape, and I added a tiny glitter butterfly just because I wanted to :) 



My second card today is super easy and clean and simple.  I stamped and die cut the Sincerely Sympathy Thanks sentiment, highlighting it by sponging on some yellow ink.  For the background panel I stamped the Brush Pussy Willows and added a row of matching gems below the greeting.


And to make the pussy willows soft, like the ones in real life, I dabbed on some glue and added glittery flock to them.


Have you seen the news about the great stamp give away at DRS Designs?  Check out the info right here!

  Good luck!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Our Thoughts are with You

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a card to share with you today that could be used for a couple of different reasons.  Definatiely it could be a sympathy card, but I could also see sending this to someone going through a  any type rough patch or serious illness. Many times I can find a get well soon type of card in the store, but that's not always appropriate.  I'm so glad I'm able to make my own with the help of DRS Designs ;) 

I colored up the Cattails image, die cut and matted it using my oval dies.  I stamped the Our Thoughts are with You greeting and used some circle punches on it, setting it aside to work on the background.  
I used the Splatter Background stamp and a muted yellow ink for a subtle look.  And for the top layer, I used the same stamp in the yellow and brown ink stamping the Silhouette Branch in avacado ink onto of the splatters.  I added a brown, punched border and then adhered it to the card.


Here's just a little peek at the new Cattail Hand Stamped By stamp that was recently released, Those cattails matched the front image so it's a must have for this card.  I colored it up and added a dab of glitter glue to those little dragon flies too.


Thank you for peeking in today!



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Prayers and Blessings

Hi Everyone,

I have a couple of monochromatic cards to share with you today. I seem to lean that way when making a sympathy card, trying to keep things simple and soothing.

I stamped and die cut the new Praying for Friends Sympathy Greeting and layered it onto a fancy die cut frame.  The background was embossed and for an embellishment, I stamped the Cross in a Cross and used my tag punches to create it, tying it on with some cream colored ribbon.



And here is my card made using the Dandelion Puff, Splatter Background, and Blessings stamp. 


The color inspiration came from that one lone flower embellishment in my stash, and I wanted to use it up :)  I finished off the card with some glitter glue on the puff and a wrap of matching twine.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and check out all of the new stamps from DRS Designs right here!
Karin




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

From my heart to yeurs....

Hi Everyone,

DRS Designs has released some new stamps, featuring sentiments for sympathy and comfort, but I think comfort can be cheerful too. So today I'm bringing you a card that feature one of those new greetings as well as Leonard, just because he makes me happy!  And if it makes me happy, I would think that it would make the recipient of this happy as well :)

I stamped, colored and fussy cut Leonard the Pig Billboard and added the Small Silhouette Heart to his little sign, embellishing it with some glitter glue.  I layered him onto some rectangle die cuts using dimensional tape and embossed the backgrounds using 2 different heart embossing folders.  



I tied a matching grosgrain ribbon around the background base and then attached the My Heart To Yours Greeting, completing the card with a few hearts that were fussy cut from the Scattered Hears stamp.

From my heart to yours, thanks so much for visiting today!
Karin

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Chicks

Hi Everyone!

While Easter has come and gone, I still had one last card that I didn't share here yet, and since it's very spring themed, I thought I would sneak it in.  I think if you change up the sentiment stamp, it could be a sweet little friendship card for your bestie :)

I colored and fussy cut the Easter Sleepover stamp from DRS Designs, and adhered it onto a layered die cut circle.   For the background I used the Spring Crocus stamp, and only stamped the flower portion around the top and bottom of the paper, coloring it up using the same coordinating markers. I'm pretty sure those flowers don't come in pink, but I have it on good authority that creativity is allowed when making cards :) :) :) 


The sentiment was the top portion of the Celebrate Easter Celebrate Christ stamp, which I die cut and matted before adding it to the card. 

Thanks for visiting today!
Karin

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter Blessings

Hi Everyone,

Since Easter Sunday is this weekend, I thought I would share a few Christian themed cards on the blog today. 

For my first card, I used the lovely Blessed with Gifts Easter Greeting and layered it onto an embossed, dainty looking Swiss dot background.  The bottom portion of my background was made using matching colors and the Woven Plaid background stamp.

The image Easter Lily and Crosses Oval was also colored to match, and then I fussy cut it so that it could be adhered to the card.
  
Lastly, I added a die cut vellum flower with a gemstone center.

These next two cards were pretty simple to make, but I just loved the sentiment of the featured greeting so much, that I wanted to show it off twice :)

I used two embossing folders for this card and added a ribbon to cover up the seam, along with some glitter glue in the center of the flowers.


And for this last one, I used the same embossing folder, but I left the bottom portion plain.  I got out my scallop punch for that bottom edge, and also added a strip of glitter embellished double sided tape.  After die cutting and matting the same greeting I added an embossed cross (Darice)  that I stenciled with matching ink.  


Here is the link to the Celebrate Easter Celebrate Christ Greeting and the Three Wooden Crosses from the above card.

Hope your day is filled with the blessings of Spring!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Happy Easter

Hi Everyone!

Are you as ready for spring as I am? I say it's high time for all things flowers, bunnies and eggs!  So, that's just what I used on my card today :)

I started by coloring up the new Sneaky Bunny Flower Pot image from DRS Designs, die cutting, matting it and adding a little glitter glue embellishment.  I think that little bunny is just too cute!  It's totally my favorite thing about the whole card...lol.  For the background, I used a piece of lavender card stock and my Darice Easter egg embossing folder, which I added to a light yellow card base.


I added a strip of orange flower embossed card stock, that I layered with a punched border and lace.  I did all of this to match my image and added the Happy Easter Everybunny greeting to finish it off.

I know I've said it in the past, but I love me a good punny card any day of the week!

Here's hoping the Easter bunny brings you lots of sweet treats :) :) :)

Karin

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Super Woman

Hi Everyone,

It's fun to use stamps in multiple ways, and here I've used the Tired Walking Woman for both a Mother's Day card and also a birthday card.  

I stamped both the image and Super Tired Greeting and then die cut and colored her up using Copic markers.  I used an embossed flower background and accented it with a strip stamped with flowers from the Four Flower Background stamp.  


I finished it off with a few resin flower embellishments. 


Here I made an over the hill birthday card in a simple black and white color combo.  I made a little scene using the Winter Trees and RIP Tombstone stamps and a portion of the Over the Hill Greeting.





And here's the inside finishing off the card with the second half of the greeting and the tired woman.

Sometimes all you need is some great stamps to make a successful, simple card!

Thanks for peeking in today!
Karin


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dance Your Heart Out

Hi Everyone,

As soon as I saw it, I couldn't wait to color up this cute little Ballerina stamp from DRS Designs.  She's just precious!

After making a line of dancers on this card here, I decided to feature her on stage, doing a little solo dance.  I began by using the Wood Grain Background stamp to create the floor and I just stamped her right on top.  I colored her using Copic markers and then took a couple of post it notes and masked off the top and side of the card.  Sponging on some yellow ink, I created a little spotlight to highlight her dancing.  I removed the masking and stamped the Dance Your Heart Out Greeting in the spotlight too.

Here is the close up of the glitter I added to her tutu.  I figured the spotlight had to be making something sparkle :)


I finished the card by layering it onto a pink base and rounding the opposite corners for a little extra interest.  I was feeling all good about this card, and I do still like it due to the whole adorable dancer, but leave it up to one of my design teammates to take the stage concept to another level by making curtains on her card!  If you missed it, you can see her amazing creativity here!

Thanks for dropping by today!
Karin

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Get Your Irish On!

Hi Everyone,

With St. Patrick's day coming up at the end of the week, I decided to make a card that celebrates some Irish step dancing!  I think she's actually a jazz dancer, but dressed up in green, these gals can celebrate anything :)

 I began by stamping the card base with the Shamrock Background and for my focal panel, I stamped the Jazz Dancer in the center first, then stamping on either side of her to create the line.


I thought the Irish On Greeting was perfect for this peppy card!

Sorry to make this short and sweet, but things have steadily begun to unravel around here today.  I was helping my dad this morning, and the spin cycle on his washing machine broke.  I dealt with a bunch of sopping laundry, only to come upstairs to find a leak under his kitchen sink. Yikes!  And I just cracked a tooth or filling from the tooth. Sigh. Now with a major snow storm heading this way, I'm going to see if I can get a quick appointment with the dentist this afternoon.

Hope your day is happy and full of fun!
Karin

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Shamrocks

Hi Everyone,

All I can say is, hooray for the month of March!  While the weather is never great where I live, at least if it does snow, you know it won't stick around for months on end.  March is always the light at the end of the long tunnel of winter, and there's the fun of St. Patrick's Day smack dab in the middle of it.

To wish you some happiness, I inked up the new Love and Laughter Friends Greeting in green ink, die cut it and added a green mat to match.  I set it aside and chose to mix it up for myself by using some Kraft card stock.  I stamped the Tall Shamrocks in Versamark and heat set them using white embossing powder.  I then took a green water based marker (the alcohol markers dissolve the embossed edge) and colored in those Irish beauties.



Before mounting it on a Kraft base with white center layer, I added 3 strips of double sided taped, coated those in some glitter, and rounded all of the edges.  I attached my greeting and then added  gems for even more sparkle.

Be sure to check out all of the most recently released DRS Designs stamps here.

Have a great day!
Karin

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Owl be sending good luck your way

Hi Everyone,

March is just around the corner and I couldn't be happier to be stamping and making cards for St. Patrick's day.  It's less than a month away and DRS Designs has just released some new stamps for this upcoming holiday!

I decide to pull out my owl punch and dress this little guy in an outfit made using the Shamrock Background.  After adding some googly eyes,  I perched him on the Leafy Tree Branch that I stamped and colored up with my Copic markers.  The owl punch has a tiny heart with it, so I used three of them and made a little shamrock balloon, adding a hand drawn string.  


I covered the seam of the patterned paper with a piece of striped ribbon and used the new Irish Good Luck Circle to make a little medallion using my circle punches.  It then does double duty as a sentiment, as well as an embellishment!

Here's hoping your day is filled with the luck of the Irish :)

Karin

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hoppy Birthday

Hi Everyone,

The DT at DRS Designs is getting ready to show off some cute new stamps later this week.  DARLING stuff!  Seriously, just wait.   How's that for a tease?!

Until then, I'm here with a simple birthday card I made for a seven year old boy. I think animals are great for any cards for a kid, and frogs are a usually a hit with boys.

I used the Tiny Frog and stamped it a few times and colored him up.  I used a circle punch to cut them out, and then used a smaller circle to punch out holes on by light green card stock.  I placed the colored frogs behind and then added a brown frame made using my punches.


I made sure I left room for the Hoppy Birthday Greeting and colored that in as well, adding a few extra hopping dots to connect up with the sentiment.


 Inside I added a whole bunch of frogs and the adorable Unfrogettable Birthday Greeting to finish it off and tie the theme together.

Thank you for visiting today, and be sure to stay tuned to the DRS Designs blog this week, for peeks of new stamp goodness!

Karin

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