Category Archives: 3D projects

2011 Salisbury Craft and Hobby Fair!

Yes, I am still around 😉 I have been busy the last month or so preparing for my stall at the Craft Fair! I am by myself this year, so I got really organised and set up my display in the lounge at home to see what I wanted to take and display and I have to admit, it made packing, transport and unpacking SO easy! Plus, I didn’t lug heaps of stuff down there only to leave it in a box under the table! LOL!

It’s been lovely to see so many familiar faces there – customers and demonstrators – and I have really enjoyed the first two days, still one to go! Thought I’d share a pic of my stall for those of you that can’t come ….

I have to say a huge thank you to Carol Dunstan for lending me her Stampin’ Up! Banner – mwah! Much appreciated! And a big thank you to all of the demonstrators out there who have participated in swaps with me …. if you look carefully you may see one of your cards or scrap pages on display!

And, not sure if you can see them clearly at the front on the left, but here’s a couple of pics of some little things that have proved quite popular …. in fact I have had to make more each night for the next day!

The top ones hide a little lollipop inside and the bottom ones are battery operated tealights (I call them fat-free birthday cakes!). I have had lots of positive feedback about them and even had a couple of orders for specific colours. Thanks everyone!

Okay, that’s all for tonight, off to rest my feet for tomorrow 🙂 Happy stampin’! Kari



Thankyou and goodbye!

As some of you know, this week has been the last week of Kindy for my (little) big boy. I have been surprised at how emotional I have felt about this milestone coupled with him turning 5 last Monday, but we really are so excited with him as well, so the tears don’t last long 😉

Of course, with him leaving Kindy that’s a perfect excuse for Mummy to do some stamping! I made some little gifts for the teachers and early childhood workers at his Kindy, they have done a fabulous job with him and I know that they really care about the children they teach, so they deserved a little treat. I had ordered the Mini Milk carton die with the intent of making ‘something’ with that and while waiting for it to arrive I received some swaps from the INKlings Team Training day. Amongst the swaps was a gorgeous bird house made with this very die by Fiona Brown, so I knew that’s what I would make ….. with a couple of changes …… mine became ‘Rabbit hutches’ for 2 of the little Lindt gold bunnies (you can buy them in packs of 5 from Big W) and here they are ……

I also made a card to go with them in the same colour scheme and then to make it easy to carry them in while pushing a stroller and hurrying my little man along I made a tray too …..

There is some Champagne Mist shimmer paint on the butterfly to make it shimmer and I lightly dabbed the dauber over the lower portion of the card to add a very light shimmer to the stamped area too – and the same on the matching envelope of course! LOL! Just a pity I couldn’t get that to photograph well – sorry Miss Kylie, photos at night again! 😛

I hope you like them, the girls at the kindy sure did! If you want to make your own bird house or rabbit hutch just google ‘mini milk carton bird house’ and you will find lots of online tutorials and youtube videos. If you’d like more details on the supplies that I used, please let me know and I can fill you in!

Happy end of Term 1 everyone! K 🙂

PS this was the ‘treat’ Aidan took to share with his class mates! 50-odd Gingerbread men with 3 buttons (HAD to be 3! LOL!) and he handed them out at the end of today’s Kindy session while his proud mummy watched 🙂

Christmas is Coming!

aaah, yes …. we’re into December already and I’m back to dust the cobwebs off of my blog! I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting for the last few months, life just got a little hectic after our holiday in August and unfortunately something had to give! But here I am, back again, I still love you!

Here is a project I wanted to share with you all. I made it for my Hostess Club girls last weekend and I know you have probably seen lots of them around (google: Christmas Planners Stampin’ Up!), but I didn’t copy one exactly, just used different ideas and decided on my own measurements. I used the gorgeous Christmas Cocoa DSP that was available in the Welcome Christmas Bundle during the ‘Dress Up Christmas’ Ribbon Promotion Stampin’ Up! just had. And here are the photos ……

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As most of you probably know, Stampin’ Up! has just released the Summer Mini catalogue as well as launched a December Frenzy Promotion. I will be back to update my blog (I notice some things like catalogues and information have gone missing from my sidebar in my absence :/) and I will add them to the sidebar, but until then, please click here to see them Summer Mini Catalogue or December Frenzy ….. or you can email me and I will email you the pdfs.

Take care and I hope to be back SOON!! 😉 K

The INKlings Christmas in July Blog Hop!

Welcome to The INKlings’ Team’s Christmas in July Blog Hop. You may have arrived here from the very Krafty Miss Kylie’s blog or have just come to check out my blog today (thankyou, by the way!), whichever way you’ve come though. once you’ve checked out my creations you can continue the hop through the link at the end of this post to the next team member.

How quick is this year going?! Have you started to think about your Christmas cards and projects yet? Some of the INKlings team have started our Christmas Classes already so we thought that this month was the perfect time to host a Christmas in July blog hop.   You’ll find lots of great ideas provided by 17 team members’ fantastic blogs.

Want to win some Blog Candy? Simply leave a comment on each and every blog and then email Christie Wallace and let her know you’ve done so and you’ll be in the running for a fantastic prize of 17 handmade cards plus other goodies. What a fabulous start to your Christmas Cards for this year! Sorry Blog Candy prize not available to SU! Demonstrators but you’re more than welcome to leave us a comment!

This year I was determined to make my Christmas cards ‘easier’ for myself! Partly after last year with Audrey arriving the week before Christmas and I know I got behind because …. well, basically … I was huge and tired and it was too hot to stamp even for me! LOL! But this year we will be celebrating Audrey’s 1st Birthday just before Christmas, so any early start I can get is a welcome one!

So, how to make Christmas cards easy?! …. Use a Simply Scrappin’ Kit! It comes with 8 12”x12” (2 each of 4 colours) textured pieces of cardstock plus 6 12×12” pieces of DSP (3 each of 2 designs) AND the big bonus is you get 6 sheets of diecuts! They are 6”x12” and there a 3 different sheets (you get 2 of each sheet) …. So the easiest thing to do is: cut your cardstock, trim some paper and adhere it to the cardfront, maybe add a little ribbon and then add a diecut or two! It’s so easy! Your colour choices are already made, so no deciding do I go for this red or this red! LOL! Here’s some of my cards using the ‘I Wish’ Simply Scrappin’ Kit!

The diecuts are actually self-adhesive, but sometimes it’s nice to have them sitting up on dimensionals so that your card isn’t so ‘flat’ …. The solution? Turn your diecut over and then gently pat your embossing buddy over the adhesive side! The powder sticks to the adhesive, making it a ‘non-adhesive’ diecut!


The other thing I’ve been having fun with is my Movers and Shapers die and the Holiday Windows dies with my Big Shot. Because I’m planning for Christmas I’ve been using the Ornament window for the boxes I’ll show you in a minute, but first I just want to show you how I got that lovely white layer under the Chocolate Chip diecut in the red/stripy card up the top. I cut a piece of Whisper White and laid it over the curly/scallop square die from the Holiday Windows Die set while the die was still positioned in the Movers and Shapers card die and rolled it through the Big Shot. Easy! (in the 3rd picture I took the diecut to use before I took the picture …. but you get the idea!) Carol has also shared another trick with me to cut windows, but I’ll share that in another post 😉


You’ll notice in the pictures above that I have a piece of grid paper in the base of the Movers and Shapers card area – this was a great tip I have seen on several blogs as it really helps you get your window die centred and nice and straight.

And here are my boxes using the Ornament die to cut windows. You’ll notice that I have continued using the I Wish Simply Scrappin’ Kit to create and decorate these – perfect for anyone that wants to stick to one theme for all their Christmas cards and gifts!

The one above is adapted from a box by Jackie Topa. She adapted the little pizza box measurements to create her box and I did a little fiddling to create this one – so cute filled with those Dove Promise chocolate squares, YUM! – and you could even add a piece of a window sheet/acetate behind the window to ensure none fall out (I didn’t because of taking photos of them, really! not just because I want to steal them through the window!! LOL!). I then adapted the box a little more in my next version to fit a Whittakers Almond slab inside!

I saw these little boxes on another youtube video by Dawn Olefschke and couldn’t resist having a go! To fit the gingerbread man in I had to add a gusset between the front and back because the Gingerbread Man wouldn’t quite fit in my original box that I made according to instructions. If I had made my own Gingerbread men they would have fit in there as my cookie cutter isn’t quite and wide. How cute would these be for little Christmas gifts for the kids to give their friends?! Or even for party favors?!


And just so you don’t think I am totally obsessed with packaging food in my creations….. here is my ‘original’ box! When I found that the gingerbread man wouldn’t fit, I was looking around for what would fit in there, for some reason I had made it thinner than I was supposed to so I was struggling, and then I saw these little Spirax notepads on my desk! I covered one with some of the DSP from the kit, added some ribbon and a diecut, then popped some matching DSP in the tube of the pen to match … voila! A great little gift for someone to keep all their Christmas notes and lists in!


Well that’s all from me.  Next stop on the INKlings’ Team Blog Hop is the spectacular Dani Fender! Have fun and don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog to win some great Blog Candy. Happy Christmas in July!  K 🙂

 Just in case you get lost on your way, here’s a list of everyone on the Hop!


Dani H


Michelle D



Kari           http://

Dani F –

Beth –

Nicky A



Fiona B.

Michelle Frost-Stevenson

Fiona P


Rachel J

Recessed cards

Today Laura and I held another class, this month it was on Recessed Cards. I designed a ‘Faux Recessed’ Scalloped Circle Card …….

And Laura designed a Recessed Window card using a template she had used previously from, here she has used the A Rose is a Rose stamp set in Riding Hood Red with Chocolate Chip Cardstock, DSP and Ribbon and a little bit of Kiwi Kiss too.

Now, when I am the ‘student’ at a class, I sometimes like to change the card around a little (stop laughing Alicia!!!:P) and a couple of the girls today asked if there were any other designs apart from Laura’s for them to see, so when I made mine I decided to use a different set to show them what else you could do!

I used the Welcome Home stamp set for the house and trees image and stamped it in Old Olive on the cardstock I was using then in Chocolate Chip on a scrap piece and cut the house out (like I have done previously with this set) I then used flowers from the Trio Flower Punch and leaves from the XL 2-step Bird Punch for my embellishments…. plus a little bit of chunky sprinkles on the flowers for some bling! You can see on the second picture how the images have been layered to create a 3D effect in the recessed window.

So, what do you think? Do you have a preference? Do you like or dislike them all? Let me know! And don’t forget, if you’d like to learn how to make these cards, give me a call or send me an email and I can arrange a class for you!

Have a great weekend! K 🙂

My Sister sent me …..

Isn’t it gorgeous?! The bag is just lovely – and I LOVE that DSP – and then there was more inside it! A bag hanger, tube of shower gel, a gorgeous card AND a lovely box of decorated Love Notes! How spoiled am I?! That bag is just beautiful, a lot of work has gone into making it look just like a real bag, right down to the buckles on the straps and the pocket on the outside!

BIG thankyou to Karen Lister for spoiling me so much! Karen is a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in New Zealand. Such a surprise to get an international parcel in the mail I was not expecting it to be my Secret Sister gift! Thanks again Karen! K xx

Secret Sister

I’d heard about ‘Secret Sisters’ before but I’d never joined in with one until ‘UnConvention’ on the ESAD group! For those of us that couldn’t attend the Stampin’ Up! convention (sob, sob!) in Sydney last weekend, some of the girls on the ESAD group organised a fabulous weekend of challenges and activities for us to keep our minds off of the fun stuff the other were doing.

I didn’t get any of the challenges done on time but I have started a couple and have been very inspired – and challenged! – by them, so they will get me creative in the coming weeks. However, I did get to join in with a Card Swap (I’ll show pics of that later) and a Secret Sister swap. With the Secret Sister, it’s kind of like Secret Santa, you sign up for it then get given a name and send a card/gift to that person. The rules for this one were that it had to be a handmade gift and worth $10. Here is what I made for my Secret Sister ……

Can you see I liked the Very Vanilla/Rich Razzleberry combo? With the Friendly words Jumbo Wheel? And the Vintage Vogue flower with a half pearl? LOL! I had the colours in front of me and I just wanted to make it all match! I’ll describe what I’ve made just incase you can’t tell properly in the picture….

top left: I covered a little spiral bound notebook with Rich Razzleberry and stamped the cover with the Friendly Words Wheel before adding the cutout flower and half pearl.

top right: I folded a piece of card lengthways before cutting it with the top Note die to form a pocket. I stamped the front with the wheel and tucked in some of those Jarrah Latte Sachets before tying with some wide Very Vanilla ribbon and adding the flower and half pearl

bottom right: I scored a Top Note diecut shape 1/2″ either side of the centre mark to form the case of the box. I then cut a strip and scored it so that it formed the sides of the box (it also had tabs to stick to the base inside). Before sticking it together I stamped it with the wheel of course! 😉 Inside the box are some Felt Flowers in Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive and then I tied it and embellished it with the small flower this time 😉

bottom left: I used a scored Top Note Die to top a small cello bag containing some Werthers butterscotch lollies and of course the Top Note die was stamped and embellished like the other projects.

Lastly, I also made a little mini pizzabox to put a tealight candle in

And here was the card I made to go with it …. I kept the colour theme except I added a little Kraft and Chocolate 😉

Hope my Secret Sister liked it all!  Happy Unconvention!! Cheers, K 🙂