Category Archives: Card Swap

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




Banners seem to be the trendy thing this past year, dont’ you think? I haven’t given in and bought myself the Pennant Die for the Big Shot yet (although I must admit I have been close to putting in on an order some days 😉 ) but seeing so many around I kept wanting to make a card with one on it and I finally gave it a go with some gorgeous new products from the new mini catalogue.

As soon as I saw the Sweet Stitches DSP I thought the colours would be perfect for a banner and of course then my colour scheme fell into place as I picked the colours from the DSP. I’ve used the Create a Cupcake Stampset along with the Build a Cupcake Punch too – they are fabulous products and I have seen so many ways to use them!

I cut the pennants for my banner by cutting a strip of DSP 1 1/4″ wide and then marking along one side at 7/8″ intervals. I then found marked along the other side of the strip at 7/8″ intervals, but started marking 7/16″ from the end of the strip. I was then able to quickly chop the pennants in my trimmer by lining up the diagonal marks. Once I stuck the pennants in place I then added a length of Daffodil Delight 1/8″ Taffeta ribbon to create the banner and, as you can see, I curled the ends of the pennants up so I could pretend they were flapping in the breeze 🙂

Enjoy your day! Kari

I did another scrapbook page!

Well, admittedly it was for a 6″x6″ scrapbook page swap with the INKlings team, but I still made a page!! Our theme was ‘Home’ – something about your home or being at home. And this was my page …..

When we got married, the church was right around the corner from the cottage we had just begun renting, so we made sure we stopped there for a photo 😉

The alphabet dies make adding a bold title to your scrapbook page very easy – especially since I actually made 5 of these pages! LOL! 4 to swap and 1 to keep! And I used the Kraft Top Note die that’s peeking out from behind the photo as my to journal in. The Vintage Vogue set was my choice (again!) for this page as I love the vine stamp and that gorgeous little flower with a half pearl. I also stamped the vine stamp across the corner of the photo using White Stazon ink.

Have a great week everyone …. don’t forget to place your order for the 1st Deal of the week by Tuesday evening and then check back on Wednesday morning to see what the 2nd Deal of the Week will be! K 🙂

It’s beginning to look a lot like….

Christmas! Already?! Yep! I’ve been making Christmas cards with some of my SAS groups since July! LOL! And so, of course, when I went to design a swap for the Adelaide Stampin’ Up! Regionals day on Saturday, I couldn’t think of anything else other than a Christmas Card to design 😉

regionals swap card

I adapted a technique I found on called Vitalised Vellum. It’s where you apply ink to the vellum and then use a clean bold stamp to ‘remove’ the ink from the vellum (cleaning between each impression) so you end up with almost a reversed image IYKWIM? I used my brayer to apply the ink to the vellum before stamping it off. Then I let the vellum dry overnight, stamped the same image on the same side of the vellum in Gold Encore Ink and let dry overnight again!

vellum close up

It was a nice way to create my own kind of patterned paper and seemed to be appreciated by all those I swapped with 🙂 Thankyou if you are reading this and I swapped with you! I have LOTS of lovely swaps in return and I’m sure some of you will see them when you come to my classes or workshops.

And, of course, with Christmas approaching, Stampin’ Up! has a fabulous new special for you that will run from 1st November to 15th December!


If you spend $85  or more (RRP) on products from this gift giving guide you will receive a free Scallop Square Punch! (valued at $30.95 RRP!) You can even earn more than one Scallop Square punch if you spend more than one lot of $85 – perfect gift for your stamping buddy so you don’t have to worry about lending yours out!! LOL! Over the next week or so I’ll be back with some ideas for how to use some of the products in the guide to give you some ideas for Christmas presents, because you don’t necessarily have to buy these products to give away…. you can buy them to make your gifts and cards!

Please contact me if you’d like to place an order or find out more! Cheers, K 🙂

KW #49

Wow! I finally got one of these done on time! It really helps when you are desperate to do some stamping and want to play with the new colours! 😉

Hubby offered to take the boy and go for a ‘boys hour’ and play with the remote control car down at the local shopping centre carpark and I couldn’t resist stamping instead doing of the dishes/washing/ironing/etc!! Hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! Right?!

Anyway, Kristina’s Challenge #49 was:


and here is my card using the colours and the Wanted Stamp Set……


I layered Vellum over the stamped background to mute the colours a little and used black brads to fasten the vellum to the cardstock. I also used the narrow black grosgrain ribbon to break it up a little. Here is a closeup of the embellishment….


I took a tip from my very helpful upline, Jayne, and inked up the circular stamp with Kiwi Kiss and then used a cotton bud to wipe the ink of some areas before re-inking those areas with my Rose Red Marker. Thanks Jayne!

Thanks for visiting! 🙂 K

2 years ago…

Well, you’ve just seen a pic of my ‘baby’ with his missing teeth, here he is in a photo at 2 weeks of age! I posted this photo a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to share my finished layout for a 6×6 page swap some of the Inklings took part in. All the pages were gorgeous and they featured our babies quite prominently – of the 2 and 4 legged varieties !! 😉

Here I have used Kraft and Chocolate chip card and Chocolate Chip ink with the Bundle of Joy stamp set. On the little pull out tag I stamped the announcement stamp from the set so all his details could be filled in – I needed a Choc Chip marker for that, so it’s blank ATM. I used my fantabulous Crop-a-diel to set the jumbo eyelet and then a little bit of chocolate chip ribbon to finish off.

Thanks for visiting and also for the well wishes for Aidan – he surprisingly seems to have a bigger appetite than normal at the moment, but I think it is due to the fact that he wants to play with the way the food feels in his mouth without that tooth there! Oh well! At least he’s happy! 🙂 K

Circles, stripes and a box

Today I happened to go to  a scrapbooking store named Camelot. Now for the non-Adelaideans that means nothing, but for those of you in Adelaide – WOW! Have you been! So much stuff crammed into those rooms! Lots of embellishments and some gorgeous tins and chipboard just screaming out to be altered!! I was restrained (don’t know by whose standards!!!LOL!) But now I do know what everyone is talking about!

While I was there I saw a little chipboard box and thought how easy it would be to make my own – just a base of scored and trimmed squares and then a few holes in the corners and some ribbons to hold it together! Here is my version – I think it’s a bit bigger than the one I saw and I will embellish it this week – think I’ll pop a few photos in it and a couple of quotes – kind of like a ‘memory cube’. Handy though as it only takes one piece of A4 card and then you have some spare squares from where you trim it to size that you can use to embellish it with.

I also promised a photo of one of my May swap cards. This is such a simple card but I really like it. I have used the Pallette’o’Prints DSP in strips behind the stamped and coloured sentiment. The colours used are Rose Red, Certainly Celery and So Saffron and the stamp is from the Time Well Spent Hostess Set. Thankyou to Rebecca for the inspiration of using the DSP strips like this!

Last but not least for tonight is a card using the Love Notes and Circle of Friendship Set that are in the eScape Bundle. I have added some Petals and Paisley DSP and used the background stamp in Regal Rose formt he Polka Dots and Paisley Stamp set for the spots on the right hand side. After covering the front of the card in the DSP I then trimmed an inch off the right hand side and punched a semi-circle along this edge using my 1-1/4″ punch (also in the bundle) this then allowed me to mount the stamped cicle (punched with the 1″ circle punch) using dimnsionals on the back piece of the card, but have it ‘pop’ through the front piece.

Hope you are having a good weekend!! Thanks for visiting! More soon! 🙂 K