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Stamping friends

I have been very lucky to ‘meet’ some lovely girls in the past few years and lucky me, I am getting to meet some of them in just over a weeks time! Can you tell I am excited?!! I am so excited that I can’t even decide what stamping things I want to take with me because I know I will probably chatter too much and not get much stamping done! LOL! Anyway, my reason for this post is that I wanted to thank 2 of these lovely online friends for the blog awards they gae me a while ago. I know my blog has been a bit hit and miss over the past year but I hope you have seen some more regular posts lately and are enjoying my creations. So thankyou to the lovely Cath Dean (who probably thought I was insane the first time she spoke to me on the phone when I chatted to her for several minutes and then exclaimed! “Oh! You’re Cath from the forum!” silly me!) be sure to have a look at Cath’s lovely blog here if you haven’t already visited her during the blog hop … or just visit her again 🙂

The other gorgeous person to give me an award was Clare McIllhatton 🙂 Clare makes me smile everytime I read her blog and has so many inspiring ideas (she is a whiz with punches!) and you can check her blog out here. Clare also decided to inspire some of the INKlings team that weren’t able to make it to Convention this year and one of her challenge was to make an orange bag in honour of the orange convention bag! Here is my orange bag  (and orange card) ….


Now, seeing as Clare’s favourite colour is orange, guess where I sent the bag and card?! Glad you liked it Clare xx

You can see that I embossed the Upsy Daisy flowers on the Sunny Garden DSP with White Embossing Powder. Love the way this looks and will have to use more DSP like this I think 🙂

So, to honour the awards , I am now supposed to tell you a few things about myself and then link to some other blogs I am inspired by, here we go …..

* I love my electric blanket and was devastated when I had to go without it for a month!

* I have 2 boxes full of fabric and another one full of sewing kits in my study wardrobe! …. and don’t get me started on the yarn collection in there!

* I am a hoarder (see above!)

* 3 favourite things: wine, coffee, chocolate ….. not always in that order 😉

* I love organisational things but just never seem to actually BE organised!

* I am excited like a little kid to see the new bulbs flowering in the garden at the moment!

* I love sending and receiving postcards – so exciting to get snail mail these days!

Well, there’s some facts about me, and here are some lovely blogs I have found to pass the awards on to:

Beth Stewart

Michelle Frost-Stevenson

Michelle Le Breton

Dani Fender

Sharlene Meyer

Christie Kunkel

Meg Loven

Homemade by Jill

So thank you girls for thinking of me and I hope these other lovely blogs give you more inspiration! 🙂 K


Sew sketchy!

As I was flicking through facebook the other day, I spotted a blog post from a fellow demonstrator who had done a sketch challenge recently. Now, for the life of me I can’t remember who it was or even find it again (I think facebook swallows things sometimes!) but I found the sketch because I thought it would be a lovely one for me to use with my Sew Suite stamp set.

Here is the sketch (from

And here is my card:

The Sew Suite stamp set and matching Sweet Stitches DSP is only available until the end of July as the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue will come to an end. It’s a cute set and just perfect for a card I wanted to send with a parcel as part of a sewing swap I am involved in at the moment! We are each sending another person in the swap 4 items (can be fabric, ribbon, lace, button, zips, whatever you like) and then they have to create something with them, kind of like Ready Steady Cook, but instead it’s Ready Steady Sew!

Anyway, back to the card …. I finally used some pompom trim on a card! LOL! It is really cute and added a nice texture to the front. You can see that I took a bit of license with the sketch, but that’s the fun of doing a sketch challenge, you can use the basic sketch for inspiration and adapt it for your project!

Hope you enjoyed! Kari 🙂

but it’s only July!

And yes, I do have a Christmas card for you! Yikes! Don’t worry, I’m not getting carried away with over-enthusiastic preparation, but just sharing my third card from the Cyberchallenge night the other week. I’m not entirely happy with it (hence why it has been sitting on my desk half-finished for a week!) but I thought I’d share it and ask for opinions. The challenge was to create a Christmas Card from a non-Christmas set …. hmm, toughie and I decided to use Tiny Tags. I had seen the baubles made using the Artistic Etchings set last year and thought I would create mini-baubles in the same vein, anyhow …. what do you think?

I also used the Pendant Park stamp set for the ‘tree’ behind the baubles – I clear embossed the tree images and then sponged Always Artichoke over the top to create an emboss resist effect.

But wait, there’s more! Yes, tomorrow you will find MORE Christmas ideas on my blog! (no I haven’t gone crazy … well, maybe a little! ;)) But it’s for a BLOG HOP! The INKlings are having a Christmas in July Blog Hop again and so if you check back here tomorrow afternoon you will see my creations and then be able to hop around to another 14 or so blogs and get all inspired for Christmas!

See you tomorrow, lovelies! Kari 🙂

Colour Challenge

Jayne’s second challenge from last night was to use Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray and Whisper White to make a card, layout or 3D item. I needed some thank you cards and I thought those colours would be nice to use on those. Here is what I came up with ………

I used the large En Francais background stamp in Basic Gray first and although I inked up the whole stamp, when I lay the Whisper White cardstock on the stamp (I tend to use the En Francais stamp facing up instead of stamping it onto the cardstock) I just pressed with my fingers in some areas instead of smoothly it and pressing flat all over like I would if I wanted all of the text to be stamped. I then stamped the large Vintage Vogue Flower in Cherry Cobbler, using 2nd, 3rd and 4th impressions so the colour was a bit lighter.

To get the frame around the label, I punched two Modern Label shapes from Basic gray and adhered them together so that they overlapped, then adhered the stamped and punched label in the centre of the two. A bit of the White organza ribbon (which is divine!) and I was done! Hope the girls who received the card liked it!

That’s all for tonight! Cheers, Kari 🙂

Cyberchallenge night!

Tonight Jayne has been setting some challenges for the INKlings on her forum! I had forgotten about it, but was keen to get creating (a good way to keep the fingers warm!) so I got started on challenge #1 – paper piecing. This is where you recreate the stamped image with stamped pieces of DSP (almost like a DSP quilt, if that makes sense?) I had trouble finding a set, I picked ‘For Everything’ off the shelf first, but though the bird was too little ….. 10 minutes later I went back to the bird!

I stamped the bird on the Whisper white first, then twice on the Nursery Suite Specialty DSP (once on each side of the piece) and then cut out the bird from the striped side then cut the flower and the breast of the bird from the So Saffron patterned side. Piecing the pieces together was made easy with my trusty 2 way glue pen 😉 …. here is the little birdie …..

And here is the card…….

Hope you like it, I’ll share some more cards from tonight once I’ve made them! 😉 K

Cyberchallenge night!

Last Friday was INKlings cyberchallenge night again and, although I wasn’t able to do them on the night, I’ve been having some fun doing the challenges. Fiona was the hostess for the evening … you can visit her here and see her creations …

Here is my attempt at Challenge 1: a 4″x4″ card with a DSP envelope

I used Kraft cardstock as the base and ran it through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, then added some Pink Pirouette striped grosgrain at the top. For the central image, I stamped then cut out the elephant from the Nursery necessities set and mounted it onto a 1 3/4″ Whisper White circle that had been stamped with stars using the 2nd impression of Pink Pirouette Ink *. This was layered onto a 2 1/8″ circle of Pink Pirouette cardstock and I added the ‘It’s a girl!’ sentiment using the Word Window punch to punch it twice to create the shorter window size. I think it needs some bling so I’m going to add some dazzling diamonds too … just as soon as I find my little pot of it!!!

Challenge 3 was a colour challenge: Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink, Kraft, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White …..

I needed an engagement card so I decided this would be a nice colour combination for that. I used my Heart to Heart punch to punch the ‘windows’ from the Whisper White before layering the Baja Breeze DSP behind it. Then, before I punched out the White and Pretty in Pink hearts, I used the ‘text’ stamp from the Rustic Rooster set to stamp in Pretty in Pink on the Whisper White cardstock and in White Stazon on the Pretty in Pink Cardstock. I then layered these onto the panel using SNAIL and dimensionals. Usually I would have added another layer and punched a scalloped edge or something like that, but I decided to use ribbon and a ‘Teneale’ bow instead for a change – and used a Button Latte button to finish off the bow 😉

Challenge 2 is still to come… need to be more awake to do that one, the coffee is starting to wear off! Thanks for the challenges Fiona! K 🙂

* to get the 2nd impression of the Pink Pirouette Ink I inked up the stamp, then stamped onto scrap paper once before stamping onto the Whisper White – this creates a lighter image in the same colour

May Cyberchallenge

This month Alison was the host and amazingly I have got all 3 challenges done!! Yay! I only got half done last night, but have ignored the household chores this morning to get them done 🙂  – hey the chores will still be there later today, but my ideas might not!! LOL!

Challenge 1 was a colour challenge: Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede and Whisper White and here is my card…..

I LOVE using the Fifth Ave Floral Stamp set with the Manhattan Flowers Embossing folder and the Big Shot – the embossing just finishes off the card nicely…. well that’s my opinion anyway!! 😉

Challenge2  was to design an invitation, just not fo ra birthday! A baby/wedding shower, housewarming, wedding, anything but a birthday. Well, I decided to go for a baby shower invite (I figure I can change the greeting and make it a baby card now 😉 )so I used my Scallop Circle Die to make the pram from DSP which I stuck to a folded scallop circle which forms the card part where you can add all the details!

Okay, Challenge 3! This was a ‘House’ themed card or scrapbooking page – eg. change of address card, housewarming, happy new house, etc, etc. So I decided to make mine a change of address card and I really wanted something other than a house to go on it… then I remembered the snail from the Bugs and Kisses set!!

Okay, I’m off to do the kindy run, hope those have given you some good ideas 😉 Thank you Alison for the challenges!!! K 🙂

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