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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 🙂

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 🙂

You’ve got a friend in me ….

Those of you with littlies will know why that song is going through my head! Here is the card I have made tonight …..

Yes, I know I leave it until the last minute to make the cards and then have to rush my photos in bad light, but I just had to take a photo to show you all! This card was for another little friend who was having a Toy Story party (no dress-ups this time though! LOL!) I knew his mum was making him a sheriff’s star cake, so I thought I’d try my hand at a punch art Woody.

I got some inspiration from Clare (another INKling) and Sheila and then just punched and played until I got him looking about right. Hopefully the birthday boy will like him … and recognise him! LOL! I decided to ‘hide’ Woody’s body behind a wooden fence (thankyou Woodland Walk DSP!) because otherwise he wouldn’t fit on the cardfront!

Thanks for stopping by, now I’m off to bake a cake … someone in this house needs a birthday cake soon too! K 🙂

Birthday Owl

Today we went to a Harry Potter Birthday party for one of Aidan’s friends. It was lots of fun despite the rain and it meant I could get a little creative by making a costume as well as a birthday card!

I was agonising over the card I should make … I wanted it to be themed but I really couldn’t figure out how …. but then I decided that it should have an owl on it, so that was a good start! I had seen some gorgeous owls on Dani Holland’s blog and thought they were cute ‘holding’ the hearts so I figured I could do similar with a cupcake and so my new best friend (aka the Build a Cupcake punch) came to the rescue!

Of course I knew that the owl needed to be like Harry’s owl, Hedwig , so that decided the colours for me, but I wanted a little more texture on him, so I scrunched up my cardstock and then separated it to create a faux suede side before punching the layers out, you can see that a bit better below. 

On to the costume …. my sewing skills aren’t great and I didn’t measure anything, just used a piece of black material I had in the cupboard and the maroon is some leftover quilt binding I had in a drawer as well as some gold ribbon – well of course he had to be in Gryffindor colours! You may also be able to spot the scar drawn on his forehead too! Here is the little wizard I took with me …..

Thanks for reading! K 🙂

The INKlings Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue Blog Hop

Welcome! You may have arrived here from the lovely Dani Holland’s blog or just be visiting my blog (thank you!), but whichever way you came here, 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.

With a new Mini Catalogue out today we thought it would be a great time to showcase the gorgeous new products to all our blog readers.

You can check out the new mini catalogue online here or if you’d like your own copy contact me today and I’ll pop one in the mail to you.

Want to win some Blog Candy? Simply leave a comment on each blog before midnight AEST on 3rd April and then email me at and let me know you’ve done so and you’ll be in the running for some fantastic handmade cards plus other goodies.

Sorry Blog Candy prize is only available to Australian residents and not to SU! demonstrators, but you’re more than welcome to leave us a comment!

So,  when I got my preview copy of the catalogue last month, there was a lot that I liked in there! You’ll get to see a few more of my purchases over the next few days and weeks, however, I quite liked the Clearly For You set on page 16. I wasn’t sure if it was really my style, but in an effort to challenge myself, I decided to purchase it and make sure I used it!

First up, I decided to create a gift card set in a mini Magazine holder box (the box and a different card set was the project for my Hostess Club ladies this month). Here you go ….

As you can see I used Old Olive for the card base and then added a little Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Early Espresso and More Mustard. Where did I get the inspiration for this colour scheme? On page 17 of the mini catalogue! I liked the colours in the thankyou card shown there, so I checked the Supply List and decided to use those colours. Now, the little background stamp is not large enough to cover the entire lower part of the card (folded card measures 2 7/8″ x 4 1/4″) so I got my stamp-a-ma-jig out and used that to stamp the image twice.

The strip of paper I used to decorate the box was cut from a piece of Botanical Gazette DSP which is on page 15 of the mini catalogue, I figured the theme and colours worked well with the cards.

Okay, now I did say that I promised myself that I would get a reasonable amount of use out of the stamp set so here’s card #2 ….

This one I used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder on the card front. The stamped image was done with a background of the filigree stamp that I stamped in 2nd impression So Saffron ink onto the Very Vanilla cardstock first, and then I inked up the floral stamp with my markers to stamp it over the top.

Card #3 uses some of the Newsprint DSP with the ladybird stamped in second impression Riding Hood Red ink. I also stamped one of the ladybird images on a Very Vanilla Neutral brad using Stazon, there is a 3/4″ circle of Riding Hood Red cardstock mounted under the brad to make it stand out a bit more.

Lastly, card #4, I really loved the Love Note card sample in the catalogue so I used the colours and adapted it to fit my card size. That’s the beauty of the catalogues, that not only do they contain gorgeous products, but hundreds of ideas too!

Well that’s all from me. Next stop on the INKlings’ Team Blog Hop is the talented Fiona Brown’s blog. Have fun and don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog to win some great Blog Candy.

Cheers, Kari 🙂

PS Just in case you get lost on the hop, here is a list of the blogs participating …