Category Archives: Techniques and Classes

Bright and cheerful circles

Lately I have been using the Colour combo of Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight quite a bit …. and throwing in a smidge of Pear Pizzazz to give me my green fix! 😉 It’s a nice cheerful colour combination and just makes me think of spring! I originally grabbed the colours to co-ordinate with the Sunny Garden DSP (which I hardly used until the last couple of months!) but now I have tried other cards with the colours. Here is the card we made at my workshop on Friday night …….

I used the Circle Circus stamp set with it and added some of the lovely poly ribbon in a matching colour. The technique I used on this card is called inlaid embossing. I ran the stamped piece of cardstock through the Big Shot in the Square Lattice Embossing Folder to create the texture before adhering it to the mat layer. For some extra interest I stamped, punched and then mounted one circle using a Stampin’ dimensional and added a rhinestone for some bling too 🙂

Here is the same card using Poppy Parade for the mat layer and ribbon …

Hope you like them! Thanks for visiting! 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

Thanks for caring ….

This is the name of a lovely stamp set in the current Mini Catalogue and I have finally got some ink on it! One of the cards for my Stamp-a-Stack tonight was this card, but I offered the option to use the Thanks for Caring stampset instead or as well as the Share a Cup a la carte stamp.

And here are the two cards I made with the alternate set ….

You can see the layering a little better here …..

I really like how they turned out, pretty and pastel, and with the added textured of the embossed mat. They are perfect for any occasion too – birthday, get well, thank you, sympathy, etc. And the set includes a few lovely sentiments for those times when you aren’t sure what words to say to comfort someone at a difficult time.

Hope you like them too, have a great weekend! 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 …


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

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 🙂

Sharing ….

Last month I held my first Stamp’n’Chat night this year. It’s a night where my customers and friends can come along and bring their own projects to work on, but use my stamps, inks and punches to do so.

Nadia was wanting to make some invitations for her daughter’s birthday so she ordered the Pony Party set from the mini catalogue and picked colours and a design based on a card in the catalogue too. Well, this is the end product!  How cute!

And thank you to Nadia too for giving me one as a sample! She knew I didn’t have the stamp set and wanted me to have a sample with it! :*

And …. just speaking of cute… I had to share this picture of Audrey from about a month ago! When I put her in this outfit I immediately thought, ooh! Rich Razzleberry and Taken With Teal! So here she is while her mummy is trying to colour match her top with inks 🙂 she looks quite at home holding an ink pad, doesn’t she?!

Happy Friday everyone! K 🙂