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The INKlings Christmas in July Blog Hop

Welcome to The INKlings’ Team’s Christmas in July blog hop. You may have arrived here from Christie’s inspiring blog or just be visiting my blog, whichever way 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? The INKlings team has and 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 15 team members’ fantastic blogs.
Want to win some Blog Candy? Simply leave a comment on each blog and then email clare@crafty-cow.com with ‘INKlings Blog Candy’ in the subject field and let her know you’ve done so and you’ll be in the running for a fantastic prize of 17 handmade items plus other goodies, you have until 1st August to enter. 
 Sorry Blog Candy prize not available to SU! demonstrators but you’re more than welcome to leave us a comment! 
I thought I’d use some sets for my Christmas cards that I’ve had for a while, but not used for Christmas cards until now. I’ve used ‘All in the Family’, ‘Loads of Love’ and ‘Family Favourites’ . I also had in my mind that I wanted to use circles … why? I really don’t know, but it’s what I had pictured so I went with it and came up with 3  cards ….. 

Card #1:

For the background on  this first one, I have used a strip cut with the Tasteful Trim Big shot die down the left hand side and on the right hand side of the  I stamped my inkpad straight onto the cardstock.  I used a post-it note to mask the truck while I stamped the tree as shown below and I now have the ‘Loads of Love Accessories’ set on my wishlist too as then I could put a little person in my truck! (I wasn’t game to try to draw one in freehand!)

Card #2:

For this one I used the children stamps from the ‘All in the Family’ set. with those ones, the legs, body and arms are together so all you have to do is add a head and you are done! Of course I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to help me line up all the little stamps and I also drew a faint pencil line before stamping to help me keep the images level (see below). The presents are actually stamped and cut out then mounted using dimensionals. I think this could be a cute family Christmas card to send out – of course, my Audrey doesn’t have this much hair yet …. maybe by December she will?!

Card #3:

And lastly, this is my Aussie Santa card! Shorts and a tank top – although I probably should have coloured the singlet blue, not red! LOL! To get the circles on the background, I stamped the cricket ball image from the ‘Family Favourites’ stamp set using Versamark and then clear embossed it, it adds a bit of texture as well as breaking up the blank space. I also did some masking again when I stamped the presents under the tree, see the images below, the yellow is a piece of post-it note that I stamped and cut out and I added a cut out present at the front too.

Well that’s all from me, hope these cards have inspired you a little? I have to admit , one of the reasons I don’t pull out these sets very often is because I think of them as fiddly little ones, but I actually stamped these cards quite quickly in one evening and then sat and coloured the images the next night, so I think they could be quite easy to mass produce. I watercoloured them all with an aquapainter and picked up colour from a palette that I scribbled a Stampin’ Write marker on. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask 🙂

Next stop on the INKlings’ Team Blog Hop is the fabulously talented Joanna Wassens. Have fun and don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog to win some great Blog Candy. Thanks for hopping by! Kari
If for any reason you find a missing link on the blog hop head back here to find links to all the members taking part.

1. Clare http://www.crafty-cow.com        
2. Janice http://www.janicespencer.blogspot.com        
3. Christie http://www.christiescreativecorner.blogspot.com
4. Kari http://www.karigail.wordpress.com        
5. Joanna http://www.joannawassens.com
6. Michelle http://stampinground.wordpress.com
7. Alana http://www.alanagalagher.blogspot.com    
8. Carol http://www.inkantations-and-inkarnations.blogspot.com  
9. Cath http://cathdeanpapercraft.blogspot.com    
10. Amy http://amyandersonsblog.blogspot.com
11. Vanessa http://stampness.blogspot.com    
12. Michelle D http://stampinkpaper.blogspot.com
13. Ryn http://rynscraps.blogspot.com
14. Fiona B http://fionajanestamping.blogspot.com
15. Liz Halbisch http://lizhalbisch.blogspot.com


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 karigail@internode.on.net 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 …


Inaugural INKlings Blog Hop!


Welcome to The INKlings’ Team’s first ever blog hop. You may have arrived here from Amy’s inspiring blog, or just be visiting my blog, but whichever way you arrived 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.

What style of cards do we frequently get asked for inspiration for? More often than not it’s masculine cards, be it little boys or grandfathers, everyone seems to struggle with cards for the males in our lives. So as a team we thought we’d help you out by providing you with 20 team members’ fantastic blogs that you can hop through and get lots of fantastic ideas from.

Want to win some Blog Candy? Simply leave a comment on each blog and then email Michelle Dyson and let her know you’ve done so and you’ll be in the running for a fantastic prize of 20 handmade cards plus other goodies. (Sorry Blog Candy prize not available to SU! demonstrators)

Okay, so on to my projects for tonight! I had been wanting to try out the ‘Faux Suede’ Technique and I thought this would make a nice masculine background on a card, especially when combined with the Wanted Stamp Set. What I did to create the Faux Suede piece is to crumple and then smooth out the piece of Whisper White cardstock repeatedly until the cardstock began to separate into layers. Once this began I pulled the layers carefully apart to reveal a slightly ‘fluffy’ side. To add some more texture I then sponged this ‘fluffy’ side with Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze inks before stamping with the horse image. You can also see how I’ve distressed the edge of the Chocolate Chip layer under the stamped image with my bone folder to separate the layers too, using your bone folder to repeatedly burnish the cardstock is another way to get the layers to separate and do this Faux Suede technique.

I was saying to some girls at my class last week how the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder would be handy to make a golf ball if you used the ‘wrong’ side of the cardstock ….. so I thought I’d make a golf card too (lucky my dad doesn’t read this, his birthday is coming up!! LOL! and yes, he is a golfer!!)

There’s not much stamping on this one and it was very quick and easy to make. My punches made it easy too, for the ball, green, and the sentiment. I also used my photo corner punch to help create the flag and then I used another punch for something else …… anyone like to venture a guess as to what punch I used the create the tee? Leave your guess in the comments and I’ll be back tomorrow and show you how 😉  

And my last offering for tonight is this little tool box! I got the template for this box from Jeanne on Splitcoast Stampers and it was intended as a Timbits box! Now for the non-Canadians or uninitiated out there, Tim Hortons is a Coffee mecca in Canada and the donuts are just divine, Timbits are actually the ‘donut holes’!! So cute and mmmmmm *insert Homer Simpson drool here*

But, for today, this box has become a tool box;) Once I had printed (on Close to Cocoa) and cut out the box I dragged my Chocolate Chip inkpad along it to create a kind of woodgrain effect. Just a couple of little embellishments and then….. well what good is a tool box without tools? I decided to emboss the tool images from the Totally Tool Stamp Set in Black onto the Silver Brushed Metallic cardstock and cut them out to add them in. Of course I’m sure adding some of the recipients favourite lollies or chockies would’t go astray either 😉

Well that’s all from me. Next stop on the INKlings’ Team Blog Hop is the INKlings fabulous leader herself, Jayne Mercer! Have fun and don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog to win some great Blog Candy.

Happy Hopping! K 🙂

PS Just in case you got lost on the hop, here’s some links and a list of all the blogs on the way 🙂






Kari – me!









Dani F

Michelle F-S

Rachel J

Rachel C


Michelle Le Breton

The Cupcake card winner is…..

Helen! Thankyou for showing us your cupcake cake! Please email me your snail mail address and I’ll have a Level 1 hostess set in the mail to you this week! Congratulations!

Sorry for the delay between postings this week, with classes, SAS’s and work to fit in amongst being a Mum and wife, it’s just been a little hectic this week. However I did manage to participate in the monthly INKlings cyberchallenge on Wednesday! My lovely friend Kylie set the challenges this month and her theme was Christmas! We had 3 cards to make and I’ll show you the 3rd one today – it had to be ‘proper’ Christmas colours and it could have been a scrapbook layout, but I couldn’t pick any pictures to use, so I went for a card instead.

I used the Lovely as a Tree set for the tree and Peaceful Wishes for the sentiment and used Old Olive, Very Vanilla and Real Red for my colours. You can also see some gold embossing on the writing over the tree which looks even nicer in real life! To get the sentiment along the bottom of the card I just stamped in Versamark (which I already had out for embossing). A really nice, quick and easy card which is great as is or you could dress up a little more with distressing, piercing, more layers or hodgepodge.

And do you know where I got the inspiration for this card? Page 86 of the Idea Book and Catalogue! I had seen the tag there and loved the idea, so when the opportunity came up to get the Lovely as a Tree Set (thanks Dani!! 🙂 ) I was all for it! Don’t you just love how easy it is to get these ideas from the Catalogue?! I almost regard it as my ‘bible’! I even have a copy at work so if something comes to mind while I’m slaving away, I can check it out at lunch and plan my cards! LOL! Crazy aren’t I?!

Stay tuned for the Challenge 2 photo soon – as well as some more blog candy!! 🙂 K

And the winner is….

Michelle Smith!!!

Hi Kari, Congrats on your 1st birthday with Stampin’ Up. Your first post was 18 March 2008. Thanks for the chance to win this fab prize.

Too funny though as I had just delivered an order to Michelle when I came home and sat down to draw out a name! I could’ve saved myself a trip and brought the prize at the same time! LOL! I’ll see you on Sunday to hand over your blog candy, Michelle!! Thankyou everyone for your comments though (glad you all like my new design!) and thanks to my overseas visitors too! It’s nice to have you visit, although unfortunately, as I mentioned in the last post, this was only for Australian readers. Please visit me again though as I love to see new blogs to add to my favourites list to visit again too 😉

Now, something else to share!

This is a card for a little boy turning 4 in a week or so. How easy it was to just cut out the stamped images from the Big Bold Birthday set and layer them together with a couple of different colours of card, some matching DSP and just a bit of punching?! (BTW – thanks for the images fairy godmother!! mwah!!!) The Big Bold Birthday set is one of the ones on special this month with the Stampin’ Up! 20th Birthday promotion Make sure you add it to your wishlist 😉 !!

Here is another cupcake birthday card using the Short and Sweet set – another one on special in October!

Okay, another piece of birthday blog candy this week – rules: only Australian residents are eligible, you need to leave a comment on this post by midnight next Wednesday (15th October) and in your comment, post a link to a picture of a cute cupcake (or cake) card you’ve made (on your blog/web album/SCS gallery/or email it to me and I’ll post it here)! I’ll pick my favourite card next Thursday and that person will receive a free Level 1 Hostess Stamp Set of my choice! Good luck and I can’t wait to see all your cards!

Last but not least – you have just over 48 hours left to place an order with me for a Simply Sent Kit at 20% off the RRP! That is a fantastic saving  (over $15!) so don’t miss out on the opportunity! Call or email me before 10pm Saturday night (Adelaide time) and I will place your order!

Bye for now! K 🙂

Happy Stampin’ Birthday!!

Woo hoo! Another birthday rolls around! October marks Stampin Up’s 20th Birthday!! And, it may not be my ‘real’ birthday this month, but it is my first birthday anniversary with Stampin’ Up! That’s right 1 year ago I filled in those forms and sent them off and I have had so much fun since then!! The other big celebration I have is that this post is number 100!!! Woo hoo! 100 posts to bore you with and share my creations with you in the last 6 months! Thank you for reading, visiting and commenting!

How am I going to celebrate you ask? Well, for starters, Stampin’ Up! has 2 FANTASTIC specials on at the moment…..

20th Birthday Special

Recieve 20% off one of the following Stamp sets when you spend over $20 RRP

Big Bold Birthday, Short and Sweet, Pretty Princess, Crab and Company and Birthday Best

World Card Making Day Special

Receive 20% off any of the Simply Sent Kits in the 2008-09 IB&C when you order between 4th and 11th October – Only days left! Don’t miss out on this great saving!!!


Okay, and just a little blog candy from me – and a little thankyou for still reading this at the same time! I have here a Birthday Whimsy Stampset and some samples of gorgeous Green and Red grosgrain ribbon (just in time for xmas!) for you to win! Okay, how to enter? Leave me a comment on this post by the end of Wednesday – just over 48 hours away – and in that comment, tell me the date of my first post on this blog!! I will put names in a hat of those who post with the correct date and post the winners details on Thursday – and sorry to those of your from overseas, this is only for Australian readers!


So stay tuned to see if you win and then for the next blog candy to celebrate the Birthday month of October!!! 🙂 K