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New Idea Book and Catalogue!

Yes, it’s here (and it has been for 10 days now, sorry I haven’t posted on here before now!) Isn’t it gorgeous? Lots of lovely new products and also 5 new colours!

If you’d like to check out the catalogue online then you can click here or if you’d like your very own copy, then email me and I can arrange that for you!

I’m joining in another Blog Hop tomorrow, so please come and visit again after 12noon AEST and join in the hop to see some fabulous ideas using the gorgeous new products!

🙂 K


ESAD Blog Hop – Retiring products!

Sniff, sniff, yes it’s time to say goodbye to some lovely products! Today’s Blog Hop is brought to you by the lovely ESAD group and will feature some favourite products from the Retiring List to give you some ideas how to use them …. and if you love them so much you MUST have them, then contact your demonstrator ASAP to place your order!

You may have found me from Sharlene’s Blog or just come visiting me today (aww, thanks!) either way, have a look through the hop for some inspiration and we all love to read comments, so feel free to leave a comment to let us know what you think of our projects!

What is ESAD?
ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin Up demonstrators. We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors, but we share our love for what we do with each other as demonstrators.  We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-how, and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it is needed. So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please fee free to click here to join our wonderful group

On to my creations …..

I have to say, ‘Scribble This’ is a favourite stamp of mine. I just love the large pointy flower and have used it on cards from birthdays to anniversaries and you can use so many colour schemes with it. My favourite way to use it is to stamp it in Stazon on Whisper White and then use my markers (the brush tip end) to add colour. Very quick and easy – best bit is the colouring doesn’t have to be perfect because of the sketched lines of the flowers. 

And here is a similarly done one that I CASEd from Jayne Mercer! All you need to do is mask off around where you want to stamp (love post-it notes!), stamp, colour then pull the post-its off! This would look great for an invitation too.


Another way I have used it is by stamping with Black stazon on Vellum and then layering it on top of DSP on the cardfront. Here you can see I have used a layer of the Lap of Luxury DSP and I just happened to have the piece with the word ‘Love’ so I think this will make a nice engagement or anniversary card. I added some brads and a ribbon slide from the HodgePodge Styled Silver Set (also retiring) and a piece of Black Grosgrain to finish it off.


Another set that I love for very quick and effective cards is ‘Christ is Born’. I LOVE this flower and I think I cut out over 100 a couple of years ago 😀 but I am sorry to see this go. You can make simple 1-layer cards or dress them up and cut out the flowers too. The first one I’ve kept to using simple colours, Poppy Parade and some Sunny Garden DSP. I embossed the sentiment on the DSP using White embossing powder and once I cut the flower out I used my bone folder to curl the petals to add more dimension. You could also add ribbon, or glitter, but I like the simple red and white look. 

This next colour combination is my favourite for this set, Naturals Ivory cardstock and Riding Hood Red and Chocolate Chip Inks – sometimes I throw in a little Old Olive (or Kiwi Kiss when it was in!) too. Just a nice simple background of the flowers and the sentiment stamped straight over the top. If I have time, I like to add drops of Crystal Effects onto the centres of the flowers to give the card some texture. Not sure how easy it is to see this on your screens, but I also stamped the flowers while I had the cardfront on a thick paper pad. As I pressed the stamp down I gave the stamp a slight rock all around (not too far) and this gives you the impression that the ink is darker at the edges of the petals, especially the tips. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects today. Next stop on the Blog Hop is Mel Sharp. Thanks for visiting! Kari 🙂

PS There’ll be another Blog Hop in a few weeks to showcase some new products too!

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

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 🙂

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 …


The INKlings Christmas in July Blog Hop!

Welcome to The INKlings’ Team’s Christmas in July Blog Hop. You may have arrived here from the very Krafty Miss Kylie’s blog or have just come to check out my blog today (thankyou, by the way!), whichever way you’ve come though. 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? Some of the INKlings team have started our Christmas Classes already so 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 17 team members’ fantastic blogs.

Want to win some Blog Candy? Simply leave a comment on each and every blog and then email Christie Wallace and let her know you’ve done so and you’ll be in the running for a fantastic prize of 17 handmade cards plus other goodies. What a fabulous start to your Christmas Cards for this year! Sorry Blog Candy prize not available to SU! Demonstrators but you’re more than welcome to leave us a comment!

This year I was determined to make my Christmas cards ‘easier’ for myself! Partly after last year with Audrey arriving the week before Christmas and I know I got behind because …. well, basically … I was huge and tired and it was too hot to stamp even for me! LOL! But this year we will be celebrating Audrey’s 1st Birthday just before Christmas, so any early start I can get is a welcome one!

So, how to make Christmas cards easy?! …. Use a Simply Scrappin’ Kit! It comes with 8 12”x12” (2 each of 4 colours) textured pieces of cardstock plus 6 12×12” pieces of DSP (3 each of 2 designs) AND the big bonus is you get 6 sheets of diecuts! They are 6”x12” and there a 3 different sheets (you get 2 of each sheet) …. So the easiest thing to do is: cut your cardstock, trim some paper and adhere it to the cardfront, maybe add a little ribbon and then add a diecut or two! It’s so easy! Your colour choices are already made, so no deciding do I go for this red or this red! LOL! Here’s some of my cards using the ‘I Wish’ Simply Scrappin’ Kit!

The diecuts are actually self-adhesive, but sometimes it’s nice to have them sitting up on dimensionals so that your card isn’t so ‘flat’ …. The solution? Turn your diecut over and then gently pat your embossing buddy over the adhesive side! The powder sticks to the adhesive, making it a ‘non-adhesive’ diecut!


The other thing I’ve been having fun with is my Movers and Shapers die and the Holiday Windows dies with my Big Shot. Because I’m planning for Christmas I’ve been using the Ornament window for the boxes I’ll show you in a minute, but first I just want to show you how I got that lovely white layer under the Chocolate Chip diecut in the red/stripy card up the top. I cut a piece of Whisper White and laid it over the curly/scallop square die from the Holiday Windows Die set while the die was still positioned in the Movers and Shapers card die and rolled it through the Big Shot. Easy! (in the 3rd picture I took the diecut to use before I took the picture …. but you get the idea!) Carol has also shared another trick with me to cut windows, but I’ll share that in another post 😉


You’ll notice in the pictures above that I have a piece of grid paper in the base of the Movers and Shapers card area – this was a great tip I have seen on several blogs as it really helps you get your window die centred and nice and straight.

And here are my boxes using the Ornament die to cut windows. You’ll notice that I have continued using the I Wish Simply Scrappin’ Kit to create and decorate these – perfect for anyone that wants to stick to one theme for all their Christmas cards and gifts!

The one above is adapted from a box by Jackie Topa. She adapted the little pizza box measurements to create her box and I did a little fiddling to create this one – so cute filled with those Dove Promise chocolate squares, YUM! – and you could even add a piece of a window sheet/acetate behind the window to ensure none fall out (I didn’t because of taking photos of them, really! not just because I want to steal them through the window!! LOL!). I then adapted the box a little more in my next version to fit a Whittakers Almond slab inside!

I saw these little boxes on another youtube video by Dawn Olefschke and couldn’t resist having a go! To fit the gingerbread man in I had to add a gusset between the front and back because the Gingerbread Man wouldn’t quite fit in my original box that I made according to instructions. If I had made my own Gingerbread men they would have fit in there as my cookie cutter isn’t quite and wide. How cute would these be for little Christmas gifts for the kids to give their friends?! Or even for party favors?!


And just so you don’t think I am totally obsessed with packaging food in my creations….. here is my ‘original’ box! When I found that the gingerbread man wouldn’t fit, I was looking around for what would fit in there, for some reason I had made it thinner than I was supposed to so I was struggling, and then I saw these little Spirax notepads on my desk! I covered one with some of the DSP from the kit, added some ribbon and a diecut, then popped some matching DSP in the tube of the pen to match … voila! A great little gift for someone to keep all their Christmas notes and lists in!


Well that’s all from me.  Next stop on the INKlings’ Team Blog Hop is the spectacular Dani Fender! Have fun and don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog to win some great Blog Candy. Happy Christmas in July!  K 🙂

 Just in case you get lost on your way, here’s a list of everyone on the Hop!

Christie       http://www.christiescreativecorner.blogspot.com

Dani H       http://daniholland.wordpress.com/

Carol          http://inkantations-and-inkarnations.blogspot.com/

Michelle D http://www.stampinkpaper.blogspot.com

Jayne          http://www.jaynemercer.com/blogs

Kylie          http://kraftykylie.typepad.com/blossom_designs/

Kari           http:// www.karigail.wordpress.com

Dani F –     http://danifender.blogspot.com

Beth –         http://www.elisabethstewart.com/bethinking/

Nicky A     http://www.nickyadamson.blogspot.com

Clare          http://www.crafty-cow.com

Amy           http://amyandersonsblog.blogspot.com

Fiona B.     http://www.fionajanestamping.blogspot.com

Michelle Frost-Stevenson http://www.stampinground.wordpress.com

Fiona P      http://fionapoirier.blogspot.com/

Divya         http://www.creadivya.blogspot.com/

Rachel J     http://havefunstamping.blogspot.com/

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