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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


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 🙂

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 karigail@internode.on.net and I will email you the pdfs.

Take care and I hope to be back SOON!! 😉 K

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/

It’s beginning to look a lot like….

Christmas! Already?! Yep! I’ve been making Christmas cards with some of my SAS groups since July! LOL! And so, of course, when I went to design a swap for the Adelaide Stampin’ Up! Regionals day on Saturday, I couldn’t think of anything else other than a Christmas Card to design 😉

regionals swap card

I adapted a technique I found on www.splitcoaststampers.com called Vitalised Vellum. It’s where you apply ink to the vellum and then use a clean bold stamp to ‘remove’ the ink from the vellum (cleaning between each impression) so you end up with almost a reversed image IYKWIM? I used my brayer to apply the ink to the vellum before stamping it off. Then I let the vellum dry overnight, stamped the same image on the same side of the vellum in Gold Encore Ink and let dry overnight again!

vellum close up

It was a nice way to create my own kind of patterned paper and seemed to be appreciated by all those I swapped with 🙂 Thankyou if you are reading this and I swapped with you! I have LOTS of lovely swaps in return and I’m sure some of you will see them when you come to my classes or workshops.

And, of course, with Christmas approaching, Stampin’ Up! has a fabulous new special for you that will run from 1st November to 15th December!


If you spend $85  or more (RRP) on products from this gift giving guide you will receive a free Scallop Square Punch! (valued at $30.95 RRP!) You can even earn more than one Scallop Square punch if you spend more than one lot of $85 – perfect gift for your stamping buddy so you don’t have to worry about lending yours out!! LOL! Over the next week or so I’ll be back with some ideas for how to use some of the products in the guide to give you some ideas for Christmas presents, because you don’t necessarily have to buy these products to give away…. you can buy them to make your gifts and cards!

Please contact me if you’d like to place an order or find out more! Cheers, K 🙂

Christmas Cooking!

hi all! I am sorry that I have been neglecting you and it’s not that I have not been doing Christmas stuff – it’s just that what I have been doing is not paper/stamp related! LOL! Here is a pic of what I have been busy doing this week amongst writing on the Chrissie cards and all the other family and work-related stuff!


Do you think I have enough christmas goodies to share around? LOL! There is gingerbread, cranberry and pistachio biscotti, white christmas, white choc and cranberry shortbread, stained glass bread, panforte  – oh and the truffles in the fridge! *insert ‘full as a goog’ smiley here* I love cooking adn especially at Christmas when I can share it with friends and family – and not have to eat it all myself 😉

Anway, hope your chrissie preparations are going well and I promise to post some stamp related projects soon! 🙂 Kari

2 baubles and a dare completed!

Drum roll! Presenting my 2 baubles –


Thankyou Carol, for inspiring (=daring) me to make another bauble or two! I had already made the top one with the scalloped circles – just fold 6-8 circles in half and stick the adjoining sides together – and then Carol made this one. Well, I just HAD to give it a go and so that is the lower one and here is a close up…


It is made from 9 circles (I decided to use the scallop circles) and they are stapled in the middle then you alternate the ends of the ‘petals’ that you stick together as you work your way around the bauble. Very pretty and effective, and not all that time-consuming either!

That’s all for tonight – I have to get some sleep and prepare for Carol’s next dare oops ‘challenge’!! LOL! 🙂 K