Thursday, January 31, 2013


No card today, but I thought I'd share a few pictures of my kiddos playing b-ball. If you are wondering why Noah is not in any of them, it is because he is playing indoor soccer where there is a net in front of the stands, so I don't take any pics. He scored 4 goals in his last game! A proud mom and an excited boy:)

Lily - a "scrappy" player...does she take after her mom?

Lils getting ready to shoot a free throw 

Carter's first b-ball practice

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1st Place at the Forest Lake Tournament!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

One Layout, Three Cards

As I was coming up for cards for my stamp class/club, I made the above cards. They didn't make the "cut," but I like how just changing up the color scheme changes the "feel" of the cards. The top one is calming and the other two are fun:) The small butterfly punch was used to make the butterflies....I love that punch!

Personal Note/Update:
I know I've been slacking again on the blog! I've been having a hard time finding TIME to stamp, take pictures and post:( I even have things to post, but I just don't have the pictures taken:( On a personal note, I still do not have a voice! (For those of you who came to my Friday class) My family said it doesn't help when I have to talk to everyone at their sporting events and occasionally holler at the ref and Lily when she is playing:) I have subbed every day this week, so I feel bad for the students who have to listen to me! Onto the "finger" issues.....Carter smashed his finger with weights. It is looking better, but he will probably lose his fingernail. The tip of his finger is black and blue. It still hurts if he hits it on something. Lily jammed her finger at her game on Sunday. She is healing quickly and can almost bend it completely without it hurting! When she sits in class, she practices bending it further and further....she is doing her own physical therapy with it. That's it for our aches and pains!!! The good news is that the Gopher basketball team finally won!!!!! 

Thanks for stopping by my blog....

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Valentine's Day Class

You are invited to my Valentine's Day Class on Friday, January 25 at 7:00 pm. If you live in the Twin Cities area, contact me for more details. I would love to have you join us:) This  class is buffet-style in which you choose which projects and how many of each you would like to make. 

Fancy Favor Box with Felt Paper Clip Bookmark

Close-up of Felt Paperclip Bookmark

5x3 1/2 inch Card

Heart Smore

Red Starbursts in a Cello Bag

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sale-a-bration Begins!

Today is the first day of sale-a-bration!!! This card uses the Pretty Petites set and Petite Curly Label punch from the sale-a-bration catalog. The birthday hat and butterfly are from the stamp set A Fitting Occasion. The designer paper is from the Sunshine & Sprinkles pack in the Spring Catalog.

I'm linking up to the Paper Craft Crew #25 Challenge found here. Okay, so when I just looked at the challenge, I realized I did not draw my sketch well, so it is a little different from the sketch given! I think it would look better if I would have checked the sketch given again before creating this! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Check back tomorrow for Valentine's Day Projects.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Masculine Birthday Banners

Last week I made a card with butterflies using this layout. This week the challenge was to use the same layout, but make a masculine card. So, I decided to make a card for my dad! This card is embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing folder. The designer paper was from the winter catalog which is no longer available. The stamp set is Memorable Moments. I like that you can personalize with this set. The label framelits were used to die cut the image and espresso layer behind it.

I'm linking this card up to Seize the Birthday #2 and The Friday Mashup #93.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

This is my second post today, so scroll down to see a new card that I posted:)

There are many exciting things happening at Stampin' Up! Please read below to find out about:

1) Paper Pumpkin
2) Best of Stamps
3) Single Stamps

1) Paper Pumpkin

Sweep away the mundane-your creativity carriage awaits!
I'm Paper Pumpkin . . .
I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.
I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:
All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!
Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!

Get Started

It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it. Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!

Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, décor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you and your customer a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.  
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!) The commissionable amount is $14.95 for each Paper Pumpkin.  
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Starting in early March, we'll offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month.

Here's How You Order

Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin starting Monday, January 14 by and click Get it. (IF YOU ARE MY CUSTOMER, PLEASE SELECT ME *Kari Eklund* AS YOUR DEMONSTRATOR WHEN ORDERING.)
Starting in early March, you can try Paper Pumpkin for one month by visiting our online store.

A Free Gift in Your Very First Kit

The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership. The Welcome Kit includes a free gift-a clear acrylic block!

Not sure if you to commit? Just try it! Starting in early March, you can try Paper Pumpkin for one month by visiting our online store. 

2) Best of Stamps
In honor of SU's 25th Anniversary, SU is bringing back a favorite retired set each month. You can order the stamp set by contacting me or going to my online store HERE

3) Single Stamps Available

This is a lot of info to take in, so feel free to contact me for more info. Don't forget, Sale-a-bration begins on January 22! Now is a great time to host a workshop or have a book party:)

Pinwheel Trio

Yes, I know....the Honeycomb Embossing Folder AGAIN! This card was made using the new pinwheel embossilit which makes it  SO easy to make pinwheels. The sentiment is from Wishes Your Way stamp set in the Spring Catalog. I hope this card brightens your day!

I'm linking this card to Fab Friday 09.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Birthday Butterflies

Can you guess my new favorite embossing folders? Yep, the Honeycomb and Clouds embossing folders. I can't seem to stop using them! So, I used the BOTH on this card:) It may be hard to see, but the labels framelit is embossed with the cloud embossing folder. Another favorite of mine is the small butterfly punch. It is perfect for punching the small butterflies in Papillon Potpourri and layers with the big butterfly punch. The designer paper is from the Floral District pack.

I am home today with a sick kid, which means I have a day off:) So, I better quit playing with my stamps and get some cleaning and items on my "to-do" list done....not fun, but necessary.

I'm linking this card up to Seize the Birthday #1.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Patterns, Patterns

I made this card for a few different challenges. It is a birthday card for my daughter Lily who will be turning 11 in March. After looking at the challenges, I had a card in mind.....this didn't not turn out how I pictured it, but I think it works as long as you like patterns:) I wish I had tangerine with chevrons on it, but I had to use what I had.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm linking up to these challenges: Try Stampin' On Tuesday #100Stampin' Royalty #158The Friday Mashup #92.


Boy B-day Card

This card is a great card for a boy's birthday! It is simple, but I like the personalization of the number for how old they are turning. This card was made for my oldest son whose birthday is in May. I'm finally ahead on one thing! Our youngest son didn't even get a birthday card in November:(

The sketch for this card is from Freshly Made Sketches #68 which is found here and the color is from the challenge at ColorQ (cQc #171) found here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Honeycomb Meets Pinwheel

I'm loving the new Spring and SAB items! The card layout is from The Friday Mashup #91, found here.

The Sycamore Street Designer Paper and Sycamore Street Button are SAB items. The Honeycomb embossing folder, saying from Wishes Your Way stamp set and Pinwheel die are from the Spring Catalog. The pinwheel was easy to make using the die:) You may see more pinwheels in the near future!

Thanks for stopping by....

Monday, January 7, 2013

Atypical Color Scheme

Let me begin by saying that the Valentine Tickets are stamped in Rich Razzleberry. I always have a hard time capturing this color when taking a picture! This card is a Valentine's Day card, but it does not have any pink or red on it! Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry and Summer Starfruit were inspired by the designer paper. I don't think I would have put those colors together on my own:)

The sketch is from CCMC233. New items were used on this card. That's the Ticket stamp set from the Spring Catalog. Sycamore Street designer paper and a button from Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack from the SAB catalog. Only 14 more days until SAB!!! I also used the Chevron Embossing Folder on the white.

Thanks for stopping by.....

Oh, Whale!

This card uses the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches (FMS #67). The top of the card was embossed with the Cloudy Day Embossing Folder. I stamped the whale from the stamp set Oh, Whale! in Basic Gray and then used the Happy Whale Clearlits die to cut him out. The stars were die cut using the clearlit and then I added dazzling diamonds glitter to them. The designer paper is from the Sunshine & Sprinkles pack and the ribbon is striped organdy ribbon. All of the items used on this card can be found in the Spring SU! Catalog.

Thanks for stopping by.....

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Birthday Party Invite MDS Style

I created Carter's birthday invite using Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio (MDS). I printed four out on a page and then cut into fourths. This was created while riding in the car....a great feature of digital products! You can click on the invites above to enlarge them.