Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Big Birthdays #WOYWW459

Hello world and welcome to my blog on this glorious sunny morning!

Today I'm joining in with the What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday gang. Click here to find out more and also here to check out what everyone else has been doing this week

Such a difference to the last few weeks with snow dominating everyone's lives here in the UK. Let's hope Spring is finally here.

This week is all about celebrating two special birthdays with my work colleagues. Both turn 60 within a week or so of each other so I dragged out the Bigshot and my large number dies and stamps to create these cards. Based on a card sent to my dear friend Anne over on Copper Beech Crafts for her Stampin Up 6th anniversary.

This card was made using Berry Burst ink and a piece of gorgeous foiled card (free with Sale-a-bration, Stampin Ups annual sale). The card base with the silver swirl is from a stash of cards I've had forever!

This card was made using Soft Sky ink and more of the foiled card. The mini sequins on both are also SU supplies.

It's been a fun few days making these, but now I need to return to the real world and chores (groan!)

Have a fab week and please do return soon

Crafty Happiness
Karen x

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Spring is here ...... oh no it's not!

Hello crafters,

Welcome to CLMK land again. This time I'm using an older stamp set - Tranquil Tulips.

First of all I made an ATC (Artist Trading Card) for a monthly swap I take part in. This year it's simply the months of the year. As it's now March, and supposedly the start of spring, I took inspiration from my dad's little garden. His black tulips from last year are starting to grow, despite all the snow we've had. They were truly beautiful last year - tall, dark and majestic. I loved them. So my ATC had to feature tulips.

Then of course I had to decorate the envelope. The ATC looked a bit lost in the envelope so finally I put together a quick card, left blank for the recipient to use. I do love how the colours all match - from the ink, to the paper, to the cardstock!

Let's hope Spring truly is here and that the snow for this winter is finished.

Happy crafting 
Karen x

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Stamp 'n' Hop Blog Hop - Round 2 SAB

Hi! - a big fat hello and welcome to my blog.

This week I am taking part in a Stampin Up! Demonstrator Blog Hop, where demos from all around the world get together online to create some wonderful things - this time using supplies from the 2nd release of Sale-a-bration goodies.

For anyone visiting today who doesnt know, Sale-a-bration is a yearly event where during January to March you can claim free craft goodies with a minimum spend of £45 (in the UK). This year, I believe for the first time, Stampin Up! have offered a higher tier of goodies for a spend of £90. If you're reading this, would like to order, or just know more, I would be very happy to be your demonstrator. Please contact me using the link down the side.

Now, let's get on with this months Hop! If you've hopped in from Tracy, I'm sure you're already feeling inspired! She makes some lovely projects. After you've stopped by here, please do go on to Christina, who will no doubt inspire you even more! And do look out for Andre's project further round the hop. I've had a sneak preview and I know you'll love what he's been dong this month.

As seen in the title, I am featuring something from the 2nd release - the Basket Weave embossing folder.

This comes as a bundle with the stamp set and is in the higher tier. The embossing folder is really thick (you only need one plate on your Big Shot), and makes a beautifully deep impression on your card stock.

With Easter almost upon us, I wanted to create some pretty mini egg filled little baskets for the grown ups in the family. The grandchildren will have their usual Egg hunt.

I've been wanting to make some of these baskets after seeing them on Pinterest.

The larger basket is made using a piece of card 6" x 6"
Score @ 2" and 4", turn and repeat creating a grid of 9 squares. Then score down in outer two areas just to first score line @ 5/8", 1 3/8", 4 5/8" and 5 3/8". Turn 180° and repeat.

The smaller basket is made using a piece of card 5" x 5"
Score @ 1 1/2" and 3 1/2", turn and repeat. Then, in outer 2 areas score down to first score line as follows 1/2", 1", 4" and 4 1/2". Turn 180° and repeat.

Please see my YouTube video for more details how to finish the baskets.

If any of my Slimming buddies see this, forget what you hear! I was chatting away forgetting some of them watch my videos!!

Anyway, time to move on to the next blog. You can either click the link or the next person's name after mine.  Hope you're enjoying this quick jaunt around the world
Please do come back soon, but for now

Love, Peace & Happiness always
Karen x

Karen Pearmain - you are here!

Monday, 5 March 2018

Daisy Daisy

I haven't done any papercrafting for a while. I've been too busy knitting. During last week with all the cold weather and snow all I wanted to do was huddle on the sofa with my feet up. So I did - at least on my days off.

But today found me back at my desk preparing some kits for a scrapbooking class I've arranged in a couple of days. The kit I've prepared will make something like this ...

The photo is of my niece and I a few years back.
The embellishments are daisies, using the Daisy Punch. The Sweet & Sassy dies and the Stitched Shape Framelits. I also used the layering ovals, the leaf punch and the Sunshine Wishes dies.

I stamped round the edges of the 12x12 white card and also a floral border round the lilac card. Faceted gems finished off the daisies after I'd sponged some colour onto them.

This took a while to complete as I kept changing my mind about colour, but will be a quick make for my ladies on Tuesday.

I'll be posting again in a day or two as I've done some more scrapbooking since I finished this page 😉

Love, Peace & Happiness
Karen x

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Ink & Share Blog Hop #1

Hello fellow crafters,

I am very excited to be taking part in the first Ink & Share Blog Hop, an international skip around the world to see what demonstrators from all over are up to this month. If you've come directly to me, please do go look at the other blogs. If you've hopped in from Shirley, I'm sure you've been inspired by her beautiful creation and hope mine inspires you too.

This month we are featuring the goodies from the Stampin Up! Sale-a-bration leaflet. These items are all available free if you spend £45 or more from the Occasions and/or Annual Stampin Up! catalogues.  I've chosen to showcase something a little different to my usual cards or boxes.

I'm just starting to get back into my scrapbooking after a long break. I was sharing my craft space with the spare bedroom for a long time and it was difficult to find room to lay out all my photos. As 2 out of 3 of our kids have now left home, my dear husband converted the smallest bedroom into a craft room for me so I can at last indulge in an old favourite hobby again.

Starting with a 12x12 Whisper White, I dug out some retired dsp and Washi tape. I then die cut YOU and AMAZING from the Thinlets, mixing them with the matching stamp set. I finally used some of the vellum sprigs from the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit

I used the Sweet Soiree Memories & More cards and also the Celebrate You Thinlets to create a wonderful memory for us of our cute little girl. She is now a mummy of three, the youngest being the same age as her in these photos ❤

Now, please do move on by clicking on the Next button, for more wonderful inspiration to tempt you to your craft table

Love, Peace & Happiness always
Karen xx

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Feb 2018 Stamp n Hop Blog Hop - Anything from Occasions


Welcome to the first ever Stamp n Hop blog hop.  My name is Karen and I'm from the south east of the UK. It's pretty cold here this week, with snow, so a good excuse to stay home in the warm and play with some of my favourite things from Stampin Up!'s Occasions catalogue. This is the seasonal catalogue and is available until 31 May 2018.

I joined Stampin Up! just over a year ago and what a year it has been. I was never a stamper before, so used to buy sheets and sheets of peel off stickers to add sentiments to my cards. Now those sheets lay unused and unloved as I stamp EVERYTHING!! 

This is my first blog hop and I am very excited to see what everyone else is making this month. 

As for me, this has certainly been a year of "firsts" - I was very lucky to attend my first Onstage Local in Solihull, England last November so got to see all the new things in the current Occasions catalogue ... and wanted it all!

The first thing I bought in the Occasions catalogue and so the project I would like to present first is my rollercoaster card for my grandsons birthday

I used Tempting Turquoise as my base card, (basically a full sheet cut in half). Then layers of Real Red and Whisper White. It was a little fiddly folding out the 3D part but after watching the demonstration by Stampin Up!, I soon got to grips with it. I then added Wood Textures DSP to the front of the coaster.
Outside I had fun with the balloons. I used mainly the Brights selection of colours. Dont tell anyone, but the little gem at the end of the ribbon hides a little smudge of ink 😉

At Onstage I was lucky to choose 2nd from the hopper  on our table at the end of the day and brought home the Cake Soiree set. I usually buy the clear mount stamps and these are wood mount  but at least I get to see the difference now - I prefer clear mount!


I mention the Sweet Soiree set for a reason. I simply fell in love with the whole suite, especially the matching DSP, and bought 2 packs as I knew I'll be using it a lot.

 This is the first thing I've made with the beautiful paper. Each 12x12 sheet has silver foiling on one side and is super thick

The gift bag was an easy make. You need a 12" x 9" piece of DSP

On the long side score @ 1 3/4", 5 1/2", 7 1/4" and 11"

On the short side score @ 1 3/4" and 8 1/4" 
(if there is a definite pattern to the paper, like mine, make sure the 1 3/4" score line is for the base, otherwise your bag will be upside-down!)

Cut away the small rectangular corner piece (it will be obvious where it is).  Fold and gently burnish all the score lines.

Cut up to the first score line for the base. Add adhesive of your choice to the side flap and attach the sides of your bag.  Tear n Tape or Fast Fuse is best. Fold over the top score line. Fold up the base flaps and adhere creating your bag base. Gently pinch the sides of your bag ensuring the edges are even. 

I used my Crop-o-dile for the next part as the paper is so thick. You want to punch holes at the top of the bag to thread your ribbon through. I used my Powder Pink ribbon as its one of the colours in the paper and Powder Pink and Whisper White card for the tag.

The sentiment comes from the Cake Soiree stamp set and I used Berry Burst ink (another of the colours in the dsp).

I hope you like my little showcase, now please do go see what my fellow bloggers have been up to. I'm sure they'll inspire you!

Love, Peace & Happiness

Karen x

Melissa Kerman

Christina Walker

Karen Pearmain (you are here)

Lisa Kmiec

Joyce Whitman

Bobbi Miller

Ilka Teschke

Danielle Kassing

Terry Montgomery

Tracey Gourad

Kat Spencer

Mo Rootes

Laurie Meier

Georgia Gaydos

Courtenay Heuston

Jessie Holton

Susan Simpson

Shannon Cole

Linda Richenberg

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Tea Light Box (with unusual closure) #WOYWW453

Hello again fellow WOYWWers!

For anyone visiting my blog who has no idea what WOYWW is, do go take a look at Julia's blog to find out more.

I'm all about boxes this week! I've just finished filming and blogging a double fold box and now working on a tea light box with a difference. I'll get straight into the instructions and measurements

A piece of card measuring  10 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Score on long side @ 5/8", 2 1/8", 8 1/8", 9 5/8"
Score on short side @ 5/8", 1 1/4", 2 3/4", 3 3/8", 4 7/8"

There are more score lines to add but its easier to watch the video at the end.

I make the Berry Burst one in the video. The box holds 4 basic tea lights, the kind you buy in supermarkets. The Ikea tea lights are too tall.

The daisies come from the stamp set called Daisy Delight and punched out then layered.

I really like these boxes and will make up a bunch of them as gifts.

Happy Crafting
Love Peace & Happiness always,
Karen xx

Items used in this project