Friday, 12 October 2018

Stamp n Hop October - Christmas

Hello Crafters!

Welcome to another blog hop with the fab Stamp n Hop team  of bloggers. We are a group of Stampin Up demonstrators who get together each month to showcase what we do. I am always inspired by everyones makes, especially Vicky who you've just hopped from. If you have started with me, please do go on to see what everyone else has made this month. You can do this by clicking the Next button below.

This month we are getting a head start on our Autumn and Christmas makes. I've been making cards and 3D projects for a few weeks using the Santa's Workshop suite, but this time I am going to use the Winter Woods stamp set to make an AUTUMN card. I am always sad this time of year as the nights start to draw in and its dark when I get up, but thankfully nature steps in to add colour when the trees start to turn. 

For my card I pulled out lots of ink pads and after some experimenting ended up with this

I used sponge daubers to build up the colour in the trees, then sponged Soft Suede onto the tree trunks. It was a lot easier using my Stamperatus as it meant I could just keep stamping the same image until I was happy with the colours. 

I finished the card off with some Burlap Ribbon.

Colours used: 
Inks: Tranquil Tide; Mossy Meadow; Lemon Lime Twist; Pear Pizzazz; Pumpkin Pie; Crushed Curry; Real Red
Card: Crumb Cake; Pumpkin Pie; Whisper White 

Stamp sets: Winter Woods and Painted Glass

And just for those who were expecting a CHRISTMAS theme ...

Mr UPS finally delivered my parcel after rescheduling so I was able to use my new Snow Is Glistening stamp set which will be available soon .

I love all things snowflake so to find a Christmas tree made entirely of snowflakes was exciting! More playing in future blogs 😉

Now you've seen what I've been up to, I hope you'll take the time to go visit my fellow crafters starting with Sandra ....

Until next time, 
Happy Crafting
Karen x

Vicky Wright
Karen Pearmain  YOU ARE HERE!
Sandra Roberts
Laura Mackie
Eva Pottsova
Anastasia Radloff
Sue McDonald
Linda Handford
Pia Gerhardt
Mo Rootes
Jo Blackman
Cheryl Taylor
Jenna Watkins
Tracy Marie Lewis
Mikaela Thitheridge
Susan Simpson
Andre Gordon

Ink & Share Scrapbook Hop - Fall

Hi Crafters,

Welcome to the Ink & Share Scrapbook blog hop! We are a group of crafters from acreoss the world who are passionate about keeping memories and we do this in the form of scrapbooking. This month we are focusing on Autumn (or Fall as it's known in the USA!). I dont normally feature autumn in my crafting but this month not only have I made an autumn card, but also now a 12x12 scrapbook page 😊

So whether you have just hopped in from Rebecca-Jo or come directly to me, I hope you enjoy this tour and get inspired to create your own autumnal memories. Once you're done here, just click the next button below to move onto Cheryl's blog.

I wanted to capture the myriad of colours at this time of year so opted for a base sheet of Natures Poem designer series paper. The beautiful skeleton leaves create the perfect background. 

If you turn the paper over, you have a vivid orange type design, I cut rectangles and sqyares from a second sheet. Two measuring 6" x 4 1/4" and three measuring 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"

I then cut Crushed Curry card to layer onto the shapes. Two @ 5 3/4" x 4" and three @ 3" x 3"

Next I stamped the letters to make "AUTUMN" using Pumpkin Pie ink on Crushed Curry card, then die cut them.

I used Sunshine Wishes dies and Celebrate You Thinlits dies to cut the words "Love" and "You" in Copper glimmer paper from the Autumn/Winter catalogue. I also die cut the heart from Sunshine Wishes.

Finally I sponged Flirty Flamingo ink onto a piece of vellum, followed by Gorgeous Grape and Bermuda Bay before die cutting Dragonfly wings from Deailed Dragonfly Thinlits dies. I then cut the black Dragonfly from the same set and glued the coloured wings behind. I have only glued his tail to the page for now so I can slide a photo underneath.

Now you've seen how I've interpreted the theme, do please take the time to visit the other Stampin Up! demonstrators in the hop and be inspired!

Karen Pearmain YOU ARE HERE!

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

A card for Dad

Hi Crafters,

Today I've been making some male cards and wanted to feature this one as I really enjoyed making it!

I CASED a card made by a fellow stamper called Fiona. To CASE means to Copy And Selectively Edit. I changed the shape of mine to be a square and altered some of the background.

You'll need the following to make this card
Card: 11" x 5 1/2", scored at 5 1/2" (14cm x 28cm, scored at 14cm)
Layer 1: card 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" (13.5cm x 13.5cm)
Layer 2: DSP 3 1/4" x 5", cut at an angle, (8.5cm x 13cm)

Scalloped oval (141706)
Stitched oval (145372)

High Tide stamp set (143006)
Treat Time stamp set (146626)
Make a Difference stamp set (146676)
Flourishing Thinlits (141478)
Tailored Tag punch 145667)

Scraps of  Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake card (106550 & 121685)

Sahara Sand ink pad (147117)
Crumb Cake ink pad (147116)

Jute Twine (retired)
Pinewood Planks embossing folder (143708)

All of the above are from Stampin Up, you can click on the Order Online button on the right if you'd like to purchase any of the items.

My YouTube video will explain how it all goes together
(Video coming soon)

Have a fabby crafty day
Karen x

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Children's Christmas Shaker Boxes

Hi Crafters

This week I'm continuing my love affair with the Santa's Workshop designer papers! I really need to make other things, but one last little project ....

I was inspired by Sally Stampers on YouTube. She made a lovely shaker box and as soon as I saw it, I knew it would lend itself to the gorgeous Santa dsp! I've used all her measurements just changing it a little by not stamping at all - just paper, glue and beads.

These are destined for my older three grandchildren, the youngest is only just turned 1, so still putting everything he sees into his mouth!

I've included a YouTube tutorial below, but the measurements are as follows:

Box Base
Card: 7″ x 7″ score all sides at 2″ (18cm x 18cm, score at 5cm)   
DSP:  2 15/16 x 2 15/16″ (7.9cm x 7.9cm)
           4 pieces  1 15/15″ x 2 15/16″ (7.0cm x 4.9cm)
Box Lid
Card: 6″ x 6″ score all sides at 1.5″ (16cm x 16cm, score at 4cm)
             1 square piece 2 15/16 x 2 15/16″ (7.9cm x 7.9cm) for inside the lid

Acetate: 1 square piece 2 15/16 x 2 15/16″ (7.9cm x 7.9cm)

DSP: 1 square piece 2 15/16 x 2 15/16″ (7.9cm x 7.9cm)
          4 pieces 2.75″ x 1.25″ (7.5cm x 3.5cm)

Seed beads/sequins


Thanks for stopping by,
Karen x

Monday, 24 September 2018

Concertina Cards for men

Hi Crafters,

Over the next few weeks I'll be making cards for men and boys. The last few months of the year tend to be dominated with birthdays leading up to Christmas. September is my husbands, October my dads, November my brother-in-law and nephew, December my son-in-law and 2 grandsons ... and that's just the boys! So I'm always on the look out for something different, especially for my dad who makes all his own cards. I love to give him something special so he can turn it over and over working out how I did it!!

I've always found male cards to be a bit hard to design. They don't want all the pretty frills and glitter you can throw at female cards. I'm hoping these cards fit the bill. I was inspired by some made by a fellow Stampin Up demo here in the UK - Donna who creates under the name Kevonacrafts. Donna is in the same little team as me. She went to some team training with Julie Kettlewell, another UK demo, whose extended group we are also part of. Donna showed us a concertina card she made there and I decided that would be my project this week.

The first one was made using the gorgeous Broadway Birthday designer series paper. I made the box using the same dsp. 

Broadway Birthday is quite thick designer paper, more thin card really, so decided to try a thinner paper for my next card. I went to the Best Route designer paper pack and it worked a treat! In the video below, I show how I made the card. Its a Part 1 video with the making of a box for the card in Part 2, which I'll add later.

You will need:
12" x 12" DSP of your choice. Cut into 4" panels
10 coloured card panels each measure 3 1/2" x 2"
10 White panels each measure 3 1/4" x 1 3/4"

Either large letter dies or stamps

Length of ribbon approx 12"

YouTube video for CARD:

BOX 1 (yellow)

Card measuring 7 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Score long side: 2 2/3"; 3 1/2"; 6 1/4"; 7
Score short side: 7/8"; 5"; 5 7/8"
Scrap white and coloured card stock
Ribbon/twine of your choice

BOX 2 (candles/red)
Card measuring: 7 1/4" x 4 3/4"
Using a shim, score long side: 2 3/4"; 3 1/2"; 6 1/4"; 7
Using a shim, score short side: 3/4"
DSP measuring: 7 1/2" x 3"
score as box base without using a shim

YouTube video for BOX: 

Friday, 14 September 2018

Ink & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop ~ Sketch

Hello Crafters and welcome to my blog. This time I am taking part in a Scrapbook Hop, so if you're into memory keeping, you've come to the right place! Later on you'll see a list of names, we're all Independent Stampin Up! demonstrators from across the globe who are sharing what we love in this blog hop. You'll no doubt see many different styles (at the time of writing this, I haven't seen all the other pages yet). My favourite style is the traditional 12 x 12 layout although I have dabbled in pocket pages too.

So this months theme was a sketch.

My usual process is to choose my backing paper/card and then the photos to go with it. Yes I know its easier the other way round, but I've always been a bit "cack-handed" (a bit back to front). No doubt stems from being born left handed, but made to use my right hand as at the time my parents thought they were doing right by me. I do most things right handed now but my thought processes are usually a bit skewed!

Anyway, as soon as I saw the photos in my stash, I knew they were the ones for this challenge!  Once I had the photos, then the title popped into my head and then it took no time at all to decide on colour and the rest of the layout. I initially had stamped the circles using the Swirly Frames stamp set, using Real Red and Daffodil Delight inks, but between you and me, the circles ended up looking a little rude, so I added the flower from Sunshine Sayings in Memento black ink and it looked a lot better and fitted the colours in the photos. I backed all the photos in black card, then punched the letters for the title. I laid everything out on the 12x12 paper which comes from the designer series papers Tranquil Textures, then printed my journalling onto Crumb Cake cardstock, aging the edges using Crumb Cake ink

The back story briefly is, we were visiting Richborough Castle (ruins) in Kent (UK) and found there was a reenactment group there who were going to be put ting on a show However a lot of their members hadn't been able to attend so they did something they rarely did and asked if members of the public fancied being Roman soldiers for the day? My husband was keen and found it fascinating as they had him drilling - marching and practising formations they used in battle. He told me afterwards they used similar tactics in the modern day police service (he was policeman at the time), so felt right at home!

The title SPQR stands for the motto SENATUS POPULUSQUE ROMANUS which translates to the Senate and People of Rome

The 3rd photo showing us as a family shows our children aged then 11, 9 and 4. Now the two oldest are in their mid 30's and our youngest will hit 30 on his next birthday! When did I become old enough to have children this age, haha.

So there you go, hopefully something a little different for you. Please now move on to the next person on our list and hope you enjoy!

Stay crafty
Karen xx

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Saturday, 25 August 2018

Ink & Share August Blog Hop ~ Holiday Catalogue

Hi Crafters! Welcome to another Ink & Share blog hop. This time we are sharing goodies from the new upcoming seasonal catalogue. 

I've decided to focus on my favourite suite of goodies - Santa's Workshop. As soon as I saw it I knew it had to be on my pre-order. So here goes ...

If you have just hopped in from Rebecca-Jo then I'm sure you're already brimming over with ideas of what to buy and make. If you've come straight here, then please so follow round the whole blog hop after seeing mine,  I've added a list of participants underneath the "Next" button.

The designer series paper is divine!
Most of the sheets are flocked one side meaning each 12x12 sheet is luxurious and you'll just want to sit and stroke it!

I started off making some cards. I used the stamps, dies as well as the papers. I used the mirror stamping technique. Check out my video below to see how I did that.

My YouTube video showing the mirror stamping technique

My next play involved the papers, stamps and also the Window Box Thinlits dies. I think the end result looks great, hope you do too. I added some glimmer paper and Wink Of Stella to add "bling!
 Window Box Thinilts 142762

And finally, a smart looking gift box using the paper that in my opinion is the most "touchy feely" - the beautiful candy cane striped paper. It made a lovely lid for the box. Again I've added a short video of how I made the box.


So, I hope I've whetted your appetite and tempted you to go buy the papers at the very least. I cant stop playing with it and its only August! I know I'll be ordering more of the 12x12 papers very soon.

Happy crafting and see you soon 
Karen x

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