Friday, 10 August 2018

All Things Masculine - August Stamp n Hop Blog Hop

Hi Crafters!

Here we go on another Stamp n Hop blog hop! If you have dropped in from Kaylee's blog, then welcome and hopefully I can inspire you like she did. If you have come directly here, then please do click the Next button after reading my blog to see more wonderful projects by my fellow Demonstrators. We come from all over the world and have different styles to suit everyone.

I have wanted to do this project for some time, but things always got in the way to stop me. So when I saw there was going to be a Masculine blog hop, I figured lets go for it. 

I initially had made a Fathers Day gift for my dad using mini Ritter Sport chocolate in a shadow box with a clear acetate sleeve. My dad is a beginner crafter so I like to tease him with new ideas and projects, knowing he'll eventually pull it apart to see how I made it!

This time I have altered the measurements of the shadow box to make a gift box for a pen (or two). 

First cut a piece of card to 10 3/4" x 5 1/2"

Score at half inch increments to the 2" score line on all four sides.
Then on the long side score at 2 1/2" just down to the 2" horizontal line. Repeat (you will have to flip to rear side of card to do 2 of the lines).
Please follow the video below to see cutting and folding instructions

To make the sleeve that goes with the box, use DSP cut at 6 3/4" x 4 1/2"

So, below you will find a list of all the other demonstrators in this hop. Please do stop by to see lots lot ideas for projects for the men and boys in our lives

Karen Pearmain (you are here!)
Eva Pottsova
Mo Rootes
Anastasia Radloff
Tracy Lewis
Sue McDonald
Terry Montgomery
Susan Simpson
Cheryl Taylor
Joyce Whitman
Linda Handford
Andre Gordon

Ink & Share Scrapbook blog hop - August 2018

Hi Crafters!

Welcome to the first Ink & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop. We are a group of Independent Stampin Up Demonstrators from around the world who have a passion for pretty photo albums! You'll see all sorts here - 12x12, pocket system, and so on.... so sit back and enjoy a feast of inspiration that will have you grabbing your photos to create your own family treasures. The only remit is we are using current items available in the Stampin up catalogues. You'll possibly have already seen Rebecca-Jo's page, now its my turn, then please do click "Next" to see Shirley's.

So, a little about me. I'm a mother of three grown children, two of whom have provided me with four grandchildren to love and spoil! This time I'm concentrating on the only girl (so far!). I chose these photos as I'd recently received the Twinkle Twinkle DSP and wanted to use it straight away! The choice of colour was easy - Clemence at three years old thinks the whole world should be pink! And why not! We'd had a fun day at the park and Clemmie was particularly enjoying the rather long slide. She wanted me to join in but theres no way I'd have fitted so declined to which she pulled the cutest "angry" face, stomped back down to me and told me off! We were soon laughing again but not before I'd grabbed one of my favourite photos of her. My daughter was none too pleased to think she had been cheeky, but it was momentary so I asked her to let it pass.

So, onto the project. First I rough sketched what I wanted to do, then I used Melon Mambo 12x12 card stock and using my extra long ruler (18"), cut a sheet of DSP in half diagonally. 

I trimmed it down to create a border round the edges. I wasn't happy with my diagonal cut, so covered it with some Granny Apple Green Textured Weave Ribbon. 

Next was to work out where the letters would go. Eventually I added an exclamation mark too. 

Cutting photos is the hardest thing for me, I always worry I'll change my mind! Then it was the choice of Melon Mambo or Basic Black for the borders. Of course it had to be pink!

The larger photo needed "something", I opted for the beautiful Detailed Laser Cut DSP ... or at least a small corner of it. I also chose sentiments from the Little Twinkle stamp set and Eastern Beauty.

Only using current supplies was a good choice, it made me cut into my DSP not hoard it like I normally do!

OK, please now click Next so see the rest of the hop

Thanks for stopping by
Love peace & Happiness
Karen x

Monday, 23 July 2018

Sympathy cards are always the hardest ...

Good morning Craftland

At the weekend I heard one of my cousins had passed away. We hadn't seen her in a very long time but it's still a sad moment when you lose a member of the family. We had been at school together but as with modern life, we lost contact as we got older and had families of our own. We lived quite a distance from each other which made it harder to stay in touch. Anyway, my thoughts immediately turned to my aunt who at 84 is just a few months older than my dad. She is my mums older sister and as we lost mum almost 6 years ago, I hope this news wouldn't affect my aunt's health.

So, I made a card. I hadn't had the opportunity to use my new Bokeh Dots stamp yet and as I'd seen quite a few examples on Pinterest I thought I would give it a go as I already knew I wanted to use my current favourite stamp Dandelion Wishes.

A lot of demonstrators had said that for the best image, you should use a sponge dauber as the design is so intricate, just using an ink pad would be too much ink. Well, that didn't work! The image was way too faint, you couldn't see any definition. So I figured I'd just jump in and try it with my ink pad. Maybe because it's such a delicate colour anyway, it worked. I was pleased with the outcome. I'm thinking maybe a darker colour, you would need to sponge the stamp. I'll try it sometime ...

I cut an A4 sheet of card in half lengthwise at 4 1/8", then scored in half at 5 7/8"
Using my Stamperatus, I stamped directly into the card front.
I stamped the dandelion over the bokeh image.
I cut a piece of card and stamped before adhering it to the inside.

Despite the slight angle (should have checked the grid lines on my Stameratus!), Im pleased with my first try using these lovely stamp sets. The verse inside comes from Ribbon of Courage

Bye for now
Karen xx

Friday, 13 July 2018

July Blog Hop - Favourite new DSP

Hi crafters!

I'm Karen and I'm crafting in the South East of England, about 30 miles from good old London town. Welcome to the Stamp n Hop blog hop for July which is featuring our favourite Designer Series Papers from the new catalogue.
When I started this blog entry, I hadnt ordered any of the new papers yet. I had taken part in a Paper Share (where you share the cost of buying every set of papers in the catalogue and get a sample of all the papers) but it looked like my parcel had been lost by the post office! So while I waited to see if they either find it, or we could claim compensation, I used my In Colour DSP which I had bought on pre-order and it fitted my project perfectly. Since then it really has become my go to DSP

Last September, my daughters oldest went to school. I was there at his birth and cannot believe he is old enough already, but I'm assured he is! My daughter had only just given birth to my youngest grandson two days previously. Luckily its not a long walk to the school. 

I chose Call Me Clover as its almost an exact match for the school uniform and added touches of Pineapple Punch and Lovely Lipstick to match some of the colours in each photo. Then I had to add Blueberry Bushel as blue is my grandsons favourite colour. His name was stamped and die cut using the new Lined Alphabet stamps and matching dies. I chose primary colours for his name (Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch, Lovely Lipstick). I just love that Stampin Up's stamps aren't just for cards. I've used about 6 different stamp sets in this layout (some retired).

Previous to that, I had made up a bunch of Post-it note booklets to hand out at a crafting class. Again I used the In Colour DSP 

Here's how I made them, along with a pretty floral card

A friend of mine has twin 12 yr olds and I gifted them a crafting party on their birthdays for themselves and 6 of their friends. Its the first time I have had a class for younger people and I had a blast! They were all so eager. Since then their mother has approached me to say they want to spend all their birthday money on crafting supplies and can they come round for advice of what they need. I;m doing that the day this goes live, and have prepared them a Make n Take. We're going to make these cute bookmarks I found on YouTube by the fabulous Dawn Griffiths. They're both avid readers so I'm sure they'll love them

I've also made some gift tags to show them a different way to use them (ie on a card) 

My parcel eventually turned up, but I'm finding I'm still turning to the new style 6x6 DSP, so I guess you can say it really is my new favourite! I hope you've enjoyed your visit to my blog, please now click the next button to hop on to see see Vicky's favourite papers

Karen Pearmain  YOU ARE HERE!

Thursday, 12 July 2018

For Bumble Bee fans everywhere!

Today I have a cute bumble bee themed card and gift box to share. My friend Michelle adores them, so for her birthday I bought her one of those metal bugs that you hang on your garden fence or wall.

My first job was to gather my materials. Luckily I had some card stock that matched the yellow in the metal bee. The box is reinforced so nice and sturdy. I stamped a couple of bees from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set on all four sides before making the box up.

I gold embossed the bee onto the lid of the box and then tied a ribbon which just slides off to open.

The card is based on a design by a fellow Stampin Up demonstrator in the USA. I love all the dimensions and it was a great way to use up some scraps of paper I just couldn't throw away!

I used the hexagonal embossing folder to represent the beehive, layered some circles onto a doily. A few stamped floral images and a punched flower added some colour. Finally I added a "wobble" mechanism so the bee has some movement. 

No tutorial on how I did everything, just a quick message to some friends showing the completed project.

See you in Craftland!
Karen xx

Saturday, 23 June 2018


Hi all and welcome to another blog hop. This time it's the Ink & Share hop and this month we're featuring summer.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Two for the price of one!

Hi crafters!

I'm a part time carer and so crafting time is occasionally a commodity I don't have. Never mind, I'm back with some more projects I've been making over the past few weeks.

First up a card and post-it note holder.

I used some of the new Stampin Up! colours just out this month in the new catalogue.

The stamp set I used is Falling Flowers (with the matching framelits). I absolutely love this set and am so pleased it has carried over to the new catalogue!

I also used Happy Birthday Gorgeous for the sentiments. These two stamp sets really compliment each other.

Materials used:
A4 Pineapple Punch card cut down the middle lengthways (4 1/8")
2 x Whisper White panels 4" x 5 3/4"
Whisper White for stamping images

Materials used:
Pineapple Punch cardstock measuring
10 1/8" x 3 1/8" scored on long side at 3 1/8", 3 1/2", 6 5/8" and 7"
3 squares of Whisper White card 3" x 3"
3 pieces of matching Designer Series Paper 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"
Circle in Whisper White using Starburst Punch
Circle in DSP using 2" Circle Punch
Scrap of Pineapple Punch card stock for stamping

My YouTube video shows how I put everything together

Thank you for stopping by. If you'd like any of the supplies I used, please click on the Shop Now link

See you soon in Craftland,
Karen x