Monday, 30 April 2018


Hi crafters,

Today was such a miserable day outside, I decided to cheer myself up with some fun memories of a day out last year. We were visiting family in the Midlands here in the UK and they took us to the West Midlands Safari Park.  There's an area in the park for children both big and small full of dinosaurs.
I NEED to take my grandsons to this place, they'll love it!

I chose three photos to create this  12 x 12 scrapbook page. Then decided on colour. Dinosaurs were green, right? So Old Olive card stamped with dinosaur skeletons from the No Bones stamp set using Old Olive ink.
Next, the letters were stamped using Crumb Cake ink on Pumpkin Pie card, then cut using my Large Letter die set. I off set them to represent a shouted word.
I also punched four shapes using my Tailored Tag Punch.

Finally I matted the photos with Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape and Blueberry Bushel.

The final result, a fun page showing some hijinks from the day.

Happy crafting folk
Karen x

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Ink & Share April Blog Hop: Occasions

Hi, my name is Karen and I'm an Independent Stampin Up Demonstrator based in the UK. Whether you've hopped in from Cindy or found my blog purely by accident, I welcome you!

Hello Crafters and welcome to another Ink & Share Blog Hop! We are a group of IndependentDemonstrators from all around the world who have got together to create some fun little projects on the same theme. This month we are featuring some of our favourite things from the Occasions Catalogue. This is the seasonal one rather than the main catalogue. 

I can never decide on one particular favourite, I always love it all, but here goes ....

I chose the Magical Day stamps and matching die set, plus a piece of the Designer Series Paper.

My daughter had contacted me to see if I could make up some little things to sell for an event near her. I cant make it but thought if she wanted to put a table up, I'm more than happy to give her some goodies. I was given something similar at Onstage this month as a swap, so wanted to recreate it. 

I had such fun making it too! All I needed were some scraps of card and DSP, the stamp set and my Stampin Blends. I just love how the Soft Sky and Old Olive colours merge on the mermaids tail.

I used the Starburst Punch and the 2" Circle Punch first, then die cut using a Stitched Framelit circle. Mounted the mermaid on Dimensionals, added the key chain and mini bubble wand and hey presto - a cute little gift any little girl would love ... I'm sure my 3 yr old granddaughter will have this off mer mummy as soon as she sees it!

Directions for the mermaid bubble wand and also a daisy lollipop are on my YouTube channel 

Now please click on the Next button to go visit Tricia

Here's everyone who is taking part

Karen Pearmain  - you are here!

Saturday, 14 April 2018

April 2018 Stamp 'N Hop - Retiring Annual Catty Favourites

Hello again Crafters!

Welcome to the latest Stamp n Hop Blog Hop!! This month we are featuring our favourite items from the retiring catalogue. Its always sad to say goodbye to old friends, but its also exciting to be seeing new things too. I was lucky enough to attend Onstage Local in Telford (UK) so have already had a drool at all the lovely new crafty goodies Stampin Up! will be bringing to us as of 1st June.

So, what were my favourites over the last 12 months? So many stamp sets and other crafty items. I think the biggest thing I will miss will be the Fast Fuse.

That little roller helped me make many gift bags and boxes since I joined SU just over a year ago. There's nothing to replace it so I I guess I need to make friends with Tear n Tape now haha.

I sat for some time deciding what I would showcase from the many retiring items and eventually decided to make my husbands anniversary card as thats only a couple weeks away. that meant it had to be Bloomin' Hearts. I never got around to buying the stamp set, but I have used the Thinlit dies many times.
We're not celebrating a "big" anniversary this year, but any excuse to use the Number of Years stamp set and matching Large Number Framelits
The colour theme was easy. I almost shed tears over saying goodbye to Soft Sky. I teamed it with Bermuda Bay, they work so well together.

I wanted to make a larger card than usual, which meant using the Envelope Punch Board to make my envelope. I used an even older retired paper for that!
Other products used were Happy Wishes stamp set from Sale-a-bration and some Washi tape from the Myth & Magic Suite

Putting the card together, I decided to use the Softly Falling Embossing Folder and layered onto white card sponged round the edges with Soft Sky ink. I wrapped the Washi tape round, then used the edge pieces from my Dimensionals to raise the layer up.
I then added all the elements adding a bit more bling with some Rhinestones.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Galaxy Soap Onstage Swaps

Good morning bloggers! Today I'm off on a mini adventure. I'm attending Onstage Telford and I'm pretty excited. This will be my second Onstage so I know a bit more about how things run, but it's still a big mystery what's going to happen as they like to surprise us.

Everyone is encouraged to make swaps, it's a great way to meet other Demonstrators and for me I was quite star struck last November as I met and swapped with people I'd been following on YouTube! This year I've made 30 swaps and here's what they are ...
As soon as I saw these Galaxy Soaps on Pinterest a while back, I knew I wanted to make them for my next Onstage event! Then came the packaging. It has to be made using something current in the Stampin Up! catalogues. I eventually chose the Designer Series Paper for the In Colours 2017-19.

These cute little bags were easy to make. Making 30 as well as the inside packaging certainly made a dent in my DSP supplies!

My video below shows how I put them together ...

Thank you for stopping by today. Hope you have a glorious day!
Karen x

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Party like it's 1988!

Hi crafty peeps!

Today I'm sharing what I have been making for fellow team members to wear at Onstage at the weekend. Onstage, or Onstage Local, to give the proper name, is an event that happens twice a year - April and November. This year Stampin Up! is celebrating 30 years as a company and so  it's party season! We have been asked to join in the fun and wear 1980's style clothing. Well at my size and age, I'm not going to be wearing any lycra but I do have some bright pink leg warmers and some other items. I decided to help us stand out as a team and made these large badges for us to wear!

To create these I cut 2" strips from A4 sheets of card. I then scored every half inch along the length. Turned over then scored every 1/4" and 3/4" to create the concertina effect.
You will need a length and a half for each rosette.
 Join the ends to create a ring.
Heat up your glue gun and punch out a circle for your base. When glue is ready, gently press down on your concertina ring to create rosette, hot glue centre, gather tightly into the centre and hold in place until glue 'takes'. Be careful not to burn your hands!
 Place a larger circle on the front using the hot glue. I used the Starburst punch from Stampin Up!

I then stamped and die cut the numbers 1, 9, 8, 8 and also a small red heart. The numbers were coloured using the "baby wipe technique" - I'll do a demonstration soon on that.
Finally, I stuck the numbers down first (using ordinary glue), then placed the heart centrally and then added the letter "I" using a white gel pen. To finish it off, I hot glued brooch backs onto each rosette.

Let's party!!!

Little Freddo Treats

Hi and welcome to my little blog. If this is your first-time, I hope you take the time to look at my other projects. I normally try and add something new once a week, although just recently outside influences have stopped me. However, it's a bright blue sky out there, and it seems spring may just be finally here. Plus I have an unexpected day off!

Today's project involves chocolate! Isn't that the best kind? I'm going away for a couple of nights to a big crafting convention hosted by Stampin Up! Called Onstage Local, and am very much looking forward to mingling with 400+ other Demonstrators, many of whom will be swapping cards and 3D items. My little treat boxes are for the Saturday night when a group of about 20 of us will be having a meal together. 

To make these you will need a piece of card measuring 4 7/8" x 4 7/8".
You will also need two pieces of DSP (designer series paper). One measuring 5" x 3 7/8", the other 3 7/8" x 1 1/2".

You will need the following tools:
Envelope Punch Board (EPB), bone folder, scissors, glue.
Oh and a chocolate Freddo!

With your EPB punch and score at 1 1/2" and at 2 1/4". Then follow the score lines, punching & scoring on all 4 sides (see YouTube demonstration below).
The DSP will be for the box liner and the wrap. You don't need to add the label, I just had a few "jars" going spare 😉

The treat box in the video is for a friend of mine - Anna - The pic below shows the treat boxes ready for my fellow Demonstrators on Saturday.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Ink & Share Blog Hop - March 2018

Hello, and welcome to our 2nd Blog Hop! This time we are using the theme Spring/Easter. As usual Stampin Up! demonstrators from across the globe are getting together to bring you a feast of creativity. After all the snow here in the UK (and there's still some forecast for when this blog hop goes live), Spring will be very welcome!

So whether you've started with me, or hopped in from Tricia, sit back and enjoy all the lovely creations and maybe make some of your own.

I've chosen as my project this month to use the stamp set "Colorful Seasons" along with its companion "Seasonal Layers" Thinlets die set.

I adore this bundle, and use it often. The flowers remind me of the blossom starting to come out on the trees. We've had a long cold winter so time to enjoy some sunshine and Spring!

This card sums up what I am looking forward to in the coming months. Lovely spring days where i can sit in my garden and enjoy the views. I live at the top of a hill and can see across the valley ... not to rolling hills. Oh no, nothing as romantic as that! But even the view across my part of town is pretty, full of greenery and the sunsets are to die for! 

So, how did I make this card? Its very simple. I just sponged Lemon/Lime Twist ink along the bottom, then Soft Sky along the top. Stamped the branches in Soft Suede and added the blossoms in Powder Pink and Melon Mambo - my favourite ink colour at the moment. The sentiment is Basic Black. Finally I added the chair raised on mini dimensionals. I have one of these chairs in the garden, just waiting for me. Mines looking a bit worn round the edges too.

But enough of my musings, please do now hop over to Kirsten for more Spring inspired creations. You can do this by clicking on the image below or on her name in the list

Karen Pearmain You are here!

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