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

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!!!