Saturday, 23 March 2019

Ink.Stamp.Share blog hop - Men

Hi Crafters,

Welcome to another Ink.Stamp.Share blog hop. This month we are featuring the men in our lives. How hard is it sometimes to decide what kind of card to make them? I know I struggle at times. Well, if you've hopped in from Ingrid, you're already going to be brimming with ideas, and there are lots more ladies who are eager to show you what they've been doing, so please do click the link below once you're done visiting me and see some more great ideas 😁

My inspiration came from the Stampin Up Artisan team who always have lovely ideas for us and also a lady in the USA who showed me how to make this particular card on her YouTube channel.

I'm using the Geared Up Garage stamps and matching Garage Gears Thinlits dies. Theres a whole suite of goodies to go with this set, if you get the chance go take a look!

I had a practise run making these girly cards, but my YouTube video below shows you how I made the Fathers Day card.

Basic measurements:
Card base - 8" x 4 1/4" scored @ 5 1/4" and 6 1/4"
Card lower front - 8" x 2 1/4" scored @ 1 3/4" and 2 3/4"
Base layer 1 - 5 1/8" x 4"
Base layer 2 - 5" x 3 7/8"
Front panel layer 1 - 5 1/8" x 2 1/8"
Front panel layer 2 - 5" x 2"
Wiper 'mechanism' 1 +/2" x 1 1/2" (see video for scoring instructions)

Hope you enjoy the rest of the hop. Please now click Next to go see what Sandra has been making.
Karen x

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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Joy of Sets blog hop ~ Easter

Hi Crafters, 

Today I'm joining in with a group of crafters around the globe who are all part of the Joy of Sets Facebook group. Our theme this month is Easter. It could be 3D cards, boxes, baskets..... they're all going to be featured. So whether you've hopped in from Jane, or started with me, I hope you enjoy my project, please do leave a comment before hopping on to Susan.

My projects are usually based around my grandchildren, and this one is no exception. I've made some cute baskets for some chocolate eggs. They are super easy to make, I hope you have a go ...

You'll need card 6" x 6", scored at 1 1/2" in all four sides.
If you want to use DSP (Designer Series Paper), you'll need 4 pieces measuring 
2 7/8" x 1 3/8"
3 or 4 scallop circles measuring 3" diameter
1 white circle measuring 2 1/4" 
Everything else needed is in the video below ...

Thanks for visiting, please now click on the button below to continue round the hop

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Monday, 4 March 2019

Cute Boxes with Drinking Straw Handles

Hi Crafters,

At last I had time to sit and make up some samples for my class next week. I've been asked if I can include some of the cute boxes with drinking straw handles you can find on Pinterest.  I'd made a gift bag version over Christmas, so was eager to try a box. I found a great tutorial on a blog by Rachel Tessman in America back in 2016. I adjusted the instructions slightly and ended up making 6 boxes this afternoon, plus 2 mini ones.

The mini boxes hold 2 tealights in each.

They are pretty simple to make, here's a list of what you'll need:
Score board
1/4" hole punch
1 3/8" scallop circle punch
1 1/2" circle punch
Ruler, pencil, scissors
Card stock
Scraps of matching card and white card
Paper straws ( bought mine here)
Stamps & ink of your choice
Dimensionals (foam pads) & glue/adhesive of your choice

To make the larger boxes
Card measuring 6" x 10"
Score long edge @ 2", 4", 6", 8"
Score short edge @ 2", 4", 6", then score at 1 5/8" and 4 3/8" just down to third score line
In metric that's
Long edge 5cm, 10.1cm, 15.2cm, 20.3cm
Short edge 5cm, 10.1cm, 15.2cm and then 4.1cm and 11.1cm just down to third score line

DSP 4 pieces measuring 1 7/8" x 1 7/8" (4.8cm x 4.8cm)

I also made a box which is filled with foil covered chocolate eggs. I stamped using an old retired stamp set.

These will make great little Easter gifts for my grandchildren 😊

To make the smaller boxes, I found using metric measurements easier as they fitted the tealights better. So ...
Card measuring 12cm x 20cm
Score long edge @ 4cm, 8cm, 12cm, 16cm
Score short edge @ 4cm & 8cm, then score 3cm & 5cm just down to third score line

DSP 4 pieces 3.5cm x 3.5cm

The rest of the scoring/cutting instructions for the larger boxes are in the video below:

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Ink & Share Scrapbook blog hop - February

Hi Crafters and welcome to another Ink & Share Scrapbook hop! We are a group of Stampin Up demonstrators from around the world who get together once a month to share our passion for scrapbooking. This month we are featuring new DSP (designer series paper), either from the main Annual Catalogue or the Spring/Summer one. I chose Classic Garage DSP from the S/S catalogue. 

I always find that for me, the longest process in scrapbooking is choosing the photo(s) I want to use! This one of my lovely husband in 2007 seemed to fit the bill. We were on a road trip through Arizona and Utah with my parents and had stopped off in Park City, Utah. He had disappeared for about 10 minutes or so and when he came back he was on a Segway!  He had a lot of fun zipping around while we were there.

I found the images on the DSP fitted well with this photo. The maps represented our road trip, the tyre marks Steve's zooming round! I arranged the punched shapes to represent tyre tracks too. 

As the DSP is 6" x 6", I wanted to fill the 12 x 12 layout more so after tearing the edges, I cut it in half and added the two halves just under either side of the photo. This made the DSP look a lot wider and filled the layout better. 

I added some inked elements from the matching stamp set Geared Up Garage and finally some gears cut from the Garage Gears Thinlits dies. 
The Park City letters came from Lined Alphabet

Now it's time to move on. Please click on the image below to hop over to Jenna, I know she'll give you some fab inspiration for your layouts

Hope you have a crafty kind of day
Karen x

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Saturday, 23 February 2019

Ink. Stamp. Share. Feb blog hop. Sale-a-bration!

Hi Crafters! Welcome to this months Ink. Stamp. Share blog hop. We are a group of independent Stampin Up demonstrators from around the world coming together to share what we love. This month we are right in the middle of Sale-a-bration, a yearly three month period of freebies and new products.

I've chosen the Botanical Butterfly DSP (designer series paper) which came out in the first wave of SAB back in January. I love butterflies so this was a must - and I've managed to get three packs! So it'll last me beyond SAB which ends on 31st March.

I love making 3D projects, so this month I've made some cute little table favours/gift boxes. I took the colours from the dsp, so I have used Lemon/Lime Twist; Grapefruit Grove; Balmy Blue; Highland Heather and Daffodil Delight card to make the boxes.

I started with a piece of card measuring 8 1/4" x 7"
Score on the long side @ 2", 4", 6", 8"
Score on the short side @ 1/2", 2 1/2", 4 1/2", 6 1/2"

I then cut the DSP into 1 3/4" squares. you'll need 6 for each box.

Round the corners on the top and bottom flaps and your box is made! You can store it flat for later if you wish.

I punched a 1 3/8" scallop circle. Then stamped the butterflies using Butterfly Gala, using matching ink for each box and punched them out. I added some bling by using pearls for the butterfly bodies.

Simple boxes that I think look stunning 😄

Now you've seen what I used this month, please do go visit the others in this hop starting with Deb by clicking on the button below ...

Hope you have a craft filled day 
Karen x

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Saturday, 26 January 2019

Ink. Stamp. Share. January blog hop

Hi there!

Welcome to another blog hop from Ink.Stamp.Share. We are a group of Stampin Up demonstrators from across the globe who love to get together to share ideas and inspiration with each other and everyone who reads our blogs.This month we are taking our theme from the new Spring/Summer catalogue. There are some lovely crafty goodies in there, so here we go. If you have hopped in from Rebecca-Jo, I'm sure you are already brimming with ideas for your own crafting. If you've come straight to me, then I hope you take time to hop round all the other blogs too.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love butterflies, so I was very excited when I saw the catalogue had not one, but two stamp sets! On page 13 you'll find Beauty Abounds. This stunning bundle has butterflies galore and gorgeous sentiments. 
And then on pages 34 & 35, you'll find a whole suite of goodies! The stamp set with matching punch means you can have butterflies everywhere in a very short amount of time - that to me is a little bit of heaven 😁
To go with the stamp is some gorgeous 6" x 6" gingham papers in lovely fresh spring colours. You'll also find ribbon and adhesive backed sequins.

This is the set I chose to use for my make this month. I was going to be taking part in a 'virtual' get together with some friends who all live a distance away from me. As I couldn't get there, we agreed I would join via Facebook live! Unfortunately our host had to postpone with a family emergency, but as I had already made the items I thought I would share here.

My first project was a little swap for everyone, so I made little chocolate favours with the gingham papers.

Then for our "Make n Take", I prepared kits for everyone and posted them off to my Upline ready for the get together. These were little gift boxes for tealights. You can get 4 Ikea tealights inside, or possible 5 from other places (I also had some from Asda, a UK supermarket, and found they are a bit smaller than Ikea ones).

After making these I went just a little butterfly crazy and ended up with all these cards! Most I CASED from Pinterest as I wanted lots of samples to share with my fellow team friends.

Last of all, I made five desk calendars to add to my catalogues going out to customers that week.

I hope I've given you a taste of the new catalogue. As I mentioned above, there really is a lot of lovely craftiness inside! Please now hop on to Sharon who is in Australia by clicking the Next button.

Happy crafting
Karen x

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ink & Share Scrapbook hop - January

Hi Crafters!

A belated Happy New Year!

Welcome to our little blog hop. If you've hopped in from Sue, I'm sure you are already full of ideas for your next layout, if you've come straight to me, please do take some time to hop round everyone's entries for lots of great ideas for your own scrapbooking/journaling.

This months theme is so appropriate as my son is about to get married! Just three days after this blog goes live! It's so close now. I'm lucky that my future daughter-in-law included me in the wedding preparations. We made all their invitations together, even my son had an input glueing a few embellishments here and there. They've also come to me for other crafted items like gift boxes, and I've given them supplies to take away to make things on their own too.

Anyway, on with the layout. I've gone for a slightly rustic theme and may have to change a few things after the wedding. They're keeping a lot of what's happening quiet which is exciting. One thing I can tell you, they're getting married in a castle!

This photo shows my "mood board" - just gathering together the things I plan on using for the layout. I stayed with the Neutrals colour palette as I know their theme is greens and browns (by the colours of card and ribbon I've given them to work with!).

Using some retired Kraft 12 x 12 as my base, I used an even older retired stamp to randomly stamp "Happy I Do Day". This was around long before I joined Stampin Up so have not idea which set it comes from, it's just a random stamp I managed to pick up because I liked it. 

Then I used an A4 sheet of Mossy Meadow, tearing the ends to give some texture. Next came some Early Expresso layered onto Very Vanilla. To add a hint of gold, I used some retired vinyl stickers from Painted Love Gold stickers set. 

A length of Whisper White Flax ribbon, laid across adding a buckle from my stash (non SU) represented the garter most brides traditionally wear, I added a label with the sentiment Meant To Be and cut out a scalloped heart in gold foil - both from the Meant To Be bundle.

Hedingham Castle in Essex, England dates back to the Normans. The castle fortifications and outbuildings were built around 1100, and the keep (tower) around 1140. However, the tower is the only major medieval structure that has survived. Its turned pretty cold here, no snow is forecast so far, but if it does snow, I'll be changing the photo! 😂

Obviously I can't add a photo of the happy couple yet, and I hope the colours I've chosen tone nicely with the colours at the wedding. I loved putting this layout together and will add more pages once I have a few photos to play with!

So now, you've seen my layout, please hop on to Rebecca-Jo using the Next button below, or clicking on their name from the list below that.

Happy Crafting, 

Karen x

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