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

January Roll Call

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

January Roll Call
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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Gift Card Presentation Box

Hi Crafters,

December has been a super busy month for me. Aside from the usual work and taking my dad for hospital appts, I've decluttered the downstairs of my house in preparation for Christmas. Throw in some friends and family birthdays cards to make and there hasn't been much time to get started on my Christmas crafting!
Today it was a 'get on with it' day, and thankfully I've made a small dent in the mountain of things left to do!

Today's blog is all about the super gift card boxes I made last week. It started with wanting something special for a friends 50th birthday. A group of us clubbed together to get our friend a Next gift card, but I think just an envelope is pretty boring so scoured YouTube to find something I liked.

I found an old 2013 tutorial by a demonstrator in America called Brenda Qunintana. Then noticed an updated version by Jan B, an English demonstrator. Between them, they inspired me to make the box above, which in turn led me to make the matching card for us all to sign.

I used the fabulous Broadway Birthday DSP as my starting point. My friends birthday party theme was black & gold, so the paper was perfect! I liked the way it all turned out.

Then I decided to recreate the presentation box in Christmas DSP as I have a gift card for my son. I love making these boxes and I think everyone will be getting gift cards so I can make some more!

You can watch the following YouTube video to see how I made the boxes

Happy Crafting,
Karen x

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Mini self-closing gift bags

Hi crafters

It's getting pretty busy here now. I have three family birthdays  a friends 50th, lunch with a couple of work friends  flat viewing with my dad .... and lots of crafting to catch up on. And then there's work to fit in too! 

This time I'm finally catching up with some little swaps I made for Stampin Up's Onstage event last month. Sadly, during a bout of illness, I accidentally deleted my video of my makes, so after a couple of requests for measurements, here I am remaking a few. 

The mini bags are quick and easy to make and can be adjusted go make different sizes.

Supplies needed:
Designer Series Paper
Metallic foil card - I used Copper
Scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock
Seasonal Chums stamp set
Snow Is Glistening stamp set/Spirited Snowmen stamp set

You start off with a piece of DSP measuring 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" (11.5cm x 8.9cm)
Score on the long side at 2" and 4" (5cm and 10cm)
Score on the short side at 1" at each end (2.5cm)

There are further score lines, please watch my short video to show the remaining measurements and how to put together.

Happy Crafting!
Karen x

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Ho Ho Ho - its Christmas!

Hi Crafters

I'm gearing up for Christmas now, starting with these adorable gift boxes holding a trio of Ferrero Rocher or even chocolate coins. They're super easy to make and look fab once you've added the embossing on top.

I came across these on Pinterest last year and kept them for this year, then came across them again just last week from another Demonstrator so it was meant to be 😉

I decided to add the chocolate coins as an option after chatting to a Vegan. They don't have dairy in their diet, so I looked in my local health shop and found you can get sweets and chocolate suitable for Vegans. So I altered the box slightly from the original idea.

I used the following measurements to create the red box, just substitute to Night of Navy and silver foil for the blue one

Real Red card: 4 1/8" X 10 1/8", scored at 3/4" on all four sides
Basic Black layer: 8 1/4" x 2 1/4"
Real Red layer: 8" x 2"

Real Red card 5" x 11" scored at 1 1/4" on all four sides

Real Red card: 3 3/8" x 9 3/8" scored at 1/2" on all four sides

I've created a YouTube video to show you how to make up the gift box

Friday, 16 November 2018

From the Catalogue - Stamp & Hop

Hi Crafters,

Welcome to another Stamp n Hop!  This month we're CASING the catalogue. What's CASING I hear you ask? Well, to CASE something is to Copy And Selectively Edit or Copy And SHARE everything. I've heard both versions. Either way, this month we are using the Annual Catalogue for our inspiration.

Before I go any further, if you have just arrived from Rebbeca-Jo, welcome! At the bottom you'll find a "Next" button with a list of names, so please do click Next and see what everyone else participating in this blog hop have been up to. You'll visit Stampin Up! demonstrators from all over the place and eventually end up back here (or wherever your starting point in the list was). I'm sure you'll get lots of inspiration, I know I will as there are so many different things to choose from the catalogue!

I chose the stamp set Around The Corner found on page 40. 
I wanted to use a stamp set that I haven't used much yet (there are plenty on my shelves!). At Onstage we were encouraged to use the hashtag #simplestamping for our projects and I think this one fits the bill nicely.

I decided to choose from the In Colours for 2017/2019 as they only have another 4 months with us which makes me sad as I do love them (Stampin Up! change their "In Colours" every 2 years). I couldn't decide which colour dsp to use, so I used all of them! At least I now have a bunch of cards all ready!

I used the Stamparatus to help me position the corner stamps, it meant I could batch stamp the card layers in one go. I made a standard sized card by cutting an A4 sheet of coloured card in half lengthways. Here in the UK, that meant cutting at 4 1/8". I then folded it in half to create a tent fold card. The dsp was cut at 4 1/8" x 5 7/8" to cover the front of the card, plus a piece of vellum 5 5/8" x 3 7/8" to layer over the top. I then cut a 3 3/8" square of Whisper White for the stamped image.I used the corresponding ink colour to highlight the "Its your Day" on the image, punching out random colours for the balloons and a vellum one for each card. I finished them off with some Rhinestones

I hope this has inspired you to go look at the catalogue for ideas. Its a fun way to try something different and the samples in the catalogue are there for you to copy if you wish.

Now please click Next and see what treats Sandra has in store for you

Karen Pearmain (you are here!)

Monday, 12 November 2018

Winter Holiday - Ink & Share Scrapbook Hop

Hello Crafters and welcome to another scrapbook project. As you can see, I'm blog hopping again! If you've just hopped in from Rebecca-Jo, I'm  sure you're already inspired to create your own page!

When I saw our subject, I knew straight away which group of photos I wanted to use. In February 2016 my dad paid for my sister and I to accompany him on a cruise to Norway to hopefully see the Northern Lights. It was an amazing experience and I loved almost every minute of it ..... I came home with an unwanted souvenir- a broken wrist- the only part of my cruise I didn't like!

To create this page I used the beautiful Snow is Glistening stamp set with the matching Snowfall Thinlits dies. I stamped across the top using my Stamparatus then freehand stamped the snowflakes

Then I added a border across the bottom to represent the snow 

Next I added my chosen photos. These are from the North Cape (or Nordkapp as its known in Norway).  It's somewhere my dad has wanted to go since he was in his youth. It was slow progress with his dodgy hips and my broken wrist, but we made it!

Lastly I stamped and die cut the letters to create the title (anyone notice my mistake? The N is upsidedown!), and added a handwritten notation using a white gel pen. Adding the snowflakes from the thinlit dies added a bit of "brrrr" to the page 

Do please now click on the next button to see what Cindy has made! 

Thanks for visiting


Karen Pearmain
 (you are here!)