Monday, 29 March 2021

Quick &Easy Easter Baskets

 Hello fellow crafters!

Yesterday was the first day of British Summer Time and I actually saw the sun for about two minutes 😄 Let's hope we have at least a few days of sunshine coming our way over the next few months!

Todays project is a basket for the childrens Easter goodies. There's just a week to go so made these just in time. 

The baskets are now all filled ready to go. Four will be delivered tomorrow and my older grandson will recieve his during the coming week

They're made from one sheet of 12 x 12 paper as follows ...

12 x 12 cut at the 10" mark (the separate 2" strip will be the handle) 

Score on the 12" side @ 2, 4, 8, 10

Score on the 10" side @ 3 and 7

On the 12 x 2 strip, score on the short side @ 1/2" and 1 1/2"

You will also need 1 strip of card 3/4" cut lengthways from an A4 sheet.

Video of how to put the bag together:

Sunday, 28 March 2021

In & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop - M is for MOON

Hello fellow crafters

Here we are with another Ink & Share Scrapbook blog hop. Its time for a group of us from various parts of the world to get together again to share ideas for beautiful scrapbook layouts. Whether you've dropped in from Sandra or come straight here into my blog post I bid you welcome and hope we can all tempt you to create a page yourself.

This month we have the letter M to work around. I started thinking about this just before Mothers Day, but that would have been too obvious. After some thought .... and a memory jogger from the Timehop app on my phone .... I decided on ....

M is for MOON

My dad has always had an interest in Astronomy ever since in his younger days when he was in the Merchant Navy. One night his ship was in the middle of the ocean, he was on watch and saw a meteor burn across the sky and disappear below the horizon. That triggered a lifelong fascination with the sky at night. When I was a child he would often take me out to the back garden to show me the stars and told me their names. In more recent years dad suggested we get a telescope and the first thing we looked at was the moon!

This has brought back some fun memories of stargazing with not only my dad, but my children too, which is what scrapbooking is all about. a memory of times spent with family and friends. Please do now go onto Dorothea by clicking the Next button.

Happy crafting,
Karen xx

This months creators are

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Bunny Boxes

 Hello crafters,

Today I've made some pretty packaging for some chocolate bunnies I bought for my grandchildren. As a crafter I can't just leave them as I bought them now can I! These are the chocolate bars ....

 .... and here's how I packaged them

My older granddaughter loves purple so it was a no brainer to make her a box that matched the Cadbury purple. I actually have five grandchildren, but my oldest grandson has a little brother (from another relationship) so I couldn't really leave him out.

I have lots of Easter goodies here for adults and children, so going to be busy making lots of pretty packaging for everyone. Watch this space!

In the meantime, I have created a video (below) showing how I made the boxes.

Inch measurements:
Card measuring 7 x 6¼
Scrap of card for stamping

On long side score @ ½, 1½, 5½, 6½
Short side score @ 1, 3, 4, 6

Centimetre measurements:
Card measuring 17cm x 16cm
scrap for stamping

On longer side score @ 1, 3.5, 13.5, 16
Shorter side score @ 2.5, 7.5, 10, 15

Stamp sets used:
Fable Friends (retired)
Basket Bunch (retired)

Have a wonderful crafty day,
Karen xx

Sunday, 28 February 2021

Ink & Share blog hop - February 2021

Hello crafters and welcome to another Ink & Share Scrapbook blog hop. February is the month of love and again a group of us from various parts of the world are getting together to share ideas for beautiful scrapbook layouts - this time of course its a Love theme. Whether you've dropped in from Jo or come straight here into my blog post I bid you welcome and hope we can all tempt you to create a page yourself.

My initial idea was to create a page featuring my lovely husband, but in the end I decided to just go with the first photo in my very large mountain of photos that would fit the bill and see what happened. As it turned out my husband does feature 💕 ... along with our delightful little granddaughter, who at the time was two years old (she's a very grown up six now). At this time, she was all about the "Big Squidgey's"..... really lovely tight hugs and we are both looking forward to the day we can go collect a few of those after a year bereft of them. 

I based my layout on a design I found on Pinterest. To create mine I used a 12x12 sheet of an old pink colour I had left in my stash, then used Real Red and Misty Moonlight card and ink to create the layers. The stamped images came from the Heartfelt stamp set. The strips of paper beside the photo came from lefts overs in my pack of From My Heart designer papers (if the image looks a bit crooked, its because the pink sheet had been half laying down so has a curve to it, very annoying!). When I showed my husband this layout, it brought back some very happy memories and that's what scrapbooking is all about 😊

Please do now click on The NEXT button to visit Rebecca-Jo's page and then have a look at everyone else's creations around the hop, I know you'll be inspired.

Happy crafting

This months creators are ...

Alison Carter

Heiki Hulle-Bolze

Gez Carpenter

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Jo Blackman

Karen Pearmain You are here!

Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Sandra Hagenlocher

Dorethea Winkler

Doreen Walter

Sunday, 24 January 2021

Ink & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop - January - Free Choice

Hello fellow crafters!

Welcome to another Ink & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop. The title for January is Free Choice so there's going to be lots of different themes to our pages this month. We are a group of like minded crafters who love to create scrapbook pages and we're all from various countries, so whether you have just hopped in from Sandra or started with me, you're in for a treat and lots of inspiration so please do pop round the other blogs in this hop!

Like many people this time last year, I had big plans as we entered a new decade. I was going to blog more and be more organised in my craft space. Well that didn't happen thanks to a certain worldwide occurrence, so let's start again and see where this year takes us.

Have you ever started out with a plan in your head and by the time its been put onto paper, its completely different? Well, that's what happened to me. My plan was to create page of my lovely grandchildren who I have hardly seen over the past year and miss so much. I'd written up this blog post and everything, but as you can see I actually ended up with ......

Christmas jumpers! 

OK, maybe a little late for Christmas 2020, but personally I found my sons jumper hilarious, although maybe a little disturbing too, so wanted to showcase it. What do you think? 

My daughter-in-laws jumper, much less violent 😉

So, now you've seen  my page, please do follow the link below to check out all the other fab pages, over to you Cindy...

Have a lovely crafty day
Karen x

Thursday, 30 January 2020

There's a buzz in my craft room!

Hello Crafters!

Wow it's been some time since I last appeared here. I can hardly believe its 2020 already. There has been a LOT going on to keep me from my craft table, mostly illnesses through the winter, but I'm back and excited to share some of my favourite projects.

So there's a new Spring mini catalogue out from Stampin Up out and it contains some terrific bundles in it. As usual I have overspent, but its hard not to with such lovely crafty goodies to choose from. 
AND its Sale-a-bration time too! Between now and the end of March, for every £45 you spend, there are some great freebies to be had. If you'd like a catalogue, let me know.

So, onto my card for today. I'm using the Honeybee Bundle from the mini catalogue and if you look very carefully, I've used a small amount of the free DSP from the SAB catalogue

I like to make unusual shaped cards and this one came from a fellow demonstrator in the USA - Dawn Griffiths. There'll be a YouTube video to follow showing how I did it. This card fits in a 5" x 7" envelope  

There's a space on the back that you can write your greeting. The card will open out flat for ease of writing.

I hope you enjoy this card. I'll be back very soon with more projects 

In the meantime, if you'd like to purchase any of the items, please click on the "shop" link at the top of the column on the right.

Happy crafting!
Karen x

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Ink&Share Scrapbook Blog Hop October

Hi Crafters!

I'm back taking part in a scrapbook hop again. It's been a crazy summer with way too much stuff keeping me from my craft table, so it's great to take part in the hop with other like-minded crafters from all over the world.

So welcome aboard. Whether you've just hopped in from Angelique or starting with me, I hope we, as a group, can inspire you to create memories of your own. Don't forget to hop on to Jacqui and everyone else for more ideas!

This months theme is Fall/Autumn. It's a beautiful time of year, and I love to see the colours changing on the trees, but for some reason this is one season I rarely scrap, so here goes ...

I wanted to make a page of the Craft Retreat I will have recently been to when this blog goes live. A fab two days of crafting, charting ... and eating!

To create the page, I used a sheet of 12x12 Magnolia Lane dsp and one of the smaller cards from the Magnolia Lane Memories & More pack which I'll journal onto when I get back from the event. I bought some fake leaves which I toned down using Early Espresso and Pumpkin Pie inks. Photos will be matted on Cherry Cobbler. I used Layering Alphabet dies for the title.

Just got back a few hours before blog goes live. It's been an amazing few days. We had a group photo taken outside in the beautiful gardens of Albrighton Hotel & Spa in Shrewsbury, England which will be the main photo and a lovely photo of me with my SU Upline Anne as the smaller photo.

Please now hop onto the next person for more lovely layouts

Thanks for stopping by
Karen xx

                       Karen Pearmain you are here!