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

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Saturday, 19 October 2019

The Joy of Sets October blog hop

Hello crafters!

Welcome to my blog this month. If you've hopped in from Rochelle, then you're no doubt already brimming with ideas. Once you've visited here, I hope you take the time to hop over to Annette for more fun projects.

Our challenge this month is to choose a stamp set and use it on three different projects. The set I have chosen comes from Stampin Up! and it's called Butterfly Gala. There's a coordinating punch too.

Project 1: a birthday card for my best friend
I wanted to make a larger card than I usually make, this one is A5 size, so ideal for multiple signatures. I also used the Beauty Abounds stamp set using the floral flourish and some text. It's coloured in pink and blue, my friends favourite colours (she loves butterflies too).
And of course, the final touch .... plenty of bling and loads of Wink of Stella!

Project 2: a little gift box ideal for jewellery inspired by some packaging a pretty bookmark had come in!
These lovely little boxes feature my butterfly, layered up this time. The finished box measures 5 7/8" x 3"

For this you need
 8 3/4" x 8 1/4" (22.2cm x 21cm)
Score long side 3/4", 1 1/2" (1.9cm, 3.8cm) at both ends
Score short side 3/4", 3 3/4" (1.9cm, 9.5cm) at both ends
6 1/4" x 4 3/8" (15.8cm x 11cm). Score at 3/4" (1.9cm) on three sides.
8 1/4" x 1 1/2" (21cm x 3.8cm)
Wrap around completed box and pinch at corners
5 1/2" x 2 3/4" (13.9cm x 6.9cm)
2 3/4" x 1 1/2" (6.9cm x 3.8cm)
Starburst Circle Punch
2" Circle Punch

Project 3: a table favour I'm using as swaps at a Craft Retreat I'm attending this weekend.
The finished box measures 3" x 1 1/4" (7.6cm x 3cm) including side handles

For this you will need
DSP 5 1/2" x 3 1/2" (13.9cm x 8.8cm)
Score long side 1/2", 1 3/4", 3", 4 1/4" (1.27cm, 4.4cm, 7.6cm, 10.7cm)
Score short side 3/8" and 1" (0.95cm and 2.5cm) at both ends.
Come back to long side and score to first score line at 1 1/8" and 3 5/8" (2.8cm, 9.2cm)

Please do take the time to go visit the other bloggers in this hop. I know you'll find lots of inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by
Karen x

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Ink & Share Scrapbook blog hop Sketch Challenge

Hi Crafters,

Welcome to another Ink & Share  Scrapbook blog hop. We are a group of Stampin Up! demonstrators who love to scrap! If you've hopped in from Sue, a big hello to you. If you're starting here with me, please do hop on to the next person to get lots of layout ideas.

This month, we've followed a sketch to create a double page spread. Having the possibility of 5 photos made me think long and hard about what I wanted to use. In the end I altered it slightly and used 4.

My choice of papers, etc all come from the Come Sail Away suite on pages 144 & 145 of the catalogue. I used two sheets from the DSP pack and also various cards from the Memories & More pack. 

 The "Observations" stamp is an ancient 7 Gypsies one I bought when on holiday in America back in the early 1980's - when stamping was still fairly new to the UK! It's the only non SU thing I used and thought it fitted as the 'key fob' (this is part of a keyring I bought on board the ship).

You'll find an element from the Sail Away trinkets too. I love this suite, its ideal for mens cards, and as I've used on these scrapbook pages, travel photos. My photos are of my friend and I on a cruise round the Mediterranean in 2017. The photos feature Barcelona (the town square) and Lisbon (on a duck tour -amphibious vehicle).

I had a great deal of fun putting this layout together and it brought back some very happy memories, especially the wall to wall sunshine! Please now do hop over to Michelle by clicking the next button for more inspiration to make your own scrapbook memories, but before you do, please leave a comment below so I know you've stopped by.

Happy crafting and see you again soon
Karen x

This months demonstrators
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Saturday, 15 June 2019

JOS blog hop "Something New"

Hi crafters,

Welcome to the JoS blog hop featuring something new to your stash. If you have just dropped in from Andrea, then I know you'll already be inspired. If you've started with me, then I hope you'll like what I've made and will go on to visit our other crafters for more wonderful projects.

So, now the new Stampin Up! catalogue is out, I have a few new things to play with. It was hard to choose which project to show you, but I finally settled on the beautiful Floral Essence stamp set.
I was lucky enough to go to Onstage in April when they showed us some of the new goodies and I immediately fell in love with this suite.

It was my daughter's birthday last week and I wanted to use this stamp set for her card. I'm also loving the new In Colours from Stampin Up!, especially Seaside Spray, a beautiful blue colour. 

Heres what I came up with
I started with a 5 3/4" square card (11 1/2" x 5 3/4" thick White scored at 5 3/4").

Then a layer of regular white card measuring 5 1/2" x 5 1/2", embossed with the Subtle embossing folder. I sponge the edges with Seaside Spray.

Then I took a 5" x 5" square white and stamped random flowers and leaves in Versamark and used white embossing powder.
I also repeated this twice on a scrap of white and fussy cut the flowers.

I then used the Seaside Spray and Old Olive ink pads (dabbed onto clear blocks) to colour the flowers and leaves. I used an Aquapainter to create a watercolour effect .... a nod at my son-in-law who is an amazing artist .... this is why there are slight differences in the flower colours.
I used Night of Navy to stamp the centres of the flowers.
I liberally painted everything with Wink of Stella

To finish I used another new stamp set, Family Party for the sentiment.
My daughter loves her card and for once so do I!

Well, thank you for visiting me here in blogland. Please do leave a comment before heading off to Susan

If you would like to buy any of these items, you can find them in my SU store, the link should be over on the right of the screen. You'll also notice a host code. If your order reaches £30 or more I'll send you a little gift as a thank you 😊

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Bird House Gift Box

Hi crafters!

Today I made a gift box that everyone seems to love. I CASED a fellow Stampin Up demonstrator Merrilee Mager, after seeing her gorgeous bird box. I shared it on social media and am amazed at how many folk asked for directions, thank you all x
It has since come to my attention that another demonstrator was the originator of the design, so grateful thanks to Patricia Korella 😊
Anyway, the bird house is quite easy to make, once you get round my instructions. I'm much better at demonstrating that the written word, so theres a YouTube video at the bottom for you to watch me make the bird house

Basic measurements (more in video)
Thick card: 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Card Colour1: 5 3/8" x 5 3/8"
Card Colour1: 11" x 5"
Card Colour2: 6" x 3" and 3" x 1"
Scraps whisper white and colour2

For my boxes I used
Balmy Blue card #147007
Mint Macaron #138344
Soft Suede card #11982
Thick Whisper White #140490
Wood Textures dsp (retired)
Pinewood Planks embossing folder #152320
Layering Circle dies #141705
Free as a Bird stamp set #149468

Until next time, Happy Crafting!
Karen x

If you would like any of the supplies shown above, the ones carrying over into the 2019/20 catalogue are listed with their item numbers. Please click on my Shop button up there at the top in the right hand column. I will be very happy to have your custom and please do use the Host code if your order is £30 or more to receive a thank you from me in the post (country restrictions apply).