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!)

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Onstage 2018 - Little Treats for team meal after the event

Hi Crafters,

Today's blog is all about the little table favours I've made for the extended team I'm in with Stampin Up. Julies Jems come from all over the UK. We love to get together after the Onstage event for a meal and to catch up.

Onstage is an event that happens twice a year, usually held in the Midlands area. This year its in The Vox Centre, Birmingham. Its a chance to catch up and mix with other SU demonstrators, swap little cards & gifts (great way to get some inspiration!) and just meet with like-minded folk. I am excited to go as the small team I'm in all live in the Midlands so I only get to see them once or twice a year.

I like to give the Jems a little gift when we meet, so I have made some cute little bonbon style treats containing Ferrero Rocher chocolates. There are about 25 of us, so I have a large boxful!

I used a brand new stamp set that's only available for the month of November 2018. 

The little treats are simple and quick to make up. You just start with a piece of Designer Paper measuring 6" x 4"
Score on the longer side at 1 3/8"; 2 3/4"; 4 1/8"; 5 1/2"
On the short side at 1" and 3"

All the rest of the instructions are in the video below. 

Supplies used:
Dashing Along DSP (149903)
Sparkle Glimmer Paper (146957)
Whisper White card (106549)
Read Red card (106578)

Sprig Punch (148012)
1 1/4" Circle Punch (119861)
1 3/8" Circle Punch (146139)

Snow Is Glistening stamp set (149742)
Real Red 1/8" Solid Ribbon (144631)
Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon (146912)

***********NOVEMBER HOSTESS CODE************


*********Please use this code when prompted at the payment screen*********

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Ink.Stamp.Share Blog Hop: Tic Tac Toe

Hi Crafters,

This is my first ever Tic Tac Toe challenge! I'm excited to be participating with other Stampin Up! demonstrators from across the world. If you've just hopped in from Cindy then welcome. Wasn't her project amazing? 😁 Now you're here I hope you enjoy your little visit before hopping off to Sandra

So here's the board. Basically, you just choose a line across, down or diagonal, just like playing noughts & crosses! Those three elements chosen feature on your card. Now which way shall I go .....

Once I'd chosen my line - across the top CHRISTMAS, EMBOSSING, CIRCLE, I experimented with a few different layouts before settling on the one below. I just love the wintery-ness (is that even a word?) about it. The trees have been glittered to add an element of frost.

I used Thick Whisper White (140490) as my card base measuring 11 1/2" x 5 3/4", 
scored at 5 3/4" to create a square card.

The Balmy Blue (147007) layer is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"

The stamped layer is on Shimmery White (121717) card measuring 5" x 5"

The stamp sets I used are: 
Lovely As A Tree (127793) 
Hearts Come Home (145416)
Merry Christmas To All (147702)

I punched a circle from a post-it note to use as a mask for the moon. The video below uses the same measurements, but I used a bigger punch for the moon. 

Other supplies:
Stampin Trimmer ((0129722)
Stamperatus (148187)
Fine Tip Glue (138309)
Stampin Sponges (141337)
1 1/4" circle punch (119861)
Tombow liquid glue (110755)
White Chalk Marker (132133)
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (133751)
Stampin Write Black pen (100082)

Night of Navy (147110)
Blueberry Bushel (147138)
Balmy Blue (147105)

Please see my YouTube video for how I made this card:

Roll Call List

Friday, 12 October 2018

Stamp n Hop October - Christmas

Hello Crafters!

Welcome to another blog hop with the fab Stamp n Hop team  of bloggers. We are a group of Stampin Up demonstrators who get together each month to showcase what we do. I am always inspired by everyones makes, especially Vicky who you've just hopped from. If you have started with me, please do go on to see what everyone else has made this month. You can do this by clicking the Next button below.

This month we are getting a head start on our Autumn and Christmas makes. I've been making cards and 3D projects for a few weeks using the Santa's Workshop suite, but this time I am going to use the Winter Woods stamp set to make an AUTUMN card. I am always sad this time of year as the nights start to draw in and its dark when I get up, but thankfully nature steps in to add colour when the trees start to turn. 

For my card I pulled out lots of ink pads and after some experimenting ended up with this

I used sponge daubers to build up the colour in the trees, then sponged Soft Suede onto the tree trunks. It was a lot easier using my Stamperatus as it meant I could just keep stamping the same image until I was happy with the colours. 

I finished the card off with some Burlap Ribbon.

Colours used: 
Inks: Tranquil Tide; Mossy Meadow; Lemon Lime Twist; Pear Pizzazz; Pumpkin Pie; Crushed Curry; Real Red
Card: Crumb Cake; Pumpkin Pie; Whisper White 

Stamp sets: Winter Woods and Painted Glass

And just for those who were expecting a CHRISTMAS theme ...

Mr UPS finally delivered my parcel after rescheduling so I was able to use my new Snow Is Glistening stamp set which will be available soon .

I love all things snowflake so to find a Christmas tree made entirely of snowflakes was exciting! More playing in future blogs 😉

Now you've seen what I've been up to, I hope you'll take the time to go visit my fellow crafters starting with Sandra ....

Until next time, 
Happy Crafting
Karen x

Vicky Wright
Karen Pearmain  YOU ARE HERE!
Sandra Roberts
Laura Mackie
Eva Pottsova
Anastasia Radloff
Sue McDonald
Linda Handford
Pia Gerhardt
Mo Rootes
Jo Blackman
Cheryl Taylor
Jenna Watkins
Tracy Marie Lewis
Mikaela Thitheridge
Susan Simpson
Andre Gordon

Ink & Share Scrapbook Hop - Fall

Hi Crafters,

Welcome to the Ink & Share Scrapbook blog hop! We are a group of crafters from acreoss the world who are passionate about keeping memories and we do this in the form of scrapbooking. This month we are focusing on Autumn (or Fall as it's known in the USA!). I dont normally feature autumn in my crafting but this month not only have I made an autumn card, but also now a 12x12 scrapbook page 😊

So whether you have just hopped in from Rebecca-Jo or come directly to me, I hope you enjoy this tour and get inspired to create your own autumnal memories. Once you're done here, just click the next button below to move onto Cheryl's blog.

I wanted to capture the myriad of colours at this time of year so opted for a base sheet of Natures Poem designer series paper. The beautiful skeleton leaves create the perfect background. 

If you turn the paper over, you have a vivid orange type design, I cut rectangles and sqyares from a second sheet. Two measuring 6" x 4 1/4" and three measuring 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"

I then cut Crushed Curry card to layer onto the shapes. Two @ 5 3/4" x 4" and three @ 3" x 3"

Next I stamped the letters to make "AUTUMN" using Pumpkin Pie ink on Crushed Curry card, then die cut them.

I used Sunshine Wishes dies and Celebrate You Thinlits dies to cut the words "Love" and "You" in Copper glimmer paper from the Autumn/Winter catalogue. I also die cut the heart from Sunshine Wishes.

Finally I sponged Flirty Flamingo ink onto a piece of vellum, followed by Gorgeous Grape and Bermuda Bay before die cutting Dragonfly wings from Deailed Dragonfly Thinlits dies. I then cut the black Dragonfly from the same set and glued the coloured wings behind. I have only glued his tail to the page for now so I can slide a photo underneath.

Now you've seen how I've interpreted the theme, do please take the time to visit the other Stampin Up! demonstrators in the hop and be inspired!

Karen Pearmain YOU ARE HERE!

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

A card for Dad

Hi Crafters,

Today I've been making some male cards and wanted to feature this one as I really enjoyed making it!

I CASED a card made by a fellow stamper called Fiona. To CASE means to Copy And Selectively Edit. I changed the shape of mine to be a square and altered some of the background.

You'll need the following to make this card
Card: 11" x 5 1/2", scored at 5 1/2" (14cm x 28cm, scored at 14cm)
Layer 1: card 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" (13.5cm x 13.5cm)
Layer 2: DSP 3 1/4" x 5", cut at an angle, (8.5cm x 13cm)

Scalloped oval (141706)
Stitched oval (145372)

High Tide stamp set (143006)
Treat Time stamp set (146626)
Make a Difference stamp set (146676)
Flourishing Thinlits (141478)
Tailored Tag punch 145667)

Scraps of  Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake card (106550 & 121685)

Sahara Sand ink pad (147117)
Crumb Cake ink pad (147116)

Jute Twine (retired)
Pinewood Planks embossing folder (143708)

All of the above are from Stampin Up, you can click on the Order Online button on the right if you'd like to purchase any of the items.

My YouTube video will explain how it all goes together
(Video coming soon)

Have a fabby crafty day
Karen x