Saturday, 24 March 2018

Ink & Share Blog Hop - March 2018

Hello, and welcome to our 2nd Blog Hop! This time we are using the theme Spring/Easter. As usual Stampin Up! demonstrators from across the globe are getting together to bring you a feast of creativity. After all the snow here in the UK (and there's still some forecast for when this blog hop goes live), Spring will be very welcome!

So whether you've started with me, or hopped in from Tricia, sit back and enjoy all the lovely creations and maybe make some of your own.

I've chosen as my project this month to use the stamp set "Colorful Seasons" along with its companion "Seasonal Layers" Thinlets die set.

I adore this bundle, and use it often. The flowers remind me of the blossom starting to come out on the trees. We've had a long cold winter so time to enjoy some sunshine and Spring!

This card sums up what I am looking forward to in the coming months. Lovely spring days where i can sit in my garden and enjoy the views. I live at the top of a hill and can see across the valley ... not to rolling hills. Oh no, nothing as romantic as that! But even the view across my part of town is pretty, full of greenery and the sunsets are to die for! 

So, how did I make this card? Its very simple. I just sponged Lemon/Lime Twist ink along the bottom, then Soft Sky along the top. Stamped the branches in Soft Suede and added the blossoms in Powder Pink and Melon Mambo - my favourite ink colour at the moment. The sentiment is Basic Black. Finally I added the chair raised on mini dimensionals. I have one of these chairs in the garden, just waiting for me. Mines looking a bit worn round the edges too.

But enough of my musings, please do now hop over to Kirsten for more Spring inspired creations. You can do this by clicking on the image below or on her name in the list

Karen Pearmain You are here!

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Big Birthdays #WOYWW459

Hello world and welcome to my blog on this glorious sunny morning!

Today I'm joining in with the What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday gang. Click here to find out more and also here to check out what everyone else has been doing this week

Such a difference to the last few weeks with snow dominating everyone's lives here in the UK. Let's hope Spring is finally here.

This week is all about celebrating two special birthdays with my work colleagues. Both turn 60 within a week or so of each other so I dragged out the Bigshot and my large number dies and stamps to create these cards. Based on a card sent to my dear friend Anne over on Copper Beech Crafts for her Stampin Up 6th anniversary.

This card was made using Berry Burst ink and a piece of gorgeous foiled card (free with Sale-a-bration, Stampin Ups annual sale). The card base with the silver swirl is from a stash of cards I've had forever!

This card was made using Soft Sky ink and more of the foiled card. The mini sequins on both are also SU supplies.

It's been a fun few days making these, but now I need to return to the real world and chores (groan!)

Have a fab week and please do return soon

Crafty Happiness
Karen x

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Spring is here ...... oh no it's not!

Hello crafters,

Welcome to CLMK land again. This time I'm using an older stamp set - Tranquil Tulips.

First of all I made an ATC (Artist Trading Card) for a monthly swap I take part in. This year it's simply the months of the year. As it's now March, and supposedly the start of spring, I took inspiration from my dad's little garden. His black tulips from last year are starting to grow, despite all the snow we've had. They were truly beautiful last year - tall, dark and majestic. I loved them. So my ATC had to feature tulips.

Then of course I had to decorate the envelope. The ATC looked a bit lost in the envelope so finally I put together a quick card, left blank for the recipient to use. I do love how the colours all match - from the ink, to the paper, to the cardstock!

Let's hope Spring truly is here and that the snow for this winter is finished.

Happy crafting 
Karen x

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Stamp 'n' Hop Blog Hop - Round 2 SAB

Hi! - a big fat hello and welcome to my blog.

This week I am taking part in a Stampin Up! Demonstrator Blog Hop, where demos from all around the world get together online to create some wonderful things - this time using supplies from the 2nd release of Sale-a-bration goodies.

For anyone visiting today who doesnt know, Sale-a-bration is a yearly event where during January to March you can claim free craft goodies with a minimum spend of £45 (in the UK). This year, I believe for the first time, Stampin Up! have offered a higher tier of goodies for a spend of £90. If you're reading this, would like to order, or just know more, I would be very happy to be your demonstrator. Please contact me using the link down the side.

Now, let's get on with this months Hop! If you've hopped in from Tracy, I'm sure you're already feeling inspired! She makes some lovely projects. After you've stopped by here, please do go on to Christina, who will no doubt inspire you even more! And do look out for Andre's project further round the hop. I've had a sneak preview and I know you'll love what he's been dong this month.

As seen in the title, I am featuring something from the 2nd release - the Basket Weave embossing folder.

This comes as a bundle with the stamp set and is in the higher tier. The embossing folder is really thick (you only need one plate on your Big Shot), and makes a beautifully deep impression on your card stock.

With Easter almost upon us, I wanted to create some pretty mini egg filled little baskets for the grown ups in the family. The grandchildren will have their usual Egg hunt.

I've been wanting to make some of these baskets after seeing them on Pinterest.

The larger basket is made using a piece of card 6" x 6"
Score @ 2" and 4", turn and repeat creating a grid of 9 squares. Then score down in outer two areas just to first score line @ 5/8", 1 3/8", 4 5/8" and 5 3/8". Turn 180° and repeat.

The smaller basket is made using a piece of card 5" x 5"
Score @ 1 1/2" and 3 1/2", turn and repeat. Then, in outer 2 areas score down to first score line as follows 1/2", 1", 4" and 4 1/2". Turn 180° and repeat.

Please see my YouTube video for more details how to finish the baskets.

If any of my Slimming buddies see this, forget what you hear! I was chatting away forgetting some of them watch my videos!!

Anyway, time to move on to the next blog. You can either click the link or the next person's name after mine.  Hope you're enjoying this quick jaunt around the world
Please do come back soon, but for now

Love, Peace & Happiness always
Karen x

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Monday, 5 March 2018

Daisy Daisy

I haven't done any papercrafting for a while. I've been too busy knitting. During last week with all the cold weather and snow all I wanted to do was huddle on the sofa with my feet up. So I did - at least on my days off.

But today found me back at my desk preparing some kits for a scrapbooking class I've arranged in a couple of days. The kit I've prepared will make something like this ...

The photo is of my niece and I a few years back.
The embellishments are daisies, using the Daisy Punch. The Sweet & Sassy dies and the Stitched Shape Framelits. I also used the layering ovals, the leaf punch and the Sunshine Wishes dies.

I stamped round the edges of the 12x12 white card and also a floral border round the lilac card. Faceted gems finished off the daisies after I'd sponged some colour onto them.

This took a while to complete as I kept changing my mind about colour, but will be a quick make for my ladies on Tuesday.

I'll be posting again in a day or two as I've done some more scrapbooking since I finished this page 😉

Love, Peace & Happiness
Karen x