Saturday, 25 August 2018

Ink & Share August Blog Hop ~ Holiday Catalogue

Hi Crafters! Welcome to another Ink & Share blog hop. This time we are sharing goodies from the new upcoming seasonal catalogue. 

I've decided to focus on my favourite suite of goodies - Santa's Workshop. As soon as I saw it I knew it had to be on my pre-order. So here goes ...

If you have just hopped in from Rebecca-Jo then I'm sure you're already brimming over with ideas of what to buy and make. If you've come straight here, then please so follow round the whole blog hop after seeing mine,  I've added a list of participants underneath the "Next" button.

The designer series paper is divine!
Most of the sheets are flocked one side meaning each 12x12 sheet is luxurious and you'll just want to sit and stroke it!

I started off making some cards. I used the stamps, dies as well as the papers. I used the mirror stamping technique. Check out my video below to see how I did that.

My YouTube video showing the mirror stamping technique

My next play involved the papers, stamps and also the Window Box Thinlits dies. I think the end result looks great, hope you do too. I added some glimmer paper and Wink Of Stella to add "bling!
 Window Box Thinilts 142762

And finally, a smart looking gift box using the paper that in my opinion is the most "touchy feely" - the beautiful candy cane striped paper. It made a lovely lid for the box. Again I've added a short video of how I made the box.


So, I hope I've whetted your appetite and tempted you to go buy the papers at the very least. I cant stop playing with it and its only August! I know I'll be ordering more of the 12x12 papers very soon.

Happy crafting and see you soon 
Karen x

Karen Pearmain you are here!

Friday, 10 August 2018

All Things Masculine - August Stamp n Hop Blog Hop

Hi Crafters!

Here we go on another Stamp n Hop blog hop! If you have dropped in from Kaylee's blog, then welcome and hopefully I can inspire you like she did. If you have come directly here, then please do click the Next button after reading my blog to see more wonderful projects by my fellow Demonstrators. We come from all over the world and have different styles to suit everyone.

I have wanted to do this project for some time, but things always got in the way to stop me. So when I saw there was going to be a Masculine blog hop, I figured lets go for it. 

I initially had made a Fathers Day gift for my dad using mini Ritter Sport chocolate in a shadow box with a clear acetate sleeve. My dad is a beginner crafter so I like to tease him with new ideas and projects, knowing he'll eventually pull it apart to see how I made it!

This time I have altered the measurements of the shadow box to make a gift box for a pen (or two). 

First cut a piece of card to 10 3/4" x 5 1/2"

Score at half inch increments to the 2" score line on all four sides.
Then on the long side score at 2 1/2" just down to the 2" horizontal line. Repeat (you will have to flip to rear side of card to do 2 of the lines).
Please follow the video below to see cutting and folding instructions

To make the sleeve that goes with the box, use DSP cut at 6 3/4" x 4 1/2"

So, below you will find a list of all the other demonstrators in this hop. Please do stop by to see lots lot ideas for projects for the men and boys in our lives

Karen Pearmain (you are here!)
Eva Pottsova
Mo Rootes
Anastasia Radloff
Tracy Lewis
Sue McDonald
Terry Montgomery
Susan Simpson
Cheryl Taylor
Joyce Whitman
Linda Handford
Andre Gordon

Ink & Share Scrapbook blog hop - August 2018

Hi Crafters!

Welcome to the first Ink & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop. We are a group of Independent Stampin Up Demonstrators from around the world who have a passion for pretty photo albums! You'll see all sorts here - 12x12, pocket system, and so on.... so sit back and enjoy a feast of inspiration that will have you grabbing your photos to create your own family treasures. The only remit is we are using current items available in the Stampin up catalogues. You'll possibly have already seen Rebecca-Jo's page, now its my turn, then please do click "Next" to see Shirley's.

So, a little about me. I'm a mother of three grown children, two of whom have provided me with four grandchildren to love and spoil! This time I'm concentrating on the only girl (so far!). I chose these photos as I'd recently received the Twinkle Twinkle DSP and wanted to use it straight away! The choice of colour was easy - Clemence at three years old thinks the whole world should be pink! And why not! We'd had a fun day at the park and Clemmie was particularly enjoying the rather long slide. She wanted me to join in but theres no way I'd have fitted so declined to which she pulled the cutest "angry" face, stomped back down to me and told me off! We were soon laughing again but not before I'd grabbed one of my favourite photos of her. My daughter was none too pleased to think she had been cheeky, but it was momentary so I asked her to let it pass.

So, onto the project. First I rough sketched what I wanted to do, then I used Melon Mambo 12x12 card stock and using my extra long ruler (18"), cut a sheet of DSP in half diagonally. 

I trimmed it down to create a border round the edges. I wasn't happy with my diagonal cut, so covered it with some Granny Apple Green Textured Weave Ribbon. 

Next was to work out where the letters would go. Eventually I added an exclamation mark too. 

Cutting photos is the hardest thing for me, I always worry I'll change my mind! Then it was the choice of Melon Mambo or Basic Black for the borders. Of course it had to be pink!

The larger photo needed "something", I opted for the beautiful Detailed Laser Cut DSP ... or at least a small corner of it. I also chose sentiments from the Little Twinkle stamp set and Eastern Beauty.

Only using current supplies was a good choice, it made me cut into my DSP not hoard it like I normally do!

OK, please now click Next so see the rest of the hop

Thanks for stopping by
Love peace & Happiness
Karen x