Friday, 12 April 2019

Table Gifts for team members meal

Hi Crafters

By the time you are reading this, I will be at Onstage. This is Stampin' Up!'s twice a year convention held for us demonstrators to get together and enjoy each others company while getting a sneak peek at all the lovely new goodies coming soon. The April event is particularly exciting as its when we get our hands on the new Annual catalogue for 2019-2020. We also get to see what new In Colours are coming out, these last two years. Sadly it also means we say goodbye to the In Colours for 2017-2019, I'll be sad to see them go (but I am stocked up with card and ink refills of my favourites 😉)

Anyway, after the event a large group of us (23 this year!) from the team known as Julies Jems get together for a meal before heading our various ways. These are the gifts I've made for each of my fellow Jems.

These little boxes are a doddle to make, but there is a lot of scoring involved! I chose to use Real Red and Rich Razzleberry card to match the foil on the little heart shaped chocolates. I also used Gold Foil and Very Vanilla, plus a scrap Granny Apple Green.

For the box body you need 
Card: 6 7/8" x 6 7/8" scored at 1/2"; 1"; 1 1/2"; 2" on all four sides. Theres more scoring but check out the video, easier to explain than type out here 😉

For the box cover you need:
Card: 6 7/8" x 3 15/16" scored on the short side at 1/2" on both edges. Then on long side score at 1/2" and 2 15/16", turn and score at 3 7/16" and at 2 15/16" JUST BETWEEN THE TWO SCORE LINES.

These measurements are pretty awkward to explain, but as I said, if you watch the YouTube video below, it'll all make sense 

In metric, as follows
Box body: 17.5cm x 17.5cm, scored at 1.3; 2.5; 3.8; 5cm
Box cover: 17.5cm x 10cm, scored on short side at 1.3 on both edges. Then on long side score at 1.3 and 7.4. Turn then score at 8.7 and 7.4 JUST BETWEEN THE SCORE LINES

For the decorative layers:
Gold foil measuring: 2 3/4" x 2 1/4" (6.9cm x 5.7cm)
Very Vanilla measuring: 2 1/2" x 2" (6.3cm x 5cm)

I used these stamp/die sets
At Home With You 143681
Falling Flowers 139556
May Flowers Framelits 140276

Please click below to see the instruction video

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting
Karen x

Bee Bomb Boxes

Hi Crafters

Today's blog post is to show the team gifts I made for my good friends Anne, Julie, Angie, Donna and new friend Ange. We make up the team Our Happy Place and we're all Stampin' Up! demonstrators. At the time of typing this, I still have a few days to go until I meet up with them all at Onstage in Telford. Onstage is the convention held every April and November so us demonstrators get the chance to meet up, see all new products ts and generally have a couple of days away. It's a lot of fun.

My team gifts are Bee Bombs. These are hessian bags containing a mix of clay, soil and wildflower seeds that your can scatter in your garden. The idea is to help the declining bee population in the UK. My dad used to be a bee keeper, so this is a campaign close to our hearts.

The boxes are all reinforced, so good and sturdy. I also popped in a little jar of Tiptree honey. The Tiptree factory is a short drive from where I live, and I was able to buy these jars just outside my town at a nearby Tiptree tearoom. I liked the idea of adding a gift from Essex as I'm the only "southerner" in the group 😊

To make these boxes you will need:
Box base 12" x 12" (30.5cm x 30.5cm)
Score at 1 1/2"; 4"; 8"; 10 1/2" (3.7; 10.2; 20.3; 26.7cm)

Box lid 81/4" x 8 1/4" (21cm x 21cm)
Score at 1"; 2 1/8"; 6 1/4"; 7 3/8" (2.5; 5.7; 15.9; 19.7cm)

You'll also need
Dragonfly Dreams stamp set 142924
Detailed Dragonfly Framlits 142749
Some "wobblers" you can get them here
Bee Bomb bags. You can get them here
Black satin ribbon 1462808

Video instructions below show you how to put it all together.

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting
Karen x

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Chocolate Birthday Card

Hi Crafters, 

Today I present a birthday card with a twist ... it's also a bar of chocolate! Especially for my dad and husband as I hate dark chocolate 😄

The idea came from Sam at Mixed Up Crafts who showed how to work out measurements for the box part of the card.

You will need:
Thick Whisper White card 9 3/8" x 5 1/2" (23.8 x 13.9cm)
         ''             ''               ''       7 3/8" x 3 1/2" (18.7 x 8.9cm)
         ''             ''               ''       7 3/8" x 4"  (18.7 x 10.1cm)
         ''             ''               ''       7 1/8" x 3 1/4" (18 x 8.2cm)
Designer Series Paper (DSP)  6 7/8" x 3" (17.5 x 7.6cm)
Coloured card 7 1/8" x 3 1/4" (18 x 8.2cm)
Whisper White card 6 7/8" x 3" (17.5 x 7.6cm)
Plus scraps for decoration

Scoring instructions are in the video below.

I also used:
Animal Outing stamp set 146600
Meant To Be stamp set 147464
Around The Corner stamp set 147464

Granny Apple Green Textured Weave Ribbon 146920
Starburst punch 143717
2" Circle punch 133782
Tailored Tag punch 145667

Stampin Blends: Dark Daffodil Delight, Light Pumpkin Pie, Light Soft Suede

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting
Karen x

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Ink & Share Scrapbook blog hop - All About Me

Hi Crafters,

You're joining a Scrapbook hop this month, so lots and lots of cool ideas for layouts and making memories. Have you started with me? Or hopped in from Sharon? Whichever it is, I'm sure you'll be wanting to head straight for your craft table to create some fun memories of your own once you've visited all the Stampin Up!  demonstrators from across the globe.

I very nearly didn't join this hop! After all, I don't take photos of myself. However, I saw it as a challenge so here's what I can up with. 

I'm at my happiest when surrounded by my family so chose this photo. Off camera are my daughter-in-law and son-in-law, three of my four grandchildren and my dad. This was a lovely day - and surprisingly warm considering it was February. This is the UK after all!

Even though my youngest (white tshirt) turns 30 this year, they're still all my "babies" ❤ 
(Love how this photo makes me look short .... I'm 5ft 6ins!)

Using my scoring board, I scored along each side at 1/2" and at 5/8" to create a border. After that I added all the elements.

Materials used:
Petal Palette stamp set
Petals & More Thinlits dies
Labeler Alphabet stamp set
Letters for You stamps set
Large Letters Framelits dies

Petal Passion DSP (Retired)
Petal Passion Memories & More (Retired)

Do please now click the Next button to see what Rebecca_Jo has been making. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting
Karen x

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Saturday, 23 March 2019

Ink.Stamp.Share blog hop - Men

Hi Crafters,

Welcome to another Ink.Stamp.Share blog hop. This month we are featuring the men in our lives. How hard is it sometimes to decide what kind of card to make them? I know I struggle at times. Well, if you've hopped in from Ingrid, you're already going to be brimming with ideas, and there are lots more ladies who are eager to show you what they've been doing, so please do click the link below once you're done visiting me and see some more great ideas 😁

My inspiration came from the Stampin Up Artisan team who always have lovely ideas for us and also a lady in the USA who showed me how to make this particular card on her YouTube channel.

I'm using the Geared Up Garage stamps and matching Garage Gears Thinlits dies. Theres a whole suite of goodies to go with this set, if you get the chance go take a look!

I had a practise run making these girly cards, but my YouTube video below shows you how I made the Fathers Day card.

Basic measurements:
Card base - 8" x 4 1/4" scored @ 5 1/4" and 6 1/4"
Card lower front - 8" x 2 1/4" scored @ 1 3/4" and 2 3/4"
Base layer 1 - 5 1/8" x 4"
Base layer 2 - 5" x 3 7/8"
Front panel layer 1 - 5 1/8" x 2 1/8"
Front panel layer 2 - 5" x 2"
Wiper 'mechanism' 1 +/2" x 1 1/2" (see video for scoring instructions)

Hope you enjoy the rest of the hop. Please now click Next to go see what Sandra has been making.
Karen x

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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Joy of Sets blog hop ~ Easter

Hi Crafters, 

Today I'm joining in with a group of crafters around the globe who are all part of the Joy of Sets Facebook group. Our theme this month is Easter. It could be 3D cards, boxes, baskets..... they're all going to be featured. So whether you've hopped in from Jane, or started with me, I hope you enjoy my project, please do leave a comment before hopping on to Susan.

My projects are usually based around my grandchildren, and this one is no exception. I've made some cute baskets for some chocolate eggs. They are super easy to make, I hope you have a go ...

You'll need card 6" x 6", scored at 1 1/2" in all four sides.
If you want to use DSP (Designer Series Paper), you'll need 4 pieces measuring 
2 7/8" x 1 3/8"
3 or 4 scallop circles measuring 3" diameter
1 white circle measuring 2 1/4" 
Everything else needed is in the video below ...

Thanks for visiting, please now click on the button below to continue round the hop

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Monday, 4 March 2019

Cute Boxes with Drinking Straw Handles

Hi Crafters,

At last I had time to sit and make up some samples for my class next week. I've been asked if I can include some of the cute boxes with drinking straw handles you can find on Pinterest.  I'd made a gift bag version over Christmas, so was eager to try a box. I found a great tutorial on a blog by Rachel Tessman in America back in 2016. I adjusted the instructions slightly and ended up making 6 boxes this afternoon, plus 2 mini ones.

The mini boxes hold 2 tealights in each.

They are pretty simple to make, here's a list of what you'll need:
Score board
1/4" hole punch
1 3/8" scallop circle punch
1 1/2" circle punch
Ruler, pencil, scissors
Card stock
Scraps of matching card and white card
Paper straws ( bought mine here)
Stamps & ink of your choice
Dimensionals (foam pads) & glue/adhesive of your choice

To make the larger boxes
Card measuring 6" x 10"
Score long edge @ 2", 4", 6", 8"
Score short edge @ 2", 4", 6", then score at 1 5/8" and 4 3/8" just down to third score line
In metric that's
Long edge 5cm, 10.1cm, 15.2cm, 20.3cm
Short edge 5cm, 10.1cm, 15.2cm and then 4.1cm and 11.1cm just down to third score line

DSP 4 pieces measuring 1 7/8" x 1 7/8" (4.8cm x 4.8cm)

I also made a box which is filled with foil covered chocolate eggs. I stamped using an old retired stamp set.

These will make great little Easter gifts for my grandchildren 😊

To make the smaller boxes, I found using metric measurements easier as they fitted the tealights better. So ...
Card measuring 12cm x 20cm
Score long edge @ 4cm, 8cm, 12cm, 16cm
Score short edge @ 4cm & 8cm, then score 3cm & 5cm just down to third score line

DSP 4 pieces 3.5cm x 3.5cm

The rest of the scoring/cutting instructions for the larger boxes are in the video below:

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Ink & Share Scrapbook blog hop - February

Hi Crafters and welcome to another Ink & Share Scrapbook hop! We are a group of Stampin Up demonstrators from around the world who get together once a month to share our passion for scrapbooking. This month we are featuring new DSP (designer series paper), either from the main Annual Catalogue or the Spring/Summer one. I chose Classic Garage DSP from the S/S catalogue. 

I always find that for me, the longest process in scrapbooking is choosing the photo(s) I want to use! This one of my lovely husband in 2007 seemed to fit the bill. We were on a road trip through Arizona and Utah with my parents and had stopped off in Park City, Utah. He had disappeared for about 10 minutes or so and when he came back he was on a Segway!  He had a lot of fun zipping around while we were there.

I found the images on the DSP fitted well with this photo. The maps represented our road trip, the tyre marks Steve's zooming round! I arranged the punched shapes to represent tyre tracks too. 

As the DSP is 6" x 6", I wanted to fill the 12 x 12 layout more so after tearing the edges, I cut it in half and added the two halves just under either side of the photo. This made the DSP look a lot wider and filled the layout better. 

I added some inked elements from the matching stamp set Geared Up Garage and finally some gears cut from the Garage Gears Thinlits dies. 
The Park City letters came from Lined Alphabet

Now it's time to move on. Please click on the image below to hop over to Jenna, I know she'll give you some fab inspiration for your layouts

Hope you have a crafty kind of day
Karen x

February’s Roll Call
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Saturday, 23 February 2019

Ink. Stamp. Share. Feb blog hop. Sale-a-bration!

Hi Crafters! Welcome to this months Ink. Stamp. Share blog hop. We are a group of independent Stampin Up demonstrators from around the world coming together to share what we love. This month we are right in the middle of Sale-a-bration, a yearly three month period of freebies and new products.

I've chosen the Botanical Butterfly DSP (designer series paper) which came out in the first wave of SAB back in January. I love butterflies so this was a must - and I've managed to get three packs! So it'll last me beyond SAB which ends on 31st March.

I love making 3D projects, so this month I've made some cute little table favours/gift boxes. I took the colours from the dsp, so I have used Lemon/Lime Twist; Grapefruit Grove; Balmy Blue; Highland Heather and Daffodil Delight card to make the boxes.

I started with a piece of card measuring 8 1/4" x 7"
Score on the long side @ 2", 4", 6", 8"
Score on the short side @ 1/2", 2 1/2", 4 1/2", 6 1/2"

I then cut the DSP into 1 3/4" squares. you'll need 6 for each box.

Round the corners on the top and bottom flaps and your box is made! You can store it flat for later if you wish.

I punched a 1 3/8" scallop circle. Then stamped the butterflies using Butterfly Gala, using matching ink for each box and punched them out. I added some bling by using pearls for the butterfly bodies.

Simple boxes that I think look stunning 😄

Now you've seen what I used this month, please do go visit the others in this hop starting with Deb by clicking on the button below ...

Hope you have a craft filled day 
Karen x

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Saturday, 26 January 2019

Ink. Stamp. Share. January blog hop

Hi there!

Welcome to another blog hop from Ink.Stamp.Share. We are a group of Stampin Up demonstrators from across the globe who love to get together to share ideas and inspiration with each other and everyone who reads our blogs.This month we are taking our theme from the new Spring/Summer catalogue. There are some lovely crafty goodies in there, so here we go. If you have hopped in from Rebecca-Jo, I'm sure you are already brimming with ideas for your own crafting. If you've come straight to me, then I hope you take time to hop round all the other blogs too.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love butterflies, so I was very excited when I saw the catalogue had not one, but two stamp sets! On page 13 you'll find Beauty Abounds. This stunning bundle has butterflies galore and gorgeous sentiments. 
And then on pages 34 & 35, you'll find a whole suite of goodies! The stamp set with matching punch means you can have butterflies everywhere in a very short amount of time - that to me is a little bit of heaven 😁
To go with the stamp is some gorgeous 6" x 6" gingham papers in lovely fresh spring colours. You'll also find ribbon and adhesive backed sequins.

This is the set I chose to use for my make this month. I was going to be taking part in a 'virtual' get together with some friends who all live a distance away from me. As I couldn't get there, we agreed I would join via Facebook live! Unfortunately our host had to postpone with a family emergency, but as I had already made the items I thought I would share here.

My first project was a little swap for everyone, so I made little chocolate favours with the gingham papers.

Then for our "Make n Take", I prepared kits for everyone and posted them off to my Upline ready for the get together. These were little gift boxes for tealights. You can get 4 Ikea tealights inside, or possible 5 from other places (I also had some from Asda, a UK supermarket, and found they are a bit smaller than Ikea ones).

After making these I went just a little butterfly crazy and ended up with all these cards! Most I CASED from Pinterest as I wanted lots of samples to share with my fellow team friends.

Last of all, I made five desk calendars to add to my catalogues going out to customers that week.

I hope I've given you a taste of the new catalogue. As I mentioned above, there really is a lot of lovely craftiness inside! Please now hop on to Sharon who is in Australia by clicking the Next button.

Happy crafting
Karen x

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