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

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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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

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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 ๐Ÿ˜Š
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).

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Ink.Stamp.Share. May blog hop

Hi Crafters,

Welcome to another Ink. Stamp. Share. blog hop. We are a group of Stampin Up! independent demonstrators from around the world who love to get together on a regular basis to share what we love ... crafting! It's always a pleasure to go visit with these fabulous folk and to get lots of inspiration from the things they've made. If you've just hopped in from Shirley I'm sure you're already brimming with ideas. I hope I can inspire you too.

This month our theme is Monochrome. Looking back over the last few weeks I realised I've been making a lot of cards that fit this criteria! As time has been short for me this month, this blog post revisits some of these cards.

First up, a couple of samples I made for a craft class last month featuring Beautiful You. I'm so pleased this fantastic stamp set is carrying over to the new catalogue. This was the set that made me join Stampin Up!
This first one was a Simple Stamping sample, just stamping Night of Navy onto white card. At the end of the class, I offered the ladies one of my samples each, this one disappeared first!
I love adding embellishments to cards. That's what I love about Stampin Up!, all their supplies match! This card used Basic Grey and Grey Granite Textured Weave ribbon.

Next, I was asked to make a card featuring a cake. Easy! This stamp set is retiring sadly, but will stay in my stash for future projects
I used Crumb Cake ink on white, adding my favourite Polkadot Tulle ribbon and some twine - both of which are carrying over ... yay!

Finally, it was my anniversary earlier this month. I do love clean simple cards 
Although the card base is not SU, I've added this card to show how beautiful white and silver are (it wasnt our silver a anniversary I might add!). This card featured Falling Flowers and Meant to Be stamp sets. I'm sad to say goodbye to the flowers but glad the hearts are staying.

I hope I've given you some ideas for cards using just one colourway to create the monochrome look. Please do carry one round the hop. If you click on the Next button below, you'll hop over to Sandra's blog for more great ideas.

Thanks for stopping by
Karen xx

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If you would like any of the supplies shown above, the ones carrying over into the 2019/20 catalogue are listed below. 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).

Stamp sets
151412 Beautiful You
148626 Meant to Be
Die sets
148527 Stitched Be Mine
141706 Layering Ovals
141705 Layering Circles
147656 Textured Weave Ribbon
146912 Polka Dot Tulle ribbon
144220 Rhinestones
Stampin Blends
145058 Smoky Slate combo
Ink pads
147110 Night of Navy
149165 Basic Grey
147113 Smoky Slate 
147116 Crumb Cake
Card stock
106549 Whisper White
121689 Basic Grey
121685 Crumb Cake
132178 Silver Foil sheets

Wednesday, 22 May 2019


Hi Crafters,

Welcome to another of my monthly Scrapbook blog hop posts. If you've just arrived from Shirley then I'm sure you're already feeling inspired. If you're starting here, then hello and I hope you enjoy your visit before hopping off to see what all the other Stampin Up! demonstrators have been up to.

It's not really a goodbye to scrapbooking, just to the current Stampin Up catalogue which ends this month. The new one has some great new products inside which I'm looking forward to using, but sometimes it's sad to say goodbye to old favourites, so this month I'm showcasing some of the paper I fell in love with over the last 12 months.

I was instantly attracted to the Best Route suite last year. I knew it would fit in perfectly for scrapbooking our travels.

This was a recent visit to Dorset in the UK. We love this area and as it was a glorious day, we opted for a coastal walk. Hadn't intended walking quite so far ... but it was a real achievement for me!

I used Best Route Memories & More cards; lots of punched circles (including ones punched from the retiring 1 1/4" circle punch); Dragonfly Dreams stamp set; Decorative Ribbon Border punch (which isn't retiring) and a small amount of Best Route DSP. I also did a small amount of printing on my laptop!

I hope I've given you some ideas for your future scrapbook pages.  I tend to forget my Memories & More cards, so wanted to concentrate on using those this time

Please now click on the Next button to see what Sue has in store for you

Happy Crafting
Karen x

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Monday, 13 May 2019

Cute Embellishment Box

Hi crafters,

I dont know about you, but I'm terrible for buying cute little extras and then forgetting to use them. I do tend to hoard my favourites too, but wheres the point in that? They stay hidden. So with that in mind, plus having bought yet more pretty trinkets I decided to create a storage box so they would be close to hand and I'd remember to add them to my projects.

This little box is the perfect size and by using the bright paper, easily seen. I simply adore the Free As A Bird stamp set as well. The box is easy to make too ...

You will need -

12" x 10" (30.4 x 25.4cm)
Scored on the longer side @ 2¾" and 9¼" (7cm and 23.5cm)
white  6" x 3" approx (15.2  x 7.6cm)
base colour 6" x 3" approx (15.2 x 7.6cm)
scraps for stamping

2 pieces - 6⅜" x 2⅝" (16.2 x 6.6cm)
1 piece - 6⅜" x 1⅜" ( 16.2 x 3.5cm)
2 pieces - 2⅝" x 2⅝" ( 6.6 x 6.6cm)

Please check out my YouTube video to see how I put it all together 

Happy Crafting
Karen x

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Ink & Share Scrapbook blog hop - Masculine theme

Hi Crafters,

Its blog hop time again ๐Ÿ˜Š I love to get together with my fellow Stampin Up! demonstrators to share ideas for Scrapbook layouts. If you've just arrived from Jacqui, welcome! If you're starting with me, then thank you for dropping by.

As you can see by the header picture, it's all about the menfolk this month. My layout was going to show my husband ... but then I came across these two photos and I knew it had to be! My grandson was around 14 months old here and was so worn out after we took my daughter's dog for a walk that he fell asleep before we could get him out of his trike!

I used some of my favourite stamps to decorate the 12x12 page ..
Falling Flowers
First Steps
Part of My Story
Incredible Like You

Labeler Alphabet
and of course my Large Letter dies.

Thank you for visiting me today. Please do now click on the Next button below to move on to Sue
for more inspiration for masculine scrapbook layouts.

Happy crafting
Karen xx

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