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

                        Karen Pearmain you are here!

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

                                Karen Pearmain (you are here!)

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

                      Karen Pearmain  you are here!

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: