Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A funny old day

Not crafting related to day. This story relates to a week last Sunday!

My friend had told me about the 'Home and Gift' fair being held in Harrogate. As it was free I though I would have a day out and check out what was going to be on trend for  Christmas. However by the time we arrived in Harrogate the multi-story car park  was full. There was a chap there telling people to try the park and ride as the other multistories in Harrogate where also full. We followed his directions to the park and ride but got lost and ended up in Knaresborough!

We abandoned the idea of going back into Harrogate and turning around found we were quite close to Harewood House.

 That was were we headed. It was a lovely warm day. We had a very late lunch in the courtyard sat outside, Then walked around the lake to the walled garden. I was a bit disappointed that the walled garden was mainly vegetables as I was looking for a bit of inspiration, however the Capability Brown terrace was beautiful.  I could quite happily spend all day with my secaters out snipping where tendrils grew that shouldn't. The view from the terrace out across the lake was stunning under a blue sky.

I haven't been to Harewood house since I was quite a young girl. It was then half way between where I lived and where I went to boarding school. It was on the main road across the country, pre motorway days, (gosh am I really that old!) . When my Grandma came with my Mum and I to take me back to school we used to stop at Harewood house for lunch or afternoon tea. Once I left my school hat there, they posted it on along with a hamper of lovely goodies that we shared in the dorm.

Monday, 24 July 2017

High Tide mirror

I still love the High Tide stamp set and today I want to show you how versatile it can be. A few weeks ago I was mooching around Ikea and came across these mirrors I knew as soon as I saw them that I could use them for decorating in lots of ways. I bought 2. The one I am showing you today is stamped with the High Tide set. To stamp on this type of material you need to use Stazon ink. I do have quite a collection of colours, I have had them for more than 10 years and they are still inky!
If you have a nautical/seaside themed bathroom this would be great.

Detail - I used 5 colours, red, blue, green, brown and black for the birds in the opposite corner.

I decorated a second mirror with the Beautiful you stamp set, I used a dried up blender pen to colour the dress with the red stazon ink. It looked amazing.... it was the first item I sold at the summer fair last week. So another trip to Ikea is needed!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Tulips in a box

I have my good friend and fellow Stampin'Up demonstrator Nicola Baker to thank for this creation and it is so impressive. This was one of the makes from last Tuesdays class. So many people who come into the studio 'just for a look' always comment on the cards with the Tulips on. I just wish mine looked this good in the garden in the spring!

When I did this in class along with the card I have for you tomorrow we did all the stamping and colouring first. I had pre cut all the bits and pieces so most of the stamping was on quite small pieces of card which is a bit unusual. However there was some fussy cutting and lots of bits to be put together with dimensionals. The mini dimensionals really came into their own for this one. 
We had a break for tea and cake between the creating of all the parts and the putting together. Actually it was almond tarts this week. mmmmmm

The next two pictures ....... spot the difference! I dropped the card on the green ink pad which was still open, grrrr I didn't have time to start again and make another one, saved by the embellishment box.

I hope from the pictures you can tell how it works as it does fold flat for a standard size envelope.

Tulips - only available as a hostess set or a £150 spend. If you would like a party I could host it for you and your friends in the studio. I keep Thursday nights free for parties. If you want a different day get in contact with me.
Stitched framelits                   145372
Happy Birthday Gorgeous     143662
Banner punch                         141483
White embellishments           138416

If you spend over £25 in my online shop please use the hostess code below. In July I will send you a small goody bag of Stampin'Up product. If you click on the picture below it will take you to my online shop or on any of the links next to the items I have used for this project.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Coffee and craft

Its a funny how things can turn out. Last Tuesday was my third Coffee and a Card in The Secret Cafe on Tenterfields Business Park. The cafe is actually across the cobbles from my studio. Each week I have met one new customer and although we are small in number we enjoy our crafting. One of the ladies who has joined in the coffee and a card also comes to my regular Tuesday afternoon classes, she often remarks that she needs cards for men as she finds these difficult. That was in my mind when I started planning these. The other ladies who come are very new to paper crafting so I am trying to keep it simple. I still had some of this lovely designer paper left and the bow punch I hadn't used it for ages. I gave everyone a choice of the colourway and they loved them then when I bought out the little bag in a box, they really ooh'd and arrrr'd. The also had a choice of designer paper for this and one lady was so taken with it she ordered the envelope punch board there and then.

So quite a lot of retired product used up but the envelope punch board and that lovely little bow punch are in the current catalogue.

Envelope Punch Board    133774
Bow punch                       137414  

If you spend more than £25 in my online shop, please use the hostess code below. In July I will send you a small goody bag of Stampin'Up goodies.  

Friday, 21 July 2017


I have today updated the classes and workshops page as well as the parcel in the post page. I look forward to hearing from you.

Parcel in the Post returns

This time last year I offered my Parcel in the Post, it was a christmas stamp set and was well received, not sure why I haven't done any in between but I am now organised and will bring you one a month. This months is based around the watercolour pencils.
The colouring-in papers way back in SAB Jan - March were really beautiful and even then I thought they would make a stunning parcel in the post. I started the planning then but have only just got myself organised.
Here are the details.
You will get everything you need to make four cards, including a small paintbrush!  If you have an aquapainter and prefer to use that it will be fine. If you would like to order some aqua painters then let me know when you order your parcel of goodies. There will be a printed sheet with a large detailed picture of each card with any hints or tips where necessary. I only have four packs ready for posting at the moment but can easily create more. The pencils will be bought in from Stampin'Up when you place your order for the parcel.
Time line, ordering is open now and will remain open untill all the kits have gone, but I will only place the orders for the pencils (for this parcel) on the 13th of the month , they take a week to arrive with me and I will have your parcels ready to post within 24 hours so it should be with you week commencing 21st.  So you can order today or wait until the 12th of the month - which ever date you order from me on I will only order in once - the 13th of the month. If you have any questions please email me here

In the parcel will be:-
4 card bases, 
the matt layers for each card cut to size,
all embellishments needed including ribbon and die cuts,
a fine paintbrush.
a packet of Stampin'Up watercolour pencils
a blank panel of white for the inside of the three coloured card bases.
4 envelopes to suit the card sizes.

You will need to supply your own adhesive. When your parcel arrives your piece of designer colouring paper will not be exactly the same as my samples, you have the freedom to colour as much or as little as you wish on each card.  This parcel is £20 including postage to you. To order yours please email  karen@krafting.co.uk

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Embossing paste 3

So we have done straight our of the pot, colouring the paste and the final card is water coloured. You do need good quality watercolour paper. I use watercolour postcards, they are really thick, come in a pad of 30 and are a great size. The more water you add the better the colour spread you get.
This is a case from Jennifer Spiller here  I have done mine in melon mambo and blushing bride, I do love the lemon lime twist and tranquil tide that Jennifer has used and will have to give that a try. This is certainly a card I will be re creating  in a range of colours.

It was a very messy class this afternoon and my fingers are still covered in ink!
This is so pretty though, it was worth it.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Embossing paste -take 2-

This afternoon we will be messy with this paste. I recommend a washing up bowl very close at hand. The spatulas and mask need to be washed immediately as it dries so quickly.

To create this card I have coloured the embossing paste using re inkers, very small drops! Initially I mixed the coloured bits but it just went a grungy grey. So I recommend you create 2 little piles of coloured paste then spread them into each other on the mask where they do blend better.

The leaf is stamped using the wet wipe method. I love the mix of colours you can get with this technique. I have then coated some of the top leaf with fine tip glue to make it shiny and blurred.

Embossing paste
Masks                  144103
Vintage leaves stamp set
Vintage leaves dies
Re inkers Regals
Re Inkers Pastels

If you do shop in my online shop and spend between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below then in August I will send you a small goody bag of Stampin' Up product as a thank you.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Embossing Paste -take 1-

 Embossing paste, take 1. This is a the simplest way of using the embossing paste, straight out of the pot, through a mask and left to dry, which doesn't take long, infact its probably as quick as the inks. So highly suitable for class.
For this card I have used the paste on basic grey card.
The flower is from Butterfly Basics. I coloured the stamp with the marker pens then used an aqua painter. I have then used the stitched framelits. The Butterfly is from the Papilion popouri, (now retired) then punched (now retired). Melon mambo pops when used with basic grey.

This is the first card for Wednesdays class where we are going to use the paste in three different ways.

Basic butterflies       137154
Marker pens             131264
Embossing paste.     141979
Masks                       144103

If you do shop in my online shop and spend between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below, then in August I will send you a small goody bag of stamping up product as a thank you.

Monday, 10 July 2017

A rarwww of heat embossing to write

For those of you who have all ready looked at the page today that was a bit of a whoops!

My beginners class has now reached week three. Everyone is doing really well using the trimmer to cut and score, stamping randomly as well as in a specific place is coming naturally now. This week we are starting on heat embossing. 
We will be making 2 birthday cards as its the 'Birthday club'....  
We will be using clear embossing powder as well as white. Accompanying the heat embossing we will also be doing a bit of daubing with a sponge, plus stamping and using the trimmer!
These are the 2 cards we will be making. If you fancy a go at either of these get in contact I have space for 2 more.

The tree is from lovely as a tree. It is stamped in versa mark then embossed with clear embossing powder. I love this effect. Not only does it look good it also has that slightly raised up feeling so its quite tactile. The background has been daubed with sponges on whisper white.

The second card uses 'No Bones about It' I love this set its such fun as well as making a great card for all those children who love dinosaurs.

No Bones about it Stamp Set
Lovely as a tree Stamp set
Clear embossing powder
White embossing powder
Heat gun

If you do order online and your order is between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below and I will send you a small bag of Stampin Up goodies in July as a thank you.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Fancy Fold Friday

Its another Daisy card but as a Z fold. All my ladies really loved the colours of this. The wisteria wonder is always a colour of choice. I think these are one of the easiest fancy fold cards you can do. I do all the scoring first then cut the a slice off the long edge, turn it around and that becomes your z bit.  We completed all the stamping first, then added the designer paper to the z part, finally adding the punched and cut up daisy. There are 2 complete daisies, one is cut in half the other is cut in half and one of the halves cut into 2 pieces. The second daisy colour is calypso coral.

Daisy Delight stamp set                143669
Delightful daisy designer paper    144137
Wisteria Wonder A4                      124389
Wisteria Wonder ink                      126985
Calypso Coral ink                          126983
Whisper White A4                        106549

If you do order online and your order is between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below and I will send you a small bag of Stampin Up goodies in July as a thank you.

Thursday, 6 July 2017


I'm not one for making tags very often, even a Christmas I usually buy them. Thats it confession over.

Well, last week, when I was tidying up my shelves of card I found I had lots of offcuts of crumb cake from some 4" square cards I had made. What to do with it?
I made these and I think they are fab.

Yes I made tags. Lots of them  well 12 actually. Then I thought a little bit bling would look good so added the silver foil tops punched with the Tag Top Punch.

With ribbons and cord. Not sure which one I like best. What do you think?

Big on Birthdays stamp set  142877
Tag top punch                       133324
Silver Foil Card                    132178
Narrow silver ribbon            132137
Crumb cake card                   121685
Black ink                              132708

If you do order online and your order is between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below and I will send you a small bag of Stampin Up goodies in July as a thank you.