Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas !

After a bonkers few weeks preparing over 200 bottle gift wraps, oodles of gift boxes and goodness knows how many poly ribbon bows my workroom is now closed ... phew !

2012 has been brilliant .... I've met lots of exciting and interesting people and had plenty of fun and laughter along the way.

Thank You to all my customers for all your support and custom 

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and 
I look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year.

Love and Happiness to all

Karen x

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Gift Wrapping Tips & Ideas: Week 5 - Double Sided Tape

Shhhhhh - don't tell anyone but this week I am sharing with you my gift wrapping secret  - double sided tape

Double sided tape is the one thing as a professional gift wrapper I can not live without.

Using double sided tape ensures all the tape holding the wrapping in place is 'invisible' inside the wrapping paper leaving the gift looking neat and tidy on the outside.

Double sided tape is available from most haberdashers or craft shops, it costs appx £1 for a roll and it goes a long long way!

I would encourage everyone to 'have a go' using double sided tape - I know you'll be amazed with the results.

Till next week.......

Happy Wrapping !

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Alternative Gift Wrapping !

If ever you find yourself needing to wrap a gift but without wrapping paper - DON'T PANIC!

There are lots of interesting household items that can be used as alternatives to traditional wrapping paper 

How about using a J-cloth (clean of course)

Ideal for wrapping awkward shapes or for giving a flat gift a little bit of va va voom !

Here I've mixed and matched a blue and white cloth with some pretty artificial flowers and luxurious navy blue satin ribbon

Very effective ... even if I say so myself !

Saturday, August 18, 2012

How to make Heart Bunting using sheet music

 hole punch
 sheet music/paper

Step 1. Cut the sheet music into 7 x 2cm wide strips
Step 2.  Cut two strips 29cm in length; then 2 x 23cm, 2 x 20cm and 1 x 13cm

Step 3. Set the single 13cm strip to one side
Step 4. Stack the strips of music together in the following order:-

Step 5. Hold the strips of music together and staple them once 
(this forms the bottom point of the heart shape)

Step 6. Take the centre 2 x 20cm strips and place the ends together to form a heart shape

Step 7. Holding the 2 x 20cm strips in the heart shape fold in the next 2 x 23cm strips to form a second heart shape over the first

Step 8. Repeat the same process with the 2 x 29cm strips to form three hearts
Step 9. Fold the 13cm single strip of sheet music in half and place in the centre of the other strips
Step 10. Staple all the strips together

Step 11. Punch a hole in the folded single strip of sheet music 

Step 12. Thread the heart onto a ribbon ...

.... continue to thread hearts onto the ribbon until you have the length of bunting you require 

Gorgeous !

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Being sentimental at heart I love keepsakes that remind me of good times and cherished moments

This year I have been lucky enough  to have had some fabulous moments that I want to cherish and remember forever

To remember these good times I've been saving maps, tickets, brochures, photographs, menus and greetings cards and turning them into unique keepsake badges, earrings, bookmarks, necklaces and bracelets

Now each time I wear my unique keepsake badge,  jewellery or read a book I remember the special times I have had ...

... and my precious memories will remain with me forever.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

#yorkshirehour tweet tweet

I had an amazing time and met lots of new business contacts on #yorkshirehour last night

If you haven't come across #yorkshirehour yet, it takes place 8pm till 9pm every Wednesday evening on Twitter and is an opportunity for Yorkshire businesses to promote themselves and network.

#yorkshirehour was the brainchild of Angie Aspinall and Helen Massey who first had the idea 17 weeks ago - since then it's grown so big that's trending at No1 - how amazing is that ???

If you would like more information about what its all about and how it works then take a look at 
Hope to see you there next week !

Follow me @utterlykaren

Sunday, June 3, 2012

At long last ....

It's taken some time but at long last I've pulled my finger out and re-worked my website

I've tried to make it more colourful and easier to navigate

If you have a moment please take a peek - I'd love to hear what you think

Monday, April 30, 2012

Saltaire Arts Trail Makers Fair 2012

Over the last few weeks I've been giddily preparing for the Saltaire Arts Trail 2012 Makers Fair which takes place 5th to 7th May 2012 at the Victoria Hall in Saltaire ... I'm sooo excited to have been chosen to exhibit at the event I can barely contain myself!  

This year’s event showcases the work of over 60 selected artists, designers and makers including exhibitors from right across the country as well as right here in Yorkshire including (unbelievably) yours truly !  

I've been preparing lots of new Utterly Unique ranges which will be available for the first time at the Makers Fair including handmade decorated leather belts, badges, keyrings, bookmarks, cufflinks and my All New wire wrapped beads - they're amazing!

For more information about the fabulous Saltaire Arts Trail including a list of all the makers exhibiting at the Makers Fair see 

If you're able to join in the fun please feel free to "drop by and say Hi"
you'll find me in the Harmonium Room at the Victoria Hall

See you there ! x

Monday, April 16, 2012

British Craft Trade Fair Harrogate

I had a fabulous time at the BCTF in Harrogate today.

I met some lovely wonderful talented people but it was especially nice to be able to catch up with the familiar faces of Jill from Touchyfeely Textiles, Rebecca from Rebeccamaryjane's, Rachel from Rachel Lucie Jewellery, Carrie-Ann from Carrie-Ann Coup Handcrafted Paper Products and Leigh from Leigh Shepherd Designs 

The absolute excitement came though when I met Phiona Richards 
I have long admired Phiona's work so I was awestruck to finally meet her.  
So awestruck in fact that I completely embarrassed myself by babbling at her incoherently - she must have wondered what the heck was going on - anyway I did finally manage to get my mouth under control and hold a coherent conversation with her and she's as gorgeous to chat to as her work is to look at.

If you haven't had the pleasure of Phiona's work then please take a peek at - I'm sure you will be just as impressed as I am with her fabulous talent.

BIG question now is ... do I launch myself on the world at next year's BCFT? 
... decisions ... decisions ...???

Monday, April 2, 2012

Easter Gift Wrapping Ideas

March has marched on by and April is now upon us which can mean only one thing ...  Easter is but a short hop away and with it a weekend of scrummy hot-cross buns (Mmmm) and delicious Easter Eggs courtesy of The Easter Bunny !

I adore giving presents so giving Easter Eggs to friends and family is an essential part of my Easter celebrations and, as you can imagine, I like to make them “egg”stra special by wrapping them in my own Utterly Unique way!

Here are my ideas for wrapping your Easter eggs this weekend

Small Individual Creme Eggs

These look fab pleated with just a little bit of tissue and pretty bow to decorate

Tools = tissue (pale yellow, pink or green are ideal), scissors, 6mm satin ribbon

1.  Cut 2 x 10cm squares of tissue (doesn’t matter if they are the same colour or different colours)
2.  Sit the egg in the middle of the tissue
3.  Pleat the tissue round the egg
4.  Tie the ribbon round the tissue at the top of the egg to hold the tissue in place and tie the ribbon into a bow to finish

The same wrapping method can be used for larger eggs by simply scaling up the size of tissue paper used.

This wrapping method is also ideal for wrapping little bundles of sugar coated mini eggs which make adorable table favours for Easter lunch

Boxed Easter Eggs

The No1 rule when wrapping a box is to use just enough paper to cover the box and cut off any excess and also to use tape sparingly

Tools = wrapping paper, scissors, tape (3 x 1ins pieces – cut ready to use), ribbon

1.  Measure and cut the paper to the right size (enough to go round the box and half way up the ends of the box)
2.  Check that the box sits evenly in the middle of the paper so that the amount of paper at each end of the box is equal

3.  Wrap the paper round the box (keeping the paper tight) and seal in place with one piece of tape
4.  At one end, fold the paper to make a point (run your finger along the creases to give it a professional look) then tape in place with the second piece of tape

5.  Again, keeping the paper tight, fold the paper at the other end of the box and tape it in place with the third piece of tape

6.  Tie a length of ribbon round the box and in a bow to finish

For the WOW factor decorate the box with Easter chicks and other embellishments

I hope I've inspired you have fun with your Easter Wrappings and if any of you are brave enough to photograph your efforts I would love to see them ~ I'll give a prize to the best effort !

If you would like to learn how to make a quick and easy gift tag or a simple triangle gift box please visit the Tutorials Page on my website

Till next time …

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Website goes Mobile!

You know when you go onto the internet from your mobile phone and it takes ages to download the site you want to have a quick look at?

Well, I can now offer you a "mobile friendly" version of my website - it displays a mini version of my website for quick and easy access via your mobile phone.

Why not take a peek and let me know what you think.

or simply enter my full website address of into your mobile and see what happens!

The wonders of modern technology eh?

Monday, February 27, 2012

My Place & Yours - Cups

Morning all,

Thanks to Debs from Works in Progress for taking over the MPAY meme from Punky & Me.

This week's topic is favourite cups.

Cups aren't something we use in our house, we're more humorous "mug" kind a peeps!

I do have some beautiful Wedgewood cups and saucers however they're stuck in a cupboard in the side-board (my other half  kind of broke the door key in half so we can't get in the cupboard any more)

On the upside though at least I won't break any of my cups and saucers !!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Joules Jewels!

As you know, I can't bear to throw any paper-based products away so, when I recently came upon some carrier bags from the gorgeous Joules Clothing Store, I couldn't resist making beads from them.

I'm pretty pleased with the results

Get the Country Look with Joules 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Puppini Sisters Discovered !

I've discovered the joy that is The Puppini Sisters this week so I have to share them with you

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Place & Yours - On the Wall

The topic for this week's My Place & Yours is On the Wall

I didn't realise how little I had on my walls until I came to add this post - makes me think I should put more effort into my wall art!

AA Milne's Pooh Bear - a favourite from my youth

Have a bit of a "thing" about The Ocean and Lighthouses !

Elephants are also a passion - here are just a
couple of elephants from my huge Heffalump Collection!

Cards and Art work given to me by two of my very good friends

 "We are all of us stars and we all deserve to twinkle"

If you'd like to join in MPAY jog along to Punky & Me and get stuck in

Friday, February 10, 2012

February's Creation

I've been enjoying myself in my workshop this week doing a little bit of research and development - I've come up with these GIANT chunky beads - I think they could be my new favourites!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

My Place & Yours - Green

I came across Punky & Me's fab My Place & Yours Blog today courtesy of Swirlyarts
and as I'm into all things "green" I thought I'd take a few pics and join in the fun !

Our little green fishy in the smallest room
The first present my OH bought me - Pooh Bear
pomander with green beads (not keen on potpouri!)
Utterly Unique paper beads created by yours truly
My favourite ornament. a Murano glass sweetie jar we
brought all the way from Murano Island Venice
This gorgeous little thing was a gift  from my Mum - it came
all the way from China and is a jar depicting the Great Wall of China
which was painted on the inside - WOW !

I hope you like my pics - if you want to join in too then head on over to Punky and Me