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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Warm, Winner and Thank You

Hello friends

The heat is slowing me down, apologies no blog post yesterday.
My eldest son is suffering the most, his room is in the loft 
so he experiences extremes of hot/cold throughout the year.
I can recommend Amazon for selling fans at reasonable prices!

Firstly today I want to share with you a beautiful thank you card
I received from Wendy.
She also very kindly included a donation for Ronald McDonald House.


It is lovely, I am always very honoured when I receive handmade cards.

Next announcing the winning number from this month's Charity Kit.


Please check your kit bags and see if you have number...


If you do...Congratulations!!
Please email me -
christine.emberson@blueyonder.co.uk
with your address details and your goodie bag will be on its way to you!

If you missed this month's kit (or would like to purchase previous kits)
Elliott has uploaded them to the website here.

Take care friends, city working day today -
comes around far too quickly but very grateful for the air con!




Tuesday, 20 June 2017

I'm Back Home!

Hello friends

I hope you are all well?
I'm back home after my time away in Coventry,
I'm most definitely missing the air con that we had in the hotel and venue!
The event I attended was hosted by AFCI (formerly CHA UK)
The One Big Show.


This was an opportunity for designers, retailers, suppliers etc
to get together, share information, listen to inspiring talks and more.
It is absolutely invaluable if you are in business or considering
launching a business or perhaps designing a product - 
definitely check out their website for more information.

I got to spend some time with Stacey Caron from Spellbinders...


and also I demoed some cards I designed using her collection,
specifically Rebel Rose.
Here is one of them...
Labels 57 for the aperture.


And the gorgeous die cut to the middle is Untamed Fleur,
A inked flower and leaf set to the middle for an injection of colour.


All dies are available on the website so please feel free to 
pop over and take a look.

I'll be back tomorrow with more, just catching up with things
at home and regularly hugging Bella!

Take care friends.



Saturday, 17 June 2017

Coventry bound and Layered Tile

Hello friends
 
As mentioned, I'm setting off for Coventry today to the Ricoh Arena.
The car is packed to the rafters with crafty items to display
to retailers but I do hope to grab some photos while I'm there to share with you all.
I also hope to post a few things to Twitter and Facebook,
also getting to grips with Instagram at the moment -
I have to mentally tell myself that not every photo needs to be of Bella!
 
Today's crafty offering features Layered Tile,
a design by Marisa Job for Spellbinders.
It is a two piece die set that can be used separately or overlayed together,
I've used a combination of four and added ribbon and a sparkly flower.
 

Quite possibly the largest card I've ever made! Well by my standards,
I tend to go diddy small!



Layered Tile is available on the website here.
Whilst I'm away Elliott is back in charge of processing orders and any queries...
go on make him busy.. I dare you! ;)
 
Take care friends, enjoy the sunshine - I think we are all going to
get some sunny rays this weekend.
 

Friday, 16 June 2017

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

This week's Friday Die Day features 
I've done a video (with lots of help from Elliott)
that shows the technique of using embossing folders with matting dies
and also decorating envelopes.



I hope you like it, here's some photos of the finished project
including Stanley Bear.
A photo at this angle looks like he needs a new nose!


The flowers are from Marisa's Bouquet.


Flowers and Leaves is available on the website here
and there's also the option of buying it in a bundle offer here.

Take care friends, I'm heading to Coventry this weekend to 
demo Spellbinders at the Richo Arena.
It is a retailer event and I'm thrilled that Stacey Caron from Spellbinders
is flying in to be a guest speaker.
We are trading goodies - she is bringing Lucky Charms (breakfast cereal),
Reeses goodies and Nerds in exchange for Galaxy chocolate -
we like to get the important stuff sorted! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone and take care.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Perspective...

Hello friends

I got up yesterday morning with the intention of typing a blog post,
heard the news of the terrible fire in London and stopped typing.
Blogging paled into insignificance.
My heart ached for those people, family and pets caught up in such a tragedy.
Fire terrifies me (as I'm sure it does others),
I cannot and honestly do not want to imagine what those people 
went through and what they suffered and will continue to suffer 
while rebuilding their lives.

I do not want to be maudlin and I rarely stick my head above the parapet and 
voice an opinion but doesn't it throw things into perspective?
I am rich today, rich beyond words because I have a roof over my
head and my family and pets are safe.
I wanted to shout this from the rooftops yesterday
when I heard petty trivialities in the supermarket and read similar online...

So that's my words today with just a little crafty offering...



Hug those closest today.

Take care friends, it is Friday Die Day tomorrow and that boy of 
mine has been working on a video...



Tuesday, 13 June 2017

A bit of tiling!

Hello friends

Today back to sharing with you one of the samples I made recently for
Create and Craft.
This features Flower Tile.
I've used four Flower Tile die cuts for my design and then added
squares of scrap paper to the open areas.


I managed to find some papers that looked a little like Moroccan tiles so that helped.
The flower and bow are created with the flower dies from 
Window of Memories - 
it's very OTT for me but fun to step out of my comfort zone occasionally. 
I also enjoyed using the little stamens - available from Amazon. 


Flower Tile is available on the website here.

What is everyone up to today?
Bella and I are out for a walk, meeting up with another gorgeous 
pup called Frankie.
Shhh...little secret - Bella's real love is a poodle called Billy, 
although her idea of wooing him is continually running in circles! 
I guess love does that to you sometimes :)

video

Take care friends.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Winner Time

Hello friends

I hope you all had a good weekend,
pleased to announce no more hamster traumas here!

Today I'm announcing the winner of last week's midweek giveaway -
a pre-loved set of Floral Swirls Strip.
I used this die for a Friday Die Day post and video,
getting back to shooting more videos this week,
bless Elliott and his endless patience! 


Now the important bit - thank you to all those who left a comment,
the winner is...

KITTY DAVIES

Congratulations Kitty!
Please drop me an email hope-chances@live.co.uk
with your address details and the die will be sent straight out to you.

Leaving you with this little message...

Take care friends.




Saturday, 10 June 2017

The Right Tools...

Hello friends

A little later today - there's unrest in the Emberson household! 
Mitchell's two hamsters who have lived happily together for over a year
have now developed a hatred for each other...
we're wondering if it's political! ;)
So panic first thing to separate them and now going shopping for another
cage, it will look very much like a pet shop here!

Back to calm crafting...
Look away Dad as this is most likely for you!

I've made a Father's Day card using a great die set called Toolbox.
I chose to cut the tools and box from a variety of blue cardstock and foil card.
Mounted these onto a Pierced Circle.


The sentiment is typed and die cut and a few gemstones to jazz it all up!


Toolbox is available on the website here -
it's a very 'handy' set to have - boom boom! 

I'm crafting in my cabin today, getting ready for 
a retailer show in Coventry next weekend, putting together 
lots of kits - I will share those with you very soon.
Before that...reinstating hamster harmony!

Take care friends.


Friday, 9 June 2017

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

We did our bit yesterday...
Bella was quite confused having a late evening walk.
We was determined to capture her for #dogsatpollingstations !


Back to crafting... 
this week's Friday Die Day is Frame of Mind.
A die set with a wonderful selection of stamps.
The approximate measurements are as follows:
 
Frame Die: 1.90 x 3.10 in
Make it Beautiful Stamp: 1.40 x 2.50 in
Love Stamp: 0.80 x 1.70 in
Be Brave Stamp: 0.30 x 2.00 in
Hello Stamp: 0.90 x 1.80 in
The World is… Stamp: 1.10 x 1.50 in
This is a more detailed look at the stamps and the frame die.

 
I've cut/embossed and stamped 'Hello' to the middle.

 
My card base has been embossed with Enchanted Embossing Folder
and I've created a Blooms One flower.

 
I added a strip of patterned ribbon and a narrow mat of coordinating pink card
behind the stamped frame.



 
Frame of Mind is available on the website both new (in the sale)
and pre-loved here.
I've mentioned before I'm not the most confident stamper but I find these
stamps really easy to use and the image is crisp.

Take care friends, wishing you a sunny weekend.


 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Fearless...

Hello friends

Today I'm revisiting a Spellbinders die and stamp 
set called Fearless.

Designed by Debi Adams it features a banner shaped die,
coordinating stamp and a combination of sentiment stamps.

I think the sentiments work perfectly for anyone
going through a difficult time or perhaps starting out
on a new venture. 

I chose a simple design using Studio Light papers,
die cut multiple banners and layered them.
I stamped the sentiment to one and added three diddy flowers.




Fearless is available on the website both new and pre-loved,
you can view them here - bargains!

Still not too late to leave a comment on yesterday's post and
be in with the chance of winning a pre-loved die set.

City working day today, leaving Bella in the loving care
of Mum and Dad, she is showing off her new hair cut or just snoozing!


Take care friends. 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Midweek Giveaway

Hello friends

Wednesdays can be funny days, there they are stuck in the middle
of the week and now commonly referred to as hump day ...
For those who work full time I can appreciate it feels like
you are half way towards the weekend.
Personally it marks my last crafting day before embarking on city job!
Whatever we think of Wednesdays I thought I would mark the middle of 
the week with a giveaway.
I have a pre-loved set of Floral Swirls Strip on offer.
I featured this die last week in my Friday Die Day post and video.


If you would like to be in with a chance of winning this pre-loved die,
please leave a comment on today's blog post and next
week a winner will be announced.

Also feel free to check out other pre-loved dies on the website here -
apparently Elliott has added more!

Happy Wednesday everyone.
Take care.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Flower Tile with Roses

Hello friends

It's been a bit breezy here...
I'm currently having the front of my house repainted and I'm 
constantly checking on my workman up his ladder! 

Today's card features Flower Tile.
A geometric grid design with pretty daisy floweres.

I matted pink and pale grey cardstock onto my card base.
Die cut Flower Tile from ivory cardstock and then used the die 
to cut some rose squares to paper-piece into the alternate blocks.


I added one of my glittery flowers to the corner.


I really like this die, I also made a larger project using four die cuts
together - I'll be sharing that later this week.

Flower Tile is available on the website here

Take care friends - Bella is having a haircut today,
haven't told her yet!


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