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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Do you have the winning number?

Hello friends

Time to announce August's charity kit lucky ticket.


If you missed it this month's kit it isn't too late - 
they are available on the website here.
I adore the Untamed Fleur die.

It is time to delve into those charity kit bags and see whether you have
number...


If you do, please email me - christine.emberson@blueyonder.co.uk

Don't forget to include your address and a goody bag with dies, stamps
and more will be on its way to you!

Feel free to check out more kits on the website here,
both charity and workshop.

Also Elliott has been keeping busy with adding more
pre-loved to the website - worth a peek :)

Take care friends.




Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Hump Day Giveaway and Winner

Hello friends

It is Wednesday and that means...
Hump Day Giveaway.
Last Wednesday's giveaway was a  pre-loved set - Stack and Fan Flowers.


And the winner is...

ANNE OWENS

Congratulations Anne  - please drop me an email with your address details -
christine.emberson@blueyonder.co.uk

I will then pop them straight out in the post to you.

Stack and Fan Flowers are available on the website here
and in the Summer Sale.

Now on to this week's giveaway...

Tribal Borders


4 pieces in this set of dies, lovely border designs.
I used one of the designs, cut through the middle and parted with
patterned paper for my card design.


If you would like to enter, please leave a comment on today's blog post,
a winner will be picked and announced next Wednesday.

Good luck everyone and take care.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Bear Scout

Hello friends

Today I'm sharing a card project using Bear Scout.
I've featured this card beforehand but thought I would share
a few more details regarding this very cute die set.

Bear Scout is one of the dies designed by Debi Adams -
there's five dies in the set, the bear, flag, flag insert, leave and snout!


The optional inner flag die embosses the wording 'Ahoy'.
What I like about these die sets is that you can reinsert the die cut to 
mark where the eyes should go.


I've used Authentique Autumn papers for my card base and stamped 
the flag with 'Smile' - Lawn Fawn, Fly Free.



My finished card with added leaves.




Cute!
Bear Scout is available on the website here
The rest of Debi Adams' designs full of cuteness are available here.

Also worth mentioning is Elliott has a new batch of unbranded dies on 
the website here - bargains, bargains!

Take care friends and remember tomorrow it is...
Hump Day Giveaway.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Let's go retro!

Hello friends

Elliott has been sourcing some discontinued/difficult to find 
Spellbinders dies and they now have their own category on the website -


I was really pleased he was able to obtain Homespun,
this is the die set that has the little flower and leaf set that I use 
on so many projects.





There was an occasion where I used the pie die from this set too!


Be sure to take a look - there's a Grand Border die that's beautiful 
and he's got them at knock down prices too.

Take care friends - have a great start to the week.



Sunday, 13 August 2017

Cuteness and Francesca Label

Hello friends

I ventured out yesterday to Keep on Crafting in Bury St Edmunds.
Teaching this workshop had been in my diary and I was worried I would 
not get there (due to recent kidney events), but it is amazing how effective painkillers are!
We had a fun workshop in the morning making cute cards from 


Nobody could decide on a favourite, the were all deemed cute!

My project today is Francesca Label.
Designed by Becca Feeken - Amazing Paper Grace.
This shape reminds me very much of Labels Four
a little more curvy, very elegant and the length is perfect for 
laying and stamping.


My card design is simple, shadowing and layering Francesca Label on vertical 
red ribbon matted onto 5 x 7.
The flower is Cinch and Go Flowers Two.


The floral paper is Anna Griffin.


Stamped and die cut sentiments - available on the website pre-cut or as sheets here.


Francesca Label is available to pre-order - arriving in a week or two.
Cinch and Go Flowers Two are now back in stock here.
These flew out the door when I featured this card.


Other news: Elliott has been working on something new
so please look out for an email if you subscribe 
to the website.  I've been looking over his shoulder and it looks really good!

Take care friends - enjoy your Sunday.


Friday, 11 August 2017

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

It's a very cute Friday Die Day especially if you like elephants.
This week I'm featuring Ella-Fant,
one of Debi Adams' Little Red Wagon designs.

The approximate measurements are:

Tail: 0.30 x 1.00 in. 0.8 x 2.5cm
Ear: 0.90 x 1.00 in. 2.3 x 2.5cm
Water Splash: 0.95 x 0.90 in. 2.4 x 2.3cm
Ella Side View: 1.40 x 1.10 in. 3.5 x 3.8cm
Balloon: 0.80 x 2.35 in. 2.0 x 6.0cm
Ella Body: 1.40 x 1.35 in. 3.6 x 3.5cm
Ella Front View: 2.30 x 1.75 in. 5.8 x 4.5cm

This die set gives you the option of a front view elephant or side view.

This is how each die looks cut/embossed.


My white card base with a panel of patterned paper -
Bella Blvd papers - Hello Autumn.


Pierced Circles to the centre panel.


I die cut the head front view from grey cardstock and inked in eyes and tusks.
The die has eye-holes so keep the die cut in place to mark the positioning.


Added a further Pierced Circle and elephant body and tail.
Typed and die cut sentiment.


I then added bright green leaves - these are from the Tropics set -
if you have a penchant for Flamingos then definitely take a look!
The finished card.




Ella-Fant is available on the website here,
I like that it can be used for many cards - not just births and young birthdays.
Tropics is available here.

Take care friends - wishing you all a lovely weekend,
let's hope it is tropical!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Hump Day Giveaway and Winner

Hello friends

It is Wednesday and that means...
Hump Day Giveaway.
Last Wednesday's giveaway was a  pre-loved set - Graceful Scallops.


And the winner is...

MARGARET DRISCOLL

Congratulations Margaret - please drop me an email with your address details -
christine.emberson@blueyonder.co.uk

I will then pop them straight out in the post to you.

Graceful Scallops (pre-loved) is still available on the website here.
(Pre-loved dies are in perfect condition, they've either been used for demos
or for display purposes, check out the full range on the website here).

Now how about this week's giveaway...
 is a pre-loved set of Stack and Fan Flowers 
Designed by Becca Feeken.


A fun die set with different combinations of flowers that you can glue or
pin together with a brad.
I used both cardstock and vellum for my project.
I also adore the fancy leaves in this die set.


If you would like to enter, please leave a comment on today's blog post,
a winner will be picked and announced next Wednesday.
Stack and Fan Flowers is also available on the website here -
both new and pre-loved.

Good luck everyone and take care.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Beautiful Bella Clair Border

Hello friends

Today's card features another die from the Venise Lace collection,
designed by Becca Feeken.
This is the Bella Clair Border.


Becca was inspired by Italian lace for this die collection
and they are truly romantic and beautiful.
My card uses the outer bottom die to create a solid scalloped edge
and then overlayed the lace die cut.
Patterned paper, printed ribbon and some flowers that I estimate are about 
6 years old - amazing what you find at the bottom of boxes!




Bella Clair Border is available to pre-order on the 
website here, arriving later this month.

In other news - thank you for the kind messages,
I'm still hanging onto my kidney stone despite trying to drown it! 
I'm looking for any tips/advice - banana stem juice is one method of eradicating
it along with lemon and cranberry juice, I prefer the sound of the latter!

Please stop by tomorrow - it's Hump Day Giveaway!

Take care friends.


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Charity Kit Day!

Hello friends

First Sunday of the month and that means Charity Kit Day!

Elliott and I were delighted to receive a letter last week from 
Ronald McDonald House Camberwell confirming that the amount raised so far is... 

£1,655!

THANK YOU - you buy the kits each month and the proceeds help maintain
the 24 bedroom house in Camberwell providing free accommodation to over 
500 families a year.

Elliott outside the house - a few years ago!


Hope and Chances have been awarded a plaque to be placed on a wooden bird 
that adorns the Tree of Life at the Ronald McDonald House.
Elliott already has his name on a leaf for monies raised when 
we had the charity event at the shop a few years ago - so we've progressed to a bird!
Apparently the tree is now coloured - I'll share photos as soon as I can.


So with this fantastic news I shall reveal the kit for this month!

 I've chosen a card with dies designed by Stacey Caron - Rebel Rose Collection.
to create a silver and white CAS card with a blue/teal flower.


All the bits and bobs -


Included in your kit:

White card base and envelope
Card mat with pre-cut aperture (Label 57) and stamped sentiment
Square silver foil card
Die cut - Untamed Fleur
Flower and leaf die cuts - pre-inked!
Gemstone
Full instructions
Lucky number

All you need is adhesive.

As always, inside your kit is a lucky number and if you hold
the winning ticket your prize is a goody bag containing
dies, stamps and more.


The price of this month's kit inclusive of packing and posting is £4.95
As mentioned, all proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House, Camberwell.
I have placed a PayPal button below, it is also possible to alter 
quantities should you wish to order more.

It is now possible to purchase this kit via 
the website here -
subject to availability.

 Thank you all so much for your continued support - 
we are now four years on and still going strong!


Take care friends.




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