Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Hump Day Giveaway

Hello friends

A fun day yesterday with the Hochanda filming,
the weather stayed dry thankfully.


It took a couple of hours which is quite scary since the finished piece will be
quite short.  It possibly took longer because I somehow couldn't pronounce the
word 'innovative', I could at first and then it just went, lots of hilarity after that.
Bella just posed mostly...


Now, the order of the day as it is Wednesday is...
Hump Day Giveaway Day!
Last week's giveaway was a set of Spellbinders stamps - Moon Flower.
It proved to be very popular.


And the winner is...

Teresa Doyle 


Congratulations Teresa, please email: 
hope-chances@live.co.uk
with your details and we will post your prize out to you.

Now onto this week's giveaway and this time a fun stamp by
Spellbinders - a Happy Grams stamp.

Here's a project made using this stamp.
With a cling rubber backing these work perfectly with your acrylic blocks.

If you would like to win this week's giveaway
please leave a comment on today's post 
A winner will be picked and announced next Wednesday.

Good luck everyone.

There's a lovely selection of Spellbinders stamps on the website 
and more arriving (including some pre-loved unused stamps soon)
so please keep an eye, details are here.

Take care friends, have a nice middle of the week.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

A Big Cabin Clear Out and some Swirly Romance!

Hello friends

You may have already seen on Facebook that yesterday was a 
big clear out day in the cabin.
It has been a long time coming, I just needed a nudge and that nudge
came in the form of Hochanda telling me they were visiting.
Today they are going to film me doing some crafty stuff in my cabin.
At first I thought I could just flick a duster about but no, it needed a bit 
more than that.
After quite a few hours and also sneakily storing stuff in Dad's workshop
(just temporary you know!) I'm pleased with the end result.



I now have pastel square tins affixed to the wall that hold my 3D Foam Squares
and adhesive tapes.  
I bought these tins over a year ago online and just got around to putting them up.


Mum and Dad have been busy sprucing up the garden too,
fingers crossed the weather stays dry.

Before I embarked on my big cabin clear out I did make this card.
This is A2 Corner Cotillion, one of the new Romancing the Swirl dies
designed by Becca Feeken.


I've used the main A2 die first cut into kraft card and then 
overlaid gold mirror card, just slightly offset.
I used the oval die to make an aperture for the stamped sentiment.


The flowers are from Swallow and Heart, I coloured these
with Colour Cloud inks.  Little pearls to the middle.


Ribbon and cameo charm to finish.
The charm was a gift from one of my crafty friends at the weekend.


It's so swirly!  As is this whole Romancing the Swirl collection,
available to pre-order on the website here.
It's bound to be another huge Becca seller.

Items used today with clickable links.


Take care friends, have a lovely day and please stop by tomorrow
for Hump Day Giveaway.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Charity Kit Winner


Hello friends

A sunny Sunday and time to announce the 
winning number from this month's charity kit.

This month's kit featured some of the 3D Vignette dies, these are the 
'flying dies', once in stock they fly out again! 


If you happen to have any on pre-order the distributor has confirmed
they should be with us within the next week or so - apologies
that the dates keep changing, I hold my breath every time I contact them! 
There's a few designs still in stock here and the remaining available to pre-order.

Now time to please rummage in your kit bags and see if you have this number... 


If so - congratulations and please email 
hope-chances@live.co.uk
with your details and a goody bag will be sent out to you.

If you missed this month's kit there is still a few available on the website here.
Also some previous workshop kits are available too.

Take care friends, have a happy sunny Sunday.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Butterflies are still wandering...

Hello friends
 
Today's project has just appeared on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
blog here and features a silver and black card.
And look...it's that Vintage Background stamp again,
I wonder if Mr Martin knows how much use I'm getting out of this stamp!
 
 
The die featured is Wandering Butterflies, yet again I adore these,
just cannot resist a butterfly.
Cut from black cardstock and I've gilded the edges with silver gilding polish.

 
I've used photo corners which frame the black card mat nicely,
who knew Creative Photo Corners could be used in different ways.

 
The flowers are from Bird on Cherry Branch die set.
I decided a shot of red was needed with this silver and black card.

 
There's a full post with this card over on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
blog here.  The new 3D Foam Circles fit perfectly on the butterfly die cuts.
 
Products used today with clickable links:
 
 
Tomorrow I'm off to Milton Keynes, as I'm not around to do Facebook Live,
I have a video appearing on Facebook
and You Tube so if you fancy a quick tutorial with one of the new
Good Vibes dies please take a look.
 
Take care friends - remember sun screen and hats!
 

Friday, 20 April 2018

Friday Die Day

Hello friends
 
It's Friday already!
For this week's Friday Die Day I'm featuring Swirl Tags.
This is one of the new Romancing the Swirl die sets designed by
Becca Feeken for Spellbinders.
You are always guaranteed stunning dies with Becca!
 
This is a 9 piece die set and the approximate
measurements are as follows:
 
Arch Tag 1: 2.00 x 3.16 in 5.10 x 8.09 cm
Arch Tag 2: 1.74 x 2.90 in 4.40 x 7.40 cm
Scallop Tag 1: 2.10 x 3.16 in 5.30 x 8.00 cm
Scallop Tag 2: 1.84 x 2.90 in 4.40 x 7.40 cm
Loop Swirl: 0.95 x 1.78 in 2.40 x 4.50 cm
Heart Swirl: 0.77 x 1.84 in 2.00 x 4.70 cm
Scroll Swirl: 1.03 x 1.81 in 2.60 x 4.60 cm
Fleur Swirl: 1.18 x 1.34 in 3.00 x 3.40 cm
Tag Hole: 0.25 x 0.25 in 0.60 x 0.60 cm
 
I've chosen to use four of the dies and this is how they look cut/embossed
(and a tad wonky, I must wear good glasses when taking photos!)
 

I've used Walnut Stain distress ink on the edges of the die cuts.
The flowers are Rose Buds, cut from watercolour card and inked.
Rose Buds is one of the new Blooming Garden dies - very sweet.

 
Now, if you watched my Facebook Live from last Sunday you may notice this
background is similar...oh alright, it's the same!
I prepared two and I didn't want to waste one so, being frugal, 
my ivory card background is stamped with
Vintage Script (Phill Martin) and the corner floral is a
stamp from the Stamp Doctor, although Wednesday's giveaway here
is a very similar stamp.
 
 
I also added Walnut Stain distress ink to the edges.
I layered up two of the tag die cuts. 

 
Added swirls to top and bottom of the vertical tag.
I then began to place my flowers.

 
A few more flowers and a stamped tag.

 
The finished card with a burgundy 5 x 7 card mat,
mounted onto an ivory card base.


Small pearls added to the flower centres.
 


 
Items used today with clickable links:
 
(one of the new Romancing the Swirl dies, full collection can be viewed here)
 
Wishing you all a lovely weekend.
I'm up in Milton Keynes on Sunday so instead of Facebook Live
I've prepared a little video, more news on that to follow.
 
Take care friends.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Hump Day Giveaway

Hello friends

It's Wednesday and that means  
Hump Day Giveaway Day!
Last week's giveaway was an E-Z Runner Grand.


And the winner is...

Margie 
(MargiesBlueHouse)

Congratulations Margie, please email: 
hope-chances@live.co.uk
with your details and we will post your prize out to you.

Now onto this week's giveaway and this time it is a
set of Spellbinders stamps - Moon Flower.


With a cling rubber backing these work perfectly with your acrylic blocks.
Pretty and very useful for lots of projects.

If you would like to win this week's giveaway
please leave a comment on today's post 
A winner will be picked and announced next Wednesday.

Good luck everyone.

Take care friends, have a nice middle of the week.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Book-ed, Bella and Bargains!

Hello friends

I'm going to risk it, I'm going to say it...
I think Spring may have arrived here in Kent!
Yesterday I took a few hours off and went dog walking with a friend
to Riverside Country Park near Rainham.
Bella is a lot smaller than her friend Ruby, so she likes to 
jump on a seat - King of the Castle.
Ruby is so cute!


Now some crafty stuff...
I'm catching up with projects using the Floral Garden Collection
and this is the front cover of a book I'm creating, the plan is that 
it will be an ongoing project for when I'm doing Hochanda shows.
The cover features a frame cut polaroid fashion mounted with 3D Foam Squares. 
Botanical Butterfly and a cluster of flowers from Bird on Cherry Branch.
The sentiment stamp is from Creative Expressions.


I simply cut the butterfly from ivory cardstock and used ink to lightly colour the wing,
body and antenna.


Inside I decorated a kraft envelope/wallet with Bird on Cherry Branch die,
one that I painted using iridescent pastel watercolours.


If you purchased my charity kits way back when they first started we created
a similar book and these envelope/wallets featured then.
I wonder if any of you still have that book, it had recipes and all sorts.


The background script stamp is Vintage Script by Phil Martin - that's getting
some use right now!


Products used with clickable links to the website:


And...if you fancy a bargain, the Folk Art Collection now has 25% off!
These dies are beautiful when coloured or used alone.
The full range is on the website here.

Take care friends, wishing you a sunny Tuesday.


Monday, 16 April 2018

Wandering Butterflies and being upstaged!

Hello friends

Did you have a good weekend?
Did you see the sun? 
It did appear now and again here in Kent and it definitely felt warmer,
even risked having the back door open for a bit.

Yesterday afternoon I did Facebook Live again and this time
from home, the boys did me proud and in the space of a couple of hours
put together a mini filming/photography area.  
Also Bella made an appearance, she took a few minutes out of her 
afternoon nap.



The project I made features Wandering Butterflies.
Four designs of butterflies in this set, patterned and full outline.


I chose to create a little frame with a stamped background
(Vintage Script by Phil Martin)
and a floral corner stamp (The Stamp Doctor).


Inking up the solid butterflies first with distress inks
and overlaying black patterned ones to match the frame.


It wasn't until I was packing away I remembered I wanted to 
put little flowers on their bodies!
So here they are adorned.


Wandering Butterflies is available on the website here
and if you would like to see the video please pop over
to my Ambassador Facebook page here.


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



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