Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Home and Hump Day Giveaway

Hello friends

I'm back home after a very busy trade show in Birmingham.
I'm pleased to say it was a great success and everyone
is excited about the forthcoming new Spellbinders products.
I will be sure to keep you all informed of what is ahead,
right now the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil machine is eagerly awaited.
More details very soon.

Now to the job of today and that is 
Hump Day Giveaway Day!
Last week's giveaway was a pre-loved

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.

If you missed out it is possible to purchase
Summer Canopy here.

Now this week's giveaway is...
a pre-loved set - Sketched Blooms 2

A delightful die set featuring these two happy flowers.
I've used one of them on this recent project along with Picket Fence.


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.

Sketched Blooms 2 is also available on the website here.

Take care friends - have a great Wednesday.
I'm catching up with blog posts and the washing today!

Saturday, 17 February 2018

A single bright flower and butterfly

Hello friends

I hope you are getting the sunshine where you are,
it has been lovely to open the curtains and finally see some brightness.
It means I feel I can share a Spring like project...

Today's card features Botanical Butterfly, this is one of the Flower 
Garden Collection dies designed by Sharyn Sowell.


I chose to cut it from silver foil card, mount onto Hemstitch Rectangles.
Keeping the card neutral with grey and ivory I then added 
a single bright flower - Cinch and Go Flowers III.



The patterned paper is from a 99p store paper pad (bargain!)
and then added one of my typed and die cut sentiments.


Items used today with clickable links:

Botanical Butterfly is available to pre-order here.

As mentioned heading to Birmingham today, I'm dosing myself up with
every cold remedy going - never a good time to get a cold but honestly
this is really bad timing! 

Have a great Saturday and take care friends.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

This week's Friday Die Day features 
Dimensional Floral Panel, this is one of the Flower Garden Collection
dies designed by Sharyn Sowell.

It is a 5 piece die set and the approximate measurements are as follows:

Frame: 3.65 x 5.00 in. 9.20 x 12.70 cm
Bow: 1.20 x 1.65 in. 3.00 x 4.20 cm
Medium Leaf: 0.50 x 0.75 in. 1.20 x 1.90 cm
Small Flower: 0.61 x 0.70 in. 1.60 x 1.70 cm
Small Leaf: 0.45 x 0.60 in. 1.10 x 1.50 cm
Large Flower: 1.10 x 1.10 in. 2.80 x 2.70 cm

This is how each piece looks cut/embossed.


I decided to use all the white pieces and add distress inks.


I die cut additional flowers and leaves and coloured again with distress inks.


Mounted the yellow ribbon and large flower to the top.


Added more flowers and leaves.


Stamped a sentiment onto a white 5 x 7 card mat and affixed
the floral panel with 3D Foam Squares.


Added a further 5 x 7 pink patterned paper mat and mounted onto a 
white card front.
The finished card.


Loving all the detail, especially the veins on the little leaves.



Dimensional Floral Panel is now in stock on the website here.
We've taken delivery of quite a few items earlier than expected,
some of the new Die D-Lites have arrived too and 
the Elegant 3D Vignette Collection is flying out the door.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, I'm off to Birmingham for the 
Stitches trade show, I shall be demoing my heart out for 3 days!

Take care friends.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Hump Day Giveaway

Hello friends

Thank you for your kind comments regarding Elliott,
he's definitely on the mend thank goodness. It turned out to be one of those nasty
flu viruses that is doing the rounds and both Mitchell and I seem to 
be taking our turn now, we could form a coughing group,
but to be honest it isn't harmonious!

But to nicer things...
it's Hump Day Giveaway Day!
Last week's giveaway was a pre-loved


And the winner is...

Anne (Brighouse, W.Yorkshire)
Blog - Paper and Ink

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

If you missed out it is possible to purchase
 Get Well Soon Scalloped Circle here.

This week's giveaway is a pre-loved set 

Perfect die to stencil through with your inks.


Can be used with Tree die available here
 or indeed with a stamp/drawing.

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.

It is also possible to purchase Summer Canopy here.

Take care friends - have a great Wednesday!

Monday, 12 February 2018

Best laid plans and all that...

Hello friends

Happy Monday to you and how was your weekend?

So when I said I was going to Milton Keynes for a crafty day
yesterday...umm that didn't happen.
Instead it was 9 hours in Accident and Emergency with Elliott.
Elliott came down with a cold last week, just a cold
but it seems his body deals with viruses very differently and
 it totally drained him.  He was admitted into hospital, wired up,
popped on a drip, given a chemist full of drugs and then allowed home last night..
Hospitals also like to take a zillion scans of his brain,
we have to joke and say it is the most photographed brain ever!
But goodness, I had my worry face on for many many hours.
Also his cat missed him, howled the house down for a while
but here they are reunited.


So today's crafty offering is a speedy card,
my idea of crafting for hours was reduced to about 30 minutes.
I can therefore absolutely guarantee this is a speedy card to make.
It features Kurbits 2, one of the Lene Lok designs.


I die cut the shape from white card and inked various areas with distress inks.


A double mat of kraft and red card.


Stamped sentiment and two enamel dots - finished in half an hour.


Kurbis 2 is available to pre-order on the website here.
The Folk Art collection is a very distinctive die collection
inspired by Lene's Norwegian background.

Take care friends, I should be back on track after a bit of a
crafting marathon today.


Sunday, 11 February 2018

Cinch and Go Flowers III Frame

Hello friends

I've been putting together some projects to display at the trade show 
in Birmingham which is coming around way too quickly!
I love the design of Cinch and Go Flowers III and I got rather carried away
with making flowers for cards so I decided to pop some into a frame.


As set out in Friday Die Day a week or so back (full details here)
I used watercolour card to die cut the flowers and leaves,
added distress inks, spritzed with water and then shaped.


The background is a piece of textured card from DCWV and I've used a script
stamp over the top.  I then clustered the flowers, creating a couple of buds
and assembled.  I chose to use stamens again - I think I'm going through
a 'stamen phase'!


Some close up pics.


The frame is from The Range, they have a great choice of box frames in
white and this weathered wood beige colour.


I was aiming for an Autumnal look but got heavy handed with pink...


Cinch and Go Flowers III is in stock and on the website here.

Today I'm heading up to Milton Keynes for a crafty day with my friends,
normally I take something alternative to die cutting but with deadlines looming
I think I'll be cranking that handle! 

Hope you are keeping warm, I know it is cold outside
by the sheer amount of cats (and dog) that want to sit on my lap all the time! 

Take care friends.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Back to Florals with Filigree Veil and Cinch and Go III

Hello friends

Aww thank you so much for yesterday's comments,
it appears the Gears card proved very popular.
I'm doing something with Bolts and Nuts soon so stay tuned.

Today's card is Filigree Veil, one of the Elegant 3D Vignettes dies
designed by Becca Feeken and now in stock.

It is a three piece die set that works beautifully whichever way up you prefer.
I decided upon a pocket design for my card so flipped it up the other way.
https://hopeandchances.co.uk/shop/amazing-paper-grace-collection/3d-vignettes-collection-filigree-veil-pre-order-arriving-march-2018/

I've teamed it with Cinch and Go Flower III - also in stock
and decided warm orange was the order of the day.


The papers are a US purchase when I was visiting last year, I adore the little daisies.
I slotted a tag inside with a larger daisy design and
mounted the die cut with 3D Foam Squares, the regular size fits perfectly.


The piercing design around the edge of the die is a lovely touch.


Items used today with clickable links:

As mentioned yesterday, we have taken early delivery of the Elegant 3D Vignette
dies and very timely Becca Feeken, the designer has uploaded a tutorial to
You Tube that shows you how to assemble these.
I've posted the video below and you can see all these dies on the website here.


I also wanted to say thank you for the wonderful feedback following the sell out
of the Hope and Charm-ing embellishment bags.
And also answer some questions.
The bags will be bi-monthly so next one is March.
Each time the bag design will match the contents.
There will be a minimum of 30 charms per bag, all high quality.
Feel free to message if you have further questions.
I'm thrilled they've proved so popular.

Take care friends, have an enjoyable Saturday and if you live anywhere
near me...don't leave home without your brolly!


Friday, 9 February 2018

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

With Valentine's Day on the horizon I thought this week's Friday Die Day
should be a bit 'love..y'!
But look no flowers - I've gone with a manly card featuring the
Die D-Lite set - Gears.
https://hopeandchances.co.uk/shop/die-d-lites/gears/

It is a 6 piece die set, approximate measurements are:

Large Spokes Gear: 1.40 x 1.40 in. 3.70 x 3.70 cm
Small Spokes Gear: 1.00 x 1.00 in. 2.50 x 2.50 cm
Gear 1: 0.80 x 0.80 in. 2.10 x 2.10 cm
Gear 2: 0.80 x 0.80 in. 2.00 x 2.00 cm
Gear 3: 0.80 x 0.80 in. 2.00 x 2.00 cm
Gear 4: 0.60 x 0.60 in. 1.40 x 1.40 cm

I rummaged and found some of the Royal and Langnickel engraving card,
it's the same as those scratch art kits where you reveal the metallic colours underneath.
I cut multiple gears and got busy with an emery board.


I deliberately left some of the black and over rubbed some edges to age the die cuts.


I then clustered them in a heart shape and glued each gear to the next.

I then used Classic Hearts nested to create a frame, positioned this over the top
and glued in place.


Mounted onto a kraft card mat and then a kraft card front.
The finished card with a typed and die cut sentiment.


Some close up pics.


Really pleased with how this one turned out,
I guess I can occasionally make a card without a flower or butterfly!


Die set featured today with clickable link - Gears, in stock now.

Also very pleased to say that we have managed to get some of the 
3D Vignette dies earlier than the anticipated March delivery date.
These are the gorgeous designs by Becca Feeken.
If you've pre-ordered they will be on their way.
You can check out the in stock items on the website here.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend - what are you up to?
I'm visiting Bexley Library tomorrow, the author Ben Aaronovich is
going to be there doing a talk and I am a real fan.
If you like crime novels with a bit of magic then check him out.
I will then be back crafting, of course!

Take care friends.

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