Monday, 19 March 2018

Nordic Blooms

Hello friends

We have had a mini melt here in the South East but still evidence of 
the white stuff around.
How is it where you are?
Yesterday it looked like someone had sprayed the trees with snow,
just like a film set.  Pretty but come on now -
we need Spring!

And venturing into something Spring-like,
today's card uses Nordic Blooms - without mirror card!! 
(I still keep thinking it needs a little bit of mirror card though).

I do like the symmetry of these dies and using black card mats
works well.  
Pretty flowers in a row.

There are many optional flower heads to make a good combination of flower designs.

And they of course lend themselves to paper piecing.

Nordic Blooms is in stock and on the website here.
I'm back in my crafty cabin today getting ready for more
Hochanda shows next month.
Looking forward to showing you those items soon.

Take care friends and this is Bella's answer to dealing with the snow...

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Rose Bird Topiary and Winning Ticket

Hello friends

How is your weekend going?
I really enjoyed my day at the NEC on Friday,
had a fun time with my crafty pals 
and caught up with some familiar faces.

The weather was quite nice when I set off to Birmingham but then
just when I thought it was safe to talk about Spring the snow is back!
Goodness it has turned cold again, I know this because of I have
'cold detectors' in the form of cats and a dog, they like to dash
outside, make sure their paws are freezing and then jump on my lap to
let me estimate the near zero temperature!  Love them really.

I did venture to the cabin and created this 
project using Rose Bird Topiary.

I've used gold mirror card for the die cut 
and mounted this onto a Hemstitch Rectangles frame.
The patterned paper matted on the ivory card base is a 99p store bargain.

The die set has an additional label die which is a lovely shape on its own.

I had this topper laying around on my craft desk and because it has a 
butterfly it needed to be used.

Items used with clickable links (all in stock):

Now, time to delve into those charity kit bags and see if you have the 
winning number.  This month it is...

If you have the winning number - congratulations and please email:
with your details and your goody bag will be sent out to you.

Take care friends and keep warm.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Friday Die Day

Hello friends
This week's Friday Die Day features Fancy Edged Circles,
one of the new Classics Collection die sets from Spellbinders.
Seven dies in the set and you will see that there is a combination of
scalloped and pierced edging to four of the dies
and dot and dash edging to the remaining - very attractive.
The approximate measurements are:
First: 3.70 x 3.70 in. 9.40 x 9.40 cm
Second: 3.10 x 3.10 in. 7.90 x 7.90 cm
Third: 2.80 x 2.80 in. 7.10 x 7.10 cm
Fourth: 2.20 x. 2.20 in. 5.60 x 5.60 cm
Fifth: 1.90 x 1.90 in. 4.90 x 4.90 cm
Sixth: 1.30 x 1.30 in 3.30 x 3.30 cm
Seventh: 0.90 x 0.90 in. 2.30 x 2.30 cm
This is how they look cut/embossed.
I've chosen a 6 x 6 card with a white mat stamped with a sentiment.

I've then layered up three of the die cuts, size order using a combination of designs.

I then used another two die cuts positioned and affixed to the edge of the main circles.

Now to the floral bit - this is Cinch and Go Flowers III
(due back in stock soon and available to order).
I've used distress inks to colour and added stamens to the middle.
I had to sneak in some mirror card with the foliage! 

The finished card - I've added a couple of little flower buds created with the
smallest die in the Cinch and Go Flower III set.

I'm loving the clean crispness of the circles with that fine pierced and scallop edging.

Products used today with clickable links:
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - 3D Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Crafty Foam Tape
The Classics Collection has various designs including rectangles, circles
and ovals - you can view them all on the website here.
I'm off to Birmingham today,
the NEC for the craft show - what else would I do on a day off?
Take care friends and let's hope the snow isn't going to arrive!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

It's Giveaway Day!

Hello friends

It's Wednesday and in Hope and Chances' world that means  
Hump Day Giveaway Day!
Last week's giveaway was a pre-loved set of Dinosaurs!
And the winner is...


Congratulations Karen, please email:
with your details and we will post your prize out to you.

If you missed out and still fancy giving Dinosaurs a home,
they are available to purchase on the website here.

Now onto this week's giveaway and still in keeping with
something a little different...
I have a pre-loved set of Hip Llama to give away.

It is a fun die set with the optional sunglasses to make your llama
hip or not!  Here's the card the office has made with a pun too.

Hip Llama is also available to purchase on the website here.

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.

Take care friends.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

It looks like a fountain!

Hello friends

Today it's Kurbits 2 or as I'm calling it the 'fountain die'.

This die set really lends itself to paper piecing 
and I favoured inserting darker and toning colours for this card.

Again that mirror card makes an appearance,
I fear I alone have depleted world resources of mirror card recently!

Kurbits 2 is in stock on the website and available here.

Thank you for your suggestions for charity kits, very grateful
and it looks like I may be going down the gift bag route soon-ish.

Also...if you subscribe to our website emails you will hopefully be updated 
regarding the 'snowy orders' 
(that's what we are calling them, orders placed before and during the snow). 
If not, I'll quickly recap here.
If you are waiting for a 'snowy order' (excluding pre-orders), 
despite us processing them our mailbags
apparently sat in the cold local Post Office until the little red
van could come and pick them up - hurrah, they are on their way...

or so we thought!

But sadly no, it appears that when there is an incident of "inclement weather"
Royal Mail's system is that as soon as they are back at work, they deal with
current mail and they get to the backlog "as soon as they can".
This means that if you placed a second order during the thaw that is likely
to arrive before the first order.

It's not ideal at all and so sorry!
Sadly the situation is out of our hands.  The majority of mail is now
finally being dealt but we are sad and Elliott will tell you
that I've been angrier than an angry thing! 

Truly hope you will understand and, as always,  if you require any further 
information please do not hesitate to get in touch via the website or email let's think of something nice - oh yes
please stop by tomorrow it's Giveaway Day.

Take care friends.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Mum's Card

Hello friends

Did you have a nice weekend?
For all those celebrating Mother's Day I hope it was extra special.
I did an afternoon tea for my Mum and the rest of the family,
we indulged in sarnies, scones and lots (and lots!) of cake.

For my Mum's card I used Floral Bouquet,
one of the dies I was demoing last week on Hochanda.
I chose to pastel colour the die cut with the Colour Cloud blending inks
and place a silver mirror card die cut behind to shadow.

I typed and printed the sentiment onto the white card front and the mats are 
coloured using the matching blending inks.
Fab way to coorindate.

Floral Bouquet is available on the website here
along with the majority of the other Folk Art dies in stock here.

Today I have the excitement of taking my car for its MOT
and then I will be back in my crafty cabin getting more projects created
as I'm back doing shows next month.
I'm also planning next month's charity kit - always happy to hear requests
for these - do you prefer cards or fancy something different?

Talking of charity kits, I know some of you haven't received this month's kit yet,
they have all gone out as soon as you ordered but after checking with Royal Mail
it appears they are dealing with a backlog from the snowy weather.
I am sorry, normally you have them within a few days but they should
be with you very soon.

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

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Big Thanks and Rosemal Heart

Hello friends

I'm home from my jaunt to Peterborough.
I had a truly wonderful time at Hochanda, they are all very kind 
and welcoming.  The studio is very nice and situated near the 
picturesque town of Oundle.  I didn't have much time for sightseeting
but I'm going back next month so fingers crossed I can nip out 
between shows.

Big thanks to those who have commented on my shows
both here on my blog and on social media -
I really appreciate you doing that.
I haven't been on the telly for about a year so I felt it took
me a little bit of time to get back into the swing of it.
But once I started chatting I don't think I really stopped! 

Today's project is one of the dies featured on the show - 
I've purely used distress inks with this design (no mirror card!)
I realised I used mirror card in a lot in my demos but it is a nice 
touch with these dies.

So instead of the mirror card I opted for a bright pink card mat to 
match the heart. mentioned on the shows(!) a great design for weddings and

Rosemal Heart is available on the website here
and Lene Lok's designs including the Folk Art collection can also be viewed here.

I'm back to it today, in my cabin organising orders, unpacking and creating.
Oh yes...I must mention if you have orders outstanding from the snowy time
they are on their way.  Despite getting them to the post office they
are taking longer than normal, Royal Mail have explained there is a backlog
and of course there are still a lot of places with snow.
Apologies it is taking longer but all should be back to normal soon.

Take care friends and to all you Mums' out there make sure you put 
your feet up tomorrow.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

I'm scheduling my Friday Die Day post so fingers crossed you are
reading it at the right time!
This week I'm featuring Nordic Floral.
This is a 5 piece die set and the approximate measurements are:

Tall Flower: 1.10 x 3.00 in. 2.80 x 7.60 cm
Bird: 1.40 x 1.60 in. 3.60 x 4.10 cm
Med Flower: 1.10 x 1.60 in. 2.80 x 4.10 cm
Small Flowers (each): 1.00 x 1.50 in. 2.50 x 3.80 cm
1.00 x 1.50 in. 2.50 x 3.80 cm

To start, I've affixed a silver foil card 6 x 6 mat onto a white card base.

I then die cut multiple tall flowers from white cardstock.

Onto a white card mat I began to adhere them to create a background.

Trim some so that they are staggered and fit.
Tip: once they are arranged and glued down run this through your die
cutting machine with the embossing sandwich - this flattens and seals the design. 

Next, use one of the smaller flowers to cut an aperture into a square die cut.

Mount onto a black card mat square and stamp a sentiment.

Mount this onto a silver foil card mat square and, using the same
flower die gain, die cut from black cardstock.

Insert the die cut black flower into the aperture and colour the fall out petal pieces,
paper piece back into the design.

Affix to the centre of your card with background design (flattened if desired!)

This design only uses two dies from the Nordic Floral set 
so lots more potential for this die set.
Nordic Floral dies are in stock on the website here
and please feel free to check out the other Folk Art designs 
all in stock here.

Take care friends, wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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