Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Six Ways to Use the Charming Cottage Year-Round

Hello friends

I'm absolutely thrilled to have been invited by Becca Feeken
to take part in this special blog hop.  
I'm joining members of her design team to show you 
six ways to use the Charming Cottage die set all year round.

This is truly wonderful die set with so many components (15!)
and hugely versatile too, you can make 
things for Christmas and special occasions throughout the year.


I've chosen to to create a Summer themed gift box.
Keeping the colours pastel, adding a trail of little flowers with foliage
and finishing with the lovely shaped tag, also included with this die set.


I'm imagining these filled with candy or perhaps a fairy cake.
Equally pop inside a piece of jewellery or handmade gift.


Now to start hopping, here is the link list:

Exciting news is that you could win!

We will be giving away one die of the winners choice, 
(excludes A Charming Christmas) 
to 1 commenter picked from the combined comments 
on all 6 six blogs.  This is open to international commenters. 
The winner will be posted on the Amazing Paper Grace blog on 
Monday, September 24, 2018


Now where can you purchase this delightful die set?

If you are visiting from the US the Charming Cottage die is available 

If you are in the UK you can pre-order through the 
Hope and Chances website here,
they are due in stock soon.

More exciting news...Becca is going to be on Hochanda,
please be sure to save the date.  
Becca's shows are on September 25 at 6pm, 8pm and 
September 26 at 9am, 1pm and 5pm.

You can watch Hochanda Sky 673, Freeview 85,
Freesat 817 or online here
and if you miss a show there is a Rewind facility.


Thank you for stopping by, be sure to visit 
all the links and don't forget to comment.

Take care friends.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Giveaway on a Tuesday!?

Hello friends

What's this?  Giveaway on a Tuesday?
I'm mixing it up a little bit this week as I've got something
special scheduled for my blog tomorrow afternoon,
so I've chosen to do Giveaway Day today.

Last week's giveaway was Tina Ashton Art stencil.


And the winner is...

Bejay Roles

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

If you didn't win be sure to take a look at Tina's stencils
including the new designs all available on the website here.

This week's giveaway is Special Labels 51,
all new in its packaging.
Designed by Stacey Caron, consisting of 4 dies.



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.
(Please claim your prize within a month of announcement).

Take care friend and please stop by tomorrow
around 3ish...all will be revealed!

Monday, 17 September 2018

Black and Silver Thank You and Top Tip!

Hello friends

Forgive my blog timings, I meant to type this last night and schedule
but I got busy (distracted) with lots of things.
So better late than never here's a black and silver card.
I've used lots of matting with black and silver foil card
and then using the Glimmer and hot foil plate 'Thank You' with silver foil.


Simple and I think suitable for a gentleman.


This is one of the hot foil plates designed by Paul Antonio and
I really like this jaunty script.


Items used today with clickable links:


Now onto a top tip!
If you've purchased a Glimmer Hot Foil System and accidentally foiled
your thin shim (like I have!) fear not, it can be put right.


Sticky Stuff Remover works perfectly.
Cover the foiled area with the liquid and leave for about 30 minutes.
Use a sponge scourer to remove.
Rinse well and it looks like new.



Right, heading to my cabin but beforehand making good use
of this bonus sunshine and walking Bella.

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


Saturday, 15 September 2018

Warm Winter Wishes and Happy Birthday 10%

Hello friends

OK so it's not Winter but it's definitely feeling cooler especially at nights,
we are a far cry from those blistering hot days we had recently.

Today's crafty gold offering is Warm Winter Wishes,
one of the hot foil plates for the Glimmer Hot Foil System.
(I should mention that the plates work in other systems too).

I've teamed my design with Hemstitch Ovals,
 I think we have one left in stock, everything 
Hemstitch sells out quickly.
(Click here for everything Hemstitch!)


The dotty paper is a scrap box find, matted with Merlot
cardstock and gold mirror card.
A couple of snowflakes to the corner for extra embellishment.


It's quick to make and that shiny snowman certainly takes
centre stage.
Items used today with clickable links:


Over on the website there's 10% off all Tina Ashton Art Stencils.
This is in celebration of Tina the designer's birthday.

Just use the code:  HAPPYBIRTHDAY
at checkout and 10% will be applied.
Finishes Sunday at midnight.

Here's just a few of the designs. as finished projects.






Take care friends, have a good Saturday,
I'm cabin bound!

Friday, 14 September 2018

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

Welcome to this week's Friday Die Day.
This time I'm featuring one of the new Expressions stamp and die sets,
from the Indie Line.  This is Enjoy.
The set consists of 2 dies and 6 stamps.
Approximate measurements:

Dies: Outline: 3.50 x 1.85 in 8.90 x 4.70 cm
Enjoy: 3.30 x 1.65 in 8.40 x 4.20 cm

Stamps: The Little Things: 2.10 x 0.30 in 5.30 x 0.80 cm
This Special Day: 2.00 x 0.30 in 5.10 x 0.80 cm
Life & Have Fun: 1.90 x 0.30 in 4.80 x 0.80 cm
Your Birthday: 1.80 x 0.30 in 4.60 x 0.80 cm
The Moment: 1.50 x 0.30 in 3.80 x 0.80 cm
Today: 0.80 x 0.30 in 2.00 x 0.80 cm

Firstly using one of the Anna Griffin papers (available on the website)
I die cut a square and mounted onto an ivory card base.


Wrapped around twine to the centre and fixed in place with Crafty Foam Tape.


Using the die I die cut the outline from silver mirror card and the 
sentiment from ivory card.
Stamped one of the messages and cut with my trimmer.


The assembled message.
I placed this to the card centre over the twine.


It's the little flowers!
It is a real phase I'm going through...


Once the flowers were inked I clustered them around the 
message.


I'm not normally a yellow/lemon person but I'm quite fond of this!



These Expression sets are only available from certain retailers 
(known as the Indie Line).
We are delighted to stock them, you can view the whole collection here.

Items used with clickable links:


Take care friends, wishing you a great weekend,
are you crafting?


Thursday, 13 September 2018

Happy birthday splash!

Hello friends

You know how gold foiling can lend itself to elegance,
indulgence and quality?  Well...this is another take on it,
bright and fun!

I've used Faux Script Happy Birthday and Heart Flourishes hot foil plates
over a wash of Distress Oxides on watercolour card.
It sort of looks like a painting palette or my lounge with tester pots!


I then matted with foil card and found a bright sunny background patterned paper.


Again, really simple to do with effective results.
If you are someone who creates charity cards or cards to sell,
these can be generated with speed! 

Items used today with clickable links:


If you prefer the more elegant look with hot foiling,
take a look at the new plates that have arrived designed by 
Becca Feeken - wow they are gorgeous.

This is just one design, you can find them all here.

I received a lovely email from Michele yesterday
who has made up this month's charity kit as a Christmas card.
Looks fantastic, thank you Michele.


More kits are still available along with previous charity kits
and workshop kits on the website here.

Take care friends, please stop by tomorrow for Friday Die Day.



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