Thursday, 26 February 2015

Cute Cottage

Thursday, 26 February 2015
Hello friends

Thank you for the lovely response to yesterday's post,
Yana's cards are stunning and show such a great way of using the dies.

Today's card is another new UK release and it looks very much in keeping
with our country - a cute cottage, Cozy Cottage.
The die set comes with the little shaped pieces that I have added to the thatched
roof but cut in green, they make lovely tufts of grass!



Cozy Cottage is available to pre-order on the website here.

Now to hopefully answer some die questions.
Dies are discontinued for a variety of reasons, firstly it would be impossible to keep
the entire inventory of dies, new dies are introduced, styles change so some definitely
have to be discontinued - I know it's often sad though.

Another main reason is sales.
Even though we may find that a die is extremely popular in this country,
it may not be abroad so the the sale percentage drops.  I guess, like all businesses it 
is impractical to stock a product that is not selling as well as others.

The good news is that Spellbinders are aware that we get upset when certain
dies are discontinued, they take note and an example is Grand Squares,
they realised these were really popular in the UK and have now brought out
So take heart, you may see your favourites reappear.

In between keep an eye out on the Pre-Loved section on the website,
you may find the die you have been seeking there :)

Bella news...
A bit of sunshine yesterday so Elliott and I took Bella out to the woods.
It was very muddy but she didn't mind, here she is sporting a red jumper -
Lady in Red!
Also delighted to see bluebells are sprouting between all the fallen leaves.
Take care friends - back tomorrow for Friday Die Day.


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Kitty Play

Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Hello friends

Oooo I have something special to share with you today!
Kitty Play is one of the new pre-order sets of dies I've been chatting about,
a special UK release for retailers.  It is such a lovely set, cats with real character.
I also love the little additions - mouse, fish, ball of wool and paw prints.

How about these for amazing cards....all created with Kitty Play by a very talented lady...
 Such a clever idea to use the negative/silhouette.
 So cute!

All of these cards have been made by Yana Smakula who is on the Spellbinders Design Team.
Yana lives in the Ukraine and her designs are beautiful,
she is also mummy to two cats.
You can visit Yana's blog here - stop a while and definitely be inspired.

And there's more - a video showing you exactly how to recreate these gorgeous cards.
The video lasts just over 5 minutes, if you experience any problems viewing it try
refreshing your page and press play...gremlins have come out to play today!

video


Kitty Play is available to pre-order here and expected to arrive early March.
I think they are purr-fect!  (Sorry, couldn't resist).

Lastly, I took note of all your questions yesterday regarding discontinued
dies etc and I will be chatting about that tomorrow.

Take care friends - hope you have time for crafting today.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Tuesday Tip Technique

Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Hello friends

Here she - Bella coiffured!
She has a wardrobe of jumpers in case she feels a little chilly with her short fur.
I had thought she was getting a little tubby but with her haircut I can see it must
have been her curly fur.  Good job I hadn't put her on a diet!

Delighted to report car got through its MOT - good job too as I'm doing a 
great deal of driving!

Back to craft...

Yesterday's card has triggered off today's Tip Technique - thank you Rita for your question.
The yellow background was created with the NEW 6 x 6 Matting Basics dies.

Hurrah!  We now have square matting dies, I've been campaigning for 
larger square dies since Grand Squares was discontinued.
Again, these dies come under the special UK release that was launched at 
Stitches a week ago.
Today for TTT I thought I would clarify why there are two sets of matting dies,  
A and B, how they work alone or combined.

These dies come under Spellbinders® Card Creator range, it means you can
create perfectly spaced layers and also use them with coordinating Card Creator sets.

By using 6 x 6 Matting Basics A you have a spacing of 1/4" between each layer and again
the same with Matting Basics B.
  If you combine the two sets you have narrowing matting options.
Hopefully the photos make it a lot clearer.

These are available to pre-order on the website here.  Available early March.
It really makes card making a breeze and I know there are many of you that will be
delighted that we can be perfectly "square" again! :)


Mrs B (Sue) and Sandra - absolutely thrilled you are coming along to 
Farnborough on Saturday!  Can't wait to see you both. 

Take care friends, I'm back tomorrow with ...cats!

Monday, 23 February 2015

It's a long list!

Monday, 23 February 2015
Hello friends

Well let's get this week underway, it is definitely a busy one!
First off this morning Bella is booked in for her haircut and manicure.
It cannot be put off any longer, she is looking rather scruffy.
Next is car stuff - sorting MOT etc., boring (but necessary).

Then I've got some magazine commissions to do, Friday Die Day,
and getting ready for the Make It Show in Farnborough on Saturday.
Talking of events I am visiting more places ... Chester, Wigan and Nottingham.
Some details are on the website here and the minute I have more info I will 
add it straight away.

Lots of interest in the new pre-order dies I mentioned yesterday,
one of the most popular is Out On A Limb.
I put together a card showing just how cute it is!
I'm thinking this design would work for so many occasions, birthday,
anniversary, valentine's ...

As mentioned this is one of the special release dies which have been launched in the
UK first.  I should be taking delivery of them beginning of March.
Full details of Out On A Limb is on the website here.

Right, I had better get back to it.
Wishing you all a great start to the week.

Take care friends.


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Recovering!

Sunday, 22 February 2015
Hello friends

A later blog post today as slightly over indulged last night celebrating
my friend's birthday!


Had a lovely meal, a few glasses (!) and thankfully Mitchell was our taxi 
for the evening.  Jolly useful when your kids grow up and drive!
I suspect things could go a little slower today and lots of tea drinking!

Other news...

This month's newsletter went out this week with details of the 
new Spellbinders pre-order items available on the website.
This is a range that was launched at Stitches in Birmingham,
it is available in the UK first and exclusive to retailers.
It features lots of cats, dogs, birds and more... take a look here.  




There is also some gorgeous new label shapes and flowers too.

Hope you are all having a good weekend, awoke to thick frost here this morning,
come on Spring...we need you!

Take care friends.


Saturday, 21 February 2015

Celebrate the Day!

Saturday, 21 February 2015
Hello friends

Thank you for all the comments yesterday on FDD,
it seems to have been a popular card!

I recently had this card featured on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog.
It features Gold Photo Corners and I'm impressed at how 'gold' they are!
They really do look metallised and add a rather stylish finish to a project.
The tiny hearts are 3D Foam Hearts,
I sprinkled WOW! Embossing Powder onto them and heated.
The flowers are...yes you've guessed it a real favourite - Bitty Blossoms.
All the further details are over on the Crafty Power Blog here.
If you have a moment I would really appreciate you hopping over there.

I'm out this evening celebrating my best friend's birthday,
a pub meal and perhaps the odd glass of wine :)  
Like all good friends we've known each other for years (29!), had mad holidays together 
(we used to put letters of the alphabet in a hat - we had the letter 'G' two years running 
so ended up visiting Gambia and Gibraltar!)
She is pet mad just like me -we compete on how many cats we own, 
we are currently equal with 4!

We last went out at Christmas so very much looking forward to catching up...

Bella sitter has been booked :)
Take care friends.


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