Thursday, 19 July 2018

Speedy Rainbow Tree

Hello friends

It's a rainbow tree today using one of the Tina Ashton Art
stencils, this one appropriately named 'Tree'! 
Ok, I confess I've not used stencils a great deal so I was thrilled
to stumble across a technique that was so easy and speedy
just using three colours of Distress Oxides.
So speedy in fact I put it in a little video.

I used my matting basics for the image and the lilac card base,
added twine, little flowers and the sentiment
(these are from the printed sheets available on the website here).

Here's my video, click on the picture below and it will take you to the Facebook
page, it lasts just one minute - yet again big thanks to Elliott who does the editing.
The videos are designed to be on Instagram so if you use that please follow us,
we have lots of posts on there.

And here is the Tree stencil available on the website here.

I love how the colours blend and on this Hopsack cardstock from 
Papermill it looks lovely.

Wishing you a wonderful day and please stop by tomorrow -
Friday Die Day.
Take care friends.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

It's Giveaway Day - it could be you!

Hello friends

It's that nice day of the week - it's Hump Day Giveaway Day.

Last week's giveaway was a a pre-loved die set  
Especially Made For You - one of the Blooming Garden dies.

And the winner is...

Ann Morris

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

If you missed out Especially Made for You is available 
on the website here - in the Summer Sale too!

This week's giveaway is a pre-loved die set
Me and Teddy

This is one of the Little Loves Collection dies designed by Sharyn Sowell,
all very sweet and available on the website here and yes,
oh look they are in the Summer Sale too!

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,
we have a couple unclaimed!) 

Very excited to announce we've taken delivery of new
stencil designs, Fox, Peacock, Flamingo and Dog and Balloon.



The dog is so cute but I'm also in love with the fox, look at that face!
Equally the Peacock is magnificent with its heart trailing feathers
and of course the Flamingo - pink and perfect.
All the details are on the website here and still at the introductory price of £5.50.
Also included with each stencil is the fallout pieces, these work brilliantly as masks.
Elaine, you mentioned yesterday whether a stamp platform would be useful.
In my opinion - YES!  I rely on mine so much to position and re-stamp,
no more cards ruined by mis-stamping.
I know the platforms come in different sizes, some have magnets 
and some don't, all pretty much work the same way. 

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

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

And now flat...!

Hello friends

After my dimensional card yesterday today I've gone a little flat and festive!
This is one of my card samples I made for Hochanda 
which was quite different for me but fun to do.


Using Distress Oxides I created a background, splashed with water to create
the dots which could look a little like snowflakes...if you squint maybe!

I then stamped randomly with the wreath stamp using embossing ink,
sprinkled with silver embossing folder and heat set.
Also stamped a sentiment - this is from Merry and Bright Stamp and Die Set.

Using the inset die from Hemstitch Circles I cut around each wreath.
Matted onto silver foil card and then a 5 x 7 card front.

Perfectly flat for posting and fun to make 
(as long as you don't tip over the embossing powder - ho hum!)

Items used today with clickable links:

All the Christmas stamp and die sets are in the Summer Sale and 
now down to £11.50!

Margie, thank you for your comment yesterday asking what 
gold foil card I use, I have a mixture at the moment -
some is from Creative Expressions and also Anita's.
I shop for the colour as I like a true gold as opposed to a brass gold,
hope that makes sense :) 

Hope you are all keeping cool in this heatwave and please stop by
tomorrow as it is Giveaway Day!

Take care friends.

Monday, 16 July 2018

This one is going to need a box!

Hello friends

Did you have a nice weekend?
We had a lovely day yesterday with Mum's birthday barbecue,
Bella had to steal some of the show!

Despite all the partying I remembered to publish my latest
YouTube video and this week it is A2 Corner Cotillion.

One of the Romancing the Swirl dies designed by Becca Feeken.
What I love about this die set is that you have everything you need,
frame, background, oval shape, flowers and leaf
so you can make a complete project with just this one die set.

Here's the video just click to play but click on the YouTube logo to
view on the channel.
If you like the card please subscribe to our YouTube channel and
leave a comment on the YouTube video page.
One person will be picked out and the card sent out to you.
I think this one will be arriving in a box!

Items used today with clickable links:

A2 Corner Cotillion (available new and pre-loved)
Paper Pad
3D Foam Squares
Crafty Foam Tape

You may have already espied our new Hope and Chances logo,
we are slowing moving it across to our different places.

Our website will be having an overhaul fairly soon too which will
make it much more mobile friendly, it's all on the list, a long list but getting there!

Patricia, yesterday you asked about the tartan paper I used with the
Little Bird Stencil card.

It's from my scrapbox (about half way down!) but I seem to recall it was from a 
Christmas paper pad by Craftwork Cards but possibly quite a few years ago.  
Sorry not to be more helpful on that.

Little Bird has proved to be popular, had quite a few crafters mention
that they want to use the stencils to make cards and projects with
their children/grandchildren - what a brilliant idea!

Take care friends and wishing you all a great start to the week.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Cheep cheep!

Hello friends

It's a plump robin today!
I've used one of the new Tina Ashton Art Stencils,
Little Bird to create this festive card.

It could be a bird for all seasons but I do think he makes a gorgeous robin.
A speedy card to make with distress inks through the stencil,
Barn Door, Vintage Photo and Antique Linen.
Stamped sentiment, holly leaves and mini poinsettias.

You can view the range of Tina Ashton Art Stencils on the website here,
delighted they are proving popular.

Items used today with clickable links:

Hope you are all having a good weekend,
we are having a barbecue today to celebrate my Mum's birthday.
In true barbecue tradition we will eat more in one day than we normally
eat in a week...just like Christmas really! 

Take care friends, new video on YouTube today at 3pm(ish).

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Feeling warm? Then it is time for...

Hello friends

Are you feeling warm?  Is the sun shining gloriously?
If so, it's a perfect time to share a Christmas card! 
Well... maybe not but since I had to start making 
Christmas cards back in May please bear with me :) 
Also you may forgive me as this card is pink-ish,
so I could very nearly convince you it is sort of Summery!

Firstly I've used Fancy Edged Rectangles to create the mats for my
white card front.  I love how it adds that pierced edging too.

I then proceeded to stamp with the diamond shaped stamp down one
side of the card mat and set with white embossing powder.

I then used Distress Oxide ink - Victorian Velvet to colour and blend,
just over the stamped area.
Stamped and die cut the poinsettia twice and got the colour pens out.
Really pleased to see this poinsettia stamp in this set. 

Stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment (again included in this set)
and attached across the flowers.

Items used today with clickable links,
and both are in the Summer Sale!

Also over on the website the kit section has had price adjustments!
(Did I mention we are REALLY running out space in the crafty cabin!)

Take care friends, wishing you a lovely Saturday.

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