Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Tuesday Tip/Technique

Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Hello friends
It's Tuesday Tip/Technique today and here is something very different!
I need to thank Kim Hupke, Education Director at Spellbinders for this tip.
Most shops and supermarkets now have candy canes in stock, the minty ones are lovely.
For today's tip you need candy canes and your Grand Calibur....
 Place a candy cane inside a zip lock bag, you may want to use a double thickness of bags.
Do not seal completely, allow for air to escape.
Sandwich your candy cane in a bag between A Base Plate and Raspberry Adapter Plate.
Run through your Grand Calibur - just once is enough! 
 It's crushed!
 Now empty into an airtight jar/container and decorate.
I've used Snowflake Bliss, Sprigs and Scalloped Labels One.
Use Candy Cane Sprinkles on ice cream, fairy cake icing and more.
This week I've promised to make Elliott chocolate chip muffins with Candy Cane Sprinkles -
photos to follow.

Have a lovely day, it's rather nippy but so glad to see the rain gone!
Take care friends.

Monday, 24 November 2014

A Hearth Theme and Winner

Monday, 24 November 2014
Hello friends

Thank you for all your kind comments yesterday - glad you liked the heart.
It reminded me that a few years back I picked up a galvanised metal heart and 
altered it in a similar way.

For those who do not have a Range nearby I did spot 
wooden hearts on Hobbycrafts website here.

I know I should be thinking about Christmas but I haven't bought a single gift yet!
I'm normally a little more organised but with going out to Phoenix I think it's thrown me.
I also do not know what to buy the family this year, the boys are so grown up now -
I can't get away with the little tree gifts etc that I used to!

Not long until the advent calendar comes out - there's just a few kits left on the website
and they've been reduced too :)  You can view them here.

Now onto the winner of Holiday Greetings die.
Elliott selected the winner and it is......

Maggie J of maggieanncraft.

Congratulations, please email me your address details hope-chances@live.co.uk
and your Holiday Greetings will be on its way to you.

Please stop by tomorrow - it's TTT (Tuesday Tip/Technique).

Take care friends.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

An Altered Heart

Sunday, 23 November 2014
Hello friends

As promised yesterday,  a little tutorial on altering a bargain wooden heart 
available to buy from the Range - 89p!
There are also stars...
Firstly I added a tiny bit of white paint and wiped it off with a piece of kitchen towel,
just to lighten it a little more. 
I then selected Classic Hearts and was delighted that the shape very much mirrored
the wooden heart.  The paper is Basic Grey and out of my odd box.
 Next I opted for Snowflake Bliss and Layered Poinsettia - well, you knew I would!
The word 'Christmas' is die cut from Holiday Sentiments
It was then just a case of assembling the snowflake, poinsettia and adding Sprigs
 It's definitely an adorned heart now!
 A couple of close up shots - yes, I forgot to prick out one of the snowflake pieces!
 A simple design because I've had the mad idea of making quite a few!
Most of these dies are available on the website, just click the links.

Hoping to bring you lots more tutorials and ideas from my cabin,
also videos - yes, I've been threatening them for ages and Elliott is on my case too!

Take care friends, I'm back tomorrow.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

The Birthday and a Bargain!

Saturday, 22 November 2014
Hello friends

Sharing a few birthday photos today - not too many as I could end up being
one of those people who insist on showing you tons of photos and you have to
stifle yawns all the time!

I started my day off perfectly by walking Bella...it's getting muddy,
wellies will be making an appearance soon.
Mum and Dad had adorned the cabin... so sweet of them.
The boys handed me gifts of vouchers, chocolate and wine - 
they know me so well!
Goodness they are getting so grown up!
We had a family meal in the evening and I was presented with a lovely cake,
(it is obligatory to have Bella in as many photos as possible!)
A wonderful day, I even got a little time to craft too.

And now to the bargain...

Do you have a Range store near you?  
I found this wooden chunky heart for only 89p!
It measures approx 3.5 inches across.

It is begging to be altered so stop by tomorrow to see what I've done.

Take care friends and thanks again for all your good wishes.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Friday Die Day

Friday, 21 November 2014
Hello friends

Yes it's back - Friday Die Day and this week I'm featuring Flutter Love.
This is from the Die D-Lites range and the size of the dies are as follows:

Butterfly 1: ranges from ⅜ to ¼” (3)
Butterfly 2: 2⅛ x 1¾”
Heart 1: ranges from ¼ to ⅜” (3)
Heart 2: 2 ⅛ x 2”
Each die cut/embossed, pretty!
I've decided o a tag this week and used the embossing only technique.
It's a good idea to lightly spritz your card with water first, this stops any crinkling at the edges.
A sentiment placed across the middle, lightly inked.
And then overlaid at an angle my vibrant red die cuts, a nice contrast with the kraft colour.
Loving the curly butterfly and the little ones are so useful, especially as you can die cut 
three at a time.  Handy to cut a batch and keep in a jar!
Testing out my daylight lamp, the photos have got a shadow but getting there!
Flutter Love is available from the website shop here and it is on special sale to 
coincide with FDD!  Don't forget if you order from the website you receive a free gift
and loyalty stamps if your product spend is over £10.

Lastly, thank you so much for all your birthday wishes, I had a lovely day although stern words
with Bella - she forgot to go shopping!  Sharing photos tomorrow.

Have a great weekend - anyone going Christmas shopping?
Take care friends.

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