Saturday, 21 July 2018

It's's bright!

Hello friends

Thank you for the lovely comments yesterday,
I really enjoyed making the card with Tina's Tree Stencil and Ornamental Arch.
Sometimes it is so nice to finish a project and just think - 
yes, that's how I imagined it would turn out.
(That doesn't always happen!)

And today's project is a fine example of exactly that,
I started off thinking I would make a pretty pastel gift bag
and then espied these bright papers and they took me in an entirely
different direction.

This project has just appeared on Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog here.
I've done a full tutorial if you fancy taking a look.

I matted all pieces of patterned paper onto kraft using the E-Z Runner Grand.

The flowers are Blooming Rose, all affixed in place with the new
3D Foam Circles.

Items used today with clickable links:

Blooming Rose (available pre-loved)

Today busy busy in the crafty cabin, I've got some shows coming up
next month on Hochanda and there's a lot of prep to do.
Wish me luck, the fan will be on full pelt! 

Take care friends, 
stop by tomorrow for another crafty make.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

If you've been following us on social media you will have seen
the new stencils we are stocking, we've been sharing the new designs everywhere!
We feel very privileged that right now we are the only outlet for these.
For this week's Friday Die Day I thought I would combine the Tree stencil
with one of my favourite Spellbinders dies - 

I placed the stencil onto a piece of white card and fixed down with removable tape.

(Optional: it is possible to emboss with these stencils through the Platinum.
The sandwich I used was cutting plate, stencil, card, card shim and another cutting plate.
I would recommend you test a combination of shims as machines differ,
my Platinum 6 did not need an extra shim, possibly because it is a newer machine).

I selected a script stamp, I find stamps with a foam backing work really well
and stamp onto a softer surface, that way you can really get the stamping into 
the open areas. 

This stamp isn't quite wide enough but that's not a problem,
just stamp in the missed areas, do not worry about aligning either, I didn't!

Keeping the stencil in place I've gone over with a blending tool and distress ink.

The reveal! 

I then die cut Ornamental Arch from white card and used the same colour 
distress ink - Walnut Stain.

Using my E-Z Runner Grand - 
(I love this, so much adhesive and the refills last ages!)
I affixed the stencilled image onto two mats - teal card and silver foil card.

Placed one die cut across.

Onto the arch die cut affixed 3D Foam Squares to the reverse.
Also die cut my signature little flowers in matching teal card :) 

Positioned the arch die cut.

Finishing touch, adding the little flowers with gemstones to the middle
and a tiny 'Thanks' sentiment.

And here's an image you may like to Pin :) 

Items used today with clickable links:

Ornamental Arch (Price reduced)

Take care friends, have a smashing weekend.

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.

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