Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Cute Little Fellow...

Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Hello friends
If you've been tuning in to the Spellbinders shows this week on
Create and Craft you will know it has been very festive. 
There have been some gorgeous new Christmas dies 
(which I will be stocking soon along with this little fellow....)
Winter Owl

The shows not only featured new but also visited some 
favourite Christmas dies from last year and before.
A lot of those samples and the projects demonstrated were made by the 
Design Team - to name just a couple, Teresa Horner created some of the
beautiful cards and the stunning festive scrapbook page is by Beck Beattie.
So much work goes on behind the scenes of these shows,
the entire Spellbinders Design Team deserve a pat on the back.

As mentioned the chocolate wrapper, card and tag, the concertina/stepped snow scene 
are a few of my designs and also this black and white card below.
Created with white card using Rustic Wreath 3D M-Bossabilities.
Two rows of ribbon to bottom of card, Layered Poinsettia cut from black 
cardstock and Merry Christmas stamped and cut/embossed with Back to Basics Tags.
The entire front panel mounted onto silver mirror card and then onto a black card base.
Simple but effective.

I'm back in the shop today creating, I'm pleased to say it is nice and cool in there,
we really are having a heatwave.

Take care friends.




Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Tuesday Tip/Technique

Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Hello friends

Tuesday is here again and what do I have for you today?
Create your own backgrounds.
Die cut a shape - I've used Botanical Swirls, an expandable pattern die.
 Use your die cut as a mask to spray through.  I've used Glimmer Mist.
Wait for it to dry fully before removing the die cut.
And trimmed it makes a lovely background to your project.
 
I've used Carnation Creations for the flower, a little lace
and stamped sentiment.
Easy peasy really!
Think red background with Layered Poinsettia...
I'm mentioning Christmas again!

The winning ticket for July's Charity Kit will be drawn next week
so please hold on to your numbers.  I've got a great goodie bag this month!

Take care friends.


Monday, 28 July 2014

Still Festive!

Monday, 28 July 2014
Hello friends

I'm still on a festive theme and thought I would share another 
A gift bag created from Grand Labels Four.
The little rectangle stripe effect at the bottom is created by using E-Z Squares,
applied in a line, sprinkled with embossing powder and heat set.
 The Layered Poinsettia in a different colour looks just as effective,
these dies are available on the website.
Yesterday my card featured some machine sewing, 
I know it can sometimes be a bind getting out the sewing machine.
I purchased a cheap straight stitch machine from Dunelm Mill that I use specifically
for sewing paper craft projects.  All the details are here.

Had a fantastic evening yesterday meeting up with Kim from Spellbinders.
We chose to eat in an American restaurant...I said Kim could give them tips.
I promise to tell you more - typing this very very late and my bed is calling me.

Take care friends.


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Heatwave!

Sunday, 27 July 2014
Hello friends
Are you melting?
The shop is normally quite cool but yesterday for Knit and Natter
it was a tad warm.  Gravesend is often quoted as being a bit of a hot spot and 
I couldn't agree more yesterday.
This is Gravesend Pier with a cloudless blue sky.
Thank you to all those that came along to Knit and Natter and
especially to Maggie and her friend who travelled all the way from York!!
They delivered a parcel full of knitted squares and stayed to enjoy tea and cake.
Elliott was chief tea/coffee maker yesterday and did a fine job.

Today, as mentioned, I'm driving to Peterborough to the Create and Craft studios
to meet up with Kim Hupke from Spellbinders. 
She has been working so hard doing all the Pick of the Week shows
featuring Christmas dies (some new and some from previous years).

One of my favourite Christmas dies is Layered Poinsettia (you may already know that!)
 I thought it would be nice to revisit one of my projects using these gorgeous festive flowers.

A card with Layered Poinsettia cut from patterned flower and sprayed with 
some red glimmer mist. 
Labels Twenty Two has been used for a tag stamped with a sentiment 
in the top corner.  
I stitched around the edge of the card, something I haven't done for a while...
I must do that again!

Take care friends and I will be sure to tell you all about my trip.


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Going all techy!

Saturday, 26 July 2014
Hello friends

Technology is a wonderful thing...when it works of course!
In my attempt to keep up with the fast pace of technology it is now possible
to read my blog on your Kindle!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hope-Chances-Creativity/dp/B00M0UC7IG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406199413&sr=8-1&keywords=hope+%26+chances+creativity
You can read 'me' on all these Kindle devices:
Kindle e-Readers, Paperwhite, Kindle,
Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle DX, Kindle 1st and 2nd Generation

It means that my blog is auto-delivered wirelessly to your Kindle and updated so you stay current.

It costs 99p per month (works out I am approximately 3p per day!)
There is a also a free 14 day trial - you can cancel at any time during the free
trail period but if you enjoy your subscription, do nothing and it will automatically
continue at the usual price.

All the details can be found via this link.

It is possible to leave reviews on Amazon too...be lovely if you can
and even better if they are good :)
I even impressed the boys when I said I had organised this!

Other news:
Chris has kindly sent a photo of her completed Charity Kit.
She said she couldn't 'bear' to cut the paper so used the full sheet,
I think it looks really effective.
I do think the bear looks so sad though!
There are not many July Charity Kits left, seems like lots of you are happy
to start Christmas cards in July - I really must take a leaf out of your book.
August kit is in the planning - I still keep that notepad by my bed each night and
often wake up with ideas that I just have to write down!

Are you tuning into Create and Craft?
Spellbinders is Pick of the Week and there are some gorgeous new Christmas dies. 
My dear friend Kim Hupke, Education Director at Spellbinders
has flown from Iowa to do the shows.
I created the design boards, some projects and a few may appear as demos
so keeping my eyes peeled!  In fact you may guess from this Create and Craft
studio picture which projects are mine...chocolate wrapper, matching card and tag!
I am travelling to the Create and Craft studios tomorrow to meet up with Kim,
we are heading into Peterborough for a meal so if you live that way...
any recommendations?
 Well must dash - off to Knit and Natter, I'm cake laden!

Take care friends.


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