Saturday, 25 November 2017

Pop your sunglasses on!

Hello friends

Yes, pop your sunglasses on, this might possibly be the 
brightest card I've ever made!
This is Layers of Flowers and I went for a definite orange theme.
It was time to use up some of that coloured card languishing in the
bottom of my scrap box!
A clever die set consisting of three dies that layer up as panels.

The equally bright flower is made using 

You can of course just create one panel like I did with this card -
silver, black and white. A gemstone added to the flower middles.

Both of these die sets -
are arriving within the next few days, tracking them right now.

Over on the website the Black Friday Sale is still ongoing, finishes midnight Sunday.
More items have been added so please take a look.

Keep warm today, it has turned very nippy here in the South East,
lovely and bright though...bit like my card!

Take care friends.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

This week's Friday Die Day is Tree.
I've mentioned this die a few times, it teams up with the new
seasonal canopies but using the die alone is also lovely.

This is how it looks cut/embossed.

I cut a piece of white card with 6 x 6 Matting Basics and added 
Forest Moss distress ink.

Tree cut from white card and then coloured with Walnut Stain distress ink,
positioned over the green distress ink.

Stamped sentiment to corner and tied a twine bow.

I then cut multiple mini flowers and coloured them, again with distress ink.
These are from Swallow and Heart die set, available here.

Positioned randomly on the branches.

To finish, I matted onto a card base and little pearls added to flowers.

Such a simple die set but I could see it having many uses.
I like trees, they symbolise renewal and growth,
perfect for many occasions.

Tree is available on the website here.
The seasonal canopies I mentioned earlier can also be seen here.

Just in case you haven't seen it,
over on the website there is a Black Friday Sale, over 100 items!
All can be viewed here.

Take care friends,
have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Layers of Pink and Ivory

Hello friends

Today's card has layers!
Occasionally I add more to a card and this design inspired by Yana
who creates for Spellbinders enticed me to layer up.
It features the very pretty Marcheline Plume.

Starting with an ivory card base and added Anna Griffin patterned paper.
Firstly Hemstitch Rectangles, (back in stock soon) 
the middle size cut and positioned horizontally.


Then Marcheline Plume, largest die cut affixed with foam pads to add depth.
The middle element (Spirograph!) cut and adhered to the centre.

Textured Flower added, cut from white watercolour card and coloured 
with distress inks.  The sentiment is from one of the typed sheets
available on the website here.

Marcheline Plume is available on the website here,
Textured Flowers - a couple of sets of pre-loved available here but 
I'm guessing they will go very quickly...

Take care friends.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Hump Day Giveaway

Hello friends

It's that middle day of the week and that means Hump Day Giveaway!
I am also announcing last week's winner so please keep reading.

Last week's giveaway was Big Scalloped Border Grand die.
This is a border die with  scallops and eyelets, perfect for adding ribbon.

It is one of the dies from the Retro Spellbinders collection
on the website, some wonderful favourites and bargains to be had.

And the winner is...


Congratulations Jackie, please email me:
with your details and I'll post your prize out to you.

If you missed out it is possible to purchase Big Scalloped Border Grand here.

This week's giveaway is a pre-loved set - Build a Stocking.

A lovely festive die set with all the cute little elements that go 
with a Christmas stocking.
I created this card using all the dies from the set.

If you would like to win this pre-loved die set please leave a comment on today's
post either on this blog or the Hope and Chances' blog here.
A winner will be picked out next week.

Take care friends - have a great Wednesday!

Monday, 20 November 2017

Weekend Away and Winner

Hello friends

I'm back home after a wonderful weekend in the Cotswolds.
The weather was 50/50 but it is November and I've never known a dry birthday yet!
If you follow me on Facebook you will have seen my photos,
if not sharing here.  I went away with my crafty friends and
we stayed in the very lovely Three Ways Hotel, Mickleton
 for a chocolate themed weekend.

I had the big surprise of my room being totally chocolate themed,
I slept in a box of chocolates!

The door was cleverly painted to look like a chocolate bar.

Even the bathroom tiles and toiletries were themed.

We took a trip to Broadway to look around the gifty shops.
I adore the quaintness of the Cotswold villages.

We put our glad rags on in the evening for a very nice meal.

The following morning we went on a chocolate themed car treasure hunt,
back to the hotel for a hot chocolate and a cookery class,
chocolate truffles, mousse and pudding!
I intend to try out the recipes so will be sharing those.

Today is my actual birthday, I'm dodging the rain to do a little bit of
shopping and spend the evening with all my family.

Now crafty stuff...did you purchase a November Charity Kit?
This was the Note Holder kit.
If so it is time to check to see if you have the winning ticket.

And it is....

If you have the winning number please email me at
and I'll send out your bag of goodies.

Note Holder die is due back in stock again soon, these sell fast! 
If you missed this kit it is still available to purchase on the website here.

Take care friends, have a brilliant start to the week.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

A Trio of Tags

Hello friends

Today's projects have been created for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.
Being on their design team we are encouraged to find numerous
ways to use their products and as I sat at my craft desk I happened
to notice that Photo Corners look just like little houses!

Positioning them behind a curve of cardstock (snow) and keeping them
monochrome made it very simple, speedy tags.

The tree and star die cuts are from Christmas Tags,
one of Spellbinders die sets from last year.

The full tutorial is over on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog here,
please feel free to take a look and if possible leave a comment.

If you would like to create these tags Photo Corners - Black are 
available on the website here.

Take care friends, keep warm!

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