Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Not an April Fool!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015
Hello friends

April 1st!
I promise no April fool jokes here :)

Instead first of all announcing the winner of Kitty Play.

The lucky name is....

Christine (Andypandy)

Please email hope-chances@live.co.uk with your address details
and they will be on their way.

If you missed out on winning, I do have Kitty Play in stock on the website here
and at a special feline price!

Sharing today another Easter egg wrap - this was the very first one I made.
It features Classic Scalloped Ovals Large, Bauble Blossoms and Foliage.
Created in purple to match Cadbury - the Buttons eggs are the best you know!

I came across a photo of Elliott and I on Good Friday 2011,
he is wearing the same t-shirt as yesterday's photo! Thankfully it shows that 
the growth and testosterone injections definitely work, he is now much taller than me!
Thank you so much for all your kind supportive comments yesterday,
it truly means a lot and Elliott has also been reading them too.
We are hopeful of a smooth MRI after Easter and then good results so
please keep those fingers crossed :) 

Take care friends and thank you again.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Egg!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Hello friends

It must be time to show those Easter egg wraps again!
These are so easy to make and it really jazzes up a regular egg.
This one features Create A Daisy and the bunting is created with 3D Foam Pennants.
There is a full tutorial on how to make the Daisy flower here.

A piece of card isn't quite long enough but easy enough to put the join to the back
or hide with decorative paper.
It's a great way to really personalise an Easter egg.

Thank you for all the comments on Sunday Giveaway,
a winner will be announced before Easter so please check back.

I was AWOL yesterday as busy taking Elliott to hospital for his
MRI check, he needs these every six months.
We passed some of the waiting time playing cards - I won!
Elliott has battled with anxiety ever since he became ill and has coped really well,
but sadly yesterday he experienced some real panic attacks in the MRI so we've 
chosen to postpone it for a week or two.  
It's a hiccup but we will be back on track again soon, in between I pop
a cardboard box on his head each evening - yes... seriously!
This 'therapy' (recommended by a psychologist) worked brilliantly last time so we are going 
for it again - I'm tempted to decorate the box with a few Easter flowers and butterflies!

Take care friends - happy crafting!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Sunday Giveaway

Sunday, 29 March 2015
Hello friends

One hour less!?  I needed that for crafting!
It's been a little while since a giveaway so making amends today!

Following on from Friday's feline theme today I'm giving away a set of 
Kitty Play - a gorgeous set of dies featuring three cats, mouse, wool,
paw prints and a fishbone!

When I featured these dies recently I showed you the beautiful cards
that Yana from the Spellbinders Design Team had made.

 So effective using the silhouette of the die.
  Adding some coloured card behind.
All you have to do is leave a comment on today's blog post and 
mid week Elliott will pick out a winner.

Take care friends - enjoy your Sunday.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Bird Houses

Saturday, 28 March 2015
Hello friends

Spring is here and Easter is just around the corner so I thought I would share the bird house
project I created last year.  This is a nice idea for mini eggs. 
 
There is a template that you can download and print here.
  For the bird house, if you can, print directly onto your coloured cardstock -
this saves time sticking a printed copy sheet onto cardstock and cutting around.
You do also need to print one onto normal copy paper (I will explain why later).

You then need to decide if you would like your birdhouse to have a straight edge sides
or a curved bottom (!) this will dictate where you score. Cut out the template.
You need to cut the circle, I've used Standard Circles Sml.
There isn't a template for the roof, but it is very simple - cut a piece of card 
measuring 6" x 3¾", I chose to use kraft card.  
I wanted a pretty roof edge and used the scallop edge from Classic Edges One

 Fold the roof in half. 
 From the additional print of the template on copy paper just cut out the
front section of the birdhouse.  You can then achieve the weatherboard look by cutting
strips of card and adhering across.
 You may want to ink the edges slightly - I chose white.
Keep adding layers until you've covered the front.
 This is how the reverse looks.  Once dry trim around and die cut the circle.
You will be overlaying and attaching this to the front of the house.
 Returning to your template, score along the dotted lines, fold and assemble.
You can then pop the roof on and attach some decoration. Done!

And if you are Ann Morris you may need to make one for each of your 13 grandchildren!
I think she's done a fantastic job - they look superb, well done Ann and congratulations
on two more grandchildren on the way!
Take care friends - I'm back tomorrow.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Friday Die Day

Friday, 27 March 2015
Hello friends

It's Feline Friday Die Day!
This week I've chosen Pawing Around - Cat.

This very cute set consists of 5 template pieces measuring approximately:

Hearts - 7cm x 6.2cm
Paw print 1 - 1.9cm x 2.2cm
Paw print 2 - 1.3cm x 1.3cm
Paw print 3 - 0.9cm x 0.9cm

This is what they look like cut/embossed.
I've chosen to make a cat sympathy card.
I noticed most shops now stock sympathy cards for the loss of a pet.
 
I used the heart featuring the cat face, traced around the heart shape and cut out to create
a cream card backing.
My card base - a strip of dotty patterned paper adhered down the left hand side.
It was then simple...stamped the sentiment down the right hand side (Lawn Fawn stamp),
placed the heart bottom central to the card front. 
Added a paw print (middle size) and flower - the flower is Marisa's Bouquet -
this set hasn't left my craft desk, I love the assortment of flowers and leaves.

Pawing Around - Cat is available on the website here - a special price today!
Pawing Around - Dog is also available here, again at the special price.
Of course, the card design would work equally well for both cat and dog.

Take care friends - wishing you all a 'purr-fect' weekend!
 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Bomb and Sunflower!

Thursday, 26 March 2015
Hello friends

I'm pleased to say no risk of the WW2 bomb in London today,
instead they brought it just a few miles from my home and detonated it!
We heard the 'boom' and was shocked just how loud it was.
I read somewhere that there is still many bombs under the streets of London
and fine if left undisturbed...!

Okay..back to craft!
Today's project is a gift box, it's a recycled box that I covered and decorated.
It features Create A Sunflower and the label shapes are Labels Thirty Eight.
Some time back I featured Create A Sunflower as Friday Die Day and there 
is a full tutorial here.

There is a new range of Create A Flower dies, just in time for Spring, they include:







and Peony

These are all available on the website (just click on the flower name) at a bargain price 
and previous Create A Flower dies are reduced too.
I will be doing tutorials on the new flowers soon, possibly videos if I enlist the 
help of Elliott (but he is rather engrossed in his new computer!)

And talking of Spring and flowers, yesterday when walking Bella I discovered so many 
bees buzzing about.  I'm so pleased Spring is here.

Also, yesterday's post showed Bella napping and I received a few enquiries
regarding my flowery bedding - it comes from Ikea and is called Rosali.

Take care friends and stop by tomorrow for Friday Die Day.


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