Friday, 25 July 2014

Friday Die Day

Friday, 25 July 2014
Hello friends

I am excited to bring you this Friday Die Day ...because I love it!
This is 'Just Because' - a stamp and die set combined!
 It is a six piece floral die set with ten stamps that include floral images and sentiments
It is from the new Spellbinders® Celebra'tions line.

The dies measure:
Flower 1 Centre – ⅜”
Flower 1 – 1⅜ x 1¼”
Flower 2 Centre – ½”
Flower 2 – 1⅞ x 1⅝”
Flower 3 Centre – ⅝”
Flower 3 – 2¼ x 2”
The return of the tag!
I've selected the largest flower stamp and randomly stamped onto the tag using
Cool Caribbean Celebra'tions ink pad.
(My first experience of using these ink pads and they stamp wonderfully,
it is a mixture of blending dye and pigment ink and can be used on paper, fabric, wood,
acrylic - just heat set on non-paper materials to become permanent).
 I've also selected Sea Spray and Delightful Daisy to create further flowers and their centres.
The flower dies match perfectly over the stamped images.
This is how they look cut/embossed.
I then layered up the flowers with small 3D Foam Squares on top of the stamped flower images.
I stamped Happy Birthday (one of the useful sentiment stamps included in this set)
 onto white card and tied around some of the Celebra'tions Linen Thread.
I'm totally hooked on these now...beware you could see them often!
This 'Just Because' stamp die set is available on the website here.
There is also the very lovely 'Sweet Treats' (a definite future FDD).

Tomorrow is Knit and Natter in the shop - as mentioned slightly different
in that we are asking for a £2.50 contribution, this ensures plenty of cake, tea/coffee
and the two chosen charities receive a larger proportion.
It would be lovely to see you if you are in Gravesend,
remember you don't need to knit, just come along for the natter!

Take care friends - have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Way back at the beginning...there were jars!

Thursday, 24 July 2014
Hello friends

A 'throwback Thursday' project today.
A few years ago I had a 'jar phase' and pretty much squirrelled away every type of jar
I could find and then decorated them!
This one once held fruit in liqueur - jolly nice!

To decorate the jar I used a combination of four die templates,
Spiral Blossoms Two, Eyelet Circles, Foliage and Labels Twenty.
I created a label area on the front so it could be named for someone special!
It has yet to leave the house....
I still keep jars (I can't help myself)
even down to the little mint sauce ones as they make nice gifts too.
Fill them with favourite sweets, pop in a gift certificate, lottery ticket -
they are fairly quick to do and go perfectly with a card.

Learn to Crochet with Ruby is booking up, just a few places left if you
are thinking of coming along.
I keep looking on Pinterest now at all the wonderful crochet this!
Take care friends and stop by tomorrow for know what!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Crochet with Ruby!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Hello friends

I am very happy to announce that in September a lovely lady called Ruby Byrne is
coming along to the shop to teach crochet.
I am putting my name down first!
Although I can crochet a very simple stitch I really want to learn how to make flowers,
create Granny Squares and more.
These are just a few pieces of her fine work.

Ruby is a very experienced tutor and runs classes throughout Kent.
The 'Learn to Crochet with Ruby Course' will be held on two consecutive Tuesday evenings -
2nd September and 9 September, 7pm - 9.30pm.
By the end of the first class you will know basic stitches and create a flower,
by the end of the second class you will know how to read a pattern!
The cost for both classes (a total of 5 hours tuition!) is £25.
Tea/coffee and cake included ...of course.

Please note you will need to bring a 5.5mm crochet hook and aran yarn.

All the details are on the website here - you can book online or please feel free
to call into the shop.

I'm really excited about this course, crochet is having a massive revival at the moment
and there are some beautiful patterns out there.
Crochet also combines so well with papercraft, I love the idea of placing 
crochet flowers on cards and scrapbook pages.

Enjoy your day, take care friends.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tuesday Tip/Technique

Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Hello friends

Well Tuesdays have definitely become a little like Fridays in that
I hope to deliver something die-useful!
Without further ado - today's tip/technique...

Bottle Tops!
Some years ago flattened bottle tops were all the rage in scrapbooking,
they phased out after a while but I still like to use them on projects.
My Square Bracket Edge Box features a bottle top with Bitty Blossoms,
and a key using Engraving Art Board.
But how do you flatten bottle top?
Very simply in your Grand Calibur®.

Take your pink 'B' Embossing plate and pop a piece of scrap paper onto it.
Next, position your bottle top with the edges facing up.
Cover with tan embossing mat and then the Raspberry Spacer Plate.
Run this through the machine - yes I know, it looks like the sharp bottle top edge
will cut into your tan mat but magically it doesn't! 
Instead you end up with a perfect flattened bottle top.

Important: use new uncrimped bottle tops (not a used one off a beer bottle).
You can buy them in places like Wilkinsons, anywhere that does home brewing.

Go some flattening!

Take care friends.

Monday, 21 July 2014

A Crafty Space

Monday, 21 July 2014
Hello friends

It's that day when I feature someone's crafty space for us to take a nose...
I mean to take a keen interest! ;)

Today it is Lesley McCloskey (aka Stamping Bubbles)
and this is what Lesley has to say:

Here are some photos of my craft room. It doesn't usually look this tidy! 
My room has to be multi functional and sometimes is used as a spare for room 
for occasional guests and my parents-in-law.
They have just been for a visit that's why it is so tidy.

I hope you enjoy looking at my photos.
It is a very special place to me - somewhere to relax and de-stress after work and family commitments. And I know I am very lucky to have the space to have a whole room to myself although I do share it sometimes with my hubby as long as he doesn't complain about the mess!

Thank you Lesley, it is great room and those Useful Storage Boxes in pink are superb.
I am delighted to see the Grand Calibur centre stage and what a brilliant stock
of DVD's - I also tend to watch films when I'm crafting, I get totally absorbed in both.

Other news...

Again, thank you for the Charity Kit orders, some of you are also purchasing previous
kits which is great.  There are still some available on the website here.
Lynn Derbyshire recently spent a day crafting and made up some of the
Charity Kits, she kindly sent a photo to me.
They are brilliant Lynn, the decorated heart sold very quickly but look out
for August's kit - I think it will be another winner!

Take care friends - back tomorrow.

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