Monday, 26 January 2015

Winner! And some other bits and bobs!

Monday, 26 January 2015
Hello friends

I hope you all had a good weekend, still chilly isn't it.
I like winter but I must admit I'm definitely craving Spring at the moment.

Thank you for the lovely response to Chickini's!
Some lucky hens will soon be cosy and warm.

The January Charity Kit is still selling - again, thank you so much everyone!
Elaine kindly sent me a photo of her made up kit and said:

"Really loved this months kit it's beautiful, however I couldn't bear to cut up 
 the beautiful flower die. So I used some pink paper and used 
the whole die cut on a card instead."

I love this - it is great to see that the kits can be versatile too.
Thank you Elaine.


Now to announce the winner of last Sunday's Giveaway, the prize 
is Sentiments 5, all the Sentiment dies have been popular and I'm pleased
to say I have all the designs back in stock here.  
The fineness of the script works so well on cards and tags!
The Winner is.....

Sandra 

Congratulations Sandra, drop me an email with your postal address and I will
pop the die set in the post to you.
hope-chances@live.co.uk

Please stop by tomorrow for TTT (Tuesday Tip/Technique),
I'm thinking this is becoming more popular than Friday Die Day looking at my 
blog views!  Who would have known.

Take care friends, keep warm.


Sunday, 25 January 2015

Knitting needles at the ready please!

Sunday, 25 January 2015
Hello friends
As you know last year I sent out a request for knitted squares and the
response was amazing, I am so grateful.  The blankets are still being made up,
I'm enjoying it in this cold weather - makes evenings very cosy.
For now, I probably have enough squares to be working with but I've realised
there are many keen knitters out there so I have another plan for you....
Chickini's!
(aka Knitted Hen Jackets)
There was an article in the Daily Mail recently highlighting a charity called Raystede
who at least twice a year rescue ex egg laying hens that would otherwise be sent to
slaughter at just 72 weeks old, incredibly sad.
Some of the birds are missing feathers and need to be kept warm in this
cold weather and there is a special pattern to knit hen jackets -
now fondly known as 'Chickinis'!
I got in touch with Raystede and they are keen for us to help, apparently
December's rescue went very well, with over 260 birds being saved and
brought to Raystede - hurrah!
The pattern can be downloaded from their website - www.raystede.org/chickens
 (if you experience any problems viewing it just drop me an email and
I can forward it to you in PDF format).
hope-chances@live.co.uk

For those of you who are going to give this a go, please note:
Mum has knitted the pattern up and we think there is a tiny error - 
the first row after you increase for tabs should say:
Cast on 10 sts at beginning of next row, k14, k to last 4sts, k4

Also of course, if you are able to rehome any chickens -
please call Raystede on 01825 840252 or email info@raystede.org

If you are not a knitter but would like to help the chickens and other rescued animals
while they recuperate and find a new home, 
you can make a gift to the animals at www.raystede.org/donate


All knitted hen jackets can be sent to:

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare
The Broyle
Ringmer
East Sussex
BN8 5AJ

Growing up we had chickens and bantams in our garden, once they stopped laying
they remained our family pets.  They were pretty clever hens, at Easter somehow
they managed to lay Cadbury Crème Eggs - well, I was only about 6 at the time
so I believed it for sure!

Thank you for all your kind comments yesterday, the tiny flowers used on my card
are from Homespun (sadly a retired Spellbinders die set but I love it!)


Mrs B also asked after the boys - they are fine.
Mitchell is going to be 21 next Saturday - no idea how that happened because I'm only 21!
We have a fun day in London planned so there will definitely be photos.

Elliott is doing great, he is still on lots of medication and daily injections but
we are all very used to that now.  He is taller than me and definitely
growing into a fine young man.  Thankfully he still helps out and he's just designed
my new watermark featured on yesterday's card.  Geeks are handy!

As always sending out huge thanks to you all, I know lots of you will want
to help with knitting 'chickinis' - I have the best blog followers!
Take care friends.


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Ambassadors Victorian Blog Hop

Saturday, 24 January 2015
Hello friends

Welcome to the very first informal blog hop for the International Ambassadors!
We got together (online of course) and decided to have a blog hop, just for fun
and we hope to inspire you along the way.  It is a great way for you to get to know
who we are and to see our different styles.

We have chosen to use dies from the Victorian range, these dies are divine
and it is so much fun to create with them, as you will see as you stop by each
Ambassador's blog.

I chose to use Elizabeth Border Strip and here are a few photos of my card.
I kept everything clean and white to keep the focus on this beautiful die.

With a touch of colour from the tiny flowers and leaves.

Sentiment stamped onto Back to Basics Tags and pale ribbon threaded through and 
secured at the back.

Here are all the International Ambassadors with links to their blogs,
stop by to see what Victorian dies they have used.

Christine Emberson (you are here!)
Ursula Langhammer

We hope you enjoy your time visiting us all, we will be back with more..
you can count on it!

Take care friends.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Friday Die Day

Friday, 23 January 2015
Hello friends

Cuteness today!
I wasn't sure what die to feature this Friday Die Day until my work colleague
announced she was organising a baby shower...yes they seem to have arrived in the UK now!
I did a bit of research about baby showers, it seems they are a party before the
baby is born, games are played, gifts exchanged - it is assumed to mean the expectant
mum is 'showered' with gifts - very nice too!

I thought the new Die D-Lites Bunny fitted the bill perfectly.
The die measures approximately 1¾ x 3½“ and this is how it looks cut/embossed...
in pink...yes, it's a girl!
I selected a Square Petal Top Box, die cut in white linen cardstock and 
wrapped around a piece of pink satin ribbon.
Adhered the bunny to Classic Ovals Lrg.
His ears are off the top of the oval and look cute bent forwards a little.
I then added a few tiny flowers, leaves and pink gemstones.
Attached the oval with 3D Foam Squares.
The ribbon can slide off to open the box.
A close up photo - I love the scroll design of the Bunny
Bunny is available to pre-order on the website, I've got these arriving from
the USA as soon as they are available.
Be sure to take a look at the other pre-orders too - some really gorgeous dies on their way.

Take care friends and have a lovely weekend.


Thursday, 22 January 2015

Classes, The Woodland Cabin (and Bella!) is Famous!

Thursday, 22 January 2015
Hello friends

I had a lovely time in Bury St Edmunds yesterday, I ignored the rain, sleet and snow!
I've never been before and after the class I took a quick look around the town,
it's lovely and reminds me very much of Canterbury here in Kent.
 This is the shop and I immediately espied the new teal Grand Caliburs in the window!
A lovely group of ladies and it felt so good to be back doing classes.
If you have a craft shop near you that would be interested in a Spellbinders visit
then please let me know.  I quite fancy setting a bit of a craft shop challenge -
just how many can I visit in one year!?

The fame bit... :)
This magazine came out last week and I'm delighted that they have included
my woodland cabin in an article about craft spaces.

Here are some pictures of the article, not great quality I'm afraid as it was scanned
but you get to see the important stuff...Bella!




The magazine is full of lots of useful crafty info and you can order a copy here

Other news...

Ros asked yesterday if I will be stocking the dies that were on Create and Craft last week,
yes I will be.  Of course if there are any dies in particular you need/would like to pre-order
then please drop me an email.

I haven't announced the winner of this month's Charity Kit just yet...
they are still selling - I'm so pleased this one is popular and obviously every kit raises
that little bit more for the charity.  The winning ticket will be announced next week
along with last Sunday's Sentiment giveaway.

I think that wraps up the latest.
Please stop by tomorrow for FDD.
Take care friends.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Happy Birthday

Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Hello friends

I really enjoyed making this card!!
Does that happen to you?  Sometimes a card just comes together exactly
as you imagined it, instead of hours of fiddling and moving embellishments about!

This is using some of the new Donna Salazar products - Donna has teamed up with
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® and launched beautiful ribbons, lace and more.
I promise to stock these as soon as I get my mitts on them!
The 'happy birthday' is Sentiments 3.
And my favourite Bitty Blossoms also make an appearance.
All the details of this card are over on the Crafty Power Blog here.

Today I'm off to Bury St Edmunds, I'm starting my Spellbinders Ambassador Tour!
I've had my nails done and Bella couldn't be left out!

I will keep you posted of all the future dates and venues, there is a new tab on the website where
I will also list everything.  Organisational emails are flying about at the moment -
it promises to be a very busy and fun year!

Take care friends.

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