Tuesday, 17 July 2018

And now flat...!

Hello friends

After my dimensional card yesterday today I've gone a little flat and festive!
This is one of my card samples I made for Hochanda 
which was quite different for me but fun to do.

   

Using Distress Oxides I created a background, splashed with water to create
the dots which could look a little like snowflakes...if you squint maybe!


I then stamped randomly with the wreath stamp using embossing ink,
sprinkled with silver embossing folder and heat set.
Also stamped a sentiment - this is from Merry and Bright Stamp and Die Set.


Using the inset die from Hemstitch Circles I cut around each wreath.
Matted onto silver foil card and then a 5 x 7 card front.


Perfectly flat for posting and fun to make 
(as long as you don't tip over the embossing powder - ho hum!)

Items used today with clickable links:


All the Christmas stamp and die sets are in the Summer Sale and 
now down to £11.50!

Margie, thank you for your comment yesterday asking what 
gold foil card I use, I have a mixture at the moment -
some is from Creative Expressions and also Anita's.
I shop for the colour as I like a true gold as opposed to a brass gold,
hope that makes sense :) 

Hope you are all keeping cool in this heatwave and please stop by
tomorrow as it is Giveaway Day!

Take care friends.


Monday, 16 July 2018

This one is going to need a box!

Hello friends

Did you have a nice weekend?
We had a lovely day yesterday with Mum's birthday barbecue,
Bella had to steal some of the show!


Despite all the partying I remembered to publish my latest
YouTube video and this week it is A2 Corner Cotillion.

One of the Romancing the Swirl dies designed by Becca Feeken.
What I love about this die set is that you have everything you need,
frame, background, oval shape, flowers and leaf
so you can make a complete project with just this one die set.


Here's the video just click to play but click on the YouTube logo to
view on the channel.
If you like the card please subscribe to our YouTube channel and
leave a comment on the YouTube video page.
One person will be picked out and the card sent out to you.
I think this one will be arriving in a box!



Items used today with clickable links:

A2 Corner Cotillion (available new and pre-loved)
Paper Pad
3D Foam Squares
Crafty Foam Tape

You may have already espied our new Hope and Chances logo,
we are slowing moving it across to our different places.

Our website will be having an overhaul fairly soon too which will
make it much more mobile friendly, it's all on the list, a long list but getting there!

Patricia, yesterday you asked about the tartan paper I used with the
Little Bird Stencil card.


It's from my scrapbox (about half way down!) but I seem to recall it was from a 
Christmas paper pad by Craftwork Cards but possibly quite a few years ago.  
Sorry not to be more helpful on that.

Little Bird has proved to be popular, had quite a few crafters mention
that they want to use the stencils to make cards and projects with
their children/grandchildren - what a brilliant idea!

Take care friends and wishing you all a great start to the week.


Sunday, 15 July 2018

Cheep cheep!

Hello friends

It's a plump robin today!
I've used one of the new Tina Ashton Art Stencils,
Little Bird to create this festive card.


It could be a bird for all seasons but I do think he makes a gorgeous robin.
A speedy card to make with distress inks through the stencil,
Barn Door, Vintage Photo and Antique Linen.
Stamped sentiment, holly leaves and mini poinsettias.



You can view the range of Tina Ashton Art Stencils on the website here,
delighted they are proving popular.


Items used today with clickable links:


Hope you are all having a good weekend,
we are having a barbecue today to celebrate my Mum's birthday.
In true barbecue tradition we will eat more in one day than we normally
eat in a week...just like Christmas really! 

Take care friends, new video on YouTube today at 3pm(ish).

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Feeling warm? Then it is time for...

Hello friends

Are you feeling warm?  Is the sun shining gloriously?
If so, it's a perfect time to share a Christmas card! 
Well... maybe not but since I had to start making 
Christmas cards back in May please bear with me :) 
Also you may forgive me as this card is pink-ish,
so I could very nearly convince you it is sort of Summery!



Firstly I've used Fancy Edged Rectangles to create the mats for my
white card front.  I love how it adds that pierced edging too.

I then proceeded to stamp with the diamond shaped stamp down one
side of the card mat and set with white embossing powder.


I then used Distress Oxide ink - Victorian Velvet to colour and blend,
just over the stamped area.
Stamped and die cut the poinsettia twice and got the colour pens out.
Really pleased to see this poinsettia stamp in this set. 


Stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment (again included in this set)
and attached across the flowers.


Items used today with clickable links,
and both are in the Summer Sale!


Also over on the website the kit section has had price adjustments!
(Did I mention we are REALLY running out space in the crafty cabin!)


Take care friends, wishing you a lovely Saturday.


Friday, 13 July 2018

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

Friday already and that means Friday Die Day.
Let's ignore that it is the 13th..only nice things today please!
This week I'm featuring Miss You Swirl, one of the new designs 
by Marisa Job for Spellbinders.
The approximate measurements are:

Outer circle: 4.75 x 4.75 in 11.90 x 12.50 cm
Inner circle: 2.80 x 2.80 in 7.50 x 7.50 cm
Letters: width ranges from 0.125 to 0.5 in 0.32 to 
1.27 cm x 0.56 in 1.42 cm in height

I firstly prepared my square white card base using 6 x 6 Matting Basics, 
lilac cardstock and patterned paper - 
the paper is available on the website here.


Die cut the decorative circle in both white and silver mirror card.
The plain circle from coordinating patterned paper - within the same paper pad.


Affixing the silver die cut behind the white to create a drop shadow.
Placing it on the card front with Crafty Foam Tape.


Here's the little flowers!
Using a combination of distress inks to create a shaded look.


I looped ribbon with twine and added lots of little flowers as if they are 
scattered over the ribbon, pearls to the middles.
Within the die set is the lettering, I chose to use LOVE
cut from silver mirror card.




Items used today with clickable links:


And if you are pinner, 
here's a picture that you may like to add to your Pinterest.


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,
I'm crafting, videoing and indulging in a barbecue on Sunday for my
lovely Mum's birthday.

Take care friends.


Thursday, 12 July 2018

Winning Ticket and Kissing Hares!

Hello friends

First keeping my paperwork in order...
announcing the July Charity Kit winning ticket.
The kit was a sellout within a day, many thanks
to all those who purchased.
Please rummage in your kit bags and see if you have
the winning number which is...


If you have this number please email hope-chances@live.co.uk
with your details and a goody bag will wing its way to you.

Now onto silhouette hares.
I designed a card using a pair of hares just by flipping the stencil,
I'm henceforth calling them Kissing Moongazing Hares!



As usual, I couldn't resist adding little flowers!
I've done a speedy video showing how this card came together,
you can view it by clicking on the image below or here.
It lasts just 1 minute - Elliott is so good at editing! 


Moongazing Hare is available on the website here (or hare!) 

Take care friends - Friday Die Day tomorrow so please stop by.


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

It's that day...giveaway time!

Hello friends

It's that day of the week that you could receive something nice...
it's Hump Day Giveaway Day.



Last week's giveaway was a a pre-loved die set  
Tropical Florals.



And the winner is...

Christine Collins

Congratulations Christine, please email: 
hope-chances@live.co.uk
with your details and we will post your prize out to you.

This week's giveaway is a pre-loved
Especially Made For You - one of the Blooming Garden dies.


If you would like to win this week's giveaway,
please leave a comment on today's post 
A winner will be picked and announced next Wednesday.

(Please claim your prize within a month of announcement,
we have a couple unclaimed!) 

Especially Made for You is available on the website here
(in the Summer Sale too!)

A heads up Elliott has been uploading more
pre-loved dies to the website here.


Take care friends, have a nice middle of the week.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Sweet Tweets!

Hello friends

Thank you for the lovely response to Tina's stencils yesterday,
we have videos and tutorials coming your way soon.
They really are beautiful designs and I've had a lot of fun
creating with them.

Today keeping with the Little Bird theme, this is 
This is a lovely die set with 21 dies - yes 21! 
I've used the outer scalloped frame to create a top border,
or little curtain, I think I used to have something like that in my kitchen once!


The square die has faux stitching, as I've used patterned paper it is a little hard
to see but looks wonderful on plain card/paper.


And then there is the wealth of choice with the birdhouse, bird, flowers and more.
I've created a video that you can view here or click on the 
YouTube button when playing and you can see it bigger and better.

Worth mentioning the papers I use are these,
available on the website here but not many left!


Sweet Tweets is available on the website here
and you may like to look at further designs from this collection here
and they are all in the Summer Sale!



Take care friends, please stop by tomorrow - it's Giveaway Day!

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