Tuesday, 13 November 2018

On Hochanda today...

Hello friends

I'm catching up after an extremely busy weekend of 
workshops in Essex and Peterborough.
I had a lovely time at both and thank you to all those
who came along.

If you are a Hochanda viewer you may have caught 
Spellbinders new collection launched last night with Julia Watts -

There's more shows today 9am, 1pm and 5pm featuring these dies,
here's some details of the very delightful designs.  
They are all designed by Sharyn Sowell from her original paper cuts.
They depict everyday wonderful life through a silhouette style.
We have them arriving today and you can browse

Today back in my cabin to actually do some craft as opposed to 
lots of paperwork :) 

Take care friends.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

As I head out the door...

Hello friends

Just wanted to say hello as I head out the door to 
another workshop day, this time in Peterborough.

Yesterday I was 'Glimmering' all day at Crafts Plus in Basildon, Essex,
very busy workshop in the morning and a demo in the afternoon.
Lots of thanks to those who came along and as usual I meant 
to take photos and forgot! 

I can share with you the projects we made.

A mix of occasion cards.

All these hot foil plates are available on the website here
including many more lovely designs - Becca's latest plates too.
Mitchell has been on the website and reduced all the prices,
plates now starting at £4! 

Take care friends, have a lovely Sunday and I hope it isn't
thunderstorms where you are.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

This week's Friday Die Day is Lisette Oval.
This is one of Becca Feeken's Shadow Box Collection dies
that works alongside the shadow boxes or as a stand alone.
There are multiple ovals within the die set along with a decorative flourish.
I started with an ivory card base.
The patterned paper is Anna Griffin and available in a pack
on the website here (also one of our bargains!)
Using the middle size oval I cut out an aperture.

I then mounted the script patterned paper with Crafty Foam Tape.
Flipped the oval to reveal the reverse busier pattern and placed this inside 
the aperture.

Using the decorative ovals, I die cut both from ivory cardstock.

I affixed the largest to the card front around the patterned paper oval.

Time to make the flowers - these are Cinch and Go Flowers IV
Cut from watercolour card.
Lots of sizes in this set so brilliant for whatever size flower you need.

I inked with distress inks, spritzed with water and cinched -
I really did squeeze and manipulate these to 
create vintage(ish) looking flowers.

Clustered with the leaves on the middle size decorative oval.

The finished card with the addition of pearls, gold cord and
a little Hello sentiment.

Items used today with clickable links:

For other items designed by Becca please click here.
back in stock, these work well with the shadow box dies.

I know many of you are awaiting the actual shadow box frames
to be back in stock.  I keep checking with the UK distributors but no sign as yet
but I promise to shout it from the rooftops as soon as they arrive.

A very busy weekend for me, I'm going to be at Crafts Plus in Basildon
tomorrow and Sir Stampalot in Peterborough on Sunday.
Both days are workshops, it still isn't too late if you wish to attend any,
please contact each craft shop to book.

Take care friends, have a smashing weekend,
what are you up to?

Thursday, 8 November 2018

It's Wednesday's Giveaway ...on a Thursday!

Hello friends

So here's the hump day giveaway postponed from yesterday
(so I could detail another giveaway with Papermilldirect),
phew it has been a giveaway week!

So let's see... where are we?
Last week's giveaway was two packs of
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Holiday Embellishment Kits.

Thank you for all the comments and the winners are...

Betty McAlister

Congratulations to you both please email: 
with your details and we will post your prize out to you.

Now onto this week's giveaway, new in its packaging 
Embossing Folder - Ripples.
 Here's a card sample using the folder, it is a lovely design.
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).

I've finally got my home back to some normality,
the builders have left, the bathroom is finished bar a few finishing touches.
Dust is still to be found in many places but we've gone
past the stage of being able to write our names in it!
After many years of putting up with a grotty bathroom
I'm super pleased to have one that I'm not embarrassed of
and no hole in the ceiling is always a bonus!
Hope you are all having a great week.

Take care friends, please stop by tomorrow for Friday Die Day.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018


Hello friends

Today is a special Christmas giveaway!

Here at Hope and Chances we have teamed up with 
papermilldirect for a Christmas giveaway!

I'm a huge fan of papermilldirect, having first partnered with them
back in 2013 when we had our shop, and today I continue
to use their cardstock. It is brilliant for die cutting and, of course, if you
purchase any of our workshop or charity kits you'll see it's papermill items in there.

To enter:
you need to go across to our Facebook page here,
like and comment on the post there with your favourite thing about Christmas.  

You then could win:

·       2 x Spellbinders Dies
·       50 Envelopes
·       3D Foam Circles and Crafty Power Tape
·       A Midi Box of Card

A winner will be announced at random on Friday 9th November, 
good luck everyone!

For those who are not on Facebook remember we host a 
Wednesday giveaway here every week 
(although this week it will be Thursday!)
there's always a opportunity to be a winner :) 

Take care friends.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

November's Charity Kit

Hello friends

 It is the first Sunday of the month and that means Charity Kit Day!
How did we get to November already??
This month's kit is the Charming Cottage Box.

Included in your kit:

Cottage Box panels x 2
Die cuts: roof sections x 10 (5 kraft/5 bronze),
door, windows x 4
tree x 1, flourish x 1
decorative leaves x 3, flowers x 2
Full instructions
Lucky number
(Other items you will need: adhesive, distress inks, pearls/gemstones, adhesive)

It's a fun project to make and of course you can
make it differently to suit your choice.

The price of this month's kit is
£4.95 and available to purchase by clicking the PayPal button below.

Please note it is possible to change quantities should you 
wish to purchase more.

Don't forget there's a lucky number inside your kit bag,
keep hold of it as you could be the winner announced
later this month.

  All proceeds from this kit goes to Ronald McDonald House, Camberwell.
Massive thanks for continuing to support the charity kits.

If you've missed any or would like to take a look at previous
charity or workshop kits,
they are all listed on the website here.

Take care friends and wishing you a lovely Sunday.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

I'm going magical for this week's Friday Die Day.
The approximate measurements are: 
Scallops: 4.85 x 1.10 in. 12.30 x 2.80 cm
Unicorn: 3.15 x 4.25 in. 8.00 x 10.80 cm
Heart 1: 0.65 x 1.70 in. 1.70 x 4.30 cm
Heart 2: 0.60 x 1.55 in. 1.50 x 3.90 cm

I've cut the unicorn twice, white card and silver foil card.

I then used cut the two designs of heart bunting and kept the 
fall out pieces too.

White card base, silver foil mat and pink inked paper.
This is actually from a paper pad that I picked up in The Works.

Alternating the heart bunting across the top of the card with the addition 
of some gemstones.

Unicorn in place with 3D Foam Squares and a silver die cut drop shadow.

Sentiment and those little fall out hearts.
Added a few pink gemstones too, never knew I had those!

Happy Little Unicorn is available on the website here,
he/she is at a special price too :)
You can view all the Jane Davenport items here.
I'm really quite fond of this unicorn, here's another project
featuring paper piecing which is very effective.
Take care friends, wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
I'm hoping it is the finishing of my bathroom - hurrah!

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Hump Day Giveaway

Hello friends

Wow Wednesdays come around quickly don't they,
even with that extra hour!
So let's see... last week's giveaway was a pre-loved die set 

Thank you for all the comments and the winner is...

Jan on the Fosse

Congratulations Jan, please email: 
with your details and we will post your prize out to you.

Now onto this week's giveaway - actually it is giveawayS!
There will be  two winners next week as I've got two 
packs of Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Holiday Embellishment Kits.

Within each pack is 4 foam sheets with festive decorations,
trees, stars, snowwflakes etc and 5 foil sheets.
(To foil the foam embellishments -
touch the foil, with coloured side facing up, to the adhesive, 
gently rub and remove the sheet. Repeat as needed). 
Foil colours include Gold, Silver, Blue, Red, Green.

If you would like to win this week's giveaway
please leave a comment on today's post 
Two winners will be picked and announced next Wednesday.
(Please claim your prize within a month of announcement).

Halloween is passing me by this year,
I normally try to make a themed card or something but instead
I'm just hurtling towards Christmas! 

Take care friends, have a great Wednesday.

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