Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Giveaway Day!

Hello friends

It's Wednesday and that means...
Last week's giveaway was pack of glass cabochons from our 
Hope and Charm-ing range.  These feature the pretty Blue Tits
and would team well with many projects.


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

Debbie Siddle

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

Now onto this week's giveaway.
It is a pre-loved die set - Coffee Woman.


all available on the website pre-loved here.


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).

Shout out to Rainey's Craft Room who has not claimed last week's prize.

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

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

It's Glimmering on Hochanda today!

Hello friends

The Glimmer machine and plates will be the new
one day special starting on Hochanda later today.
Julia Watts will be doing the shows and she will be featuring
a mix of hot foil plates.
Along with foiling she is also showing dry embossing 
and letterpress techniques.

Plates featured will include Flourishes Frame.






Also featured will be Becca's designs including 


Plus quite a few more.
We have a wide variety of the Glimmer Plates and all in our 

Take care friends.




Sunday, 9 December 2018

Hand Lettering - First Attempts!

Hello friends

First of all thank you for all the kind enquiries regarding Mum.
She has finished her course of treatment but
is a little under the weather.
I'm cooking a roast today to feed her up as she's lost a lot of
weight and really cannot afford to lose more.
She's been told to eat anything and everything - 
imagine that at this time of year! 

Earlier this week I mentioned I was starting something new -
brush/hand lettering.  
This is the book I purchased from Amazon basically because
 I liked the cover!  
I did also favour that it shows how to do the flowers and flourishes.


So here's my tiny bit of progress.
I posted the first picture on Instagram and one comment said
 I was very brave, I then thought 'oh no, it must be really bad!' 


I then switched to some lined paper and this helped for sure.
I found it hard to get that many swirly loops (technical term!) for the 'm'. 
Practice, practice, practice is definitely the key.


Right now I'm using one of the Sakura Micron pens.
It does feel nice but I'm investing in some Zig Brushable Pens,
good advice from a lovely lady at Spellbinders who also espied 
my efforts on Instagram!


So tiny steps with my new hobby but thought I would share.
I've had quite a few of you message me to say you are starting too.
We could have a a 'write-along'? 

Take care friends, it's weather for ducks out there at the 
moment so definitely time to stay indoors.





Friday, 7 December 2018

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

This week's Friday Die Day is a tutorial using one the 
adjustable Shadow Box Frames
(I got around to it at last!)
I've chosen to use the smallest one 1/2 inch border.


So these dies may look a little confusing at first, hopefully this
tutorial will clarify how they work.

Within each set is 5 dies - 4 make up the adjustable 
frames and the tiny one is a hinge/corner piece.
The 4 adjustable frame pieces come in two designs -
they mirror each other so ensure you use matching ones.

Here we go...

First of all decide what size frame you would like,
this decision will dictate the lengths of your card that you cut. 

Next, the lengths of card need to be the width of the dies.
With this 1/2" set I cut my card widths to 5.5cm.

Aligning the dies - spot the little corners?
Becca refers to these as 'bump outs'.
Align that 'bump out' with the corner of your card,
I've placed an arrow for clarification.


Here's the dies positioned and taped to the lengths of card.
This will create two sides of the frame so you'll need to do this twice.


Run through your die cutting machine, no need to emboss.
Remove the dies, repeat until you have 4 pieces - two of each design.


Next, use a score board or if you haven't got one, a ruler and a scoring tool.
Notice the die has already imprinted lines top and bottom?
You are scoring so those lines join up.


All 4 pieces scored. 
You get faster as you do more!


Affix a strong tape to each panel,
I used Extreme Double Sided Tape, it is 'extreme' - sticks perfectly!


Now fold along all those score lines, remove your tape and fix each side down.


You will then have 4 frame pieces, two look straight and two mitred.
The mitred ones have sticking out tabs.  Arrows on picture to indicate.
Those tabs tuck inside to give extra reinforcement.
Also cut 4 little hinge pieces, again no need to emboss.


Now to join all the frame pieces.

Alternate mitred with straight pieces.
Fold the little hinges in half, apply glue and slot into the end
of each frame piece. Take your time so the line in the hinge 
aligns with the top of your frame piece.
You'll then find you can slot each frame piece in at right angles.

Tip: make sure you have all the fronts of your frame pieces in a 
line when assembling, it is so easy to get this wrong! 


Alternative method with hinge pieces -
if you prefer you can affix these on the outside to hold the corners, 
they are decorative and would look good perhaps if you are
creating a gold/silver frame - it is entirely personal choice.

Once all pieces are glued you can use your score board to gently
push your frame into the corner to align.
It's really quite robust, clever engineering!


Attach a back piece of card and your frame is done!

This was my very first attempt and I can see a very slight misalignment 
in one corner but overall I'm very impressed with how these dies work.
And of course, you can make frames to whatever size you need.

I do intend to put something in mine so stay tuned :) 


So if you fancy a Shadow Box Frame the
1/2" Border is available here
3/4" Border is available here

We have currently sold out of the 1" frame,
I confess I do like the slimmer ones! 

Take care friends, have a brilliant weekend,
who is doing festive stuff?

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Giveaway Wednesday and trying something new...

Hello friends

It's Wednesday and that means...
Last week's giveaway was a pre-loved die set
 From Heart and Hand.

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

Rainey's Craft Room

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

Now onto this week's giveaway.
It's a pack of glass cabochons from our 
Hope and Charm-ing range.  These feature the pretty Blue Tits
and would team well with many projects.


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 more new Hope and Charm-ing items over on the website here.

So here's my new purchase and my 'try something new'.
My plan is to do this in the evenings instead of sitting at my 
computer working, it's hard to switch off so this might do the trick.  


I like the idea of learning how to do the scrolls, flowers as well
as the lettering (it's not as posh and disciplined as calligraphy).
I purchased the book and pens from Amazon and I'll keep you posted
how it goes.  Let me know if you've tried this and have any tips please.

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

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Just landed and the power of 3!

Hello friends

How was your weekend?
I did manage to put the Christmas tree up although it took
quite a bit of time.  A week or so ago Mum and I went along
to our local garden centre for a tree decorating workshop,
we picked up some tips - the most interesting one for me was
grouping your decorations in threes, not just randomly 
placing your baubles! 


I liked this idea until I started to do it, 
it honestly took me twice as long to decorate my tree.
I may return to random bauble placement next year!

In other news, we took delivery of the new
Spellbinders Clear Stamp Collection yesterday.
I've got a sneaky feeling we are the only stockist right now :)
There's 12 designs and this one sung to me straight way.


They work beautifully with the Squid Inks too!
Here's a few more designs.
 

 

You can see them all in the stamp category on the website here.

Today I'm in the cabin working on a shadow box tutorial,
I had this planned for last week but it got away from me.

Take care friends.

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