Sunday 27 December 2015

Just Arrived - Sweet Dixie Dies!

Hi everyone

On the website now is a whole new collection of Sweet Dixie dies -
there is a great selection from flowers, foliage, hearts to sentiments.

Hearts are always popular for any time of year and today featuring
a card using Filigree Floral Heart.
It's a detailed and intricate die with a pretty floral centre.

To achieve the look of a thicker heart,
die cut two and stick together.

With adding some silk flowers and ribbon it is a nice simple card to make.

Please check out the other Sweet Dixie dies that have just arrived and 
ready to be dispatched on the website here.

By for now - I'm back soon with a New Year offer.

Wednesday 23 December 2015

A Very Merry Christmas

Hi everyone

I wanted to wish you all a very merry Christmas
and thank you for all your custom.

If you subscribe to the website newsletter you will know that
2016 will be bringing big changes to Hope and Chances -
one of the changes will be lots of different die brands!

Before that - have a great Christmas
and visit again soon to find out about the New Year offer!

All the best

Tuesday 22 December 2015

It's a Wrap with Carole!

Hello everyone
Today Angel Carole is back with another brilliant project using the
Etched Alphabet die set.

Mr and Mrs Chocolate Wrappers!

Carole is sharing with us her thoughts on making her projects.

I learned how to make these chocolate wrappers at the beginning of the year and, 
goodness me, they’ve come in handy!
I made these as a fun gift when we had lunch with some friends who 
were recently married and think they’d make nice wedding favours too.

The paper is Gilded Winter by First Edition and I chose a slightly more 
masculine-style paper and buttons as embelishments for 
Mr with a more feminine paper and flowers for Mrs.
I’m loving this Etched Alphabet die so much. 
It has so many potential uses!
The cellophane presentation bags are from Lakeland and a 
chocolate bar just fits into them perfectly!

Happy crafting! C : ) xx

Ingredients used:

Pierced Rectangles
Jewel Flowers and Flourishes
Variety of cardstock
Buttons, gemstones

Etched Alphabet is still in the Winter Sale!
And please check out the other products used - just click on the names
to take you there.

Thank you Carole, you can read more about Carole and visit her blog here.

Back with more inspiration very soon.

Saturday 19 December 2015

Festive Cube by Teresa

Hello everyone

Today sharing a project by
Angel Teresa who has been using Victorian Letters.


These are lovely letters with a deep patterned embossed
measuring up to 1" so great for cards and more.
The set also include punctuation, very useful -
a total of 29 dies in the set.

Teresa previously featured these cube boxes with a 'home' theme.

This time she has gone for a Christmas theme.

She has combined 6 x 6 Matting Basics for
the side panels and then added the Victorian Letters.
Lovely decor piece for the mantelpiece. 

As usual, please click on the die names to take you to the dies on the website.

Ingredients used:

6 x 6 Matting Basics
Victorian Letters (on sale on the website!)
Also Victorian Numbers have been added to the sale.
Thank you Teresa and please check out Teresa's blog here.

Back with more Angel inspiration soon.

Thursday 17 December 2015

My Sunshine!

Hi everyone

Pleased to have Yvonne van de Grijp back as a guest on my blog today.
Yvonne is a Spellbinders Ambassador for the Netherlands.

Yvonne has created a beautiful card using one of the Spellbinders card front dies
This is a decorative card front die so a lot of the work is done for you.

And Yvonne has kindly provided all the instructions.
• Spellbinders: My Sunshine, Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine • Cardstock: white, gold, brown glitter • Heart shaped rhinestone • Ranger: Distress inkpad Vintage Photo, ink blending tool • Paper trimmer, scissors, removable tape, gold marker • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: 3D foam squares, Crafty Power Tape
• Stack both My Sunshine dies and use removable for exact positioning the dies • Cut/emboss from white cardstock. Leave the dies on the paper and stencil using brown ink and and an ink blending tool. • Glue upon brown glitter cardstock (or glitter foam) using 3D foam squares. • Mat upon gold cardstock and a white card base. • Cut the text "Sunshine from a piece of gold cardstock and glue the pieces around the die-cut text onto the card. • Accent the text "my" using a gold marker

Thank you Yvonne.

My Sunshine is available on the website here - discounted too!

Bye for now.

Wednesday 16 December 2015


Hi everyone

Pat was the lucky winner of a 6 x 6 burlap paper pad
and as soon as it arrived she created a beautiful card
that I'm sharing with you today.

The burlap paper is real burlap adhered to a card backing so
it is great for die cutting and also for natural backgrounds.

Pat has also included Ivy die cuts from kraft card.

The fantastic burlap pads are available here
and Spellbinders also do an Ivy die which is available here.

Thank you Pat for agreeing to share your card.

I'm back soon.

Sunday 13 December 2015

Hello from Angel Donna!

Hello everyone

Today Angel Donna is sharing with us an impressive
card using Spellbinders Phrase Set Two.

Donn'as top for this card is that it's great for using up those little scraps!

By cutting multiple 'hello's' and lining them along the card 
(a ruler is useful here) you achieve a striking look.
Of course you could use other phrases from the die set too.

Ingredients used:

 Phrase Set Two
Cardstock - white, black and scraps
(check out the new Cosmic Shimmer Highlighter here)

 Phrase Set Two is available on the website here.

And please check out Donna's blog here.

Back soon with more projects.

Thursday 10 December 2015


Hi everyone
Stopping by to let you know the winner of the
Thanks for all the comments.
I will be doing regular giveaways so remember to stop by.
It is....
Patricia Youdell
Congratulations - please email
with your address please.
Feel free to check out the new 6 x 6 paper pads in stock here,
bargain prices too!

I'm back soon.


Tuesday 8 December 2015

Now stocking...and giveaway!

Hi everyone

Just to let you know I'm now stocking a great variety of 
6 x 6 paper pads, these are just the right size for cardmaking projects.

You've got the choice of top brands including:

Hop over to the website to take a look here
and just by leaving a comment on this post you will be entered to 

I will announce the winner soon so don't forget to leave a comment.

Bye for now.

Thursday 3 December 2015

Beautiful Stamped Card by Sam

Hello everyone

Today Angel Sam is sharing with us a brilliant card using
Phrase Set One and Spellbinders Triple Flip Stamps

Phrase Set One contains very useful sentiment dies in a mixture of fonts
for lots of occasions -
Sam has cut them from gold mirror card here.

And here's that beautiful card


Phrase Set One
Triple Flip Stamps - these also coordinate with the Triple Flip die.
Metallic paints - green and gold
Stickles Star Dust
Gold mirror card

Thank you Sam and please check out Sam's blog Craft Room Delights.

Back with more Angel inspiration soon.

Friday 27 November 2015

Black Friday Sale!

Hi everyone
It seems Black Friday is popular here as well as in the US
so to make sure you don't miss out I'm having a Black Friday Christmas sale!
That's 20% of all items in the Christmas category
for today only. I've moved across anything that I think is Christmassy
so it is worth taking a look...
There is a special coupon code:  black20
please enter this in the coupon box on the view shopping bag/cart page.
Happy shopping!

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Christmas Wall Hanger by Carole

Hello everyone

Today Angel Carole is back with a brilliant idea using the
Etched Alphabet die set.

A glittery wall hanger spelling out the word Christmas.

Here you can see the addition of snowflakes and alphabet.

Carole is sharing with us her thoughts on making her projects.

When I had the idea for this project, I didn’t even consider 
how tricky it might be to photograph it. 
Maybe I should have done! 
I’m really pleased with the end result of this, 
but don’t feel the pictures do it justice.

I tried to make each snowflake individual, so had to send to 
Elliott for an emergency snowflake die order! 
I used one 12x12 sheet of glitter paper and the silver lame ribbon 
came from John Lewis.
I used foam tape in between each layer so there’s a nice 3D effect 
and added a few crystals for extra sparkle.

I attached my cards to the ribbon with the extra strong double sided tape 
and used a curtain ring with a clip at the top – also from John Lewis. 

Happy crafting! C : ) xx

Ingredients used:

Etched Alphabet
Create A Flake Three (although Create A Flake Six would also work!)
Matting Basics - Squares
Variety of cardstock
Etched Alphabet is still in the mad sale!
And please check out the other products used - just click on the names
to take you there.

Thank you Carole, you can read more about Carole and visit her blog here.

Back with more inspiration very soon.

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