Monday 31 August 2015

Design Team Call!

Hi everyone

Yes, this is my big news, Hope and Chances Creativity is
 having a Design Team Call!

A lot of planning and ideas has gone into this - the most important item being
what should the design team be called!

Remember this (mum does!)

And then I came up with this.

What do you think?
If you approve I may call it Elliott's Angels but perhaps with a more subtle logo!

Seriously, are you a crafter who loves die cutting?
If so, read on for all the details.

Why should you apply?

Each month you will receive a new Spellbinders die set.
Each quarter you will receive a bonus box full of papers, cardstock, stamps, ribbon and adhesive.
Your projects will be featured on the Hope and Chances Creativity website,
blog and appear on social media sites. 

What you will need to do? 

Create one project per month using the die set sent to you.
Project can be your choice - card, scrapbook page, mixed media or home decor.
Submit at least two photographs of the project - high res images with a list of supplies used.

Will this team suit me?

Yes if you love die cutting!
Confident in taking photographs.
Ideal (but not essential) if you have an active blog, Facebook, Twitter accounts.

How to apply:

Please email the following information to

Photos of 3 recent projects featuring Spellbinders dies.
A paragraph about you - your crafting history (although newbies welcome too!)
Details of any other design teams you may currently be working with.

Small print/ t and c's/legal stuff!

This design team call is not affiliated with Spellbinders®.
Open to the UK only.
Design team term will be 1 year, each team member will receive in that time period,
a total of 12 sets of dies and 4 bonus boxes.

The Design Team call is open until 7 September, chosen candidates will be notified
by email and an announcement here on the blog will be made shortly thereafter.

I'm very much looking forward to receiving your emails - happy crafting!

Saturday 29 August 2015

Bank Holiday Offer!

Hello everyone

Since it is a bank holiday weekend I have decided to do a offer on the website,
(I know another one!)
The offer is 15% off any products!
Just input the code: bank15 on the 'view your shopping bag screen'.
This offer will expire on Tuesday 1st September.
If it turns out to be typical bank holiday weather, 
go shopping!

I will be back soon with my big news.

Friday 28 August 2015


Hello Everyone

In this post i will announce the winners of the make and take kits!

Thanks to everyone for entering

And the winners are:

Donna Sherman

Lesley Thomas

Paula Rawlinson

Hazel Young

and  Lydia Jordan

Just email: to recieve your kits!

I have been working on something very exciting so please excuse the lack of posts
but i will hopefully be able to share it with you soon.
(unfortunately I will not be on TV!)

I'll see you in the next post

Sunday 23 August 2015

Winner and Make and Take

Hello Everyone

I used a website that picked a random comment on the last post 
and the winner is...

Elaine Mellor

Congratulations to Elaine, you have won £10 off the whole website,
just email me at

So now we done that giveaway lets do another! (I am too generous!)
Just comment on this post for a chance to win one of  5 of these make and take kits. 
(colour of kit may vary)
I will announce the winners on the next blog post.

Also the die Marisa's Bouquet is on sale for £12.95 only for today
If you would like to purchase this die click here 

Good luck to everyone!

Thursday 20 August 2015

Exciting new dies and a Giveaway

Hello Everyone,

There is a new set of dies available to pre-order on the website:
The Simply Said dies!
It's a great mix of shapes, alphabets and card fronts.

This set contains the die Victorian Alphabet
and this die was featured in June's charity kit.
Oh look - that's me in the photo!

It seems like Mum is doing a giveaway on the Creativity Continues 
Facebook page if she gets 500 likes,
I was not aware of this so if she wants a war she gets a war...

Only joking but I'm thinking I will have a giveaway,
for anyone who leaves a comment on this post, they will be
entered into a hat and the winner will receive a code giving them £10 off the website!
I will announce the winner at the weekend.

Tuesday 18 August 2015


Hello Everyone,

We have just hit an exciting milestone on the website...

We have reached 1,000 online customers and the person who was the 1,000th customer was
Mary from Herne Bay!

In her order she received a special gift which includes the Mistletoe Card Front die,
which we have now in stock on the website. 
Also Mum has just done a post including this die making this lovely card:

If you want to see this post click here 
If you want to purchase this die click here

Thank you so much Mary for the order and thanks to all of you for getting the 
website to this amazing milestone, 
i will keep you posted when we hit the next milestone.


Sunday 16 August 2015

New Job!

Hello Everyone, it's Elliott.

If you do not know i have got a new job which means i am in charge of the website and this blog,
if you haven't checked Mum's new blog click here. This blog will be filled with posts about new products, giveaways and sales on the website.

Talking about sales,
 to celebrate my new job i have decided to have a flash sale for 24 hours.
When you use this code it entitles you to 10% off any product on the website!
Just input the code: newjob at the 'view your shopping bag' screen.

I am delighted to have the new party dies now in stock!

 If you didn't see Mum's blog post featuring the die shining star on a cupcake here it is:

I never got to see that cupcake, I don't think it ever left the cabin!

I hope I get used to blogging and I hope you enjoy my posts.

Saturday 15 August 2015

I'm on the move!

Hello friends

It's time for a change...I'm on the move!
Not quite lock, stock and barrel - just my blog!

My blog is changing name and will therefore be in a different place.
I am hoping you will all come with me ...please!

This is the new name... Creativity Continues
and you can find it here.

There will be a permanent link here on the sidebar to take you there
just in case you cannot find me.

This blog has had a makeover, it now matches the website and will be
hosting website news, giveaways, sales, offers etc.

So why the change?
Well, someone very close to me is taking on a new job -
there is going to be a Managing Director of Hope and Chances Creativity!

Yes it's Elliott and to be honest he's pretty much had this role
for a long time, we are just making it official.
He will be packing and sending your orders, writing up offers, organising sales,
giveaways and more - so yes stop by this blog too!
I know I can rely on Elliott to provide first class service, I've trained him well!

So what will I be doing??
Lounging with my feet up...

not likely!

I'm continuing to be very busy with Spellbinders demos, travelling up and down
the country.  I will also be maintaining my new blog with lots of projects,
the usual Friday Die Day, Ambassador Blog Hops and Charity Kits.

As always, huge thanks to you my follower friends -
so many of you take time out of your busy day to stop by and
leave comments - I never take that for granted and hugely appreciate it.

So here's to the next adventure...Creativity Continues -
come and take a look!

Take care friends

Christine and Elliott

Friday 14 August 2015

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

Blog is having a bit of a makeover today so do not be alarmed -
it's looking different but you've arrived at Friday Die Day!

I'm having a bit of a snowflake flurry!
Yesterday I featured this die set on a CAS card and today I'm featuring
it as Friday Die Day with a very different project.
Create A Flake Six

Four snowflakes to the set and the approximate measurements are:

Snowflake 1: 1¼”
Snowflake 2: 1¼ x 1½”
Snowflake 3: 1½ x 1¾”
Snowflake 4: 3 x 3⅜”
This is how they look cut/embossed.
I chose to cut two of each snowflake (omitted the roundish one).
Adhered them together to make them thicker and then arranged them onto a piece of white.
 I positioned some of them off the edge of the paper. 
I then decided to get a little bit messy!
Applied some texture paste.
Once dry I applied a layer of white paint.
Then adding colour - these are the Donna Salazar Pigment Powders.
I kept rubbing various colours over the snowflakes and background until I was
happy with the result.
Added some metal snowflakes, ribbon and twine.
Attached the panel to the front of a notebook.
The finished project.
A close up pic.
Very different to my normal projects but I enjoyed getting a little bit messy!
Also shows the wonderful versatility of Create A Flake Six.
Take care friends -
wishing you all a wonderful weekend and hopefully the sun will return...
been a bit damp and grey in the South East.

Thursday 13 August 2015

Sunday Giveaway Winner

Hello friends

Had a lovely BBQ for my Dad's birthday, it did rain - typical!
But it didn't stop us enjoying ourselves and eating rather a lot.

Finally...announcing the winner of the Sunday Giveaway...
a set of pre-loved Snowflake Bliss dies.
And the winner is....

Liz Turnbull

Congratulations Liz, please email with your address
and they will be flurrying straight out to you!

So now I've shown you these about some more?

This is a very quick, clean and simple card featuring the new Create A Flake Six,
I love these dies as you can use them separately or layer them up for a very
ornate snowflake.
I've achieved my matting with 5 x 7 Matting Basics.

Take care friends and stop by again soon.

Tuesday 11 August 2015

August Charity Kit

Hello friends

Now available to purchase via the website here.

Yes it is here!
August's Charity Kit.
I wasn't quite as speedy as last month but not too shabby with my timing.
So what do I have for you??
It is a notecard holder, very much based on the project I did a week or so ago.
Included in your kit:

 Ivory linen cardstock, pre-scored for notecard holder.
Scored pockets, jade and pale blue cardstock.
Patterned paper pieces, all cut cut to size.
Mini peg.
Die cuts: Marisa’s Bouquet, Sentiments 3, Build A Tag One.
4 x 4 card and envelope to decorate and place inside.
Full instructions.
Lucky number.

 A little peek of what it looks like inside, there is also a card and envelope
included in the kit to place inside the pockets.
Everything is pre-scored and pre-cut to size, you just need to use adhesive and
add some gemstones if you wish.

Don't forget the lucky number...
the winner will receive a goody bag of dies, stamps, adhesive and more!

Please visit the website to purchase here.

As always, all proceeds to Ronald McDonald House Camberwell,
Last week the house emailed and said....

"The total value of your donations has paid for the running costs of providing 59 nights accommodation 
since 2013. That is immensely valuable, and helps us maintain our services enormously."

Huge thanks to you all!

I must mention my Dad's his birthday today -
Happy Birthday Dad, love you lots.
We are celebrating with a bbq tonight - yes, that's where you can eat
twice your own body weight in meat and it's perfectly acceptable!

Take care friends.

Sunday 9 August 2015

You're A Shining Star!

Hello friends

This week a project of mine went live on the Spellbinders blog here.
It features the new Shining Star die set.

I was thrilled to use the bunting on a cupcake - can I just say the cupcake
went to a very good home following photography!
On the card I've used Pierced Rectangles along with...yes you've guessed it -
Marisa's Bouquet flowers!

There's a full tutorial for this project here if you fancy a nose.

I haven't forgotten to announce a winner for last Sunday's giveaway...
it will be coming very soon so please check back to see if it's you!

Take care friends and hope your weekend is going well.

Saturday 8 August 2015

I'll be back!

Hello friends

Please stop by the blog a little later today as I'll be back...
with a special blog hop.

In between a sneak peek!

Many thanks, take care.

Friday 7 August 2015

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

It's Friday Die Day!
Did you recall me saying I was knee deep in Christmas?
Well, today's I'm talking about Stylized Trees.
A lovely die set with three styles of trees, skinny, chevron and curly tip,
you also receive two types of tree bases, a candy (a sweet to us!)
and the all important star for the top!
Here are the approximate sizes:
Star: ¾”
Round Candy: ¾”
Tree Base 1: 1⅛ x 1⅛”
Tree Base 2: 1⅛ x 1½”
Tree 1 (Skinny): 1⅞ x 3¾”
Tree 2 (Chevron): 2 ⅞ x 3¾”
Tree 3 (Curly Tip): 3⅛ x 3¾”

This is how they look cut/embossed.
The curly tip die has lovely embossed snowflakes so I inked through to highlight those.

My card base, textured cream cardstock cut using 6 x 6 Matting Basics A
a snow mound cut with A2 Scalloped Borders Two,
stamped sentiment and first tree in place.
Skinny tree adhered with 3D Foam Squares.
Curly tree added.
Stars cut/embossed from gold mirror card, then 6 x 6 Matting Basics for
more gold mirror card and a black card base.
It's a fun card and pretty good for batch making!

Take care friends and wishing you all a wonderful weekend,
I'm Peterborough bound at Sir Stampalot - car is packed, 
Mum is coming along too!

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