Thursday 31 May 2018

I'm back on the wine!

Hello friends

Everyone check your toes...are they webbed yet?
Goodness so much rain, we had mini floods here in Kent,
driving back home from the cabin I went through road rivers.
Drying up now unlike my blog post today...

I'm back on the wine!
Today's card features Wine Charms and Labels 59.


Onto my ivory card base is 5 x 7 Matting Basics, gold mirror card and patterned paper.
I then created a narrow frame using Labels 59
mounted this up with 3D Foam Circles.
Using Labels 59 again die cut a different patterned paper (scrap box find)
and popped that inside the mounted frame.

I selected the barrel, glass and grape cluster from the Wine Charms set
to decorate the frame.
Cutting each from ivory card and colouring with distress inks.
Cut again from gold foil card to create that fine edging.

Leaving the die cut in the die for the wine glass to colour through for that nice rich red wine.

 Items used today with clickable links:

City working day for me, baffled really as I'm still convinced its Wednesday!

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

Wednesday 30 May 2018

Hump Day Giveaway!

Hello friends

Wednesday?  Is it? 
A Bank Holiday Monday always throws my week out.
But it does mean that today is  Hump Day Giveaway Day.

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

And the winner is...


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

Now onto this week's giveaway, sticking with Folk Art,
a pre-loved die Rosemal Flowers.
Spellbinders created this stunning card below.
Cutting into the die cuts and adding gold foil card behind.
These dies work so well with colour.
Rosemal Flowers is also available on the website here
and in the Spring Sale - more items added!

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.

Just a little heads up...
Elliott has been busy listing pre-loved dies on the website.
You can see them all here and check back over the next few days 
as a big sort out is happening!
Take care friends, have a nice middle of the week.

Tuesday 29 May 2018

Sew Sweet!

Hello friends

Hope you all had a good longer weekend, I will now 
spend the rest of the week getting confused as to what day it is. is Sew Sweet!
It is actually Sew Sweet Valentine, one of Tammy Tutterow's dies 
for Spellbinders.
Designed to also be used with felt/thin fabric these dies are indeed very sweet!

I chose to use paper and opted for subtle pinks and greens.
Anna Griffin paper for the heart.

The flowers, leaves and foliage are all in this die set,
in fact there's 14 dies.

I made a little video showing how I put this card together.
You can click below to watch or if you prefer watch via You Tube here.

The full Sew Sweet Collection can be viewed on the website here.
Here's a couple of fabric projects Tammy created using this same die set.


Over on the website the Bank Holiday offer has been extended.
15% off all Sharyn Sowell dies, you need to enter the code 


in the coupon box on the cart page and instantly 15% cheaper.
There's some lovely designs including her new paper cut ones featuring
children and of course her Flower Garden Collection.



Offer finishes tomorrow.

Take care friends, have a great Tuesday and please stop by 
tomorrow as it's Giveaway Day.

Monday 28 May 2018


Hello friends

I'm back from my trip to Stourbridge, a lovely demo day and
so nice to catch up with friends, thank you for coming along.
It was motorway madness driving home, 
road closures, roadworks - grhhh! 
Still, home now safe and sound.  Thankful to see Bella.
I'm not sure she missed me, she stayed with my parents 
that meant lots and lots of treats!

While I was away I was demoing the Wine Country Collection,
so be prepared for quite a few wine related projects coming your way,
cheers eveyone!

Let's start with Time for Wine A2 Card Front.
This is one complete die and the perfect solution to creating an
instant card.  I thought I would girlie it up a bit with pink.
I've used the die twice, cut silver foil card to create the tiny drop shadow.
Onto the card base I used some Distress Oxide and blended it a little.

Overlaid the die cuts so it looks like the pink is in the bottle and glass...
(and perhaps a little bit spilled over!)

Added pink twine and little flowers and leaves - oh yes,
it is the time of the 'little flowers'! 

I feel this collection has been overlooked for its usefulness.
I could be biased as I LOVE wine but its great for many occasions
and especially those hard to make men cards - minus the flowers if you wish!

Time for Wine A2 Card Front is available on the website here
and if wine is your tipple take a look at the Wine Country Collection,
you can view them all here.

Take care friends, what are you up to this Bank Holiday Monday?

Saturday 26 May 2018

Heavenly Hemstitch (again) and our Biggest Giveaway Ever!

Hello friends

Today's card is very simple compared to some of my recent 'makes'.
I've been heavily into layers and flowers.
Instead this time, I chose to make Hemstitch Squares the star.
I started by stamping an image onto a white card base and then die cut
Hemstitch Squares from silver foil card.
This is the middle size in the set.

Positioned over the stamped image with 3D Foam Squares and added
a sprig and little flowers.

A typed sentiment to finish, running across the width of the square.

Let's just say it was a lot quicker to make than other cards this week!

Hemstitch Squares is back in stock on the website here.
Also in stock is Hemstitch Circles, equally lovely and selling super fast.

In other news, Hope and Chances is hosting our biggest giveaway yet...
7 Dies A Week - we are giving away a brand new Spellbinders die each day for 7 days!
We start picking winners on Monday but you can enter from now.
All the details are on our Facebook page here.
 Why Facebook?
This is to promote our little online store through social media channels.
Times are changing and sadly blog posts are not as popular as they used to be. 

Talking of social media you can now find us on pretty much every platform,
Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and as just mentioned Facebook.
We would love you to follow us.

Right, I'm hitting the motorway, off to Mountain Ash Crafts in Stourbridge. 
Take care friends, have a smashing weekend.

Friday 25 May 2018

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

How is your week going?
Mine is going too fast!  
Before I know it Friday comes around, I'm not complaining 
as I'm really happy to share with you this week's Friday Die Day.

It is Ornamental Arch, one of the 3D Vignette dies.

No actual step photos but I've done a little video instead,
here it is.  

You can always watch it in a larger format on YouTube,
just click the YouTube logo on the video.

I've gone blue which isn't a colour I use very often but I'm liking it.
I've also added little that is something I'm doing a lot! 

In the video I'm talking about the embossing folder I used which is 
Spellbinders Medallion.  Not in stock but it is possible to obtain these 
if enough people would like them so please let me know,
either by commenting or messaging.

I'm really pleased with how you can tailor this die to make a little door/gate opening.

Ornamental Arch is available on the website here.
3D Vignette Collection is on the website here but not many left!

If you didn't catch me on Facebook feeling elated about 
Elliott's latest hospital trip I would love to share it with you here.
We were told this week that his test results are so good he need
only have one MRI a year, this is a big step and we are very relieved.
I think he looks happy...

I'm going to be at Mountain Ash Crafts in Stourbridge tomorrow
if you live that way please call in, it's demos and a make and take.
Take care friends and wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Thursday 24 May 2018

Cut and Emboss Folder

Hello friends

Today sharing with you one of the new Cut and Emboss Folders
just launched by Spellbinders.
This is Dotted Lace.

As the name says, it cuts and embosses which is super effective.
I created a simple white card with silver foil card behind
the cut sections.

A little ribbon bow and a cluster of flowers - I can't seem to stop
using little flowers right now.

I've made a very quick (extremely quick!)
video for Instagram but you can also view it here.

Dotted Lace is just one of the new selection of Cut and Emboss folders
available on the website here, perfect for letter pressing too.
You can view them all here, nice price too :) 

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

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Hump Day Giveaway

Hello friends

It's Wednesday and that means Hump Day Giveaway Day.
Last week's giveaway was a a pre-loved die set

And the winner is...

Hazel Young

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

Now onto this week's giveaway,
a pre-loved die set Kurbits.

This die set is also available on the website here
and in the Spring Sale - more items added!

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.

If you are not a Facebook user you will not have seen this photo...

This was Mitchell's lunch hour break on Monday, he chose to have a doze
and Bella thought it was perfectly natural to do the same! 

Take care friends, have a nice middle of the week
and if you would like to take a look at the Spring Sale just click
on the image below.

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