Friday, 19 January 2018

Friday Die Day

Hello friends
For Friday Die Day this week I'm featuring one of the dies
that is being launched right now at Creativation (formerly CHA) in the States.
This is Corner Floral designed by Sharyn Sowell for Spellbinders.
Floral Corner is a set of six dies, the main flower, two leaf accents and
three outline dies.
The approximate measurements are:
Leaves: 0.70 x 1.20 in. 1.80 x 3.00 cm
Flower: 2.30 x 1.75 in. 5.80 x 4.40 cm
For my card design I've chosen to use the main flower and leaf accents
without the outline dies, positioned and held in place with
removable tape, this will just cut the detail into my card front..

Once cut, I stamped a sentiment.

Prepared my card base simply with a square of patterned paper.

Using Crafty Foam Tape I affixed my card front,
it definitely looks more effective to have the dimension.

The finished card with the addition of gemstones.
Very clean and simple!

I also used the same die to cut into the envelope flap and place matching
patterned paper behind and left it a little bigger to create a border around the flap.

Floral Corner is available to pre-order on the website here.
The dies will hit our shores in March, I'll keep you updated regarding
exact pre-orders delivery dates as soon as I receive them.
Here's a list of all items used this Friday Die Day with clickable links.
6 x 6 Matting Basics
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, I shall be in my cabin making
more samples for the trade show next month, I'm speed crafting
with the help of watching various box sets of DVDs.
Will you be crafting?
Take care friends.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Hump Day Giveaway

Hello friends

It's Wednesday and in H&C land that means Hump Day Giveaway.

Last week's giveaway was  a pre-loved set of 

And the winner is...

Madhatter (Tracey)

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

If you missed out it is possible to purchase Just For You Gift Box

OK..let's see what we have this week...
I have a pre-loved set of Mosaic Vine.
You can't go wrong with foliage in your crafty stash, always useful.

I recently featured this die as Friday Die Day.
The cut out detail in the leaves is delicate and pretty.

If you would like to win Mosaic Vine
please leave a comment on today's post 
A winner will be picked out and announced next Wednesday.

It is also possible to purchase Mosaic Vine here.

On the home front - Darcy cat is progressing well, 
it's tricky keeping her indoors with Bella and our other cats needing
to go in and out, I've become a very swift doorman! 
A photo without her 'cone of shame', she cannot take it off permanently 
but I keep giving her little breaks from it with lots of fuss.

Take care friends, I'm busy crafting in between nursing duties!.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Build a Camper

Hello friends

Today's project features one of the new Die D-Lites,
With the torrential rain we've been having camping may not 
be on your mind but nice to think ahead to sunny days,
in fact it is just 44 days until Spring.

Build a Camper has six dies - the camper-van, door, wheel,
towing bar and little curtain.

I chose to cut the van twice, pretty paper and silver foil card.  
I sliced this die cut in half so my camper van
would have a shiny bottom section!

It was then easy to assemble, black card base, patterned paper mat
and white card.  I think it turned out cute!

With the addition of flowers my camper van is very feminine but you could 
of course make it masculine with bold bright colours.

Items used today (with clickable links):

Swallow and Heart (small flowers)
Paper - Kaisercraft - Lavender Haze
Stamp - magazine freebie

Take care friends and please stop by tomorrow for 
Hump Day Giveaway.

Monday, 15 January 2018


Hello friends

Just stopping by to wish you all a good start to the week.
As mentioned, it's all gone a little awry in the Emberson household
with poorly cat and winter snuffles but we are nearly back on track.

Elliott returns to Uni today and I'm hitting the cabin very soon.
I'm working on projects that I will be demoing at the trade show,
Stitches in Birmingham next month and I will be sharing
them with you too.

In between more pre-orders have been uploaded to the website
(oh yes, I made Elliott work while he was on Uni break!)
This collection is Flower Garden by Sharyn Sowell for Spellbinders.
She is the lady that does marvelous paper cutting
and kindly did this one of Bella.
I've now got it framed in my cabin.

I'm already in love with her designs and especially Bird on the Cherry Branch.
You can view all the pre-orders on the website here.

Also on the website there is a 30% discount on the Christmas category,
expires tomorrow, just put the code CHRISTMAS30
in the coupon box on the shopping basket/cart page.
It applies to all crafty goodies here.

OK, I promise tomorrow I will have 'makes' to show you :)

Take care friends.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Saturday Die Day!

Hello friends

It's all been a bit different this week, I'm now bringing you
Saturday Die Day!
Hoping all will be back to normal next week.
This week it is Friends and Family Frames.
A 9 piece die set designed by Marisa Job.

The approximate measurements are:

Small Heart: 0.85 x 0.75 in. 2.20 x 1.90 cm
Solid Rectangle 2.10 x 0.50 in. 5.30 x 1.30 cm
Rectangle Frame: 2.30 x 0.75 in. 5.80 x 1.90 cm
Large Heart: 1.70 x 1.55 in. 4.30 x 3.90 cm
Love: 1.90 x 0.75 in. 4.80 x 1.90 cm
Family, Friends, Forever (3): 2.30 x 0.75 in. 5.80 x 1.90 cm
Frame: 4.90 x 5.80 in. 12.50 x 14.70 cm

This is how they look cut/embossed.
Lots of pieces!

When I first looked at this die set I thought of scrapbooking but then realised
it works really well as a card front design.
I've used a photo but you could use various patterned papers and embellishments.

I positioned the frame over the photograph and die cut.
(Elliott looks so young!)

I then selected patterned paper (Craftwork Cards - Correspondence)
'Forever' and hearts (dies included in this set) for the additional windows.

Mounted the frame onto my card front, a little bit of distress ink
to the edges.

Beginning to add the panels and embellishments.

I couldn't resist flowers even though I've used a photo of Elliott,
he quite likes flowers!
These are Textured Flowers, beautiful embossing detail on these.
Inked and spritzed with water.

Shaped and very pink!

The finished card.

Dies used : Friends and Family Frames (available new and pre-loved)
Textured Flowers 

Available on the website.

Heading out to do some shopping this morning and I'm pretty certain
more cat treats will fall into the basket.
Darcy cat is doing well, lapping up the fuss - we have a very jealous Bella! 

Take care friends, enjoy your weekend.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Friday Die Day or is it?

Hello friends

Just stopping by to explain that today being Friday should be
Friday Die Day but...

I'm only half way through making it! 

This week has been hijacked by many trips to the vets
and pretty much all of the Emberson household getting the
typical winter lurgy.
I intend to be back in my cabin today to finish projects
so please stop by over the weekend.

Before then and in case you do not subscribe to Hope and Chances'
news/offers, I thought I would let you know about 
These have just been uploaded to the website and are available to pre-order here.


These are just a few of this stunning collection by Becca Feeken.
The 3D cards are ingenious, they fold flat for posting.
More details in this video.

This collection will be showcased at Creativation in USA next week
and will wing its way to our shores in March.

Thank you for all the lovely comments and enquiries regarding Darcy cat,
she is doing ok but absolutely hates wearing her 'cone of shame'.
I've just sourced and purchased a different design on Amazon 
so fingers crossed that helps as she needs to wear it for at least 
another two weeks!  My heart sunk when the vet said that.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,
let's hope the days remember to get a little lighter,
they are so murky right now.

Take care friends.

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