Thursday, 27 July 2017

Tags, tags and...oh yes, Christmas!

Hello friends

It's Christmas! 
OK, I know it isn't really but my project this month for Spellbinders
is Christmas in July.  I chose to make personalised tags,
always good to get ahead with those.

Instead of writing names I thought placing photos would be a nice touch,
featured here are my two boys and my niece and nephew.
(They will definitely be expecting pressies now!)

I have a full tutorial on the Spellbinders blog here,
please feel free to take a look.
It details both the dies and stamp used.

Take care friends, nearly the weekend!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Hump Day Giveaway and Last Week's Winner...

Hello friends

Here we are again - Wednesday already!
To keep things organised I'm announcing last week's winner
and also offering another Hump Day Giveaway.
(Truthfully it just helps me remember!)

The winner of a brand new set of Phrase Set One is...


Congratulations Jane - please drop me an email with your address details -

If you missed out, Phrase Set One is available on the website here 
one of the Summer Sale bargains.

Now onto this week's Hump Day Giveaway.
So it is a little different as it is first of all a Spellbinders stamp
and second it is...Christmassy (ducking!)

It is Be Merry - a gorgeous design by Tammy Tutterow.

If you would like to enter, please leave a comment on today's blog post,
a winner will be picked and announced next week - most likely Wednesday!
Be Merry is also available on the website here and please 
take a look at the other gorgeous Spellbinders stamps available here.
I adore the tree!

Take care friends.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Isadora Trinkets

Hello friends

Back to craftiness today.
Today's project features Isadora Trinkets, a die set designed by Becca Feeken,
part of her Venise Lace collection and will be available next month.

I've chosen to mat Craftwork Cards patterned paper onto a 
5 x 7 card base.
Pierced Rectangles to the centre with a stamped sentiment.

I've used all the dies in the set with a combination
of white and silver mirror card.

Shadowing the die cuts at the top
and adding a little flower and leaf set to the bottom die cut.

These dies would also look very effective at the top of bookmarks,
invitations etc.

As mentioned, Isadora Trinkets will be available about the middle of 
next month but available to pre-order on the website here.
Pierced Rectangles is back in stock here.

Take care friends, I'm busy working on sample books 
and recommencing demos and workshops - more news very soon.

Also if you are a Twitter person Hope and Chances is is now
tweeting regularly!
You can follow here.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Friday Die Day

Hello friends
For this week's Friday Die Day I am bringing you
Designed by Becca Feeken (Amazing Paper Grace) for Spellbinders,
these are truly beautiful.
This is how they look cut/embossed -
a peek of one of my demo sample book pages here.

I chose to cut the flowers from pink card and insert stamens -
they look very much like cotton buds in these photos! 

As I layered each one I curled the petals up.

By using the various die sizes I chose to make 5 in total.
The buds just use the one smallest die cut.

The leaves are cut from gold foil card, this really accentuates the embossing.
My finished card - matting created with 5 x 7 Matting Basics.

I used my glue gun to fix the stamens in place and add the flowers to my card front.

The stamped sentiment is Altenew.

Cinch and Go Flowers Two are available on the website here -
so pretty!
Wishing you all a lovely weekend, Mum and I are leaving at 6am
this morning to visit Chester and tomorrow we are at Tatton Flower Show.
I'm certain I will take photos :)

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Magazine, Bag 'n Tag It and Super Strong

Hello friends

First of all congratulations to Jackie who had the winning number
for this month's charity kit - congratulations.
A goody bag is on its way.

Second if you subscribe to the Create and Craft Club there's a little
feature in their latest magazine with some familiar faces...

Bella was most impressed...

And now to the crafty offering of the day...
It's a Christmas project - I'm ducking those who don't like seeing
Christmassy stuff this early!
Personally I never start early enough as I'm always rushing come December.

My project features Bag 'n Tag It decorated with Sapphire dies.
I love the idea of these little bags as table favours at Christmas.

The full tutorial is over on the Scrapbook Adhesives blog here,
as always - I would really appreciate it if you are able to nip 
over there and leave a comment :)

I would also mention that making the Bag 'n Tag It is super speedy
with Extreme Double Sided Tape - it is amazingly strong,
so much so it is holding a piece of my worktop in place in my kitchen! 

Extreme Double Sided Tape is available in three widths and available 
on the website here.

Take care friends - please stop by tomorrow for 
Friday Die Day - I'm loving the die set I'm featuring tomorrow...

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Hump Day Giveaway

Hello friends

It's Wednesday already and I'm thinking let's have another
Hump Day Giveaway!

I have a brand new set of Phrase Set One just waiting to go to a new home.

Five sentiments that are useful for many occasions.
Here's a card I made using this die set. 

Really easy...
If you would like to enter, please leave a comment on today's blog post,
a winner will be picked and announced next week.
Please don't forget to check back next week,
I have a few unclaimed prizes just waiting to be claimed!

Oh yes, I should also mention Phrase Set One is 
available on the website here...and in the Summer Sale!

Take care friends.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Do you have the lucky ticket?

Hello friends

Time to announce July's charity kit lucky ticket.

If you missed it there is just one kit left - available on the website here.

Time to delve into those charity kit bags and see whether you have

If you do, please email me -

Don't forget to include your address and a goody bag with dies, stamps
and more will be on its way to you!

Feel free to check out more kits on the website here,
both charity and workshop.
Also Elliott has been having a sort out and uploaded lots more
pre-loved - most definitely worth a peek :)

Take care friends.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Winner on a Sunday

Hello friends

Today announcing the winner of last week's 
Hump Day Giveaway - Brilliant Butterfly.

Thank you to all those who left a comment, 
I can announce the winner is...


Congratulations Jackie!
Please send an email to
with your address details and your die will be posted straight out to you.

I like the midweek giveaway idea so look out... :) 

Yesterday we celebrated my Mum's birthday -
I'll be sharing the card I made with her later this week.
We went out for a meal in a dog friendly pub - perfect!
Although I think it clashed with Bella's bedtime...

Take care friends and hope you are all having a lovely weekend.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Friday Die Day

Hello friends
This week's Friday Die Day is cute!
The die set is Some Bunny designed by Debi Adams - one of her
Little Red Wagon designs.
There are 7 dies in the set and the approximate measurements are:
Tail: 0.40 x 0.45 in. 1.0 x 1.1cm
Bow: 0.75 x 0.35 in. 2.0 x 0.9cm
Arm: 0.40 x 0.85 in. 1.0 x 2.2cm
Headband: 1.35 x 1.25 in. 3.5 x 3.2cm
Body Front: 1.35 x 1.40 in. 3.5 x 3.5cm
Body Profile: 1.25 x 2.50 in. 3.2 x 6.4cm
Head: 2.15 x 2.10 in. 5.5 x 5.3cm
This is how each die looks when cut.
There are two body options - a side view or sitting.

I started by die cutting the bunny's head and using the die for placement
marked the eyes and nose in black pen.  Freehand added white dots and whiskers.

My card base, kraft card with matted patterned paper from my scrap box.

Added the bunny's body and positioned him on a Pierced Rectangle die cut.
(Pierced Rectangles back in stock here).
I decided his head needed to be at a jaunty angle!

I then typed an appropriate message, die cut and added his bow tie.

Just an addition of a heart and flower and here's the finished card - I adore him!
(Yes I've decided this bunny is a boy bunny!)

Would work so well for Valentines and Easter.

Some Bunny is available on the website here.
Also please check out Debi's other designs - cuteness overload!
This weekend it is a very special event - my mum's birthday.
We are all going out for a meal tomorrow night and when I say 'all'
Bella is included, it is a dog-friendly restaurant!
Take care friends - wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Just Pawing Around...

Hello friends

I'm sharing another favourite today.
(I promise there are new projects coming - I just cannot share them just yet). 
Easy to understand why this is a favourite, Pawing Around (Cat) -
it feature a cat, two styles of heart and paw prints. 

I've chosen to make a cat sympathy card.
I've noticed shops now stock sympathy cards for the loss of a pet
which I think is lovely.

For my card I die cut from black card and then drew around around the heart shape 
and cut out to create a cream card backing.

My card base - a strip of dotty patterned paper adhered down the left hand side.

It was then simple...stamped the sentiment down the right hand side 
(Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings),
I placed the heart bottom central to the card front. 
Added a paw print (middle size) and flower - the flower is Marisa's Bouquet.

Pawing Around - Cat is available on the website here - it's in the sale!

Take care friends - 
wishing you all a 'purr-fect' day - sorry couldn't resist!

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