Thursday, 21 September 2017

Annabelle's Trousseau and Day 8

Hello friends

Lovely to see all the comments yesterday,
I'm delighted you are enjoying my many holiday pics!

Also it's not too late to leave a comment on Hump Day Giveaway,
a winner is picked next Tuesday evening to be announced on the Wednesday.

Something new...
Over on the website is a whole new collection available to pre-order.

The detail is gorgeous in this collection with different layering frames.
Beautifully designed by Becca Feeken for Spellbinders.

The die set I'm featuring today is Annabelle's Trousseau.

I've allowed the die to do the work, cut in ivory and layered onto some
pretty flowered paper.  The embellishments are silk flowers that I purchased in
the States and a typed and die cut and sentiment.

Annabelle's Trousseau is available to pre-order on the website here.
The entire Chantilly Lace collection can be viewed here.

Worth mentioning: with pre-orders we are guided by the distributor when it 
comes to dates, sometimes they are prompt, sometimes they are not!
Elliott is always on the case chasing them up so please be rest assured 
if you place a pre-order we will get them to you as speedily as we can.
Thank you.

This was my one and only day of overcast cloudy weather in Iowa,
it turned out it was actually due to wildfire smoke from Canada and Montana! 

The weather did not stop us from shopping.
Two days before I flew out to the States I was asked to prepare design boards
and samples for Create and Craft, I had very little time!
Kim to the rescue - we went shopping for crafty items and I 
got ahead with projects - (I actually crafted in their car but more about that later).
We visited Scrapmania, a gem of a store, a real Aladdin's Cave.

They also stock Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.
I'm modelling Keepsake Envelopes here because I espied that's my project on the front!

After a very productive shopping trip, (I really NEEDED those craft items)
we returned home.
Kim checking the mailbox - how American is that!

I should mention Kim's husband Brian at this point - I have a real soft spot for this lovely gent.
He also cooked these amazing smoked pork chops for dinner that evening.
Brian is indeed a lovely gent and he will appreciate me using the word 'lovely' because
I use it a lot!  We shared many moments of laughter with our accents and 

That evening Brian built a fire in the garden's firepit for us to have 'Smores'.
Something new for me but it involved food so I was game!

Kim and I - it only took about 4 attempts to get us and the fire in this selfie!

A perfect fire.

So 'Smores' - you melt marshmallows on the fire, place between Graham Crackers, 
and a chunk of chocolate.  It's MESSY!
I did not let go of my wine though...!

Another unforgettable experience from my wonderful trip.
Thank you again for sticking with me while I document my days away.

Take care friends - Friday Die Day tomorrow.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Hump Day Giveaway and Day 7

Hello friends

I'm back in the routine so much so I even got round to defrosting the freezer yesterday!
The door got left open when I was away so it was all very frosty,
(it's one of those messages you would rather not receive!) 

Also pleased to announce Hump Day Giveaway is back.

This week the giveaway is...

A pre-loved set of Make Mine Lemon Lime
A fun die set designed by Debi Adams.

Yana from the Spellbinders office has made this gorgeous project 
using this die set.

If you would like to win this pre-loved set please leave a comment on today's
post either on this blog or the Hope and Chances' blog here.
A winner will be picked out next week.

If you would like to purchase Make Mine Lemon Lime,
it is available new and pre-loved on the website here.
(Free postage!)

Day 7
I have lots (I really mean lots!) of photos to share with you today!

I'm in beautiful Iowa.
Kim and I left Tami's home after a breakfast of doughnuts and melon
(I call that perfectly balanced).  
Interestingly Tami puts salt on her melon...!?

First stop Winterset.  This town is famous due to it being John Wayne's birthplace.
We spent a few hours in the brilliant museum dedicated to his life and films.
I had not realised how many films he had starred in.
What stood out to me was that he was such a personable man,
there were copies of many letters he had handwritten to fans.
I also did not know that he was very tall...about 6' 3".
Had a custom built car at one point.

And this was his home.

Inside it has been fitted with furniture, appliances of that era.

I espied this original photo on the wall and thought it was wonderful,
look how small that pup is.

Just along from his birthplace is a 'Freedom Rock'.
These boulders are popping up all over Iowa, painted by Ray Sorensen II
as a thank you to veterans.  
"Painted with the ashes of the dead, a Freedom Rock is a living reminder of fallen warriors".

My head was buzzing as I left Winterset and Kim still had lots planned for the day.

Next stop... Bridges of Madison County - oh my goodness, a dream come true!
I first read this book in the early 90's and then was thrilled when 
Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep starred in the film adaptation in 1995.
If you haven't seen the film, you must!

There are a total of six covered bridges built in the 1800's.
The reason for them being covered is to protect the wooden struts in bad weather.

The woodwork inside.

Sadly Cedar Bridge has been badly damaged by fire.

By this time we were ready for lunch and we visited Northside Cafe,
the actual cafe featured in the movie.

My first experience of a Hot Beef Sandwich.
It is pulled meat placed on white sliced bread, mashed potato and gravy.
It is delicious!  Filling food served to farmers back in the day
(or today to a UK tourist who wants to try everything!)

And to add just a few more calories we went for Apple and Blueberry Crisp,
similar to a crumble but with oats and cereal on the top.

We were then heading back to Kim's home but not without one further stop,
a garden centre - Howells.
This was fascinating, it differed greatly from our garden centres.

A wonderful collection of dried flowers.


A 'tub' ride!

Another use for hay bales!

My first day in Iowa - it was jam packed and wonderful!
We arrived back at Kim's home late that evening, 
my room - country and perfect.


And, as promised, I'm sharing with you the book that Kim gifted to me.
Here are my pages documenting John Wayne and the Bridges.

If you are still with me then thank you, I know it is a long blog post!

Stop by tomorrow - there's more and crafty stuff too.

Take care friends.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

It's a Hop! Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Stampendous

Hello friends

A double blog post day!

Today I'm taking part in a blog hop with Stampendous and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.
My project is both festive and cute and reminds me of building snowmen many years ago!
To create the adorable snowman I used Stampendous - Snowman Trio Cling Stamp and Die Set. Not only is there three snowmen but two smaller stamps - snowflakes and a sentiment.
I started by matting white card onto my white card base using E-Z Runner® Permanent Strips Refilliable Dispenser.
I decided to make a snowy inked background for my card and hand cut a piece of card with curves.  I applied Adhesive Dots Large Repositionable to the reverse.
I positioned this onto a further piece of card matting and inked above. Because the dots are repositionable I can remove this without leaving a single mark on my card front.
I used the smaller sentiment stamp in the top right corner.
Affixed this mat to my card front with Crafty Foam Tape - White.
I selected a snowman, stamped and used the matching die to cut.
Coloured and affixed with 3D Foam Squares, White - Small.
The finished card with the addition of a few sparkling gemstones.

Happy Christmas!
Well it's only 97 days away...
Stampendous - Snowman Trio Cling Stamp and Die Set
Dies: Spellbinders Paper Arts (6x6 Matting Basics)
White Cardstock; Black Ink; Gemstones, Coloring Pens; Distess Ink.