Saturday, 21 October 2017

In the midst of Autumn I give you...Summer!

Hello friends

Yes, in the midst of Autumn I give you...
It is in fact a die set called Summer Canopy, part of the Four Seasons Collection
designed by Lene Lok.
The idea here is that you can purchase the tree die, appropriately called 'Tree'(!)
and select seasonal canopies, Summer, Spring, Autumn and Winter.
Tree can of course be used on it's own and add your own leaves, blossom etc.

Summer Canopy die set is three pieces, the canopy,
the chair and swing.
I die cut from white card and stencilled through the die and added
more distress ink for depth and colour -
a technique I really should remember to do more!

Mounted onto white card mat (6 x 6 Matting Basics) and white card base.

Final touches is the Anniversary Wishes sentiment, from one of my typed sheets
available on the website here and little flowers from the Swallow and Heart die set.

It is nice that you can see the tips of the tree branches through the canopy.

Summer Canopy is available to pre-order on the website here.
Tree is also available to pre-order and can be found here.

Lovely comments on yesterday's post - Friday Die Day,
the Note Holder - thank you.  Ann suggests it could be a possible 
charity kit and I think that's a jolly good idea...stay tuned!

This weekend I'm camping out in my cabin!
Well, not quite but I do need to put in lots of hours so fingers crossed
that all goes to plan.

Take care friends, hoping the weather brightens this weekend
and perhaps we do feel a little bit Summery!

Friday, 20 October 2017

Friday Die Day

Hello friends
It is Friday and that means...Friday Die Day!
This week I am featuring the die set -
A very nifty die set that enables you to make a pretty sticky note holder.
A six piece die set and the approximate measurements are:
Extra Small Flowers (4): 0.50 x 0.50 in. 1.30 x 1.30 cm
Small Flower: 0.65 x 0.65 in. 1.70 x 1.70 cm
Medium Flower: 0.80 x 0.80 in. 2.00 x 2.00 cm
Large Flower: 0.95 x 0.95 in. 2.40 x 2.40 cm
Leaf Sprigs (2): 1.60 x 1.30 in. 4.10 x 3.30 cm
Note Holder Front Insert: 3.00 x 1.50 in. 7.60 x 3.80 cm
Note Holder Back Insert: 3.00 x 2.90 in. 7.60 x 7.40 cm
Note Holder: 4.95 x 5.35 in. 12.60 x 13.60 cm
This is how each die looks cut/embossed.
The largest die - the holder embosses the lines that you need to fold,
glue and assemble.

This creates the pocket to pop your sticky notes into.

There is also a square die to cut the back insert and shaped die for the
front insert. I've chosen plain card but patterned looks lovely too.

I've used distress ink to colour the flowers and leaves.

The flowers and foliage affixed to the front of the note holder.

My photos are not as sharp as I would like,
taken earlier this week on the day when the sky looked like it was
full of smoke!

I like that you have everything you need in the one die set, adorable flowers.
Note Holder is available to purchase on the website here,
(very limited stock but hoping to get more in soon). 
It is also possible to message Elliott or myself if you would like to place
orders for dies - or you can use the contact us
messaging through the website.
I had a lovely surprise this week, I received this beautiful card
from Littlelamb made from the Hump Day Giveaway set that she won.
 Orange You a Tomato, beautiful shading.
Thank you so much.

Orange You a Tomato is available on the website here.
Take care friends and have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Hump Day Giveaway and Winner

Hello friends

It's Hump Day Giveaway!
I'm also announcing last week's winner.

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

One of the Quilt dies designed by Lene Lok and 
wonderful for both male and female cards.

And the winner is...


Congratulations, please let me know your postal address
(email me:
and I'll post your die set out to you.

If you missed out it is possible to purchase Tumbling Blocks on the website
here, combined the die cuts with an embossing folder looks very effective!

this week's giveaway is a brand new set of Spellbinders stamps -

A combination of trailing flowers and flourishes,
very handy to have!
They have been used on this card designed by Tina McDonald for Spellbinders.

If you would like to win this stamp 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.

Take care friends - have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Going very Autumnal

Hello friends

Today I'm going very Autumnal which is rather fitting 
with the strange red sky yesterday.
I heard various reasons on the news - the Sahara dust, Ophelia storm, 
I don't think I've ever looked up so much!

My first die set is Wreath Elements.
Four dies in the set depicting the seasons.
I chose to cut them all from white card.

I then selected the various leaves and used a selection of distress inks to colour them.

My card base is matted with 6 x 6 Matting Basics and 
Wreath die.  This set also comes with a bow.

I then chose to position clusters of leaves and berries.

Added a typed and die cut sentiment.

Loving the embossed detail on the leaves.

Wreath die set is available to pre-order here and
Wreath Elements is available to pre-order here -
I think this die set is going to be very useful, one of those I leave
affixed to my Main Attraction - I adore little leaves.

Both these dies are from the Four Seasons collection
and due in stock towards the end of the month.

Yesterday was a hospital trip for Elliott, he has scans every 6 months
to monitor all is well, the results are next week.
It also means a trip to Surrey, M25 and McDonalds,
that's the most important bit!

Take care friends, tomorrow is Hump Day Giveaway.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Monday again..really?

Hello friends

Did you all have a nice weekend?
As usual they seem to go way too fast and before you know it
Monday again.
Again, a thank you for the lovely comments on my blog,
the cabin isn't always that tidy, right now I cannot see the floor
for boxes of stock etc.
I'm not moaning as receiving new stock is always exciting
and very soon we will have two new collections arriving.

Cool Vibes - coordinating stamp and die set beautifully designed by Stephanie Low.
Here are just two of the stunning sets.


Here's a close up of that stunning sample card for Sunflower,
if you love colouring these are the dies for you!

Also arriving is Four Seasons designed by Lene Lok.

The Four Seasons Tree with optional canopies,
enabling you to make projects for every season -
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter.
I'm hoping to play with these so will be sharing projects soon.

All these items can be found in the pre-order section of the website here.
In between Elliott's uni work he's been busy on the website again,
he designs all the banners that move about on the 
website - 'transitioning' I'm told - I wouldn't have a clue,
they just look nice!

H&C is indeed the home for all things Spellbinders and
we are endeavouring to stock every collection.
We are making changes in our supplier and using a US distributor to get 
those pre-orders in as quickly as possible.
We will still keep our prices as low as possible, and don't forget 
with every order over £10 you receive loyalty and a free gift, 
and of course free shipping!
Big thanks for all your support for our little family run business.

Right...I had better get to the cabin!
Take care friends - have a good start to the week.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Check those kit bags and what's it like now?

Hello friends

If you purchased this month's Charity Kit it is time to check
your kit bags!
This month's kit proved very popular and sold out the same day,
a box kit featuring the lovely Gossamer Knot and 

The lucky number is....

If you have number 417 please email me:
with your address details and I'll send out your goody bag to you.

Thank you for the lovely response to my blog post yesterday,
it is hard to believe I've had my cabin for three years.
I wish it was as empty as photographed yesterday, I may stand a chance
of getting organised!  Instead it is packed full.
Patricia commented that she would like to see inside and out 
so here's a few pics.

Taken on a tidy day!

Also some time ago I posted a video on Facebook,
it does a little tour of the cabin and I waffle on for a bit! 
Click here and hopefully you can view it.

If you are on Facebook you may have seen my post about
Bee's Emporium - this is a book and stationery website (great calendars too)
and it is run by my cousin and his partner Annabelle.
Just the two of them are working tirelessly to make it work,
competing against the big companies out there!

I have so much empathy with their situation of trying to get their new
website off the ground and I want to support them as much as I can.
So...if you have a minute please take a look at their website
here (free UK postage and packing and 15% off in October if you use the code
new-bees) AND even more, they are having lots of giveaways on Facebook,
you just need to like, share and comment on their posts and
wonderful prizes.  Details are here.
Thank you so much!

Take care friends, today Mitchell and I are supposed to be cleaning
the conservatory roof and cleaning gutters - glamorous!
Apple picking may have to wait.