Monday, 24 July 2017

Such a lovely time...

Hello friends

I hope you all had a good weekend.
Mum and I had a lovely time in Chester and at Tatton Flower Show,
here's a few photos.

We were so lucky with the weather, we only had one downpour 
and the rest of the time it was blue skies.
The second most photographed clock in the country apparently...


The distinctive architecture that Chester is so known for.


If you visit Chester and would like to sample proper fish and chips,
just before The Forum Market is the most wonderful restaurant,
best fish and chips we've had in ages!



On Sunday we arrived at Tatton Flower Show dead on opening time.


Just a few of the amazing floral displays, absolutely stunning.



Veggies and fruit too...


And this beauty!
I would love this in my garden but honestly it would take up my entire lawn.



I'm very partial to clematis and I will now be purchasing this variety -
isn't it beautiful, I've not seen one like this before.
Also available in pale pink.
Florida Sieboldii


Just a little insight into our weekend,
we didn't get home till midnight last night so a fair bit of catching up
and I'm now gazing at my tiny garden thinking I definitely need
more flowers!

Crafty stuff will resume tomorrow!
Take care friends - wishing you all a great start to the week. 

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
number...


If you do, please email me - christine.emberson@blueyonder.co.uk

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.




Monday, 17 July 2017

Birthday Celebrations

Hello friends

As mentioned, we celebrated a special birthday at the weekend.
The numbers on the birthday cake might be a clue...


 My lovely Mum ...
also known as die cutting queen - the Charity Kits would not happen without her!


Bella enjoyed taking part and sported a special bow for the occasion.
We have discovered a pub/restaurant near Rochester here in Kent
that allows dogs (admittedly not normally sitting up the table!)


Next weekend I'm taking Mum to Chester and then on to visit
Tatton Flower Show - very much looking forward to that.

Here's a sneak peek of Mum's card - I'll be sharing this with you on Friday
as Friday Die Day :) 


Take care friends and wishing you all a good start to the week.




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...

JACKIE ELLIOTT

Congratulations Jackie!
Please send an email to hope-chances@live.co.uk
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.