Thursday, 28 December 2017

I've moved!

Hello friends

I've moved blogs - all my crafty news and projects can now be 
found on the Hope and Chances blog here.

Click the button below to take you there.

See you a click away!

Take care friends.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Changes ahead...please have a little read...

Hello friends

I do hope you had a good Christmas.
Ours was lovely, we indulged in lots of food, some drink 
and the all important chocolates!

I enjoyed taking a few days out but back to it...
Today's blog post is to announce some changes ahead.
For some time I've been running two blogs, duplicating over each time
to Creativity Continues and Hope and Chances.
From now on there will just be the one blog - Hope and Chances.

We have been busy putting everything under the same Hope and Chances umbrella.
We had considered re-branding but we like the name and we are
steadily becoming known for being the 'home for all things Spellbinders'.

The Hope and Chances blog has had a little makeover,
it coordinates with the website and we have also made the link buttons
a brighter colour and updated all the social media links.
We are on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
You can also see a email link on the blog, the little envelope, 
we always try to respond very speedily to emails.

Do you know, just those changes took me hours, Elliott stepped in and did 
most of it in minutes!

So hopefully you will not mind, after today there will be a permanent button 
link on this blog that you can click to reroute you to the Hope and Chances blog.
(I'm not deleting this blog as it has so many posts and projects
it will just stay as it is).

Thank you friends for always being so supportive and see
you a click way!

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Festive, frazzled and a little piece of home...

Hello friends

Are we feeling festive or frazzled?
How are your Christmassy plans going?

Today's post is a festive idea using maps.
I designed these cards for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and also
recreated them to send to my special friends in Iowa and Chicago.

There's a full tutorial on the Scrapbook Adhesives blog here.

So simple to do, I found the map online and printed it.

I realise your cards are probably all made, written and sent by now
but perhaps an idea for next year!

Christmas here...

I finished up my city job last night although I am working in London
between Christmas and New Year, I actually don't mind going in as
the city is so quiet and the commute takes half the time. 

Elliott and I did a big food shop late one night and we managed to avoid
lots of crowds.  We've probably forgotten some items
but I've decided that's fine, we really have enough to last us a week
not just a couple of days!

We are still working right up to Christmas with Hope and Chances,
truthfully it's hard not to, we don't like to leave anything unfinished!
Keep an eye on the Pre-Loved, that's a job on the list for today.

I am going to be signing off from blog posts for a few days,
I'm going to be spending an inordinate amount of time in my kitchen!
This is an opportunity to say ...

Take care friends, keep warm and safe at this special time of year.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

Not long now!
This time next week we will still be eating turkey I'm sure!
Today's Friday Die Day is Lilly Pearl Fold/Flower Border.
A clever die set that works so well as flowers and an effective scallop border.
Three dies in the set and the approximate measurements are:

Small Flower/Border: 6.00 x 0.75 in. 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Medium Flower/Border: 6.00 x 0.90 in. 15.20 x 2.30 cm
Large Flower/Border: 6.30 x 1.20 in. 16.00 x 3.00 cm

This is how they look cut/embossed.

You can see that once cut/embossed you have fold lines, this creates the curl -
very simple to do.

Once complete you can place a button, brad or pearl to the middle.
My brads come from 99p Store!

The die set works beautifully as a border.  I've cut it twice, once from white card
and then with silver mirror card to create a shadow.

I then cut a piece of patterned paper - Kaisercraft - Black and White Timeless.
I placed the border section to the bottom.

Attached silver ribbon over the top and mounted onto a card front.

Positioned the flower with leaves added from Wreath Elements.

Finishing touch was a typed and die cut sentiment - Happy New Year,
I'm thinking ahead...!
The font used is French Script.

The edging detail on each petal is so pretty, this is what really appealed to me
with this die set.

 Lilly Pearl Fold/Flower Border is available on the website here.
Wreath Elements for those very useful leaves is available here.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, I'm sure there will be a lot of
shopping, wrapping and cooking going on!

Take care friends.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Hump Day Giveaway

Hello friends

It's time to make Wednesdays much nicer with Hump Day Giveaway!
I am also announcing last week's winner so please scroll down please.
Last week's giveaway was a pre-loved set of 
A super set that has four dies with the words:
Ho Ho Ho, Noel, Joy and 25

And the winner is...

Jan on the Fosse

Congratulations Jan, please email me:
with your details and I'll post your prize out to you.

If you missed out it is possible to purchase
Ho Ho Ho new on the website here.

This week's giveaway is a pre-loved set of Wreath.

I used Wreath along with Wreath Elements on this card project recently.

If you would like to win this pre-loved die 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.

Also worth mentioning...a Christmas elf has sneaked into our stock
room and decided that over half the products in our Winter Sale
should be only £5, time for a stock clearance!
You can see bargains galore here.

Take care friends - have a super Wednesday!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Dashing through the ...craft!

Hello friends

Gosh I've been busy! 
Apologies for the erratic blog posts, with being away at the weekend
everything in Blogland got a little behind.

I had a great time at Sir Stampalot, two busy workshops
and lots of lovely ladies.
I enjoy doing workshops, there was a couple of very new crafters
and I love seeing the wonder on their face with their creations.

One of the most popular projects was this card using Gilded Ornaments.
These are still available on the website both new

Back home I've been busy updating the website and I'm pleased 
to report that certain sell out items are now back in stock - 
This was Friday Die Day last week and sold out instantly.
It is teamed here with Succulent and Mum Flower.

Textured Flowers is also back,
particularly like the petal detail on these.
I used them recently with Blessings Vine Frame.

We really are on the countdown to Christmas now,
I've yet to marzipan and ice my cake and also need to wrap gifts.
I should have put aside an hour or two but instead caught up 
with some episodes of Kirstie's Handmade Christmas - 
are you watching it?
I find it fascinating even if some of the projects are very ambitious
and require a kiln, forge or a trip to Lapland!

Take care friends and don't forget Wednesdays is giveaway day!

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Vines, Flowers and God Bless You

Hello friends

Today's card features more beautiful dies designed by Marisa Job,
I've chosen to use silver mirror card as a mat onto a white card front,
some marble paper from my scrap box as a second mat.
God Bless You also cut from silver mirror card and one of the
Mosaic Vines.  I adore this foliage set, the petals and scrolls are so pretty.

I then cut Succulent and Mum Flowers, yes it is the distress inks out in force again!
I'm finding it really relaxing colouring these flowers.

It was then just a case of positioning them in a cluster with the Mosaic Vine
and some ribbon in the corner of my card.
That was very nearly a bow you know...!

As mentioned before, just by switching the flower colour to
reds and this would make an effective Christmas card.
God Bless You is available on the website here.
Mosaic Vine can be found here and
This time next week it will be Christmas Eve!
I'm a little behind this year but catching up.
I never correctly anticipate how long it takes to do the gift wrapping,
one evening is never enough.
How are your festive plans going?
Take care friends, keep nice and warm.