Monday, 29 May 2017

Adorn that basket!

Hello friends

It's Bank Holiday Monday and I'm heading up to Milton Keynes today.
I'm meeting up with my crafty bunch of ladies,
packing my lunch and this time taking some sewing,
possibly a new teddy bear in the making.

I spent all weekend in my cabin putting together samples and today
I'm sharing with you Lattice Floral Basket.
This was one of those dies when I first looked at it I thought...
'Am I going to like this?'
I can categorically confirm that yes I do! 
It is fun to make and a lot quicker than I thought it would be
and adore the flowers that come in this set.


I've got a bit carried away with inking flowers and spritzing with water.


The handle is also adorned!


Lattice Floral Basket is available on the website both new and pre-loved here.
I calculate you could fit approximately 3-4 Ferroro Rocher in each basket!

Enjoy your Monday, I hope it is a relaxing day for you all.
Take care friends.



Sunday, 28 May 2017

Where did those flowers go??

Hello friends

Did you get the sunshine yesterday? 
A thunderstorm here first thing and then it was glorious for the rest
of the day.  In fact first barbecue of the year!

So where did those glittery flowers I featured yesterday end up?
Well a couple made it onto this card.
A card that is a little different to my usual style as these
are going off to Create and Craft next month.
It features beautiful dies by Marisa Job - 
Framed Floral Card Front and Thank You Pop Up.


The papers are Graphic 45.
It has been a while since I distressed paper and got inky!


Take care friends and have a wonderful Sunday.


Saturday, 27 May 2017

Glittery Flowers Today!

Hello friends

I'm going all glittery today!
I'm putting together projects that will dress the set for shows
on Create and Craft next month.
These flowers are in the style of Marisa Job - designer for Spellbinders.
I'm sharing her technique.
I used watercolour cardstock and die cut flowers,
these are from Window of Memories die set.
This would also work with many designs of flowers.

I started by inking the middle - using one of the Tsukineko Sponge Daubers
means that you can get easily achieve those circles.
For the petals I used pale pink and darker pink tipping the edges.


I inked the leaves and then spritzed them all with water.
These mini misters are brilliant and available here.


Whilst damp I shaped with Stylus Tips for the Tool n' One.


Here they are all shaped and curled!


I then applied a little adhesive and dipped the petal tips in fine glitter.


All glittered.


I inserted stamens through the hole of the smallest flower.
Layered more petals and finally the leaves. 
Secured everything in place with a hot glue gun
or Dodz 3D work brilliantly too.


The finished flowers.
They take a little time but I think the end result is worth it.


As mentioned these flowers are from Window of Memories,
there is a pre-loved set available here and those very handy
Tsukineko Sponge Daubers can be found here.

If you happen to be in the South of England today...pop on some sun screen!

Take care friends.


Friday, 26 May 2017

Friday Die Day

Hello friends
 
This week's Friday Die Day is Brilliant Butterfly.
A Die D-Lite by Spellbinders and it's a butterfly so what's not to love!
 
It is a two piece die set - the butterfly and a flourish.
The approximate measurements are:
Butterfly: 2.20 x 1.55 inFlourish: 2.05 x 1.20 in
 
This week instead of a step by step tutorial on my blog I've done
a Friday Die Day video....yes finally!
It is a simple card showing a couple of techniques.
 
 
I hope you enjoy it, this should be the start of many videos.
Huge thanks to Elliott who does all the editing, I will have to learn
all the techy stuff at some point as he is abandoning me
in a few months for Uni!
 
Some pics of the finished project.

 



Brilliant Butterfly is available on the website here at a real bargain price!


Take care friends and wishing you all a sunny weekend.
 


Thursday, 25 May 2017

May Charity Kit Winner - Is it you?

Hello friends

Today announcing the winning ticket from May's Charity Kit.
I loved putting this kit together, such pretty die cuts and 
the bird is rather plump and cute!
Also this kit definitely showed the benefits of printing your sentiments...
I did a lot of printing that day!


Now to the important bit, please rummage in your kit bags and see if you have
this number....


If you do then firstly congratulations! 
Next please drop me an email hope-chances@live.co.uk
don't forget to include your address and a bag of crafty goodies will
be sent straight out to you. 

If you missed this kit or would like to create another one
there's some available on the website here.
(Prices are adjusted as postage and packing is applied at checkout).
Also feel free to check out previous card kits here,
all proceeds still go to charity.

Take care friends - city job for me today (groan!)


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Simply Me

Hello friends
Today I'm revisiting Simply Me.
This is a really pretty stamp and die set designed by
Debi Adams for Spellbinders.


This is how the dies look cut/embossed.


For my card I've selected Standard Circles LG and
Classics Scalloped Circles LG.
Die cutting with the scalloped first and then inserting the standard to create
the scalloped ring.


The elements for my card.


Using A2 Mating Basics for my base and layering.


Positioning the scalloped circle.


Adding the tag cut from textured kraft card and stamped circle.


Finishing touches the foliage, flowers and berries.




This die set is available to buy both new and pre-loved
on the website here.
Take care friends - I'm back tomorrow.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Tuesday Treat Winner and top model!

Hello friends

Thank you for your wonderful comments yesterday,
they mean a great deal to us all.

As promised, crafty stuff resuming today
and announcing the winner of last week's 
Tuesday treat.

The treats are :
a combination of pair of wings and a double embossed heart.
This die works so well with foil card.


AND a copy of Paperhearts and Summer Kisses.


Delighted to announce the winner is...

Christine Collins

Congratulations Christine, please drop me an email 
at hope-chances@live.co.uk
and your goodies will be sent straight out to you.

I've been busy in my cabin making up some projects
that will be shown on Create and Craft next month.
I've made some very glittery flowers (tutorial coming up very soon)
and decided I had the best model for them...


She is off to the groomers soon as her fur has grown way too unruly! 

Take care friends and please stop by tomorrow.