Tuesday 19 September 2017

Gossamer Knot and Day 6

Hello friends

Lovely response to the free postage and packing on the website,
just to confirm it is permanent! 
We appreciate it makes a big difference when ordering a smaller item
or perhaps one of the pre-loved dies.

Today I'm sharing a project using Goassamer Knot.
A four piece die set with a stylish ironwork design.
The outer border dies are very handy on their own and of course
you can use the inset dies on their own to create beautiful windows.

Warning: my project is festive!
I used the smaller rectangles in the set to create two panels.

A typed and die cut sentiment and flowers are from Swallow and Heart.
The little leaves (I use these a lot!) are from Homespun.

Gossamer Knot is available on the website here.
Backed with silver mirror card really highlights that ironwork design.

Now added to the website is Festive Sentiment Sheets.
Two A4 printed sentiment sheets.  One white linen and one ivory linen  
cardstock 255gsm. Each sheet has a total of 14 festive sentiments 
in a variety of fonts.  A total of 28 sentiments, 
perfect for die cutting/trimming to size and adding to your projects.

In other news: thank you for all your kind wishes for Elliott's
first day of University.  He loved it. Phew! 
He can commute from home as it is Greenwich, South London,
not far from us at all if there wasn't traffic!
This is a true milestone in our family in more ways than one,
extremely proud of him.

Day 6

This was my travel day - flying from Chicago to Iowa.
I checked out of the second hotel I was staying in.
The Hilton Garden Inn's are wonderful hotels and if you book online in advance
through Trip Advisor or Expedia they are very reasonable.

My last food excursion in Chicago was J Alexander's.
Amazing burgers! 
The decor is stylish and the air con is fantastic!

I landed in Iowa late in the evening and my friend Kim collected me from the airport.
Kim used to be the Education Director at Spellbinders.  I've known her
for quite a few years now and we always used to meet up at the UK
trade shows and at Create and Craft.

To save driving a few hours to Kim's home we stayed the night at Kim's sister's house.
This is Tami and her adorable dog. 
(Bella you nearly had a friend, I was so tempted to bring this gorgeous pup home - 
look at that tongue!)

Also that night Kim presented me with a beautiful gift.
She had made a special book/journal for me to complete during my stay in Iowa.
This has lots of labelled and embellished pages and I intend to share these
with you, I've added more and of course, some die cuts!

When I went to bed that night I hadn't seen Iowa in daylight -
I had no idea that the scenery would be incredible.

If you've ever seen the movie Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner it was based
on the book by W P Kinsella and the famous quote is...

It is spot on - heaven indeed! 

Take care friends, I'm back tomorrow with Hump Day Giveaway...
(yes it is back!) and my next holiday installment.


  1. Morning Christine and boys.
    Thank you lovely cards thank you for the inspiration.
    So happy that Elliotts first day went well.
    Lovely photos too.
    Brilliant new dies on Create and craft yesterday.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  2. Gorgeous card and die set. Lovely photos Christine, loving the journal xx hazel

  3. Hi Christine
    Both your cards a lovely ,such a beautiful die set.
    So pleased all went well for Elliott yesterday .
    Your Holiday pictures are something else ,you had the most fantastic time and it is so nice to have some lovely craft friends to catch up with.Looking forward to seeing your journal completed, a lovely gift from Kim and one you will always treasure .
    Take care
    Elaine H X

  4. Great die set-love the Christmas card.

    Lovely photo of Elliott & Bella, glad just first day at university went well.

    Enjoying your holiday photos.


  5. Morning Christine
    These people are so nice to you the way they put you up and welcome you into their families, its lovely.
    Nice memories of the states too !
    Glad Elliott had a good day at Uni!
    Love Marg

  6. Morning Christine,
    Lovely cards, great dies. So pleased for Elliot as you say it has been a long journey for him. More fantastic phots, thanks for sharing.

  7. Morning Christine, Fabulous post, lovely piccies, especially Elliott and Bella, so glad he enjoyed Uni. Your piccies of America are fascinating.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  8. Good morning Christine such an interesting die and the mirri let's the pattern shine. So glad Elliott enjoyed his first day but the hard work now starts!! The journal you received is such a lovely gift so we'll all look forward to seeing more of Iowa. Best wishes Jackie x

  9. Hi Christine, lovely die, love the cards you produce so clean and beautiful. Lovely photo of Elliott, glad he had a good day.
    Love Anne xx

  10. Stunning card would make a great charity kit. So glad Elliott enjoyed uni , what a marvellous achievement. Your holiday looks amazing xx

  11. Hi Christine

    Lovely card

    So pleased Elliott first day went well so good that he can travel from home to


    Iowa looks amazing must have been lovely meeting up with Kim again for you

    she always seemed such a lovely Lady when on C&C I always enjoyed both of

    your Spellbinders shows.

    Looking forward to the next chapter of your trip

    Luv n hugs Annxx

  12. So happy that Elliot had a good first day at University ( but he looks WAY to young for that! LOL)
    Your book/journal looks lovely and it sounds like your friends treated you very well in their beautiful state! So happy you had a great time.

  13. Hi Christine
    What a great experience you have had in the US, you certainly covered some miles. I'm so happy for Elliott and how wonderful that he gets to stay at home and save the expense of accommodation.
    Love the card too
    Chris xx

  14. great photos ,looks like you had a ball ,Good to see Elliott off to college,Laura O

  15. Lovely card and die Christine. Pleased to hear that Elliott's first day was good. Lovely photos. Thank you.