Monday, 20 November 2017

Weekend Away and Winner

Hello friends

I'm back home after a wonderful weekend in the Cotswolds.
The weather was 50/50 but it is November and I've never known a dry birthday yet!
If you follow me on Facebook you will have seen my photos,
if not sharing here.  I went away with my crafty friends and
we stayed in the very lovely Three Ways Hotel, Mickleton
 for a chocolate themed weekend.

I had the big surprise of my room being totally chocolate themed,
I slept in a box of chocolates!

The door was cleverly painted to look like a chocolate bar.

Even the bathroom tiles and toiletries were themed.

We took a trip to Broadway to look around the gifty shops.
I adore the quaintness of the Cotswold villages.

We put our glad rags on in the evening for a very nice meal.

The following morning we went on a chocolate themed car treasure hunt,
back to the hotel for a hot chocolate and a cookery class,
chocolate truffles, mousse and pudding!
I intend to try out the recipes so will be sharing those.

Today is my actual birthday, I'm dodging the rain to do a little bit of
shopping and spend the evening with all my family.

Now crafty stuff...did you purchase a November Charity Kit?
This was the Note Holder kit.
If so it is time to check to see if you have the winning ticket.

And it is....

If you have the winning number please email me at
and I'll send out your bag of goodies.

Note Holder die is due back in stock again soon, these sell fast! 
If you missed this kit it is still available to purchase on the website here.

Take care friends, have a brilliant start to the week.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

A Trio of Tags

Hello friends

Today's projects have been created for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.
Being on their design team we are encouraged to find numerous
ways to use their products and as I sat at my craft desk I happened
to notice that Photo Corners look just like little houses!

Positioning them behind a curve of cardstock (snow) and keeping them
monochrome made it very simple, speedy tags.

The tree and star die cuts are from Christmas Tags,
one of Spellbinders die sets from last year.

The full tutorial is over on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog here,
please feel free to take a look and if possible leave a comment.

If you would like to create these tags Photo Corners - Black are 
available on the website here.

Take care friends, keep warm!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Brhh - it's a chilly one!

Hello friends
Brhhh it's a chilly card today!
This is Tree and Winter Canopy.
The seasonal canopies designed by Lene Lok are delightful but I do admit
the winter one is my favourite, it could have something to do with the reindeer.
My card has silver and white mats (6 x 6 Matting Basics).
The tree is cut from both silver and white, I've inked the white tree
with distress inks and placed the silver behind as a shadow.
I also cut the reindeer from white card and used distress inks to colour.
There is two shaped dies for the snow, I layered these over the branches.

Then the dilemma of where to place snowflakes!
Five different snowflake dies come with this die set, all lovely.

An alternative Christmas card or maybe winter birthday, New Year?
Tree is available on the website here.
Winter Canopy is available here.
As I post this I'm heading out the door to drive to the Cotswolds,
hoping for a dry weekend although eating chocolate doesn't have
to really rely on the weather!
Take care friends, enjoy your Saturday.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

It is Friday and in my world that can only mean...
Friday Die Day!
This week I'm featuring one of the Chantilly Paper Lace dies -
A three piece die set that can be nested or used individually.
All of these Chantilly Paper Lace dies designed by Becca Feeken
have been inspired by French lace.

This is how this set looks cut/embossed.

I prepared my card base with patterned paper matting,
lots of distressing at the edges.

The papers are from this paper pad from the 99p store!
I often take a little look at their crafty bits and occasionally find a little gem.

I mounted the largest die cut with foam pads.
The stamped sentiment is Altenew.

The finishing touch is little flowers (Swallow and Heart die set).

A die that looks effective used both vertically or horizontally,
also thinking switching those little flowers to mini poinsettias = Christmas card!
Hannah Elise is in stock and on the website here.

Other beautiful Chantilly Lace dies can be viewed here.
Bella Rose has been very very popular!

Wishing you all a great weekend, I'm heading to the Cotswolds
with my crafty bunch of girls, it's a chocolate indulgence weekend!

Take care friends.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Waiting, waiting...

Hello friends

This has been Elliott and I for the last few weeks, waiting, waiting!

Finally we took delivery of the majority of pre-order dies
so I'm delighted to announce we have some beautiful items in stock.

The Chantilly Paper Lace collection designed by Becca Feeken
has been incredibly popular.  

 This is a card I created with Annabelle's Trousseau, simply cut from
ivory card and mounted onto patterned paper.
It showcases the die design beautifully.

All of these dies plus more recently arrived are available on the website here.

Do you live Peterborough way?
If so I shall be at Sir Stampalot on 16 December,
two classes - one festive and the other 'all occasion' projects.
If you would like to book a place please visit Sir Stampalot's class
schedule here.
The classes will be jam packed, four projects in two hours! 

Please stop by tomorrow, it's Friday Die Day.
Take care friends and hope you are having a good Thursday.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Hump Day Giveaway and Winner!

Hello friends

It's that time again - Hump Day Giveaway!

I am also announcing last week's winner.

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

And the winner is...


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

If you missed out it is possible to purchase a pre-loved set of Presents
on the website here.
If you like these silhouette dies please take a look at Sharyn Stowell's
further designs here.

This week's giveaway is Big Scalloped Border Grand die.
This is a border die with  scallops and eyelets, perfect for adding ribbon.

It is one of the dies from the Retro Spellbinders collection
on the website, some wonderful favourites and bargains to be had.

If you would like to win this 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.

Other news - Note Holder die is back in stock here.
I promised I would mention it as soon as they arrived.

In fact we took delivery of a big order yesterday,
news of it all will be coming out via email so please subscribe to 
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Take care friends - have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Made a start on your Christmas cards yet...?

Hello friends

Are you making your Christmas cards this year?
If so, along with special intricate cards you may like a quick and easy design.
Using the Spellbinders 3D shading stamps couldn't be easier
and that's me saying that...I'm really not a stamper! 
I'm so impressed with the finished look of these stamps.
We've managed to restock certain designs and this is one of them.
This is Wreath, stamped onto wide cardstock (6 x 6 Matting Basics)
and lightly coloured with pens.

The little fir cones look so detailed with the shading.

3D Wreath Stamp is available on the website here.
Further 3D stamps can be seen here.

Please stop by tomorrow everyone - it's Hump Day Giveaway :)

Take care friends.