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.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

STOP PRESS: Double Heart Gift Box has sold out,
more arriving next week :)
This week's Friday Die Day is Double Heart Gift Box.
Another beautiful die designed by Marisa Job.
Lots of dies in this set - 8 in total, I've photographed them separately.
The approximate measurements are:
Side Lid Insert Design: 2.00 x 0.70 in. 5.10 x 1.80 cm
Side Lid Insert Outline: 2.00 x 0.70 in. 5.10 x 1.80 cm
Top Lid Design: 1.70 x 1.70 in. 4.30 x 4.30 cm
Top Lid Insert: 2.00 x 2.00 in. 5.10 x 5.10 cm
Lid: 4.05 x 4.05 in. 10.30 x 10.30 cm
Panel Design: 1.70 x 3.75 in. 4.30 x 9.50 cm
Panel Insert: 2.00 x 4.00 in. 5.10 x 10.20 cm
Side Panel: 2.40 x 4.20 in. 6.10 x 10.70 cm
This is the top lid and side panel.
The top lid also is the base of the box.
The side panel has a score line.

These are the decorative panels for the side, top and lid.

To create the box, cut four side panels and fold along the score line.
I've also cut four decorative panels to place over the top.

I affixed them to each other in a long row.
You can use liquid glue or strong tape.
I then affixed the decorative panels to the top.
You could die cut colour or foil card behind the decorative panels for
a different look if you wish, I chose all white.

The box lid is also the base, when you cut it creates score lines,
simply fold along each, apply glue to the tabs and assemble.

Affix the last panel of the box and secure the box base to the bottom.
This holds it nice and rigid.

Create the box lid but obviously don't stick this down onto the box,
you'll never get to the goodies inside.

To decorate I used leaves from Wreath Elements and created a flower from
Succulent and Mum Flower.  Cut from watercolour card and I've used
distress inks spritzed with water.  Inserted some stamens to the flower middle.
It is a deep pink bordering on red so nearly festive!

I affixed the flower and leaves to the top of my box with a little bit of ribbon.
I also have a decorative lid panel hidden under that flower!
I also added lid decorative pieces with 3D Foam Squares.

I think it is so nice to have a taller gift box for a change.
I can see these being useful for so many occasions.

Double Heart Gift Box is available on the website here.
Wreath Elements is available here - (this die set is another one that
has not left my desk, it has all the foliage and pieces I need for pretty
much every project whatever the season).
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, I'm heading to Peterborough
tomorrow, two workshops at Sir Stampalot so fingers crossed for
good driving weather.
Take care friends.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Hump Day Giveaway

Hello friends

It's time to make Wednesdays happier with Hump Day Giveaway!
I am also announcing last week's winner so scroll down please.
Last week's giveaway was a pre-loved set of 

A total of 20 dies, various leaves, flowers, butterflies and snowflakes.
Each set of 5 depicts seasons, you can of course mix and match.

And the winner is...

(Him, Him and Me)

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

If you missed out it is possible to purchase Wreath Elements here.

This week's giveaway is a pre-loved set of
A super set that has four dies with the words:
Ho Ho Ho, Noel, Joy and 25

I used a couple of these dies in this card project recently.

Ho Ho Ho is available to purchase new on the website here
or if you would like to win this pre-loved 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!

Monday, 11 December 2017

Snowing where you are?

Hello friends

Did the snow arrive where you are?
We had a sprinkling and then rain, jolly cold though.
Appropriate to share a snowy project and this is a notepad project using 
A very popular die set and I understand why,
with four dies in the set it is very versatile.
I've used one of the middle size snowflakes to create
a shaker window.  Using Adhesive Sheets with the die means
it sticks perfectly onto acetate.

I've got a full tutorial with photos of how I made this project over on the 
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog here if you fancy a nose.

Snowflake Snippets is available on the website here and
if you fancy giving those Adhesive Sheets a go you can fine them here.

Keep warm everyone, Bella is not liking this weather one bit,
she's most definitely a fair weather dog! 

Take care friends.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

The very festive flower

Hello friends

What's the most festive flower?
Well I think it has to be the Poinsettia - do you agree?
The 3D Poinsettia stamp enables you to make
very effective cards with minimal effort, believe me because
I'm not a stamper! 
Both my card designs are very simple,
matting, stamping and using pens to colour.

Poinsettia 3D stamp is available on the website here although it has been 
popular so limited stock.  
Be sure to take a look at the other festive stamps on the website here

Hope you are all keeping warm, no snow yet here in Kent but very cold.
I'm due to travel to Milton Keynes tomorrow so fingers crossed 
the weather doesn't scupper that plan.

Take care friends.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

This week's Friday Die Day features Blessings Vine Frame.
A very pretty two piece die set, the frame and the sentiment.
The approximate measurements are:

Blessings: 2.10 x 0.70 in. 5.30 x 1.80 cm
Vine Frame: 5.60 x 4.30 in. 14.20 x 10.90 cm

This is how they look cut/embossed.

I've chosen to cut both from white cardstock and get out my distress inks again.
I'm getting a lot of mileage out of my distress inks at the moment,
they got forgotten for a while but now I'm having fun revisiting them.

I applied multiple colours.
Aiming for a warmish effect.

Mounted the frame onto a piece of pale patterned paper
and then affixed both to my card front.
I thought I would go vertical, the frame looks great used both ways.

I then added a cluster of flowers.
These are Textured Flowers, coming back in stock soon.

The sentiment 'Blessings' inked and attached.
The finished card.

Switch out the flowers for red poinsettias to make a Christmas card.

Blessings Vine Frame is available on the website here.
every single die in this collection is beautiful!
Take care friends, wishing you all a warm weekend,
watch out for the snow!
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