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Friday, 23 June 2017

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

First - congratulations to Ann who had the winning ticket
for this month's charity kit :) 

Second - we celebrated Bella's birthday yesterday,
I did post it quite a lot on social media (!) but I will be sharing 
photos here tomorrow.

Third - it is Friday Die Day!
I intended to do another video this week but my cabin was
way too hot so instead I'm revisiting one of my favourite dies -
Pointed Mini Envelope.  A die set designed by
Tammy Tutterow for Spellbinders.
I adore little envelope dies!
 
 
The approximate measurements are:
Envelope: 3.00 x 6.50 in
Insert: 1.75 x 2.25 in
 
This is what it looks like cut/embossed.
 
 
I chose to use cream card stock, as soon as you emboss you can see the fold
lines - so simple.

 
Also nice that you have the insert die, the perfect size.  I used a script stamp for
decoration but you of course could write your own note.

 
My card base and Anna Griffin - Lovely Layers paper die cut with
Pierced Rectangles - (these are now back in stock).

 
I've stamped across the envelope and attached a little flower and leaves.


Placed this centrally on my card front.
 
 
 
 
Some further images.

 
Pointed Mini Envelope is available to purchase on the website 
both new and pre-loved here.

 
So...what are we all up to this weekend?
I'm not travelling so I'm going to catch up with crafty projects
and if it is cool enough tackle some ivy that is growing madly in my little garden.
 
Take care friends - have a good one whatever you are doing.
 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Warm, Winner and Thank You

Hello friends

The heat is slowing me down, apologies no blog post yesterday.
My eldest son is suffering the most, his room is in the loft 
so he experiences extremes of hot/cold throughout the year.
I can recommend Amazon for selling fans at reasonable prices!

Firstly today I want to share with you a beautiful thank you card
I received from Wendy.
She also very kindly included a donation for Ronald McDonald House.


It is lovely, I am always very honoured when I receive handmade cards.

Next announcing the winning number from this month's Charity Kit.


Please check your kit bags and see if you have number...


If you do...Congratulations!!
Please email me -
christine.emberson@blueyonder.co.uk
with your address details and your goodie bag will be on its way to you!

If you missed this month's kit (or would like to purchase previous kits)
Elliott has uploaded them to the website here.

Take care friends, city working day today -
comes around far too quickly but very grateful for the air con!




Tuesday, 20 June 2017

I'm Back Home!

Hello friends

I hope you are all well?
I'm back home after my time away in Coventry,
I'm most definitely missing the air con that we had in the hotel and venue!
The event I attended was hosted by AFCI (formerly CHA UK)
The One Big Show.


This was an opportunity for designers, retailers, suppliers etc
to get together, share information, listen to inspiring talks and more.
It is absolutely invaluable if you are in business or considering
launching a business or perhaps designing a product - 
definitely check out their website for more information.

I got to spend some time with Stacey Caron from Spellbinders...


and also I demoed some cards I designed using her collection,
specifically Rebel Rose.
Here is one of them...
Labels 57 for the aperture.


And the gorgeous die cut to the middle is Untamed Fleur,
A inked flower and leaf set to the middle for an injection of colour.


All dies are available on the website so please feel free to 
pop over and take a look.

I'll be back tomorrow with more, just catching up with things
at home and regularly hugging Bella!

Take care friends.



Saturday, 17 June 2017

Coventry bound and Layered Tile

Hello friends
 
As mentioned, I'm setting off for Coventry today to the Ricoh Arena.
The car is packed to the rafters with crafty items to display
to retailers but I do hope to grab some photos while I'm there to share with you all.
I also hope to post a few things to Twitter and Facebook,
also getting to grips with Instagram at the moment -
I have to mentally tell myself that not every photo needs to be of Bella!
 
Today's crafty offering features Layered Tile,
a design by Marisa Job for Spellbinders.
It is a two piece die set that can be used separately or overlayed together,
I've used a combination of four and added ribbon and a sparkly flower.
 

Quite possibly the largest card I've ever made! Well by my standards,
I tend to go diddy small!



Layered Tile is available on the website here.
Whilst I'm away Elliott is back in charge of processing orders and any queries...
go on make him busy.. I dare you! ;)
 
Take care friends, enjoy the sunshine - I think we are all going to
get some sunny rays this weekend.
 

Friday, 16 June 2017

Friday Die Day

Hello friends

This week's Friday Die Day features 
I've done a video (with lots of help from Elliott)
that shows the technique of using embossing folders with matting dies
and also decorating envelopes.



I hope you like it, here's some photos of the finished project
including Stanley Bear.
A photo at this angle looks like he needs a new nose!


The flowers are from Marisa's Bouquet.


Flowers and Leaves is available on the website here
and there's also the option of buying it in a bundle offer here.

Take care friends, I'm heading to Coventry this weekend to 
demo Spellbinders at the Richo Arena.
It is a retailer event and I'm thrilled that Stacey Caron from Spellbinders
is flying in to be a guest speaker.
We are trading goodies - she is bringing Lucky Charms (breakfast cereal),
Reeses goodies and Nerds in exchange for Galaxy chocolate -
we like to get the important stuff sorted! 

Have a lovely weekend everyone and take care.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Perspective...

Hello friends

I got up yesterday morning with the intention of typing a blog post,
heard the news of the terrible fire in London and stopped typing.
Blogging paled into insignificance.
My heart ached for those people, family and pets caught up in such a tragedy.
Fire terrifies me (as I'm sure it does others),
I cannot and honestly do not want to imagine what those people 
went through and what they suffered and will continue to suffer 
while rebuilding their lives.

I do not want to be maudlin and I rarely stick my head above the parapet and 
voice an opinion but doesn't it throw things into perspective?
I am rich today, rich beyond words because I have a roof over my
head and my family and pets are safe.
I wanted to shout this from the rooftops yesterday
when I heard petty trivialities in the supermarket and read similar online...

So that's my words today with just a little crafty offering...



Hug those closest today.

Take care friends, it is Friday Die Day tomorrow and that boy of 
mine has been working on a video...



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