Sunday, 23 November 2014

An Altered Heart

Sunday, 23 November 2014
Hello friends

As promised yesterday,  a little tutorial on altering a bargain wooden heart 
available to buy from the Range - 89p!
There are also stars...
Firstly I added a tiny bit of white paint and wiped it off with a piece of kitchen towel,
just to lighten it a little more. 
I then selected Classic Hearts and was delighted that the shape very much mirrored
the wooden heart.  The paper is Basic Grey and out of my odd box.
 Next I opted for Snowflake Bliss and Layered Poinsettia - well, you knew I would!
The word 'Christmas' is die cut from Holiday Sentiments
It was then just a case of assembling the snowflake, poinsettia and adding Sprigs
 It's definitely an adorned heart now!
 A couple of close up shots - yes, I forgot to prick out one of the snowflake pieces!
 A simple design because I've had the mad idea of making quite a few!
Most of these dies are available on the website, just click the links.

Hoping to bring you lots more tutorials and ideas from my cabin,
also videos - yes, I've been threatening them for ages and Elliott is on my case too!

Take care friends, I'm back tomorrow.


Saturday, 22 November 2014

The Birthday and a Bargain!

Saturday, 22 November 2014
Hello friends

Sharing a few birthday photos today - not too many as I could end up being
one of those people who insist on showing you tons of photos and you have to
stifle yawns all the time!

I started my day off perfectly by walking Bella...it's getting muddy,
wellies will be making an appearance soon.
Mum and Dad had adorned the cabin... so sweet of them.
The boys handed me gifts of vouchers, chocolate and wine - 
they know me so well!
Goodness they are getting so grown up!
We had a family meal in the evening and I was presented with a lovely cake,
(it is obligatory to have Bella in as many photos as possible!)
A wonderful day, I even got a little time to craft too.

And now to the bargain...

Do you have a Range store near you?  
I found this wooden chunky heart for only 89p!
It measures approx 3.5 inches across.

It is begging to be altered so stop by tomorrow to see what I've done.

Take care friends and thanks again for all your good wishes.


Friday, 21 November 2014

Friday Die Day

Friday, 21 November 2014
Hello friends

Yes it's back - Friday Die Day and this week I'm featuring Flutter Love.
This is from the Die D-Lites range and the size of the dies are as follows:

Butterfly 1: ranges from ⅜ to ¼” (3)
Butterfly 2: 2⅛ x 1¾”
Heart 1: ranges from ¼ to ⅜” (3)
Heart 2: 2 ⅛ x 2”
Each die cut/embossed, pretty!
I've decided o a tag this week and used the embossing only technique.
It's a good idea to lightly spritz your card with water first, this stops any crinkling at the edges.
A sentiment placed across the middle, lightly inked.
And then overlaid at an angle my vibrant red die cuts, a nice contrast with the kraft colour.
Loving the curly butterfly and the little ones are so useful, especially as you can die cut 
three at a time.  Handy to cut a batch and keep in a jar!
Testing out my daylight lamp, the photos have got a shadow but getting there!
Flutter Love is available from the website shop here and it is on special sale to 
coincide with FDD!  Don't forget if you order from the website you receive a free gift
and loyalty stamps if your product spend is over £10.

Lastly, thank you so much for all your birthday wishes, I had a lovely day although stern words
with Bella - she forgot to go shopping!  Sharing photos tomorrow.

Have a great weekend - anyone going Christmas shopping?
Take care friends.


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Thursday Giveaway

Thursday, 20 November 2014
Hello friends

Holiday Greetings to you!  
Well it's not too far off now and 'Holiday Greetings' is the name of the die 
that I'm giving away today.
This is the die that I featured when I made a chocolate bar wrapper recently.
It is extremely versatile as you can use the whole die or just sections,
the fall out pieces are handy too!
Just leave a comment on today's blog post and a winner will be announced next week.

I've been busy in my cabin again, this time making the design boards for Create and Craft shows
that are coming up.  And of course, there is Friday Die Day tomorrow...

Special thanks to those who have sent me a birthday card,
I'm really touched that you remembered and they have pride of place on my mantelpiece.
Celebrating quietly this year with my family and a takeaway - no-one should cook on their birthday!

Take care friends.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Back in the swing of things...

Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Hello friends

After approximately 10 hours sleep I nearly feel normal! 
Always good to get back to your own bed and cuddly dog! 

If you've followed me on Facebook you will have seen quite a few photos of my 
trip to Phoenix but here are a few that I don't think I've shared.

Included in our trip was a visit to Spellbinders HQ.
On the tour I sneaked into Greg Tipsord's office - he is the CEO of Spellbinders, 
I was thrilled to see that opposite his desk is a framed picture of one of my cards!
This is the card... it highlights the cut, emboss, stencil.
The dies featured are Butterfly Corner.
Pictured below is David Ruprecht (my new boss) and Stacey - yes, David is very tall! 
As well as working and having fun, the week was also about bonding with fellow designers.
My roomie was Linda Lucas - you couldn't wish for a nicer lady, I miss her already.
I also got to spend time with Christina Griffiths - again, such a nice lady.
Christina is the face of Spellbinders on Create and Craft and watch out for her soon -
she has a lot of shows coming up. 
Yesterday found me back in my cabin and Bella is determined not to leave my side! 
Also, the outside of the cabin is having some special treatment - guttering is going up.
Mitchell was helping out - love the hat!
Mum has been busy placing winter pansies in tubs and baskets - it looks so lovely
and I am very happy creating there.

A little update of my time away - Spellbinders are such a generous amazing company,
the whole trip is inspirational and I've come back raring to go!

To celebrate my return I'm sending you on a 'die hunt'!  
Somewhere in my website I've gone completely bonkers and reduced particular dies 
down to ridiculous prices - take a peek and see what you think :)
Little clue...it's all 'D-Lite-ful'!

Take care friends - I'm back tomorrow.


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