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Wish, Hope, Love by By Barbara McNaughton

Hello Crafters, When being commissioned to make a wedding card, I like to ask a few questions that will help steer my direction to ensure that I make a card the bride and groom are certain to love. I’ll ask what colours are being used (often given away by those that are used on the invite), the location of the reception and whether the couple have a preferred style (for example, contemporary, minimalist, vintage). All this information I take away with me and use it to create a ‘matching’ card. My latest request was for a young bride and groom with a passion for all things vintage and shabby chic, who are holding their wedding reception in a converted barn, and this is what I came up with.  This is a simple card, which doesn’t take a huge amount of time to make, and can be made with bits and bobs you already have in your craft stash. Here are the supplies you’ll need if you want to make one just like mine: The first step is to trace your butterfly card shape,

Over £2000 Worth Of Prizes To Be Won At The Festival Of Quilts!

We are attending the Festival of Quilts 2017 and we're giving you the chance to win  some amazing prizes.  Subscribe to our mailing list below to be entered into the draw and see below for details of the prizes.  You can also enter the draw by visiting us on stand D5 during the event. Loading... 1st Prize -  Husqvarna Viking Designer Jade 35 Sewing & Embroidery Machine with 5 year warranty - WORTH OVER £1000 2nd Prize -  An amazing bundle of products by Threaders  (Crafter's Companion), Aly's Stitchy Fingers , Daisy & Grace , Pink Ink Designs , Kleiber and GMC - WORTH OVER £500 3rd Prize - Slimline Lamp by The Daylight Company -WORTH OVER £100 4th Prize - Garment Steamer by House of Alistair - WORTH £99.99 We also have a number of runner up prizes from Crosspatch, Angela Daymond, Colouricious, Crafty UK, Empress Mills, Juberry, Quilters Trading Post, Quilting Antics and Totally Patched. Tune in to our Daisy Chain

Festive Felt Wreath Hoop Art with Sizzix Dies by Lore Green

It’s Christmas! Well, Christmas in July, and Christmas means decorations and presents.  Hoop art makes great decorations and is perfect for gifting. Hoop Art can be as complicated or as simple as you wish and you don’t even need to be able to sew to make one. The hoop I created above can be made by sticking or stitching the pieces down or you could blend the two. Felt looks equally good if you stick or stitch. The Sizzix Bigz dies I used for this project are pictured below. I started by cutting out the pieces I needed for my 12” embroidery hoop: 20 dark and 20 light green felt leaves 1 brown and 1 cream felt deer 1 set each of green and white felt stars 1 set of flower petals and centres in red and green felt A strip of white fabric Piece of dark blue fabric, to fit hoop Embroidery hoop Red felt to cut circles for berries White felt to cut stars and circles for the deer’s eyes Dies don’t always have to be used as they were first designed.

Giving Tonic treat boxes that Christmas feeling by Leanne McAlpine

Hello everyone, Leanne here … thank you for stopping by to read my first blog post as a Hochanda Blog Ambassador … it’s all a bit exciting! For my first post, I thought I’d share with you some of my recent makes using the Tonic verso treat/cupcake box dies that I bought a while ago during a One Day Special. As Hochanda are currently celebrating Christmas in July, this inspired me to have that Christmas feeling … it’s never too early after all. I have to confess I could make Christmas projects all year round. These boxes are really easy to put together. The dies cut beautifully, helped of course by my Gemini – if you haven’t got one yet, you don’t know what you’re missing! The papers I used were from my stash. I have a terrible habit of buying papers and not using them because they are too nice … I’m sure I’m not the only one! I used various embellishments from my stash to decorate which I attached with hot glue. I also used some Crafter