Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Someone wants to say Hello...

Well, obviously I do as always.. But so does this little cracker...Say Hello to Holly... She is my new Tri Coloured (Black, White & Tan) Border Collie Puppy.. Yeah, I know, that makes her "Holly the Collie"!! I know everyone says it, but she really is the cutest bundle of fluff you ever saw!! She is showing true potential already as a crafter..Mapping out her design, paintbrush at the ready..Let's get to work...Protecting her designs as all designers should...The Grand Calibur or the Cuttlebug?? The choice was obviously too difficult, so nap time won!!Too many Spellbinders to choose from, another nap me thinks...And yet again at the end of a very busy day for puppy..
I'd been on the look out for Holly for quite a while and in anticipation I had produced a few projects in Black and White in her honor for when she eventually arrived.. As time drifted by and no sign of Holly these new Time related Dies (Retro Mod Clock S5-074 & Cukoo Clock S5-075) from Spellbinders seemed pretty apt for a couple of the Black and White projects.
They also make great masculine cards..
We actually had a visit from 2 guys from Spellbinders themselves today.. All the way from the States to our little shop here in Billericay. Yes, they saw Holly too..
I'm enormously proud to say that they were suitably impressed with our rather large range of their products (and the shop in general for that matter!) and also the samples (including the ones I am about to share with you) I had made using them. They even took pictures of our samples to take back to Spellbinders.. One of the guys said that our shop was a pretty "Hoppy" place.. I'm not quite sure what that means, but I took it as a positive... Any American followers able to explain what "Hoppy" means?Anyway, I cut out every shape from both sets of dies in both Black and White card stock,alternating the images Black then White etc...For one of the projects I cut and embossed the largest Die from the Spellbinders Beaded Squares (S4-315) in Black Mirror Card,Matting it with the Second largest Dies for the Classic Large Squares Set (S4-126).Adding it to my base card in a Diamond to add quite an interesting dimension I think!Finishing the card off with a White Clock from the Retro Mod Clock Set... I think this card has a touch of Chess about it!For the second project, I embossed a piece of card stock with the Wreath Embossing Folder from Crafts Too.Matt and layered it onto my base cardbefore adding a Black Clock this time...
Two similar projects, but with slightly different outcomes!!!
Right, I'm off to see if Holly is awake for a change.. That dog can certainly sleep!!
Thanks for checking us out.
See you soon..


  1. Great cards Andy, I love the monochrome look. Holly looks like the cutest bundle of fluff I have ever seen, what a lovely crafting companion! Have a great week! Tracey x

  2. She is adorable Andy - I'm sure she is going to be completely spoilt LOL

    Loved all the B&W cards you were working on at the weekend - always a super colour combo and your collection of cards was stunning.

    Toni xx

  3. Hi Andy
    Your Holly is sooo cute. I hope she will become a regular on your blog and at the shop as well.

    The cards are pretty good too ;0)

    Cally x

  4. Aw Holly is absolutely adorable, hope you have many happy years with her.
    Love the cards, your so right the black and white really works for masculine cards and the clocks are look amazing in the mixed colours.
    Kim xXx

  5. Got to meet Holly yesterday and she is so adoreable, bless her.

    The Lindsay Mason demo was fantastic, couldnt stay too long, but took away lots of inspiration! . . . . and yet more ink pads!!

    Karen xxx

  6. Gorgeous cards! I love the black and white it's so stunning.

    Holly is so adorable. I had the pleasure of seeing her last Sunday when I popped in the shop for some embossing folders that I wanted. :) X X