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Meiflower Giveaway

by Lesley Oman on 15 May, 2011

Competition is now closed.

Wanna win some goodies? Of course you do!

Thanks to our friends over at MeiFlower, we here at Hungry Heffy Crafts have a great giveaway to share with everyone! Charms, ribbons, gems, pearls…. lots of yummy stuff to win by entering this giveaway competition. (see the video below for details)

In case you aren’t familiar with them, MeiFlower is an online craft retailer selling a huge range of embellishments and specialising in a huge selection of gorgeous metal charms. You may have seen Mei work her magic on Create & Craft TV, or at some craft exhibitions were she has also held a number of workshops and demonstrations.

I’ve been using their stuff for years so you may have already spied some MeiFlower products on my past projects here at Hungry Heffy Crafts. All the more reason why I am thrilled about this giveaway – because I get to share some of their fantastic products with some lucky readers.

So here’s the deal – watch the video below to find out all about what is included in the prizes, and how you can win. Oh, and did I mention that there are THREE ways to win! Yip, three lucky winners will get a MeiFlower goody bag!

Whats more, the guys at MeiFlower has given me a discount code to share with all my readers. So hop over to www.meiflower.co.uk, check out the fab products, fill up that shopping basket and simply put HHC10 into the promotion box to get 10% discount.

Keep an eye out because I’ll be sharing some projects featuring some MeiFlower products.

Giveaway will close in four weeks, which is the 12th June when the winners will be picked – so loads of time to tel your friends about Hungry Heffy Crafts so that you get more chances to win the referral prize!

Here’s the video -and Good Luck!

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This is definitely one of those weekends where I wish I could close my eyes and transport myself to another location, and it isn’t hard to guess where I would want to be…California! But it’s not the beaches i’m dreaming of, or the sunshine, or the wealth of culture, but rather the aisles and aisles of crafty goodness that will be filling the Los Angeles Conference Centre this weekend for CHA Winter 2011. The Craft and Hobby Association are once again hosting its winter conference and trade show over the next few days, from 29th Jan – 1st Feb, where our best loved manufacturers will be showcasing their products to the Industry. With over 25 Business seminars, and 50 craft technique workshops, it’s no wonder I am less than satisfied with the realistic alternative of spending this dull, rainy British weekend at home.  But nevertheless, thanks to the wonderful invention of the internet, we can all enjoy sneak peeks into the world of CHA as companies throughout the industry have been offering little glimpses into their new product releases over the last few weeks.

And where can you find these sneak peeks?. ..almost everywhere: Facebook, twitter, manufacturers websites, but I have found that the best place for a comprehensive list is Scrapbookdate.com. If you haven’t already checked out ScrapbookUpdate.com, an informative news website run by the talented newshound, Nancy Nally, then you really should jump over to check out the latest in our industry news.

So as I can’t be in California, strolling up and down the aisles of the convention, I thought that I would instead share a few links with you showcasing some of the new releases that have caught my eye. This is the pre-warning so you can close your eyes if you don’t want your bank balance to be damaged because I am sure that you will want these just as much as I do.

Echo Park : Little Girl

A bright and funky collection, perfect for summertime fun layouts. I just love those cupcakes, hearts and crowns. I particularly love the journaling cards – aren’t they just darling!

Sassafras Border Stickers from the Paper Crush collection

These look so delicious I could eat them. I love the fact that there are different styles and shapes too. I reckon these would look great on layouts, cards and lots of other projects too.

Family Dynamics Collection from Bella Blvd

Check out Bella Blvd‘s website for more peeks at their awesome new collections, but the one that catches my attention the most is most definitely this piece of patter paper called ‘Game Night’ from the Family Dynamics collection.

Making Memories – Dilly Dally collection

Although this photo doesn’t give us a detailed view of the whole collection, it certainly fills me with intrigue. The colours look fresh and exciting – perfect for Springtime and maybe even some Easter layouts. I can’t wait until the whole collection is revealed. Plus..I have a embedded love for the versatility of double sided papers!

Teresa Collins: On the Edge

I think the blue and grey colour scheme really looks so elegant and masculine. I can’t wait to get hold of this collection to make a few boy-centric cards and layouts.

Ki Memories – Puffies

Oh My! These really do take embellishments to another level. Be sure to check out the different ways that the design team have used these felt, dimensional embellies on their many projects by visiting here. I particularly love the blue star, the elephant and the Eiffel Tower…oh, and the birdie!

My Minds Eye: Stella & Rose “Hazel”

Yum! {Enough said!}

Mini Spools by Maya Road

Maya Road have done it again. Another fantastic little product that fills me full of nostalgia and inspiration. Look how tiny these little wooden spools are, and won’t they look darling wrapped with a little twine!

Studio Calico Cloud rub ons

These blue ones are most definitely my favourite. Whimsical and bright , and most certainly on my wish list.

also from Studio Calico – wood veneers

These make my heart jump because I want to paint them, cover them in pattern paper and make a mobile for the nursery. {sigh!}

‘Happily Lost’ Alpha Stickers from LillyBeeDesign

I have a thing about alphabet stickers, seriously, I really can’t get enough of them. The thought of getting 8 complete sets all on one sheet is making me feel quite giddy to be honest. The font is classical and versatile and what a great selection of colours.

Tim Holtz Distress Stains from Ranger Ink

Now that I have completed my collection of Distress Inks, I am thrilled that Ranger and Tim have released another fantastic product from for their inky collection. Distress stains can be used on paper, embellishments, wood, stickers, and basically any porous material. You can even spritz them with water to create a mottled effect.

Elementary collection by Simple Stories.

Lovely bright colours combined with neutral, earthy tones, with a dash of vintage elegance. Simply devine.

And last but not least..

Jillibeansoup – corrugated shapes

Along with a host of fabulous embellishments, the corrugated shapes have particuarly tickled my fancy. I love the houses the most- so cute!

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Hmmm…Hot Cocoa & Marshmallows

by Lesley Oman on 8 November, 2010

Hey everyone,

Halloween is outta the way now and i’m still trying to convince Craig that it’s nearly Christmas! He’s not yet ready to admit it, but with each and every shop that we go into that has an array of Crimbo products, I figure it can’t be long until he realises that its true! After all, we have entered Red Cup season as far as Starbucks is concerned! Mmmm… I do love Gingerbread lattes so I always wait with anticipation for the red cup release day.

So today’s project is inspired by two things. Firstly, y’know that feeling that you get when its cold outside and your hands are numb and your nose is red, then you get a cup of hot coffee or hot cocoa between your hands and as you inhale the sweet aroma, you are instantly filled with complete gratification. {Yip, I was inspired by a feeling, i’m weird I know!} The second inspiration starting point was the Card Candy embellishments by Craftwork Cards. I bought a pack of pink and brown Card Candy ages ago (and yes, i still have loads, they totally last AGES!) and I realised that this colour combo pack has the cutest name: ‘ Choc and Mashmallow’.

So it’s easy to join the dots and see why this card turned out the way it did!

I didn’t have a template for the cup shape, so I just drew it freehand, and had lots of fun making the whipped cream using DecoArts Snow Writer and then I sprinkled the card candy on top! My original plan was to put the greeting on the outside of the card, but it ended up covering too much of the cup of cocoa, so I transformed this project from a standard card into an easel card. The biggest challenge I faced when making this project was waiting for the Snow Writer to dry! I’m so impatient and it looked good enough to eat and I just couldn’t wait to finish the card! HAHA!

Thanks for stopping by

Products used

Card Candy: Choc & Marshmallow
Pearlescent card
Kraft cardstock
DCWV Christmas 6×6 stack
Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Black Soot, embossing ink pad
Studio g clear stamps – dot
Quickutz heart die
Cuttlebug
Hero Arts Fancy Swirls rubber stamp
Black Pigment liner
Nestabilities: Standard Circle Small, Labels 1
SEI: Alpine Frost clear stamp set
DecoArt Snow Writer


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Home Decor for Baby Amélie ♥

by Lesley Oman on 12 May, 2010

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Good morning Ladies and gentle-peeps!

Cuteness Alert!! …. You’ve been warned…

Today I want to share a baby project. My friend from Uni Vanessa had baby Amélie at the start of the month, and unfortunately they are over in Northern Ireland so I haven’t got to see both the girls yet. Through Uni Vanessa was one of those friends that would be there when you needed her, would look after everyone, would make sure that we all cleaned up after ourselves, and kept us all in line: so I have absolutely no doubt that she will be the best mom ever!! Amélie is lucky to have V as a mummy, and I hope she grows up to be as generous, kind and as beautiful as her mummy…but then again, how could she not! ♥

And so of course, I’ve been crafting a little something for the little lady…

First can I say that this was not my original design idea, but was inspired by someone else’s project, but frustratingly, i cant for the life of me figure out where or when I seen it. It was likely on 2peas or scrapbook.com, but despite several attempts to find it, alas, I cannot. If you have seen it, please let me know as I would like to credit the original designer of course.

The frame itself is from Tesco, and cost about £6.99, so it really is not expensive, especially as it is perfect for this kind of project because there is a space of about 10mm between the mount and the glass, which means that I had the creative freedom to use 3d embellishments.

The six squares may look like punches, but i actually just used my ruler width as a guide to cut squares from my scraps {Note to self – really must buy a square punch!}. Top left is plain cardstock, then DCWV adhesive stack, then DCWV text stack. This paper actually had the word mother written all over it, and you can see i’ve cut off a piece that has the start of the word ‘mère’. The bottom row includes paper form DCWV glitter stack, pink cardstock ran embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, and a random piece of pattern paper for the last square.

Background is Swiss Dots Bazzill cardstock. Chipboard star is Heidi Swapp, Charm and silver cord is from MeiFlower. Chipboard A is form Basic Grey stamped with a Hero Arts wood grain rubber stamp. Metal clip is from Making Memories, and mushroom and birdie stickers are from Paperchase. Epoxy bubble is from EK Success, label is stamp from Tampo{maniak}, flowers from Prima and lace from Hobbycrafts. Chipboard tag at the top is Making Memories, with a brown card candy embellishment on top, from craftwork cards. The footprint ribbon is from Anita’s (Do crafts) and the circle underneath is a stamp from the Unity April 2010 KOTM, stamped using ‘Orchid pastel’ chalk ink and cut using a circle punch. Ghost acrylic heart is from Heidi Swapp and the butterflies are from a Martha Stewart punch. Buttons, gems and pearls are from my stash, some of the gems I coloured green using my sharpie markers. The name Amélie I wrote by hand. ♥

I also got the little bundle of joy a cute little outfit with the teeniest little booties you have ever seen!

♥ Amélie, I can’t wait to meet you in person. Welcome to this world, little one. Look after your mummy, and know that you will always be loved, even by those you don’t see every day. ♥ Love, Auntie Lesley. xoxo

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