July 24, 2014

Best Wishes ...

Hi Everybody,

Another card using the Tranquil Moments die along with elements from other sets in the mix.

As usual it is made to the  Hinged Card   style which is so easy to work with and the card will stand despite the weight on the front

It is in pink and white .... again .... with a lovely big double bow on the front.

It is about 6 x 8 inches and the single rose sits  over the knot on the beautiful satin ribbon from Mei Flower

Don't forget that there is a  Give Away  running at the moment and if you have not added your name to the list yet then now is the time to do so.

If you would like to win some special goodies then click this link ... July Give Away   and leave your name and email address ... and leaving me a comment would be nice too.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

July 23, 2014

Single flower

Hi Everybody,

 There are lots of different elements to this card that has been matted and layered with white and turquoise

I have made it to the  Hinged card   style using the Matting Basics A & B ... but added the hinge on the long side so that it is a landscape card

The bottom layer has been embossed with the 3-D embossing folder called Oval Accent and I have used the  Letterpress Technique   with Broken China Distress Ink

The next layer has been cut with Romantic Rectangles Two and added with foam pads to give dimension.

I have then added in another of the Tranquil Moments shapes and on top of that with the sentiment I have used the Elegant Ovals.

I bought the sentiment at a craft show and couldn't remember where it was from ... and then Karen Gibson  has very kindly left me the link to the suppliers on Facebook.  It is one in a collection called  "Say it With Flowers" from Card-io  ...  Thank you so much Karen for the link

The ribbon is some lovely soft Gingham from  Mei Flower    The flower is created from Blossoms Five and added to the flourish that is Bella Rose.

The flower has been sparkled with   Glitter Magic  and makes a really pretty focal point

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 22, 2014

Tranquil Moments

Hi Everybody,

This is the Tranquil Moments die set from Spellbinders and it is a very pretty die

The link takes you to the Spellbinders page so that you can see what the die looks like but the price is in dollars so shop around and you may find it cheaper.

Here I have added it to a larger A4 card folded in half and hinged at the top.

The die itself is one of the A2 Card Creator Collections and so makes a good sized card if used alone.

The ribbon is from Mei Flower   and the centre of the bow is covered with a little pearl and diamant√© flower from Wild Orchid Crafts

The sentiment is one of five on a stamp sheet from Lili of the Valley  and they are verses I am often asked about.   Clicking the colored words will take you to their websites

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 21, 2014

In the Pink ...

Hi Everybody,

Todays card is using the Scalloped Borders and Elegant Ovals layered over the top of the Matting Basics to create a really pretty Hinged Style card

The little set of sentiments give a nice neat finish and are so easy to cut.  I make a very feint pencil line to get the words straight and then erase it once they are in place.

Both the embossing pattern are from folders from Crafters Companion and both make a very neat textured finish to the card.

The beautiful flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts ... and don't forget they are now doing smaller Starter Packs of flowers and embellishments

I have sparkled them up with Glitter Magic Chameleon glitter   The ribbon is from Mei Flower and is a soft gingham that is tied in a double bow.

There are video tutorials for both the Scalloped Borders  and how to use the Matting Basics   and if you click the colored words they will take you to a new page for the either relevant information or the website so you can see the products named

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 20, 2014

Give Away for July ...

Hi Everybody,

A little while ago I had an email from a lady who had bought the same embossing folder not once ... but twice !!    Now that is worse than I did

But she very kindly offered to donate the extra ones to me so that I can add them to a Give Away and they duly arrived in the post.

So many thanks to  Karen Perkins  for the  Bricks and Bark  M-Bossabilites folder from Spellbinders ... your mistake is our gain.

In the pack I have added in some other "goodies" and this is what is on offer for July

Spellbinders Bricks and Bark embossing folder
2 Packs of assorted flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
2 Packs of pearly "Bling" from Want2Scrap
A pack of assorted hatpins

A really good prize to win full of useful items that can be used on your cards and I don't think you will be disappointed with them.

July 19, 2014

Another Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

Thank you for all the comments to win the card offered yesterday and once again my trusty "Film Crew" has drawn the name.

The winner of FF card 18 is ...

Jenny Strachan

Please email me ...   christina@card-making-magic.com  ... with your postal address and the card will be on its way to you.  You have 48 hours to claim it and I hope you will like it when it arrives

More later ...

Hugs xx

July 18, 2014

Friday Freebie 018

Hi Everybody,

Todays cards is in a lovely shade of teal and white and I have used the Tied Together embossing folder along the bottom.

On each of the cross sections I have added a flat backed Pearls from Want2Scrap in a matching shade

The verse is from the Sentimentals Range from Crafters Companion.  and there are lots on the stamp sheet for you to use.

They are unmounted stamps but if you are new to this type of stamp then there is a video tutorial to help you ...  Mounting Your Stamps  

Clicking the links to all the pink words   will take you to a new window and the relevant  pages

There is a little organza butterfly on the left and the inside is lined and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts 

They have been sparkled with the  Glitter Magic  mix called Chameleon

If you would like to win this 5 x 7 card then all you have to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post and a name will be drawn at random and the winner announced in the morning.

If you enter to win then please come back and see if you are the winner and you will have 48 hours to claim the card

Further information about Scrapberrys .... they forgot to give me the correct  link and have apologised for those who tried to find out prices.

I know have the link to their Facebook page and you can see samples of  cards that have been made with their products and it is there that you can ask any questions that you like ... here it is ... Scrapberrys  I have also amended the original post with this new link

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 17, 2014

Yellow and Pink ...

Hi Everybody,

Now I now that not everybody will like yellow and pink but it really is a winning combination if you get the shades right.

The photograph is not a very good one but the Spectrum Noir colors used are ...

Skin FS2 FS3 FS4
Hair GB2 GB8 GB9
Clothes  PL1 BP2 BP6
Boots  GB2 GB8 GB9

The background  and the ribbon have been colored with Isopropyl and  CT3 and sprayed onto the card through a mask and the technique with the ribbon  is shown in this tutorial ... Coloring Ribbon and Flowers

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts  and the image is from Saturated Canary and it is pretty ... it's just a rubbish photo (Note to self ... Must Do Better)

The Spectrum Noir pens and pencils are available from JGD Crafts  and I love the pencils they are so smooth to work with

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 16, 2014

Flower Starter Packs ...

Hi Everybody,

Have you seen them ???   The beautiful starter packs of flowers and embellishments that Paul from Wild Orchid Crafts has put together for us.

He very kindly listened to my suggestion  that was based on some of the comments that many ladies wrote and said that this is what they  wanted

A small selection of different sized flowers and styles that you can add to your cards and at a cost that was reasonable

This is what he has come up with and what a really good price

I think he has done us proud ... so please pop over and take a look at the Flower Starter Packs  

The featured card shows some of WOC flowers and the rhinestone embellishment is in the bow to add that luxury touch to the design and these are available in the Mixed Flowers and Rhinestone Packs  but there are other combinations and colors for you to choose from

I hope you will like what Paul has done ... I certainly do ... so Thank You Paul for your  doing this for us

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 15, 2014

Italian Background

Hi Everybody,

This pretty card is created using the Italian Background by Sue Wilson from JGD Crafts

I have cut the pattern twice and one of them is silver,  and layered them together with a slight offset to the one below so that the silver just shows through.

The Faux Quilled Blooms and Leaves are also designed by Sue and they have been inked with Distress Inks to add some color

The Bow and ribbon strip have also been used to finish the card and I have used some turquoise pearls to add to the centre of each flower.

Then I was extremely lazy and added in a printed sentiment that is silver foiled.

And that's it quick and easy card that looks better in the hand than it does on a photo.

More on the WOC flowers and Paul has agreed to put together Starter Packs of flowers in various sizes and styles for you to try and there will be several color ways for you to choose from.

So pop over to   Wild Orchid Crafts   later today  and have a good look and see if there is something that takes your fancy .. I am sure you are going to love them and the price too.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 14, 2014

Ragged Santa

Hi everybody,

I know it's only July but I wanted to show you this lovely Santa from Mo's Digital Pencil  and colored with Spectrum Noir

Pen Colors used ...

Skin         FS3 FS6
Clothes     DR3 DR5 DR7 EB1
Boots/Belt IG2 IG5 IG7
Holly    DG2
Shadow TB1

The full range of Spectrum Noir pens and pencils can be purchased from JGD Crafts

The paper was a free paper stack and the satin  ribbon is from Mei Flower

The sparkler in the centre of the bow is from Wild Orchid Crafts

I noticed the other day some comments that you would like a sort of introductory pack of flowers

You would like them in  a mixture of sizes, styles and colors for you to try them out first 

And so I have made the suggestion to Paul at  WOC  and he is going to see if he can put something together

I will be sure to let you know if he does and give you the link to take a look.    I  am sure that you will not be disappointed.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 13, 2014


Hi Everybody,

Todays card is made with products from a company called Scrapberrys  and their aim is to provide quality items to the European market.

There products can be found on their Facebook page  at Scrapberrys

The have several items in their catalogue from beautiful papers to character stamps and embellishments.

Click the link and see what is on offer .... you may just find the paper you have been searching for.

I also have some character stamps from the same company and as I use them I will add the link again to take you to the items

The vintage style to this card is created using the papers from the French Journey Collection 

The postcard papers I have divided and backed each one onto some gold mirror card and then added them with foam tape to create different levels

The flourishes are also from the same company and blend with the card perfectly.  I have added some to the sentiment panel and also from the flowers

The brick effect paper looks very authentic to my design and I arranged my flowers to cascade down the wall

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts   The doily, ribbon and lace are from my "Stash"

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 12, 2014

Napa Valley

Hi Everybody,

I love all the new dies by Sue Wilson but this one is Napa Valley and I fell for this as soon as I saw it.

It is just soooooo .... well simply beautiful and it cuts like a dream.

Here I have layered it with Spellbinders Matting Basics A and B as a  Hinged Card and if you click the link it will take you to the tutorial on how to make this style for yourself

I cut a patterned panel from the California background and layered it over silver

But before I added it to the card I threaded silver ribbon through white lace and added it at the bottom

The largest shaped layer is from the Decorative Frames Set B from the California Collection and then Napa Valley on the top  Layered up with foam tape between them all for dimension.

The bow is created on a smaller scale as I did the Chocolate Box Bow   but it looks just a good.  The knot is covered with a sparkler from Wild Orchid crafts

All the dies featured are available from JGD Crafts

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

The winner of the card ...

Hi Everybody,

So once again this is an early morning post to announce the winner of the card offered yesterday.  It is a very pretty peach card with lots of embellishments and it looks much better in real life.

The draw has been done and the card is going to go to you ...

Diana Lawton

Please email me ... christina@card-making-magic.com  ...  and send me your postal address and the card will be in the post immediately.  You have 48 hours to claim the card and I hope you will like it and please let me know when it arrives

I have had several questions this week such as ... where I get my verses/ flowers/glitter  from  or how do you make a particular item 

When there is a paragraph on the page and it has PINK colored words in it they are the links to those items ... all you need to do is click the link.

Here is an example ...  the die used in the  Friday Freebie card was the Chantilly Heart from Tattered Lace and the link took you to where I got my die from which was JGD Crafts.  I add the links  to either  the actual product or the website

So go on click the link  ...  Chantilly Heart  ... did you get there OK ? Oh good .. so now if there is a similar thing in future posts  all you need to do is click and find the answer.

I will add links as often as I can to show you what the item looks like  and where you can get it from ... and I only buy quality items from  reliable sources.  But you can shop around for them if that is your choice.

There will be another post later today so I hope you will pop back to take a look and try clicking some of the links if the item interests you.

More later ...

Hugs xx

July 11, 2014

Friday Freebie 017

Hi Everybody,

Todays  card is in a  beautiful  peach  color and has a  Tattered Lace background to it called  Chantilly Heart

It is available from JGD Crafts and the link will take you to a selection of  different dies

The outside of the card and the sentiment are surrounded with Diamant√© that  is  from Want2Scrap

The verse is from Crafters Companion  and is one of the Sentimentals range

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and are a mixture or Roses, Carnations, Lilies  and they are all sparkled with Chameleon Glitter

The inside is lined and decorated and it is a very pretty card.

So if you would like to win this one then all you have to do is leave me a comment at the bottom of the page.

One name will be drawn later this evening and the winners name will be on the Blog in the morning

So if you add your comment then please come back to see if you have won the card

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx