May 28, 2015

Fussy Cutting ...

Hi Everybody,

Todays card is another from play day on Sunday while Griff watched F1 on TV

I have added this one because with yesterdays card I mentioned that I have Fussy Cut the flowers and I have been asked to explain what I mean

Fussy cutting is just cutting around your image but not following closely the exact edge

If you can see in this photo that although the rose and leaves are cut out from the rest of the paper I have still got a white edge around it all

It just makes cutting out a little easier  because cutting out is on a par with stamping and is something I am not very keen on

So this card is created with the hinge at the top and is 5x7"  I have layered it up with yellow and white

The sentiment has been stamped and heat embossed and the embossing folder from   Crafters Companion  fitted around it

The image is colored with Spectrum Noir and then raised on foam pads to add it to the card front.

Colors Used:
Leaves:   DG2 DG4 CG1
Flower:   CT1 CT3 CT4
Shadow:  IG1

 And that is all there is to this card 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 27, 2015

Stamping for fun ...

Hi Everybody,

Sunday was Formula One day and so while Griff was watching that I was up in the craftroom playing with stamps.

I don't profess to be a stamper and I am not very good at it.

But this was the effort I produced with some Sheena Douglass stamps I have had for quite some time and have never used ... shame on me !!

They are from some of her Little Bit Sketchy Collections  and they are quite big

The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed first and the background added after. I stamped the big flowers and colored them with Distress Inks and inked the edges

Then I fussy cut them out and  added glaze to the top to make them shine and once dry I have layered them up.

Ribbon was wrapped around the top and the whole panel was matted onto some deep rose pink card.  The base card is matted and layered with some patterned paper onto more of the rose card.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 26, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial - Triple Flip Card

Hi Everybody,

This is s die with a difference and some of you may already have this in your crafting "Stash" ... it is the Triple Flip Card from Spellbinders and it makes a very pretty card.  It is unusual because it only cuts on three sides and the fourth side is simply scored for you to fold and create the flips to decorate. 

There is a lovely set of matching stamps to use with the die but I am only using the die for this tutorial.  Please remember that the smallest die in any set if always #1 (Number One)

Spellbinders Supplies:


From white card I have cut and embossed a square base card with #8 6x6 Matting Basics A and I  have hinged them together  keeping the fold to the top 

With the Triple Flip Card I have cut it once also in white and embossed the card for extra detail
From the patterned card I have cut and embossed three panels with #8 6x6 Matting Basics B 

Add one of these patterned panels to the inside and the other to the front of the base card

With #1 and #2 from Victorian Medallions Three,   and the white panel from the previous step,  cut out the detailed shape.

Keep the centrepiece for the front of the card

 Add this large detailed panel to the back of the Triple Flip Card by gluing on the outer edge of the frame so that the correct sides  are facing out

(The picture shows you how it will look from the the back)
To the striped card I have placed #7 and #8 from 6x6 Matting Basics B and taped them in place

In the centre I have used dies #4 and #5 from the same set and taped them also.

Cut and emboss to bring out the detail 

And this is what you will have.  You need the two thin frames from the right of the photo and the solid piece on the left

Onto this solid panel I have stamped and heat embossed a verse and then added it to the middle flip section

Add the two thin frames to the largest and middle flips

With die #2 from Matting Basics B cut another panel for the top flip and add in the detailed square from the earlier steps

Decide which way round you wish your card to be ... I have kept all my hinges to the top of the card ... and add all the Triple Flip Card to the base
The middle flip contains my verse and the frames make it look as if there are a lot more layers.
To the lined inside I have added in an extra sentiment.

 Wrap some ribbon around the top of the card and add in a shiny centrepiece for a special touch

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 25, 2015

Mini Envelope Card

Hi Everybody,

This is one of the cards I produced on Create and Craft using the   Scrappy Cat Mini Envelope

I cut the envelopes out of parchment and then embossed them with a folder.

To make sure that the folder didn't cut into the parchment I sandwiched it between copier paper before running it through the machine.

You can always use the embossed copier paper on another project

I simply added two of the envelopes to some patterned Anna Griffin card that had been matted onto plain pink   ( I seem to be on a real pink trend at present)

The spotty ribbon from   MeiFlower   is wrapped around the layers and then added to my base.

I cut little tags to fit inside the envelopes and stamped and embossed them with a small sentiment. They are simply placed in the envelopes with a foam pad behind them

The tiny roses are from  Wild Orchid Crafts    The little sentiment is from Spellbinders and is Sentiments Eight

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 24, 2015

Craft Room 2015

Hi Everybody,

When Griff first created the craft room for me in 2011  I had lots of space in which to store things and everything was put away when I had finished working to keep the room neat

But over the years I have accumulated so many extras and I am running out of storage space and sometimes it looks like utter chaos.

In the centre of the room he had made me a table to work on and under that I had wire trolleys for other items, but they aren't very strong

I had to store some of my Spellbinders in a plastic box and it is just sat on the floor

Now Griff has made me a moveable work station with heavy duty castors on the bottom and he has added sections for me to divide the things I store

This is one side of it and I have added white plastic boxes to keep things clean and it stores a huge amount of items.

Then when I have my Wednesday Card Class,  and I need more space,  I can roll it to one side and lock the wheels.

You can also see the extra shelf that he has added along the back wall with some of my cards displayed on it

The unit also has shelving on the other side for smaller items to be stored.
This  is where I was trying to do my blog posts and website but again Griff has created a lot more storage space.

You can see the magnetic sheets attached to the wall where I store much loved and much used dies 

I now have shelving behind the PC for all my boxes  and a complete unit to add all my Spectrum Noir pens and refills too.

It has always been my favorite place and now it is even better with everything tidy and in its own place.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 23, 2015

Todays FF Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

The sun is shining here for the Bank Holiday weekend and it promises to be a good one. I hope you enjoy whatever it is you have planned and the weather stays good for you.

I am happy to say that all ten of the pink cards were claimed by the ten winners and they have gone as far as New Zealand, Australia, Czech Republic and Portugal and the Blog Hop prize went to a young man in Nigeria.

But for today lets get on with the business in hand and tell you who has won the card from yesterday.

The name pulled from the hat by my "Film Crew" is ...

Linda Adams ...
can you email me please
with your postal address and the card will be on its way.

I hope that you will like it and please let me know when it arrives with you.

The ten pink cards for ten winners was so successful that I will repeat the process later in the year with a different color

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 22, 2015

Friday Freebie 060

Hi Everybody,

A really pretty large card with  blue Centura Pearl panels on the front

It is a 7" square and the front has been embossed and rubbed with Gilding wax for a pearly effect.

The inside is lined and has a pocket with two tags in it for the addition of a signature or verse

It is another card that is looking  for a new home ... is it you ??

If you would like it to find it's way to your house then all you need to do is join the followers who visit regularly and then leave me a comment to let me know you have been.

From those comments a name will be chosen at random and the winner announced tomorrow morning. Then you have 48 hours to claim the card by sending me your postal address.  So come back tomorrow and see if it is your name that is shown

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 21, 2015

Thank You Card and Matching Box

Hi Everybody,

This vibrant shade of blue was used to create this "Thank You" card and is another that has a matching box.

For this card I have used the Quatrefoil Pattern but I have had this for quite some time and I no longer know where it would be available

The sentiment is stamped onto Fancy Tags Three 

I have used matching Diamant√© "Bling" around the edge from Want2Scrap 

The sentiment was free with a magazine subscription and it is one I use time and time again

The beautiful flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts  

I have layered two  ribbons  from  Mei Flowers  together for a special look and the sparkly centrepiece is also from WOC

The box has a triple bow on it with a flourish also from W2S and there are  several box tutorials  on my website

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 20, 2015

Wedding Day Card

Hi Everybody,

This beautiful wedding card is one I was asked to make with very short notice and I made it to the exact specifications as requested

I took a long time over the design and I was very happy with it when it was finished.

It is in gold and white and I have used Sue Wilson Californian Collection dies to create the panel

The flowers are from  Wild Orchid Crafts  are a mixture of Roses, Tulips and Gysophilia

There is Guipure lace around the layers with white satin ribbon and the double bow has a gold centrepiece over the knot

I added a verse to the inside and it came with a matching box and a tag for the sender to add their own note or signature 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 19, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial - Detailed Scallops

Hi Everybody,

Todays card is all about layers and I have chosen the 5x7 Detailed Scallops  for my design.  It is one of the Card Creator range from Spellbinders and they make the most beautiful cards with very little effort from you.

 Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Supplies:

With the #7 Matting Basics A cut two pieces in white and hinge together for your base card

With #7 from Matting Basics B  cut another layer in the color of your choice. I chose a pale blue for mine.

From #6 Matting Basics A create another layer
and glue this on top of the blue layer from the previous step

(Remember that #1 is always the smallest die)
From die #4 cut a blue panel and emboss with any folder that you have in your "Stash"

With white card and #3 cut another panel and emboss this also

Cut one of the Fancy Tags Three and I have added the matching pearl "Bling" to mine and I am going to add it lengthways on my card

Stamp and heat emboss a sentiment and cut out with the circle to fit the tag
Layer up the panels as shown and I have used foam tape in between my layers

Add foam pads to the back of the sentiment and add to the card

Wrap ribbon around all the panels and then add all of this to the base card

Add in the bow and some flowers as you wish and a sparkly pearl centrepiece to cover the knot on the bow

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 18, 2015

Ten Cards -Ten Winners ...

Hi Everybody,

Did you leave me a comment to win one of the TEN cards on offer in last weeks Friday Freebie?
And have you joined the growing list of followers?  Then read on to see if you are one of the TEN names to have been chosen at random to win one of the pink cards on offer.

None of the cards are finished on the inside so you can do that for your self to suit whatever it is you would like to do with the card. 

Because of the route my life has taken with Spellbinders  I make so many cards in the course of a week that if I don't give them away I will have to move house. And so it really is my pleasure to share them and it makes me  happy that so many of you would like to own one of my designs.

My "Film Crew" has been busy picking the winners and here are the names.  I don't know which card you will get ... it is pot luck ... and I am happy to send the cards wherever they need to go. 
 But you will only have 48 hours to claim it so please don't wait.

The winners are ...

Kaye Charles  ....  Carla Lindsay ...  Kiwiali ... Josie B ...
Zuzana ...   Breezes ... Beryl Treble ...   Sandra Smith ...
Nancy Vondra ...   Shazababys ....

Congratulations ladies! please email me  
with your postal addresses and one of the cards will be on its way to you straight away.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

May 17, 2015

Blog Hop Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

Thank you so much for all your support over the Create and Craft shows and the Sapphire die cutting machine sold out in the first show I did ... and so with nothing else to sell the rest of the shows were cancelled.

If you managed to get yours well done .. you will not be disappointed with it.  It is truly a fantastic little machine that will stay on your work top for ever.  It is so useful for smaller dies and especially for sentiments that you wish to add to your cards.

For everybody else don't worry it will be back in stock again ... and soon and then you will be able to get one for yourself.

Thanks also to those who took part in the blog hop yesterday. We love having you visit and we love all your comments.  All the Ambassadress have offered the featured card as a "Give Away" and mine is no exception.

 I also said that there would be other additions to the prize and so here is what is what you will get ...

The card
One spool  (25 yards) of white satin ribbon
5 packs of Want2Scrap pearl Bling
I packet of Glitter

And so now you are wondering who has won this prize and so here is the announcement ....

Olus Tee 
Would you contact me please at
with your postal address and the prize will be in the post to you straight away

You have 48 hours to claim your prize so don't wait 

The TEN winners of the TEN pink cards will be announced tomorrow so please pop back then to see if your name is on that list.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 16, 2015

International Ambassadors - Informal Blog Hop 5

Hi Everybody,

Welcome to this the fifth International Ambassadors Informal Blog Hop.  We started these hops as a way to introduce ourselves to you and show you our individual styles from around the world. There are four Ambassadors who participate in these hops and I hope you will take the time to visit each one

The theme for this months hop is Pastels and Flowers and  we wanted to do something special.

And so we are all giving away the cards that we make and all you need to do is join the group of followers and then leave us a comment to say that you have been.  

My card is created using the Fleur de Elegance  in pink and white and the background is from the Grateful Lattice

The flowers on this card are created with the Bitty Blossoms   and I have tucked the Foliage behind the blooms.

Into the mix I have added some of the Foliage Flourish for added decoration and placed pearls into each of the flowers.

The ribbon and lace at the top of the card are my finishing touch.

Please visit the other Ambassadors ... they would love to see you

Linda Lucas
Yvonne van der Grijp
Christine Emberson
Christina Griffiths (You are here)

So if you would like to win this card ... and some other little "Goodies" in the pack then leave me a comment at the bottom of the page.  Please also take the time to "Pin" the card and "Like" the Facebook page so that we can make the blog grow

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 15, 2015

Friday Freebie 059 - Pink Day

Hi Everybody,

I know that many of you are like me and just love pink and so today I am offering TEN pink cards to TEN winners.

It will be pot luck as to which one you get but they are all pretty cards
They that have been shown previously either on my blog pages or on Create and Craft

They are different techniques, dies, sizes and styles and none of them are finished inside

But if you would like to have one of them then join the list of followers and leave me a comment to let me know that you have been.

From the list of comments ten names will be picked at random  and one of the cards will be sent to you.

It will be a surprise as to which one you get and then you will be able to finish it off for yourself.

The offer is open until Monday and the winners will be announced  in that days Blog post .... because tomorrow is the fifth  
International Ambassadors Blog Hop

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 14, 2015

Need A Rope ?

Hi Everybody,

Today sees the World launch of the brand new Sapphire die cutting and embossing machine from Spellbinders on Create and Craft.

Kim Hupke is over from US for two days and then on Saturday I will be showing you a little more on what this neat little winner can do

Please join me at 10am and again at 4 pm and I will be doing the shows each day until Wednesday

The embossed panel to this card is from a 3-D folder from Spellbinders called  Need A Rope?

It is one I used quite a lot in the demos for Create and Craft last year and it makes an excellent backdrop to any of your male cards.

But for this one I decided to add in some flowers instead and this one is  Crafty Flower Three

It is designed by Scrappy Cat and made by Spellbinders

The card is simply layered with cream and brown and I allowed the embossing to take centre stage

The sentiment is cut in antique gold and added to a brown strip.

These loopy sentiments are so handy to keep on your work top to add to any of your designs.

This one is Sentiments Four  and the other one in the set is Get Well

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx