September 26, 2016

Apple Blossom - Embroidery Collection

Hi Everybody,

Craft Stash have another new collection going in to their online shop tomorrow and here is a sneaky peek of what is on offer.

This is going to be an exciting week as I will be adding not one but 
six new videos 
and they will showcase even more new products for you to view

There are some really cute stamps in this Embroidery Collection  as well as sentiments and little fillers for you to use on your own designs

The die that matches this set is an embroidery hoop and you can use that as you like ...just let your imagination do the work

So here is the first video on YouTube showcasing the  
and you will find some cool ideas that you may like to try.

I have had fun playing with these stamps and I am sure that you will too.

They are available to purchase from tomorrow at Craft Stash

And while you are there have a look around for some of the other goodies that they have in their shop.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


September 25, 2016

Colouring with Spectrum Noir

Hi Everybody,

I had a whole load of fun colouring these umbrellas and adding the extra decoration to them with a white pen.

The stamp is part of an A4 collection called Summer In The Garden.

Some of you may have this already as it was a free gift with a magazine some time ago.

So to make this card I used Spectrum Noir for the colours and masked off the umbrella in stages

Masking makes them overlap so that each one looks to be sitting behind another.

With hindsight though the sentiment would have been better stamped in Black to make it show up more but I think the finished effect is good fun

From the same stamp  I coloured in the brollies in Gray keeping just one of them brightly coloured and added the raindrops from the same set over the top

The Die and sentiment are from a set by Avery Elle and I just  thought that they fitted this scene perfectly.

So two interpretations of the same stamp and a whole lot of enjoyment in the process

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 24, 2016

Two More Winners ...

Hi Everybody,

It's a bit cloudy here today and I am going to go shopping later. 
Do you remember me telling you that my Grandson has bought his own restaurant? 
Well at the moment it is being torn apart from top to bottom and Griff is doing a lot in there with the building work. It looks like a disaster area at present.
Last weekend they put a new false ceiling in from back to front and it looks a whole lot better for it

Once things start to go back in it will move pretty quickly and I cannot wait to have a delicious meal in there with the rest of my family. I will keep you posted as to the progress. 
Me ... well I go there in my capacity as chief nosey parker !! Just to see what has been done

Anyway on to todays winners and of course the draw has been done. 
The two names chosen this week are 

Joyce MacPherson  and   Karen Dakyns

and if you could both email me please to
then I will get the cards in the post straight away.

Please let me know when they arrive with you and I hope that you will like them 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 23, 2016

Friday Freebie 137

Hi Everybody,

Two more bright and cheerful cards on offer today to two lucky winners.

I don't know which one you will receive but they are both really pretty so I don't think you will be disappointed which ever one it is.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and compliment the colour scheme on each card

They are both in Landscape and the finished size is US A2

I have added a Decorative Hatpin in the floral display and that was made by my own fair hand

So here is your chance to win one of  these cards by simply leaving me a comment at the end of the post.

A name will be drawn from the hat and announced in tomorrows blog post  so be sure to come back and check if it is you. 

 I am happy to send the card anywhere that you live at my expense

Last week I incorrectly said that they were Brusho Crystals but they are not ... they are in fact Distress Inks Backgrounds  and if you click the link the video will show you how it was done.
 I am now in the corner with the dunces hat on !!!

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 22, 2016

Two Videos Today ...

Hi Everybody,

So here are two more videos for you and this completes the week of videos that I have added
From some of the comments I can see that you have enjoyed them and again my apologies for the quality but they are older videos and we now film in HD for better viewing

These pretty backgrounds are techniques that I have shared with you before on my pages and they are easy to do using alcohol marker refills and some acetate.or some cheap shaving foam
You can create some beautiful looks by simply varying the colours that you use and looking at these two it's not hard to guess my favourite colours !!

Have fun dressing your cards any way you like and it makes a fabulous backdrop for any male cards you may need to make if you alter the colours to darker more sombre shades.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 21, 2016

Water Colour Wednesday - 1 image 2 ways

Hi Everybody,

For todays offering I am using not water colours but Alcohol Marker pens.  And I thought I would share with you the video that was done with Spectrum Noir quite some time ago.  
It was added to The Art Studio before they went off line and it uses the older pen sets but it seems such a shame to waste this as I know that many of you have the older style pens and use them regularly

The image is from Just Inklined and is on the CD The Next Big Thing 
I know that many of you have this CD even though this is now difficult to get hold of. 
But there will be other images that you have that may need to be coloured with thiese shades and so I hope you will put this to good use

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 20, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial - Partial Die Cutting

Hi Everybody,

Today I thought I would share this video that will show you what is meant by Partial Die Cutting.
It is a fun techniques that you can use in so many ways and it may be something that you have heard of but never tried for your self.
Time to relax and let this video show you how I made my card

The Bo Bunny image is from Crafters Companion and has been coloured with Spectrum Noir

The Diamante flourish is from Wnat2Scrap and I cut it into sections and added it to sit behind the image.  

The die is Grand Large Labels which is sadly now retired from the Spellbinders website.  Try Amazon or Ebay or one of your local sources and you may be lucky enough to find it.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 19, 2016

Making Stripes ...

Hi Everybody,

Do you sometimes struggle to find papers that will match your images?
 Here is an easy way to create that background that will always blend with your design because you can use the same colours that you used to colour the image in the first place.
Let the video show you how I coloured my card for a really pretty finish.

This is a video that was made a long time ago so my apologies for the quality of it.
Both my "Film Crew" and I have made lots of improvements through the years, as we have learned new things.
Hopefully you will enjoy the videos even more.

Even though this is an old video the idea remains the same and can be useful to help you make the cards that you like to create. 

You may be a seasoned card maker and have done this type of thing regularly please  remember that new people visit my blog every day and to them it is something that they may have never seen and would like to try for them selves.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 18, 2016

Cute Christmas Character ...

Hi Everybody,

I have really enjoyed playing with the die that comes free with this months Papercraft Essentials 138

This magazine will be on sale on the 22 Sept so keep a look out for it in the shops and supermarkets

It is described as a Cute Christmas Character die and I made several cards just sticking with that theme.

The little Polar Bear is stood on the ice waving his Greeting to you and I have inked and embossed the background for more effect.

But then I decided to play a little more and once the imagination kicks in there are endless possibilities for the characters that you can make

In the video I show you how I made a really cute monster card that is sure to delight the children in your family... and you can make variations of this too

So it's not just a Christmas die but one that can be used all year round and I am sure that you will have lots of fun playing with it.

You can get the magazine direct from Moremags or you can subscribe to your favorite one from the same link

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 17, 2016

Card Winners ...

Hi Everybody,

On Thursday I topped 40,000 followers on YouTube who have viewed my videos nearly 7 1/2 MILLION times and I am so happy about that.
 Here on the blog I have reached 1,400 with almost 2 million page views here and you really have no idea how happy this all makes me.

I enjoy writing my pages and making the videos that many of you seem to enjoy and I love it when you let me know that you do.

This is one of the reason why I decided to do the Friday Freebie as this is my way of showing you how much I appreciate ALL of you and each week there are new people joining my blog.

So this week I am adding  a video to my pages every day starting with tomorrow and going through until next weeks FF which will be another double card  "Give Away"

The two winners this week of the cards offered yesterday are ...

Marion & Lori 
so if you ladies could let me have your postal addresses please to
then the cards will be on their way to each of you.

Please let me know that you have them with you and I really hope you will like the one you receive 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 16, 2016

Friday Freebie 136

Hi Everybody,

Do you remember these cards done with the colourful backgrounds ??

Well I made six of these all as "Thank You" cards and over the next three weeks I am going to be giving them all away
That's two each week as a Friday Freebie to two lucky winners but I cannot guarantee which one you will get ... and these are the first two..

They all have flowers from  Wild Orchid Crafts  that have been sparkled with  Glitter Magic 

Each one has a Decorative Hatpin pushed into the petals 

They are in different colours but they are all US A2 size

Would you like to win one of these cards ??

Then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of this post. and a name will be drawn tomorrow and announced in the blog post for the day.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 15, 2016

International Ambassadors Informal Blog Hop

Hi Everybody,

Today is another chance for you to go blog hopping with the International Ambassadors and for our theme this month we have chosen Fall.

 I have created a card that is a million miles away from my style and this card was inspired by Christine Smith from CraftiPotential

I have used the  Fall Foliage  set from Spellbinders to make stamps with craft foam from the dies and this is a set that has been around for quite some time

I have used all the autumn colours of Distress inks to stamp the leaves onto some smooth white stamping card.

I used the border stamp from Clearly Besotted along the left side and I rounded the corner off at the bottom right

This panel has been raised on foam pads to give some dimension to the card.

So why not pop along and see what the other Ambassadors have come up with  and please leave us a comment to let us know that you visited....

Linda Lucas                Australia
Yvonne van de Grijp  Netherlands
Christine Emberson    UK
Christina Griffiths       You are here ..

Have fun 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 14, 2016

Water Colour Wednesday - Bear Hugs

Hi Everybody,

Just a quick and short post today as I have more videos coming with "Goodies" from Craft Stash that are sure to please you.

This cute Teddy Bear is the Bear Hugs stamp set from Clearly Besotted.

 It comes complete with several sentiments that will ring the changes for your designs.

There are matching dies to cut both the Teddy and the banner for you and several sentiments  to go inside it

I have used the Diagonal Stripes to create the side panels to my card and I used Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink

The card is a small A2 and I dotted it with some blue sequins as a little extra.

The bear has been water coloured with Gansai Tambi and it didn't take me long to make this simple little card

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 13, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial - Elegant Ovals

Hi Everybody,

Today I have used several older dies and worked them all together. 
I have  used  a 5x7 background along with some ovals and vines to create a really pretty card that I hope you will like.
Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Supplies:
With die #7 from Matting Basics A create a hinged card
With #3 from Exquisite Labels 11 cut one panel in white
(Die #1 is always the smallest)
Using the largest die we are going to create frames from Elegant Ovals
 so with =4 cut once in white for the base layer
With #4 and 3 cut the frame in white and
With dies  #4  and #2 cut another in white and keep the extra centre piece

Add foam pads to the back of these trimming them to fit if needed so that they don't show at the front of the frame
Cut and emboss with pale green card as many vines as you would like to add to your floral display
Place all the layers on top of each other with the wider frame in the middle.
Flat glue into the centre the piece that was extra centre piece
Stamp and emboss a sentiment onto  the smallest die # 1 and add this to the top of the centre oval 
Fill this bottom part  with flowers and vines

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 12, 2016

Not A Card !!!

Hi Everybody,

The other day I was cleaning and tidying my craft room and I found several canvases tucked away in a cupboard.

It seemed such a shame to have them sitting there doing nothing.

And so I got out the paints and sprays, embossing pastes and stencils and set to work.

The intention was to video the making of this but I got a bit carried away with myself and before I knew it hours and gone by and the canvas was finished .... Ooooops!

It now hangs on the wall in my craft room and the size of it is 9" x 13 " so quite a good size and I have to say that I am very happy with it

Aaaand I still have several canvases still to use

I used a lot of  Wild Orchid Flowers  flowers  and leaves on this.

The string of pearls, metal embellishments and the organza butterfly in the top left corner are also from WOC.

The chalk paints I have used on the base coat, the natural fibres and the cheesecloth are all are from AnnaMarie Designs

There is also an abundance of glitter sprinkled around from Glitter Magic

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx