May 23, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - A2 Classic Waves Borders

Hi Everybody,

For todays card I have used a simple border die from Spellbinders and this is the Classic Waves which comes in three parts. 
As the border dies divide the card into two separate pieces I thought we would make two cards for the price of one with this set if dies
Spellbinders Supplies:
  • S4-788 Card Creator Classic Waves Border dies
  • S6-001 5x7 Matting Basics A 
  • SEL-002 Grid Iron  Embossing Folder
  • PL-001 Platinum Die Cutting Machine
Other Supplies:
  • Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue
  • Foam Sheets
  • Bakers twine
  • Enamel Dots
  • Card - two shades of turquoise and white
Create two Base cards with Matting Basic A with the white card
Create three mats with two shade of turquoise and another from the white
Place the three dies at different levels and angles on the card and cut and emboss.
Ink through the die if you like to add more pattern
Use the pieces to create two cards
With foam pads layer up the dies cuts so that they create a waterfall effect on the card and they can be added at the top or bottom of the card base as you prefer
Add an extra layer of white card and emboss this if you prefer a sturdier base, and layer the die cut pieces onto this
Adding in the foam gives more dimension to the card
For the card below I have added the cut pieces to the top of the card and onto another embossed card.
The top has been wrapped with Bakers Twine and two small shells added as decoration
The "Thanks" has been cut three times and stacked together and then enamel dots placed around the rest of the card.
For this card I added the die cuts at the bottom of the card with foam in between the layers
The"You" has been cut three times and stacked together and enamel dots placed around the card
Two ideas that would make good male birthday cards with the appropriate sentiment added

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 21, 2017

Ruby Update

Hello Everyone,

I am now nine months old and growing still and having so much fun though my mum does tell me off for barking too much.

I like to sit on the back of the chair and look through the window and there is just soooo much to bark at.

Here I am at the front of my house with my very best friend Dougal and I am soaking up the sun on my favorite bench.

I am an an English Cocker Spaniel with Blue Roan Sable markings, and Dougal with his lovely curly cream coat is a Cockapoo

Our mums where taking us to Cuerden Park in Preston for the day and we are just waiting to get in the car and go. They have to pack water and bowls, towels and blankets, treats and leads and it takes them ages to get ready. All we have to do is jump in the back of the car and we are ready to go.!!!

Here we are being very impatient ... and barking ...coz we now want to go and play again

But once we got there it was wonderful and so much to do.

Doggy Paradise with lots of water and hills and fields to run and sniff in.

If you have read my stories before then you will know that I like to go swimming and today was lovely as it was not too deep ... and so need for my mum  to panic

Dougal is a bit taller than me and doesn't seem to get as wet but I had a lovely time and was soaked

It was a lovely day and so I didn't feel cold and of course we ran around for ages meeting lots of other dogs too

On the way home it was time for us to get snuggled up in our Ruff & Tumble jackets and both of us fell asleep in the back of the car.

But once we got home ....
... we both had a lovely big juicy bone to sit and chew on in the sunshine of my front garden.

We have to eat our bones away from each other though so we don't squabble about them

Because for some reason whichever bone Dougal has it always seems better than the one I have and so that is the one I want !!!

We are both very tired puppies at the end of a busy day and I can't wait to go again soon

More from my mum tomorrow ...

Bye for now

May 20, 2017

Card Winner

Hi Everybody,

I hope you are all well this weekend and have lots of good things lined up to do. We are having a lazy weekend and have nothing really planned ... which makes a change. 
 Ruby will be going out for her long Sunday morning walk with her friend Dougal and tomorrow she is back with more of her adventures.
 (If you are new to my blog then Ruby is my beautiful Cocker Spaniel puppy who gets up to all sorts of mischief)

The draw for the latest Shabby Chic card has been done and the name this week is you ...

Sharon Egolf
if you would email me please with your postal address to
I will get the card in the post to you straight away.

This week a couple of ladies have joined me from Patricia at Summerhouse Crafts and it's lovely to have you here. 
Patricia has made lots and lots of boxes over the years from my Origami Box Tutorial and every one is beautiful.

That tutorial,  over at Card Making Magic.  is in two parts to make the base and then the lid.
It's best to use double sided heavy paper as the inside can be seen too. 
It's not hard to do but the results are well worth the effort. so I hope you will give it a try.
They make lovely gifts and can be filled with all kinds of "Goodies"

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

May 19, 2017

Friday Freebie 19 -Shabby Chic

Hi Everybody,

Todays Shabby Chic card is in shades of blue, white and coffee coloured flowers and has beautiful lace  added to the c bottom
 It is  no sentiment added to it and so if you wanted to use it then it is yours to do with as you please.

The flowers and lace are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the die cuts are all Spellbinders.

So if this is a card that you would like to have then leave me a comment at the end of the post. A name will be drawn from those comments and the winner announced in tomorrows blog post ... so be sure to come back and check for your name.

More tomorrow ... 

Hugs xx

May 18, 2017

Beautiful Stencils ...

Hi Everybody,

Today I am sharing four videos with you that bring you some really pretty stencils, and also the links to the stencils

They are good quality at a reasonable price and always a good addition to your crafting stash

The video will show you how I have used each one and maybe give you some more ideas on how you can use them for yourself

This one is the Brick Wall and I have added some fun sheep to mine with a stamp from Clearly Besotted

Here is the video link for you ... Creative Stencils - Brick Wall

Stencil ... Brick Wall

This one uses a really old Tilda stamp from my goodie box

I couldn't let it go to waste with this beautiful Honeycomb design that was just asking for the bees

The sentiment makes it a fun card to give for a childs birthday

Video ....  Creative Stencils - Honeycomb 

Stencil ...  Honeycomb Hexagon

This next one is Wood Grain but I thought I would have some fun and make it a Zebra Print instead

I used the Safari Friends free gift from Papercraft Essentials and I think it turned out great.

Video ...  Creative Stencils - Wood Grain

Stencil ... Wood Grain

I have used some of the images that I coloured some time ago and they have just been waiting for the right moment to make them into cards

This digital image is from Just Inklined and it like Tilda is quite an old image

Video ... Creative Stencils - Stars

 Stencil ...Stars 

I hope you enjoy the vidoes and my ideas

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 17, 2017

Two new magazines

Hi Everybody,

So here I am with two new magazines to show you and they are this months Simply Cards & Papercraft 163 and Die Cutting Essentials 24 ... both have fabulous free gifts attached that will help your crafting goodies to grow

The gift that is free with this months SC&P 163 is called Life is Sweet and it has a large corner die and a stamp set that will all work together.

In this post there are two links ... one to the video and the other direct to the page to purchase the magazine

For this card I used the strawberry plant and water coloured them with Gansai Tambi paints

The sentiment is stamped and embossed in gold onto some parchment with a little bee added to the edge.

The video will give you some more ideas and I hope you will enjoy it ... Simply Cards and Papercraft 163 

If you wanted to buy the magazine then you will find it here ... SC&P 163 Life is Sweet  and it is full of tips, information and step by steps on how to create the cards

The next video is  Die Cutting Essentials 24  - Mix and Matt Nesting Die Set

A very useful addition to your growing die collection and one I am sure you will make lots of good use of.

The link to the die set is Mix and Matt Die Set

Both mags are well worth a coffee break as you have some "me"  time to browse the pages Enjoy !!

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 16, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Shaped Cards

Hi Everybody,

For todays card I am using an older labels die from Spellbinders and creating the shaped base with the largest one. It is just simple layering of the different sizes and shapes with two colours
  This always makes an interesting card and it can be done with most dies. 
Try it with any that you have in your own collections as this die is now retired from Spellbinders website
Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Supplies:
  • Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • card from Papermill Direct
  • Sentiment from Lili of the Valley
  • Butterfly from my stash
From the largest die #5 cut two shapes in white 
Score one of them along the long side about half an inch down  and glue together to form the base
From the other dies in the Labels 39 and also the Decorative Elements cut the shapes in the colours you like 
Layer them together so that a plain piece backs a fancy edged one each time and use foam pads to give dimension
Stamp and emboss your sentiment and cut out with a circle die or punch and add to the card front 
Dress with flowers and pearls 
The butterfly is from some that I have had a long time 

Quick and easy card for today 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 15, 2017

Shaving Foam Background

Hi Everybody,

I have been playing with the shaving foam again and this is the card I came up with

I used two shades of blue in some really cheap shaving foam and I created several panels from the mix.

This one was my favorite and so on top of it I stamped the butterfly in black and heat embossed it with clear powder

The butterfly was a magazine freebie and I have used it several times

I coloured the wings with my pencils and then out came the glue pen and I added glitter to them

A few sequins dotted here and there and this makes a really pretty card in to time at all.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 13, 2017

Shabby Chic Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

Bit of a change in the weather and it's been raining overnight. So it will be wellies time to dog walk later today. But the draw for the first shabby chic card on offer has been done and the winner is ...

Toni Selden
Please can you email me
with your postal address
and the card will be on its way to you

I hope you will like it and please let me know that you have it safe

More tomorrow...

Hugs xx

May 12, 2017

Friday Freebie 18 - Shabby Chic

Hi Everybody,

As promised this is the start of the Shabby Chic cards and this is no:1 that is on offer. This is one of my favorites and I love the soft lilac and lemon colour scheme to it and I really enjoyed making this one.
The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts and there are lots of them. 
The cameo and the lace are also from WOC and the card is a truly feminine creation

So if you would like to win this card then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the blog post and from those comments a name will be drawn at random.  I will announce the winner in tomorrows blog post  and then you will have 72 hours to claim it

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 10, 2017

Creative Stamping 43 - Sea View Collection.

Hi Everybody,

Tomorrow sees the sale of the new  Creative Stamping 43   magazine and with it is a fabulous collection of stamps. The link will take you to the order page

Each month a different designer will be featured and this month it is Sheena Douglass with the Mermaid and the Message in a Bottle 
I have kept all my cards to sea and sand water colours with Gansai Tambi and had a lot of fun creating them. 

In the video ... 
 I give you some ideas of how I used this set and show another way using one stamp as a background

They will make cards for any age group ... male or female and there are some lovely sentiments in the collection also

So get out your colours and have a little play time for yourself as you create some really lovely cards.

And look out for Creative Stamping next month when another designer will be featured 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 09, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Floral Swirls Strip

Hi Everybody,

Todays card is using one of the strip dies from Spellbinders and this die comes in two parts to make it a very versatile addition to your collection.
 I have used it in two different ways to create the beautiful backdrop for my flowers.
 I have added in all the links at the bottom of the page
Spellbinders Supplies:
  • S4-659 Floral Swirls Strip
  • S6-001 5x7 Matting Basics A
  • S6-002 5x7 Matting Basics B
  • PL-001 Platinum Die cutting machine
Other Supplies:
  • Card from Papermill Direct
  • Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Glitter from Glitter Magic
  • Patterned Card from the £££Shop
  • Cosmic Shimmer Glue from Craft Stash
  • Distress Inks from Craft Stash
With die #7 from Matting Basics A cut two panels in white to create the base card
With die #7 from Matting Basics B cut another layer in patterned card
(Please remember that die #1 is always the smallest)
With die #6 from Matting Baiscs A cut another panel in white
Place the centre part of the Floral Swirls Strip onto one side of the card and tape in place ... die cut
Then move it over to the other side of the card and repeat the process
With the outer part of the die cut a panel in patterned paper.
Then with the two dies together cut another panel in white
Ink through this piece before removing it from the die. (I used Dusty Concord & Bundled Sage)
Flat glue the patterned paper to the base card
Add foam pads in strategic places to the filigree panels so that they cannot be seen from the front
Add this to the base layers
With foam pads between these two layer add the filigree to the solid layer and add these two to the centre of the card front.

And this is what it will look like once you have done those steps, and if you wanted to leave it at this stage it is a lovely card and not too fussy for the men in your life.
But I wanted to dress mine up a little more and add in the flowers that I like to use...
From left to right:
Tulips in two different shades of purple ... Rosebuds in two shades 
Roses in 10mm and 20mm ... Lily and one Anemone
Stamp the sentiment onto white card and layered it onto left over piece of patterned paper
Arrange the flowers as you like them and tuck the sentiment into the display
Dot with glue and sprinkle with glitter for a sparkly effect.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 08, 2017

Little Boxes with Tonic .. In two styles !!

Hi Everybody,

Little boxes are always handy for those small gifts we like to give  Or as favor boxes at Weddings or Christenings. Fill them with sugared almonds for each guest. Decorate them with flowers, ribbons and the colours to suit the wedding.

This comes to you as a kit from Craft Stash and it is the Tonic Cardmaking Collection Issue 2

It consists of the Tonic die,  an embossing folder and some stamps for you to decorate the boxes that you make

In the video I show you two different ways to make the boxes

This four panel box is big enough to hold perfume, jewellery or maybe some tea lights.

You could even fill it with confetti for your guests to throw ... the confetti not the box !!

I have lined this two panel box with gold and added a  pearl string handle and some flowers

Perfect for adding a bridesmaid gift too, of maybe a little necklace to celebrate the wedding.

So many different way to use these and so many ways to decorate them
This two panel box has been decorated with the stamps in the kit and would be perfect for a childs party.

Fill them with sweets or a small toy for each child

Add their names to really make them feel special

This one has had some of the embossed panels added to it and they have been enhanced with the stamps

The video
will show you how to create both of these styles 

And once you have the die then you can make these any time you need them for any occasion.

And that  has to be less expensive than going out to buy them

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx