August 20, 2017

Card Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

Sorry for the delay in posting the winner of Fridays Shabby Chic card but once again Saturday escaped me and I don't know where it went.

A name has been drawn at random from the comments and this weeks winner is you

Deborah Artliff
please email me your postal address to
and the card will be on its way to you

Please let me know when you have it and I really hope that you will like it

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 18, 2017

Friday Freebie 32 - Shabby Chic

Hi Everybody,

Today's card is a Christmas card and I know it's early but if you win it you can either send it of keep it. But here it is for you to see.

It is quite a large card and very decorated with lace, angels and flowers as well as the Christmas Tree.
If this is a card that you would like then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post and then come back over the weekend to see if it is your name shown as the winner.

The name is always drawn at random so that everyone has a fair chance so please only add your name once. I am happy to send the card to you wherever you live but I would like you to let me know when you have it

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 17, 2017

Ruby Update - First Birthday ...

Hello Everyone,

I had to stop by today to tell you that I am ONE year old  today... and simply beautiful. 

Well that's what my mum tells me every day and I believe her. I think she has good taste !!

We have had some lovely adventures in the last few months and I am so glad I found my human mum and dad.

 They love me very much ... and spoil me too 
 I went to Dougals birthday on the 4th when he was one and we shared his doggy birthday cake 

Here I am watching him and hoping that he saves me a bit

We had a lovely walk in Lytham on Sunday and I had a little bit of ice cream.

And you know your dog can have some too if they are lactose happy ... which I am.

It was really warm that day and it was a pleasant walk.

But once we got home I got in my basket and had a little sleep. 

A girl needs her beauty sleep you know to look as good as me 

More next time ...

Love from Ruby xx 

August 16, 2017

Creative Stamping 47

Hi Everybody,

Today I am adding a Christmas card but not in traditional colours.

I have used the stamps that are the free gift with Creative Stamping this month and I really like the muted look of this card.

The magazine will be on sale tomorrow in selected supermarkets and craft stores

The video will give you some other ideas that you may like to try and you can fine it here ...

The size of the stamps sets with this magazine are amazing as there are so many different images on one sheet.

It is good quality material and really good value as there is so much information inside the pages.

Always a good read with a cuppa to make you feel refreshed and raring to go with some new technique or instructions on a card idea.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 15, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Ornamental Crest

Hi Everybody,

Todays card is a mixture of old and new and there are several lovely layers in the making.
It also incorporates my beautiful flowers, ribbons and pearls to make a classic white and silver design for any occasion.
Spellbinders Supplies:
  • S6-001 5x7 Matting Basics A
  • S6-002 5x7 Matting Basics B
  • S6-081 Ornamental Crest
  • S5-298 Classic label 33 Deco Elements
  • S4-110 Classic Ovals 
  • SEL-006 Horsehair Embossing Folder
Other Supplies:
  • Sentiment from JustRite Stampers
  • White card
  • Silver Card
  • White Ribbon
  • White Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Diamante
  • Glitter
  • Foam pads
With die #7 Matting Basic A cut two pieces in white to create the base card
With die #7 Matting basics B cut another layer in white and emboss in the folder
From silver card cut the largest die in Ornamental Crest
From white card cut the largest die from Classic Labels 33 and from the second largest cut another silver layer
Add foam pads to the back of all these layers
Add these three layers together and stick to the embossed layer
Wrap with white ribbon before adding to the  base card
Stamp in black and clear emboss the sentiment of your choice and cut out with the oval
and add with foam pads underneath
Selection of white flowers from the left:
Gypsophillia, Tulips,  Rosebuds, Cosmos Daisies, Lilies, Cherry Blossom, 
Arrange the flowers down the left side and dot with glue then sprinkle with glitter.
Add in the bow and glue the diamante centre in place
And there you have a silver and white card you will be happy to send 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 14, 2017

Buying Spree ...

Hi Everybody,

I have been visiting Amazon a lot lately and taking a look at some of the crafting goodies on there. And so I decided to treat my self to a few of them and they arrived over the weekend. They have been super quick as some things I only ordered Friday and yesterday, Sunday they where delivered.
So here is a picture of some of the items that I have bought.
I already have the Gansai Tambi Water Colours which I love using and you will have seen them often in my videos. And I have bought now the Starry Colours which are a beautiful collection of golds 

I also ordered the case of finger daubers which are really useful in applying small areas with paint, inks or chalks. There are 40 daubers in a case and they are items I use a lot. 

The tub is Transfer Gel which is used with foils and I am going to be doing some videos with them in the next few weeks.

But the special treats that I thought I deserved are the Teflon Bone Folder and the Crystal Katana pick up tool for pearls and gemstones.

I am sure that they will be seen regularly in my videos and I know that I am going to enjoy working and playing with both in the future. I have more items still to come and I will share them with you once they arrive

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 12, 2017

Today's Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

Sorry for the late post but I have had a busy day in the sunshine, and very pleasant it was too. But the draw for yesterdays Shabby Chic card has been done and the winner is you ...

Marjorie Bates ...

Can you email me your postal address please to
and the card will be on its way to you.

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

More tomorrow...

Hugs xx

August 11, 2017

Friday Freebie 31 - Shabby Chic

Hi Everybody,

Here is another Shabby Chic card on offer and this one is a delicate pink and green colour scheme

It is done as  a birthday card but the wooden sentiment can always be removed if you wished.

The flowers cascade down the card and are around a little picture frame at the top.

The flowers have been glittered and are a mixture from
Wild Orchid Crafts

If this is a card that you would like to have then all you need to do is leave me a comment ... and then pop back over the weekend to see if it is your name listed as the winner

You will have 72 hours to claim the card so you will need to check as I have no way of chasing you up if you don't

Good luck everybody and you can enter whenever you like even if you have won one before.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 10, 2017

Fuzzy Lemon Collection

Hi Everybody,

This has been a busy week for me and in it I have added five new videos to the blog pages. 
 Yesterday saw the addition of  Lavish Label Layers and today I have four more featuring the new dies from the Fuzzy Lemon Collection at Craft Stash

For the first video I thought I would stick with a male theme as this is one I am often asked about.

 I know that many of  us can make ladies flowery cards all day long ... but when it comes to men we scratch our heads.

So here is one that is easy to do and the idea can be adapted to produce any style of jacket for your recipient

 The next one is using the

This can be used any way you like. Either as a single glass of adding several to your card as I have here.

The video will give you more ideas that you may like to try for yourself

This one is prefect for any engagement or wedding celebrations you have coming up and for my card I have kept to gold and white.

This card was really easy to make and yet is very effective.

The video shows the making of this one

Then last but not least is this really pretty card.

This was my favorite from the cards in that set and I  used pearls on the dress of the 

It was added to a simple stencilled background and coloured as if the dancer is facing away from us.

I hope you will enjoy all four of these videos and of course the one from yesterday too.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 09, 2017

Magazine Freebie ...

Hi Everybody,

So tomorrow, 10th August, sees the sale of
 Simply Cards and Papercraft 166
 and this is a magazine that I have been subscribed to for years.

There are some fantastic articles in it each month and it is the relaxation that I need each time it pops through my door

The gift this month is 
 Lavish Label Layers
 and the video shows you how I made this card using the Labels as a frame 
It was designed to co-ordinate with the gift 

That magazine was on sale last week, 3rd August,  and it was a wine bottle and glass.

Here you can see that I have added the Label to the wine bottle and stamped a sentiment into it

Two free gifts that work really well with each other ... but in case you missed that wine bottle there is a template on the back of the Labels package  for you to hand cut your own

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 08, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Spellbinders Ooh La La !!

Hi Everybody,

These are some new dies coming to Spellbinders and they make really feminine cards with a French feel to them.
Spellbinders Supplies:

  • S4-803 Paris Skyline
  • S4-801 Eau de Perfume
  • PL-001 Platinum Die Cutting Machine
Other Supplies:
  • Distress Inks
  • Sponges
  • Sequins
  • Black Card
Create the card base with the largest Matting Basics A 
Cut another piece with layer with the largest B die from water colour card
With Distress inks create a splatter background with your inks to look like a night sky
Cut the Paris Skyline in black card
Add this to the inked sky effect and then add to the base
Cut and colour with Distress Inks the perfume bottles of your choice and add foam pads to the backs
Position on your card front as you like them and add the words from the die set Ooh La La
Go over the bottles with a clear glitter pen
Dot with sequins
Add a tiny red bow to one of the bottles

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 07, 2017

Big Thoughts ...

Hi Everybody,

Every so often there is a card that turns out to be one of the favorites and this card is one of those cards.

I really loved this once it was made and the parchment background was the touch that made it special for me

I liked it so much that I made several in different colours and gave them to family for birthdays

And I even did a  Tuesday Tutorial  on how to make it for your self

The soft Lemon goes beautifully with the white and green and the flowers just seemed to fall into place without any help from me.

I added some diamante flourish behind the display 

The finished card was 5x7" and obviously it will not fit easily into an envelope and so a box had to be made for the cards I gave to family

They were all very well received and I was really happy with the result.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 06, 2017

Ruby Update ...

Hello Everyone,

I have been having fun again with my mum and dad and of course my best friend Dougal and his mum Vickie

I am an English Cocker Spaniel and I am eleven months old

Here I am caught in the act of stealing socks and trying to look innocent !!

Dougal and I  went to a lovely park with our  mums last weekend and as usual I went swimming as Dougal looked on.

I wanted to get the ball that was in the river and I came out very muddy ... but I got the ball.

On Sunday morning  I like helping my mum make the bed before we get ready to go out

I love to roll myself up in the sheets and bark ...just so that everybody knows where I am.

I love to bark and play, it's so much fun to make a noise.  

But I don't bark at Oliver the postman when he delivers the mail.

My mum has bought me a new bed of my own too with little pink spots on it and it's all soft and comfy.

But Isabella came to stay and she took a fancy to it as well  and we both tried to get in at the same time.

But I can bark louder than she can though so I won the bed ... Yaaay!

She gave me big cuddle and I kissed her back then we got out to play outside for a bit.

I went to a Birthday party on Friday when Dougal the Cockapoo was ONE year old.  

We had a doggy cake and a lovely time running around in the garden and it wouldn't have been half as much fun without a lot of barking ... as usual !

Bye for now 
Ruby xx

August 05, 2017

Card Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

We have just spent a pleasant morning on the beach with Ruby and now she is all played out and ready for a little nap.  It's a beautiful day here and the sun is shining.

So now the draw has been done for yesterday's Shabby Chic card and the winner this week is

Isabel Gunter
Would you please email me with your postal address to
and the card will be on its way to you straight away.

I hope you will like it when it arrives and please let me know that you have it safely

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

August 04, 2017

Friday Freebie 30 - Shabby Chic

Hi Everybody,

Thank you for entering each week to have one of my cards ... it is quite an honour that so many of you would like to get them and I wish I could send everybody one. 
The cards on offer over the last few weeks have all been Shabby Chic and have been shown in the Inspiration videos  #8 and #9 and those that have got one seem to like them 

So here is another that you may like to have to send on or keep for yourself. I know that some of you have framed them to hang in your own crafting space

All you need to do is leave me a comment and then pop back tomorrow to see if your name is shown as the winner.

I am happy to send the card anywhere you live ... and they have gone all over the world so far.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 02, 2017

Finest Vintage from Die Cutting Essentials

Hi Everybody,

Tomorrow sees the new Die Cutting Essentials magazine on sale and this is issue 27.

The free gift this month is a beautiful die to create a wine bottle and glass that would suit both male and female cards

The card to the right uses the filigree part of the die as a stencil and I really like the look of this little card

The video to show you the making of a wine bottle shaped card is here ... 
Next week 10th August Simply Cards and Papercraft will be on sale and the free gift with that is Lavish Labels and that set perfectly compliments the bottle with this gift.

One of the die cut labels can be seen on the bottle on this card and there are several stamps to help you personalise the card also

So look out for the magazines on the shelves in selected supermarkets and crafts stores

And have fun playing with the gofts to make cards for the wine lovers in your family

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 01, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Spellbinders Trailing Hearts

Hi Everybody,

This pretty card is created with only two dies from Spellbinders and a little bit of glitter to add some sparkle. Very quick and easy to do and with a few flowers I think it is very effective
Spellbinders Supplies:
  • S5-314 Trailing Hearts
  • S5-131 A2 Matting Basics A
  • PL-001 Platinum Die Cutting Machine
Other Supplies:
  • Diamante Flourish from Want2Scrap
  • Tonic Nuvo Glitter
  • Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Dymo Label Maker
With the largest die from Matting Basics A cut two panels in white to create the base card
Add double sided sticky sheet to another piece and cut this to the same size
With Trailing Hearts cut one piece in pink 
And add this to the sticky sheet pressing down to adhere it all
With the silver glitter sprinkle some to the double sided sheet making sure to press it into all the open spaces in the die cut
Add foam pads to the back and add it to the base card
Trim to leave a small border around the edge
 Cut three Hearts from the smaller filigree piece and stack them together for thickness
Add to the centre part of the pink die cut
Dress with flowers as you like 
From the Diamante Flourish cut several pieces to add behind the flowers.
(I kept them attached to the carrier sheet and simply glued that in place)
Create a sentiment with the Label Maker and add to the  stacked Hearts

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 31, 2017

Squirrel Background

Hi Everybody,

This quick and easy card was created with just the little squirrel stamp.

It was in the free gift with Creative Stamping 46 that was on sale in July

One that is not too fussy for the male cards you may have to make. The colours are also soft and muted and there's not a flower in sight.

Making cards for men can sometimes pose a problem especially if you enjoy adding all the frippery as I do.

But I do try to give you a mix of cards for both men and women as well as all the different age groups and I hope it offers you some ideas that you can adapt for yourselves

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

July 30, 2017

Fridays Winner !!

Hi Everybody,

Could somebody tell me please where Saturday has gone???? Because it seems to have just passed me by in a blur.  I have been really busy all day and before I knew it, it was tea time. So my apologies at posting so late with the winner of the Shabby Chic card from Friday.  But a name has now been chosen at random and the winner is you ...

Mavis L 

Would you email me please at
with your postal address and the card will be on its way to you.

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

More tomorrow...

Hugs xx

July 28, 2017

Friday Freebie 29 - Shabby Chic

Hi Everybody,

Here is another of the  Shabby Chic cards and this one is pretty in pink and gray with lace along the bottom.

I still have several more to find new homes for yet and so I will keep adding them until they are gone.

I have the Owl card from a few weeks ago that was won  but not claimed and so that will also be offered again soon

But if this is one that you would like to have then you know what to do ... Just leave me a comment at the end of the post and then be sure to come back and check if it is your name that is shown as the winner tomorrow.

I am happy to send these cards anywhere that you are and I hope that you are enjoying this style of card.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 27, 2017

New Pretty Quick Dies ...

Hi Everybody,

I have been really busy this week with some of the newest dies from Craft Stash. These are part of their Pretty Quick range and these will be on sale TOMORROW on the Craft Stash website.

But these videos will give you a preview of what there is and some ideas of what you can do with them.  I am showing you one card from each collection.

The first one is this Pretty Quick Stained Glass Robin   and in the video I have given you several ideas that you may like to try.

This one is my favorite and I simply used the die cut, done in gold card, as it is and added it to some white card with a Distress Ink effect added

I then coloured behind the Robin with alcohol markers and then added another gold die cut over the top.
For the video  Pretty Quick Stained Glass Wise Men   I used the die cut as a stencil to create a soft pastel card.

But the card shown here is how to keep them simple and easy to make .. no techniques just gold die cuts and white card for an elegant look to your Christmas card

This was the one I created from making a stamp with the die
with the Pretty Quick Stained Glass Candle

This is a soft water colour and I really liked this one once it was done.

I shall keep this one to send to someone over the Christmas period

And last but not least for this card I  used the
 Pretty Quick Stained Glass Angel  to create this card with a stencilled background

So there you have four videos to view and the dies will be on sale tomorrow .. Friday ... with Craft Stash

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx