December 16, 2019

Floral A5 Card

Hi Everybody,

This pretty card is quite large and I have used the A5 Card & Box set to make it. 

I also used the Nesting Rectangles, that match the set, for the frame and water coloured the image inside.

I used the Arteza Water colours and highlighted areas with the pencils. I finished off the flower with a white gel pen.

It will of course fit perfectly inside the A5 box and I also added in the easel stand to display (Not shown)

There is a video about this die set and it can be found here ... A5 Complete Card & Box Collection 
and another one to show you the Nesting Rectangles.

All my collections are available at Craft Stash and should they be out of stock then leave your email address to be notified when they are back again. But it comes to a point sometimes that when they are out of stock they are not renewed because newer design are brought in as time moves on. 

So if your really like the look of something it is best to get it while it is there rather than wait and risk the chance of losing it altogether.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 15, 2019

Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

I am glad that you are liking the prize on offer from Friday of the Paris in The Springtime die. It is very pretty and will make some lovely cards for you to use all year round.

  Griff and I went to Paris in the spring of 2000, We went on a coach tour and he asked me to marry him under the Eiffel Tower. Of course I said yes and we started organising our wedding as soon as we got home again. 

Apparently the whole coach full of people where in on it too because they asked him "Did you ask her"   and when he said he had and that I had said yes there was a loud cheer from the other passengers at the news. It was a very special trip.

So the draw for the die has been done and the name this week is ...

Mona Beverly
Would you email me your postal address please to 
christina@card-making-magic.com
and it will be on its way.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 13, 2019

Friday Freebie - Paris in the Springtime

Hi Everybody,

Sorry for my absence this week but I have had the decorators in and today they finished so it's been one big clean up ready for Christmas.

 I am very pleased with the way it looks now especially with my log burner that I had fitted earlier this year. 

I haven't forgotten the Friday Freebie though and this week is a lovely gift that is with Die Cutting Essentials.

It is a die that will cut you a scene of the Eiffel Tower along with an outside cutting edge to create your card. 
There are lots of ideas within the magazine and I will be sending that along with the die to give you some inspiration.

So if this is a gift that you would like then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post with your FULL NAME.  And although I say this every week there are still those who only use there nickname or one name.

So if you wonder why you are not winning then that could be the reason as I am not adding the comment to the draw without the FULL NAME. 
It is the only fair way I can be sure of the correct winner so please humour me and comply.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 08, 2019

Winner ..

Hi Everybody,

I hope you are all having a goo weekend and doing the things that you like to do. I am going out walking with my family later this afternoon and there will be dogs with us as well. Then it will be a well earned hot chocolate before heading for home again. Fingers crossed the rain stays away.

The draw or Fridays prize has been done and the winner this week is ...

Christi Neal
would you email me your postal address please to ...
christina@card-making-magic.com
and the gift will be in the post to your straight away.

I hope you enjoy playing with the set and please let me know that you have received it safely.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 06, 2019

Friday Freebie - Classic Christmas Kit

Hi Everybody,

I am happy to tell you that this weeks gift is from Card Making Magic and it has dies, stamps and an embossing folder to help you make some really pretty cards.

There is a lot of inspiration inside the magazine and so it will be time for a nice coffee break while you browse the pages for a little while

All you need to do to be in with the chance of winning this gift is to leave me a comment at the end of this post with your FULL NAME. From those comments one name will be chosen as the winner and announced in a blog post over the weekend, so be sure to come back and check if it is your name that is shown.

I also add the names to the "Winners" page,  which is always in the side bar to your left, so that you can check that too.
 But you only have 72 hours in which to claim the gift 

Good Luck everybody,

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx




December 04, 2019

Lucky Find ...

Hi Everybody,

I was out walking with Ruby the other day, and while she was busy barking and sniffing, I just happened to spy these objects tucked haphazardly in someones garden, obviously to be discarded.

So I knocked on the door  and apologised for my intrusion but I asked if I could take the two figures in her garden. She said "Yes of course you can " and so home they came.

They were dirty and dusty and rusty around the bottom but once I had cleaned them up they looked much better.

Here they are with a new paint spray job of silver and they are a lovely silver mesh that shines in the sunlight.

It's amazing what you can find when out with walking with a dog and I shall be keeping my eyes peeled for other lucky finds in future

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


November 30, 2019

Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

It's a lovely day here today and it has made me feel really guilty.  At night when I sit in the soft glow of the lamps and fire light everything looks lovely and sparkly. 
But when the sun shines through my window and highlights things like the glass tables and the TV cabinet well the dust sparkles more than the sparkly bits. And so taking the guilt trip by the horns I have cleaned my house and now it sparkles like it should.
I feel better about that but I still can't face the ironing that is sitting in the corner beckoning to me !!

I have done the draw for yesterdays magazine and die set though and the name this week is ...

Maureen Wood
would you email me please your postal address to
christina@card-making-magic.com
and I will get it posted to your straight away.

Please let me know when you have it safely.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 29, 2019

Friday Freebie - Memory Box Die Set

Hi Everybody,

This weeks gift is on a Christmas theme and is a lovely 5 piece die set from Memory box.

There are lots of ways to use this set and inside the magazine you will fine lots of inspiration for you to follow.

If you would like this gift to join your own collection then all you need to do is leave me a comment with your FULL NAME at the end of the post 

Then you will need to come back over the weekend to see if your  name is listed as the winner.

You will have 72 hours in which to claim the gift and then it is gone and will be offered again at a later date in another FF

The video to this gift is Memory Box Die Set   and will show you how I have used this set.

Good Luck Everybody

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 28, 2019

Glass Find ...

Hi Everybody,

So while out shopping a few weeks ago I just happened to spy some glass in the charity shop window and went in for a closer look.

They had some lovely pieces of cut glass that I had an idea that I could use.

It was really cheap and this little lot cost me £7 and because it was a charity shop I gave her £10 and that was a bargain

Each of these bowls cost me 10p and would make a lovely base for .... something !!

I had to buy some really strong epoxy glue to make sure that they stuck and I used it in a well ventilated place too.

Each of these was £1 for the pair and I already had two of the smaller ones at the front, so the ideas for these flowed.

They are going to make me some beautiful candle holders for my dining room table and I am going to dress them up to the hilt.

After playing and seeing which piece of glass goes with which other ....
 ... this is what I cam up with. All dressed up and in my dining room

I sprayed a wooden mirror silver and added the glass candle holders to it and it looks gorgeous.

I am so pleased with this and I will show you more as I complete them.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx




November 27, 2019

Simply Cards & Papercraft 199 - Clearly Besotted Snowdrop

Hi Everybody,

This months Simply Cards & Papercraft will be in the shops tomorrow and Clearly Besotted are featured in the pack. 

Their stamp and die set also has a little embossing folder with it and it is really pretty.

This is one of the cards I have made and you will find more in the video that I have made to show you.

Clearly Besotted Snowdrop  is not too long but there are some pleasing designs in the video that you may like to copy.

You will find many more in the pages of the magazine too and some of them are even from me !!

Make a cuppa and click the link to watch the video and I hope you enjoy it

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 26, 2019

Card Making Magic Emerald Box - Tall version

Hi Everybody,

Yesterday I showed you the Emerald Box Die Set  as it is but I promised you that today I would show you how to create the version with the tall sides.

Well I have been true to my word and the video is below for you to view.

If you watch it on YouTube and leave a comment on there, then YT know that you like this kind of video and will promote it even more for me to let other viewers see it too.

And that is always a big bonus for me in getting my channel known even more. So I hope you do enjoy the video and that you will perhaps give this a try



I promise you it is not hard to do and all the measuring has now been done for you all you have to do is follow the steps that I show you and you to will produce beautiful tall boxes for any time of the year ... or even just for storage. Without all the flowers of course !!

Please let me know what you think of my boxes 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 25, 2019

Emerald Box Die Set

Hi Everybody,

This beautiful box was added to the Card Making Magic Collection just a short while ago and it is a really lovely shape to create.

I showed how to make it when I was on the Craft Stash Facebook Live and it is very easy to.

So in this video I am showing you how I make the short version of the shape and it is perfect for adding the matching card to.

I have simply layered up all the panels to create this card and then repeated the process for the box lid.

But no other die set has been used just the Emerald Box  available from Craft Stash and the result is a lovely gift for your recipient.

I hope you enjoy the video below ...



Do you remember when the Octagon Box came out I  made a video to show you how I extended the smaller box into one with tall sides. 

When I was on Craft Stash Facebook Live I was asked if the same thing could be done to this new Emerald Box and I said I would make one and video it in the process.

So tomorrow I will be adding another video to show you how I did that and I really hope you will come back to view it and tell me what you think of it.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


November 23, 2019

Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

It's not so bright here today and Ruby and I have had a lazy start.
 I have had a fight with the king size quilt cover, to change the bed, and now I am bushed. 
I always get tangled up in because it is so big ... but I always win in the end !!
The rest of my house is clean and tidy apart from the kitchen which looks like a bomb has hit it with all the washing that has been chucked in there to put into the washer. Oh ! womans work .... 

The draw has been done to win yesterdays All Occasions set and the magazine and the name this week is ...

Diane Crowe
would you email me your postal address please to 
christina@card-making-magic.com
and the gift will be on its way to you straight away.

Please let me know that you have it safely and I hope you will enjoy playing with the set.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 22, 2019

Friday Freebie -All Occasion

Hi Everybody,

Today's gift is from Simply Cards & Papercraft and is called All Occasion. 

It covers a few different ones for you to use such as Birthday  or Easter and there are some neat little phrases in the stamp set too

Sadly there is no video to go with this offer 

I am sure you would have fun creating some scenes with this gift and if you would like this in your collection then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post using your FULL NAME.

I write this about your full name every week but there are still some who don't 

. Your comment will not be added to the draw if I don't have it as it is the only way I can identify the winner.

There may be several Anne's or Sue's or Janet's and your nickname is not enough so if you want to be in with the chance of winning then leave your full name and cross your fingers !!

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


November 20, 2019

Die Cutting Essentials 59 - All Wrapped Up

Hi Everybody,

This months Die Cutting Essentials will be on sale this week in the shops and it has a really useful die set named All Wrapped Up.

Here I have used it to add extra decoration to a box that can hold your recipients gift.

And that simple finishing touch can make all the difference to your gift.

I have used the Emerald Box Die Set  by Card making Magic and all my collections are available at Craft Stash.

If they are out of stock then leave your email address and you will be notified once they are back on their website.

This is only a short video to show how the bow can be used but inside the magazine there is a lot more inspiration for this die set and others ideas that you may like to try.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx