Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

May 30, 2023

Texture Paste Cards

 Hi Everybody,

I hope you enjoyed yesterdays video on making the texture paste. I don't use it a lot so I only make up a small amount each time but it still save me money on buying the shop brands.

In todays vidoe I show you some of the cards that I have made using the paste and some other ideas for using it.

But as I say in the video if you want the paste to stay raised on your cards then add it to the shape you want first.

Because once you die cut it it will flatten the paste and if the paste is not completely dry then it will spoil in your machine.

 How do I know this .....

This shape was cut first and then I stencilled on the top of it with my paste and sprinkled in some glitter.

You don't have to add flowers to your card but I just love the look they give to any of my designs.

I am very happy with all the cards that I made and I am sure that you will be too.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 29, 2023

Homemade Texture Paste

 Hi Everybody,

Do you like to use texture paste on your projects? But do you find it a little on the expensive side ... especially if you use it on a regular basis.

Using some inexpensive talcum powder can make the same thing and it won't break the bank to make it your self.

If you don't have talc then you can use cornflour instead, and get the cheapest glue you can for things like this.

The same applies with the paint, any brand and cheap is what you are looking for. I got mine from the ££££ shop 

But when you can create cards like this then it has to be worth a try.

And if it doesn't work for you then you haven't lost much in the process and you can still use the talc for other things. 

I use it as an anti static powder when I am embossing as it removes all the sticky finger marks from your card and will simply brush away when you are done.

Here is the video where I made the texture paste and in tomorrows video I will show you the cards I made and some more ideas on how I used the paste

I hope you enjoy the video and will try making your own paste .... it your don't already do so.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 28, 2023

Carole Eaton - Winner

 Hi Everybody,

I hope you are all well on this beautiful Bank Holiday weekend. Ruby and I were out and about bright and early this morning while it was still quiet and then home again for breakfast. Hopefully the weather will stay well tomorrow also.

The draw for the Border set has been done and the name today is 

Carole Eaton 

Would you send me your postal address please to

and I will get it in the post to you straight away. Please be sure to let me know when you get it and I hope you enjoy playing with it.

More tomorrow …

Hugs xx

May 26, 2023

Friday Freebie - Border & Panel Dies

 Hi Everybody,    

Todays offering is a border and panel set of dies from Hunkydory. These are sure to add interest to any of your projects from cards to scrapbook pages.

You will find lots of ideas in the magazine for this and others that you may like to try so once you get it make a brew and sit and relax for a little "Me Time"

If you think that this would be handy for your style of crafting then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post.

Be sure to leave your FULL NAME so that it is easier to identify you as the winner and most importantly be sure to come back and see if your name is shown in the blog post on Sunday.

The offer remains open until then to give my overseas readers the chance to add their name and comments to the list.

I am happy to send the pack to you wherever you are.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 24, 2023

Altenew Flower Cards

Hi Everybody,

All three of these cards featured today are using a die and  layering stencil from Altenew. It is the Bitterroot Flower die set 

I have altered the look by colouring them in different colours and adding them to a different background each time.

This first one has simply been coloured with the stencil direct to card and then that has been layered onto oink mats and a base card of a deeper shade of pink. 

I used the Card Making Magic Torn Edges die set for the layers.

The gingham ribbon has been wrapped around the top two layers before adding it to the base card, and the sentiment is from another Altenew stamp set that has also been added direct to the card.

This card has been coloured with purple and lilac inks and added with foam pads to a die cut shape.

The dotty card background has been trimmed to fit an A6 base with just a small border around the edge. 

The card itself is from Anna Marie Designs  and can be seen in this pack from their website. The white die cut is a really old Spellbinders die

You could of course stencil extra flowers or leaves and add them to your card as well to fill out our display even further.

When doing this colouring I find it easier to die cut the shape out first and then stencil the die cut turning the stencil as I need it.

For the card to the right I have created one of my Plaid backgrounds, and the video for that is here

I also used an Alcohol marker and a ruler to highlight the edges which gives the appearance of the card being layered.

This way of giving the layered look saves on postage costs if that is something that you ned to consider.

I thing all three look really pretty whichever colourway you use but the plaid one has to be my favourite

And they have all been dressed up with either pearls or sequins 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx