August 14, 2018

Yupo Paper

Hi Everybody,

This is the first time I have tried YUPO Paper and what a strange material it is. 

It is called paper but it doesn't go soggy, or tear, warp, split or pill no matter what you do to it and it is a fun product to play with

You can die cut it easily which means you can create stencils form your own dies

For this card I have used Alcohol Inks and Gilding Flakes along with some gold card for the sentiment.

I allowed the inks to flow wherever they wanted to on the Yupo paper, and it dries very quickly.  I cut around the edge to leave an uneven shape

On another part of the design I have hand  drawn some flowers and then cut around them. I tried to add some gold gilding flakes around this edge with a glue pen but it came out very patchy.
 So I will have to try that part again to see what I did wrong

I backed the centre flowers onto some gold card, leaving a narrow border around the edge and then added this with foam tape underneath to raise it up from the main card.

The tiny hearts and the Best Wishes are cut from the same gold card.

The background is done with an embossing folder and the single flower at the top is added with glue.

I quite like the effect though and once I have practised a little bit more with the technique I will video it to show you what I have done

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 13, 2018

Two for One ....

Hi Everybody,

Whenever you make a card with a technique on the background and then you die cut that piece ... always be aware that you can re use this die cut on another card.

In the video for shaving foam I made the background with green/turquoise inks and then cut out the centre part with an oval. 

It turned out really pretty and the cut out oval too good to just throw away.
And so I made it into another card that turned out just as good as the first one.

For both cards I have used an embossed panel to show them off even more and I was pleased with the result

I also have all the other panels I made in that video and I am sure they will pop up in various places in the future

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 11, 2018

Card and Gift Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

What a bright and beautiful day. Griff and I are going to get ready shortly to take Ruby out for the day along with Dougal and Vickie. Somewhere where Ruby can have a swim if she feels in the mood.

The draw has been done for the winner of yesterdays offer and the name is ....  

Katie Baird
would you email me please with your postal address to
and the prize will be on it's way to straight away.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 10, 2018

Friday Freebie - Sparkling Snowflake Die set

Hi Everybody,

Before I add any more new Cards and Gifts to the Friday Freebie I am re offering the ones that have not been claimed in the last few weeks

This first one is the
Sparkling  Snowflake 
2 piece die set and it will help you to make some  really pretty cards

It is ideal to use all year round  and not just for Christmas.

If you add your name then PLEASE come back and check if it is your name that is shown on the Saturday post. 

And if you can't make it back on the Saturday then don't forget to scroll back though the pages to see if your name is listed. You will have 72 hours in which to claim it so that will give you plenty of time to check 

So if this a set that you would like to have then leave me a comment at the end of the post and from those comments one name will be chosen at random as the winner.  

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 09, 2018

Shaving Foam & Gilding Flakes

Hi Everybody,

As promised here is the video to show you how I did the shaving foam and gilding flakes technique on the cards I showed you last week.

This one has gold flakes on it and I have cut the panel into heart shapes to add to the embossed front.

The tiny gemstones make it sparkle and it is a really pretty card

There are several examples that you can try in the video and the colours are really vibrant on my cards.

For this card I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from Card Making Magic and added it to some vellum

The colours you use can make the card for any occasion or gender 

Use blues to create a sky or sea scene.
Or browns,tans and black for a tortoise shell look.

The world is your oyster with ideas and you just need to turn them into cards once you have the panels made.

Always a good stand by for those last minute makes that you may be asked to come up.

More tomorrow ...


August 08, 2018

Papercraft Essentials 163 - Meadow Flowers

Hi Everybody,

This month the free gift with Papercraft Essentials is a versatile stamp set, a cute bee die and an embossing folder.

For the card shown I have used all the elements to the set and then added Glossy Accents to the bees to make them shine.

The video will show you how I made two more using the same items and colour scheme but they look totally different when finished

The gift is a really useful addition to your crafting goodies and the magazine will keep you busy while you read through the pages for all the tips and instructions for your gift and other card ideas.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 07, 2018

Traditional Poinsettia

Hi Everybody,

Today's card and box has stayed with traditional Christmas colours using some of my new collection.

The video will show you how I create this card and it is much nicer in the hand.

The box matches the card completely and the stand is the perfect addition for the card to be displayed.

There is nothing to stop changing the colours of the flowers to make them look more summery, or even using this as a Birthday card.
All of the new collection is versatile enough to be used all year round and will mix beautifully with any of the other elements I have introduced.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 06, 2018

Christmas Rose

Hi Everybody,

For today's card I have used the Christmas Rose stamp set from my new Christmas Collection.

I used the Rosebud and three leaf stamps to show the versatility of the set.

Change the sentiment on this card and it could just as easily be a birthday card for any time of the year.

The stamp set has dies that will cut out some of the elements for you 
This card to the left has used the dies to cut out the beautiful rose 

There are sneaky peaks of two new dies that are coming in the next wave of the Christmas Collection due on the 17th August.

I will show you lots more in videos once they have been launched so I hope you will come back and visit to see what I have for you then

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 04, 2018

Card and Gift Winner

Hi Everybody,

Lovely here in Blackpool today and everywhere is quite busy. Lots of people coming to visit and I think there is a Classic car show on this weekend. I have lots planned including some videos for you to view in the coming weeks

The draw for the card and gift on offer yesterday has been done and the name chosen at random is ...

Sue Cockerham 

would you email me please with your postal address to
and the prize will be on it's way to you straight away
I hope you enjoy it and please let me know that you have it safely.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 03, 2018

Friday Freebie - Butterfly Dreams

Hi Everybody,

The gift on offer today was one of my favourite sets when it was offered as free gift with Simply Cards & Papercraft way back in January

It made me think of warm sunny days and I really enjoyed playing with it.

There are 6 dies, 2 stamps and a lovely embossing folder for you to create some really pretty cards.

Butterfly Dreams will show you some of my ideas and I know you will enjoy this as much as I did. So would you like to win this one??

Then all you need to do is leave me a comment to be in with the chance. But please leave me your FULL real name so that there is no confusion over the winner.

Be sure to come back on Saturday morning to see if it is your name that is shown and then you will have 72 hours in which to email me to claim the prize

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 01, 2018

Creative Stamping 60 - Autumnal Treasures

Hi Everybody,

It's time for the Creative Stamping Magazine and this months issue 60 has some lovely stamps in it for you to create cards with an Autumn feel

It is a full A4 size and the featured designer this month is Hot Off The Press

I had some fun playing with it and I am sure that you will too.

It will be in the shops tomorrow the 2nd August so keep a look out if it one that you would like to have

The video will give you some ideas and there are lots more inside the pages for you to browse through as you have a cuppa and a biscuit or three !

 So I hope you enjoy the video, the magazine, the stamps and your brew.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 31, 2018

Card Making Magic Christmas Collection.

Hi Everybody,

Today I have been playing with the Layered Christmas Poinsettia that is part of my new collection which is available at

I have shown you a variety of ways in which these sets can be used either separately or together and there are lots of ways to vary the flowers.

They can be used all year round if you use pastel colours for the summer. And I have used felt for some of them too.

I added some of the pearl stamens to mine and they looked so pretty.

I have added the links at the bottom to the products I have used but the card is 300 gsm and from Papermill Direct and it is such good quality

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 30, 2018

Shaving Foam Background

Hi Everybody,

I have been messing about with some really cheap shaving foam again and the backgrounds I have made will turn into some really pretty cards.

This Birthday card has the addition of Gilding Flakes to it and I really like the look of this.

The Gilding Flakes come in several different colours from Craft Stash

I then split the panel in two and added it to an embossed panel with foam tape.

The New Home one has been shaped at the top with a die that was free with a magazine and again added to an embossed panel 

I am really pleased with both and will show you the others as I make them.

I used Alcohol re-inkers for mine but  you would get a result just as good using any other re-inker that you have and there is a vast range of colours at 

But would you like me to video the making of some more and how to add the gilding flakes or glitter to them??

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 28, 2018

Card and Gift Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

Thank you for joining me on the Craft Stash Facebook Live yesterday.
 I had a lovely time and my new Christmas Collection was officially launched and is already doing well.
 I am going to be busy making lots of videos with it all and I am really excited about these as there are some lovely dies and embossing folders in them.

The draw for yesterdays gift has been done and the winner today is ....

Vicki L Phillips
would you email me please with your postal address to:
and they will be on their way to you straight away.

Please let me know when you have them safely and I hope you will like them. 
You will have no excuse now about making the card for your grand daughter !!

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 27, 2018

Friday Freebie - Cherry Tree Die Set

Hi Everybody,

The gift on offer today is this two piece die set that can create borders of varying sizes. 

The video will show you how I used it and some other ideas that you may like to try. 

It is a really pretty Cherry Tree Die Set and I am sure that you will have fun playing with it and coming up with more ideas for yourself 

Is this a gift that you would like to have ?? Then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post with you FULL name

Then be sure to come back tomorrow to see if it is your name that is shown. 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx