Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

December 01, 2023

Friday Freebie - Festive Bells

 Hi Everybody,

This week sees a beautiful panel die being offered as the Give Away and this is from Crafters Companion.

As you can see from the photo that it is quite a large die and the magazine will give you some ideas on how you can use it on your own designs. 

There are lots of inspiration in the pages and so make yourself a cuppa and have a good browse through the pages. You won't be disappointed.

So would you like this to be on it's way to you ???

Then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of this post to be in with the chance.

You must add the comment with your FULL NAME or it will not be entered into the draw. You will also need to come back over the weekend to see if you are the listed winner and then you have 72 hours in which to claim it. If it is not claimed it will be re offered at a later date.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 30, 2023

Warm Florals Making A Card

 Hi Everybody,

This is a paper pack from Card Making Magic that has been out for a little while now and it is one that I really enjoyed playing with.

The flowers and the colours are very bright and the cards that they make are gorgeous. I have used this a lot and it is still available at Craft Stash.

I have used it with embossed backgrounds and other die cuts that I have on my desk and it mixes well with other items that I have, and I am sure you will have many embellishments lying around too.

The cards to the right is an A6 size and I have used some of the pink paper from the pack as one of the layers.

The card to the left is a Dl size and I have created the card base from one of the sheets of card in the pack.

I used the papers that are scraps to create the background and covered the join with one of the ribbon strips in the pack.

I did some videos using this pack and here is one that creates a larger card using all the kit. 

It isn't too long .. just enough time for  a cuppa

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 29, 2023

Laminated background

Hi Everybody,

Todays card has a background that has been created with a laminating pouch, alcohol markers and some gilding flakes.

It was very easy to do and the result is lovely and rich looking.

I opened the pouch, which I got really cheap from Lidl, and scribbled alcohol markers onto one side of it and spritzed it with a little Isopropyl to make the colours run.

Then I added some gilding flakes to the mix and closed the pouch. After running it through the laminator this was what I ended up with and it is an A5 size. Just a perfect size for my card. I added some glue to the parts that wouldn't show and adhered it to a white base card

I used the Nested Oval Fancy Frames die and gold mirror card for he centre and added toning flowers and leaves to the edge of the frame.

The "Best Wishes" is from the Special Words die set and I cut the shadow in parchment to make it stand out more on the busy background. 

The flowers are from my stash and they have been sparkled with some fine glitter and there is the addition of two tiny black organza butterflies near each group of flowers. I also used pink pearls for the inside of two of the flowers

Hope you like 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 28, 2023

Differences ...

 Hi Everybody,

I have ben busy sending out to the readers that requested them Pokey Tools and Glue Bottle Pins.

I have tucked the glue pins into the Friday Freebie magazines that have gone out each week and I hope you are putting them to good use.

But then I made some pokey tools as a practice run and asked if anybody would like one and the answer was yes. 

Some of them have still to arrive with their owners as they went to far away places and will still be in the postal system or your country. But they will get there eventually.

The picture shows you the difference in the sizes as the glue pin on the left is much much smaller, and the larger one will not fit into a glue bottle. So whichever you get it has been sent with love and is my gift to you.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 26, 2023

Margaret Powell - Winner

 Hi Everybody,

First of all thank you to those who asked me for the Pokey tools that I made and I am happy to say that they all went in the first two days. I asked that you email me with your address to

Some emailed me but did not give me their address, somebody else left there address on the blog and it was instantly removed. Leaving it there just gives your information to the world and that is not good. 
Anonymous also asked me for one of them but gave me no name or address ... so how am I supposed to know who you are ???

So to those who did send their addresses to the correct place they will get the tools shortly. Some have gone to Canada, Australia and the US as well as here in the UK. I hope you will like them when they arrive with you.

And people that have already received them have now written to say they do really like them. so thank you for that also.

I also offered some of the earrings, via the blog comments,  to readers asking for their postal addresses too and they have not responded to that request either .. as yet. Get checking if you wanted some of them.

And now on to the winner of Fridays lovely offering from Lisa Horton and the name this week is ...

Margaret Powell

would you email me please with your postal address to
and I will get the pack off to you as soon as I can.

The little glue pin will be inside the pack so be careful you don't lose it when you open the envelope.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx