May 24, 2019

Friday Freebie - Festive Friend

Hi Everybody,

This little fella can be your friend and all you have to do is stamp him out and colour him then use the die to cut him out and he is ready to add to your creations.

There are items within the stamp set that you can add to your reindeer such as a hat, scarf and place a sack in his hand that could be full of gifts.

If you would like to have this  Festive Friend  stamp and de set then all you need to do is leave me a comment with your FULL NAME at the end of the post and pop back tomorrow to see if you are the winner. 

You have 72 hours in which to claim the prize and it doesn't matter if you won before or where you live.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 23, 2019

Lacey Nested Rectangles

Hi Everybody,

Today it is the turn of the rectangles from the Lacey Collection and these are a really useful set to have

In the video I have shown you how I made the frames and to layer them up so that they are on different levels

This means that you can see into the depth of the card and it gives a lovely effect

The colour scheme is a bit bright but a change is as good as a rest from the soft pastel that I like to use ... especially pink !!


So with this colour palette I decided to make one for the girls and one for the boys and it works for both cards.

The pretty flowers are from Petal Lu and they can be seen and bought on Facebook.

I am really pleased that you seem to be liking the new Lacey Collection and I will be on Hochanda next week with the One Day Special on the 29th May. I Hope you can join me 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 22, 2019

Die Cutting Essentials 52 Creative Corners

Hi Everybody,

The exclusive gift with Die Cutting Essentials this month is a really useful corner die that can be used for male and female cards

It is called Creative Corners and you can cut the pattern out of the card or leave it in if that is the look you're after.

The choice is yours but either way it will give you a pretty result


The magazine is going to be on sale tomorrow the 23 rd May so keep a look out. Or you could take out a subscription and that way you are always sure of your copy.

I have shown you several ways in which you can ring the changes to your own designs and it can be used for any occasion. 

To colour this card I used Spectrum Noir Pencils and the result is a lovely vibrant card that I then dotted with gemstones

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 21, 2019

Birthday Circle

Hi Everybody,

Today's card uses part of a Lacey nested Circle to great effect, and I really love these pastel colours together.

The spotty card is some that I bought from AnnaMarie Designs at the craft show I went to last year.

I embossed the large patterned circle in the Flourish Embossing Folder before I added it to the card and I placed some foam tape to keep it raised off the spotty card.

I wrapped the spine with white ribbon and added the flowers to the top to trail down the left hand side.

They have been sparkled with glitter and dotted with pearls around the outside.

I love this  Lacey Collection ... it is so pretty and very girly, and such good value for money with lots of dies to give you lots of ideas 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 20, 2019

Lacey Circles Secret Pocket Card

Hi Everybody,

Staying with the Lacey Circles I wanted to show you this pretty card in turquoise and cream

But the difference to this one is the little pocket on the front of the top layer.

A very soft and pleasing colour scheme.

I used a larger circle to cut the base and then added the other layers to the top, mixing the colours as I went along.

For this I have cut a tag and added a sentiment that can be tucked into the pocket.

I used a hole punch in the tag and then threaded ribbon through so that it can be removed by the recipient to read the message.

I used one of the Lacey Ribbons to add extra decoration to the pocket and then dotted the front with pearls.

Just a little unusual for the front of a card and the flowers make it truly feminine

Adds that little bit of fun for whoever you give the card too.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 19, 2019

Lacey Circles Gatefold Card

Hi Everybody,

Time to move on now to another shape from the Lacey Collection and for this card I used the Circles to create a Gatefold Card.

I chose a lovely shade of blue and teamed it with white for a really fresh look

The card is not a free standing one so you will need the Card Stand to display it

The stand is a really useful addition to your own cardmaking stash and makes a really pretty display from any card.

The Card Making Magic card stand can be used across all the different sizes and it will fit neatly into box with the card for you to give

It is a very easy card to make even with the different layers.
 But, if a card is worth making, it is worth making to the best of your abilities and with the best products that you have. 
So I don't mind adding layers and flowers, ribbons and pearls because I like to give a beautiful card

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 18, 2019

Card & Gift Winner

Hi Everybody,

It's a lovely day here by the coast and lots of people are sure to come for the day out to take in the sea breeze.  Ruby and I have just had a walk down to the sea front and it was very pleasant.

The draw for yesterdays gift has now been done and the winner this week is 

Maureen Wood

would you email me please with your postal address to 
christina@card-making-magic.com
and the gift will be on it's way to you.

You have 72 hours in which to claim it and please let me know when it gets to you.

Have fun making snowflakes

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 17, 2019

Friday Freebie - Sparkling Snowflake

Hi Everybody,

Another Christmas gift again this week and this one is a really large snowflake that comes in two parts.

It can be cut from the card by using the outer edge or left in the card if you use just the patterned piece

Looks really pretty which ever way you decide to use it and certainly makes a statement piece on the front of your designs. Cut it from Glitter paper for a spectacular look or double sided sticky sheet to create your own special look for your own Sparkling Snowflake 

So would you like this die to add to your collection??
Then all you have to do is leave me a comment at the end of this post with your FULL NAME

One name will be chosen and announced tomorrow so please come back and check if it is your name that is shown. You will have 72 hours in which to claim the prize

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx





May 16, 2019

Last Oval ... for now !!

Hi Everybody,

So far I have shown you how to mix and match the ovals in the new set and the older set with beautiful results.

But how about mixing in some of the stamps that are in the collection.for yet another look to your designs.

For this card I have used only the oval dies that will cut the pattern but leave it in the card and so giving me the pierced look for my oval shape

Then I have used the plain dies that will fit inside these open cuts to create the frame I needed in red.

I embossed this frame in the Flourish Folder and added it to my card with foam tape underneath. And it fits just on the inside of the oval shape. I added one of the Lacey Ribbon dies to the bottom of the oval and used the smaller ribbon die to add across the front of the oval

I stamped and die cut the flowers onto water colour card and coloured them with water colour pencils and a water brush. I added black pearls to the centres of each and added them with foam tape.

The sentiment was cut several times and stacked together for depth. I covered it with Glossy Accents and allowed it to dry overnight before adding it to my design

This card gives you a different look ... it uses other items from your collection ... and it gives you a lovely card that will fit into an envelope. What more could you want ???

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 15, 2019

Card Making Magic Lacey Nested Ovals

Hi Everybody,

Thank you for the lovely comments about the new collection and I am so happy that you seem to like it.

Today I am adding a video to show you how I created this card which is another Oval but using it in a different way.

And because there was not a lot of depth to it I was able to add it to an envelope that I decorated to match

I used a lovely cream and pink colour scheme and it is very soft on the eye.


If you add plenty of glue to the seams of the envelope it is sturdy enough to go through the post, and you can add an address label to the front for delivery.

Much nicer than those brown envelopes with bills in them !!

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 14, 2019

Still with the Ovals ...

Hi Everybody,

Have you had a chance to look at the new collection yet?  

Craft Stash will be launching it officially on Thursday and I really hope you are going to like.

I think it is wonderful and takes me right back to the street I should be on ... making pretty floral feminine cards

So now I have shown you four different ways that you can use the one Lacey Oval set of dies and I am sure there are going to be many many more.

I haven't had time yet to do some videos but they are on their way ... at the moment I am simply enjoying playing with them to see what I can do.

So far I can say truthfully that I love them all and I am very pleased with all the cards that I have created with any of the new shapes in the Lacey Collection

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 13, 2019

Lacey Ovals - Mix & Match

Hi Everybody,

Here is another card created with the Lacey Ovals and this one is playing very nicely with the Nesting Ovals from the Original set of dies, which is in white

They are really sturdy cards because of the layers and of course it will fit really well into a box as a gift for your recipient.

I love the colour of this card and I have mixed spots and stripes in the same shade.

I have added the links to the items I have used below so that you can see what the new Lacey Collection looks like.

This is a collection that I really love and it designed to extend any dies that you may have from the original "Christina Collection" 

You can build up your own stash as you go along knowing the each piece will work with the other.
And although this Ovals set is linked to the 5x7  it will make free standing cards and can also be used on any of the other shapes too.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 12, 2019

Beautiful New Collection

HI Everybody,

For those of you with Eagle Eyes you will have noticed some new additions to the 
Craft Stash Website.

And I am so delighted to tell you that these are the new Lacey Collection that have been added to my brand of Card Making Magic

The card on the right is created with the Lacey Oval and they have been created to compliment the 5x7 Card & Box Die Set

It is a beautiful die and there are such a lot of different ways that it can be used.

Here I have added it on a 5x7 card and used one of the New Lacey  Ribbon #2  dies to create the background in the oval.

These dies are just so feminine and intricate and the cards they will help you make are sure to be beautiful. I have loved playing with them ... ALL

Here is another way to use the dies to create a stand alone card and I have added two different sized frames to surround the verse.

I have added the links below for you to see the collection and I promise you you will not be disappointed with it.

And videos will be along shortly to show you how I make my cards

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 11, 2019

Card & Gift Winner

Hi Everybody,

It's a beautiful day here and the sun is streaming in through my window. 
I have been up bright and early and the draw has already been done. 
So with out further ado the winner this week is ...

Diane Brown 
and is you could mail me your postal address please to
christina@card-making-magic.com
the gift will be on its way to you.

Please let me know when you get it safe and sound and I really hope you will enjoy playing with it.
Get your imagination working and there will be so many ways you can build the scenes

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 10, 2019

Friday Freebie - Scenic Nativity

Hi Everybody,           

This lovely die set is far more useful than it appears and you have some fun creating your own scenes from it

For my card I cut it all in white card and then used my pens to add the scene and the shading and then decoupaged the layers onto my card inside the frame

I haven't made it particularly Christmassy to show you that it can be used all year round.

Scenic Nativity  is the video to accompany the card and it's not a long one but does have other ideas that you may like to try

Now if you would like this set then lave me a comment at the end of the post with your FULL NAME and one name will be drawn as the winner and announced in tomorrows blog post so be sure to come back and check

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx