September 19, 2020


 Hi Everybody,

I hope you are all keeping well and staying safe as this virus now opens up for a second round. It is probably something we are never going to be free from but hopefully a way to control it will be found in the not too distant future.

I have done the draw for the three Card Making Magic kits that were on offer yesterday and I thank you all for a really good response. However I am sad to say that for the last two weeks the prizes have not been claimed..

 I always add the winners name to a blog post just like this week and I also add it to the Winners page that can be reached in the side bar to the left. You need to come back and check for your self if it is your name that is shown as I have no way of letting you know if you are a winner.

Now onto the winners of each of the kits....

1/ Donella Garwood

2/ Hilary Bunker

3/ Janet Boyne

Could each of you please email me your postal address to
and I will get the kits in the post to you as soon as I can.

I hope you will enjoy playing with them and please let me know that you have got them safely.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 18, 2020

Friday Freebie - Card Making Magic Christmas Collection

 Hi Everybody,

This week the box kit is from Card Making Magic (Me) and this is based on a Christmas Theme, though having said that it can be used all year round to make delightful designs
The candles in the kit will make lovely birthday cards at any time of year, and what's more I have 
three of these this week to "Give Away"

Once again there are papers on quality paper, dies, stamps , an embossing folder and some wonderful ideas inside the magazine too, from the talented design team.

Over the last six weeks I have been offering box kits, and if you won one then Well Done and I hope you have enjoyed your prizes. If you don't come back and check for your name then you will lose the prize and it will be offered to someone else at a later date
then why not leave me a comment at the end of the post with your FULL NAME

There are still people entering without leaving their full name and if you are wondering why you are not winning that is the reason why. 
Your comment will not be entered into the draw if you do not leave your name 
You will need to come back and check if your name has been selected at random,  as you only have 72 hours in which to claim it. 

Good Luck 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 16, 2020

Thank You

Hi Everybody,

I just wanted to pop in and say a big "Thank You" to all of you who have sent me well wishes, prayers and cards while I have been out of action for the past few weeks.  It is very much appreciated and I really do hope to be back soon. I miss blogging and videoing and all of YOU too

Now yesterday I received these beautiful flowers in a glass vase with a box of chocolates and a card from Elaine Prendergast.

She was one of the winners of my Friday Freebies and she wrote to tell me that she was a teacher in Ireland.
She had shown my blog to her class and apparently I made a big hit with them

I duly sent her the prize she had won and I asked her if she would like "Goodies" for the children to craft with.

So I sent off the box with all kinds of things in it and I ended up with my Irish Fan Club

This is the link to the post about them and the card they all made and signed for me.

Thank you Elaine for still remembering me and for the flowers. I know by now you will be teaching another class of children as that group will have moved on.
But their card and the pleasure I gave by sending the crafting stuff really made my day.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 12, 2020


 Hi Everybody,

It's a bit windy here today but not cold and Ruby has just gone out for a walk with Vickie and Dougal.
She has taken them both to Witch Wood and they will have a lovely time sniffing about and looking for squirrels. They don't chase them so no harm comes to the little creatures,

I have not had a particularly good week with walking  but I have gone back to my doctor for stronger pain relief in the hope that it will help if only a little.

Now lets move on to something more cheerful, and that is the draw for the fabulous 
Victoria and Albert  Collection that was on offer yesterday 
The papers in this set are really lovely and some one will have a good time playing with this one. along with the dies, stamps and embossing folder.

The name this week is 

Shelley Yalden

and so if you would email me your postal address please to
the gift will be on its way to you.

It helps me a lot if you can let me know that you have it safe and sound and I am sure that you will not be disappointed with it

I am sad to say the last weeks Friday Freebie of the Floral Special Collection has not been claimed and I will offer that again at a later date.

I am happy to offer the prizes, and pay the postage to wherever you live, and I don't mind if you have won before ...  you can still enter again. The only thing I ask is that you leave me your name to save confusion. And still people are not complying with this small request and obviously not reading the whole post each week when I ask that you leave your FULL NAME


More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 11, 2020

Friday Freebie - V&A Paper Collection

Hi Everybody,

Well this extra special pack is on offer this week and the papers inside are really lovely .
 The magazine is full of inspiration and there are dies, stamps and an embossing folder to help you create.

The papers are quality and not the cheap slippery stuff that is neither use  nor ornament and the embossing folder is full of leaves to create beautiful backgrounds for you designs. I am sure you will have loads of fun with this pack.

Now if you would like to win this one then leave me a comment and be sure to add your FULL NAME to the entry. One name will be chosen as the winner and announced over the weekend so be sure to come back and check if it is your name that is shown. 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 08, 2020

More Patterned Panels

 Hi Everybody,

This pretty card is created with the Rectangle Patterned Panels and this is one of my favourites. 

It has such versatility for cards all year round and will suit any occasion or gender too.

Here I have made it into an Anniversary Card and added just a handful of  mulberry flowers that have been sprinkled with glitter.

Flowers are always a winner for feminine cards and I don't know anybody that wouldn't like these on her card.

I like to add mine with hot glue from a glue gun and that way I am sure that they won't fall off.

But of course you would need to add this type of card to a box to be sure it doesn't get crushed. For my card and box I have used the 5x7 Complete card and box die set and everything else is designed to fit neatly with it.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 05, 2020


Hi Everybody,

Another Friday Freebie has come round and they seem to get quicker each week
 I still have several box kits to be won so please keep on trying if you haven't won one yet. 
I promise you they are well worth trying for and you will not be disappointed in any of them

The draw has been done for yesterdays offering and the name this week is ...

Lynne Lapish

would you email me please with your postal address to
and the kit ill be on its way to you straight away.

If you could let me know that you have it safely that would be great and I hope you enjoy playing with it when it arrives with you.

Every week I ask you to leave your FULL NAME at the end of your comment and the reason for that is to be fair to everybody else. I have on occasions had several people with the same first name  and then it gets confusing. 
But there are still people leaving entries and not adding their full names
 and I cannot enter those with only nick names into the draw. So if you are not winning then at least you  know why. 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 04, 2020

Friday Freebie - Floral Special Collection

 Hi Everybody,

This beautiful kit is designed for all your flowery makes and the magazine will give you some lovely ideas that you may like to try. It consist of the magazine, some lovely paper to compliment your designs, stamps and matching dies and a 6x6 embossing folder. 

Just get the pack, add in some glue and foam pads,  and away you go making your cards and projects to send to family and friends all year round.

The pictures of any of these kits does not do them the full justice they deserve and so if you have been the winner of one I am sure you have not been disappointed when you got them in your hands. 

The papers in each one are printed onto quality paper and there is so much inside the packs to keep you busy.

So if you would like to win this one then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post with your FULL NAME.
From those comments one name will be chosen as the winner so be sure to come back and check if it is your name shown and be sure to claim it quickly.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 03, 2020

Perfect Panels & Lovely Layers - Circles

Hi Everybody,

For today's card I have gone back to a previous collection and this is the Perfect Panels & Lovely Layers sets.

There are several shapes in these die sets ... circles, rectangles, squares and  triangles so I thought I would remind you of what is in them.

Each set has a matching embossing folder and stamps that will fir into the spaces on your cards.

This one obviously uses the circle die set and I have teamed it with a verse from the Wonderful Words stamp set.

As usual I have added in the flowers and leaves and they are from the Filigree Flowers Die set  and they can of course be used on any card or project you like to make.

The card will stand straight if you level off the back piece slightly along the bottom edge.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 02, 2020

New Video

Hi Everybody,

Well as promised the video is done and ready for you to view. I hope you will like the result !!

I have used the Round Bauble Easel Die Set to show you two ways in which I have used it for cards.

The third way is to create this really pretty Bauble that can be hung on your tree at Christmas.

You can of course use any of the other dies in this new collection in a similar way for your cards and they would look really good.

But these are an easy way to create shaped cards  that are not too big to fit into a standard envelope, which keeps down the cost of postage.

Make them in your favourite colours or stick to traditional red and greens 

I hope you enjoy playing with any of the dies that you have from any of my collections and there is more to come in the next few months.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 01, 2020

Bauble Easel

 HI Everybody,

This pretty card features two of the new Easel Card dies that are available now on the 
Craft Stash website

The Traditional Bauble and the Round Bauble have both been used to decorate the front of this card.

And I have used extra snowflakes from the Round Bauble to add interest to it also.

It is not in typical Christmas colours but it is very effective, and the back ground has been created with the
 Trellis embossing folder

I am going to try making a video today and see if my legs will keep me upright long enough and in this I will show you how to use the round bauble on its own.

So please join me tomorrow when hopefully it will be there for you to see.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 29, 2020


 Hi Everybody,

Is it me or is it colder today ? I am seriously thinking o putting the heating on coz my toes are freezing.
Or maybe it would just be quicker to put some socks on !!
Ruby doesn't care ... she has her fur to keep her warm.

This morning I have been busy with mundane household chores that needed to be done out of the way , but no more climbing on chairs for me as I don't want another damaged cartilage. 
I have to say that the injection of steroids into the knee I had don't seem to have made a lot of difference.
I started off hopeful that they would but now I seem to be back to square one again.

I have done the draw for yesterdays lovely Tonic Box Kit and this is such a lovely gift to win.
The name drawn is ...

Maggie Gardner

so would you email me please your postal address to
and I will get it in the post to you straight away..

Please let me know that you have it safely and I hope you enjoy playing with the goodies when they arrive with you.

It's a Bank Holiday Weekend here in the UK so I will be back with you next Tuesday.
Try to have a good weekend and please stay safe

Hugs xx

August 28, 2020

Friday Freebie - Tonic Box Kit

 Hi Everybody,

Today's box kit comes from the wonderful Tonic and you will not be disappointed with this kit because it is full of wonderful goodies for you to play with.  The magazine will give you lots of ideas on how to create other projects too and you are sure to enjoy playing with it all.

This kit is based on a Christmas Theme and will give you endless fun in time for the season.

Add glitter to sequins to the Christmas Tree, create some crackers for your table and send out delightful cards to your family and friends.

So if you would like to have this kit then all you have to do is leave me a comment at the end of this post.
You need to add your FULL NAME or your entry will not be added, and then you need to come back and see if it is your name that is listed as the winner.

It doesn't matter where you live or even if you have won before you can still try for this kit.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 25, 2020

Pentagon Easel for Christmas

Hi Everybody,                           

This card is created from another of the new easel dies and on some of the packages it is called the Hexagon Bauble Easel.

And I know it only has five sides so it's not a hexagon,  and we will have to blame that one on the Gremlins !!

Nevertheless it is a pretty Pentagon Easel Card once made up and just the same as the others in this collection it can be added to a full sized card if you wished.

The deer is part of the set and I have added some shading to mine and then mounted it with foam pads  to the leaves.

Another quick and easy way to create a shaped card without any measuring for you to do. Just run the dies through your machine and away you go.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 24, 2020

Triple Star Easel Card

Hi Everybody,                   

Today's card is created using the new Triple Star Easel Card from Card Making Magic and I am sorry that this is a rubbish picture.

The light was going and my battery was also on it's last legs but you get the idea anyway.

This is a pretty die set and can be used in several ways, and would look particularly good as individual stars on a card.

You could create ornaments to dress your tree, or make a garland by gluing several of them together.

This card has just been made from pink and silver card to give it some sparkle.

It is not a big card and will fit easily into a standard envelope and so save you money on postage, but it is very impressive once opened out for your recipient to add to their mantle shelf.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx