Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

March 31, 2014

Red Birthday Card

Hi Everybody,

So here is another deep colored card and this one is vibrant in red. Both the white and red card is from   Papermill Direct

The background has been sparkled with glitter from Glitter Magic and I have covered the whole die cut shape.

The satin ribbon is from my "Stash" and the centre of the bow some that I bought from China.

There is a heart shaped glass beaded Hatpin add to the bow and it can be removed as a small gift.
The inside is lined and the red ribbon is at an angle on the embossed card.

It is very sparkly and the picture does not do it the justice it deserves.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 30, 2014

You don't like pastels ??

Hi Everybody,

I realise that not everybody likes pastel colors ... pinks, blues, lilacs and pale greens ... but it beats me why not.

Anyway here is a card that uses deeper tones and it really is lovely in real life.

They may be autumn colors but the card is suitable for any time of year ... and I am happy to say it was added to Etsy and has sold immediately.

So the supplies I have used are white linen card from the  Papermill Direct   and it is superb quality card for all your crafting needs.

The verse is from JustRite Stampers   and matches Spellbinders Labels Twenty Nine ... but shop around you may get it cheaper

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts  and they are sparkled with Glitter Magic

Into the flowers I have added a decorative hatpin and it can be removed for a small gift.

The pearl flourish is from Want2Scrap  and it is the La Creme color that matches the card and the Spellbinders are listed below

Yesterday I had a lovely surprise. Griff told me to be ready to go out  ... dressed smart but casual 12 noon.

He wouldn't tell me where we were going but just that I would need a coat.

 We chatted about all sorts as we headed out of town and the surprise was heading in the Manchester direction.

He took me to see the  Torvill and Dean Ice Show ... and it was amazing.  I was enthralled with it all and the skating was breathtaking.

They actually did the Ravels Bolero routine that won them their Olympic medal and it was beautiful to watch.

 They are not doing anymore Dancing On Ice  shows after this year and I am so glad that we got to see them.  I f you get the chance to see this very last tour you must go ... you will not be disappointed and that is a promise

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 29, 2014

Need to share this ....

Hi Everybody,

Well the first thing I need to share is the name of the Friday Freebie winner and that is you

 Margaret Corgi owner

You need to email me please ... ... with your land address and the card will be on it's way to you.  You have 48 hours to claim the card and I hope you will like it when it arrives.

But the second thing I needed to share will hopefully make you laugh.

I was upstairs in my craft room when the doorbell rang and I knew that Griff was downstairs and would answer the door.

I heard a commotion and then after a short while Griff came upstairs.

He told me that I had got a parcel but he would need a lift getting  it up to my craft room.

He asked me "What on earth have you been buying coz you'll never fit it on a card" .... and this was the parcel.

I laughed my socks off  ...  it is huge and filled the doorway.

And no it's not for me ... it is a wardrobe for next door and the delivery man asked Griff  if he would take it in until the neighbors  came home.

Oh my .... never a dull moment with my hubby 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 28, 2014

Friday Freebie Card 004

Hi Everybody,
Friday Freebie 004

This pretty card may not have flowers on it but it is much better in real life.

It is on offer for this weeks
Friday Freebie

It is a 6" square made with White linen effect card from  Papermill Direct

It has lots of beautiful Diamante from Want2Scrap  and it has been added to a Lace background from Tattered Lace

The Tattered Lace link will take you to a list of places where you can buy their dies.

It is in a very pretty  shade of  turquoise and is  layered up with  glitter card and  the  sentiment is from
Crafters Companion

The card is on offer until 9 pm this evening and then a name will be drawn from the list of comments.

So if you would like to have this card then all you need to do is  leave me a comment.

You will find the comments box under my signature at the end of the post. You don't need to add your blog link

Your comment  will not  be visible until it has been moderated so there is no need to add it twice

The winners name will be in tomorrows blog post so please pop back and check to see if it is you.  You will have 48 hours to claim it or it will be re drawn and go to someone else.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 27, 2014

Turquoise Gingham ...

Hi Everybody,

This is a  card using  the Grand Squares and I have layered up two shades of turquoise with white.

The pretty Gingham ribbon is from Mei Flower  and I have tied it into a double bow and added a glittery centre from Wild Orchid Crafts

The flowers are a mixture of WOC flowers but also the large one  that has been rolled from Spellbinders Spiral Blossom One

The sentiment is from Crafters Companion  and it has been stamped in turquoise and clear embossed.

It is a pretty card as always looks much better in real life.

The flowers are sparkled with Glitter Magic

I hope you will pop in tomorrow for the Friday Freebie and leave me your comments if you want to win

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 26, 2014

Sweet Sixteen ...

Hi Everybody,

Because of all the cards that have been sold on Etsy I am now getting orders for specific designs.

This was requested especially for a daughters 16th birthday and the remit was pink and flowery.... and I am always happy to oblige with that kind of request.

I have the buyers permission to add it to a blog page and so here it is.

And once again I have to say it is much better in real life than the picture shows.
I have used flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts  and they are sparkled with Glitter Magic

Into them I have added a  pretty pink Hatpin  made from Diamante and glass beads... and it can be removed

I have double layered the ribbon with plain pink and the Gingham Ribbon is from Mei Flower  with a large pearl and Diamante centre.

The pearl flourishes along each side of the card are from  Want2Scrap  and they add the luxury touch

The inside has the pocket and tag for the signature or greeting to the recipient of the card.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 25, 2014

Lili of The Valley

Hi Everybody,

These are some cards I made way back in 2011 and long before I discovered Spectrum Noir so no color list for this one.

But the Wild Orchid Crafts  flowers can be see in great abundance even then... as is the few Spellbinders that I had back then

The round  sentiment and the images are all  from
  Lili of the Valley
Making this style of card was covered in a video tutorial that I did at that time.

I am adding the link here for you to the actual  website page   Making a Card ... Inside and Out

I have moved on  lot from this these days but I still do a dry run with the elements before I glue anything in place.

The cards are all 15 cm squares and I also did another tutorial to follow this on making the boxes to go with this sized card.

It all seems so long ago when I watch these tutorials, but they are as useful now as they ever have been.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 24, 2014

Butterfly Card

Hi Everybody,

The butterfly is one of the  beautiful  new images from Sheena Douglass. and the sentiment is also from the same range.

I have Spectrum Noir and the colors used are ...

PL2 LV2 LV3 and then over the top I have used the Ice Silks Acrylic Glaze

The body line has Mother of Pearl self adhesive pearl and two really tiny ones on the end of the antenna.

I have simply layered it up with purple and black card and used some lace patterned paper.  The Labels 30 is layered onto the purple and added with foam pads over the ribbon.

A pearl trail from  Want2Scrap  sits along the  bottom of the  butterfly and the  silver edged ribbon is from
 Mei Flower

A very simple card and because of time constraints today it  took next to no time to make. Hope fully I will have more time later.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


March 23, 2014

More New Hatpins

Hi Everybody,

Well the Friday Freebie was claimed and is on it's way to the new owner... who I might add was very pleased to have won it.

It gives me no end of pleasure to get an email from someone who is looking forward to getting my give aways

So these are some more of the new Tibetan Silver Hatpins that I have been making and there is still more silver ware on it's way from China.

Some of you have been asking me about the supplier and so here is the link for you.... PandaHall

You will have to buy in bilk though and you will have to wait a few weeks for delivery

To save the cost with postage I have had mine sent by Surface Mail ... it's less expensive but takes a long time to get here, hence the wait.

But once it is all here I will show you.

The hatpins them selves are complete with end protectors and they are from Sparkles Group   ... if you add the code CG05 at the checkout you will get a discount off your purchase.

Both of these packs were  added to  Etsy and both have sold the day after.

They are not the same as the ones in  "My Shop"  ... these are far more elaborate  and there is a lot of silver used and so they are more expensive

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 22, 2014

Card Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

Once again the response is amazing and thank you to everyone for ALL your lovely comments.  I have got my "Film Crew" to do his weekly draw and the winner of the Lilac card is ....

Supernan Sue

The card is yours Sue and I need you to  email me with your address so that  I can post the card to you straigh t away. 

At the risk of  repeating myself have 48 hours to claim it or it will be redrawn and then go to someone else ... (I sound like a parrot)

To break the post up I thought I would add this pretty card.

It  is created using one of the  Rachelle Ann Miller designs that are new in at  Crafters Companion 

The link will show you some of the other cute characters in the range.

This one has been colored with  Spectrum Noir and  for those that like to know ...

Colors used ...
Skin                    FS2 FS3 TN2
Hair/Teddy          TN2 TN7 TN8
Balloons             TB4 CG1  PP4
Skirt                   DG2 CG2 
Shadows            IG2 TB2

The white satin ribbon from  Mei Flower   and the white  flowers from  Wild Orchid Crafts   have been colored with the refill inks ... TB4 for the blue ones and CT4 for the pale lemon ones and I mixed them with the Isopropyl

I have sparkled the with  Glitter Magic  and added in some pearly swirls from  Want2Scrap 

So another card will be on offer next Friday ... but I hope you will visit again before then.

More tomorrow ...


March 21, 2014

Friday Freebie 003

Hi Everybody,

Thank you all for being so understanding  and supportive of yesterdays post.

Norah  responded warmly and claimed her card straight away and I hope you like it Norah ... it's on it's way

So here is this weeks Friday Freebie and it is a very pretty lilac card ... and this one is complete with hatpin.but it is not removable ... unless you wanted to really pull it out of the flowers.

It is a 5x7 with the fold at the top and the card used is the 270 gsm Linen effect from Papermill Direct    This is the card I use for most of my designs and it is a really good quality

So the other suppliers are ...
Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts  with the sparkle from Glitter Magic

The silver edged ribbon is from Mei Flower  and the pearly flourish is from Want2Scrap

To win the card all you need to do is leave me a comment and at 9 pm this evening a  winner will be drawn from the list and the name published in the morning.

And can I ask you please to come back and check, if you added your name,  to see if you are the winner because if the card is not claimed within 48 hours then it will go to someone else.

More tomorrow...

Hugs xx

March 20, 2014

Your Opinion Please ...

Hi Everybody,

This sounds like a rant and I really don't mean it too ... but as you know I have started to do a "Friday Freebie"

And so far over the last two weeks I have offered two cards to be given away.

On both occasions I have had to chase up the winners to claim the card and last weeks winner Kiwi,   has still not come forward.

This is the card that was on offer last Friday and the winners name was announced on the Saturday morning.

I added a reminder on Facebook for  the winner to come forward and claim the prize and still had no response and so I am sorry Kiwi  ... but you missed the boat.

If you add your name and/or  comment to any of my "Give Aways" then surely it is up to you to come back and check if you have won.

I am making the cards with all the lovely attachments to them and I am covering the cost of the postage too  ... all you have to do is let me know where you are.  I think that is a fair request.... don't you ??

I have drawn another name from the hat so that this card can go before another  Friday Freebie card is shown.

The new owner of this card is you   ...   Norah McPhee   and you need to email  me with your land address so that I can get the card in the post to you.....

There will be another card on offer in the morning.  But as a final request can I ask please that if you add your name then check the winners list and  let me know where you are,  if you are the winner,  as soon as you can.

The responsibility is yours to check  and not mine to chase you.  I will wait for 48  hours and then it will be too late ...  the prizes on offer will go to someone else.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 19, 2014

The Winners Are ....

Hi Everybody,

So here is the bit that 689 of you have been waiting for ... Drum Roll Please ....

The winners of the Birthday "Give Away" are ...

Nora McGrann
Pat Simmonds

I need your land addresses ladies and the prizes will be in the post to you... email me ...

You will have been notified by InLinkz of your win so check your email carefully.

This is a reminder of what it is ...
Two packs of beautiful WOC flowers
Two packs of "Bling" from Want2Scrap
I pack of glitter from Glitter Magic
I pack of Hatpins from me ...

You have 48 hours to claim the prize and then if you haven't been in touch  it will go to some one else.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 18, 2014

Spectrum Noir ...

Hi Everybody,

This image is from the new stamp collection with Crafters Companion and I have colored it with Spectrum Noir

It is from the Rachelle Ann Miller  and the images are so cute.

The colors used ...
Rabbits            IG1 IG2 IG4
Ears/flowers/   PP1 PP4
Grass              DG2 DG4
Shadow           TB1

And there is CD to go with it that will give you backing papers and ready made cards as well as envelopes and boxes all to match.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts  and they have fine glitter from Glitter Magic on them to make them sparkle.

The ribbon is from Mei Flower  and the pearly flourish is from Want2Scrap 

You don't have long now to add your name to the list for this months Birthday "Give Away"   and the prize is well worth having.

You need to become a follower and leave me a comment to be in with the chance to win one of the two prizes on offer and the winner will be announced in the morning

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 17, 2014

Card and Hatpin ...

Hi Everybody,

Todays card is another pretty in pink creation but this one has the Hatpin pushed into the corsage.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts  and have the added glitter  from Glitter Magic.

The diamante teardrops are from Want2Scrap and they blend with the diamnate in the hatpin.

The hatpins and end protectors are from the Sparkles Group  ... they are in gold and silver, different sizes and if you add the code CG05 you will get a discount at the checkout.

I have left the protector on the pin for the recipient to remove and wear.

This is the finished card and I have used the butterflies from the Les Papillion set.

The ribbon is from my "Stash"

The pink lace under the ribbon is from a bouquet of flowers that I got for my birthday  ... frugal crafter wastes nothing !!

The verse is from a set by Crafters Companion and there are lots of lovely sentiments in the sets.

The papers I have used are free with the March magazine from Tattered Lace 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 16, 2014

New "Goodies" ...

Hi Everybody,

A few days ago I mentioned that I was getting some new "Goodies" from China to make my Hatpins

Well they have started arriving now and I am so pleased with them all.

I have bought lots of Tibetan Silver and the hatpins they produce are gorgeous.
I have tried to get as close as I can to the pins to show you what I mean.

These silver filigree beads are so opulent  but I have to tell you that they are not cheap.

And all your costs need to be calculated carefully if you are going to sell them.

If you are adding them to a card be sure to tell your recipient that they can be removed and worn as a fabulous gift.

These will be going in both "My Shop"  and Etsy  later once I have worked out a fair price for them.

I will make a card and add a hatpin to it to show you the beautiful look they give to your designs.

Aaaand  .... there is still more to come yet so I will show you that when it arrives.

Ooooh !! It will  be like Christmas all over again .....

There is still time to enter for the Birthday "Give Away"   add your name for one of two chances to win the prize

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 15, 2014

Friendship Card...

Hi Everybody,

This pretty card uses  Labels Thirty Four  for the central point.  I have used both the decorative labels and the plain ones

It is created in the hinged card style   and layered with turquoise and white.

I have used pearly "Bling" from Want2Scrap  and the ribbon is a soft organza that has been tied into a double bow... and I got it from the craft show last month.

The pearl centre to the bow,  and the flowers,  are from Wild Orchid Crafts  and they are  beautifully sparkled with Glitter Magic

The verse is part of a set that matches Labels Twenty Nine and it is from   JustRite Stampers  ...

The link is there to show you what the stamp is like and you will get it cheaper if you shop around.

The inside is also decorated to compliment the front

This is a commissioned card and I have the buyers permission to show you... and it is much prettier in real life

Have you added your name to the list for the Birthday "Give Away"   You have until Wednesday to do it and then the winners will be announced

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx