Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

August 31, 2014

Craft show "Goodies" ...

Hi Everybody,

What a lovely day I have had out in the sunshine and going to the craft show.

I bought quite a few items  but mostly essential stuff like card and glues.

But some of the pretty things that you can see in the photo are some lovely  strings of pearls   from Anna Marie Designs and they are going to look fabulous on my cards.

I bought lots of card from AnnaMarie too and also some from Limetree Craft and they have a really good display of card in all different weights and colors.

My favorite ribbon was there too and I bought loads of satin ribbon in white to color myself from Mei Flower

I bought some new craft knives and blades and tweezers too ... along with scissors as they are always needed in the craft room.

And from the ever useful Pound stall I bought lots of magnetic sheets to store my Spellbinders on and at £1 they are an absolute bargain ... and the deal was buy 12 and pay for 10 so I bought lots of them.

I also got some really pretty embellishments to add to cards for a truly luxury finish from   Chloes Creative Cards  but do price these into your cards carefully if you sell them.

I also met some lovely ladies who recognised me from my visit to Create and Craft TV ... and that was a very strange feeling ... but very nice.

So after a really lovely day out and a wonderful roast beef Sunday Lunch I am home again ... tired,  happy and full.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

Winner of the "Give Away" ...

Hi Everybody,

The day has dawned beautiful and sunny and later this morning we are going to the Craft Show in Leigh.
Some of you have written to tell me that you went yesterday ... and spent loads ... so I hope you enjoy our purchases.

On the way back it will be Sunday Lunch for us and then once I get home I will do another post and show you what I have bought.  I need to get lots of things as I have made so many cards for the Spellbinders shows I am running low.

Any way the main thing you want to know is who has won the lovely "Give Away" that was on offer on Monday

It is you ...

Jean Bullock

and you should have had your email from InLinkz by now so please check your inbox and then let me know your postal address.  You have 48 hours to claim the prize and you will not be disappointed.

The winner of the card has claimed it and that will also be on its way to Marjorie

More later ...

Hugs xx

August 30, 2014

Winner of the card ...

Hi Everybody,

Here we are with another Saturday and I hope you have some nice things planned for the weekend.  I am going to the Sincerely Yours Craft Show in Leigh on  Sunday and looking to replenish my stocks of goodies.

But this morning the name was chosen from the hat and the winner of the pretty pink card is ...

Marjorie Tyldesley

I need you to email me
with your postal address and the card will be on it's way to you ... and you have 48 hours in which to claim your prize

Please let me know when you get it and I hope you will like it

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 29, 2014

Friday Freebie 023

Hi Everybody,

Back to pink for this weeks card and I have used several layers with different dies for this one.

The only one not shown on the list at the bottom is the lacy one behind the sentiment and that is called Tranquil Moments.

The beautiful pink satin ribbon is from Mei Flower  with a single rose from Wild Orchid Crafts added to the  double bow

If you would like to win this card then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post.

Then tomorrow come back and check if your name has been selected as the winner and the card will be sent to you wherever you are.

And don't forget that there is a "Give Away" running until Sunday so add your name to that list if you would like to win the Goodies on offer ....    Bank Holiday Give Away 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 28, 2014

Create More Flowers ...

Hi Everybody,

Another of the promised videos using the Create a Flower dies from Spellbinders ... and these were shown at the beginning of this month on Create and Craft by your truly!!

This is the Rose that was created in this tutorial and I really like the way this card has turned out.

The background is deeply embossed with the 3-D folder called Delightful Daisies .. I just added the Rose over the Daisy instead !

The card is created in the Hinged Card Style  which is most definitely my favorite way to make cards

The pearl flourish is from Want2Scrap  which is always a special touch to any card for me

Use your pastels, inks, pens or pencils to make the Rose any color that you would like and add it to any of your projects.

You don't need to add the glitter but I like the effect that it gives to the petals.

The one I use is Cheltenham from Glitter Magic as it is really fine and matches well with any color card that you have used.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

August 27, 2014

Remember the Coloring ...

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Hi Everybody,

Todays card is created using a digital image from Just Inklined  ... it is one of the many images on the CD "The Next Big Thing"

I have colored it with Spectrum Noir pens and pencils and the colors I have  used are ...

Pens      -TB1 TB2 TB4 DG2 DG4 IG2
Pencils  - 069, 070, 076, 045, 048, 049 and 001 was used to highlight the petals and  leaves

Sets of both pens and pencils are available from JGD Crafts   and I have to say that the pencils are fabulous to work with and enhance your coloring immensely

The pointillism background is using the pens in the same colors I use to color the flower and I have gone around the whole flower with a grey shadow using IG2

The ribbon ...  which just happened to match ... is from my "Stash" and the centre of the bow is from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The large pearls are part of  Want2Scrap  Bulk Buy Bling and is a real bargain

Just a reminder that there is a "Give Away" running until next Sunday and so if you would like to win the goodies on offer then add your name to the list ..... Bank Holiday Give Away 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 26, 2014

Superb Stargazer Lilies ...

Hi Everybody,

This beautiful card is created using another of the Create a Flower dies from Spellbinders.

This is the Stargazer Lily and it is one that looks far more complicated than it is ... so don't be put off.

On the video I have shown you how to make this flower for two different purposes.

Here I have made just two of the Lilies and added them to a card and I think the effect is very pretty.

The flowers them selves have been colored with alcohol markers to give the shading as in the real flower

You can do that with anything that you have in your own personal "Stash"  ... watercolor pencils,   alcohol markers,  pastels,  distress inks

And lilies come in many colors so you can make them suit your color scheme.

Scroll  down to watch the video on how to make these very realistic flowers ...

.. and the video will show you how to add a stem to them to make them into an independent  display

Here I have added them to a little porcelain shoe along with some green ivy

I have tied the whole lot with ribbon and this would make a lovely addition to someone dressing table.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 25, 2014

Bank Holiday "Give Away"

Hi Everybody,

I hope you are enjoying the Bank Holiday if you are in the UK and that the weather is being kind to you.

This is the latest "Give Away" and it is going out on a Monday so that it doesn't get mixed up with the Friday Freebie

It will run until Sunday and then the winner will be chosen.

So this pack contains a mixture of beautiful Wild Orchid Flowers  and don't forget that they are doing a lovely mix of flowers and embellishments in smaller Starter packs 

I am also including some pearl "Bling" from Want2Srap   and one of the new 3-D embossing folders from Spellbinders.

The Merry Christmas folder was exclusive to Create and Craft but is now available to buy and I have one to give away.

All in all a good prize to win and if you would like to be in with the chance then you will need to become a follower and leave me a comment.   If you don't do both then you will not win.

This is simply because I want these prizes to go to my faithful followers and those that I know will come back time and time again.

And would you believe that last months "Give Away" was not claimed ..... and that amazes me ... why would you add your name and then not check to see if you are the winner ????  Especially with such good quality products.

As always I am happy to send the prize wherever you live and you don't need a blog to enter.

August 24, 2014

Beautiful Sunflowers ...

Hi Everybody,

I promised to do a video tutorial on each of the Spellbinders Flower dies when I showed them on Create and Craft and I have kept to my word.

We filmed  another one today  using the Stargazer Lily and I will add that  another day.

So for this one I am using the  Sunflower and this was one of my favorites and it sold out very quickly.

This was a very simple card to make with just a couple of layered panels and some ribbon.

The  single flower is the main focal point with the addition of a pearl flourish from Want2Scrap

The little verse is one of a set from Lili of the Valley

On the show I did this in yellow and then re created it again in pink and that was very pretty so I hope you will try the flower in different colors if you added the die to your collection

Tomorrow I am  adding a  "Give Away"  that I think you will like.

But as the  last prize was  not claimed I  have to say that if you are not a  follower and you don't leave me a comment then you will not be eligible to win the prize.  You will have 48 hours to claim the prize and I will need your postal address.

If you add your name  then the  responsibility is your to  come back and check  if you are the  winner for either the  "Give Aways" or the  Friday Freebies.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 23, 2014

The Card Winner is ...

Hi Everybody,

Well after another late start this weekend the draw for the Friday Freebie has been done by my "Film Crew"

The beautiful Joanie is coming to live with you ....


and so I need your postal address to send her on her way.

Please  email  me
and then let me know once she arrives with you.

On Monday  I will be offering you a Bank Holiday "Give Away" so watch out for that and add your name to the list once it goes live

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 22, 2014

Friday Freebie 022

Hi Everybody,

Well here is the first card that I have made with a coloured image on it that I am offering as a freebie and this is Joanie from Mos Digital Pencil

She is an un colored digital image that you need to buy and so once you have paid for it you can download it to your PC and use it  ... no waiting for the postman to deliver it to you.

It is colored with Spectrum Noir and the color list was added to the original post with this image.

The ribbon is from Mei Flower  and it is a really soft gingham in turquoise

If this is a card that you would like then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the bottom of the blog post.

Later today the name will be drawn by my "Film Crew" and I will announce the winner on tomorrows page

Somebody on Facebook seems to think that I am giving the image away for free and that is not the case so can I stress clearly that it is the  CARD that is being given for free with the image that I have colored and not the digital image.

If you want to color this image yourself then you will need to BUY Joanie from Mos' Digital Pencil

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 21, 2014

Believe ...

Hi Everybody,

This is a small card created using the A2 matting basics from Spellbinders.

I have added in the list of dies at then end of the post and it was a very quick card to make.

The ribbon is from my "Stash" and so I can't remember who made it ... I just know it was some that I got at a Craft show.

The flowers and the bows centre are both from Wild Orchid Crafts 

The little round sentiment is from
 Lili of the Valley and I have stamped it in Aged Mahogany and embossed it in clear powder

It is a sentiment that I have used many many times as it says so much

So altogether a quick and simple card that would suit many occasions.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 20, 2014

Making Poppies ...

Hi Everybody,

Here as promised is the first of the Create a Flower Tutorials and this one uses the die that sold out first  when I showed it on  Create and Craft TV

The making of the flower is slightly different to the one I made on live TV as  I didn't have to worry about time running away with me.

The poppy was so popular and it makes the most beautiful flowers.

The card I am using is  the Christmas Red 270 gsm from Papermill Direct  and it is a good sturdy card that is ideal for either your base card or the flowers.

The video will take you step by step through the making of this flower and  there are probably many tutorials on how to do it  but this is just my way of making them

I have tried to keep the tutorial so that it is not too long and so I have stayed with the making of the flower and not made the complete card.

But it will give you some idea of how you may want to add the finished bloom to your projects

Today is my Card Class day but as soon as I can I will add another flower tutorial

More tomorrow ... 

Hugs xx

August 19, 2014

Spellbinders Blossoms

Hi Everybody,

Todays card uses some of the older Blossoms dies from Spellbinders and I have made several  flowers of different sizes to add to my card.

I have made this one from silver and white with a touch of pink to the edges of the petals and the pretty silver butterflies are from my "Stash"

The labels Twenty has the matching "Bling" attached to it from Want2Scrap

The inside is decorated to compliment the front and I have added in a little pocket with a tag inside for a signature or greeting.

But on Create and Craft at the beginning of this month I showed all the new flower dies that have been added to Spellbinders collections

I promised to make a tutorial on each of the new dies showing how the parts go together and so later today my "Film Crew" is going to start filming the making of those flowers.

Then slowly over the next few weeks we will add every one to the website under the collective title of  "Create A Flower"  and these will be free tutorials for you to view at your leisure

Now talking of  tutorials ...  I have added the latest in the Spellbinders Tuition Series to the website and   Spellbinders Class 5   is now available to purchase.

Thank you to every one who bought the other four classes and I hope you will enjoy this one as much and they are available for you to watch 24/7

Please read the instructions carefully so that you will be able to view the tutorial again and again whenever you wish.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 18, 2014

Pretty in blue ...

Hi Everybody,

This pretty card is created from a pale blue and layered up with several sets of dies from  Spellbinders.

I have used foam pads in between each layer to give more depth and I have inked through the oval layer with Faded Jeans Distress ink.

The pearls are from  Want2Scrap  and they surround the sentiment.  It is from a set that is made to fit the Labels Twenty die but who says that is the only way it can be used ??

The ribbon is from my "Stash" and the single flower is from Wild Orchid Crafts

The sentiment is from  JustRite Stampers   and contains many words that can be mixed and matched to say many things

Click the links to take a look at the mentioned products

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 17, 2014

Pretty Bows

Hi Everybody,

This week the ladies in my Card Class added some pretty bows to their cards and we used a 250 gsm card from the Papermill Direct  throughout

We used the  Sue Wilson Classic and Lattice 3-D bows and layered the two together

There is a whole selection of Sues' designs  available to you from   JGD Crafts

Both of these cards are lovely but once again they have gone for completely different color schemes

This time Mary has gone for the darker colors and Brenda has gone for the pale ones ... it's usually the other way round.

Mary has chosen the flowers that match the dots in the background paper and Brenda has gone for those that match the tiny bees on her paper.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts ... and don't forget that WOC have very kindly put together some starter packs which have flowers of  different sizes in them at a  really good price.

The flowers have been sparkled with Glitter Magic  to give an extra special look.

I think both cards look good and my ladies are doing really well with what they achieve each week.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 16, 2014

Another winner ...

Hi Everybody,

After a bit of a lie in this morning I have added the names to the hat and the one drawn out by my "Film Crew"  as the winner of the lovely blue card is  ....

Barbara Macaskill

so if you would like to email me your postal address please to
then I will get the card on its journey  to you straight away.

I hope you will like it and please let me know when it arrives with you.

More later ...

Hugs xx

August 15, 2014

Friday Freebie 021

Hi Everybody,

Back again with a Friday Freebie this week and this card is in a pale blue with a Happy Birthday Sentiment.

Once again it is the Hinged Card  and the front has several layers using different Spellbinders.

The ribbon is a pretty gingham from  Mei Flower  that has been added with the  ribbon loops  for a special look
The buckle and the flowers are from  Wild Orchid Crafts  with the usual Glitter Magic  to add the sparkle

If you would like to win this card then all you have to do is leave me a comment and if your name is drawn from the hat by my "Film Crew" then you will see it in tomorrows blog post.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 14, 2014

Would You Like ???

Hi Everybody,

One door opens and another closes  because since I was invited to join Spellbinders .... I have had to leave the Spectrum Noir Design Team.

Because Spectrum Noir is part of Crafters Companion and they make dies then there is a conflict of interests between them and Spellbinders.

I will still be part of the instructor team and will still be doing the workshops I have planned.

I will also continue to add cards with the color lists to my blog pages.
One of the workshops is with   JGD Crafts  on the 13th September and that class is fully booked.

The other is with  Crafting4pleasure  and that is in Bristol on the 4th October.

There are a couple of places left on that workshop

So if you live near there and would like to go then you can contact  Bev on Facebook   to book your place.  Just click the link.

Now what I want to ask is that would you like me to start including cards with colored images on them in the Friday Freebie.

These will be images that I have colored and made into cards like the ones shown. Tomorrows card is already chosen but if you would like me to include some of these then I will add one next week.

Let me know what you think please

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 13, 2014

Poppies ...

Hi Everybody,

This beautiful  Spellbinders Poppy die was the first one to sell out on  Create and Craft  and it doesn't surprise me in the least.

It was really easy to make and creates a very vibrant and poignant flower.

It was the 100 years anniversary of World War 1 when this was shown and so of course everybody wanted it ... and there will be Novembers commemoration too.

I showed viewers how to make this for themselves and I have promised to do a tutorial in video on each of the flowers ... but it will take me a little while to do them all

This card was layered in red and white and is a 15cms square ... the paper was in a free paper stack with a magazine I subscribe to and it came in very handy for this particular card.

The verse is from Crafters Companion  and it is surrounded by the matching pearls from Want2Scrap

The ribbon is from my "Stash" but the bows centre is from Wild Orchid Crafts  and finishes everything off nicely

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 12, 2014

More Royal Blue

Hi Everybody,

Here is another card in the Royal Blue that some of you have said is too bright  

I have used the new  French Collection background by  Sue Wilson and it makes a really lovely addition to the card

It is made in the  Hinged Card Style   and it is my  favourite way of creating my base

The new collection of dies are available from  JGD Crafts  along with many other items for your crafting "Stash"

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and this is a collection of   Chrysanthemums, Roses, Sweetheart Blossoms, and Rosebuds

They have all been sparkled with  Glitter Magic    The satin ribbon is from  Mei Flower   that has been tied in a double bow  The pearl flourish is from  Want2Scrap 

It is a very pretty card and the blue is not quite as bright as you think in real life.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx