Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

May 31, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial - Oval Regalia and Ice Cream Colours

Hi Everybody,

For my card today I chose all the palest colours I had in my "Stash" and they all remind me of ice cream. I really like the way this one came together and it was very easy to do. I hope you like it and will think about this colour combo for your own cards. The links to all the products are at the bottom of the page
Spellbinders Supplies:
  • Matting Basics A & B
  • Oval Regalia
  • Foliage
  • Romantic Vines
  • Horsehair embossing folder
Other Supplies:
  • Flowers
  • Ribbons
  • Glitter
  • Card
  • Flourishes
With die #7 from Matting Basics A cut two panels in cream card and Create A Hinged Card
With #7 from Matting Basics B cut one more in cream  and two more in pale pink and turquoise
(Remember that die #1 is always the smallest)
Leave the pink panel complete as this is the under layer
With the cream and turquoise panels cut out Oval Regalia and then use your embossing folder to add texture to the negative piece from the turquoise layer
Cut a shape in cream with die #3 from Oval Regalia
Stamp and heat emboss a sentiment and layer it onto the pink card leaving a small border around the edge
Add foam pads around the negative turquoise panel and add it carefully to the top of the pink card Wrap with ribbon before adding these to the base card
Flat glue the oval die cut in cream to the space and add the smaller cream die cut on top  with foam pads. Add foam pads to the back of the layered sentiment and add to the oval
Choose pale pink, cream and turquoise flowers to compliment the card and add in foliage and flourishes as you like them
Dot the petals with glue and sprinkle with glitter then add pearls around the display

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

May 30, 2016

Peachy Rabbit ...

Hi Everybody,

Peach is a lovely colour to use for card making as it is soft and warm.

Here I have used it for a pretty floral card with a water coloured Bo Bunny rabbit as the focal point.

I have coloured her with Gansai Tambi paints and added in flowers that blend with my theme

It was relaxing it to do some water colouring and I quite like the card too.

I used a white Sakura gel pen to add polka dots to her dress, but they don't show up very well on the photograph

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts along with the bows centre piece. I have sparkled the petals with Glitter Magic  The organza ribbon is from Mei Flower

 I have had the stamp for a long time and if my memory serves me correctly it was free with a magazine many moons ago.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 28, 2016

Card Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

The day is bright and beautiful here and hopefully it will stay this way for the Bank Holiday.  
If you have anything planned I hope you have a good time and the weather is kind to you also.

The draw has been done for yesterdays Friday Freebie and the name pulled from the hat this week is you ...


Please email me
with your postal address and the card will be winging its way to you
I hope that you will like it when it arrives and please let me know when you have received it 

I have some good things lined up for you for next week with a lovely card for the Tuesday Tutorial and a really pretty Wednesday Water Colour.

On Thursday there is a new Shabby Chic card on YouTube and I hope you will enjoy that one.
I am going to chill tomorrow ... in the sunshine !!

More next week  ...

Hugs xx

May 27, 2016

Friday Freebie 120

Hi Everybody,

A pretty card with parchment on the front is on offer today as the Friday Freebie.

It is a 5x7 card and has lovely dotty card under the parchment. Both are from AnnaMarie Designs

So maybe this is a card that you would like to have and if it is then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the blog post.

From those comments a name will be drawn and the winner announced in tomorrows blog post so please come back and check if it is you if you add your comment

It doesn't matter if you have won before and I am happy to send the card to you wherever you live.

The winners names are always there for you to see in the Winners Page

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 26, 2016

Shabby Chic - Lilac and Lemon

Hi Everybody,

Today I have a video on YouTube for you to see how this card was put together. The list of supplies is at the bottom of the page but I also used some dried flowers that smell lovely and add a really special touch to the card

The video is titled  Shabby Chic - Lilac and Lemon   and I hope it gives you some ideas of how you might like to make your own cards in this style.  I have added lots of "Frippery" to this design and used a really pale lemon teamed with the lilac.

Painting the flowers adds to the vintage look and you can use paint or Gesso to get the whiteness onto them with a paint brush. 

The flowers/Lace/Cameo are all from Wild Orchid Crafts and they have some wonderful products for you to view.  

New Web Page

Over on my website I have created a special page that I will add all these Shabby Chic videos to as I go along so that they can all be accessed in one place whenever you need to browse. 
At the moment there are two but as each card is made and filmed it will be added to the page.

It will be permanently in the NavBar on the left of each website page and  the individual photographs on that page are clickable links. Click and open them to go directly to my You Tube channel with the tutorials.
It is titled Shabby Chic 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 25, 2016

Water Colour Wednesday - Flowers

Hi Everybody,

Everything about this card is hand done ... no stamps, no stencils, no tracing ... all right out of my head !!

I used Water colour paints and lots of water to get the look for the flowers and then once it was done something was missing.

So in I went again and painted in the fence behind the flowers and then I was happier with it.

It is a lot easier to do than you might think so you don't need to be able to draw or even paint.

All you need is the courage to put the paint on the paper in the first place, and if you don't like it nothing is lost.

It's only paint and paper and some water ...  but you will gain a whole lot if you just try it in the first place, especially confidence if you like what you have produced

It's being scared and lacking that confidence that stops us doing lots of things but we need to take the plunge and try.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 24, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial - Labels Twenty Two with Detailed Scallops

Hi Everybody,

For today I have created a card in white and cream and toned the flowers to match the scheme. A real neutral look but just as lovely as the coloured ones and a really simple card to make that looks expensive
Spellbinders Supplies:
Other Supplies:
  • Flowers/Leaves from WOC
  • Glitter from Glitter Magic
  • Ribbons from Mei Flower
  • Fibre from AnnaMarie Design
With die #7 from Matting Basics A cut two panels in white to create a Hinged card
With  #4 from Detailed Scallops cut one layer in cream
With #4 from Matting basics A cut another panels and emboss
(Please remember that #1 is always the smallest)
With #5 cut one in white and with #3 cut another in cream and emboss
With #4 from the Decorative Labels 22 cut one in cream 
Stamp and heat emboss a sentiment that fits inside the tag from Detailed Scallops
Add foam pads between the layers and thread ribbon through the slots on the Deco Labels 22
Layer them all onto the Detailed Scallops and then add to the base layer
Dress with flowers as please you and sparkle them with some glitter. I have added some natual fibres to my display
This would make a beautiful wedding card

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 23, 2016

Tonic-Gold Patterned Panels - Classic Quatrefoil

Hi Everybody,

This pretty pink card is created with another of the Patterned Panels from Tonic-Gold

The background is done with Classic Quatrefoil and made into a larger card with Spellbinders Matting Basics A & B

The large sentiment has been cut several times in black and added to the front

The lace and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and are my touch of luxury to the card. I have added some sparkle to the petals with glitter.

Each of the cross sections has a tiny pearl added and with a change oif sentiment this could be for any occasion

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx