Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

April 29, 2017

Card Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

It's a bit cloudy here today but still pleasant enough to take Ruby into Witch Wood for a walk this morning along with Dougal and Vickie
The draw for yesterdays turquoise card has now been done and the name chosen this week is you ...

Sue MacFall 
could you email me your postal address please to:
and the card will be on its way to you straight away.

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

Next week I have three cards to give away to three winners so be sure to pop back and see which they are and if you would like to have one of them

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 28, 2017

Friday Freebie 016 - Turquoise Thanks

Hi Everybody,

This turquoise Thank You card is on offer today and you can send it on or keep it for your self.

It has some wide satin ribbon around the centre with a lovely diamante dazzler over the knot.

If you would like to have this card then all you need to do is leave me a comment and from those comments a name will be drawn

I am happy to send the card wherever you are, even if you have won one before.

But please come back and check if it is your name that is shown in tomorrows blog post as the winner

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 27, 2017

Spellbinders Curled Grace Ovals

Hi Everybody,

Today I am joining forces with Olga Direktorenko and in this collaboration video we have each made a shaped floral card.

I have tried to use an unusual shape for mine and in the video I show you how to fold the card to get the same look

It's not new it has been around for many years and I did this in a video about six years ago now.

But this will refresh your memory if you tried it then and show you a new idea if you didn't
It is really easy to do and you can dress it up any way you like.

But if you add this many flowers to it then the chances are you will need to make a box for it even though it will fold flat.

I think it looks really attractive and would look good for any occasion.

Here is the  Spellbinders Curled Grace Ovals video for you to view

There is space on the back or the inside of the card for you to add your own verse or sentiment ... or even a note to the recipient if that is what you want to do.

But whatever you do have fun making it and leave both Olga and I a comment if you have popped along for a visit.

Here is the link to Olga Direktorenko - Flower Cart    to see what she has designed for you. 

Her Cards are so elegant and  this one is no exception  and well worth a visit

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 26, 2017

Water Colour Wednesday . Blue Flower

Hi Everybody,

Todays card is created with the gift that came free with Simply Cards and Papercraft 160

I did a video using this Hydrangea Set set in February for another way to use the stencil that came in the collection

For this card I have created a background with shaving foam and then coloured the stamped flower with water colours

I used a glue pen on the petals and then covered them with silver foil.

The outline to the flower has been done in a pale grey to shadow it and make it stand out from the background a little.

Apology ...

Now before I close todays post I have an apology to make to everybody .... and that is with regards to the floating cup I featured a while ago.

I promised to make a video on how I made this when I was given this pretty tea set by my daughter.

I took out one cup and one saucer to complete the one shown.

Then I put the rest back in the box and put it somewhere safe until I was ready to use it. And now that time has come .... and it's so safe even  I can't find it !!

I wonder how many are nodding at me now knowing that you have done the same thing ????  So once I DO find it I will do a video to show the process.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 25, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Dies and Birds !!

Hi Everybody,

I thought I would have a little fun today with the Crazy Birds and I sat and coloured some with bright water colours for this card.  I add them to some ornate dies cuts and the result would be ideal for a male birthday card
Spellbinders Supplies
  • S$-383 Marvellous Squares
  • 6x6 Matting basics A
  • 6x6 Matting Basics B
  • Platinum die cutting and embossing machine
Other Supplies:
  • Crazy Birds
With die =7 from Matting Basics A cut two pieces in white to create a base card
With die #7 from Matting Basics B cut another layer in grey 
With die =6 from the A set cut another in some patterned paper
Cut a smaller layer in another pattern and distress the edges with your scissors.
Glue these layers together
With dies #4 and 5 cut three frames and layer them together with glue
Add the smaller distressed panel to the base with foam pads underneath 
Add the layered squares to the card front with foam pads cut into strips under them
Add a Crazy Birds of your choice to a die cut circle and carefully cut around part of the wing to tuck the sentiment under it
Layer up the other birds to fit around the central image
Add to the card front with foam pads underneath to raise them up.
And there you have a fun card that would be suitable for the men in your life

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 24, 2017

Autumn Flowers

Hi Everybody,

Last week I made a card for the magazine freebies and in it I water coloured some flowers in shades of brown and mustard and I really liked the look that they gave.

The video was SC&P162 Build a Bouquet  and these are the flowers that were started in the film

So I decided to make a card from the whole panel and I quite like this one with the added lace along the bottom

I simply cut the flowers out with circle die from the piece that I started to colour in the video and then used a larger circle to cut the gold mat

I used the piece as part of my design and matted it onto more gold card

Once layered up with the circle elements no one will know that there is a hole in the under layer ... but I have made use of the embossing and splattering that was done in the film

So two birds with one stone really as nothing has been wasted, and it makes a really pretty focal point for my card.   Swap out the sentiment and it could be for any occasion

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 23, 2017

Ruby Update

Hi Everyone,

S'me again with more tales of my adventures this week. I am so glad that you like my stories and for those who don't know me I am Ruby the most beautiful English Cocker Spaniel  and I am now eight months old. My colouring is Blue Roan Sable

Here I am soaking up the sun in my front garden and it was lovely and warm.

I have just had a haircut and that keeps me so much cooler

I get up to all sorts of mischief and here I was caught in the act of shredding up this sponge all over my mums carpet

She said I looked guilty enough and she laughed at all the mess.

The other day my best friend Dougal came to play and we went to the beach.

We found an old branch on there and we tugged at it to see which of us could keep it

I won of course coz I am the boss even if he is bigger than me !!
My food had been delivered here and my mum opened up the bag so that I could smell the flavours

It was lovely and so in I went to try some more.

I am going to the vets to be weighed this week and have my regular monthly treatments so I will let you know how much I have gained next time

I will be back again soon with more stories to tell you.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 22, 2017

Card Winner Today ...

Hi Everybody,

Another bright and early start to the weekend and this afternoon we are going up to the Lake District to walk the dogs.

That will take all day as it is over an hour and a half drive away  from here and then maybe on the way back we can stop and get a lovely meal in a country pub, One that is dog friendly of course.

I cant believe just how much our lives have changed since we got Ruby. Prior to her I had a lovely tidy house and could just get in the car and go wherever we wanted

Now I have doggy toys and blankets scattered around and no matter how much I tidy them away ... Ruby gets them out to play with again.

And we have to plan days out to take the things that she will need. Water, a bowl to put it in, blankets and her doggy coat in case she goes swimming ... again !! Harness, lead and the list goes on but she is so well worth it for the fun she brings to us

And she is a thief who loves to steal socks. She doesn't do them any harm she just likes to lie on them. She steals them from the laundry basket, the drawer, the minute you take them off your feet she is waiting to pounce and she is off like greased lightning

Any way the draw has been done for the lilac card from yesterday and the winner today is you ...

Rannah Romps
would you email me please with your postal address to
and the card will be on its way to you straight away.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 21, 2017

Friday Freebie 015 - Especially for You

Hi Everybody,

This really lovely card is in shades of lilac and white and is lined inside too.

It has a selection of flowers along the side and I have added in a matching hat pin to the display.

The flowers are sparkled and diamante has been added to the centre and also to the double organza bow.

This is on offer today and so if you would like to own this card then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post.

From those comments a name will be chosen and the winner announced in tomorrows blog post.

I am happy to send the card wherever you live and you don't need to ahve your own blog. Nor does it matter if you have won a card before you can still enter.

Good luck everyone 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 20, 2017

This Months Magazines ...

Hi Everybody,

It's time for this months magazine freebies and once more there are some real quality gifts for you to choose from.  I have added two links for you .. one to buy the magazine direct from Moremags and the other to the video for you to view some of my ideas.

The first one is  Simply Cards and Papercraft 162   and this link will take you straight to the page if this is the magazine that  you want

Shown is one of the cards ideas that is in this magazines video and the link to that is ...

There are so many ideas for this gift and you will find lots more within the pages themselves

So grab a cuppa as you settle down to relax and brows through your latest copy.
This months  Creative Stamping 42 features a large A4 stamp set called Enchantment with fabulous images for all age groups and genders.

The video to make this card is
with more ideas that you may like to try

You can have so much fun with this set of stamps creating cards especially those hard to make ones for the men in your life.
And last but not least is this months
  Die Cutting Essentials 23 - Freshwater Friends
with a fabulous 11 piece die set

You can also download some scenes to help you build the cards and the video will show you another way to create a background DCE23 Freshwater Friends

In all the mags there are step by step instructions on how to make various cards and even more on how to use your free gift and as an added bonus I am featured in two of them

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 19, 2017

Water Colour Wednesday - Bird Crazy

Hi Everybody,

I sat and water coloured this fun card in a moment of peace and I really enjoyed the process.

I used a number of techniques to get the background and I like the end result

First I ink smooshed three shades of Distress Inks onto some water colour card and spritzed it with water to lift some of the colour.

I then inked through a stencil with a darker shade to get the circles pattern onto the card on the left side

I added Tonic Studios Embellishment Mousse in silver through a different patterned stencil on the right side and allowed that to dry.

I cut this out with a stitched edge die and added it to a top folded white base card

The bird, which is from the Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Collection,  was water coloured with Gansai Tambi and I hand drew the pattern onto the bird.  I added Glossy Accents to the eyes and then mounted him onto some foam pads.

The sentiment was heat embossed onto some parchment and then added to another circle in white. And finally I dotted some sequins around the card ... Cute or what ????

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 18, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Ornamental Doily

Hi Everybody,

Doilies are always lovely when added to your cards and this beautiful die from Spellbinders will create the perfect one for you every time.  I have simply used white card and added it to some dramatic background paper and I am really pleased with the effect
 Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Supplies:
  • Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Ribbon from Mei Flower
  • Glitter from Glitter Magic
  • Card from Papermill Direct
  • Pink Dotty card from AnnaMarie Designs
With white card create a 15 cms base card and keep the fold at the top
With Pink Dotty card create a amt that is slightly smaller 
With plain pink card create a mat that is slightly smaller
With some dramatic card create another mat that is slightly smaller 
With both parts to the Ornamental Doily cut them in white card.
Stamp a sentiment onto the smaller piece and heat emboss in clear powder
Flat glue the Dotty card to the base and the dramatic card to the pink layer then wrap with ribbon.
Add foam pads to the back before adding these layers to the base layers
With foam pads under the Doily add this over the top of the ribbon
With foam pads under the sentiment layer add this to the Doily
The flowers I have used are from left to right:
Top row ... Roses in 10mm 15mm 20mm and two different colours
Chrysanthemum, Cosmos Daisy
Bottom row ... Rosebuds, Gypsophilia, Tulips 
Add to the right hand side of the card and dot with glue.
Sprinkle with Glitter for a sparkly effect 
Add the bow to the left of the Doily and add one small rose to the centre

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx