Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

November 30, 2017

Baby Occasions - Baby Girl Card

Hi Everybody,

Baby Cards are always lovely to make and they are something I really enjoy doing especially with flowers, ribbons and pearls on them.

But I have been very restrained with this one and kept it  soft and un-fussy ... well it is for me anyway.

I have used the new additions to my "Christina Collection" and this is the Baby Occasions set of dies, stamps and stencils

The video is not long but I hope you enjoy it all the same Baby Occasions  - Baby Girl Card

With hindsight I wish I had done the baby shoes from the stencil a little deeper in shade and maybe added a few more along the panel.

But once I came to that conclusion it was too late as the card was nearly finished.  Still I will know better next time ... live and learn !!

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 29, 2017

Another lovely freebie ...

Hi Everybody,

The free gift with Simply Cards & Papercraft 171 is this die and stamp set duo and there is quite a lot that you can do with it.

In the video I have tried to show you some easy ways in which to use both.

 I hope you will enjoy

There are more ideas on how to use the gift inside the pages as well as other card designs you may like to try

So it's time for a break and cuppa especially if you have your own copy of the mag.

 I know you are going to enjoy reading this months.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 28, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Quatrefoil Trellis - Card Making Magic

Hi Everybody,

The Tuesday Tutorial is changing from this week and instead of other companies dies I am going to be featuring my own collection from Card Making Magic
This whole set of dies, stamps and stencils are available only from Craft Stash and each week I will be using a different piece to show you just how versatile it is.
More will be added to the collection in the coming months and the links to the products I have used will be at the bottom of the post 
  • Complete Card & Box Die Set
  • Quatrefoil Trellis
  • Cream & White Card
  • Guipure Lace
  • Pearl clusters
  • Altenew Inks
  • Finger daubers
  • Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue
  • Foam Sheets
With the card making element from the Card & Box Die Set create a tent fold card base in cream
Cut another in white with the Stitched Mat
With the outer part to the Trellis die cut a layer in cream and then with the two dies cut the patterned piece in cream and glue these two layers together
Wrap with the lace and glue it on the back so that the edges cannot be seen
Arrange the foam tape to avoid the lace and creating more bulk 
From the flowers and leaves in the Card & Box Die Set cut as many as you would like
Cut extra if you intend to decorate the box in the same way
Cut several Happy Birthday sentiment and stack them together for strength  
Add these to the Banner die cut
Ink and shape the flowers and leaves with a ball tool and inks of your choice
Stack them with as many layers as you prefer to create as many flowers as you need
Arrange the flowers and leaves as pleases you and glue the pearl clusters to the centre of each flower
Add the sentiment banner to the top of the lace with foam pads and a little extra glue to hold it securely.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 27, 2017

Love and Marriage Additions

Hi Everybody,

A really easy card today using the beautiful Love & Marriage Additions to the Christina Collection

I used the border stencil to create the coloured panels in the card and an assortment of Distress Inks

To get the blending add a little more ink as you come onto the card and then fade out to lighter strokes as you more away from the stencil.

  I used bright gold card for the heart and wedding rings and accented the panel with black

The second card was done a little more heavy handed and with some of the deeper colours but still the same technique

I add more pearls to the second one and I tried to use the same shade pearl drops as the colour they sat on

The video will show you how I got the look and it is just long enough for a cuppa and a biscuit

Both of the cards are relatively flat and so will fit nicely into a standard sized envelope for posting

It is a really effective look and I was quite happy with the result.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 26, 2017

Ruby Card & Tonic Craft Kit 02

Hi Everybody,

Craft Stash have a special deal on their website for the Christina Collection and the Gemini Junior Machine together and so today I have made this card using that die cutter.

I have also used the beautiful cad and papers that came in the Tonic Craft Kit and these are lovely vibrant reds and golds 

So what could be better than a Ruby Wedding Anniversary Card to celebrate forty years of being married. 

The video will show you how I made this card and the box ... Ruby Card with Gemini and Tonic   and you may have to improvise with your card if you don't have the Tonic ones that I used.

I was really pleased with this one once it was finished and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and are quite deep.

But once again it looks much better in the hand than the photo shows
To get your craft kit visit Tonic ...
UK & Europe 
US & North America 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 25, 2017

Today's Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

This is gong to be a cold day by all accounts and the weather forecast says to keep warm.
 And as it is Formula One weekend and Griff will be glued to the TV it looks like I will have to do some crafting to occupy my time ... so no hardship there then !!

The draw for the card and gift has been done and the winner this week is you 
so if you could pop your postal address in an email to me
they will be on their way to you straight away.

You have 72 hours to claim the gift and if you could let me know that you have received it safely please that would be great.

Look out for another give away next Friday.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 24, 2017

Friday Freebie Card & Gift - Floral Wishes

Hi Everybody,

Another free gift and card on offer this week and this is the gift free with Papercraft Essentials.

It comprise of a die to cut out the centre of the wreath, an embossing folder for extra texture to your cards and a lovely stamp set

The card that I am sending with the gift has used the little bow stamp to create a background and is the one created in the video 

If this is a gift that you would like then simply leave me a comment at the end of the post and then come back tomorrow to see if you are the winner.

You will have 72 hours in which to claim the gift 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 23, 2017

A Video Collaboration ...

Hi Everybody,

Today's video is in collaboration with Christine Smith from Crafti Potential and we both used the same Christina Collection to make a Pop Up Box.

It amazes me how we can come up with totally different ideas using the  same items but we have a lot of fun in the process.

So here for you to view are the two videos from myself and Christine bringing you our ideas with the Pop Up Box.

Hope you enjoy both

Christine has created her pop up box using a die and I have gone the long way round and given you the measurements. But both are fantastic creations and well worth the effort to make them.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 22, 2017

Die Cutting Essentials 31 - Sparkling Snowflake

Hi Everybody,

Another Christmas card today and this one is using the gift that is free with Die Cutting Essentials 31

This lovely snowflake will help you to create some really pretty designs.

For the one pictured I have used Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides to colour the snowflake

It is a Shaker card and I filled the centre with Turquoise Glitter from Tonic 

The dazzler on the snowflake was the wrong colour so I altered it with Alcohol markers

In the video I show you how to do some partial die cutting to create a different look to the front of your cards.

I also used the die cut as a stencil to blend the background with the front and then I decided to colour the whole die cut and add it to the card

So you see when you start to play things can develop along lines that you hadn't planned on and still give you a pleasing result at the end.

Crafters have happy accidents ... they don't make mistakes !!

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 21, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Spellbinders Christmas

Hi Everybody,

It's not that far away now and so here is a Christmas Card to get me in the mood to make more. This one is using Spellbinders A2 sized dies but I have made the card bigger and I will show you how I did this as the layering progresses 
Spellbinders Supplies:
  • A2 Matting Basics A
  • Water Lilies Deco Accents
  • Merry Christmas 
  • Mosaic Vine Leaves
  • Platinum Die Cutting Machine
Other Supplies:
  • Flowers and Holly leaves from Wild orchid Crafts
  • Glitter from Glitter Magic
  • Card from Papermill Direct
With dies #6 and 8 from Matting Basics cut the larger die in gold and the smaller in some patterned paper (Die #1 is always the smallest)
From the Water Lilies dies cut #3 in red and #2 in gold
Layer the patterned piece onto the red layer and then both onto the gold card with foam pads between
Layer these onto another piece of patterned paper and let these now determine the size of your card base ....
... by placing them onto the fold of an A4 piece of gold card and trimming to the size you want it.
You can make your borders as wide as you like ... I kept mine quite narrow
Cut the sentiment die out twice in red and gold and layer them together.
See which way round you prefer them to be stacked  ... I decide on the red shadowed by the gold
I added the words to my card front with a double layer of trimmed foam pads underneath to give a really deep effect and the picture shows you how it looks from the side
Cut the vine and trim to the size that you require and add to the card front with Poinsettia flowers and Holly leaves  Dot the flowers with glue and sprinkle with glitter for a sparkly effect
There is your pretty card all ready to send for someone to display on their mantle shelf 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 20, 2017

Silver Wedding Anniversary Card

Hi Everybody,

This beautiful card was made with the Love & Marriage Die Set  that is part of the New Additions to the Christina Collection available from Craft Stash

I have made it in silver and white and it is much better in the hand then the photo shows

My flowers, Leaves and the Dove are all from Wild Orchid Crafts and they have been sparkled up with glitter from Glitter Magic

The fibres that are on both card and box are from AnnaMarie designs and they are some that I use often on my Shabby Chic Cards.

It has its own matching box made with the Complete Card & Box Die Set and I really enjoyed making this .... I just need someone to send it too !!

But with yesterdays card and the addition of the five stencilled cards to one box I am trying to show you just how versatile this new collection can be 

I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am and thanks for all your lovely comments

Moe tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 19, 2017

Magic Meets The Monsters ...

Hi Everybody,

For this fun cute card I have used the Complete Card & Box Die Set plus the Masculine Additions for the monster accesories

The monsters them selves are a new collection of stamps and matching outline dies that are available from Craft Stash.

This is just one of those sets that had an instant impact on me as I can see so much fun with them. And together with the glasses and the moustache I couldn't wait to use them

The video will is not very long and so I hope you will watch and enjoy it and all the supplies are listed below.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 18, 2017

Beautiful Stencils

Hi Everybody,

Yesterday was a really successful launch of the New Additions to the Christina Collection and this card features just one of them.

The baby section of dies stamps and stencils has to be one of my favourites and those baby feet are just adorable

The Stencils are new to the range but they can help you to create some really good backgrounds to your designs.

They are a useful item to add to your crating stash and at a really good price 

The video will show you  some ways in which I have used them

The whole  Christina Collection is only available from Craft Stash and they will ship worldwide and the accept PayPal too.

  I will be adding lots more videos in the coming months. 
If you tuned into the Facebook Live show then Thank you for joining us and Congratulations to the winner of the full set of New Additions.
 I am sure that you will enjoy playing with them and make some lovely cards in the process.

The Friday Freebie will be back next week as usual with another card and gift from the magazines

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 17, 2017

The "Christina Collection"Launch Day

Hi Everybody,

I am super excited to bring to you the next part to my Christina Collection and these are to enhance your cards for other special occasions. 
They are stand alone products in their own rights but of course they are designed to be additions to the Complete Card & Box Die Set which is available from Craft Stash
They are the Love & Marriage, Masculine Additions and Baby Occasions.
 Each one has dies and stamps that will work together but in with these there are also some lovely stencils add to the range.
There are also extra stencils to use with the Layered  Butterflies and Flowers plus  beautiful Flourish that is simply wonderful.
The video features the Love and Marriage die set

I will of course be doing lots more videos using these new additions but this is just one idea of how I have used the baby set

I have used the Complete Card & Box Die Set for the matching box and the whole thing is so very pretty.

But don't forget they work just as well as stand alone items and will enhance delightful smaller cards for you too

Join me at 10 am on the
 Craft Stash Facebook Page 
to find out more about the new additions and to enter the massive "Give Away" that Craft Stash are offering to one lucky winner

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 16, 2017

"Christina Collection " New Additions

Hi Everybody,

Craft Stash are asking for your feedback on my new collection and so if you bought any of it please take a look at this link and let them know ..... 

Tomorrow morning at 10 am you will find me on the
and I will be telling you more about the additions to this collection PLUS there is going to be a mega Give Away for one lucky winner 

These are really exciting times for me and I love these new dies stamps and stencils that are being launched tomorrow.

But just to get your interest here is a little video to tell you some more

I hope you will join us tomorrow at 10 am and I really hope you enjoy the new additions as much as you have enjoyed the Complete Card and Box Die Set

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

November 15, 2017

Papercraft Essentials 153 - Mandala Stencil

Hi Everybody,

Stencils are very popular at present and have been around for a long time.

They are something that I really enjoy playing with and they can help you to customise your backgrounds to suit your colour scheme and design and there are so many patterns around.

But this one is free and very pretty so what more could you want.

It is the gift that is attached to this months
and the video will show you how I created this card

The magazine is on sale on the 16th November and if you wanted to take out a subscription then you need to go to MoreMags

The video is not long and I hope you enjoy it all the same

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 14, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Spellbinders Heart Leaf Frame

Hi Everybody,

This pretty card is created by simply folding an A4 sheet in half and then cutting in half. 
It will produce two cards for you to decorate as you wish. 
But it fits perfectly the Spellbinders Heart Leaf Frame designed by Marisa Job. 
So a quick and easy card for today

Spellbinders Supplies:

  • Heart Leaf Frame
  • Blistered Embossing Folder
  • Classic Ovals
Other Supplies:
  • Card from Papermill Direct
  • Flowers from Wild orchid Craft
  • Glitter from Glitter Magic
  • Ribbon from Mei Flower
  • Gold card from Craft Stash
Fold an A4 piece of white card in half along the short side and then cut in half to produce two tent fold cards
Cut another slightly smaller layer to leave a small border around the edges and emboss this piece
With bright gold card cut the Frame die and if you care fully position the die into the centre of a 5x7  panel then you will get all three pieces from the die as shown above.
I will be using the two pieces to the right but the other one will be kept for another project
Savvy Crafting !!
Add the filigree piece to the embossed panel. 
Add the smallest solid piece with foam pads underneath to the centre of the card. 
Wrap with ribbon around the layers before adding to the base card
Stamp and emboss the sentiment of your choice and cut with the oval to fit the verse
Add to the centre with foam pads
Dress with flowers, dot with glue and sprinkle with glitter.
Adhere the bow and the dazzler to cover the knot.

Your comments please ...

Craft Stash are asking for your first thoughts on my new collection that was launched on the 20th October, If you bought some of it would you please consider taking part in the is survey 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx