Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

March 31, 2018

Card Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

Saturdays come round far too quickly and here we are with another damp one. I hope you all have a lovely Easter despite what the weather throws at you. 

Thank you for the comments about my kitchen and all I can say is .... it's coming along.

But this is what my dining room looks like at present

Still the draw for the card and gift has been done and the name this week is you ....

Polly H 
please would you email me your postal address to
and the gift will be on it's way to you straight away
You have 72 hours in which to claim it and I hope you will like it when it arrives.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 30, 2018

Friday Freebie - Majestic Moments

Hi Everybody,

Now I think that this outline die and stamp set will make some really special male cards for all year round

Cutting the stags head out with the die makes a statement on the front of your design

The video for this set is here ... Majestic Moments  and this is one of the cards shown in the tutorial

You can be in with the chance to add this set to your collection by leaving me a comment at the end of this post. I will draw one name at random from them and the winner will be announced in the post tomorrow.

I am happy to send the gift wherever you live so please add your name ... you may be the lucky one

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 29, 2018

Tonic Craft Kit 08 - Making a card with the Trinket Box Kit

Hi Everybody,

Today I am showing you my project for the Tonic Craft Kit 08 and I know that it is late this month.

These kits sell out very quickly as they are such good quality so to be sure that you get you then consider a subscription.

This kit is called Trinket Box but I have used it to make a card instead. This is just to show you the versatility of the die set

I used the papers in the kit to make my card and they are really pretty with deep texture.
The links for a subscription are ...

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

Crafti Potential New Release

Crafti Potential Sweet Treats A5 stamp set

Hi Everybody,

A little bit of news to share today and that is the new collection of stamps and dies from

The collection is launching with

And Craft Stash are giving you the chance to win some Goodies and there is also a 10% off  discount code if you wanted to buy more of these delightful stamps.

Just choose the stamps and dies that you like and add the code at the checkout to get your discount applied

The collection is called Cute Critters and they are super cute.

INTRO OFFER 10% off (including bundle) 
exp 4th April

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 28, 2018

Creative Stamping 55 (CS55) Bright & Breezy Stamp set

Hi Everybody,

Creative Stamping will be in the supermarkets and craft stores tomorrow and so if you wanted the bumper pack of goodies then you will need to be quick.

Not only is there an A4 stamp set with all different garments and sentiments but there is also a paper pack and some lovely wooden buttons 

Have fun creating scenes to suit your recipients and use the cheerful papers in the pack to add more interest to them. 

The sentiments will help you to finish off the card but I would advise you to add them to card before you cut them out to make them more sturdy.

There are lots more ideas on the back of the pack as well as in the magazine and of course this video.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 27, 2018

Messy Water Colouring

Hi Everybody,

Today's card is so lovely and yet easy to do and you don't need any painting skills to achieve it.

And because the dies are going to cut out the flowers you don't even need to stay within the lines.

This is pink and yellow and the two mix for a lovely peach shade

Let the video show you how to create this card and experiment with the colour blends that you like 

There is nothing neat and tidy about this and yet it looks really pretty and I am sure that you will be so pleased with yourself once you have tried it.

The colours in the video are blue and lilac and I love that combination especially with the green.
The addition of the sequins is the finishing touch and they are a lucky and very inexpensive find on Amazon.

I have used the dies and stamps from my very own "Christina Collection" that is available with Craft Stash

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 26, 2018

What a mess !!!

Hi Everybody,

At present I am living in a builders yard because Griff is putting a new kitchen in for us. I am having to do the best I can with a microwave and kettle in the dining room ... so needless to say we are eating out more than usual 

This is what my kitchen looked like as we started to rip things out.

The blue stuff has been there for almost twenty years. 

Very old fashioned now and so it had to go.

Just a few hours later it looked like this. 

Everything is gone apart from the solitary item which is the dishwasher standing in the middle of the wall

A few hours after this and even the floor tiles where up.

And now this is where I am up to with the new stuff going in.

It's going to look a whole lot different and I will show you the end result once it is all completed

But for now you can all feel sorry for me while my house is messed up. 

Even Ruby wonders whats happening here

So all together now .... Aaaawwww 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 25, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Set - Easter Greetings

Hi Everybody,

I was lucky enough to be asked if I would like to try one of the new stamps from Simon Says Stamps and this one is called Easter greetings 

There are some really cute characters on the sheet and here I have added the sheep to an inked background.

I coloured them with Promarkers and gave them rosy pink cheeks. 

The little birds in the sky are simply hand drawn and it is technique I use quite often 

Here we have the bunny and the chick peeping through some windows and the background is also created from the stamp set

Quick and simple cards to make but perfect to wish some one a Happy Easter

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 24, 2018

Card & Gift Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

Well this weekend the Formula One starts again for the season and that means that Griff will be glued to the telly on Sundays. 
Aaaaand you know what that means ??? I will have the afternoon to play in the craft room while he is occupied. YaaaY !!

So the draw for the card and gift from yesterday has been done and the name this week is YOU ...

would you email me please with your postal address to
and they will be on their way to you straight away.

Please let me know that you have them safely.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 23, 2018

Friday Freebie - Happy days

Hi Everybody,

This tropical coloured card was made with the free die and stamp set called Happy Days

The die is quite a good size to make a lovely focal point on your cards 

The making of this card is shown in the video  Happy Days  

If you would like to have this set as part of your own collection then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of this post.

One name will be drawn at random from those comments and announced in tomorrows blog so be sure to come back and check if it is your name that is there. You have 72 hours ion which to claim it and then it's gone 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 22, 2018

Die Cutting Essentials 35 - Enjoy Today

Hi Everybody,

This months Die Cutting Essentials is giving away a lovely Tonic Studios Flip Flop Die called Enjoy Today.

It's a quick and easy way to make cards with movement but it will help you to create other styles as well.

In the video I have shown you a few of the ways in which I have used it and how to make an easel card 

The magazine will be on sale today the 22nd March and it is sure to go quickly for the quality die that is being given away free

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 21, 2018

Simply Cards & Papercraft 175 Home Sweet Home

Hi Everybody,

The free gift with this months Simply Cards & Papercraft is a cute house that can be adapted to make so many other styles

In the video I show you ways in which to turn this into bungalows, town houses, add extensions and so much more.

There are lots of ideas within the pages of the magazine too for you to create some fabulous cards for your self.

For the card in the video I have kept it super simple with just an ink blending technique and I am really enjoying the ink blending at present.

I have been asked what is the difference between Distress Inks and Distress Oxides.  They are both made by the same company and they both react to water.  But Distress Inks are a dye based ink and the Distress Oxides are a blend of dye and pigment inks.

They blend really well and so much easier than Distress Inks and they dry to a lovely chalky appearance. They also have the ability to layer well on top of each other which Distress Inks don't do.

So really it depends on the look that you want as to which you prefer.
But for me it is the Oxides mostly for the way I like to work.
The whole collection of  Distress Oxide colours are available at Craft Stash

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 20, 2018

Butterfly Rainbow

Hi Everybody,

Here again today with more beautiful butterflies done in rainbow colours.

I have used Distress Oxides because they are so vibrant and they dry to a lovely chalky finish.

This is another easy to make card with the "Christina Collection"  and one that I hope you will try for yourself.

I love the look of it against the white card and the base and stitched mat are done with a 300 gsm super smooth card 

The butterflies are created with 160 gsm card both from Papermill Direct, and I have used my bargain brushes from Aldi

Most of my supplies are from Craft Stash and the links are at the bottom of the page for you to see.

You could make this card for any occasion simply by swapping out the sentiment and the verse inside.

I hope you enjoy the video and like the new style introduction that I have done to show you what it is we are making 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 19, 2018

Pretty in Pink ...

Hi Everybody,

This card is another of the ones created with the Water Bleaching Technique  
I added a video on the process last week in different colours and they are really lovely cards and oh so easy to do. Click the link to refresh your memory 

For this one I used Fired Brick, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick and blended them well together.

Then with Wilted Violet I painted in the bleached butterflies again

I used clean water to splatter the front to the card and blotted it off with kitchen towel.

This card has used a Spellbinders stamp and Mermaid Lagoon, Blue Print Sketch, and Broken China.

Then the flowers painted back with Twisted Citron

Both are lovely vibrant cards and well worth adding the technique to your repertoire of card making skills

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 18, 2018

Crafti Potential with Card Making Magic

Hi Everybody,

Today Card Making Magic has come out to play with Crafti Potential to create a really pretty card for any occasion

Once again I have used Distress Oxides and they are so easy to blend together

For this card I have used the 
Damask A6 Background Stamp
 from Crafti Potential and the link will take you to Christine's Blog 

There are seven other background stamps in the collection and they are all available at Craft Stash

The video will show you how I made this card and I hope you enjoy it ...

Keep blending with Distress Oxides to get the look you want and where the two colours meet it will create a third that will diminish any harsh lines.

The sentiment is from Tonic Studios and there are 12 different ones for you to choose from.
Each one is in two parts so that you can create a coloured backdrop to your words and they look really special with a vellum layer

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 17, 2018

Card & Gift Winner

Hi Everybody,

I hope you are all having a good weekend and have lots of good things to keep you busy. 

 Here is Ruby with her new haircut sat in my craft room waiting for me to finish what I am doing and take her out. Doesn't she look cute ? 

At present we are having a new kitchen fitted and every room in the house is messed up so I don't need visitors just now.  

This is why the Craft Room sale was postponed ... but I will re schedule it once I get straight again.

In the meantime the draw for the Card & Gift has been done and the name this week is you ...

please email me with your postal address to
and they will be on their way to you straight away

Please let me know that you have them safely

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 16, 2018

Friday freebie - Winter Warmers

Hi Everybody,

I know the title of this A4 stamp set is Winter warmers ... but this truly a set that can be used all year round.

It is soooo cute !! and a lot of fun to play with.

Use it for male or female cards and all age groups. Kids are sure to love the cards you make using this

The video showcasing the stamps is here ... Winter Warmers  and the card being given away is one of the ones in the tutorial .

So if this is a set that you would like to have then you know what to do .... leave me a comment at the end of the post.

From those comments one name will be drawn at random and announced in tomorrows blog post so be sure to come back and check if it is you.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 15, 2018

Stencilled Rainbow Butterflies

Hi Everybody,

Today I have another really pretty card for you using the "Christina Collection"

This one is using the stencil to create some rainbow coloured butterflies.

I have used other elements from the collection too and I am really pleased with the result

The video will take you through the steps to create this card for your self and it's not too long.

I have used Distress Oxides as I like the chalky look they give once they are dry and they dry lighter than you think.

I hope you enjoy this technique and will give it a try 

Because the card is relatively flat I have stencilled onto an envelope to bring them together.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 14, 2018

Water Bleaching ...

Hi Everybody,

This fabulous card is created with a Water Bleaching Technique that is very easy to do.

For the blue card I have used the Layered Florals from the
"Christina Collection" 

For this one I used the Layered Butterflies stamps and I decorated an envelope to go with it

The technique needs lots of ink and I find that Distress Oxides give me a better result than the regular inks

Try different colour blends and see which you prefer.

 And write them down in a notebook so that you can always refer back to your favourites 

The trick with this is to use lots of ink and to keep blending to get a really smooth look with no harsh lines, and remember that it will dry lighter.

The Video will show you step by step how to make the card and I love both of these.
It is a technique I have used many times in the past and will use over and over again in the future.

Don't forget that there is a special offer until the 17th March at Craft Stash with the
  Christina Collection 
and if you add the code CMM15 at the checkout you will get a 15% discount

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 13, 2018

See Through Trellis Card & Envelope

Hi Everybody,

Today I am using the "Christina Collection" to create this really pretty card that is just the right depth to fit into an envelope.

It is very easy to make but you will need some sturdy card so that it will stand by itself

I used  a Super Smooth 300 gsm white card from Papermill Direct and it is really good for all your base cards

But because of the thickness of the card you may need to pass it through your machine more than once to cut it ... but well worth it once you have done so

I also decorated the envelope with butterflies to match and the card fits in perfectly so saving postage costs for you.  

I added the Birthday Verse from the Verses Stamp Set to the inside of the card as I know that some people prefer that.

I hope you will give this style a try as it's not hard to do and the card is so pretty once you have it in the hand

Craft Stash are having a really good sale of my "Christina Collection" 
at present and it will run until the 17th March.

Quote the code CMM15 at the checkout and you will get 15% off items that you buy even if they are on Pre Order ... bargain!! 

More tomorrow ..

Hugs xx

March 11, 2018

Spectrum Noir Pens ...

Hi Everybody,

I am so sorry to postpone the Craft Room Sale until a later date but with the new kitchen going in this week it would not be feasible to have it with all the mess.

However I do have some things that I can let you know about and the first one is Spectrum Noir Pens.

I have the full set of 168 pens and some of them have the brush nibs attached for a beautiful blend

They will be sold with the refill for each pen and most of them are unused.

Plus I will also add in some spare nibs too.

I am selling them complete with the storage unit that you see them in so all you need to do is add them to your desktop or a shelf as I have done here.

They are an absolute bargain at £250 for the whole collection of 168 pens ... 168 refills ... storage unit and spare nibs

That's less than £1 per item with storage and nibs free.

 But please don't ask me to split them ... they are going as the complete lot. 

So if you would like to buy these then email me to let me now

I am happy to pack them up and send them anywhere but you will need to pay the postage and packing your self

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 10, 2018

Card and Gift Winner

Hi Everybody,

I hope you have all had a good week ... I have had birthday celebrations that have lasted the whole week but it's not everyday you get to be 70 so I have made the most of it.

But now it's time to get on with some work so over the weekend I have some filming to do.

Next week Griff is going to be fitting us a new kitchen so he will have his work cut out.

But because of this I am going to postpone the Craft Room Sale until a later date.  Once the kitchen is sorted then I will advertise it again and hope that you will still want to come

Any way the draw for the card and gift from yesterday has been done and the name this week is YOU...
Susan Manning 
could you email me please your postal address to
and they will be in the post to you straight away

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 09, 2018

Friday Freebie -Enchantment Collection

Hi Everybody,

Now this is stamp set that I was truly enchanted with and there is such a lot that you can do with it

Perfect for male and female cards, young and old it is sure to delight you

  Here again is the video on using this set 
Would you like to win this A4 set of stamps ???   
Then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post to be in with the chance.
Don't forget to come back in the morning to see if it is your name that is announced. Good Luck !

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 08, 2018

Up to Date ...

Hi Everybody,

What a week this has been and I have lots to be grateful for.

On Tuesday it was my birthday and last Sunday my Daughter and Grandson arranged a Sunday lunch for the family at a really lovely restaurant.

I had flowers and gifts and lots of gift cards to spend as I want. 

My Granddaughters bought me Pandora charm and so I went to town and got the bracelet and more charms to add to it. 

It is in the new Rose colour and it is sparkly and beautiful and I shall wear it a lot. Especially today when I go to my Grandsons restaurant this evening.

I used all of the vouchers and gift cards that I had been given and got lots of goodies. Perfume ... New shirts ... New sun glasses ... and lots more. Then we went to lunch and that was a lovely meal too.

Today my YouTube followers are  way over 52,000 and this week they have rolled over to 10 million views ... can you believe those figures. I am amazed but so very very happy about it.

And to top it all I have a brand new collection of 6x6 Card & Box die sets coming out so watch this space. This is a size that many of you have asked for and it will be with us soon. And it too is a beautiful collection

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 07, 2018

Papercraft Essentials 157 (PE157)

Hi Everybody,

Kinetic Cards have been around for years but this months Papercraft Essentials is giving you the dies to make them really simply.

When I made these years ago there was measuring to do and that spinner part was created with pennies.

But in this video I show you how to create these kinetic element easily with card.

The stamp set with the gift will give you other images that you can use to personalise the card for your self.
The magazine will be in the shops on the 8th March so be sure to get your copy.

And then have some fun playing with this concept and creating your own design from items that you may already have in your own crafting stash

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 06, 2018

Lace Background- Crafti Potential

Hi Everybody,

This beautiful Lace Background is created with one of the new stamps from Crafti Potential 
(aka Christine Smith)

It so feminine I loved adding it to my cards along with the flowers, ribbons and pearls.

And although it is an A6 stamp it can be used very easily to produce a larger pattern for your background

The video will show you how I made this card and give you ideas for several more too.

But with a change of colour it can be made to look more masculine or even be used as a Sympathy card.

 So lots of occasions can be covered with any of the new stamp sets from Crafti Potential.

They are only available at Craft Stash so pop over to their website and take a look for your self

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 05, 2018

Crafti Potential - Layering Stamps

Hi Everybody,

I have been playing with the new stamps from Crafti Potential again today and I love the designs that Christine has come up with

For today's video I have shown you how two of the collection play really nicely together, each knowing where to fit on the other.

They are the Fleur de Lis and the Quatrefoil.

Used independently they will give you lovely backgrounds ... but use them together and the effect is gorgeous.

There are eight designs in this collection and each one is special for the type of background you may want to have.   I have used them with dies from the "Christina Collection" as well as sentiment dies from Tonic and Creative Expressions
They will suit male and female and work really well with any other stamps and dies that you may have. So pop over to Craft Stash and take a look at this brand new addition to their website

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 04, 2018

Crafti Potential - Stamp Collection - Hearts

Hi Everybody,

This week has seen the exciting addition of some new stamps from my lovely friend Christine Smith.

Many of you will know of her from our YouTube collaborations and her blog is

She makes the most amazing cards and we have completely different styles.

But working with her stamps has been really good and they can fit my style very easily.

There are eight new A6 stamps and there is sure to be something that you like.

Here I have used the hearts and the video will show you how I created this card.

It's not long but I hope you enjoy it all the same 

I have more videos to add using some of the other stamps from Christine's collection and we are also planning another collaboration video where we will use both of our collections together and see what we come up with.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx