May 31, 2018

Grey and White Card, Stand & Box


Hi Everybody,

Today's card is in a beautiful pale grey and white and would be suitable for many occasions.

I have made  mine as an Anniversary Card and it could be for any Anniversary ... Ruby, Sapphire, Silver ... with a change of colour.

The video will take you through the steps to create the card for your self

The box is the crowning touch and of course the stand means that the card can be displayed for everyone to see.
The whole collection means you can create beautiful cards easily and quickly and it is available only at Craft Stash

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 30, 2018

Simply Cards & Papercraft 178 - The Best Of Card Making Magic

Hi Everybody,

With this months Simply Cards & Papercrafts there is a fabulous free gift that is a bumper set of stamps and four matching dies.

It is with great pleasure that I can add my stamps and dies as a free gift for you to enjoy and I have had so many ideas playing with them


There is a lot of inspiration on the video plus more in the magazine pages too, and my card is on the front cover with some male themed cards inside.

There are many occasions covered on the stamp set 
and the dies make it easy to cut out the flowers and leaves 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx



May 29, 2018

Radiant Butterflies

Hi Everybody,

A few weeks ago I told you about a free gift from Card Making Magic that was free with Die Cutting Essentials 37 Magazine 

Here is another card from that same die set and it is one that I have really enjoyed playing with.

For all the cards I stayed with the same colour scheme and it is a rich purple, blue and green.

Here I have simply stamped the butterflies in those colours and then cut out the pattern with  the die.

Here is the link to the video again to refresh your memory ... Radiant Butterflies  and I hope you enjoy it as much as you did the first time it was added. 

You can still get the magazine with the free gift from Craft Stash at this link ...
 and you can purchase the stamp set to match here ...

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 28, 2018

Simon Says Stamps - Summer Time

Hi Everybody,

The "Summer Time" die is one of the latest from Simon Says Stamps and is part of their

For this card I have blended two Distress Oxide Inks ... Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet onto my panel and then spattered it with water


The butterflies, flowers and leaves are from a die set that was free with
Simply Cards & Papercraft - Butterfly Dreams

I have added pearls along the body line of the butterflies and I think the result is quite a pleasant card



Add a birthday greeting and its ready to go

Quick and easy are very pretty

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


May 27, 2018

Crafti Potential Words - Wishes

Hi Everybody,

I wanted to share with you some of the new dies from Crafti Potential and the ways in which you can use it.

There are 12 different words and lots of additional sentiments in each set for you to personalise your own designs.




Each word is big enough to make a statement on your cards  and yet the letters are separate.

 But because you are adding them to a backing piece there can be no mistake about where each one goes.

I love to use large words as my focal point and I add them to a Vellum back for a cool effect.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 26, 2018

Card & Gift Winner

Hi Everybody,

Beautiful day here in the North West and a late start for me.
 Feeling lazy today and will take the time to chill for a while. 
It's been a busy week creating samples and videos for the new 6x6 collection and thank you for letting me know that you have enjoyed them. 

But the draw has now been done and the name today is 
Val Jones
please email me your postal address to 
christina@card-making-magic.com
the gift will be on its way to you.

I hope you like it and please let me know that you have it safely.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


May 25, 2018

Friday Freebie - Hunkydory Bauble Dies & Stamps

Hi Everybody,

Back to the Christmas theme for this weeks give away and this one is from Simply Cards & Papercraft.

It is featured in the video 
 and it will help you to make some lovely cards for family and friends

So if you would like this set to add to your own stash then all you need to do is leave me a comment 

From those comments one name will be chosen at random as the winner and announced in tomorrows blog post.

You need to pop back in the morning to see if it is your name that is listed and you will have 72 hours in which to claim it.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 24, 2018

6x6 Collection - Blue & White Corner Card, Stand & Box

Hi Everybody,

This lovely blue and white creation is made using the 6x6 Collection

In this video I have tried to show you how you can make the little corner die work for you.

I am really pleased with the way this one turned out and I hope you will like it too.



The blue card is from Papermill Direct and is my favourite shade called Marine Blue, and it teams really well with bright white.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and are a mix of two shades of blue Roses, Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Tulips and white Gypsophila. You don't need many flowers to make a really pretty display and I matched them on the box too.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 23, 2018

Die Cutting Essentials 38 - Stained Glass Peacock

Hi Everybody,

Today I am sharing with you the free gift that is with Die Cutting Essentials 38 and this will be on sale on the 24th May.

It is a two piece die set that is from the Pretty Quick collection at Craft Stash. 

There are lots to purchase on their website but this one to start you off is FREE


It will make an impressive card for you by simply adding the die cut to glitter or designer card very easily.
Or you could try paper piecing if that was your style. 
You can snip away bits that you don't want to create another look for your designs

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 22, 2018

6x6 Collection Gold & White Card

Hi Everybody,

For today's video I have used some lovely gold card that I bought at a craft show some time ago.

I teamed it with white to make this really pretty card, stand and box.

I used the Nesting Hexagons which are part of the new 6x6 Collection and I have shown two ways in which I have used them,

The flowers, lace and the dazzler are all from Wild Orchid Crafts and I have tried to show you in detail how I would add the flowers to the card. 

But there is an older video to show you also how to get the look that you want ... Adding Flowers to your Cards

Hope it helps you in some small way

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 21, 2018

5x7 Card and Box - Turquoise Floral Card

Hi Everybody,

Today's cards is created with the 5x7 original "Christina Collection" and the card stand from the new 6x6 sets.

But for this card I have used the card stand in a totally different way and the result is lovely.

The video will show you how I used it and if you bought the die set then this is another way to get more use from it.


The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and are a mixture of Gypsophillia, Roses, Tulips, Cherry Blossom and Asters

So I hope you enjoy the video and there is another tomorrow with the 6x6 collection.

And if you have that set then you could always add the stand as frame to that size also.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 20, 2018

Tonic Craft Kit 10 - Alphabet frame

Hi Everybody,

This post is a little late with this new kit as the video has been on YouTube since Monday ... but better late than never.

So this is the Alphabet Frame Kit and I have used Craft Kit 05 to make the flowers.

I did the card in two different colours and I think my favourite has to be the blue one shown here.



The kits sell out very quickly and often before the video is shown. 
So the safest way to make sure you get it is to join the subscription and have it delivered top your door each month. 

There are always beautiful dies and often stamps to match them  and always some lovely papers for you to work with ... or simply drool over !!

Along with other goodies that can help you to embellish your project ... aaaaaand a surprise gift if you subscribe.


More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 19, 2018

Card & Gift Winner

Hi Everybody,

What a wonderful day for a wedding ... and I mean that for every body who is getting married today. 
 I shall be glued to the telly once I have done this blog post and I am longing to see THE Dress.
 Meghan is going to look so beautiful marrying her handsome Prince.
Will you be watching too ??

So I was up early so that the draw could be announced early and the winner is ...
Lorraine Long
would you email me your postal address please to
christina@card-making-magic.com
and they will be on their way to you straight away

I hope you enjoy the gift and please let me know when it arrives with you.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 18, 2018

Friday Freebie - Basket of Blossoms

Hi Everybody,

This pretty die set if the one on offer this week and it was featured in the video 

It is a 21 piece die set that can be used all year round and will help you to make some lovely cards.

So if this is a set that you would like to win then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post.

From those comments one name will be chosen as the winner and then announced in tomorrows blog post ... so be sure to come back and check if it is your name that is shown.

You will have 72 hours in which to claim the gift and I am happy to send it to you wherever you live.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx




May 17, 2018

Sunny Yellow 6x6 Card, Stand & Box

Hi Everybody,

Here is another card to inspire you with the new 6x6 Collection and this one is in a beautiful pale yellow

The video will show you how I created this set and I am really pleased with the result


There are other sentiments to choose from in the collection but the With Love is the one that comes with the card and box set.  

Alter the colours also for another look to your cards.

This one is done in grey and white and if you leave off the bow it could have a more masculine feel to it.

But I love the flowers, ribbons and pearls on the yellow one for a true feminine look

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 16, 2018

Papercraft Essentials 160 - Whale of a Time

Hi Everybody,

This months copy of Papercraft Essentials will be in the shops on the 17th May

There is a really good die and stamp set for you to play with.

I had many ideas for this gift and some of them are in the video.

I stayed with a cool blue scheme for all the cards to enhance the sea theme
I created the backgrounds with stencils and one was done with copy paper from one of my dies.
This is a good way to extend the use of your own dies and the copy paper will serve you a few times before it needs to be replaced.

Keep a look out for the magazine if it is one that you would like 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 15, 2018

6x6 Collection - Green & White Card

Hi Everybody,

Today I am using my new 6x6 Collection to create this pretty card with it's own stand and matching box

Green is not a colour I use much but I am really pleased with the way this one turned out.

For the stand I decided to add the patterned piece to the back and the front so that it would look good from any angle as the card was displayed ... and it gives more strength as well.

And both card and stand fit comfortably inside the box and make such a lovely addition as a gift.

The links are below if there is anything that you want to view

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


May 14, 2018

6x6 Collection - Rainbow Card


Hi Everybody,

I have been busy making cards using my new 6x6 Collection and Thank You to all of you who have bought it so far

I hope you have lots of fun making beautiful cards and I have a lot more vidoes on the way to share my ideas.

So this card is really easy to make using the Nesting Squares and Rainbow colours with Distress Oxide Inks. 



This fun effect would be a hit with children or maybe those who simply love magical rainbows

When you are adding the inks make sure that you have loads of ink on your brush/sponge or whatever you use to add it.  And add lots to your panel. The more you add the better the blend you will get. And it will look smoother as it dries.

Have fun and enjoy the video 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 12, 2018

Card & Gift Winner

Hi Everybody,

Today the sun is shining and I have lots to do over the weekend creating videos with my new collection.  Ruby will of course get her long Sunday morning walk with my daughter Vickie and Ruby's best friend Dougal and then she will sleep away the afternoon.

 And next Saturday is Royal Wedding Day and I shall be glued to the TV.  I can wait to see the dress.

But in the meantime the draw for yesterdays card and gift has been done and the winner is
Carole Throup
please email me your postal address to 
christina@card-making-magic.com
and they will be on their way to you straight away.

I hope you will like them when you get them and please let me know that you have them safely

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


May 11, 2018

Friday Freebie - Christmas Sparkle

Hi Everybody,

There is a whole host of beautiful images with this stamp set and you are sure to create some lovely cards using it.

In the video I had some lovely examples to share and they may give you some ideas on how you will use it.

Christmas Sparkle   will get you in the mood to make your cards for this year good and early ..... Joke !!

But if you would like to win this large A4 stamp set then simply leave me a comment at the end of the post.

One name will be chosen from those comments and notified in tomorrows post. 
Please leave your full name or you will be excluded from the draw. I cannot accept entries from people who only leave a single name, or anonymous or unknown.

You can simply add it at the end of the comment if that is easier for you. And don't forget to come back in the morning to see if it is your name that is listed.
You will have 72 hours in which to claim the gift


More tomorrow ...

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 10, 2018

Creative Stamping 57 - Go Wild A4 Stamp Set

Hi Everybody,

Creative Stamping goes on sale today and has a large A4 Stamp Set with it.

This would be a prefect addition to your crafty stash for any male cards you need to make and the are lots of "Punny" sentiments in the pack


Many of the featured animals need very little colouring so really its a "stamp and go" set for those who don't like colouring.

You can add as much or as little to these images  to make them truly individual and still create a lovely card

So keep a look out for it on the shelves or take out a subscription to have it delivered and to be sure of never missing your copy 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 09, 2018

Simply Cards & Papercraft 177 - Coffee Break

Hi Everybody,

Another fun die and stamp set for all your makes and it also has a stencil that will give you two different patterns.

Perfect for male and female cards with mix and match sentiments to cover lots of occasions.

The video will show you how I made another card but I have used the same colour scheme throughout

Alter the colours for more masculine cards and have fun creating different scenes with masking.

And have a look at page 83 to see some of the cards that I made for the magazine ... I am actually on the front cover YaaaY!!

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 08, 2018

6x6 Blue and Lilac Card and Box

Hi Everybody,

Today I am adding the first video with the 6x6 Collection card and box, complete with display stand

And I am really happy with the result and the colour scheme as this is such a pretty set to use.


I will be adding lots more videos and samples as I have so many ideas to show you with these dies. 
And I am really excited to be sharing all my ideas with you in the hope that you will give some of them a try for yourself

Enjoy the video 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


May 07, 2018

Card for Bill ...

Hi Everybody,

A little while ago I was asked by a Canadian man if I could make a special card for him to give to his wife on their anniversary as she is a big fan of my work and follows my blog and YouTube channels

The remit was for Flowers, Ribbons and Pearls with a pink colour scheme.

Right up my street ... so I couldn't  refuse ...

I had an email from him after the date to say that his wife was delighted with the card 

I asked him if I could show you all the card once the date had passed and he and his wife agreed that I could

And so here they are the card and box that I made with my 5x7 Christina Collection and posted to Bill in time for their day.



More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 06, 2018

Card & Box - 6x6 Collection

Hi Everybody,

Today I am showing you another card from the new 6x6 Collection.

Next week I will start adding in some new videos to show you what I do.

I will add the list of items used at the bottom of the page for you to view and the video will show you exactly what is in the new collection


Please note that to cut the box you will need a die cutting machine with a larger opening to accommodate the width of the die.

But you can always trace around the edge of the box die and hand cut it as all the other dies will fit the smaller machines.

For this card I have made a stencil from the Shell Trellis and it is covered in the video.
Please come back to see what is created in future videos and hopefully you will join in and create along with me

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 05, 2018

Card Winner and a Thank You ...

6x6 Collection
Hi Everybody,

First of all I wanted to thank each and every one of you for the support you have for me with my brand new collection. It is very much appreciated. 

I went to the Craft Stash office yesterday to do the Facebook Live and I was greeted with excitement that the whole collection is selling well.

I really enjoyed my day with them and we did lots of photographs and videos to promote the range.

Craft Stash took a big risk on an unknown like me but gladly it has all worked out well.  
My 5x7 Christina Collection continues to do well and now the 6x6 ... 
watch this space for the next wave! 

I have been with them for two years now and I was there at the birth of Craft Stash and I am so grateful to them for the opportunity they offered to me.

But I am also grateful to ALL OF YOU for the faith you have shown in buying my Collections, watching my videos, visiting my blog and website and leaving me your lovely comments.

Part of my way to say Thank You is to keep producing good videos and having this weekly "Give Away" to share my good fortune with you.

And so onto this weeks winner ...
Bejay Roles
please could you email me your postal address to 
christina@card-making-magic.com
and they will be on their way to you straight away.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 04, 2018

Friday Freebie - Away in a Manger

Hi Everybody,

As the name of the A4 stamp set suggests this is a collection of Christmas stamps.


But having said that it can be used all year round with a little careful snipping of the images.

 For example snip away the wreath from the top of the fireplace and it would make a lovely male birthday card

Time to get the imagination going with this set.
 The video will show you how I used it Away in a Manger  and you can come up with many more to suit your own style or recipient

Would you like this set ? Then all you need to do is leave me a comment and one name will be chosen from them.
Please leave your full name or you will be excluded from the draw. I cannot accept entries from people who only leave a single name, or anonymous or unknown.

You can simply add it at the end of the comment if that is easier for you. And don't forget to come back in the morning to see if it is your name that is listed.
You will have 72 hours in which to claim the gift


More tomorrow ...

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 03, 2018

Competition for 6x6 Collection


Hi Everybody,

Tomorrow sees the launch of my brand new collection of 6x6 dies and embossing folders and I can't wait to show you what there is.

Craft Stash have set up a competition for one lucky person to win 

Click the link to go to their page and see all the details on how to win and good luck to everybody. 

This is some of the collection but if you click the link you can see the rest of it and it is beautiful.
Did you notice the card stand !!! 

And if you join me tomorrow 4th May at 12.30 on the 
you will also have the chance to win a voucher for £15 to spend as you like.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 02, 2018

Brand New 6x6 Collection ....

Hi Everybody,

At last I can tell you about the new collection coming this week to Craft Stash and I know that many of you have waited patiently for this 6x6 size.

There are some beautiful dies as well as the complete card and box die set in the squarer size.

I have introduced some words dies too and they are in two parts so that they can be layered onto your projects if you wish.

The video gives you  small glimpse of what is coming and I will be doing lots more over the coming weeks with this and the original 5x7 sets as they will play nicely together.


I am delighted with this set of dies and embossing folders and I will show them all  on Friday on the


Please join me at 12.30 pm 4th May 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

Die Cutting Essentials 37 - Radiant Butterflies

Hi Everybody,

The free gift with this months Die Cutting Essentials is a fabulous die set from ....
drum roll please .... Card Making Magic !!

It is Radiant Butterflies and it is a lovely die set that will cut the pattern into your card.



I have really loved playing with this set and all the cards I made are shown at the end of the video.

I have stayed with the same colour scheme simply to show you that if you are new to card making that you don't need a vast amount of supplies to get lovely results.

 Each of my cards looks different with just the free gift and the odd piece from my supplies.

And I really love this colour blend and it is one I have used many times in the past.

For the card to the right I have used the Dinosaur from Pawfect Pets by Crafti Potential and that creates a fun card ideal for children 

The dies and stamps can be used all year round for male and female cards and so I hope you will look out for it tomorrow in your supermarkets and craft stores.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx