July 21, 2019

The Octagon Box - Short & Tall Versions

Hi Everybody

As promised I have now got the video completed to add to this page  and it is quite a long one  ...so my apologies.

But there was no way to get all the information into it and make it any shorter. I hope it doesn't spoil your enjoyment of it.

It is done in sections so you can always pause it and come back to it later if need be.

In the video I have shown you how to make the original box and frame and how they will work together.
 In the second part I have shown you how to extend the sides to create the taller box and I have added several frames as trays to add various items to depending on who you make it for.
If you are adding things like little Fairy Cakes then they would be deeper than the chocolates and you wouldn't need as many. 

But you will need to play around with yours and see how it goes
.The main thing is to have fun with it and decorate it to suit the contents
I hope you enjoy

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 20, 2019

Card & Gift Winner

Hi Everybody,

Thanks for all your support over the past week when I have been on Hochanda and Facebook Live.

 It is very much appreciated and now I am back home safe and sound.

 But I promised on Hochanda that I would do a video to show you how I turned the short sided Octagon Box in to the tall sided version. 

So as soon as I have finished this post that is what I am going to do and then tomorrow it is 
chill ... chill ... chill ... day with Ruby and my family.

Lets move onto the winner of yesterdays FF Gift and card winner and the name chosen this week is ...

Karen Roit
would you send your postal address to me at
christina@card-making-magic.com
and the gift will be on its way to you straight away.

Please let me know when you get it and I hope you have fun playing with it .


More ... and the Video tomorrow ,,,

Hugs xx

July 19, 2019

Friday Freebie - Pop Up Box

Hi Everybody,

Today's gift is the Pop Up Box that was with
Die Cutting Essentials 51 and the link will take you to the video

This is one that you can have a lot of fun with when you dress it for male or female and you can also use it to make a card.

The video will show you some of the ways in which I have used this gift 

With the gift I am giving you the box card that was made for the males in your family 

This little boxes are not hard to make and now even easier with the dies to do all the work for you.

So if this a gift that you would like then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the bottom of the post with your FULL NAME and from those comments one name will be drawn as the winner.

Be sure to come back tomorrow and check if your name is shown and it doesn't matter where you live or even if you have won before you can still enter.

So good luck everybody

More tomorrow  ...

Hugs xx

July 18, 2019

Ice Cream Colours

Hi Everybody,

Today's card is from one of the last Hochanda shows and it is created in soft pastel shades.

I highlighted it in black using the Pearly Swirls die set and I stamped the sentiment in black on to some vellum and clear heat embossed it

The flowers are all made form the same shades Daisy Flourish Flowers   and each one has a gemstone centre.

But today I am back on Hochanda again with another One Day Special and I have some more beautiful new dies to show you. 

And the Sneaky Peak from the other day will be revealed to hopefully delight you.

So join me  today at 9am  1pm and 5pm and if you can't make it then try Craft Stash Facebook Live tomorrow at 1pm

More tomorrow ... 

Hugs xx

July 17, 2019

Die Cutting Essentials 54 - Piece by Piece Jigsaw Die Set

Hi Everybody,

This fun little jigsaw can make some really pretty cards if you cut the die from different coloured card stock

And because there are so many pieces to each cut you can make several cards as I have in the video.

I really enjoyed playing with this and although the pieces are small the overall effect is very eye catching.


The magazine is going to be on sale tomorrow the 18th July and there are lots of ideas inside for you to try both with the gift and other projects.

You also have the opportunity to down load some papers to help make your cards, for both male and female. So take a look and the link is on page three.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 16, 2019

Sneaky Peak

Hi Everybody,

Thanks to everybody for your concern over me feeling really poorly and I am happy to say that I feel much better now thanks and I will be with you on Hochanda tomorrow for the One Day Special.

I have lots of exciting new things to share with you and this is a sneaky peak of one of the die sets that will be on the show.

So I hope you can join me at 6pm and 8pm on the 17th July and at 9am 1pm and 5pm on the 18th July

If you can't make the shows then maybe you will be there for Craft Stash Facebook Live on the Friday and try to win one of their wonderful "Give Aways"

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 13, 2019

Card & Gift Winner

Hi Everybody,

Today's post is going to be just announcing the winners because I feel really sick and have done for the last two days. I am on Hochanda next Wednesday and Thursday and Craft Stash Facebook  Live on Friday and I have not been able to do any prep so far because I feel so poorly. 

So you will need to excuse the lack of sample on all shows until I start to feel better.

The two winners of the Dream Catcher that was on offer yesterday are ...
Kim Cranson
and
Christine Cloutier
please can you email me your postal addresses to
christina@card-making-magic.com
and the gifts will be on their way to you

Bye for now

Hugs xx

July 12, 2019

Friday Freebie - Dream Catcher

Hi Everybody,

This fabulous little Dream Catcher was the exclusive gift from Card Making Magic

It was very popular when it was offered with Simply Cards & Papercraft

I have  two to "Give Away" today but only the first winner will get the card that is with it.

Sorreeee ! but it's the only one I have.  but the gift more than makes up for no card.

You will get an A4 stamp set and some matching dies to create your own  Dream Catcher and the stamps are not flimsy. Look after them and they will last you a long time and they are fun to work with.

Would you like to o win this gift ??? Then leave me a comment at the end of the post with your FULL NAME. Then be sure to come back and check if it is your name that is shown as the winner.

I will add the names to tomorrows blog post and the winners list is always in the NavBar to your left.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


July 11, 2019

Silver Frame

Hi Everybody,

Today's card has a silver frame on the front which means it would be prefect to add a small photo to.

For my card I have added one of the verses from the #2 stamp set and then decorated it with Daisies and silver leaves.

It is not a big card and because of the layers it would need a box.

I have used the  A5 Nesting Rectangles but the smaller dies in the set to make the whole base  and then layered with a silver card.

This would look just as good created in gold too. And there is a shinier version of both at Craft Stash 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


July 10, 2019

Cream & Gold Birthday Wishes

Hi Everybody,

Today's card is created with the Lacey Nested Oval and I have used cream and gold to make it.

It would make a lovely wedding card with an appropriate sentiment or change the colours for any other occasion.

It is 5x7 when finished and so will fit neatly into the 5x7 Card & Box Set

I have blended the flowers into the colour scheme ... but a little tip I learned a long time ago is to buy mostly white flowers and colour them your self to match your designs.


You can but Isopropyl from the pharmacy and is sometimes referred to as Rubbing Alcohol and it is not expensive. A little goes a long way

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 08, 2019

Blue and Lemon

Hi Everybody,

Today's combination is pale lemon and a beautiful blue and I think they look wonderful together.

It is such a refreshing colour scheme that looks elegant at the same time.

I have used the 5x7 Card and Box set and topped it with some layers from the Ornate Nesting rectangles.

Snuggled in behind the flowers are the Delicate Pearly Swirls dotted with blue pearls  and the leaves are from the Daisy Flourish Flowers

And they all sit on top of the Flourish Embossing Folder panel

I would be more than happy to receive a card like this and it would sit on display for everybody to see.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 06, 2019

Card & Gift Winner

Hi Everybody,

It's a beautiful day here to day and there is so much that I need to do to get ready for the next Hochanda One day Special on the 17/18th July
 I wish I could squeeze a few more hours into each day or perhaps an extra day in the week ... now that would really help !!

Looking at the list of names for the Give Away I have noticed quite a lot of new names and so welcome to you and I hope you enjoy my pages and my ramblings. 

The draw for this weeks prize has been done and the winner today is ....

Sheron Egolf

please would you email me your postal address to
christina@card-making-magic.com
and the gift will be on its way to you.

As always I ask you to let me know that you have received it safely.
And I hope you will like it.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 05, 2019

Friday Freebie - Butterfly Rose

Hi Everybody,

Today's offer is for this lovely cut and emboss folder and stamp set.

It is something with the butterfly that I know a lot of you will like and enjoy adding to your designs 

I only have one of these to give away and so if you would like this then leave me a comment at the end of the post.

Don't forget to add your full name and be sure to come back sometime over the weekend  and check if you are the winner.

I have no way of contacting you if you don't claim the prize and you need to leave your FULL NAME with your comment. No Name -- no win !!

Butterfly Rose is well worth winning so what are you waiting for ... add your name and comment

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 


July 03, 2019

Card Making Magic Oval Rainbow Card

Hi Everybody,

Today I had some fun with the new A5 Nesting Ovals and created this Rainbow Card which In think would delight children if they got one for their birthday.

Their very own Rainbow and if you added their age it would be doubly delightful.

I didn't have the right coloured card so I used my pens to get the look. I only coloured the outside edges of the card as no one will see the centres.


The little die set with sun and clouds is an old Spellbinders one that I have and I couldn't find it on their website.  But the one I have linked to would still it fit the bill but the sun is a little larger than the one I used.

I hope you enjoy the video ... it's really short so wont take up too much of your evening

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 02, 2019

Baby Book Card

Hi Everybody,

This pretty project has been filmed to show you how I made it as a really special baby card.

I used the A5 Nesting Ovals to create the pages to my book  and they play really well with older dies from the card making magic range.

All me collections are available with Craft Stash

This project can be dresses p as much as you would like for boys or girls. And it would serve a lot of other occasions too


I used to make this kind of thing with large Spellbinders dies but they were all retired and no longer available. So I think these are an excellent choice for those who like these book type cards

Have fun with it and I promise you it is not difficult or time consuming to make.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 01, 2019

Be Kind ....

Hi Everybody,

This is another card sample from the HOCHANDA shows and on this one I have used the Alphabet that is available with Craft Stash

They come a plain letters, as shown,  but there is also a filigree top that can be added to give the letters a Lacey look.

In the background I have used two of the Petunia Wraps and added a Nesting Oval to the top

The silver card is cut with Ornate Nesting Rectangles and the green leaves are from the Rose Flourish Set

I think this is a really pretty card and you could add any word you wanted to the top of your card with the Alphabet Set

It is the  A5 Card & Box  size so quite a large card but of course you can make the box to fit it or turn  the box  into  an envelope if you preferred. 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx
   

June 30, 2019

Card & Gift Winner

Hi Everybody,

What a beautiful weekend this is turning out to be. Ruby and I are off on a family picnic later this morning and we are going near the river so that Isabella ... who is now eight ... can go paddling with the dogs and having a lovely time.

Ruby loves swimming and she is sure to find some deeper water where she can do that. Mind you she is only a little Spaniel and so deep for her is not deep for humans. So we need to take towels and water and some food for the dogs as well as ourselves. 


It should be a lot of fun and a gorgeous day out especially welcome after the really busy week I had. 
I hope you managed to join me on Hochanda and see the fabulous dies on offer this time.

And if you bought some then Thank You and I hope you enjoy playing with them. This little card features the  Petunia Wrap   and it is really useful set of four dies.

There are videos on the way but I need the time to edit them and get them added to YouTube so that you can view them and time has been a little scarce this last week and today I am having fun.

But for now the draw for the Card and  Gift from Friday has been done and the name drawn is ...

Diana Lawton
 could you email me your postal address to 
christina@card-making-magic.com
and the prize will be on its way to you.

Please let me know that you have it safely and I hope you will enjoy it.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 28, 2019

Friday Freebie -Fancy Foliage

Hi Everybody,

This is an A4 stamp set with some lovely images on it and includes some from Chloe Endean

There is also a flower shaping tool in the pack from Card Making Magic and I will also send you the card.

Not a bad offer today of Fancy Foliage and if you would like to win this one then you know what to do .... leave me a a comment at the end of the post to be in with the chance of winning it.

 BUT only if you leave me your FULL NAME please.

You will need to come back over the weekend and check if your are the winner and then email me to claim it.

They are quality stamps and some beautiful images for you to use

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 26, 2019

Simply Cards & Papercraft 193

Hi Everybody,

This months SC&P 193 has a beautiful A4 stamp set with it and the images are really lovely.

There are also some quality papers with it to help you make some lovely cards

It will be on sale tomorrow the 27th June so keep a look out if this is a stamp set you would like.

The video will show you some of the designs I have done and they are really pretty cards especially for the ladies.


So I hope you enjoy the video and please forgive my absence this week but I have been preparing for HOCHANDA and I hope you managed to join me there. 
I will be on at 9am 1pm and 5pm today, and if you want to tell your opinion on the new look me then please be kind in your comments

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 23, 2019

My Irish Fan Club

Hi Everybody,

Nothing pleases me more than being the "GIVER" of beautiful things. I have so much still in my life and  I enjoy sharing what I have. So let me tell you the story behind this intriguing title and the picture.

As you know every week I give away one of the cover mount gifts that come with the magazines from Practical Publishing. I asked PP's permission to do this and I was delighted when they said yes. 

One of my winners awhile ago was a lady called Elaine Prendergast and she wrote with her address to claim the gift. She told me that she was a school teacher to the Second Class who are 7 / 8 year old little girls.  She has told her class about my blog, and they have looked at the pages and they like my cards.

Elaine is a crafter herself and she has shared some of her own things with the class, as many of them enjoy crafting too, and so I asked if she would like a few more things for the children to use in their class.

I put together this box of items that I have bought in the past and it was full of all sorts 
I posted it to Elaine in Ireland and she took it into her class for the children to see.

This was my gift to the class and I could almost hear the squeals of delight here in Blackpool.

Here they are in front of the box and I wish I could have been there to hear them.


On the table in the centre is all the stuff I sent and I am sure that they have had a lot of fun playing with it.

I sent inks and papers, and embellishments for them to dress up their projects.

Some ready foiled packs for them to put together. And Flowers, Ribbons and Pearls of course !!

There is even a can of shaving foam in there for them to get really messy with

Some of them have emailed messages to me thanking me for their gift.

Elaine sent me the photographs of her class and once I got permission from their parents I am able to write this blog post.

And all these little smiling faces have made me so happy

As a class they have made me this huge card and inside everyone has added their comment and signed it onto a die cut shape.

They love die cutting and have used Elaine's machine, and caused a lot of consternation when they asked Father Christmas for one

Parents started asking what a BIG SHOT was !!!!

And so this is why I say these are my Irish Fan Club

They will all be moving on to a higher class later this year and so Elaine will have to start again with another group of bright smiling faces

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 22, 2019

Card & Gift Winner and some news ...

Hi Everybody,

It is beautiful here today and the sun is really warm. Ruby has just gone for a long walk with Vickie and Dougal while I get some work done, I am busy making samples for next weeks HOCHANDA shows as I am there again with another One Day Special on Tuesday and Wednesday.

I will be on the show at 6pm and 8pm on the Tuesday and at 9am 1pm and 5pm on the Thursday so I hope you will be able to join me for any of those shows. You may notice a difference in me too.

I love hair with curl in it and I have spent the best part of forty years using heated rollers to get that curl.

 BUT now I have discovered that I have natural curls and I bought a book called 
"The Curly Girl Handbook"
from Amazon and the information in there is invaluable.

I started the Curly Girl Method only a few days ago and already I have some wonderful curls in my hair. 

I have followed it to the letter so far and it's not hard ... after all you would wash, condition and dry your hair any way. 

All I have done is change the products that I use to make my hair healthier and over time it will get more curly

So what you see now is my natural going grey hair. No more colouring, no heated rollers, this is what I was born with and I really am liking it. I wish I had discovered The Curly Girl Method Years ago 

So now onto the winner of the Card and Gift from Yesterday. The winner this week is ...

Christine McFee
Please can you send me your postal address to 
christina@card-making-magic.com
and the gift will be on its way to you, be sure to let me know when it arrives with you. 

Tomorrow I have a lovely story for you read and I hope you enjoy it.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


June 21, 2019

Friday Freebie - Creative Corners

Hi Everybody,

This is a die set that I had fun playing with as it can make so many lovely backgrounds for you.

The card that I made here was done on parchment and then coloured with pencils and the effects is really lovely

Creative Corners  is the video to show you what I did and it may be something that you want to try for yourself.

If you would like to win this gift then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post with your FULL NAME and be sure to come back and check over the weekend if it is your name that is shown as the winner.

You have 72 hours then in which to claim the prize and I have no way to chase you up. If you don't come back it will be offered again at a later date.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 19, 2019

Die Cutting Essentials 53 - My Little Memory Book

Hi Everybody,

Today I am sharing with you Die Cutting Essentials 53 which is going to be on sale tomorrow 20th June.

The gift this month is My Little Memory Book and that is what it will help you to make.

The picture shows one that I have done and although not very big you can add as many pages to it with the die as you would like.

In the video I show you how I created a card using the same set of dies and I have turned mine into a birthday card.



There is also a stamp set that will work well with this die set and it is the gift with 
Creative Stamping 73 that will be on sale on the 4th July.

The stamp set is called "Let's Make Plans" and so together with the booklet you can add dates, Months and lots of other sentiments to customise your book

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 18, 2019

Lacey Ribbons Set 1

Hi Everybody,

This pretty card in pale green and pink has been created with one of the Lacey Ribbons added multiple times along the bottom

I also alternated the colours to make the top one stand out more and I matched the shape of the top edge too.

I think it looks really fresh. 

The white ribbon wrapped around the layers has two flowers attached to the top and they are from the Flowers & Tags set and the Layered Florals stamp set

The flowers have been coloured with pencils and added to the front with foam pads

White pearls have been dotted about the card as a finishing touch and I am really happy with the look of this one.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


June 17, 2019

Create a Gift Envelope

Hi Everybody,

Here is a little envelope that is a far nicer way to give money than just handing it over.

The video will show you how I made this one in a blue and white colour scheme and then decorated it with Flowers, Ribbons and Pearls

It is very easy to do and the film will take you step by step through the process



The links are all at the bottom of the page so that you can see what I have used. Some of them are affiliate links which means I get a small payment for items that you buy at no extra cost to you.

Enjoy the video ... it's not long.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 15, 2019

Card & Gift Winner

Hi Everybody,

No matter how hard I try something always crops up on a Saturday to stop mt getting this draw done earlier. But at long last I do eventually get around to it so thank you for your patience. 
So today the name to win the Raymond Briggs Father Christmas  is ...

MaryJean Smith

 would you be so kind as to send my your postal address please to
christina@card-making-magic.com
and the gift will be on its way to you straight away.

I would be glad if you could let me know that it has arrived with you safely and I really hope the you will enjoy playing with it.
There will be another prize on offer next week so be sure to come back and leave your comment with your FULL NAME, and it doesn't matter if you have won before you can still add your comment. 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 14, 2019

Friday Freebie - Father Christmas

Hi Everybody,

This is a gift that has been offered before and the winner didn't check for their name and so it was never claimed

Poor Father Christmas is still looking for a new home and it could be you !!

If you would like him then all you  need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post.

I am happy to send this prize anywhere that you live but you will need to leave me your FULL NAME to be in with the chance of winning

I have no video for this one,  as this was released the week that Griff died and so never got done.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx



June 13, 2019

Lacey Ribbon Set 1 & Water Coloured Flowers

Hi Everybody,

Here is another way to make a really pretty box that is just big enough to hold tealights or candles. Maybe a beautiful pen or even some .... chocolates !!!

It is very easy to do and not really a lot of measuring and it can be as decorated as you like for your recipient

I have used items from the Card Making Magic collections and this shows you that they can all work together nicely.

Here is the video and I hope you enjoy it and will give this little box a try.


More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 12, 2019

A5 Complete Card & Box Collection

Hi Everybody,

Just in case you missed the Craft Stash Facebook Live last Friday when I told you all about the dies in this new collection I thought I would add a short video to show you instead.

It's not a long film but it will show you the amount of dies you get in each set and there is such a lot for you to play with.

 Making rectangle or oval frames,and matting and layering will no longer be  a problem with the new nesting dies.

 I hope you enjoy them all and if you take care of your dies they will last you a life time.
I will be doing a lot of playing with them in the coming years.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 11, 2019

Four Box Sizes from Card Making Magic

Hi Everybody,

I am so excited about the new box size,  as this is one I have been asked about many times.

So I am adding a short video to show you the different sizes, side by side, and then you can choose which you prefer to work with.

They all will make boxes in different styles and also the envelope too.

So if you don't add depth to your cards you can still send them in a beautifully matching envelope.

This whole set of dies and add ons is growing daily and there is so much more to come for you to enjoy.



Thank you for staying with me on this roller coaster ride

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 10, 2019

New A5 Complete Card & Box Die Set

Hi Everybody,

So the new A5 Complete Card & Box Die Set was shown for the first time on Craft Stash Facebook Live last Friday and what a fabulous set it is. 

And there are so many dies in each of the new additions you will be amazed. 

This is the first card and box I have made with the A5 Die Set  and I am going to add some videos to show you more during the next few weeks.

At the present time Craft Stash are offering you 10% off your purchases if you spend over £30 on the either the new A5 collection  or the Lacey Collection  and these offers will run until the 14th June

The flowers on the card are created with the Rose Flourish Die Set and they will be the subject of another video to show you how I got the look for my display.

I am really delighted at the dies and designs in both of these new collections and amazed at the "amount of bang you get for your bucks"  and I hope you will like them as much as I do ... but stand by because there is a lot more to come in the future.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 09, 2019

Card & Gift Winner

Hi Everybody,

What a busy few weeks I have had and two more wonderful collections have been brought to you.
The Lacey Collection  and now the new Complete Card and Box  A5  size. 
The new box dies was shown on Craft Stash Facebook Live on Friday so if you joined me 
Thank You it is much appreciated.

The draw for Friday Freebie has now been done and the name this week is ....

Betty McAllister 
would you email me your postal address please to
christina@card-making-magic.com
and the gift will be on its way to you straight away.

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

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 07, 2019

Friday Freebie - Pretty Quick Scenescape

Hi Everybody,

A really useful gift is on offer this week and it is a scenescape and some stamps so that you can create your own adventure as you play.

The magazine is full of inspiration and I am sure you will enjoy the relaxation as you browse the pages.

The video will show you how I made this card  using the Pretty Quick Scenescape 

If this is stamp and folder set that you would like then be sure to leave me a comment at the end of the post with your FULL NAME.  The draw will be done some time tomorrow and the winner announced in the blog post over the weekend

So be sure to come back and check if it is your name that is shown as you then have 72 hours in which to claim the prize.
 Please remember FULL NAME to enter for the prize.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 06, 2019

Gift Card Envelope

Hi Everybody,

This little envelope is a much nicer way for you to give the gift of money or a gift card and you can make it as plain or as pretty as you want.

I used the Lacey Circles to decorate mine with one circle cut in half and both pieces added to the front in layers

I used a little Velcro dot to keep it closed and added the flowers and pearls for a more elaborate look.

I also added a circle to the back as I had done to the front and dotted all the scallops with pearls.

It's plenty big enough to add a card along with your gift and you could add the name of the recipient with an alphabet set of dies.

I shall be doing this in a video shortly so I hope you will come back to view it.

It will be next week now as I am off to the studios to do Craft Stash Facebook Live on Friday so I hope you will join me there, and see what goodies are on offer this week for you to win.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


June 05, 2019

Red Card & Matching Envelope

Hi Everybody,

Today's card would make a lovely Valentines Day one so you'll have to save it till next year now !!

I used the Lacey Circles and they went very quickly when they where on Hochanda.

They are available at Craft Stash and if they should be out of stock then leave your email address and they will notify you once they are back.

It is a beautiful die set ... but then so are the Ovals and the Rectangles. I am happy to work with any of them and of course they play really nicely with the original sets too. Enjoy the video to see how I made what looks like an elaborate card


The patterned piece is some that I brought back from Phoenix when I went over there ... that's how long I have had it. I think it is by Anna Griffin but I don't know if you can still get it.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx