January 18, 2019

Friday Freebie - Botanical Border

Hi Everybody,

Just a reminder that I will be on Hochanda Saturday 19th January at 10 am and 2 pm so I hope you will join me then

 And so that I don't miss this give away I am scheduling the post  for this pretty gift to go out while I am away.

This is Botanical Border and I made some really lovely cards with this all in the same colour scheme

The video will give you lots of ideas and so I hope you enjoy it.

If this is a gift that you would like to win then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post with your FULL NAME.  
This is to save any confusion if two people with the same first name apply.

 I won't be adding names to the hat if they are not your full one so if you wonder why you're not winning then check your comment and see if you added your name.

If you are new to the give away you can enter each week and it doesn't matter if you have won one before. I am happy to send the gift to you at my expense and it doesn't matter where you live.

You don't need your own blog but you DO need to come back and check for your name tomorrow. I will announce the winner, on my return from Hochanda, in a blog Post and you will have 72 hours to claim it.

If the gift is not claimed it will be re offered at a later date
Good Luck everybody.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 17, 2019

Sneaky Peak !!

Hi Everybody,

So the good news this week is that I will be on your telly this coming Saturday with more of my new collection to share with you.

And this is a sneaky peak of one of the items in the show that will be on HOCHANDA

I am really looking forward to be being back and this is the first show I have done for well over a year. 

I have some lovely samples to show you and these are from my very own collection Card Making Magic ... and I am so excited about it.

Griff would be so proud and he would be taking photos every two minutes to show the world and his wife at every available opportunity .... at least twice !!

So please join me on Saturday the 19th January at 10 am and again at 2 pm when I will be working with Paula Pascual and showing you some of the cards we have made.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 16, 2019

Die Cutting Essentials 47 - Hello Spring

Hi Everybody,

Today I am bringing you a new cover mount video and this is the first one I have covered since last year. If you are a regular reader you will know the reason for the lack of posts with the magazine gifts

But this one is for Die Cutting Essentials and it is a six piece die set called Hello Spring.

Just in time for all your flowery makes but if you leave the flowers off then it is just as suitable for any male cards.

I created this pretty background with the tiny little stamp that is part of the reader offer.

Pay just the postage and packing and the A6 stamp set is yours and it works really well with the dies.

The video will give you lots of ideas and of course you will find many more withing the pages of the magazine too

The background technique in the video is really easy to create with mini ink pads and on one of them I have used the Altenew sets which have three shades of one colour. The pink card is a kind of Ombre effect and I really like the finished card

So I hope you will give this a try and look out for the magazine in the shops tomorrow if you would like this die set.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 15, 2019

Shell Trellis & Nesting Circles

Hi Everybody,

Today's card has used lots of items from the Card Making Magic Collection which is all available from Craft Stash

I love the colour scheme to this card but you can make yours any way you wish and I used Distress Oxides

The flowers I used are the pink edged ones from the Decorative Collection and I have brushed over the edges with the same inks I used on the card

I used the Shell Trellis because it matches the Nesting Circles and that keeps everything tied together. You can stack the dies with the largest one first and make your way out to the smallest centre piece adding foam pads as you go.
That would give you a decoupaged look.

But I decided to add the smallest first and work my way out to the largest  for another way to add the interest.  The finished result is a very colourful card that started life as just plain white

Make your box for this card and ink the two pieces the same as the card. 
Add your Nesting Circle to the box front and add some flowers and you would have a lovely gift to give to some one for any occasion you need it for.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 14, 2019

Pretty Feathers

Hi Everybody,

This card is created with some of the feathers that are from Spellbinders and they are on the front of a 5x7 card so you can see that they are quite large.

I stencilled the background to blend in with them and the die itself is in two parts.

I cut the solid piece from pink and layered the black filigree piece cut three times and stacked together over the top.

This gave me lovely deep feathers to add to my card.

The sentiment is from a stamp that was with a magazine and it just sat very neatly at the bottom of the card.

Backing the panel onto black card gave me a thin borer around the edge that tied everything together and then I added them to a white tent fold base.

Change the colours and this would be ideal for male cards and quite a good look too.
 Not too masculine but more than suitable

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 13, 2019

Card & Gift Winner

Hi Everybody,

I am sorry for the delay but yesterday I was so busy I couldn't find the time to sit down and write a post until late in the evening and so I decided to leave it till today ... and here I am. 

The draw for Fridays card and gift has now been done and the winner this week is ...

AnnLouise Harris
would you email me your postal address please to 
and they will be on their way to you.

Please let me know that you have the gift safely and I hope you will enjoy playing with it.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 11, 2019

Friday Freebie - Songbird Blossoms

Hello Everybody,

Today's gift consists of Stamps, Dies and an Embossing Folder and will help you to make some really pretty cards.

I have said quite a lot over the last few weeks, with regards to Christmas stuff, that it can be used all year round, if you use your imagination, and this set is ideal to use all year round too.

Turn the bird into a Robin and alter the flowers to make Christmas Roses and there you will have a card that is perfect to send.

The video to showcase this set was 
and if this is gift that you would like to have then all you need to do is leave me a comment with your FULL NAME

From those comments a name will be chosen and announced in tomorrows blog post so please come back and check if it is you

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 10, 2019

Another fancy Border Die .... and some news !

Hi Everybody,

I am loving these new border dies and not just as borders either.

For this card I have cut the border three times from the same colour card and then added it to a white panel

I fussy cut around the panel and then added it to an inked lilac base with foam pads to raise it up.

It really stands out from the card and then I dressed it with a pearl flourish  The flowers have been glittered as I like to do them and they sparkle in the light as the card is turned.

I cut my sentiment from black card four times and stacked them up to give a really deep effect on the parchment base and I do like this card.

Some News ...

It has been quite some time since I was on your TV screens but the news is that I will be back and in the very near future

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 09, 2019

The New 5x7 Card & Box Die Set

Hi Everybody,

Today I am using the new version of the 5x7 card and box die set and with this new set the Trellis die is included in the box.

So now you have everything you need to make a beautiful card with the fancy trellis work and the box to put it in.

This one has used the trellis as a stencil to decorate the front of the card and both panels to the box to tie them together.

The finished card look really pretty and is prefect to give for a birthday or any other occasion you may have coming up

I used the layering dies  from the set to line the inside and the verse is from the Verses set that came out last year.

So I hope you enjoy the video and will give this card a try, and then give it to someone you love for their special day

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 08, 2019

Lilac Border

Hi Everybody,

Today I am sharing another border die from the new collection and this pretty one is using the Floral Border die.

This is so pretty and I have added gemstones to each of the drops

I tied a large chocolate box bow for the front of the card and added a tear drop gemstone to the centre 

The large flower is one of the pale pink edged ones from the card Making Magic collection and I have simply edged it with Wilted Violet instead

The lilac colour scheme is so fresh and I am really enjoying using it at present.

 Team it with white, pale pink, pale lemon or pale turquoise and the look can be totally different. In fact it can be teamed with just about anything for a lovely look.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 07, 2019

Just for You

Hi Everybody,

Border dies are always a useful addition to any of your projects.

They can be used to frame the focal point, edge any of the shapes you want to use or as I have done here to add a surround to a separate panel that is raised on your card.

For this one I have used the Lace Edge  and cut my card in lilac.

The flower and leaves are from the Layered Flowers stamps and die set and I used the flower shaper to curl the petals 

The pearl flourish in the background is also from Card Making Magic and adds the finishing touch to the design.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 06, 2019

More Numbers ...

Hi Everybody,

This little card was created with the new  Numbers dies and would be ideal for a male birthday.

I have used Distress Oxides to ink the background and then spritzed over it with Perfect Pearls to ad some shine.

I chose the numbers and added them randomly over the card, allowing some to hang over the edge,  and cut them out.

Keep any complete numbers for another project, and don't forget to keep any of the centre pieces you may need as in the number six

I cut the age  and the TH several times from black card and stacked them together before adding them to the card front 

Then I stamped Birthday with Versamark and heat embossed the White powder until melted.

I think it looks really cool and you can change out the colours and age to suit your recipient 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 05, 2019

Card and Gift Winner

Hi Everybody,

Cloudy day here this morning but no rain. I have had a busy week making samples with the new dies and I have a  Card Making Magic Box Kit coming out on the 10th January. This is really exciting news and the first of what will be a regular feature.

There is a fabulous paper pack inside the box as well as dies, stamps and stencil.  The stencil will also help you to create the box for your cards if you don't have the new A2  card and box die set

So onto the draw for yesterdays "Good Sport" card and gift, and the name that has been chosen this week is ...

Gill Hubbard
please can you email me 
and the gift will be on it's way to you.

I have started the new year with winners names on the Winners Page and the link is in the NavBar to your left.  You can always check if your name is there and I will list if it is claimed or not as the case maybe 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 04, 2019

Friday Freebie - A Good Sport

Hello Everybody,

This A4 stamp set is perfect for all you sporting enthusiasts and it covers lots of them to help you make the cards

In the video I have shown you some of the ways in which I have used it and I am adding it here so that you can view it again

You can create different scenes with this to suit your recipient and also some really easy backgrounds.

Would you like to have this set in your collection? 

Then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post. One name will be chosen as the winner so be sure to leave me your FULL NAME please

I will be back in the morning with the winner so be sure to come back and check if your name is shown.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 03, 2019

Beautiful Bow Card & Box

Hi Everybody,

Here I am again today with another lovely project using the A2 die set and this one features the bows.

I have used coloured pens to add the shading to them and the lazy part to the set is on top.

The addition of the embossing at the bottom of the card just make it a little more interesting

These new dies will be with Craft Stash from today the 3rd January and there are some lovely ones for you to choose from

The video will show you how I made two cards and the boxes to go with them in two different styles

Don't let the colouring put you off just dive in and give it a try .... or use coloured card instead.

But the finished cards can be as simple or as fussy as you like and you know me I like fussy 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 02, 2019

Lots of Hearts

Hi Everybody,

One of the dies that I wanted in my new Border Collection was one with lots of hearts that could be paper pieced or simply added to the card. 

Especially with Valentines Day now on the horizon as the next celebration.
These are available now on the Craft Stash website

This pretty card was so easy and quick to make and I used some bright pink glitter card and paper pieced the hearts with some really shiny silver mirror card

The background is from my Happy Birthday folder  and I just ran a pink ink pad lightly over the top 

There are lots of fun elements in the coming collections and so I hope you will take a look when the next part launches on the 3rd January with Craft Stash

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 01, 2019

A2 Collection ...

Hi Everybody,

I would like to wish you all a really Happy New Year.
 May you find peace and love in all that you do.
The New Year is starting off with a big bang for me as I have a new size of die set added to my range.  This is a size I have been asked for regularly especially by my US friends and readers.
And so here is the A2 Card & Box Die Set

For the cards shown in the video I have only used the dies that are actually in the A2 set.

And new to this is the addition of the Trellis die to give you everything you need to make a beautiful card and matching box.

But there are a whole host of new dies that can be used with EVERY die in the whole collection whatever the size A2 ... 5x7 ... 6x6

Everything has been carefully thought out so that you can use them with whichever set you like 

So I hope you will enjoy the video and any of the dies that you decide to use. 
And don't forget the brand new Letters and Numbers that came out just before Christmas
Then add them with the flowers, ribbons and pearls from the Decorative Collection 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx