Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

July 31, 2019

Christmas Wreath Builder

Hi Everybody,

Today's card is created with the new Wreath Builder Die Set from Card Making Magic.
 It is part of the Christmas Collection for 2019.

I have used traditional colours for mine and teamed them with gold but you could make yours in contemporary colours for another look.

I really enjoyed putting all these pieces together and it is very easy to do. 

You can make yours as thick and as decorated as you like.

And because Holly is an evergreen plant and available all year round then why not add some summer flowers and make your wreath into a garland instead ... just leave off the Holly Berries

There are some lovely dies available from Card Making Magic and they are all at Craft Stash and of course they will work really well with the dies from last Christmas too.

I have inked the edges with Candied Peel and the finished card is made with the 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 29, 2019

Rose Petal Card Stand

Hi Everybody,

When the card stands were first introduced to the Card Making Magic Collection they were very popular.

This one will hold the 6x6 the 5x7 any of the round or oval shapes and the A2 and makes the display look really pretty.

But the new size is a lot bigger and will hold the A5 as well as any of the other sizes and your recipient will have the perfect way to show off their card

This Christmas Card has been created in the same colours as the stand and the gold looks really elegant on both sides of the stand.

But look more closely at the card itself and you will see that I have cut one of the stands in half and used it as a corner on the front.

It makes lovely addition to the design on the front but another way it can be used is by adding glue to the long straight side and just along the bottom then placing it inside the card to act as a pocket to add your tag greeting to.

I am sure that you can think of many more ways in which to make the Card Stand  work for you.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

July 27, 2019

Card & Gift Winner

Hi Everybody,

How does all this really hot weather sit you ?? I can remember sitting out in for hours to get a suntan when I was younger but not any more. It is far too hot for me and I simply melt. I like it to be warm enough not to need a coat but cool enough to feel comfortable.

It is even too hot for Ruby and she seeks all the shade she can find. We now go walking early in the day and again later in the evening when it is cooler, and that seems to suit her much better ... and me 

The draw for yesterdays gift has been done and the name this week is ...

Elizabeth van Asch

if you could email me your postal address please to
the gift will be on its way to you.

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

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 26, 2019

Friday Freebie - Winter Wonderland

Hi Everybody,

Today's gift is from Crafters Companion and it is an embossing folder with a three piece die set for the top.

It was with Papercraft Essential towards the end of  2018

You will find some ideas on how to use this gift in the video Winter Wonderland and not just for Christmas either. 

It can be used all year round to make really pretty cards for you

So if this is a gift that you would like then all you have to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post with your FULL NAME and then come back tomorrow to see if it is your name that is listed as the winner.

I cannot stress enough that it needs to be your FULL NAME as I will not be entering those that aren't so please check before you submit your entry. 

And don't forget that your comment will not show up until they have been moderated by me.So please don't add it two or three times it will be shown eventually.

The list of past winners is in the side bar to the left for you to check whenever you want and I list who has won and claimed their gift along with those that haven't claimed as past winners. 

The gifts are quality stamps or dies or embossing folders so well worth trying for.  

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

July 24, 2019

Simply Cards & Papercraft 194 - Altenew Layered Poppy

Hi Everybody,

This months SC&P has a lovely layered Poppy as the exclusive git and this is from Altenew.

It will be on sale on the 25th July and Altenew stamps are always worth collecting and there is also a stencil with this one too.

The difference in stencil and stamp is quite noticeable and I think that the stencil gives a softer look to my card.

The video is not too long and I have sped things up a little in the middle.

 I hope you enjoy it and this set is sure to disappear quickly so be sure to look tomorrow if this is one that you would like to have .

Moe tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

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 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
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
Christine Cloutier
please can you email me your postal addresses to
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
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