Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

February 29, 2020


Hi Everybody,

Well it's cold and very windy here today and there is yet more rain forecast for this weekend. I doubt very much that Ruby will be getting her walk as it will blow her away.  So it's fire time and feet up.

 If you managed to catch Facebook Live yesterday then thank you for joining us and if you won one of the free sets of the new Provence Collection then I really hope you will enjoy playing with them once they arrive with you.

The draw has been done for yesterdays prize and the name today is 

Sue Cockerham

please would you email me your postal address to
and the set will be on its way to you.

Please let me know that you have it safely and I hope you enjoy playing with this set.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 28, 2020

Friday Freebie Art Nouveau Collection

Hi Everybody,

If stamping is your thing then you are going to love this big stamp set.

It is an A4 size and the title is Art Nouveau and it will help you to make some really lovely cards for male and female. 

There is no video to show you with this stamp set but the magazine has lots of inspiration for you to see.

Would you like this set??  Then please leave me a comment with your FULL NAME at the end of the post. From those comments one name will be chosen and notified in a blog post over the weekend.

Can I remind you again that if there is not your full name then you will not be entered into the draw.
Thank you to most of you who are very obliging with this but there are the odd one or two that do not comply.

I am not being awkward about this it just ensures that the prize goes to the correct winner.
 I may have four Sues or three Maggies,  so if they all only added one name it would be very awkward trying to name the winner.

But with a full name then it is easier to get the correct person and send them their prize.

Good Luck everybody

Don’t forget to join me on Craft Stash Facebook Live at 1 pm

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 25, 2020

Lacey Circles 5x7 Card

Hi Everybody,

Today's card is using the Lacey Nested Circles on a 5x7 Card and it has lots of layers from all the different sized dies in the set. 

Both types of flowers are from my collections and I have added them with a hot glue gun to keep them in place.

There are lovely deep pink roses and some two tone pink tipped flowers. I have dotted glue on them and sprinkled glitter for a sparkly effect.

The sentiment is from the A5 Sentiments #1 and I have stamped it in black ink

The pearls and ribbon are from my stash but just add the finishing touch to my card.

I have also added the easel stand for this card to display it on and it makes a very pretty addition to any card

All my collections are available from Craft Stash and if something should be out of stock then leave your email to be notified when it is back.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 23, 2020

Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

How are you coping with the weather ? Although I live near the beach the sea has not encroached on my home at all and we are safe and warm. My heart goes out to all the people having a bad time with floods and the destruction that these storms have caused, as well as those in other parts of the world with fires and earthquakes. I hope it gets better for you soon

I was busy yesterday but have done the draw fro Fridays prize this morning and the winner this week is ...

Mona Beverly
Please would you email me your postal address to
and it will be on its way to you straight away.

On another note I will be on Facebook Live this coming Friday with Craft Stash and the lovely
 Lou Collins. Please join me as there are sure to be some good prizes to be won.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 21, 2020

Friday Freebie - Waterfall Card Dies

Hi Everybody,

Do you like Waterfall Cards? or are you not sure how to make them ? 

Either way this die set is sure to help with the making of them,  if only to save a little time measuring and cutting out

The video to show you how I made the featured card is here at Waterfall Card 

So as well as the dies this week you will also get some papers and the magazine to browse through  and that will give you more ideas on how to use the set

Now if this is something that you would like to expand your own collection then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post. with your FULL NAME

From those comments one name will be drawn and the winner notified in a blog post over the weekend. Please be sure to come back and check if it is your name that is shown.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 19, 2020

Simply Cards & Papercraft

Hi Everybody,

Are you looking out for this months Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine? Especially after the tip of what was going to be in it in the last video I did.

It is of course the lovely Fern Leaf Die and Stamp Set and it will match beautifully with this months Geo Panel Die that was in last weeks Die Cutting Essentials.

It is a really good way to build up your die sets especially if you're a Bright Rosa fan.

So in the video I have created some pretty cards, it is not a long one but I hope you enjoy it just the same

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 16, 2020

Papercraft Society Box 6

Hi Everybody,

So it's my turn again to bring you the latest box from the Papercraft Society and this Box 6. It is on sale now at

I am really happy with this collection and the curved die is a beautiful addition to your designs.

The video will show you what is in the box and there will be exclusive videos for members of the monthly subscription.

But I hold my hand up to two mistakes in the video 
1. The ribbon is yellow polka dots and not white
2. There is a yellow polka dot card included too
So you can smack my hand now for being naughty !!

I hope you enjoy this one as much as you enjoyed the first box. 

You can take out a monthly sub to be sure of getting your box delivered to your door each month

Each month the designer is different and the contents of each box will be put together by them for your delight

It will help you to build up your own stash with quality items including inks, papers, card stock and embellishments.

Happy Crafting

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 15, 2020

Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

It is pouring down here in Blackpool so don't plan on walking on the prom today you will get blown away. Even Ruby doesn't want to go outside and looks at me with soulful eyes when I tell her to go out for necessities.  If you know what I mean  ... and I'm sure you do 

So it's light the fire time and stay in until all the wind and rain has gone. 
Do you know what I do ?? When I bought the fire I got really thick fire gloves with it as standard. Designed of course so that you don't burn your hand when adding logs to the fire.

So I put the glove on my right hand and open the fire door ... then load the logs in with my left ungloved hand. Now how stupid can you get ???? Don't answer that,  I know

The draw for yesterdays prize has been done and the name today is

Faith Anderson
please can you email me your postal address to
and I will get the prize off to you straight away.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 14, 2020

Friday Freebie - 3-D Bow Set

Hi Everybody,

This pretty bow set is the crafty stuff on offer today and I have the magazine to go with it.

There is no card but the video is here ... All Wrapped Up  and will show you how I put the bow together.

It can be used in many others ways, to decorate your gifts or maybe add to your Christmas tree, or maybe even make windmills for your children to play with. You will lots of inspiration inside the pages of the magazine.

So if you would like to have this die set to add to your collection then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post with your FULL NAME.

From those comments one name will be chosen and announced in a blog post over the weekend. Then you will have 72 hours in which to claim the prize.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 13, 2020

Valentines Day

Hi Everybody,

Have you got your card ready to send for Valentines Day. I put this one together in a video for you to view even though it is a bit late.

The little image was with Papercraft Essentials way back in 2017 but it is so cute that I decided to add it to an action wobbler and pop it on the card.

The video is not long but I do think the finished card is sweet and of course it will fit into the envelope especially made for it.

The gifts with magazines are well worth keeping safe as you never know when you will need them.
Whatever you do for Valentines Day I hope you enjoy it. Maybe you are going our for dinner or just a drink with your loved ones and in that case have a glass of red wine for me Cheers !!

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 12, 2020

Die Cutting Essentials 62 (DCE62)

Hi Everybody,

The goodies with this months Die Cutting Essentials is a lovely Geometric Panel from the Bright Rosa Collection by Paula Pascual.

It is very handy and will suit male and female cards and is something that can be used all year round.

The video will show you how I created this card and for this I used Gilding Flakes

DCE62 Bright Rosa Panel will be on sale this week on the 13th February.

Next week you can build on your collection with another Bright Rosa die that comes with Simply Cards & Papercraft 202 so look out for that one on the 20th February

The magazines are a mine of inspiration and a superb way to build up your crafty stash with your favourite hobby whatever it is ... cardmaking, die cutting, stamping. lettering, crochet or knitting/

Choose you magazine , make your subscription, wait for the postman, make a brew and enjoy the read, and then make your own designs from the ideas on the pages.  What more could you want ????

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 11, 2020

Abstract Painting

Hi Everybody,

I have been branching out in all directions over the past few months and this is another thing that I have tried.

This abstract painting is another one that was inspired by Rinske Douna and I love her work.

I found her on YouTube and she is an amazing, bright and beautiful young woman.

This one sits in my hall and I had it framed professionally in white and it looks lovely.

It is a large white canvas that I bought in a pack of five different sized ones for £4. Absolute bargain and I bought five packs. I wish I had got more though as now they don’t have them anymore (sigh!)

I have many more spots in my house that I can fill with my own artwork and then I will be stuck for where to put it.

There are only so many pieces of art work and only so many walls to use.

It may not be your cup of tea but I really do like it 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 10, 2020

Red Poppies

Hi Everybody,

Sorry for my absence at posting last week, there is no problem but thank you to those who emailed me to ask. I am well,  just been very busy.

I don't know if I have shown you this card but this is one created from older dies within the Card Making Magic Collections

So just in case you have forgotten about it here's a reminder.

The card itself is created from the Complete Card & Box Die set 5x7 and then decorated with the matching flower dies and stamps set 

I water coloured it with the Arteza Real Brush Pens for a vibrant look to my poppies and then decoupaged the layers to give some height to the card.

The verse is also from one of my stamp sets and I though could be a very appropriate inspirational verse for some people.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 08, 2020


Hi Everybody,

I hope you are having a good weekend and are ready for the predicted storm that is supposed to be over the UK today.I hope you are all as cosy as Ruby and I with our lovely log burner going merrily away in the lounge. After we have done our chores we are going to settle down this evening and watch some TV

Does that paint a lovely picture for you ??  Here's the reality of it ... Ruby  doesn't watch telly and when the log burner is going she takes herself off to the bedroom where its cooler. So she's not much company. But she comes down every so often to check if I am still there and gives me the guilt trip look to go up and watch TV in the bedroom.

Still the draw for the Stamps, Dies and embossing folder from yesterday has been done and the winner this week is ...

Chris Wilson
could you email your postal address please to
and I will get it sent off to you straight away.

Please let me know that you have it safely and I really hope you will enjoy playing with it ... 
all year round

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 07, 2020

Friday Freebie - Classic Christmas

Hi Everybody,

Here we are with another Friday Freebie and this week it is one from Card Making Magic.

It was offered a few weeks ago with Simply Cards & Papercraft and it consists of stamps, dies and an embossing folder.

I am also including the magazine for one lucky winner and I am happy to send this wherever you are.

If you would like the gift then all you need to do is leave me a comment t the end of the post with your FULL NAME.  Then be sure to come back over the weekend to see if it is your name that is listed.

You will have 72 Hours to claim the gift

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 02, 2020

My Artwork - Paint Pour

Hi Everybody,

I have been busy with the paint pouring again and I know it is not every bodies cup of tea but I do really like them.

Last week I showed you some blue ones that I had done that matched together.

I have had two of them framed, under glass in gold frames, and they are quite large ones and are now hung on the stair wall.

This one is in my kitchen but is about and A4 size and it looks really good on the lime green wall. Especially with the pure white kitchen that Griff fitted for me.

They are not difficult to do but they are messy. I use a hairdryer to blow the paint around and if you are like me the paint goes everywhere.

But I have to say they are a lot of fun to create and I am going to try some different techniques in the coming months. I haven't filmed the making of these but I will do some more in the future
This is on the other kitchen wall and stays with the same colours of green/yellow/pink to blend with everything.

This is a bigger painting done on canvas and both have now been varnished with three layers of Mod Podge Gloss to keep the shine

I have used Arteza Acrylic Paints on all of them

Then I decided to do a pink/green/gold one for the hallway and that has been framed in white and faces the front door.

This one has also had three layers of gloss Mod Podge and they look really vibrant now they are on the wall.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 01, 2020

Two Winners ...

Hi Everybody,

Today I am on time with the announcement of the winners from yesterdays Snowdrop offer.
 This is a really popular gift and I wish I could send one to everybody ... but I only have two.
All the names have been added to a hat and the draw has been done. 
So without further rambling lets get to the point.
The winners this week are 
Heaney Hong
Pippa Price
Thank you for entering and if you could send me your postal addresses please to
I will get them packed up and on their way to you.

Thank you for staying with me and be sure to come back for a 
Card Making Magic Special pack next week

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx