Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

April 29, 2020

Money Pocket

Hi Everybody,

What a lovely way to give some one money or a gift card for any occasion and far better than just handing it over. 

This little envelope was created from just one piece of blue card and the Perfect Panels Rectangle added to the top

I coloured the flower petals and the leaves with alcohol markers and slipped a little white card behind the detail panel.

I went over the flower with a clear glitter pen to add some subtle sparkle and added the words from the Ultimate Word dies

The top flap is held down with some small Velcro dots, that I bought in a pack of many, very cheaply from the Range, ages ago and they will last me a long time. They come in black and white.

And just to let you know that I will on Craft Stash Facebook Live this coming Friday at 1 pm.
I have done a video demo to show you the new collection and I will be chatting to Lou Collins 
via Skype .... hopefully !!

So be sure to join us as there will be some good prizes for you to win

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 27, 2020

Thank You Cards

Hi Everybody,

There are so many people who deserve our thanks at the moment and it is impossible to thank every one of them. 

But I have been busy making some little cards that I can give to the postman, milkman, refuse collectors and the delivery drivers who bring packages to my door. 

All these people are still working hard for all of us and so I batch made lots of these and will hand them out as the person arrives.

They were quick and easy to do and all I need to do is write a little personal message inside and then pop them in an envelope.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 26, 2020

Perfect Panels & Lovely Layers - Square Card

Hi Everybody,

Today is the turn of the Square card and I have used another of the panels dies from the Rectangle Perfect Panels & Lovely Layers Set

This has been teamed with the 6x6 Complete Card & Box Set and has used one of the dies from the original sets to get the Lacey Border.

With any of the new sets they can be adapted to suit any style card that you want to make and they are all easy to work with

And they all work well with other dies from Card Making Magic, or indeed any other dies that you may have in your collection 

Try out the concept that I explain to you in the video about having a dry run with your dies so that you get some idea of what the card will look like when it is done.

This is something that I have done for a long time ... though don't show on camera, but it really does help me to decide what looks best or even if I should leave it out of the design altogether.

Take a photo of the layout with your phone or camera just in case you have to leave off and return later. It will jog our memory as to what it was you wanted to create.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 25, 2020


Hi Everybody,

It is a beautiful day here in sunny Blackpool and I shall be beach walking with Ruby after this post.
We are so lucky living right near the beach and it is just five minutes from my house to get there.
Ruby loves it and I love seeing her run around. And we don't see a soul most of the time
At the moment she is in her basket at my side ... snoring her head off.

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

Valerija Jakolic

would you email me your postal address please to
and I will get it in the post to you as soon as I can.

I hope you are all keeping well wherever you are in the world and not feeling too down if you have to stay isolated. Keep smiling ... keep crafting and hopefully this will come to an end in the not too distant future.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 24, 2020

Friday Freebie - 3-D Basket Die

Hi Everybody,

Today I have a really pretty die that will help you to create some beautiful 3-D projects very easily and this was designed by Simply Made Crafts 

These would be perfect for a child's party or as favour baskets on a wedding table. 

It comes with the magazine that is full of ideas and inspiration for you to try and there is a video to show you how I used the die set. 3-D Easter Basket  

Now would you like this set in your own personal stash ? 
The if you would all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of this post with your FULL NAME to be in with a chance.

From those comments one name will be selected at random and announced in a blog post over the weekend so be sure to come back and see if it is your name that is listed.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 23, 2020

Perfect Panels & Lovely Layers A2 Card Size

Hi Everybody,

So once again as promised I am adding another video from the Rectangle Perfect Panels Collection.

This one uses another set of the panels, that I have added to an A2 sized card, and it is a very elegant card that would suit many occasions.

For this I have also used the A2 Complete Card & Box Die Set and in particular the flowers, leaves and Lacey border that is in the set.

Change the colour scheme and leave of the flowers and this would be just as suitable for any male card too

So I hope you enjoy this video for another size to create from the same die set

It's not a long video ... just enough time for a cuppa and relax.  Then make it for your self and send it with love. And look out for the video on Sunday creating a square card with the same die set for yet another look for your cards

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 22, 2020

Perfect Panels & water colour

Hi Everybody,

Today I am showing you another card created with the rectangles and this one has used the
to make the base and the Trellis panel on the front

To the top of this I have added to the centre of the card the Rose detailed die from the
 and you can see how well they all play together.

This centre rose panel has been water coloured and then layered with another cut panel and all of it then added with foam tape to give it dimension

The sentiments is from the Box set and fits very well with the card and I have used some parchment behind it just to make it stand out a little more with our disguising the Roses beneath it.

I will be showing how I made this card in a video coming soon as well as featuring the other dies in the collection too.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 21, 2020

Perfect Panels & Lovely Layers - 5x7 Card

Hi Everybody,

Yesterday I promised you a video using the new dies from Card Making Magic.

I have made this in a different colour to yesterdays card but it is just as lovely once it is finished.

And because of the depth in both yesterdays and today's cards I have created the box to go with them.

I have tried to explain how these new dies are designed to work and it is important other wise you may think that there is a fault in the manufacturing of them 

These new dies are so detailed and beautiful but just as easy to cut and use. All the measuring and layering is done for you and they are designed to work with all the Complete Card & Box Die Sets. So whichever sets you have you will be able to get beautiful creations for your self.

I will be adding more vidoes with this new collection and don't forget that these dies will play really well with any of the other dies that you may have from Card Making Magic.

I am so excited about this latest addition and I really hops you enjoy them as much as I have.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 20, 2020

Turquoise Perfect Panels & Lovely Layers

HI Everybody,

Over on Hochanda last Friday and Saturday we had a very successful launch of the newest collection from Card Making Magic and I have to say that I am overjoyed that you like them. I think they are wonderful and I have so much enjoyed playing with them 

I have been asked by a reader, who has bought the complete One Day Special that was on offer, if I would do some videos with lots of flowers, ribbons and pearls.

Now who am I to refuse a request like that and so today I am going to be doing a video of the card shown over on the right.

I will do lots of videos and feature all the new parts to this fabulous collection but for this first one I have used the Rectangular Panels Die Set and Embossing Folder.

Perfect Panels & Lovely Layers Collection are now available to purchase so if you missed them last week they are now waiting for you on the Craft Stash Website

I will do the card in a different colour with a different arrangement of flowers but I am sure it will be just as beautiful as this one.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 19, 2020

Walk In The Woods

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday my mum and I went to the beach and I had a really good run around and got full of sand.
My mum washes my feet when we get home to get rid of the salt and that is nice with the warm water. I usually settle down for a little nap when we are home again

But today we went to Witch Wood and this has to be my very favourite walk. There are all sorts of things to sniff at. 

My mum likes it too and she says it is very peaceful, until I bark at something, and that is usually a squirrel.

But I am a good girl and I don't chase them I just look at them really and they look back at me

Here I am rummaging around the tress and plants to see what I can find.

My mum carries on walking but I never let her get far away and then I race after her.

Some times she hides behind a big tree and I have to find her. I always do though and then she makes a big fuss and gives me a cuddle

I sat down in the sun here for a little rest in amongst the blue bells but my mum said that although they are lovely flowers I am the most beautiful one ... and I believe her.

We have a lovely time in there and can spend a good hour or so wondering through the trees. 

Sometimes we take Dougal with us and he loves it in the woods too. But today he is busy and couldn't come

Any way soon it as time to go home and I was getting ready for my dinner too.

On Thursday all my lovely food from Butternut Box was delivered and because it is frozen it has to go straight in the freezer.

But I need to check it all first to make sure they have sent me the flavours that I like ... and yep! everything seems to be in order. So now I have to decide what I would like for my lunch and then I will have my nap.

See you all again soon

Lots of Love Ruby xx

April 18, 2020


Hi Everybody,

So another bright and breezy Saturday dawns and Ruby and I are going for a stroll along the beach shortly. Se has been giving me "The Look" for the last half an hour. The look that says "Come on Mum lets go " and so what can I do ???

But before I go I need to tell you who has wont the Friday Freebie this week. 
The name pulled from the hat is ...

Christine Cloutier
would you email me your postal address please to
and it will be on its way to you.

Please let me know that you have it and I hope you will enjoy stamping with this lovely design

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 17, 2020

Friday Freebie Layered Peonies

Hi Everybody,

Hope you are still well and keeping safe, and keeping your selves busy crafting.

I am offering you this beautiful Layered peony stamp and die set to help you do just that.

This video Layered Peonies will show you how I made good sue of it and I love the flowers that I added to my cards.

Now sadly I have no card to give away with this set and the reason is because I have been busy this week packing up 410 Cards with envelopes into cellophane bags for the charities that I support and somewhere in the midst of all these are the cards that I mad in the video.

But I will send you the magazine along with the die and stamps so you will be able to play to your hearts content. So if you would like this set then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post with your FULL NAME .... No full name then no entry ! 

From those comments one name will be drawn and added to a blog post over the weekend so be sure to come back and check if it is yours that is shown.

Good Luck everybody and stay safe 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 16, 2020

Hochanda One Day Special

Hi Everybody,

On Friday and Saturday Card Making Magic is going to be the One Day Special on Hochanda. 
Sadly because of the lock down I have to be a good girl and stay at home.

But here is a sneaky peak of some of the dies that will be in the shows, and these are really beautiful so I don't think you will be disappointed with them.

The shows are at 6pm and 8pm on Friday 17th April and at 8am, 12 noon and 4pm on Saturday 18th so if you can make a note of it in your diary and pop along that would be great.

The lovely Lou Collins is going to be hosting the shows in my absence  and I can't wait to be back in the studios again hopefully next month to show you what we have coming up for you with the next collection.

In the meantime I will do my very best to keep you entertained by adding videos and cards when ever I can so please stay with me as it means a lot to me to know that you are visiting my blog and YouTube 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 15, 2020

Spring / Summer Stamp & Die Set

Hi Everybody,

Today I have a short video for you and in this I have created two cards using the Spring/Summer Stamp & Die Set.

I stamped the flowers I wanted to add to my card and then coloured them in. I used Alcohol Markers but you can use your favourite medium

The video takes you thought the process of making two cards and that was because I had quite a lot of flowers left over.

Always a good idea to stamp extra while you have the things for stamping out on our desk. The extras will always come in handy ion the future.

So let the video show you how I got my cards created and I hope you will enjoy it. It's not a long one so you won't get bored !!

All my collections are available at   Craft Stash  and they are continuing their deliveries of all crafting supplies throughout this sad and confusing time of lock down. 
Just stay home and stay safe and enjoy crafting while the opportunity presents itself. 
All too soon you may be back at work.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 14, 2020

Layered Florals

Hi Everybody,

Today's card is created from a set from Card Making Magic and I have made some really pretty cards using this Layered Florals  Die and matching Stamp Set

For the background I have used texture paste that I coloured with some Distress Ink and the word YOU has been embossed in clear powder to make it shine and stand out.

Its is a 5x7 card created with another Complete Card & Box Die Set and although not shown the box to this is done in the gold card

Please remember that if you are running short of any crafting items that Craft Stash are still operating a full service and anything you order will be delivered to your door.

Always good to know in this time of lock down when we can't go out. 
And the same thing applies to magazines ... take out a subscription and always be sure of getting your favourite one delivered to your door each month

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 13, 2020

Easter Weekend 2020

Hi Everybody,

The weather is glorious here in the North West and  Ruby and I went for our  usual walk along the promenade .  On this beautiful Easter weekend there was only us there.

This was part of our walk looking along the prom towards the Tower, everything was deserted and it is so sad.

Normally this road would be full of traffic and people making their way for fun and games into town or going on the Pleasure Beach which you can just see .
The second picture is from the same spot just looking the other way and there's not a soul in sight

It is usually full of people on bikes, roller skates, with babies in pushchairs and of course the dog walkers. 

Children laughing and calling to each other as they make their way to the sand to build castles 

Many other countries are in the same position and I feel so sorry for people who are suffering at this time.

And so grateful to the people who are keeping the country ticking over just by going to work. Stay Safe all of you

I wonder how long it will take to get back to a normal kind of life and if  we will ever recover from the effects of Covid 19

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 12, 2020


Hi Everybody,

I hope you are all still well and safe and making the most of the beautiful weather. I'm making this a short post today so that I can take Ruby out early in case it should get too hot for her.

So the draw has been done and the winner this week is ...

Jennifer Barnett

would you email me your postal address please to
and it will be on the way to you, but please remember that there is no card with the magazine ... soreeeee !!

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 10, 2020

Friday Freebie - Tonic Die Set

Hi Everybody,

This weeks offer is for the magazine Die Cutting essentials and the "Sending Love" die set that came with it.

A really useful die to have in your collection to create little pockets for the front or inside of your cards, that you can tuck a personal greeting into if you wishes

There is a video to show how I used it but the card is not available with the offer    DCE 61 Tonic Die Set 

I must have had two of these magazines in my craft room and one of them went a while ago along with the card. 

And then in a tidying up process I found this copy and so that is why this is being offered to you now - minus the card.

But if you would like this die then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post with your FULL NAME and from those comments one name will be drawn and the winner announced over the weekend.

So be sure to come back and check if you are the winner

More tomorrow ...

Hugs x

April 08, 2020

Simply Cards & Papercraft - Wild Flowers

Hi Everybody,

This months Simply Cards & Papercraft will be in the shops this week on the 9th April and it has a lovely offer to go with it that is sure to delight you.

There is a 20 piece stamp set of beautiful floral/leaf  designs and some really lovely sentiment verses to go with it.

Couple that with a coordinating stencil and you have the means to create your own backgrounds and toppers that will blend together.

The video will show you some of the ways in which I have used this set and I am really happy with all the samples

So sit back and relax for a little while as you watch the video and I really hope you enjoy it.

Please consider subscribing to my YouTube Channel by clicking the button that is shown at the end of the video or on my channel and if you click the notification bell also you will be notified every time I up load a new video.

These are just some of the ways you can help my channel to grow and lets YouTube know that you enjoy this kind if video.  Also by clicking the "like" button near the video  and watching the adverts for 30 seconds helps me too. 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 07, 2020

Beautiful Boxes

Hi Everybody,

With the A5 Nested Rectangles Set you can make no end of boxes in different sizes to suit most things that a crafter would like to add to them

Add a silk scarf, gloves, perfume, soaps, candles, handkerchiefs, craft goodies or even ... chocolates

For this one I have added the pretty Poinsettia Wrap around the box and then dressed it with a big silk ribbon and bow.

Perfect for any time of year and any occasion, and the choice of size is yours with this set of dies.

You can even alter the style of box to suit your needs too.

Have fun and decorate them any way you want with stencils, stamps or just colours but remember that boxes will cost you a lot more in the shops than making your own

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 06, 2020

Beautiful Birdcage Stamp Collection

Hi Everybody,

This pretty card is created with just the A5 stamp set from the Beautiful Birdcage Collection

I used the Flourish Stamp at the top of the sheet and then added in the Humming Bird dipping his beak for the nectar from the flowers.

The flowers are in two different heights to add interest to the card and I used small pieces of foam pads behind some of them.

I coloured all the design with Alcohol Markers and dotted the centre of each flower with a white gel pen. The butterflies are stamped in yellow.

Here is another card made from the same stamp set and I have used the feathers to create my background.

Once they have been coloured I have gone over them with a clear sparkle pen.

The sentiment is also from the set and that has been added with foam tape and one single flower added to the edge also with foam underneath.

I used the same colour pens to add little dots of colour around the card and then mounted that panel onto the card front with foam tape.

Quick. easy and pretty cards, and perfect if stamping is your thing

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 05, 2020

Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

The weather here is glorious today and I wonder how many will disregard the rules and go out to the beach or countryside to take advantage of the sun. 
The police are out dispersing groups of people in an effort to stop this terrible virus from spreading.
 I hope you are all keeping to the safety of your own homes and only going out when you need to.

The draw for the Friday Freebie and been done and the two names this week are ...

Ursula Longworth 
Val Wallis
would you both email me your postal address please to
and as soon as I can I will get them in the post to you.

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

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 03, 2020

Friday Freebie - Floral Heart

Hi Everybody,

Today I have two Floral Heart 
Cut & Embossing Folders on offer.

There is also a seventeen piece stamp set to match the folder but sadly no card ... and no video either !!

But never the less it is an offer not worth missing for the beautiful cards that this 5x7 folder can help you to make.

Two lucky winners will be chosen this week and so if you would like one of these then all you need to do is leave me a comment with your FULL NAME at the end of the post and then come back over the weekend to see if your name is shown as the winner.

That's it ... not a hard thing to do to win this lovely offering that can extend your own personal stash, and I am happy to send it to you wherever you live ... and at my expense too

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 02, 2020

Die Cutting Essentials 64- Memory Box Die

Hi Everybody,

Today Die Cutting Essentials 64 is due to be on sale in your local supermarkets and craft stores, but it may be delayed due to the current situation.
And sadly I don't have a copy to show you either

The product that is with it this month is a lovely Memory Box Die Set called  "Under The Sea"

This is only the second time that Memory Box have been added to the magazines and it is well worth adding to your collection.

For this first card I have added the die cut just as it is and inked over it with Blue print Sketch.

I coloured the small fish and added them with little foam pads to the inner portion of the frame, and then used a white gel pen to add the bubbles

The sentiment is also from the set
The background for this card I created with Brusho Crystals and I cut into the die cut to add to one side of the card front.

The plants and the fish have been coloured and dotted around the card with more bubbles added to them

Quick and easy cards to make. So keep a look out for the magazine when you venture out of your house.

I hope everyone is staying safe and busy crafting to keep away the stress and boredom 

Take Care

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 01, 2020

Fun Childrens card

Hi Everybody,

A fun card for a child's birthday is shown today and I have used a mixture of dies to produce it.

The background is embossed with the Happy Birthday Folder and white card

The decoration is from the Oval Scrolls Die Set which has been cut up and used in different ways.

The long strip has been used to weave a pattern behind the image with others just added randomly along the embossed panel.

The Detailed Oval is from the Lacey Nested Ovals in blue with a pale green plain oval underneath to contrast it.

The image is an old one from my stash and he has been stamped onto water coloured paper and coloured with Arteza Half Pan set of colours

The Numbers and Overlays finish the card and can be any age that is appropriate to your recipient.

Quite a nice little card for any boy that is not too girly in the process

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx