Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

June 28, 2020


Hi Everybody,

Here I am feeling very sorry for myself at present and still in pain from my left hip and right knee. 
The results from the hip X-ray have shown that apart from general wear and tear, in relation to my age, everything is ok and the problem with the hip seems to be muscular. 
But the right knee is another story and the doctor thinks that I have damaged the cartilage. I have to have a scan on that to determine the extent And go from there. I am at present hobbling around on an elbow crutch until I get “fixed”. 

I can’t get up and down stairs properly and consequently I can’t get work done and hence no videos for you to view. Fortunately I have all my Friday Freebies done for a few weeks in advance and so they are going ahead as planned.

The winner today is ...
Jacqueline Koendering

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

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 26, 2020

Friday Freebie - Totally Tropical

Hi Everybody,

I loved playing with this set when it arrived and I am sure that you will too and there is a video for you to view with some lovely cards

I will add one of the cards from the video to the pack along with the magazine,Embossing Folder, stamps and dies.

The video Totally Tropical is not long but will give you some ideas on how I made my cards and you will find lots more inspiration inside the pages of the mag,

So if this is an offer you don't want to miss then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post with your FULL NAME to be in with the chance to win it.

Be sure to come back over the weekend to check if it is your name that is listed as the winner and it doesn't matter if you have won one before.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 20, 2020

Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

First an apology for my absence this week but I have not been well. I am having a problem with my left hip and on Tuesday I went to get an X-Ray to see what the problem is.
 And then I was climbing on a chair to clean some glass shelves and I have twisted my right knee so at the moment I am in a bad place.

I know !! I know !! .... I shouldn't have been climbing on chairs, my daughter has told me off in no uncertain terms, but the shelves really needed cleaning and so up onto the chair I went.
 At present it is difficult getting up and down stairs but I will be fine again soon. 

Buy my second apology goes to Stacey Kowbel, who won last weeks Friday Freebie, because I have been unable to post it to you as yet. But it is here and I will get it to you as soon as I can. I am so sorry xx

On to this weeks winner and the name that has been drawn today is ...

Anne Owens

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

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 19, 2020

Friday Freebie - Shaken Not Stirred ...

Hi Everybody,

Another super gift on offer this week and this is a really large die cut of a Cocktail Glass complete with Umbrella and a slice of lemon.

You could create this from Acetate to produce a really pretty glass and if you have a stamp of a female you could sit her in the glass too.

There are lots of ideas inside the magazine that is also on offer plus you can download some appropriate sentiments to use with the die.

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

It doesn't matter where you live I am happy to send this to you at my expense/

Good Luck Everybody 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 13, 2020


Hi Everybody,

At long last the wind has died down, but of course the roofers don’t work at weekends, and needless to say its not finished. So it will be a repeat performance next week. Eventually I will get straight again and back to normal.

Ruby and I will be going for a walk later today to our favourite place Witch Wood So she can have a good sniff about for as long as she likes.

In the meantime I have done the draw for yesterday’s offer and the name this week is ....

Stacey Kowbel
Would you email me please your postal address to
and I will get the package into the post for you straight away 

I hope you enjoy playing with the gift and please let me know that you have received it 

More tomorrow...

Hugs xx

June 12, 2020

Friday Freebie - Butterflies & Buddleia

Hi Everybody,

Today I have a beautiful Embossing Folder, stamps and die set to offer you and with this you can make some lovely cards.

You will also get the magazine which is full of inspiration that you can copy for your self.

There is no card or video this week but don't let that stop you from trying to win this prize.

All you need to do to be in with a chance is leave me a comment at the end of this post with your FULL NAME and then be sure to come back over the weekend to see if it is your name that is listed as the winner

You don't need to have your own blog and I am happy to send this wherever you live, and it doesn't matter if you have won in the past ...  so what are you waiting for ???

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 11, 2020

Hot Foiling

HI Everybody,

So yesterday I got out my Minc Machine and played with some Hot Foils that I have in my stash and these are two of the card I came up with.

I made loads of backgrounds that can be used in the future from all different colours of foil and I enjoyed the playtime with them.

This first one was foiled on Kraft Card and I used an embossing folder to get this look
 This second one I created with transfer gel and a stencil on white card and both have used Gold foil.

I like the look of both of them. The flowers where some I stamped and die cut a long time ago they fell out of an envelope packet while I as tidying up

So I thought I would use them up to create my cards.

Both of the sentiments are from Spellbinders and again some I have had for quite some time, so I don't even know if they are still available.

These cards will go into my Charity shop donations and as soon as the shop re-opens I will take these, and 210 others, to them to sell.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 10, 2020

Extended Oval Box

Hi Everybody,

When the Oval Box Die Set was brought out it was very popular and sold out very quickly when it was on Hochanda.

But the sides to this box, although plenty deep enough to hold small gifts, where shallow.

Well now it's back and with it comes the opportunity for you to make it deeper, up to 5.5",  with the
 Oval Additions set

This new die set will only work for you if you already have the Complete Oval Box Die Set

That original set created the top and base of the box for you as well as the shallower sides.

With the Oval Box there was flowers and leaves and flourishes for you to decorate the outside, and add your sentiment.

But with the additions set there is also a bow and some border dies as well as even more flowers and leaves.

The dies that will make a complete card with lots of layers and of course the Trellis too are also in the Complete Oval Card & Box Die Set

If you don't already have the Original Set then you can purchase both sets together at an amazing price and then you can make your boxes to the depth that you require

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 09, 2020

Alphabet & Ultimate Relations

Hi Everybody,

Sorry for my absence but as I explained the noise from having the new roof fitted makes it impossible to think in my craft room and I have no chance of videoing until it is done. Which should be by the end of this week ... fingers crossed.

So in the meantime I will add pictures of cards that I have made using some of the new products that were on Hochanda last week.

For this first card I have coloured in the door mouse in the teapot and created a striped background for him with Blueprint Sketch.

I added the little white dots with  gel pen and the sentiment is from the Ultimate Relations Die Set

It is fun to see what sentiments you can create from the words in the set and there are many in there.

This card has had the Dove on the branch coloured in and then clear glitter pen over the top.

The word JOY  is from the Lower Case Alphabet
and I have cut that from pink card and craft foam and layered them together

Now this card could be used in two ways ... to send a Christmas Greeting OR as someones first name

This card has combined both sets to make the word Sister.

I took sister from the Ultimate Relations Set and trimmed of the first S

Then I cut the Capital "S" and its overlay from the Upper Case set and added in front of the remaining "ister"

This idea would work really well for other words too, such as appy, irthday, erry, hristmas, aster and I am sure that you can fill in the missing letters.

As soon as the noise is ended I will do a video on this idea to show you how I make the cards.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 06, 2020


Hi Everybody,

It's blowing a gale here today and I just happen to be having a  new roof fitted on my house ... so a gale force wind is not what I need right now. 
It has been really noisy and it has been impossible to work in the craft room. 
Where they have nailed the new batons onto the roof, I have little chips in all the plaster to the ceiling because of course my craft room is up in the attic space.
 So at present I am giving it all a wide berth until they are finished.

But I have done the draw for yesterdays Chloe gift and the name today is ...

Val Wallis
would you email me please with your postal address to
and the prize will be on its way to you straight away.

I would appreciate it if you could also let me know that you have it safely and I hope you enjoy playing with the beautiful dies

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 05, 2020

Friday Freebie - Chloe Kit

Hi Everybody,

Here is another fabulous kit by Chloe Endean and in this one there is the magazine for you to browse, 1 stencils, some stamps and dies, and a lovely embossing folder.

You will also get a beautiful quality paper pack and some great ideas in the mag from Chloe herself.

This is a set that you will not be disappointed with and will make some lovely cards for you for all year round.

If you would like to win this set then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post and add your FULL NAME.  I say this to you every week but some people are still not adding it.

It helps me to correctly identify the winner of the gift and make sure it goes to the correct name.

And if you are the winner of this kit you will be so glad that you did. Good Luck everybody

More tomorrow ... 

 Hugs xx

June 04, 2020

Altenew Magazine Issue 1

Hi Everybody

Altenew and Practical Publishing have brought you a new boxed kit that  is on sale now.

It is full of beautiful ideas, along with some gorgeous papers for you to use on your own projects.

There is also a layering stamp set and this one is called Modern Blooms. Layering stamp sets are the Altenew staple and this one is called Modern Blooms.

You will also find in the pack 3 dies and a stencil with multiple leaf images on it.

This is a card that I have made from the kit and the flower is lovely  and being Altenew it is going to go quick.

Here is the link for you to see if this new boxed kit is something you would enjoy playing with.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 02, 2020

Perfect panels & Lovely Layers Circles

Hi Everybody,

This was the card that I gave you a sneaky peak at when the new Perfect Panels where ready to be launched onto the world.

But I don't think I ever showed you the full card so here it is in all its glory with yet another way to use hose circle dies.

For this card I have created quarter panels and layered them to the circle card base and I have used Pink, Pale grey and Cream to make the card 

I have added the flowers and highlighted them and the sentiment in shiny gold mirror card.

I will do a video in the next few days to show you how I made this card and it is very effective but easy to make. 

Card Making Magic is going to be on Hochanda tomorrow so I hope you can join me as I will be doing some demos for you via video.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

June 01, 2020

Squares ?? What squares !!

Hi Everybody,

Today I am using the square dies again from the Perfect Panels ~ Squares set but this time we are making a long slim card commonly called a DL

These are easy enough to make for your self from A4 card stock, and have some left over for layers.

I like the shade of blue that this one is in and it goes really well with the white. It is called Marine Blue and it is from Papermill Direct

The video is not long, so no time to get bored, but I hope you enjoy it anyway.

I have lots more to come in the next few weeks so I hope you will keep visiting me often, and please leave me your comments as it is very encouraging for me when you do.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx