Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas xxx

Hi Everybody,

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas  despite the restrictions placed on us all by Covid 19.
My plans for the day have been totally changed, more or less the day after I told you what they where for a small dinner on Christmas Day.
Lets hope that next year will be better and we can all get together again and enjoy our families as we should.
As you will have noticed there is no Friday Freebie this week so I hope you are not too disappointed, but be sure to come back next week and see what is on offer as a special gift for the start of 2021.

See you soon ...

Hugs xx

December 24, 2020

New Heart Box

Hi Everybody,

Just popping in, after a busy week, to tell you that my brand new collection will be featured on Hochanda this afternoon.

The Heart Box will be demonstrated by Pauline Hickey and I am sure she will have some beautiful samples to show you. 

So I hope you can join her to see what she has in store.

This box is created with the largest of the Heart Boxes and then I have covered it all with Jute to make it really different.

I even made the flower to go on the top with hessian and string, and of course the pearls add that litle bit extra too.

There are a lot of ways you can dress up this shape and it will suitable for any occasion. There are two sizes to  the Heart Box it will suit any thing from party or wedding favours to larger gifts like .... chocolates  !! And you can make the matching Card to accompany it.

I hope you enjoy Pauline shows

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 21, 2020

Clean & Simple

 Hi Everybody,

I know not everybody likes my style of cardmaking with all its flowers and flounces so especially for them I have done a really clean and simple card using the Stunning Snowdrops Channel dies.

For this card I have inked the background starting in the middle and working my way to the edges with lighter strokes of Wilted Violet.

And the added the Snowdrops cut in plain white card to the top. I have wrapped this panel with purple ribbon and a bow before adding it to the white card base.

I have used he stamp With Love from the collection and then dotted it with lilac gemstones as a finishing touch.

I think it looks really cool and I wold be happy to get this for any occasion.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 19, 2020


 Hi Everybody,

Are you now ready for Christmas? I have managed .... with help .... to put up a tree because on Christmas Day I have my daughters and Grandchildren  coming for dinner. We are sticking to the rules and it is only for the one day but it will make such a difference to all of us to sit and eat together.

My eldest daughter is Vegan and so she is bringing all her own food with her. And if you remember last year I went there for a Vegan Christmas. But this year the turkey is calling for my youngest daughter and me.

I have now done the draw for the two Card Making Magic boxed kits and the names are ....

Maureen Wood 

Sherry Hay

Please would you both email me your postal address to 


and these packs will be on their way to you straight away. But please allow for the time of year and any delays it may cause. 

More tomorrow...

Hugs xx

December 18, 2020

Friday Freebie - Card Making Magic

HI Everybody,

Are you all ready for Christmas and whatever it will be like this year.  I won't be doing a "Give Away" next Friday … but I do have something special planned for the NEW YEAR

This week I have TWO copies of the boxed
"All In One Collection" from Card Making Magic

In this kit you will get the magazine , image and sentiment stamps,  4 dies and a beautiful embossing folder plus papers and toppers to help you create.

There is also a template included to make boxes to hold your cards and it is combined with s stencil for you to decorate the top

Altogether a bumper pack that I am sure you will enjoy playing with.

So Would you like one of these kits to come and live at your house ??
If you do then leave me a comment with your FULL NAME at the end of the post and be sure to come back over the weekend and check if you are the winner.

More tomorrow …

Hugs xx

December 17, 2020

Stunning Snowdrops

Hi Everybody,

This tone on tone card is created with the Stunning Snowdrops, which is part of the Charming Channels Collection available at Craft Stash.

I cut the channel so that it was along the right side of the front and I used foam tape to raise them from the base card

The sentiment has been stamped in black with the one from the stamp set and then I have cut the edges with the thin border die and add that with foam tape too.

The sentiment and flowers have been stamped in black and then I used alcohol markers to add a bit of shading to the flowers and stems

You can use any of your favourite mediums to colour your flowers.

I added a little pale grey to the white petals and the centres of the flowers I have touched with a little yellow and the leaves green

I used a picture of Snowdrops from the internet as my guide to colouring the flowers and they do look lovely.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 16, 2020

Beautiful Butterflies

 Hi Everybody,

Most of us love adding a butterfly or two to our cards as they make it all seem very pretty and feminine. Plus it's a great way to hide that mucky fingerprint if needs be ... if you know what I mean , and I am sure that you do!!

So today I am using the Beautiful Butterflies from the Charming Channel Collection along with my favourite colour scheme of Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet and Mermaid Lagoon.

I blended these onto Centura Pearl Card with my brushes from Aldi from a lovely finish to my background panel.

The clever little trick with the ink pads gives a special finish to the sentiment and I used it for the verse on the inside too.

It doesn't harm the ink pads at all as they can easily be cleaned with a tissue.

Another lovely Channel Card that is ready to send and these new dies can help you to get the same results every time.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 15, 2020

Delightful Daisies

Hi Everybody,

So today I am showing you the Delightful Daisies which are from the brand new Charming Channels Collection

In this card I have used a Sunray Stencil to create the backdrop and I first used the Worn Lipstick with my brush.

I moved the stencil over slightly and then brushed it again with Scattered Straw and that gives another ray to add to the overall look.

The Daisy is from the stamp set and I added it to white card and coloured it in with the Inks and then cut it out with one of the Oval dies and added it to the card with foam tape .

For the inside I have added the verse onto some white card and then layered it with pink card. The edges have been dotted with pink pearls and the sentiment is from the stamps set also
I think this is a really pretty card and would be lovely for any occasion and will fit into a standard DL envelope.

The new range is very versatile and will work with other dies from other collections and with this one I have used the Oval Nesting Frames to help me get my focal point.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 14, 2020

Charming Channels - Rambling Rose

 Hi Everybody,

The new collection of dies where launched on Fridays Facebook Live and they are a lovely addition to the range.

There are four different die sets Rambling Rose, Delightful Daisy, Stunning Snowdrop and Beautiful Butterflies.

Each die set has seven pieces to it and the channel die is quite large. There is a separate piece to create a back drop for the channel.

There is a lovely verse within the stamps sets that can be used either on the front of the inside of the card
This is my favourite set and to the rose I have added Glossy Accents and some diamante.

I will shop you the other sets over this week and they are a good buy if you but both sat amps and dies together.

More tomorrow ,,,

Hugs xx

December 13, 2020


 Hi Everybody,

Once again sorry for the delay on this wet and windy day but at last I am here to tell you the winner of the beautiful Hunkydory box kit from Friday. It is a lovely kit and well worth winning. But first I wanted to say sorry about the gremlins that plagued the Facebook Live that went out last week. I hope all the freeze ups didn’t spoil your enjoyment of the two demonstrations that I did for you.

But if you missed the show or you couldn’t watch properly Craft Stash have got both videos on their YouTube channel for you to view uninterrupted and I hope you will enjoy them.

So now let’s get on to the winner and the name this week is 

Ann Topp

would you email me please with your postal address and I will get it in the post to you straight away. I hope you will enjoy playing with all the goodies in the pack 

More tomorrow ....

Hugs xx

December 11, 2020

Friday Freebie - Hunkydory

 Hi Everybody,

Remember this ??? It was offered a few weeks ago and never claimed. It is such a really good prize to have as there are two full foiled kits in it to make complete cards.

It is so sad when people don't come forward and claim their prize but there is nothing I can do about it as I have no way of contacting them.

I do not keep records of names and addresses so even if you have won before I don't have any information on anybody. I rely on you to let me know that you have won when you enter your comment with your FULL NAME

And don't forget to check and see if you are the winner as I always add the name to a blog post over he weekend, and I also add it to the Winners Page which you can view in the NavBar to your left.

If  you would like to win this offering then you know what to do and I promise you this is well worth trying for.

And I want to let you know that I will be on Facebook Live with Craft Stash and Lou today at 12.30 pm so please try to join us then

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 05, 2020


 Hi Everybody,

It has been a strange sort of day and it goes dark so early that anything that needs to be done has to be done early. So my task for today was to shampoo my carpets ready for the holiday season. Now don’t ask me why because I have no one combing  round this year. I will be going out for Christmas dinner instead and it will make a nice change from having to cook.

Christmas doesn’t really have the same ambience any more since Griff died. And I haven’t even put up a tree since then either. I know I know I am so boring but never mind  

The name for the By the Sea set that was on offer has been done and the winner this week is                 

                          Kim Cranson                             

                                           Would you email me your postal address please to                                        
and the pack will be in the post to you straight away 

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

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 04, 2020

Friday Freebie - By The Sea

Hi Everybody,

This kit comes with stamps, dies and an embossing folder as well as the magazine to inspire you with lots of ideas that you may like to try.

The offers I make to you each week are all quality items and will last you a long time if you take care of them.

So if you would like to add these to your own collection then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post and add in your

I am happy to send the pack to you wherever you are and it doesn't matter if you have won before.
If this is something that you would like then add your comment

But you must be sure to come back and check over the weekend to see if you are the winner  as I have no way of contacting you to remind you.

Good Luck 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


December 02, 2020

Parcels Filigree Frame

 Hi Everybody,

Slowly but surely I am trying to get back to normal and working my way though vidoes to showcase all the new dies I have brought to the market in the past few months.

The one featured here is the Parcels Filigree Frame and the video will show you how I created this card.

I have used Centura Pearl card  for the base and layers, which is something I haven't used for a long time.

I like the different coloured parcels on my card and the foliage around it., and I now have quite a few cards ready to send at Christmas. 

The video is not long but I hope you enjoy it just the same. 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 01, 2020

Baubles Filigree Frame

 Hi Everybody,

I have made a start on some Christmas Cards today and this is first one. I have stayed away from traditional colours and used pink for a change

The dies I have used are some of the new ones from the latest collection and this one is the Baubles Filigree Frame.

I have used a lot of foam tape to give depth to the card but it will still fit inside a normal sized envelope for posting.

The Merry Christmas die has been cut in glitter card using the two piece die set called Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I have also add some of the Christmas Papers from the paper pack and they have been added to the front oval panel and also the inside.

For the inside I have stamped one of the verses from the Festive Frames Collection Special Verses Stamp Set 1

Then matted and layered it using the die set again.

The die cuts have been coloured with alcohol markers and I am quite happy with the result.

More tomorrow ....

Hugs xx