Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

October 16, 2021


 Hi Everybody,

These weekends roll up far too quick and before we know it Christmas will be with us again. So this weeks offering is very appropriate for those who still have cards to make for family and friends. I have a box that I am going to pack up and take to the Charity shop and they are all Christmas themed. 

I have done the draw for the gift and the name this week is

Lyn Nash

Please.can you email me your postal address to

and I will get it in the post to you straight away. Please let me know when you have it xsafely and I hope you will enjoy playing with it.

More tomorrow …

Hugs xxx

October 15, 2021

Friday Freebie - Festive Kit Die and Stamp Set

 Hi Everybody,

This week sees the return of this 33 piece Festive Kit  which can het you inspired for Christmas. There is an A4 stamp set and a beautiful Tonic die that  says
Have a Merry Christmas 

I am sure you will have some fun playing with this set and it can be yours for just one comment in the box under this post.

All I ask of you is that you leave me your
that way it is easier to identify the winner each week.

You will need to come back and check if it is your name shown over the weekend ad the winner and then you will have 72 hours in which to claim the pack,

Just add your comment once, and it wont show up until it has been moderated so there is no need to ad it twice or more. I am happy to send the pack to you wherever you live and it doesn't matter if you have won before.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

October 13, 2021

Floral Card

Hi Everybody,

This card is a mixture of techniques and brands but I think it looks really pretty. 

I have used a Gelli Plate and Acrylic paints to get the background and then die cut it and added it to an embossed background.

The flowers are the yellow ones from Altenew and are a mixture of the new monthly kit and the Just Jasmine stamps and stencils that I have coloured pink and I have done a little surgery on the flowers

It is a lovely mixture of flowers and the colours compliment each other also.

I have enjoyed playing with this months Altenew kit and I look forward to the next one coming through my letterbox.

This card features the Just Jasmine set alone but I have again coloured them pink.

The background to this is another Altenew product called Herringbone Stamp and I have shown you this one before when I coloured it in.

To this one I hade added a parchment die cut as the backdrop and it layered onto a circle die cut that has been offset on the card front.

The stamp gives a lovely effect even if it is not coloured and it sets the flowers off really well.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

October 12, 2021

Ink Swiped Background

Hi Everybody,

Todays card has been created with an Ink Swiped Background. 

I used a pad of yellow ink and simply swiped it down the card leaving splotches of the ink along it. 

Then I cut a Mandala shape out of parchment and added it off centre to the card front..

The flowers are from Altenew and are some from the monthly subscription kit Project Life, called Hello Beautiful.

There are so many ways that this kit can be used and I am happy that I subscribed to it each month.

 I will be using this one a lot more, colouring my flowers in different mediums.

Altogether I think this is a pretty card and it was so easy to make. 

The background is unique and just a simple swipe of the ink pad. Then just allow it to dry blotchy for a novel look.

More tomorrow .
Hugs xx

October 11, 2021


Hi Everybody,

Don't you just love getting a Twofer whenever you are card making. And in case you don't know what that is it means two cards for the price of one.!!!

These two card where just such an event and yet they look totally different. 

Each uses the same dies and embossing folder. The same inks and both are 5x7"  cards with the fold at the top

So let me tell you what I did to get these looks.

 First I created the base cards and a white mat to go on top.

For this white mat I inked up the debossed side of my embossing folder and ran it through the machine to add the pink spots to my card panel.

(This  Spotty Embossing Folder is one that will be in a new collection coming soon, and I love it) 

I used the upper and lower case from the Alphabet sets and cut out the word YOU into the centre of this panel and put the actual  spotty words to one side. Add this to the base card

Cut the same word several times from white card and stack them up. I coloured the top letters with pink ink.

The flowers  and leaves where stamped and cut lots of times to give me as many as I needed, and some of them I coloured with markers. The others I placed to one side for now.

I added the coloured word into the cut out word on my panel and arranged the flower and leaves around it and to the centre of the flowers I added small wooden buttons, and dotted the rest of the panel with pink pearls

I added Glossy Accents to the word YOU and left it over night to dry

For this card I embossed my spotty panel and added it to some black card and then onto my base card.

These flowers have been coloured with an ordinary pencil and I used a paper stump to smooth it out. They have been added to the embossed layer with glue and foam pads

The spotty letters  have been layered onto more white ones to add dimension and added to the top of the flowers. 

I dotted some black pearls around this cards and the little red heart just adds the finishing touch.

The little sub sentiments for both cards are from Altenews Label Love

I really love the look of both of these cards and there was no waste from making them either. 
So a win win situation 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

October 09, 2021


 Hi Everybody 

Another weekend is here again and I hope you have some good things planned. There is another display in the Firework competition tonight and Vickie and I have made arrangements to go down and watch.We will be taking Isabella with us, and of course Ruby and Dougal. This time we are going to go down by tram as the parking was really difficult last time. We are hoping it won’t rain when we go down and at the moment it’s not too cold. Hi 

I have done the draw for yesterday’s offering and the name this week is 

Denise Ann Stocks

Would you email me with your postal address please to

and I will get it in the post to you straight away. Please let me know that you have it safely and I really hope you will enjoy playing with it.

More tomorrow …

Hugs xx

October 08, 2021

Friday Freebie - Peony Panel Die

Hi Everybody,

Here is another chance for you to win this lovely die set from Card Making Magic, I still have some more yet to give away. 

It is a four piece die set and a fabulous magazine that is full of ideas and inspiration for you.

So if you don't win this week then be sure to come back and try in another week coz you never know when you will be lucky.

And all you have to do is leave me a comment at the end of this post but be sure to add your


If you don't add your full name then your comment will not be included in the draw. 

Having done that what next ???? Well you need to be sure to come back and see if your name is listed as the winner. It will be in a blog post over the weekend and then you will have 72 hours in which to claim it.

I am happy to send the pack to you wherever you live, at my expense, and it doesn't matter if you have won before in the past, you can still try again. 

I am not asking much ... just your full name in return for a lovely give away that can be all yours

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

October 07, 2021

Designer Card Fronts - Half Scallop

Hi Everybody,

For todays card I have used the larger A5 Complete Card and Box Die Set and teamed it with one of the Designer Card Fronts.

This is the Half Scallop and is just a little out of the ordinary for your designs. It is available at Craft Stash, as are all my other collections 

I have created a card with a different type of opening ... just for the fun of it.

The video will show you how I made it and I hope you like the end result, and it fits inside its own box really neatly. 

I think adding in the box, or envelope that matches your card always makes it that little bit special that your recipient is sure to appreciate.

It is not hard to do but make sure you have enough matching card if you are going to make the box.
And if you cut too many flowers and leaves they can always be kept for another project in the future. 

The pretty blue card is from Papermill Direct and it is some I use a lot, especially Baby Boy cards as it is so complimentary to lots of other colours too.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

October 06, 2021

Charity Shop Cards

Hi Everybody,

Over the weekend I have been busy packing up all these cards to take to the charity shop. And this is just  portion of those that I have.

I have added an envelope to each card and put it into a cellophane envelope to keep it clean. I have tried to match the envelope colour to blend with the card wherever I could.

I now have a large box partly filled and once it is full I will take it to the shop for them to sell and raise money for their charity.

This is an excellent way for me to help others and support the charities I like at the same time. I make lots of cards in the course of a month and so my box fills up quite quickly. I took over 200 cards to the RSPCA last month and they are always happy to get them, and I feel good too

What do you do with all the cards you can't use? 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


October 05, 2021

Ruby Update

 Hello Everyone,

It's me Ruby and I promised I would show you all my new raincoat. Well over the weekend we went out and it was raining so here it is  .... and don't I look stunning.

I didn't like it at first and tried to shake my legs out of it but after a while I was ok and now I run around in it and it keeps me lovely and dry and warm.

We went to Freeport yesterday and I got a lot of attention from people loving my coat. many wanted to know where my mum got it from.

I am waiting patiently here to go out and  I had a lovely day with my best friend Dougal. He also has a new coat but it's not quite the same as mine. 

My mum got them from Doggie Coats of Lytham ... just in case you wanted your mum to get you one and they have lots of sizes and colours if you don't like the red one.

I think I look really swish in my new coat and I am glad not to be soaked when we go walking.

That's all for now so see you again soon.

Ruby xx 


October 04, 2021

Water Coloured Flowers

Hi Everybody,

All of these cards have been created with the Perfect Rose Die and matching tamp Set, and the flowers  have been water coloured in various ways.

For this one I have added the pink flower and buds to an inked and embossed background. 

They have been coloured with Arteza paints onto Arteza water colour card which is a really good quality card that will not buckle

I dotted the panel with sequins for a sparkly look and the finished card is a top folded 5x7.
This is also using the same sets but different flowers for this arrangement

You can make lots of different looks for your designs depending on which of the flowers you group together, and how you add the leaves.

I like to add some sort of texture to the background and the easiest way is to ink and emboss it. 

This card is also a 5x7 and will fit into a standard envelope. or you could make your own from the box set and decorate it the same way to match the card.

This will give a really special look to your creations.

For this last card I have simply used an ordinary pencil to add shading to the roses,

I used a little bit of green for the leaves and then I have covered the whole arrangement with glossy accents.

While the glossy accents was still wet I have sprinkled glitter into it and then set it on one side to dry. It will take  a few hours to dry and I usually leave mine overnight and then I know I won't smudge it and spoil the look.

These flowers have been added onto a spare piece of white card that has been covered with Washi Tape 

The large sentiments that I have used on all the cards are some new ones that will be with you in another collection coming soon.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


October 02, 2021


 Hi Everybody,

Autumn has landed with a vengeance and today it is pouring down. If it eases off any …. And I do say IF then I will take Ruby out for her walk. But it looks like a day in today and maybe I will light the log burner later too.

What do you have planned for today? 

 But the draw for yesterday’s offering has now been done and so I am happy to say that the name this week is

Ali Patchett

Would you email me your postal address please to

And I will get it in the post to you straight away. Please let me know that you have it safely and I hope you will enjoy playing with it.

Have a good weekend everybody 

More tomorrow…

Hugs xx

October 01, 2021

Friday Freebie -Festive Kit

Hi Everybody,

Another chance for you to win this lovely kit of dies and stamps from Tonic along with the Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine at the same time.

Always a good read that is full of ideas for you to try for your self.

The only thing you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of this post with your FULL NAME and from those comments one name will be chosen as the winner.

So if you don't add your full name then how can you hope to be a winner ?????

Be sure to come back and check if your name is shown over the weekend so that you can claim your prize.

 I am happy to send it to you wherever you live at my expense, and it doesn't matter if you have won before.

Please do not add your comment more than once as it will not show up until the post is moderated.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx



September 29, 2021

More Ideas ...

Hi Everybody,

I have played even more with the Washi tapes from The Washi Tape Shop as I think they are so beautiful, and it is fun to come up with different ideas using them. 

So here are some more for you to see and let me know what you think of them. 

This one is using the Waves Of Redun , but the smaller blue waves one this time 

Once again I added it to spare white card and I inked the sky part with blending brushes for a soft look.

This time I have added in the Mermaid in the shape of a tail to the waves. 

I added some small birds in the background with a black fine liner pen. and I was so pleased to find the sentiment in my stash as I thought it fit the bill perfectly.

For this card I used the Starry Sky Washi Tape and covered my white card with the pattern.

I cut the crescent stars from gold mirror card and added it with foam pads for a little dimension.

Both the tail and the star crescent where free dies with magazines I bought years ago. You never know when they ill come in handy again. 

I am really pleased with all these card especially the mermaid one as i think it is appropriate for many people I know.
And last but not least is another card using some red tapes.

I inked the background panel and then embossed it with the oval folder and then added the flowers and leaves to the top.

I did add the Washi tape to extra spare white card as this makes it easier to cut out and shape the flowers and the leaves behind the flowers are some of the stickers that I also got from The Washi Tape Shop

Don't forget your 10% discount if you buy some by adding in the code CHRISTINA10

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 28, 2021

Waves of Rebun

 Hi Everybody,

This beautiful Washi Tape is called The Waves of Rebun. There are three rolls in this set but I have only used the the widest one to create my card. It is a available for The Washi Tape Shop and if you visit the shop don't forget to add the code CHRISTINA10 to get your discount

I did some research into the inspiration behind this tape and Rebun is a tiny Island that sits in the crystal clear waters, in the Sea of Japan, just off the coast of Hokkaido. It is only 80 square kms being only 8kms wide. 

You can visit Rebun all year round but in the summer months there is an abundance of flowers.

 It is known as the Island of Flowers, and it is home to the Lady's Slipper Orchid which grows only on Rebun Island. 

So after the geography lesson lets get onto the card itself. 

I added the tape to some card for strength and then trimmed away the sky areas on some of them. 

I kept the sun in the top right corner on the top panel and added the other layers with foam tape underneath to create different levels.
The gold foil on the tape makes it look really beautiful, and this card is an A2 size.

It would be a good design to send to anyone but I think a man would be happy with this as well.

Once I had done this and added the greeting I thought it needed something else and I found this really old Spellbinders die in my stash and added that to it.
I cut the Koi Carp from orange card and layered it on to some white.

I added it into the waves with foam tape, tucking the tail behind one of the waves and dotted a black pearl for his eye.

I am more than happy with the end result and I will be making more cards with the Washi Tapes soon.

Hope you like this one 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 27, 2021

Washi Tape Cards

Hi Everybody, 

Here are the first cards that I have made using my washi tape from The Washi Tape Shop and I have to say I am really pleased with the outcome.

These are the photos of the steps I took and I ended up with two cards from one attempt.

I cut lots of flowers and leaves and used what was left over from making the gold frame to create the second one, so nothing was wasted.

I chose the washi tape with the red flowers on it and layered it onto some scrap card. I did the same with some green tape for the leaves.

I used dies to cut out the shapes and I cut plenty to add to my design;

This beautiful tape has gold foiling on it and it really shines in the light.

With oval nesting dies I cut one frame in gold and the rest in white to layer them up, gluing the gold one to the top. 

This made a nice deep frame to sit on the front of my card. 

It was the smaller oval that was left over from cutting this frame that I used to create the second card.

I made a 5x7 card base and cut another mat slightly smaller to sit on the front and this panel I embossed it in a Trellis folder. 

I flat glued this to the base and put to one side for the glue to dry a little.

I added the Journal Memory Tape to the back of the oval frame and arranged my flowers and leaves around the edge and I used foam tape to give some of the height.

I tucked the leaves into the display and added a gold sentiment to the top and I think this is very pretty card to send to any one for a birthday. 

Then I still had some flowers and leaves left over, so I added in some washi tape stripes to the embossed panel  and added it to the card with the gold oval on the top.

The flowers and leaves fitted perfectly onto this shape and the greeting was tucked in at the bottom of the card.

I decorated envelopes to match both cards and I was more than satisfied with the look. 

On this envelope I added in one of the little flower stickers on top of the Journal tape

I would be happy to give either of these cards to someone and I think they would be happy to get them too. 

I really enjoyed playing with these Washi Tapes as I have never worked with them in this way before.

But then I have never had Washi Tapes like these before and so I will certainly be trying them again on many many cards and envelopes.

So thanks again to The Washi Tape Shop for their beautiful Washi Tapes and if you wanted to try some for yourself then don’t forget you can get a 10% discount off your order by adding in the code CHRISTINA10  

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 26, 2021

The Washi Tape Shop

 Hi Everybody,

A little while ago I was asked by The Washi Tape Shop if I would like to try some of their products.

 I am very new to Washi Tape and have very rarely used it. 

To me it is something that holds your dies in place while you run them through the machine. It is not something I would think of to make a complete card.

But I had a look at The Washi Tape Shop website and was very pleasantly surprised by what I saw.  

They have some amazing designs and some of the tapes are quite wide. I loved the gold foiled ones and so I made my choices and waited for them to arrive.

Well I now have them and I am going to make some cards and add Washi Tape to my designs.
Here is a short video to show some of the ones that I have and I will add more as I make the cards.

If you want to try some of the Washi Tape for yourself you can get a 10% discount if you add the code CHRISTINA10

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 25, 2021


 Hi Everybody 

I hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend. It’s a bit dull here but it won’t stop me going out with Ruby later.  It is the firework contest tonight but  I don’t think we will be going to see them. 

And here is a tip for all you owners of dogs that are food orientated  …. Ruby is one of those dogs and the last time we went to see the fireworks she spent the entire walk hoovering the pavement looking for doughnuts. She managed to scoff three before I could stop her. 

On to the draw which has now been done and the name this week is ….

Carole Eaton

Would you send your postal address please to

and the magazine pack will be on its way to you straight away.  Please let me know when you have it safely and I hope you will enjoy playing with it.

More tomorrow…

Hugs xx

September 24, 2021

Friday Freebie = Floral panel Die Set

Hi Everybody,

Here is another chance for you to win the Floral Panel Die Set from Card Making Magic. I still have more of these magazines and die sets to give away so if you don't win this one you may win the next.

All you need to do to be in with a chance is leave me a comment with your FULL NAME. From those names one will be chosen at random and announced in a blog post over the weekend.

So be sure to come back and see if it is you who is listed.

I am happy to send it wherever you are and it doesn't matter if you have won before, you are welcome to enter again.

You only need to leave your comment once and it will not show up until it has been moderated by me .... so please do not add it twice.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


September 23, 2021

Card Folds

 Hi Everybody,

When I was on Facebook Live last Friday I showed some of the ways that I have folded the cards from the one card die and I promised I would make a little information video to refresh your memory should you have forgotten, or even missed the show. 

I haven't made a card in the short tutorial, but instead shown the different ways of folding your card.

 I showed some samples on Friday, this Gate fold was one of them, and some other styles on Monday.

In the video there are lots more that you may like to try.

They will all fit into the box or envelope that can be made from the die set,  with the exception of the Bridge card.

Although that folds flat it will need a bigger envelope to post it. 

Still I hope you will enjoy these ideas and maybe try some for yourself especially if you are new to card making.

Over the next few weeks I will make a card from each one of the styles and show you the end result.
Plus some of the other items in this new collection that I really enjoyed playing with. 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 22, 2021

Adult Colouring Books

Hi Everybody,

Do you have one of those adult colouring books and you can't think of hat to do with the finished pages? 

There are many many of these books that you can buy but consider the feel of the paper inside. Some of it is is glossy and you will not get a good result from it.

This is the one that I have, and I have had it for years. I got mine at a Craft Show I went to a long time ago.

The paper is matt and smooth and really nice to colour on.

I stick to colouring pencils on this and I use a paper stump to blend and I am happy with the result.

 Alcohol markers would tend to bleed through the paper and water colours would make it buckle. 

 I always keep a thicker piece of board behind the page I am colouring to prevent and indentation on the sheet underneath. 

If your intention is to turn them into cards as I have then I would advise you to colour in the smaller designs.

The larger patterned ones will get lost on a small card and you won't get to see all of the fine detail. 

Consider some of the patterns as well and not just the florals as these can make an unusual background for your other embellishments. 
I coloured these pretty flowers out and then die cut the shape and layered it onto black card to create a 6x6" card

It has been added to an embossed background and the bow just adds the finishing touch. 

The sentiment of your choice will complete your look and there is your card ready to send. 

This can be a cheaper way of getting the look then buying lots of different stamps, and I find colouring so relaxing so a double bonus for me.
This card is 5x7" and I added a card banner around the bottom with my greeting. 

The large Celebrate adds the final touch to this one and it could be for any occasion.

If you have this kind on book then dig it out and see what you can make from it. Colouring is not just for kids.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

September 21, 2021

Slimline & Altenew

Altenew Just Jasmine 

 Hi Everybody,

This beautiful set is from Altenew and I bought mine from Craft Stash. when they had the set on special offer. It consists of a stencil, dies and a stamp set to give you this lovely Just Jasmine Flower.

I added my design to a slimline card and used a pink mat to pick out the colour in the flowers, and the result is very pleasing. I am a big fan of Altenew and always ready for a bargain from them. 

Layering stencils are so good especially if you are not a fan of colouring yourself. They make things so much easier for you as all you need to do is add the steps from the guide that comes with them. 

Altenew Bitterroot Flower

This is another set from Altenew and this is the Bitterroot Flower, and in this set I have got the stencil and the dies.

I never tire of flowers as I think they are such a beautiful addition to any card and you can colour them any shade you wish as they are your flowers.

This is a 6x6 card but the effect is just as good.

Tomorrow I have another style of colouring to show you and I will show you some of the cards I have made

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

September 20, 2021

Slimline and DL Cards

 Hi Everybody,

As this was Slimline Collection was officially launched last Friday I thought I would show you some of the cards that I took with me to demonstrate the different styles that can be created from these die sets. 

I will go into more detail in a video this week to show you what I did. And I also said that your envelopes could be made out of coloured paper instead of card.
This will cut down on bulk and also postage at the same time and is still strong enough to go through the mail.

I decorated both my cards and envelope the same here and that would be far nicer for the recipient to get through their letter box than a bill..

I did the same with this one also and I think they look really special. 
Now I added a video featuring these new dies but I kinda jumped the gun a little because they were not officially for sale at the time.

But now they are and so just in case you didn't see it I am adding it again. 

So Friday was a bit of a bumper day  ... in one way or another ... with the launch of two collections.

The Slimline and the Snowflake sets of dies, stamps, folders and stencils. Quite a lot to keep you busy.

Here's the video, I hope you enjoy 
The difference in the two sets is the slimline is 3 1/2" and the DL is 4" and both are 8" long.
 A box or an envelope can be made for your card from either set, and the border strips can be intermixed as you like. 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx