April 17, 2021

Winner

 Hi Everybody,

I hope you are all well and staying safe. Vickie took Ruby and me out in her car for a walk in Witch Wood late yesterday afternoon and as we went past the pubs with beer gardens they were all full. The lock down lifted in the area and so many people took advantage of the good weather to go and meet with friends. 

There seemed very little social distancing though and not many wearing masks so I think another wave will be inevitable later in the year. People are so fickle when it comes to Covid as many believe it won’t happen to them. And I really hope it doesn’t and that the whole world can get back to some kind of normality. Personally I think the world has changed forever and things will never be the same for any of us as Covid -19, or some other strain of Corona Virus, will be with us for a long time.

And on that pessimistic note I will move onto the winner of yesterday’s offering and the name this week is

Sherry Hay

So if you could email me your postal address please to

christina@card-making-magic.com

I will get the pack in the post to you as soon as I can . I hope you enjoy playing with the snowman on those hot days in Florida and how I would love to hand deliver the pack to you. Have fun 

More tomorrow...

Hugs xx


April 16, 2021

Friday Freebie - Build a Snowman

Hi Everybody,

This cute set consists of dies, stamps and an embossing folder and the title says it all. With this you can build a complete snowman from start to finish.

You can have him/her facing any way you wish with enough stamps to make him any size you would like to fit your cards.

There are numerous facial expressions, arms, noses and hats to fit both sizes and there is even a par of sunglasses that you can add to  our design.

I am sure you can have a lot of fun with this set and the dies will enable you to add him in a complete scene to a snow globe. So altogether a really good set to have for your Christmas makes this year.

Now if this is a set that you would like to play with then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of this post with your FULL NAME. And then be sure to come back and check if it is your name that is listed as the winner

I am happy to post this to you and it doesn't matter if you have won before you can still enter.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 15, 2021

Whimsical Herringbone

Hi Everybody,

Todays card is another one suing the Whimsical Herringbone stamp set from Altenew. For this one I have used shades of pink orange and purple and the effect is amazing.

It has been dotted with some matching sequins

I can't tell you how much I love this stamp and how useful it is going to be creating those backgrounds with a real difference.

For this one I have used green, blue and purple and then cut the piece out with a heart shape die. This has been added to the card with foam pads.

Three tiny hearts have been cut in bright gold and added to the front and the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn.

Use any embossing folder that you have to create the panel for the front and then add the heart to the centre.

Don't waste those precious scrap either. Make use on another card of the tiny bits that are left over.

Here I have cut this piece down to fit an A2 and added another embossed panel to the front.

I have added the stamped strip with foam tape and then cut a thin strip from some left over glitter card to glue along the side.

The word HI has been cut four times in white and once in the glitter card and then stacked together for dimension.

The flowers are from the Ultimate numbers and overlays set and I have added them also with foam pads. The word Hi has ben added to the top and then once again I have added sequins.

April 13, 2021

Water Colour Doodle

Hi Everybody,

Once again I have been playing with water colours and this is an idea that I found on YouTube. I have found two artists that I particularly like and I have started to follow them  both.

One is Creations CeeCee and her idea was to do some loose water colouring and then doodle out of it anything that you can see. She also uses a lot of gold if that interests you

The other artist is Emma Jane Lefebvre and she does the most amazing flowers and cuteness. Have a look at both and maybe you will be inspired to have a try just like I was

So this was the first piece that I created and it was very "Loose" to say the least. I used my Arteza Paints and a #8 brush and nothing else

But I went ahead and followed Amber Rain Davis's instructions and took up the black Micron pen.

I started looking for the flowers and they just seemed to show me where they were. Once I had the basic shapes I drew in the finer lined detail 

Having got to this stage there seemed no reason to stop . So I cut out the main group of flowers and flipped it round 

And here is the first card. I added these with foam pads, to the top of an embossed background panel, with a die cut sentiment and then dotted the sequins around.

I started to add some sparkle with a clear glitter pen … but that is also water based and started to lift my water colouring so I gave that up as a bad idea.

The flower that stood outside the group I added to a smaller card and the background is embossed with one of the new Altenew folders.

I put some gold twine behind the flowers and scattered some gold hearts onto the front.

I am very happy with the way these turned out and very grateful to CeeCee for her expert guidance in helping me to achieve these cards.

When I have made a card using ideas from Emma Jane I will be sure to show you those too.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


 

April 12, 2021

Quilted Illusion ....


 Hi Everybody,

This card is created from another of the 3-D embossing folders from Altenew and it is called Ranunculus.

It is so pretty and I have water coloured mine. But I found that as I added the water and coloured the flower  the paper stretched and warped in the centre.

I continued with the job though and once it was dry the problem didn’t resolve.

So I added foam pads under the flowers centre and added it to the base.

The rest of the image stayed flat but the foam pads supported the flower and it looked and felt as if it was quilted.

It was a very pleasing look and the finished card is lovely. So rather than panic or even throw it away I made the best of a bad job and turned it into a good card that would suit many occasions. 

Well done me and a pat on the back !!!

More tomorrow...

Hugs xx

April 10, 2021

Winner

 Hi Everybody,

Today the sun is shining and I am going for my second COVID vaccination at 11.30 am. Vickie will be taking me as it is too far to walk at present and I am not yet a able to drive my car. But that day won’t be far off. I am really looking forward to getting back in my car.

The draw has been done good and early and the winner this week is 

Ethne Gloss

Please email me your postal address to

christina@card-making-magic.com

and I will get it in the post to you. Just as soon as I can

More tomorrow...

Hugs xx 

April 09, 2021

Friday Freebie - Floral Flutter

Hi Everybody,

Todays offering is another of the two for one sets that came from two magazines published around the same time.

I have had them stored together and so that is how they are being offered to the winner this week.

And here is a video to show you what it actually consists of and to show you that it is a gift well worth having.
 


There is only the Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine with them though but it is full of ideas and inspiration

So once you have watched the video you can decide if this is something that you would like in your own collection and if it is then you know what to do  .... leave me a comment at the end of this post with your FULL NAME

Then be sure to come back and see if it is your name that is listed as the winner

April 08, 2021

Slimline Butterfly Border Die

Hi Everybody,

Tis pretty card is created in the DL size and I have used the Butterfly Border die to give some shape to the side of the card at the back and front.

I have one this one in a soft grey and white as this is a colour scheme I don't use very often. But this combination would be ideal for a male card and I am sure men enjoy butterflies as much as we ladies do.

You can use it whichever way round you want to but for the other example I have stood it in Landscape and cut the butterflies into separate items 

It is very easy to do and I have not added much decoration to any of the cards as the butterflies take centre stage.

The video isn't long but I hope you enjoy it just the same .



More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 07, 2021

Water Coloured Cards

Hi Everybody,

I have recently found joy in water colouring again and over the weekend I have created these two cards using my Gansai Tambi paint set.

I used the Spring Summer die and stamp set from Card Making Magic and I embossed the stamped flowers in gold powder, and cut and coloured more than enough for these two cards.

On this top card I used the Trellis A5 embossing folder after sketching a black line around the edges.

I arranged the flowers and leaves with foam pads under some of them and then dotted the card with pale aqua ink and sequins.

The sentiment is from the Sentiments stamp & die set from CMM


For the second card I used the new Whimsical Herringbone stamp from Altenew and stamped it with clear ink and embossed it in gold.
I decided to paint in some of the stamped pattern in the aqua paint and offset it on my card base with foam under it for dimension

The sentiment stamp on this card is from an old set that I have and I used black ink to add it under the panel to follow the shape.

I am more than happy with both cards and I think they have a fresh clean look to them .

I love the new stamp from Altenew and will be using it often.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 05, 2021

Embossing Folders & White Ink

Hi Everybody,

At the moment I am into easy to make cards and they don't come much easier than this one.

It is a 6" Square with a separate panel on the top.
 
The embossing folder has been covered with white ink using a brayer and taken through the machine.

This adds the ink onto your card into the background for a soft and gentle look.

Then with the blue and yellow inks I have picked out the detail in the flowers using the new blending brushes from Altenew.

The panel has then been added to a white base card and the "Good Vibes Only" die is from Spellbinders but it is a very old one and may no longer be available. I have cut that four times and stacked them up to give depth to the front of the card and basically that is it

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

 

April 04, 2021

Happy Easter

 Hi Everybody,

Just a little card from me and Ruby to wish you all a really Happy Easter wherever you are in the world.

This card is created with the Extravagant Egg die that was brought out last year and I have coupled it with the Cross from a collection this year.

I hope you like it and whatever you do don't eat too much chocolate !!!!

More tomorrow  ...

Hugs xx

April 03, 2021

Winner

 Hi Everybody,

What a beautiful day this is and the sun is streaming in through my window. I hope that you are enjoying this Bank Holiday weekend and making the most of the sun while it is here. I think I will venture out on a little walk later with Ruby as my progress is very good and as long as I use the two elbow crutches and don't try and go too far I will be fine. Vickie and Dougal will be with me also so that makes me feel more confident.

Ruby has a new pastime at present watching two Blackbirds building their nest in my back garden. They have chosen a spot near my garage between  the ivy and the Buddleia and they are very busy. I have sat with Ruby for a long time just watching them and she  knows she has to watch quietly so as not to frighten them. She learned quickly and we are both now fascinated by these lovely birds.

I have also done the draw for yesterdays offering and the name this week is

Christine Wilson

would you email me your postal address please to 
christina@card-making-magic.com
and I will get it in the post to you as soon as I can.

I hope you enjoy the gift and please let me know when you have it safely

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

April 02, 2021

Friday Freebie _ Lavish Labels

Hi Everybody,

This pretty offering is called Lavish Labels and there are lots of them in this set to cover many occasions throughout the year

The magazine is full of ideas and inspiration to help you and it will make a good read as you sip your cuppa and relax.

 This magazine and gift came out at the same time as a sister magazine and the gifts worked well together, and I kept them in the same pack at the time. 

Now  they are still in the same pack, labelled, bagged and on a magnetic sheet and so you will get both  of these gifts to work as one. You can see from the picture what the first one is but the second one is on the other side of the pack. 
The video shows you what it is and the magazine will give you some ideas on how to use them 
There is also a video to go with this set and so I hope you will enjoy this one



So if this is a gift that you would like to have in your collection then all you need to do is leave me  comment at the end of the post with your FULL NAME and be sure to come back over the weekend to see if it is your name that is listed as the winner.

You have 72 hours in which to claim your prize and I am happy to send it to you wherever you are.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 01, 2021

Another folder from Altenew

Hi Everybody,

This card is kept really simple and all I have one is emboss some green card in the folder and then cut the leaves from the card.

I have covered them with Versamark and embossed them with gold powder which has then been heated till it melts.

I have cut another leaf in green from a completely different die set and that has been tucked in with the gold leaves.

A white layer has also been embossed in the same folder and this is used as the background to my card. The gold litter card has been used to edge the panel.

This is just one way that the folder can be used and I am sure there are many more which I will find as I play.

The sentiment is one I have had for years and I have cut that four times and stacked them together with the top layer as black mirror card. The black pearls complete the design and it is a DL style which will fit into a standard sized envelope.

More tomorrow 

Hugs xx

March 31, 2021

Spellbinders "Need A Rope"

Hi Everybody,

This is an embossing folder that I have had in my stash for years. It is one of my favourites from my old Spellbinders Days.

It is called "Need A Rope" but is so long ago that it is now no longer available

Here I have embossed the pink card for a really deep look and then rounded all the corners off as I layered up the card.

The focal point is the white Grand Vinery from the Finishing Touches range by  Creative Expressions.

 I have cut it three times and then stacked them up together for dimension.

I have done the same with the Thank You sentiment and the top layer is in gold glitter card.
 A little red heart finishes off the design and the word Heartfelt is tucked alongside.
Very clean and simple

I have been a bit late adding my blog posts this week, so please scroll back through the pages to see what you have missed. 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

 

March 30, 2021

Altenew 3-D Embossing Folder

Hi Everybody,

Here is another of the beautiful deep 3-D embossing folders from Altenew and this one is Beautiful Bergenia.

All these folders are flying off the shelves and I have bought mine from Bumbleberry Crafts 

They are a UK company that stocks many many of the US brands so it's well worth a browse around to find your favourite dies, stamps and stencils as well as embossing folders.

Should any of these be out of stock than leave your email address and you will be notified once it is back on their website

So for this card I have messy water coloured it using Arteza 36 Half Pan Set and a medium Water brush.
I have cut out the circle from the centre and backed it onto black card. The flowers within the circle have more detail added than the ones outside to make them stand out more. I have also added some sparkle to them with the Wink Of Stella glitter pen.

 This circular panel has then been lined up again with the base and add with foam pads and I have picked out the stamens in yellow  and then added some sequins to the front.

It looks much better in the hand than the photo and I am quite pleased with the result.

Creating a card from these folders is easy as most of the work is one for you.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 29, 2021

Altenew 3-D Embossing Folders

Hi Everybody,

I had these new embossing folders from Altenew to play with last week and they are lovely. 

They are 3-D which makes the embossing so deep in the card,  and with this impression I decided to simply ink over the top very lightly.

This left the two shades of ink that I used sitting on top of the raised areas to give a lovely effect.

I added some black splatters to the frons as well and added some green sequins.

The sentiment is cut from black mirror card and I have use the Creative Expressions dies that has lots of words in it so that you can build up your own greeting.

I bought several of the 3-D folders and I have lots more cards that I will add over the week to show you what I have been playing with.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 28, 2021

Winner

 Hi Everybody,

Thank you all so much for your kind wishes for a speedy recovery after my operation. I am happy to say that I am doing very well. The bruising and swelling has been spectacular but is now on the decrease. 

Tomorrow I am going to get it redressed and to see if the clips can come out.  I have been doing the exercises and there is good movement in the joint. So I am quite excited about how it’s all going.

 But if you remember it was the right knee and left hip that have been causing me the trouble,  so when I go back to see the surgeon he says he will review the hip and decide what to do about it then.

Ruby is being walked by family and my neighbour on a regular basis and now when some body comes to the door she looks at them as if to ask “ Are you taking me out for a walk ?? “ even the postman gets the same treatment.

 Any way onto the winner if Fridays offering and the name this week is ....

Jennifer Barnett

So could you email me your postal address please to

christina@card-making-magic.com

and I will get it on the post to you as soon as I can. Please let me know when you have it safely and I hope you will enjoy playing with it.

More tomorrow....

Hugs xx

March 26, 2021

Friday Freebie -Happy Birthday

Hi Everybody, 

This is a lovely set on offer this week and it consists of a beautiful rose stamp and die along with a square embossing folder that is full of roses.

It will help yo to make some lovely backgrounds and then top it with a fabulous coloured rose.

You will find some ideas inside the magazine which is also included in this offer.

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

But please be sure to come back and check over the weekend if it is your name that is shown as the winner.

This is open to everyone even if you have won before or live abroad from the UK ... so what are you waiting for ????

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 22, 2021

With Love & Best Wishes

 Hi Everybody,

For today's card I have created a Twofer and this one of them shown on the right.

I have again used one of the Deco word dies and as you can see it is the complete focal point of the shaped card,

I have done a video to accompany this set and I hope you will enjoy watching it. I try not to make them too long so you wont fall asleep.

 


This is the other part of the Twofer and is a little more elaborate with flowers, ribbons and pearls, so nothing new there then !!

I really enjoy making this type of card it's what you call "right up my street"

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx



 

March 20, 2021

Winner

Hi Everybody,

Thanks for all your good wishes for my surgery and I am writing this from my hospital bed. I am doing just fine  and the surgeon is happy with the way everything has gone. And I am now getting ready to go home. Vickie is coming for me and she will be bringing Ruby. I will let you know how I am when I settle in at home again.

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

Jean Marmo

Please can you email me your postal address to

christina@card-making-magic.com

and I will get the prize in the post to you straight away.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 19, 2021

Friday Freebie -

Hi Everybody,

This pretty offer this week will make a beautiful small Dream Cather for you that you can add to your projects wherever you would like one.

The stamps are perfect for making coordinating backgrounds and the embossing folder is full of beautiful feathers.

The magazine is full of inspiration for you to copy and maybe encourage you to try some new ideas.

Would you like to have this to swell your own collections ??? Then all you have to do is leave me a comment at the end of this post with your FULL NAME to be in with a chance of winning. Then be sure to come back and see if you're name is listed as the winner.

I am happy to send this to you at my expense, wherever you live, and it doesn't matter if you have won before. But please do not add any personal details here on the blog.

Once you have checked over the weekend if your name is shown as the winner you will be asked to email me with everything else.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

 

March 18, 2021

Decorative Words Happy Birthday

Hi Everybody.

This pretty Easel Card is created with the Happy Birthday Decorative Word die and all my collections are available at Craft Stash

The video shows you this easel card and I am sure that this is a style that many of you have tried and enjoyed.

If you are new to cardmaking then maybe this video can help you to see how they are made so that you can go on and try many more in your own developing style

It is never my intention to belittle anybody and yet someone on YouTube accused me of making her feel like a five year old back at school.

If I have ever made anybody feel that way I apologise profusely, that is not what my videos are about.
I deleted the negative comment from my channel as I didn't think it was justified.


As always I hope that the majority of my readers enjoy my videos and I shall continue to make them for as long as I am able to.
 And I am forever grateful to the lovely comments that I get here on my blog, on YouTube, on Facebook and also on my website 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 17, 2021

yrroS oS = So Sorry !!!


 HI Everybody,

If you watched the Craftalong with me on Monday then you will know exactly what the title of this blog post is referring too.
I am talking about the filming of that event and the fact that I managed to get the view the wrong way round.
 Everything was mirror imaged and I have no idea how I did it.

I couldn't repeat it again if I tried. I obviously pushed the wrong button or attached my phone the wrong way round but I honestly don't know.

I am used to doing my videos with my camera attached above me but of course there is no "live link" to that and so I have to do these Craftalongs via my phone, and that is completely new to me.

 I am just glad that Lou stayed in the background to try and help me but technology is not my strong point.

Never the less I hope it didn't spoil it too much for you and a really big thank you for all your comments and for staying with me. I promise I will buck up !!

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 16, 2021

Floral Decorative Corners

Hi Everybody,

This is another of the new corner dies from my collections and this one is the Floral Decorative Corner Dies.

There are so many dies in these sets and the way you use them is just as varied.
 
In the video I have shown you some of the ways that I have used the elements and put together different looking cards to suit the occasion

They can also be made to fit various sizes of card too so you will never be short of dies to decorate your personal designs.


The cards shown look completely different and yet they are created with the same die set.
The words on this one are from the Ultimate Relations and if it is out of stock at Craft Stash then
leave your name and email address and they will notify you as soon as it is back.

It is another useful set to have and covers all the relatives you may have including extended families

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 15, 2021

Craftalong with me ...

 Hi Everybody,

Please join me this evening at 6pm for a crafting session using the
 Papercraft Society Box 18
for March
 Card Making Making.

The picture shows you the items that are in the box and it is these that I will be using for my designs.

So make a note  to join me at six today as I go "Live" on the

More tomorrow 

Hugs xx 


March 13, 2021

Winner

 Hi Everybody,

I have a lot to do this weekend in preparation for Mondays Craftalong and hospital on Thursday.

 And to make sure Ruby is taken care of while I am away. She is going to Vickie’s to stay with Dougal for a few days until I am home again. People are kindly volunteering to walk her for me while I am out of action and this morning my granddaughter is taking her out.

So as I was up early I decided to get the draw for yesterday’s offering done and the name today is

Janet Boyne 

Would you email me your postal address please to 

christina@card-making-magic.com

and the pack will be in the post to you just as soon as I can.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 12, 2021

Friday Freebie - Floral Wishes

Hi Everybody,

Todays offering is a beautiful Floral Wishes Die, stamp and embossing folder set.

Along with the magazine that is full of inspiration for you to browse thorough as you have your cuppa and relax for a little while

There is also a video to go with this offer and so hopefully you will enjoy that too.


So if you would like this offering to swell your own personal collection then all you have to do is leave me a comment at the end of this post with your 
FULL NAME 
I make this request every week as it helps me to identify the correct winner in the event that more than one person has the same first name So if you have never won and you haven't complied then at least you now know why.

Be sure to come back and check if your name is shown as the winner as you will have 72 hours in which to claim it.

It doesn't matter if you have won before and I am happy to post the pack to you at my expense.

Make a note in your diary to join me next 
for a free Craftalong on the 
where I will be using the
March  Papercraft Society Box 18 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 11, 2021

Hearts Decorative Corners

 Hi everybody,

This dramatic card would be ideal for any male members in your family and you an take off or leave on the flowers to suit your recipient.

It doesn't show up in the video but there is a bright silver behind the panel that really adds some sparkle to the design.

The video will show you how I made it and it is just over 5inches in size. It could very easily be turned into an easel card  if you wanted.


And if you wanted a softer look then you can always swap out the colours.
My pages are simply to give you ideas and hopefully inspire you to try something a little different if you are new to card making  

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 09, 2021

Rose Decorative Corner

Hi Everybody,

Todays card is again using the Rose Decorative Corner and I think it will become obvious that this is my favourite one in the new corners die sets.

I have used blue and white for this colour scheme with navy blue as my accent shade.

The sentiment is the Ultimate relations Die Set and there are so many in this set to cover ALL family members even into extended families.

I love die cutting because all the work is done with the dies and all I need to think about are best colours ... which and what type of flowers ... the layout for the card, then go ahead and make it for my recipient.

I know that there are people who don't like my style of card making. Some thinks its too fussy. But I love this way and the flowers make it extra special for me and the people that I make my cards for. They love them and that makes me happy.

If you are a clean and simple card maker then that is OK too and I do like that style also, as well as mixed media. But this is always my go to style and the one that I am most often asked for when asked to make a card for someone as a commision.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 08, 2021

Hochanda Card

Hi Everybody,

This is one of the cards that I made for Hochanda last week and I must admit that I really do like this card.

I did the quilted look with the flowers and it looks much better in the hand than on a photograph.

I used the beautiful Rose Decorative Corner and I chose lilac and white for my colour scheme which is always a lovely combination.

The triangles have been embossed to add more interest to the background.

It was good to see it shown on the shows that Pauline demonstrated on and I will try and show you more as the week goes on.

More tomorrow...

Hugs xx

March 07, 2021

Ruby Update

   Hi Everybody

This is a quick update on Ruby and I am happy to say that her eyes are now so much better.

The top photo shows how they where a few weeks ago when I took her to the vets. Very red, very weepy and must have been very painful for her.

She could barely open them and she was very out of character. 

But after a few weeks of bathing and drops and regular visits to the vets she is now recovered and I can see those beautiful eyes again.

What a worry it was but now she is back to her gobby self  barking at all and sundry who dare to walk past her house.

Once I am back to normal with my knee surgery I am hoping to go on a good long walk with her maybe along the beach or to the country park that is nearby.

That has a stream running through it and Ruby loves to swim. Typical Spaniel always looking for water and mud.

Someone once told me that a dirty Spaniel is a happy one and that is so true as she loves finding the messiest puddle she can and get in it.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx