Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

January 30, 2021


 Hi Everybody,

It’s raining here and quite cold but we are cozy and warm with the log burner going. Just a little update in my self and Ruby. I have had the first of my Corona Virus injections and the second one is due in a few weeks time. I feel fine with no after effects at all. 

Ruby sadly is not well. She has an eye infection and they have to be bathed regularly and medication done five to six times a day. She is so good and I say to her “ go get in your basket and let me do your eyes”  and off she goes and patiently let’s me clean them and add the gel. She is back at the vets next Thursday so I am hoping there will be a great improvement for her. I hate to see her not well.

But onto the draw which has now been done and the name this week is ....

Christi Neal

Please let me have your postal address to

and the pack will be on its way to you straight away.              

Please let me know that you have received it ok and I hope you enjoy playing with it.                           

 More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 29, 2021

Friday Freebie - In The Garden

 Hi Everybody,

Today we move onto a gardening theme with this lovely stamps, dies and embossing folder set that is on offer.

In the Garden is a useful set to have in your own personal collection especially with spring on the way.

You will be able to create some really lovely cards with this and build up the scenes as you go along

There are lots of ideas within the magazine so it will be time for a break and a cuppa when you get this.

Would you like to win this set ?? Then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of this post with your FULL NAME, to be in with the chance of winning it. Be sure to come back over the weekend to see if it is your name that is shown as the winner.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 28, 2021

Lacey Nested Ovals & Viviva Colorsheets

 Hi Everybody,

The Oval is always one of my go to shapes as I really like the elegance this shape gives. And this one has been layered with foam tape to give extra dimension to it.

The Roses are stamped and die cut from the Rambling Rose and after I have added them to the oval panel I have lifted the edge of each rose for more shape

The  Roses have been water coloured and I have used  Viviva Colorsheets  They are handcrafted patches of water colour that come in a booklet for you to use.

You only need a tiny dip into them with your wet brush to pick up the colour and they will last you for ages 

You can also mix your own shades on the mixing palette at the back of the booklet and so you will never be short of the shade that you want.

Once they are dry again the will fit neatly into a pocket, along with your water brush, for you to paint on the go whenever you would like

This  card could be for any occasion and added to another shaped card if you wished. I have just created this as a standalone version

Play with the shape and see what you prefer landscape, portrait or added to a 5x7 base
I thought I would use peachy orange as this is not a colour scheme I go to very often and I do really like it whenever I do.

More tomorrow ...

 Hugs xx

January 27, 2021

Perfect Panels & Lovely Layers Circle Card

Hi Everybody,

This pretty card is created with pone of my favourite collections and I love the results that I get every time I use any of the shapes that are available.

This one has several layers all created with foam tape and then tiny gemstones dotted around the edge.

It could be for any occasion and used at any time of year, and will surely help you to get your MoJo back on track.

The video will show you how I created this one and it is easy to do. Just be sure to look very carefully at your dies and where the cutting edges are placed.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 25, 2021

Papercraft Society Box 18 for March

 Hi Everybody,

Have you seen the Papercraft Society boxes that come out each month and are filled with lots of ideas and inspiration from a new designer every month. This is a subscription that will be delivered to your door ready for you to play with. I have done some of these boxes for you and in March it will be my turn again.

is filled with delicate soft colours this time and the accompanying booklet will show you several ideas from my self and the design team.

You can buy this as a one off just for the month that you like or you can take out  monthly subscription and get something different each time  That way you can build up your personal stash with new inks or card and papers and all the surprise elements hat are in the box

Papercraft Society 

THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE MARCH BOX This month’s box is by Card Making Magic’s Christina Griffiths. Christina always finds mother nature very inspiring in her paper crafting so this fresh and floral spring themed box is her perfect combination. This month’s offering contains beautiful and versatile freesia stamp and die combo, a weaved embossing folder, beautiful repeatable borders and frames, plus lots of sentiment stamps. Not forgetting a scattering of eggs for your Easter makes, making this a very versatile box for use all year round. Inside the box you will find over £60 worth of crafting goodies, including: 18 piece die set A5 18 piece stamp set A5 Cardstock of coordinating colours (8 pieces) A5 Paper stack of coordinating patterned papers (8 pieces) 5”x7” embossing folder 2 metres 25mm Cream Organza ribbon 3 colour matched ink pads From only £18.74 per box on yearly plans | Free UK Delivery | Cancel Anytime  

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 23, 2021


 Hi Everybody,

Thank you so much if you joined me for the “LIVE” Craftalong on Wednesday and apart from the hiccup at the start when I couldn’t get the camera to point down to the desk, I think the rest of it  went quite well.

I recognised many names that where there but because I also couldn’t get my iPad to connect I couldn’t answer any of the questions or comments that you made. I have since been back in to the page and done what I could. So thank you again if you joined me.

The sun is shining here today but I know some parts of the country have been badly flooded with the latest storm. I feel so sorry for you and I hope you have managed to get a .title but straighter now the storm has passed. It must be dreadful for you especially with the pandemic as well.

I have now done the draw for yesterday’s offering of the magazine with the scoreboard and the winner is 

Maria Muller

Would you email me your postal address please to

and I will get it in the post to you as soon as I can. Please let me know that you have it safely and I hope you put it to good use.

More tomorrow...

Hugs xx

January 22, 2021

Friday Freebie - Scoreboard & Bone Folder

Hi Everybody,

So todays offering is a really useful piece of equipment that most card makers use on a daily basis.

I don't make a  card without using my Scoreboard as it gives me neat lines to fold my cards and eliminates any cracking on the spine, and there is a bone folder in the pack as well.

It also helps me to create different shapes and in the magazine you will find some hints and tips on how to use it to get these card shapes or your self.

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

I cannot stress enough that if you do not leave your full name then your comment will NOT be added into the draw

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


January 19, 2021

Come and Join Me - Free Craftalong

 Hi Everybody,

Craft Stash are hosting a Craftalong for you to have some fun and join in and make some pretty things.
 It's free to join in but you will need to be a member of the Craft World Club and that too is free to join. You will meet many people with the same ideas and likes as you, and there are competitions and giveaways that you can enter.
 It's a great place to share inspiration and add your own makes at the same time.

 So tomorrow
Wednesday 20th January at 2pm you can join me at Craft Stash and we will be using the new Heart Box Die Set.

I will be sharing how I decorate any of my boxes and making them extra special.

Flowers, Ribbons and pearls will be the order of the day so please come along and join mw at 2pm

See you then

Hugs xx

January 18, 2021

Making Vases from Die Cuts

Hi Everybody,

As promised I have now completed the video that shows how I made the style of vase shown from die cuts.

I have used the Pentagon Bauble Easel to make the shape and this one has been painted in Arteza Metallic Blue and then dry brushed with gold

But while I was making another vase I thought it would be a good idea to show all three sizes that can be had from the dies

And so this photos shows you all the sizes side by side.
I kept to one basic colour scheme for effect, and I gave them a coat of clear gloss varnish and let them dry. 

They can all be displayed together as one collection, or kept individual for flowers. 

They are not waterproof though so only add faux lowers to them .I know they won't be around for a lifetime and they are not going to become family heirlooms, but I had fun making them and they do look kind of pretty on my shelf

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 16, 2021


 Hi Everybody,

Today dawns bright and clear even if it is cold and a bit damp. Ruby and I will wrapping up good and warm and we will  be going for a little walk along the sea front later. My walking is getting much better as long as I don’t over do it, and rest once I get back home. It’s just nice to get out in the fresh air and look at the sea again.

The draw from yesterday’s offer has been done and the name this week is 

Maggie Gardner

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 when it arrives with you and I hope you enjoy playing with your gift.

More tomorrow...

Hugs xx

January 15, 2021

Friday Freebie - Sew Crafty

 Hi Everybody,

Todays offering is for all of you who love to sew either for your self or your family and friends or you like to make cards for people who sew.

This kits comprises of dies, stamps and embossing folder and it is really cute at the same time

There is no video to go with this offer but it speaks for itself and I am sure you would enjoy playing with this 

So if this is something that you would like then all you need to do is leave me a comment under the blog post. You must ad your FULL NAME though as that makes it far easier to identify the correct winner.

If you do add your comment then please be sure to come back and check over the weekend to see if your name is listed as the winner. You will have 72 hours to claim if and if you don't then it will be withdrawn and offered again at a later date. 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx.

January 14, 2021

Be Yourself ...

 Hi Everybody,

Todays card is created from  some Altenew dies and pink glitter card, and the overall effect is vibrant and cheerful
I did an ink smooshed background behind the die cut panel.

The panel is made from the two dies that go to make up the Layered Plaid

There are several looks you can get with this die cut simply by changing the colours of the card that you use

And of course the same applies to the flower.

I added one of the Card Making Magic Pearl flourishes along the side just to add that finishing touch.

I got my dies quite some time ago from Sevenhills Crafts but I don't know if they are still available to purchase.

The glitter card is from Craft Stash along with the flourish 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 12, 2021

Happy Birthday Mum

 Hi Everybody,

This was a card I made some time ago and I have to say it is one of my favourites.

I love the flowers and the tiny organza butterflies as well as the colour scheme and the diamante.

I used the Alphabet set from my own dies and I covered them with Glossy Accents and a little shake of glitter.

I don't have a mum to send this too but I would be very happy if someone sent something like this to me

The Distress Oxides that i used are Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon. 

They always make a beautiful blend  whenever I use them and Distress Oxides blend so easily too

You can just amke out the spattered effect that I did with water onto the background and this just lifts a little bit of colour from the inks

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 11, 2021

Large Heart Box

Hi Everybody,

This new Heart Box Die Set comes to you in two different sizes so that you can choose which one serves your needs the best. 

This is the large one and it will hold a good many chocolates ... need I say more !!

This is another colour scheme for the box. 
Leave the flowers off if this is to be given to a man.

But even they like chocolates and Valentines Day is on the way too so what could be better.

Get his favourite ones and add some tissue paper to the box and you will have a lovely little gift to give to your nearest and dearest  on that special day.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


January 09, 2021


 Hi Everybody,

After a late start this morning I have managed to get lots done with the rest of the day. And this evening after a walk in the cold damp weather Ruby and I are settled down in front of our log fire. She is snoring her head off and I really wish I could tape it for you to hear. She sounds like an old train coming down the track. 

I have now managed to get the draw done for yesterday’s offer and the name this week is ...

Diana Lawton

Would you email me please your postal address to

and the gift will be on its way to you straight away.

More tomorrow...

Hugs xx

January 08, 2021

Friday Freebie - Let it Snow

 Hi Everybody,

Back to the Friday Freebie and for this week I have a lovely die, stamp and embossing folder set called Let It Snow

There is a video to show this set and it was done qite some time ago

Let It Snow will you show how I used these products and I am sure that you will be able to come up with your own ideas if you win this set.

So all you have to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post and don't forget to add your FULL NAME ... no full name then no entry into the draw.

Be sure to come back over the weekend to see if you are the winner.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 06, 2021

Die Cut Vase

 Hi Everybody,

In this time of yet another "Lockdown" do you some times get just a little fed up of making cards?

I wanted to do something different with my dies and so I experimented with some of them to see what I could come up with.

Obviously you won't be able to do this with all your shapes but look carefully at some of them and see if they will work

I experimented and I came up with this pretty vase that I filled it with faux flowers, because it is not waterproof, and I think it looks really cool 

So today I am going to make another and this time I am going to film it so that you can see the steps I have taken.

It will take a few days as each stage has to dry before I can move on to the next one but hopefully you will enjoy it and maybe try it for your self.

The die set that I have used is the Pentagon Bauble Easel 

I also used some :-
  • paper/magazine strips of paper
  • cheap glue and a brush 
  • Sellotape/masking tape
  • Plaster Of Paris bandages
  • Acrylic paint
  • A little gold paint
  • Clean paint brush
  • five wooden lolly sticks
So keep a look out for the video it wont be long as I am off to film it right now 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 04, 2021

Rambling Rose Channel Card

Hi Everybody,

I'm late to the party again and I just don't know where the time goes. One day it's Friday and the next it Wednesday and in between are a lot of missing days.

Still here I am now with another of the Charming Channels Cards and this one features the Rambling Rose. 

This is definitely my favourite one and on this card I have used Glossy Accents to highlight the flower.

I stencilled the background panel with Abandoned Coral and then added it to the card with foam tape underneath
It has been dotted with tiny gemstones and the flowers are also raised with foam tape 

If you use Glossy Accents add them at the end as you will need to put the card to one side for them to dry,  and it may take a good few hours to do so.

Otherwise you could end up sticking your fingers in it and making an awful mess ...
ask me how I know this ????

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 02, 2021


 Hi Everybody,

My little story earlier seems to have tickled some of you and it really was quite funny. 
And if you missed the story scroll back a little and  have a read of it
Vickie and I stood on her doorstep laughing on New Years Eve with a bunch of police men over a supposed party we had been reported for having.

Vickie has her suspicions over who it could have been that sent the email to the police, and if she could have seen us laughing it would have upset her even more.
Perhaps she thought they would cart us off in the big riot van ... in handcuffs!!

But despite all that we had a good night and the film we watched was delightful. 
If you haven't seen "Room on the Broom" then do coz it's lovely.
And imagine two grown women on NYE with a turkey sandwich ... and  don't forget some crisps and the glass of red wine watching it.

Now the draw for the fabulous box of "Goodies" has been done. Quite a lot of people would have liked to win this. I am sorry I only have one at this moment in time.
 But there is sure to be another later on so stick around and visit each week to see what is on offer. 

Drum Roll Please !!!!
The Winner Is .....

Sue Cockerham
email me your postal address please Sue to
and the box will be on its way to you.

Let me know that you have it safely and I wish you all the best playing with it all

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

My New Years Eve ....

Hi Everybody,

So let me tell you a story...
 On New Years Evening Vickie and I decided that we would spend our evening together at her house with the dogs Ruby and Dougal joining us.
We wanted to have an Indian take away as something different and tasty.
I got to her house at 5.30 and we ordered our meal on line at 6.15 pm

We were both hungry and so we were looking forward to the Indian food.
We waited .... and we waited ... and we waited and 8.45 pm it still hadn't arrived.
We couldn't wait any longer and Vickie made us a turkey and cranberry sandwich instead.

At 9 o-clock there was a knock on the door, and we thought  at long last the meal was here, but by this time we were eating our sandwich whilst watching the little film called "Room on the Broom".
 I went to the door to tell the man to take it back.

But there was no Indian restaurant man stood there ....  just THREE big policemen.
This of course made us think something was wrong with a family member.
The leading police man said to me
"We have had an email at the station to tell us that you are having a party"  well I laughed and told him he had that wrong and Vickie came to see what was going on.

She also denied it and invited him in to look for himself..
I asked "Do you have any ID because although you are dressed as a police man it doesn't mean you are one " and he showed me his identity badge. Two of them came inside.
Parked on the other side of the street was police riot van with probably about ten police men in it.
We couldn't believe it and he asked if we had any idea who had emailed them " Have you had a dispute with a neighbour?" 

They had a look outside and then we all laughed at this silly situation.
Ruby and Dougal of course where enjoying the company and the fuss.
We told them we thought they were  the delivery man with our Indian meal and the second policeman asked us where  we had ordered it from ... he said his wife had ordered a take away from the same place at 4pm and she still hadn't got here either.

After they had gone we had a laugh about it, but imagine somebody had nothing better to do on NYE  than email the police. telling a lie and wasting precious police time for nothing.

And at 10 pm the Indian delivery man rolled up with our take away and we told him in no uncertain terms what to do with it ... politely of  course !!

And that was my New Years Eve

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


January 01, 2021

Happy New Year 2021

Hi Everybody,

I hope you all had a good Christmas and I sincerely wish you all the happiest of New Years. Lets hope 2021 is better than the last year ... fingers crossed.

So there was no Give Away last week but this week I have a bumper gift inside this box to offer to one lucky winner.

There is so much in there that I can't get it all on one photo but this is what is inside the box

1/  Complete Provence Collection from CMM which is stamps dies and embossing folder.
2/  Five packs of flowers
3/  Six yards of assorted ribbons
4/ Two Spellbinders Embossing Folders
5/ Three Spellbinders Ink Pads
6/ One pack of Glitter
7/ Three packs of Nestabling with matching pearls
8/ Eight packs of Want2Scrap flourishes, pearls and Chrome dots
9/ One pack of Doilies
10/ Three Polkadoodles die sets    
11/ Six coloured embossing powders
12/ Tonic Stamp block   
13/ Tonic Ball Tool
14/ Tonic Glitter Markers
15/ Tonic Sequins
16/ One pack of decorated Hatpins
17/ Six tubs of coloured and sparkly embossing powders
18/ One floral topper
19/ One pack of brads

I am sure you will agree that this is a bundle worth winning , just add your FULL NAME to enter.
The box is all packed and ready to send to one lucky winner and it is my way to say a great big.  THANK YOU 
to everybody for being with me throughout the year

Happy New Year xxx