Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

August 31, 2021

3-D Embossing Folders

Hi Everybody,

A few weeks ago I showed you some cards and a video that used
3-D folders with white ink and this is one of those cards from that batch.

I have used a leaf die from Creative Expressions for the central area and that has ben backed onto the white inked pink background.

It does look really pretty and then I added a double white frame around it all. It has been added to a pink card base  and the finished size is about 4x6"

The sentiment is from Label Love by Altenew and I white embossed that onto black card, It is a very simple card and there is no other embellishment on it it but the effect is lovely.

Adding the white ink to the raised areas of the 3-D folder is such a quick and easy way to to make a card when time is of the essence. 

I am adding the video again in case you missed it first time around but you can see how easy it is to copy

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 30, 2021

Ruby Update

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are enjoying your Bank Holiday as mush as I am. The weather has been very kind and not too hot for me.

 I don't like it when it gets too hot especially with having a thick coat. But I am at the groomer's next week to have my hair done so that will be a little cooler for me. 

This was my walk through the big park her and it is called Stanley Park.  It has some lovely paths for us to follow that go through wooded areas as well as this beautiful fountain.

I would have loved to jump in for a little swim, and there was another dog already in the water, but no matter how much I barked my mum just wouldn't'  let me. When I was a baby though I did once step onto what I thought was green grass and it turned out to be just the algae floating on the top  of the lake in Stanley Park, and I went straight under.

My mum was calling me from the side, and that was when I first learned that I could swim, so I came straight back to her. I was about four months old and my mum nearly had a heart attack. Vickie and Dougal where with us too and it turned out to be quite funny once we all got over the shock.

Ever since then I have loved jumping in the water and I don't care if it is muddy either. My mum is not always happy when I am smelly though.

There is a lovely big cafĂ© in there as well that gets very busy.  My mum had some coffee and we shared a piece of toast, and they always leave water out for any dogs that ned it.
So enjoy the rest of the week and I will see you again soon. 

Love Ruby 



August 28, 2021


 Hi Everybody,

I hope you are all well and making the most of this Bank Holiday weekend. The weather is gorgeous today and I am hoping it stays this way for the rest of the weekend. Ruby and I will be going out walking later and I am sure she will tell you of her adventures when she next comes on.

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

Tammy Joyce

Would you email me your postal address please to

and I will get the pack in the post to you straight away. I hope you enjoy it and p,ease be sure to let me know that you have it safely

More tomorrow …

Hugs xx

August 27, 2021

Friday Freebie - Peony Perfect

Hi Everybody,

And here we are at the end of the last few weeks of giving away two fabulous sets complete with the magazines.

 This is the last chance to win Peony Perfect for yourself, and all you have to do is leave me a comment at the end of this post with your FULL NAME.

I hope that the past winners, of these, or any of these sets, have enjoyed playing with them and getting as much enjoyment from the magazine too.

Always a good read as you sip your cuppa and relax for a little while.

From those comments one name will be drawn, at random, as the winner and if you do add your comment then be sure to come back and check if it is your name that is shown as the winner in a blog post over the weekend.  And don't forget you need to add your FULL NASME ... no initials or nicknames but the full name that you have.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 26, 2021

Floral Birthday Card

 Hi Everybody,

Todays card has a beautiful flower on the front and I created this with some Foamiran that I have in my "Stash" It was very easy to work with and it comes in many colours

I used white and some peach on my cards with green for the leaves. And although I used a hot iron with mine you really don't need to if the thought of messing about with a hot iron puts you off.

The foam can be moulded from the warmth of your hands by rolling it in your palms. It is probably not as deep a crease but it will work .

The card above is the one that I made in the video but for another one I simply made some Rose buds and added them in a bouquet.

I added copper gilding flakes to these petals and
 tied them with a bow. The card size for this one is A2

The technique to make the buds is a little different but still not hard to do. And they fill an empty space if added with a group of larger flowers

I hope that this is something you will try for your self and I am sure you will be delighted with the flowers you make. Especially when you see the price of some ready made ones these days.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 24, 2021

Slimline Box & Card Maker De Set

Hi Everybody,

Did you get to see Pauline Hickey demonstrating the brand new Slimline Box &  Card Maker Dies on Hochanda yesterday. 

This is a fabulous die set and there is also a DL size as well.
In the video I have shown you how I have used the die set and with my card I have created an envelope that matches. 

There is such a lot of versatility in any of these die sets that you need never be stuck for how to finish them off. I have had so much fun playing with them and if you managed to get yours from the shows then I hope you enjoy them as much.

I have even created a Slimline Easel Card that fits inside the box  and if you would like a video then just let me know and it will be done.

So these are only two die sets from the new collection and I will be adding more videos to showcase them all in the next few weeks. 

They are all available at Craft Stash so why not pop over there and take a look. 

In the meantime I hope you will enjoy the video that I have put together for you. It's not too long so you won't get bored.

Just long enough for a morning break with a cuppa and a biscuit ... or some chocolate !!

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More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 23, 2021

Make Your Own Ink Pads

Hi Everybody,

Every day there is new stuff coming onto the market and we are all tempted to buy. But what about all the stuff that we already have,  tucked away at the back of a  cupboard.

Stuff that was not cheap to buy and that may have only been used once ... or twice if your lucky ... and then forgotten about. 

Forgotten because you don't remember it is there, or forgotten because you can't remember how to use it.????. 

The same applies to techniques that maybe inspired those buys and now we have discarded them for something new.

Using Baby Wipes was something I did years ago and it created some lovely designs, and was a really cheap way to create multi coloured ink pads for your self.

This little video may just spark a memory of how you used it, of if you are new to card making then it maybe something that you want to try out. It's not going to cost you much to give this a go and baby wipes are really cheap and can be picked up anywhere.

Alcohol refill inks are available from lots of places and I used Spectrum Noir refills from Crafters Companion for my cards and you will only need a few colours to get a really lovely look.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx
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August 21, 2021


 Hi Everybody,

Sorry to be so late with the draw but it has been a funny kind of day and this is the first ch ace I have had to blog. It’s now 22.10 here and soon be my bed time but I will get this post done first and then go up the apples and pears.

The name pulled at random from the hat this time is …

Mavis Lynch

Would you  email me your postal address please to

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

Good night everybody.Sleep tight. 

August 20, 2021

Friday Freebie - Fabulous Foliage

Hi Everybody,

This is the last of the Fabulous Foliage Stamp Sets so if you would like to win this one then this is your last chance.

It comes with Simply Cards & Papercraft and there are actually two stamps sets and a stencil in this collection.

And to be in with the chance of owning these you need to leave me a comment at the end of this post with your FULL NAME

It doesn't matter where you live I am happy to send the gift to you at my expense and it doesn't matter if you have won before. 

But you will need to come back and check if it is your name that is shown as the winner in a blog post over the weekend. You will have 72 hours in which to claim the prize by sending me your postal address.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 19, 2021

Embossing Folders

Hi Everybody

Embossing folders are a cheap way to make cards... no that is wrong they are not a cheap way, they are an inexpensive way to create beautiful designs for your cards.

Lots of companies are now bringing out 3-D folders and they are amazing for the depth they produce and there are many ways to use them too.

In this video I have again used up some of the bits of sentiments that are already on my desk but I have combined them with beautiful frames to make them stand out.

On a couple I have simply fussy cut the shapes out of the folders and on others I have die cut them.

And rather than keep buying new things I am on a mission to use the stuff that I already have and make it work for me in creating cards.

I think that most of us own some embossing folders and have some white ink in our crafting stash and this is one way to use  them and get more for your money
So I hope you enjoy this video and will try some of the ideas in it. 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 18, 2021

Christmas Cards

Hi Everybody,

The cards shown today have also been created from scraps but these I have turned into Christmas Cards.

I have used the strips I made in coloured card and added them to the background and then cut lots of snowflakes from glitter card.

They are all different shapes and sizes of flakes and I have added them,  some flat and some with foam tape underneath them,  to give all different heights.

The sentiment has been cut from the blue mirror card, layered onto black card and then all added to some parchment 

This card has hade the strips laid in the horizontal line across the card and gold snowflakes added for effect on this one. 
These snowflakes are created from gilding flakes and they are some that I made for last years cards. I knew they would come in handy one day !!

Both cards are 5x7 and both are now ready to send to someone over the coming Christmas Season.

They are easy to cover in gilding flakes and I did a video when I first did them to show you how I made them.

I am adding it again here again to refresh your memory or to show you the technique if you are new, and it just goes to show you that nothing is wasted no matter how long it takes to use them 

I hope you enjoy watching and it is not a long video.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 17, 2021

Ruby is Five Today

Hi Everybody,

Today my beautiful girl Ruby is five years old, and I have no idea where those five years have gone.

She was a nine week old puppy when we bought her home and both Griff and I fell in love with her straight away.

She was so small she could walk underneath the bottom tread of the staircase.

Once she could go out Griff would take her walking twice every day to the park or the beach and they enjoyed each other so much.

She must have been really confused when he died, but since then she has been my saviour. 

We go out together every day and she suits my personality perfectly. 
We can have more adventures in the woods looking for squirrels, or off to the beach and a paddle in the sea.

We can have lots of days out with Dougal who was five on the 4th August.

So here's to the next five years Ruby and we will both be old ladies by then. 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 16, 2021

Using Up Your Scraps

Hi Everybody,

Being the crafters that we are none of us like to waste stuff that we have in our craft space. 

Whatever it is from die cut shapes to flowers we may have made to bits of left over card and papers that are lying on our work tops.

So this video will show you how I made good use of those left over bits and turned them into cards that I can send for any occasion throughout the year. 

I had some double sided sticky sheets and I used up all the strips I cut from left over card. 

I thought I might get five cards from them but I ended up with nine different styles in different sizes and on those I added any stray sentiments that I have left over too.

The cards can suit anyone that may need a greeting of some sort, if only to say thank you. 

And they are handy to keep on one side for that unexpected situation when you are suddenly asked to produce a card for some one.

You can dress them up as you like depending on your recipient. Just have fun making them in all different colours.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 14, 2021


 Hi Everybody,

Not quite as hot here today but still pleasant and dry. And it will be time to go for a walk with Ruby as soon as this post is done. Thank you for coming back this week to see the new blog design and I am so happy that you seem to like it. There have been some lovely comments and for that I am truly grateful.

I have some  new videos to add next week and I am hoping that you will enjoy that too.

But for now the draw has been done from the comments added. 

Please not that if you didn't leave your FULL NAME then your comment will not have been added and so no chance for you to win.  I need your full name ... not initials or nicknames ... to be able to notify the correct person if they are the winner. And I ask this of you every week and also to come back and check if it is your name that is listed as the winner. 

Lets get down to business then with the winner this week. 
The name chosen at random is 

MaryJean Smith

so if you would email me your postal address please to
then the gift will be on its way to you just as soon as I can get to the Post Office.

I hope you will enjoy the beautiful die set and the magazine and be sure to let me know when it arrives safely with you.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 13, 2021

Friday Freebie - Peony Perfect

 Hi Everybody,

Another chance to win this beautiful Peony perfect Die Set that is with Die Cutting Essentials magazine.

A good read at any time of the day and it is full of inspiration and information that you may find really useful.

You will find lots of ideas on how to use this die set as well as other projects that may spark your imagination.

So if you would like to win this set then all you have to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post.

It doesn't matter where you live or if you have won before you can still enter over and over again.

You must add your FULL NAME or the comment will not be counted. No nicknames or Initials just your full name and that way it is easier to identify you as the winner.  You will need to come back and check if it is your name that is shown as the winner and you have 72 hours in which to claim the prize  

Good Luck everybody

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 12, 2021

Altenew Flowers

 Hi Everybody,

These beautiful flowers are the Bitterroot Stencil and Die Set  from Altenew and I think it is lovely. I have really enjoyed playing with this combination and the stencil is perfect if you don't like to colour the images your self.

It is a layering stencil and comes in three parts. It was a little confusing to start but I watched a tutorial on YouTube about this one and it all became clear after that.

The die cuts out  two  flowers and two buds all in one pass and additional flowers can be added if you prefer. 

You can of course alter the design of the flowers any way you wish by adding in more or leaving some out, and then adding the leaves around the display as you like. 

Experiment with the stencil and see what you can come up with and it is far quicker than getting out your pens or water colours to make your card. 

So tomorrow sees us back to the Friday Freebie again and I hope you will take part by adding your comment and leaving your FULL NAME.

It's nice to be back 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 11, 2021

Hello, I'm Back ...

Hi Everybody,

I am so happy to say that I am back and I really hope you will enjoy using the new look blog. There may be a few glitches to iron out yet but it should be easier for you to use and see and is much more user friendly if you are on your iPad or your mobile phone.

I have to get used to how it all works again, so please bear with me while I am in this learning curve.
I should be back to normal again and this week I am reinstating the Friday Freebie so be sure to leave your comments as you did before, at the end of the post, to be in with the chance to win.

Have a browse around and make sure you know where everything is, whilst I do some housekeeping in the background until I get the pages to look how I want them too.

Thank you everybody for being so patient while all this was done and a really big thank you to 
Jamie Carter at
WeAreWeb Design  
for the hours he has put in to make these changes happen.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

August 01, 2021

Important News

 Hi Everybody,

It has been sometime now since I started my Blog and in that time I have only had one major make over, and that was a few years ago. But with all the changes that are taking place in the internet world I thought that maybe it was time to take another look and see how I can improve it. 

I have found a company, based in Liverpool, that can help me with all that technical stuff and they are going to try and give me a whole new Blog look.  Which means I have had some stuff to move. from scheduled posts. until the work is all finished.

This means that I will be out of action for the next week or so, while the work is done and then I will hopefully be up and running again. 

I have moved the Friday Freebies for a few weeks but I still have some stuff to give away with the Peony Perfect and the Fabulous Foliage sets.  So please keep a look out for me to be back online and then be sure to come and join in again for the chance to win.

Please don't worry if there are no blog posts from me for the next week. I will still be working away in the background. I hope to get quite a few videos done in that down time, and have them edited and ready to upload for you to view.

See you soon ...

Hugs xx