Beautiful Card Designs Made Easy

March 31, 2022

Ruby Update

Hi Everybody,

Just to let you know that Ruby has had her operation and is now back at home. Here she has sneaked into the bed and is now having a snooze.

We can't go out to walk yet as the wound is still open and I don't want to get it infected. Next week she goes back for a check up to make sure everything is doing ok.

Then we need to wait patiently for the results from the biopsy and then hopefully we will be back to normal.

At present she has a surgical vest on to protect the neck area as it is far too handy to scratch at it.
So fingers crossed and we will be back on the beach and the woods, and more of her favourite walks within the next two weeks 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


March 28, 2022

With Sympathy ...

Hi Everybody,

These are the type of cards that none of us like to make and hope that we don't need that often. 

But when we do then this is a really elegant style with black flowers on a a simple background

I have used Washi Tape along the side and bottom of the card front as neutral kind of border  and inside the circle cut out I have added a light blend of inks 

The Sun Ray Cut out is from an really old die that was from Card Making Magic and it was free with a magazine years ago.

The sentiment is from the new die and stamps sets at Craft Stash and I trimmed down the sides to fit the front of the card.

Small black sequins have been used to add a subtle kind if interest and to complete the look and this card is now ready to send when the occasion arises. 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

March 26, 2022


 Hi Everybody,

The weather is amazing here and has been for the past week. Spring has well and truly sprung and there are daffodils everywhere by the side of the road, and Ruby and I have had some good walks in the sunshine.

So the draw for yesterdays offering has been done and the name this week is

Janet  Boyne

Would you email me please with your postal address to

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

More tomorrow….

Hugs xx

March 25, 2022

Friday Freebie - Spring Leaves

Hi Everybody,

This pretty little die set is called Spring Leaves and it comes with Die Cutting Essentials magazine. There are loads of ideas in =side the mag and you are sure to enjoy relaxing with it for a while.

There is also the opprotunity for you to download some papers and sentiments to go with the set so would you like to win this one ???

If you would would then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post with our FULL NAME

From those comments one will be chosen at random and the winner announced in a blog post over the weekend so be sure to come back and check if it is your name that is shown.

I am happy to send it to you wherever you are 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 23, 2022

A5 Flower Box - 2 Styles

 Hi Everybody,

I have been asked to do a video using the A5 Flower Box set. I have done quite a few now with the smaller 6x6 set and added them here on the blog.

They are of course available on YouTube should you wish to re visit them. I now have hundreds of videos on my YT Channel and they cover all different ideas.

In the smaller box videos I have shown how I have stamped, coloured and cut the flowers from the matching die and stamp set.

But in this one I have simply shown the making of the box in 2 different ways. 

You can decorate yours with any flower dies or other items that you may have and some ideas would be to add toys to the box for a child's card. sporting goods or tools for the men in your life. Gardening items for the keen green fingered people you may know. Books for the book worms or sewing times for the dress makers. The idea are endless.

The video for the Smaller box is here.     6x6 Flower Box and to colour the flowers and die cut them the video is here ...  Perfect Flowers Die & Stamp Set

Hope you enjoy

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 21, 2022

Hexagonal Box - Another Style

 Hi Everybody,

Over the last few videos I have shared different ways to create this shaped box, and today is no exception.

 Here is yet another way to create a beautiful box but this one is shorter than the others styles and would suit the addition of chocolates maybe as a gift for your recipient.

I am sure there are other ways that you can come up with to create your own style once you start to play with this new die set.

You can also use any of the other dies in the set to create the edges other than the lace one I have used and you can also add this the other way round to sit up the panels instead of down them. 

Get your imagination working and see what you can come up with and you will be really pleased with the boxes that you make. 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 20, 2022

Ruby Update

Hello Everyone,

It's me Ruby and it's ages since I was here for a chat.  This is me sat in my favourite spot on the back of the sofa looking through the window.

I do, of course, bark at any body that dares to walk past my house. Just to let them know how fierce I am and dangerous to strangers.  Don't I look it ???

I have been enjoying walks with my mum but just recently I have developed a lump on my shoulder. 

My mum has had me to the vet and she said she doesn't think it is serious but as a precautionary measure it would be best to have it removed and checked.

So I will need an operation and then it will be sent to a laboratory for testing. We will have to wait for the results.

 I feel fine and it doesn't stop me going out and running around or barking but I will let you know how I go on and the results. Wish me luck for the end of the month and my op.

Lots of love 

Ruby xx


March 19, 2022


Hi Everybody,

On this bright and beautiful day.  The sun is shining and that instantly makes you feel better. Ruby and I will be going out later once I have my chores done and probably to the beach so she can have a good run around.

The draw for yesterdays gift pack has been done and the winner this week is ...

Bejay Roles

would you email me please your postal address to
and I will post it off to you straight away.

I hope you enjoy playing with it and please let me know that you have it safely.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 18, 2022

Friday Freebie - Card Making Magic

HI Everybody,

This week I have a gift from Card Making Magic and it is a beautiful edge and outline die called Luscious Lilies.

It comes with the magazine Die Cutting Essential and you will find lots of ideas in the pages for you to try.

It is quite a large die and will make a real statement piece to the edges of your card. or however else you decide to use it.

Now if this is something that you would like to have then all you need to do is leave me a comment at then of this post and add your FULL NAME.

From those comments one name will be chosen at random and announced in a blog post over the weekend. So be sure to come back and check if it is your name that is shown.

This give away is open to everybody and I am happy to send you the pack wherever you are.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx  

March 17, 2022

Hexagonal Box Collection

 Hi Everybody,

Thank you for joining Lou and I on Facebook Live yesterday and I am so sorry for all the issues with playing the video. 

It was the same issue on YouTube also, so no matter where you went the video would not play without a lot of interruptions.

 I have added the complete video here so that you can watch it without the stops and starts and hopefully you will  enjoy it without any messing about.

I also have another video to add yet, but that will be next week and that will show you yet another way to create the box in another size, and so give you more from your dies.
Always something I like to do to give you more 
 "bang for your bucks"

So time now to make that cuppa and relax as you watch the making of the Hexagonal Box.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 16, 2022

New Hexagonal Box

 Hi Everybody,

This is the new Hexagonal Box Collection and this one has an extra die set that will extend the sides of the box for you to make it taller, as this picture shows

There are also extra dies and stamps to enable you to decorate the box to suit your recipient.

The video will show you how I created my box in one style and that doesn't use the extending sides, but there are lots of options especially if you do  have the extra dies.

So there you have a brand new collection that will give you a new shape to add your gift too, and this is just one way to create the box

This collection is now available at Craft Stash and today I will be with Lou Collins doing a show at 12.30 on the Craft Stash channel and there I will show you another way to put the box together and how to extend the sides for a taller box.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 14, 2022

Yupo Paper & Alcohol Inks

Hi Everybody,

I have ben playing with Yupo Paper and Alcohol Inks and then adding in some gold leaf as it dries. 

It gives a lovely rich look to your design and the Yupo Paper die cuts really easily. 

I did three sheets of the paper and coloured one in reds, the other in oranges and the third one in a teal colour for the leaves

If you have never used Yupo paper then I have a couple of videos that you may find interesting and I will add them to this blog post.

Yupo is a synthetic paper that will not tear and it is perfect for Alcohol Inks.  

For this card I have used the Layered Christmas Rose, the leaves from the Rose Flourish set, and smaller flowers from the Layered Florals.

I made five cards in total each with different background and they will go into my charity box ready to donate

For this card I splattered the background in gold and teal and used the Layered Florals to die cut my flowers.

All the sentiments are from a new set from Craft Stash and there are many to choose from. 

They are all die and stamp sets that will cut the sentiment out ready to add to your cards.

I hope you enjoy the videos and will give Yupo a try for yourself. There are two thicknesses and I used the thinner one for my flowers.

There is a good selection of Alcohol Inks at Craft Stash too.

It is not a difficult process but if you are anything like me your fingers will be full if ink ... for days, as it doesn't wash off. 

It is well worth the mess to get lovely results that look so rich 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 12, 2022


 Hi Everybody,

It’s lovely here today. Windy but it”s  not cold. Ruby and I have been for a walk in Witch Wood and there are daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses everywhere. It looks beautiful. 

So now the draw for yesterdays offering has been done and the name today is

Pam McKenzie

So well done and if you would send your postal address to

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

More tomorrow…

Hugs xx

March 11, 2022

Friday Freebie - Spring Florals

Hi Everybody,

Spring is on the way and to celebrate the fact I have a bumper give away for you. 

There are two stamp sets in this pack called Slimline Spring Florals, with beautiful flowers and leaves for you to build up the scene on your own design.

Colour them in your favourite medium and add the sentiment of your choice, and they are ready to go for any occasion.

The stamps come complete with the magazine Simply Cards & Papercraft which is full of ideas and inspiration for you to try, so time to relax as you browse the pages.

If this is something that you would like to have in your personal stash then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post.

As always I ask that you add your full name to make it easier to locate the correct winner.
No FULL NAME ... no entry !!

You don't need to have your own blog, or worry about where you live I am happy to send the pack to you wherever you are. And it doesn't matter if you have won before. 

From those  comments one name will be chosen and notified in a blog post over the weekend so please be sure to come back and check if it is your name that is shown.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 10, 2022

Floral Card

Hi Everybody,

I have been relatively quiet this week and that is because Ruby has not been to playschool.
(Doggy Day Care)  The owners are on holiday and so I have been taking her out on long walks to the woods and the beach weather permitting. We have spent some quality bonding time together but that means not a lot of work gets done !!

It is no secret that I love floral cards, be it one, two or three flowers or a whole bouquet of them. For me they make a card something special and I don't know any ladies that do not like flowers.

These are from Altenew and they are coloured with Arteza Water colours for a soft and gentle look

I have added a gold splatter to the background, which is a very popular technique at present, and I have used one of my large die cuts to add to the background. 

The edges of the card have also been edged in gold and the finished card is a 5x7 with the fold at the top.

This is my favourite way to make a card and I find they stand a lot better this way. It will fit inside an standard sized envelope so no extra postage there. 

And of course you can swap out the sentiment to make the card suit any occasion that you like.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


March 08, 2022

Spiky Flowers & Arteza

Hi Everybody,

This card is quite large and the flower on it it is created from the Spiky Flower die from Card Making Magic. 

I have cut lots of layers to the flower and used water coloured card and paints to give it the lovely pink tone that it has

The completed card is an A5 size and I thought that one large flower would make the perfect focal point for it. 

The background has also been done with water colours and splatters and the sentiment is one of the new ones from the Creative Craft Products available at Craft Stash 

All you need to do with these is stamp the sentiment of your choice and cut it out with the matching die. I have added mine with foam pads underneath.

 There are many to choose from so be sure to take a look around, there is sure to be be something that catches your eye.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


March 06, 2022


 Hi Everybody,

The news from the Ukraine does not get any better and I feel so sad for their people. I have been enjoying a lovely sunny day here but what have they been through in these last few hours. And all because of one mans greed.  Homes bombed and  innocent people killed.

I am not politically minded but it is clear to see that this man is deranged and needs stopping.
What satisfaction can this be giving him. Thousands of people with no where to go, no homes, no money, no food, no water and many with young children.

  He may have politicians around him doing his bidding but it is not because they like him or even agree with him .... it's more from fear of him and what he will do to them and their families if they don't comply.

I don't know what the answer is but if he is not stopped at the Ukraine it will only be a matter of time before he targets the other countries on the Ukraine border ... and then what ??? The rest of the world and the possibility of World War 3

The way he talks and warns the rest of the world to keep out of the conflict is frightening.
The stopping of his own country seeing what is going on by blocking the news and the internet, stopping them from expressing their own anger at his actions is atrocious.

These are not the actions of a great man but a mouse. A monster that has no conscience but like other monsters in the past he will face his comeuppance in the end.  And I for one hope it is sooner rather than later

March 05, 2022


 Hi Everybody,

I am so saddened by the events unfolding over the past week that I cannot think of things to say.
But I hope you are all well and safe in your own homes.

 I have done the draw for yesterdays offering and the name today is ...

Gloria Lamb

Please email me your postal address to

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

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 04, 2022

Friday Freebie - Build A Flower

 Hi Everybody,

This weeks gift moves over to a flower theme and this is the Build A Flower die set , that also has foam sheets and stamens with it to help you create beautiful blooms.

Inside the pages of Die Cutting Essentials you will find instructions on how to make the flowers for your self, and if you have never used foam then you will be pleasantly surprised.

So why not enter your comment with your FULL NAME at the end of the post to be in with a chance of winning this gift.

One name will be selected from those comments and added to a blog post over the weekend. You will need to come back and check if your name is shown and then you will have 72 hours in which to claim the prize.

I am happy to send this to you wherever you live and it doesn't matter if you have been a winner in the past. Good Luck  

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 03, 2022

2fer1 with Alphabets

Hi Everybody,

I love getting two cards for the time spent making one and with Alphabets it is so easy to do. Just a little extra embellishments and these cards are perfect.

I started off by creating my background with Brusho powders and sprinkled with a little water to make the colours burst.

Then with the large Alphabet I cut the word MISS from the panel and layered it onto the letters cut three more times in white to make them stand out. 

Add these letter to an embossed DL size card in Landscape and use any YOU die that you have in your collection. 

I cut and coloured the flowers and leaves from the Landmark Occasions Collection and weaved them through the letters. Black sequins have been added to blend with the word YOU which is cut from glossy black card

The second card uses the waste from the panel that I cut the word MISS from.

This has been added to some brown card with a small border around the edge, and placed on the base card with foam tape to raise it up 

I used the Inlay Alphabet letters and glued them into the openings, and then weaved the leaves from the same Landmark set as before to weave through the letters.

This card has been finished with orange sequins and there you have two bright and cheerful cards that are ready to give.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

March 02, 2022

Gold Embossed Perfect Flowers

 Hi Everybody,

Today I have a video for you and I hope you will like the result. I have used Gold embossing powder to make these simple flowers look really special.

The water colouring is not hard to do and you will be surprised at just how easy it is. and so I really hope you will give this technique a try for your next cards

The combination of the coloured flowers and the gold leaves makes it look beautiful and of course your flowers can be any colour that you prefer.

In the video I made four cards that are all different and these are two of them for you to see. 

I really enjoyed playing with this idea and I want to try the gold embossing on some black card next to see what that will look like

I will of course film it to share with you and hope that you will like that idea as well as this one.

Moe tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

March 01, 2022

Foamiran Flowers

Hi Everybody,

It's still wet and windy here but this card gives a hint of spring/summer and the warmer days to come. These flowers are made with foamiran and they are really big and fluffy. 

They certainly fill a card up and of course they will need a box to send them. 

I have used heart dies to create my flowers but you could use any flowers dies that you have in your own personal collections with great effect.

The embossed back panel just sets the flowers off to perfection and looks much nicer than just a plain one.

This card could be for any occasion if you swapped out the sentiment and is sure to suit all the ladies that need a card.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx