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This is me in 2021

Hi Everybody,

My name is Christina and I am so happy that you found my blog Flowers, Ribbons and Pearls.

When I was searching for a name to call my blog I came up with all sorts of titles but sadly they were all taken or the didn't sound right.

So I decided to sleep on it and try again the next day.

In the middle of the night I woke up with flowers, ribbons and pearls going round and round in my head.
Ping!! of course ... that's it .... all the things I love to add to my cards .. and so the blog was born in February 2012.

And now almost  ten years later we are still going strong. 

As for me, well I am based in the UK and I have lived in the same house for over 48 years. I love every brick of this house and can never see me moving from here.

It was November 2011 when I took the plunge and gave up going out to work. I had been in the same job for 24 years. I worked in the evenings and at weekends on my website. But once I gave up going out to work I could devote more time to developing that side. Card Making Magic had been born in 2009 and once I stopped going out to work I could do more with it.

Then in 2015 I was offered the opportunity to develop my own brand of products and I leapt at the chance.  I now have Card Making Magic dies, stamps, stencils and embossing folders that are exclusive to Craft Stash and the collections are growing steadily each year

At present there is a 5x7 ,  6x6 , A5 and the new A2 has just arrived, as well as many shaped boxes for you to make
 And there is a lot more to come in the future and another Christmas Collection  for 2021 is being planned

My husband, Griff sadly and very suddenly died in November l2018 .  Between us we have four Daughters, seven Grandchildren and two great Grand children and we all live near each other and they have all been a real comfort to me in this difficult time

Griff was always very supportive of my work and very proud of what I have achieved. He would take videos and show them to anybody and everybody that would listen. He would drive me to Create and Craft  and whenever I was down there, or to Stockport when I went to the Craft Stash offices

 I hope you will stay with me on this new journey into the future and visit both my blog and my website regularly

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


  1. I just love seeing your beautiful cards. I am in the USA and wish I was in the UK to order from Craft Stash.
    Best of luck this year!!!

  2. I just love your work Christine. After having to stop work as a nurse due to being medically retired a few years ago, your website gave me hope, inspiration and a new interest. It’s just hubby and I so I’ve nowhere really to send the lovely cards I now make thanks to you but I do get a lot of pleasure by looking through them and thinking “I made that”
    All the best for your new release of 6x6

  3. I want to say a big thank you. You inspire me so much with your work. I have several of your dies and 5x7 and 6x6 card kits. They are brilliant value for money and I always look forward to seeing your tutorials on You Tube. They are easy to follow and recreate. Thank you for sharing your ideas and techniques with us all you really are very talented x

  4. OOOOOOHHHHHHHHH!!! A Christmas collection?!!! I cannot wait!

  5. I absolutely adore your cards and am the proud owner of all of your dies , one thing I would love to know is where do you get you roll of 3d foam tape from ?

  6. Hi Christina I'm one of the girls in Elaine s class thank you for the stuff

  7. So lovely tonread your story Christina. I am loving your lateat collection and used the alphabet die set so much. Is there somewhere I can send / upload pictures to you. It would be nice to share my ideas.

  8. I've just watched a video on craft stash, making octagonal boxes, absolutely beautiful!

  9. Hi Christine, Been watching you for about ten years. When I first started cardmaking, I thought, oh golly, how do I do this, or that, then I found your site. Thanks Christina, you're a gem. from Maureen in Australia

  10. Hello Christina.Thank you for all the hard work that you do to inspire all of us.You set a challenge for us with your fantastic dies and how to use them along with everything else that your tutorials show. I keep trying and trying again and thanks to you it has helped me through some really low times and I can enjoy the results of my efforts.Thank you.x
    Margaret Bunker.

    Margaret Bunker.


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