April 24, 2013

Easy Cards ...


Hi Everybody,

I enjoy making cards that are easy to create and yet still have a really good look and feel to them and this one just adds a really simple hinge to join the back and front of the base card.

It  is the topic used in the video Create a Hinged Card  which just allows you to make cards that are larger than merely folding card  stock in half.

And once created you can use the card any way round that you wish.  I have used these with the hinge at the top.

For this I have used the Matting Basics A and B to give me the layers to my design ... and I have embossed the spotty layer.

The rose has been created following the Paper Roses  tutorial which will show you how to get realistic looking blooms for your cards.

This Rose has been taken a step further and the   Enamelled  Rose Tutorial  will show you how.

Get out those melting pots and try this for yourself ... and if you don't have a melting pot then use a pie dish as I did for the video. You don't have to eat a lot of pies to get the dish though .... they can be bought empty in the supermarket.

More tomorrow

Hugs xx







April 23, 2013

Another Yellow Card ...

Hi Everybody,

Here is another Yellow card but this one I quite like ... though yellow is still not my colour ... I just can't seem to get along with it somehow.

The size of the card is 6" x 8" with smaller panels in the centre.

The second layer is embossed with Garden Lattice and then layered with both of the Detailed Scallops

Pale yellow ribbon  has been wrapped around before adding them with foam pads to the base card.

A small die from the Matting Basics has been added under the largest square from the Fleur De Lis.

On this I have stamped and embossed the sentiment ... and there is no brand name to it so I can't tell you where it is from.

The Butterflies add a feminine touch and the pearls are from Want2Scrap

If you ant to add a product list to your Blog then InLinkz will help you to do it.  Click the blue frog in the side bar to go to their website.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx




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April 22, 2013

Turquoise Lattice

Hi Everybody,

The start of another week that sees me adding more videos to the website.

I will be adding them this week and will post the links once they are ready.

But my "Film Crew" is busy watching Formula 1 today and so will not be editing the videos until later .... you just can't get the staff these days you know !!!!

This card is created from the Grateful Lattice again and it makes for such a lovely back drop to the card.

The Lattice has been cut in white and layered onto turquoise  and along the edge I have added in some pearls from Want2Scrap

This has then been layered onto one of the  Ornate Squares which has been cut in half and placed in opposite corners of the front.  I inked through the die first just to give a little colour to the shape.

The next layer has been embossed with Garden Lattice.  It is large A4 embossing folder but it saves you no end of time when you want to emboss.

Just run the whole  sheet of card through the machine and cut off what you need.

I have layered this onto turquoise and then white  card for a really pretty effect.  The Organza ribbon is from my "Stash"  and my "Film Crew" is working on a ...  BOW MAKER ... to help create the lovely effects from any ribbon.

This will be another item placed in "My Shop" and will be very well priced for you to buy and I will also add a video to show how I make the bows with this new item.

More tomorrow ...
Hugs xx




April 21, 2013

And the Winner Is ...

Hi Everybody,

Well are you ready for the winner of the Wild Orchid Flowers ???

The winner is ..... Carol Sue ...  and as soon as you let me have your land address  Carol I will get them in the post for you to play with.

I know you will not be disappointed with the prize and you will be adding them to lots of your projects for quite some time.

Todays card is another of the Peach Ones and this has a big Organza bow with a Dazzler in the centre.

The beautiful "Bling" is from Want2Scrap and is swirled along the centre panel.

Many of you like the product list that is now being added to the bottom of the page and have asked me how to do it for your own blogs.

Well you will need to join InLinkz and I have added a permanent link to their website in the side bar to your left ... this is what it looks like....
It is a paid for service and once you have  set up your account  then you will be able to add a supply list to the bottom of your pages ... Click the frog to go their website and take a look for your self.

But the product list looks really cool and tells others what to look for.

InLinkz is also the service that I hold my "Give Aways" with and they draw the number on a random basis so that it is fair to everyone who participates in it.

Hope that helps you in making a decision on adding it to your pages.

Hugs xx







April 20, 2013

More Peaches ...

 Hi Everybody,

These cards are made using the same Peach card that yesterdays card was created with.

And thanks to Lisa from Mermaids Crafts   I am now learning how to add a picture of the products that I have used on each card at the bottom of the page.

I thought that would be the easiest way to show you the dies and it will also give you the name and number that you need should you wish to look for the same set.


So the finished cards are 6" x 8" and to the back I have added the "A" frame so that  they can be displayed.

The large bow is Organza with a large Dazzler in the centre.

The centre of the top card is Labels 20 and I have added the matching "Bling" from Want2Scrap

I really do like this colour and the finished cards are much prettier in real life..



More tomorrow and don't forget to pop back to see if you are the winner of the beautiful flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts

And if you still haven't added your name then   HERE   is the link for you ... and you have until tomorrow morning and then the winner is chosen by InLinkz



April 19, 2013

Peach and White...

Hi Everybody,

Now this card is right up my street ... it has everything I love in cardmaking ... flowers, ribbons and pearls ....

I love this card and in real life it is a stunner ... even if I do say so myself.

I have cut a white panel,  matted it with peach and then layered another white panel on top which has been embossed.

Then from the peach I have cut a 5 x 7 Matting Basics A panel and layered it with a white  5 x 7 Detailed Scallops.

They have been layered with foam tape for height

The sentiment  from JustRite stamps has been stamped and embossed  in silver on to the peach so that it sits over to the right of the panel  to leave space for the flowers.

The peach Organza ribbon was in my stash and I have added a peach coloured Dazzler to the knot... and small peach pearls along the right hand side.

The flowers, which are a mix of Roses, Tulips, Cherry Blossoms and Carnations.  They are peach and all from Wild Orchid Crafts and I have glittered the petals with Glamour Dust.

And if you would like to win some and have not entered your name then click HERE  and do it now....

Add your name and email address and leave me a comment and then I know that you have been ... and if you don't have Blog then leave the URL box Blank

The little red cross at the side of your name just means that you can delete it if you wish ... and if you enter your name more than once then please delete one of them to keep things fair for everybody.

Hugs xx


April 18, 2013

Teal and White ...

Hi Everybody,

Todays card features some more of the flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts ... and these have been made into one of my flower corsages.

These pretty corsages are for sale in My Shop  and they look so elegant when added to a card.

The base has been cut from Matting Basics sets A and B  and to use these dies to their full advantage I have added another short video to the website.

Spellbinders Matting Basics will explain the difference between what look like identical dies and how to make them work for you.

To create the filigree pattern behind I have used  Gold Elements One in each of the corners and added in some pearls along the edges.

I have cut the smallest Oval from Grand Decorative Ovals and layered it with a white embossed panel cut from Labels 30

On this panel are the flowers and some pearls from Want2Scrap

The Hatpins are also an item, in packs of five,  for sale in My Shop so please pop over and take a look.

If you still haven't added your name to the  list then  mozy on over to April "Give Away"  and do it now. You could win some gorgeous flowers and other goodies.

More tomorrow

Hugs xx

April 17, 2013

Flowerless Card ...

Hi Everybody,

I thought I would take a break from pink and flowers for todays card and so this one in lilac and a very pale green.

But the chance for you to win some beautiful blooms to add to your cards is still there so add your name to the list for some Wild Orchid Flowers

This card is using a white base card and then layered with the Enchanted Labels 28 in lilac.

Then I have added two panels from the Vintage Lace Motifs
and added  a Label 20 cut in pale green.

Along the centre of the label I have added in two of the border strips from the Vintage Lace Accents 

This matching Accent and Motif set is available from Save On Hobbies for a really competitive price.  There are other sets available too and they are all gorgeous.

My "Film Crew" and I made two videos yesterday. One was  using Spellbinders - Accents and Motifs 

I always like to buy the matching sets and there are some really pretty ones at Save on Hobbies

The next video will be Matting Basics and it will be available as soon as Griff has finished editing it for you.   And we have several more videos in the pipeline for the next few weeks.

The Fancy Bow is one of them and how to make a Hinged card is another .... so watch this space

Hugs xx

April 16, 2013

Turquoise and Cream

Hi Everybody,

Wild Orchid Crafts   flowers are again featured  on todays card.

The chance to
for yourself is open until Sunday so if you would like to add them to your creations then add your name to the list.

Click the link but only add your name once ... duplicates will be removed to keep it  fair for everyone.  Join the gang of followers and leave me a comment please... then I know you have visited.  

And if you wanted to tell folks on your Blog then please send them over and tell them to join.

This bouquet is a mixture of Roses in different colours and sizes and the leaves are from the Foliage set by Spellbinders.

The embossed panel has been surrounded by the largest die from the Parisian Motifs and it has been cut up and linked around the panel for effect.

This is another of my favorite colour combinations and one I use a lot ... after the pink that is.  I just love using pink  .... and flowers, ribbons and pearls ... what a good name for a Blog !!

Hugs xx

April 15, 2013

Pink and Yellow ...

Hi Everybody,

Todays card features more of the beautiful flowers that  Wild Orchid Crafts  have very generously sent me to "Give Away"

This little cluster is a mixture of Roses and Cherry Blossoms.

The leaves are from a punch called the Ash Branch and it is from  L- Em Punches

I really like the pink and yellow colour scheme ... it makes for a very unusual combination.

The stamp is from Crafters Companion and is part of the  Humphreys Corner collection.

The Spellbinders used are Classic Ovals and Classic Scalloped Ovals ... but I can't remember the name of the fancy one at the very back.

I have added a little shoe charm to this card and it has been coloured by me with Spectrum Noir Pens.

If you would like to  win some of these flowers  then ...  here is the link ... ... for you to add your name to the growing list.

If you don't have a Blog it doesn't matter ... just leave the URL box blank ... but leave me your name and email so that you can be notified if you win.   Become a follower ... if you aren't already and leave me a comment please.  I am more than happy to send them to you wherever you live. 

Only leave your name once and if you add it twice by mistake ... then the little red cross that comes up alongside your name means that you can delete it.... any duplicate entries will be removed.

Good Luck 

Hugs xx

April 14, 2013

April Give Away ...

Hi Everybody,

I have another "Give Away"  for you this month and this one is a collection of Beautiful Flowers from  Wild Orchid Crafts  ... andif you click the picture you will get a better view of what is on offer.

It consists of six assorted packs of flowers in various sizes, in shades of peach, orange and yellow.

Also two packs of small  white self adhesive pearls and  some larger  loose pearls to add to your cards.

There is also a metre length of gorgeous cream lace that can be threaded with a  ribbon to match your colour scheme. 

Then into that mix  I have added some  wonderful  Want2Scrap  Bling and  a reel of  Organza ribbon that will compliment the flowers.

Altogether a really good prize that can be added to your crafting "Stash" and keep you going for quite some time.

So if you would like to win this months  "Give Away"  then add your name to the list.  You don't need to have a Blog just leave the URL box Blank ... but add your email address so that you can be notified if you are the lucky winner.

You will need to be a follower and please leave me a comment to let me know that you have entered the draw.  And as always to keep it fair for everybody I ask you not to make duplicate entries.

If your name is there twice it will be removed.... and the red cross at the side of your name just means that YOU can delete it if you wish. So if you add your name twice by mistake then please remove one of them.

Good luck everybody ... you will not be disappointed with the prize.

Hugs xx


April 13, 2013

Red Roses ...

Hi Everybody,

Todays card is once again showcasing the beautiful flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts  and these have been made into a small flower corsage.

There is a vast selection of flowers and leaves on their website for you to choose from and they are all  gorgeous.

But if you would like  to WIN some then tomorrow you will have the chance to add your name to the draw.

It will run for one week and at the end of it one name will be picked at random as the lucky winner.

This card is created with the Grand Decorative Labels 1 ...which has been altered to fit the back of the card and then the layers added to it.

The centre piece is cut from Venetian Motifs and Fleur Di Lis Squares  to which I have added some Diamante from Want2Scrap and a Decorative Hatpin

Both the Flower Corsages and the Decorative Hatpins are for sale in    My Shop 

The red background to this card has been created from alcohol pens and there is a tutorial to show you what I did ...  Spectrum Noir Background   for a really different look.

See you tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 12, 2013

Flowers Make the Difference ...

Hi Everybody,

The other day I added a card in Lilac that had the addition of some beautiful flowers and I just wanted to show you the difference that this simple embellishment can make to any of your cards.

Here is that same card without the flowers.

Although it is pretty with all the layers in the soft lilac and white colour scheme for me it is too plain.

The trim and the trellis make it a little more elaborate but the flowers ... well what can I say ...

.... the flowers make it really special and this is the bit I love doing.

The extras added to this card are obviously the flowers ...  from   Wild Orchid Crafts  ... and they  have been sparkled with Glamour Dust.

But the others are the Diamante ... from Want2Scrap  ... around the Labels 20.

The extra Bow to the trim has the addition of  the Diamante buckle from The Hobby House

Now I know not everybody likes my additions because I had an email from someone yesterday who told me ...  very forcefully ... that she did not like my cards as she thought they were too fussy ... and so would not be coming to visit Card Making Magic any more.

But if you are like me and like to add flowers to your creations then pop back on Sunday for the chance to win some of the gorgeous Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts in the April "Give Away"

Hugs xx