January 13, 2014

Another in Pink ...

Hi Everybody,

For the background to this card I have used the Grateful Lattice in Pink Centura Pearl card and added tiny pearls to each of the cross sections.

The flowers are from  Wild Orchid Crafts   and I have tucked once again the Ivy leaf from the Christmas Range from  Crafters Companion. 

The petals have been sparkled with fine glitter from Glitter Magic and if you wanted to buy this particular glitter it is the one that is like Glamour Dust.

The butterfly has the addition of the matching Diamante from Want2Scrap

The card is made to the   Hinged Card Style  and the  Fame   is created to surround the lattice.

The "Give Away" prize has been successfully claimed and is winging it's way to Australia as I wrtite ... hoep the winner will enjoy all the goodies in the pack

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 12, 2014

Beautiful Blue ...

Etsy Shop
Hi Everybody,

The Ivy leaf on the flower  corsage is one of the  Die' sire Christmas  range from  Crafters Companion 

But it is such a versatile die that can be used all year round and it will make all your floral displays look really pretty.

Now I know you are going to ask me what the background die is ... but I can't remember the name ... only that I got it from  US a while ago.

I have trimmed it down to fit my card front ...  but it does look very nice under the flowers.

They as always are from Wild Orchid Crafts

The ribbon is some from my "Stash" and has been tied in a double bow.

The sentiment is from the Sentimentals Range from Crafters Companion  and cut with Labels Twenty Three

The matching "Bling" is  from  Want2Scrap  which is a US based company.   You may be able to buy their products  in this country and you will need to  research suppliers.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 11, 2014

"Give Away" Winner

Hi Everybody,

The winner for the January Give Away has now been done at random by InLinkz  and the lucky person is ......

Cathy Cates

There are lots of wonderful  "Goodies"  in this pack to make some lovely additions to your cards. 

And many of them have been shown on cards that I have made over the past year.

 Maybe  some of the items are not available  in other parts of the world and that will make this prize    . and indeed any other "Give Away" even more of a win.  I only hope that you enjoy the prizes when you get them.

So Cathy if you can drop me a line at  ....  christina@card-making-magic.com  .... with your land address I will get the prize in the post to you straight away.

You have until Wednesday to claim it so please get in touch soon.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 10, 2014

Back to Pink ...

Etsy Shop
Hi Everybody,

 Well here I am ... back to flowers, ribbons and pearls ... so no surprises there then !!

I can't stay away from this type of card for long as I just love making them.

The card with the hearts on the front  that was added yesterday sold withing an hour of it going into my Etsy shop.

This is another in my favorite Hinged Card Style  and it has lots of layers with Pink Centura pearl from Crafters Companion   and white linen effect card from the Papermilll Direct

It seems that many of you like the Papermill Direct and loved the shops they had a few years ago.  I always went to the one at the   Freeport  Designer  Village  and bought my card by the  Mega box.

When they closed their shops ... in favor of online ...  I bought a shed load of card which lasted me a long time.  I had all the colors they made and still have some of it years later .... I bought that much.

But the online service is excellent and usually delivered to your home within a couple of days ... UK buyers that is.   The card is still really good quality and makes a wonderful base for any of your cards.

Have you added your name for the "Give Away" yet ??  You only have today to do it as the winner will be chosen in the morning ... so here's your chance    but only add your name once please as duplicates will be removed.

So more tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 09, 2014

Soon be Valentines Day ...

Etsy Shop
Hi Everybody,

I know it's not red but I thought this would make a very pretty card for Valentines Days all the same.

So it is in a deep lilac colour and I have added this to my Etsy Shop.  I will be doing it again in red and that will also go into the shop.

The lilac and the white go together so well and I have used the pearl "Bling"  from Want2Scrap that matches the heart shapes

I turned the largest heart in to a frame and added the lattice behind it .. and the smallest heart has just been embossed with the  Regency Swirls  from  Crafters Companion.

The sentiment is one of the Sentimentals Range from Crafters Companion   and I stamped it in blue and embossed it in clear .... less messy that way.

The beautiful embossing folder is also from Crafters Companion and is called the large A4 Picnic Plaid ... and it is beautiful

The two butterflies on each heart are a very fine organza and I bought those at the craft show last year... and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 08, 2014

Where to get some "Freebies"

Hi Everybody,

This is something that is worth sharing ... and it will give you an endless supply of images and papers for all your crafting needs.

These are blogs and websites that I have used many many times and they are extra special because a lot of their goodies are FREE ... or very reasonably priced.

The card is one I made years ago and had forgotten about until I found the photo in my Picasa library.

Because it is such an old card the images that are now offered for free will be different

But it gave me the idea to write this page and to share with you some of the places I visit on a regular basis.

Free Digital Downloads   is the page on the website and all the links on the page will open new windows to other blogs or websites.

But  PLEASE read their angel policy carefully as some of the images and papers are for personal use only.

One link on the page is to some papers I played around with designing and those you can use as you wish ... they are not of the standard as some of the others designers ... but at least I had a try ... and will hopefully get better.

I have made my cards on that page from my  Free Backing Papers so at least you get some idea of what they are like

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx   

January 07, 2014

No Flowers !!

Hi Everybody,

Here I am again .... minus the flowers !!

This card is created with  white and a dark blue pearl card from  Papermill Direct  which is based in  Kendal .. and is a really thick at 300 gsm

I buy a lot of my card from there and it is always good quality,  and  I love the white card which is usually the basis of my designs.

The sentiment is one of the  Sentimentals Range  from  Crafters Companion  and there are lots of verses for you to choose.

They are a  rubber stamp that will last you a lifetime ,,, but they are unmounted.

Can I just  stress to you  that the list of  Spellbinders  that I add at the end of the  post is there for your information.

It simply shows you what the dies look like if you should wish to look for them in your local shops

I am not suggesting for one minute that you buy the dies from that list... what I do say is ...  shop round for the best price you can get.

You may get the best deal from a craft show you go to ... your local craft store ... or one of the online suppliers that are plentiful.

The dies featured  here I have bought form either  Sunrise Crafts  or  Once Upon A Stamp ... and both of these are UK companies with excellent service.

But please, please do your research for the best price possible before you buy.

Now the links that I add to the actual page are where I get the items that I have used from.

 I do not get paid for the recommendation but it is there for you to take advantage of if you wish and to know that it has come from me because I know it is good quality.  I would not add it otherwise.

Don't forget to add your name to the list for January "Give Away" 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 06, 2014

And now for some boxes ...

Hi Everybody,

A question  I am often asked is ... how do  I send my cards with so much  height on them

The best and  safest way is to make a box for it and decorate it to compliment the card.

I realise that this may be the  costliest way to send the card especially  through the post.

But if you make a card that is beautiful then  it has to be worth the protection.

This card has lots of flowers from  Wild Orchid Crafts  and they have been sparkled with fine glitter from  Glitter Magic

The pearls are from Want2Scrap  and Sunrise Crafts have the Quatrefoil Pattern die  which is part of the background

So here is a video on making boxes for the US A2 sized cards that I have been covering just lately.

 It can be adapted to make a box for any sized card that you make though so make use of the tips when you create your own cards.

And there are other videos on different ways to make different sized boxes on the website ...  Cardmaking Tutorials

And don't forget to make use of your Acetate for the lids too.

This one has been made from some very pretty embossed Acetate that I have in my  "Stash" and it creates a whole luxury look for any of your cards.

I am being asked a lot about the sentiments I use and the one on this card is from Crafters Companion and is one of the Sentimentals Range 

There are several different sets for you to choose from so read them and see which one you prefer.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 05, 2014

A2 Filigree Delight

Hi Everybody,

For this card I thought I would stay away from flowers and ribbons and keep it more suited to a male theme.  I have filmed the making of it.

But I had to add in some pearls otherwise it would have been too plain.

For the card to the right I have added in the Quatrefoil Pattern in the oval space and I bought mine from  Sunrise Crafts

The addition of some flowers would change the look of the card totally

This is just a very simple idea for the Filigree Delight

But there is so much more you can do with it .. and indeed all the A2 dies that I have been showing you over the last few days.

On both of these cards I have placed some of the pearls from Want2Scrap

The sentiments for each are from the Sentimentals Range from   Crafters Companion

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 04, 2014

To Start the New Year ....

Hi Everybody,

To get the New Year off to a good start I thought I would add this fantastic "Give Away"  which really is a mixed collection of items.

So what is in the pack ...
5 Ribbon spools from Fantastic Ribbons
6 metres of Braid trim
1 pack of floral lace trim
1 pack of beaded trim
1 pack of peels offs
2 mtrs x 6 different colors of wide ribbons
Mixed pack of buckles (Diamante, pearl and wire)
1 box of felt shapes
1 box of mixed buttons
1 box of mixed charms
3 Ink Blenders with interchangeable pads
12  packs of  "Bling"
3 sheets of voile in different colors ... and last but not least
"Pretty In Porcelain" CD from My Craft Studio  .... Not a bad prize to win is it ???

But there is only one of these "Give Away" packs  this time and the offer will be open for one week.  The winner will be notified by email so if you enter then keep your eye on your inbox.  I would hate you to miss it as the email is  in your Junk mail.

You will then have a few days to claim the prize or it will be re-drawn for some one else to benefit.

January 03, 2014

The Art Studio Class ...

Hi Everybody,

My new class ...  Spectrum Noir - Lesson Three  ...  is now available with The Art Studio.   I must apologise for the  delay in this tutorial due to the upgrade  in the pens brought  about at the end  of last year.   It is with you now and I hope you will enjoy it.

This pretty little image is Lottie from the Humphreys Corner Collection from Crafters Companion.

She has been colored with Spectrum Noir ...
Lottie/Shoes       IG1 IG2 IG3 IG5
Dress/Hat          PP2 PP4 DG2 DG4
Shadow             IB1

The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley  and the papers I already had in my "Stash"

The card style is one I did a few years ago and although it is an older video it still gets the idea across  and so I am adding in the Easy Stepper Card for you to view if you wish

It is not long and I must admit I do things a little differently now but the principle to make the card is the same.  I hope you enjoy it and will give this simple style a try.

There is going to be a New Year "Give Away" starting in the morning so I hope you will join in

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 02, 2014

More with Acetate ...

Hi Everybody,

Here is another pretty card that uses Acetate for the front and it is very easy to make.

The flowers are a mixture using Spellbinders and some from Wild Orchid Crafts

The list is at the end of the post for the dies used to create the handmade flowers.

The embossing is from a folder called Cracked Ice but I have had it so long I can't remember where I got it from.

The page on the website is Acetate Front Card Tutorial  if you should care to read it.

The tutorial is not long but it has been around for a couple of years and it has had over 46,000 views and some lovely comments too.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 01, 2014

The White Card ...

Hi Everybody,

Happy New Year ...   to you all and I hope it is a very happy one for everybody.

 I am hoping that this year will match if not better the last one as 2013 was wonderful for me.

 Yesterday I added a video to  explain  why I  make my cards the way I do  and it was very well received.

But in the video there was a  white card that I had made and that has sparked quite a lot of interest.

I have had comments, emails and  requests  to  show how it was   made.

Well the good news is that I made that video almost two years ago.

So what do you need to make it ???

Well first of all you need an Easter Egg in an Acetate dome and then you will have to eat the contents .... nothing difficult there then !!

Save the Acetate casing and then follow the steps in the tutorial as you eat the chocolate .... easy peasy

Here are two versions of the card because the egg was encased in both of these domes ... so creating two cards and I have added Spellbinders Blossoms to the mix.

I have used the Classic Ovals both plain and Scalloped but you can use any oval in your collection  that will fit around the particular egg dome that you have or buy.

And these acetate domes can be bought in many sizes and shapes  from most good craft shops.

I hope you enjoy both the video and your chocolate as you make the card for your self and feel really good about your recycling efforts in the process.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx