April 17, 2014

Mystical Embrace ...

Hi Everybody,

How Spellbinders come up with these names for their dies is wonderful and they have some fabulous titles to them.

This beautiful swirly one is called Mystical Embrace and it is truly gorgeous.

It is one of the 5 x 7 card creators and despite all the intricacy of the pattern it cuts like a dream and just falls out of the die.

It is one of those dies that I fell in love with as soon as I saw it ... and it has not disappointed me.

Apart from some layered white  card I have stayed with  the die to make the rest of it.

The ribbon is a wide  pink one and I have tied it in a double  bow and added in a Diamante and pearl  centre into the bow

I have added in a beautiful hatpin to the knot and this is removable as a small gift.

The pearls around the edges  are from Want2Scrap   and add just that little extra to the card.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 16, 2014

Valiant Honor

Hi Everybody,

For this card I have used the new  Valiant Honor  set that arrived over the  weekend.

I have used  the long label  and cut it a dozen times to create the fan... and  added pearls from  Want2Scrap  along each of the pieces and teardrop pearls along the top.

The tag has  been stamped and heat  embossed  and added with foam  pads to raise it up.

I have cut the base in the hinged card style  from the Grand Large Labels

The ribbon and flowers have been colored to blend with the card.

The Dotty card  is from AnnaMarie Designs

Very simple card but good for girly ones and I will be playing more with these and the other new dies this week.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 15, 2014

Who owns the card ....

Hi Everybody,

As promised here is the name of the winner of last weeks Friday Freebie ... sorry for the delay but I have been gallivanting around the country.  I have left it until today as I didn't want to get the monthly prize mixed up with the free card.

So the new owner of the card is Lynda Brock  you need to email  me  ... christina@card-making-magic.com ...
with your postal address and I will get the card in the post to you immediately. 

 So while wandering in and out of the shops in Chester I just had to see what Primark had to offer in the "Bling" line

This is what I came up with and it is an amazing collection that cost me very little for the items I got.

They are all elasticated bracelets with lovely enameled patterns on the tops and they will look really good in the centre of a flower or bow.
And once they have been taken apart this is what I have.

As I use them on a project I will tell you it is a Primark bracelet and show you a close up of the item used.

But they are really pretty and they are metal and not plastic so they won't look cheap and nasty on my work.

And on my return home there are three new Spellbinders dies waiting on my door mat just calling for  me to play

So over the next few days I will add some cards and I will list the dies  so that you can see what they look  like.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 14, 2014

Monthly "Give Away" winner is ....

Hi Everybody,

Here I am again and this time with the name of the winner for the April  "Give Away"   This is the prize that was on offer on Sunday the 6th April

The draw closed yesterday but because I was away there has been a delay on giving the winners name.

So to refresh your memory the gifts on offer where ....
Beautiful flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
Fine glitter from Glitter Magic
Gorgeous "Bling" from Want2Scrap
Five hatpins made by me
Four lengths of ribbon ... and the Tied Together Embossing Folder from  Craftworld Direct 

An excellent prize to have and the name of the winner is ....

Alexis Smith

You will have had an email from InLinkz to tell you that you have won and you need to send me your postal address as soon as you can so that I can get this in the post to you straight away.


More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

Chester Weekend Break ....

Hi Everybody,

This is me "live" again after a lovely weekend away in Chester... and the  weather has been so kind to us

We just relaxed on the Friday as we didn't get there until late afternoon and the hotel was very comfortable and friendly.

We stayed at the Mill Hotel and on the Friday evening we had our dinner aboard this narrow boat as we sailed along the Shropshire canal.

Then it was up early on Saturday morning to go and explore the city centre

We visited the Cathedral and wandered along the Cloister corridors in the peace and quiet.

We had several coffee stops in different places... and some delicious ice cream after a sailing along the river Dee

I couldn't resist taking this photo to show you as I thought it was very amusing ... and I bet many a wife would love to take up the offer and leave hubby for a while.

So later today I will be telling you who is the  winner the April "Give Away" and all those lovely goodies that are on offer.
... won't be long

Hugs xx

April 13, 2014

Indigo Blu Background Stamp ...

Hi Everybody,

The pretty sentiment on this card is from Crafters Companion and I have stamped and embossed it in gold and added it to gold mirror card.

The background has been stamped with the Circle Dot stamp from Indigo Blu and it is quite a large stamp.

I have covered it with Gilding flakes from the same company. A very simple card with just the addition of the ribbon.

The centre of the ribbon is part of a bracelet that I bought from Primark for a couple of £'s and dismantled to use the pieces separately.

So again this is scheduled post and tomorrow I will be back at my PC  .... I will of course be giving you the name of the Friday Freebie winner.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 12, 2014

A Fun Card ...

Hi Everybody,

Here is the first of the scheduled posts  and  this card is just for fun  ...  it is not one that I would sell or give away.

It was put together very quickly to see what the dies looked like that I got in the post yesterday morning.

The new dies are the Feathers and I have tucked them into the flowers ... and the birds on a wire both are from  IconUK

The background is silver Mirror card and it has been embossed with Picnic Plaid embossing folder from Crafters Companion.

Now I know that many of you like this folder but that CC wont ship to Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

After some research I have found a company that carries CC products and  I wrote to them and this is the reply I got....  

What I have been doing in previous, is for the customer to drop me an email, we then pick what items they are interested in buying, and we weigh them and put the parcel through Royal mail up to the payment stage and then see what is the price and then email them back with a final price quote. It does take a little time doing it this way but it is the fairest at the moment rather than giving a round figure that everyone has to pay, some ladies only want one folder etc..so the price dispatching that would be less than say the three A4 folders :)
I hope for the time being this is okay.
Kindest regards,

So for now that is the best I can do to help and the company is ....

Pop over to their website and have a browse around then email them and they will help out as much as they can with the folders  that you want.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


April 11, 2014

Friday Freebie 006

Friday Freebie 006
Hi Everybody,

This week the  Friday Freebie is created using the very delicate flowers from  Petal Lu

When I add the link before to Lucindas page she was happy to get lots of orders for her Petal Lu flowers.

The card is in a lovely shade of peach and I have used the Botanical Swirl  for the background.
I have added in some pearls around the label and the sentiment has been stamped in Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and then clear embossed.

The ribbon was from my "Stash" and the pearls around the frame are from Want2Scrap

I have used fine glitter on the flowers from Glitter Magic

It is a very pretty card and it needs a new home so if you would like to win this one then leave me a comment.

You have a few days extra this week to leave me a comment as due to personal commitments I am unavailable. I have left scheduled posts.

I will give the winners name on Tuesday ...   once I am back at my PC

You will have 48 hours from Tuesday to send me an email ...  christina@card-making-magic.com ... and  claim it.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 10, 2014

Lili of the Valley Rabbits...

Hi  Everybody,

A  little bit of  Spectrum Noir today and this cute image is from  Lili of the Valley.

The colors used are ...

Rabbits ...  TN1 TN2 TN3 IG1 IG2 PP1
Flowers     LV2  LV3 PP4 
Grass        DG2 CG1

The flowers are as always from  Wild Orchid Crafts and I have  picked out  lemon and lilac ones  for this corsage.

No  Hatpin today but the petals are sparkled with  Glitter Magic and it does make such a  difference to the look. 

The  lilac  ribbon has a silver edge to it and it is is from  Mei Flower  ...  I have added a little  pearl flower centre to it.

It's Friday again tomorrow and there is a real treat of a card up for grabs 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 09, 2014

Yellow Delight ...

 Hi Everybody,

This shade of yellow is most definitely growing on me and this card sold very quickly in my Etsy Shop.

The flowers were already colored this time and they are from Wild Orchid Crafts

I have added die cut swirls behind them and studded them with Mother of Pearl  pearls from Want2Scrap 

The two ribbons are from my "Stash" and I have tied them together in a  bow and pushed a gold colored Hatpin into the knot.

I have created the frame around the sentiment from Grand Decorative Ovals and plain ovals.

The sentiment is from JustRite Stampers but you will be able to get it from Ebay or Amazon a lot cheaper.

Into the flower corsage I have added in some gold colored beads and I am going to make a video tutorial on how I have done them ... coming soon.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

April 08, 2014

More in Red ...

Hi Everybody,

For those that like the darker colors and in particular red here is another card along the same lines.

Some of you have told me that you save the red for Valentines or Christmas themed cards but it is a color that can be used anytime for any occasion.

The sentiment on this card is from Crafters Companion and is one of the stamps in the Sheen Douglass range

It has been embossed in silver and decorated with the red flourishes from  Want2Scrap

This card has a red and crystal Hatpin pushed into the flowers and they are from   Wild Orchid Crafts

I have added the glitter from Glitter Magic to the petals just to add a little sparkle.

And as always it is much better in real life.

Thank You 

Some how in the wee small hours my followers have increased to 1006 and I am so grateful to each and every one of you for visiting my pages.  

It really does mean a lot to me that you visit and especially when you take the time to leave me your comments.

And this is why I have my regular "Give Aways" of either cards or goodies as my way of saying Thank You to all of you.   

April 07, 2014

Playtime ...

Hi Everybody,

So after the craft show on Saturday and the Give Away it has been playtime in my craft room for me.

Once again I have been using the Isopropyl Alcohol and my Spectrum Noir refills and my "Film Crew" has been put to work while I  worked

But it has a very strong smell so please work in a well ventilated area

The flowers are all white and from Wild Orchid Crafts and this time I have gone for the darker colors and I really do like the results.

The card is darker and more dramatic and the one I added to Etsy in these same shades sold straight away.

I have added in a  pearl Hatpin to this one as that seems to be what a lot of people like and it makes the card a little different from the norm.

The video will show you the colors used for each group of flowers but just play with whatever colors you have to hand ... and don't forget to color enough ribbon to complete your design.

I hope you enjoy the short tutorial and I hope you will give it a try for yourself.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 06, 2014

Easter "Give Away"

Hi Everybody,

I thought it would nice to have an Easter Give Away ..... and not an egg in sight, but there are some wonderful goodies in this prize  for all your crafting needs.

So what's in the bag .... well I have included for your delight

A pack of beautiful flowers donated by  Wild Orchid Crafts
There is some fine glitter from Glitter Magic
3 packs of "Bling" from Want2Scrap
I have added in a pack of Hatpins ...( but they are not the ones with Tibetan Silver on them ... just so you won't be disappointed)
And Four lengths of wide ribbon

But the main thing in the pack is the elusive Tied Together Embossing Folder that sells out time and time again.

This has been very kindly sent to me to add to a  give away by Craftworld Direct.  and they are a UK based company with all manner of items for sale.

Altogether a really good prize to win. They are all quality items that I use in my own card making.

Just in time for Easter and this gift won't make you get fatter ... but it will help you to make some really pretty cards.

Add your name to the list at the foot of the page ... but only once please as duplicates will be removed.  And if you add a comment then only add it once as it will not be visible until it has been moderated.

You don't need to have a blog to enter... just leave the URL box blank ... but you will need to be a regular follower to win....

So add your name to Join this Site 'coz if your name is not there then you won't win ... and please leave me a comment to let me know you have been.

The Give Away will be open for one week before the winner is announced.

April 05, 2014

Are you the winner ??

Hi Everybody,

I have an early start this morning as I have several things to do before heading off to the Sincerely Yours craft show in Leigh ... and I have several items on my wish list.  

But as usual my "Film Crew" has drawn a number from the hat and  we have a name for the winner of yesterdays Sunny Yellow card ...

Mags B

The card is yours so if you could email me please ... christina@card-making-magic.com ... with your postal address then I will get the card in the post to you straight away .... well when I get back from the craft show that is !!

Later Griff  is driving me there but on the proviso that I buy him a meal on the way back home.... and I think that is a good deal.

Oh and by the way there is  new "Give Away"  being added tomorrow so if you would like to win the items on offer then you will need to add your name to the list.

This draw will be done randomly by InLinkz which means you will need to look for the box to add your name to join in with this one.

And you will need to be a follower to be in with the chance to win the goodies on offer .... and it is another quality prize well worth winning.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 04, 2014

Friday Freebie 005

Friday Freebie 005
Hi Everybody,

Well here we are with another Friday and I don't know about you but these weeks seem to fly past.

Can you really believe that it is April already ... what happened to February, that seem to have passed  in a blur.

So this weeks Freebie is in a pretty Yellow and should appeal to those who love this sunny spring color.

I have added La Creme pearls from Want2Scrap around the edge and there are many layers to the card.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts  and the leaves were white but have been sprayed with Isopropyl and DG4 refill from Spectrum Noir.

The ribbon is from Mei Flower and the glitter from Glitter Magic

The card can be yours in return for a comment.

Yep!! that's all you have to do is leave me a comment here on the blog.

There is a little  box tucked beneath my signature at the end of the post that says "Comments"  click the word, add what you want and then submit.

It won't be visible until after moderation so you don't need to add it again ... and at 9 pm tonight my "Film Crew" pick a number to select a winner.

The name will be announced in the morning and then the winner will have 48 hours to email me their postal address.

Easy peasy ...

More tomorrow...

Hugs xx