May 13, 2014

Beautiful Blue

Hi Everybody,

Just for a change I thought I would go for Blue and this is a very pretty shade.

I have layered it all up with the White Linen card from Papermill Direct   and there are several layers all  separated with foam  pads  to give the depth.

The back  has been embossed with the A4 folder called Basket Weave and I can't remember where it was from.

The blue filigree layer is from the new die set 5 x 7 Reflective Moments from Spellbinders.
The close up shows you a white embossed panel and this is one of the double sided  M-Bossabilities from Spellbinders called Infinity

I have added pearls from  Want2Scrap

The gingham ribbon is from  Mei Flower   and the buckle centre is from   The Hobby House

I have made several cards using this color scheme lately and over the next few days I will add them for you to see


More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx



May 12, 2014

Purple Haze ...

Hi Everybody,

I found this lovely shade of purple ribbon in my "Stash" and of course it had to feature in a very pretty card.

I tied it into a triple bow and added one of my Primark pieces to the centre.

I also used one in the centre of the flower and so this is a very glitzy card.

I also found the fabric Dragon flies in my bit box and thought that they would look very pretty on the card too.

I added one to the top and one inside to compliment the design.
The dies I have used are from Sue Wilson and  I cannot add photos of the dies yet as they are relatively new ... but the collections are available from   JGD Crafts

I have used. Seville from the Spanish Collection for the back ground  and topped it with San Francisco from the Californian collection.

The card I use is from  Papermill Direct  and is the White Linen at 270 gsm.

It makes an excellent base for my designs and I use it for the layers too.

The sentiment is from Crafters Companion and is one from the Sentimentals Range

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts  sparkled up with fine glitter from Glitter Magic

The Diamante around the centre piece is from Want2Scrap  and it is the one that matches  Spellbinders Labels Twenty and it just happens to compliment this shape too.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx




May 11, 2014

Guess What ... It's Pink ...

Hi Everybody,

Here we are with another Sunday morning and the start of a new week.  I hope it is a good one for you all and for me it will be a busy one.

After my escapade yesterday at the non existent craft show I thought I would make some pretty cards.

Val H   wrote that at least it showed I was human making a mistake like that.

Yes I am certainly human.  and I  bleed too   'coz  as I was cutting a lovely Fish Tail  into this ribbon ... I continued the very neat V with some really sharp scissors .... in to my finger.

I  had to stop it  bleeding with  some  kitchen roll wrapped around it  ... held in place with a  bright green  elastic band   as I couldn't find anything else  in my first aid box.

This card is created once again from the Sue Wilson dies and for this I have used the background from the Spanish Collection with the Galicia die on the top.

The sentiment is from   Lili of the Valley  and there are several on the same stamp plate.

The pearl flourishes are from  Want2Scrap  and they are around the sentiment label

I have used  Glitter Magic  on the mixture of flowers from   Wild Orchid Crafts  and they have some beautiful new products in this month that are well worth a browse

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx




May 10, 2014

S'me again ....

 Hi Everybody,

A few months ago I saw a really big advert in the card magazine that I subscribe to each month for a new Craft show that was coming to Liverpool for the first time.  Now as you know I enjoy going to these shows and seeing what is there  .... and I save  all  my pennies up for ages before hand

So I got up early this morning and did my blog post to announce the winner of the Friday Freebie Card and then we had breakfast and got ready to go to Liverpool.

We had a nice leisurely drive there  that took us just over and hour  and  we parked the card in the Albert Dock area and although it was cold we walked over the Echo Arena ... only to find out that the craft show had been ..... CANCELLED !!!!!!!!

So what I want to know is how I managed to miss the info,  that it had been cancelled,  that would have saved me a wasted journey.   The advert to say that this show was on the 8th -10th May was a full page  spread in my magazine .... and so surely the cancellation should have been the same size so that idiots like me  (and "Film Crew")   would be sure to see it 

But I wasn't the only idiot  .... because  we stood chatting to a group of other people ... who were actually exhibitors,  and they had booked a hotel for the three days to attend the show and   they couldn't cancel the hotel when the venue was  cancelled.

And so they came to Liverpool for the weekend anyway so as not to loose their money on the hotel ... but they were not happy about it at all.

And now that  I am  back at home and checking my emails  I find  that I  have had several from some of you telling me that the show was cancelled  and not to go ..... TOO Late already been there ...  done that and got the T-Shirt.

Oh well not to worry there is always Reebok at the end of May and if anybody knows that has been cancelled then can you let me know so I don't trail all the way there as well.

We made the most of the day and had a good look around.   We went to Liverpool One and had a meal in the Sushi Bar before coming back home again in the pouring rain

Now I am going to get my PJ's on ... fix myself a nice glass of red wine and watch Britains Got Talent ... oh and by the way Kathryn has claimed the card she has won

More tomorrow from you friendly neighborhood idiot  ....

Hugs  xx

This one is for YOU .....

Hi Everybody,

Just a quick post for now as I am off to the Craft Show in Liverpool today.  It is new venue for me to visit but I am looking forward to seeing what is there.

My "Film Crew"  is adding the chauffeurs hat and driving us there and then we may stop of for a bite to eat on the way home.

But  last nights task was to put on the  "name chooser" hat for Griff to select a winner .... Man of many hats these days !!

It seems that quite a few of you like the color combination of yesterdays card and the big  bow that I added from the silky crush ribbon ....  but there is only one of those cards and the draw has been done to find it a new home.

The card can be on its way to you ...

Kathryn Bradfield

Please email me ....    christina@card-making-magic.com ..... with your postal address and I will pop it into the post for you straight away.  You have 48 hours to claim the card and please also let me know when it arrives

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 09, 2014

Friday Freebie 010

Hi Everybody,

This weeks Freebie is a  layered white on kraft card and the centre is the filigree pattern Botanical Swirls.

I have added creme pearls around the edge and they are from Want2Scrap

The ribbon is some lovely brown silky crush and it is from Creative-Studios

It has been tied in a triple bow and a large pearl embellishment added to the knot.   I have changed the color of this with Spectrum Noir.

The card is about 6 x 8 inches and it has a gold envelope with it.

So if you would like to win this card then all you have to do is leave me a comment.

Later this evening my "Film Crew" will draw a name out of the hat and the winner will be notified in the morning

Don't forget to come back and check if it is you and you will have 48 hours to claim it.

More tomorrow ...


Hugs xx



May 08, 2014

Rustic Flowers again ...

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Hi Everybody,

I have sprayed up another batch of these lovely Rustic flowers and  colored the ribbon  to match with  the  Isopropyl  and Spectrum Noir refills again

The flowers start life in white and then end up in these beautiful shades  and they are so pretty in real life.

I have used the Spanish Collection - Granada  set again and created the base from the largest die in the Seville set.

The colored card is simply Kraft Card layered with white Linen card from the Papermill Direct   and this is the place I get most of my card from.

It is a 270 gsm and such good quality.  It creates my bases and the layers that I like to add ... and often creates some flowers too.

But for this card the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts

The flourish in La Creme is from Want2Scrap  and is added to the sentiment label.

So a little deviation from the pretty pastel colors ... but I will be back to normal again next week.

In the meantime the tomorrows  Friday Freebie is staying with the darker colors  for those that like that look

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


May 07, 2014

Two more Collections

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Hi Everybody,

Todays card issuing more of the Craft Die Collections from Sue Wilson.

Todays dies are Granada from the Spanish collection and Hollywood from the California collection  and both are from JGD Crafts

Once again it shows you how these dies can be mixed and matched together for some really pretty results.

I have used Broken China to ink the card while it was still in the die and that produces the  pattern that can be seen around the edge.

Here you can see in close up how the Hollywood die looks when it is layered with the Basic Frames

I have used lots of foam tape and pads to give  depth to the design as flat cards although lovely ...  are not my thing.

The little label with the sentiment is one I had in my stash and is from another set

The stamp is one I have had for a long time and I have no idea where it is from


But the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the added glamour is the glitter from Glitter Magic.

All the pearls on the card are from Want2Scrap

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 06, 2014

Gold Majesty Circles

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Hi Everybody,

For todays card I have used elements from several different dies and layered them all together.

The centre piece is from the  Gold Majesty Circles and I have listed them all below.

Each layer is separated with foam pads to give it lots of depth.

I inked through the die with Tattered rose for a soft and peachy look and the base layer is peach and silver foiled card.


The lovely satin ribbon is from Mei Flower and I have used a diamante and pearl centre in the bow.

I have also added in a beautiful pearls and diamante Hatpin that can be removed as a gift and matches the shade of peach perfectly.

There are small teardrop pearls on the centre piece and around the edge of the frame and they are from Want2Scrap

This is a card that looks much better in real life and all the layers give it real dimension.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 05, 2014

Combining Die Sets ...

Hi Everybody,

Todays card is a combination of two die  sets from Sue Wilson and it shows that whichever sets you have they will all work together.

The layers are in pink and white and I have used the California Collection  and Seville from the Spanish Collection

The sentiment is stamped in pink and embossed in clear onto one of  the centre pieces from another of the Spanish Collection.

The satin ribbon is from my "Stash" and is wrapped around the layers with a diamante flower in the centre of the bow.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and are a mixture of roses, sweetheart blossoms and tulips

The petals are all glamoured up with Glitter Magic  for a really pretty effect.

The full selection of dies are available from JGD Crafts and there are the matching stamps for some of the designs.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx




May 04, 2014

Seville and Gilding Flakes

Hi Everybody,

Todays card is using the Seville set from Sue Wilson and is part of her Spanish Collection.

This is such a versatile die that can be used in so many ways... and you will find this die and many others from Sues' other collections at JGD Crafts

Here I have used it with Gilding Flakes for a really opulent look and then layered all the panels together with lots of foam tape.


The ribbon is from my "Stash"

But the fancy centre is one of the pieces from the bracelets that I got in Primark a few weeks ago for a few pounds and dismantled.

It looks very pretty over the knot  and worked out to have cost about 25 pence once the bracelet was pulled apart.... cheap as chips !!

I really like this die set as the lacy effect is right up my street.

I like intricate dies and the filigree look to my cards makes them very feminine ... especially in pastel colors ...
like er ! pink !!


More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

May 03, 2014

Butterfly Meadow

Hi Everybody,

This lovely stamp  is one that was  created to match the  Spanish Collection of dies from Sue Wilson.

It is a  silhouette stamp and so I have  stamped it in black and embossed it in clear.

Then I blended over it all with Victorian Velvet and Broken China Distress Inks for a soft and faded effect.

The top layers  are die cut  from the Seville set  with the lacy panel cut in half and layered behind the stamped layer.

Both the whole collection of  dies and the matching stamps are  available  from   JGD Crafts 

The only other addition to the card is a little ribbon and some pearls from Want2Scrap

Very simple card and very quick  to do for a really subtle look.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx



Your Card ...

Hi Everybody,

Here is the early morning blog post to tell you that the card draw has been done by my "Film Crew" and the name for this weeks Friday Freebie card is you ....

Patrice McClure

I need you to email me within the next 48 hours
christina@card-making-magic.com
with your postal address and then the card will be on it's way to you and I hope you will like the card once you get it.

More later ...

Hugs xx

May 02, 2014

Friday Freebie 009

Friday Freebie 009
Hi Everybody,

It's that time of the week again and this is the card on offer today

It is created with turquoise Centura Pearl card from Crafters Companion

I have used Fancy Tags to create the label fro the sentiment and it has been framed in the matching "Bling" from Want2Scrap

I have used black pearls to enhance each of the cross section in the embossed panel and also to add a trail from the organza butterfly at the bottom of the card.
The inside is decorated and lined and it has a matching turquoise envelope

It is a pretty card and looks much better in the hand.

So if you would like to win this card than all you have to do is leave me a comment.

If your name is chosen then you will need to send me your  postal address to claim it.

The name of the winner will be given in tomorrows Blog post so don't forget to come back and see if it is you

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx




May 01, 2014

Spot the difference ...

Hi Everybody,

There is  something about this card that I wanted to show you.

This card is only a 6 1/2 inch square but I wanted it to  be subtly  patterned and contain a gift.

I have layered it with wide blue ribbon and tied a single bow with a large blue centre to it

And then there is the addition of  ... the simple hatpin

I used beads that would compliment the color scheme and then just added it to the ribbon.

But I think it turns a "pretty"  card in to something special.

And of course it makes a lovely gift for your recipient.


I have used the Spanish Collection die Seville  by Sue Wilson  from JGD Crafts

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts  with the sparkle provided by Glitter Magic

The pearls are from Want2Scrap  and they are Mother of Pearl

The background is created from the Regency Swirls folder from Crafters Companion

Once embossed I have rubbed  Pearl Moon  metallic gilding wax from   Creative-studios    over the top to enhance the pattern


More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx