September 24, 2017

Weekend Away ...


Hi Everybody,

Last weekend was brilliant and you know part of it as I went to Alexandra Palace to the craft show there.

I met Christine Smith from Crafti Potential for the first time even though we have chatted and been friends for over a year on Facebook. 

We met up with Natalie Helyer and Amy Gray from Craft Stash and had a good natter.

Here we are with the large stained glass window and it was beautiful

And a really big THANK YOU to ALL the ladies who visit my blog and came over to make them selves known and say "Hello"  it was so lovely to meet you all 

On the Sunday Griff and I went to the Harry Potter Studio Tour and that was amazing.

We spent almost five hours in there and we looked at everything.
We tried the Butterbeer ice cream and it was delicious

This was our walk down Diagon Alley and all the sets are just as they are used in the films.

 It makes me want to see them all over again and I do have my own boxed set that my daughter bought for me at Christmas

We came home yesterday in very heavy traffic, but what a really good weekend we had.

And that explains my absence from posting for a few days.

But now it is back to normal again until the next time we go away for a little break

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 23, 2017

Card Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

Hope you are all enjoying the weekend. This is a quiet weekend compared to the last one and I will tell you more about that tomorrow.

This morning I have added an extra box on the left hand side to link you to the Spellbinders Posts that I do for them.  There are more ideas that you may like to try.

 But for today we have done the draw for yesterdays Shabby Chic.
I just hope the winner claims it this week as it really is a pretty card.

So the name chosen as the new owner is you ....

Margaret Wilson
if you would email me please with your postal address to
then the card will be on its way to you straight away.

I hope you will like it and please let me know when it arrives with you.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs x

September 22, 2017

Friday Freebie 37- Shabby Chic

Hi Everybody,

This week I have another Shabby Chic card on offer and it is one that was here a few weeks ago.

It is really pretty in Lilac with lots of glitter and flowers. It is being offered again because it was not claimed and so if you would like this one then leave me your comment at the end of the post. 

I ask that it if you are going away on holiday and know that you will not be able to claim it then please do not add your name. 

It stops someone else who really would like it from claiming it.

Can I also add please that you leave your full name as the other week I had two people with the same first name claiming one card 

I have two more cards that I can offer as the FF and I will add both of them next week.

Special News

 Starting on the first Friday in October  I am going to be doing something a little special.

I will be offering a card that used a magazine freebie to make it. So along with the card I will be giving away the actual freebie too. 
(The GIFT and not the magazine)
 I will show you the picture of both gift and card so that you can decide if you would like to enter and win that particular one. The card will also have been in a video to make it

This offer will run all the way up to Christmas so lots of chances for you to be a winner.  

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 21, 2017

Tonic Craft Kit 01

Hi Everybody,

Today I am playing with the new September kit from Tonic Studios.

There are some really lovely papers in this kit full of texture and all in Autumn colours

The die set is quite big and there are seven pieces to it. There is also a stamp set and other items to add to your crafting stash.

The video 
is not very long and it shows you how I made this card.

The next kit will be along soon and has even more goodies in it for you to play with.

So I hope you will make a cuppa and sit and relax for a little while as you watch the video

You can find out more about the  Tonic Craft Kit   by clicking the link  and watch the video on their page to see what is in next months kit

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 20, 2017

Papercraft Essentials 151

Hi Everybody,

This bumper issue of Papercraft Essentials will be on sale tomorrow and the paper pack that comes with it is lovely.

I used one of the scene sheets for my card here and added the other elements as I went along.

The video  .. Sending Christmas Wishes .. will show you what I did to make this one

It can be used all year round though so change the papers and give it some florals instead.

The postbox is really suitable for male cards too

The magazine will be in selected supermarkets and WHSmiths as well as direct from More Mags 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 19, 2017

Tuesday tutorial - Boo to You !!

Hi Everybody,

Ghosties and ghouls are on their way and so I thought I would make a card to go with the season.
This was super quick to make ... just a little inking and die cutting and there you have it.
Spellbinders Supplies:
  • S2-262 Boo Web Holiday Die
  • S4-836 Spider Web Card Front
  • Platinum Die Cutting machine
Other Supplies:
  • Orange Ink
  • Grey Ink
  • Black Ink
  • Versamark
  • WOW sparkle embossing powder
  • Glossy Accents
With the outer die of the Card Front cut the base by folding an A4 card in half and placing the die with one of the short cutting edges off the fold
Cut another layer slightly smaller than the card
With both dies together cut the Spiders Web
Ink over with Black and Grey inks
Dab the Versamark on in random areas and sprinkle with the sparkle embossing powder.
Heat until melted
With the extra layer sponge on orange and black inks in random areas and then spritz with clean water and blot off to leave a mottled effect
Cut the web and BOO! twice in black card and stack together
Add the inked layer to the base card and glue the web on top 
Add the smaller web into one corner and the word Boo! to the centre of the web
Add Glossy Accents to the word and some areas of the web
I used a label maker to produce my Greeting

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 16, 2017

Card Winner ....

Hi Everybody,

This post is very late going up because today I have been to Alexandra Palace and had a lovely day shopping for crafting goodies. I also met Christine Smith from Crafti Potential
  This is the first time I have been to this craft show but it was really good to meet up with some old friends and catch up with what is happening in their lives

So now I am back at the hotel  and we have just done the draw for the Shabby Chic card from yesterday

The name this week is you ...
would you email please with your postal address to
and the card will be on its way to you.

Please let me know when you get it and I hope you will like it

More tomorrow...

Hugs xx

September 15, 2017

Friday Freebie 36 - Pretty in Pink

Hi Everybody,

This card is a 6" square and has shades of Pink, Aqua and Yellow in it and lots of pearls.
 The inside is also lined and there is some very lovely floral lace attached along the left side.
This is another that looks better in the hand and it would love to find a new home soon.

So if this is a card that you would like to have then you know what to do !!
Leave me your comment at the end of the post and from those one name will be chosen at random as the winner.

I will add that name to a blog post over the weekend and then you have 72 hours in which to claim it for your self

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 14, 2017

Fun Stencil ...

Hi Everybody,

I have been having a splurge with stencils just lately and there are so many designs that I like.

This one was so unusual and I couldn't resist. I tried it in two different colour ways and I really like both of them.

The options are endless with this one. For this card I used Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry and Shaded Lilac and I edged the layer with gold Gansai Tambi

On both cards the dies are from Sevenhills Crafts and there are accompanying sentiment stamp with them both

The colours on this one are Fossilised Amber, Twisted Citron and Tumbled Glass

I have added Glossy Accents to both sentiments words

This stencil makes for a look that is modern and would suit any age group male or female ... so altogether a useful addition to my crafting stash

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 13, 2017

Creative Stamping 48 - Christmas Stamps

Hi Everybody,

Everything is gearing up for Christmas now and for card makers there is never a wrong time to start the cards that you may need.

This months Creative Stamping is no exception.

They have an A4 stamp set called Away In A Manger and the featured designer this month is Wild Rose Studios

On the sheet there are lots of other designs and I have used water colours on mine for a soft and gentle look.

The video
is using water colours and I have my favourite Gansai Tambi and a number 4 brush.

I like this size brush because it is fine and has a really good point to it which is ideal for getting into small areas on the image.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 12, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Lunette Arched Borders

Hi Everybody,

Today's card is using another die from Becca Feekens Venice Lace Collection.
 This one is called Lunette Arched Border.   The links are all at the end of the post.
Spellbinders Supplies:
  • 5x7 Matting Basics A
  • 5x7 Matting Basics B
  • Lunette Arched Borders
  • Shapeabilities Sentiments
  • Platinum Die Cutting Machine
  • Blistered Embossing Folder
Other Supplies:
  • Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Glitter from glitter Magic
  • Ribbon from Mei Flower
  • Card from Papermill Direct
With the largest die from Matting Basics A cut two panels in white and create the base card
With the largest die from Matting Basics B cut another in turquoise
Use the 5x7 Blistered Embossing Folder to add texture to the card
With one of the patterned dies and the outer cutting edge from the Lunette Arched Borders cut three panels in various shades of turquoise moving the dies up each piece as you go.
Layer them all together and wrap with ribbon around the top
Add them to the embossed layer
You can have these arches facing upwards or down the choice is yours
I added mine to face upwards
The flower selection is from the left ...
Roses, Carnations, Anemone, Tulips added with hot glue gun.
Dot with glue once added to the card and sprinkle with glitter
Add in the bow as you like.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 11, 2017

Christmas Fairy ...

Hi Everybody,

This beautiful fairy is from the CD The Next Big Thing from Just Inklined and I think she is adorable.

I added her to a Foiled background after she was coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and pencils.

I have used this image in the past but sadly the CD is no longer around.

So if you have a copy then treasure it and if you haven't used it for some time than now may be a good time to review it.

The foils are something else that I am enjoying playing with at present and both of the videos with this product are doing really well on YouTube

My channel has now topped over nine million views  and I am so pleased with the way the numbers grow.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 10, 2017

Pretty Quick Stamps ...

Hi Everybody,

I have two new vidoes for you today with products that are now available at Craft Stash.

The first one it the Rose Window Stamp Set and for both cards I have used some heat resistant acetate.

The video will show you more ideas and can be viewed here

The links to the products will all be listed at the end of the post for you to see.

The  Pretty Quick Three Wise Men  is the second video and I hope you will enjoy both of them.

They are perhaps a little more time consuming to make than others but both are really easy and very pretty once finished.

More tomorrow...

Hugs xx

September 09, 2017

Card Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

Thanks to everyone that enters to win one of my cards every week ... it is a real honour to me that you like them enough to want to have one for yourself.

 I am always happy to send them to you wherever you are and all I ask is that you let me know it has arrived with you safely.

What I don't understand are the people who leave their names and then don't come back to check if they are listed as a winner.  You may need to scroll back through some posts if you leave it a day or two to check but your name will be listed on the Saturday post.

I also add the names to the Winners Page and that is a permanent fixture in the left sidebar.  Take a look now and see if you are one of the ones listed that didn't come back to claim the card.  And the thing is that those people still visit the blog often 

So this weeks winner has been drawn from the hat and the name this week is you ...


please email me your postal address to
and the card will be on its way to you straight away.

Thank you for taking part to everyone who left their comments

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

September 08, 2017

Friday Freebie 35 - Shabby Chic Owl

Hi Everybody,

This is a card that was offered weeks ago and the winner never came forward to claim it.
 It is a really pretty card filled with lots of metal work in the shape of the Owl and the leaves. 
There are a lot of dried grasses and sisal on this one and it is far better in the hand.
It is in shades of pale blue and autumn colours and so I am really hoping that someone will love it this time enough to give it a new home

If that is you then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post and from those comments a name will be chosen at random

You will need to come back and check if it is your name that is shown and then you have 72 hours in which to claim it .... otherwise I will have to offer it yet again !!

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx