December 17, 2017

Wonky Stitched Dies

Hi Everybody,

As promised yesterday I have two new videos for you to view over the weekend.

The one yesterday featured the Wonky Stitches - Nesting Hexagons

They are some of the new dies in at
Craft Stash and they are part of the
 Wonky Stitches Collection  

This one is the Ovals and this is always a useful shape to have in any collection.

There is a lot that can be done with any type of Nesting Dies from creating frames and layering to making a stunning focal point for the card and maybe adding flowers to it.

Both are dies that will be used time and time again and they are not expensive either which makes them a great way to build up your own collection with basic shapes

Take a look at the Craft Stash website for other dies in the same vein, to help you make some really lovely cards

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 16, 2017

Card & Gift Winner ....

Hi Everybody,

Hope the weekend finds you all well and keeping warm. It's sunny but cold here in the North West and I have a filming day ahead and so it won't really bother me.

The draw for the card and gift from yesterday has been done and this one is going to Spain ... to you

Val Jones
so would you send your postal address please to me
and both will be on there way to you straight away.

Over this weekend I have two new videos for you and these are featuring some of the newest dies in at Craft Stash called Wonky Stitches.  The first one is Hexagons and in this I have used the Stamps Monster Madness to make a fun card.

In tomorrows post I will add in the Wonky Stitches Ovals to show you another look from these really useful dies

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 15, 2017

Friday Freebie - Safari friends

Hi Everybody,

Safari Friends was one of my favourite gifts when it was offered with 
Papercraft Essentials 145

It was another one that I enjoyed playing with and it is great for children's cards.

The video is here to show you what I did with this fabulous gift 

Is this a card and gift that you would like ??

If so then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post and a name will be drawn from those comments and announced in tomorrows blog post.

Some people seem to be a little confused and email me saying they would like the card but that is not how it works.  You need to add your comment here to be in with the chance. And please add your full name as there could be three or four people with the same first name as you.

Good Luck everybody 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 14, 2017

The Greatest Gift

Hi Everybody,

A little while ago I was asked by a USA company if I would like to take a look at their product.  The Greatest Gift   is a journal that you fill in secretly with all the things that make you appreciate one special person.
I am a great believer in showing Gratitude for all the good things that come into my life and just being thankful for the people who are there for me everyday and all the things that they do.

But not being a journal writer or even a scrapbooker I thought that this was something I may struggle with. 

Never the less I agreed and Amir sent me the parcel and the resulting video is what I found 

I was really pleased when I opened the box at the quality and so I did a video to share with you.

It doesn't do the gift justice as the quality is really excellent. And there are pages for you to add photos as well as write about the experience. There are lots of inspirational quotes, stickers and labels for you to add to your pages, as well as frames and picture corners to dress up the book.

I have someone in mind that I would like to create this Gratitude Journal for but it will take me a while to do so. But as I say in the video there is no time scale. You can take as long as you need to complete this really special gift.

You could give this to anyone you appreciate  ... friends, family,  work mates and the booklet inside will give you ideas and inspiration on every page so that you will never be lost for words.

Maybe you are not a journaller either but as a crafter you will have lots of ideas on how to fill your own journal.  Use your stamps embellishments to make this truly unique.
Or maybe you know someone who likes to keep a journal.... and Christmas is on the way. This would make an excellent gift for them to use for some one that they appreciate.

The Greatest Gift 
This link is an affiliate link so for every one you buy it gives me a small percentage at no cost to you.   Also every purchase will go towards helping someone else so that they can benefit too.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 13, 2017

Papercraft Essentials 154 - Heart & Flowers Embossing Folder

Hi Everybody,

Issue 122 of Papercraft Essentials sparked off a whole new range of items from the embossing folder that was given free with it.

It was called  "All Occasions" and I did some videos using it.

It was so popular it sold out time after time, and now there are dies, stamps and even more folders in that collection

Did you get "That Embossing Folder" ?

Well here is the opportunity for you to expand your collection because another one is being given away this month.

The video ...   The Hearts & Flowers Embossing Folder & Stamp Set  will show you how I made this card and there are lots more ideas for you to try inside the magazine

It will be on sale tomorrow the 14th December so keep a look out for it as it is surely going to sell out quickly.  
And pop over to Craft Stash to see the other items in this ever growing 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 12, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Muscle Man ...

Hi Everybody,

Today's Tuesday Tutorial is in the form of  a video and I am keeping with the male theme that we have been using for the last few days.

This one is using the Masculine Additions from the "Christina Collection" and it is another one that I hope you will enjoy

It is easy to do and uses a technique that we have used in the past. And Blue Print Sketch is fast becoming my "go to" shade of blue 

It also blends really well with the new shade of blue card that is with Papermill Direct called Marine Blue

This is definitely a card for the men in your life and would be really well received by the gym enthusiasts 

It's not a long video and I will move onto a more feminine theme soon but I hope you have enjoyed the ideas for male cards as I know it is something I get asked about quite regularly

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 11, 2017

You're a Star ...

Hi Everybody,

Here is another card from the Masculine Additions that are with the "Christina Collection" that is available with Craft Stash

Now although this would make an excellent card for the men in your family it could equally as suitable for the females too.

So this is quite a versatile collection to have and you can dress it up any way you wish and the video
shows you how I made this one 

I have simply done a starry backdrop to the card and used bright silver mirror card for the centrepiece.

I hope that with this run of male cards that I have given you some ideas for your own designs and how to adapt them to suit the recipients that you wish to send them too

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 10, 2017

Another for the men ...

Hi Everybody,

Seems I am not alone when it comes to making cards for men and many of you struggle with them too.

So here's another that is especially for them made with the Masculine Additions to my new collection that is available with Craft Stash 

This one features the dies and I have added them to the Cube Trellis background

You have the choice when you are making this card of dark glasses or regular spectacles which is what I have done for my card

I thought it was pretty cool once it was finished and as Griff has a moustache and glasses he liked it as well.

Below is a list to all the supplies I have used over ALL the masculine cards I have done the videos 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 09, 2017

Card & Gift Winner is ...

Hi Everybody,

It's very cold here today and I am going to snuggle in the warmth this afternoon. Got some shopping to do and then I am hibernating for the rest of the day.
 And I might get the chance to do some colouring in the process. Bliss !!

In the meantime the draw for yesterdays card and gift offer has been done and the name drawn this time is yours

 Vicki L Phillips
would you let me have your postal address please to
and they will be on their way to you straight away.

As an added bonus today I am adding two videos that would make ideal cards for the men.
They are using the new Drinks Trolley Collections from Craft Stash
So I hope you enjoy them as you sit and relax this afternoon ... maybe with a cuppa and a biscuit !

I hope you enjoy both videos and the items I am using are only a small part of the big collection of the Dies, Stamps Stencils and Embossing Folders in the new Drinks Trolley Collection available only at Craft Stash

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 08, 2017

Friday Freebie - Sending Christmas Wishes

Hi Everybody,

I thought that maybe this week was a good time to give this away with Christmas fast approaching.

 But it can be used all year round and is especially good for male cards.

It is the gift that was free with Papercraft Essentials 151 and there are dies, stamps and an embossing folder with it.

Here is the video to show you how I used it 

If you would like to have this gift then please leave me a comment at the end of the post.

From those comments a name will be drawn and the winner announced in tomorrows blog post.

So be sure to come back and check if it is your name as you only have 72 hours in which to claim it.

Good Luck 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 07, 2017

Cards for men ....

Hi Everybody,

Making male cards is something that many people struggle with ... including my self.

And so to bring out some additions to my own collection that would help with that was blessing

The Masculine Additions were added to the original collection in November and have been really well received.

So over the next few days I am going to be adding some vidoes that will show you the ideas I came up with using the versatile stamps, dies and stencils 

The first one is the card shown here and it is 

A quick and easy fun card that could be sent to any of the male members in your family.

I hope you enjoy the little video and the rest will follow this week 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 06, 2017

Creative Stamping 51 - Vintage Springtime

Hi Everybody,

There is a beautiful A4 stamp set with this months Creative Stamping and it will be on the shelves tomorrow the 7th December

The designer this month is Bee Crafty and the theme is springtime and some lovely images to help you make gorgeous cards.

Vintage Springtime has flowers and creatures and some appropriate sentiments and quotes so I am sure that you will be able to put all this to good use throughout the year

The Video Vintage Springtime  will show you how I made this card.

There is much more inside the magazine itself to give you step by step details on how to make the cards featured 

So grab your copy and a cuppa and you relax for a little while to watch the video and browse through your magazine

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

December 05, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Love & Marriage Card

Hi Everybody,

Today's card is really a simple wedding card that will fit into an envelope. I have used the Love and Marriage Additions set that is part of the "Christina Collection"  The dies are now back in stock and they are available only from Craft Stash
Supplies Used:

  • Complete Card & Box Die Set
  • Love & Marriage Additions
  • Silver Card from Craft Stash
  • White Card from Papermill Direct
  • Silver Organza Ribbon from Mei Flower
  • Silver and White Wedding Day Ribbon from Deco Fun Bow Maker
  • Silver Twine from my stash
  • Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue from Craft Stash
  • Foam tape from Craft Stash

  • Instructions:

    With  white card and the card element to the die set create your Tent Fold Base card 
    Cut another layer with the Stitched Mat die
    From the Filigree Heart in the Love & Marriage set cut as many hearts as you will need to add to the stitched mat.  Glue in place allowing some of them to overhang and trim as needed
    From some Bright Silver card cut a layer that will sit between the base and the stitched mat.
    From the centre of this card cut the larger heart band the Mr & Mrs
    You can also cut the Lock and Key from this piece. Keep the tiny hearts that come from the key and add these to the card front
    Add the white heart panel to the top and once it is layered up no one will know that there is a hole in the card 
    Double wrap these layer with silver organza ribbon and the Wedding Day Ribbon
    Add foam tape to the back and add these to the base card
    Tie a bow with the two ribbons and add the Lock and Key to some silver twine and place in the centre of the knot. 

    And there you have a really pretty card to send to someone on their special day
    Change the colours to suit the wedding day theme. Personalise it with their names or the date of the wedding. The possibilities are endless

    More tomorrow ...

    Hugs xx

    December 04, 2017

    Baby Occasions - Baby Boy card

    Hi Everybody,

    The other day I  showed you a baby card for little girls and today it is the turn of the boys

    I used the Baby Occasions Additions from the "Christina Collection" and that is available only from Craft Stash

    So this card is created using the stamped elephant for the background and I used Blue Print Sketch.

    It looks like a really dark ink but it dries a lot softer than you think and it matched the blue card much better than any other shade

    But today I have a special treat for you and that is to share not only my own video but also that of my lovely young friend Christine Smith from Crafti Potential
    She makes the most amazing cards and this be is no exception.
     I am delighted with what she has done using the stencil from my Baby Occasions

    More tomorrow ...

    Hugs xx

    December 03, 2017

    Saturated Canary & Copics

    Hi Everybody,

    The other day when it was cold and wet I had an afternoon colouring and this beautiful image was my choice to use.

    She is called Cinderella and she is from

    This was a digital image and it is one that I bought some time ago. 

    But they have many images now on rubber stamps and at reasonable prices

    I have coloured her before but this time I have used the new Copics that I have just bought as a Christmas gift from ME to ME

    There are mistakes in it but as I practise with the Copics I will improve and I really enjoyed the process of colouring her in.

    I love the images from Saturated Canary as they have big eyes and lots of beautiful hair and are such a pleasure to colour.

    More tomorrow ...

    Hugs xx