January 21, 2017

Die Cutting Essentials 20

Hi Everybody,

Another fantastic freebie is on offer with this months Die Cutting Essentials and the video to show you the gift is called Butterfly Wishes

The gift consists of two dies  ... a fligree butterfly and the solid layer that can be used with the filigree or create a stand alone shape but both look good used independently

There is also a stamp set that can be used to compliment your design and there are lots of ways to use them. Stamp the butterfly and then use the die to cut it out

In the video I have tried to show you some variations that you may like to try but I am sure that you will come up with many more once you start to play

Here I have stamped and water coloured the butterfly and then once I have cut it out I have curved the wings and added them to my card front.

The sentiment is die cut that is available from Craft Stash

Todays video makes ten that I have added this week and I really hope you have enjoyed them all, and if you left your comment on YouTube then thank you so much it is much appreciated

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx




January 20, 2017

Simply Cards & Papercrafts 159

Hi Everybody,

The gift this month with my favorite magazine  is really useful and can help you to make some really pretty cards.

The video to show this set is called  SC&P 159 - Time for tea  and I have had some fun working with this stamp and the teacup die.
There are so many ways that this can be used for you to change things up with every card that you make.

In the stamp set there is a bird, flowers, a macaroon and a little teabag that you can add tiny sentiments too There are lots of other sentiments that you can create your own greeting with

The flowers can be used in either the tea pot or ta cup and the little bird perched on either as well and the tea cups can be stacked together as you wish

The video will give you some ideas that you may like to try and I hope you enjoy the ideas and the video
This little card is very soft and gentle and I really liked the finished effect.

I stamped the flowers in Antique Linen Distress Inks and then used the palest pencils in peach and light browns, pale sage green and a really pale pink to get the look

I splattered the card with another pale colour and wrapped the peach ribbon around the layers

I cut a circle of parchment and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment

The sequins add that little extra to the card and I perched the bird onto the parchment circle with foam pads underneath the raise it up

So because of all the video releases  there is no Friday Freebie card give away for this week  ...  but it will be back soon 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx



January 19, 2017

Pretty Quick - Stained Glass Dies

Hi Everybody,

Late yesterday I added four new vidoes for you to see and they are featuring new die collections from Craft Stash  Today I am adding four more with the Pretty Quick dies titled Stained Glass.

The first one features the Stained Glass Rose and Chalks and the pastel chalks give this a really pretty effect.

It is easy to do so if you have them grab the chalks and have a go.

This one is the same die but really quick with just some pretty paper.  Stained Glass Rose and Designer Paper

Dig out those lovely background papers that you have been saving and make this card in noi time at all/

Keep a batch of them ready for those last minute occasions
Next we have the  Dove and for this one I have used coloured pencils and a little blending fluid

But this is yet another quick and easy cards which is after all what these dies are there for ... Pretty Quick cards with no hassle

Stained Glass Dove and Pencils is the video
And last but not least we have the Dove added to some beautiful mirror card that is also available from the Craft Stash website

I featured the mirror and glitter card a little while ago in another vidoe and it comes in a mixed colour pack of ten sheets

So I hope you have enjoyed all eight of the videos that I have added and there are lots more on the way soon as it is time to show you what the freebies are for January in the magazines

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx













January 18, 2017

Honey Bee Haven Collection

Hi Everybody,

Today I would like to share with you a brand new collection from Apple Blossom called the  Honey Bee Haven  
 This collection can be bought as one set and used all together to create really pretty card and it is now available to buy from Craft Stash 

To show this collection off to its best I have not one but FOUR new videos that you can view which will highlight each part individually

The first video features the Hexi Die  and I have used this to create this bright and colourful card using the waste pieces.

Keep the positive piece for the next card and the video is Hexi Effect 

I also used the stamp to add the pattern to the hexi shapes.

Here I have used the positive piece so in effect we get two cards from one cut but the background is embossed with the HoneyBee Folder

I also used the Beehive Buddies on this card too and the video is named  Honeycomb Aperture
And here are those Beehive Buddies on a complete card and I really enjoyed working with this whole set

The video is called Busy Bees

And last but not least we have the Hexi die made into a stamp to add to the background with the rest of the Honey Bee Stamp Set used to create the rest of the scene

The video showing the making of this card is named Honeycomb Stamp

I hope you will enjoy the videos and not mind the croaky voice too much as these were filmed while I had my chest infection

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

Water Colour Wednesday - Moon Monsters !!

Hi Everybody,

I had fun creating this bright card using Gansai Tambi watercolours and a stamp set that I bought from a craft show last year.

It is from Woodware and is called  "The Blimps" and there are three different creatures in the set.

So for the card I created the background with Faded Jeans Distress Inks and then spritzed it with water to create the sky.

The bottom part of the card is grey for the moon that they are standing on

The sentiment stamp is from a free set that I showed you in a video is called  Up In The Air

The world is a die cut from Spellbinders World View  and I simply added that with foam pads underneath.

Stamping the images, colouring them and then cutting allowed me to add more foam pads under them to raise them up

And I added Glossy Accents to the eyes for effect.

I really like this card and I think it is one that children will love as a birthday card

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 17, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Ovals & Rectangles

Hi Everybody,

I thought for todays card I would dress it up with some pretty peach coloured flowers and use some of the older Spellbinders die sets. This card is a 5x7 and I have used the dies that will create a card that size without any measuring from me.
Spellbinders Supplies:
Other Supplies:
Create a base card with the largest die #7 from Matting Basics A
Hand cut another layer, with peach patterned card, to leave a really thin border around the edge
Round the corners
With the largest dies from the Ovals and rectangles sets cut panels in plain peach coloured card
Add foam tape to the back of each of these panels
With the ovals cut a scalloped layer in peach.
Stamp and heat emboss a verse onto white card and cut with the oval to match the scalloped one
Layer together with foam pads between the layers
Layer everything together and wrap with ribbon before adding to the card base
Add the oval sentiment to the top 
Choose a selection of flowers in peach and white varying the styles and sizes
Add these to the top right of the card. I use a hot glue gun to add my flowers as I don't want them to fall off the card once given
Dot the flowers with glue and sprinkle with glitter to finish

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


January 16, 2017

Magazine Feature ...

Hi Everybody,

Wow! I am so happy to have been featured in the magazine and so I just had to tell you about it and show you the pages

You may have had your copy as it was on sale at the end of December.  

The magazine was Die Cutting Essentials Special Vol 3  and I hope you liked the cards.

 But maybe you didn't realise that it was me !!

Well here I am and I am really honoured to be in the magazine.

And I have been asked to do more for next months mag too Special Volume 4

I really enjoyed making these cards and the feature was to use an embossing folder in different ways 

There is also a link for you to go to their website and see five more cards that I made for the same project

It was really exciting and this is the first time I have done something like this ... so wish me luck 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx




January 15, 2017

International Ambassadors Informal Blog Hop

Hi Everybody,

And welcome to a New Year of Ambassador Blog Hops.

This is where some of the Spellbinders International Ambassadors like to say thank you to each and every one who takes the time to visit us and leave comments on a regular basis.

Our theme for this hop was to show you some of the new dies that are coming from Spellbinders and for mine I am using the lovely

I had to trim it down to make it fit the front of my 5x7 card and I added it with foam pads underneath to raise it up.

Adding lace to my cards gives them an extra touch and the one along the bottom is created with white card and the

It was a quick and easy card to make but I think it looks really pretty 

So why not pop along and see what the other Ambassadors have created for you  ... I know you won't be disappointed with the talent that they all have

Linda Lucas  Australia
Yvonne van de Grijp  Netherlands
Christine Emberson   UK

You know we are very happy for your visit especially if you leave us a comment.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 14, 2017

Two Winners ...

Hi Everybody,

After a  really busy day I have just got round to adding the names of the FF winners who will each get a pack of the Birthday Cards from yesterday.  So my apologies for being so late but here are the names ...

Anne McCahill
Di
would you please email me  your postal address to
christina@card-making-magic.com
and the packs will be on their way to you.

You have 72 hours in which to claim the prize and I hope that you will like it when it arrives with you.

On another note ... the card from last week that was won by Riekie has not been claimed nor has the lovely prize from the Seasons Giving Blog Hop on the 1st January won by Chris Handy. So sorry ladies but you have both lost out but both  "Giveaways"  will be offered to someone else at a later date.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 13, 2017

Friday Freebie 002/17


Hi everybody,

For todays FF I am giving away two packs of cards all created with the same stamps and the making of them was covered in  the video
Batch Card Making

These are really pretty cards and all especially for birthdays  and there are six cards complete with envelopes in the pack

The colours in the pack are different and they are all cellophane boxed ready to use

So if you would like to win one of these packs then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post.

The TWO names will be chosen at random from the comments and announced in tomorrows Blog post.

PLEASE come back and check if it is your name that is listed as I have no way to chase you up if you don't come back.



I am happy to send them anywhere that you live and you don't need to have a blog to enter.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx



January 12, 2017

Tonic Studios - Numbers

Hi Everybody,

Numbers are always a useful addition to your crafting stash

These are from Tonic Studios and they are quite large.

They can make a complete focal point on your cards to celebrate that special birthday or anniversary.




This is the complete set of numbers from 0 - 9 and of course the number 6 can be turned up side down for the 9

Each number is in two parts to help you create different looks


In the picture below count the shapes from left to right  1 - 5...

Cutting the solid one alone from designer papers can give you a really pretty look (1 &2)

Cutting the patterned one alone will add some interest for you.(4&5)

Cutting the two together will give you a really thin frame that you can add to the number (2,3 & 4)

For my card I have cut the solid number from beautiful Blissful papers from AnnaMarie Designs

Then I cut the patterned die from white card and added it the top. I dressed it with flowers and stamped the other sentiments from various sets onto some white card and added them with foam pads

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 11, 2017

Water Colour Wednesday - Bear Hugs

Hi Everybody,

This pretty little Bear Hugs card would be ideal for a childs birthday.

 The bear stamp and dies are from Clearly Besotted and their store is due to re open again in April

There are lots of sentiments that you can buy to match with it and dies to cut out both the bear and the banner

I created the background with Distress Inks and a blending tool and then took a block Birthday stamp and in the same colour ink simply stamped over the blending

It leaves a very feint impression that can be seen better when the card is in the hand.

The bear has been coloured with Gansai Tambi  water colours and cut out with the matching die. 

Both sentiments have been stamped and cut out with dies and all the die cuts have foam pads underneath them.

The balloons are from a panel that I had already created with Brusho Crystals and I cut them with a little balloon die that I have in my "stash" and I used a white Sharpie pen to add pattern to some of them

I trimmed down the panel to fit the front of an A2 card and left a small border along one edge

Another quick and easy card to make

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 10, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial-Sapphire Basic Set A

Hi Everybody,

This little starter set of small dies are designed to be used with the Sapphire, but they can be used in any of the small die cutting machines that are on the market.  

These little machines are so handy to keep on your work top to cut sentiments, tags or even some flowers. They take up no space at all but are just as strong as the bigger die cutters

You may have been lucky enough to get your Sapphire from C&C and this is the set of dies that came with the machine at that time. That machine is exclusive to C&C but the Prizm is the same concept and both are by Spellbinders
So here is a really quick and simple card idea for those little dies

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Supplies:

Cut two panels with die #7 from Matting Basics A and create a hinged card
With die #7 from Matting Basics B cut another panel in dotty blue card
With die #6 from Matting Baiscs A cut another white panel and emboss in the folder that you have
(Please remember that die #1 is always the smallest)
Add the embossed panel to the dotty card with foam pads between the layers
Cut all the square dies together to create two frames and the other pieces as you need
Stamp your sentiment onto the small oval and layer it onto the tag die
Add the tag with foam pads to the embossed panel
Add ribbon through the loops on the tag and secure behind the panel
Layer up the frames to overlap each other with foam pads were needed
Layer up the butterflies along the body line and add the flourish as the butterfly trail
Add all this to the base card

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


January 09, 2017

Let me tell you a story !!!

Hi Everybody,

I have a really lovely family story to tell you and I know you will say "AaaaHhh!!"

So if you have followed me for a while you will know about my handsome Grandson Jamie opening his first restaurant just before Christmas.

I am so happy to say that he is doing really well and building up that reputation for excellent food and good service.

We all worked really hard to refurbish it and none worked harder than Jamies girlfriend Jasmine. She has stood by him through thick and thin.

She has put up with his tantrums when things weren't going right, comforted him in his frustrations at  the many unforeseen problems

Endlessly moved rubbish in her car and scrubbed and cleaned anything she could see.  

She has helped him night and day and she has and laughed with him when it all came together.  She has even waited tables for him once he opened and gives her service  to customers with a smile and cheery word

They arranged to close the restaurant for a few days after New Year to give them both a well earned rest

So as part of his Christmas gift she booked a surprise trip for them both to Paris for three nights  and they went this week

He was very emotional when she told him but quite excited at the same time as neither have been to Paris

Now unknown to her he planned a little surprise of his own ...


On the first night they arrived they went out to dinner to a really lovely restaurant ... and he asked her to marry him.  

He had asked her parents secretly before they went and he bought her the most beautiful engagement ring ... and she said YES!! 

I could not be happier as they are so well suited and she is a real treasure and we all love her too.

So I wish them all the very best in their new future together and this is the card that I have made for them. Thank you for reading my story and I am sure you will wish them all the best too

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 08, 2017

Express Yourself - Make It Personal

Hi Everybody,

A little while ago I was sent a variety of handmade stickers by a small paper crafting company asking me to try out their products and see what I think. 
So this week I have been busy making up some samples of clean and simple cards that will show off the stickers and how easy they are to use.
There is a vast selection for you to choose from for every occasion and the company is called  .... Express Yourself - Make It Personal
Here are a few of the cards that I have made quite quickly using the stickers

These have just been added to a script layer on my white base card

This is using the Macaroons and Teacups for my Birthday card 

For this next card I have simply used the  Summer Flowers 

I have added them to my embossed panel  and used one of the Especially For You  stickers from another pack

Add in some enamel dots and add the whole topper to the base card for a quick and easy card.

The butterfly is one I cut from the pack that is shown in the next card.

There are three sets of 3 Butterflies in this multi pack and on this card I have used two complete stickers for the front of the card.

The third set I have cut up and one single one is placed on the edge of the sentiment and  another is used on the card above

Quick easy and very effective cards and the stickers will work really well on scrapbook pages too.

The Happy Birthday is part of the Mini Captions 

This multi pack is Cake With Candles  and the Numbers are glitter stickers and the ones I used are silver

So I hope you have enjoyed the few ideas for cards that I have shown you here

The links to the products I have used have also been added.

They are an inexpensive way to add that extra touch to any of your projects and I hope you will pop over to their website and see for your self.

And while you are there have a look at their blog post in which they have added me as one of their top five favorites   Express Yourself MIP  and I am very honoured to be featured

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx