February 22, 2017

Water Colour Wednesday - Canary Love

Hi Everybody,

This beautiful image is from Saturated Canary and it is called Canary Love 

I have had this Digital Image for a long time and so you may have to search for it if it is one that you would like

The original image has a canary alongside the girl but to fit it into the frame I had to cut it off.

Nevertheless I don't think it spoils this card at all  and I was quite pleased with the end result.

I have used a mixture of Gansai Tambi water colours and Spectrum Noir pencils to get the look I wanted

I fussy cut around the image and raised it up on the grey background with foam pads and then added the frame also with foam.

I get my rolls of foam and foam pads from the £££ shops and I use it by the ton and never have any trouble getting hold of it

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and they are a mixture of Tulips, Gypsophila and Roses in two different sizes 10mm and 15mm

Some of you have written to me about the flowers and wanting to know what I have used so I will try and include them in the list each time I use them.

But if you don't know what to order ... because of the vast choice of designs when you go to WOC website ... then why not try the starter packs that have been put together by Paul especially for you to try.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

February 21, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Blooming Collection

Hi Everybody,

For todays card I am once again mixing and matching dies and one is Medallions Three which I have used many times in the past.  
The other is called Blooming Collection and it creates a really pretty open fretwork type of frame.  The bow is created with the DecoFun Bow maker and this is the first ribbon I have tied with it
Spellbinders Supplies:
Other Supplies:

With die # 8 from the matting basics cut two pieces in white and Create A Hinged Card
Create smaller layers leaving just a small border around the edge in blue and white 
Emboss the smallest white layer in any folder that you have
Add the blue and white layers together
With both parts of Medallions Three cut a layer in blue
Add small foam pads in strategic areas that cannot be seen from the front
Create a smaller white mat that has been embossed to sit under this die cut
Add the die cut to the top of this panel
With Silver Mirror Card cut one layer and again add small foam pads so that they cannot be seen from the front
Add these layers together and wrap ribbon around them threading it under the silver frame
Add to the base card 
Add small foam pads around the die cut circular frame of the die and stamp and heat emboss your sentiment onto the solid part 
Add in a double tied bow and place one single rose in the centre
Dress with more flowers in the top right corner. 
I have used Roses in two sizes, three rosebuds, Gypsophilla and one cherry blossom for my display
All have been dabbed with glue and glittered to make them sparkle

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 20, 2017

Another Freebie

Hi Everybody,

Today I have another magazine freebie to tell you about and this one is
 Die Cutting Essentials 21 

This will be on sale in selected supermarkets and craft shops on Thursday 23 rd February.

You can also get it from WHSmiths or direct from More Mags 

 Using that link you can take out  a magazine subscription if you prefer and that way you will always be sure to get your favorite magazine

The gift is called Darling Doilies and it is in three sections to make some lovely adornments for your designs.  

The video is available on YouTube and is

You can keep it simple if you wish and this is just a one layer card so will fit into an ordinary envelope for posting.

Or you can dress it up with pretty flowers and make a box to put it in

Here I have used Roses in two sizes 20mm and 15mm ... plus Tuscany Rosebuds and tulips.

All have been sparkled with glitter and the  gingham ribbon has been glued in place under the bouquet

The flowers and the pearls centre on the bow are all from Wild Orchid Crafts

The pearl flourish is from Want2Scrap

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 19, 2017

Magazine Freebies ...

Hi Everybody,

Here I am with the latest in what is FREE with this months magazines. And this month there are some real treats in store for you. 
These are on sale on the 23rd February so keep your eyes peeled for them

So to start with here is Simply Cards and Papercrafts 160 and the gift is this stunning Hydrangea Set that can be used in lots of ways.

In the video I have used Embossing Paste and coloured it with Distress Inks to make this really pretty card.

The Hydrangea Set  will show you how I did this one and it is easy to do  Flip the stencil over for another look or use chalks.

 This one I have done in Water colours and then spritz the background to make the paint run.

 It gives a diffused look to the card and I really like this effect.

As well as the stencil there is an embossing folder and a stamp set that is really useful too and can give you even more designs to work with.

It includes sentiments as well as other items for you to create your own scenes and backgrounds

The next one to look out for is Creative Stamping 40 and the large A4 stamp set that comes with the magazine

 Creative Stamping 40 - Handmade with Love   is the video to show you the sneaky peak of this collection and some of the things that I have done with it.

Two really good magazines that are full of info for you and step by step instructions on how to make many cards.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 18, 2017

Todays Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

Not too bad a day here and I have lots to to do this afternoon.  Mainly prepping for videos over the weekend to bring you lots of new ones in the next week or two.

But this morning the draw has been done and the name  chosen at random was yours ...

Maria Illsley
so if you could email me please
with your postal address the card will be on its way to you 

You have 72 hours in which to claim it and please let me know that you have it safely once it arrives.

Have a good weekend 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 17, 2017

Friday Freebie 006/17 - Pink Floral

Hi Everybody,

A really pretty pink and white floral card is on offer today and this is prettier in the hand than the photo shows.

It is in my favorite colour and with all the things I like to add especially the flowers.

So here is another card on offer for you and if this is one that you would like to have then you know what to do

Just leave me a comment at the end of the blog post and then from those comments a name will be chosen as the winner

You will need to come back in the morning to see if it is you and then you have 72 hours to claim it.

Please leave your full name as there are lots of people with the same first name and I won't know which one you are.

Good Luck everybody. Please scroll back for yesterday's post as it was a late addition ....sorry!

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 16, 2017

New Card Kit

Hi Everybody,

Today I wanted to tell you about a new card kit that is in the shops and this is from Hunkydory.

It is the Design Collection and this is the very first Issue for you to see.

In the kit there is a magazine that will take you step by step on how to use all the various elements that you will find in the pack  and there is something there for every level of card maker

The card pack is fill of things for the new card maker and you can make many designs from this in no time at all.

There are foiled cards and beautiful backing papers as well as inserts for many of them

I have also created a video to show you some of my ideas on using this versatile kit that is on sale in the shops right now.

Design Collection Issue I  is sure to please you and give you lots of scope whatever level you are at in your craft.

Open it up and have fun and see what you can come up with

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 15, 2017

Two Posts in One ...

Hi Everybody,

Because of the change in my Tuesday Tutorial and the Water Colour Wednesday this week I thought it may be a good idea to combine the two and create a card with some water coloured flowers. 
I have used Spellbinders dies for my design and the flowers are bright and cheerful.
Spellbinders Supplies:
Other Supplies:
  • Rose pink and white card from Papermill Direct
  • Gansai Tambi water Colours
  • Water Colour Card
  • Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen
  • Foam pads of varying thicknesses

With the largest die #8 from the Matting Basics cut two panels and create a hinged card
Hand cut a slightly smaller layer in rose pink to leave a thin border around the edges
Cut another layer in white, again leaving a small border,  and emboss in the folder.
(The card will be wider than the folder so emboss most of it and then move the card along to emboss the remainder.
 Partially cover the folder with the embossing plate and run through the machine. 
The pattern is busy enough not to notice any discrepancies in it )
Glue the two layers together and add to the base card with foam tape between to give dimension
With the solid die to Medallions Three cut one piece in rose pink and then with both parts together cut a filigree layer in white
Add these two together with foam pads between the layers and then more foam on the back of the pink card
Stamp, colour and cut as many flowers and leaves as you would like for your card
I stamped the sentiment twice and then used the banner die to cut each word separately 

Add the Medallions layer to the card and place a pearl in each corner
Arrange the flowers in the centre panel as you like them and use foam pads of varying thicknesses under them and the leaves.
 Keep two of the smaller flowers to one side
Add foam to the banners and arrange on the flowers then add the smaller flowers so that they just overlap the banners.
Add a little shading to the banners to make them look curved
Lightly add the glitter pen to the flowers for a little sparkle

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 14, 2017

International Ambassadors Informal Blog Hop

Hi Everybody,

We, some of the International Ambassadors for Spellbinders,  have been doing this informal blog hop for over two years now and between us we have covered many subjects and themes.

This month we are doing Valentines Day and using some of the newer dies that are there for you to buy.

For my card I chose the  Bowlicious  die set is in three parts and one of the cutting edges can be moved to extend the depth of the bow
You can use it to add a separate bow to the edge of your card or you can layer it up to create a more full look.

Change the colour scheme and alter the sentiment and it can be used all year round

Now why not pop over to my colleagues and see what they have in store for you this month.

Linda Lucas    Australia
Yvonne van de Grijp   Netherlands
Christine Emberson    UK

Leave them a comment to say you have been.

Thank you so much for your continuing support

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 13, 2017

Floating Cup ...

Hi Everybody,

So todays project is one of the beautiful floating cups

I really enjoyed creating this and I used quite a lot of flowers on it and they are all from Wild Orchid Crafts

I add them with a hot glue gun so that won't fall off and then I add my glue and glitter to add the sparkle

The pearls string was wound around the flowers at the end and also glued in place.

The tea cup and saucer are from an old set that hasn't been used for years. Just sat in a cupboard gathering dust

You can pick these old tea sets up really cheaply in junk shops or car boot sales

It makes such a pretty display and is a real talking point as people want to know how it is done.

If you don't know how to make these and you  would like a video then please let me know and your wish will be my command.

There is an International Ambassadors Blog Hop tomorrow so the Tuesday Tutorial will be on Wednesday instead, 
and  I may combine it with a water colour as well  ...  but it's only for this week ... back to normal next week 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 12, 2017

Ruby Update ...

Hi Everybody,

Here I am ...  it's me Ruby again looking as cute as ever ... and I am nearly six months old now.

I am growing  very quickly and I have lots of adventures each week.

On Monday I am going to the vets so that I wont have unwanted puppies and my mum is going to pamper me and take care of me while I recuperate.

So gentle walks only as I get better and I wont be able to see my best friend Dougal for a while as we play rough and run around all over the place.

This lovely photo was taken by Sally from Tail Waggers  and I am with some of my friends from doggy day care

We have a lovely time and Sally look after us and takes us all out for a walk in the fields and parks I go every Wednesday and I love it

Dougal goes there too and he is sitting behind me in the photo and he's going for a hair cut today !!.

Do you member me telling you about my unexpected swim the other week in the lake in Stanley Park?

Well Dougals mum Vickie has bought us both a jacket that dries and keeps us warm at the same time ...  just in case we fall in the water

It keeps my long ears covered and wraps around me and over my back and legs and is quite thick and snugly

It may be warm but we are not too sure at the moment of this new fashion

More next time ...

Bye for now xx 

February 11, 2017

Card Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

It's really cold here but dry and fine at the same time so we will be taking Ruby out for her walk later.
I know that some of you in other parts of the world have got deep snow at present and although it looks really pretty it is NOT my favorite substance
So roll on spring and summer and some lovely warm weather again

We have done the draw for the card this morning and the name this week is yours 

Lynn Charman

so if you could email me please with your postal address to
the card will be on its way to you straight away.

Thanks to all of you for taking part

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 10, 2017

Friday Freebie 005/17 - Hello Friend

Hi Everybody,

Todays FF is yet another card that was created on video and the title is Ombre Effect and Die Cutting

It was created using the waste pieces from a Spellbinders Grate Effect die and the look is just something a little different.

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

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

You will need to pop back in the morning to see if it is you who has won the card

You have 72 hours to claim it and if it is not claimed then it will be offered again at a later date.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 09, 2017

Chalkola Chalk Markers

Hi Everybody,

This is a product that is new to me and I was asked by Chalkola Chalk Pens   to try them out and tell you what I found.

These are liquid chalks and unlike the powdery chalks I have used in the past they don't need to be set with hairspray as they won't rub off on your fingers

They are designed to be used on non porous surfaces and they wash off easily with water or window cleaner or a wet wipe and leave no marks at all ... not even the red and black markers. Use them on mirrors, plastic, white boards, acetate and windows.

You could really have some fun with these at Valentines Day or Christmas. Imagine drawing red hearts on your mirrors and then being able to simply wipe them off after the day has ended.

But I thought I would try them out on a porous surface and I decided to make a card and film the process as I went along.

Chalkola Chalk Pens  are available from the Chalkola website and the link is at the top of the page or from Amazon 
and you can use this code to get 15% off from either place 15OFFSTR

They are child friendly but I wouldn't let a child under three play with them ... water based, odour free, non toxic and long lasting and BRILLIANT !! 

I have used them to label glass jars and the unit in the craft room so that I know what is in each cupboard. And when I move things around I can simply wipe it clean and re label

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 08, 2017

Water Colour Wednesday - Floral Card

Hi Everybody,

A really simple card to make  and I have used Gansai Tambi to water colour the flowers and leaves.

It is from a set by Altenew called Peony Scrolls and it has a matching die set to help you get a neat look.

I got mine from Sevenhills Crafts and the sentiment is also Altenew ... Painted Inspiration

I have added in some sequins and they are a big bag of them from the £££ shop and they go a long long way.

The background is created with Altenew Mini Inks and the Brush Strokes stamp from Spellbinders.

Not a lot to this one but I think it turned out OK

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx