December 04, 2016

Ruby Update ...16 Weeks Old

Hello Everyone,

It's me again today Ruby and I have had such exciting times with my new mum and dad.

I am now three months old and growing even more beautiful than I was before ... and you must agree that I am beautiful ??

 Here I am in my new coat ready to go for a walk with my mum and I was so excited to go out.

We went down to the sea front but I am too young to be let off my lead yet

It was a lovely walk  and when we got home I curled up in my special bed and went to sleep
The other night my mum had some of these chocolate things and I am not allowed human chocolate.

But I had so much fun shredding the empty box that it was all over the floor when I had finished

I also like my pink toy basket that is in the background there.
But when Dougal came to play he chewed the handles off it and now there's none left.

It is still fun to sit in although I am getting a bit too big for it now.

I was weighed at the vets last week and I am a whole 5.4 kilograms so I am growing really well.

I will bring you more stories as I get bigger and thank you for reading them and writing messages back to me.

I feel really special

Bye for now xxx


December 03, 2016

Card & YouTube Winners

Hi Everybody,

I hope you are enjoying the weekend so far and have lots of nice things to do. I am going back to do more work at my Grandsons Restaurant and he is hoping to be open by next weekend ... fingers crossed

We have  done the draw for the winner of the turquoise card from yesterday and the name this week is you ...

Crafty Tazzy 
I need you to email me please your postal address to
christina@card-making-magic.com
and the card will be on its way to you

I hope you will like it when it arrives and please let me know that you have it safely.

YouTube Giveaway 


Over on YouTube I did a collaboration video with another YouTuber and both of us are having a little Give away to those who left comments.

 So if you are one of them then this information is for you.

  This is the gift that I was offering and it consists of some pretty flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts   along with some pearly "Bling" from Want2Scrap along with the card and envelope created in the video

The draw  for this from the comments has now been done and the name picked is
Fran Prichuck
I will also need your postal address too to the same account

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


December 02, 2016

Friday Freebie 147

Hi Everybody,

This turquoise card is a 6" square and has several layers on it all separated with foam pads for dimension

It is wrapped with satin ribbon and a large Thank You added to the panels

If this is a card that you would like to have then all you need to do is leave me a comment and then pop back tomorrow to see if your name is shown as the winner.

I am happy to post the card to you wherever you live and then you can either re use and send it to some one or keep it for your self.

Many of you have done me a great honour by actually keeping the card that you won and framing it to hang on your wall. WOW !! what a compliment that is xxx

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


December 01, 2016

Magazine Freebie from Tonic

Hi Everybody,

With the December issue of Die Cutting Essentials there is a really useful tag set that comes free and in the new video I have tried to show you some ways in which to put it to work for your creations

The magazine will be in your shops on the 8th December so if you like the look of this free gift then place your order now ... or order it direct from Moremags

This one is truly feminine with pretty designer paper from AnnaMarie Designs as the background and blending flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts

Then with the next card I have gone for something really contemporary that would suit a teenager

I have used just the two smallest tags for this card and really bright block colours.

 You could use coloured card for this or simply colour white card with your marker pens to the colours you require

Either way it is a quick and simple card to make with your free gift and the video will show you more ideas that you may like to try....

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 30, 2016

Water Colour Wednesday-Lazy Rabbit

Hi Everybody,

This lazy rabbit just lying around is from the CD The Next Big Thing from Just Inklined

And every time I use this CD I have to tell you that it is no longer available

You may be able to find a copy if you search for it.

And if you already have it then take another look at the fantastic characters on there

It is such a good collection of all sorts from sports to florals and I use it regularly throughout the year for all occasions.

This one has been  water coloured a long time ago with Distress Inks and then mounted onto pink card.

It could do equally well for male and female cards ... obviously not with pink !!! 
 But I think this is such a cute rabbit and sat with the carrot was perfect for a friend who was retiring.  Best job in the World !!

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

November 29, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial - Tudor Rose

Hi Everybody,

This pretty pale blue and white card would be suitable for all occasions and is not too frill for male cards either
 It is another that is easy to do as the die does all the work  for you all you have to do is cut and assemble the layers. 
 The centre shape matches the older Labels One that you may already have in your collection
Spellbinders Supplies:
Other Supplies:
Instructions:

With die #7 from the Matting Basics  A set cut two pieces of white card and create the base
With die #7 from the Matting Basics B set cut one layer in blue
With the two largest dies from the Tudor Rose Card Creator cut two panels in white and trim one of them so that the bottom flower and the leaves are separate 
Add foam pads to the back of the separated piece so that they cannot be seen from the front
Add the full panel to the blue layer and add to the base card
Cut the flowers from the Tudor Rose collection that match the flowers on the separated panel
(The photograph shows you where I have attached my flowers in blue and white layers)
Stamp and emboss the sentiment and cut out with Labels One then layer that on to die #3 from Luscious Labels One with foam tape in between
This shape fits beautifully into the centre part of the Tudor Rose Card Creator
Layer up the additional flowers on to the card front as you like and trim as needed

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 28, 2016

Tonic Studios - Zip & Buttons

Hi Everybody,

This pretty baby card is created with the dies from Tonic Studios and it is such an innovative little die set that you can have loads of fun with

It is called Zip and Buttons  and I really enjoyed playing with this set.

 I used card some of the Spotty card from AnnaMarie Designs and created a little jacket with the zip and Wild Orchid Crafts Guipure some lace

The sentiments is also from Tonic and is one of the New Baby Collection and I have cut mine in silver to add to the card

I am sure that you can come up with even more ways to use this simple concept  on your own cards and have lots of fun in the process

More Tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


November 27, 2016

Video Collaboration ....

Hi Everybody,

A little while ago I was asked if I would like to do a video collaboration with a fellow YouTuber and I was delighted to say "Yes"

My new YouTube friend is Olga Direktorenko and she makes the most beautiful cards.

Her blog is Building Your World and if you pop over there be sure to leave her a comment as you browse her pages.

So Olga and I decided that we would each make a card with a matching box or envelope and have a little "Give Away" at the same time.

This is the very first time I have ever done anything like this and so it is all new to me ... but I will learn how to do it better in the future

The photo shows you the set that I have made on My Video  Tonic Studios - Envelope Die Set   and I will be giving that and some flowers along with some pearl flourish too to one lucky winner. You will need to leave me a comment to win the "Goodies" 

There will also be a gift for you on Olgas Video  

The comments to win need to be left under the videos on YOUTUBE and not here. 
The winner will be announced on YouTube and I will add a blog post too on the 4th December

I hope you enjoy both mine and Olgas collaboration and hopefully there will be many more

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 26, 2016

Card Winner ...

HI Everybody,

An early start for me as I am going out for breakfast and then off to do some more cleaning at the restaurant. Jamie ( my Grandson) is hoping to be opening soon and I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

But I have done the draw for the Friday Freebie card this morning and the name chosen is yours ...

Judy E
could you email me your postal address please to 
christina@card-making-magic.com
and I will get it in the post to you straight away

I hope you will like it when it arrives and please let me know that you have it safely 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx



November 25, 2016

Friday Freebie 146

Hi Everybody,

Not many more Fridays to go now before Christmas and I hope you are all ready for the jolly season. We are frantically trying to get the restaurant ready to open and we have all been working really hard.
There has been an enormous amount of work done to make it a really lovely relaxing place to dine in 


The card that I am giving away this week is in Pink with a double tied bow along the bottom

It is really elaborate with flowers and glitter and a beautiful hatpin into the display and the photograph does not do it the justice it deserves.

The inside is lined to compliment the front and I am sure that someone is going to love this one

So if you would like to have this card then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post.

From those comments a name will be chosen and given in tomorrows blog post 

Please come back and check if it is your name that is shown. as you only have 72 hours in which to claim it

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx




November 24, 2016

December Sneaky Peak ...




Hi Everybody,

Well it's that time again when we are waiting in anticipation for this months magazines to be in the shops and dying to know what the free gifts are. There will be no disappointment with either of these two magazines and both will be on sale Thursday the 1st December

The first one is Simply Cards and Papercrafts 157 with a lovely layering Christmas Rose stamp set and matching die. 

A good one to get you started if you are new to layered stamps

This is an easy stamp set to use and the video   SC&P 157 - Altenew Christmas Rose  will show you how I created this card and give you more ideas of some  others that I have made.

The second magazine is Creative Stamping 37 and this has a fabulous A4 stamp set with lots of images and sentiments on it for use all year round

The video will show you how I made this aperture card using some of the images from the set and again this is an easy card to reproduce

CS 37 - Winter Garden  is sure to be a winner with you so don't forget to place your order with the newsagent to save you one.

You can take out a subscription,  then you won't miss future mags,  and it will be cheaper at  ... Moremags    Then you can make that cuppa and put your feet up while you browse the pages of your favorite magazine

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 23, 2016

Water Colour Wednesday - Spring Chicken ??

Hi Everybody,

I bought this stamp a while ago from the craft shows that I go to and it really made me smile.

It is a Woodware stamp called  No Spring Chicken   and the legs can be removed if you wished.

You can sit the chicken on her nest complete with as many eggs as you wanted

I have coloured her with Gansai Tambi water colours and pencils and tried to give her feathers.

But I think it would have been better with the shades darkened more

Even so I think this is a really cute  stamp set that would suit many occasions.

I will be using this again and varying the scene for another fun card

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 22, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial - Floral Affair

Hi Everybody,

This pretty card in lilac and white is a really simple layered card. The deep purple ribbon sets it all off nicely but there are no flowers on this one ... which is a bit of change as you know how I love to add my flowers.
Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Instructions:
With die #7 from Matting Basics A cut two pieces in white and Create A Hinged Card
With #7 from Matting Baiscs B cut a panel in lilac
With =6 from Matting Basics A cut another panels in white and emboss in any folder that you have
(Please remember that die #1 is always the smallest)
Cut the largest Floral Affair die in white a couple of times and glue them together. 
This just adds extra strength to the piece
Cut the fligree heart shape in lilac ... twice
Cut the Classic Heart die that fits under the filigree piece in white ... twice
Layer them together to create two hearts and add foam pads underneath
Assemble your card by adhering the embossed white card to the lilac layer 
Add the Floral Affair die cuts to the panel and wrap all of these with the ribbon 
Add them to the base card
Position the hearts as you like them 
Cut the sentiment several times and glue together then add across the hearts

Vary the colours and the sentiment for another occasion if you wish

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx












November 21, 2016

Tonic Studios - Welcome ...

Hi Everybody,

Today I am featuring the really pretty Oval called Home Sweet Home  from Tonic Studios.

This die creates two good sized ovals that can be layered together ...  as I have done here or used independently.

The filigree centre piece can be used with either oval depending on the size of the frame you want around it

I used the large Welcome ... sentiment from the New Baby collection and cut this out four times and glued them together for a sturdy finish

The single flower is from Wild Orchid Crafts   and it has been added to some pink satin ribbon and the bow.

The striped paper has shades of pink and green in it and it was the green that I decided to pick out for the background panel.

The finished cards is 5x7 and it could be for any occasion with a different sentiment added.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx




November 20, 2016

Two Apologies !!!

Hi Everybody,

So I owe you two apologies this weekend and the the first one is for not publishing the name of the winner of the blue card from Friday. 
We were so busy yesterday at the restaurant and it was so late when we got home that I forgot all about it. 

The second one is for really stupidly publishing the Water Colour card on Friday without scheduling it for Wednesday. 
So some of you have had the sneaky peak of the Spring Chicken card and some of you have even left a comment on it already.

I removed it as quickly as I could but you were just too quick for me .... So Oooops! it will now be back on the correct day.

So to get to the winner of the card and the name that has been drawn is yours ....

Janet Kerner

so if you could kindly send your postal address to 
christina@card-making-magic.com
and the card will be on its way to you straight away.

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

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx