November 19, 2017

Magic Meets The Monsters ...

Hi Everybody,

For this fun cute card I have used the Complete Card & Box Die Set plus the Masculine Additions for the monster accesories

The monsters them selves are a new collection of stamps and matching outline dies that are available from Craft Stash.

This is just one of those sets that had an instant impact on me as I can see so much fun with them. And together with the glasses and the moustache I couldn't wait to use them

The video will is not very long and so I hope you will watch and enjoy it and all the supplies are listed below.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 18, 2017

Beautiful Stencils

Hi Everybody,

Yesterday was a really successful launch of the New Additions to the Christina Collection and this card features just one of them.

The baby section of dies stamps and stencils has to be one of my favourites and those baby feet are just adorable

The Stencils are new to the range but they can help you to create some really good backgrounds to your designs.

They are a useful item to add to your crating stash and at a really good price 

The video will show you  some ways in which I have used them

The whole  Christina Collection is only available from Craft Stash and they will ship worldwide and the accept PayPal too.

  I will be adding lots more videos in the coming months. 
If you tuned into the Facebook Live show then Thank you for joining us and Congratulations to the winner of the full set of New Additions.
 I am sure that you will enjoy playing with them and make some lovely cards in the process.

The Friday Freebie will be back next week as usual with another card and gift from the magazines

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 17, 2017

The "Christina Collection"Launch Day

Hi Everybody,

I am super excited to bring to you the next part to my Christina Collection and these are to enhance your cards for other special occasions. 
They are stand alone products in their own rights but of course they are designed to be additions to the Complete Card & Box Die Set which is available from Craft Stash
They are the Love & Marriage, Masculine Additions and Baby Occasions.
 Each one has dies and stamps that will work together but in with these there are also some lovely stencils add to the range.
There are also extra stencils to use with the Layered  Butterflies and Flowers plus  beautiful Flourish that is simply wonderful.
The video features the Love and Marriage die set

I will of course be doing lots more videos using these new additions but this is just one idea of how I have used the baby set

I have used the Complete Card & Box Die Set for the matching box and the whole thing is so very pretty.

But don't forget they work just as well as stand alone items and will enhance delightful smaller cards for you too

Join me at 10 am on the
 Craft Stash Facebook Page 
to find out more about the new additions and to enter the massive "Give Away" that Craft Stash are offering to one lucky winner

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 16, 2017

"Christina Collection " New Additions

Hi Everybody,

Craft Stash are asking for your feedback on my new collection and so if you bought any of it please take a look at this link and let them know ..... 

Tomorrow morning at 10 am you will find me on the
and I will be telling you more about the additions to this collection PLUS there is going to be a mega Give Away for one lucky winner 

These are really exciting times for me and I love these new dies stamps and stencils that are being launched tomorrow.

But just to get your interest here is a little video to tell you some more

I hope you will join us tomorrow at 10 am and I really hope you enjoy the new additions as much as you have enjoyed the Complete Card and Box Die Set

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx 

November 15, 2017

Papercraft Essentials 153 - Mandala Stencil

Hi Everybody,

Stencils are very popular at present and have been around for a long time.

They are something that I really enjoy playing with and they can help you to customise your backgrounds to suit your colour scheme and design and there are so many patterns around.

But this one is free and very pretty so what more could you want.

It is the gift that is attached to this months
and the video will show you how I created this card

The magazine is on sale on the 16th November and if you wanted to take out a subscription then you need to go to MoreMags

The video is not long and I hope you enjoy it all the same

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 14, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Spellbinders Heart Leaf Frame

Hi Everybody,

This pretty card is created by simply folding an A4 sheet in half and then cutting in half. 
It will produce two cards for you to decorate as you wish. 
But it fits perfectly the Spellbinders Heart Leaf Frame designed by Marisa Job. 
So a quick and easy card for today

Spellbinders Supplies:

  • Heart Leaf Frame
  • Blistered Embossing Folder
  • Classic Ovals
Other Supplies:
  • Card from Papermill Direct
  • Flowers from Wild orchid Craft
  • Glitter from Glitter Magic
  • Ribbon from Mei Flower
  • Gold card from Craft Stash
Fold an A4 piece of white card in half along the short side and then cut in half to produce two tent fold cards
Cut another slightly smaller layer to leave a small border around the edges and emboss this piece
With bright gold card cut the Frame die and if you care fully position the die into the centre of a 5x7  panel then you will get all three pieces from the die as shown above.
I will be using the two pieces to the right but the other one will be kept for another project
Savvy Crafting !!
Add the filigree piece to the embossed panel. 
Add the smallest solid piece with foam pads underneath to the centre of the card. 
Wrap with ribbon around the layers before adding to the base card
Stamp and emboss the sentiment of your choice and cut with the oval to fit the verse
Add to the centre with foam pads
Dress with flowers, dot with glue and sprinkle with glitter.
Adhere the bow and the dazzler to cover the knot.

Your comments please ...

Craft Stash are asking for your first thoughts on my new collection that was launched on the 20th October, If you bought some of it would you please consider taking part in the is survey 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 13, 2017

Christmas Card ...

Hi Everybody,

Have you made a start on your cards yet ....

Although I have been doing some for magazine covers I am ashamed to say that I have made no personal ones as yet

But I think it is time to make a start or I will be late again this year as I usually am.

This one is made with the free gift that came with Creative Stamping 50

Cute little characters to help brighten up your designs and really easy to create different scenes with

Each of them can be dressed in their own sweaters and you can have a lot of fun playing with them

Ruby Update 

Just as an addition to this post I would like to say "Thanks" to all of you who wrote with concern for Ruby.

She is fine now but she must have been in some pain with the wood lodge in her gum.
 I did not throw the stick for her to fetch ... she just picks them up to play with and while she was gnawing on it the splinter went into her gum.

It would not have been picked up in an x-ray as it was on the inside of her mouth and too far into the gum to be seen. But it did cause a lot of infection and there was no way to save the tooth

I am truly happy to say that she is fixed and well again now and back to her sweet self ... a happy playful little dog

Feedback please

Craft Stash are asking for feedback on what your thoughts are on the new "Christina Collection" launched on the 20 October. So if you bought nay of them please click this link

More tomorrow ...


November 12, 2017

Ruby Update

Hello Everyone,

Sorry I have not been around for a little while but my mum has been really busy showing you her new collection

And I have to tell you that I have not been well.

You know that I like to play in the woods with my friend Dougal.

Well I also like to chew sticks and one of them splintered and got stuck between my tooth and my gum.

My face was swollen and my mum took me to see Mr. Vet
He said it was very infected right down to the root and I had to have the tooth removed.

 Here I am feeling sorry for my self. But that was a week ago and now I am as right as rain. I was in pain with the wood but now I feel really well again and back to my old tricks.

And just to show you what my mum has been doing here is one of her lovely stepper cards.

She has done this one in gold with all those butterflies and she did this style of card in a video for you to see.

So more from my mum tomorrow and I will be back again soon.

Bye for now ...

Love Ruby xx

November 11, 2017

Card & Gift Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

Another weekend is with us and I have lots to do. Have you got anything exciting planned for yours?
The draw for the prize on offer yesterday has been done good and early this week and so without any more preamble the winner is ....

Ellyscard Creatief
would you email me please
and the package will be in the post to you straight away

Next week there will be a little pause in the card gift offer as I have some really exciting news to share with you all

Here is a sneaky peak of what is coming and I will be talking "Live" with Craft Stash on their Facebook page next Friday at 10 am.

So I hope you can join us then for more news and lots of fun and laughter

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 10, 2017

Friday Freebie - Life is Sweet Card & Gift

Hi Everybody,

This pretty die and stamp set was offered as a freebie with one of the magazines that I cover each month

The video Life is Sweet  shows you several that I made using this gift and it is a really useful little die to have

On offer today is the gift and one of the cards from the video and if it something that you would like then all you need to do is leave me a comment 

But you must come back to see if your name is listed as the winner in tomorrows blog post as you have 72 hours to claim it.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 09, 2017

Jewel Flower Stepper Card & Matching Box

Hi Everybody,

This beautiful stepper card is made with the Complete Card 7 Box Die Set that is part of the "Christina Collection" available with Craft Stash.  I have used deep jewel colours to create the flowers and the it all fits into the matching box
The video will show you how I made this and it is really easy to do. It can be used for any occasion and of course you can alter the colours to any you like.

Jewel Flowers & Matching Box   is not a long video so just enough time to make a cuppa and relax as you watch the card being made.

I hope you will enjoy it and join me on the next one 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 08, 2017

Simply Cards & Papercraft 170 - Floral Friends

Hi Everybody,

The new copy of Simply Cards 7 Papercraft 170 will be on sale on the 9th November

There is a fabulous free gift called Floral friends with it and you can have some fun making up your own scenes and backgrounds

This cute fox is one of the stamps and I did a little reverse stamping with him to make him face the other way

I coloured this one with Spectrum Noir 

But this one was coloured with Prisma Pencils

The background is Letter pressed and I show you the process in the video.

And this is the card for the girls ... in the video there is also one for the boys that was just as quick and easy to make

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 07, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Spellbinders Oval Regalia in Blue

Hi Everybody,

For today's card I am using a die that has been out for quite some time and maybe it is one that you have in your collection. I have used a lovely shade of blue to compliment the bright white and added in a mixture of flowers
Spellbinders Supplies:

  • 5x7 Matting Basics A
  • 5x7 Matting Basics B
  • Oval Regalia
  • Classic Ovals
  • Ribbon Banners
  • Platinum Die Cutting machine
  • Blistered Embossing Folder
Other Supplies:
  • White satin Ribbon 
  • Blue organza Ribbon
  • Dazzler
  • Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Card from Papermill Direct
  • Stamp free with magazine
With die#7 fr pom Matting basics A cut two panels in white and create the base card
With die #7 from Matting Basics B cut another in blue
With die #6 from Matting Basics A cut another white panels and  emboss in the folder
With Oval Regalia die #3 and #4 cut layers in white
With die # 2 cut a layer in blue and with the largest oval cut another shape in blue
Stamp and emboss your sentiment and cut out with the banner
Cut the blue banner in half along the length and add behind the sentiment 
Layer all of these with foam pads between to give dimension
Wrap with the two ribbons before adding to the base card
Double tie a bow in both ribbons and cut an extra piece to add to the side where the ribbon tail faces to the back
Select the flowers in shades of blue.
From left to right I have used ...
Roses in three different sizes
Tulips in three shades of blue
Cherry Blossom and a Carnation
Gypsophilia and small rose buds in two shades

Arrange as you like and then dot with glue and sprinkle with glitter for a sparkly effect.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 06, 2017

Lilac and Lemon Card & Box

Hi Everybody,

This lovely colour scheme will work for any occasion and is perfect for adding lots of flowers too

I have used the dies from the Christina Collection and they are available only from Craft Stash

The video
will show you how I made both and I have to say that I am really pleased with the result.
The list of supplies is at the bottom of the post so that you can see what I have used

Maybe the colour scheme is new to you but I do hope you will give it a try as they really do work well together.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 05, 2017

Water Coloured Butterflies

Hi Everybody,

So I thought I would put my new pink handled water colour brushes to good use and this is the little card I came up with.

I used the Layered Butterflies  from my own Christina Collection which is available only from Craft Stash and I coloured them with Gansai Tambi water colours

The brushes are from Rosemary & Co  and of course you can get all different qualities.

Mine are synthetic and some that the stall holder at the craft show recommended

The stamps is one of Sheena Douglass's and is called True Colours. But I have had it a long time and it may no longer be available

The card itself is made with the dies also from my set and I used the card element and the stitched border. There was no need to make a box as this one fits neatly into a standard sized envelope

I added some Gold to the body and wings using the Starry Colours also from Gansai Tambi and  dotted small sequins around the front

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 04, 2017

Card and Gift Winner ....

Hi Everybody,

I had a lovely day yesterday at the NEC in Birmingham and caught up with a lot of lovely people for a chat.

I didn't spend too much but I did buy myself a brand new set of paint bushes for water colouring and they just happen to have handles that are  ....  pink !!

Thanks if you are a blog follower and made yourself known it was really special to meet all of you

And thank you also for all the good wishes I received for my new collection.

The draw for the card and gift has been done and the name this week is YOU

Dorothy Ward
Please email me with your postal address and the package will be on its way to you.
Please let me know that you have it safely and I hope you enjoy playing with die.

Last weeks card and gift have not been claimed and so will be offered again later.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 03, 2017

Friday Freebie - Finest Vintage Card & Gift

Hi Everybody,

This was very popular when it was on sale and the video has had over 3,000 views so far.

Finest Vintage will show you some of my ideas and the gift with one of those cards is on offer as this weeks freebie.

If you fancy making some wine bottle cards for the wine lovers in your family than this is the set for you

All you need to do is leave me a comment and then come back to see if your name was chosen from those comments as the winner.

You have 72 hours and I cannot chase you up to claim it. If it is not claimed I will offer it again tagged on at the end of this run of gifts and cards.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 02, 2017

Beautiful Gold and White Card & Box

Hi Everybody,

This beautiful gold and white card is created with the Complete Card and Box die Set and it has such a lot of depth to the front of it.  The inside is also lined to match
The only way to send this is in a box and if it was to go through the post then leave the flowers off the box. and wrap in pretty paper

The video is Gold and White Card and Box and will show you how I made this lovely combination.
It looks much better in the hand and it could be for any occasion.

It would make a beautiful Wedding Card or Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Or change the colours for any anniversary to suit your recipient.

It is not difficult to make and you will be so proud of it once it is finished.

Everything I have used is in the Complete Card & Box set and I added in the Trellis work too.

The stamps will give more life to the flowers and I embossed them in gold powder 

I hope you enjoy the video 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

November 01, 2017

Creative Stamping 50 Winter Warmers

Hi Everybody,

Every month this magazine brings you a fabulous A4 stamp set and this month it is Winter Warmers.

Full of wonderful characters for you to bring to life as you like and colour in your choice of medium

I used Spectrum Noir Pencils for mine and I was happy with the result as it is an easy way to colour

They are not just for Christmas either. This one would make a really good "Welcome to Your New Home" card

Add in a suitable sentiment and it could be for any occasion

The video Creative Stamping 50 Winter Warmers  will give you some more ideas that you may like to try

I hope you enjoy playing with this stamp set and if you wanted to subscribe to be sure of never missing your copy then pop over to

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

October 31, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Kitty Cats Dies

Hi Everybody,

A super quick card to day using the Kitty Cat dies from Spellbinders. Purrfect for those friends who are cat people and have a birthday coming up. Easy to make in no time at all.
Spellbinders Supplies:

  • A2 Matting Basics A
  • A2 Matting Basics B
  • Grid Embossing Folder
  • Kitty Cats Dies
  • Classic Circles
  • Platinum Die Cutting Machine
Other Supplies:
  • Black/White card from Papermill Direct
  • Pearls dots from Want2Scrap
  • Distress Inks from Craft Stash
  • Foam Sheets from Craft Stash
With the largest die from Matting Basics A cut the base card by folding an A4 piece in half and placing the die just off the edge of the fold
With the largest die from Matting Basics B cut another piece in white.
Cut a circle that fits the front of the card,  into some scrap card,  and use as a mask to ink in the blue background
Emboss this panel in your folder added texture to the car front 
Cut the cats from black card. 
I cut each one twice and stacked them up for strength
Add a piece of foam pad to the back of each
Stamp a little sentiment onto the thin banner die from either set and arrange on the card with foam pads underneath
Sit two of the cats onto the banner and place the other underneath.
With my Dymo I added "Purrfect" to my stamped   "Aged To"
Dress with pearls

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

October 30, 2017

Christmas Easel Card - "Christina Collection"

Hi Everybody,

This beautiful card has been created using the dies from the  Christina Collection  that is available only from Craft Stash. There is a lot of depth to this but it still fits quite comfortably inside the box. And it looks much better in the hand so somebody is going to be happy with it at Christmas
I have made it in the Easel Style and in the video I take you step by step through the process so that it is easy to follow if you are new to card making.

All my supplies are from Craft Stash so easy to shop as they are all in one place and the prices are good too.

The video is Christmas Easel Card  and I really enjoyed working with the dies.

Lots more videos to come using this collection and if you bought the set then I hope you are enjoying playing with them

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx