April 25, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Dies and Birds !!

Hi Everybody,

I thought I would have a little fun today with the Crazy Birds and I sat and coloured some with bright water colours for this card.  I add them to some ornate dies cuts and the result would be ideal for a male birthday card
Spellbinders Supplies
  • S$-383 Marvellous Squares
  • 6x6 Matting basics A
  • 6x6 Matting Basics B
  • Platinum die cutting and embossing machine
Other Supplies:
  • Crazy Birds
With die =7 from Matting Basics A cut two pieces in white to create a base card
With die #7 from Matting Basics B cut another layer in grey 
With die =6 from the A set cut another in some patterned paper
Cut a smaller layer in another pattern and distress the edges with your scissors.
Glue these layers together
With dies #4 and 5 cut three frames and layer them together with glue
Add the smaller distressed panel to the base with foam pads underneath 
Add the layered squares to the card front with foam pads cut into strips under them
Add a Crazy Birds of your choice to a die cut circle and carefully cut around part of the wing to tuck the sentiment under it
Layer up the other birds to fit around the central image
Add to the card front with foam pads underneath to raise them up.
And there you have a fun card that would be suitable for the men in your life

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 24, 2017

Autumn Flowers

Hi Everybody,

Last week I made a card for the magazine freebies and in it I water coloured some flowers in shades of brown and mustard and I really liked the look that they gave.

The video was SC&P162 Build a Bouquet  and these are the flowers that were started in the film

So I decided to make a card from the whole panel and I quite like this one with the added lace along the bottom

I simply cut the flowers out with circle die from the piece that I started to colour in the video and then used a larger circle to cut the gold mat

I used the piece as part of my design and matted it onto more gold card

Once layered up with the circle elements no one will know that there is a hole in the under layer ... but I have made use of the embossing and splattering that was done in the film

So two birds with one stone really as nothing has been wasted, and it makes a really pretty focal point for my card.   Swap out the sentiment and it could be for any occasion

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 23, 2017

Ruby Update

Hi Everyone,

S'me again with more tales of my adventures this week. I am so glad that you like my stories and for those who don't know me I am Ruby the most beautiful English Cocker Spaniel  and I am now eight months old. My colouring is Blue Roan Sable

Here I am soaking up the sun in my front garden and it was lovely and warm.

I have just had a haircut and that keeps me so much cooler

I get up to all sorts of mischief and here I was caught in the act of shredding up this sponge all over my mums carpet

She said I looked guilty enough and she laughed at all the mess.

The other day my best friend Dougal came to play and we went to the beach.

We found an old branch on there and we tugged at it to see which of us could keep it

I won of course coz I am the boss even if he is bigger than me !!
My food had been delivered here and my mum opened up the bag so that I could smell the flavours

It was lovely and so in I went to try some more.

I am going to the vets to be weighed this week and have my regular monthly treatments so I will let you know how much I have gained next time

I will be back again soon with more stories to tell you.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 22, 2017

Card Winner Today ...

Hi Everybody,

Another bright and early start to the weekend and this afternoon we are going up to the Lake District to walk the dogs.

That will take all day as it is over an hour and a half drive away  from here and then maybe on the way back we can stop and get a lovely meal in a country pub, One that is dog friendly of course.

I cant believe just how much our lives have changed since we got Ruby. Prior to her I had a lovely tidy house and could just get in the car and go wherever we wanted

Now I have doggy toys and blankets scattered around and no matter how much I tidy them away ... Ruby gets them out to play with again.

And we have to plan days out to take the things that she will need. Water, a bowl to put it in, blankets and her doggy coat in case she goes swimming ... again !! Harness, lead and the list goes on but she is so well worth it for the fun she brings to us

And she is a thief who loves to steal socks. She doesn't do them any harm she just likes to lie on them. She steals them from the laundry basket, the drawer, the minute you take them off your feet she is waiting to pounce and she is off like greased lightning

Any way the draw has been done for the lilac card from yesterday and the winner today is you ...

Rannah Romps
would you email me please with your postal address to
and the card will be on its way to you straight away.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 21, 2017

Friday Freebie 015 - Especially for You

Hi Everybody,

This really lovely card is in shades of lilac and white and is lined inside too.

It has a selection of flowers along the side and I have added in a matching hat pin to the display.

The flowers are sparkled and diamante has been added to the centre and also to the double organza bow.

This is on offer today and so if you would like to own 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 the winner announced in tomorrows blog post.

I am happy to send the card wherever you live and you don't need to ahve your own blog. Nor does it matter if you have won a card before you can still enter.

Good luck everyone 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 20, 2017

This Months Magazines ...

Hi Everybody,

It's time for this months magazine freebies and once more there are some real quality gifts for you to choose from.  I have added two links for you .. one to buy the magazine direct from Moremags and the other to the video for you to view some of my ideas.

The first one is  Simply Cards and Papercraft 162   and this link will take you straight to the page if this is the magazine that  you want

Shown is one of the cards ideas that is in this magazines video and the link to that is ...

There are so many ideas for this gift and you will find lots more within the pages themselves

So grab a cuppa as you settle down to relax and brows through your latest copy.
This months  Creative Stamping 42 features a large A4 stamp set called Enchantment with fabulous images for all age groups and genders.

The video to make this card is
with more ideas that you may like to try

You can have so much fun with this set of stamps creating cards especially those hard to make ones for the men in your life.
And last but not least is this months
  Die Cutting Essentials 23 - Freshwater Friends
with a fabulous 11 piece die set

You can also download some scenes to help you build the cards and the video will show you another way to create a background DCE23 Freshwater Friends

In all the mags there are step by step instructions on how to make various cards and even more on how to use your free gift and as an added bonus I am featured in two of them

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 19, 2017

Water Colour Wednesday - Bird Crazy

Hi Everybody,

I sat and water coloured this fun card in a moment of peace and I really enjoyed the process.

I used a number of techniques to get the background and I like the end result

First I ink smooshed three shades of Distress Inks onto some water colour card and spritzed it with water to lift some of the colour.

I then inked through a stencil with a darker shade to get the circles pattern onto the card on the left side

I added Tonic Studios Embellishment Mousse in silver through a different patterned stencil on the right side and allowed that to dry.

I cut this out with a stitched edge die and added it to a top folded white base card

The bird, which is from the Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Collection,  was water coloured with Gansai Tambi and I hand drew the pattern onto the bird.  I added Glossy Accents to the eyes and then mounted him onto some foam pads.

The sentiment was heat embossed onto some parchment and then added to another circle in white. And finally I dotted some sequins around the card ... Cute or what ????

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 18, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial - Ornamental Doily

Hi Everybody,

Doilies are always lovely when added to your cards and this beautiful die from Spellbinders will create the perfect one for you every time.  I have simply used white card and added it to some dramatic background paper and I am really pleased with the effect
 Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Supplies:
  • Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Ribbon from Mei Flower
  • Glitter from Glitter Magic
  • Card from Papermill Direct
  • Pink Dotty card from AnnaMarie Designs
With white card create a 15 cms base card and keep the fold at the top
With Pink Dotty card create a amt that is slightly smaller 
With plain pink card create a mat that is slightly smaller
With some dramatic card create another mat that is slightly smaller 
With both parts to the Ornamental Doily cut them in white card.
Stamp a sentiment onto the smaller piece and heat emboss in clear powder
Flat glue the Dotty card to the base and the dramatic card to the pink layer then wrap with ribbon.
Add foam pads to the back before adding these layers to the base layers
With foam pads under the Doily add this over the top of the ribbon
With foam pads under the sentiment layer add this to the Doily
The flowers I have used are from left to right:
Top row ... Roses in 10mm 15mm 20mm and two different colours
Chrysanthemum, Cosmos Daisy
Bottom row ... Rosebuds, Gypsophilia, Tulips 
Add to the right hand side of the card and dot with glue.
Sprinkle with Glitter for a sparkly effect 
Add the bow to the left of the Doily and add one small rose to the centre

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 16, 2017

Ruby Update ...

Hello Everyone,

I have lots to tell you about my adventures this week. I have been up to mischief again !!

Last weekend our mums took Dougal and I to Stanah which is a lovely walk by the side of the river Wyre

We had great fun  running around and we made friends with lots of other dogs too.  I was being very good ... until I spotted the chance to try swimming again 

I dived into the river and had a good paddle around and then I got out all by my self. I was a very soggy doggy and my mum said I didn't smell very nice but I really enjoyed myself.  And this time my mum didn't panic

 Once we got home I had to have a bath to make me clean and smell nice to be near and then I was brushed 

Here you can see all my long hair but I was hot in the sun and so this week I have had my hair cut at the groomers.

It was lovely and I was bathed again and then blow dried. I fidgeted a bit while I was having my hair trimmed

But once I was done and my coat was short and shiny my mum brought me home I sat on the bench outside my house and soaked up the sunshine

I have had a lovely time and I will tell you more of my adventures next week

More from my mum tomorrow 

Hugs xx

April 15, 2017

Todays Card Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

I am up bright and early today and off to see a show at the Winter Gardens this afternoon with the lovely Isabella and her Nana Vickie.  Isabella is now five and she is my Great Grand daughter and we are going to have some fun today.

But before I go and do the shopping I have done the draw for the Pink card from yesterday. The name drawn from the hat today is you ...

Marilyn Mathis

could you email me your postal address please to 
and the card will be on its way to you.

There may be a little delay as it is Easter Weekend here in the UK and the post will be slow so please let me know when it arrives with you.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 14, 2017

Friday Freebie 014 - Beautiful Discovery

Hi Everybody,

This lovely pink card had all the things I love attached to it and the verse is just the correct one to send to a friend.

There is even a hat pin pushed into the organza bow

I have used it many times and this card was actually shown on Create and Craft when I demonstrated the dies on the TV

It can be yours if you would like it and all you have to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post.

I don't mind sending the card to wherever you live and it doesn't matter if you have won one before.

Just leave your comment and from those added a name will be drawn and the winner announced tomorrow.

When you get the card you will see that I have edged each side with pearls and the inside is lined too

Good luck everybody

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

April 13, 2017

New Collection - Videos ....

Hi Everybody,

There is a new collection of dies coming to Craft Stash and they are all based around the family theme.  They will help you to create beautiful cards for all family members and include extended families too.

There are five die and two stamp sets in the new  Silhouette Collection  and each die is in two parts. The link will take you direct to them  If you buy more than one set then the dies will mix and match with each other to create different outer patterns.

These are the videos ...

Silhouette Collection - Mother and Baby
This pretty die set could work equally as well for Aunts, Sisters, Friends, Nursery workers as well as other family members

Silhouette Father and Son  could also be two brothers or simply friends fishing together and the sentiments will help you to create the right one for the occasion

Silhouette Grandmother and Child  could also be Great Grandmother and I made the card in gold because all great grandmothers are golden

How do I know this ???? because I am one myself.

I created this next card with a Sun-ray Effect behind the Grandfather and Child as they walk away hand in hand

This is a lovely technique to re create and so I hope you will try it too.

I was really quite pleased with this card once it was finished.

The next one was the Family Silhouette  and this card has all my favorite features to it.

Flowers, Ribbons and Pearls and it's ...  Pink !!!

But in the video I have tried to show you how you can alter the look of this and indeed any of the die cuts with pens or pencils for another look

And it is really easy to do if you imagine the couple walking away from you.

That way there is no need to worry about adding features to them, and the results are quite pleasing on this too.

So there you have the links to all five videos and they will show you the dies and stamps that are available in this new Silhouette Collection

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx