February 18, 2018

Aldi Brushes ...

Hi Everybody,

A little while I told you about this fabulous find in Aldi of these brushes that are perfect for blending inks.

I bought loads of them to use with my Distress Oxides and they were so good I went back the next day and bought some more.

I got the small brushes at three in a a pack for £2.99

But where to store them was the next step and so I bought this square glass vase and it holds them perfectly so that they can sit on my worktop

At the moment there are thirty in the container and that is enough for me to use with my Oxide inks

You can clean the ink off the brushes with paper towels or baby wipes so that you can use another shade on the same brush.

By that I mean I would stick to shades of one colour and not change the colours completely.

Two shades of pink wont make that much difference but if you add a blue and then blend with a yellow you could get a green and if that is not what you wanted on your project then .....  OOOOOOPPPPSSS !!

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 17, 2018

Card Winner

Hi Everybody,

What a busy week I have had and now over the weekend I have some time to play. I have got some lovely new Altenew Dies and I can wait to see what they produce. I will of course be showing you the card once I have made them.

But for now the draw has been done for the Altenew Mistletoe Kisses gift from yesterday and the name chosen at random is YOU ...

Thelma Welch
please email me with your postal address to
and they will be on their way to you straight away.

You have 72 hours in which to claim them and I hope you will like them once they arrive with you. 
Please let me know that you have them safely.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 16, 2018

Friday Freebie - Colours of the Season

Hi Everybody,

Today's card and gift is this lovely large A4 stamp set Colours of the Season.

The featured designer on this collection was Altenew and is a lovely layered Mistletoe stamp which I have used to make the card shown

The stamp set has sentiments as well as images that you can colour in your favourite medium and it's not just for Christmas either.

So if you would like to win this set then all you have to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post and from those comments one name will be drawn and announced in tomorrows blog post.

If you add your name then be sure to come back in the morning to see if it is you. I am happy to send the gift wherever you live and it doesn't matter if you have won one before.

The video that featured this collection is here ... Colours of the Season

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 15, 2018

Vellum Flowers & Acetate Leaves

Hi Everybody,

Today's card has really delicate looking flowers on it and it is easy to make

I have made mine as a Wedding card using items from the "Christina Collection"  but it could be made for any ocasion

The video will show you how this card as created along with the envelope to go with it.

But you could just as easily make a box if you preferred.

Most of the supplies that I used are from Craft Stash apart for the little Glitter balls as they are from Wild Orchid Crafts

The video is not too long and I hope you will enjoy it.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 14, 2018

Die Cutting Essentials 34 - Basket of Blossoms

Hi Everybody,

Create pretty baskets for your Easter cards this year and fill them with eggs or flowers.

This bumper die set consists of 21 dies for you to mix and match and create the look that you want for your own designs.

I coloured mine with Copics but you can use your favourite method or even use coloured card, as I did for the pictured card,  if colouring is not your thing.

The video will show you several ideas that you may like to try

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 13, 2018

One for the Boys ...

Hi Everybody,

Today's card is for the men in your life that will need a card for birthdays or other occasions where a card can be sent

I have used the dies, stamps and stencils from the Masculine Additions to the "Christina Collection" and made a quick and easy card.

Alter the greeting to suit your recipient and make the envelope match the design.
 Add the Googly Eyes just for fun

The video is not long and so make yourself a cuppa and relax for a little time to view

Use colours and patterns that are in keeping with your recipient and then send it with love 

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 12, 2018

Inlaid Butterfly Card

Hi Everybody,

Many of you love butterflies and so this card will fit the bill beautifully and it is very easy to make.

I have used the Layered Butterflies dies and stencils from The "Christina Collection" and the video will show you how I created this one

I have lined the inside of this card and made the envelope compliment the card too.

Here are a couple of different colourways and you can experiment with your own scheme to personalise your own cards

Adding a different sentiment can make it suitable for any occasion

I hope you have fun playing with the dies, stamps, embossing folders and stencils from my collection and it is set to grow in the next few weeks

Enjoy the video

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 11, 2018

Apple Blossom Dies ...

Hi Everybody,

Today I want to share a new addition to the All Occasions Collection and this is the Spring additions

The original folder was free with a magazine and if you got yours then well done !!

It sparked off a whole new ranges of beautiful folders with lots of different patterns on them and I have done lots of videos using them.

But these new ones are really lovely and there are several new ones for you to choose from.

The video will show which ones I have used how to create make the circular card

But you can get a different look simply by inking up the folder and each side will add the ink in a different area. This is Letterpress and if you are new to card making then it really is quite easy to do

Have fun with these new folders, dies and stamps and combine them with others from the
 All Occasions Collection

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 10, 2018

Card & Gift Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

Don't these Saturdays come round really fast ?? It seems no time at all since the last one and once again it's raining.
 I have had a really busy week and have done lots of videos for you to view. I have also sorted out lots of Friday Freebies for the coming weeks and so I hope you will keep popping back to see what is on offer.

The winner of this weeks Build a Bouquet die and stamps set is YOU ....

Marilyn Mathis
so would you send me your postal address please to
and both will be on their way to you straight away.

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

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 09, 2018

Friday Freebie - Build a Bouquet

Hi Everybody,

Flowers are always a useful item in any collection as they fill so many gaps on all kinds of cards.

And this Stamp and Die set is perfect for any occasion.

The video Build A Bouquet has had over 6.000 views and lots of people left me a comment on it.

But to be in with chance to win it now you need to leave me a comment here and from those comments one name will be drawn as the winner.

I will announce the name in tomorrows blog post so please come back and check if it is you.

You don't need a blog to enter and I don't mind sending it wherever you live

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 08, 2018

Valentines Day Card

Hi Everybody,

It's not far off now for you to send those Valentines cards to the ones you love

And this card is created with the Love & Marriage Additions  to the Christina Collection

This is a really useful set to have for all year round and makes beautiful Anniversary Cards

The video will show you how I made this and decorated the matching envelope

I have used Alcohol markers to colour the flower but you can use your favourite medium if you prefer.  
I do not profess to be an artist but I was quite pleased with the result

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 07, 2018

Papercraft Essentials 156 - Scenescape

Hi Everybody,

There is a bumper gift on offer with this months Papercraft Essentials 156 that will help you to make some really pretty cards.

There is Pretty Quick Scenescape embossing folder with lovely stamps to enhance the scene.

Or use them to create a background for you instead as I have done with this card.

There is also a beautiful Prima paper pack and the opportunity to get the Little Bird Die & Stamp set just by paying the postage

I did a video a while ago when the Little Bird set was offered as a free gift with Simply Cards & Papercraft and to refresh your memory here is the link to the video for you ....

But this Scenescape set is really versatile and would suit male and female cards ... and all age groups too.
More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 06, 2018

Parchment Butterflies

Hi Everybody,

Today's tutorial shows you how I created some lovely Butterflies from parchment and then added them to a card and a box to match. The gold card is from the craft show and I can't remember the supplier/ The parchment is also from the same craft show but I have given you an alternative with Craft Stash ... 
The links are at the bottom of the page for everything else.
This design could be used for any occasion and dressed accordingly to suit. Imagine this as a Golden Wedding Anniversary Card.  A little imagination could make this fit any bill.

Here is the video and I hope you enjoy it with your cuppa.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 05, 2018

Fabulous find ...

Hi Everybody,

I know that many of you are not confident with ink blending and over the years I have tried to show you ways and means to get the look that you like. I have used blending tools ... bought and home made. Sponges and ink blending foam as well as a more expensive range of brushes

But yesterday I went shopping in my local Aldi store and this is what I found in the centre isle.

They are brushes that I thought would be perfect for ink blending and they came in three different sizes.

They were priced at £2.99 per pack

There was one large or two medium or three small ones in each pack and it was the three small ones that I decided to buy.

And because they are so well priced at £2.99 a pack I bought four of them.

The colours on the right of the photo are the inks I blended together with the brushes

You can see the colours that I used on each brush and I was really pleased with the result and they are the best priced item I have ever used for ink blending.

And tomorrow will see me in the store buying some more to use with my Distress Oxide Inks and at that price I can have one for most of the colours that are in my collection.

Always one to share a good find ... if you are UK based then get yourself off to Aldi for your own set of blending brushes.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

February 03, 2018

Card & Gift Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

Every Saturday I seem to say that it's raining ... and today is no exception.  I have spent the morning in my craft room filming some lovely videos for the coming week and I hope you will enjoy them once they are shown

The draw for the card and gift was late today but has now been done and the inner of the Time For Tea die and stamp set is YOU ....

Kewpi (Sally Morrison)
would you email me your postal address please to
and both will be on their way to you straight away

Please let me know when you have them safely

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx