January 22, 2018

2 fer 1- Negative & Positive

Hi Everybody,

Today's featured cards are another of the two for one cards that you can get by simply using the negative piece as well as the positive one.

For the first card I have used the Wonky Stitches die from Craft Stash and added Brusho Crystal Colours to some plain white card

The Hexagon shapes have been cut and added to an embossed background with foam pads beneath to raise them up.

Then with the piece that was left I have added in  ....

... some of the monsters that are available from Craft stash.

These cute characters are just perfect for children's birthdays and I had a lot of fun playing with them.

They are stamps and matching dies to make things a little easier.

And there is no waste at all from this piece of card and that has to be a satisfying feeling when you save money

I added two videos using the Wonky Stitches Collection and one with the Monsters to give you ideas.

And in case you missed them they are the Hexagons  and the Ovals   and  Magic Meets the Monsters  and here they are again for you to view

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


January 21, 2018

Shabby Chic with Card Making Magic

Hi Everybody,

Every part of my Christina Collection has been so very well received and if you bought some of it then I hope you are enjoying playing with it. 

 Over the last few months I have tried to show you just how versatile this collection of dies, stamps, stencils and folders can be.

And many of you have said that the videos help a lot in showing you new techniques or putting things together.

I have included the clean and simple cards ...

... to those with all the bells and whistles attached and both of these have been covered in videos and added to the blog.

Don't forget that there is now a dedicated page that is permanently displayed for you with all the Christina Collection Videos in one place and you will find that in the side bar to your right.

But today I wanted to share a card picture that takes the dies to another style that I really love making.

The Shabby Chic card featured below is one of my favourite ways to make a truly feminine card and on this I can add all the beautiful things I like to include on my designs Flowers, Ribbons and Pearls !!


I didn't film the making of this card but that can easily be rectified if you would like one. Just let me know in the comments underneath the post and your wish will be done
More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx













January 20, 2018

Card and Gift Winner ...

Hi Everybody,

It's raining .... It's pouring and poor Ruby wants to go out in it for her walk ... no chance !!

Here she is being groomed instead and not looking too happy about it .

The draw for the Gnomes offered yesterday has been done and the name chosen at random is YOU ...

CraftyCoffey
Please email me your postal address to 
christina@card-making-magic.com
and the little fellas will be on their way to you.

But if you really love them and would like some for yourself then don't forget that you can purchase the larger set from Craft Stash and they are not expensive but they are a whole lot of fun

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 19, 2018

Friday Freebie - Enchanted Corner

Hi Everybody,

This has to be one of my most favourite free gifts ever and I had so much fun with these Gnomes.

I did a video on colouring these little fellas with Alcohol Markers and varied the look in each one

The video with the magazine is Enchanted Corner 

So now I am offering this set as a give away and if you would like to have it then all you need to do is leave me a comment at the end of the post.

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

But if you are not lucky enough to win this gift and you love these Gnomes then you can buy your own set of stamps and dies from Craft Stash and there are more features on the bought ones.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


January 18, 2018

Silver Embossed Wedding Card

Hi Everybody,

This very special wedding card is created with items from the Christina Collection 

I made the box to match it. 

 I used Versamark to Letterpress and I know that this is a new technique to some of you.

But it is quite easy to do and so I hope the video gives you a little bit of confidence to give it a try.



I did the same technique with Gold powder and that turned out beautiful also.

Uisng the stencil on the embossing sandwich in your machine will give a very pretty effect.

Not as deep as the embossing folders but just as effective

Both of the ribbons are  from Deco Fun Bowmaker
and they are a lovely quality satin 

I hope you enjoy the short video and will come back to watch more as they are added.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 17, 2018

Die Cutting Essentials 33 Cherry Tree Die Set

Hi Everybody,

Die Cutting essentials will be on sale on the 18th January and has a two piece die set with it this month.

Plus the opportunity for you to get a large sentiments stamp set for half price which covers lots of occasions that you may need.

I really enjoyed playing with this die as it produces a lovely filigree panel for you to use in may ways.

There are lots more idea in the magazine for you to try with this free gift as well as other ideas



I kept my colours to shade of pink for these cards and I am not unhappy with the way they have turned out.

I hope as always that you enjoy the video and this one is not long. I am trying to keep them short so as not to take up too much of your precious time

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 16, 2018

Water Coloured Leafy Embossing Folder

Hi Everybody,

Yesterday I showed you some cards made with the new embossing folders that have been added to the "Christina Collection"

Today I am adding the video to the first one and for this I have used water colours and gilding flakes for a really pretty look to the card.

Because it is not too flowery it would be suitable for the male members we need to make cards for.

But you can always dress it up anyway you like with flowers, ribbons and pearls !!


I have given you a couple of tips in the video about Gilding Flakes and the main one is that they are very fly away.  Don't use them near open widows or a fan or you will be finding them everywhere.

It is easier once opened to put them into a larger container because they do swell up quite a lot once they air gets to them. It only looks a small amount in the pots they come in but there is really a lot and it will go along way. There are many different mixes as well as the plain gold or silver so have a look and see what you like 

I hope you enjoy the video and will give the flakes a try. They will give you a luxury look to any of your designs.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 15, 2018

New Embossing Folders

Hi Everybody,

I have been playing with the new embossing folders to the Christina Collection and I wanted to share some new photos with you before I add them as videos. 
 Each one has been a pleasure to work with and I have enjoyed seeing what I can come up with

The first photo is using the Leaf folder and on this I have embossed it and then water coloured the leaves.

Once it was dry I added glue pen to outline some of the leaves and I added Gilding Flakes to them.

I  matted the panel on to some green card and surrounded the edge with diamante.

The verse has been stamped and foiled and added to a silver label with foam tape between the layers.

This one has been Letterpressed  and I used the Happy Birthday folder.

I trimmed it down and added it with foam tape to another Quatrefoil embossed layer. 

I dotted it with pearls to highlight the pattern and ran pearl strips down each side.

The ribbon, bow and dazzler just add that little bit extra to an easy to create birthday card

This one is a little more elaborate and for this I have used the Flourish folder which I Letterpressed with Versamark and then heat embossed with sparkly powder

The Autumn coloured flowers are added around the foiled sentiment and the lace, ribbon and pearls are a luxury touch to the card. 

Very pretty and feminine and sure to please.

Make a box to match this and give it with love

So each of these cards will be added as a tutorial  to the Blog pages as they are done

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx  

January 14, 2018

Letterpress Birthday Card

Hi Everybody,

Today I am using the new embossing folders available in the Christina Collection and I have made a card for the men in your life.

With the stamps in  the Masculine Additions you can swap out dad for son or brother if you preferred.

I used Blue Print Sketch ink because it blends nicely with the card that I have used and that is Marine Blue from Papermill Direct

The video is not long but I hope you enjoy it and will try out some of these ideas in your own cardmaking




The finished card is still a 5x7 but is flat enough to fit into an envelope and so save on postage

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 13, 2018

Embossing Folders & Stamps

Hi Everybody,

The launch for these new additions to my collection went very well yesterday on Facebook Live and if you joined in then I would like to thank you.

But I realise that many of you don't have FB or you live at the other end of the world and can't watch.

So I am adding a video to introduce to you the new pieces that make up the third wave and I hope you enjoy it.

The die element of this wave was shown a few days ago but here is the link to that video in case you missed it .... Introducing Nesting Dies 


The embossing folders are a new line and I am so delighted with them. 
They are going to enhance any of my backgrounds so quickly.
The collection is available exclusively through Craft Stash who will ship world wide and accept PayPal 

Please join me for lots of videos that will be added with these new items as well as the other two waves that have already been released. They will all work so well together

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 12, 2018

Launch Day of Nesting Dies ...

Hi Everybody,

I am so happy to announce that the third wave of
  Dies, Stamps and now Embossing Folders
from Card Making Magic is being launched today on the Craft Stash website and you can find me on their Facebook Live page at 10 am

I am really excited about this release as they will make such a difference to any designs especially the romantic floral cards that I love to make

And so I have the first video featuring the Nesting Ovals to share with you today and the card is really lovely and I am so pleased with the result

I will be making many more using my collection and there's still lots more to come in further waves

So I hope you will stay with me to share the wonderful news as it happens and watch my collection continue to grow 



The list below will link you to the new wave but be sure to check out the rest as it is growing into a large complete collection to cover all your 5x7" card and box needs.
They are available on the Craft Stash website now.

 The embossing folders are a new line of  5x7" designs and they are lovely.
 I am absolutely delighted with everything and I hope you will be too.
Come and join us at 10 am Craft Stash Facebook Live

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 11, 2018

New Dies to "Christina Collection"

Hi Everybody,

Tomorrow sees the launch of the third wave of dies to my collection and this one is some really beautiful nesting dies. I am so excited about these as they are going to add some wonderful dimension to any of your creations

These are Nesting Rectangles. Pennants and Ovals and I have some lovely videos to share with you using each one of these sets, combined with the rest of the collection.

I am going to be on the Craft Stash Facebook Live  page tomorrow (12th Jan)  to show you some of the samples I have made with these dies so please join us for an hour of fun and chat

I have so many ideas for these dies and the possibilities are endless.
From beautiful romantic floral cards to the ever popular shaker cards.

So I really hope you will join me on this new stage of my collection with these nesting dies.
There is a lot more to  come and I don't think you will be disappointed with any of them

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 10, 2018

Papercraft Essentials 155 - Fairy Die

Hi Everybody,

This months Papercraft Essentials 155 features this little die from the Signature Collection by Joanna Sheen.

Here I have simply cut it in black as a silhouette and sat her  on the toadstool.

The door to her fairy home is behind  and I have hand drawn the scene around her and coloured it with marker Pens

But whilst I was making another card I made several mistakes.

One was using card to make a stamp for the fairies wings and the other was not using anti static on my card to remove any grease marks.

Another one was pressing too hard on the old mouse mat when I stamped and so making my block touch the card.

Once I had added the silver powder and saw the result I was really disappointed but I just couldn't throw it away without trying to salvage if first.

So I pressed on regardless and the card on the left is the end result

So I thought I would show you the mistake in the video and what I did to rectify the mess. I was really happy at the end and nothing was wasted ... Here's the video



Crafters don't make mistakes ... they have Happy Accidents
(That's my exscuse and I am sticking to it )

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 09, 2018

Tuesday Tutorial - Layered Flowers & Butterflies

Hi Everybody,

Today I am creating a card and box in the video using my own  "Christina Collection" of dies, stamps and stencils that are available from Craft Stash
This one is easy to create and so I hope you will give this a go.
The supply list is at the end of the post for you to view the products that I have used.
Supplies Used:
  • Complete Card & Box Dies Set
  • Petal Trellis 
  • Layered Flowers
  • Layered Butterflies
  • Fancy Flourish Stencil
  • Distress Oxide inks ... Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet
  • Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear glue
  • White ribbon
  • Pearl Flower Centres

The video is not too long but it will take you step by step through the process to complete both card and box.  I hope you enjoy it

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx

January 08, 2018

Make A Splash ...

Hi Everybody,

So here I am again with some more Copic Colouring and this one is using a really cute stamp from Clearly Besotted

I created a top folded card and then rounded off the corners.

I layered the coloured panel onto an embossed panel with foam tape between the layers.

I took my time colouring this and then I added a vignette effect around it with paler shades of blue.

I added the water effect with white and a darker blue in various sized dots.

The stamp set has matching dies with it but for this card I only stamped the Dolphins onto smooth white stamping card.

I am quite pleased with the look and with a birthday sentiment added it would make a neat card for younger people.

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx