Saturday 30 April 2022

Allsorts Challenge - Muscari digi image #ad


Good morning :) This is my Guest DT card for this week's challenge at the Allsorts Blog.
The theme this week is "Anything Goes....with an option of scenic"

I've used my new "Muscari" digi image from my website - Ruth Hamilton Design

The prizes this week are a beautiful Poppy Stamp from Indigo Blu and 2nd prize is 3 Digi images from my website :)

I'd love you to go over to my website and check out the images there :)
I love drawing and colouring flowers but there are other images there too :)

I've made a domed acetate card and after I had made this I recorded a short video showing how to make a domed card which folds flat for postage. This will be posted on my YouTube channel on Friday at 5.00pm so if you subscribe to my channel and hit the notification bell you'll catch this one then :)

I have used Slimline Border dies from on top of the acetate (affiliate link)

Many thanks for looking :)

Thursday 28 April 2022


There's a MEGA VAULT SALE just started at Tonic! Have you missed any previous Showcases, Stamp Clubs, Magazines, Designer's Choice etc ? The vault will be open for 7 days but there's limited stock on lots of the items so when it's gone, it's gone!!

Here's a very quick video telling you about it!

These are my affiliate links if you'd like to have a look!

I could add lots more photos but you'd be better off having a look at the websites :)
NB. Some of these are greatly reduced and there's different percentages of discounts. Others are available with no discount - so please check the deals :)

Make a Garden Greeting Plant Gift Wrap! #affiliate


The new Garden Greeting Showcase from Tonic is just my kind of thing!

These are my affiliate links if you'd like to have a look

Garden Greetings Showcase die set

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I love nature and anything that I can make which reflects some nature in it is definitely a winner in my books!

This is the die set and it obviously can be used to make cards, decorate scrapbook pages, add a touch of the garden to memory books etc but today I’m showing you how to use the dies to make a plant gift wrap!

You can see how to make a gift bag and card from the same die set in my video

To make this you will need (with affiliate links)

Garden Greetings Showcase die set
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Craft Perfect Smooth White Card
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Craft Perfect Pearlescent Card, Gleaming Lilac
Craft Perfect Classic Card, Arctic Blue

Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Craft Perfect Double Sided Tape
Silver Sequins
Liquid Mercury Crystal Drops

Arctic Blue Double Satin Ribbon, 9mm
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Nuvo Alcohol Markers, 
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(Pillow Mint Pea Pod, Sweet Blossom, Violet Breeze and Spring Lilac)

Let’s Get started!

1. Die cut a Gleaming Lilac ornate circle and an Arctic Blue inner circle.

2. Use both the plain circle and the patterned dies to cut out the white shape above. 

3. Use the alcohol markers to colour the foliage and flowers. 

4. Glue the layers together. Die cut a cloud and glue to the sky.

5. Die cut the wording from white card and colour the foliage and flowers. Glue to the centre of the circle.

6. Slightly shape the circle with a bone folder (or gently shape around a jam jar etc) 

7. Cut 2 pieces of Gleaming Lilac card measuring 4cm x 22cm and 2 pieces of ribbon measuring 25cm. Shape the card with a bone folder.

8. Attach the lengths of ribbon with glue and then add double sided tape on top and all around the edges of one piece of card.

9. Attach the 2nd piece of card on top.

10. Glue the circle panel to the centre of the card strips and leave to dry.

Finally, add some crystal drops to the fence and some sequins to the sky. Die cut 2 white patterned butterflies and glue onto 2 blue plain butterflies. Glue one to each side of the lilac strip.

11. Wrap around your plant pot 

12. Tie at the back.

I thought I’d share one last photo….when I took the plant outside to take a photo a little ladybird (the first one I’ve seen this year!) appeared from the periwinkle plant and climbed onto my plant pot for an impromptu photo shoot!

Monday 25 April 2022

Getting my Favourite Corner of the Garden Ready for Summer

 Over the past few days I've been tidying our little arbour and getting it ready for some summer planting. It's another well loved corner of our garden and we have spent many, many hours over the last years sitting here enjoying the flowers and scents all around us.

You can see my video here

As I explain in the video, this is a very special little corner as I have worked hard to make it as calm and inviting as possible for my husband who has been ill.
We do love a cuppa here :)

Several years ago, David made a little stump table and I turned it into a fairy house a couple of years ago.
You can see how I did that in my video here - 

You can see my previous video of getting the garden ready for Spring/ Summer here

Thanks very much for watching :)

Thursday 21 April 2022

How to Make a Front Flap Over Card - video link #affiliate


Good morning :)
This is a simple but effective card fold where you split the front of your card and add a second mini card overlapping the "new" front.

You can see how I made it in this video

I show you how to make this using a 5x7 card and also explain how to adapt this for various card sizes.
You can also vary the shape and size of the mini card itself. I have used oval dies but you can use any shape you like.
On this card I have used
Muscari digi image from

Slimline Border dies from Scrapbook.Com - (affiliate)

and you can see lots more tutorials on my Pinterest here -

Don't forget to subscribe to my channel and hit the notification bell to see more :)
Thanks so much :)

Wednesday 20 April 2022

Tonic Studios Craft Kit - Bureau Bloom Box #affiliate


I love it when I can make 2 different things with the same die set, don't you?
The Bureau Bloom gift box die set makes a beautiful box approx13.75cnm x5.5cm x6.25cm with hinged ends.
You can buy the kit here (affiliate links)

You can see how to make the boxes in my video here

In this video I show you how to use the dies as intended and also how to make a completely different little box measuring approx 9cm x5.5cm x 6.75cm. You can also use some of the dies to decorate cards and there are 2 which would make a beautiful book mark :)
This is where you can buy the kit (affiliate links)

Thursday 14 April 2022

Make a Terrific Typewriter with working roller! #affiliate

 Good morning :)
I've just posted a video on my YT channel showing how to make the Terrific Typewriter with a working roller!. It's a gorgeous die set and I am so pleased with how it turned out :)
These are my affiliate links to the die set

and you can see my video here -

I've covered every little piece of the construction but don't forget that if you want to make a quicker project you can still make this beautiful typewriter without the roller and simply adhere the knobs to each side :)
Thanks so much for looking :)

Tuesday 12 April 2022

Hello Friend! Tonic Designer's Choice -More Inspo #affiliate


Hello again :) This is my second batch of samples for the Hello Friend Designer's Choice from Tonic Studios.

I actually made these 3 cards back in January for a review which was published in the latest Tonic Magazine.

You can see how to make these in my video here

You can see my other samples and video here

These are my affiliate links to the Hello Friend dies set

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                        and my affiliate links to Issue 3 of the Official Tonic Magazine

Monday 11 April 2022

Hello Friend! One Die Set - Three Different Cards! Tonic Designer's Choice #affiliate


Hello friend :) This is the new Designer's Choice die set from Tonic Studios and it's called "Hello Friend" (How did you guess!)

You can see my video here

I have used some of the dies to make 3 completely different cards and if you keep an eye on my channel you'll soon see another video where I make another completely different cards with the same die set! These are my affiliate links to where you can buy this versatile set

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In the first card, I have layered up die cuts and in the second card I used one of the dies to make a stencil which I then used Clear Mark ink on and heat embossed. I used one die 4 times to create a pattern for the 3rd card. Please do tell me which is your favourite and if you like the colours I used this time :)
In this video I have used (affiliate links)
Designer's Choice, Hello Friend Frame

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Craft Perfect Ivory 5x7 card UK – USA – Craft Perfect Ivory 6x6 card UK – USA - Square Sequins Speciality Card UK - USA - unavailable Mariposa Moments 12 x 12 paper pad UK - USA - Classic Card, Ivory, Pumpkin Orange UK – USA - Nuvo Deluxe adhesive UK – USA - Windsor Check Gingham Ribbon UK - USA - Clear Mark Ink Pad UK - USA - Sequins UK – USA –

Thanks so much for looking :) If you enjoy the video please don't forget to "like" it and subscribe to my channel :)

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